Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pipe cleaner flower tutorial from Kayla

Excuse my long absence; I'm trying to find some rhythm and routine now when the kids are out of school, but I guess it's not working too well.

I wanted to share an easy tutorial from DT member Kayla. Here it is - her words and photos:

Start off with a pipe cleaner

Wrap one end around your index finger.

Wrap the very end of the pipe cleaner so the loop is secure

Put your index finger in the first loop to keep its shape and wrap the pipe cleaner in a figure eight around your ring finger. Twist the long end of the pipe cleaner around the figure eight.

Create the third loop around another finger to keep the size of the loops even.

I then wrap the long end of the pipe cleaner through one of the loops already made to secure the last loop made.

Create the fourth and fifth loops the same way, wrapping around a finger to keep size consistent and wrapping through a previously made loop to secure.

You should have a tiny bit left over that you just tuck around the center knot to secure the flower

Open up the prongs on a brad all the way

Slide the prongs around the center knot

Fold the prongs shut.

Here is the finished flower!
This was so quick and fun to make. I think they’d make great layering pieces for layered flowers too! Of course, you could always make bigger flowers by using more than one pipe cleaner.

Isn't that too cute? Here Kayla used it on a pretty card;

Be sure to check out Kayla's blog for more inspiration!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tutorial for Father's Day card with origami

You will need:

 thin patterned paper

 bone folder

Cut a piece of 4" x 6" paper for the shirt.
Fold it in half or even better- draw a line with a pen, because you just need the center line for measuring.

Fold the two sides in so that they meet in the middle.
Turn over (so that the opening is facing down) and fold down about 1/2 inch.

Fold over again and make the collar by folding in the two upper corners so that they meet in the middle.


Fold the shirt in half and tuck the bottom in under the collar.

Fold the bottom corners out. Use the middle fold as guideline.


Fold the bottom of the shirt back up again and voila you shirt is done!

One last thing you can do is to cut out a tiny triangle under the arms so it looks more like sleeves.


Time for the tie.
Again- use thin patterned paper.
Cut a 2" square.
Draw a diagonal line in the middle.


Fold in the two sides so that they meet in the middle.


Turn over and fold down the top about 1/3.


Then fold that top up about 2/3. Not all the way up.


Then fold that remaining part as picture shows. This will make the knot of the tie.


Turn over and repeat the first step; fold the two sides so that they meet in the middle.


Turn over and your tie is done!!
Glue your tie to the shirt.
If your guy is not a "tie guy" you can use brads for buttons instead.

I made a super simple card with this.

I just covered a card in paper, cut out some strips, added brads in the corners, glued down the shirt and used my new Cricut cartridge ( Jubilee) to cut out the words.
Perfect for Father's Day June 20!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Use quotes for journaling

I have been so busy scrapbooking lately that my blog doesn't get much attention:(
On Friday I had some ladies over at my house and we made a few layouts. We meet once a month and work with Basic Grey's page kits. It's awesome! Everything is precut and marked with numbers. It's foolproof and turns out gorgeous. What else with BG!
Saturday I went to a 10-hour crop. I didn't get a whole lot of scrapping done, but I ate a bunch and watched a few chick flicks;)

Yesterday, I taught scrapbooking to a Spouse Group and today I'm going to a
Close To My Heart club.

Fun stuff every day!

Do you ever feel that you run out of things to say... or write...when you create?
If you do, quotes come in real handy. They can be used for titles or journaling.

The other day I bought this downloadable e-book from

It has hundreds of quotes for every occasion and it only cost $ 9.95 and you get it instantly.
I put mine in a binder with sheet protectors and I will keep adding on new quotes as I find them. Like
my favorite Dr. Suess quotes.Here's a few of my favorite quotes from the book;

"Dogs have owners. Cats have staff."

"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."

" I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage.They've experienced pain and bought jewelry"

"My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint" Erma Bombeck

And then one a bit more serious;

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world,but the Marines don't have that problem" Ronald Reagan.

Click here if you wanna download it. If you rather not spend the money, has a huge library with thousands of quotes.

Click here to check them out.

Here's the class I taught yesterday; a Fathers day card with some simple origami. I will post a tutorial on how to do this tomorrow.


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