Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Layout "create!"

Hello! It's Asia here. This is the last day of 2013. I can not believe it! Time flies so fast.
At the end of the year I'd like to present you my layout about something that is very important to me - my passion.



Materials used: 



Sunday, 22 December 2013

Product Spotlight: Martha Stewart Circle Cutter


Hi all Donna here with you today and I'm going to show some projects I created with the Martha Stewart circle cutter.
I was thrilled when Neelu sent me this tool. I know cutting circles will be easier now. Though the cutter can only cut up to 5.5 inches, I still liked it after several use. No more tracing with a pencil first. I have to admit that at first I felt awkward cutting and made several not so successful attempts - the paper moving and not knowing where to cut, etc. I didn't read the instructions how to use it so it was after 2 pcs of destroyed papers and askew circles, I finally realized I have to secure the paper or else, it will really move! :)

I think I consumed TONS of paper scraps when I finished my projects. Even those kraft wrapping papers from the mall I had saved were finally put to use (YES I take lots of those when I go shop! lol!). I tried cutting the smallest circle which is 1 inch up to the biggest 5.5 inches. I cut various sizes of circles for my projects.

First, I created a flower out of several circles on top of each other. Used it to top this little wrapped gift.
Second are these paper Christmas balls. I was only able to make 6 pcs because I run out of the My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad I used.
The "Peace, Love, & Joy" tags were from my previous photo tutorial which you can find here
Last but not the least is this super cute 12 inches Christmas tree!!!! My favorite of all :)
I used gesso to cover all the papers and the doilies before misting with a mixture of acrylic paint, mist, watercolor and perfect pearls. I was aiming for a darker green color actually :D But I still liked it even though I didn't get the shade I wanted. It didn't show but I used a template/mask while misting on the papers. I used Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Stencils 9x12 Let it snow. I assembled the papers by piercing each piece, in the middle, with skewers. I have the skewers (a bundle of 5 skewers taped together) adhered to a piece of styro-foam. I covered the circle styro-foam with green patterened paper first and used fringing scissors for the fringe edge. Curled them upwards for a bit of flare. Pierce the mid part of the papers first to easily get it into the skewers. There is an easier way to do it I think. I've thought about it while staring at the finished tree. You could just adhere each piece of paper on top of each other without the skewer! Anyways, I still loved how mine turned out :) And it's pretty sturdy ;)

I don't have gold acrylic paint so I used bronze to cover up this glittered star topper. Sprinkled gold glitters while still wet. I also sprayed a sealer so the glitter will not fall (unless you scratch them, of course). Then, using a gold nylon thread, I tied it around the tree as "garland". My husband said where are the Christmas lights.. lol! :D The topper is secured with a pin attached to the topmost part of the tree. 
I used doilies about 6 inches (or so) at the bottom part of my tree coz I wanted that part to be "fuller". I fuzzy cut these little houses from a patterned paper and made small gifts out of squares and sparkly crepe paper I found in the bookstore. I have a small village under my tree... really cute! :D
Here's a short video I made showing how I cut some circles out of a 6x6 paper...

I hope you liked my post today and got inspired so you can join this month's challenge! 


A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'Holiday Cheers' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album December Challenge: Holiday Cheers
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS

Supplies and tools used:
Doilies
Sparkly crepe paper
Gold nylon thread
Faux Rhinestones
Clear acrylic sealer - matte
Acrylic paint
Watercolor
Wood skewers
Styro foam
Fringe scissors
Cutters, scissors
Adhesives (liquid glue, double-sided tape, heavy-duty glue, foam tape, scotch tape)




Monday, 16 December 2013

Tutorial Monday: Simple Paper Bag


Hi all! I wanna share with you my tutorial on paper baggie - perfect for a Christmas gift! :)

First, prepare piece of paper - mine is 12x19 cm.

Prepare lines, which help you fold paper.

Fold and glue your bag. Open up the bottom of the bag forming a square edge. 

Fold the left and right sides to the center. 
Fold the bottom of the octagon upwards towards and the top strip of the octagon downwards towards. 
Glue them together.
Finished! Now decorate it!


I hope you liked my tutorial :)
I used:
Kraft Cardstock and Amy Tangerine Yes, Please 'Share' Paper
Best wishes!




Sunday, 15 December 2013

December Challenge: Holiday Cheers

Hi everyone. It's Ria here once again. Christmas is only few days away and I still have some holiday errands to do before the big day.

For now, I'm sharing another card project using decorative tapes or washi tape. A roll of this tape can be used in a number of other projects but I wanted to let them play a great part on this holiday card. I find the musical notes just fit for the joy of the holiday season and the striped is just a great complement to the dancing notes overall.

I used two random washi tape from two different sets and arranged them alternately in each line. For the sentiment, I heat embossed them as well as the Christmas tree stamp from Lawn Fawn. The small stars are also from the same stamp set and stamped them directly in the card base.


A quick one layer card using washi tape which I think can be a masculine card too.  

Supplies used:


I'll see you again soon!
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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'Holiday Cheers' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album December Challenge: Holiday Cheers
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Anything With Glitter: Challenge Winner

Apologies for the delay in announcing the winner of our November Challenge: Anything With Glitter. 

Sujana's explosion box was absolutely loved by all of our DT members and we are pleased to announce you as our winner. Kindly send your postal address to ppsuae at gmail dt com within 72 hours. 

A heartfelt thanks to all who participated. 
xxNeelu

Monday, 9 December 2013

Tutorial Monday: Holiday Cheers Tags and Ornaments


Hi all! Today I wanna share with you some holiday themed tags that you may give as gift tags or use as decorations in your homes.

So, let's begin!

First, prep your tags by applying modeling paste on a stencil with holiday theme. I used Dylusions 9x12 stencil for my tags. I finished them off with some inks and mists.


Time to assemble and decorate our tags.
I used a gold doily for my tags, serves as mat and nice touch as well. Ink the edges of another smaller tag and make some curled bows of twines as seen in the image below. We'll tie this to our smaller tag and adhere to the bigger tag.


Use decorative tape or washi tape and adhere it any way you like. Cut a strip of patterned paper and adhere. I placed each strips of paper differently on my tags.

I chose "Peace, Love and Joy" for my tags.


I used Prima flowers and my own paper flowers to embellish the tags.
For the hand made flowers, I attached each layers of petals with a gold brad. Ink the petals first before slightly misting with water. Curl the petals and let it dry overnight or use a heatgun to make the drying time faster. Slowly uncurl each petals carefully as it might break or tear, esp the smallest one. The size of these are: 2.25 inches, 1.25 inches, and 1 inch. Make two of each sizes for one flower. Cut some leaves on a piece of green pattern paper. I did my leaves free hand, but these are approximately 1.5 inches each. The bigger ones are approx. 2 inches each.

Assemble your tag. Repeat the same process to the other two but different placements of each embellishments.

 
 
I hope you liked my post for all of you today!
Please don't forget to join our challenge this month! 

A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'Holiday Cheers' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album December Challenge: Holiday Cheers
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS

List of supplies used:
Glimmer Mists-Turquoise Blue and Graphite
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Inkssentials Craft tags #8 size manila
Modeling Paste
Doily
Twine

Happy Crafting!




December Challenge: Holiday Cheers

Hello! Asia here :) It's December already! I can't believe it! For our challenge this month I've prepared a small frame with a fragment of carol. It's full of gold and glitter!



Supplies Used:
October Afternoon Midway Carousel Paper
Kraft Cardstock
My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Paper Pad
Gold Glitter Foam Thickers
Pink Paislee Artisan Resistable Stars
Glimmer Mist Yellow Daisy
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Gesso
Martha Stewart Punch Branch
Sizzix Big Shot


Don't forget to join us in this month's challenge.
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A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with the theme 'Holiday Cheers' 
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album December Challenge: Holiday Cheers
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
Follow us on Blogger and Like us on Facebook
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Product Spotlight Tuesday: Embossing Folders


Hello everyone!

It's Ria once again and this time I'm sharing one of my favorite way to add texture in my card backgrounds, by using embossing folders.

There are two ways of embossing that I usually do and they are: dry embossing (which I will share today) and heat embossing (this we can feature in another time, and as the term denotes, this technique uses heat to emboss).

Dry embossing using embossing folders and a die cut machine to make the impressed image of the design. It's always good to use a heavier cardstock to emboss as the thinner paper you use, there's a tendency to have cracks in your card base, unless this is a look that you wanted to achieve overall.

Depending on your die cut machine, there will be a tab combination on how  you can emboss so be sure to check that one out also to refrain any damage to your machine. I happen to have a Big Shot machine by Sizzix.


I used three ways to emboss my holiday cards. One is using Ana Griffin's Aviary embossing folder/  border set to emboss the full card base. I love how elegant it look and I think this folder can also look so good in an invitation card. I used the border folder to emboss my envelope that would match my card.


To define the embossed details even more, I brush off some white pigment ink to show more of the design.


See the difference it makes with the white pigment?


For the first card, I did it with full embossing in front while the sentiment is heat embossed with Silver. The green paper strip is from Crate Paper Party Day 6x6 Paper Pad. I decided to choose one of the paper's green patterned page. Those stars just matches the season's festivities.


A closer look in the details


For the next card, to see how the same folder can work on vellum, I also emboss one vellum piece to cover the card front. It diffuses the color of the cardstock but its something that you can also use once in a while. I love it the same way.


I again embossed the sentiment with white and added a flower from Dear Lizzy Metal Rose brads.


For my third card, I did only part of the background  to be embossed. I left quarter of the space free of texture. See how I keep a part of the card base hanging on other side?  


 And partial embossing on this third card.


I again heat embossed the greetings.


All of the sentiments came from Hero Arts Greetings For The Holidays Stamp Set, which  I all love.

I hope this inspires you to try incorporating your embossing folders now in creating your next holiday project.

See you then!

Other materials used:
White pigment ink
Vellum
Bling