Thursday, August 11, 2011

Decorative Butterfly Drink / Glass Place Card


This little project took me back...way back to a time when I enjoyed cutting out hearts and little paper people. I NEEDED them after seeing gold butterflies on a wedding show. I don't plan on using them for place cards..just some fancy pants glasses. No room in the budget for splurges.  So I just cut my own. It was so simple. I found a butterfly temple I liked. Folded my paper in half yep you guessed it cut with scissors :)


After some brief trial and error I came up with this template. Can't wait to start cutting on gold :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DIY: Bud Vase Place Card Holders Tutorial



Now what ever happen to the acorns? Well, I changed my colors and now I have half finished acorn place card holders sitting in a box. I am NOT repainting all of them and gluing again ...no way! I needed some easy cheap place cards and holders.

I really like the blumebud...but the cost is crazy for just 6 ...around $10 plus shipping = two 12X12 card stock and eight 4 or 3.75 inch water tubes. You can purchase double sided 12X12 card stock for under $1 a sheet the tubes run about .10 each. I am using the scrap leftover from my diy pocket fold. I also plan on stamping a peony pattern on them. Anyways...on to the tutorial!



Materials

Something to score with( I am using a rotary cutter with scoring blade)

Cutting tool ( Also using the rotary)

Craft knife to cut a circle the diameter of the water tube

Bone folder

Ruler/ something to measure with

12 X 12 card stock will be cut to 3 X 12(should be at least 100lb)

3.75" or 4" floral water tube (round ended)

Adhesive( I am using adhesive tape)


Cut
Cut the paper down to 3X12



Measure

Measure out four sections of the 3X12 according to the template above. 2.5", 3.5", 3.5", and 2.5"

Score
With your tool you have chosen score along the fold lines.

Cut the circle

Measure the diameter of your floral tube and cut a circle to fit. Make sure you have it centered.


Fold
Fold along your scored lines

Embellish 

Add name card, stamp etc

Adhere 
Overlap adhere the 2 bottom flaps together. Your bottom should measure 3"

Insert 
 In the hole place a tube with flower.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paper Flower Topiary Project Begins

 
Finally have all my paper flowers done! Now its time to really start working.  :)

Make your own stamps (Photopolymer Stamp Tutorial )


It is not hard or expensive to make your own custom stamps.

You will need

photopolymer sheet ( I used polyester backed purchased from www.wholelottawhimsy.com You also can get them from places like boxcarpress
Light with 60 watt (halogen, and uv work better)
transparency paper
printer
image
water
scrub brush
Cheap picture frame
bubble wrap
4 binder clips


Print


First print your image in negative/positive on your transparency paper. A negative area will be white the positive will be black. I have a laser printer. They do make them of ink jet too. I bought my paper off amazon 50 sheets for $12.00 You are not limited to line drawings. You actually can print photos like this


Make sure the lines are not too thin
The right eye is too thin :(



Stack



Start with the back of the picture frame



Then add bubble wrap



Next add your photopolymer sheet ( take it out of the bag). You can cut it down if necessary and use it later. Please do so in a dark place and store in absolute darkness.


Then add your negative/positive.





Place the glass on top and clamp it up :)




Light







Place under a light about 5-6 inches above your frame.






Wait... 

It took me 30 minutes to get good results.  Please do a test before you start on a big piece.Halogen lamps take less time, black lights/uv lights are ideal and can take about 3 min. Many have found nail dryers to work wonderful.




Scrub



Scrub in circular motions...NOT TOO HARD!  Wash away all the sticky gel with water.






Final Cure


Dry with hair dryer and place back under light for about the same time.




Done




Glue the stamp on a stamping block or piece of wood.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Free Vintage Postcard Back & Peony RSVP Templates

PDF Here

I wanted better print quality for my rsvp postcards so I made a new vintage postcard back. Thought I should share my peony rsvp template too :)


PDF Here
PDF HERE

 PDF HERE



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Painted my stepping stone chargers


I think they turned out very well. I originally just spray painted them gold but they looked like cheap gold coins. I painted them black first and applied the gold over it. I am happy  with them :)

****Use breathable paint designed for concrete. Let stones cure for at least 28 days before painting they WILL crumble :( 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cheap Flower pots Fantastic :) MY Decoupage Adventure


I took advantage of a 75% off summer clearance and bought all my flower pots for my centerpieces .43 a piece for 10" pots. The down part they are plastic. don't even look real.  I spray painted them gold. They looked even cheaper than before.  What to do? Decoupage!!! I think my first one turned out fabulous. I can't wait to assemble my branch centerpieces.
Before 


How did I do this? Glue, white tissue paper, gold paint and a stamper.
Tutorial to come soon ! 
Yes, I cut the plastic rim off too.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Stepping Stone Charger Plate Tutorial


I have had a few emails on the subject of stepping stones. Is really that easy. Yes! It won't take you forever to make them ether.  Will I need special tools or equipment? No! All you really need is a bucket, water concert mix and a place to put it. You actually don't need to buy a mold you can make an imprint in wet sand and pour your mix in. So technically you can get this done by a simple trip to the beach...if no one complains :)




Materials


Water
bucket
something to mix with
Fast setting concrete mix (I use quick-rite fast-setting mix)
mold or wet sand
oil,shortening or pam
*Styrofoam if making light wight version here

Prep you mold

If you are using a plastic mold then you will need to oil it up.  Personally I use veg shortening just because it is on hand. If you are using wet sand, imprint it with a pan or other stepping stone.



Measure & Mix

I use a 5 parts of mix to 1 part of water...It works good for me. Measure out you mix and pour water in slowly. Stir well try to work quickly the concrete sets fast.
It will look like this.
Pour

Glop all your mix in your mold. Yes, you are going to say I did this wrong. It is so lumpy. Why is it so lumpy!  Don't worry  just spread it out :)

Shake

Now to take care of lumps. Shake the heck out of the mold. It helps remove air bubbles and smooth things out. Most of the lumps will be gone. The stubborn stones sticking far out I remove. Ones that are just above the surface I usually leave alone. 

Wait

Probably the worst step ever the wait. Usually 30-45 minutes. The stepping stone should have changed colors slightly and firmed up quite a bit. If it feels soft and leaves a finger print leave it alone.


De mold

Carefully flip the stone over on the other side and gently tug on the sides you should see it start to lift.

Curing
Place your stone in a plastic garbage bag and forget about it for a week.

Painting
Stone must cure for about 28 days before painting. The surface must be scrubbed with a mild soap solution or vinegar, then allowed to dry before the application of paint. Check out here for more info on painting

Monday, June 27, 2011

Easy Paper Flower Tutorial


I am not sure right now what to call this flower I was originally going for a ranunculus. This kinda looks like a rose/ peony.



You will need: 


Scissors
Hot glue gun
Template
Pencil
Printer paper
Piece of foam(I used an egg crate...a pillow would work.)
Brats
rounded instrument (like the end of make up brush)


Templates:

Print your templates Make sure to "scale to fit page" when printing. I used decrease margins too.


Cut:

Use 2 sheets of paper for every flower. I can cut 8 flowers out at a time...but this will depend on your scissors. I also  cut on the out side line rather than inside...I like big flowers :)I know I sacrifice the top sheet! 
(((Important tip: NUMBER YOUR FLOWERS 1-7 One is the smallest flower and seven the largest )))
I am using my original hand drawn template here. I now cheat and use the printed one :)
Seven happy piles.


Shape:


This is where the magic happens. Get your foam and your round ended tool (I used a kid toy shhhhh)Working on the flat side.  Move the tool along the edge of your petals pressing fairly hard.

video 
Like this :)
 Now you have piles of crinkled paper.

Form Your Flowers:
Get your brat and both of your 1 petals (the smallest) pierce them and secure the brat (your flowers center). 

You will be adding petals in this order 1,1,2,2,3,4,3,4,5,6,5,7,6,7
kinda cute




 Make a cabbage and glue the petals together. Be careful not to burn yourself!




Next add both petals #2 

You will end up with something like this.
Add layers to the "cabbage" by gluing the top of each petal and forming around your center. Gradually apply less glue to let the flower open.
Glue and press your flower down on each new layer.
Remember to over lap the layers or your flower will look funny.

Enjoy:

Who knew  just 2 pieces of printer paper could be so beautiful. You can add stems to your flowers by replacing the brat with floral wire and pierce through all the layers... Add stamens or a jewel.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011