Monday, May 24, 2010

Scrunched Scallop Flower Make N Take #2

Hello my blogging friends. Blogging is a lot of work. I had a Blog learning curve last week and just got a few days to sort it out. Thank goodness to computer literate friends (Mary & Carolyn) who can walk me through the in's and out's of transferring a Word Documents to PDF??? I'll have to ask them what PDF means lolol.  After seeing the VC_Rocks Blog Hop last weekend some of you had requested I do a demo on how to make the  Scrunched Flowers from one of my previous cards.I have seen several variations of this flower on line (SCS, Stamping Connection) this is my version. I am not the originator. I added a little extra bonus to the last diagram by using Aluminum Foil to one of the flowers in this tutorial. I have not seen this done on line before and thought it came out nicely. So here goes my Second Make N Take for VC_Rocks and my blogging friends. Have fun scrunching.

Scrunched Scallop Flowers

Supplies Needed:

Scallop Circle Punch, Card Stock, Water Spritz Bottle (with water), 1 Large Bead.

1. Punch out 10 scallop circles. You can use the same color or combination of colors.

2. Spritz each flower with water and scrunch. The more you scrunch the better the effect will be. Set aside to dry.  If the scallop pieces are not completely dry the ink may run into lighter colors.

3. Once all pieces are fry start to assemble. At this point you have the option of using as many pieces as you like. The fewer the pieces the looser the flower will be, Try a different amount of pieces to see what effect you like.

4. Place one piece on top of the other. Use your piercing tool and matt to make a hole in the center of the scallop. Note: If the pieces are not dry enough the piercing tool may make the hole too big and the brad will not stay in place.

5. This step is important! Start from the inside piece and work your way out! Scrunch the top piece really tight and then continue to the last piece scrunching less with each piece. Fluff the flower to get your desired look.

Option: Spritz the completed flower with Shimmer Mist for a shiny look. I added a few pieces of Alumin Foil scallops to a flower and it came out really nice and shiny too!


Hope you enjoyed this demo, and have fun making you own Scrunched Flowers for your next project.

Now for the 2 Step Stamping Flower card with the Scrunched Flower. 

Supplies Needed:

1 scrunched flower made with Red, Black &White CS and Aluminum Foil. (See directions above).

1 small crystal brad from the Pretties Kit, Adhesive, and Small Glue Dots.

Real Red & Basic Black Classic Ink

Card Stock: (CS)

1 pc Black (CS) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 folded in half- 1 pc Black (CS) 3 5/8 x 4 3/3
1 pc Real Red (CS) 4 x 5 1/4
1 pc White (CS) 3 1/2 x 4 3/8

Stamp Sets:
Sweetheart (heartfelt thanks)
Awash with Flowers

Attach red (CS) to the black folded piece of (CS) then attach the second piece of black (CS) to the red (CS) with adhesive and set aside. Stamp the white (CS) with one of the solid flowers in the Awash with Flowers set in Real Red Ink. Stamp flower in a random  pattern 4 times. Repeat the random pattern using the corresponding outline stamp in Basic Black Ink. Stamp the heartfelt thanks sentiment in in the lower right hand side of the card. Attach the white stamped piece of (CS) to the top of the black (CS). Attach the premade scrunched flower to the stamped flower in the lower left hand corner of the card with glue dots. There you have it!
Far a little extra Wow you can attach a sheet of of white (CS) to the insdie of the card and stamp another two step flower and another sentiment to finish off the card.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A crazy few days

Hi my blogging friends, Hope this post find you all well and happy! Wow have I been busy. I am almost finished painting the porch Yippy. I need more paint and a different ladder one that will reach the outside of the roof trim before it is complete. So my porch will have to wait a few more days until I can gather up more supplies.!!!! Now I know why people hire Professional Painters Yikes this is a lot of work- up and down, up and shoulders are killing me lolol. Painting on the floor is easy but painting over head is a chore :).
Besides painting I finished 3 swaps and the forth is almost completed, I have pictures for ya. I also made another tutorial for a Make N Take for VC_Rocks I have attached a copy of the tutorial for you. I sent out 5-6 RAKs, The prize for the Blog Hop contest, and a little extra something for a friend of mine.
I started working in the garden again, cleaning out the dry and dead leaves & stalks from my irises and doing some general tidying up around each plant. I found out last year that I can not leave the old stuff around my plants because it starts to rot the bulbs. So maintenance is the key here. I also had to fertilize the Day Lilies again because they are starting to flower. I have to fertilize often around here as the soil is very dry and clay like so not much stays in the soil. My plan for today is to finish that last swap and get the envelopes addressed and in the mail. Have yourselves a great day and create something fun.

Friday, May 14, 2010

VC_Rocks First Annual Blog Hop!

Hello my VC_Rockin Friends! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you all enjoy the project that I made for our first annual Blog Hop and have fun looking around my little patch of dirt. This is my second year attending VC_Rocks and I am really enjoying re-acquainting with old friends and making new ones. You all push me(OK,elbow check)to learn new things(this blog)and step up my creativity(this project). If you are new to VC_Rocks or a seasoned rocker I hope you have a great summer and enjoy the ride.
Now on to the project.
I won a hat like this one a few months ago. It was at my up-lines monthly SU meetings and really wanted to make one for someone special. What a better time then now to make this project for you, my VC_Rockin girlfriends. I included two matching fancy fold gift cards to make it an extra special gift set. I do not know for sure who made this wonderful project but I bet you can find a link to it on the (SCS) Split Coast Stampers web site.
If you leave me a comment before moving on to the next blog, I’m going to pull a random number from the comment list and the winner will receive the Hat and the Gift Cards as my thank you gift for visiting. Please leave your full name or e-mail address so I can notify the lucky winner. I will also announce the winner on the main VC_Rocks blog early next week.

Supplies: Big Shot,Polka Dot Impression Folder, Scallop Circle Punch, Extra Large 2 Step
Tombo Adhesive, On Board Book Scallop Circle, Sanding Block, Personal Cutter and Scissors.

Card Stock: Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions Mini), White Card Stock, Old Olive (CS).

Ink: Rose Red Classic Ink.

Embellishments: Embosslets Beautiful Wings, Organza Ribbon 5/8”, Pretties Kit, Bigz Die SU
Beautiful Butterflies, Silver Elastic Cord.

1) Cut 2- 3” White circles.
2) Cut 2- 3 ¾” circles 1-in DSP, 1-in white.
3) Center one of the 3” circles in the center of the DSP circle and the other in center
of the white 3”circle.
4) Trace the 3” circles on both circles and draw lines to the 3” circle line.
5) Then cut little incisions to the circle line.
6) Fold the little incisions up to form a cup.

7) Glue the 3” circles to the inside of the cups. (This makes the hat top/bottom more secure)

8) Cut two 2 ½” x 11” strips, one in DSP and the other strip in White card stock.
9) Attach the white strip to the white folded circle cup using Tombo Adhesive set aside to dry.

10) Once dry attach the DSP 3 3/4” cup to the top of white strip to form a barrel.

11) Attach DSP to the barrel with Tombo adhesive & secure with a rubber band or hair tie.
Once the barrel is completed set it aside to dry.
12) Trace the Chip Board Scallop Circle on DSP. Cut the scallop circle out and attach it
 to the chip board with Tombo Adhesive. Set aside to dry.

13) Once the scallop circle is dry sand the edges until smooth and flush with chip board.
14) Use the piece of sponge to highlight the edges of the DSP Scallop and to cover up the edge of the chipboard with Rose Red ink.

15) Attach the DSP barrel to the scallop circle with Tombo Adhesive. Offset the barrel slightly to leave room for the embellishments. Place the seam to
face the larger area, as the embellishments will cover the seam.

Embellish: Wrap Organza Ribon around the barrel of the hat, secure it and tie a bow. Cut one
medium butterfly from the Bigz Die run it through the Big Shot with the
Polka Dot Textured Folder and highlight the edges with Rose Red ink. Cut out one
set of butterflies from the Embosslet Beautiful Wings Die set in DSP.
Attach two of the butterflies to the larger white butterfly and wrap the silver
Elastic Cord length wise around the butterfly to make a body and antenna. Make two
scallop circle flowers set aside. Make a hat pen with the pretties kit and a set
aside. Once all the embellishments have been assembled attach them to the Hat as desired.

This is such an amazing looking project. I hope you have enjoy your visit and thanks for stopping by. Comeback anytime just to see what's new at MyLittle Patch Of Dirt.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Make N Take Faux Silk

And there is more! I have completed my first Make N Take Tutorial!!!!!! Hope you like it!

I just learned how to do the Faux Silk technique this weekend.Melanie Cruz taught it to us.Thanks Melanie!

Hope you enjoy this Make N Take it is easy peasy quick and………. Uh, not so hard… (I didn’t want to say easy twice). 

1 piece of Tissue Paper- white or light colors- 3 x 3 1/2 . (I used lavender).
2 pieces of White card stock (1) 2 1/2 x 3, (1) 2 3/4 x 3 ¼.
2 pieces colored card stock (1) 5 1/4 x 4 Lavender Lace (1) 5 ½ x 8 ½ (folded in half )Elegant Eggplant.
Anywhere Glue Stick
Ribbon Organza
Shimmer Mist
4-5 sheets of typing paper or a couple pieces of grid paper.
Distressing Tool

Stamp Set
Of the Earth
Thoughts and Prayers for the sentiment.

Elegant Eggplant
Use Markers if you plan on adding two tones (flowers & leaves) (direct to stamp method)

Step(1) Use the rough side of the tissue paper (if you can tell the difference). If not don’t worry!
(PLEASE NOTE): When you stamp on the tissue paper it WILL bleed through. Please be sure there is nothing under your tissue paper except for scratch paper (Typing Paper or Grid Paper). Ink up the flower or use the marker-direct to stamp method for inking the flower. Stamp once onto the tissue paper, huff and stamp again several times. Keep your stamped images as close together as you can because are working on a small canvas.
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Step (2) Let tissue paper dry for a few minutes. When it is dry scrunch the tissue paper in to a small ball. Carefully smooth tissue back out. Apply glue stick to the entire surface of the smaller piece of white card stock. Place tissue paper image over the sticky white card stock, positioning it where you want it. (The tissue paper is not very forgiving so be careful) Smooth out the tissue paper starting from the center working your way out to the edges. Set aside to let dry. Once dried, use one squirt of Shimmer Mist ONLY! As the Mist will make your ink run. Set aside to dry again.

Step (3) While you are waiting pre assemble your card. Stamp sentiment & attach ribbon. Distress the edges of the 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 piece of card stock. Once the Faux Silk flower piece is dry trim the edges and attach this piece to the distressed piece of card stock. Adhere this piece to your card.Image and video hosting by TinyPic
There you have it a beautiful card creation.
Hi my blogging friends!I hope this note finds you all well and happy. I also hope you all had a great weekend and your Mothers Day was the best one ever! We have been working on our porch for 2 years (I know slowly but surly, but come on...) I finally have some updates on the porch and thought I would share them with you. Here are the before and during shots as it is not done yet (Soon I hope). I have to finish painting the rafters(that is a tough job) and then we will lay the carpet & do some trim work and it will be finished. If you know me this porch has been a pain in my ... (you know what). The base color is a Bayberry Stain, the floor as I said will have Indoor/Outdoor carpet on it but I had to seal it first with some kind of thick white sealer?? (Messy Stuff). Maybe in a week or so I can show you the finished project.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

Hello my blogging friends & happy Sunday to you. If you are a Mom Happy Mothers day. Moms are the best! We have to make two visits today on opposite sides of town. You know how that goes lololol. Well I just have a short post today because we are going to be busy all day So let me see if I can show you a few cards I have come up with and another beautiful Iris that is blooming this week, it is AMAZING! My Mom gave me a little bulb last year and it has really taken off. Oh ya and my wonderful MIL gave me all the other beautiful Irises that you have previously seen in the garden. Hope you all have a wonderful day. Drive Safe if you are going any place OK.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cased Cards

I hope this note finds you all well and happy. This is a super short post today I have a ton of things to do. But first I want to show you a couple really cool cards I cased LOLOL Yes I did. The first one I cased from Kay Kaltrof    (I hope I spelled your name correctly). This technique is called the Foux Water Color. It really looks much better in person. The second card I wish I remembered where I found it but I do not. If you are the artist please let me know. Your turtle is really cute.I made it for a Baby Swap and the girls really liked it. Well that is all from me today. Create something cool OK

Look what's new in the garden.

Hi bloggers, I have been keeping my eye out for these blooms. I am amazed these Irises are still blooming. There are hardly any leaves left, but what a beauty. The second photo is of one of our grape vines do you see the size of those clusters of grapes.. This is the first year the the vine produced grapes so I will keep you posted. Looks like we may have a bunch of Thompsons seedless red. The Green variety may need another year to get going. But we will see .

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello my blogging friends. This blog is about life, the world around us, my little patch of dirt, rubber stamping and paper crafting and every thing in between. No I'm not going to get philosophical on you -well not today anyhow . But I may add my two cents in from time to time. Why not it's my blog right hahahah.
Lets get real here. The reason I started this blog was because I want to join in on some fun blog tours and give and win prizes. I mean isn't that what a virtual life is all about (giving & winning prizes) well I guess there is a little more to it than just that. I mean really. Besides where else can you see pictures of really cool stuff like my paper creations, the progress of my little patch of dirt, my animals, and the world around us.