Monday, July 25, 2016

Creative Embellishments Garden Journal

This is the time of year when I have steal moments here and there to be creative because I am so busy with my garden.  For several years now, I have wondered, how many jars of salsa did I make last year, how many pickles etc.  So I'm working away in the kitchen and not having a clue how much of anything I might need or how much we consume in a year's time.  I need to get organized.  

Idea!  What I need is a garden journal to keep up with what I'm doing.   Now I can I keep up with how much I plant and where each year along with the yield.  I have room to make notes about any problems encountered and also to note the type of plants I purchased and even when I planted them.

So I recycled an old 3 ring binder for my journal and covered it with Graphic 45's DIY paper which was perfect as it is large enough to cover a notebook without having to piece it.  I used some images from Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home collection to decorate the front of my journal but what I love most on my cover are the Creative Embellishments chipboard veggies that I painted.  I layered up the vegetables along with some Petaloo blooms and now I have pretty but useful journal to record all the goings on in my garden.

I just love the detail etching on the veggies;  look at that carrot, it looks so real to me.  
  I used a combination of acrylic paints and Lindy's mists to color the various vegetables.

I love the kernels that are etched on the corncob, it looks so realistic!  These pieces would be perfect for a scrapbook project about your garden or to decorate a card or tag for your gardening friends.

Inside the journal I covered the divider pages with design paper.  I kept it simple on purpose as this binder is going to get a real workout!

Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper-Bicycles and Polka Dots
Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Collection
Petaloo Botanica Blooms x 4 
Petalooi Burlap Blossoms x 4 Pistachio
Petaloo Burlap Blosssoms x 10 Pistachio

Thanks for visiting today!  Be sure to stop by the Creative Embellishments blog and don't forget to enter our July challenge.  You still have today and tomorrow to enter the challenge and maybe you'll be the lucky winner of a $50 gifrt certificate to the CE store.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Seaside fun with Creative Embellishments

Creative Embellishments has the perfect chippies to embellish my layout about my recent cruise.  I love that wave border there at the bottom, uh on, I think I feel the ship rolling.  Yep, the seas were rolling a little one day and there were a few seasick people.

I love quick and easy so to  color the chippies I just used some Lindy's Tibetan Poppy Teal.  It's a gorgeous color and really goes great with these Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea papers.

I placed the focal point on the photo of me by using a circle frame.  I used embossing enamel to color that.

Creative Embellishments

Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea collection
Petaloo Textured Elements Blossoms x 4 Teal
Lindy's Starburst Mist Tibetan Poppy Teal

Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to enter our monthly challenges at Creative Embellishments, you could win a gift certificate to the store!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kid friendly projects with Petaloo blooms!

Hi there paper friends!  Maggi here today with some kid friendly projects.  Need an activity for a birthday party for a bunch of sweet little girls?   I've got some great ideas for you.

Now I'm just a grown up kid and I still love stuffed animals and this pink poodle is my favorite!  Meet Sadie, she's modeling some of my projects for you today!

First up, a pith helmet all all jazzed up with pretty Petaloo blooms, Petaloo burlap trim, and  feathers. Graphic 45's new Safari Adventures collection was perfect for making this hat.  I cut the crown using Sillouette's 3D Garden Hat, then I designed a brim to go with it so that it would look like a pith helmet.  Here's a link to the brim.

Petaloo Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Safari Adventures collection
Sunflower button

This hat is oh so pretty and easy to make.  You can buy straw hats like this one at Hobby Lobby in different sizes and I bet Michael's also carries them.    This is a great project for younger girls because its so easy to make.  First I added some blue burlap trim at the base of the crown and then glued on some buttons for a fun embellishment.  Then I added lots of pretty Petaloo blooms.

I tied a pretty bow for the back of the hat.

I love those berry clusters!!
Petaloo Supplies:

And here's another great idea.  These foam visors are really inexpensive and the kids can decorate the visors and then wear them home.  That makes a great party activity and favor.

I went nuts with the flowers but you can never have too many flowers you know!  I glued some Petaloo burlap trim around the outer edge and added a pretty bow to the floral cluster.

Petaloo Supplies:

Now if you've got a rainy summer day and bored kids, a hat making activity might be just what you need to keep them entertained for a while!  Give them some paper, glue, tape, ribbons and of course, lots of Petaloo flowers and see what they come up with.

Thanks for joining me today!

Tutorial for Graphic 45 Tag Album from Safari Adventures

I am so loving the new Staples tags and policy envelopes!  They are just great for making fun little minis and best of all, you can assemble the basic mini in an hour.  Then you can keep it basic or go crazy with embellishments.

Square policy envelope and mini:

My Snap guide will take you through the process of building the basic mini.  Then you can decorate your pages as you wish or follow along with the photos I've provided of each page.

My list of supplies looks really lengthy, but that is because I used all scraps to decorate my pages.  For the blank mini, you need just two square tags, 2 sheets of cardstock or design paper for the inner pages, washi tape,  and a scrap of cardstock.

Tip: Save your scraps from your larger projects and then use the scraps to piece together minis, tags and cards.  Even little pieces have a place in these smaller projects!


Graphic 45 Safari Adventures 12 x 12 collection:
Safari Adventure
Lush Landscape
Serengeti Outfitters
Natural Habitat
Call of the Wild
Amazing Africa
Journey of a Lifetime
Creatures Great and Small
Birds of a Feather
Ephemera Cards
Tags and Pockets
Decorative Chipboard
Kraft Reflections collection-Forgotten City
Staples Cheers, Party, Celebrate-Kraft Tags
Policy Evelopes-Square Black
Metal Clock Keys
Washi Tape Set

Black cardstock
Petaloo Textured Elements Blossoms x 4 Amber
Petaloo Textured Elements Mini Blossoms x 9 Salmon, Amber
Petaloo Penny Lane Mini Pearl Daisies x 40 Antique Peach
Petaloo Textured Elements Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Apricot
Ranger Distress Ink - black
Wild Orchid Crafts Vintage Seam Binding - peach

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Build a page with the Flying Unicorn July kit!

Today I'm sharing a build a page tutorial featuring the July Flying Unicorn Kit.  Here's a list of the products that I used for this layout.

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Paper Collection
49 and Market Rustic Barn Medium Blooms
49 and Market Rustic Barn Small Blooms
Prima 6 x 6 Collection Kit Vintage Emporium
Prima Stencil 960155
Prima Color Bloom Tea Stain
Prima Paint Art Alchemy 963057
Prima Cork Stickers 576189
May Arts ribbon
Prima Wood Veneers
Other supplies:
Petaloo Darjeeling blooms
Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive mist

Don't feel like you have to use exactly what I've used, change it up and use what you have on hand if you don't have all these supplies.

Step 1

I like to assemble all my pieces and take care of all the little things before I put a layout together.  With that in mind, I am starting with the chipboard frame and title.  I've used the smaller corners included in Creative Embellishments Page Corners Set 3 and the word Friends from the Friends Word Set.  I made quick work of this by simply misting the chipboard and allowing it to dry while I worked on some of the other layout components.

Step 2

These are chipboard fern pieces and I colored them with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive.

Step 3
I fussy cut these ferns and the butterfly from the Vintage Artistry Flora and Fauna Cut Out Sheet.

Step 4

Locate the 6 x 6 sheet shown on the left below in the 6 x 6 Vintage Emporium paper pad and tear around the edges.  

Cut the piece out on the right from the Vintage Artistry Ephemera Cut Out Sheet. 

Distress and ink the edges as desired.

Step 5

Cut the piece out on the left from the Vintage Artistry Ephemera Cut Out Sheet. 

Locate the two tags in the kit.  Thread some twine thru a couple of buttons and adhere to the tags.

Distress and ink the edges as desired.

Step 6
Tear the paper,Vintage Artistry Specimen, in a manner similar to that shown below. Set the top piece aside for another use.

Step 7

Distress and ink the edges as desired.

Step 8

Cut the Vintage Artistry paper The Report diagonally so that it and the torn piece from Step 6 for a 12 x 12 sheet.

Step 9

Glue the two pieces of paper together, on the sides leaving the middle part unglued so that you can tuck some layers under the torn sheet.  Distress and ink the edges as desired.

Step 10

Add some stenciling to the bottom using the stencil in the kit and Distress Ink in Pumice.

Step 11
Adhere the small piece shown on the left about 1 1/2" from the top and 3" from the left side.  Ad the piece with the birds on it about 3" from the top and 1 1/2" from the right side tucking it under the torn piece as shown.

Step 12

Add one of the tags as shown below, about 3" from the top and 1 1/2" from the left side.

Step 13

Now find the placement of  the larger rectangle, about 4" from the top and 3 1/2" from the left side.  You can either tuck this piece under the large torn piece or layer it over top.  I tucked it under but you know, I think I meant to layer it on top!  Don't adhere this piece just yet, just mark it's placement.    Tuck the 2nd tag underneath.

Step 14

Now lift the rectangle and 2nd tag and turn them over.  We're going to make a hidden tag pocket.

Step 15

Use double sided tape to make a pocket  for the tag to slip into.  Then glue the rectangle in place and slip the tag into the pocket.

Step 16

Now glue the two chipboard page corners onto the layout as shown.

Step 17

Now add your photo.

Step 18

Glue the fussy cut ferns on the left side as shown.  Use foam tape to pop them up.  Glue the title chippy in place as shown.

Step 19
Add two of the  chipboard ferns on the right as shown.  Layer the 3rd fern piece over the fussy cut ferns.  Tuck in the little wooden veneer leafy branch.

Step 20

Now comes my favorite part!  Add your flowers in a pleasing manner. Tuck in some of the cork stickers and add a couple of butterflies.  Tie a bow and tuck under your flower on the left.

Flower and bow detail.

That's all there is to it.  Thanks for joining me today.  Be sure to post your creations to the Flying Unicorn Facebook page so that we can share your work with everyone on Facebook!


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