Faux Metal Tutorial

This was so much fun!!! My page titled The Journey (above this tut) features this faux metal. Here are the supplies you'll need...

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Crepe Paper Carnations

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways!! Isn't this flower adorable!? I ran across this tutorial on the web months ago and it has been rolling around my head ever since. It is so versatile making it perfect for every one one of your gorgeous creations. Let's go!

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Calla Lily

I fell in love with this flower when I saw a video for it on the Heartfelt Creations website. So, if you don't want to read my tutorial you can click here to watch it over at HC. I did distress this up a little bit, which is not on the video. All right! Let's get started......

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Faux Leather Tutorial

Making faux leather is easier than you think. I know, I say that about a lot of my tutorials. Have I been wrong? LOL...

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Snowy Poinsettia

These flowers are just too cute! They are beyond easy to make too...BONUS!

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Emerging Color Stamping Technique

Ok, I'll admit it...I really love stamping and the more I stamp the more I want to stamp. It's a wonderfully vicious circle. Emerging Color is one of those techniques that have some very basic and constant elements to it, but the creative license is all yours in how you present it. I'm sure if you Google or YouTube you will find a ton of tutorials and a lot of them will be very similar. Emerging Color boils down to this one word: resist. This is at its very core a resist technique. The whole trick to doing this is to remember that you will work in layers.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

This is a page I did for a DIY challenge at scrapbook.com.  There were a few challenges added if you wanted to earn extra votes.  I decided to make the handmade flourishes and the recycle flowers from my stash to make new flowers with. 

We were provided a link to a tutorial for the flourishes on the Swirlydoos website.  I used patina stickles and opal liquid pearls.  I was pretty happy with the end result although with a little more practice I think I can eliminate the "peaks" at the top of some of the dots.  I think this is something I may do more of.  I like the creative freedom of choosing my own colors and making it my own.

As far as the flowers go, we were provided a tutorial for those as well.  I didn't really have the right type of flower to follow the tutorial, so I felt a little frustrated and decided to make my own type of flower using what I had in my own stash.  I took some flat, sunflower-like flowers and smooshed them up, inked them and used some perfect pearls powder.  I then used some of my Prima leaves and used distress ink on those as well.

Overall I like the colors I used and the easy, somewhat uncluttered look of the page.  I think that with every page I do I am learning and getting closer to what will ultimately be my "Style".  I like to try new and different techniques and with each new venture I am getting closer to something....... Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with this page, I feel good about it.  Here are one of my flourishes close up.
So far I am enjoying my journey and even more happy that I have been true to my creative self and making sure to do something creative everyday.  I still haven't found a way to work in a few more hours into my day to exercise,  and I don't think I have lost more than a few pounds....BUT I am doing something that I enjoy, when I can and that is what matters.  I'm also lucky enough to have my DD want to join me when I head to the work table.  I guess as long as I keep going, everything will work out, right?  I just hate that the warm weather is coming because that means less clothing.  It also means that camping season is close and I like to camp so I think that is what I will focus on. 

For the next week I only have my day job to deal with; no Board meetings, no Troop meetings.  This gives me time to catch up around the house and go be creative. 

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