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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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The 4th of July

If I had to make a list of my all-time, top favorite photos, this would rank near the top.  This photo was taken on July 3, 2007.  We had my DHs family reunion here at our house.  My DD (on the far left) and her 3 cousins.  They are all 1 year apart, and unfortunately 2 of them live in Florida.  My SIL made matching dresses for the girls and while everyone was trying to get them to all look forward and smile, I was busy clicking away and this is one of those shots.  What makes this all the more special is that my niece, Kasey (3rd from the left) was 3 yrs old in the picture and my BIL and SIL had just found out shortly before making the drive north that Kasey's cancer was gone.  She had been battling cancer since just before she turned 1. Needless to say, this was a very special family reunion, and she is still cancer free!!!!! 

I used Creative Imaginations paper.  I always buy 2 of every paper.  So I took the other sheet and used a die cut I have in my stash as a template.  I flipped it over to use the solid burgundy side of the paper.  Then I took a stamp from my TH Urban Chic collection and used an Adirondack Paint Dabber, in white, in place of ink.  Once I had "painted" my stamp, I then stamped it in random places around my die cut.  I stamped off the page so that only some of the stamp was on, and the rest was on my scrap paper.  When it dried I distressed the edges and then went over the edges with the Paint Dabber.  I then took some scrap blue card stock and using a Nestie SVG, cut a small die cut.  I wanted something that matched my bigger die cut.  I then cut that in half and used the Paint Dapper on those edges as well.  Making sure to carry some of the paint up onto the card stock.  I then used Prima lace to provide another layer of contrast and added a few pearls.  Here is a close up.

I cut leaves using an SVG file on white paper.  I used Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress Ink to color then and then I used a water distress technique to age them a bit more. I used Petaloo flowers and a red ribbon. The little flowers I cut using an SVG and my Cricut.  I used Stormy Sky Distress Ink and Liquid Pearls to give them their centers and streaks down the petal.  For the Dusty Attic branch I used Smooch to give it color and then added my little blue flowers and a few leaves.  I have a few of Lisa Gregory's butterflies on there as well as a small pin.

I hope you enjoy this page as much as I do.  TFL!!!


2amscrapper said...

this is sooooooooo gorgeous--love how created your own paper and embellies

Scrapamum said...

eeeeek! I love it!

Lacee broyles said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So incredibly gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise said...

I LOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEE your page!!!!!! It's so beautiful and the picture of the girls is so precious!

Kygirlnfla said...

Absolutely stunning LO.....adorable photo and I hope that your sweet niece is still cancer-free!!!