Monday, September 19, 2011

Loon Lake "Snorkel" Workshop

On Saturday I had the pleasure of going to Loon Lake to host a workshop at The Ultimate Retreat, and let me tell you, this place is gorgeous!!! The scenery is just breathtaking, I was so sad to not have brought my camera - but next time!
I had a wonderful group of ladies join me to complete the below layouts, designed to get some of those summer photos scrapped! I just love this "Snorkel" line by Cosmo Cricket, it is too stinkin' cute!

Thanks again to Heather from The Ultimate Retreat and Sandra of The Memory Workshop, and all the great ladies who joined me in the workshop - can't wait till next month!!

Happy Scrappin'!
Andie :-)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wow! Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my 100th blog post! I just drew the Blog Candie winner and it was CHANTELLE!!! This is great for me cuz I'll see her soon and will not have to mail anything out :-) Congratulations, Chantelle!!!

And here is this week's AWESOME sketch at Let's Scrap this week:

This was my take on the sketch, and of course, with another paper flower! The photos are of my kids snuggled up together in our stateroom, after a long day, and before dinner. They looked sooooo sweet and cuddly :-) Hard to believe that was three years ago now! Was happy to add one more page to that Disney Cruise album though, almost done!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

100th Post!!! Fanfold Flower Tutorial

Yay!! This is my 100th post!!! I think we should celebrate a bit with some BLOG CANDIE!!!! Leave me a comment on this post between now and 11:59pm(PST), Thursday, Sept.15th and I'll draw one random winner for a small RAK of paper flowers by moi, Paper Candie Designs :-)

So enjoy the tutorial and spread the word!

This is what I call a Fanfold Flower:

I started with a 1.5" x 12" strip of Cranberry Cardstock and scored it at 1/4" intervals . . . on my new MS scorboard!!! I'm not usually one for many tools/machines, but when I find one I like, like the scoreboard, I gots to have it!! I knew it would be perfect for making these flowers. And yes, there is a Tim Holtz die out there for the Sizzix that you can use as well to make this alittle less time consuming.

Then fanfold it:

Using a strong bonding liquid glue (I used CTMH's Liquid Glass), adhere the ends together to make a circle like so:

Cut or punch out a round base that will be used to stabalize your flower. Cover with strong bonding glue - I used large glue dots here.

This part is hard to explain, and difficult to do the first few times, but by holding lightly to the outside edges of your fanfold circle, press down lighly into the center to get it to "collapse" like so:

Adhere the cardstock base to the bottom of the flower. This gives it stability and makes it easier to glue together.

Add some more liquid glue to the center and push the outer edges in slightly so that the inside of the flower adheres to the glue - you will need to hold this here for a big so it can dry . . . maybe sing a little diddy while your waiting . . . I had the Zac Brown Band belting out "I've got my toes in the water, a$$ in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand, life is good today, life is good today" in my head! Sorry, it was a reeeeaaaallly hot day here today! So now, if you've been following along making your flower while reading my rambling, it's probably close to dry now!!

I finished this one off by adding a My Mind's Eye specialty brad and inking the edges with black. I also left it all sit under something a bit weighty to finish drying completely and hold the brad in place (note, I did not pierce the brad thru, it is held by the glue). The sky's the limit though on how you'd like to finish yours! Have fun!! And I'd love for you to "Like" Paper Candie Designs on Facebook and share your flowers!!

Just to show the size difference, here is a 1"x12" strip made into the fanfold flower, next to the 1.5"x12" strip used in this tutorial. Doesn't take much to make it that much bigger!

And here is a glimpse of this type of flower in action . . . but only a glimpse because it is part of a page kit not yet released in support of BC Crop For Kids at the end of this month - I'll post more when it's been released for sale to the attendees.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial - don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a RAK of handmade paper flowers!!

Happy Scrappin'!
Andie :-)

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Raining Paper Flowers!!

Paper flowers have taken over my house! Literally. I just finished making 239 paper flowers to be put into goodie bags for the BC Crop for Kids, and I'm loving how they turned out!

I have no idea if they have a name, but I am calling them "punch and scrunch" flowers . . .cuz you punch em' and scrunch em'. . . pretty original of me, hey?!
Seriously though, I used a 2" Scallop Punch and did the following:
1) punch out 6 scallops for each flower - can be same pattern or mix of patterns, and a pattern on both sides of the papaer looks even better!
2) lightly mist the scallops with some water - LIGHTLY, you do not want them to get too wet and end up ripping, but you want the paper to be more pliable. Also, when your finished product dries it will harden and hold it's shape.
3) crumple each individual scallop into a ball.
4) flatten the crumpled scallop out.
5) stack the scallops - do not worry about them being perfectly straight, and if you are working with more than one pattern paper, or double sided, alter the pattern as you stack.
6) Pierce a brad thru the center - good way to use up some old ones you may have hangin' around, as you will not see the brad thru the finished flower.
7) Now, starting with the top scallop, crumple/pinch into the center. Do each layer one by one, and when your done you should have what resembles a rose bud.
8) Finally, slowly "unfold" this rose bud untill you are happy with your flower :-)

Here is a closer look of the ones I did - and I just love how each flower looks so different!

So since my world was already submerged in paper flowers these days, and it was my turn to post the Design Team Challenge at Let's Scrap this week . . . yep, you guessed it, Challenge 112 is all about paper flowers! The challenge is to use at least one HANDMADE paper flower on your card or layout, using a Let's Scrap sketch of course :-)

Here is my example for the challenge, where I've used one large punch and scrunch flower and two mini ones:

A close up of the punch and scrunch flower:

This one is a mini punch and scrunch flower - I used the largest flower from Stampin' Up!'s "Boho Blossoms" punch (item# 119858), and as much as I love the look of it, my fingers did not enjoy working with something that small, so beware of intricate work on these!

another mini punched and scrunched flower:

So give it a try, and stay tuned for more styles of paper flowers to come!!

Happy Scrappin'!
Andie :-)