Friday, March 19, 2010

All good things must come to an end....

This is probably the hardest post for me to write. I am so sad to announce that today's challenge post is the final post for our beloved blog. I have undertaken a career change (photography) that is consuming almost all the time that I formerly devoted to scrapbooking and while this is a great thing for me personally, it does mean that there just isn't the time available for me to give the right attention to the commitment of blogging. So rather than doing a poor job of blogging and of photography, I have had to make a choice... and that means that this blog will end.

My sincerest thanks go out to each and every designer who has ever worked with us, sharing creativity, inspiration, personal stories and their unique art. I only dreamed that this humble project would grow to be something that included so many people around the world and I feel as though we are all close friends. I will miss you all :)

A very special thanks goes out to Tania Lennox who, over the cours of the last couple of years has contributed in a way that I can never adequately thank her for. Tania, your support, love, kindness, generosity and willingness to do what needs to be done is second to none. You are the only reason I've kept this beautiful project going as long as I have. When I lose faith or focus, you are always there to get me back on track. Thank you so much, my dear friend. The success of this creative endeavour is as much yours as it is mine. Take a bow!

All of you are so special to me and I'll treasure you always. Thank you for all your love and support...and above all else, thank you for your creativity.

Love, hugs & paper

challenge 168

Sketch week again! I love how the design team used it in such different ways again!
If you are new and want to learn more on how our challenges work here's all the info for that. Play along and have fun with it! :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday Tutorials - ruffled ribbon

I'm going to show you how to dress up your ribbon for your projects and layouts. Another way to use ribbon...


- ribbon with stitching down the centre of it. You could really add the stitching to any ribbon to make this work.
-thread and needle
-small fabric or paper flowers
-strong hold glue like diamond glaze

Pull on the middle thread until it's long enough to make a knot. Now push the ribbon towards the knot until you get the amount of ruffles you want. Tie a knot at the other end to hold the ruffles in place. Trim the excess thread off.

Sew your flowers randomly on your ruffled ribbon. Add your gems with your strong hold adhesive to the middle of your flowers. That's it!

Now you have ruffled, decorated ribbon to add to your projects!
Hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy tutorial. If you use this idea on a project I would love to see it, link it up!

Friday, March 12, 2010

challenge 167

Hello, we are back with another one. This week we want you to pull out your
Glimmer Mist.
This popular technique is being seen everywhere and we want to see how you use it. For all you newbies that want to join in on our fun here's how it all works.
Let`s get started! :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday Tutorials - Dictionary/Music Paper Flowers

There are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make paper flowers. I'm going to show you one of my own combining a couple of tutorials I've seen.


music or dictionary paper (you can really use any paper)
mists, I used lime and olive
a button or gem for the centre

To start, hand cut a few circles out of your paper. They don't have to be perfect as it adds to the charm. The more circles you cut the fuller your flower will be.

Next spray your circles with your mist. I started with lime first. Partly dry them with a heat gun (until they are slightly damp). Now wrinkle them into a ball, then open them up again. Finish drying them.
Your flower should start looking like this.

Spray with your second colour on each circle. I sprayed olive (a darker green) on the edges. Your flower should now have more depth to it.

Finally use your adhesive and attach each piece together in the middle. Add your button or gem.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. I would love to see your flowers, link them up! :)
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