Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A New Tradition

Good morning everyone!
It is a big day at the Schriever residence, our baby girl is turning two today! And to celebrate I am initiating Throwback Thursdays where I will share one of my older-not always beautiful-pages. Now I can hear you already 'but Annie, it is only Wednesday'. No I didn't forget the days of the week-we are going to be out of town the next two Thursdays-but more to come on that tomorrow hopefully! So onward!

Our baby girl as she looks today-she has this habit of not keeping the couch cushions where they are supposed to be!

And here is my girl the first day we got her about about two months old-4 pounds of fluff, you could hold her in one hand-or carry her around in your pocket. She has been such a breath of fresh air in our lives! Happy Birthday Elphie!
'Elphie Now that We're Friends' 5/3/2010

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Flight of Ideas

I sat down in my room last night with the full intention of working on Coby's wedding album-the one I supposedly gave him for Christmas. Only to get distracted by the shiny package of Que Sara Sara die cuts by K&Company-and I ended up with a new page instead. Kudos to Coby for helping with the title!
It was so much fun creating this page, as I was working poppies kept coming to mind so I made this cute little poppy flower that I have a tutorial for to share with you.
Supplies needed:
Distress Inks (I used Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo and Mustard Seed)
Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut Cart (Flowers 3 and 34)
Marvy Uchida 8 petal flower punch
Patterned Paper or Cardstock

You will need 7 petals for each flower. Start by cutting out two of Flower 3 the same size and cut them into sections inking the edges-for this flower I used 1.5" flowers and Ripe Persimmon to ink the edges.

Cut a small snip in the bottom of each petal, roll each petal to give it some curl and glue one tab over the other.

Adhere the petals to a scrap circle of cardstock. I drew marks on the scrap to somewhat evenly space the petals. Next cut two of Flower 34, I cut one each from brown and yellow paper at 3/4". From the yellow also punch one 8 petal flower. Curl up the edges of the flowers and adhere them together off setting the petals slightly.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A tutorial to kick things off!

I've had some people ask me about the flowers I used on my altered composition notebook made for a secret sister swap over at so I wanted to share a tutorial on these little favorites of mine.

Things you will need:
  • -Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
  • -heavier weight Patterend paper or cardstock
  • -Tim Holtz Damask Texture Fade
  • -Brads, crystals or bling for the centers
  • -Distress Inks
  • -Adhesive of your choice
  • -stylus or something similar
  • -fine tip scissors

Start by cutting out your flowers from your cardstock.

  • For large flowers cut 2-3 medium and 1-2 small flowers
  • For small flowers cut 2-3 small flowers
Ink the edges of all flowers using distressed ink

Run your inked flowers through your embossing machine using the folder of your choice. Re-ink some of the edges and the embossing to give the flowers a bit of dimension.

Using a stylus begin rolling the petals, hold the stylus in the middle of a petal and roll the two edges up to create a valley. Then roll each edge down a bit to give it a psuedo 'M' shape. Bend the petals up towards the center of the flower. Do this to all flowers. *Be careful when bending the petals as the embossing can cause the paper to tear

Stack the medium flowers on top of each other off-setting the petals adhering as you go. Do the same with the small flowers and glue your centers. Re-fluff any petals, here is a photo of a finished flower!
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