Sunday, January 31, 2010

Piece of Cake - February Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! February SOTM is Piece of Cake, a set of Ten (10) stamps. If you have come here from Nancy Brown's Blog you got a taste of the talent represented! We have over seventy Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations, using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products. It is simple to hop along - just click on the link at the end of the post to move to the next one!
Here is a collection of items I made this month.
And now for the close ups - with details . . .
The paper pack is Grace using Twilight, Cocoa and Colonial White cardstock.  I used glitter on the cake flowers and scored the cocoa cardstock in a diamond pattern before sanding to reveal the white core.  Love the new paper flowers, this one is folded in half and secured with a pewter brad.

Next in line is a pop up twirl card.
Stamping of a border is done with Twilight on Twilight.  I took a strip of B&T from the Grace paperpack and folded it to create a ruffle under the flower.  Love the filegree flowers and attached sparkels to add that shine! 

The inside is the Pop-up Twirl Card using a cake to spin when the card is opened.  I used our sparkles on the top and bottom of a bamboo skewer stick (instead of the buttons noted in the instructions, also used waxy flax for the thread).
Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 28th! Contact your CTMH Consultant to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

If you get lost along the hop, click here for the complete list of participants.

Now "Hop" on over to Latisha Haag's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

February Blog Hop

Jena DeVries
Helen Onulak
Haley Dyer
Lori Miller
Jill Lucas
Laura Dame
Carla Ironside
Amy Edwards
Deb Young
Barbra Otten
Jamia Bankhead
Chris Shouse
Debra Van Patten
Jessica Booth
Jen Patrick
Melissa Laverty
Jody Gustafson
Katy Donaldson
Caren Goldsein
Kathleen Androlewicz
Shirley Ross
Laurie Levnik
Laurie Newton
Mary Eisen
Sarita Schraeder
Cibele Glazer
Adeline E. Brill
Jenifer Benner
Wanda Riley
Sylvia Jacquot
Amy McVey
Dawn Ross
Nancy Brown
Susan Brooks
Latisha Haag
Cindy Leek
Judy Burger
Nona Davenport
Kim O'Rear
Kristie Herdener
Karen Norman
Carol Loftus
Lori Leng
Misty Jackson
Michelle Nist
Lori Brown
Kimberly Smith
Tanya David
Krista Ritskes
Traci Godbee
Kami Welter
Beth Naumann
Brenda Harmless
Sheila Bennett
Melissa Burch
Antoinette Herrin
Jen Rubio
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Terrie Dodd
Dawn Heuft
Brae Montgomery
Pamela O'Connor
Angela Tutton
Shannon Pelletier
Alison Mullen
Laura Petruso
Carol Horton
Georgia Hauglid
Michelle Loncar
Shannon Buck
Danielle Chapman
Annette Green

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bows using Jan SOTM Labels

And Here is the second set of directions:

You need 4 stamped labels (the ones which are more rectangular work better for these bows)

Cut the label out and then fold in half to cut out the center of the label (you can trim it up if you need to after the bulk is out).      You will then want to fold the label in half both length and width (horizontally/vertically).  Once you have done this, then you want to fold the corners the opposite direction of your initial folds (so if your center folds are mountain folds, then fold the corners as valley folds).  Once you get to assembly, if you find you want the folds going the opposite directions, it is easy to reverse the folds.

Once you have the labels folded, place a small dot of liquid glass on the mid point of the longest side.       NOTE:  it doesn't really matter which side you glue together because you can showcase either side once the bow is complete (If you are using B&T).  If you are showing off the stamped image, then glue on the opposite side.
Fold the label in half and pinch (or to photograph this I used a tiny cloths pin) to hold the sides together until the glue holds it together.   Repeat this with all 4 labels

Once the glue is dry, I pinch the center of each label and make sure my folds are crisp.

Then, place a small dot of liquid glass in the same center point of each label (three dots of liquid glass) - and stack up your labels.  This photo shows three labels together (so there are two spots of glue between the three layers).  Clip or pinch until each section is dry.

Here are all 4 labels together and clipped.  I'm thinking this would be cute for a buttlerfly on a card as well.  Hmmmmm......
Once your glue is dry, then spread out each label section.  I put a small amount of glue between the first section and the final section once I had spread everything out and clipped those sections together just to get a nice neat circle.  So here you see the front and back utilizing two different labels.

If you want to add additional layers, then you will get a more three dimensional look (I did that in my blog hop post on the shopping list portfolio - I used 5 labels and didn't try to make it lie flat).

There are the basics, There are ways to pop it up, alternate the back and front and get an entirely different look and remember, both sides are visible so it is a fun 3D feature.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  If you have questions, leave me a message and I will try to clarify.

Ribbon Bow from Jan SOTM Labels

As promised, here is one set of directions:

I created this bow with 3 stamped labels - You can use card stock or B&T (I found it easier to do the first couple with cardstock). 

You want to cut out the outer edge of the label and then also remove the center. 
Fold the image in half to make removing the center easier.  You can always trim a little more if you find that is necessary, this just speeds things along (yes, I am a bit impatient).
Next you will need to fold the label in half horizontally, then vertically along the label.  You can fold some labels to show label design and others to show the opposite side (for B&T) - this is shown in the third image with the scissor cap.  The next thing you need to do is to fold each corner the opposite direction of your center folds (so if your vertical/horizontal folds are mountain folds, then fold the corners as valley folds).  The corner fold is shown with the sciccors.  The final image in this photo shows the completely folded label.

This next image shows putting the ribbon bow together.  I put the label Brown side up through the center of the label with Yellow side up.  1/2 of the label is under the yellow and 1/2 is above it.

The next layer is a yellow label which goes through the middle of the first two labels, 1/2 behind and a quarter turn different than the first one (in my case I put the label 1/4 turn to the left under the brown label - I held onto the third label for a reference) and the other 1/2 on top.  When you have this layer done, the ribbon bow is complete.  I found that going much beyond 3 layers make the bow start to move off center.  To get the ribbon effect, make sure that your folds are crisp and crisp up folds as needed in the various levels.  I attached the bow by placing small glue dots on the various levels of labels (backside) and then adhered to my card.  The bow will tend to stay together but reinforcing with glue dots at points where the labels are coming together isn't a bad idea.

I'm working on the second set of instructions and will post them soon!

Hope you enjoy.