Friday, September 27, 2013

Shabby Chic Flower Tutorial with Xyron and DCWV

Today I'd love to share a quick tutorial with you that will help you make your flowers more realistic.

I created these flowers as a topper on my Home Sweet Home gift box.  The paper collection I used is DCWV "Spiced Cider Stack".  Just lovely for the fall season.  Of course my Xyron glues helped me put it all together in no time.

So let's jump right in and see how to create these beautiful blooms.

Some of DCWV papers have a glossy finish and that is what I used on these flowers.  The first step is to cut out flower petals.  I used a Heartfelt Spellbinders die.

Turn the flowers over so the glossy side is down and spritz them with water.  Leave them for a minute or so to let the water saturate the paper.

Using a fine pair of tweezers and your fingers bend and wrinkle each petal as shown.

Using a sponge dauber rub ink along all the folds, creases and edges of the petals.  Your petals should still be a bit damp and the distress inks will bleed just a little bit, which is perfect.

Using McGill flower tools and foam pad and cup the center of your petals.  

Be sure your petals are all dry.  If they aren't you can dry them with a heat gun.  Take Xyron's Adhesive Dots and place one in the center of a petal.  Then adhere your next petal up and work upward until you have a full flower.  The adhesive dots let you build a flower very quickly.  

Finish your flower centers with a pearl, rhinestone or in my case I used a KaiserCraft Sparklet.  It's whatever you would like.  

Here are more pictures of my finished box.  

Need supplies?  Here is where you can stock up
  Xyron 5" Creative Station, Xyron 1.5" Create a Sticker, Xyron 3/16 " Adhesive Dots, Xyron/Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives, Xyron Mega Tape Runner, DCWV The Spiced Cider Stack, Core'dinations Chocolate Stack, Spellbinders, Chipboard, Martha Stewart Punch, Distress Ink / Aged Mahogany, Heartfelt Spellbinders Die, KaiserCraft Rhinestone Strip, KaiserCraft Sparklets

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two for Tags

Christmas tags are such a fun hot thing to make this year.  Everybody loves tags and it's something a little different than just a card.  These are two different tags I made for KasierCraft's Design Team using " Santa's List Collection ".  It's a fun, bright, poppy collection that is one you'll be sure to want for this season.

I wish you could see all the layering and the height that I get on my projects.  It really makes them a show stopper when you see them in person.  Sometimes pictures just don't do them justice. 
See you on Friday. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Heartfelt Semifinialist Listed, Please Vote

I'm thrilled to announce I have made the Semifinalist list for Heartfelt Creations.  I've been on their team before and can't tell you how much I love working for them.  Not only do they have beautiful dies and stamps the company/family themselves are just as beautiful as their products.  It's a joy to work for them.  So wish me luck and please VOTE for Lori Williams.  You can find the link below to cast away.

Vote for your favorite Semifinalists: We would love to have you participate and vote your 5 favorite semi-finalists. Review each one of their blogs and then CLICK HERE to submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on October 18th, 2013

My talented sister Gini Williams Cagle has been on the team and is hoping to continue. Her work is amazing!!!! Please vote for her as well.  Oh and there are prizes up for grabs for just voting, two in fact one for each poll.  It's a win, win for everybody.

Vote for your favorite Designers: When we announce a new design team call that also means that we have a tough time deciding which of the current designers continue on the HC design team. We are giving you the opportunity to get involved and vote for 5 or more of your current favorite design team members. You can CLICK HERE and submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on April 18th, 2013.



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Xyron, Graphic 45 and Petaloo Halloween Tower

Who doesn't love Halloween and especially when it paired up with some of the best craft goodies on the market?   Graphic 45 is known for their must have paper collections and " Steam Punk Spells " certainly fits the bill.  The paper has a vintage feel with vibrant colors and fun designs that make the latest release from Petaloo flowers mix together perfectly. I had such a blast creating this Halloween Home Décor Tower and I was able to pull everything together with all of my Xyron Glue Favorites.   
I started with three plain wooden block I picked up at my local craft store.  I painted the block black for my base and then started building up the layers.  My 5" Creative Station from Xyron helped me make large block stickers for the paper tile bases.  Honestly everything came together so quickly on this project.  I guess that just goes to show you what you can do with the right supplies. 
The Letters and finial were painted with crackled paint as well as the paper mache pumpkin and I layered and layered to give the piece a lot of character.  Once the paint was dry I rubbed with ink to highlight the crackle finish and on the finial I sanded as well to add a bit more distressing. 
I love nestling flowers in clusters on a project and I thought the metal keys fit the top cluster perfectly. 
I must say this is one of those projects that I will really enjoy decorating my home with during the Halloween season.
Want to see all the products I used to create this Halloween Tower....check out my complete list below. 

Xyron 5” Creative Station w/ Permanent, Xyron DIY Foam Tape, Xyron 1 ½ “ Sticker Maker, Clockworks #4500682, Vintage Voyage, Ornate Metal Keys, Totally Wicked 4500691, Beware 4500690, Banners 4500695, Nevermore 4500685, Pumpkin Power 4500688, Steampunk Tags and Pockets 4500697, Fanciful Floral 4500681, Petaloo Darjeelings Leaves Medium, Petaloos Dahlias Autumn, Petaloo Mini Daisy w/ leaves teal and aqua flowers, Wooden Blocks, May Arts Ribbon, Paper Mache Pumpkin, Tim Holtz Crackle Paint, Wooden Finial, Chipboard Letters, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Die

Monday, September 23, 2013

Live, Laugh, Love Layout

Today's layout is one of KaiserCraft's sketches for this month.  Do you play along with KaiserCraft?  It's a great place to get some sketches plus have a chance to win.  Be sure to check it out here

The bright colors of Santa's List collection from KaiserCraft are sure to please anyone and how could they not look adorable with any Christmas pictures.