Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Days Easel card tutorial

Happy Days Easel Card Tutorial.
Inspired by the super fun new collection of scrapbook papers and embellishments from Echo Park called ' Happy Days'

aqua cardstock 12" x 4 1/4" (score along 12" length at 5 1/5" and at 11")
Black cardstock 4 1/4" x 1"
Black cardstock scrap for punching
aqua cardstock scrap for die cutting
pink cardstock scrap for die cutting
Happy Days paper bottle caps 4 1/4" x 4
Happy Days retro paper 4" x 2"
Happy Days ADs paper 4" x 2"
Happy Days paper 4" x 2"
Happy Days bottle caps paper (pink plaid side) 1" x 4"
Happy Days retro paper (aqua striped side) 2 strips cut to 3/4" x 4"
Happy Days bottle caps paper scrap for punching
Salvage one of the label that says 'happydays' from one of your pattern papers and fussy cut out to be your greeting.
Sliver bottle cap

Required tools:
circle punch or die cut 1 1/2"
circle punch or die cut 1"
pinking circles die cut spellbinders nestabilities set
die cutter like the Big Shot or Cuttlebug

Step 1.
Gather supplies
punch a 1 1/2" black cardstock circle
punch 1 of the bottle cap print designs from scrap bottle cap patten paper with 1" circle punch
die cut a 1 3/4" pinking circle from aqua cardstock
die cut a 2 1/4" pinking circle from pink cardstock
cut all other papers to size

Step 2.
creating the 'award' embellishment
fussy cut the Happy Days label and adhere to center of black cardstock circle
adhere to aqua pinking circle die cut
use a pop dot or foam sq to adhere the aqua die cut to the larger pink die cut.
cut a notch in your 3 strips of pattern paper to create faux ribbon tails and adhere to back of layered award.
you can bend the paper back and forth in different places to create the look of ribbon if you like.
set aside.

Step 3.
creating the easel card shape.
fold at scored lines.
adhere the 4 1/4" x 4" bottle cap paper to the small 1" x 4" folded portion of your aqua card. This now will become the bottom of your easel card.
Now glue the 1" x 4 1/4" black cardstock strip across the bottle cap layer near the bottom edge.
To create a 'stopper' that keeps the card upright you need something with a little dimension- we are using a bottle cap.
layer the punched out bottle cap pattern paper to the top of the bottle cap. use foam tape or pop dots (you'll likely need to stack a couple on top of each other to make it thick enough) to the inside of the bottle cap and glue to center of the black strip. Now you can fold your card so that the stopper holds the card upright to make sure it's working for you.

Step 4.
adding the paper layers and finishing card.
you have 3 pieces of pattern paper cut to 4" x 2"
mix and match these overlaying one another to the card front.
Add glue dot or foam tape behind the prepared award embellishment and layer to card front.

Easel cards are great design for sharing photos or invitations too as your photo or invite is always on display.

This design you can fold closed and tuck the bottom under the layered award too.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Spooky Blocks

Fun Project idea!
Amber from our Gresham Oregon store designed this fun home decor project.

Create this set of decorative wood blocks to spell 'spooky'
Supplies: Set of 6 wood blocks
Glowing collection of Halloween Pattern Papers
Large alphabet chipboard letters
Black craft paint

Basic How to:
Paint edges of all 6 blocks with black paint
cover each side with different pattens of Halloween pattern scrapbook papers
add embellishments, and letters

Bonus idea! Cover one side of blocks in the Halloween paper as shown here, and cover the oppisite side with fall color papers and spell 'Autumn' . Now you can display 1 side for fall and the other for Halloween.
Arrange the blocks however you wish, you can stack them as we have, or make a tall tower, or line them up side by many options.

Or take this idea, and use colors and papers to match your decor-
Other 6 letter words to consider:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tim Holtz Make-N-Take This Saturday

This Saturday from noon until 3pm make sure to swing by the Craft Warehouse location nearest to you!  Make a Tim Holtz Paper Craft tag for FREE.  You'll see first hand why we love this line. 

What's entailed?  You'll get to use a die cut and emboss your project while having fun with distressing stains, ink, tissue tape and more. 

Want to find the location nearest to you?  Click here! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Get Creative With Cork

I love this project idea!  It's easy, fun and looks amazing when you're done.  Click the video above for a step by step look.  The best part about using alcohol ink on the glass gems is that there's no cutting involved.  Just a ziplock baggie and gloves (to avoid getting ink on your hands).  Plus it's fun to swish the color around.  Use something bold!

Shopping List
  • 24”x36” cork board
  • 24”x36” frame (take the glass out)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Stencil sponge
  • 12”x12” Crafter’s Workshop Brocade Stencil
  • Life is a journey….vinyl
  • 5”x7” Floating Frame
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glass Gems and thumb tacks
  • E-6000 Glue & Glue Gun
  • Diamond Glaze
  • Alcohol Ink (optional)
 1. Take your cork board, empty paint on a paper plate.  Using a sponge, blot paint on the stencil image.  You’ll position in the top left corner, top right corner and center below.  Allow to dry.
 2.  Adhere vinyl on the front of floating frame.  Size up scrapbook paper , cut and adhere on to the back edges.  Use a screwdriver to take out the hanger (you’ll want to make sure it sits flat on the board).
 3.  Once the cork board is dry, pop it into the 24”x36” frame. 
 4.  Take E-6000 and glue down the 5”x7” floating frame on the   center of the board.  Let dry.
 5.  For decorative tacks, take glass gems (use any size you like), and decorate using scrapbook paper.  Take the paper, trace the size of the gem, cut out, and use a drop of Diamond Glaze on the flat side of the gem.  Let dry.   You can also use alcohol ink and swish the glass gems in a zip lock baggie (this will transform clear gems to colorful ones.  *Note:  alcohol ink is messy and stains, so use gloves and let dry on a paper plate (or other surface that you can throw out).
 6. Take your glue gun, and adhere glass gem to thumb tack, repeat until you have enough to use.
You’re finished!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Design Team Member Blog Assignment - Flower Tutorial

 Welcome back, Michelle, from our Scrapbooking Design team! She has graciously offered to show us three different ways to create the flowers on her blog assignment shared with us last week.

As promised here are the tutorials to make the three flowers on my Tim Holtz printer tray project. 

Let’s start with the simplest one, the scallop ribbon flower.

For this flower all you need is the scallop ribbon, a 2” gluber and scissors.

Trim one Gluber from the sheet of four that it comes on and remove the top protective sheet.  Take your ribbon with the scallops facing out and starting from the outside of the Gluber work the ribbon around the circle, pinching and sticking to the Gluber as you go. 

Continue this technique around and gradually work your way in to the middle of the flower. 

Once you have reached the center simply trim the excess ribbon. 

You can use the flower as is or you can add a brad or bling to the center as well. 

I added leaves to this flower on the project.  For this I just used some of the extra zipper and cut two angled pieces.  Because I used a Gluber the bottom of the flower already has adhesive and is ready to stick where you want it.  I stuck the two zipper pieces to the bottom of the Gluber and adhered the flower to my project.

Next up is the zipper flower.

To make this flower you will need a zipper, scissors, adhesive, a needle and thread in a color that matches the zipper.

First step is to unzip the zipper and cut off the end piece with the zipper pull attached. 

Next cut 6 pieces of zipper about 2 1/2” long.  (I used 2” pieces and thought they could be a little longer). 

Thread your needle and make a running stitch down the side opposite the teeth for each of the 6 petal pieces.

Once you’ve finished stitching hold the zipper and pull the thread to gather the zipper.  The zipper will naturally curl inward.

Once it is curled in stitch the ends together and secure your stitches.  That’s it for the petals.

For the center of the flower take a long piece of zipper and again use a running stitch up the side of the zipper opposite the teeth.  Start gathering as you go, it’s easier than trying to gather it all at the end. 

Keep going until you’ve reached the size coil you want, I eyeball it but it’s usually a good size when you have two coils.  Then stitch the bottom to the rest of the zipper to hold the coil in place. 

To put it all together, cut out a circle from a piece of scrap paper.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle just something that can help guide you and give you something to adhere the petals to.

Using Beacon’s 3-IN-1, glue down each petal to the circle.

Then glue your center coil in the center of the petals.

Once the glue has dried a little use a paper piercer to make a whole in the paper circle for your brad to go through.

Then just add your brad and secure the back.

And finally here’s how to make the muslin coil flower.

Start by trimming a 1” wide strip of muslin. 

On one end tie a knot, this will be the center of your flower.  Trim off any excess fabric on the short end, but leave enough so the knot stays intact.

We are going to use a Gluber for this flower as well, but this time we are going to start in the middle.  Start by placing the knot in the middle of the Gluber. 

Then moving clockwise, bring the fabric around the middle in a circle and twist the fabric as you go, and making sure to push down to attach to the Gluber.

Continue this technique until you’ve reached the outside of the Gluber and cannot adhere anymore fabric to it.  Peel back a small portion of the protective cover on the bottom side of the adhesive and secure the end of the flower.  Trim any excess fabric.

To finish the flower I used a little of the paint provided and sponged some on the top of the flower to add a bit of color.  Let dry and that’s it.

Now you have all the details to create your own printer tray complete with handmade flowers.  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 

Thanks ~ Michelle ~

Visit Michelle's design team page on our website, here,to see more of her work!


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