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Technique Tidbit Thursday: Spiral Flowers

This is a very simple technique. It’s fast, easy and gives wonderful dimension to any project.  Let’s get started!

  1. Get a piece of patterned paper and turn it over on it’s back. Draw a spiral. You don’t have to be perfect so freehand is ok.
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  3. Tear your paper following the spiral. Pinch the paper around the spiral to create more dimension.
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  5. Turn it over and ink the edges with ink, if desired.
  6. Now to create the flower: firrst stick the center of the spiral down to your project. Then slowly make a spiral, moving outward so you are working from the center to the outermost edge of the flower. When you’re at the end of the spiral, just tuck the end underneath the flower and adhere.
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  8. Embellish the center of the flower using a brad, button etc. Feel free to embellish the layers too with stickles or liquid pearls or anything else you might like!
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Tip: Layering this flower on top of another flower looks cool too!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Blog Sketch Contest #22

It’s that time again: blog sketch contest time!

The rules are simple: when you have completed your Layout you can post it in the “blog contest” gallery or e-mail to me at nicole@scrapbookersclubhouse.comPlease be sure to also name your entry with “Blog Contest #22” either in the title or description in the gallery.  The winner will have her work posted for all to admire and will provide an interpretation of a sketch for an upcoming Blog Sketch Contest. It’s great exposure for talented scrapbook artists!  Finally, this contest will remain as a blog contest and not be announced on our forum, so make sure to stay tuned regularly.  Entries are due by Sunday March 29th, 2009, midnight MST.

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To kickstart your creativity here is a wicked interpretation by Jenifer Cowles:
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Now get scrappin’!

How Delightful!

How Delightful is this?
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With the purchase of the full How Delightful Kit, you will receive April’s Sketch Duets!  That’s 2 sketches to take your creativity even higher.  AND this month’s Sketch Duet artist is none other than Angie Pedersen, author of “Book of Me”!

I had a ball creating with this kit!  Here are a couple of my samples:
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See more great ideas and creations here.  Then run over to the store and get your Preorder in today!

Scrappin’ Green: Texture Photos for Scrapbooking

Written by Mary Chong
http://www.marys-creative-zone.blogspot.com/

When I’m on holiday or just out and about taking photos I often take shots of unlikely things like textures, brickwork, sand, stones etc. These make awesome backgrounds for titles, journaling blocks and mattes or just when you need that “something”.

Simply print out your textural photos and stick alpha stickers or die cuts right over top.
You can also use these photos for when you just want to add some texture : cut your photos into geometric shapes for embellishments. This is an easy way to add extra flavour and interest to your layout.

Another thing you can do is to use your photos in your die cut machine. Cut your title directly out of the photos.

If you are handy with your photo editing software you can type your lettering right over top of your texture and then print it out – fast and easy – and you don’t have to mess around with glue!

Here are some examples:

On a recent trip through the Mediterranean I took photos of marble tile work from the floor of the Pantheon and the stone walkways surrounding the Coliseum in Rome. I manipulated these in Photoshop to create the following title blocks.
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Here’s a layout using the photos traditionally. As you can see, I’ve taken photos of the brick walls of the old buildings in the area and used them as a background for my journaling. The added bonus is that the colouring matches perfectly with the rest of the photos and I didn’t have to worry about matching cardstock.

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So, the next time you are out and about take some photos of the sand or the boardwalk or the grass and use them in your layouts.

Give it a try – I’d love to see how this technique works for you.

Technique Tidbit Thursday: 101 Uses for Stickles!

As you know, I love Stickles!  I find those lovely little glittery bottles to be completely addictive and I use them on at least half of my layouts.  I was lucky enough to receive an email that I filed away that I’d love to share with you on 101 ways to use Stickles.  If you weren’t a convert, you soon will be after reading the multitude of ways they can be used.  I’m not sure who the original author of this list is, but whoever you are, thank you!

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Check out this past Supply Salute on Stickles as well!

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And now, I present to you, 101 ways to use Stickles!

1. You can use Stickles to outline the letters in your titles.

2. You can use Stickles to outline the patterns, pictures & designs on your patterned papers.

3. You can add a little shimmer by spreading it around with your finger!

4. You can use Stickles on handmade cards.

5. You can use Stickles to make flowers glittery.

6. You can use Stickles to make “glitzy photo corners!”

7. You can use Stickles to make firework photos glittery!

8. You can use Stickles to make the “trails” from butterflies and dragonflies.

9. You can use Stickles to doodle dots and stitches.

10. You can use the clear one which is AWESOME on stickers etc. to really make them look special.
The Basic Grey cardstock stickers become 3-D and really spectacular! !

11. You can use Stickles to outline the veins in leaves.

12. You can use Stickles to add to the clothing on Bella stamps to make the girls look ready for a night on the town!

13. You can use Stickles to make brads sparkly!

14. You can use Stickles to make ribbon sparkly!

15. You can use Stickles to make icing on cupcakes and cakes shimmer.

16. You can use Stickles to make waves look 3-D.

17. You can use Stickles for making cherries/fruit shimmer as if wet.

18. You can use the color Orange to make the “fire” on the end of a birthday candle!

19. You can use Stickles to make rain drops or water drops from a watering can.

20. You can use Stickles to make fairy dust around a fairy’s wand.

21. You can use Stickles to decorate your kids school supplies instead of buying designer stuff.

22. You can use Stickles to cover entire cutouts.

23. You can use Stickles over the designs on grunge board. It looks great!

24. You can use Burgundy Stickles as the perfect color to add blood droplets on your Halloween LO’s.

25. To cover clear embellishments entirely and make them oh so sparkly!

26. You can use Stickles under transparencies, to adhere them. Looks great for bubbles.

27. You can use Stickles for decorating t-shirts. When they’re worn down, ripped or you tired of them, cut out the design and scrap it. More mileage this way.

28. You can use dots made with Stickles to border a page!

29. You can use Stickles for slug trails.

30. You can use Stickles for snail trails.

31. You can use Stickles to decorate tennis shoes.

32. You can use Stickles to decorate buttons.

33. You can use Stickles to decorate ribbons.

34. You can use Stickles to make a spiderweb sparkle in a Halloween LO.

35. You can use Stickles on handmade tags.

36. You can use Stickles to add bling to hats or crowns.

37. You can use Stickles to make jewelry gleam!

38. You can use Stickles to make belts shine!

39. You can use Stickles to add pizazz to purses & some shine to shoes!

40. Add Stickles to all or any misc accessories! (whether it be in a LO or IRL.That’s up to you! LOL!)

41. Add stickles dots to decorate lots of things, especially stamped swirls or flowers.

42. You can use Stickles generally anywhere on your LO, just to add some bling!

43. You can use Stickles to highlight just one letter in a title and make it POP!

44. You can use Stickles to make a circle or square of dots to frame closely in on a face or object in a photo.

45. You can add Stickles to the center of flowers.

46. You can run Stickles along swirly-swirls!

47. You can use a line of Stickles to make a thin (or thick!) border around anything (or everything!) on your page.

48. You can use Stickles to highlight the shadow on stamped letters.

49. You can use Stickles to stamp with them!

50. You can use Stickles to embellish concert LO’s.

51. You can use Stickles to make flourishes on your flourishes and make them look embossed.

52. You can use your Stickles to add bling to a star.

53. You can add them to flames to make them shimmer, glow & come alive!

54. You can use the color Cotton Candy to enhance.Um, well, Cotton Candy!

55. You can use the Candy Cane Stickles for.Candy Canes!

56. You can use the Icicle Stickles for.Icicles.

57. You can use Waterfall Stickles for.Water & Waterfalls.

58. You can use Orange Peel Stickles for.Oranges.

59. You can use Stickles to make the lines of a shooting star!

60. You can use Stickles on flowers to make them sparkle!

61. You can use Stickles as paint (dot a little then spread with paintbrush)

62. You can use Stickles to make a proper Disco Ball!

63. You can tear paper snow for cards or layouts & run Stickles along the top edge of the snow.

64. Stock up on the white/frosty colored Stickles.Stickle the paper or the ghost shape flakes.You can also stamp snowflakes and put Stickles in the center of the snowflake.

65. You can add Stickle to anything that you stamp!

66. You can use Stickles on paper piercings.

67. You can use Stickles on diecuts.

68. When using jewels, outline the jewel with Stickles.

69. You can use Stickles to outline a journal box.

70. You can use Stickles to decorate a cast.

71. You can use Stickles to decorate gift bags.

72. You can use Stickles to decorate wrapping paper.

73. You can use Stickles on feathers for Mardi Gras or Las Vegas LOs.

74. You can use Stickles with a stencil instead of ink.

75. You can print out stuff from Google, then add Stickles and top with Diamond Glaze to make homemade sparkly stickers!

76. You can apply Stickles to the top of Thickers.

77. When glitter comes off of stickers/paper, you can fill it in with Stickles to make it back to normal!.You can use Stickles to glue more glitter on top of the sticker!

78. You can use Stickles to make the eyes on a Disney Princess cut with your Cricut.

79. You can use Stickles to create rays of sunshine!

80. You can use your Stickles to create a rainbow!

81. You can use Stickles to make a heart (or hearts) shine!

82. You can use Stickles to make stars glitter & shine!

83. You can use Stickles to make moonbeams shine!

84. You can use Stickles on diecut Christmas trees to make the bulbs sparkle & shine!

85. You can add Stickles to your own Christmas ornaments or Christmas ornaments as gifts!

86. You can use Stickles to add shine to a trophy.

87. You can use Stickles to a title block.

88. You can use Stickles to add sparkles to a Shamrock.

89. You can use Stickles to add sparkles to an Easter Egg.

90. You can use Stickles to add rays of light to a Christian cross.

91. You can use Stickles to create firework frame around something (For example, a name or an object!)

92. You can use Stickles to make fish glimmer.

93. You can use Stickles to make water reflect (ocean, lake, waterfall, ripples, streams, fountain, aquarium, etc.)

94. You can use Stickles to make a reflective mirror.

95. You can use Stickles to highlight Art Deco from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s found in the backgrounds of pictures.

96. You can use Stickles to highlight a monogram.

97. You can use Stickles on inchies.

98. You can use Stickles on tear bears.

99. You can use Stickles to add bling to automobiles.

100. You can use Stickles on your Disney Princess pages.

101. You can use Stickles on everything & anything & as long as you still have Stickles to use!