Friday, March 29, 2013

Technique tutorial with October Afternoon

I adore quilts. In the years that I have been married, I have replaced all the comforters my husband bought before with quilts. No, I have remotely no skills to become a real quilter! So, I make up for it by quilting with paper! Here's what I mean...
















I make quilt designs with paper for my scrapbook pages and cards. It's really easy. Let me walk you through the steps.
First choose a quilt pattern. Start simple. If you are a quilter, you can easily come up with your own design. If you are not, refer to pattern books, magazines, internet, etc. For today's project, I'm doing a chevron pattern because chevron is so trendy now.
















This design would work with three different patterned papers.














I have chosen three patterned papers from the Farm Girl collection: Rose Trellis, Berry Basket, and Fresh Eggs.



















You can do many beautiful quilt designs with just squares and triangles. I'm making a 4" x 6" card. For that, you'll need:
Pattern 1: NINE 1" squares
Pattern 2: NINE 1" squares
Pattern 3: SIX 1" squares


















You can punch or diecut the squares out of these papers. If you don't have an 1" square punch/die, use your paper trimmer to cut 1" wide strips and then slice them to make 1" squares. You could do the same with a craft knife and cutting mat.


















Cut each square diagonally to get two triangles. You should end up with

Pattern 1: EIGHTEEN Triangles
Pattern 2: EIGHTEEN Triangles
Pattern 3: TWELVE Triangles


















From this point, it's just like painting by numbers! Follow the pattern and glue the triangles in place.

















To create a more authentic feel, stitch around the edges.


















Add a few elements and the sentiment to finish the card.


















Hope you enjoyed today's technique tutorial and will give quilting with paper a try!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Glitz Design Uncharted Waters Blog Hop







Hi and welcome to Glitz Design's Uncharted Waters Blog Hop!
If you are new to my blog, then welcome again :)
Here's my layout for this hop...


















Supplies I used:
Uncharted Waters 12x12 Scallop paper
Uncharted Waters 12x12 Stripes paper
Uncharted Waters Journal stickers
Uncharted Waters Giant Rhinestones
Uncharted Waters Paper Garland
Uncharted Waters Washi Tape, Anchors
Uncharted Waters Washi Tape, Bokeh
Teeny Alphas- Metallic Gold

Hop on over to these blogs for ideas, inspiration, and more!
Lea Lawson – http://leascupcakesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Audrey Yeager – http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com/
Camilla Ekman – http://camillaslillasida.blogspot.com/
Gerry Van Gent – http://www.gerryscrafts.blogspot.com/
Janna Werner – http://jannawerner.de/
Karola Witczak – http://www.karolakraftuje.blogspot.com/
Laurie Schmidlin – http://justgivemestamps.typepad.com/
Lisa Andrews – http://lisaandrews.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha – http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/ (You are HERE)
Nicole Martel – http://nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
Noel Culbertson – http://paperpassionpixels.blogspot.com/
Rommel Okuma – http://risqueerabisque.wordpress.com/
Teresa Kline – http://paperieblooms.blogspot.com/
Glitz Design – http://glitzitnow.com/blog/


Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Winner: Tattered Floral Die

Drumrolls please...here's the winner of Sizzix Tattered Floral die from Tim Holtz!


Blogger Kathy/NorthCarolina said...
So pretty! I think the most fun thing about this challenge is seeing all the versatility of this die!
7.41 pm
Congrats Kathy! Please email me your address at mou_s51@yahoo.com and I'll ship your die to you. Thanks everyone for leaving encouraging comments and playing along!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and JustRite Papercraft Blog Hop

Hi everyone, Mou here! Welcome to the blog hop :)

Justrite






















Here's my layout:
























In my layout, I have used the following products:
Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Cotton Candy and Aqua Dolce
Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pens: Black, Cold Grey, and Cobalt Green 

Let me walk you through the steps.


I colored the background with Gelatos® and then stamped on the wet background.





















I stamped a border on cardstock and cut it with scissors.







 I stamped kind of a frame around for a layered look.



Next, I stamped some flowers, cut them out and attached them to the page.




I stamped some more lacy medallions.


I stitched, added my photo, title and journaling to finish.

Hop on for more inspiration




Happy hopping!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Glitz for March

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's March already? March is green... for spring, for St. Patrick's Day. Glitz Design's theme for this week is Go Green! Here are my takes...
My first layout is about waiting for the lights to turn green. Sometimes, we are stuck in unpleasantness and it feels like nothing's ever gonna change for better. It has been such for my little girl for some time. Getting bullied in school is such a feeling, feeling helpless as a parent is too! So, together we are waiting for the light to turn green and all systems go again. And that's what my first layout is all about.



My second layout is about spring and the fresh greenery it brings with it.




Supplies:
Layout 1

Color Me Happy Hearts 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy Woodgrain 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy Polka 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy Stripe 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy Whatnots
Color Me Happy Giant Roller Doodle Woodgrain
Color Me Happy Tiny Roller Doodle Cameras
Color Me Happy washi tape Woodgrain
Color Me Happy washi tape Rainbow Chevron
Uncharted Waters Rubber Stamps
Teeny Alphas Rainbow

Layout 2
Love You Madly Ampersand 12x12 paper
Love You Madly Floral 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy Hearts 12x12 paper
Color Me Happy Chalkboard 12x12 paper
Uncharted Waters washi tape Bokeh
Uncharted Waters Rubber Stamps
Teeny Alphas White

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Internationally Inspired 2

Here's what's been cooking since last October :)

2013Inspired2

















This online workshop includes direct access to the artists, all 15 projects & videos, each artists personal video tutorials, supplies lists and project photos.

with your unique link you will gain access to the classroom where you can stream the videos AND/OR download each video directly to your computer. the video will be yours forever once you download it. (however, we plan to keep the classroom accessibly to registered students indefinitely)
gain immediate INTERNATIONAL access to your inner ARTIST today
and join in this unique creative experience
$65

SO SO excited to be part of this :)

Monday, March 04, 2013

Faber-Castell 'Take the Challenge' March 2013


Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the third 'Take the Challenge' of 2013!

I have started a challenge series over at the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog. I think you might enjoy participating in this challenge. I'll be posting the challenges here on my blog, but to win prizes you'll need to link you creations in your comments on the Design Memory Crafts blog to my challenge post.
Today, I have a challenge for you. I feel that creative challenges help us experiment and learn new things. Challenges can help us get unstuck from creative ruts. They can also inspire us to create in ways we would not have thought of otherwise. So, I decided to take a few creative challenges myself and thought you might like to play along.
Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. The following Monday, we will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
Today's challenge is about making something you don't make everyday.
Recently, I made my very first piece of jewelry for a creative challenge. I have a long way to go but I'm happy to have taken the first step. I want you to take your first step outside your comfort zone -- make something you don't make everyday. 

Here's my take... a spring brooch



using some brand new products from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft's CHA Winter 2013 release- Tropical Designer Gelatos® 



















and Gesso from the Textural Accents Sampler 
















with diecut fabric flowers.


















I stitched the petals together to make a flower and stitched it onto a brooch backing. Then I added gesso here and there to the petals and sculpted the flower. When it dried, I added colors using the gelatos blending them with water. 

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post at the Design Memory Craft blog with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 3/15 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: TWO packs of Gelatos in the colors of your choice.

Gelatos new





















Don't forget to check back on Monday, 3/18 to see if YOU won! 
 Hope you play along! 

Saturday, March 02, 2013

A challenge and a giveaway

So, let's start at the beginning...
Back on Feb 22, Tim Holtz posted this amazing tutorial using his tattered floral die from Sizzix and a challenge to go with it.
On 2/27, Tammy Tutterow posted her take on her blog... goodness, my jaw dropped to the floor!!! What girl would not be happy to wear a hat like that!
Then I saw Paula's creation ... I love Paula Cheney and everything she makes :)
And Heather Smith and Richele Christensen... such different takes!
Guess what, I'm playing along too! But before you start looking, let me warn you that I have never made jewelry in my life. It's a first attempt... so instead of a tutorial, let me just show you the steps I took.
1. Using the Tattered Floral die, I cut out flowers from muslin and sorted the two smallest sizes, 15 of each.



















2. I painted the flowers with Picket Fence Distress Paint to give them a bit of body.






















3. Once the paint dried, I used Jet Black Archival Ink pad to stamp a saying from Curious Possibilities cling stamp set on some of the flowers.

















4. I stacked the flowers into 3 sets of 5 big and 5 small flowers, and stitched them together through the center using buttons from the Accoutrements Classic set as flower centers.

















5. I folded and stitched a piece of muslin to make a looped strip on which to mount the flowers to make a pendant which I then slid into a silver plated necklace.

























And jewelry, no matter how novice, needs a model :)

























You could take the Tattered Floral challenge too! Check out the details here.

And before you leave, there's a GIVEAWAY!!!
You could win the Tattered Floral die! Thanks to Tim, I can give away ONE die to one of my blog readers. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by midnight March 22nd EST

I hope you play along and good luck if you enter :)