Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Deco Flower **Gauche Alchemy and Flamingo Scraps**

I was at JoAnns finding crafts for my boys to do for the summer, and I stumbled upon some great finds.  One was this cardboard flower.  It is about 2 inches thick and 8 inches tall, and it was 70% off!!  I immediately thought I could decorate this thing and the September kit "Kokeshi" from Gauche Alchemy would be perfect!!

Here you see the original flower, very simple and just begging to be decorated!!

I attacked this like a paper mache or decoupage craft.  I smeared craft glue over the entire flower then open up the two napkins in the kit and pressed them over the entire flower.  I tore of excess tissue, added more glue, and added more tissue layers until the entire flowers was coated with tissue front back and in all the little crevices.  I then tore some of the other papers (origami and torn book pages) and glue them on for more layers.  Then I cut out some of the cute little animals from the papers and odd bits from the kit and layered them in with it all too. 

 Here you can see the back side of the flower.  The back side only has the tissue paper, so no torn paper or animals for layers.

I then pulled out the wire from the pink ribbon, tied a bow,  and placed it at the bottom of the flower like a little bow tie.  I then added a burlap flower, leaves, and bling from my stash to create a cute little table decoration.

Supplies Use - non kit items can be found at Flamingo Scraps

Kokeshi Kit (September) - tissue, ribbon, papers
Flower - Maya Road
Leaves and Bling - Recollections
Adhesive - Martha Stewart


Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Cat **Flamingo Scraps**

There were tears, laughter, cake smashing, and good times for all at Catherine's first birthday Party.  We held her party a couple of weeks early so grandparents could come, unfortunately with daddy working away from home now, there was not good weekend for him to be able to be there, so we had a second party for her with just daddy, Cat, Morgan, and me.  

The journaling reads "Laughing, crying, messy frosting face.....all the joys of delving in face first getting frosting everywhere as you devour your smash cake for your first birthday. Grandma Elaine went all out decorating and preparing for your party.  Grandma Marty, Erin, Madison, and your brothers were all there.  Aug 2013".  Grandpa Ray and Mommy were there too :)   She defiantly had she series of emotions going on that day.

I used lots of bits and pieces of old collections you can find in the grab boxes at Flamingo Scraps right now.  Parts of Pink Paislee, Prima, Heidi Swapp, and more!!  So head on over to Flamingo Scraps and get some great items!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Bazzil
Patterned Paper - Pink Pasilee and Heidi Swapp
Journal Cards and Strips - Pink Pasilee
Flowers and Bling - Prima
Mist - Heidi Swapp
Ink - Prima
Pen - Recollections
Filter Paper - Pink Pasilee

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy Birthday - Card **Gauche Alchemy**

I wanted to create a card for my mom that is elegant and special for her birthday, as she is one of the few people I know of that saves every card she is ever given, she even pulls out the ones that mean a lot to her year after year to put on display for that event.  It is one of the many reasons I put a lot of effort into creating a card for her, not only because she is my mom and does so much for me but because I know she appreciates them.

 I used the wonderful September kit "Kokeshi" from Gauche Alchemy to create this card.  I started with a kraft base, then layered it with the pearlescent white paper and then lots of layers of the Japanese book pages.  Each layer I inked along the edges to give them a more distressed look.  I then took a strip of the fabric along the middle, added in my own flowers and bling on top of the purple lace ribbon from the kit I made into a bow.  I then wrote out happy birthday on a spare part of the Japanese book page.

It is a very thick card, but I am hand delivering it and do not intend on placing it in an envelope to squish it, more than likely it will end on on her table for years to come.

Supplies Used

Kokeshi Kit (September) - fabric, lace ribbon, papers, book pages

Flowers, Leaves, and Bling - Recollections
Adhesive - Martha Stewart
Pen - Recollections
Ink - Ranger


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bird House **Gauche Alchemy**

I came across this cute little bird house and it just begged to be decorated, plus it was on sale so I paid less than a buck for it!!

I used tons of wonderful items from the September kit "Kokeshi" from Gauche Alchemy.  

I first the the washi tape and created layers on the front of the house to texture.  I then inked the edged of the entire bird house.
 I then glued on various sequins and shapes from the kit and then painted on gesso over them and let it dry.

I cut out sections of the oragami paper for the top and a different color for the sides.  The i combined spray mist and shaving cream and coated the entire house with it and let it dry.  After it was dry I then sprayed on more mist of the same pink color.  The dry shaving cream gave it more texture.

I then glued on some flowers, leaves, and a butterfly from my stash to the front and top.

Supplies Used

Kokeshi Kit (September) - papers, washi tape, sequins.

Flowers, Leaves, and Bling - Recollections
Adhesive - Martha Stewart
Mist - Tattered Angels
Ink - Ranger


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Birthday Hat **Flamingo Scraps**

When we got the party supplies for my daughter's first birthday I came across the cutest party hat, it had a flower and feathers and it was all in pink with party girl written on it.  My mother looked at my and said I could so make that, so I did, but in my own way.

I first used a store bought party hat as my template, so i opened it up and traced the hat shape on cute patterned paper and cut it out.  I then glued it to the original hat for more support, plus it already have the chin band on it to keep it on your head.

I then layered on tons of different trims from Maya Road and Websters.  I loved the hot pink idea, not soft pinks, so I just played with the fun pinks, white, and black.

I started at the bottom and placed a Maya Road Tutu tulle in Hibiscus Pink and added the Websters Ruffled Bloomers on top to more pop along the bottom of the hat.

I added a filter paper doily that I misted to match the colors of the trim under the Maya road Organza flower trim in the middle (in both pink and white).  I then added a Prima flower on top and added more Maya Road tulle under it.  Added in a bunch of little gems, a couple of Maya Road pins I colored in black Bic Mark its over the original white pin so they would pop, and then added a #1 on the front for her age, but you could but any number you want :)

My little model was non to happy to show off her new party had as it was dinner time not that she did not like her hat, hehe.

She finally let me take a picture without her crying by distracting her with the grass. 

Don't be afraid to think outside the box with your scrappy stuff to make fun things you wold have bought anyway.  The hat that gave me inspiration cost $10 at the party store and there was only 1 option to choose from and no age on it just happy birthday.  My hat cost me $6 or less depending on if you used scraps or new ribbons, plus I got to pick the colors I wanted and put her age on it.  I can also pull the little #1 off and replace it with a #2 next year!!

So head on over to Flamingo Scraps they have tons of flowers and trims in lots of colors to pick from to create a little had just like this.

Supplies Used


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