Sunday, April 26, 2009

How to Make a Tissue Paper Pom Pom Flower Accent

I definitely cannot claim the tissue paper pom pom idea as my own (I think perhaps that title maybe goes to Martha Stewart), BUT I haven't seen anyone customize one yet to make it as an embellishment.

I made some pom poms recently for a luncheon, and added them on my napkin rings. It got my wheels turning on how I could make them for my cards, altered items, and layouts.

Start by figuring out how big you want it to be. I wanted mine about 2 inches wide (or so), so I cut 6 pieces of tissue paper into 3" x 6" pom poms. (You need to make it a little bit more on the sides because you will trim it in a bit.)

Stack the pieces of tissue on top of each other.
Accordian fold them.
And squish the accordian folds down. I discovered that cutting two notches out of the center helps for the next step.
Wrap some skinny thread or ribbon around the middle (I used crochet thread). Tie it tightly and trim off the ends.
Trim the sides; I did large, rounded "petals;" you can also make them pointy or use decorative edged scissors. Experiment for different looks!

Gently pull apart the layers on each side of the flower and fluff them around until it's to your liking. I wanted to put something in the middle of my flower, so I squished it down...

Like so.
This makes such a pretty accent for a card! They are rather bumpy, as you can see, so you may need to "squish it" more if you want to put it in an album. I think these would be so pretty on something altered as well!
Try using different colors & patterns of tissue in the same flower, or white tissue and then spritzing the edges with Maya Mist. I love that they are such a fast & easy way to make a truly unique embellishment. There are definitely lots of possibilities with these- and you'll be seeing more of them on my projects for sure!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dressed-Up Chipboard!

Hello! Here's a little something I did to dress up a chipboard piece for my altered recipe cards box.

I first cut out the chipboard shape with my Sizzix Big Shot, but you could use any other chipboard piece.

Trace and cut out a piece of patterned paper with the shape. Adhere the patterned paper to your chipboard shape.

Cover the surface of the chipboard shape now with a layer of Ranger Glossy Accent, and sprinkle some Pink Paislee glitter. Do this immediately after applying the glossy accent so that the glossy accent can act as a glue for the glitter to stick on.

And there you have a pretty, 'dressed-up' chipboard shape! :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Glitz & Glam!

This week it is all about adding some glitz to your scrapbook pages and cards. I use glitter, Stickles, and Diamond Dust on many of my pages. You can add them to just about anything to get a whole new look!
I love altering clear embellishments!
(Why the heck there are green plastic letters in there?)

For this LO, I took a clear flourish and used Crystal Lacquer to adhere the green glitter. (Pixie Stick glitter) And yes.....it is for a boy page!

I used my new favorite, Diamond Dust, for this Martha Stewart felt bird. It gives it a "sugary" coating. LOVE IT!

Used Diamond Dust here again for this clear button.

For the butterfly, I used a powder blue Stickle first, then while it was wet, sprinkled it with Diamond Dust.

......Yep used Diamond Dust for the top of the cupcake......yum!
Think outside of the box.....use it on fabric, plastic, directly to paper........it adds a perfect touch to spruce up those pages!
Have a great week!!!!