Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Handmade Paper Flowers

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!!

I recently had a Snapguide follower ask me how I make the 
paper flowers that I use on all my Papercrafting projects 
so I thought I'd put together a quick tutorial. 
I used the Flipagram format for a quick walk thru tutorial. 
Check it out here....

I share my very favorite "rolled" flowers...

I like to make a handful of these while watching a movie 
or the evening news...I love having a variety of sizes, paper patterns and textures 
on hand so when I'm in crafting mode 
I don't have to stop to mindlessly make flowers. 
Having a stockpile on hand keeps my mojo flowing during design time! 

I also shared the stacked & crinkled version. 
I love this one as it uses up my scraps from the first one!!
 (You know my motto...."don't waste a single scrap"!!!)

(I use a scallop or circle punch and punch the outer edges from the spiral cut paper)
This flower adds great texture...distressing the edges really adds a pop!
These 2 styles pair up so lovely together! 

I make my flowers out of all sorts of papers, 
but I am partial to vintage sheet music and dictionary pages 
because they match just about everything and coordinate so nicely together. 

Variations include: cutting the spiral in a wave. Rather than trying to draw a wavy spiral (which always seems to get all wonky when I try)...I draw the standard spiral and cut it wavy. 
Subtly different effect but I love it!!

You can also add texture by cutting your spiral with a decorative edge scissor. 
I like the scallop or pinking edge. 

Watch for a full, more in depth flower making Snapguide tutorial coming soon. 
I'll cover more designs and offer complete 
supply lists, instructions and step out pics! 

Thanks for stopping by for 
Tutorial Tuesday today!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

November Holiday Craftapalooza Workshop

Saturday November 15th 10:00am to 6:00pm

ART @ the Farm is hosting a craft-filled-create-the-day-away event!

We will have pre-kitted projects available to create at your own pace. 
-Kits from favorite workshops past
-Christmas keepsakes
-Gift giving ideas & inspiration

Our Soiree Studios will be transformed into a Holiday Wonderland. 
An extra special Christmas Shop will be open for 
your exclusive browsing, shopping and enjoyment. 
We'll have a festive potluck, brimming with seasonal favorites. 
Old-Time Christmas movie classics. 
Awesome games & prizes.
Friends, fun and ART!!
Everything to get you in the Christmas Spirit!

seating is limited: 
you must pre-register and make a deposit to reserve a seat for this event. 

Project photos and descriptions will be added & updated
on our workshops page, facebook and our other social media sites. 
Please choose at least 2 specific projects/kits when you register.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email, text or message me.
Hope to see you there!! 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today's Masterpieces

Check out the fantastic creativity unleashed at today's 
ART @ the Farm 
Matchbox Masterpiece Workshop.

This is our sample piece....

Everyone was able to choose a frame.
We had an eclectic variety of colors and styles to suit everyone's taste.
From traditional black gallery,vintage, 
distressed & stacked to monochromatic black ornate. 

We started with a pile of matchbox sleeves & drawers 
and a plethora of beautiful paper covers.

Participants were able to fine tune a color palette 
to match their personal decor or project theme.

One of my most favorite things about teaching creative workshops is 
watching a group transform a selection of all the same supplies into 
amazing and unique works of personal Art. 
Each one turns out so different and truly one of a kind! 

Susan worked with all neutrals. 
She has yet to add her embellishments but I LOVE this color palette! 
Can't wait to see the finished product. 
(Love the ornate black matte frame she picked as well!!)

Leslie choose a colorful array of patterns and textures. 
The unique matting of this frame really ties the art and frame together. 
Well played Leslie!! 

Kate's subtle pattern choices and deliberate color placement 
create a lovely, eye-catching work of art!

Desiree's earthy color selection contrasted with the black & cream neutrals 
feels warm and welcoming. Such a cozy piece!! 

Rosemarie brought the art of collage to life! 
Pops of fun, bold color & unexpected textures offer a true artful feast for the eyes!! 

So SO much Fun!!
you won't want to miss our next crafty art filled day....

Saturday November 15th

For more information and workshop details please visit the 
WORKSHOPS page... (and sign up today!!) :) 

Kits ARE available for the 
Matchbox Masterpiece workshop!!
Kits are $35.00 (frame not included)
Kit includes: 20+ matchbox sleeves
10+ matchbox drawers
40+ paper covers (randomly choosen)
20+ collage embellishment pieces (randomly choosen)
step by step tutorial link
**stamping and embossing techniques are shared in the tutorial but supplies for this step are not included in the kit

Visit the KITS page for ordering information. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#TBT Favorite Fall Projects

Throw Back Thursday is here!
Today I thought I would share a few of my most 
very favorite Fall
projects from days gone by...

I'll start with this lovely layout.
The beauty of this one is in all the layering and little details.
I also shared how to alter & distress the basic background papers, muting the colors to create a 
softer more Autumnal feel to the brightly hued Bohemian Bazaar papers.  

...it's all the little things!

Here's a Snapguide for a step-by-step walk thru sharing all the 
techniques employed for this lovely layered layout. 

My next favorite project is this
Accordion Fall Daily
I created pockets on both the front & back of each side of the accordion.
Photos, trinkets, gathered mementos and Fall ephemera can be added as the season progresses.
Makes for a creative & unique mantel display or tablescape feature.
I added "gratitude" cards each day and shared with family on Thanksgiving Day. 

This project was featured in a Graphic 45/Petaloo Blog Hop so I created a fun tutorial for the hop....
check it out here: 

And lastly, I wanted to share a few Fall DIY home decor projects.

I love this simple wreath and sweet little pumpkin-
(super easy and family friendly projects too!!)

Upcycled dollar store candles & matchbox sets. 
(great to have on hand for hostess gifts!)

One of the questions I am asked most often is how do I decoupage so "cleanly"??
now I'm not exactly sure that "cleanly" would be how I would describe my process 
but the end result does look "clean" ...so
I put together a short video to show the process I follow 
for "clean" decoupaging.
and for even a little more pumpkiny fun...

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane 
featuring some of my favorite Fall projects crafted over the years.
What are your favorite Fall crafts or projects?

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Come Away With Me Trunk & Tag Mini

Discovered FLIPAGRAM...
Such a fun way to show project progression. 
So I'm currently addicted and uploading all my step out photos into Flipagrams.
and so here's another....

(I've also included a complete supply list, cutting guide and 
step by step instructions below). 

This project designed for Graphic 45.
Please visit the Graphic 45 blog 
for tons more crafty inspiration and product availability. 

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Staples- ATC Book Box, ATC Tags
Graphic 45 Come Away With Me Collection- 
Chipboard 2
12x12 papers-
Come Away With Me
Pleasure Trip
Look Out World
Graphic 45 Metal Staples-Ornate Metal Keyhole 1
Graphic 45 Metal Staples- Ornate Metal Key 1
2 small brads
Distress ink and applicator
Modge Podge or PVA Adhesive
optional: hole reinforcers, journal line stamps

Cutting Guide:
Come Away With Me-
each participant will need a 4 3/4”x9 3/4” piece

each participant will need 3- 2 1/4”x12” pieces

Pleasure Trip-
each participant will need 2- 3/4”x12” strips
we will also fussy cut a few pieces from this sheet and use to cover a couple of our ATC tag book pages.

each participant will need a 4 3/4”x6” piece

cut out all elements.
cut/remove the frames around the 4- 3”x4” pieces (so they will fit in our ATC “trunk”)

Look Out World-
cut out all elements
cut the destination words border into individual pieces
fussy cut “Palais Orsay” and “Cunard Line” labels (2 each)
individually cut out 1 each “Explore”, “Dream” and “Discover” from the word border piece
cut apart the travel poster/maps border piece

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Prepare trunk top cover piece and inside piece- using “Via Paris Air France” and “Wanderlust” cut apart pieces, dampen each piece lightly. Crinkle, then gently uncrinkle. Lightly tear and distress. Allow to dry.

2. Create ATC box trunk- Lay Come Away With Me paper on top of box. Fold paper around box. Score paper along the folds of the box. Adhere paper onto box. Distress edges with ink.

3. Adhere Wanderlust to the inside of box.

4. Adhere Cosmopolitan strips to sides of box. Center and wrap 1 strip around box, cut the second strip to cover the gap.
Attach Ornate Metal Keyhole with 2 small brads.

Follow the same steps above to cover the inside (using the reverse side pattern). Adhere “Come Away with Me” cut out inside the bottom of box.

5. Adhere trunk “straps” to box- using the Pleasure Trip strips, cut a piece from each strip for the front of box (approx. 2 1/4” pieces), adhere into place. Use the rest of the length of strips on the top of box. Line up with the 2 previously adhered pieces and wrap around box, adhere into place.

6. Decorate sides of trunk with travel stamps, destination words, chipboard and fussy cut labels.

7. Tie jute through the holes in the quote chipboard piece. Adhere to the back spine of trunk/box.

8. Use Modge Podge or PVA adhesive to adhere “Wanderlust” cut out to the top of trunk/box. Tie Ornate Metal Key to chipboard piece. Adhere to box.
Adhere “Via Paris Air France” cut out to the inside of trunk/box.

9. Assemble tag mini book-
Prepare cut apart tags and ATC pieces; distress, punch holes (add hole reinforcers if desired).
Prepare ATC tags; stamp journaling lines, add cut outs, borders, chipboard, etc.

10. Stack cut aparts, tags and ATC tags together and bind with book ring.

Upcoming Art@the Farm Workshops

Please join me @ the Farm
to create this beautiful altered masterpiece
Saturday, October 25th

Our day begins at 11:30
We will have 2 workshops-
1- matchbox art masterpiece cost: $45.00-$55.00 (depending on frame choice)
Potluck Lunch Break
2- pick your poison (choose a project from a variety of kits) cost: $20-$35

We will have delicious butternut squash soup simmering in the crock pot. 
Please bring a potluck dish to share...your Fall favorite would be perfect.

Bring your basic supply kit.

Email, text or message me with any questions.

Can't wait to get crafty with y'all!!

PS...PAYPAL is up and running 
and a $20.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.

please visit the WORKSHOPS page to 
make deposit and confirm your seat. 

Once Upon An Eerie Tale Pocket Mini w/Cover

I LOVE Fall! 
And I really, really love the crafts, the colors and the textures of Fall!!
This fun little pocket mini project encompasses all that is Fall to me...
wonderful colors, whimsical imagery and lots of chunky textures.



Supply List
Graphic 45 Supplies:
An Eerie Tale 12x12 papers-
Grand Illusion
Captivating Characters
Gone Batty
ATC tags
Large tags (2)
Ornate Metal Key
Ornate Metal Label Holder (2 brads for attaching)
Cardstock stickers

Misc. Supplies:
Scor-Pal Tool
Hole Punch
Corner Rounder
Distress Ink and applicator
Jute (1-2 ft.)
Coordinating ribbons (1-2 ft.)

Cutting Guide:
Abracadabra- cut:  
1- 4”x12”
2- 3 3/4”x12”, then cut this piece into 5 pieces: 1- 3 3/4”x3 7/8”, 3- 3 3/4”x2 1/2” and a 1/2” scrap
3- 2”x12”
The remaining piece can be used to make additional tags. 

Captivating Characters- cut: 
1- 3 3/4”x12”
2- 3/4”x12”
3- the remaining piece will be used for fussy cutting elements and can be used to create additional tags. 

Grand Illusion, Gone Batty and Enchantment- cut each piece into 2- 6”x12” pieces 

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Start with the 4"x12" Abracadabra piece, scoring at 3 1/2", then score at 1/2” increments to 8 1/2” (this will be 11 scores).
Fold along score lines, creating an accordion- this piece will be the cover and spine for our mini pocket book. (Note the 6 valleys created- each valley will accommodate one of our 6 pocket insert pages).

2. Score the 6- 6”x12” Enchantment, Gone Batty and Grand Illusion pieces- score at 1/2”, 3 1/4”, 6”, 8 3/4” and 11 1/2”, then turn and score at 2”.
Fold the 2” score line up, then fold the next 3 score lines (creating 6 “W”s)

3. Adhere the 6 “W”’s (insert pages) to the cover/spine- starting with one of the insert pages, adhere the 1/2” scored piece of the “W” to the left side of the first valley, then adhere the other (end) 1/2” scored piece to the right side of the valley 

Follow this same process for each “W” (insert page), adhering, one by one into each valley.  

4. Adhere 3/4”x12” strip of Captivating Characters to the spine edge of the cover (front & back),  trim to fit.

5. Embellish cover of book with cardstock stickers and a flower. 

6. Create Tag “Jacket” for book- score 2 large tags at 5 1/4” and 6” (measuring from the eyelet end). Fold score lines. Stack tags together (make sure front tag has the eyelet facing out and the back tag has the eyelet facing back). Line up score lines and adhere tags together. 

7. Adhere 2”x12” Abracadabra piece to 3 3/4”x12” Captivating Characters piece, cut 2” off the end of this created piece. (we will use this removed scrap for a tag later). 

Embellish with ABC stickers creating title pieces. Place the ornate metal label holder over “Fall” and set with brads. Add fussy cut elements from Captivating Characters.  

Wrap title piece around the front cover tag and adhere. (be sure to center the embellished title area). Further embellish title/cover with cardstock border stickers. 

8. Decorate “Magical” sticker tag with ABC stickers and ribbon. Adhere inside tag jacket cover . Adhere the 3 3/4”x3 7/8” Abracadabra to the back of the jacket. Tie jute and a metal key through the tag eyelets. 

9. Adhere mini pocket book inside tag jacket creation- you can adhere with glue for permanent placement or use velcro so you can remove and replace as desired. 

10. Create a variety of tags and journal cards to tuck into pocket mini-  
1. embellish ATC tags with stickers & ribbon scraps.
2. use remaining paper scraps to create additional tags, tuck tags into pockets.

This project designed for Graphic 45.
Please visit the Graphic 45 Blog for lots more inspiration and papercrafting goodness!!

 I hope you're having a 
wonderful Fall!!
and thank you, thank you for visiting
the blog today!!