Friday, April 29, 2011

Ostentatiously Flamboyant!!

What could clothing tags, ribbon and paper all have in common?  Well, you're about to find out. If you guessed book marks you get an A on your test today.   Hi, it's Andrea, you are in for an exciting time with May Arts,  Little Yellow Bicycle, and Me.  Let's get started. 

Can I just tell you how absolutely gorgeous these ribbons are from May Arts?  Unfortunately I'm not a professional photographer so these pictures do not give the ribbon proper justice.  When I got the ribbon in the mail, opening the box was like walking into a candy store.  Mmmm, Mmmm!  All of them are so fun, but I think my favorite of these would have to be MN41. Orange, pink, turquoise and yellow checks combined made my heart skip a beat. 
 Yes, old clothing tags make great book marks!  Not only do you get great book marks by embellishing them, you are going green and being Eco-friendly. (you can also use cereal box etc.)  With the help of The Little Yellow Bicycle's Elizabeth Park Collection, EP102-Bloom Bands/ Lattice paper, EP185 Epoxy stickers, the 6x6 decorative edge paper and luscious May Arts ribbon the book marks turned out stupendously extravagant.
 The directions for are very simple. 
Choose which adhesive best suits you,
cut your paper and embellishments, 
apply it to the clothing tag,
place your paper and embellishments, 
 use your favorite hole punch,
 laminate with clear self laminate,
re-punch your hole
 and tie your ribbons.
Voila!!  They can be used by you, given as a gift, great kid friendly project etc. and are easy to make in minutes or keep on hand for that last minute grab.  I got playing with the photo shop and loved the picture above, so I thought I'd share it with you.
Here are a few more pictures.........

I had so much fun making the book marks that I grabbed some spare paper and embellishments from our last blog swap week with Bella Blvd. and made a few more.
The ribbons I used were....

Go ahead and start saving those tags!  Now let's hear those fantastic comments and enjoy your week adventure with May Arts,  The Little Yellow Bicycle and some amazingly talented women.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!!

Hi everyone!  I did a blog swap week with May Arts and Bella BLVD.  Check it out.  I had so much fun creating this beautiful spring door hanger.

Here's the details on how to make one for yourself.  I found a 12X12 wood piece that I painted a beautiful turquoise to go with the luscious plaid Bella BLVD paper.

I then used mod-podge to glue the paper to the wood.

For the flower pot, I used a piece of scrapbook paper and drew the design I wanted the flower pot to look like.  I then used a glue runner on the paper and cut some EM32 ribbon to lay over the top.  I have loved using this line of ribbon for many different things and it made my basket look awesome! 

I also glued this to some old cereal box card board and then cut it out following the design I had drawn on the scrapbook paper.
Glue this to your wood and mod-podge over the pot and top of the paper.

 For the exquisite flowers all you need to do is take a needle and thread, weave it through the bottom of the ribbon and pull the thread to make  it bunch.  For the big flowers I used 30-36" of ribbon.  I absolutely loved the ruffle faux suede ribbon for this.  The flowers look gorgeous and the ribbon was perfect to work with.
NV27 1.5", and 5/8", NV17 1.5", and 5/8"
 Believe it or not, for the flower centers I used a ruffled hair scrunchy that I cut apart.  For the stems and leaves I used ribbon 333-16.  I cut it the proper length and then used a lighter to melt the edges a bit to give them a more natural look. 

I added a few more ribbons and embellishments and voila we have a beautiful spring door hanger bright and cheerful.  You will love using this ribbon to make some beautiful spring flowers of your own.

The other ribbons and supplies I used were HN27, QW11, BY16, SP33
Hot glue gun, scissors, and acrylic paint.

Thanks for joining me today!
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