Monday, August 31, 2009

"about a boy"

Hi there !
wow! can't believe that summer is behind us !
for the last post of this month, let me share with you another fun way to use the dies from Spellbinders.
This time i used my Nested Butterflies ( yes butterflies for a boy, who said it was only for the little girls ? ;) )
this "walk in the park" paper line is perfect for this photo of this absolutely tooooo cute son of my friend...

and don't forget, tomorrow is the last day for our DT call !!! all informations are here :)
be safe !


Monday, August 24, 2009

Sizzling Summer

I cannot believe that Summer is as good as done...where on earth DID the year go?

Hopefully you all managed to take quite a few pictures over the summer and have now ample material to create up a storm. I have to admit I have been a little "rusty" when it came to creating over the past weeks but the new lines fromUPSY DAISY DESIGNS sure make it easy to get back into the swing of things.

For this card I have teamed my favourite papers from the WALK IN THE PARK line and rubs ons with the SPELLBINDER'S  Nestabilities again.

#WP015. Majestic
#WP013. Gorgeous
#MT2-016. William
#UDD0040. Right On Track
#UDD185. Baby Love
#UDD208. Chic Bebe

I love how perfectly the UDD journaling stamp fits the nestie - as if they were made for each

My favourite stamp set right now is the >> CHIC BEBE <<. The Chandelier has to be my most used embellishment right now.

Quick tip: Stamp this image a few times in different colours and on different cardstock and then use a circle punch to create little chandelier spots. I keep a stack of them on my desk and if I need a quick "fix", I place the spot on a pop dot and have the perfect embellishment.
I also do the same with the journaling stamp and the nestabilities - a stack of small journaling spots are always in reach.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

You know that patterned paper?

Hi I want to talk about those papers we just *love* but sometimes get stuck on how to use them.

Typically, these are the papers with the detail around the corners and a whole lotta white space in between. If you're anything like me, those are the sheets I reach for first when shopping, although when I get home, I usually get a bit stumped on how to actually use them.

Upsy Daisy Designs has a perfect example in the "A New Day" line. Here's "Hope":

Beautiful, right?

One way is to cut out little pieces from the corners that you can use later. Cover up the cut-out bits and keep going with your page construction as you normally would.

When you reach the embellishing, which I keep for the end, play around with the cut-out pieces and see what looks best on your page.

*Don't feel bad about changing the original pattern of the paper. Remember, it's yours for the interpretation.

This is what I ended up with:

I used the sheet "Inspire" (both sides) to finish off this page.

Note how I cut out just the little red flowers and then placed them on the almost-completed page, in spots that best suited my design, and made them a bit more dimensional with pop-dotted buttons and bit of twine.

Okay, that's it from me for today.
Enjoy your week, and what's left of summer :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wearable Art Upsy Daisy Style

Over here in Australia we are fast approaching what we call, "Racing Season". It's that time of year when everyone runs out looking for the ultimate party frock and matching hat so that they can dress up for the Spring Racing Carnival.
Sadly, there is not much need for this old house wife to be going out racing but I am happy to make beautiful things for other race goers to wear :) I am also happy to teach you how to make your own piece of wearable art using my favourite new collection from Upsy Daisy - the ENCHANTED range.

Here we go - Step One:

Gather your supplies - you need: some small squares of Upsy Daisy papers, some sheet music, some netting or lace and some white or cream artificial flowers.
Step Two:
Draw or trace some simple flower shapes on your paper scraps and tear them out with your fingers.
Step Three:
Use a hot glue gun to adhere the flowers in the centre, layering them one on top of the other. There is no right or wrong in this placement - just put together what looks good. Or just layer them biggest to smallest if you like.
Use the palm of your hand to scrunch the flower so that it is textured and a bit ruffled looking.

Dress up your flower with some gorgeous artificial leaves and some bling and VOILA! You have your own wearable art.

This gorgeous flower could be worn as a brooch on your sweater or cardigan, in your hair on a headband, on a hat or even as a corsage in your wrist - the possibilities are endless :)
While you are playing with the gorgeous ENCHANTED range of papers, why don't you have a go at making your own custom-made stationery? I have created these Wedding Invitations, Gift Box and Place Card for a friend's winter wedding - very simple and quick but the Enchanted papers make them look divine!

Have fun creating everyone and I'll see you next time on UDD - until then, take care,

Sares x

Monday, August 3, 2009

i love the new collections !!

the new lines are fabulous !
here is some pages to share with you ...

the first one, using the "man about town 2", with a cool idea to use your alphabets :) and make original embellishments :

For the second, with the "enchanted" line, i used the Nestabilities from Spellbinders , the "classic scalloped ovals" to make the flower. These shapes are awesome, you can make so different things with :

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