Monday, July 18, 2011


Hi everyone!!! I have a super easy challenge to those who want to play along with us this month - - make a project (can be layout, card or altered project) with these must-have ingredients: RICRACS and BRADS!!!

To make my embellishments, I layered my cutout stamped image using the circle stamp from #UDD209. Girl friends Clear Stamp Set, my layered ricracs (#RIB403. Vogue Ribbon and #RIB401. Blossom Ribbon), cutout images from the Cupcake Collection (#UDD0134. Delicious and #UDD0132. Icing on Top papers), and brads (#BRD311. Blossom).

Hope you can play along with us!!! Just link your creations to this post so we can view your projects!!!

Have fun creating!!!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Paper flowers + how to

Happy Monday to everyone. Grace here to share with you a project I made using the "A New Day" paper line. I decided to go with these papers because of the Independence day we are celebrating this month.

want to make one yourself? here's the easy instructions to make this project....

1. Gather your supplies. I used a bit of each of the papers in the "A New Day" line, some pipe cleaners; small thin wire, buttons, die cut machine with a flower cartridg, chipboard star, rubon from the Oh Happy Day pack, border punch, adhesive of your choice, some rice and a recycled jar.

2. Next I worked on cutting my flowers from the pattern paper. I made sure I cut them in different sizes which the largest at 3" and the smallest at 1 1/2".

3. Then I layered them together. I put together about 4-5 layers for each flower. I also used my finger to curl up the edges to give the flowers more dimension.

4. Repeat the process to make as many flowers as you'll need for your vase.

5. With a paper piercer, poke two holes through a button and all the layers of your paper flowers.

6. Thread the wire through the holes and secure at the back.

7. Tie the wire around a pipe clearner. Repeat steps 5-7 for all of your other flowers.

8. Cut a strip from pattern paper and add a decorative border punch on both long edges.

9. With some heavy duty adhesive, wrap the paper around the jar. Trim off excess paper.

10. When I was placing the flowers in the vase/jar, it seems like it was wobbly so I poured some rice in there to keep the flowers upright. I use this technique all the time when I put together my own flower arrangements. Dried beans and rice are perfect in my opinion because you already have them on hand and when you don't need them for your flower arrangements anymore, you can still cook 'em.

11. I transferred the circle rubon from the Oh Happy Day rubon sheet onto the white pattern paper and then trimmed it to size.

12. I wanted to use a chipboard star to compliment my theme but because the star didn't match my color scheme, I covered it up with paper.

13. Trim off excess paper from the edges of the chipboard star.

14. Sand the edges for a cleaner look.

15. Adhere the star onto the rubon circle and add a red button with baker's twine threaded through it. This completed my red, white and blue color scheme!

16. Adhere the circle rubon to the center of the jar with a foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I was able to give you some inspiration today.

Till next time,


Saturday, July 9, 2011


....well, I am truly sorry to our regular blog readers but I have totally and utterly messed up this weeks posting.

I have no excuse for being late other that I had to prepare myself to get into hospital for a day surgery and somehow, crafting took a back-seat.

But I have been able to create two cards previously and if you do not mind, I would like to share them with you now.

Again, apologies for the delay - I am such a putz!

** click on images to enlarge **

Gratitude Card

Thank You Card
Papers: #ED015. Regal