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I decided that I just could NOT discard this little baking powder container when it was empty. It was TOO cute! I thought I’d use it for my SNS “How-to”  project this month! The best part about this project, aside from the fact that it is made using SNS ribbons… is that it is “GREEN!”  I reused and repurposed a container that otherwise may have ended up as plastic in a landfill.  I used scrap paper to decorate it, and buttons from my collection of  recycled buttons to embellish it. The tag I created  used a  recycled clothing store tag  as its’ base.  Again-I used some small paper scraps to decorate it.  You can even use up some of your ribbon scraps…. the lengths required are small!   

 Let’s see what we can create!

A~ Container to be altered: I was planning to use it on my desk to hold a roll of postage stamps!

Supply List:    

  

Piece of waxed paper to cover work area    

Scrap pce of old sandpaper- anything goes   

Garbage can to do the  sanding over   

Clean, damp rag to remove the sandpaper dust from container    

Paper trimmer &  sharp scissors     

10″ long (allows for a wee bit of overlap at ends) x 1.5″ wide piece of leftover patterned paper in a pattern you like     

Mod-Podge (matte)    

Paintbrush to apply mod-podge    

Mini or Pop-up glue dots (SNS Store carries these HERE)    

MM Ribbon Glue (SNS Store carries this HERE)    

A strong adhesive like Tombow’s Mono Multi Liquid Glue – for adhering pom pom trim directly to plastic top    

4 buttons to form floral centers    

About  5 flowers to group in a cluster.  I used:  1- 2″ flower, such as these shabby chic ones by  Prima, 3- 1.5 ” flowers and 1- 1 ” flower blooms in various coordinating shades (like these by Bazzill: SNS Store Link.)    

Gift Tag/Contents  list: recycle a small (1.5 ” x 1.0″) store tag or make your own. I covered one from a store and punched a hole in the top for the ribbon.   

Ink: for edges of gift tag; I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, from the SNS Store    

Mini lettering for your Tag: I used Cosmo Cricket from the  SNS store.    

 From the September Ribbon Kit:    

 Three, 10″ lengths of ribbon  from the kit- brown velvet, cream dotted grosgrain and the mini pom-pom trim    

 Small  length of cream dotted organza: about 4″ long  (for tag)     

 How to alter your container Step by step:     

 1- Wash & dry container well. No need to remove label.    

 2- With top off, use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the plastic. Doing this standing over the garbage can means all the dust will be collected!     

 3- Using clean damp rag/cloth, wipe off the excess sanding dust.    

 4- Leaving the container top off,  and setting it aside, Mod-podge the surface of the container using a paintbrush (Remember: NO mod-podge on the container top.)    

 5- Apply the strip of patterned paper you have chosen to cover your container with around the middle, Mod-podged portion of container.  Overlap the ends of the paper, using  a little more Mod-podge as adhesive to seal the  ends where they overlap.     

 6-  Apply a thin layer of mod-podge all over the paper using the paintbrush. Allow 10 min to dry and apply another layer of mod-podge.    

7- Allow the mod-podge to dry on main part of container.    

8-  Apply a thin bead of strong glue (I used Tombow mono-multi) around the upper edge of the top of the container. Glue the brown pom-pom trim in place as seen below.   

     

 

    

9- Gather your pieces of  velvet and grosgrain ribbon.  You will be applying the  2 ribbons to the main portion of the container, over the patterned paper.      

10- Use MM ribbon glue to adhere the 2 ribbons, one at the upper edge of the container, and one at the bottom of the container, over the patterned paper, as seen in the photo below:  

 

   

 11- Create a floral cluster on the top of the container,  at the edge. TIP: As you do this,  make sure it is still easy to open it once this top is placed “on” your container.  Try it out carefully! 

Apply the flowers to the edge of the container top using Glue Dots. Use the buttons as flower centres, again using Glue Dots to secure. 

One  close-up view, showing the floral centres (buttons) and flowers in the cluster: 

 

One view of the container top, showing the floral cluster that’s been applied at the edge: 

  

  

 12- Next, create your little tag: Cover a store-clothing tag with cardstock.  Ink edges, punch a hole for the ribbon, add ribbon using a slip knot.  Trim ribbon ends. Add your label with Cosmo Cricket tiny type lettering. (Mine will say “Stamps”.) 

  

 

 13- Screw top onto container. Glue tag in place. Admire your completed altered  baking powder container!  

Ideas for using your pretty, reusable container: 

* Fill w/ wrapped candy  as a TY treat for a teacher, coach  or group leader 

* Hold a roll of postage stamps on your desk 

* Add funny quotes and encouraging  sayings  and  give to  for a shut-in or a senior citizen 

* Surprise!  Ttry enclosing a  gift certificate to the movies  or  a local restaurant and leave on a friend’s doorstep 

* Enclose a money gift for a teenager at birthday time 

* Store push-pins for your bulletin board or paperclips on your desk 

  Thanks for popping in to see this fun, green project! Try one- I KNOW you’ll enjoy it!

  

 

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How many of you have several transparencies and are not sure when or where to use them……Here is a fun way to use up that stash and create a fun and interesting Layout design too!

Cut a portion of the transparency out and line it up along your layout lines or design.   Adhere and enjoy!

In my example, the wings and heart are from a transparency!

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Lately I have been using “seed beads” to embellish my scrapbook pages and projects. I do not “string” the beads. I adhere them! I have been asked many questions about this so I decided to make it the topic of my August Tutorial for SNS.
What are seed beads? 
Here is a Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_bead that gives a great explanation and a photo. I buy my beads wherever I see some that strike my fancy. Usually, they are quite low cost.
Here is a photo of some beads I have on hand:

Endless variety is available in colour and type of seed beads!

  Here is a layout I created using seed beads: 

Photo credit: Pam Sandy”]

Photo A

Papers: Reminisce and BasicGrey’s Dasher Collection  

Seed beads: Clear glass and red glass  

Beads were used to enhance paper design, accent the flowers,  and pinpoint the snowflake centres   

Close-up view:  

Detailed view of clear & red glass seed beads”]

Photo B

How- to:  

1. First gather your supplies.   

– Glossy Accents by Ranger  

– Small container for your seed beads (Here, I’ve used a tiny fast-food BBQ sauce tub that I washed out and saved.)  

– Beads of your choice  

– Your project~  I have decided to embellish a journaling tag for this tutorial.  

NOTE: You will also want something such as waxed paper to cover/protect your work area.  

Supplies needed to add seed beads to an embellishment

I use Glossy Accents by Ranger as my bead adhesive.   

Why?

I prefer Glossy Accents because it  has a fine precision- tip applicator, adheres things where I need it to, and adds a clear, hard coating  that is shiny when it dries. 

Additionally, it is ACID FREE!  

Glossy Accents by Ranger

 2.  Apply a small dab of Glossy Accents where you wish to adhere a bead to your project.  

Applying a dab or "drop" of Glossy Accents

3. Then move your applicator tip over to your little tub of beads. Dab the tip of applicator onto the bead you want, “catching it” on the tiny amt of adhesive that it already on the tip.  

"Catching" a bead with tip of applicator

 4. Move applicator, with the caught bead, over to the dab of Glossy Accents on your project. Touch the bead to the adhesive on the project. The bead will go into place:  it seems to “release” from it’s position on applicator’s tip. This works best if the applicator tip has only a tiny amount of adhesive on it- and the dab on your project is larger- effectively pulling the bead off the applicator. (Try this- you will see what I mean! LOL)     

"Caught" seed bead is moved into place.

  5.  You can also use Glossy Accents in this way to adhere  a line of beads, as seen in photo B]. Work in a 1-inch long line.  

Just work a little more quickly, being sure the line of adhesive you have applied to the area does not start to dry out.  

If it does, reapply.  Glossy Accents works on curved lines in the same way!  

Sample shows Glossy Accents used to adhere seed beads on curved lines

6. Don’t worry: the Glossy Accents adhering the beads will look “wet,” but only for a few minutes! Allow to dry flat.    

Looks "wet" but will dry quite fast to a glossy, hard finish.

 7. All dry and ready to use on  your Layout!

Ready to use on a scrapbooking project

Other ideas for using seed beads: 

1. Stickles and cardstock flower-shapes can be covered in beads, then sealed with Glossy Accents to embellish the centre of a  handmade flower, as seen here:

Note Stickles, cardstock floral center & seed beads, sealed with Glossy Accents

2. Use a rounded “pile” of seed beads sealed with Glossy Accents to enhance a flower:

Floral centers using seed beads in different types of faux flowers. Ric Rac seen here is from the SNS August 2010 "Summer Adventures" Ribbon Kit

 Light yellow ric rac from August 2010 Ribbon Kit.  Link to this  beautiful “Summer Adventures” Kit is HERE.

3. Use a fine line of beads to accent a detail on patterned paper ( in this case a fern leaf): 

Beads can accent a fine line on your patterned paper

Yellow satin-edged organza and ric rac from August 2010 Ribbon Kit.  Link to this  beautiful “Summer Adventures” Kit is HERE.

 4. Use your beads to accent an embellishment, in this case a butterfly:

Butterfly wings sparkle with the addition of clear glass beads!

5. Embellish a cardstock medallion with concentric rings of beads to accent its’ pattern:

Cardstock medallion embellished with seed beads

6. Polka-dotted patterned paper becomes a 3-D  background when beads are adhered to it to accentuate its’ visual impact:

"Astilbe: Front Garden" created with SNS August 2010 Ribbon Kit- "Summer Adventures"

 Deep melon-red satin-edged organza ribbon from August 2010 Ribbon Kit.  Link to this  beautiful “Summer Adventures” Kit is HERE.

Have fun with those seed beads and “Thanks” for visiting us here at the SNS Blog today for this scrappy “How-to” all about seed beads! Come back soon!

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Hi it’s Janet here with a little tutorial for you.

If you are like me I love all the flourishes and swirls that are made of crystals and bling but sometimes I find them a little pricey.
So I am going to show you a way to make a version of them that isn’t expensive at all and I think they look very pretty.

Here are the supplies that you will need.

Office type transparency
Scissors
Stickles or liquid pearls
Flourish template

In my first example I used a Bazzill template that has evenly spaced holes in it. Lay it on top of your transparency.

Place stickles or liquid pearls into each hole of the template.

Carefully remove the template. Here is what you will have.

In my next example I used a Crafters Workshop template that does not have holes so I placed the template on the transparency and traced the swirl with a pencil.

Remove the template and evenly space your stickles along the pencil line. You can always erase the pencil lines between the dots of stickles.

Now let your stickles dry. It will take quite a bit of time,maybe even over night is a good idea. Once they are dry cut them out and use them on your projects.

I think they look pretty good! I hope you give it a try.
Here is my layout using my handmade flourishes.

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As you know, flowers are all the rage in scrapbooking!

Would you like to learn how to make your own pretty  2-layered scallop flowers to use on layouts or cards?  I can show you an easy way! Read on…

SUPPLIES

 

Before you start, gather some simple supplies, as pictured above.

Scallop Circle Punch (mine is by EK Success)   

Paper from which you will  punch 2 scallop circles

Pencil

Scissors

Glue dots

Buttons

Ink

Mod-Podge & paintbrush (optional)

 

 

 Step 1: Punch 2 scallop-edged circles and roughly mark the center of each as seen below. 

STEP #1

Step 2: Using your scissors, cut toward the center alongside of each “scallop-bump” as seen below.

**Stop cutting just a little bit before reaching the center.**

Step #2

Step 3: Using a mini-glue dot, adhere a coordinating or contrasting  button to the center of the flower shape you want as the top layer of your flower.  

Step #3

Step 4.  Apply a mini glue dot to the center of the flower shape that will be the bottom layer of your flower (in photo below, that is the solid blue scallop circle.)

Step #4

Step 5. Now adhere the top scallop circle to the bottom scallop circle using the glue dot you just positioned. Your flower will now look like this:

Step #5

Step 6. Now, give the “petals” some dimension  by gently “curving them” slightly  with your fingers.

Step #6

Step 7.  Add some ink around the edges of your flowers – a little as seen on these 3 flowers, or a lot! Your choice!

Step #7

Step 8. If desired, coat top of  flower (not button) with a layer of mod-podge and allow to dry. This helps the petals hold their shape nicely. Then, once dry,  use a glue dot to adhere the finished flower(s) to your layout or card. Some examples of these flowers used on layouts follow. Thanks for joining me today for this “How To!”

 Examples of Step #8~

“Bond”~ a DT layout created with the May Showers SNS Ribbon Kit 

Photos by Danique Fisher of Century Classic Photography.

Handmade scallop-circle flowers mixed with fussy-cut flowers. Note that some flowers have seed-beads as centres instead of a button. Those beads were sealed in place with Glossy Accents. Note also that "Smooch" pearlized accent ink was used as an accent on both types of flowers.

Handmade flowers from patterned paper mixed with flowers made with magazine pages and sealed with Mod-Podge. Note that some of the flowers are heavily inked, some more minimally.

“Kate and Grace”~ a layout created for a Challenge.

Photo by Danique Fisher of Century Classic Photography.

"Precious Face" layout created for a recent SNS Forum Challenge. Photo Credit: Tammy Pyette. Handmade flowers here were mixed with a selection of Prima blooms. Tiny scraps of ribbon were used as "leaves."

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I love to reuse and repurpose! I discovered another use for the fabric in old jeans. I make “scruffy posies” from the denim! With the distressed look one of the “in” things right now, the posies are sure to find a home on one of your layouts – or even a card! 

Want to try it? Read on!

Denim scraps from old jeans

First, gather some old denim, the scruffier, the better!

Denim circles, large darning needle, ribbon scraps

 Using scissors or pinking shears, cut some circles in graduated sizes. Make 3-4  circles  for each posy you’re creating.  

1 layer of posy after being "scruffed"

Place circle on a surface that is specifically for arts and crafts- not your table top, as it will become scratched! I used a craft mat.  

Using your darning needle or other sharp pointed instrument, scruff all around the edges of each circle, pulling threads  as you go. The threads will stick out “every which way;”  that’s just what we want!

Layered denim flower

 When you have finished scruffing the edges, layer the circles one atop the other.

CRAFTY TIP : Dark denim is usually lighter on the inside. Flip the second circle over when you layer it atop the first one.. This gives subtle colour contrast on the surface of your flower.

Note white stitch in center, holding assembled flower together.

Thread a needle with embroidery floss (I use it because it’s strong) and put a stitch throught the center of your posie to hold the layers in place. At this point you could use the floss to emboider a “center” in your flower. I don’t do this, I just finished the floss off with a knot in the back.

There- you have a scruffy posie! Ready to embellish?

Ideas for embellishing your posie with  “leaves” and flower “centers”:

Pretty ribbon can be used as leaves for your posies

1. Make some pretty ribbon “leaves” for your posies.  SNS Ribbon is perfect for this!  This is a great opportunity to use up small scraps of precious ribbon  treasure!

Patterned paper scraps make realistic leaves

2. Add a pretty button center. Adhere with a Glue Dot.

Floral button posie with Sizzlit leaves

3.  Use your Sizzix or other cutting system and some scraps of patterned paper  to create leaves. (BasicGrey’s “Perhaps” Collection patterned paper was used for the top flower.)  The Sizzlit die used for these leaves is  labelled  “Flower, center and leaf.” Only the leaves were used.

Leaves hand-cut from paper scraps

4. Try your hand at cutting some leaves from scraps. The leaves above were created with some scraps of Dream Street paper. The slightly distressed copper-look button is perfect for this scruffy posie!

 

5. Match buttons and ribbon for a “put-together” look.  For another look, you could  sew the buttons in place with matching floss or  thread rather than adhering with a glue dot.

6. The Dollar store is a great source of “faux” flowers. You can use leaves from them to embellish your posies.  Just remember to distress them so that they are suitably “scruffy!”

Sizzlit Architectural Accent #3: A source for swirls

Sizzlit Architectural Accent #4: A source for swirls

 7. Want some vines or swirls around your flower?  Keep your eyes peeled, because they’re everywhere! I found some in my “Architectural Accent” (#3 and  #4) Sizzlit dies,  as you can see above. Using scissors, I simply  trimmed out the swirly portions I needed. Presto: Vines!

Swirls and Scruffy Posies

7.  Here is my finished layout, using 3 scruffy posies embellished with buttons and swirls, and accented by Distress Stickles in Walnut Stain.

 St. Andrews Anglican Church, Lawrencetown, NS (2007)

 Thanks for  being here, hope you enjoyed this “making Scruffy Posies” tutorial. Can’t wait to see what YOU’LL create!

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Supplies:

  • white or light-colored cardstock
  • tea
  • pans or cooling racks
  • hole punch
  • ribbon, twine, or trim

1. Brew a pot of strong tea.  You can cool it or use it hot.  Hotter tends to dye the cardstock darker, but it also breaks the paper down a bit more.  If you are going for aged and distressed though, that’s not a bad thing.  🙂

2. Cut cardstock to the desired size of your tags.

3. Pour tea into a bowl and slip the tags into it, making sure they don’t stick together at first.

4. I add the teabags into the bowl as well if I’m going for a blotchy, uneven aged appearance on the tags.

5. When the tags have reached the color you want, carefully remove from the tea and place in a single layer on a pan or cooling rack. You can let them air dry or place in a barely warm oven just until dry.  I’ve found that the tags curl up a little more in the oven, but I like that. 🙂

6. Here’s a picture of the died tags with a couple that haven’t been died.

7. Stamp with desired images, punch holes, and string with twine or ribbon.

8.  Try different types of teas for different colors!  I’ve used different herbal teas to get aged pastels.

9. Use as a scrapbooking embellishment or gift tag.  Here I’ve used one on a gift bag using the beautiful May SNS kit and hand-crinkled seam binding!

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This is the template for the tri-shutter card.

Instructions

1. Cut out a 12″ by 5.5″ piece of cardstock

2. Score the cardstock vertically at the 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″ marks

3. Make 2 horizontal cuts from the 2″ to the 10″ mark, both 1.5″ for the edge of the paper

4. Crease the paper as shown on the template – the dash-dots lines are mountains and the dashes are valleys. You will get the following:

5. Decorate the card to your heart’s desire!

When the card is closed:

When the card is open:

Tada!

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Flower Pot of Pens:

I thought I would share this easy and quick idea that can be given as a gift or simply made to cheer up your desk!

Things you will need:

Materials:

Some artificial flowers (or other items to top your pens with)

Some pens~ the BIC Sticks are my fav but any pen that is plain and no shirt clip etc.

A flower pot~or ANY container that is half the height or greater than your pens.

2 sheets of co-ordinating or contrasting paper (or cardstock!~pretty easy going here!)

Mod Podge  (I REALLY prefer the “matte” finish but use what you have!)

Dried Beans (from the bulk section in your grocery store. I like Pinto Beans but again, we arn’t picky)

Florist’s tape (its green stretchy tape meant for flower arranging that you can get at Michael’s in the flower area)

Embellishments as desired

Tools:

Hot glue gun

Basic Scrappin’ kit

Variations: Christmas Theme using Pointsettias and mini xmas light decorations

Seasonal artificial fruits or veggies and co-ordinating paper

Acorns or Artifical vegetation and sticks, bark

Mini balls of yarn and some spare knitting needles and co-ordinating paper

YOU think of one!! 🙂


Here We Go!

Once you have selected your pot, you will need to decide what width of paper strips will be easiest to work with. For my approx. 4″ wide and high pot, I used 2″ strips of the grey paper that covers the “body” of my pot. I like to overlap my strips a little bit and so I used 6-2″ pieces.

1. Apply an even and fairly thin (but not sparing) layer of Mod Podge to your pot using a foam brush or tool of your choice. (I use my finger…)

2. Now begin applying your strips vertically by placing on the pot and then using your (finger) brush to smooth and set the piece down to the pot. Sometimes depending on the thickness of your paper you will need to take a second to just rub and smooth until it sets properly. Repeat until you have the whole pot covered with your vertical strips. Let dry.

***HINT: I like to cut my strips about an inch longer than they need to be at the start, then give them a rough trim while wet. Once dry I use a sanding block to finish the bottom edge evenly.

3. Using your contrasting or co-ordinating paper, cut a strip to fit around the lip of your pot. ** If you are using a container that doesn’t have a lip, just decide how wide a bar you would like to see at the top) You will want to ensure that you either cut it exactly the right width or leave a bit of room to go over the top (as I have done-see pic). If you are new to Mod Podge I find the best tool is just some patience and a finger covered with the glue. It softens the paper and eventually starts to set and you can mould the paper to almost any shape/sized surface.

4.While waiting for your pot to finish drying, you can start your pens! begin by using the hot glue gun to glue your flower or other object to the very top of the pen.

5. Using the florist’s tape, begin at the top and with firm pressure, wrap the pen giving each turn an overlap. Go all the way down to the tip and then go back up again. You need to pull on the tape a little bit to stretch it out or it will start to sag when the pens start getting used. You can snip the tape with scissors and then just rub the end to “stick” it down.

6. If your pot is dry, it’s time to dress it up! For this pot, I decided to use some “hodge-podge” hardware from Stampin’ Up! which I bent to match the curve of the pot. I printed out the word “Spring” and then stamped over it to make a nice background. A flower hot-glued through the one side and some fantastic ribbon from the April Ribbon Kit to finish it off.

Now it’s time to make the flowers look like they are really growing out of their pretty pot!

***HINT: If you are using a “real” flower pot, you will need to plug the hole in the bottom using some glue and a piece of paper, a gob of hot glue etc.

7. Fill the pot approx 2/3rd full of dried beans. I prefer to use beans that are a dark brown ie: Pinto Beans because they look a bit more like soil. Other options would be some dried legumes, rice or even small stones/pebbles. (Hey! I just thought of another variation: You could use sand and decorate the pens with sea shells! This project is SO versatile)

8. Now “plant” your pens and enjoy using your wonderful creation or giving it to a great friend.

***HINT: If you would like to give this as a gift, may I suggest pouring the beans into a small ziplock bag and then putting them in the pot. Then “placing” the flowers around the outside of the bag but in the pot for wrapping/transport etc. This way you wont end up with beans where they don’t belong.

Have fun and get creative! I would love to see what you come up with!!

~Tamara

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I’m going to show you how to make these cute and super easy crepe paper ruffles! I loved the look of crepe ruffles, but was intimidated to try to make them myself. I finally got up the nerve and I can’t believe how easy they turned out to be!

Supplies


  • crepe paper (the crepe paper streamer rolls you can get at the dollar store are great for this!)
  • sewing machine and matching (or contrasting) thread
  • ribbon and/or seam binding or thin ribbon (Velvet and grosgrain ribbon I used came from the Feb SNS Cupcake Delight Kit.

1. Gather your supplies and thread your sewing machine.  I used a contrasting color of thread so it would be easier to see for this tutorial, but you can use matching or contrasting depending on how you want your finished ruffles to look.

2. For mini ruffles, cut a good length of streamer and fold it in half, using your fingernail or a bone folder to crease in the middle.  (Skip this step if you want wider ruffles)

3. Start feeding your folded crepe paper through your sewing machine.  BE VERY CAREFUL!!  Slowly sew down the middle of the folded crepe paper, bunching up the crepe paper as it goes under the machine foot.  Don’t try to make the folds even.  The beauty of these ruffles comes from their imperfections.

4. Work to the end of your paper.

5. I love adding a piece of velvet ribbon or grosgrain over the middle of the mini-ruffles.  I just attach this with glue, since the ribbon is too heavy to easily sew through with all the layers of crepe.

6. If you want to add a contrasting color without gluing on ribbon, use thin ribbon or seam binding and stitch it to the crepe paper as you are creating the ruffles.  Here I used a crepe paper streamer at it’s full width and stitched pink seam binding to the middle for a wider two-tone ruffle.

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