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3 posts from June 2010

June 18, 2010

easy peasy pinwheel ...


A few simple instructions for easy peasy pinwheel of your very own ...


Now, the pinwheels I've been making are purely decorative, so I skip the final steps that would let it spin - adding pin and any spacers (like beads) between the pinwheel and what it's attached to.  (The one up there was stuck to a toothpick with a glue dot - worked like a charm - but it doesn't spin.  *I* was totally ok with that.)  *grin*

So finishing this one was easy - simply stuck a brad through the points gathered in the middle and straight through to the back!  (This is, of course, easier to do if you pre-punch a few small holes: in the center & on every other point.)  

And ... it works with any size you wanna' use, as long as you start with a square!  


June 10, 2010

what's up ...

I don't know about you guys, but relaxing days of summer - pffft!  What's that?!  *laugh*  Everything seems to kick into high gear around here come late June.  And while I haven't had a ton of quality time down in my craftroom (which, egads, is a MESS of massive proportions right now anyway), I did run across this happy little number inspired by a sun-shaped card I saw in a recent issue of Paper Crafts. 

I make a fair number of shaped cards these days and someone recently asked in a blog comment if I had trouble, or a fancy trick, to getting shaped cards like this one (this one or this one too) to stand up.  The easy answer - nope!  *chuckle*  I think this might be because there's always a little added weight to them because I like to cut out one extra of whatever shape I've used and adhere that to the front.  This becomes the front/base of the card so there's no "cut line" across the top - which leaves the entire shape intact.  Hope that helps!

One last little bit of blog business: You've sent a number emails asking me if I'd share how I made the pinwheel in the photo I posted on Memorial Day.  It's easy peasy ... but best explained with photos.  I'll do my best to get that up here in the next week or so for you. 


stamps: kite + sentiment from 
vintage set (a*muse
clouds, yellow petite gingham cardstock, orange petite gingham cardstock (kite), grass green petite gingham cardstock (kite), watermelon cardstock (kite), buttercup cardstock (kite) (a*muse)
ink: memento tuxedo black. (tsukineko)
other: nestabilities classic inverted scalloped circles sm, standard circles sm  (spellbinders)

finished card size: roughly 3"

June 01, 2010

a muse u ...


Welcome to A Muse U!
This month it's all about patterns and how to combine 'em!


I love playing with patterns - especially when I'm able to make a fun, unexpected combination!

The first step - don't be intimidated by all those pretty dots, checks, and damasks.  They may not SEEM like they go together, but trust me!  They do! 

So where do we start?  My advice: figure out what colors you want to work with.  With summer officially here (and summer holidays), I thought it would be fun to work with red, white, and blue today!  I grabbed it all: every red and blue I had.  (Even if you don't think the colors match - grab 'em anyway - you might be surprised!) 

Picking a color palette to work in also helps me focus - otherwise I'd probably stare at all the pretty colors all day long and just pet my paper and get nothing accomplished!  *laugh*




Once I had all the patterns in all the colors I wanted to use out, I played with the paper, trying different combinations of patterns until I had a couple that I liked ...


The first group of patterns, above, is bright, festive, and cheery.  It might surprise you to hear that I paid very little attention to the patterns as I picked these out.  Instead of looking at the pattern, I looked for colors that were about the same intensity or brightness (in both blues and reds).  Once I had the colors divided into groups by intensity of color, then I started looking at pattern.  Since I was working on a flag concept, I needed one red that suggested a red stripe and one for white.  When the Apple Shimmer Damask is paired with Red Gingham, the Damask looks very bold and red, while the gingham takes a backseat - perfect for the "white" stripe I needed!

Still using red and blue, I grouped another set of patterns together.  Again, I paid no attention to pattern, focusing instead on intensity of color.   The softer, more muted colors of these patterns give you a great vintage feel.  Adding to the effect, they all share a natural white base that shows through on each pattern.


Once both groups of patterns were picked out, I adhered them to a scrap paper base, picked shapes that resembled a flag, and cut! 

Amuseu4Clean, simple, and oh so festive!  There are a LOT of different patterns at play here.  Patterns you might normally steer clear of putting together: like the elegant Damask Shimmer with the more whimsical polka dots of the Blueberry Kitchen.  But when you lay all your patterns out together and start playing, you'll see colors and patterns working together in unexpected ways! 

Amuseu5Same idea, same colors, but a different combination of patterns gives you a totally different feel!

This pattern combining concept can be applied across the board in your cardmaking or other papercrafts projects.  Any grouping of these colors would work well not only for a flag, but an entire card.  For instance, a base of blue, a focal image stamped on white or natural, with accent pieces in the two reds.  The sky's the limit!

I hope this gives you yet another way to jump into playing with and combining all sorts of fun patterns!  (And be sure to visit Krystie and Becky today for more A Muse U!)


stamps: sentiments from hero mail set (a*muse).
paper: sky blue juliette cardstock, blueberry kitchen cardstock, red madeira cardstock, red petite gingham cardstock, red vintage cardstock, apple red damask shimmer couture cardstock, natural white cardstock, classic white cardstock (a*muse).
ink: memento tuxedo black. (tsukineko)
embellishment: sky blue polka dot ribbon, mini star twinkle sticker (a*muse), prisma glitter.
other: nestabilities large labels, nestabilities small labels (spellbinders).

finished card sizes: 4.25" x 5.5" (america), 3.5" x 5 (thank you)

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