Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cutters Creek Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Spring Blog Hop!  All of our designers have created some wonderful Spring projects featuring products that you can purchase at the Cutters Creek Store! If you would like to start from the beginning head on over the the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog.  Chris is the hostess for our first project.  Each blog along the way, will have a link to the next blog in the chain. Don't forget to make sure you are following each of our personal blogs and leaving comments along the way to enter to win a box full of CHA Swag!!!!  The winner will be announced on our last Tutorial Tuesday on March 29th.

My project today, is an 8"x8" scrapbook page:


This is going to be the introductory page of my granddaughter’s scrapbook that will go to my son and his wife as a keepsake. For the main focus of the page I used an Ecstasy Crafts decoupage item from the Baby and Birth collection. Once that was put together and placed on the page, I added her name.  I then moved on to items that needed to be put together and needed some drying time. I picked out four solid colors of Flower Soft that matched the coloring of my page and got my Flower Soft wires out. This is where I had a bit of fun and made my own version of a Flower Soft mixed colors. The colors I used were lilac, baby pink, sunshine yellow and pale green. I pinched in a bit of each color in a bowl until I got the color I wanted and mixed it all up well. I then cut out a pot from the Garden Pots & Urns topper collection and inked the edges in silver and also used my scissors to give it a bit of a curve to insert the stems. I took my Grape Designer Stickles and added the purple bling to the pot and did some accenting with my Stardust Pure Glitter Pen and set this aside to dry. I next started creating my Flower Soft flower stems and cut my Flower Soft wires in four pieces and used two wires (a total of eight stems). I applied my glue to the Flower Soft wires and sprinkled my newly created color on each one. Also while the glue was still wet, I sprinkled some darker purple glitter to add some more sparkle. (A girl can never have too much bling!) I put each stem in my sponge to dry and when they were dry, I tapped off each one of them. Remember, Flower Soft does not shed, so it is important to tap off your project, as the pieces that did not stick were never attached to the glue in the first place. Then I took my copic marker G07 and colored my stems. Why does all this work? It is because your wires are covered in paper so glue and ink both stick very easily. I then glued my pot down along the bottom and sides and let it dry. Once dry, I took a piece of purple ribbon and tied my newly created Flower Soft stems together and then added some Flower Soft glue inside the pot and inserted them. Once that was dried, I bent my Flower Soft wires around to arrange my floral arrangement and then twisted my ribbon and added little dots of Glue N Seal to hold the ribbon down in a few places and then cut the bottoms of my ribbon tails off to finish it all. (Glue N Seal-matte is awesome because if you have a little bleed out of the glue, when it dries you don’t have that shiny over glued look because it has a matte finish.) Here is a close up of my completed flower pot and hope all the bling is conveying well:



I then put a strip of ¼” Scor Tape down the right side of my page and sprinkled it with the same darker purple glitter I used in my Flower Soft floral arrangement and burnished it with my finger tip and then tapped off the excess to get that gorgeous glitter stripe down my page.

So for my next very fun thing to do, I took a product that is brand new to Cutters Creek, Cutters Creek Branded Flowers, and decided to use these in Color Me White Gardenias. I got out my Perfect Pearls Mists in Sunflower Sparkle & Forever Green. One thing I like about Perfect Pearls Mist is they have those mixing balls in them like nail polish, so you can shake the heck out of them, unlike Glimmer Mist. (If you own Glimmer Mist, you need to shake the bottle back and forth like a bell motion and not shake them to death, as you will get too much air in the bottle and will need to spray all that air out, which I do in my trash can when I get too impatient.) I took a Ranger workshop at CHA in January and Tim Holtz went over the Perfect Pearls Mist product and his message to us was don’t be afraid to commit! He was so right, as I tried this theory out. If you are timid and just press the plunger down a little bit, you get blotches. If you push that sucker all the way down, you get a wonderful mist! So anyway, I took two Color Me White Gardenias and spritzed one with Sunflower Sparkle and the other with Forever Green. I was pleased with both the color and the sparkle! And while each flower was still wet, I took out my copic marker V17 and touched the tip of it around the tips of each flower and each “touch” drew the color into the flower. For the one done in Forever Green, I also used that same copic to color the stamens on the flower. Once dried, I attached them to my page with Glue Dots. I think they turned out beautifully and you can see a close up here:



As a little final touch, I inked the edges of the entire page in a dark purple color to make the page “pop” when you open the album.

So although these instructions seem lengthy, I was multi-tasking through this whole project and except for drying time, it really took not much time at all!

These products were used and can be found at Cutters Creek:

Ecstasy Crafts-Baby & Birth
Flower Soft-Solid Colors
Flower Soft Wires
Flower Soft Glue
Flower Soft-Garden Pots & Urns or Pretty Pots Starter Kit
Gelly Roll Stardust Pure Glitter Pens
Glue Dots
Copic Markers
Scor Tape
Cutters Creek Branded Flowers-Color Me Gardenias
Perfect Pearls Mists
Stickles Designer Series-Grape
Glue N Seal
Ribbon
Cardstock
Embellishments
Ink

After you leave a comment on my project, hop on over to Mindy's Blog and check out the beautiful project that she has for you!

Cutters Creek Design Team Blog (Chris is your hostess)
Mandie's Blog (you came from here)
Kim's Blog  (you are here)
Mindy's Blog (go here next)
Laura's Blog
Melissa's Blog
Lori's Blog
Vicki's Blog

60 comments:

Quinceyface said...

Beautiful work, wow. Thank you for the information as well. Very generous of you to share that knowledge. Hope to win the hop.

rstuck2003 said...

That is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I need to do something like that for my 7 month old granddaughter! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize!

Lynda said...

Kim, that is going to be one special album and your son and daughter-in-law will cherish it always.

Bonnie said...

Kim, your scrapbook page is one of the most beautiful pages I have ever seen! Your son and daughter-in-law will be thrilled and it will be such a wonderful keepsake for your granddaughter. She will always be able to look at it and know how much you love her.

Bradleysgirl said...

I wish I could come up with ideas like that! It looks amazing!

LuvNlife said...

Beautiful Kim!! What a great idea to use the Ecstasy Craft on a scrapbook page. Right now, I am using my "baby" Ecstasy Crafts on cards. Those flowers are VERY tempting!!

Kim M. said...

Awesome project! Your granddaughters are both such cuties!

Chris said...

Beautiful. Would never have guessed that the gardenias were not already colored when you started! Love them.

Mar said...

Awesome job, Kim...I am truly impressed! I hope the kids enjoy it, too! What a great gift!
The flowers are absolutely beautiful!
Wonderful work!

Chris said...

one word BEAUTIFUL

Dottie said...

I love the use of 3D embelishments.. will have to try this... will be watching this blog... thanks

Tammy said...

Hi My Beautiful Friend Kim!!
This page is so beautiful!! You really ROCKED it!
Tammy
otrbanks at earthlink dot net
http://tammyjennings.blogspot.com

denise said...

Nice page

Lindalee622 said...

Just stunning! Thanks for the tip on shaking the mists.

Emmett Cullen said...

I love the flowersoft work done here. I will have to pull mine out and give it a go. What are those letters? They are 3d?

Toni said...

This is great. You put a lot of thought and time into this.

mlg said...

This is going to be such a wonderful gift for your son & DIL. Love the colors & I may have to get those flowers.

Scrappy said...

The page is gorgeous Kim!!! I love what you did with the flower soft! Such a pretty page!

mitch1066 said...

wow those flowers are lovely and so creative with the flower soft!Amazing detail!

mitch1066@gmail.com

Kim Bush said...

The letters I used are Foam Thickers and although I do sell Thickers, I do not sell these. Thank you for asking!

Betsy said...

Kim, WOW that page is gorgeous! They will love it!

Mrs. Swandog said...

Very sweet card....I love the elements you used.

Vicki said...

Beautiful page. Your book will be gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

vwilson577 at yahoo.com

Crafty Momma said...

wow stunning! Absolutely beautiful!! When I grow up I want to be just like you! LOL
veronicaslavishlathers@hotmail.com

Elizabeth said...

That is a gorgeous page and you granddaughters name is beautiful as well!

Tanya said...

OMGsh Kim.. I LOVE it!!! Your detailed instructions are awesome as well!!

Hugs,
Tanya
freddylswillima@windstream.net

Cindy said...

Love the vase with the flower soft flowers. Awesome job with the layout. Not sure what is prettier, the Ecstacy baby or the vase with the flower soft. Overall, gorgeous!!!!

Tricia said...

Kim-

Love the 3-d effect on the layout. TFS.

thejonesgang6 said...

Oh my goodness! That is just beautiful! I cannot imagine how long that took you to create!

Kim Bush said...

It seriously took no time at all, as there was always something that needed drying, so while one thing was dying, I started something else.

SoMd Cricut Fan said...

great page....it really pops !!

Vee said...

Oh, Kim, this is absolutely gorgeous. If I have not told you, congratulations on your granddaughter.
Vee

JustYolie said...

Stunning...so much detail!! Thanks for the chance to win...I'm a new follower.

Kaye said...

Wow what a gorgeous page and what a wonderful gift for your family.
Thank you for sharing.

Melin said...

What a beautiful, beautiful project! I just love that flower soft! I am your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more! Thank you! Melin...CookingWithCricut.com

Jo said...

What a precious gift for your kids.

Kathy Billings said...

Love your "Cover Page" Kim. I love how you mixed the flower soft and love the misted flowers!!!!

Terri Sheppard said...

Kim, I love the layout!! I really like the Cutters Creek Branded Flowers. I guess that is another thing to add to my wish list!!

Terri

Verna' Grant said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!! I am can't imagine what the rest of the album will look like!

Amanda said...

I love your LO! It's beautiful! Your granddaughter will love it!

Debc06 said...

Love your tutorial, I have flowersoft but have not tried it yet I will definately have to. TFS
Debbie
Http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

shersl84bed said...

Beautiful!

Sher

rooibos0727 said...

Well my list is growing my dear, so my next order will probably be a big one. This is gorgeous. I've not done a page, but you make me want to try. Love it!! Thanks for the great tutorial, love the info on the sprays.

Jill said...

What a beautiful creation you have made. I'm sure your son and daughter in law are going to love it!

Sue in CT said...

This is really breath taking. I love it!

iluvkatie74 said...

The page is so pretty. I bet your son and daughter in law will love it.

Love to scrap Lyndra said...

Great job Kim, I agree you can't have enough bling, love the uses of flower soft including creating your own color, nice job. Thanks for sharing.

deanna said...

That is so beautful, Kim. What a wonderful Keepsake made by grandma!!

Deanna A.
jdamund at centurytel dot net

splash2 said...

What a lovely page and very girly. Your patience and expertise is very evident. Great job and would love to see more pages as you create them.

Michael's Nana said...

that is something that your family can keep for life! It's so gorgous!

Trisha said...

Absolutely stunning layout. What a beautiful album you are going to create for your grand daughter. TFS and I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

DebC said...

Great job! I think I need to buy some of this flower fluff stuff!! TFS
dsc105@live.com

2012bf9a-58d4-11e0-aacd-000bcdcb471e said...

That is so cute for an introduction page!!!

Suzy said...

Beautiful layout and name (but I'm partial lol). Thanks for the closeups of the details! Thanks for sharing!
-Suzanne suzyq28024@gmail.com

Tamara said...

Wow that layout is awesome!!! TFS how to make the pretty flowers and all!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Susan said...

Wonderful job my friend! Love the flowers and all the flower soft detail! Maybe I'll finally use mine!
Loving the blog hop! You sure picked some great designers.
I'm a follower
Sue B

Sherri Auld said...

Kim your layout is lovely. I especially like the little pot with flowers - it is a perfect addition!! Thanks for sharing

Sherri
http://artfilledinspirations.blogspot.com

Laura {aka scrapaddict} said...

Kim, I love this LO....you really out did yourself....the flower soft is beyond gorgeous!!

Melissa said...

ahh, Kim!! I love all the flowers and the baby!

Manhattan Mandie said...

This is gorgeous, Kim!

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