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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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Daring Cardmakers 'Dare' and another little something for Caardvarks!

I know that you will all understand this, because obviously you are a paperaholic if you are involved in scrapping and cardmaking. But you see, this new paper was equally 'burning a hole in my pocket' until I could use it, AND sitting to the side being enjoyed, because I was not wanting to cut it up! This was my first introduction to Daisy Bucket Designs, and I'm in love with their papers!

This little card was made using both sides of the 'Hadley' paper from their 'Perfect Harmony' line, and the pinwheel was made from the 'Avery' paper from the same line. The card is for the Caardvarks "Name That Tuna" music themed challenge. I am also submitting the card and the matching pinwheel for the Daring Cardmakers 'dare' called "A Side Order With That . . . ". The dare was to make something that matched the card as a little 'side order'. How cute is that!

First I distressed the Hadley paper using the scissors distressing technique, and inked the edges with black ink. Then I machine stitched around the edges with a bright purple-y thread. Next, I took some black grosgrain ribbon and wrapped it around the white section of the paper, then topped that with some black and white gingham ribbon and a cute bow. I topped the center of the bow with a white paper flower with bling from Petaloo. I also added a few more of the paper flowers down below the ribbon, in pink white and black. The bling comes on the flowers - isn't that handy!

I then took another small piece of the Hadley paper - the reverse side is a precious plaid - and scissor distressed and inked that as well, then crumpled it up and hit the high spots with a coordinating blue ink. After that I cut some music notes freehand from black Bazzill cardstock, added a few dots of silver with a metallic gel pen, and a dot of 'crystal' Stickles for a highlight.

The matching pinwheel was made using a plastic drinking straw, a 6 x 6 inch square of the Avery paper, a quilter's pin, and two Petaloo Tutti Frutti flowers. If you've never made a pinwheel, it's very easy. Simply take a square of paper, score it from corner to corner, making an X across the center. Cut the score lines within about 1/2 to 1 inch of the center point. DO NOT cut all the way through! Pull 4 corners to the center, pin with a pin or brad. If using a drinking straw, make a pin hole about 1/2 to 1 inch from one end, and once you've got 4 corners of the pinwheel pulled together, push the pin through the straw, cut the sharp end off and turn down the end with needle nose pliers so it won't slip out. Don't pull the pin all the way tight, because you will need a little room for the pinwheel to move when the wind catches it.

I hope you've enjoyed these creations. Come back to see me again soon! Becky


RubyMay said...

Wonderful work hun...and your blog is brilliant! x

Jolene said...

Oh gosh, that's pretty! Nice tutorial as well.

librariane said...

Okay, using two-sided paper for a pinwheel should have been obvious to me, but it didn't click until I saw yours!

I always feel bad buying two-sided, as you usually only see one side...

Suz said...

Wow great card & tutorial - thanks for sharing & inspiring