Monday, August 18, 2008

Thanks Helen

Thankyou so much Helen for a great little gift idea and for doing this for Divas.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fifth Step

9. Position your decorated frame where you like on one side of your half circle and stick it down well ... and ... THAT'S IT !!! You're all done.

Fourth Step

7. Now decorate your frame anyway you like ... I used a left over piece of the pp as a backing, I added flowers in co-ordinating colours and inked around the edges of my frame. I also added some ribbon and a tag plus the alphas.

8. Using your glue/double sided tape or Xyron, stick your ribbons along the bottom of the gift pack - both sides. Be careful at the ends, try and overlap it a little without too much thickness so it looks neat. I used a paper clip to hold the ends in place til the glue dried.

Third Step

5. Now we are going to make a mini cardboard frame - I traced around the edge of an Autumn Leaves journalling spot which is approximately 8x6cm. You can cut any shape or size you like.

6. To make your shape into a frame, you will need to cut out the middle.

7. Paint or ink your frame in a co-ordinating colour.

Second Step

2. Fold your circle in half (keep the side of the paper you want to see on the outside).

3. Fold the folded edge up approximately 1 - 1.5cm.

3. Open out the circle and you should have 3 creased lines - smooth out the original centre fold line and stand your half circle up on its base.

4. Pinching the folded edges together, carefully staple each side - this may be a little fiddly to ensure the base of your semi circle stays flat - make sure you push the edge of the original centre crease line up between the folded edges when you staple it

Welcome & First Step

Hi girls, thanks so much for joining me here. I hope you like this easy little project I've come up with for my first ever online class.

I must give credit though to a Tarisota Designer because I first saw this type of project in their gallery a while back, however I have worked out the design myself for this little gift pack.

So here we go ...

This is what you will need:

* 1 sheet d/s pp - male oriented if you are making this a fathers day gift pack

* piece of thin-ish chipboard, doesn't need to be any bigger than 4"x6" or so as you will be cutting it

* assorted flowers to co-ordinate with pp

*assorted letter stickers/alphas etc - I have used the Carolee's Creation tiny alphas plus AC Thickers

*paint and/or ink to co-ordinate with pp

*ribbons - approx 60cm of 2 co-ordinating colours



*d/s tape and/or glue (Power Pritt)

1. Using a dinner plate or saucepan lid etc draw the largest circle you can on your piece of patterned paper and cut it out.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

distressing technique - paint lines

Hopefully this little tutorial will help you think a bit outside the square as far as adding texture and layers to your page. Distressing can be very in your face or as subtle as you may want to make it. It is a technique that should be practised first time around as each paint will have a different consistency. I've used mine on a partly finished page, which has already had some distressed paper added and some bubblewrap stamping done to give it a grunge feel. Have fun!!

You will need a ruler or something straight, some paint and your layout.

Dip the edge of the ruler into the paint, be sure there is a fair amount on the ruler.

You should start by making several smaller lines on your page. Dip the ruler in the paint each time you do a line. You may want to move the ruler in a forward motion, dragging the paint in a straight line across your page or add more paint along your ruler so that the line is darker and longer.

Experiment and add lots of lines for a grunge feel or keep it simple with just a few for a more subtle look. You may want to try this on dark paper with white or light paint, or use paint a smiliar colour to your paper for a more subdued look.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Next Free Online Class - Helen's Fathers Day Gift Pack

When/Where : Monday 18th August @ 8pm - HERE!
Check out the Divas Form here for more information and what to bring.
Here's a sneek peek ...

It will be quick and easy and loads of fun. I hope you will join us.
Instructions will be posted here and all the chat in the Divas Chatroom.