Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kitsky Kitchen Layout...

The wonderful aroma of cupcakes, the smiles on my beautiful kids faces, the precious moments we spent together after a hard day of was all captured by a few photographs. On this layout I choose to only use three pictures. I made this layout some weeks ago but since everything is so crazy around here I will share it with you tonight. For this layout I used the What's Cooking Good Looking kit from Divine Design Kits. I made the big red flower using Tim Holtz die cut and Tattered Angels glimmer mist. Layers of yummy Dusty Attic chipboard painted and distressed add interest to this layout along with Melissa Frances cardstock stickers and rub ons...

As always thank you for your comments they mean so much...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Karola Witczak- Divine Design Kits Guest Designer

Hi ladies, today I would like to invite you to Divine Design Kits an online kit club store. All their products are brand new, this month's guest designer is super talented she designs for Prima Marketing, Webster's Pages, Melissa Frances and Dusty Attic among many others. To visit Divine Design Kits please click on the Shop button above...

Thanks and have a great day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm Thankful for...The Shabby Tea Room Challenge!

Sometimes I forget to thank God for all the things that make me happy, for the things that make me stronger, for the things that make me who I am...sometimes I forget to take a moment to look at the sky and enjoy the beautiful blue and white skies...sometimes I forget to thank God for my family, my friends, my work, my parents, for what I have and for the things I'm working for...but today I remembered to look up, I remembered to give thanks, to tell my children how much I love them, I was on time for work...

Today, is the day to Thank God!

This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea room is to create a card or project based on this delicious picture.

I altered a metal birdhouse I found at Michael's dollar bin.

I made the rosettes using Bazzil cardstock, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Tim Holtz Tattered die cut and distressing inks. I also used the technique I'm going to share...I found this video on you tube and I will share it with you so you can learn how to make this beautiful roses. The process is time consuming but the end result is spectacular.

 I took this technique a little bit further and used the same technique for the leaves. I also inked the flower petals with Tim Holtz ink and sprayed T.A glimmer mist. I hung a canvas bird inside the birdhouse with fishing string to give it some movement. Enjoy the video that was created by Janna.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fabric House Mini Album- Tutorial

Hi ladies, did you have a nice Halloween? I sure did, we started celebrating since Thursday and it's nice to finally be able to put away all the Halloween decorations and costumes. Now that I finally have sometime to sit down I'm going to share how to make this beautiful mini.
I do apologize for not having pictures for this tutorial, but if you have any questions please contact me and I will help you.

Step One:
Cut 2- 6x6 pieces of chipboard or thick cardstock
Cut 2- 6x8 pieces of chipboard or thick cardstock
Draw a horizontal line two inches from the top of your 6X8. (You should end up with a square of 6x6. Next draw a ^ on top of your 6x6 square. The mid point should be at three inches.

Step Two:
Using your fabric, rotary cutter and ruler cut 8- 6.5x 6.5 squares. Also cut 4- 6.5x 2.5 rectangles for the front and back of the house. Now using a fabric marker mark on the wrong side of your fabric your square after you centered (this will give you a guide line when you sew your sleeve).  For the square with the triangle on top do the same thing.  Pin one of your 6.5x6.5 square to one of the rectangles right sides together. Then sew only the top horizontal edges that you pinned.  Next pin two squares right sides together, pin two square with the sewn triangle-right sides together etc.  You should now have two sets of squares and two sets of the square with the sewn triangled pinned right sides together.

Step Three:
Sew all your sleeves, leave the bottom part open.  Trim as much as you can off the edges and tips.  Iron all pieces.  Insert your chipboard pieces and sew the bottoms shut.  To make this look more professional making a running stich on all four sides of each pannel. Punch out three circles in each pannel.

Step Four:
 Paint all your chipboards, resins, wood pieces everything you want to use for this mini.  Also, print the picture you are using on printing fabric.  Set them aside.

Step Five:
Make a window by punching out 4 squares then glue a piece of lace and adhere it to the pannel.  Make a planter by cutting a 1/2 x 2 an inch strip of wooden paper. Then add two small pieces of the same paper for the sides.  Using your hot glue fill up most of the planter with hot glue, then add moss and tiny flowers.  Adhere with a glue gun.  Using a punch make a border and adhere.  Then glimmer mist a lace applique and adhere after it's dry.  Cut a Welcome sign with your Cricut, then glam it up with some Martha Stewart Glitter.  Adhere.  Add some Melissa Frances pearls for dimension.

Step Six:
Free draw a door (you can do it), adhere lace around it.  Apply chipboard heart and cut out girl from Melissa Frances paper, or print one out from your computer.  Create and adhere a paper border, apply a piece of lace.  Cut out another image or use a sticker for the wreath.  Glue it to the top of your roof.  Adhere pear strand and a single pearl as a knob.

Step Seven:
Cut and apply a piece of lace to the top, then add your picture.  Cut some flowers from the Madeline K& Co paper.  Adhere the flowers and the chipboard, then add a small piece of lace on the left side of your photograph.  Glue on the large scroll chipboard, then add a paper small flower and pearls from Melissa Frances.  The chipboard scroll and dress form are from The Dusty Attic

Step Eight:
Cut a small Doilie in half, then place behind a picture.  Add a scroll shape after you glitter it.  Also, apply some lace under the photo and add some Prima Marketing flowers and a Tim Holtz ticket.  Make a bow out of vintage seam binding adhere to a Dusty Attic Vintage Key and apply to the top of your photo.

Step Nine:
Cut and glitter a scroll shape.  Apply it to the other half of the doillie, then add some pearls to the scroll and a small paper flower.  Adhere then adhere the picture.  Apply some lace and a cut out image .  Add some painted Tim Holtz scrolls a bow made with pearl strand.  Embelish a Prima Flower with coarse glitter and glass shavings.  Adhere. 

Step Ten:
Cut one of your pictures in a circle and adhere.  Cut flowers from Madelline paper and surround the picture.  Add lace around the picture and around the top of the triangle.  Adhere your scroll on the top, I used Dusty Attic scroll (love them!) .  Also, add a small paper rose to the center of your scroll.

Step Eleven:

Cut some ribbon pieces and thread them thru the holes.  Tie them together and that's it, easy!

I really hope you can understand this tutorial and create a beautiful house.  Thank you for your wonderful comments; they really do mean a lot!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fabric house mini album tutorial

Hi ladies! I recently made a fabric house mini album for a challenge at let's get shabby and I got an honorable mention. I had shared with you ladies that I was going to have a tutorial on how to make this mini, so here is the list of items you will need:

Fabric different patterns and colors
Sewing Machine
Cardstock or chipboard
fabric scissors
fabric marker
printing fabric
embelishments like chipboard shapes, laces, ribbons, buttons, flowers, moss,pearl strands and lace applique
wet glue and hot glue
Tim Holtz distressing paint
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
border punch
Wood paper from Creative Imaginations
Acrylic white and pink paint
 Melissa Frances resin and papers or stickers (you can also print images on regular cardstock)
Pattern Paper
I will be back with all the instructions.

First challenge winner!

Thanks to all the ladies who participated on my first challenge, it was a lot of fun!
Now, the winner of the challenge is...Dora Mendez! Congratulations Dora! she even followed my rosette tutorial!

Once again many thanks to Tanya, Ram, Corie and Dora for participating!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Let's get Shabby- Challenge!

Hello ladies, today I have a project to share with you. The challenge this month over at Let's get Shabby is to use a photo of the kitchen below and to use fabric...and since I don't know how to do things half way I made a mini album out of fabric and chipboard. I made "sleeves" for the chipboard using shabby chic fabric, then I closed the "sleeve" shut. I then embellished the pretty little house with lots of beautiful products from The Dusty Attic, Prima Marketing, K & Co. paper, Maya chipboard, among many other yummy embellishments. I put a lot of love into this project because it will sit on a shelf in my scrapbook area and because the prize is amazing! One lucky person will win a beautiful prize from Maxines Melange! Their stuff is amazing!

This is the kitchen I was cooking in...

And here is my project for this challenge.  I will have a tutorial on my Welcome Home mini album...

Here are some close ups:

I even made a flower planter with Creative Imagination Wood Paper and added moss and tiny flowers!

This cute page features brand new Prima and Dusty Attic Chipboard...

A page for me and my babies, I used Dusty Attic, K & Co. papers, lace, pearls and lots of layers of delicious goodies...

This last photo features Melissa Frances paper, Prima flower, Tim Holtz scroll and a shape I cut with my Cricut.

Well, that's all I'm sharing on this post, even though I have many more pictures of this mini album.  I really liked making this mini from scratch and use my sewing skills!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I was featured in the Melissa Frances Blog...Again!

Hi ladies, lately I've been a target for negative people in the blogging world. I know there are people who are very insecure about their crafting and their inspiration, but I also know that there are many of us who are willing to help those in need if and when they ask. There is no need for the mean comments...I rather focus on the wonderful people I've meet since I became a member of various scrapbooking communities. So, now that I got that out of my chest I would like to share with the girls who are actually happy and proud of me that my Kitchy Kitchen cupcake is featured in the Melissa Frances blog. Here is the link
Once again thank You for the wonderful comments...and the not so them all!

Now I leave you with a card I made a couple of days ago.  I made it using papers from Melissa Frances, Prima flowers, Martha Stewart Punch and glitter. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Vintage Halloween- The Shabby Tea Room

This week the wonderful Shabby Tea Room has inspire me to participate in their challenge. This is the second time I participate and I got to say that the inspiration photo is amazing! I love Halloween and this week's challenge is all about vintage Halloween. For this challenge I've created a witch hat made with Bazzil Cardstock, Creative Imaginations Paper that I cut out, Cosmo Cricket for the Batty for you banner, my own handmade fabric rosette (see tutorial below), Webster's Pages lace, Prima flowers, Tea stained Cheese Cloth, Matha Stewart glitter and lace.

I hope you get inspired to make a witch hat and display it as a center piece for your table, just like I'm going to do. Please visit The Shabby Tea Room for wonderful inspiration...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Suitcase Challenge! Check out this prize!

Hi ladies! I think it's time for a challenge! Many thanks for all the comments and emails I received for the suitcase tutorial, they mean so much to me. This will be the first challenge I have ever hosted on my blog so let's make it super special! The winner will receive some amazing goodies!

Here are the rules:

Create a suitcase using the tutorial below.
Must have a vintage or shabby feel to it.
Must use either fabric or lace.
Deadline is October 15, 2010-(New Deadline)at midnight Pacific Time.
Leave a comment with a link to your blog.
Post your suitcase on your blog and link my blog to your project.
Be unique use your imagination and go with it!
I will pick a winner on October 20, 2010.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lovely Roses Tutorial #1

Oh what a day! I hate going to work, I wish I could just stay home and make lots of pretty things! I do want to take a minute before we get started to thank you ladies for all the wonderful comments, they mean so much!

Okay now for the tutorial: Let's get started once you master this flower you will be able to alter it however you like...

Here is what you need:

Fabric ( I used Muslin)
Needle and thread
Lace, Ribbons or pearls
Pretty button or vintage jewel
Staz on ink
Circle punch
Tim Holtz tea dye distressing ink or you can use tea or coffe
Cardstock (to make your template)
Hot glue gun

Make your template using your chipboard.  One petal should be about 2 inches and the other about 1.5 inches in lengh. I simply drew two U shape petals (they don't need to be perfect). Trace and cut petals.   I used 9 large and 4 small for my flower.

Using your Staz on ink and your stamps go ahead and stamp the hole petal, it's okay to overlap.  Make sure to stamp the edges as well.  Then in a container combine Tim Holtz distressing ink with water and bathe your petals in it for a few minutes.  Do not rinse. Let dry.

This is how they should look like, you can see how I stamped my petals.

Now, using your needle and thread, make a pleat in the center and stich it in place.

After you are done stiching the pleat place your petal between your thumb and your index finger, now pull with your nail. (I hope this makes sence) You should see that your petal is beggining to curl.  Do this to all your petals.


Punch a 1" circle out of paper or if you are going to wear your flower on a shirt you can also cut a circle out of felt.  Apply glue to the middle then start placing your petals.

Now cut 4 pieces of lace about 3 inches long. I used Websters Pages Lace, I love Websters!

Again using your thread and needle sew a running stich on one side of the piece of lace.  Here's how they should look.

Adhere two pieces of lace and more petals.

Continue layering petals and lace until all your large petals are gone.

Now that you are done with your large petals, adhere your small petals the same way.

Make a small bow using some more lace and adhere on the center of your flower.

Using a glue gun adhere your button or vintage piece of jewelry.

Tear a piece of muslin about 3/4 of an inch by 18, bathe in tea stain ink for a few minutes and let dry.  Cut 16 inches or so of different laces and ribbons, again I used Websters laces and velvet ribon. 

Apply your ribbon and lace pieces to the back of your beautiful flower and that's it enjoy! You can now add it to a shirt if you glue a pin on the back, or you can use it to decorate just about anything!

I hope I made this tutorial easy to follow, as always if you need any help let me know and I will help you as much as I can.  You can find my email addres on the top right corner.

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