December 9, 2010

Thursday's Tutorial from Liz !!

Hey everyone - Welcome to Thursday's tutorial. This week we are visiting with our down under senior designer, Liz !! She has something very special this week, easy but really effective ! But first, this week's sponsor ...

Our first place winner will receive this darling Gingerbread Man Kit from our sponsor the Purple Pumpkin.

At the Purple Pumpkin, they create cute handmade embellishments, especially for scrapbooking and cardmaking. They offer a variety of themed and colour co-ordinated kits, full of handmade flowers, ribbons, and of course BUTTONS!! All of their buttons are made with a perfectly flat back, so they are not bulky, and sit perfectly on your layouts and cards. The buttons are also available on their own, in packs of 3. Additionally, the blog is updated every 3-4 weeks with new buttons and kits, with some designs being available for one listing only, so you have to get in quick, or you might miss out!

And now from our own Liz:

Pinwheel Flowers

  • Paper strips - 12" long and, depending on the size of the flower you would like, 1", 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" wide. (I have used 1 1/4")
  • Circle Backing (punched out or cut freehand)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Embellishments
  • String or Ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Scoring Tool
1. Using your scoring tool, score the strip of paper at intervals of 1/4". I marked 1/4" intervals on one edge of the strip before I started to create more even folds.

2. Fold the strip of paper along the scoring like an accordion fan and put tape on one end.

3. Attach both ends together and you should end up with this.

4. Put glue or strong double-sided tape on your circle backing. Push the accordion circle down and inwards towards the centre. Stick the circle with the adhesive to the middle. By pushing the outsides of the flower in or by letting the inside circle expand you can adjust the size of the flower. If using glue on your backing you will need to hold the flower until the glue grips so it doesn't lose its shape.

5. And now it's time to embellish your flower to suit your needs. The best part about this flower is that it is so versatile, you can use it to decorate scrapbooking layouts, cards or add some string or ribbon and it is a beautiful ornament for your tree.

Aren't these completely darling, and think of all the ways you could utilize them ! Thank you so much Liz !!!

Don't forget about this week's challenge !

Green Holidays
Create an altered holiday gift, card or scrapbook layout
using recycled or repurposed items you already have on hand.

Link up your amazing creations before Saturday noon (Eastern, USA) to be eligible for this week's voting and prize !!

Tomorrow we will have a little midweek inspiration from Kristina, our Social Media Coordinator. What a talent !


Sue said...

Oh what beautiful flowers. I definitely am going to try to make some of these. TFS

Sue said...

Oh yes, I forgot. The Purple Pumpkin rules for unique collections.

flowerdisco said...

love the brown one and the button is gorgeous :p

♥Jan♥ said...

Liz, you did an incredible job here! Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I definitely will add this to my skills.

Barb Turpin said...

I think I need to try make it look very simple with gorgeous results!