Nov 20, 2008

Creative Mess Giveaway :)

Just how messy are you? Based on this thread on the forum, I know most, if not all of us are messy, messy scrappers!

So here's a giveaway to celebrate our creative mess. To be eligible for the draw, you only need to be a member of our board (if you haven't already), introduce yourself and upload a picture of your scraproom/studio/area/table in all its glorious mess, in action, the messier the better - to the giveaway thread.

All photos must be uploaded by November 27th :) The DT members will pick their favorite photo and winner will be announced next Friday/Saturday by our very own Alexis.

Link to Giveaway Thread

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So go get messy, be creative, enjoy the process and take a photo in the midst of it all! Good luck!

Nov 18, 2008

November favorites!!

November kit - revealed! Wow.. I know I said the same thing last month. Not here obviously, since this is my first post on Label Tulip Blog. But I know I said WOW somewhere :)

Why WOW? Let me show you the amazing layouts from my fellow Tulip Girls. Amazing is such an understatement!

First up, a funky, fresh layout from Leslie. Seriously, this girl has that little magic that she works every single time.
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Then this one from Julie. I love the way she used the stamp as a border. This i must try soon :) Thanks for the idea Julie.
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Charity always has a knack of making things that has a certain kind of charm to it. Sweet, sweet love.
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Next is this pretty layout from Amanda! Love that she cut the KI Sheers ad used only part of it. Everything here is just perfect, like they're made for each other :)
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How perfect is this layout from Alexis? Sweet vintage love, thats what I think when I first looked at it. Just perfect.
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Last but not least, is our fantabulous TG Co-ordinator, Holly :) This layout about Mr Bumbles is super cute and couldn't be more suited for that BG paper!
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*sigh* believe me I could gush all day long. No kidding. I'm so blessed to be here with them.. so very blessed. Go ahead, I know you wanna stare at more layouts, go ahead. You know you want to.

TG Gallery

Nov 13, 2008

How 'Bout a TEENY Sneak???

Or 2?





Hope you all are having a wonderful day!
~Leslie

Nov 10, 2008

Bringing you a little Cheer today!


Hi everyone! I thought I'd share a little project I did not too long ago for my sister who was recovering from a major surgery. I wanted her to have a little bitty something she could see next to her.

This project comes from something I learned to make a couple of years ago -- a button bouquet; only this one's a mini version....

It only takes a little bit to make, it's something fun and it will surely brighten someone's day. Or your own desk if you wanted :D

Here's what you will need to get started:
1. a little tin or in my case I found this little teapot in the $1 bin at a local craft store.
2. buttons galore!
3. wire (I used 22 gauge, it's a little thicker)
4. ruler
5. scissors or wire cutter
6. styrofoam
7. ribbon (optional)
Directions:
1. Cut wire 12 inches and fold over (where it becomes 6 inches)
2. thread wire through buttons (buttons must have at least 2 holes), pushing buttons all the way to the end (you want to see a little loop at the very tip). You can have as many buttons as you want. I used a variation. It depends on how tall you want your "flower".
3. twist wire all the way to the end. If you think it's too tall for your tin or pot, cut at the end.
(I made some taller than others)
4. put styrofoam in bottom of your pot so you can have something for your stems to stay put without moving around.
5. place your flower stems in the pot and arrange how you want.
6. add ribbon around center, the handle, or the stems themselves. It's up to you, let your creativity take control!!
Here's the one I made:
another view:
and a top view:
Hope you have fun & that this brought you a little cheer today!
Thanks for letting me share with you, ~Leslie

Nov 5, 2008

November Peeks!

Here is a little bit of eye candy! Some November kit sneak peeks! I've finished four layouts so far and there's plenty of kit to go!  Remember, kits go up for sale on November 15, but you can avoid the rush by becoming a subscriber!






Have a great day!


Nov 4, 2008

Scrap Love

I gather from this thread on the Label Tulip message board that most people throw away their paper scraps. Not me. I'm a paper hoarder. I love to save my scraps and keep them by my desk in file folders sorted by color. But I'm not going to try to convince you to save your scraps. Rather, I'm going to try to convince you to use your scraps by transforming them into embellishments you can use later.

A lot of people don't like to keep their scraps because they find that (1) they don't use them and (2) it's a pain to store them. My solution answers both of these complaints.

Here's the deal: The next time you're cleaning up from working on a layout, make a little pile of your scraps and try out one of these ideas:

1. Flowers

There are many different styles of flowers, but the lollipop flowers are very popular right now and super easy to make. Here's how:



3. Basic Shapes

There are really only three shapes that I ever pre-cut so that I have a bunch on hand: (1) tags, (2) stars, (3) hearts. That's what I tend to reach for. You may have a different set of shapes that you like to work with. Now, I like a super handmade look, so I don't use a pattern or a template. I just start cutting. If you're a neater person, you may want to use a template, a die cut machine, or a punch. Here's a recent layout where I used up a bunch of scrappy hearts:

I store my shapes in a little drawer and just poke through them when the need arises!

3. Buttons

I am a button addict. They always seem to add just the perfect finishing touch, you know? With a few scraps, a circle punch, a hole punch, and some diamond glaze, you can make your own! Watch this video to find out how...



When you're finished, put away your new embellishments for later use on a card, layout, or even as a pretty finishing touch to a package!

I hope you enjoyed these tips!  Have a great day (and stop throwing away your scraps!!!)

Nov 3, 2008

Tutorial: Mimicking Maya Road Flowers

I got my November Label Tulip kit today and it is beyond words.  I mean, I saw the pictures, but it's about 100x better in real life!  There are some great looking Maya Road flowers in the kit.  I was working on a layout and realized that I needed more than the two flowers in the kit. So, I figured out how to make a few of my own! Watch the video below to learn how...

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Thanks for stopping by!