Good Morning dear sweet friends!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Today I am going to share one of my favorite past-times while paper
crafting...Creating my own embellishments! I don't know about you, but buying all of the embellishments from different manufacturers adds up quickly. I find that creating my own embellies makes my Little Red Scrapbook kits go farther and it is amazing how many cards I can make using my scraps!!
One of my favorite ways to make my own embellies is using my die cut machines. I have a cricut and a big shot and I use them both a ton. I have found in the past weeks, however, that I have a die addiction. I can't get enough of them! From Tim Holtz and Sizzix to Papertrey Ink, I have found the most wonderful dies!!! I have also found that using regular household items works well too! Cereal boxes are the best form of chipboard in my opinion!!! Stay green! Re-use and recycle! I also love to use old jeans! We all have those around!
In this first card, you can see what a pair of old jeans can become:
I used my big shot machine and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die:
I frayed the edges to add visual interest:
I layered the flowers and attached them with a brad. I also stamped some leaves using Papertrey Ink's Year Of Flowers, Mums.
I made a second card based on the Wee Memories Saturday Challenge #47-Spring is near, Green is here, using another favorite technique of mine, hand-cutting patterned paper to embellish your projects.
First, I stamped the doily image three times and embossed with clear embossing powder and then inked the edges with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment which is from Papertrey Ink's Year Of Flowers, Morning Glory, I cut out several florals from the patterned paper.
I added a bird, some twine, and a pearl and in five minutes, I have a colorful and unique card!
Thanks for stopping by today!!
I hope these ideas motivate you to make your own embellishments!!!
Have a wonderful day!