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Washi Tape Flower | How To’sday

You all know how much I love How To’sday. You know how much I love the creations of Misty Buck. You may or may not also know how much I love Washi Tape! Imagine my delight when How To’sday is combined with Misty Buck and Washi Tape! Today Misty Buck takes How To’sday to a whole new level with video! Sit back and enjoy this fun and easy technique on using one of the hottest products in scrapbooking right now, Washi tape, to make a darling flower embellishment for your crafty projects.

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Now check out these darling projects that Misty created using the Washi Tape flowers.


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Misty, you are wonderful! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to create a video for ScrapbookSteals for How To’sday! I can’t wait to get my hands on some more Washi and put your technique to work.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured at ScrapbookSteals as a How To’sday I would be happy to feature you! No idea is too big or too small. Simply send your photos and text (or video) to Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

And now it’s time to announce the winner of this past weekend’s April Blog Hop. Ironically the winner comes from Misty Buck’s blog. Random.org loves her too!

The lucky winner is Cathy R. who is commenter #6 on Misty’s blog.

Cathy, check your email for on instructions for your $20.00 gift code to ScrapbookSteals.com. Hope you have some fun shopping!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo.

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a “How To’sday” tutorial. Today’s wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!

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Paper Flower Wreath

I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!

Materials Needed:

  • Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Foam floral ring
  • T-pins
  • Buttons and beads

Instructions:

It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!

1.      Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.

  • For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
  • For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.

2.      Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.

3.      Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.

4.      Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.

5.      Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.

6.      Fold part of one side back up.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.

7.      Fold in half again.

8.      Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.

9.      You will need 3 petals for every flower.

10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.

11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.

12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base.  Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue.  While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full.  Then let the glue harden and voila!  A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath.  I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.

13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.

14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.

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Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I’m thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.

If you have a great idea for a How To’sday tutorial and would like to be featured on our blog then please send your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a fantastic day and we will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

How To’sday | Paper Flowers by Jessica Laureano

Dimensional flowers are truly all the rage in the scrapbooking world right now. We’ve had such a great time seeing how our fans have made flowers using different techniques. Today Jessica Laureano has been kind enough to show us a technique to make flowers using paper circles.

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Step 1 : Punch eight small circles. I used my 1 inch circle punch.

Step 2 : Take 1 circle  and fold in half, then fold in half again for quartered folds. Open and lay flat.

Step 3 : Take the seven remaining circles and fold in adjacent segments as shown, creating a V shape in each.

Step 4 : Adhere the fold circles, one at a time, to the center of the quartered circle, using the folds as guides.

Step 5 : Finish with a button in the center.

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I have seen gorgeous flowers like this before, but didn’t know how to make them and couldn’t wait to try it out! I made this card in minutes.

Thank you Jessica! It’s been so great to see inspiration from so many of you. If you have a great idea that you’d like to see featured on How To’sday, please feel free to send photos and directions to me at kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for our next Mid Week Mojo.

Have a happy, scrappy day!

How To’sday | Ribbon Flowers by Heather Conklin

Now that you are all stocked up with homemade glue spots using last week’s tip by Heather Conklin, I want to show you an amazing way to use those jumbo-sized glue spots.  Heather shows us how to make a darling ribbon flower embellishment.

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1. After creating the perfect-sized glue spot and letting it dry, tie a knot in a ribbon. I just left the ribbon on the spool, and cut when I knew the flower was almost done.

How to make a ribbon flower

2. Start folding and sticking the ribbon, while wrapping it around and around the glue circle. Whenever you need to, smash the ribbon into the glue.

ribbon flowers

3. Slowly peel off the glue flower, stick the edge of the ribbon onto the back of the glue spot.

ribbon flower how to make a fabric flower

4. STICK YOUR AWESOMENESS SOMEWHERE!

This glue is über-sticky, so make sure that you put it exactly where you want it. :)

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Thank you once again Heather for this amazing, money-saving technique! I know I for one can’t wait to get making some of these adorable ribbon flowers. Be sure to check back next How To’sday for another great flower technique, this time brought to you by our friend Jessica Laureano.

If you have an idea that you’d like to see featured on How To’sday then don’t be shy!  Send along your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and maybe one day you will be the star of How To’sday.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

Welcome to ‘How-To’sday’

Okay, I know….kind of a silly name, and my husband thought it was flat out cheesy, but hey….we’re scrappers, right?  We like those cheesy kinds of things!  (Well, I’m going to continue to tell myself that I think it’s pretty clever.  ;) )

Last week I asked what you wanted, and I’m going to do my best to deliver.  Each Tuesday (or most of them anyway), from hereon out will be our ‘how to’ day.  Thus the ‘How-To’sday’ is born!

Now you may be asking yourself how on earth will I find time to get it all done?  Well I’m going to be honest and tell you that by myself, I don’t think I can!  However, I really want to give you all the best how-to, go-to, inspirational, motivating, creatively filled blog on the planet, and I figure that I’m one measly person and I have such limited knowledge and ideas that I may as call in the backups (YOU) and if we put our heads together, we can make How-To’s day fun and informative, fresh and unique!  What can be better than that?….a go to place with ideas and reference from some of the craftiest brains on the planet that I know!

Here’s what I think we’d all love to see:

* Tips and Tricks; ie: Misty’s amazing tip with Versamark ink in stamping on last Friday’s blog! <3

* Technique

* Design

* Video

* The most simple of basics to more challenging ideas

* (insert your great idea here!)

Sometime last October, I was browsing through our wonderful Facebook Fan Page which always absolutely amazes me and inspires me, and I came across an awesome layout by Judy Stech.

I was absolutely in love with her layout and the flower embellishments and asked her if she would send directions that I could one day feature on the blog.  I’m so happy to have her ‘how to’ as our introductory ‘How To’sday blog post!!

I love adding flowers to layouts, but sometimes flowers from my flower stash don’t quite match the papers I am using in a layout.  Luckily, I always have plenty of scraps and can make paper flowers for my layouts.

You need:

  • 3 paper circles – varying in size (2 inch, 1.5 inch, 1 inch)  I usually hand cut with no guide.
  • A brad
  • A wet paper towel or a spray bottle with water

1.        Gently wet one of the paper circles using the paper towel or a quick spritz from the bottler.  The paper should not be soaking wet; otherwise, the paper will tear.  (Trust me; I’ve torn quite a few).

2.       Crumple the wet paper circle into a small ball.

3.       Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other two circles.

4.       Carefully, un-crumple each circle.

5.       Layer circles smallest to largest, top to bottom.

6.       Poke the brad through the three layered circles.

7.       Now you can add more texture by tucking the edges under or crumpling the layers more.  Give it some character!

8.       Let the flower dry.  I usually let them dry overnight.  These flowers are really stiff once they dry.  Perfect for adding chalk or ink to the crevasses or edges.

9.       Add to page.

I also like using these flower techniques found in this blog post on Miss Fancy Pants’ blog.

Thank you Judy for sharing your amazing ‘How To’ with us.



If you would like to see your idea featured on our ‘How To’sday’ post, don’t be shy to send in your ideas!  You can submit your step by step with photos if possible to kristy@stealnetwork.com.  Please include “How To’sday” in the subject line.  We’d love to feature you and your amazing ideas!

Let’s put our heads together and share our ideas!  I can’t wait to learn from you and I hope that I will also be able to help inspire you!

If you have a chance to use Judy’s technique, be sure to share with us!  We’d love a comment or a link here on the blog letting us know how it turned out.

Hope you have a very happy To’sday!