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Hello again!  I've had this layout completed for a while, but never had the opportunity to upload it.  I made this using pictures of my daughter when she was a year old.  The pictures were taken in Cancun, and it was her first time on the beach.  My daughter is VERY neat and organized and has been ever since she was a toddler.  She hated to be dirty.  So you can imagine her reaction when she had to stick her feet in the sand for the first time.  She was not a happy baby LOL.  
I titled this layout "Sun Kissed" because she tans so nicely!  Her skin always turns into this dark golden color; it's the kind of tan that women pay lots of money to get LOL.  I also thought the name was appropriate because my baby girl loves to give me kisses.  She will stop what she is doing at any given time to run over and give me a smooch.  So every time she had one of these moments, she waddled her way through the icky sand just to give me a kiss.  I have to smile every time I remember the expression on her face.  Coincidentally, the papers I chose for this layout are also called 'Sun Kissed'.  :o)
The chipboard letters are made by Making Memories.  I lightly inked the edges using spiced marmalade Distress Ink and added a few stitches.  I also did a little stitching along the left side of the page.
Here's a glimpse of the other side of the title and the stitching I did on the sun.  I added a little dab of yellow Stickles to every hole to add a bit of bling.
I stamped a border along the left side of the photo and added a touch of Stickles to the flowers.  Beneath the photo, I added what looks like orange netting.  This is actually tulle that has to be at least 30 years old.  I found a roll of it at work and I loved the texture.  I could tell it was old because the cardboard roll it was on was nearly brown from the aging.  Plus, these days they don't make tulle that looks like fish netting.  
This poor chippie went through so much abuse.  It has 15 layers of paint, Stickles, crackle paint etc. on it.  Originally I wanted to ink it yellow and apply clear crackle paint on top, but when I inked the chippie (which is naturally brown), it looked like a mustard yellow.  So I kept changing the color and hating it.  Fourteen layers later, I became frustrated and decided to just paint it white.  Ironically, the white paint turned yellow and cracked on its own.  I suppose all of the layers beneath the white coat caused it to turn yellow.  It's funny how it came out exactly how I wanted it to after all of that work.  I then added a bit of glitter to the top to make it sparkly.
The black and white vellum flowers were made by Kay.  (There's another one in the upper left corner of the photo.)  I LOVE how they look with the bright colors of this layout.  You can find them in her etsy shop...Kay's Kreative Korner.  The large colorful flower is my Curly Flower that I designed.  You can find the tutorial here.  I cut up the yellow chippie and placed the pieces in different spots so that the design would flow better.  I also did a little stamping beneath the flowers.
In this cluster of flowers I added two types of ribbon, stamped some flourishes and added thumbnail pictures of my daughter.  I adhered the pictures using foam layering tape.

For a list of products used, click on the link below.
Sun Kissed

Thank you for visiting my blog!  I also want to say thank you to all of you sweet scrappers out there who have left me such wonderful comments.  I am truly flattered by your compliments and sincerely appreciate it.  Have a wonderful day!  Hugs!

After creating my first flower (my Pinched Flower), I decided to continue experimenting.  I wanted to make a flower that was "fun-looking" to go with the bright layout that I was working on.  So I came up with my Curly Flower.  It is very easy to make and similar to my Pinched Flower.  Hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Supplies needed:
- (4) Large flower cutouts (Mine are approximately 3 1/4".)
- (2) Medium flower cutouts with pointy petals (Mine are approximately 2 1/2".)
- Scissors
- Ink
- Wooden skewer or similar item
- Tweezers (long-nosed)
Quick-drying glue

If you use flower cutouts similar to the sizes I used (I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die), you will be making a large flower.  You can reduce the size of your flower by using smaller cutouts.

STEP 1:  First, ink the edges of all of your flower layers.
STEP 2:  Take your first layer (Layer 1) and place your tweezer on the right side of a petal.

STEP 3: Gently pinch and twist towards the inside of the petal.

STEP 4:  Pinch the left side of the same petal.

STEP 5:  Gently twist inward towards the center of the petal.  You have just completed what I like to call a 'double pinch and twist'.  (For further clarity, check out my Pinched Flower Tutorial, where I have images with little diagrams to help explain the 'double pinch and twist'.)  Repeat steps 2-4 on each petal of this layer.

Step 6:  Take your next layer (Layer 2) and double pinch and twist each petal as well.

STEP 7:  Take your third layer and remove one petal.


STEP 8:  Using your skewer, curl the right side and left side of each petal.

STEP 9:  Using your fingers, gently pinch each petal to create a crease down the center.

STEP 10:  Apply a line of glue along the left cut edge of your layer.

STEP 11:  Bring the right cut edge over to the left cut edge and overlap the edges.  Hold until dry.  Snip off the bottom (cone) of the flower.

STEP 12:  Take the fourth layer and repeat steps 7-11.

STEP 13:  Now take one of your pointy petal cutouts and, using your skewer, gently score the petal vertically down the center.  This step is optional, but it helps in the next step when we fold each petal in half.  Do this on all petals.

STEP 14:  Fold each petal in half vertically along the score line.  Use your skewer to curl the folded petal to the LEFT side.  Repeat this step on all petals.  Please note:  If you are using double-sided paper, both sides will show on this layer.  If you are using one-sided paper, you may want to ink the non-printed side so that it is not white.  Another option would be to flip this flower layer over before folding and curling.

STEP 15:  Repeat steps 13-14 on your last layer, only this time, curl your folded petals to the RIGHT instead.

STEP 16:  Take Layer 1 and apply adhesive to the center of the layer.  Add Layer 2 to Layer 1.  Be sure to off-set the petals.

STEP 17:  Add layers 3 and 4, remembering to apply adhesive in between each layer and to off-set the petals.  Your layers may start popping up.  Simply use your skewer to push down each layer and flatten the center of your flower.


STEP 18:  Add Layer 5 (your first curly layer) to your flower in the same manner.  I'm sorry.  I'm missing a photo that shows this step.

STEP 19:  Take your last layer and fold all of the petals up to create a cup-like shape shown above.  Adhere to the center of your flower... and you're done!
Hope you find this tutorial useful.  If any of the steps are unclear, please don't hesitate to ask.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by!  I have another flower tutorial in the works that I will be posting soon.

To see the entire layout where I used this technique, click on the link below.
Sun Kissed











Hi there!  This is a tutorial on how to make the pinched flowers shown above.  This was the first time I made my own flower!  I wanted to create a flower that resembles and combines two types of Prima flowers that I have.  So I studied each flower and this is what I came up with.  Before I go on, I would just like to say that I only began scrapping again in July 2010, so I really haven't had the opportunity to see many flower tutorials.  From what I understand there are A LOT of flower tutorials out there.  So I apologize if a similar flower already exists.

Supplies needed:
- (4) Medium-sized punched flowers or die cuts
- (2) Small punched flowers or die cuts (I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die for all of my layers.)
- Tweezers (long nosed)
- Wooden skewer or similar item
- Scissors
- Quick-drying adhesive

(For this tutorial I am using colorful die cuts to help distinguish each layer.)
 
First, ink the edges of all of your flower layers.  Now take a look at the 4 cutouts on top.   Notice how there isn't much of a gap between each petal.  If your cutout does not have a gap between the petals, cut a small slit in between each petal.  (I made some markings on the first cutout to show you the approximate length of each slit.)  The (2) smaller cutouts already have spaces between each petal so there is no need to cut any slits in my case, but if needed, cut slits in the two smaller layers as well.

STEP1: Begin working with one of the medium-sized cutouts.  This will be the bottom layer of your flower (Layer 1).  Using your tweezers, pinch the right side of one petal and gently twist inward towards the center of the petal.  Place your finger on the edge of the petal to hold it down while twisting.

STEP 2:  Pinch the left side of the same petal and twist inward toward the center of the petal.  You have now completed what I call a 'double pinch and twist'.  Repeat Step 1 and Step 2 on all petals of the Layer 1.

STEP 3:  Place the bottom layer in the palm of your hand and gently push down in the center of the layer to create an indentation.  You will notice that the petals will pop up sightly, creating a cup-like form.

STEP 4:  Take your next layer (Layer 2) and remove one petal.  Put the petal aside for later use.

STEP 5:  Position your tweezers in the middle of each petal and pinch and twist.  It doesn't matter which way you twist.  This is what I call the 'single pinch and twist'.   Repeat this step on each petal of this layer.










STEP 6:  Apply a line of glue along one of the cut edges.


STEP 7:  Overlap the two cut edges and hold until the glue dries.  (This is why a fast-drying glue is best for flower making.)  I know some people prefer to overlap an entire petal rather than just the edges, but I hate to waste the extra petal.  It adds a little extra fullness to the flower.  Once it is dry, snip off the bottom part of the layer that looks like a cone.  This helps the layer sit flat when we begin to assemble our flower.


STEP 8:  Take your 3rd layer and remove two petals.


STEP 9:  Curl back both the right side and left side of each petal using your skewer.


STEP 10: Apply a line of glue along one of the cut edges.


STEP 11:  Overlap the cut edges and hold together until dry.  Snip off the bottom of the layer.


STEP 12:  Take your last medium-sized layer (Layer 4) and remove two petals.


STEP 13:  Curl back the top edge of each petal.


STEP 14:  Using your fingers, pinch each petal to create a crease down the center. 


STEP 15:  Apply a dab glue along one of the cut edges.  Overlap the cut edges and snip off the bottom of the layer.


STEP 16:  Take the two smaller layers and give each petal a single pinch and twist.  (Refer to step 5)


This is what your layers should look like so far.


STEP 17:  Take Layer 1 and apply adhesive to the center.  Add Layer 2 to the first layer and off-set the petals slightly.  Your petals may not 'off-set' perfectly because we are keeping that 'extra petal' that I described in step 7.  That's ok because it makes the flower more interesting and natural.


STEP 18:  Apply another dab of glue to the center of your flower and add layer 3.  Again, play with the layers so that the petals are slightly off-set.  You may notice your layers popping up as you try to assemble your flower.  Simply use the back of your skewer to push down the layers and flatten the center of the flower.


STEP 19:  Add layer 4 using the same process described above.  Also, add one of the smaller layers to the top of layer 4.  Use your skewer to push all of the layers down.


STEP 20:  Take the petal that we cut out of layer 2 and snip off the pointy bottom.


STEP 21:  Roll the petal around your skewer.  (Do this while holding the petal and skewer in your fingers.  I wasn't able to do so while taking the picture so I placed it down on my mat. )


STEP 22:  Take your last (small) layer and flip it over.  Apply adhesive to the backside of this layer.


STEP 23:  Fold all of the petals upward and place the rolled up petal in the center.  Squeeze the petals to form a little cup-like shape.  If you would like a fuller center, you can add more rolled up petals to the center of your flower.


STEP 24:  Glue the flower center in the middle of all of your layers... and you're done!  You can embellish with Stickles or add glitter or beads to the center of your flower.  Try adding some leaves to the bottom of the flower as well.  Have fun with it!  Once you make a few of these flowers, the process is much easier and quicker.  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful.  If you decide to try these flowers, please send me a picture or a link so that I can see your work!


DESIGN TIP: For a slightly fuller flower, add another 'LAYER 1' to the bottom of your flower.

To see the entire layout where I used this technique, click on the link below.
A Perfect Pair

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