Monday, February 21, 2011

More Kusudama flowers...

Well, I did indicate I was obsessing a bit with these so I'm sharing a few more I've done. The size ranges from 10"x10" to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" petals. I can picture a ceiling area with large flowers dangling at different heights...wouldn't that be fun?!

With the amazing array of scrapbook papers, the design schemes can be endless!

For size reference, these are sitting on a business card. I think they would be great for earrings. I've attached a Martha Stewart Dimensional Pearl Sticker in the centers.

The large one hanging from the ceiling.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kusudama Flowers

I have a current obsession and it's this beautiful flower design. These are five individual petals I folded from either a six or three inch square of paper. Of course you can do any size square, I was just maximizing my scrapbooking paper. I will refer you to a wonderful tutorial here, (no point reinventing the wheel). It's simple but elegant. I chose to use some coordinating papers but they are beautiful in all the same paper, too. Have fun!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

and the greatest of these is Love

Just a little wall art piece or a sweet saying for a card. The beautiful font is called Lavishly Yours...thanks for stopping by. The download is here,
sixth post.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Word Art & more

So, I've been playing in this great web site called and you'll find all kinds of fun and creative things to here is a shout out to the many prolific and helpful posters on the scal(Sure Cuts a Lot) forum!

We banter and tease but we are there to share and learn...
but some days you may get more of one than the other
(I won't name names...we know who we are...*smile*) Poetry Blender

Some additional things I've done there are these...and you can make your own. As you see I've created cutouts of the images. You'll find lots to do...check it out! Click on the square images to go directly to the site!

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Name Art

I'm having such fun with this font and wanted to show some ideas to customize with names and using digital patterns for a fun look. I used some designs I bought from a fellow designer on Etsy, martora is the shop name, and she has some wonderful digi pages!
I'm using the name of the great-neice, Miya and the font is called Misirlou Day. I overlap the letters and add a little thickness but I love fonts like this that are chunky...great for photos as shown in my previous post but also patterns. Of course, you can beautiful scrapbook paper on your Cricut but here I did some digital imaging in Inkscape. I took the letters and converted them under the "Path" menu "Object to path' and then 'Break apart'. That allowed me to take the middle of the letter out and overlay any design (I also went to the "Object" menu and selected 'Raise to Top' and I decrease the color of the fill so I can overlay it on the design and decide which part I want to use (the same process I use with a photo).

By the way, I used Import under the File menu to bring the digital files I wanted into Inkscape and the sized them for my project...

After I've decided I select the pattern and the letter and go to the "Object" menu and select 'Clip', 'Set' and that will give me just the part I want to use for my letter...pretty easy. I'm using Inkscape 0.46 so I don't know if there is any variance from this menu in the newer versions but for more ideas or questions, join us at the Inkscape Cutting Design forum!

Wouldn't this be a sweet notecard? Put it on the front of some cardstock and make a post-it note holder!

Make a custom bookmark or card set or header for a scrapbooking page. I think it could be a fun way to display a child's art too. Take a picture of it and then clip part of it in the name...well I hope this will give a little inspiration! Off to play...