Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Let them Eat Cake: Amira's Yummy Embellishments

Hello Crafty Friends!

Well I keep saying that our May Kit is soooo yummy... but today Amira takes the yumminess  to a whole new level by creating her own super scrumptious embellishments.
Enjoy! I'm off to the donut shop.......




I love embellishments!
I love buying them and I especially love reproducing what I buy.
So when I got THIS gorgeous package of shape sprinkles, I was in love in more ways than one.


I knew I had to try to make some of my very own YUMMY embellishments.

I started with the cakes, and to do that I used this beautiful DIE which came in the May kit:


I had such a fun time layering and making these embellishments.
I used Nuvo's Crystal Drops to make these because I LOVE the dimensional effect they produce and the color range is brilliant. 

Added extras from my stash: Pearls from Kaisercraft



Extras include flowers punched with a tiny punch and blue pearls from Kaisercraft.


Seriously, I could have sat all day making 100 mini cakes. 
It is such a therapeutic process for me.

From here, I ventured on to making DONUTS!! Or do you spell it DOUGHNUTS?
I'll leave you to do more research HERE

I started off with 2 styles of circle punches: one scalloped and one circle. 
One measures 1.25" and the other 1". 
Each donut will require one of each.


From there, I applied 3D foam dots to the back of the scalloped circle.


I then stuck the scalloped circle on top of the circle.

I then used my crop-o-dile to punch a hole in the centre of the donut.



And then widened that circle a little bit more.


From there, I gathered my many coloured mediums.

I LOVED how the donut turned out with 3D fabric paint.



The swirl pattern was very addictive to make.



I then added this classic donut drizzle pattern using my white Nuvo crystal drops.



How yummy is that!

Next design: I coated the donut with pink Nuvo crystal drops and added on some pink iridescent heart shaped sprinkles!
Doesn't that look JUST LIKE the donut embellishment?



:)



You can go CRAZY with ANY sprinkles you have.
Here I tried it with the blue stars.


And you can experiment with any color Nuvo to produce many yummy donuts.

From left to right we have:
Blueberry Bonanza
Peppermint Palooza (Hi Lolly)
Cherry Cheesecake
Strawberry Surprise

(Yes, SO cheesy! I know).

I love this one!
Plain white icing with sprinkles.
Yum!
Don't you just feel like a donut right now?



I also pulled out my distress inks and my glitter paints to see if I could make donuts if I didn't have the Nuvo drops.



Yes you can (you can do anything really) but in this side by side comparison, you can see the "ooze" or the dimension that the Crystal drops give you to simulate that coating on top.


I used glitter here to simulate sprinkles

I also added a ring of clear Crystal Drops on both to add even more dimension. 


Here is another example.
Here I added heart and star shaped sprinkles on top of the glitter paint before I added the ring of clear "glazing"
I used Glossy Accents here to substitute for the Clear Crystal Drops


For the next 2 donuts, I used 2 circles separated by 3D foam dots in case you didn't have a scalloped circle. That works too :)

This one is Heavenly Cloud :)


Caribbean Breeze

Now I'm going to torture you with some pics of donuts.
Don't worry.
You won't put on ANY weight looking at them (although what you do afterwards can NOT be blamed on me)

Lemony Spiffets
In Your Diet Dreams
Born in a Blue Lagoon


The Ugly Duckling

Loch Ness?

Hearts and Pea Soup

FussyCut Wanna Be.

Lavender and Cardio

Dizzy Diet

Stars and Sprinkles

And here are some examples of how I used these donuts on cards :)



Thank you so much for stopping by.
I did film a video tutorial on how I made these donuts.
You can find it HERE.

DONUTs FOR PRESIDENT!
xxAmira

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Let Them Eat Cake: Amira's Paper Piecing Tutorial ~ Tea for Two.... or more!

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Weekend!
I love the weekends..... time to relax, craft... and enjoy cups of tea!
Amira brings all these together today with her pretty tea cup paper piecing tutorial.
Enjoy!!





I love this stamp set!
Because I love tea!
And because I love porcelain tea cups and mugs and tea pots too!
But the minute I saw this stamp set, I thought I needed to do some paper tolling aka paper layering with that stack of tea cups.


I decided to use 2 of the patterned papers from Kaisercraft's High Tea Collection: Afternoon Tea and Tea Leaves.

I started off by cutting my patterned paper into 2.5"x 3" and then used my stamping tool to stamp off MANY images. I love the stamping tool, because whenever the print is not 100% crisp the first time, I can re-ink and be guaranteed that the second stamp will produce the win.



Here they both are:



After that, I grabbed my trusty scissors and I fussy cut the stack of tea cups 


I will only use Afternoon Tea as an example.
Next, you need to decide which tea cup will be the top most layer.
For this next one, I decided that the mug at the top of the stack will be the most protruding.


So in that case, your first layer will have all 5 tea cups.
Then you start by removing the bottom tea cup (and saucer) so that the second layer has the top 4 tea cups.
The third layer will then only have the top 3 tea cups.
The fourth layer will only have the top 2 tea cups.
And finally, the fifth layer leaves you with the top most tea cup in the stack.
Next, you need to apply 3D foam to the backs of each of your layers.
And then, align them and you have yourself a beautiful dimensional stack of tea cups.


Here it is from a different angle.


Now in order to have the tea cup and saucer be the most prominent layer, all you need to do is reverse how you cut it. One again start with the 5 teacups, but then your next layer will have the top most tea cup removed, next layer will have the top and second to the top removed etc, until you are left with the just the bottom tea cup and saucer.


You will get something that looks a little like this:


Here it is from a different angle:



You can also try playing with many other combinations. Here I only made a 2 layer stack alternating the 2 patterned papers and using 3D foam.


And here, I slit between 2 tea cups and inserted some twine and a label to make it look like the tea bag was still in one of the teacups.


I also used Dimensional Magic on a few tea  cups to see if I could give them a 'porcelain-like' effect.

Here is a card I made for my Mom for Mother's Day using the 3D stacked tea cups as a main feature.


Here is another I made :


You can watch my video tutorial HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Happy crafting.
xxAmira










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