Definition: Aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.

The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.
I believe in teaching, the sharing of ideas and playfulness of creating.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stampotiqe Designers Challenge SDC49: Purple/Pink with Black

Hello there-
I felt like challenging myself a bit this week. I LOVE, LOve Stampotiqe's Stamps and they always have a great challenge going on. To be 100% completely honest, I have not always liked Pink and Purple. Almost dreaded it. This is why this was a good challenge for me. Thank goodness for the black-!
I used Maryse Carrier Stamps. You can click on her name to find her lovelies at Stampotique Origanals.

I promise the stamps are there.

Stamps that I used are in the background and are as follows:
Lines and Dots

I have been Hugely inspired by a Lovely artist She designs for Prima and also uses what she calls treasures..... YEAH for treasures, right. I have always collected them. Now I have reason to use them. Big thanks to her and her inspirations and talents.

Stampotiqe Designers Challenge

SDC49: Purple/Pink with Black

Nellie is our hostess this challenge and she thought it would be fun to give you a color challenge this time.

Here is what she said about her challenge:

"And of course I picked a color combination that I really love to work with: pink, purple and black. It’s as simple as that! So go get your Stampotique stamps out and have fun with this challenge. As always you can win a $30 dollar gift certificate for your choice of Stampotique stamps."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Listen To Your Heart Tag.

Hello There-
I don't know about you... I am so very ready for Spring.
So if I can't see flowers in my garden as of now I will make them in the studio.

I have been taking a Silhouette Cameo Class as of late. Just to find out what it can all do. Just FYI has the best pricing on the Cameo that I can find. This is where I purchased mine. Wow- I am amazed of all the things it can do. I cut out the 3-Tags and all the petals for this project with 3D Ruffle Flowers, these can be found on Silhouette's site.

What you will need to make flowers:
Silhouette Cameo
3D Ruffle Flower file
Water in spray bottle
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Bling for center

For the BIG flower I cut Three- 3" flowers, Three 1.5" flowers, Three 1" flowers and Three 1/2" flowers. Sprayed the paper with water and started to bend and crease the paper into the flower shape. Then dry with heat tool. In the center of each flower center place a drop of glue. Add your next flower to the center, keep building the layers until done. Add embellishment to the center and roll again in your hand to keep the petals from laying flat. Voila... YOU have a beautiful flower. Also you can add water color paint of alcohol inks to the petals to give you the color you need.

Bring on Spring...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kusudama flower

I have had some emails on how to make this flower.... so I thought I'd share. This is a simple, kusudama flower made from lacy art paper found at a local art store. The flower above was cut in half to create two flowers.

The tutorial below is made from card stock. Keep in mind the thinner the paper the easier to fold.

What you need:
5 square pieces of paper (I used 3 x 3 in, but you can use any size really, depending on how big a flower you want) Glue. (I used hot glue)

1. Fold the paper in half, creating a triangle.

2. Take the left and right corners and fold them up to the middle.

3. Fold the same pieces down to the right and left outside edge of the square. They will line up with the edges.

4. Open up the pockets you've just created and press them down. The easiest way is to put your finger into the pocket and line up the center crease with the edge of the paper.

5. Fold the small triangles (dog ears) towards you on each side so they are level with the edges of the paper.

6. Fold the triangle in half on each side, using the crease you made earlier, to make a triangle.

7. Apply glue on the outside triangle, stick it to the other side. This is you first petal. To complete the flower, you need to make 4 more of these petals and glue them all together. I have been using hot glue.... It seems to set up the fastest. Otherwise you might what to clip edges together until dry.

Here are another project you could make. An ornament.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Love Bugs....

So do you remember these little guys from the 60's and 70's?

I loved them and my 5 year old son loves them too. He saw an ad at Target and really wanted these little guys. So I made a deal with him... if he helped me make them we could make one for everyone in his class for Valentines day. The whole project went much quicker than I thought.

Enjoy everyone.