Thursday, November 4, 2010

WOYWW? Experiments gone right

I often tinker with ideas and techniques with awful results. I don't show these failures off. I don't want people running away. I want readers to come regularly, becoming followers even. Well this week I did a bit of experimenting and I like the results.
This embellishment has been poked and prodded and played with quite a bit.
It looked a lot better when I first made it. Letting kids play with stuff may
add a bit more character to your work than you anticipated. 

First is an easy, easy embellishment. Last week for my son's scout Halloween party I baked cupcakes and used Reynolds Bake Cups. Well at some point many years ago (1997) I purchased the mini size cups and I don't have a mini size pan so what did I do with these cups? Put them back in the baker's box for later of course. The baker's box, you know that box of baking supplies, only comes out for birthdays and holidays at my house so I regularly forget these cupcake liners are even in the house.

This time I decided they could be used in a crafty project. I like the look produced by Tim Holtz Paper Rosette but I can't currently afford the die. One thing I don't like about these popular rosettes is how thick they are. I don't like thick embellishments on pages that may be crushed and look bad years later or may dent other pages in a book. Crazy I know. So making them myself by hand, while completely doable is probably not going to happen too often either. But this cheap cheat will happen. I took a mini cupcake liner, turned it inside out and added a 1-3/4" circle  and TA DA. Done.

I can alter the look by changing the size of the circle I add. Large cupcake liners would work too but they are just so large that I would probably end up using them as frames.

The second project is an ATC. I was experimenting with the Retro Circles Texture Fades Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz  and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas. I purchased the sticky back canvas at the CHA super show in July and I've had these tulips sitting on a shelf for months. After playing a bit with the embossing folder I decided to see how well the sticky would work on it. And I gotta say I like it.

I need to get some sleep and it's now Thursday here so to you UK WOYWW readers I'm really late as it's already Friday morning for you lot.

Happy Crafting,


Neet said...

It's Thursday morning here Katie (am in the UK) so you are not too late. Thanks for sharing your own paper rosette - looks awesome. Love how those tulips are painted on the atc.

karen said...

That is a great idea for the cupcake liners! They turned out well!
I love the colours on your ATC! The blue background really makes those tulips POP!
Happy WOYWW!

Sandra said...

Nice experiments!! I like to experiment, but I usually take sooo long when I'm trying to create something from scratch...

Nicks said...

great idea, thanks for sharing

Elizabeth said...

Great experiments - thanks for sharing. Elizabeth #98

Spyder said...

It's thursday evening here, no Friday morning, and I've given up on the low numbers and started on the high numbers. Love your make, very crafty

((Lyn)) 31 & 33

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Cute Idea!! thanks for the peek!

Shirley Pumpkin #51

Rachael said...

What a clever idea for a a cupcake case!
Have a good day
Rach T xxx (115)

Janetlynne said...

Love your cupcake liner idea..
Have a good day

Janetlynne #86

akilli melek said...

love your cupcake rosette idea. caroline #16

Shari said...

Brilliant Idea! I love it when you can somehow manage to use things that are on hand. The tulips are gorgeous. Thanks so much for a wonderful idea and for sharing it!
Shari #94

Paula Gale said...

the best kind of cupcake liners are those with a big gooey cupcake in!!!

Very original idea.

Paula x x x

Morti said...

Nope, you're not crazy for thinking that the Tim Holtz rosette is too thick - I totally agree with you, and for that reason I deliberately haven't bought it. I'm quite capable of pleating my own rosettes by hand, and getting them just the depth I want! LOL.... Nice work hun!

Theresa said...

Very creative and adorable! Thanks for sharing Kate!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Katie, you have been busy creating some lovely artwork. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 36)