Friday, March 25, 2011


Hello all from Annette, today I wish to show you a great & economical way to decorate your layouts,
your requirements are:
Circle punch, Versa mark ink or similar, old book or patterned paper, sewing machine or needle & thread
My circles are punched using a Marvy scalloped punch & measure 3" across, 
and I bought an old dictionary from charity store for 50 cents.. what a bargain !!!! 
step 1. punch out 15 circles, 

Step 2. Ink all edges of circles on both sides 
Step 3.    Fold 1 circle in half, then fold the other 2 so the lower edge of each is visible when fitted together, repeat to make 4 ruffles in total.

 Step 4. For the flower,   crumple remaining 3 circles, stack together, hold in place with a brad or stitch a button as flower centre.
 Step 5.    Open out the ruffles, position on background paper where you desire your banner & stitch in place by machine or hand along fold line 
Step 6.     Fold top ruffles down and crumple edges
Step 7.     Create your LO how desired, I have distressed & inked all edges, added some inked chipboard embellishments, tied string through the ruffles, knotting in between each one,

Step 8.     Position flower and adhere in place 
Step 9.     Tah dah … all done.... 
I had fun playing with this technique &  I hope I've inspired you to do the same
Please pop over to my blog 'Moment in Time' & share you creations with me
Have a truly blessed week
luv Annette X:)

Friday, March 18, 2011

March 18 Challenge... and who wants candy!?!

(Becky Fleck)

TGIF! Another week is almost done with a hopefully glorious weekend on the horizon!
We just want to say thanks to everyone who has participated in the challenge so far this month. We'd be nowhere without our followers! For those of you who are on Spring Break, hope it's full of fun! We would also like to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those suffering loss in the recent tragedies in Japan. It is simply more than we can even comprehend.

So, anyway, this week's challenge is a sketch ... which I (Sandi, here) scanned from Becky Fleck's book, Page Maps 2. When it is my turn to host, I try to always choose at least one if not more sketches that call for multiple photos. Let's face it .. we'd never get those albums caught up just doing one photo at a time!

Also, we are offering some blog candy donated by Generations Crafting .. but with new SOUS rules! To be in the running for the blog candy you MUST submit to THIS (3-18) challenge as well as the NEXT (4-01) challenge. We will choose a winner on April 14th and announce that winner on the April 15th post. You will have one week to claim your prize. Good luck! This goodie bag is full of yummy Glitz Design papers and embellies as well as some Prima items. Here's a look at what you will receive:

Now, let's get on with the show and see what the DT has done with the sketch!

A Fine Wine
Nanne Harry

It's A Party!
Sandi Clarkson

Love is all about you.
Leah Schaeffer

Annette Gearside

Uniquely Sweet
Beatriz Guzman

Daddy's Girl
Bonnie Friesen

1.2.3. Blow
Dawn Gallop

Daisy Troop 899
Fern Riley

Summer Fun
Vanessa Waller aka Ness

Ett år
Stine Ursin

Wanda Boardley

We can't wait to see what you do! And remember, you have 2 weeks to link your project!

Friday, March 11, 2011

fleur de plumes Flower Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone! Once again I have the pleasure of being a part of this fabulous DT here at SOUS. I would like to show you a fun new flower I've created...come on, let's play!
To make this flower you will need:
Offray Garbo ribbon, measures 5/8in or 15.8mm (it is very important to use ribbon that has a satin center with a sheer edge to achieve the flower I am making today, this one is Offray's Garbo, I purchased it at WalMart).
eyelet punch
something with the widths of 3 inches and 2 1/2 inches (I have used a ruler and a scrap of lightweight cardboard)
buttons, bling (anything you would like for flower centers)
First, I've wrapped ribbon around my ruler 4 times. One of the ribbons I've wrapped tightly and the other loosely. Second, I've wrapped ribbon around the cardboard 3 times. (you can tape the ribbon so that it is easier to handle when sliding off the ruler if you like)
Then punch each ribbon loop in the center and place on a brad from smallest to largest. (the loose ribbon would be considered the largest)
Now you should have something like this.
Fan out all the 'petals' like so.
Snip each 'petal' down the center as close to the brad as possible.
Can you see your flower taking shape?
Now the fun part...pull the fibers apart in the center of each petal.
I think it looks so heavenly!
All you have to do now is chose a center for your flower, I had an old necklace that I took this metal flower from. have a flower that is so dreamy and feathery. I chose the name, fleur de plumes, because it means feather flower in french, I think it suits it perfectly! could stop here know me...gotta add some more details!
If you chose to add some additional flair use a two inch circle as a base to add the fun. I've cut my circles with my cricut from some neutral card stock. For this flower I've added some tiny pearls and some feathers. Apply hot glue to the items, a bit to the circle and place you flower on top.
Just a bit more pizazz, don't you agree?
I'd like to share a few more of my flowers with you. For the green flower I've cut the 'loops' so the flower lays flat.
I had some really fun antique earrings and decided to use one for the flower center on this black flower.
For the orange flower I've cut a flower with my circut, water distressed the layers, added beads to the center and finally, glossy accents to hold them in place. The black flower is a loop wrapped 6 times around the 2 1/2 cardboard strip, I added a decorative brad to the center. (a great way to use up the left over bits of ribbon)
This pink one is my original prototype...LOL...I've added feathers, a button, a circle of tiny pearls and some white sequins.
This red flower has a pair of silver leaf earrings dangling from the bottom for a little twist. The beads on the purple flower are actually a snip from a beaded eyeglass cord.
I would like to mention that my items were very easy to come by. I live in a small town with limited shopping and I have to get creative so just a few notes. I purchased dream catchers from the $1 Tree and was able to get lots of feathers from them. Also from the $1 Tree, beaded eyeglass cords to use as accents. Thrift stores and flea markets are great for old jewelry. WalMart carries the ribbon in a variety of colors and also has the tiny pearls and sequins.
I hope I've inspired you to try this, it was so much fun playing around this week and coming up with this idea. Please stop by my blog Details by Sandy and let me know what you've made. I'd love to see what you come up with!
Thanx to the DT for having me again!
Have a blessed week...Hugs,

Friday, March 4, 2011

March 4, Guest Designer Sandy Windsor!!!!

Happy Friday, everyone! We are starting off the month of March with another fabulous sketch by Suepup. You can see more of her work at A Pretty Pile of Paper Chaos. Thanks, Charlotte, for the use of your sketch. For those of you who like to to multiple photos on a page, you will see that some of our designers have done just that.

This week we have a very special treat for you ... a Guest Designer that you know and love ... an Original Co-creator and Designer for Stuck on U Sketches ... the lovely Sandy Windsor! Told you it was special! :-)
For those of you who are newer to our blog, Sandy has written a bit of biography. So, we hope everyone will join us in welcoming this special artist and friend.

Sandy Windsor

"First, I'd like to say thanx to the girlz for inviting me to be a part of SOUS was such a nice surprise to get the invite to be a GD happy to be scrapping again!

For those of you who don't know me I'm Sandy Windsor....I am 49 year old mom to 4 beautiful boyssss. I am raising the last of my 4, he is a freshman this year and a complete and total blessing!!

I love to take photos, enhance photos, and scrap photos! My scrappy style has evolved a lot in the past few years...I started scrapping in '08 when my sweet BF gave me a Cricut for Christmas. I do believe that "life is in the details" and by that I mean the "little moments" that make up our days....I love to scrap these moments and luv, luv, luv to add lots of details to my pages...they kinda take on a life of their own. I adore my Cricut and all my fab carts to make embellishments...luv to make to go on treasure hunts to find trinkets on sale at various stores and at flea markets to add to my pages. I am so grateful to have the technology we have so that I can share my passion and be inspired by all of you to always push my creativity a little further. I hope you enjoy my layout as much as I enjoyed creating is such a delicious sketch!"

Sandy, we are beyond thrilled to have you joining us in this challenge!  We know that our followers will feel that way as well! And to sweeten the pot a little further, Sandy has agreed to do our tutorial for next week's post.

So, now for the Design Team reveal .. starting with our very special guest:

Spread Your Wings
Sandy Windsor

Sandi Clarkson

I Treasure You
Leah Schaeffer
Pink Hair
Nanné Harry
Nanne's creations

Epcot Flower Garden
Magic Wanda

A Smile That Stops Time
Fern Riley

Ever Lasting
Ness Waller

The Most Beautiful Girl
Bonnie Friesen
Pretty Little Somethings

Stine Ursin
Hobby Blog

Teal Girls
Beatriz Guzman
Amazing Grace

 The Garden
Dawn Gallop
Flip Flops and Pop Tarts

Annette Gearside
Moment In Time
Remember that you will have 2 weeks to upload your layout with the linking tool. Can't wait to see what you do with this awesome sketch.  (And many thanks to our awesome design team!)