Monday, November 14, 2011

Swirly Twine 'Flowers'

Oct. 5, 2011

Greetings Crafters!
I hope you've been enjoying the blog and the tutorials from my fellow design team members! We've been having a great time planning and creating (and shopping for, of course :) our monthly projects.

I recently got some Glubers (giant glue dots from Cosmo Cricket) from Christy, and I've been staring at them trying to figure out what to do with them. And then Christy gave me some twine to play with (5 yards for $1!), and the mental 'lightbulb' went off! Swirly Twine Flowers! Easy. Fun. And Cute! What more do you need from an embellishment? In my world...Nothing!

First, gather your supplies: Glubers, twine, and whatever you want to use as your flower centers - buttons, brads, etc. You will need a few yards of twine. This project uses a lot. 1 of my packs of twine made 2 Gluber flowers. (NOTE: You can alter the color of your twine with any inks you may have at home - distress inks, distress stains, paints - whatever you want - but I left mine 'as-is' this time around).

Next, peel off the clear plastic liner from your Gluber. The Gluber package has several different sizes of glue dots inside. Make sure to remove the liner from only the dot you want to use so you don't mess up your other precious adhesives. Estimate where the center of your Gluber is, and smoosh (nice technical term, huh?) your twine into place. It doesn't matter if your center placement is perfect, because you're gonig to be covering it up later.

Start swirling your twine in concentric circles around your 'center,' being sure to press the twine down into the Gluber regularly to make it all stick together well.

Keep swirling...

And swirling...

Just keep swirling, swirling, swirling (and if you're not singing like Dori yet, you obviously don't have to watch Finding Nemo nearly as often as I do)...

Ok. We're done swirling. Fun, right? And easy, right? Right. Now, cut your twine and smoosh the end onto the Gluber. If you like your swirly flower the way it is now, then you can be done, and just peel-and-stick it onto your layout or card.

But if you think it looks a little naked and lonely, then glue on your buttons or stick your brads through to finish (adding brads AFTER you stick your flower to your project tends to work a little easier for me, but that's totally up to you).

And here's my finished layout!

Layout supplies:
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon, Fancy Pants
Stickers: Crate Paper, Echo Park, Jillybean Soup
Resist Letters and Distress Stain: Tim Holtz
Twine, Buttons, and Photo Corners

Hope you enjoy your craftiness. If you have any requests or questions for me or any of the other design team members, please post a comment here.
- Cori

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