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Maya Road Fabric Trim Blossom Tutorial: C.H.A. 2013 Winter Show

An easy tutorial on how to make a fabric blossom from trim by the creative team at Maya Road.

The rose is made using the new Satin Scallop Edge Trim in cream from Maya Road.
This is one of the many quick and easy demonstrations that were given at the Maya Road booth at the CHA 2013 Winter Show.
Lisa Pace from Maya Road demonstrating fabric trim blossoms

Step 1: Cut out a circle out of felt (1" circumference).  Then cut the scallop edge trim to desired length (around 36 inches).

Step 2: Then begin by gathering the trim.

Step 3:

Step 4:

Step 5: Put some hot glue on the bottom of the bloom.

Step 6:  Adhere to felt circle.

Step 7:  Allow to cool.

 Step 8: Fluff up the bloom and remove any glue webs that may be on the blossom.
As you can see, it is a very easy blossom to make.  Additionally, you can glue a button or rhinestone to the center of the flower.  If you want to make more cool things with Maya Road Products, they have some great tutorials on their website and the Maya Road Design Team Blog.


Teresa Collins Adhesive Class Kit for Xyron: Winter CHA 2013

I got to see the new "Teresa Collins" adhesive class kits for Xyron at a special blogger event at the Winter CHA 2013 show.

This is a great kit to take to a scrapbooking or cardmaking class.  If you like the
Mini Xyron Teresa Collins Sticker Maker, then you might enjoy using some of her other adhesives through the Xyron line.  It all comes in a re-useable pink box with a magnetic closure that will ensure that the box stays shut and the contents stay put.  Also the box is perfect to alter with your favorite papers and embellishments.

The contents are:
Teresa Collins clear hold adhesive (liquid adhesive)
Mini Teresa Collins sticker maker
Thick Foam Squares
Double Sided Tape
disposable tape runner

I haven't seen the kit available for purchase yet, but I was told that it would be out soon.  I haven't tried her line yet, but I do have a Xyron sticker maker that I enjoy using in my cardmaking projects.


Win a copy of Vintage Revised Jewelry: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Inspired by Lost, Found, and Recycled Treasures

Stefanie Girard at Craft Gossip has posted an great opportunity to win your own copy of "Vintage Revised Jewelry by Co-Co Nichole Bush.

This is a fun books with some great project ideas for upcycling or just reconstructing those vintage treasures you may have on hand.  Just go over to Craft Gossip and leave a message to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book.


JudiKins Diamond Glaze Tutorial

A quick demonstration, by Judi Watanabe,  on how to use the Judikins Diamond Glaze to make a fun stamped image for a card or an easy jewelry project.

I got to watch Judi demonstrate this fun product and she let me photograph some of various steps to share with my readers.
First stamp the image onto clear embossing window plastic using a permanent ink, using even pressure.

Allow to dry, then you are going to flip the plastic over so you can add the diamond glaze onto the back of the plastic.

Add some dye based ink to the diamond glaze.

Use a clean paint brush to create a swirl pattern.

Then add some glitter.

Then allow to dry.

These are samples of some of the different projects she made using the stamps, diamond glaze, ink, bottle caps, and some fun glass stones.

The above projects were designed and made by Judi Watanabe.  Have you ever used Diamond Glaze? Leave a comment and share you experience with Diamond Glaze.