Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year to all our readers and fans! My name is Rachel Theall and I'm so excited for 2010 and for my first post on the Urban Swank blog! To kick the year off I'm going to share with you a page and an altered can that I created using the wonderful Urban Lily products. As I type this, there is a glittery snow falling from the sky and everything is bright and fresh. This atmosphere is what has inspired me to create the following page.

I've used Everyday Lily Urban Stripe, Urban Lily Secret Keepers Window with the flower, Urban Lily Blink Ink, Urban Lily ATC card, Urban Lily Urban Cut Minibook Black and White, Urban Lily Urban Cut Alphabet, and Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue and 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

I've used the secret keepers window in combination with the urban cut mini album to create a mini album on the page. The secret keepers window was sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Then I glued some fabric around the flower using the Helmar 450 adhesive. I used the same adhesive to glue the lace to the window to keep the mini shut on the page. I glued pages of the mini album into the book and added pictures over it.For the title, I used the Urban Cut Alphabet. The letters have been embossed on the black part with Ranger pearl green embossing powder using a Zig embossing writer. In the white part of some of the letters, I sprayed more of the glimmer mist. To create the "s" and "n", I cut out the letters and used the paper as a mask. The circular flowers on the page were made by sewing fabric to scraps of paper in a spiral pattern as I had seen on some t-shirts at the store. I've also used this same flower on the altered can below but they are created out of paper.

This can sits on my craft table and once held chocolates. It now holds my glue so that the glue is together and within easy reach. I covered the can with Urban Lily Blink Collection Ink patterned paper. It is the same paper that I had used in the scrapbook page above to cut out the bird and flower. I left the hole in the paper so that the pretty pattern of the can would show through. As the paper was not quite large enough to cover the whole can, I filled in the bare section with a scrap of paper covered in more of the spiral flowers. And, on the lid, I added a bow. I also filled in some of the swirls on the paper with gold glitter.

To make the spiral flowers shown here, cut a circle out of your patterned paper or fabric. Then, cut the circle into a spiral. Distress the edges of the circle and use a sewing machine to sew the spiral onto a scrap of paper. You will want to sew the spiral smaller than the circle's original size. When you are finished, cut the flower from the paper it is sewn to and glue it where you'd like on your project. It's really simple and really gorgeous.

Thank you for stopping by the Urban Swank blog today! Check back soon for more great projects from the Urban Swank Team!


  1. GORGEOUS projects, rachel! great ideas too! :) tfs.

  2. Beautiful projects, love them!
    Great job Rachel, and TFS :-)

  3. Rachel, this is just beautiful! I love all of the details that you have in your project!

  4. Wow...I am drooling over your work!

  5. Fabulous layout and project Rachel!