Nov 29, 2009
Last night I sat down and created yet another wedding layout. I haven't done a layout in weeks & I'm long overdue. This was the end result. The edges of all the papers used are distressed and then inked with distress ink. I then embellished the edge of the paper with blue dimensional pearls by Ranger. Flourishes were die cuts that I scanned to my computer & then printed on transparencies. Once die cuts are scanned you can modify them in your photo editing software to be any size you need them to be. That's what I did for this layout. The original die cuts were much smaller in size than the ones shown on this layout.
I've used the November Scarlet Lime kit Autumn Harvest for this layout. There were a couple of papers in this kit that brought out the colors of my floral bouquet & flower decor that's in the background of the wedding picture. The kit included a long piece of muslin (fabric)--I decided to stamp the muslin spritz it with glimmer mist in shades of blue & orange and sewed two pieces of muslin into the flowers you see here. If you know a little bit of sewing, you make these flowers similar to hemming. Just run a slightly longer stitch along the bottom edge of a long 2" inch wide strip of fabric & then pull on the string to ruffle up the fabric. Once you get it to form a complete circle, you sew the two sides together to make the round ruffled flower.
I'm also showing off my blue peacock butterflies that I currently have up for sale in my Etsy shop. This layout is a great example on how these butterflies can be used to embellish any page.
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Nov 28, 2009
Black Friday was yesterday & I didn't step foot outside my house! Sorry, but I worked for over 5 years in retail during my college years & I'm completely traumatized with black Friday. I went through way too many of those & now I stay far, far away from any retail stored on this day...I'm sure some of you out there understand me...
So I spent my day making more wreaths & finishing up this cute altered picture frame that had been sitting on my desk for about a week already. This frame is for that dog lover! It has an adorable white paper pieced puppy that looks a lot like my sweet Toby. Frame measures 8"x8" inches and fits a 3.5" x 3.5" picture. Red seems to be Toby's favorite color...so that's why I based this frame in red.
Next is a copper toned 24 inch in diameter Christmas wreath. I'm currently doing a wreath sale in my Etsy shop...so all of my wreaths are 15% off & my one remaining Autumn wreath is 20% off. I know I don't have a large wreath inventory. But with the few that I do have--believe me when I say that I take my time with them. All of my wreaths have the signature nesting cardinal in them. The only thing that differs with thes cardinals is the color of thier chest. I tend to coordinate thier chests with the color scheme of my wreath.
Finally, here's another gold-themed wreath.
Till my next post...let the holiday shopping begin...
Nov 23, 2009
I'm sticking to a basic design for my wreaths--24 inch in size, simple, not too cluttered but beautiful enough to add that perfect Christmas decor to any door or wall. The first wreath is in silver tones. I simply combined red & silver fabric poinsettias with silver toned berries and pine cones. The nesting cardinal has become what identifies my Christmas wreaths. I tend to have one on these little guys nesting in just about all of my wreaths. I think this little guy looks so cozy in these wreaths that I just keep adding him as my main attraction. One large silver poinsettia adds the final touch to this wreath.
The gold toned wreath has pretty much the same features as the silver one--except of course--gold is the predominant color.
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Nov 18, 2009
The latest additions to my shop are dogwood flowers &. I haven't had the chance to scrap with these goodies yet myself--but will hopefully make time to do so in the near future. Right now, besides these latest additions to my shop--I have Christmas bouncing around in my head. I should really start making a few Christmas themed items since Christmas is just around the corner. In the meantime, I'm presenting these embellies for your viewing pleasure.
The dogwood flowers are made entirely out of cardstock. The cardstock was then simply embellished with stickles.
Dogwood flowers can be found in my shop for a limited time only.
Till my next post...it's past 11:30 at night and waaaay past my bedtime...
Nov 15, 2009
This is a picture of my mom that's up there with my favorites. I've always loved this picture of her. Now that I'm in my 30's & am approximately the same age as she was in this picture of her, I felt that scrapbooking mother & daughter side by side at around the same age was longer overdue.
As has been my latest trend--the entire layout is distressed & the edges inked with distressing ink. I used Tim Holt'z Tea Dye distress ink for this one. I'm also styling a pair of my translucent butterflies (available in my Etsy shop) to add that finishing touch to this layout. I further embellished the swirls on my cardstock by adding Star Dust stickles to them & by adding Copper dots--also Stickles--all around the border.
Now for some tips--not that anything of what I'm going to say would be earth shattering news for all those advanced scrapbookers out there--but hey, I'd figured I'd post this here just in case other newbies like me stumble upon my blog.
The original picture of my mom is in black & white--my picture is in color. I made both pictures sepia in Picasa. Then to give it more of a vintage look, I printed both pictures on cream colored textured cardstock. I honestly do not remember where I picked up this tip from--I may have read it in one of my scrapbooking magazines. But I felt that this layout was the perfect opportunity to try that technique. I absolutely loved the end result. Printing the pictures on textured cardstock gave them a nice vintage look & matched perfectly with the papers I selected for this layout. Speaking of papers--I've used Swirlydoos November '09 kit Antique Linen for this layout.
I also embellished the flowers. The flowers were just a solid orange originally. I stamped them with a Hero Arts stamp (Old French Writing H2365) with a permanent ink. I used Staz On in brown. Then I used a few small stamps that came with the Swirlydoos kit to stamp the center of the smaller flowers. In other words--to dress up your flowers a bit more--look through your stamp stash & stamp them...
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Nov 11, 2009
Just checking in to post my latest layout. Two years have passed & I'm still scrapping my wedding. This is one of my favorite photos from the reception. I love to bug my husband & tell him how for that one brief moment the world really 'did' revolve around me! :-) C'mon, if you can't be the center of attention on your own wedding day--when can you be then? I'm surrounded by not only my brand new husband, but by all of my friends. Journaling reads: For one special day, for a very special reason...it was all about me...
This layout is all about masking & distressing. Two of my latest most fave techniques. All layers are distressed & I used Tim Holtz's large flourish mask for that design at the bottom of my picture. I primarily used Swirlydoos November '09 kit Antique Linen for this layout. The ribbon, small flowers going around the circle & scallop circle are from my own stash.
Now I know the following may not be earth shattering news to you experienced scrappers, but for me this latest bit of knowledge opened up a whole new world to me! Transparencies!! What a wonderful thing. Not only have they helped me add some new items to my Etsy shop (more on this tomorrow)...but if I don't have the right letters, flourish, design etc...for a layout I can just make it on my computer & print it out on a transparency. Then just trim around the edges & adhere with a vellum adhesive runner. Since you're printing on a transparency you don't have to be so perfect when trimming around your words or design. That's what I did for half of my title on this layout & for my journaling. Both are printed on a transparency. I don't know about you--but I love learning & picking up new technqiues...
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Nov 5, 2009
I've decided to play around with picture frames. I found these really cute 8" x 8" wooden frames that fit 3.5" x 3.5" pictures. They have a wide border allowing for a variety of different ways of embellishing them.
As you can see from the pictures, I've been able to add flower corners (which I'll also be selling seperately in my shop soon) swirls, flourish, chipboard, brads etc. Plus I have another bunch of ideas swirling around my head for different designs.
As mentioned in my listing, these frames do not come with a glass covering for the picture. However, I did manage to find some sturdy, clear, tear resistant plastic that serves the purpose of protecting the picture inserted into the frame from dust.
I hope to eventually have at least 10 different frames available in all colors. Let's see if these frames catch on.
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but each frame is spritzed with a mist similar to glimmer mist. It gives the frame a sheer, shiny hue when held against a light. I've been trying to capture that sheen in my pictures, but it's been difficult to do. In other words, these frames are much more pretty & vibrant in person than they are in these pictures.
Nov 3, 2009
For this layout I cut a circle into the center cardstock in order to reveal the patterned paper beneath it. I then distressed the edges of the inner circle & all along the outer edge of the tan cardstock. Finally I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink by Tim Holtz. The flourishes around the circle were made with a rubber stamp from the Stampin' Up set called Baroque Motifs. I absolutely love this set & am so happy I decided to invest in it. I stamped the flourish stamp in Versamark ink & then a dark brown archival ink pad & stamped it all around my circle edge. I then heat embossed it with clear, glittered embossing powder. It's hard to tell in the picture but my flourishes are sparkly & add a great effect all around the circle.
Here's a close up of the flourishes. I have a hidden journaling tag behind the picture. You can see the tab for the tag sticking out the side of my picture.
Finally, a close up of my owl. I love owls! I'm sure I've mentioned this is my previous posts. Owls & butterflies--can't get enough of them. This cute owl is from the Tattered Angels screen prints clear stamp set called Nature Graceful Journey. Finally, what layout wouldn't be complete without some bling! The bling next to that flower is from Prima Say It In Crystals. I embellished the owl further by highlighting his 'feathers' randomly with copper stickles--I then colored in his eyes, beak & claws with a dark yellow Prismacolor watercolor pencil.
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