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Oct 15, 2011

Essential Cog Layout


Good morning fellow scrappers! Today I have my very first Sketchabilities post!

This page is based on non other than my little fur-baby Toby. I sometimes refer to him as our 'essential cog' because he's such a character; his personality is about triple his tiny size. He's become such a part of our family that when I have to take him to the groomer & he's not around for those couple of hours--the house simply doesn't feel 'right'.

These pictures are from the fall of 2008. My husband was in our backyard raking leaves & as you can see in the pics Toby was by his side the whole time as if he was helping him. In the smaller bottom picture you can see how tiny he was back then--yet he never missed a step! He's so tiny that I used one of the gears to frame him so he can stand out in the photo! :-)

I've used papers from Basic Grey's Pyrus collection. This is also a DT project for Stamp Enjoy.

This is the Sketchabilities sketch used. It's a versatile sketch & it leaves room for interpretation--so expand that creative imagination!

A close up of one of the corner stamps by Stamp Enjoy. I stamped it first on a transparency & then cut it out. This way I was able to position the image exactly where I wanted.

You can also see a bit of the hand stitching here. I combined both the zig-zag stitch with the straight stitch.

The gear chippies are by Dusty Attic. I actually cut one of the large gears in half. I placed one half on the upper right hand corner of the picture & the second half in the lower left hand corner.

The black gears where painted with black acrylic paint. They were then inked with embossing ink & heat embossed with Star Dust transparent embossing powder by Stampendous.

The light grey gears were painted with grey acrylic paint. Once dry I applied a heavy coat of Pewter Distress Stickles. Finally I inked all the edges of the gears/cogs with Black Soot Distress ink.

The flourishes were hand stitched. I used a flourish paper piercing template as a guide.

A close-up of the large woven stitch. You can find a tutorial for this woven stitch here. I've done this large stitch diagonally, horizontally & in a circle. It adds a nice touch to any project.

This vintage car is also a stamp by Stamp Enjoy. Once again, I stamped the image on a transparency in order to place it exactly where I wanted.

Be sure to take a peek over at the Sketchabilities blog to see how the other DT's interpreted this fabulous sketch! I'm sure you'll find much inspiration.



24 comments:

Sheila said...

So beautiful and detailed! The stitching is gorgeous and I love the glittered gears! Great first reveal!

vavietipoun said...

great work !

Margrethe said...

I love all the details on this layout! It's great having you on the team!

Camila Borssoi said...

Cute layout! Love the details.

Cindy Gay said...

Great stitchery, zig zag stitchery, masked border. . . very creative!

Marina Johan said...

Love how detailed you are. I like the stitching and the glittery embellishments!

Leanne said...

awesome!!!

mariko said...

Sooo Gorgeous LO!!!
I love your use of the gears!!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Love your layout - the stitching, cogs and all your details are so perfectly executed!

tsukiko said...

So beautiful LO! Loooove the stitching!!

JJ Sobey said...

I'm always a fan of gears, and I like how you combined them with the flowers. The stitching on this is fantastic!

Mary Ann Jenkins said...

Love the layout Kay!! Great stitching...looks so pretty!

Umenorskan said...

Love the stitching

L. Akins said...

Your handstitch flourish is gorgeous. Cute layout

Keren Tamir said...

Beatiful work, I just love the layout. I also love the corner punch flowers below. thank you for the idea!! finally I want to say I am a big fan of your stuff on etsy shop. I've bought stuff from you before and will buy again (i think you were away) so I couldn't buy. Thank you so much for your coments on my blog. Nice to be on the team with you!!

Regina Castillo said...

Wow! Lots of details to get inspiration from. Congratulations on your take. It is very lovely!

ERIkA said...

I love your details...fantastic!

Patricia said...

what a beautiful work..

The Constant Scrapper said...

Your attention to detail is just amazing, Kay. This is a wonderful layout about a darling little boy. :-)

scrapbook point said...

So beautiful! I really loved it. Meg Cardoso

KellyCreates said...

Your work is inspirational! Thanks Kay for sharing your creative details :)

A SASSY SCRAPPER said...

What an inspirational LO, Kay! I especially like your repetition of the gears and the related title! In your LO's, there is always so much to see... I feel like a kid in a toy store!

heirloomscrapping said...

WOW love what you have done to the chippies that looks awesome and that stitching wow

Cindy Gay said...

Such pretty colors & textures to go with the b & w photos.