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May 25, 2011

Reflection Layout

Good evening fellow scrappers! I was due for a Toby page & here he is! Admiring himself in the mirror. He does this a lot. Call him vain but he's always checking himself out. I was lucky enough to finally capture him doing this in a perfect angle.

This is a DT page for Stamp Enjoy. It showcases just a few of thier fabulous stamps which I think are excellent for making your own personalized backgrounds.

The majority of the chipboard is by Dusty Attic (except for the glitzy owl). In addition to the stamping; the background was spritzed with Olive Smooch & the edges inked with Burnt Sienna chalk ink.

I based my page on Creative Scrappers sketch # 157 shown here. I just flipped the design...

A closeup of the Dusty Attic brick chipboard. I used the Brick Texture technique on these chippies to give it that rustic look. You can find a brief tutorial on how to achieve this 'brick' look here.

A closeup of additional Dusty Attic chippies. For these, I painted them in white acrylic paint & then heat embossed them with Star Dust clear embossing powder. In real life, these chippies give off a beautiful glimmer!

I added a row of gold eyelets as a border. Am so grateful to my scrap buddy Natasha for making me realize the possibilities of eyelets! Till she came along, I thought they were only good for keeping the laces on my sneaks on tight...who would've thought eyelets could be used for so many other things!

I used Tim Holtz's Scrollwork die for the swirly border.

Here's my owl! This little guy is actually made out of wood. These wooden embellishments are from Scrap Desirs. They're thicker than regular chipboard & add fabulous dimension to your projects. I actually colored the branch with a permanent brown marker & then added clear iridescent glitter. I applied Martha Stewart brown leaf glitter to the owl itself. I used little yellow rhinestones for the owls' eyes & beak.

More Dusty Attic chipboard. This screen shot also shows one of Stamp Enjoy's stamps titled Border Corner 2. Quick Tip: to add more dimension to your stamping, accentuate the design with Stickles or glitter as shown here.

Here's another stamp by Stamp Enjoy. This one is titled Volutes et Ronds. As you can see I accentuated the stamps design by adding Stickles to it.

One more closeup of yet another Stamp Enjoy stamp. This one is called Lantern 1.

Before I wrap this post up--here are the Stamp Enjoy stamps I've used on my page.

Thanks to all of you who stop by. I appreciate you taking the time!

Till my next post...

May 16, 2011

Be Unique Layout & Announcement

Good evening fellow scrappers & bloggers! I had momentarily lost my scrapping mojo for a bit there--but I blame work. Things have calmed down just enough for me to magically regain my mojo & it has come back with a vengeance!

Today's page is titled 'Be Unique'. This cute little brown eyed girl is actually the daughter of a good friend of mine. Gotta love those chubby cheeks & that fabulous smile!

The message I was giving this little one was to be yourself no matter what--to be a leader not a follower. That's the message I was trying to convey with the butterflies. Notice how all of them are the same except for one & it's the prettiest one out of them all. :-)

I did a lot of inking, misting & stamping on this one. I used a combination of Worn Lipstick & Shabby Shutters distress inks for the background along with Graphite glimmer mist. Pretty much all the stamps you see here are by Stamp Enjoy. Thier stamps are absolutely perfect for creating your own backgrounds.

Here's a closeup of one of Stamp Enjoy's texture stamps called Volutes et Ronds. In this shot you also see a bit of masking & a couple of the butterflies.

Here's a closeup of the lacing. After playing around with 2 strands of different colored ribbon for about 1 hour--I came up with this combination of lacing styles. I hope to soon post a tutorial on this lacing--if I can remember how I went about it! Mind you I was doing this lacing at about 1:30 in the morning...

The very pretty stick pin I bought from Mandy's (Craftysprinkles) Etsy store.

A closeup of the transparent butterfly. The butterfly is an image that was printed on a transparency. I then added a bit of Stickles to the wings & glittered the body. I have a couple of diverse transparent or 'glass' butterflies in my small Etsy shop. These butterflies add a nice & unique touch to pages because of thier clear nature.

A close up of the large flower cluster & the journaling. I tucked a bit of baby's breath (a.k.a gyp) behind the large flower. Baby's breath adds such a delicate touch to girl themed pages.

Finally a closeup of another stamp by Stamp Enjoy. This one is called Cage 1.

Speaking of Stamp Enjoy--I have some fabulous news to share. I've been asked to be part of thier DT & I'm so very happy to have accepted! I've used thier stamps to create my own backgrounds for several of my pages & I love how you can create your own mini 'works of art' by combining thier stamps with inks & mists. I'm looking forward to utilizing thier stamps for many more creations.

Thanks to all of you who stop by & visit--I very much appreciate you taking the time.

Till my next post...