Friday, June 11, 2010

"Together" ~June 11th ~ SOUS Embossing Challenge ~

Yeah, it's Friday again and time for another SOUS reveal!  I could hardly wait! This is our "no sketch, other challenge" week and we chose embossing this time around.  Any type of embossing is permitted, we just want to see new projects. I chose to do Cuttlebugging ... although I actually use Cuttlebug folders in my old Sissix machine. 
I had great fun doing this layout! I've been dying to break into my new DCWV Natural stack. There is lots of brown, rust and creams. My photo of the LO looks slightly orange-y but it's actually a copper foil and looks so yummy IRL.  The photo is one of a family member and myself taken a few years ago .. when my hair was still red.  LOL We had gone to Glamour Shots together and had a make-over and photos done.  As we went back outside, we got more photos taken by family members and I love those the best.

Boy, I don't know where to start on this but here goes .. I knew I wanted to do a lot of distressing, so I distressed, inked, crumpled and cut away .. and used lots of layers. The crumpled edge is my amateur version of Robinzberds' technique over at Swirlydoos. Hers is perfection but I'm sure I'll get better at it if I keep trying. Beneath the wrinkles is a MS fan cut and one of my embossed (swiss dots) objects.  I alos embossed my flowers (swiss dots) and my fence (distressed wood .)

My flower is from my George cart. I hadn't used it in a while and thought I wanted something simple like that. I used 6 layers on one flower and 4 on the other. I used a brad in the center and cinammon Stickles on the edges. It is hard to see the embossing because of the pattern to the paper but again IRL, I like the look.  I used a Prima Say it in Crystals swirls in an amber sort of color that goes nicely with my paper.

I added in some feathers beside the larger flower. It seemed to provide balance to the design  and is representative of something Julie might like.  She is not one to follow the crowd but pursues a path all her own.

The fence was cut from my Heritage cart,  embossed and then mounted with dimensionals.  The flowers are some old Jolee's stickers that I've never thrown out .. but they were just perfect for this.  My circle layer was cut with Plantin Schoolbook. The photo mat with A Child's Year.  The cream layer was just handcut and I love the look of it and plan to do that more often!

My title was an old die cut that I had .. to which I added both cream trim as well as the brown sequin trim .. again Julie's personality here .. and maybe my own as well! I added 2 brown pearls and used dimensionals to raise it off the bg paper. My butterfly this week is from Gypsy Wanderings. I added amber pearls to his body and made a small trail behind him.  I used more rhinestones around my circular piece and then distressed my circle some more by tearing it .. after this photo was taken! The scroll in the upper corner is from Sweethearts.  There are also some amber pearls around the photo. It was a Glamour Shots day, remember?

Thanks for coming by this week. Sorry I haven't had any mid-week blog posts lately. Very busy month and work has been a toil.  I hope you will visit my SOUS design team sister's if you have not already.  We so appreciate you!


  1. Firstly I have to say love the papers, will be keeping my eye out for that DCWV stack. Now where do I go from here, so many beautiful techniques and embellies. The photo looks gorgeous and is so beautifully showcased in this layout. Stunning!!!

    Kaye x

  2. You girls look babealicious! What a gorgeous layout Sandi, I think this is going into my brain bank as one of my all time faves from you! The papers are just wonderful and compliment you hot redheads beautifully. I love the patterns as well. The cuts and embellies you've added are simply perfect. I love the addition of the feather to the flower....vunderbau! Of course the fence, flowers and butterflies had me at hello. The way you did the title is so creative and I am in awe of all the distressing and little MS cuts, knocked this one out o' the park GF!!! oops...great embossing too!

  3. I absolutely love the colors in your layout! Earthy tones are my favorite to work with... so versatile! Your flowers are fabulous and I love all of the embossing! Love the red hair - you two fiery redheads look gorgeous in this photo!

  4. Sandi, this page is fabulous! Love the papers, colors and all your embellishments and details are great. Gorgeous picture too. Happy Friday!

  5. O-M-G
    Sandi where do I START......WOW!
    I love this it has to be one of my favs of yours, That pic of you is awesome such beautiful hair and such a beauty!Love the papers and all the distressing.The feathers are a new finishing touch....AWESOME layout.
    Hugs Wanda:-D

  6. Sandi... this is stunning!! You did an amazing job with all the distressing...I love that look!! And look at you in the photo!! I never knew you were a red head!! You look fabulous!! And I can see why you were anxious to get into those papers... yummy!!!
    Barb :)

  7. Absolutely beautiful...they layout and subjects!! I love all the distressing and the little details you have added. Thanks for shraing!!

  8. OMG, I love the colors in this one! The flowers are beautiful! I love your George flowers.Such a beautiful photo too. I really hope to find time this weekend to play!
    Kim xXx

  9. Beatiful LO!! Love the colors I have to get this stack. TFS

  10. What a BEAUTIFUL page!!!! I love it from the papers to the flowers, the fence and feathers. HOW AWESOME. I just love this look and the inking on the layers is something I really need to do and never think of until I look at your awesome papges. I just finished posting last weeks challenge today.... it is hard keeping up with you ladies!!! I LOVE THIS PAGE!

  11. This is absolutely breath taking.. I love love love those papers and also love the embossed fence with the little flowers.. Everything is beautifully put together my sweet friend..
    best part really has to be the hand cut cream paper, I noticed that before I even got the chance of reading your post..LOL couldn't get my eyes off of it and wondered "what cart is that on?"..LOL
    hugs always

  12. This is awesome Sandi!!! love all the embellies you have used! beautiful color combo and pretty photo!!! I am in love with these flowers!!

  13. Sandi this is so beautiful. Really love the flowers and the feather. There are so many great details!

  14. This is gorgeous Sandi! Love the colors you chose as I think they are perfect for the picture! Love the mix of patterned paper! I have this stack but have not used it yet. Love the fence and your flowers are beautiful. Wish I had more free time to spend on my layouts! Always enjoy seeing what you come up with.

  15. Sandi this is just beautiful!! Absolutely stunning! IT's good to see your work again, and I'm so glad you played along with us at The Cuttlebug Spot!



    ps...miss you as PS!!

  16. Sandi this is gorgeous!!! The papers are beautiful and look at all of the distressed layers!! The details are fabulous and a that's a very nice touch using the feathers!!! I really luv this one!!!
    Dear sweet friend, I also want to thank you for your kind words and prayers you sent me and my family over the last week.. You are such a sweetie, THANK YOU!!!! Hugs!!!

  17. Wow, what a gorgeous layout. I love all the embellies and details of this layout. Thanks so much for sharing all the details. I have that paper pad and will have to give this a try.