Friday, July 2, 2010

Busted: Saga of the Missing Jewels (red, white and blue challenge)

Wow! What a great time I had working with this week's Stuck on U Sketches DT project! Our challenge was to use the posted Pagemaps sketch AND to incorporate the colors red, white and blue .. for me that's quite a challenge!  I am extremely patriotic but those are so not my colors to work with.  And ... since I just completed an actual red, white and blue layout a few weeks ago, I decided to take a bit of creative license and mix in a few other colors as well.

I pulled out some of my fave Webster's Pages Postcards in Paris and WP Lullaby Lane.  The trick was adding in some white since the background is largely cream .. but I got it in by using some white lace and a white pearl flourish.  I had this photo of gd Peyton laying on my desk and thought it would be perfect for this week's sketch. Don't you love that expression?

The element I concentrated on first was that window awning from Postcards in Paris.  I used my craft knife to cut around the lower part of it so that I could slide the horizontal paper strip under it. Additionally, I cut it from a second piece of the same paper and pop dotted and bent the awning section so  that it looked more dimensional. Love how that turned out! Then I cut the vertical strips which you can see in the first photo and did a little MS punchwork as well. This was mounted on a piece of the Lullaby Lane paper.

I used more of the LL in the vellum for my photomat which I cut with my CM deckle-edge trimmer.  And I used my MS deep edge shell punch above the photo and embossed that piece with my Swiss Dots folder.

The title was actually done last but here is a close-up of that. I used some Red Tinsel Thickers for the Title and some small MM alphas for the subtitle.  You can also see the little Rocking horse which I fussy cut and added in here. There is a wee girl that I did the same with and added in the top left hand corner .. kind of hard to see her though.  I used my Cricut Indie Art cartridge to cut a few butterflies which I scattered around. They each have pearls on the bodies and Stickles on the wings.

This is a better shot of the gorgeous lace I used from Joann's Fabric store. The pearl flourish is Say it in Crystals.  The blue Flutter Vine and large red flower are also Prima and were in my stash.
Instead of a second photo, I did more fussy cutting and added that piece in beside my photo and added a blue Prima Madrigal flower. There are several more fussy cut pieces added in throughout the layout to ensure there was plenty of red and blue.

I'm not sure why I took this last photo except to be sure you could see the punchwork as well as the red, white and blue all in one photo.  You can also see one of the MM word strips over to the left. I finished off the photo with a couple of WP Sparklers. I think that about covers everything except to say thanks to Floren at Generations Crafting  who helps keep my stash fully stocked!  She just started carrying the Webster's Pages a while back and I'm so glad she did! 

Have a safe and happy weekend! Thanks for coming by!  


  1. OMG, Sandy, this layout is just absolutely stunning!!!

  2. Wow! This is really beautiful Sandy!! Love the dimention on the awning, looks so real.

  3. That is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love the deep reds!!!!!

  4. That is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love the deep reds!!!!!

  5. WOW! I love what you did with these Gorgeous pps!!!! The picture is ADORABLE!!!! beautiful designed!!! Everything looks perfect!!!!!

  6. Wow, Sandi! Love this layout! You've completely changed my perception of red, white and blue! I usually think of July 4th, but now I can look beyond the holiday! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a fun weekend!

  7. This layout is AWESOME! I love all the detail; lace, pears, flowers, yummy paper and butterflies... they all add up to AWESOME! Look at her little face! WOW perfect for scrapping!

  8. Oh wowsers girl this is gorgeous! Love all the fussy details on this one! The picture of your gd is precious and I love the expression on her cute little face! I think what you did with the awning is sure genius!! Have a great weekend!

  9. OMWord Sandi!! Gorgeous job with the red, white and blue and sketch and that photo is just too darn cute!!! And gf look at all of that fussy cutting!! That would take me forever to cut out!! Your awning and the punch work is totally amazing!!! I love everything about this one, Sandi!!! Take care and have a wonderful weekend!!! Hugs!!!
    BTW Zach got to come home today!!!!

  10. Simply gorgeous! I love how you used the Webster's Pages, and I really like how your reds and blues are really the typical "primary" color tones! The toned down muted shades are lovely here!

  11. This is gorgeous!!!!! I love your photo, the lace, blue butterflies, the bir red bloom is perfect and so are the pearls...
    happy July 4!!!
    Kim xXx

  12. Sandi this is so beautiful, love it. Your GD Peyton is so precious, and love that facial expression. What a great picture to scrap.

  13. Oh my word... that is the cutest picture ever!! That expression is priceless!! I love how you used the colors with out making it a patriotic LO!! Everything about this one is gorgeous!! So many details... I don't know how you do it every week!!
    Barb :)

  14. A totally beautiful layout Sandi, your granddaughter's expression is priceless....

    The detail and fussy cutting make for a stunning page...

    Happy 4th July my friend....

    Hugs xx

  15. Such a beautiful layout, and that picture is so darling! I love everything about your layout, it's perfect!