Friday, November 26, 2010

Stuck on U Sketches DT reveal ~11-26-10~

Hi, fellow bloggers! This will be a very quick post for me . Today is reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches. Yes, I know it is Black Friday for many of you but the SOUS calender marches on. 

For our challenge this time we have another great sketch by Vanessa Waller (Ness.)  You can visit her HERE.  My layout is my very loose interpretation! I looked at the sketch and then started creating. When I was done, I looked at the sketch again and said "Oops, guess that really was just for inspiration."  Ness, my apologies.

Some of you may have already seen this page. I gave Floren at Generations Crafting my blessing to run it this past Monday on her blog along with my other Basic Grey Curio project. During these holiday times we sometimes have to do a little double duty with our projects, right?  But the good news is that I am now ahead and working on my mid-December projects! 

Anyway, this is another photo of my Mom that was new to me when going through her photos. She was 15 here .. I just love it! And I loved working with the BG Curio collection so much .. can't wait to do more! I used a large Prima flower and ribbon in place of the additional small photos.

One thing of note is the round backgroud where I used Lisa Gregory's corner punch tutorial over at Swirlydoos. If you've been seeing alot of decorative edge circles, she's the reason why.  THIS is the link to her video tutorial. Thanks, Lisa!

Lots of distressing on this one, a large Prima bloom and flourish, ribbon and butterflies from my stash.

If you haven't heard about the Black Friday sale at Generations Crafting , then scroll on down to my last post. Talk about great prices! And fabulous extras.

Thanks for coming by and hope those of you in the USA are having a great holiday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Toot Toot!

I'm sure that many of you will remember this layout from earlier in the year.  It was highlighted in the Chirp newsletter Jan 5th, 2010 and runs all the time in my sidebar. I used the awesome Basic Grey Indian Summer collection for this project. (Be sure to check out the Super Value Sets at Generations Crafting if you've not had the opportunity to use these awesome papers.)  

Well, a few weeks ago Basic Grey held a contest on Facebook. They were giving away a collection pack a day for layouts chosen from their gallery.  So, on the morning of October 25, this is what I read:

"HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to SANDI CLARKSON, winner of today's (10/25) Collection Pack a Day Gallery Giveaway! Sandi's adorable layout was picked by our office admin, Kristin, who loved all the 3-D elements in this project that put it over the top! Thanks for sharing with us, Sandi!"

That certainly made my day! I got to select any collection pack that I wanted and I chose the new Marjolaine (below) since I haven't had the chance to work with that yet.

Doesn't that look yummy? Can't wait!  Many thanks to Basic Grey for my new goodies!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Glitz Design!

Here are a couple of new layouts that I did quickly one evening to showcase the new Glitz Design Scarlett collection for Generations Crafting.

I wanted to see how these papers would look on an all boy layout. And was I pleased with this one! (This is dgs Christian.) I've been wanting to experiment with the "middle panel" design that seems to be so popular right now.  I really like how that turned out and plan to do another one sometime soon! I drew inspiration on this page from Lisa Valentine and her use of the Donna Salazer Twiggy stamp which I used across the bottom of the page. Love this stamp BTW!!! It really added character to the solid blue which is from the Scarlett collection as well. Then I layered a few papers, added some ribbon and buttons and was totally pleased. My title mat was cut with my Cricut and the verbage is from some chipboard that my dd gave me. I was so happy with my page that I didn't see the need to add anything else!

The next one is of my dgd Peyton in a rare quiet moment. Still wearing her big hair bows *wink*wink*

I did some distressing, some punchwork and made a handmade flower that is similar to the "fringe" flower. I did plan to curl it more but got in a bit of a hurry. That may be a re-do one evening soon. I also fussy cut the floral photo corner to eliminate a green dotted paper that I didn't want to mix in on this particular page.

While you're here, I'd like to give you a heads up on a Black Friday special that Floren will be running at Generations Crafting.  Floren has some awesome Grab Bags  (can I whisper Bo Bunny in your ear, shhhhh!) that she will have cheap, cheap, cheap with certain minimum orders. More on that next week. But be sure to check back here to get your "code" to get the special pricing. Her Black Friday will run from Wednesday Novemeber 24 through CyberMonday.

Thanks for coming by and I hope to post more inpairation soon!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stuck on U Sketches 11-12-10

Happy Friday! What an exciting reveal day this is for Stuck on U Sketches. We have an original sketch designed especially for us by Vanessa (Ness) Waller of Crafty Ness.  Ness is the DIL of our very own Annette Gearside! Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd! We have the very special Lisa Gregory of
What a Beautiful Mess  as our special Guest Designer.  I hope you will give her a warm welcome!

Anyway, I had lots of fun doing this page and let the sketch be my inspiration but I did not follow it as closely as I normally do. I went with how I wanted to use my papers. The papers are all My Minds Eye, So Sophie, as well as a Hambly overlyay for the doily.  The photo is of my dgd MacKenzie a few years ago. I did lots of distressing and some punchwork .. which is totally covered up by my siggy.

Here is copy of Ness's sketch. Isn't it gorgeous?

Here you can see some gorgoeus lace that I added along the bottom of the photo and going all the way across the page. There is another piece of teal lace on top of the beige which showa up better in another photo below. You can click on any of the photos to see an enlarged view. I cut up a Prima Swirl and use it here as well as higher on my page.  The title piece is elevated on foam squares.

More Prima.  And you can catch a glimpse of the Hambly overlay.

Along the left of the photo, I used a Prima butterfly stem in Autumn colors. Then added in some more Prima flowers as well as a Bo Bunny Noel Petal.  (All available at Generations Crafting.)  And of course, I added one of my Dusty Attic gates that I painted in turquiose and then inked with Vintage Photo. I later added on some Distress Stickles.

Many thanks to Ness for this gorgeous sketch which I plan to use many, many times! And thanks to Lisa Gregory for Guesting with us this week. Remember, you will have 2 weeks to complete your project and link it to SOUS. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Canvas/ time clock project ~ Bo Bunny Noel

Well, it's time to share another DT project for Floren at Generations Crafting. When I received these yummy Bo Bunny Noel papers from Floren a couple of months ago, I was ecstatic! They are absolutely gorgeous! I can just picture my Christmas album in nothing but these! But on the other hand, I wanted to do something a little different this time around and remembered a gorgeous canvas project done by the lovely Sandy Windsor some time last year. You can visit her at Just know that she hasn't been posting much of late. But you can still see her gorgeous work anyway! (Thanks for the inspiration, Sandy!)

This was so hard to photograph but I hope you will get the general idea.  (There is an outside photo below.)  This is a 16x20 canvas that I purchased at M's on sale. I painted it a warm winter white. The sides of the canvas are done in a medium brown color. After that dried, I applied all my papers with Mod Podge.  After those dried really well, I punched a hole in the canvas where the stem of the clock workings go through. I assembled the pieces of the clock and then went to town on decorating the canvas.

I used 3 photographs of different Christmas decorations that I enjoy, cutting my photo mats from ACY. My title was cut using my Heritage cart.

My flowers are a mix of Bo Bunny Cranberry Trim and Webster's Pages Bloomers in dark green. For leaves, I used some holly and berries that I had on hand for decorating.  I also used some gorgeous flowers from my DT package, along with some older Prima bling in red.

In the upper left corner, I added a crochet doily for texture and just love it!  I finished things up with some flowers and butterflies that I had on my stash! (I know .. butterflies at Christmas?  But you see them in the stores with the ornaments, so.....

Here is a close-up of the clock and of the title.

And another close-up showing the Bloomers.

Because this project was so difficult to photograph indoors,  I took it outside and snapped a photo yesterday. So, at least there is no flash on this pic but there are shadows. LOL Hopefully, this will give you a general idea of how it looks. Now I can't wait to hang it!

I hope this will inspire you to create some Christmas decorations of your own. Be sure to check out Bo Bunny when you visit Floren's store! It goes really, really fast! Thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mystery Solved ~ DT LO for Generations Crafting ~

I always enjoy the opportunity to share my DT work for Generations Crafting and this is no exception.  This time Floren sent me the new Glitz Designs Scarlett collection. These are great for a variety of projects as you shall see over the next couple of weeks. 

Firstly, I thought they were perfect for this photo of my mother, taken when she was 12 years old.  I really don't have too many childhood photos of my Mom .. or even as an adult for that matter. She was good at dodging the camera! But I really love this one because she looks so much like one of my granddaughters. 

I used 2 pieces of the Scarlett Bouquet paper on this project and did my normal distressing and punchwork. Love my deep edged MS daisy punch!  

Here is a close-up of the punchwork as well as some of the blooms I used. Two different colors of Webster's Pages bloomers as well as some aqua Prima roses.  I also used some black beading that I had on hand to wrap around my blooms and then use to frame my photo.

This was a Glitz what-not that I for my journaling card. And that adorable little bird is part of a Prima Say it in Crystals - Vintage Frame.

Don't you love this?!! It is a new cut from my Cricut Reminisce cartridge.  I thought it was perfect for this page!

Here I used some the Glitz Paper Layers behind my photo. It is so popular right now to use book pages on your LOs ... but in this case you don't have to sacrifice an old book!

Well, this shall be a quick post this time. Hope to visit your blogs soon!