Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Doilies ~ Practical Scrappers

The challenge at Practical Scrappers this past week was doilies. And we had some terrific submissions. Hurry on over there and you'll see what I mean.  Here's one I did for Stuck on U Sketches last year. I love doilies and use them every chance I get. How about you?

Paying tribute to ....

My first husband, my soulmate and the father of my oldest child.  Died in Vietnam to ensure freedom for all.  Thanks, sweetheart. We still miss you!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Impromptu ~ SOUS 5-27-2011

Hi, there! It's a happy Friday for me  .. the beginning of a long, holiday weekend filled with fun and scrapping ... and it's time for a new challenge reveal at Stuck on U Sketches. This time we have another awesome original sketch by the uber-talented DT member Ness Waller.  You sure won't want to miss a chance to play with her newest sketch!

My "subject" this week is a new photo of dgd Marianne, who normally does not like to have her picture taken by a photographer. So, even though it was super close to her 2nd birthday, the photo shoot was for her twin brothers. She just jumped up there and said she wanted her photo taken, play clothes and all!

My papers are the yummy Webster's Pages Nature's Storybook, a recent gift from Floren at Generations Crafting. Thanks, Floren!  The large purple bloom is a Prima Autumn Harvest, Cerise. I really wanted to make my own bloom this challenge but time was working against me! My photo corner is a Dusty Attic piece, Ornate Corner #2, DA0315.  Check out the Swirlydoos  store for lots of unique chipboard .. and other stuff.  My large ecru crocheted doily is from Joann's Fabric Store.

In place of the sketch's left sided curve shape, I cut a top note shape with the Cricut Gypsy Wanderings cartridge found pre-loaded on your Gypsy device.  Everything else was either fussy cut or done with my trimmer.  Of course, I can't seem to scrap without my Distrezz-it-all.

My trim was originally ecru but after being spritzed with some Smooch Spray and Glimmer Mist, it became a lovely shade of light burgundy. To that I added some matching flat backed pearls.  Pearls were also added to my butterflies. After seeing that my top note needed a litle something, I used some Liquid Pearls in Bisque to outline the shape.

The Dusty Attic piece was first painted with Ivory acrylic paint with some Crackle Accent added after that dried. 

Below is a copy of the sketch. I hope you will visit SOUS  to see what the other designers have done! Moreover, I can't wait to see YOUR take on the sketch! 

Have a happy weekend! And thanks for all your lovely comments. They really mean alot to me!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Altered raw chipboard ~ Practical Scrapper~

Hi, bloggers! Today's topic at Practical Scrappers is altering raw chipboard. Above is a layout that I did a few months ago that has several pieces of altered chipboard from Dusty Attic. The windows were painted with acrylic paints, inked and then painted again with crackle paint. The journaling spot was then glued in place as were the flowers. The leaves were also painted, highlighted with inks and then a bit of Stickles was added for glimmer.

This is the project I have featured today at Practical Scrappers.  Another oldie but goodie! On this one the chipboard piece (Dusty Attic gaslight) was first used as a mask for another project, then painted for this page.

I hope you get a chance to drop by and see what the other designers and applicants have done with their chipboard. There is something new every day Monday through Friday at Practical Scrappers, so plan on making a few visits this week if you can!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Graduation card ~ Practical Scrappers ~

I'm a tad bit late in sharing the graduation card that I made for my niece Karen who just earned her Masters Degree. Woohoo, Karen! The timing was perfect for a DT call for Graduation cards for Practical Scrappers which were posted there today!

Starting with a white card base, I added a black and white pp that I printed on my Imagine using the Audrey cart. My red greeting mat was cut using Gypsy Wanderings and the Congrats was from Wild Card (I think, sorry I need to go back and check.)  Then I simply added some yummy b/w gingham checked ribbon and topped my bow with a my fave Petaloo bloom in red. Although it is hard to see, I added a glass beaded dangle for just a touch more class!

That's about it for me. Busy weekend and busy week ahead. Then another busy weekend. After that (and except for work) we have a bit of quiet (maybe) before our usual super busy June. I am working on some newer projects but can't post them just yet.

Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by. Be sure and check out what's happening at Practical Scrappers  There is something new there Monday through Friday .. so lots of inspiration to be had!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sweet Pea! ~SOUS ~

Friday again, already! Whew, this week flew by! So, welcome back for another Stuck on U Sketches reveal! And did I ever have fun with this fantastic sketch by our own Vanessa (Ness) Waller! I definitely plan to use this one again soon.

My layout was a perfect combination of a great sketch, a fantastic photo of dgd Peyton and stunning papers from Glitz Design called Laced with Grace. I started by editing my photo with my Paint Shop Pro software .. don't have Photo Shop .. yet .. but it does a great job. I turned my photo black and white and did a few enhancements, then hit print. My photo is quite large for the sketch (6x7) but it still worked well with Ness's clean lines.

After selecting the specific papers I wanted to use, I did some punchwork with my Martha Stewart deep-edged floral vine punch, giving a nice "eyelet trim" look around my horizontal layer and peeking out from a few torn edges. My circular and top note shapes were cut using my Cricut Imagine, as were my great butterflies (from the Hannah Montana cartridge).

My floral vines were Prima (Mountain Lily Sunflower) and my large green flower, Petaloo. Other supplies were a Tim Holtz ornate plate, Glitz Teeny Alphas and Paper Layers, American Craft Thickers in Honey and some misc gems and seam binding. I accented my butterflies with Smooch Pearlized accent in copper. Thought I would do something different from the usual Stickles. Of course, my Zutter Distrezz-it-all was used for my page edges.

One last fun supply was my Dusty Attic chicken wire which I left bare .. it didn't seem to need anything else.

Well, ladies, I think that's a wrap! Be sure to check out what all the designers have done. And don't forget that we are hoping you will play along and upload your projects. Can't wait to see them! Here's hoping you have a fun weekend. I've got a couple of showers and a birthday party that I need to get to .. but oh, the fun!

Glitz Design Laced with Grace papers
Glitz paper layers and mini alphas
Prima Mountain Lily sunflowers
Petaloo green bloom
Tim Holtz Ornate plate
Martha Stewart Floral Vine deep edged punch
Dusty Attic chicken wire
Cricut Hannah Montana cart for the butterflies


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Daddy's Girl

Happy Wednesday, Everybody! I wanted to jump on my blog and share my most recent latest using my May Swirlydoos kit, Grandma's Garden. I love love love the warm earth tones of the papers, a combination of Glitz Laced with Grace and some misc Crafter's Workshop. Krissy has added all sorts of wonderful emblellies to this kit!

Now, you probably don't often see a wedding page done with these tones but I had this wonderfully warm photo of my granddaughter and her dad dancing at her recent wedding.  And since I was in love with these papers, it was a perfect pairing in my eyes. The nice thing about scrapping your granddaughter's wedding is that you don't feel so compelled to make the pages all match ..at least, I don't. LOL (Speaking of the colors, my cousin had a Fall wedding and actually wore an orange gown. It was so unique and totally her!)

I used my new Martha Stewart deep edge Garden Gate punch on the center panel, distressed all my edges and actually used my Imagine to cut my photo mats (ACY),  the center scallop (WW) and circle (GBS), the title (HM) and my butterflies (HA.) I've added some bling and ribbon from my stash. The flowers are all Petaloo. I did add some Diamond Dust and Rock Candy Stickles to my green flower and my background paper. And of course inked the edges of my other flowers. I've thought about doing some more to my page .. like using some of the Gltiz paper layers under my photos .. I may go back and do that .. but I believe that for now I'm ready to move on to a new project!

I will have projects and news to post soon, so check back when you can! Thanks for dropping by!