Friday, July 22, 2011

Singing a New Song ~ Sous July 22 ~

Hello, everybody! It's reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches and whew! I have been majorly busy working ahead on some DT projects AND getting ready for my dgd Malerie to come live with us for a few months while she takes graduate classes at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Dallas, Texas.

Malerie has partnered with Wycliffe Bible Translators and hopes to be placed in Mali, Africa working in the area of ethno-musicology. Simply put that means composing music consistent with a specific culture.  Anyway, she is here now and we are excited to be a part of this new undertaking!

So, for today's sketch I chose a photo of Mal and then selected my papers based on the colors in the background.  Interestingly, I once again turned to my Prima Moulin Rouge papers. These are certainly not something that I would normally buy for myself but I loved the end result. Sometimes it's fun to be pushed out of your box!

The large circle was first cut with my Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and using my Imagine.  Then I used Lisa Gregory's corner punch deco technique found HERE on the Swirlydoos website.  Thanks, Lisa! My photomat was cut using my Cricut Sentimentals cartridge and embellished with flatback pearls.

I did quite a bit of distressing to my papers using my Zutter Distrezz-it-all. A few of the edges were torn and some layers were added underneath, a few after being punched with the MS Floral Vine Punch. Love that thing!

My title is a mix of Prima Sugared Letters and Making Memories tiny alphas. The florals and the pearl swirls are all Prima. Because I had some new K and Co butterflies, I chose to use them on my page as well. Lastly, I had to throw in a bit of Dusty Attic chicken wire that was painted ivory.

I think that about covers it! This was a fun page to do and I was so glad to get it done before Malerie came so that she could see it displayed and be encouraged by it.

Don't forget that Stuck on U Sketches has some awesome blog candy this month. But you have to play to be in the drawing. You will have 2 weeks before the next challenge to get your project uploaded. We have some exciting things coming along both next week and in August, so be sure to check back often!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for coming by!


  1. This is stunning, Sandi! I love the torn paper with the punched paper behind, the colors, the sugared alphas. That photo mat is really cute too! You must be very proud of your dgd! I know I would be!

  2. Just beautiful the punchwork and the pretty colors!

  3. How exciting for your GGD! Beautiful LO Sandi, its so colorful and full of techniques.
    sandy davis

  4. That's great news for your GGD :) I used to live in Senegal, a neighboring country of Mali :) My dad did some business there too :) Your layout is always so gorgeous layered and beautiful!! love it!

  5. What a beautiful page. I just love the colors and the punched paper background perfectly offsets them. TFS

  6. Love love love the colors on this one! Plum seems to really be popular right now - beautiful job Sandi!

  7. Beautiful Sandi....
    You are never short of details!
    Hugs Wanda

  8. Gorgeous! I can always count on you posting a beautiful layout full of colors and detail! You amaze me!

  9. beautiful Sandi... your Layouts always have much to look at ... love them ... may I send your DGD Mal my best wishes in her endeavours.. what an awesome experience for her ....

  10. Gorgeous layout, Sandi!!! The papers are just beautiful and the flowers match so well!!! Enjoy your time with DGD Mal this summer... sounds like it's going to be an exciting journey ahead of her!!! Wish her the best!!
    So very hot down here... No rain and 105 all this week!! Had grandkids this weekend...:o) Hugs!!

  11. There are so many things I love about this layout! The torn paper, the chicken wire, the amazing colors, I could go on and on! Love it!

    Thank you so much for thoughts and prayers. This has been the hardest time in Norway since world war 2, but the latest days have been filled with so much love everywhere, I think we will be a stronger peple after this.