Saturday, August 27, 2011


As promised, here is the layout I did for Enchanting Creations magazine using the new Authentique Journey paper line .. which is awesome! And ... All Authentique products are 20% off this "Saturday and Sunday only" at the Flying Unicorn store . Use coupon code "august."

The photo is of little dgd Marianne at the zoo. LOVE this picture!

I went a little crazy with Prima flowers, lace and swirls designed around a gorgeous Petaloo Color Me Crazy bloom that I left in its natural color. My photo corner is a Melissa Frances resin piece. You will have to look for those when you visit the STORE. Great for adding more texture to a page! Also, I am loving the Tim Holtz stitch stamp that I picked up in Santa Fe while I was there.

I still have a bit of this paper left and hope to at least get a card made from it before I move on to other projects.

That's it for today .. let me know if you have any questions. Hope you have had a chance to check out the magazine. There is a link at the top of my blog.. can't miss it!
Talk soon! September 1st I get to reveal my Kit of the Month projects!! Can't wait!

Friday, August 26, 2011

SOUS Die Cut challenge "Sky"

Yay, it's Friday .. the weekend is nearly here! (I say that a lot, don't I? That's because I love weekends!) But anyway, this Friday is the Die Cut Challenge over at Stuck on U Sketches. Now, I may  not play every time .. but when I learned that the challenge was "sky," I thought about my new Tim Holtz bird and birdcage die. So, I ripped that puppy open and starting creating!  

I decided to combine this project with some gorgeous The Scrap Cake "The Bright Side of Life" papers from Alda at Flying Unicorn. It was a card waiting to happen~

First I cut my birdcage and bird and then glammed it up with a pale blue feather from my stash, as well as some trim, pearls and flowers. I added some Gesso here and there for dimension  .. just love how it looks. I even used some on that tiny butterfly who also "flies, think sky." Since I am mainly a scrapper, I still have to stop and think through smaller scale when I do cards.

This challenge will be ongoing for the next 2 weeks. We hope that you will have time to play. If you don't have time for a layout, then try a card or a tag  .. whatever works for you. We'd love to see what you come with!

As always, thanks for coming by and for the many sweet comments that you leave. Tomorrow I will be posting the Authentique layout that I mentioned last week. We wanted the magazine to be out for about a week before posting on our blogs.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Riddersholm layout ~ Olivia

Happy Sunday! As promised here is my page using the awesome Riddersholm papers from Denmark. Available in the USA only though the Flying Unicorn Store. These are from the Bello Pastello collection. They are a joy to work with! What to win some? Scroll on down to the post below for the details!  

Got my Kit of the Month today from Flying Unicorn and am working feverishly to get some CT sneak peeks ready for you. Thanks for dropping  by!

Friday, August 19, 2011

~ At the Saint Francis Cathedral ~ Original SOUS sketch

Yay, it's Friday and I couldn't be more glad! Looking forward to a weekend of family time and some scrapping mixed in. And  .. it's reveal day again at Stuck on U Sketches. This week we have another original sketch by co-leader Leah Schaeffer.  It's a fabulous sketch, too! You're going to have to give it a try!~

Now, I will admit to having a bit of trouble with my page .. once again from my being hard-headed about what had to stay and what had to go. LOL But all in all, it looks pretty nice IRL. I think my photos are a bit too linear for me. I kept wanting to tilt things and probably should have .. but I really like the lines of the sketch, so stayed true to that.

The photos are from a recent trip to Santa Fe. The hubby and I tried to see all the sights we could as well as do lots of shopping and downing some great cuisine! The Saint Francis Cathedral was one of our many stops and we took photos there by the statue of the blessed Kateri,  the first North American Indian to be beatified.  We loved all the fascinating architecture in Santa Fe.  And I was ecstatic to find some gorgeous turqoiuse and silver jewelry that made its way home with me.
But back to the layout, right?  While trying to find some perfect papers amongst my stash, I remembered my Basic Grey Curio papers and thought these were a good choice to accent with turqoise ribbon, flowers and pearls. Lots of Prima on here .. the large one being from the Prima Regent collection, cavendish.

The was a wrought iron fence near where these photos were taken, so my MS garden gate punch was perfect for this page. For the same reason, I dressed  a Dusty Attic piece to complement one of the photos. Then I had a bit of fun with my Glitz tiny alphas

I hope that you will visit Stuck on U Sketches and see what the other designers have done, as well as take on the challenge and upload your own creation!

Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a great weekend! See you again tomorrow if you have time ... I have a little announcement and another page for ya!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Bride Wore ... ~ Scrap Cake papers ~

I know .. some of you have already seen this but I wanted to post this quick CT layout to my blog and show you how gorgeous this "The Bright Side of Life" from The Scrap Cake truly is! It was designed by the uber-talented Karola Witczak. I am such a fan of her work! I still have a pile of equally beautiful Scrap Cake papers to work with .. both the Bright Side as well as Spring Awakening.

The only store in the USA selling these papers is Flying Unicorn. Alda just got a second shipment in but they are moving quickly, so get yours while you can! She also got some of the new Fabscraps from South Africa .. talk about elegance .. wowzers!  

Oh, before I let you go, I've had some inquiries about the photo. This what my grandson's bride wore at their recent wedding. She is a very practical girl .... but with a really "fun" side.

Keep checking my blog .. I have lots more CT projects just waiting to be posted.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Mr and Mrs ~ SOUS Original Sketch ~ 2nd post today!

**If you are here for the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop, please scroll on down to the post below! **

Hello, scrappers! I'm so glad to see you stopping by. This week at Stuck on U Sketches we have another Orignal sketch by our own Leah Schaeffer.  Leah, Nanne and I have talked about pages with more white space but it is still kind of hard for me to leave well enough alone .. so I did add a few extra things. *Wink*

For this photo from my dgs' wedding, I used some yummy Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers.  I used the die cut piece as my mat per the sketch but used a small portion of it in the white space corner. And hmm, hmm, added the chandelier from the French Manor cartridge.

Above you can see the small Prima roses that I used to outline the die cut piece.  And my sweet little butterfly cut form Rock Princess ( I think. I failed to write this one down.)  There is also a larger Prima bloom here.

Don't you love th awsome Dusty Attic piece on the right?? I merely painted it Ivory and then added a bit of Hard Rock Candy Stickles and a bit of Diamond Dust. Beneath my title you can barely make out the teal pp that I punched with my MS Floral Vine punch. The title itself was cut from Tie the Knot.

Just another Floral cluster and some Prima bling that I cut apart and used where I wanted it.

I thought I would also share a close-up of the chandelier so you could see the brown pearls that I added. 

Okay, enough of my silliness. Now, isn't this a great sketch?! I can't wait to see the entries come rolling in! Be sure and check out what all the designers have done this time .. you won't be disappointed!

Practical Scrapper's 2nd anniversary Blog Hop

Thanks so much for joining in the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop.  Since it is our second anniversary, we're sharing projects that relate to the number TWO.  For my project, I'm sharing a layout with TWO photos on it.  I've got a prize to give to TWO of you who visit and are a followers of my blog and Practical Scrappers.  All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you were here.  We have an extremely talented group of designers, I know you'll enjoy checking out their blogs.  Here is the order of the Blog Hop.

And now.....for my TWO project  .. 2 photos, 2 flowers, 2 butterflies, 2 punched edges, 2 floral panels and 2 bling swirls! Whew!

Thank you so much for visiting me today!  Hop on over to see my friend  Aymee next!