Friday, September 30, 2011

~ LOVE ~ New sketch is up at SOUS!

Hi, scrappers! I am so excited that we have a new sketch up at Stuck on U Sketches and this time we have a great 4 photo sketch done by the awesome Liz Qualman. You can visit her HERE.  I find that her sketches are always so well balanced and make for wonderful pages. I think you will too.

We have had so many family events this year that I had plenty to choose from. LOL But I decided to scrap a few of my dgd Maddie's engagement photos. As you can see in the larger photo, I wanted to be sure and scrap a page with the "book" that Marcos made and used to propose. Such a romantic guy!

My papers are from KaiserCraft's Chapter One collection. So yummy! I really need to go back and finish using them before I forget about them! Remember that you can click on the photo to enlarge it for a close-up view. I paired them with some plain black cardstock and a few white doilies. One corner is turned back to reveal the doilie accented with a Prima tea rose and a K and Company butterfly.

There is some stamping at the top of the page done with my Donna Salazar Weathered Trim stamp. Just inked in black, The little tab has a Websters Pages Sparkler attached to it so that you can pull it out and read the journaling note.  I also used a Glitz Design transparency on the lower right-hand photo. The rub-on at the bottom which also serves as my title is also made by Glitz.

I finished with a Prima black pearl swirl and more Prima flowers from the Paloma series. Then a few more butterflies were scattered around and I called it a "wrap." This was such a fun page to do .. awesome sketch, fun photos and gorgeous paper .. what more could you ask?

I hope that you will play along this time. This is the last sketch of the month and the last opportunity to be in the drawing for the blog candy donated by the Flying Unicorn online scrapbook store.

Speaking of .. tomorrow is October and will be the reveal for the October Kit of the Month at Flying Unicorn. Can't wait to show you my creations!

Thanks for coming by and for always leaving such inspiring comments! Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

SOUS Die Cut Heart Challenge ~ Forever Friends ~

Yeah, it's Friday and you know what that means around here   .. time for another Stuck on U Sketches reveal. This week the Die Cut team is up to bat and I thought I would play along.  Some of you may have seen this layout as I was doing a little double duty on this one.

I sure wish that the color of this page showed up a bit more "true." It is a very pale olive green color and is one of the gorgeous Riddersholm Bello Pastello papers sold at the Flying Unicorn Store. Riddersholm is a Danish company and Flying Unicorn is currently the only USA store to carry them.
I wanted to try a monochromatic theme on this one .. harder than you think! So everything is a shade of green with a small bit of white mixed in.

I've done lots of layering on this piece and added in 3, no 4, doilies. Had fun with my Prima stamp along the top and bottom of the layout. The two Dusty Attic pieces were treated with Shabby Shutters Crackle paint, as well as the matching Stickles and then adorned with a few matching flat-backed pearls. Be sure and click on the photo to get a closer look!

I got busy with the Cricut this time and created the hearts and my title. That was kind of fun. I split my title and put part of it vertically and the other half horizontally.

My floral embellishments are a mix of Prima, Petaloo, Recollections and a few leftovers from a past Swirlydoos kit. This is one page that is seriously sooo thick that even I am not going to try putting it in an album. My dgd Maddie (who is in the photo) has requested it ... and she has lots more room at her house than I do. Problem solved!

Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to get back to you! We hope that you will have the opportunity to take on the "Heart" challenge. Just remember that we are asking for it to be a new project as of 9-23-11.

Thanks for coming by! Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Beautiful ~ Prima Romantique ~ CT work for Flying Unicorn

As a Creative Team member for the Flying Unicorn store, I had the opportunity to work with some of the new Prima Romantique Collection. This was a really quick page for me as I wanted to complete it before moving on to other projects. Then, hopefully I can work on more of these gorgeous papers soon.  The papers are very vintage romantic and quite feminine . However, the B side has lots of blues and plaid and could be very "boyish." Something for everyone.

After distressing and inking my papers, I chose a white doily and misted it with Moon Shadow Mist's Gossamer Gold. My florals are a mix of Prima and a custom branch from Angelica Franssen's Etsy shop. My bling is also Prima .. Say it in Crystals vintage swirl. The ribbon along the bottom is also made by Prima .. it is a gorgeous ivory trim with rosettes on it that I thought went well with the papers.

My title is a Dusty Attic piece that I inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink, then sugared with Rock Candy Stickles and Diamond Dust. Looks pretty awesome, if I do say so.  This Dusty Attic piece is also available in the Flying Unicorn store.

That cute journaling circle was part of a blog candy win from SOUS teammate Beatiz Guzman. You can visit her blog HERE.  I need to check some dates before I write my short journal note. But .. the photo is dgd Malerie in Spring 2005 when she graduated from highschool.

I think about wraps it up. I do hope to spend more time visiting your blogs this week. Seems the day are sometimes not quite long enough! Have a great week!

Friday, September 16, 2011

SOUS 9-16 True Love/perfect pair

Happy Friday, everyone!  I'm so excited that the weekend is around the corner! After being on vaction last week, it was kind of hard getting back into the routine!

This week at Stuck on U Sketches we have a fantstic sketch from  Alda Stevens at The Flying Unicorn. I have posted the sketch below in case you have not saved it yet. I loved loved loved this one! Alda is also our September Blog Candy donor! There are 5 challenges in September and the more you play, the more times your name is entered to win!

Speaking of love .. I really wanted to get this photo scrapped of dd Danielle and her hubby Mike taken at a family wedding this year. My working title was Perfect Pair but in the end I settled for True Love .. don't ask, it was a Cricut issue.

I used up the last of my Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden papers .. I think I have something like 9 or 10 layers on here .. I soooo loved these papers. Right up my scrappy alley! I did lots of distressing on this page .. with lots of inking and then misting on the flowers. Added in some lace, ribbon, fussy cutting, bling and some punchwork ...  and that just about does it.  LOL Like how I rolled all those hours of scrapping in to 2 sentences?  Anyway, I had some serious fun with this page!

Now, it's your turn to take this great sketch and run with it! You will have 2 weeks to upload your project to Stuck on U Sketches. Can't wait to see what you create!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Circa 1910

This weekend I had the opporunity to scrap for fun! So, I decided to scrap this photo of my Grandmother Clara and her baby brother. We just found this treasure of a photo last week and I wanted to scrap it right away! I also wanted to use the sketch ny Nadia Cannizzo over at
Once upon a Sketch. Although you are also supposed to use the year as your title, in this instance the year is "circa 1910." More of a subtitle in this instance. But I loved the sketch and wanted to play along. Since I don't know much else about the photo, my journaling is their names, the relationship  and the estimated year.

I also had the opportunity to use some of my Pion Design's Studio of Memories paper that I got at Flying Unicorn Store. Gorgeous stuff, I'm telling you! (I just got Pion's Waiting for Santa II in the mail from there as well .. love it! ) I paired my papers with some yummy Prima florals and bling .. along with a great piece of Dusty Attic that I inked with Black Soot. Then I threw in a few handmade roses from Alda's store, some butterflies and lace.

This was fun! I hope to have more time to plan along with Nadia's challenge blog in the near future!

Friday, September 9, 2011

SOUS Die Cut Challenge ~ Flower ~

Friday again already? I've been away on vacation and the days have flown by! But .. I am excited to be here again bringing you the latest Die Cut challenge at Stuck on U Sketches . The "theme" is flower .. you can use any die cutter or die. But you must have at least one die cut.

I opted to use my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and  made a card using some gorgeous Graphic 45 Baby to Bride papers from the Flying Unicorn store .  I also cut a flower from some Webster's Pages netting and mixed that in with my paper pieces.  Looks reall cool!

I Glimmer Misted my papers in several colors and scrunched and curled my paper while it was still wet. When they were dry, I started layering paper and netting. I used a small Prima rose as my center. Then I put a dab of Gesso here and there.

Just a side view of the flower to show the dimension.

My card was finished with some trim, crinkle ribbon, pearls and a BoBunny trinket butterfly. Now I am all set and ready for the next baby shower!

I hope you will join us in this Die Cut challenge. All we are asking is that your project be new as of 9/9/2011. We hope you will link it up at SOUS so that we can see what you've done. Remember we have some awesome blog candy to give away st SOUS.

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, September 2, 2011

By the Bay ~ SOUS Original Sketch ~

TGIF ~ It's Friday again and time for another Stuck on U Sketches reveal.  This week we have another original sketch (by me) that I whipped up quickly one morning before I actually learned how to do them digitally. I already have a few more ready that we'll be using in December. Creating them gets kind of addicting!

But I was very pleased that the sketch made for one of my favorite layouts for this summer. Helped along with some gorgeous Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden papers and and awesome photo of my nieces taken on their little vacay to San Francisco this year. Snagged this photo off of Facebook. LOL I thought they looked adorable!

I loved working with Butterfly Garden .. the papers are just my colors! For the circle on the sketch, I opted to use a Cricut doiley cut .. from the CM Reminisce Accents cart. There is lots of layering and distressing as well as some punchwork and stamping. I have finally gotten bitten by the bug and am stamping on most of my pages now. Here I've used a Prima Clear Stamp as well as a Tim Holtz rubber stamp.

My flowers are a mix of Prima Fiesta Flowers (coral sea) that I've been hoarding along with some Prima Belle Arte roses with some small bright pink roses from my Swirlydoos kit added in. Love the pop of color!

I fussy cut some flowers and butterflies from the paper and mixed those in with the others. There is some Zva Creative bling and some Prima felt leaves and Shabby Chic resin window. My alphas were a mix of 2 colors of Thickers. 

I think that is about it! Hope you will visit the other designers and see what they have created! I've been soooo excited to see the pages that came from my simple sketch. The design team has dome an awesome job! Below is a copy of the sketch if you haven't downloaded it yet.  

Thanks for coming by. Hope those of you in the USA will have a happy, safe Labor Day weekend! Okay, let's get creative ~

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Joy to Remember" ~ September Kit of the Month

I am so excited that the time has finally arrived for my first official Flying Unicorn  Kit of the Month reveal! This month's kit is called "Joy to Remember."  And what a joy it was to work with! Full of yummy KaiserCraft papers, flowers, rhinestones, frame and wooden flourishes accompanied by vintage lace, brads, gorgeous pearls and so much more. I still have lots leftover so you will be seeing more from this kit. There was also the "surprise"  Off The Page project that we were especially curious about this month. 

So, now let me show you what I've done so far.

Here is a page I did using KaiserCraft's Duchess collection and a KC wooden flourish which is included in the kit. This page went together fairly quickly .. for me. I am usually a very slow scrapper but I so enjoyed this color scheme, that I flew through this one! Or it seemed that way! LOL I've used this photo of my Mom before and never tire of using it. These colors are great for vintage, Fall or just about anything where you might want brown, olive green and denim blue tones. Be sure to click on the photos for an up-close look of any of these.

My second layout is using KaiserCraft's English Rose. I have wanted this collection for a few months but have put off buying it, so I had a pleasant surprise when finding it in my kit. I cut the die cut piece in two and used it on each edge. There is lots of yummy Prima here that is from my own stash as well as some small roses from the Flying Unicorn store. The photo is the daughter of a family friend. I love how whimsical this page turned out. I had some serious fun working on this page! I especially love the pop of red that I added in the small red roses. You can barely see them but they are there and seem to add so much.

I have always loved this photo of my mother and brother together when he was small.  For this one I used some more of the Duchess paper as well as some gorgeous peach lace from the kit. The flowers and bling are from my stash.  I did some stamping and punchwork, added in a small KaiserCraft doiley and then outlined the peach mat with some small pearls. My Alphas are from Jillibean.

Alda always includes an Off the Page project in her kits. This  time she had us all wondering what it could be that required an oversized box. Well, it was 3 paper mache' cans ready for whatever you can think of to create. Well, I had tons of ideas (seriously) but not too much time, so I did some simple painting, stencilling and die cutting to come up with a bit of home decor. 

I also quickly made a card from the English Rose papers and added a few flowers. I still have product left for at least a couple more projects! Another OTP and maybe a card. There is some awesome stuff I just didn't around to using. So, later this month, I'll share those.

Okay, time to start thinking about ordering that kit! Remember that these usually sell out in the first 1.5 to 2 days, so don't tarry if you want one!

Also, September starts a new month of challenges in the Flying Unicorn Forum.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you tomorrow for another Stuck on U Sketches sketch challenge reveal with another original sketch.