Friday, December 30, 2011

SOUS Die Cut Challenge ~ Snowflakes ~Gift Bag

Well, I think everybody knows that Friday is my favorite day of the week .. it promises the weekend .. and it is always a new Reveal Day at Stuck on U Sketches . This week we are posting the new Die Cut challenge. And in honor of all that white stuff that so many of you are getting .. or will soon, we  want to see your Die Cut


Remember that your project must be new as of December 30th and you must use a Die Cut machine or tool to create your snowflakes. The more the merrier!

So, for my project I decided to decorate a gift bag that I was using for one of my Christmas gifts. Now mind you I have tons of snowflake cuts amongst all of my Cricut cartridges but my all time favorite is from A Child's Year.  You'll soon be seeing more projects done using this cut because I do like it so much and have used it a few times already this month.

First, I adhered some pretty Bo Bunny Christmas papers to my bag, then added my large (4.5 in) snowflake to which I had applied Rock Candy Stickles, then Diamond Dust. Love that look! I placed a matching sticker in the center and placed Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ornate Book Plate over it. I painted my hardware with some Sky blue paint and then added Gesso on top of it. I finished things off with some pearls and some red crinkle ribbon ..

Here are a few close-ups ..

Thanks so much for coming by! I sure hope that you will join in the challenge and show us your snowflake project. It can be a layout, card, tag or altered item. The sky is the limit! Remember you will have two weeks to upload your project!

Wishing you a safe and very Happy New Year! See you soon!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Family Fun ~ SOUS Dec 23

Happy December 23rd, everybody! Time for one more sketch for 2011 over at Stuck on U Sketches. This time is it another one of my sketches .. kind of a quick one ..  that calls for 3 photos to help you get some holiday snapshots scrapped!

As you can see, I ending up using only one photo because the group I intended to put together just didn't look quite right in the smaller sizes. But oh, well! This is my sweet dd Danielle on Thanksgiving Day opening a few of her gifts. I had been dying to use my new Glitz Beautiful Dreamrer papers and thought they would look great with this photo. Might not match the rest of my T-day pages but .. too bad! The papers used are Polka and Floral.

I've also used a couple of my fave Dusty Attic pieces. Ornate Corner # 11 da0582 and French Flourish Border da0275. They have both been painted with Glimmer Mist Chalkboard, the corner in Cranberry Zing and the border in Sprout. After drying, I adorned them with pearls and flowers.

I wet distressed one corner and tucked a doily behind the folds and added in some more flowers and leaved. Then I was ready to cut my photo mat from A Child's Year. For the journaling tag, I have just used a Creative Memories punch, then inked the edges and added a Websters Pages sparkler as a pull. Some ribbon was tied around the photo for added interest. Lastly, my title is simply an old rub-on.

I hope that you will find time to play along with us this challenge. You will have 2 weeks to upload your project .. so maybe after the holiday you will have some time to scrap! If you ahven't seen what the rest of the design team has done this time, I hope you will make your way over to SOUS!

Thanks for coming by. Wishing you the most wonderful of Christmases!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Precious Memories ~ SOUS ~ Original Sketch Dec 9th

Hey hey hey! Happy Friday, everybody! Today I am really excited to be posting a new sketch reveal at Stuck on U Sketches  featuring an orignal sketch by 'yours truly!" This was my first digitally designed sketch and it proved to be loads of fun! I hope you will get a chance to play along this challenge.

It has been a few weeks since I did this layout but it was super fun to do. The photo is of my Aunt Arletha and Uncle Weldon back in 1945. I have several family photos from that day and gather that some kind of family event was occuring. For this one I've used some yummy Glitz Vintage Blue papers.  They are just fabulous and I cannot wait to use them again. Then I added in some Prima and Petaloo flowers from last year along with a bit of bling. And of course, distressed with my Distrezz-it-all.

Here are a few close-ups:

Loved these florals and my crinkle ribbon. I also added in a vintage light blue charm for a different texture.

I fussy cut these cute little birdies, then adhered them to cardstock, fussy cut them again and then mounted them with foam squares.

Just a close-up of my bling and Melissa Frances resin photo corner.

I tore away part of the edge and placed a punch cardstock strip behind the tear. I don't use rub-ons that often but have used an old one here for my title. Well, I think that's about it! Once I chose which papers would be which layer, the rest was easy! I did cut my red circular piece about 3 times trying to get it exactly the way I wanted it. It looked different on my Gypsy than on my layout for some reason ..

In case you haven't had the chance to download the sketch, here it is.  As a note of credit, I used Creative Memories Storybook Creator 3 software for my designing. 

I hope that you will take a few moments to see what the rest of the Design Team has done over at Stuck on U Sketches. Remember that you will have 2 weeks to upload your project to the site. Sure hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Flying Unicorn December Kit of the Month Reveal! (long post)

Hello, scrappy world! Time for another Kit of the Month reveal at The Flying Unicorn Store. This month' s kit is called Sugarplum Dreams and is chock full of wonderful papers and embellishmetns to scrap those wonderful holiday memories or make a stack of Christmas cards for those you care about! And of course, there is the OTP project  .. a reindeer .. and it's the cutest thing ever!

 There are no sign ups, no membership, once they are gone, they are gone ! Kits are $31.99 + $8.95 shipping USA and $16.95 International. And oh my goodness ...You are going to LOVE this kit!

I am so excited to share a little of what I did with mine!

First, a page of myself and my dd's last year with Santa  We have an annual Girls Shopping Day every year and sometimes they will pose for me with the Big Guy! Anway, I loved the background paper on this page so much that I scanned it and hope to print some more for future use .. a gorgeous red damask that is not just for Christmas! I did lots of layers and distressing, added a poinsettia floral stem from last year plus 2 kinds of ribbon (love my crinkle ribbon, I'm addicted!) and some pearls and an embellie that I had on hand.

This is a new photo of dgd MacKenzie that I chose to use on this decorative pp. I cut out the top image and then elevated it with pop dots to make it look like a transom above the door. Around my photo I've added gauze and shaped it to resemble a wreath. Then I placed some flowers and buttons around it and tied some gauze bows. The large red flowers were tan but I have Glimmer Misted them with Burnt Red, then embellished them with Gesso and added in some Melissa Frances chandeliers that were from the kit. So pretty. I chose my title because every year, we seem to have a grandchild graduating from highschool or college. Never fails that we are always adding one more thing to our already hectic schedule. What can you do but laugh and attend?!

Nothing too special here ... just the lovely die cut piece, some long strips of the pp and more crinkle ribbon and flowers. I've used my fave MS cherished hearts punch, a TH bracket, a Prima resin bird and a gorgeous Dusty Attic piece that I painted green, then added Glimmer Glam to it in green. And pearls all around the mat. Finally got this photo from last year scrapped!

Then a fun page! I was all set for this kit to be in shades of purple or plum ... sugarplums, you see. But it wasn't. So I used this piece of Core'dinations cardstock, sanded it and went "plum" crazy. I used a Dusty Attic piece as a mask and Glimmer Misted in Sugar Plum Fairy. I've also used the DA hat rack painted with Cranberry Zing. Then added some Petaloo florals and Websters bloomers. Tucked around are a Websters Pages silhouette and a Melissa Frances resin swag. The "HIP" alphas are from the kit but "chick" was cut using my Cricut and Gypsy font. Lots of pearls and rhinestones and I called it a wrap! (DGD Marianne is our gracious and oh so funny model!)

Next. I did a few Christmas cards. Don't faint! I do DO an occasional card! These went so fast that I amazed myself! The lower right hand card with the deer is doubling as a DT project for SOUS tomorrow.

Lastly, my little reindeer. Kept it very simple! He is painted gold with gold Glitter Glam on his antlers. Then a nice bow and a Christmas pick finish him off.

Well, so are you ready to order your kit? Then fly on over to the Flying Unicorn Store and get yours before they are sold out!