Friday, February 24, 2012

The Story of Love ~ SOUS Die Cut Challenge Feb 24

It's another wonderful Friday and time for another Stuck on U Sketches Die Cut challenge!  This week our challenge is "Love"  .. either the word (which is how I interpreted it) or to convey the emotion in a Die Cut format.  Remember that this challenge is about using our Die Cut machines 

I created a very romantic page using some yummy Basic Grey Kissing Booth papers from the Flying Unicorn Store. I did some heavy distressing to my papers which made the white core show through. I thought the white made an awesome contrast with the hot pink. Of course, I did tons of layers and also mixed in a white paper doily as well as a white crochet one from my stash. There is a layered in transparency over the computer-generated journaling. 

The title is my die cut portion and comes from the Cricut Home Decor cartridge. I've placed it on one of the Kissing Booth' collection's Die Cut pieces which says The Story of .. Under that is another transparency which is simply tucked in as another layer and adds some interest to the page. The flowers by the title spot are Prima's Mountain Lily in pink. There are more flowers above the photo which are from the Flying Unicorn store. 

Under my photo are some Websters Pages Bloomers in green.  I love those things! LOL  I've also decorated my journaling transparency with a Prima SIIP swirl.  
In the upper right hand corner is a Dusty Attic corner piece that has been painted white and decorated with a few white pearls. It is one of my fave and I am in the market for more! 

There is also a version 1 of this page which I will tell you about after this weekend's blog hop. Heehee! 

Now, I added a bonus project today which is a Valentine that I was working on for my hubby. I was determined to beat Cricut Craft Room into submission and I don't think I've won that battle yet but I'm making progress! The idea for this card came from an advertisement I saw of a little girl who's face was obscured with ballons. After several experiments, I settled on my image (from Forever Young) to be facing and holding the ballons which are from the Cricut Imagine cartridge Better Together ..  as are all the colors and prints on my card except for the b/g which is from the Cricut Imagine Yummy cart. Love is still from the Home Decor cart but flood-filled with red from Better Together. 

I used a ton of pop dots on the image's outfit as well as on the balloons. Of course, I have added my Baker's twine.  I have to say that the card looks cuter IRL than it does in the photo. But oh, well.  The CCR did not seem to cut the images as close to the print as when cutting directly from the machine but I do really like being able to move my images around on the mat and flood-filling them with patterns, then simply loading white paper on the mat. Love that part!! 

Sorry for the very long post today but since I did finally get the card done, I thought I would share it as well. Not my usual style but I do want to learn these skills so I can hopefuly use them in any manner I wish. 

I hope you wish visit the other DT members and join us in the challenge this time. 
Thanks for coming by and I so appreciate your comments~ 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wow .. what an honor ..

So........... did you ever win something or receive some recognition that just blew you away? Like totally .. the kind of thing that leaves you speechless? Well, I did this last weekend. And I feel that I must give credit to those who bestowed such an honor upon me.

Krissy Jennings-Mosbarger of Swirlydoos Kit Club ( and her Swirlydoos DT (thank you, ladies!) chose my "Imagine the Possibilities" layout as the first ever Swirlydoos Layout of the Year award!! It first won Layout of the Week in October last year but then unbeknownst to everyone except the DT, layout of the Month for October, then Layout of the Year. Wow! Still pinching myself!

I am humbled beyond belief! This is such an honor. All I can do is just shout out an enormous "Thank You" and encourage you to visit their Forum and gallery (if you haven't) ... and see what it's all about! There are tons of talented crafters there.

The winning layout was actually one of my favorites from this past year, so I will share it once again:

The photo is of my sweet dgd Marianne captured by her sister in "run from the camera" mode. Made for a great photo though!

Once again, many thanks to all the team members at Swirlydoos! This is such an honor.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wonderland ~ SOUS Original Sketch

Hi there, fellow scrappers! I am back today with another fun Stuck on U Sketches  reveal! This week we have another original sketch done by our own Leah and it was so much fun to work with! I hope that you will be able to play along 'cause this was a great one to do .. so many possibilites!

I have just been itching for a chance to use BoBunny's Snowfall collection and was lucky enough to get some in my January Swirlydoos kit! However, I don't have that many cold weather, snow type photos to scrap but did have this awesome photo of dgd MacKenzie with her dark brown hair and a blouse in just the right shade of blue to go with my paper. I did a ton of paper layering although the sketch called for less. I love layers! So I distressed them, inked them and layered them up! Also had to use my MS punch ..

I first had my photo at a jaunty little angle in keeping with the sketch but it just seemed to look better straight up maybe due to the photo size.  I was fortunate to have some Snowfall die cuts to layer in there as well  .. beside and below the photo in place of additional photos. I knew I wanted to use some yummy Petaloo blooms (Canterbury Glittered in brown) but before I placed them, I tied my page with a matching Christmas ribbon that I happen to have on hand. Really love how it looks! My butterfly is from a Melody Ross paper pack ..

I am loving that ornate Dusty Attic piece (Corner Flourish #2) in the upper left corner. It was painted with Glimmer Mist Chalkboard in Decadence and then sprayed with Iridescent GM. Of course, I placed a few brown pearls on it that matched the pearls I had added to my butterfly. Lastly, I added a BB Snowfall trinket to my photo .. and called it done!

Now here are a few close-ups:

And here is the sketch:

Now, I hope that you will visit the other DT members and see the gorgeous work they have done with the sketch. And more importantly, I hope you will play along with us this time. You will have 2 weeks to complete your project and get it uploaded!

Wishing you a scrap happy weekend! We have lots of birthday parties this weekend! Should be fun! The twin dgs turn 1 .. it's been a fast year!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Basic Grey Kissing Booth ~

Happy Monday, fellow scrappers! I wanted to make it back today to get this yummy layout posted on my blog.  Some of you may have seen it in some of the galleries already.  But I had overlooked posting it here as well. Alda sent me these fabulous Basic Grey papers from the Flying Unicorn Store.  I have another layout done with it as well but am saving it for our Blog Hop on the 25th and 26th.

But this one was fun with lots of layers and lots of distress work .. I just added in some Websters Bloomers and a couple of Prima roses as well as my butterflies and doilies .. and a chippie that was from the February KOM. I painted it white, then coated it with Dirty Martini Glimmer Glam.  The photo seemed to need something else, so I added some Resin photo corners .. also from the store as is the Glimmer Glam.

The lovelies in the photo are myself on the left and a family member on the right. This was back when my hair was still a gorgeous red .. or at least I thought so  LOL.

Monday, February 6, 2012

More February Kit of the Month details ~

Happy Monday everybody! Sandi here with a few of my February Kit of the Month "Always with Love." First, I want to say thanks to Alda for providing such awesome kits .. and for allowing me to work with them!  This month was over- the-top gorgeous!

 Loveeee FUL

This was actually the second project that I did but I think it is my favorite.  It went together so quickly, I felt like the page made itself! Here you see some of the luscious FabScraps papers. This is the first time I have had the opportunity to work with them and I am in love!!  I aded a few Petaloo flowers of my own but the ones that steal the show are the Zva pink and purple ones.  Within the floral cluster I tucked in one of the grapevine wreaths! The lacing tash is Dusty Attic (painted wam winter white) and is from my own stash but I thought it would be perfect on a bridal page! The heart shaped KaiserCraft corner flourish comes in the kit and could be used so many way!!  I inked it up a bit for definition. Then for a quick title I added the pink rhinestone title LOVE from KaiserCraft which is also in the kit. The butterfly is fussy cut from some older Melody Ross papers.

 Wedding Day

I have to admit to being a bit partial to this page! The photo is of my Mom and Dad on their wedding day.  Here I have used All Yours as the background paper, distressed and then added to some brown cardstock.  For drama, I used a Dusty Attic frame from my stash that is painted with walnut stain, then Coffee Glimmer Mist and lastly  Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.  See that cute little cherub? That was the very first thing I did with my kit! I knew if I didn't fussy cut him and the flowers, that I would use that page as is and loose the effectiveness of the cherub as an embellishment.  He is from the Love Letters paper.  Then I just started layering some papers (Devoted) along with a Crafty Secrets tag from the kit (love those things) and a crochet doily.  I've worked in a Prima vine and some ribbon from my stash as well as buttons from the kit .... along with a button from my Mom's old button box! I've tucked in more DA (french flourish) and adorned it with a Bo Bunny trinket from what I had on hand. The butterfly was fussy cut from some older BoBunny Gabrielle papers.


This one was fun to do!! I did some wet and some dry distressing to my b/g paper You & Me and added  some peach cardstock from the Jan KOM as a foundation. Then I misted my page with Sunkissed Peach GM and when that dried added my fence using a Prima mask. Next I added my center panel using Sincerely pp along with some off-white c/s that was punched with my Cherish Heart punch. The upper right corner was wet distressed, folded back and then I tucked in a white doily. For interest I added in another butterfly.  For flowers, I used a mix of the ones I fussy cut earlier from the Love Letters pp with some that Alda sent in the kti and one older Prima Madrigal bloom.  In honor of my team mate Frank, I hand snipped a few banner and added those into the floral clusters. That lower right corner has another of the awesome KC wooden flourishes.  And did you see the Thickers? Woohoo! Instant title!!


Okay, one last layout before I show you my OTP. This was done using the Mojo Monday sketch from Jan 30th which I designed. So, that was kind of fun! This is my dd Danielle's wedding invitation which has Bacon's Wedding Morning painting on the front.  I've used the 7 Gypsies paper here, Canal and Campo from the Venice collection but used some Sweet Nothings (With Love) as my b/g. I fussy cut the dove and more of the florals and added these in ..  along with another tag from Crafty Secrets. There is a hint of green in the With Love paper, so I used more Dusty Attic as an accent that has been painted with Dirty Martini Glimmer Glam.  Oh, almost forgot the rub-ons .. these were perfect for this page!

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to share the process with you! This was a gorgeous kit and I sure hope that you snagged one before they sold out! Glad I got mine!!!  I still have tons left and hope to bring you some more projects mid-month. Talk soon!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Dear Santa ~ SOUS Original Sketch ~ Feb 3

It's another Happy Friday and a big one for me! It is reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches .. and I also will be sharing my February Kit of the Month projects a bit later in the day.

But first, I want to share my take on  Leah's 2 page sketch which I turned in to a one page for my purposes. I did want to keep the border that she had at the top and bottom though even though my photos are a bit larger than the sketch's. Took me a bit to figure that out but when I came across these BoBunny papers from 2010, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! For the background, I used the luscious gold damask paper and for my borders, I fussy cut one of the pp's with adorable Victorian images. I inked and distressed them,  then curled them and later added Gesso to the edges of the entire page as well as here and there throughout.

Here you can see some of the Gesso on my edges. My Dusty Attic piece is the Damask #2 which I cut in half and used in 2 different places on my page. I painted them white, then colored them with Dirty Martini Glimmer Glam. I added pearls for interest.

Here is the other piece which I tucked behind part of my border. You can also see my large BoBunny ribbon from that same collection. It is tied to my Petaloo Berry Spray. 

The upper corner just shows a bit more distress work and Gesso.

Lastly, I added some metal Christmas sayings here and there on my photos as well as some resin roses in pink and cream. I was very pleased with how this one came out despite there being 3 good-sized photos.

I hope that you will visit Stuck on U Sketches and see what the other DT members have done! Also hope to see your project uploaded! Remember you have 2 weeks to get it done!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and Happy Crafting!

Always with Love ~ Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month ~ My projects!

The February Kit of the Month "Always With Love" is now on sale! 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!  And did you notice, we now have add-ons!!!
This one is chock full of Kaiser Craft's Sweet Nothings paper collection along with some delicious Fabscraps, plus embellishments that will make your mouth water! I have already done 4 layouts and my OTP projects and still have plenty for another couple of pages and/or several cards and tags.

Today I will share a few of my projects .. then save the rest for later in the month ..

I really loved using the Fabscraps papers on this page .. the papers are so gorgeous! The new Dusty Attic Lacing Tash is from my stash as are a few of the flowers .. but the light pink and purple are from the kit. Note the wooden Kaisercraft heart flourish .. and the pink rhinestone title.

Next, another wedding photo .. this one of my mom and dad using the KC Sweet Nothings papers. I fussy cut the cherub to use on this page .. more Dusty Attic and a few vintage findings from my stash including a vintage button that was from my mom's button box.

I love how this one turned out of my gd MacKenzie with her violin.. More fussy cutting, a Prima mask and some hand snipped banner pieces. We also got some Thickers in this kit .. and boy, that made my day! I also appreciated the extra cardstock that was included this time!

This page features my dd's wedding invitation, so I kept it fairly simple. I used some rub-ons from the kit as well as some DA from my stash. More suffy cutting and a few small roses mixed in ... Here I have also used last week's mojo Monday sketch.

All right, that's it for the day. I hope you will fly on over to the store and get your kit before they are gone! I will be back soon with a few more projects! This kit was loaded  .. and I have 2 more pages planned! Hope you will get yours before they are gone!

Have a great weekend!