Thursday, October 28, 2010

Did I mention I love Prima?

I'm so excited! Yesterday, I received news that I had won a spot on a course at Big Picture Classes courtesy of Prima! The class is all about color and it's taught by the talented Nic Howard. Check them out, there are other technique and photography classes offered and they are all amazing!

And speaking of Prima, I must admit that I'm really glad I have a daughter because I love flowers! They're just the perfect embellishment! I really packed them on on this LO. I just couldn't resist all the blooms in coordinating colors for this page featuring one of my favorite photos of Emily. Her personality really comes through here...

The design is inspired by Prima's October BAP at their blog. To play on the white coloring on this paper, I edged the whole page and photo with gesso. The marquee was cut on my Cricut using the Gypsy Wonderings cartridge. I also punched the border of a piece of Prima packaging.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy this Halloween weekend!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shabby Chic Altered Dress Form

Hello everyone! Today I'd like to share with you a very fun project I created this past weekend for the Webster's Pages October Challenge. The challenge was to dress up a dress form and, boy did I have fun creating this one! I had been wanting to make dress form to decorate my scraproom and the challenge was just what I needed to get jumpstart my creativity. I was also beyond thrilled when I was notified that it was chosen as one of the featured projects for this week, YAY!

To make the altered dress form, I adhered a paper mache dress form I purchased at Michaels to a wooden candle stick and painted it with crackle paint in Tattered Rose. I also stamped it and added Glimmer Mist to make it super girly and shabby.

To make the roses, I cut three six-petal flowers using my Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge and the Tim Holtz paper rose technique. I then inserted a Prima baby rose in the middle and added Diamond Dust on the edges of the petals and on the butterfly that's sitting on top of the rose.

To make the sequined netting look aged, I dipped it into a wash made out of Wheatfields Glimmer Mist and water. This technique works equally well on lace!

Hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coordinates Collections October Blog Hop Challenge

Head over to the Coordinates Collections blog today and take part in our fun Blog Hop Challenge! This month's challenge is hidden journaling, a super easy way to play along with other crafters and win a gorgeous CC kit!

Here are two sample LOs I made for the challenge. The first one I made with the Golden Rule kit, and the second LO was done with the Black Magic kit, both so much fun to work with! Can you guess where the hidden journaling is?

Click over to the Coordinates Collections blog for more info and play along! You don't need to be a subscriber to participate! Have fun and good luck everyone!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Summer into Fall

Happy Monday! Just a quick post to share a couple of LOs I worked on during the weekend. My first LO documents a very special moment; it was Dylan's first time at the beach. We had a wonderful time in Point Pleasant, NJ. These papers by Webster's Pages were just perfect for the project. I cut the frame out of chipboard on my Cricut and added crackle paint and Glimmer Mist to give it that weathered look. To add more dimension and texture, I used sand, crushed shells, tiny starfish and cheesecloth. It was the first time I combined these mediums and had a blast doing so!

For my second LO, I busted out my Queen Bee paper collection by Pink Paislee. These papers are so beautiful, I have been hoarding them for quite awhile! This picture is a couple of years old, I was pregnant with Dylan then. To add softness and tie in the colors together, I placed a crochet doily on the background, love doing that, makes such a difference!

Also don't forget to visit the Coordinates Collections blog. I posted a challenge for our monthly Blog Hop. Check it out, you could win a  gorgeous kit!

Hope you enjoyed these projects, have a great week!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

In the mood for Halloween

Fall is in the air! We had a fantastic day today at the farm pumpkin picking, the house is decorated and now I can't wait for Halloween! Today I'm sharing a fun home decor project, a Halloween banner made with the Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Book and Pink Paislee's Twilight collection. I had these papers since last year and this was a great way to use left over sheets from that collection pack. This is now hung on my entryway mirror, hope you like it!

Kind of abused my Cricut here! The circle and marquee were cut on the Storybook cartridge, the spider is from Lyrical Letters and all of the other cuts are from Paper Doll Dress Up. My favorite one was the cute ghost, which I cut on white glitter cardstock and inked with Black Soot Distress Ink. The Halloween ornaments are from Michael's. I hung them using Fancy Pants garment pins. After painting the naked chipboard letters black, I applied Crackle Accents and that made them extra spooky, loved the result!

After finishing the banner, I still had paper left so I made this LO. This is Dylan's last year's Halloween photo. Isn't he cute?! I also added a Jenni Bowlin calendar sheet and a Maya Road canlendar number.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope you enjoyed my projects. Have a happy-scrappy week!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Celebrate Flamingo Scraps 2nd Anniversary

This month Flamingo Scraps is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with amazing promotions and giveways!

Every Wednesday in October, Flamingo Scraps will post a Prize blog. There will be a question, you will have until the next Monday, October 11, 2010 at Midnight EDT to answer by posting a comment. A winner will be drawn randomly from the list of commenters and awarded two to three prizes the following Wednesday. Among these prizes are such fabulous things as Marion Smith Kits, Tim Holtz's "Compendium of Curiosities" and one Teresa Collins Stamp Machine!!

Head over to the Flamingo Scraps blog, become a follower,
tell your friends, re-post this on your blog or share it on Facebook!

Good luck everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Couple of LOs and a Tutorial

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I'd like to share a couple of LOs I created this past week. As soon as I saw the new Jack and Jill papers by Prima, I knew I had to scrap a photo of my kids. For the large circle in the background, I distressed a doily and layered it with pattern paper and Prima pearl trim. The little boy and little girl were cut out of the designer paper and mounted on pop dots. I titled it Hermanitos (siblings).

Love these Gallery Roses by Prima with the newspaper print!

The next LO was made using the gorgeous papers from the Road Show collection by Fancy Pants. The big die cut paper was created using the Gypsy Wanderings Cricut cartridge. I played up the beautiful rust and turquoise colors of the floral design to build my page and choose my embellishments. I really wanted to make this page very girly hence the femenine accents such as the dressform, the cameo and the crochet trim. Read on to see how I created the faux lace border. Enjoy!

Don't you just love that cameo? It came from a hair tie I got at the dollar store! To add dimension to the crochet trim, I scrunched it up in random places and adhered it using hot glue.

Paper Lace Border Tutorial

Punch along the edge of your paper using an edge punch. This technique will work with different border punches but I used Marth Stewart Doily Lace border punch (my favorite).

To add texture, ink your punched border with a complementary color.

Use a trimmer to cut out your punched border allowing an inch and a half of space.

Cut up your border at every scallop. 

Run your tape runner along the reverse side of the die cut shape you'd like to use, then simply adhere all the scallops upside down.

Hope you give it a try, this technique is fun and gives your die cut papers just enough difinition. Have a great week!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Crate Paper Giveaway Over at Coordinates Collections

Coordinates Collections and Crate Paper have teamed up this month to offer a FREE GOLDEN RULE KIT GIVEAWAY!!

The October Golden Rule kit includes fabulous School Spirit products by Crate Paper. To enter the giveaway, simply post a comment on the CC blog by clicking here by Tue, Oct 6th telling the type of layouts you would scrap with the Golden Rule kit. You can receive a second entry into the random drawing if you are currently a Fan or become a CC Fan on Facebook! Simply indicate in the post that you are a CC FB Fan. The lucky winner will be announced on Thurs. Oct 7th on the CC Blog. Good luck everyone, this is a fun one!