Thursday, March 31, 2011

Little but Tough

As you may know I absolutely love Prima. I love their papers, their flowers, their pearls, rhinestones and metal embellishments...All so very beautiful! I normally use photos of my daughter when creating with Prima products but this time around, I wanted to make the Botanical collection work for photos of my son. For this y' 'bolayout, I used Prima's March BAP sketch.

I almost didn't and any flowers, but I couldn't help myself! Ha Ha Ha! I thought I could get away with it though as the blooms here are tiny and tattered. I added open stitched burlap for a more rustic feel. I also did a little bit of masking/misting with a Prima screen and Glimmer Mist.

Thanks so much for your visit today! Have a wonderful, scrappy weekend!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Just Another Beautiful Day

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I'm sharing a layout I created for Gerry's shaped layout challenge at the Webster's Pages ning site. I had a ball fussy cutting and designing with the Spring Market collection. The colors and patterns are fresh and bright so I went with a yellow, green and red color palette, no grunge here!

This picture of Emily is a couple of years old but I thought the colors and the expression in her face went perfectly with this collection. It took me forever to fussy cut the bird and hanging sign image but thought it was worth it. It almost looks like Emily is gazing at it! Here are a few close-ups:

I cut a lot of the images in the design paper out and highlighted the cutouts by adding Rock Candy Stickles, layering them and adhering some with Pop Dots.

I remembered to take pictures as I created that paper border so I should have a tutorial for you soon. Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a beautiful day!!!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mother and Daughter

Hello there wonderful blog readers! I just have a quick post today to share a layout I created using the beautiful Gabrielle collection by Bo Bunnny. I could hardly wait to work with these papers, the colors and beautiful designs attracted me instantly, not to mention the butterflies!

I used the sketch Bo Bunny posted in a recent challenge.

The picture of Emily and I was taken last summer at Disney (now you know why I look so tired and without make up! LOL!). Everyone says we look identical here so I thought I would dedicate the page to her. I cut out the damask design out of the design paper and used the framed area to include some journaling. The title is a chipboard piece from Dusty Attic to which I applied acrylic paint and glimmer mist to create this metallic effect.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Enjoy the rest of the week!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Prima Green

Every month, Prima presents us with an array of product picks and gives us a beautiful color palette to inspire our creativity. As you can see, these products are scrumptious but I didn't have too many of them on hand, so I decided to play along using the color palette. The colors were different shades of green with a little bit of white, craft and brown thrown in the mix for balance.

The earthy colors screamed nature to me so I decided to create a layout about the natural beauty I see in my sweet daughter. She's at that age when looks really start to matter and sometimes can seem less than thrilled about her curly hair. During the winter months, I blow dry her hair to keep away any possible colds but as soon as the weather gets milder, I let it air dry. Here she is, looking adorable with her natural curls.

Prima's new Botanical line was perfect this project. I loaded the page with texture by adding lace, felt, corrugated cardboard and some ancient wildwood Prima flowers I've had forever.

Love the effect I got after painting the corrugated cardboard with white acrylic paint. I did leave just a touch of the top layer for a more organic feel. The textured alphabet stickers were white so I inked them with Old Paper Distress Ink and added a bit of Suede Glimmer Mist randomly around the edges using a small paint brush.

I cut a postcard image out of the design paper, rolled it and tied it with floss. Here's another close-up...

For more inspiration, check out Prima's DT creations with this month's product picks and color palette, it's pure eye candy! Thanks so much for your visit!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm Cool Like That!

Once again My Mind's Eye is hosting a layout challenge on their blog. I knew I had to play along and try the wonderful Stella & Rose collection. Love the masculine colors and patterns in these papers!

I love these photos of Dylan and his tough guy glasses and pose (at 5 months old no less!) reminded me of LL Cool J's old song "I'm Cool Like That!" so I used it for my title and decided to grungy up these papers.

Lately, I have been playing with actions in Photoshop Elements. I used a combination faded and vintage actions to give these photos just the right amount of antiquity. If you want to give actions a try, download a free set available on the Pionner Woman blog.

The papers were distressed, inked, embossed and even stitched. Since this is a baby layout after all, I didn't want it to look too dark so I framed the photo and background paper with cream cardstock. The cream crochet lace also added a soft touch.

I love this twine rope, it's almost like pearl swirl for boys! LOL! I just tied a knot and burned  the ends to keep from fraying. After that, I laid it on the paper and let it follow it natural form adhering in a few spots with hot glue.

Thanks so much for your visit today! Happy scrapping!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Once Upon a Springtime

The last couple of weeks have been very difficult with both of my children getting sick and my son ending up admitted to the hospital. Everyone is doing well now but I was completely fried. I really needed some 'me' time so my hubby took the kids out and I got to scrappin!

I had so much fun creating this layout! I actually created it with two challenges in mind. The first one, Dusty Attic Sketch Challenge. I was very pleased to find out that my LSS started carrying DA products. I used their monthly sketch on my layout to play along but positioned my embellishment 'wreath' from corner to corner instead of top to bottom.

When it came time to choose the papers, I drew inspiration in the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger:

Love these beautiful colors and they happened to be the same ones in the gorgeous Once Upon A Springtime collection by Graphic 45. These papers are lots of fun to work with and just perfect for fussy cutting, so fussy cutting I did!

I added texture and dimenson with pop dots, crochet lace and stickles. My daughter loved the outcome almost as much as she loves fairies so we decided to place in in a shadow box and hang it in her room.

To create a more realistic effect on my DA chipboard pieces, I embossed them and then painted the raised surfaces with black acrylic paint. Once dry, I inked the entire piece with Timber Brown Staz-On ink. The Recollections flowers were misted with Rose Tea and Wheatfields Glimmer Mist. I also inked all of the papers with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Thanks so much for visiting! I really enjoy having you and reading your sweet comments!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Coordinates Collections Party Time Reveal and Farewell

At Coordinates Collections, each new month brings a new kit and a new reveal. This reveal will be my last. After much thought and consideration, I decided to step down from my DT position at CC. Changes can be scary but can also be the right thing too. This was a really difficult decision.  I have truly loved being a part of the team at Coordinates Collections.

With that said, I was lucky to have the Party Time kit be my last. This kit includes fun Fancy Pants and Jillibean Soup products and were just what I needed to scrap some birthday photos of my little guy's first birthday.

My first layout features a photo we took during Dylan's birthday party last year. That was a pretty hectic day and we weren't able to get great photos but I really liked this particular shot. Because it was such a special ocassion, I made sure to include handwritten journaling, which I rarely do!

To keep things simple, for my second layout, I used the same border punches and supplies. This made my pages come toghether incredibly fast. Here he is on the actual day of his first birthday enjoying a cake and lots of love.

And lastly, I have a card made with some scraps. As you can see I only used the Fancy Pants papers, my favorites. I still have all of the Jillibean Soup papers left to make another layout! The flower you see here was made with the Maya Road pleaded ribbon included in the kit. That ribbon is so fabulous and versatile, I want it in every color now!

To see what the other Design Team members created with this and the other kit of the month, visit the Kit Ideas page at CC. Thanks so much for coming to visit today.  I do hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend and get some time to get crafty!