Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Altered Box

Hi there! It feels like forever ago since I blogged. Whoever coined the phrase 'lazy days of summer' obviously didn't have any children, LOL!

Today I like to share with you an altered project I created using My Creative Scrapbook's Flower Kit for the month of July. I received a gorgeous assortment of flowers and this is what I came up with.

I painted my box and used paper from the Country Estate collection by Webster's Pages. I created a mini tag album designed to hold wallet sized photos and perhaps some journaling. The mini tucks nicely inside the box.

Here's a couple of close-ups of the gorgeous flowers I used.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you're having a wonderful summer day!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dreamy Photo Effect Tutorial

Hi there! Just a quick post today to share a tutorial. I love to give my photos a 'dreamy' look with white paint. I think it adds a unique softness. This is how I create that effect in the photo I used for my 'Love' layout I shared in an earlier post.

You will need:

-a nonstick mat
-a paint palette
-white paint
-a stencil brush
-the photo you want to alter

1. Run the blade of your scissors along the edge of the photo to mildly distress it. I don't recommend the edge distresser for this step as your photo may tear.

2.Pour a little bit of white paint on your palette and spread it around so that your brush will only get a light coating of paint on it.

3. Start applying the paint on the craft sheet and slowly work the brush toward the photo. As you do this, hold the brush at an angle and apply lightly. This is very important in order to avoid harsh straight lines.

4.That's it! You're done! The paint 'frame' can be as wide or narrow as you desire.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and that you give it a try! Now, I'd like to invite you to head over to My Creative Scrapbook to watch a video tutorial created by my team mate Delaina. In the video she shows you how she created a beautiful layout from start to finish using the fabulous July Limited Edition kit. Watch the video here.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook July Reveal

Two posts in one day?! I know!!!! Bear with me, I have lots to share so here I go...

This month's Limited Edition kit at My Creative Scrapbook is drop dead gorgeous. It's LOADED with beautiful Webster's Pages Country Estate and Prima flowers, bling and lace. I was in girly crafting heaven when I saw it yet I managed to create this boy page. I think I can get away with it because Dylan is still a baby in this picture.

Lots of fussy cutting here. I also used a lot of my favorite Ranger Pop It shapes to add dimension to my cutouts. Take a closer look...

For my next layout, I used softer tones and went totally romantic. This collection is full of soft floral patterns which I love! 

I did a lot of machine stitching here and put my Martha Stewart border punches to work, some of my favorite tools lately!

Next, I wanted to create a totally vintage, yet shabby chic page with this gorgeous gazebo image. I used a Photoshop action (free from Pioneer Woman) to edit my photo and get just the look I was going for. I heavily distressed and inked the papers and layered lots of cutouts from the collection to achieve this look. I really like how it turned out, it's much prettier in person.

Here's a close-up...

For my final layout with this kit I tried to create a scene of tranquility to go with the picture. I caught Emily just sitting quietly and dangling her legs, such a sweet childhood moment.

Once I was done with the LE kit, I got to work with the Main kit. This month's main kit is fun and femenine. It features the beautiful Emma's Shoppe collection by Crate Paper and Life Is Good by Echo Park along with pretty Prima and Petaloo flowers. I had so much fun creating with this kit!

My first page was created by tracing an old die cut paper and cutting it out using scallop scissors then punching each scallop with a tiny hole punch. I got the awesome tip from the super talented Gerry. I also did some masking and lacing.

For my next layout, I tried to create a fun and playful design while maintaining my usual layers and distressed look.

As you could probably tell, one of my favorite things to do is to use my border punches around die cut shapes. I created a tutorial on how to do this which you can view here.

I tried Puffy paint on the pink Prima flowers and loved the effect! I think there's a lot of Puffy paint in my future!

On this layout, I pulled some of the fun and bright Echo Park papers. There were so many stickers on this kit that it was hard to stop myself from adding more!

My final layout couldn't be simpler. I just punched the borders of some layers and accented the photos with flowers, easy peasy!

Thanks so much for joining me once again. Please take a moment to see what the other DT gals created with this month's kits and check out MSC's awesome DT gallery.This was a lengthy post, I hope you found some inspiration today!

Celebrate Freedom

Thanks so much for all your sweet congratulatory words yesterday about me joining the Glitz Designs DT. I'm really excited!

I hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday. We sure did! We were able to catch our town's fireworks display right before getting away to visit the Crayola Factory, Hershey Park and Chocolate World. It was a blast!!! Now that I'm back I couldn't resist playing with Bo Bunny's layout challenge which asked us to create a layout inspired by an ad. This is what I came up with...

In the spirit of the holiday, I drew inspiration from this ad...

 Love it's grungy appeal which goes perfectly with my style of scrapbooking. All the distressed blues and reds with a touch of white immediately reminded me of Bo Bunny's Liberty collection and I knew I had to scrap this awesome photo of Emily last year right before the fireworks display.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Does the design look familiar? It probably does as so many people are playing along Nadia's fun sketch challenges twice a month over at Once Upon A Sketch. I was honored to be featured last week and couldn't resist using another of her sketches, they're so easy to put together and beautiful! Here is the design she provided:

Thanks Nadia for another amazing sketch to play with! And thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have fun crafting!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Super EXCITING News and A Winner!

I have been keeping a little secret for a few weeks now and I am finally able to share it with you all! I have been invited to join the amazing Glitz Designs DT!!! You can read the original post here. Isn't that one amazing design team! I'm so honored to be working with these super talented girls!

I actually did the happy dance when I read the email I received from Lea Lawson some time ago asking if I wanted to work with Glitz products. Do I ever?!! Their collections are fabulous and I can't wait to receive my DT box and get started. Look at what they will be releasing this CHA Summer:

Ahhh! These are all gorgeous and the colors and embellishments look awesome!!!

... And now I'd like to thank you all for joining me on my summer giveaway. I feel truly honored you take time to read my blog and comment on my work. Your encouraging words motivate me to continue to create and post. This is a wonderful hobby and it's great to be able to share it with you all, my scrappy playmates!

I used to generate a random number (#16) and the winner is...


Just Jaime said...

I'm a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win! Looks like a great haul!

Congrats Jaime! Email me your address so I can get your goodies on the mail! My email address is

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow! I'll have MSC July reveal for you!