Thursday, February 26, 2009

Slip Slidin' Away

The inspiration for this layout is a wonderful photo of my son taken in 1988, enjoying warm weather & one of the best summer activities... the Slip n Slide!!! I love this photo & wanted to do a layout showcasing the great colors of summer & fun times! I searched for the perfect papers & found the Kensington Garden Collection by Cloud 9 Design & knew they were the ones! I also used solid green & yellow card stock. The green is from DCWV -Jewel tones & the yellow is from Bazzill.
My large flowers were made by using the papers from the Kensington Garden Collection & the solid card stock. I made my layers using a combo of hand punches & my Sizzix Big Shot. All layers were distressed using Worn Lipstick & Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. I added a flower brad as the center with a drop of lime green Stickles in the middle. The flower was also highlighted with lime green Stickles.
The title work is made by Basic Grey, Wilma raw chip alphabet. I inked it with Adirondack Citrus ink & then lightly with the Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. I spot brushed a bit of lime green Stickles to pick up the light.
I wanted the flourishes to have a slippery slide feel to them! I used Rusty Pickle flourishes that I had painted with Making Memories yellow paint. I then brushed on yellow Stickles. The decorative corner accents were made with my Big Shot using a Sizzlit accent die. I added several size round chip circles-also painted yellow throughout the layout to fill some holes!
Small flowers were made using a small Retro punch. I doodled the petals & attached with a brad & drop of yellow Stickles. I made 2 scalloped borders from yellow card stock with my Fiskars Effervescent punch. I also did this for a mat under the pic. The borders were distressed with Worn Lipstick & Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.
I had soooo much fun doing this that I almost forgot the snow in the forcast Saturday! For a few hours I was transported back in time to a warm summer day, enjoying my sons youth!
Thanks so much for taking a look! It is always appreciated!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I just love the Ranger Adirondack Alcohol ink & blingy jewels. So it just seemed natural that the two should work together! What a great way to get the color jewels to compliment your work!

Alcohol ink covers most surfaces & dries very quickly. It will stain your hands, so I prefer to use plastic gloves! To cover my gems I use very basic stuff...paper plate, plastic spoon & an artist paintbrush. I place the bling in the spoon & drop 1-2 droplets of ink directly on the gem. I then push the gem with the paintbrush onto the paper plate to dry! I found this is the best way-quick, easy & does not waste ink. The color varies according to the color that the bling is originally.

Now try this with the ink.. it will also cover those brads that you never seem to have enough of the right color! I started with a yellow brad & 2 drop later... WALA... a black brad!

Now try it on button & raw chip too!! You will soon seen how easy this is to work with! Just be sure to cover your work surface!!Here are the finished jewels!! Lovin the bling & REALLY lovin the Alcohol...Alcohol ink that is!

Monday, February 23, 2009


The inspiration for this layout is those beautiful Love Letters papers by My Little Yellow Bicycle & of course this wonderful photo of my son & his new bride! This photo was taken by a groomsman. He took some wonderful pics! We are lucky to have his great photos in addition to the professional work!! The layout was made with the February kit for My Creative Scrapbook & was for the sketch challenge designed by Julie Bonner.
I punched a 3" strip of card stock on both sides with a Fiskars threading water punch to make the large black paper layer. A decorative strip cut with my Sizzix Big Shot from red card stock & was adhered on top. I scattered small paper flowers lightly distressed with fired brick Distress Ink on the decorative flourish & added red jewels as flower centers. These flowers were found in the bridal aisle in a tin, & are made for "table confetti". Check those bridal aisles ladies...lots of good finds!!!
I placed a punched border strip of red card stock. I added some Clear Cuts flourishes & some Love Letters journaling to the photo. Both of these are made by My Little Yellow Bicycle. The mat for the photo was originally a large "shield" paper that I cut to fit as a mat for the photo.

The larger flowers are made with various punches and dies. The layers are punched from printed papers & card stock used in layout. I have used 1 red, 1 black & 1 white Prima paper flower as a base. I added clear jewels for the centers. The title lettering is from Basic Grey Wilma & were inked with Distress Black Soot ink.

This was a fun layout to do! I hope you are not tiring of wedding layouts!! I am doing them as the mood real plan!!!

Thanks so much for taking a look! I appreciate it!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


The inspiration for this layout is my sweet hubby! The pic was taken in Oct 2008 while we were in Las Vegas for our 30th Anniversary! ( Yes 30 years!!!!) We had a great time! He is truly my best friend & SoulMate! I did this layout for the Feb sketch challenge on My Creative Scrapbook, based on the great sketch by Liz Qualman. I only used 1 sheet of printed card stock from Basic Greys Urban Prairie collection. The rest was all Bazzill card stock.
The layered flowers were made with card stock from various hand punches. I distressed the blues card stock with Distress faded denim ink & the red card stock with Distress fired brick ink. The small flowers were made with the Retro punch & hand doodled. I added a button & gem for the center. The owl is a rub on from Maya Road that I placed on card stock & cut. Corner swirls were made using my Big Shot.
The large flourish is from Fancy Pants & was inked with Distress black soot. I scattered the flowers about the flourish to give it a vine-y feel! The paper was distressed with the faded denim ink. I doubled matted the photo & then added a punched edge using the Fiskars border punch.
This was a fun layout to do. I am not used to using sketches, so it was a bit of a challenge! Thanks so much for taking a peek! I appreciate it!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

May All Your Dreams Come True

The inspiration for this layout was a photo of my son taken in 1984. He was plopped on his sleeping bag in the living room, taking in Christmas shows & off in his on little world! I have wanted to scrap this photo for some time & even had the title picked out, but never found the right papers. I searched for papers & when I seen this... I knew it was the paper! It is "Starry Night" by Reminisce. The paper has raised shiny stars & is a beautiful blue! I added Bazzill red card stock & the result is a quick n easy layout!! The paper does all the work!
The white title letters are made by Heidi Swapp, I added a little bit of diamond Stickles to pick up the stars in the paper. The flourishes & chip stars are also from a line called "Starry Night", only these are made by Rusty Pickle! I inked the flourishes with Adirondack cranberry ink, then brushed on some Xmas Red Stickles. White opal Pearl Drops were added to break up all the red.

The white layered star was inked with StazOn white ink & then brushed with diamond Stickles. I added a few rows of red jewels around border & photo mat. Little loose gold jeweled stars were adhered to bring in a bit of color. I really loved doing this layout! It was soooo Quick N Easy!! The paper did all the work! I was having a hard time not placing a flower on it!! I do love flowers LOL!

Thanks so much for taking a look at my layout! I appreciate it very much!

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Story Begins

The inspiration for this layout is the beautiful "Love Letters" papers made by Little Yellow Bicycle. Love Letters was the featured collection in the Feb kit from My Creative Scrapbook. The rich papers & richer embellies just scream to use a black & white photo!! This is a photo of my son & his new bride taken by a groomsman while waiting for some professional pics to be snapped. When I seen the papers, I knew I wanted to use this photo!
The flowers are layered with Prima sweetheart flowers & paper layers that I made from the papers used in the layout. I tinted silver heart brads to be used as flower centers, red & black with alcohol ink to match the papers. The key & heart were found at local craft store in the bridal section. If you have never checked the bridal department for scrap booking supplies you should give it a try! Tons of fun items!
The title work is BasicGrey Wilma raw chip board. I inked them with Adirondack cranberry ink & then stickled them with Burgundy Stickles. Since I wanted overall coverage with the Stickles, I applied them with a paintbrush. The beautiful background paper is made by Hambly -the screen print line-Brocade.It is a yummy two toned black paper!!
I punched papers with the Fiskars sunburst punch to make mat under photo. It was distressed with fired brick & black soot Distress ink. I used the same paper to cover a chip heart & inked the edge. I then added a rub on to the photo & placed the flower over the rub on to give it a finished look.
I used a large sticker from the Love Letters line as a base to my flower. I then made layers & placed the finished large bloom where it looks as if it is a part of the large sticker. Small flower were made with the Retro punch & tiny flower punch. Lastly I cut a large Prima crystal flourish in many pieces & placed them around the flowers in the layout! This was a fun layout to do! The papers did most of the work!
Thanks so much for taking a look! I hope you know that it is appreciated!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The inspiration for this layout is an old photo I found. I would love to know who they are & why we have the photo. When did they come to the United States? What did they do to earn a living? In the big scheme of things it is not that long ago... they are not just Faces!
The papers used are made by KaiserCraft from the Elegance line. They are part of the Premier kit made by the Swirlydoos kit club. I punched & re punched the edges to make it appear to be tattered lace. All distressing was done with 2 inks- Distress walnut stain & Distress aged mahogany.
The Maya Road flourishes were inked with Tim Holtz Rum Raisin alcohol ink. The bird was printed on cards stock, hand cut & distressed. I placed it on the a flourish to give it sort of a bird on branch appearance. The bird from Lunagirl Images. A wonderful site!!!
The silk Prima flowers were lightly distressed. I then added flower layers that I made with my Big Shot using papers in the layout. All bloom edges were inked lightly. I then added them to the flourishes in the pattern paper to give them a cluster feel! Fired Brick Stickles were used to highlight & Ranger gold Liquid Pearls were used as flower centers.

BasicGrey letters were inked with the Ranger rum raisin alcohol ink. I also added droplets of the gold Liquid Pearls in the layout to highlight. I have been wanting to scrap this photo for some time & this kit worked beautifully! Thanks so much for taking a look!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chip off the Old Block

The inspiration for this layout is my wonderful son & hubby! The photo was taken on Nicks wedding day as they were starting to get ready for the big event! My hubby was Nick best man... that was soooo special! Nick really is a chip off the old block! They are both great guys!
I used 3 different paper collections ...they all seemed to work together. I used BasicGrey's Infuse for the large circle, K&CO Blue Awning for the small circle & gold background paper & lastly , My Little Yellow Bicycle's Vita Bella for the background blue.
The photo was matted using card stock & Fiskars effervescent border punch. I distressed all raw edges with Distress walnut stain & Rangers Prussian Blue From the Nick Bantock line. If you are not familiar with the Nick Bantock inks you should check them out! They are rich,warm jewel tones!!
The paper edges were punched with threading water punch & distressed with the walnut stain/ The Fancy Pants flourishes & Maya Road alpha were inked with the Prussian Blues ink. I added a few blue jewels to the circle to bring the blues into the papers.
The flower were made with a retro punch as the base, layered with papers used in layout & cut with my Big Shot. I added a small retro punch on the top & attached with a brad. All edges were distressed with the inks. I added a few small paper flourishes near the flow for "flow". Lastly I mounted 3 circles on chip & added small flower & gem to each corner! This was a fun layout to do! Thank you so much for taking a look!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SAMI'S PHOTO SHOOT 6x12 Challenge

The inspiration for this layout was a challenge at My Creative Scrapbook to do a layout measuring 6"x12". Wow this was harder than I ever thought! I decided to use smaller photos provided by our mini schnauzer -Sami. I kept telling her "look here Sami, look at Mama"!! Well she didn't think much of the idea! I used some paper from the BasicGrey Obscure line. It worked great for the background & complimented her pretty pics!!
The flowers were made with the Basic Grey Obscure Define & 3 punches- a small Retro flower punch, an itty Fiskars flower punch & a small sunshine punch. I distressed them with Distress black soot ink & Adirondack Pool ink, then added the layers & used a small brad as center. The edges were partially outlines with a Signo & lime green Stickles. I had to refrain from adding more layers, but I felt this size really needed small flowers & not big thick blooms I often do!
I doubled matted the pics & distressed with the Distress black soot & Adirondack pool. The circle chip pieces were inked with the pool ink & "Stickled" with turquoise & aqua. I placed them kinda randomly to fill some empty spots.
The flourishes were were also inked with the pool ink & "Stickled" with the turquoise, aqua & a little bit of black diamond. I just grabbed some leftover Thickers for the title! I enjoyed this challenge! I think it was a fun way to scrap! I will probably try another one! Thanks so much for taking a look!


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