Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prima Rondelle Collection

I am absolutely in love this line of Prima papers! In fact I've been hoarding these few papers that I was able to find. I kept wanting to use them but then I'd think "Oh, no - what if I can never find them again!"  I'm sure we are all guilty of doing this at one time or another, lol. So the other night I decided it's now or never and pulled out the Rondelle papers, got out the photo I wanted to scrap and away I went! Here's the finished layout..
For my background paper I chose the "Etude" paper.  I distressed all of the papers with my distress tool and some Vintage Photo Distress ink. With having most of the paper black I wanted to try out a bit of molding paste on here using this cool ribbon I bought the other day. It's that ribbon you can buy to use when your making things like wreaths at Christmas with all the holes in it. I thought it would be perfect to use as a stencil. Here's a photo of the piece I used.
So this is the white circles you can see on either side of the background paper. I then took a paper doily from my stash and cut that in half to lay under the other layers of paper. For the top 6"x6"paper I used the "Gavotte" paper. I then cut a 9" x 1¼" out of the pink polka dot side of the "Cabriole" and the same size piece out of the "Cottilion" paper. I cut a "V" out on one end of each of these papers and staggered them as shown in the photo. Once all of the papers were glued down I added a piece of black lace and bow to the 6"x6" piece of paper.

I took my piece of "Cabriole" and fussy cut out the flowers and hummingbird from the left side of the paper. I took the hummingbird and scanned it and took it into my graphics program so that I could mirror the image and then printed it out on cardstock and cut that out so now I could have the hummingbird on the left side of my layout. I placed my photo, which I added some cardboard to the back of it to give it some dimension, where I wanted it on my layout and then proceeded to place my flowers where I wanted them. I had the sheer grey fabric flower from Prima in my stash and I new it would be perfect for this layout. I used some small Prima black roses and the pink ones I made using my Heartfelt die and matching stamps. I also used some pop dots on some of the fussy cut flowers and also the hummingbird. I added a small Prima "Say it in Crystals" flourish from their Tea Thyme collection. The journaling card was one of the "Friday Freebies" from Prima. I also added a small key above the photo and my layout was done and I am really pleased at how it turned out. Here are a couple of close ups...



Friday, March 22, 2013

Box & Mini Album

Well I've been spending the last few days making a mini album and a box for it to go in. I actually started out with the box and went from there.This past January my dh and I celebrated our one year anniversary of quitting smoking. To help with not smoking my dh had purchased a couple of electronic cigarettes to help him out.  The boxes that they came in were quite sturdy and I thought these will be good for something down the road - you know how us scrappers hate to throw anything away, lol.
So this box is not really big, only 4¼" x 4", so the mini album wouldn't really be big either, only 3½" x 3¼". The box does have some depth to it so I was able to make the spine of the mini album 1½" and has 8 pages (4 front & back) to it. Because the mini album was so small I didn't do a whole lot of decorating of the pages as the photos I was using were only about 2¾" x 3". So I basically used bits of lace and small flowers that wouldn't make too much bulk to the album.
I'm making this for my daughter who is in University right now studying to be a Veterinarian. The album contains photos of all of the pets she has had and still has, so I'm really hoping she likes this, it can be her brag book of her fur-babies, lol.
For the box I used the Graphic 45 "Songbird" paper, the teal flowers and small pink rose buds I handmade, and the larger pink rose is Prima, the pearl flourish is from my stash that I picked up at the dollar store. I added some "Aqua" stickles to the teal petals and added some Dusty Attic leaves to the cluster. For the Mini album cover I used the Websters Western Romance collection "Love Letters" paper, using the lighter teal side. The flourish is from Tim Holtz grunge board which I've dyed with the Prima Teal ink chalk. I also used the same ink to dye my ribbon used to tie the mini album closed. The teal & pink flowers I handmade and added a little white scribbles paint here and there on the petals of the teal ones. The butterfly is courtesy of Lisa from Swirlydoos that I printed out and then added some glossy accents to it. The pearls are from my stash. For the inside pages of the mini album I used Webster's "Petite Papers" 6x6 collection pack. Here's a close up of the flower cluster on the box.
I hope you enjoyed looking at this mini I made and I am going to try to do a tutorial on how I made the Mini album with chipboard. Take care  and have a great weekend, TFL!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Meg's Garden "Ode to a Summers Day"

Good morning all! I just wanted to share a couple of projects I made using the new papers from Meg's Garden.

I love these new papers from the “Ode to a Summer’s Day” collection by Denise Ann. For this layout I used “A Summer’s Day”, “A Summer’s Dance” and “A Summer Bouquet”.  I distressed all the papers on this layout with my distress tool and also some Vintage Photo distress ink by Rangers. I die cut the Summers Day paper and then laid that down on a piece of pale green card stock and another piece of paper from my stash.

For the pieces under my photo (yes that’s me way back in 1955, lol) I cut one of the corners off the Bond 25 Square doily and used some of the distress ink on that. I then cut a piece from the top left of the Summers Dance paper (to get the paper that was more of a red color) and then a smaller piece of the Summers Day 4” strip (so it was a bit darker green shade).

The Summer Bouquet paper is definitely made for fussy cutting! So I fussy cut three pieces of the flowers from the paper to lay around the photo. I then took one of the white gardenias and inked it with Fired Brick distress ink and laid that down over the fussy cut flowers along with two of the Lilac & Lavender paper roses.
To finish off the layout I used some green alphabet stickers from my stash and outlined them with a fine tip black sharpie. I know you’ll love working with these new papers just as I do, TFL!
Materials Used from Meg’s Garden
Paper - P6333 A Summer’s Day
            P6336 A Summer Bouquet
            P6337 A Summers Dance
Bond 25 Square White Doily
Lilac & Lavender papers roses
White Gardenia

Other Items Used
Pale green cardstock    
FabScraps Victoria Tree paper
Vintage Photo distress ink
Fire Bri8ck distress ink
Distress tool

For my next project I used the new “Ode to Summer’s Day” collection for this card. I thought that the image of the man and woman would be nice for a card that could be used at anytime of the year to give to someone you care about.

I cut the base for my card out of a pale green cardstock which, when folded in half would make a 5” x 7” card. I cut the bottom 5” x 7” out of the “Summer’s Dance” paper. What I love about these papers is there is the 4” x 12” strip of matching papers to the 12” x 12” sheet which is perfect for when your making cards, you don’t have to cut into that pretty 12” x 12” piece, you can save that for a layout or another project. So I cut out the image of the man & woman out of the 4” x 12” strip of paper, which would be 3” x 4”. Out of the 4” x 12” strip of a “Summer’s Day” I cut a piece 5½” x 1 ¾” and I then used  a piece of Green Toile paper that I had in my stash approximately 4 x 1 ½. I distressed and inked all of the papers and laid them out as shown in the photo. I added a strip of lace down the left side of the card and added one of the white Meadows flowers and used two of the Dusty Attic leaves in the top left corner.

Materials Used from Meg’s Garden
Ode to Summer’s Day
Buds of May P6335
A Summer’s Dance P6337
A Summer’s Day P6333
Flower – mead Meadows
Lace L2920
Leaves da810
Green Toile  P6295

Other Items Used
Mini alphabet letters
Green Alphabet stickers
Green rhinestones

Well I hope you like these projects and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition

So graphic 45 is having their 2013 Design Team call so I've decided to through my hat into the ring. I figure you don't know unless you try right and I so love Graphic 45's products! I seriously don't think Graphic 45 could come up with anything bad. Anyway these are the projects I'm entering in for consideration as a Design Team member. This tissue box I made using Graphic 45's "Songbird" collection.
 I love this "A Ladies Diary" collection, don't you? I knew it would be perfect for this photo of my friend and her Mom and older sister.
Some more Graphic 45 yummyness with the "Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe" papers mixed with some Bo Bunny papers.
 This is a photo of my Mum when she was 15 yrs old in 1936 in Bedale, England.
I love this layout of my grandson, I think he looks so serious and mature!
This layout I did for the Ultimate Design Challenge over at Swirlydoos, it helped me move on to the next level (week 4) in the challenge.
This layout is of my daughter, her friend is becoming a budding photographer so she always gets my daughter to model for her so she can add the photos to her portfolio.
This is a photo of my Dad, my daughter and my granddaughter taken a couple of years before my Dad passed away.
This was one of my Meg's Garden DT project.
My Tim Holtz configurations box.
Thanks for having a peek at my projects and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I make the top thirty!

Swirlydoos March Card Challenge

So this month for the Swirlydoos Card Challenge we have six teams! I am the first one for team 6 so I got to come up with the card that the others in our team will lift. So here are the twists for this months challenge:
#1. Create a, Peek -a - BOO/ Slide Out, element on your card.
#2. Use some sort of frame. (handcut - diecut - crafter's clay - resin - stamped)
#3. Everyone loved Miranda's Metal foil tape tutorial for the UDC, so I thought it would be nice to use that technique.

So amazingly enough I managed to get all three of the twists into my card!
 So I have a pull out tag that you can see at the top that you can write a little note on or add a photo, my butterfly is made with the foil tape and I used one of Pink Paislee's frames which I died with teal chalk ink.I liked doing all these twists so much I decided to do them for my son's birthday card!
So if you lift up on the tab on the Happy Birthday (which of course is made with foil tape) there is another message saying "Make today awesomely fabulous!", which would be my Peek-a-Boo element and my frame is another one of Pink Paislee's frames which I used some "Vintage Photo" distress ink on and laid it over my clock, which just happened to be almost the same time as my son was born! So tomorrow is the reveal date for week 2 so I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Pop on over to Swirlydoos and check out the "Challenge" forum. TFL!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Journal

I decided to finally try Drew's journal that I showed you a picture of last weekend. I didn't have the actual Prima Journal that Drew used but I decided that was okay because I wasn't sure how it would turn out and didn't want to mess up the journal so I picked this book up at the Dollar store. It had hard cardboard covers on the front and back but I decided to add a thicker piece of white mulberry paper that I had as it had so much texture to it. It also just has regular lined paper inside as I want this to be more of a journal to write in rather than an art journal.

I painted the mulberry  paper with gesso first. After that was dry I painted a thick coat of mod podge on the paper so I could use it as the glue base for most of my products I wanted to lay down. I laid down different pieces of lace on the cover, a piece down the left side of the journal and pieces along the bottom. I also used some  embroidery thread laid down in different areas and a piece of burlap on the top right side. I then painted another layer of mod podge over everything and allowed that to dry.

Once that was all dry I used three different glimmer mists on my journal Tattered Angels "Lily Pad" and "Tuscan Sun" and the other one is a small one ounce bottle of glimmer spray called Ditto that I picked up for a $1 at Michaels, it's a really pretty blue shade. I wish I'd picked up a whole bunch of them now, lol. 

When this was dry I laid down my Prima window frame and flowers, layering them slightly over each other running down the middle from the top left to the bottom right. I also added my chipboard letters to the cover.  When this was dry I then panted it with another layer of gesso over everything. After that was all dry I sprayed my glimmer mists again over everything. When that was all dry I dry brushed some white and black acrylic paint over different areas just to help show off the different textures. I just kept doing this layering of paint and glimmer mists until I got the look I wanted. Here are a couple of close ups.

Well I think it turned out not to bad for a first attempt. I'm really liking this working with different mediums so I'm going to have to stock up on some more of these goodies. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Live with Prima Winner!

Don't you hate it when you go to bed so tired but you can't fall asleep! I went to bed like 4  hours ago and I tossed & turned until I finally thought forget I'll just get up. Anyway I was so busy last night posting my layouts I totally forgot to tell you I was a winner on "Live with Prima" on Thursday night! I'll be stalking the mailman till my prize arrives, lol.

Drew was doing the broadcast on Thursday night and he was doing this awesome altered journal...
 Is this just not the coolest journal cover? I saw this a month or so ago on the internet and I printed it out cause I wanted to try doing one. I was so excited when I found out he was doing the class on Thursday. If you want to check it out you can go to Prima's Ustream channel here: Prima. You really should check out the video. Well I'm off to bed again to see if I can get to sleep this time, lol.

Friday, March 1, 2013

March already!

Okay I can not totally believe that it is March 1st already! So all three of the layouts below were made using the "Belle Chanson" Swirlydoos kit. Isn't is amazing at how versatile these kits are? Three layouts and they are all totally different but they are made using the same kit. I still have tons of goodies left from the kit to make more layouts or cards. The Swirlydoos Kits really are worth the money that you spend on them. Okay so that you can see what I mean, here are the three layouts......
This one above is a photo of my Mum when she was 15 yrs old taken in May of 1936. 

This next layout is a photo of my Dad, my daughter (his granddaughter) and my granddaughter (my sons daughter and my Dad's great granddaughter). My Dad passed away two years later, but he did get to meet his great-grandson one month before he passed away.
So this last layout, done using the same Swirlydoos kit, with a couple of items from my stash, and I think, it made a great masculine page. This is my son and his son and my nephew and his son. I really do hate to realize my son and nephew have little ones of their own - I'm sure I'm still only 29 yrs old! LOL, okay you can stop laughing now! So here's the last one I did...

 Isn't it amazing how all three of these layouts came from the same kit? Anyway I'd love to hear your comments on it! TFL and have a great weekend!