Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Life Preservers April Alternate Kit

Wohoo! I finally found time to play with the April Alternate Kit from Life Preservers. I must say what a pleasure it has been. These fun, masculine papers from Scrap Within Reach have been such a treat!

Thinking the colors are perfect for black and white photos, I dug out some old photos of my dad. The sticker letters were to large for the area that I wished to contain my title, so I cut the excess off around the letters to make them fit.

Using the cricut, I cut the leaves from the gold cardstock in the kit. I used Ranger distress inks for shading, then added some stickles for a bit of splash (brown is from kit, green is from my stash)

I covered the chipboard clock with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint. Using Metallic Silver Distress Crackle paint, I covered the key chipboard. After the paint dried, I rubbed it with Walnut Distress ink for an antiqued look.

Non kit items:
Stickles (purchased in Life Preservers online store); Opaline Pearls; Prima Say it in Crystals; Chipboard;
Clock; Rock Candy Distress Paint; Chipboard key; Metallic Distress paint; MM Vintage Findings; Staples; Stitching; ribbon

Next, I dug out the first photo ever taken of our farm. My husbands grandfather purchased the farm in 1946, later selling it to my father-in-law, and now my husband has acquired it. Being it has been a dairy farm for all these years, I just had to add some of the dairy chipboard buttons from Jenny Bowlin!!

Again, I cut the letters to fit in my Title area.

Non kit items:
Prima flower spray (from previous LP kit); Jenny Bowlin chipboard buttons (previous LP kit); buttons; 7 gypsies ticket (from previous LP kit); thickers; floss; distress ink; stitching; MM Vintage Findings; black cardstock; mesh

Last but not least, I created this little tag book for my purse. While shopping, I can never remember which colors of distress ink, distress paints, mists, stickles, ect that I have previously purchased. I also added sample colors of each product I own for matching papers, ribbon, ect. Of course I added several blank sheets at the back of the book for future purchases!!

I cut the tags using the School Plantin cricut cartridge. I used white cardstock in order to get a true feel of the colors.

Non kit items:
White cardstock; sticker

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 19, 2010

More October Afternoon goodies!

I’m here! I’m here!!

A couple weeks ago, I started this project using the October Afternoon goodies in the Alternate Kit from Life Preservers. I finally got a chance to work on it again.

I perused the local thrift shop and found this old book for 50 cents! I loved the theme of the cover and thought it would be perfect for a mini I wanted to do using my school photos.

After removing the pages from the book, I used my Crop-O-dile, to punch holes.

Here are some of the pages. I am missing photos from a few years. I will add more pages as I aquire those photos.

a close up of a few of the techniques I used.

non kit items used: cork stickers, metal charm, letter pebbles, acrylic letters, trim, lable holder, punches, marker, Distress Ink, stitching, Distress paints, cardboard, stickles, chipboard, gemstones, pearls, felt, burlap, buttons, staples, badges, tab, coffee cup coaster, floss, grunge paper, rubons

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

March Alternate Kit from Life Preservers

Did you all have a wonderful Easter?! Ours was fab-U-lous! Our son has been overseas for nearly two years. He arrived back in the states last week, and we were able to pick him up at the bus station Easter morning! Coincidence that he arrives on the day of resurrection, the time when we are reminded of Gods love, grace, and forgiveness?! I think not! The lord has shown me all along that this was the path the he had chosen for Brett. Once again, I believe Gods timing is perfect!

As you can imagine, I’ve been a bit preoccupied! However, I did squeeze in a bit of scrappy time! With my scrappylicious new March Kit from LP sitting on my desk, well I just couldn’t resist!! This Kit it is stuffed with marvelous papers and goodies from October Afternoon! I just love OA! *swoon* I was able to put together a couple layouts so far. I have photos printed and papers cut for a little project, hopefully I can get it put together by the end of the week!

I just love this photo!! This photo of my great-grandmother was taken for the paper commemorating her 40+ years of service as the school cook. She insisted that she make homemade bread for the entire student body. The school never bought a loaf of bread until after her retirement….now that is an incredible commitment in my book!! I’ve not yet added journaling, as I want to make sure I get dates and more details before I do!

I created the flour sack by cutting my sack shape out of cardboard, then gluing burlap to the cardboard. Once the glue was dry, I trimmed the burlap around the cardboard.

The bowl was created from a Caribou Coffee Sleeve.

The oven mitt was hand cut from felt.

For the title, I put Crackle Accents over the sticker letters. Once the Crackle Accents had dried, I rubbed Walnut Distress Ink over the cracks to give more of an aged look.

non kit items: distress ink, Crackle Accents, burlap, coffee sleeve, felt, marker, black pattern paper (from previous kit), Cuttlebug embossing folder, Stampin' Up border punch, EK Success border punch, stitching

I just love the blue/green combo of these papers! Using my Cuttlebug, I embossed the green cardstock to add more texture rather than adding more embellishments. The clock is cut from one of the OA Wildcards. The little guy is a chipboard shape from Maya Road. I covered it with burlap using the same technique as the flour bag on the layout above.

non kit items:Distress Ink, Maya Road chipboard boy, burlap, felt, button, Cuttlebug embossing folder, transparency, marker, Creative Memories corner rounder, Crop-A-Dile II (punch holes in scallops)

thanks for stopping!!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

ScrapFit Challenge #17

Time for another ScrapFit challenge!

Challenge #17
Create with an egg shape…work your magic on an altered egg, egg shaped card, or wherever your imagination takes you!!

After a few attempts with a papier-mâché egg, I gave in. It just was not going in the direction I had intended. So, I went with an egg shaped card.

Our sponsor, Jillibean Soup, and donated an awesome prize package!! I can’t wait to see your interpretation!!