Thursday, March 31, 2011

Getting Sassy!

Family…the most precious treasure in life. This is one of my favorite photos from my childhood. I’m so thankful that someone took time to make sure a 4 generation photo was taken. Do you take generation photos? I have some of my oldest son with grands and greats within his first 5 years, and none with the second child until he was 14ish. Why don’t we take time to do that when we are together? I really need to make an effort to do it more often!

I just love the soft vintage feel of the Sassafras Lass Sweetly Smitten line. The colors and patterns may not be ideal for the photo, but they remind me of my grandmothers home therefore matching my memories perfectly!

I fussy cut some flowers from pattern paper. Gently bending the petals gave some dimension. I tucked a few small doilies and netting into the bouquet to add to the soft feel of the page.

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I'm so excited!!!! I want to send out a huge thank you to Nikki Sivils and her Design Team for selecting my card as the winner of the monthly challenge!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! You can find the announcement here on Nikki Sivils blog ! I'm so excited to play with my new goodie pack!!!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #154

It’s Monday, and time for my reveal at Nuts About Sketches. I opted to turn this weeks sketch to the side, making it more suitable for my choice of photos.

For added interest, I punched a Kraft boder and attached it to the center block. Using long pieces of foam tape, I adhered the center block to the background paper so the entire center block is raised off the background paper!

Sketch #154 I can’t wait to see your version! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sweet Sunday!

Are you enjoying your weekend? I’ve had a fabulous, fun, scrappy weekend full of laughter and late nights with a super friend!!! We live a few hours apart and getting our schedules to coordinate can make it tough to get together very often. This was an overdue, long awaited treat!!!

Today, I am sharing with you a card that I created for the challenge on Nikki Sivils blog. Going with the Love theme for the challenge, I hand cut some cute little cookies from the Sugar Cookie line. The addition of a cardboard heart dry brushed with a dab of my Ranger Distress paint for dimension and color. I machine stitched another heart overlapping the cardboard heart. A sprinkling of buttons and bling, and as well as a couple hearts adhered with pop dots makes for a fun card to let your friends know how sweet they are!

Tomorrow is another DT reveal at Nuts About Sketches. Here is a little sneak peek!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Flower fun!

As spring approaches, our surrounding blossom into newly refreshed life. It is much to cold and snowy here for flowers yet so I went to work having fun creating my own little indoor blossoms!

I added a little twist to my layers. Leaving the bottom layer straight still giving a nice clean feel. I applied a coat of Ranger Distress Rock Candy to a couple of the birdhouses, and Ranger Glossy Accents to the bird. I dry brushed a dab of Ranger Distress paint to my Jillibean Soup corrugated flowers. While the paint dried, I created a paper rosette to use as one flower center.

I adheared a button tied with a burlap string for the other flower center and attached to a denim flower cut from a pieces of hubby‘s pants. I love the added texture from the Jillibean Soup Bean Seed leaves!

My favorite flowers on here are some I created by using my Jillibean stamp and some burlap!! I put the button sticker onto a chipboard circle to give it more dimension.

I hand stitched around the Jillibean Soup Sprout. Again using my Ranger Rock Candy paint, I dry brushed a bit around the edges of the numbers. I created the charm by hand cutting a heart and adhering it to silver mirror cardstock.

I cut around the heart leaving a silver edge mimicking a metal frame. Once cut, I applied a heavy coat of Ranger glossy accents to mimic a glass cover. Using a pieces of craft wire, I formed a ring and tied a piece of Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks through and tied to the number three.

Another rosette flower.

I used pop dots through out the layout for dimension and added interest!

I hope you enjoyed wandering through my garden today!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!

After this long snowy winter, I’ve been holding up pretty well. Mother Nature teased us with a couple gorgeous beautiful 50 degree days and now I have a bad case of spring fever! What better way to brighten the indoors with a fun bright bouquet of flowers. Since the climate here isn’t suitable for flowers yet, I decided to create my own, including the watering can to display them in! I even brought in the bees! :-)

I saved the pattern for the watering can some time ago. I’d love to give credit where credit is due, but I honestly don’t remember.…I’ve since learned to write these things down! Please accept my appology.

Using my Doodlecharms and Walk in my Garden cartridges, I cut a variety of flower shapes with my Cricut Expression. Adhering multiple layers gave my flowers dimension.

How about a couple cute little bees for fun and whimsy! I stamped two images for each bee. I cut a long piece of craft wire and wrapped it around a pencil a few times to create the curls. After cutting out the image and preparing the wire, I applied a layer of adhesive to the bees and adhered them back to back, sandwiching the wire in-between.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Card Challenge!

Hello hello! I’m popping in today with a card for the Imaginisce Blog challenge.
I decided to have a bit of fun with the three strips in the sketch by embossing each of the strips and adding a mini punched border to each edge.

The addition of the jewels and pearls added to the soft femininity I was aiming for. I cut the flowers from pattern paper, curled the edges, and attached with pop dots for a bit of texture and dimension.

Have a super Saturday! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Fun!

It’s Friday!! Time for some fun!! These are some of my all-time favorite photos of my boys. You would think that at this age they could sit still for a photo shoot, but I’m glad they were themselves. I’m thrilled that the photographer caught it on camera! Their silliness made for a enjoyable day and amusing photos! I’ve been hoarding these photos for a couple years. When I saw the cute little monsters from Jillibean Soup, I instantly thought of these photos!

I fussy cut the monsters from the pattern paper and tucked them here and there peeking out , being silly just like my boys!

To create the calendar, I stamped onto cork and cut around the image. I also ran a strip of cork through my border punch to create the scallop border under the photos.

I used pop dots to add dimension and interest when adhering the title as well as embellishments.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A warm Wednesday!

Another layout today! A little something just for fun!

I love this photo of my son and his girlfriend taken a couple weeks before he left for Japan. I combined the black and white photo with softer colors to let the photo stand out and speak for itself!

I created the embossed butterfly with a Stampin'Up die. I chose white for the flourish feeing subtle would be better.

A hand cut heart and hand "grown" flowers to finish it off!

Girls Paperie, Basic Grey, Sassafrass, Bazzill, Maya Road, Kaiser Craft, Rob & Bob, Martha Stewart, Coreditantions, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, Stampin’Up, Ranger Distress Paints, the Twinery

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Nuts About Sketches Reveal

I’m so excited!! Today is my first reveal for Nuts About Sketches!!

Jillibean Soup- pattern paper; cardboard letters, stickers, bean stalks, stamp, spots; buttons- Basic Grey, vintage; Sassafrass-flowers; Making Memories-tag; Ranger - Distress Inks, Distress Paints, Stickles; Stampin’ Up marker; other- denim, burlap, cardboard, stitching

I haven’t done much distressing lately and decided a farm layout was the perfect place to bring it back in! I created the flower background using my Ranger Distress Inks, and a Jillibean Soup Stamp.

You know I have to add texture and dimension! To create the “farm” I cut around the farm scene, from a second farm scene, I fussy cut the barn, tractor/trailer, and hens. What's a farm without trees? I attached all the pieces with pop dots. Notice the open barn doors?! Using a scrap of cardboard, I dry brushed the edges with Ranger Distress Paints for the land.

The denim flowers were cut from a pair of Hubby’s old pants!

How about a little burlap edging.

Don’t you just love the look of wonder on my great-nieces face! This layout will be added to her book, therefore I left the journaling block for her mom to record memories.

I would love to see your version of the sketch! Click Here to go to Nut About Sketches

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