Monday, April 20, 2015

I've joined Createive Embellishments design team!

I am so excited to tell you that I've joined the wonderful folks at Creative Embellishments!  They have the best laser cut chipboard and wooden products. Thank you Nicolle for inviting me to join your great team!!  I'll be sharing my first project with you on May 1st!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Graphic 45 Round 2 Design Team Audition!

Can you just imagine how excited I was to see my name on the list of semi-finalists?  Oh yeah, I did the happy dance all over the house!  After calming down a bit, I set about making 4 new projects just for Round 2.

Here is my audition video in which I am sharing 4 special projects with you.

 First I created a cookbook using the newly released Graphic 45 Mixed Media album and Home Sweet Home.  It is filled with my favorite recipes and has room to add many more recipes.

I have a video tutorial for the hollyhock flowers you see there on the cover.

My second project is a layout using my very favorite Graphic 45 collection, Raining Cats and Dogs.  I've layered lots of fussy cut elements on this layout.

Here you can see how I've popped up the many fussy cut elements with foam tape.

My third and fourth projects are tags.  I really love to make tags, they are such fun little works of art.  

This tag was done with the Deluxe Collector's Edition of Times Nouveau.

  If you'd like to make this tag, I have a Snapguide tutorial on it.

My tags often have beads on them, I think they are so fun! I used some G45 Washi tape down the center of this tag along with some dots masking on the base layer.

My last project is the tag done with the fabulous Typography collection.  Typography is just the best for tag and card making with its great quotes and images.

You can see how the layers are popped up with foam in this photo.

I made the sunflower vine you see here and below is a video tutorial for making this vine.

Thank you so much for taking the time to view my video and for all the words of encouragement many of you left on my first audition post.  I sincerely appreciate it so much!

Best of luck to the other 24 candidates.  You are all so talented and awe inspiring!  

Fabscraps layout for the Swirlydoos Round Robin!

 This month we have a fun twist on our Round Robin!  We've divided into teams and each team has a photo to scrap.  So my team photo is, what else, but a puppy!  Love this little guy.  I've used Fabscraps Elegant Chic papers from the Swirlydoos Kit Club March kit to scrap this.

The large dark flower is from the flower add on, the others are from my stash.  I used mist from the mediums kit to color some pink flowers from my stash gray to go with the papers.

 The cluster on the top left is a vine I made with the wired leaves and Petaloo minis that came in the flower addon kit. Then I filled in the vine with the large flowers and small roses from my stash. I used the mist that came in the mediums add on to dye the midsize flowers on the page.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work, I really appreciate it!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Heritage layout with G45 Communique

I love G45's Communique collection for vintage masculine layouts.  For me, the papers really lend themselves to this style of scrapping.  This is my husband's father who flew weather reconnaissance flights out of England over Europe during WW II.  I really love this photo, it's such a treasure.  Unfortunately, Warren was killed during the Korean War when my husband was only 4 years old.

The flourish chipboard piece I have used under the photo is from Creative Embellishments, I love this piece!  I've heat embossed it with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel and added a metal heart with wings in the center.  The two flowers are also metal and I added a little gold embossing powder to those also.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hollyhock video tute and Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home collection.

This is my favorite time of the year and after the long hard winter that the east coast has experienced, I know everyone is ready for spring!  I'm thinking about my garden that I've already started planting.  My sweet husband rototilled the soil,and laid out my rows for me.  I planted potatos a couple of weeks ago and they are just starting to sprout. I had intended to plant lettuce and spinach a week ago but then we had a lot of rain and cold wather again, so, I opted to stay inside! Next week the fun begins with planting green beans followed by southern peas, tomatoes, squash, peppers and cucumbers.  Everything will be planted by the 1st of May.  Then the hard work begins, weeding!!

I've been working with Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home collection which really has me thinking about my garden.  Here I am in my very best garden fashion, LOL.  I really need to alter my hat but check out my boots.  They have the cutest little yellow daisies all over them.  This picture is a couple of years old and those boots are shot so I have a brand new pair for this season.  Stay tuned for a picture of them because they are so shabby chic!!

I made the hollyhocks on this layout to match the papers.  They are easy to make and I did a video tute on how to make these hollyhocks.  Please, check it out and give them a try.

I like to use foam tape to pop up my layers as you can see in this close up.

 On the left is a jar of spiced applesauce and on the right sweet spicy pickles that I made.   I grow lots of cucumbers in my garden for making pickles.  We don't have an apple tree but we make a trip to the NC mountains every fall and buy apples at a great orchard there.   I love to gift my homemade goodies to friends and so I like to keep a few jars around that have been "gussied up".  I just used left over strips Home Sweet Home paper to go around them and cut a circle for the tops.  Then I tied with a bow and tucked in a pocket and tag.  I think they're so cute and yummy looking!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I sure hope spring is landing where you live!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Button Box - Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

 I call this my button box because I have placed my Graphic 45 pin-on button to the front of it.  (Thank you Krissy and Rae for getting this for me while you were at CHA!)  I really love these buttons that G45 has but rather than just having them hang around, I like to make them a part of a project.

This is a G45 Staples Book box that I've covered using the Home Sweet Home collection.   I seldom work with mixed medias when I'm working with G45 papers as I can't bear to cover the gorgeous images and patterns but today I thought I'd try my hand at it and I actually like the result.  I used a couple of masks and white modeling paste as well as acrylic paints.  After all that was dry I painted the entire box inside and out with matte medium to protect the paper as I do plan to use this box to hold my G45 metal embellishments.

The large G45 button is, of course, the centerpiece of my embellishments!  I fussy cut some flowers and added 3D flowers as well.  When I add fussy cut elements to something like this that is going to be subjected to wear and tear, I coat the pieces with something like Glossy Accents to give the paper strength. There is a G45 Ornate Metal Label  Holder peeking out at the bottom from underneath the red flower.

I stickled up the flowers and foliage and it looks really nice but unfortunately, the camera doesn't  pick that effect up very well.

Inside the box I sprayed some white linen Dylusions in keeping with the shabby messed up look.

I am loving these book boxes, they are just the right size for fun little projects and they are useful too.

This is another G45 button box that I made last year.  This one is a G45 Staples shadow box and has 3 different G45 buttons in it.  It's just a fun piece of decor for my scrap room.

The predominant paper that I used for this was Couture but there are bits and piceces of Curtain Call, Typography, A Proper Gentleman, and Ladies Diary.

Thank you for visiting me today, I appreciate it so much!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Graphic 45 Place in Time card.

I know, I have been scrapping like a crazy girl lately!  And loving every minute of it I must say!  We are going to be traveling a bit in April so I probably won't have as much scrappy time next month.  AND gardening season starts in earnest mid April so I know I'll be busy outdoors too.

So I thought I'd get ahead of the game and make a card for my Mom.  She loves it so much when I hand make her a card.  You know its not all the different from when I was a little girl giving my Mom little handmade things, LOL!!

I used papers from Graphic 45's earlier calendar collection, Place in Time, for this one.  I believe the card itself is the back of the March cut apart page.  The ivy spray is from Creative Embellishments and I've painted it with Art Anthology sorbet.  I guess we could call this a use your stash card because that is an old Prima bloom too.  I've been working on getting my stash under control, ha!  Wish me luck on that.

Yay its the weekend, enjoy!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

One more with G45 Artisan Style

The title of Graphic 45's new collection, Artisan Style, is inspiring me!  It has me rummaging through photos looking for interesting architecture to go with these gorgeous papers!

This is an old cabin along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mabry Mill built in 1869.  Love the spinning wheel and skeins of yarn hanging behind it.  We visited there in the fall of 2012.  The leaves were just starting to turn and it was such a pretty fall day.  The main attraction is Mabry Mill which is a beautiful old grist mill.  I shall have to dig that photo out, it's so scrap worthy!!

The circle frame is Creative Embellishment's Twiggy Frame with Fall Leaves.  I used Distress Walnut Stain embossing powder on the frame itself.  The fall leaves are painted with Silks.

I used some circle chippies from Creative Embellishments and dabbed them with Lindy's Golden Lump o'Coal.

Combination of Prima and Wild Orchid flowers.

You can see the rough finish that the Distress embossing powder gives the "twigs", perfect for imitating bark.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Marion Smith Designs Romance Novel II

I loved the Romance Novel collection so much, it's definitely up there as one of my favorite paper collections.  What could be better?  Romance Novel II of course!!  I love the bold splashes of color along with the vintage styled papers.

This is such happy paper to me!!  I love the pinks and teal greens against the aged parchments and black, its sooooo pretty and perfect for scrapping this vintage photo of my Mom.

The words are also from Creative Embellishments and they are embossed with black embossing powder over gold embossing powder.

 I used a Creative Embellishment Viney Flourish frame that I've heat embossed with Stampendous shabby green embossing enamel.

Thanks for visiting!  I do appreciate it so much.


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