Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Beginnings

I was honored when this layout was chosen LOTW at Swirlydoos!  It is my stepson and his bride on the day of their marriage.  This photo was taken as they were doing a shell toss into the Atlantic.  I love the looks on their faces and the way that everyone seems to be looking out. 

This LO was done with Pink Paislee's House of 3 resist paper.  Fun, fun stuff!  I inked the paper and in so doing brought out the background flora images which are coated and therefore do not absorb the ink thur revealing the designs in the paper.

My Dad

This is one of my favorite layouts that I've done lately.  I think its because I love the picture so much.   For me, it really the essence of Dad, a big grin and laugh.  I can be seriously silly sometimes and I know I got that trait from him.

Most of the papers I used are from G45, A Proper Gentleman.  The silver paper behind the photo is Coredinations embossed with a Cuttlebug argyle folder and then inked with silver ink.  The heart is an image from Printmaster graphics program that I printed, cutout, and coated with Glossy Accents.

I made the tag using a technique found in the Composite of Compendiums book.  I stamped some ink on my craft sheet, sprayed with water and then dragged the
tag through the ink.  The two circle stamps are Tattered Angels Traveler stamps and the Smiles and Laughter stamp is Stampology.  The Metal clock face is a Tim Holtz piece.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

First Denali LO for 2010

Ah, it's nice to be done with the gifts and doing something for me now!  Here's my first LO from our summer at Denali National Park. 

Journal says "
We saw this sow and her two cubs frequently during our 6-week stay at Denali.  On this day, the cubs were following Mom on the road when all of sudden the dark brown cub turns around to approach his sibling, hauls back his paw and smacks the other cub “upside the head”.  Notice the angry look on his face in the bottom photo.  I have no idea what provoked the smack, but it was classic sibling rivalry!"

Used Basic Grey Capella papers that I received in my awesome July Swirlydoos kit.  The chipboard is old, Fancy Pants I think.  I covered it with bronze UTEE and then added  TH walnut distress embossing pwdr to give it a worn look.  That's a Tattered Angels Glimmer Chip in the left top corner.  I made the biggest mess doing this.  I currently have embossing powder all over everything!!  I got a Zutter Distress it All recently and used that for all the ragged edges.  I really like that tool, takes the work out of distressing edges for sure.  I did discover something, it's made for right handed people!  LOL, I finally figured out that I need to turn my paper around 'cause it always seemed like the back of the page had the proper distressed look rather than the front.  Duh....the trials and tribulations of being a lefty.  Well at least I'm in my "right" mind, ;-)!!  TFL!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Swirlydoos kit - La Chienne

Here's a LO I did using the November kit from Swirlydoos.  It is a really awesome kit featuring Pink Paislee's House of Three Parisian Anthology resist paper.  This paper is just awesome as it is white with lots of resist designs on it.   So you get out your inks and mists and make the paper whatever color you want.  This is Nika, our 7 month old standard poodle.  She is such a love!  She and Chena adore each other and are constantly either playing, eating, or sleeping together.

Monday, November 1, 2010


it's been forever since I've updated my blog. shame on me!  All the projects I've done lately are gifts so I don't want to show them off!  Dear dear!

I did join the Swirlydoos kit club back in May and have to say that that was a good move on my part.  The kits are SO SO awesome and such a good buy.  Each kit is packed with the latest and greatest in products.  And visit the forum and gallery for plenty of ideas and tuts on how to do "stuff".  Love it!!  Click HERE to go to Swirlydoos. 


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