Thursday, June 12, 2014

BAP with the June Swirlydoos kit of the month, Rose Bouquet

Rose Bouquet is a gorgeous kit full of shabby chic papers and embellishments; just perfect for the style we all love so much! Here's the layout that I'm going to share with you today. All the papers and embellishments came from the main kit. Let's get started!

1. If you've never tried this technique, be sure to give a go. It takes a lot of the "pain" out of fussy cutting! Take the floral and green striped paper, Anecdote, and with a paintbrush paint a line of water around the floral design. Then tear along the damp line. There you have it, "fussy cutting" and distressing all at the same time. Ink the edges if you desire. I used Distress Bundled Sage and Mix'd Media Inx Peaches. As you can see I use a pair of tweezers to hold the paper down as I gently tear along the water line thatI've painted on.

2. Using the same floral striped paper, Anecdote, cut a piece about 7.5" wide leaving the bottom ragged from where you tore out the flowers. Tear strips off all around about 1/4". Use a white paint dabber and dab around the edges.

3. Now find the coral colored Ruby Rock-it Heritage Old News paper and cut a piece 8.5 x 10.25". Punch all the edges with any punch, I used Martha Stewarts swirling lace and then distress the edges. Use the white paint dabber on the edges.

4. Now take the small rose print Kaisercraft paper, Confession, and tear about 1/4" off all the edges. I used Picket Fence Distress Stain over much of the paper to give it a slightly faded look. Dampen the torn edges and scrunch.
5. Cut out a 10" square from the KC pale coral paper, Reminisce, and set aside to use on another project. Distress the edges of the 12 x 12 frame and ink.

6. Time to assemble! Center and glue the rose print paper on top of the pale coral frame.
7. Adhere the Ruby Rock-it coral sheet centering from side to side on top of the small rose print.
8. Adhere the mint striped paper on top the Ruby Rock-it paper making sure that the punching shows on the top and sides. 

9. We will pop up the floral strip from Anecdote with foam tape but for me only at the top as I am fitting journaling under the florals. Attach the floral strip 6" from the top of the page.

10. Glue lace on either side of the photo placement.

11. Now use the large Shabby Chic Treasures frame from the kit to frame your photo. Attach frame and photo just over the floral strip between the lace.
12. Double up the vine thread and glue on top of the lace.

13. Take two of the Prima Wood Embellishment keys and emboss with the Lindy's Geranium Coral Blush embossing powder. I have hidden journaling folded in the coral paper under the flowers. You can add this as journaling or as a decorative element. Glue the keys just below the photo along with one of the Prima wooden embellishment pointing hands as shown.

14. At this point you are ready to embellish. Place the flowers underneath the photo and add a large leaf on either side. I made 6 rolled roses from the left over Ruby Rock-it Heritage Old News coral color paper. Add some flowers to the top of the layout, tuck in more of the ivy vine thread and one of the Prima wooden clock embellies. 

That's it! Be sure to ask any questions you might have.

The photo is of my grandparents and all of their children, my aunts and uncles. Lots of journaling under the journal flap. Here it is if you are interested.

I have so many fond memories of times spent at my Grandparents house. We were a big family and it was so fun having so many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Aunt Elsie didn’t have any children and so she, in particular, really doted on us. Her husband, who we called either Uncle Alex or Uncle Everett, would bring us silver dollars or 2-dollar bills and of course, we loved that!

Papa Greene had a country store and in the summers, we would play kick-the-can or hide and seek down by the store with the other children who came to the store with their folks. The store was a meeting place and you’d always find someone there sitting on the bench dipping snuff and talking about their crops. 

Papa Greene was such a fun grandpa, he really loved his grandchildren. When we’d leave from a visit, he’d give each of us a small brown paper sack filled with penny candies. He was never too busy for us.

Mama Greene loved us too but she was always busy. In the summers, she cooked all the time as she made dinner (which is lunch to most of us) for the tobacco hands. I remember the help coming in from the fields so well. There was a big dipper out by the well; they’d all go there and have a big drink of water. Then on the porch, she had several wash pans set out, one to wash the tobacco gum off their hands and another for rinsing. Now they were ready for dinner! Dinner was usually lots of fresh vegetables from the garden and cornbread. She always had snaps – those are green beans that she always cross cut after cooking so that they pieces were about a half inch in size. My favorite dish was Grandma’s potatoes, which were chunks of potato in a cream sauce that she made from the cooking broth and butter. They were so good and I make them now but they aren’t as good as Mama Greene’s. There might have been a little pork but usually there wasn’t much meat. Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and she always had one.

Before we ate, she always announced what was for dinner. I can still hear her in my head, “Now there’s Irish potatoes, snaps…”. For years, I thought she was saying ash potatoes! She was distinguishing between Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes.

When she wasn’t cooking, she was working in the garden or canning and freezing for the rest of the year. There was always something from the garden that needed to be shelled. Sometimes we’d sit outside under a big shade tree and shell field peas and butter beans. 

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