Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Color Room #116

I was so happy to play in the Color Room again, since it's been such a long time! I loved this weeks color  palette, and used a photo that I took at the Monterey Aquarium of some sand dollars. I've also been missing the beach and the smell of the ocean!
Here's the color palette.
I was even inspired by the sketch, even though I took it in a different direction. I started by inking the background to look like water using distress inks.Then I cut the sand dollars using my Cricut, (Life's a beach cartridge using the border function) and applied gesso to create texture. I misted it and used distress inks with my blending tool, before adding rock candy distress stickles. It was a process, but well worth it in the end.
Here's a close-up of the beads I scattered along the bottom.I also used the Prima packaging that the white flowers came in, to make the doily peaking out under the photo.
Thanks again for stopping by!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunburst Flower Tutorial

After all these masculine pages I've been doing lately I wanted to do something really fun and colorful, and what better papers than Bo Bunny's Flower Child, which I still have so much of. So I made this page of my son for a couple of challenges.
1. Here comes the sun at Scrapbook.comWe had to use a sun and use stitching for a twist. I cut my sun out with my Cricut, (Life's a beach cartridge) and then misted it with blue Glimmer Mist (Jack Frost). I stitched a little on the striped paper in the back, and the 2 spirals, which I did in two colors.
2.June Walking on Sunshine at Flying Unicorn where we had to use blue, yellow, and green. 
I inked the edges of the background paper with some distress inks, and used a lot of water distressing everywhere, including the flowers, which I made myself. 
Here's a close-up of the journaling and stitching.
Here's a close-up of the flower we'll be making.

2 different contrasting colors of cardstock and yellow for the center. For this flower I used blue and red. 
Cricut (Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge)
brown ink
Brad for the center

The first step is to cut out your flowers using the Cricut Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge. Cut 3 red and 3 blue using flower #34 at 2', 2 1/2", and 3". Cut your yellow flower (or sun) #17 at 1 1/2".
For all the red and blue flowers I used water distressing, by dipping the whole flower into water, and then shaping the petals up while pinching the ends. Make sure you're using good sturdy cardstock, otherwise the flowers might tear. Then give it a good blast with the heat gun to dry them.
Now just layer and glue together alternating your colors starting with the 3" flowers on the bottom.
For the centers just ink your flower with brown ink, and use the same water distressing technique by dipping it in water and shaping it up. I didn't pinch the edges though like I did with the other flowers. 
Now just glue the center to the flower, and insert a brad or button, and you have a sunburst flower! Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

4 Generations

I was finally able to give this belated Father's Day gift to my dad today.  He loved it, and even gave me the photo a month ago. I got the oh so subtle hint, and made him this page out of  Bo Bunny's Weekend Market. It's such a great line for masculine pages! This is a photo of my dad,with  his dad, his grandfather, and his son (my brother Bryan). I know it's always been a favorite photo of his, and I was even able to include my Great Grandmother's buttons on here, which I inherited a few years ago.I altered the chipboard frame and number 4 to look like leather, by gluing tissue paper onto them, and inking with various distress inks.
Here's some close-ups of the buttons! 

TFL! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm a chef @ PMB

Woohoo!!! I'm now part of the design team for the Paper Mixing Bowl! It's a fairly new site, but so much fun! I love cooking up recipes for them, and will have the July recipe up on my blog on the 1st. I look forward to getting to know the rest of the team. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Hello! I just wanted to say Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, especially my own! It was good seeing my dad yesterday! I made this card for my husband!We're going to enjoy the day out by the pool! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Paper Mixing Bowl June Recipe Challenge

Have you ever had a creative dream? I hadn't had one in a very long time, until a few days ago when I woke up with this image in my head. I knew the exact photos I wanted to scrap, of my darling husband, the title, colors, and all the smoke, which I created by using a make-up sponge and white ink.
I just LOVE scrap cooking at the The Paper Mixing Bowl, and made this using the June Recipe for Shish Kebabs! I started by flipping the sketch.
The main ingredient is charcoal briquettes, which was the whole inspiration for this page. 

I used all of the utensils except for the twine.
*Metal elements-My husband brought home all the washers from work. I recycled some soda can tabs to make the banner.
*brads/eyelets-I used 4 large eyelets on the corners of the matting behind my photos.
*paper with script-I stamped BBQ all over my journaling tag.
*tape-I used black electrical tape on the corners under the eyelets.
*brackets-I used some picture hangers for brackets in my title.

The directions I followed were to journal about a special man in my life,(my honey).I also used hidden journaling, tucking my tag behind the photos. I masked a hamburger onto the top right corner. 

I stitched silver lines on the bottom to mimic the grill. I made the flag/tag title for a challenge at Flying Unicorn.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Sweetest Chill

I let my dark side out for this page I created  for the Chipboard Craze Challenge at Flying Unicorn. I started by misting and inking the background onto white cardstock. I embossed the fence. The Dusty Attic rose chipboard was painted before adding gesso to it. I also used gesso around the black cardstock matting the photo, which I found on-line. The roses were made using Gabrielle Pollaco's rose tutorial. I just added some diamond dust to them.
This was based off of this beautiful sketch that my friend Amy made for Scrap That.
Here's a close-up of the lyrics from Siouxsie and the Banshees before I started to roll them up. 
And after I rolled it.
A close-up of the chipboard. 

Friday, June 1, 2012


I let out a lot of pent up emotions while scrapping this photo of my Grandpa. His health isn't  so good, and I've been trying to ignore it for a long time now. His birthday is in a few days, and even though I can't be there with all my family, I want them ALL to know how much I love and miss them!
This is my example for the June Sewing challenge that I host at with the twist to use a cross stitch. It's also my entry for the circle challenge going on there. I used Bo Bunny's (Weekend Market) for the pp's. I did a lot of masking and misting on here, using distress ink pads and Glimmer Mists.It felt good to finally use one my Heidi Swapp Bingo cards. It was definitely made from the heart!
A close-up of the stitching.
Another close-up.
Thanks for looking! Have a good weekend!