Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inspirational #147 ~ Repeat Yourself

     This old photo of my grandparents is really special to me, so I made this page for my Aunt, who has sacrificed so much of her time and money to care for my sick grandfather in her home. My grandma passed away when I was twelve, and I know she's just been waiting for him. My Aunt looks so much like my grandma in this photo! This is my example for Inpsirational #147, which  I'm hosting this week, and want to see any stamped image at least three times.

     I started this page with some kraft cardstock, which I misted in various colors. Then I stamped Aged Ornaments  onto different colors of tissue paper, and fussy cut them all out. The black scroll reminds me of the black iron gate they had around their house, so I used it eight times,even though I covered one of them up with my flowers. Then I decoupaged them along the right, using the zigzag stitch from Running Stitches in between the scroll work, which I embossed in black.

     To make the sheet music, I used the Vintage Background stamp six times on each sheet of white cardstock, which I inked with Distress Inks to give it an aged look. The only stamp that I used once, is the sentiment on the top left, using Fanciful Vintage. You can get all of these awesome stamps for a great deal at Red Rubber Designs

     Most of my inspiration came from this beautiful mood board, used for this month's challenge @ Scrap Around the World.

     The colors remind me of my grandma's garden, as she loved working in her garden, and always had flowers in bloom. Obviously I used the sheet music, and the lace, which I misted with some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays. I was also inspired by the window, which is in my photo, and the base of my design with the stamp work. My grandma made the doily behind the large pink flower, so I had to include it, along with the pink button that once belonged to her.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Basic Grey Highline Card ~ FotoBella DT

     Bring a cheerful hello someone's way with this fun and easy card that I made using Basic Grey's Highline I want it all bundle from FotoBella.

     Please click on the FotoBella Blog for step-by-step directions on making this card! Thank you!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lake Mist Flower Tutorial for Inspirational #146

     Happy Thursday! This week Lynda's hosting at Red Rubber Inspirationals with Inspirational #146 ~ Stitch me up. Here's the example that I made using stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     I was instantly inspired by this month's beautiful sketch #38 @ Scrap Africa! I was so happy to discover them last month, even though I was too late to enter their sketch challenge.

     Bo Bunny's (Trail Mix) paper was the perfect background to cut into squares, and goes so well with this photo of my son! I stamped Running Stitches around the squares and to create journaling lines.

     The title was stamped with the Alpha Grunge set onto some light blue cardstock. Then I inked the bottoms of the letters with a darker blue, and applied Stickles over them in two shades of blue (Waterfall and Distress Faded Jeans). I also used the Distress Faded Jeans Stickles over the flourish that I cut with my Cricut Expression (Home Decor cartridge), and over the dark blue flower that I made using my Seashell Cheesecloth Flower Tutorial

     The other flowers were made using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge for the Cricut Expression. For this example I made the flower on the right using kraft cardstock, cutting two flowers (using the shift lock button) each at 2", 1 1/2", and 1".

     Then I lightly misted some Glimmer Mists (Jack Frost and Slate) onto some wax paper, and dipped my flowers onto the mists. I scrunched them a little from the middle and opened them up, except for one of the smaller flowers, which I left closed for the center bud, opening just two of the petals. 

     The holes in the center make it easy to layer and glue starting with the larger flowers on the bottom and finishing with the center bud. The lighter blue flower was made with the same mists, but cut from white cardstock. 

     These flowers were really fun and easy to make! I hope you give them a try! 

Basic Grey Highline ~ FotoBella DT

     Basic Grey's Highline I want it all bundle, from FotoBella is so fun and colorful! It's exactly what I've been saving this 20 year old photo for, of the Betsey Johnson store in San Francisco. I included her business card on the top of the page.

     I started by using some gesso under the banner that I made out of  Vellum Tape and Printed Chipboard Shapes.  On the ends I used the larger brads that come in the Mixed Brads package, and used some of the medium ones as centers for the other flowers. The flowers were cut from black cardstock with my Cricut Expression, using the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, and backed with some of the papers from the 12 x 12 Collection Pack. For the smaller flower centers, I used some silver studs out of my own stash. I also used some floral die cuts from the Die Cuts and Transparencies.

      The splotches and drips were masked with some inks.I used white paint on the Chalkboard Wood Tags , and then rubbed them with a little chalk. On the top of the heart I used some more of the vellum tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sketchabilities and Tresors de Luxe

     I took a little break from design team work to do something of my own. It felt good to use up some older Bo Bunny (Forever Fall) papers on this layout that I made using one of my son's 5th grade school photos.

     My inspiration came from this awesome sketch #126 at Sketchabilities

     I also got plenty of inspiration from this beautiful mood board used for the first Tresors de Luxe Challenge on Facebook!

       To make the drips I used a mix of sprays. Then I used an old stitch stamp in black to go over the drips. The final touch was some yellow gesso, which I applied to a Tim Holtz stencil (Dot Fade).


     I also used a stencil to mask the notebook paper along the left side of the photo. The flower I've had forever, along with the leaf stamp that's coming from it.

Thanks for looking!