Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ready for some eye candy?

I have been a naughty girl and haven't up dated my blog with recent Layouts for TOO long! I hope what I have to show you will make up for it!

Puppy Love

I've really been enjoying scrapping these photo's of myself as a young child! I did this layout for Feb Scrap your Stash challenge at LIITD.
Now that I have been scrapbooking for 1 1/2 yrs, I actually have a stash to use up! First off, I used a sketch made by Irene Tan, aka, Scrapperlicious . This woman has amazing talent! If you don't know of her and are not familiar with her work, please click on her name and find out what you have been missing!

I used a mixture of different designers' papers. Basic Grey, Fancy Pants, My Mind's Eye. Its fun to see what you can all make go together and look good.
The Cartridges I used with my Gypsy/Cricut, are Gypsy Wanderings,to cut out the flower and its shadow, Plantin SchoolBook,for the word puppy and Ashlyn's Alphabet for the word love.

I was very excited to finally get my Martha Steward *Punch around the page* Loopy! I used it on the bottom of the flowered square. I also used my MS border punch Doily Lace and MS Arches to make the 2 strips of faux crisscross stitching.
The swirly vine is from Niklindesigns1225 and I inked it with different shades of green and some brown. The small flower in the middle of the vine was made with the cutouts of the 2 larger flowers. I scrunched up the flowers to give them "life" and then added Ranger Distress Stickles in Rock Candy in the center of each petal.
I did some handstitching on the right side of my photo with brown embroidery floss and used my Crop a dile to make the holes in the photo. I used Distress stickles in Peeled Paint on the round ends of the vine .

I put white dots with my souffle pen on the word puppy, and on the tips of the flowers. Pink Stickles made their debut on Love, and 4 sweet kraft butterflies fluttered about thanks to my MS butterfly punch! Every edge was inked/or distressed and lots of faux stitching and doodling!

Thanks for taking this walk with me back into my childhood memories!


I scraplifted this design from BoBunny's layout debuting their new collection Persuasion, and used it in the Janurary Circle Challenge at MCS.
I used a Kraft cardstock background, and unfortunately I didn't write down the names of the 2 dotted papers! My bad! I used Fancy Pants Sweet Spring for the pp strip at the bottom of the photo. By the way, this darling little girl is one of my Great Nieces' standing in her Grandma's flowers!

I used pink card stock to mat the large piece of ppand to make the scalloped border. Java card stock to mat the photo and the swirls, small frame and the title, and Swiss Dot white cardstock for the think border above the scalloped one. I used a pink Souffle pen to show off the dots.
The cartridges I used with my Gypsy/Cricut were, Gypsy Wanderings: dragonfly and large flower, Ashlyn's Alphabet: small frame and swirls and title, Plantin SchoolBook: scalloped border. I used Distress Stickles in Rock Candy on the dragonfly. I love the way the Rock Candy gives a unique texture with a bit of glitter to it. I used my white Souffle pen to embellish the borders with dots and pink for the swirl by the small frame tag.

For the center of the flower, I used my Cuttlebug and embossing folder for the dots and then used a few different inks to highlight the high points. For the flower in the title I used a pink glitter that comes in a long tube. Can't remember the name!
On the frame tag I used Kiasercraft Mini Alpha Stickers in Chocolate and White. The chipboard flower is a Sassafras bloom. I love the bit of charm it gives the layout. The frame tag is raised up by some PopDots. I did a bunch of faux stitching and doodling.

Thank you for meeting my Great Niece and her love for gardening!

Beary Sweet

This will always be one of my favorite photo's of my son! My daughter, Jerica took this picture with her new camera we gave her for her 18th birthday. Jordan is hugging the teddy bear that Jerica's boyfriend gave her for her birthday as well. It is just so irresistibly cute!

I started of by cutting an irregular scalloped edge around the Kraft cardstock , inking its edges and the rolling up the edges with my fingers. I then matted it on brown cardstock. I distressed and inked the photo, matted it on Java cardstock, cut out in a postage stamp shape , with my Gypsy/Cricut and my Gypsy Wandering Cartridge. I didn't want the layout to look too girly so I took some corrugated cardboard behind the matted photo. The pattern paper I used is by Basic Grey, The pink paper[Bittersweet] that has the irregular scallops was cut on the Cricut. I then spritzed it with a bit of water and then crumpled it up to distress it, and then took a warm dry iron to flatten it out. It really helped age the paper. 

Lets talk about hearts! There are alot of them! I used Most of my cartridges to get the variety that I have here! Gypsy Wanderings, Gypsy Font, Lyrical Letters, Plantin Schoolbook, Ashlyn's Alphabet.The BG paper I used for them was Cordovan from the Indian Summer line. Each heart was inked along the edges

The title was made from a combination of fonts from my Gypsy/Cricut, Plantin Schoolbook, and Lyrical letters. I heat embossed the word Beary and the W from sweet with Rangers Distressing Powder Walnut Stain. For the rest of the word sweet I used pink Stickles. I used a popdot under the heart that the title sits on.
The letters I used for the sub title are by Kaiser Craft tiny alpha stickers in chocolate and white. I used my white Souffle pen to put dots on the frame around the photo and to make the squiggly line on the Java frame behind the Kraft cardstock, also around the title to give it some more punch.

I used a brown gel pen to outline all of the hearts for more definition and then I took some dark brown acrylic paint, covered up the photo, and splattered the paint all over the layout. The brown flourish is from Niklindesigns1225.
Thank you for looking ! Hope you enjoyed it!


  1. Awesome work! One is prettier than the other! I love your take on Irene's & the hearts "beary sweet" are wonderful! Such great attention to detail! :)

  2. Beautiful Layouts!!! I love Irene Tan. I've had her in my favs for a few years now. You did an amazing job with the details on the hearts and swirls etc.... Happy Valentine's Day!!!