Friday, May 27, 2011

Two are better than one!

Its reveal day again at Stuck on U Sketches, and I am so excited to share this Friday's sketch and my interpretation with you!  Since my dh and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary,  I decided it would be fun to scrap one of our wedding photos again.  This photo is of us sitting in the back of the limo and its a fav of mine. 

 I used Basic Grey's Curio pattern paper and loved how it went with my photo.

here is the sketch by our own Ness.!  Its gorgeous and just one of her many beautiful ones.  Be sure to check out her blog!

 I made the large flower with my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and used a I am Roses flower for the center and the smaller roses as well.  They started off white and I used distress ink and water and colored them.  I like to do it this way as then I can make them any color I need.  The green flowers are from Prima's E line. I used some Dusty Attic chippies behind the flowers that I had used Distress Stains and then covered with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint.

Here you can see the pattern paper that looks like black lace.... I love it!  I use a string of pearl to separate the two patterns.  For the title I used some sweet Thickers that a scrappy friend brought to my attention and then let me buy them from her!!  Thanks Thelma!

I can't tell you enough how much I love Dusty Attic chippies! This vintage hanging lamp post is just gorgeous!  First I covered it with walnut distress stain and then walnut distress embossing powder.  I put a piece velum behind the chippie to look like glass. I used my new MS wild flowers PAP that I got for Mother's Day around the edge of the background paper and inked the edges to define it a bit more.

In this photo you can see the technique I used on the photo.  First I sanded around the edge of the photo to give it a worn look, and then I got a brain wave to used Distress Embossing powder!  I am sure others have done this as well, but it was the first time I thought of it. lol  I used 3 smaller doilies behind the photo, and left it plain.  I know! Shocking isn't it?  I didn't add ink or anything!!

At the bottom of the photo I used a strip of paper that I had used my MS doily punch and ruffled it. I love the soft touch it gives.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mixed Media fun and cards?

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  I wanted to share some stuff I've done that is new for me!  I've been wanting to try some mixed media on a canvas for some time, and did a small one for a friend for her birthday this past December.  I bought a 16 x 20 canvas at the local Dollar store for $2, and figure I'd just give it a go!  I didn't know what I was going to do, but I did know it would have butterflies on it!  So, this is what I came up with!

I used so many different products that I have!  Starting off with gesso;  a mask I made with my cricket for the butterflies on the branch, and stencil for the branch with the cherry blossoms.  In the center I used a mesh bag for added texture.  I glued some pages from a vintage book around the edges with white glue, and once that was dry I spritzed it lightly with water and rubbed my finger over it take some of it away.

This floral area I used a TH stamp with Distress Embossing Powder and Stickles.

                                                                   close up of butterflies

 I used my new Martha Stewart butterfly punch to make the butterflies with the white pearls as their trail.  I used a lot of stamps on here.  My Martha Stewart butterfly stamps, music stamp, script stamp, some Tim Holtz stamps.  I stamped with distress inks and some white paint, I sprayed the background with Maya Mists, Smooch Sprays, Moonshadow Mists,. I Used Stickles , Smooch Ink, Distress Embossing Powder and Distress ink.  Almost everything but the kitchen sink!

 I used a script stamp I have by Heartfelt Creations on the white letters and spritzed a bit of Shimmerz Spray on them so they weren't quite so "white".

I used alcohol inks in a variety of colors on the word changed to signify the changes a butterfly goes through.  Hope you enjoyed looking at it!

Now I want to share with you the cards I made over the weekend while I was at an awesome weekend crop.  Not only was the crop amazing, but the fact that I actually made cards that is amazing!!

This card everyone made for a make and take.  It featured Tim Holtz and some of his products, mainly the distress inks and embossing powder.

 We had a few sketches we could do to put tickets into a draw for prizes, [I didn't win:(]  These 2 cards and done based on the sketches.  I was surprised that actually enjoyed it!  So, who know? You just may see more cards coming from me!

I used some of my left over pieces of my March kit from ScrapThat! to make this card.  I had to borrow some stamps with sentiments as I don't make cards! lol  All in all, it was fun and I am sure I will try it again.

Thanks for joining me, and come on back Friday morning as I will be revealing my next layout based on a sketch by Ness!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I adore you - Reveal day at SOUS!!

Sorry this is late.... had Blogger issues and couldn't upload yesterday!  We have another sketch challenge for you over at Stuck on U Sketches!  The sketch is designed by our talented Ness, designed only for SOUS!  Let me tell you, this was one fun sketch to work with!!!

This layout features another of my Great Nieces, Odessa.  I cropped the photo and changed it to b/w so it worked better with my papers.  I used some Basic Grey and DCWV, and Dusty Attics flourishes and birdhouse, machine stitching, distressing, inking and just plain had a blast making this layout!

I wanted to share a close up of the dusty attic flourish chippie I did.  I used a technique by Natasha Aranjo Aguirre found here on the Dusty Attic forum.  This was alot of fun to do!  I didn't use the exact supplies she did, as I don't have any Glimmer Mists as of yet.  I also added some Liquid Pearls drops to the flourish.

 I made this flower using my TH Tattered Florals die and distress inks.  I edged the petals with white puffy paint and then assembled the flower.  I wanted to bring a aqua blue shimmer to the flower to tie it into other area of my layout, so I used my Treasured Island Aqua Moon Shadow Mist by lindy stamp gang.  These mists are awesome, especially for vintage layouts.  They have an amazing shimmer combined with the sepia tones.

 I hope you enjoyed my layout!  You have 2 wks till the next sketch challenge so get to work and lets see your layouts!  Thanks for coming!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

25 yrs and counting.....

Hello faithful followers!  Today I am going to get a bit personal and share some joyous news with you!  Today, my husband and I celebrate our 25th anniversary! 

First,I want to share with you a layout I did of the 2 of us on our wedding day.  I think I had been scrapping less than 6 months when I did this. You can see I liked using pink right from the get go!  This was a lift of one of Gabi Pollacco's lovely layouts.

Now for the story behind these 2 small bottles of sparkling wine.......

On our wedding night, these 2 bottles of wine were waiting for us in our Honeymoon suite.  We decided right then and there that we would save them, and open them on our 25th Anniversary.  At the time, it seemed like 25 yrs was a lifetime away.  We had no clue how fast time would fly!  We both took our vows very seriously, and divorce was something that we both never considered as an option.  We have stuck together through thick and thin, good times and bad, sickness and in health. We have faced many challenges and we know that if it weren't for the fact that we both have a relationship with God, and that He is apart of our marriage, we would of become a statistic like many others.  
God has blessed us with 2 amazing children, Jerica is almost 22, and Jordan is 19.  Both kids love the Lord and we couldn't be more proud of them.  In 3 months, we will be adding another member to our family as Jerica marries her High School sweetheart, Jaret!  Exciting times to come!

So, tonight..... we will open our 2 bottles of wine[which are probably vinegar by now] and thank God for giving us 25 yrs!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to me!!!

Did all you fabulous mother's out there have a great MD?  I love it when my kids take my suggestions on gifts! [scrappy, of course!]  DD and her FiancĂ©e came home from Wpg for the weekend and brought me home this wonderful Martha Stewart  Punch around the page border punch!  Its called Wild Flowers, and is a deep punch. 

Here is a close up!

I just love the edge this punch set gives!  Can you say, doilies??  oh MY!  Be prepared to see this punch  a lot of my work coming up!!