Thursday, September 29, 2011

~Wedded Bliss~ Friday Reveal Day at SOUS!

What?!? It's Friday already???  Wow has this week flown by! It's reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches!!  I'm excited to show you the layout I created  to show off the great sketch by Liz Qualman!  I had the pleasure of Guest Designing last year for Liz and had a blast working with her sketches! Be sure to check out her blog!

This layout is called "Wedded Bliss", and features my daughter and new son-in-law. I just love this photo!  I needed to take the color saturation down a bit so it worked better with the papers I had on hand, so in real life, the flowers are brighter.

                                             Here is the sketch by Liz, and you can tell I stuck pretty close to her design.  Here are some close ups.

I stamped on the letters for the word bliss with a word stamp and black Stazon ink.

I made the large plum colored flower with Tim Holtz's Tattered Floral die, and the tiny roses are from I am Roses, the others are by Prima.

I used some Dusty Attic chippies on 2 of the corners of the photo. I altered them by inking them frist with a violet ink, then I used Clear Distress Crackle Paint, and once that was dry I used a touch of plum ink and a whitish ink.

I used a Martha Stewart border punch of the 3 paper strips, and used a scalloped deco scissor on the matting of the 3 small photos.

I distressed the outer edges of the photo with a sanding block and inked the edges as well.

The leaves were made with my Heartfelt Creations Swirly leaves stamp and I used my Distress Stains and Rock Candy Distress Stickles for texture.

I did some doodling around the outer edge of the solid cardstock, and I made the black swirls with my Gypsy/Cricut.

Thanks for looking and please remember that this is your last chance to get your name in the drawn to win the blog candy that is being provided by Alda from Flying Unicorn!  Make sure your layout is new as of today and most of all, have fun!  Please check out the work of the other design team members!  Be Blessed!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

mixed media canvas

I want to share this mixed media canvas I made at a class last weekend! Its so fun getting your hands all messy and full of paint and ink, and matte medium as well!

We used Claudine Hellmuth paints and gesso.  I used red, teal, purple and a bit of yellow.

I used some rub ons and stamped the butterfly with gesso.

The pattern paper I used was by Bo Bunny, and I used a chicken wire stamp by Prima.  The ink I used was black Archival ink by Ranger.

 The tiny butterflies where punched out with a Martha Stewart punch, and the Bo Bunny papers.

I had lots of fun using bubble wrap and stamping it on with gesso, and also  some red mixed with gesso to make the pink.  The flowers and punched butterflies where then out lined with a black sharpie.  The words that I used were just printed on white copy paper off the computer.

Thanks for taking a peek at my canvas, and please feel free to comment!  I always love reading your comments!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reveal Friday at Stuck On U Sketches!

Yay! The weekend is here!  I am sure for a lot of  you that's a good thing! Well, fall is in the air here in Manitoba where I live.  I haven't decided if I like that or not! I sure hope we don't get snow for a long time!

I want to share with you my layout I made based on a sketch by the Flying Unicorn for Stuck on U Sketches.  For some reason I had a hard time putting this layout together.  I love the sketch, so it wasn't that.  I guess it was creative block, but I pushed my way through and came up with this layout called "Sisters".

I've had this picture of my Great Niece's in my photo stash for a while now and thought now was a good time to scrap it!  I used a kit from Scrapthat!.  They always put out awesome kits, I highly recommend you check them out if you haven't already!

Here is the sketch we had to work with.  Isn't it a beauty? Flying Unicorn designs awesome sketches!

I used some yummy Dusty Attic Chipboard from my stash.  I used the title "sisters", and the foliage.  For the foliage, I used Distress stains and Rock Candy Distress Stickles. The flowers came from my stash.

For the title chipboard I first painted it with an acrylic antique white, then splattered Rangers Espresso paint with an old toothbrush, and then splattered some green Distress stain.  When that was dry I put a thick layer of Glossy Accents on top.  Once I adhered the title to my layout using an awesome new adhesive I got recently by Helmar [450 quickdry] I outlined the title with a black marker!  Let me say, this adhesive is amazing!  I am really loving it! I used it on all of my embellishments and it really dries fast!

Helmar also has another amazing product called Liquid Scrapdots.  I used it on the above bird I fussy cut and also in the next 2 photos of the the fairy's and the mouse and the bunnies.  This is truly a cool product!. Seriously, you need to check it out! I used a pearl flourish by Kiasercraft  that came with the kit. 
HINT: If you have difficulties with your bling sticking to your layout, give it a good blast with your heat gun and press it down.  It won't be going anywhere now!

 You can really see the dimension I got with this unique "popdot" in a tube! 

In this photo you can really see the texture on the  Dusty Attic foliage. The pink flowers with the orange centers are flowers I took off of some of my mom's many silk flower arrangements after she passed away. Its nice to look back a see little pieces of her here and there. 

Thank you all so much for coming to look at my work.  I just love sharing it with all of you!  Hopefully you will be inspired to try out the sketch and get your name in for the amazing prize being offered this month! Remember, for each challenge, it has to be new as of that date and you have 5 chances to get your name in the draw!  Make sure you stop by the SOUS blog and leave the other designers some love!  Hugs!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wedding creations

As many of you know,  my daughter got married not long ago, August 6 to be exact.  I had the privilege of making some items for this special day! Now that I have the photos I thought I would share those items with you!

Here is one of the invitations that I made.  We wanted to keep things simple, as we are not fancy people.  The invitations were not all alike.  We had found a pattern paper that had some of the colors she had chosen, but it came in a paper stack.  We decided we would use some of the other papers in the stack that coordinated with her favorite paper of the stack.  The paper stack was by DCWV. 

I wanted to do something unique in place of a guest book, and came up with the idea of using a "sharing" tree.  I cut tags with my Cricut, using the same papers as the invitations.  Now what is a "sharing " tree, you ask?  Well,  I first heard about it as a caring tree created  by Grace, over at Grace's Scrap Attic.  She used her's to display the cards she made, and I took it a step farther by displaying the kids engagement photo's on it!  

This is what the tree looked like at the wedding before the guests signed the tags.

This is what it looked like with the tags hanging on the tree!  The reason I called it a sharing tree is because people were supposed to sign their names and "share" a blessing or prayer or best wishes to the happy couple.  At first I wasn't sure what I was going to use to actually hang the tags on the tree.  I thought of the hooks for hanging Christmas decorations on a Christmas tree, but this was August, not December!  I got the brain wave of twisting a paper clip, making into a  S shaped hook and it worked perfectly, and inexpensive, too!

I love what the photographer did with the wedding rings in this photo!  I cut out, inked, glittered, stickled and doodled 300 of these cute 1 inch flowers!

Here is a basic table number card I had to make at the last minute!  Thank goodness for the Cricut!

Here is one of the place cards I made for family.  Pretty basic,  I just dressed it up a bit with a stamp and ink.

And here is what our family now looks like!  The tall guy on the end is our son!

Thanks for sharing in on this special day with us!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday reveal at Stuck on U Sketches!

Welcome to reveal day! I am so excited to show you what I did with this weeks sketch! I used Webster's Pages'  'Trendsetter' Collection.  I love the bright  fun colors in this collection. I took this cute photo of my GN, Madden, on the day we were having a wedding shower for my daughter.

                                                                          When you where a child did you ever pull the petals off a flower and recite  the saying " He loves, He loves me not...."?  I know I sure did! When I saw this photo I knew exactly what I was going to do! I got out my Dusty Attic stash and took out the long stemmed flower I recently got, and the circle ring as well.

                                                                               This weeks sketch is brought to us by our own Sandi Clarkson!  This was a really nice sketch to work with, and I had a lot of fun doing so!  I flipped the sketch to suit my photo better.

 I did some recycling on this layout.  The ribbon came from my corsage I wore at dd wedding, the daisy flowers[Prima] were on the wedding cake, and the light pink flowers I made for the sharing tree for dd wedding as well!  Feels good to be able to re use these items!

                                                                                   I created the leaves with my leaves stamp from Heartfelt creations.  First I stamped the image with Distress ink, and then I filled it in with a watered down Distress stain, layering to build up color.
                                                                                           I inked the DA circle with Distress Stain, and then covered it with Stickles.  I used Distress Crackle Paint to "white out" some of the background paper so the title would show up better.

                                                                                      I scattered petals off of one of the Prima flowers and scattered it around the layout as if they had been pulled off intentionally.

                                                                                     I used pink Smooch ink on the Dusty Attic long stem flower, and on the stem I used Distress stain and Distress Embossing powder.  To create the ruffle around the Dusty Attic circle I cut strips of pattern paper and punch along the edge with a Martha Stewart border punch.  I think gathered it and glued it behind the circle.

                                              Thanks so much for checking out my blog and layout!  Make sure you check out the other designers work at SOUS and leave some love!  Also, just a reminder about the amazing September Blog give-away!  Each time you complete one of the 5 challenges with a NEW layout you will get your name in the draw!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stuck on U Sketches September blog candy!

Oh  My  Word, ladies!  Look at this fabulous blog candy that you have an opportunity to win at Stuck on U Sketches!

This generous give-away is being donated by Alda Stevens at the Flying Unicorn Store  The candy includes a an 8x8 Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper pack, a pack of Melissa Frances  Chandelier Drops, a pack of Melissa Frances  vintage embellishments, Imaginarium chipboard oval frames, a package of Pink Paislee Mistable muslin ribbon and a Zva Creative crystal flourish. Oh how I  wish I could play!  LOL
Anyway, there are 5 challenges in September, so there are 5 opportunities for you to get your name in the hat!  To get your name in the draw, submissions are to be NEW as of the date of the challenge.  If you play all 5 challenges,  your name will be added 5 times! Should be fun!

Can't wait till tomorrow to see what the rest of the sketch design team has come up with!  I can't wait to see what YOU do with all the challenges this month!