Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ballerina Girls ~Stuck on U Sketches~

Welcome sketch lovers! Welcome Stuck on U Sketches lovers! Welcome everyone! Got a great simple layout to share with you today, featuring sisters Cassidy and Lucia! Love my sweet great nieces! They are as adorable as they look!

I used a combination of Bo Bunny papers Prairie Chic and Kaiser Kraft Base Coat. I liked the white brick background paper as it mimicked the brick background in some of the photos.  I added some Dusty Attic brick pieces that I painted white with gesso and used a chunky texture paste with a bit of Weathered Wood distress ink on top.

 Here is the simple yet versatile sketch designed by our Leah Schaeffer! Check out her blog! 

here is a close up of the flower cluster, featuring some Prima blooms, and some I am Roses blooms and some Dusty Attic ferns. I added some cheese cloth strands tucked in around the flowers.

 Here you can see more of the texture I added to the bricks,  and some Viva Decor Pearl Pen randomly placed on the pink floral paper.

 I used a Prima mask and some light molding paste. I love my masks! The title is made with some Prima alphas. Love the little butterflies perched on the paper....I used a Martha Stewart punch for those. I added some doodling around the edges of the layered papers, and the photos. I thought it helped ground them with the added touches of black.

 I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page punch in a distressed fashion around the edges of the brick background paper, and bent the edges up.

 another close up of my 2 cuties!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please go to the Stuck on U Sketches blog so you can be inspired by the other designers, and please take part in this sketch challenge! Link up your layout to the SOUS blog and you could have your work chosen for one of the top 3! Woo Hoo!  Have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

US ~My Creative Sketches - May Sketch Challenge!

I can't believe its time to reveal the May Sketch already! Winter dragged on for so long, and spring seems to be whizzing by! This months sketch at My Creative Sketches is awesome.....especially if you love banners! I was slow to love them, but I really enjoy how they look on my layouts, so I am converted!
My daughter and I spent a weekend together in Grand Forks, ND,[ NO BOYS] and had a blast shopping, eating and just rebonding! Things are a little different when your babies get married! I took these photos at the end of our shopping trip with my Iphone. I was surprised how well they turned out! This was just before we went into Michaels. [ just had to get a few scrappy goodies!]  I used a few new techniques I had seen on some layouts and figured I try them out. One is to use pieces of paper as a template and ink the edges while the paper is in the spot you want it. The result is a shadow of the paper layers, creating the effect of actual paper layers.

Here is the amazing sketch by Michelle Fowler!

Here you can see the beautiful banner I created with Bo Bunny's paper line" C' Est la vie"! I made them in 2 different sizes and layered them.  I added a row of  Pearl beads made with Viva Decor Pearl pen in cream.  To make the circle, I drew it on the paper first and then cut out parts of it [some parts are still attached, you just can't see them as they are covered with the photos] I distressed these edges and inked them with a purple distress ink.

I bought a cool new product at Michaels, which was a mixed media product that is a gel with gel beads in it. I used a Prima mask with little circles and applies this in random places.  This is so totally cool! When it dried, it dried clear and you can see the beads, AND, it changed the color of the paper under neath each spot! What a totally cool effect!  I think it really adds interest and detail to the layout!  You gotta try this stuff! I don't often add journalling, but in this case, how could I not?

I used some Prima flowers, and some Dusty Attic chippies. The white chippie pieces are parts of another piece I used on a layout called "Winter in Vienna - Vegas Style".  I added some micro beads to the hearts on the  DA piece and the rest of it is painted with with gesso and I used  Rangers Rock Candy Distress Paint over top.  When that dried I then rubbed in a bit of brown chalk ink. The leaves are DA as well and they were inked with Distress Stain and covered with the same Rock Candy Distress paint.

Just a close up of the title and a chippie sticker that comes with the Bo Bunny line I used. I hope you enjoyed some of the new techniques I used. I also hope you will be inspired to try out this sketch! You won't be disappointing! Now, head on over to My Creative Sketches blog so you can see what the other amazing designers have come up with! We are a diverse group of ladies with unique styles and we are sure NOT to dissappoint!  Please link your creation back to the blog so you have a chance to win the amazing prize that Pam is so famous for! We also showcase 3 layouts that we find particularly worthy of being showcased!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please do come back again! It means so much to me when you do! Your comments make my day and keep me wanting to create for you!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Dream ~Stuck on U Sketches~

Hello Stuck on U Sketches followers! Welcome everyone scrappy! It is sketch reveal Friday, a good day to celebrate! Today my hubby and I are celebrating our 27th wedding Anniversary! It seems like yesterday, yet it also seems like its been forever!....and I don't mean that in a negative way, lol!

Today we have a really cute sketch designed by Leah Schaeffer. It has some great lines and I wanted to stay true to the sketch and keep it simple, well, as simple as I can do!  This layout is featuring my cousin's darling daughter, Madelyn. I love this photo [I did not take it] and how she is so care free and twirling around, of course, with a tiara on!

The paper line is called Prairie Chic, by Bo Bunny, and this girl is definitely a prairie chic! This is a fun line to work with!
Here is the cute sketch designed by Leah! Make sure you check out her blog!

Here is a close up of the main cluster of goodies! The flowers are all from I am Roses, and I hit them all with a touch of gesso. The resin bridge, lightbulb and tiny bling flourishes are by Prima!

Again, goodies from I am Roses and Prima....see the cute little wooden bird? Prima!

I used a Prima mask in a few places, but most noticeable is here in the top right hand corner.  I think it fills that corner nicely with out being over stated.  I used my sewing machine to do some stitching that really frames the whole layout nicely. To incorporate  the 3 diagonal lines Leah used on her sketch I decided to make paper ruffles with a Martha Stewart border punch. I used some real lace at the top with a string of pearl beads to finish it off.

Just a close up of the title. The small print is actually a Kaisercraft rubon gone wrong, so I distressed the rest of the letters to make it match! Instant shabby chic!

In this photo you can see the distressed punched edge of the pink background paper.  I love this little trick I learned from Shona Keehn! You just slide your punch along the edge and punch! No lining up... just go for it and make the edges ragged!

Well, thats it for me today! Please stop by the SOUS blog and check out the other designers creations, and be prepared to be inspired!  When you try the sketch make sure you link it up to the blog so we all can see and leave you some lovin', and you just could be one of our top 3!

Be Blessed!