Friday, September 27, 2013

Always and Forever ~Stuck on U Sketches~

Happy reveal Friday too you, from me and the gang at Stuck on U Sketches! We have a beautiful sketch to share today, the final sketch by our former co-creator Sandi Clarkson! She really went out with a bang! I absolutely just loved creating with this sketch, and of course the subject didn't hurt either! This layout is dedicated to my beautiful little sister, Cheryl and her now husband Jon! Cheryl was the most beautiful bride and all the wedding photos reflect that. Of course, the amazing photographer sure didn't hurt! I want to give a shout out to Phraze Photography, who took the most amazing photos! Feel free to go to their blog and see the rest of the wedding photos!

So here is the page I created! I used My Mind's Eye "Up and Away" collection. I just loved the background paper! It has so much layered detail I didn't want to add too much to cover it up! 

Here is the sketch by Sandi Clarkson! You can check out her blog and see what she is up to now!

Here is a close up of the bottom left flower cluster. I used some new Prima paper roses, and some I am Roses flowers, a string of white pearl beads, and some I am Roses leaves.

this is the bottom right hand corner and to this flower cluster I added a new Prima resin heart, that I had lightly brushed with Vintage Rose chalk ink.

a little Prima resin photo corner, cute as can be!

I used a wildflower chippie by Blue Fern Studios, inked with chalk ink and the stem painted with distress paint, and then topped with Rangers Crackle Accents. Then to the flowers themselves I added a bit of  Liquitex Glass Beads texture gel. I dabbed on some gesso to the flowers and leaves..... here, there, and everywhere!

 I used this new border punch from Martha Stewart [SO elegant!] and knew right away that I needed to thread some pink ribbon through those slots! It really finishes the layout, holding it all together~and was alot of work too! I added  some tiny white Prima flowers and another I am Roses flower and leaf.

 I wanted to add some texture to the layout, but wanted it to be more softer and subtle so I chose to use this Prima stencil, whose pattern is actually mimicked in the background paper.. I used the Liquitex Glass Bead texture gel here as well, and lightly brushed over it with gesso. 

This photo shows you the chippie title I used from Blue Fern studios. I decided to leave it in its natural state, adding just a few touches of gesso. I thought it went well with the brown of the tree trunks in the photo, and some of the kraft tones in the background paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by, please head on over to Stuck on U Sketches and see how the other designers where inspired by Sandi's sketch! I hope you will be inspired enough to try the sketch! please link your creations to the blog so you have a chance to be chosen as one of the Top 3, and so we can leave you all a little love!!

Be Blessed!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Never a Dull Moment ~My Creative Sketches~

Welcome to reveal day at My Creative Sketches! Today we are revealing the September Sketch Challenge and I will be sharing with you my take on it. 

 For this layout I chose to use Bo Bunny's Weekend Market Collection. It has a real masculine feel to it, and it went perfectly with this charming photo my niece took of their son, Jacob! He really is a charmer!

 Here is the sketch we had to work with....designed by Liz Chidester, for My Creative Scrapbook. It sure was fun for me to work with!

Here is a close up of the photo of Jacob! I chose to duplicate the photo, double the fun! I distressed the edges and off set them a bit.  I used a Prima stencil of clocks with modeling paste on the paper behind, though you can't see too much of it and I used some cardboard with gesso behind that, surrounded by cheese cloth.

in this photo you can see the Dusty Attic hinge I used. I painted it first with Tim Holtz's metallic distress paints, some teal chalk ink and some Recollections Microbeads. I also used a Prima Chevron stencil and some modeling paste.

For the title I used a Blue Ferns Studio chippie title and treated it very similarly to the DA hinge. I used a Prima checkers stencil/modeling paste in behind the photo area and used some Glimmer Mist in Dragon Fly and some Gelato's in white, blue and a touch of green.

In this corner I fussy cut some more strips and images from the paper collection and popped them up for more dimension. I also did some random stamping with a Prima stamp and coffee Archival Ink. I added a Tim Holtz belt buckle which I distessed a bit with gesso and teal chalk ink. I also randomly stamped some white circles with gesso/microbeads and a toilet paper roll! Anything can be a tool!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope I inspired you in some way and gave you some ideas of some techniques you would like to try! Please go over to the My Creative Sketches blog and check out the rest of the designers work.....I am sure you will NOT be disappointed! Also, give the sketch a try and link it up to the blog for your chance to win the amazing prize Pam always generously supplies for the randomly choosen winner! Your layout could also be featured in the top 3!

Be Blessed this week! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sweet Pea ~Stuck on U Sketches!~

Well if feels like fall is coming where I live! But I am going to fit it with more summer layouts! It is reveal day at Stuck on U Sketches! I am excited at being back as I took the summer off for some me time! It felt good to have a few getaways, go for walks and bike rides, work on my yard....things like that. Things I haven't been able to do for years due to my health. This summer I made some changes so that I can still live life as best I can!
Enough about me! This little darlin' in my layout is one of my great nieces, Nila! She's been helping her parent with their Farmers Market Gardening, and if you look real close you will she her pocket full of peas!

I used Bo Bunny's Little Miss collection! It is such a fun collection with so many pinks!

Here is the sketch by one of our co-founders, Sandi  Clarkson. She has since stepped down from the blog which devastated me! She was the one to ask me to join this team and I felt a strong connection to her. Sniff, she will be missed! At least we still have our other 2 amazing co-founders Nanne and Leah! I forgot to mention how much I loved this sketch! It did push me a bit, but growth is necessary! Love It!

well I FINALLY got my hot little hands on some Blue Fern Studio chipboard! My LSS has tried for so long to get it, but there always seemed to be some sort of road block in the way. The good Lord took it out and now we have it locally! I love this doily banner! I painted it with gesso first and then sprayed lots of Glimmer mist in numerous colors to compliment the layout.

Here is a close up of some Bo Bunny flowers, some I am Roses flowers, a super cute Prima wooden owl and a flouish diecut from Memory Box . It all got a kiss from some gesso!

close up of another flower cluster with  a pink button, and some green pleated ribbon topped of with a white tear drop lacy ribbon. 

Don't you just love the attitude in the pose of my sweet niece? Shes got it all figured out! More Bo Bunny and I am Roses flowers.
I did lots of gesso work on the flowers etc and just about everywhere!

In this photo you can see all the masking I did with different masks, and molding paste, different Glimmer Mist sprays and I out lined some with a black pen just to make them pop more and to help ground things with the black in my title work.  I also used a new die from Memory box that I cut up into pieces and applied at the top of the two photos of setting the petals if you will to almost make it look like a flower was sticking out from behind framing them.

Thank you all so much for stopping by, for not forgetting about me totally, ha, I hope to hear lots of comments from you.....I need to hear that you all still love me! We all need to be needed!Right?
Now, make sure you go to SOUS and check out the rest of the amazing work that the girls have created to inspire  you! Please step out of your comfort zone if you have too, and give this sketch a try! It won't fail, I promise and it will help you grow and growing is an awesome thing! Please link it back to the SOUS blog so we can all leave YOU some love! Your layout could be in the top 3! But you won't know if you don't try! I'll be looking for you!
Be Blessed everyone!