I had a lot of fun creating this layout, even if the photos are a little old. When I look at them and how happy he was during this visit with his Sesame Street friends, I can only smile. And that’s how I wanted this layout to feel–joyful.
I wanted to let the photos speak for themselves and since they contained a lot of primary colors, I wanted my decoration to be a little more complementary and a little less exact. Also, I did a couple of things that I rarely do on layouts–create my own embellishments and use a sticker.
This cutie camera is a stamped image from Lawn Fawn, one of my new favorite stamp companies. I did a simple paper piecing with some Basic Grey paper and left over scraps. I filled in the lens with some Glossy Accents. (I admit I held back…when I get some GA in my hands, I can be pretty dangerous.)
This is a close up on another handmade embellishment. I call it a button cloud. After I had finished the layout, I wanted to add a little something to break up the frame a bit. I had these die cut clouds from Jolee’s and since they were transparent, I put a little cardstock behind the die cut to help it show up more. The button was an afterthought, but it was my way of keeping the transparency of the cloud without using glue, which would have been too obvious. I sewed the button down to the cloud and added it to the layout with pop dots.
I hope we will get back there soon!
At a recent craft show I attended this cute set of paper-pieced cards were my best sellers. The ironic thing is that the items that I worried the most about, fussed the most over, and spent the most time on….not so much. Ah, such is life. This sweet set is from Fiskars. (The quality of their acrylic stamps is really nice, by the way.) Keeping it simple, I didn’t add too much with the exception of some brown and pink ribbon and each card has a small stamped message on the inside, which I rarely do. But how can you resist phrases like “Thanks a latte!” and “We’re the perfect blend.”
In my area it is a very dreary day and the cold rain continues to fall. I know across the country lots of snow is falling, so I suppose I’m lucky in that case. But either way, rain or snow, I’ll need something warm to see me through. How bout you?
Since we are officially leaving the spookiest of seasons for one of hearth and harvest, I decided to do a sweet card celebrating the most popular of gourds. While I didn’t think that I necessarily had my fill of all things orange and black, I’ve been dying to find a use for this delicious collection of Lemonade paper from Basic Grey. Basic Grey is well known for their 6×6 pads of coordinating paper and once you find a design you like, it’s hard not to fall in love with each one. The shrunken size of each unique design (that is, what you would find in a full 12 x 12 size) gives you a little of the exact print you want and you get to savor each delicious little pre-distressed inch.
It’s hard to not talk in culinary terms when you’re dealing with a line like Lemonade. But the weather is becoming cool and refreshing, so why not pumpkins?
PS I’ll be editing and uploading a video (hopefully) this week on how I made this card. But just so you know, the pumpkin is a free piece of clip art I found on the web and paper-pieced together on this card. I used dimensional tape to vary the different sections of the pumpkin and added some detail to each piece with fine Sharpie markers. To make the edge detail, I used a set from Martha Stewart’s punch-around-the-page collection.
That’s what I felt like doing today. Laundry, dishes, errands….I could have done one or all of them. I’ve been just that busy lately. It happens to all of us.
But today, I scrapped and this evening, I’m sharing it with you:
One other thing that I would like to share just in case you haven’t been following me on Twitter. I was recently named to the 2010-2011 Glue Dots Design Team! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a Dottess! You can look for me to post at least twice a month on projects especially designed to show my creativity and the versatility of the (seriously!) many types of Glue Dots products. I’m already planning some special projects and I am excited about what this next year will bring. Thanks for being here to experience all of this with me.
Here’s wishing you all kinds of craftiness…
This post is in honor of a good friend of mine. Actually, she is the person that first introduced me to Stampin’ Up and helped me through my time as a demonstrator.
Well, she recently told me that she has tested positive for colon cancer. This news, as unfortunate as it is, is only compounded by the fact that her sister is on a donor waiting list for a new kidney and pancreas. It was because she got tested to see if she could possibly be a donor to her sister that she ultimately found out that she was ill. In spite of everything she says, “God is good! I could not be her donor, and I was really bummed about that. However, she saved my life. I wanted to help her, and she ended up helping me!”
So this one is for the person that inspired it, my friend:
So happy to include my entry on Kristina Werner’s blog. She is one inspired crafter! Find a link to her blog HERE.
I punched squares from paper by Stampin’ Up! to create the pinwheels. Use foam squares, add ribbon and a little gel pen accent, and ta-da! A quick multi-dimensional card. Enjoy!
Or, for you crafters that’s CHA CHA CHA. The entire crafting world as we know it has descended upon the state of California for the annual winter show of the Craft and Hobby Association. For those of you who read my blog regularly and have no idea what I’m referring to most of the time, this event is the mecca of the papercrafting industry. While I’m only really starting to learn about all of this myself, I can’t help but to fantasize what it would be like to attend.
Image a huge room full of people who spoke your language and got as giddy as you did about paper and its possibilities. I like that “paper and its possibilities.” I have to remember that one, but I digress.
Anyhow, in conjunction with all the big reveals and new product lines being unveiled, many companies and manufacturers are tweeting and blogging about contests and giveaways. While the prizes are sweet, super-sweet in some cases…oh, I’m digressing again…I’m just on a mission to get my work out there. While I always attempt to do my best work, sometimes I fall a little short of my expectations. Most of my non-crafting friends think my stuff is great. But I know better. And I also know just how many amazingly, talented, crafty folks there are out there.
Since I only have ten crafty fingers, I’d better keep practicing.