Monday, April 27, 2015

Cherished Moments

A recent photo taken with my iphone6 of my sweet baby, Lucy, came out fabulous!  All I had to do was crop it.
Lucy & I were in the bedroom together and she was on her little cat tree looking absolutely adorable...but my camera was on the other side of the house (yikes!), so I reached into my pocket for my cell phone and took a few pics of her.  OMG!  I'm so proud to show off her stunning beauty!  WOW! 
Don't let the dainty colors of this layout 'fool' you though.  Lucy is really a tomboy and loves adventure & mischief (LOL!).  She keeps both of her MaMas (me-the human one; Gali-her birth mother) on our toes!
Lucy's outstanding beauty with her captivating eyes looked great on the new Bo Bunny Garden Journal collection papers!  I also used stickers, a brad, a button and a tag from this collection.  Prima's white crackle texture paste was used to stencil a rose border design onto the page in several areas.  Pigment ink on the roses make them stand out. 
Here are a couple of close ups:

I'll say it once again....never leave Michael's until you have gone through the bargain bins!  I found this precious white painted heart!  I distressed it with an ordinary sanding block (one that is used to sand walls) and I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!
I glued an eyelet to the page (so it would not be flat on the page) and then I placed a brad in it.  I was able to simply loop the jute string onto the eyelet and 'hang' the heart!
Using papers from this gorgeous, girly Bo Bunny collection, I was able to frame Lucy's photo, die cut part of the title & punch out rose leaves to go with the adorable pale pink rosebuds by Wild Orchid Crafts.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today!  Hope you have a great week, Lisa : )

Products used:
Bo Bunny Garden Journal collection:
    ~pages named Bloom & Notebook
    ~6x6 paper pad
Sizzix BigZ Die Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers - Moments
    ~used with Sizzix BigZ Base Tray
Martha Stewart punches: 3-dot Scallop & Rose Leaf
Webster's Pages alpha stickers - "In Love" collection
Prima Finnabair ArtExtravagance Texture Paste - White Crackle
Wild Orchid Crafts - pale pink rosebuds
The Dusty Attic chipboard - Heart Arrows #2
Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder - Chateau Rosé
Hobby Lobby - Burlap-Lace trim; Rose border stencil
Michael's - white painted metal heart
ColorBox Pigment inks - Pink Sky, Cyan, Charcoal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder – Chateau Rosé

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beauty ~ a layout of Brianne

When my daughter, Brianne, was acquiring her Masters Degree in Chicago, she worked with a group of ladies that decided to do their own private photo shoot. 

This one is my favorite of Brianne from that photography session. 
The beautiful black feather boa that Brianne is wrapped in and the natural rosy color of her lips made these the base colors for the layout.  Since the Art-I-Cake rose piece is encased in gold color, I decided that this would be the metallic color to use. I enhanced the rose by rubbing Oldgold colored wax on it.  I replaced what was dangling from this pendant by using Prima wire thread in ink black to strand beads from my own stash that were more fitting for this LO. The wax also brought out the detailed design in the metal heart bead!  

After a light coat of gesso on the page, I used jet black Archival ink to stamp a design & script from Bo Bunny's Powder Mountain collection.  I added a stencil in both white & colored modeling paste.  Lindy's Stamp Gang mica powder Ramblin' Rose Pink from the Victorian Bouquet Magicals Set was used to color the paste.
The layout also has splatters of black gesso; LSG Starburst spray Golden Lump o' Coal, now a retired color (the drips are also in this color); LSG Starburst spray Ramblin' Rose Pink; micro beads in black & champagne; and rhinestones in Rose Gold color.
Here are a few close ups showing all of these textures:
The chipboard title by Want2Scrap was prepped with black gesso and then heat embossed with LSG color Midnight Gold.  What an amazing color!!
I made a flower & feather arrangement using Wild Orchid Crafts roses that I rubbed with Oldgold colored wax.  White floral wire was recolored with Gold alcohol ink and then curled.
White roses & rosebuds from Wild Orchid Crafts were sprayed with LSG Starburst Ramblin' Rose Pink and then placed inside a tiny resin frame.
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great day!  Lisa : )
Products used:
DCWV - The Primrose Stack
Martha Stewart punch - French Scroll
TCW 6x6 stencil - Mini Damask
Bo Bunny clear stamps - Powder Mountain collection
Want2Scrap - chipboard title
Lindy's Stamp Gang
    ~Embossing Powder: Midnight Gold
    ~Starburst Sprays: Golden Lump o' Coal; Ramblin' Rose Pink
    ~Magicals: Victorian Bouquet set - Ramblin' Rose Pink
Resin pieces
    ~Chandelier (Hobby Lobby)
    ~Frame (Michael's bargain bin)
Wild Orchid Crafts - roses & rosebuds
Viva Décor Inka Gold - Oldgold
Spellbinders dies - Antique Tags One
Prima E.Line pearl sticker - rose outline
Michael's - Art-I-Cake framed rose pendant; metal feathers; micro beads-black & champagne; rhinestone stickers-Rose Gold

Monday, April 20, 2015

Purrfect Profile

I've mentioned before how hard it is to get good photos of my sweetie heart, Miss Gali (Galadrial).  Well, I'm so proud of this photo that was taken April 18th.  Gali has a favorite "look out" spot on the breakfast table where she can watch doves and sparrows feeding just outside the window.  I sat on the kitchen floor and started snapping away.  I LOVE her profile!
I chose to use an old collection by K&Company, Brenda Walton's Flora & Fauna.  Purple is my most favorite color and with the mix of greens, this paper was just perfect!
Quite a while back, I ordered custom made chipboard from Want2Scrap, just knowing that one day the right profile pic of Miss Gali Gorgeous would happen!  After a gesso prep, I heat embossed the chipboard title with Lindy's Stamp Gang color Hollyhock Scarlet Plum.  Beautiful color!

Using paper from the same collection as the main page, I created some unusual flowers with Sizzix BigZ die - Tim Holtz 'Tattered Florals'. 
Gali's buff color inspired me to use natural corrugated cardboard as the back drop for her gorgeous photo!
I used pieces from the Flora & Fauna collection to decorate the LO - egg cardstock pieces; paper punched to look like lace for the side of the LO; a vellum fern piece; the butterflies; and a wooden word banner.  I blinged up everything with purple toned rhinestones and some buttons & eyelets from my stash.
I'm so very happy with Gali's photo.  It really makes this LO!  I LOVE her SO much!
Have a great day!  Lisa : )
Products used:
K&Company - Brenda Walton's Flora & Fauna collection paper, adhesive chipboard (butterflies), wood art (Dreamer banner), Grand Adhesions (dimensional stickers - eggs), cardstock (egg; Discovery tag)
Martha Stewart punch - Lace Flowers
Want2Scrap - custom chipboard title
Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder - Hollyhock Scarlet Plum
Sizzix BigZ die - Tim Holtz Tattered Florals & Garden Greens
WeRMemory Keepers eyelets - Pewter Press & Coppered Out
Hobby Lobby - tiny plum colored buttons
Michael's - purple tone rhinestones; rhinestone brads - purple & green
Inks - Dusty Plum, Spring Pansy, Purple Hydrangea, Olive, Chestnut Roan
Wire - 20 gauge copper colored (butterfly antennae)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gypsy Soul

A stunning photo of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, taken in the early 1900's, seemed a perfect fit for the Art-I-Cake jewelry piece "Gypsy Soul" that I have in my stash!   (except maybe not so much the skull and lightning bolt - LOL)
I'm very intrigued by Evelyn and I always enjoy scrapping her!  She and my daughter are 'hauntingly' almost twins.  Perhaps that is what attracted me to Evelyn in the first place : )

I started with the reversed chickenwire stencil and flexible modeling paste.  Then I sprayed the lace with Lindy's Starburst color Salt Water Taffy for a subtle light pink color.  I decided to let the lace lay naturally on the page, just as it is off of the roll, in a half circle pattern, rather than glue it straight across the page.  I really like the look!

I decided to make the photo of Evelyn a sepia color to coordinate with the beautiful Kaisercraft collection "Betsy's Couture".  After distressing & layering the papers, I glued everything down.
Then came the finishing embellishments.......
first the title jewelry piece that I recolored from silver to copper using alcohol ink.
I also changed the dangling beads to some that I preferred from my own stash.
Metal filigree tear drop shapes added to the gypsy vibe (like earrings).  I heat embossed a few areas on them for a patina look; then decorated with pink rhinestones.
I made a small flower arrangement and added a glittered bird with it.  I found this bird in Michael's bargain bins.  It was actually a clip (like to put on a floral arrangement or a wreath).  I removed the clip and then with my Exacto knife, cut the rounded bottom so it would be flat and able to be glued to the page. 


Finishing touches of copper glass glitter, a lace covered large clothespin, stickers from the Kaisercraft Betsy's Couture collection & an ornate metal clothing clasp completed my layout.
Thanks for viewing and hope you have a great day!   Lisa : )
Products used:
Kaisercraft Betsy's Couture collection - page name "Bolero"; 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad; sticker sheet
The Crafter's Workshop 6x6 stencil - Reversed Chickenwire
Art-I-Cake jewelry - "Gypsy Soul"
Tim Holtz alcohol ink - "Copper" Mixative
Michael's - Glitter bird clip; lace covered clothespin; pink rhinestones; berry stem; metal filigree tear drop shapes
Hobby Lobby - lace
Prima Finnabair Art ingredients - Glass Glitter "Copper"
Ranger 'Antiquities' Embossing Powder - "Verdigris"
Wild Orchid Crafts - pink tone open roses & rosebuds
Petaloo - Chantilly velvet leaves
ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink - "Chestnut Roan"
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray - "Salt Water Taffy"
Metal clothing clasp (from a fabric shop) 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Greta's Garden

April 9th, I photographed The Pink Garden - the resting place for our sweet pets that have gone.  Since they were all girls (Sophie, Sybil & Greta), only pink flowers grow here.  Right now the gorgeous, delightfully sweet scented amaryllis from my Dad, are in full bloom.  They are so majestic!

Greta was my Grand-dog German Shepherd, who contracted hepatitis and passed away at the young age of five.  She touched the lives of everyone who met her, including children at PetSmart (the pet store that allows you to bring your pets with you).  She would patiently sit while children pet her - some were eye to eye with her and would pat her head, but Greta didn't mind because she was always the 'star' everywhere she went!  She was the sweetest, most loving, well behaved, intelligent, gentle dog I've ever known.  She is still so greatly missed and will forever have a special place in all of our hearts.

I chose gray colored paper by Maja Design because I love pink with gray.  I started with a thin layer of flexible modeling paste to stencil part of a 12x12 "Fleur de Lis Doily" & then added a few touches of Berry colored pigment ink after it dried.
This is what the stencil looks like:
Mini script letters by The Dusty Attic were prepped with gesso and then heat embossed with Tim Holtz Distress color "Shabby Shutters".  I then inked the tops of the letters with Berry colored pigment ink and glued the title in place.

I stamped the edges of the LO with the beautiful Kaisercraft clear stamp "Flutter". 
This is what the stamp looks like:
Both white and black gesso was splattered on the entire layout.  Pink and green micro beads were then randomly added.

I decorated this cute little resin frame by rubbing a few areas with Graphite colored wax to tone down the bright silver color.  Then I applied Distress Stickles "Worn Lipstick" to part of the frame design & added tiny baby pink rhinestones. 

After fussy cutting some butterflies, I made antennae for them and also added colored Diamond Dust to spruce them up.  Antique Bronze Distress Stickles was applied to the bodies.  Foam tape was used to lift them up from the page.

A flourish stamp, berry stems, flowers, cheesecloth, lace and pretty rhinestones in green, smoke & baby pink were the finishing touches.

Thanks so much for the visit and hope you have a wonderful day!  Lisa : )

Products used:
Maja Design - Vintage Summer Basics collection "1921"
The Crafters Workshop 12x12 stencil - "Fleur de Lis Doily"
The Dusty Attic - "Mini Script ABC set"
Kaisercraft clear stamp - "Flutter"
InkadinkaCling stamp - "Flower Flourishes"
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers - pastel Cosmos Daisies
Ranger (Tim Holtz) - Distress embossing powder "Shabby Shutters"; Distress Stickles "Worn Lipstick" & "Antique Bronze"; Archival Jet Black ink
Viva Décor Inka Gold - "Graphite"
Michael's - resin frame; berry stems; lace; rhinestones
Pigment inks - "Berry" & " Charcoal"
Gesso - white & black
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst - "Salt Water Taffy"

Sunday, April 5, 2015


I was able to create another layout before I have to get really busy 'restocking' the cabinets since our kitchen reno is complete.  YAY!
I just received my mail order of US Postal "Forever Stamps". That gave me the strong desire to scrap Janis Joplin - one of my very most favorite classic rock musicians.

I have entered my layout in The Dusty Attic April 2015 Mood Challenge!
The colors are stunning!
The word "Magical" on the Inspiration Board totally sums it up for how I feel about Janis Joplin : )

Of course I chose to use The Dusty Attic Music chippie!  I inked it with "Night Sky" (a very deep blue-black) and then added Distress Stickles color "Milled Lavender" to the note heads for some sparkle.

Music ~ #DA0351

The Dusty Attic Mini Hearts #2 are precious and about the diameter size of a pencil eraser. 
These were inked in colors "Night Sky" and "Peony". 
Mini Hearts #2 ~ #DA0990


The Dusty Attic Monarch Butterflies are so detailed and gorgeous!  I prepped them with gesso; coated them in acrylic paint color "Warm White" and then heat embossed in clear Kaleidoscope.   Check out the sparkle!

Monarch Butterflies ~ #DA0819
I decided to layer different designs from the beautiful Bo Bunny Rose Café collection and then surround Janis' renowned photo with pretty flowers.  I had some cool embellishments in my stash: Art-I-Cake's "rock on sister" jewelry piece; bright ribbon with peace signs; and a wooden 'Peace' button....all icons that remind me of the awesome Janis Joplin!

Here are a couple of close ups:
And, since the Postal stamps are what got me started on this LO in the first place, well I just HAD to include one in the design  : )

Well, I'm off to get my kitchen in order, so thank you very much for stopping by and hope you have a Happy Easter day!  Lisa : )
Products used:
Bo Bunny Rose Café collection: Page names ~ Bistro, Heirloom, Dot
Bo Bunny Rose Café collection - Film Strip
The Dusty Attic chipboard ~ Music, Monarch Butterflies, Mini Hearts #2
Martha Stewart punch - Geometric Frames
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Fleur de Lis Squares
Art-I-Cake jewelry - "rock on sister"
Flowers - Michael's & Petaloo ~ Penny Lane collection "Plum"

Webster's Pages alpha stickers - New Beginnings

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1925 Fashionista

To pass the time during a kitchen reno, I scrapped yet another LO of Evelyn Nesbit, the early 1900's Super Model that I'm so obsessed with (LOL!).

I chose a mix of paper collections that coordinate very well together:
    ~Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time
    ~Bo Bunny The Avenues
    ~Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante 
      (I really love the femininity of this rose printed paper.  It matches perfectly with the  colors in this LO)

I started by stenciling a few areas of the page using copper crackle; then stamped with a Bo Bunny Stained Textures stamp; finished with a few good sprays of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Shabby Turbine Teal. 
From a separate identical page, I fussy cut the beautiful teal flowers in the bottom corner and made them three dimensional with foam tape; inked the edges & then dressed them up with Patina colored Stickles.

I was especially excited to find a steam locomotive sticker in the Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time collection because, as you can see, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw is standing on a locomotive in this wonderful 1925 photo!  So, I enhanced this sticker with metal cogs and cotton for the 'steam'.

Since the Bo Bunny collection has a feminine/industrial theme, I was inspired to use lots of metal embellishments.  I also added microbeads for interest.  I combined colors Paradise & Jungle to become reminiscent of teal.
Here are some close ups of the metal embellies and the microbeads:


I added Wild Orchids Crafts roses (the teal ones were sprayed with LSG Starburst Shabby Turbine Teal); some rusty/natural colored hemp; punched rust colored cardstock to look like lace; and added finishing touches of microbeads & stickles.
Although it's a busy LO, I really enjoyed creating it and I'm pleased with the outcome.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day!  Lisa : )
Products used:

Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time collection – page name Imagination & Combo Stickers
Bo Bunny The Avenues collection – page name The Avenues
Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante collection – page name Fantasy Floral
Bo Bunny – Stained Textures Stamp
TCW stencil – 6x6 Mini Cut Circles
Prima Finnabair ArtExtraVagance Texture Paste – Copper Crackle
Sizzix BigZ Tim Holtz die – Elegant Flourishes
Tim Holtz idea-ology – Ornate Plate
Martha Stewart punches – Embroidery & Rose Leaf
LSG Starburst spray – Shabby Turbine Teal
Inks: Distress Ink Rusty Hinge; pigment inks Burnt Sienna & Teal
Stickles – Rusty Hinge & Patina
Wild Orchid Crafts - mulberry roses
Michael’s & Hobby Lobby – metal embellishments
Recollections – micro beads Paradise & Jungle