Thursday, September 24, 2015

A day at the park 9-29-07

Welcome to my scrapbook blog!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using inspirations from renowned artists that I follow and learn from, as well as the gorgeous Fall colors in the Lindy’s Stamp Gang September 2015 Color Challenge. 
Let me show you my creation first:

The stunning beauty in the layout photo is my beloved Grand-Dog, Greta, taken at a dog park in Naperville, Illinois when she lived there with her ‘MaMa’ (my daughter).  Greta is 7-1/2 months old in this pic.  She LOVED to socialize with dogs and run and play.  Our hearts still yearn for Greta because we miss her SO SO much!
The colors in this month’s Lindy’s challenge are super stunning and were perfect for this photo!
The challenge colors I used are Starbursts Marigold Yellow Orange, Tibetan Poppy Teal and Rudolph’s Nose Red (first three colors left to right). The Tibetan Poppy Teal was also heavily sprayed on the main page and allowed to drip.   I also chose my own Starburst sprays to add - Red Hot Poker Orange and Grab a Guy Gold.  A couple of the rolled flowers and the wreath pieces were colored with LSG Moon Shadow Mist Buccaneer Bronze.  The Dusty Attic Ferns were colored with gesso mixed with LSG magical Greased Lightnin’ Green from the Magicals Set Go Greased Lightnin’  
Here are close ups of the flower clusters to show the awesome shimmer - some photos were taken in the sunshine and some not.  Both are beautiful!

I’m very anxious to share with you the inspirations I gained for this layout from three incredibly talented ladies whose astounding creations just make me regularly gaze at them in complete awe. 
Boy, to have just a tiny pinch of their talent!  WOW!
   -Tracy Funk (My Funky Scrapbook Blog) creates the cutest flowers using dies that are for the flower centers. Two beautiful layouts she created in July 2015 are Tammy and Monsie where she made ivory flowers from flower center dies. This inspired me to give this idea a try and I LOVE the results!    
   -Lisa Nazario-Gregory (What a Beautiful Mess) creates hand rolled flowers.  I love the look they give to a layout.  Her 9/2/15 DT layout for Lindy’s is a perfect recent example – Remember Today.   Lisa also inspired me a long time ago to use corrugated cardboard in some of my designs.  I’m very excited with my first-time try at rolling flowers!
   -Pascale Bernard (Scrap Made in Touraine) 6/30/15 Maja Design DT layout Chateau Renault.  She soaked The Dusty Attic Ferns and then pulled the chipboard layers apart, which produced multiple and thinner ferns that could be glued in a way to create a natural look.  I’m so happy with the results of this technique! 
I chose paper complimentary to the beautiful brown color of Greta’s coat. Since the paper isn’t premium grade, I had to glue it to some thicker paper to give it stability and strength.
All of the flowers are die cut or hand rolled using heavy duty watercolor paper.  All are colored with Lindy’s sprays.
The 6-pedal flowers and small "mum-like flowers" are die cut from the Cheery Lynn Designs die strip Black Eyed Susan.  The mum-like flowers were made using the die that is supposed to be for the flower center. I really LOVE these!  I will definitely be making more of these for future layouts!
One final look at the layout - in the sunshine : )
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!  Lisa :)

Products used:
Momenta paper
The Dusty Attic – Ferns (#DA0507)
Cheery Lynn Designs die strips: Black Eyed Susan (#B338) and Wreath (#B216)
Recollections – teal colored pearls
Ranger Liquid Pearls – Ruby Red
Lindy’s Stamp Gang:
   Starbursts – Marigold Yellow Orange, Tibetan Poppy Teal, Rudolph’s Nose Red, Red Hot Poker Orange, Grab a Guy Gold
   Moon Shadow Mist – Buccaneer Bronze
   Magical – Go Greased Lightnin’ Green (Go Greased Lightnin’ set)


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Boy with his tricycle

Today I’m sharing a layout I created with a Pinterest photo (circa mid-late 1800’s) that really interested me. 
Can you imagine the rough ride children had on their bicycles & tricycles without tires?

I mimicked an uneven dirt path using modeling paste applied with a palette knife; heat embossed while still wet with Tim Holtz Distress powders “Old Paper” and “Frayed Burlap”; then microbeads were added to match the darker patches in the photo. 
The Dusty Attic grass cluster chippies embossed with Distress powder color “Shabby Shutters” helped to add a rustic feel.  
The chipboard fence was acrylic painted; then sponged with brown paint to give a worn look.  LSG Starburst “A Bit o’Bubbly” applied on the fence helped to tone down the brightness of the vanilla color.

Another way to get a rustic feel is by using corrugated cardboard.  I spritzed these pieces with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist color “Buccaneer Bay Blue”.  This color has a really gorgeous bright blue shimmer!  All of the Moon Shadow Mists have a brown base to them, so they are perfect to use on vintage layouts.
Distress inked splatters in Vintage Photo color gave an aged feel to the layout.  Various flowers, berries and a fabric bow tie helped add some color.
This page was a real challenge for me because although I can picture something in my mind, I don’t always know exactly what to do to accomplish the look that I want.  I took a risk creating the worn looking path because if it would not have turned out to my liking, then the one page that I had left in this Maja Design stripe would have been ruined.  So, I’m happy that it came out ok!  Whew!
Onward I go….perhaps I’ll find another vintage photo to scrap!  Thx for stopping by! Lisa : )
Products used:
Maja Design – Vintage Autumn Basics collection – page named “No. XXIII”
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Splatters THS009
Tim Holtz Distress EP – Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Shabby Shutters
LSG sprays – Moon Shadow Mist “Buccaneer BayBlue”; Starburst “A Bit o’Bubbly
Flowers, Fabric Bow, Berries – Hobby Lobby, Michael’s & Prima Milk Bottle burgundy tiny flowers

Friday, September 11, 2015

all set

I felt like creating just a simple, good old fashioned layout without any fancy techniques. I chose some very old stash I have from when I first started scrapping baby layouts of my daughter five years ago. I loved this adorable photo that I found on Pinterest.   
I used a plaid punch to coordinate with the paper and the little girl’s dress; cut out circles & hearts and then layered them; used embellishments from my old stash, like buttons, resin & stick-on flowers...all to make this a cute, girly page.  The numbers represent the little girl counting to make sure all of her toys are in place.  These were brightened up with pigment inks.  

A piece of picket fence was heat embossed in white and lace was added to look like a row of growing flowers. The lace was colored with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst color Edelweiss Moss Green; tiny pearls added to the centers.  The pearls were dyed with alcohol ink color Lemonade. 
Although I hesitated posting this creation, I decided that I would because I scrap what I feel. I have a wide range of styles, so just about anything fits with me. 
This was fun and very relaxing to put together.  I might have to dig in my old stash some more and make another simple old fashioned layout!  Have a good day!  Lisa : )
Products used:
The Paper Studio “Sweet Pea” premium cardstock collection
EK Success punch – Plaid
Webster’s Pages(for title) – alpha stickers
Want2Scrap chipboard picket fence piece; baby pearls
Hobby Lobby - Offray flower lace ribbon
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray – Edelweiss MossGreen
EK Success Sticko dimensional foam numbers
ColorBox Pigment inks – Sweet Melon; Pink; Lettuce; Cape Cod
Wild orchid Crafts – Flower shape flat back pearls 12mm (#GST-140)
Prima – Sculpture resin flowers

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Marcy 2010

I created a fun layout of my sweet Grand Kitty, Marcy.  I took this photo in July 2010 as she lay in the Pink Garden ‘ignoring’ me (LOL).  I love Marcy’s ‘cattitude’!

I really wanted to decorate this page with the same vinca flowers that are in the photo so I went outside and photographed my current vinca!  I resized them on the computer; printed on photo paper; then fussy cut!  Some have foam dots under them for dimension.
I was really anxious to use some new Spellbinders dies that I just received in a scrap order. Here are some close ups of the gorgeous Romantic Vines embossing die cuts! I pieced more than one die together to create the look I wanted.

Coordinating paper in the same gorgeous Bo Bunny Madeleine collection was perfect for these other exciting new dies I just bought - Spellbinders Decorative Labels 46! Their intricate detailing and octagon shape really caught my eye when I first saw them! I dampened the die cuts of the flower petals and curved them upward, adding pink rhinestones for centers. 
I LOVE these dies! 
Here are a few different photo angles.
Thanks for visiting and have a good day!  Lisa : )

Products used:

Bo Bunny Madeleine paper collection – page named Grace
    6x6 pad (same as page named Charm in 12x12 size)
Prima 6x6 stencil – Fluttering Flowers
Spellbinders Dies –
    Nestabilities - Decorative Labels 46
    Shapeabilities -Romantic Vines
Ranger Liquid Pearls – Flamingo
Want2Scrap – Pink rhinestones
ColorBox Pigment inks – Chestnut Roan & Magenta
Drywall Joint Tape

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Beauty in the eyes of the beholder

I've created a layout with one of my favorite photos from Pinterest that I saved over a year ago.  I love angels and this one really "captured me".  Despite its deteriorating state, I think this angel statue is really beautiful and very striking.

The Prima Timeless Memories paper had the exact ‘straw’ color, like the statue, with touches of light teal blue.  This became the main color palette.  I applied a crackle stamp to the paper using Vintage Photo distress ink. 
The perfect teal (a blue-teal) colored cardstock was in my scrap stash.
The resin frame & feather were heat embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang color King Midas Gold.   Here is a close up of the frame:
Coordinating colored flowers, along with brown-rust moss and berry stems formed nice clusters.  The Dusty Attic ‘Foliage’ chipboard pieces inked in Vintage Photo and Recollections Autumn colored rhinestones added extra interest to the flower clusters.

Thanks so much for the visit!  Have a great day, Lisa : )

Products used:
Prima – Timeless Memories collection – page named Freedom
S.E.I. – Blue Teal cardstock
Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz wood mounted stamp – Crackle
Ranger Distress inks – Vintage Photo & Antique Linen
The Dusty Attic – Foliage (#DA 0506)
Wild Orchid Crafts mulberry flowers in Mixed Earth Tone:
    ~Wild Roses 30mm (#QVR-004)
    ~Hip Rosebuds (#GST-016)
    ~Cottage Roses 25 mm (#QVR-047)
Spellbinders die – Antique Tags One
Michael’s & Hobby Lobby: Resin frame & feather; rhinestones; Spanish moss; paper teal colored flowers; berry stems