Friday, March 25, 2016

Our First Day with Greta

Happy Good Friday everyone!  I just finished a layout with a photo of Greta taken April 2007 on the very first day she came home with us.  She wasn't quite 2 months old yet, but doesn't she look so majestic?
When it came on the market, I bought the Maja Design Enjoying Outdoors collection because purple is my most favorite color.  This is the first time I've used it...go figure
I settled on a simple design using various papers from the collection that coordinated with each other. A little bit of stenciling was applied.  The Dusty Attic gorgeous Sweet Pea Border that I cut into three pieces was painted in Vanilla colored acrylic paint.

Rather than try to match the gorgeous tones of purple and fuchsia colors, I opted instead to create handmade flowers and tags with some of the papers in this collection. The only flowers that are not handmade are some really cool flower beads I've had 'forever' that are absolutely adorable and a perfect color match!! 
I tucked them here and there with the two large flowers.
I created all of the flowers using the Tattered Florals dies by Tim Holtz. 

I added some pastel yellow seed beads to the center of the flower shown below.  It looked nice inside The Dusty Attic String of Hearts chippie!  I simply inked the string part of the chipboard design and then using the Maja Design papers, I cut out the hearts and glued them on top of each heart shape already on the chipboard.
I hand cut a couple of tags, adding twine & a cute button from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope your Easter Holidays are wonderful!  Lisa : )
Products used: 
Maja Design - Enjoying Outdoors collection

There is no bad weather 


Harvest time (backside)


Feeling good (backside)

Late summer flowers

Late summer flowers (BS) 
The Dusty Attic chipboard

String of Hearts (#DA1017)
Sweet Pea Border (#DA0593)
Sizzix BigZ die - Tim Holtz - Tattered Florals

Stampers Anonymous stencil - Tim Holtz - Latticework
Prima Metal Dies - Leaves
Martha Stewart punch - Rose Leaf
Michael's - Pastel Yellow seed beads, Flower beads, Vanilla colored acrylic paint
Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk ink - Perfect Plumeria
ColorBox Pigment ink - Eggplant
Want2Scrap rhinestones - Lavender
Liquitex Professional Flexible Modeling Paste


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Such a Good Listener

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing a simple layout I made with a 2007 photo of dear Greta (my daughter's German Shepherd) when she was only 2 months old.  Those big clunky paws and floppy ears sure bring back some great memories!  Greta was such a good listener all of her life...well, not so "perfectly" good when she was very young (LOL), which makes this photo extra special to have her sitting so still and attentive.  I have always absolutely ADORED this photo!!  Greta is listening to Gwamma (that would be me) talking to her.  God we all loved her so very dog ever!

The mauves, brown tones and subtle teal colors in this gorgeous Prima Timeless Memories paper seemed perfect for this photo.  Greta's 'baby tummy' looks a bit mauve colored (ha!). 
I punched some teal colored paper from the Prima collection to create a frame for the photo and to decorate the top corner of the layout.  I'm very happy with the way it looks!

The rest was simply arranging flowers with die cuts and cheesecloth.

This first close up of the large, cloth flower by Prima shows the mauve bead I glued in the center for a little extra elegance:

The flower arrangement by the photo consists of various flowers that are listed below. 

I really love the Cheery Lynn Designs die cut Fanciful Flourish.  It even has leaf veins in it.  I used foam pieces to pop up some of the leaves for dimension.  The rose was very lightly sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst color Bodacious Blush, which by the way is one of my most favorite colors!  It's an antique rose color.  The more you spray, the more the brown in it will show. 

Thanks for looking!  Have a great day, Lisa : )

Products used:

Prima - Timeless Memories paper collection - "Moments"


EK Success punch - Scroll Pattern

Cheery Lynn Designs die - Fanciful Flourish

Kaisercraft - Vintage Crochet Doilies

Prima Flowers - Tiara Aqua

Petaloo - Penny Lane - Antique Mauve
Mini Wild Roses
Forget Me Nots

The Paper Studio Spare Parts - Tan Petite Daisies

Wild Orchid Crafts
White Trellis Roses 35mm (MKX-682)
Mixed Open Roses 25mm (MKX-313)

Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst spray Bodacious Blush
Recollections flowers
Ranger-Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
ColorBox-Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan
Cheesecloth (lightly sprayed with LSG Bodacious Blush)


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Uniquely You

My mother was 20 years old in 1950.......such a gorgeous woman.  This is one of my most favorite photos of her. I am so very lucky to have the original that she signed to my father and kissed it on the backside!  
So her lipstick kiss remains!!!  How cool is that?!

This is the second time I've scrapped this lovely photo.  The first one was the very first public posting I had ever made of one of my layouts.  The gorgeous Serendipity collection by Blue Fern Studios was absolutely perfect to re-scrap this stunning photo of Mom.

The recent Blue Fern Studios collections designed by Michele Singh just totally blow me away!  WOW!  They are absolutely exquisite!  I have so far refrained from covering up the magnificent print on these papers.  Instead, I use them as part of my design and inspiration. 

Just look how fabulous this paper truly is........

I decided to create layers and the layout title by using the pages
Calling Cards and the backside of Glee in this gorgeous paper collection. 

Some of the papers, including the photo were raised up with foam tape or cardboard for added dimension. 

Not only does BFS have gorgeous papers, but they also have stunning embossing powders!  
I added just a touch of stenciled elegance. 
Check out this fantastic Imagine Ink color '14 Karat' !  sigh.....

The Dusty Attic Wire Dress Form was the perfect chippie to use to add to the feminine feel of this layout. 
I evened out the color of it with Antique Linen Distress Ink;
then added the same color Stickles and a metal vintage rose for added sparkle.

The flowers that match so perfectly with this paper are from Wild Orchid Crafts
I placed my mother's "J" initial lapel/hat pin in one of the arrangements. 

Thank you for visiting!  I appreciate it very much!  Have a wonderful week!  Lisa : )

Products used:
Blue Fern Studios - Serendipity paper collection
used as main layout page
backside used under photo
used for layering & title

Tim Holtz Stencil - Gothic


Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink Embossing Powder - 14 Karat


The Dusty Attic Wire Dress Form (DA 0228)


Prima Vintage Trinkets - Tiny Treasures "Hearts"


Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients Mica Flakes - Gold Leaf

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
Mixed 2-tone Wild Roses 30mm (QVR-040)
Pale Peach Open Roses 20mm (MKX-018)
Mixed Earth tone Wild Roses 30mm 
Mixed Earth tone Hip Rosebuds
Mixed Yellow/Ivory tone Open Roses 15mm
Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Stickles - Antique Linen
ColorBox Pigment Ink - Chestnut Roan
Recollections (Michael's) - Gold Glitter Stickers
Hobby Lobby - ivory ribbon lace