Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pop, can you see my cookie?

This adorable photo was taken in 1985 when Brianne (my daughter) was 1-1/2 years old.  She had just taken a bite of her cookie and has her mouth wide open with her little tongue hanging out (very hard to see in the photo) to show "Pop" (my father).  LOL!
I chose to go all the way girly pastel!

Isn't this a perfect title for this layout?

Sometimes I love to go back through very old paper collections and other scrap stash that I have.  Scrapping a simple layout without a lot of 'hoopla' is relaxing and fun!  This Prima paper from "The Sasha Paper Collection" is precious!  No other paper in all of my stash would quite suffice for this photo like this one did, so.....since this is not heavy weight paper, I adhered an 11x11 white poster board piece to the back of it for stability.

Besides some of the main page edges, the scallop 3-dot punches became the basis for the page design....

~ the papers behind the photo

~ foundation for small floral arrangements on the page edges

~ and groupings of pearls in white & pale baby pink 

Two main flower arrangements bring focus to the photo.
I absolutely LOVE the multi colored ones from Michael's! 

I also made some die cut flowers with the same pink cardstock that's behind the photo.  These cuties are actually the stamen part on the Cheery Lynn Designs Black Eyed Susan strip die.  Made in the same fashion that you would make the stamen for a flower, you simply cut, roll up, glue and fan out the tiny strips with your finger.  They are adorable!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!  Lisa : )

Products used:

Prima - The Sasha Paper Collection

Martha Stewart Punches - Scallop 3-Dot

Tattered Lace Dies - Ornate Leaves

Cheery Lynn Designs - Black Eyed Susan Strip Die

Michael's - Recollections (multi-pastel)
Wild Orchid Crafts -
Apple Blossoms - Pastel Mix
Tulips - Baby Pink
Mini Gardenia - Pink Mix

Michael's stick-on pearls in white & pale baby pink
Cardstock - linen textured baby pink; yellow-green; white
ColorBox Pigment inks - Moss Green & Pink 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Card from my BFF ~ homemade window holder

I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail recently that made me smile and cry at the same time!  My awesome angel of a best friend sent me a very special card that I will treasure the rest of my life!  O-M-G!  God sure hooked me up with the perfect one!!!

Here is the front and inside sentiments.
And look at these adorable kitties!!! How Perfect is that?!?!  OMG!  >^..^<

Keep in mind, as we all know, that none other than "Lucy the Bad" loves to get into any and everything; especially if it's something new.  I have had flowers, ribbons and ponytail holders (among other things) 'stolen' from under my nose!  LOL!  I wanted to really SEE this card every single day, without fear of it being damaged in some way by tiny kitty teeth! hee hee   So, after some thought, I came up with the perfect solution....why not make a card holder with a see-through plastic window?!?!  And then hang it on the side of the refrigerator right by my scrapping area so it's out of Lucy's reach and right in my line of sight!  Yay!!!!   Soooooo....this is what I came up with......

I happened to have the perfect paper collection with teal, red, orange & peach colors in it!  The papers are in the DCWV's "The Coral Couture" collection. 

Careful trial and error, but finally resulted in the cutting and scoring of a manila folder that when folded up to be a card holder ended up being 6.25" wide x 7" long.  I glued a piece of clear plastic (the stuff you use for shaker cards) for the viewing window sized at 4.75" x 6.5".  The card itself measures 4.5" x 6.75".  A perfect fit!  Then I adhered the paper, decorating both the outside and the inside of this cute card holder.

Adding some lace trim and resin daisies around the window area was plenty since the paper has such an adorable floral design! 

Now how cute is that?!

Special heartfelt thanks to my BFF Carmel who I love to the moon and back!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day too!  Lisa : )

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Kitten Face

I've mentioned numerous times how hard it is to capture Miss Gali's adorable kitten-like face in a photograph.  August 27th I got lucky and caught a candid shot of her sitting on her pink towel atop the extra refrigerator in our computer/scrap room, so I'm looking up at her.  I had to lightened the photo because her face mask is so dark chocolate that you can't even see her nose!

To be honest, I almost named this layout "I'm Annoyed" because Gali really was annoyed.  Guess why?  Yes, that's exactly correct....Lucy "the Bad" had jumped up with her and was desperately & very annoyingly trying to get her MaMa's attention, but to no avail.  LOL!!  Gali's face really looks like she's saying 'Please get her out of my space before I scream!'  LOL!  They are best friends, so no worries!  hee hee

I've entered my creation in the beautiful Dusty Attic September 2016 Mood Board Challenge!
It really captured me with it's gorgeous blues, creams and browns. 
I LOVE blue and brown together...well that's obvious because Miss Gali & Lucy are beautiful colors of cream, chocolate brown and buff colors and then their phenomenally gorgeous blue eyes - WOW!

Flowers and lace just had to be part of this layout, especially since Miss Gali is so shy & dainty :).
The process I used to color the beautiful Dusty Attic Corner Flourish #3 chipboard was to first gesso-prep; then added two coats of Vanilla colored acrylic paint; followed by touches of ColorBox inks Chestnut Roan and Colonial Blue.  I wanted more blue, so I painted random areas with Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio color Tweedle Dee Denim. I really love it because it's the perfect blue!  Tsukineko Versa Magic Chalk ink in Night Sky color (darkest possible navy blue ever) was touched on the edges to help highlight the blue areas a little better.  

Beautiful Wild Orchid Crafts roses and snippets of lace, 
lightly sprayed with LSG Flat Fabio Tweedle Dee Denim,
add the perfect feminine touch. 

A mixture of Vintage Blue & Copper glass glitter was glued to random areas for sparkle and interest.

I love The Dusty Attic Lace Border #1 with its heart design & Indian flair.  So, my design intention is to resemble the Dream Catcher in the mood board!  I gesso-prepped the piece; acrylic painted Vanilla color & then let drops from the sprayer of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst color Whale Watch Blue soak in...takes a little while to soak in because of the acrylic paint, but I love the subtle coloring very much!  The previously mentioned glass glitter mixture was added to the solid heart centers.  In the 'weaved area' I added tiny baby blue rhinestones and chocolate pearls.  A dark espresso rhinestone was added to each dangling 'feather' piece.  Then beautiful Wild Orchid Crafts roses and rosebuds in navy & light blue finished up the piece.

You can really see the Whale Watch Blue coloring in this photo ~ 

Last, but definitely not least, The Dusty Attic Flutterbies #3 are on my "Perpetual Reorder List"!  They are so detailed and I can't get enough of them!  I gesso-prepped them, inked the inside wing areas with ColorBox Colonial Blue and the outside wing areas with Versa Magic Night Sky. I also barely touched the bodies with Colonial Blue for just a hint of blue color.  The wings were then outlined using Stickles color Frosted Lace.

I always appreciate your visits and hope that you can come back again to see what I've created. 
Have a great day!  Lisa : )
Products used:
The Dusty Attic chipboard -
Corner Flourish #3 (DA-0623)
Flutterbies #3 (DA-0766)
Lace Border #1 (DA-0843)
Blue Fern Studios - Serendipity collection - Inspiration
Martha Stewart punches -
Crotchet Loop
Swirling Lace
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers -
Blue Mix Open Roses 15mm
Pale Blue Wild Roses 30mm
Blue Mix Wild Roses 40mm
Vintage Mix Open Roses 10mm
Blue Mix Wild Roses 30mm
Blue Rosebuds 4mm
Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays -
   Starburst Spray: Whale Watch Blue
   Starburst Spray: Dark Chocolate Truffle
   Flat Fabio: Tweedle Dee Denim
Inks -
   ColorBox: Colonial Blue & Chestnut Roan
   Tsukineko Versa Magic: Night Sky
Glass Glitters -
    Recollections Vintage Blue
    Finnabair artingredients Copper
Ranger - Stickles - Frosted Lace
Misc cardstock:
   Linen textured Navy Blue
   Pearlescent Ivory

Saturday, September 10, 2016

What a beautiful day ~ Maja Design Challenge

Hi everyone!  Maja Design's September 2016 Challenge with all of its gorgeous purple tones really sparked me into creation mode!  I designed a card and have entered it in this challenge!
If you don't already know, I'm a purple-holic - it's my most favorite color!  I certainly had a very relaxing, enjoyable time creating this card!  I have decided to keep it for myself, as a helpful reminder that each day is beautiful and to always see "flowers among the weeds" in every day life.
The Maja Design September 2016 Mood Board Challenge almost makes me drool - LOL!
Not only for the gorgeous colors, but I LOVE plaid...and those fresh fruits look so plump and yummy!

My very first goal was to select the right photo from my garden flowers! 
I settled on these lusciously perfect hyacinths that I photographed in March 2010. 

Maja Design's Enjoying Outdoors Tags & Journaling Cards page has
the cutest tags and a plaid card perfect for framing the photo! 

Using the bottom strip from some of the papers in this beautiful Enjoying Outdoors collection,
I was able to cut out all of the words used on this card!

I made some cross stitching on the front of the card and used the same embroidery threads for the tags. I die cut a precious little doily and also leaves from this beautiful Maja Design collection.  Wild Orchid Crafts flowers always enhance any creation!

Here is the front of the card:

The best sentiment of all is inside of the card.  Such a wonderful reminder....
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them". 
WOW!  How profound is that?!
For the inside of the card, I stenciled a floral design with white crackle texture paste and then added a dark lavender piece from the collection.  I did some straight stitching around its perimeter.  It was the perfect accent needed to help make the sentiment and flowers pop!

Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day!  Lisa : )

Products used:

Maja Design - Enjoying Outdoors collection

"What a beautiful day"
"Late Summer Flowers" (backside)

"Tags & Journaling Cards"
Tattered Lace dies - Ornate Leaves

My Favorite Things - Die-namics dies - Mini Doily Circles

WeRMemory Keepers - Designer eyelets - Pewter Press

Prima 6x6 Stencil - Tubaroses

Finnabair - Texture Paste - White Crackle

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers -
2-tone Gypsophila
White Gypsophila
2-tone Lilac Heather

Purple Mix Sweetheart Blossoms
2-tone Lilac Sweetheart Blossoms
MINI Purple Mix Sweetheart Blossoms
Michael's - Recollections Purple Pearl Brads