Sunday, April 30, 2017

21 in '51

My dear mother was 21 in 1951.  
She could be only 20 in this photo...but we'll just stick with the catchy title. 😉
She married my Dad that same year on March 17, 1951 (St. Patrick's Day).  
Mom was always very conservatively stylish.  
You can see how tiny she is by her waistline, plus she was under 5 feet tall.  
She was such a beauty!

I'm especially happy to have found this photo of my Mom because I've really been in the mood to scrap her.  
It was perfect for the gorgeous Anticipation page in the Blue Fern Studios Serendipity paper collection

After the design of the layout was determined, 
I used Ranger Archival Jet Black ink to strategically stamp on the page.  
Yes, you read that correctly - strategically stamped. : )

I don't use stamps often, but I can say without a doubt that this one is now 
by far my very most favorite ~ Blue Fern Studios "Tattered Newsprint". 
It's so perfect for this paper & photo - words like 'embroidery, dress, doilys, satin'! 
I highlighted the area where the photo would be placed with 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink color Tattered Rose using a paintbrush and some water.  
The punched piece was adhered to the page, decorated with rose-pink pearls and 
the photo (which I distressed a bit) was then placed with foam tape to add dimension.  
You can see each of these details in the photo above.

Barb's Medallion is embossed in BFS Imagine Ink colors Pink Dust 
with touches of Antique Gold to coordinate with the paper.
A small jet black rose was placed in the very center.  
This was a beige colored rose that I sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang's Flat Fabio color Blazing Black.  
Then rose-pink pearls were added to match the ones used around the photo.

Using the same punch as under the photo, I edge punched the layout in a couple of areas
and then edge inked the entire layout with jet black archival ink.  
The two corners have the same rose-pink pearls in a larger size, but I used 
Ranger Liquid Pearls color Rose Gold to finish the 'pearls' along the edge.  I really LOVE this color!
Now for the title!
Several years ago I bought the prettiest Sizzix Sizzlits alphabet die set. 
The set is called Endless Love & is now retired.
They are 1" in height so I placed the 21 and '51 in opposite corners.

Finally, it was time to add the flower arrangements under the photo, which by the way has the BFS chipboard piece from the Whimsy Flourishes set that I heat embossed with Pink Dust color.

I chose flowers with the same colors in the paper - rosy pinks & golden yellows, along with black accents.  
I used the same small black roses to coordinate with the one used on the medallion chippie.  
Snippets of green reindeer moss (inspired by Tracy Funk) were added among the flowers for extra color.

Tattered Lace Meadow Leaves smaller die was used to accent the arrangements with some jet black color.  
I created 'berries' on the leaf tips with Liquid Pearls gorgeous color Rose Gold.  

Now for my favorite & sentimental part.....
I found this anchor button in my Mom's button stash.
Actually I found two but this one wasn't scratched up like the other one. 
I couldn't help but think to myself, 'Now how perfect is this?!!!'  
You see, my Dad was in the Navy at the time he & Mom married. This button just HAD to go on this layout!

Thank you so very much for taking time to view my latest layout!
Happy May and Happy Scrapping!  Lisa : )

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios

Barb's Medallion

Whimsy Flourishes

Pink Dust

Antique Gold

Sizzix Sizzlit Alphabet Set

Martha Stewart punch
Eyelet Lace

Tattered Lace die
Meadow Leaves

Cheery Lynn Designs die
Rose Leaf Strip

Sizzix Big Shot

Tim Holtz Distress Ink


Black rhinestones

Petaloo flowers
Yellow Anemone

Antique Rose Forgetmenots

Yellow mini Garden Rosettes

Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
Pastel Set C - Chrysanthemums

Pink Mix 25mm Cottage Roses

2-tone Yellow Aster Daisies

Michael's - Ashland Reindeer moss; Rose-Pink Pearls
My Mom's anchor button from her personal button stash

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Parade

Welcome!  Today I'm sharing a pretty Spring page using the gorgeous Blue Fern Studios paper collection
 "Spring Parade", which happens to be the title for my layout!
My pink & white glorious amaryllis flowers that are in The Pink Garden in my backyard really look like they are in a Spring Parade since they bloomed at the same time next to each other all in a row!

The backside of the May Vignettes page was astonishingly perfect in both color and design print; 
very fitting for this photo!   
As you can see, I layered two sizes of the same photo to create quite an awesome look!

I really love the edging on this page. It reminds me of washi tape. 
This inspired me to put a couple of pieces of pretty washi tape along the edge : ).
 Also very light pink pearls were strategically placed on the printed design of the paper.
 They add a soft, feminine feel.

Small flower arrangements didn't take away from the flower photo.

Subtle stenciling using The Dusty Attic Bedazzled stencil and Finnabair artExtravagance white crackle 
helped to add a bit of interest to the pattern design.  
Tiny pastel green pearls were added to the stencil pattern to bring it out a bit more.  
I love the coordination of patterns in the paper, stencil & shape of the amaryllis flowers!

I created symmetrical designs for each corresponding diagonal corner.  
First, I used one of the Blue Fern Studios chipboards "Classic Ornaments" that I cut in half. 
Each of the two pieces reminded me of a flower about to bloom!  
These were heat embossed with BFS Imagine Ink color Pink Peppermint 
and then adorned with a 2-toned tiny yellow rose. 

The other two corners were punched and then a mix of prills was adhered with matte gel.
 I used these color names: Ribbit, Cannot Tell a Lilac & Hot Mama - all from the Bright Ideas prills set. 
This was finished off with pretty purple bling and beautiful coordinating tiny roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The focal point of the layout is the center, where the photo and it's embellishments are placed.  
I wanted the photo to really stand out so I chose to use Blue Fern Studios fabulous Chesterville Shelf chipboard that was just perfect for this layout theme.  
I cut the chipboard in half so I could use the top piece on another layout in the future : ).
 The lattice work was embossed in bright glossy white and the flourish design in BFS Imagine Ink color Frozen
It's so shimmery and gorgeous!

Thanks so much for your wonderful visit and have a great weekend!

Lisa : )

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios
Spring Parade paper collection - "May Vignettes"

"Chesterville Shelf" chipboard

"Classic Ornaments" chipboard

"Frozen" EP

"Pink Peppermint" EP

Wild Orchid Crafts
10mm Pink Open Roses

10mm (2-tone) Open Roses

10mm Purple Open Roses

Medium Grass

Green Cosmos Daisies

Champagne Pink Lilies

MINI Green Sweetheart Blossoms

Martha Stewart punches - 
Crochet Loop

Rose Leaf

The Dusty Attic stencil - 

Finnabair artExtravagance Texture Paste - 
White Crackle

US Artquest Prills - Bright Ideas set

Cannot Tell a Lilac

Hot Mama

Michael's - light pink & pastel green pearls