Making Gifts for Life

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Love Layout

Love Layout - This is a 12 x 12 page. I took all these papers from the DCWV Mediterranean Stack.
I love the colors. I am very into teal now. Not sure why, when before it wasn't one of my favorite colors, but I can't seem to get enough of it. The white cardstock on the layout is to represent a photo. (My printer is still not working, I think I am giving in and gonna have some printed at Walgreens. I just had to edit a bunch of them first. Talk about an all day job!)
I left the background paper untouched, then I took another 12 x 12 sheet and trimmed it to 11 x 11, distressed it using the Zutter distressing tool and I inked it with olive ink from Colorbox. Then the teal paper I cut into a 9 x 9 square, distressed it and inked it with celadon ink by Colorbox.
Next step, I cut a scalloped square with my Making Memories Slice Machine, and stamped it with Inkadinkadoo clear stamps, and the same olive ink. Next I looked around for other embellies I could use and I found a felt border I just bought at the CKC in Buffalo, NY. Also I found some pearl brads and die cuts shapes from the CKC also. I cut the border in 2 sections, one a tad longer then the other. I made 3 orange flowers with cardstock, because to be honest, I don't have much orange embellies laying around. I made 2 butterflies out of the background cardboard piece in the Prima "say it with pearls" packaging. I took a little FIMO clay, this just happened to be sparkly white, and I kneaded it with my hand til it was soft, then I rolled it around piece of wire I folded in half, with ends long enough to stick out so I could make antenna. I bake them according to the packages directions. I cut the cute butterflies out of scrap paper first with my Slice machine, then I traced them onto the heavier cardboard and cut them with scissors. I used a stylist to draw some lines on the back of the butteflies, added the bodies I made with clay and then you have cute butterflies. All I did to them after that is curl their antenna with round nose pliers.
I made the 3 orange flowers using the same type of technique I posted at an earlier date. The teal flowers are made by Prima and I added pearl centers. I have a few die cut embellies on here, that are actually from a SEI pack I bought at CKC last year.
The teal felt border, I did not take the backing off where the picture will be, that way I can slide the picture in there fairly simple without having to peel off the felt border.

I also sewed all each of the two squares, with my sewing machine. Just a quick straight stitch, no need to be perfect, but I tried to keep it as straight as possible, for this design.
I added two orange epoxy stickers to complete the layout, making a visual triangle. It leads the eye around the page, making for a visually appealing layout.
If you have any questions, or comments pls post them in the comment section below.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

It's Mid-July!!!

For those of you that live in NY, it's just starting to get warm out, but the nights have been strangely cool. I woke up at 230am this morning to 52 degrees. I can't even believe that. It's nuts. I mean it is July right?

Anyway on to the good stuff. I don't have many followers of my blog, not sure why, but I want to change that. I am going to do a give away. Yes, I said it ---- a GIVE AWAY!!!

For all of those who become a follower, post a comment, this Give Away will apply. I am giving away some great papers, embellishments, and more. There are no pics, it will be a total surprise. So if you want to win, become a follower and post a comment about the give away. I will use to pick the winner.

Prizes will include (but aren't limited to): MME, Paper Loft, Bo Bunny, DCWV papers, stickers, brads, trinkets, embellishments, and more...

It's my way of saying thank you for reading my blog, and becoming a follower. Now get to it, read on, become a follower, and post a comment. (Otherwise you can't win the give away.)

More pages will be posted soon.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Teal Antiqued Page -
I ran each layer through the Zutter distressing tool, and then inked the edges with the chestnut roan ink from Colorbox. I tore a page from a book and antiqued the edges. I made my own leaves, used a embossing tool to add definition then added some veins with a gel pen, I also inked the edges of each leaf with celadon ink from Colorbox. Added some Prima flowers all in white. And my page was complete. No title yet, as there is no picture, printer is still having issues. :(

I hope you like my page. Thank you for visiting my blog.