Making Gifts for Life

Friday, January 18, 2013

Timeless (For January's Dusty Attic Challenge)


(for Dusty Attics January Challenge)

I made this layout the the Dusty Attics challenge of the month. I altered the sketch a little so suit my style and taste, but stuck a little to the structure.

I used Bo Bunny papers to make this layout, they all come from the same line, Mama-Razzi.

I used the Dusty Attic Garden Frame, the smaller of the two frames that comes in the set. And of course, I left them naked. I think I have a serious problem.... :) Something about the naked chippies sending my heart a flutter. I love al the Dusty Attic chippies and I don't know what happens but when it comes time to use them, except for two occasions so far, I have left them naked. Even when I start with a plan to cover them in paper or paint, they end up naked because I like the raw look.

Another cool technique I used on this layout, I wanted to share with you. I have done this before on many cards I have made (and if you ever attended one of my classes, you have also used this technique). You need some eyelash yarn that you can get at your local craft store, it's about $3.99 for a skein. When you assemble your flowers or another option is, die cuts, you put a large glue dot on the back and take a small amount of this yarn and wind it around the back of the embellishment. It gives it a little something more, without adding too much. If you look closely you can see I did this on the two larger flowers on this layout.
I hope you like my interpretation of this layout. 
Please post a comment or let me know if you have any questions.

If you are interested in purchasing Dusty Attic chippies, I sell them!!!!

You can email me your want list of what Dusty Attic chippies you would like, and I will email you back with a total. $10.00 worth of Free DA chippies with every $100 purchase.

Now THAT sounds like a deal!

Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The Paper Mixing Bowl Challenge

Here is the challenge.

Here is my take on it.
The only reason that I stuck to the sketch is I fell in love with it.
It was alot of fun to splatter paint all over.

Steps to complete this page:
Starting with a 12x12 piece of aquamarine cardstock, ink the edges with a black ink pad, blending it in to the center.
Take white and black paint. Mix 1 part paint with 2 parts water, so that it's not so thick. Using an old paintbrush (cheap plastic kids ones work the best). Splatter the paint on a well protected table (it WILL go everywhere).
Cute two photo mats, 3x3 and adhere pictures to them. This is my son's senior picture and a picture I took of my daughter the same day.
Add gray rhinestone flourish. (I cut mine and rearranged it to go the direction I wanted.) That is what is so great about these flourishes, they can be manipulated slightly if they exactly what you need. You can also change the color of them if need be.

Cut title out with an electronic die cutter and glue in place.

This layout turned out to be pretty easy. It went together fairly quickly. The most time consuming part was waiting for the paint to dry.

I hope you enjoyed my layout. I cant to try next month's challenge.

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Thank you for visiting today.

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

6 more days...

In six days, my first design team layout will be displayed on the blog: The Paper Mixing Bowl. I hope you all enjoy my interpretation of the this month's recipe. It was a lot fo fun to make the layout. I followed the sketch pretty much, because I was so in love with it. I really like the way it turned out when I was making it. Otherwise I would have gone off in another direction.
As soon as it is posted on the The Paper Mixing Bowl wesbite, I will be sure to post it on here with step by step directions.
I hope you are having a blessed day.
Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blog Challenge for The Paper Mixing Bowl

December Challenge Extended -
The December challenge at The Paper Mixing Bowl Blog has been extended until January 15th. Please stop by clicking the blog name above and share your interpretations of this awesome sketch. 

If you haven't ever joined a blog challenge before, they are a lot of fun. The challenges help us work on our skills as artists and expand our minds as to what we can achieve. 

I don't know about you but when I do a challenge, it's most of the time a jumping off point for me, there are times that I do the exact same as the sketch posts, because I liked the look so much, that I just have to. But most of the time, I use the sketch as a starting point and go from there.

Don't worry about it if you have never tried a challenge before, no one gets better at their craft by not trying new ways to do it. I know a lot of the scrappers out there are nervous about trying a challenge. But don't be. If you are worried, then try the challenge but don't post it, keep t to yourself. At least you tried. You can always share later when you feel like you have progressed enough to let others see your work.

I make a lot of layouts, that I don't think that are good enough to post onlinr. But even the layouts, that you think aren't that good, someone out there is in love with it. (At least that is what I try to tell myself.) lol

I can't wait to see what you submit. 

Have a blessed day!

Holiday Memories

Holiday Memories
Honestly, I think I made too many layouts for Christmas this year, seeing as how, I didn't even take that many pictures. I was more concerned with soaking up the day with my son and daughter. Seeing as how it could be my last Christmas with my son for sometime (not really sure, it depends on the US military), I wanted to make sure I wasn't just stuck behind the camera and not really experiencing what we were doing. I tend to do that, I am not sure about you, but when I take pictures I go into picture taking mode and I don't really think about what is happening, just about how to get the perfect shot. Now granted, not all the shots I take are perfect, heck not even 1/4th of them, but I try and that is where my focus lies.
I really like this layout.
I started with a 12 x 12 piece of cream cardstock, stamped snowflakes on it, with Inkadinkado stamps and a merlot cat's eye stamp pad by Colorbox.
Then I found another piece of cardstock, 12 x 12, in cranberry and matted the three different patterned papers on it. Cutting them in varying sizes and staggering them.
I used Dusty Attic snowflake chippies, naked of course and put buttons on them. I added more buttons to the layout to finish it off, along with a tag I happen to find in my stash.
I hope you like this layout as much as I do.
If you would like exact sizes of all the cuts, please just post a comment below and I will post them, better then figuring them out yourself! :)
Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Merry Christmas Layout #2

Merry Christmas Layout #2

It's been a long time since I did a layout that had more then one or two pictures. (Well... ok... really only since Halloween of 2012.) But seriously I normally do 1 or 2 picture layouts, for reasons as they are more appealing and I just like them. But I decided to try a three picture layout and see what happened. 

This is a fairly simple layout, although you wouldn't think so when I was doing it. How come when you are making something, you make it seem harder then it actually is. My biggest problem I think, is I am never happy with the first try, I have to mess with things and keep messing with them. On this layout, it wasn't so much the papers or the photo mats that I kept messing with, it was the jewels. I had a bunch on the layout to begin with, then took some away, then put them back, well... you get my drift. I settled on six. Three of course being visually appealing, so six should be doubly so, right?

To pop Santa a little, I added Stickles to the candy cane he is holding and one of the presents in his sack. I just followed the already printed red stripes.

I like the layout and I hope you do too.

I hope your New Year started out good and keeps going that way.

Have a blessed day.