January 27, 2011

Basic Grey Marjolaine layouts for Generations Crafting.

Helloooooooo fellow scrappers.. 
Last year was so blessed having met Floren Boynton over at Generations Crafting and being invited to join her Design Team.. During the beginnins of this year, I've been playing with some of the paper collections she sent me to work with.. Basic Grey Marjolaine being one of them.. 
Honestly! the color palette scared me just a little bit,  but once I started going through the papers and pairing them off into several groups, I actually think I love this collection most of all..  I'm so happy that I got knocked out of my comfy zone and was forced to challenge myself with some new colors and prints that I normally wouldn't of bought..
So, with that said here are a few layouts and some close ups, of this collection..

I used some Prima flowers on this layout, The big white ones and the brown Rossetti.. The smaller white flower and brown ones are from Ranger.
I hand made the ribbon rosetti and used lots of  Basic Greys new glazed brads..I also did some heat embossing on the upper left hand corner.. Some butterflies and flourish by Tim Holtz and used white embossing powder.  I also added one embossed butterfly onto the tag.
The white flourish, title and light blue leaves were cut using my cricut..
here are a few close ups:

This layout was published in the Basic Grey Gallery
 and then for other layout I made using the same collection.. I'm really happy how different they look even though the papers are from the same collection..
the design of the layout below isn't my own.. I was browsing around the internet one night and came upon a beautiful layout similar to this one...I've embellished it completely differnt, so it looks as if we used the same sketch..LOL

Here is the layout:

For this layout, I used Prima flowers and Basic Grey Glazed brads.. I also had some Prima bling in my stash that I though was perfect for this layout.
I had some what of a hard time coming up with a title and then I found this title over at scrapbook.com in their referance are.. Its a great place if you need some help coming up with a title..
and for some close up:

So, thats the two layouts I created using the same paper collection from Basic Grey (Marjolaine).. I also created a mini album with it.. should be able to locate that by clicking HERE.. 
Generations Crafting is having a great sale on this Marjolaine collection, so if you like what you see and you'd like to create something similar for your scrapbook, then do stop by GC and check out what she has left.. I know these will be flying out of her store...
thank you ladies so much for looking and I hope you have a great and creative week..

January 25, 2011

Basic Grey Olivia line layouts for Generations Crafting

So! Who doesn't like Basic Grey?.. I love their papers even though at times I do struggle a little with some of their patterns..  I was so lucky to be able to create a little something with their OLIVIA line.. Beautiful pink papers and since I have a daughter, I couldn't wait to find a cute photo of her from my box of photos..

Here is my layout:
 I've seen a lot of layouts that a stencil was used and then sprayed with glimmer mist.. I experimented on this layout a little.. I cut a flourish using the Cindy Loo cartrtidge and then placed it on the cardstock, sprayed it with pink glimmer mist and then heat set it with my heat gun.. then just layered the papers next to it..

I also watched a ustreme video (hope thats spelled correctly) and on that video she  was talking about layering flowers and I thought to try it her way for a change.. Looks good!!..LOL
Here are a few close ups of the layout:

I wanted to add a doily to the layout, but was having a hard time getting it to fit right.. so, I cut one down and then fan folded it and finally glued it underneath the papers.. fit perfectly.. I also found a pink jeweled little crown charm in my stash and added that just below the flower cluster..

Close up of the bottom flower cluster with some white pearls by Prima.. The leaves are from the "Home Accents" cartridge, cut at 1.1/4 " which I folded in the middle and then inked them with light green ink.

I found a cute little sticker that came with the OLIVIA line..It says "It can't get better than this!"  I stuck it down on the side of the photo and then covered it with Glossy Accents..  I also used my Marthat Stewart edge punch for some of the top trim below the doily..

 and then I made another one using the same paper line but a few different prints.. I love the way it came out:

 and for a few close ups of the layout:

made my own tag and then some computer generated journaling.. which I cut into strips and then inked the edges..

Some Primas and buttons.. Made my own leaves using my cricut and the Home Decor cartridge..

The title I cut using my "storybook" cartridge and then I added some Glossy Accents to it.. The word "little" I printed on white cardstock using my computer and then cut the letters individually, inked the edges and glued them underneath the paper..

Okey ladies.. This layout was so much fun to do.. I love trying new things and this had a lot of them..LOL
Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking look..  If you get a minute, so stop by Generations Crafting and check out all of the wonderful sales she is having..
Have a great and creative week..

January 21, 2011

Can You Hear the Music-SOUS reveal

Boy! These weeks sure do go by fast.. 
But, I always look forward to our Friday reveals over at SOUS.. The design team has been busy this week with a simple sketch, but I think the simple ones are the best cause you can get really creative with them..
Here is the sketch:

So, here is my take on this weeks sketch:
My daughters friend took these picture at a photo studio.. I absolutely love these photos of her..
I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a title to these photos, but then for some reason Rhiannas "don't stop the music"  started playing in my head..LOL  the title just developed from there..
and for some close up:

Some Prima flowers and bling

As for the journaling, these are actually the lyrics from Rhiannas song.. its the chorus portion of the song.. Maybe when my dd gets a lot older and looks back at this layout, it will bring fond memories of what songs were playing this year..

As for supplies used:

Papers by: "Rose Garden" by Docrafts
Cardstock: light blue and white

Distress Inks: By Tim Holtz Ranger
Broken China and Worn Lipstick

Prima Flowers
Prima pearls and crystals
Computer generated journaling
Gimmer mist: Olive Vine (title)

Cricut cartridge: 
Storybook " title!"
George and Basic Shapes: "big circle!"
Thats our reveal ladies..
Tthank you so all so much stopping by and do stop by SOUS this week and see what the Design Team members have been up to.. 
Have a great and creative weekend..

January 16, 2011

Wooden Distressed Country Sign

Happy Sunday ladies...

I have laundry duty today,  First of all,  I hate doing laundry, seems like a never ending story..LOL
but in between loads I get to create.. yeah me!!.. 
The girls over at Frosted Designs have a "USE PAINT" challenge going and I decided to paint these wood letters I had in my stash for atleast 6 months now.. Just never got around to doing anything with them..
And now, was just the perfect opportunity to finally get the finished and in my kitchen where they belong..

Here is a before picture:
just plain jane wooden letterns..
I bought these from an interior design store here in Finland cause I can't seem to find simple letters at any hardware store.. yeah, I can't believe it either...

I own only four different Distress Crackle paints and used those on the letters.
starting with "walnut stain, then *"Picket Fence", "Tattered Rose" and finally "Shabby Shutters". Once the paint was dry, I rubbed some distressed inks all over them with my ink applicator..
"Vintage Photo"", Shabby Shutters" and finally added some "Black Soot" to the very edges..
Here is what I ended up with:

Close up of the crackle and distressing..

The C and O would not stand up straight up against the wall, so they are kind of leaning on each other for support..LOL
I went to add some ripped pieces of paper, but once I had the first two letters done, I really didn't like the look, so I tore it off and then inked what ever paper was left on.. 
I was going for an old primitive country look.. 
Here is what they look like in my kitchen:

I'm going to make a wooden stand for them, so they can stand freely and not up agains the wall..
Okey Dokey.. thats my Sunday project.. well, atleast one of them.. busy busy busy today finishing up some layouts and a xmas Mini album I started a few weeks ago.. hope them get them posted soon..
thank you ladies so much for looking and do stop by Frosted Design and join in on their Paint challenge.. I'm so glad I did...  :)
Have a great and Creative Weekend (whats left of it) everyone..LOL

January 14, 2011

Lets Hang Out

Happy Friday everyone...
I made a promise to myself at the beginning of the year to try and participate in some challenges this year and so here is my first challenge post..LOL  I found this cute sketch over at Frosted Design.. The ladies there kick some serious butt with their challenges and I'm definitely going to join them more often..
Here is my submission to the sketch challenge:
I was so happy to be able to create with my cricut again.. Haven't done that is a while.. 
My batteries died on me the second I was able to snap this one photo of the layout. .I know its not the best picture, but Its 9.30pm and its pretty dark in here even with the lights on..LOL
I was lucky enough to be able to get some close ups using my Photoshop..Whew!!

The title and of the three little monkeys!!

I used " Create A Critter for the vines, monkeys, title and grass.. I used "Graphically Speaking" for the flowers and "George" cartridge for the big circle.

Papers are by "My Minds Eye!" and then some cardstock and buttons.. Oh, and I used a white gel pen for all the doodling and some inks and chalks for the shadowing..

Thank you ladies so much for stopping and I hope you get some time to stop by Frosted Design and join in on the fun over there..
Have a great and creative weekend everyone..

January 7, 2011

Forever in Love-SOUS reveal

Us girls over at Stuck on U Sketches are revealing our very first sketch and the very first challenge of the new year..
I know we've all been busy with the holidays and then getting over the hang overs from celebrating the New Year..LOL
I was lucky enough to find some time to create this layout using our sketch.. When I looked at the sketch, I immedietly seen it as a two pager and so, decided to just go with the flo.. After all, these sketches are to inspire and for you to use it to your liking.. right? right!!!

Here is our sketch:

and here is my take on this weeks sketch:
yup! its definitely a two pager.. I love how the two still come together..
Here are the pages individually:

I used some papers I was lucky enought to have received from Floren Boynton over at Generations Crafting.. She has given me such an opportunity with being on her Design Team last year.. So many wonderful new products I was able to play with and familiarize with.  So, I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart..

and for a few close ups of the layout:

and of the two love birds.. These photos are of my daughter Amber and her boyfriend Jooa celebrating New Years Eve last year(gosh, that seems like such a long time ago..LOL).. They had so much fun!!

For supplised Used:

papers: Glitz Hoopla collection
prima rose (green)
Prima say with pearls
Prima E-line gems
black and white cardstock (thank you Sandi C)

Cricut Expression:

George and Basic Shapes: big Circle for base
Home Decor: flourish and small flowers, Titles "forever and Love!"
Plantin schoolbook: Word "IN",  big heart, leaves, heart flower(5 heart shapes welded to a small circle)
Home Accents: Butterflies
From the Kitchen: Tab
Martha Stewart deep edge punch: Daisy Fan

Color box inks for inking the edges
Stickles: Eucalyptus
Glossy Accents. over the title
White gel pen for Faux Stitching

I think thats about all of the items I used.. If you have any questions, please dont' hesitate to ask..
Thank you ladies all so much for looking and I'm hopeing you'll get a minute to stop by SOUS this week and see what the other Design Team members have made..
and Generations Crafting is offering this Glitz Hoopla collection for 25%, so hurry up and get yours today :)

January 3, 2011

Counting My blessings!

Happy Monday ladies.. I've had some time this weekend to create a few projects and this is one of them.. Its my design team project for Generations Crafting..
  I was lucky to get these Glitz Hoopla papers and I will admit at first, I did scratch my head for a few days cause the colors were not something that I was used to playing with.. But, with a little hard work, I finally got everything together and I'm so delighted with this layout..
 I wanted to use Black cardstock, but I had none so I used a sheet from another one of Glitz's collections..
Distressed Couture.. Which was absolutely perfect for the base of the marquee..
Here are some close ups:
Prima flowers and Pearls
When I was trying to think of a title for this layout, 
I seen this quote while searching the internet for word art.. I loved it and it's perfect..
and the cluster of flowers.. I had bought these silk flowers a few years ago and never
had the chance to use them.. but, I finally found a perfect layout for them..
I hav no idea who the manufacturer is, since I threw the packaging away a while ago..sorry!

for supplised used:

Glitz Hoopla line: 
Hoopla cake(reverse side),
Hoopla Frames (reverse side), 
Hoopla pipework 
 Distressed Couture Scrolls (reverse side-black
Prima flowers and vine
Prima pearls
pearl drops
string of pearls
frames by K&Co
Tim Holtz distress Inks: Vintage Photo
distress tool
glossy accents 
Accent Essentials cart:
big circle
Songbird cart:
big marquee

 That about does it for today.. thank you all so much for looking and do stop by soon, for another project reveal that I'm working on.. Its gonna be cute!!
You all have to stop by Genenrations Crafting cause this paper line is on SALE.. You won't be sorry!!
  and if you decided to purchase some great stuff, dont' forget the referal code at check out, You'll receive 5% off of your first purchase.. Wow!!:

January 2, 2011

A gift for my Best Friend Kat.

Happy New Year to all of my blogging sisters.. LOL  
I've been lucky enough to have a few days off from work and got to create this cute little 8x8 chipboard sign for my best friend Kat..  I seen one on Scrapbook.com, though a bit similar it wasn't exactly as this one.. The saying is the only thing that is the same!!  My best friend has a sick sense of humor, as do I and I know she will absolutely love this..LOL  Call it a house warming gift if you will, since she just moved..

 I used Graphic45 papers, prima flowers and pearls.. some lace ribbon and distress inks..
We dont' share the similar taste in style, so I hope she likes this.. Didn't want to make too girly girl or use bright colors, which I know it would not have gone with her decor..
and for a few close ups:
I fell in love with this quote.. I thougth it was soooooooo funny..LOL
I just noticed that I have miss placed one word..LOL DOH!.. need to fix that ASAP..
I used my computer to print the words, then cut them into small squares, inked the edges with Vintage Photo ink, glued em to the paper using Glossy Accents and then finally added some Matte Accents on top.. I absolutely love how it curled the edges.. Two thumbs up for Matte Accents..LOL
Who doesn't like Primas right?..
It did take me a while to find just the right flowers in the stash. I think these go perfectly with the color scheme of the sign..

well Ladies.. This was a quick project I was able to finish up yesterday and its going to be mailed out tomorrow.. I can't wait for her to see it and I wish I could be a fly on her wall to hear her get a chuckle out of it...
Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking look.. Hope everyone has wonderful and creative week and New year..