Friday, January 29, 2010

Last Item for Graphic 45's Blog

As you know I was picked to be the January guest designer for Graphic 45. I had a blast creating all the little goodies and layouts!! I give a HUGE thanks to G45 for such a fun and great opportunity!! Here is my last item I did for them..... These are my "Kitchen Diva" magnets I made using papers and diecuts from the Domestic Goddess line. I love how they turned out!!

To make these, I used some old business card magnets that I had laying around. You know the kind that come on phone books or in the mail. They are thin enough to cut on my Fiskars trimmer and work great for this sort of thing. The size is up to you, but mine were approximately 1 1/2" squares. The cool thing about bottlecaps is you can use a 1" circle punch and the dot fills the bottlecap perfectly. I sell gold and silver bottlecaps in my Etsy by they way :). So I filled the bottlecap with black 1" circles and then used the diecut letter sheet that G45 makes. As for the rest of the squares I used the diecut sheet of tags from G45 and some of their paper. The tags work so good for these small magnets. I trimmed a couple with lace and found some cute little metal embellies for decorating them. I used some tiny watch parts, metal butterflies, and brads (with the tabs cut off the back). For the "Kitchen" I just printed that off from my computer then tore and inked the edges!!

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

February Swirlydoos

This is a fantastic kit from Swirlydoos!! I am just getting started with it and I have already completed three layouts so far! It's amazing how versatile the color scheme is for this one. So many gorgeous embellishments and awesome paper!! Check out what I have done so far!!

This first layout is of my oldest daughter Raine and my maternal Grandmother. The journaling reads "Raine and my Grandmother in '07. My Grandma always loved poodles and still to this day owns two of them. Those poodles used to drive me crazy. " I started writing something sweater and then just kept focusing on that darn poodle in her lap lol. Growing up, she would sit and hold her dogs at the dinner table and feed them while she ate. Enough of that. I used a chipboard border for this layout that I covered in crackle paint and then inked the edges. I added one of my stick pins and a fan and heart set that I sell in my Etsy. Check out the close ups for a better view.

These little hearts and fan are so pretty. The fan is actually hardened into this shape so it's great for scrapbooking.
This is one of my stick pins. I used ribbon and pearled wire from the kit to make it, along with a few beads of my own. I love how it turned out. As you can see I also ran the large beige ribbon up along the page and tucked it behind the chipboard frame.
The kit came with some darling little stamps. I stamped this bird sitting on a small flourish. It blended in so well to the pp that it looks like it was supposed to be there. I prefer using Stazon ink when I stamp, because I am impatient and don't like waiting for things to dry.
This layout was made specifically for a contest over at Swirlydoos called "Bundle of Love". The catch was you had to use mainly Swirly products and you had to scrap what you love about yourself. Here is what my journaling reads "Loving myself wasn't always easy. Growing up I was very insecure. It took a long time before I was able to look in a mirror and be happy with who I saw. Now I can say "I Love Me". I love how I am a loving, caring, patient mom. I love that I am creative and fun loving. I am friendly, happy, and full of life. I love that I am a Christian who can put her trust in the Lord. I love that I can say I love myself at last.
The mini chipboard hearts I inked with alcohol ink and sanded them a bit. I used smooch spritz on the silver Prima butterfly and it turned out really pretty.
We can't forget the monthly sketch challenge that Swirlydoos does for every kit. The sketches are always done by Beggahuna. This is a photo of my daughter Tyler. I color spotted the rose in her hair for that effect. I painted the large chipboard hearts with acrylic paint and outlined the black one in stickles. The tiny red roses are from my Etsy. Prima bling has got to be my favorite. It's the only bling flourishes that are well made and super easy to use. They don't fall apart or lose their shape. Plus the still drape over chunkier items, such as these hearts, and still look great.

Thanks for stopping by!! God Bless!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More of My Goodies on the G45 Blog

Another post was made on the Graphic 45 Blog today featuring a couple of my altered items. As you know I already make decorative stick pins and had a couple which were a bit mangled so I decided to create little stick pin people out of them using G45 paper and beads. Another item was a journal cover that turned out SUPER pretty!! Check it out!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sunburst Flower using Harlee Quinnz Paper

I just finished up this layout using Harlee Quinnz paper from their Butterfly Garden line. We are hoping to get our hands on there new papers very soon. This layout features my daughter Tyler when she was little. I used lot of little goodies on this and I sell some in my Etsy shop. The black swirls were cut on my Cricut using the Storybook cartridge.The sunburst flower is so easy to make that it doesn't even need a picture tutorial. For mine I grabbed a couple of different pieces of pattern paper, 1 1/2" circle punch and a 1" circle punch, some silver wire, and some miscellaneous beads.

1)To start just cut 6 strips of paper about 1" wide and 4" long. Of course you can alter the dimensions to get a different size flower.
2)Next just take some scissors and trim both ends of each flower by cutting out a triangular shape as seen on the flower above. I then inked the edges.
3)I prefer using mini glue dots to help hold my paper in place as I make the flower. Now to create the flower I just begin laying one strip down at a time until it makes a full flower. If you use two different pieces of paper, be sure to alternate them.
4)After my base is made I punched two sizes of circles out. I roughed up my edges and inked them. I used glue dots to glue them down to the center of my flower. I will usually curl up my edges a little as well.
5)For the center you can use any cute little embellies. I had some beads laying around so I just strung some silver wire through them and curled the ends around the end of a paint brush.
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all many Blessings!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Proud to be a Guest Designer for Graphic 45

I was so excited to be asked to be a guest designer for Graphic 45 during the month of January!! I absolutely LOVE G45 paper and have used it for several layouts in the past and to be picked as a guest designer was such an honor!! So for the remainder of this month I will be making a few more items for G45 and am currently featured on their blog!! YAY!! Check it out!! G45 Blog

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

More Layouts and some Extras

I have been having so much fun making and adding stick pins to my layouts. I just love these things and they look awesome on a page. Here is a batch of 6 that I recently made for my Etsy shop. I teamed some with wired pearls and sold some in a set of two. Check them out!! Here are some of my most recent layouts using stick pins that I made. I love this one of Rylee.... I tried hard to capture the 1920's in this photo and I added a lot of extras as far as paint, inks and embellies!!
The additional layouts that were posted here are out for publication!


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