Saturday, September 25, 2010

~Premade Pages and One to Keep~

Sometimes I get the urge to make premades to sell. It helps pay for my scrappy addiction. The hard part is actually parting with them. I figured I would post my latest creations, since I used items from Swirlydoos to make them. I did make one recently that I am keeping for myself, so I figured I will post that one as well. Here is the first set of pages I did today that I am selling on Ebay. This two pagers features the new Hollywood line from Websters' Pages. The colors of this line are over the top awesome!!
This next one I made with the most recent spotlight kit from Swirlydoos. This kit features the Prima Annalee line. I listed this on Etsy with a buy it now price and part of me doesn't want it to sell, so I can stick a pic on it and call it my own! I got the idea for the bubbles from the very talented Mistra a fellow DT member over at Dusty Attic.
This is one I kept. I made this for Meg's Round Robin challenge over at Swirlydoos. I was the last in a four week period and I had some major talent to follow. I lifted Shelly's layout. This was also made with the current Swirlydoos kit. I added a touch of Dusty Attic to each layout as well.
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

~Reveal Day for Sraps of Darkness~

I was sooooo anticipating this kit!! As a DT I had a heads up of what was coming, so I got really excited, because I've been wanting to play with these papers the moment I saw them. I love steampunk and everything to do with it!! So here is my collection of layouts created with the September Scraps of Darkness kit!!

This first layout is a take of the sketch I created for SOD. These are pics of my daughter, Tyler, dressed up like a little steampunk debutante!
I kept the sketch pretty simple this month, because there is so many different directions you can go with this kit, as far as fussy cutting or embellies!

Tip: Using raised adhesives, like pop dots or foam adhesive really adds a lot of dimension to your pages.
Melinda added some awesome sheets of steampunk in with this kit. The images were so cool and easily cut out.
This is my favorite of all four layouts. I did some heavy wet distressing for this one. This is also of my daughter, Tyler. My favorite element of this layout is the goggle ad I cut out from one of the pieces of patterned paper. All items used for this layout were from the kit, with the exception of the Ranger metal clip.
Tip: Keep a small spray bottle of water at your work space. This way if you get the urge to wet distress you don't have to carry your paper to the kitchen sink. Distress your edges, ink them, spray with water, and crinkle them up.
I was asked to create stick pins for this kit and just got the news that they will be a reoccurring feature in future kits!!! YAY!!
Tip: When you do fussy cutting, take your time and don't rip through anything. Use small scissors and cuticle scissors can be really helpful in those tiny little spots. Another tip is to ink the edges so it doesn't look like you just cut it out.
I found these pics online and had to use them!! Celina aka forevervampress, is having a challenge over at that is a Steampunk only theme. This month's twist is anything having to deal with school, so when I saw these pics I printed them right away!! The top one is a lunch box, the next one is a cell phone (seems like all students these days have one), then the bottom pic is a computer. I added a few of my own items to this layout, including the Dusty Attic dress form that fit perfectly underneath a cut out of a female body. I also used my own Ranger masks and transparencies. I added a couple flowers from last months kit.
Again I did a lot of cutwork. To give the flowers this metallic look, I sprayed them with some silvery Smooch Spritz.
This layout gave me the most fits... This is a pic of my son, Brent, and even though this was the second layout I started, it was the last one to finish. I made this and got 3/4 into it and thought I was done, but them came back to it and it needed more!! So lots of fussy cutting and little details later, this is what happened! I stuck with all kit items for this layout except for the brads.
Tip: Using brads to connect gears gives off the idea that they are actually self functioning.
Don't be afraid to play with your photos. Adding dimension doesn't have to stop with paper, it can spread out onto your entire layout, including your photo. This pic was just an average, everyday photo of my son on our deck, with his little sister digging in a bin behind him. Not steampunk at all, so I used some items from the kit and created a whole new look for him.
Don't forget to enter my September giveaway!! Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

~ September Blog Giveaway ~

I just can't help myself!! I have to give away more of my stuff lol. This month there isn't one, or two, but THREE winners!! Each winner will receive one of these kits pictured below!! I did these quite a long time ago for my church group and I have a few left that I don't need!! These are packed full of Prima, Maya Road, Basic Grey, Bazzill and more, more, more!!! So as you all may know, I am a staffer over at Scrapbook News and Review magazine, and I am tying them in to this months giveaway!! Now as for the rules!!

1. You must be a follower of my blog.

2. You have to leave a comment on this post that answers the question I will provide below.

3. US or Overseas may play and the end date is September 30th!!

The question is: What is the name of my (Mandy Harrell) very first layout?

The answer can be found on the Scrapbook News and Review Forums under Scrapbooking!! I am the one who started the post so look for my name and while you're there, check out the boards!! There are a lot of neat people with some great talents that post there all the time!!

The winners will be chosen on Friday October 1st, using!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

~Scraps of Darkness Contest~

Scraps of Darkness is having a contest on their blog and there are only a few days left to enter!! Check out all the details here!!

There are only two entries so far, so your chances of winning are very good!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

~ Dusty at my Etsy ~

I just received a lovely shipment of Dusty on my door step this morning!! I have my store stocked full!!
I am letting all my followers know first before I announce it elsewhere!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

~Big Giveaway Coming~

You are not gonna want to miss the next giveaway!! There is going to be three winners this time and we are talking lots of yumminess!! Check back here on September 12th to see the goods and enter for your chance to win!!!

P.S. You do have to be a follower to enter, so join now so you don't forget ;)


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