Friday, November 25, 2011

HOW SWEET IT IS


This mini album was created for the Crafty Scrapper Design Team and is on display at the store in Waxahachie, Texas. 


Where has the time gone in the past ten years? So many serious, life changing events have come our way since the terrible tragedies of September 11, 2001.  Our country and the world hardly seem to be the same, and  I guess everyone on this planet who was more than eight years old on that day can remember where they were and what they were doing when the horrific events unfolded. I was teaching a class of second graders in Arlington, Texas and the words from Alan Jackson’s song will ever reverberate in my mind, “Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day? Teaching a class full of innocent children…” Within only three days after September 11, 2001, my sweet daughter was crowned Homecoming Queen of her high school. It seems a very insignificant event compared to the thousands of lives lost or forever changed. Students, teachers and parents were still reeling from the horror of that day, yet somehow, life had to go on. So, that sweet girl held her head high and helped everyone at Maverick Stadium remember that LIFE DOES GO ON. The culmination of Elizabeth’s senior year in high school is the subject of this sweet mini album.  Although I have done larger album pages to chronicle the highlights of her high school days, this 6”X6” mini album  is by far, my favorite scrapbooking project that I have created to honor her achievements. My baby girl is now twenty-seven and is a college graduate living on her own with the responsibilities of an adult woman. I still scrapbook  her everyday experiences and important events, and always will, but until she marries and has children of her own, there will not be a subject as near and dear to my heart as the honors Liz achieved in high school. It was a difficult time in all of our lives, but LIFE STILL GOES ON…..AND HOW SWEET IT IS!    
Please come along  with me  for some "Senior Moments".
PRODUCTS USED:
ADIRONDAC
            Acrylic Paint Dabber, Snow Cap
BASIC GREY Little Black Dress Collection
BAZZILL BASICS Cardstock, Raven
CREATIVE IMAGINATIONS Signature Collection Epoxy Sheet
DRITZ Fray Check
FAB SCRAPS Music Swirl
GIRLS PAPERIE Jubilee Fabric Brads
HEART OF TEXAS 6”X6” Circulation Chipboard Album
MAYA ROAD
            Birds With Cages Mini Chipboard Set
            Button Rose Ribbon Jewels
            Christmas Words Keychain Set
    Crowns Mini Chipboard Set
    Jonathan Bold White Rubons
            Kraft Envelopes Rectangular
            Microchips Scallops Neutrals Chipboard
    Noah Mini Alphabet Chipboard Set
            Organza Roses: white, cream and black
            Ornate Botanical Blooms: Bright Pink and Black
            Scallop Frames Chipboard Set
            Snapshot Words Keychain Set
            Velvet Pleats, black and white, cream and red
            Vintage Trinkets Antique Button Jewels
            Wings and Hearts Mini Chipboard Set

MORE PRODUCTS USED:

PRIMA:
        Aglow Mica Leaves
Avon Rose Printery
Architecture Collection Resin Embellishments, Ceiling Ornaments
Flower Market Printery
RANGER:
Archival Ink, Jet Black
Stickles, Platinum and Diamond
SAKURA Jelly Roll Pen, white
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tissue Wrap
TPC Studio Stamps Vintage Birdcage
I loved working with a new product out by Tim Holtz Ide-ology. It is called "Tissue Wrap" and it is lovely to work with. In this project I either gathered it, using needle and thread or pleated it, as seen in the above photo. 

STILL MORE PRODUCTS USED: 

TATTERED ANGELS Glimmer Mist, gunmetal 
       and sand
THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP 6X6” Doodling Templates- Mini Birds of a Feather
ZIG 2 Way Glue
ZIP DRY Paper Glue
ZVA  CREATIVE Self Adhesive Pearls
OTHER ITEMS USED:

Buttons from my stash
Daughter’s earring that she wore in high school. It is on the front cover, attached to the bottom striped ribbon! 

Inside the little Maya Road envelope is a list of Elizabeth's activities throughout high school. 
Thanks for taking a little trip with me down "Memory Lane". 








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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MOTHER'S WEDDING PORTRAIT

This layout was created for my mother's ninetieth birthday celebration  this past  August. Paper used includes  Creative Imaginations Devotion Collection and 7 Gypsies Paddington Collection. The flourish was first masked and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Graphite, then hand stitched. The edges of the Creative Imaginations paper was fussy cut, then lined with black cardstock and popped up using a solid piece of foam. Flowers are by Prima and Petaloo. Lace is by Prima

Thanks, everyone, for taking a peek! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

CHRISTMAS COTTAGE



As a project for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER design team, each designer is making a  little holiday cottage by the  HEART OF TEXAS STUDIO. There are five little houses in this set called, "The Village", that are each a different size and design. This one is 5" tall and 4"X 4".  For paper, I chose the "Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas" Collection by MEMORY WORKS, and loved the way it can be an excellent background for showing off details. 


The little balls decorating this cottage are "Vintage Raspberry Beads" (clear) by MAYA ROAD, and are hung with cranberry and white baker's twine by THE TWINERY. The two white trims are by WEBSTERS PAGES and were perfect for this little project! Don't they give a lovely, snowy look? For the roof I used a flat white acrylic paint by CRAFTSMART over the paper, then sprinkled "Diamond Dust" by TWINKLETS for an icy finish. Inside the tiny house is an artificial tea light that is battery operated. These can be found in most stores that sell Christmas ornaments. 


Thoughts of my childhood days, playing with dolls in their doll house inspired me to decorate the inside of this little house. Not attaching the roof permanently allows the viewer to look inside the house easily. Most of the "decor" incorporates the Cardstock Stickers of the "Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas" Collection by Memory Works. For just a little additional home-like comfort I added a chair and a grandfather clock using my Cricut by PROVO CRAFT and the "Heritage" cartridge. Both were cut from Advantus Ideology TIM HOLTZ Grungeboard (plain). They were both painted black with Ranger Ink Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint (Black Soot).


The hearth was created by building up layers of foam from a craft store, then adhering the hand drawn brick surface. Cardstock used for this was BAZZILL BASICS PAPER (Rosey/ canvas texture). The white opaque pen is by INKSSENTIALS. 


The sweet holly trim is by MAY ARTS and the tiny rose trim is "Organza Roses" (red) by Maya Road. Topping off this lovely little cottage is the gorgeous "Vintage Lace Mum" (Apple), also by Maya Road. The depth of the layers is strikingly rich and draw plenty of attention to whatever this poinsettia adorns! 

Thanks, everyone for taking a peek at my latest creation. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER in Waxahachie, Texas to see all of the little houses on display for the holiday season!