Thursday, June 28, 2012

EVER THINE

It seems like just yesterday that this portrait was made of me, as a student at Texas Christian University. My soon-to-be husband and I were dating and very much in love. How happy I am to say that we have now been married for thirty eight years and it doesn't even seem like ten years! This is the first half of two companion pages to celebrate our anniversary in May, 2012.    

Products used:

     PRIMA
          Almanac Collection
               All paper and embellishments 
     SHIMMERZ Iridescent Paint, Wed Wagon
     TATTERED ANGELS
          Glimmer Mist, Graphite
          Glimmer Mist, Vintage Pink
     RANGER INK/ TIM HOLTZ
          Distress Ink, Tattered Rose

Techniques used were inking, hand stitching, fussy cutting and painting. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

EVER MINE

This is my sweetheart. He is the wonderful man who means the world to me....even after being married for thirty eight years! He has the best sense of humor, is a hard worker, is highly educated, and is an all-round good man. I am so very lucky to have had the good sense to have said, "Yes!" when he asked me to marry him forty years ago. 

Products used:
     COPIC
          G21 Lime Green
     PRIMA
          Printery Collection
               All paper
               All embellishments
    TATTERED ANGELS
          Glimmer Mist, Graphite
          Glimmer Mist, Forrest Green
Techniques used were fussy cutting, inking, and hand stitching .

Sunday, June 24, 2012

THE THINGS THAT MATTER


This little mini album was a project for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER design team. I love the perfect size of this album by HEART OF TEXAS STUDIO. It is approximately 6" high and 8" wide. Good sized photos can be used on this mini, creating tons of interest. 
The PRIMA Sun Kiss collection is wonderful for brightening any day! And, who could resist so many MAYA ROAD and PRIMA embellies?
Techniques used were painting and machine stitching......EASY PEASY! 


Products Used:
     7 GYPSIES
          Large Custom Binding Rings
     AMERICAN CRAFTS
          Velvet Ribbon, Yellow
     ELEMENTS, ELEMENTS
          Heart Crystals by Mark Richard
     HEART OF TEXAS STUDIO
          Chipboard Album
     MAYA ROAD
          Kraft Journaling Tags, White
          Kraft Typography Numbers,  Black
          Ruffle Blossom, Golden Yellow
          Scroll Corners Chipboard Set
          Trinket Blossoms, Velvet Pleats
          Vintage Leaf Pins, Pearl Cream
          Vintage Metal Trinkets, Dress Form
               Hangers
     MAY ARTS
          Lace, White
          Ribbon, Striped
          Ribbon, Sheer
 
     PRIMA
          Printery Collection
               Chipboard Pieces
               Avon Rose
          Shabby Chic Collection
               Resin Treasure Embellishments,
                    Sparrows
               Resin Window Shutters
          Sun Kiss Collection
               12" X 12" double sided paper
               Cardstock Stickers, Alphabet, Typeset
               Charme Rose Flower Embellishments
               Gracie Vine
               Lace and Crystals Border
               Say It In Crystals Border, Art Bling #3
               Wood Embellishments, Tickets
     RANGER
          Inkssentials Crackle Accents Medium
     PRO ART
          Primium Gesso
     WEBSTER'S PAGES
          Designer Ribbon, Taupe Drop Scallop

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


OUR HISTORIC VACATION

Reading about a country's history in a textbook is a good thing. For me, seeing artifacts, touching buildings and reading documents has a way of bringing history to life. For twenty five years, I taught hundreds of children about the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, The Constitution of the United States, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the patriotism and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and  George Washington. I taught my students about the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the amazing  history of our great country. When I retired in 2009, I wanted to see the places that mean so much to us as Americans and that I had spoken of so many times in my classroom. I wanted to walk along the same places where our forefathers had journeyed and see some of the sights that they saw. In some tangible way, I yearned to experience the beginnings of our nation and soak in the history. In the fall, following my retirement  (when I normally would have been in the classroom, teaching about these great places and people of American history), my husband and I took a trip to New England. We went to Boston and saw the graves of many patriots, the site of the Boston Massacre and then to Concord and Lexington, to see where a band of normal, everyday farmers fired the "shot  heard 'round the world", as Ralph Waldo Emmerson wrote.  It was then, and only then, that the wonderful stories from history books truly came alive to me.

This layout was created for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER design team using the No Limits Collection paper by HEIDI SWAPP and lots of fun MAYA ROAD embellishments. Techniques used in this layout were painting, masking, border punching, paper folding and machine stitching. 

Products Used: 

     HEIDI SWAPP 
          No Limits Collection paper
     MARTHA STEWART
          Punch Around the Page, Lattice
     MAYA ROAD
          Hexagons Chipboard Set
          Kraft Journaling Tag, Black
          Star Bottlecap
          Vintage Linen Burlap Treasure Bags
     MAY ARTS 
          Ribbon
     TATTERED ANGELS
          Glimmer Mist, Huckleberry
          Mask,  
      ZIG
          Writer, Pure Red
          Writer, Black            
                                                                                                

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DISCOVER THIS WORLD
This layout was created for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER DESIGN TEAM in Waxahachie, Texas. The young man in the photograph is my handsome son, Lee.

Products Used:
     ADVANTUS /CROPPER HOPPER/ TIM 

          HOLTZ Idea-ology
              Addage Tickets
              Mini Gears 
              Trinket Pins  
              Word Bands
     CRAFTER'S WORKSHOP
          Doodling Templates, Bricks

     CREATIVE IMAGINATIONS
          Tidepool Collection paper

          Paint It Sticker Words
     KAREN FOSTER DESIGNS
          Auto Collection Screw Brads
     MAYA ROAD
           Trinket Blossoms Velvet Pleats, grey
           Craft Scroll Frames, black
     PRIMA

          Lace, Taupe
     PRO ART Gesso
     TATTERED ANGELS
          Glimmer Mist, Graphite

 
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Monday, June 18, 2012

FUN IN THE SUN MINI ALBUM

Can you feel the Summer heat coming from this little mini album, created as a design team project for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER? All pages were hand stitched, then adhered to the MAYA ROAD Landscape Binder. 
Some machine stitching, and painting can be seen on the cover. For the little MAYA ROAD Canvas portion of the title, I used the Jonathan Mini Alphabet Chipboard Set as a mask and sprayed it with RANGER/TIM HOLTZ Adirondack Color Wash Spray, then later came in with yellow Stickles to fill in the negative space with some sparkle. 

Paper used is the Sketchbook Collection by AMERICAN CRAFTS.

Dear Lizzy Crepe Ruffle Paper by AMERICAN CRAFTS is used throughout the mini album for a fun look. It is easy to use, as it is already pleated.

Each page was masked, using a hand cut piece of chipboard, then sprayed with Radiant Rain. For additional texture, and to add some love, I hand stitched the waves on each page. Don't the  SPELLBINDERS frames make the pictures pop?
Stone-Art by VIVA is easy to use. Just apply the sand paste, add shells and net. Allow to dry for a few hours. The gold specks in "Sand Gold" sparkle as if kissed by the sun! 
Products Used: 
     AMERICAN CRAFTS
          
Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Crepe Ruffle Paper 
          Sketchbook collection
 by Amy Tangerine
               Paper &
 Die Cut Cardstock Shape Bits   
     BAZZIL BASICS Cardstock, Grapefurit Bliss
     CREATIVE IMAGINATIONS
          Radiant Rain Luminarte, Mediterranean
     GLITZ DESIGN
          Teeny Alphas, Pink Woodgrain
     MAYA ROAD
          Landscape Binder
          Mini Tag Canvas Pieces
          Trinket Blossoms flower
          Zipper Trim, Sea Blue
     MAY ARTS
          Baker's Twine
          Fiber
          Lace
          Ric Rac
Still more products used:
     PRIMA
          Allure Collection, Mocha
          Matriarch Collection Fabric Flower, Ella
     RANGER
          Adirondack Color Wash Spray, Stream
          Adirondack Dabber, Sunshine Yellow
          Stickles, Yellow
     SPELLBINDERS
          Nestabilities Decorative Elements S4-295
     THICKERS
          Chipboard Stickers, Marquise
     FROM MY STASH: 
          Embroidery Floss
          Netting
          Shells
          
Come see this little mini on display at THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER!