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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two Ghouls

All the fun I used to have as a child at Halloween has now morphed into a delightful experience when doing a Halloween layout. The adorable AUTHENTIQUE "Glowing" patterned paper collection was a treat to work with! The title, "Two Ghouls" uses MAYA ROAD'S "Jonathan Mini Alphabet" chipboard, RANGER/TIM HOLTZ Distressed Crackle Paint (Spiced Marmalade) and STAYZON INK (Jet Black). If you haven't tried the Cut-N-Dry Stamp Pad Foam, also by Ranger/Tim Holtz, I highly recommend that you invest in a sheet. It is well worth the money, makes inking easier, more controllable, and seems to last forever! Check out the Tim Holtz Alterations "Townscape" that made a creepy looking neighborhood for this layout!  
Embelishments used include, MAYA ROAD's Organza Mum Trim (Pumpkin) and Ruffle Blossoms (gold and turquoise), PRIMA Cabachon Sculpture Resin Flowers by Donna Downey. Also, notice the Grunge Board Elements flourish "Harlequin" by Tim Holtz and Authentique's Dictation and October Afternoon's Mini Market Stickers (Black & Cream). The little bottle caps are by Spare Parts and the black buttons are by Jenni Bowlin. After placing the picture inside a bottlecap I poured Crackle Accents by Ranger over the tiny picture, and let it dry for a few hours. 
The potter kneads, throws and molds the clay to make it into something it wasn't before he laid his hands on it. That is the way I think of paper. I like to work it in ways that make the piece interesting and give it texture. I am always thinking of ways to "mold" the paper into something that it wasn't before I touched it. In this layout I tore, fussy cut, rolled, inked, painted hand stitched and machine stitched the paper. 

 Thanks, everyone, for taking a peek at this Halloween layout! I appreciate all remarks! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trick or Treat

This is a layout that I did for THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER Design Team....What a "treat" it was to work with the AUTHENTIQUE "Glowing" collection! The colors are bold  and true to Halloween tradition. I added a hint of green to the LO for a splash of gooey grunginess! The paper is easy to punch and run through my CUDDLE BUG, along with the TIM HOLTZ/SIZZIX Alterations "Twigs", "Paper Rosettes" and "Mini Paper Rosettes". The title and story tag are also by AUTHENTIQUE. The "BOO!" tag is part of the lovely "Halloween 2011" collection by JENNI BOWLIN. Other products used are Jenni Bowlin "Vintage Buttons" (orange), STAZ ON ink (Jet Black), RANGER/TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink (Peeled Paint), and last.... but NEVER LEAST is a sweet little green PRIMA "Avon Rose". 

Some paper altering  techniques used in this layout are tearing, punching, folding, inking, die cuting, hand stitching and machine stitching. 
The sweet little girl in the photo is my darling daughter, Elizabeth....when she was eight years old. 

Thanks, EVERYONE, for your kind remarks! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


This "Soar Butterfly Chipboard Album" by MAYA  ROAD was such a joy to create. The AUTHENTIQUE "Uncommon Collection" with a bit of MY MIND'S EYE "Lost & Found Two" were a perfect blend of papers. The title by My Mind's Eye, is called,"Lost and Found 2 Blush". This little mini album is on display at THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER....if you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, be sure to swing by and check out my FAVORITE SCRAPBOOK STORE....EVER!!! 
The "Tulle Pleat Trim" coupled with  the painted "Alterable Wood Bluttons"  made a lovely little flower to adorn with  "Heart Trinket Pins"....all by MAYA ROAD 
Look at the new "Gramma's Doilies" by Maya Road!  Also used in this mini album are the following paints: Craftsmart Acrylic Paint (white) Making Memories (Strawberries and Cream),Tattered Angels Glam (Lipstick Pink) Viva Pearl Pen (Cream) and last but never least.....Stickles (Icicle)! 
The "Sweet Pearls" are by My Mind's Eye, and they are part of the "Lost and Found 2" collection. Check out the brand new "Coffee or Tea Mini Chipboard Set" and the "Butterfly Chipboard Set"! They were great to paint....very girly! 
Each of the little chipboard butterflies consists of two pieces....I used the solid butterfly as a back and the cutwork butterfly on top of the other. There are several shapes of butterflies to choose from. Also, on this page, check out the "Vintage Findings Beaded Centers". I think they're absolutely delightful to use on mini albums or layouts! 
The Hugs and Kisses (XOXO) border punch is by Martha Stewart and it seemed PERFECT for this project. 
It wouldn't be an album by moi' without lots of Prima Flowers! 
Thanks for taking a peek! I appreciate the sweet comments that everyone leaves! 

Mrs. California Sunshine

It was a real treat to work with two lovely product lines at THE CRAFTY SCRAPPER. The paper is called "Et Cetera" by BO BUNNY and most of the adorable embellishments are by MAYA ROAD. The bright and  sunny "Small Organza Roses Ribbon" in yellow was the centerpiece for this design and the colors were worked around this sweet, sweet ribbon. Other Maya Road products include the "Noah Mini Alphabet Chipboard Set", "Winter Roses Houndstooth Licorice" flower, and a "Wood Mini Spool". The black paint used for the title and the Scrap FX chipboard set of clock hands is by Making Memories. 

Techniques used in this layout are paper punching, rolling, pleating, inking and machine stitching. 

The layout is in honor of a wonderful friend of mine who lives in California. We have so very much in common, and although we've never met in person, we are sisters of the heart! Scrapbooking brought us together!