Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
For those of you who haven't been by before, I'm participating in the Vintage Plum Star Search 5 week challenge to find their July guest designer. This is week #3 and the challenge is "All That Glitters." For some reason this challenge threw me for a loop. I didn't want to end up overdoing the bling. It took me until Wednesday to identify my subject matter and then another day to figure out the direction. This one's been slow going but I think, in the end, it came out pretty cool.
The ideas began with a quote I happened upon: "Every artist was first an amateur" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. My daughter has recently been watercoloring with purpose (ie making pictures instead of sloshing muddied colors onto paper) and this was a current fav of mine:
So, I thought I'd build a layout around this pic. Well, as you can see, ideas evolve and the process of painting that picture became the focus of the layout. I am sure the artwork pic will make its way onto a layout of its own for the facing page in the scrapbook soon.
I felt it was only fitting that my background for the layout be watercolored. So, I dug out this Rusty Pickle Pop Star paper (below) and the Crayola waterpaints, and my daughter and I sat down for a joint watercoloring session (in which she created a gorgeous multicolored "sunflower", but that's a pic for another post...).
I wanted the quote to mimic the lettering already on the paper so I freehanded it as best I could and then included a couple swirls, too.
Of course, the challenge was to bling a layout so out came the Stickles. I also included a Heidi Swapp bling flower and blinged up the Making Memories mini bulldog clip.
Finally, the fancy frame was cut using my Quickutz Silhouette machine on white paper. I brayered it with some Ranger Distressed Ink, doodled a border like the one on the paper, and then blinged that up, too, with more Stickles.
I'm hoping I didn't go too far with the bling as had worried me to temporary inaction.
If you like what you see, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME beginning Sunday, May 31 through Monday, June 1. I'll post the link where to vote on Sunday morning.
Details: Paper - Rusty Pickle, The Paper Company; Crayola watercolors; Ranger Stickles & Distress Ink; Quickutz Silhouette die cut; Cricut die cut (photo corners); Making Memories bulldog clip; Zig Millenium pens; Heidi Swapp Bling; K&Co rhinestones; foam squares.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by, taking a peek, and for all the great feedback. I hope you'll keep coming back!
p.s. I apologize for the less-than-stellar qualilty of the photos of the layout. I intended to try to get a few more shots of it in morning daylight tomorrow but unfortunately the layout fell victim to a shifting chair and a flying cup of coffee. :o( It's still in tact but with a few extra "splashes" of a non-coordinating color and the fancy frame got ripped a bit but I glued it back together. Guess now the layout has an "antiqued" feel (and coffeehouse smell) to it.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The color palette on this card also works with kwernerdesign's color challenge this week:
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I love how the wellies, umbrella, puddle, and raindrops look with the Diamond Glaze.
The Tim Holtz stamp is embossed. "to be all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. to be all that we can be, we must dream of being more."
The moon, earth, and some of the swooshes are drawn on with gray, white, and black pens. I think this is the first time I've drawn on a layout with a pen - other than writing or outlining an image.
The rocket form was cut out of chipboard (I used a fruit snacks box, I think - repurposing!). Then I created another form out of an aluminum serving tray (repurposing!). The aluminum is embossed using various metal working tools such as a ball & cup, a Ten Seconds Studios texture plate, and free doodling using a teflon "pen". The aluminum was then adhered to the chipboard rocket. I backed the windows with reflective metallic paper by Best Occasions. The rocket was then swiped with Metallic Rub-Ons paste with my finger. Some of the diamonds are done in a green paste but you can't see it very well on the pic.
I am having so much fun with these challenges! The huge bonus would be to win the overall challenge and get to be Vintage Plum's July guest designer. I need your votes to win!
Details: Paper - The Paper Company, Best Occassions metallic paper; Pens - Zig Mellenium, American Crafts The Ultimate Gel Pen, SU! marker; Making Memories paint; Delta Texture Magic; Metallic Rub-Ons paste; Tim Holtz clear stamp; VersaMark; SU! embossing powder; ten seconds studios metal working tools and texture plates; Quickutz Silhouette rocket die cut; aluminum pan; palette knife; toothpick; paper towel; glue dots; foam dots; spackle (to help the rocket embossing keep its form).
Friday, May 22, 2009
The cattails and grasses are from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge. (I'm tellin' ya - if you only buy 2 cartridges ever, get Wild Card and Storybook. They are both so versatile!)
It's hard to tell from my pic, but the cattails and grasses are shaded with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.
I left off a sentiment because I figured this card could be be good for Father's Day, a guy's birthday, encouragement, or even sympathy.
Details: Paper - SU!, The Paper Company; Ink - SU!, Ranger Distress Ink; SU! ribbon; Cricut; Creative Memories circle cutting system; brayer.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thank you all for voting for me on Vintage Plum. The next round of voting begins this Sunday 5/24. This week's theme is Medium Madness - to use a variety of medium on your layout, beyond paper and ink. How fun is that?! Let's get messy! Or, as Rachel over on Vintage Plum put it, I can wait to get "...rockin' it kindergarten style!"
I have an idea brewing up. Check back here later this week for the reveal. :)
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
See 2 posts below (or click HERE) to see all the detail shots and layout information.
Remember - the Plum Star Search challenge is a 5 week challenge to find their July Guest Design Team Member. What an awesome opportunity.
Sooooo...please, PLEASE, PUH-PUH-PUH-LEEEEASE go vote HERE...What you need to do is PRIVATE MESSAGE Mr. Ed McMahon that your vote is for "heidimyers" (Heidi Myers). Voting goes from today, Sunday, May 17 through tomorrow, Monday, May 18th at 8pm CST.
To private message Ed, once you are redirected to the Vintage Plum thread, you'll see an icon at the bottom of Ed's post of a little person with a speech bubble. Click that icon and you'll get the private message form.
Don't forget that you must be a member of Vintage Plum to vote. To become a member, go HERE.
And, for a little incentive to vote, I'll be giving this yummy blog candy to one lucky person who votes for me:
Remember this stamp? It's a Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamp from 2 years ago. It's one of my absolute favorites! It's HUGE and great for scrapbooking. I think the flower is almost 6" high! I've shown it next to a $1 bill to give you an idea of how big it is. (And, no, the $1 isn't part of the candy. LOL!) It's a great size for the "kissing" technique, too. (Inking the stamp then pressing another smaller detailed stamp to it, which removes a bit of ink and gives the stamped image a cool patterned look.)
All you need to do is:
1. Go VOTE! (Voting ends tomorrow, Monday, May 18th at 8pm CST [7pm MST]!)
2. Leave a comment on my Fussy Cut gallery entry HERE that you voted for me.
3. When you are done, come on back here and leave me a comment that you voted for me! Easy peasy!
I'll randomly pick a winner by Wednesday 5/20 from those who complete the steps. :o) (My own little 3-step program. LOL!)
Keep an eye out here later in the week for my Plum Star Search Week #2 challenge layout! The theme is "Medium Madness". Gotta bust out the paints, dimensional putty, mists, inks, etc. for this one. Excuse me while I go rip my scrap room apart to discover what I have to work with!!Thank you all for supporting me. I'm having so much fun sharing my cards and layouts with you. If you like what you see and would like to receive regular email updates of my entries, hit the "Email Me" link on the right, upper sidebar and shoot me an email to be added to my subscription list.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The Plum Star Search Challenge is an awesome opportunity to become Vintage Plum's July Guest Design Team member!! We have challenges every week for 5 weeks and each week Vintage Plum members get to vote on our offerings. The winner each week gets a prize and then the person with the most cumulative votes at the end of the 5 weeks gets the July Guest Design Team position.
So PLEASE go - become a member on the Vintage Plum website and VOTE FOR ME!! You can find my week #1 submission HERE in the Plum Star Search gallery.
The voting happens every Sunday & Monday for the next 5 weeks...mark your calendars! (**BLOG CANDY ALERT!! See below for info.**)
OK, so on to my week #1 entry. The challenge is fussy cutting. Here's what's fussy cut on this layout: "imagine", the circles border on the left, individual circles that are popped up on the border, the triangles in the "wheels" in the top right corner, and the flower accent in the bottom right corner.
The "today you" label stamp at the bottom is an Ali Edwards set by Technique Tuesday. I love the whole set but I mostly got the set for the little border stamp that says, "THIS MOMENT, THIS STORY, THIS DAY, THIS EXPERIENCE, THIS LIFE." The date stamp is a Heidi Swapp stamp - isn't it amazing how similar the "handwriting" is in both sets?
The journaling says, "TODAY YOU decided you were done with training wheels. You set your mind and achieved your goal. With determination like that, you can do anything you can IMAGINE."
Finally, here's a pic of my son "proudly" displaying the finished layout. Is that not the epitome of a hurry-up-Mah-ah-ahm-and-take-the-picture look? There was a much more interesting and pressing Buzz Lightyear Nintendo 64 demo competing for his attention.
Details: Paper - Basic Grey, Stampin' Up!, The Paper Company; Ink - Stampin' Up!, Staz-On; Stamps - Autumn Leaves, Technique Tuesday, Heidi Swapp; Brads - Stampin' Up!, SEI, unknown; Crop-a-dile grommets; Zig Millenium pens; Stampendous embossing powder; foam squares and dots; Cutterbee precision scissors; Stampin' Up! circle punches; Crop-a-dile; bone folder (to set grommet prongs).
Remember -I need your votes!
** BLOG CANDY ALERT !!! **
Check back here on Sunday for the link to my layout waiting for votes over on Vintage Plum. I'll be giving away some yummy blog candy to one of the lovely people who so kindly vote for me. Here's a sneak peak at the candy (look familiar?)...
As always, thank you so much for looking!