Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Guilty Pleasure

You know I love a challenge...and even better is the challenge to combine multiple challenges!!

June 2011 issue

This little baby is inspired by this week's prompt over on The Pink Ninjas (what's your guilty pleasure?)...contains a fan fold flower from a tutorial over on Candy Shoppe Designs...AND is based on this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch created by my oh-so-talented friend Diana over on Design by Diana:


They all blended together really well, though, don't you think?
And, how serendipitous! I just discovered this week's Vintage Plum Weekly Contest is "What's Cooking?" to create a LO using food or cooking as your subject!

After making the layout I realized that my favorite guilty pleasure also comes packaged in my favorite color combo!! (Coincidence or destiny?? LOL!)

I love the way my still life picture came out. Of course, I HAD to take a big bite out of one of the cupcakes in the pursuit of art. I gave the picture a color boost with a Maggie Holmes Photoshop Color Action (Extreme Color).

I made my sweet fan fold flower out of a strip of the actual Hostess CupCakes box! Let me tell you I think I've found a new favorite embellishment. I'm sure you'll be seeing a few more of these puppies in days to come. I am definitely going to be cutting up more of this box since the colors are so gorgeous! Like the little flower center? It's a robot brad...not that robots exactly go with this layout per se but he goes with the flip side of the Sassafras Lass paper. That works, right?

That adorable red circles trim was part of the prize pack I received from my Sketchy Thursday win a couple weeks ago. Cute, huh?

The text block is a Quickutz Silhouette die cut. It's cool but quite tedious getting the darn thing off the cutting mat and poking out all the negative pieces. (Whine, whine, whine.)

Here's a little tip for adhering transparencies like the "exhibit" one I have over one of the cupcakes: If you want it to appear to be just laid over, without adhering it with obvious staples or brads or what have you, find a solid image to adhere a glue dot behind. In this case, I applied a rather substantial "1" rub on.

Man, I got so hungry making the layout I took a bite out of the page! Ha ha. I'm so funny.

There's still time to get in on all these challenges I covered here:

Sketchy Thursday on Design by Diana (I'm tellin' ya...you HAVE to go check this out!! The sketches are amazing and so approachable.) (Current sketch due Wednesday 7/8. New sketches every Thursday.)

What's Your Guilty Pleasure prompt over on The Pink Ninjas. (New prompts every Wednesday.)

Vintage Plum Weekly Layout Challenge "What's Cooking". (Due Sunday, 7/12. New challenges up each Monday.)
Fan fold flowers a la Candy Shoppe Designs. (Due Wednesday 7/8.) (Which, incidentally, is holding a Design Team call currently. They're going to be called the Lollipop Girls. Who wouldn't want to be a "Lollipop Girl"??!!) (Be sure to let them know you found their site through my blog!)

Details: Paper - Sassafras Lass, The Paper Co.; Stamps - Autumn Leaves (barcode), Scrappy Cat (alpha), Heidi Swapp (crown), Stampin' Up!(Ephemera = background "noise" on naughty tag); Ink - StazOn, VersaMark, Stampin' Up!; Die Cuts - Quickutz Silhouette, Cricut (tag); Embossing Powder - Stampendous, Tsukineko, Creative Beginnings; Pens - Zig Millenium, American Craft; 7 Gypsies transparency; Lil' Davis rub on; Stampin' Up! scalloped punch; Making Memories trim; Diamond Glaze; Around the Block brad; Fancy Pants chipboard (parentheses); Hostess CupCakes box; Photoshop Elements; Maggie Holmes Photoshop Color Action; unknown trim (black and white) and chipboard asterisk.

Hope you have a great Tuesday!! Thank you so much for stopping by!!



Diana Fisher said...

Yummmmm is all I can say. This is a terrific page. Did you see VP's challenge today is food? You can submit it there, too.

ally serrato said...

holy moley heidi ~ you nailed all of these challenges,,, i love this layout and its the perfect guilty pleasure!!! can i share it on the ninja blog?? thanks so much for playing along with us :-D
{xoxo} pink ninja ally

Jeannie Phillips said...

great job...just perfect...I love it...what a fun layout.

laury55 said...

great page...love the fresh colours

Karyn said...

Wow what a great layout. I lurve cupcakes. I adore the bite mark in the corner. Too cute!

Euphoria said...

You ROCK!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting the Pink Ninjas!! You are so AWESOME!!

I am in LOVE with this LO- and the flower you made outta the wrapper/box is totally FABULOUS!!!

LOVE IT!! Check out today's prompt!

Lynnette Davis said...

Hey Heidi!
This is an awesome way to use a "Fan Flower!" Thanks so much for participating and for helping promote the C.S.D. Blog. Hope you plan on sticking around and participating in future fun!

Jennifer said...

I love that you made the fan flower out of an actual hostess cupcake packaging. so cool! Love the "bite" out of the paper, too. NICE JOB!

Maureen said...

Heidi! Love how you used three challenges together! Have you heard of that one challenge blog where the object is to combine different challenges in one project? I can't remember the name of it though :( Love the LO!

Beth Perry said...

I love combining challenges too! Awesome layout! i love the "bite" mark in the corner. Too cute!

ally serrato said...

heidi ~ alright, so i wrote you back on my blog, but then i was like,,, hmmm,,, i wonder if she does the whole subscribe thing,,, anyway, i wrote you back and its under the same comment :-D thank you so miuch for your sweet words heidi ~ i totally appreciate it!!!

Emily said...

This is fabulous!! I love the bite out of the paper... yummy! Hehe... thanks for playing with us!!