Monday, September 8, 2014

Stuck on U Sketches Blog Hop Starts Today

Hi All!!

Stuck on U Sketches has a great blog that has started. It will be running throughout the month on various design styles.  Take part in the fun either by hopping, scrapping along, or just putting in your comments.  There are AWESOME prizes to be won and inspiration to be had.

You Came From Darcy's Blog 

The  project life theme is Metallic.  I was overwhelmed last week with visiting relatives, a recovering ill one, a cow that had a tire stuck on its face, a stray cat, the inspiration of learning how to make dots (See previous post for instructions), on top of my normal day to day activities.   I put my confusion to paper.  I love the gold products out there now.  Shimmer, shine, rich and textured. It just doesn't get any better. You can find small does of it (like the white and gold string I used to embellish below to big Gold letters and pages foiled over with it.   I have even found digital files that have a gold look to it.  It pops your page and makes everything have that extras something,, whether you go subtle or all out. I opted for subtle.  I only had a few pics that week and didn't want to over shadow them with big metallic cards. I just wanted to highlight the embellies.

My first inclination was to paint cards using metallic paints and pens, Then I came across a Worthers Caramel Candy wrapper behind my computer on my desk.  I snuck a little sweetness while scrapping last weekend.  those wrappers are so pretty, I thought....why not re-purpose it, so I did.  I stapled it onto an inspirational card stating it was right where it needed to be when in my album because I love those little caramel hard candies.  Why not let the world know. It also added soft dimension to the page which was what was really cool about it.   I also used my scratch off card that came in August's Studio Calico PL kit.  I left the gold on it, to see who scratches it first in life.  I also spattered gold sequins on cards throughout the spread.  The journal card with my nephew in the pool is outlined in Gold as well.  Touches of gold really make a page with mundane cards and embellies really pop. There is a lot of gold goodness on the market these days. Grab yourself some and post your project on the SOUS blog.  Who knows, you may be a winner!!  Check out our sponsors!

So hop along with us and have some fun!

Next on the hop is Julie

Sunday, September 7, 2014


I am taking the Snapshot photo class at Studio Calico this month.  One of the prompts we had was "Noise".  My dog can hear me touch his bag of treats in the kitchen from the other side of the house while under the covers in our bedroom.  I touch the bag, I hear the click of his toes coming down the hallway and he presents himself right at my feet, then begs.  I did not teach him to do that, he learned that on his own.  He also watches TV that way with me too. I am not sure he knows he is a dog.
I had lot of fun with this one and took a scientific approach to the topic.  I cut the title using a font on my laptop using the Cricut Explore.  I stamped and punched the circles in Coral Bay and Sunny Day ink by Studio Calico.  I painted the background using SC masks in Something Blue and Sunny Day Acrylic Paints. For the mat I just used the Sunny day since the blue was more predominant on the background.  I used another SC Mask.  I cut the mat in waves around the edges and used the strips I cut on the sides, sewing them down to the background.  I really liked the effect they had when I folded them up.   Being so bright the contrast was too much between the photo and the page elements, so I sprayed some dark blue mist over the paints on the left and then lighted it a smidge with a white gelato pen.  It gave the page more balance and depth in its textures.

 I left a small strip on the side white to journal on.  The atomic symbol was die cut on the Explore by using a stamp in photoshop on a blank new project then saved as a png. file. I then imported the file into the explore to create the cut. Whoever thinks you can't design with this machine is wrong.  I haven't found anything I wanted to create impossible yet. I then splattered sequins from various SC packages on the right side of the mat to counter the circles on the left to provide the page with more balance.  The yellow tab at the top left, and the triangle on the right were from a printable pages I also got on the SC site.

I just love how the concept of one word turned into a complete evening of fun.  I think I will do more of this on my own.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

If you can make someone HAPPY, do it.

This is a picture of my DD and her friends, one of which was moving to Atlanta. She is coming of an age where friends are going in different directions.  I hope they keep in touch Yan is a lovely girl and has been a good friend.

The papers on this layout are from Carta Bella. It is their "Hello Again"  Collection.  I am pretty sure I need a class on clustering, for I just can't seem to get that pulled together look.  I began by splattering the entire page with gold paint, mixed with a little  water.  The nozzle has long since clogged, but I still use the stick in the bottle to splatter.   I made a messy stencil using Plaid paint, in Cameo, as a bottom border, then added strips of the paper. (It is the perfect pink for me) The stencil is from Studio Calico.  I printed the mat using Adrienne Loomans "Country Girl" Digital paper on a white piece of cardstock, then tore around it leaving the torn white frame. I then tucked the Doily (Michaels) behind the photo.  Then I stitched on the print paper, so I could fold up the white frame.  I stiched another frame inside of the photo.  I fussy cut the typewriter and flowers on the bottom tag ring.  The folded ribbon is Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.  The other embellishments were Studio Calico printables, printed on vellum.  Of course you can see, I am starting to use my dots.  I will be getting smaller pony beads next, so I can have a variance on size.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stuck on U Sketches Project Life Challenge Reveal: Twine

Hi all!

Hope you are enjoying these last few weeks of Summer.  This week Stuck on U Sketches has a challenge for us Project Lifers.  We are to use Twine in our layouts.  I love using twine, string, yarn, anything that is thin, easily manipulated and serves a purpose is a great addition to any project life page.

I decided to use a bow for my ice cream bar.  It just gave it that decorated look.  I also edged the bar in stickles to give it a little more of an icy look.  Twine and Washi makes a great banner that is really quick to make. I also photographed my husband and I waiting for the AC in my car to be fixed. I went two weeks without it and decided I was melting.  You can see the pic of me and my flat hair to prove it was true. That was after driving to the shop after work.  It gets hot here in Carolina.  It was a priority that my dh fixed.  It was also our anniversary this week, and though no photos were taken, I did write a small journalling tag and tucked it behind a decorative tag.  I also used twine to hold the larger tag in place. I just mini stapled in on each end. Easy Peasy!!! The decorative tag can be removed to read the journal tag that was pasted below to keep it's layered place. I also commemorated some bucket list sewing projects I accomplished lately,( ergo no posts in a while). I made an embroidered peasant blouse.  It has ivory stitching on a peachy pink.  (My colors)  I also tackled making my own custom fitted bra.  I am going to make a ton of them.  It is like wearing pajamas.  Had to take a photo of my first for I was really proud that I could do it. It looks great on...something I never expected.

Head over to the SOU blog and see what the other lifers are doing with their twine.  Grab an old mop and see all you can do on your projects too.  Enjoy!