August 17, 2009

New Album

I finally made my first chipboard album! I am so excited with how it turned out. My husband is always saying that I never make things for him, just for everyone else, so I made this album of pictures of us for him. I cut the pages from Storybook (love the marquee shapes) and covered them with paper from My Little Yellow Bicycle. The stamps are Basic Grey and were embossed with distress embossing powder.

Thr rub-ons throughout the album are Basic Grey and K & Co.

This page was left blank for a sentiment or poem,

I just haven't found the one I want to use on it yet

Whimsical Bugs & Scraps Challenge

So the Whimsical Bugs challenge this time was a color challenge.

I honestly wasn't super inspired by these particular colors because with the exception of the blue they are the same as I used on my last challenge. BUT..... I was inspired by my distress class and just happened to have all the right color inks to pull it off. I've been making a tag example book for work so I decided to run with the tag idea. I cut the tags from Tags Bags Boxes & More at 5 inches. The orange tag was done with Orange Marmalade Distress Ink, Studio G stamps and Prima flowers. The green tag is Shabby Shutters Distress Ink edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, more Studio G's and Prima flowers.

I love the bright warmness of the Orange Marmalade ink, it's so yummy!
This one is very simple but still pretty. Even with the flowers its still somewhat masculine.

August 16, 2009

Distress To Impress

Last week I took my first ever class at the scrapbook store where I work. The owner (Sondra) was lucky enough to be able to attend Ranger U this year and learn techniques directly from Tim Holtz and other instructors. I had never done any kind of distressing so I thought this would be a good class for me to learn new techniques. We learned 6 different techniques using Tim Holtz's line of distress products and let me tell you I am now hooked! After learning the techniques our project was to complete a grunge board quilt. Of course I didn't finish mine that night, but I was so excited that I bought all the products and took it home to finish it. I am so happy with how it turned out and I'm thinking of doing a slightly different version as Christmas presents. All of the pieces are grunge board glued to a piece of heavy chipboard. All of the color was done using the distress inks and the blending tool or the distress crackle paint.

August 2, 2009

Vintage Challenge

This layout I did was for the vintage challenge over at Whimsical Scraps and Bugs. The colors and patterned paper reminded me of my grandma's 60's/70's style kitchen and dishes. LOL Anyway, the paper is from the DCWV Kitchen stack, the letters were cut from Lyrical Letters and the sunflowers are from Walk In My Garden. I covered the letters and center of the flowers with Ranger's Glossy Accents to give them a little dimension. For the lacing I used brads to wrap the ribbon around and secured the bow with a glue dot. Hope it's vintage enough.

I Adore You

So I started this layout of my niece and I several months ago, but didn't finish it. This month SSPT challenge gave a photo for inspiration and it happen to fit the criteria so I went back to it. The paper was from a stack I got at Michael's a long time ago. The ribbon and slider are from making memories, the flowers are Prima and the title was done with Bazzill Bling. The pearls were my biggest challenge. The 2 shades of purple were from a pack and the pearls were all linked together, but the white pearls were individuals and had to be placed separately (what a pain). I am really happy with the way it turned out though. I think this is one of my favorite layouts ever.