Tuesday, January 18, 2011

true love layout....

I just love the pre-sewn paper paper by WRMK!! I did some heat embossing on this (little birdies on the top and the flower centers) and I used one of the new Valentine Sizzix dies for the flowers! That's a pic of my son and his fiancee! TFL!

Layouts for a crop this weekend!

These are a couple of layouts that I made this weekend for a crop at Inspired to Scrap that I was part of this weekend! I used my January Studio Calico kit for these! The top layout is of my great-grandfather. I recently had the picture restored for my mother and then had some copies made for me! For the hot air balloons, I heat embossed them (I haven't done that in a while!!) then embellished them! On the bottom layout, I used the cool book stamp that came in the SC kit to make the "library" at the bottom of the page, using the new Jenni Bowlin stamp pads - LOVE those things! And love my new Kindle that my kids gave me for Christmas this year!! :) Thanks so much for looking!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

And the winner is.......

Tina - Happy New Year !!! What a beautiful layout !! TFS xx♥

.....who was the third post which is the number that Random.org chose!! Congratulations Tina!! Just message me your snail mail addy and I'll get some October Afternoon goodies out to you!! Thanks everyone for playing and hope to see everyone around!! :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My 1st layout of 2011....

This is my first layout I made in 2011! The layouts in previous 2011 posts were done in 2010, so it's been a while since I've scrapped!! There's one good thing for being snowbound like I've been for the past couple of days...LOL! I made this using my Jan 201 Studio Calico kit - I added the washi tape from Dec's kit and some of the Studio Calico rub-ons that I got during their Black Friday sale!! I love the picture on this - I took it of Samantha and Nick while they were here visiting during Thanksgiving and she came up with a lot of very cool picture ideas and posings!! TFL!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Join in the Blog Hop fun!!

Happy New Year and welcome to the First Scrap With V Blog Hop and welcome to my blog!!!

You should have arrived to my blog from Amy Bender, if that is not where you arrived from, then please join us at Scrap with V here to start the hop from the beginning so you don't miss a thing! After visiting me, go here to Amy Lavlin's blog spot! You must be a follower of Scrap with V, visit all the blogs, and comment and become a follower in order to be entered to win one of the three random prize draws at Scrap with V!

Show us a layout you have done based on the theme New Beginnings, put it on your blog and link it to the comments in the Scrap with V post and go into the Grand Prize Draw!

Tell us a little about your layout... Why you chose what you did.

Here is one of my creations based on the New Beginnings Theme. It's of my son with his fiancee! He just got engaged and they will be starting a new life together soon!

I am also having a random RAK draw this weekend!! Just become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this blogpost and I will put your name in for some awesome goodies from October Afternoon! I just got a huge box from them and I would love to share some of it with a lucky blog reader! You have until midnight Sunday Jan 9th to leave your comments!!

Happy New Year to you all and have a wonderful year of scrapping ahead!

This is one of my favorite layouts that I've recently made! Love the colors, love the subject matter, love the kit club that I got the supplies from!! I made this for the journaling class that I helped teach at Inspired to Scrap last month where the journaling was just to use adjectives! I used my December Studio Calico kit and a picture of my youngest daughter that was taken at her cousin's wedding this summer. For the star pin - which comes clear - I used my Maya mists to color it by taking the lid off of the turquoise mist and letting it drip thickly onto the star then letting it dry. TFL!

Scrap with V bloghop this weekend!!

Come join in the fun!! Start here and you'll end up at my blog at the end!! I'm going to be giving away an RAK too so come by and leave a comment here - I know some of the other ladies will also be having their own giveaways on their blog too!! See you tomorrow!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reverse Applique Technique

This is what is called a reverse applique where you sew around the negative space of a shape that you've punched out instead of adding a shape to your layout and sewing that on. This is a technique that I learned from Davinie Fiero on the Studio Calico blog! I used this technique on my "a good day" layout around the star shapes!
First I pre-punched the shapes that I wanted to use on my layout to see exactly where I wanted the real punches to go on my layout. I used the Martha Stewart anywhere star punch for this:
After figuring out the general area, I lined up the punch and punched the stars out of my layout

For filling in the star shape I wanted to use brown paper bag that I had, so I punched out some shapes that were large enough to cover the stars on the backside of the layout. I used a punch, but you could just as easily just cut a piece of paper out with your scissors.

I crumpled the punched shapes up, then straightened them back out and lightly spritzed them with some Maya mist.

I then attached the shapes to the back of the layout so that the star holes were completely covered.

This is what it now looks like on the front of the layout.

I then used my sewing machine set on a tiny zigzag and sewed around the edges of the stars. You could also handstitch around the edges if you preferred.
Hope this inspires you to do some stitching on your layout!! Have fun creating!!