Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thanks, Mom!

Hi there,
I've been rearranging rooms today.  What a job!  Before you know it, the day is done!
It will be well worth arranging all those thoughts in my head and putting them to use.

Today, I have a layout that I've submitted to the Fiskars Fuse contest
Submissions were due by September 2nd and contest voting ended September 25, 2012.

I so wanted a Fiskars Fuse!  That looks like such a cool crafting machine!  
I didn't even make it in the top 20!  :(

Here's the layout I entered in the contest:

The pink cardboard circle (and a yellow butterfly) were included in one of my 
scrapbook magazines along with the rules about the contest.  So, I hopped online and
checked it out!  One or both of these HAD to be used on a layout or card.
At first, I didn't have any idea what I would create.  Then I came across this
photo of Zoe with her "new" stuffed animals.... and it all came together from there.

Zoe has always loved her "toys!"  It doesn't even need to have a squeaker in them, although
a squeaker keeps her occupied for longer.  I usually pick up a few stuffed animals
at garage sales each summer.  She absolutely loves them!  She keeps carrying them around
with her and biting it (to try and find the squeaker).  She wags her tail and keeps "showing" us
her new toys!  When she finally settles down, she has to make sure they are right near her and then she lays her head over them.  It's really quite entertaining!

I chose a sketch from: (Sketch #1 by Helen Croft)

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV
Folk Art Paint: Country Gray (applies to the edges of paper with a cotton ball)
Pink Satin Cording
Fiskars Rotary Blade Paper Cutter
Leaves: White Ribbon lightly inked with Green, Hand Cut
Inks: A la mode Pink, A la mode Green
White Brads
EK Success Corner Rounder
Font: Cricut Stamped
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Big Shot

I dabbed a cotton ball in ink, getting rid of the excess paint, then gently brushed it
along all sides of the cardstock.  Three brads were added in the top right corner. 

I guess I need to use a ruler to make sure my letters are STRAIGHT!  
Every time I look at this all I see are the crooked letters!  Ugh! 

I embossed this strip of paper.  A brad was added as the flower center.

Here's a closer look at the cardboard circle, which I had to use somewhere on my layout. 
I used a large flower to place under the circle.  The leaves were hand cut, folded and the edges
inked and place under the flower.  I also inked the edges of the pink circle.  Finally, I added
a flower and made a bow with satin cording.

Hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!
Libby  :)

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