Thursday, November 29, 2012

Layouts for Your Enjoyment :)

Hi there,
Well, it's been a rather long day, trying to wrap my head around what life has dealt us
once again.... and all I'll say is that I'm not doing so well with it!
I've been hibernating in my craft room to try and forget... if only for a little bit at a time.

I have several layouts to share with you today.  Hope you'll sit back and enjoy my creations.

My first layout was a submission at Soul Scrappers
for the Negative Space Challenge (NSC17).

Here's the sketch:

My creation: 
Spectacular view of Katahdin!  And what a LONG hike/climb too... but the views along the
way are amazing!
Scroll down to read my journaling.

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Die Cuts
Chipboard Glitter Heart: Colorbok
Distress Stain: Tim Holtz
Alcohol Inks: Adirondack
Clear Plastic Tab
Computer Font: Amperzand
Rub ons

 The edges were distressed.

 All paper edges were distressed.  The bracket was traced from a die cut.
The tab has flowers rub on.  The frame around the photo was measured and hand cut with the
edges distressed.  A plastic tab was tucked under the photo and over a portion of the bracket.

Here's a better look at the paper tab.  You can just barely see the plastic tab below this.
The rub on is so sweet!

The flower petals were folded in the centers and gently folded up with the
edges stained.  A glitter heart was used as the center.

The next layout was submitted at Colorful Creations
for their Guest Designer Sketch Challenge (gdtnov).

This is the sketch:

Here's my layout:
This is Geri, sleeping under our dining room table with her paws hanging off one of the
bars of the chair.  I couldn't believe that she was actually SLEEPING this way!  She's such
a silly cat!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Other
Large Circle Brad
Gem Brad
Decorative Brads: Stampin' Up!
Chenille Rick Rack
Font: Cricut Stamped
Sharpie Marker

A simple flower with a cute brad adhered over two thin strips of paper.

This is my flower grouping... with several different styles of flowers and various
gems/brads added to their centers.

My "go to" Cricut font!

This package of chenille rick rack was a great find at a discount store for $.50 per package!
Gotta love that!

My last layout/card was a challenge also submitted at Colorful Creations for their
Favorite Things Challenge (NOVFAVE).

The Challenge:
1.  Use your FAVORITE C.C. sketch.
2.  Your FAVORITE "go to" embellishment.
3.  Your project can be a layout or card... and if you make both (from the same sketch),
your name will be entered TWICE for the prize!!

This is the sketch I chose:

Here's my layout with my favorite "go to" embellie - Flowers!!
Our son, practicing his soccer skills on a beautiful summer day.

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV
Dimensional Magic
Distress Stain: Tim Holtz
"Love" Bubble Embellie: Greatest View
Satin Cording
Sharpie Marker

I used dimensional magic on the leaves, with the hopes that it would look like
rain droplets... but it doesn't look like that at all!  So, I'll just settle for it looking like
"spots" on the leaves and flowers!
A bow covers the ends of the leaves.

Cording was used under the flower just to add a bit more to this grouping.  A large
"love" bubble makes a great center for this flower.

 All edges were distressed, even the photo.

A closer look at the distressing, flower center and my "spotted" flower and leaves!

And now for the card I created using the same sketch:
All edges were distressed and most paper pieces embossed using my Big Shot and 
Darice and Cuttlebug embossing folders.
Satin cording was knotted over each square and two gems added on each one.
Cheesecloth and cross stitch fabric flower was stained and misted.  A larger gem
was added in the center.  A 3-dimensional sticker sentiment completed the card.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will come back soon!
Libby  :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Hi there,
Another "mellow" day here today.  Glad for it too because tomorrow the "storm" in our lives begins....

I have a layout to share that was submitted at ARTastic Challenge Blog
for their November Inspiration Challenge.  Below is the inspirational photo, which is
actually a QUILT!  How cool is that!

** Additional criteria is to use fabric and stitching on your page.

Taking the greens and blues (or teal) from the photo, which caught my eye, this is what I created:

On our Allagash trip with the Boy Scouts in 2008, a few of us were just standing
there enjoying the peaceful scenery.  Our son is in the bottom photo, standing in the
center (with the hat on).

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Colorbok
Satin Fabric
Lace Fabric
Font: Cricut Opposites Attract
Perfect Pearls Mists
Diamond Stickles
Embroidery Floss: Making Memories
Stitching Template: Bazzill Basics
Paper Piercer
I chose a Creating Keepsakes sketch

Using the stitching template and my paper piercer the holes were in place for the
stitching.  Stickles were added randomly along each stitch.

One of my favorite Cricut fonts!
The letters were misted.

And now for the fun part!  I don't normally work with fabric very much... on my layouts!
Once I found this satin fabric, and stared at my layout for awhile, I started cutting 
triangles, which would represent the trees.  I cut a strip of lace fabric to place under the
trees.  Another strip of lace was cut to cover up the bottom of the lace.  
Next, I cut strips of the mesh-like lace and twisted it and adhered it on top of the lace section, kinda
angling it like a "scenery" of trees would be.
Then the trees were added, trying to tuck the bottom of the trees under the rolled
pieces.  Stickles was applied to the bottom strip of lace and on the rolled pieces as well
as along the bottom of each tree.
The trees were only adhered along the bottom, leaving the rest of the tree free to lay as
it wanted and also giving it more dimension.
Finally, everything was misted with Pearls Mists.
I LOVE how this turned out!

Here's a closer look at one portion of my tree grouping.

Wanted to show you the misting, which is so cool!  Love this stuff!

An even closer look at the fabric & lace techniques.  You can see how the 
trees are gently falling over the rolled lace.  This was so fun to put together!

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll return soon!
Libby  :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Smelling the Roses

Hi there,
I have a layout to share which was submitted at Sketches in Thyme
for their sketch challenge #93.

Here's the sketch:

And this is what I created:
Our son when he was 2 years old.  Hard for me to believe he's now 20 years old!!
He loved these roses and had to sit right beside them, smelling them and touching them.
It was so cute!

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok, DCWV
Distressing w/Scissors
Folk Art Glitter Paint/Toothbrush
Cork board
Perfect Pearls Mists
Sharpie Marker
Pop Dots
Font: Cricut Stamped

A toothbrush was dipped in glitter paint and splattered onto the page and hexagons
using my thumb.  Sometimes it's fun to get a little messy!  :)
The journaling block is on a larger hexagon and the edges distressed.

Each hexagon was distressed.  For some reason I had a hard time to arrange these
where I wanted them and where they would look best.  Ugh!
This is what I finally ended up with.

It was harder to adhere these letters with no straight line to follow!  I had to use a 
ruler to help me out, but then the ruler moved.  So much for that, right?
They're a bit crooked but oh well!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you will return!
Libby  :)

Higher & Higher

I have another layout that was submitted at Sketches in Thyme
for their sketch challenge #92.
This is the sketch:

This is what I created:
Our son, jumping on the trampoline.  He's got quite the stance... ram-rod straight... preparing
for the even higher jump!  His two cousins better watch out!  :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Colorbok
Swirls: Traced the die cuts & hand cut
Gesso mixed with Folk Art Paint
Perfect Pearls Mists
Dots Stencil
Font: Cricut Stamped
Sharpie Marker
Circles: Hand Cut

I lightly traced lines onto the circle (mainly because I usually end up with a beautiful "slant").
I erased most of the lines but then decided "some" of the lines showing looked better.  The
edges were distressed.  

 These swirls were actually the backing peeled off the chipboard shapes.  I kept the peeling and
adhered it to cardstock so I reuse it as a template.
The swirls were dabbed with Gesso mixed with paint for a slight color and misted.

 A scalloped border was added behind the photo and distressed.  
A small portion goes over the swirls.  I tried squishing it onto the block without going over the
swirls, but it looked too crammed.  I like how this turned out.

 I used a dotted stencil to place over the circle and generously dabbed the mixture to add a 
bit of dimension.  Once that dried, this was also misted.
String was looped and placed under the corner of the photo.

Thanks for stopping by!
Libby  :)


Hi there!

I am so not liking the time change... it gets darker way too early!  This makes it quite 
challenging for me to find places/ways to take photos of my layouts and cards.  I've tried 
several different things and some photos have this "orange tinge" to them.  UGH!
Maybe my hubby can help figure out something for me... :)

In the meantime, if I complete layouts "later" in the day, the color won't be so great.
Bear with me... I'll work something out!  

This layout was submitted at Rochelle Spears Blog
for the November Stash Challenge.

The challenge: 
1.  Include a pocket (envelope, file folder, etc)
2.  Use chevrons
3.  Use something metal

This is the sketch:

And here's what I created:
Zoe and Tom, waiting for me to let them in.  They would sit there quite awhile, watching me
and waiting...  Such funny animals!

Supplies used:
Paper: DCWV, Colorbok
Font: Cricut Stamped
Metal Brads
Decorative Trim: Webster's Pages
Creative Memories Border Template
Fabric Heart
Plastic Flowers
Plastic Tag & Hart: Making Memories
Paper Lace Doily
Cross Stitch Fabric Flowers
Pocket: Paper Pizazz Stencil
Metal Moulding
Distress Stains: Tim Holtz
Alcohol Inks: Adirondack
Perfect Pearls Mists
Copper Leafing Pen: Krylon
Hand Made Chevron
Circle Punch
Sharpie Marker
Sizzix Flower Die
Big Shot 
My title and a view of the spritzing.
Love these large metal circle brads.  They were dabbed with Gesso and misted.

Gesso was applied using a scrunched up piece of paper towel, smearing and dabbing.
Love this decorative trim from Webster's Pages!
I used copper leafing on the edges of the metal mounding strip and randomly on the top and dabbed with Gesso.  Everything was misted.

The hand made chevron was placed under my cluster.  I used Gesso along the edges.  A small piece of recycled netting was used the chevron, then the paper doily which was painted with
Gesso, copper leafing and misted.  Cross stitch fabric flowers were added along with hearts,
rosettes and plastic flowers.  
The pocket was distressed and inside is the tag with hidden journaling. 
The rosettes were dabbed in Gesso and brushed lightly with copper leafing.

String was used to tie the tag around the metal moulding.  The tag was dabbed with Gesso
and misted with copper leafing around the edges.

Lots of layers and dimension!!  :)

The journaling tag was edged with copper leafing.  A circle punch was folded in half
and stapled at the top as the tag.

The decorative trim was adhered to the back of the circle.

Thanks for looking!
Libby  :)