Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cuttlebug "Be Inspired" Challenge #34 - Basic Grey & Cuttlebug

I found a new challenge blog today, the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot. The challenge was to use your cuttlebug, Basic Grey paper and Core'dinations to create a project...most of the samples were cards, but I did spy one layout at the end, so I hope a layout is okay! I found this great pic of Ken on the beach in Bonaire, our last big dive trip and I was inspired... I dug through my stash and found some of my all time favorite Basic Grey paper, Ice Cream parlor from the Two Scoops line - it reminds me of the beach. I also searched through my stash and found 2 pieces of Core'dination cardstock from the Whitewash line - Cottage Porch and Washboard. Then I found my most recently acquired embossing folders and my cuttlebug and I was ready to play!

I ran the core'dinations through the cuttlebug and distressed the raised images to let the darker color show through, then I cut out the words I wanted to use.
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To be completely honest...I initially made a mistake and ran the first piece of cardstock through backwards. No worries! I just took the blue pieces and ran them over a white ink pad to hightlight the words and put them in the mix. Serendipity! I added a tiny transparency frame from Hambly to highlight his smiling face - and then I was done with the layout for my strong, sweet, dear, kissable, happy, cute, fantastic, selfless, loving, big-hearted, wonderful, extraordinary guy!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sibling Revelry

Here is a very simple one page layout using a 4x6 print. I did a little fussy cutting on 2 beautiful papers (from Scenic Route) to integrate them.

Using my exacto knife I sliced most of the sun's rays along the bottom half of that paper. Then I trimmed out the wave paper and "married" the two of them, pulling forward a little ray of sunshine here and there. A couple of times I had to slice into the wave so that the "sunshine" would lay properly on the page.

I like to add dimension to most projects, so I found a chipboard swirl that reminded me of the waves printed on the paper. I painted the chipboard green and then pulled out my Pearl Ex to try a slightly different technique using Future floor polish! I filled a Waterbrush with Future and used it to apply the Pearl Ex. I also painted in some shimmery details on the fishies I had cut out. Once it had dried, there was no need to seal these items with acrylic spray to keep the Pearl Ex from rubbing off. Love it! A couple of pop dots for dimension...Done!

Now the bottom of the page was finished and the top half needed some more "weight". I had a die cut of a sun, but it really didn't work, so I used my scissors and trimmed out the thin outline of the sun that was left on the diecut paper (I love to squeeze every little bit out of my kit!). I added a little Pearl Ex...and it looked good, but still not quite right. Soooo I dug into my stash and found some sunshine yellow mulberry paper with a gold paisley pattern. Perfect! I adhered the mulberry paper and the sun outline with Memory Mount.

The final touch was the title which I ended up printing from my word processor. I tried to add a tag for journaling several times but I just couldn't find a spot that made me happy. In retrospect, I think I could have made the sun into a flap, and journaled behind it. There really wasn't much I wanted to add - this was one of those rare moments when they were all together and happy and not bickering - so "Sibling Revelry" really says it all for me!