Tuesday, September 27, 2011

He is a Two-Fisted Eater!

This photo of my son has to be one of my all-time favorites of him and I have waited a long time to take it out of the picture frame and put it onto a scrapbook page...which I think I will frame and hang on my wall!! 
You can find all the details on creating this page on the ScraPerfect Blog.

I was inspired by working with some of my friends.  Each of them contributed a little something to the layout so I have a few thank-yous: 

Lisa - thanks so much for sharing your tree stamp - and everything else! 
Angela - I can't believe you had a die-cut apple! 
Karen - the red edge strip - so not your style - and the perfect finishing touch!

I will always think of you guys every time I look at this layout!  I loved playing and creating with you just for fun - definitely helped get me out of my funk!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Fall Flower

If you are anything like me, you have a small stack of layouts somewhere that you haven’t quite finished -you need to add journaling, or a title or something and you are just not sure what!  This is one of those layouts:

I knew I wanted to include one of my favorite quotes by Albert Camus:  Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  I just wasn’t sure how  so I put the layout aside and actually kind of forgot about it.  When I found this stamp from Stampendous! I was ready to go. 

To be honest, I was a little concerned because the blue cardstock I was going to stamp on was very textured and I wasn’t sure how well it would transfer. I prepared the surface with The Perfect Crafting Pouch and stamped with brown ink then heat embossed.  The result – a perfect image:

Here is the finished layout.  Although you may think the title is “almost 4” I know every time I see this layout that the real title is “My Fall Flower.”
Paper: American Crafts  

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"No Limits" to what I will try...

I had a partial set of dominoes lying around so I decided to try a craft I had seen while blog hopping – altering dominoes. I started by applying some Ranger Alcohol Inks to the surface and the sides. I treated the surface with my Perfect Crafting Pouch and used Stazon black ink to stamp a sentiment in the lower right, and then I swiped the surface with my Perfect Cleaning Cloth to remove any residue.

A friend had gifted me a lovely butterfly charm, so I snipped off the loop and used my Embellie Gellie and The Best Glue Ever to add some rhinestone *bling* to create the body.

In my stash, I found some tiny butterfly-shaped rhinestones that I used to decorate the wings. They actually came with adhesive but I removed it and used The Best Glue Ever to attach them.

I applied a couple of coats of Mod Podge to the domino. After it was dry I adhered the charm and voila – my first altered domino!
I have not yet decided what I am going to do with it. I have seen them used as jewelry, magnets and Keychain fobs. I am leaning toward creating a framed art collage using several dominoes. That way I can try out different techniques – so be sure to check back for more ideas!