Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If Wrestling Season is over... it must be Spring!

Wrestling season has come to an end, and while I really will miss those long weekends in the gym I am so happy that I am finally able to find some time to play! I needed to knock the cobwebs off and decided to create something just for fun!  I found the perfect challenge on Susan Weckesser's  blog, {my sweet earth}, and I was inspired to create this canvas:
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In her Create to Live February Challenge, Susan provided this image as an inspiration piece and encourages us to think of spring and all that comes with it :

The Details:  I used a piece of her Beautiful Daydreams paper (which you can order from Want2Scrap) as the base for the canvas. I integrated the repeating diamond pattern into my background by using some aqua-colored modeling paste and a harlequin stencil.  It was a little bolder than I intended, so I softened it with a layer of mod podged tissue paper before I added a quote by Colette:  "The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes, and goes on his way". I went a little crazy adding the stamped flowers in the foreground but there is nothing that says "Spring" more than flowers in bloom!  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to water color the flowers before I added tiny black rhinestones.  I cut them from a partially used *bling* embellishment from Want2Scrap.  The final touch was to add a little "weight" to the bottom right corner of the canvas.  Susan has a line of stamps produced over at Unity Stamp Company.  I used her In Circle Me stamp and Stazon Ink in Azure and Cactus to create some visual interest and to bring balance to my little work of art!!! 

I hope you will take a minute and check out Susan's blog and particpate in her challenge. Did I mention she is offering a lovely prize package to one of the participants?  It could be you! 
You could also enter the Time2Create Challenge over at Want2Scrap - tomorrow is the last day to enter so find some Time to Play!

Be sure to come back Friday for the Moxxie blog hop.  We will be featuring the newly released Homespun Easter Collection.  I can't wait to show you my layout!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play!  Susie

 Paper by Susan Weckesser
Want2Scrap Funky Swirls
Unity Stamp In Circle Me
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Mod Podge
Studio G Stamps

Friday, February 1, 2013

Moxxie's Western Round Up Blog Hop

HOWDY!!!  It's that time of the month to join us for
February's Muse-A-Palooza Blog Hop!  This month you could win the entire Western Round Up collection.  This collection has an amazing color line in denim blues, rich golds, country browns and kerchief reds, which will be perfect for all your cowboys and cowgirls!  So grab your boots, chaps and
cowboy hats and follow us on this wild west adventure!!

I knew as soon as I saw this line that I was finally going to scrap a favorite picture of my oldest son...especially when I saw this chipboard album from Want2Scrap:
 I entered this in the Time2Create Challenge over at Want2Scrap which runs through the end of this month.  Anyway, the album and the paper - a match made in heaven, right?  Now let's check out all the Moxxie goodness on the inside!

I **love** this brown paper with the all over cowboy boots and the "Buckaroo" sticker.  It looks like it has been stitched on denim!  I mounted all of the stickers on chipboard then sanded and inked the edges.
 You can see on the page below that I pleated a strip of the plaid paper.  It's a really easy way to add dimension.  The cool circular embellishment was cut from Moxxie paper with a Spellbinders die...and that cute little star in the center is right off of the sticker sheet!

The reverse side of the red paper looks like weathered boards.  I like keeping things simple in a mini-album with the focus on the pictures and tags for journaling.  The oval die-cut adds just enough embellishment when paired with a few letter stickers and a laser cut chipboard word (from Want2Scrap) painted red and coated with Glossy Accents.
This next page is one of my favorites...a little fussy cutting with a craft knife goes a long way!
Here's a pocket page filled with tags cut from several of the coordinating papers in this line.
These last few pages really show off some of the cool die cuts and stickers:
And here is one last peek at the detail on the front cover.  I used my Crop-O-Dile to punch holes in  the front cover so I could dangle the little  heart charm on the chain. 
(I am entering this sweet little mini album in Want2Scrap's Time to Create Challenge!) 

To have a chance at winning the entire Moxxie Western Round Up Collection, you need to round-up your
coffee and hop through all eleven participating blogs, checking out all
the spectacular creations of each Moxxie Muse,
and leave a comment for each one of them!
Comments will close at midnight CST on Tuesday, February 5.
Winner will be announced the next day on the Moxxie blog.
International fans are welcome to play along if they
agree to pay shipping in the event they win.
So are you ready to see some great inspirations from the Muses??
Giddy up and enjoy the ride!  Remember to leave your
comments along the way for your chance to win