Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wildflower Blog Share

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Today I'm excited be a part of the Clique Kits Wildflower Blog Share hop.  It all started with Gia who sent us a pile of fun Carta Bella Wildflower papers along with a bag full of embellishment goodies.  A few days later Lacey sent us an envelope of custom designed die cuts and flair to go with the Wildflower papers we received.

Here is the quote the challenge is based on: "May your life be like a wild flower...Growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day"- Native American Proverb Challenge: Use something "wild" on your page. Literal interpreatation: a wild animal or plant.  Figurative interpretation: something unique/different for YOU!

You should have arrived here from Lacey's blog.  If you didn't, be sure and go back and check out her projects.

I received so much product I couldn't stop myself.  I'll start with a couple of layouts:

What's so wild about this layout?  The moose head and moose sticker I used to embellish this layout of some of my favorite summer blooms.  The literal interpretation.  I also hand-sewed a circle to further frame my layout.

I love the ombre color of this paper.  My wild element here is using the mesh ribbon from the kit as first, a stencil and then second, as an embellishment.  I used the Perfect Pearls powder with Watermark ink for the stenciling.  To the kit I added crimped, gray cardstock, burlap, and a gray flower with some machine-sewing to complete this page.


I made a couple of cards as well.  I used bits and pieces of papers, embellishments, flair and even feathers to make these two cards.  Feathers and the little fox are the wild elements on these.

 I also made a couple of ATCs as well.  I used the mesh ribbon with some texture paste to make the plain cardstock more interesting.  I made a color mist with the Perfect Pearls mixed into some water in a spritzer bottle.  I used some of the layered flowers I made for the project below to finish these off.

 And finally what I'm calling a chunky tag.  Fun, huh?

Here's how it started.  I took a piece of wood, three inches wide, six inches long and not quite an inch thick.

I made paint mixing the Perfect Pearls powder with some water.  I painted it on with a brush, allowing it to dry between coats.

I die cut a bunch of flowers with my Tim Holtz tattered florals mini die.

I layered up the flowers after inking and added Glitz rhinestones to the centers.

The little "art doll" is my wild element.  I've never made one of these before.  I picked up the die a few weeks ago in the clearance bin at ACMoore.  

I layered on the mesh ribbon, the photo frame die, leaf die, flowers, and a butterfly from my stash.  The flower angel wings are Tim Holtz grunge board covered with Distress Crackle paint and dabber.

 I added a button on top and bottle cap feet.  This garden angel chunky tag makes me think of spring.  Anything that makes me think of spring when we just got a foot of snow and have temps in the single digits is very good.  :)

So, if you're still with me here, thanks for checking out my projects!  Next up, Cathie's blog.  Be sure to leave me a comment and follow me for more chances to win this fabulous prize.
Gone Typo Theme Set (Collection by Hazel & Ruby) with coordinating embellishments and mini album.
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 Be happy, get scrappy!


Friday, January 17, 2014

i did it!!

I actually completed my December Daily.  I printed all the photos, I put them in, added the journaling.  Yes, I really did. 

I'm usually not so great with these open-ended projects.  I often start with great intentions and motivation and get distracted by more fun projects along the way.  I think the keys to my success were:  Creating my Daily in advance--it wasn't all done before the beginning of December but it was all complete before the end of the month.  Making a list of the photos as I went along--my memory isn't what it used to be so jotting down each day's activity really helped.  Having to blog about it for MemoryWorks--always a good motivator.  Thanks to these things I finished my Daily and am very proud of myself. 

I blogged previously some of my pages.  Here are a few more.

 My completed Daily.  It ended up being quite chunky.  Chunky is always good.  :)

Like many of the other designers I included a calendar for the month.  Of course if I had thought I might use this in my Daily I most likely would not have written in BIG, brown Sharpie the reminder for bagged leaf pick-up.  It was moot anyway, there was snow on the ground and we couldn't rake let-alone have the township pick up our bagged leaves.

 Simple pages, good reminders.

 We didn't actually open gifts with our kids till the 28th, so I did most of my shopping after Christmas and didn't fill up under the tree until then.

 I left several pages for Dec 28th since I knew we'd be opening gifts with the kids then hosting my husband's family get-together.

 Ugh, the glare from the pockets.  I don't know how to avoid that in my photos.

 Here I placed an acrylic sheet from some winter gel cling packaging over my page.  It fit perfectly and has this nifty snowflake border.

I finished on a good note with a New Year's Eve selfie. 

As I said, I'm really happy I completed my Daily.  It sits proudly in my scrap space, all ready to look through and remember the month.

Next week I'm privileged to be teaming up with some of the former TeamWorks designers and their new company Clique Kits for a blog share and hop.  We're playing with some great products including custom designed flair and die cuts.  I hope you'll join us!

Be happy, get scrappy!