November 14, 2008

So natural………………..

Hello everybody,

Well thanks for all those of you leaving lovely comments and all who are stopping by as well. Who wouldn’t love some nice words?Keep it coming.

This layout I made for
Their monthly challenge for Novermber
is to use a portrait photo
and a single word title
and some journaling.

When I saw the Basic Grey Ambrosia Papers, OMG!! I just love them. Loved the colors, grey, yellow, orange, red and black combo. I just wanted to have them initially, then I thought I will put the papers up on the canvas as it is and put it up in my office. But when this challenge came up. I was like, oh!!!!!!…… this paper will suit it very well.

The description of the layout.

1. The base is a black cordination cardstock. I have also used another couple of pieces of cordination black card stock and cut them into a wavy pattern using one of my fancy scissors.

2. I have used pieces of Basic Grey Ambrosia Papers Marmalade and Tangy here. Frayed the edges but no inking. I want the white frayed edges to show up against the black background.

3. I have used couple of orange piece of papers from my stash and frayed the edges as well. I have then layered all the papers including the Basic Grey ones as in the layout.

4. Photo is a potrait of mine taken by my dear husband at Niagara Falls in New York state in June this year. I converted it into B/W. I like how natural it turned out to be. Beautiful and Perfect. It wasn’t a planned shot but a quick sudden shot. Love my hair as it flies around my face due to the wind and mist from the falls. Well, that what the journalling says in a tag that is tucked behind the layer of papers.Photo goes on top of all the layers

5. I then cut out a circle from a dark red paper from my stash, frayed the edges and this time I inked them with Tim Holtz’s Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.I then placed this circle on top of the photo as in the layout.

6. Flowers are from Petaloo, Green Tara, Prima and the tiny black ones from my stash cut out of cardstock using die cuts.I have inked some flowers using Bella Golden Ink. Large Yellow flowers has Kindy Glitz Red color. For all the US readers, Kindy Glitz is similar to Tim Holtz’s stickles.

7. The red flourishes are cut out of cardstock using die cuts. The tiny white leaves I bought it from my local craft store. I have also added red sequin in the middle of the flowers.

8. The title alphas as from Pink Paislee Alpha stickers Black. I first used single word “Natural” as title for the challenge. But I felt it was not complete. I then added “So” in the beginning which then became “So natural”. Now, thats better.

9. I have then used Kindy Glitz Slick White to give the dots around the layered pieces of pattern paper. This really brought out the papers against the black background.

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Here are some closeups.

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November 13, 2008


I received my DT pack from Dalena ( OOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I was excited so much looking at the papers!!!

Yup!! Fancy Pants About a Boy Papers.
Very cool papers, bright, distressed, lovely oranges, blue, green and brown. I also loved the ribbons in the pack and there is a glitter cut as well.
I am very enthusiastic about using these papers.

This is my first layout for for the month of November

Description of the layout:

1. The base is coredination cardstock Green color also sent by Dalena. I have distressed the edges using Heidi Swapp edge distressor. Oh!!!! this is so convenient than the scissors. Will put a photo of it tomorrow. I got it from my LSS for 2$.The edges are then inked using Tim Holtz’s Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink.

2. The blue PP is from Fancy Pants, About a Boy Expression pattern paper. This paper is again distressed on the edges using Heidi Swapp edge distresser and torn randomly and then curled.
I also used Tim Holtz’s Ranger Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to ink the edges. I then used green thread and stitched the torn edges of the paper, which again was dabbed with Furyed Burlap Distress Ink.

3. The pieces of paper layered inside are from Fancy Pants About a Boy– Peace and Chillin. Both the pieces are frayed using Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser and inked with Tim Holtz’s Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

4. Flowers are from Green Tara, half of a large yellow flower sent by Dalena and couple of flowers from Maya Road Velvet flowers. I have used Kindly Glitz, Aqua and Slice White to add dimension and sparkle to the flowers.

5. I have also cut out 2 circles out of transparency and used Kindy Glitz Slice White to add dots around the perimeter. I layered them between the flowers. They add extra interest as well as extra dimension to the flowers.

6. I have added rub ons and flourishes from my stash. The flourishes are also give the same treatment as the transparency circles for added interest and extra dimension to the layout.

7. The journalling is written on a journalling tag from K & Co Blue Awning journalling pad. The journalling says, “Little thing matter in making and keeping the family together. Celebrating festivals, sharing jokes or work and being there for each other are a few things. We are family.”

8. The title “Us” is from K & Co Blue Awning chipboard words. Oh I love them. Using every bit of them carefully. The chipboard word is distressed using Frayed Burlap Distress ink to give it a darker look. This makes the title stand out.

9. There is a brown lace I bought from my LSS. The photo was taken earlier this month on our Diwali day. The photo is frayed on the edges using Heidi Swapp edge distresser.

Hope you enjoyed reading the description.

Here are some closeup for you.

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November 12, 2008


The challenge says:
The challenge this month for Scrapper’s Warehouse is as follows-:
1. This is a 12 x 12 Layout.
2. The colors to be used for this LO are- Black, Royal or Navy blue & Creme.
3. A B & W pic must be used- any size.
4. The LO must have Ribbon or Lace or Ric Rac or all 3 featured on it.
5. Charms, Flowers & Butterflies are also to feature on the LO.
6. At least 1 circle & 1 heart are to be present on the LO.
7. Your Title must be distressed in some way.

“Gracious”–[adjective] exhibiting courtesy and politeness; “a nice gesture”

I like this quality in my DD. I have seen and heard from school teachers over 2 years now about this quality in her which is very much appreciated in her by other children as well. In fact her teacher told me yesterday about one such incident at school and I was extremely proud of my DD. Yes, it definitely needs to put it in as a scrap page for her album.
Description of the layout.

1. I used a black background out of the black, navy/royal blue and creme colors in the rules. So my background paper is from Pink Paislee Office Lingo range.
2. Secondly I wanted it to have some texture on it. So I used Heidi Swapp Damask stamp on Blue Bella ink and stamped randomly on the background paper and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. So now the paper has a texture which is royal blue in color and very subtle.

3. Now I want to use the minimalist approach here. This is because I want the focus on the photo and the title and the journaling.

4. I used Kaiser Squadron Major paper both sides here for the layout. All the pieces are hand torn and inked with Bella Blue ink.

5. I have used a piece of scrap from Karen Foster paper from my stash and a journaling tag from K & Co Blue awning journaling pad, stamped them using Heidi Swapp Damask Stamp with blue ink and heat embossed using the clear embossing powder.
6. I have used the Kaiser Squadron Major and kaiser Thrill Seeker Explore papers and cut different size circles and layered them using double sided foam. I added a button in the middle to finish it off. Here I have flowers to match the layout. I have also added a Green Tara black flower with a circle in the middle and a blue heat embossed heart shape layered on top.

7. The butterflies are appliqué work pieces from spotlight. The charm butterfly is from my DD’s old bracelet.The flourishes are from my stash.
8. The title is from K & Co blue awning chipboard stickers which are distressed using Bella Blue ink.

Enjoy the closeups and leave some feedback if you like in the comments.

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