Sunday, October 24, 2010

Going for Baroque Mini

Very excited to share some photos from my first full mini album!!!! I created this album using the Graphic 45 Le Romantique paper collection and the Tim Holtz Baroque die. I also used cuts from my Cricut Sentimentals cartridge. LOVE that cartridge!

Steam Punk'D

Here is the mini page that I completed for the mini page swap that was hosted by Becca at Becca's Crafy Corner. Becca was very kind to step in to host the swamp when Bona needed to take some time away from scrapping and YouTube. 

Thank you so much Becca for hosting! I had a blast and really enjoyed making this page for all the ladies in the swap. 

The swap paper was Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante. I chose the Victorian Transformers paper. I didn't want to cover up those lovely corsets so I tried to embellish the page in a way that only enhanced the paper. I edged the page with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Rustic and embellished the page with Gadget Gears from Tim Holtz that I dabbed in metallic paint and edged with black soot; a butterfly cut from the design paper; some teal pearls; and a label stamped with the word imagine. The gears are not attached in the middle, so a photo can be easily tucked away behind them.

On my pocket page, I created a corset pocket :) that I laced with black loopy ribbon. I also created a lollipop flower with black satin, black lace and some shimmery ribbon from Michaels. For the center, I cut a gadget haired lady from the design paper and covered her with glossy accents. The butterfly was cut from the design paper and edged with Black Diamond Stickles. There's also a white feather.

Here are some close ups of the tag:

Saturday, August 14, 2010


I am so excited..... I took the plunge and ordered my first Copic Sketch markers! YEAH! I have about 34 markers on their way that were very carefully selected after spending several hours reviewing color charts and Copic tutorials on YouTube. I really wanted to get just the right "starter" colors for skin, hair/fur, clothes, flowers, leaves, etc.

Of course, with my new Sketch markers, I also needed the Copic storage cubby (pictured below), some Gina K paper, which is one of the papers recommended by experienced Copic users, and several Greeting Farm Stamps!

I just {heart} the Greeting Farm stamps!!!! They are super adorable and one of the reasons I wanted to try out Copics. I particularly adore the Cheeky Glamour and Fleur Anya stamps -- doesn't everybody though?! LOL! I used to do decorative painting back in the day, so Copic coloring seems like it will be particularly fun to try.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Playtimes Past Mini Page Swap

Hi! Here are some pics of the page I created for the Playtimes Past mini page swap hosted by Bona at Keep on Scrappin. I'm in Group 1, Baby Boy mini page. Swappers were to use Graphic 45 Playtimes Past papers, and I chose the paper Hopscotch.

The theme for my page: "vintage macho baby."

Here's the tag:

This page is a nice place for a photo and additional tags:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Le Romantique Mini Page Swap

I participated in the June Le Romantique Mini Page Swap hosted by Bona at Keep on Scrappin. I had such a blast creating my first mini page! Thank you so much Bona for hosting this swap!

I was in Group 2 and my paper was Enamored Embrace from the Graphic 45 Le Romantique paper collection. My inspiration for these pages was the swap challenge — roses and pearls.

Both sides of the page were misted with gold Glimmer Mist.

I created this page using ivory Victorian pleated trim from Twin Roses Costume Design. Check them out, because they have some cool trims, buttons and pins at some good prices. I also used ivory flat back pearls from Joann’s; a ribbon rose (my first following the fabulous tutorial at paperdrama Channel on YouTube); a Prima e-line flower; and a Martha Stewark butterfly punch that I embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder and distressed with some gold stickles.

For this side of the page, I created the envelope by cutting three envelopes from plain white card stock using the Sizzix Manila Envelope Die. That die is retired, but I think you can get the job done with the envelope die from the Cricut BaseCamp cartridge because it looks very similar. I layered the envelopes, adhering them together with red sticky tape to create an accordion effect. To dress up the envelope, I covered the outside with French Vanilla cardstock from Michaels, which I embossed with the Swiss Dots folder, and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. I used a pearl and Velcro for the closure. Inside, the envelope holds three tags that I dabbed with Starburst Stain in Cocklebells Coral.

I cut the heart with the Tim Holtz Heart with Wings Alterations die. The crown was dabbed with a Gold Dabber, and I painted the heart with Tattered Rose crackle paint. The edges are distressed with Walnut Stain. Finally, the stem of a Prima rose is entwined with the heart. I adhered this to the envelope and adhered the envelope over a piece of black lace from Joann’s.

Thank you so much for reading this post, and don't be shy about leaving a comment! All are welcome! 

I will be posting my pages for Bona's Graphic 45 Playtimes Past swap shortly, so be sure to come back.