Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cinderella's Castle

So here it is! My first design team page for Little Shop of Sketches!! The inspiration came from this sketch:
I absolutely loved this sketch and even though I was crazy nervous about my first DT assignment I had a ton of fun with it. I used my May Scraps of Darkness kit (which I believe has truly been my favorite kit so far, but just barely as those kits are amazing). The page is titled 'Cinderella's Castle'
These pics are of Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom of Disney World. At night the castle just looks so magical that while I normally only scrap people and activities I couldn't resist scrapping these pictures.
I stickled everything pretty much (like always), misted the bg and purple circle and distressed all the edges.

These flowers were originally light purple. I didn't really like it. So misted they were. I actually made a mistake with one of the mists I used. I thought I had picked up a darker purple color and it turned out to be black. There wasn't anything I could do but to continue with that color and of course no other color was going to show up. So I switched to paints to give it those purple streaks. I am exceedingly happy with this mistake as I believe that the flowers are my favorite part!

Well I hope you like it and please come play along with us at Little Shop of Sketches

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tree of Life

So my latest page is my entry for the June Scraps of Darkness Sketch Challenge. We were given an absolutely gorgeous sketch made by Charlotte Jenkins. Who by the way is also hosting a challenge on that uses this sketch and you don't need to use Scraps of Darkness materials (though you should because they are beyond awesome) and you can find that here. My page is titled 'Tree of Life' It features my boyfriend, his mom, sister, and me in front of the Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
So much distressing was done in this page. The bottom page is distressed, inked, crackle painted, and stickled. Next layer I tore and inked the edges, crumpled the paper, and went over it with distress ink. The last layer I used distress stains and inks to create the color, spritzed it with water, crumpled it, and then went over it again with another distress ink.

I used a ton of flowers on this. I barely even changed their color too (I know I was surprised by this as I almost always alter the colors of my flowers). I just spritzed the gold flowers with some gossamer gold, and stickled the white flowers. You would not believe how long I agonized over the placement of each bloom. I think I literally changed their position like a hundred times.
The chipboard circle is courtesy of my Cricut. I forgot how much it sucks cutting chipboard too. What sucks is that I have somehow misplaced my thin chipboard that made cutting a little easier. I swear the deep cut blade is garbage. I only finally got the circle when I switched back to the regular blade in the regular housing. It didn't even turn out perfectly but it was sufficient for my uses. I painted, misted, and smooched the circle to achieve that color.

I love how it turned out and I hope you do too! Be sure to check out those challenges!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sexy Time

This page I have done for the June Chippie Challenge and June Steampunk Challenge over at The June chippie was a surprise this month and it turned out to be an alarm clock. The steampunk challenge topic this month was 'Steampunk Gentleman'. I combined the two by turning the alarm clock into just a clock face and focusing the page on my boyfriend. The page is title 'Sexy Time' because that is my boyfriends 'sexy' face. Really when he's being playful he'll give me that look to start flirting with me. I love him =)
This page was definitely inspired by Finnabair if you couldn't tell. I made the background with mists and distress stains. By the way how awesome are distress stains? I literally thought that they were overrated until I received some in my June kit at SOD. Now I'm obsessed and want all of them. Unfortunately my budget says I can't so I will just have to be content with what I have.

I gessoed over the buttons and clocks and went back over with some paints and mists. I have two strips of patterned paper that I distressed and I stitched over those and random spots in the bg.
I don't have a sewing machine, nor the space for one. So all my stitching is hand stitching. It takes such a LONG time but I really love the effect.
I used flower packaging for the photo mat. I think it was petaloo. I also distressed the photo a little, which I almost never do but honestly some mist accidentally got on the pic and I decided to go with it rather than try to print the pic again.
This is a close of my chippie. It is from 3tailscraft. I misted it, used smooch inks, and defined the details with a black pen. I then covered it all with glossy accents. I LOVE how it turned out. I love the chippie challenge too because it challenges me to use items I might not use normally. I think this page is also steampunk because of all the clocks but also because of the colors. I don't know why but I associate browns, blacks, coppers, and gold to steampunk.

I had SO much fun with this page. I hope you like it!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Exploring Animal Kingdom

So when I saw the theme for this month's kit at Scraps of Darkness I knew it was meant to be. I try to scrap my pics in chronological order (of course I very loose with this system, if I feel like scrapping a pic I took yesterday more, I will do it) and I just got to my pictures of my family and my BF's family at Animal Kingdom. The papers fit PERFECTLY!! I couldn't have planned it better if I tried. =D The first page I have completed with this fab kit is my layout for the June Round Robin challenge. I am in the second week and I had to scraplift SuperAllyFan's page Just Laugh. Here is my page title 'Exploring Animal Kingdom'
I used crackle paint on the orange paper and then I sanded it down some. On the brown paper I used the distressed embossing powder. I used distress stains to get the powder to go where I wanted it too as I don't have embossing ink. It worked!
Crackle paint, inks, and a mist were used on the leaves.
And of course I outlined everything with stickles because I have an addiction/obsession with them. I am so excited to be able to scrap again after my unwilling week and a half off (I could not sit up due to stomach issues and I scrap sitting down). I can't wait for my days off and hopefully I will have much more to show you!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Made A Design Team!!!

I am so excited that I can finally share this! I made the design team for Little Shop of Sketches!!! It is my first design team and I am so freaking excited!!! If you haven't heard of them before go check them out, they have some AMAZING sketches. One of my favorite pages ever came from a sketch of theirs. You can check out the blog here and the ning site here.You can also see all the other amazingly talented ladies who made the team with me. Congrats to you ladies!! I cannot wait to start working with you! =D


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