Friday, August 26, 2011

The Shabby Chicness I Have Hidden Inside of Me

I totally LOVE the look of Shabby Chic.  Give me some ink, fiber, anything with texture and I'm a happy scrapper. I drool over other blogger sites that feature shabby chicness in their artwork.   But, I feel I rarely have the time to go all out with the shabby chic person I truly am. 
This past weekend I took the time to go shabby all over this layout. 

The beautiful pictures of my sweet granddaughter totally inspired me.  I started with a basic layout inspired by a fellow CTMH artist, Pam Thorn.  Then i pulled out paint, fiber, acrylic overlays, buttons, ink, and anything else I could think of that fit the color scheme and had the shabby chic feel to it.  Then I just got started.  Most of the piece came together as I played with the art mediums.  Here is part of the piece that Pam designed and was already included on the original layout.

Don't you just love that flower cluster?  It's totally done with stamps.  I added a bit of bling and ohhh la la! 
Here are a few things that came together as I played.
Wired Ribbon Flower and a fiber rich border strip. And don't forget the bling, button and more fiber. You can never have too much fiber on a shabby chic project...or too much bling, or too much of anything! 
This little piece was done with a Sizzex Die and CTMH stamp.  I love the way that turned out. 

Everything on the piece was accented either in ink or paint.  The strips you see here were cut from CTMH's Sophia paper pack.  I distressed the edges, added ink and it totally gave me the look I wanted. 
I am so pleased with the way this turned out and I had a total blast creating it.  So let your shabby chicness loose and create something too.  I'd love to hear if this creation inspired you to create your own. 
Until next time,
Happy Scrappin.


Monday, August 15, 2011

CTMH Technique Blog Hope

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 13 of us highlighting the “Glossy Dimensions " Technique as shown on page 23 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link Debi Barber's Page.  While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Sheila's  Blog, you are on the right track! 

I had a lot of fun with this technique.  Sadly to say, I have had a bottle of liquid glass sitting on my art table for a long time and never think to pick it up and use you ever do that?  Anyway, when presented with the challenge to use it, I couldn't wait.  You can see how mixing it with the Moonstruck re-inker really made the letter pop and added a real bang to the overall card.  This is definately an art medium that I will go back to. 

 The card design is called Inner Court and can be found on pg. 23 of Wishes.  I love blue and brown, they are my go to colors of choice, so I used elements from Magnifique-one of my all time favorite paper packs.  The bicycle is from the stamp set Pair a Phrase, an exclusive stamp set that you can only get from Close To My Heart.  To celebrate national scrapbooking month CTMH is making this doubel stamp set available to customers.  Well, enough of that time to get hoppin...

Now continue on to Debi's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Layouts with Sophia-and Video on Button Flowers

Last weekend my honey and I loaded up the camper and spent the weekend at Tyler State Park.  It's one of our favorite mini-vacation spots.  It's so pretty and relaxing- we go as often as we can. 

Lot's of times when we go, I get to have a little scrapbook retreat. Friday I was able to do just that-here's a couple of layouts.

See my little button flowers?  So easy to make with just a strip of 1x12 inch paper.  Check out the video here to learn how.  Thanks conniemac!

Don't you just love the pic in this layout?  Ella is so full of suprises! 
I really love this layout too. I may add a bit more to the accent box in the upper right corner.