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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tulle Ribbon Flowers

I started making my own flowers since I always seem to be running out. After watching so many tutorials on how to make flowers with tulle I decided it was great for any shabby chic design (at least the ones I end up making) but I wanted something a little more compact so I can use them on cards. So I started playing and this is what I came up with and instead of using just tulle, I used the tulle ribbon that have the wires on each side. I don't mind the sewing as it is really quick and I love the look of the flower. (or is that a rosette?)

I did this by playing with my ribbon but I am sure I am not the first to come up with this so I bet you can find all kinds of tutorials on the computer of how to make them. If not, just ask.

I ran out of glue dots so the pearl is just sitting on top. The glue dot not only holds the pearl in place but keeps the middle edges down. Naturally if I wanted one thicker, I would just use longer ribbon and I can still make one bigger. This one is made with maybe half ( or less) of the width of the ribbon. The wires let you shape it as you like.

 (Remember the one below is smashed between my scanner glass so the only shape you see is flat)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Black and White Challenge

I did this layout for a Black and White Challenge on the Fiskateers site.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

While some of us are watching parades or out on picnics enjoying this Memorial Day, don't forget to thank and/or remember all those who gave so much including the ultimate gift....their lives for this country of ours.

I for one want to thank you....all of you who served and also, the families of all those who served.

So many times we forget about the families but they served too. Not physically going to the base (although some live on a base) but they are tied to their phone, waiting for it to ring to hear a 2 minute conversation with their loved one who they haven't heard from him for months. The sleepless nights, the worried days, the heart that drops to the bottom of their stomach when they see a 'strange' car stopping in front of their house. (For far too many, the knock on the door....they are in uniform with a sad look on their faces). Not only the adults in the family but the children that are pulled up and moved on a moment's notice. Sometimes they are moved so many times the kids don't even want to make friends because they know through experience they have to leave them behind when they once again move to a different state. (I know this through experience). The turmoil they go through is amazing.

I can sit here and list it all but the list will just go on and on. So instead, let me just say, I thank you too.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Some of My Memories and My New Toy!!!!

This week on Liftateers (Fiskateer) we were lifting a wonderful sewing page from Amanda and it couldn't come at a better time. I hope you are able to read the writing but you will see why with this two page layout.
The top left image is from Floppy Latte's Digital Designs, it is called ''Sewing Stuff'.

Sorry about the distortion on the pages. I didn't notice it at the time but I tilted one scan so when I stitched each of them together that part is off a little.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I went to Point Sebago, MA for a Scrapping Good Time

I ended up using the pictures for a page lifting (Liftateers) which was suppose to be serendipity squares. Well, I am not crazy about how it came out but I did learn a lot by doing it and what not to do. I am not going to change it because it looks like little scraps of paper and after all that is part of scrapbooking. The other two pages I made to go with it. One thing you are not seeing is more stuff was added to the pages such as my name tag I made and wore there and a few other things. It don't scan right when the scanner door isn't shut all the way so I try and leave the bulky stuff off.

Page one

What you need to know is some of the pictures are not real pictures but I cut them from the book that came in our welcome package. The orange one at the top left as well as the bottom one, the small one in the middle of the page and middle one on the right are cut from the book. The water geyser, top right and bottom right (that is the super moon, not the sun) are all mine.

Page two
(this was suppose to be the serendipity page)

Everything on this page is one of my photos. The moose, bird and fish were hanging on the wall in the buffet room. What you can't tell from the photo is they are all made from wooden boards by a local artist. I thought they were the neatest things. I so wanted to take that moose home with me. The Tiki Hut is outside but it was much too cold for them to open that up yet. Oh....we had lobster one night. The bottom middle is what the homes look like and how close they are to the water. If you were able to see to the right of that you would be looking at the picture on the top right of page one. The middle one on the right is my room mate (you don't want to spring the bill for one of these by yourself and since their are two bedrooms, one on each end of the house, room mates are the way to go). Finally in the center is our group. It is a yahoo scrapping group and I know you can't read the shirts but we were known as the "Scrap Pack" there. Oh! I almost forgot....see the little guy on the bottom left? That little chipmunk would not leave me alone. I guess he is use to guests feeding him (he lives right across from the general store) and he would come over and get on my shoe. I would back away and he would follow. At first I thought the thing was rabid but nope....just friendly and begging for food. After all, we were the first ones there since it just opened up for the season.

Page three

This is the page where you don't see the name badge and a few other things that I added once I found them. The top picture on the left is the hall we scrapped in the one on the right is me doing my embossing for a technique swap I am in with the group. I picked "Painting with Embossing Powders" and the picture on the yellow print paper is what I was doing. That is not ink or Copics or anything like that. That whole picture of the sailboats houses, hills, water and sky is  all embossing powder. The only thing on there that isn't is the seagulls. The yellow paper it is on is all beach/sea related. I think you can make out the seagulls on that paper, they are sort of like a shadow. I don't know if you will be able to read it though. On the right side at the top it says "The Voice of the Sea Speaks to the Soul". Again I cut some things out of the book such as the little article about the weekend right next to the swap and of course the lettering "scrapbooking weekend". I don't know if you can see/make out the guy standing there with a spear. He is really small and is almost dead center of the page. I added him because that was going to be the technique I was going to do but realized the Copics smear when you use them on Shrinky Dinks and then clear emboss them so I opted for the painting instead.

It was a wonderful weekend....well, from Thursday - Sunday so slightly over a weekend but still not long enough.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stampin Up Card

I love how the Stampin Up inks can be used for a shadow effect with their paper. Here is a card using Stampin Up products. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Baby Shower Invitations

You may remember I am expecting my 11th grandchild in August. This is the baby shower invitation I made to send out. I had to take it into PSE and line it in black because when I put it on my blog before it just blended in and you couldn't tell where the card stopped and the blog began. So you know, that is why it is lined in black....there really is no black on it.

This also explains why I haven't posted recently. Although I have been busy I am just behind on my posting. I will try and catch up this weekend. I can't wait to tell you all about my Scrappy Weekend in ME.