Monday, April 30, 2012

Scraps of Darkness *April Kit* ~ Wherever you Go

 This is the April Dusty Attic Sketch.
Here is my take on the sketch.  I used the April Scraps of Darkness Kit.  The DA frame is from my stash and it is covered in beads, glued down by mod podge.  This is my dh and I on Feb 29, 2012.

This is a Kaisercraft rub on.

A close up of beads on the DA frame.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Scraps of Darkness *April Kit* ~ Tender Love

 This page was made using the April kit called "Sakurabana" from Scraps of Darkness.  The dark colors are my know me and my Gothic style pages!!  I wanted the photo to flow right onto the page.  So I created this design with the heart enveloped/hugged in a corset, just like the way my dh is holding me.  The feathers are representing the softness of his gentle kiss on that sensitive neck area :)  I used Fabscraps papers with some Bo Bunny.  This is us on our 2nd Anniversary of being married for 8 years, on Feb 29, 2012.

  I punched my 'lace' trim to add to the top of my corset.  The heart charm at the bottom of the lacing is from a broken necklace.

This Prima flower was a little too bright, so I toned it down with some black mist.  Those metal flowers are trinkets from Prima.

I just wanted to thank you all for your wonderful support over this last year.  For this month's kit is the last one I am officially designing with for SOD.  It doesn't mean I won't be scrapping with SOD products/kits, it is just that I am stepping down to take a break from deadlines so I can spend some more time with my kiddos :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Scraps of Darkness Reveal *April Kit*

It is the best time of the month again!  Reveal Day, over at Scraps of Darkness.  This April kit is called "Sakurabana" meaning cherry blossom in Japanese.  "The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it
would not be a wasted life". ~ quote from The Last Samurai, spoken by Katsumoto

This kit contains  papers from Bo Bunny's Serenity collection,  papers from
Glitz Design's Happy Travels collection and papers from Fabscrap's
Classic collection.  Also, new Prima, Zva and of course some unique items as well.  Don't forget, add-ons!!!

This is the monthly sketch by Suepup, which never disappoints!

This is my take on the sketch.  The tones in my photo inspired the paper selection for this page.  I titled this "Devotion".  The photo was taken on our anniversary on Feb 29, 2012.
I used some of the Bo Bunny papers mixed with Fabscraps lots of Zva bling and some of the new Prima. 

I colored my Dusty Attic flourish with Lindy's mist (color add-on) and placed some Zva bling for added interest.  Those flowers and leaves are from the Flora & Fauna add-on.

Those felt flowers are the new Prima in the main kit.

Of course with the darker colors, I had to make a dark romantic lo.  I used more Fabscraps papers with one from Bo Bunny.  I designed this to be a sideways corset.  The title "A Decade of Love" refers to the length of time we have been together.  The photo was taken on our anniversary, Feb 29, 2012.
That gorgeous big flower is by Prima (flora & fauna add-on).  The black flowers are also part of the flora & fauna add-on.  The metal black flower is a Bo Bunny trinket  (romance add-on).   The black lace was part of the romance add-on as well.
 This beautiful locket is a Prima trinket (romance add-on), that holds photos of my dh and I when we first met, hence a decade of love.  The pin is by Craftysprinkles and is part of the romance add-on every month.  The sparkly black flower is Prima (flora & fauna add-on).  The Zva bling is part of the main kit.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pause ~ Scraps of Elegance

This is the Stuck on U Sketch I used.
I made this page as an example for the Butterflies & Bling Challenge over at Scraps of Elegance.  I used the gorgeous April kit called "Awakening" with some dictionary papers from a previous SOE kit, and other items from my stash.  This month's variable for the challenge is: Use at least one punch!! It can be a border or shape punch.
Journal: "You can only be who you allow yourself to become."
This is a photo of me in Sep 2011.
Those felt flowers and bows are some of the new Prima. The frame around the photo and papers are by Glitz- Pretty in Pink line.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lullaby ~ The Paper Mixing Bowl

I was asked to be the Guest Designer, for April, for the new challenge blog called "The Paper Mixing Bowl".  If you haven't heard of this cute challenge blog, go and take a look because it will give you some major inspiration with their Recipe Cards.  This Recipe Card is their second challenge. It gives you a sketch, a main color to use, some items/techniques to go by and some journaling ideas. When you are lost with ideas, this definitely gives you direction.

This is what I created, using a lot of Scraps of Elegance items mixed with some of my own.  I put a lot of care and time making this delicate page.  The main ingredient is white icing, so I really liked the idea of using white, and decided to use basically that color alone with a little cream and silver for my page.  For the utensils, I managed to use everything listed.  This precious baby is my mom in 1940.   

This beautiful clay embellish by Melissa Frances was painted with Liquid Pearls for an extra shine.

Journal:  A baby's smile is a new beginning to many happy moments throughout a lifetime.  These are the moments that will be cherished forever. 

For oval shapes I used 2 wooden frames by Kaisercraft, tucked slightly behind the photo, painted a tad with white gesso.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Scraps of Darkness *Mar Kit* ~ Twice as Cute

 For this Scraps of Darkness page, I went to The Paper Mixing Bowl and got some major inspiration!!  If you haven't heard of this cute challenge blog, go and take a look.  This Recipe Card, is the first challenge they had.  It gives you a sketch, a main color to use, some items/techniques to go by and some journaling ideas.  When you are lost with ideas, this definitely gives you direction.

So this is what I came up with from the Recipe Card.  I used the March "Needful Things" kit which withholds the New Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection and SEI Field Notes Collection.  Lots of different directions you can take this fun kit.  This page is for the Too Cute! (Challenge) over at SOD.  These are my puppies the day we brought them home.  April 29, 2011.
The kit came with a FabScraps chipboard frame, that was in the shape of a long strip.  I cut it in half to work with the sketch I was using.  I used some different mists and ink on the frame, then painted some Shimmerz Antique Lace over it, that was also part of the kit.  I used some brads to decorate the top of the frames.

The butterfly is a die cut from the SEI Field Notes collection.

The journaling says:  I really wanted a puppy and when the day came to buying one, my husband said "Pick one".  So we came home with the 2 that were left. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Scraps of Elegance April Reveal

It is reveal day for Scraps of Darkness' sister club, called Scraps of Elegance. Be sure you stop by to see what the DT made and get a good look at this gorgeous kit called "Awakening".

And don't forget, SOD & SOE are both having a DT call.  You may find out the details on either blog or one of the websites.