…looking fabulous…

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I was trying to work out my background a few different times.  I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

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I used the main November kit from Citrus Twist along with some thing from my stash.  My mother-in-law gets her nails done regularly.  I can imagine so many people saying that being around girls makes my son girly.

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Well, for one, I’m not girly.  For two, the boys outnumber the girls in our house.  So Grandma came back wth her nails done and little guy decided he needed his nails done.  Fingers and toes.  Oh yes.

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I used gesso through a stencil that is all about being who you are, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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I also used some orange paint through a Dylusions number jumble stencil, as well as the “BORN TO STAND OUT” stamp from the kit.

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All the stamp and ink is Tim Holtz (distress stain, distress ink, archival ink) except the red, which is Liquitex liquid red ink.

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I used my TCW Cloud stencil and a Dylusions stencil to cut clouds and the number “10” from some of the patterned paper.

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I grabbed some journal cards from my stash, along with a manila tag sprayed with Dylusions through Dina Wakley’s dot stencil, and a planner divider from BoBunny’s Zip-a-Dee-Doodle collection (LOVE that collection).

Entering his for Citrus Twist’s Nov. 8th sketch.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…jumping, just because…

“why jump? because”

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Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for this challenge at Off the Rails by thismuch.  They’re based in Australia, so time zones weren’t on my side.  However, I wanted to post this because it proves that even if you aren’t the biggest fan of the challenge, you can still make it work for you.

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So the March challenge was a vintage moodboard with a sketch.  Browns, old paper, vintage photo, you get the idea.  I don’t love brown or vintage.  Just not my style, I really struggle with it, if I can get anything done at all.  So at first, I wasn’t going to enter.  Then I saw other entries that were using the orange tones from the moodboard, so I decided to give it a try.

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I used colorful photos to help me work with it, and I tried to stay with the orange-ish shade and metal, cardboard, and wood embellishments.  I did use a little old school type paper from October Afternoon (pretty sure).  I also practically tore this layout apart and re-did it.  I’d had a lot of layers, and I just wanted feeling it.

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Again, lighter colored papers and I was struggling.  So I took stuff apart, switched papers and embellishments a bit, and put it back down.  I’m fairly pleased with what I ended up with.

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I knew what background paper I wanted to use, but I took a picture of it before I did anything cuz I want to try to recreate it myself.  Yeah, I really like it.  Anyway, I wanted to use Dyan Reaveley’s circles stencil, but didn’t want to use something opaque over the orange, so out came the gloss gel.

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After that I added two shades of orange with my watercolor crayons to my background and my layers.  Little guy helped with the doodles/scribbles :).

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As I said, I went through my stash and pulled out wood, metal, and cardboard for the brown/vintage tone.  Inspired by the rose’s leaf, I added a few pops of green
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After I glued and re-glued all my stuff down, I added some orange paint, as well as splatters from my homemade orange spray (orange paint and water, baby!).  I also rough outlined several pieces with a black pen (fine point Sharpie and Fude ball 1.5 tip).

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I used a mini star background stamp (courtesy of my SC kit) and stamped using black archival ink.  I didn’t put it on a block, just used my hands.
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I LOOOOVE Kal Barteski’s brush lettering.  I’d gotten some thickers in the brush style, and since they were pink I gessoed over the top.  I painted the letters for part of my title, then grabbed cardboard letters and TH letters (which I covered in white, then orange paint) for my title.  I had journaling all set, but no place to put the card, so I decided it doesn’t need it.  Cuz how long have kids been jumping for fun?  Since, like, the beginning of time.  I’d say that’s pretty vintage, hmm?

So even if a challenge isn’t to your immediate liking, give it a shot.  You might surprise yourself.

Happy scrapping!

…dusting off the crayons…

…and colored pencils.

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So I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again.  As of August this year, I got a job in NYC and I live on Long Island.  That means a long-ish commute both ways and a slightly earlier wake-up, so a bit less time at night.  I’ve also tried to explain in detail how I’ve made my layouts, cuz layouts I’ve seen that I love don’t really tell me how they do it.  However, I think that’s where comments can come in.  You ask, and get an answer.  And I do like love comments and questions and in the interest of time, etc., my posts are going to be shorter.  I’ll try to highlight things here and there, but please, by all means, comment and question to your heart’s content! 😀

Now, on to the layout.  I saw this Fancy Pants sketch and thought it’d be great for two random photos of my little guy.

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So I had a different plan for this layout, but that’s okay.  I like how it turned out.

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I started with FP Me-ology paper ‘Oh Snap’ for my background paper.  I’m always playing with my camera and that includes taking lots of photos of my little monster (most of the time an affectionate term :P).  He got a mini trampoline for his birthday (and no, I can’t play on it, the weight limit is 100 lbs.), which he loves.  A weekend afternoon playing on the trampoline and I luckily capture this moment.  I used gesso, stencils, my Faber Castell crayons and acrylic paint for the background texture.

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I matted my photos on pieces of pieces FP Be Different ‘Silly’ and ‘Personality.’ The two large tags are mop up tags.  I added white paint around the photos and stencilled the border frame.  The monster ticket is also from the Be Different collection.

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I added paper and fabric tape, part of a Glitz Design journaling card, a bottle cap holding thread and a couple buttons, wood veneer card “love” , ribbons, a mini clothesline pin, some chipboard and a TH painted gear. The “Too” part of the title was drawn on a FP chalkboard tag with a white colored pencil, and filled in with a mint colored pencil from Tombow Soft Brights set (giveaway win, woot!) and cut out.

And, of course, more close-ups.

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Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and thanks for visiting.

Happy scrapping!

…playing with words…

…with one last project for the month.

“At the Corner of Curls and Waves”

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I’m entering this in a bunch of challenges.  First off is Scrap Around the World’s moodboard

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and two sketches:  Creative Scrappers #271 and  from the June sketch from My Mind’s Eye

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The sketch from Creative Scrappers is relatively simple, so I thought it worked.  Just flipped both sketches to the right and bingo!  Shopping Our Stash’s current challenge is Color My World, in which you use your favorite color.  Well, for me, that’s yellow, hands down.  And it fits right into the moodboard for Scrap Aroud the World, so, fabulous!  Lastly, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, featuring anything American Crafts.

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I love Amy Tangerine’s products, if I could have them all, I would! 😛  Anyway, I used an Amy Tangerine tag for my journaling, along with some frames I cut from my Amy Tangerine 6X6 paper pad.  I also die-cut the “@” sign and brackets around “and” from the same paper pad.  For the My Mind’s Eye challenge, I used a black flocked chipboard alpha set for the word “waves”.  Scrap Around the World’s moodboard also caught my eye in other ways besides the color scheme.  I loved the striped straws, so I rolled up a piece of laser cut paper and sprayed the white side with my Color Shine Mustard spray.  I also rolled up a piece of black with silver stars patterned paper.  The stripes made me think of baker’s twine, which I added to my page in a couple pages.

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The word LOVE also inspired the layout in general, and comes into play with the title.  I’ve struggled for years with my hair, being told it was wavy, but not really know how to bring the waves out.  I’ve done some research recently and been able to keep my hair healthy while bringing the curly waves out.  Which also explains the title, partially.  For a weird (or maybe not so weird) reason, I had the phrase “curds and whey” in my head, and simply changed the words to “curls and waves.”  My hair is just shy of being actually curly, so it seemed to fit.

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For the background, I took the background paper and brushed on a combination of gesso and yellow acrylic paint.  I also used gesso with my new Balzer Punchinella stencil and TCW numbers stencil, as well as the two stars in the bottom left corner.  I also used the same Color Shine spray along with my Tattered Angels Almost Black spray and my chevron stencil.  I also added some splatters of my Color Shine spray.  Then I added some paper tape (Bella Blvd. and Tim Holtz) and staples/glued different pieces to the page.  Embroidery thread, patterned paper scraps, die-cuts (Amy Tangerine, etc.).  I used some fabric glue in a beer bottle cap (cleaned first) and added thread and several beads of different sizes and used that for the “o” in “of.”  The “F” is a metal letter tile that I filled in with a white-out pen, which I also used to doodle on the paper in spots and outline “waves.”  I used a tiny spinner from Tim Holtz Ideaology, some ribbons (American Crafts) and fibers from my stash, sequins and buttons (don’t remember).  I used a camera sticker, cut out a compass from a transparent frame, and added the “@” sign die-cut.

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I also added some brads from my stash and a yellow bead from a dollar store buy.

And some more close up shots.

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Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

…being brave…

…so I’m celebrating with my first art journal page/post.  I’m also entering this in a challenge or two 🙂

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This is a composition notebook that I decided to make into an art journal.  The cover is still a work in progress.  This page had a bunch of stuff on it from previous projects.  Paint, vellum and paper scraps, a couple flowers, etc.  I didn’t love the color, so I gessoed over it.  Then I grabbed my Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Barn Door and edged the page and filled in the page a bit.  Then I took my red craft paint and covered the rest of the page.

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I got out my TCW Mini Bricks stencil my yellow craft paint and a makeup sponge and “pounced” the paint through the stencil.  I also pressed the reverse image from the leftover paint in a few spots as well.  I also used one of my favorite stamping techniques, bubble wrap, this time with yellow paint 😛  I also used a found object (bottle cap) and stamped yellow circles in a few spots.  Then I wrote my actual journaling.  I didn’t mind that it might get covered up.  I started out writing upside down, then turned the page around the wrote a couple other directions as well.

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Then I broke out my Prima Peacock Mask and Adirondack Pool Paint Dabber and painted a peacock feather across the bottom of my page (I LOVE feathers).  I moved the stencil slightly, then sprayed my Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine spray, which was alright.  I grabbed my black paint used it with my homemade styrofoam stencil (I’ll post that later) of rough triangles, my Heidi Swapp Honeycomb stencil, and Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil.  I attempted to to stamp using the journey phrase stamp from my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Visual Artistry Lost and Found Stamp Set and yellow paint, and it kinda worked, but I really wanted the phrase to be seen and legible.  So I grabbed my Ranger Archival Jet Black Stamp Pad and inked up the stamp (after cleaning the paint off) and stamped the message onto the page.

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 I took a road sign sticker and stick it on some patterned paper, then cut it out, to make a mask.  I placed it paper side up on the corner of my page and used black paint.  I had planned on adhering the cut-out after masking it, but decided to leave the mask as it was.

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I’ve been loving the brush stroke script writing, but did the brush stroke with print lettering, and wrote “brave,” and after the black paint was dry, I accented it with teal and yellow.  A little outlining with my white gel pen, and I called it done.

I’ve seen the OLW challenges, and lots of people chose (at the beginning of the year, yes, I know) a word for the year.  I realized over the course of the past several weeks, I’ve had the song Brave by Sara Bareilles stuck in my head.  So I decided that’s my word for the year, and thought that it’d be a great first page/spread in my art journal.  Especially since I’ve been playing around in my journal without making any real pages.

I’m entering these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp – Vacation/Travel (road sign mask)

Scrap Around the World May Moodboard

…showing off a yellow mini…

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Since my fave color is yellow…I tend to jump at the chance to do anything artsy/scrapbooking with the color.  Enter The Color Room April Palette 167 (Update: I missed the deadline by thatmuch…g&*%BH&).  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a challenge for me to use browns in a layout.  Yes, I know, kraft paper, which totally rocks, but I still have issues.  Mainly because as I play more with my scrapbooking, I’m learning that I like bright colors, and I struggle with muted or vintage tones.

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Wood clock: Little Yellow Bicycle, fussy cut camera: Amy Tangerine paper, Amy Tangerine roller stamp

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I had pulled out a background paper from Pink Paislee’s Honey Bee collection.  It was a muted shade of yellow ledger.  I’d been hoarding saving it, for something.  I decided I wanted to make it brighter yellow and use it as a base for a mini album about my little guy and the fun and joy he had when Grandpa was pulling out all the toys from the shed now that the weather is nice again (as I type this it’s raining outside, has been for the whole day ;P)

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 I used a clothing tag, incidentally, from a recent shopping trip to get clothes for said little guy.  I covered the tag with the yellow chevron tape and tucked it under the photo of my little guy following Grandpa.  I tried my hand at some homemade stencils made from styrofoam food containers, then used them with black paint.  I used my other stencils (Heidi Swapp chevron, stars and circles and Crafter’s Workshop bricks) with white, gray, and black paint.  I used yellow and white chevron paper tape to cover the seams where I glued the three sections together.  I also used a bunch of stamps with my Archival Ink in Jet Black.

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I used my yellow Zig Calligrapher pen to color the foam letter stickers (“spring”) and used Cosmo Cricket mini alpha stickers (“freedom”), along with Amy Tangerine papers, black mesh fabric, coordinating ribbons and embellishments, including Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon (tiny piece on the cover), a wood clock from Little Yellow Bicycle, a fussy cut camera from Amy Tangerine paper and staples.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…nose deep in a book…

…and enjoying every minute!

Once again, a challenge that was turning into a real challenge, until I saw another layout that inspired me.  This challenge by CSI definitely gave me pause.  The colors were muted with some shades of brown, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to go for it.  So I’m scrolling through the layouts, and one by Sylvia Mellander Ekman caught my attention.  Mostly black and white, with a touch of color, bold and graphic, it gave me an idea and jumping off point.

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Mine is not quite as simple, but I had issues working through the layout.  I really wanted the scattered journaling to “hang”, and originally was going to do a watercolor space at the top.

 

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That didn’t quite work out, and the tealish paint dried before I could spread it out with water, so, since my inspiration layout had doodling, I went with that.

 

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After working the frames and photo mat together (paper and clear transparent frame by Simple Stories Documented, green frame by Studio Calico), I colored “ADVENTURE” black to match the color scheme better, and that made me feel happy (dimensional chipboard by K&Co.).

 

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I used Cosmo Cricket mini black on cream alpha stickers that I colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Broken China, and layered the stickers for extra dimension.  I also used adhesive foam square to pop up the bottom left corner of the photo mat and then under the right side of my larger photo.  The strings are the paint dabs, black pen doodling, and baker’s twine adhered with an Elmer’s glue pen.

 

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Background is white cardstock top half, Amy Tangerine paper bottom half.

Thank you so much for looking and comments are very welcome!  Happy scrapping!

…showing some love…

…and enjoying playing…

Several items in my Etsy shop need a refreshing. I’ve remade cards before, and you almost couldn’t recognize them.  So here’s a sneak peek at another one that’s gotten a facelift.  Some elements have stayed, but altered. 😛  I had fun playing with my gesso and Tim Holtz Distress Stain, as well as my Tattered Angels spray in black.  The bird is a stamp image that I cut out of altered patterned paper, then, added the black pen and a touch of red and blue distress stain to help it match the card.  I also used distress stain in the bottom flower layer (it was brown, but I made it a great shade of blue.

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So click the link and feast your eyes!

And now to show some more love to my hubby.  I love ScrapFriends blog, everything about them.  The challenges are fun, their design team is super talented, and their tutorial posts and videos are so awesome!  Anyway, that being said, I’ll admit to have a tough with the current ScrapFriends Colour Challenge.  Not that I don’t like the colors, perse, but I’m not the hugest fan of brown.  Kraft, I dig, but brown can turn me off at times (but I love chocoalte, go figure!).  Thankfully, the design team did some awesome work and I was struggling to make the layout work.  Then I saw Miae Rowe’s take on the colors.  It reminded me that I can use the colors however I’d like.  And her texture was so cool!

So I started anew with different photos as well as Creative Scrapper’s Sketch Challenge, flipped the sketch, and got to work.

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I love my hubby, I love his brain and how it works (fantasy writer, sword and sorcery type, check him out here).  And I love movies, and the Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly movie A Beautiful Mind popped into my head, as did my homemade texture paste (recipe here).

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Now blue is hubby’s fave color, and the patterned paper (from DCWV Tattered Time) worked great.  I like how the letters are upside down (complete accident, by the way), since hubby’s created his own world, so outside the box a little. 😀  I had already done a bunch of stamping with white paint and had my layers put together, so I snipped a little off to make them fit better on the layout.  The ticket you see above is by Amy Tangerine (the changed the pink lines to black with a pen).  The bottle cap was plain, so I finger painted the top blue, and when dry, spread a little matte medium to seal it.  I also wanted to use cogs and gears, but I don’t have many, nor a die-cut machine to make some.  So, I improvised.

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It took awhile, but here’s what I did.  I grabbed some paper flowers and cut all the petals to cog length, then snipped the sides to make them look more cog-ish 😛  Then I painted them with blue paint and edged them with ColorBox brown ink for a worn look before covering them with some mod podge.  Once dry, I added a touch more brown and I had 3 small cogs to add!  The tag you see above is from a loaf of bread, with a “masking tape” word sticker and some pen outlining.  I had also stamped onto packing from K&Co. and cut out the images as tabs that I spread around my layout.

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I used foam white glitter alphas and small alphas from Simple Stories Destinations line, and outlined the foam letters with my white pen.  The corrugated cardboard has also had an interesting trip.  Leftover from another project, I ended up with a big quote shape.  After playing with different techniques and mediums, I  painted the whole piece blue with a white outline, then cut it into strips, one for each letter.  You might also be able to see the layers underneath.  More texture paste, blue paint, and silver magic mesh that I coated with matte medium, then went over with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad in denim.  There’s also some blue pen doodling on the brown button.  My journaling is on above and below the photos, which are of my hubby’s giant binder that he uses for editing.  Now you can’t read anything in the photos, and yes that’s intentional.

Anyway, enjoy and happy scrapping!

…remembering…

…so I saw this CSI challenge 107 and it just happened to remind me of my grandmother.  She passed away recently (MLK weekend), and the colors just said to me, “This will work.”  My grandmother’s favorite colors were pink and purple, and mine is yellow.  So mix that with some nice neutrals and I knew I was going to scrap about my grandma, or Grammy.

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I apologize for the slight blurry effect.  Sunlight has been hit and miss, so I had to adjust my camera settings.

So I did a lot of stuff, obviously.  I chose a background paper from my DCWV Far East stack, which is black with flower branches.  Grammy loved flowers, and they were the right shade.  I gessoed through my Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil and while it was still drying, I sprayed my Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard in different spots.  I used my Tattered Angels black glimmer mist, Color Shine in Mustard, my Rangers Archival Jet Black stamp ink, and my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries A LOT.  I used several different stamps from different stamps.  The four leaf clover flower (my grandmother was Irish and married an Irishman) is from a Bo Bunny set, the red heart from a Studio G V-Day set, the harlequin pattern stamp from Tim Holtz, and the small reddish bird on the top left and black branch with flower from a Ditto stamp set.

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I did a bit of frames and lots of flowers.  I used my mists and stamps on white and butter yellow cardstock and cut out flower shapes (hand-drawn).  I also used some flowers from my stash to layer them up.  I used little pearls in white and dark pink for a couple flower centers and to accent the two journal tags in the bottom right corner.  I added some ribbon, a transparency frame with a die-cut of angel wings that I cut out and added a touch of my Mustard spray mist too.

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My grandmothers also loved hummingbirds, hence the red feather.  I used several hearts in various spots, including two journaling spots.  The card poking out of the top pouch is a prayer card from her service.  The “Z” on the pouch is for her name.

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I freely admit that I have some guilt over her death, namely in the sense that I hadn’t physically seen her (except Skype) in the last several years.  Unfortunately, finances weren’t the greatest, and life kept throwing stuff at us, so I hadn’t gotten to visit home for a number of years.

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So yeah, I really miss her.

Happy scrapping…

…going shopping…

…for kid’s clothes…in this case, mine.

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So this is for ScrapFriends Yummy Scrap #20.  Traditional Christmas colors, but I went for a non-holiday theme.

The background paper is Amy Tangerine, as are some of the paper layers (black chevron, green dot), and some of the die-cuts (the hanger and clothespin).  I used a spinner and gear from Tim Holtz, We R Memory Keepers White Out papers (the pale red), and DCWV Rock Star and Tattered Time pack (dark green, peeking out by “TREASURE HUNT”, and the “gear” layer above that).

For the background, I did some green paint drips, and borrowed a technique from another lovely scrapper, Riikka Kovasin, with using leftover letters stickers and gesso on your background.  For me, I used blue letters stickers and painted over them with green paint.  The  I added some borders of ribbon and stickers, as well as a piece of cardboard that I tore the top layer off to reveal the wavy part underneath, then painted it white.

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You may also see the homemade texture paste that I put through a Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, as well as gray watercolor crayon that I blended with a baby wipe for some extra texture.

The red chipboard tab and green “SNAPSHOTS” tags were colored with paint before I adhered the embellishments.  There some other chipboard from the same st, and a few more buttons.

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I had been experimenting with different mediums and shades of green on a large paper doily.  After some figuring, I cut some of it into strips, and placed them down, with 7Gypsies paper tape in between.  Then I took my journaling blocks and “anchored” them with black pen outlining, which I used on the rest of my layout as well.  I also used two stamps from a Studio G set, “TO DO” and the arrow you see here.

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That’s a vellum frame from a prize won from a previous challenge.  The title I made from some alpha tiles I’ve had forever, with the o’s (unplanned) covered in altered patterned paper and letter stickers from a newer sticker sheet.  Some other stickers for “TO” and a Tim Holtz metal numeral “4” to finish off the title.

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And for the finishing touch, I used my Amy Tangerine roller stamp to random stamp on-the-go with the date in different spots.

As you can see, I really built up the background layers and paper layers.  Some of it unplanned, but I like how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!

Happy scrapping!