Friday, January 27, 2012

Life is a Puzzle - Bo Bunny Etc.

Today I want to share with you a special scrapbook page I have just completed. This is a school photo of my son at the beginning of Grade 8. I believe this is such a tough age. He was just showing signs of the great young man he has become. Life is indeed like a puzzle. There are so many pieces to choose from and it can take a lifetime to get the whole picture put together.
 For this composition I used Bo Bunny's Etc. Line of papers and their chipboard puzzle pieces. I just love this Etc. series! I also added in two doillies that I sponged, flowers ribbon and butterflies.
 The blue butterfly has some liquid glass applied to add dimension.
 I punched out puzzle pieces and then used a Tim Holtz alphabet die to create the title words. These are chalked and then covered in liquid glass.

This glass butterfly gem I created using a clear glass pebble. A tiny picture of a butterfly surrounded by gold paint was then glued to the bottom. It magnifies the picture and the gold shimmer.

Life is such a puzzle. Most days I still don't know where all the pieces should go. Some days I think a couple pieces have fallen on the floor and are lost forever! What about you?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Shabby Tea Room #97 - Gorgeous Gateaux

­­Good Morning Crafters! This morning I am attempting to link this card to one of my favorite blogs “The Shabby Tea Room”. Each week they have this great contest with both a photo and colors for card creating inspiration! As such a blogging beginner I can not tell you how tricky this seemingly simple task has turned into. First, I made a card and trust me when i say this was the easiest part.

Second, I tried to learn how to take a better picture, on some ‘macro’ setting, with and without a flash, zoomed in and out, standing on a chair, from all angles. I swear I took about a hundred shots. Okay, I’ll admit I am way too particular. Third, get the pictures into Photoshop to crop and zoom and all that good stuff. Fourth, try for just my second time to compose a blog entry with photos. I am starting to feel not technologically advanced enough for this. Finally, I have to try to figure out how to ‘link’ a picture to another blog.

Success! I think. Hmm, and I have only been at this for two hours. Surely, I won’t take this long every time?
My card is certainly inspired by the colors and photo at the Shabby Tea Room, but I really wanted an Asian feel. I just loved this collection of papers called ‘The Far East’ and the colors seemed just perfect.
I stamped with grey and then used silver embossing powder to bring out the shine!
The flowers and the lace fan were made from vellum and colored with markers. I also added a bit of silver marker.
I hope you like it. It has been a real adventure and I have had a lot of fun creating this card.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The First Blog Post - Scrapbooking Soccer

Hello Fellow crafters, scrapbookers, glue and scissor fanatics! Welcome to my blog. I have watched with awe from the sidelines for quite some time. Today, I am so jazzed to join in on the conversation.
My first page is of my son, my pride and joy. Don't let these pictures fool you though - he is now 15 years old and six feet tall.

I will alway see him this way. That joyful smiling face.

This is my first try at using Gesso. I made a soccer ball template and spread in a layer.Then I added more layers of gesso to bring up the hexagons. Then I painted these in brown.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!