Sunday, July 22, 2012

A little late...

I have had this layout finished for a few days now, but I am just now taking the time to share it. I needed a break from studying for an exam. It's Monday night, so wish me luck :)

Once again, I am participating in a sketch challenge with Creative Scrappers. I thought this layout would be perfect for some of my photos of my eldest stepdaughter dancing. I didn't get the great photos I was hoping for, and so I knew I would need to keep the images small.

Let's see: The black base cardstock came from Paper Temptress. I don't know where I found the shimmery white. The blue glitter cardstock that I used to emulate ribbons came from Michael's (I think -- don't quote me on that). I cut two strips of the cardstock, then cut one of those strips in two. Yes, one of the strips is thinner than the other. That was intentional. I then cut a little triangle out of the bottom of the three pieces. I'm going to have to remember that trick -- it works well when you don't like your ribbon choices.

The flowers came from Petaloo. I debated spraying them with some Tattered Angels mist, but ultimately decided I wasn't sure how that would turn out.

The butterflies are from Maya Road, and I painted them with a dark blue Silks acrylic glaze from Luminarte. If you love paint and/or shimmer, I recommend you try out Silks. 
Finally, I used Thickers from American Crafts for the title. I wanted a fairly short title, so, yes, I went with the Lady Gaga song. I apologize if I got it stuck in your head. It could be worse: The title could be "Call Me, Maybe." :)

I am pleased with how my pictures turned out -- some things are actually in focus! I applaud those who are able to use an iPhone to create a great work of art. I don't think I will ever be one of them. Give me my DSLR any day.

That's it for this week. As always, your comments are appreciated!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Second scrapbooking challenge

I spent a rare free weekend -- well, Saturday -- in my craft room, working on the newest sketch challenge for Creative Scrappers. It looked like the perfect layout for a page on my stepdaughter's college graduation. She received her associate's degree from a Dallas-area community college back in May -- before she had even attended her senior prom! A program at her high school allowed her work on an associate's degree and high school diploma at the same time. I've been so jealous!

The gold and white cardstock came from Paper Temptress. I cut the navy shapes (you can sort of see them in the photo to the right) using my Cricut. The blue glitter border I created using Scor-Pal tape and, well, blue glitter. If you haven't noticed, I love sparkly things :)

The gold flowers came from Hobby Lobby. I painted some Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers blue. I had the most fun making the stars, though. I mixed some gold mica powder with a clear acrylic glaze by Luminarte. Then I just painted the chipboard shape.

These pictures don't do the page justice, though. I guess I haven't gotten the hang of taking pictures with my iPhone.

As always, I appreciate your stopping by. Thanks for any comments (especially if you have advice about iPhone cameras).