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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Best Is Yet Unwritten

Good Saturday everyone, I hope this finds you and yours well and happy! Today I'm posting a scrappy page of me....I do not consider myself very photogenic and seldom have photos of myself that I like...along with that I am soon to turn fifty in May....I actually like this photo and when I thought about the transition from my forties to fifties I thought this is how I would like to remember being 49. I also think that we can spend a lot of time stuck in our past and lose sight of the future....So, this layout is inspired by the song "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield...I tweaked the words a bit from 'the rest is still unwritten' to 'the best is yet unwritten'. I believe that regardless of the ups and downs of life...while we may not be able to control our destiny...we can certainly influence it....we are each born many man, yet die but one. So it is time for me to live my story...What a wonderful time to be me, I am grateful for everyone in my life and the lessons and experiences they have helped me gain...without each of them I would not be me...I am grateful to God for guiding me...he never said it would be easy...he simply promised to be there!
I have once again used K&Co papers, lots of distressing, inking and layering. I have used several new techniques on this layout...hope to remember to give credit where due....and made some fun flowers as well.
So have you seen the wonderful Prima Romani Rose collection? They are the inspiration for my large fabric flower. I had to give it a go on my own and I have to say it was quite easy to make and I am very happy with the outcome. The butterfly is from M's recollection series...as are the tiny rosebuds. Gate is cut from Ornamental Iron and I've added a faux metal technique that I found on youtube, click here to see that video by Scrappinings. Mine turned out a bit different that hers but I love them and will do it again! I just love youtube vids for inspiration and Scrappingings has lots of fun tuts!! The alpha stickers are from Destinations, found them on clearance @ Big Lots.
The paper flowers are all from Mothers Day Bouquet. I have added puff paint to the larger ones, and stickles to the others. I have added stamen to two of the designs. The title font is the diamond cut from Jasmine. The photo corners and the branches are from Straight From the Nest. I have computer generated...Everyone has a story...how mine ends is up to me! I used glossy accents to adhere them to Tim Holtz fragments and then backed them with a frame cut from Heritage.
The is made from the letters that were left from the diamond cut part of the title. These flower centers are made with adhesive pearls and then I covered them in glossy accents.
My feather is from Sentimentals. I cut the peacock feather and then the plume pen @ 2 1/2 inches and then added the pen tip to the peacock feather.
Well, I hope you like it! I really enjoyed making it.
Thanx for stopping by and have a great day!!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Blizzard Of Oz...There's no place like home!

Good Saturday to everyone...Many of you have suffered the onslaught of snow brought by the 2011 blizzards throughout the country. Well, here in Southeast Kansas it is very unusual for us the have a real 'blizzard'. So of course Mcauley, Icah and I had to go for a walk on February 1st when the snow fell up to 3inches an hour, with totals well above 18 inches in our little town by the time it ended....had to save this memory! I used K&Co papers and some of my newest cricut carts!
I computer generated a little newspaper with the snow totals and commented on school being closed for four consecutive days...you can't read it in the photo but it looks really good on the layout. The flowers are from Mother's Day Bouquet cut at 2 inches and 1 1/2 inches with the snowflake center cut from Home Accents. A little pearl accent finishes them off.
The film strip is from Wall Decor and More and I've added a little Jenni Bowlin calendar to document the month. I used my 50 States cart to cut Kansas and marked out location with a little blue bling star.
What would the Blizzard of Oz be with out a hot air balloon....I created this with four cuts of the parartrooper from Stand and Salute...added the basket from Happily Ever After, a little embroidery floss and some pearl accents and viola...a balloon to carry the blizzard away...and of course we are all familiar with the famous line...."There's no place like home!", that I have framed in one of the K&Co metal frames I so adore. The words the and of are from Hannah Montana.

My photo mat is from A Child's Year and the filigree corners are from Ornamental Iron. Snowflakes, branch and skis are from Winter Woodland. I used my new Happy Hauntings cart to cut the words Blizzard and Oz and also cut the shadow cut for Happy Halloween to use as my icicles at the bottom of the page....I wish you could see how the white pearlescent paper and the icicle stickles transform this gruesome font into a wintery wonder!
Well, that's it for now...hope to be back soon! Thanx for stopping by and have a great day!