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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

~~~Faux Metal Layout~~~"These Two" & Stylish Blogger!!

Hola blogging buds!! I am so excited to post this really dramatic yet simple layout using a faux metal technique! I was inspired to do this page by a layout I saw on face book, you can see it here . Since this was a post of a class project I did not have any real instructions. Well, you know me, last night I had to dig in and give it a go!!! I think I will post a small tutorial on the process in the next few weeks...let me know if you are interested...I am sure there are lots of tuts on similar techniques, but I would be glad to share my trial and error experience! The pieces are simply card stock covered in foil, embossed and then some painting techniques applied....HOW FUN IS THIS!!! So, this is a photo of my sweet son and our pup. I have used several cricut carts and some cuttlebug embossing folders to create this project. The Fleur de lis is cut from Stamping, the findings are cut from Ornamental Iron. I've used lots of little hinges, metal pic hangers and brads.

The font is from Wall Decor and More, each letter is embossed with a different cuttlebug folder.

I've added some eye hooks to the sunburst cut from Ornamental Iron, some buttons and a "forever friends" brad from my stash. The frame for the picture was created by cutting some card stock @ 1x4 1/2 and 1 x 6 1/2 and then mitering the corners. (this was done BEFORE I glued the foil to the card stock)

The clock and compass are both from Wall Decor and More. There is a button in the center of the clock. I've used some nails as clock hands and added a little metal finding over the top of them and another brad in the center of the compass. I cannot wait to do this again...I already have a picture and title in mind!! This technique is just so perfect for a masculine layout!! Yay! I hope you liked it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Sending a special thanx and big hug out to Brenda from Una Crafting

for this luvly award. Please stop by and see Brenda, she has some awesome layouts and cards to share. Her crafty projects are a wonderful inspiration!!

The rules are to list seven random things about yourself and then pass to seven blogs you have recently discovered. I have been unable to do a lot of blog hopping lately and love each and everyone of you dearly. I get so much inspiration from all of you! I have been blessed with several new followers recently. I would like to pass this award to each and everyone of my followers so that I can share the love...if you would like this award and follow my blog please accept it and pass it to those who inspire you!!!

Thanx again Brenda and each and everyone of you!

My seven random things...

I love God.

I adore my children.

My family is very important to me.

I look forward to time to create ( i don't have enough, LOL).

Every child I encounter blesses me and touches me in some way.

I am grateful for all of life's lessons (even the hard ones).

I am looking forward to summer break.

Thanx for stopping by....have a great week!!



  1. Hi Sandy, your layout is gorgeous and I would definitely be interested in seeing your tutorial!! thanks for sharing...

  2. Wow!! This LO is sooo awesome!!! I love all the metal and what you did w/ it!!!!

  3. Love the look of embossed metal .. super masculine page. I have heard that there is also a foil tape that you can get at the hardware store that does the same thing .. not sure which would be easiest though! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  4. Sandy I love your layout and am thrilled that you are getting a chance to craft again and share your GORGEOUS designs with us! What a wonderfully masculine page this is with such a handsome young man! TFS

  5. Sandy, please forgive me as I am so far behind in my postings. This is truly a gorgeous layout and I love the effect of the embossed metal.

  6. Wow just foil and embossing created such wonderful metal effects. Thanks for the tip.

  7. This is super cool Sandy! Its a different look and that may be why I like it so much!
    And look at all that hair on Mcauley! Love it!
    You should see my 2 boys right now...geez, someone needs to meet up with a barber! LOL!

    Hope you are having a terrific week!

  8. This is so fabulous Sandy! I always struggle with masculine layouts. You are always so inspiring and I can't wait for your tut on this one. Super happy to see you getting some scrappy time in!

  9. oh my goodness this is gorgeous girl! love everything about it & would love to see a tutorial too! you are so incredibly blessed with talent! big hugs!