Thursday, March 31, 2011

King Triton's Garden *Color Combos Galore #186

Color Combos Galore Challenge #186 is live and for once I am posting my page on time! :D As you can see I had ALOT of fun with this page. I had these great photos from Disneyland and wanted to do a reef looking page. I love the way they have planted around this area to make the plants look like a coral reef. Part of the challenge this week was to used layered or stacked elements as shown in the image with the stairs. I just had to make some box pleats and I actually made a tutorial that you can check out HERE at Color Combos Galore. I also used some metallic cup cake liners because they reminded me of scales. This yummy paper is mostly "Bissette" by SEI.

So play along and post your layout at Color Combos Galore because this month we have an awesome sponsor, Studio Calico!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bunny Land 1967

Yes, I was the first child, first grandchild also. Daddy liked to take photos so I have far more slides that are just of me than I care to admit. Looks like maybe I was a bit spoiled. These are some of my fave photos because a bunny you can sit on is the best kind of bunny.

I used Little Yellow Bicycle Clothesline papers, some Sassafras Lass images cut from patterned papers, and some trim, beads, and sequins from my Granny. The curly trim is just fringe cut and curled up.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Color Combos Galore #185

This week is a really fun combo, you just have to give it a try. Color Combos Galore #145 is live now and the Design Team examples are awesome, check it out HERE. Don't you just love that skirt! I need one in my size!

I have to tell you about the photo I used because its quite annoying. Does this ever happen to you? You do a page with one photo only to find out there is another photo that should have been on that page with it! This is my sister in Key West and she was with our brother, well I looked thru the photos in the album and didn't see one of him in the same spot. Then later after I finished, I looked in the computer and found the other photo. Grrrrr!

I used some fun stuff on this page, cherry papers from Cosmo Cricket, awesome new leopard print from DCWV Lady Couture, shell trim, a crocheted flower from a project I never finished, and an extra lobster button I made for a pillow. The rub ons are Cosmo Cricket and Creative Imaginations.

So play along and post your layout at Color Combos Galore because this month we have an awesome sponsor, Studio Calico!

Monday, March 21, 2011


I am trying to catch up a bit on the Color Combos Galore Challenges that I missed. This is one that I just really wanted to do because I love the colors and the photos. Its Challenge #180. The designer challenge was to use banners and I also added some yellow because I love the pop of yellow in the inspiration photo. This is my good friend Nancy when we were shopping for sweets for our kids at Downtown Disney at Disneyland so I had to take the chance to make a Minnie with my Cricut.

The red papers with the glittered accents are DCWV Cotton Blossom, and I also used some aqua Echo Park papers and Basic Grey Basic's papers. I cut the banners using THIS SCAL2 cutfile from SketchSavvy. The doily cutfile is from Cheri Wenger Digital Designs HERE.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Detail #18 Color Combos Galore #184

Color Combos Challenge #184 is Live...actually thursday it was live and I am a bit behind. But better late than never, because this is one CUTE challenge, I don't care what you scrap but these colors are going to make is pretty darn cute. I love the fluffy look of the inspiration photo and this ostrich was my first though, fluffy and funny. I always find myself saying something like, "oh, I love those" when they come down the street during SpectroMagic. It's just one of those little moments at Disney when you find yourself saying that. But in case you are unfamiliar with these slightly ridiculous ballet dancing ostriches... I do have a little Fantasia video below for your amusement.

I used some really great glittery plaid paper from DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies stack, the butterfly is chipboard that coordinates. The pale pink and yellow papers are Pink Paislee as are the rub ons. I added several hand drawn elements like the flowers, tag, Mickeys, and journaling block. If you don't feel confident drawing your own elements directly on your page, draw on scraps and cut them out like I did. Another option for a hand drawn look is to punch or die cut shapes and then just draw around the perimeter - that's how I did the mickeys :)

So play along and post your layout at Color Combos Galore because this month we have an awesome sponsor, Studio Calico!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Butterflies! Color Combos Galore #183

This weeks BEAUTIFUL Color Combos Galore Challenge #183 is Live! **Check it out HERE** You just have to play along this week because the inspiration photo is fantastic and it gives you an excuse to pull out some of those butterflies that I know you have in your stash. You don't have girls? SO! LOL! I used a photo with my 21 year old son...and butterflies.

I used Basic Grey Ambrosia collection with a bunch of Graphic 45 papers. I just love the butterflies so I cut them and used a bit of foam tape so they will stay dimensional even in the album. I dry brushed the background with white acrylic paint and used paint and bubble wrap for the dots. The frame is cut from patterned paper and then I watercolored the design with a bit of the colors from this weeks combo. Oh and the little chipboard frames are heat embossed with black sparkly embossing powder.

So play along and post your layout at Color Combos Galore because this month we have an awesome sponsor, Studio Calico!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New DCWV All About Boys Stack

Today I was playing with the New All About Boys Stack from DCWV and I also created Sketch #55 for SketchSavvy. It's hard to believe I already have 55 12x12" sketches! It's been alot of fun. I used these photos with this same layout for my brother's book and I just re-created the page with these cute new papers for my book. I just had to cut out the cute little train. There are alot of glossy accents in the paper designs but they just don't show up well in a normal photo. I took a couple of close ups so you could see things like the orange print has glossy stars and trains are glossy. It's way better in person, but you get the idea.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Mosiac Murals

I just love the beautiful mosiac murals in Cinderella's Castle. Since we always walk by so quickly I still haven't taken photos of all of them but this is my favorite. I used Sketch #53 from SketchSavvy and created the free SCAL cut file for this little crown and damask bit. ***Click HERE for the cut file and sketch***

The papers are DCWV Once Upon a Time stack and K&Co Que Sera Sera. I used a couple of red metallic cupcake liners for the pleated border.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Toddler Couture *DCWV Lady Couture Stack

Here is another totally fun new stack from DCWV: Lady Couture. I know the direct photos don't show it but alot of the designs have a glossy enamel look. I cut out flowers and a lady and they are completely glossy so they make fantastic raised elements when you put foam tape under them. The papers are beautiful fabric designs with floral motifs, houndstooth and cheetah prints in black, red, green and browns. I love all the fashionable ladies too. Just perfect for this little photo of me in my houndstooth coat and hat. My goodness, I was ready to go somewhere. Daddy probably just made me model it out front. I added some of my granny's stash of sequins and beads and a dress pattern stamp in the corners, but all of the papers are from the Lady Couture stack. Oh I did cut the title from some DCWV glittered stack and a black pattent leather looking paper from the Street Lace Cardstock stack.

I took a photo with total glare to show you all the glossy enamel, its just really nice in person.

DCWV Nantucket!

Oh you just have to see this new stack from Die Cuts With a View. It's called Nantucket and its got a beautiful nautical theme but these papers are going to be great for all kinds of layouts with these great blues and deep reds. I love the glossy glittery accents so I took a few close ups with my layout tilted sideways in the sun so they would show. Click on the images to see them larger. Nantucket will be available at Michaels stores.

The cover of the stack looked so great with this design that I decided to copy it for my page and add a photo of my mom and stepdad's sailboat. Have you ever thought about copying the design on the cover of a DCWV stack? (now you are going to go look at your stacks, aren't you? :)