Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Machine Stitching and Echo Park Blog Hop Winner!!!

Let's just get to the Winner first. I am sitting here having breakfast with son #2 and he chose our random winner this morning :)  So.... Tracey from Ontario, please email me your mailing address and your Echo Park Collection choice and they will get your prize on it's way to you. Congrats!!!
Blogger Tracey said...
This is just gorgeous!! Love it!!
9:06 AM

Now so for some fun Echo Park inspiration!  Are you ready for candy, pumpkins, tricks and treats? I know my family is always ready for anything that requires costumes and treats!  This "Chillingsworth Manor" collection from Echo Park is one if my fave treats for sure. I scrapped this photo of my son's pumpkin carving skills, using alot of the awesome papers, tags, and stickers. The awesome thick grey and white bakers twine is from May Arts.  I also used a hem stitch here and there to sort of add a bit of embellishment, because I thought it looked kind of spikey - so lets discuss stitching on layouts.

I know you guys have questions and maybe you are hesitant to give it a try. You know I am addicted to stitching, so I shared some helpful tips on the Echo Park Blog today to help you guys out. (CHECK IT OUT HERE) Let me know what you think. Have you tried it? How did it go? Are you hooked now too :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Echo Park Design Team Blog Hop - September

 Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, September 23rd to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, September 24th so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

Blog Hop List Links

Susan Stringfellow (You are Here)

And now for my layout. I used Echo Park's "For the Record 2: Documented" collection to go with this photo that I love of Cinderella's Castle at Disney World. The blues, greens, and yellows are perfect and the doilies cut from the patterned paper were just the right look for my photo. I used a chipboard word along with some letter stickers to create the title because I like the different fonts together. The background is a nice Ultra White Felt textured cardstock from Carta Bella.  I used this gorgeous wide May Arts ribbon for a big soft element at the bottom. Then I realized that the blue, green, and yellow of this collection needed something extra for a bit of a color pop. In my photo there are some pink flowers so I pulled a few pink flowers and elements from the "For the Record 2: Tailored" collection. I just love the big pink layered chipboard flower. 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

what goes UP...

I was totally inspired by a Tower of Terror layout that my friend Madeline did because of the title so I just borrowed it. Thanks Madeline! Then I had this color palette from disney scrappers for Tower of Terror and I found some Teresa Collins Vintage Finds papers and a great green pattern from Authentique. I haven't been brave enough to ride this one but my guys love it. I cant see waiting two hours to drop when I could be shopping, but next time I am determined to ride it. I really want photos inside :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Reservations Accepted *New EP Chillingsworth Manor *

Reservations Accepted 
Ghost Relations Department 
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That's what the sign in the carriage says. Don't you just love the Haunted Mansion?! And its so beautiful at night too.

If you haven't seen the NEW Chillingsworth Manor collection from Echo Park by Cassandra Cooper, you just have to take a look at the details HERE. There are gorgeous papers, but also just so many fun tags and stickers. I feel like I might go overboard a bit with them, but they are so fun to layer with a bit of foam tape for dimension. I made the little banner using some of the stickers and a piece of fuzzy fiber. Then I thought if I wrote the journaling part in black and grey it would look ghostly...um, not so much. LOL!!! I suppose I could have covered that little mistake up, huh? Sometimes things stay a bit less than perfect on my page, because I am fully aware that my handwriting is bad and so is my family - so it's cool.

This layout is for Sketch #98 from Sketch Savvy HERE

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

It's a Small World

I love the facade of It's a Small World in Disneyland - the white and gold panels sparkling and the animal topiaries. The weather wasn't great for my photos and it was actually closed for refurbishment but I got a couple of photos. I have always wanted to make the sign. I couldn't find the proper font so I just went with the font "pretty baby" because it's kind of fun.

This page was for a Disney Scrappers color challenge. I added darker shades of some of the colors. The papers are all Echo Park except for the purple pattern which is from DCWV. And of course I had to have gold accents so I stitched with metallic gold threads by Kreinik. I used some of my embossing folders with white cardstock to make white panels similiar to the ride facade.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Just Keep Swimming

I put together a couple of challenges for this layout. First I started with a Disney Scrappers stash challenge, where I had to use at least 3 different mfgs patterned papers and embellishments. Next I decided to add the current CSI: Case file #35 challenge which of course has a color challenge along with evidence (embellishment and techniques).  There is also a journaling element at CSI and I did kind of do a page about summer, but I didn't follow the prompts all that well.

I used papers from DCWV, Echo Park, and My Minds Eye. The embellishments are from Echo Park, My Minds Eye, Prima, and TPC Studios. For my "evidence" pieces, I used a sun, nautical elements (sort of), wood, and a flower with beads. The circle element is just white cardstock that I cut out with my cricut. Those big glittered flourishes are cut from patterned paper in the Bouquet de Fleur stack by DCWV. And feeling a bit sparkly, I stitched with a shimmery thread by Kreinik.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

DCWV Bewitched Giveaway Winner!

Finally - It's time to announce the winner of these 4.5 x 6.5" Bewitched Matstack and coordinating adhesive Bewitched MatStack!!! My son picked ......

Blogger Drea said...
We have a large family and LOVE Halloween. Every year we have a theme and all play off of it. One year it was Wizard of Oz and one year it was Lord of the Rings. Of course we all dress up as characters from those movies and have so much fun decorating the house to match.

Congrats Drea! Please send me an email with your full name and mailing address so that I can send you these fun Bewitched stacks! :) 

Thank you to everyone who played along, come back often - you never know when there might be more chances to win goodies :)