Wednesday, May 15, 2013

About a Boy 5/15 Challenge White plus One Color - Darling

Good morning, today is 5/15 and the reveal for our mid month challenge at About a Boy! This round we have a White plus One challenge. This made my head hurt - one color on white - very limiting for me. However I really like the results - let me know what you think...

I had Prima Engraver stashed for a month or so just admiring the flowers and papers. I think we all do this with collection at least once, LOL. I had the newsprint Prima Vine and some chipboard that worked with my oldest son's picture. The stencil is done with painting on white and then black gesso accents. The vines and leaves are Spellbinders dies to fill in the spaces.

Some details:

The challenge is open until the 31st of May - come play along for a wonderful prize!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sparkle N Sprinkle At The Beach Blog Hop

Hello there - Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Anything but a Card Blog Hop. If you arrived from Marie Berquist you are on the right path. If not you may want to hop back to the beginning by clicking here.

There are prizes to be had - all you need to do is leave comments for the designers by May 10th and you will be eligble to win!

For this layout I have to thank Beth Frappier for the photo. She is soo good to me. 

I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossable Acetate to create an overlay from the Silouttes Stamps. The Pear and Moss Tuscany Embossing Powders are perfect together to create this beachy grass foreground. The Willow Branch Stamp, upside down, reminded me of sea plants and made a nice accent for my peek-a-boo corner.

I stuck with turquoise and pale green mists that remind me of the Gulf of Mexico.

Since the photo had such natural texture from the dock I chose linen, gauze, a cord flower, hemp twine and cork alphas for embellishments. 

Some close ups

There is a full write up in the Gallery on the steps and products to create this layout, here.

Just a reminder to leave a comment to be eligible for the fabulous prizes that are to be awarded.  There are prizes "hidden" in some of the blogs, so the comment you leave just may be one of the winners.

Next on the hop is Barbara Bruder, a very talented lady who I am sure will have something to inspire you.

The hop order in case you need it is:

Donna Ellis    

Marie Berquist    

Cindy Keogh (This is me.)   

Barbara Bruder   

Keri Brown       

Cammy Vietzke    

Karin Martin    

Brigita Skopas   

Jackie Smith    

Dawn Bennett     

Karalee Ingram    

Anne Temple     

April Williams   

Shona Erlenborn     

Brenda Smalle     

I hope you enjoy the hop and feel inspired - even if it's just to go to the Beach. LOL

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

About a Boy May 1st Challenge Boys Will Be Boys

It's time for the May 1st challenge reveal at About a Boy! This time is creating a layout that depicts your boy being a typical boy. I was lucky enough to have my youngest do just that and capture it on camera.

In Florida we have lovebugs. These firefly size insects swarm about twice a year here. Really messy to the car windshields and acidic so they eat car paint. However to an almost three year old they are fantastic! Easy to chase and catch and SQUASH! He has such a blast when it is lovebug season.

I used Kaisercraft 75 cents collection that I just adore! I will most defiantly be restocking this collection in my stash. The colors are perfect for boys with a mixed media look. I masked the background flowers and painted with Lindy's mists. I had a cute die cut that I divided and also painted with Lindy's. I used Prima chalk inks to add depth to the edges of the papers.I also used the white chalk ink through a tiny circles mask on the background. A couple of fussy cut butterflies and pleated paper ribbons and my layout is complete!

I really hope you play along with us at About a boy! There are prizes to be won. I can't wait to see your creations!