Thursday, December 19, 2013

Scenic Christmas Photo Ornament Box

With Christmas around the corner I thought I'd take a few to share this project I made for Authentique a few weeks back.  My son was born in November of last year.  So this time last year he was just a wee tiny little pea pod & mostly slept through the Holidays.  This year he's much more aware of his surroundings. So we decided to do more with him this year--amongst those things was taking a few Christmas photo action shots.

I wanted to display one of his photos on our Christmas tree as an ornament.  So I created a mini winter wonderland ornament for him to sit in!  :-)

The box is made from heavy card stock & dressed up with papers from Authentique's 'Joyous' line. 
Around this time of year--just about all arts & crafts stores carry Christmas decorations.  I bought several decorations that are meant for miniature Christmas trees.  These mini decorations are just the right size to create your own version of a mini dimensional ornament.

The ornament box measures 5" inches x 4" inches. 
The decorative bird I also found at my local craft store--just think 'small' when browsing around the Holidays!  All of these small but dimensional embellies make for all sorts of unique projects.

The 'snow' was created by putting down a bit of clear dry adhesive & white Flower Soft.
I was able to fussy cut my son from one of the photographs & I adhered him to the background with a couple of pop dots to give him a bit of dimension.

Here's the back of my ornament box.  I strung some ribbon through the top & now I'm able to hang this ornament photo box onto my Christmas tree!

As always, a big thank you to all who stop by to visit.  I hope this project inspires some of you to create your own personal ornaments.

Enjoy the rest of the week...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Little Man Layout

Good morning fellow scrappers!  Today is a lazy day at the office.  We're prepping for our annual Holiday party so needless to say nobody is really in the mood to work...then again, when are we ever in the mood to work!?  lol  So I found a little time to put up this post that has been sitting in my 'to-do' box for some time.

This is a DT project that I made for Authentique a few weeks back.  We were doing a cross promo between Authentique & UmWow Studio.  So I've used a couple of UmWow's cute little chipboard embellies as well as a few of their flat backed buttons.

This is my son at about 10 months old--he's a 'little man' in the making which is where I got my title from.  I've used papers from Authentique's Seasons: 'Summer' collection. I absolutely loved the bright splashes of turquoise & yellow that come with this collection.
Once again I took some inspiration from one of Emma's sketches found on Page Drafts.  I can't tell you how many times these sketches have saved me a boat load of time.  When in a crunch, I always go to this site & inspiration instantly strikes!
Here you see all three of UmWow's products that I've used.  There's a button from their 'Dream A Little Dream' flair collection & bits from their 'Star Confetti' & 'Layered Arrows' chipboard.  I decided to leave the chippies raw.  You can certainly emboss, paint, glitter etc...the chippies but as it turns out, the raw color of the chipboard coordinated just right with my layout.  So I left them as is.

Those two small yellow ribbon flowers seen here are items from my own stash.  I have several of these in different colors up for grabs in my Etsy shop.  If interested, please feel free to visit my shop here
I'm such a fan of this hot air balloon die from La-La-Land Crafts.  I seem to look for ways to implement it in just about all my pages!

The large honeycomb dies were made with the Spellbinders Hexagon die.
This little pocket that holds a tag with my journaling was made with left over scraps.  I tied a bit of yellow tulle to my tag so that it's a bit easier for me to pull out.
Some clustering filled with chippies, paper, buttons & a gold metal cog. 
These flocked teddy bears is another fave of mine.  I love using them in just about all my pages that have my son as the main subject.  I think that these bitty bears are the perfect embellishment for baby themed pages.
Ok time for a hot cup of coffee I think.  I need an extra pick me up this morning in order to fully function!  Plus somebody brought in some Christmas cookies to share--& cookies ALWAYS taste better with a cup of coffee!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by, stay warm & enjoy the rest of the week!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

October Layout

Good afternoon fellow I'm presenting my final page for Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS). My time on the OUAS DT went by very quickly but was so very rewarding at the same time.  Thank you again Nadia for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a fabulous design team.  Best of luck to the new DT starting in January 2014!  There are some very notable ladies on the term for next year...

So the theme for the month of December is: My Favorite Month.  This was very simple for me.  I've been harping for a long time now that Autumn is my favorite season...and Autumn is in it's prime in the month of October it was.  I had recently taken a photo of my son studying a leaf that had fallen from a tree & it worked just right for the theme of my page.  I went Autumn crazy with this page & used several 'Autumn' related embellishments that I had in my stash.

Paper used is by Maja Design from their 'Walking in the Forest' collection.
Here's the sketch provided by Nadia--as usual a versatile sketch that you can do much with.
This little envelope which was part of the 'Walking in the Forest' collection--was cut out, assembled & used to store my journaling.
This little sunflower vine is by Prima as are the large brown felt flowers.  Yay for those cute little mini pine I love them!  Of course I had to have an owl tucked in here somewhere...owls are one of my absolute favorite type of birds as well as embellishment.
So for many years I've had this gigantic feather in my stash & every time I ran into it I wondered 'what the heck am I going to use this for?'  I can't tell you how many times I almost tossed it.  Well the perfect project finally arrived & I was able to use it!  So this is why I have a gazillion things in my stash & never throw anything out!  LOL 
These organza ribbon star flowers are items from my stash.  I have several of these in different colors & are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.  Feel free to visit if you like them.
These little haystack mini brooms are other tidbits that I have in my stash & once again--I found the perfect project for them...alongside the mini acorn!  Seems like I got to use many of my oddball embellishments for this page--but it all came together nicely I think!

Make sure you visit the OUAS blog to check out the other DT's take on this month's challenge.  Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week...


Monday, December 2, 2013

For The Love of Zumba Layout: Berry71Bleu December Challenge

Good morning fellow scrappers!  It's my turn over at Berry71Bleu to host this months challenge--the final challenge of 2013!  Tsk, tsk, can 2013 practically be over already?  I seem to find myself in the same boat consistently every time around this year.  I officially think that Father Time has decided to be in a mad rush right alongside the rest of us.  He needs to take it easy & relax a bit!

So we decided that the challenge for the month of December will be a two-part challenge.  The theme is 'Joy'.  After all, we're in the 'most joyous time of the year'.  However, Joy can be interpreted in many ways--it can be an obvious sense of joy that we all share such as family, friends & loved ones or it can be a simple pleasure joy such as that first cup of warm coffee in the morning, reading a book or having your family dog cuddle up next to you!

The second part of the challenge is to include journaling on your page.  Journaling must be at a minimum 3 sentences long & no cheating!  Jotting down places & dates do not count.  I want you to document your story & thoughts and explain why the subject you chose brings you joy. When something brings you joy--I find that it's very easy to talk about it.

 One obvious thing that brings me joy is my family--but I wanted to share a different kind of activity that brings me much personal satisfaction & that's Zumba.

I love it & thoroughly enjoy it.  It helps me release stress, keeps me & my heart healthy & it keeps my weight in check.  Plus I've finally made my Hispanic heritage proud since ever since I started taking Zumba my Salsa & Merengue dancing skills have greatly improved!

Before I forget, here's the inspiration board I came up with for the challenge.
That cup of coffee in the collage is calling me as I type this post up!  It's early & I'm in the office--nothing tastes better on a cold early morning than that first cup of warm coffee.  In fact I almost  chose that as the subject to my page!
 All papers used are by one of our Berry71Bleu sponsors UHK Gallery.  Only the bright green paper you see peeking around the border is not by UHK.  I've used papers from their 'Hot & Cold' collection.
 To get those circles to display lightly along my background I've used a Craters Workshop stencil (Mod Spirals) & a bit of 'Frost' paint by Art Anthology.  I just dabbed the paint onto my stencil lightly with a makeup sponge.  The paint dries semi translucent when only a little is applied.
 Here's my journaling.  As usual, I've stored it in the form of a scroll.  For me, it's the fastest & easiest way to store my thoughts onto my page.  I have a tutorial on how I go about making these scrolls here
I've unrolled my scroll here so you can see part of my journaling.
 All chipboard used is by Scrapiniec.  I inked them all with embossing ink & spread a bit of 'Star Dust' embossing powder by Stampendous onto them & heat set them.  In person, all the chippies have a nice glimmer & shine to them.

The bright fuchsia organza ribbon star flower seen here are items from my stash.  I have several of these in different colors up for grabs in my Etsy shop here
 I've strung a bit of twine along my page--it's adhered behind the page with a couple of strips of tape.
Feel free to stop at the Berry71Bleu blog throughout the month of December to see the other DT's take on this month's challenge.  Do play along if you find the time--there are a couple of great prizes up for grabs.

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!