Sunday, March 7, 2010

Making My Own Sunshine

OH, the sun was out for a couple of short days, but it was sooooo nice. Today it is back to rainy and grey.

Staying inside for the most part today. Trying to be warm and dry. Trying to enjoy each day without wishing it away, but really wishing for sunshine and warmth. These layouts bring to mind summer and warmth for me. The one at the top is of the grandkids little cute feet. I used some Jenni Bowlin Homespun papers and Cosmo Cricket papers from their Garden Variety line. I left it sort of simple. It looks a lot more yellow in real life. The only color that pops is the blue on the tag and flower.

This layout is of my cousin's son a gazillion years ago (at least it seems like it). This is just such a great picture...hard to know what was going on in his mind, but his face is full of expression.

I used Jenni Bowlin again on this one. Cherry On Top is the name of the cherry paper. The large homegrown portion is the center of another of her papers called Chicken Feed. Both of those are from the Homespun line. I had fun mixing the flowers, milk bottle cap, stickers and other goodies together at the corner.

They make me feel warmer and I hope they make you warmer too.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Missing You

Yes, Mr. Sun, I am missing you SO much. We have spent so many days together and the memories of such days keeps me going through the grey, cold and rainy days lately. Yes, the memories of your warmth make me happy, but they are not quite enough. I want YOU. Sun. The warmth of you, Sun. I know others are missing you too, and I think you should consider making an appearance soon!

In the meantime, I will put figurines out and make crafts that bring sunshine to mind

These lovely bathing beauties are for sale in my booth...Can't wait to be at the beach myself. (I'll settle for sprinkling sand at my feet on the sidewalk as long as it is warm and sunny).

This is a great little project made with frames by Darcy. Ah, thoughts of summer, water and waves...(a kiddy pool will work if you are with me SUN)

See you soon!? Please?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Me and My Shadow

Well.... shadow box anyway. This was a fun little project to put together. I took a canvas 8x8 inch square and turned it around so that it looks like a frame. I inked the edges and added paper to it.

Inside the framed area, I used some of the new Webster's pages paper, added a new Prima Say It In Pearls (brown/olive). I used a pop up for the small picture of my granddaughter (my shadow at times) and put an acrylic book page over the top. Tie it up with a couple beautiful ribbons, put a stunning rose on a tag hanging from the knot and its Done!

The photo I took makes the pic look crooked in the frame--hope you enjoy it anyway :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ok, So I'm Not Julie Andrews

...but I do love the song Edelweiss. And I WILL sing it for you if you want--well, maybe even if you don't want :)

I know they are talking about a flower too, but I always think about it with kids too--"may you bloom and grow forever" and all. Wishfully, I like the "you look happy to see me" portion too, but I digress.

In doing this layout of my granddaughter, I liked the word bloom. Originally, I was going to use this mini Maya Road album as just that-an album. As I started playing with it though, it made such a cute little banner. And the more that I played, the banner looked cute on the 12 x 12 inch paper and so on, until well, it is a layout with a banner.

I did have a lot of fun making the banner "bloomish" too. I used several flowers and also some flower soft on wire to make the flowers more dimensional. The fun font on these Cosmo Cricket letters seemed to fit the mood.

The pictures are from about two year ago, but the wish I had then is the same now-for her to continue to grow and bloom in her life.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Re Entry

You've seen it. They replace an actor on a show and bring them in as if nothing has changed. They pretend that the person has been away, or had surgery or perhaps even took on the body of another person. Like we won't notice?

Well, I've been away, still me, no change in the actor playing me and yet not sure how to re-enter the scene. I know there are two or three of you who come check my blog from time to time if for no other reason than to find someone else from the links. I'm glad, cause it will be kind of lonely out here if no one comes to visit me again.

So, guess I'll start in where things are now, skipping the past 9 months or so that I have been gone.

Recently, I made a few layouts of my grandkids, so I'll start with those. My daughter-in-law takes a lot of pictures of them and I love to put them onto paper. A good arrangement. These are from pictures taken in January. I thought the new Prima lines were perfect for them. I only wish my pictures of the layouts were as good as the pictures ON the layouts.

The papers are from their newest release. The top one is from the Pastiche line and the striped paper with the circle is from their Strawberry Kisses line. Both wonderful without even adding one embellishment. I left the first one kind of simple with just the photo. It may be hard to see, but there is a tad of old music paper sticking out around the photo and then just a couple short snips of ribbon and a beautiful flower decorating the top right corner.

The second one has so many flowers on the paper itself that although adding more seems redundant, it really provides additional layering. I used flowers from several of the new groups that they released as well as pebbles and stickers from their paper lines. I took the photos from a couple angles to try to show the layers.

Hope you Enjoy!