Because my updates were sporadic over the Winter, much of what I created at the time was left in the dust without ever coming in contact with this place. I realize I have a lot of catching up to do and above, it just one project of many. I don't want to give away too much at once, so I'm going to go about sharing previous works at a slow pace..and in between will be the usual new project updates amongst other things..oh yes, there is a big endeavor awaiting me that is totally scrapbook related. We'll revisit that topic a little later on :)
I have a crush on my boyfriend's dog, Rayna. She is the sweetest dog in the whole wide world. Even Ethan claims that Rayna is his "favorite" pet of all time...she's a hoot-in-a-half! So, I follow her with my camera everywhere she goes and if lucky , I catch her at just the right moment. Here, her and Eric are sharing a bonding moment. :)
Here's a brief series of words about the layout's production process (Made from Gossamer Blue's Sold Out "March" Kit)...
I stayed away from laser-cut wooden embellishments for a long time. It wasn't until I met them a first time at my scrap desk while using a Gossamer Blue kit that I thought it time to give them a chance. Now, I have a drawer full of wooden embellishments. The natural feel of the wood is a great addition to any project!
In working with the wooden speech bubble, "hello", my first instinct was to fill it with glitter. The trick to pulling off this technique is to spread an even amount of clear-drying epoxy adhesive around the letters before adding glitter. You might even be required to add more adhesive and glitter after the first application. It was a putsy process, but well worth the effort.
I've yet to forge all the options in crafting with laser-cuts, but I intend to take them on over the Summer.
Perfecting the splatter technique is a goal I'll never obtain! To make up for this technique weakness of mine, I implement epoxy colored dots in supplement of paint - the two look nearly identical. The raised appearance of the dots is a plus, too.
The darling blue/yellow banner is from the Glitz "Color Me Happy" Whatnots die-cut packhttp://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/glitz-design/137014-color-me-happy-whatnots/?filters=glitz-design.
My love for art is growing by the day and now that it's my major (alongside graphic design) at River Falls University, I'm pushing myself towards mixed media; acrylics, colored pencil, watercolor and so forth. Currently, I'm working a mini album that expands upon my passion for the arts..I plan to present it at the Crate blog in the very near future..it is super duper CUTE!!
Flowers are my one and only scrapbook love. I've been working up layered flowers since my inception into the crafts arena. I've seen flowers grow in popularity this last year, and I'm amazed by what's out there!! The inspiration is endless, don't you think?
This blaze pink flower is made from layers of tissue paper. I first cut three different sized circles from layered sheets of pink tissue paper. Next, I trimmed notches into the edges, scrunched them up in my hands, and stapled them together from smallest to largest. A decorative wooden button (MME) adorns the center along with a vintage red button and yellow epoxy dome (Glitz Design).
A final glimpse - it literally takes me a full week to complete one layout. The reason being is because of the investment in collage creation. If you look closely at my projects, around every corner is a hidden gem of one kind or another. All them "gems" take time to organize and sort out. Each is a decision within itself. I typically work section by section until eventually, I feel satisfied with the outcome. Believe it or not, I LOVE working this way..it's a niche that brings me a great deal happiness and pleasure!
There are couple additional products grabbing my attention right now (minus wooden embellishments)...
Crate's been in the habit of releasing painted/glittered clips this last year and I have kept every single one without question. I've also been adding to the clip collection via other manufacturer releases. I stumbled upon this precious ornate bowl a few months ago at Home Goods and use it to house my clip collection. They're a pretty combo, don't you think?
I'm not much a Project Life-er per say, but these fashionable journaling cards from MAMBI at Michaels Crafts store are a hit with me! I must of bought four packs of them. Half the fun was sorting them out and putting them into their correct colored baskets. "Yes" I coordinate all my die-cuts/journaling/Title Cards by color --- it forces me to use them!! They're right at my desk, too, and within easy reach. After adding these to the mix, my baskets are near full. Super impressed by the graphics, I tell ya...
On a recent date with Eric, we stopped by the newly renovated Cassetta Italian Market in downtown, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Talk about a treasure trove of treats and unbelievable tasty pizza!! The restaurant houses a full selection of delicate pastries housed beneath a series of crystal clear glass cases and white ornate chandeliers. It's a spectacular view! Here's a peek at the deliciousness..
We settled on this lovely chocolate moose cake - the tough part? Splitting it!! Laugh. I could of ate the whole thing!!
Following Cassettas, we checked out the omni theater at the Minnesota Science Museum to watch Tornado Alley. It was it's last day of showing - caught it just on time! Turned out to be a spectacular movie - given the recent events of Oklahoma, this movie brings to light the mighty strength and unfortunate destruction brought forth by tornadoes. They're is still much to understand about them - I recommend the movie to anyone lucky enough to be on it's tour path around the country.
Summer break is feeling extra good!! I'm scrapbooking like crazy, spending lots of time with Ethan and Eric (and his two beautiful boys) , and getting ready for a new GB adventure. ;) I wish Summer were longer...love life right now!! :)