Monday, February 15, 2010

Blue Moon challenge #1.

Blue Moon Scrapbooking is having their very first challenge! Use a vintage photo and a doilie.

Easy & fun!!

This challenge prompted me to go get some copies made of some old photos that I had. When I wasn't satisfied with the results (this is a one horse town...only one choice for photo restoration), I came home and had a gripe session to the hubs and anybody else who would listen. ;)

After that, I thought...Patti, why don't you learn how to scan and fix photos yourself?

So, yesterday I went to Staples and bought PSE8, a scanner, and while I was there, I got more ink for my printer. I am ready. I am set.

The scanner part is wicked easy! I have found an on-line tutorial for the PSE. It takes 2 hours. I plan to complete the tutorial today.

My mom is so happy that I now have a scanner. She is busy sorting through lots of old photos and has a pile for me to scan. (how cute is that?)

My lo is a photo of my mother, taken when she was 8 months old.
(I love that her name & age are hand written on the back of the original photo in my grandma's handwriting.)

~please click for a nice, big view~

I used a Basic Gray doilie...and yes, I had to use the entire doilie. I backed it with a piece of brown bazzill and inked it with Tim Holtz vintage photo (perfect, right?) ink. More BG, and a bit of g*c*d pp, a prima, cut out bird from a MM tag, vintage beaded button from my son's girlfriend (she is always giving me cute found things to use), HS sticker hand stitched w/dmc, cotton trim (RAK from my friend Kayla), 7 Gypsies circle die, TH grunge letters painted with TH Distress crackle paint, TH grunge butterfly w/glitter and Queen & Co. pearls, and finally a tiny metal rattle charm that I've had in my stash forever.

I'm excited to show this lay-out to my mom and want to thank everyone at Blue Moon for the fun challenge!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bad Girls Project 52 - #9

Julie Ann Shanin has posted a new challenge for the Bad Girls Project 52.

I admire the Bad Girls artists so much! This is my first time participating in a challenge there. When Julie Ann posted it...I knew just what I would use.

For this challenge, you need to use wood & wire, and a botanical theme.

I had this old mustard colored cupboard in the attic. It had a door with a wire window. I removed the hinges on the door, sanded it lightly, painted with gesso, swirling my foam brush into the gesso to make a circular pattern on my frame. First experience with gesso...and this stuff is cool.

Next, I painted the gesso with black paint. Then I used a coat of white, and finally I used blue paint. {I wanted the frame to match the blue paint I just put on my scrapbook room walls.} To add a bit of sparkle, using my finger, I swirled star dust stickles.

The pp and chip flowers are g*c*d studios. I {love} this butterfly piece of pp by g.c.d.

I inked the flowers...took some apart, added glitter, buttons & bling.

I was inspired by the quote, and used an old piece of Scenic Route pp, inked. The butterflies are a MS punch, g.c.d. pp that is glittered. Pearls on top are Queen & Co. (at AC Moore for a dollar a package!) Finally, I added some Wright's olive green ric rak to the inside of the frame.

a close up of the frame -

the altered chip flowers -

This is hanging in my scrap room.
Thanks for the challenge, Bad Girls!!!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010 friend, Jan.

I am so thankful for my friend, Jan Tatomir.

I had been whining (& whining) that I can't find any g.c.d. studios pp anywhere. (There is some in the August kit over at Citrus Tree...but that's all the g.c.d. I had...) I've talked with my LSS people and they're trying to get the new Melody Ross stuff in. I'm waiting, but not patiently....


Jan sent me a big package of g.c.d. stuff!! Patterned paper, die cut embellies, chip embellies, sparkly, textured, colorful, beautiful g.c.d.!!!

The hubs uses these small notepads while at work. I scarfed 3 from him and used my new scrappy stuff that Jan sent. {Guess who's gettin' one?}

Thank you, Jan!!

You're the best scrappy buddy in the whole wide world. xoxo!'s challenge day at Citrus Tree Studio!

The tenth is my favorite day of the month at Citrus Tree.

The DT presents their challenges for the month! I was assigned the color challenge for February, and chose green & orange. Using some TaDa Studios pp from the February "The Sweet Life" kit, I came up with this lo of my SIL, K.C. and her kids. That's my first banner on a was fun, but I think I need some practice. :)

~happy birthday!~

Thanks for stopping by. Join us for some fun February challenges!
There are prizes know you love prizes. :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

card patterns sketch #49 ~

Card Patterns sketch 49 looks like this:

This little dog by Prima totally makes me smile. I mean, look at him...with the bone in his mouth, all happy to see you. Dogs rule. :)

{you are special}

I started w/Black cs by American Crafts and sanded a piece of Craft pp. The journaling die cut is by Anna Griffin, scalloped journaling spot by Maya Road, I pop dotted the ticket by CI, stamp is Inkadinkado, stampin' up! ink spot, tape is Heidi Swapp, Foofala buttons & dmc floss.
Thanks for the fun sketch challenge, Card Patterns girls!