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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Imagine Two Page LO -- Imagine That Blog Hop

Welcome to GabyCreates
and to the
Imagine That Blog Hop
hosted by Sandra 

This is a fun hop where we got to play with our Imagine!
Hopefully you just arrived from visiting Mistyrose, if not, and wish to participate, start with Sandra

I created this two page layout of my grand daughters at the age of 1 (one year old).

Mis Dos Princesas = My Two Princesses
I used the layout design and flipped it in order to create a two page layout.
I stitched around the inside part of the layout and across one of the already printed strips. I additionally used fancy leaves stitching on the bottom right side and the left inside side where the pictures are located.

I used a fiskars punch to punch the 3D butterflies on either side.
For all the butterflies already on the design, I added GlossyAccents and glass beads.
Here you can see how when I flipped the layout, the circle's words did not flip--I decided to leave it like that rather than cut it our or adhere another item/embellishment on top (so that you can see).
Here you get a better look at the GlossyAccents and the beads on the butterflies; and the fancy stitching.
I used an Xacto knife to cut out the openings for the pictures rather than place them on top.
I finished by adding buttons to the flowers with some thread.

I would like to mention that My Title was created by printing on a transparency sheet using MSWord and Storybook Font, a technique I came across on Linda Kaiser's Blog The Paper Boutique - I love visiting her blog! she always comes up with the most ingenious ideas!  Go check her tutorial on how to create your own Rub-ons!!  (I just wished I had printed mine in brown ink, oh well, next time!)

Thanks for Visiting! and leaving comments!!
I will choose one person randomly and that person will receive 5 cuts on the Imagine, their choice!
(as long as I have that particular cartridge)

Time to go Visit LAUREN

1. Sandra http://365daysofcricut.blogspot.com/
2. Elsa http://cricutlvr.blogspot.com/
3. Monica http://simplycricutting.blogspot.com/
4. Pam http://simply-pam.blogspot.com/
5. Nadia http://nadiasbeautifulmess.blogspot.com/
6. Laurel http://www.blog.littlepeaceofmyheart.com/
7. Lezlye http://www.lezlyes.blogspot.com/
8. Jenny http://kozfam5.blogspot.com/
9. Mistyrose http://www.sweetmagnoliarose.blogspot.com
10. Gaby http://www.gabycreates.com/ YOU ARE HERE
11. Lauren http://www.laurenscreative.com/ NEXT
12. Kristen http://fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/
13. Haidee http://created2bunique.blogspot.com/
14. Giselle http://crossmyheartpapercrafts.blogspot.com/
15. Yolonda http://www.craftyscentiments.blogspot.com/
16. Darlene http://talesoftayandbay.blogspot.com/
17. Cristina http://www.craftingwithcristina.com/
18. Kristin http://www.pinkldycrafter.blogspot.com/
19. Candice http://stampinpearls.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 25, 2011

Monsters Inc Layout

Today I created a One-Page Layout for my DT assignment over at
Simply Scrapping Crafts -- I am on their Sketch Design Team
You will find every Saturday a Sketch Challenge with great prizes!!

My layout is of my grand daughters watching TV and to document how much Jasmine loved to watch Monsters Inc. over and over again! And every time the movie started, she would yell ....
Monsters Inc. Ahhhhhh with that sweet voice that I cannot share but can never forget! (I don't have a video or recording of it). It will have to stay in my memory bank.

I used Best of Pixar and my Expression to cut Sulley at 4" and Randall at 4.5"  -- the title was cut at 1"
I stitched around the base AC green card stock with a wavy stitch and around the inner circle using green thread (I should have used a darker color).
For my journaling I used MS Word and Monster AG Font I found free on the Internet.  If you look closely it is the same as the movie's font. I printed using green ink on vellum and hand cut to place on top of card blue stock.
The round scalloped paper and the door are from the MyLittleShoebox Imaginary Friends collection. I hand cut the door.  I thought the colors were just perfect. (And look at Lauren, she is wearing all the colors on her shirt/dress!! -- I love it when it all matches!)
The Monsters Inc. picture I grabbed from the movie's official site.

I added a few brads, googly eyes and some shading with a white PrismaColor pencil on Randall.

I am entering this layout on the Cricut Circle's Blog for the Just Because Challenge, scrapbooking your everyday moments!!

This is the sketch I worked with and you can use to enter this week's challenge!
Make sure you head on over to enter this week's Sketchy Challenge!

Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

One Page Layout -- MME Good Day Sunshine Collection

If you visit my blog, you know that I get to design for Happy N Scrappin' on Tuesdays
This time I got to play with My Mind's Eye
This is the one page layout I created with MME Good Day Sunshine Collection
My camera (not me) did not capture the true colors on the first picture-- these next two pictures are more true to color.  And yes, I did play with it on Picassa (no time to play with Photoshop!)
I scrap lifted this layout setting from Jana Eubank.  I changed a lot of things, but still her design and idea. To see hers, click on her name.
I inked everything with distress ink and cut the waves using my Cricut and ZooBalloo cartridge. I also added machine stitching and used 3 dimensional foam. I printed my journaling on vellum using Word and font Bradley Hand ITC.  I used a white 12"x12" AC card stock and a 11.5"x11.5" brown one for my base. The  clouds were cut with two different size Fiskars punches. All other elements are from the collection. I added one of the brown strips left over after trimming my card stock and placed it across and added two cooper brads.
 I just could not come up with the title, maybe you can help me.
My Little Mermaid
Fun In The Sun
Water Baby?
Guess what, Happy n Scrappin'
recently posted on Facebook a Giveaway
This is what they had to say...

ALL orders placed Monday - Wednesday, March 21-23 will be entered into a drawing!!! IF the winning order contains any of the above product, your order will be FREE!!!! THREE lucky orders will be drawn! Winning orders NOT containing WeR new products will win free product valued at $25!!
Good Luck on your Purchases!!!!

Products Used on this Post can be purchased at http://www.happynscrappin.com/:

Thanks for Visiting and leaving a comment!

I will be having my B-day Blog Hop on April 22nd -- Plenty of Giveaways!! and a super Talented Line-Up!!
Speaking of Giveaways, I truly am a slow mailer (snail mail has nothing on me!) but I promise that everything will arrive at your door step by the end of this week!! -- If you do not receive by Friday, please email me!

For Tip Tuesday at Creative Cutter Room, just scroll down! Thanks!!

Tip Tuesday

At Creative Cutter Room
Stitching tips:

Faux Stitching
Above I have four pens that I will show how I used
White = Uni-ball Signo broad and Sakura Gelly Roll Medium
Black = Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink Needle Tip 0.5 and Sharpie Fine Tip

On this picture I am drawing stitching lines freehand with the Signo pen
Here is the technique I prefer to use since I do not have a steady hand.  I place a ruler and draw my lines/stitches every other 1/8".  I feel this give a much even and straight look.

On this picture you can see that I drew to the far right/shorter strip free handed some stitches lines. To the right I used the Signo and the inside or next to it with the Gelly.  And on the long strip of stitches, I used the Gelly to the right and the Signo on the left side.  From this demonstration, I like the Gelly pen better.

On the above picture I used both black pens. Sharpie to the right and EnerGel to the left.  I prefer the feel and smoothness of the EnerGel better.

The above is just one technique or way to create faux stitching.  Below I will show yet another way using templates.  There are several companies that sell templates in many sizes and styles.  The the left you see some from Bazzill and to the right one from the CraftersWorkshop.  These templates are versatile in the sense that you can use to draw lines with your pens or poke tiny holes for different uses that I will demonstrate below.
Using a mat and a poker/pick after lining up my template to the paper, I poked holes on my paper.
I than drew lines from hole to hole to give the illusion of stitching.  You can also use thread and needle and hand stitch.

Yet another way to create faux stitching.  Here I used Sew Easy by running it on top of my mat. Sew Easy comes in a beginner pack and they sell you several attachments with different designs. You can find at most crafting stores.

And just one more idea.  You can use fine tip Sharpies or pens in different colors to give the illusion of having used colored thread.  Just make sure that the pen is acid free if you will be using on your scrap books.

On this card I used one of the templates above and faux stitching.
Thanks for visiting and I hope these tips help at least one of you!