Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Design Team Reveal- Scraps of Darkness

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
~ Robert Frost ~  
  We nearly trampled on each other getting our hands on all the beauty in this kit! Melinda has done it again with an awesome mix of Bo Bunny- Et Cetera collection and Teresa Collins- World Traveler! One of our favorite kits to date.
  The Romance and Flora and Fauna add on's compliment this months kit beautifully! Our Color Add on is always a must have including Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inks and Smooch in two forms ( spray and brush).

My first layout is for the sketch that Charolotte creates for us each month.
   The photo I used for this layout was one I took in Colorado. We had stopped to take some photos and I thought this line of mailboxes looked really cool. Add to that a grunge action and florabella texture in photoshop and there you have it.
   I jumped on this months bandwagon of creating a postage stamp edge. Perfect really for this months kit theme. In doing so I visited my friend Lisa Gregory's blog and started to follow  her tutorial for creating the postage edge. HOWEVER being a little too lazy to want to measure every time I want this edge I decided to create a template from it.
  I followed Lisa's instructions for one edge of piece of cardstock and then I cut it lengthwise to about 1 inch or so.
 Now I just take that edge and line it up with my paper and draw the 1/2 circles on there.
 Then I just take my punch and line it up with the curve and punch away. No measuring involved. Lisa G knows I am a tad challenged in that area. (Ask her about the "mini album.") Thanks for the inspiration Lisa!
One of the most versatile dies I own is the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.  There are just so many different flowers you make with this die. I used it here, stamping on the flower with a set of flourish stamps and then inked the edges with distress ink.


This is a photograph of my dd (photography credit: Gina Coppolino) and I printed this one out on vellum. Love the translucent effect with the map paper underneath. I used an entire 12 x 12 sheet for the layout and then simply cut a triangle shaped piece to mimic the closure of an envelope. I punched two small circles and wrapped a string around them for a closure.

  I was inspired this month by the kit to do lots of inking, masking and stamping. I used a set of flourish stamps I recently picked up and stamped all over this page. I used a lot of rub ons that were in the kit as well. Those cute red doily flowers were in our kit and I cut mine if half as centers for my flowers


Really, how could I resist this title. Just look at us. Don't we just look like we are thinking etc. etc. etc???
Inspiration comes in all forms and this month I was having difficulty getting the magic to happen with this layout. When lo and behold I saw a layout by Robinzberdz where she used the Giant grungeboard letter. I have that package of letters and I forgot about them! Thanks for the inspiration Robin. I think the giant E was just what I needed to give this piece a boost!

I ran the Big "E" through the cuttlebug with an embossing folder, then I sprayed it with the smooch in color add on. I dabbed a red acrylic paint over it and rubbed it off with a paper towel. I then went over the embossing with a black gel pen and rubbed that off a bit as well. (Photgraphy credit: Gina Coppolino)

Never Let Go

This is a photo of my girls (photgraphy credit: Gina Coppolino) and I used my favorite Holly McCaig Frames on this picture.  I stamped the frame around the cardstock using Primas Build a Frame set of stamps. I also used those flourish stamps I had on hand and scattered them around the page in red ink.
The big flower was die cut from cork. Melinda included a couple of cork discs in the kit. Yes the cuttlebug cuts them. I sprayed it with the beautiful red smooch included in the color add on and them stamped it with a script stamp.

Hope you enjoy this months reveal and be sure to visit the other Design Team Girls to see what they have come up with. If you have any questions on any of my layouts please feel free to contact me. I have added a contact link to my blog. :)
Thank you for visiting me today.  I truly love reading all your sweet comments.



Monica said...


I gotta come back and look closer darn it gotta get my lunch together for work.

but from my quick little glance gorgeous !!!

Cindy Gay said...

All the layouts are fabulous. Great photo of the mailboxes. Love the layout of your daughter

lost coast scrapper said...

Loved all your layouts this month, especially the postage, and thanks for the great tutorial, I'll have to try that one!! Hugs, Karen

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