Friday, January 23, 2009

Inspiration Challenge and Copying Gina

I found a challenge on SCS the other day that I really wanted to try. It involved creating a button border of some kind. You got extra credit for using hand stitching and using one of Sally's sketches. I love the look of stitching on pages, but I've never been brave enough to try to do it. I also combined it with a challenge to scraplift Gina (Mousey'sMom). I didn't scraplift one of her pages, but I tried to emulate her beautiful distressing.

I was exhausted! I really liked the grid look in the sketch and I didn't have grid patterned paper, so I made my own using whisper white cardstock, the tempting turquoise stampin' marker, and the lines on my stamping grid paper. I hand stitched a dark turquoise circle in the pink circle (the free form next to the button ring) using some embroidery thread. I really enjoyed it and think it looks nice! I really admire Gina's work, however, I'm a *terrible* distresser! I've talked to her this week about "how to" and I decided to give it a whirl. I already had my pictures cropped and matted, my colors picked, and the layout of my dps. I did all of that Monday night. Wednesday night I spent almost 2 1/2 hours distressing, inking, and getting it to look right! I even embraced the tear. :) Whew! Hats off to you, Gina!

Turning Four


Stamps: best friends upper alphabet
Paper: gable green, pretty in pink, dots and dashes dsp, tempting turquoise
Ink: close to cocoa, tempting turquoise
Accessories: SU distressing tool, simon upper chipboard, assorted buttons, dimensionals, pink passion stampin' marker, tempting turquoise stampin' marker, crystal effects, sponges, embroidery thread
Techniques: distressing, sponging, sewing

10 comments:

stampin abi said...

What a lovely layout, nice job!

Kerry said...

Super cute layout! Love all the buttons surrounding your LO title!

chelemom said...

This is really cute! Love the sweet colors too!

Jackie said...

Nice layout! tfs!!!

Amy Johnson said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! Wow! I love your scrapbook pages! I love the distressed paper, the title with the buttons, the colors and layout. Great job!

Anjou Krelovich said...

What a pretty page! I love how this came together. Beautiful colors!

Loretta Rodger said...

Lovely layout!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful Layout!

Enfys said...

What a wonderful layout, I love the distressing and all the detail.
hugs
Enfys

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Wonderful layout, love the photos and colors.