Tuesday, December 29, 2009

~ Pretty in Pink ~

This is a picture of my darling daughter Erin and her favourite cousin Kerry whom she absolutely idolises. As a mom I couldn't choose a better role model for my daughter. Kerry is hard working and has been top of her class for several years. She is very athletic, polite and a beautiful person inside and out.
I just love this picture of the 2 of them. I used the girlyness of the picture as my inspiration for the LO. To start I used my brand new Martha Stewart border punch to do the edges and then I chalked them with dark brown chalk.

These amasing butterflies come from the incredibly talented Angelica Franssen's etsy shop (www.angelicafranssen.etsy.com) They are so beautifully made and I love them.

The title was obvious. The girls look so pretty and I couldn't think of a better title.

I just love the large butterfly that come with the kit from Angelica. The detailed work on these are just incredible. I did my own flourishes with some liquid pearls using the raspberry and lavender. A tip for anyone trying this for the first time: When you first make the drops they have a pointed tip so you need to wait until the drops are dry enough to touch so you can flatten the pointed tips with your finger or something with a clean flat surface. Unfortunately I let my drops dry too much so my flourishes still have the pointed tips. A mistake I don't intent making again.

These beautiful rose buds were a gift from the amasing Katie Atkins. I just love shopping at her etsy shop (www.KatiesKreations4U.etsy.com). These are the roses she uses on a lot of her vines. All I did was add some stickles and attached them to some other flower petals I had in my stash as a base and to add some contrast.

I just love these Prima blooms. Again, I added some stickles for a little sparkle. So simple but very effective. Thanks for the visit and as I'm still learning, I'm open to constructive critism and advice.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sharing is caring

This is my 4 year old Erin's favourite saying. Of course she only uses it when she wants some-one to share with her and very rarely does she practice the sentiment in reverse, LOL!
But it got me thinking.....I've been scrapping for just over 2 years now and I have yet to attend any formal classes. Most of the techniques that I have learnt all come from seeing what others have done on their LO's. My favourite source of inspiration is most definitely scrapbook.com.
I sometimes wish that the artist would give a step by step breakdown of how they accomplished those incredible works of art. Some are kind enough to share their secrets on their own blogs so it got me thinking that I should do the same. In no way do I think I am nearly as talented as most of those ladies but I'd like to share what I have learnt along the way and hopefully teach some-one else out there something new.

I'll be posting any new Lo's I do here with detailed descriptions of all the techniques I have used. This is a first for me so I sincerely hope I manage to accomplish my intended goal. I also think this will encourage me to try do more Lo's than I am doing now. 2009 was a slow scrapping year for me because I had my son Matthew in April and life with a new born is a little crazy as I'm sure a lot of you can relate to so not a lot of scrapping was done but I have set a goal to complete 50 Lo's in 2010 and they'll all be posted here.

Thanks for enjoying the journey with me