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  Hello fellow scrappers!  This is a layout I created for the October challenge over at Inspire Me.  The challenge is to dress a dress form using primarily Webster's Pages products.  The photo is of my daughter when she was 2 years old.  She looks like she's striking a pose, but in reality she was taking a break from crying.  This is why her cheeks are all red and her eyes are glossy.  I'm not exactly sure why she was crying, but I have a feeling it was because she wanted me to stop taking pictures LOL.  

My inspiration came from these two dresses.  I combined elements from both dresses to create my own.

Here are several close-ups of my dress form.  I used several layers of paper from the Hollywood Vogue collection.  I carefully folded and distressed each layer to create this design.  I added a little lace for the skirt and embellished the dress with roses and pearls.  The actual dress form chippie is made by Dusty Attic.  I inked it with a mixture of vintage photo Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.
The large purple flower and the flourish are made by Prima.  Here you can see a close-up of the peacock that was cut from the paper.  I added a little (or maybe a lot) of bling to its feathers.
 I hand stitched around the entire layout (I really need to get a sewing machine) and added Stickles to the center of the gorgeous flowers on the patterned paper.  
 Around the edges of the paper I added rub-on flourishes to accentuate the page.  The little gray roses were cut from the Prima flourish that I used.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and check out my layout.  To see more layouts or tutorials, click on an icon below the 'Categories' heading located in the sidebar of my blog.  Have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.

Hi everyone!  My friend Kay (aka mugglescrapper on SB.com) and I decided to take on a little challenge between the two of us.  We had to swap children and scrap a layout of them.  I got to scrap her fur baby Toby!  This was very challenging for me because I have never scrapped a fur baby!  LOL.  I decided to go with a fall theme because, like me, Kay's favorite season is fall. To see a layout she made of my daughter, check out her blog.

 I created a frame using bamboo sticks (also known as river cane) and twine to go with the whole earthy theme, and I added a few twigs made by Dusty Attic to the frame.  Each twig was painted and embossed with Distress embossing powder.  Behind the photo I tucked a few pieces of burlap and maple leaves.

 The brown cardstock was embossed with Tim Holtz's woodgrain Texture Fades.  It was then heat embossed with Distress embossing powder in walnut stain.  I used twine and eyelets to create a vertical border along the left side of the page.  I also stitched around the entire layout.
 I love this picture of cute little Toby and wanted to add it to my layout.  But with so much going on in my design, I didn't want to clutter my page with another photo.  So I used Photoshop to create a maple leaf using Toby's picture.  I inked the edges of my Toby leaf and layered it on top of another maple leaf.
This tree is also made by Dusty Attic.  I first painted it with acrylic paint and then embossed it with Distress embossing powder to give it a grainy texture.  The tiny copper leaves were cut from a larger foil sticker.  I wanted the part of the title that reads "unconditional" to resemble leaves falling from the tree.  So I printed the letters onto coordinating paper, cut each letter into a square, and crumpled and inked each square.  I scattered them down the page along with pieces of a pearl flourish made by Prima.
For the title I used a common technique that I learned at a local scrap store.  I recently attended my first class with Kay, where we made tags using mostly products by Tim Holtz.  I used one of the techniques we learned, but tweaked it a little and made title letters instead of a tag.  To see how I made this title, feel free to check out my tutorial (Embossed Foil Letters Tutorial).
I wanted my title to blend in with my background paper yet still be legible.  So I brushed some Rock Candy Crackle Paint onto the background and applied more Distress embossing powder.  I love that stuff, but it really makes a mess!!  The slightly darker area behind the letters makes the title easier to read, but my title still blends in rather nicely.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my post.  To view other layouts or tutorials, click an icon below the "Categories" heading located in the sidebar of my blog.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.

Hi there and welcome!  This is a tutorial on how to make foil embossed letters similar to those shown above.  
Supplies needed:
- Heavy duty aluminum foil
- Chipboard or Grungeboard letters
- Alcohol ink
- Alcohol ink applicator and felt
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- StazOn ink pad
- Adhesive (preferably Glossy Accents)
- Big Shot or other embossing machine
- Embossing folder

NOTE:  I later discovered FOIL TAPE which would have made this process so much easier LOL.  If you decide to use foil tape, you will most likely be skipping a few of the steps below. 

Take the heavy duty aluminum foil and fold it in half so that you now have double layers.  Place your chipboard letters on the foil face down.

Place both the letters and foil in an embossing folder and run them through an embossing machine.

Lift each letter and apply adhesive all over the front side of each letter.  I like to use Glossy Accents because it dries quickly and adheres well to the foil.  Replace the letters face down in the indented foil.  Wait a few moments for the glue to dry.

Flip the foil with letters attached over to the front side.  Apply alcohol ink to the alcohol ink applicator.

Dab the alcohol ink onto the foil.  Do so until you are satisfied with the color.

Once the alcohol ink is dry, take a StazOn ink pad and dab the top of the letters.  The raised impressions will become black.  Allow the ink to dry.  StazOn takes a while to dry, so use a heat tool to speed up the process, but be careful not to burn yourself on the hot aluminum.

Flip the foil to the backside and carefully cut out each letter with your craft knife.  When removing each letter, be careful not to pull the letter out with force.  If you missed a spot with your craft knife and tug on the letter, the foil on your letter will tear and you will have to start over.

After I finished cutting out each letter, I used a marker to paint the sides of each letter so that the color of the chipboard is not visible.  You may stop after this step and use each letter as is, or you can take it one step further to spice up your title.

Carefully add a drop of alcohol ink between the spaces and gaps of the embossed image.  Use different colors to fill different gaps.  You do not need to cover the entire letter, just add ink to a few spots to really make the color stand out.
TIP: If you accidentally add too much ink to a specific area, simply take the corner of a tissue or napkin and dip it into the ink.  The ink will be absorbed immediately.  

Your letters should look something like this when you are done.

TIP: Be careful when handling your letters.  Remember that we folded the aluminum in half to make two layers.  The bottom layer is adhered to the chipboard with glue, but the top layer is not.  If you are not careful, the top layer will lift up around the edges.  If desired, you could add glue around the edges of each letter to keep the foil from lifting, but I personally don't think this is necessary.  Just handle the letters gently and they should stay together nicely.  
You can further embellish your letters with brads, string, bling etc.  This technique can also be used to make tags, photo mats, and other embellishments.  For larger surfaces, you could use regular aluminum foil (3-4 layers), but if you are going to do detailed cutting like we did with these letters, it is best to use the heavy duty foil because the regular foil tears easily.

To see the complete layout where I use this technique, please click on the link below.
Unconditional Love
Hope you find this tutorial useful.  Thanks for taking a peek and have a wonderful day!

Hi all!  This is a layout I made for the Dusty Attic October sketch challenge.  This gorgeous sketch was made by the very talented Michelle Grant.
This frame is made by Dusty Attic.  I inked it in Distress Ink in aged mahogany and walnut stain.  I then added a touch of Perfect Pearls in both perfect pearl and perfect bronze, and I dabbed on a coat of Distress crackle paint in rock candy for added texture. 
 Instead of adding a third photo to my layout, I decided to add a quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  It reads, "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.  I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.  I love you for the part of me that you bring out."
The paper behind the journaling was embossed using the Tim Holtz Texure Fades regal embossing folder.  I inked it for added depth.
This beautiful butterfly is made by Kay.  You can find them in her etsy shop, Kay's Kreative Korner, as well as other gorgeous butterflies, unique chippies and vines.
The branch is made by Prima.  I decorated it with mulberry flowers and a feather I plucked off of another Prima flower.  The glittery brown flower was cut from a Prima flourish.
 Here's another shot of a slightly larger butterfly and some lacing. 
 This chain fence is also made by Dusty Attic.  It was inked several times in walnut stain Distress Ink and highlighted with Perfect Pearls in perfect bronze.
For a list of products used, please click on the link below.
Love of My Life

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Thanks for taking a peek!  Have a great day!

This is a tutorial for the flowers you see here.  I named these flowers 'cactus flowers' because I was inspired by a variety of different cactus flowers.  This flower is very simple to make, and it adds a little dimension to your page or project without the extra bulk.

Supplies needed:
- (3) Medium pointy-petal flower cutouts
- (3) Small cutouts (preferably with a gap between each petal)
- (4) Extra small pointy-petal cutouts.  
- Wooden skewer or similar item
- Needle nose tweezers
- Ink (optional)
- Embossing stylus or similar item with rounded end
- Quick-drying glue

I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die for each cutout except the extra small cutouts.  I used a punch for those.  Before beginning, ink the edges of each layer, if desired.

STEP 1: Take your medium-sized pointy-petal cutout (Layer 1) and pinch the center of one of the petals using your tweezers.

STEP 2: Gently twist (in either direction).  This is what I call a 'single pinch and twist'.  I use this step often in my flower tutorials.  It helps to hold down the edges of the petal with your other hand while twisting.  Repeat this step on every petal of each of the three largest cutouts (Layers 1, 2 & 3).

STEP 3: Take Layer 4, the first of the three small cutouts and check to see if your layer has a gap between each petal.  If not, cut a slit or a v-shaped slit between each petal.  Then curl each petal back using a wooden skewer or similar item.

STEP 4: Take Layer 5 (the second of the small cutouts) and place this layer either on the back of a mouse pad or in the palm of your hand.  Using your embossing stylus, rub the center of the layer in a small circular motion.  Continue this circular motion on each petal as well.  You will see that the petals will pop up on their own, creating a cup-like shape. 

STEP 5: Take Layer 6 and give each petal a single pinch and twist the same way we did with the first three layers.  

This is what your layers should look like so far.

STEP 6: Take Layer 1 and apply a dab of glue to the center of the layer.  Adhere Layer 2, remembering to offset the petals slightly.

STEP 7: Adhere Layer 3 to Layer 2.  Again, remember to offset the petals.  You should not be able to see any gaps between the petals.  

STEP 8: Add another dab of glue to the center of your flower and adhere Layer 4.  Use the flat end of the wooden skewer to flatten the center of Layer 4.  You may have to hold this layer down for a few seconds so that it doesn't pop off.

STEP 9:  Adhere Layer 5 in the same manner.  Use your skewer to flatten the center of the flower and to push the layer into place.

STEP10: Before adhering Layer 6, place it in the palm of your hand and push down in the center with a stylus (or back of a pen, back of a pencil, etc.).  This will help the layer form a cup-like shape.  This helps to fit this layer into the center of your flower without flattening the previous layers.  Now adhere the cup-like shape to the center of your flower.  

STEP 11: Take three of the extra small cutouts and layer them in the center of the flower.  Remember to off-set the petals and use your skewer to push them down in the center.  Be careful to only add a small dab of glue in the center.  Do not glue the petals down.

STEP 12: Before adhering the final layer, you may want to ink the back of it if you are using single-sided patterned paper.  Otherwise, you will see the white of the paper.  Adhere the last layer upside-down.

STEP 13: Apply a dab of glue to the center of your flower and add micro beads, glitter or anything else you wish to use.  Now wait for the glue to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

STEP 14:  Once the glue is completely dry, use the point of your skewer or your nails to gently lift each petal into an upright position as shown above.  If the glue is still wet, the petals will flop back down, so make sure it is completely dry.

And you're done!  Hope you enjoy making these flowers and thanks for taking the time to check out my tutorial!  Have a wonderful day!

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