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Hi there and thank you for stopping by!  This is a layout of my son a LOOOOOOOOONG time ago.  LOL.  Well, it feels like ages ago, but it has been about 8 years since this photo was taken.  He had (and still has) the biggest cheeks!  But what I love most about his face are his big almond-shaped eyes.  A funny side note: My daughter (who is now 5) saw this photo and asked if the baby in the photo is her big brother.  I was surprised that she recognized him and asked how she knew it was him.  She said she recognized his eyes.  Her response really touched me for some reason.  :o)
This gorgeous bird on a branch chippie is from Kay's Kreative Korner.  These chippies are awesome and they actually withstand my abuse!  I have tested them with ink (inkpad and mister), markers, paint, Stickles, embossing powder and Glossy Accents.  Not only can they handle my abuse, but the layers don't split apart like some of the chippies made by other companies.  Visit Kay's Etsy and check out her unique chippies, butterflies and vines.   
I found this metal frame by Making Memories in my stash.  I probably purchased it about 6 years ago.  It is a plain metal frame with no texture or designs on it.  Have you ever found something in your stash that you had bought and wondered why you bought it?  I stared at this frame for a while and had no idea what I was going to do with all SIX frames I have.  Then I realized that they were flexible enough to run through my Big Shot, so that's what I did.  I placed it in an embossing folder, ran it through my Big Shot and inked it with three different colors of alcohol ink.  I love how it came out.  Around each photo, I dabbed a bit of Crackle Paint for added texture.
The lacing you see here is my Twisted Lacing Technique again.  However, on this layout I did not add the 'twist'.  I also used hemp cord instead of ribbon which gives the lacing a different effect.  I strung some beads onto the remaining tails of the hemp cord and added a flower brad. 
This beautiful black and white butterfly is also from... you guessed it!   Kay's Kreative Korner!  I tend to shop a lot at this Etsy shop.  Her butterflies are not only beautifully designed, but they are very well-made.  I love how perfect Kay makes her butterfly antennas.  Stop by her Etsy shop and take a peek at all of the gorgeous butterflies she has available. 
I had this chippie in my stash and I couldn't even tell you who makes it because the package is blank.  I cut it in half and painted it with a pearl white paint dabber.  I also added a touch of Stickles to certain areas to give it more color and texture.

This is my Low Profile Flower.  I have a tutorial posted if you would like to see how it is made. 

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

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek.  To see other layouts or tutorials, click on a button below the 'Categories' heading located in the sidebar of my blog.  Have a wonderful week!

Hi everyone!  Thanks for taking a moment to visit my blog.  This is a layout of my daughter when she was about two years old.  
 The lacing shown above is my Twisted Lacing Technique.  You can find the tutorial here.  I used a scallop border punch and eyelets to lace my ribbon through.  
 This beautiful floralette butterfly chippie is from Kay's Kreative Korner.  In this etsy shop you will find unique chipboard embellishments, beaded floral vines, gorgeous butterflies and many other goodies.  I inked the chippie with Distress Inks and added a little Stickles.
 The transparency flower was cut from the packaging of an Inkadinkado stamp set.  
 The largest flower you see here is my Vintage Bloom.  Feel free to check out my tutorial to see how it is made.
 I created a corner pocket to tuck my journaling tag in.  The tag was embossed using a Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder.  It was also inked with Distress Ink in worn lipstick and peeled paint.  
 I did a lot of stitching on this layout.  It took me FOREVER to do, but I really enjoyed the process.  I found it to be soothing and relaxing.  The border and holes were made using a new Martha Stewart punch I recently bought.  Please click on the link at the bottom of this post to see a list of supplies used for this layout.  
I added a border of white crackle paint to my photo and then added a layer of ink on top.  

To see other layouts and tutorials, click on a button below the 'Categories' heading.  Thank you for stopping by!

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



Welcome back to another flower tutorial!  I was browsing through Prima flowers and I came across these beautiful blooms  They inspired me to create my own similar flower.  I'm sure a similar flower has been created before, but below is a tutorial of my version of the flower.  I also tweaked the center of the flower a bit.  


 Supplies needed:
- (3) Large flower cutouts (preferably with spaces between each petal)
- (1) Medium flower cutout
- (2) Small flower cutouts
- Ink (optional)
- Scissors
- Wooden skewer or similar item
- Embossing stylus or similar item (back of a sharpie or eraser of a pencil)
- Quick-drying glue

The best paper to use for these is cardstock because both sides of the paper will show.  If you are like me and love patterned paper, you can ink the white side of the paper with a coordinating color.   

STEP 1: Take Layer 1 and with the printed side of the paper facing you, curl back each petal with a wooden skewer or similar item. 

Flip your flower layer over and this is what it should look like.

STEP 2: Loosen the curls using your fingers.

STEP 3: Repeat Steps 1-2 on Layers 2 & 3.  Notice that Layer 2 is slightly tighter than Layer 1, and Layer 3 is slightly tighter than Layer 2.  This will help fit the layers into each other to create the flower.

 STEP 4: Take Layer 1 and add a dab of glue in the center.  Fit Layer 2 inside Layer 1, remembering to off-set the petals.  

STEP 5: Add another dab of glue in the center of your flower and fit Layer 3 inside Layer 2.

STEP 6: Loosen and adjust the curled petals with your fingers. 

STEP 7: Take your medium-sized cutout (Layer 4).  If there are no spaces between each petals, cut a little slit between each petal.  If you already have gaps between each petal, skip this step.

STEP 8: Curl back each petal of Layer 4 and place the layer in the palm of your hand.  Using an embossing stylus or similar item, press down into the center of the cutout, forming a cup-like shape.  

STEP 9: Adhere Layer 4 to the center of your flower.

STEP 10: Repeat Step 8 on your next layer (Layer 5).  (Curl back the petals and indent the center of the layer.)

STEP 11: Adhere Layer 5 to the center of your flower.  Use your skewer to flatten the center of your flower.

STEP 12: Curl back the petals of your last layer.  Only this time, adhere the layer upside down.  The petals should curl inward.

STEP 13: Add a bead, microbeads, glitter or whatever you desire to the center of your flower.  Hope you enjoy making this flower.  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time!








To see other tutorials, click on an icon below the 'Categories' heading located to the right of my blog.

To see the entire layout where I used these flowers, click on the link below.
Sweet Innocence






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