Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Scraps Of Darkness- Purple Haze - Reveal Day

Boy do I love reveal day.  I work hard to get the layouts ready, the team creates feverishly, and then it's here.  Reveal Day - goody, I get to see what everyone's vision is with the kit.  We all have the same resources and it never ceases to boggle my mind how differently each designer approaches the kit.  

Here is my vision.  

Back Roads
Back Roads - featuring the Technique Add-on with Vintaj and Dusty Attic Barb Wire

This is back Roads.  I took this photo in May 2011, in the mountains of  Colorado.  A little rustic.   I did some sewing , stamping, embossing , ripping and painting.  Tons of fun.   

I used the Scraps of Darkness Technique Add-on featuring Vintaj embossing plates.  I added some beads and used the big bite to punch a hole and attach to my layout. 

Ohhhhhh nearly forgot to mention the cool garbage I used here.  In both the close ups above,  I have some black netting.  It was taken off a packaged Spiral Ham.   I stashed it away in my garbage box ( my handy box of assorted garbage finds I picked out of the trash) for later use and it found it's home here.  Looks better here than on the ham.

I also used a Dusty Attic brad wire.  Perfect fit here for the environment I am trying to portray.

At The Beach

The papers are the deliciously stunning collection from Quick Quotes that I turned into a seaside getaway.

This was based on a the November Sketch by Michelle Grant and Dusty Attic.  I had fun with this inspiring sketch.   I also had fun with the particular Dusty Attic pieces that I selected.  Those shells are a great design.   Slapped some molding paste on them, some  Adirondack paint Daubers in Pool , then stickles in Icicle.

This is a Prima Border I also created using molding paste once again really thickly applied.  Then when I was done, I poured mica flakes to the paste to dry.  I sprayed them with spray adhesive to bond more securely.  No one wants mica flakes fluttering about the house as if the sprinkle fairy paid a visit.
I also glues a string of beads for accent.

Sunset at the Pier

This was based on the sketch design for the month by the wildly talented Charlotte - suepup.

This is a photo of me at sunset at the picturesque Naples Fl pier.  The evening sky was amazing and I did not even enhance this.   I brought my tripod and my remote control to the beach -which is how I can get me in the photo.

After I was done taking photos - about 30 minutes, we packed up the gear and headed back to thecar.  I passed by a man talking on a cellphone.  All I heard him say was "I found this cellphone...blah blah blah".  At that instant, my head snapped to focus on the stranger on the phone.  Quick glance at my purse to see my phone is missing.  Wouldn't you know - it was MY phone. He was talking to my dad telling him that he had been waiting around for 30 min for someone to claim the phone he had found in the sand.

No joke -can you believe it?  I lost and found my phone in the same moment amidst 200 people, in the sand at twilight.   My husband told me I was lucky I had not realized it was missing sooner because I would have lost my mind endlessly searching the sand.

What are the chances I am going to be walking past a stranger the very moment he utters the buzz words, "I found a phone"..... And people say there are no such thing as angels?  My personal angel earned another feather for her wing.

I Understand My Friend

Created for Lisa Novogrodski's  challenge at Scraps Of Darkness called Skeletons In the Closet.
The challenge focuses on friendships.
In Lisa's words, "Do you play a certain role in your friendships? Are you the giver, the taker, the nurturer, the doormat? Do you seek (not on purpose) people who treat you a certain way? Do you gravitate towards people you can control or are you controlled by them.  Are you happy with your friendships? Are there things you would like to change? Do you stay with a frienship a long time or do you change friends often. Take some time to think about the pattern you have with the friends you have sought over the years. See if you can figure out where you role stems from."

I selected this photo of Lisa and I together as roommates and scrapping table partners at a scrapping cabin get-away in Colorado. Lisa and I spent long hours just the two of us chatting and this very topic came up.  It was amazing to find her particular history with friends  was similar to mine.  I feel like I understand where she has been and where she is now because I too, have been there and am moving forward.

I chose a Dusty Attic dress form as an accent piece here for a few reasons.  First, we are no longer simple dress forms where people can hang their problems on us to fix, then walk away.   We are strong.  We are complete and we are moving forward.  

Lisa was also a seamstress a few years ago.   So this further represents the old Lisa.  The new Lisa and Jen are in the photo with smiles.  

I also used one of Mandy (Craftysprinkle's) stick pins in my layout.  They are so gorgeous that I almost hate using them though the world need to see how gorgeous and talented she is. 

I focused on making this light, girly, feminine and frilly.  Lisa prefers the feminine girly layouts so I wanted to honor her.  Plus it's her birthday Nov. 13th - so she should be all smiles. 

So thanks for looking.  I am off to see how the other Scraps Of Darkness designers interpreted the November Purple Haze kit. 

Kit ingredients are listed Below.

Cardstock:  Bazzill:  Brandywine, Melon, Hot Pink, Cutie, Pajama

PP:  Bo Bunny Garden Girl:  Arbor, Poppy, Wisteria, Wild Flowers, Stripe, Vines, Garden Girl
        Basic Grey Indie Bloom:  panache, pico de gallo
        Quick Quotes Julie Je t'aime:  200

Coordinating Paper:  Glitz Design Dance In Sunshine:  Birds, Polka
                                    Quick Quotes Julie Je t'aime: 400
                                    Fabscraps High Tea:  Garden Party, Music Note

Romance:  Prima:  Shabby Chic Resin Treasures Mini Windows, Sparrow Birds Nests, Amore Violet
                   Bo Bunny Garden Girl:  Rub Ons
                   Quick Quotes:  Vellum Quotes - Scatter Sunshine
                   ZVA:  Lavender Crystal Dots
                   Craftysprinkles:  Pin
                   General:  2" White Fringe

Color:        Crafter's Workshop:  Tye Dye template
                  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist:  Blitzen, Candy Corn
                  Ranger:  Mint Green Liquid Pearls, Lavender Lace Liquid Pearls, Picket Fence Crackle Paint

Flora:        Prima:  Regia - Redwood, Bretton Vines - Alyssa
                  Petaloo:  Glitter Critters, Canterbury Glittered - Amethyst, Crochet - Yellow and Orange

Main:         Kaisercraft Alpha Chipboard #3
                  Bo Bunny Garden Girl:  Noteworthy die cuts
                  ZVA CR-03CA-116
                  Paper Moon Supply - Magic Tag
                  Quick Quotes - How Wonderful Vellum Journaling
                  Basic Grey - Indie Bloom Accordian Stickers
                  Ranger Liquid Pearls - Cantaloupe
                  Hand dyed Silk Bias Cut Ribbon
                  Peace sign brads


  1. I LOVE the "At the Beach" page. So beautiful!!


  2. "At the Beach"is also my favourite!! So lovely! It's really amazing how creative you are!!

    I'm sorry for not being online that much, it's really busy here ;-) But I did not forget you!