Thursday, May 22, 2014

Peeled Paint

I've had this picture in my mind for a while.  It's a picture of green peeled paint.  I'm pretty sure there was something in our house when I was really young that looked like that distressed green peeled paint.  And then the other day, we stopped at the market on our way home.  Willie's has a little bit of everything.  A large selection of indoor and outdoor plants and planting materials, fresh fruits and vegetables and unique "country" furniture and decorative items.  And the first thing I saw was this beautiful hutch in green peeled paint.  Wish I could have bought it and brought it home but alas it will not fit in my tiny kitchen!

So I decided it was time to get to work on creating my peeled paint layout!  I watched several online videos before starting and wasn't sure how this would turn out.  It is definitely unique and "one-of-a-kind".

First I started with some brown cardstock, then I mixed some dark green, lime green and white acrylic paint together and painted over it.  Then I added some Tim Holtz Picket fence distress paint over it.  I actually added some more green, some brown and some more distress paint until I achieved a color combination I was satisfied with.  Then I added Tim Holtz Distress Crackle in rock candy.  You have to apply it pretty thick to get it to crackle.  I put it aside and let it dry until the next day.

Here's a closeup of the crackle effect:

I had to rough up the edges of the paper to give it that old distressed appearance and since it had so many layers it was a little warped so I matted on another piece of brown cardstock.

I knew I wanted to an early picture of my Mom.  These pictures are just priceless.  The flowers are Prima, the thread embellishment is from MME, the keyhole is Tim Holtz and one of my friends sent me the crocheted doily.  I've had them all in my stash for quite some time now.

I added some "Sweet Threads" by Basic Grey and an Authentique piece with the blackbird and flowers for the background papers.  The tag at the bottom is made from the packaging the flowers were on.  It's been a long time since I did a "vintage-distress" layout like this one but I love how it turned out!  Here's the full view:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Celebrating 50 Years of Me!

I just had a birthday and it was a BIG one!  I still can't believe I've been around for 50 years.  I still feel like a kid and so I had a big birthday party to celebrate.  It was one of the best birthday parties I've had.

For this layout I was inspired by the February inspiration photo at   I was inspired by the bright colors, the cupcakes and those wonderful layers.  I chose to include the scalloped layers like the ones on the cupcake tower. And added the sprinkles because I liked how all the cupcakes were decorated.  What a fun picture and a great way to show how much fun I had at my birthday party.

Here is the inspiration:

Here is my layout:


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Snowy Season

I have been wanting to update my blog for so long now.  Just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do.  And when I do have time, I usually either am not home with access to my pictures or I am at home with no energy to blog.

This year we are having a rather hard and long winter.  While we have it easier here than in other parts of the country, still we are having some serious winter blues.  Everyone is so ready for Spring to arrive. I have to say that my favorite part of winter is that I get some additional time to scrapbook.  If I'm stuck inside I might as well make good use of my time to use up some of my stash.  So here's a few of my projects that I've managed to make in the last few months.  I seem to be doing a cleaner style than my more elaborate pages.  I think that is because I am trying to play catch-up and because I try to finish many of my projects within the same day rather than having the same layout on my desk for several days.  I miss doing the mixed media and blog inspired challenges so I'm hoping to get back to doing those again soon.  

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