Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reveal day at The Scrapping Stamper and Scrap~Friendzy Animal Challenge

Here's a chance to win a RAK!!  

The winners have been announced.  Thanks for mentioning my name when you commented.  I was the DT with the most comments, and one of my new followers, Traci, gets the other RAK - Congratulations Traci!  Thanks Shannon!!

It is such a blessing to design layouts using Shannon's fabulous sketches.  She is holding a contest to see which of her DT can send the most visiters to view her sketch and the beautiful LO's created with it.  Head on over to her blog, The Stamping Scrapper, leave a comment, and mention that Tracey sent you.  You'll be glad you did when you see the gorgeous work there.  One lucky person leaving a comment will win a RAK too!  Thanks!  

April Sketch:

My Layout:

Here's a close-up of the muslin flower I created:

To make this flower I cut 6 petal shapes with pinking shears, hand basted the bottom of the petals, overlapping each petal slightly.  I then gathered and glued the flower onto a paper circle.  I cut a circle from muslin just larger than the center I planned to use and glued it in place as well.  I spritzed some Walnut Stain on a craft mat and then spritzed some water on that and rubbed the flower in the ink until I achieved the color I was looking for.  Set aside overnight to dry, then adhere a flower center of your choice.

Here is a tip I learned from Gabrielle Pollacco.  I keep a collection of die cut papers with nice shapes.  When a sketch calls for a large die cut, I can choose any paper that goes with my layout design, then pick out a die cut and simply trace the shape onto the paper of my choice and cut it out.  If I am going to be distressing the edges like I did in this project, I can make quick work of the cutting.

I combined this sketch with my DT challenge at Scrap-Friendzy.  My challenge is to create a layout using animals.  Animals anywhere on the layout - in the photos, on the paper, as an embellishment, or a word play in the title.  If you're up for a challenge and want to find a fun and supportive community of paper crafters, come on over and join the fun at Scrap-Friendzy!

I also joined a new challenge site, Scrapbookaholic by Abby, for their 3rd challenge ~ to use an animal and the color orange found in my photo mat.

Materials used in this project:
Basic Grey Papers
Chalk ink ~ Tsukineko Versa Magic ~ Midnight Black
Brads ~ from my stash
Snaps ~ from my stash
Design brads ~ Kaiser Grunge Brads
Ribbon ~ from my stash
EK success border punch ~ Dotted Wave
Muslin and thread ~ from my stash
Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution ~ Tsukineko 
Flower center ~ Petaloo Tiffany's Treasures ~ Topaz Gold
Ink jet transparency ~ from my stash
Gazelle ~ title cut from Viner Hand font from the internet
Distress tool ~ Tim Holtz
Scissors ~ EK Success Honey Bee

I've also entered this LO in the following:

I have worked my way through the Love Link Up Party, so you should see me as a follower.  Please let me know if I've somehow missed you.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ Blessings ~


  1. I love your beautiful layout! Amazing job with it girl!!:)

  2. Your layout is beautiful, I love the extra detail you added.

  3. Gorgeous LO. The flower is beautiful.

  4. great LO makes me want to do one of our cats.

  5. Very nice layout great detail work!Love the flower.

  6. Very pretty LO! Thanks for visiting my blog! I am here from the Love link up party! I am a new follower and can't wait to have a look around!=)

  7. Love our layout! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Dina

  8. I'd like to invite you to add your banner or link to our Best Digital Scrapbooking Sites list. It's free to sign up. Hope to see you there

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  9. I am a new follower and thanks for following mine. I also have an online challenge blog

  10. Thank you - love your layout thanks for sharing!

  11. Great job once again! thanks so much for being apart of my Sketch Team!!

  12. Beautiful layout! TFS! love it! I'm a new follower! :)

  13. Super layout and your cat is very cute too! Look forward to seeing more of your creations. I found you through Made by Momo's blog followers post. Following now! =)


  14. Thanks for visiting my blog and following! I'm a new follower to your fab blog!

  15. Beautiful layout! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am here to return the love. :)

  16. Beautiful flower, new follower here and thank you for stopping by my blog. Hugs, Lori m

  17. Beautiful layout! Thanks for stopping by my blog, now following yours :)

  18. Hi! Tracey!

    A beautiful blog, i love the page explorer ( i just love cats!)

    My name is Shazza.

    I’m just letting you know that I run two really successful challenge blogs and would love to see you join in.

    ARTastic is a challenge where we take paintings from the great artists with a little added criteria. The blog address is


    From Screen 2 Scrap is a challenge blog based on Movies with a little added criteria. The blog address is

    Please add yourself as a follower so you get all the monthly updates.

    We would love to see you join in.

    Cheers and thanks

  19. What a beautiful layout! I love cats! I am so glad Momo came up with this brilliant idea! I am about to follow you and head over and leave a comment on the fantastic sketch! I LOVE sketches! Thanks so much!

  20. You did a beautiful job on this layout. I love the muslin flower! Thanks for following my blog. I am now a follower of your too.

  21. Hi Tracey! Thank you for popping into see me at my blog and for the nice comment about my SU cards.
    I'm now following your blog. :)

    I really like the textures and detail on this layout. The flower is awesome! And what a cute cat - great photos!

  22. Thanks so much for visiting my blog; I am now following you as well :)

  23. Thanks for visiting my blog and your encouraging words. I'm following you now as well! Cheers - Ali Hann

  24. Hi Tracey, it's nice to "meet" you. I'm so happy you stopped by my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your work. The LO above is fantastic. Wishing you a happy & blessed Resurrection Sunday!

  25. Gorgeous work! Thanks for playing along with us for Abby's challenge :)

  26. Thanks for the comments on my blog and i am noww your new follower too!!!!

  27. wow...gorgeous card!!! I just love this card so much. Those designs and the layouts are looking great. Those flowers are looking beautiful and cute. Thanks for this great post.Magento Themes


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