Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Beauties ~ Scrap-Friendzy Music Challenge, WWU #2, Whimsical Wednesdays Challenge #1

My challenge for the girlz at Scrap-Friendzy is to incorporate music into a layout.

Here is my example for the challenge:

I hope you'll come join the fun at Scrap-Friendzy with the warm and inviting community of paper crafters you'll find here.  While most of the projects are layouts, cards and any kind of paper crafts are welcome.

I've also included in my design, ScrapFIT Weekend Warm-Up #2: It's time for WWU #2!  I know that everyone is super busy, and if you're like me, you need to make a list of everything you need to accomplish each day. That is what this WWU is all about... LISTS!  Create a layout or project that includes a LIST of some sort.  Also, use the color BLUE somewhere.  This challenge is posted on their FaceBook page.
My list includes the things that show me spring is here and blue is reflected in the bling on the flower border, bullets for the list, musical flower centers, and French knots on the ribbon flowers.
Whimsical Wednesdays is a brand new challenge site that just started up this week.  Here is their first challenge: Create a Spring or Easter LO and incorporate a bug or critter onto the page.  The challenge will be up for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to join the fun!

I included this butterfly:

I also had fun with the Let's Scrap DT Challenge #91:  This week I challenge you to use fabric and stitching on a layout or card.  (Due to life happens and the sun doesn't shine to get a decent photo, I missed the deadline on this one, but really enjoyed incorporating the elements for this challenge.) 

My fabric is the flower lace, and my stitching is the hand stitched French knots in the center of each of the lace flowers.  It was fun to pull out a skill I learned decades ago and haven't used in a loooong tie.  The French knots ended up being a perfect accent on this LO!

I used this gorgeous Let's Scrap sketch from 10-24-10 ~ left side:

Now here are some more close-up shots:
I lightly inked this flower lace with Distress Ink.  Way back in my high school years, I learned to embroider.  While I have hand stitched on some of my layouts, this is the first time I have used an embroidery technique with these blue French knots:
I stamped the music image over a coordinating grid patterned paper, then punched, inked, and shaped these little flowers.  I alcohol inked some glass pebbles for the centers:
Materials used to create this layout:
K&Company paper ~ Flora and Fauna Celeste
Stampendous Wood Stamp ~ Music Score
Martha Stewart Punch ~ Rose Leaf
EK Success Punch ~ Retro Flower
Ranger Distress Inks ~ Dusty Concord, Black Soot, and Peeled Paint
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Stonewashed, Purple Twilight
Ranger Stickles ~ Lavender
Pebbles from floral department
Darice Hot Fix Rhinestones ~ clear (alcohol inked)
Whispers Embossing Powder ~ silver
Metal Music Notes ~ from my stash
DMC Embroidery Floss
Flower Lace ~ from my stash
BossKut Gazelle ~ cut letters for title and list
Tim Holtz distress tool
Ink Jet Transparency paper ~ from my stash
Blog Candy Winner
You can just imagine how excited I was to see that I had won this generous and wonderful candy from Kim while hopping my way through the Whimsical Wednesday blog hop last weekend.  Be sure to stop by her site and see the fabulous work she creates!
Other challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - Challenge #5 ~ Spring/Easter theme
Crafty Sentiments - Glitter it up challenge ~ Glitter glue used on butterfly image
ABC Challenge ~ R is for Ribbon
Belli Challenge - Think seamstress ~ Using old and forgotten embellishments - Embroidery thread used for making French knots has been in my possession since the early 80's.
Clear it Out Tuesday ~ Going Floral
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Recipe Challenge ~ Pick 3: **Ribbon, **Flowers, Pearls, **Glitter, Buttons, Charm.  My three are **'d.
Digi Design House DDH3 Challenge ~ Stitches ~ French knots are hand stitched
Heart 2 Heart ~ Spring has Sprung

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Blessings ~


  1. Now that is a lO! Beautiful. I love the music note stamp that you put on the flowers. The lace trim is just gorgeous. I love your color choices too. Such a fun spring LO! Thank you for joining us this week at Whimsical Wednesdays.


  2. Hello Tracey~ congrats on your win.
    Also, thank you so much for your kind comments and blog support. It means so much to me.
    Now on to the layout...WOW! Truly Divine! I just adore the color scheme, the butterfly & those flowers! Your placement of the photos is spot on too. You really did a wonderful job. I feel so serene looking at this lovely layout.
    Great job! Thank you for joining us at the Whimsical Wednesday Challenge Blog.
    Crafty best wishes,

  3. I'm still thinking this one through, Tracey..I keep looking through my pics to see if a musical LO will come to mind!
    Alison xx

  4. What a gorgeous layout! I love all the elements in this layout including that fab butterfly! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

  5. Really beautiful :o)

    Thanks for joining us at ABC CHallenge this week


  6. Wow, very beautiful! All the details are gorgeous! Thanks for playing a long with us at Whimsical Wednesdays! Cathryn67 :)

  7. Absolutely beautiful flowers! I love the blue centers! Thanks for playing along at Clear It Out.

  8. Beautiful work! I love your Lo with all the spring flowers and the butterfly is soo pretty!!
    Thank You for playing along Whimsical wednesday :)

  9. Pretty layout! Thanks for joining us at H2H!

  10. such a beautiful project, thank you so much for playing with Clear it Out :)

  11. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at H2H:)

  12. Lovely layout. I especially love the butterfly. Thanks for sharing it with us at H2H. Remember that H2H is a Close to my Heart Challenge blog, so to be eligible to win any of the prizes you must use Close to my Heart products on your project. *Ü*

  13. Love the flower layout and the title and journaling blocks. Well done! The flowers with music note paper petals are neat as is your embroidery. Happy Sunday.

  14. Just beautiful! The french knots look great! I always struggle to get mine even, but yours look perfect! Thanks for joining us in the Little Miss Muffet stitching challenge!


  15. Wow! I thought I was the queen of combining challenges; but you definitely beat me! LOL. I just love your layout and all the dimesion on it. Just lovely!

  16. Absolutely stunning layout..Love those colors and the hand made flowers..
    thnx for playing along with us girls over Whimsical Wednesdays..

  17. Beautiful layout! This is just so pretty and there are sooo many little details to look at! Love the added french knots! Thanks so much for playing along with us at DDH!

  18. Hi Tracey
    congrats on your win.Love those colors and the hand made flowers.:)

  19. Fabulous layout.I love all your details!!Thanks for joining us at Scrap-Creations.Hugs Tanya

  20. Beautiful LO! You did an amazing job! Thanks for joining us at Whimsical Wednesday

  21. So very beautiful. I love your flowers and butterfly. I enjoyed seeing cloeups. Thank you for playing along in the Creative Belli Blog challenge. Good luck.

  22. Your card is beautiful but please remember that entries for H2H must include Close To My Heart products!

  23. That is one beautiful butterfly Tracey. The flowers are so pretty too. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H!

  24. much to see on this page! I love the blue french knots. And those flowers with the stamped music background are just PERFECT! Thanks so much for joining our challenge this week atShelly's Images.

  25. Very Pretty. Great layout. Thanks for joining us at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I love the photos of the flowers.

  26. this is gorgeous!! love the butterfly, flowers and the lace-adds so much!!

  27. Love all the details of this!!!! Thanks for playing with DDH!

  28. WOW! Just gorgeous - thanks so much for joining us for our stitching challenge at Digi Design House.

  29. Very lovely layout, love all the details.

  30. Sp pretty, beautiful color! Thanks for playing with us this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations and Good Luck!

  31. Gorgeous! That butterfly is especially awesome :)

  32. I love your musical flowers and that butterfly is gorgeous! Just dropping in from the Getting Cricky hop.

  33. oh this is gorgeous Tracey and that butterfly is magnificent!!!
    hugs & blessings!

  34. Beautiful layout!!! Thanks for joining us this week at DDCC!


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