Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beautiful Memories ~ The Scraping Stamper September Reveal

I combined the September Scrapping Stamper Sketch with the Bird is the Word challenge to use the word "memory" for this LO of my parents taken at Biltmore Gardens in NC. (Click on photo and then click again to enlarge.)

Shannon is offering a new opportunity this month. If you created a LO using this sketch before the October 15 Sketch Reveal you can link it up on her site to share with her followers.

1) Alcohol Ink
Alcohol Ink is a great tool to modify your stash to coordinate with your layout. I took rhinestones and chandelier beads in different shades of light purples and applied alcohol ink to give them the same bright fuchsia color. Since none of my alcohol inks were the color I wanted, I put a drop each of two different colors on my nonstick craft mat and mixed them with a very fine tip paint brush, then "painted" the alcohol ink onto the rhinestones. I also used alcohol ink to color the wire coil and wires holding the chandelier beads. It can be used on any NONporous surface.

2) Beads
Don't overlook the jewelry section of your craft store. The oval beads and chandelier beads came from the jewelry section.

3) Craft Wire
I have been using craft wire more these days. The oval beads were connected using a fine craft wire and then the ends wrapped around a slim metal bar (for making jewelry coils) to secure the ends.

4) Glitter Letters
Glitter paper can be hard to cut on a Cricut or other cutting machine. For my "glitter": paper title letters, I cut them from cardstock weight pattern paper, then ran them through my Xron to apply adhesive the the back and finished up by using a fine tip paint brush to apply stickles. Stickles that have been painted on in a thin layer dry much faster than dots of stickles. The letters look like they have been cut from glitter paper. I also brushed some stickles across the butterfly wings for some extra shimmer.

5) Scalloped Photo Mat
This technique is inspired by the work of Gabrielle Pollacco. Simply cut your mat using scalloped deco scissors and put a dot of white ink in each scallop.

6) Cutting Lace
I like to cut lace on the pattern repeat and to keep it from unraveling, I put a tiny drop of Ranger Glossy Accents where I plan to cut and rub it into the fabric, give it a couple minutes to dry, then cut. Fray check would work as well, but while I don't keep this product in my scrappy supplies, I always have some Glossy Accents on hand, which has worked pretty well for me so far.

7) Misting
I mentioned in my last post how to back your pp onto chipboard before misting and to dry between each spritz. I did a lot more misting on this LO, and with this technique, and it did not warp at all. This is the first time I have misted this much without getting any warping.

Die Cut ~ MME ~ Portobello Road "Boy" Dapper Dots (Scrap-Friendzy June Kit)
K & Company ~ Brenda Walton - Celest Paper Pad
Bo Bunny ~ Gabrielle Dot

Scrap-Friendzy June Kit Embellishments:
Cream Ribbon Flowers
Brad Flower Center
Vintage Lace

Other Embellishments:
Fabric Flower Petals ~ Stash
Rhinestones ~ Stash
PLAID Inspired Classics Jewelry Collection ~ Charms, Pink Gem Drops (Chandelier Beads)
Darice ~ Flat Oval Bead Strand - Iced Lilac 12x9 mm

Technique Products:
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Faded Jeans, Broken China, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Forest Moss, Frayed Burlap
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Pink Sherbet, Wild Plumb
Ranger Stickles ~ Black diamond, Paina, Mermaid
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen ~ White
Darice ~ 24 guage craft wire

Tonic Studios Paper distresser
In Stitchz ~ Piercing Tool
Jellyka Delicious Cake Font

If anyone knows how I can make my photos larger using this new blogger interface, I'd appreciate the help. I selected large, but I used the extra large size before and don't see that as an option now. ~ Thanks so much!!

Special Request. ~ My sweet and talented friend, Susie, is looking for a few more followers to push her over the 100 mark for a DT requirement where she would like to apply. You would be doing me a wonderful favor if you would hop over there and let her know I sent you to be a new follower.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~


  1. It's beautiful Tracey. Fine techniques!

  2. This is so, so charmingly beautiful! I adore the soft, peaceful hues and the wonderful beads. Completely terrific work!

    Many thanks for your lovely blog comment this evening, Tracey, I sincerely appreciate that you stopped by for a visit.

    Big hugs & joyful weekend wishes,

  3. Tracey, this is so stunning! I saw some of those ribbon flowers when I was shopping the other day and now I am kicking myself for not picking them up! They are gorgeous! And I never thought about tinting some of my beads before with Alcohol Inks. You just gave me a ton of ideas!
    Again, amazing page. I adore it =)

  4. What a gorgeous layout and the colors and embellishments are awesome!!!! Great job!!!!

  5. You pulled out all the stops here!! :-)

  6. Such beautiful layout with rich and gorgeous colors, thanks for sharing!

  7. OH! SO! Divine Tracey......
    Those beads look FABBO!!!
    As does the misting & your take on the Sketch!!!!
    Always a JOY to have you Joining US over @ Bird Is The Word!!!!!!! xx

  8. Beautiful Tracey..and a fab tutorial, full of ideas1 Thanks for dropping by my blog
    Alison xx

  9. Beautiful job Tracey! Love ALL the details and techniques. It looks so rich.


  10. this is beautiful Tracey.. a wonderful layout full of precious memories.. and thank you for your encouragement on my blog.. i appreciate it!!

  11. Oh my! Stunning layout...I love everythiing about it...and love the added string of beads! So pretty!

  12. WOW Tracey...
    Just Stunning..
    I love these colours and those embellies like that key well they are just stunning!!!!
    The photo of your parents is just beautiful...
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a bit of your LOVE!!!!!!
    I love meeting new and excited scrappers like myself SO THANKS!!!
    Take Care and now I am a follower of your's!!!

  13. Such a beautiful LO Tracey.. love all your gorgeous details and fab techniques!! Thanks so much for sharing your creation at BITW :))

  14. What a fabulous layout, every detail adds up to make the whole page absolutely beautiful. Love your tips, too, thank you for taking the time to write them!

  15. Hello Tracey! I am catching up with my followers & have made my way to you. I absolutely adore this layout. It is so exquisite. So many lovely touches. You are so masterful at making your layouts come to life.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Love stopping by. Even if I do not leave comments under every post, please know that I do stop & visit.

  16. awww thank you so much for your warm welcome Tracey, I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone at BITW. Gorgeous page BTW I feel like I'm in a secret garden :) Have a lovely day.

  17. Hi Tracey, this is such a pretty layout with so many cool techniques! Thanks for sharing them all - I would love to try the wire technique - thanks also for the inspiration!

  18. Hi Tracy, Such a pretty layout! Thanks so much for sharing your kind comments on my blog and for playing along at BITW!! :)

  19. This is such a beautiful page Tracey - full of wonderful techniques & a great take on that sketch too - thanks so much for playing again at Bird is the Word & for your lovely comment on my blog too :)

  20. that page is beautiful. thank you so much for the wonderful comments on my blog. I have no idea how you found me, but thanks. I will be following you also.

  21. This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the photo, the colors and loveeeeee those flowers!! Thanks for visiting me!! I really appreciate it!! And sorry... after all the changes FB has been making lately, I have been a rebel and sticking to the old blogger interface! lol! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  22. Beautiful page: i love the soft hues, the embellies and the rose-band. And your patience to explain all the techniques you used it´s admirable :).
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, really appreciate it :)!

  23. wow wow wow, this is so darn beautiful, love all the details you've added makes for sucha lovely LO. Also enjoyed reading about the techniques you've used, especially the misting as I sometimes get warping and this technique is good to know thanks :)

  24. this is beautiful!! so many great elements on this!!

  25. Beautiful page, Grace!!! love the chain with the key! and all the textures!! Hugs!!! :)


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