Thursday, December 1, 2011


I created this layout for "The Scrapping Stamper's" Fabulous November Sketch.

This is our son Joseph and his bride to be. I was fortunate enough to be asked to take a fall engagement photo shoot for them, and this is one of the photos taken that day. The wedding is a week from Saturday - December 10.

Here's Shannon's wonderful November sketch:
Be sure to head on over to Shannon's blog to see the fabulous inspiration by her design team.


Hand Stitching ~ I drew a heart template using a double wavy crisscrossing line around the edges to look like ribbon. I cut the pink paper around the outside edge and penciled in the inner line. I applied the heart to the background paper being sure not to put the adhesive where I would be stitching. I pierced holes on both lines, then used a red Copic marker to color between the two lines. Then I stitched around the heart creating the look of a wavy ribbon. 

Tattered Florals Flower ~  I'm not sure why this flower was so difficult to photograph in the context of the whole layout, but here is a much better shot. I cut two of each size Tattered Florals petals except the large daisy, which I cut from black tulle. I water distressed and inked the edges. On the largest petals, I applied Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled with ultra fine glitter. In the past when I tried to use glitter, it didn't stay put very well and made a big mess all over my page. This glue really holds onto the glitter and now I don't mind using glitter.

"Frosted" Chipboard ~ This technique is actually quite easy if you have the right supplies. I used my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch holes in the chipboard hearts so that I would be able lace them together, and sanded the edges. I put a good size dab of modeling paste on my craft mat and mixed in a few drops of acrylic paint to get the pink color. I used a small paint brush (not foam) to apply a thick coat on each heart, swirling the paste to look like frosting on a sugar cookie - that was the goal anyway!! Since this is on chipboard which is a fairly stable surface - you can use either regular modeling paste or flexible modeling paste. If you apply it to cardstock, you would need to use the flexible type. (Yes, I learned this the hard way!!) No need to have both types in your stash, so if you're going out to buy some, I would recommend the flexible kind, which can be found at an art supply store. 

"Sugared Chipboard" ~ I had these grunge board letters in my stash that were the perfect size and shape for my title. I painted them a creamy white and when dry, brushed them with Mod Podge and while wet sprinkled with Diamond Dust (chunky glass glitter). Another easy technique. 

Tulle Flowers ~ I was cutting some tulle to put in my flower and decided the red didn't provide enough contrast, and set it aside - right on top of the pink heart. Wouldn't you know that I was looking for a way to add dimension/texture to the heart and this was just perfect, so I cut some more tulle using my Tattered Florals Die. I sprayed adhesive on the back to adhere them to the page. 

Basic Grey ~ Hello Lucious - Honeyed, Simply Grand
Red scrap of Basic Grey ~ Scrap Stash
Basic Grey ~ Fruit Cake - Pine
Pelaloo ~ Flora Doodles Brads - Retro Rage Round Gems
Martha Stewart ~ Gemstone Glitter - Onyx
Black and Dark Red Tulle ~ Stash
Cotton Twine
Zva Crystal Swirl
DMC ~ Floss - #761
Copic Ciao ~ #R59
Deco Art Crafter's Acrlic Paint ~ Redbird, Fun Fuchsia
Liquitex ~ Modeling Pase
Ranger ~ Distress Ink- Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Forest Moss
Y&C Gel Xtreme 0.7 gold
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive
Sizzix Die ~ Alterations - Tattered Florals
Sizzix ~ Big Shot
EK Success ~ Honey Bee Scissors
Sizzix ~ Branch w/Leaves die

I've entered this in:
BasicGrey Challenges ~ #58 Lost and Found - My found object is the twine tying the heart banner together, and my Basic Grey project is the paper.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure your comments
~ Blessings ~


  1. This is STUNNING!!! I love love love that big heart and the banner of hearts too!!! Sooooooooooooo GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. love the big pink heart and small heart banner!

  3. This is stunning, I love the banner you made it works so pretty with this layout. Many Congrats to all on the upcoming wedding.

    Hugs, Lori m

  4. HI.. this is stunning.. love the pink heart.. a wonderful central feature.. and the banner looks amazing.. the flower is gorgeous too...

  5. Simply gorgeous. I love the heart banner and the flower, just beautiful touches!!


  6. Beautiful favourite shape 'Hearts'. The banner looks great:)
    Good luck with the wedding.

  7. Beautiful LO..that flower is gorgeous close up!
    Alison xx

  8. great engagement pic!! love the lo! have a super time at the wedding this weekend!

  9. WOW!!! Fabulous LO!! I adote the colors.
    Thanks for joining us at BG challenge.
    Hugs, Giò


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