Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beautiful Life - Bo Bunny July Layout Challenge and Scrapping Stamper July Sketch

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I'm busy getting ready to go on a trip to the New Jersey Shore and Baltimore with my husband. He has a business trip scheduled and asked me to come along. I've never traveled on one of his business trips before, so thought I'd give it a try. Besides we'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary on Monday. Of course, I'll be taking some scrapping supplies with me for the down time while he's working.

Our precious Ellie left this world earlier this year. The Lord gave us nearly 13 wonderful years with her. My brother gave her to Grace as a 4-H project back in 2000 when we moved back to Ohio. Ellie was 15 months old with no training, and Grace was a mere 11 years old. What a team they made. Grace ended up capturing every UKC obedience title with her. She also captured 2 National Junior wins and was nationally ranked among the adults for several years. In their final year of competition, they placed third in the county at the UKC National Invitational among some of the best dog handler teams in the country. 

I don't normally create many white space pages, but when I saw the challenge to use White Space for the July Bo Bunny challenge, I knew this Beautiful Life paper would be so perfect for this photo and for a white space design. I glittered up the letters on the word beautiful by painting some stickles on certain parts of the letters. It doesn't show up real well in the photo, but adds so much sparkle in person. I also highlighted the flower on the left side of the paper by stitching around the printed image. 

I used Shannon's gorgeous July sketch for design inspiration.

Here is Shannon's amazing sketch:

Be sure to stop by The Scrapping Stamper (Shannon) to see what her talented DT created with this beautiful sketch.


Stacked Trinkets ~ for my large flower I Misted a Petaloo flower for the base, removed the center, then layered on one of my twine flowers. For the center, I glued the Forever Fall oval trinket piece over top of the square piece. 

Leaves ~ The leaves where cut with my Donna Salazar Rose Creations Die, then shaped and inked. 

Misting ~ I misted several of the flower pieces and the larger chipboard border with Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz in Caramel Latte, and for the rust colored flower I also used her Woodgrain Smooch. 

Inking ~ I used several chipboard pieces from the Bo Bunny Et Cetera collection. I modified the colors to go with the Beautiful Life papers by inking them with several colors of distress ink. Isn't my butterfly so pretty resting atop this Et Cetera chippie!! 

Corrugated Butterfly ~ I've created this butterfly using Donna Salazar Corrugated Board, distress ink, and lots of luscious Caramel Latte Smooch!! I really inked this one up more than I normally do to give a more distressed look to go with these gorgeous papers. 

Stitching ~ These delicate flowers got lost into the background, so I decided to accent them with some hand stitching. Yes, I know, quite time consuming but worth the effort, don't you think? 

Bling ~ The chipboard border needed just a touch of sparkle, so I added the Bo Bunny icandy rhinestones across the top, and the Smooch Spritz gives a bit of shimmer as well. 

Twine Frame ~ I've seen these twine frame starting to pop up and knew that this photo would be a perfect one to frame up this way. 

Doily ~ The gorgeous doily was cut from the Beautiful Life Dots paper using my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. 

Distressing ~ Of course I used my DSD Distrezz-It-All for all of the straight edges, and my Prima Distressing tool for the little flags. 

Products Used

Bo Bunny Beautiful Life, Beautiful Life Dots, Olivia Dot

Bo Bunny Et Cetera Chipboard
Bo Bunny Trinkets Forever Fall
Bo Bunny Cardstock Stickers Country Garden Tiny Type
Bo Bunny iCandy Jewels Touch of Spice
Queen & Company Adhesive Pearls - Chocolate Delight
Donna Salazar Zutter Corrugated Board
Petaloo Floral Embelishments: Canterbury Rose - Paprika; Darjeling Collection - Poppy Mix, Mini Mix Black/Cream/Brown

Technique Products
DMC Embroidery Floss #3776
Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz - Caramel Latte; Woodgrain
Distress Ink - multiple colors
Ranger Stickles Diamond

Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive (spray)
Helmar Zap Dots 1/4" clear squares
Hercules Tape
Scotch ATG
Scotch Acid Free Quick Dry Adhesive

Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All
Donna Salazar Rose Creations Die Set
Art Philosophy Cartridge
Cricut Expression 2
Tonic Studios Piercing Tool
Prima Distressing Tool
Bazzill In Stitch'z Foam Mat

I also entered this at:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ as a second entry in Challenge #148 to add sparkle to your project - Rhinestones and Smooch Spritz. **
Word Art Wednesday - Use an encouraging sentiment. **
Scrapping Everyday Miracles - Challenge #18 Created Beauty/twist - use stitching - This LO celebrates the beautiful life our Lord gave us with Ellie - friend and companion to our daughter, Grace. I stitched around the flowers. **
Scrapbook Sisters - Spring or Summer challenge - Spring photo of Ellie. (July 31)

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~ 


  1. Oh wow Tracey, how beautiful this is.. and all the details you have on it, and what a gorgeous dog too.. lots to look at, and lots to love !!

  2. Wow! This is awe inspiring Grace and a great tribute to Ellie. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and hope your trip is filled with blessings.

  3. What a beautiful tribute!! I love love love love your lo!! LOVING the colors, the photo, the flowers, the little pennants!! Just AMAZING!!! I am so happy you got to play along with Bo Bunny!!!!! Have a wonderful trip and Happy Anniversary!!!

  4. This is such a heartwarming tribute to Ellie. I love the pp you have used. Your attention to detail is amazing...I love the handstitched flower and the corrugated butterfly :)

  5. Such a beautiful layout and a beautiful tribute to Ellie thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Goodness, this is stunning! Certainly sparkles and the technique is really nice. Love the embroidering. Thanks so much for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

  7. Wow, you did such stunning work with these papers! I adore the stitched flower and the negative space looks really fab here!

  8. Fantastic layout Tracey! Love all the little details. I always enjoy checking out your lovely layouts. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Anniversary!

  9. Oh goodness, this a gorgeous layout! I love everything about it. The close up shots make me literally drool! What a beautiful dog. I hate the fact they aren't around so long, but that is quite a few years. Have a wonderful anniversary and a safe and fun trip. I've never been there before.

  10. Beautiful!!! Those colors are so lush. Love the stitching and the effect you created with the butterfly. So pretty.

  11. This is just GORGEOUS!! That hand stitching looks FANTASTIC.... & LOVE YOUR corrugated butterfly....

  12. It is a beautiful layout Tracey.

  13. Gorgeous work of art! This is a beautiful tribute to your Ellie. I'm sure it was therapeutic to create. Thank you for sharing your amazing work at Word Art Wednesday. Have a safe/fun trip and anniversary! Congratulations. ;)

  14. This is just way too creative, so beautiful You inspire me to try harder...........Lis

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  15. Hi Tracey! This is SO elegant. Thanks for sharing this with us in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. I appreciate your participation so much.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  16. First of all, Happy Anniversary, Tracey! Congrats on 30 years of marriage! Secondly, have fun on your trip! I hope you had a great time at the Jersey Shore and in Baltimore! Thirdly, I absolutely love your beautifully scrapped and heartwarming page. I loved reading about Ellie and the amazing friendship she had with your daughter, Grace! And last but not least, I really enjoyed reading your comments at my blog. Thank you SO MUCH!

  17. You sure know how to bring in those textures, Tracey! WOW! And I adore the way you've stitched around that flower! Amazing!

  18. Lots of gorgeous details in your CAS design! :)

    Enjoy your trip with your hubby...woohoo for 30 years!:)

  19. This is really outstanding work Tracey!! I looked at those papers and thought; how could I have missed those, ....but reading alond I understand that YOU did all that! Those close ups are truly wonderful and makes me love the lo even more. What a beautiful tribute. How lucky for your little girl to find a friend like thet and that they experienced so much together. Have a great week Tracey!! Hugs!

  20. This is sooooo beautiful! What a wonderful tribute to Ellie! I love all of the gorgeous details and lovely sketch!!

    Heather Lynn

  21. Your techniques absolutely amaze me. The hand stitching just brought those flowers to life. This is such a beautiful tribute to Ellie. Gorgeous work my friend.

  22. Beautiful page! Love the distressed look!

  23. Gorgeous layout! Love your embroidered detail and beautiful embellishments!

  24. This is beautiful! A fitting tribute to Ellie. And yes, those stitches on the flowers are a wonderful touch! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  25. This is wonderful! I love the minimalist design, yet packed with details- you put much love and time into both your layouts and your posts- great work!!


  26. Wow!!! Tracey!!!! This is a complete showstopper!! I do love all the painstaking details - that stitching is immaculate! And I hope you are having a wonderful time travelling with your hubby...

  27. Love this, many great textures, details, and techniques, just lovely!!

  28. Gorgeous layout!! I love how you gave all the detailed explanations of everything and your stitches are absolutely perfect. Congrats on 30 years of marriage!!


  29. Simply gorgeous! The colors.. the different textures.. the EVERYTHING.. very nice.

  30. Beautiful. I am not a crafty but can see your talent easily. It's people like me who buy things women like you create. Beautiful.

  31. Grace first of all another gorgeous layout!! I love that butterfly and the techniques you used. Second, I just realized I wasn't your follower although I always thought I was!! that's so weird because I always left messages here but now I am so you'll show on my feed from now on!!

  32. Wow, this is gorgeous, and that hand stitching is simply perfect! Thank you for joining us over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

  33. wow with a capital W . this it totally breathtaking ... drop dead gorgeous, I cant stop looking at it x

  34. Tracey, this is is awesome! I have some of that paper hidden away some where .. I must pull it out now .. you've inspired me. Love love love the stitching! Have fun on your trip!

  35. WOW! What a great page! So many fun textural elements here!

  36. Hi Tracey

    Congrats on your 30th anniversary and have a safe trip.

    I wanted to stop by and say thank you so much for visiting my blog. I enjoy reading your comments.

    Your layout is beautiful. I love the colors and the flowers are awesome!

  37. Fantastic layout is simply gorgeous and that hand stitching on the flowers is awesome. Love all the details!

  38. Well I can tell by these comments I am not the only one who loves this page! It is gorgeous! Great job :) Thank you for joining the July challenge over at SEM

  39. I really love this layout... it is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us over at SEM

  40. Tracey, I don't think I've told you lately how much I adore your style! Thanks for always being present on our blog and commenting. It means so much to us all to have friends like you! Thanks for playing in our challenge!


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