Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sew Precious ~ Guest Designer for Colorful Creations

I'm guest designing this week for Colorful Creations. I was so excited when Tabitha invited me to design for them and absolutely delighted when I saw her fabulous sketch I'd be working with. Colorful Creations is a forum based community with a fun atmosphere and great challenges. I hope you'll check them out. 

Back when we lived in North Carolina, our daughters did quite a bit of sewing for their 4-H projects. This is Elizabeth's second year on stage at the Fashion Revue modeling this sweet jumper she made. 

"Sew Precious"

Tabitha's amazing sketch:

This wonderful sketch can be used for any scrapbooking style from CAS to urban grunge or like my page, shabby chic mixed media. Thanks for the inspiration, Tabitha!! This sketch challenge runs through January 27.

Tips and Techniques:

Handcrafted Flower ~ This sweet focal flower was created with Donna Salazar's Grand Peony and Bitty Blossoms Spellbinder dies. I love combining these two sets to create roses. The lace below is a vintage lace flower patch. The other lovely flowers are Prima.

Chipboard ~ I wanted a soft look with the chipboard, so I soaked the ends of these Dusty Attic pieces in some warm water for a few minutes and they separated beautifully. A little glimmer mist and they were perfect for this page. This won't work with all chipboard, but if the pieces are layered like DA, it's a lovely technique. I also tucked some Zva crystal flourishes around the chipboard. 

Fibers ~ The fibers here are some pulled apart yarn and some threads pulled off the edge of a fabric scrap. I pulled them through some Mod Podge and laid them around the clusters. In a few places where the fiber didn't stick to the page as well as I wanted I used some liquid glue to help hold it in place. 


Sewing elements ~ While I didn't want an over the top sewing themed page, I had fun tucking sewing related elements into the project such as this Prima zipper pull that I misted to age and the metal spool charm that I wrapped with fiber. 

Lettering ~ I die cut the SEW letters from a scrap of project paper and to get the metallic look, embossed them with some Fran-tage aged silver embossing powder. 

Mixed Media Background ~ Although this background took several steps, it was pretty easy. I applied gesso with a credit card, misted with glimmer mist, used a stencil to apply flexible modeling paste and once dry, misted again. On the left side I brushed on some opaque flakes medium. 


Alcohol Inked Charms ~ Momenta makes the cutest metal pieces and they can be easily altered to match any project by applying alcohol ink. For these flowers I put a couple drops of alcohol ink on my craft mat and used a small paint brush to apply. I use a felt applicator tool to apply the ink to the butterflies for a more mottled appearance. 

Mannequin ~ I left this Kaisercraft piece bare and just added a piece of Webster's Pages trim and vintage metal rose trinket with the feather cluster behind. 

I hope you've been inspired to stop over at Colorful Creations and join the sketch challenge!! 

I've entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #62 ~ Hearts/Anything Goes

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

35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Tracey! Congrats on Guesting over at Colorful Creations. I saw your amazing page posted there.

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  2. Incredible work as always! I love seeing all the details in your pages. Thanks for being our guest at Colorful Creations!

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  3. Oh wow. Just love the distressing and the beautiful layers Tracey. Lovely composition.:)

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  4. Hi Tracey.. this is another stunning layout! I love that big flower, and all the different techniques and embellies you have used on here look amazing...

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  5. Such a gorgeous page, Tracey! Love your mix of techniques and textures! Congrats on the GD!

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  6. Congrats!! Your layout is beautiful!

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  7. Tracey this is just so beautiful and a wonderful take on the sketch. Such a precious photo as well.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}y t

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  8. Wow, so many amazing details Tracey, love the embellishments, especially your hand-crafted flower, the string/cotton elements so nice, so beautiful. Congratulations on your GD spot...

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  9. wow lovely those handmade flowers, so super :)

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  10. Such a beautiful layout you did a great job!!!

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  11. So very pretty. As always you bring out the best of everything. The picture, the design, the sketch. It get's together so well. Such a treasure!
    Love n hugs
    Marie

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  12. What a gorgeous page, Tracey! Thank you!...Nancy :o)

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  13. awesome page Tracy, thanks so much for being a guest for us this month!

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  14. I adore every little bit on this layout Tracey! This one makes me smile from ear to ear! Gorgeous layout!!!

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  15. Absolutely stunning, Tracey!! What a gorgeous layout!! Every single detail is fabulous!! And the picture is so sweet!! Elizabeth's jumper is so adorable...she did an awesome job!! Happy Monday :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  16. Congrats on the guest post.....beautiful LO!
    Alison xx

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  17. gorgeous page, love all the details and cool feathers!!!!! beautiful!!!!

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  18. Congrats on your Guest Designer spot, Tracey!! And your layout is gorgeous! Love the pretty dress form, the gorgeous flowers, and the bling!

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  19. What a beautiful page, Tracey!!! Love that dress form piece and the way you've decorated it, so pretty!! Your flowers are amazing, as always!!

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  20. Precious photo. Beautiful paper distressing.

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  21. Beautiful page, love the background texture and all your gorgeous elements.

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  22. Tracey, this is simply gorgeous!!! Love all the texture and extra finishing details!

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  23. Congratulations on your guest spot...your layout is awesome.

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  24. Tracey,
    I'm quite sure that I was drooling as I looked at, then re-looked at your outstanding page numerous times. It is truly a masterpice and I love every inch of it. I won a darning contest when I was 8 and when I tell that to my grandaughter she says, "what is darning"? It is a good thing that your daughters had 4-H and she looks so sweet modeling her jumper. I'm teaching Taylor a few things.
    Again I have to say that your page is off the charts beautifully done. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at WAW.
    Carole
    May the LORD bless you and yours!

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  25. HOw Beautiful this is Tracey! I love the colors and the wonderful way you did the edges. The pretty flowers and little sewing goodies make it fun as well as beautiful :)

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  26. Congrats, Tracey, on the guest design team spot!!! Your layout is amazing! I absolutely love that creative sketch, and your take on it is just so wonderful!!!!!

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  27. CONGRATS on the GDT!! This is GORGEOUS!! I loveeeeeeeee the colors, the flowers and that dress form!!!!

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  28. Wow Tracey...such gorgeous details. Love all the techniques & touches. Congratulations on the GDT. You are so deserving. Big hugs,
    Sonia

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  29. How gorgeous is this layout! So many beautiful details..and congratulations too!!!

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  30. GORGEOUS!!! so many details!!!

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  31. What a lovely neutral page Tracey!! As usual all your details are amazing!!

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