Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Dreams" ~ SEM Sketch Challenge - Guest Designer

Today I'm so excited to share my second guest designer project for Scrapping Everyday Miracles. Today is their sketch challenge reveal. This gorgeous sketch was created by the talented Tracey Gregory, and there is a twist - you will need to use distressing on your page. 

I shared a little yesterday how Elizabeth had determined that she wanted to save her heart and affections for her one true love. I remember when she was an early teen, a conversation where she told me if God could bring all those animals to the ark, certainly He could bring the one guy He meant for her to marry into her life. She kept a list of all the qualities that special guy would have. Although she didn't date, she dreamed about that special guy. When she met Andrew at church, she found someone who met all those dreams and more. Her heart was set a flutter. The great thing is that our Lord drew Andrew's heart to her as well. Elizabeth's dreamy expression in this photo says it all. Those dreams she had of her one true love were about to all come true in a few short moments. 


Tracey Gregory's gorgeous SEM February Sketch:

To join the SEM Challenge. Create a page inspired by this gorgeous sketch and include some distressing. Then hop over to Scrapping Everyday Miracles to link up your project by February 28 at 11:59 pm. The challenge winner selected by will receive a February Kit donated by My Creative Scrapbook.

There is no challenge up at Donna Salazar this month, but when I was pulling papers for this page, I was drawn to her fabulous products, so you'll be seeing them featured on this page. 

Tips and Techniques:

Distressing ~ I'll start with the technique "twist." I distressed all the border edges with my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All. I also distressed the background paper with Donna's Smooch Spritz. I misted where I had planned this cluster, used a dropper with some watered down mist to add some drips. I spritzed some mist on my craft mat and then misted over top with an equal amount of water. The mist beaded up and I was able to easily pull it up with a dropper so I could create these fun drips.

Stick Pin ~ I used some beads from my stash to create this stick pin pulling the colors from the pink flowers in the page border.

Focal Flowers ~ I've been wanting to try cutting fabric flowers using my Donna Salazar Grand Peony Spellbinder dies. When I saw the large focal flowers in Tracey's sketch I knew the time had arrived to give it a try. I used two layers each cut from 4 sizes of this die set. I melted the edges on a tea light candle flame, which cups the petals. A cluster of stamen in the center finished them off. 

Paper Flowers ~ The paper flowers were created with my Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms Spellbinder Dies. These flowers are so quick and easy to create using the scraps of paper from this Botanique sheet used as one of my distressed edge layers. The paper I cut out of the center of this layer created all these gorgeous blossoms.

Pearlized Chipboard ~ I pulled some Want2Scrap chipboard flourishes from my stash and to keep my dreamy theme going, used a Viva Pearl Pen to create the pearlescent sheen on my chipboard. Normally these pens are used to create pearl shaped embellishments, but I squeezed the pearl medium across the entire chipboard pieces in a swirled motion.

Leaves ~ These leaves were so easy to create with my Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms Dies. I cut and embossed them. While still in the dies, I inked with Donna's Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx, then removed from the die, sprinkled with a pearlescent embossing powder and heat set. Easy peasy and so pretty. 

Rhinestone Piece ~ I collect jewelry findings when I see them on clearance. This rhinestone piece fit so perfectly into this cluster.

Jeweled Butterfly ~ I cut this butterfly from Donna Salazar's Wonderful Wings Spellbinder dies, and topped it with this gem sticker from Want2Scrap. 

Butterfly Trail ~ I drew the trail in pencil, pierced holes along it. I erased the line, then stitched,  attaching seed beads randomly along the way.

Stamped Title ~ I used the Donna Salazar Banner and Words stamp set with her Pewter Mix'd Media Inx to stamp my title, then sprinkled with Ranger Super Fine Silver Embossing powder and heat set. When cool, it was fussy cut for my title.

Embellishments ~ I glued on silver lined clear seed beads from my stash with Glossy Accents. The pearl/rhinestone strip below the photo is from Want2Scrap and the lace tucked into the tear is from my stash. The crystal flowers tucked in throughout the page are by Bazzill.

I hope you have been inspired to create a page with Tracey's fabulous sketch. Once you have finished it, head on over to Scrapping Everyday Miracles to link up your project.

Donna Salazar Products Used:
Bontanique ~ Bliss
Grandma's Garden ~ English Roses
Grandma's Garden ~ Garden Journal Cards
DSD/Spellbinders ~ Grand Peony
DSD/Spellbinders ~ Bitty Blossoms
DSD/Spellbinders ~ Wonderful Wings
DSD/Want2Scrap ~ Wonderful Wings Bling
DSD/Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz - Evergreen
DSD/Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx ~ Jasmine
DSD/Clearsnap ~ Mix'd Media Inx ~ Pewter
DSD/Stampers Anonymous ~ Banner and Words Stamp
DSD/Zutter ~ Distrezz-It-All

Other Products Used:
Want2Scrap ~ Chipboard Embellishments Style A
Want2Scrap ~ Chipboard Embellishments Style C
Want2Scrap ~ Beautiful Bling Strip Pearl/Crystal Wave
art.i.cake by Amy Labbe - Charms with Glass Accents #AL29287
Darice ~ Silver lined clear seed beads
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page ~ French Scroll
DMC Embroidery Floss ~ White
Bazzill ~ Worth Remembering Resin Flowers #303894
Viva ~ Pearl Pen - Cream
Sparkle N' Sprinkle ~ Opaline Embossing Powder
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder ~ Silver
Stash ~ Doily
Stash ~ Lace
Stash ~ Stamen
Stash ~ Beads for stick pin

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Scotch ATG
Ranger Glossy Accents
Scrapbook Adhesives ~ Crafty Power Tape

I have entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Challenge #68 Love/Anything Goes**
Anything Goes Challenge Blog ~ Challenge 86 Vintage/Shabby Chic**

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~ 


  1. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeeeee that photo (and the story too!!), the doily, the diamond bits, the flowers... just STUNNING!!!

  2. Wow Tracey...I am speechless! Stunning creation with so many beautiful details!

  3. This is a Gorgeous layout! Love your flowers!! The story behind the picture makes it even more beautiful! (Gives a little hope for the rest of

    Happy Crafting

  4. Beautiful word and beautiful layout. A dream come true when God puts together a man and a woman♥

  5. Two lovely pages. Such textures and colour.

  6. Your handmade embellishments are simply FABULOUS, Tracey. Love the story and the sentiment behind the page.

  7. wow this is breathtakingly it x

  8. Absolutely gorgeous layout, Tracey!! All of the details are stunning!! And the picture is so beautiful!! You designed around it perfectly!! This is amazing!! Have a great evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. WOW!!!! Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful photo of her!

  10. Tracey: Your art is always so stunning, I can never get enough of your sweet shabby-chic style. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a blessed week!
    Word Art Wednesday

  11. Wow Wow Tracey is this a gorgeous LO, I love how you made it so dreamy like to go with the beautiful pic of your DIL!!

  12. It's a beautiful layout Tracey and she is a beautiful young lady! I like'll look for your tutorial!

  13. Wow Tracey! Such a beautiful and elegant layout! Love all the bling and blossoms!

  14. Your girl is a product of your good upbringing. :)
    Such a beautiful layout for that very special day! As always, love your knack for textured layers and gorgeous use blooms and bling!

  15. OH MY Tracey!! what a stunning Layout and photo!! absolutely gorgeous!!

  16. WOW WOW WOW, this is just beautiful and so very elegant too!


  17. WOW Tracey, your page is so dreamy. Really elegant and absolutely beautiful. This photo of your daughter is stunning and you've created the perfect page around it. Totally magic!! God Bless. ox Marg

  18. OMG this is GORGEOUS!!! LOVE everything, it's amazing!!!!

  19. Dreamy is right! This layout is simply amazing! Everything that a girl or a scrapper could dream about! Love it!

  20. First...the story about your daughter and the ark is so sweet! I met my husband in church too!!!
    Second...this layout is so gorgeous! Everything here is so perfect from the the photo to all the little details! Another match made in heaven!!!

  21. This is just SO beautiful Tracey, I LOVE it!!

  22. What a stunning layout! Totally gorgeous!!!

  23. This is such a beautiful layout. There are so many wonderful details to look at. You did a marvelous job! Wow!

  24. This layout is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colors you chose, it is so classic. And you're right, that rhinestone butterfly goes perfectly, love it!

  25. Oh Tracey this layout is just exquisite - an absolute work of art & pure perfection - two thumbs up!!

  26. Beautiful picture and layout, Tracey...the butterfly is fab!
    Alison xx

  27. So beautiful, and yes she does have a dreamy face which says it all. It is wonderful your daughter met such a wonderful man to share her life with... and you certainly scrapped in a most beautiful way. Love the sketch!

  28. Such a great photo and layout to match! The distressing layering is so amazing!!!! Love how you have made everything so soft and dreamy! Gorgeous, gorgeous work! ;-)

  29. Oh, another amazing layout, Tracey! Everything is just stunning! A gorgeous piece of art! Hugs


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