Saturday, April 13, 2013

"Best of Days" and "Hope Is the Thing" Guest Designer for Zeus and Zoe

I was so excited when Marivic invited me to be Zeus and Zoe's first Guest Designer. It was delightful to create with the amazing package of gorgeous trims, embellishments and paper crafting products from her Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop. If you haven't been to Marivic's Etsy shop, you are missing out. Because of the nature of her products including vintage finds, her inventory changes and is and a place to frequent so you don't miss out!! 

My first project to share with you is for the Zeus and Zoe April challenge, "Life as it Is Now," about me as an individual. One more thing - buttons are a requirement. Be sure to check out the Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop for fabulous buttons and more. For all the challenge details and rules check out Sandi's challenge here.

"Best of Days"

I used the April OUAS Sketch:

The journaling theme this month at Once Upon A Sketch is "Best Day of Your Life." I've had many best days and certainly Elizabeth and Andrew's wedding was one of those days. We've been praying for Elizabeth's future husband forever and to see her marry a Godly young man, the man of her dreams was one of those best days. To see such a wonderful answer to our years of prayer makes it a special day indeed.

It's also a special day because it represents where I'm at today in my life. My roles have changed dramatically over the past couple years. I home educated for 19 years until our youngest entered our local high school for her final two years ~ she graduates next month. Our children are stepping out and creating lives of their own. Although it hasn't always been easy, I've chosen to embrace the change. No moping empty nester here. I've hand written my thoughts about this day and these changes on a tag attached to the back of my layout. The photo was taken at our daughter's wedding last October, and the butterflies represent the wings of change.

A package of Prima Ruby Violet trinkets including a flower was included in my package. The star, focal flower of this layout was created by pulling that flower apart. I painted the fabric portion and tucked a smaller Prima flower into the center. I rubbed with distress ink to achieve the vintage look. I placed Zeus and Zoe buttons here and there into my clusters. The other smaller flowers are from my stash. 

Moving to the other corner of the photo you can see the fabulous battenburg lace doily is the one thing I left untouched, allowing this gorgeous white lace to frame my photo. One of my goodies was a selection of vintage lace pieces. These two sweet butterflies were bright orange. I simply gessoed and inked them and adore how sweet they look "fluttering" on both ends of this cluster. The background leaves were stenciled using molding paste tinted with Lumiere paint and a Dylusions stencil. 

When I saw this gorgeous medallion, it begged a prominent place on my page. Of course I did a bit of altering. It started out with a glittery hot pink resin center and coordinating heart dangle. I adored the large clear crystal and left it in place. The heart was replaced with the butterfly while the center was painted with Lumiere paint and dotted with little beads from my stash. 

I happened to have a perfect stencil in my stash used to add molding paste behind the medallion. Once dry, I misted with the Lindsy's Stamp Gang Aloha Avocado mist from Zeus and Zoe. I let it pool and drip down the page. Finally, I inked the molding paste with distress inks for more depth. 

Aren't these lace pieces simply gorgeous?? They started life in bold bright colors which masked the gorgeous design. A couple coats of gesso and some inking brought out their amazing beauty. I also touched the brown lace and daisy with a bit of gesso. The little metal butterfly beads were alcohol inked with several shades of green and gold. The two chipboard butterflies are from my stash and brushed with Lumiere paints. 

One more close-up of the clusters around this photo of "Me." The larger metal butterfly charm in the top corner is also from Zeus and Zoe.

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My second project to share with you is a card I created for my sister. She has been dreaming of owning her own home and has held on to her hope and faith as she saw several deals fall through after being told her offers had been accepted. This time it looks like the deal will go through and this will be the card included with her house warming gift. 

"Hope Is the Thing"


I deconstructed the May Arts Velvet Ribbon with Crochet Lace. The velvet created a gorgeous base for my layered flower, and the lace looks so pretty here. The pink resin rose and chandelier beads came glued and wired together as a single flower. Now separated, I used the wire to attach and dangle the beads and placed the resin piece in my flower cluster after highlighting the edges with a bit of metallic brown paint.

This view shows off the gorgeous lace flower. In addition to the gesso and inking, I added some sparkly seed beads to the center.

The gold cording had been woven into a lace with blue sequins. You guessed it. I pulled it apart and tied on these sweet tree charms that I altered by dabbing on brown metallic paint. The daisy stick pin was also dabbed with paint. The layered flower was created with a variety of Zeus and Zoe pieces - all but the inked paper daisy layer.

My package included this fabulous TPC Vintage Birdcage stamp set. The sentiment couldn't be more perfect to describe the enduring hope my sister has embraced on this journey to find a home. I used Truffle Mix'd Media Inx to stamp and heat emboss with clear embossing powder, then fussy cut around the image. I colored by spritzing with the Lindsy's Stamp Gang mist and a bit of distress ink on the edges. The bird and cage were also part of this set. I stamped and heat embossed these images onto watercolor paper then lightly inked over the white background and fussy cut.

Nearly all the products used on this card are from Zeus and Zoe, such a great source of gorgeous and unique products!

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Here are the amazing prizes up for grabs when you link your project at the Zeus and Zoe blog. Don't forget to read the "Life as it Is Now" Challenge details and rules here.

The winner of this challenge will receive this fabulous prize package sponsored by Zeus and Zoe. As  you can see it is full of amazing products from an entire set of Lindsey's Stamp Gang Magicals to flowers, buttons, stick pins, stamps and more.

And a random winner will be selected to win this lovely May Arts lace and ribbon:

I hope I've inspired you to take on the challenge of creating a project about yourself. I know we're usually the ones behind the cameras, but each of us has a special story to tell about where we are in life.

This layout was entered at:
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #75
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  1. A stunning page Tracey which smacks of spring. Loving the cheerful photo of you as well.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. Stunning work Tracey! Love what you have done here, that medallion is amazing! xx

  3. Both are gorgeous, Tracey! Love all the texture and vintage details!

  4. CONGRATS on the GDT!! That is AWESOME!! WOW WOW WOW!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee these!!! LOVING that metal embellie on your first lo!! GORGEOUS!!

  5. Beautiful page with so many lovely details and a wonderful picture of you.

  6. Congrats on your GDT spot, Tracey!! Both projects are so gorgeous!! The layout is stunning!! I love the design and the picture is so beautiful!! The card is fabulous!! Great job as always!! Happy Saturday my friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Another stunner! Love your photo! Congrats to you for being chosen to GDT!

  8. what a gorgeous page and fab photo!!!! wonderful details everywhere!!!

  9. I just love seeing all the beautiful elements you add to your projects.. absolutely stunning! I love that you did a layout about "change". I'm in the same situation with one daughter married and one son almost done university.. You give me hope not to be a sad "empty nester".. You have embraced change and are a light to us all!

  10. loving all the fabulous elements on your page, awesome :)

  11. Love the layout and portrait of you! The doilies are very nice!

  12. Congrats on the guest spot. You always do an amazing job. Love all the laces and metal accents on your projects.

  13. Amazing layout!! Wow your details, each and every one, are just gorgeous. I just love seeing what you create!! Great job.


  14. Such a beautiful layout to represent the moments in your life that make you smile.. Soo many beautiful details, I love the medallion too.. and your card is gorgeous...I love that quote!!

  15. what a beautiful page!!! love those distressed edges. And your card is gorgeous too!

  16. Congrats on your guest spot Tracey!! Your lo is stunning with all the beautiful vintage lace, flowers and that awesome medallion! Even more special as it represents stepping into new phase of your life which is always somewhat bittersweet. A Beautiful card for your sis with a great encouraging word :)

  17. Tracey...

    I love it!! Now that I see all the photos, I am more in love! Thank you..Amazing job!!!! Love the details and how you used all the elements..


  18. Vintage gorgeousness! Your art is always breath-taking, and this is just divine! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and please know how very grateful I am to have you play along. Your sweet smile is just as pretty as the rest of the layout.
    Blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday

  19. I just love your sense of style and how your pages and projects always have that "Tracey" look! I love both of these so much! Your photo is just beautiful, my friend!

  20. So much meaning in two, beautiful projects! That photo of you is BEAUTIFUL, and I don't know why, but my favorite part of your layout is that trickle of leaves! So pretty!

  21. What a great page you have here. Love the vintage design and the many embellishments that seamlessly worked together to make this pure awesomeness. Love, love , love it! Thanks for blessing us with your project this week at Word Art Wednesday...Have an awesome day!

    JO ANN

  22. More gorgeous creations!!! I love those butterflies!!!

  23. Such fantastic lo and fabby details as always. You are a master scrapper and I am just amazed by how you do all of your lo's. Inspiring!
    Love n hugs

  24. Beautiful layout and did such beautiful work here! Love these! Thanks for GD'ing for Zeus and Zoe! ;-)


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