Sunday, August 28, 2011

**NEW** Websters Pages!! & A Card for a Special Girl...

This is my first page working with the new Webster's Pages 'Western Romance' Collection!!  I got my design team package last week in the mail and was just giddy pulling out all the beautiful products that have just come out!  Yep! new cameo's (Silhouettes), GORGEOUS laces and trims! Soft and pretty bloomers and the cutest cameo pins!  If you like collection packs you are going to LOVE these new ones that Brandin has put together, this time around she has put in 2 of every patterned paper, 1 Die Cut paper (the one in the photo above is from the Western Romance collection), the alpha stickers (my Favourite scripted font!!), a sampling of the new WP Bling!, 2 x 12" strips of Bloomers, and some coordinating Fabric tickets!) I think these collection packs are a great bargin and give you a taste of so many of the pretty things Websters Pages makes. 

  I made this page up for my oldest daughter Chloe, she recently turned 13 and although I don't like to put a lot of emphasis on 'outward' beauty when dealing with my children, I had to make up this page because as I was looking at these pic's I recently took of her, it dawned on me how Chloe doesn't follow the trend of so many of her classmates in wearing heavy eyeshadow and liner, dark lipstick and a lot of makeup.....yep, so many of the 13 year olds I'm seeing are just over the top with trying to look older.  I'm grateful that Chloe is happy to just put on a little lip balm and off she goes.  The emphasis of the title is not so much the 'beauty' but the 'natural' part.  To me her beauty comes from her inner self, the kindness she shows to others and how she applies herself to her schooling and studies.
Supplies used on this page:
Webster's Pages papers (Western Romance Collection), WP alphas, WP Silhouettes, WP Bloomers, WP Trim (gold lace along bottom edge and gathered to make bloom in top right corner), Dusty Attic Chipboard (circle frame), Baroque corners (framing the cameo piece), cardstock.
Here are a few close-ups...


I have one more project to share with you and that is a card I made for a very special little girl.  Olivia is a little girl who would be starting kindergarten in a few days but is presently in the hospital undergoing surgery for a brain tumor in a very critical part of her brain.  Her family has asked if we would be kind enough to send her some cards to cheer her up.  Here is a link to her story Olivia  Here is the card I made for her and will be sending off in the morning...

If you would like to join in and send this sweet child a card you can send it to this address:

Cards For Olivia

c/o Stacy Rodriguez

3122 9 1/2 Street

Rock Island, Illinois

61201

Thanks for stopping by! And a big thank-you for all the kind comments, I love to hear your feed back on the work I share!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit

As I mentioned a few days ago, I was thrilled to be asked to be Guest Designer this month over at Scrap That! Kit club for their exclusive September Pion Design "Birdsong Kit"!!
If you have just arrived here from The Dusty Attic Ning site you are in the correct place! If not, head back to the Scrap That! blog for the blog hop order and links, the hop begins at noon EST. (this will start you at the beginning and will help you with the secret words you'll need to collect)

First off before I give you all the blog hop deets I thought I'd share a few of the projects I made with the GORGEOUS kit!!  First off I was so excited to get this beautiful kit from a Canadian kit company!  Lori Brown (the owner) has AMAZING taste in product, it was such a pleaure working with all the lovely things in this kit....elegant papers by Pion Designs, LOADS of Prima blooms and embellishments (lovely pearl/rhinstone flourish too!)  And I love that she always includes a creative medium in her kits, this month, there is a 3D pearl paint.  The above layout is one I made of Chloe with our pup Zoe, this is a very recent photo, she has gotten HUGE in the past few weeks (and she's still only about 4 months old!)  ...The butterflies were cut from one of the papers, the frame is actually part of the paper design.  I simply added some of the blooms in the kit, a little lace (also from the kit), a little corset stitching...done! (note: the diamond design is one you've seen a few times before on my layouts, it's a small stamp by Prima) Here are a few close-ups...


I just LOVE that Prima branch in the kit! ....so much so, that I thought I would try an imitate it in the next layout.  I had some loose blooms from an old floral arrangement that I mixed with some wiring and leaves, it's not exactly the same but I was happy with it.....
This was kind of a 'tongue in cheek' joke at getting older...."I'm not 40 Something, I'm 39.95 plus shipping & handling"  :)    I used a Dusty Attic scroll piece (top right corner) and a couple of pieces of the DA chicken wire (love this stuff!)  here are a few close-ups of this page (the finish I gave the chippie is the same as the one I used on the layout below, I shared a tutorial on how I did this at the ScrapThat! blog)....


....And the last page I made using this beautiful kit was one I made about Chloe and her wish for a shabby-chic bedroom.  She has been collection these photos on Pinterest to show me what she likes and this is one of them, her Dream Closet.


I just love those pretty white fabric blooms by Prima (also in the kit), they have such a wonderful vintage look IRL.   The Dusty Attic Music Notes chipboard is included in this kit, as are those pretty pearl/rhinstone flourishes!  For a little tutorial on how to do the shabby-chic finish on the chipboard, you can find it at the Scrapthat blog today!

So those are my projects (and I still have plenty more goodies to work with from this kit...just need some extra time....can anyone spare some? lol!)   Okay, now for the blog hop deets (I've copied and pasted the details, so you may have read this at the other blogs aleady)....

**Remember, that there are FOUR prizes to win, and FOUR ways for you to enter.


1) First of all, you will need to visit all TWELVE blogs :) **This is important** Each blog will have a special word. As you hop be sure and write down the special word from each blog. Once you have all the special words they will make a sentence. You will need to email the SECRET SENTENCE to friends@scrapthat.ca. All correct sentences received will be entered in a draw to win the Dusty Attic Prize Pack. (Please note: Dusty Attic does not have a blog but just follow the link leave a comment on the forum thread in their community.)

2) Everyone who emails us with the correct secret sentence will be sent a short marketing survey. Once you have completed the survey you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Exclusive Pion Design “Birdsong” Kit.

3) If you want to enter to win the Grand Prize of a Pion Design Prize Pack, then head over to our COMMUNITY for details on our monthly challenge. The challenge will run from August 26th to September 14th so you have LOTS of time to post your creations. You can enter as many times as you like. You do not need to be a subscriber to participate. The more entries, the more chances you have to win!

4) Finally, if you post our blinkie on your blog you will be entered to win a Scrap That! Gift Certificate - super easy right? Just post a link to your blog in the comments the Scrap That! Blog so we can come visit :).

We hope you all had good fun hopping with us today, thank you so much for playing along! Watch the Scrap That! newsletter on September 22nd to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

......okay, so one more thing you need to know.......My SECRET word is .... CANADA'S

....Now hop on over to the next stop on this fun little hop and check out the gorgeous designs of Ivana

Happy Hopping!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm a Guest Designer for Scrap That! Kit Club!!

I was asked to be a Guest Designer for Scrap That kit Club for their September kit!  And let me tell you, this kit is Spectacular!!!  If you love Shabby-Chic style, this one is for you!!  I just had so much fun working with this kit...I won't say too much more till Friday (their reveal day) but above is a little sneak peek of their kit for September!  

On Friday August 26th starting at noon EST they will be kicking off their reveal with a fun little blog hop!  There are a number of amazing prizes up for grabs (including some....yep! Dusty Attic! for all you DA lovers out there! ...Scrap That now carries Dusty Attic products in their store and have DA in all their kits!)  

So grab yourself a cup of coffee (or tea if that is your preference) and enjoy a fun little blog hop where you will see the work of each of the design team members revealed and have a chance at winning some wonderful goodies!  See you then! xx


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Winner chosen for my Giveaway!

So here is how my Salty Sweet Pretzle treat came out!  I had a house full of girls yesterday, Chloe and Meagan both wanted a bunch of their friends over and they were after me to make them something 'yummy'.  I saw a recipe for these little gems over at Pinterest and thought I would give them a try!  They came out YUMMY! lol!  One of the kiddies said she didn't like peanut butter but managed to wolf down 4 of them!...so that tells you how addictive they are! ROFL!  I even managed to get a few of the little posers to let me take a pic of them!....
Here is the recipe if anyone wants to try them (brace yourselves, the calories count on this one is massive lol! but I always say, allow yourself a little bite of something yummy, you don't have to eat the whole batch yourself! lol!):

Salty Sweet Peanutbutter Pretzle Treats

1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons softened butter
bag of salted pretzles
1 cup dark chocolate (I used semi-sweet chippets)

1. In a mixer combine the first 4 ingrediants and whip till well combined.  I let mine whip a few minutes to get the brown sugar to disolve a little better.

2. Lay out a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet and lay out rows pretzles.  Form smallish 3/4 inch balls of filling and lay on the pretzles, sandwich another pretzle on top.  Put in the freezer for about a half hour to firm up.  Note:  you may need to add some extra icing sugar to get a better consistancy to roll out the balls (I dusted my hands with a little icing sugar to make the rolling easier)

3.  Melt the chocolate in a microwave on high for about 1 minute 20 seconds, (thats about the time it took to melt mine....microwave longer if needed but keep a close eye on it so you dont scorch it)......dip pretzle bites into chocolate and put back on tray to chill.  ....I sprinkled a bit of extra sea salt on the chocolate before it hardened, just because I like the salt with chocolate, it really enhances the flavour.

Enjoy!

Okay, so getting down to business .....the lucky winner of my little giveaway from the other day is...... Pendra!!....  "Your layouts are always so inspiring, you are so creative and I never tire of looking at them. Thanks for a GREAT tutorial! And thanks for a chance at a great win... you are always so generous!"  Thanks for your kind comment Pendra!   Please take a moment to send me your full name and address to gpollacco@aol.com and I'll get that package right out to you! Congrats!! xx

I just want to say a BIG thank-you to all the lovely ladies who leave me such meaningful and kind comments here at my blog and at the Bo Bunny blog.  I read each and every one of them and feel touched by your sweet words!  I'll keep those tutorials coming and I'm sure I'll have plenty more giveaways coming up! (Oh, and if you tried the recipe....let me know how your's came out!...I love swapping recipes!)   xx



Friday, August 19, 2011

The Color Room ~ Palette #72 & Some Dusty Attic & Websters Pages

I made the above  DT layout for this weeks new color palette over at The Color Room ~ Palette #72.  This is such a pretty palette, I concentrated on the greys and soft mauve/pink for my layout with touches of the aqua and green/gold.  Here is the inspiration photo for Color Palette #72
Lately my girls have been after me to redecorate their bedrooms and Chloe is all about shabby-chic design for her room.  I came across this photo of a shabby-chic bedroom and was just so charmed by it.....hence the title 'wish'  (my youngest took that photo of me!.....not bad job aye?) 

I used cardstock and Websters Pages Country Estate papers and bloom designs cut from Websters Pages Let's Celebrate  to make up this layout.  The large grey bloom, the cameo (Silhouettes), the sheer white/gold trim and the white lace butterfly netting are all by Websters Pages.  The chandelier, Baroque corners (around the cameo piece) and leafy vine are all from Dusty Attic (the vine is one of the new summer releases)  The finish I gave the chipboard pieces is simply painted white and edged with a little brown chalk ink.  I added some Tim Holtz Rock Candy to add crackle to it (Rock Candy is really cool, not a lot of steps needed, just paint it on and it cracks as it dries! ...the thicker you apply it the bigger the crackle)  Here are a few close-up pics..... 


I made the pink roses using simple cardstock and the Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts, you can find my tutorial for these in my sidebar here at my blog.

If you like this palette, come join in the fun and post your project made with these colors over at The Color Palette!  Each week the some of the design team members are given the fun task of browsing the gallery and choosing some of the work to feature in the newsletter.....maybe this will be your week!  And while you are there have a peek at the work of the other design team members with this palette, they are spectacular!

I'm off to make my girls and their friends a really fun salty/sweet pretzel peanut butter treat that I saw on Pinterest!  I'll let you know how they turn out!  (I'll be posting a little post tomorrow to announce who won my little giveaway from yesterday!) ....Thankyou EVERYONE for the very sweet comments you all left me here and at Bo Bunny, I've read every single post and am so touched by your words! xx

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tutorial: Creating Polymer Clay Tile Embellishments!!

I'm so excited because Bo Bunny is doing a feature on each of their design team members this month and today it's my turn!!  I thought I would do something a little fun for my spotlight day and share a tutorial with you all.  I made the above polymer clay tile emellishments using some Bo Bunny Stamps and little paint and for the colorful tiles some Bo Bunny stickers.  Here is the layout I made using these tiles as embellishments (see video clip below for my tutorial on these!)......
Here are some close-ups of the embellishments on this page (I used the beautiful new collection by Bo Bunny called "Welcome Home"....I just LOVE this new collection, so pretty!!  The large cream bloom is a Bo Bunny bloom from the ETC. collection.  The chipboard pieces I mounted the tiles on are from Dusty Attic.

The branch of blooms are again handmade using some of the paper in the Welcome Home collection and the Spellbinders 'Rose Collections' die cuts. You can find a tutorial for these blooms HERE. (I varied the blooms on this branch by lightly misting them and crinkling them up first). 
And now for my tutorial on making tiles....hope you enjoy (sorry about the color variations in the flow of the video, we seemed to have a bit of a lighting issue)...
I've shared a little more about myself and my projects at the Bo Bunny Blogsite so please go have a looksee and while you are there leave a comment and you will be eligible for an awesome prize from Bo Bunny!  They will randomly pick one person that leaves a comment on the blog spotlight and will announce a winner at the end of the month!  BUT!! DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT HERE FOR ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN!!  Leave a comment here on this blogpost and one at the Bo Bunny Spotlight and I will pick a person to receive the blog candy seen below! :)  I will announce the winner on Saturday August 20.

 My little prize pack contains: a Bo Bunny 'Vicki B' Card Kit (this kit includes: 8 die cut cards, 8 envelopes, 2 - 6x12" die cut elements(40 pieces), 1- 6x12" adhesive chipboard elements(20 pieces), 1 rub-on includes 23 optional greetings & shapes, 1 instruction sheet).....I will also add a pack of Vicki B rub-on's, and 2 packs of adhesive pearls (60 pearls per package) and a Dusty Attic Frame and scrolls package and a bunch of sweet blooms to add to your projects.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Websters Pages & Dusty Attic Page :)


Thought I would do another layout with some of my Webster's stash while I wait on my new WP design team goodies (got a notice that my package has been shipped! Yippee!)  I used some Websters Pages Holywood Vogue and Ladies & Gents to make this one, along with WP bloomers, trims, Silhouettes, Princess Petals, Postcards (lilac bloom design) and alphabet stickers.  The cute topiary and vine are both Dusty Attic chippies.  Here are a few close-up pics...


I painted the flower posts by first painting them white.  Then I used some green, terra-cotta and brown inks on the piece to color it.

This page is about how gardening can be such a relaxing thing to do.  There is something about a potting shed that just makes me feel relaxed, a quiet, serene place to just focus on earth, plants, blooms and just let all your cares drift away.

I also wanted to let you all know about a fun and amazing scrap retreat planned by my friend and fellow DT member at Webster's Pages, Laura Hogue.....a scrappy retreat in Italy!  For more info check out her link here! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222532687797709

Just a little post today :)  ....thanks for stopping by my place ....pssst!  I've got a video tutorial to share with you all tomorrow and another little giveaway, so if you have a moment stop by!!


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