Thursday, April 19, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge - Hexagons!

Greetings and happy Fabulous Friday! Today's challenge at Frosted Designs is to use hexagons on your project. I took this gorgeous picture of my beautiful daughters on Easter Sunday and wanted to scrap it the second I saw it.

 I saw this pretty quilted tree on this blog and new that it was to be my hexagon inspiration!

Here are some close-ups:

I thought the hexagon scraps would make cute leaves!

My tree is made with Tim Holtz/Core'dinations Kraft Core paper from the Nostalgic Collection. Each hexagon (all 49 of them!) was hand cut, dry embossed, then sanded. The tree trunk is free form cut, sanded on the left side and inked on the right side to add the illusion of dimension. The "flower" hexagons are pop-doted for dimension also. The base paper is made by 3Birds and was in a collection I bought from HSN probably 6-7 years ago when I was buying everything they sold on scrapbooking days at HSN! C'mon - you know you did it too! The felt birds and felt tree limb are Maya Road. The journaling spots are My Minds Eye (Kraft), K&Company and Pink Paislee. The letters are by Doodlebug Designs, American Crafts Thickers, and Pink Paislee. All Ink is Tim Holtz Distress.

Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope you are inspired to make a project using hexagons and link it up over at Frosted Designs - a fabulous prize from Vintage Street Market will be awarded to one random entry and three entries will be chosen to be spotlighted on the blog!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

366 Art Journal/Calendar Mar/Apr

AAAACCCKKKK! almost 2 weeks into the month and I'm just getting my completed March and blank April calendar pages posted! Maybe if I start on May right now, I'll get it up on time! Anyway, if you're not familiar with this project, see my original post here! Pop over to Kate's blog to check out what other artists have done with this project.
Here is March Calendar completed:

and the full March spread:

Here is April Calendar ready to go:

and the full April spread:

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring blooms!

Oh what a lovely spring we've had here in the Northeast! 
I managed to get a few pictures of my cherry trees just before the big windy day came and blew off all the blossoms, and I am thrilled that the pansies I put in last fall wintered over and bloomed as well!
The Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs 
I made a cute row of upside down umbrellas into a banner for my layout! This layout will be the left side of my 366 Art Journal, when I get the calendar side ready to go I'll post the full spread. (See this post for more info on the  366 Art Journal)

I used this awesome sketch from the Page Maps blog and entered Becky's challenge this month:
Here are some close ups and an angled shot to show the dimension (I pop-dotted every other umbrella)

 Supplies include: Patterned paper - Echo Park (Victoria Gardens), SEI (Mimosa); Journaling block - Making Memories (Flutter); Distress Ink - Ranger (gathered twigs, tea dye); Lace Trim - Offray; Twine - The Twinery (blossom); Crochet Thread - Columbia; Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug; Stitching Pattern - Bazzil; Versafine Ink (Vintage Sepia); Staples - Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Letter Stamps - Studio G; Letter stickers - Doodlebug Design (Loopy Lou); Chipboard - Maya Road; Felt bird - Maya Road; Pearls - Close To My Heart; StazOn Ink (Cherry Pink); Rub-ons - unknown from stash. Punches used: Tags are EK Success and Butterflies are Martha Stewart

I hope you will create a layout, card, or off the page project using a banner and enter the fun at Frosted Designs this week! There is always a fabulous prize for one random winner and the staff chooses three submissions for special feature on the blog - c'mon - join us!

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