Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thanks and a layout

First, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Sheila and Cindy! You both are so sweet! And so creative!!! Dang, I just went to your blogs and wow! some amazing work that I need to come back and study closer!  This weekend I will get that award up and do my assignment, I promise. :)

I've been so busy! I've been taking classes and teaching classes at my local store, Scrapaganza. Doing some commission work and trying to balance all that with spending time with the family. 3 year olds are amazingly wonderful and exhausting. I have so much fun with my son that I don't want to waste my opportunities to be with him. I've walked away from my scrap table a few times this week when he asked me to. (and the computer is at my table so that meant very little computer time too!)

However, I did get this layout done this past weekend! This is for my local store's blog challenge coming up in March but I'm posting a few days early (shhhh) because I used the sketch over at Stuck on You Sketches. :) I also used one of my new ironwork files (see post below) for the circle border. The picture is from my husband's and my wedding. Our wedding was themed, since we both enjoy renaissance faires and such, and back then I was very involved in belly dancing, so we combined a lot of our favorite things into our wedding, and for me one of them was to have full "Bridal" henna applied to hands, arms, legs and feet! So you can see my hand has henna decorations on it. Here are the details of the layout:

Kaiser printed paper - Sakura Park "Ukon"
Making Memories - Vintage Pearl Love Notes
Reminisce - black glitter paper
Cardstock - French Vanilla
Vellum - silver
Pearl bling
Perfect Pearls "Forever Red" and "Green Patina"

I used several Cricut cartridges:
Home Accents - part of the round border
Don Juan - part of the round border
Mother's Day 2010 - 6 petal flower, vine, title frame
Gypsy Font - hearts for butterfly and hearts
Gypsy Wanderings - title

The background fleur-de-lis circle border was created on my Gypsy with Home Accents and Don Juan, if you have the gypsy or Design Studio, you can download this cut file (see post below) to your own machine if you have the cartridges. The butterflies were also created on my Gypsy with Gypsy font by welding several ornate hearts together with an oval.
The roses were made by cutting out a 6 petaled flower 3 times and following the instructions from Tim Holtz' blog. I used Perfect Pearls and Perfect Medium and a water pen to color the petals and the vellum vine.

Thanks for looking! and thank you to everyone who has left comments, I really appreciate it!


  1. Wow... this is just stunning! I love the circle in the background... the black looks fabulous!! And those embellishments!! amazing!!
    Barb :)

  2. An Absolutely stunning layout.. You have done an excellent job using this weeks sketch..

  3. I absolutely love this layout. Beautiful!!!

  4. Ohhhhh Michele..this is lovely...what a fab pic and your work with the sketch is just stunning...I love that circle and all the gorgeous happy you were able to play alang...we are so lucky to have you inspire us!

  5. This is beautiful!!!! love your iron wroks circle around this photograph and those butterflies are wonderful!!! Stunning just stunning!

  6. Well, I just have to chime in with the others and say how great that ironwork circle is. I'm green with envy but don't have DonJuan ... yet! Love these colors .. fab job an so glad you are trying to create balance in your life. We all need to do just that!

  7. Hello there!
    What 3 year olds are exhausting? LOL! My little girl had a particularly difficult day yesterday...wasn't sure if she'd ever stop talking or asking for something! geez!
    But you got to love them!!!

    Well I really like this page you've done...I really like the texture and colors of this page. Cool feel to it!

    See ya soon, Leah