Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Scrapbook Layout - ATS - Flowers - Megan

Hello Friends

I can call you a Friend can't I?  We are all friends here aren't we?

The lovely peeps over at ATS (Addicted to Stamps) have asked us to use Flowers as our topic for this month's Scrapbook Layout.  With this in mind I set off to hunt down a particular photograph which needed scrapbooking.  However, as luck would have it I could not find it.  But....fear not!  I came across this photograph of my youngest niece (24 next month and a professional dancer/choreographer - how did that happen?), which photograph also was in need of scrapbooking.  

I first cut out some Daisies and the spikey flower from the Tattered Florals dies, both from Sizzix, using funky foam.  I placed them in turn on my sticky block and using TH acrylic paint I stamped the whole background with flowers and set the cardstock aside to dry.
Whilst the background piece was drying I cut a white shaped piece using my Silhouette cutter (I know there is a name for this kind of shape but I cannot remember it now) and then stamped and embossed flowers using my Mixed Bunch stamp from Stampin Up.  Then the fun began.  I took my pokey tool, using the dots on the flowers as guide, I poked holes ready for me to stitch through with some embroidery thread. Yep! this took a while.  Nine flowers and 24 petals per flower.  Once I had completed this I went around the edge using my sewing machine, first with black thread and then again with yellow thread.  Finally I gently distressed the edge and inked with Black Soot DI.
I knew that this TH stamp would fit the bill for a title so I cut out the shape from a Sizzix die, stamped the flowers using Archival ink and set to dry.  I then stamped giggle using Archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I took my Mustard Seed DI and painted the flowers using a water brush.  Once this was all dry I faux stitched the edge with a black pen and inked the edge with Black Soot and popped a threaded button on the left.
Using a piece of Snippets card, I stamped three flowers to match the flowers on the white paper, punched them out and swiped two of the flowers with Mustard Seed DS.  I then cut down each petal on the white and one yellow flowers.  Then, using a kebab stick (very useful craft tool - thanks Hels for that tip!) I curled every other petal in towards the centre of the flower, layered all three flowers and fastened together with a brad, adhering the layered flower to the bottom left of the photograph.  
Here you can see some of the painted flowers in detail.  Once the white paint had dried I took my Mustard Seed DS and just "splodged" the DS into the centre of each flower.  I did not want a defined line and wanted it to look natural.  Whilst the DS was wet you could see where droplets had flicked onto the black cardstock, but you could not see this once it had dried!
Again, using Snippets, I had a rummage in the lace tin and found a perfect sized piece of lace to place across the layout, I cut some "lace" using the TH Sizzlitt die and after another rummage in the ribbon tin, found just the right sized piece of black rik rak which I layered and fastened with staples.

The final touch was to thread some buttons and attach the same to the middles of the flowers.  

I hope you like and feel inspired to make a layout of your own to join in the Challenge.  I certainly enjoyed doing this layout even if it did take nearly all day to complete.  Well, what else do you do on a wet miserable Bank Holiday Monday?

Thanks for looking and thanks also to my lovely new Followers Lynne, Louise and Barbara.  




Annie said...

Wow Sam. You've done a beautiful job with this LO. Lots of really lovely crafting gone on there.
One of your many friends,
Annie x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Wonderful layout and I love what you did with the flowers.

Sarn xxx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

And YES . . . we are definitely friends here! xxx

Mrs A. said...

Your yellow flower is a sweetie.
Busy making egg cosies for the chicken coup! Hugs Mrs A.

Gay Peplow said...

Hello Sam, yup we're friends, I may be MIA sometimes, I get snowed under :0) Sorry LOL
Gorgeous Layout, the yellow buttoned flowers are gorgeous and what a smashing photo:0)
I looked up the collective noun for a bunch of clocks and you were right it's a ticktock of clocks, who'd have known that LOL LOL Gay xxx

Kate said...

ThE black and yellow look great together! Love them! And that cury petaled yellow flower is lovely!

Mrs F said...

I'd consider us to be friends too :)

Greay layout and love the colour scheme! I can see why it took you nearly a day to complete.

Happy WOYWW xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I love the black/white/yellow combo, really lovely and very stylish!
You can have a big clump of acanthus when you come over in October - it spreads like crazy in my garden. I'm so glad that your bees are ok, bet that was a relief...
Hugs, LLJ #71 xx

Victoria said...

I stitched up my Mixed Bunch flowers for a card a few weeks ago, and yes, it took an age, so I'm gobsmacked by your patience at sewing all these! The end result is stunning though and the daisies look fab against the dark background. A lovely photo to scrap too. Thanks for sharing it with us at ATS :)

Bella said...

of course we are all friends here! and yes, seeing as you missed my class you are welcome to a kit! Pink or Blue?

Di said...

Caramba! Amaaaaaaaaaaazing layout, so much ickle detail and a ton of work. I love, love the result Sam and it's such a joyful photo - perfect.

Hugs, Di xx

Kim said...

Oh, very nice job!! Love all thos happy daisies! This makes me want to start scrapbooking...oh, who am I kidding?? Maybe once I retire and have more time...

Kylie said...

Oh m, this is just wonderful, Sam. What a lot of effort you have gone to and the end result is just perfect! Beautifully done. Thanks so much for playing along at ATS xx

Jacqueline said...

A beautiful page and layout - thanks for joining in our scrapbook challenge here at ATS - Jacqueline xx