Monday, 17 June 2013

Scrapbooking Tuesday - Live in the Moment...

Hello there Friends

I am afraid due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to share a Layout/scrapbook page with you last Tuesday, but I hope you will forgive me when you see what I have brewed up for you today!  You may want a cuppa as it is a bit of a heavy post.....

I am using my lovely new "the Sweetest Thing" papers and stamps by MME.  Awesome papers and I was sensible enough to buy the 12x12", 6x6" and stamps that all co-ordinate bootifully!  

So I started with a fairly plain sheet which I sprayed with a mix of Colourwash (Cranberry and Plum), Perfect Pearls Mist (Forever red) and Glimmer mist (Gold).  

I took another piece which has a pinky damask background and my honeycomb mask and Distress Inks (Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry) and adhered it to the centre of the background piece.

Then came the fun part..... I die cut, electronic cut and "fiddle-farted" with flowers to my heart's content.  I used some of the pieces left from the centre panel, some of the 6x6" paperstock, plain white card stock and some Snippets to make flowers, leaves and more flowers!  I cut some of the flowers out on the Silhouette using plain white cardstock as well as some print 'n' cut flowers and the pink rose picture.  The flowers I put together with my glue gun and then sprayed them with the same mix of colourwash and glimmer mists that I used on the background.  

I die cut lots of the flowers and leaves using printed papers from the collection and also my Snippets box.  Dies used ranged from Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Sizzix and Paperartsy.  The cream doily pieces were cut from Snippets which my friend Kim thought would be funny to send to me at Christmas with a whole pile of other Snippets!  See! They do get used!!

I used very few bought embellishments other than four teeny tiny paper flowers by Hero Arts, the metal TH embellishment, two TH buttons (very stingy with those buttons!) and the pearl brads.  

The bees were stamped using the stamps from this range with Momento ink, embossed with clear embossing powder, coloured yellow with a Copic pen and then washed with pearl PP.  I then cut them out and added them on to the layout with foam pads to (hopefully) make them look like they had just landed.

Here you can see the depth of the flowers.  This one at the bottom right was made with a die I bartered for at the Crop with Debs!!  It is my newest die and I Love it!!!

Here is another view so you can see the depth of the layout.  Let me tell you, I will not be crushing this into an album!  I shall be taking a trek to a well known Hobby shop to buy a frame.  The colours match our bedroom and this is one of my favourite Photographer photos (scanned and converted into black and white).  Megan broke free from the Bridesmaids and wanted Uncle Simon to pick her up!!  Of course he obliged!  (She is 25 this year!!  Scary!!)

The centres of the flowers were glued and then red and gold micro beads were sprinkled liberally inside.  

And isn't this lace divine?  I bought it a little while ago from HERE and I have not used it until now as it is soo gorgeous!  I don't want to use it all up too quickly now do I?

Well, sorry this is a bit of a long post and thanks for staying with me thus far.  I hope you have enjoyed it and if you wish to know anything about what I have done, please feel free to ask.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges.....

Frilly and Funkie - Sunday Share - Lace (go check out the shop - I dare you not to buy anything!)
Fashionable Stamping - Something new




MaryH said...

I certainly 'did' enjoy your long post! Loved all the pictures you had explaining the how-to's. I don't scrap, so it was helpful to me to be able to read the process. This was amazing, and so beautiful. Your flowers were so realistic, and your bees did look as though they had just landed! This will be a treasure for sure, and you can enjoy it each time you walk into your room. Totally beautiful, and TFS. Hugs

Di said...

Absolute perfection Sam! All those beautifully made flowers are stunning and I love that it will hang in your bedroom. A super-snippet make this week!

Have a LOVELY day!

Hugs, Di xx

Mrs A. said...

Great to see how you stsrted with the background and gradually built the picture up. Just Bootiful and I luv your busy little bees. Thought they were charms so your process worked.
Sat at the bottom of the garden yesterday having a prosecco (as one does) and had lots of bees buzzing in and out of the flowers. Counted at least twenty some of which were Saddle Bees so I'm doing me bit for the Bee community!
Hugs Mrs A.

Belinda Basson said...

I do like the micro beads inside the flowers. Lovely touch. So much work in this LO. Can't wait to see what frame you choose.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Sam . . . love to see all the pictures and the process of making this BEAUTIFUL page. You sure are clever.

Sarn xxx

Alison Scott said...

This is gorgeous. The step by step is great.
I love the depth of the layout with all the flowers and everything.
It will look fabulous on the wall, definitely not to be squished in an album.

Kate said...

Wow! This is awesome,Sam. I love all the scattered flowers and color. How fun! The dimention is fabulous. I love layouts like this. They are just difficult to store unless in a frame. Enjoy your day.

scrappymo! said...

This is so deserving of a frame!!! How nice that you will hang it in your bedroom...and I love the story of the little flower girl wanting to be picked up!

Your prcess walkthrough was great.
Easy to follow and really showed the labour of love that went into this layout.
How I wish you lived next door! My scrapbooking would improve dramatically! Last night was craft night with my neighbour and i told her how fun it would be to have a crop with all the ladies I have met at Di's and WOYWW!

Karen Petitt said...

Awesome post Sam. Thank you for the step by step photo's it was great to see how you put it all together. I love all the little added extras, the flowers, gems, buttons etc. Stunning layout Karen x

Mrs F said...

Stunning layout Sam, love the colours and detail in your design. The touch of lace is beautiful and perfect for the occasion.

Big hugs xx

Kim said...

Wow!! This is just beautiful! I really will need some layering lessons from you!! What die did the top left pink-edged rose?

butterfly said...

Out of this world wonderful... what amazing flowers! I love the dimension, I love the colours in your background (that's the second time this week I've seen Plum colourwash in action - "need" some!!)... Beautiful design and an adorable photo - huge WOW from me!!
Alison x

Cathy said...

Stunning flowers Sam, your layout and the colours are so beautiful. Will look fantastic framed :) Cathy x

Gay Peplow said...

Wow, fabulous, this is so pretty Sam! Thanks for the sxs instructions too, gorgeous pinks and purples, love it all, xx

Mrs.B said...

Such a gorgeous layout. Love all the details, and the bee stamp is the perfect touch.
Thanks for joining us at FSC
Avril x