Monday, September 27, 2010

On the Easel

The October kit is live, and I'm excited about it!

I picked up:
Watercolor- loved the polkadot stamp and the OA
Still Life - adore the color palette with this one.  Shipping was behind so the DT did not get the tape with our kits but am looking forward to playing with it when it ships with the next one.
En plein Air - SASSAFRAS

The only reason I didn't get Drafting Table is because I work for Crate so I have all of that product. 

I also picked up the MME chipboard elements (which I used on 3 of my five layouts) as well a the MME ABC cards for girls (which I used on 2 of my five layouts, and had to purchase a second set so I could turn it into a memory game for Payton - see my previous post).

And this is what I came up with!

I misted the cream cardstock with Classic Calico, and then stamped the polkadot stamp on top with white ink from American Crafts.  I just made a textured kraft colored background.  I am in love.  And I'm going to run out of my Classic Calico hueys fast. 

We get new stamps every month so it's easy to forget about our favorites from the fast, but I didn't totally forget and had to grab a house stamp for my window here. 
This window "display" is stamped in apple jack, atmosphere (the blue/green/grey) and my banner is in Calico white.  Found here

I was going to use my Calico white for the stamping, but ended up using white ink from American Crafts. 

My banner was inspired by the OA paper in Watercolor, as well as the Sassafras Mix and Mend line and the border I used on this page. 

This is the first layout I did this month.  I was COMPLETELY inspired by the Sassafras Mix and Mend line, but I'll be honest.  It was a love/hate thing.  I canNOT stand the flatness.  I do not care for the digital look to some of the papers.  BUT.  But.  If these paper were live and they were really laid out the way they were designed, I would be in heaven.  So I decided to bring out the dimension.

I used a blade and spliced the paper a bit so that I could insert other prints to add that dimension.  You can see the orange Crate paper in this photo.

Inspired by the dress pattern paper, I trimmed scallops from the brown paper packaging and slipped it in too.  Then I machine stitched over it.    Also inspired by this line was the use of hand stitching.  I saw those three green stitches at the top and had to find my DMC floss.  I'm not normally one to use floss and machine stitching on the same layout, but I couldn't help myself with this one.  This fun print is in the main kit.  In fact, I think most of the items except for the butterflies and the bird stamp were from the main kit for this layout.  I had originally simplified it for the sneak show, but when it was rejected, I mixed kits and embellished as needed.  :)  I'm just here to play with the paper.  :)

I used warm Calico mist on the windows, and trimmed out some of the shapes in the die cut paper. 

I've been thinking Payton hasn't changed much until I saw these photos, and then I wanted to crawl back into bed and cry like a baby, as I seem to have NONE left, lol.  I thought the bangs were the only difference!  :)

This chipboard apple is from the MME chipboard elements in the shop.

I love doing these side by side comparison of different photos.  They will be fun to look at years down the road.  This curved title was brought to you by a CD.  :)

I had fun with this one!  First and foremost, my neice Lilly is the most adorable baby on the planet.  Next to my own, anyway.  She came down with her Mom and Dad over Labor Day weekend and I fell in love all over again.  Move to OREGON Jobie!

Here's those ABC cards and the MME chipboard put to work.  I simply adored the back side of those ABC cards.  That's part of what inspired the title for this layout. 

This is how I misted the background.  I used a linen looking paper from Sassafras.  I took some old Heidi Swapp heart masks and layered them on my page, and then lightly misted Calico Cream over it.  After that I added drops of pink grapefruit over it. 

After I removed the masks, I hand stitched around the edges of my hearts to make them stand out a bit.  Lovely effect, isn't it?  I'm going to have to do that again.

I really enjoyed the process on this one.  My kids were sitting with me when I created it and I don't want to forget how fun it was to have them participate and offer their thoughts on what I should do.  I used both the MME chip pieces and the ABC cards on this one too (I told you I fell in love with some shop items this month).

I also developed a love affair with mist.  I used it so much with this kit!  Some windows turned scalloped borders are misted with applejack, but I also added my staple, hydrangea, and my new favorite, pink grapefruit on this one.  This one was fun and girly and fresh and cute.  I love it.  I love the girls' artwork too.

WOW.  So this is a photo filled post.  I hope you didn't have trouble loading it!  Let me know if it gets bogged down.  I try to size my photos to reduce that problem.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Have a great day.



  1. That is such eye candy, Dav!! Beautiful pages!! Can't wait to play with mine!!

  2. Fabulous inspiration! I love the "Est" family LO!

  3. Boy, I'm overwhelmed by all the loveliness here! Just awesome! So sorry your kids are growing up. Heeeeee! It's hard!

  4. gorgeous is the only word that comes to Dav! xo

  5. Your SC projects or any for that matter always inspire and make me want to dig into my stash. Above all else, I really really admire your consistency in producing amazing layouts!

  6. holy freakin' cow. your layouts are just absolutely spectacular and i completely admire each and every one of them!

  7. loooooooooooove what you did w/ that sass ppaper - piecing in other papers was brilliant!!!

  8. beautiful layouts! love all the stitching and how you added the pieces into the Sass paper to give it some 'pop'!

  9. Wow Davinie, your layouts are gorgeous!! I love every single one of it, all the details, the misting, stamping, wow, you did an amazing job! I really like how you added some dimension to the Sass paper, looks great! Thanks for being an inspiration to many of us every month:)

  10. Your pages are gorgeous! I especially love the Simply Adorable layout with the stitched hearts. Thanks for always being so inspiring :)

  11. Anonymous1:30 AM

    just beautiful, love the colours on the last LO. can't wait to get mine!

  12. you know, i'm always very inspired by everything you make. you have such an eye for solid design plus beautiful, layered details. you are so talented!

  13. Love how you worked that Sassafras! I kind of have the same love/hate feelings towards it. Love how you gave it that bit of demension. Looking forward to playing with my kit! Thanks for the inspiration- you never fail to impress me!

  14. Beautiful pages! Love, love, love "A Gift to Me!" So cute!

  15. absolutely gorgeous - all of them! your gallery is the first one i look at m'dear! love! the misting and stitching is gorgeous, i really want to try that now.

  16. I love them all of your works! :D that's so inspiring, thanks a lot :o