Thursday, September 16, 2010

JustRite's Friday Challenge!

Good morning! After yesterday's somewhat "heavy" post, I thought I need to lighten things up around here! I had a bit of time yesterday to participate in JustRite's Friday Challenge. This week it is a beautiful color scheme.....cranberry, ivory, and black.

I paired these rich colors with JustRite's Nature Nested Sentiment's set and Baroque frames. I stamped the Baroque frames in Versamark and used black embossing powder. I cut the rectangles and sponged the edges in a deep brown. The sentiment is from JustRite's Nature Nested Sentiment's set and was also embossed. I used a Spellbinder's Fancy Tag's die to cut the tag. The deep red paper was cut using a Labels Fourteen Spellbinder's die. The background was embossed using the linen texture plate from Papertrey Ink. I did a bit of sewing and inking as well. Everything was layered using foam squares. Cinnamon Stickles was added to all of the edges. I ran a ribbon through the layers and tied a bow.

The leaves were die cut using the Assorted Leaves Spellbinder's die and old dictionary pages. I cut 4 leaves and Stickled the edges and added a button tied with twine. All of it was glued on top of my satin bow.

I want to thank you for your kind words yesterday. It means a lot to me when others share their personal stories and makes me realize that I am not the only one who has lost someone close to them. I needed that reminder. Tomorrow is the fundraiser for Jen........I am sure she will be smiling down on us and will be amazed at how many people came out to remember her life and celebrate the person she was.
So thank you for allowing me to share a bit of me with you......even when it isn't always the happy stuff in life!
Hugs to all of you! Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Who Knew.....

In a million, zillion years, I would never, EVER have thought that my best friend would pass away. It will be a year this November since Jennifer's death. Unexpected. Tragic. A complete shock. She wasn't battling a disease, she died suddenly of meningitis......what doctors took as an earache at 37 years old. We grew up together and she was truly the one person in my life who always had the ability to make me feel like a rock star. She never judged, and she loved me unconditionally. She loved both my children and was Kyle's Godmother. We stood up in each other's weddings, shared the ups, as well as life's many downs. She was the constant in my life, even when things got turned upside down.

I have tucked my emotions away in a little "box" these past few months, but they are out in the open at the moment, raw. This Saturday, Jen's sister is holding a fundraiser to honor her memory. We will raise money for charities that Jen felt strongly about and remember her loving spirit. It has been difficult to say the least, to bring everything to the surface again. After Saturday, those emotions will get tucked back into their little "box" again. But in the meantime, I found these pics of Jen with my Cortney and Kyle in 2000. I decided to scrap them and remember...... I used a song from P!nk called Who Knew. It is one of those songs that brings tears to my eyes......

Noel's "Office Party" kit was used for this LO. (sold out)

I hope I did her memory justice............

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

12 Weeks of Christmas JustRiteBlog Hop #2!

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature! 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #2! Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving, some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps! This week, it’s the Stamper’s Dream design team! So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

So what do I have for you today? Welllllllll I have a fun little Christmas card done in very traditional colors with touches of silver! I used JustRite's Christmas Nested Sentiments and a frame from the Baroque Nested Frames set. I stamped the sentiment using Papertrey Ink's Leaf Green and cut it out using the Spellbinder's Grand Label's Four die. I left the die in place and airbrushed it with G16 . I used my Sakura glue pen to outline the perimeter and sprinkle silver glitter over it. The Baroque frame was stamped in Papertrey Ink's Pure Poppy. I cut it out and again added silver glitter. The designer paper was cut out using Spellbinder's Curved Rectangle's die. Glitter was applied again. I used my I-Rock by Imaginisce to attach the silver discs. I just added a pretty silver bow to finish the card off! : )

Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous Christmas projects they have in store for you!
JustRite Inspiration Blog
Michelle Rodgers

Amy Sheffer
Heidi Blankenship
Christina Fischer

Kazan Clark
Tosha Leyendekker
Laurie Schmidlin
Sankari Wegman
Cindy Lawrence
Kellie Fortin
Denise Marzec
Stephanie Kraft
Karen Giron
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Carolyn King
Angela Barkhouse

Michele Kovack --------------------- (Me!)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Challenge and a Tutorial!

This week's challenge is all about scrapbooking style. Do you ever wonder what defines your style? I floundered with mine for a long time. I tried emulating other scrappers and sometimes failed miserably! But shabby, vintage......this was comfortable. Me. My style. Noel Mignon described me as a technique scrapper. I guess I would agree......I love to experiment, play and see what comes of it. So not only do I have a LO to share of my dear grandma....AKA: Nonnie, but I also have a tutorial down below on how to create the butterflies I used on my page. (Sweet Sue kit was used).
The pictures were taken on her 90th birthday. And yes.....that is my sister on the right.....we kind of look alike right? : )
I used my Cricut machine and the Storybook cartridge to create the title. I also added Shimmerz to make it sparkle and a bit of machine stitching.
Here is one of my lil butterflies, using the technique I will show you in a bit! : ) The flowers were created with Provo Craft's new Quilling kits. Can you say FABULOUS! Love the dimension of these flowers! And I also added Shimmerz spray to these too!
Here is my large butterfly! I love the texture this has!
So, if you are interested in making these butterflies I have a little tutorial for you. Now I happen to have these old Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders, but you could use ANY butterfly die and embossing folder.

Once you have your butterfly die and embossing folders, you will also need clear embossing powder and Versamark.
Die cut your butterfly and set aside. Stamp the inside of your embossing folder with the Versamark Ink.....on one side only! Slip your die cut butterfly into embossing folder and emboss through your Cuttlebug or Big Shot machine.
Your butterfly will pick up the Versamark on only the raised parts of the embossing folder.

Dump clear embossing powder on top of it, shake excess off, and heat emboss.
Now it should look shiny.
Grab some Glimmer Mist......
.... and spray it to desired colors!
Take a tissue and remove excess Glimmer Mist.
This is what it looks like when it is done. I inked the edges in a dark walnut ink when I was done to distress it and shabby it up a bit more.
Here is another example using a different embossing folder. I actually used this butterfly on the LO, but used a smaller Martha Stewart butterfly punch to make smaller butterflies!
If you would like to see the other DT's gals and what defines their style head on over HERE!
Hope you have a wonderful Monday!!!