Sunday, August 14, 2011

You Are My Sunshine

It's time again for the new reveal at Lasting Memories. And this week's challenge is a real challenge. Karen is asking us to try a new technique, something that we have never tried before. Make sure to check out all of the wonderful pages the design team created for your inspiration and maybe even your technique.

I used a couple of different, new to me techniques. First though, I used this week's Sassy Lil' Sketches sketch for my page. Such a bright and sunny sketch. It really made me search for the right photos.


I also wanted to use this page as my off-week entry at The Paper Variety. The challenge is a color challenge:
The papers I used were a mixture of Echo Park and My Mind's Eye Lime Twist. The photo doesn't show the true colors, but they are very citrusy.

The techniques that I used were:
1. Machine stitching - I stitched green paper to the orange paper with a zig zag stitch. I have always loved seeing the stitching on all kinds of cards and layouts, but I have never been brave enough to try myself. I was always afraid of tearing the paper. I practiced a little with some scrap paper and then jumped in. I LOVE it. I will definitely be doing it again.

2. Paperclay charms - Inspired by some of DT member, Brenda's, wonderful projects, I got some Paperclay and created some charms that I wanted to include on a banner on my page. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Paperclay is to work with. I was afraid that the charms would break or crumble when I tried to remove them from the board they were drying on or when I hung them. But they were quite tough. I sponged them with some color from ink pads. Again, something else I will have to do again.

3. Colored chipboard - I have a ton of chipboard and I really am too intimidated to try to paint or cover them. On this page, the clouds are chipboard. I used white ink as an undercoat and then used some Stickles to cover them and make them sparkly. I really like them. Next step is cover some chipboard with paper.


Thank you Karen for really challenging me to step outside of my comfort zone. This page took quite a while to create, but it felt GREAT.

I am also entering this page into the following challenges:
ScrapFIT -Workout #49 - 'Put A Banner On It'
Flutter By Wednesday - #166 - Open, must include a butterfly, fairy or angel

And don't forget, Lasting Memories is having a design team call. To be considered, all you have to do is to create a layout in each of the challenges in August. When uploading your link, be sure to include DT after your name. We have a some really talented people submit entries so far.

I hope you will try a new technique this week. I can't wait to read all about what the design team did as well as our participants.

31 comments:

TeenaBugg38 said...

Oh my gosh this is too stinkin cute!!!! LOVE it!!! I have never heard of paperclay...but I totally dig those charms...thats something I will have to try as well. And like you I have tons of bare naked chipboard. And some of it is not exactly easy to cover with paper and I don't have a ton of sprays and mists to cover them with. I really like that effect with the stickles and the sparkly clouds just sends the cuteness factor over the top for me!!!

Your pages are always awesome but I am in love with this one :)

Sandi said...
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Sandi said...

Sue....I absolutely LOVE this layout and I can see all the time and love that went into it. Yout banner and charms are gorgeous and I love the stitching. I really need to get brave enough to break out my sewing machine, learn how to use it and start stitching on my layouts/cards. This page is definitley frame worthy! Have a wonderful birthday this week!

Suzy said...

Awesome layout Sue! I love the bead banner. Thanks for joining the citrus color challenge at TPV!

Brenda said...

my, my, my. I LOVE your layout. You did a wonderful job with all your techniques and I am so honored that I inspired you to use paperclay. Don't you just love that stuff now? Just think of the possibilities. GREAT!!! I have never used my sewing machine on a layout, so I might need to try that. Thanks for a great tip
Hugs
Brenda
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Bente Fagerberg said...

Great looking sketch, makes my fingers itch....LOL!
Love your take on it and that banner is just TOO CUTE!

Brenda said...

This is so stinkin' cute!! I absolutely love it and love all the ways you challenged yourself! Such a pleasure to be on the LM dt with you!

Michele F. said...

WOOOWWWWW Sue! You put all kinds of fun stuff on this layout! Way to go! I have never done paperclay charms. They are cute! Something else I need to save my pennies for. :-) I love your citrus colors. They really brighten up your photos and make it so cheery and just make me smile!! Love this!!!

Kimic said...
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Kimic said...

Oh... your dog is adorable :-D
You did a great job on the banner and I love the colour combo :-D

Thanks for working out with us at ScrapFIT :-D

Lisa said...

Cute take on the sassy sketch!
Thanks for playing along!
Please join us when you can at sassy sketches!

Jackie said...

Great citus color LO :) So cute, glad you coulc play along with TPV!

Kristie said...

Sue - fantastic job with all these techniques!! Your paperclay charms are so neat. Hurray for trying new things and loving them!

Trish Hughes said...

great idea for a banner, super cute layout!!! thanks for joining ScrapFit!!!

jo (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

So pretty! Love the layout!

wendipooh13 said...

what a great page!!! that banner is super cool. love all the details of stitching on the page too!!!thanks sooo much for playing along with Scrapfit and Sassy lil sketches!!!

Pias Doodling said...

Awwww! This is so cute! Thanks for playing with us at Sassy Lil´sketches! /Pia

tiffany said...

wow- way to jump out of your comfort zone with a bunch of cool techniques! I've never tried paper clay either, think I will add that to my "to do" list!! =)Tiffany
Breakfast at Tiffany's

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

What a sweet and fun LO! I just love your take on the banner and I always enjoy seeing gorgeous stitching like this!! Thanks for joining the fun at ScrapFIT! ~ Blessings

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Lauren said...

Awesome layout! I love your new techniques! I have been too intimidated to try sewing too! I just bought a mini sewing machine, so I guess I'll be trying it soon!

Lauren

Glue Meets Paper said...

Wow can't believe that one layout fits all those challenges! Looks great :)

Marg said...

Adorable! I love seeing what you do with Sassy sketches! Thanks for playing along and inspiring us!

Jamie Fox said...

HOW CUTE IS THAT PUPPY!! I love your stitching and everything about this layout. Love your take on this sketch! Thanks for playing along at Sassy Lil Sketches and good luck!! :)

Missy Whidden said...

This is fabulous! I LOVE that beaded banner! What a GREAT and creative idea!! Thanks for working out with us at ScrapFIT!!

glassgraffitix2 said...

This is a great LO. Alot of work but well worth it!

Tracey said...

Fabulous layout Sue....love the bright summer colors. And I really love your banner, very cool idea!

Karen Wilson said...

Wow Sue! You're very welcome! You really went out of your box and rocked this challenge!! So glad you're finding inspiration in the other DT blogs as well. Great LO and super cute pics!

(weird, I can comment on your blog, but I couldn't on Tiffany's and others I've had to do 'name/url'! I miss my PC!!)

glassgraffitix2 said...

Congrats on winning that great digi! Your LO deserves it!

beth said...

This is an awesome lo! I love the photos and colors and those charms are so cool. Great work!

Anna said...

Adorable puppy! Thanks for joining us at Flutter By Wed.

Nancy aka Homesclscrapper said...

what a cutie. love what you did with the sketch/color combo. thanks for playing with sassy lil' sketches.