Thursday, June 12, 2014

June Once Upon a Sketch Challenge

It's been a long while since I played with the ladies over at Once Upon a Sketch. This month's theme is "The best things in life aren't things" with that theme in mind, here is my entry:

 Based on this sketch:

The photo is one of my daughter Chloe (she is in the middle) and her two friends. They all met while taking riding lessons at a local barn, and spent the summer of 2011 at horse shows. Everyone called them the three horsekeeters. They were inseparable. I took this picture at a show over mother's day weekend. They had made the hats and were waiting to show on their "stick horses". It makes me smile remembering the three of them, and I'm glad that although they no longer ride together they still have all the great memories of the fabulous summer they spent together. Isn't that what life is all about?

 I made a texture paste and used a doily stencil, did some misting with glimmer mists and splattered some Lindy's color shot. I added a bit of cheese cloth for added texture as well.
 Thanks for taking a peek, and create something wonderful today!

xoxo Amanda

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fairy Series: Dancing with Butterflies

I know! It seems as though I have been on a crafting binge. Truly I haven't. This is a layout that I actually finished ages ago, though forgot to take photos of it! So it has been on display at my local scrapbook store for a while. I finally brought it home and now and sharing it with all of you!

To tell you all the truth, it has been so long since I made this layout I don't remember the names of the papers I used. I do know that I used a dusty attic chipboard frame, prima vine and a memory box butterfly die.

Here are some detail shots:

Thanks for taking  a peek, create something wonderful today!

xoxo Amanda

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fariy Series: A fairys delight

I decided to get inspiration from one of my favorite artists, Gabrielle P. I scrap lifted her page from November 2013 titled Family. She never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and innovation. So without further ado, here is the next in my fairy series, A fairy's delight:

I worked again with the Enchanted Garden collection from Bo Bunny. In addition to layering paper strips, I also spritzed the page with glimmer mist (Patina and Purple pansy) and did some fussy cutting on the fairy dust bottles. I had some Lindy's color shots (Jack in the Pulpit Teal) left from an old Scraps of Darkness kit so I colored the flowers with it. Stamped various spots with Distress inks in Broken China so it would be subtle in the background. I also splattered some craft paint in teal and lavender as well.
Detail shot!
Thanks for taking a peek! Happy creating.

xoxo Amanda

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Rose

I promised new layouts! Over the Memorial Day Weekend we went down to Portland Oregon for the day. We had never been, except driving through. Our first stop was Voodoo Donuts, mmmm..... My newest layout was inspired by our second stop, the International Rose Test Garden. It was breathtaking.

All around the gardens were light posts covered in rose vines.... I had this Dusty Attic chippie just waiting in my stash for the perfect layout...and as soon as I saw those posts in the garden, I knew I was going to use it! I just love the new Enchanted Garden collection from Bo-Bunny. The combos of teals and purples is so eye catching. The quote is on a wall in a section of the Garden called Shakespeare's Garden.

I used Distress Crackle Paint in brushed pewter on the light pole. When it was dry I went over it with distress ink black soot. The flowers I sprayed with Glimmer Mist Purple Pansy and Patina. The white flowers I sprayed with Sheer Simmer Spritz in frost.

Here is another close up of the flower clusters.
Thanks for taking a peek - Happy crafting!

xoxo Amanda

It's been awhile...

WOW! Where as the time gone? When I posted in April of last year, I had every intention of keeping up with this blog - but life got in the way. I won't go into detail, but let's just say that my husband and I have been working our way through a major family crisis, all the while trying to work full-time, keep up a house etc.... I myself have been trying to get out of a deep funk - personally and creatively. I have actually worked on more pieces for my "fairy" series. I can share two of them, the third I haven't taken photos of and it is up on display at my local scrapbook store. I also finally have my "own" craft space - my son moved out and his room became my craft room! It's been a labor of love, my husband helped tremendously. It has taken some time for me to venture in and actually start creating in it....I'm not sure what was holding me back, perhaps the "funk" had something to do with it. I apologize for the jumble of words, they are not in any kind of cohesive order just thoughts that are popping into my head.

So - a step in getting out of this funk - here are two more in the Fairy Series...

More to come! Soon.

Happy creating all!

xoxo Amanda