Tuesday, May 27, 2014

USA Make it happen

Greetings friends, Kathleen White here.  Today's project is a modern take on a traditional 4th of July layout.  I took this picture of my daughter and her husband last July and thought that I would make a 4th of July layout with it.  Red, white and blue those were the colors I had in mind.  Then the kind ladies over at Lulupu-The Craft lounge ask  me to be a guest designer this month with a movie theme.  This 7 Dots Studio paper just had the right saying for an American layout. So here is a still from the movie, USA Make it Happen!

Freeze frame

Washi tape film style frames the pictures.  I have mounted the picture red card stock and since I ran out of pop dots I used a piece of card board to raise it up giving it dimension.  I cut out the lions to further frame my subject.  I call them my  MGM lions! 

The gears were inked in black and the one around the flag was also given some silver ink around the edges to make it stand out. 
The light was inked in black them the bottom or the bulb was sprayed in yellow and the surrounding area was also given a spray or two for the glowing light.  This paint really has a beautiful shine to it.
Tags are tuck into the sides for journaling.
Black sewing thread was given a good wadding and stuffed up under the picture  providing more texture and interest.
Thank you for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.


7 Dots Studio; Queen of Hearts
Paper Craft; Picnic


Creative Embellishments; gears sm, md, lg, chipboard  and light fixture
Heidi Swap; paint(mustard)
Tando Creative Andy Skinner Incognito stencil
Stash items; black thread, ink, washi tape

The Crafty Scrapper Use layers

Once Upon a Sketch  Journal entry is on the side tag.  It tells about our day trip to downtown Dallas.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

From France

                                                                 "From France"

Hi everyone!  I have been busy crafting but never get around to posting them lately.  lol 8)
This is a pic taken of me during our spring holidays in southern France this year.  I received these gorgeous papers from C'est Magnifique this week and  just had to put two and two together and this is the result.  Hope you like it.


Magenta Lilianne and Sophia


Creative Embellishment checkered stamp and chipboard
Doily Flowers black
Petaloo Spring Darjeeling collection
Paper Loft Accessory sheet
Tim Holtz Distress Ink dried marigold
Kaiser Craft Timeless treasures Rub ons
Tando Creative border chipboard
The Robin's Nest dew drops

Once Upon A Sketch   My journal entry is on the back giving details of this day and the places we explored in France.  Awesome vacation!

Off the Rails  Use chipboard
Jot May Mood Board

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Happy days!

Happy days indeed.  This was taken shortly after my son's wedding in Ireland.  My daughter sits in a large ring statue just outside Bunratty castle.
The base of my paper is filled with fun stamps of chicken wire, branches and sayings. 
Two different punches were used for flair.
I love flowers and butterflies don't you? 

Thank you for stopping by today. I always enjoy your visits.


Blue Fern Studios


Graphic 45 butterflies, Bird Song stamp
Creative Embellishments chicken wire stamp
Petaloo flowers
  Stash;  lace, ribbon, various saying stamps

 Beyond Grey Challenges  BCG#52  I used lace, ribbon,strips and black

Blue Fern Studios  Sketch challenge

Hi everyone!  I have some very exciting news to share with you today.  I was selected as a guest designer at The Aviary!!

Guest Designer Announcement

As you may know, we recently had a call for guest artists.  We had so many wonderful applicants, it was so hard to choose just a few.  You all amaze me with your boundless creativity and willingness to share your ideas and techniques with others!  I wish I could choose them all, but there will always be a next time.  Here is a list of the artist who will be joining us here at The Aviary over the next several months.  We really look forward to seeing what they create with our products!
Stephanie Eaken
Jill Doyle
Emanuela Zoey
Kristie Larsen
Carmen Whitehead
Ashley Hamm
Marie Johansson
Kathleen White
Amanda Jayne Baldwin
Monica Edwards
Agnieszka Bellaidea

 We will be learning more about these lovely ladies soon, but for now I hope you will help me congratulate them on making the team.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

"By the Sea" layout

Oh but I have been having way to much fun this week!!  First I made my first every mini album and now I have complete a complimentary layout to accompany it.  I think I have a new love of the shadow box concept.  This was my girl's first trip to the beach.  Frauke, my oldest daughter was so proud to have made a sand castle.  Katie, the youngest, came by and and ruined it.  Frauke was soooo upset!  Sisters!!

 I created this with Graphic 45's "By the Sea" collection.  Totally awesome!!
 A few close ups.

 I made this compass out of two pieces of Creative Embellishment chipboard.  I painted it this incredible blue from Shimmerz.
 Bathing beauties.  This section is just one layer of goodness on top of the other.  The side card can be pulled out for a journal entry.
 In my mini album I created windows with valances so I created a window in this layout too.


Graphic 45 "By the Sea" collection
Blue cardstock


Creative Embellishments chipboard frame and compass
The Robin's Nest netting, sea shells and starfish
Graphic 45 "By the Sea" chipboard, stickers and pop out cards


Thank you for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.  I want to say a big thank you to my followers.  I hit 50 followers!!! Yeah!!


 Scrap 365    May sketch challenge

The Aviary  Any thing goes month

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

She walks in beauty

The proms are over and school is wrapping up and soon it will be time to make that final walk down the aisles.  I was so blessed to have taught in my daughter's H.S. her final year.  I felt so much a part of her senior experience.  This year she will graduate again but this time with her master's degree.  How time flies.

 I just adore the soft color combo of this layout.  It really makes Katie's dress stand out.
 I painted the ivy frame with gesso and afterwards inked it in green with touches of brown for an earthy feel.
 I misted the paper in this yummy Shimmerz cotton candy spritz.

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what the papers have to say today.  I love that smile!!


Webster Pages; Beautiful Story
Bo Bunny; The Avenues
Crate Paper; Picnic


Creative Embellishments; Ivy frame chipboar
 Shimmerz, cotton candy spritz
Tatered Angels; Plumeria glaze
petaloo flowers
Graphic 45 Topography chipboard
Stash items to include ribbon, chipboard, lace, baker's twine etc

Off the Rails  Use stripes and polka dots

Berry 71 blue  Simple pleasures  As you can tell from the above photo that would be watching my daughter grown into an incredible young woman.  I used the soft pink tones and pops of color from the flowers

C'est Magnifique sketch

Friday, May 2, 2014

By the Sea mini album

I just received my Graphic 45  "By the Sea" collection thanks to Off the Rails!  I couldn't wait to get started on this mini album; my first ever!
This style mini book was a perfect pick for me since I have  a series of pictures  through the years at the sea side or on the  water pictures and they can all reside here together.

Allow me to take you through the steps I used to make this mini album.  Last year I won this wooden book from Genuinely Jane Studios.  I had no clue what I would do with it until now.

Step 1:  Sand along all the rough edges of the boards and wipe off the dust.
Step 2:  Paint the edges and go in about two or three inches of the boards.

Creating the life saver.  I got this idea from Maria Cole over at Graphic 45.
Step 3:  Select the papers you wish to use.  I'm going nautical!  For the life saver cut out two 4 inch circles from thin card board and again with the patterned papers.  Cut out the middle of one of the circles with a 2 1/4 circle. I use Set Sail paper on bottom circle both front and back.  For the life saver I cut out 4 pieces of Set Sail and 4 pieces of Splash and alternated them around the circle.
Step 4:  Put glue on the back in sections for the Jute.  Wrap the rope around 3 times and hold in place to set.  Repeated 4 times on the top sections only.  This will allow the cutout pieces to lie flat on the lower portion of the life saver.
Step 5: Place pop dots on the back lower edges and glue on the back of the jute and secure onto the back circle.
Step 6:  Now that the two pieces are glued together apply a generous amount of glue around the sides of the circles.  Take your jute and go around the circle twice.  Hold until it sets.
Step 7:  The fun part...cut out whatever makes you happy and glue to the life saver and put off to the side.  I put a round chipboard piece in the middle.

This is an 8x8 wooden album so the Graphic 45 By the Sea 8x8 pad is perfect for this design.

After painting all the edges you are now ready to select your papers and glue them on to the boards.  Make sure you press from the center to the outsides to avoid air pockets.  Cut two 8x8 papers in half for the doors and full sheets for the main board.

Here you can see where I added the dried star fish.
The raised life save provides dimension to this cover.

The inside door panels are made to look like windows looking outside to see children at play in the sand.  I used brown ink on the edges of the paper to give it an aged look.  You can see the back of the life saver and the envelope which contains a card for journaling.
Here is a look of the opened album.

A close up of the catch of the day net.
This panel show how you can slip your pictures in to the panels for display.
I used a lace punch to create my window valances.
A look with the front cover half shut. 

A look at the center piece without pictures.
Here is a close up of the elements used to create your picture net.
I cut out strips of edging from the papers and then cut out thin cardstock to match that size.
 Top piece is approximately 3/4" and the bottom piece is approximately 1 1/2".
Cut out a piece of netting 4" long by  8" wide.
 Now here is the tricky part at least for me.  Sew the netting onto the cardstock both top and bottom.
Glue the pattern paper on top of the netting making sure you put punch holes in the bottom papers to accommodate the rings.
Glue the bottom strip onto the board.  Put pop dots on the ends of the top strip and secure in place 4" from the top.

I think the back should be just as pretty as the front.  Especially if you place the album on a stand which I did.
I cut a runner strip from the paper then added a another strip that I that I used a punch on.
Graphic 45 have these wonderful cards that I cut out and backed with cardstock.
I created a hanger using a strip of patterned paper and the tack is a chipboard piece.
Thank you for stopping by to see what the papers are saying today.  I know they had a lot to say today right!  Thank you again for living through it!!


Graphic 45:  By the Sea, Beachcomber, Set Sail, Splash, My Anchor, Pier 45, Gathering Seashells, Sand and Serf.

Core'dinations:  Blue cardstock


Graphic 45; By the Sea chipboard and double sided cardstock

Genuinely Jane Studios; wooden album

Martha Stewart paint

The Robin's Nest; Small starfish and fish net

Stash items;  ribbons, jute, brown ink


The Color Room House hold item; thread