Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thinking of You Spring

Hello, Kim here with a tongue- in- cheek post sharing a layout I did about  Spring.

 In New England, we have unpredictable weather. Sometimes we are even "lucky" enough  to get a Spring snowfall... yes, you read that right... snowfall.

What is a girl to do about Mother Natures miracles? Well, document it , of course, with a pretty Spring scrapbook page!



I love how Donna Salazars Spring In Bloom collection puts me in a spring mood despite the heaping mound of wet white stuff on my poor little rose plant outside.


From her Spring In Bloom line, I used the Ribbons paper to create layered border strips which I accented with lace.
I handcut  the flowers from the In Bloom page and spritzed them with Smooch Spritz and a touch of Fairy Dust Glitter


I cut the word Spring for the title out of the patterned paper collection pack and added some rub- on's to finish off the title.
A few paper doilies, a handcut butterfly and some lace add the perfect finish for the page. I can almost feel the snow melting away.. okay, maybe not.  Until June then, I will be' Thinking of You Spring'.
Peace,  Kim
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Supplies:
Inks, Spritzes, Glitter:  Smooch Spritz and Fairy Dust Glitter , Donna Salazar Clearsnap
Other, Paper Doilies, Lace, and Rub-on lettering.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happily Ever After

as I was surrounded by Fairy Dust Glitter the other day... I truly felt like a little girl in a Fairy Tale... took a break from layouts and projects to create a few cards to put away for upcoming weddings.... pearl accents, oversized flowers and vintage postal touches and of course, both... tied with string

The End

Kim ;)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mothering

this little fella has been the biggest adventure of my life. Everything... and I mean everything is an exception when it comes to him.
Last night we went to a local carnival. Erin wanted to go on everything and Ryan.... well, he wants to do NOTHING.... the lights, the way things spin, at first it was all very exciting for him. As the sun went down, it began to get very dark . The lights lit up stronger, brighter and all the excessive stimulation was just too much for him to handle. He began flapping, pacing, darting off etc.... wayyyy too nervous for me to remain relaxed and enjoy.
Simple things... .like a fun night at a carnival... isn't for him.
I woke up this morning feeling better about things... trying to remind myself that it is a going to be an adventure forever for us... there is really NO such thing as normal anyways so I shouldn't get so wrapped up in worry about the fact that we may never be able to go "regular" places without having it be a truly unique experience.... I am a member of a club I never asked to join yet am proud to be a leader of this club. I feel honored to be given this role of parenting a special child like him.
Not to worry about the looks he is given, the stares and blatant RUDE looks he gets from people... of ALL ages even despite my very HARSH looks back... I guess its lack of knowledge on their part, and that really is MY issue, not his... and I know this... but some nights... its hard...
Some nights... I just want to go see a fabulous musician who has come into town play at a local pub.
Just sneak out and leave my kids with a babysitter like I used to have...
So this morning, I will spend Mothers Day completely unique to us.... chocolate cake for 2 for him and I ...for breakfast... , watching documentaries on trapeze artists, and farm animals.
and for this boy and this momma, what a perfect Mothers Day

Peace,
Kim

Friday, May 06, 2011

Sugary Sweet and soft

Hey all, Its Kim here with a pretty little project using Donna Salazar Designs amazing products. Sugary Sweet and Soft is the feeling you get when you dust a layer of Donna Salazars Fairy Dust Glitter onto your projects!
Just in time for Spring is this lovely line called Spring In Bloom. I created a little journal to give as a Mothers Day gift or housewarming hostess.
For the book or album, you can use your Zutter Bind-It-All and chipboard to create a mini album or purchase a ready made one like I did here.

1. First, I cut out a square from the Spring in Bloom Artistic Paper line and trim excess negative space to make a 4x6 cardstock with image.


2. Paint, or color it in with markers ( I used Copics) to fill in the floral image and leaves/stems.


3. Add Glue Gloss with applicator lightly over the script text . Sprinkle with Pralines and Cream Fairy Dust Glitter.  Ink edges of cardstock with Color Box Archival Queue  in Deep Grape (from the Beach Towels collection)
4. Handcut a purple butterfly from the Spring In Bloom collection , add Fairy Dust glitter using Glue Gloss to adhere and add to left corner of cardstock with a pop dot, bending the wing up slightly.
5. On a extra piece of Artistic Paper (blank) 1x3 inches... apply a Design Adhesive by Clearsnap. I used the word Enjoy.
6. Add white Embossing Powder , sprinkle off excess and heat set with tool.
7. When the image is cool liberally apply Deep Grape Ink over image and background. Wipe off excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. to reveal a subtle and resisted image underneath the darker background ink. Keep adding ink and wiping off until you receive desired affect.
8. Add gems to sentiment and adhere with pop dots or 3 d adhesive. to bottom left of cardstock as shown.
9. Using Glue Gloss, apply adhesive to a wooden craft spoon tip (vintage or plastic spoon would work also ;) Add a thick layer of Fairy Dust Glitter in Pralines and Cream. Let dry and then repeat process on the back side of spoon tip. This resembles the chocolate and sprinkled coated spoons you can get in gift shops and will serve as a fun decorative element for the book.
10. Cut strips of burlap and silk ribbons, twine etc to tie around the spoon.

11. The greatest thing about this Glue Gloss applicator is that it is easy to apply to ribbons and fabric pieces without mess !  Next, add some adhesive to the burlap and then sprinkle it in Fairy Dust Glitter.. shake off excess and be amazed by the prettiness of it ;)
12. Tie silk tea dyed ribbons , twine, ribbon burlap or any other fabric around wooden spoon.
I added a decorative pin by Maya Road and attached spoon to center of cardstock piece.
Now you have a few techniques in order to create a gorgeous album, card or decorative piece just in time for spring showers, Mothers Day or celebrating all the new fresh events in your lives!


Supplies:
* Pattern papers:  GCD Studios, Donna Salazar Designs, Spring in Bloom line
*Copic Markers:  V06,V09,V15,V20   
YG67,YG03,YG63
Glue Gloss     
 all by Clearsnap
*Fairy Dust Glitter , Pralines and Cream, by Donna Salazar Designs and Clearsnap

Other:  stick pin, burlap, ribbon, twine, pop dots, button, gems and wooden stick.

 Hopefully this inspired you to grab these new products.. I would love to see any projects you create using any of the techniques I mentioned here... Link us up and let us know your favorites!

Here are some close ups of the finished project

Thanks so much...You can see more projects like this on my blog at

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

How bout some sneaks?

Can you stand it? Love me some glittery, sugary sweet goodness that is Fairy Dust Glitter and more... coming Friday ;)