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Monday, February 4, 2013

Red and Pink and White... Oh My!!!!!!

Hello again my crafty friends!!! I've been sooo busy these past few days trying to get some pages done for various challenges so sit back, relax and enjoy the show :-) 

A the top of my list are some projects I made for this month's Valentine Challenge over at Sketches4All!!!!   It's a GREAT challenge so be sure to stop in and check it out!!!
As part of the challenge, we were to create either a "traditional" Valentine's colors layout OR a vintage Valentine's card.  Since I LOVE to keep myself super busy, I did both!!! First, I decided on making a layout using a photo of my youngest daughter taken about a year ago.  It just seemed perfect for the colors!!! Here is the sketch we had to use for the challenge:

And here is my layout... I followed the sketch quite literally because I just loved the layout of it! 

All papers are from K& Company as are the tickets and chipboard letters (which are adorable !) and chipboard heart .  I also used various embellies by Recollections, Martha Stewart, American Crafts, and Jolees.  Isn't she precious?!?!?  Don't let her looks fool you though... She's rotten!! Lol!!

I also went for the vintage card as I have NEVER made a vintage Valentine's anything before!!! This is my FIRST Valentine's day crafting and I am obsessed with all the pinks and reds!! They are just pretty together!! Any who, here is my take on a vintage Valentine...

I saw that little girl in a K&Company card making pack and I just had to have her!!! I, of course, dissected the "pre-made" cards and just took what I wanted :-)
The papers are from MME "Love Me" paper stack and are perfect for this card!!! I used a stamp for the "Love Struck" and cut it in half.  I added some pearls and lace and voila!!! My first vintage Valentine is done :-)

Another card I made using the MME "Love Me" paper stack was for Anne's "Say it with words" challenge at Colorful Creations.   The word to use was "Love" and it was quite easy to master!!! I decided on a VERY simple card, cutting the papers down to size, and then cutting the banner out of a piece of pattern paper that already had them on it!!! Easy peasy!!!! And here it is...

Again, I stamped with the "Lovestruck" stamp but cut it in half to keep only the "struck" part for my card.  I heat embossed it with pink powder and then inked with various distress inks.  The title was already on the paper but I did outline it with a silver glitter pen.  Isn't it cute?!?!  

Okay, this is my LAST Valentine's project... I swear... Well, at least for this post!!! We're only at the beginning of the month!!! Hahaha!!!  I wanted to make a "pretty" Valentine's themed tag for my monthly Tag Challenge at Sketches4All.  This month's challenge is to create a tag using fabric.
I started with a standard size tag and inked it up a bit with various distress inks (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet).  I laid some Tim Holtz masks down and inked it up a little bit more for them to show :-)  The frame is a piece of craft metal that I embossed with my Grand Calibur and then painted with a white Sharpie paint pen.  I stamped another piece of paper with a script stamp, laid down another mask, then inked it up to match the tag and put it inside the frame.  The trim is by Tim Holtz also (big surprise!!!) and I dyed it with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain until I achieved the color I wanted.  I also added tiny pink rhinestones in the center of each one.  

The ribbon and pearls are from Recollections, hearts and metal key by K&Company, Cupid by Jolees, and metal quote and trim also by Tim Holtz.  I have to say that I am very pleased at the end result.  I think I was able to create what I was imagining in my head!!! 

Now, on to other challenges and projects!!
Colorful Creations is currently hosting a "Press Your Luck" game in which you chose a number on the board and behind each number is a challenge.  My challenge was to create a monochromatic layout using ONLY shades of red.  I thought it would be pretty difficult because it's easy to start switching to pink when you're in the "red" zone.  I tried to keep it all red, and think I mastered it!!! 
The pictures are from my friend Karen's Bachelorette party.  We went on a gambling boat for a few hours and had an AMAZING time!! I have been putting together some pages for her to keep as memories!! This is the second in the batch :-)
I also used this month's sketch from Sketch N Scrap (I site I recently found that provides a sketch twice a month, on the 1st and 15th, for an opportunity to win some goodies!!) to finish my page.  
Here is the sketch:

And my submission...

The papers are by Cloud9 Design and Me and My Big Ideas.  I used flowers by Recollections and rub-ons by Scenic Route.  Not so bad for mono page I guess!! 

And lastly, I'd like to show you a page I created for this week's GDT Heidi Brunelle at Colorful Creations.  Please stop by and check out some of her AMAZING work!! She truly is quite talented!!! 
Here is the sketch we had to work with...

And my layout...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this paper stack by Recollections, but I can never seem to make it work for me :-(  I'm not really happy with the page.. it just looks like it's not "my style" I guess... even though I don''t really have a style!!! Hahahaha!!! 
The pictures are of me and my daughter on the dance floor at my wedding.  My stepmother took the photo from the second floor which gave it a really neat view :-)
Anyway, I used various embellies by Making Memories, brads by Basic Grey and Studio G, and flowers by Recollections.  

Well, that's all gang!! As usual, thanks soooo much for stopping by and have a LUCKY day!!! 

P.S.... Don't forget to check out my FIRST EVER Blog Challenge that runs until the end of the month!!! There will be a fabulous prize to one lucky winner so make sure you get your entries in!!!


  1. Wow, What wonderful stuff! Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch N Scrap!

  2. LOVE, love, love all of your wonderful creations, Brandi!!

    I just got my first email update from your blog! WooHoo!!

  3. My you have been busy! Love all your gorgeous creations! I think you did a smashing job on the monochromatic challenge, those are always so hard! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  4. Oh your creations just blow me away!!! Absolutely stunning on ALL of them!! Love your take on the SnS sketch too! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch N Scrap. :)

  5. I jumped over here from Sketch-N-Scrap to check out your page for their challenge...love it, and love all the other pages here! Great attention to the details!


  6. You had me at pink...what a great set of pages and cards! Thank you for joining us over at SNS this month!

  7. You have a lot of great pages and projects in this post. I really like the combo of products for the Sketch N Scrap page. Thanks for getting creative with us at SNS.

  8. Lots of fun in those photo's and a great take on our sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch N Scrap.x

  9. I have such a hard time using the same color but you rocked this layout and the sketch thank you so much for playing along with Sketch~n~Scrap!

  10. Your layouts are gorgeous and so are your card creations. Thank you so much for using the Sketch N Scrap layout and taking part in the challenge.

  11. Your layouts are just stunning!!! I love all the detail you add...it really sets off those photos perfectly! :) If you have a chance check out the new scrapbooking blog starting up. Your layouts would be a great fit for the coming challenges and you might enjoy the inspiration!! :) :) ScrapYourStory.blogspot.com :) :) :)

  12. Lovely. Great colors. You projects are stunning. Thanks for playing along at S~N~S.