Thursday, April 21, 2011


Happy Thursday of a long weekend - and welcome to my blog! I've completed a new layout, which I'm calling "Adoration". The picture is of me and my son when he was just 3-days old!
I've done a lot of layering on this layout using a combination of Bo Bunny Gabrielle and DCWV The Mariposa Stack papers - these papers are so complementary! I cut all the layers (with the exception of the base page) with wavy edge scissors. All the layers have been tool distressed and inked with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink; I also water distressed the peach-coloured page. On top of the patterned paper layers, I added a Gabrielle Cut-Out and small paper doily, which I inked with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks. The final touches on the layering are the beautiful Gabrielle Trinket, which I think looks so pretty on top of the doily, and the mini crochet doily that I tucked under the water-distressed paper.
The title is a chipboard word by Maya Road that I painted with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Antique Bronze. That wasn't quite crackle-y enough for me so I topped that off with some Ranger Crackle Accents. I did a lot of fussy-cutting of butterflies for this layout - I love the tiny butterflies from the DCWV paper!

I handmade all the flowers on this layout. The large flower was made with individual petals stitched together around a cluster of artificial flower stamens. (The stamens were surprisingly hard to find - I ended up ordering a bunch on ebay from Malaysia!) This is the first time I've made this type of flower and it took a LONG time. I'm pretty happy with the result - but hoping to improve my technique.

The smaller flowers were each made from a single piece of ribbon using a U-gathering stitch. They were then wrapped around and stitched to the small cluster of flower stamens and the petals were also stitched together. Don't they look pretty on the Zva pearl swirl? These flowers were super-easy to make and can be made in 3-5 petal varieties and in a lot of different sizes depending on the width of ribbon you use.

That's all for today. Have a great Holiday weekend!


Materials Used:
Patterned Papers - Bo Bunny Gabrielle Collection - Gabrielle Dot, Gabrielle Cut-Outs; DCWV The Mariposa Stack; Chipboard Title by Maya Road; Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Antique Bronze; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Antique Linen; Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents; Recollections Boutique Fleur Mini Crochet Doily; Small Paper Doily by Wilton Enterprises; Bo Bunny Gabrielle Trinket; Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Tuxedo (used on the larger butterflies to accent the black areas); Michael's Special Value Ribbon; Artificial Flower Stamens; Zva Creative Adhesive Pearls; Glue Dots - Mini and Memory Book; American Crafts This to That Glue Runner.


Cynthia Lloréns said...

I just love your page..and the hand made flowers are so gorgeus!!!!!
I´m follower now.
Have a wonderful week
Hugs from Brazil

Natalie said...

WOW Sarah - this is such a beautiful LO and thanks for stopping by my blog too! xxxx Natalie

Jayne said...

Beautiful the layers and the attention to detail that has gone into this.Such a sweet photo too.....great job.

Kelly Codd Greatrex said...

Gorgeous Sarah! Love all the layers - I have layer jealousy - LOL! It was great to see you Saturday - thanks for the surprise!

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Here we go! Found you here too :o) Lovely blog..LOVELY layout! Nice to meet you Sarah. Take care :o)