The journey of creating begins with a spark from deep within. The artist continues on the loom of life and throughout time a beautiful tapestry takes shape and form from the luscious fibres, brilliant gems and precious pearls we encounter along the way....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Layout to Brighten any January Day

 Nothing better on a cold snowy January day than flowers, roses and the promise of warmer weather.  Here is a versatile layout that can be used for family, heritage, a special child's milestone, or a personal autobiographical story.  The sky is the limit here and the way in which this can be used is definitely open-ended.  The paper featured here is KaiserCraft English Rose Collection you can email Deb to ask about it.  The beautiful hues of cream, pink, greens and burgundy are fresh and gives us a hint of warmer weather around the corner.  The metal rimmed pearls on the flowers are also KaiserCraft and go with this collection in colors of latte, brown, and pale green. 
I  am featuring Martha Stewart punch around the page punches here.  I used the punches on the first layer punching a green inspired pattern paper as a base mat cut at 101/4" square.  This is one of the sizes suggested on the punch around the page instructions, allowing the punches to work out evenly. Then I used the corner punch from the set to make a 6"x4" picture mat to feature as the focal point. I used the Cricut machine and Storybook cartridge to cut my lettering for the title.  I used the same cartridge to fashion the second picture frame in a circle with hibiscus flowers to highlight it. I double shadowed it to add depth and detail.  I used the burgundy diecut to feature some journalling which I will do on the computer on cream carstock to match the other cream highlights on this layout.  This was a fairly quick layout to bang out.  I made it in a couple of hours which included thinking about how to fit everything on the page as I create my own designs.  This layout would be perfect for a Shadowbox to hang on the wall.  If anyone has any questions on any part of my design, just email me and I will be glad to answer them for you. Find my email at the end of the blog, comments are welcome and if you leave a comment with a question I will try to answer it in short order.
Find Martha punch around the page punches on my links.  At this time, there is a Martha Stewart Punch preorder going on at OC Scrapbookers - go and check out the great deals there.  I am offering workshops on cards and layouts using punch around the page punches to bring detail and depth to your cards and layouts.  Email me or call me to ask about details or to tailor a workshop just for your group!  Email k_robitaille@yahoo.com  or call 705-844-2734 and leave a message.  Working on a Winter layout next.... 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Couldn't resist a December Layout!

The holidays went by so quickly!  I so enjoyed family times and good laughs.  Here is a picture of our precious Grandson who is growing by leaps and bounds.  He is just a joy to have around, he is funny and loving - so affectionate too, anyone who gets within his radar can't help but fall in love with him.  Here is a layout that showcases his mischievious side.  Mommy and Daddy says it took quite a few shots to get this impish liitle face smiling at the camera as he was so interested in  all the ornaments and trimming the tree!  Here you will notice my new House Mouse stamp with the sentiment; My Cup Runneth Over.  I couldn't help but use this on the layout as that is truly how I feel about my good fortune in life, wonderful family relationships, my good health and the same for my loved ones; what more can a person ask for?
I colored the stamp with Copic Markers (not happy with results this time) but I need to practice more - more - more... because when copics are coloring right for you, there is no other marker.  The trick is to get the right color combinations.  I do know that Deb is offering a fantastic preorder sale on Copic marker combinations right now.  Hurry on over to the store and check it out.  Just a quick post today... more coming very soon...  have a wonderful day!