Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Heaven on Earth

My husband and I were lucky enough to get to go to Maui for our Honeymoon and we instantly fell in love! It is truly the most beautiful place on Earth and we can't get enough of it... I guess that is why we have been there so many times! (There are perks to a husband who travels all the time... those frequent flyer miles really add up!!) We love to stay in Ka'anapali because we have the beautiful island of Lanai in front of us, and the West Maui Mountains behind us! And talk about rainbows... can we say spectacular?!! Anyway, enough of my vacation travels...
The LO started by using the sketch from Stuck On U Sketches. They have another amazing sketch...this week it is from Liz Qualman. And their challenge was not only to use the sketch, but you had to use pink or red... I think I have the pink thing covered!! LOL!! I have had these papers from SEI lying around forever... there were just too pretty to cut! But I finally talked myself into it because they were perfect for my Maui pictures! I love how the background page fades from light to dark... it reminds me of the beautiful sunsets there! This picture was taken on one of our day trips to Hana. If you ever get there, you need to do this!! You will see the most amazing views and the waterfalls are outstanding!!
Once you have been to the Hawaiian Islands, you get to experience the amazing flowers that you will see no where else. And these are no ordinary flowers, they are so extraordinary... which is why I had to make my flowers unique! I love how fun these turned none I have ever made before! :)
And did you check out this butterfly?! I am totally lovin' this! I am sure I will be making many more of these in the future! They were cut from vellum (I seem to be on that kick lately!) and then inked and then I added Stickles. And right before my eyes, the wings started to curl up on their own!! How cool it that?! I couldn't have shaped these any better if I would have tried!! I added a few rhinestones and I was done!! I love how soft and delicate they are... they add to the page without being the focus of it... I love that!! (I am sure I will be going back and adding a few of these to my daughters' baby pages... they just look like they belong there!!) I also did something crazy with this LO... I tried stitching for the first time! And I love it! It's just a little detail but I love the way it adds to the page!! (I didn't however like how long it took to do!! LOL!!)

And the best part is... I can use this LO for all of these challenges:
Stuck On U Sketches - sketch
Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot - stitching (A first for me by the way!)
Practical Scrappers - flowers
Creative Belli Blog - butterflies
Pile It On - butterflies

Supplies Used:
Papers - SEI Mimosa
Cricut - Jasmine, Lyrical Letters, and Sentimentals
Various inks, rhinestones and a flower punch


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

You are soooo talented and I have to know how did you make those flowers.... I love everything about this layout... the colors WOW, and that butterfly is so delicate, I just love it. Please email me if you can at and share how you made those flowers because you know I have to make them and I'd rather not spend a week and mess up a ton of paper when I can just ask you PLEASE. Thanks and plenty of hugs!

joy said...

Oh, the flowers look so "Hawaii-ian"!! You've made a beautiful page. Thank you for participating in the Creative Belli Challenge.

Maria Matter said...

Wowza, this is gorgeous Barb!!!
Thank you for joining us @ Creative Belli!
Blessings, Maria

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

this is another beautiful page. I love the colors and all the details. The butterfly is adorable! and the flowers are just precious. Another winner!

Judy said...

Another gorgeous LO! Wow! I love the flowers and butterflies!

Joni Parker said...

This is absolutly stunning!! I love love love your flowers...I'm not really "into" making my own flowers, but these are so pretty, I'm inspired to try it! I also love that butterfly, thanks for explaining how you did it. I have LOTS of extra vellum I can try that on!! So great to have you share this with us at Practical Scrappers!

Nanne said...

An absolutely fab layout.. Those colors just say "HAWAII" and I adore your flowers.. Perfect in every way!!

Anonymous said...

Your LO is stunningly `beautiful` love all the vellum:)
Thanks for joining us at the cuttlebug challenge

Unknown said...

I love this stunning layout! You really captured the beauty of Maui! Your flowers are so incredible, love these soft colors! Thanks for playing again at PS!!
Kim xXx

Audrey said...

What a beautiful layout. I love the flowers.
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On.

Sandy said...

Oh little creative soul is screaming with delight...this is BEEEEEEUTIFUL...I love that pic...and the preservation of it on this page is stunning....I'm gonna try those butterflies...what kind of vellum did you use...I have tried to cut on my cricut and it seems to tear...what's your secret girly...they are gorgeous! Thanx so much for the inspiration this am...I'm hoping to get some personal scrapping done before the next SOUS have helped spread my wings...thanx for that!

Jennifer said...

This is such a sweet layout! Thanks for joining us at PIO. Hugs!

Rosanne said...

Pretty layout! Thanks for Piling It On!

Chrissy D said...

What a GORGEOUS butterfly - love the colors- so soft and springy! Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge!

Shantaie said...

I like that this is your first time stitching, and you went for a complicated desing...very impressive!!! gorgeous lo too!!

Thanks for stitching along with us at cuttlebug challenge blog~ Shantaie

Blog Template by Delicious Design Studio