Thursday, June 17, 2010

I am SOOOO excited to be a Guest Designer at SOUS!!


Fridays usually make me happy... but today I am really happy!!! I have two challenges  I am going to share with you!! First....I am a Guest Designer at Stuck on U Sketches!! This is one of my all time favorite challenge blogs and I was so honored when they picked me to be a guest designer.... but then I was a little freaked out... have you seen what those 4 amazing ladies do every week?!!!  How in the world was I going to keep up with that?!!!!!! Well... I did the best I could... I hope you like my LO!! (Click on the photo for a better view!!!)

The challenge this week is this sketch from Pagemaps.... The pictures are from our Cruise where one of our stops was San Juan. I loved the arcitecture and wanted my LO to reflect that. I had so much fun cutting, layering, distressing and creating on this one!!

I love Tim Holtz and all of his fabulous metal embellishments and I love the grungy kind of look I can achieve by using his products!! The Lock is from his line and so is the compass mask. The masking in the upper left corner was done by laying the mask down and spraying the paper with Glimmer Mist. Then I lifted the mask while it was still wet and flipped it over and laid it on the bottom right corner of the LO to get the other compass!! I love to use this technique!!


After the Glimmer Mist dried, I stamped a travel quote on top. The quote says... The Earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes, and goes on his way.  I started out by stamping it with a brown ink but it was not showing up as well as I would have liked so I went over it by hand with a black gel pen! Most of the other metal embellishments are from Spare Parts, K & Company and 7 Gypsies. The stamp is from Cloud 9!

My daughter thought I was crazy when I started glueing on the rocks that are under her playset outside!! I loved the natural look it gave it and then I mixed in a few brads to get the metal tied in!!

This is a close up of one of the sides where I layered patterned paper, then layered more patterned paper, distressed some satin ribbon (It was just looking too shiny and perfect for the LO!!) I inked a few edges, added some brads and fiber and that was it!! The paper used on the LO is from Me & My Big Ideas!! The letters are from Thickers and Cosmo Cricket!!

Now you need to head over to SOUS to check out what the other ladies did with this sketch... you will really be glad you did!!!

Now.... On to my FROSTED DESIGNS CHALLENGE!! This week the challenge is so much fun everyone is going to want to play along!! We are challenging you to find things around your house that you would not normally use on a layout, card or altered project!!! How fun is this?!! At first I was kind of stumped, but once the wheels started turning.... Look Out!!!! LOL!!
Most of the embellishments on this page are things I normally would have thrown away!! This has me looking at my trash in a whole new way!! Heehee!!! The large cardboard circles are actually the tops of the ribbon spools. Once the spool was empty, I tore off the top and the bottom and then save the middle circular part. I painted the spool circles in different colors that coordinated with my layout. When they were dry I ran them through my Cuttlebug with some of the folders I already had... and I treated myself to some of the new Tim Holtz embossing folders!! They are just way tooo cool to pass up!! Then I inked them up and on a few of them, I wrapped some old jewelry wire I had laying around!

The circle the big M is on is a plastic circle that was in some type of packaging that I had saved a really long time ago!! At the time I thought it could make a great embellishment at some point.... guess I was right!! On this circle I painted the back with white paint and inked the edges and added a rub on M!! It was looking too neat and tidy so I decided to scratch off some of the white paint!! So much better... don't you think?!! LOL!!!

This was the hardest part of the LO!! I took the wire from an old notebook and made Matt's name. This wire was sooooo think and really hard to bend!! I know the name is not perfect, but I kind of like the way it turned out!! In the corner of this picture you can also see the gray duct tape that I ran through the Cuttlebug to get the stars embossed and then inked it up so the stars would show up better!! I also used a black twisty tie in the bottom right corner with the orange brads!! So..... how is that for recycling?!! I was so excited when I realized how many products I could use that I normally would have thrown away!! Now.... get over to Frosted Designs... I was blown away by the Design Teams projects this week!! You can also get to know our designer Joni a little better since this is her challenge she is presenting!! Thanks Joni for all the hard work you put into this one!! And while I am giving shout outs... I have to share a new blog friend with you... her name is Susan and I actually stole this LO idea from her!! It really is a challenge over at Sassy Lil Sketches but the LO Susan did caught my eye and made me want to play along!! You can find her LO by clicking HERE!!!  This LO also qualifies for the embossing challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot!!

And finally, don't forget... every time you link up a project at Frosted Designs this week, you have your name in a drawing for the June Prize Package which include the new Freshly Picked Cricut cartridge... you can't win if you don't play!!!   Sorry for my super long post today, but both projects were so much fun I really wanted to share the details with all of you!! And thank you for all the kind comments all of you leave me... I love hearing what you think about my layouts!!! Have a great weekend!!!
Barb :)

30 comments:

Denise said...

Gorgeous layouts girl! How on earth do you have time to do so many amazing layouts? What's your secret? Congrats on the guest spot at Sous.

Dawn said...

Congratulations Girl!!! How spectacular your sketch layout is. I love all those great details. Excellent job.

DoubleClick Connections said...

Thanks for this wonderful idea! I have tons of empty spools of ribbon that I can now use!

debbiebakk said...

Another amazing layout-you have the wow factor with this one. You did go all out- great job love all the details. And congrats on the Guest designer at SOUS you did a fabulous job once again.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Congratulations and I really understand, the ladies at SOUS are so EXTREMELY TALENTED. But Barb, take a good look around at this layout, hello this is AWESOME! You should be their guest designer and with layouts like this they will be asking you back, again and again! STUNNING! Love all the metal and you used little rocks and look at the detail. WOWSERS you took this one home. Only one critisism.... A Sox shirt, time for you to introduce him to the Cubbies... no that is a real team... so they loose alot, their followers are LOYAL! LOL!!!

Nanne said...

Oh how brilliant are you with recycling..Love the idea of using the ribbon spools.. wow!! how clever, I will have to remember that one for future layouts..LOL
Thank you for being a guest designer for us at SOUS, its such a great layout that you created.. I love looking at how different everyone's views of the sketch are..
Oh! love the rocks on the layout, once again, very clever...
I can go on and on, but must leave room for others to comment..LOL :)
hugs
Nanné

Sasya said...

Congrats, Barb!!! your works are awesome as usual!! ;))

Kim said...

All right, sweet friend, your work always amazes me, this has just blown me away....what do you mean not keeping up at SOUS!!!!
THat is one of the most gorgeous layouts I've ever seen. I LOVE all the layering and distressing. YOu have such a steady hand to be able to trace over the stamp with a gel pen.

Then to used the top of a ribbon spool, duct tape, and an old notebook wire to create this awesome layout....just blows me away. I want to be just like you when I grow up!
blessings,
Kim xxx

Tanya Rudd said...

All the little details add up to one amazing layout!
Hugs
Tanya

Sandi Clarkson said...

Wow you are one creative cookie this week, Barb. So glad to have you at SOUS. Don't know why that photo is so small .. I will go in after work and see if I can enlarge it. Thanks for playing with us .. your layout is just stunning!

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Wow Barb. The first layout is now my favorite one of yours. Love the pink and the metal embellishments. Also love how you used the wire in the 2nd one. Great stuff :)

Jocelyn said...

Congrats to you sweetie..I am so Happy for you!!!

Now the first LO.....I love all the details..all the goodies clustered together and the colors....PERFECT!!!

Love the wire on the second one and again....the colors are sooooo me!!!

Wishing you a Fabulous weekend!!

Katie said...

Congrats on the GDT!
You have such a wonderful way with texture and shabbiness!
Thanks for posting with Sassy Lil' Sketches!!!

Leah said...

man oh man is this cool! first off, you have got to scrap this handsome young man more often! hehe! I think your use of different techniques is one of my favorite things about your scrapping, when reading your quote on SOUS..I can see where you found your inspiration w/ crafting w/ your Mama!!! I love this LO and just can't stand all the cool stuff you put on it!!! that goes for both of the LO's! I love the layering on both of the pages...and the rocks from the playset! thats great!!!!

Sandy said...

Fantastic work on both of these....I love what you have done for us @ SOUS...it is such a stunner...I can see your daughters face when you started with the rock..LOL...but how perfect are they??? The metal pieces and the stampint, distressing...well just every inch is perfect!!!! Thanx so much for the fab inspiration you shared with all of us. The layout of Matt is another masterpiece...(I have a Matt too) The papers are perfect and I love all of your creative goodness that you found in the trash....heehee...The wire name is simply fab GF....you knocked both of these out of the park!

Brenda said...

Your glimmer mist work is fabulous! I am really learning from you!!

Diana said...

Congrats on the GD I love SOUS...Your LO looks amazing.

I love the Matt with the wire, I can't believe all the stuff you used from around the house. It all looks great. Love the photo. He is very good looking.

The Cropping Canuck said...

Wow! I love both layouts! They look great!

Susan said...

So here I am intently reading about all the neat things you did on your layout. My jaw is heading closer to the floor in amazement. Get to the second layout and thought to myself ah...she'd doing the same sketch I did last week. Then I see MY NAME! You are the one who inspires ME!! I can't believe it was the other way around this time! That really excites me!! And I am glad that we have met through this wonderful world of scrapping blogs!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Barb, I fixed to post and made the photo a jpg and got it larger .. just fyi ..so the world can see all the gorgeous details!

Fern said...

WOW Barb!! Fabulous job on both layouts!!! You know how I love distressed edges and lots of layering and this first layout has it all!! GF this is absolutely gorgeous!!!! And the second on is amazing!!! I would have never guessed to use so many things around the house!! And when I read that you used duct tape I had to laugh... I guess it proves you really can use it for just about anything!!! Have a wonderful day gf!!! Hugs!!
BTW thanks for being there for me last week with your thoughts and prayers!! You really are a sweetie!!!

Debbie said...

Well girl you totally rocked both of the challenges! Congrats on the Guest DT over at SOUS! I absolutely love your first layout. Love the pink and how it stands out! The textures and dimensions are wonderful. So much to look at and I feel like I can reach out and touch them. Now for the second one, you really out did yourself with what you found around the house. I love how you added the embossing to the circles and the added color of orange pops!

scrappinlil said...

Barb, you last name says it all...crafty that is! I love both of your pages. You are so talented and to be on the sous guest list is such an honor , they are very talented ladies but it's no shock that you got picked. I love how you did the name "MATT" ...very cool TFS

Pat said...

Barb a big congrats!!! I love both of your pages! You were so creative thinking of using the ribbon top!!!

Kate said...

Your layouts are amazing! I love all the extras you include!

Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Firstly I would like to say congrats on being Guest DT as SOUS, no suprise why you got chosen, the layout is just stunning. Love all your recycling on your second layout, just amazing.

hugs
Kaye x

Maureen Reiss said...

Beautiful LO!! Congrats on guest designer

Happy Dot Crafts said...

Very cool! And I love, love, love the colors!!

Cherie Averill said...

OMGoodness! I LOVE your take on the sketch! Thanks for sharing it with us at Sassy!

Ayana Posadas said...

Fabulous layouts!
I especially love that first one!
You have sooo many details on it. It's stunning! And big congrats on your Guest DT spot! You totally deserve it! :)

 
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