SAHM and retired Marine Scrapbooking for the art of it, because I love my family and I enjoy creating art--could there be a more perfect combination? Independent CHA Designer-available for design commissions, kit design, class and project design, teaching events, consultation, product reviews and more!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hulk Roller Coaster video!

Orlando, FL April 2009
The first part is a ride demo, then get ready to launch on our own ride! WooHoo! SCREAM ZONE!


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

3 X is a Charm

A layout commemorating a photo shoot with Becky Higgins at CKU Albums, Stamford, CT in either 05 or 06. What can I say? New camera............ I hadn't gotten used to the settings yet. The album course was "All About Me" and the discussion centered around how "we", the scrapbookers are often left out of our albums, mostly because there aren't any photos of us, as we are behind the camera. Therefore, she offered anyone in the class to go out into the natural light for pictures and it took me standing in line 3 times, 3 settings on my camera to get the shot right. That photo is now my favorite portrait!

Another interesting point of this layout was I used those little pads of papers I won at CKU. You know, those 6x6 gorgeous papers? I don't do many mini books and there's just SO MUCH PAPER in those pads that I could never make enough cards with one line, so I used some of them here as colorful accents on a black background.

I am not a big fan of journaling, or atleast sharing my inner most thoughts with the entire world, or breaking up a graphic design with a blotch of type, so most of my layouts contain hidden journaling behind photo doors or on pull-outs.

The circles were created by tracing regular household objects of different sizes, the large monograms ("3" and "X") are hand cut from fonts printed on my PC on a large scale.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pillow Designs: Gorgeous Trims

These pillows were REAL easy to make. I used a form shaped pillow from a manufacturer that specialized in this design w/ the cut out centers that offered an opportunity for "surprises" or messages within the design.

Fabric is by Basic Grey and the gorgeous appliques and trims are from Expo International.

Simply, the heart pillow was created to offer two different looks if you turned the pillow over, blue on one side with the brown cut out section, and brown on the other to coordinate but offer options with it's elegant flourish applique. The seam is embellished with beaded trim.

This design was a little tricky. The entire pillow is covered in the blue fabric, the cut out is covered with brown fabric. I created 4 long strips of brown fabric, folded over and finished. The strips are positioned on the back of the pillow in a pattern to mimic the square cut out area of the front. The strips follow around the pillow to the front side and are tucked into the cut out area beneath the insert. The square formed on the back with the strips is not a solid square but looks like it because of the jeweled applique. The edges are finished with coordinating beaded trim.


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Retired USMC, Mom of 2, Nana to two, living life creatively in Southern Maine. Need an original creation? That's my specialty!

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