Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today's projects (and Ella Week 5)...

Last night I was visited by the UPS person with 2 more boxes of product from a recent publishing. Wow, those boxes were loaded and that pile on my desk is overflowing with new stuff I want to use, I'm starting feel a little performance anxiety! It's been over a week since I sat there - and I don't know about you, but if I take a break like that, it takes me a little while to get back up to crafty speed! Plus I'm feeling an overwhelming need to purge out the old stuff and re-organize. If I start that now, it will be another few days before I get to sit and work. I better just jump in....

Fast forward.....Wednesday night (how time flies!) Here's what I made today:
This first project is a layout for the Ella Week 5 Sketch. It was a 2 page sketch this week but I decided to only do one page (the right one).
 I really wanted to use the pictures of Marilyn I took for my photo class. (Besides, it's way easier to photograph a single page layout than a 2-page one.)
Love these papers and finally got my hands on a little collection of LilyBee. Had a hard time tracking down the embellishments, etc. (We must be in between releases and I know this is an up-and-coming manuf., so their stuff must have flown off the shelves.) Anyway...had to get a little creative with the paper itself. Here's a close up of the flowers:
For those flowers I accordian folded 1/2" strips of the paper then smashed it up. I used glue dots to tack it to the background as I twisted it around to make the shapes.
Next up (after the laundry and errands, etc.) were these 2 cards for the Cards Blog challenge. This week was transparencies. Honestly, this is a weak area for me. I own a ton of clear stuff and I love the way it looks but I rarely use it. The stuff intimidates me. Here's what I came up with:

This Hambly transparency came in one of my goody boxes yesterday. I thought it would be great for a new house card. It's hard to see but the lined paper inside the second card is cut in the shape of a house. I used a Maya Road house-shaped mini album to trace and cut the shape on both cards.
Next on my project list are submissions for a few design teams. Anyone else submitting? Seems like there are a lot of choices out there right now. Wonder if this is the standard time of year for design teams?

7 comments:

Laurel said...

absolutely stunning!

Amy Heller said...

Gorgeous, I love them all, Valerie!!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

The flowers on that layout are to die for! Love them!

Sara Rossi said...

LOVE those flowers!! Your cards are gorgeous! I'm the same way about transparencies--love 'em, have 'em, hardly use 'em!! LOL!!

Anthonette said...

I saw your house card on the Cards blog and I had to tell you that I loved it! I want to make something similar. Thanks for the inspiration!

I live less than 15 minutes from Hambly Studios and I was just there yesterday to pick up some blog candy I won last week.

wendy smedley said...

love the flowers on the layout, another great page!

Valerie said...

Thanks everyone! (I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.)