Monday, May 21, 2012

No excuses

I am not going to provide any excuses or reasons why I haven't posted in a while. If you are still here, thank you. Now, straight to the creativity!

By golly, Lora, is that a layout?!?! Why yes, yes it is. I know this is Amy Tan's last year release and I have Sketchbook sitting on my desk, but I still just love this line and how easily it comes together. Some of the embellies are from the line while others are from either the class I took with Amy or from Sassafras Lass. There is also some Maya Road rub ons, a Hambly overlay tag and some random stuff I had and yes, I do believe that is the last of the pink polka dot crepe paper so you won't have to see it again. (Unless of course I find more!!!)

I hand stitched the "JOY" to the tag and sewed the paper laves to the bottom. Oh! The flower there is an Epiphany Crafts bottom with a Dear Lizzy button on top and the chevron pieces near the title are Studio Calico Fabrip leftovers.

Then there was this little guy. It is a Midnight Musing creation. A mini canvas painted, layered with dictionary paper strips, stamped with a repeating heart image in Staz-on, then a Balzer Designs stencil over that with yellow paint. The saying and the bird were stamped or drawn on sticky back canvas and cut out. Both were colored with Gelatos first. I used the Sakura Glaze pen to write the quote and draw the little heart.

The twig is from the backyard and painted green then layered with a bit of distress stain. And this guy, over here on the corner?

That is the spark of inspiration from the Midnight Musing. I used push and mold, pressed a metal key to create the shape, and melted the UTEE. I added bright green eyeshadow that I had and there it is! While the color is very similar to Perfect Pearls, the eyeshadow didn't have the pearlescent look to it so the UTTE piece is less shimmery, but I love it. The ribbon is dyed with glimmer mist.

This poor layout. I had to do it twice. The first round was a hot mess and went in the trash after I pulled the photo and some embellies off. The second round was much better. It is still way different from my original conception, but I am at least happy with it. This is a Pagemaps sketch, I believe, and the inspiration is from a friends' blog.

The pink woodgrain is made by me with a stamp and embossing powder, the light pink and brown polka dots are Pink Paislee. Journaling spot is Jillibean Soup, the flower with tulle and the wood buttons are Prima, the white resin pieces are Melissa Frances, the little flowers and pearl button along the bottom are Webster's, and the milk cap is of course Jenni Bowlin.

AC Thickers and chip butterfly, K & Co fabric flowers along the top, Recollections pink resin roses, and the wood grain strip above Miss Lily's bow is from Heidi Grace Designs. We are going to say that everything else is stash.


  1. I love the UTEE key! The eyeshadow idea is a keeper.

    I'm glad you stuck with the layout; it is a definite keeper. Love the fabric flowers!

  2. Oh, these are all wonderful! Love the colours in the first layout, and the little felt camera is adorable. Your mini canvas! That key is super-dee-dooper cool! I'm also glad you stuck with the last layout, it turned out beautifully!
    Good stuff, Lora...glad you're back, no excuses necessary!

  3. i love it! Both! Totes Adorbs and i'm completely jelly of your talent. lol......
    keep up the good work! It was a blast working with you. My layout is still missing the flower. I'm hoping to get that made this weekend and I'll post it to share with you. i love your stuff because you have a whimsy about your style and it just puts a smile on my face. Again, keep up the awesome work!

  4. Oh how cool! I love how you made the key! Great layouts. I love the AT line too. :)

  5. Hi Lora: Good to see your work! I love what you have created! The first layout and your mini canvas are so bright and colorful. They make me smile. The last layout is beautiful and I agree aboutt the key. Great work.
    Sandi Smith (Sassy)

  6. Glad to see you back to blogging and creating. First, I love that picture of them holding hands. So sweet! The lo is so happy. I don't know if it's the polka dot crepe paper or what. The canvas is so cool. So many steps and details but it makes such a nice finished product. However, that key is amazing!!! Your last layout is nice, as well. I like the cluster of embellies and the fabric flowers along the top but the pink wood grain is my favorite part of it. Keep up the good work!

  7. Love the JOY tag and all of the Amy Tan products! The bright fun colors in your layout just grab your attention! Love the pink woodgrain. I really like how you stamped the entire top half of the page. I'm with everyone else, the key is awesome!