Saturday, May 22, 2010

Crop Chocolate Designs: Masterpiece

I am sorry to say that I have been quite lazy as of late. Have several projects to video and post, but I have been catching up on my reading instead. Just finished Corpse Suzette. I will be back in the saddle soon. To ease my conscience I am sharing another of my designs for

This posed the greatest challenge. I was using the papers that were sent in my kit and wanted to incorporate some of the fibers. After staring at it for a bit, I pulled out my stamps and some ink. I know, shocked aren't you? I cut down this 12x12 piece to create an 8x8 page. These polka dots are on back side of the 5th Avenue Sophia Harlequin paper used on the Green Calendar. The extra bits were used on another project. Waste not want not.

I used a small stamp to create a border around the polka paper. I tried to center each flower over one of the polka dots. Those flowers in the center were my test flowers. I knew the center would be covered by the photo. This gave me an idea of how the ink would react and how much pressure to use to get the look I desired.

The flowers from a glitter kit offered by CropChoc were used to add a border to the right. My own fine pee wee glitters were used on the transfers. I also cut a piece of Bazzill card (leftover from the Greeting Card) to use for my journaling and inked the edges in blue.

This is a photo of the glittered flowers and the quote added to the bottom of the page. It is a Heidi Swapp quote that I cut apart to make it work on my blue strip. My camera catches great detail, but the cut lines are not obvious to the naked eye.

I finished the flowers by adding a dot of liquid pearls to the center of each one. These small dots help each flower make an impact individually and collectively. You are also seeing a sneak peak of the Basic Grey fiber that was used. The color was perfect for the cardstock.

 When I created the mat for the photo using the Making Memories Kids collection Ethan Plaid, I inked the edges in blue. I then adhered the fiber and secured it with a glue dot.
The entire piece is raised on two sets of foam dots so that the journaling can be hidden behind the photo. When you are doing smaller pages with larger photos, it is sometimes difficult to find a place for the journaling.

 This is a nice close up of how all of the elements came together. I am not usually the subject of my scrapbook pages. Once I saw the colors of the papers, I knew I had the perfect photo.  Although the design is very simple, I am loving the non-cluttered look of the elements. Everything has texture, but it is soft and fitting for the photo. This one did not make the CropChoc page, but I am pleased with it. My journaling for this was about how I used myself as the focal point in a design and how freeing I felt after doing so.

My inking was kept to a minimum but, it is there nontheless. Each page for me does not have to be over the top. If I like it, then it is a winner.
Keep inking in the name of love.
Until then.


  1. Once again I am blown away by your talent for putting papers & images together..just love it! And that is such a good picture of you...!!!!


  2. Vee, love this page, and I agree....what a beautiful pic!