Monday, February 23, 2009

Bright Layout and Blog Candy!

I love the bright colors in this layout! Of course, the subject is one of my favorite things too. The flash glared the pictures a bit but that is my 3rd grandchild, Easton. I used Pumpkin Pie and Certainly Celery Designer Series Ppaer as well as Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.

A fun (although slightly time consuming) technique I used on this layout that you might want to try when doing titles is to stamp an outline stamp like the Jumbo Outline Alphabet onto some of the scraps from your page and cut them out. Your title will match the layout perfectly because it is from the same paper as the rest of your layout. When cutting out letters that have centers like b, e, o etc, just use a hand-held circle punch to make a hole that you can get the tip of your scissors into to trim it out to the line.

I cut lots of circles and layered some of them and tied knots of coordinating ribbon here and there to finish out the layout. Then, when I had it all put together I took my white Signo pen (I love that thing!) and dotted around EVERYTHING. If you click on the layout it will bring a bigger image and you can see the dots. It really finishes off the layout nicely and didn't take that long. You might have to stop every few minutes to uncross your eyes though!

Hummm, I'm thinking I should give something away a lucky person who posts a comment about my layout or my blog in general. I'm trying to make my blog mostly stampin' Up layouts and cards but on Sunday I usually post a family post so you can get to know me a little better but not have too many non-stamping posts. I'm finishing up my second month of blogging. What do you think? What am I doing right and what could I do to improve or make my blog one you will want to visit often?

I'll have one of the grandkids draw a name from everyone who posts a comment. Your email address is not listed when you post so be sure to put your email address so I can get ahold of you if you win. I have a brand new, unmounted, never inked Puns From the Past stamp set that is a $27.95 value for the winner! I'll hold the drawing next Monday, March 2.

Good luck!


jEn paiGe said...

Hi! I love your blog! Your ideas are so great! Just keep doing what you are doing! Jen Paige

Lauren said...

I love those colors together. And I'll have to try doing that outline you did--I really like the effect.

And....please pick me!

Angela said...

The colors are really neat. I would have never thought to put those together. I know one lady whose hand is tired from all those dots but it was worth it!

The blog is great! Thanks for keeping our creativity flowing! See you Thursday!

Marlene said...

This is my first time to your blog, but I intend to some back. Your style is so much like mine. I think your blogging is great.

KaWheelers said...

Oo! I'll definitely enter for a stamp set :)

I'm glad that you post all your layouts. You are so creative and give me so many great ideas!


Diana said...

Guess I have to be the one to leave a "what I don't love about your blog. The green lines that go over the typing are a little in my way, but I love, love the layout and the ideas you have on your blog, keep up the good work. You make me want to do better on mine.

elaine said...

I know, you have to scroll up to get above the green swirls. Kind of bugs me too. I think this background has been up for a couple of weeks so it's about time to change anyway. I'll see if I can find a background that is less obtrusive.

Pokey said...

That is one of my favorite layouts from the stampers 10 classes. I may do it again with different papers.


Mike and Wendy said...

Sorry I've been slow to post a comment, but I figure it's probably nepotism if I win, so you don't have to enter me if you don't want to. Anyway, I, for one, am very impressed. Mostly because I know you, like me, are technically challenged! I honestly can't think of anything I'd change, so keep it up!