Sunday, March 31, 2013

First Snow of the Year

The first snow of the year is always a little special and welcomed. Now that its April, it's not so welcomed. We happened to get a gorgeous dusting of snow right after I bought my new camera. So I ran outside before work to snap these. It was probably sometime in the 6am hour when I was out there, hence the beautiful dawn sky colors. I love that you can see the Christmas lights on the street in the pictures. 
 The base paper for the layout was Bo Bunny, and then a grey Coordinations cardstock. I used glossy paper and alcohol inks for all the blueish snowflakes. I used a combo of Pool, Eggplant, and Sailboat Blue, along with the silver metallic ink, pounced on the snowflakes after I cut them with a Spellbinders die.
 The centers of the snowflakes are iRock gems heated up, and the twine is from the Target dollar bins. I misted on the grey paper with a Mister Huey mask and Tattered Angels mist.

I love how well this page came together. The paper just fits the page so well, and the blues and greys are gorgeous.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fall Family Fun

So this is part two of our fun day in Madison. My parents brought their bikes, and I borrowed my sister's roommate's bike. We took off on a ride around one of the lakes (who's names are too close to tell apart).

 The paper is this series of photos is from Little Yellow Bicycle. I ordered way too much of it and then didn't like a few of them in person, but the back side turned out to work perfectly.
I dyed the flower centers from clear to yellow with my alcohol inks, before adhering them with my i-Rock

This was a wonderful day, and these pages were the best way to show all our fun. Not much can compare with a Michigan fall, but we made this to be a pretty fun day! I had fun fussy cutting all the flowers and playing with gems, ink, and stickles.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Madison Visit

Back in September, I was able to take a day trip to Madison to visit my sister. I had never been able to experience their famous farmers market. This farmers market goes all the way around Capital Square. They had such a wide variety of vendors. Naturally I love the cheese and bakery vendors. I'm dying to go back as soon as it opens this summer...which is going to be easier said than done. They do a indoor winter market in my town, but its not the same.

The paper is from a 6x6 Kaiser Craft pad that I got at my LSS rummage sale
I used various dies at my LSS to punch these flowers from the scraps

The colors leading up to the capitol were downright stunning

I didn't realize how beautiful fall in Madison was. We had such a fun day walking around State Street and the Capital. This was my first experience scrapping with 6x6 paper, but I kinda liked it. More bang for your buck. I liked having a lot of different papers to play around with....especially the sparkly one.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Learning Experience

Over Labor Day Weekend my friend Ashley came to Green Bay for a visit. So we decided to take her down to Cedarburg for a day trip. Cedarburg is a cute little town north of Milwaukee. It is all local shops and restaurants. They also have a local winery. I've always wanted to take the tour and learn about the process of making wine and how it works with our Wisconsin Winters. This was the perfect excuse to take the tour.

We got to go down into the cellars and first see the big old barrels. One tour participant even climbed into a barrel. Then we learned about the new techniques of making wine today. We learned the history of the winery and its owners. Very cute love story of the owner and wine maker.

The paper from this layout is October Afternoon. It had the perfect wood tones along with the blues and greens from the outside shot. The accents were cut on my Cricut and then dyed with alcohol inks to match perfectly.

I would highly recommend this tour if you've never learned about the wine making process. It was packed with history and science...perfect for this teacher.