Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 2011 Girlie Grunge Challenge


Boy, I feel like I haven't blogged in a month! The past couple of weeks I've been in Portland and Seattle visiting family and friends, not to mention, fighting off this icky head cold. So I haven't had a whole lot of time for papercrafting ... but I did manage to create two projects in one: a "little-piece-of-home" for my sister Therese (who very recently moved to Seattle) and my entry for Donna Salazar's December 2011 Challenge.

The requirements for the December challenge are to create a card, layout, tag, or altered project use denim, glitter, a Donna Salazar product, and two pictures (if creating a layout.) Since my sister recently moved to Seattle, and I want her to have a little piece of nostalgia and familiarity with her, I thought I'd focus the challenge on a layout of the two of us. I ended up using the Creative Scrappers sketch #185 as a starting point for my layout. (Thanks again, Natasha!)

Here is my layout:

First, I distressed the edges of a piece of cardstock and used it as the base for my layout. I then took a piece of SEI paper from Paper Mermaids and ran it through my Distrezz-It-All, then glued on top of the cardstock. My Distrezz-It-All (DIA) was an early Christmas present my husband got me from Paper Mermaids. This tool is AMAZING! I love the ripped up, grungy, tattered effect it gives your projects. I've been drooling over one ever since I started following the Girlie Grunge Ning, as well as learning more about Donna and her playful style!

I cut out flowers from another piece of SEI paper, then rolled some of the edges to give the flowers more of a dimensional look.

The big purple flower and smaller dark purple flower were made with my DS Rose Creations die. I dusted the edges of the larger purple flower with glitter, which I'm sure has transferred onto my sister by now. (Just kidding, Therese!) The other flowers on my layout include a purple Mulberry Street flower and a tiny Prima flower, both leftovers from my Paper Mermaids stash.

Now, for the denim ... I cut up the hem of a pair of jeans, rolled them up, and turned the piece into a rosette.

Next, I took several pieces of denim, cut each one into a circle shape, then folded into a flower shape. I applied some Smooch pearlized ink (from the blog candy I won recently) to my denim flowers, then glued them to my page to create a cascading effect.

I cut a few strips of denim, cut and ripped up the edges, then glued onto my layout.

The sentiment was created using my Tim Holtz "Vintage Lace" die and his "Once Upon a Time" die, a recent Christmas present from Portland. I applied some glitter on the paper lace strip below my sentiment.

It definitely helped having a sketch to work from. I must admit, it made creating a 12x12 layout less intimidating. I think I'll do more of these in 2012. Till then, thank you for looking, and have a wonderful day!


SEI "Couture" paper
DS Zutter Distrezz-It-All
DS Rose Creations die
Smooch pearlized ink
Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die
Tim Holtz Once Upon a Time die
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Mulberry Street flower
Prima flower
Restaurant doily (Save these!!)


Paper Nurse said...

Maria, this is beautiful! Love the denim flowers!

anna christensen crafts said...

Maria, this is absolutely gorgeous - I hope you feel completely better in time for Christmas.

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice layout!!!

Maria said...

Thank you so much, ladies!! And thank you, Anna, I am on the mend, feeling a lot better than I did a few days ago!!