Saturday, May 21, 2011


Your Smile makes me HAPPY, Your Smile makes me PROUD and

May your SMILE open doors to your DREAMS!

Our son Nick graduated from Franklin Pierce University this past weekend - Magna Cum Laude!!!  with a BA in Mass Communications ( Media Studies / Media Production)

I CAN NOT begin to tell you how PROUD we are of him!

This photo was take at the Honor's Convocation Ceremony that was held on May 6th.  It is not the best quality photo, as I had to take it with my cell phone - because while I remembered my camera, I left my SD card at home in the computer!!  I changed the color and style in photo shop, and even though it is a little blurry, his SMILE shines through, and I am happy with the results!

I made this layout to remember that special day.  I had hope to enter it into the Polkadot Door Design May Inspiration Challenge - and thought the cut off day was May 18th - BUT  it was actually May 15th - so I was not able to submit it. - That is OK - I love the "challenge" of a "good challenge" - and the work that is created out of it - I hope you like what I came up with!!

For the challenge ( that I missed! - Oh well!)  - the RULES were: Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (photo, sentiment, or element : crocheted flowers).  Here is the photo for inspiration:

I incorporated the pinwheel, crocheted flower and SMILE from the inspiration, and I LOVE how this page came out!  The Basic Grey CURIO Line is just beautiful, and I had so much fun using it again in this layout.

All of the INGREDIENTS can be found on my post to my Gallery and were purchased at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo

I LOVE the base of this Layout - it is Bazzill's Glazed Chipboard "Grandma's Damask" sprayed with Tattered Angel's GLIMMER MIST in Maple Sugar and Turquoise Blue - then edged with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Stains in Wild Honey.  All of the torn edges were torn and folded with a water distressing technique, and inked with the Wild Honey too!  If you look below, at the bottom, middle of the photo you will see that I added an old dictionary page with the words "graduate" and "graduation" on it ( after I sprayed it with a little GLIMMER MIST in "Old Lace!"
HERE is a Dusty Attic Chippie (from DA0506 Foliage)- I first ran all the chippies through my Cuttle Bug with the TEXTILE distressing folder - I then inked this one and the smaller one in the bottom left corner - up real good with Quick Quotes Powderpuff "Tahiti" Chalk - then some Ranger Distress VersaMark, and some TeaDye Ranger Distress Embossing powder - hit is with my heat gun - and then brushed some Dried Marigold Distress Stickles on the brown spots - after that had dried - I painted on some Tattered Angles TIDE POOL Glimmer GLAM - I am LOVIN' how it can out and REALLY LOVIN' playing with Dusty Attic Chippies!

The Pinwheel was made by tearing paper  ( All the paper used in this layout are Basic Grey's CURIO Line)  The edges were then inked with the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Stains in Wild Honey. There is another little DA Chippie from the same set in this bottom left corner - along with a crocheted flower that a friend made, and that I "painted" with a little "OLD LACE" Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. The FILM Strip "Ribbon" is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology, and the camera eyelet, and "Explore" brad have been in my scrap stash for a while!

Can you see the lace on the right - by the DREAM Tim Holtz Ticket?  I got that while on a B'day get-a-way weekend with my hubby last June!  I love having it "peak" out from the torn area's on the page.
The SMILE letters are Maya Road chipboard alphas that were colored with Quick Quotes Powderpuff "Tahiti" Chalk, then some Distress Dried Marigold Stickles, and finally some Tattered Angles TIDE POOL Glimmer GLAM to make the word POP!  I think it does - do you!?

This pretty little swirl chippie is from the same DUSTY ATTIC collection - there are 2 - on on top and one on the bottom of the photo.  First I ran them through the TEXTILE embossing folder - then I inked it with the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Stains in Wild Honey, then I hit the top ridges with Powderpuff BLOODY MARY chalk ink -then I sprayed them with TATTERED ANGLES Old Lace Glimmer Mist.  After it had dried - I then gave it a nice heavy coat of ROYAL COAT Dimensional Magic
OH - do you see the STITCHING along the left and right edges of this Layout??  all done by hand - thank you very much!! There is also BLACK "FAUX" Stitching on the brown flower cutout under the photo!

Here is a close up of my little friend - the CHIPPIE!  Seriously - you have GOT to get some of these and try playing with them - LOTS of CREATIVE FUN!!


MANY THANKS to my TALENTED friend NATASHA whose inspiration got me additicted to water distressing - and now stitching on my layouts too!! Click on her name and check out her BLOG - but be prepared to wipe up the drool off your keyboard, as her work is AMAZING!  Oh, and while you are there - please leave her a little "blog love" (comment) and tell her I sent you!! ;o)

I am also entering this layout in a contest for Scrapbooks etc. February 2012 On Assignment Challenge
Boy/Girl Page, using Girl/Boy Product - so this is a BOY page, and I used "GIRL" product : Antique Lace, Crocheted Flower, flowered paper, Prima "Say it in Pearls" with mini roses and some BLING! Also some Glitter and Glimmer too! WISH ME LUCK!! Please head over there by clicking on the link and leave a like or a comment there if you would be so kind too! 

Thanks for looking ~ I would LOVE it if you would be so kind as to leave me a little BLOG Love - so I know you were here......

All the Best!


  1. I love the close-ups because I can see all of the beautiful details! Your posts always make me smile... you are so sweet and funny! You did a beautiful job with the stitching and chippie altering. It looks like you had great fun on this one!! I usually stitch when I am watching movies with my hubby... this way I don't notice the HOURS that I spend on it. LOL. It's too bad you missed the deadline for the challenge, but they hold a challenge every month if you would like to try again. Good luck on the Scrapbooks etc. challenge! Many hugs. xoxo

  2. Thanks for the love Natasha - I'll have to check out the next challenge make sure I get the date right! LOL! (( HUGS )) to you too!

  3. wow,wow,wow,this is very pretty!!
    Great job!


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