Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #40 "Paper Piecing"

Good morning and welcome to another Lasting Memories challenge.  It's all about Paper Piecing!!!  Now I actually do alot of paper piecing in my cards and layouts, so this was a no brainer...the only problem I had was which pictures to scrap.  Hehehe.  Since Miss Bella has come into my life I can't get enough of taking pictures.  I bet I already have more pictures of her than I do of all thjree of my kids.  I love being a grandma...(well, oma to her.  Which by the way she still won't say.  I don't think she's ever gonna call me that!!!)  Anyway...we've had such icky weather here...definately not been a good spring.  One day it's 78 degrees, the next day it's raining and cold.  We did have a couple of nice days a couple of weeks ago and decided to take in some ball playing with the dog.  Bella loves throwing the ball for Sandi, but she just can't throw it far enough yet.  Then they both look at the ball wondering who's gonna get it...

So I took these pictures in the front yard of the two of them playing.  It's very rare that I scrap my dog and I am glad I had these to work with.

I had won this Dog cut file and I can't even tell you where, so if it looks familiar or it's yours, please let me know and I will for sure post a link.  I have got to start writing this stuff down...oh yeah, I am working on another project to help me remember these sort of things...hehehe, but that's for another day.  Back to where I was going with the original thought.  I inked around all the pieces and dotted some spots to his nose.  Then I welded a bunch of bones together in SCAL and created the frame.  I also cut the bones out individually and popdotted them onto the frame for dimension after inking the edges.  Love it...
I also cut the title out using the Child's Year cartridge and the "play" word.  I used the regular font to cut "ball" and added glitter to match the background paper. 

The next picture I just matted onto some black cardstock and added a swirly of glitter to that also.

Now the fun part of this layout:  The butterflies I cut using the Gypsy Wanderings file and a tutorial Penny Duncan showed.  First I cut three of them out of cardstock and then I cut three out of the cart clear packaging.  I love recycling items and this was so awesome.  I used my deepcut blade and mulitcut it 3 times.  I probably could have done 4 or 5 as I did have to use my exacto knife a couple of times for minor cuts.  I then used my alcohol inks in Stream, Eggplant and Wild Plum and inked the clear packaging.  This was a really cool affect.  I used my Martha Stewart Score board and scored along the body on each side so that the wings popped up a bit.  I colored my rhinestones with my Bic markers to match and then used my glue dots to adhere them to the body of the butterflies.  I then glued the clear bodies to the paper cuts and viola...flying butterflies.  I just love how much dimension they add to the page.

I really love the look of these butterflies. 
They look nice in the pictures, but honestly in real life they look MARVELOUS!!!

I really hope I've given you some inspiration to creating a layout with paper piecing.  It is one of my favorite techniques and I can't wait to see what you come up with.  Head on over to Lasting Memories and link up for a chance to be either featured or make the Top 3.  It's so much fun creating your scrapbook pages.  Also, everyone is so super talented over there, so check out some of the other designers and get more inspiration.

Don't forget to come back this afternoon for Simply Sundays challenge at Getting Cricky for another post.  I can't wait to share that with you either.


  1. What a neat layout, Brenda! I love the dog and his frame of bones! :) I can't wait to give this challenge a try! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Amy :) at

  2. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE your layout and especially those butterflies! Beautiful!

    I officially became a "grandma" recently so I know how you feel. (to read about it: )

    TFS! Elaine

  3. Great layout Brenda. It's so cute to see Bella playing with the dog. I love the paper pieced dog. Great detail work on that. And the bone frame is perfect. Great job with the butterflies. So very creative.

  4. What a neat LO and paper piecing job!

  5. Brenda... Love your layout this week! such wonderful butterfies and such a cute theme all around!!

  6. Your layouts are ADORABLE and I love your butterfiles!!!! I'm so honored you linked this to my blog!!! I hope you are having a very blessed day!!!


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