Thursday, February 10, 2011

Laugh Motivational Layout

I am getting more comfortable with 12 by 12 layouts.  As most of you know, they are a huge challenge to me.  But I am slowly finding a love for them.  I am realizing how much more impact my cuts, embellishments and details can have.  They still take me a long time to do but I will keep trying!
 This project started as a 12x12 plain white piece of paper. Here is the transition from Ho-Hum to WOWZERS!
I used my new background stamp in Swirls from Pink By Design. Started with Mustard Seed Distress Ink.
Then I stamped again with Crushed Olive Distress Ink.
Then I stamped with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.
Next I used Glimmer Mist in Apple, Tuscan Sun, and Jack O' Lantern.
Next I used VeraMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder the swirls.
I also used the Script Background from Pink By Design Stamps in Rusty Hinge to stamp the lower right corner lightly.  Here's a close up of the heat embossing and the stamping.
Next I distressed the edges with my Zutter Ditrezz It All. I inked with Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Next I used my Cricut and Botanicals Cartridge to cut "Laugh" at 1.39 inches. I ran them upside down through my Xyron to make the tops sticky.  To make sure my adhesive gets on the top nicely, I use a scrapper to rub it down firmly.
 Then I sprinkled some olive green microfine glitter from Martha Stewart.
Next I cut the top note shape from Storybook.  I cut it at 8.29 inches. In order to make slide holes for the ribbon, I took a rectangle from Storybook and shrunk it down.  I place 4 of these rectangles onto the shape.  I did not weld them so they would cut a negative out of the top note shape. I stamped with the Swirls Background Stamp again with Peeled Paint and I threaded the ribbon.
Then I used my favorite swirls shape from Home Decor to add dimension to the side.  They were cut at 1.66 inches. I also rolled several spiral flowers with my Imaginisce Petal Roller. 
Finally, I adhered "Laugh" to the top note shape and then to the layout with pop dots. I also added some bling!
I adhered all the flowers to the layout.
I love how these swirls compliment the flowers.  The rhinestones are from Imaginisce and the I-Rock.

I have entered this layout into a few challenges.
Cricut Circle Blog Weekly Challenge- Use 3 of the same cut and Spray Ink- I used the swirls from Home Decor and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Tim Holtz and Anything But A Card- LOTS of Distress Ink and obviously it's not a card.
Here is the file for download.  You will need Storybook, Home Decor, and Botanicals if you want to cut the entire project.
My files are free to download for my followers and subscribers. So make sure your signed up and leave me a comment; then the file is yours. I have been very busy this week! I will be having multiple posts Thursday and Friday, so be sure to keep checking back!


Darja Drakšič said...

This is stunning!! i love the colours - so soft, but so lovely!

Gramjak said...

Simply outstanding. I'm so impressed with the directions and hope to perhaps give it a try! Thanks for sharing!!! The coloring and flowers are breathtaking - reminding us that spring is around the corner.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Amazing use of color. I wish I had the talent and eye that you have to make these wonderful creations. Thanks for sharin.

Anna said...

I love your projects--the swirls, flowers, the look of elegance and simplicity. You really know how to use the different products and layer them on to make wonderful things. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and inspiring me.

JaniceA said...

You always amaze me with your creativity and beauty in your projects. Love the step by step directions. Thank you!

JennyKozar said...

Liz - This is just beautiful! The detail you share is amazing.

JANLYNN said...

SO BEAUTIFUL. You continue to amaze me with your creations. I love the frilly look. Anymore you are my go to for inspiration.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [11 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Feb. 10, 2011. Thanks again.

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous and love seeing how you created it.

Hazel said...

Ive just been recommended to your blog and so far loving your page.
H xx

Holly Hudspeth said...

You are so talented. More people need to know about you. I have left you an award on my blog. You can get it at

Lisa said...

Gorgeous layout, i'm very impressed! I can't seem to do so much with my expression but i will be look at your blog alot now to help with my motivation


Sage said...

this is so inspiring me to let loose with my glitter and bling! I'm so glad I found your blog, thanks so much for sharing your talent.

janine_jepsen said...

Wow! That is beautiful. Lots of work but really worth it.

TaraG said...

Stunning, Elizabeth! You definitely made this a WOWZER layout and I love all the details and the stamping is fabulous...loved seeing your creative process too!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

Caroline Hallett said...

this is stunning - and thanks for the tutorial - saves me squinting at the screen thinking "how did she do that"... great use of colours - and thanks for putting it up there!

gardener said...

How absolutely beautiful. You do a great job for struggling with 12x12 layouts. Wish I had your struggle. Helps me look at my stamps in a different way.

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