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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A little bit of something for everything... 22 comments  
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Featuring Dream Street Papers Sam and Merry & Bright

A little bit of something for everything is exactly what I thought when I first saw these two lines by Dream Street Papers!  I love warm neutral colors with a splash of bold, like the orange in Sam and the red in Merry & Bright.  I knew that Sam would be perfect for fun outdoor themes, such as hiking or camping, as well as for fun fall activities, Thanksgiving, and back to school photos.  And, of course, Merry & Bright would be perfect for Christmas, but of course it could also work really well for vintage or heritage layouts by using the non-Christmas patterns.

Sam I am!
For my first project I created a layout about a recent trip my family took to a local state park. The colors in Sam of course went perfectly with the outdoor theme. I decided to stretch myself a bit and attempt a 2 page layout. I used four 4x6 and three 3x3 photos. I used a patchwork type design on the right hand side and added some fun techniques to the squares. I distressed the edges of the papers with the back side of my craft knife. I use a needle to poke holes around the edge of several of the squares from the back side using a ruler to keep the lines straight and then I lightly sanded them with sand paper on the front side to let the white core of the paper show through.  I added owls to the orange squares that I hand cut from the Woo-hoo paper, and embellished them with the Basic Grey pearls. I used one of the arrows from the die cut set and then I used the negative of the die cut to create two more arrows from scraps of the Seasons of Change paper. I also used the Zig Zag punch to create some fun border strips.

My next project is a layout about my DH and his horse Woody! Again these colors were perfect for my outdoor photos and they have a nice masculine feel to them! To create the border, I cut ½” x 12” strips and ran them through a paper crimper. I added pearls to the center where they overlapped. I again did some distressing with the back of my craft knife and I used the Zig Zag punch to add some texture. For the title block I cut out the center of the frame and backed it with patterned paper and then added my title letters. I finished the layout by adding the three groupings of stars which were embellished with some Basic Grey pearls and given dimension with doubled sided foam adhesive. 
Now for some altered fun with Sam!
This was a quick and easy project to create and I think it will make a great Christmas gift!  Don't you?  I took an unfinished wooden bracelet and applied a light coat of off white acrylic paint to the outside of it. I then cut out some owls from the Dream Street Sam Woo-Hoo paper (aren’t they just the cutest little owls?!) and I applied them around the center of the bracelet using Mod Podge. I added several coats of the Mod Podge for protection.
Another quick and easy gift I created was this necklace.  I simply cut out a piece of patterned paper and another owl to the size that would fit inside the charm and glued them in place. I embellished the owl’s eye with the Basic Grey pearls and wah-la a cute little gift!

Merry & Bright  and oh so fun!
If you haven't noticed, I enjoy doing altered projects and with a Christmas line in my hands like Merry & Bright, I knew I wanted to create some sort of Christmas decoration!  I love Christmas, and I truly believe that no one can ever have too many Christmas decorations!
This altered  project is going to be both a gift box and center piece for Christmas! I created it using two round paper mache boxes with removable lids.  I stacked them on top of each other and then added a cute little winter scene to the top. I covered the small house with patterned paper and hand cut the door and windows. The little trees and "faux" snow added the perfect finishing touch to complete the winter scene! To create the ruffled edges I cut the paper strips and then lightly misted them with water before I folded them. If you hold them for a minute or so until they start to dry just a little, they will hold the ruffled shape well enough until you can adhere them in place. I used a hot glue gun to adhere everything in its place.

Leftovers aren't so bad!
My altered project above used up most of my papers, so with my scraps I decided to create some Christmas cards. The rub ons were perfect for this task and with the addition of the Kaiser Craft pearls I felt like they were decked out for the season!

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Posted by JulianaM

Reader Comments ...
10/4/09 8:48 am
awesome. love your layouts.. and the altered projects rock!!

9/30/09 8:59 pm
Awesome projects!

9/30/09 8:46 pm
Fab! Fab! Fab!!! My jaw got a little lower with each project - typical for your work Juliana! Amazing job - and as much as I love all the details and intense projects - that little pendant has me wondering if I am on your list! ;-) (LOL)

butterfly843 . Long Island, NY
9/30/09 8:31 pm
love all of these.

scrapy1967 . Ohio
9/30/09 6:47 pm
Wow awesome projects!

9/30/09 6:47 am
Awesome projects, Juliana! Your altered work is great!

9/29/09 10:11 pm
So pretty Juliana! Love it all! And you can just send that owl bracelet to me k? LOL

pawprints . Long Island, NY
9/29/09 9:47 pm
Wow what a wonderful job you did with this reveal!!! I LOVE the stacked boxes Christmas scene!!!

suslvgeo . Colorado
9/29/09 9:28 pm
Yummmmmmmmyyy stuff. I totally missed these lines in the shop but dang you have me wanting them all. LOVE the jewelry! Cool touch!

9/29/09 8:48 pm
Love it all, but really love the stacked boxes.

writerlady . Southeast Connecticut
9/29/09 8:40 pm
Wow!!! You rocked this!!!

9/29/09 8:08 pm
they are OWL ;) beautiful!! you've done such a fabulous job with this reveal!

9/29/09 6:50 pm
Wow! super job. I just love the cards.

AmyTeets . Denver
9/29/09 6:44 pm
Holy Gorgeous girl!!! You did amazing!!!

9/29/09 6:41 pm
Cute! I love your altered projects and the xmas cards!

Wheeliegirl . Georgia
9/29/09 6:13 pm
Great job! Beautiful cards!

emarie803 . The Mile High City
9/29/09 5:49 pm
You did an amazing job with both these lines!!!

9/29/09 12:22 pm
Awesome job with these lines! Many great ideas here!

megamay . Philadelphia, PA
9/29/09 11:10 am
these projects are fabulous! seriously, I hadnt looked twice at those lines but now I think I will.

scraptag . Next to Disneyland
9/29/09 10:49 am
Beautiful work. Your designs are amazing!

9/29/09 10:17 am
AMAZING!!! I love your layouts and cards, but that jewelry is so fun and phenomenal!!!

bluejeans7 . Kansas
9/29/09 9:08 am
Whoohoo Juliana! You totally rocked both of these lines. I love EVERYTHING!!!