Monday, November 21, 2011

#185 Thankful (November 21 - December 4)

Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but American Thanksgiving is celebrated this week.

I would like you to do a layout about thankfulness. (any aspect)

3 foam embellishments
4 colors of cardstock
5 buttons
6 stickers (non-alphabet)

I hope you will take some time over the next two weeks and reflect on the things you are thankful for and make a layout about it :) We would love to see what you create. There is a link at the end of the post. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

First, here's the layout from our guest designer this month, Shaunery Wharton:

Shaunery: This was a fun challenge!! As with all of my HMITM attempts/entries, I always challenge my self to dive into my scrap box first. So here's the breakdown for everyone!

3 foam embellishments ~ oh did I even OWN foam?? After much digging and rooting around my stash, my cupboards and garage, I found a stack of foam "mats" meant for some kids craft project. I took two and ran them thru my die machine and created the flourishes. Those I embellished with Liquid Pearls. The third piece I painted over in white gesso (nothing STICKS to foam!) Then I stamped a favorite image once the paint was dry with my Chalk Ink in Lime Pastel. I then fussy cut and adhered.

4 colours of cardstock ~ into the scrapbox and found these four scraps of Bazzil. I took three strips in each colour and ran thru three different border punches. Then I layered and built up a faux "embossed" background paper with them.

5 buttons ~ actually forgot them in my original layout and caught just before uploading. Went thru the stash and found 'em! Re-photographed and uploaded properly!

6 stickers ~ (non alpha's) so my non-alpha submissive stickers are two border stickers, layered on each other. Two mini hot-air balloons, and two altered vellum sticker hearts. My "Thankful For" are made from labeling tape. I wasn't sure so...

I tucked a little tag in and listed a few things I'm thankful for.. my husband, my children, my fabulous circle of crafty scrappy friends (who won't say a single word about me spelling "Thankful" completely WRONG, TWICE) and for the "release" scrapping and crafting provides me. It was very nice working on this layout after a total crap evening after some volunteer time. Focusing on WHAT I am thankful for, setting the ickiness aside and forgetting about those who made me feel rotten that evening. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to do this challenge and for a place to set "life" aside and focus on what's important.

Janet M - What a great challenge and what a hard one to tell about being thankful for, I have too many choices , which is a good thing. I choose a picture of my four youngest grandchildren to scrap which I realized I had scrapped before but since I do books for the families, I often use the same picture.

My foam pieces are the & signs, brackets and the ice cream cone. The stickers are the banners, critters and the cupcake.

Thanks for the great challenge - I always like to write down the things that I am thankful for.

I always enjoy doing layouts about things to be thankful about. I used photos of the little one and me and a bunch of stickers about gratitude. At first I didn’t know what stickers to use, since I hardly have any stickers. I love the 7Gypsies word and quote stickers, so I decided to use those. The big title sticker was adhered to cardstock, die cut with an On the Edge die and inked a bit with Distress Inks. The remaining 5 stickers came from the same and another set of stickers. For the cardstock, I used four colours Kraft core. The four pieces were die cut into 8 hearts and I used different embossing folders for each one. The only foam embellishments I have did not at all fit with the colours of the layout, so instead I die cut three birds from brown craft foam. Buttons are always an easy thing to add (and I have a whole drawer full). Thank you for this wonderful challenge Elizabeth!

Elizabeth: So I did kindof cheat on my own challenge. :P When I was making the challenge I think I was thinking of felt instead of foam, so my butterflies are sortof felt-like but they are stuffed a little so I think there must be some foam inside. :) I had fun using cardstock instead of my usual patterned papers. I never tire of using browns and blues together, and yellow rounded it out nicely. I used a bunch of random stickers from my stash, which is always a good thing.

Fi - Again a little late with this one, things have been hectic this year as school wraps up not too mention as weekend away for me. I miss read foam embellishments for felt and for some reason I left my buttons at home so I had to make do with what I did have on hand.

3 foam embellishments - I didn't have any of these with me so I used foam dots and covered them with glitter
4 colors of cardstock - pink, orange, raspberry and white
5 buttons - I only had one of these in my stash so I used stickers and stitched them so that they resembled buttons.
6 stickers (non-alphabet)- at least I did have these with me.

To play, and have a shot at being chosen for our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and creating as a HMITM Guest Designer, just share your layout through Mr. Linky below! We can't wait to see what you create!


Fi said...

Great job ladies, especially working with the limited recipe. Can't wait to see what others do.

celticmystyc said...

Thanks for letting me play along this month ladies! It was a privilege and a treat! Kiddies should be home soon, so I'm off! :D

Janet M said...

Great examples this session ladies,I'm looking forward to seeing what some others create.

Kelly C said...

Great layouts everyone! This was a fun challenge!