Thursday, January 19, 2012

Red Sippy Cup...I Fill You Up...Let's have a party! and some machine stitching....

There is just over a week left of sketches being posted for the Sketch-a-Thon at Memorable Seasons online store!  I chose a sketch from the Srapbooks, Etc. website.  I loved the little strips going down the side.

Charlotte has this red sippy cut that she is "into" lately, and one morning I found myself singing "Red Sippy Cup, I fill you up.  Let's have a party!"  as I was pouring her some milk!  Well it stuck and now we sing it all the time and she pretty much wants this cup all th time, too.

I used papers from Echo Park "Happy Days" and from October Afternoon "Sidewalks", which were both a part of the December kit at Scrapbook Circle!  I just love those kits!!!

I painted a white frame around the photo area and then stitched with black thread.  I also splattered a bit of black paint.  I felt the bottom was missing something, so I added a really thin strip of patterned paper. 

Today on the Practical Scrappers blog is a feature about machine sewing.  Let me start by telling you what an incredibly hard time I had with these photos.  I took them in very low light and they are a bit blurry.  Despite all my editing and playing with colors, I could not get rid of the yellowish tint without it looking just awful.  So I left it.  I had to use these photos because they were part of a "moment".  Every color paper I tried, especially warm colors, made them look even more yellow.  So then I tried oppisite colors like green and blue, and they didn't help, either.  So I just opted for lots of colors on white!  I tried to pick a pallette that reminded me of spices.

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For my machine stitching, I used 5 (or 6?) different colored threads and just stitched some random circles.  I like the messy look cause if you screw it up, no one notices!  :0  I left the ends of the threads, too, cause I like the effect that is had, plus I didn't want to cut all the ends!  :)

I raided my stash for some fun bits and used die cuts from Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico, and American Crafts, plus some brads from Basic Grey and papers from American Crafts and Pebbles.

Charlotte took all the spices out of the cupboard and make a "birthday cake" on the table for froggie.  For some reason, every one was upside down.  They were supposed to be candles.   Sometimes I just wonder....??????


Cathy said...

I love both of these layouts! Love the stitching and you can't go wrong with a little Toby Keith to start your day!

Unknown said...

Love the music-related titles you had going with both layouts! Love them both!!!

Diana Waite said...

oh, my goodness! Love the paint and STITCHING! These are FABULOUS Audrey!

Unknown said...

Both of these layouts are fantastic. I really like your journaling and painting on the sippy cup page and the sewn circles look so cool.

Christa said...

Audrey! I adore your journalling on the Red Sippy Cup design. I can just hear the little ditty in my head (I hope it won't keep me up! lol) The sewing on your other design is genius. I adore the messy threads. Good call on not cutting them. I'll say it again! I am a FAN!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the stitched circles! So girl. And such a great story to tell for later when she's older. Too cute! I also love how you did the white paint and black stitch around the photo on the other layout.