Over on the More Than Words Challenge
blog this month we were tasked with finding inspiration from the word “Origins” and using the colors of our country. I love genealogy, so for me “Origins” is “where did I come from?” I love seeing faces of people I never knew and finding some resemblance!
For this project I used a photo from Ancestry.com of my great-great grandparents and eight of their ten children and maybe a grandchild (the youngest being held). Based on records on Ancestry.com, this photo is over 104 years old. (The youngest girl passed away in 1905 at only 12 years old.)
I chose this photo for this project for a couple of reasons. First, it is representative of the Cherokee I have in my family history. Besides the red, white, and blue of the United States, I (tried to) incorporate the colors of the flag of the Cherokee Nation, orange, yellow, green, and black. The following is from Cherokee.org’s FAQ page
regarding the flag and seal:
The seal of the Cherokee Nation was created by an executive Act under Chief Lewis Downing in 1869. The Act calls for the seal to contain a seven-pointed star inside of a wreath of oak leaves, symbolizing the eternal flame of the Cherokee people. The star is not designated to point a specific direction, but in the original version from 1869, it rests on a single downward point. The points of the star represent the seven traditional Cherokee clans. Within the rings of the seal, the words Cherokee Nation, September 6, 1839, are included, recognizing the date of the signing of the first Cherokee Nation Constitution after relocation to Indian Territory, as well as the date of the Act of Union, uniting the Old Settlers and Eastern Immigrant Cherokees into a single Cherokee Nation government once again.
The Cherokee Flag contains the Cherokee Nation seal (see the question above for the full symbolism of the seal) in the middle with seven stars in the outer field along with a single, black star. The seven stars in the outer field represent the seven clans, and the one additional star, which is black, is to remember those who died as a result of the Trail of Tears.
In addition to the Cherokee in my history, the “white” part of this particular branch of my family has been in the United States since before it was the United States! So, there you have it! The colors of my country and what “Origins” means to me!
Ayeeda Powder 3D
- [From the] Tres Jolie Sept. 2019 Mixed Media Kit
- Beaver Tail Brown
- Hockey Puck Black
- Item #637682
- Item #632014
- Mini Blending Tool
- Splatter Brush
- Distress Paint
49 & Market
- Lucky Clover
- Candied Apple
- Matte Gel
- Matte Super Heavy Gel
This months challenge over at the More Than Words blog was “Happiness & Sketch.” I love the sketch provided, but it took me a bit to figure out exactly what to do, and even then it was an accident! I was just playing with some old photos and new filters on my computer when I just happened to apply the on seen to this old photo I have from a family trip to the beach! The two children in the foreground are my mom and [one of] my uncles! Anyhow, as soon as that filter was applied everything just clicked (mostly) in my head!
With the sketch I, basically, did a “mirror down” lift of it, and as for happiness, who wouldn’t love going to the beach?!?! Actually, I’m not much of a beach person, but I think that’s because I’d prefer the beach if the word “private” preceded it!! LOL (My mom on the other hand, L-O-V-E-S the beach, so I’m sure she loved this day and was happy to play in the ocean!)
(As a side note, when everything clicked when the filter was applied to the photo that made me happy, but I don’t know if that counts for the challenge!! ROFL)
I’m hoping. I lost some productivity time this month when I upgraded my computer. I have the parts recorded. Editing is an entirely different process!
Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard
The Paper Studio
We R Memory Keepers
- Small Pearls Of Wisdom Frame
- Texture Pebbles
- The “netting” was packaging I up-cycled!
|“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” ~Gina Carey
A quick tag I did for the July More Than Words Mini Challenge using my gel plate, some stencils, thread, a Dina Wakley stamp, and my printer for the quote!
Font: BP Typewrite Damaged
Products used on finished tag:
Stamp + Stencil
Mini Blending Tool
- Gel Press Gel Plate
We R Memory Keepers
The Paper Studio
Paints found on other gel press pages
- Sugared Strawberry
- Juicy Pear
Stencil used on other gel press pages
For the More Than Words July (Main) Challenge: Discover & Stash
Discover made me think of maps, right away. Maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something. After that I didn’t really have a plan, I just went where my stash led me.
Clipboard – I don’t know how old it is, but I’ve owned it for almost two years now.
I think Tea Dye was one of my first Tim Holtz ink pads I bought! Way back when I wasn’t sure what “distress” really meant, but hey, “this Tim Holtz fella has stuff to make new stuff look like old stuff!” My husband could actually make a pretty good case claiming Tim was an original “supplier” that got me hooked leading to an entire spare bedroom being filled with paper craft related items! I love Tim Holtz so much I have hoarded his papers waiting for just the right time. I have been working on accepting the fact that it’s a lot more productive to make the right time myself rather than expect a sudden epiphany. Plus, I’m having a much harder time remembering EVERYTHING I own…so if I can’t even remember everything, how will I ever use everything?
Anyhow, all but 11 of the items on the product list are at least a year old (and that includes adhesives, the 3D Gel, the wax & such), of those 11 items, I think 5 have “appeared” within the last 6 months.
I used as much from my stash as I could, and I can’t tell. You’d never know anything was “missing.” I tell myself I should stop buying until I get my stash knocked down, but every time I think that something new is released & I realize I need to just stop thinking nonsense and do more projects!
**Postcard Image from: Public Domain Pictures
Distress Spray Stain
Mini Blending Tool
- Grab A Guy Gold
- Bratwurst Brown
3D Gloss Gel
Fancy Pants Designs
Dear Lizzy Date Stamp
Art Glitter Adhesive
- Paper Distresser
- 5″ Scissors
- Metal Stars
- “BINGO” Card
- The “other,” non-Tim Holtz, ephemera
- I got the roll of map paper at Hobby Lobby, so it’s likely by The Paper Studio.
I started scrap-booking way back in 2009 when a friend asked me if I wanted to come over and scrap with her one night. At the time I was only thinking it would give me something to do…well, I haven’t stopped since! Honestly, at the time, I thought it was just putting photos down on paper and I think I might have actually said, “you know, they make photo albums for that!”
Anyhow, I have often wanted to go back and “fix” my earlier layouts and More Than Words
gave me the perfect motivation this month! Truthfully I have been wanting to go back and “fix” this particular layout for a while (the before photo is a bit further down!). At the time I made it (mid-2010, according to the date of the photo of the layout), I hadn’t been scrap-booking very long, maybe 7-8 months. I didn’t have a lot of supplies, I think all my paper still fit in a single Iris 3″ Scrapbook Case! Then I found out people sew on their layouts! “SEW!!! Why didn’t I think of that! I have a sewing machine! I’m gonna sew!”
This months More Than Words Challenge is “Favorite & Scraplift Yourself.”
What does the word FAVORITE inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project
or simply be inspired by it. Please explain in your blog post
how it inspired you if it isn’t obvious in your work.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens – are these a few of your favorite things? As an extention to our word inspiration this month, we want you to find a favorite old project of your own and SCRAPLIFT YOURSELF! You can copy the design, the colours or any part of the project, so long as the project was created by you. Please share the original project in your post so we can see both the original and the scraplifted pieces.
The word “favorite” has a two part inspiration for me.
- Sewing is still one of my favorite techniques on layouts.
- These are some of my favorite photos! Especially the look on my sons face while the eggs are being counted! (No, that’s not me counting them with him in the photo! I was the one behind the camera!!)
As for scraplifting myself, I lifted technique (sewing), and colors (I actually used paper from the same DCWV stack!)
I took “Reinvent and old favorite” very literally! LOL!!
Ok…are you ready now? Ready to see the original?
Here it is:
|The original, and my VERY first time sewing on a layout!
|The original paper that the original title had been cut from!
|What a difference nine years of “practice” makes!
Cut Files & Fonts (new layout):
- Sweet Pea Sketch (Font) #86121
- PN Flittering Bold (Font) #191827
- SG Easter Egg Dingbats #256084
- Chevron Easter Eggs #121232
- Easter Eggs #24502
Products (new layout):
Hip Kit Club
Die Cuts With A View
- Large Alpha Used For “HUNT”
A Flair For Buttons (Etsy)
- Holiday Stack?? (around 2009-10)
- All three buttons … at least I’m pretty sure because my collection was “manhandled” by a 2 & 6 yo in April when my niece & nephew came to visit! But who can resist colorful, shiny objects?!?!
- Peacock Feathers
- Squeezed Lemonade
- Washi Tape
- Tissue Paper
- White Cardstock (scrap pile!)
- **All the other patterened papers. (They came in a SSS kit at least two years ago, but SSS “tears” off random chunks of pads …)
Original Layout Products & Fonts (that I can remember):
Die Cuts With A View
- “53 Eggs” came from a Cricut Cartridge. I don’t know which one, it’s been a long time! I want to say it had the word “Basic” in it …
- Holiday Stack?? (around 2009-10)
This month the main challenge over on the More Than Words Blog was to be inspired by “Fantasy & Wings.” For me, fantasy always makes me think of fairies. If it’s fantasy, there’s going to be some kind of fae involved! This month I also had pastes on my mind, and I happen to have a nice set of Finnabair’s Fantasy Rust Effect Paste…which goes with the fact that I also love using purple, teal (turquoise), and blue together…especially with fantasy!
I may not have had a fairy that I could get to “fit” on this canvas, and I have a few different chipboard fairies, I did have a handy-dandy fairy door from Creative Embellishments! I also happened to have the Astral Pink Butterflies from ReneaBouquets, and the color on them is
just beautiful…and perfect for my piece!
|I love the cells that the paint pour created along this edge!
|Baked Texture – Patina Oxide on the door & Ancient Amber on the leafy frame!
|I love, love, LOVE these butterflies … I think I may need to make a stockpile!
**For the record – no, everything wasn’t dry yet, I was running out of month!!**
- Astrial Pink Premium Paper Glitter Glass Butterflies
- Teal Shard Glitter Glass
- Gold Glitter Glass
- Fairy Door (Set 1)
- Leafy Vine Frame
- 3D Gloss Gel
- Rust Effect Paste
- Powder Blue
Liquitex Pouring Medium
- Ancient Amber
- Patina Oxide
- 8×10 Canvas
- Texture Pebbles
- Feather Moulds
|My sons … a few (13!) years ago!
For the month of February the More than Words Challenge was “Always & Quote.” My favorite quote of all time is by Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be see or even touch – they must be felt with the heart.” The greatest of all emotions is Love, and I don’t think there is a greater love than parental love – Always.
A quick overview of what I did:
- I first coated the Creative Embellishments Heart Flourish in the Prima Pastes and set it aside to dry.
- I started with some clear gesso on the background, then added the stenciling & embossing.
- All parts from the Prima Mould were coated in black gesso, then Bronze Age wax…and I just started stacking and arranging and gluing the ReneaBouquets Grid with the gears…And hoping for the best! LOL!
- Then the pastes … layering and mixing and blending and watering down and building back up and drying … and doing it all over again!
- The hearts & “Always” were both coated in black gesso, but the hearts only have Electric Violet Metallique Wax & “Always” has a mix of Electric Violet, Old Denim, and Mint Sparkle on top of Bronze Age.
|Cluster at top of page.
|Cluster at bottom left of page.
|Area under photo.
- [From the] Tres Jolie February Scrapbooking Kit
- Midnight Garden Collection “Old Map”
- Chalk Black Gears
- Chalk Black Words
Rust Effect Paste
- Bronze Age
- Electric Violet
- Old Denim
- Mint Sparkle
Vintage Trinkets (Clock)
- Burnt Sienna
- Royal Blue
- Antiquities Embossing Powder
Silhouette Pen – Black
- Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide
- All the other gears not from the Prima Mould!