If you came here from Lisa Valentine's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today and as a bonus we have 2 manufacturer blogs that are joining in the fun and a 3rd manufacturer offering a prize!! There are 4 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!!
The photo's on this first LO is of my daughter and a dish she created while attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Sushi. Who would have thought that being classically trained in French Cuisine that you would learn how to make sushi. But my daughter reminds me that in her International Cuisine semester, French technique is the basis of all cooking. And the majority of your famous chefs, learned the same way. And let me tell ya, this girl can cook!!! The background paper was punched using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set and offset with another edge punch.
I chose the book page in the kit and it turned out to be the inspiration for this page. I die cut the Cheery Lynne vines from the add on card stock in the kit, and the flowers are a mix of Petaloo and Prima.
I die cut the small photo and frame of my daughter using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die Scalloped Circles. The title is from the tiny letter stickers in the kit. The LO started as the sketch that goes with this kit, then it took on a life of it's own. The other photo is a a pic of the beautiful sushi tray Gabbie created. I was so impressed by the Salmon roses. Beautiful and edible!!
This next layout is also a tribute to my daughter. She has worked so hard and overcame so many obstacles in the last 2 years getting through college. She move 3000 miles away for the first year and did it all on her own. Now she is closer to home, only about 150 miles away, but still on her own. When things didn't go right, instead of giving up, she tried a different way of doing them. That's my girl!! The Optimist!! I used the cards in the kit and created tags out of them, adding eyelets and string.
Here is a closeup of the tags, and the butterflies are a file I created for this kit and can be found on this page along with dozens of others.
This next layout is the one I did for Anatomy of A Layout. Because I wont be home until late tomorrow night, I wont be posting the directions on Swirlydoos until after 8pm. So be sure to check out the tutorial on this page. My design Inspiration came from the March 1st Once Upon a Sketch. The journaling had to be about me. I didn't make the deadline due to conflicting reveal dates, but I loved the inspiration!!
The bonus in the Anatomy tutorial is that I will be posting the tutorial on making the flowers as well. They are very easy and easily adaptable to any flower dies you may have. The leaves were die cut with one of my favorite Spellbinders dies using the gorgeous green velvet paper in the kit.
Once again, I created the journaling pieces in Photoshop CS5, but you could use any word program to do it as well. The butterflies are another file I created for this kit, and I added the sweet rhinestone trim for the bodies. check out the file on this page.
You have until midnight, eastern time, on March 15th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on March 16th. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down.
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.
My special word is : people