Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's Get Ready To Rumble - Lisa Gregory

Hello there. Lisa here with my first post as the June Guest designer for Donna Salazar Designs. I would like to take this time to thank Donna and Natasha for inviting me to work with all of the beautiful product they sent me. Each collection was just as beautiful as the next. This layout was done using  papers from the Natural Beauty collection. All of the flowers and leaves were made using the papers from the 6x6 pad. I wanted to hoard , I mean save, the 12x12 paper for my other projects. A couple of 6x6 pieces of paper goes a long way!!!
As I was creating this layout, I realized that I should have used the masked bricks onto the layout before I turned pack the peekaboo areas on the sides of the layout. It is almost impossible to do it in the pattern I envisioned after the paper and flowers had been adhered permanently. That is when I came up with the idea of creating the bricks to cut apart. That way, you can use them anywhere you want!!!! It worked out beautifully!!! It took a little time, but was so worth the effort. I hope you enjoy my grungy, manly layout despite the flowers. I cant help it, I love Donna's Spellbinders flower designs!! And for those of you who know me, you know I love to create my own flowers. The dies make it soooo easy!!

Here is one of the turned back peek a boo spots. I love the corrugated paper underneath.

Donna's Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets Die set just lends a little grunge to add to the theme of this layout.

I used the biggest die in the set to frame my photo. I stitched around the edges of the photo.

Once you have the bricks all done, (tutorial below) simply glue them to the spots on your project. They can be cut down further if a shorter piece is needed.

I inked the flowers before assembling them. I also used some watered down ink (press the ink pad down on a non stick mat and spritz some water into it creating a puddle )and a small  paint brush to splatter some if the ink around the layout.

Products List for the layout:
Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx, Leather and Honey
Smooch Spritz-Green Olive
GCD Studios Donna Salazar Natural Beauty 12x12
GCD Studios: Donna Salazar 6x6 paper pad - Natural Beauty
Want 2 Scrap 8x10 Corrugated Board
GCD Studios Chipboard Alphabet Stickers, Fun and Funky
 Spellbinders Donna Salazar Sprightly Sprockets
 Spellbinders Donna Salazar Carnation 
Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations die set
Spellbinders Foliage
 Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Want2Scrap Donna Salazar Designs-Brick Wall
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page-Raindrop
Aleens Quick Dry Glue
ATG Tape Gun
Texture Paste 
Zig Pen
small paintbrush

                                                              Brick Tutorial  

Step 1.
Take your ink pad and stamps a few swirls on the non stick craft mat. I just press it to the mat and give it a twist. 

 Step 2.
Place some texture paste in the middle of the ink swirls. 

Step 3.
 Using a palette knife start mixing the texture paste into the ink mixing well to distribute color evenly.

 Step 4.
 Place the brick stencil onto a piece of card stock and spread on thickly. You want to see some texture on the bricks.

Step 5.
Carefully lift the stencil from the paper.

Step 6.
You can either let the bricks air dry, or you can speed it up with a craft heat gun.

Step 7.
 Cut the bricks apart. I did mine while watching  Charlie Sheen on an episode of Anger Management....(random I know)

Step 8.
Ink the edges of the bricks using the ink.

Step 9.
Spray the inked bricks and the ink will bleed out a little creating a washed look on the bricks.

 Product List to Create  Bricks:
ColorBox Mix'd Media iNx-Leather
Texture or molding paste (thick)
Non stick crafting mat
Want2Scrap Donna Salazar Designs brick stencil
palette knife
Water spritzer bottle
heavy card stock
Thank you for joining me on my debut day as Guest Designer this month. Donna will be sharing a few more of my projects throughout the month on her blog  Donna Salazar Designs.

The photo is of my husband, getting ready to "feed" his brothers 1964 modified Falcon. The water bottle you see in his hand contains Alcohol (no..silly, not the kind you drink). The alcohol is used to start the the beast I mean engine...You see, my husband and his brother have their  NHRA (National Hotrod Association) licenses. Every Year, we all participate in a friends Fundraiser for Thanksgiving that helps in  feeding familes that are less fortunate, a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. Terry and Rhonda Hunt, put on the big fundraiser which is a car show, barbeque, showstopper!! In the end, the Big Boys, get to race their car down the street to show everyone what kind of muscle they have. Of course it is all controlled by the local highway patrol to keep safety in mind. But you leave with a great feeling  of having helped a family in need, to have a wonderful Thanksgiving. To enter the show on the grounds (they have a gorgeous home/barn/dock/well you name it, you have to bring a frozen turkey and some boxed and canned goods AND a covered dish for the barbeque. That's it..No ticket, no money, just the goods. There are also lots of raffles and prizes to help in the donations. It is a lot of family fun and the company is always awesome!!! I am proud to see a lot of my husbands very talented work at the show (He builds custom hotrods and does restoration)...

 These are just a a few of the cars that my husband had in the car show.

The party isn't complete until a friend lands his helicopter on the grounds to join the party...

  We have a HUGE biking community, so they also show up with their gleeming machines to help out. Now you see why I used brick on my layout. The property is paved in them as well as the brick wall that surrounds it.

This is my brother inlaw leaving the property to give everyone a show.

  Here is a front view...The engine makes the streets rumble, thus the title of my layout. That is my daughter in law Ashley up against the brick wall waiting for my brother in law to tear up the street.

And here you see Pinallas Counties finest keeping it all safe and in control.

And check out this article from a couple of years ago from the event.Scroll down and see my brother in laws "Backasswards" truck that my husband did the paint, bodywork and flames on. When it is going down the road, it looks as though it is driving the whole truck was built backwards. The back is the front and the front is the back..Pure genius...My boys, I tell ya, they make me smile!!!
 Look at them..This is the life. Under the gorgeous Live Oak trees..Perfect spot for a Hotrod picnic!!
The 55 Chevy besides the truck is one of my husbands pride and joy...

Thanks for letting me share a day in our wonderful life. We get to do this every year in the beginning of November for the last 15 years. Just one of a few charity events we participate in during the year. Having it all is wonderful...Giving back is a gift we love sharing!!!...xoxo


Amarilys said...

gorgeous layout Lisa! I LOVE the awesome texture the bricks and cardboard gives the layout! Thanks for the step by step tutorial! Now, off to give it a try! :)

Tracy said...

The minute I opened this post I was thinking, "Okay, I have got to write and ask her how she did the bricks." LOL You were one step ahead of me. Thanks so much for the tutorial. This layout is amazing in so many ways. :-)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Wow that is just too cool, love the bricks, beautiful flowers and like the stitching around the photo and how you highlighted it with the die!!

Vicky Alberto said...

Very cool layout and story. You hubby is an artist too :)

Cindy Keogh said...

Awesome layout! I love the brick tutorial. Simply fantastic work.

Lynette said... know me Lisa. This is what I live for....not only seeing your gorgeous art work and tutorials but actually getting a glimpse of the life behind the blog. I am thrilled that you and your family are so into doing good for those in need...but I now know that creativity runs deep in your family if I see your man's handiwork on those custom vehicles.


Rita said...

What a fabulous creation Lisa. Your flowers are gorgeous. Loving all those super cars too. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

Sandra said...

Amazing layout along with the wonderful day you had, thanks so much for posting those fab photos and writing a story about the day. Also thanks for the tutorial about the bricks.

Christin aka Umenorskan said...

Lovely layout, glad you made a tutorial about the bricks, because I really wondered how you made them so fabulous.

langeatheart said...

I love this layout! Definitely going to give the bricks a try! Take Care :)

carlies said...

wow stunning TUT and gorgeous design to !!!

MAODREN said...

WOW beautifull cars
Thanks so much for the tutorial

Sandi Cl~ said...

Such a gorgeous project, Lisa! Loving how you worked your bricks! And thanks for a peek into what the hubs does and loves. Fun to hear about scrappy friends "real lives."