Makes cakes, will travel…

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)

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This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!

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This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.

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I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.

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Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!

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I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!

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The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.

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The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.

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Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Fairy Queen

Here we are another Sunday and half way through the year already!

I have another 5×7 mixed media canvas to share with you today and let me tell you this one went through quite the transformation!

It all started when I had to deal with my partially wet scrap paper after we had some water in the basement due to rain.  Thankfully not much was lost and the rest of my stash was safe!  As I sorted through the scraps I noticed I had a fair bit of pink scraps, which is odd if you know my work well I don’t use lots of pink!

To use up these pink scraps I started by covering the canvas with layers of paper.  Next I used Finnabair White Sand Texture Paste with some Prima Artisan Powder in Antonette Pink mixed in.

I was pretty happy with the background…….then as my idea for the canvas (yes most often I have no idea what the finished product will be until I’m done), and added different elements I didn’t care for the background anymore.

img_1818-814x1024As you can see the background is NOT pink!  I decided it needed a redo, one of the things I love about mixed media is it’s easy to start over if you don’t like something!  I went over the original background with a couple layers of white gesso, then painted it using Finnabair Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair.

Ok I have to pause here for a moment, isn’t the name of that paint just awesome?!!!

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To bring out the texture on the background I added a touch of mist in a butterscotch colour using water to get it in the nooks & crannies.

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I used a number of Tim Holtz dies to build up the elements on my canvas, behind the fairy queen I used Arched Frame, then added one of the Pediments dies on the bottom.  The entrance to the fairy land is the Tim Holtz Ironwork Gate die.  I used Walnut Stain Distress Embossing powder on all those die cuts…….I love the texture this embossing powder gives.

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For the ‘greenery’ I actually used 7 Gypsies Architextures Feathers coloured green they worked perfectly!

The Fairy Queen herself I used the An Angel to Love stamp by Carabelle Studio…….isn’t she gorgeous!!  For her large wings I used packaging from 7 Gypsies Archtextures, please don’t throw them away, the packaging is amazing!  The smaller wings I used one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces.

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While I may not love pink (although some bits of pink still snuck its way in) I do love Fairies,  I think this love started with Tinkerbell when I was a kid!

Remember when you’re creating there are not mistakes just unrealized opportunities to transform your project!

These are the 7 Gypsies Feathers I used turning them into greenery for my project.

7g25041_architextures_tall_base_feathers_1024x1024-634x1024Thank you so much for joining me again today!  I’m so happy to be back here sharing my projects & ideas with all of you!

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This post was written by Lisa on June 10, 2018

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