Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some Little Buttons for a Little Bunny

Look at this button drawer! Oh my! I was so lucky when I asked my mom for a few buttons a while back and she gave me this haul - many that were my grandmother's or even great grandmother's. Such treasures! But, if you read this past post, you know that I have tons of trouble getting a button onto a layout. I am not completely sure why. I love them on other people's work. Maybe it is the circle element. I always feel like they are just floating in space. If you have been a reader here for a bit, you might have noticed that circles are not my thing... I do like my lines :)

But, nothing gets to me more than a huge pile of something that is not being used. So, here we are...on a mission to use up some of these buttons!
Oh look, here I go putting all those circles in a line! LOL!
More lines....
Now they are cut into strips:
Let's revisit the past and do some more embossing:
Perhaps some yellow?
A bit of white...
Some silver could be fun:
And MELT!
Ok, now that just looks like someone squirted mustard all over. Oh goodness...
Maybe more yellow?
And some more white...I think I can work with this.
But first, let's get those other strips fancied up a bit too:
Ooooooh, rainbow!
Pretty! Those get set aside for a future project. (more on that soon!)
Now for that strip of yellow. A perfect background is found in this awesome Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper. I know, I know... I am going to use the whole sheet. Would it make you feel better if I told you I had a coupon when I bought it? No? Good, because I totally paid full price - HAHA!
Moving On...
The brown background to that strip just isn't working for me. After a failed attempt at a bit of fussy cutting, white paint comes to the rescue:
Now, that gets a bit of drying time. While I wait, I do a bit of blog hoppin' and surfin.' One of my favorite stops in cyber land, Julie Fei Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs, is featuring circles for her and Nathalie's  Second Floor Challenge. This gets the wheels-a-turning! I am already attempting some circle action with the buttons. Why don't I take it to the Second Floor and really do some circles?
I'm going for it! Hambly pulled:
Scraps chosen:
Circles ready to cut! Yep, I totally know those Spellbinder circles are upside down. LOL! I always do that. For some reason I can not get it in my head until the second pass through the Sizzix as to which side actually cuts. 
Second attempt completed and I have Hambly circles!
Now, for some more circles...
Oooooh, I likey that!
Some mist:
A bit more paint:
These ruffles are begging for some fringe:
Love that texture!
Time to layer:
Such a great way to use up scraps! 
A bit more layering:
Hambly time!
I may just start liking circles after all!
Remember the buttons? Let's get them in there. That is where all this started, after all!
Oh look, the line of buttons is cut into more lines. I do love my lines.
Those get placed around the photo:
Now for some Hambly accents:
All tucked around:
Title time! Little bunny on her first Easter.
Well, all this circle play left me a bit dizzy and I forgot to leave room for journaling. Hmmmm, time to dive into the stash. Ormolu card?
Or perhaps one of these cut into yet another circle?
There we have it!
While diving into the stash, I found a little disco heart party! Not a circle, but I can't resist. 
But first, washi!
Ah yes...Disco baby!
Ta Da! I am so glad I pushed it and took this to the Second Floor! Perhaps the circle and I will indeed be friends.
Buttons? I think our love/hate relationship may continue on...
But, I do like what they have done here and the texture they have added! As for the ginormous stash...it is still ginormous. I will have to see what I can do about that. I see more buttons in my future! With rainbows :)
And the ruffle paper? Now I totally wish it came in every color! I would pay full price...again!

Are you friends with buttons? Do you love a good circle? What pushes you to the Second Floor in your scrapbooking? I would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Layout Love Linky - May 2012

Here we are at the end of another month! So, that means it's time for another Layout Love Linky! This is a place for us all to share our previously un-blogged layouts. 

But, for this month...I was thinking we could do something special. Even if you already blogged your layout, but it was one of your all time faves and it could use a little more love...link it up too!!! After all, this is about sharing LOTS of love. 

Last month, our linky included prizes. Did you win? Scroll down to see. Will there be prizes this month? I don't know....perhaps we will wait and see. Tee Hee :)

So, here are some of my un-blogged layouts:
































That last one was blogged about before, but it has to be one of my favorites from last month :) And, some of these layouts were done for classes, challenges or starting points. Click on soapHOUSEscraps over there in the left to see all the details in my Two Peas Gallery.

Thanks to everyone who linked up last time! And guess what? You are ALL winners! WHOOT! I will send each of you an email to get your address. If you are reading this and haven't gotten an email, give me a shout @ soaphouse@purplemailbox.com. Can't wait to send you ladies your happy mail goodies!

I hope your layouts received some love! They sure deserve it! Look at Michelle's  awesomeness from My Analog Life. I LOVE her playful urban style. I love the no-photo layout that includes some heart felt journalling from Alyssa. Jennifer rocked it out yet again with some paint and hexagons. And finally, check out this adorable layout from Lydia. I love the use of negative space! You ladies are amazing!!!
Alrighty - Let's party and share some love! Link up below and be sure to check back and share the love with everyone else too! A link back is always appreciated :) You have a month to play along and I can't wait to see your un-blogged or most favorite layouts :) Perhaps there is a prize up for grabs???

See you next time with a start to finish :)



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