Sunday, May 25, 2008

Swinging Under the Sycamore

Great inspiration this week over at the Sweet Shoppe for some photos I took while we were back in Missouri. My dad planted this tree when I was in grade school, and now it's big enough for my girls to swing under it. My parents are trying to sell the farm, so we may not have many more chances for the girls to fly under this sycamore.

My colors for this LO came from the cute flowers & birdie that I got with some of my winnings at the digichick. Then I needed red & green to pull the colors out of the photo and next thing you know I'm making papers - which is good for everyone because here comes my next little kit.

The only little tricks I played on the template were to use the layer->modify->contract and then apply a stroke on that contracted border so that I could erase the stroked line and get that cutout look. I use the contract/expand and stroke combo on quite a few things now. Then I made a custom shadow for the tree so it looked like it had a little more life in its leaves.

Template #35 from Cookie Decorating 101 by Cindy at Sweet Shoppe Designs
Paper from Spring Swing by Scraps from Sarah Belle
Kraft Paper from Backs:Brown by Amanda Heiman
Paperbag frame from You've Been Framed by Lindsay Jane Designs
Ribbons from Give it to me Straight by Amanda Heiman
Flower & Bird Embellishements from Sugar in Heaven by Jeann Gaidecki
Paper Overlays from Grungy Overlays by Misschifis Scraps
Stitching from Stitches by Jasmin Olya
Glitter Frame from Strawberry Delights by Flergs
Glitter Style from Glitter Freebie 1 by Flergs
Action - inked edges by Atomic Cupcake
Fonts - Aubrey, CK Ali's Writing, Century Gothic

Being able to make your own stuff is both a curse & a blessing I've decided. I love to make it and truly customize my LOs, but I hate not to share my creations so I spend a lot of time creating other items to actually make it worth sharing. Its good practice for me I guess, but it does take additional time to do the packaging & whatnot. The papers for this seemed to come together really well and I actually like this preview.

Pick up the Paper Pack HERE.
Now to see what I can come up with in the way of embellishments - I'd love to hear some ideas in the comments. They are disabled in 4shared, so please leave them here for me.


Joy said...

YAY! I just happened to check your blog! :) Thanks! The papers are really cute! Embellishment suggestions... I don't know, maybe bugs? (Can you tell I have boys? lol) I'd love to see a frame or two, a few journal tags too. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

helenataylor said...

WOW!!! I too just happen to stop by your blog. Awesome Papers, love your stuff. Thanks SOOOOOOOO much for your freebies.

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

Rachel said...

So cute TY!!! anything boy :)

The Jarnagins said...

Cute papers! I love that they are unisex and will be using them for my little guy!

gtown1 said...

Love the papers...thanks so much. They have very classic. I'd like to see summer stuff, maybe by the pool tags...or by the lake or beach. Don't see too much lake stuff out there or swim stuff...maybe maybe I just havn't gone to the right places yet. But I know all of my friends do swimming and going to the lake (a lot) can't wait to see your creations. Blessings, ejw

ahalversen (DBA) said...

I LOVE your layout! that tree is amazing :o) As far as embellies, I love ribbon, flowers, maybe you could make some clouds with stitches around the edges? Some birds and maybe a sun? I'm not sure, but this is adorable :o) Thanks so much!

Bonnie said...

I love the colors and style of these papers. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kate said...

Thanks so much, these are gorgeous!

Melinda said...

Fun vibrant colors. And the elements are great too. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I just picked up the rest of the kit and had to come back and find the matching paper! Such a fun kit! Thank you!

Ginger said...

Such a cute kit!! I am going to put it on my freebie blog Monday. Stop by and check it out... let me know what you think :) Ginger

missy said...

Wonderful freebies here! My friend told me about the gingerscraps blog which led me here! Thank you so much for sharing your great designs!!

Mara said...

Hi, I found these beautiful papers today, the colors and pattern are lovely.
I will keep an eye on the elements as well, thank you very much