Thursday, March 28, 2013

Prairie Chic...finally continued!

     Please accept my apologies for keeping you hanging around like this...I had a sweet Aunt in Texas pass away during this process. She was a "Hometown Hero" recipient and well loved in her community for her unselfish giving and friendly personality. (I will be doing a tribute layout in her honor soon) Her death has caused a hole in many lives and hearts.
       A few tears, a trip to Texas, and the never ending "changing of the store " around to make room for new products has been a major distraction.  Back on Task!!  What were we talking about?  Oh yea, Prairie Chic, by BoBunny.   I set out to make this layout, with every intention of sticking closely to the layout that the designers at BoBunny had made....here is where my inspiration came from...

   Well, I didn't.  I started touching all the yummy papers, the stickers, bling!  My mind went to some awesome pictures of my mom and her cousin...my mom was true Prairie Chic.  Born and raised in western Oklahoma in the same home her mother was born in....a house built after her grandfather homesteaded during the land run of 1889. It was the 1940's and pin-up girls gave all young women dreams of stardom.
And here is my layout....

Prairie Gals



   I used Prairie Chis as my base, cutting around the boots, so I could slip a mat cut from Corral under the toes.  I heavily distressed that block.  I fussy cut the top of Calico for the top and inked the edges to soften the white core. The Mason jars were too clear, so I filled them in with Sepia Glossy Accents (see below} . It is a little dark, but so were the antique ones of those days.



Some handmade flowers with Stickles and bling, vine ribbon by Creative Impression, a couple of fussy cut flowers...and it was done.  I honestly only spent about 1 hour to create this.  And you can come by the store and pick up products to make your own.
    Mom dreamed of a glamorous life...you keep dreamin too.

Pammie Kay

Friday, March 08, 2013

IS IT MARCH ALREADY??

   I can't believe it!  Where is the time goig?  Remember when you were a kid and the days clicked by soo  slowly?  And now the calendar tells me we are a week in to March, when I just took the last of my Christmas decorations down last week.  Oh, wait, I did just take my angels and Nativity scene down last week!  I love it so much!! My Grandma Gash would leave it up year round...reminded her of baby Jesus!  And now I have her set, which my mom made in ceramics class in 1978.  Now it makes me think of the 2 of them!  Good memories.
    Speaking of memories....are you getting yours on paper? With the store it seems that I hardly have time...I miss scrapbooking every day. I am working on a layout using the newest BoBunny collection, Prairie Chic.  It also reminds me of my mom!  She grew up in a poor dirt farmer family 6 miles east of Woodward, OK.  But the glamour of Hollywood always seemed to call her.  I have tons of pictures of her striking a pose that would've made any pin-up girl blush.  And they were always with a clapboard house or the old barn behind her.  Even one on the wheel well of the tractor!!  Very sexy indeed.

   Like I said, it isn't finished yet, but here is what I have....
    The main sheet of paper I chose has the clapboard look to it...the sides are scattered with things you would find around a farmyard...old car tags (why did we never throw those away?), some boots, and scattered flowers.  The back side of this paper is bright! I fussy cut around the boots so they would overlap my large mat of barn wood. I always ink lightly to take away that "fresh cut" look.  

This collection comes with fantastic 
dimensional stickers, one that I am using 
just beside the boots.  It says "Moments in time"
and is layered banners, topped with the paper lace.
Another sheet of paper I used was Calico.  I primarily used the bottom side...again fussy cutting all the way across.  It is full of "lace" roses, mason jars, birds  etc.  I popped it up on chipboard and on foam dots to create the deep shadow. 

I added stickles to the roses and Glossy Accents to the mason jars. Dimension is so important in my layouts.  And is easy to achieve without adding bulk.Inking around edges (which is different than getting it dirty) adds a slight visual difference.  
    So there you have it...so far.  I need to make copies of two photos.  They are the only copies of pictures from the 40's.  I love preserving my past...one layout at a time.   
   I would love to see some of your layouts.  You can join us on Facebook at The Paper Crafts Store.  It's a place to see all our new products and get some great tips.  Hope to see you there.  Until then......
Keep Dreamin'

Pammie Kay