Thursday, May 20, 2010

Papertrey Pixies Challenge #1

Yeah! I finally scanned the page I made for the first Pixie challenge! I finished it last week but kept forgetting to scan it so I could upload it. :-) The challenge is to make your own background paper. I decided to do this for a scrapbook layout, rather than a card, because it's been so long since I scrapbooked. I mean over a year, at least. Cards kind of took over (love that instant gratification) but I do love scrapbooking too and have really wanted to get back to it. I chose the title page for my kitties' album (yes, I make albums for my pets and I am not ashamed, LOL!). They are almost 3, so I thought it was about time. (I'm embarrassed to admit that my nephew is 3 1/2 and I haven't even done a title page for his first year SB! Um, guess that should be next. ;->) So, I spent an obscene amount of time choosing the picture, and then went with the colors in it to make the page. I made the polka dotted pink paper with Polka Dot Basics II, stamping in watermark ink and then using a pearly embossing powder on them. Yes, that did take a long time. The light gray paper is stamped with a CHF backgrounder in Smokey Shadow. I made the letters too, with a Technique Tuesday alphabet and the same embossing powder as on the dots. Looks different doesn't it? In person, the letters look metal, which is cool but unintended. I used a border punch, a date stamp, and punched the flowers out of paper I made like the big pink piece, only with little paw prints instead of polka dots. Some brads, PTI's medium scallop die, and I was done.

BTW, Mia is on the left and Milo on the right. They are from the same litter but I suspect they have different fathers. Mia is small, not afraid of anything, and the smartest cat I've ever come across, and Milo is clearly part Siamese (you should hear his meow), leery of his own shadow, and a real sweet mama's boy. He's also a special needs kitty, which we didn't know when I adopted them. He was born with shallow hip joints, and through veterinary chiropracty and meds, he does pretty darned well! I'm sure he has no idea he's "special," LOL! If you've made it this far, thanks for looking! ;-D

Stamps: PTI--Polka Dot Basics II; CHF--Paw Print Backgrounder & Dotted Lines Backgrounder; Technique Tuesday--Provence Lowercase Letters, Extra Large; Heidi Swapp date stamper
Paper: PTI--Soft Stone & Smokey Shadow; stash
Border Punch: EK Success
Ink: Tsukineko--Versamark; PTI--Smokey Shadow
Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang--Silver Moon/Sapphire
Flower Punches: EK Success (?)
Dies: PTI--Medium Scallop Die; Cuttlebug flower die (heart)


Lorraine said...

Beautiful layout, Jill! You have such cute fur babies! Love the patterned papers you made and the alphabets!

Cathy Weber said...

Love your sweet kitties and your layout. I really like all the embossing. It always adds such a rich look to projects. I am so glad you shared your pages with us. Looking forward to seeing more.

Danielle said...

Your kitties are adorable! And your lo for them is so sweet! I love the polka dot background, the pearly background is so pretty.

Diane Jaquay said...

Awwww, cute layout and ADORABLE kitties :)

Cathy Weber said...

I would love to join papertrey pixies and I know it is closed. Could you please keep me in mind if you expand or if someone else drops out? Thanks

Babies- Beth said...

Very sweet! I love the letters, and having trouble with a title myself can appreciate the amount of work you put into them!

Laurie said...

Love this Jill! Those embossed PD's are tooo cute! And so are the kitties!! :)

Karen H. said...

I have a kitty book too :)

Love this layout. Great job with the challenge!

Teresa said...

Great job on the challenge, Jill!!! Such adorable kitties!

Karen from PA said...

This is such a cute picture, and I love the polka dot background!