Friday, 21 June 2013

What's the Scoop? Color My Heart # 48 with Smoothie and Topiary

Blog alert! Photo-heavy post today...

This week's challenge colours at Color My Heart are
SMOOTHIE a juicy pink and
TOPIARY an intense green.
I believe these are complementary colours, so perhaps that is why they look so vivid together.
I used shades of brown (Chocolate--of course! Desert Sand, Champagne & White Daisy) so as not to compete with the focus colours.

I am still trying to get caught up on last year's summer photos, and these colours fit right in with the following image:

This poster was prominently displayed at our favorite ice-cream store, COWS, in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Bad flash on my part, the glared-out words are "can buy."  Notice the pink and green lettering, the different sized fonts and the little row of ice-cream cones at the bottom...

I started with a sketch by Cheryl Even. She used to provide regular sketch inspiration for the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog, which is where I "met" her.
She still posts sketches on her own blog,   Even More Scrapping!, which are great because they include the paper-cutting dimensions, and usually include room for several photos. This is her lay-out for June.
I'm going to focus on a couple of design features and then show you the whole dang lay-out.
First up, those little ice-cream cones. The stamp and die set for this come from There She Goes Clear Stamps. You can find the link for them HERE and HERE.  I had fun stamping the cones with a waffle pattern and creating different "flavours" of ice-cream for a couple of border strips.

The Title. I just finished an online course from Big Picture Classes called "Textuality" with TONS of great ideas for using text on your layouts. Titles, fonts, journalling, etc.  So I knew I wanted to use a mixture of colours and fonts for my title expression.  The skinny letters are a Sizzix font called Cherish.   The hazy letters are another Sizzix font, Round Table, this time cut from vellum, to look, well...hazy.
The "crazy" letters are CTMH Irresistibles, which I inked with Smoothie pigment ink. The white embossed areas resist the colour, adding some interest and texture.
For "summer," my first idea was to do more die-cutting using the CTMH burlap ribbon, but that idea was short-lived. I tried backing the ribbon with adhesive tape before cutting, to create letter stickers, but the dies wouldn't cut through the plastic backing--too thick. So I decided to stamp my letters to mimic fabric texture. I used the Artiste Cricut cartridge for the font and CTMH's Distressed Backgrounds stamp, for a linen-look.

Here are the rejects:  just inking the edges of the letters wasn't interesting enough.

Here's a bigger look at the stamp set.

Another lesson from the Textuality course was to have the subjects of the photos contribute to the journalling. So one of my journaling blocks includes everyone's favorite flavour of last summer, recorded for posterity.  You can see this close up in the first photo.

Notice I used no patterned paper here? Some repeated stamped images, some texture and the photos themselves add enough visual interest.

Here's the left-side of the lay-out.

Here's the right-side. Notice how none of my family smiles for the camera any more...

Here's the whole thing:  sorry for the hazy shot--when I crop the picture in iPhoto it loses definition...need to work on that.

So! What do pink and green make you think of??? Check out some more inspiring creations from the Design Team at Color My Heart. Then link up your creation for a chance to be our Color Dare Diamond! You have until Thursday, June 27th to get inky.

Happy crafting,

One more photo of my cutie HB, enjoying his ice-cream cone!

CTMH Supplies Used:
Card stock in Champagne, White Daisy, Kraft, Smoothie and Topiary.
Inks in Smoothie, Desert Sand, Champagne, Chocolate
Stamp: Distressed Backgrounds D1544
Irresistibles Eclectic Alphabet chipboard shapes
Cricut Artiste cartridge for "summer" font, word-bubble shape.

Other supplies:
Sizzix chevron embossing folder
Sizzix Sizzlets alphabet dies:  Round Table, Cherish
There She Goes Clear Stamps set: Enjoy Life
There She Goes Clear Stamps die set: Enjoy Life
The Twinery's baker's twine in Strawberry.
Signo Uniball White pen
Slick Writer in brown.


  1. Great layout, Caroline. The pictures go perfectly with these colors. I really like the ice cream theme! Thanks for the info about all your "textuality." I can learn a lot from you!

  2. "Sweet" layout, Caroline! I love all the little techniques for the lettering, (soooooo wish I had taken that class!) Love the word bubble and text box--they make the personalization complete! :)

  3. What a darling layout! I love how you used the sketch and walked us through all the steps to create the layout. Really fun. And the looks on everyone's faces in the pictures is pretty hilarious, too!

  4. Yum!

    What a great theme to scrapbook. These kinds of "this is just who we are" layouts are what make a scrapbook so much more than a compilation of pictures. This will be cherished!!

  5. Great LO - love the topic, title and texture! Your pics made me wonder whether you could stamp using the burlap ribbon to get the exact texture? Something to try when I am there this summer ;-)

    xox, Muggie


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