I started out with the little stamped bird cage (My Cute Stamps). I colored it with Copics and then cut it out with Spellbinders circle Nesties. So simple, but how was that going to be a winning entry?!
I had just purchased the Basic Grey Curio papers and the Spellbinders Nestie lacy squares dies, so decided to use those for the card. I also had a bit of matching twill from Really Reasonable Ribbon that I wanted to use. But the card still wasn't a winner!
I found some roses in my stash, which matched the colors, and added those, plus some Stickles for a bit of glitter. Then I found some matching pearls in a bin. I decided to add the oval sentiment to give the card some balance.
I decorated the inside with another lacy square and a Hero Arts stamp. And gobs of cardstock!
For Round 2 we were instructed to make a 12x12 page layout. Yikes! I have not scrapped much in the last year, so I started to panic. I finally made a page, but I was not 100% happy with it. I showed it to my dh and my BFF and they both said, "Great page, but it's not a Spellbinders page." Oh boy! So, I went back to the drawing board and came up with this page.
I used Spellbinders Nestie circles, lacy circles, and scallop circles for the banner and journaling blocks. The paper is Pink Paislee Queen Bee. I have to thank my dh who suggested the photo. He took this photo when we were in Paris in 2007, and it goes perfectly with the papers. And yes, I do make my pages first and then add photos! Don't ask me why, but that's how I scrapbook! I always get the page idea first, and then need to find a photo to fit! I always say, "This scrapbooking thing would be so much more fun if I did not have to add photos!"
The "wow" part of this page is the flowers. I made the "newsprint" flowers by using the Spellbinders Blossom 2 dies to cut old book pages, in various sizes. I then created flowers with the die cuts. I sprayed each flower with glimmer mist, and added some Stickles. All of the other paper flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I added some glitter to those as well. I placed a few pearls here and there to finish it off.
There you have it! My entries into the contest. I cannot show you my final projects, but hopefully you will see them at some point in the future! Hope you enjoyed looking!