Monday, September 26, 2011

Soul Scrappers - SENSE-ational Summer contest # 1 - the SMELLS of SUMMER

The Sweet Smell of Honeysuckle
I belong to Soul Scrappers, a fun bunch of ladies who like to scrapbook.  They have several challenges for us each month, by the way, you don't have to be a demonstrator to join, just click on my link on the right for Soul Scrappers and tell them I invited you and you can be a part of the fun over there.
This challenge is about the SENSE-ational Summer contest # 1 - the SMELLS of SUMMER.  I'll be honest with you, living in HOT So. Illinois with all of my allergies to everything outside, including GRASS, there aren't too many smells that I really enjoy.  My journal tag says it all:  I love to walk around the corner of my house and be blown away by the sweet and bold scent of the honeysuckle growing on my back fence.  The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy it also.  If you want to see the page closer, just click on the photo.
One of the challenge requirements was that there be sewing on the page.  Last time my daughter was home, I pulled out my 25 year old sewing machine and we tried to get it working, but it is destined for the trash.  Last week I decided to check out Joanne's online sewing machines and found one that I thought might fit my needs and it was 1/3 off and free shipping.  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!(LOL you can tell I watch too much Drive-Ins, Dinners and Dives).  Sewing is not a craft that I have ever enjoyed, but I have been intrigued by the sewing I have seen on cards and scrapbook pages.  So when my machine got here, it sat in the box for FOUR days until I got the taxes sent off to the IRS! YEA!  Then, I allowed myself time to actually READ the directions(something that I do rarely) for the new sewing machine.  It is supposed to do 59 different stitches, but I only see a possibility of 25.  Luella, my daughter, is coming for a visit tonight and maybe she can help me find the other 34 stitches. LOL!!!  But, I was proud of myself that I figured out how to use the leaf stitch around the boarder of my page.  I also attempted to make my own honeysuckle flower out of paper.
I placed yellow ribbon(SU retired) behind the punched Lace Ribbon Border and it really made it pop off of the page.  I used DSP(SU retired) for the title and glued it to a cereal box before cutting it out with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies.  If you try this at home, crank the die through the big shot three times to get it to cut through this thicker material.  Just crank until you see the die go past, stop, crank the other direction, etc.  If you let it get too far through before reversing, static electricity will move your paper and ruin your image.
Paper: Retired SU cardstock and DSP, More Mustard, Whisper White and So Saffron Card Stock
Ink:  Old Olive
Stamp:  French Foliage
Accessories:  Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Stampin' Write Journal, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Retired SU Ribbon, Brother Sewing Machine, Smashed Pop Bottle Cap


Micki - Avenue of Art said...

Debbie, I don't do scrap booking (I know...shame on me!) but I LOVE this page!
I can FEEL the sunshine and SMELL the honeysuckle. (I'll just have to save this I can look at it all winter.) lol
TFS - Micki (

Dale Morin said...

What a great page! Love how you did it. Had to laugh that you actually read the directions! Good for you. I never seem to do that. I can almost smell the honeysuckle!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Honeysuckle is such an awesome summer scent. I love that the hummingbirds are attracted to it too. Sounds like you had quite an adventure with this page and managed to get the leaf pattern sewn on too........ wow I'm impressed. My machine with a 100 cams for various stitches is sitting under a pile of magazines...I think it'll stay there a while longer LoL! Hope you find your 34 missing stitches. Great scrapbook page Debbie, love all the elements!

Sandi said...

I can't believe the amount of detail you put into this page (I blew it up as it was so gorgeous). My sewing machine is more than 40 yrs old and still running, but then I don't sew very much. I would never, ever be able to handle one with that many stitches, even if I did read the manual. Love the leaf stitches, but better you than me sewing.

Patti said...

Debbie, this page is beautiful, fun and colorful. The details are fantastic. Great job!

Yolanda said...

I think that is a great page. So detailed. I would frame it and hang it up to admire during the winter months. Ya on a new sewing machine! It definatly sounds like you were a winner, winner! Have fun, I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Never dissappointed.

Patty Mickle said...

This is a great scrapbook page! You did a great job as usual!