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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Happy Thursday!!  Today I want to share with you a 1 page layout that I designed for Amaco.  They hired me to make this for their CHA booth display.  I used 2 different colors of their Art Emboss metal - the "Light Copper" and "Light Brass".  This metal is thin and wonderful for embossing.  Different colors actually have different thicknesses, though.  On a previous project, I used the red metal, and it was softer and thinner than these 2 colors. 

These 2 colors shown here are too thick to run through the Cricut, so I decided to try cutting them in the Cuttlebug with a die.  I have a butterfly die with several coordinating embossing folders, so I thought it would work perfectly.  However, I must say that this metal was just a hair too thick for cutting in the Cuttlebug.  It cut most of the way through, but I had to trim around it with scissors to really make it work.  Still worth it, though, for such a unique look.

After I cut the butterflies, I then ran each of them through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  I then bent up the wings, and used mini glue dots to attach the bodies to the page.  Since I already knew that I wanted to incorporate these 2 metal colors, which are kind of an orange tone and yellow tone, I purposely looked for papers that also included orange and yellow to help coordinate the whole color scheme.  These particular papers are from Pink Paislee, and I also love that I was able to bring out some blue, both light and dark.  Having the dark blue in there really added some contrast to help make it "pop".  There's that word!!  Yes, contrast is my friend.

Oh, you want more details, do ya?  Ok, the background of course is 12x12.  The scallop square is cut from Storybook at 11".  Dark blue square is 9 1/2 x 9 1/2.  Striped square is 9x9.  Oh, and pretty much everything is inked with dark brown.  Light copper photo mat is 4 3/4 x 6 3/4, and was embossed with the Tapestry embossing folder.  Light blue photo mat is 4 1/4 x 6 1/4.  Dark blue photo corners are from a Stampin' Up punch.  Little girl is cut from A Child's Year at 4 1/2", and is on a dark blue shadow of the same size.  I added 3 brass brads to every corner of the striped square to help bring that color and metal look throughout the layout a little more.  The title and journal box were just part of the paper pack from Pink Paislee.  Whew!

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win this week's blog candy.  I will choose a random winner, and the winner will get to choose a theme and then I will custom make a completed layout just for that person.  It's gonna be fun!  Also, I want to thank you for your input regarding what you'd like to learn about.  That was very helpful for me, and I hope to put that to good use in the future.  :)

67 comments:

Smita said...

This is sooooo beautiful. I love the color you chose. super cute!!

Megan said...

Absolutely love it! The color combination is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

meggiemeg at comcast dot net

SarahB said...

This is gorgeous! This makes me sometimes wish I had a girl, I have 2 boys so I don't get to many "pretty" pages

Kathleen said...

Well, "Wow" is all I can think of to say about this. Love the look of the metal and the 3D look of it.

TFS, Monique and Amaco is so very lucky to have you as a designer.

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

Country Twinkle said...

Gorgeous layout! One that needs to be framed.

acountrytwinkle at verizon dot net

Julie said...

WOW! That is stunning!

Ann said...

WHAT A WONDERFUL POST. I HAVE A SMALL PIECE OF COPPER THIN METAL THAT I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO USE SO YOU GAVE ME THE IDEA I NEEDED. TFS!
MSTGANE
ANN

Bobbi said...

This is gorgeous. I love the butterflies and will definitely have to look into getting some of that metal. TFS

Dee said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the colors. I don't know how you do it, but I look forward to logging in to your blog to see what you have created today. Thanks!

Star said...

Monique, this page is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing that the metal was kinda difficult to work with, have been anxious to hear your personal opinion. Your contrasting colors are beautiful, as usual!

kristyscraps said...

Beautiful layout. I have an old sizzix original machine--I wonder if it would cut well in there? Might have to try that out.

Sherrie K. said...

Just stunning!!!! Absolutely a beautiful layout and I love all the details!!!!
Sherrie K.
sherriescraps.blogspot.com

debbie susee said...

I love the scalloped background--a big reason for my recent purchase of the Expression. :)

PinkaDottie Sue said...

Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

Susan
lavenderangel@centurytel.net

Kristen said...

I love the look of embossed metal.

shari said...

Monique, this layout is absolutely Gorgous!!!! I love the butterflies out of the metal. I'll have to try this material. You need Tim Holtz's Vegabond to go thru this material, I love mine. Shari (cricutrookie)

Maquel said...

Monique!!! This is adorable!! I love it!!!!!

sleigh said...

Beautiful layout! Those metal butterflies sure make a difference and add some "oomf" (spelling?). May have to try some of that "metal" one day... and luv the color combination too :)

JennyKozar said...

This is just beautiful!

Beary Crafty said...

I LOVE these butterflies...I MUST try it!!! They really make your page "POP" as you say but WOW, amazing!!!! So impressed (as always!!) :)

bearycrafty007@yahoo.com

Karen Rosas

Newbie2crafting said...

This is so beautiful!!! I love everything you post. Great work.

dtarchala@gmail.com
danascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Sherry -Aunt Elmo- said...

This is absolutely stunning! I love it! I'm going to give this a try!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

love the look of metal and it doesn't look "harsh". also used one of my very favorite cartridges!!

gm said...

Wow!!! I can't wait to try something like this, love the colors, paper everything about it!!!

AShu93 said...

This is so beautiful! The butterflies look like they're flying right off the page. That's why I like that Cuttlebug set too.

Kim M. said...

The color combination is beautiful!You are so creative with whatever you are given. Such a talent!

Mary Jean said...

beautiful! I love it!

Meshell Holmes said...

One word......GORGEOUS!

Katherine said...

Oh my, this is beautiful Monique!

blueskygirl said...

Just beautiful! Love the butterflies.

Faith-Abigail Designs said...

This is so beautiful! I love everything about it!

JANLYNN said...

Beautiful colors. Love the butterflies. I forget to use shapes like the scalloped square on my layout pages. Thanks for the reminder.

LesleyfromWI said...

This has to be one of my favorites that you have shown. The colors are beautiful and I love those butterflies!

Kristie Maynard said...

That is one gorgeous and unique layout. I'm just wondering, if the metal is too thick for the Cricut and also the Cuttlebug, what is it intended to be used with?
I do have some metal in my stash that I got from somewhere, who knows where, maybe I should try using it with my Cuttlebug and make something cool. Never knew what to do with it, now I have some great ideas. Thanks Monique!

SGilley said...

Love the layout and thank u 4 sharing! Just happened upon ur blog and glad I did. Thx 4 sharing.

Tiffany said...

This is so pretty. I'm just getting to know the world of scrapbook blogs and love the work you do. I'd love to be your blog candy winner! I just had a baby boy and haven't started his book yet.

Lisa said...

you are so creative and I love your use of patterned papers! I like many of the layouts that I have created however since following your blog I've really noticed how many solids I tend to use. I love your work!

Miss Dhilly said...

The layout is just amazing. Fabulous colors, the metal butterflies are beautiful. That metal like such a neat product.

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

Brenda H. in Sunny California said...

Monique,
That would be such a fun class to do!! hint...hint.
The layout was so beautiful.
Brenda H.

Irma Verras said...

Gorgeous work...as usual!
YOU ROCK!!!!

Anna said...

I just love this beautiful creation ! I didn't think I really liked orange papers until I saw this ! Wow !!
Anna

joannstrosnider said...

This page is beautiful. I don't usually like orange; but it is done so nicely here with the navy touches.

Charlotte Cornett said...

LOVE LOVE THIS ONE!!! It is beautiful! TFS!

C Stephens said...

Gorgeous layout! I think the colors are wonderful and the butterflies rock!

ScrappyChick said...

Love the metal...looks wonderful. Thank you for all the details on the layout.

hmooney134@gmail.com

Beth said...

Fabulous layout!

Donna said...

Oh I love this! Love, love, love the metals! Thanks for the honesty with the thickness - helps us so much with our planning of layouts! The butterflies are gorgeous.

Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

ShanaC said...

Absolutely beautiful - you certainly have a way with your layouts!! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs.PeruStarsFan said...

OMGosh, I love this layout. I like anything that has butterflies on it. This is just beaUtiful!

Kimberly
kimberly.pate@gmail.com

Nana Crys said...

The butterflies are beautiful and you did a great job. This really does make the page "POP". The dark blue looks awesome. AMACO is lucky to have you as a designer. Hope also to win.

Vickie said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! TFS

SrapaholicRN said...

this is so pretty. I think the metal looks fun to use and could do a lot with it.

Spud

cardchick's world said...

This is beautiful....luv ALL the contrast you did, it worked PERFECTLY!!!

cardchick50 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the colors. Thank you for sharing the dimensions with us. And yes, please enter me in the contest to win! I am winzercastle on Cricut MB. Can't wait to meet you in Frisco!

Katie Winzer Wilson
winzercastle@sbcglobal.net

Aman said...

I love your layout! Beautiful colors!

Nana Jo said...

What a beautiful layout and your butterflies are beautiful too.

mmlmn @polarcomm.com

Betsy said...

That is a beautiful layout and the look is so unique. Great job!

Betsy said...

Just found your blog through Everyday Cricut ~ so glad I did!
I love the colors you used for the butterfly project ~ so vibrant!!

Marcia said...

I love your designs. the inspiration that you continue to give is awesom.

Amaco said...

Thanks again Monique! Your layout was gorgeous. It was wonderful to meet you!

GlendaP said...

This is a wonderful layout. I love it. The metal butterflys are a perfect compliment to the whole look.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am missing everyone and everything that is going on there at home, can't wait until I get back! I should be home March 15 if my Mom is well enough. I'm having scrap withdrawals! All the new layouts are gorgeous, good job ladies. Love & hugs!
Judie aka ScrapinNamaw

Sparksgal said...

OMG - This is gorgeous!! Love the colors.

Jess (aka Sparksgal)
ncscrapper77 (at) gmail (dot) com

d said...

Such great ideas. Love them all!

Katie said...

i cant wait to get this skilled with my cricut

Jennifer said...

Incredible, as always, Monique!!! :)

Thank you so much for sharing (I love the detailed recipe!),

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Jane said...

Very pretty colors. Love the little girl!

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Monique Griffith
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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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