Sunday, August 1, 2021

Summer Fun!

 Hello and Happy August! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying Summer, even if you're doing it in air conditioning like me! ๐Ÿ˜ It's time for another design team make for Love to Craft Anything Goes Challenge #61!

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I need some more Summer decorations, so I decided to make this. I bought this Createful Heart digi called Backyard Grill because I thought it was adorable and then got the idea to cut the printed image with my Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Apron die I'd yet to use. I went old skool with patterned  papers from Carolee's Creation, DCWV and Creative Imaginations. Then I went really old skool and added some eyelets and brads from my stash. I literally forgot for a bit how to use my eyelet setters, lol, but it did come back to me, finally! 
I used this SplitCoastStampers Sketch SC308, but resized it to 7.25" x 8" in PSE. I've been using a 9x12 Stampin' Up 3-ring binder album with oversized 8.5x8.5" page protectors to store my decos in. It's now full of 8x8" decos, and I cannot find any more albums like that, so I'm having to make my decos a bit smaller to fit into the other 8x8 albums I have. I've been experimenting -- this one is my first time to keep the 8-inch height but make the width smaller and I do like it.
I used several die cuts: Lawn Fawn sun, MFT chevron zig zag strips (colored with Promarkers), Newton's Nook flip flops (stamped and colored), Sunny Stamps watermelon and seeds (stamped and colored), and I mentioned the apron (colored with Promarkers) but to fill the apron pockets I also used utensils from the Sue Wilson die set and one from a Gina Marie Baking set.
I just had to document this. The bane of my scrapbooking existence has always begun and ended with rub-ons. They never lasted long for me before drying out, and there was always a surprise (like part of the letter wouldn't rub off or would break off). Well, except for one pack of rub-ons that are pictured above. They are 15 years old but still work! Just had to notate that. To me and my track record with rub-ons,  that's almost a miracle, lol! ๐Ÿ˜‡
The base for my deco is the chipboard backing from an 8x8 paper pad. I used a Posca metallic silver paint pen to accent the legs and various other parts of the grill and to color the utensils. I used the skinniest satin ribbon I had in my stash for the apron strings and neck. Because it was brown, I used brown eyelets and outlined the apron in brown Promarker. I also outlined all the papers with Promarkers in matching colors. I was going to add a beer bottle die cut, but got really tired of messing with it, I guess, because I just now remembered that as I type this. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜›
I have the back of the deco covered up with a piece of the DCWV paper and Promarker-colored MFT photo corner die cuts. This was to finish it as well as cover up the brad prongs and as always use up more paper! 
This close-up is to show the metallic silver accents to the grill and pocketed utensils. I love that the blue Promarker I used on the apron matches the blue in the plaid paper so well. I used some foam tape to adhere the sun, butterfly, apron, flip flops, watermelon and bottom zig zag strip, so there's a bit of dimension to the piece.
This close-up is to show the eyelets and brads on the chevron zig zag strip. Right in the middle of making this I ended up going through my eyelets and throwing a bunch away because they were too... strong? thick? None of my setters could pound 'em down. And I knew this as soon as I bought them ages ago. Why did I keep them? Did I think I'd suddenly become stronger, or they would soften? LOLOL Yes, I admit, I'm a hoarder collector! ๐Ÿ˜‹
And here is a final view of it on display on my front foyer table. As many home decorations as I've made, I really need to do more for some seasons: Summer being one, Christmas being another. It never ends and I'm never caught up. Welcome to Crafting! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hope you have a great day and until next time, Stay Well and Craft On! XOX

2.   Createful Heart Design Challenge #34: AG -- #1/3 I used Createful Hearts' Backyard Grill digi.
4.   Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 29: AAG w/Colouring -- #2/2 Promarkers used to color apron and all die cuts except for sun.
9.   The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #271: AG -- #1/5 11 Challenges Max


Neet said...

Thanks for joining us at AJJ with your lovely colourful display piece. How lucky that the Promarker Blue matched the blue in the decorative paper so well - not often that happens.
Love all the different types you have used. Lots to see there.
Hugs, Neet xx

My name is Erika. said...

This is perfect Aimeslee for the new challenge at Art Journal Journey. I remember those text printed papers. I might even still have a sheet. That is a great image for for the newest challenge. And I love your summer theme. You nailed it! Thanks for joining us, and hopefully you'll be back again soon. Happy new month. hugs-Erika

nwilliams6 said...

Very fun - captures the fun of Summer for sure. So much going on and so many fun things to look at! Great way to use type for the AJJ challenge too. Very well done!

Darlene said...

WOW! Awesome creation my friend! Great take on the sketch! Every inch screams Summertime!! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Colors of Summer’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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Amelia Breytenbach said...

Wow! This is so pretty and perfectly done. Love the vibrant colours too. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenges.
Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

Kristine said...

Oh what a FUN card, this just screams SUMMER! Love the apron, and just everything! :) Even your cute stand to showcase your card! I hope you have a no-pain relaxing Sunday today ♥
Happy Crafting,

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous and colourful piece Aimeslee, there are lots of types to see and enjoy! Thanks for joining us at AJJ, much appreciated, Valerie

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous Summer decoration Aimeslee! I love that it fits so perfectly with Neet's theme at AJJ!

BTW, the tease about the Air Con made me smile! During a period of very hot weather (for the UK anyway) we wished for air con - however the heat wave lasted for such a short time - around a week - that we would have wasted our money - I have gone back to wearing socks in the evenings and jackets when we go out!
Have a good week, Chrisx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

LOVE your summer decoration, Aimeslee. The background is absolutely perfect and those rub-ons are great for Neet's theme, too. The entire entry is wonderful and I laughed at your throwing a bunch of eyelets away. I gave some of mine to the Girl Scouts. Maybe they have a muscle building badge (grin)! Thank you for sharing this adorable decoration with us at Art Journal Journey using Neet's theme. Hope to see you often this month.

Mary said...

Wow!!!! I am so impressed with what you've done with Backyard Grill image from Createful Heart Design!!! That is just the cutest ever!!

Thank you so much for joining in with our Challenge this month. We hope to see your wonderful talents again!!

Mary Smith - Owner/Designer for Createful Heart Design

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

It's been a while since you did an art deco. I really like this, old skool or not. I still use DP and brads.

The summer apron is adorable. I really wouldn't know how to use that image, but you sure as heck did. Having the barbecue, sun and flip flops cries summer barbecuing!!!

Anonymous said...

This is totally my style! I just LOOOOOOOVE it!!!

Thank you for joining our challenge at Createful Heart Design challenge blog. We love to see your awesome projects in our next challenges!
Diana DT

Elkes Lebensglรผck said...

That is fabulous and colourful page, i love this fun!
Havea happy week, hugs, Elke

craftytrog said...

A gorgeous composition Aimeslee!
Happy August.

Annie said...

What a lot of summer fun details in this super delightful summer decoration. Even the local residential critters have come to enjoy the cookout. Eyelets and brads are old school? I guess I’m old school too then. Ha! I love using both. Love the variety of ‘type’ in this art piece.

Chana Malkah said...

You did a fabulous job with the sketch! I had so much fun looking at this project and finding all the amazing details that are hidden in it! Great work!
Chana Malkah

Meggymay said...

A fabulous display page and so many wonderful additions to see as well as the super typed base you used. Thank you for linking with us at AJJ.
Yvonne xx

Donna Walls said...

Sorry for the late visit but I wanted to thank you for playing along with us at The Paper Funday July Challenge. Your project is lovely and we hope to see you this month too! Donna

Alka said...

Beautiful Card. This is Alka Acharya DT from The Creative Crafters Challenge. We love to see you again. Thank you for joining us.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

You've used those word papers to the max what a grand Summer display you created. The blue marker is so well matched to the colour in the paper. I can see you creating one for every season now, looks awesome on the ironwork frame.
Beautiful.. Hugs Tracey x

ahlers5 said...

What a great summertime card.

Jenny Marples said...

Aimeslee this is so much fun and captures all the fun of summer. Thank you for joining in with the Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge this time x

Jana Forrest said...

Aimeslee what a great collage of everything summer. Love the way it all came together for you. BTW, yippee for the rub-ons. Thanks for sharing over at The Crafter's Cafe. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana

Vic said...

I love all the thought that's gone into making this card - all the colours, patterns and textures. Love it! Thankyou for sharing your creativity with us this challenge - Vic, DT - The Colour Crazy Craft Challenge. x

Monica C. said...

I always enjoy seeing your home decor pieces that you make and I get all inspired to make some myself. But it never seems to happen.
I love this summery one, the apron is lovely and all the die cut elements are great details.
Hugs Monica

LOU said...

Love all the bright summery colours Aimeslee.
Lou xo