Monday, September 21, 2009

Design Team Shares :: Fall and Halloween Wall Decor

Hello my friends! I'm so glad to see so many of you loved Joyce's project. I did too! Wasn't it clever to do a DOUBLE sided decoration?! That Joyce. :)

I'm excited to share the rest of our design team projects. I'm also sad to say goodbye to some of the design team. Jolene, Julie, Chrys and Heather have been a true pleasure to work with and I'll miss working with each of them.

The quilted pumpkin at the top is by Julie. Isn't it beautiful?! It's so fall-like with the warm colors. She first covered the pumpkin with cork to use as a bulletin board.

The haunted pumpkin is by Chrys using the new Pink Paislee papers that I love so much!


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Then we have an assortment of *fabulous* BOO letters. Each one equally fabulous and yet, so different.

Laurie's seems very eeary with the book papers peeking through her papers. And don't you love that black crow?







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Kory's are so cute with the glittered outline of the letters and cute little die cuts! And I love how purple has made it's way into Halloween colors. :)




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I love Jolene's big black tree and the little kitty peeking through in the middle "O". Adorable!








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And I *adore* (did I say adore!) these vintage BOO letters that Julie Ann created! Isn't the ruffled paper trim gorgeous?! Here's how she created the look!

I used vintage glass glitter which will tarnish over time, however first I spray painted the letters silver first.I used vintage book pages and made ruffles behind each letter.I made a hat for each figure that I cut out.I stretched out regular batting that you use to stuff pillows to make fake cobwebs, using a tiny bit of glue to make them willowy.Prima flowers on pop-dots and Prima lace!!!Yay vintage!!!!







Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day!



Sunday, September 20, 2009

Guest Designer :: the talented and sweet Joyce Gleason

Hello there! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. It was such beautiful, Fall weather here. Just perfect.
I'm thrilled to share this month's Guest Designer, the lovely Joyce Gleason. I've "known" Joyce around the blogging world for a couple years now and find her work (and personality) so inspiring. You'll love what she did with our Pumpkin shape. She made TWO decorations in one! I just think that's such a clever idea (yes, you did surprise me, Joyce). :) Read on for more details on how she created her project and learn a bit more about Joyce too.


Hi there! My name is Joyce Gleason and I want to say how happy I am to have been asked by Deb to be a guest designer for Say It With Letters! for a fall project. I have been playing with paper my whole life starting with paper dolls at about age 5. I started scrapbooking about 15 years ago, first for myself and then for other people. In the past few years I have drifted into other paper arts and my favorites are altering and designing greeting cards using vintage images and funny phrases and quotes. I first discovered SIWL over 2 years ago when a friend was getting married and I ordered a very large "G" to paint and alter for a gift. Since then I've played with acorns, dresses and bird houses.

I am semi-retired, married to a Lutheran Pastor, have 3 kids in their 30's and one very precious grandson, Charlie, who will be 2 in November.

When I received my "assignment" my mind started twirling away and I couldn't wait to get started!


The Pumpkin:

First, I used acrylic paint (a light tan color) and painted the edges of the pumpkin.
Then, I laid the pumpkin face down on a sheet of plain cardstock and traced the shape.
I cut out the pumpkin shape, and sectioned off the pumpkin with a pencil, free-hand.
I cut my sections and used them as templates for the individual pieces.

For the outer sections I used scrapbook paper that mimicked vintage wallpaper. The center section is a piece of plain colored cardstock stamped with a text stamp. The stem and collar were cut from cardstock and then embossed with an embossing folder.
All edges of the paper pieces were inked to give them some definition. My personal preference is the worn shabby look.
I glued all of the pieces down, attached a phrase that was printed from the computer and a variety of flowers and die-cut flourishes. Under the flowers, I used a paper doily to add some dimension, also.


When I finished, I turned the pumpkin over to snap a photo of the beautiful notches Deb and Steve do on their pieces to make them easy to hang. When I looked at the plain back of the pumpkin I decided I wasn't finished yet.

Voila! Using just one piece of scrapbook paper, I covered the back of the pumpkin. I attached some silk fall leaves and more die-cut flourishes for around the stem.
Then I traced an eraser to make eyes and a nose and traced around a small plate for the smile. I attached googlie button eyes and free-hand cut out some teeth. The final touch....braces! Did I mention that my part-time job is with an orhtodontist?

2 looks with one pumpkin shape. I will be displaying this piece on a plate stand. Right now we're enjoying the Halloween look with Mr. Crooked Teeth and after Halloween, I will just turn the pumpkin over and have a nice display until it's time for Christmas decorations. I think I even surprised Miss Deb with this project! I hope you enjoy it, too.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our fabulous *new* Design Team

HI Everyone! I hope you're having a good week!

Once again, I'm blown away by all the talented ladies who submitted their work for our DT call. Thanks to each of you for your continued interest in our company. I wish I could have chosen each of you!

I'm SO excited with the team we have! We have some great additions that I think will bring a whole new look to our products. Each one is so unique and talented and I think the combination of each of them will be very inspiring. I can't wait to see what they create with our products! So here they are....

Rachel Hope Baird
Raechelle Bellus
Kory Dordea
Laurie Griggs
Jennifer Priest
Julie Ann Shahin

I wanted to say a special thank you to our previous Design Team. They are an amazing group of ladies and I'll miss seeing their work each month!

Thanks again to each of you!! Look for NEW design team projects very soon!