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You Make Me Smile

I was a little daunted by this challenge at first, but once I started working on it, everything fell into place! It felt like a lot of requirements - use Raspberry grid paper, use pictures of things that make you smile, use page pattern #64 AND use one of origami, ink or clay. So, first challenge - find recent pictures, or take new ones that will go with the raspberry background....I had some pictures just taken of my grandkids at the City park - I figured I could combine the pink and green from the leaves somehow in patterned paper to make these work on the raspberry grid paper.  Now, make the pictures fit the page pattern. Hmmm. I could turn the page pattern to make use of my portrait-orientation pictures, but decided to use other pictures instead.  I liked the three spots at the bottom of the page with 3 squares by 3 squares each for each of my three fur-babies, Romeo, Cicero and Lucky.  Next problem - I have four grandkids, but one of them was not in this set of shots. I just decided too bad - he'll just have to be left out of this one! If he wasn't at the park anyway, it will accurately document the day...Now for using origami, ink or clay. I decided I would go with one of my favorite things - using ink on Hot Off the Press "Color Me" papers. These papers are embossed so when you put the ink on, it only colors the background and leaves the pattern intact once you rub over it with a paper towel or wipe.  A lot of my inks are already packed but I found one box still out and thank goodness it had pink and green pigment inks! I was in business!  I used a light and darker hue of each color and I really like the way it turned out.  So here are the fur-babies and skin-babies that brighten my day and make me smile:

Shared by Nancy Sanders on June 4, 2013 | Memory Date: June 4, 2013
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I really like the layers of matting for your center spot. After all you went through worrying about this page, it turned out great. The embossed paper is very pretty and of course the children are adorable.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  June 22, 2013 at 4:17 am   
This is a very nice page. I especially love your matting in the middle! Absolutely beautiful.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  June 14, 2013 at 1:27 am   
Beautiful. I especially love your background papers and your delightful use of what you had at hand. The subject matter was right on the spot. Nothing daunting about it when you have so much to smile about.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  June 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm   
Happy Belated Birthday Nancy! Hope you are doing well. According to you layout you must be feeling better. Great job! Love the fur/skin babies! I forgot I had some of that embossed paper. Will have to try on a later page. Hope your enjoying your new home :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm   
Skin babies!!!!! LOL!!!!! I never heard that before! Too funny! And Happy Birthday!!!!!! I'm so excited to know someone who shares my day with me!! I hope you had a great day too! I LOVE the embossed paper and the way you inked it! It goes perfectly with the colors in your photos and the grid paper. Beautiful job!! Say Hi to Cicero and all his toes for me!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  June 8, 2013 at 1:47 am   
Great Job, Nancy! I love that embossed paper...I am going to have to try that! Very neat idea, and you chose perfect colors to go with the paper and photos. Your grandkids are adorable, and of course I love your kitties, too!! Love how you refer to them as your fur babies and your skin babies! :) Again, really nice job! And ditto Tammy....Happy Belated! :)
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  June 7, 2013 at 2:04 am   
The inks on the embossed paper turned out beautifully! Love the mulit-color effect. I like that you curved the word "smile" to look like it is smiling.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm   
The Color Me papers and the inks you used worked so well with the Raspberry Grid paper. I see we both made the most of a 'smile' in the title!! I'm finding grand-kids are so much to smile about thanks for sharing them with us!P.S. Happy Belated Birthday too!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 5, 2013 at 3:14 am   

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