A Little Ray Of Sunshine

Posted by Cathy Lane

6 April, 2013 - ,

Hi there friends! I am so honored to be part of the creative team for the month of April and so lucky and privileged to be able to work and create with such amazingly beautiful papers. How can one possibly not be inspired by the soft, subtle hues in the Vintage Spring Basics collection? I love every single sheet of paper and each one is as gorgeous as the next one.

This is a layout I created for my darling little niece’s album, another one of many and many more to come. She truly is my inspiration and a little ray of sunshine in every sense of the word.

A Little Ray Of Sunshine

For this layout I used only papers from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection.

Vintage Spring Basics – 1st of March
Vintage Spring Basics – 2nd of April BS
Vintage Spring Basics – 7th of April
Vintage Spring Basics – 7th of April BS

For the background I used Vintage Spring Basics 1st of March. For the first circular layer I used the BS of Vintage Spring Basics 2nd of April. I cut a circle into the background which I then used as the second circular layer and matted both circles on brown cardstock and hand-stitched and stamped around the edges. I used the cut-off strips (which are sooo pretty and useful), matted them on some of the yellow paper and attached them to the top of the layout, folded them over the edge of the page and adhered them to the back of the layout..

Close-up 1a

The two flag strips were made with the front and the back of the Vintage Spring Basics 7th of April and matted on brown cardstock. I also used a die to cut the white ornamental border.

Close-up 2

I also used a die to cut the little window and adhered it to a piece of frosted transparency which I treated with a drop of yellow alcohol ink in order to create the illusion of sunshine coming through the window. I then decorated it with a little bling from Flourish With A Bling.

Close-up 3

I die-cut two ornamental circles and adhered the clocks to the circles and stitched around the edges.

Close-up 4

The big yellow flower, the two white and yellow roses and the vine are handmade.

Close-up 5

The butterflies were cut from white cardstock and inked and dotted. I am so sorry but I really cannot remember which dies I have used on this layout. I buy the dies, stick them into my file and throw the packaging away. I have the same issue with stamps. I wish I had some special techniques to share with you today, but my layouts are pretty straight forward, basic and uncomplicated.

I hope you like this one and thanks so much for looking.

Till next time… warm hugs to you all the way from South Africa xx


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  • Rachelle Sigurdson says:

    Beautiful Work Cathy,I love it,& I imagine your niece must just love all the LO’s that you have done for her,the are all Beautiful!!!

  • Oh my Cathy! how precious and beautiful this is! Super duper CONGRATS on your guest spot with Maja!! xoxox

  • Ivana Camdzic says:

    SO gorgeous, Cathy!!!! My goodness, I think I stared at that layout for a good 10 minutes, studying every little beautiful detail! Love every inch to bits!

  • Cathy says:

    Thank you ladies!! xx

  • This is gorgeous! I write the names and manufacturers of my dies on the backs of them with a fine permanent marker so I don’t forget. Helps a LOT! I never save packaging either!

  • This is exactly what I pictured you would create with the Maja papers Cathy! This is so very beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing more of your work this month! xo

  • Marilyn Rivera says:

    Gorgeous page Cathy!!! love all the details and the beautiful pic! it looks precious!!
    A warm welcome to the team! Congrats!!

  • Cathy says:

    Thank you so much Gabrielle and Marilyn 🙂 It’s pretty scary and intimidating trying to create something half decent with so much talent around here..lol!!

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I think this is one of the best you’ve ever done. You knocked me when you showed me this beauty. Absolutely stunning.

  • Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! so many amazing details and layers….such beautiful work as always!!! LOVE!