Monday, March 28, 2011

FCCB Design Team Day!! Challenge #53--Pic Heavy!!

Well, guess what? It's another Challenge Me Monday over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!! Let me tell you, I am having so much fun on this Design Team...I have been really trying to expand my creative comfort zone and make some new and different things. This week, we were challenged with the theme, "Looks Like Spring".
If you follow my blog, you know that I am not a layout type of girl. And if you are one of my many new followers, WELCOME!! As you look around my blog, you will notice I mostly make cards and 3D items. But, I have been following Monique Griffith's blog for quite some time now, and always said that if I was to attempt some layouts, it would be in her "style". I just love her design style!! If you haven't visited Monique's blog, she is a Cricut instructor who designs layout and card kits (along with 3 other talented ladies), and sells them, complete with super detailed directions and a Cricut cut chart to follow. If you are not familiar with Monique...please head over to her blog and check her out....she's AWESOME!!
So, in the spirit of trying to step outside my creative comfort zone...I decided to attempt a SPRING LAYOUT, 'Monique-style'! This is only the second layout I've EVER made!! And what do you know?? I'm pretty impressed at how it turned out!! I have a feeling that I will become more of a layout girl pretty quickly!!!


I used the Freshly Picked Cartridge for the whole layout.

The full layout is hard to see in the photo, so here are plenty of up close images...





This is the left hand page up close...








And the right hand page......







Some of the gardening tools...





Hard to tell but I used Gold Stickles for the Overall buttons! :)





These mushrooms flock either side of the "freshly picked" title...


And Window Boxes are atop of the top 2 photo mats...




Aren't these Gnomes simply adorable???




Green Stickles were used to add detail to some of the flower leaves.













I cut the images from 1.5" to 4", and inked all edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.

The Photo Mats are 3x4" and I used my Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, Sakura Black Glaze Embossing Pen, and Pop Dots to add dimension on everything.

Papers were from Stampin' Up! and My Mind's Eye "Bloom and Grow" Paper Stack.

Thanks for sharing this Layout with me!!! Now, head over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog and see what else the Design Team has cooked up for you!! And then...create something of your own and link it up to play along!!



30 comments:

Donna said...

OMG! Such detail! It must have taken you forever. It is REALLY cute.
http://comopark1886.blogspot.com

Bella Scrapbook Designs said...

Love your layout. Momo sent me. Check out my blog for a chance to win some blog candy.
Www.bellascrapbookdesigns.blogspot.com

Luv Scrapping Together said...

Maquel! This is gorgeous! You would never know that you have not done many layouts. You've inspired me. Beautiful!

Hugs,
Saundra :)

Tanya said...

Girl...this layout is awesome! Oh my goodness, so much detail to take in and admire! I love it...great work!

Melissa said...

Fantastic!!

Kate said...

Oh Maquel - this is absolutely AMAZING!! What a labour of love this must have been but worth every little detail. I'm so thankful that this is a picture heavy post as I delighted in seeing all the close-ups. I can't believe you inked all those edges - but it's so worth it as it makes such a difference with the cuts. I could go on and on, but just know I am SO impressed with this - and I'm sure you must be thrilled with how it turned out! (And it certainly does look Monique-ish!!)

Just Jenae said...

Very beautiful. I LOVE the planter boxes. Adorable. TFS!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness... I don't even know where to begin-- sooooo many details! Stunning my friend...stunning.

Trell said...

It's fabulous Maquel! I have to teach a class at Jo-Ann (it's based around the Cricut) and I'm trying my hardest to figure out what to make, so I appreciate this! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me some love, I appreciate it. I can't wait to celebrate the occasion again!

Rhonda Emery said...

love all the detail in this layout just beautiful

Esther said...

Very pretty, i love all the detail in this layout!!
The colors are fantastic too!

Jamie said...

VERY pretty!!!

ChatterScene.com said...

It is fabulous!

Suzy said...

I just HAD to stop by your blog after I saw your layout at FC! It is DEFINITELY Monique! I love her stuff too. Great job on this layout. You could never tell this is your 2nd one.

Oh SO fAb.. jOjO said...

you made me want to buy this cartridge! i will buy it now lol
I fallowed your link from momo!
http://peacelovestamp.blogspot.com

Creative Cutter Room said...

Love the layout-you definately captured Monique's style. I am now a follower. Can't wait to see more of your Unique Flair. Thank you for sharing-stop by and say hi sometime. Cathie www.creativecutter.org

sandee said...

wow Marquel, way to step outside your creatvie zone!! Amazing lay out, really beautiful!! ( FCCB )

Karen said...

Beautiful layout. TFS Momo sent me.

Karen C

http://emptynestboutique.blogspot.com

Pat N. said...

Beautiful layout! You hit the mark with the Monique-style for sure. Fantastic job! Love it.--Pat N.

Sweet Magnolia Rose said...

Good Morning Maquel,

Momo sent me :0) and so happy she did. I think this is the cutest layout. What an amazing job TFS I am so happy that Momo has created a place to meet new friends. I have only been blogging since this past December and I am loving it!! I am glad to say I'm your newest follower!!!

Warm Wishes,
Mistyrose
sweetmagnoliarose.blogspot

mom2fivekiddos said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL layout! you are so talented! I am glad Momo sent me! I am a new follower. Would love it if you stopped by my blog at
www.scrappingmamahen.blogspot.com
Kristin

Lisa said...

Wow! So pretty...I love how you combined all of the patterns. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa
http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

My Lil' Bits said...

You did an awesome job on the layout!! It looks great!
Lisa C

BugBites said...

OMG this is beautiful!!! I love your blog and stop often and therefore I have left you an award over at http://bugbites411.blogspot.com/

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

Hello, I was sent by Momo and have become a new follower. I'm a card person myself so seeing the layouts is pretty cool. When I see ones I really like, I put them as my background for a day and admire the wonderful work Monique does.

Amber said...

THIS IS AMAZING MAQUEL! I can't believe this is only the 2nd LO you've ever completed! It is amazing! I love the colors and details and everything about it! If this is your 2nd, I can't wait to see more! WOW! I saw you won the March prize over at Jitterbuggin! Congrats! I love that cart!

Anonymous said...

I love this layout, I have never wanted this cartridge but now I think I might get it. Thanks

Kathie said...

Congratulations, you conquer the "Monique" style perfectly!! I love her designs and actually thought it was one of hers at first. Beautiful work.

Grams716 said...

you knocked this one out of the park!! Beautiful. You should be super proud!

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Your layout is gorgeous.! I love all the details. Great way to use the Freshly Picked cart. TFS.

Tami
http://scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/