"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Spanish Eyes

Gabbi has graciously shared her first sketch with us that she made for a Bo Bunny challenge. Isn’t it a beauty? She has incorporated many layers and suggested embellishments to ensure our end results would be richly layered and beautifully adorned. Thank you Gabbi!

This is a pic of my niece who has said to me on many occasions that I’m obsessed with her because I have taken many pictures of her and have scrapped them also. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the eldest in my family, and I have four brothers who then went on to produce even more boys. So, when one of them finally got it right and produced this girl child, of course, I was going to take pictures of her and want to scrap them too. She’ll appreciate it when she’s older…I hope.

I’ve used the following products to create Spanish Eyes:

Bo Bunny Papers:
1. Gabrielle Cameo
2. Gabrielle Dot
3. Island Mist Double Dot
4. Elegance

Bo Bunny Gabrielle Brads:
Two of the aqua colored brads are in two of the flowers

Bo Bunny Timepiece Trinkets:
Time Piece keyhole trinket was painted with several colors, and inked a little on the filigree edges to blend in with my color scheme.

Dusty Attic Chipboard
1. Dusty Attic Baroque Frame was cut in half, painted with white crackle paint, shaded with watercolor pencils, Tide Pool and Espresso Bean Glimmer Glam, Martha Stewart glitter, dimensional paint, liquid pearls and pearls (some pearls were colored with alcohol mists)
2. Dusty Attic Vintage Key was treated with Gesso, stamped in aqua, added Martha Stewart glitter, and liquid pearls.

Handmade the larger flower and a few of the small flowers out of Bo Bunny Papers.

Hand sewed some of the edges of the papers with embroidery thread and added beads. I’m a lazy sewer and refuse to thread the sewing machine with different colored threads every time I scrap so I’ve enlisted the help of my mini craft sewing machine. The thread on these little mini craft sewing machines continuously break so I don’t thread it at all anymore. I primarily use it to perforate my paper, then I hand sew with embroidery threads because I love the pretty sheen that materializes. And, since I’m hand sewing, it’s easy to add beads, and that helps me to use up the beads I’ve accumulated from an old beading hobby.

Check out Gabbi's blog to see the beauty she created.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


  1. Very pretty and great take on Gabrielle's sketch. Love the colours you have used.

  2. I saw this sketh - it's beautiful! And I love your layout too :)

  3. this is just gorgeous! The DA treatment is amazing ...such an elegant beautiful creation :)

  4. Wow Joyce!!! Girlfriend this is awesome!! Been wondering about you, and decided to check out your blog.. Awesome work on all of these LO's!!!! You got the IT factor my dear! Hugs

  5. OMG this is a masterpiece ... I am speechless .. so exquisite .. hugz x

  6. Speaking of stunning!!! Beautiful layout!

  7. What a beautiful page! So delicate & feminine with many lovely details to admire.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog & for your kind comment. I so very much appreciate it.

    You do beautiful work yourself!

  8. Hi Joynce.....gorgeous layout :) you won on my blog btw :)

  9. Joyce this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I LOVE this lo!!!!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous page Joyce!! love it to bits! Hey girl, congrats on the feature over at UOAS!! xoxo

  11. this is so beautiful i just love the colors

  12. My hello from France! After having visited your blog, I e could go without comment. I congratulate you on your blog!
    Maybe I would have the opportunity to welcome you on mine too!
    Have a nice day

  13. Joyce hello from Athens.
    Firstly I would like to thank you for your swet comments.
    My L.O. comes nothing near to your fantastic creation...i love it,love how you coloured your die-cut and all your meticulous details....

  14. Absolutely breathtaking...so elegant and stunning! love the DA treatment!! xo

  15. So radiantly, sweetly, endlessly gorgeous!!!

    Thank you very much for your lovely blog comment this weekend, dear Joyce, I sincerely appreciate it.

    ♥ Jessica

  16. this post about your niece makes me giggle! We to are batting zero in the girl department. I have 5 sons and my oldest is having a boy in a week!! I think she will definitely appreciate all the gorgeous layouts you've made of her, you are such an artist!