10 Step Challenge...

Hold on to your shoes ladies - I have A LOT of photos on this blog post today...

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend - we got lucky with one really nice day of sunshine, so we dug out our whole garden and enjoyed some veggies for supper!

Challenge for today: Candy Shoppe Designs has a really, really fun blog hop going on here. It is their Super Sweet 16 Blog Hop Challenge - how cute is that??? It gives you a change to meet the DT and find out some things you didn't know about them. Plus each DT has the next step in completing your project (did I mention that yet?? Yes, there is a project at the end of the blog hop to complete.)

ETA: I forget to mention that
STUDIO CALICO is donating the wonderful prize: The Lollipop Guild Kit for the Blog Hop challenge. Check out their other awesome kits too!!!

Here are the steps:

1. Base - use some sort of a base to your project. ie: flattened box, distressed paper etc

I used a old piece of cardboard that was in between a paper kit I received:

2. Use a paper with an edge. ie: torn, punched, glittered etc

I distressed mine:

3. Select a piece of patterned paper.


4. Select a close-up photo of one or two people.

Check-a-roo (me and Derek):

5. Distress your photo.

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss, then I took some sandpaper to it:

6. Layer your photo over a piece of your patterned paper (from step 3).

Yep, did that - you can see it when it's all together ;)

7. Use some ribbon.

Ribbon - check, check!


8. Use at least three flowers and place them at the corner of your photo.

I used 8 - I love flowers:

9. Use three other types of embellishments.

I ended up using silver brads, gems, chipboard, and a button:

10. Lastly, don't forget the title and a date. Got it!

And the final product...
(the chipboard pieces look so much nicer in person - they didn't photograph well)

And a MILLION close-ups:

I distressed the chipboard with two ink colors and sparkles:


Ingredients: K&Co Amy Butler paper; Recollections cardstock; Prima flowers; me and my BIG ideas chipboard and gems; black ink and Purely Pomegranate Stampin Up ink.

Happy Monday!! See you all tomorrow!


Lori said...

WOW Deanne! First of all...what an adorable picture of you guys! Love the layout and the whole recipie thing. You made an awesome page! Love the brads in the middle of the flowers...what a great idea. Great job!

Diana Fisher said...

Great picture of you and the man! Love the up close shots you too, just great! And the torn paper... YEAH, looks great! Love it all!!

Jamie Lane said...

I love all the details...and I must say it is nice to see you in 'color'! :D

Very pretty layout...the bling is just perfect on there.

Jingle said...

Cute! That sounds like a really fun challenge!

Sandy said...

OMGosh...this is beautiful...I lvoe the flower centers...this is stunning and the pic is fab....just spectacular GF!

Biscuitlid said...

wow! I don't know if I love your project or your photos more! The embossing and sanding on your photo is fabulous


Lynda said...

You certainly sound like you had fun with this and it shows - a great layout. Love how you distressed the photograph too and great pic of the two of you!

Love Lynda xxx

twistedsoda said...

wow, talk about intricacy on here! Love that you took all the little detailed photo and your end result is so sweeet! Fantastic job girlie! I love this!

Derek said...

Great lookin layout!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow wow wow! Love the step by step and the end result is fantastic~!

Lynne said...

It was a joyous journey of anticipation and awe to see what you created for each of the 10 steps of the challenge. All of your detail and the grand finished product are spectacular. And I can never tell you and Derek enough, what a wonderful looking couple you are, and how proud you make me. Hugs and kisses.

Candy Shoppe Designs said...

LOVE how you gave all the step details here. Great take to the Challenge. It's beautiful!

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

It was great to see your creation process! LOVE that page. Your photo is so cute and I love the little touches you added!

Jennifer said...

Love all your step by step instructions and close ups! Nice job!

Jennifer Priest said...

Love all the elements on y9ur page and all the close up pics!