Friday, January 29, 2010

Tale of the good knight... (Frosted Designs challenge)

Once upon a time, in a land called Vegas, there lived a handsome knight Andrew who loved to defend his kingdom... the kingdom of Excalibur.

There was a time when Vegas was marketing the "family experience" which is good for us, because we love Vegas anyway. When I was a few months pregnant with Sophia, we took a family vacation to Vegas. Andrew got to be part of the family experiece and he got chances to pet dolphins & check out the tigers at Mirage; watch a kid-friendly pirate attack at Treasure Island (which it is definitly NOT that way now!); play in the endless arcade at New York New York and pretend to be a knight at Excalibur.

He made a pretty cute knight, don't you think? =)

Anywho, off to the crafty stuff...

This week's challenge at Frosted Designs was to emboss. I've had some fantasy die cuts from Stampin' Up forever, and most of them have a whimsical design and bright colors. Though the colors are fun, some (like for the castle) were way too girlie for what I needed them to be, so I embossed the heck out of them. Seriously.

For the dragon, I "distressed" his back & wings with Versamark and added a little gold embossing powder.

Each piece of the castle (minus the back wall) was embossed 3-4 times to get a smooth effect. The backwall only got a once-over to add a little texture to it. Finally, I added pop dots to the entrance piece of the castle for a bit of dimension.

All papers & stickers were Close To My Heart. I also used Stampin' Up ribbon and Bo Bunny brads.

Thanks for stopping by & checking everything out!


Lisa said...

What a great idea to emboss over a girly castle!! I am gonna keep that trick in mind since I have boys and there are some things that come in kits that are way too feminine for them!!

Cute layout!!

CraftyGirl said...

Wow... I love what you did with that castle... I didn't realize what a make over it got until I checked it out here! Love the fairy tale theme with a boy twist on it! Great LO!

Kim said...

Totally loving it! Such fun memory to scrap and I must say your knight is most handsome! Fabby way to alter the castle! Love it!!!
Kim xXx

Joy-N-Jesus said...

oh that is so cute! love that castle!