I had hoped and prayed…and prayed and hoped…but BabyOfTheFamily refused to be ANY of the characters from Wizard of Oz for Halloween this year!  LOL!

Why was I hoping for this?  Because I wanted to put the photos of her (dressed up as Dorothy, no less) on my “Magic of Oz” layout! hee hee!

So I decided to scrap my photos of the musical “WICKED”…which my BFF Sandra treated me to in August.  I don’t see a lot of live theatre, and this performance had a powerful impact on me.  In fact, I was inspired to design a layout about Oz with the wonderful Graphic 45 papers.

This 2-page layout is a class I taught at Scrap-A-Lot a couple of weeks ago.  I have another single page Oz layout still in my sketch book!  But some day soon (I hope) it will become a reality 🙂

A slightly crooked photo….it’s hard to take a pic of a double pager!

I am kicking myself for cheaping out and not buying a program…which would have had wonderful photos of the cast and sets.  I could have cut those out for my layout since you cannot take pictures during the performance.  Instead, I downloaded the rather poor quality photos of Glinda (left page) and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West (far right page).  The middle photo is of Sandra and me posing in the foyer with a huge poster.  Don’t you love the graphic of the two witches on the poster?!? Hey….I just noticed something…wait a minute….why is Sandra standing in front of “Glinda the GOOD Witch” and I am standing in front of the “WICKED witch”???

Why do BLONDES always end up being the “GOOD” witch????

The brick road was a feature technique for this class. I used my trusty Big Shot and the Tim Holtz brick embossing folder.  I inked the embossing folder with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink BEFORE I put the yellow cardstock inside and ran it through the Big Shot.

I used a 6″ x 12″ piece of yellow cardstock, and kept moving the folder to emboss the length.

Then I cut along the edges of the bricks to make the edges uneven….I wanted to create the perspective of the road from a distance. (And I did this twice for the road on both left and right pages.)

I added Yellow Stickles randomly and spread them with my finger for a little glimmer.

The other special element is Glinda on the bird cage, in the top left corner.

I hung the cage from the top gears die cut border using gold wire.

I created the antique “crackled” effect on the wings (which are Tim Holtz grunge paper die cuts) using Picket Fence (white) Distress Crackle Paint, then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Most of you have seen that Tim Holtz Die Cut bird cage before…and I cut it from Grunge Paper. To make that cage look metallic, I “pounced” my Adirondack Gold Metallic Paint Dabber all over it, giving it a hammered metal effect.

I really wanted Glinda to SHINE….so Stickles did their magic…

Glinda LOVES Stickles 🙂

A closer look…

I think I’m falling in love with Glinda 🙂

The other Tim Holtz Grunge Paper element I created is the Tin Man’s Heart…

The “tools” for altering the grunge paper heart

The heart is coloured with Fired Brick Distress Stain.  Grunge paper really drinks up the Stain, so you have to apply lots of layers of it to get a rich dark colour.  Then I applied Clear Rock Candy Stickles to the red heart piece for some sugary shine.

I used almost half a bottle of yellow Stickles to get that bottom layer to look REALLY glittery.  First I coloured the raw grunge paper with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to give the Stickles a nice yellow base.

The oversized “postage stamp” edges of the layout are created with a 1/2 inch circle punch…easy peasy!

I made 1 inch markings on the blue background to space the punches…

With a Sharpie, I marked the halfway point on the back of my punch so I could easily measure and punch half a circle….

The top border of both pages is created with POW Micro Glitter paper (American Crafts)…LOVE that stuff….it’s soooo thin and pliable and doesn’t stink and cuts beautifully…and MOST important, the glitter does not rub off AT ALL.  It is miraculous paper!

I added a glittery red ribbon across the top of the gears to match Dorothy’s shoes.

If you’re wondering why I chose a rather “unusual” border along the top, it’s because of the sets in the play Wicked….they are Steampunk!  If you’re not familiar with this term, think “Sci-Fi” mechanical elements…or Timex watches on crack…ha ha!

I added Xmas Red Stickles to sparkle up Dorothy’s shoes…

Sigh…don’t we ALL wish we had a pair of these beauties?

I also Stickled the Witch’s striped stockings/legs in Purple…

I fussy cut these lovely poppies along the bottom edges of both pages.

I also fussy cut the title banner from the same piece of paper the characters came from…

The frame is made of BoBunny double dot card stock “Chiffon” and I punched the edges with a small postage stamp border punch from Fiskars.

I added some poppies in the bottom corners of the photo mat/frame for some colour…

The characters are cut from one fabulous piece of Graphic 45 paper…

More Red Stickles to brighten Dorothy’s shoes..

And now your trip along my yellow brick road has come to an end.

Thanks for joining me…and may the rest of your day be magical…OR “wicked.”  hee hee!

22 Comments on The Magic of Oz

  1. Micupoftea~
    October 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm (5 years ago)

    your pages always have fabulous details and wonderful panache! Love the grungepaper and Stickles. How clever of you to mark your punch to do the edge border. Glinda looks magical, indeed. You made me laugh …just why WERE YOU standing next to Ms. Green face??! Hmm?

  2. Sabrina
    October 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow Kelly, this is so technical, thanks for sharing!! Your layout is gorgeous with all the right colors! The semi-circle punch is brilliant!! Well done!! I learned a lot from this post, TFS again! Have a great week, Kelly!! Take care. xoxo.

  3. Sandi Smith
    October 25, 2011 at 2:02 am (5 years ago)

    Wow Kelly…amazing work once again….LOVE it!

  4. Donna Lebeduik
    October 25, 2011 at 4:07 am (5 years ago)

    wowsa Kelly! This is fabulous. Love all the texture/dimension, not to mention cool pics! The semi circle punch is a great idea – TFS!

  5. scrapbookertink
    October 25, 2011 at 5:26 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, this is so amazing, love all the details you have spent hours getting right, saw Wicked a few years ago over here and have just seen The Wizard of Oz recently loved both of them. Waterstone’s the online book company has the most amazing scanimation book out on this, you might be interested, take care and the teacup basket is from http://www.candigifts.co.uk which is a UK based website, Doreen x

  6. Michelle
    October 25, 2011 at 9:27 am (5 years ago)

    That yellow brick road is a stroke of genius Kelly..simply gorgeous! and what a great tip of marking the back of your punch so you have the same depth every time you punch the edge…I’ll certainly have to remember that tip! 🙂 Awesome fussy cutting and glinda is just sparkly perfect! Fab Lo my friend!

  7. Kay
    October 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm (5 years ago)

    How cool is this!!! I love how you went about creating the yellow brick road. I just saw Wicked this past weekend! So this page ‘called’ to me! The close ups is what I really enjoyed…I got to see all those fabulous techniques you used…awesome work!

  8. Cindy Gay
    October 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Well Kelly–it’s still great even if Baby of the Family did not cooperate. You should get her back and clone her face onto the Wicked Witch. I love the brick wall and the entire layout! Hey, you’d make a good Dorothy………

  9. Luz Maria Bruna
    October 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Kelly this is absolutely fabulous girl!! You really made a fantastic work on this project!!

    October 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm (5 years ago)

    Absolutely stunning, Kelly! I can tell that you had so much fun doing this LO…..How funny that you and I are both commenting on the texture created in our LO’s! Great job with your 3-D poppies and that awesome yellow brick road…You rocked it, Kelly!!!

  11. misty
    October 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm (5 years ago)

    WOW! What a great post! Not only because of your awesome layout itself but your step by steps are so helpful!!! Now you have me convinced that I need a sizzix…I have a cricut that I rarely use and didn’t want the sizzix to be the same story! Thanks for sharing Kelly…

  12. Pendra
    October 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey Kelly, I haven’t visited in awhile and I see you are the same goofball, but boy your work isn’t goofy! This is beautiful, I love how you share the how to’s! I just got a BigKick and the brick embossing folder… I didn’t know you could put the ink right in it, I learned something new today! I am in awe of how easy you made it to do the postage edge… I didn’t know that it would be so easy (of course I haven’t tried it yet)! Thanks for sharing and keep up that great work… you are always an inspiration to me and I learned a lot from you today!
    Crafty Hugs,

  13. Jessica Cangiano
    October 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm (5 years ago)

    The details and creative artistry here are out-of-this world wonderful! You’ve truly created a fantastic, whimsical, awesome WOO themed page, Kelly. Stellar work!

    Big hugs & cheerful Wednesday wishes,

  14. Cindy
    October 28, 2011 at 10:33 am (5 years ago)

    Wow Kelly, this is fantastic!!! Love all the cool techniques used here, amazing work!! I love it!!

  15. Sandra D
    October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Your work on this layout is fantastic. I am exhausted just thinking how many hours you must have spent to get every detail perfect. The sparkle, the steam punk gears and the fussy cutting all add up to a “wickedly-amazing” art piece.

  16. Char
    October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow, it was great seeing all the details on this page up close! Tons of inspiring ideas for me!

  17. natalia
    October 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm (5 years ago)

    wow, it’s so amazing, I can’t making scrapbooking cards:( I don’t have a precision like you:) Ipreffer soutache or felt flowers. Before Christmas every year I always try to make a christmas cards, but they are so ugly. It’s a pity that my friends get ugly cards:P
    take care, Natalia

  18. Jeni O'Connor
    October 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Kelly this is just awesome crafting. I love the way the two pages are brought together so beautifully by the road trailing across. LOL had to laugh at your “baby” not wanting to be Dorothy Can you blame her?
    Great pic of you two witches. LOL

  19. Cindy Gay
    November 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Love the picture of you! Thanks for the comment on my blog!

  20. Izzyb
    November 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm (5 years ago)

    Your attention to detail is amazing, Kelly. You humble me! Crafting at its finest. I have the 8×8 paper pack of this collection and I would love a good Oz Halloween character to photograph – and scrap – too. Darn that baby of the family! But you sure made Wicked work. This is just remarkable. I need some new tools, I see….

  21. Rosita
    November 13, 2011 at 3:25 am (5 years ago)

    All the details are amazing!

  22. Kay
    November 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm (5 years ago)

    How cute is this page!!! I too recently saw Wicked in NYC & loved it!! How fabulous is that show! You did it justice with this fabulous 2 page layout…loved looking at all those little details…I see you use Stickles a lot for added bling…girl…I don’t think I have one single page where I don’t whip out my Stickles…Love ’em!! 🙂 Love this page!


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