A Golden Desert Layout

Hi, Everyone! I am excited to share a new layout with you today! If you have been following this month, you have probably figured out that the spotlight is on all of the amazing silver and gold cardstocks in the Cut CardStock Store. We could have done a “Christmas in July”, but we know that Gold and Silver are for so much more than just Christmas! As the month draws to an end, hopefully we have inspired you with other ideas for these beautiful colors. Which brings me to my next layout….

For this layout, I relied on the beautiful hues of the gold tone cardstocks to help create my Desert scene. The golden sun rays and the blooming cactus flowers help to bring back the memories of the warm Arizona Desert.

The Bits and Pieces

I used lots of cardstocks on this layout to create my desert scene. The blooms and a couple of the rays are done with Basis Gold Cardstock. I also used CCS Gold Glitter , Curious Metallic Gold Leaf , Curious Metallic White Gold, and Silk Glitter Opulent Opal for the sun. In addition to these, I tossed in a bit of Pop Tone Berrylicious, DCS Canvas Mantis Green for the cactus, and a border of Stardream Metallic Onyx.

After I cut out all of the elements that I would need, I set to work on the cactus. First, I wanted to cut off the bit that would be hidden by my photos. I LOVE that cactus and I wanted to utilize it somewhere on the page.
Also, I knew that I didn’t want to loose the beautiful artwork on the background page. Therefore, rather than backing the cutout with cardstock, I opted to stamp it instead. The deep green hues help to bring the cactus to life. The opacity allowed for the artwork to still be seen! By the time I had finished my background, I almost didn’t want to add my photos! It was so beautiful and picturesque!

Adding The Elements

Even though I was loving the background, I knew I would love it even MORE once I added my photos. I started moving my elements around and I added in the Sun Burst Cut File, and my layout started coming together. Oh, and remember when I said that I keep all of my “extras” from my projects? Well, if you look close, you will see the same gold leaves that I used in May on the layout about my Mom!

And OH, What A View!

I finished adding in all of the elements and realized that I had forgotten to give it a title. After pondering for a few minutes, all I kept thinking about was the view! That view in the Arizona desert was nothing short of SPECTACULAR. It had me reminiscing and wanting to go back! At that moment, I made a decision. This shall be titled OH WHAT A VIEW!

Once again, thank you so much for visiting today! I do hope that the team and I have inspired you to create something beautiful this month. The Gold and Silver cardstocks truly are so versatile and work with a variety of projects. Oh, and they just happen to be the SPECIAL BUY of the Month! Head on over and pick yours up today before they are all gone!

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