Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frosted and Embossed Acrylic - Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I ran across this tutorial online and knew I just had to give it a whirl, it is so fun and easy - you will love it!  It also involves a bit of recycling so with earth day coming up next week it is perfect timing, too!

 I am using an old American Crafts pop dot package, I always keep these as they can be using for so many things.

 First you want to separate the front and back.  I will put the front away for the next time I want to mix a bit of white paint with mist to make a custom colour, it make a great palette.

 Trim the edges off of the back piece so that you have a nice flat piece of acrylic.

 Now pop that nice flat piece of acrylic into your Cuttlebug or other embosser, and run it through. I am working with a large polka dot embossing folder.

 How cute is this, it embossed like a charm!

Next, I sanded it with an emery board, you could also use fine grit sandpaper.  I just didn't have any handy. (Read, I was too lazy to go to the garage and look for some.)  This photo shows the subtle difference between the non sanded dots on the left and the sanded dots on the right.

Here is a little close up shot of how the embossed acrylic looks on my projects.

 This is my finished project, a birthday card for a sweet friend!

Thank you for joining me today!  This tutorial was created for my friends at  ScrapMuch?.  You should pop on over to their blog and have a look around, there is something going on over there pretty much daily!

Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little chicks all in a Row - The Doodle Garden

Hi friends!

I am sharing a card for The Doodle Garden today! I am still having fun creating lots of Eastery things!



I had so much fun turning these triplets into a Trip-tic style card. You can find these sweet chicks here, in The Doodle Garden Store.  Don't forget to check in at The Doodle Garden blog to keep up to date with all of our goings on and to see what the rest of the team is creating!  And don't forget to play along with our current challenge, You can find all of the details here.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

pool fun - Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

It is time for a brand new challenges over at Stuck?! Sketches

I think I am truly ready for nice weather, lately I have been scrapping a lot of summer pages!  Here is what I created with the mid month sketch.

I have mixed up My Mind's Eye and Amy Tangerine again, they just seem to work for me.  Yellow is my happy colour and even though I have used it sparingly, it is repeated around the page. Do you see all those rubons?  They are so old, I must have had them for over 5 years, they are from tinkering Ink!  Long before my newly rekindled love for rubons. My title was cut with my Silhouette, but is my own handwriting, love that I can do that!

The laser cut rings are from Creative Embellishments and I just love them, the flair is from Buttons and Badges.

Some ink and a Tim Hotlz mask as well as a bit of bright sunny yellow Mr. Huey's on the background.  

Here is the sketch.....


We have 2 generous sponsors for this sketch....

Both Let's Capture Our Memories and ScrapMatts are generously offering prizes for this challenge.



Thank you for visiting, I hope you join in o the fun at Stuck?! Sketches!

Laura
xoxo

Monday, April 14, 2014

We wish we were fish - Let's Get Sketchy

Hi friends!

I have a new page to share with you, this one was created for Let's Get Sketchy.


I had some fun with some Amy Tangerine papers and die cuts, that I purchased from ScrapMuch?. I used some Mr. Huey's as well as ink and a Tim Holtz mask on my background.


I decided to use a teal coloured ink on the edges of my papers, I like to use fun colours for my inked edges on my summer pages.


The flair on this page are from Buttons and Badges, and the brads are just random ones I have had in my stash for a while, though I have been putting them to good use lately.


I heart my Silhouette, big time!


This week's sketch was created by Bev Code.

I hope you pop on over to Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the tam created and join in on the challenge!

Thank you for visiting today!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, April 12, 2014

explore - Let's Capture our Memories

HI there!

I have a new sketch up over at Let's Capture our Memories!


I am playing along with this one, this is what I created.


I had fun mixing up some MME, Fancy Pants and Amy Tangerine papers, with some Tim Holtz Rubons, Studio Calico and Little Yellow Bicycle Cork and Evalicious puffy stickers and flair!  Sometimes it can be so freeing to just grab whatever strikes your fancy!



This is my favourite thing to do with rubons, cut off a hunk and tuck them in here and there.


A mist tinted paint in an ombre effect for my sun rays, created with a Tim Holtz mask.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you play along at Let's Capture our Memories!
Laura
xoxo

Falling Fun - Boys Rule

Hi friends!

I have a new layout up on the Boys Rule blog today!


Oh this kit just had so many possibilities for paper combinations,  I loved that I could achieve many looks with the same kit, it is just so fun and inspiring.  Definitely made me want to keep on creating!


I thought the zipper pull was a fun addition to the kit, Laura-Lee always puts in a funky little surprise!  Do you notice what the scalloped accent over the photo is?  Yup, bicycle stickers!  I couldn't let them go to waste since I wasn't scrapping a bike layout, I thought I would try to use them in a different way.  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Easter Pop Up Box Card

Hi friends!

Before I share a project with you, let me ask you a question, how many of you are attending ScrapFest?  I will be helping out at the ScrapMuch? booth (booth 415) so please stop by and say hi if you are going!  If  I do not notice you, nudge me please, large spaces mess with my vision, I am definitely not ignoring you!

Now onto some crafty stuff.... I want to share another ScrapMuch? Retreat Class that I created.  I saw some pop up box cards on Pinterest recently and thought they were so cute, so I set about learning how to make them.  They are not really hard to make, but I knew that I would want to use this idea in a class, so I created a cut file for my Silhouette for them.  This makes it much easy to prep several class kits.

This card definitely passed the adult children cool test!


A little close up shot of the inside for you....

And how cool is this, they fold flat for mailing!

Guess what I learned?  The Silhouette store sell the cut files for this style of card! Ha ha!  Oh well, I love playing with my software and learning something new, so it is all good!

PS, you do not even want to know how many of these I cut!

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sketch-y Friday with ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a brand new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog, I hope you will join in on the fun!


You can pop on over there to see a sample layout and get all the info you need to play along and link up your page!

Thanks for visiting!

Laura
xoxo

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Altered Item Shares

H there!

I thought I would share a couple of more classes that I created for the recent ScrapMuch? Spring Retreat. This time I am sharing 3 altered items.




These were super fun to create and I was able to spend some great crafty time with the ladies that took the classes.  I appreciate this on so many levels, not only do I love when my classes are well received, but I love sitting in the classroom with  these ladies, it provides a more intimate space to chat.  The crop room is so large I have a difficult time seeing / interacting with the scrappers due to my visual impairment.  The classroom is much more friendly for this issue!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Project Life Cards / Journaling Cards - ScrapMuch? -

Hi there!

I created these journaling cards the other day and incorporated a fun stamping technique.  You could use this on any card, I just happened to be making a journaling card when I created it.

I cut some plain white cardstock down to 3" x 4" and rounded the corners, this measurement is perfect for project lifers, but it also allows traditonal scrappers to add a decent amount of journalling.


Then I masked off an area with a couple of sticky notes, trimmed down to cover the area I was saving for a sentiment.

Next I did some random stamping along the top and bottom of this masked area.  In hindsight I wish I wasn't so random.  Next time I will plan it out a bit more.

See, a little more planning, just the way I like it!

I added a stamped sentiment, some flicks of mist and a bit of pen work. Now it is already for some journaling and to be added to my page!

 Here is a peek at both finished cards.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo