Saturday, January 29, 2011

Upcoming class and a new sketch.....

hello all!

I have designed and am teaching a class for ScrapMuch? on February 10th.  Here are a few sneaks....


We are going to be making a few home made embellies!  You can find all the details here.

Also, as it is Friday I have also posted a new sketch for them here.

Thanks for popping by!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, January 28, 2011

EEEEEEEEEE, that's me squealing with delight!!

Hello blog friends,

I am so excited! Today I am off to CHA, with my friends Anita and Elaine of ScrapMuch? !  I am so thrilled and honoured they asked me to join them on this amazing trip.  I can't even begin to imagine all the amazing new products we will have to choose from as we are picking new product for the store.  And I have never been to California so that is an added bonus.  I hope I do the ladies justice and I know we will have a good time!

Elaine and Anita asked me to make some thank you cards for some of the vendors that were so generous with donations of prizes for our 'launch party' and first retreat.  Here is what I came up with....


 



 

Can you guess who they are for?

Check back, I am hoping to offer you some sneak peaks of our adventures!

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sneaks and Thanks and a Tutorial !

I have a little sneak for you this morning, a little snippet of my February 1 reveal for ScrapMuch?....


Next, I want to thank Little Red Wagon for featuring the card that I created with last weeks challenge!  I hope I can find time to play with this week's challenge.

And lastly, I posted a new tutorial here, on the ScrapMuch? blog, check it out.

Have a great day!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, January 24, 2011

Would you want a Valentine from this Guy?

I sure do!  On Sunday my little Timmy made Valentine's for his teacher and his classmates, as well as another teacher he enjoys and a special little someone in another class!

Here he is busily crafting away and signing cards before the assembly process begins.....
We decided on lollipop flowers  this year.  First, he stamped scalloped circle journal tags and used an water brush to paint the little hearts on them.  I used a circle punch to punch out all the little circles.  And punched holes in the centre of these circles. Next step was to cut some flowers with the Cricut, Timmy loves using the Cricut!  And then he cut out tags on the Cricut and stamped each of them with a Valentine sentiment.  Lastly, he signed his name on the back of all of the tags.  He used red and purple as well as pink for his colour scheme.
Now for assembly, feed the circle onto the sucker's stick, then the flower and then the tag.
Ta da!  Aren't they sweet?    I love that he loves to create!

Thanks for popping by!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, January 23, 2011

MME Sketch

Friday night I had some fun playing along with a blog challenge on MME's blog.  Though, i should have read the fine print... the contest closed on Thursday! ha!  No matter, I got to play and I got one more layout done for my Disney album!

Here is the sketch from MME...

and here is my take on it...
 This tree in the Animal Kingdom is spectacular, and the animal Kingdom  is my favourite park

thanks for popping by!
Laura
xoxo. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playing along with Little Red Wagon

Morning all!I had some time to play last night and decided that the challenge over at Little Red Wagon looked like fun.  This week's challenge was to make a single layer card, sounds easy right, not really when you like to use lots of beautiful products, but  i managed to come up with a fun card t hat i would definitely use (that's important, right?)

thanks for popping in!

have a great day, i am off to the hair salon, woo hoo it's been waaayyy too long!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, January 21, 2011

A sketch to share

I have started posting weekly sketches on the ScrapMuch? blog , and thought I'd share this week's sketch here too.

I created this sketch based on a layout I created a couple of years ago.



Hope you enjoy it!  Happy scrapping!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Papertrey Ink Play time!

Hello!

Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather... sore throat, chills, headache... you know the drill,  t'is the season I suppose.  Anyway, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon of scrap therapy.  I had nothing really on my to do list, that really needed doing so I got to play just for the sake of playing, how nice is that!

First up, I wanted to alter the front of this 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" coil bound notebook.  For anyone that knows me, they know I am constantly making notes, lists etc.  I can't seem to function without a to do list!  There were only 2 things I knew for sure, one being that i wanted to try out my new Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, and the second was that I wanted to use pink so my notebook coordinated somewhat with my daytimer (hmmmm, note to self,alter daytimer, ha!). So I pulled out some leftover MME Alphabet Soup and this is what I came up with....


 I had a little trouble lining up the stamp with the die, if you are a regular reader you'll know that I have crappy vision.  But hopefully with a little practice I will get better.

Still feeling in the mood to play, i decided to make a card.....


 I am loving how girly it is.

I had a few more minutes before I had to leave to pick Timmy up from the school bus stop, so I whipped up another quicky...


I was feeling like making little handmade paper candles.  I saw them for sale somewhere and thought, well I can make those.  Too easy and so fun!

And the best part of all was, when I woke up this morning I was feeling sooo much better.  Scrap therapy really works!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you treat yourself to some scrap therapy soon, it's good for what ails you.
Laura
xoxo

Mono chromatic card



Paper is CTMH, Die Cut butterfly is cut on the Cricut using Indie Art, Ribbon and stick pin, misc.

I am loving this rolled ribbon flower, it's fun and easy to make a coordinating flower if you don't already have one in your stash (as if, LOL) anyway it's fun... and you can make in in a variety of sizes.   You can find a tutorial for this flower here.

Thanks for popping in :)
Laura
xoxo
xoxo

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fan Folded Flower

hello all!

I have just posted the instrucitons to make a fan-folded flower here, on the ScrapMuch? blog.  I know I have posted this in past, but it seems to be really popular again right now so I thought you may want to see it again!

Hope you have a crafty day, I have a project or two in mind for today, how about you?

Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Crop for a Cure

Hi all,
This is where I will be on February 19th, it's always a great day and for a good cause.  Why don't you join me?  You could even win a fun prize or two!


Here is the flyer with the details....


And you can look here, for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Laura

Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Favourite toys on my scrap table....

Hello,

I thought I'd share a couple of my new favourite toys on my scrap table lately, this tool is one that I had wanted for a while before I purchased it.  I bought it a couple of months back from ScrapMuch?,  and love it.  I use it often....






I like that it has two different shapes to cut the corners into, ticket stub and deco.  There are a couple of different Corner Chompers available from WRMK, and I am sure that all of them will eventually be added to my collection.  But, right now this one satisfies my 'all things ticket stub' fetish!

Secondly, and though it's not technically a scrapping tool, without it I'd have nothing to scrap or no way to share my creations.....

I received this Olympus SP-800UZ for an early Christmas gift from my DH, I totally love it.  It has awesome zoom, takes decent video, and  a ton of other features.  I use the macro function a lot and this one is pretty simple to use.  I have yet to play with some of the functions but so far I am loving it.  It is a great option for anyone like me who is not technologically inclined enough to use a DSLR and needs a point and shoot.  And this point and shoot has it all!  And a decent price point to boot.

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Ian!


Today is my hubby's birthday.  Happy birthday, I love you!  I am thinking in lieu of a gift we are going to have a date.  Because really, wasn't Christmas yesterday?   I'm thinking dinner and a movie, so we'll see!

Thanks for popping by my blog, I really appreciate you popping in from all over the world to check on my scrappiness!

Hope you have a great day!
Laura xoxo

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A new Flower tutorial...

Hello,

It's been a while since I have shared a new tutorial, but yes I am making embellies and flowers still.  I love it, it's so much fun and a great way to have coordinating embellies on hand.  But you are gonna have to do a bit of work today!  You have to hop on over here to see my tutorial, because I actually created it for the store!

Hope you have a crafty day and thanks so much for popping by to visit me today!
Laura
xoxo

Happy Birthday Jenn


Today is the birthday of my scrappy friend, Jenn, and this is the card that I made for her. Hope you have a great one, baby!

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Exciting News about an upcoming spring retreat!

ScrapMuch? just released details about their upcoming spring retreat!  I know where I will be for the weekend of May 13th-15th!  I am super excited!  It is being held at the Elmhurst Inn, how luxurious, talk about a great gals weekend!

You can check out the store's blog here, for all the details!

Hope to see all my scrappy friends both old and new, and those I've yet to meet at this wonderful weekend retreat!  Those of you that attended the fall retreat KNOW what a great time we had, and this upcoming retreat will be even better!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, January 01, 2011

January Reveal - ScrapMuch?, My MInd's Eye,

 This month is my 'gender neutral' month.  The papers from the kit I received from the ladies at ScrapMuch? were great for almost any type of photo, and for boys and girls alike.  Have a look at the following My Mind's Eye 'So Sophie'  line, Bazzill and Bo Bunny products that were in my kit....  (warning this is a long post with lots of pics!)

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 fun stickers and tags
fun stickers
title taag

journal card

more fun stickers

acetate photo cover

journal card

tag

title tag
alpha stickers
rub on title
embellishments
 
Bo Bunny clear chunky charms

Bazzill Flowers

Now I know this is technically the more masculine 'So Sophie' line, and there is one with loads of pink, but I thought this line could be feminine and pretty too.  The first layout I did is one that features me (shocking eh?).  My hubby snapped these photos while we were at Turkey Point last summer, without my knowledge. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate to have my photo taken and so it's hard to complain that there are very few pictures of me in our albums, but I think he did a great job.  However, I did crop out my hiney on the first picture!

You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.  I sliced the large die cut scalloped circle into thirds and use the two outer pieces on this layout, saving the centre piece for another project.  Then I adhered the pieces of the scalloped circle on either side of the soft turquoise patterned paper onto an off white base of card stock.  After adding my photos, the first one with the acetate photo cover over top, I added a small strip of striped paper, the lime green bracket shaped piece (which actual comes from the label section of the patterned papers, a little trick I learned from Eileen (an owner's sister) and the brown tag, one of the stickers from the sticker sheet and the journalling card.  I trimmed around the the title tag removing some of the lime green and then pop dotted it over my pictures.  It nestled in really nicely once it was trimmed. Then I added the flower with a button sticker, and flourish stickers as well as the tab that I wrote the date on.  Next I added a sprinkling of coordinating brads from my kit.

Next up I thought I'd try a more masculine layout.  These pictures are of two of my sons (Jon, 19 and Timmy, 7) they always snuggle and act goofy when they are together, so I wanted to be sure to scrap these photos that really depict their relationship.

Again using a neutral base, I added the lime green pattern paper behind the photos after chomping the corners.  Then I layered more pattern strips on top of and below the lime paper, punching or chomping their edges as I went along  I created the journalling tag with a piece of the left over circle die cut paper (re:: above) and a bracket pattern piece cut from the label of a pattern paper (also re: above).   I misted the circle and star charms with 'Dragonfly' Glimmer Mist.  Added the boys' initials using the alpha stickers and punched circles.  Then I added another sticker for the title.  A bit of twine and buttons and brads from my stash, and done!

Next up is a picture I really wanted to use, of my little guy and his two besties (Avery and Ally).  They are so cute together.
Although it is hard to tell in this scan, the background paper is scalloped on all four sided, it is really beautiful. The photo is matted on a piece of brown pattern paper and then layered on top of a piece of the soft turquoise floral paper. A series of punched circles layered with punched striped paper and another bracket from a label make up the base of the layout.  The title is created from the 'cousins' sticker, layered with a ribbon cut from pattern paper and stickers spelling out the word 'Friends' .  I loved the sentiment 'all for one and one for all' for this picture but 'cousins' just didn't cut it.  This is a good example of altering what the manufacturer gives us to suit our own needs.  For embellishments, I added a Glimmer Misted Chunky Bracket, a Glimmer Misted small flower and a die cut butterfly to the left hand side and a Bazzill flower and another die cut butterfly to the right hand side.  As well as a sprinkling of buttons and Dew Drops from my stash. 

 This next layout wasn't in the original plan, but when I came across this photo in my 'to be scrapped' basket , I knew i had to use it.  I thought it would pop with the colours in this kit.

A very simple layout using a great plaid pattern paper as the base.  A wide strip of striped paper layered withe the photo matted on the soft turquoise pattern paper, and another bracket cut from the label edge (yes, I am utilizing this technique and every bit of these products!) I adhered the rub-on title directly to the photo for extra pop, modifying the layout of the letters.  Added a punched tab for the date.  And hand cut a flower from the flower paper, covering it with Liquid Glass for shine and durability, and loosely adhered it to the layout, 'tying' it to the papers with twine.  A sprinkling of punched and scrunched circled as well as buttons and brads from my stash complete this layout.

After making thses layouts I got to work creating a masculine and feminine card.  Have a look.....


By trimming down the centre of the scalloped circle, I was able to  have a double scalloped bottom on the feminine cards.  The blue piece that I stamped on is actually a sticker that came exactly as in with the kit (see above).  Then I hand cut a flower from the floral pattern paper, mounted it on top of a Glimmer Misted Flower, added a die cut butterfly (notice a pattern!) and then added ribbon, a button and some Dew Drops from my stash.    Love the colour combo and the end result!


This is my masculine card, two patterns of rectangles, a zig zag sticker, a clear corner charm (coloured with my Copics) and a bit of paper trimmed to a banner shape and stamped on, were all from the kit.  I added the buttons from my stash.

I had a great time working with this month's kit, I was totally inspired to keep on creating and have a few more scraps so that I can make another card or two.  A big thanks to the ladies at ScrapMuch? for a great kit!

I was telling my friend, Victoria, the other night that I am really enjoying  working on a product line and pulling matching embellies and then grabbing pictures from my 'to scrap'  pile and just creating until I run out of product.  I find it inspiring to work with a line i love, and to create as much as i can from the kit.  It also cuts down on stuff I need to store, if I don't have many  scraps.    It's a good feeling and I will not have any guilt next time I shop!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my creations this month, i really appreciate the time you take to visit!


Laura
xoxo