Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday Jake!

Hello all!

I want to share a card with you that I made for my nephew's birthday today, yup our very own little Halloween pumpkin! Or not so little, as he is turning 8 today!



Happy Birthday Jake, we love you and we are sorry we aren't there to spend your big day with you!


And Happy Halloween to all of you too!

Thanks for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello!

How did it happen that October is nearing an end?  Did your month whiz by as fast as mine?  It is almost Halloween.   My hubby, Timmy and I are heading off to Disney for Halloween this afternoon!  We are so excited and have been counting down the days for a long time now.  Don't forget to keep stopping by though, there is still lots of stuff that will be going on here on the blog!

Here is this week's sketch ....


Are you going to have time to play this week?  I know I am not going to, from a scrappy perspective.  But I know I will be taking a ton of photos for future layouts!

Have a great week!

Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - Halloween Chocolate Wrap

Hi there!

I am back this week with another Halloween treat tutorial for you.  This week we will make chocolate wraps for mini chocolate bars.  But you could easily modify this to wrap a regular sized chocolate bar, too.
Start out by measuring your little treat for width.  Mine is 1 inch wide.
I decided to use this Spellbinder die as my treat wrap, it is the perfect size.
Find the centre point of your die cut and measure 1/2" out form either side of the centre and score.  This will give you a 1" space to nestle your chocolates into.
 Punch a hole in the centre of each end.
 Add a little bit of patterned paper to the front.  I used a larger border punch to give the paper some shape.
 Next step add your chocolate (you may want to use a little glue dot to keep it in place) and then tie up the top with a bit of ribbon and embellish with soem stickers or chipboard accents and perhaps a button,

 That's it, easy as pie!

Thanks for checking in with me this week, I really appreciate it!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Crafting with Timmy!

Hello all!

The other day Timmy and I set about to get Halloween treats ready for his classmate.   We tucked chocolates, suckers, candy bracelets and Halloween erasers into small sized zip top bags.

Then we pulled out leftover Halloween papers from 2 years ago (and a few scraps from this year to finish the job).

This is what we came up with.........

We ran some of the papers through the Cuttlebug with a Spellbinders label die and folded that in half over the top of the bag (you could also use a rectangle).  Then we added a punched circle in a coordinating pattern and finally an oval cut with the Cricut and stamped with a Halloween sentiment.  Quick and easy!

Here are a couple of close ups.....


Love crafting with my guy!

Thanks for checking in with me!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Heather Card - My Mind's Eye

Hello all!

Just popping in for a quick share, a card I made for my friend Heather whose birthday is today......



Hope you have a great day Heather!

And thank you all for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello there!

Happy Friday to you all!  Here is this week's sketch, I hope it inspires!

Enjoy your weekend.
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sewing Fun!

Hello blog friends!

For a while now I have been looking for a tote bag / beach bag to use when we are on vacation.  I have seen a few that I like the look of but they didn't quite do all of the things that I wanted it to do, or it was too expensive.  So I decided to use my fabric scraps and make one.

My requirements were:

-light weight, so it can be folded and stuffed into a purse should I not need it (for example, if we use it to carry around sweaters in Disney, I can then stow the bag in my purse once we put the sweaters on)
-not over the top feminine so I can convince my hubster to carry it once in a while if I want to be hands free
- good handles for carrying over the shoulder
-lots of pockets

.... not to much to ask, right?

This is the pile of scraps that I started with.....

 This is the bag almost finished.  The lighter panel is divided into 3 pockets.  And there is a set of pockets on each side.
 This is the finished bag, it measures  18" x 20" (not including handles), nice and big!
 And I even had enough scraps left over to make this little drawstring bag to keep my camera from getting scratched.
See it pays not to throw anything away!

Thanks for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - Halloween Treat Bag

Hello!


With Halloween about a week and a half away I wanted to share a Treat Bag tutorial with  you.  These little bags are easy to make so there a great craft to make with your kids for their classmates.  You can make a couple of dozen in no time if you assembly line them!

 I decided to use the Ziploc snack sized bags for my treats ( you can use what ever suits you or your treats and modify the measurements if need be).  The width of these bags is 6.5" so I trimmed some black cardstock down to that width.  Then I trimmed the length to 6" so my finished topper would be just shy of 3".
Now punch along one width of your cardstock with any punch you chose... or none if that is your choice.  I used this bat edge punch.
 Next measure the new length of your cardstock and score at the centre point to create a fold.
 See your little topper is already taking shape.  This is a good place to pause and staple the topper onto the bags.
 Now embellish with papers and stickers and ribbon or floss until your heart's content!


Here is a little close up!

Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to.  Next week I will do another little treat tutorial.

Laura
xoxo

Monday, October 17, 2011

A card to share - My MInd's Eye,

Hello there!

I am back from a fun and busy weekend at Scrapfest Oshawa, I had such a great time!

I am swamped with a to do list that seems to be pouring out of my daytimer, but I wanted to pop in quick and share this card I created last Friday, for  my husband's co-worker....


These MME papers work great for this card, I love the colour combination.  I used a Spellbinder's label die on the black and white damask paper and then put it through my Cuttlebug a second time with a PTI butterfly die to create the cut out shape.  I then punched a couple of holes in it and fed my ribbon through

The butterfly is punched out of a couple of MME papers and some vellum with a MME brad to finish it off.  A Zva pearl flourish depicts the butterfly's flight pattern.

Thanks for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello all!

It's Friday and that means a sketch for you....

I don't know about you but I am hoping for some creative time this weekend!

Have a great one, and thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - Stamped Candle

Hello all,

I have another 'hostess gift' tutorial for you again this week.  And yup, it's another decorative candle!

This week we will be stamping on a candle, well sort of, you don't really stamp right onto the candle .... watch the video and find our how to make this gift or home decor item.



 Seeing as this is a gift item I also added a little ribbon and tag for gift giving purposes.  And here is a still photo of the finished product.  You'll notice that I changed the bling on the candle, actually I just poked a brad right into the candle.  It's super easy and easily removable when you or your recipient want to light the candle.  You will want to be sure to remind your recipient to remove all things flammable before lighting the candle.



Stamp, bling and patterned paper on tag is from MME,  ribbon is American Crafts.


Thanks for stopping by this week.  Next week we will take a little break from our gift items to create some Halloween treat wraps!

Laura
xoxo

Friday, October 07, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello!

It's Friday, hip, hip, hooray!.... that means I have a sketch for you to play with.


I hape you have time to play this weekend!  I am going to bring a few things up to keep myself amused while the men folk are fishing.

Thanks for popping by and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - Gift Bag and Card

Hello there!

It's time for my weekly tutorial, and in keeping with my self proclaimed 'hostess gift month', I decided to create a little gift bag and card set.  Now I won't go into a ton of detail on the card, as I'm sure you all can totally 'rock' that.    And, I know the gift bag is not technically a gift but you may already have picked up a little something for your hostess.  For my gift bag, I have chosen to tuck in a few little tea light candles, but you could just as easily tuck in some little specialty chocolates, a fun little piece of jewellery, napkins rings or even seeds for the gardener in your life.

This is a quick and easy project.
 Before I started to create my gift bag I knew I had to determine a few things.....

1.  I knew I would start with an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock.
2.  I knew that the width of the bag would also determine the measurement for the bottom of the bag.
3.  I knew I would have a seam at the back of the bag and would need to account for an overlap in my measurements.
4.  I knew I wanted a 'window' in the bag so the height of the bag could not be greater than 6 inches in order to fit through my Cuttlebug.

 I started by using a border punch (something small and simple) along what will be the top of the bag..  It needs to be a small and simple, repetitive punch in order to make aligning up the back a little easier.
 Then I cut the width of the cardstock down to 7.5 inches.  This will give me a 6 inch tall (thus able to fit through the Cuttlebug) and 1.5 inch wide bag.

 Now score along the length of the cardstock, the opposite edge to which you have punched, at 1.5 inches.  This 1.5 inch horizontal piece will be the bottom of your bag.  I love this Wescott trimmer with the attached scoring blade.  It's perfect for simple projects that you don't want to pull out your Scorepal for, or if you are like me and don't own one!
 I'm not sure if you can read the scoring dimensions in this photo, but if not that's okay, we'll work through them.  If you can see them, please note there is a typo.... where is says 2.5 inches it's should read 2.25 inches.

Starting at the left side of your cardstock and working perpendicular to the punched top edge, score at 2.25", 3.75", 7.5" and 9". 
 Using your Cuttlebug or other die cutting tool, choose a die to create a window with and lay it in the centre of the part of your cardstock that measures 3.75".  You can have it a little closer to the top or bottom as far as height is concerned, whatever suits you or your gift.
This is what it will look like with the window cut out.
 Next, using scissors trim along all of the score lines the 1.5 inches up to the horizontal score line.
 Now draw a line creating a little triangle on either side of the 3.75"  wide flap, and on the right side of the 2.25" flap and the left side of the 2" flap.
 Now trim off those 4 little triangles.  This will make folding your little gift bag easier and it will sit much more nicely.

 I only decorated the front of my gift bag, you can choose to wrap your patterned papers all the way around your bag if you want.  Either way, I found it easier to do this step with the bag still flat.  I kept the decorating fairly simple, using American Crafts "Peachy Keen" papers as I thought they could be a little fall-ish.  and simple layered a couple of patterns and repeated my scalloped punch.
 I am using Terrifically Tacky Tape for my project, but whatever adhesive you choose to use, run it along the left edge of the 2.25" length and the bottom edge of the same flap and the bottom edge of the opposite flap.  You will want to using a very good adhesive so your gift doesn't fall out of the bag.

 Now, I  wanted to put my tea lights into a clear bag so they would stay nestled inside the gift bag and not fallout of the 'window', but the only bags I had on hand were sandwich bags.  So I trimmed off the zipper part of the sandwich bag.  Easy fix!
 Then I tucked in my tea lights and tied a little bow around the bag.
 Here is the bag with the gift nestled inside.
 To coordinate the card, I used the same papers and punch as well as embellishments.  And I also added a little die cut window (slightly smaller) through which you can see the stamped sentiment.
A little close up.



The matching set.




Now, see I told you it was easy!  And given that you can embellish these pieces as much or as little as you like, makes them even easier! And, you can totally customize them for your recipient or the occasion.

Thank you for popping by today!
Laura
xoxo