Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crafting with Timmy

Hello friends!

If you recall, I took my little guy to his first ever crop on the 17th of March.  I anticipated that this would be a great time to complete his Easter treats for his schoolmates.

I had purchased some Stampin' Up treat cups in February with this project in mind, and searched around the net for some inspiration.  Finally, finding something fairly simple on the Split Coast Stampers site.

What I didn't anticipate is how social he would be  ;)  so unlike our usual crafty times, I ended up doing a little more of this project than he did.

We made 2 dozen of these.....

Using only scraps, the bunnies, eggs and grass were cut out on the Cricut using the Easter cartridge. 

We had to mix and match the colours a bit to accommodate the scraps we chose to use.
I did all of the Cricut-ing in advance so the we only had to glue tings together on the day of the crop.

Timmy also managed to complete a layout for his Disney album, so all in all he didn't do too badly for his half day at the crop.

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sketch-y Friday

Hello!

Well, who can believe that it is the end of March?  I am lucky enough to be spending this last weekend on the month with a great group of ladies at the ScrapMuch?  semi-annual retreat!

But of course, it's Friday and I wanted to be sure to leave you with a sketch to play with!

Enjoy, and if you play along, leave me a comment with a link to your layout, I'd love to see it!

Take care,
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sending you Sunshine - Card

Hello!

The other day Moxie Fab World challenged us to create a home made embellishment that functions as the focal point of our project.

I decided to create this little jar as the focal point of my card.....

 First, I stamped the card onto a scrap of teal card stock, then I punched 3 little butterflies and adhered them inside the stamped jar image with glue dots.

Next I placed a leftover scrap of acetate over the image and added a couple of staples outside of the stamped area to hold things in place temporarily.  I stitched around the image, and then hand cut around the jar.

I added a few more punched butterflies to float freely inside the jar and then glued the jar shut (I wouldn't want any of those little butterflies escaping!)

Next, I stamped just the lid onto a little piece of yellow card stock and trimmed it and attached it with pop dots to the jar.

A little piece of yellow seam binding finishes off my jar embellishment.

I'm not sure if you can see the acetate in the photo but the stitching secures it to the stamped jar.
papers - Fancy Pants
rub on - Bo Bunny
stamp and ink - CTMH
ribbon and gem - misc.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Homemade Chipboard Accents - tutorial

Hi there!

I thought I'd share a technique that came in handy with me personally the other day, maybe it will help you too!

I wanted a chipboard element but didn't have the shape I needed in my stash (in my case it was a cloud, but you can create almost anything) so I thought 'hey, why don't I make one" (yes I do talk to myself!) and then I thought 'hey, why don't I do a tutorial too!"  So now that you know how I amuse myself when I am home alone, check out this easy tutorial!

First gather your supplies, for the base of my cloud I am using kraft card stock, but you could really use any cardstock you want.  This kraft piece just happened to be at the top of my scrap pile.  For the top layer, you can mist it, leave it 'naked' or cover it with a piece of pattern paper.  In this case I am covering mine with pattern paper, because I need the colour in my finished project.

Next, use your Cuttlebug, Cricut, punches whatever you have to cut our 6 of your preferred shape in the neutral paper and then 1 more in your pattern paper, if you are using it.

Now start gluing the layers together.  A basic white craft glue is fine.

Keep going, it won't look like much at first.

A little more.

This is all 6 layers.

This picture might give you a better idea when you compare the height to my scissors.
 
The last layer of pattern paper has now been added.

And then I added a bit of ink in the same colour tone as my pattern paper.  It really does add extra dimension.  You can tell when you compare this photo with the last one.

And in case you were wondering what I needed this sweet cloud for, here is the project I added it to.....

These patterned papers are older scraps I had left from a Fancy pants collection, and the embellishments are from American Crafts Margarita collection, that just happent o coordinate perfectly with the papers.

Which is based on this month's sketch from Scrapbook & Cards Today!

You'll notice that I rotated the sketch.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a scrappy day!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Congrats Card - Playing along with Little Red Wagon

Hello all!

I have a quick share for you today.  I created this little card to play along with LRW's  clean and simple challenge.  I have had a package of these cute little drink die cuts for a while.  You know how it works, you buy them because they are cute without a clue what you will do with them.  Anyway this is what I came up with.....


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, March 26, 2012

Playing along with the Create Blog - Card

Hi there!

I am back again today to share another card.  This one was created to play along with the challenge of the week from the Create Blog, which was to use honeycombs or hexagon patterns on a card.

This is what I came up with....

I cut a few hexagons out of a sheet of Jillibean Soup Atomic Soup paper, then I added the tag, a pop dotted scalloped circle and some die cut leaves, flowers. buttons and a butterfly.  Then I went back and strategically added another layer of hexagons here and there for dimension.



edited April 2nd... I am super excited to share that this card was featured on the Create blog here!

Thank you for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Happy Birthday card - MME sketch!

Hell there!

Yup I'm doing it again, posting another birthday card using a MME sketch.

This time around the card is for my friend, Laura, happy birthday girl!

 And here is the sketch, the same one as last week..


All patterned papers and embellies are MME, the cardstock is misc. and I'm sorry I do not remember where I got this cute digital image from but it has been coloured with Copics.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Fun in the Sun - Let's Get Sketchy - American Crafts

Hello all!

This is our 4th sketch for March over on the Let's Get Sketchy blog, i hope you have managed to play along for at least 2 of them, so that you are eligible to be entered into this month's prize draw!  You can see all of the details at LGS,

Here is this week's sketch.......


And here is my take on it.....

Honestly, I was a little nervous when I first looked at this sketch.  It is clean and simple and a little outside of my comfort zone.  Especially since up until I started with LGS, I hadn't worked with a lot of sketches.  But, i love how this layout turned out!  Actually I think it might be a favourite for March.  I chose to use some leftover Margerita papers from American Crafts.  And love the colour combo with this photo of my little guy in a paddle boat.  (In case you are nervous the boat is tied off, he was just pretending!)

 A tag and a sticker embellish the upper left corner of my layout.
I decided to use this preprinted tag as my title, the phrase seemed fitting and it fit nicely into the space I needed it to go.  Isn't that little butterfly pin darling?
 Some chipbaord shaped, punched circles and a couple of Little Yellow Bicycle stick pins finish off this embellishment cluster.

Thanks you for popping into the blog today!  If you have played along, I will be popping by your blog to visit and leave some love!  If you with this month's draw be sure to let me know!

Laura
xoxo

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cupcakes 'to-go' style

Hello all,

We had a small birthday party for our little guy last week, and while I was deciding what to do for a cake I remembered that the kiddies do not usually like to stop playing long enough to actually eat the cake so I search Pinterest for an idea to package cupcakes so that the kids could have a choice of eating them at the party or taking them home without smooshing them!  That's where I found this idea....
 And this is how I adapted them for us ....

 First, I set about making little decorative sticks for them.  Of course, we went for a St. Patty's theme for our St. Patty's day boy, but you could do anything under the sun.  I created this little digital image and printed out enough for my cupcakes, then I punched them out with a circle punch and inked the edges in green,  I also punched out green circles 1/4" larger than the white ones.  Then I mounted the two together with foam tape and a sucker sticker in between.
the super easy finished stick
 
 A little tip I learned along the way was to make sure your cupcakes fit in the cups before decorating them!  Thankfully, I only frosted one cupcakes before I thought of this.  My cupcakes are a little larger than my inspiration cupcakes, so I had to gently push each one into the cupcake and then add the icing and sprinkles.  No big deal really, just good to know ahead of time.
  You'll notice we have green icing for St. Patty's day, rainbow sprinkles, and gold spoons.... theme-ING it out ;)
 Then I created these little layered tags with a stamped shamrock on them.
 Two kinds of ribbon, a tag and a spoon finish off the look.
The kids loved them, and as I thought all but one child opted to take them home!

The other cool thing about this project is I had everything on hand, so that made it really easy.  The only thing that I bought new was the ribbon, knowing I would likely be making something along a St. Patrick's day theme sometime during the holiday!

Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Living Easy - Jillibean Soup Sketch

Hi there,

As I mentioned last week, I am donating my stash of cards, along with several other ladies, to raise funds for families suffering with the grief of a loss of a loved one.

The other days I made a couple extra cards to add to this stash....


I hope they all sell for this great cause.

I also made some time to play along with a sketch that was posted on the Jillibean Soup blog (you can rad about it here), here is their sketch.....


And here is my take on the sketch.....

 I had a wee bit of the JBS Spotted Owl Soup birthday collection left, and though this is far from a birthday layout, the colours worked perfectly with my photos.  You know how it is when you have something that is almost perfect... you make it work.  Thankfully, the reverse side of these papers were not birthday theme and I could use up my scraps for this sweet sketch.
 I cut up some scalloped die cuts and added little butterflies on top.
 a mini journaling spot, gives just enough room for date and location, a heart sticker and a little brad.
 the JBS sticker sheet comes wit a ton of alpha stickers, which make a perfect title
 some little die cut buttons threaded with floss and a little brad
each of the little squares of paper has been stitched to add a little dimension


And that's all I have to share today!  Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, March 23, 2012

Adore - ScrapMuch? - My Mind's Eye Sketch

Hi there!

It's Sketch-y Friday over on the ScrapMuch? blog and as you know I like to share my sketches here too!

I am trying to teach myself Photoshop Elements, so you will hopefully notice some changes and parts crossed, some improvements in the quality of my sketches over the next little while,

And speaking of sketches, I decided to play along with the MME sketch this month (you can find out all the information on their blog here), check their sketch..... 


And here is my take on it......

Love this picture, he took it of himself.

 this little journaling emblem is punched from the piece of cardboard that comes with the embellishments packaging, the stars are punched as well.
 some machine stitching just for fun
Bling, brads, a chipboard cloud and a punched star finish it off.

pattern papers - MME 'Fine and Dandy' and 'Lime Twist'
brads, bling, ribbon, chipboard, packaging - MME
Cardstock - CTMH
staples - Tim Holtz

Thanks for visiting and happy scrapping!
Laura
xoxo