Monday, April 30, 2012

White Plus One - Let's Get Sketchy

Hi there!

As you know each Monday a new challenge is released over at Let's Get Sketchy,  typically it is a sketch challenge - to the tune of 4 new sketches a month, which is fabulous right?  However, seeing as this month has 5 Monday's,  LGS is mixing it up a little with a challenge of another kind!  The challenge is to use white (or cream) plus only one other colour in your layout!

Well, I have never attempted a challenge like this before, so  I must admit, I procrastinated a little bit ;)  -  and then I decided that since yellow is my favourite colour and I do not use it a whole lot, I would incorporate that as my one colour.  I rummaged through my stash and pulled out every bit of yellow I had, I am surprised at how little my pile was.  I only had a few small pieces of paper with only yellow and white, so I cut them up into 1.75" x 1.75" squares and attempted my first quilted layout with actual machine stitching.  Have a look.....

 The papers are a combination of MME, American Crafts and Fancy Pants.  The tags are from 4 different companies, including Jillibean Soup and Authentique.  Brads, buttons and Thickers, finish it off.




I was a little concerned in the beginning that this layout would look, flat or washed out with only one colour being used, however, i found that using different tones of the same colour add depth and personality.  All in all I am quite happy with the final product and I am sure I will re-use this challenge again and again!

Thank you for visiting,
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, April 29, 2012

3 wise guys - October Afternoon Sketch

Hello!

It is a lovely sunny day here today and I am feeling extremely lazy! ha!  I have some laundry and assorted other not so fun menial chores to do, and we are having company for dinner.  But first< I want to share several things I created while cropping yesterday at a friend's fundraiser crop.

I took several sketches and challenges with me to help inspire me.  I find this is a good way to stay focused on creating while socializing at the same time.  Scroll down for other things I created, as I am playing along with several challenges I decided to give each one it's own post.  And I am embarrassed to admit that I am squeaking in under the wire for most of them!

First off is this sketch from October Afternoon.....


And this is my take.....

 I stuck really close the the sketch for this layout with the exception of adding some embellies.  I must admit this sketch was very outside of my usual style.  But I guess that is part of what makes it so fun!  The papers are from OA's 9to5 collection.

 I created 3 little flags for my 3 wise guys.

 Loving this dark wood grain papers, especially covering this chipboard heart.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!
Laura
xoxo


The Joy of Being 2 - Canadian Scrapbooker Sketch - CTMH - My Mind's Eye

Hi there!

I am back with another layout to share with you.  This time I played along with this sketch......

from Canadian Scrapbooker.  They always incorporate so many photos on a page that it is fun and challenging at the same time.

This is what I came up with....

 I used some more photos that we discovered when we cleaned out my mother-in-law's house last year.  These are of my oldest when he was so sweet and wee.  He spent many, many hours playing with his Poppa in their backyard.  His Poppa was his main caregiver while my husband and I were at work for a couple of years, until my Mother-in-law retired.  We were so fortunate to have such amazing care for him.  And luckier still that his days were documented.

 The tiny alpha stickers are my Canadian content for this challenge, they are from Rose Moka.  Papers are from MMe, wood elements from CTMH.



Thanks fro visiting again!
Laura
xoxo

Loopy - Jillibean Soup Sketch

Hello all,

I am back again with another project to share.  This time I use Jillibean's monthly sketch as the basis of my layout.  Have a look.....


This one stumped me a little, and I had to go back to my stash of photos a couple of times.  Once I looked at them from a different perspective it was a little easier.  I chose photos of my youngest learning to tie his shoes, and realized that it was totally okay to crop out the little bit of the back of his head that was showing in the photos, to make the photos a more appropriate size for this sketch.  Check it out....


 I stuck pretty close to the sketch with the exception of matting all of my photos onto one long mat.  The colour scheme is fairly neutral and masculine.


 Some loopy hemp here and there to emphasize the theme.
 And journaling makes up for the lack of a head shot, so the kids will know which one of them is the focus of this layout.

Thanks for looking.

Laura
xoxo



Elaphantastic!

Hello all!

I created this card for a friend's little boy that is turning 3 on Tuesday!  I was able to play along with a couple of challenges in the process.  First off I used this sketch from Freshly Made....

 And secondly, I took on the C.R.A.F.T  challenge to use an animal on a project.

This is what I came up with.....

 The little elephant may look a little off centre, but if you look closely you will see he is actually on a spring, and bounces around.  This sketch was perfect for this card.


  Papers, stamp and spring are from CTMH.  Image coloured with Copics.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oh Gnome You Didn't and a birthday.

Hi there!  I wanted to pop in and share a couple of cards that I created to play along with some challenges.

First up I used this sketch from Mojo Monday.....

When I was rooted around in my stash trying to decided what product to use to create my card, it was a tag that actually helped me to decide!  Check out my card.....

Love that tag!


Next up is a sketch from There She Goes Clear Stamps .....


Well unfortunately, I do not own any stamps from this company, but I did have this little girl all coloured and so I hauled out my Authentique 'Gathering' 6 x 6 paper pack and made this....

I couldn't resist adding a large fluffy bow, which necessitated moving my sentiment a little... but that allowed me to add a cute little clothes pin so all is good, right?


Thanks for visiting me today!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sketch-y Friday

Hello and happy Friday!

I hope you have had a great week!  At my house we are starting our weekend running!  Our little guy has swimming and basketball tonight, tomorrow I am attending a crop and then Saturday night we are hooking up with friends for some good food, great company and a bevie or two!

 I will be playing with this sketch that I created for ScrapMuch? , will you have some time to play?


These layouts with small photos can be fun, they are great if you are an instagramer (I am not), or if you scrap old photos before the digital age and you really need to crop them to focus in on the subject (I have been doing a fair bit of this lately), or if you just like to fit a few photos on a single page layout.  Either way, I hope you enjoy it!

And remember if you decide to play along, leave me a comment and I will pop over to your blog or other gallery and leave you some love!

Have a great weekend.
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Boys are full of fun

Hello there!

I am still loving the Loyal collection by Authentique the colors just seem to go with almost everything  my boy does!  So I knew it would be perfect when I decided to play along with Authentique's April sketch challenge.....


And while I was at it, I decided to play along with a challenge at The Paper Variety.  The challenges requires us to scraplift a project from their site or use one of their tutorials in creating our project.  I knew the later was for me when I came across a tutorial that suggested using a Cricut to create a mask / stencil for misting.  You can find it here.

This is the mask that I made.....

Please ignore the butterfly shapes, you can see this paper also got used for something else, but the rows of Moroccan-ish shapes are what I actually used for my mask.

And this is my finished product.....

  I moved the mask along my paper in a diagonal fashion to mimic the sketch.


Then I cut out the same shape in several patterns from the Loyal collection  and adhered them sporadically over some of the sprayed shapes, using pop dots fro dimensions.

I made some little cork tickets to add to my embellishment cluster.

Instead of hanging butterflies I used a large scale flourish to sort of depict the leaves blowing around the yard.
And this tag served as a perfect title!

Thanks fro stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Love You! Card

Hi there!

I found some time to make a few cards today, the first one I created to play along with this sketch found over on the Retro Sketches blog ....

This is what i came up with.....


I decided to switch things up slightly and put the larger piece over the smaller piece, but die cut it first so that the lower layer shows through.  Then I added my little swag banner with 3 little charms to the top of the card.

I must admit this sketch stumped me for a while and I procrastinated playing with it, then I had a light bulb moment and knew just what I wanted to do!

Thanks for looking!
Laura
xoxo

Ticket Stub Strip Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Have you noticed that ticket stubs are a popular embellishment?  Like this strip of tickets, I used on this card that I shared here on Saturday.....


Well, you can buy ticket stubs or you can use a die cutting machine to create them.  But I came up with an easy way to make them yourself!  And better yet it requires no fancy tools.  (I should have thought of this before I invested in a ticket stub die! lol, oh well - live and learn!)

First gather your supplies, you will need a hole punch (any kind will do, a basic hole punch, an eyelet tool, or a Crop-a-dile - whatever you have on hand) a pencil, a ruler, and whatever tool you use to score (the score blade on your trimmer or a Scorepal).

 Start by trimming a piece of cardstock 1 inch wide, by whatever length you will need for your project (mine is 8.25").
Now using a pencil (I used pen so that you can see it) draw a line along the centre point of the length of your paper, on the backside.

 Next, starting at the centre point, measure out 1 inch on either side of the centre and score, continue scoring at 2 inch increments along the length of your paper.
It will end up looking like this.

 Now for the whole punching, turn your paper over and punch a hole where your score line meets your pencil line.  Repeat along the length of the strip of paper at each scored line.
 Now punch a half hole along the score line at both the top and bottom of the strip, like the image above.
You will end up with a ticket strip like this!  Which you can incorporate as a whole piece on a project or you can cut down into individual tickets to use as a smaller embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Together Forever Card

Hi there!

I am back today with another card to share.  This one was created using this sketch from Mojo Monday.....

And this is my take on it....


I used papers and embellies from October Afternoon's Farmhouse collection.

Unfortunately I didn't get this posted in time to link it up to the Mojo Monday challenge, but I still had fun making it!

Thanks fro visiting!
Laura
xoxo