Thursday, May 31, 2012

Made Especailly for You - Thursday Craft n Chat

Hi there!

As part of our DT duties over at Made Especially For You, we take turns posting a Thursday Craft n Chat.  This can be a tutorial or some other scrappy informative piece.  I chose to talk about using the Cuttlebug for my turn., as it is one of my favourite go to tools.

 So, for fear of sounding too basic, this is a Cuttlebug.  It is a hand cranked die cutting and embossing tool crated by the same company as the Cricut.  I do not feel that these tools necessarily do away with one another as they both have their merits and benefits.  Though, I personally do run to my Cuttlebug more often than my Cricut.
You'll notice I glammed mine up a little with some gliterry laptop stickers.
Both the front and back flaps fold down flat to create your 'runway' for using the tool.

These 'plates' an A, a C and two B's come with.  You will use them in a variety of combinations depending on the dies/folders you choose to work with.

First let's talk about embossing.  There are a variety of dry embossing folders on the market made by Cuttlebug and other companies and almost all are compatible with this tool
This is why they are called folders, they open up to accept your paper to be sandwiched in the middle.  One side is embossed and the other debossed to imprint the design into your paper.
I am using a scrap piece of paper for this example, these folders generally accept A4 sized papers (4.25 x 5.5) or smaller.
Now you will place your A plate, a B plate and your folder onto you Cuttlebug 'runway' and then top it off with another B plate.
And roll the whole thing through the machine (it rolls easily enough), I like to go once forward and then once backward towards me.
And this is what you would end up with, a beautifully embossed piece of cardstock to do with what you will!
Now let's talk about die cutting.  There are an enormous amount of die manufacturers on the market, and again almost all work with the Cuttlebug.  Some are thin metal dies and others are chunky like Tim Holtz dies.  Some create flowers, other create shapes and others create borders.  Your options are as endless as your pocketbook!
To die cut, you will start with the A plate, add a C plate, then add your paper, die and top it off with a B plate. (note - this is the formula for the most common thin metal dies.) And again roll it through the machine and back again.
You will end up with a nice clean die cut.
While this tool is not as flexible as the Cricut for size, it is much more flexible in terms of what it can cut.  I love working with chipboard, cork, fabric, denim, burlap, felt and vellum and this tool can accommodate it all, you may have to roll thicker materials through the machine a few times but it is worth it for the variety of textures you can add to your projects.
Thank you for checking in with me today!
Laura
xoxo

















Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Technique Wednesday - Tag Tutorial

hi there!

I cerated this tutorial for ScrapMuch? but of course, you know I want to share it here too!  This little tip is for those of us that need a little gift tag when giving a gift... maybe with or without a card.  Sometimes we have a need for one or the other, and sometimes both.

The other day my Mom came for lunch,  I had picked her up an Orchid and needed a little tag to go along with.

Then I thought, hmmmm, I should really show everyone how easy it is to make these!  So here goes.....

 First gather your supplies, I have kept this very 'tool basic' for those of us that may not have a lot of tools.  A trimmer, any border punch, a hole punch and a corner rounder are all that you will need.
 Starting with a 2.5" piece of cardstock (you will notice I am using a scrap) punch along one end using your border punch.
Now trim it down to 4 inches tall.
Add a punched hole in the center of the non border punched edge and round the corners at the top only.   Now you have your basic tag piece done.
I keep a stash of scraps ( I will tell you how I decided which ones to keep and how I organize them one day, remind me... my memory is suffering lately!) on hand, this way when the need arises I go straight to this bin to pull out what suits me at the time.
 Now decorate the the tag with whatever pattern paper you chose.
 I also have a little bin that I keep 'off cuts' of my die cuts in.  For example, if I am using the Cricut to cut out a shape, but maybe it is too small or too large... I throw it in here.
 Then when I have a quick project to make like this tag, or if I am looking for that extra little embellishment to  add to a project, I grab this bin and start sifting.

The finished project!  These sentiment rub-ons from ScrapMuch? even make the job that much easier!

Thanks for checking in!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, May 28, 2012

Made Especially for You - Paper Piercing Challenge

Hi there!

If you are looking for my Let's Get Sketchy post scroll down please!

This week at Made Especially For You we are challenging you to do some paper piercing on your card! 

This is the card that I came up with......

 Now I won't lie to you, this card did take a little longer than I anticipated it taking.  Once I printed, heat set and coloured the image with my Copics, I pierced along the dotted lines and curled up with a movie and set to stitching.  It took the whole movie to finish!  But I love the results!


Because of the scale of the image, I kept  the rest of the card and embellishments very minimalistic.

This is the pierced image I used .....

 Normally I wouldn't share stamps or digis here because these things are copyrighted and for sale, but since this is a free download for anyone's use I am including it.  You can find this image and many more here, where I found this one.

Copics used.....



What little papers you see are MME.

This week's prize sponsor is Adam's Acres .....

Why don't you play along for your chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate.  You can link up on the Made Especially For You blog and you can check out what the rest of the design team created while you are at it!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo





Corn Maze - Let's Get Sketchy - CTMH

Hi there!

Can you believe May is drawing to a close?  The count down for the end of the school year as there is less than a month left,  I am looking forward to taking lots of summer photos to keep me in stock for months to come!

I want to share a layout I created with this pretty sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.....


And here is my take on it....

i decided to scrap this fall photo of my little guy taken a few years ago.  i used my tim holtz die to make some leaves and added ink and crinkled them for texture.  all of these papers are from ctmh as are the wooden embellishments
here are some close up shots.....
ctmh wooden bird with kaisercraft bling for his eye

ctmh wood dragonfly, kaisercraft bling and a bobunny chipboard flourish

ctmh wood flower and bobunny bling
Why don't you pop on over to Let's Get Sketchy and see what the rest of the design team has come up with, you will definitely not be disappointed!  And better yet, why don't you play along with us!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Campfire Nights

Hi all!

I have a quick share today (because I have to run and do some yard work) .  Yesterday, I squeezed in a layout in between errands, spending time with the hubs after his trip and entertaining friends.  Somehow I love it even more when I can create a little at a time while still living my life! hehe  Leaving a project on the go and working on it a few minutes here and there is a great way to multi task.

Any, I used this sketch from The Paper Variety.....
Sometimes I prefer other types of challenges, but this sketch challenge really spoke to me.

This is what I created....
 I seem to be on a bit of a red kick lately.  This time I even hauled out my red paint and added it around the edges of my layout.  These papers are older one from MME.
 I know it is hard to tell but there is also a hint of brown paint on top of the red paint.  I had so much fun with my paints.
 I didn't have any embellies for this paper pack, which means I get to treasure hunt form my stash!  This sticker and button are left overs from October Afternoon's Farmhouse collection.

Thank you for visiting!

Laura
xoxo

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Birthday cubed

Hi there!

I needed a few birthday cards so when my friend Victoria was over to scrap last night, I whipped these up.

First up, I played along with Unscripted Sketches....


And this is my take, using some Fancy Pants fall papers....


Next up is this one from Mojo Monday.....


And this is my take , using some Authentique papers and some Fancy pants embellies with CTMH alphas......


And this next one  is from  Freshly Made Sketches .....

And this is my take using Authentique and a sweet swirly die from Memory Box that arrived in my mail box yesterday!

I also made one more, but I cannot share it right now, watch for it in an upcoming blog hop!

Thanks for visiting!  i love it when you do!
Laura
xoxo


Friday, May 25, 2012

Hello cupcake!

Hi there!

I have a couple of cards to share today.  Last night I did a big clean and reorganization of my scrappy stuff and I just couldn't walk away without creating a couple of cards.  I had two sketches on my desk so I played along with some challenges.

First up is a card using this sketch from Sketchbook Saturday.......


I combined it with The Paper Players challenge to keep it clean and simple and use polka dots.  So no inking or distressing and not a lot of fuss, and polka dots are super fun!  This is my take......

The papers are by Teresa Collins, the little '21' is October Afternoon.

Next I used this sketch from Card Patterns, and combined it with Pile it On's challenge to use 3 patterns and mix your scales (isn't this sketch perfect for that).


And this is my take, using some more Teresa Collins goodies...


I can't wait to play some more with my newly organized stuff, i have a very busy day but a friend is coming over to scarp tonight!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo