Friday, August 31, 2012

Hang in There - Whimsie Doodles and a Hop

Hi there!

I have some exciting and fun news to share!  I am now a very proud member of the Whimsie Doodles Design Team!!!!


I am super thrilled, they have the cutest little digis.  I have loved them since discovering them a few months back.  When I saw the DT call, I gathered up the courage to apply.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to get an email inviting me to be a part of this team!  (A huge thank you to Melyssa for giving me this opportunity.)

I created a card using one of the Whimsie Doodles digis, so that I would have something to share with you today.  I was thinking of my sister as I chose this digi.

 I went for a fun and funky colour combo on my toadstools, inspired by this Authentique paper.
I know it is hard to tell in this picture but the little bear has been given a mottled coat so that it looks a little more like fur. 

Here are the Copic colours that I used.  I also used my Uniball white pen and my Gelly Roller glitter pen.  The car is pretty basic as I was away at my trailer when I created it and didn't have access to all of my scrappy stuff, but I did find some inspiration in this CPS sketch, it was perfect for my limited supplies!

My first official post for Whimsie Doodles will go live on September the 4th, so be sure to check back to see what I have been creating.  There will be lots of fun things happening on the Whimsie Doodles blog too, so you will have to stay tuned there for challenges and new releases!

In honour of the new Design Team we are having a blog hop, why don't you hop around the see what the rest of the DT has been up and then visit the Whimsie Doodles blog.  Your next stop is Shannon White's blog.

Here is the list of all the DT in case you get lost along your way.

Laura Whitaker - You Are Here!

Thanks for visiting this happy gal!
Laura
xoxo

School Daze - Boys Rule - Basic Grey

Hello there!

Today is sketch day over on the Boy's Rule blog, and I wanted to share my project here too.  The kit is based around a Basic Grey paper pack called 'Clippings'.  It is a wonderful collection and Laura-Lee has paired it with some fabulous embellishments.

I loved this typewriter die cut the minute I saw it... I love antique typewriters. 
This die cut tab is fun too, I added a few brads to it and used it to document his grade  Though I see now that I made a mistake (this is his grade two picture.... ssshh, don't tell him... I will have to fix it before he notices!

These metal paper clips are super fun... i have seen anything like them, and so I really enjoyed using them.

Mixing up the alphas stickers to create a title.

Stickers + toothpicks = flags  :)
And last but not least, the fab sketch by fellow DTM Jenny.

Why don't you pop on over to the Boy's Rule blog and see what the rest of the DT has created.  Then stick around and play along for your chance to win a prize!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tutorial Wednesday - Die Storage

Hi there!

I have another quick and easy tip for you today.  In the next few weeks I will be back with more detailed tutorials, however, I am keeping it simple for now as we are busy, busy enjoying the last week of summer.

Once the kiddies return to school I will be giving my house a thorough clean and organizing - being away for a chunk of the summer has wreaked havoc on it, especially my craft room!   Grabbing things for projects to take away with us and then tossing them back in when we return - repeatedly - as we turn around and leave again, means it is a mess.

I thought I'd share my die storage with you today.  I wanted something ...

-simple, so they would get put away again
-cheap, because I would rather spend my money on papers and embellies
-portable, so I could quickly grab what I want to take to crops and our trailer

... this seems to work nicely and fall into all three categories.

 I picked up these photo magnets at our local dollar store.
 I sliced off the seal at one end only.
 then added an extra piece of cardboard to the back for stability.  A cereal box works well.
 Then simply stick the dies onto the magnetic side.
They all fit nicely into this dollar store fabric basket.

I keep a few extra photo magnets on hand just in case I buy more dies!  Oh, who am I kidding - of course I buy more dies!

Anyway, when I go to a crop, retreat or to our trailer I just grab the ones I want (or the whole basket) and I am set!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When in Cuba - Boys Rule - Basic Grey

Hi there!

It is my turn to share a project on the Boy's Rule blog today.  I created this layout of Timmy in Cuba, with this month's kit. It seems everyone in Cuba smokes cigars, even the occasional child.  Well this got Timmy to thinking that maybe he wanted to try it, unfortunately (well it was unfortunate according to him) his mom thinks otherwise... and only let him pose with an unlit cigar for this silly photo opp.


The kit is heavily laced with Basic Grey's 'Clipping's' collection, along with so many other fun embellies.  The chipboard hexagons came in many different sizes, some being solids and some not, I had a lot of fun with them over the month.  And as I mentioned in this post  you will see me use them differently here today.

 The solid hexagons got misted in two colours.
 The open hexagons were misted and then lined with a variety of patterned papers.
 To create my base page, I cut and pasted together pieces from many papers.  One of which had this great collage with the tab already on it.  I added a couple of more elements to it, for dimension.
 I used the BG sticker sheet and the Amy Tan alphas to create my title.
 Love this film strip!
Stickers, twine, journaling... oh, my!  I am loving how this page turned out!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, August 27, 2012

Water Baby - Colorful Creations Sketch - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

Today I am sharing my a bonus sketch that I created for Colorful Creations, which is a great challenge site.  They also have a blog that runs challenges .

This sketch is for a fun challenge called Twisted Blueprints.  Colorful Creations gives you a sketch to play with, but there is a twist, there are a few 'rules' to adhere to.  This week is my turn to provide the sketch, and this is what I offered.....





And for the twist, I am asking that you use mist, at least one flag and 3 of a kind (meaning three of any one embellie).  I took the time to create a layout based on the sketch and the challenge.  Check it out.....

 I used some Spellbinders dies to create this fun and wonky sort of Polaroid frame for my photo.

Thanks for joining me today and I really hope you pop on over to Colorful Creations  and check out all of the fun things going on there and maybe join in on a challenge to two!

Laura
xoxo


Eat Sleep Fish - Let's Get Sketchy - Lucky 7,

Hello all!



If you are here for my Made Especially for You post, please scroll down.
It is the start of a brand new week, and that means there is a new sketch to play with over at Let's Get Sketchy !

This is the layout I created based on this week's fabulous sketch ....

 I used some more papers from Canadian Manufacturer 'Lucky 7", I love how masculine and grungy they are.  I love using lots of layers.... this layout has 7 different patterns on it.
 I made these fun little flags which just seem so boyish and seem to go with the boating theme of this layout.  This Tim Hotlz tag pairs perfectly with this paper.
 Some Basic Grey stickers and a couple of pretty teal buttons finish off the simple cluster of embellies on this layout.


 Here is this week's super fun sketch, created by fellow LGS DT member Tabitha.


Now it's your turn, pop on over to  Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the design team has created and once you have your fill of inspiration - create a layout to play along.  Remember, by creating just two layouts each month you get your name entered into a draw to win the prize of the  month!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sweet Baby Girl - Made Especially for You

Hello there!

Today's challenge is up on the Made Especially for You blog.  For this week we are challenging you to create a card that features paper piecing!  This week's sponsor is "Paper Piecings by Nikki" who generously donated a $15.00 gift certificate for the winner.

This is my card....


 A friend of mine recently had a sweet baby girl, so I created this card for her.  I used a digital stamp and printed out the little onsies onto a few different patterned papers, then hand cut them, and finally layered them onto the printed clothes line.


 I couldn't resist adding a couple of little flowers that I crocheted.  I typed up my sentiment in Microsoft Word, changing the font on a key word adds some fun, and printed it our on cardstock.

 Now why don't you head on over to the Made Especially for You blog and see what the rest of the DT created, and stick around to play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, August 24, 2012

Waste not want not Tutorial - Boys Rule - Basic Grey

Hello there!

It is the time in the month when I post a tutorial on the Boy's Rule blog. 

Sometimes tutorials come easy, and sometimes I stew about them for a while, this month I had  a few ideas, but this one works great with this month's Boy's Rule kit, so I will keep the other ideas on the back burner for a "stewing "month!


When I was growing up we were reared with 'waste not want not' as a sort of mantra.  There was not a lot of money, certainly not for anything frivolous, and my Mom was a genius at re-using, re-cycling and re-purposing.  I remember when I was 9 or 10, her making baby clothes for my youngest sister out of the maternity clothes she wore while pregnant!  Fabulous idea!  In fact for many years she made most of our clothes, probably where I get my craftiness from!  Although, I certainly do not have her skills with a sewing machine.

Anyway, today I wanted to share with you another way to re-purpose, except of course, that this relates to scrapbooking.

This month's  Boy's Rule kit came with an entire paper pack of Basic Grey's 'Clippings' collection.  It is awesome by the way!  And with paper packs come cover pages, such as this.....

Isn't it pretty?

Well, these pieces always get me thinking.... there is so much you can do with them.  I started by cutting away the advertising bits.

Then I got to work on a layout, trimming down the cover page to a size I felt I could work with.  I love that torn, decorative bit up top... don't worry about the BG logo... we can fix that.

See it is all gone, hidden under some pretty flags.
Now how does this look?  The cover page gave me a great jumping off point for my layout, with the addition of a few more scraps of paper I have a great base for my photo of Timmy riding a bull in Cuba. 

And if you remember from this post, I created hexagons to use as masks... well I kept them after I misted over them and used one here on this layout as an extra embellie and another re-purposed item.

A few embellies, journaling and a fun title and voila, I have one more completed layout and one less thing in my trash!
Next time you sit down to create a layout or card... have a look around to see what you can re-purpose.

Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xoxo

Sketch-y Friday

Hello all!

As always, Friday means that I share a new sketch on the  ScrapMuch? blog, and you know I love to share them here too!




If you decide to play along, link it up to the ScrapMuch? blog for your chance to win a prize!  I will be sure to pop by your blog and leave you some love!  This is the last sketch for August, and the contest closes on the 28th.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I blew a little bubble, it wasn't any trouble!

Hi there!

I wanted to share a simple kids craft with you today.  We made these last week, if you still have children on summer holidays  this might just entertained them for a little while!





Let the kiddies make their very own gumball machine!  A quick trip to the dollar store and the bulk section of your grocery store and you are set!


You need one clay pot complete with base, and a rose bowl  at  a dollar each ... this is an inexpensive craft.  Then you will want croft paint... you can grab that at the dollar store too if you do not have any.  One small bottle will do at least three pots.  Typically you will want red... but I had a lot of orange on hand and didn't see any point in buying the red since the kids didn't really care.  Or if you have a lot of paint on hand you can let them customize them to match their rooms.  You also need something to adhere to the bottom of the pot base (which will be the lid) to serve as a handle.  I had some little spools on hand already so that worked out just fine.

 We did this as a rainy day activity while we were up at the trailer!  Nothing like a rainbow of gumballs to put a smile on the children's faces!
 First step, paint up the outside of both the pot and it's base.  This is my nephew, Jake working on his.

 And our Timmy working on his.
 Now glue the rose bowl to the bottom of the pot and the spool (handle) to the bottom of the base.  You will want to use E600 glue, available at Micheal's if you do not have it.

Ta da!  You can even have the kids customize the bases with some left over alpha stickers, that would be fun too!

This would make an great birthday party activity which would double as a take home gift instead of a loot bag!  The paint dries really fast on the clay so if you had the kids paint them up at the start of the party... they could scoop gumballs out of a punch bowl on their way out the door, to fill them up.  I suggest you glue everything together a day or two ahead of time and put a little painters tape around the base of the rose bowl to keep it from getting paint on it, if you do these at a party... the E6000 holds great. but takes  a little time to dry.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tutorial Wednesday - Sharpen those punches

Hi there!

I am away for our last week long trip to the trailer for this summer, before my hubby goes back to work.  I am hoping to get a few more good pictures before the summer winds down.  I know some of you have children that have already started back to school,  and some do not go back for another week and a half ..... what are you all doing with these last days of August?

I have just a really quick tutorial for you today .... being selfish with my time.... I am sure you understand :)

Are you a punch lover?  Do you notice your punches getting dull... making it harder to punch through papers, thinner ones especially?  Well there is a quick fix for that.

(sorry for the harsh shadows.... it was really super sunny in the craft room today)

 pull out the tin foil
 punch through it a few times with your dull punches

now they will punch crisply through your papers again... even the tin ones!

Thanks for joining me today!
Laura
xoxo