Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Embossing Resist Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I thought I would share a little embossing resist tutorial with you today, which I am sharing on the Scrapmuch? blog.  You will need Versamark, clear embossing powder, a heat gun, and a couple of contrasting colours of mist.

I have created a card with this technique, but it would also be great on the background of a layout.



Start by stamping and embossing an image onto your base, heat set the embossing powder.


Now spray a little mist onto a craft mat (or a piece of recycled plastic - I try to reuse all my crafty garbage at least once before I toss it)  you will want a little puddle of each, you do not need a lot.


Using a baby wipe or a foam brush rub a little of the deepest colour across your embossed image, going a little wider than the image in all directions.  

 
Give the image a little clean up with a baby wipe to make the embossed area more visible.  The embossing gives you some working time.

 
Repeat the last two steps for each colour you choose to use.

 
After a final wipe, I used the tube / paint stamping technique from last week to put a ring around the age of the recipient of this card to play up on the image.  Then I mounted my base onto a card front and stamped a birthday sentiment.


I think I will give this a try on a layout, I think it could be a fun way to highlight some random stamping.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Breathe, and an admission - Evalicious

Hi there!

I am up on the Evalicious blog today with a new project!  I had so much fun creating this page, it turned out a little different than I had anticipated but I love it more this way.  Originally my idea was to lay the elements out in a more linear fashion, but I ran out of room (that always happens to me) so I clustered up my journaling tags a bit more and it feels much more me this way.


I started by choosing a colourful array of journalling tags and pulled other elements in from my stash in the same scheme.  I wanted to keep some of the elements quiet to have my story as the focal point, so I used vellum as well.


I stamped some journal tags with one of the the Label It stamps, and trimmed them all out with scissors.


I used labels from the Love you Lots Snipsnip sheet, and the Real Life Snipsnip sheet and added the details of the day in snippets on all of these tags.


Then I set about embellishing, using some of Miscellany V1 and V2 puffy stickers... I just love these!  And some School's In V3 badge buttons, as well as some Vintage Maps flair.

 
And let's not forget this darling clip!

Now are you ready for my admission?  I totally thought the background paper was polka dots until I was finished! ha! What a nut!  Anyway, I love the colours, so it stays.  Don't focus and pretend you see polka dots too!

Thanks for visiting!  And don't forget to pop by the Evalicious blog to see what the rest of the team is up to!

Little Bronco - The Doodle Garden

Hi friends!

I am sharing a project for The Doodle Garden today!  I used LITTLE BRONCO, he is just darling!  I created a Sheriff's badge shaped card, I thought it was just a perfect perch for this little cutie!


You can find this LITTLE BRONCO here, in The Doodle Garden Store.  Don't forget to check in at The Doodle Garden blog to keep up to date with all of our goings on and to see what the rest of the team is creating!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Little Farmer - Let's Get Sketchy - My Mind's Eye

Hi friends!

I have a new page to share with you, this one was created for Let's Get Sketchy, sadly this is my last DT layout for the team, I am finding it a challenge to keep up with all of my DT work and commenting and still stay on top of homeschooling.  I will however, still be working with Brenshevia on the magazine, so I least I still get to keep up with all of my LGS scrappy peeps!


I love wood grained papers and this one just seemed so fitting for this page, along with a chicken wire mask and my little die cut cow, it rounds out the farm theme quite nicely.  This layout is almost 100% My Mind's Eye, with the exception of the cardstock and paint.

This week's sketch was created by Brenshevia.


I hope you pop on over to Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the team created and join in on the challenge!

I am also linking this page up for The Memory Nest's Crafty Creations call. 


Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sketch-y Friday

Hi there!

I have a brand new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog, I hope you will join in on the fun!



You can pop on over there to see a sample layout and get all the info you need to play along and link up your page!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The technique without a name - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a new tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today.  I do not even know what to call this one, but it incorporates stamping, paint, randomness and recycling.  It is easy enough for the  kiddies to do, too.  So it has to be good, right!


So grab yourself some paint (any colour is fine), waxed paper to make for a nice flat palette with easy clean up, and a paper towel tube. 

Please do not use toilet paper tubes, especially if you are crafting with children.  I know I am a germiphobe, but  have you ever seen a video about how far the toilet splashes as it flushes.... there is no surface in your bathroom that is safe.  So please recycle those tubes, but do not reuse them.


Next decide what you want to use for your background, I decided on plain off-white cardstock.

Then I just started stamping, I used a fairly regular pattern, but random stamping would work fine too.


After my paint stamping dried I used my creation for a card background, I think it turned out pretty cute.

Can you imagine using this technique on a scrapbook page background, kind of the way you would use a mask.  I think it would be incredible, and quick and easy!

Next week I am showing you how I incorporate this technique with another, you won't want to miss it it is fabulous!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stuck?! Sektches Update

Hi there!

There is so much going on over on the Stuck?! Sketches site, you will definitely want to pop on over and check it out!


And while you are at it stick around and play along with our sketch challenges for April!







We have some really fabulous sponsors!







Have a great day!

Billy Bubble Bunny is ready for Easter - The Doodle Garden

Hi friends!

I am sharing a project for The Doodle Garden today! I actually created this  as part of my DT application, but I decided to share it as it is a cute Easter-y creation!



I couldn't resist turning this sweet little guy into an Easter gift that could sit on display during the season.

You can find this furry friend here, in The Doodle Garden Store.  Don't forget to check in at The Doodle Garden blog to keep up to date with all of our goings on and to see what the rest of the team is creating!

You still have about a week to play along with our current challenge, You can find all of the details here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Silly and Sweet - Boys Rule - Authentique - October Afternoon

Hi there!

I have a new project up on the Boys Rule blog today, I have mixed some of the October Afternoon and Authentique papers from the kit, along with some stickers, die cuts and the super fun wooden cogs.


This photo is my oldest and youngest, even with about 14 years between them they manage to have some super fun and silly times together.



I love that this kit had some fantastic elements for scrapping the everyday. 


I adore a wood-grained background, how about you?


And I cannot get enough of this flair!

Thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to check in at Boys Rule to see what Laura-Lee and Lynn are up to.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Free Silhouette Cut File - Spring Icons - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing this freebie Silhouette cut file that I created,  with my friends over on the ScrapMuch? blog, it is a sort of compilation of all things Spring.

I hope you enjoy it, click on the image to be taken to my download page.

https://app.box.com/s/sgqa6xxcdktu9dsfm4mv

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a brand new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog, I hope you will join in on the fun!



You can pop on over there to see a sample layout and get all the info you need to play along and link up your page!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frosted and Embossed Acrylic - Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I ran across this tutorial online and knew I just had to give it a whirl, it is so fun and easy - you will love it!  It also involves a bit of recycling so with earth day coming up next week it is perfect timing, too!

 I am using an old American Crafts pop dot package, I always keep these as they can be using for so many things.

 First you want to separate the front and back.  I will put the front away for the next time I want to mix a bit of white paint with mist to make a custom colour, it make a great palette.

 Trim the edges off of the back piece so that you have a nice flat piece of acrylic.

 Now pop that nice flat piece of acrylic into your Cuttlebug or other embosser, and run it through. I am working with a large polka dot embossing folder.

 How cute is this, it embossed like a charm!

Next, I sanded it with an emery board, you could also use fine grit sandpaper.  I just didn't have any handy. (Read, I was too lazy to go to the garage and look for some.)  This photo shows the subtle difference between the non sanded dots on the left and the sanded dots on the right.

Here is a little close up shot of how the embossed acrylic looks on my projects.

 This is my finished project, a birthday card for a sweet friend!

Thank you for joining me today!  This tutorial was created for my friends at  ScrapMuch?.  You should pop on over to their blog and have a look around, there is something going on over there pretty much daily!

Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little chicks all in a Row - The Doodle Garden

Hi friends!

I am sharing a card for The Doodle Garden today! I am still having fun creating lots of Eastery things!



I had so much fun turning these triplets into a Trip-tic style card. You can find these sweet chicks here, in The Doodle Garden Store.  Don't forget to check in at The Doodle Garden blog to keep up to date with all of our goings on and to see what the rest of the team is creating!  And don't forget to play along with our current challenge, You can find all of the details here.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

pool fun - Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

It is time for a brand new challenges over at Stuck?! Sketches

I think I am truly ready for nice weather, lately I have been scrapping a lot of summer pages!  Here is what I created with the mid month sketch.

I have mixed up My Mind's Eye and Amy Tangerine again, they just seem to work for me.  Yellow is my happy colour and even though I have used it sparingly, it is repeated around the page. Do you see all those rubons?  They are so old, I must have had them for over 5 years, they are from tinkering Ink!  Long before my newly rekindled love for rubons. My title was cut with my Silhouette, but is my own handwriting, love that I can do that!

The laser cut rings are from Creative Embellishments and I just love them, the flair is from Buttons and Badges.

Some ink and a Tim Hotlz mask as well as a bit of bright sunny yellow Mr. Huey's on the background.  

Here is the sketch.....


We have 2 generous sponsors for this sketch....

Both Let's Capture Our Memories and ScrapMatts are generously offering prizes for this challenge.



Thank you for visiting, I hope you join in o the fun at Stuck?! Sketches!

Laura
xoxo