Friday, September 30, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hey there!

It's Friday, woo hoo!  That means I have a sketch to share with you!



I hope you get some time to create this weekend.  I am heading north so I am 
debating what crafty things I should pack to play with!

Thanks for popping by.
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday

Hello blog friends!


For today's tutorial, I am going to start a series of how-to's about make small gift items that would be perfect for hostess gifts or teachers gits, etc.  since we are approaching Thanksgiving and other big entertaining holidays.

Today I will show you an embellished candle that I created, along with a coordinating gift card.

First off, choose the product you would like to work with.  I have a selection of papers from MME's 'Mischievous" line and some American Crafts embellishments from the 'Night Fall' line.  Both of these collections are currently available at ScrapMuch?.
 Then I choose a punch and a leaf die to use, this is one of my favourite punches and I knew I wanted to add leaves to go with my fall theme.  You can cut leaves with punches, a die cutting machine like the Cricut or by hand, as well.
 And here is a look at the main pieces for my embellished candle.
 Next, I ran the leaves through my sewing machine to add some texture and mock veining right down the centre.  I snipped off the extra thread, but I did leave some short tails as I liked the distressed, not quite perfect look it gave as well as a bit of texture.
 And then I inked all of the piece with a Tim  Holtz's Distress Ink, I also added a bit of charcoal chalk ink along the very edges of my pieces to give them a little more definition.  This is a good tip, if you are using papers together that do not have a lot of contrast to each other.
 Now when I attached the collar to the candle I knew I wanted it to be really secure to last throughout the holiday season, so I chose to adhere the papers together with Glassy Accents.
Then I used Terrifically Tacky Tape to adhere  one end of the collar to the other end (you could also use Score Tape of any other really strong adhesive).

Do not adhere anything directly to the candle if you or your recipient plan to use the candle at any time.  You want to be able to slide the collar off for safety purposes, before lighting the candle.


 Next, I layered the leaves in a pleasing manner and stapled them together.  This is a quick way to make sure your layers stay how you intended, don't worry we will hide the staple!  Some strategic bending and crumpling of the leaves, gives them some texture.  Adhere these to your collar with Glossy Accents.
 A little piece of twill, stapled to keep it folded and glued on top of the leaves.
 Next I added one of the little fan-fold flowers.  And even though these have a pop dot already on the back of them I always add a little Glossy Accents to them if I am creating something for display purposes that could get handled.  We want our beautiful creations to last, right?
 Here is a look at my completed embellished candle.  Perfect as is for a Halloween or fall decor element or gift.
 However, I decided mine would more likely be a Thanksgiving decor element, so I covered up the little 'Halloween" sentiment wit a button.
 A couple of close - ups for you.

 And now on to the little gift card, I used all of the same basic elements to create this little  3"x3" card.



Thank you for stopping by today to see whatI am up to!!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sweet!

hello all!

It is super SWEET, that my little fox card was featured on the Create blog, in today's post.  They featured 23 adorable cards in all.  You can head on over to the blog to check them out.

thanks for popping by,
Laura

Sketch-y Friday

Hi blog friends!

Another quick week!  As we are all settling into our back to school routines, time seems to fly by, Thanksgiving will be upon us before we know it!

Here is today's sketch!



Thank you for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Laura
xoxo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cotton Candy! - American Crafts

Hi there!

Just popping in quick to share a fun and vibrant layout I did, depicting Timmy's love for cotton candy.

now that is a big puff of cotton candy!



 I also made these little note cards, so I can pop a love note into his back pack every once in a while!


Thanks for visiting my blog today!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Chris!

Hello blog friends!

My eldest son is turning 22 today, yikes!  Here is the card that I made for him......


While I was making that card, I decided to scrap his 20th birthday (I'm okay with being "behind",  I don't scrap chronologically, I scrap was suits my mood and my supplies.  Anyway, here is the layout.....

Chris is always the comedian, and his little brother is always willing to help blow out the candles!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRIS!  I hope you have a great day!

Thanks for popping by today!
Laura
xoxo

Tips and Techniques Wednesday

Hello all!

I have a stamping technique for you today, called block stamping.  It is a quick and easy way to create a funky background for your projects.   Watch the video to see the 'how to'.....



And here are a few close up photos of the card that I created in the video.......


you'll notice that I went back and added some inking around the stamped background and just a hint of MME patterned paper




Let me know if there are any techniques you would like to see featured here, by leaving a comment on this post..

Thanks for visiting the blog today!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Foxy! - Card

Hi there!

I decided to play along with this week's challenge over on the Create blog.  The challenge is to use a fox on a card.  It can be a sticker, paper, die cut  ... whatever, as long as it has a fox on it of some sort.  Well I have been hanging on to this little fox for just the right occasion.  and when I created this card, I knew exactly who it was going to be for.   If you think it might be you, act surprised when you get it!


Thanks for popping by my blog today, have a great one!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

hello!

Another Friday is upon us!  Hopefully your weekend brings with it some time to play.  Here is a sketch for you....

enjoy, and thanks for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday

Hello blog friends and happy Wednesday!

I have a quick little tip for you today.  While crafting the other day, I ran into a bit of a problem, the ribbon that I wanted to use didn't "match" my project.   I was working with off-white, black and a yellow-y gold and my ribbon was more of a 'true' white with black.


I pulled out a yellow-y gold Copic and coloured right over the entire ribbon.


can you see the difference, the right side has been coloured

this is the project that I was working on, it is from last week's tutorial

Then I thought, hey I can make any colour of ribbon that I want, simply by starting with a white ribbon and colouring it with the colour of Copic that I want.


be sure to use the larger chisel end of your mark to colour fabric.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A little more sewing

Hi all!

I'm starting to think it's just me, but I have been having a hard time finding just the right case to store my sunglasses in.  The cases that I see in stores do not seem to be large enough to hold the bigger style of sunglasses that I wear.  Do you have this problem?

Anyhow, I end up throwing my sunglasses into my purse where the get jostled and scratched.  So after buying new sunglasses the other day, I went home and made a case for them.

Check it out.

 I used a scrap of fabric I had left over from another project.  I love toile!
 I lined the inside with felt, and put plastic between the layers to give it some rigidity to stand up to being thrown into my purse.
A little ricrac on the outside!  I had to hand stitch the one outer seem as it was too thick to go through my machine, which I learned by breaking a needle!  But I think it will be fine and I can't wait to use it!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A little sewing project

Hello blog friends,

The other day I set about to sew a window covering for my bathroom, which I did and I think I like how it turned out, but I don't have the hardware to hang it yet so I can't share that.

But I also made this little denim valance for Timmy's room, which did get hung and so I can share it with you.......




I really like how they turned out.  It is my first time with box pleats and I love them!  I just had to make things up as I went along as I do not know how to work from a pattern.  My Mom is a sewing genius, she can make anything.  I wish I was more like her!

Oh, and as an aside.... isn't that sign hanging over Timmy's window awesome?  We found it on a day trip shortly after we adopted him, it had to come home with us!  It has been hanging in his room(s) ever since.

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, September 09, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Happy Friday bloggers!


Well, our first week of school is over and everyone seems to be back into the swing of things.  Fall is just around the corner, bringing with it beautiful colours and a plethora of photo opps!  That said, I have a sketch for you to play with.....

... enjoy and happy scrapping!

Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

Hello blog friends!

Thank you for stopping by today, as you know it is Wednesday and that means I have a fun technique to share with you!

Since my little guy headed off to Grade 3 yesterday, I thought I'd spend some of my day making him some little back to school goodies.  Which resulted in you getting 3 little tutorials!

First up, I made a pencil topper, I used a similar technique to this one for the pennant flags, but I wanted to make it non-permanent.

 I started with a 1 3/4 " by 6" strip of paper.
 Then I folded it in half, careful not to crease the edge, and snipped the end to create my flag.  Then I inked all of the edges.
 Next, I stapled it around my pencil.  Here is a little tip for you, especially if you have young children..... put the open edge of the staple towards the front so you can cover it with your embellishments and thus avoiding sharp edges that can cut little hands.

Add a few embellishments, like your child's initials and voila! I used a really strong liquid glue to adhere all of the embellishments including the Thickers, to ensure they stay stuck!

Next up, I created this fun little note pad.......

 I knew my little pad would measure 4" x 4 3/4" , as that is the size of the patterned paper piece that I wanted to use for the front.  So I cut a piece of chipboard and some blank paper down to this measurement.
 Next, i layered my cover page, blank pages and chipboard backer up and stapled them together.  As you can see I used my Tim Hotlz Tiny Attacher, it did not work as I had too many layers.  I ended up pulling out a standard stapler to finish the job ;)


 I added a few embellishments and it was done! Super easy!

Last up, I created a book mark, as I hope he will enjoy reading this year.

 Start with a 4" x 4"  piece of paper of your choice, either cardstock or cardstock wight patterned paper is fine.
 On the back mark the centre point on each side and along the top.  I used a whit pen so you can see it better.






Next, punch a border along the bottom edge.
 Score the top left and right corners using the marks as guidelines.  (Tip - when scoring, have your front side facing down) And then fold along your score lines.







 To secure the back and decorate the front I cut a 3 3/4" square into 4 triangles and used one one the back and one of the front.  Again, with items that will see use, I prefer a liquid adhesive such as Glassy Accents.


I used paperclips to hold the triangles to the front and back for a minute while the glue set.






 Embellish the front as desired, I used a little bookworm I had coloured with my Copics several months ago.  It found it's way onto my desk last week while I was cleaning up and it seemed appropriate for this project.
 These little dot alphas got some liquid glue both underneath and on top.








And here it is put into action!


And here is all of the items together.


It occurs to me that these would make fun crafts for kids, especially at birthday parties or sleepovers.  It would be really easy for them if you pre-cut all of the basic pieces and then let them go to town with embellishments to personalize them

Have a scrappy day!
Laura
xoxo