Sunday, January 29, 2012

Picture Perfect - BoBunny

Hi all!

I am lucky enough to be heading off to CHA today, with the owners of ScrapMuch?, but I wanted to leave you with a little project before I take off.

This is a picture of my middle son (before the haircut) when I was choosing papers for this layout I ran across a few bits and pieces left of Mammarazzi and knew the colours would be perfect.


 Thanks for popping by!  I'll be back in a few days, but keep checking in there are a few things scheduled before I return like my February 1st reveal and another tutorial!

Laura
xoxo

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sketch-y Friday

Hello friends!

Can you believe January is drawing to a close!  Has yours flown by?  Tomorrow I am fortunate and thankful to be heading to CHA with ScrapMuch?, i cannot wait to see all the new scrappy goodness releases!  How lucky am I!

Here is your weekly sketch!

Keep popping in, even though I will be away, I will have new posts coming up on the blog.

Have a great day!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Funshine

Hi there!

I have a quick share for you today, I created this layout at a ScrapMuch? crop earlier this month, I finally got around to taking some pictures so that I can share it.

These pictures were taken poolside up north at the park where our trailer is.
 This sun was cut from a patterned paper.
 The title is created by combining a rub on and a thicker letter.
 Layering a rub on, a die cut and flowers creates a summery embellishment cluster.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - Shaped Cards

Hi there!

Shaped cards are so pretty, and I know you can buy the bases but then you don't get to really choose a colour that coordinates with your pattern paper.   So for today's tutorial I wanted to show you an easy way to make shaped cards.

As always gather your materials...

I am going to make 2 cards, one using a butterfly die and one using a label die.  They are about 4 x 4 inches.   Why not make two at once, everything is out and ready to go, if you use scraps from the same collection you even have matching papers our and ready.

For each I have chosen a cards base slightly larger than the die.
 Now run each die and card base through your die cutting machine.
 The only thing you have to make sure to do is lower the top folded edge of your card base about a 1/2 inch below the top of the die.  Like so......
 You will end up with this....
 Here is another view point for you......
 Next, cut out a full die cut the same size and shape as your card in any paper you would like.
 Adhere these to the fronts of your card bases. so the cards now look like this.
 Now embellish as desired.
 Here is a look at the other card.

 There you have it!  Quick, easy and cute!

Thanks for popping by!

Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

luv u

Hi there!

We are back from our trip and I have been spending a fair bit of time editing our photos.  Editing videos is next on my list but I am procrastinating because I am not very adept at it! lol  So instead of doing that,  I took a few photos of some layouts.... some I can't share right now, you will have to wait until February 1st for the big reveal!

But, I did want to share this layout .....


I could scrapbook this face any day of the week.  How do you feel about using pink on a boy's layout?  I really don't mind it, in fact I sometimes love it.  I think it really depends on the picture and the theme.  The colours in these papers really pick up the colours of his sweet little mouth.  The background paper with all the hearts cut out of it was left over from another project, as i was about to throw it out, an idea hit me and I saved it for this page.




Thank you for popping in to see what I have been creating!
Laura

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sketch-y Friday

Hall all!

Happy Friday, and sketch day!

Enjoy! And thanks for checking in with me!

Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - using those negative die cuts

sHello!

Happy Wednesday!  Are you ready for your tip of the week?  Today I am going to show you what to do with the piece of paper you have left after you make a die cut.

You know we all like to make die cuts to doll up our projects, with hand crank machines or the electrical ones.  Well, if you plan things right you can use the reverse or negative image as well!


This is a basic die cut image, from my Cuttlebug.
 Now, I know you know how to use these... like this on a card or other type of project.

 But what if you use the negative part as well?  Just be a little more careful with the piece of paper you are making your die cut from... taking care where to place the die before cutting.

 And then you can make something like this card, using the negative space to let the patterned paper show through.  Of course you could always use a piece of paper with even more negative images on it.
 Cute, right?  And easy too!  For every card you are making die cuts for, you can potentially make two cards.  Or better yet, for every page layout you make die cuts for, you can use the negative image along with your scraps to make a card!



This card was made for my Mom, I hope she has it by now, I mailed it off in advance as we are enjoying the sunshine (I hope) in Cuba right now!  Happy Birthday Mom!


Thank you for stopping by the blog today!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Ian! - Card

Hello all!

Today is my husband's birthday and hopefully as you are reading this we have arrived safe and sound with our children in tow, in Cuba., where we decided to celebrate his 50th.  You can't ask for a better gift than some R & R in the sunshine!

But I did want to share the cards that I made for him.....

This first one, I made while with my card making friends.  Our friend Mary taught us this technique, isn't it fun?  And perfect for this occasion!

I also made him another card.... this one was inspired from his love for fishing (and because we have been thinking about our trailer up north a lot lately).


 I thought this sentiment was fitting, too!

Happy Birthday Ian, I love you to the core.

Laura
xoxo

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Sketch and Cards - ScrapMuch?

Hi all!

I am super excited today!  Tomorrow my hubby, my three boys and myself are traveling to Cuba!  We are going to celebrate my hubby's 50th birthday there!  We also have several friends coming as well, so that will make it extra fun and extra memorable.  But the best part is, this is the first time we have managed to get all 3 of our boys away with us at the same time, since forever.... ever since we adopted out youngest, our big boys have had jobs, and school commitments that have precluded us from all going on vacation together, so this is beyond exciting!  This is also our first tropical vacation, other than Disney we haven't traveled outside of Canada, we didn't even have a honeymoon.   So this trip is very BIG for us!

Anyway.... I'm guessing you didn't stop by for my babbling!  Here is your weekly sketch.....


I also have a few cards to share.....

Once a month or so, I get together with a group of ladies to make cards.  Typically we each create 2 cards and bring the 'ingredients' for the other 4 of us to create these cards.  So at the end of the night, we all go home with 10 cards.  The best part is we are able to teach each other a tip or technique, too!

We are getting together tonight, and these are the two cards that I am sharing....


 As you can see this is a clear card, featuring spring greens and blues (are you as ready for spring as I am?) .  The front features a Spellbinder scalloped rectangle with one of the sides but straight to line up with the edge of the card.  I used PTI stamps and butterfly die as well as some random embellishments from my stash.  i don't know if you can tell but in the centre of the butterfly in the word 'dream' I traced over this with a glitter pen to add a bit of punch to it.

 This Valentine card features some Jillibean patterned paper, a CTMH key, heart and sentiment stamp, a felt flower cut with a MFT die, a canvas Spellbinders scalloped heart, a dollar store doily and an Epiphany epoxy embellishment.

I also want to share this card that I created for a previous card club get together....

 I really wanted to use pink on a holiday card.  The background pink cardstock has been embossed with a Cuttlebug snowflake folder,then I cut a piece of cork with a Spellbinder label die and then cut a Sizzix snowflake in centre.  The bling is made with my Epiphany.  Some bakers twine by MME and an American Crafts rub on sentiment (love these) wrap it all up.

Keep popping by, I have crafty stuff scheduled for you during the week I am away!

Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tips and Techniques Wednesday - Embedded Die Cut Shapes

Hello there!

Okay, I must say I don't really know what this is called, so that is what I am calling it!  lol  I learned this technique from my card making friend, Diane (thanks girl!). And it's too fun not to share.

Start out by gathering your supplies, you will need an embossing folder with a small all over pattern, a small die and a supply of papers.
 After die cutting your shapes, adhere them onto your background paper (I'm make a card in this example) and place the whole thing in the embossing folder and emboss as usual.  (Sorry about he fuzzy picture.)
 This is what you will end up with.
 Here is a little close up.  Cool eh?  It looks like it's all one sheet of paper!
 Next, for my card I adhered this whole piece to a card base and embellished it.
 Finished product.
Now, I made this card for my friend Jenn!  Happy Birthday, Jenn.  I hope you have a great day (week/month/year!).

And thank you all for popping in to see what I have been up to!
Happy Crafting!
Laura
xoxo