Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cool Dude! - Boys Rule - Fancy Pants, Little Yellow Bicycle,

Hi there!

This is my last post for my first month on the Boy's Rule Design Team, and I have to say I had a lot of fun here this month!

I had a few bits and pieces left from my July kit and decided to create this boyish birthday card.....



I had so much fun with this month's kit and I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates with the August kit.

Thanks for visiting Boy's Rule!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, July 30, 2012

Paradise - Let's Get Sketchy

Hi there!

Happy Monday to You!  Let's Get Sketchy  has a new challenge up on the blog today!  This week we are doing something a little different and challenging you to use white, plus a bright colour, plus flowers. This is my take on it....

 You can see i chose to use kraft instead of white (any neutral will do, really).

 And here are a few close up shots....
 
 
 
 Now it's your turn, pop on over to Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the designed 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

You Compute Me - Mde Especailly For You

Hi there,

 Today's challenge is up on the Made Especially for You blog, and here is my take on it....
And here are a couple of close up shots.....

 Can you guess what this week's challenge is?  Well, for this week we are challenging to use this colour combo.... .

The sponsor is the Cutting Cafe - http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/, who is graciously giving the winner their choice of three sets of images !

Thanks for visiting and I hope 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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Toes in the Sand - Boy's Rule - Fancy Pants, Little Yellow Bicycle,

Hi there!

The Boy's Rule blog, has a guest designer this month.   Julie Bonner created this sketch for the blog.  Well it looked like so much fun that I decided to give it a whirl.  In case you missed it, here is the sketch....
 And here is my take on this fab sketch.....
 As you can see, July's kit was just perfect for some pictures of my little guy playing on the beach this past winter, in Cuba.  And one of the little banner phrases makes for a perfect title.  I love how easily adaptable this sketch was to a landscape photo.  And I could add some embellies and whatnot to make it my own!




 For a chance to win a prize for using this fabulous sketch, link your take back to the original post HERE. You have until July 30th to enter in the random drawing!! 

Thanks for visiting!

Laura
xoxo



Friday, July 27, 2012

Smooch Mist Tutorial - Boy's Rule

Hello again!

This is my second post today, I am sharing a tutorial over on the Boy's Rule blog today and I wanted to share it here too.

This month's kit from Boy's Rule came with Smooch's mist in it, in great red and yellow colours..  And while I have played with a couple of brands of mist, I have never used this particular brand.  That got me to thinking... maybe you haven't either... so I thought I would share a bit of a how to with you.

Some mists have glitter in them, some are more matte with no shine and this particular brand seems more metallic to me.  Which is fab for those of us that scrapbook boys a lot,  some masculine layouts don't really pull off the glittery look well.

 First, I will show the different looks you can achieve simply by holding your mist bottle closer to your paper or a little farther away.  At only a couple inches away from your paper the mist concentrates it's spray saturating the area.
 By pulling the mist away from the page a few more inches you achieve a more spattered look.  This holds true if you pull the mist even farther away, you will get more sparse spatter.  Though this can be a little messy, so you may want to do what I do and keep a cardboard box on hand to use as a spray booth.
I also like to use a paint brush with my mists.  Using a flicking technique gives me a little more control over where the mist actually lands on my page.  And if I am very careful I can add mist to a completed page using this technique.  Good to know when you forget to mist first!

 This flicking technique give you larger spatter spots and you can control how much spatter you end up with a little better.
 
 Smooch mists cover chipboard really well too.  Even the brown style of chipboard, which can be hard to cover.
  
 If your chipboard has a shiny surface, you will want to give it a light sand with and emery board to remove the sheen and allow the mist to soak in and dry.

 What else can you mist?  How about paper flowers, to give then a custom colour?

 You can add a little.
 Or a lot.
Smooch mist gives  a nice even coat of colour for a beautiful finished product.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and give some mists a try!  If you have any questions leave me a comment and  I will be happy to help out any way I can.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sketch-y Friday

Hello and Happy Friday!

I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend!  Maybe even some scrappy time???

I have a sketch to share with you (created for ScrapMuch?), in case you are looking for a jumping off point...


Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tutorial Wednesday - Easel Card

Hello there!

I have a tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today and you know I always love to share them here too!

Today we will be making an easel card.  Just a fun fold technique to jazz up your next card a little bit!  I shared this card front with you on MOnday, today you will see how to create it.

Start with a 4 x 8 inch piece of card stock and score at the centre point (4 inch) and then at the 6 inch mark.  Of course, you can create whatever size of card that suits your needs, just score the card in half and score one half in half again.

The 4 inch piece is the interior of your card, go ahead and add patterned paper as you wish.  You will see I kept my design fairly simple, using a subtle pattern ad the base so that I can write on it when I give it away.

You will need something with a bit of dimension to act as a 'holder' on the interior base of your card.  I have chosen to add a sentiment to a little die cut and pop it up using pop dots for mine. This will hold your card in the open position for display.

You get a better idea of what I mean here, I also added a couple of layered die cut flowers to mine just for fun!

You get a better idea of how your card will sit in this photograph.

Now we are going to address the front.  I am using another patterned paper to decorate the front of my card.

Just be sure to also crease / score this patterned paper so that your card sits properly.

Now you can add whatever image you desire to the front of your card.  Or even a die cut.

And don't forget to glam it up... more flowers and some bling are what I went with for my card.

Here is a side view for you.

A little close up.

And another.

And here is a full picture of my card.  It will sit flat in an envelope by unfolding the top / front of the card.
Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, July 23, 2012

First Bath - Let's Get Sketchy - My MInd's Eye

Hi there!

Happy Monday to You!  Let's Get Sketchy  has a new sketch up on the blog today!  This is my take on it....

In September of 2010 we got a new puppy, shortly after her arrival she had her first bath and our little guy couldn't help but get in on the action!

I will take any opportunity I can get to do a sweet and pretty layout, even if it has to be about the dog's  bath! lol  I used My Mind's Eye's 'Follow Your Heart" collection for this layout.  it is pretty without being too girly.
This sweet chipboard banner from this collection is adorned with a twine bow.

I adore this Maya Road burlap flower.  I really need to make a home decor item with them so i can admire it all the time!  I punched some leaves and added a chipboard polka dot hexagont o the flower to doll it up a bit.

I mixed some Thickers fonts to create my simple title.  The little wooden butterfly is from CTMH.

Here is the sketch that inspired this week's layout....

created by LGS founder Brenshevia
 Now it's your turn, pop on over to Let's Get Sketchy to see what the rest of the designed 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

Made Especially For You - Easel Card challenge

Hello,

 Today's challenge is up on the Made Especially for You blog,  for this week we are challenging you to create an easel card . The sponsor is Paper Piercing by Nikki, who is graciously giving the winner a $15 gift certificate to the store !

This is my take on the challenge.....

 I loved this free digital image when I found it, You can find it here.  Watch for an upcoming tutorial to create this card base.
 Here is a side view for you.
 I had a lot of fun adding die cut paper flowers and bling to this card.
 These are the Copic colours I used to colour my image.

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