Friday, November 30, 2012

Chrstmas Tags

Hello everyone!

Sorry I do not have a sketch for you today, it is winner day over at ScrapMuch? so if you played along, pop over there to see you you wone!

I do have a couple of projects to share with you though,  first up is a set of tags I created using a Memory Box stocking die and some Jillibean Soup from last Christmas ....

 A second variety using up a bunch of MFT label dies I had cut for another project and didn't use....

 Next up, is a set of tags using a Whimsie Doodles digi stamp....

 I used my 'Paint' program on my computer to colour these up really quick, then added a bit of glitter pen after they were printed.  Some die cutting and I had a quick set of tags!


Thanks for visiting today!  check back tomorrow for a new Creative Scrappers reveal, I am excited about this one!

Laura
xoxo



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Faux MistingTutorial - Boys Rule - Prima



Hi there!

I have a tutorial up on the Boy's Rule blog today and I thought I'd share it here too.

A couple of month's ago we got one of these in our Boy's Rule kit....
.... which can be used in many different ways.  I love how deep and rich the colour is and the great coverage it gives.  But with my not so recent mist adoration, I was looking to use some brown mist on a project.  But the mist I had all had glitter in them and that was not going to work with my project.

 So I came across this paint in my stash, pulled out my trusty paint brush and set to work.
Now, you may be thinking aha!  Flicking!  Yup, I thought of that, too!  But this paint is too thick to get a good result with flicking.  So yes, you can mix a little water and some paint together in a dish and flick away.  Buuuuuut, you lose some of the richness of the colour, which is not a big deal if you are working with light coloured papers,  I wasn't.

So plan B....


 Dipping the bottom of my paint brush into the paint, and dabbing it onto the paper.  Working away from where you think your focal point will be, continue to dab without re-dipping your brush.  The paint splotches will get smaller and smaller, much like mist droplets as you spray away from yourself. 
 Now re-dip and start again near your focal paint and working out, filling in some of the spaces.
 Continue until you get the desired amount of paint onto your paper.

 And this is my end result, I love it, it seems just perfect for these great distressed Prima papers from the November kit!

 And best of all clean up is as easy as wiping the end of your brush onto a baby wipe.  I really love easy clean ups!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tutorial Wednesday - It's a wrap

Hi there!

Happy hump day!  Well it's official, we are less than a month until Christmas!   Are you as excited as the kids are?  Do you have your tree up?  Typically we have waited until after my middle son's birthday on December 7th, however now that he will be turning 21 it probably doesn't really matter, though I do like to wait until December.

Have you started your shopping?  Are you a wrap as you go kind of person, or do you wait and do it all at once?  I tend to do mine in dribs and drabs, I find it easier to hide unwrapped gifts.  Wrapping when I need to reclaim some closet space.

And, wrapping is what I wanted to share with you today.  I had a small gift to wrap, and didn't want to haul out all of my wrapping stuff (I'm so lazy, it's only under the bed!)  so I put some scrappy stuff to work....

 The red paper is a sheet of 12 x 12 scrappy paper that I bought in a kit... I got way too much of it and don't love it as it is flimsy.  But that makes it perfect for wrapping gifts!
 Some scraps from last years Jillibean Soup Christmas line were used to die cut the flower and the banner piece.  Using my scraps this way removes any guilt I have for picking up 2 Christmas collections from this year ;)
 A dollar store doily and a few gems, 'cause they are pretty and it's a gift for a girl.
And twine, because I love it!

This was a quick and easy little project, and fun, too!  And as a result, I have decided not to guy any wrapping stuff this year!  I will use up the leftovers from last year and chip away at some of my scrappy stash!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Ouch - Boy's Rule - Prima

Hi there!



 I have had these photos (well the first one) on my scrap table for a few years now, waiting for just the right time to scrapbook them.  Then I opened this month's kit and knew right away, it was finally time to document this story.  That giant turquoise 'ouch' says it all!  And it matches with my son's hospital gown!  (That's a scrappy bright side to your child needing surgery!)  In this photo my son was 16 and was having a metal bar (shown in the lower photo) inserted into his chest.  The bar was as wide as his chest and the surgery was a long 7 hours, and his recovery a painful few months.
I love that the gears sort of speak to the inner workings o a body.  And the stickers are just perfect  - whoops I can see that I accidentally grabbed the 'congrats' sticker instead of the 'courage' I will have to fix that before this makes it into an album!
I doodled around these large circles to help them stand out a bit.
This is a photo of the bar that was inserted into his chest, though this photo was taken 3 years later after it was removed
The perfect chipboard title!

Thanks for visiting e, you know I love it when you do!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, November 26, 2012

Shaped Card - Made Especially for You

Hi 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 is any shape but a square or a rectangle.  This week's sponsor is "Meljen's Designs" who is generously donating 4 digis to the winner. 

This is my card....

 I chose to make this stocking card using my Cricut and Cuttlebug, it was lots of fun and reminded me I do not use my Cricut enough!

 Of course, I had to add some fun embellishments!
 I also did some dry embossing.


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

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Birthday - Prima

Hi thee!

I needed a masculine birthday card for an event I attended on Friday night,   which turned out to be very timely as I still had a few bits of this month's Boy's Rule kit left on my desk and Little Red Wagon is challenging us this week to make masculine cards!

This is what I came up with....


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Santa's 'Stache - Whimsie Doodles - MME

Hello there!


  I have a new project up on the Whimsie Doodles blog today.   When I saw this super cute image, I couldn't resist,  it would make fabulous Christmas cards, but as it is still November or Movember for those of us raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer, I thought this digi would work just as wonderfully for that, too!



 The sentiment was created in my Word program.

The Copic colours used to colour this image.

You can find this sweetie and more great digis in the Whimsie Doodles Store!  And don't forget there is always some sweet inspiration going on at
the Whimsie Doodles blog so check in daily.  And while you are at it, don't forget to play along with our monthly challenge!

Thanks for visiting me today!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, November 23, 2012

Amazing Kid - Boy's Rule - Prima

Hello friends!

There is a fantastic new sketch up on the Boy's Rule blog today, create by the amazing Jenny Evans!

This is my take on  it.....

These great distressed and super boyish papers and embellies are just perfect for documenting a boy's life.  In my case, it is a photo of my youngest super proud of his Lego creation!

Here is the sketch....

 And the details....
 Super fun chipboard and metal,  you cannot get any better than this for boy embellies!

 There were some really cool stickers in the kit that work well for journalling and titles.
My journalling is sort of hidden as it blends in nicely and doesn't detract from the photo.

I hope you pop over to the Boy's Rule blog, to see what the rest of the team is creating and play along yourself!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo


Sketch-y Friday

Good morning all!

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


I know it is very different, but I love it and I hope you do too!

Play along over at ScrapMuch? for your chance to win a prize, deatils on their blgo!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tutorial - Snowman Poop mini card

Hi there!

I have  a tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today and wanted to share it here, too.

Do You recall last week I shared this sweet little Snowman Poop  project? 
Well today, I thought I would share the basic 'how to' to create the Tic Tac box cover.

I started out with a piece of double sided heavy weight patterned paper, ( this one is by MME) measuring 4.25 x 2.75 inches.
 Then I scored it at 1.75 and 2.5" (or 1.75 from each end it that is easier for you).
 Next I adhered the little pack of Tic Tacs using a liquid glue, and added the sentiment to the front of the TicTacs with regular adhesive.
 Working on the outside again, I adhered the twine to the back using washi tape, it is easy to work with, decorative and really effective for this application.
 Now back to the front, after colouring and cutting my images, I matted it onto a coordinating cardstock, then added it to the front of the project using pop dots.
The last step is to add a jingle bell before tying it all up.
This image and sentiment came from the Whimsie Doodles digi shop, they print out in sheets of 20.  For only $1.00 you get both the images and the sentiments!  If you need more than that, just colour the sheet once and photo copy it!  Don't forget you can refer to this tutorial for help with using digis, and you can colour them using the paint program on your computer if you do not like to colour.  Or better yet, get the kids to help colour!  We are sending these to school with my youngest on the last day before the holidays.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Deepest Sympathies

Hello all,

I needed a sympathy card, something I don't keep a stash of.  I struggle with these, as it is a sad time and then I have to create on the fly.

This time I wanted something very simple, so the the message is the main focus of the card.  I don't know why but there is something just 'off' about making a sympathy card really pretty.  Especially since this one is for a male friend.

 I chose this colour palette as it felt soothing to me.
 The sentiment was printed on my computer.
The image is an embossed CTMH stamp with CTMH embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, November 19, 2012

So Bright - Boy's Rule - Prima

Hi there!

I have a project up on the Boy's Rule blog today using the fabulous November kit.  I really enjoyed this kit, the rich colours and distressed look are great for creating fabulous boy pages.


 This time I paired the kit with light grey cardstock, I like the way these muted colour pop a little more on it.  I decided to scrap this photo I snapped of my youngest for no reason other than he is handsome!   He has such big bright eyes and he is so clever, and I like that the light bulbs speaks to this.
 My jounralling is just a little message to him, and then is clustered with some embellies to create a separate and secondary focal point on the layout.
 A few paint splotches, using some brown Adirondack paint that was in a kit from a few months back.
 I am totally loving the metal in this month's kit.
 And the variety of alpha stickers with are perfect for creating titles.
As a final touch I added a bit of hand stitching.

Why don't you pop by the  Boy's Rule blog, to see what the other DT members are creating, there is always lots going on over there!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo