Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Texture Paste Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there,

I wanted to share a technique here with you that I have up on the ScrapMuch? site today.  I have recently been introduced to this technique myself.  Actually, I have been aware of this technique / product for quite sometime, but have refrained from attempting it as I thought it seemed a little daunting.

Boy was I wrong, it is so fun and so simple and produces a really wonderful look.

My apologies for having the back of the product to you, but this is Martha Stewart Texture Paste and it is available at ScrapMuch?.  It is basically a water based paint with a texture medium in it. To get started you will need the paste, a mask in any style, and something to spread the paste.  I like a disposable knife for easy clean up, though palette knives work best.
Set the mask onto your page (scrapbook background or card background), make sure it is straight if that is the look you are wanting to achieve.  Spread a thing layer of paste onto the paper through the mask.  Note - you will want to go wit the flow of the mask.  In this case you would spread from side to side opposed to top to bottom.  this thin mask is more likely to buckle if you spread top to bottom, causing the paste to go underneath he mask and ruin your texture.

It is unlikely you will do the whole page, rather you will want to do a couple or few strategic spots. It is a good idea to have a rough idea of where your papers and larger elements will sit.  But you could always wing it, that is fun too!
You'll notice I have chosen to add texture to two spots on my card.

Gently lift your mask , for this mask pulling from one side to the other works best.

The mask cleans up really nicely with soap and water.  You canleave the past to dry on it's own, or help it along with a heat gun.  This speeds up the process from 24 ours to  only a few moements.

This is my finished card.  You can add colour to your textured area with distress inks and a sponge applicator, dipping  a cotton swab into your mists and rubbing it over a specified area to highlight it.  I also like to use a baby wipe to rub on some ink.  Misting it would also look great.

Here is a close up of my textured area.
There that wasn't hard at all, was it?  I had myself all worked up over nothing!  I have also used this technique on a couple of layouts and just loved it!  You can expect to see more of this from me. 

Thank you for visiting!
Laura

Monday, June 24, 2013

Celebrating Canada - Whimsie Doodles

Hi there!

It is my turn to share on the Whimsie Doodles blog today.  With Canada Day just around the corner, I decided to create this fun banner to hang for the occasion.  I love Canada Day, partly because it is a holiday, partly because I love red, partly because Canada is a great place to live and raise kids, and partly because it is my birthday!






These digis are part of a larger set Melyssa created for this month, they are super fun and so versatile!

Thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to check in on the Whimsie Doodles blog  to see what the rest of the DT is up to!

Laura
xoxo

Fun in the Sun - Let's Get Sketchy - Fancy Pants

 Hi there!

Happy Monday!  I have a layout to share today for my bi-weekly Let's Get Sketchy reveal.

 I am scrapping more cruise photos, although these pictures were actually taken in Florida just before we boarded the ship. Still madly in love with this line by Fancy Pants.


 I added 3 little banners to the top left side of my layout, where the sketch suggests 3 elements.
 I moved my title a bit in order to use this fun tag as my title.
 I also used these 3 flags in lieu of the journalling strips the sketch suggests.
 I created this little tag embellishment with a FP rub on and a circle punch.

And here is the sketch for this week, created by team member Bev Code.


Now it's your turn, pop on over to the Let's Get Sketchy blog to see what the rest of the 'Team B'  DT created and link up your take on the sketch for your chance at this month's prize!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, June 21, 2013

Button Up - Boys Rule Challenge

Hi there!

There is a new Extreme Challenge up on the Boys Rule blog.  This month we are challenging you to 'Button Up' your layout.  Use at least 6 buttons on your layout in a fun or unique way and link it up for your chance to win a prize from Boys Rule.

Here is mine.....


 I love the look of the buttons strung along the top of my banners.
 I used green Adirondack paint to ink the edges of the papers in this layout, I snuck in one more button here.
 A silhouette cut title with some white pen doodling.
 And a bit of stitching and one more button to wrap thing sup!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to play along with Boys Rule.

Laura
xoxo

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a couple of fun things to share today, first up the summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today is out today, and I had a layout published in it!  It is my first one published in this magazine!


You can download a free copy of the summer issue by clicking on the image above.  This is the 30th issue of this magazine and Scrapbook & Cards Today is going to be celebrating with some great prizes so be sure to check out their blog and facebook page.

This is my layout, you can find it on page 57 .....



Secondly, I have a new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog today ......


 .... you should hop over and play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Celebrate Summer - Aud Sentiments

Hi there!

 Aud Sentiments has a brand new challenge up today. We are challenging you to create a card with a summery theme   As always we have a fantastic sponsor, Stamp and Create,  offering a great prize!

The DT got to play with an image from the sponsor,    I chose this image from Stamp and Create because it reminds me of warm summer nights.  Have a look at what I created.....


 Now it's your turn. This challenge will run until Tuesday, July 2nd. 

Why don't you hop on over to the Aud Sentiments site to see what the rest of the team has created.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Altered Pen and Note Pad Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there,

I have a simple but pretty little tutorial for you today that will turn some everyday items into a sweet little gift set.

Last Saturday, I was part of a blog hop and I created this little gift basket to share for the hop.

Let's do the pen first; start with a pen with a clear barrel, a scrap of paper the length of your barrel and only and inch and a half or so long, and a skewer.
 Roll the paper around the skewer (or other narrow object).
 It should look like this.
 Take the pen apart and insert the roll of paper into the barrel.
 
 Put the pen back together.
 I didn't really do step by step photos for the note pad.  But it is also really simple.  I started with a 2.5 inch long piece of patterned paper that was as wide as my note pad.  Then I punch a decorative edge along one length.  Adhere this to the back of the pad only, wrapping it up and over the front, and then embellish as desired.
 In case you missed it on Satuday, my little altered items went into this little holder.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo


Monday, June 17, 2013

Super Teacher - Whimsie Doodles

Hello all!

Do you remember last Friday I shared a Father's Day card featuring a Whimsie Doodles 'Super Dad' image?  Well, at the time I also thought he would make a cute image to use on a male teachers' card.  and since we think our son's teacher is pretty terrific, I did just that....

Isn't he just the cutest?  I used my Silhouette to create a chalkboard base for my card and some cute paper, too.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Yesterday and Today - Inspiration Elevator

Hello there!

 If you are here for my Made Especially For You's 2 Year Blogoversary Blog Hop, please scroll down.

It is the 15th of the month and that means it is time for another fabulous Inspiration Elevator challenge!

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges on my blog by clicking here or check out our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

This month's challenge is issued by the super talented, Sue Sykes. Here's what she had to say in her very own words:

"I have all of my parents' photos stored at my place.  Shortly after I began scrapbooking,  my mom and I spent hours removing her photos from those dreadful magnetic albums and documenting dates on the back of them all.  So I will often sift through them and marvel at how much things change - and yet, they also seem to stay the same.

This month, I'd like to challenge you all to create a comparison layout or project - THEN and NOW.  It can be any topic; just document the parallels and differences between an event/person/place from the past and a modern likeness.  REMEMBER TO JOURNAL!! :)


I struggled with this one a bit.  I have really old photos in storage from my in-laws, but we have never met any of the people int he photos and both my in-laws have passed away so I am unable to attain any information about the photos.  From my side, we have a  very small family and I only have a handful of photos from my own childhood, none of which sseemed really appropriate for this challenge.  

 Can't wait to see what you all create!"

Then, the other day while I was printing out a recipe, I found a photo of my husband and I, hat was left in the scanner bed of the printer.  The photo was taken recently and it reminded me that we have recently celebrated our 26th anniversary.  so I decided that we would be the topic for this challenge.  This is the layout that I created....

I pulled a wedding photo from an old album for my 'then' photo and used this photo taken on a recent cruise as my 'now' photo.  I used my silhouette to create just about every aspect of this layout i combined papers from many manufacturers, starting with grey pp's as my grounding area and adding colours in to make things pop.

I am loving the colours I chose to work with and the pretty paper flowers.
I decided the title was too light, of course I had glued it onto my layout before I decided that.  But I coloured it in a bit with a Copic marker  and then added some glitter pen to the top of it.

The journaling reads... "Then we were young innocents, facing the world head on together.  I cannot say that we overcame all obstacles.  But right here, right now, we sure do have the together part right!"

 I hope you will stop by and see what our designers on this adventure have created:

Sue Sykes
  Lisa Moen
Christa Uttley
  Cathy Harper
 Lisa Spiegel
 Joanne Burton
 Laurel Seabrook
 Jodi Wilton
Michelle Hernandez
Ann Jobes
Laura Whitaker
 
We would also love to see you play along and link up with us over at the  Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

Thanks for visiting.
Laura
xoxo


Enjoy the Summer - Whimsie Doodles

Hi there!

If you are here for my Made Especially For You's 2 Year Blogoversary Blog Hop, please scroll down.

There is a new challenge up on the Whimsie Doodles blog today. This month we are challenging you to create a project with a summer theme.

Well, I am loving the little Garden Girl in this month's new releases and she inspired me to create a flower pot card, that will be just perfect for one of my son's teachers!

 I coloured her up with some soft colours and paired her with some Crate papers.  I created the 'clay pot' card holder on my Silhouette.

The pot is  a perfect place to stash a gift card.

Now it's your turn and we can't wait to see what you create!  Head on over to the Whimsie Doodles blog, check out the full rules and enter for your chance to win!  This challenge will close on July 13th at Midnight CST.


For June, we will have two (2) lucky winners for this challenge!   One (1) winner will be drawn at random to win a FREE Whimsie Doodles image, of their choice, from our latest release. And the second winner will join our team as a Guest Artist in August 2013!!  Make sure to check out the Monthly Challenge Details page for all the rules and specifics.  We have also made a change to the due date, you will now have until July 13th to complete and link up your entry.

Thanks for visiting!  And don't forget to pop by the Whimsie Doodles blog to join in on the challenge.

Laura
xoxo

Sea Turtle Fun - Designed to Colour - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

If you are here for my Made Especially For You's 2 Year Blogoversary Blog Hop, please scroll down.

I have my monthly Designed to Color creation to share with you today.   This month the Rainbow Crew is challenging you to create a project with a summery theme.  Fresh Brewed Designs has given the DT some sweet images to play with this month!  I couldn't resist the sweet little sea turtle, found here.  He is so sweet and reminds me of the sea turtles we recently played with in Grand Caymans.

 I created a layout to help inspire the Designed to Color readers.  I wanted to showcase this little guy with the real life turtles that inspired me to colour him up.


Medium: Copic
Underbellie: YG21, YG23, YG25
Shell: YG03, YG05, YG07
Head, Arms, Legs: YG0000, YG00, YG01, C2
Image: Fresh Brewed Designs
Paper:  Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore"
Other: Most embellies are Fancy Pants, one misc. button, Silhouette Die Cutting machine used on Sea Turtle digi and title.
Sketch:  one of my own designs I will share with you at a later date.
 I had a ton of fun creating this title with my Silhouette!

 Isn't he adorable, oh those eyes!

I love the Fancy Pants papers and embellies!

Now it's your turn, you have two weeks to play along and link up your creations over on the Designed to Color blog, for your chance at the prize! 

Thanks for visiting!

Laura
xoxo

Friday, June 14, 2013

Made Especially For You's 2 Year Blogoversary Blog Hop

Hi there!


Welcome to Made Especially For You's 2 Year Blogoversary Blog Hop! 


If you've come fromGeorgiana's blog, you're in the right place! If you just came across the hop, please start at the beginning over at Made Especially For You.

I was invited by Ashley to participate in her Anniversary hop, thank you Ashley and Happy Blogaversary!  Ashley is a crafty friend of mine, we met through a former design team.  That's the main reason I love this hobby, I get to meet so many wonderful people!

Instead of having a theme for the hop, Ashley put together a bingo board full of some of her favorite crafty things and we were to choose at least 3 of them and create a project.


 I chose Copics, a 3D project and crinkle ribbon and made this cute little pen and note pad gift set.




I had some fun with my Silhouette, creating this little 'flower pot' cut file, added a sweet digi from Whimsie Doodles and papers from MME.  Then I dolled up a pen and note pad to match.  I thought that this may make a cute little teachers gift with a gift certificate tucked in.

To coordinate with our bingo board, we have sponsors providing prizes to match each item listed on the board! 

3 Copic Markers of Winner's Choice!

AND A SECOND WINNER WILL RECEIVE...

Doodlebug Designs Polka Dot Paper Pack!
(Assorted colors - 4 6x6 sheets of each color)

10 Rolls of Washi Tape!

$5 Gift Certificate!

$20 Gift Certificate!

Winner's choice of 5 Bundles of Twine!
(10 yards of each color, over 50 colors to choose from!)

3 Pack of Stickles!

$15 Gift Certificate!

To qualify to win, you must:

1. Be a follower of Made Especially For You
2. Leave a comment on every stop of the hop
3. *Extra Entry* Become a fan of the MEFY Facebook page

Winners will be announced at Made Especially For You on Thursday June 20th.

Your next stop of the hop is Pam's blog.


Thanks so much for hopping with us! :)

Laura
xoxo