Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Flowers everywhere

Good morning!
I LOVE making flowers....I can create them to suit whatever project I am working on!
The dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs really makes it fun and easy to do!


I created this bright and fun layout of our trip to the Florida aquarium using the Graphic 45 papers, Creative Embellishments chipboard and lots of awesome dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

I started by layering the fabulous papers, then embossed the chipboard, then I started die cutting!


I die cut many circles using the 2 3/4" die from the Stitched Circles die set.   




I then die cut 10 2" hexagons using the stitched hexagons die set.

I inked the edges of all the die cuts using the foggy night ink pad from Prima

I adhered everything together and to add dimension and visual interest I pop dotted a few shapes.


 I created many flowers in coordinating colors and varying sizes and shapes using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies.
They are Small Flower setBig Flower Set, Large Flower Set, and Bunch of Flowers 3.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Laura

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Believe in Yourself - Southern Ridge Trading Company and Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning!
I have another layout to share with you today



This handsome guy is our oldest who graduated high school last year!




I embossed the chipboard Star Wreath with red and black then cut a section off and used it in the bottom corner.





I also heat embossed the title piece 'Believe in yourself' with red and black embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by
Laura


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Family Documented - Southern Ridge Trading Company


Good morning!
Man, it feels good to be creative again!

I had a lot of fun creating this layout using Southern Ridge chipboard and some beautiful papers from Blue Fern Studios


I started by trimming, inking then layering various papers from Blue Fern that I had in my stash



I altered the chipboard Mina Butterfly Trellis and the Vintage Border by painting it blue with Prima paint, letting it dry then applying a layer of Folk Art crackle medium, allowing to dry then added a top coat of folk art brown paint...the crackles look very cool




I added some inked flowers and beads to add visual interest.  I did not have any brown flowers so I changed the color with some Lindy's mist.  I also used a Prima mold with hot glue then painted it blue and added some brown mist.

I am also entering this in the paper issues 'I mist you' challenge

Thanks for stopping by,
Laura

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Winter Fun!

Good morning!
Life has gotten a little slower here and I feel like I can start to create again!

Today I am sharing a wintry fun layout I did for Southern Ridge Trading Company and using the Scrap Shotz December Kit.


I started by trimming then layering my papers then die cutting many circle using the stitched circles die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I inked all the outside edges of my papers using the lawn fawn white ink


To enhance the snow already on the patterned paper I used the Soda Fizz stencil and the white ink.



For the wonderful Snow Flourishes I inked them white, applied clear embossing powder, then while the embossing powder was still sticky I added some Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter to add some more shine!

Thanks so much for stopping by
~Laura

Saturday, January 12, 2019

F**K Cancer - Southern Ridge Trading Company

Good morning!
I am going to share a lot that was probably one of the hardest layouts I have ever made -  not because of the products or techniques but because of the subject matter

Our goal in life is for him to remain cancer free

This is my husband....

  
I used some Blue Fern Studios paper that is grungy to match the mood I was trying to set for this layout




For the F - cancer title I embossed it with black and cut out the 'U' and replaced it with a Tim Holtz skull and cross bones from my stash


I sprayed the Scroll borders with red and black mist to keep with the darker theme...
I also sprayed some flowers from my stash as well as some cheesecloth to add more grunge.


 On the side I used another scroll border, misted flower, metal gear and a fabulous Soda Fizz stencil from SWTC that I used black in with.

On the back is my journaling - it is long so I understand if you choose not to read it


In April 2018 we received the news that Jon has prostate cancer…The air was sucked out of the room….I couldn’t breathe….The world just stopped…I kept thinking “What???   He’s too young….This can not be happening” Then I looked at my husband and realized he was as scared as I was but he was being strong and he needed me to be too, so I would be.  I remember Dr. Chin telling us that it would be in Jons best interest to have the surgery.  When Jon had his biopsy done previously we talked about all the different options if it came back cancerous….neither of us wanted to risk the rest of Jon’s life and decided if surgery was an option that is what we wanted.  On November 29th 2018 he had the surgery.  We waited for a couple of hours in pre op, then came Jon’s turn to be wheeled away…..and I wasn’t strong anymore…I couldn’t hold back the tears….they ran down my face freely….I was so scared
Cody, Jon’s parents and I waited for what seemed to be an eternity before Dr. Chin came to see us.  I remember the words ‘the surgery went well and we believe we got all the cancer…Jon bled a lot but the surgery was a success and he will be ok’  Relief flooded over me…..I think I started to breathe again
After the surgery Jon was in a lot of pain….He was in post op for hours and no one would tell us anything.  Each passing minute seemed like an eternity and I was getting more and more worried.  I just wanted to see him.  Finally at around 6 pm (his surgery was at 8am) I finally got to see him…he was in so much pain….his eyes were glossy, he hurt so bad….I felt useless….I couldn’t help him.  Here is the man I love….my whole world…..in so much pain.  I have seen this man almost cut his finger off and just put a paper towel over it and wrap it up with electrical tape and keep going….hit his head so bad that he bled a lot and gave himself a concussion and keep working….have his wisdom teeth surgically removed and go to work within a few hours and he is writhing in pain….crying in pain and there is nothing I can do.  The first day was horrible, he couldn’t sleep unless I was laying next to him – in the little tiny hard bed.  The nurses were all awesome especially Emily who took wonderful care of Jon.  She was kind and caring and knew her job.  She was always on time with his pain medications, brought him warm blankets to lay on his incision and just took awesome care of him.  On Saturday she said she wanted to try something else since the morphine was not working and switched him to Toradol which worked. He was finally able to rest and begin the healing process. I slept at the hospital with him….I didn’t want to leave him and the wonderful nurses understood. On Sunday we got to go home.  I did my best to take care of him, giving him his meds, hot press for his incision, cleaning his needs, holding him, and not letting him see me cry.  He trudged through like a trooper, getting better every day.  On December 21st we received the pathology report saying he was all clear.  It was the best Christmas present we could have received!  I get to keep my husband!  His scar will serve as a reminder to not take life for granted!­

Thank you for stopping by
~Laura