Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Elizabeth Crafts Designer challenge Christmas layout

Good morning!
Christmas is coming...its is only 98 days away!

To get you in the festive mood here is a layout I created for the Elizabeth Crafts designer challenge to create a project that embodies classic Christmas!

I think the classic colors of the beautiful Kaisercraft papers and the classic die cut designs really create a beautiful layout!

I die cut the border using the wonderful new die - Snowflake border.  I think it adds  a lot 

To make the photo the focal point I  die cut a circle using the largest circle from the Dashing Circles
and added the title from the kasiercraft papers

I LOVE this poinsettia and the wonderful new Elegant Christmas Tree was the perfect addition to finish off my layout!

So this months question is

What Elizabeth Craft Designs die or stamp set would you select if making a Christmas card?

Answer the question on the blog post here
and you could win a $20 gift card to the ECD store!

Thanks for stoppping by


Saturday, September 15, 2018

New design team!

I am so excited to share that I am one 
of the newest members of the 
South Ridge Trading Companies Design Team!

Check it all out here


Friday, September 14, 2018

September Scrap Shotz layout - Wild Heart

Good morning!
I am excited to share my next layout with you using the September Kit featuring the Prima Santorini collection!

 I took this photo at one of our local beaches...Ty was just staring out at the water.

The paper I chose really reminded me of the beach!

I created a couple of clusters using the fabulous flowers from the kit and add on and the chipboard also from the main kit!

Keeping with the beach feel I added some cheese cloth behind the photo

To finish I added a journaling card and chipboard heart

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ScrapShotz September layout - Love this

Good morning everyone Laura here!
I am excited to share my first layout with you using the September 2018 kit featuring the Prima Santorini collection!  This collection had fabulous colours and designs!

The papers and elements are so very romantic that I decided to create a Love themed layout of my wonderful husband and I.

I created clusters using the fabulous flowers found in the add ons and main kit

I used a doily from my stash and added lots of elements from the kit including the journaling cards, patterned papers, and tickets

I created this layout using this months challenge sketch.
Get a chance to win a gift card by sharing it with us using #sszchallenge on Instagram or sharing on our Facebook page. Check out the full details HERE. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Christmas Sleigh exploding box

Good morning! ONE of the aspects of scrapbooking and card making I love is sometimes when you get carried away with something and it's a good thing! When I began this exploding box I was going to add the sleigh as a regular die.....then I had the idea to make it 3D....then I wanted to add the ornaments and the poinsettias .... it took me a bit to figure things out but I am quite happy with the final results. Today I am sharing how I created the 3D sleigh which you can use to decorate your Christmas projects.


 To create the sleigh: 
Step 1 - Die cut 6 sleighs - 2 of your base color, 2 of the accent color, and 2 of the skate part of the sleigh you will need to use the reverse of two of the sleighs so if you are using patterned paper make sure you cut it using the opposite sides. 
Step 2 - Trim the skate part off of 2 of the die cuts and adhere to the base sleighs making sure to coordinate which is for the reverse side 
Step 3 - Trim the center part of the sleigh (you can see the embossing where to cut) and adhere to the base sleighs 
Step 4 - Using a strong cardstock cut a piece at 5 1/4 by 2 1/2 Step 5 - Score around the long edges 1/4" in from each side Step 6 - Score the shorter way at 1 1/2 from one end and 1 1/4 from other end


 Step 7 - Fold along score lines then using your double sided tape adhere to the two sides of sleigh. you are essentially creating the inside of the sleigh 
Step 8 - *Optional* cut two pieces of paper the same color as the sides of the sleigh to fit in the front and back of your sleigh. 
Step 9 - Cut a piece of cardstock at 2 1/2" x 1" and score the short side each at 1/4" fold at score lines and adhere to the skate part of the sleigh so you have something to glue down to your exploding box. (look at photo below)

Step 10 - Fill your sleigh with poinsettias - trees etc 
Step 11 - Adhere to the top of your exploding box

I also added some of the awesome new winter ornament die and the Marry Christmas from the Winter Wishes to my box and used the moda scrap Xmas vintage papers!
For the inside I die cut another one of El's wonderful poinsettia's and used more of the Xmas vintage papers cut with the 3 3/4 inch square die

 Have a wonderful day ~Laura 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Designer Challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs! Christmas Fun with Character Dies

Good morning!
This month Joset released some adorable Christmas Character Dies
that are perfect for just about any craft for the holidays!

This is my first time creating a 'card in a box' and I will say that I see many more in my future - especially with those cute dies!

I started by used kraft cardstock as my base then used the 6x6 'It's Christmas Time' paper pack for the accent papers!

 I dies cut the Santa using red and pink and black cardstock and used the 5 x 12 double sided adhesive with the Cool Diamond silk microfine glitter for the white parts.  I also used black gems for his eyes and buttons.  
I die cut the candy canes from the Hot Chocolate die and also used the double sided adhesive and glitter!

I added some Snowflakes (also using double sided adhesive and glitter) and the Merry Christmas from the Words 5 - Winter Wishes with double sided adhesive and True Red silk microfine glitter

This adorable polar bear was die cut from the soft finish 85lb white cardstock and I used gems for his eyes!

The charming little penguins were cut from scraps of paper I had and gems for eyes - they are so cute!
On each panel I created icicles by using the overspill from the hot chocolate die, glitter and double sided adhesive!

The back I covered in cardstock and left a place for us to sign and used the snowflakes and candy canes from the hot chocolate die  

 I took a photo in the sunlight just to show off the glitter!

What is really cool about these cards is they fold down and fit in a regular card envelope - so cool!

Now would you like to win?
Simply answer this question at the Elizabeth Crafts Blog and you will be entered!
This month’s challenge question is:
What of the characters from the new Joset Designs collection is your favorite?

thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Joset new release - Christmas!!!! - Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning!
Christmas is coming - 134 days to be exact!
 Joset has created some fabulously adorable and festive dies and stamps that you can check out here

Here is the layout I created

 From the new releases I used Snowflakes, Winter Ornaments and the Words 5 - Winter Wishes.  I also used the clear double sided adhesive and the cool diamond and true red silk microfine glitter from Elizabeth Craft, chipboard from Creative Embellishments and paper from Kaisercraft

I LOVE the double sided adhesive sheets - makes adding the glitter so easy! and the glitter added the perfect touch to the wonderful CE chipboard

Whats Christmas without a little glitter?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer fun with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning! 
I, like many others, buy the entire release of a paper line! Often I am left with one or two full sheets and a bunch of pieces after I have created a few projects. So what do I do? I die cut lots of shapes using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies!!!! The following project was created using a couple of sheets and scrap pieces and lots of dies and a sketch I found online at Lets Get Sketchy.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Fun with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning!
A few years ago we went to Florida and we spent some time at the beautiful Florida Aquarium.  The boys were young and had a great time!

I wanted the layout to reflect the bright and fun and happy day we had so I chose to use Graphic 45's World Fair papers!

A great way to add a lot of visual interest without a lot of embellishments  is to layer papers and die cuts!

In the corner  I used two sizes of the stitched circles and the vintage balloon race from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

I also added a layered circle at the bottom

to draw your eye to the photos I added two stitched rectangles die cuts - also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and two layered circles

To add a bit more interest I created a border of circles using the smallest stitched circle from the die

 To finish the layout I added some chipboard circles from Creative Embellishments inked with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans ink.

thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Summer Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs & Designer Challenge!

Good morning!
I love when we get new dies from ECD!!!

I used an older photo of Cody taken while he was looking through stones for shells while at Erieau Beach

 I used the wonderful new Palm Trees die and the Blackboard Alphabet dies.  I die cut the top of the trees twice for each tree then using my stylus tool I shaped them to add some dimension

and check out these super cute Tropical Florals die!

Now for the Designer Question and your chance to win:
Hop over to the ECD blog post and answer this question

What Elizabeth Craft Designs die or stamp set would you use the Blackboard Alphabet or Blackboard Numbers die sets. 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Good morning!
Every Christmas I send out homemade Christmas cards - each one is different so it usually takes me a while to get them done!
I now have two more done for this year's card list.


Card Number 1: Step 1 - Create a 5 1/4 square card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock. 
 Step 2 - Using two of the dies from the Stitched Squares die set, cut a 5 1/4 square and a 4 3/4 square from coordinating patterned papers. 
Step 3 - Using the Poinsettia die set, cut 2 of the solid large poinsettia, one lacy overlay, and one small solid, all from coordinating papers. Use the stylus from the Susan's Garden All Metal Tool set to shape the petals. Assemble the flower, layered as shown. Add a bead or gem in the center. 
Step 4 - Add five loops of gold flower to the back of the flower. 
Step 5 - Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere 2 pieces of sparkly gold ribbon to the smaller square, crossing the strips toward the upper left as shown in the photo above, so it resembles a gift box. 
Step 6 - Adhere the smaller square to the larger square. Center on card base. 
Step 7 - Adhere the poinsettia to the top left side of card. 
Step 8 - Die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from gold and white patterned cardstock and adhere to the lower right side of card. 
Tip/Optional: Back the cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape prior to die cutting for ease and speed when attaching the words to the project. (I do not normally take photos is the sunlight as it casts shadows but I really wanted to show you the glittery flower!) 


My next card uses the same poinsettia die! Changing the colors and papers totally changes the look.


Card Number 2: 
Step 1 - Create a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock. 
Step 2 - Using the Stitched Rectangles and Garden Notes - Frame It/Stitched Ovals die sets, cut a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 and a 4 x 5 1/4 rectangle, and 4 1/2, 4 and 3 1/2 ovals out of coordinating papers. Adhere the smaller rectangle onto the larger rectangle, then the three ovals onto the smaller rectangle, centered as shown. Adhere the layered card front to the card base. 
Step 3 - Using the Poinsettia die set, cut two lacy overlays from coordinating papers. Also cut one large and one small solid poinsettia from glossy red cardstock. Adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet (or wide Tape) to the front of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut a solid poinsettia and the Merry Christmas sentiment. 
Step 4 - Remove the cover sheet from the adhesive on the larger solid poinsettia and sentiment, cover the exposed adhesive with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter - taking care not to touch the adhesive while coating it. Polish the glitter into the adhesive using your fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. 
Step 5 - Assemble the poinsettia, layering the pieces as shown in the photo below. Shape the petals to add dimension. Add the flower and sentiment to the card front to complete the project. (As I said when showing the first card, I do not usually take photos is the sunlight as it casts shadows, but I really wanted to show you the glittery flower!) 

Thanks for stopping by!