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. 

thanks for stopping by
~Laura

 

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!
~Laura

Friday, June 29, 2018

Kaisercraft Stargazer

Good morning!
I am back to share my third and final project using the wonderful Stargazer collection from Kaisercraft!

I knew when I saw this title I had to create a layout about me and our boys!

'When you stop + look around - this life is pretty amazing'


I started by layering the papers from the collection pack 


I tore some strips of the coordinating  papers


I added a sticker from the sticker sheet


I cut the title into pieces rather than one long title and added a butterfly from last months kit!

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Scrap Shotz Product Reveal - Kaisercraft Stargazer Collection

Good morning!
When I received my products for this month I was so happy!
I LOVE Kaisercraft and was really wanting to work with the Stagazer collection!

My first layout is of our youngest when he was little....

'I love you to the moon and back'




I used the busiest paper (which I still really liked) as a background to give dimension and visual insterest.  I will often use the busiest or loudest paper in the a collection pack as my background paper


I used some gold paint through the wonderful mini stencil for a blast of colour







I then began to layer papers to make the photo the focal point and the coordinating die cuts.  

My second layout is of our oldest a while ago also

'You are my sun....'


The collection pack makes it very easy to layer all the coordinating papers!



I kept the photo the focal point by adding and layering all my papers, die cuts, doilies (from my stash) and a piece of burlap (also from my stash) so your eye is drawn to the photo.
Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for my third layout!




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Final Creative Embellishmen layout

Good morning!
Today is a bittersweet day - I am so happy for the new and returning Design team for Creative Embellishments but today is my last DT post for Creative Embellishments!
I really look forward to all the inspiration I am sure you will share!


I chose to create a layout featuring a photo of my hubby and I and use papers I had left from the Scrap Shotz May kit



I decided to use mists on all of my chipboard pieces the 'I love you' and 'butterfly' I painted them with Bayou Boogie Gold along with a few flowers.



 The other flowers and 'Flourish Heart frame' and 'Heart Lace Border' were painted with Mocha

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Happy Family - Elizabeth Craft Designs

Good morning!
This months designer challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs is using hexagons! AND ECD has two different hexagon dies to choose from!  The Stitched Hexagons (which I used) and the Fitted Hexagons

Here is my layout...
I wanted to keep it bright and fun and happy!



 To create this layout
Step 1 - gather supplies - one full 12x12 sheet  of patterned paper, and coordinating pieces of patterned paper (I used 7 Dots cotton candy dreams) stitched or fitted hexagon dies, happy (from the happy holidays die), Stitched rectangle die, adhesive and scissors

Step 2 - die cut 29 hexagons from coordinating papers in various colors and ink outside edges

Step 3 -  cut one paper at 3 3/4 x 12 and another at 3 x 12, and three different sizes of pennants and fussy cut an image from the paper and ink outside edges

Step 4 - ink the outside edges of the 12x12 paper

Step 5 - adhere the 3 3/4 x 12 paper then the 3 x 12 in the center of the page

Step 5 - adhere the hexagons in a diagonal fashion going from the lower left side to the upper right side leaving small gaps in between. 

Step 6  - die cut a rectangle for your photo mat and the word 'happy' and ink the edges

Step 7 - adhere photo mat and photo, pennants, fussy cut image (lower right side) and title to the layout 

Step 8 - enjoy!

Here are some close ups



 
How would you like to win a $20 Gift certificate to Elizabeth Craft Designs?
To win simply answer this question on the ECD blog post
 What is your favorite way to use Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Hexagons or Fitted Hexagons dies. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
~Laura 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Beach Day with Dad

A while ago we were lucky enough to spend some time as a family in Florida....
We found a sweet little beach near our hotel and I was lucky enough to catch this shot of our boys and my hubby at sunset....



I began by painting the chipboard pieces.
I painted the Vintage flourish set one and the square stamp frame with crackling colour.  I then painted the 'I'll be there' title piece with Art C metallic paint

here are some details





I am also entering this in the Off The Rails Scrapbooking June challenge
Thanks for stopping by




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Masculine thank you card

Good morning!
Our youngest son is just finishing his co op at our local metal recycling yard, through his high school. I made this card to thank the owner and staff for being such great hosts!
 
 
To create this card:
Step 1 - create card base for square card measuring 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 Step 2 - using the dashing square die that measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 cut a pice of patterned paper and then ink and distress the edges Step 3 - cut a pice of coordinating paper at 1 x 5 1/4 then ink and distress edges Step 4 - adhere your double sided tape sheets to white cardstock Step 5 - die cut the 'flying high' die Step 6 - using a sharp craft knife trim the cover sheet around the clouds so the plane of the die cut still has the cover sheet still on and remove cover sheet Step 7 - pour the cool diamond microfine silk glitter over the clouds and shake off excess and return to container Step 8 - remove the cover sheet off of the pane and cover with sand dunes silk microfine glitter Step 9 - using the stitched circle die - die cut one circle at 4 1/2 Step 10 - die cut the 'flying high' die out of brown cardstock Step 11 - using your craft knife remove the center of the die leaving only the circle Step 12 - die cut the word 'Thanks' from the 'Words 2' die set Step 13 - adhere the die cut square and small pice to the card base. Step 14 - using double sided tape adhere the glittered flying high die cut to the die cut circle, then the brown cardstock circle to the glittered flying high die cut Step 15 - adhere the die cut assembly to the card base Step 16 - add the thanks die cut  
Here are some details
 
 

 


For the inside I I used a few scraps of paper for accents and I die cut the 'Flying High' die out of coordinating paper, inked and adhered it!  
Thanks for stopping by
Laura

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sketch challenge - Scrap Shotz

Good morning!
Working with sketches really inspires me....I have fun creating sketches and the layout after!
 
I used our June sketch and the fabulous May kit for this months challenge to create this layout


the sketch calls for lots of layers - but you don't have to use only paper - you can use a mixture of mixed media, stickers, ephemera - whatever you have on hand



I chose to layer with the Kaisercraft Pen and Ink paper and stickers from the main kit and the ephemera pack also from the main kit


If you would like to enter into out sketch challenge you can enter here
and here is this months sketch


 thanks for stopping by

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

A little grungy and steampunky

Good morning!

This months challenge at Creative Embellishments is so fun....

Here is the layout I created for it!



The challenge at Creative Embellishments is to use  this image as inspiration and you can read all about on their blog


I was inspired bu the gold, brown and steampunk feel of it

Here are some details


 For all the pieces of chipboard - the steampunk corner, Gears, Steampunk Gear Panel and the Cross Stitch border I inked them in brown then added some gold and black embossing powder



Thanks for stopping by