Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Main Kit Cards | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  I am popping in quickly today to share a few cards that I made as a bonus project using the My Creative Scrapbook April main kit!


I sure was in the mood for pink when I created these cards, and you know what?  They coordinate so nicely that they would make a nice gift set.

Pam, the owner of My Creative Scrapbook asks the DT not to use the free cut files on more than one project, so that we offer inspiration to subscribers that do not have electronic die cutting machines, however since these cards are bonus projects.  I took a little creative license and used some of the cut files.

I stamped and punched these little hearts using the kit stamp from Heidi Swapp to adorn the centres of my flowers.  I also added a bit of fun foam beneath the die cut.


A bit of lovely white ribbon (from the kit) and a die cut and stamped title, along with some Ranger Enamel Accents finish off this card nicely.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart #09 patterned paper; MCS cut file; Heidi Swapp Beautiful Stamp; ribbon. (From my Stash) American Crafts and Staples cardstock; CTMH ink (Juniper); Scrapbook and Cards Today stamp (DAY); Ranger Enamel Accents.
 

Sometimes simple is the way to go, two pieces of ephemera and scrap of ribbon create the focal area for this card.


An embossing folder added a bit of interest to my background cardstock and a bit of foam between the card base and the background add depth.  Simple but not boring, eh?

Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart ephemera;  ribbon. (From my Stash) Staples cardstock; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Ranger Enamel Accents.


I dug into my left over Thickers and played with the stamp set again to create the sentiment on this card.  Bold and beautiful was the look I was going for.  Love that fuchsia!  


Some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and Ranger Enamel Accents in white finish off things nicely.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart #5, #10 and #19 patterned papers and ephemera; MCS cut file; Heidi Swapp Beautiful Stamp;Thickers . (From my Stash) Staples cardstock; Maya Road Deep Rose ink; Ranger Enamel Accents; Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.


My last card utilizes a die cut ephemera piece again, as the focal area and sentiment, which I layered with a piece of a cut file and some enamel dots.


Then I layered it all on top of a circular patterned paper element, an embossed piece of cardstock and another piece of patterned paper before adhering it all to my cardbase.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart #19 patterned paper and ephemera; MCS cut file. (From my Stash) American Crafts and Staples cardstock; Sizzix embossing folder fro Stampin' Up; Simple Stories enamel dots.

I had so much fun with this months kit, I cannot wait to share next months kit with you!
Thanks so much for visiting today! 
Laura
xo 

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Showers | Free Digital Cut File

Hey there!  Sorry for posting my monthly freebie cut file a little late this month,all of my other Mondays were taken, I hope you all don't mind! It is called April Showers and is available in Silhouette, SVG, PDF and PNG formats.

https://app.box.com/s/h3pb24qujc20hl26frx21m3efdxz0aly
  as always, click on the image to be taken to my download page

I made a card with this cut file, that I thought I would share today. Although, I would love to see it on a layout.




Supply List: Recollections and American Crafts cardstock; Metallic Melon and Guava Gelatos; Simple Stories and Freckled Fawn enamel dots; Sizzix for Stampin' Up embossing folder; Jillibean Soup die cuts.

Have a great day! 
Laura
xo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hello Lollipop | Stash Bash

Hey there!  It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and this month we are focusing on patterned paper! With a specific nod, if possible, to papers from manufacturers that are no longer around.


Here is my page; once again I am using my stash kit, which included many patterned papers!


This photo has been in my "to scrap" pile for quite a while.  I have been wanting to add it to our cruise album but  because it is not great quality and it features purples and oranges, it hadn't really inspired me.

I decided to push myself to get it done, and thought I would see if I could get it to mesh with navy and red instead.

I used a camera cut file from the Silhouette store and created this background cut file.  I love the way it looks!


Especially since, it meant that I could use up lots of scraps!  I included this red and pink polka dot paper from Lilly Bee - which is my nod to a manufacturer that is no longer around!


I added some simple layers behind my photo,  Admittedly, some of them were used just to de-stash.  But that is okay, right?


Most of the embellishments have been in my stash for quite some time, with the exception of the clip and the wood buttons.  But they worked perfectly so I used them up, as well!


I managed to use 9 different pattered papers on my page, how is that for stash busting?!! Finishing touches included mist, journalling and machine stitching!

You can see my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Here is a list of those of us participating this month, for your hopping pleasure!


Supply list: Lilly Bee, Amy Tangerine, Photo Play, Fancy Pants, Autentique, and Simple Stories patterned papers; October Afternoon, Fancy Pants, and Simple Stories stickers; Simple Stories die cut 3x4 card; Amy Tangerine tag; Simple Stories enamel dots; Shimelle wood buttons; crochet thread; Staedtler fine tip felt pen; taxi yellow Mr. Huey's mist; Copic B37and B39; American Crafts cardstock; Evalicious flair; Ikea clip and M Mind's Eye washi tape.

If you like, you can see more of my stash kit layouts here, some of them are for this challenge and others are not.  Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Boy is Wild & Free | My Creative Scrapbook

It is time for the monthly sketch challenge over at My Creative Scrapbook, which I used to inspire this layout that I am sharing today!

Here is a look at the sketch.


This sketch is a little out of my personal design style, since it has an all over design, and I lean toward more white space.  But the challenge was fun and I am happy with the end result.


I changed things up slightly, opting to flip the sketch and then add four squares to the right of my photo instead of two rectangles. I wanted to use some of the cute patterned squares from the one sheet of patterned paper as they helped me to tie my colour combination together.


I layered my title over this die cut journalling card, using both the kit stamp and a chipboard element to create it.


I also added in a bonus cluster at the top right of my layout.  I just can't help myself!


I know the foil pieces look like gold in the photos but they are actually the  prettiest shade of rose gold.  I wonder if that will be the next big thing? I stamped onto my layout, like directly onto it - a huge deal for me.  I used StazOn ink because of the slick surface of the foil.

I also added loads of machine stitching around my page.


I trimmed the leaves off of this die cut flower and then mounted the flower on foam and layered the leaves below. I love the dimensional look it offers, and was so easy to create.

Final steps include a sprinkling of Heidi Swapp navy Color Shine and some Range Enamel Accents drops.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart patterned papers {10, 11, 19, 24} and ephemera; Shimelle Little by Little " Seek the Moment" patterned paper; Dear Lizzy Lovely chipboard phrase stickers; Heidi Swapp Beautiful Stamp Set. (From my stash) Misc. crochet thread; Ranger Enamel Accents; StazOn black ink; CTMH black ink; Heidi Swapp Nav Colour Shine; Sharpie.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hello Haiti | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there! I have a new layout and process video to share with you today, for the newest challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches!

Here is a look at the sketch.


I don't often use 4x6 photos any more,  so I feel like I have been a little remiss in creating sketches for layouts featuring 4x6 pics - it seemed high time to rectify that! Of course, you could always opt for a 4x6, 3x5 or two 3x4's - you know, whatever is your personal jam!


Once again, I dug into the Trimcraft "Paradise Crush" papers that I was sent from Claire at Trimcraft. I love that I was able to make this page look and feel different, yet still tropical and festive, than the last page that I created with this paper pad.

This time I wanted to featured the dark blue papers on my page, along with the corals - it is a great combination together, especially for boy pages!


Since there are no embellishments with this collection, I raided my stash as well as used some of the custom labels I created to coordinate with these papers.  I stuck really close to the sketch, especially when it came to title and embellishment locations.  I did however, take advantage of some of the white space for added journalling.


As this photo was taken while were on a cruise and enjoying a beach day in Haiti, I couldn't resist adding the little burlap anchor.


Although you cannot tell in this photo, the splatters which were created with two colours of metallic Gelatos mixed with water, are so shimmery in person!  As a final step I added in some machine stitching!

We have two amazing and super supportive sponsors this month over at Stuck?! Sketches!



 So you definitely want to play along for your chance to win!

As I mentioned, I have a process video for this page, you can watch my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Supply List: Trimcraft patterned papers; American Crafts cardstock;Cuts2Luv flair; Evalicious die cuts and puffy stickers; Simple Stories burlap and cardstock stickers; M Mind's Eye mini alphas; Carta Bella and Kaisercraft stickers; Gelatos (metallic melon and gold champagne) ; One Canoe Two date stamp; crochet thread; fine black Sharpie; CTMH black ink; label die cuts created by yours truly.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Altered Spring Clipboard | Fancy Pants

Hey there!  Just popping in for a quick visit today to share a fun little altered item that I created to add to our Spring decor around the house.


I had a lot of fun pulling this little piece together.  The mini clipboard has been floating around my craft space for a while now (actually it may have a twin still floating around), so it was nice to create something with it.


I treated this project like a mini layout actually, and only clipped it into place thinking I may want to switch out the focal area with the seasons.


The tags, puffy stickers and flair worked perfectly together to create a couple of embellishment clusters.


I definitely had Spring fever when I created this!

Supply List: Fancy Pants "Life is Beautiful" patterned paper, puffy stickers, flair and tags; misc. ribbon; crochet thread; misc. clipboard. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rainy Day Abby | Card

I have a little card to share today,  I used the Rainy Day Abby from Whimsie Doodle as my focal image She is so super sweet and perfect for Spring, I also love the sentiment that comes with her.


I thought Rainy Day Abby would be cute on a card with a rainbow in the background.  I chose bright colours when I coloured her up, and made sure to use some purple as I so rarely play with purple.


After colouring the digi, I created the background for my card, I mixed some Mr. Huey's mist with a bit of water and used the packaging technique to add colour to some water colour paper.


I die cut a puddle and some rainbow arcs from a variety of colours of subtly patterned papers to adhere to my card.


Then I popped up this sweet girl front and centre.


As a last step I added some sequins and dew drops to mimic rain and add sparkle.

Supply List:Whimsie Doodles Rainy Day Abby digital stamp;  Copic Express blend cardstock; Recollections Cardstock; Artists Loft water colour paper; Echo Park, Pebbles, Lawn Fawn, Kaisercraft, and misc. patterned paper; Mr. Huey's mist; CTMH inks in yellow and teal; misc. sequins; Robin's Nest dew drops; Staedtler felt tip pen (freckles); Clear Star Gelly Roller (buttons); Copics in the following colours - E000, E01, E11, R20, Y23, E33, E35, E37, Y11, Y13, Y15, BV17, V12, V15.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

#Everyday Mom Life | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! It is reveal day over at My Creative Scrapbook, which means I get to share this month's gorgeous kit with you and a layout, too!

Check out this eye candy!! The latest Paige Evans for Pink Paislee collection "Oh My Heart", features heavily in this kit, along with some other fantastic goodies. And let me tell you it arrived just in time for me to delve into Spring, even if it wasn't actually Spring-like outside! So good for the soul!


Although this is my first share of the month for this kit, this page is actually the last layout that I created.


I opted for a clean and airy design for this page, with loads of white (or pink) space.  Hoping for a fresh Spring effect.

I kept my patterns to a minimum, and added pops of colours with embellishments.


The foam Thickers from the kit mixed with a die cut phrase made for a perfect, and easy title.  As you can see, four layouts into the kit, I was low on e's but the alpha set also had numbers so the 3's, positioned backwards worked perfectly as stand ins.

I divided up some of the die cut florals by cutting some of the flowers off, to use them in more than one location around my layout.  I also punched leaves and butterflies from some of the patterns to create a few more embellishments to tuck into my clusters. I created the tag from a piece of patterned paper and added in some crochet thread from my stash.


The ticket stub, was cut off of the end of a die cut, actually I used the other end beside my photo, as well.  It is a good way to stretch your supplies.

The little ampersand die cut, is a stamped element using the fun Heidi Swapp stamp set that was included in the kit, after stamping it I used a circle punch to trim it out. I love that it has a white edge like a store bought die cut would have.


I also used the heart stamp, unfortunately, or fortunately depending on what you are going for, my half inch circle punch was just a hair too small to leave a white rim around this stamp, so I drew one in with a white pen. Along with the die cuts, I tucked in a scrap of white cardstock that has a scalloped punched edge below my photo.  A little stitching along the right edge of my picture and some Ranger Enamel Accents finished off this page nicely.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart patterned papers {06, 10, 18, 19} and ephemera; Dear Lizzy Lovely chipboard phrase stickers; Thickers Thick and Thin Foam letter stickers; Heidi Swapp Beautiful Stamp Set. (From my stash) misc. white cardstock; Misc. crochet thread; Ranger Enamel Accents; Sharpie; CTMH Juniper ink; Uniball white pen.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Swim Lessons | Trimcraft

Hey there!  I did a little crafting while I was worrying the other day.  Sometimes it helps to do something mindless while you stress!  Now don't get me wrong, I was also thinking how lucky I am!  Like the day when Claire at Trimcraft, a craft company out of the UK, contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in creating something with one of their new paper pads!  Well of course, you know I said YES!   And very shortly later two beautiful paper pads arrived at my door!

Today I am sharing a page that I created with the "Paradise Crush" papers!  This pad has gorgeous tones of light and dark teal, several tones of pink, coral and a hit of yellow and bright green.  It is oh so perfect and just what I needed once I heard we were in for - well, what I hope is the LAST winter storm of the season!


I pulled out some photos from last summer, of our youngest son and our pup in the lake.  He was teaching her how to swim.  A necessary tool for a chunky short-legged pup that loves the water!  And since I was stressing about this little girl she was the perfect subject to scrap!


I also pulled out this sketch from Scrapbook and Cards Today, as soon as I saw it in their Spring issue I knew it would be fun to play with!


I knew I wanted to use some of the coral paper to mat my whole layout, thinking it wold make the pictures pop since my son's shirt is an orange colour.  From there I pulled the pretty multi coloured palm pattern and the stripe.  Then I wanted a darker colour to mount my photos on so I opted for the speckled teal paper.


After trimming down my papers to sizes that resembled the sketch, I stitched the white paper to the coral background mat, and stitched the palm paper to the stripe.  The stitching on the teal paper is purely decorative.  Then I adhered all of the layers together.

I printed my photos at about 2.75 x 2.75 inches and added some craft foam to the back of them to help them pop, it also aides in tucking pretty things in and around the pics.


I fussy cut the fun flamingo and some pretty sparkly flowers from one of the patterned papers to use as embellishments on my page, a couple of the patterns in this collection have a glitter or sparkle like effect to them. I thought they were perfect for fussy cutting.



The wooden tag is from Michael's, purchased a long time ago.  And the tiny water drop and heart wood veneer are from Jillibean Soup. The alphas are from the now non existent Imaginisce, but the colour worked so perfectly and I really wanted to use them up!   I also created some print and cut labels using my Silhouette software, in colours that coordinated perfectly with this collection.  I tucked a couple of them into my clusters, as well.


Since the sketch suggests a frame of sorts around one of the photos, I pulled out some square chipboard from Creative Embellishments and used Apricot embossing powder to alter the colour.


This fun clip is from Freckled Fawn as is the Washi tape, and all of the gorgeous flair is from Accent Scrapbooking.

After ruffling up the edges of my papers (and getting a wicked paper cut) I added some splatters of water colour paint and called it a night!

Supply List: Trimcraft patterned papers; Scrapbook Accents flair; Creative Embellishments chipboard; Jillibean Soup and Michael's wood veneer; Freckled Fawn clip and Washi tape; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Sharpie; Imaginisce alpha stickers; American Crafts Zing Embossing powder and bakers twine;  Leows water colour paints; Scrapbook and Cards Today sketch; Labels created by me; Recollections white cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo