Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lucky 14 | Card

Hey there!  I thought I would pop in for a quick visit today and share a card that I recently made our youngest for his birthday. He is a St. Patrick's day baby, so I often incorporate that into the theme of his card.

I opted for a bit of a grungy look for this card, though still trying to keep it light.  I began by adding two colours of Tim Holtz Distress Ink through a Tim Holtz mask to the kraft paper background.  Then I added splotches of black and green mist.

After tearing a couple of small strips of patterned paper, I added some mess stitching down the centre of them prior to adhering them to my card base.

I used some cork hearts from SpiegelMom Scraps  to create a shamrock and adorned the centre of it with a fun flair from Evalicious, that picked up on the green tones in the background of my card. I also tucked in the loose thread behind the shamrock for a bi of extra texture.

I used some Tim Holtz rubons and a sticker from Heidi Swapp to create my sentitment.

I absolutely love the way this card turned out, and so did my son.  I really love that he takes such an interest in what I create for him and takes time to notice all of the fun touches I add!

Supply List: Recollections cardstock; Carta Bella and Simple Stories patterned paper; Tim Holtz "rays" mask; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint; Mr. Huey's inky black and bookworm green mists; Tim Holtz rubons "numbers" and "life quotes"; Heidi Swapp word sticker; SpiegelMom Scraps "I cork u" hearts; Evalicious flair.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Forever | SpiegelMom Scraps

Hey there!  I am back sharing my final page and process video for my guest spot over at SpiegelMom Scraps!

Once again I am working with Amy Tangerine patterned papers, Oh how I wanted to play with those pink sequins and these papers let me make them pop! In fact, the cut apart sheet had a fun Polaroid frame printed onto part of it and it inspired me to trim it out and create a fun sequin pocket to balance out my offset photo.

I began my page by adding texture paste, though a mask, to my background.

I did not use any dimension in the sequin pocket at all, and relied on mostly stitching to hold it together.  I love the way it looks! And how pretty are those tiny flower sequins!?

Do you remember back on the first of the month, the SpiegelMom Scraps team was hopping with Creative Embellishments?  Well, I still had this gorgeous piece of chipboard left from the products that I was given and I was dying to use it.  It inspired the theme for this page!  I embossed it with this really pretty, but old embossing powder and I love the way it turned out! I trimmed the piece down a bit to better suit my layout, which is a plus because that means I still have a bit left!

I cut a pretty mint tag to fit inside one of the SpiegelMom Scraps tiny glassine bags that I got. I also got this Amy Tangerine frame from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop, which I backed with a bit of paper to help the laser cut element pop out a bit more.


I used some SpiegelMom Scraps cork embellishments to anchor my trio of embellishment clusters I finished off my page with some light blue mist splatters, journalling and a sprinkling of sequins around my layout.

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

Supply List:  SpiegelMom Scraps  I cork U hearts, arrow to my heart cork, white doily, glassine bag; Rockin' Pink Ombre sequins, Green Acres sequins, purple rain sequins, love you tons felt heart; Amy Tangerine wood frame from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop; Accent Scrapbooking flair; Amy Tangerine patterned paper;  American Crafts cardstock;  Creative Embellishments chipboard; Hedi Swapp word and heart stickers; Studio Calico  paper washi stickers; Versamark ink; Gelatins embossing powder; Sharpie; Ranger Texture Paste; Tattered Angels mist (sky);IKEA clip; DMC floss; misc button and bakers twine; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; Clear Scraps Stencil.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to use coupon code 15LAURA to get 15% off of your order until the end of March!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cards | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  Remember a while back I mentioned that I created a bunch of bonus cards with my My Creative Scrapbook March main kit?  Well, today I am popping in to share them with you.

This card features a piece of the "Spring Seeds" pattern paper as the focal area, it made for a super quick and easy card.   I combined it with layers of pretty papers on the background and added some stitching for interest.

To glam things up, I added a pretty gold bow.

This next card also features a piece of the "Spring Seeds" pattern paper as the focal area, and was treated with a layer of pretty paper on the background and more stitching for interest.

I also added in some lovely lace.

I am a sucker for polka dot paper and love this die cut bouquet so much, so I paired them up to make this sweet and simple card.

Another gold bow emphasizes the bouquet look.

Another favourite of mine is text paper, I combined some with pretty green paper to create this card, layering a doily and a mailbox die cut to create a focal area. 

The phrase stickers from the kit make amazing sentiments for cards!

More pink polka dots and another bouquet of flowers, this time in a farmhouse inspired jug.

A bit of line doodling and some Ranger Enamel Accents finish this card off nicely.

I tihnk this card is my favourite, it is clean and simple and has loads of white space.

Scored lines lead the eye to my focal area.

Supply List: {from the kit} Jen Hadfield Simple Life die cuts, phrase stickers, clear stickers and patterned papers ( Wildflowers, Spring Seeds, Blue Meadow, Poppies, Leafy Sprigs); gold ribbon; ecru lace. {from my stash} Staedtler pen; SpiegelMom Scraps doily; Recollections and Staples cardstock; machine stitching. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Times | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  I am sharing another layout as well as a process video today.  This page was created for  My Creative Scrapbook using the March main kit!

I love the blue and orange combination of some of the elements in this month's kit, so I combined it with the fun bird and chicken elements also in the kit to document this story of the time my youngest son got to visit the school my husband worked at before his retirement, to play with the baby ducks they were hosting.  Our son was homeschooled at the time so this was a real treat!

After creating the layers of photos and patterned paper behind them off of my page, I used it to determine where to add the mixed media on my background. First I came in with some Faded Jeans Distress Ink and afterward I added some Ranger Texture Paste, both with the same polka dot stencil that came in the kit. I was hoping to achieve a light and bright look to my mixed media elements.

I love layered and clustered embellishments so of course I had fun with the die cuts and puffy stickers from the kit!

I also added in some machine stitching for another fun bit of texture.

Feeling like my page was missing something, I added in a corner element with some patterned paper and a small cluster of embellishments.

I also added two strips of patterned paper to the bottom of my layout and stitched them in place.  Final steps were a splattering of orange paint and yellow mist, as well as some handwritten journalling.

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

Here is a look at the kit contents!

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Life patterned papers {Blue Meadow, Bike Ride, branding strip from Growing Floral}, clear stickers, puffy stickers, phrase stickers, and die cuts; Heidi Swapp Polka Dot Stencil. (from my stash) Hemptique twine; Ranger Texture Paste; machine stitching; Faded Jeans Distress Ink; American Crafts white textured cardstock;Plaid orange acrylic paint; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Gathered Twig Distress marker; yellow Smooch Spritz.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Those Eyes | Stash Bash

Hey there!  It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and this month we are focusing on wood elements! Whether it be wood-grained papers or die cuts or wood veneer alphas or embellishments, it's your choice, so hop along and join in on the fun and then create a page of your own!

Here is my page, once again I am using my stash kit, which included lots of wood elements!

I began my page with this cut file that I created that incorporates both my title and my photo. This photo was left over from last Christmas, if memory serves me correctly I opted to use a black and white photo for the story I told when I originally scrapped it, however, as I was tucking this photo into a draw I decided that I wanted to tell another story with this cop of the photo.

This boy has the most beautiful eyes with long lush lashed and is constantly getting compliments, because I am visually impaired it is not something that I often notice except for when I have a beautiful photo like this blown up on my computer screen!

I cut a second copy of the word "eyes" out of a navy patterned paper to make that part of my title pop!

I also added lost of water colour paints and mists to my layout, over the background, die cut and patterned papers.  Although, later on in the process I did regret covering the die cut so I went back and painted it white.

And then I dug into my embellishment stash kit, pulling in teals, reds and navy to speak to my choices of patterned paper (which is actually all from the same half sheet of patterned paper).

And wood - of course I pulled in several bits of wood for this page!

I actually love the way this page tuned out (well once I painted the circles white again), it is messy and fun and cool and has a great colour combo and is so perfect for my little dude!

Final steps include journalling, sprinkling more mist and tracing my die cut element with a pencil to help it pop.

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: Simple Stories Urban Traveler #2917 patterned paper; Carta Bella Rough and Tough patterned paper; Echo Park Jack and Jill patterned paper; Simple Stories and Evalicious wood veneer; Simple Stories enamel dots and bradz; Evalicious clip, puffy stickers and flair; Simple Stories, Freckled Fawn and Echo Park stickers; Memory Makers rub-ons; misc. buttons and flags; Hemptique twine; Leows water colour paints; Sargent Arts Gesso; Mr. Huey's, Smooch and Heidi Swapp mist; American Crafts cardstock.

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!

Sparkle Today | Scrap the Girls

Hey there!  I am so exited to be guesting over at the Scrap the Girls challenge site today, so I have a new layout and process video to share with you!

I was given this inspiration board to play with.

I love that it is fun and whimsical, but not over the top girly. Although, I did decided to use pretty colours and flowers on my page - just because I could!

I had this fun photo of some friends and I taken while we were at a scrappy retreat a couple of years ago. As you can see, the photo was taken outside which inspired me to use all of the nature inspired elements from this collection call "Posh" by Simple Stories.

I began with a very simple background design, layering and stitching strips of various widths to my ledger paper background.

I used a cut file that I created a while back to create a focal area for my photo, once I backed it with pretty paper.  I love the way the coral colour pops on this layout!

I also wanted to use elements from the collection to create my title, which is where these chipboard and die cut words come in and fit the bill quite nicely!

I pulled in pretty much every flower die cut, chipboard and sticker piece I could find to adorn my page.   I love how it turned out, fun whimsical and feminine.

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

Supply List: Simple Stories Posh patterned paper, cardstock stickers, clear stickers, bit and pieces, bradz, enamel dots, clip, 4x6 stickers, chipboard;  Simple Stories Sn@p Basics ledger paper; American Crafts cardstock; Heidi Swapp gold colour shine; WRMK stapler; Ikea clip.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I Love Us | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! I am sharing a layout today which I created for the sketch challenge over at My Creative Scrapbook using the March main kit!

Oh do I ever love this butterfly and text paper and knew that it needed to be a main part of my design, an easy solution to that is using it as a background. I was super inspired by the sketch, but felt the need to shrink down the elements just a bit to suit my own personal style of incorporating white space onto my pages.

I opted for hearts instead of the suggested squares on the sketch to suit my photo and colours.  I love, love the pink floral and red gingham paper and knew they would be perfect for my page! I machine stitched my hearts down the centre to give them the illusion of some movement.

I combined a puffy word sticker and some of the Pink Paislee alphas from the kit to create my title, you know how much I love multi font titles.

I added a bit of green embroidery floss to my tag. Some black line doodling helps to define my layers. I used some of the gold Pink Paislee alpha stickers to embellish my layout: I have a thing for ampersands plus it is nice to use up as many of the alpha stickers as possible so pulling in the ampersands as embellishments is a fun way to do that. The little gold chevron arrows on the left side of my photo are actually x's cut down.  I mean really how often do most of us use x's, so this was a great way to use them, too!

I typed out my journalling and cut it into strips before adhering it to my page. I have been making an effort to try to change up how I am adding my journaling to mix up my look. To finish off my page, I added in a few clear stickers and some splatters of Heidi Swapp gold Colour Shine.

I also added in the little dots / periods from the gold alphas stickers to the centre of some of the clear flower stickers - again it felt good to use up the goodies!

Here is a look at the sketch, I hope you play along and link up over at the MCS sketch blog.

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Life patterned papers {Bougainvillea, Barn Wood, Wildflowers, Leafy Sprigs}, phrase stickers, clear stickers, puffy stickers and die cuts; Pink Paislee Memorandum alpha stickers. (from my stash) DMC floss; SpiegelMom Scraps doily; machine stitching, Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine, WRMK Typeset typewriter, American Crafts white textured cardstock; black Sharpie.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eat Play Sleep | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!

It is time for a new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches so today I am sharing both my newest sketch and my take on it!

Sometimes I like to create sketches (and layouts) with teeny tiny photos.  I love to mix up the way my pages look; change keeps things fun and interesting!  This sketch suggests four tiny photos, which is perfect for the times we take sequential shots of our loved ones.  However, if you pop on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog you will see that our DT has provided inspiration for many ways to interpret this sketch!

I am playing with the Cool Kid collection from Crate Paper today, to document these photos of  my grandson.  I got down on the floor with him while he was playing with some little vehicles over the Christmas break, we had some fun and I got some great pics, too!

The sketch suggest three embellishment areas, I took the liberty of lowering the one to the immediate right of the photos to be able to nestle the title in better for my page design. As usual, I layered up embellishments, in this case die cuts and stickers.  I also added some machine stitching to my page.

I tore the edges of most of my papers for a bit of added texture and to have the white edge, 

The collection had some really fun acetate pieces in the die cut pack, like this little road map!

I also pulled in some wooden cogs from Creative Embellishments  and used some Distress Crayons to colour them to coordinate with my layout. As a last step, I matted my layout onto this orange patterned paper and sprinkled around some mist.

Here is a look at our sponsors for this challenge, pop on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog to learn more about them and see the prize details!

Supply List:  Crate Paper "Cool Kid" patterned paper, ephemera, chipboard, stickers and puffy stickers; Creative Embellishments wood veneer cogs;  Tim Holtz Salty Ocean and Candied Apple Distress Crayons; Heidi Swapp Silver Texture paste; Black and Real Red Mr. Huey's mist; misc. crochet thread, vellum and cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!