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 

Monday, April 17, 2017

I Wish | 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 April main kit! As I have mentioned before, this month's kit contains loads of goodies from the "Oh My Heart" collection by Pink Paislee, which is so fun and vibrant and helped me to create loads of happy projects!


I saw a quote a while back that I loved, and I knew immediately that it would make a fun large title for a layout.  I had to condense the quote a bit to fit it onto my page, but I love the way it turned out, especially with the addition of the Dear Lizzy chipboard piece and Creative Embellishments word!


I used some navy blue embossing powder from my stash to coat the Creative Embellishments piece, actually I gave it a double coat for good measure.

The large scale foam Thickers further enhanced the look I was going for.


I created loads of colourful layers behind my photo via die cuts and paper strips, as well as some of this months free cut files from MCS.


How much are we loving the pops of rose gold in this collection!

Final steps include adding crochet thread to my tag, sprinkling my layout with navy Colour Shine and adding a couple of enamel dots from my stash.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Pink Paislee Oh My Heart patterned papers {08, 10, 12} and ephemera; Dear Lizzy Lovely chipboard phrase stickers; Thickers Thick and Thin Foam letter stickers; Creative Embellishments chipboard word. (From my stash) American Crafts textured white cardstock; Misc. crochet thread; Heidi Swapp navy Color Shine; Versamark Ink; CTMH embossing powder; Michael's and American Crafts enamel dots.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
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