Friday, 14 July 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly kit - July and Good-bye

Hello everyone,
I'm so sad. We have to say good-bye to the best scrapbook store I've had the ultimate pride and pleasure to be part of. The ladies at Urban Scrapbook Edmonton have been my surrogate sisters for years. With that being said, here is the last layout for the monthly kits we were given for July.

The fun paper/chipboard is from Echo Park. I started with this great photo (found on Pinterest). I totally want a beer cooler like that - so awesome.
The stencil and ink is included in the kit. I inked through the stencil to create a background and inked the edges of my 12x12 paper.
The paper flower was inked up using the Distress Oxide inks. I used the "dip" technique. You know - the one where you squish some ink on your mat, spray with water, and dip your paper in the watery inky goodness. Easy!
Well my lovelies, Let's have a great summer and remember, "don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it happened" xoxo

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tacos 2 Go

Food Trucks! This is the last project from the Pit Stop Box Cards kit
I made 2 versions of this card. This one here is the second. I used bright colored papers and some clip art to embellish the truck. I made a sign board with some of the leftover pieces
look how cute they are together...
the orange and green one was hand colored. I cut out everything in white paper. I found an old stamp set that had a southwest theme in my stash. (I literally have not used it for years and years. I'm sure I bought it almost 15 years ago)
I see a whole variety of food trucks with this one. Maybe a coffee 2 go, or burger and fries? The possibilities are endless.
Thanks to Mary for another great kit! I had a lot of fun with this one. I will definitely be making more box cards to give away from this set.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Let's Make a Pit Stop

Hello again,
I know right? another post?  I have been busy playing in my art room.
I love it when I buy a new kit from The cute "Pit Stop Box cards" kit is really fun and easy to put together.
not much explanation needed for this one. I printed off a Starbucks logo and cut it out with a circle die that I had. I also embossed the green panels with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.
The other 2 were assembled as Mary designed them. So adorable.

See ya soon

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Dad's Day kits used in this post
My friend wanted me to make some Father's day cards for her using photos. Remember the Mom's Memory Card post? Well, this is part 2.
Her guy is really into hockey, so I adapted the birthday cake box card into the Stanley cup. I added a bunch of hockey logos and players to the card. I think it turned out pretty cool.
and here is the card to go with the other one I made. They look really cute together (the cards and her mom and dad)
Well that's it for Father's day projects.  Thanks for taking the time to visit. I will see you soon!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Tackling Dads Day

If you saw my last post, I used the Sunday With Dad kit to make the burger box card.
The tackle box card is in the same kit and it is fabulous.
I cut all the lures out with white paper and hand colored them with markers and paint.

I found this great little fishing line thingy (that's the technical term hahaha) at the dollar store. I wanted to add it on to the box but I ended up giving the card to my neighbor before I had the chance.
Thanks for stopping by, I have one more Father's Day post to share with you tomorrow.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Do You Want Fries With That?

        Kits used in this post

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to do a quick post to celebrate the Father's out there.
Are these burger box cards not adorable? I loved how the first one turned out,so I made another one.
The box of fries turned out to be the perfect "side order"

turns out, I don't have any father's day stamps or sentiments so I had to computer generate my phrases - that's ok, it's easy enough to do in Silhouette Studio.

thanks for stopping by, happy bbq season!!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Baby Love

Hi friends,
Babies are such a wonderful and beautiful excuse to make stuff. Hahaha
My neighbor's daughter had her first baby at the beginning of May. Congratulations to them.
While shopping at Urban Scrapbook and chatting with my gals there, we came up with an idea to make a diaper bag/gift bag to put a"baby's first year" album inside.

Look at this adorable paper! so so cute It's from Photo Play . I fell in love with the little otter and the hipster giraffe. You may recognise the bag from previous posts. It's from SVGCuts' Brunch Party kit
Brunch Party SVG kit
paper used for bag

below is the matching album. I used a larger wire coil to allow for album expansion.
The pages inside the album were all designed on my Silhouette Studio workspace. I have a ton of graphics downloaded from the hungry jpeg. I kept the album quite minimal using black and white with just a little splash of color on the pages
each month has a different watercolor animal, so on the back page I grouped them all together into a collage pic.

Now all I have to do is give the gift to the new parents.
Thanks for taking a look, I will see you soon.😉

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - June

Hello my friends,
This month's kit is available at Urban Scrapbook! It's a very "manly" kit, (Hey Mister from My Mind's Eye) perfect for the guys in your life.  You can check out the team's take on the kit over the month of June at our blog.
I'm not gonna lie...I did struggle with this one for a while. I had to resort to a scrapbook sketch for inspiration. I knew that my fur babies would match the papers in the kit so I decided to go with a geometric block pattern for the layout.

I added some star die cuts (Stacked Stars-Tim Holtz for Sizzix) and made the top left and bottom right panels with the ephemera pack included in the kit. 

Thanks for dropping by,  I will see you soon

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Mom's Memory Card

To be clear, a holiday memory, NOT in memoriam.
My friend at work wanted me to make a mother's day card/gift for her mom, So I quickly went into planning a creating mode. She provided me with pictures and I made sure to incorporate them into the design.
The base of the box card is from the Brunch Party SVG Kit I altered it to add a bunch of tropical elements to the frame.
Everything was cut on my Silhouette machine. I always like to cut extra flowers, etc. just in case. If I don't use them, that's ok, but it really helps to add a lot of layers and dimension.
Thanks for having a look, I did make a matching Father's day card for her, so you will have to wait and see how that one turned out. Bye for now   

A Mother's Day Moment

A mom moment for sure! I totally forgot to post this. I really haven't been myself lately. Permanent night shifts are wearing me down.
Anyhow, on with the show.
I managed to make some Mother's day cards for sharing here. The first one is inspired by Jennifer McGuire. She made a really cool offset card using a die. I cut the word out on my Silhouette and did an offset to create the "bubble?" around the word. I colored the layers of white cardstock with a gradient of grey tones (copic markers)
The hibiscus are from Heartfelt Creations, as are the shells along the bottom.
Crazy Dog Card.
This is a great way to use up scraps of paper too good to throw away. I created a pinwheel layout and stamped the dogs in each piece. I used pencil crayons this time. whenever I use pencils, I always think "I should use them more often" I get such a nice blend with them.
and of course, you didn't think I would not have used one of Mary's (SVGCuts) files for some Mother's day cards did you? I made all the little teacups for my co-workers complete with personalized  name "teabags"
this box card is from the Garden Party Box Card kit. You can see the whole collection here.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look. Hopefully I can stay on top of things a little more. I love creating. It's my therapy. see you soon.  Laurie

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Some Home Decor Projects

Hi everyone,
I am constantly keeping myself busy in my art space.  I typically have a few projects on the go all the time. I wanted to share a few with you.
My cute little "beach" house is almost complete. I have to work on the backyard this summer, but that's another huge project that will come together eventually.

Project 1
my rustic nautical welcome sign.
I had an old wooden heart that was really not my decor style at all, so I altered it into a mixed media piece. I had made a bunch of pieces out of air-dry clay and a silicone mold. They stayed in my stash for quite a while until I pulled them out and used them on this project.

this next one was quick and easy...(inspired by Pinterest)
I had a piece of wood that had broken off of a cutting board. I stained it with broken china distress stain. I then found the co-ordinates to my house and cut them out of vinyl. That was what took the most time - deciding on a font to use. The compass was also cut with vinyl and transferred to the edges.

and lastly, my new 24 x 36" picture that hangs in my kitchen. I have been downloading a lot of graphic design images from the hungry jpeg lately. They have a lot of great deals on images and fonts. The dogs were just too fun not to buy. The hardest part was piecing the 12x12 papers together to make it look seamless. I added some rope detail on the edges and some bling to the dog collars.
that's it for now, I have a few more things coming up (hint: Mother's Day) so I will see you then...

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - May

Hi everyone, I'm a bit late with the post, but I have been enjoying the sunshine (finally!)
This month's kit at Urban Scrapbook includes papers from Bo Bunny Petal Lane
Have you visited Urban's blog recently? You can check out new posts and inspiration here.
for my layout, I cut large circles on my Silhouette machine along with the 2 bicycles. That was the only thing that wasn't in the kit. ok, I lie...see the little metal bicycle on the top? That was in a previous kit that I didn't use on the layout. Hoarding Saving stuff is useful. (hahahaha)
Thanks for stopping by, make sure you pick up your kit if you pop in to Urban Scrapbook, they usually sell out fast.
see you soon

Friday, 14 April 2017

Magnolia Manor

Hi everyone,  I have had this one on the "back burner" for a couple weeks.  I was in Thailand when the kit was released. The first few days after I got home, I bought the kit, printed, cut out the paper and assembled it.
It wasn't until I decided to turn it into a "Wedding Reception" venue that I had a plan to decorate the house.

Welcome to Magnolia Bed and Breakfast. The couple are celebrating their big day at the historical house. I added burlap ribbon and flowers to the trim to give it a whimsical look.
Did you see the swing on the top photo?
Perfect for sipping your coffee on the front porch or enjoying a glass of wine.

This Magnolia Manor kit is really intricate and detailed. I think I watched the assembly video at least 6 times (LOL). Mary, you are an engineering marvel!

of course it lights up!

Happy Easter

Hi everyone,
I am here to wish you all a blessed and wonderful Easter weekend.
Here is to hope and renewal for the spring and summer seasons

I had a little get together with my "Inspire Me Girls" last week. We flipped through my binders of SVG kits that I had, looking for Easter projects. Debbie wanted to make the cute little egg house, I loved the retro feel of the chick and bunny cards - all from an older kit Cotton Tail Village.
Here are the finished results...
I cut most of the shapes with white cardstock and added distress ink to color in the pieces. The only paper that wasn't white on this card is the lovely yellow cardstock  (Bo Bunny - Petal Lane)
The bunny card was entirely white paper. I love adding soft colors, especially for springtime cards.  My bunny's eye looked weird, so I stuck an "eye" over top.
and here's the adorable egg house. I ended up making it instead of Deb. For this one, I dipped the panels in 3 colors of distress oxide ink. I love how it turned out. I used Lipstick, Broken China and Wilted Violet.  The door and awning are just little scraps of patterned paper I had in my stash.
Thanks for stopping in. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am starting my 5 night shifts tonight, so I hope the city behaves, apparently there is a rave tonight as well, so I'm sure we'll get some overdoses in the Emergency dept later. sigh. People should just stay home and make pretty things. LOL

Friday, 7 April 2017

Designer Handbag (or the closest thing I'll get to Burberry)

Hi lovlies,
This is the first run at the Elegant Handbag I made from the SVGCuts  Brunch Party kit.
Yes, it is all paper, well ok, not the chain or tassel, but the rest is paper.
I love Burberry, but this girl will never be able to afford a real Burberry purse. Instead, I make pretty things. The size of the bag is perfect for storing inks or stamp sets. I can keep it in my art room and be all faux fancy. (LOL)
Thanks for looking, see you soon...