Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tropical Tiffany Lamp

Hello again, I haven't posted a lot of projects lately. I have been busy enjoying the nice weather and my newly landscaped back yard. It's still a work in progress, but I ran out of money hahaha 😫

I did make something just for me though. this project is from the Boho Butterflies SVG Kit
Boho Butterflies SVG Kit
It took a bit of editing and piecing together, but I really love how it turned out. 
I've made a few of these lamps - halloween, Christmas, snowflakes...but this one is my FAVORITE
I used 3 different images for the "stained glass"; A tropical leaf, hibiscus and wave pattern. They were downloaded from the Silhouette Design store.
I had some really cool seashell patterned vellum in my stash, I bought it years ago. I don't think you can even get it anymore. 
I colored the vellum with my Copic markers using shades of green down to turquoise.
What'd'ya think? I think it turned out rather spectacular.

Thanks for stopping by, I will see you soon.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - September

Sometimes things don't go your way, sometimes things work out.

Back in July, I had posted the last design for Urban Scrapbook's monthly kit not knowing that things would work out.  Instead of the store closing, at the 11th hour, one of our great team members ended up buying and taking over the store!!! I am absolutely delighted and grateful.

Nicole, thank you for keeping the store alive and for keeping the Urban team together. xo

Here is my layout for September, using the kit featuring Echo Park papers and chipboard.
The only extra things I added were the layered leaf die and embossing folder (Tim Holtz)
and the die cuts from the Fall Foliage thinlets set (Tim Holtz) which I had in my stash.

I colored the word "Autumn" with distress oxide inks and added some paint splatter.
I hope you like the layout, you can check out the other team member's work over at Urban Scrapbook's blog.   see you real soon if I can figure out my photo stream situation. I have somehow lost all my pics on my ipad. grrrr

Friday, 4 August 2017

Tiki Bar In a Box

I have a cute little box card to share with you.
This cut file is a flat print'ncut from the Silhouette Studio store, but I made it into a box card.

I printed the tiki bar 3 times, then duplicated and cut the top part off to make the sides.
Don't forget to add "hinges" to attach the box together.
I have a bunch of png images that I have purchased from
I scaled those to size in my work area and printed everything on 12x12 cardstock. (I have a large format printer)
Then it was just a matter of piecing every thing together to complete a fun and foldable birthday card.
thanks for stopping in to my tiki bar in a box. see you soon my friends

Monday, 24 July 2017

Gypsy Soul and the Marquee

I wanted to have a go at making my own marquee sign. It started with a very simple design. You can't get any more basic than a rectangle. Right? hmm it took waaaay longer than I thought.
At least I knew that I needed 24 holes for the lights
Thanks to the rhinestone feature in my Silhouette Studio software, it was easy enough to add the circles to the frame. It just took a little tweaking and aligning of the cuts.
I designed the picture in the software as well, using the pattern and solid fill options to get the background. The plumeria flowers were a download from the store as were the flamingos.
I printed everything but actually cut the birds and flowers out by hand. I enjoy layering the pieces together for extra dimension.
It goes back to my youth, I think, watching my mom create beautiful paper tole. She and I have spent countless hours cutting paper. xoxo
here it is all lit up. I am very happy with the final result. It's really feminine and pretty.
Thanks for looking! see you soon.

Tropical Marquee Beauty

Hi Everyone!
Mary R over at released a new kit a couple weeks ago, and I LOVE IT!
It's the Tiki Party kit

Here's my project that I made...

I wanted it to match my beach house decor, so I used subtle wood colors as the background.
I bought these awesome embossing folders a couple of months ago that really give a deep impression into the paper. I cut the pieces out in the same grey wood paper, embossed them and then highlighted the texture with Iced Spruce distress oxide ink

I cut the second layer of the petals out with a foil cardstock then tinted the pieces with alcohol ink after I embossed them with a hibiscus pattern.  Pink glitter and sticky back gems were added after I assembled the flower.

Here it is all lit up!  So pretty.
thanks for taking a look, see you soon.

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...