Friday, August 23, 2013

Scrapbook on the Walls

I love to scrapbook too! I put a lot of time into the pages I create, and have found that scrapbook frames are a great way to scrapbook on the walls and be able to enjoy those creations before adding them to a book.  I have been working on a gift for my daughter-in-law, whose birthday was last week. I finally finished it yesterday and I'm really excited to get it mailed to her.
I used the Six Sided Sampler stamp set, stamped them with the stitched hexagon on scraps of Designer Series Paper in Early Espresso, then dabbed each side on the ink pad to add the dark edge to them. The flowers are cut from the Floral Fusion Sizzlit, also shaded, curled a little to give them some shape and added with a dimensional. Love, love, love the new Expressions Thinlits Dies from the Holiday Catalog! I can see that I will be using them a lot for scrapbook pages and for cards! Pearls, iridescent embossing on the butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri set add a little bling to the page. Matching punches are so much easier than cutting! Love Stampin' Up! punches!
These frames have so much depth to them so that you can add some depth to the page itself. This one was purchased at Hobby Lobby on one of my trips to Salt Lake, and actually opens to that the page can easily be traded out.

Our other daughter-in-law, Megan, had a birthday back in April and I made her a scrapbook page for her wall too. 
A little hard to see all the details in this picture, but I used the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack on the circles, along the edge of the straight piece, and along the edge of the scalloped piece cut from the Tasteful Trims Die. I used the Early Espresso marker to stitch between the holes and shaded each of them. The flowers along the edge are from the Flowering Flourishes stamp set and are clear embossed. That little cutie in the picture is my granddaughter, Autumn! Trent is currently serving as a Marine in Afghanistan and will be returning home in October. 
                                 
Again, the frame adds so much depth, that you can add buttons, brads, and lots of dimension behind the frame. What a treasure family is!

We had a one last hurrah in Salt Lake this week before school started for Larry on Wednesday. Our daughter, Jamie and her husband Mark made reservations for us in a wonderful hotel and we spent a day just wandering and fly fishing in Provo Canyon. What beautiful country! We didn't catch many fish, but what fun we had!

I even got my camera out when the fish weren't biting, and took a couple of pictures. I really need to spend some time playing with my camera again before I forget all the things I've learned! 
Hope this inspires you to do some scrapbooking for the walls! 
Happy Stampin'! 
Lauri




Saturday, August 17, 2013

I Love You This Much!

For Mother's Day at school (I know, a while back) we made the cutest card that I just had to share with you. The kids decorated kitchen towels, wrapped them, then made this card to give to their Mom's. I found the idea on Pinterest and thought what a great idea for 1st and 2nd graders. The Mom's loved them!


Some of the cute towels that they made...


wrapped up so carefully...


then the card. They traced their hands onto construction paper, then wrote I love you, Happy Mother's Day on the outside of the front hand, then accordion folded several strips of paper together and wrote on the inside...


This Much!!!! 
What a great card to make for any special occasion. I know, not my usual post for the day, but thought these were too cute not to share. What a special craft to do with your grand kids or small children at home too.
Happy Stampin'!
Lauri

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thank You!

I've been able to make lots of thank you cards this summer. You see, I've been diagnosed with breast cancer, and through the process, I've had some very kind and giving people. It has humbled me greatly to hear the number of people that are praying for me, and knowing that each prayer is brought before our Mighty King and He hears and answers each one. It makes me very grateful! It has been a different summer than what we had planned, that's for sure! Chemo has not been kind some days, and then other days, I feel "normal" and back to myself again...except for no hair! I'm getting used to wearing hats and scarves, though I still can't get used to the people that look at me like I have something missing. I just try to smile and not let it bother me. Maybe they'll figure it out, and then maybe not.Thank you for the support and love I have felt from my family and friends! I know that I don't fight this battle alone and I cherish each one of you! God has made me God tough and I know that He's right here carrying me through it all.

 This is one of the thank you cards that I made with the Honeycomb embossing folder.


I used scraps for the flowers, embossed, and then cut them out...a little time consuming, but love the quilt look to it. I made a hand pieced quilt many years ago with this Grandma's Garden quilt pattern, so it has a special place in my heart. So fun to do with the Honeycomb folder. Now, we just need a punch for the pieces! From my lips to Stampin' Up!'s ears!
The doilies were stamped with the Thanks so Much stamp from the Oh Hello stamp set. then a bow tied from a leftover piece of Tempting Turquoise ribbon.  Inside, I added another flower to the corner, after all, can't leave the inside naked!

So pretty! Love to quilt, and love to quilt with paper too!
Off to the park for a while! Going to try to enjoy these "feel good" days!
 
Happy Stampin'!
 Lauri









Monday, August 5, 2013

Birthdays!

My little niece, Rachael, celebrated her birthday last week, along with my Mom (her 81st!). I had so much fun making special cards for them.
Here's Rachael's...


I used the You Rule stamp set that is retired now. It was in the Spring Mini and with little grand daughters, I just had to have it. I embossed the crown, popped it up on dimensionals, and added the bling to it. It really screams Rachael! She's such a little princess! Inside I added washi tape to add just a little color, then had some fun with the words from the stamp set. I stamped some of the words in Raspberry Ripple, then printed between the stamped words. Here's what I wrote (the underlined words were stamped)...Rachael, Happy Birthday! Everyday you're a Princess, but I declare that today, you are Queen for the Day because You Rule! That puts you in charge!
Happy Birthday!
Love you!
It was a fun way to wish her a happy birthday!
 
 
My Mom's birthday is just the day before and she turned 81 this year! She loves flowers and has always been an amazing gardener, so I wanted to do something special for her with flowers on it.
 
 
 
 


Her card was fun to do with the Apothecary Art set (another one I haven't used much yet). I stamped the image in Early Espresso, then colored it with markers, then stamped again and cut out all the little flowers to add extra dimension to it. Yes, cutting was a little time consuming, but for my Mom, it was worth it! The butterfly was stamped and cut out (couldn't find my punch!) then added again with dimensionals to add that great texture. Love this card, and best of all, Mom loved it too!
 
Happy Stampin'!
 
Lauri



Sunday, August 4, 2013

Been Too Long!!

I know... it's been too long since I was here last! Life just gets in the way some days. I've been stamping, so it's not that I've given that up, but just haven't taken the time to post the cards and scrapbook pages and blog about them. It's still my favorite way to spend my free time...what little of that I have. I know you can relate, but I'M BACK!
The first layout and card that I want to share is one that I saw an owl on a paper piecing web site, and thought how cute that it would be as a card and then as a scrapbook page. I needed a baby shower card, and you know it, the nursery was being decorated in owls! Perfect! So that's where this pattern came into being. I made a special one for my friend, Susan, with a birthday wish and balloons inside. Then, I needed a bunch of thank you cards for my sisters and Mom who sent me an Origami Owl locket, so I thought these would be perfect! This pattern has been put to lots of use already!
 

 
 

 I drew out the shape of the owl, then just made it a little smaller for the inside layer. The eyes were punched from the 1 1/4" circle punch and the 7/8" scallop circle punch. A silver brad was added for the highlight. The beak was first punched from the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, then trimmed to the size I wanted it. I added dimensionals under it to pop it up a little. The front feathers were made with the Tasteful Trims BigXL Die. I love that you can cut them all at the same time! I just used some of the scraps from my scrap bin, so a great way to use up some of those scraps! My friend, Susan, would be proud of me for not cutting into a full sheet for such a little piece! The Owl Builder Punch was used for all the little owls, and again, scraps worked great!
 
One of the gals in my scrapbook club had been bugging me about doing an owl page, so this is what I came up with. Each of the owls turned out different and so unique! What a fun day we had!
 
This picture was taken of me and ALL my grandkids when we visited at Katie's in June. My grandkids from Colorado surprised me by being there too! We had so much fun with 7 little kids in the house! I'm one blessed Grandma!

The Owl punch made the little owls and I used the Bird Builder punch for the leaves on the branch, then wrote the names of each of the kids on them. I still need to make a banner for between the two top owls that says...I will OWLways love you!

 
The tree branch was cut from a piece of Soft Suede, then details added with an Early Espresso marker. The "grandma" owl was made using the same pattern that I had made, but I used the inside layer from the card, then cut another one just a little smaller to make the inside layer for the scrapbook page. The eyes and feathers were made the same way as the card. I copied my patterns onto pieces of the tag board that comes in the back of the DSP! Recycle! What a special page this is for me! What great memories of those days together!
 
Thank you for visiting my page! I enjoy sharing my creations with you!
Happy Stampin'!
Lauri





Saturday, October 20, 2012

Work, Work, Work!

Work, work, and more work, leaves little time for playing! As a new teacher this year, I'm spending a lot of time coming up with new ideas and ways to share ideas with kids. I'm loving every minute of it, but it leaves little time for stamping! I have done several classes and have done a little bit of stamping, but not near enough! My fingers are itching to get back at it!
Here's a couple of samples of things that I've gotten done...
 
This one is masked, shaded and then unmasked and stamped with the leaves. Simple design, but fun to do and makes a great guy card...which as you know, can be hard to come up with! I made these with my scrapbook group on Wednesday night, and they loved them!

I stamped a leaf in the corner, and then one on the outside of the envelope too.

This one I've done before, but just love the design and the technique! To get this neat look, add color to the stamp with the marker first, then spray the watercolor paper with water and stamp. When it's dried, color the stamp again with the markers, line it up with the stamp-a-ma-jig, then stamp over again. Another really good guy card!

Inside I stamped the tree in the corner.
 
This one is a Swing Card...a little hard to cut out the first time around, but a little easier when you've done enough for the whole class! :-)
I followed the directions that I found on Slitcoaststampers. This is the new Ronald McDonald set, Moving Forward,  from the catalog this year. Three dollars of each set sold, goes to the Ronald McDonald house! It can be found in the catalog on page 209.

When the card is opened, the piece in the middle swings around and you see the other side of that piece.  Love it! (And that cute, cute frog!!). It's well worth the cutting time! It did take me a little longer, since this is the first Swing Card that I've ever made, but I will definitely be doing it again!
 
This card is one that I copied from a sympathy card that I received from a friend in SD when my sister died in September. I loved her design, but used a different flower set on the front. This is a gate fold card, with the Top Note die used on the front piece. Love it! The flowers were stamped and then clear embossed to make the colors really stand out.

Inside I stamped the flower, then clear embossed over it too. Embossing really makes the colors  pop!
 
This card is so colorful in real life and so much fun! This is a shaker card, another first for me! I used some old beads that I had, that Stampin' Up! used to carry in the shaker part of it. I made some with glitter, but like the sound and the more color that the beads add to it. Stampin' Up! makes shaker cards really easy to make now, with the new shaker frame pieces on page 177 of the catalog. One of these are on their way to my granddaughter, Lily, who will be celebrating her 7th birthday in just a few days! Happy birthday, dear Lily!!

A little closer look at the beads and shaker part of the card.

Of course, you can't forget the inside!
 
We've had lots and lots of birthdays to celebrate in the last couple of months. My grandson, Gabe also had a birthday in Sept., along with my nephew, Alex. I used some punch art to make these fun Angry Bird cards....

complete with the pig on the inside. I don't play Angry Birds, but I know the boys loved them. Happy birthday again, Gabe and Alex!
 
And the last one...the thank you card that I included in my orders for September...a Halloween card. This is made from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and so much fun! I'm not a big Halloween fan, but I do really like this set and kit with the fun images and googly eyes! They add such a cute touch to the cards!

I had to add them to the eyes on the spider coming down from the middle of the card inside too!
 
I hope that you're getting some time to stamp and stamp and stamp! I'm off to drag out some supplies and see what else I can create today! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'!
Lauri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wonderfall Time of the Year!

I fell in love with the scrapbook page on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog as soon as I got the catalog in the mail. I knew then, that I would use it for my scrapbook club. Then, at convention, they showed us  how to do a neat technique with leaves, so I just had to put it all together. The leaves use the new set, Wonderfall, and the Bigz Die, Autumn Accents, also on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog. I couldn't wait to get them all, along with the new Woodgrain textured impressions embossing folder...I just ordered the whole page! I just couldn't help myself! It really is my favorite time of the year!
Before I show you the page, I want to show you how to make the leaves.
First, cut the leaf out of Very Vanilla card stock with the Autumn Accents die, then ink the stamp and lay the cut piece over the back of the stamp. I used my bone folder to make sure that it was inked all the way around. It's really much easier to line up the image with the stamp then trying to stamp it first, then do the cutting. The new ink pads give it such vibrant color too.
 
Then shade all the edges with a darker ink. I used the More Mustard to stamp the leaves, then the Cajun Craze to shade it with.
 
Then crumple the leaves all up. You should have heard the gasp that went through the crowd when she did this on stage at convention! Go ahead, you can do it!
Then, gently unfold it and lay the darker ink pad over the top of the leaf to bring out the veins that were made from crumpling it.

Isn't that just the neatest leaf?? I love this technique! It gives the leaves such great texture!
Then, I experimented with the Spider Web embossing folder. I have seen it used for making the veins in leaves, and wanted to try it with this set.
Here, I stamped the leaf first with the Summer Starfruit In Color ink, shaded it with the More Mustard, and textured it with the embossing folder. Just be sure to get your veins going the right direction when you put it in the folder. Then I touched the leaf with the More Mustard ink pad to bring out the veins in the leaf! Cool, huh?!
The acorn was stamped off with Chocolate Chip (ink the stamp, then stamp some of the ink off to give it a lighter color), shaded it with Early Espresso, then stamped another one (without stamping off this time) in Early Espresso. I cut the acorn along the dividing line, added a dimensional to the middle of it, and taped down the edges to give it a little more rounded look.
 
 


 
 Then, put it all together with lots of dimensionals to give the page tons of texture. Here it is, my favorite page of all times, complete with pictures of one of my favorite kids of all times, my Grandson, Collin.
Isn't he cute??

I shaded around the letters with the More Mustard ink pad to give them a little more color, cut them out of the tag board that comes in the back of the DSP and out of the Newsprint paper, then popped them up on dimensionals to give them a little more lift. I wish you could see it in person!

I had so many cute pictures, I had to make a second page too! I just need to add a little journaling on the second page with dates, places, etc. to finish it all off. Collin really does the title justice...HAPPINESS!
Happy Scrappin'!
Lauri
 
 


 






Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall is in the Air!

School started for my husband, Larry yesterday, and is just around the corner for me! What fun to be going into fall and a regular routine again! I'm really looking forward to my class of 1st and 2nd graders! What joy! The books all came in yesterday, so I'm anxious to spend some time looking through them and finishing up with some lesson plans. I love to be organized!
I worked yesterday on the page that my scrapbooking club will do this week, and I must say, it's one of my favorite pages ever! Yes, EVER!! I just need to add some cute Collin pictures to it and it will be ready to show to you. So, having said that, you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the page! It's so awesome! I used the page in the Holiday Catalog on page 33 as my starting inspiration, and went from there....can't wait for you to see it!!!
In the mean time, here's a couple of more pictures of the scrapbook pages that I swapped for at convention. As I put pictures on all of these, I will have a whole year's worth of pictures and pages done! I ordered a new album to put them into today, so just need to get those pictures ordered! What great memories to have to look through!

                               
This one is an extra May one that I swapped for. The person that signed up for July in our group didn't show up until we had left, and then it was too late to swap with her. I had already traded for this extra page with the extra August one that I had left.

I love the bright colors of this page, and they really could be used alone as a single page.

This one is November and will make a nice Thanksgiving page. The tree is a neat feature on this page. The leaves are made from different circles punched from DSP.

My favorite time of the year...Fall! This page has lots of texture to it and lots of dimensionals. Love it!

All the the blocks were shaded and put on with dimensionals and the Fall banner was crumpled before adding the letters.

October! Love it, and I'm not a big fan of Halloween! The little monsters on the page have the google eyes added to them,

as does the spider. The web has dazzle added to it too for a little sparkle and glitz.
(Sorry for the sideways! Some days, life is just like that!)

Love the little monsters and their google eyes!

And the last one...Christmas! This is done with the new set in the Holiday catalog and the ornaments hung with Baker's twine.

Beautiful!


 This next project, is one that I've been working on for all of my club members for this month. I saw this pattern on Dawn Olchefske's web site, and just had to make them too! They are so stinkin' cute! These are made with the Perfectly Preserved bundle in the Holiday catalog. Thank you Kay Kalthoff and Mary Alice Bellis for sharing your wonderful creation!

 
Kaye also has a video on how to make them posted on her blog
They are a little time consuming, but so cute and fun! Just a little jar of chocolate! YUM!
Happy Creating!
Lauri