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