Friday, July 11, 2014

Julie's Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Hey there, everyone!!  Dropping in really quickly from our vacation in Montana to wish Julie Mogford a very special happy birthday!!


A few of us from the card making world have banded together to celebrate Julie, and created a blog hope in her honor!  Here is the card I made for her!!

I hope that you are having a wonderful birthday, Julie!!  And I hope you get something sparkley & shiney...lol!!

Here is the rest of the blog hop, so you can see everyone else's fun cards!


Thanks for checking out my card today! Happy birthday, Julie!!

Until later,
~L.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

Hey blog friends!!  How are you doing today?  I'm doing great....it is FINALLY starting to get sunshiney & warm here in Fargo.  We have had days here & there that have been really nice, but more than anything...we've had rain (like, LOTS of it), wind & then humidity.  I think we are finally supposed to be getting out of our rainy season, and into just a nice summer.  Here is hoping, my friends....here is hoping.  Lol.

Jocelyn & I are issuing the first Thursday challenge for July on the Scraptastic blog, and we decided to challenge you to create with natural elements!!  Jocelyn chose to use burlap, and I went with woodgrain...you can see both of our projects HERE, and also link up a project if you want to participate!

I am using the Summer Nights kit & add-on this month, and and I had to jump right in with the rainbow goodness that is such a big part of this kit!! (If you have frequented my blog over the years...you know I love a good rainbow themed project!!)  All of those colors are amazing, but they definitely need something to help ground them....which is where the deep brown woodgrain paper came in. It is the perfect neutral to compliment this smattering of bold colors on the rest of the card.
 Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from mint cardstock.
2. Cut woodgrain paper slightly smaller, distress the edges & adhere.
3. Round the bottom corners of a 3x4 card, distress the edges & adhere to the middle.
4. Distress the edges of the stickers, and layer to the upper left corner of the card.
5. Add a piece of flair in the same area.
6. Adhere a sunburst wood veneer to the lower right corner of the card.
7. Distress the edges of the diecut strips & sticker, and adhere together with a heart brad.
8. Adhere the entire sentiment piece to the top of the wood veneer sunburst to finish.

Card Challenges:
-My Favorite Things sketch #183
-Little Red Wagon #244 - summer
-Word Art Wednesday #139 - anything goes



I hope that you will participate with us at the Scraptastic blog in our challenge to use natural elements!  You can use any product that you want to participate!  Have a happy Thursday!

Until later,
~L.

Winnie & Walter Share the Love Week Day 4

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Hey there, blog friends!  Today I am joining in with Winnie & Walter's "Share the Love" week, featuring Distress Inks by Ranger.  Now...this might seem crazy to you, but this is my first time using distress inks for anything other than just inking the edges of papers when I was in my shabby chic phase. (And even then I had one color...antique linen.)

I received a few packages of the cube distress inks so I could participate this week, and have been practicing with them.  I'm so glad I bought the less expensive watercolor paper, because I have pracitce samples all over the place....lol!  When I finally felt like I had a good grasp on using them with water, I tried using them with stencils...and didn't really love the result.  Maybe I don't have the right type of stencils for it, or maybe it was just a look that is not my favorite.  Not sure...but I knew that I had signed up for the stencils/masks day during this week.

So, what I did was a watercolor background, then used my stencil & gesso to add textured hearts to the top of it!  Here is what I came up with:
Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from white cardstock.
2. Cut a block of watercolor paper slightly smaller.
3. Add three streaks of distress ink across the top of the watercolor paper.
4. Spritz it with water to let the inks blend into each other a bit, then wipe off any excess.
5. Let it dry, then add the gesso hearts to the front using a stencil.
6. Let that dry, then stamp the sentiment to the front.
7. Accent with sequins & white glitter enamel dots to finish.



Be sure to head on over to the Winnie & Walter blog, and check out all the posts from this week!  Ranger has generously offered up an amazing prize, and there are two ways you can win!  First you can leave comments on each blog post from this "Share the Love" week, and you can also participate!  There are link-up lists at the bottom of each technique day, and all you have to do is create a card using distress inks & at least ONE Winnie & Walter item (there are freebies on the website if you don't have any W&W in your stash yet!!).

We hope you will join in with us, and I hope that you enjoyed my first time using a watercolor technique on my cards.  It was quite fun...I foresee myself doing it more in the future!  Have an awesome day!

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ME & Me July Challenge

Hey there, blog friends!!  Today I have some exciting news to share...Mama Elephant has started a new challenge blog called ME & Me!  (How fun is THAT name, BTW?!)  What's the difference from the past challenges?  Well, they will be MONTHLY for one...which means more inspiration & more chances to win ME stamps!  And the challenge has a it's own blog, so no searching for challenges, etc.  Pretty cool, huh?

Here is our challenge for you this month:

I chose to use the three main colors from this magazine cover as my inspiration, along with the wedding theme, of course!  I also used The Challenge #10 sketch as inspiration for the design layout.  I paired my Mama Elephant "Water Blooms" stamp set with the My Mind's Eye Now & Then "Izzy" collection....and this is how it turned out!
Instructions to recreate:
1. Make A2 card from dotted patterned paper.
2. Cut triangle block and adhere to the front.
3. Add green trim over top of the seam.
4. Stamp the sentiment to the top of the card.
5. Cut a banner edge to floral paper, then adhere to the left with foam adhesive.
6. Cluster flowers to the top left corner & bottom right corner.
7. Add the "Best Day Ever" banner to the stamped sentiment with a brad.
8. Add enamel dots to the smaller flower cluster to finish.


**Just an FYI - all the flowers are from Prima Marketing, but I don't know the names of them.  Sorry I couldn't link them up for you!!**

Here are the rules for playing along with us in this month's challenge:
  • Your entry must use at least one Mama Elephant stamp
  • Your entry must be based on the challenge/nspiration source provided
  • Your entry must link back to this blog post along with the graphic image
  • Winner gets featured here and a stamp set of choice
  • Deadline is July 28th
  • Link up using the Inlinkz on the bottom of the July challenge post
  • Have fun, stamp, stamp, stamp!!!
Be sure to check out what the rest of the challenge team has created for this month's challenge!
Laurel Beard
That is all I have for you today...I hope that you enjoyed my colorful & fun wedding card!  Have a great first day of July!! 
Until later,
~L.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bokeh & City Inspired Cards

Hey there, blog friends!  Today I just wanted to share some of my last few cards using the June kits from Scraptastic Club!!  I have worked with the Best Day of my Life kit & add-on, plus the matching stamp set this month.

My cards today are inspired by the bokeh & city elements in both kits & stamp set! Here is a little peek at all three of them!


So, shaker cards have been all the rage these days, and I wanted to do one without all the extra bulk that tends to come along with them.  I also used Retro Sketches #151 to help with the layout design of my card.  Here is what I came up with for my first card!

Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from bokeh patterned paper.
2. Adhere a block of vellum to the middle, and stitch along three of the edges.
3. Pour the sequins & vellum hearts into the open side of the vellum, then stitch it closed.
4. Shake the contents so they evenly distribute through the vellum pocket.
5. Add the banner stickers to the upper left corner, popping the top one with foam adhesive.
6. Add the circle sticker to the lower right corner with foam adhesive.
7. Accent with enamel dots to finish.

For the next card I to use the 3x4 bokeh card & some of the city themed elements to create this sweet love card that can be given at any time, rather than a specific occasion.  I also used Sketch Saturday #316 to help inspired the layout design.
Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock, then lower the bottom left corner.
2. Layer to blocks of patterned paper to the front of the card.
3. Clip the clothespin to the bokeh card, then adhere to the front.
4. Add the speech bubble sticker to the top of the bokeh card.
5. Add the "my view" flair to the upper right corner.
6. Accent the bokeh card & flair with cork stars.
7. Finish the sentiment & card by adding glitter alphas below the bokeh card.

For the final card, I went bold & bright, but still used that awesome bokeh "thank you" tag that I just LOVE!!  I used the My Favorite Things Sketch #182 to inspire the layout design of this card.  Check it out!
Instructions to Recreate:
1. Make A2 card from pink cardstock.
2. Cut yellow paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Stamp "bright lights, big city" to the upper left side of the yellow paper.
4. Add the "thank you" tag to the other side.
5. Adhere the wood veneer cityscape across the middle of the card.
6. Stamp the top cityscape to white cardstock, then cut out.
7. Adhere the stamped cityscape over top of the wood veneer cityscape.
8. Add the wood veneer word to the top, then accent with cork stars.
9. Add the enamel dots to the bottom to finish.




I hope that you like my final few cards using the Best Day of my Life kits from Scraptastic Club!!  I am sure these supplies will find themselves on more of my projects in the future...because they are awesome!!  Lol!  Have a great day!

Until later,
~L.