Monday, January 24, 2011

Neutral Challenge, by Moxie Fab World

Hey there, back with the final challenge in the 6 part color challenge at Moxie Fab World, Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week. This time, it was Neutrals and while I felt that the color combo that I chose did not exactly match the challenge colors, I worked with what I had and enjoyed making a "boy" baby match my previous "girl" card.

The colors:

Happy New Baby Card:

I stamped background baby bottles with versa ink and then embossed them with clear embossing powder. I used an embossing folder for the vanilla scalloped circle and then stamped on a smaller circle for a layered look. This was by far, the simplest card in this 6 part challenge, but I was happy with the result.

Supplies used: Cardstock: Stampin' Up, Bazzill; Ribbon: Craft supply; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Die Cut Machine: Slice by Making Memories; Stamps: Stampin' Up and Rubber Stampede; Ink: Stampin' Up, Versa Mark; Embossing powder: EK Success; Eyelets: Making Memories

This is the final challenge in the series. I enjoyed it immensely, and hope to continue doing challenges at MFW. You should check them out, play along, this particular challenge goes until 1/31/11, so there is still time! They have a lot going on there all the time and it is so inspiring! TFL. Love and hugs, Lara

Moxie Fab World's Monochromatic challenge

Back again, for part 5 of the Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week going on atMoxie Fab World. The challenge is Monochromatics.

Pinks are not my strong suit. I have a little in my stash, but mostly in the form of cardstock...which worked out for this challenge, but was hard for me, since I do not use cardstock on cardstock very often. I had to improvise with some stamps, which in an essence, got my to go outside my creative box a bit.

The colors:

Welcome Baby Card:

I was pretty proud of how this turned out. I used a Christmas crib stamp from Autumn Leaves, and cut out the little baby, and hand-drew a little bassinette and improvised a bit. I added stamped background to the bassinette for a little color. The netting is again, from Webster's Pages, and looks a little "peach" in the photo, but it adds a softness to the baby in the bassinette.

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill; Stickers: Making Memories, Sassafras; Stamp: Label Tulip, Autumn Leaves; Netting: Webster's Pages; Die Cut: Top Note die from Stampin' Up; Ribbon: craft supply; Button: craft supply

Well, almost done. One more in the challenge to post. I am surprised that I finished this in enough time. Usually, I get the challenges done, and then do not get to the computer to post before a deadline. It was fun to do. TFL. Love and hugs, Lara

Moxie Fab World's Metallics challenge

Hey folks, back with part 4 of the Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week at Moxie Fab World . This time it was the Metallics. I struggled with this a bit, because not a lot in my stash is "metallic", but the color combo was fun to put together!

The colors:

Happy Anniversary card:

I loved this card the most out of all the ones that I did for this challenge. I love the soft pink, coupled with the shiny metallic feel to the card. The Webster's netting is something that I got for Christmas and have been itching to use since then and I was waiting for the right time to use it. (Note to self: Use your stash, don't save it or you will never use it)...

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Chatterbox, Pink Paislee; Pearls: Kaiser Craft; Die cuts: Girl's Paperie, K&Co.; Sticker sentiment: Cloud 9 Design; Netting: Webster's Pages

TFL. Lve and hugs, Lara

Moxie Fab World Challenge: Jewel tones

On to part 3 of the Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week going on at Moxie Fab World. The Jewel tones are the next stop on this color challenge.

Here is the color pallette:

My "You Make Me Happy" Card:

My determination to make this color pallette match took me a bit longer to find just the right supplies, but fruition paid off, because I felt like this matched the colors so well.

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Sassafras; Stickers--letters/words: American Crafts, The Girl's paperie; Flower Sticker: Making Memories; Rubons: Basic Grey and K&Co.; buttons: Craft supply; Ribbon: Craft supply; embossing folder: Sizzix

The flower sticker, was in the wrong color pallette and so I used my gel pens to color the leaves and flower petals to match my palette. TFL. Be back with the rest of the challenge. Love and Hugs, Lara

Pretty Pastels challenge by Moxie Fab World

SO this is part two of the Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week at Moxie Fab World. This time, pretty pastels were the order in the challenge. I had a bit tougher time with this, because I felt like I was having a hard time matching the colors just right, but creative license is creative license, right? So here goes.

The color palette:

The challenge card:

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Making Memories; stickers: American crafts, October Afternoon, Class Appeals; Die cut: K & Co.; Chipboard: KI Memories; Ribbon Craft supply; Embossing Folder: Sizzix

So there is my second part of the challenge. You should check it out. It is a great place to visit with many great challenges and inspiration. TFL. Love and hugs, Lara

The bright and bold challenge by Moxie Fab World

Yep, I decided to play along. Moxie Fab World has a 6 part challenge going on, Color Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week, and I decided that I should play along. The first challenge was to use bright and bold colors by Moxie Fab World. Here are the colors:

And here is my take on the challenge:

Supplies used: cardstock: Bazzill, craft supply; Patterned paper: Sassafras, Webster's Pages, Hambly; journaling spot: Sassafras; Doily: Martha Stewart; Sentiment: Karen FOster Designs; Embossing folders: Sissix; Ribbon: Maya Road; Pearls: Kaiser Craft; gel pen: Sakura

I sanded the embossed images on my pink cardstock to give in dimension, and used GOLD SHADOW gel pens for the pink in the butterfly. TFL. Love and hugs, Lara

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Valentines Galore, New Echo Park

Hello again. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Always important to make a Valentine or two for a loved one or just to have on hand to brighten someone's day.

I went Valentine crazy last week after picking up the new Valentine line, Be Mine, by Echo Park Paper It is chock full of pretty patterns and colors, pink, white, black, hot pink...with musical notes, scripts, romantic Parisian icons and so forth. I usually only make a few Valentine's a year, but this year I went out and made a bunch. These Valentines were warmly accepted at a little gift shop down the street from me where we hope to sell them to people who want handmade Valentines.

This is such lovely stuff, that I might end up making a whole bunch more Valentines and I only give out 3 at most. These Valentine's make me so happy, so I guess I will just keep on making them!

Supplies used: Patterned paper: Echo Park; Ribbon: Making Memories, craft supply; Ribbon slide: Paper Studio; Stickers: Echo Park, Martha Stewart, Recollections by Michaels; Rhinestones: craft supply

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week. It is cold here in MN, so we are all cuddled up inside, and what better time to be crafty...when the weather keeps us from getting out much. Have I mentioned that I hate being cold yet? My husband says that I say that way too much. The bright side...when Valentine's Day comes, we will be about 6-8 wks from spring. I can hold on! Happy crafting! Love and Hugs, Lara

Friday, January 14, 2011

Circa 1934--Cosmo Cricket

This is one of my favorite lines of the last year. Very Vintage and very classy! The blacks and teal/reds along with the cream make for pretty stuff!

I made these layouts from a goodie pack I won on Wednesday Winner's/Scrapgrlz! Shell McKay is the owner of Scrapgrlz, and she hosts a weekly giveaway on her blog. She has a store packed with scrappy goodies and the site also lists scrap getaways for us when we need to get away. I was very excited to get this paper before I could find it in stores. Worth it to check it out. It is late in getting posted because I was slow in loading these. Thanks Shell for the goodies! I bring you Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket!

This layout makes my heart hurt just a little. This was a picture of the last crop at the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul. This was my home LSS, my home away from home, a place where many of my friends congregated. I have not set foot in another store since it closed the end of October and it made me pretty jaded and depressed about scrapping and it took me time to get going on any crafts after this.

Nobody can really explain all the goodness that happened and was displayed in this store. It was the kind of LSS that when you walk in, you want to stay and absorb it all and then buy stuff and drive really fast home to take all the goodness in the store and turn it into craftiness. I miss it so much! Life is not the same without it! Rhonda, you are the best and I will not ever forget your beautiful creativeness and love that made this into a store of wonder and delight. Eventhough the store is gone, I am glad to keep your friendship! Love and HUGS! Lara

Monday, January 10, 2011


I never thought of a hot air balloon as something that I would like on a card, but it seemed right for a cute pick-me-up card. Webster's Pages has it going on with their pretty lines.

Here I included another embossing folder, the music notes one. Love this look!

Here I used a recently aquired music note stamp. Love this look too, so vintage!

A long time ago, I got a lace garter stamp. It does not show up well in the photo, but it is cute in real life!

Crate Paper's Restoration, is quite possibly the best paper line I obtained in 2010. Love the vintage look to it!

Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Crate Paper, and Webster's Pages; Ribbon: The Twinery and Basic Grey; Embossin Folders: Cuttlebug and Tim Holtz by Sizzix;

Friday, January 7, 2011


Recently I aquired a little machine called the Texture boutique. I love the look of embossing and have never enjoyed dry embossing using a light box. The sounds of the stilette on the paper on the lightbox makes my teeth hurt. So this texture boutique is something that gives me great joy!

I first aquired a couple cuttlebug embossing strips for borders, while I was in search of the ones that I really wanted. My fist ones that I got are the Dotted Swiss and the Flower one that come as a pair.

My favorite one is the Tim Holtz' Wood Grain one. Oh my, I love this. And I especially love the embossing look on Velvet paper! SO gorgeous.

Supplies used: Basic Grey Patterned Paper and ribbon; Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous stamps; Basic Grey and Class Appeal Stickers, Emobbsing folders by Cuttlebug and Sissix

THat is what I have for you today. See you later in the week! Love and Hugs, Lara

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Resolutions

Supplies used: Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages, Jenni Bowlin; Flower: Prima; Vintage Flower tag, Vintage Scrapbooking (free download); Sticker sentiment: Class Appeals; Pins: Maya Road; Lace: craft supply

When I signed on to this blog today, I knew that I had neglected it for quite some time, but when I saw that it has been since October, I knew that this is one thing I need to pay more attention to. I really enjoy blogging and posting my crafts, but I realized what my barrier was. It was the picture taking and editing that was making me not want to do it. You see, in MN, in the winter, I leave before it is light out and return after it gets dark. So then it leaves the weekends for doing this in broad daylight. And everyone knows how busy Saturdays and Sundays are when you are a fulltime RN and mom. So I am going to cut myself some slack and just try and post as much as I can.

Supplies used: Patterned Paper: Girl's Paperie, Basic Grey; Pins: Little Yellow Bicycle; Vintage flower tag: Vintage Scrapbooking (free download); Ribbon: Craft supply

That being said, Happy New Year everyone. I have some great things to put up today. I have been in card making mode for some time. I love making cards and realized this last week that my card stash at work has dwindled and I needed to add some goodies to that stash!

Supplies used: Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Stickers: Recollections by Michaels, Class Appeals

I just LOVE this line from American Crafts. It is adorable...surely it is the teal and red pink and the gorgeous flowers and the lace doily hearts that make me so happy! And the craft paper, well it makes for some pretty fun cards!

Supplies used: Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages; Vintage Flower Tag: Vintage Scrapbooking (free download); Stickers: Class Appeals

So that is my first post of 2011. Hopefully many more. Thanks for stopping by! Love and Hugs! Lara