Thursday, December 31, 2009

quick Halloween LO

I never did much with this past Halloween so I thought I would put this together. What took the most time was cutting out all those photos!

I still have more photos to do but sometimes it is fun to wait until the next year to do them! We'll see what I end up feeling like!
Thanks for the quicky! LOL!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Tutorial at SOUS

Good morning all!

I truly hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I look forward to getting back into the swing on things over at Stuck on U....but before that we have another great tutorial for you.

Please visit us to see what Sandi Clarkson has to show us on paper distressing!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

If you can believe this...I have been working on this LO for months! And finally it is done!
It turned out that waiting was wonderful! My good friend Donna bought my Sweethearts for Christmas so I got to use many cuts from that on this LO (lock, key, dress, shoe). The bird, butterfly and crown are all from Storybook as is the title.

The story on the right is something I wrote. A little fairy tale all about Jordyn.

Since time is short today, I will let the pictures hold their own!
Hope that you enjoyed this!

And the flowers are from a tutorial from my girlfriend Sandy on Stuck on U Sketches (link on sidebar!)

Friday, December 18, 2009

SOUS Tutorial by Me!

Just wanted you all to know that this is my week for my tutorial over at Stuck on U Sketches.

I have done a 3 part tutorial on inking Cuttlebug embossing folders.

There are a few neat ideas there that I hope everyone will like!

Go take a peak!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reindeer Christmas cards 3 of 3

well not matter what I have tried I can not get this to post in the order that I want it you will have to go backwards and look at post 1 first, just down the page...I am so sorry, I have no idea what is wrong that I can not get this right...ugh)

All paper used was from this years The Holiday Collection by DCWV, printed paper. Obviously I would choose cardstock but always find myself buying the printed paper stacks because I prefer the patterns more then their cardstock stacks (which I do get too! LOL!)

This one I embossed with the ornament CB folder. Cut a section of the printed paper and used Stickles to accent the red and green snowflakes as well as the stockings

Originally I had cut these white backgrounds for all the cards but ended up on a different route. Patterned paper embossed with Swiss Dots.

This one was pretty simple but I accented the print with Stickles.

This was embossed as well with the ornament folder but after I had put it down I thought it needed more and added more strips of patterned paper, all accented again with Stickles.

I wish this showed up a bit better. I used the Ruby Slippers Glitz color to color around the red mat, the holly berries and the red strip along the bottom piece. I thought this one turned out super cute!

I hope you all enjoyed and we are down to 10 days til Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reindeer Christmas cards 2 of 3

Well what says Christmas like a little bling? Ok really, the whole bling thing is really not me but I LOVE Stickles and think they are my single most favorite embellishment!

Here are a few examples of different types of Stickles....

These are basic colors. Stardust and Xmas Red.

This was the last one I did and LOVE how the chunkier glitter adds to the snowy look! Color is Icicle and nose is Candy Cane.

I wanted to see what something a bit more shiny would look like so I also used Stickles Glitz. Colors used, Tiara (silver and some coppery gold) and Ruby Slippers (red and maybe lavendar, its hard to tell).
And last to see is the finished cards!

Reindeer Christmas cards 1 of 3

Ok I have to say that I am extremely excited to show everyone this and because it is a bit picture heavy there will be about 3 posts.

Many of you know the stamp lines by Stampendous but they also have videos you can find on youtube and I am a BIG youtube fan! The videos are perfect for me to sit and watch while I feed my little guy. HERE is the link to my inspiration for these.

Rudolf was a dollar stamp find at my local M's. I never seem to find anything really good there and this was the ONLY holiday stamp I found!

The next 2 images were taken from the youtube video on creating your own plaid with colored pencils. I used Prisma colored pencils and did not use the Gamsol technique. I have always loved the look of colored pencils and thought it added a lot to the image so I did not want to pencil marks blurred as would have happened with the Gamsol.

I chose 4 pencil colors and did one angle of stripes and then the other.

Same thing here only I chose Christmas colors. 2 greens, a red and white.

The following images were colored using only browns.

I had colored all of these and was putting cards together when I realized because of the dark brown paper I used (some paper from the back of a paper stack I think!) that if I used more white then I could have a snowy look. I think this added so very much to the image and love how they turned out!

Next you will see how Stickles adds to all of this!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

First year teacher gift

Well this is the first year I am making teacher gifts! The idea was pretty simple...Scotti's class is the "Busy Bees!" so I knew I had lots of bee stuff...strangely I do not have as many bee stamps as I thought I would! But this one was perfect to do a set with!

Anyone else notice one is missing? I guess thats what happens when you have to craft at the kitchen table..too many little hands around! And not only did this one card go missing but so did my Versamark ink! Crap!

The cards are simple. I embossed (or rather Scotti did that part) directly onto the card with the swiss dot folder. I embossed the bee stamp in black and then layered with colored cardstock. I used 2 layers of prima flowers and a brad for each...and finished off with using Stickles on the brads and on all the bee wings.

I have a few boxes I picked up at a local flea market and embossed around the edge of the box. Now this for whatever reason was SOOO messy...the embossing powder just stuck to the box...but I decided to go with it so it has a kind of messy, almost distressed look to it.

Mrs Best has post it notes EVERYWHERE...LOL! So I knew giving her more would be a great idea. Originally I was going to do a holder but nothing made sense, as they needed to be super easy access and I just couldn't come up with something that I thought worked. Anyways I could not just give her plain old post it notes so I used Versamark and watermarked one of the bees on EVERY post it note! OK, really....who's idea was that? Geez!

And last but not least I added a beautiful bee ornament and littered the bottom of the box with paper punched bees in the coordinating paper of the card set!

I'll add some ribbon to the box and thats about it! I plan on giving this to her after school on monday! Hope she likes!

Friday, December 11, 2009

This weeks tutorial at SOUS

As Nanne said...TGIF! LOL!

I wanted to come let you know that Nanne has put together a wonderful tutorial over at Stuck on U Sketches

You'll find the link HERE

A poinsettia tutorial that will knock your STOCKINGS off! LOL!

Please go take a will not be disappointed!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

7 years of wedded bliss!

Happy Anniversary Justin!

Thought I would give a shout out to my husband...even though we really don't get to be together today all I need to know is that your in my life....that is celebration enough!

I love you so much...look at everything that has happened in just 7 years of marriage....2 homes, 3 KIDS and so many adventures!

And if the only problems we ever have will be crumbs on the counter..well I consider myself lucky! You are the most wonderful man in the world and your everything I had ever wanted!

So here is to the next about 3 more kids? oh geez! just kidding! yikes!

k, love ya my Hunk-a-Junk!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Our first "snow" day ever!

So as far as I can remember this is the first time I have ever seen snow at home! Our local hills often get a dusting but this was something else! Ok ok, might not impress many of you but it was plenty exciting for us! So here is a bit of a video with the kiddo's.....enjoy!

For You Christmas Challenge (TCS)

Its begining to feel a lot like Christmas!!!! A full week into December and all I can think about is the holidays! Gosh I LOVE it! And loving it so much makes it fun to have these challenges to do! So this week challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot was to do "For You" holiday packaging.

My in-laws (thank goodness they don't look at this blog! LOL!) are getting a few giftcards so I made this little box from Wild Card and adjusted it in DS to make sure it would fit the dimensions of a giftcard.

For You is Storybook font and then welded the penguins from Joys of the Season. There was a back layer, lettering and then the penguins.

Cuttlebug Highlight~ the white textured vellum paper as well as the black vellum were CBed with Swiss Dots. The tag is a shaped tag but decided to add the black vellum behind the wording. Then added a strip of the embossed black vellum around the bottom on the box to tie it all in.

Here is just one more picture to show the box a bit more and the shaped tag! Hope you like!

The box holds about 3 giftcards. If you are interested I could share the cut file, please leave a comment here and email me at...

Friday, December 4, 2009

December 4 SOUS Flower Tutorial

The girls and I at Stuck on U Sketches decided that this month we would run some of our favorite tutorials instead of doing sketches. Kinda a break for us and for those that join us on our challenges.

So with that said...please go over and check out Sandy Windsor's GORGEOUS flower tutorial. She did an amazing job with it, it is very easy to follow and the end result is a great sized flower that could be used on any paper crafting project...or try it in this season's colors and add it to a gift you'll be giving for Christmas!

Hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Winter Theme for The Cuttlebug Spot

Such an open theme as winter lead to soooo many ideas that I was a bit overwhelmed! LOL! I really did enjoy this one. I also came back to this project on a few occasions adding just a tad bit more here and there...
The card base is from Storybook, two marque's welded together. The other marque is a stamped image that I hand cut. The reindeer was a dollar stamp for my local craft store (they have the best dollar stamps I have ever seen!) that was square but I punched it out in a circle. Snowflakes were sent to me during a swap years ago (I do not have any snowflake punches but really really want some!!!) It is a simple card but I do enjoy how it turned out and that its not your typical winter card.

Cuttlebug Highlight~ Script folder for the background, inked in a few colors.

And here is a detail picture...I used ribbon, twine and Red Brick distress stickles for the snowflakes...and I guess that's about it!

Thanks for looking!!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

SOUS Challenge November 27

We have another great sketch from my buddy Aymee Gandy. Thanks friend for the use of the sketch!
So this is my first sketch challenge turned into a card. Also my first time throwing out my first try...thank goodness the second one worked out! LOL!

At Stuck on U Sketches we realize that with the holidays coming up that many of you will not be able to participate in our challenges so we will be running tutorials the month of December. We hope that you will enjoy those and then join us in the new year for our regular weekly sketch challenge!

Originally I had cut the large snowflake in half to use as the two semi circles but realized they just did not fit...and I also had to remind myself that sketches are never set in stone! So I thought it would look neat and cut it again so the snowflake is in 4 parts laid with a slight gap.

Paper is this years DCWV Christmas paper stack. Images were from a christmas image swap I hosted awhile ago. Snowflake is cut from Joys of the Season. Embossed with swiss dots. Inking is Faded Denim Distress Ink.

I used the light pink Stickles to do all the pink dots on the printed paper and also on the snowflakes (which were red so I painted them with white acrylic paint). My snowman was colored using the Gamsol technique and he was also covered generously with Stickles.

Friday, November 20, 2009

SOUS Challenge November 20

This weeks sketch is by Beggahuna. She has just beautiful sketches so I was very excited with this one!
Okay so this was an interesting challenge for me....I tried a couple things that, well lets say, just didn't go too smoothly! I used some of my clear stamps and embossing (the title and all the shapes were embossed and then hand cut) You can kinda see that the title got messed up (the U is too dark) but I guess that's the charm of hand made!
The paper is DCWV Kids Safari stack, a gift from my very good friend and fellow Cricut mb member, Donna. I think that most of you that know me, know her! Thanks D!
Oh can I say one more thing about this...I really adore these photos but tried so hard to find others...following some basic art rules, the picture with the black background should have been the focal photo because of the light colors of the others. It really drove me crazy but this was the batch I had to work with! LOL!

Here is a bit of a close up of the embossing. I did some different combo's with colors and paper, added a couple brads and used Liquid Pearls by Ranger to make my own gem flourishes, and then I touched each with a bright blue stickles for added detail.
Oh and can you see my other boo- boo? Well I tried hand writing another sub title and kept messing up so I layered multiple times with the same printed paper to cover it up! Can you see that? Oh isn't this fun, let's play...Where's Leah's mistakes?...ok done with that game now! LOL!

For those that follow me and have not checked out Stuck on U Sketches...I hope you do so because my fellow DT sisters are amazing!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friends Blog Award

My dear friend Sandy Windsor handed me this very meaningful blog award. She became a friend of mine through the cricut message board and now we are DT sisters at Stuck on U Sketches. I have enjoyed her friendship, always look forward to talking with her and can never wait to see what she creates next!
Now part of this award is to pass this on to 5 more friends.
I know that Sandy had passed this along to Nanne and Sandi C but I would like to do the same. These 3 woman have become good friends of mine. They are a part of my day, are always there to listen and are creative inspirations to me!

Thank you Sandy, Nanne and SC for your friendship to me!

Next I would like to extend this to 3 of my wonderful friends and swarm buddies! Donna I have known for awhile now and love her dearly, Jennifer who is a joy in my life and to Sandy who always makes me smile!

I feel so blessed to know these have all of you in my life.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot Turkey Challenge

Who You Calling Turkey?

Well its Thanksgiving (almost) so of course a turkey would be the star of this weeks challenge.

Okay want to know my original idea? To have a flock of chickens with a turkey hiding in the mix saying "cluck cluck". So after over a hour of designing this on DS and then getting my paper all laid on the mat and I realize that my cricut cartridge is gone!!!! Oh great!!!! So, this...plan B!

I started this as a card but knew I didn't really want to give it away and then decided I would write a private message to my family and put the card on a page! Now all I have to do is get that fabulous family photo on Thanksgiving and in it goes! (side note, I was a stubborn wifey and insisted all my kids have my last name as well as my husbands...not unusual in many cultures but it still is here...hence the title "we're the Schaeffer Lash's").

Cricut cuts...turkey from Stretch Your Imagination and font is Plantin Schoolbook. Turkey background is from Doodlecharms and the pie and musket is from Paper Dolls.

Cuttlebug Highlight~
I embossed with everyone's favorite Swiss Dots, rubbed it down with sandpaper and then used my colored markers to randomly color the white core cardstock. I love this look so much that I can not wait to try this is different color patterns (how about green, red and gold for Christmas!)

Last week I used this same technique for my SOUS challenge LO which was tone on tone. Again I used white core cardstock, cut my shape and distressed to show enough of the white for it to show off the page. I repeated the dinner turkey cut all over the page (and made sure some were coming off the page so it looked randomly placed and part of the background paper).

As most of you know Paper Dolls does not have layers so I cut the pie twice and just cut it in half and layered that.

Okay and as if that all were not time consuming enough...I decided the title needed a bit something. After I cut everything I pushed the title into my Distress Embossing Ink pad by Ranger and used Tea Dye Distressed embossing powder. It gives a great other element to the page and some extra texture.

Wow, okay so that about covers it! Hope you all like this and feel inspired to eat up on Thanksgiving dinner!

Friday, November 13, 2009

SOUS Challenge November 13

This weeks sketch is special to me because it was designed by one of my cricut message board friends Aymee Gandy, you may know her as Southernbellescrapper. She has a wonderful blog that you will find HERE and also one just for her sketches, you'll find that HERE.

Again, thank you Aymee, we are happy to have you at SOUS!

Well this weeks sketch was turned into a 2 page affair when I realized I wanted to finish up our family trip to the pumpkin patch. I got a couple ideas from looking at my scrapbook was to use paint on the LO so I dry brushed black acrylic paint on the edges of the paper and the photos, that served as a mat would have. The second idea was randomly placed gems (which don't show up particularly well in this photo)

This is the page based off of the challenge sketch. I flipped things a bit though.

My second page was to hold the rest of the kids photo's from our outing. I tried my hand at a folded ribbon "look". I used black vellum, folded and then hand stitched (boy was that fun- not!) And then laid orange cord (kind of similar to thin shoe string).

Circles were cut from George and then distressed. Paper is from My Minds Eye, Boo To You (my LSS splurge). The centers are from this weird paper I found at a flea market...its kinda like flock but more spongy...odd but cool! The word stickers are from Memories Direct (I now know why we use rub-ons so that there isn't the sheen on a sticker, that bugged me but after I tried to pull of a couple it was taking up the there they lie).

This design is from Storybook, border design then welded a couple more times. Paper is DCWV white core cardstock so I was able to sand it enough to just show subtly against the same colored background. Here you can also see the black paint along the photo edges.

And that's about it for this week's challenge...hope you all get a chance to pop on over and see what my wonderful girlfriends have done at SOUS!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Cuttlebug Spot Fruit Challenge

This weeks challenge was to do a project featuring fruit. So I thought more about fruit then maybe I ever fruit to do? Then I remembered these 3d stickers I had and matching cherry ribbon and knew thats what I had to do!

Lots of simple layering here and to add a bit more to the stickers I added Rangers Glossy Accents on top! Boy does that stuff add a ton to a project. Its one of my very favorite crafty items, something I probably say all the time here. I don't really own punches and don't have any border ones so I have decided to pull out and actually use the big set of decorative edge scissors I have! And that's about it for the card.

Week #2 on the DT for The Cuttlebug Spot! Woo Hoo!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Its offical...I am part of the DT for The Cuttlebug Spot

Here is my Cuttlebug Spot debut project!

Thank you Nilda for having me join the DT! I am so excited about being a part of such a wonderful challenge blog and I really look forward to making many new friends, as well as enjoying some old friends there too!

I used my Fiskar texture plates as well as a CB folder to do the embossing. Stamped image is from Hampton Arts. I cut him and put him against the card, popped the wood grain embossed paper, popped parts of the stamped image and then popped the "wood" frame. Whats really fun is seeing it in person..the 3 layers give it so much more!

Hush Little Baby (SOUS Nov 6th Challenge)

I have finally felt in the groove of doing sketches...I think there will always be weeks when I am not in the mood or whatever but I was excited about this one (and have to say that this upcoming month's sketches are amazing!)
I wanted to try something new I cut my design (from DS of course!) with the same printed paper as the background. Inked it up pretty good but not before I did small star stamping with white embossing powder...

If you can believe I have gone all this crafty time without having a white gel I did a bit of stitching and wrote some words on the right side. Tied some bows and added some gems to the star centers.

Sadly you can not see the sheen the title but its very pretty and goes lovely with the whole LO. Added a bit more gems and that's about it!
Hope everyone enjoys this weeks sketch at SOUS!