Thursday, November 28, 2013

Authentic & Rad ~SOUS Die Cut Challenge Numbers~


Authentic & Rad

 I am just in love with this photo of my oldest son. You know how it goes...we all think no other kid can compare with our own. Hehe. Well I just figure that life is hard enough on it's own, we all need our own built-in cheerleader. Thanks to mom's everywhere! 

 I've created this layout for the newest Die Cut Challenge at Stuck on U Sketches! Numbers! What I had really thought of is something advent but that didn't happen...my kids are 4, 7 and 9 and I've never really done anything yet and really, really want to. But I need to be better prepared...maybe next year? LOL! 

 I wanted to share something cool about this layout that maybe wasn't obvious from the get-go. All the pieces in black are one large die cut piece. I started with the number die cut image, already to go in the Silhouette store and then added in the larger square. That's when I had the idea to also add a square for the photo as well. I then thought about a title so found these words in the store and added those. Lastly, and "out of the box" LOL, I added the banner piece towards the bottom of the page. I really wish I could of popped that entire thing off the page...but geez, can you imagine the job that would be trimming up wee pieces of foam around all that (not thanks!)



 A few more details would be the star cluster stamping on the yellow chevron and the glitter added to some of the printed paper (sadly, not sure that comes across in this photo). I Distress Stickled the number 9 since that's how old my son is now.


Papers~
My Minds Eye Boy Crazy (grey star and yellow chevron)
all other prints Basic Grey Fact or Fiction
Embellies~
MME Boy Crazy stars
mini wood stars
Stickles in orange and Diamond
Distress Stickles in Black Soot
Stamps and Inks~
Papertrey Ink (stars) 2012 Birthday Tags and That's the Ticket
Black Soot and Pumice Stone

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Believe In Yourself ~SOUS November 22 Sketch~


Believe In Yourself

 Hello! Hello!
 Happy week before Thanksgiving! Sorry but I'm simply in shock that it's around the corner because I am still up to my eyes in Halloween candy (which is a total and complete lie, however I know that IS the case in many households...I throw the candy away in less then a week normally. I know, let me quote my kids on this one "your mean!") It does just seem like yesterday we were knock-knock-knocking on doors begging for candy that mom won't let them eat. =) Well regardless...turkey dinner is coming and I couldn't be happier (or hunger)!

 I've created a sketch for you all and am simply blown away with our Stuck on U Sketches Design Team and their incredible take on this sketch! You girls W O W me! =)

Here's what I made...





 I added this photo to show that I had lifted these frames off the page but also had backed the frame with vellum which still allowed a peek of the borders that run behind them. You think after all the work die cutting that I wouldn't want to hide any and this was a great little way to show a bit more.



Papers~
dark grey Kaiser Craft
light grey Crate Paper
all solid cardstock Walmart
Die Cuts~
Silhouette Store: borders, title (split and moved using DE software)
borders and frames
Embellies~
Basic Grey Fact or Fiction: die cut tags, vellum, pins
bakers twine
American Crafts bakers twine
My Minds Eye brads
star gems
and October Afternoon spray inks

 Okay lovelies..have a great weekend!
 I am a little bit on the crazy side and going camping at the beach (yes, let me say it for you....BRRR!) then coming home, recollecting and then heading to my mommy's house for a few days for the holiday! Really looking forward to lots of family time and a serious OD on mashed potatoes and gravy...oh the gravy! =)
 Hugs!

 ~Leah

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sketch and Die Cut Challenge for Stuck on U Sketches


Always With Gratitude

 So I have a double share today since I wasn't able to get my last SOUS sketch up. I did do it so thought I'd just share in one long post today =) So get comfy, there's a few photos coming...

 First how about our newest Die Cut Challenge at SOUS....FOOD! Yum-o! For the record, that's a wheat branch...you eat wheat (and it rhymes so that's like double points), if you were wondering my "food" LOL! 

 I've done lots of little details on this card though the main design is simple. The entire front and back were stamped. Then stamped again in a text print and dusted with Perfect Pearls. 



 I covered the entire wheat branch with Versamark and embossed along with the sentiment in a gold embossing powder. Then in clear embossed a woodgrain stamp on vellum over a ledger background paper (same at sentiment strip and back circle panel).


 I don't even mind my uneven stamping with the wood board stamp...just adds to the feel ;)


Papers~
Papertrey Ink Rustic White (base)
Echo Park ledger and brown 
Die Cuts~
Silhouette wheat branch and swing card
Stamping~
Papertrey Ink, Farm and Barn: Background Basics,
Text Background Basics, Mat Stack 3: sentiment
Inks~
Perfect Pearl in gold
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Papertrey Ink kraft ink
gold and clear embossing powder
Embellies~
gold ribbon and brown gems and white pearls

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Happy Together

 This layout was for last week's sketch. I wasn't able to get it done on time but since I did create the sketch, thought maybe I should still play =)
 This page makes me happy because these photos...Jordyn and Cody are pretty much always together when they are home. Here Jordyn was reading Cody some stories at bedtime all snuggled up in momma's bed. Too sweet. I was excited to scrap this...





Papers~
Echo Park Sweet Girl
and few scraps from Basic Grey Fact or Fiction
Die Cuts~
Silhouette: label shapes, everyday life card, title,
 feathers, and berry branch
Stamping~
Papertrey Ink: That's the Ticket, Polka Dot Background Basics

Inks~
Distress Ink Vintage Photo, 
Broken China and Victorian Velvet
Embellies~
Stickles (white and pink)
My Minds Eye brad
Martha Stuart border punch

 Wowza...long post! Thanks for sticking with me folks! Hugs!

 ~Leah

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thanks Fall Card ~Stuck on U Sketches and Whimsical Wednesday Hop~


Thanks Fall Card

 I am so crazy excited to share this project with you today! Oh my goodness...this is maybe one of my favorite cards, ever! 
 And for a fun hop that Stuck on U Sketches gals are doing with Whimsical Wednesday! With a wonderful Give Thanks, Fall Theme! We hope that you will join us and check out the wonderful goodies Whimsical Wednesday is offering for our hop! 

 You should of arrived here from Tereese Sblog. Blog hop in particular starts tonight and until midnight EST on Sunday. 

 I leave tomorrow...yes FINALLY, woohoo! I get to leave on almost 4 days at a scrapbooking retreat. Pretty much the single thing that I get to do each year and the one and only thing that I really truly look forward to! I have lots of projects designed and ready to go and can't wait to create! I share this because I won't have as much time to hop as I may like but will do my best to visit you ladies! So thank you for coming by!
 But I am sure you understand...4 days, scrapping, incredible meals prepared for us in our own house in the California Sierra's...and, did I mention...NO KIDS! This will actually be the longest I've ever been away from the kids! In their whole lives! =) 

 Ok, sorry... I got a little excited...how about back to the card? LOL!


 I started with a Lori Whitlock card design and altered that a bit using the Silhouette design software. I shaped mats for the pattern paper (background of the card) and again for the background, I designed a shape that looks like a hat (front portion) instead of just a square shape that would allow no pattern paper to be laid on the bottom portion of the card. (You can find this cut here on the Silhouette store). Here's the actual card so you can see a bit more of how I altered it.



 I used a leaf cut to make my own window piece. In the background I used some ledger paper and then clear embossed a woodgrain stamp onto vellum and added that overtop. All adhered to the bottom piece and the leaf window popped up.


 The polka dot paper in the background had a bit of glitter on it, so I actually added those small spots of glitter to the yellow paper. And then some more here and there...brought the whole card together! =)


Papers~
Recollections and Crate Paper
Papertrey Ink kraft for card base
Die Cuts~
Silhouette Store; Lori Whitlock card base
leaf for window, small leaves, branch, pumpkins,
banner, font from dafont.com
Embellies~
Stickles in Diamond
button and hemp
Stamps and Ink~
Hero Arts Woodgrain stamp and 
clear embossing powder
Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade,
Barn Door, Walnut Stain


 Thanks for sticking with me today!

 Next stop on the hop....Sue

~Leah