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Friday, March 30, 2012

Has Spring Spung?

Hi everyone, and Happy Spring! 


 I hope you all enjoyed our first ever blog hop!  We had so much fun. Now check out this little cutie pie from Scrapper's Delights! I was inspired by the purple and yellow flowers that are growing in my back yard.  I enlarged her and used just the upper part of the stamp because I really wanted to focus on her pixie-ish face.  For some reason I had to do her eyes in teal.  There is a check out girl at our old grocery store and she had the most amazing teal eyes.  Her hair....now check out that head of hair. I had such a blast coloring in her hair with my copic markers. I went for a brown with red highlights.  I love the versatility of these digital stamps. You can change the size, flip them over, and even enlarge just one area such as I did here.  I am looking forward to seeing you all on our next digital stamp adventure!  Janice you out did yourself with this little cutie pie! And she is on sale! Go Check her out and all the other really cool digital stamps from Scrappers Delights.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Hop WINNERS!!

Woohoo!  Our first blog hop was a great starting point for many hops to come.  THANK YOU to everyone who participated, Janice, Create with TLC (our sponsor) and to our awesome DTs.  They rock!!  As promised, below are the winners of the blog hop.  We truly appreciate your participation and hope to see you again!

The secret DTs blog winners who won an image are...

Mary J  http://maryjdesigns.blogspot.co.UK/ on Ria's blog.
Sandy http://simplysandy-sandy.blogspot.com/ on Chrizette's blog.
Torrey  http://left-field-studio.blogspot.com/ from Laurie's blog.
Dorinda http://rinchak.blogspot.com/ from Jodi's blog.

The Grand Prize goes to...

*Courtney who will win an image Scrapper's Delights Store and a wordart set from Create with TLC.

Please email Janice (sdelights@tiscali.co.uk) to claim your image.

Again, thank you so much for your participation and be on the look out for our next hop.  


*Candy will email you your wordart set.  


P.S. Don't forget our Easter Challenge is up and running so color up an image and enter here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Scrapper's Delights Blog Hop

  • "Hi you have arrived at Laurie's blog. You should have arrived here from Chrizette's awesome blog. 

If you get lost along the way, start at the beginning here Scrapper's Delights Paper Crafting Blog. Use the inlinkz button to add your information for a chance to win the grand prize.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to comment at each blog for a chance to win some fun prizes. The talented Judith is up next on the hop. Have fun!"  If Judith's blog isn't updated yet, please check back as we are all over the world and in different time zones!


Now let's take a look at the project I did for this fun blog hop! 


S'Mores in a Jar
Yes that is right... S'mores in a jar!
What could be better? Combining the flavors of the familiar campfire treat with the seasonal sweetness of Peeps ® brand marshmallow candies.  And the cool thing is...you can change the theme for each holiday.  So cool!  These make great gifts for teachers, too!

So let's check out our Easter S'mores in a Jar!

You will need one  1 canning jar, quart-size with lid and ring.

Then layer the ingredients below:

1 sleeve graham crackers (about 10 crackers or 1 1/2 cups of crushed crackers)
1 large package seasonal peeps ® brand marshmallow candies
1/3cupbrown sugar, packed
1/4cupchocolate chips or seasonal m&ms brand milk chocolate candies.


Once you have your mason jar stuffed with yummy goodness, put the lid and ring on securely. Decorate as you wish. I used a paper ruffle, and a sticker border.



Then it's time to create your own gift tag with this S'Mores In A Jar Recipe: Here's Mine!
S'Mores In A Jar Recipe
Empty jar into large bowl. Remove marshmallows and combine remaining ingredients, mixing well.
Snip marshmallows into small pieces with scissors. Return to bowl; stir into dry mix.
Melt 1/2 cup butter, and add melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/3rd cup buttermilk to bowl. Mix well.
Press lightly into greased 9-by-9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Then the really fun part....decorating the front of your tag.  Here's what I did with mine!
I printed out our little angel onto Bazzill smooth white card stock. You can get her here. She is from Scrapper"s Delights, the host of our great blog hop. Then I colored her in with my Copic Markers. I finally got to use my neon colors! The green pleated paper is "perfectly Pleated" from Bazzill Basics, the flower stickers and border stickers are TPC Studio's Sunny Bunny Sticker Sheet. I used a dark pink brad and orange and green twine to tie the tag onto the jar lid.  

Here is a close up of our little bunny girl. I gave her blond hair and blue eyes. I used pink, orange and green as my color theme.


Now let's take a look at the finished project!  I am going to give this to a friend for Easter.

Don't forget to leave a comment and head on over to the next blog.
Good luck winning a great prize!
Laurie

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Irish Everyday!




Hi everyone! well St. Paddy's day has come and gone but like a lot of us I still and and continue to be Irish.  So when Janice created this little pixie, I had to have her. You can get her here. I knew what I was going to do with her almost immediately. I didn't need anymore St. Patrick's Day decorations but I did need some all -year-around Irish decor items.  So I made this wall hanging. The quote says "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow".  I used my ever trusty heart shaped punch to make the shamrock that is on the side.  I used my copic markers (I so need more green ones) and colored pencils to color in our little lass.  I love the way her face came out, especially her eyes.
I colored in her eyes with a green copic and then went over them with a gold glitter pen. I love the effect.  I did do her lips in a light green and then added glaze on top of it.  I am not thrilled with the way her lips turned out, but that is the beauty of digital stamps.  I can printer her out again and color her to perfection.

Looking forward to showing you what I come up with next! And don't forget to check out the amazing stuff created by the Scrappers Delight's Design Team, just click the link.

Cheers,
Laurie

Monday, March 12, 2012

I have been awarded! The Versatile Blogger Award!

I have been nominated for the versatile blogger award by the very talented Mama Smurf.  Thank You sooo much!  This totally put a grin on my face!

There a couple of conditions attached to this award:-


"If you are nominated, you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger award". First, thank the person who gave you this award.http://mamma-smurf.blogspot.com/
  • Include a link to their blog,
  • Select 15 blogs that you have either recently discovered or follow regularly,
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award,
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My Nominees for The Versatile Blogger Award (In no particular order)Are:


Well done everyone.

Now 7 things about myself.
  1. I have 2 daughters age 11 and 8
  2. I have been together with my husband for almost 20 years.
  3. I volunteer at my girls elementary school quite a lot and I am co-writing an art enrichment program exclusively for our school.
  4. I have been crafting for 15 years and I am totally addicted to all things crafty! I lovestamps, digi stamps, acrylic stamps, wooden stamps...postage stamps (just kidding on the last one)
  5. I like to listen to Eminem when I craft.....contradiction of terms...I know!
  6. Give me Copics or Give me Death!
  7. I have a very spoiled Yorkie named Boo.
Thanks again for the award and well done to those i have nominated, get your award and show it off on your blog.

Cheers,
Laurie

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Paper, Punches, and Helmar





I love Saturday Nights!  Here is a picture of my daughter Siena with her friend Maddy, from their Celtic Tap Dance performance!  They were Outstanding!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Layers and Layers

Hi everyone,
What a beautiful sunny day here in California.  I have the windows open, the sky is blue and the neighborhood is full of bike riding, ball playing and dog walking kids.  Life is good! So today lets talk about layering and paper piecing.  Let's take a look at some of the details of the card I made using this little gem from Scrappers Delights. You can get her here. Her name is Sakura.

Now look at this sweethearts hair. I printed out five copies of her and colored in different parts with my Copic Markers, Spica pens, and glaze pen.  
Her pony tails have three layers, the top part of her head has four layers, even her shoes have two layers.  Each one I cut out by hand and using Helmar's Liquid Scrapdots elevated each layer to give her some dimension.
If you're doing paper piecing make sure you use the ink to color in the edges of the paper so that you don't have white lines showing through.


Ok, so now that we talked about paper piecing, lets talk about layering.  I used brown card stock and layered it with a book page patterned paper. Then I took a piece of card stock with holes punched into it and actually cross stitched it with brown floss.  Then I added the crochet flower swag and our little Sakura.
I used Helmar 450 Quick dry on the flowers because it dries fast and clear.  I used Helmar's Liquid Scrap Dots to elevate the digital stamp and the Thank You tag.  I used my Spellbinder's die to make the tag.


Now lets look at the whole thing.


I colored her to match one of my daughter Siena's outfits that she wore a lot when she was about 2 1/2.


Please leave a comment and check us out over at Scrappers Delights.


Cheers,
Laurie