Blog Hop, Cardmaking, Laura's Loft Shop and Hop

Ringing in the Holidays with Laura’s Loft Shop and Hop

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Today, I am Ringing in the Holidays with Laura over at Laura’s Loft! We have a group of amazing, talented women on this hop, so be sure you check out each stop along the way.

And if you do, Laura has a giveaway each month for all the hoppers who visit each stop and show some love for the design team.  (Details are below.) You can find complete rules and a picture of this month’s prize over at Laura’s Loft on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lauras.Loft.Shop.

If you need to start at the beginning, click HERE to go to the Laura’s Loft Blog.  You probably arrived here from Emma’s blog, so if you need to return to her blog, click HERE.

Our guest designer for this month is:

Jasmine Burgess


026 (2)I’ve been obsessed this holiday season with non-traditional colors for the cards I create.  The card I made for this hop is no exception.

I used a bunch of scraps from my stash in various shades of white and aqua, with little bits of purple, gray, and white thrown in.

I stamped one of the images from the Newton’s Nook Christmas Cuddles stamp set onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and then colored in the cats and their winter wear with Copics.031 (2)

 

I added some bling and gold foil accents, and some Hemptique Twine to highlight the transition between the different pattern papers.  I secured the simple card front onto a 5-1/2″x4-1/4″ card base and left the inside blank so I can write a personal note to the recipient.

For the sentiment, I used Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, which is the perfect compliment to the gold foil doily.

 

Now it’s time to head on over to the next stop on the hop and don’t forget to leave a little blog love so you can be entered into the giveaway.  Rules, and a complete list of all the hoppers, are below.


Hop Map:

1. Laura http://www.lauralscott.com/ringing-in-the-holidays/
2. Deana Benson- http://www.designcreativelybling.com/2015/12/ringing-in-holidays-with-lauras-loft.html
3. Robbie Rubala http://inkedx2.blogspot.com/search/label/LL
4. LeeAnn McKinney http://mimiscraftyabyss.blogspot.com/2015/12/lauras-loft-is-ringing-in-holidays.html
5. Debbie Brunssen: http://debbielovestocraft.blogspot.com/2015/12/december-shop-hop-ringing-in-holidays.html
6. Joy Hadden: http://piecesofjoyhadden.blogspot.com/2015/12/ringing-in-holidays-with-lauras-loft.html
7. Lisa Bedigian – http://royalpumpkinart.blogspot.com/2015/12/ringing-in-holidays-december-shop-hop.html
8. Jasmine Burgess – http://journeywithjasmine.blogspot.com/2015/12/ringing-in-holidays-with-lauras-loft.html
9. Heart of Craft- http://heartofcraft.blogspot.com/2015/12/lauras-loft-shop-and-hop-ringing-in.html (Emma)
10. So Stinkin’ Crafty – Cindy Dooley – You Are Here!


Giveaway Rules:

1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. as many as you like but one tag per comment

2. Follow Laura’s Loft store page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lauras.Loft.Shop

3. Leave a comment at each stop on the blog hop

 

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November Shop & Hop with Laura’s Loft

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Today, I am hopping with Laura over at Laura’s Loft! We have a group of amazing, talented women on this hop, so be sure you check out each stop along the way.

And if you do, Laura has a giveaway each month for all the hoppers who visit each stop and show some love for the design team.  (Details are below.) You can find complete rules and a picture of this month’s prize over at Laura’s Loft on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lauras.Loft.Shop.

As another bonus, all Avery Elle product is 20% off at the Shop through November 28, 2015 with coupon code AE20%

If you need to start at the beginning, click HERE to go to the Laura’s Loft Blog.  You probably arrived here from Jasmine’s blog, so if you need to return to her blog, click HERE.

Our guest hoppers this month are:
Jasmine Burgess-  http://journeywithjasmine.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-loft.html
Linda Gorman- http://dabblesbylinda.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-loft.html


Even though I simply can’t believe it’s November already–we had an 80 degree day last week, so it just doesn’t seem fall-ish to me–it’s time to start switching into holiday mode.  Each year, I try to find new ways to give gift cards for my hard to please people.  Last year, I hid white envelopes on our white Christmas tree.  This year, I’m going a different route and making penguin gift card holders.  They’ll look like little ornaments hanging on the tree and they are the perfect size (if you’re careful with hat placement) to fit into a standard size card.

I started wit008h the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board.   I used a piece of black cardstock (my favorite Blackberry Swirl Smoothie by Bazzill which scores and folds beautifully) and some scraps of colored cardstock, some small black Teresa Collins bling for the eyes, and a 1-3/4″ circle punch.  It’s a quick and easy project that would be a great way to get little people involved in gift giving.

To start, make the smallest envelope size on the Punch Board.  Follow the instructions on the board for the first envelope.  On the original Punch Board, those directions call for a 5″ square piece of cardstock.  On the 1-2-3 Punch Board, the directions call for a 5-1/8″ square.  Either way works for a standard size gift card. Score and fold as usual, but don’t adhere quite yet.

You’ll need to trim a little off the sides of the two long flaps.  Once you’ve snipped off about 1/4″ on each, fold them in first and then fold one short flap up and over them.  Adhere using glue or adhesive (I used Scotch ATG tape) only on the top long flap and the short flap.  That way you won’t run the risk of the gift card getting stuck inside the pocket.

The remaining flap creates the head of the penguin and the opening for the card to slide in.  Cut a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ square of white cardstock.  This covers all the seams. Adhere it down, but don’t cover the top flap/head.  Remember, that has to remain open.

Now it’s time to embellish to turn the black and white gift card holder into a penguin.  Here’s what I used:

  • One black punched circle cut in half for the wings
  • One white circle trimmed down for the face
  • One red triangle with corners rounded on the 1-2-3 Punch Board
  • Some small pieces for orange for the beak and feet
  • A white hand-cut scrap turned into the fuzzy part on the hat
  • Little Teresa Collins bling gems for the eyes

Like I said, simple and cute. You could cut out all the pieces and let the little people you know assemble them.

I hope you enjoyed this simple project using the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3- Punch Board.  Now it’s time to head on over to the next stop on the hop and don’t forget to leave a little blog love so you can be entered into the giveaway.  Rules, and a complete list of all the hoppers, are below.


Hop Map:

1. Laura- http://www.lauralscott.com/winter-wonderland
2. Deana Benson- http://www.designcreativelybling.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-loft.html
3. Robbie Rubala – http://inkedx2.blogspot.com/search/label/LL
4.debbie Brunssen- http://debbielovestocraft.blogspot.com/2015/11/lauras-loft-winter-wonderland-shop-hop.html?m=1
5. LeeAnn McKinney- http://mimiscraftyabyss.blogspot.com/2015/11/lauras-loft-shop-hop-winter-wonderland.html?m=1
6. Lisa Bedigian – http://royalpumpkinart.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-loft-shop.html
7. Joy Hadden – http://piecesofjoyhadden.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-hop-with-lauras-loft.html
8. Linda Gorman –  http://dabblesbylinda.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-loft.html
9. Jasmine Burgess – http://journeywithjasmine.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-loft.html
10. Cindy Dooley – You are here!
11. Heart of Craft (Emma)- http://heartofcraft.blogspot.com/2015/11/winter-wonderland-with-lauras-shop-and.html

 


Giveaway Rules:

1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. as many as you like but one tag per comment

2. Follow Laura’s Loft store page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lauras.Loft.Shop

3. Leave a comment at each stop on the blog hop

 

Blog Hop, Cardmaking, Laura's Loft Shop and Hop, Product Review

Trick-Or-Treat with Laura’s Loft Shop & Hop


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This blog post is part of the Laura’s Loft October Shop and Hop.  You probably arrived here from Jasmine’s blog.  If you need to go back toLaura_s Loft Previous button her blog, just click on the Previous Hop Stop button.  To start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to Laura’s Blog. There are some amazing products featured by our cardmaking artists, so be sure you visit every stop along the way!

Guest designers for October:
Jasmine Burgess- http://journeywithjasmine.blogspot.com/2015/10/lauras-loft-blog-hop_14.html
LeeAnn Mckinney: http://mimiscraftyabyss.blogspot.com/2015/10/lauras-loft-trick-or-treat-shope-hop.html


And now, for my card…026

The video I made while I was creating this Teacher Thank You card was plagued by a comedy of errors. Camera troubles, audio difficulties, just plain human error: you name it, I dealt with it while trying to make this surprisingly simple card. So the YouTube video for the card is a bit slap dash (you’ve been warned) and doesn’t show the entire process of making the card like I usually do. My most sincere (and most definitely irritated) apologies.

Despite all the troubles, I love how this card came out.

It’s fall-inspired even though I didn’t use “traditional” fall colors. For me part of autumn is back to school, parent-teacher conferences, teacher appreciation days, etc.  It’s always nice to thank our teachers early in the year!

This quick card would be perfect for that.  It’s 027simple, pretty, and a little different from my usual cards. The stamped Gorjuss girl is a lot more cutesy and feminine than my typical choice and I’m okay with that. Sometimes it’s good to step out of the comfort zone.

Using the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse (and Fuseables) to make this card was another step on the off-ramp of my comfort zone.

Prior to making this card, I’ve generally used the Fuse for scrapbooking. I’ve fused two page protectors together to get a look of continuity in a two page spread. (See my video and blog post on that, here.) I’ve used the Fuse to close the tops of pocket page scrapbooking protectors to seal in embellishments. I’ve also divided page protector pockets into smaller sections. But using the Fuse in cardmaking is a definite departure for me.

I also admit to some trepidation in using only the Fuse to adhere down most of the elements. I’m a confirmed Scotch ATG aficionado, with dabblings in Tombow, Scor-Tape, Glossy Accents, Ranger MultiMedia, and Zig 2-Way glue.  Using almost no adhesive of any kind on this card just seems horribly wrong!

But the simplicity of the process more than quelled my anxiety on the adhesive front. I filled the acetate FUSEable pocket with sequins and adhered it to the back of the card front using the Fuse.  Then I attached the card front to the card base, also using the Fuse.  I went over the edges several times with the Fuse roller and rolled the Fuse along in random places on the card front to add that bit of e20151012_105929xtra texture. It’s a little like adding a stitched detail with the sewing machine but so much faster.

For my stamped image, I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used Copics to color in the Gorjuss Dear Apple stamp and adhered it to the card using my trusty ATG gun. That was it!  Aside from the Copic coloring, which still takes me an incredibly long time, the card took 5-10 minutes to complete.  (Quick note: all the paper products except the Gorjuss stamped image are We R Memory Keepers FUSEables – card base, card front, embellishments, and the sentiments.  I got my bundle from HSN.)

You can check out the full video for my card here:

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway!  (Details below.)


Laura is hosting a giveaway for her October blog hop! Click on the link to head over to her Facebook page and check out the giveaway prize! The giveaway begins on 10/14/2015 at 09:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 10/20/2015 at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada).

TO ENTER:

1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. Tag as many people as you like but only one tag per comment, please.
2. Follow Laura’s Loft store page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lauras.Loft.Shop
3. Leave a comment at each stop on the October blog hopLaura_s Loft next button

The next stop on this hop is Emma’s blog, so click the Next Hop Stop button to head over there and see her amazing creation.

If you get lost along the way, here are the full list of hoppers:

1. Laura’s Loft- http://www.lauralscott.com/trick-or-treat-hop-shop/

2. Deana Benson-http://www.designcreativelybling.com/2015/10/trick-or-treat-with-laura-loft.html

3. Robbie Rubala- http://inkedx2.blogspot.com/search/label/LL

4. Jasmine Burgess- http://journeywithjasmine.blogspot.com/2015/10/lauras-loft-blog-hop_14.html

5. Cindy Dooley – YOU ARE HERE

6. Emma Hall- http://heartofcraft.blogspot.com/2015/10/autumn-beauty-with-lauras-loft.html

8. Joy Hadden – http://piecesofjoyhadden.blogspot.com/2015/10/lauras-trick-or-treat-shop-hop.html

9. Lisa Bedigian – http://royalpumpkinart.blogspot.com/2015/10/lauras-trick-or-treat-shop-and-hop.html

10. LeeAnn McKinney – http://mimiscraftyabyss.blogspot.com/2015/10/lauras-loft-trick-or-treat-shope-hop.html


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