Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Big Announcement!!!

I am so excited to announce my big new adventure!  My friends (and fellow designers) and  I have started Lucky Lark Designs.  Through this, we will be offering scrapbooking classes and events on a local level as well as offering kits for sale online. 

Our first class starts Thursday, September 9th.  For more information, visit our blog at Lucky Lark Designs.  It's a work in progress, but all the important information is there for now. 

So if you are in the area, please feel free to join in!  We are so excited about our new adventure!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Look! I Made Cards!

I don't take time to create cards very often, but here are some I made for my Bo Bunny DT entry.

For the first one, I hand drew all the elements, then cut them from double-dot cardstock. I love this paper because one side has subtle polka dots and the other is solid.

I used chalk instead of ink on the edges of everything for a softer look. The tiny flowers are made using a Quickutz die.

The tire swing hangs freely from the tree branch.

This next card was so much fun to make! I formatted the text in Word and printed it directly onto more double-dot cardstock.

I hand stitched the divider lines...love the texture this creates! The little spinner is by Tim Holtz. Everything else is Bo Bunny.

I love the dimension a few little pop dots add.

Since I rarely make cards, I'll be a little reluctant to give these babies up!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper Roses Tutorial by Webster's Pages

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love flowers, and there are so many fun ways to make them! Here is a great tutorial on Webster's Pages for making beautiful paper roses. Enjoy!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wall Art

I wanted to create a piece of meaningful art to hang in our family room. I have always loved this quote (which was taken from a Hallmark card) and decided to incorporate it into this project. The three canvases of varying sizes are displayed on a metal plate holder. I used pretty papers and chipboard from the Bo Bunny "Flower Child" collection.

Admire the moon.

Be silly.

Take risks.

Look on the bright side.

Listen to your heart.

Don’t fear love.

Remember, it’s never too late.


Don’t run...face your fears.

Be an optimist.

Open a new window.

Laugh often!

Live today!

Speak straight and true.

Reach out!

Take time.

Be brave.

Life’s too short to be ordinary.

I formatted the quote in Microsoft Word and printed it directly onto patterned paper. I layered chipboard embellishments and accented them with jewels and decorative brads:

More chipboard pieces are layered over "grass" hand cut from "Free Bird" paper and nestled inside a machine-stitched frame. I love the 3-D effect of the layered canvases.

I attached the photo and papers to the canvases with spray adhesive. This was much less messy than trying to use Mod Podge. I hot glued the small 4x4 canvas with our family photo to the larger 10x10 canvas. This made the the bottom canvas a little top heavy and it kept tilting forward off of the plate holder. I remedied that little problem by simply tying the canvas to the plate holder with a piece of ribbon on the back.

This project was fun to make and it was so easy to use the coordinating product from Bo Bunny. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Boy and His Covered Wagon

Our summer has been full of so many fun activities for the kids! In celebration of Pioneer Day in July, Cam participated in an around-the-block parade. He wanted to make a covered wagon, so we put on our thinking caps and came up with this:

We borrowed Grandma's gardening wagon and tied some large dowels in each corner. I gathered two edges of some muslin I had lying around the house (see...I knew it would come in handy some day!) and stretched it over some kind of flexible noise makers scrounged from the boys' toy box. Voila! A covered wagon!

So, here's the funny part of the story. The kids were walking around the high school...that's it. Just around the high school. No big deal. Cam starts off at a brisk pace. He was excited!

Here he is back at the beginning 5 minutes later. He looks a little tired. Even the wagon looks tired and droopy. This is probably why we weren't born 150 years ago. We wouldn't make very good pioneers.

We'll just let big brother pull the wagon back to the car...