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Hello Everyone!!

So I have been blogging with my friend Lynn from Toronto, Canada and she motivated me to make a card with her so I could show her how to do it, (she pretends she is not able to work it out, but she is far more talented than the lets on!).  So I found a card on Pinterest for us to make.

Here it is, I like the natural burlap and the overall design, simple, but stunning.

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So sweet, with inked edges on the background panel and the lace bow and the burlap hearts, love those buttons with crochet cotton ties on them.  The pearls just finish it off.

Hope you like it, Miss Lynn liked the blog it came from http://www.ravndesign.blogspot.com.au/ and went looking at the other cards in the series and found a different one that suddenly she would make all on her own, love you Miss Lynn xxx.

Hugs 🙂

Lauren xx

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Hello Everyone,

 

Recently I hosted an online Midnight Madness, 12 hours of creativity with 30 other crafty people chatting and creating from Midday to Midnight.  There were 9 challenges to complete and here is one of them.

 

Create a project using wet or dry embossing, or both.  Well you know me, I had to use both.

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The background panel was run through the Big Shot in a Craft Concepts Embossing Folder Leafy Flourish with a fairly tight sandwich to give a really raised crisp emboss.  Then I rubbed a Versamark Inkpad over the raised areas, not worrying if I got the lower parts of the cardstock as well.  Then covered with gold embossing powder and heat set.  After I had done this I used a sanding block to buff the shine off the raised areas, so I have a really dull surface on the leaves, but leaving other areas of the background with grainy patchy gold embossing.

 

I have embellished the card with ruffled ribbon and bow, butterflies and flowers and a Victorian image in a dimensional frame.  Overall I was really happy with the result of the background and the embellishing.

 

Hope you like it too.

 

Hugs

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Sunday, gotta love the weekend, when things are quiet and I can play all day in the craftroom!!

 

So I made a card!!

 

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So I took a challenge (my own over at Facebook Aussie Crafts Creations and Challenges) and made a card with buttons, now not just any button plonked on the card, but one with the buttons being an intrinsic element of the design.

 

How cool is this, with buttons making my Christmas Tree?  Surrounded by lots of pressies of course!!

 

Hope you like it.

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

I love Wednesday, it is my day at home by myself while the boy is otherwise occupied and I really enjoy the quietness of no TV or radio.

 

So I made a card a little while ago and thought I would show it to you

 

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I loved making this, very distressed, very shappy, and with dies and handmade embellishments on it.  I have use recycled items too which I love doing.

The raffia is on two tags inserted in the pocket panel made from corrugated cardboard packaging.    Burlap is also in there under the flowers and lots of foliage and pearl sprays. I have alos made a couple of spiral sprigs from galvanised tie wire (fencing stuff) and embossed them in bronze.

Everything is edged with Ranger Distress Ink Vingage Photo to give that extra dimension and texture.

This really is my style 🙂

 

Hugs

 

Lauren

 

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Hello Everyone,

 

Gorgeous day in paradise today, little cloud cover, no rain and a lovely breeze just moving the leaves on the trees and ferns.

 

So I made a card over the weekend.

 

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Teddy is so excited about this one he had to show it to you himself.  It was a challenge on the Facebook Creative Craft and Challenge site that I help to keep active and the project needed a tag on it.  So it has a tag in a pocket on it.  The pocket is all of the front of the card, well almost!!

 

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Everything on the card is made from Bazzill Simple Smooth white cardstock which is actually a dirty white and I have used a lot of Glimmer Glaze (Icicle) to put a super shine on some things and then sprinkle fine glitter over it.

 

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There is a border on the left of gathered lace and ribbon with a double bow.  The butterfly at the top left is made from a Marianne Die Corners LR0285 and then embellished with seed beads and wire.

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Here you can see the tag at the top and more detail of the background that is all dies.

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The hearts and the Petra Label all have embossing in white on them for the sentiments.

 

I really enjoyed making this card, although it did take me some time to get my mojo happening and I loved the finished product.

 

Dies used:

Marianne Creatables LR0241

Marianne Creatables LR0285

Marianne Creatables LR0280

Marianne Craftables CR1254

Joy Cutting and Embossing Die 6002/0257

MFT Hexagon Background

MFT Plentiful Petals

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Cooler this weekend and a little wet, so I had to show you a card I made a few weeks ago on Skype with my friend  Lisa.

 

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Such a pretty design, simple and uncluttered.  The pointsettis is  made using the Spellbinders die and a punch by Martha Stewart.  Border with Martha Stewart PATP set and stamp by Lucy’s stamps, one of my favourite Christmas stamps.

 

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for calling in.

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Well I hope you survived the hot day windy changeable day without any damage, Some houses near us were damaged in a savage fire in the Conservation Area, so sad, I hope the native animals outran it.  Then yesterday it was Winter again and jumpers needed, how strange.

 

So I made a card for time, Lots of layers and ephemera, getting right into dies and added pieces.

 

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Yes this has almost everything I like, dies, swirls, flowers, clocks, stuff and layers and texture and a spash of pink 🙂

 

Hope you like it, thanks for calling in.

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

I really am a little slack with my posting lately, have so little mojo and have searched everywhere for it, but to no avail, it is still missing.

So it took me a week to create this, or I should say it is the only thing I have created this week 🙂

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But then I suppose it is very pretty.  I cannot believe that in all the months I have had the punch around the page punches, that I have not thought to make a frame of them, DUH!!

And it does make a perfect frame for the embossed/heat embossed background.  I have used a Craft Concepts Tuscan Tile EF with Ranger Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and then coated it with Versamark ink and embossed it a couple of times with clear EP to give a beautiful depth and a real tile look.  The edging is all done with a ink application tool from Ranger with the same ink.  Flower is cut from MFT die, Sizzix scroll and leaf/leaves.

Oh and I have coloured the brads with pink and then pearl EP… love doing that, never have the wrong colour embellishment this way.

This card is entered into the Twisted Tuesday Challenge this week, I for ink and Embossing Folder. 🙂

Thanks for looking in today, hope your day is going great!!

Hugs 🙂

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

I think that WordPress has made a few changes and I am not sure what is going on.  Not to worry we will work it out.

 

So today I made a card.

 

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There is a challenge mini challenge on the Aussie Crafts, Creations and Challenges site on Facey and it is for recycling.  Well you all know that I hate to throw anything out as it will be wanted when gone, and the waste you know I cannot stand.

 

So this gorgeous tulle and satin flower is made from the scraps of dance costumes that my friend Julie gave me ages ago.  I use them so sparingly, what would I do when they are all gone???

 

The doily behind is French pastry from Cheery Lynn, which my dear friend Lisa from Crafting Cottage sent me for my birthday, thank you Lisa, I love it.  The Cheery Lynn Faerie Queen wings small came from the Aussie Crafts and Scrapbooking Bargains site on Facey.

 

Just a nice easy card for today.  I have been making mega amounts of flowers lately and needed a break, so this card!!

 

Thanks for calling in, hope you have a great day.

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

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Hello Everyone,

 

Do you remember the song “Butterfly Kisses” about the Dad reminiscing about his daughter on her wedding day?   I love that song, it is really such a beautiful song about the bond between the two.  *big sigh.

 

Well I have a stamp by Lucy’s Stamps (distributed by Kaszazz) that has this sentiment and really is one of my favourite stamps.

 

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This card has it all…. and the collage of clock/foliage/butterfly/running writing is from a Stamp-It A5 unmounted sheet.  Although I think it is available as a woodmount or cling individual.

 

The butterfly is Memory Box Darla Butterfly (solid) and Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly (filligree), so pretty and very much my favourite.

 

So this card has all my favourite things and I made it for a Challenge on National Scrap Day (yes they let cardmakers play now too!!).  It is PINK, has a punch around the page, has dies, has Laurenscraft handmade flower, has DTP inking, has lace, has ruffled ribbon, has bows, has bling…… oh yes, but you know I am developing more favourits all the time, I am getting fond of birdies too!!

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well for you, mine is a corker!!!

 

Hugs 🙂

 

Lauren

 

 

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