Monday, March 2, 2015

Bereavement Card featuring DCWV and Elizabeth Crafts


I love this floral outline image from Elizabeth Crafts. I created my own glitter paper using white cardstock, warm diamond glitter and Sookwang tape. The Copic-colored focal was mounted on black cardstock from Recollections and adhered t the left side of the card base.


The square, gate fold card base is from American Crafts (I think...) and the patterned layer is from Die Cuts With A View - Far East stack. Both sentiments, stamped in Versafine onyx black ink, are from The Stamps of Life.



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Saturday, February 28, 2015

More "Innies" from Elizabeth Crafts, Stampin' Up! and Lawn Fawn


I've been playing with Elizabeth Crafts outline stickers "innies" and Lawn Fawn stamps again! It's the left over design once the actual outline has been used. Sometimes there's no specific usable design and other times this gem is left... a full beautiful silhouette. The Stampin' Up! dies created a brilliant background for the scene.


The card base and the bling are from Recollections. This friendship card is sassy and cute. Lawn Fawn sentiments stamped inside and out with Memento tuxedo black ink complete the look.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lawn Fawn, Elizabeth Crafts and Purple Daisy Designs Friend Card


True crafty story! A year ago (or more) I bought some window die cut card bases from Purple Daisy Design and didn't know what to do with them. They sat on a shelf for months on end but then BOOM it hit me. What better to see out your window than flowers? Elizabeth Crafts outline sticker flowers that is!!! And I had the perfect sentiments from Lawn Fawn to match!


First, I sketched and hand cut the curtains from a 6" Glitz patterned paper pack called color me happy. Then I skillfully decided to cut up an adhesive ribbon border from Recollections to apply as tie backs and a valance. This was a crafting moment where I wished someone was there to give me a high 5!! The perfect sentiment from Lawn Fawn - Hello Friend stamp set completed the look. I love this color combo!!


The window looks out into the garden of roses with another sentiment from the same Lawn Fawn set stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento ink. I created my own glitter cardstock using Recollections cardstock, sookwang tape, Elizabeth Crafts and warm diamond glitter. Next I mounted the cardstock on black to create a border and colored in the outline stickers with Copics.

Have you ever had a bright idea that comes together so seamlessly and makes you insanely happy?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What is the simplest, yet most complicated looking stamping trick? Check this out!


What is the simplest, yet most complicated looking stamping trick? Pull out your rubber stamps and Marvy brush markers to create a masterpiece in seconds! I used stamps by The Local King and Impression Obsession. Isn't it gorgeous?



To achieve this look I used glossy cardstock, colored directly on the rubber stamp with 2 shades of each color (light then dark), huffed and stamped. That's it!! It looks like I took great time and detail to make the look but it was a 60 second deal....if that! Then with a very light color, I stamped the branches background stamp over the image of the bird and flowers.  Pink and blue is one of my favorite color combos for cards.

The base card is from Stampin' Up! and the layer is from my stash. The card's focal point is accented with burlap ribbon from The Paper Studio, Cuttlebug embossing inked with Hero Arts neon ink and pearls from Recollections. The sentiment is an encouraging one from Dylusions.



Please let me know if you have tried this technique or will in the future. 

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Be Yourself Kid's Encouragement Card featuring Rubbernecker and Technique Junkies stamps


I'm back today with a unique envelope card in one of my fav color combos. It's a kid's/children's encouragement Card featuring Rubbernecker and Technique Junkies stamps.

The cute girl is a stamp by Rubbernecker. The image is stamped on Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics. The sentiments are both from Technique Junkies.



The cardstock is from my stash and the bling is from Recollections. I hope you enjoyed this quick post. Thanks for your kind comments and for sharing this post.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Encouragement Card featuring Elizabeth Crafts Outline Stickers and Dylusions


She is the belle of the ball! It's an Elizabeth Crafts outline sticker colored with Copics! The card base and white layer are from Recollections and boy am I finding uses for those scraps. I heard odd numbers were great for cards to I put 7 sequins on this beauty. I am pretty sure "believe" is a stamp from My Pink stamper and the inside sentiment is from Dylusions. Love it!!


I created an ombre look on her dress with a popped up center portion of the bodice. Elizabeth Crafts provides optional layering elements to create dimension. I also attempted to give her two-toned hair. Do you like it?


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Anna Griffin Cuttlebug on Kraft Card using Elizabeth Craft "innies"


Do you know what an "innie" is? Well my dear crafter, it's what's left over when you use an Elizabeth Crafts outline sticker. I always thought about using them but never did until now. There's a trick to using the "innies" to create the reverse of the exact same image. I created the focal for my generic blank card by using the "innies" and a chalkboard sticker.


I started out with kraft cardstock by Recollections and embossed a beautiful Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug design. Then I cut out the backing paper that held the "innies" and applied Cricut transfer tape, burnished it HARD and then transferred the innies as a group over to white Recollections cardstock. After burnishing it again, I pulled off the transfer tape at a diagonal to make sure everything stayed put.

I hand cut along the edge of the design to form the focal for the card and adhered a chalkboard tag sticker from my stash (Mambi maybe?) for the sentiment. I finished off the look by adding faux stitching with a unable signo white pen.

Have your tried this technique? If not, will you give it a try?

La-Vie


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Friendship card featuring a Unique Sizzix flower die


Today's card showcases a unique Sizzix die that required me to fold back every petal for a dual color, dimensional flower. This is not my usual style, but I thought I'd try something different. I used a heavy weight cardstock called WorldWin DoubleMates. It's the perfect weight for this kind of die cut. With the addition of hotfix pearls and an adhesive center pearl, nothing  but a computer-generated sentiment was needed. I mounted everything to a speckled card from Die Cuts With a View (DCWV). The inside is blank to provide maximum writing space.


I found this die at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section last year. I didn't really understand what I did but figured I'd give it a whirl. Have you ever found a clearance gem like this and taken a chance?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog today.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Best Friend... Rubbernecker and Impression Obsession Stamps


Do you make friendship cards? How do you successfully use up patterned paper you don't like? Well, I have found that making cards for friends is so enjoyable.  It's been a way to express the sassy, funny side of crafting - a real way for my personality to come in. These corresponding stamps by Rubbernecker really fit the bill. And, I was able to use paper I didn't prefer by using a distressed Impression Obsession background stamp on top. My favorite technique these days is coloring with Copic Markers.



 seemingly innocent image becomes sinister once the sentiment is expressed. I love it! 



Supplies:

  • Recollections 110 lb white cardstock 
  • Stampin' Up! patterned cardstock
  • Copic X-press It Blending Card
  • Rubbernecker - sentiment ( a best friend) and main image (best friend)
  • Impression Obsession - sunburst background stamp
  • Stash - enamel dots
  • Copic Markers
  • Memento - Tuxedo Black ink
  • Colorbox - chalk ink


 seemingly innocent image becomes sinister once the sentiment is expressed. I love it! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Necktie birthday card - Elizabeth Crafts Outline Stickers and Warm Diamond Glitter


Have you heard about Elizabeth Crafts outline stickers????!! When combined with glitter paper and Copic Markers the results are stunning! Today I have a manly, MANLY birthday card boasting a shirt and tie. Perfect!!

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I often struggle with manly cards because I LOVE me some bling! I got the best of both worlds with this card and the bling didn't hurt a thing! 

I used some items from my stash and a portion of a Krazy Kreations card kit. Warm diamond glitter and an outline sticker from (Elizabeth Crafts), Sookwang tape, Copics, stamps, chalk ink and Recollections 110 lb cardstock are the star players of this card.


On the inside I stamped a fun birthday sentiment from Jillibean Soup in black onyx versafine ink.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Birthday Boy - Hats off Bib Card


In my last post I shared a feminine version of a Children's birthday card. Here's the masculine version also for an older child. Once again I used a bib card and layers from The Paper Cut and I pulled together more birthday stamps from my arsenal.


The element on the top of the bib card can be seen while the card is closed or open so I chose a small collage stamp form Inkadinkado for that extra pop.



The inside phrase was built using a few stamps to create the perfect sentiment. I think I like these even better than the feminine version. Do you????

Supplies:
  • The Paper Cut - bib card, layer
  • Inkadinkado - birthday inchie
  • Jillibean Soup - birthday
  • Memento ink - dandelion, Bahama blue, summer sky, Danube blue, Paris dusk, cantaloupe
  • Martha Stewart - scalloped layering punch
  • stash - epoxy dots and star buttons

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hats off to the Birthday Girl!


Children's birthday cards can be fun but challenging. We all love the cute animals and die cuts for children's cards, but I wanted to do something for an older child. I'm into stamping these days (have you noticed?) so I thought of making my own background using bib cards and layers from The Paper Cut.

Birthday hats were a logical expression for these cards and as I found out, I have a plethora of different hats in my stamp arsenal - some with more whimsy and others more girly.


While bib cards are smaller than A2, they have an element on the top that can be seen while the card is closed and while it's open. It's important to make that element stand out. I chose to use two small stamps. The birthday sprinkles stamped around the scalloped circle edge create a subtle tone on tone look to support the main image.



The sentiment was built using four stamps to create a collage. All the hats were accented with jewel dazzles from Hot Off the Press.

Supplies:
  • The Paper Cut - bib card, layer
  • Inkadinkado - birthday niche, birthday fun
  • Recollections - (birthday stamp set)
  • Jillibean Soup - birthday
  • TPC studio - celebration
  • Hampton Art/Doodlebug - (birthday stamp set)
  • Memento ink - lulu lavender, grape jelly, rose bud, dandelion, angel pink
  • Martha Stewart - scalloped layering punch
  • Hot off the Press - jewel dazzles

Thanks for checking out my blog today! I'd love to read your comments. Come back next time to see this card recreated for a birthday boy!

La-Vie

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

For Sale - Dylusions Curious Corrin


I have one brand new Dylusions Curious Corrin cling rubber stamp set for sale $22 shipped in the USA. I will ship anywhere in the world, but there will be an extra fee based on where you are.

The set is 8.5" x 7". If you are interested, please email me at L_Borde@yahoo.com with the subject Dylusions Curious Corrin. First come, first served.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

'Celebrate! Birthday Card' using Elizabeth Crafts Outline Stickers


I confess!! I'm truly obsessed with making my own glitter paper, adding Elizabeth Crafts outline stickers and coloring with Copics. I love the effect and how easy it is to create variations of color using the colorless blender and one color at a time.




This card was made using a portion of a Krazy Kreations card kit along with supplies  from my craft room - Warm diamond glitter (Elizabeth Crafts), Copics, stamps, chalk ink, Recollections 110 lb cardstock, etc. 




Here's an inside view of the card featuring a sentiment from the Cricut Artiste birthday collection stamp set from Close to My Heart in black onyx versafine ink.


Have you ever tried this technique? Please let me know if you'd like me to film a video showing (start to finish) this technique.

~La-Vie


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Card using Gelatos, Wink of Stella, Color Me Card Toppers and Tim Holtz Distress Ink


I've been playing with an American Crafts card base, Gelatos by Faber-Castell and Wink of Stella brush glitter markers! This 5 x7" happy birthday card was made with a Color Me Card Topper and sentiment, Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Recollections bling!


I've watched many videos that show how easy it is to work with Gelatos and a baby wipe applied directly to the project. I found it easy to do in large areas, however, the smaller areas were more challenging and didn't lend well to my design aesthetic. So I remedied the situation by using Wink of Stella. I also applied Gelatos to a craft mat and picked up the color with a fine paintbrush dipped in water to add in the confined areas. I liked that much better.



Have you tried Gelatos? What's your experience, tips and tricks?

La-Vie

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WINNERS!! Thanks for Sharing your 2015 Crafty Goals


Thanks so much everyone for sharing your crafty goals and encouraging me with mine! You all inspired me to keep going! If you missed it check out the original post.

Although I replied to you all here on my blog, for some reason my emails were rejected. When I reply to your comments they come back undeliverable. Anyone know what I am talking about? I wish I could change my email address or fix it but I am at a loss. It's been that way for month. Any help would be appreciated.

OK!! I have two winners today... Congrats Robyn and Sukie!! Please contact me within a week to claim your prize.


Robyn you win an unused Dylusions stamp set!!

I try to keep my goals to achievable ones.
I want to attend a weekend crop.
Keep my scrap area organized so I can easily access the goodies I need....this involves continuing to organize some of the goodies not already done.
I want to blog more..........I have been falling behind on posting my LO's, about the farm and recipes.
Use my Cricut to its fullest ability.........
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Sukie you win Paige - a Prima Bloom Collection stamp

Oh wow, you have quite the list of goals! My only crafty goal this year is to just have fun with it. Last year, I found myself trying to create projects that felt more like a chore. I love to just be creative so that is what its about for me this year.

I look forward to hearing of everyone's progress throughout the year!!

La-Vie

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Crafty Goals and a RAK for you!


Every year I think hard and long about my crafty goals! Just like crafty new year's resolutions I am gung-ho about them in the beginning but get lost somewhere around March. Ha ha! Are you with me???? Has it happened to you? Well, this year is SO different. I feel the spark like never before! SO here's my crafty goals. Let me know what you think. Better yet, post your goals and you might just win a Crafty RAK (Random Act of Kindness)! The number of prizes depends on the number of responses I get and you KNOW C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC doesn't give out any junk!

drum roll please...........(brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..... that's my drum roll)

2015 Crafty goals

  1. Catch up on my scrapbooking. ----- I am embarrassed with the number of books that are in my head and the paper packs, embellishments, etc. I hoard to do it with. No more!! I have printed over 1000 pics over the last 10 years and I am going to get those baby books done and each year of the kid's lives. And listen... I am a perfectionist. I want it to be done to the height of style and decoration but ya know what... good enough will have to be good enough. I have a million sketched pinned on Pinterest and I'm going to use them!! I will post all that I make.
  2. Sell my creations ----- I have a scrapbooking store in my house. I bought into a website 2 years ago and I must open it. I could sell on FB. I also have an awesome opportunity that will reveal soon. Point blank, I need to make things to sell and whittle down my stash which leads me to my next goal...
  3. STOP buying every new thing on the market ----- OK, so Peachy keen closing and My Pink Stamper starting to make and sell stamps again and those tantalizing CHA posts and that HSN craft day got me... but I am dedicated to using my stash from now on. I am so addicted to reading blogs, watching YouTube, getting the latest thing. I really want a MISTI but no. If it's not for a client I don't need it. But I am going to get the new Tim Holtz distress ink color in every formulation and then that's it. hehehe
  4. Keep organized - I am forever organizing. I need to find a system that works and know where all my stuff is and be able to access it at the drop of a hat. Keep the tornado out of my craft room. All the kid's papers and artwork and everything lands in my space. No more.
  5. Know that my art is ENOUGH. ---- this year I am not going to procrastinate and get all worked up over creating. This is my sweet spot. My escape. My one thing that no one can take from me. I am a SAHM and wife and the ever looming laundry, workouts, cleaning, errands, etc. can bog a sistah down. I want to walk in and create and know that it's cool. It's great. It's enough. No more anxiety on that Jack!
  6. Do more RAKs - it gives me joy to make others happy with my gifts and talents!
  7. Expand my following ---- Please follow me on social media.
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Ok so I spilled my guts and I'd love to hear you spill yours... GO! TFS!

La-Vie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Winner!!!! 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!


Thank you for your support during the 12 days of Christmas blog hop! As promised, I'm announcing a winner of some crafty goodies for commenting daily and following C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC on social media. But guess what? The support was so awesome, I decided to announce two winners!!!! Yay!!! Drum roll please.....

Lori Apgar and Dawnette Cress congrats!! 
The winners have been contacted and the prizes have been received!!

I asked each winner to give me an idea of something they like or would like to try. My idea was to surprise them with something they would actually use. I hope these goodies help inspire you Lori and Dawnette this new year! Please share what you make.


Dawnette asked for mixed media supplies so I gave her Tim Holtz Distress Stain, Viva Decor 3D Stemple paint and 2 flat canvases. Don't forget to prime these canvases with gesso (and let it dry) before you start your project! Excited to see what you come up with.


Lori is a scrapbooker so I sent her an acrylic scrapbooking frame kit and Tim Holtz Distress ink. This might be a place to display your crafty goals or to scrap a pic of yourself. Can't wait to see what you create.

Again, thanks everyone for your support. Please continue to share my posts and my social media pages. I'm hoping to grow by at least 15% this year in terms of my following.

La-Vie

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Masculine Get Well Card


When I heard one of my online crafty friends DH was hospitalized and in need of some cheering up, I offered to send a handmade card. Get Well cards for men (or any card for men) is not my strong point. So I decided to take the pressure off and create something my style and just to have fun with it.  Here's what I came up with.


The A2 woodgrain base is from The Olde Town Market box of cards by The Paper Studio. I then layered scraps of cardstock from my stash. The script one is by Prima Marketing and the other... I don't remember!

My almost 10-year-old daughter helped me choose the gear stamps. I kept chanting... "I need something....MANLY!" In my best, deep, loud superhero voice and she kept me on track.

I tried to use Pinterest for inspiration but I have not pinned many masculine crafts yet and they all seem to have unrelated images with sayings. Why is that? I kept thinking I need something manly but not cutesy and it SO hard to do both with the right sentiment.

Normally I would use an umbrella image with this sentiment but I didn't feel it was manly enough. I'll be working on getting the manly cards right this year.

Supplies:

  • The Olde Town Market box of cards - The Paper Studio
  • Script cardstock - Prima Marketing
  • Yellow cardstock - stash (DCWV?)
  • We R Memory Keepers - Sweetheart inkers - black
  • Inside sentiment - "On the mend" The Stamps of Life
  • Gear, clock and screw stamps - "Get it in Gear" Technique Tuesday
  • External sentiment - "Umbrella4You" The Stamps of Life
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink - frayed burlap
  • Tsukineko - Versafine: Onxy Black
  • Scotch ATG
  • Ranger Multi-matte medium
  • Woodgrain sequins - studio calico
Inquiring minds want to know! How easy/hard it is for you to make manly cards. I'm also looking for tips/advice on how to keep my cards MANLY!! Hit me with your best tip/trick please? Inquiring minds want to know!

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La-Vie