Friday, January 30, 2015

LLC Retreat Elf Marci Christmas Gift Bag

Day 1:Project #6
This project uses a white paper bag found in any craft store. It is transformed into a holiday gift bag. The white bag was trimmed, then holiday papers added to embellish it. Designed by Irina - no wonder it is so unique. The image is Paper Doll Marci - Christmas Elf (OK - she was suppose to be a Blond but I like Brunettes).  This image as well as the dies used for this project can be found in Irina's La-la Land Crafts Store. Finished project size: 5-1/4" x 10-1/2" (including paper the handles). The 1-3/4" x 2-3/8" gift tag hung from the paper handle co-ordinates so well with this gift bag. On the bottom of the popped up front mat is a small green Ric Rack which is positioned on top of the glittered card stock Stitched Scalloped Border. That popped up shaped hill: we hand cut that glittered card stock. Love that large contrast button with a nice Burgundy ribbon.
Back of gift bag:
Opened gift bag:
Paper doll Marci - Christmas Elf closer Copic coloring:
Fancy Christmas Tree die used with Clear Wink of Stella (does not even show in the photo but is pretty shiny).
Thank you for stopping by today to visit.  Stay tuned for additional projects from the 2014 LLC Retreat.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LLC Retreat Rejoice Marci

Day 1: Project #5
Here's a unusual shaped card designed by Irina (who just happens to lead La-la Land Crafts Company).  This Christmas Angel Marci image found in the La-la land Crafts Store here along with all the dies used for this card. Finished card size is 7" x 5". Vanilla color card stock throughout makes this card very angelic, indeed. The image is stamped using Kraft paper.   
Here is popped up Christmas Angel Marci - yikes, her cheeks are photographing too "stripey". It is really more subtle.  This image was using color pencils (instead of Copic Pens). Flower centers are "drops" using a Viva Gold Pen.
Throughout the card, there are "drops" of Viva Pearl Pen as shown here on the Berry Flourish and Lattice Boarder die. The Lattice Doily Border die anchors the back of the card and the Popped uo Stitched Elements dies used as mats.
Bottom right corner is the sentiment (included in the stamp set) with a button/ribbon embellishment:  The tag is cut from the Stitched Elements Die.
Side view of card:
Back view of card: isn't it cool how the top of the card is created? A clever use of dies.
Thank you for stopping by today, stay tuned for more projects from the 2014 La-la Land Craft Retreat.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LLC Retreat Tag Masquerade Masks

Day 1: Project #4
Back at the end of October (2014), the second La-la Land Craft Retreat was held in Pacifica, California. And, again, this year was no disappointment. These "Make and Take" tags are designed by Debbie Pamment (her blog here).  Finished tag size is 3-1/4" x 6-1/4"  We had a choice of colors to make for our tags: Turquoise, Yellow and here is mine which is made with RED (my favorite color) rhinestones.  I had some of these at home so was able to easily switch out the color and finish my tag at home. The White card stock mat is embossed with Swiss Dots for texture. Love that Wrought Iron Fence die from La-la Land Crafts (found here).  It is the perfect back drop for this tag. 
Here's a closer look at one of the new dies from La-la Land Crafts. The Black die cut Masquerade Mask is offset using Kraft paper, then popped with some foam squares.
The crushed Vanilla colored seam binding is the perfect touch for the tag.  The Cherry Blossom Branch is a die from La-la land Crafts found here.
And, a closer look at the Cherry Blossom Flowers (a die from La-la Land Crafts found here). The stamens in the center of the flower are colors using a red Copic pen, then threaded through the cherry blossoms.
Thank you for stopping by to visit today....stay tuned for more projects from the 2014 La-la Land Crafts Retreat

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LLC Retreat Dia De Los Muertos Marci

Day 1, Project #3: Card designed by Sandie Dunne (her blog here). This card is specific for the "Day of the Dead" but any sentiment can be used for the image.  Finished card size is 5-3/4" x 5-3/4".  There are several dies used to embellish this card along with numerous layers of matting. The card base is Black, then a layer of Vanilla, then a layer of decorative paper.  The smaller mat is Black, then a layer of decorative paper........but wait, there's one more layer: Image layer stamped with Dia De Los Muertos Marci (found here) is Black card stock, then White Express it paper specifically for use with Copic pens.  Whew - that's 7 layers of card stock.  The Image layer is the only one that is popped with foam squares.  Dia De Los Meurtos Marci is colored using Copic Pens (thank goodness we all received color info at the La-la Land Craft Retreat!).
Here's two of the 6 dies used: it is the Tombstone die which can be found in the La-la Land Crafts Store found here. Sponge the eadges of the cut pieces for some ineterest. These tombstones are popped with foam squares.
A closer look at Dia De Los Muertos Marci celebratiing the day.  Dies cut in black card stock flanked on each side of her are the die cuts from Creepy Vines and Eerie Bats.
On each top corner is the Spiderweb Corner die. Across the front is the Spiderweb Boarder and Spider die: both cut in Black card stock.
 A side view of the card.
Card inside: Spiderweb Border Die across the top of the card. Lots of room for a message or a photo.
 Thank youf or stopping by today for a visit, stay tuned for more projects form the 2014 La-la Land Craft Retreat.



Monday, January 26, 2015

LLC Retreat Picture Perfect Marci

Day 1: Project #2 from the La-la Land Craft Retreat that was held in October 2014. This card is designed by Sue Kohler (her blog here).  The stamp is Picture Frame Marci found here in the La-la Land Craft Store. The card incorporates the following dies Stitched Nested Circle Die, Filigree Crown Die, Heart Tree die, Garden Bench Die, and Heart Doily Die which are all found here...............can you see them in this 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" card? 
 After coloring Marci, pop her up on foam squares. She is on top of two Heart Tree Die cut outs. Underneath the Heart Tree Die is the Stitched Nested Circle cut out in White card stock.
See the several popped up  layers on this card?  The top and bottom turquoise card stock is the Garden Bench Die sticking out of the Heart Doily Die (in Black and White card stock). 
 The Filigree Crown Die is on each side of the card. 
I love how Sue cleverly used these various dies to incorporate into this card. Stay tuned for more projects from the La-la Land Craft Retreat.

Friday, January 23, 2015

LLC Retreat: Life is a Masquerade Marci

Back at the end of October (2014), the second La-la Land Craft Retreat was held in Pacifica, California.  (I'm a little late posting the projects from the retreat). And, again, this year was no disappointment. The first day was our very first class session with Irina, the Owner and Designer of La-la Land Crafts.  We all wondered what the theme of the event would be since last year's theme was "Steampunk".  This years theme was "Masquerade" and so fitting for the first project Irina taught.   We all rushed to get our large themed Burlap tote which had our "gifts" inside: a feather boa, a sequin mask, some luscious papers, pens, a commemorative themed Tee Shirt celebrating the event, a scrap tote and much more.  That's just to start - we all got up to date chatting with our retreat friends from the previous year.  Such fun to be had for the next 2-1/2 days. Now on to the first class project: Can you just see how excited we were when we saw this sample - we were going to make  this?  Well, we all did!!!! This project finished size is 12" x 12" x 3/4". It is awsome!!!!
Some additional details about this project: The base of the project is a painted blue canvas with a smaller 8" x 8" flat canvas mat which is also painted in blue. Brown ink is used to roughen up the large and smalled canvas pieces.  The focus is the newly released stamp: Masquerade Marci.  She is colored using Copic pens (color details provided by Irina. I did change her hair color to be a Brunette) She is popped with foam squares and sits on a 5-3/4" decorative circle with a black mat. Around the decorative circle is accordion folded paper, giving the background interesting texture. 
 Here's a closer look at Masquerade Marci: love her adhesive rhinestone on her mask
 Details of her dress: and, a adhesive rhinestone in the center of her bow.
On top of the 12" x 12" painted canvas, is a layer of decorative paper which has a slight metallic sheen: so perfect for this project.The 8" x *' painted canvas sits on top of this decorative paper.   On the top right corner: see two Spider web Corner Dies found here (they're not just for Halloween). Love the metal embellishment in the corners of the smaller painted canvas.
This is the left top corner with a Heart Ribbon Corner Die found here. On top of the 8" x 8" painted canvas is a layer of card stock with a layer of metallic acrylic layer.  And, around the edge of the canvas is a string of flat back pearls.
On the bottom left corner is a spray of flowers, along with some cute die cute feathers (from La-la Land Crafts).
Also in the lower left side is a wooden spool with a stamped message "Life is a Masquerade" unfurling from the spool. This message is included in the Masquerade Marci stamp set.
On the lower right side of the canvas: more flowers along with die cut feathers. The group of flowers sit on top of a satin ribbon. Can you see the Cherry Blossom Die (found here) peeking out from under the silk flowers?
 This is the lower right hand corner with the Heart Ribbon Corner Die found here:
Another new die released recently is the Chandelier Die which has been layered for some thickness, and, with some adhesive rhinestones to further embellish.
 In the background is a Wrought Iron Gate Die found here and the Stitched Scallop Boarder Die found here, both have been offset for a shadow effect.
Here's a better photo of the die cut Cherry Blossom peeking out from under the flower bunch:
 Side view of the project:
 Thank you for stopping by today - so stay tuned for more projects from the 2014 La-la Land Retreat: Day 1. There will be posting 5 days a week so I can get caught back up on the all projects made from this stay tuned.