Friday, February 27, 2015

LLC Retreat Triple Butterfly Card

LLC Retreat, Project #23:
This A2 size card was created by Sandie Dunne, her blog hereThe die used for this card is the Butterflies Set 1 found here. This is a cool 3D card cutting the butterflies 3 times.  Adding adhesive flat back pearls to the center of the butterflies gives it another elegant feeling. The card is a Burgundy card stock base with triple matting, then a smaller triple matting that is popped up on the butterfly layer.
Pop up the butterfly wings:
Here's a closer look at one of the butterflies:
Card inside:
Thank you for stopping by to visit........stay tuned for more projects from the La-la Land Retreat.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LLC Retreat Fancy Butterflies Card

LLC Retreat, Project #22
This unique card was designed by Sue Kohler (her blog here). Stamped message used is from Kimono Marci with Tea found in the La-la Land Crafts on line store here. Dies used are: Fancy Butterflies, Filigree Crown, and Honeycomb.  Finished card size is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2. Card base is white color and the dies are cut using white card stock except the butterflies. More details below in the photos.
This technique may seem simple but it is a bit more labor intensive with beautiful results.  First, the Butterfly die is used on the popped up white card stock mat, then the color butterfly dies are made. You need as least two of them popped up with foam squares for each section to layer on to the spot where the die cut was made on the white card base.  Then put the "puzzle" back together to achieve this unique look.  Adding adhesive flat back bling is the final embellishment.

See the layers of the butterflies when the wings are propped up?
Thank you for stopping by today to visit..........stay tuned for more projects from the La-la Land Retreat.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LLC Retreat Sassy Marci Card

LLC Retreat, Project # 21:
This gorgeous card was designed by Irina of La-la Land Crafts. Image is Sassy Princess Marci found here in the on line store. Finished card size is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".  La-la Land Crafts dies used for this card are: Booktab and Labels, Flag Banner, Heart and Key Lock, and Cherry Blossom Flourish. Card base is Black card stock.  There is a printed acetate mat on top of the decorative paper......unique, eh?
Sassy Princess Marci is stamped with Momento Black ink n graph paper and simply dotted with a Gold Viva Pen on the crown.
The top right side has cherry blossoms (Cherry Blossom Flourish die) which is dotted with a Gold Viva Pen.
Bottom left corner are paper roses on top of the Cherry Blossoms (Cherry Blossom Flourish die) which is dotted with a Gold Viva Pen.
Bottom right side embellished with paper roses on top of the Black key (Heart Key and Lock die). The Flag Banner die used is peeking out under the stamped message.
Card side view - lots of foam pop ups on each layer:
Card inside: the other half of the tab is here.
Thank you for stopping by today to visit.......stay tuned for more projects form the La-la Land Retreat.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LLC Retreat Stitched Circle Envelope and Gift Card

LLC Retreat,Project #20
This note card is designed by Sue Kohler (her blog here). She cleverly used the Stitched Nested Circle dies to make this cute envelope holder. The Candy Cane die is used for the front. Both die can be found on the La-la Land on line store here.
Here is what is inside: The circles are overlapped to make this cool shape.
Opened: a decorative note card:
The Christmas Hill Boarder is cut using decorative paper.  Those adhesive flat back silver balls add a finishing touch along with some red and white twine.
Here is the holder opened with white card stock in the middle:
Thank you for stopping by to visit today.....stay tuned for more projects from the La-la Land Retreat.

Monday, February 23, 2015

LLC Retreat Tuffy Christmas Gift Tag

LLC Retreat, Project #18
This gift tag was designed by Sue Kohler designed (her blog here). Finished tag size is 5-1/4" x 5-1/4"  Image used is Christmas Ornament Luka (which includes Tuffy) and can be found here. The sentiment used id from Christmas Ornament Marci.  Dies used to make this tag are: Stitched Nested Circles, Heart Snowflakes, Heart Banner, and Decorative Filigree Corner all of which can be found here at the La-la Land Crafts on line store. Love how the Heart Banner was used to around the entire tag to decorate the edge.  The tag base is using the Stitched Nested Circles.
here's a closer look at popped up Tuffy: Stardust Stickles added to the brim and ball of his hat. 
Here are those stacked Heart Snowflakes with a adhesive Crystal bling in the center.
Back of tag: use a silver cord to later hang on the tree
Thank you for stopping by today to visit...stay tuned for more projects from the La-la Land Retreat!

Friday, February 20, 2015

LLC Retreat Winter Wishes Marci Card

LLC Retreat, Project #19
This card was designed by Irina from La-la Land Crafts. Her projects are never a disappointment at all - they are very detailed and professional looking. Image used here is Winter Wishes Marci found in the La-la Land Crafts on line store here.  All the dies used (also found in the on line store) are: Scalloped Banner, Snowflake Banner, and Stitched Elements. Finished card is 5" x 5-1/2".
The Snowflake Banner is die cut twice, then positioned off set to create this effect.  Add some adhesive pearls as a final touch.
In the bottom right corner are some paper roses and sift ribbon - love the curled wires (made using a the ends of a paint brush).
And, another Snowflake Banner is positioned at the opposite side of the Stitched Circle. Note the layer of lace and ribbon as a decorative element, too.
Card inside: double matted (of course), would you expect anything less?
See all the layers that are popped with foam squares?
Thank you for stopping by today to visit..............stay tuned for more projects from the La-la land Retreat.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Year of the Sheep

Today is the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year: Year of the Sheep (Ram).  I am so lucky to have this cute stamp from Dandelion MC 54 to make these quick treats for some special friends. You can find this stamp and other really cute stamps here.  And, want to keep up on the latest inspirational projects, be sure to check out the Dandelion Designs Blog found here. Aren't they all just adorable?

 The image is stamped and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Copics colors used are: W0, W2, W4, E11, E00, R21. I did use a Stamp Positioner to ensure the sheep and the words are aligned. In addition, the Asian Sheep Character and the words are stamped with Momento Ruby Ink, then clear embossing powder applied over it. Cut the finished image using the Spellbinders Large Octagon die. The gold mat is hand cut - not too challenging. Add a few randomly placed gold sequins using Glossy Accents to adhere. Pop the whole thing with foam squares. Wrap a gold cord around the top twice, tie a bow, add a drop of Glossy Accents to secure know. These packages are 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" square. The cut file can be found in the Silhouette Store.
Here you can see the clear embossing on the Momento Black ink, giving the sheep more dimension.
Pull out to reveal a Golden Chocolate foil covered treat with some embossed Zodiac images:
 Isn't this so cute?
 They are stacked and easy to give out (just like the real Lai See money!)
Thank you for stopping by today to visit.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LLC Retreat Drummer Boy Luka Christmas Greetings Album

LLC Retreat, Project #17
This was an amazing project designed and taught by Irina of La-la Land Crafts.  We were so blessed with this cool project!   Isn't it just amazing?  The finished album size is 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".  Ever wonder how to efficiently use those printed 12x12 sheets of paper with cuts that are 3" x 6" tags?  This is the perfect album to make.  There are lots of details to making this album.  The popped up front cover has a pattern acetate behind the cut scalloped oval (made using the Stitched Elements die), which is dotted using a Gold Viva Pen all around. In the oval is a Christmas Hill Boarder used as a background, too
Here is Drummer Boy Luka popped with foam squares off to the size of the oval opening. Copic colors used were given in the class although I did changed some of the colors  to my favorite red and brown shades (along with Luka being  brunette).
On the front bottom right corner are the Poinsettias - they are a die which can be found in the La-la Land Crafts on line store here. Each corner in the front uses the Filigree Corner die cut in Burgundy Red card stock.. Use a Gold Viva Pen to dot the centers of the poinsettias and parts of the Filigree Corner makes a nice finishing touch.
Here is the "crown jewel": this is a pull out section behind the front cover. It is using the Lattice Doily Boarder Die, cut twice and offset to create this effect. Then adding dots of the Gold Viva Pen at the crosshatches.
Here is the Lattice Boarder die pulled out to show a mat for journaling or a photo:
And, oh yes, there is a decorative tag that pulls out from the side:
The back side of the tag: that oval is the scraps from cutting the front cover oval.  The strips of paper are also scraps. The tab is a die cut using the Stitched Elements die.
Time to open this album: flip the front cover up to reveal these pages:
Now flip the page to the left to reveal inside more tag pages:
This concept can be easily adapted to other 12x12 papers that have tags within them.  Size adjustment will make this concept work well and be memorable to anyone who receives it.  Thank you for stopping by to visit - stay tuned for more projects from the La-la Land Retreat.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

LLC Retreat Paper Doll Marci (Winter) Zentangle Fun

Day 2, LLC Retreat Project #16
Original card using the Zentangle style is designed by Debbie Pamment (her blog here). I gave it much thought about this style of card making or freehand creative illustrating. The Zentangle style was to be on Paper Doll Marci (Winter) Hat, Sweater, and along the left side of the card. Not for me, so I decided to change up this card with some paper piecing. Note Paper Doll Marci (Winter) can be found here in the La-la Land Crafts on line store.
I added a red pattern paper mat on top of the black card stock.  The white pattern card stock is popped with foam squares after the edges are distressed and glittered with Stardust Stickles
I kept the talk bubble, included in this card, which is a La-la Land Crafts die called Stitched Elements which can be found here.  The Stampin-Up Small Oval punch fit perfectly for this stamped message.
Clear Wink of Stellla is painted on the small flowers (these flowers included in the Paper Doll Marci (Winter) stamp set).  for some subtle shine.
 Card inside:
Thank you for stopping  by to visit today.  Stay tuned for more LLC Retreat projects.