Monday, May 30, 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspirational Monday-Patriotic/Summer Theme

Happy Memorial Day to all my peeps in the USA! I'm enjoying spending some quality time with my family this long weekend. We had a big tornado scare last week and nothing makes you appreciate your family & friends more than ever than the thought that you could have lost one of them. I really appreciate everyone who checked on us! It was definitely too close for comfort. I also want to take this time to thank all our servicemen who go above and beyond everyday to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. My dad served over 20 years in the Army so I know the many sacrifices that are made. Thank you for all that you do!

Starting this week at the La-La Land Crafts Blog we will be having Inspirational Mondays and Fridays. Every Monday and Friday the blog will showcase ideas from the DT to help get you inspired. This week we have a Patriotic/Summer theme to celebrate Memorial Day/Family Fun/Picnic in the Sun/Pool, etc. I was going to make 2 cards, one with a summer theme and one for Memorial Day. However, Friday was the last day of school for my little boy, and I had a lot to get done. You'll have to check back on Thursday for my Memorial Day card. :)

When I first saw Beach Marci and Summer Luka I knew I wanted to create a beach scene with the both of them. I decided to do a Side-Step Card, which I thought would help me capture all the elements I wanted for my scene. You can find a tutorial for this type of card here. I did make some measurement adjustments for my card because I needed the left side to be wider to fit my scene.

I also needed a free beach scene so I went on a search and came across this card at with a free download.....AWESOME! I loved the hair gel idea so I incorporated that into my scene as well.

Here's my Side-Step Card (you can see the full recipe list at the bottom). Aren't Beach Marci and Summer Luka soooooo adorably CUTE! I am loving this new release!! Don't forget you can see the full line of Marci & Luka stamps at La-La Land Crafts.

Next is a close-up of Marci and my scene. I glued the blue wave paper (behind the hair jell bag) down first. Then I placed hair gel in a 3" x 4" baggie and taped that on top of the blue paper with Scor-tape (strongest stuff ever!). The dot paper has a circle cut out and is raised up on pop-dots.

To make the beach scene, I printed it and then cut it out with my Spellbinders Lacey Circles. I traced a circle on the inside and cut it out and around my image with an Xacto knife. I colored my image with Copics & chalk, and added CTMH Liquid Glass to the surfboard, pail and shovel. I cut another Lacey Circles border from yellow cardstock with the inside hollowed out and sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink around it. Then I topped off the border with Stardust Stickles.

Here's a close-up of Beach Marci. I added CTMH Liquid Glass to her inner tube and Stardust Stickles to her hat. Do you see the little grains of sand on her feet? I bought several jars of different colored sand on clearance a while back and finally had a use for some. I think it turned out cute, hee, hee!
Summer Luka reminds me of my little boy. He loves to play in the water, but doesn't like to get his face wet. I really want to get him into swimming lessons soon! I added CTMH Liquid Glass to his goggles, inner tube, and arm floaties. I LOVE this image!

In the next picture, you can see the sand up close. I stamped the CTMH sentiment with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. For the water, I found some awesome Paper Studio wave paper and embossed it with Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl. I rubbed Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the top to bring out the swirls.

In this side view, you can see the Liquid Glass on Luka's goggles, inner tube, and floaties much better.

Summer Card Recipe

Stamps: Beach Marci & Summer Luka (La-La Land Crafts)/Sentiment (CTMH)/Digital Beach Scene (The Frugal Crafter)
Papers: Kraft Cardstock (Recollections)/ DPs (the Paper Studio)
Tools: Spellbinders Lacey Circles/
Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Sand from my stash/ Clear bag/ Hair gel/ Stardust Stickles/ CTMH Liquid Glass
Coloring Medium: Copics & Chalk
Copics used on Image:
Skin: E000 & chalk
Hair: E37, E25, E51
Hat & Swimsuit: R81 & chalk/ Y21 & chalk/ Stardust Stickles
Inner tube: BV00 & chalk/ Y21/ CTMH Liquid Glass

Skin: E000 & chalk
Orange areas: YR02, YR04
Blue: B00, B02, BG10
Inner tube: G14, Prismacolor Grass Green, Y21 & chalk/ CTMH Liquid Glass

Don't forget to check back here on Thursday for my Memorial Day card. I hope you had a great weekend and your day today continues to be blessed!

Guest DT: La-La Land Crafts
Creative Team Member: CropStop


Linda Palmer said...

I'm loving these sweet little images. Fun card and great layout.

Anonymous said...

Your work is so beautiful!