Monday, July 30, 2012

Inspiration Monday-Monchromatic

Hi y'all! Well, things are still going smoothly with our upcoming move to Texas....thank goodness! We had a little glitch with the appraisal on the new house, but we worked through it and are getting the house for even cheaper....seems so unreal!! It seems like everything is happening so quickly. I can't believe the move will be here in about 1 1/2 weeks....CRAZY, huh? I'm trying to work ahead this week on my DT projects so I can get everything set up before I have no internet. Not sure how I'm going to handle not having internet for a little bit. :(

It's Monday and time for another La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Challenge. The theme this week is:


I used the super gorgeous, Marci with Rose. She reminds me of my mom so much because my mom loves to garden and loves to wear hats. I don't think my mom goes anywhere without a hat, haha!

Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, chalk
Lips: R22
Hair: E49, E47, E44
Hat/Dress/Shoes: V17, V15, C7, C5, C3, G46, G43, V28, V25, V22

Since this image reminds me of my mom I decided to use my mom's favorite color for my Monochromatic card.....PURPLE! The floral dp is full of various colors of purple and gray. I'm not sure who it's was in my stash. I distressed the edges of my papers with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The pearls are from Close to My Heart and the ribbon came from my stash.

I dry embossed the panel behind Marci with a new embossing folder I got from CropStop called Cart-Us ROSES. It's such a beautiful embossing folder and perfect for Marci with Rose! After I embossed it, I rubbed CTMH White ink over the top to bring out the embossing.

The CTMH sentiment is heat embossed using Stampendous Detail White embossing powder.

I hope you get a chance to play along with us by uploading your creations to our Customer Gallery. Don't forget, you can get these awesome stamps and the new line of dies in the LLLC Store. There are also a few stamps in the RETIRED section you might want to snatch up at a reduced price. :)

Have a great week and see you back here soon!

Rosie :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Inspiration Monday--Circle Card

Happy Monday y'all! Things are still as crazy as ever getting ready for our big move. Some of our dates got pushed up so now the packers are coming Aug. 8th & 9th. We have to be out of our current house by Aug. 10th and then we close on our new house in Texas on Aug. 13th. We are so blessed that things have gone really smoothly and fortunately we only have a few minor repairs to make to our current house.

I'm going to do my best to keep up with everything during this big move. But if I go MIA a week or two in August, it's because we are in the midst of moving and I probably don't have internet yet.....oooooh, what's a girl to do without internet, LOL!!

The challenge this week at La-La Land Crafts is....


I used Kimono Marci for my card today. I think she's so gorgeous with her beautiful Kimono and parasol. I just love coloring her hair!

Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, chalk
Lips: R27, R24
Hair: Black, N8, N4
Hairbands: R29, R27, R24
Kimono/Shoes: Black, N8, N6, N4, R29, R27, R24
Parasol: Black, N8, N6, N4, R29, R27, R24, E84, E55

The beautiful dps are from DCWV "The Colorful Life" stack. The dps in this stack are all based off artwork by Donna Estabrooks. The paper is very mixed media-ish and so gorgeous! I cut out my layers with various Spellbinder Dies. Then, I used the LLLC Filigree Corner Die on each side of the sentiment.

I used the new LLLC LOTUS Die just released at CHA to make my two Lotus flowers. It comes with all the components (petals in various sizes, stamen, and lily pads).

The Love sentiment next to Marci and the quote on the bottom of the card are stickers. I backed them with black cardstock and then raised them on pop-dots. Marci is also backed with pop-dots.

That's all for me today folks! I hope you play along with us and upload your Circle Cards to our Customer Gallery. If you haven't seen all the new stamps and dies just released at CHA then you'll definitely want to head on over to the LLLC Store to check it out. While you're there, you might want to check out the Clearance and Retired Sections and grab some really great deals....once they're gone they're GONE!!

Have a great week!

Rosie :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Happy Tuesday everyone!! If you've been following the La-La Land Crafts Facebook page, then you know that today is indeed a very special and HAPPY Tuesday! Today is opening day at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) in Rosemont, IL. Irina Blount and Sandie Dunne are at CHA showcasing the NEW RELEASE and boy is it AMAZING!!

This is the biggest release we've had at LLLC.....20 images (including the Aussie release) and 10 new DIES!! 17 new images have been added to the Marci and Luka line, plus LLLC introduced a NEW CAROUSEL Collection! They also designed an SVG file (in the store now) so you can make a 3-D (half) carousel for your new images!! It's absolutely gorgeous and tons of FUN to make!!

It's such an exciting time right now for La-La Land Crafts because they are evolving into a stamp and DIE company! The LLLC Dies are high quality thin steel dies, made in the U.S.A. Most of them have intricate details, and some of the new ones now have embossed details on them!!

I know once you scroll through all the fabulous and creative projects on the LLLC Blog from the most amazing DT ever, that you'll agree these new images and dies are fantastic!!

The Aussie stamps were released exclusively in Australia last month, but they are finally available to all our customers NOW! You can view my card using Koala Marci HERE.

Kangaroo Marci, Koala Luka, Koala Marci & Outback Luka

Now for all the NEWBIES!!!

Daisy Faerie Marci, Rose Faerie Marci, Whimsy Mushroom Set & Bookstack Set
Bath Time Marci, Bath Time Luka, Back To School Luka, & Backpack Marci
Tea Time Marci, Tea Time Set, Summer Marci, & Beach Luka
Carousel Horse, Popsicle Marci, Carousel Lion, & Carousel Seahorse

Large Flourish, Heart Tree, Hot Air Balloon, Rolled Rose Large, Rolled Rose (Small/Medium), Heart Fence, Tulip Border, Wings Set, Lotus, & Water Lily
In addition to showcasing these amazing stamps and dies, LLLC is having a GIVE-AWAY!!

The only thing you have to do to be eligible is to leave a comment on the LLLC Blog under the CHA Showcase post....EASY PEASY!!

The give-away consists of:
3 new LLLC stamps (Tea Time Marci, Tea Time Set & Carousel Horse),
2 new LLLC dies
(Hot Air Balloon & Wings Set),
set of 12 Copic Sketch Makers
(new colors) and
1 pad of 6x6 Prima paper

Now sit back and enjoy the ride! I know this post is picture heavy, but I couldn't help but do several projects with the new images and dies. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them!!

The first project I made was a 8x10 canvas with a carnival theme. I used the new Carousel Horse and decided Heart Balloon Marci would be a perfect fit with the horse. I think the Carousel images are AWESOME! I can't wait to make a larger canvas with all of them!!
Heart Balloon Marci:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11
Hair, E49, E47, E44
Headband/Shoes: R81, R83, R85
Dress: R81, R83, R85, YG25
Balloon: YG25

Carousel Horse:
Coat: E30, E33, E35
Mane/Tail: E55, E57, Y02
Hooves: N8, N4, N2
Trim/Saddle: R83, V15
Pole: YR24, YR23, YR21

I also decided to use our new Popsicle Marci. Isn't she the cutest thing!!! I just love her hat and chic!
Popsicle Marci:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, chalk
Hair: E49, E47, E44
Hat/Shirt: R81, R83, R85, YG25
Pants/Shoes: R81, R83, R85
Bag: YR24, YR21, YG25
Popsicle: R29,E55
Here's the full view of the canvas. I just used blue and green dps for the background instead of messing with paint. The cloud dies are from a previous release and are part of the Cloud, Sun, & Island Die Set.

Here's a closer view so you can see some of the new Dies! I used the Heart Fence Die, Heart Tree Die, Hot Air Balloon Die, and Tulip Border Die.

Next up is my card featuring the new Hot Air Balloon Die. I cut blue polka dot dp with the die and glued it on top of red felt.

The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz stamp set. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I used white Glossy Accents around the edges of the sentiment. The hot air balloon and yellow dps are from My Mind's Eye Lime Twist "Out of the Blue". I also used the Clouds from the Cloud, Sun & Island Dies behind the hot air balloon.
My next card uses Bath Time Luka. Look at that hair....LOVE it!! Reminds me of my little boy when he takes a bath: lots of toys and bubbles....and he always wants to do a faux hawk, haha!
Bath Time Luka:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, chalk
Hair: E49, E7, E44
Boat: B02, B05, R27, B18
Loofah: B02, B05, YG25
Towel: R27, B18
Tub: N0, N2, N4, N8

The dps are from Echo Park "Little Boy". The sentiment is part of the Bath Time Luka set. I also used the new Water Lily Die to make my flower in the corner. The clear dew drops and white ribbon are from my stash.

And finally, my last card is with School Boy Luka! He so reminds me of my son, Isaiah!
School Boy Luka:
Skin: E0000, E00, E01, E11, Chalk
Hair: E49, E47, E44
Sweater: YR04, B02
Shirt/Socks: YR04, YR02
Tie/Pants/Shoes: E55, E53
Backpack B02, B05, E55, Black
Skateboard: B02, YR04, R29, N8, N4, N2, Black

I got the alphabet dp from Michaels, but I'm not sure who makes it. The felt sentiment is from Pink Paisley. Did you see those awesome wings?!?! The Wings Die Set is also from the new CHA release.

Well, that's all for me!! Man, was that a lot of work, LOL! Don't forget, if you want to be in the drawing for the awesome prize above, then head over to the LLLC Blog and leave a comment under the CHA Showcase post!! Also, go and snatch up all the newbies in the LLLC Store HERE!!

Have a great week and see you back here soon!
Rosie :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Welcome to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts Blog Hop!

Yumi and Fumi Handmade is a brand new stamp company created by some awesome friends, Renate and Leanne. You can read more about both of them on the blog HERE. They are amazing and so is this new stamp line!!

If you've stopped here from Kim's blog then you are on the right track. If not, then head on over to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts blog to start at the beginning. You will find all the information there, including prizes up for grabs and the blog hop list. The hop starts today and will run until Sunday, July 15th at Noon PST. That means you have 4 days to hop, comment, and look around. There will be hidden prizes so be sure to comment on each blog to be in the running.

My other great news......I'm on the Yumi & Fumi Design Team....YAY!! I'm so blessed and thankful for this opportunity to work along side these great and awesomely creative ladies!!
Yumi & Fumi DT

Now..... let me introduce you to Yumi with Fan!!

Isn't she beautiful?!?! I just {heart} her!! This stamp measures 3.25" HT x 2.43" W, and the best part..... she is scroll-cut and indexed for easy stamping. That means no cutting thick rubber and getting a hand-cramp (I am forever traumatized from cutting thick rubber, LOL!!). In addition, they are indexed so you can see exactly where you are stamping.

I colored my image with Copics and Chalk. You can see my colors below.

Skin: E13, chalk
Eyes: E47, E44
Hair: E49, E47, E44
Kimono/Fan: R35, R22, R20
Sash/Shoes: BG10, BG13, BG15

I decided to make something other than a card for this blog hop. I found this awesome Treat Box Tutorial on SplitcoastStampers from Beate. I thought maybe it would make a great pen holder for Renate and Leanne in their booth at the Carson Rubber Stamp Show this weekend. You can read more details about the show HERE. :)
The cardstock and dps are from Close To My Heart. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado Thoughts For The Day stamp set. I raised Yumi with Fan on pop dots for added dimension.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to become a follower and leave a comment for a chance at a prize! Next on the hop just happens to be one of the owners of Yumi and Fumi........RENATE. :)

Have a great week and ENJOY!!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Inspiration Monday--Emboss It!

Happy Monday y'all! Well this past week was a busy one for us!! We listed our house last week on Wednesday and had a showing Thursday afternoon. Then on Friday, we headed to Texas to look for a house and spent all day Saturday with our realtor touring various ones on our list. We found one we all loved so we wrote up an offer Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening we get a call from our realtor in Oklahoma and she tells us we have a contract on our home. We only had it listed 4 days!!! Then on our way back home Sunday evening, we get a call from our Texas realtor and he tells us our offer on the new house was accepted!! We sold and found a house all in one weekend....WHEW!!! I'm a little more relieved now!!

There's still lots to do and we still have to get packers arranged to come and box all this crap up, LOL! But at least we now have a place picked out that we all fell in love with. My little boy is so excited!

Now on to today's La-La Land Crafts Challenge! This week we want you to.....


You can do wet or dry embossing or both if you're up to it!! I took the easy route and did dry embossing. :)

I used this super CUTE image called Marci with Cat and colored her with Copics.

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, chalk
Hair: YR20, Y15, Y21, colorless blender
Dress: G02, G95, G07, stickles
Shoes: G02, G05, G07, C3, C5, C7, stickles
Cat: C3, C5, C7, R20

I used the LLLC Filigree Corner Die and Eiffel Tower Die. These dies from La-La Land Crafts are amazing and have such beautiful detail to them!! I use my Cuttlebug to cut them out and I generally do 2 passes and they cut perfectly. For some of you a shim or two might be necessary, but I've never had any problems cutting through.

I used some ribbon and dp from my stash. The flowers are a combo of Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.

Don't forget you can play along with us by linking up to our Customer Gallery.

Hope you have a great week and I'll keep you posted on my move!

Rosie :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Inspiration Monday-Red, White & Blue (or your Nation's colors)

Happy Monday y'all! Hard to believe it's already July!!! And man, did the weekend fly by way too fast, right?! We had a busy weekend going through things and staging the house in preparation of putting it on the market. We have 1 1/2 months to try and sell it and buy a new one. Worse case scenario is we live in temp housing provided by the company until we find a home. But it would be nice to find something we all love soon! Keep us in your prayers if you could!!

This is a busy week for us also. The hubby and I will be celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary on July 3rd! :) It definitely doesn't feel like 13 years! I think he's the most amazing man and I'm so blessed to have him as my husband!!! He gets me and loves me for me (faults and all)....and that's all that matters! :)

We'll also be celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day! I want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who fight to protect us and our country every day! At times I feel like we are losing some of our freedoms that so many have fought to protect. Only time will tell, but I continue to pray and hope that those in power remember what makes this country so special.....our many FREEDOMS and our right to choose what's best for us and our families.

Now onto the La-La Land Crafts Challenge this week:

Red, White & Blue

To celebrate Independence Day, I made this special card using Saluting Marci!! I love her!! She reminds me of so many of my military friends....the wives who support their husbands and hold down the fort when the hubby gets deployed.

Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11
Hair: E49, E47, E34
Red: R35, R37
Blue: B21, B23, B24
Dogtags/Boots: C7, C5, C3

I used random dps from my stash. To give it some bling, I added stickes on Marci's shirt & shorts and also along the edges of the cardstock.

In the corners, I used the LLLC Filigree Corner Die and then added Recollection Pearls. The awesome sentiment is called "God Bless the USA" and is from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. The ribbon is from Michaels and I tied a double loop bow with my Bow Easy (LOVE THIS TOOL)!!

I raised the sentiment and Marci on pop-dots.

Now don't forget you can play along with us every week by uploading your creations to the Customer Gallery. If you haven't checked out the list of retiring LLLC stamps, then you'll definitely want to head on over to the LLLC Store and grab them while you can!!

Have a great week and I hope you leave me a comment so I know you stopped by.
Rosie :)Link