Friday, January 31, 2014

Inspiration Friday ~ A Sketch

Hello, it's Jeanette here with a new La-La inspiration for you. This week's theme is ...
Here are the amazing creations the Team Friday  have come up with to inspire you:

Stamp: World Traveler Luka
Dies: Steampunk Clock, Decorative Corner, Steampunk Heart Cogs

Copic Markers:
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E25, E27, E29
Clothing - E71, E74, E77, E79. YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97. E42, E43, E44
Globe - G21, G24, BG10, BG11. Y21, Y26, Y28

Stamp Birthday Cake Marci
Die: Birthday Flag

Skin: Coral, Oatmeal, Sunkissed Pink, Baby Pink
Hair: E55, E35, E31, E41, Y0000
Headband/Bows/Collar: BG13, BG11, BG10
Dress/Tights: YG25, YG23, YG21
Cake Decorations: R02, R01, R00
Cake: B0000
Cake Platter: W2, W0, W00

Stamp: Heart Cupcake Marci
Dies: Grass border, Cloud, sun and island set
Skin- E000, E00, E11, R30
Hair- Y21, YR23, E97
Dress- RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99
BG90, BG93, BG96, BG99
Icing- RV000, R81, R83, R85
Heart- R35, R39
Shoes- W00, W3, W6, W9

Stamp: Mad Hatter Luka
Dies: Heart Doily, Heart Doily Border, Open Leaf Flourish, Scalloped Banner, Steampunk Border, Steampunk Clock ,Wrought Iron Fence ,Scallop Border ,Wrought Iron Fence
Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, E0000, R20, R22
Hair: E23, E25, E29, E49
Outfit: G28, G24, G21, G20
W7, W5, W3, W1
RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91
E30, E31, E33, E35
Cup: E30, E31, E33, E35

Elaine Hughes
3D Kit: Book Trinket Box Kit
Stamp: Queen of Hearts Marci
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E04, R20, BV11
Hair: E13, E17, E19
Outfit: R24, R46, R59, BV02, BV04, BV08, Y35, YR23, Y28, W5, W7, W9

Stamp: Shopping Marci
Scalloped Banner die, Birthday Flag Die, Heart Ribbon Corner die, Wrought Iron Fence die, Stitched Scallops Border die
Copics & Prisma Pencils
Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R11 & R20
Hair ~ E30, E31, E33, E34 & Dark Brown Prisma Pencil
Top ~ BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV01 & Violet Prisma Pencil
Trousers ~ BG45, BG53, BG01 & Peacock Prisma Pencil
Bag ~ E30, E31, E33, E34 & Dark Brown Prisma Pencil
Purse ~ C1, C2, C3, C5 & Black Prisma Pencil
Shopping Bags ~ BG000, BG10, G000, G0 & Aquamarine & True Green Prisma Pencils

Stamp: Marci in Wonderland
Copic Markers:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, R20
Hair: E50, E51, E53, E35
Grey: C00, C1, C3
Blue: B000, B00, B01, B02

Stamps: Birthday Cake Marci, Cupid Marci (Sentiment)
Hair: E30, E31, E55
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R01, R02
Dress/Shoes/Headband: R11, R20, R22, R42
Band on dress/Bow: BG13, BG09, BG49
Cake: BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG13

Don't forget, you can join in on all the La-La Land Crafts fun over on our Facebook Page, where you can also post your own La-la Land Crafts creations. You can also find us on Twitter!
Have a wonderful weekend
Jeanette xxo

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tutorial Thursday - Faux Leather Open Top Purse

Good morning! It's Sandie here and it's my turn to share a 'how-to' for Tutorial Thursday. I love to make bags and boxes, it's one of my favourite types of crafting so today I want to show you how I made a Faux Leather Open Top Purse featuring Shopping Marci. I first got the idea for this from Splitcoast Stampers, but the project was too small to accommodate Marci, so I came up with my own version of it. 

Supplies you will need:
3 x A4 sheets of heavy cardstock
Cuttlebug, or similar
Embossing Folder
Scoring Board, 
Distress Ink & Blending tool
Clear Embossing Powder
Embossing ink
Heat Gun
Strong double-sided Tape
Embellishments of Choice

Cut TWO pieces of cardstock to 5.25" x 6.25". These are the front and back of the purse.
 On the 5.25" side mark in 0.5" from each end of the top . 
Using a paper trimmer line up the 0.5" mark at an angle and cut right down to the bottom corner. Do this on both sides of each piece so that you have 4.75" at the top and 5.25" at the bottom of each. 

On the 6.25" side, score at 4.75". Repeat for the other piece. 

Fold the score line and then, taking your scissors, taper in the bottom flap

Emboss both pieces of card. You will need to run each through twice. 

Once they've been embossed, take some distress ink and blending tool and ink all over

Using clear embossing powder, heat emboss the whole outside of both pieces. 

Flip them over and adhere the 2 flaps at the bottom

For the sides you will need TWO 4.75" x 2" strips. As with the front and back of the purse, run it through the cuttlebug in the embossing folder. On the inside, score of each piece, on the 2" side, at 0.25 and 1.75". Flip it over to the front and score at the 1" mark down about 3"

Fold the scorelines leaving the tabs tucked underneath to ink and heat emboss. I've found that it adheres better with no heat embossing on the tabs. 

Adhere the sides to the inside of the front and back of the purse. 

For the handles, cut TWO 1"x 11.5" pieces of card. Emboss, ink and heat emboss both. Apply some strong tape to each end of both and adhere to the inside of the purse, about 0.5" down.

Colour up your image, trim her out and embellish the front of your purse to your liking. 

I hope you are inspired to try out my tutorial today. Don't forget to link up if you do, we would love to see your take on it. 

Have a great day

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

La-La Land Crafts TV - Introduction and a GIVEAWAY!

Something new and exciting this year at La-La Land Crafts!
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Inspiration Monday - SKETCH...

Hello, it's SILVIE here with a new La-La inspiration for you. This week's theme is ...


And here are the amazing creations the Team Monday have come up with to inspire you: 

Copics Used...
Skin E50 E51 E11 R00 R20
Hair N1 N3 N5 N7 N9
Boots N1 N3 N5 N7
Clock vest pants and hat E31 E33 E35 E37 E39
Glasses coat and tie BG90 BG93 BG96 BG99


Distress inks Used...
Skin: Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.
Cheeks and Lips: Aged Mahogany
Hair: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.
Hat: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.
Wellies: Forest Moss and Walnut Stain.
Clothes: Faded Denim, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass and Borken China.
Wheelbarrow: Brushed Courderoy, Walnut stain, Pumice stone and Black Soot.

Distress inks and twinkling H20 Used...
skin-tattered rose, vintage photo, aged mahogany
hair-antique linen, vintage photo, walnut stain
hat-antique linen, vintage photo
ribbon, bow, shoes & skirt-aged mahogany, H2O jasper red
t-shirt & legging-spun sugar, H2O apple blossom
suitcase & bag-vintag photo, walnut stain
background-evergreen bough
ground-black soot, vintage photo

Copics Used...
Skin: E00, E11, E13, R20
Hair: N3, N5, N7, N9
Hair Pins: BG75, BG78

Copics Used...
Face E0000,000,00,01,11,R20
Dress BG 10,11
Belt, Shoes and Hat Trim R32,35
Beads and Flower Y11,YR11,21
Highlighted with Prismacolours
Pomegranate, Peacock Blue, Black

Copics Used...
Skin - E11, E00, E000, R24, R20, R11
Hair - B18, B16, B14, B12, B000
Clothes - B18, B16, B14, B12, B000, E29, E19, E17, E15, E13, 100, YG99, YG95, YG93
Bicycle - B14, B12, B000, B0000, Y28, Y26, Y23, T8, T6, T4, T2, T0
Gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen

 Don't forget, you can join in all the fun here at La-La Land Crafts by adding your creations to our Facebook Page and Twitter. And be sure to stop Back on Friday to see some more aweosme projects from the Friday La-La's!

Thanks for stopping by today.
 Have a lovely day and a great week... Silvie xxxx

Friday, January 24, 2014

Inspiration Friday - All Stitiched Up!

It's time for Inspiration Friday at La-La Land Crafts and this week our theme is All Stitched Up. Add real or faux stitching to your projects. 

Stamp: Queen of Hearts Marci
Dies: Steampunk Clock, Heart Ribbon Corner, Heart Doily, Wrought Iron Fence, Rolled Rose Sm & Med, Large Flourish, Scallop Banner.
3D Kit: Book Trinket Box

Copic Markers:
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E21, E23, E27, E29
Black - C3 through to C9
Reds - R32, R43, R35, R37,R56, R39
Gold - Y21, Y26, Y28

Stamp: Pinata Luka
Dies: Scalloped Banner, Wrought Iron FenceCloud, Sun, and Island

Skin: E55, E53, E51, E95
Hair: E37, E35, E34
Jeans: B95, B93, B91, E31, E30
Shirt: R29, R27, R25, C3, C0
Stick: E27, E25, E23
Blindfold: C3, C0
Pinata: R29, R27, R24, Y11, Y13, B45, B52, YG09, YG06, YR18, YR16, YR15
Grass; YG67, YG11, YG06, YG09, G85, G29
Sky: B000

Stamp: Piñata Marci
Dies: Heart doily border, Scalloped bannerWrought iron fenceGrass border

Skin- E000, E00, E21, E11, R30
Lips- RV34
Hair- W0, W2, W5, W8, W10
Skirt- BG10, BG53, BG57, BG18
Clothes & piñata-
Yellow- Y11, Y15, Y17, E35
Pink- RV10, RV32, RV34
Green- YG21, YG23, YG25, YG17
Orange- YR61, YR65, YR14, YR18
Clouds- C0, C1, C3, B60
Sky- BG000, B000
Grass- G20, G21, G24, YG45

Stamp: Telephone Marci
Dies: Wrought Iron FenceHeart DoilyScalloped BannerHeart Key and LockHeart Doily Border Pretty PoinsettiaHeart Treble ClefLarge FlourishScallop BorderButterflies Set 1

Skin: E13, E11, E00, E0000, R20
Hair: E43, E44, E47
Outfit: E43, E42, E41, E40, C4
E11, E13, E15, E18
Telephone: Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21, C4

Stamp: World Traveler Luka
Dies: Steampunk Border, Steampunk Clock, Booktab and Labels

Copics & Prisma Pencils
Skin ~ E000, E00, E21, R11 & R20
Hair ~ E50, E51, E53 & Light Umber Prisma Pencil
Coat, Trousers & Hat ~ E70, E71, E74, E77 & Black Prisma Pencil
Waist Coat ~ E40, E41, E43 & Dark Brown Prisma Pencil
Watch ~ C00, C0 & Black Prisma Pencil
Tie ~ BG10, BG11 & Peacock Blue Prisma Pencil
Glasses ~ C00, C0, C1, C3, C5 & Black Prisma Pencil

Elaine Hughes
Stamp: Marci in Wonderland
3D Kit: Book Trinket Box Kit

Copics: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E04, R20, BV11
Hair - Y32, YR23, E99
Outfit - B91, B95, B97, B000, BV02

Dies: Wrought Iron Fence, Heart Doily, Filigree Crown, Heart Ribbon Corner, Pretty Poinsettia, Lotus Die, Rolled Rose Large, Rolled Rose Small and Medium, Stitched Scallops Border,

Don't forget, you can join in on all the La-La Land Crafts fun over on our Facebook Page, where you can also post your own La-la Land Crafts creations. You can also find us on Twitter!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tutorial Thursday - Using the Silhouette Print and Cut Feature with La-La Land Digis

Hi all - Debbie here with our first tutorial for 2014. 

I have been asked many times how I manage to cut so neatly around my images - it's no secret - I CHEAT!!! I have dodgy eyes and often start seeing 2 sets of scissors when I try to fussy cut so I talked my dear hubby into letting me have a Silhouette Cameo. One of it's many features is a print and cut option. I LOVE this feature and use it ALL the time.

Today I am here to show YOU how to use it too. This post is fairly picture heavy because they say a picture tells a thousand words and they make much more sense than I could!

Apart from just the print and cutting I will also show you how to remove the white box that comes around the La-La Land digis - this way you'll be able to squeeze your images closer together and make the most of your colouring paper.

Are you ready????

Here goes........

Note - if you click on the pictures you'll open them up bigger if you need to see more details.

To get your image into your Cameo you open up the files. You won't see anything here yet because it will only show silhouette files. You'll need to find the "All files" tab and select it - then your images will appear and you can make your selection.

I've chosen Tea Time Marci here. She'll drop in onto the cutting mat which is the white square - but I have moved her over to the blue section to the left of the mat. You need to trace the image so go the the Trace tab and click on the Select Trace Area button.

Then choose the Trace button and you'll see red lines appear on top of the image. Note red lines are cutting lines. Needless to say you don't want to cut the whole image apart so we need to select what we do want to cut. I have enlarged the screen to make it easier to see what's going on - use the magnifying buttons on the top menu bar to do this.

Go to the Offset tab and select offset. This should place a red line around your image. To create a white border around your image once it's cut you need to change this to the desired width. Use the Offset Distance to change the settings. For these images I like to set it to 0.06 but this is a personal choice.

Move the printed image away from all the red cutting lines. Then click on the group of red lines and separate them out even further into trace lines and offset lines.

Select the offset group of cut lines and right click to bring up a menu. Select Release Compund Path to separate all the lines so they can move independently of one another.

Choose the lines you WANT to cut and move them over your B&W image. Here I've already moved the outline over and I also want to add the lines for cutting the space between her legs. Some images may have more or less extra pieces to cut so choose what you like.

Once you have centered all the cut lines over your image select the whole area and right click to bring up the menu. Click on Group to join all the pieces into one unit which will move together - whether it's for re-sizing or copying and pasting over.

To remove the white background go back to the Trace function. Select your Trace Area and then change the Threshold to 100% and click off the High Pass Filter. Press the Trace and Detach button and you should be able to move your image away from the white background. As I mentioned before this is a useful step when using more than one image per page as you can sit them closer together and maximize the space on your page.

You can save your image with it's cut lines now so you can pull her up to re-use for future projects without having to repeat all of these steps.

Slide your image onto the cutting mat and bring up the registration marks. These help the Cameo know where to cut on your page. Nothing will cut outside the red lines or in the shaded areas so you will have to make sure your images stay within the central area. You can alter the margins using the sliders although I personally have never tried doing this.

I only have A4 sized blending paper so I select the A4 option and usually prefer to cut in landscape position so I make that change too. 

Note - The red lines off to the side from your previous work won't be cut as they are off the cutting mat - another reason to do all that work off mat - there's no need to delete it! 

I then copy and past other images with their cut lines into my page and jiggle them around to make the most of the space.

Note the circled section - this image doesn't have the white background removed and it is covering over Fairy Marci's wing. So you can see it's handy not having the white background on your images.

Now it's time to print your image. 

DO NOT MOVE anything on your mat once you have printed it out as it won't cut out right. 

Load your printed sheet into the Cameo using the carrier sheet and follow the prompts onscreen once you hit the Cameo cutting option.

Detect the registration marks automatically - the machine will let you know if it's having problems reading them as it won't cut properly if it can't. Follow the prompts to cut, making sure you use appropriate setting for your paper. 

And here are all my pretties cut out ready for a bit of colour :)

Well I hope you managed to stick it out to the end and I hope you have found some useful hints and tips here and give it a go yourself .

Some Trouble Shooting Tips
- I sometimes find I have to trace over my registration marks with a black fineline as they have printed too fine to read.
- Check all of your settings - if you are cutting an A4 sheet your settings must read for an A4 sheet.

Happy Colouring Debbie