Elephant Baby Shower Invite

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Today I’d like to share a handmade invitation that I made for an upcoming baby shower.   The theme for the baby shower is elephants with chevron patterns.  The momma & baby girl elephant clip art files are so sweet, I am so glad that they are being used for this celebration!   As you all know, chevron patterns are on trend right now (in scrapbooking, fashion, & décor) and I love being able to incorporate them into the handmade decorations.  The three colors we are using for all the party are light pink, teal blue and red (see the digital papers below).  

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I got the idea to use this beautiful shape for the main portion of the invitation from a great post on the Silhouette blog.  I had been playing around with the design, wanting to use the red chevron background but it’s a lot on it’s own.   I hadn’t figured out how to pull it all together until I saw this idea.   With the label shape on top of the pattern it peeks out but also lets the invitation body stand out.   Thank you Jeana for the idea & inspiration!  

I printed the background chevron paper from digital files, designed the invite with the silhouette and popped up the blue banner baby shower flag (with pop dots).   Digital paper is fun for making party stuff because you can print as much as you need. 

The momma elephant has three hearts coming out of her trunk, where I’ve added glitter glue for a little sparkle.  Thank you Michelle & Christine for helping me assemble the invites! 

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If you are looking to make these yourself, here’s all the elements I used for this invite. 


Digital Papers from Etsy (Erin Bradley Designs).  Printed on 80lb cardstock. 

  • Chevrons-I am using the pink, red & blue across all the decorations. 
  • Elephants-Founds a cute momma & little baby girl to decorate everything.

Digital Paper Pack Personal and Commercial Use Colorful Chevron Stripes  Pink Valentines Day Elephants Clipart Commercial Use Animal Clip Art Graphics

Silhouette Shapes-

Fonts-  Plain (David), Script – Corenia Script Demo

We’ve been busy creating a bunch of other cute & fun things for the baby shower.  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.  Or even tell you the things we are making, but I can’t say that either!  It won’t be for another month though because I want to surprise the expectant momma.  It’s hard for me to keep surprises though so this will be fun to see if I can actually do it.  Since she’s a fellow crafter it’s all that much harder to keep it quiet but surprising her on the big day will be worth it! 


ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop – Mr. Huey’s Color Mists

Today I am excited to take part in the ScrapbookSteals August blog hop.  I’ve made some cards and a scrapbook layout to share with you.  You should be coming here from Dana Tartar’s blog, if you’d like to start from the top of the blog hop list visit Scrapbook Steals for the link to the start.    There are fun prizes to be won!   

For this project we were each sent a particular scrapbooking supplies from Scrapbook Steals to use in a project.  I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to Mr. Huey’s Color Mists by Studio Calico.   This is an amazing product that you are going to LOVE having in your scrapbook supply closet (if you don’t already)! 

I was received a pinkish/reddish color called Boss Lady Rose Patronne.  Here’s a picture of the spray.

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The first thing I did was do some research to figure out how to use the color mists.  I have not tried them before and I am so glad that I was introduced to color mist (finally!).  I decided that it would be fun to use the wood veneer shapes (butterfly & stars) also by Studio Calico to show the power of the color mists.  You could also use die cuts from your punches, masks and really any shape as the item that you mist. 

Card #1-A Tiny Bird with a Big Song

For this card I arranged 4 butterflies and then misted the entire sheet of paper.  I wanted to highlight the negative space that’s created by using the mist. The large size of the butterflies makes the background stand out.  

After doing the spraying, I wasn’t sure how I’d use the pink misted portion of the paper with the butterflies and I was thrilled when I found some paper that matched the pink almost exactly!   Then I trimmed the pink panel down to be part of this 5×7 card and added two strips of pattern paper.   The supplies for these first two cards are actually from a past ScrapbookSteal purchase (My Minds Eye-Follow Your Heart Collection).   I love that there was a butterfly button in the MME collection to add to the butterfly theme going on with the wood shapes. 

The fun part about misting is the unevenness of the spray. On the left bottom side of the card and the right side it’s not evenly colored and it gives the paper a nice handmade/antique look. 

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This card is smaller than the first so I used only two butterfly silhouettes and for the third I used an embellishment.  The entire pink part was created with the mist spray.  I was excited to use the shiny pearl brads in the middle of the butterflies.  Spraying the paper & the butterflies was a really beautiful process and plan to do another post showing some of the step by step photos.

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Card #3-Hooray for You

I used the same Boss Lady mist here but you can see when the mist is applied to the wood it’s darker than on the paper above.  It is almost red here.  It was really easy to spray the wood and the color absorbs quickly.  Once the shapes were dry I glued them to the front of this card to create dimensional card. 

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After seeing the red mist I knew I’d like to try a few others so I decided to use Buttercup and Heirloom Blue.  Having a few colors will give you the opportunity to mix the colors as I have done on this next set of projects. 

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Card #4- Thanks a Million

I sprayed the butterflies and when they dried stacked them on top of each other to add to the front of this card.  They create a nice effect when combined together like this.  I was excited to find some paper (Cosmo Cricket Social Club) in my stash that would work well with these colors.   

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Card #5 – Just a Note

For the next card I wanted to use all three colors together so I started with the blue, then added the yellow and pink.  I love how the colors mix and you see there’s even some green where the blue & yellow mixed. 

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Card #6 – I Love Remembering

For this last card I did the same thing as the card above but this time I wanted to keep the wood veneer butterfly in place on the front of this card.  There’s a nice white outline around the wood after you spray and it creates a fun effect to make them pop out.  If you make a mistake and have to start over while spraying you can flip the wood shapes over and use the other side.  Each item created will never be the same as another! 

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Layout – I’m a Big Brother Now

Last I’d like to share a two page scrapbook layout.  I used two page sketch #15 found at Sketch Support for this layout.   Originally I wanted to use a masking template (studio calico bubbles or circle graph) that creates a background but I had a hard time figuring out how to make it work on a layout.  I didn’t want it to overpower all the patterns in the papers.  I think the masks are great for cards because then I can control the size/shape better.  However, I do hope to find a layout where I can try them with other patterns too.    

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In order to use the color mist in this layout I sprayed the wood veneer stars and glued them to the bottom edge of the pattern paper.  I love when you can take embellishments (wood stars) from one collection and mix them with a totally different collection such as this Amy Tangerine star/stripe paper & thickers (Get Around, Work In Progress, Stars Stripes & Stiches).    The wood stars vary in size and are close to the same size as the stars on the pattern paper.  I thought they created a nice border and tied in well with the “big brother” pajamas the boys are wearing.    One last thing I went back and forth about was spraying random blue mist spots across the bottom wave of the white paper.  What do you think?  Should I add more mist to this layout? 

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Thanks for coming to Laurel Lane, taking the time to read through and view my projects!    I hope you’ll give these awesome Mr. Huey’s color mists by Studio Calico a try.  There are so many possibilities!  One of the thing I like the most is the size, they are nice & compact.  After making a few projects you can use up the bottle giving you room to try other colors. 

Please leave a comment below if you’d like to be entered to win a $20.00 gift certificate to ScrapbookSteals.com.  Comments need to be posted by Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 PM MST.   Winner will be announced on ScrapbookSteals.

Also, I’ll be announcing a separate LUCKY winner of some great scrapbooking supplies.  In order to be eligible for this prize become a follower of Laurel Lane (only if you’d like to see my posts regularly) and leave a comment below.  I’ll select a random winner from the followers & commenters.    

Next Up Visit:   Rebecca Ednie’s blog to see her amazing creations with Mr. Huey’s Color Mists.

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  2. Rebecca Keppel – My Cluttered Corner
  3. Joan Borgelt  – The Gov’s Place
  4. Dana Tatar  – They Call Me Tartar Salad
  5. Laurel Geisbush – Laurel Lane  (You are Here)
  6. Rebecca Ednie  – Eclectic Endeavours  (> Go here next >>) 
  7. Julie Odil – Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers
  8. Patricia Flores – Harmony, Health & Faith

We hope you enjoy the blog hop!  Happy Hopping!   Thanks for your comments!!

Spring Cards

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Most often I create cards from left over paper scraps.  This time I decided to start with the cards first (before the scrapbook pages).  I used American Crafts City Park Collection for everything on the cards.  I only had one pack of embellishments though so they are all featuring the same circles. 

These cards are based on the simple Monday Card Madness Sketch #48 found at the ScrapbookSteals Blog.    It’s a simple sketch and it caught my eye because because it opens from the bottom and has rounded corners. 


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#2 Flowers

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#3 Trees

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Supplies:  Patterned Paper/Embellishments- American Crafts City Park Collection, corner rounder 1/2 inch- W R Memory Keepers, word stamps- Stamp it UP. 

I love how fast making cards can be when you have simple designs.  Now I am going to use the rest of the paper (10 sheets) to do the rest of my spring layouts from Easter festivities this year.  I don’t have any more embellishments though so luckily I found some of the rest in this line at Amazon. 

Which card is your favorite?