Fish Birthday Invite


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Today’s the second post in preparation for the fish birthday party for my son’s 5th birthday.   Last time I shared the M&M fish cupcakes and now this is the handmade invitation that kicked off making some decorations for the party.  I used the Silhouette to create an invite with die cut shapes, this is the 3 goldfish and bowl shape.   Gavin’s turning 5 so I added two more fish to the bowl.   It’s so fun designing cards with the Silhouette because you can cut the exact size you desire.  

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On the inside of the card I scraplifted a cute fish party invite design from Etsy, once again thank you for the inspiration!  Luckily I had a “V” in Gavin’s birthday number so that I could recreate the the fishbowl.  “One or Two” both work really well for this invite as the water looks best in a closed letter.  To add a little more color & texture I added the blue twine to the top of the fishbowl.  The twine also looks good when you open up the card to read the details showcasing a nice splash of blue and white twine. 

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I was very glad that I cut so many fish because I was able to use them on the other party decorations.  I’ll show you more of these cute fish on my next few posts. 

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I’m glad it worked to add the orange and white chevron fish to the group.  Since this is a boy party I wanted to keep the color palette simple with yellow, oranges and blues.  I created 5 different sizes/shapes of the little fish so that there would be variety in the fish bowl.   I am glad we are celebrating an odd number because 5 fish fit well in the bowl. 

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One more fish on the backside of the invite…..”made by Laurel.”

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Happy Anniversary Card

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Rolled paper flowers are really beautiful and they always catch my eye.  I am THRILLED to finally have a tool (Silhouette) to make paper flowers.   I used the 3d rolled rose pattern and then added some leaves.  It’s so much easier making these with a die cut than by hand!  See the paper flower board I’ve created on Pinterest to keep track of the flowers I love.  Alice, Virginia and Joy have created some flowers that totally inspire me- thank you ladies!! I can’t wait to create more!

Last weekend my husband saw them sitting on my craft desk and commented that he liked the way they turned out.  I love when he likes what I make and I smiled.  We celebrated our 7th anniversary earlier this week and so I thought these three flowers would be a good accent for his “Happy Anniversary” card.  The best part about giving cards to him is that I get to see them sitting on his desk for months.    Luckily I was able to find some background paper (from a different collection) that seemed to work with the yellow dot flowers and are somewhat male colors.

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I was planning to sew a border around the card with blue thread but turns out my machine needs to get service.  So I added a black mat & the black/white pattern to the base before adding the panel front of the card because it needed something else.

I just love how the flowers look when rolled & glued together.  I had fun taking these photos of them and can’t wait to do more.   The Silhouette comes with a gift card for the digital store and I used it to buy all paper flower templates.

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This tag from the Sketchbook collection was just perfect with the blue “the best FEELING” sentiment to go with this LOVE card.    Added a brad and a touch of twine and it was a quick card.    I also made a vase of large paper flowers with this same paper that I’ll be sharing next.

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Tag & Brad-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), Sentiment Love Sticker-SRM Press, Yellow Rolled Paper Flowers-Echo Park Dots & Stripes.  Flowers (3d paper rose -Alaa’K) & Leaves (3 flower leaves & flower leaves by Lori Whitlock)- cut via the Silhouette.

butterfly cards and winners

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Hello, I’d like to thank everyone who visited Laurel Lane on Friday & over the weekend for the exciting ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop.  It was such fun to participate in this event and most of all I really loved “meeting” so many new people through all of the comments on the post.   

It’s really exciting to see how by just taking photos of your crafty work you can share with so many people around the world.  One my favorite things about scrapbooking is being able inspire others to want to use a particular product, create new things and get ideas.  I really love it and would love to see the results when you try out Mr. Huey’s mists or the wood veneer shapes.    Please do “lift” anything that you see, as a result I’ll have a big smile on my face. 

Also, thank you to all of you who decided you’d like to see more of my projects and started following Laurel Lane!!  (Heidi, Miriam, Karey, Mo, Cathy, Ruth, Jen, Cathryn, Jessica, Ashley, Gail, Cindy, Deborah, Marcia, Megan, Brenda, Beatrice, Sandi, Deb, Laura, Kathy, Kerys, and Beatrice L.)  I love interacting with other scrapbookers through this blog and can’t wait to get to know you better. 

Congratulations to Megan Smith who won the $20.00 gift card from!  I am sure it won’t be hard to use that gift card on one of the upcoming awesome steals! 


Now on to the winner for my drawing…. I exported all of the comments into excel and picked a random number from all of the comments by followers. 

Ashley Starkey your comment was selected!


I am going to send you a box with some scrapbooking goodies. Including card #3 made with the boss lady color mist and the wood veneer butterflies. (photo below)   Hooray for you!

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Later this week, I’ll be sharing a few photos from the misting process and some tips I learned.  I also hope to try out some of the other wood veneer shapes (arrows, hearts, cameras) soon.  I just need to find some good papers to pair them with.  

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  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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  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!!

Colorful Sketchbook Cards

Happy Independence Day!

I wanted to THANK Amy Tangerine for featuring the owl gift bags & the mini album up on her site last week!  It’s been fun to get visits from her blog readers to Laurel Lane.  I love meeting new people, especially when they love crafting!


Today I’d like to share three cards I made with the Sketchbook collection.  

I was inspired by the stitching and cut out circle in Laura Craigie’s “Wonderful Card” @ the American Crafts Blog.  It’s a beautiful card!!  Now that I just sewed the fabric banner I am in the mood to do more sewing on my cards so this was a great opportunity.  Here are the three cards that I made. 

#1 – I LOVE Cameras:  I used the sewing machine on all three cards to add some stitching detail to the outside border.  I also did some cut outs of the shapes from the pattern paper and popped everything up to add dimension.   On this first card I love this pattern so much that I decided to keep it intact and just cut out a circle for the message. 

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At the top of this card, I used a strip of paper that from the backside of the barcode product label.  This is one of the first lines I’ve seen that made the product strip usable by printing a smaller pattern on the backside.  It’s 1/2 inches wide and is an extra strip in addition to the 12×12 piece of paper.    It’s also a smaller aspect ratio so it’s great for borders & trim. 

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I love cameras and I thought this was a great message to put with the cameras.  People smile for cameras, people simile when looking at photos taken from cameras and this colorful set of cameras makes me smile! 

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#2 – Clouds:  During this last month in Seattle we have NOT seen summer.  It’s been gray or rainy every day.  I felt “hello from Seattle”  was the perfect message to add to this cloudy card.    We are lucky because today the sun is out and it’s wonderful to see!

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I love the blues found in these ribbons and thought it looked nice to add another texture other than the paper.   My office walls are painted “spa blue” that’s very close to the middle ribbon.

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#3 – Picture Frames with hearts:   

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This heart paper is adorable and I thought it would be cute to cut out hearts from the pattern.  I used my creative memories double heart punch, sewed them together and then added the hearts to the picture frames.  

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I was glad to be able to use the pink sparkly thickers for the sentiment. 

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Supplies:   Heart punch-Creative Memories, white cardstock, pink/blue thread, sewing machine used for all stitching, pop dots, glue dots, corner rounder-We R Memory Keepers.    All pattern papers, thickers, heart brad, ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts

make a wish card

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Here’s a birthday card that I made last week for one of my son’s friends.   I used Valentine’s Day (Kissing Booth) pattern paper for this card.  At first glance you wouldn’t normally think Birthday when you see the paper line because there are a lot of hearts.  However, birthday girl really LOVES all shades of  pink and so these papers were perfect to make a few party items.  

I made some cupcake toppers & cupcake sleeves for the party so I used the three patterns you see here on the balloons.    The only requirement I got from her mother was that I had to have pink in whatever I used.

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The sentiment seen here is a sticker placed on ivory cardstock.  I wanted to have more options than my rubber stamps for messages so I got some sticker sheets with sentiments that can be used on layouts or cards. 

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I used my circle punch to cut the balloons and then added a triangle at the bottom for the ends of the balloon.   I popped the balloons and sentiment out with pop dots for added dimension.   This also helped make the balloon strings hang nicely with the balloons being raised.  Then I used my new pink twine for the balloon strings.

Next I’ll share the photos of the cupcake sleeves  (first time making some) and the cupcake toppers.   

Supplies:  Pattern paper-Kissing Booth Collection (Better Half, You + Me, Cupid, Oh Darling), Ivory Cardstock, Pink Twine, Pop dots, Circle punch, Sticker-SRM Press Inc. Birthday Sentiments

choo-choo train cupcakes

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Today I’d like to share these cute Thomas the Train cupcakes that my friend made for her son’s 4th birthday party. 

As you can see these adorable cupcakes have little trains on top of EACH cupcake.  The kids couldn’t have been more excited to find a real toy train on top of their sweet treat!    These cupcakes were made by my talented girlfriend, Nicole, yes-the same person who hand painted Gwen a birdie print for her baby room.    This is the 4th year that she’s made amazing cupcakes for her son’s birthday. 

Here’s the party invitation (from Tiny Prints) that set the theme for the choo-choo train party.  Roman's 4th BD_May 2012 (1)

She placed the trains on top of pieces red licorice (similar to a log boom) so that they wouldn’t get frosting smeared all over them. Then secured each train to the licorice with Washi Tape so that it wouldn’t fall of the top of the cupcake.  

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This was my first time hearing about or seeing Washi tape. At first glance, I thought it was a ribbon but it looked like plastic so I was confused. I now know what a HUGE trend it is because it can be used on just about any craft project (see how Joy used it on her card). I was excited to learn about this new product from Nicole, thanks for the introduction! I can’t wait to get some and try it out on one of my projects.

Here’s a great blog post where Lisa describes just what Washi tape is and where you can purchase.   

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To keep with the train theme I used this train cutout as the hero item for the birthday card. 

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I based the card off of Card Sketch #3 found at Sketch Support. 

Here’s the birthday boy in his cute train conductor hat and Gavin wearing his striped hat too.  Happy 4th Birthday sweet boy! 

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Card Supplies: Colored/pattern paper- Crate Paper Zoom Collection, Stamp-BasicGrey, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz