Friday, November 1, 2013

Featured Fan Friday: La-Vie

Please give a warm welcome to our first Featured Fan for the month of November, La-Vie from C'est La-Vie Designs!

I'm so honored to be one of the Featured Fans for November here at the All That Stickles blog!! We're working with Distressed Stickles for this linky party and I have 2 gorgeous projects to share with you. First I have a Stickles encrusted card. This look was created by filling in specific areas of an embossed design to create a floral scene. Drying time was 24 hours.


I love deep embossing folders. I ran it through the Cuttlebug twice using Neenah cardstock to make a deep impression. I figured Neenah would hold up to the wetness of the Stickles better than regular cardstock. Deep embossing folders are the perfect canvas for coloring with Stickles. Using a mix of Distressed Stickles and regular Stickles gave this project just the right contrast.


I love this sentiment by Stampin' Up! I figure this card will brighten someone's day. As you can see, regular Stickles (the green shades and dark pink shades) are bright and sparkly. The rest of the Stickles I used are the Distressed kind and have more of a matte, sandy appearance. They look great in projects like this and all your shabby chic and antique crafts.


Here's another look at the whole card and the supply list.
  • Distress Stickles - Aged Mahogany, Clear Rock Candy, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick
  • Stickles - Firefly, Lime Green, Pink Taffeta
  • Embossing folder from the Cuttlebug summer set
  • Neenah solar white cardstock.
On to project 2....

Autumn Layout

My second project is near and dear to my heart. This layout showcases our first family trip to pick apples and a pumpkin at Linvilla Orchard in PA. My daughter was 2 years old at the time and she's almost 9 now! I am feeling time passing so quickly! This layout is cut from the Cricut/Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.


I wanted to really capture the splendor of the many colors of fall leaves. Stickles was the ONLY way to do so!! To achieve this look I had to cut the tree several times. Once as a frame and once as a layer and once for extra leaves and a trunk. I used a double layer of the leaves to fill in the holes in the tree  and to thickly layer the Stickles on it. My thought was that this would help the paper not warp. After the overnight drying period, I filled in areas I had missed with another layer of Stickles and let it dry for another day. When my layering of the tree cut didn't exactly line up, I used a Copic marker to fill in small areas around the edges to improve the overall look.


I LOVE how this tree came out. Don't you?

Essential Artbooking Tip!!
To save you aggravation here's a tip for the Artbooking cart by Cricut and Close to My Heart. On page 72 of the handbook, there is a tree overlay with a frame and the single tree beside it. Although most times this means they are created to layer, this extra tree does not. Instead, if you cut the overlay at 11" on relative size, switch to real size and cut the shift overlay (which is just the tree by itself) at 10.5" the tree will layer.

Here's the companion page for the layout! I just love the expressions on my daughter's face and that I actually got into one of the pictures. I am usually only the one taking the photos.



Distressed Stickles Tip!
Distressed Stickles do not have the same shine as regular Stickles because it's designed for that shabby chic look that Tim Holtz does so well. When using Clear Rock Candy to add sparkle to cardstock remember not to layer it too thick if you'd like the design to show through. Layering it on gives a cloudy non-sparkly appearance. I used it on the tree trunk.


Supplies:
  • Distress Stickles - Clear Rock Candy
  • Glitz Stickles - Champagne
  • Stickles - Burgundy, Christmas red, Green, Orange peel, Yellow
  • Cricut cart - Artbooking (Close to My Heart) - Tree overlay and photo mat 1 cut at 11" (relative size) and tree layer cut at 10.5" (real dial size) from the Harvest Layout
  • Cricut cart - Artbooking (Close to My Heart) - Photo mat 2 cut at 11.25" (relative size)
  • Copic G09
  • Carolees Creation's - Spunky Spots
  • Bazzill - Burgundy and Green cardstock
  • Core'dinations - green photo mat, tree outline
  • DCWV - Tree trunk - wood cardstock
  • Jolees - Autumn title, star border
  • Recollections - red apple brad
  • Alphas - stash
  • Bo Bunny - Boo dimensional sticker
  • Claudine Hellmuth 3D pop art stickers - pumpkin
  • Basic Grey - Woolies felt stickers - leaf, green apple
I love comments and would LOVE to hear how you like these projects. Do you use Distress Stickles? Love 'em, hate 'em? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

For more info and to see more of my creations, please check out my blog here. Thanks!

La-Vie

25 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me!!! I'm Stickled pink!!!

    La-Vie

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  2. Great job La-Vie! That tree is just stunning. I am not a fan of the distress stickles I have...they just never seem to match the look I'm going for.

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Lyne!! I hear you about the Distressed Stickles. I used to feel the same way, but they are great if you need just a little sparkle. I am going to use them a lot more in my crafting from now on!

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  3. wow...very very pretty

    Cathie DT

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Cathie!! I am glad I wowed you! I going to use Distressed Stickles a lot more in my crafting from now on!

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  4. This is gorgeous! What a great tip to share.
    Thanks :)

    -Angeline DT

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Angeline!! I'm glad you liked and can use the tip! You're very welcome!

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  5. oh my! I would say you have outdone yourself but your work is ALWAYS top notch! I have some of the DCWV tree paper, I am trying this! You made it look so pretty! Thanks for the artbooking tip!!!

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much!! You've made my day with all your glowing comments. I wonder if you're really talking about me?! LOL. You're welcome for the tips and inspiration. I'd love to see what you create with the tree paper. Please let me know... promise???

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  6. Great job my friend!!! love the card and the layout just beautiful. Look like we have a couple of close ups in the mist....

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    1. Meka, I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much my friend, for leaving such a nice comment and supporting me!! I'm a Stickles convert!!

      La-Vie

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  7. AWESOME projects!! I'm so thrilled you shared your talents with the ATS crew. I especially love that both of your projects were true PILE UPS! I love seeing multiple colors and styles of Stickles used on the same project. WAHOO!

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Cat!! I love to PILE IT ON!!! I'm a true convert and will use Stickles much more in the future. I hope to join the DT some day....

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  8. Gorgeous projects La Vie. I really like the card with its layers and colorful stickled flowers.
    Cheri - John 3:16
    www.djssundries.blogspot.com

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Cheri!! I've been thinking about that kind of card for a long time but with embossing powder. Glad I tried it with Stickles. Love the results!!

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Felicia!!

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Wow! I really love that card....it's got a stained glass look....and your LO is fabby too!

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Karen!! The stained glass look was exactly what I was going for!! Yeah!!! Yeah!! That tree in the LO gives me life!!! I'm a true Stickles convert!!

      La-Vie

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  11. Oh my goodness.. both projects are AMAZING!!! I am in awe!
    Laura D

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Laura!!

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  12. Wonderful work, La-Vie! I love both these projects!

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Julie!!

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  13. Great use of stencils! Love your projects!

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    1. I just realized I could reply on here! Sorry for the late response!!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment Karen!! I actually used dry embossing and die cuts on these. I am glad you love them!! :)

      La-Vie

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