Author Archives: Laura Rumble

Light Up Sequins

 

Hi there, Laura here today.  I recently got some new toys – namely some tiny LED stickers and copper tape.  During my first session playing with them, I knew I wanted to try and light up some sequins…

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I cut a few flowers on my Silhouette Cameo and backed them with vellum.  I backed the negative of the flower with patterned paper.  I lay down my copper tape and LED stickers over the patterned paper.  When I offset the flowers slightly I managed to cover the majority of the copper tape and keep the nice aesthetic.

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I went for a multi-font title.  The pink and yellow would be too much for the whole sentence and I wanted my photo and the lights to remain the focus of the layout.

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I placed my battery behind the P of pick and when pressed all three of the flowers light up…

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I’ve used Moonshine Delight and Holiday Traditions for my sparkle.  I specifically picked Moonshine as it picked up the light beneath and magnified it.

Here is the video…

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Strawberry Bubblegum

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I openly admit I don’t like pink.  I often get sequin mixes with pink in nonetheless, and usually struggle to use them to their best.  I fell in love with the greens in Strawberry Bubblegum and was determined to use the whole mix rather than just picking out the greens!

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I started out with my watercolour palette and painted a branch.  I used a Daniel Smith colour called Burnt Tigers Eye Genuine which granulates and gives a great bark effect.

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I then set about adding my leaves and blossom.  Initially, I tried matte medium to adhere the sequins but quickly reverted to my old favourite of glossy accents.

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I fussy cut a few birds from a Dear Lizzy paper and perched them on my branch.

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I then set about making a paper frame for my (very unflattering) photo.  I wanted it to look like a framed photo that you would hang on a wall so I found some wood grain paper and mitred the edges.  I then ‘hung’ my photo from the branch.

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You have to record the cute moments even if the photo shows off your extra chins!  Here Herbie Budgie was all snuggled up under my chin keeping warm.

Here is the process video if you are interested:

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Backing Cut Files

 

Hi Chaps.  Laura here today using one of our free cut files.  You can find all our cut files here, and tag your Instagram photos with #smscutfile when you use our files – we love to see your work.

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I have just got my hands on the latest sequin releases.  My favourite (I love them all, but you know!) are the little stars ‘Stargazer‘ but I was also really taken with the yellow mix ‘What’s Up Buttercup‘.  Using them as my cue I pulled out some yellow papers and an assortment of black cardstock with different finishes.

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I spent some time cutting out pieces and backing the cut file.  I tried to spread the colours and patterns out as evenly as I could.  Once the hexagons were backed I added some black ink splatters and a sprinkling of sequins.  Very clean and simple, but also bold with a big impact.

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All that was needed to finish it off were the name and date tucked in, and a final ribbon tab for an extra splash of yellow.

I love the white space and the limited colour palette.  How about you?

Laura

 

 

Kindness and Confetti

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Sequin confetti, of course!  Hi, Laura here today with a bunch of ATC’s.  I am taking part in a swap you see… 52 cards themed ‘Love, Kindness and Hope’ and in return, I get 52 cards from all over the world made by different artists.

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I start with a master board – a big piece of watercolour paper that will eventually be cut down to size.  I made three sheets with different colours using mainly Shimmerz sprays in different finishes.  I added some stencilling with Dazzlerz paste for some texture.

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Next, I moved on to the fun bit – filling up 52 little glassine bags with sequin confetti.  I won’t list all of the sequin mixes I used as there are far too many!  You can find them all here!

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I printed out the phrase “throw kindness around like confetti” and trimmed them down to small slips of paper.  I have all my elements ready now so I set up my sewing machine.  I picked a background, a glassine bag of confetti and a sentiment slip and ran them through my sewing machine on a straight stitch.

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It was good fun whizzing them all through not having to worry about straight lines!

ATCThey’ve now been parcelled up and posted and the tricky bit begins… I have to wait for them to be swapped and posted back!  I’m not very good at waiting!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

Tackling a moodboard with Laura

 

Hi Guys, Laura here for my first post of the year.

Have you seen our January challenge over in 15 Minutes to Scrap?  It has been set by our lovely Hannah and it is to use this mood board as inspiration.  Hannah also asks us to pay particular attention to textures and use one of the textures displayed in the mood board.

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When I start scrapping based on a mood board the first thing I notice are the colours.  I adore these colours – rich teals, metallics and greys are what stand out to me most.  However, you could also run with duck egg, wood, and white with a pop of mustard.

Next, I notice the finishes – wood grain, velvet, hammered metal and – my favourite – woollen pompoms.  Seeing as Hannah specified texture I thought I would attempt to make some mini pompoms for my layout.  After five attempts I came up with something usable and gathered some other supplies…

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I knew I wanted to make a segmented sequin shaker pocket from vellum.  My vellum has a slightly grey tinge to it which I thought matched the mood board colour scheme perfectly.

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I pulled out my sewing machine and the darkest teal shade of thread I had and made a film strip style pocket stuffed with aqua marine dream sequins.

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I started working on a mixed media background combining metallic washi tapes and inks.  The trouble was I couldn’t make it work as a big piece…

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No problem, though – it had all the right colours and textures to work with the theme it was just too big.  The solution was to cut it down into smaller pieces.  I plumped for the star shape as it matched both the photo and the sequins.

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As I worked with my ingredients and referred back to the mood board I was inspired to go for a segmented look… the board has 9 boxes, but also looking at the middle column you have window panes, rectangles of colours in the swatch and geometric areas of colour in the art work.

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This also gave me the opportunity to add copper pen work.

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I added the writing after everything else was finished.  I always forget how nerve-wracking it is writing directly onto a layout!!  My tip is to sketch it out very lightly in pencil and wait over night for the ink to dry before erasing the lines.  Also write confidently (I find going too slowly makes me more likely to wobble) and move your  wrist along the paper (if my wrist is not comfortable the writing won’t be fluent.)

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I’m so pleased with the texture the pompoms give.  I’m not sure how this will work in an album – it might be one for a box frame.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll join us over on the facebook group for Hannahs challenge.

Laura

Using Up Stash To End The Year

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Hi Chaps, Laura here today.

As we finish this year and look towards the next we all have ideas and goals.  One of mine is to use up some of my older stash to make space for the new goodies that will be announced at CHA.  I sorted through my box of SpiegelMom Scraps supplies and pulled out the bags of old sequin mixes that only had a few left or the mixes where I had used all but one type of sequin.  As I plonked them on the desk to reach for the next box to rummage through they landed in a waterfall effect, layered down one on top of the other.  I liked it and thought why not add that to a layout?

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I left them in their original bags minus the branding and pulled out some complimentary threads.  I ran the top of the bags and the background through the sewing machine giving me floating shaker pockets.

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All stacked up one on top of the other looks really fun and is surprisingly tactile.  I found myself flipping them up and down and playing with it!

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Then I moved on to the next feature – my big title.  I hand cut the letters and stitched around the edges in the same coloured thread I used to attach the waterfall of sequin pockets.

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And what a great subject for my last layout of the year.  Only a few months to wait…

Let me know if you have any tips for using up sequins, or have a go at this type of layout.

Happy New Year,

Laura

 

Need A Quick Christmas Present?

 

Hello Crafty Friends!  Laura here today, and if you are anything like me there will be one present you have forgotten!  Well, I’ve got you covered!

I’m a bit obsessed with sequins – but you already knew that! – and it stands to reason that that obsession spills over in to shaky things… shaker pockets in project life, shaker cards, shaky areas on a layout…  I’ve gone one further – shaker coasters!

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It takes seconds to make.  1. Grab an empty fillable coaster and a packet of sequins.  2. Fill.  3. Clip shut.  4. Ta da!  I used Peachy Sherbet but any mix that doesn’t include very tiny sequins will do.  They manage to work their way out somehow!

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I found my fillable coasters on a promotional products website.  The kind of place that sells blank keyrings, pens and badges to businesses who personalise them and give them away to customers.

Carrying on with the fabulous 12 days of discounts…

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Today’s code is 17SEQUIN and don’t forget to leave a note if you are combining shipping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura