Makes cakes, will travel…

Hi, hello!

I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts to share.  One is Love is in the Details specific and one is just because!  (You’ll see when I get to that one.)

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This is the reason for the odd blog post title.  I have begun making and decorating cakes and cookies in the last couple of years and the weird thing is that almost every event I’ve made a cake for in an official capacity has been in another state!  Or country even!  I’ve made cakes at home, but they’ve been for practice, so my “real” cakes for real events have all had not only the normal stress of “I hope it doesn’t flop!!” but also the travel stress component.  I think I’ve got that down to a science now.  Bake the cakes, freeze them, layer them and crumb coat them (if they’re being frosted) wrap them with BIG bubble wrap and freeze them again and the minute before leaving for the airport, stow them in my carry on shoulder bag.  Then I do the frosting and decorating there.  I now know what can go through security with me, and what can go in checked luggage.  Like I say, a science.  All that to say, that we recently attended the wedding in Montana of the best friend of our daughter-in-law, who became like a daughter to us while she lived in AZ for several years and Kenzie asked if I would make her a small wedding cake - for the “feed the groom” photos and to take home and have on their 1st anniversary.  I didn’t have to make cake for all 200 wedding guests thankfully.  I’m not that kind of cake maker!

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This was an easy 4 layer semi-naked cake (I make up for the lack of frosting on the outside with plenty of frosting in between the layers!) that I decorated with some of her wedding flowers and other things I found around the grounds.

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I’ve been wanting to make a traveler’s notebook layout with one side being all photo for awhile now and when Mr B sent me this photo from his phone I knew this would be the one!  He uses an android phone and they take these super tall photos.  Perfect for the TN narrow page format.

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Some of my Love is in the Details stash that I used on this layout include the white enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith, the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and Jen Hadfield, and while we’re on that subject I wanted to remind you to look at your phrase stickers for the portions that might be useful to you.  The “simple but beautiful” sticker was originally from a set of Cowgirl themed phrase stickers and it said “live a simple but beautiful life”.  It seems that the likelihood of my ever using that on a layout while whole was minimal, after all the years I’ve had it in my stash, but cut up like this, it was perfect!

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I also used the Pink Fresh (Boys Fort) alphabet stickers that come in blue, green and cream, and I colored them brown for this layout because the size and style were perfect.  That foil leaf (it was fun to pull out the foil again!) was a Prima adhesive rub-on and I used the rose gold foil so it would match the label sticker (Target dollar section).  I used die cuts from Kaisercraft (the green leaf), Prima (the tag sticker and label) and a chipboard heart arrow from the exclusive laser cuts available in the store.

Next up is a layout that was inspired by pure joy!  Our grand-daughter was born recently and before she was 24 hours old she had her first layout!

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The polka dot paper by Carta Bella has also been sitting in my LiitD stash for a long time waiting to be used!  The floral tag from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams line too.  And those cute puffy hearts and phrase sticker are from the very current Pink Fresh/Let Your Heart Decide line that will soon be in the store if they aren’t already.

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The floral die cut is from Kaisercraft’s Sage and Grace line and the pink silk ribbon I colored with the Distress ink and water technique.  Other supplies include those cute puffy alphabet stickers from My Mind’s Eye, some pink bakers twine, and that cute little pink rabbit that used to be a button - from Dress It Up buttons!  The “baby” part of the title is a die that I cut from pink watercolored paper and popped up on a label sticker.

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Besides this happy news of a new grand baby, we also have an engagement and upcoming wedding in the family!  Our daughter is planning her nuptials at our cottage at the lake in early September, and as people do when they have a wedding coming up, we’re going to do a bunch of construction work this summer, building a second floor in the cottage, adding stairs up to our parking lot (like 100 stairs, minimum) and making the outdoor area suitable for a tent for 70 people!!  She’s going very budget-conscious, which means asking Mom to make the invitations, the cake and the floral pieces for the tables.  Thats what I know so far!  So with all that on my plate, I’ve asked Lori for the summer off.  I’ll see you back here in mid to late September and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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I am EXTRA excited to share something that I’ve been keeping secret for a while now!

As you have seen Lori has brought back laser cut chipboard into the store, which we are all so excited about!  Chipboard is so versatile and you can finish it in a variety of ways…..which is why we all love it!

The piece I’m sharing today I designed for the store!  I have worked with so many different products from lots of designers & companies over the years but this is my FIRST time working with something I designed!!  OK coolest experience ever to watch it go from idea in my head, to hand drawn to eventually being cut!

When Lori sent me a photo of the cut piece I was jumping with excitement!!!

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I really wanted a background piece that could be cut up and used in parts, or as a whole piece!  Yes I said CUT IT UP, don’t be shy!  The finished piece is about 8″ high.

This chipboard could be used as a subtle background piece creating fun texture, or more of a statement piece.  I really wanted it to be the star of the show (next to the photo of my family) on my canvas though to show it off ;)

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This is an 8×10 canvas, as you can see I cut it up to create the visual triangle around my photo.  Now the chipboard didn’t start as black, originally I had covered it in Broken China Distress Embossing powder, but changed my mind deciding to black was better!  The embossing powder did give the chipboard a nice texture, sadly I wasn’t able to capture that in the photos.

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I started the background of my canvas by adding some newsprint sticky back canvas strips, then covered it in white gesso allowing some of the print to show through.  Then I added some Finnabair Concrete texture paste, which also got a coating of white gesso, more texture is always good in my world.

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I used two different shades of blue mist to color the background, being sure to leave some white space.

img_1813-1024x682For extra texture I pulled out some rubons and randomly added bits around the chipboard pieces.  And added a little random stamping too!

For the title on the canvas I used another laser cut piece that Lori had designed and cut for the store. I love the arrow on it, adds an extra bit of fun!

Thank you for joining me in my excitement today!!!  I hope Lori will let me design some more fun chipboard pieces!  I’d also love to see what you make if you pick this one up!

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This post was written by Lisa on May 27, 2018

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