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Watercolor Rainbow ~ Beautiful

The Prima Marketing ~Watercolor Rainbow ~Deluxe Scrapbook Kit is really amazing. This kit made scrapping three pages a snap. The three beautiful “layout” pages were so fun to use and the gorgeous embellishments included with this kit make the most glorious pages. But it is also great for cards too. Here are two that I made with the last sheet I had left.

Here’s a closer look at the gate-fold card. The font and scalloped cutout are from Cricut’s Storybook cartridge.

The second layout I did was with the “Precious Morning” Sheet seen below unadorned.

Here is the finished layout of my precious daughter in her Christening gown.

The Prima Debutante Flower Stem on the right side of the frame is unbelievably beautiful. It really makes this layout special. Because the picture had aged and Sarah’s gown no longer appeared snow white, I chose to ink the white areas on this paper with some vanilla ink. I didn’t want the gown to appear yellowed and by not using true white anywhere else on the layout the gown appears whiter.

I only had the one pose of Sarah in her gown, so instead of using three smaller pictures, I chose to block it out and use this area for a title. I love the way this particular paper looks layered on the vanilla cardstock (again font from the Storybook Cartridge). I finished the title off with a touch of Ranger Stickles.

This paper has two beautiful aqua corner flourishes on it and I just enhanced it with some pearl dimensional paint and stickles. I think it makes this layout pop!

I was able to do one more layout but am waiting for pictures. I will post it when I get them adhered. What really amazes me is just how much you create with these deluxe kits. So much beauty for a great price!

Life Portrait from Websters Pages

Webster's came out with a nice mix of bold to subtle colors and patterns in the their Life'sPortrait Paper line. I knew right off what I wanted to do with this page when I saw the beautiful, ornate frame on the right. I just had to decide which set of grandparents/grandkids to use. Since one side has 5 and the other 9, the choice seemed rather simple. Although there were plenty of frames left to use on the frame patterned sheet.

At the top you can see the new Martha Stewart Iron Gate border punch. Isn't it fabulous? It completed the top and bottom of my layout so nicely.

I chose Distress inks to give the layout more of a vintage feel (Tattered Rose, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo used here). The hand and watch on the right side were Distressed using Distress Powders (Weathered Wood, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo used)

Oh, how quickly they grow. In the blink of an eye, my husband and I will be the ones in the photo frame with all of our grandkids ready for us to spoil.

I love Primas!!

Oh, have you seen the Prima's Tammy has been getting into the Boutique???? Are they not amazing?  I just couldn't resist making some into hair clips for my daughter :0)

These Prima's come with only 2 leaves, and I needed another large one to cover the end of the clip.  The leaf I had was the wrong color, so out came my handy-dandy Copic's!  (I've now heard of people using their copics to fix bleach spots on their clothes...since they are permanent.  AND I've heard about people fixing furniture scratches too! )  I scribbled to the side so I could see the color, then simply started layering color onto the leaf :0)

When it was dry (only takes a second with Copics), I glued everything on to a clip!

My daughter LOVES them, and they are soooooo cute!  Do you think an almost 40 year old Mommy could wear one??

Spotlight on Cosmo Cricket

I always love, love, love the fun designs by Cosmo Cricket and this release was no different.  We just received two new Mini Decks which are perfect for mini albums or cardmaking.  Aren't these adorable?

Have a great week!


Prima Marketing ~ Delish!!!!

I have always been a huge Prima fan, but I‘ve got to say these new collections are truly amazing. Tammy has put together the most fantastic kits. The Prima Marketing ~Watercolor Rainbow ~Deluxe Scrapbook Kit is perfect for even the most inexperienced scrapper. It includes not only beautiful two-sided patterned papers but also papers like “Because” (shown below unadorned).

In a pinch, you could just add pictures and journaling and you would have a gorgeous keepsake, but of course I had to “kick it up a notch”! The first thing I did was cut away the inside of the frame. I ran a piece of light aqua Bazzill through my Cuttlebug to emboss a raised floral pattern. I sprayed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sea Glass on a sponge and rubbed it over the embossed paper then took a bit of brown Distress Ink to it to age it a bit. I used pop dots to adhere it to the backside of the paper behind the opening.

I double matted the picture, wrapped a scrap of sateen ribbon and added a bow and a Prima Pebble before pop dotting it in the center of the opening. I just love the dimension this created.

I loved the Prima flowers that came in this kit but wanted more of an impact, so I cut flowers from the Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge in multiple sizes. I embossed them with the same folder, rubbed rose ink on them and layered them over three Prima leaves. I then took the clay flowers from the “Say It In Pearls“ embellishment (can you say yumm-o?), tinted it with rose ink and placed it in the center of my home made flower. I love the way the way these nestle so nicely in with the Primas.

The "because" title is beautiful on its own, but for more dimension I cut out a “b” the same size on a bit of light pink Bazzill, stamped it with text, inked the edges and embossed it with the Cuttlebug. It is pop dotted for added dimension.

A few more flowers, a bit of journaling and this layout was complete! Love, love, love me some Prima!

Basic Grey - Origins

I'm not sure how Basic Grey continues to please me after all these years, but the Origins paper line is no exception. I love the feel of spring with the colors of fall. It made for a fun, creative process and gave me an opportunity to scrap one of those rare pages about myself.

The layout below is titled "Multi-tasking is my life" and I think Mothers/Wives everywhere can relate. I cut out the middle section of the background paper and backloaded it with a different pattern. I brushed up on my hand sewing skills and sewed a zig zag stitch all around to separate the patterns. To complete the layout, I added the photo, all the journaling strips and cut flowers from one of the papers.

If you're having a hard time matching photos with this line, changing your photos to sepia tone is a great match for the colors.

I used Distress Ink by Ranger, for the edges of the journaling strips (Shabby Shutters and Tea Dye). They made a great blend that perfectly coordinated with the cut flowers.

For my other layout, I decided to cut the die cut paper up in sections since I had a similar die cut look above. Cut in sections, they made nice petals for a huge flower. For the center ring, I used the green checked paper and clear embossed it with a journaling stamp (by Stamper's Anonymous). I then inked over the entire ring with Shabby Shutters and Tea Dye Distress Ink. You can see how the embossed areas let the green paper show through from behind. I love this technique.

The rest of the layout is filled with a handmade stem flourish accented with lots of cut flowers from the paper line and doodling around the edges.

There are so many possibilities with this paper line. If you are short on time and would rather someone else do the planning for you, then the Shoppe is also carrying the Origins Scrapbook Page kit with designs for 4 scrapbook pages, found here.

Little Yellow Bicycle ~ Sweet Love

Hello all!  Here's a sweet little project I wanted to share with you using the beautiful new Little Yellow Bicycle line called "Sweet Love" Tammy is now has the paper kit in stock HERE. I see she has some beautiful kits with this paper too...HERE and a Card Kit HERE!

I love the vintage feel and colors, very soft and romantic. Although it does have sweet little hearts, little love birds and lovely written quotes, it doesn't have to be for Valentines projects alone!  Here's an example of a little gift that could be for any time of the year!

Using my JustRite stamps (found HERE), and my Copic markers... I created these sweet little seed packets.  I used the LYB paper to create a simple belly band of paper, filled the glassine bag with seed packets, and attached my JustRite label.  I finished it off with a coordinating ribbon.  I let my son write his name on a little tag, and give it to his preschool teachers as a little Valentine surprise!  They just loved them!   Cute for Valentine's Day, but perfect for any time you want to give a sweet person a sweet little card or gift!

Thanks for stopping by Lil' Lambs Boutique!

Some Prima eye candy for you....

Prima never fails to amaze me with their new products! They have some beautiful new items that we have just gotten our hands on so we thought we'd show you a few of them

Their new "Say it in Pearls and Roses" are so sweet!

The new "Debutantes" are the perfect quick addition to any page or altered project.

We have a few new pebbles in stock and they are delightful!

And of course everyone's favorite is always their spectacular new blooms! Here's a small sample:

We also have a few new deluxe scrapbook kits featuring the new Prima paper lines and they are filled to the brim with these and other Prima goodies!

They can all now be found in our shoppe! Take a peek. ;)

Have a great week!

Final Love Bandit Project

It's Valentine's week and in celebration here is my last project using the Bo Bunny Love Bandit Deluxe kit. Now you would imagine from the photographs that clearly I live in a sunny, warm place since my girls are in shorts for a Valentine themed layout, but you would be mistaken. Having been pounded for the last week and a half with two record breaking snowstorms, I just simply could not scrap another wintery picture. Give me sun, give me warmth!!!

I picked up the Bo Bunny die cut sheet for the background of my layout. I love it's unusual scalloped pattern. I created the heart on the background using the "Quilted Background" technique, for which you can find a step by step tutorial here, on my blog.

For the ruffled edge of the heart, I did the following: I cut 3/4" strips and used my scalloped deco scissors along one side. I then pleated the strips at various intervals. It took about 4-5 twelve inch strips to complete the heart. After gluing the pleated strips around the edge, I added the faux stitching on top.

The title work, "You Melt my heart" was a free download from the Bo Bunny blog. I copied it onto transparency and cut out the words to put around my layout.

Here's a close up of the "Quilted Background" and ruffled edges. I created a two-tone "Faux Pearl Swirl" to coordinate with my layout colors and accented with some paper roses created from Love Bandit paper scraps. The "Faux Pearl Swirl" technique is on my blog, here.

How are you celebrating Valentine's this week?

Webster's Pages ~On The Boardwalk~

We all love Webster's Pages!!  The funky, yet vintage images are what draws us back time and time again.  I fell in love with their latest release, On the Boardwalk...and Tammy has created an amazing Kit of the Month from the paper, plus added all sorts of vintagey embellishments and ribbon to jump start your creativity!

I combined a challenge from Moxie Fab World (creating some sassy Anne Taintor style cards) with this kit...and here and the cards I have created so far!  What fun :0)

These were so fun to create!  I probably have a few more up my sleeve, I can't seem to stop making them :0)

Thanks for stopping by!

There's a Love Bandit on the loose.

Are you finished making your Valentine's yet? Here's some ideas using the Bo Bunny Love Bandit Deluxe kit. The cards you've seen before from the challenge a couple weeks ago. But now, I've created coordinating gift bags/boxes so I added them back in the photos for fun.

The gift bag below is a part of the deluxe kit. I used the Martha Stewart Deep Edge Daisy Fan punch to create the border. The tag is from the Love Bandit Tag page.

For my girls I made these adorable candy gift boxes using a template from My Time Made Easy™. For the first one, I used the Bo Bunny Double Dot sheet to create the gift box. The cardstock is so sturdy and is great for packaging uses.

I added some of the cute critters found throughout the Love Bandit line to decorate the sides. I picked up the heart border punched theme from the card and added it here to the box. The punch is the Deep Lattice Heart punch by Martha Stewart.

I added more punched hearts and a flower to the top for a cute finish.

Note: When attaching a flower to any packaging that opens at the top, remember to only glue one part of the flower to one tab. This allows for easy opening of the gift box.

I used one of the Love Bandit sheets for this gift box.

I picked up the pink background and fowl theme in the card to use on the gift box.

And another pretty layered flower for the butterfly closure at the top. Again, I only glued one portion of the flower down so that the box will be able to open.

Coming later this week....my last project with the Love Bandit line. Keep an eye out for it.

Winners of the Caardvark challenge!!

Wow!! We had so much fun being a sponsor for Caardvarks this month! There were soooo many amazing entries that the real challenge was choosing a winner.   In my book they were all winners but we had to narrow it down.  These were the three that we all could agree on.  These beautiful cards have inspired me to get busy making some Valetines.  How about you?

 1st place winner:

2nd place winner:

3rd place winner:

Such amazing talent, ladies!!
Congrats to all of the winners and thank you to all that entered- you made our job very difficult!

Gotta run- I have two HUGE Prima boxes and some gorgeous Webster's Pages to put in the shoppe.  I'm listing all of the new CHA items as fast as my fingers will type so keep checking back!


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