My Scrappy Friends

Monday, October 20, 2014

Follow Your Dreams

Well, the weather is finally cooperating here in north Florida and the temps are actually dropping a little bit! That makes me so happy! I'm here this morning to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #40 - Seeing Dots! sponsored by the amazing Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and Lacy Sunshine Stamps! Come play with us! This is an easy one - we want to see your project with polka dots! They can be any size and any color!

I chose the absolutely adorable Wix's Moon Dreamcatcher digi for my inspirational card. I just love this image and she was so much fun! Sort of hippie-esque, don't you think?! And I dug into that fat stack of bold papers that I just love and grabbed some coordinating large dots, small dots and stripes. I matted all the elements on cranberry tart cardstock.


Isn't she just the cutest?! I cut her with a circle die and matted her on a lacy circle die cut. I added some white wrinkled ribbon and a multi-looped bow which I embellished with a red satin ribbon rose (very old... I've had these in my stash forever), and finished the front with some red flat back pearls.


I stamped a dreamcatcher on the inside, which I thought was very appropriate, along with an inspirational sentiment.


I would absolutely love to enter this inspirational card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White and Cranberry Tart cardstock
  • Recollections Bold Basics paper pad
  • Lacy Sunshine Stamps Wix's Moon Dreamcatcher digital image
  • Copics: E00/33/99, C3, Y17, R85, YG63, YR18, V15
  • GKD Follow Your Dreams stamp duo
  • Memento Gray Flannel dew drop ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Lacy Circles dies
  • Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
  • Red satin ribbon rose
  • Red flat back pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration to play in our Seeing Dots challenge this time! It'll be fun! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs
Leslie

Oops! (Belated Birthday)

Hi everyone! This is my last challenge as guest designer with Card Mania Challenges and I'd like to thank them again for these fun-filled three months! It sure has gone by fast! I'm proud to share my inspiration project for CMC #58 - Buttons! Come play with us - we want to see some buttons on your project! We're being sponsored this time by Milk Coffee Stamps!

I chose the absolutely adorable Tiffany and Birthday Cake for my belated birthday card. Aren't these papers just the yummiest ever?! I always color my image and then match my papers (I know... bass ackwards) and was literally sucked into this pad of double-sided K & Co. papers! Double-sided papers have become another addiction! ;)


I matted all the paper elements on the front on gorgeous deep burgundy textured cardstock. Several weekends ago I made some shrinky dink floral elements with my heat tool and used one of them on this card. I added some pink wrinkled ribbon with a triple loop bow, and the required buttons for the challenge, and that was it!


On the inside, I did something out of the ordinary - I sponged a couple light pink inks over a square/oval stencil and then stamped the inside belated sentiment in the center of it. Kind of neat, huh?!


I'd love to enter my belated birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock; Bozo cardstock from the  DCWV Reds multi-stack
  • K & Co. Que Sera Sera double-sided 12x12 papers
  • Milk Coffee Stamps Tiffany and Birthday Cake digital image
  • Copics: E00/35/37/51, C5, Y17/21, V15, R81/85, RV25
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Love Letter ink
  • Ranger Spun Sugar distress ink
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Buttons from stash
  • Prairie Bird Boutique pink wrinkled ribbon
  • Darcie's Vintage Trinkets clip art

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project for our buttons challenge! And be sure to check out all the fun digital images at the Milk Coffee Stamps Etsy store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, October 13, 2014

True beauty comes from within

Hello, my crafty friends! Another fun challenge has begun over at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I'm very happy to share my DT inspiration project for CCM #125 - It's Only Words. This time, we want to see your project with the main focus being on the sentiment! Easy peasy!

I created an inspirational card (and my first-ever swing card) and thoroughly enjoyed myself! I recently got the Sizzix Square Flip-Its die set which I've fallen madly in love with! There are a whopping 12 dies in this set! Add some gorgeous double-sided papers in a green and blue color combo, and a pretty awesome card is beginning to emerge! Now all that's left is to embellish it...


I stamped the Unity sentiment on a pretty die cut created with one of the dies included in the Flip-Its die set, then matted it on a navy blue lacy square SB die cut and adhered it to the front side of the swing mechanism. I added some small gemstones beneath the sentiment, and then some larger ones on the left panel.


I repeated the stamping and matting once more, and adhered that unit to the back side of the swing mechanism.


I cut a flourish out of the same navy blue cardstock and adhered it to the right panel, then topped it with a satin double loop bow.


To finish the card, I added a cluster of flowers on top of a metal corner affixed to the lower right panel.


So happy to enter my swing card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; DCWV textured navy blue cardstock
  • K & Co. Blue Awning double-sided papers
  • Sentiment from the Unity Strength & Dignity November 2013 Kit of the Month
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Sizzix Square Flip-Its die set
  • Spellbinders Lacy Squares die
  • Magnolia Doohickeys Swirl die
  • Flonzcraft metal corner embellishment
  • Champagne gemstones
  • Olive satin ribbon
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers

I hope you've found a little inspiration here to create a project for our It's Only Words challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Get Well Wishes

** 10/8/14 Top 3 pick at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog! **

Howdy, everyone! Can you believe we're a week into October already?! And today is my birthday... so Happy Birthday to me! Never mind that I'm another year older, I'm super stoked to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #39 - Anything Goes! We're playing with rubber or clear stamps (no digis allowed this time) and we're being sponsored by the amazing Taylored Expressions! What better birthday present could a girl ask for?! Woo-hoo! So what are you waiting for... come play with us!

I chose the awesome Tea-riffic Petite stamp set for my get well card. I cut the center step card base and layered centerpiece with my Silhouette. I used one of my most favorite color combos of green and pink, with some absolutely gorgeous linen papers that feel like real fabric. Just amazing! The tea cups are paper pieced using scraps. The pink scallop die cut sentiment was also cut from a scrap. I love it when even just a few scraps disappear from that ever-growing scraps bin! ;) The only embellies I used were some crocheted lace, pink gemstones and white flat-back pearls.


Here's a side view of the center step construction. Love this!


So happy to enter this get well card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White, Fresh Asparagus and Bubble Gum cardstock; medium pink cardstock scrap from stash
  • Taylored Expressions Tea-riffic Petite stamp set
  • Paper Mania Vintage Notes linen 6x6 papers
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Lacey Ovals die
  • Sharpie white paint marker
  • Stampendous Dot Sparklers, pink
  • Craftime Enchanted white crocheted lace
  • White flat-back pearls
  • Pink gemstones

This is it for me today. I sure hope you've found a little inspiration to create something fun using rubber or clear stamps for our Anything Goes challenge! Remember... no digis allowed this time! And be sure to check out all the amazing goodies in the Taylored Expressions shop! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Many thanks

** 10/20/14 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

Hi everyone! We're already into the third month of my guest design gig with Card Mania Challenges, and I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed myself! August and September are just a blur (like this whole year has been) and October has begun. I'm happy to share my inspiration project for CMC #57 - Tag! Come play with us! This is a real easy one - we want to see your projects with tags. Your project can contain a tag or your project can be a tag. And we're being sponsored by the fun ColorInk Digital Stamps! ;)

I chose the pretty Bloomy Watering Can digi for my tag project which I fussy cut with my Silhouette and adhered to a circle die cut affixed to a large tag (matted on another large tag) from my stash. I have tons of tags in various colors and sizes in my stash, and it felt good to use a couple of them.


I chose a couple pretty 6x6 EP papers for the background and matted them on charcoal cardstock. I stamped a sentiment in the upper right corner and added several gemstones.


I finished the inside by stamping a simple sentiment and matting the panel on charcoal cardstock.

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White and Charcoal Brown cardstock
  • Echo Park Victoria Gardens 6x6 papers
  • ColorInk Bloomy Watering Can digital image
  • Copics: YG61/63, RV13, C3/5, R85/89, Y06
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • GKD Lots of Lines stamp set (front sentiment)
  • GKD I Appreciate You stamp duo (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Tags from stash
  • Dark pink ribbon
  • Imaginisce green gemstones

Well, that's it for now. Hope you've found a little inspiration to create a tag project for our challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun digis over at ColorInk! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone! Can you believe this month now is almost over?! We're getting closer and closer to Christmas and then we'll be embracing a new year! Wow, this year has flown by. It's time for another fun challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for CCM #124 - Triple B Challenge, hosted by teammie, Pamellia! She's challenging you to create a project containing at least three of these five things beginning with B:
butterflies
blue
birthday
banners
buttons

My Bs are blue, birthday, banner and buttons. I created the background by stamping on photo paper with ink on a small acrylic block. This is one of my favorite techniques that I learned several months ago. It's super easy and packs a very nice punch! I simply inked up an acrylic block with ink, spritzed it with water in a mini mister, and stamped it on photo paper, then repeated the process with several more colors of blue ink. After giving it a few minutes to dry, I stamped the floral images, cut it with a matting die and matted it on navy blue cardstock, cut with a slightly larger matting die.


After rounding the corners on the card base to match the other layered elements, I matted another layer of white onto navy cardstock (cut with matting dies), and adhered it to the card base. I popped the stamped focal image up on 3-D foam pads and affixed it to layered card base. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on a hand-cut banner, added a few tiny blue Dot Sparklers, and adhered it at an angle to the focal image. I finished the front with the buttons.


I stamped the inside sentiment on a square die cut and adhered it to the inside.


Proud to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white and navy cardstock
  • GKD Springtime Silhouettes stamp set
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • 4x6 Epson photo paper
  • Ranger Faded Jeans distress ink
  • Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue and Paris Dusk inks
  • 1-7/8" square acrylic block
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares and A2 Curved Matting Basics A & B dies
  • Stampendous Dot Sparklers, blue
  • White buttons

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project for our Triple B challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, September 22, 2014

Celebrate!

Hi everyone! My guest design gig is still going strong at Card Mania Challenges and I'm back this morning to share my inspiration project for CMC #56 - Use A Doily. Come play with us! We're being sponsored this time by the amazing A Day For Daisies! We want to see your project with... you got it... a doily! I absolutely love doilies - I have them all over my house because my dear mother made them for us girls throughout the years. What keepsakes they are, and I hold each and every one of them near and dear to my heart! ;)

I chose the darling ADFD Talking To The Moon digi for my birthday card. Isn't she just the most precious little thing?! I fussy cut the image with my Silhouette and adhered it to a large circle die cut matted on a scalloped circle die cut, both also cut with my Silhouette, which I chopped off even with the right side of the card for an interesting look.


Of course I added a doily along with a rectangular stamped and matted frame and filler element on which I stamped the Celebrate sentiment. 


I kept the inside simple, as I often do, stamping only Happy Birthday and matting the background on some Pearl Metallic cardstock.


So happy to enter my Celebrate card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; Marco's Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock; Marco's Venicelux Pearl Metallic cardstock; Marco's Antique Linen Ivory cardstock; DCWV Mardi Gras and Bozo cardstock from the Reds multi-stack
  • GKD Garden Tour 6x6 papers
  • Talking To The Moon digital image from A Day For Daisies
  • Copics: E01, R00/83/85/89, Y06/17, YR18
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Circle and scalloped circle Silhouette cut files
  • GKD Frame and Filler stamps
  • Memento Espresso Truffle
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Bo Bunny doily
  • Yellow Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
  • Champagne flat-back pearls and pink gemstones

That's it from me this time. I hope you're inspired to play in our Use A Doily challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun digital images in the A Day For Daisies online shop! I haven't seen one yet that I didn't just love! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Autumn Blessings

Howdy, crafty friends! I'm making my second appearance over at Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog as guest designer and am very happy to share my midway motivational post for the Autumn Colors challenge going on right now! Come play with us! We want to see your project created with autumn colors using this picture as your inspiration:


Isn't that photo just gorgeous?! My fall fever is getting worse by the day as it is, and this photo certainly didn't help! LOL! The inspiration for my project came from the colors (brown, red, orange and yellow) and the leaves.

I used the Gina K Designs Autumn Blessings and Harvest of Wishes stamp sets for my all occasion card that could be used for a birthday or just because. I dug out some more double-sided papers (I know, I know... I need to enter the 12-step program!) for my background and accent strip. I matted all the paper elements on the front and inside with tomato soup cardstock.


I added some loose loops of twine under the focal image and some gorgeous stamped metal brads.


I used several new leaf dies and assorted cardstock scraps to create some gorgeous leaf die cuts to use across the top.


And I used a few of the leaf die cuts on the inside along with the stamped sentiment.


Proud to enter my Autumn Blessings card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Tomato Soup cardstock; light brown, mustard and salmon cardstock scraps
  • Bo Bunny Autumn Song double-sided 12x12 papers
  • GKD Autumn Blessings stamp set (front images and sentiment)
  • GKD Harvest of Wishes stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Espresso Truffle and Rich Cocoa ink
  • Copics: YR01/18, YG63, BG000, Y17, C5, R24
  • Cottage Cutz dies - Leaf Mini, Oak Leaf Mini and Maple Leaf Mini
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Tonic ticket punch
  • Graphic 45 stamped metal brads
  • Twine

All right, that's it from me today. I hope you've found at least a smidgen of inspiration to create a gorgeous autumn colors project for our challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flower Girl Note Card

Hi everyone! I'm happy to share a note card sample I created for Linda's traveling paper arts booth using the absolutely gorgeous Lost Coast Designs Flower Girl stamp. This is truly one of the most detailed stamps I've ever worked with. I couldn't decide whether to color the image or leave it uncolored, so I had to set it aside while I created another card. Some projects just require a fresh approach. ;)

After I decided to color it, I matted the image on gold mirror cardstock. I punched a pretty border along the bottom of the front flap of the card base and added a piece of ivory organdy ribbon just above the punched border. I adhered the matted image to the front and a strip of the gold mirror cardstock at the bottom of the inside of the back flap of the card base so it shows through.


Recipe:
  • Hammermill white cardstock; Marco's Gold Mirror cardstock
  • Lost Coast Designs Flower Girl stamp
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Copics: R00/20/22, E00, Y21, BG000, YG17, B05, BV13
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Martha Stewart Footlights border punch
  • GKD Ivory organdy ribbon

Be sure you pay a visit to the very awesome Lost Coast Designs online store! The variety is amazing as is the quality, and definitely worth the trip! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Right Accessories

Hi everyone! I have some great news... I've been asked to join the Crafty Cardmakers and More Design Team! Woot-woot! I'm super stoked to share my first DT inspiration project for CCM #123 - Ribbons/Lace and Pearls hosted by teammate Jackie! We're being sponsored by Woodware Craft Collection and Di's Digi Stamps! Come play with us! We want to see your project with ribbons or lace (or both) and pearls!


I perused my collection of Unity stamps and selected one of the most awesome Itty Bitty stamp sets for this card which would be a great encouragement or congrats card. I have a slight shoe fetish so this was perfect! I was in a pink girlie kind of mood so I created a pink card base, then dug into my stash of double-sided papers and chose some absolutely gorgeous pink floral papers. I mounted all the elements on dark chocolate cardstock which gave a great contrast to the soft pink tones.


I used some gorgeous WOC ivory crocheted lace along with some pretty pink wrinkled ribbon and pink flat-back pearls.


The inside sentiment is from the Unity April 2013 Sentiment Kit, also stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I thought it complimented the front sentiment very well.



I'd love to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, Bubblegum Pink and Dark Chocolate cardstock
  • KaiserCraft Key To My Heart double-sided papers
  • Unity Right Accessories Itty Bitty stamp set
  • Sentiment from the Unity Blossom By Blossom April 2013 Sentiment Kit
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts ivory crocheted lace
  • Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
  • Melissa Frances pink flat-back peals

Hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project with ribbons or lace (or both if you want) and some pearls! What a pretty combination! Thanks so much for stopping by today  we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thinking Of You Note Card

Hello, my crafty friends! Can you believe it's the middle of September already?! Where the heck has this year gone?! I've popped in this morning to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #38 - Anything Goes! We're being sponsored this time by the fabulous DRS Designs! Come play with us - we know you love Anything Goes! ;)

I chose the absolutely gorgeous Plant Shelf image along with the vertical Thinking Of You sentiment for my note card. I dug deep in my stash and pulled out some dark green corrugated cardstock that I've had for years and years, and paired it with some gold metallic cardstock. I just love how this turned out!


What a gorgeous image! And green just so happens to be my all-time favorite color, although I have many favorite colors and color combos when I'm scrapping. I added a sweet little ladybug charm for an element of good luck. And, of course, some of my new favorite Twinkle Goosebumps gemstones. ;)


Here's another angled view of the note card. I matted the blank inside panel on some dark green cardstock.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock; Marco's dark green corrugated cardstock; dark green cardstock from stash; Marco's Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock
  • DRS Designs Plant Shelf image and Thinking Of You vertical sentiment
  • Copics: C1/3, YG61/63/67, Y21, E11/33
  • Queen & Co. green Twinkle Goosebumps gemstones
  • EK Success lady bug charm from the Laliberi Bugs and Leaves collection

I hope you've found a little inspiration here to create something for our Anything Goes challenge this time! Be sure to check out the DRS Designs store - there are tons of fun things to drool over! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tulip Collage Note Card

Hi everyone! I was able to spend a little time in the scrap room today and created an inspiration project for this month's Lost Coast Designs Clean and Simple challenge. If you have any Lost Coast Designs stamps, be sure to come play with us - you could be a proud winner of a $10 gift certificate to the Lost Coast Designs online store! How cool is that?!

This note card was awesome fun and turned out really pretty. And you wouldn't believe how easy... a couple stamps, two kinds of cardstock, four color wash inks and some black Memento ink. Seriously! Because this is a clean and simple project, there are no embellishments. I have to say, that was a little tough for me, but a girl does what a girl has to do in the name of a challenge. :)

I spritzed several color wash inks onto a piece of kraft cardstock and let it dry. I stamped the corner swirl several times in a random fashion and then stamped the tulip collage. I matted it on gold mirror cardstock and adhered it to a kraft card base.


Here is a close-up so you can see the yummy color wash inks.


And here's a close-up of the bottom half. Love these colors!


Recipe
  • The Paper Cut Brown Bag cardstock; Marco's Gold Mirror cardstock
  • Ranger Adirondack Color Wash inks: Cranberry, Stream, Purple Twilight and Denim
  • Lost Coast Designs Tulip Collage stamp
  • Lost Coast Designs Corner Swirl stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a CAS project for our challenge this month! And be sure to check out all the awesome Lost Coast Designs stamps in the online store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, September 8, 2014

XOXO

Howdy, crafty friends! I'm still hanging out over at Card Mania Challenges, this time for a sketch challenge, and you know how I absolutely love sketches! I'm happy to share my inspiration project for CMC #55 - Sketch. We being sponsored by Crafts and Me this time, so come play with us!

I chose the absolutely gorgeous Dancing Fae digi for my Hugs and Kisses card. What a fun image to go with this fun sketch! This card is for my granddaughter's 11th birthday in October and I know she's just going to love it!


And aren't these papers just yummy?! I thought the purple felt flowers complimented this paper beautifully. I've had them in my stash for quite a while but never seem to use them.


Here's a peak at the inside. I used some of the pretty purple paper along with a stamped circular sentiment.


And here's that awesome sketch! :)

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock; Cricut Purple cardstock
  • GKD Parisian Garden 6x6 papers
  • Crafts and Me Dancing Fae digital image
  • Copics: BV00/11/13/17, R00, Y21, E11/51
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • GKD Vertical Greetings 2 stamp set (front sentiment)
  • Lili of the Valley For You Circular Sentiments (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles dies
  • Tonic Ticket Punch
  • Violet Stampendous Dot Sparklers
  • Michael's purple felt flowers
  • Purple gemstones

I hope you've found a little inspiration to come play in our Sketch challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun goodies over at Crafts and Me! Thanks so much for stopping by this time - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie