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Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #59 - WOW, It's White on White! We're being sponsored this time by Fred, She Said Designs, Lemon Shortbread Digi Stamps & Pages, and Lacy Sunshine Stamps! Come play with us! We want to see your all-white projects - only the image can be colored and we'd love to see multiple white layers and white embellishments! Fun, fun, fun! ;)

I chose the uber cool 80's City Chic Fashion Girl by Lemon Shortbread for my birthday card. I colored this awesome image with my Spectrum Noir markers in one of my favorite color combos of green and purple.


I have a total of four white layers and used a punch, a couple stitched dies, some pretty white ribbon with a multi-loop bow, and white pearls. I used a new stamp set that really compliments this image!


I kept the inside relatively simple with a stamped sentiment and a white Cityscape die cut along the bottom.


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Premium White
  • Stamps: Simons Says Birthday Messages
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir- FS2, FS3, LG2, LG3, TN3, TN4, HB1, HB3, IG1
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Cityscape Nightline, My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles Stax Die-namics, MS Eyelet Lace punch
  • Accessories: White flat-back pearls, white organdy ribbon, MISTI

I hope you're inspired to create a white-on-white project to enter in our challenge this time! And don't forget to check out all the fun images at the Fred, She Said DesignsLemon Shortbread Digi Stamps & Pages, and Lacy Sunshine Stamps stores! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, August 1, 2015

so many smiles...

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at 3 Girl JAM! I'm super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for our August Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge! Come play with us! You could be the proud winner of a $15 gift certificate to the 3 Girl JAM store! Before I get to my project, let me tell you about this month's special offer - with any regular price purchase made in August, you can add the amazing Caribbean Splash Bundle (Coral Crush and Aqua Splash) to your cart for just $1.00! Yep, you read that right... $1.00! Use the code AUGUST to take advantage of this awesome deal!

I'm still diggin' my fancy folds and found some tutorials for a couple different sized shutter cards. This one is 4" square. I used the gorgeous denim crinkle ribbon from the Saturday Morning Bundle which looks just beautiful with this patterned paper! Love, love, love these colors!


The front of this card is a gate fold and of course it had to have my big signature bow! ;) I stamped the sentiment on a fish tail banner and made it several layers thick so it would be sturdy enough to hold a thin magnet closure. I added a simple stamped flower punched with it's coordinating punch.


Here are some progressive shots showing the gate opening along with the shutter to reveal the inside sentiment.


This is my new favorite fold! I know... I say that about every one I make, lol! I really would have a difficult time picking a true favorite - I've made a lot of cool fancy folds over the past several months.


Proud to enter this fun card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede (#115318), Stampin' Up! Marina Mist (#119682), Stampin' Up! English Garden DSP (#138440)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Petite Pairs (#122497), Stampin' Up! Something To Say (#134180)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Marina Mist (#126962)
  • Punches/Dies: Stampin' Up! 2" Circle Punch (#133782), Stampin' Up! 2-1/2" Circle Punch (#120906), small flower punch from the Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787), Stampin' Up! Triple Banner Punch (#138292)
  • Accessories: Doodle Bug Designs Sprinkles Blue Jean assortment, Stampin' Up@ Basic Pearl Jewels (#119247)

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project for our Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge this month! And I do hope you'll stop by the 3 Girl JAM store to check out the wonderful array of fun crafty goodies and take advantage of the August special! Thanks so much for stopping by today! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Better With Age

Hello, all my crafty friends! I've some great news to share today... I've been invited to guest design with Crafting by Designs for the month of August! Woot-woot! How cool is that?! Come play with us in our August Anything Goes challenge!

As you have undoubtedly seen in many blog posts over the last couple months, I'm a fancy fold fiend.  ;) I made my first-ever teepee card for this challenge and I absolutely loved creating it! I've seen quite a few of them around blogland over the years and always thought they looked complicated. Well, NOT - they are super easy and sure pack a powerful punch!


I used three coordinating papers and a stamp duo from Gina K Designs. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir, cut out with a stitched circle die and layered on a slightly larger stitched circle die. I added a few tiny gemstones for a little interest. Love the sentiment - "Like a fine wine, our friendship gets better with age."


I outlined the entire image with a clear Wink of Stella pen which really makes it sparkle.


Here's the second side - more gorgeous paper and flat-back pearls.


And finally, here is a view of the third side. I just love these papers!


This teepee card unsnaps (I used a thin magnet closure) and folds flat for mailing. Love, love, love!


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Powder Blue and Navy; Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow (#133676); GKD Floral Essentials 6x6 paper pack
  • Stamps: GKD Better With Age stamp duo
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Spectrum Noir- DG2, DG3, TB2, TB4
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circles dies
  • Accessories: Wink of Stella clear pen, blue gemstones, white flat-back pearls, 1/2" magnet

I hope you've found some inspiration to play in our August Anything Goes challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, July 25, 2015

You are amazingly amazing

Hi everyone! A couple weeks ago I shared some good news about having been invited to guest design with Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog during the month of July. I'm super stoked to share my second inspirational project this month - this one for the Midway Motivation Post for Challenge #41 - Pretty Petals! Come play with us! We want to see your project with some pretty petals!

You know I'm a huge sucker for fancy folds and made two tunnel cards a couple weekends ago using some gorgeous Stampin' Up! stamps, paper, inks and embellishments. This floral paper is absolutely gorgeous and I knew it would make a beautiful project for this Pretty Petals challenge!


I stamped this amazing sentiment on a layered panel on the front and embellished it with some sequins and a Simply Pressed Clay button and several loops of silver thread. I stained the button with Eucalyptus walnut stain.


I cut an oval aperture in the center portion of the 'tunnel' and layered some of the floral paper on each side of it. I had some silver embossed corner stickers in my stash which I affixed to each corner of the center portion for a little interest.


I stamped some flowers and a sentiment on the inside which are seen through the aperture.


Here's a top view of the tunnel construction. I just love this fold and am really happy with how this turned out! I definitely see more of these in my future, lol!


Proud to enter this thank you card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#100702), Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! English Garden Designer Series Paper (#138440)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Painted Petals (#137146)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#126953), Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow (#133645), Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride (#131172), Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe (#131176), Stampin' Up! Soft Suede (#126978)
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Classic Ovals die
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay (#130685), Stampin' Up! Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Molds (#131272), Stampin' Up! Frosted Sequins (#135835), Tsukineko Eucalyptus walnut ink

I hope you've enjoyed this project and have found some inspiration to create a fun project for our Pretty Petals challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 20, 2015

Just a note... (set of 8 note cards)

Hello again! I'm back, as I said I would be, with my second Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #58 - Anything Goes! We are being sponsored this time by Sami StampsStitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Lost Coast Designs!

As mentioned in my last post, I chose the awesome Rural Post Stamp & Paper Pack by Coosty Creations with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, and created a very cool set of note cards featuring all the different papers in the pack. These couldn't have been any easier... and so functional!


I layered the background papers on brown cardstock. I used a paper die and stamped grunge lines and a sentiment on each. There are two cards made with each paper. The inside is blank on each one, as they are note cards. I was dubbed 'the notecard queen' a few years back, so this project was right up my alley! ;)


Happy to enter this super easy note cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Rural Post Stamp & Paper Pack by Coosty Creations with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, Marco's Ivory Antique Linen, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla (#101650), Stampin' Up! Soft Suede (#115318)
  • Stamps: Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery, Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge (#130517)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede (#126978)
  • Dies/Punches: Paper Smooches Paper die

I hope you've enjoyed this project and will consider whipping something up for our Anything Goes challenge! And don't forget to visit Sami StampsStitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Lost Coast Designs to check out all they have to offer! Thanks again for stopping by and we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Across The Miles

** 7/26/15 Winner at 613 Avenue Create! **
** 8/2/15 Top 3 at Stitchy Bear Stamps on Facebook! **

Hi everyone! It's time for the fun to begin again over at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! I'm happy to share with you today my first of two DT inspiration projects for LTSCB #58 - Anything Goes! We are being sponsored this time by Sami Stamps, Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Lost Coast Designs! How awesome is that?! And we know you love Anything Goes (wink-wink)!

I chose the awesome Rural Post Stamp & Paper Pack by Coosty Creations with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet. I had THE best time creating this step card - what a fun fold! I've been on a fancy fold kick lately and when I picked my image and papers to play with for this challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to do! ;) I went for an old-timey vintage feel with this project.


I printed the image and sentiment on antique linen cardstock and matted them on brown cardstock. I filled the little corked bottle with white seed beads, gold micro marbles, and iridescent hearts and stars. FUN! ;)


These papers on the steps were part of the stamp and paper pack, also printed on antique linen and matted on brown cardstock. I added a clock face to the bottom step with the sentiment.


More paper from the stamp and paper pack, along with a foam arrow, silver nailheads and ticket ephemera on the left side.


The right side features a bottle cap, swirl and butterfly die cuts, and pearls. Did I mention how much fun I had putting this together?! :)


Would love to enter this fun card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Rural Post Stamp & Paper Pack by Coosty Creations with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, Paper Accents 120-lb Kraft, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip (#102128), Marco's Gold Venicelux, Marco's Ivory Antique Linen
  • Stamps: Rural Post Stamp & Paper Pack by Coosty Creations with Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- BG1, BG2, BG5, BG6, BG8
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Classic Rectangles die, Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits (#137360), Magnolia Doohickey Swirl die
  • Accessories: Studios Blackbird brown twine, foam arrow, Really Reasonable Ribbon 'Rustic Hues' from November Club Assortment, Tim Holtz vial (filled with Martha Stewarts iridescent hearts and stars, Blockheads gold micro marbles and white seed beads), Mark Richards silver nailheads, ticket, watch charm, bottle cap, Stampin' Up! pearl jewels (#119247)

I hope you've gotten a little inspiration today to create a project to enter in our Anything Goes challenge this time. Stay tuned for my second project using the awesome Coosty Creations papers. And be sure to check out all the fun stuff in the Sami StampsStitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Lost Coast Designs stores! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, July 17, 2015

Your Kindness means so much

** 7/19/15 Honorable Mention at 613 Avenue Create! **

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to share with you today my 3 Girl JAM DT inspiration project - a thank you tunnel card. I made another type of tunnel card several months ago for my daughter for Mother's Day but this one is a little different. I'm (still) on a 'fancy fold binge' and when I saw this awesome fold, I just had to try it out! I L.O.V.E. this fold! Stay tuned... I'll be showcasing another one in a couple weeks! ;)

I used some gorgeous Stampin' Up! stamps, paper, inks and embellishments. I absolutely love this floral paper and knew it would make a beautiful project using this awesome 3 Girl JAM ribbon! I used Green Jeans crinkle ribbon from the Saturday Morning Bundle... don't you just love it?!


I stamped the sentiment on a layered panel on the front and embellished it with some pearls and one of my big signature bows.


I cut an oval aperture in the center portion of the tunnel and layered some of the floral paper on each side. I added some tiny pearls to each corner of the center portion for a little interest.


I stamped some flowers and a sentiment on the inside which are seen through the aperture.


Here's a top view of the tunnel construction. I have to say this is one of my new favorite folds and I know I'll be making more of these! ;)


Proud to enter my thank you tunnel card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Blackberry Bliss (#133675), Stampin' Up! Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (#137784)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Painted Petals stamp set (#137146), Stampin' Up! From My Heart stamp set (#126557)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Blackberry Bliss (#133642), Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow (#133645), Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#126953)
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Classic Ovals die
  • Accessories: 3 Girl JAM Green Jeans ribbon from Saturday Morning Bundle, Stampin' Up! Pearl Jewels (#119247)

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to stop by the 3 Girl JAM store to check out all the fun crafty goodies! There are two ways to $AVE when you shop at 3 Girl JAM this month - use code LT10 to get 10% off your entire order OR use code JULY to add the gorgeous Summer Harvest Bundle to your regular price order for just $1.00! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Love Life

** 8/2/15 Top 5 at Crafts Galore Encore Challenges! **

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share my good news - I've been invited to guest design with Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog during the month of July and I'm happy to share my inspirational project for the Midway Motivation Post for Challenge #40 - Spots and Stripes! Come play with us! We want to see your project with some spots and some stripes!

I created a friendship card in shades of gray, teal and yellow. These coordinating Stampin' Up! papers are just gorgeous and certainly fit the challenge theme of Spots and Stripes! I used the Stampin' Up! "A Happy Thing" stamp set which I just love. It was one of the first stamp sets I bought when I became a demonstrator and hadn't used it yet. How does that happen?! ;)


I stamped the image and sentiment in Basic Gray ink, and colored the bird with several Spectrum Noir markers. I used a couple Stitched Circle dies and embellished the card front with some pretty pearls and buttons. And of course I just had to add one of my signature bows... this one is embellished with a small bow made of thick Baker's twine.


I cut a couple narrow flags from the striped and spotted papers for the inside, and stamped the sentiment in the Basic Gray ink.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon (#133679), Stampin' Up! Basic Gray (#121044), Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Moonlight Designer Series Paper (#133701)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! A Happy Thing (#139134)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray (#126981); Spectrum Noir- IG1, IG2, IG4, BG4, BG6, BG8, GT3
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circle Layer dies
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Best Year Ever Ribbon Crushed Curry (#138974), Stampin' Up! In Color 2014-2016 Accessory Pack Lost Lagoon Thick Baker's Twine and Buttons (#138637), Prairie Bird Boutique Wrinkled Ribbon, Wink of Stella Clear Pen, white flat-back pearls

I hope you've enjoyed this project and find a little inspiration to create a fun project for our Spots and Stripes challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Throwback Thursday Challenge #11

Hi everyone! I'm playing in Stamping with Bibiana's Throwback Thursday Challenge #11! The theme is "Any Shaped Card" and I'm reviving a fun triangle-shaped Christmas shaker card that I created back in January 2014. The original post is HERE.

I had THE best time stamping this card and envelope! Shaker cards are one of my favorite kinds of cards to create and this was the first triangle shaped card I had ever created, so I thought it would be perfect to share in Bibiana's TBT challenge this time!




Most challenges don't allow back-linking but that's what this one is all about, so come on over and play - it's a great chance to revive a past project that you love! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

A Merry Little Wish

Hey, everyone! Hope you're having a great week! I'm happy to share a couple CAS Christmas cards I created during my 'Christmas card frenzy' over the past few weeks. I am, without a shadow of a doubt, going to be finished nice and early this year with my Christmas cards! There is no better feeling!

These were so much fun and super easy. Both were created from one piece of cardstock. I cut an oval aperture in the front of each and then trimmed about 1/2" off the bottom of each. I cut scalloped borders from green polka dotted paper and affixed them to the bottom.


I used stamps from the Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees stamp set which I absolutely love. I stamped the trees, then the ornaments and finally the garland in Versamark and embossed it in gold. I punched the trees out with the coordinating Stampin' Up! tree punch. I punched several more trees from plain cardstock and layered four of them for each card. I stamped the stars in Versamark, embossed them in gold, and punched them with the coordinating Stampin' Up! itty bitty star punch. I put some Fun Foam on the backs of the trees and adhered them in the center of the oval aperture. I stamped the simple "A Merry Little Wish" sentiment on the front beneath the aperture.


I stamped the inside sentiment "For Lots of Joy at Christmas" near the top so it doesn't show when the card is closed. Cards not having lots of layers are difficult for me, so I feel like I accomplished something with these, lol! ;)


I'm happy to enter this pair of fun little Christmas cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Real Red (#102482), Stampin' Up! Trim The Tree (#135824)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees (#135059)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Real Red (#126949), Stampin' Up! Garden Green (#126973), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Tree Punch (#135859), Spellbinders Classic Ovals die, SNS Small Scalloped Border die
  • Accessories: Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Green Stampendous Dot Sparklers, Fun Foam

I hope you've enjoyed these easy and fun projects! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sunshine in my garden

Hello, my crafty friends! I'm so excited to showcase my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #57 - It's A Triple Play! We are being sponsored this time by Karleigh Sue Designs, Pickled Potpourri and Bugaboo Digi Stamps! Come play with us - we want to see your project using three of any type of embellishment... your triple play!

You know I'm a fancy fold junkie and I've created my first-ever latch card! This tutorial was in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletter several weeks ago. I always look forward to getting those because I can always count on seeing something that I want to try! I used the absolutely gorgeous 'Sunshine in my garden' digi with sentiments from Pickled Potpourri for this card. This image paired so nicely with the yellow and black cardstock.


I printed a smaller image and colored and fussy cut the sunflower which I adhered to a white punched circle layered on a yellow punched circle to use for the latch. My triple play is three yellow polka dotted Candi Minis. :)


Here's the card unlatched and opening. There are score lines on the right side to allow the card base to flex while it's being unlatched.


And here is the inside which I layered similar to the front.


I'm pleased to enter this latch card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry (#131199), Stampin' Up! Basic Black (#121045), Stmapin' Up! Bohemian Designer Series Paper (#138446)
  • Stamps: Sunshine In My Garden digi and sentiments from Pickled Potpourri
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- IG1, IG2, IG4, CT4, GB1, GB3, GB9, GB10, LG4, LG5, Black
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Postage Stamp die, Stampin' Up! 1-1/2" and 1-3/4" Circle Punches
  • Accessories: MS Score Board, Candi Minis, Inkessentials White pen

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project using three of something for our triple play challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun images at Karleigh Sue DesignsPickled Potpourri and Bugaboo Digi Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie