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Saturday, May 23, 2015

3 Girl JAM "Colors of Summer" Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! The 3 Girl JAM Design Team is proud to bring you the "Colors of Summer" Blog Hop featuring the FIVE new ribbon bundles in the 3 Girl JAM store! OMG, are you ever in for a treat! They are gorgeous!

C'mon and hop with us! Be sure to leave comments on each blog because there is some blog candy scattered around!

Plus there will be a $20.00 gift certificate to the 3 Girl JAM store as a prize on the 3 Girl JAM blog

As an extra little something-something, I'm offering some blog candy to one lucky commenter... a nice 'phat' assortment of Baker's twine! 

And, there's more! The 3 Girl JAM store is having a sale May 23rd-25th! Use code NEWHOP to get 30% off your entire order! How awesome is that?!


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Before I get to the hop details, let me share my inspiration project - a set of four adorable gift card holders. I used the Victorian Dream Bundle, both Cocoa and Rouge, on these little purses. Gift cards have to be my favorite gift to give, and a cute holder just makes it that much more special! ;)



Here they are individually, for a closer look. :) This one with Rouge...

I used Cocoa on this one...

Another one with Rouge...

And another one with Cocoa...

Aren't these just the cutest?! They are so stinkin' cute, I may not be able to part with them! Hahahaha!

I'd love to enter these sweet little gift card holders into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: K & Co. Madeline 8x8 double-sided papers
  • Accessories: 3 Girl JAM Victorian Dream Bundle, Stampin' Trimmer (#126889), YNS Gumdrops (white, green and pink), Doodlebug Designs Lilac Sprinkles, assorted flat-back pearls and gemstones

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Now get your comfy on and let's hop! Here's the lineup: 
Leslie http://leslieturner58.blogspot.com/ ---> you're here!
Julie O http://muddypawsinkyfingers.blogspot.com/



I hope you enjoy! You will definitely see some pretty awesome projects featuring these new ribbon bundles! Remember to leave a comment at all the blog hop stops (say that fast three times, lol) for your chance to win some prizes! And last but certainly not least... don't forget to visit the 3 Girl JAM store to check out the sale and these new ribbon bundles! Thanks for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thank You cards (Set of 6)

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share with you another 3 Girl JAM DT inspiration project, a set of Thank You cards using four of the newest colors of crinkle ribbon in the 3 Girl JAM store along with two colors that have been out for a little while. OMG, I think I'm in heaven... all of these are SO gorgeous! I had the best time stamping all these backgrounds with a new Stampin' Up! two-step stamp set! Talk about major inky fingers! But, oh, what fun! No two cards are alike in this set! There's a brief tutorial at the end of this post, but before I get to that, let me show off these pretties! ;)



For a better look, here are the cards individually. This is Rouge from the Victorian Dream Bundle. I used Pink Pirouette ink and Strawberry Slush ink and cardstock. I used Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the leaves on all six cards. 

This is Blueberry from the Summer Harvest Bundle. I used Pool Party ink, and Bermuda Bay ink and cardstock.

Here is Gold Crown from the Royal Bundle. I used So Saffron ink, and Hello Honey ink and cardstock.

Here is Purple Passion from the Royal Bundle. I used Wisteria Wonder ink, and Elegant Eggplant ink and cardstock.

This is Barn Door from the Rustic Country Bundle. I used Crisp Canteloupe ink, and Calypso Coral ink and cardstock.

This is Denim from the Saturday Morning Bundle. I used Soft Sky ink, and Marina Mist ink and cardstock.


Proud to enter this set of thank you cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Hello Honey (#133678), Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush (#131295), Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral (#122925), Stampin' Up! Marina Mist (#119682), Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant (#105126), Stampin' Up! Bermnuda Bay (#131197)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossoms (#126747), Stampin' Up! Sassy Salutations (#126707)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Hello Honey (#133643), Stampin' Up! So Saffron (#126957), Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush (#131178), Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette (#126956), Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral (#126983), Stampin' Up! Crisp Canteloupe (!31176), Stampin' Up! Marina Mist (#126962), Stampin' Up! Soft Sky (#131181), Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant (#126969), Stampin' Up! Wisteria Wonder (#126985), Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay (#131171), Stampin' Up! Pool Party (#126982), Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#126953), Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz (#131180)
  • Accessories: 3GJ Rouge from Victorian Dream Bundle, Blueberry from Summer Harvest Bundle, Gold Crown from Royal Bundle, Purple Passion from Royal Bundle, Barn Door from Rustic Country Bundle, Denim from Saturday Morning Bundle, Darice Wire Fence embossing Folder, Stampin' Up! Frosted Sequins (#135835)

Now for that tutorial I promised...

I created these cards in an assembly-line fashion. I first masked each panel about 1-1/2" up from the bottom and then stamped the large flower (background) from the Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossoms stamp set in each color of the lighter ink, angling each one differently and going off the edges of the panel (the first step of the two-step process).


I stamped the inside lined portion of the flower and leaves on the plastic sheet of the stamp positioner (I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig.) Then all I did was line up the stamped image on the plastic sheet with the stamped background, move the sheet out of the way, and stamp the lined portion of the image in a darker ink on top of the background (the second step of the two-step process).


And here is a shot of all the flowers after both steps of the two-step process. They are taking shape and aren't they just beautiful?!


Then I did the same thing with the leaves - stamped them first in the lighter color ink (the first step) and then lined up the stamped image on the plastic sheet with the stamped background, moved the sheet out of the way, and stamped the lined portion of the image in a darker ink over top of the background (the second step).


And here's a shot of all the flowers with leaves after both steps of the two-step process. Have I told you that I just love this stamp set?! :D


I stamped the Thank You sentiment, from the Stampin' Up! Sassy Salutations stamp set on the bottom of each panel in the same darker ink that I stamped the inside of each flower in. I embossed the bottom portion with a Wire Fence embossing folder but unfortunately you can barely see the embossing in any of the individual photos above. Then I adhered each panel to a piece of matching cardstock and then the entire panel onto a white cardbase. I finished each card with randomly placed sequins (one large and three small). That's it! :)


Hope you've enjoyed seeing this 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 MAY to add the gorgeous Pink & White 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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunshine on a Stem

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #54 - Anything Goes! Come play with us! We know you love some Anything Goes (wink-wink)! Our fabulous sponsors this time are Bugaboo Digi StampsSparkle N Sprinkle and Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More!

I chose the beautiful Sunflowers digi set from Sparkle N Sprinkle to create a flower pot pocket card that is just too cute! The pot is basically a sideways Z-fold. You know how I love fun folds and am always looking for out-of-the-ordinary projects. I found my inspiration when I saw the tutorial for this in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletter several weeks ago and thought it looked like such fun! ;)


I cut the sunflowers with my Silhouette and colored them up with a few Spectrum Noir markers. The sunflowers are adhered to the card that slides down into the pocket which you'll see in minute.


 I used some of my all-time favorite Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon in a golden orange color to wrap around the flower pot and to create a big gorgeous bow. Since I'm using Sparkle N Sprinkle image and sentiments, I thought this project needed some sparkle, so I added a pretty hummingbird charm to the center of the bow and affixed some Dot Sparklers to the scallops across the rim of the flower pot. I cut the front sentiment with a stitched sentiment flag die.


Here's a shot of the card out of the pocket. How cute is that?! :D


I love sunflowers and always have... they are one of my favorite flowers! And I just L.O.V.E. this sentiment!


One last photo before sliding the card back into the pocket...


So happy to enter this flower pot pocket card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Tomato Soup cardstock, Bo Bunny Autumn Song paper (scrap)
  • Stamps: Sparkle N Sprinkle Sunflowers digi set
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- GB7/10, CT4, CG2
  • Dies: Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die, Spellbinders Classic Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies
  • Accessories: Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon, hummingbird charm, Stampendous Red Dot Sparklers

I'm so glad you stopped by today! Hope you've found a little inspiration to create an Anything Goes project for our challenge this time! Be sure to check out all the fun stuff at Bugaboo Digi StampsSparkle N Sprinkle and Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More! We'll see you later! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thinking of You

Hi everyone! I'm back to play in another fun challenge as a guestie for Scrapping4fun Challenges! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, a couple of my cards were featured several challenges back so I was invited to guest design. What fun! So excited to be creating along side their very talented design team! :)

I'm happy to share a project I created for Challenge #42 - Techniques. Come play with us - we want to see a project you create using any kind of technique! For my Thinking of You note card, I used the CAS (clean and simple) technique along with an uncolored image and dry embossing on patterned paper which, in and of itself, is a very cool technique that can yield some mild to very dynamic results.


I generally don't leave images uncolored but I really liked that look on this CAS card. I layered the image on some gold and navy cardstock which is one of my favorite color combos (my high school colors). I wrapped some navy twine several times and tied it in a bow. I used a wire fence embossing folder to emboss the patterned paper. The nice thing about this card is that it could be given to either a male or female.


I kept the inside simple as well, just stamping some tall grass (from the same stamp set) in the lower left corner, leaving plenty of room to write a note. I added several series of three dots around the tops of the grass for a little interest.


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory; Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry (#131199), Stampin' Up! Night of Navy (#100867), Stampin' Up! Moonlight Designer Series Paper Pack (#133701)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Wetlands (#126697)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories: Darice Wire Fence embossing folder, Studios Blackbird navy twine, YNS navy glittered gumdrops, fun foam, black micron pen

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project using a technique that you'll enter in our challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, May 11, 2015

"Time" mixed media canvas

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to be hosting this week's StampTV Challenge! Thanks so much to Karen Hightower for inviting me to play! My challenge theme is "Stencil Me Pretty" so let's see at least one stencil on your project! Come play with us! If you aren't a member of StampTV, come on over and join - it's free and loads of fun!

I definitely had some inky fingers this weekend and along with the ink came lots of texture paste, gesso and pearl sprays! Didn't think I'd ever get my hands clean! LOL! But I loved every minute of it and I bet you can tell I'm smiling! ;) I see more of these in my future! I've done a few small mixed media pieces that I added to cards over the years, but this is actually my first mixed media canvas. I have to say I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I went for distressed vintage. I used stamps from three GKD stamp sets along with three stencils, some chipboard elements, flowers and various other embellishments.


One of the stencils I used was Memory Box Mini Dots which you can see behind the fancy chipboard corner. I used the brick wall stamp from The Simple Thing stamp set to randomly stamp on the chipboard corner, then spritzed it with several Perfect Pearls Mists and embellished it with some WOC flowers. I used the text background stamp from the Botanicals stamp set to randomly stamp on the background prior to laying down the elements.


I gold embossed the pocket watch from the GKD Time stamp set duo and created a face with Glossy Accents, and added some ball chain which I grunged up with some gesso. You can also see some of the text background stamping.


I covered a pop-top with two coats of gesso and spritzed it with some Perfect Pearl Mist and added a pretty flower. Another stencil I used was Mini Time Travel, to which I added a watch hand that I stamped with the brick wall stamp, spritzed with Perfect Pearl Mists and grunged with a little gesso.


I really do l.o.v.e. this sentiment which I cut out with a SB die and inked with a brush and distress ink while it was still in the die. The third stencil used was the Mini Harlequin which you can just barely see over the top of the sentiment. The other portion of the Harlequin stencil is hidden by the pocket watch.


I created a little feather and flower bouquet which I embellished with several loops of twine. I stamped the chipboard feather with the text background stamp prior to spritzing it with several Perfect Pearl Mists. I was going to brush the flowers with a little gesso but decided the canvas needed a little pop of brighter color, so I left them alone.


I didn't take any photos of the outside edges, but I covered them with Tim Holtz tissue tape and used the stencils with texture paste, spritzed them with the Perfect Pearls Mists, then inked them to distress them. I plan to cover the back with some heavy 120# cardstock and have hubby add some screws and wire to hang this. :)

Proud to enter this canvas into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Stamps: GKD Time stamp set duo, GKD Botanicals and GKD The Simple Things
  • Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress ink, Memento Espresso Truffle, Versamark; Perfect Pearl Mists- Mandarin, Sunflower Sparkle, Kiwi, Perfect Copper, Pewter
  • Stencils: Crafter's Workshop Mini Time Travel and Mini Harlequin stencils, Memory Box Mini Dots stencil
  • Dies: Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A
  • Accessories: 5x7 canvas, Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder, Studio Gesso, DecoArt Dimensional Effects, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, pop top, Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ball Chain & Tissue Tape, Studios Blackbird Natural Twine, Chipboard Clock Hand, Bronze Brad, Paper Accents Chipboard Feather, Petaloo Large Chipboard Fancy Corner

I hope you've found a little inspiration to play in my stencil challenge this week over at StampTV! Any stamps, inks and embellishments can be used, but if you use GKD stamps exclusively, you can play for a chance to win a grab bag of GKD goodies! Oh, so much fun! And remember, it's free to join StampTV! Hope to see you there! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, May 8, 2015

hello

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to share my 3 Girl JAM DT inspiration project with you today! You know how I love me some pretty ribbon and you know I'm a sucker for fancy folds! The tutorial for this pop-up diorama card was featured in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletter a couple weeks ago, and well, I just HAD to make one! LOL! It's a super easy project that packs a really big punch!

Now, check out this GOR-JUSS 3 Girl JAM Raspberry crinkle ribbon from the Summer Harvest Bundle! OMG... does this make your jaw drop, or what?! And I was so tickled that my cardstock and papers were a perfect match! Woo-hoo! ;)


I stamped the big greeting on a layered panel, then wrapped some Raspberry ribbon around it and created my signature big bow. I hand-cut a flag which I slid under the stamped panel and adhered both to the front of the card base. I stamped a butterfly and punched it with a coordinating punch, and affixed it to the right edge of the flag. I finished the front with a stamped postage mark and some flat-back pearls.


On the inside, I punched a scalloped aperture and affixed a panel of stamped flowers with an arched sentiment behind the opening, then adhered some coordinating cardstock and paper beneath the opening.


Here's a close-up of the aperture. Love those dainty little flowers! ;)


And here's an overhead shot so you can see the construction of this cool little card that folds completely flat for mailing. I just love it and definitely see a few more of these in my future! LOL!


Happy to enter my pop-up diorama card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry cardstock (#115316), Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight (#119683), Stampin' Up! Painted Blooms Designer Paper (#137784)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Hi There (#134216), Stampin' Up! You Brighten My Day (#139106), Stampin' Up! Nature's Perfection (#139100)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry (#126950), Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight (#126944), Memento Tuxedo Black; Spectrum Noir- PL3, PL4, PL5
  • Accessories: 3 Girl JAM Raspberry ribbon from the Summer Harvest Bundle, Stampin' Up! Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526), EK Success 2" scalloped punch, white flat-back pearls, Wink of Stella

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 APRIL to add the gorgeous Spring Flowers 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

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

** 5/12/15 Top 3 at Creative Card Crew! **

Hi everyone! I'm really happy to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project with you this morning - my first-ever tunnel card that I created for LTSCB #53 - A Stitch In Time! Come play with us! We want to see stitching - either real or faux - on your project! We're being sponsored this time by Lacy Sunshine Stamps, Heartfelt Creations and Angie's Digi Stamps!

My inspiration for this project came from Sandy Genovese - I subscribe to her weekly project video tutorials - and this looked like so much fun I just HAD to make one! It was very labor-intensive but I loved every single minute of it! It's my daughter's Mother's Day card and I know she is going to love it! ;)


I used my Silhouette and one of my all-time favorite Gina K Designs stamp sets to create these gorgeous flowers which I colored with Spectrum Noir markers.


I purchased the fence cut file from the Silhouette store just for this project. The bird stamp is from the same GKD stamp set as the flowers. I stamped the Mother's Day sentiment on a stitched circle layer die cut adhered to a slightly larger one and cut off even with the bottom of the window. I stamped the With Love sentiment on a stitched sentiment flag die cut.


Here's a shot of the inside so you can see the general shape of the construction. I sponged clouds on the blue background paper but you can't see them very well. But they are there, lol!


Proud to enter my tunnel card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White and Fresh Asparagus cardstock, Recollections Bold Basics paper pad
  • Stamps: GKD Spring Blessings stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Summer Sky ink; Spectrum Noir- DG2/3/4, CT4, CR1, FS8/9, LG4/5, TB2/3, BP1/2, BT3/4
  • Dies: Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die
  • Accessories: Silhouette fence cut file, 

I sure hope you've found a little inspiration today to create a project with either real or faux stitching for our challenge this time! Be sure to visit Lacy Sunshine StampsHeartfelt Creations and Angie's Digi Stamps to check out all the fun images, stamps and other crafting goodies! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Perpetual Calendar

** 5/4/15 Top 3 at Incy Wincy Designs! **
** 5/6/15 Top 3 at Craft Your Passion Challenges! **
** 5/13/15 Spotlight Winner at Ruby's Rainbow! **

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 May 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 May, you can add the amazing Pink & White Bundle (Cherry Lipstick & Antique White) to your cart for just $1.00! Yep, you read that right... $1.00! Use the code MAY to take advantage of this awesome deal!

My inspiration for this fun project came from my new friend and LTSCB design teammate, Tammy, who posted the tutorial on her blog which you can see HERE. I've seen several perpetual calendars on Pinterest and really wanted to make one for my desk at work, so when I saw her version, my mojo took off! Thank you, Tammy! I did make a couple modifications - I added two additional tabs to each block so they would be totally enclosed, and made the numbers on each block 0,1,2,3,4,5 and 0,1,2,6,7,8. 


I picked out some 3 Girl JAM Gold Cord from the Holiday Trim Bundle and Sunflower Jute Ribbon from the Jute Ribbon & String Pack, then selected my papers, stamps and matching inks.



In addition to the stamped and punched flowers, I used a variety of embellishments that really added to the character of this project - some bingo cards, a clock charm, a bow die cut with a handmade jeweled center, leaf die cut and a glittered air dry clay rose as shown in this photo.



I added several flourish die cuts,a couple skeleton leaves and some WOC stem flowers.



In the lower left corner is a button I made from air dry clay. You an also see the pretty double loop of Gold Cord, the gemstone and pearl centers on all the flowers and a couple more die cut leaves.



Here you can see the pretty loop of Yellow Jute on the right side along with a smaller air dry clay button, and a die cut butterfly perched on a giant silver sequin.



And here are all the day and month blocks. This was so much fun - I think I'm going to make a few more of these for Christmas gifts (wink-wink) but shhhh... don't tell anybody! LOL! 



So happy to enter this fun project in the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# Kraft cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 double-sided 6x6 papers, Bingo Cards from the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss double-sided 6x6 papers
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Flower Shop
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray (#126981), Hello Honey (#133643), Lost Lagoon (#133644), Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Dies: Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits die set (#137360), Impression Obsession Large Bow die, Magnolia Doohickeys Leaf & Swirl dies, Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B die set
  • Accessories: 3 Girl JAM Gold Cord from the Holiday Trim Bundle and Sunflower Jute Ribbon from the Jute Ribbon & String Pack, Stampin' Up! Pansy Punch (#130698), Stampin' Up! White Simply Pressed Clay (#130685), Stampin' Up! Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Molds (#131272), Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist, DecoColor Liquid Silver paint pen, silver wire, Glossy Accents, assorted gemstones and flat-back pearls, Wild Orchid Crafts clock charm, Darice giant sequin, skeleton leaves, green felt numbers

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 May special! Thanks so much for stopping by today! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie