Saturday, July 23, 2016

Congratulations (Graduation Cap card)

Hi everyone! A couple weeks ago I shared some great news about being invited back to guest design for Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog this month. I'm super excited to share my second inspiration project this month - this one is for the Midway Motivation Post for Challenge #67 - Clean and Simple! Come play with us!

I had the best time creating this graduation card. It was really easy and sure packs a big punch. I stamped a large sentiment across the bottom and added trios of glitter dots around the letters. I created the tassel from white metallic string and attached it with a tiny black brad.


I stayed with a simple black and white color combo with some stamped pink lace on the inside of the mortarboard, and added a magnet closure.


The inside sentiment is from the same Paper Smooches stamp set. :)


Here's a close-up of the stamped pink lace - the background stamp is from Great Impressions and I just love it! ;)


I adhered a blank white panel on the back for signing and a handwritten note.


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Marco's Black cardstock, Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette cardstock, Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, 
  • Stamps: Great Impressions Lace Background stamp, Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Pink Pirouette ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Accessories: Really Reasonable Ribbon Iridescent White Metallic String, tiny black brad, MISTI, Pink Stampendous Dot Sparklers

I hope you've enjoyed this project and have found a little inspiration to create a clean and simple project for our challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 18, 2016

hey friend

** 7/24/16 Winner at Come And Get It Challenges! **

Hi everyone! We're plunging into the bottom half of July. My sister's birthday is next month and I've always said that once her birthday hits in August, the rest of the year is a blur. And it's so flippin' hot here, I'm READY for some cooler weather... come on Fall! ;) It's time for another fun challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #82 - Anything Goes! Our sponsors this time are Bugaboo Digi StampsKarleigh Sue Digis and Oddball Art Co. so come over and play for a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes!

I chose the absolutely adorable 'Animal Love Sara & Friends' digi from Oddball Art Co. for my friendship card. I pulled out a 6x6 paper pack that I just love and created something fun and cheerful. I also used a medallion die that I've had forever and have never used.


Isn't Sara the cutest little thing ever?! Such a doll! I used some stitched oval dies and added my big signature multi loop bow. I bought 28 colors of Crystal Drops several months ago and don't use them nearly enough, so I played with the pink and green this time.


For the inside, I stamped a simple sentiment on a panel that I decorated with a leftover strip of paper used on the front.


Happy to enter this sweet card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Stampin' Up! Watermelon Wonder cardstock, Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz cardstock scrap, My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party 6x6 paper
  • Stamps: Oddball Art Co. Animal Love Sara & Friends digital image, Paper Smooches Delightful Greetings stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- FS2, FS3, FS6, TN3, TN4, CR1, CR2, GB10, TB2, TB3, CG1, CG2, CT1, CT4
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers dies, Spellbinders Medallion Four die
  • Accessories: Apple Green and Bubblegum Blush Crystal Drops, Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Salmon seam binding, Darice foam

I hope you've enjoyed this project and have found some inspiration to play in our Anything Goes challenge! We know everybody loves this particular theme! Be sure to check out all the fun digis at Bugaboo Digi StampsKarleigh Sue Digis and Oddball Art Co. - I know you'll find something you cannot live another day without, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

This card is for sale at Hippie Chick Designs!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, July 17, 2016

New Love to Craft Challenge Blog DT Announced!

Hey everybody! You'll remember I announced a few weeks ago that the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog now has a sister blog! Here's a quick shout-out to the new designers on the Love To Craft Challenge Blog Design Team announced on Friday! Give these ladies a warm welcome and be sure to visit us on August 1st at 6:00 AM EST for our debut challenge!

To recap, you are welcome to create any kind of handmade creations - from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts - to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects - and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making! No matter what you're working on, we want to see it! :)

Our challenges will go live at 6:00 AM EST on the 1st day of every month and run until 6:00 PM EST on the last day of the month. Winners and Top Picks will be chosen by our design team and announced on the 15th of the month following the close of each challenge.

You may enter our challenges up to five times - as long as each project is different - and you may combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you'd like! The more the merrier! :)

Be sure to pop on over and follow the Love To Craft Challenge Blog so you don't miss anything! Looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks, on August 1st! ;)


Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, July 16, 2016

You are the sunshine in my garden

** 7/19/16 Top 3 at Fab 'n' Funky! **
** 7/20/16 Top 3 at Word Art Wednesday! **
** 7/21/16 Top 3 at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Well, we are just rockin' right along and are half-way through July. Having a bit of rainy weather here in north Florida this week but nothing we can't handle. The grass and shrubbery really need the drink! It's time for another fun challenge over at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog and I'm really stoked to share my birthday card for Challenge #36 - Use Dies. Come on over and play with us - we are being sponsored by the very awesome Pickled Potpourri! Love me some Pickled Potpourri!


I chose the wonderful-beyond-measure 'Watering Can' image for my birthday card. I L.O.V.E. this image and the sentiments that come with it! I created a birthday card but this image and sentiments could be used for other occasions. I pulled out some black and white dotted paper that I've had for several years and paired it with some yellow cardstock. I also used some yummy olive Silky Crush ribbon for my big bow which pulled in the green from the leaves.


In keeping with the challenge theme, I used round and rectangle dies. I'm in love with my stitched dies and have every basic shape out there, I think! I did a little layering with the image and the front sentiment. Also used some yellow gemstones and flat-back pearls on the front.


I used another sentiment from the image set on the inside and layered the panel on some of the yellow cardstock.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White and Wild Dandelion cardstock, Marco's Black cardstock scrap, The Paper Cut Black Mini Dot paper
  • Stamps: Pickled Potpourri Watering Can
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- IG2, IG4, IG6, CT2, CT3, CT4, OR1, LY2, DG2, DG3, GB6, GB10, LG1
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers, Spellbinders Classic Rectangles
  • Accessories: White gel pen, clear Wink of Stella, Really Reasonable Ribbon Olive Silky Crush ribbon, Queen & Co. Marble Magic Rox

I hope you've enjoyed this project and have found a little inspiration to play in our Dies challenge this time! And be sure to visit Pickled Potpourri to see all the fun images and papers! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

This card is not for sale at Hippie Chick Designs - a co-worker has already snatched it up, lol! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Note to say Hello

** 7/20/16 Top 3 at Crafty Creations Challenges! **

Hi everyone! I hope your July is off to a great start and I hope those of you in the States had an awesome Independence Day celebration! I was contacted by the lovely Jan, owner of Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog, and asked to guest design again this month. It's always a pleasure to create with this team of lovely ladies! I'm happy to share my inspiration project for the Midway Motivation Post for Challenge #66 - Wish Upon A Star. Come play with us - we want to see some stars on your project!

I chose the awesome 'Grunge Stars & Stripes' stamp from Deep Red for the focal image on my note card. I inked the stamp up with Ranger distress markers, gave it spritz of handmade Perfect Pearls Mist, then laid the cardstock down on the stamp. This yielded a very nice impression with some pretty shimmer. I popped the stamped image up on some fun foam and then layered the entire panel on some pretty silver Venicelux cardstock.


The sentiment is from WPlus9 'Hand Lettered Hello' stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added a couple hand-cut flags - one cut from red Glittersilk cardstock and the other cut from blue Foiled cardstock - along with several punched stars from the Glittersilk and Foiled cardstock. The final touch were several randomly placed white flat-back pearls.


I embellished the blank inside panel with a couple of the punched stars, then layered the panel on some of the silver Venicelux cardstock.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock, DCWV Silver and Blue Foiled cardstock, Core'dinations Red Glitter Silk cardstock
  • Stamps: Deep Red 'Grunge Stars & Stripes' and WPlus9 'Hand Lettered Hello'
  • Ink: Ranger Distress Markers- Fired Brick and Faded Jeans; Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Star punch
  • Accessories: Mini Mister, homemade Perfect Pearls Mist, Stampin' Up! pearls

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and have found a little inspiration to create a project with some stars for our challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we'll see you next time!

This card is for sale at Hippie Chick Designs!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 4, 2016

Reach For The Stars

Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July if you're in the States and celebrating Independence Day! Can't believe this holiday is already here... now the rest of the year will literally fly by! HA - as if the first half hasn't already! It's time for another fun challenge Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #81 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! We're being sponsored this time by The Paper ShelterAll Dressed Up Stamps and Little Blue Button Stamps! Come on over and play - we want to see a project with at least one star on it! And we have some great news to share - we're increasing the number of allowed entries from three to five per challenge! Woot-woot! That means more chances to win!

I chose the absolutely adorable 'Rag Doll Sweetheart Stars Watching' digi from Little Blue Button Stamps for my card. I was actually thinking graduation when I started it, but this card really could be used for any milestone event. I had such a good time putting it all together. I inked the background piece with distress inks, then dropped several plain water splatters from my fingers along with smaller splatters of watered-down walnut stain distress ink from a brush. I inked all the elements with chalk ink.


I cut a portion of the rag doll's skirt and feet and slid several layers of grass under her. I added several stars, some crochet lace and a 'phat' orange bow. ;)


For the inside, I inked edges with the chalk ink and adhered some leftover strips of the inked background used on the front, along with a couple glitter stars and a stamped sentiment.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Dark Chocolate cardstock
  • Stamps: Little Blue Button Stamps Rag Doll Sweetheart Stars Watching digital image, Leave Memories With One Stamp
  • Ink: Ranger distress ink- Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Walnut stain; Invild Bolme Knotted Wood chalk ink, Spectrum Noir- FS2, FS3, FS4, TN2, TN6, TN9, GB8, GB10
  • Dies/Punches: Precious Marieke Grass Border die
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! star punch, MISTI, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Label Letters, WOC crochet lace, orange grosgrain bow, Doodlebug Design mini pearls

I hope you've enjoyed this project and found a little inspiration to create a project for our 'star' challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun goodies at The Paper ShelterAll Dressed Up Stamps and Little Blue Button Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

This card is for sale at Hippie Chick Designs!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Friday, July 1, 2016

When life gives you lemons... or limes ;)

Hi everybody! It's Friday and it's July 1st! Hope you've had an awesome week! It's hotter than the law should allow here in north Florida - we've had a couple days with temps over 100 degrees. It's time for another fun challenge over at House of Cards and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration projects for our July Challenge: Fruit/Drink Image and/or Colors! Come play with us - we want to see your project with a fruit/drink image and/or some or all of these colors:


This challenge theme screams SUMMER to me! I couldn't help myself... I made two projects - a lemonade and a limeade! One just didn't seem right without the other, lol! My inspiration came from Pinterest but I put my own spin on them. Fun, fun, fun! ;)


I ordered the Stampin' Up! Tart and Tangy stamp set used for these encouragement cards specifically for this challenge. I used the Impression Obsession Diagonal Lines background stamp for the straws. I added matching double-loop bows and sequins along with a computer-generated sentiment cut with a stitched flag die.


The glasses are vellum and contain stamped lemons and limes cut in half and 'stacked' on the back side of the colored piece of vellum. There's a pretty rim of glitter on the top of each glass. ;)


The inside sentiment is from Unity which I paired with a few more stamped lemons and limes.


Although I can only upload one photo, I'd love to enter this PAIR of fun cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Marco's 30# Vellum and Black cardstock, Fiskars green and yellow vellum
  • Stamps: SU Tart and Tangy stamp set, Impression Obsession Diagonal Lines background stamp, Unity Blossom by Blossom stamp set
  • Ink: SU Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: Lil Inker Designs Sentiment Flag die
  • Accessories: SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, MISTI, RRR Emerald Plaid and Yellow Plaid ribbon, Doodlebug Design green and yellow sequins

I hope you've enjoyed today's projects and you've found a little inspiration to play in our Fruit/Drink Image and/or Colors challenge this month! Can't wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time!

These cards are for sale at Hippie Chick Designs! :)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Another Birthday?

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's July 1st?! We're over halfway through this year, by golly, and as I've said before... Christmas will be here before we know it! It's time for another fun challenge over at My Crafting Stories and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for Challenge #7 - Birthday! Come on over and play with us!

I chose some really fun Great Impressions stamps for my birthday card. I used a combination of a Z fold and a Joy fold, which I'm calling a Z-Joy fold, lol! You know I love my fancy folds! It was for my hubby and he loved it!


In keeping with a masculine feel for my better half, I used mainly kraft, black and a diagonal pattern with both colors for the Z-fold portion, and added ivory panels to the joy fold portion to stamp on.


How about that retro rod?! L.O.V.E. this stamp!


Here's a close-up of the inside panel. You can't see it, but I added some clear Wink of Stella to the 'paint job' and it looks GOOD! ;)


Here's another shot so you can see the cool construction of this!


And one final shot of how it closes. This was so much fun! :D


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Marco's Brown Bag and Black cardstock, brown cardstock scrap, GKD Pure Luxury Ivory
  • Stamps: Great Impressions- Another Birthday?, Retro! and Flaming Truck rubber stamps
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- CT4, OR1, DR3, IG4, IG5
  • Dies/Punches: Silhouette Gears cut file
  • Accessories: MISTI, clear Wink of Stella, black Copic multi-liner pen, Basic Grey Metal Studs

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and have gotten a little inspiration to create a project for our Birthday challenge this month! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Announcing a New Challenge Blog!

Hi everyone! My challenge blog - the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - has a new sister blog that will make her debut on August 1st! Please join me in welcoming the Love To Craft Challenge Blog to blogland! Woo-hoo! I know most crafters are always on the look-out for new challenges to enter and I wanted to create one with an atmosphere where we can all inspire and be inspired... one that gives everyone an opportunity to show off what you're working on, no matter what it is!

As our marquee says, we welcome any and all kinds of handmade creations - from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts  - to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects - and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making! Whatever you're working on, we want to see it! :)

Our challenges will go live at 6:00 AM EST on the 1st day of every month and run until 6:00 PM EST on the last day of the month. Winners and Top Picks will be chosen by our design team and announced on the 15th of the month following the close of each challenge. 

You may enter our challenges up to five times (as long as each one is different) and you may combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you'd like! The more the merrier! :)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog is a work in progress right now but please check it out and be sure to follow us so you don't miss out on anything! And we'd love it if you'd help spread the crafty love by sharing our badge on your blog! :D




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Now, here comes the fun part... this is a DT Call!
We need a few more talented crafters to complete our new design team!

Some of the benefits of joining our brand new team...
  • All challenges are Anything Goes, so create whatever you want for each challenge and work ahead if you want - no stressful deadlines!
  • If you are a paper crafter, use your own rubber/clear stamps or digital images - dust off some of those you haven't used in ages or use some new ones!
  • You aren't limited to just paper crafts - delve into some 3-D, mixed media or altered work! Or beading, quilting, knitting or crocheting if you want!
  • Your blog URL will be placed on our Design Team page and on our right sidebar!
  • Your DT inspiration projects will be showcased on our blog for an entire month... a great advertisement for your awesome artwork!
  • An organized team function - I do all the work so you can concentrate on creating your amazing projects! ;)

And here's what we need from you:
  • One project per month.
  • Good photos of your projects uploaded at least 5 days prior to the first the day of the month when new challenge goes live.
  • An active blog where you showcase your DT inspiration projects and link to our challenges.
  • Comment on challenge entries and leave love for your fellow teammates.
  • Vote on Winners & Top Picks after each challenge.
  • Positive team spirit and willingness to promote our challenges.

To apply, all you need to do is send an email to ltscb@mail.com with your name and a link to your blog!
Prior design team experience is not required! ;)
This DT Call will close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 9th.

Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, June 20, 2016

Baby Boy & Baby Girl Onesie Cards

Hi everybody! Hope your fathers, hubbies, brothers, uncles and other significant men in your life had an awesome Father's Day yesterday! And hopefully you enjoyed some nice weather. It's time for another fun challenge over at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog and I'm excited to share my DT inspiration projects for LTSCB #80 - Anything Goes! Our sponsors this time are Sweet Stamps, Lemon Shortbread and Angie's Digital Stamps and there are some pretty awesome prizes up for grabs, so come over and play with us!

I chose the adorable Baby Onesie digital image from Angie's Digital Stamps for my joy fold baby cards - I created one for a boy and one for a girl. You know how I love my fancy folds! Most joy folds open horizontally and I created these to open vertically. I also incorporated a wobble element under the onesie for a little spring action. So fun! ;)


I pulled out the beloved Bold Basics paper stack and chose three coordinating patterns for each card. I printed the image on the 'mildest' pattern and colored the tiny hearts with Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped a baby sentiment and added a tiny double loop bow and some glittered gumdrops.


I kept the inside simple with just a stamped sentiment.


I'd love to enter this pair of baby onesie cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Taylored Expressions Snow White cardstock, Stampin' Up! Rose Red and Garden Green cardstock, Recollections Bold Basics paper stack
  • Stamps: Angie's Digital Stamps Baby Onesie digi, Paper Pretties Oh Baby stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- LG5, DR1
  • Accessories: Action Wobble Springs, MISTI, green and pink dotted ribbon scraps, YNS green and pink Glittered Gumdrops

I hope you've enjoyed these projects and have found some inspiration to play in our Anything Goes challenge this time! We know you love the 'anything goes' theme, so what are you waiting for?! And be sure to check out all the fun goodies over at Sweet StampsLemon Shortbread and Angie's Digital Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

These cards are for sale at Hippie Chick Designs! :)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tutu Cute!

** 6/30/16 Winner at Little Miss Muffet Challenges! **
** 6/30/16 Top 3 at Your Scrapbook Place! **
** 7/8/16 Winner at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge! **

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week! I'm sitting here shaking my head in disbelief at how fast this year is going by. Mid June already. It's time for another fun challenge over at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for Challenge #34 - Inspired by a Song. Come on over and play with us! We have some great sponsors this time:




My inspiration for this challenge came from the song "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. I used the adorable 'Abi Ballerina' digi from All Dressed Up Stamps for my corner pop-up card. You know I love my fancy folds and when I came across this one on YouTube, I had to try it out! So much fun! I chose these papers because they match her hair color, and added a pretty pink gingham double loop bow to match her little tutu and hair band, all to bring the yellow and pink together.


Isn't this little gal just the cutest ever?! I've had her in my digi stash forever - she was a freebie from All Dressed Up Stamps a while back. You can't see the sparkle in the photos, but I used clear Wink of Stella on her tutu and hair band, and then added some pretty stamped pink flowers and sequins.


Here is a side shot of the card opened up so you can see the fun way it's made.


I used label dies to cut the inside sentiments and layer them, and added a few more of the stamped pink flowers.


Love these sweet 'dancing' sentiments. And, by the way, this card does fold flat for mailing. ;)


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: TE Snow White cardstock, Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon cardstock, Stampin' Up! Regals Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Stamps: All Dressed Up Stamps Abi Ballerina digital image, Paper Pretties Ballerina Sophia stamp set, Stampin' Up! Something To Say stamp set
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- FS1, FS2, FS6, TN3, TN4, TN5, BP6, IG1; Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: SB Curved Matting Basics A & B and Labels Eighteen dies
  • Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, MISTI, hot pink sequins, Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flower punch)

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project for our "Inspired by a Song" challenge this time. Can't wait to see what song inspires your creation! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

This card is for sale at Hippie Chick Designs! :)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie