Thursday, December 27, 2012

A New Baby Girl

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** 12/31/12 Top 3 Winner at Tammy's Scrappin Corner! **

The last few days have been a whirlwind! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Santa brought me a new laptop as my last one was four years old and the screen was periodically going black on me while working. The old one had Vista and this new one has Windows 7. Of course, the way my luck goes, the version of PhotoShop I've been using on the old laptop won't work on this new one so I had to find a quick fix to get this card posted. I've done quite a bit of internet research over the last 24 hours and have found free (yes, free!) photo editing software called Gimp which works like a charm! I'm so stoked! I've discovered that my Microsoft Office 2007 won't work on this new laptop either (sigh) so the bucks I'll save by not having to purchase a new version of PhotoShop will more than pay for Microsoft Office 2010 that I need!

Just thought I'd share my good fortune, so now on with this post... The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge #197 is "Celebration" and the challenge is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs! Come play with us! I made a shabby chic new baby girl card and chose the adorable "Toby with Present" digi to play with. I paper pieced the image and layered it upon a few more layers. I got to use some papers from a very cool new 6x6 paper pack that I've not yet had an opportunity to use, which is always fun! Had a great time making this card and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!

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

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Pretty In Pink 6x6 Glitz paper pack; Paper and More  ivory canvas and chocolate cardstock; kraft cardstock from stash
  • Crafty Sentiments "Toby with Present" digital image
  • Ranger Victorian Velvet distress marker; Sakura Stardust pen; R20 Copic marker
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Lacey Circles dies
  • Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish die
  • Lily of the Valley Circular Sentiment stamp
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts ivory crochet lace
  • Pink paper flowers from stash; pink flat-back pearls


Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I'd like to wish all my friends out there in Blogland a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May you enjoy peace, love and prosperity in the new year!




Gotta love him... Our Christmas card this year is a photo of Ed with his girls - me (the wife), Poopie (the cat) and Yvette (the Corvette)! ;)

Big hugs,
Leslie & Ed

Let It Snow!

Christmas is upon us! Can you believe it?! Another busy weekend but I was able to squeeze in a little time in the scrap room today to create another Christmas Blockheads DT inspiration project. I got an assorted size pack of EcoArtBoard from Blockheads several weeks ago and have been waiting for just the right time to play with them. Today was the day and this CAS card was super fun and super easy! OMG - I love this paper covered recycled paperboard! It's great to stamp on and I have more ideas using these fun little goodies, so stay tuned!

I cut a 4.5" square card base from white cardstock along with a slightly smaller square of white cardstock matted on dark green textured cardstock which I adhered to the card base. I spritzed Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists on a 2" square of EcoArtBoard from about an 8- to 10-inch distance for a more speckled snowy look. I hit it with the heat tool for a few seconds and then stamped the smaller Christmas tree from the Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set with VersaMagic Dew Drop Hint of Pesto ink and then hit it again with the heat tool for a few more seconds. I matted it on dark green textured cardstock leaving a very thin edge all the way around it, and adhered it in the center of the card front. I stamped the "Let It Snow!" sentiment (also from the Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set) on a piece of the scrap white cardstock with VersaMagic Dew Drop Hint of Pesto ink, cut and embossed it with a Spellbinders die. I trimmed off the ribbon slots and adhered it to the card front under the Christmas tree. I finished the card with four tiny clear gemstones in the upper right corner. Yep - that's all there was to it! ;)

Recipe:
  • Paper And More white cotton cardstock; Colorbok dark green textured cardstock
  • EcoArtBoard - Assorted Sizes (2" square)
  • Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists
  • Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set
  • VersaMagic Dew Drop Hint of Pesto ink
  • Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio Two die
  • Tiny clear gemstones


Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Christmas Tag

I keep saying I just don't know where this year has gone... it'll be Christmas in another week and a half! Then soon after that, we'll embrace 2013! It's time to post another DT inspiration project for Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #195 - Snowflakes, sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads!

For my 3-D Merry Christmas tag, I stamped the Christmas tree with star in white VersaCraft ink on dark grey cardstock, then cut out all five pieces - "fussy cut" as my friend Karen would say! ;) Then I covered each piece with Versamark and embossed them with clear UTEE. I repeated this process three more times - twice more with the UTEE and finally with White Fantasy embossing powder for a shimmery snowy effect. I assembled the tree on some of the dark grey cardstock and then matted that onto some silver foil cardstock. I added a vertical sentiment, a red satin bow with snowflake charm and black button, and three red flat-back pearls. Of course, I stamped the traditional tag "To:" and "From:" on the back. Very elegant tag with very simple construction! Love it! Hmm... wonder who's gift this will be attached to?!  :)

Recipe:
  • Paper And More dark grey textured cardstock; Marcos red cardstock; Bazzill Basics Silver Foil cardstock
  • Christmas tree stamp from the Blockheads Paper Arts Winter Wonderland stamp set
  • Versamark
  • Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
  • Sweet Stamps Fine Detail Fantasy White embossing Powder
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares die
  • Mrs. Grossman's Christmas Card Captions
  • "To:" and "From:" stamps from the Stampin Up! A Greeting For All Reasons stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts snowflake charm
  • Double face red satin ribbon; black button; red flat-back pearls



Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Canvas/Burlap Rustic Santa Decor

It's been another busy weekend that's gone by way too fast! I'm busting at the seams to post my newest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project that is part of our ongoing gift ideas showcase! The focal point of this 5" x 6" free-standing Christmas decoration is a Santa stamped on canvas with VersaCraft Real Black ink and colored with Ranger Distress Markers. I used stamps from the awesome Blockheads - An Illustrated Christmas and Winter Wonderland stamp sets. I also am very proud to report that I used scraps for the bulk of this project - foam board, burlap, cardstock and cardboard - which is very cool! I paper-pieced the holly leaves on his hat and blinged the holly berries with small red gemstones! To add to the rustic feel, I distressed the edges of the main base as well as the canvas Santa piece, and I even included two tiny branches in the flower spray from a tree in our yard! I absolutely love the way this turned out and am not so sure that I'll give it away as originally planned! It's adorning our mantle at the moment! ;)

This was super easy! I had a 2' long by 5" wide strip of foam board left over from another project, so I cut off a 6" long piece. I trimmed a scrap piece of caramel brown textured cardstock to fit the foam board, adhered it to the foam board and distressed the edges with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink. I had one small hunk of burlap left over from a couple projects, which was just the right size, so I evened up the edges, frayed them and adhered the burlap to the base.

I stamped the Santa (from the Blockheads - An Illustrated Christmas stamp set) on a quarter sheet of Studio Sticky Back Natural Canvas with VersaCraft Real Black ink and colored his hat, beard and mustache with Ranger Distress Markers. I distressed the edges of the canvas with Ranger Walnut Stain ink, then matted the canvas piece to a scrap of dark brown cardstock. I wanted stability of the piece so I did not peel the sticky back off the canvas before I matted it. I affixed three flat head bronze eyelets to the right side of the matted canvas piece (two at the top and one at the bottom), then adhered it to the base, centered on the piece of burlap.

I stamped the upper left corner of the Santa again, twice, on a scrap of green cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then cut out the holly leaves. I adhered them to his hat and affixed three small red gemstones for the holly berries. Using the small Happy Holidays stamp from the Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set, I masked off "Holidays" and stamped "Happy" on a scrap of ivory cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, then masked off "Happy" and stamped "Holidays" right beside it. I cut it using a Spellbinders Ribbon Banners die, distressed it haphazardly with Ranger Walnut Stain ink, and adhered it diagonally across the top left corner of the Santa canvas piece.




I created a flower spray with several WOC paper flowers (Gold Stickles added to the red flower), a light brown leaf die cut, two small twigs from a tree in our yard and some coiled brown DMC memory thread, and adhered the spray to the lower left corner of the Santa canvas piece.



I created an easel from a scrap piece of cardboard, 2.5" wide x 9" long, and scored it at .5", 4", 4.75" and 5.5". I creased the cardboard on the score lines, creating a triangle, and glued the .5" flap to the top inside of the triangle, then adhered the easel to the back of the base.


I'd love to enter my Rustic Santa Decor into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Scraps of foam board, burlap, caramel brown/light brown/dark brown/green/ivory cardstock; cardboard
  • Studio Sticky Back Natural Canvas
  • Santa stamp from the Blockheads - An Illustrated Christmas stamp set
  • VersaCraft Real Black ink
  • Ranger Distress Markers
  • Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Happy Holidays stamp from the Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Spellbinders Ribbon Banners die
  • Magnolia Doohickeys leaf die
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
  • Gold Stickles; bronze eyelets; DMC Brown Memory Thread; small red gemstones; small twigs from tree in back yard

Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Tis The Season

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #193 is "Winter Wonderland" and is sponsored by the awesome Meljen's Designs! Come play with us! Every year, it seems that once Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas holidays are upon us in no time flat! We were given some awfully cute digis to play with for this challenge and I chose "Cozy Winter Mailbox" which I paper pieced using red, green and gold foil cardstock. I felt like a child all over again sitting here with my little scissors, glue pen and cardstock - cutting, gluing and lining things up just so-so! Can't tell you how much fun I had!

I started out with an all-white theme, except for the image, and soon decided it needed some red around the border and some red ribbon to compliment the colors in the scarf. Then that led to the green, red and white WOC flowers to compliment the white pearl spray and swirl and leaf die cuts. I built the "snow" up with multiple layers of Frosted Lace Stickles. The little gold mailbox even looks like metal, thanks to some matte fixative I sprayed on it to keep the inkjet printer ink from smearing. SCORE! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock; Marco's red and green cardstock; Bazzill Basics Gold Foil cardstock
  • Meljen's "Cozy Winter Mailbox" digital image
  • Copics: E00/33/51
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares and Fleur de Lis Squares dies
  • Magnolia Doohickeys Swirl and Leaf dies
  • Frosted Lace and Gold Stickles
  • Mrs. Grossman's Christmas Card Captions
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and pearl spray
  • Gold memory thread; wide red ribbon; tiny white flat-back pearls



Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

This is the other Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project I created this weekend - a fancy fold Christmas card using several stamps from the beautiful Blockheads An Illustrated Christmas and Winter Wonderland stamp sets. OMG - this was soooo much fun! I've made several fancy fold cards over the years but never one like this woven one, and I have to say that I really enjoyed myself! I got the basic tutorial in an email and figured I'd give it a try! ;)

The finished card is 4" x 5.5". I did adjust the size to fit in a normal sized envelope. I created the card base from kraft cardstock as per the tutorial and embellished it with pieces of ivory, red, green and gold foil cardstock. Some of the snowflakes are from An Illustrated Christmas stamp set, and the other snowflakes, reindeer and sentiment are from the Winter Wonderland stamp set. The text background stamp is from the Blockheads Backgrounds Borders Full Sheet. I used VersaCraft White ink for the snowflakes, Memento Rich Cocoa ink for the text, and Bamboo Leaves ink for the sentiment. I used Swiss Dots and Candy Cane Stripes embossing folders with DTP inking on several of the cardstock elements. The reindeer is embossed with Fantasy Gold fine detail embossing powder that I had in my stash which is really gold and shimmery! I finished this card with a red bow in the upper left corner and a super cute Santa in sleigh charm that has a little gift dangling from it! Love it! I'm really proud of how this turned out... my first attempt at a woven card! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; Marco's red cardstock; Bazzill Basics Gold Foil cardstock; textured green cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads An Illustrated Christmas stamp set
  • Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set
  • Blockheads Backgrounds Borders Full Sheet
  • VersaCraft White ink
  • Memento Rich Cocoa and Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Candy Cane Stripes embossing folders
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Fantasy Gold fine detail embossing powder from stash
  • Wild Orchid Crafts Santa in sleigh charm; red ribbon




Thanks so much for stopping by today and we'll see you later on! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

hello

Yay! Got to play in the scrap room this weekend and created a couple Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration projects - this "hello" card and a fancy fold Christmas card which I'll post separately. The background on this card was created using the 6x6 Gelli Plate I just got, along with some Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray and several VersaMagic dew drop ink pads. Check out the Blockheads Make & Take video to see what kind of fun you can have with this nifty little gel mono print plate! AND it's on sale! Woo-hoo! I used the gorgeous Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage stamp which I absolutely love. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out!

I cut a 5-3/4" x 4-1/2" ivory card base and set it aside. I spritzed some Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray onto a piece of ivory cardstock and let it dry. I dabbed some Mango Madness VersaMagic ink onto the Gelli Plate and worked it horizontally and vertically over the plate with the brayer. I pressed the double diamond background stamp from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set randomly into the ink until the surface was covered with the stamp impression, and then pressed the Goosebumps-spritzed piece of cardstock onto the plate and peeled it off. I gave it a few minutes to dry and then rubbed the excess ink off the Goosebumps spots with a paper towel.

I cleaned the ink off the Gelli Plate, then inked the peeled paint background stamp (also from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set) with Hint of Pesto VersaMagic ink and stamped it directly onto the Goosebumps-spritzed cardstock and when it was dry, I rubbed the excess ink off the Goosebumps spots with a paper towel. I dabbed some Oasis Green VersaMagic ink onto the Gelli Plate and worked it horizontally and vertically over the Gelli Plate with the brayer. Using my finger, I drew some squiggly lines diagonally across the plate (this was a little messy), pressed the Goosebumps-spritzed piece of cardstock onto the plate and peeled it off. After it was dry, I rubbed the excess ink off the Goosebumps spots with a paper towel and cleaned the ink off the Gelli Plate.

Using StazOn Jet Black ink, I stamped the Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage onto this gorgeous background and trimmed it. When the ink was dry, I tied a piece of ivory ribbon to the left side and adhered it with a piece of Blockheads 1/8" red tape liner. I matted the stamped background piece onto a piece of textured dark teal cardstock, then again onto a piece of light teal cardstock. I matted that unit onto another piece of dark teal cardstock, leaving a slightly larger border around it, and then matted the entire unit onto the card base. I stamped "hello" from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set with VersaCraft Maize ink on a small piece of the dark teal cardstock then cut it with a small oval die. I adhered that to a light teal scalloped oval die cut then affixed it to the upper left corner slightly angled. I put an ivory dotted button on top of a slightly larger green dotted button and affixed them to the knot on the ribbon with a piece of waxed twine tied in a bow.

I cut and embossed four small flowers using a die (two from the light teal cardstock and two from the dark teal cardstock) and affixed tiny white flat-back pearls in the center of each. I adhered one to the "hello" sentiment and the other three in the lower right hand corner.

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; light teal and dark teal textured cardstock from stash
  • 6x6 Gelli Plate
  • Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray
  • Mango Madness VersaMagic ink
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set
  • Hint of Pesto VersaMagic ink
  • Oasis Green VersaMagic ink
  • StazOn Jet Black ink
  • Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage stamp
  • Blockheads 1/8" red tape liner
  • Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • VersaCraft Maize ink
  • Kool Tak clear foam pads
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals and Flourish Accents dies
  • Ivory ribbon; green and ivory dotted buttons; waxed twine; tiny white flat-back pearls


Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stencil Flowers Thinking of You (CAS)

I'm posting a second time today with another Blockheads DT inspiration project - a CAS Thinking of You card I created for our current Blockheads CAS Technique Challenge, hosted by design teammie Karen McAlpine. I also used the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet and Verses - Special Delivery stamp set for this card. C'mon and play with us- you have until November 21st! Visit the Blockheads CAS Cards technique page to check out Karen's tutorial.

Just like the other project I posted earlier, the card was stamped without ink. I colored the stamp with several Marvy water-based brush markers, huffed on it and stamped. I love this technique and  any of the stamps from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet are absolutely perfect because they are deeply etched and you get a great impression! I did something a little different with the sentiment on this one - it's incorporated onto the ribbon across the bottom! I think it turned out kind of neat! I did use VersaCraft ink on that tiny portion of ribbon so it wouldn't run.

I cut a 4.25 x 4.5" card base from white cardstock and adhered an additional panel to the front for stability. Using a Spellbinders Classic Circles die, I cut through both thicknesses and embossed the opening. Using a slightly smaller Classic Circles die, I cut a smaller circle from the circle that came out of the front panel. Using one of the flower stamps from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet, I colored the petals orange/yellow and leaves light/dark green with Marvy water-based brush markers and stamped in the center of the circle die cut. Using the Thinking of You stamp from the Verses - Special Delivery stamp set, I colored the entire sentiment with light/dark green Marvy water-based brush markers and stamped it below and to the right of the circular opening on the front of the card. I stamped the same sentiment again on the white ribbon with Maize VersaCraft ink and hit it with the heat tool. I adhered the ribbon across the bottom of the card, lining up the green and maize stamped portions of the sentiment, then adhered a bow fashioned from the white ribbon on the left side. I adhered the stamped circle die cut in the center of the opening and finished the card with three white flat-back pearls in the upper right corner.

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

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet
  • Orange, yellow, light green and dark green Marvy water-based brush markers
  • Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery stamp set
  • Maize VersaCraft ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles dies
  • White ribbon; white flat-back pearls




Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Gift Ideas: Stencil Seahorse Thanks Note Cards

I got a little time in the scrap room yesterday and today and created two Blockheads DT inspiration projects for our current CAS Technique Challenge hosted by design team mate, Karen McAlpine. I used the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet and Verses - Special Delivery stamp sets for both projects. CAS cards are definitely challenging, especially if you're one who loves to use lots of layers and embellishments - and most of us do - but if you get "in the groove" they are really a lot of fun. You still have time to come play with us! Visit the Blockheads CAS Cards technique page to check out Karen's tutorial. She's been very busy too and has posted several gorgeous samples!

In addition to our current CAS Technique Challenge, this project is also part of our ongoing Blockheads gift ideas showcase. I created this set of four CAS "Thanks" note cards without using ink. I used different shades of blue Perfect Pearls and black Marvy brush marker along with a couple shades of blue cardstock. That's it! I think these turned really nice and were so super simple! I'm still in the "giving thanks" mode... not quite geared up for Christmas yet... although it'll be here before we know it!

These note cards are approximately 3-3/8" square and are blank inside. Using the largest Spellbinders Classic Squares Large die, I cut four square die cuts from blue shimmer cardstock. Using the largest Spellbinders Classic Squares Small die (which is approximately 1/4" smaller than the first one I used) I cut four more square die cuts from a different shade of blue cardstock and stamped the seahorse (from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet) to the left of center on each with Perfect Pearls Medium and brushed them with the blues from the Aged Patina, Naturals and Jewel Perfect Pearls kits. I mounted the smaller squares onto the larger squares, and then adhered the units to ivory cardstock based that I trimmed about 1/8" larger than the largest square. I colored the Thanks stamp (from the Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery stamp set) with a black Marvy water-based brush marker and stamped it in the lower right-hand corner of each. That's it! Really!

I'd love to enter these stenciled seahorse Thanks note cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; DCWV blue shimmer cardstock; blue cardstock
  • Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet
  • Aged Patina, Naturals and Jewels Perfect Pearls kits
  • Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery stamp set
  • Black Marvy water-based brush marker




Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, November 15, 2012

You're Picture Perfect

It's time to post another DT inspiration project for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #191 - Diamonds and Pearls, sponsored by The Stamping Boutique! Tracey generously let us choose whatever image we wanted to play with and I zeroed in on the adorable "Polaroid Smoochie" digi (which is on sale, by the way), as I had the perfect sentiment stamp to use and I wanted to use some retro looking Basic Grey papers that I won a while back. I'm sure you remember those nifty Polaroid cameras we had years ago! I used clear gemstones to represent diamonds and and several pearls. I also used some gorgeous ivory Wild Orchid Crafts crocheted lace and a crocheted heart that I dyed with some Perfect Pearls Mists and Fireworks craft spray ink to make the perfect shade of sparkly lime green! I made a mini rosette with my Tim Holtz die and complimented it with a swirl flourish and a couple skeleton leaves. There is even a tiny spot of Glossy Accents on Smoochie's camera lens! This was a blast and sure brought back some great memories!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock
  • Marjolaine by Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad
  • The Stamping Boutique's Polaroid Smoochie digital image
  • Copics: E000/01/33, Y00/02/21, C1/3, R00/20, BG000/11/18, G20, YG11
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey Swirl and Tilda Lace dies
  • Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes die
  • Kiwi Perfect Pearls Mists; Bamboo Leaves Fireworks craft spray ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts ivory crocheted lace and crocheted heart
  • Sentiment from the GKD "Falling For You" stamp set
  • Light green, dark green and white flat-back pearls; clear gemstones
  • Glossy Accents; skeleton leaves


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gift Ideas: Retro Thank You Cards (Green and Orange)

I'm back again with the second set of retro Thank You cards I created today as part of our ongoing Blockheads gift ideas showcase. I've had a great long weekend, having spent time with our kids and granddaughter and some quality time with hubby, and got several things accomplished. I'm loving the Fall weather and really looking forward to Thanksgiving as it's my favorite holiday. I'm always thankful for wonderful family and friends, but I was really feeling it this morning, thus the two sets of thank you cards! I am in love with the Blockheads Verses-Retro and Retro Shapes stamp sets and I did this set of Thank You cards in green and orange in memory of the avocado kitchen appliances and orange shag carpet from the 70's! LOL! Remember those color schemes?! It's truly amazing how the mind wanders! Hahahaha!

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I created four 4.25" square card bases from ivory cardstock and set them aside. I cut two 4-1/8" squares from orange cardstock and two from green cardstock. I cut four 4" squares from ivory cardstock and using the lines and blocks stamps from the Blockheads Retro Shapes stamp set, I stamped both the lines and the blocks with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink on two of the ivory squares and then stamped them again with Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink on the remaining two ivory squares. I matted each on the corresponding color cardstock, then adhered the units to the card bases. I finished them with green and orange flat-back pearls in the upper left corner. It's amazing at how fast and easy these little sets of cards work up, and I just can't brag enough about these stamp sets! If you've never stamped with Blockheads stamps, you really need to give it a whirl - they are deeply etched and you get a good impression every time! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; green and orange cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Verses-Retro and Retro Shapes stamp sets
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink
  • Green and orange flat-back pearls





Thanks so very much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie


Retro Thank You Cards (CAS)

Time sure is getting away from me these days - there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day! This was a busy long weekend and we got a lot done, but it went by so fast! Poof, it's gone and back to work tomorrow! Ughhh! ;)

With it being so close to Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) and an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness and being truly blessed, I created two sets of retro Thank You cards today using the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set. I am really digging this stamp set as well as Blockheads Retro Shapes! This first set of Thank You cards is for our CAS Technique Challenge hosted by design teammate Karen McAlpine. Come play with us! Visit the Blockheads CAS Cards technique page to check out Karen's tutorial. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post and link back to the Blockheads CAS Technique Challenge blog post by November 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

It's not a  requirement, but if you want to include the code snippet to make it a blog hop and show thumbnails of all participants' projects, use this link code:
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There's another way to take our challenge if you don't have a blog, and that is via our Facebook group! You'll need to join if you're not already a member, then all you need to do is post an image of your project on the group's wall by November 21st. The Facebook winner will get to pick out any 4" x 5" set of Blockheads stamps on cling cushion, and there are some awesome stamps to choose from!

I created four white 4.25" square card bases and set them aside. I cut four 4-1/8" squares from red cardstock and four 4" squares from white cardstock. Using one of the stamps from the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set, I stamped Thank You across the bottom of each of the four white cardstock squares with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then matted each of the stamped white squares onto a red cardstock square. I adhered the matted units to the card bases and finished them with three black flat-back pearls in the upper right corner. Super simple! And I love the red and black together! These could even be used as formal thank you notes.

Recipe:


Stay tuned for another post showcasing the other set of retro Thank You cards I made today! 

Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, November 1, 2012

So Thankful

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #189 is "Thankful", and the challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Robyn's Fetish! We were given some super cute images to play with for our DT inspiration projects and I chose the adorable Scarecrow digi for my card. The word "Thankful" is left wide open to interpretation - can be a Thanksgiving card, a thank-you card or whatever the participant interprets this word to mean to them. I really had fun with this image - I'm diggin' the burlap and thought a little hunk of it looked awesome with this image along with the red, orange, gold, green and brown Fall colors. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I've had Fall Fever for a couple months now! ;)

I'd love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory, brown and kraft cardstock; DCWV gold shimmer cardstock; yellow and green/cream dot cardstock from stash
  • Robyn's Fetish Scarecrow digital image
  • Copics: E33/39, G14/24, R27, YR 9/15/18
  • Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die
  • Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry doily die
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Filmstrip Frames die
  • Magnolia Doohickeys Swirl die
  • Sentiment from the GKD Falling For You stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and metal embellishment
  • Burlap; orange flower eyelets; twine


Photo inspiration for the November Touch Twin Challenge 


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Congratulations!!

** 10/23/12 Tuesday Alchemy Winner! **

This is my latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project, a super simple congratulations card made using a stamp from the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set, a mini butterfly die with angel wings and a border die. This card took all of about 30 minutes to make, from start to finish! I absolutely love this retro verses stamp set as well as the Blockheads retro shapes stamp set - two of my favorites - and been playing around with some coaster ideas, so stay tuned!

I made a 4.25" x 5.5" card base from kraft cardstock and rounded the upper and lower right-hand corners. I stamped "Congratulations!!" (from the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set) with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink in the lower right corner of the card base. I cut three pearl lace borders from magenta, teal and olive cardstock and adhered them together in a staggered fashion with Blockheads 1/8" red liner tape. I adhered a narrow strip of the kraft cardstock to the top of the magenta cardstock, lining up the left edge, and adhered the border unit to the left side of the card base. I had some rub-on stitches in my stash so I applied a section of the olive green with white stitching between the left edge of the card and the scalloped border. I die-cut three mini butterflies from the olive green cardstock along with three sets of angel wings from the teal cardstock and adhered them to the narrow strip of the kraft cardstock on the border. I adhered four small light brown flat-back pearls above, between and below the mini butterflies. I die-cut one additional butterfly from the magenta cardstock along with an angel wing from the teal cardstock and adhered it to the right of the border just above the sentiment.

It's amazing that just one sentiment stamp from this awesome Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set and a few die cuts created such a simple yet beautiful card! I just love it! I wish the colors were as vivid in the photo as they are in real life - I couldn't get the right lighting for some reason this afternoon; it was either too bright or not bright enough!

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


Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury kraft cardstock; magenta, teal and olive cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Blockheads 1/8" red liner tape
  • Memory Box Pearl Lace border die
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Dimensional Butterflies with Angel Wings dies
  • Rub-on stitches from stash
  • Light brown flat-back pearls


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Imagination

It's time to post another DT inspiration project for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge #187 - Buttons and Bows, sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Sentiments Designs! I chose the adorable "Flying My Kite" digi with a wonderful quote from Lauren Bacall stamped on the inside - "Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." I love this sentiment from the Taylored Expressions "In The Park" stamp set. I guess most people associate kite flying with Spring but I thought this sweet image screamed Fall for some reason! You think maybe I have Fall Fever? ;) The temps here in north Florida have been gradually dropping but the butterflies are still out in full force. We really enjoy sitting out in our screened porch watching them flutter by!

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

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock; yellow and orange cardstock from stash
  • Orange patterned paper from the Echo Park 6x6 "A Walk In The Park" paper pack
  • Crafty Sentiments Designs "Flying My Kite" digital image
  • Inside sentiment from the Taylored Expressions "In The Park" stamp set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Copics: E33/99, Y11/17, YR04, R20/24, G05
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Cuttlebug Script embossing folder
  • Burlap; brown ribbon; brown buttons



A peek at the inside...


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Maple Leaves Thank You

I wasn't home yesterday so I spent a good part of today doing laundry, reorganizing the utility closet and making a huge pot of yummy spaghetti sauce (with italian sausage, pepperoni, ground beef and black olives). I did find a few minutes, however, to scoot into the scrap room and make a Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project for our Precious Metals Leafing Technique Challenge, hosted by design team mate, Leigh Snaith-Brunton. Come play with us! You'll be amazed at how fun and easy leafing is! I used the gorgeous Blockheads Maple Leaves stamp which was just perfect for this technique! Visit the Blockheads Precious Metals Leafing technique page to check out Leigh's tutorial. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post and link back to the Precious Metals Leafing Technique Challenge blog post by October 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

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There's another way to take our challenge if you don't have a blog, and that is via our Facebook group! You'll need to join if you're not already a member, then all you need to do is post an image of your project on the group's wall by October 21st. The Facebook winner will get to pick out any 4" x 5" set of Blockheads stamps on cling cushion, and there are some awesome stamps to choose from!

I created a 4.25" x 5.5" card base and set it aside. I stamped the Maple Leaves onto a piece of deep burgundy cardstock with the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad. [It had been a while since I used the Glue Pad, so I applied some glue refill to the pad before starting.] I carefully pressed a gold leafing sheet onto the stamped image and gently rubbed it vertically and horizontally. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then removed the sheet and brushed the excess leafing off the image with a stencil brush. I trimmed the image and matted it on gold foil cardstock and again on ivory cardstock. I cut a larger piece of the burgundy cardstock, matted it on gold foil cardstock and adhered it to the card base. I adhered the matted stamped image piece onto the front (to the left of center) and applied five ivory flat-back pearls on the right of the focal image. I stamped a vertical "Thanks" sentiment (from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set) on the lower right of the inside with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, leaving room to write a special thank you note.

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; Bazzill Basics Gold Foil cardstock; deep burgundy cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Maple Leaves stamp
  • Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad
  • Mona Lisa Gold Leafing Sheets
  • Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink
  • Ivory flat-back pearls

The cardstock in my photo appears purple, but it really is burgundy and compliments the Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink (on the inside) very well!



Here's a peek at the inside, done very simply...


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, October 12, 2012

Birthday Cupcake

My granddaughter, Gigi, will turn nine on Monday and her party is tomorrow afternoon. I just don't know where the time has gone... it seems like she was born just yesterday! I was so excited when I made her birthday party invitations several weeks ago and even more excited to finish her birthday cupcake - a gift card holder decorated with paper flowers and a girly sentiment! Thanks so much to Julie P for the wonderful tutorial! Gigi's favorite color is blue and she wanted a pink birthday party, so I covered the cupcake with various shades of blue and pink flowers, and made a pink vertical belly band to hold the gift card. My favorite color is green, so I incorporated a little bit of "Grammy" into it by using the green floral paper for the wrapper. This was so much fun and I can't wait to make more! :D

I'd love to enter my Birthday Cupcake gift card holder into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; pink and green floral cardstock from stash; light pink textured cardstock from stash
  • 3" styrofoam ball, cut in half; three narrow strips of dimensional foam tape
  • Lili of the Valley Circular Sentiments
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Lacey Circles dies
  • Sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
  • Light pink satin double face ribbon
  • White flat-back pearl



Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, October 8, 2012

Gift Ideas: Seashell Coasters & Thank You Card

Here I am... back as promised with more of these addictive little coasters! Although I wound up doing a few other things around the house today, I did manage to get another Blockheads DT inspiration project done - a set of four coasters with a matching Thank You card - as part of our gift ideas showcase. I used four large round pulpboard coasters and the beautiful seashell stamps from the Blockheads Seashells w/ Rectangle Frame stamp set. These stamps are just gorgeous!

I created a 4.5" square card base for the Thank You card and set it aside. I cut a 4" square of white cardstock and got out four Blockheads Large Round Coaster blanks and lined up all five pieces. I placed all four seashell stamps from the Blockheads Seashells w/ Rectangle Frame stamp set on a large acrylic block and stamped the five pieces with VersaMagic Dew Drop Wheat ink. I cleaned the stamps and shadow stamped a second time with VersaCraft Real Black ink to create an illusion of dimension. I heat set the ink on the coasters with my heat tool and set them aside. I matted the stamped cardstock square onto a piece of wheat cardstock and then onto a piece of black cardstock, then adhered the unit to the card base. I stamped the "Thank You" sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set in the lower  left corner with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I finished the card with three black gemstones in the upper right corner.

I would like to enter my seashell coasters with matching Thank You card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Blockheads Large Round Coaster blanks
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock; wheat cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Seashells w/ Rectangle Frame stamp set
  • VersaMagic Dew Drop Wheat ink
  • VersaCraft Real Black ink
  • Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Studio 112 black gemstones


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Gift Ideas: Stencil Flower Note Cards & Coasters

My latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project is a set of four simple inspirational note cards with matching coasters. You know me... I've been dubbed the "Note Card Queen", and Blockheads carries blank pulpboard coasters to stamp on, so it didn't take long for me to come up with some gift ideas! Plus I've fallen madly in love with the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet stamp set. OMG - the stamps in this set are absolutely gorgeous! My design teammates showcased quite a few gift ideas during the month of September but unfortunately life got in the way and I wasn't able to play. But work is closed today in observance of Columbus Day and my head is reeling with more ideas, so stay tuned - I hope to have more goodies to show you today! ;)

I created four white 4.5" square card bases and set them aside. I then cut four 4" squares of white cardstock and got out four Blockheads Large Square Coaster blanks and lined all eight of them up. Using the solid background stamp from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet stamp set, I stamped the background with VersaCraft Maize ink on all eight surfaces. I then stamped the large stenciled flower from this set with VersaMagic Dew Drop Night Sky ink in the lower right corner of the stamped background on each of the eight surfaces. I stamped the large sentiments "Believe", "Wish", "Dream" and "Imagine" from the Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set with VersaMagic Dew Drop Pumpkin Spice ink in the upper left corner of the stamped backgrounds (one sentiment per card and matching coaster). I then inked the edges of all eight pieces with the same Pumpkin Spice chalk ink.

I heat set the ink on the coasters with my heat tool and set them aside. I then matted each of the four stamped squares onto navy blue cardstock and adhered each to the card bases. I finished the inside of the cards by stamping the small stenciled flower from this same Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet stamp set with VersaMagic Dew Drop Night Sky ink in the lower left corner.

I would like to enter my note cards and matching coasters into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Blockheads Large Square Coaster blanks
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; navy blue cardstock from stash 
  • Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet stamp set
  • Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set
  • VersaCraft Maize ink 
  • VersaMagic Dew Drop Night Sky ink
  • VersaMagic Dew Drop Pumpkin Spice ink


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, October 4, 2012

MEGA Blog Candy!

OMG! Check out the MEGA Blog Candy over at Bearly Mine Crafts! You won't believe Donna's generosity! This candy includes a load of stamps, dies, flowers and ribbons, plus some surprises! This amazing giveaway will run until November 30th, so hurry on over and get in on the action! ;)


Thanks for stopping by - see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rough & Tough

My GDT gig with Tuesday Alchemy comes to an end with this week's challenge. It's been great fun and I'm ever so grateful for the opportunity! This week's Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #33 - Random Word Inspiration (Blackboard, Gears, Tart) is sponsored by the wonderful Floppy Latte Designs and Craftycat957! I chose Floppy Latte's super cute "Toy Truck" digi for my card and paper pieced it with an extra layer over the wheel wells. It's just too stinkin' cute! I liked the random word "Gears" to go with this adorable little truck so I used the Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder for the background. I kept the card fairly simple so as not to obstruct the view of the gears. I have had the Rough & Tough felt cut-out in my stash for several years and it was perfect for this little boy card!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and dark gray cardstock; red and textured ivory cardstock from stash
  • Crate Paper Pretty Party 6x6 paper
  • Floppy Latte Designs "Toy Truck" digital image
  • Copic C5
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies
  • Tilda Lace die
  • Rough & Tough felt cut-out from stash
  • Black satin ribbon; black flat-back pearls



Many thanks, again, to Tuesday Alchemy for this GDT opportunity!

Thank you so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's A Party!

Woo-hoo! It was my pleasure to create the birthday party invitations for my granddaughter, Gigi, who will turn nine in several weeks. She wants a pink party! OMG - this was so much fun and I enjoyed it immensely! I used the awesome little pocket card technique gotten from my Blockheads design teammate, Barb Black (thanks once again, Barb!). These invites have a bit too much dimension to fit into an envelope, so the pocket card was perfect. They are all-girly pink and the inside features a removable card with all the party details. ;)

I recently bought the cutest set of round Calendar stamps that I just love and was dying to use, so of course, I used the Time To Celebrate one on the front with the month, date and year, along with  my fav lace background and retro diamond border (both stamped in pink), a white flourish and leaf, and gorgeous pink trellis rose. Can't forget the pink distressing on the edges, the pink gemstones and white flat-back pearls! I just love how these turned out!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; textured pink cardstock from stash
  • Lili of the Valley round Calendar stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Great Impressions Lace Background stamp
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set (diamond border)
  • Martha Stewart Pink Geranium ink
  • Ranger Spun Sugar Distress ink
  • Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace die
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Wild Orchid Crafts pearl spray, trellis rose and white flat-back pearls
  • EK Success magenta Zig ball pen



Here's a view showing the removable card with the party details...


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank You

I had this afternoon off so I headed straight to the scrap room when I got home to create another DT inspiration project for the current Blockheads Pocket Card Technique Challenge hosted by our design teammate, Barb Black. These little pocket cards are so much fun! Come on... you still have time to play with us! Visit the Blockheads Pocket Card techniques page to see Barb's tutorial. She's been busy and has several awesome samples posted on her blog!

I kept my gift card holder super simple and went for a monochromatic CAS look. I stamped the butterfly image from the Blockheads Grunge Collages stamp set with Versamark ink on Blockheads Black Glossy cardstock. I embossed the image with fine detail silver embossing powder, trimmed it down and set it aside. I cut pieces of black glossy and silver foil cardstock for the front and matted the black onto the silver. I stamped Thank You from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set with Versamark ink on a narrow piece of black glossy cardstock cut for the bottom flap, embossed it with fine detail sliver embossing powder, and mounted it onto a narrow piece of silver foil cardstock. I adhered both matted units to the cardbase and adhered the embossed butterfly image to the front, off center and slightly to the right. I affixed a vertical row of black fabric roses to the left of the focal image with Blockheads 1/8" Red Liner Tape and finished the front with several small white flat-back pearls along the left side and on each side of the sentiment on the bottom flap.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Feel better stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, centered across the top, and adhered the bottom flap to the inside of the card base with Blockheads 1/4" Red Liner Tape. Voila! ;)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Blockheads Black Glossy cardstock
  • Blockheads Grunge Collages stamp set
  • Blockheads Verses-Feel better stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Sweet Stamps fine detail silver embossing powder
  • Blockheads 1/8" and 1/4" Red Liner Tape
  • Wild Orchid Crafts fabric roses and small white flat-back pearls



Here's a peek at the inside...



Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

One cool Ghoul

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #183 is Snips and Snails, and the challenge is sponsored by the one and only Saturated Canary! I chose the super cute "Zombie Philly" digi for my card and tried to make him as scary as he could look for as stinkin' cute as he is!  I dug out some Halloween papers that I've had in my stash for a while. And I know... I used a flourish, flowers and pearls on this boy card but I just couldn't help myself! But I did die some white flowers black for the occasion!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and black cardstock; orange cardstock
  • Halloween papers from stash
  • Krista Smith's Saturated Canary "Zombie Philly" digital image
  • Copics: C1/3/5, 100, B00, YR04/15, Y17, E29/37/99
  • Ranger white distress marker
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles and Big Scalloped Rectangles dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey Leaf and Swirl dies
  • Paper Studio Stampabilities Halloween Sayings
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
  • Black Staz-On ink refill ink
  • Orange ribbon; black and orange-yellow flat-back pearls



Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Believe

I had some major fun creating this adorable little pocket card, a DT inspiration project for the current Blockheads Pocket Card Technique Challenge, hosted by our design teammate, Barb Black. Come play with us! You'll be amazed at how easy and fun this project is! Visit the Blockheads Pocket Card technique page to check out Barb's tutorial. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post and link back to the Blockheads Pocket Card Technique Challenge blog post by September 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

It's not a  requirement, but if you want to include the code snippet to make it a blog hop and show thumbnails of all participants' projects, use this link code:
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There's another way to take our challenge if you don't have a blog, and that is via our Facebook group! You'll need to join if you're not already a member, then all you need to do is post an image of your project on the group's wall by September 21st. The Facebook winner will get to pick out any 4" x 5" set of Blockheads stamps on cling cushion, and there are some awesome stamps to choose from!

I randomly lightly sponged several colors of Ranger distress inks onto the entire back side of my card base created per Barb's tutorial - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar - and then inked the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink. I stamped the diamond pattern from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set with Memento Bamboo Leaves across the bottom flap. I randomly stamped the dot pattern also from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set with Memento Pear Tart over top the sponged areas. I then used the curly-Q stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set using various Versamagic dew drops - Hint of Pesto, Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea and Mango Madness - in between the dot pattern. For the sentiment, I covered a chipboard tag with Versamark ink and Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, and then another layer of Versamark ink, Clear UTEE and some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, and while still hot, stamped "Believe" from the Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set. I adhered the tag to the front of the card and added a leaf, a couple strands of pearl spray and some WOC flowers to the left side of the tag, and eight dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls across the bottom of the tag. I adhered a piece of crochet lace across the bottom of the diamond pattern on the bottom flap with Blockheads 1/8" Red Liner Tape, and finished the card with eight tiny pink gemstones in the lower right corner just above the flap.

On the inside, I adhered two squares of textured light blue cardstock, adhered the bottom flap to the inside of the card base with Blockheads 1/4" Red Liner Tape and then inserted a Blue Mountain Arts wallet card with an awesome inspirational poem by Ashley Rice. This card will go to someone very near and dear to my heart, so the poem was just perfect! I'm also considering including a gift card of some sort (haven't decided what kind yet), as shopping is definitely good for the soul!

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

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Ranger distress inks -  Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves and Pear Tart ink
  • Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set
  • Versamagic dew drops - Hint of Pesto, Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea and Mango Madness
  • Versamark ink and Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
  • Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set
  • Bisque Liquid Pearls
  • Blockheads 1/8" and 1/4" Red Liner Tape
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and white crochet lace
  • Magnolia Doohickey leaf die
  • Tiny pink gemstones
  • Blue Mountain Arts wallet card with poem by Ashley Rice


Here's a peek at the inside. Be sure to read the poem on the wallet card - it's so awesome! :D


Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What's brewin'

It's time to post another GDT inspiration project for this week's Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #32 - Color Recipe, sponsored by the wonderful Robyn's Fetish and Scrapper's Delights! The colors in the recipe are golden brown, mustard and navy (one, two or all three of these colors) and no other colors except neutrals such as black, ivory, tan or white may be used.

I chose the elegant Robyn's Fetish "English Tea Cup" digi for my card which features a pocket on the inside that holds a tea bag. This all just came together so easily - when I saw the tea cup digi, I knew I had to create something to hold a tea bag. I had created a money holder card and a tea bag holder card last December over the holidays, using a slightly different technique, and I have to say this one is super easy (thank you, Barb Black!). I had several of these blanks already cut and scored for some other DT challenge inspiration projects, so stay tuned for some more fun using this awesome little pocket card!

I used all three colors in the recipe along with ivory. The background  is a lace background stamped in mustard seed distress ink, matted on mustard cardstock. I paper pieced my tea cup with golden brown and ivory, layered on a navy blue lacey circle. I finished it off with an ivory crochet flower with a mustard brad, and a couple flourishes to look like steam. I'm pleased with the way it turned out! ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; golden brown, mustard and navy cardstock from stash
  • Robyn's Fetish "English Tea Cup" digital image
  • Great Impressions lace background stamp
  • Ranger mustard seed distress ink
  • Spellbinders Parisian Accents and Lacey Circles dies
  • Sweet N Sassy large scallop border die
  • Blockheads 1/4" and 1/8" Tacky Red Tape
  • Sentiment from GKD "Cool Beans" stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ivory crochet flower; mustard brad; golden brown flat-back pearls




Here's a peek at the inside...



Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie