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 some talented crafters for 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!

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nuts off the family tree

Hey everybody! This week sure has flown by, lol! I hope it's been a good one for you! I'm super excited to be guest designing over at Craft Rocket Challenges and have a fun inspiration project to share with you for the Man/Boy challenge!

I was commissioned by a co-worker to create a nutty (literally) birthday card for her hubby to give to a family member. She wanted something fun and interactive so we came up with the idea of a pop-up box card. You know me and fancy folds! And I had the perfect stamps, punch and patterned paper to use for this project! ;)


Oh, this was such a fun project! I know you can see me grinning as I type this! ;) I hand-cut the trees and stamped the front of each with a hardwood background stamp to look like wood, then die cut a ton of leaves in various shades of green to attach to the branches. Then I stamped and punched eight acorns to strategically place on the trees, flaps, front and back.


 My co-worker supplied the verbiage for the sentiment which I thought was a hoot!


Here are some shots of the box from all angles. Did I mention how much fun I had?! :)


Proud to enter this fun, nutty masculine card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents Kraft cardstock, GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker Tree Love 6x6 paper
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Acorny Thank You stamp set and Hardwood background stamp, GKD Happy Birthday to You stamp set
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso ink
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Acorn Builder Punch, LifeStyle Crafts Nesting Leaves die, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die
  • Accessories: MISTI, Stampendous green Dot Sparklers

I hope you enjoyed this pop-up card and are inspired to create a masculine project for our challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, June 6, 2016

For my Dad

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and are looking at a wonderful week coming up! Prayers going out to all the folks down in central Florida who are facing hurricane weather this week. Hopefully we won't get too much of it up here in the panhandle. 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 #79 - It's A Boy Thing! We have three awesome sponsors this time - The East Wind, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and DRS Designs! Come play with us!

I created a clean and simple Father's Day card using the DRS Designs Tool Border. I really like how this turned out - it was so easy and the list of supplies is so short, it's unbelievable! Cardstock, images and ink! I LOVE it when an awesome card comes together so easily!


I printed the tool border on white cardstock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and layered it on yellow and navy blue cardstock. I affixed it to the front panel, stamped a sentiment and layered the panel on navy blue prior to adhering it to the card base.


The inside was just as easy. I adhered scrap strips of the yellow and blue cardstock from the front to the left side of the inside panel, stamped a corresponding sentiment and layered the panel on navy blue.


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Premium White cardstock, GKD Pure Luxury White, Wild Dandelion and In The Navy cardstock
  • Stamps: DRS Designs Tool Border digital image, GKD Fabulous Holiday Fillers
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- GB8, GB10, GB11, CT4, IG4, IG5
  • Accessories: MISTI

I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to create a masculine project for our challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun goodies over at The East Wind, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and DRS Designs! 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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dad, you're amazing!

Hi everyone! I'm having to re-write this blog post, as I joined the design team for a new challenge blog that abruptly closed down on 6/16/16 without any notice. Our sponsors were SheepSki Designs, Digi Papers by Lozzy and The Stamping Boutique and even though the challenge never made it to the end, I feel compelled to recognize them because they provided all of us with images and papers to create with.

I chose to work with one of the papers from the very cool 'Mixed Media Boards' from Digi Papers by Lozzy for my Father's Day card. Love, love, love these papers and I see more projects using these in my future, lol! She is one talented lady! :)


Just look at all the faux texture in this background - really makes you want to reach out and touch it! I did some complimentary stamping and die cutting, and added a fun watch piece along with some metal studs. As simple as it is, I thoroughly enjoyed putting this card together.


For the inside, I layered part of the sentiment on black cardstock for a little interest. Otherwise I kept it fairly simple.


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Black Onyx cardstock, Marco's Ivory Antique Linen cardstock, Mixed Media Boards digital paper from Digi Papers by Lozzy
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! The Open Sea stamp set, Clarity Stamp Line Writing Sentiments stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: SB Classic Circles dies
  • Accessories: Darice black foam, MISTI, Basic Grey metal studs, The Paper Studio Spare Parts watch piece

I hope you've enjoyed today's card and will check out all the fun goodies at SheepSki DesignsDigi Papers by Lozzy and The Stamping Boutique - I know you'll find something you just can't live without! ;) 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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Vera & Mabel Dancing for House of Cards Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Happy first day of June! Can you believe it?! It's already the end of the fifth term at House of Cards. Several of our designers are leaving so our lovely blog owner, Mynn, has organized an End of Term Blog Hop to bid them a fond farewell and to say thanks for all their hard work while they were with us. Isn't that awesome?! The hop will run June 1st through June 15th at noon CST.

You should have arrived here from sweet Katy's blog! If not, then you'll definitely want to head over to the HOC Blog to start from the beginning. Trust me, you don't want to miss a thing! Our DT has been busy creating some pretty awesome projects for your hopping pleasure! Be sure to leave comments at all the stops because there are hidden prizes and random drawings will be done from the blogs where prizes are hidden! And after you complete the hop, link up a project using this fabulous inspiration photo for an extra chance to win! Woot-woot! All prizes will be announced June 20th. Can't wait to see how this photo inspires you!



We have some really amazing sponsors! Here's the lineup...

Prize: Prize package

Any 3 products of choice

Prize: $25 gift certificate

Prize: 3 digital images


Let me side-track you for a minute to showcase my project. :) My inspiration came from the party theme and the colors in the inspiration photo. I used Vera & Mabel Dancing the Charleston and the Make History sentiment stamp, both from Great Impressions. I've had these stamps for about six months and when I got them out for this project, I fell madly in love with these little old ladies who remind me so much of my BFF and I. You'll be seeing more of Vera & Mabel, as I just ordered the rest of the stamps in this line, lol!


Aren't these ladies adorable?! They sure look like they're having fun! I decided on CAS for this project because I wanted all the focus on them! CAS is not easy for me because I love layers, ribbon, bows and embellishments, but I think I pulled it off fairly well with just a few stitched layers and sequins! I used some Glossy Accents on their glasses, and I also used Crystal Drops for the first time - green for the center of the flowers on their hats and white for the pearls on their jewelry. They really hold their dimension well. I think I love Crystal Drops! I hope so... I bought 28 colors, lol! ;)


I used more stitched layers on the inside and stamped an amusing sentiment to go with the dancing ladies on the front! ;)



Your next stop on the hop will be the lovely Linda's blog! Remember to leave comments as you hop for a chance at some really nice prizes!

Proud to enter these sweet little ladies into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Turquoise Sea and Innocent Pink cardstock, Marco's Silver Mirror cardstock
  • Stamps: Great Impressions Vera & Mable Dancing the Charleston and Make History stamps
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir- FS3, LY3, PP2, IG3, IG4, IG5, CR1, CR2, CR3, LG5, BT2, BT4, CG2
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers dies
  • Accessories: Glossy Accents, Woodland Green and White Crystal Drops, Doodlebug Design teal sequins

Hope you've enjoyed today's project. Don't forget to leave comments at all the blog hop stops (say that three times fast, lol) for a chance to be the random winner of a hidden prize on one of our designers' blogs! And get another chance at a sponsor prize by linking up a project using the inspiration photo! 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

Best Fishes

** 6/7/16 Winner at {PIN}spirational Challenges! **

Hello there, crafty peeps! It's time for another fun challenge over at My Crafting Stories! I'm stoked to share my DT inspiration project for Challenge #6 - Summer/Beach. Our sponsor this month is Lacy Sunshine Stamps and I hope you'll come join in the fun!

I chose the irresistible 'Molly Fishing' image for my birthday card. How stinkin' cute is she?! I just love her! I had the most fun picking out the papers, cardstock, ribbon and gemstones for this card while keeping it fairly simple. I added a pretty double loop bow made from satin Swiss Dots ribbon in my favorite color of green.


After I colored this adorable image with Spectrum Noir markers, I used a fun paper die to cut her out which I layered - and then layered again at an angle - on coordinating colors of cardstock. I'm just tickled with how cute this turned out!


For the inside, I used a couple scrap strips of the paper used on the front, stamped a sentiment, and then layered the panel on coordinating cardstock.


Proud to enter this sweet card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Wild Dandelion, Tomato Soup and Sweet Mango cardstock, patterned papers from Polly's Paper Studio
  • Stamps: Lacy Sunshine Stamps 'Molly Fishing' digi, Paper Pretties Fish Wishes stamp set, GKD Happy Birthday to You stamp set
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- TB2, TB3, IG1, IG6, IG9, CT4, LY3, DR2, CR10, FS3, FS4, FS8, BT8, GT2, GT3, TN3, TN6, TN9, LG5, PP1, EB3, EB6; Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: Paper Smooches Paper die
  • Accessories: MISTI, RRR Apple Green satin Swiss Dots ribbon, Studios Blackbird orange/black grosgrain ribbon scrap, green gemstones

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and are inspired to create something with a summer/beach theme for our challenge this month! Be sure to check out all the absolutely adorable digis created by the lovely Heather of Lacy Sunshine 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

Monday, May 30, 2016

Dance like no one is watching

We love our scrappy friends and without you all we wouldn't be here! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog Design Team is proud to bring you our "Feel The Love" Blog Hop to tell you just how much we think of each and every one of you! We're being sponsored by the amazing AuroraWings! Come hop with us for a chance to win $15 in digital images of choice! How awesome is that?!

As you hop, leave a comment at every stop! The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! A random winner will be selected from all the comments left on our designers' blogs!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating FRIENDSHIP inspiration projects for our blog hop. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up a FRIENDSHIP project for an extra entry into the drawing!

Okay, let me side-track for a moment to share my project with you. I created a shaker card and you know how I love shaker cards! I used the absolutely g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s. AuroraWings Flower Ballerina digital image. OMG. Thud. This image is stunning!


I printed the image on Ivory Antique Linen cardstock and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers and clear Wink of Stella which gave it some beautiful shimmer!


I used my Fuse Tool to create a shaker pouch and filled it with several different shades of purple sequins. Besides my big yummy signature bow, the only other embellishments are flat-back pearls.


For the inside, I layered the sentiment and added a piece of a scalloped border for a little interest.


Very happy to enter this fun shaker card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Marco's Ivory Antique Linen cardstock, GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Wild Lilac cardstock
  • Stamps: AuroraWings Flower Ballerina digital image
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- HB1, HB2, HB3, FS1, CT1
  • Dies/Punches: SB Lacy Ovals and Classic Ovals dies
  • Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, RRR Purple Nite seam binding, purple Darice foam, purple Doodlebug Design flat-back pearls, purple sequins

Now, let's get back to the blog hop! Here is the line-up:

                    Leslie (you're here)

We hope you are enjoying the hop and if you get lost along the way - or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun - head over to the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning! And don't forget... leave comments along the way, and if you link up a friendship project, you'll get an extra entry into the drawing for the AuroraWings gift certificate! ;)

Have fun hopping!

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

hello friend

** 6/6/16 Winner at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! I'm having to re-write this blog post, as I joined the design team for a new challenge blog that abruptly closed down on 6/16/16 without any notice. Our sponsors were Delicious Doodles and SheepSki Designs and even though the challenge never made it to the end, I feel compelled to recognize them because they provided all of us with images to create with.

I chose the absolutely gorgeous Monarch Butterfly digital image from Delicious Doodles to use as the focal image on my 'hello friend' card. I had a little fun with my Brusho crystals and created a splattered background using yellow, orange and red crystals on distress watercolor cardstock. Love my Brushos - they make awesome backgrounds! I layered the background piece on a coordinating color of cardstock and did a little complimentary stamping and die cutting.


I printed the butterfly image on heavy vellum, poured Sparkle embossing powder on it while the ink was still wet, and heat embossed it. I then colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and added some clear Wink of Stella to the body. This is such a pretty image and I'm really loving how this turned out! ;)


I kept the inside fairly simple, using a scrap strip of the watercolor background from the front, stamping a sentiment, and then layering the panel on some of the same cardstock used on the front.


Proud to enter this friendship card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Tomato Soup, Sweet Mango and Sweet Corn cardstock, Marco's 40# vellum, Ranger Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Stamps: Delicious Doodles Monarch Butterfly digi, WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set, Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics stamp set
  • Ink: Brushos- yellow, orange and red, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir- CT4, OR1, OR2, IG8
  • Dies/Punches: Lil Inker Designs Instant Camera die, Paper Smooches Stitched Borders die
  • Accessories: Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder, clear wink of Stella, MISTI, Doodle Bug Designs flat-back pearls

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and will check out all the fun digis at Delicious Doodles and SheepSki Designs! 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