My Scrappy Friends

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bee Yourself Inspirational Mini Book

Hi everyone! I'm here this morning to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #37 - Let's Fly Away! We're being sponsored this time by the awesome Bugaboo Digi Stamps and The Stamping Chef! This is gonna be a fun one - we want to see your projects featuring something that flies - insects, planes, birds, fairies, whatever inspires you to take flight! So come play with us!

I chose the super cute Stacey Spec-Tacular digi from The Stamping Chef for my project because she looks kinda like me with my glasses on back in my younger days. I created an inspirational mini book entitled "Bee Yourself" to put on my desk at work. The bee, floral scalloped circle and blue label are stacked elements I created with pre-colored images printed on Shrinky Dink plastic. Love that stuff! ;)


The mini book is 3" square and created from one sheet of 12x12 lightweight cardstock. The spine and mats for all the pages were cut from gold metallic cardstock. Each page contains an inspirational message and embellishments. Here we have "Make Today Amazing" and "Shine On"...


"Be Positive" and "Dream Big"...


"Be True" and "Believe in You"...


"Be Joyful" and "Dream"...


And a die cut bee on the back cover.


Proud to enter my mini book into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Tan textured cardstock (old, from stash); Marco's Antique Linen ivory cardstock; Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock; GKD Chocolate Brown cardstock
  • Stacey Spec-Tacular digital image from The Stamping Chef
  • Copics: E000/33/37, R81/85, BG15
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Darcie's Vintage Trinket Clip Art
  • Small Impression Obsession Bow die
  • Bee from the Spellbinders Fanciful Flight die set
  • Blue Stampendous Dot Sparklers
  • Gemstones and flat-back pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration here to create a project featuring something that flies for our challenge this time! Be sure to check all the fun stuff in the Bugaboo Digi Stamps and The Stamping Chef online stores! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wish Big

Howdy, crafty friends! I mentioned a few weeks ago that am guest designing for Card Mania Challenges for three months, and I'm here this morning to share my inspiration project for CMC #54 - Butterflies and Bows! Come play with us - we want to see your projects with butterflies and bows! We're being sponsored this time by The Paper Shelter!

I chose the absolutely gorgeous RoseInk image along with the RoseArt paper for my project. I used my Silhoutte to fussy cut the image and to make the oval and scalloped die cuts.


I stamped the sentiment along the left side and added a butterfly trail. That butterfly is indeed part of the digital paper but it sure looks like it's about the flutter right off the card! Just beautiful!


A little closer shot of the image and that big beautiful eight-loop bow! I love my Bow-It-All!


I kept the inside fairly simple a birthday sentiment stamped on pink cardstock layered on metallic pearl cardstock.


Proud to enter my pretty birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Bozo and Mardi Gras cardstock from the DCWV Reds multi-stack; Marco's Antique Linen ivory cardstock; Marco's Venicelux pearl metallic cardstock
  • The Paper Shelter RoseInk image and RoseArt paper
  • Copics: E000/33/37, B00/02/97, Y21, BG000, R00/81/85, YG61/63
  • Wink of Stella, clear
  • GKD Birthday Greetings and Vertical Greetings stamp sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
  • Stampendous Dot Sparklers, pink and turquoise

That's it from me today - I hope you've found some inspiration to dig into your stash and create a pretty project for our Butterflies and Bows challenge! And don't forget to check out all the fun stuff The Paper Shelter has to offer! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fish Story

** 8/31/14 Top 3 Winner at Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to be guest designing for Scrapping4funChallenges during late August and early September, and proud to showcase my inspiration project for Challenge #24 - A Technique Challenge. Come play with us! As the theme suggests, this is a technique challenge so we want to see your project created with a specific technique - masking, embossing, watercolor, tearing, weaving, quilling, folding, layering, collage, etc.

I created a masculine birthday card for a co-worker using the watercolor technique for the background... one of my favorite techniques. It's so awesome to be able to create as subtle or as dynamic a background as you want with watercolors. I used eight different colors for this one - ranging from various shades of blue to various shades of green to a tiny hint of purple.


After achieving the desired watercolor effect for the background, I stamped the focal image in blank ink, colored the fish with several gray tone Copics, and added some Glossy Accents to the water ripples for a little dimension. I matted the background on some gorgeous glitter paper.


I stamped the front sentiment in black ink on a hand-cut flag, and adhered it to the front with dimensional foam pads. I also added some sequins to the front for a little sparkle... but not too sparkly for a guy! ;)


I kept the inside fairly simple with a stamped birthday sentiment and a small fisherman in the lower left corner.


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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white and charcoal gray cardstock; Ranger watercolor paper; Colorbok Glacier Springs glitter paper
  • River City Rubber Works 3 Bass stamp
  • GKD Gone Fishing stamp set (front sentiment and small fisherman inside)
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Verses-Feel Better stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: C3/5/7, B05
  • Glossy Accents
  • Nicholson Peerless Watercolors: Turquoise Blue, Butterfly Wing Blue, Alice Blue, Peacock Blue, Robin's Egg Blue, Forget-Me-Not Blue, Cobalt Blue and Amethyst
  • Darice 5mm sequins

Hope you've been inspired to create a project using a specific technique to enter in our technique challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Silhouette Fairy Note Card

** 8/25/14 Top Pick at Crafting From The Heart! **
** 9/1/14 Top Pick at Crafty Cardmakers and more! **

Hi everyone! I'm really stoked to share with you my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #36 - Anything Goes! We are being sponsored this time by the awesome Heartfelt Creations! This is a rubber/clear stamp only challenge... no digis allowed this time. So dig out your rubber or clears and come play with us! You know you love Anything Goes and you just might be the proud winner of that $25 gift certificate HC is offering for the prize!

I created a project using one of my new favorite techniques... stamping on photo paper with distress inks on an acrylic block! OMG, you gotta try this! It's amazing! I played with eight different distress inks dabbed onto one large acrylic block, spritzed with water, and then "stamped" on glossy photo paper. 

It dried fairly quickly (quicker than regular cardstock) and then I trimmed it and stamped the Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Fairy image in the center. I used a Dot Stippler and an additional distress ink on a sponge dauber to achieve the stippled background. I spritzed some homemade Perfect Pearls mist over it as the final step to give it just a little shimmer. 


This card is absolutely gorgeous in real life. This photo does not do it justice. It's very tricky photographing glossy photo paper due to the glare.

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

Recipe:
  • White cardstock from stash; GKD Tomato Soup cardstock; Paper and More Black cardstock
  • 4x6 Epson photo paper
  • Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Fairy stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ranger distress ink: Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet, Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Dot Stippler
  • Homemade Perfect Pearls mist in mini mister
  • Zva Creative gemstones

I hope you're inspired to create something for our Anything Goes challenge this time! Your project can be whatever you want, as long as it's decent and as long as you use rubber/clear stamps. Remember... no digis will be allowed this time. Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday

** 8/18/14 Winner at Crafty Cardmakers and more! **

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to be guest designing for Card Mania Challenges August through October! It's gonna be a fun three months! ;) My inspiration project for CMC #53 - Birthday Party is a very cool 6-step birthday card done in pink and green, one of my favorite color combos. Come play with us! It's been two years since Card Mania Challenges began their challenge blog! There are lots of sponsors and lots of prizes for this Birthday Party! Sponsors are Kenny K, Marianne Design, A Day For Daisies, StampArt By Kathryne, ColorInk, Meljen's Designs, Digital Delights and Sassy Studio Designs, PLUS their regular sponsor Hobbismo! How awesome is that?! :)

I created the 6-step card base using a Silhouette cut file. This is the third of three different step files that I bought about a month and a half ago... oh so much fun! I chose the gorgeous Victorian Shoe Daisies digi from Meljen's Designs as the focal image for my birthday card. I dug deep into my stash and pulled out some vintage (been in my stash a l.o.n.g. time) embellishments for the occasion - lime green letters, a pink and white polka dot bookplate and a pewter 'celebrate' charm. The only modern day items are the double-sided papers (I'm so addicted), the tag, the purse die cut and the pink Candi Minis.


I decorated the steps with the letters and embellished the tag with the bookplate. The tag hides the birthday sentiment which you'll see pulled out in the next pic.


Here's the birthday sentiment pulled out of it's little hiding place. :)


I'd love to enter this 6-step birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV lime green textured cardstock
  • Kaiser Craft confetti double-sided paper
  • Meljen's Designs Victorian Shoe Daisies digital image
  • Copics: R83/85, E37/99, YG13/63/67, BG000
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Lime green letters from stash
  • Candi Minis
  • Celebrate charm
  • Studios Blackbird burgundy twine and ribbon
  • Metal bookplate with brads
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Unity tag

I hope you're inspired to create a birthday card and come celebrate with us! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Three Faces Note Card

Hi everyone! I'm here this morning to share my latest Lost Coast Designs card sample for Linda. I used three of the face tiles from the Medium Square Tiles set, along with two cube inks and some ribbon. It doesn't get any easier than this! And so much fun! It's amazing to me how something so simple can pack such a punch! ;)

I created the background by "stamping" the Topaz cube ink (DTP) three times down the left side of the Watercolor cardstock. I gave it a few minutes to dry, then "stamped" again with the Marigold cube ink, upward and to the right of the Topaz ink. After allowing this to dry for several minutes, I stamped the three face tiles in Rhubarb Stalk ink on top of the "stamped" ink. I matted this very cool CAS background on some metallic gold cardstock and then on red cardstock.


I added a vertical plaid ribbon and double-loop bow, and adhered the unit to a white card base. I finished the card with some red Gumdrops in the lower right corner. Love, love, love! :)


I'd love to enter this 6-step birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Hammermill White cardstock; Ranger Watercolor cardstock; GKD Tomato Soup cardstock; Marco's Venicelux Metallic Gold cardstock
  • VersaColor Topaz and Marigold ink
  • Lost Coast Designs Medium Square Tiles set
  • Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink
  • Studios Blackbird ribbon
  • YNS Red Gumdrops

Be sure to visit the Lost Coast Designs online store... your stamp stash isn't complete until you have some of these stamps! They are so awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 4, 2014

You Light Up My Life

Hello, my crafty friends! I'm happy to share with you today my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #35 - Running In Circles! We're sponsored this time by the awesome Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Scribbles Designs! Come play with us! We want to see your project with circles... they can be punched, die cut, hand-cut, hand-drawn, or part of your paper!

Another one of my favorite color combos is purple and green, so I chose this very cool double-sided paper with a variety of circles - tiny dots, small dots and circle postmarks - for my love card. I also chose the cute Scribbles Designs Light Bulb image because it has several circular characteristics - it's circular when you look down from the top, it has circular wires inside and the circular threads at the base. I also added a couple sets of circular gemstones and some Dot Sparklers which are circular.

I printed the light bulb image and cut it with my Silhouette, and for the most part, left it uncolored. I did color the threads at the base of the bulb with some liquid silver paint. I had a little fun flipping the lower right corner up to reveal the sentiment and the other side of the DP, and used the Fastenater and a green fastener to secure it. And of course, you guessed it, Debby Boone's one-hit-wonder "You light up my life" ran through my head the entire time I was creating this! ;)


I finished the inside with a stamped sentiment that finishes the sentence started on the front! ;)


I'm happy to enter my lovin' you card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Marco's Wild Pansy grass cloth cardstock
  • K & Co. Jubilee double-sided paper
  • Scribbles Designs Light Bulb digital image
  • Marvy Uchida DecoColor Liquid Silver Paint
  • GKD Heartfelt Hits stamp set
  • GKD Always and Forever stamp duo
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • EK Success Fastenator
  • Stampendous Violet and Green Dot Sparklers
  • Zva Creative purple gemstones

Hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project with circles for our challenge this time! Be sure to check out the wonderful Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Scribbles Designs digis! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 28, 2014

Soar

Hi everyone! I've popped in today to share an inspirational Lost Coast Designs sample I created for Linda's paper arts show booth. I used the gorgeous Crane with Flowers stamp that I just love. The detail on this stamp is just amazing! Some believe that if you see a crane flying, it may be drawing your eyes to the heavens, lifting your spirits, and inspiring you to trust in the universe. Isn't that awesome?! :)

I kept with a simple black, white and red color scheme. I embossed the black cardstock using the Fibres Background stamp, some Versamark Dazzle and clear embossing powder, then matted it on red cardstock. I stamped the Crane in red chalk ink, fussy cut it, and adhered it to the background. 


I applied a black eyelet on each side of the Crane's wing, threaded red and white Baker's twine through the eyelets, and tied the twine in a bow. I finished the card with four mini Scrabble tiles in the lower right corner.


Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White and Cherry Red cardstock; Paper and More Black cardstock
  • Lost Coast Designs Fibres Background stamp
  • Versamark Dazzle
  • Ranger clear embossing powder
  • Lost Coast Designs Crane with Flowers stamp
  • VersaMagic Red Magic dew drop ink
  • Mini Scrabble tiles
  • Red & white Baker's twine
  • Black eyelets

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you're having a great week, and don't forget to peruse the Lost Coast Designs online store for some awesome stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy FALL

Hi everyone! I think we've had enough h.o.t. weather here in north Florida. We've had multiple days with temps over 100 degrees and I'm ready for some fall weather! ;) I'm happy to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #34 - Scheming Crafters! We're being sponsored this time by the wonderful Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Fred, She Said Designs! Come play with us! We want to see your project created with a specific color scheme in mind. Easy peasy! My Happy FALL card features a "fall season" color scheme with brown, red, orange, yellow and green.

My 5-step card base was created with a Silhouette cut file. I purchased cut files for the 4-step, 5-step and 6-step cards about a month ago and cut all three of them in one weekend. Such a unique design and so much fun! I chose the absolutely gorgeous Fallen Maple Leaf digi from Fred, She Said Designs. I printed six of them, colored them all, and fussy cut them with my Silhouette. These gorgeous papers in fall colors were in one of the new double-sided paper pads I just got.


I've had these green embroidered letters in my stash for years and they were not only the perfect color, but the perfect size for the steps on this card base.


I've also had these large green, red and brown chipboard letters in my stash almost as long as the green embroidered ones, so onto the card base they went! I embellished one of the letters with a fallen maple leaf image and another letter with a metal acorn charm.


I decorated the 'staircase' with a cluster of fallen maple leaves and a metal leaf charm. :)

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Bo Bunny Autumn Song 12x12 double-sided papers
  • Fred, She Said Fallen Maple Leaf digital image
  • Copics: E39, YG67, YR18, R27, Y15
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Green emboidered letters and large chipboard letters from stash
  • YNS gold Gumdrops
  • Embellish It acorn and leaf charms from boutique Trims

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a specific color-schemed project for our challenge this time! This one is a lot of fun! And be sure to check out all the fun digis in the Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and Fred, She Said Designs shops! There's definitely something for everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Color Block Faces Note Cards

Hi everyone! I've popped in today to share a set of four note cards I created for Linda with Lost Coast Designs. OMG, this was the most fun technique... stamping on photo paper with distress ink on an acrylic block. Super easy, yielding a most awesome result! ;) I've seen many tutorials on this technique over the last week or so, so I cannot credit just one of them. I have tried stamping with ink on an acrylic block several times over the years and have never been successful. The secret, as I learned recently, is to use photo paper! And don't use the thin stuff... use thicker good quality paper for the best results. These are gorgeous in real life and my photos don't do them justice. Trying to photograph glossy photo paper is very tricky so I only had one light on in my photo box.

I inked up my acrylic block using four different colors of Ranger distress inks, spritzed it with water in a mini mister, and "stamped" the block onto 4x6 sheets of Epson photo paper. They dried rather quickly, and then I stamped the faces in Memento Tuxedo Black, trimmed them, and matted them on black cardstock. I adhered the stamped pieces onto a plain white card base, and voila! Instant striking note cards! Love how these turned out! :)


And here they are individually... Face with Clock ...


... Face with Spiral ...


... Face with Feathers ...


and ... Face with Heart ...


Aren't these just the coolest?! As I said, these are for Linda's paper arts show booth, but I think I'm gonna have to make myself a set. ;) Or two. And maybe some for gifts. Hmmmm...

Recipe:

I do hope you're inspired to try stamping with an acrylic block on photo paper. I bet you'll be hooked! Stay tuned because you know I'm not through yet! ;) And do be sure to check the wonderful array of awesome rubber stamps in the Lost Coast Designs online store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone! Can you believe it, two posts in one day! Well, it'll probably be after midnight when I actually publish this so it'll technically be tomorrow, so never mind about two posts in one day! ;) Here's a project I created for Lee's StampTV "Stampbossing" challenge. It's a fancy fold out card that I knew as a handkerchief fold way back in the day. Yep, another fun project from the Technique Junkie's 3D and Fun Folds Paper Crafts CD. Inspiration galore!

Okay, Lee's term "Stampbossing" means stamping and embossing together. That's not something I do often, so I enjoyed the challenge. I used stamps from the GKD Spring Blessings stamp set for the stamped and embossed portions, and sentiment stamps from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. The papers I used were from the GKD Wishing You Joy 6x6 paper pack.


This card features eyelet lace, buttons and an attached belly band that's tied with pretty wrinkled ribbon. And of course, I can't forget the main focus of the challenge theme... the stamped flowers that are embossed with a Swiss Dots embossing folder. ;)


Here it's unfolding.


And the center is revealed.


A beautiful stamped sentiment with a dragonfly and gorgeous flowers.


A close-up of one of the corners, unfolded - the stamped flowers embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and some randomly stamped dragonflies embellished with clear Wink of Stella.


And here's a view of the back - more Swiss Dots embossing and the back of the attached belly band. Oh, this was fun! ;)


Proud to enter this birthday card in the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cream 12x12 paper from stash
  • GKD Wishing You Joy 6x6 papers
  • GKD Spring Blessings stamp set
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • Memento Teal Zeal
  • Copics: YG61, BG11/15
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch around the page
  • Small piece of chipboard
  • Spellbinders Framed Tags One
  • Prairie Bird Boutique teal wrinkled ribbon
  • Buttons and gemstones from stash

Well, that's it from me this evening. Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Backpack Mini Album

** 7/26/14 Top 3 Favorite at Shopping Our Stash! **
** 7/28/14 Featured Creation at Scrapping4FunChallenges! **

Hi everyone! I've been on vacation this week and have spent a good bit of time in the scrap room! And yes, I've had some inky fingers! Oh, I know, how horrible is that?! I'm chomping at the bit to share this adorable little Backpack Mini Album I created for my desk at work. I printed a number of photos to put in it but couldn't wait to share, so you'll just have to see it without the photos. It's just so stinkin' cute! :) The tutorial credit goes to the Technique Junkie's Mini Album Mania CD - it's amazing! So many fun projects!

I used some GKD limited edition Wild Orchid cardstock that I got several months ago and have been hoarding, I mean saving, for just the right project! It looks pretty awesome with the K & Co. Jubilee double-sided paper - the colors are almost an exact match.


The little pocket on the front is actually a double pocket and there is a little tag in each one! I haven't decided if I'm going to journal on them or use them for a few additional photos. Hmmmm...


And the back has little straps made of GKD ivory double-stitched ribbon.


Here's a view from the other side.


And here are the inside pages... 10 to be exact... just begging to be filled with little photos of the fam!


And last but not least, a couple close-ups showing the background stamping with the small flower stamp from the GKD Warm Spring Wishes stamp set. I used Ranger Weathered Wood distress ink on the GKD Charcoal Brown cardstock to achieve a watermark-like background so as not to detract from the vibrant patterned paper. I also used a tiny eraser to stamp little dots.



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

Recipe:
  • GKD Wild Orchid, Charcoal Brown and Ivory cardstock
  • K & Co. Jubilee and Que Sera Sera double-sided papers
  • GKD Warm Spring Wishes stamp set
  • Ranger Weathered Wood distress ink
  • GKD ivory double-stitched ribbon
  • GKD brads
  • Eyelets from stash

OMG, this was so much fun and I can definitely see more of them in my future! Wouldn't they make awesome little gifts?! Stay tuned for another fun project I'll be posting shortly. Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie