My Scrappy Friends

Monday, August 18, 2014

Silhouette Fairy Note Card

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.

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Best Wishes

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to share another Lost Coast Designs DT inspiration project for Challenge #2 - Use Only Blue and Green. If you have any Lost Coast Designs stamps, you really need to come play with us! Blue and green makes an awesome color combo and is one my all-time favorites! And you could be the next proud winner of a $10 gift certificate to the Lost Coast Designs online store! What are you waiting for?!

My sister had given me several tall kraft cards with envelopes a while back, so I used one of them for this card. The inked background is a kraft bookmark. I have to say that creating a background is most times as much fun (or more fun) than creating the card itself. Judging by the amount of ink I had on my fingers, most would agree that I had lots of fun creating this one!

Using the DTP technique, I applied VersaMagic Night Sky and Aloe Vera inks, along with some Memento Summer Sky ink, in random fashion, covering the kraft bookmark. I stamped the Lost Coast Designs Cheesecloth Background in Memento Espresso Truffle ink over top the blue and green inks. I then stamped the Lost Coast Designs Corner Swirl in Memento Danube Blue ink in random fashion over top the inks and the background stamp.


Again using the DTP technique, I pressed a Memories Metallic Green cube ink pad down the center of the background piece to create diamond shapes, going off each end. I used a Liquid Gold paint pen to apply tiny dots around each diamond. I just got a package of the coolest little embellishments called Candi Minis at StampFest in Orlando and hadn't used them yet, so I opened the package and applied some green and blue ones to the centers of the diamond shapes. They look so neat!


I matted a large piece of blue cardstock and the inked piece on gold metallic cardstock. I adhered the inked background piece onto the matted blue cardstock, and then wrapped some green twine around the lower portion of the matted blue cardstock. I embossed the Best Wishes sentiment from Lost Coast Designs Party Words in gold and cut it with a SB die, then affixed it over top of the twine. I then adhered the entire unit to the kraft card base.


For the inside, I adhered a long strip of the blue cardstock onto a slightly wider strip of the Metallic Gold cardstock, and adhered them to the left side along with two green Candi Minis. I stamped the vertical birthday sentiment (also from Lost Coast Designs Party Words) just to the right of the decorative strip. You can just barely see it, but I covered the flap of the envelope with a piece of the blue cardstock so it matches the card.


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

Recipe:
  • 8.5" x 3.5" kraft card with envelope
  • Canvas Corp 6" x 2" kraft bookmark
  • Marco's Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock; royal blue cardstock from stash
  • Lost Coast Designs Cheesecloth Background stamp
  • Lost Coast Designs Corner Swirl stamp
  • VersaMagic Night Sky andAloe Vera inks
  • Memento Summer Sky ink
  • Memento Espresso Truffle ink
  • Memento Danube Blue ink
  • Memories Metallic Green ink
  • Lost Coast Designs Party Words
  • Versamark
  • Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing powder
  • Studios Blackbird green twine
  • Candi Minis

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this project as much as I enjoyed creating it! I had such a good time! And of course, it helps to have some of the most awesome stamps around... from Lost Coast Designs! Be sure to check them out! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Believe

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share my Lost Coast Designs DT inspiration project for Challenge #2 - Use Only Blue and Green. If you own any Lost Coast Designs stamps, dig out your blue and green crafty stuff and come play with us! You could be the next winner of a $10 Lost Coast Designs gift certificate! Pretty awesome, huh?! ;)

Blue and green is one of my favorite color combos, and I'm tickled that this color scheme was chosen for our challenge this month! I have tons of blue and green paper in my stash, but I was really drawn to this pretty vintage floral paper which I matted on navy cardstock. I stamped the Believe sentiment in the lower right corner in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


I stamped the large butterfly, cut it with my Silhouette, colored it with a few Copics, then added some Sakura Stardust pen to the veins in the wings. I added some gorgeous navy wrinkled ribbon and a quad-loop bow, along with some blue sequins, then attached the entire piece to the card base.


This is a note card, so I left the inside blank. I used some coordinating vintage striped paper matted on navy down the left side.


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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory and navy cardstock
  • K & Co. Blue Awning double sided paper
  • Lost Coast Designs Butterfly Set
  • Lost Coast Designs Wish Wisdom Grow Believe Dictionary Words
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: YG61/67, C5, B91/97
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Prairie Bird Boutique navy wrinkled ribbon
  • Darice sequns
  • Zva Creative gemstones

I hope you have been inspired to create a blue and green project for our challenge this month! Remember, you need to use a Lost Coast Designs stamp to qualify for the prize, so be sure to check out all the wonderful Lost Coast Designs stamps... they don't disappoint! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 7, 2014

Shop Til You Drop

** 7/9/14 Winner at Word Art Wednesday! **

Good morning, everyone! It's very rare that I don't have my posts done in advance but this long weekend got away from me! I got the challenge blog post done but sure forgot to do mine! I'm super stoked to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #33 - Anything Goes! We're being sponsored this time by the wonderful Eureka Stamps and A Day For Daisies! Come play with us! We know you love you some Anything Goes! ;)

I had birthday in mind when I started creating, but this card could really be used for any occasion that deserves a celebration and a chance for a girl to shop! I embellished the front with a Graphics 45 die cut, a yellow skeleton leaf and a flower that matches the letters used on the steps inside.


I absolutely love this design! I bought Silhouette cut files for 4-step, 5-step and 6-step cards a couple weekends ago and had a ball cutting them all out in gorgeous new double-sided papers! And what a snap they are to put together! So much fun!


I chose the gorgeous Fashion Bags digi as the focal image which I colored to match the floral paper. I used some letters from my stash and embellished the "o" with a tiny penny charm! So cute!


I mounted the Fashion Bags image on a black "Almost Leather" die cut matted on gold mirror cardstock. And then I gave her a pretty little gold purse!


I created a flag above and below the diagonal stamped sentiment, and embellished them with some red gumdrops.


I added boot and purse die cuts (thanks to my big sis for these) which I lightly embellished with some clear Wink of Stella for just a little zing!


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

Recipe:
  • Kaiser Crafts The Looking Glass double-sided paper
  • A Day For Daisies Fashion Bags digital image
  • Copics: YG91/93, BG11, E00, R22/24, Y21, YR04
  • Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die
  • Commotion Almost Leather
  • Marco's Gold Mirror cardstock
  • Inside sentiment from the YNS Shop Til You Drop stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • YNS red Gumdrops
  • Purse charm; penny charm
  • Yellow letters & flower from stash
  • Boot and purse die cuts
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Front sentiment from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Collection
  • Yellow skeleton leaf
  • Stampendous red Dot Sparklers

Hope you've found a little inspiration to create something for our Anything Goes challenge this week! Be sure to visit Eureka Stamps and A Day For Daisies to check out all their fun stamps! They literally have something for everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie