MY SCRAPPY FRIENDS ... Thanks so much - your friendship means the world to me! :)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Business Card Easel

Hi everyone! I'm happy to share with you today another 3 Girl JAM DT inspiration project. My boss has a few business cards on her desk in a rather plain holder so I created a business card easel with a little flair to put them in. I hope she likes it! ;)

This was so much fun to make and didn't require a long list of supplies. Another Splitcoast Stampers tutorial that was showcased in a newsletter a few weeks back. I used some pretty Gold Crown hand-dyed crinkle ribbon from the Royal Bundle and some absolutely gorgeous white lace from the Simple White Lace Bundle. Unfortunately, though, the Simple White Lace Bundle is out of stock. I wish I had gotten several packages of it because I just l.o.v.e. it! But I'll link to Light & Bright Lace and Distressed Lace - these are two additional lace bundles available in the 3 Girl JAM store that would be gorgeous on any project! :)

The base is Kraft cardstock and the pretty papers are from Gina K Designs. I used a Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die to cut the decorative top border.


The lace across the top is from the Simple White Lace Bundle which is out of stock. I actually used this on two projects recently before I found out it isn't available. I used the Gold Crown ribbon from the Royal Bundle to fashion the simple yellow bow.


I created a firm 1" round disk by adhering multiple layers of Kraft and one floral on the top for the easel to rest against. You can't see in the photo, but I used a brown Wink of Stella pen to outline the flowers on the disk which gave it a little sparkle. :)


Here's a shot from the other angle. I'm really tickled with how cute this turned out - it has no stamping on it, which is a little odd for me, but I'm happy nonetheless!


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Kraft, GKD Shabby Spring 6x6 papers
  • Ink: Brown Wink of Stella pen
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
  • Accessories: 3 Girl JAM Gold Crown ribbon from Royal Bundle, 3 Girl JAM white lace from Simple White Lace Bundle, Stampin' Up! 1" Circle punch

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to stop by the 3 Girl JAM store to check out all the fun crafty goodies! There are two ways to $AVE when you shop at 3 Girl JAM this month - use code LT10 to get 10% off your entire order OR use code SEPTEMBER to add the gorgeous Hot & Cold Bundle to your regular price order for just $1.00! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sending Wishes Your Way

Hi everyone! A couple weeks ago I shared that I've been invited to guest design for Craft Your Passion during the month of August! I'm super stoked to share my second project, a birthday card I created for Challenge #276. We're being sponsored this week by Di's Digi's, and challenges here are always anything goes, so come on over and play!

I used stamps from two of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamp sets in one of my most favorite color combos of purple and green. Really and truly, I love most colors with green! ;) And we can't forget the sequins... one of my (many) favorite embellishments.


I used several dies, two to create a pretty layered butterfly with stamped inner wings and a pearl abdomen.


The other die was a chevrons die which I used to cut into the stamped background panel. I smooshed some purple and green ink on a strip of watercolor paper then spritzed it with a handmade Perfect Pearls mist, and when dry placed it behind the negative space. It's really pretty and shimmery!


I kept the inside relatively simple with a stamped sentiment on a panel layered on purple and green.


Proud to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Blackberry Bliss (#133675), Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi (#108641), Purple Core'dinations Glitter Silk, Ranger Watercolor paper scrap
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics (#137154), Stampin' Up! Papillon Potpourri (#123759)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Blackberry Bliss (#133642), Stampin' Up! Perfect Plum (#126963), Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush (#131178), Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi (#126959), Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow (#133645), Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Dies: Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits (#137360), YNS Chevrons die
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Pearl Jewels (#119247), Stampin' Up! Frosted Sequins (#135835), MISTI

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project to enter in our challenge this week! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cowabunga!

** 8/24/15 Top 5 at Crafty Cardmakers and More! **

Hi everyone! I'm absolutely thrilled to share with you my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #60 - Anything Goes! We're being sponsored this time by Pattie's Creations, Kith & Kin Stamp Co. and SLS Lines! Come play with us! We've infused another 'anything goes' challenge into the mix because we know you love 'em! ;)

I used the outrageously cool Surfer Rory digi from Kith & Kin Stamp Co. for my all occasion card. I had a good time putting this together. I pulled out a mat stack that I've had for probably 5-6 years and used three of the coordinating papers. I 'waxed' her board with a nice coat of Glossy Accents - sure wish the photo showed how good it really looks! ;)


I drew the sun. I consider myself a paper artist but can't draw worth a flip, so I was excited when my sun turned out 'okay' enough to use on this project, lol! I created the sentiment on my computer.


I created some waves (and some of them are somewhat choppy for her riding pleasure) and some sand dunes. No dunes are complete without a lobster lurking nearby, lol!


And here's the inside, which I kept fairly simple. I found a great surfer's quote online which I thought would make a great sentiment!


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Premium White, Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise, DCWV Mango Frost Mat Stack
  • Stamps: Kith & Kin Surfer Rory digital image
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- FS2, FS3, IB1, IB2, PL1, CT2, OR1, OR2, TN3, TN4, TN5
  • Dies/Punches: Paper Smooches stitched border, YNS wave border
  • Accessories: Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Fire Mountain lobster charm, peach flat-back pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create something fun for our Anything Goes challenge this time! Be sure to check out Pattie's CreationsKith & Kin Stamp Co. and SLS Lines for some awesome digital images! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, August 14, 2015

thanks much

Hi everyone! I'm happy to share with you today another 3 Girl JAM DT inspiration project. I had my scrap bin out... yes, you know, that ever-growing box full of pieces of paper and cardstock that I just can't bear to throw away. Go ahead and admit it - you have one too! ;) I wanted to create a card using up some of those scraps, and SCORE! Excluding the card base, very single paper element on this card was made from a scrap! Woot-woot!


This is a Z-fold card base. I used the Stampin' Up! Six Sided Sampler stamp set and matching punch for the hexagons which I layered onto stitched circle die cuts. I used my last piece of the absolutely gorgeous London Blue ribbon from the Wine & Jewels Bundle to create the multi-loop bow. You know how I love my big bows!


Here's the inside - the sentiment, four flags and a couple half-hexagons. I brought in several of the colors in the striped paper scrap. I added pretty little stamped/punched flowers colored with Wink of Stella to the centers of the hexagons. I'm really loving these 'scrap' elements!


And finally, here's an overhead shot - such an easy and fun fold!


Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#100702), Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz (#131301), Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Kraft (#133674)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Six Sided Sampler (#130958), Stampin' Up! Something To Say (#134180)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon (#133644), Stampin' Up! Coastal Cabana (#131175), Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz (#131180)
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Hexagon punch (#130919), Stampin' Up! Flower Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787), Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers
  • Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, Stampin' Up! Pearl Jewels (#119247)

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to stop by the 3 Girl JAM store to check out all the fun crafty goodies! There are two ways to $AVE when you shop at 3 Girl JAM this month - use code LT10 to get 10% off your entire order OR use code AUGUST to add the gorgeous Caribbean Splash Bundle to your regular price order for just $1.00! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 10, 2015

I Heart You

Hello there, my crafty friends! I'm totally ecstatic to have been invited to guest design for Craft Your Passion during the month of August! I'm happy to share the project I created for Challenge #274. CYP challenges are always anything goes, so come play with us! We're being sponsored this week by the amazing AuroraWings!

I'm still enjoying my fancy folds and created an inverted gate fold card for a good friend I used to work with who has moved down south. She's one of those friends that I feel like I've known forever. I chose the Whimsical Seahorse image for this card as I think it suits her perfectly!


This was a delightful image to color. I used turquoise, purple and pink shades of Spectrum Noir markers and blended the colors with a light gray, then added clear Wink of Stella to the entire image. I placed several white glittered gumdrops to look like bubbles. I used the last metal corner in my stash. I guess I need to go shopping, lol!


I added dots of Glossy Accents on the head, body and wings for a little dimension and interest, and stamped the sentiment in the lower left corner.


Here is the card opened up a bit. I created the watercolor panels on the sides by patting several colors of ink on my craft mat, spritzing them with a homemade Perfect Pearls mist, and smooshing the watercolor paper through the puddles. I stamped the 'friend' sentiment vertically on the right side.


I used an edge punch to simulate smooth waves on the bottom pieces of each panel, then randomly placed sequins on each side.


Here's a top view. Such a fun fold! ;)


Happy to enter this fancy fold card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay (#131197), Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry (#115316), Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! Best Year Ever DSP (#138633)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! And Many More (#134276)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy (#126970), Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry (#126950), Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay (#131171); Spectrum Noir- BT4, TB3, PP2, IB1, IG2
  • Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, Flonzcraft metal corner, YNS white Glittered Gumdrops, MS Footlights edge punch, Glossy Accents, homemade Perfect Pearls Mist, Stampin' Up! In Color Sequin Assortment (#133631)

I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to enter our challenge this week! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, August 7, 2015

You Made My Day

Hey, everybody! I have some more fun news to share - I've been invited to guest design for Scrapping4fun Challenges again! My whimsical 29th birthday card was featured several weeks ago so Rachelle invited me to guest in Challenge #48 - Anything Goes + Washi Tape! I'm very excited to share my project with you! ;)

I used Stampin' Up! papers, stamp sets and ink for my file folder card, with the feature stamping being the washi tape stamped on vellum. I'm in love with these file folder cards and they are so easy - made with the envelope punch board!


I staggered the different colors and patterns of washi tape across the front and affixed a double-layer of stitched die cuts in coordinating colors on the edge with a vertical sentiment. And here's a tip - the best way to glue vellum is to run it through the Xyron which makes the adhesive virtually invisible. My Xyron was one of the first 'tools' I bought years ago when I started cardmaking and I've never regretted the purchase!


I randomly placed a few round sequins on the front and stamped the 'friend' sentiment on the rear tab of the file folder.


And here's the inside - another couple stitched die cuts, thank you sentiment and two tiny heart sequins. I just love how this turned out!


Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz (#131301), Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon (#133679), Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! All Is Calm DSP (#135823), white vellum
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Tape It (#130715), Stampin' Up! And Many More (#134276), Stampin' Up! Something To Say (#134180)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz (#131180), Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon (#133644), Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate (#131179)
  • Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Rectangles
  • Accessories: MISTI, Xyron Creative Station, Stampin' Up! In Color Sequin Assortment

I hope you've found a little inspiration and will consider getting out your washi tape to create a project for our challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #59 - WOW, It's White on White! We're being sponsored this time by Fred, She Said Designs, Lemon Shortbread Digi Stamps & Pages, and Lacy Sunshine Stamps! Come play with us! We want to see your all-white projects - only the image can be colored and we'd love to see multiple white layers and white embellishments! Fun, fun, fun! ;)

I chose the uber cool 80's City Chic Fashion Girl by Lemon Shortbread for my birthday card. I colored this awesome image with my Spectrum Noir markers in one of my favorite color combos of green and purple.


I have a total of four white layers and used a punch, a couple stitched dies, some pretty white ribbon with a multi-loop bow, and white pearls. I used a new stamp set that really compliments this image!


I kept the inside relatively simple with a stamped sentiment and a white Cityscape die cut along the bottom.


Proud to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Premium White
  • Stamps: Simons Says Birthday Messages
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir- FS2, FS3, LG2, LG3, TN3, TN4, HB1, HB3, IG1
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Cityscape Nightline, My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles Stax Die-namics, MS Eyelet Lace punch
  • Accessories: White flat-back pearls, white organdy ribbon, MISTI

I hope you're inspired to create a white-on-white project to enter in our challenge this time! And don't forget to check out all the fun images at the Fred, She Said DesignsLemon Shortbread Digi Stamps & Pages, and Lacy Sunshine Stamps stores! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, August 1, 2015

so many smiles...

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at 3 Girl JAM! I'm super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for our August Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge! Come play with us! You could be the proud winner of a $15 gift certificate to the 3 Girl JAM store! Before I get to my project, let me tell you about this month's special offer - with any regular price purchase made in August, you can add the amazing Caribbean Splash Bundle (Coral Crush and Aqua Splash) to your cart for just $1.00! Yep, you read that right... $1.00! Use the code AUGUST to take advantage of this awesome deal!

I'm still diggin' my fancy folds and found some tutorials for a couple different sized shutter cards. This one is 4" square. I used the gorgeous denim crinkle ribbon from the Saturday Morning Bundle which looks just beautiful with this patterned paper! Love, love, love these colors!


The front of this card is a gate fold and of course it had to have my big signature bow! ;) I stamped the sentiment on a fish tail banner and made it several layers thick so it would be sturdy enough to hold a thin magnet closure. I added a simple stamped flower punched with it's coordinating punch.


Here are some progressive shots showing the gate opening along with the shutter to reveal the inside sentiment.


This is my new favorite fold! I know... I say that about every one I make, lol! I really would have a difficult time picking a true favorite - I've made a lot of cool fancy folds over the past several months.


Proud to enter this fun card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Suede (#115318), Stampin' Up! Marina Mist (#119682), Stampin' Up! English Garden DSP (#138440)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Petite Pairs (#122497), Stampin' Up! Something To Say (#134180)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Marina Mist (#126962)
  • Punches/Dies: Stampin' Up! 2" Circle Punch (#133782), Stampin' Up! 2-1/2" Circle Punch (#120906), small flower punch from the Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (#133787), Stampin' Up! Triple Banner Punch (#138292)
  • Accessories: Doodle Bug Designs Sprinkles Blue Jean assortment, Stampin' Up@ Basic Pearl Jewels (#119247)

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project for our Anything Goes with Ribbon challenge this month! And I do hope you'll stop by the 3 Girl JAM store to check out the wonderful array of fun crafty goodies and take advantage of the August special! Thanks so much for stopping by today! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Better With Age

** 8/15/15 Top 5 at House of Cards! **

Hello, all my crafty friends! I've some great news to share today... I've been invited to guest design with Crafting by Designs for the month of August! Woot-woot! How cool is that?! Come play with us in our August Anything Goes challenge!

As you have undoubtedly seen in many blog posts over the last couple months, I'm a fancy fold fiend.  ;) I made my first-ever teepee card for this challenge and I absolutely loved creating it! I've seen quite a few of them around blogland over the years and always thought they looked complicated. Well, NOT - they are super easy and sure pack a powerful punch!


I used three coordinating papers and a stamp duo from Gina K Designs. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir, cut out with a stitched circle die and layered on a slightly larger stitched circle die. I added a few tiny gemstones for a little interest. Love the sentiment - "Like a fine wine, our friendship gets better with age."


I outlined the entire image with a clear Wink of Stella pen which really makes it sparkle.


Here's the second side - more gorgeous paper and flat-back pearls.


And finally, here is a view of the third side. I just love these papers!


This teepee card unsnaps (I used a thin magnet closure) and folds flat for mailing. Love, love, love!


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Powder Blue and Navy; Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow (#133676); GKD Floral Essentials 6x6 paper pack
  • Stamps: GKD Better With Age stamp duo
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Spectrum Noir- DG2, DG3, TB2, TB4
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circles dies
  • Accessories: Wink of Stella clear pen, blue gemstones, white flat-back pearls, 1/2" magnet

I hope you've found some inspiration to play in our August Anything Goes challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, July 25, 2015

You are amazingly amazing

Hi everyone! A couple weeks ago I shared some good news about having been invited to guest design with Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog during the month of July. I'm super stoked to share my second inspirational project this month - this one for the Midway Motivation Post for Challenge #41 - Pretty Petals! Come play with us! We want to see your project with some pretty petals!

You know I'm a huge sucker for fancy folds and made two tunnel cards a couple weekends ago using some gorgeous Stampin' Up! stamps, paper, inks and embellishments. This floral paper is absolutely gorgeous and I knew it would make a beautiful project for this Pretty Petals challenge!


I stamped this amazing sentiment on a layered panel on the front and embellished it with some sequins and a Simply Pressed Clay button and several loops of silver thread. I stained the button with Eucalyptus walnut stain.


I cut an oval aperture in the center portion of the 'tunnel' and layered some of the floral paper on each side of it. I had some silver embossed corner stickers in my stash which I affixed to each corner of the center portion for a little interest.


I stamped some flowers and a sentiment on the inside which are seen through the aperture.


Here's a top view of the tunnel construction. I just love this fold and am really happy with how this turned out! I definitely see more of these in my future, lol!


Proud to enter this thank you card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#100702), Stampin' Up! Whisper White (#100730), Stampin' Up! English Garden Designer Series Paper (#138440)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Painted Petals (#137146)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Old Olive (#126953), Stampin' Up! Mossy Meadow (#133645), Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride (#131172), Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe (#131176), Stampin' Up! Soft Suede (#126978)
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Classic Ovals die
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay (#130685), Stampin' Up! Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Molds (#131272), Stampin' Up! Frosted Sequins (#135835), Tsukineko Eucalyptus walnut ink

I hope you've enjoyed this project and have found some inspiration to create a fun project for our Pretty Petals challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie