Saturday, April 28, 2012

Foxtail Note Card

I created another Blockheads DT inspiration project today for the current Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Emboss Resist Technique Blog Hop! Come play with us! Visit the Blockheads Emboss Resist Technique page to see design teammate Colleen's tutorial for creating a colorful background over top of an embossed image that remains clear. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post that includes the link code below (this creates links to other participants) and submit your URL. To be fair to all participants, links that don't include the code will be removed. Be sure to submit your URL by May 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

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

I cut my card base from ivory cardstock. I chose the foxtail and text block image from the Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set and stamped it with Versamark on a smaller piece of ivory cardstock. I embossed it with Ranger clear embossing powder and then sponged three  Ranger distress inks over top of the embossed image, starting with Rusty Hinge at the top, then Wild Honey in the center and then Dried Marigold at the bottom. I sprayed the inked image with water and a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of Pewter Perfect Pearls in a mini mister, and blotted it with a wadded up paper towel, then hit it with the heat tool for a few seconds to dry it. I cut and embossed the image with a Spellbinders classic squares die and then inked all four edges heavily with the Rusty Hinge distress ink. I matted the focal image on a piece of Bazzill Basics gold foil cardstock cut with a slightly larger SB classic squares die. I then matted both of these pieces onto a piece of textured mustard cardstock cut with a SB postage stamp die. I went back to the card base and inked it DTP with Ranger Wild Honey distress ink. I used the swirl stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set and randomly stamped it around the edges with the Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink, turning the stamp each time it touched down. I gave it a few minutes to dry, then mounted the matted focal image to the card base. That's it! I left the inside blank, as this is a note card. I can't believe I created a card with no bling! :)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Bazzill Basics gold foil cardstock; textured mustard cardstock
  • Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set
  • Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set
  • Ranger clear embossing powder
  • Ranger distress inks:  Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and  Dried Marigold
  • Spellbinders classic squares and postage stamp dies



As I mentioned in my other Blockheads Emboss Resist project post, this particular stamp set is wonderful for this technique! :D

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


If you worried about falling off the bike,

...you'd never get on
      ~Lance Armstrong

How true is that?! It's been a while since I created a card specifically to enter into some challenges, so I spent the day in the scrap room while hubby was off to Georgia to some sort of RC event with his buddies. Yes, he actually took a day off! I cannot remember the last time he took a day off! I didn't go so I could stay home and scrap! :) This card ended up totally different than the way it started. Ever switch gears in the middle of a creative spark? All the stamping and distressing were done with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and a felt square. I've never distressed any edges like this before (another experiment) but it came out kind of feathery-looking and cool. I created my own background with square die cuts (yes, each one individually cut and embossed with a Spellbinders die) embossed and stamped with faded background text. I embossed the bicycle with ivory embossing powder. I couldn't decide if I should spray the ivory ribbon with walnut ink and ended up just leaving it alone. I left the inside blank to write a note. This is definitely unique!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:



Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and brown cardstock
  • Stampabilities faded background text stamp
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Bicycle and sentiment from the Taylored Expressions 'In The Park' stamp set
  • Versamark; ivory embossing powder
  • Spellbinders classic squares, lacey circles and ribbon banners dies
  • Want2Scrap LeCreme flat-back pearls; ivory organza ribbon



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

hugs inside

Black, white and touch of one other color. The 2 Sisters Challenge #89 - Color Challenge this week is sponsored by The Digi Garden. Come play with us! I love color challenges and the digis provided for us to play with this week are totally adorable! I used the "Lucy" digi image to create my first DT inspiration project this week - a note card that's blank inside. These Digi Garden images are so soft and sweet and fun to work with. I paper-pieced her dress that I embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and gave her some black patent shoes that I colored with a black Sakura gel pen. My touch of one other color was her strawberry blonde hair. I adhered a gorgeous handmade black inked flower from The Crafting Boutique to the center of the bow.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock; textured white cardstock
  • "Lucy" digital image from The Digi Garden
  • Copics: YR15, E00, E11
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Number Collage embossing folders
  • Spellbinders classic rectangles, big scalloped rectangles and grommet tags dies
  • Sentiment from Blockheads-Special Delivery stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Handmade black inked flower from The Crafting Boutique; American Crafts black and white striped ribbon; Want2Scrap white flat-back pearls


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

Friday, April 27, 2012

feel better soon

My latest Blockheads DT inspiration project is one I created for the current Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Emboss Resist Technique Blog Hop! Come play with us! This technique is so much fun and super easy to do. My friend and design teammate, Colleen Dietrich, is hosting this challenge and has created a gorgeous sample! We are bidding a sad farewell to Colleen, as this is her last Blockheads Design Team project. She's decided to leave us to pursue other DT work. We will certainly miss her! :)

Visit the Blockheads Emboss Resist Technique page to see Colleen's tutorial for creating a colorful background over top of an embossed image that remains clear. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post that includes the link code below (this creates links to other participants) and submit your URL. To be fair to all participants, links that don't include the code will be removed. Be sure to submit your URL by May 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

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

I used one of the gorgeous flower stamps from the Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set as the main image and the sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set, and then created a colorful "chunky sponged" background over top of it using four Ranger distress inks. Love it! I cut my card base from kraft cardstock. I chose the largest flower from the Botanical Silhouettes stamp set and stamped it with Versamark on ivory cardstock. I embossed it with Ranger clear embossing powder. I randomly sponged Faded Jeans, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord distress inks over top of the embossed flower, being sure to sponge some spots lighter than others and being sure to go off the edges, then I used Antique Linen distress ink to fill in any gaps between the colors. I inked the edges with each corresponding color of ink. Once I was satisfied with the coloring and the ink was dry, I wiped the embossed flower with a paper towel to remove any residual ink. I then mounted this focal image piece onto a slightly larger piece of ivory cardstock, then mounted both onto a slightly larger piece of medium purple cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card base with the Dusty Concord distress ink and adhered the entire matted focal image piece onto the card base, centered above the sentiment. I finished the card with three medium flat-back pearls on the lower left and five tiny matching flat-back pearls on the upper right. I left the inside blank to write a note.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and kraft cardstock; medium purple cardstock
  • Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set
  • Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set
  • Ranger clear embossing powder
  • Ranger distress inks:  Faded Jeans,  Victorian Velvet,  Dusty Concord and  Antique Linen
  • Want2Scrap LeCreme flat-back pearls



I have another emboss resist project started using another stamp from the awesome Blockheads Botanical Silhouettes stamp set which I will post in a day or two. I have to tell you that the stamps in this set are perfect to do this technique, as the images are "beefy" and emboss very well which makes them stand out once you sponge your background! :)

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


Liebster Blog Award


OMG! I am so very honored to have been given the Liebster Blog Award by Joann Burton of Sassy Raggedy! Thank you so much, Joann, for passing this wonderful award to me and my blog! This award is very touching for several reasons. Even though I've been crafting and scrapbooking for 40 years, and making cards for a little over 17 years, I'm a relatively new blogger, rubber-stamper and Copics fanatic - since July of last year. To be honest, I am a very private person and struggled with the idea of blogging for quite a while before I finally talked myself into giving it a try. I had another website where I started blogging but it wasn't getting much traffic, so after about two months of blogging on there, I decided to transfer the posts over to Blogger and created Love To Scrap! in September 2011.

My first blog post on Blogger was on September 15, 2011 and I have to say that I really, really enjoy blogging and wonder why I waited so long! I love giving back some of the inspiration that I've gotten along the way from looking at the amazing work of fellow crafters. I've met quite a few new friends in this relatively short amount of time, Joann Burton (a.k.a. Sassy Raggedy) being one of them! :)

I have seen the Liebster Blog Award posted on several blogs but didn't really know what it was all about. As explained by Joann:
The Liebster Blog Award is passed on to inspirational blogs with less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning "dearest" or "favorite" and the tradition is to pass the Award on to five other blogs that have encouraged, inspired and motivated. 


To accept the Award, the recipients are asked to do the following:

  • Thank the person who gave you the Award on your blog
  • Link back to their blog on your blog
  • Post the Award to your blog
  • Pass the Award on to five of your most valued blogs with less than 200 followers
  • Leave a comment on those five blogs to let them know you've chosen them for the Award


I would like to pass the Liebster Blog Award on to the following five of my favorite blogs (names in alphabetical order because I'm OCD that way):
  • Celine of Celine's Creaties - Celine's creations are amazing and she is truly a paper artist
  • Connie of Connie's Crafty Closet - Connie uses her Cricut quite a bit and creates some very awesome and unique projects
  • Katrina (a.k.a. Flutterby Trina) of Creations By A Butterfly - Katrina works with a lot of digis and her coloring is fabulous
  • Kozmik of Kozmikz Kardz - Kozmik has a unique style and her cards are absolutely gorgeous
  • Rebecca of Sydney's Sentiments - Rebecca is super talented and it really shows in her projects 
I hope each of these talented ladies don't mind that I occasionally stalk their blogs! At least I do it quietly! :) And I hope they each accept the Liebster Blog Award that I have passed on to them. This is really quite an honor for me and once again - thank you, Joann, from the bottom of my heart! I'm grateful for our new-found friendship!

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Love Ewe!

This is my second DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #88 - Use A Digi, sponsored by the wonderful Robyn's Fetish and Di's Digi Downloads! I chose the "Love Ewe" digi from Robyn's Fetish for my card and appropriately used the same name for the sentiment. I just love how it turned out! I combined silver and gray with ivory because of the interesting combo of colors in the smaller matted background piece from my granddaughter's DCWV All Dressed Up matstack. I made the larger background piece by spraying Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist onto the Mini Cubist Crafter's Workshop Template. Both pieces are matted on DCWV silver shimmer cardstock. I made a mini bouquet of flowers, a couple of which are handmade from The Crafting Boutique, one handmade by me, one stamped and two others from my stash, then I stuck a handmade hatpin through the bouquet.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; DCWV silver shimmer cardstock and All Dressed Up matstack
  • Robyn's Fetish "Love Ewe" digital image
  • Copics: C1, C3, C5, RV23, E11, E35, G14
  • Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist
  • Mini Cubist Crafter's Workshop Template
  • Spellbinders classic ovals, lacey ovals and Ribbon Banners dies
  • Ranger Weathered Wood distress ink
  • Two black inked handmade flowers from The Crafting Boutique sprayed with Pewter Perfect Pearls, one rolled flower I made from the silver shimmer cardstock, one Petaloo Color Me Crazy flower stamped with the Stampabilities faded texture background stamp, one pink ribbon rose and one felt flower sprayed with Pewter Perfect Pearls
  • Silver brads; ivory lace; handmade hatpin; black flat-back pearl; gray gemstone


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

Monday, April 23, 2012

my friend

What a lucky girl I am! Tammy Ortiz left a comment on my blog several days ago and asked me to guest design for her upcoming challenge! The theme for Tammy's Scrappin Corner Weekly Challenge #7 is "Anything Goes" but with a twist - show us a critter! Come play with us! The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the awesome Whimsy Stamps! My mojo was rockin' and I was in a CAS kind of mood so I created a very simple black and white card with a gold embossed leaves focal image and a gorgeous light green, aqua and dark blue butterfly perched on the corner of the focal image. I used a gold butterfly Dazzles, and since my focal image was gold embossed, it was just too much "gold", so I colored it with a black Copic marker. After it was dry, I adhered it to a piece of clear acetate and colored the wings on the back side with Bic Mark-It markers, then cut it out. My inspiration was the Cricut cartridge called "Create a Critter" which includes a butterfly among many other critters. I love the way it turned out! ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock
  • GKD Autumn Leaves stamp set
  • Versamark; gold embossing powder
  • Butterfly Dazzles; black Copic marker
  • Light green, aqua and dark blue Bic Mark-It markers



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

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friends are flowers in the garden of life

Okay, Blogger has gone to their new format - just as I finally got comfortable with the old format! We are definitely on the downhill slide to the end of April... sure is hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. It's time once again to post my first DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sister's Challenge #88 - Use A Digi, sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and Di's Digi Downloads! Come play with us! I chose the adorable Robyn's Fetish "Heloise Garden Gal" digi for my card, as she reminded me of a friend I used to work with who loves working outside in her flower beds. I made the shimmery background by spraying Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls Mist onto the Mini Flutterby Crafter's Workshop Template. I also sprayed Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist onto a couple Petaloo flowers and then stamped them. Kind of neat!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; light blue textured cardstock; silver mirror cardstock
  • Green woven-texture patterned paper
  • Robyn's Fetish "Heloise Garden Gal" digital image
  • Copics: E00, E11, E35, YR09, Y15, B91, B95, G24, YG11, R23, R25
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and Ribbon Tag Trio Two dies
  • Sentiment from GKD Friends Are Flowers stamp duo
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Mini Flutterby Crafter's Workshop Template
  • Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers - smaller one stamped with a square stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set and the larger one stamped with the Stampabilities background faded text stamp
  • Perfect Pearls Mist in Blue Smoke and Sunflower Sparkle
  • Blue crushed velvet ribbon; ivory lace; orange brads; green flat-back pearls


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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cinderella is proof...

...that shoes can change your life! Seems like I'm on a roll with shoes these days! :) This week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #161 - Sketch, is sponsored by the fabulous Digi Doodle Shop! Come play with us! I chose one of the pumps from the adorable "Fun With Shoes" digi collection and did a little paper piecing with some animal print - leopard and zebra! Woo-hoo! What a blast this was, and what a fun sketch. I love sketches because they always make the card go together so much easier, it seems.

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; textured black cardstock; light gray cardstock
  • Leopard and zebra animal print paper; white handmade paper
  • A pump from the Digi Doodle Shop's "Fun With Shoes" digi collection
  • Sentiment from the GKD You've Got Style stamp set
  • Spellbinders classic squares, lacey squares and petite scalloped dies
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog inks
  • Frosted lace Stickles; black flat-back pearls




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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Get Well Soon

Here is my second DT inspiration project for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge - Flowers, sponsored by the fabulous Digi Doodle Shop! Come play with us! I really enjoyed making this card, as each piece is distressed which I thought went well with the rustic look of the old fence and wagon wheel on this beautiful "Country Flowers" digi I chose. I dug out another Martha Stewart punch that I haven't used in a while - Flower Shower.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and sweet mango cardstock; brown and orange/patterned double-sided cardstock
  • Digi Doodle Shop's "Country Flowers" digital image
  • Copics: E35, E37, E29, G24, C5, YR15, YR18
  • Spellbinders big scalloped squares dies
  • Ranger walnut stain distress ink
  • Sentiment from Blockheads Verses-Feel Better
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border punches (large and small)
  • MS Flower Shower punch
  • Queen & Co. Rox Ice Chocolate Delight
  • Twine


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

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Embossed Flip Flop

I know, I know... I'll stop after this one! ;) I couldn't resist making just one more! This is the last of several Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration projects using Lost Coast Designs border stamps. I have now used all the borders we were given to play with, and actually used two of them twice. This embossed flip flop was done with bronze embossing on black cardstock using the Antique Text and Squiggles border stamps. I even made a sole from Almost Leather that I ran through the Big Shot with the argyle embossing folder and black StazOn ink, and then added a tiny heel. I embellished this flip flop with a single black flower. This is just too much fun! :D

I cut out the flip flop upper sole and two straps from black cardstock, and another bottom sole and heel from Almost Leather. I wet embossed the upper sole with bronze embossing powder and the Antique Text and Squiggles LCD border stamps, and the two straps with the Antique Text border stamp. I brayered black StazOn ink onto one side of the Argyle embossing folder slipped the bottom sole into it and ran them through the Big Shot. I attached the straps and glued on the bottom sole and the heel, then added a single black flower. I've posted my template with instructions as a freebie to share HERE.

I'm entering my Embossed Flip Flop into the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes Challenge #116 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays 54 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Girly But No Pink

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury black cardstock
  • Leslie Turner's flip flop template
  • Lost Coast Designs Antique Text and Squiggles border stamps
  • Versamark; bronze embossing powder
  • Almost Leather by Comotion
  • Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Black flower





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

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flip Flop Template

UPDATE: Click HERE for a PDF that prints this template at the proper size. 

I made another shoe today for my paper shoe collection! I've used templates created by other paper artists and my hubby convinced me that I should start creating my own templates, so I'm sharing the flip flop template I created this morning along with the step-by-step instructions. The finished flip flop is approx. 6" long and 2.25" wide. This was truly SO much fun and such a simple project! I love it! The ways to embellish it are literally endless! Have fun with it! :D



Enjoy! I would really love to see what you create, so please leave me your link in a comment so I can check it out!

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

Summer Flip Flop

I've been playing with Lost Coast Designs border stamps again! My latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project is a flip flop, designed by yours truly. Shoe by shoe, flip flop by flip flop... I'm adding to my paper shoe collection. I embossed the insole, embellished the straps with pearls and a gorgeous inked flower, and completed it with a "tread" design on the bottom. That's where the Tear Drops border came in. :)  OMG - this was a blast, and I have another one in the making, so stay tuned!

I cut out my flip flop upper sole, bottom sole, and two straps. I embossed the upper sole, and stamped the bottom sole with the LCD Tear Drops border stamp. I attached the straps and glued on the bottom sole, then finished it with double-row flat-back pearls and a handmade flower. That's it! Easy peasy! I've posted my template with instructions as a freebie to share HERE.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Sweet Mango and Kraft cardstock
  • Leslie Turner's flip flop template
  • Lost Coast Designs Tear Drops border stamp
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dots embossing folder
  • Large handmade pumpkin inked flower from The Crafting Boutique
  • Double-row white flat-back pearls




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

Wishing you a Fabulous Day

It's time to post my first DT inspiration card this week for the 2 Sisters Challenge #87 - Flowers, sponsored by the fabulous Digi Doodle Shop! Come play with us! They gave us some awesome digis to play with and I chose the gorgeous "Pansies" digi for my card which I did in ivory and purple. I'm going through a 'purple thing' here lately - have made several purple projects over the last couple weeks. I dug out my MS eyelet lace punch which I love but haven't used in a while, and I didn't use any ribbon and very little bling, for a semi-CAS look.

I'm entering Wishing You a Fabulous Day in the following challenge:
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #3 - Spring With Pastel Colors

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory, dark purple and light purple cardstock
  • Digi Doodle Shop's "Pansies" digital image
  • Copics: BV11, BV13, BV17, Y15, G20, G24, E01, E11, E51
  • Spellbinders classic circles, scalloped circles and ribbon banners dies
  • Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch
  • Sentiment from Taylored Expressions In The Park stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • MS lilac ink
  • Light purple flat-back pearls


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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Medallion Note Card

Here is my second Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project using Lost Coast Designs border stamps! I used the Spiral border along with the medallion stamp from the Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet stamp set and some Purple Flash Textiva Fusible Film to create a CAS medallion note card. Wow - what shimmer, shine and color this film exudes! I bought it at Blockheads several years ago but unfortunately they no longer carry it. :(

This was a super easy card to make. I started by cutting my card base from white cardstock. I then cut a white background piece and matted it on black cardstock, and adhered it to the card base. I cut two pieces of the film and ironed them between two pieces of tissue paper. You know me - Ms. Experimenter... I discovered the more you iron it, the more vibrant the colors become! I then stamped the medallion onto the fused film piece with black StazOn ink and cut it out with a Spellbinders classic circles die. I then cut a circle frame using two classic circles dies. I stamped the LCD Spiral border with Memento tuxedo black ink, trimmed it, matted it on black cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the matted background. I adhered the circle frame in the center and then attached the medallion in the center of the frame with dimensional foam pads. I added some black flat-back pearls to the upper left and lower right of the frame, and she was finished!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock
  • Medallion stamp from the Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet stamp set
  • Purple Flash Textiva Fusible Film
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Spellbinders classic circles dies
  • Lost Coast Designs Spiral border stamp
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Want2Scrap black flat-back pearls


Look at the colors on that medallion! :)



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

Shoe fetish continued...

I'm proud to present my first Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project using Lost Coast Designs border stamps! OMG - I love their stamps! I used the Squiggles border and Spiral border for the insole of my shoe! I admitted a while back that I have a shoe fetish and I found another shoe template - a mule with a heel -  that I just HAD to try out! This one was created by the talented Stacy Cohen.

I experimented with different media to cover the toe section, insole and heel. After cutting out the shoe pieces (but before assembling the shoe), I put down some MS lilac ink on my craft mat and sprayed it with a mixture of Pewter Perfect Pearls (from the Aged Patina Perfect Pearls kit) and water in a mini mister. Then I took a paint brush and swirled it in the mixture, then randomly dabbed it on the toe section and insole. I did the same thing with MS bamboo ink, dabbing until the pieces were covered. For the heel, I just sprayed the Perfect Pearls and water mixture onto the craft mat (leaving out the ink) swirled the paint brush in it and dabbed it onto the heel. I set all three pieces aside to dry thoroughly before assembling the shoe.

After everything was dry (I did cheat and hit them with the heat tool for a few seconds), I stamped the LCD Squiggles and Spiral borders with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, going off the sides and ends to give it a natural look. I placed both of the borders side-by-side and only had to make two impressions. And these stamps are so perfect to work with - I didn't even have to use the positioning tool.

I assembled the shoe and embellished it with Want2Scrap white pearl swirl flourishes and green flat-back pearls, and some beautiful handmade plum inked flowers from The Crafting Boutique that I sprayed with the  Perfect Pearls and water mixture.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • Stacy Cohen's shoe template (mule with heel)
  • Lost Coast Designs Squiggles border and Spiral border stamps
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Aged Patina Perfect Pearls
  • Inkessentials mini mister
  • Martha Stewart lilac and bamboo ink
  • Want2Scrap white pearl swirl flourishes and green flat-back pearls
  • The Crafting Boutique's handmade plum inked flowers




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

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bon Voyage

Here is my second DT inspiration project of the week for the 2 Sisters Challenge #86 - Sketch, sponsored by the fabulous Stitchy Bear Stamps! It'll be showcased on the 2 Sisters Blog on Wednesday but I couldn't wait until then to post it! I chose the beautiful "Ship III" digi by Floppy Latte Designs and made a Bon Voyage card. Several people I work with have recently gone on cruises - it's been a year since my hubby and I have been on one and he has been looking at Alaska cruises, so my mojo is going great guns! I've been cleaning out and reorganizing my scrapping stash, and unearthed some heavenly little travel tid-bits and papers which I used to make this card. I wish I could remember when and where I got them! ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and kraft cardstock; brown cardstock
  • Script and map travel papers
  • Floppy Latte Designs "Ship III" digital image
  • Spellbinders classic squares and ribbon banners dies
  • Provo Craft Circa 12-pt dial alphabet stamp
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink; Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Twine; postage stamps; foreign money clip; cruise passenger tag; button; fabric flower



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

I'm sorry... (you're under the weather)

My latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project was made with Perfect Pearls-Jewels and the fabulous Blockheads Flowers Full Sheet stamp set! OMG - there are sooo many possibilities with this stamp set! The sentiments are from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set. I did quite a bit of distressing around the edges of the focal image and card base with the Tim Holtz  distressing tool and Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. I created the background with DTP Ranger Fired Brick distress ink. I went a little bit further and hit the organza ribbon with the heat tool to curl it up a bit. I snipped the loop off the top of a really cute little dragonfly charm from Blockheads Brass Nature Charms and attached it to the center of the bow. Hopefully this card will make the recipient feel a little better!

This really was a very simple card to make. I started by cutting the card base from GKD ivory cardstock and rounding the corners with the Corner Chomper tool. I distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distressing tool, then inked them with Antique Linen distress ink. I cut a background piece of ivory cardstock, and using the DTP (direct-to-paper) technique, inked the entire piece with Fired Brick distress ink, turning the pad in a different direction each time it touched the cardstock, then set it aside to dry. I then stamped the large poppy flower image with Perfect Medium on a piece of ivory cardstock, and brushed Forever Red Perfect Pearls over the flower portion of the poppy and Forever Green Perfect Pearls over the stems and leaves, then sprayed the piece with matte fixative. I then rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper tool, then distressed the edges with the distressing tool, then inked them with Antique Linen distress ink. I stamped the "I'm sorry..." sentiment on the bottom with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I went back to the inked background piece and hit it with the heat tool for a few seconds to make sure it was good and dry, and rounded those corners with the Corner Chomper tool, then distressed the edges with the distressing tool. I cut two pieces of red organza ribbon and made a bow from one of them, then hit both pieces with the heat gun to curl them up a bit. I attached the flat piece slightly below the center of the inked background piece, adhered the poppy flower focal image piece with 1/8" dimensional foam squares and adhered the bow. I snipped the loop off of the top of the dragonfly charm and attached it to the center of the bow. I finished the front of the card with three flat-back pearls on the upper left.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • Popply flower image from the Blockheads Flowers Full Sheet stamp set
  • Sentiments from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Ranger Antique Linen and Fired Brick distress inks
  • Perfect Pearls-Jewels kit
  • Blockheads Brass Nature Charms 
  • Red organza ribbon; Want2Scrap LeCreme flat-back pearls



The inside was super simple - all I did was stamp the "you're under the weather" sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on a strip of ivory cardstock, distress the upper and lower edges with the distressing tool, ink them with the Antique Linen distress ink, and adhere the panel to the inside. I wanted to leave enough room to hand-write something. (Sorry about that blasted shadow in the lower left corner!)


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

With Love

This week's 2 Sisters Challenge is a sketch challenge. I love sketch challenges and this one is sponsored by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Stamps - talk about some awesome stuff! Come play with us! I used the OMG-adorable "Sittin Pretty" digi image by Stitchy Stamps, done in purple. She is just too darn cute! I'm still playing with the GKD Parisian Garden patterned paper collection with matching cardstock, and I also used a new Postage Stamps Spellbinders die. A good time was had by all! :)

I'm entering With Love in the following challenges:

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • Patterned papers and coordinating purple cardstock from the GKD Parisian Garden collection
  • "Sittin Pretty" digital image from Stitchy Stamps 
  • Copics: V12, V15, V17, C1, C5, RV23, E11, EE37, B05
  • Spellbinders classic squares, big scalloped squares and postage stamps dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD Various Verses stamp set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Ivory lace; light purple ribbon bow; purple paper flower; Want2Scrap LeCreme flat-back pearls



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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Imagine

Oooohhh, this was great fun! Here is my DT inspiration project for the Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #159 - Fancy Fold, sponsored by In2Stamps. This sponsor didn't provide images for us to play with, so we were free to create with whatever we wanted. I guess you could say "think outside the box" on this one! The folds on this gorgeous shoe don't get much fancier than this! I used the Elegant Sole template by Creations by AR, a gift from my sister, and the sentiment is from the Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set. I used some yummy new purple papers and cardstock from the GKD Parisian Garden collection.

I'm entering this gorgeous shoe in the following challenges:


Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Parisian Garden 6x6 Pure Luxury paper pack with coordinating Pure Luxury purple cardstock
  • Creations by AR's Elegant Sole template
  • 1/8" Red Liner Tape and 1/4" Red Liner Tape 
  • Sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set
  • Versamark; white embossing powder
  • Want2Scrap white pearl swirl flourish and white flat-back pearls
  • Purple felt flowers; pink and purple gemstones


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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sending Wishes Your Way

Here is my second DT inspiration card this week for the 2 Sisters Challenge #85 - Birthday Fun, sponsored by the fun Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I chose the adorable "Under The Sea" pyramage sheet which couldn't have been easier and turned out so stinkin' cute! I love pyramage (pyramid decoupage) - I've made many cards using layered photographs, which always turn out so cool! I dry embossed patterned paper for the background on this one, which I like to do on occasion. And I used one of my handmade beaded hatpins!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • One paper from the Mango Frost matstack
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Blue paint sample card from hardware store
  • Digital Delights by Louby Loo "Under The Sea" pyramage sheet
  • Spellbinders lacey ovals die
  • Want2Scrap white swirls flourish and white flat-back pearls
  • Beaded hatpin (made by yours truly)
  • Frosted Lace Stickles



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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Magic Metal Projects!

This month's Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Magic Metal Technique Blog Hop is underway! What total fun this is - you gotta check it out! My friend and Design Teammate, Karen McAlpine, is hosting this challenge and has made several absolutely gorgeous samples! I had never tried this technique and have had great fun this weekend in the scrap room playing! (Scroll down for individual photos.)




To take our challenge, visit the Blockheads Magic Metal Stamping Technique page to see Karen's tutorial for creating a card using metallic-colored embossing powder and a rubber stamp to create a gorgeous metal-like focal image! Then create your own out-of-the-box project, create a blog post that includes the link code (this creates links to other participants), then submit your URL by clicking the button below. To be fair to all participants, links that don't include the code will be removed. Submit your URL by April 21st for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our Design Team.

Here is the code to paste into the html tag at the very bottom of your post:
<!-- start InLinkz script -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=140023"></script>
<!-- end InLinkz script -->

I created three Magic Metal projects using stamps from the Blockheads Flowers-Full Sheet and Whimsical-Take Flight stamp sets and a single maple leaves stamp, with silver, gold and bronze embossing powders. The sentiments are all from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set. The basic instructions for all three are the same. After creating the Magic Metal focal image for my card, I cut the card base. I then mounted the MM focal image on a piece of cardstock slightly larger in size, pierced a hole in each corner and placed a  brad in each hole. I cut a background piece, dry embossed it and mounted it on a piece of the same cardstock the MM focal image was mounted on. I affixed twine (or ribbon and bow), then mounted the unit onto the card base. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a Spellbinders die, then adhered it to the card along with some bling, and voila! The inside was left blank to use as a note card.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory, black, white, brown and kraft cardstock; two shades of orange cardstock; red cardstock
  • Blockheads Flowers-Full Sheet stamp set
  • Blockheads Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set
  • Blockheads single maple leaves stamp
  • Silver, gold and bronze embossing powders
  • Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die
  • Sentiments from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • StazOn black ink
  • Clear acetate
  • Embossing folders: Script (Cuttlebug), Swirls (Tim Holtz) and Polka Dots (Lifestyle Crafts)
  • Twine; American Crafts black/white polka dot ribbon
  • Studio 112 burnt orange gemstones, red pearls and chocolate pearls

Happy Birthday
(using gold embossing powder and single maple leaves stamp)



Just Because...
(using silver embossing powder and butterly stamp from Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set)



Missing You
(using bronze embossing powder and flower stamp from Flowers-Full Sheet)



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