Monday, July 30, 2012

Radiance

Here is a shaped card I created specifically to enter into a few challenges. I used the absolutely adorable Saturated Canary's "Pearl A Mermaid" digi, done in aqua with some Glossy Accents on the bubbles. I used an assortment of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers which are my absolute fav! This was a fun card and has lots of layers and dots and spots - I just couldn't seem to stop! Hehehe!

I'd like to enter this charming little card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; teal textured cardstock
  • Distressed teal paper from stash; Doodlebug Hello Summer and Melissa Frances 5th Avenue 6x6 papers
  • Saturated Canary's "Pearl A Mermaid" digital image
  • Copics: E000, R20, BG000/11/15, Y11/15/21, B05, RV25
  • Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, Labels Twenty, Big Scalloped Circles and Big Scalloped Squares dies
  • Tilda Lace die
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Paper doily
  • Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher stapler
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and leaf; Taylored Expressions skeleton leaf
  • Joann white crocheted lace
  • Radiance charm from stash


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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Enjoy simple beauty

**7/31/12 Tuesday Alchemy Winner!**

As mentioned in my previous post, the Blockheads Paper Arts Design Team has been playing with distress markers and some really awesome Artistic Outpost stamps that Blockheads is now carrying. This is the second DT inspiration project I created to showcase these stamps, and I used the Old Grist Mill stamp set for this one. I just love the rustic look of the stamps in this set!

After creating my card base with ivory cardstock, I sponged the outside perimeter with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and then inked them with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink. I stamped the old grist mill with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on a smaller piece of cardstock, then stamped the “Enjoy simple beauty” sentiment across the bottom right with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I then sponged Ranger Antique Linen distress ink all over the image. I tore the image out and inked the torn edges with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink.

I wanted more subtle color on this card also, so I used very diluted color. I used water-based Marvy brush markers and water in an Inkessentials Mini Mister. I scribbled some green on the craft mat, then heavily misted water over it and scribbled that around with a Tsukineko Fantastix applicator and “painted” the trees and brush in the image. I did the same thing with the blue marker for the water and the brown marker for the structure. I set this aside to dry.

I had saved a flap from a cardboard box, so I cut a rectangular piece to fit the front of the card base. I tore the face off of it and inked the edges and the fronts of the ridges (DTP technique) with Ranger Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks. I hit this with the heat tool for a few seconds and then wrapped some twine three times and tied it in a knot. I then mounted the old grist mill focal image onto the distressed cardboard with dimensional foam squares, and then mounted that entire piece onto the card base with dimensional foam squares. I finished the front with four dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls in the lower right corner.

I stamped the sentiment “Simplify. Simplify.” with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on the inside of the card. I also stamped the small rectangular Old Grist Mill image on a piece of scrap cardstock which I cut out and adhered to the bottom left of the inside of the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • Artistic Outpost's Old Grist Mill stamp set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Ranger Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks
  • Flap from cardboard box
  • Green, blue and brown Marvy water-based brush markers
  • Inkessentials Mini Mister
  • Twine
  • Bisque Liquid Pearls




Here is a peek at the inside:



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


House


The Blockheads Paper Arts Design Team has been playing with distress markers and some really awesome Artistic Outpost stamps that Blockheads is now carrying. This is the first of two DT inspiration projects I created to showcase these stamps, and I used “The Outpost” stamp set for this card. These stamps are of great quality and give you a real clean, crisp image. I was going for a CAS/monochromatic look, and only used one color in addition to the ivory and black.

After creating my card base with ivory cardstock, I stamped the large house and tree image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and trimmed it. I also stamped the pocket watch image on a scrap piece of ivory cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut it out, and set it aside.

I used water-based Marvy brush markers and water in an Inkessentials Mini Mister for this project. I scribbled some green on the craft mat, then heavily misted water over it. I scribbled that around with a Tsukineko Fantastix applicator and “painted” the tree and grass in the image, and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I matted this focal image on a piece of black cardstock and adhered it to the front of the card base. I adhered the small clock piece to the upper left with dimensional foam squares along with a black satin bow. I finished the front with three black flat-back pearls affixed to the upper right corner.

I stamped the inside sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on another scrap piece of ivory cardstock, trimmed it and mounted it on a strip of black cardstock cut the width of the card. I finished the inside with three tiny clear gemstones on both sides of the sentiment.


Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and black cardstock
  • Artistic Outpost's "The Outpost" stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Inkessentials Mini Mister
  • Tsukineko Fantastix applicator
  • Green Marvy water-based brush marker
  • Black double face satin ribbon
  • Want2Scrap black flat-back pearls



Here is a peek at the inside:



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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

For My Friend

It's time to post another DT inspiration card for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #175 - Color Challenge, sponsored by Stamping Dragon Designs! They gave us some really cute digis to play with and I chose "Jiggy with Flowers" for my card this week. This adorable little dinosaur was just so much fun! This is a color challenge and I chose brown/tan, green and red. I used some wonderful digital papers from the Lizzie Anne Designs "The Great Outdoors" collection that I had in my stash, along with a fairly new beautiful border die that I doubled-up for this card.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; dark brown cardstock
  • Digital papers from the Lizzie Anne Designs "The Great Outdoors" collection
  • Stampin Dragon Designs "Jiggy With Flowers" digital image
  • Copics: YG 11/13/17, R22/24/27, E35/37/29
  • Sentiment from Sweet N Sassy Tickets Sentiments stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares and Beaded Squares dies
  • Memory Box Pearl Lace border die
  • Want2Scrap flat-back LeCreme pearls
  • Light green double face satin ribbon
  • Wild Orchid Crafts rose
  • Tiny red gemstones

Three (or more) colors chosen - brown/tan, green and red:




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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hello

This is my off-week for posting a Dutch Dare Card Challenge DT inspiration project, as I'm on Team B, but the one and only Saturated Canary is sponsoring this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #174 - Recipe, so I'm posting a card right along with Team A! Woo-hoo - I couldn't resist! Come play with us! Not only is she gorgeous, but Krista Smith is one of the most talented artists I've ever seen and I've been around a long time! ;) She was generous enough to give us some images to play with, and I chose the absolutely adorable "Toes in the Sand" digi for my card. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Well, who wouldn't?!!

Here is the challenge recipe and the elements I used:
  • 1 ribbon - light pink satin ribbon
  • 2 images (one focal image and one sentiment) - "Toes in the Sand" digi and seashell with "Hello" sentiment
  • 3 patterned papers - bright plaid background, teal/white swiss dots and tiny pink flowers
  • 4 embellishments - flower cluster, flourishes, pink gemstones and white pearl  

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; teal textured cardstock
  • Doodlebug Nifty Notions and Hello Spring 6x6 papers
  • Saturated Canary's "Toes in the Sand" digital image
  • Copics: E000, E00, E07, E11, R20, E33, E99, Y21, RV21, RV23, RV25, B00, B02, B05, 100, YR01, Y15
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Lacey Ovals and Big Scalloped Rectangles dies
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Seashells stamp
  • Memento London Fog and Tuxedo Black inks
  • Sentiment from the GKD Autumn Leaves stamp set
  • Martha Stewart Footlights edge punch
  • White paper doily
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers; Taylored Expressions skeleton leaf
  • Flourishes cut with Cricut Expression from Wall Decor and More cartridge
  • Light pink double face satin ribbon; tiny pink gemstones; white flat-back pearl


I'd like to enter "Hello" into the following challenge:


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

Sunday, July 15, 2012

have a FUN vacation

Well, the weekend is almost over. It was a busy one but I did manage to finish an adorable Tilda card today! I used Flip Flop Tilda which I colored a couple weeks ago but just haven't had a chance to make her into a card. So I got to play a little today and created a real girly-girl card done in shades of purple with lots of layers, glitter, pearls and lace! This was right up my alley! :D

I'm entering this sweet Tilda card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; dark and light purple textured cardstock; opalescent glitter cardstock
  • Doodlebug Hello Summer 6x6 papers
  • Magnolia "Flip Flop Tilda" stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: E000, E00, E11, R20, E33, E99, Y21, G12, G14, V12, V15, V17
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals, Classic Circles, Scalloped Circles and Parisian Motifs dies
  • Computer-generated 'have a FUN vacation' sentiment
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Filmstrip Frames die
  • Paper lace doily
  • Blockheads Detailed Lace stamp
  • VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea chalk ink
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and leaf
  • White flat-back pearls


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

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Friends are flowers in the garden of life

OMG - the time is flying by! It's already time to post another DT inspiration card for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #173 - Tic Tac Toe, sponsored by The Stamping Boutique! I used their beautiful "Daisy's" digi image for my card. And I love Tic Tac Toe! I went horizontally across the top of the board for bright colors, bling and ribbon. I broke out some new 6x6 paper packs and dies for the occasion, and thoroughly enjoyed myself!


Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; mustard and light teal textured cardstock
  • Papers from the October Afternoon Campfire and Basic Grey Indie Bloom 6x6 paper packs
  • The Stamping Boutique's "Daisy's" digital image
  • Copics: Y15, Y17, G24, E33, E99, C1, C3, C5
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles, Scalloped Circles, Labels Eighteen, Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles and Ribbon Tag Trio Two dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD Friends are Flowers duo stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Dark teal ribbon; yellow bling


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

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Floral Ornaments Note Cards

I played for a little while in the scrap room today and created another Blockheads DT inspiration project - a set of three CAS note cards for the current Blockheads Technique Challenge - Stamping on Fabric hosted by design teammate, Karen McAlpine. Come play with us! These were super simple and super fun to make, with only four items on the supply list! Visit the Blockheads Stamping on Fabric Techniques page to check out Karen's tutorial.



Scroll down for individual photos of each card.

I used three stamps from the beautiful Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet stamp set. I stamped the three images on muslin fabric with black VersaCraft ink and trimmed them. I adhered each image on a piece of dark grey cardstock cut the same size, then hand cut frames from dark grey cardstock for each. I adhered the frames on top of each image and then matted each unit on white cardstock. I cut mats for each card base from dark grey cardstock and adhered them to the card bases, then affixed the matted focal images onto the fronts of the cards with dimensional foam pads. I finished the cards with three red flat-back pearls on the lower right.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and dark grey cardstock
  • Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet stamp set
  • Black VersaCraft ink
  • Want2Scrap red flat-back pearls





I may have another project to post within the next few days, so stay tuned! Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Tulips in Distressed Frame

Here is my latest Blockheads DT inspiration project, tulips stamped on fabric displayed in a heavily distressed frame, created for the current Blockheads Technique Challenge - Stamping on Fabric. Come play with us!




My awesomely talented design teammate, Karen McAlpine, is hosting this challenge and has created some absolutely gorgeous samples! Visit the Blockheads Stamping on Fabric Techniques page to check out Karen's tutorial. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post and link back to the Blockheads Technique Challenge - Stamping on Fabric blog post by July 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.


It's not a  requirement, but if you want to include the code snippet to make it a blog hop and show thumbnails of all participants' projects, use this 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 July 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 the large tulips stamp from Blockheads Flowers Full Sheet stamp set, stamped with Black VersaCraft ink, and brush painted the tulips with Ranger Dusty Concord and Pear Tart distress inks and Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. This set has some of the most beautiful flower stamps I've ever worked with and are perfect for this technique! This was my first attempt at stamping on fabric and am amazed at how clean and crisp the image is! Of course, a lot of that has to do with the quality of the Blockheads stamps! :) I fussy fringed all four sides of the fabric panel and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock, then adhered that to a piece of 5" x 7" deep purple cardstock cut to fit the frame.

I have to say, the most difficult part of this project was mussing up a perfectly good white wood frame! But it was fun! :) This was a four-step project and took a little time - first a coat of Clear Rock Candy Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, then sanding and painting with wicker white paint, then another coat of  crackle paint, then finally distressing with Ranger Dusty Concord distress ink and Silver Adirondack alcohol ink. I wanted a shabby chic look, and I definitely had the shabby going on, so I added a few white flat-back pearls to finish it off!

Recipe:
  • White muslin fabric
  • Blockheads Flowers Full Sheet stamp set
  • Black VersaCraft ink
  • Ranger Dusty Concord and Pear Tart distress inks
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Silver Adirondack alcohol ink
  • Folkart wicker white paint
  • White wood frame
  • Want2Scrap white flat-back pearls
I'll have another project or two to post, so stay tuned! Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Merry Christmas

Yep, Christmas in July! ;) I created another adorable Tilda card today to enter into a few challenges. I am having so much fun with these stamps, plus I'm getting some much-needed Copics blending practice. I used a record number of Copics for me on this card - 22 colors! And I have to  confess - I used the "Tilda With Wedding Gifts" stamp and made her gifts into Christmas gifts! I used a bookplate from my stash and painted it with Gesso, then dabbed gold Adirondack ink and walnut stain distress ink on it. I cut the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from a scrap piece of the patterned Christmas paper that I used for the background. That was a fun little project in itself! I had a great time today while hubby was working!

I'm entering "Merry Christmas" into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory, kraft and chocolate cardstock
  • Neutral patterned and plain Christmas papers from stash; brown patterned paper from stash; Echo Park Dots & Stripes 6x6 paper
  • Magnolia "Tilda With Wedding Gifts" stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: E000/00/07/11/29/33/99, YR01, YG11/13/17, R00/20/22/24/27/32, G05/12/14/20/24
  • Spellbinders Classic Scallops dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace Die
  • Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Leaf flourishes cut with Cricut Expression and "Wall Decor & More" cartridge
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Flowers
  • Bookplate, Gesso, Adirondack Gold Mixative ink
  • Crocheted lace; ribbon; Christmas stocking charm from stash
  • Rox Ice Chocolate Delight gemstone; Want2Scrap LeCreme flat-back pearls



This is the inspiration photo for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog "Neutrals and Lace" Challenge



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

Birthday Fishes

Here is my latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project - a whimsical CAS card that I created with the adorable Blockheads Fish Tile stamp covered with Blockheads Glass Clear Micro Marbles! I just love the look on this little gal's face! She's too stinkin' cute! This was a fun and simple project that required only a few really awesome Blockheads products! I love projects that don't require a long list of supplies! :)

I created a 5.25" square card base along with black and navy blue cardstock mats. I stamped the Fish Tile stamp with Memento Paris Dusk ink and cut it out with a Spellbinders Classic Squares die. I had to improvise a little... I only had one piece of red liner tape sheet left in my stash and it wasn't quite large enough to cover this image, so I flipped the image upside down and ran it through my Xyron machine to cover with adhesive and then covered it with the Glass Clear Micro Marbles for a look of water. I brushed some off in spots so it wouldn't look so 'perfect' and ran the brayer over it several times. I then covered it with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and hit it with the heat tool to make sure they adhered well. I matted this focal image onto black and navy blue cardstock mats cut with larger SB Classic Square dies. I adhered the entire unit onto a large white mat cut with a SB Lacey Squares die. I adhered some navy blue ribbon horizontally across the base mat, then adhered the focal image unit on top. I fashioned a bow from some of the navy blue ribbon and affixed it to the right side of the focal image, and attached two white flat-back pearls to the center of the bow. I created a "Birthday Fishes" sentiment on the computer, cut it out with a SB Classic Circles die and adhered it to the lower right. I finished the card with several tiny navy blue flat-back pearls on the upper and lower left.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock; textured navy blue cardstock
  • Blockheads Fish Tile stamp
  • Memento Paris Dusk ink
  • Blockheads Glass Clear Micro Marbles
  • Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares, Lacey Squares and Classic Circles dies
  • JoAnn's 5/8" double-faced satin navy blue ribbon
  • White and navy blue flat-back pearls



Close-up of these awesome Clear Glass Micro Marbles!


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

You're Not Old, You're Retro

It's time to post my second DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #98 - Red, White and Blue with Bling, sponsored by Crafty SentimentsDigi Doodle ShopThe Crafting BoutiqueMeljens and Di's Digis. I created my card with Digi Doodle Shop's super cute "Boy and Vintage First Car" image. The theme is red, white and blue - good ole' Americana! I knew as soon as I saw the little car that I had to use the retro sentiment! I just love it!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock; red cardstock
  • Echo Park 'For The Record' 6x6 paper pack
  • Digi Doodle Shop's "Boy and Vintage First Car" image
  • Copics: E00, E07, E33, E35, E37, E99, B95, B97, C3, C5, R22, R24, YG11, YG13, 100
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares, Fleur de Lis Squares and Ribbon Tag Trio Two dies
  • Sentiment from GKD 'So Groovy' stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • White/black polka dot ribbon; white buttons; small and medium blue gemstones; navy blue flat-back pearls



Thanks so much for stopping by - see you next time! This is my last post with 2 Sisters Challenge Design Team, as my term ends with this challenge. I'd like to thank Mary and Stacy from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful opportunity. It has truly been my pleasure and honor to design for 2 Sisters! Hugs to you both! :)

Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, July 2, 2012

hugs inside

I just can't believe how fast the time is flying by! I'm a little late with my post for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #171 - Flutterby Butterfly, sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Sentiments Designs! Come play with us! We were given some of the cutest digis to play with and I chose "Toby in Pot" for my DT inspiration card. This was such a fun challenge because in addition to the adorable image, I totally love butterflies! I used several of my favorite Spellbinder dies, some coordinating vintage papers and a new Memory Box border die.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; pink cardstock; teal glitter cardstock
  • Bazzill Vintage Market 6x6 papers
  • Crafty Sentiments Designs "Toby in Pot" digital image
  • Copics: C1, C3, E07, E11, E33, E35, E37, E99, Y17, RV21, RV23, RV25, BG13, G12, G14, G24
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares, Lacey Squares, Petite Scalloped Ovals and Fanciful Flight dies
  • Memory Box pearl Lace die
  • Sentiment from Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Pink and LeCreme flat-back pearls



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

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hi

Well, here is my second Tilda card ever that I finished today to enter into several challenges. This is "Rose Garden Tilda". I just love all the Tilda images and have added several new stamps to my collection. Two down, four to go! I did a lot of distressing on this card, both with ink and tool, to achieve a shabby chic look. I used a variety of coordinating papers in my stash, an inked paper doily and some new crocheted lace, as well as an assortment of WOC flowers which I absolutely love. I also tried out a new Tim Holtz mini rosette die that my hubby bought for me this weekend. What fun - I can so see myself going rosette crazy! :)

I'm entering "Hi" into the following challenges:


Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; light blue textured cardstock; white glittered cardstock
  • Blue striped paper from stash; coordinating pink papers from Bazzill Vintage Marketplace 6x6 paper pack
  • Magnolia "Rose Garden Tilda" stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: E000, E00, E51, R20, Y21, E33, E99, G12, G24, R22, R24, R27, E35, B91, B93, B95, C1
  • Inkessentials opaque white pen
  • Ranger Faded Jeans Distress ink
  • Paper doily inked with Tsukineko Cornflower walnut ink, Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls Mist and Blue Danube Fireworks! spray ink
  • Tim Holtz Alterations mini rosettes die
  • Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals and Flourish Accents dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD Various Verses stamp set
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
  • Want2Scrap white flat-back pearls
  • Blue gemstones



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