Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's time to post another DT inspiration project for this week's Paper Crafting Journey Bingo Challenge! I know I've said it a hundred times... I just love Bingo challenges! Come play with us! Choose any three from the grid - horizontally, vertically or diagonally. :)


We're being sponsored by the wonderful Sassy Studio Designs! I created a Happy New Year card (getting a head start) with the awesome New Years Disco Ball digi! What a fun image to work with! I went straight across the top with lace / gems / sentiment, and decided to keep this card fairly simple with minimal layering. I used some gorgeous WOC crochet lace and some orange sherbet flat-back pearls. She's definitely sassy!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; Paper and More white shimmer cardstock; peach cardstock from stash
  • Patterned paper and cardstock from the GKD Sundance collection
  • Sassy Studio Designs New Years Disco Ball digital image
  • Copics: E01/33, R20, YR01/15, C1/3/5, B00, Y17/21
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Picket Fence and Spun Sugar Ranger distress markers
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Lacey Ovals and Classic Bracket Edgeabilities dies
  • Sentiment from Lost Coast Designs Party Words stamp set
  • Wild Orchid Crafts crochet lace
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls


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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wishing You Peace, Love and Happiness

Here's my DT inspiration project for the Aud Sentiments "Show Us Your Inner Sentiment" mid-challenge post! This card is so "me" - I'm an old hippie! And I still wish everyone in this world peace, love and happiness! You still have another week to get your craft on, so come play with us! And remember to use a sentiment - this time on the inside! ;)

Here's the scoop on our wonderful sponsor and the prize up for grabs...


Sponsor: Rick St. Dennis

Prize: Gift Certificate to Rick St. Dennis' Etsy store

We were given a choice of some pretty awesome images to create with, and I chose the adorable Joanie The Flower Child digi for my little hippie chick card! I just love this image and had the best time! I used some colorful papers along with a couple stamped butterflies, a sweet border, a tiny clothespin and a super cute flower rub-on! Sure reminds me of the 60s! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Papers from Basic Grey Indie Bloom 6x6 paper pad and Doodlebug Design Hello Spring 6x6 paper pad
  • Rick St. Dennis Joanie The Flower Child digital image
  • Copics: R00/22/32, E000/00/33/37, YG11/17, B00/93/97, Y08/21, G09, YR15
  • Butterfly stamp from Blockheads Inspired By Nature stamp set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Fireworks! Bamboo Leaves craft ink spray
  • Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die
  • Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace die
  • Sentiment from GKD So Groovy stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Sassafras Lass rub-on flower
  • Mini clothespin from stash; tiny white flat-back pearls; tiny clear gemstone



Here's a peek at the inside... showing my inner sentiment!


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

Monday, February 18, 2013

New Challenge Blog!

Well, I'm taking the plunge... I'm launching the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! I've had some inquiries as to whether this new challenge blog is geared only toward the creation of scrapbook layouts. The answer is no. I've updated the post here and on the new blog to make sure everyone knows that this new challenge blog is geared toward ALL types of papercrafting - the creation of cards, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, altered items (boxes, tins, etc.) and 3-D projects. Please visit the new blog and let me know what you think! I'd be so honored if you'd grab the badge and post it on your sidebar to help me get the word out there! ;)




This is something I've wanted to do for a while. It's exciting and scary at the same time, but I'm a firm believer in "what's meant to be will be" so I'm doing it! I think it'll be a lot of fun! I'm planning various  technique challenges, some color inspiration challenges, maybe a few sketches and definitely some recipe challenges! ;)

I'll be posting a new challenge at 9:00 AM EST on the first and third Monday of each month. Each challenge will run for two weeks and end at 8:00 PM EST on Sunday. Winner and Top 3 for each challenge will be chosen by our Design Team and announced a week after the challenge ends.

The first challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 4th which will be here in no time! I'm in the process of soliciting sponsorship for the rest of this year but do already have a few very generous sponsors lined up with some pretty awesome prizes! To any potential sponsors out there... please leave a comment if you'd like to sponsor a challenge! I would absolutely love to hear from you! ;)

I'm also posting a DT call for some talented design team members that love to scrap! Scrapping includes any kind of papercrafting - the creation of cards, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, altered items (boxes, tins, etc.) and 3-D projects. I'd love to have a design team with diverse papercrafting experience! If you're interested - or know of anyone else who might be interested in being on the design team - please send them to the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog to apply! I would be so grateful for any and all help in spreading the word! I'm really hoping and praying that getting this off the ground won't be as difficult as I've imagined! Thank you so much!

Big (gigantic) hugs,
Leslie

Floral Ornament Earrings

This is my first-ever experience creating any kind of stamped jewelry! This set of earrings is another Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project I created for our Perfect Pearls project showcase during the month of February! I used a stamp from Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet (definitely having fun with this stamp set!), a couple rectangle pieces of EcoArtBoard recycled paperboard, two earring wires, some Perfect Pearls powders and handmade mists, silver foil tape and a few gemstones! They are kind of funky and very lightweight! I like the way they turned out - not too shabby for my first attempt! ;)

This was another super easy project. I simply took two rectangle pieces from the EcoArtBoard assortment pack, stamped a floral image from the Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet on each piece with Versamark ink, brushed Forever Blue powder (from the Perfect Pearls Jewels kit) and misted them with a handmade mist of white Perfect Pearl powder (from the Perfect Pearls Metallics kit) and water in a mini mister that was leftover from some other Perfect Pearl projects. I then added a tiny bit of Perfect Gold powder (also from the Perfect Pearls Metallics kit) to the mixture, added a little more water to the mister and misted them a second time to give a slight golden sheen to match the gold accents on the earring wires. I also misted the back of the tile. Once dry, I added some silver foil tape to the edges, punched holes in the top with my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, added the rings and attached them to the earring wires. Easy peasy! I'm sure I'll be making some more of these! Lots of fun!

Recipe:
  • Two rectangle pieces of EcoArtBoard recycled paperboard (assortment pack)
  • Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet
  • Versamark ink
  • Perfect Pearls Jewels kit (Forever Blue powder)
  • Perfect Pearls Metallics kit (Perfect Pearl and Perfect Gold powders)
  • Inkessentials Mini Mister
  • Earring wires; small and medium jump rings
  • Silver foil tape
  • Tiny blue gemstones



A little closer look...



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

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thank You For Everything!

Here is another Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project for our Perfect Pearls project showcase during the month of February. This was probably one of the easiest and quickest cards I've ever made! I used stamps from Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet and Verses Full Sheet.  The Floral Ornaments stamp set has some really gorgeous stamps in it that are just "perfect" for using Perfect Pearls! After brushing the powders onto the stamped image, I sprayed both the image and background pieces with some leftover white Perfect Pearl mist that was in a mini mister from my last Perfect Pearls project, which gave the black cardstock a marble appearance. Try as I might, I cannot get "clear" photos of this card, presumably due to the shimmer... they definitely look marbly! ;)

I cut a 5.5" x 4.25" card base from green cardstock, which is a first for me. I've never created a card with a green base but it definitely worked for this one! I stamped one of the floral images from the Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet with Versamark ink on black cardstock. I generally use Perfect Medium with Perfect Pearls, but wanted to try Versamark this time, which actually worked better for me than the Perfect Medium. Using Forever Green, Forever Violet and Forever Red powders (from the Jewels Perfect Pearls kit), I brushed the entire image and then trimmed it. I had some Perfect Pearl mist (white from the Metallics Perfect Pearls kit) in a mini mister that I made for my last Perfect Pearls project, so I misted the image piece as well as a larger piece of black cardstock that I cut for the background. Side note: Blockheads no longer carries the Jewels Perfect Pearls kit, but they do carry a bunch of open stock colors of Perfect Pearls powders, so go check out the selection! ;)

I matted the image on a piece of green cardstock and then adhered it to the background piece slightly above center, then adhered the entire unit onto the card base. I stamped the thank you sentiment from the Blockheads Verses Full Sheet on a strip of the green cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I matted the strip on a slightly wider strip of the black cardstock and affixed it to the inside. I finished the card with three black pearlized flat-back pearls in the lower right corner. That's it! So simple and gorgeous!

Recipe:
  • Marco's green cardstock; Paper and More black cardstock
  • Blockheads Floral Ornaments Full Sheet
  • Blockheads Verses Full Sheet
  • Versamark ink
  • Jewels Perfect Pearls kit
  • Metallics Perfect Pearls kit
  • Inkessentials Mini Mister
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Pearlized black flat-back pearls


Here's a close-up of the image - a little better view of the shimmer...


Here's a peek at the inside...


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


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hatpins galore!

I created some hat pins several days ago for The Crafter's Cafe February Hat Pin Swap that I want to share. The requirement is to create three hat pins with pink or red beads, and use a heart if we have one. I've never been involved in a hat pin swap before and it sounds like fun, so I'm there! I love hat pins and started making my own a couple years ago to use in my projects, so I already had the makings!

Here are the three I created for the swap. I used three different shades of red beads (one of them being a heart) with gold findings. I think they turned out nice!




While I had my supplies out, I created a few more! Here are the browns with gold findings...




Here are the greens, two with gold findings and two with silver findings...




Here are the blues with gold findings...




And one more red one with gold findings (and a tiny heart)...




Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A real friend

I've been sick with the flu for the past several days and today is actually the first day I felt like doing something besides sleep! Really nasty stuff going around. It was nice getting back into the scrap room and feeling creative instead of puny! :)

The Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing Perfect Pearls projects this month, and I created this DT inspiration project using stamps from Blockheads Nature Medallions, Grunge It Up and Verses Full Sheet stamp sets, and powders from the Jewels, Naturals and Metallics Perfect Pearls kits. This was a really fun and fairly simple card, requiring only cardstock, stamps, Perfect Pearls and a few embellishments!

I cut a 5.5" x 4.25" card base from kraft cardstock and set it aside. I stamped the large flower medallion on a small piece of ivory cardstock with Perfect Medium and brushed it with Rust powder from the Naturals Perfect Pearls kit. On a larger piece of ivory cardstock that I cut for the background, I randomly stamped the small flower from the Blockheads Nature Medallions stamp set with Perfect Medium and brushed them with Kiwi powder also from the Naturals Perfect Pearls kit. I randomly stamped the swirl from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set and brushed those with Forever Green powder from the Jewels Perfect Pearls kit.

Using a tiny bit of Perfect Pearl powder from the Metallics Perfect Pearls kit mixed with water in a mini mister, I misted the background piece and the medallion. After they were dry, I matted the background piece on a slightly larger piece of rust shimmer cardstock and matted the medallion on a scalloped die cut that I cut from the rust shimmer cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the Blockheads Verses Full Sheet in Jet Black StazOn in the lower right corner.

I tied a bow with some shimmery ivory organza ribbon on the front of the matted background piece, affixed a single pale yellow flat-back pearl to the center of the bow, then adhered the background piece to the card base. I attached the medallion with some dimensional foam pads, affixed three more pale yellow flat-back pearls to the lower left corner and a dragonfly charm to the upper left corner. The shimmer on this card is outstanding! ;)

Recipe:
  • The Paper Cut kraft cardstock; DCWV rust shimmer cardstock; GKD ivory cardstock
  • Blockheads Nature Medallions stamp set
  • Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set
  • Blockheads Verses Full Sheet
  • Perfect Pearls Naturals kit
  • Perfect Pearls Jewels kit
  • Inkessentials Mini Mister
  • Perfect Pearls Metallics kit
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Big Scalloped Circles dies
  • Jet Black StazOn ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts dragonfly charm
  • Ivory organza ribbon from stash
  • Pale yellow flat-back pearls


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

Designing For Lost Coast Designs!

Woo-hoo! Got some great news! Saw Linda, owner of Lost Coast Designs, again this year at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival in Lawrenceville, GA. My sister and I stopped by her booth to check out her stamps and got to talking about stamps, cardmaking and design teams. You guessed it... she asked me to design for her! What an honor! I'm super stoked! Stay tuned! ;)


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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Love

The theme for this week's Paper Crafting Journey Challenge is "Love" and the challenge is sponsored by Saturated Canary! Can I get a Woo-Hoo?! I just love Krista's images - she's such a talented lady! I chose the beautiful Marry Me digi image and paper pieced her dress with some gorgeous shimmery white-gray paper. I used some floral paper with shades of green, steel blue and gray, along with a couple different shades of green cardstock. I stamped lace on ivory vellum and cut it out with a 4-split perforating tool. I covered a slide with a small piece of coordinating green floral cardstock and embellished it with a piece of different stamped lace, a bow, a key and the "love" sentiment. I finished it off with some of my fav WOC flowers, an embossed butterfly and some flat-back pearls. She's a beauty! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; two shades of green cardstock from stash
  • Floral papers from the K & Co. Julianne designer paper pad; ivory vellum from stash
  • Saturated Canary Marry Me digital image
  • Copics: Y21, E33, E00, YG11, R24, BG000, R00
  • Picket Fence Ranger distress marker
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Lacey Ovals and Long Scalloped Rectangles dies
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Detailed Lace stamp
  • Sweet Stamps white dye ink pad
  • 4-split perforating tool
  • Great Impressions Lace Background stamp
  • VersaMagic Hint of Pesto dew drop ink
  • Butterfly stamp from Blockheads Paper Arts Inspired By Nature stamp set
  • Pearl embossing powder
  • Slide and sentiment from Hot Off The Press Slide Mania
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and pearl spray
  • Ivory flat-back pearls; green ribbon; metal key from stash; Tim Holtz Idea-ology charm clip




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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Olive you!

Here is my DT inspiration project for the Aud Sentiments Adult Valentines mid-challenge post! OMG... we sure had some fun with these! You still have another week to get creative, so come play with us! And remember to use a sentiment! ;)

Here's the scoop on our awesome sponsor and the prize that's up for grabs...


Prize:  2 images of winner's choice


We were given the choice of some very sassy images to play with and I chose "Martini Pin Up" for my Valentine card. What a vixen! ;) I created the stamped text background on ivory and red cardstock with red and wheat chalk inks. I added some sparkle to the pin-up girl's dress and shoes, and some Glossy Accents to the both martini glasses to give them some dimension! Although a bit corny, I just couldn't resist that sentiment with those big green olives sitting there! I thought it was perfect! :)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Marco's red cardstock
  • Sassy Studio Designs Martini Pin-Up digital image
  • Copics: Y21, E33, G20, G24, BG000, R24, R00
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Stampabilities Faded Text Background stamp
  • VersaMagic Red Magic and Wheat dew drop inks
  • Glossy Accents
  • Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares and Classic Ovals dies
  • Computer-generated sentiment
  • Red double face satin ribbon; ivory flat-back pearls; tiny red gemstones


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

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival!

OMG! My sister, Syd, and I went to the Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival this past weekend in Lawrenceville, GA, and had a blast! A BLAST, I tell ya! We wore our Paper Ho t-shirts and shopped till we dropped!

Syd has been going for a number of years but this was only my second one. We checked out nearly all the vendor booths and watched a few technique/product demos. If you've never been to one of these shows, you really should put it on your bucket list! They are absolutely amazing!

I bought a few items to add to my stash...




Thanks for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie