Sunday, March 24, 2013

1st Class Boston Note Cards

As promised, I'm back with the third Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project I created this weekend! Our DT is showcasing travel themed projects during the month of March, and this little set of 4" square note cards was created with the Blockheads Vintage Railway stamp set, Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set and Grunge It Up stamp set, along with the Gelli plate! It's been a little while since I played with the Gelli plate so it was definitely time! This was so much fun! I don't know of anybody who has one of these cool little things that doesn't just absolutely love it!

I cut four 4" square card bases from ivory cardstock and set them aside. I cut four smaller square pieces of ivory cardstock to use as background pieces and laid them out on the desk. I put the Blockheads Dot Stippler on the Gelli Plate and inked the Gelli Plate with Memento Bamboo Leaves and Pear Tart ink. I pressed one of the small background pieces down onto the Gelli plate to pull off the ink. I repeated this three more times with the other background pieces.

I cleaned off the Gelli plate and then laid down some VersaMagic Hint of Pesto dew drop ink onto the Gelli plate and pressed the diamonds background stamp into the ink. I lifted the stamp and pressed one of the background pieces down onto the Gelli plate to pull off that ink. I repeated this three more times with the other background pieces. I cleaned off the Gelli plate again and set it aside to dry thoroughly before putting it away. I stamped the text background onto the bottom portion of a background piece with Memento Bamboo Leaves and then stamped the large floral from the Grunge It Up stamp set across the top with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I repeated this three more times with the other background pieces. I spritzed each piece with Kiwi Perfect Pearls Mist and let them dry. I dropped several drops of Adirondack Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative onto each piece and then dropped some Alcohol Blending Solution onto the gold splatters to thin them out and set them aside to dry.

I stamped the 1st Class Boston stamp on ivory cardstock with Versamark and embossed it with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I repeated this three more times, and using the DTP method, I inked all four embossed pieces with Memento Pear Tart ink and wiped the ink off the embossing with a paper towel. I matted each background piece and each embossed piece on brown shimmer cardstock, and then adhered the background pieces to the card bases. I adhered a strip of soft olive green embossed paper horizontally across each of the background pieces, then affixed the embossed pieces to the card fronts with dimensional foam pads. I finished the cards with two brown flat-back pearls on the horizontal paper strip. I left the inside of each card blank to use as note cards. I think they turned out kind of neat!


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

All Aboard (Railway Lantern)

The Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing travel themed cards during the month of March, and this is the second DT inspiration project I created this weekend - another masculine card using the Blockheads Vintage Railway stamp set and the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set. I love both of these sets! This card also worked up quickly, taking approximately 30 minutes, and requiring only a few items on the supply list - ivory and kraft cardstock, background stamp, Studio Charcoal Black paint, railway lantern and sentiment stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and three black gemstones. I played with the Gelli plate for this project and the next one I'll show you! Sure got some inky fingers! ;)

I cut a 5.5" x 4.25" card base from ivory cardstock. I stamped the peeling paint background on kraft cardstock with Studio Charcoal Black paint brayered onto the Gelli plate. I matted it on some black crinkle paper and adhered it to the card base. I stamped the railway lantern and the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink which I trimmed and matted on some of the same black paper. I affixed the lantern image to the card front with dimensional foam pads, and finished the card with three black gemstones centered at the bottom. Another example of simple elegance! I love how this turned out!


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

All Aboard (Train)

I was a busy bee this weekend despite it being the weekend from hell! First the router took a dump yesterday afternoon and then my new laptop from Santa that I've had a just mere 90 days ago crashed last evening! Yes, c-r-a-s-h-e-d! OMG! Bad luck supposedly comes in threes, so I kept wondering all day today what was going to be next! But I made three Blockheads DT inspiration projects that all turned out pretty well, so I'm going to count that as some good luck! :)

The Blockheads DT is showcasing travel themed cards during the month of March and all three projects I made this weekend were created with the same stamp set. I'll post each project separately. The first is a masculine card with only five items on the supply list! Yep - ivory and black cardstock, train stamp from the Blockheads Vintage Railway stamp set, Versamark Dazzle, Ranger clear super fine detail embossing powder and some flat-back pearls from my stash. I know... pearls on a guy's card. It's not a bad thing, really! The Versamark Dazzle is some awesome stuff! It gave the clear embossing powder just enough shimmer to be seen against the black cardstock.

I cut a 5.5" x 4.25" card base from ivory cardstock and matted a slightly smaller piece of black cardstock to it. I stamped "All aboard" in the lower right corner with Versamark Dazzle and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then stamped the train on another piece of black cardstock with Versamark Dazzle and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I trimmed the train image and matted it on a piece of ivory cardstock, then affixed it to the card front. I finished the card with three ivory flat-back pearls in the upper right and lower left corners. That's it - this card literally took 30 minutes to make! This definitely falls in the CAS category - simple elegance for sure! [Note: The lighting isn't up to par in this photo - there is not really a dark spot in the middle of the image.]


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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Girlfriends Note Card

This is my super fun DT inspiration project for the Paper Crafting Journey "Ribbon or Lace" Challenge, sponsored by the wonderful Sassy Studio Designs! Come play with us! I just love their images! I chose the cool "Steampunk Lingerie Couple" digi for my card. I don't normally do steampunk but this looked like fun! And I just couldn't resist pairing it with this sentiment! ;)

The red background is actually part of a UFO (UnFinished Object) that's been on my desk in my scrap room for several months now that I was so glad I had, as it was perfect for this project! It's embossed with a Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder and adorned with some Wild Orchid Crafts crocheted lace and a piece of Studios Blackbird ribbon. I colored up the girlfriends with these Copics - E000/33, C1/3/5, B91, Y21, RV25, R24/27 - and then adhered them to a Spellbinders Beaded Squares die cut. I added an assortment of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and a red satin bow down the left side and some red gemstones on the right side. I stamped the girlfriends sentiment from the Hero Arts "Girls Night Out" stamp set in StazOn Jet Black ink on some Heartfelt Creations clear cardstock, closely trimmed it and affixed it to the bottom right. I left the inside blank. I just love it! ;)

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


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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Caffeine

Here's my DT inspiration project for the Aud Sentiments "Any Sentiment For A Girl" challenge. Can't believe it's already time for another mid-challenge post! You still have another week to get your craft on, so come play with us! And remember to use a sentiment - this time it's any sentiment for a girl! :)

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


Sponsor: The Paper Shelter
Prize: $20 gift certificate to The Paper Shelter

About Paper Shelter:
If you are looking for fun, cute and lovely digi stamps for your papercrafting or web design projects, The Paper Shelter is your one-stop boutique! This growqing catalog of high-quality digi stamps with many different kind of options offers a multitude of these such as everyday items, holidays, special occasions, children, adorable characters and creatures. Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, as well as pre-colored format. Images are wonderful for coloring and make perfect additions to greeting cards and scrapbook albums. In The Paper Shelter you'll also find great other resources for all crafts (or digital) projects, like paper packs, printables, accessory sheets, etc.

We were given several images to play with and the adorable Coffee Break digi was my first choice for a *Girl Power* card! Remember those college days of cramming for tests and living on coffee?! Well, that was my inspiration for this card. :) I still have to jump-start my day with several cups every morning! 

I had fun with this! The newsprint paper is from Echo Park For The Record 6x6 paper pack, and the floral and dotted papers are from My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks 6x6 paper pack. I colored up this image with these Copics - YG11/13, RV21/23/25, E000/35, B91/93/97, Y00/15/17, C5. I used a Spellbinders Postage Stamps die which I matted on Paper and More slate gray cardstock, along with all the other paper elements. The front and inside sentiments are from the Blockheads Coffee Tea Full Sheet, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I just love the black rose organza trim from Wild Orchid Crafts! I finished the card with a gorgeous pink repurposed bow and some honey flat-back pearls. I just love the way this turned out! This would be great for a "coffee fiend" friend! ;)

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


Here's a peek at the inside sentiment... Love it! ;)


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

Monday, March 18, 2013

Branching Out

It's time to post my DT inspiration project for Love To Scrap! Challenge #2 - Emboss It! Come play with us! Our wonderful sponsor is The Crafting Boutique! Stacy has just moved her store to Zibbet.com, so go check it out! She's offering the winner of this challenge a $10 shopping spree at The Crafting Boutique!

I used the beautiful "Cockatoo" digi for my card. I have a little bit of 'spring fever' going on and wanted some color! I colored up this adorable little feathered friend with these Copics - YG13/17, E33/39, Y15/17, G24, R27 and YR18. I used Spellbinders Classic Circles and Labels Eighteen dies and embossed both die cuts. I also embossed the white background with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. The green striped paper is some I've had in my stash for several years. The sentiment is from GKD Falling For You stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The ribbon is from Studios Blackbird that I got last month at the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival in Georgia. It's primarily yellow but has some shimmery green fibers in it - it's really gorgeous ribbon! I finished up the card with an assortment of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers (my absolute fav), and some white flat-back pearls and a few tiny red gemstones from my stash.

I love the way this turned out and it will be so perfect for someone who is embarking on a new adventure in life, whether it be a new job or a move to a new city or state! :)

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


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

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bon Voyage

The Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing "travel" themed projects this month. For my DT inspiration project, I created a Bon Voyage card using several products available at Blockheads - stamps from the Blockheads Vintage Travel and Vintage Railway stamp sets, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Stain, Red Liner Tape Sheet, Gesso and yellow flocking. I have a different brand of flocking in my stash, but Blockhead's flocking is awesome, so I linked their product. This was great fun and very easy - I created it this afternoon after I got home from spending the weekend at St. George Island with my hubby!

I created a 5.5" x 4.25" ivory card base. I cut a piece of brown cardstock approximately 3/4 of length of the card base and cut a border across the bottom using Spellbinders Classic Petals Edgeabilities dies. I set the leftover piece from the very bottom aside to use later. I painted a Flonzcraft metal corner with Gesso and set it aside to dry. I stamped the large suitcase background from the Vintage Travel stamp set in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on ivory cardstock and cut it out. I also stamped the visitor's ticket from the Vintage Railway stamp set in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on ivory cardstock and cut it out.

I had a very small piece of Red Liner Tape Sheet left in my stash and was able to cut a 1/2" strip from it which I affixed to the lower portion of the brown cardstock just above the border. I adhered the yellow flocking to the tape and then attached a thin piece of Studios Blackbird yellow ribbon. I also fashioned a small bow from the yellow ribbon and set it aside. I went back to the Gesso-painted metal corner and dabbed the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain on it and set it aside for that to dry. I adhered the brown cardstock with border to the cardbase. I then matted the stamped suitcase background on some of the brown cardstock and again on another piece of ivory cardstock. I affixed the stamped visitor's ticket diagonally across the suitcase background with foam pads. I went back to the metal corner again and dabbed a second coat of the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain on it and set it aside to dry.

I adhered the small piece of leftover border to the bottom of the card base, then stamped Bon Voyage from the Vintage Travel stamp set Memento Rich Cocoa ink in the lower right corner. I attached the metal corner to the upper left corner of the suitcase background, then adhered the entire unit in a diagonal fashion with foam pads to the front of the card. I attached the tiny yellow bow and some brown flat-back pearls (lower left and upper right) to finish the card. I think it turned out kind of neat, and I really like the fact that the visitor's ticket stamp is an exact match to the suitcase background, even though they are from different stamp sets! Cool, huh?!


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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rock Star CD Case

This is my DT inspiration project for Paper Crafting Journey's "Anything But A Card" Challenge! We're sponsored this time by The Paper Shelter! OMG - what adorable images they have! I chose the super cute Rock Star digi for my CD case. It's been a while since I altered a tin and I have to say that I really wasn't 'feeling' this project until I started laying all the elements down to figure out placement, then it just kind of came together. :) I also used pink and red together, which I almost never do, and I think that contributed to some of the initial awkwardness! But it's all good - I love the way it turned out!

The light pink cardstock and medium pink marbled paper are some oldies from my stash, as well as the Scrabble letters and the round letter 'U' and the bright pink rick-rack. I used Copics to color the image - RV 21/23/25, R00/20/22/24/27, E000/00/07, C5 and Y08. The gorgeous white crochet lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, one of my favorite online stores. The ticket is from a package of ephemera that I got at the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival in GA last month. I just got the baker's twine a couple weeks ago. The finishing touch was the pink flat-back pearls. I believe I'll earmark this little treasure for my granddaughter! ;)

I'd love to enter my Rock Star CD case into the following challenges:



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

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy Easter

** 3/10/13 Top Pick at Robyn's Fetish! **

It's time to post another Aud Sentiments DT inspiration project for the Easter/Spring Sentiment mid-challenge post! The sponsor is wonderful Prairie Fairie Designs! OMG - what adorable digis they have! I chose the super cute "Just Ducky" for this Happy Easter card. This little girl is just too stinkin' cute! And she's just loving those little ducks!

This is a 5" x 5" card with two corners rounded. The very colorful Doodlebug Design papers from the Hello Spring 6x6 paper pack are some of my favs. I used a large handful of Copics - E000, E01, E07, E33, E35, R00, R20, R22, R27, BG15, BG45, B91, B93, B95, YR15, Y08 and Y17 - to color the image. And of course I can't live without my Spellbinders dies - used Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles on this card. The Happy Easter sentiment is from Stamp Camp, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (a staple in my scrap room). I got the gorgeous ribbon at the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival in GA last month from the Studios Blackbird booth. The silver heart charm and turquoise flat-back pearls from my stash finished it off. I love how it turned out!

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



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

Monday, March 4, 2013

For you my friend

Well, I've been anxiously awaiting the first Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog challenge, and the day is finally here! I set the wheels in motion a couple months ago to get this new challenge blog up and running, and on one hand it seems 'forever ago' but on the other hand, it seems like yesterday! The excitement has definitely been mounting! ;)

As you saw in the teaser post on Saturday, the theme for Challenge #1 is Anything Goes! We know this is a favorite! We're being sponsored by the wonderful Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they are offering 7 free digis to the winner! Come play with us! You know you love you some Bugaboo! ;)

I chose the sweet and simple "Single Flower Vase" digi for my DT inspiration project. I paper pieced the image with yellow, green, red and orange lightweight cardstock. I love paper piecing - makes me feel like a Kindergartner all over again! Most of my card projects are 5.5" x 4.25" but I went way out of my norm with this one, creating a tall skinny card which measures approximately 8.5" x 3.5". My sister hooked me up with several kraft card bases and matching envelopes when I visited her last month for the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival, so I was itching to use one!

I used a stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set with Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink to make the randomly stamped background, and the sentiment is from the Gina K Designs Various Verses stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I distressed the edges of the focal image and the card base with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink. I added some twine and some bling to finish it up. Love the dirty/distressed but sweet look! ;)


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

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lost Coast Designs Card Samples!

Goodness... where did February go? I just can't believe how fast the time is passing. My Mom always told us as children that "the older you get, the faster time flies." As a child, you just can't fathom getting "older" to begin with, let alone experiencing time "flying by!" But I have to say, as an "older" adult (hahaha) she was right on the money with that little cliche!

I've been a busy little bee over the past several weeks dealing with transition into a new department at work, getting my new challenge blog design team together and preparing for our first challenge this coming Monday, and creating DT inspiration projects for the three other design teams I'm on. My husband thinks I'm nuts for spreading myself so thin, but I love every minute of it! I have managed to create several card samples for Lost Coast Designs that I just mailed to Linda. She starts eight shows the beginning of March, so I'm praying she'll get these in time to showcase in her booth! ;)

LCD stamps are amazing! Not only does Linda have a huge selection of stamp images, but the quality of her stamps is superb. Every LCD stamp I've ever used has rendered a gorgeous crisp, clean image. And I can't say enough about her smiling customer service and lightening quick shipping!

Vintage note card (blank inside)
Image stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and
mounted on corrugated cardboard box flap, 
all heavily distressed, tied with twine



Happy Everything
Embossed with fine detail copper embossing powder, 
painted with watercolors and details colored with Copics


(Inside sentiment is from Party Words - a very cool set 
of sentiment stamps)



Thinking of You
Set of 3 monochromatic black/white cards,
each with a splash of color




(Inside sentiment is the same on all three cards - from
 the Party Words stamp set)



Happy Birthday
Background sprayed with handmade Perfect Pearls mist,
green/blue combo stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves
and Paris Dusk and adorned with dimensional bird


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

Get ready to play!

Okay, ya'll! Get ready to play!

The new Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog design team is getting all fired up and ready for our first challenge on Monday, March 4th, at 9:00 AM EST! Get out your paper, scissors and embellishments, and come play with us!

I have an amazing design team with diverse paper crafting experience, and they've created some very awesome inspiration projects! And I'm proud to announce that our wonderful DT will vote on the Winner and Top 3 picks for our challenges! We're looking forward to some super fun challenges ahead, and some of them will be challenging! After all, that's what "challenges" are all about, right? ;)

I want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful and generous sponsors! You'll be loving all of the prizes up for grabs!

Be sure to head to the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog on Monday morning! We're starting off with everybody's favorite... Anything Goes! Hope to see you there!

Big hugs,
Leslie