Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dresden Rose Happy Birthday

OMG! I'm ecstatic and busting at the seams to share my first parchment crafting project! This technique is one that "grabbed" my sister and I, and pulled us to the SweetStamps booth at the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival in Lawrenceville, GA, that I mentioned a couple posts ago! Have to say this is one of my new favorite techniques! This is my inspiration project for SweetStamps Challenge #132 - Birthday! Come play with us! This was great fun and I honestly can't wait to create another one! This is the last SweetStamps challenge in August,so that means it's my last post as guest designer. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself and thank Stacey, Kendra and team once again for this amazing opportunity! :)

I used the totally gorgeous (gor-juss) "Dresden Rose Circle" stamp, embossed with SweetStamps fine detail white embossing powder on 36-lb. vellum. I colored the image with Bic Mark-It markers this time (on the back side), cut it with a 4-split perforating tool and mounted it on three very pretty die cuts. I added three sets of two tiny white flat-back pearls in the upper right corner.


Here's a close-up of that beautiful image!


The inside sentiment is SweetStamps "Happy Birthday" stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.


Recipe:

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

I hope you're inspired to create a beautiful project for the SweetStamps Birthday challenge! Take the plunge and try some parchment crafting if you've never tried it - you'll love it! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Vintage Bowl and Pitcher

Well, we're a little closer to the end of this month which brings us closer to the end of this year, and I'm feeling kind of vintage (hahaha... I guess because I am kind of vintage!), so I created a pretty vintage card as my inspiration project for SweetStamps Challenge #131 - Anything Goes! I'm really enjoying being a guest designer for the month of August! Come play with us! You know you love Anything Goes (wink-wink)!

I used the absolutely gorgeous SweetStamps Bowl and Pitcher stamp on ivory cardstock, embossed with SweetStamps copper fine detail embossing powder. I colored it up with a few Copics, cut it with a Spellbinders die and sponged distress ink on it while it was still in the die, then mounted it on a beautiful distressed doily die cut. I heavily distressed the edges of the card base and the kraft cardstock to which I adhered the focal image over top some burlap. I finished the front with a twine bow, a few sequins dabbed with Bisque Liquid Pearls and some chocolate flat-back pearls.


The inside is very simple. The sentiment is stamped with my favorite SweetStamps "Have A Beautiful Day" on ivory cardstock, cut with a Spellbinders scalloped oval die and edges distressed.


Recipe:

I hope you're inspired to create an Anything Goes project for this awesome SweetStamps challenge! Given all the fun products in the SweetStamps Shop, the possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 19, 2013

So proud of you

It's time to post another DT inspiration project... one for Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog - Challenge #12 - Let's Play Bingo! Woo-hoo! Love me a Bingo challenge! AND we're being sponsored by The Paper Nest Dolls! Can I hear a woot-woot?! Come play with us! You know the drill... just choose any column or row (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) on the grid and use those three items on your project:


I am super excited because not only did I get to play with an adorable image from The Paper Nest Dolls, I got to use some new stamps and coordinating dies that I got a few weeks back, as well as more awesome coordinating papers from this huge paper pad that I've fallen in love with! ;) Needless to say, I was in heaven on earth!

I actually nailed bingo twice... with bling, die cuts and flowers down the first column, and also with ribbon, sentiment and flowers diagonally from top right to bottom left. My bling consists of gemstones, pearls and Stickles. The clipboard clip and notebook paper are die cuts from the new stamps and dies I mentioned, in addition to the flower and doily die cuts. There are also flowers on the ribbon and a flower on this little beauty's hat. I love the sentiment - actually the whole card reminded me of my daughter who is now grown with a daughter of her own. :)


Here's a peek at the inside... just a simple sentiment that fits so well with the sentiment on the front!


Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; The Paper Cut Brown Bag cardstock; yellow and pink cardstock from stash
  • Dot, stripe and plaid papers from the Recollections Bold Basics paper pad
  • The Paper Nest Dolls Playing Dress Up digital image
  • Copics: E00/01/33/51, Y21
  • Paper Smooches Notebook Paper die, and Clipboards stamp set and die
  • Front sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chart Toppers stamp set
  • Inside sentiment from Stamp Camp Simple Sentiments 2
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Sizzix Flower Blossom sizzlets die
  • QuicKutz Antique Doily die
  • White Liquids Pearls
  • Yellow and green Stickles
  • Large pink gemstones; white flat-back pearls

I hope you're inspired to create a pretty project for our Bingo challenge! Check out all The Paper Nest Doll images - you won't be disappointed! They are super cute and so much fun to work with!

Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! Have an awesome day!
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, August 16, 2013

holiday happiness

I'm (still) super excited to be guest designing for SweetStamps for the month of August! I'm back today to share with you my inspiration project for the SweetStamps Monthly Technique Challenge - Masking! I absolutely LOVE this technique! It's super fun, easy and yields the most awesome result! This technique challenge will run from August 15th through September 14th, so come play with us! You're gonna love this technique, too! If you've never tried the masking technique, be sure to check out the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial HERE.

I'm getting a head start on my Christmas cards (it'll be here before we know it), and used the beautifully simple SweetStamps "Winter Tree" stamp along with some JudiKins Eclipse Mask Tape and four Memento inks (Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, New Sprout and Pistacho) to create a little wintery scene! Green is my absolute favorite color, so these different shades of green masked trees are just an added bonus to this beautiful card! ;) I completed the focal image on my card by tearing the edges, matting it on green cardstock and then tearing those edges. I adhered the matted piece to the card base and applied some green flat-back pearls.


The inside sentiment is SweetStamps "holiday happiness" stamped in Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves and Pistacho.


One more shot of the inside, up close to show off that gorgeous stamp font and those pretty shades of green!


Recipe:

I hope you're inspired to create a pretty masked project for this fun SweetStamps technique challenge or to "tackle" this fun technique if you've never tried it before! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Happy Birthday

** 8/15/13 Monthly Technique Challenge Winner
 at SweetStamps! **

I'm happy to report that I created a card this evening strictly for challenge play and not as a DT inspiration project! Woo-hoo! This was actually very fun and a technique that I have never done before... the dryer sheet technique! Yep, you read it correctly! Love how it turned out and it's probably the best smelling card I've ever made! ;)

The Splitcoast Stampers tutorial for the dryer sheet technique is HERE. I stamped the SweetStamps Square Medallion #1 in Memento Black Tuxedo ink on white cardstock and colored it with several Copics. I ran it upside down through the Xyron, pressed the used dryer sheet onto the Xyron adhesive, trimmed it and added some glitter! I rounded the two bottom corners, matted it and adhered it to a 4.25" square card base with rounded corners.


I stamped SweetStamps Happy Birthday on a horizontal panel on the inside in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and affixed some silver nail heads on each side.


Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; pink patterned cardstock from stash
  • SweetStamps Square Medallion #1 stamp
  • SweetStamps Happy Birthday stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: V17, BV17, B05/95, YG11, RV25, Y11
  • Making Memories light pink glitter
  • Creative Memories corner rounder
  • Mark Richards nail heads

I'd love to enter this pretty card into the following challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Happy Wedding Day

Can you believe it's already the middle of August?! I'm back today to share with you my inspiration project for SweetStamps Challenge #130 - Bling! What girl doesn't just love bling?! Come play with us! I'm super excited to be guest designing for SweetStamps during the entire month of August!

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed creating this card! I embossed the SweetStamps "Antique Bride" on vellum which is so much fun and the results are just amazing! I used kind of non-traditional shades of salmon on her wedding dress which I carried to the front and inside of the card with the cardstock. I added gemstones to all four corners.


This magnificent bride was mounted on several pretty oval die cuts and I added some pearls, salmon ribbon and bow, and a wedding rings charm. Isn't she just gorgeous?!


OMG - I just love this charm! How's that for some bling?! ;)


The inside sentiment is SweetStamps "Happy Wedding Day."


Recipe:

I hope you've been inspired to create a beautiful project using bling for this SweetStamps challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Have A Beautiful Day

I'm back with another post this week, this time to share my inspiration project for SweetStamps Challenge #129 - Silhouettes! Come play with us! I'm so stoked to be guest designing for the entire month of August! Many, many thanks to Kendra and crew! Woo-hoo!

My sister and I kind of stalked the SweetStamps booth at the Heirloom Paper Arts Festival in Lawrenceville, GA, back in February. ;) We didn't mean to... it just sort of happened. First it was all the stamps and ink pads and embossing powders and dies... then it was the product/technique demos. We'd stand there and watch for a while, then we'd walk around to other booths, but we always found our way back to the SweetStamps booth... almost like a magnetic field was pulling us in! Hahaha! Of course we bought a number of products used in several of the demos we watched, and I have to say that I've been extremely pleased with everything - from stamps, ink pads, dies and embossing powder to parchment crafting tools and accessories. The list goes on! I've also ordered from their online store and their customer service is impeccable along with lightening fast shipping!

I wanted to keep my card simple and elegant. I stamped and embossed the absolutely gorgeous SweetStamps "In Her Easter Bonnet" on ivory cardstock, matted it on black cardstock and used just a few pale pink embellishments. What a beauty! ;)



I stamped the inside sentiment with SweetStamps "Have A Beautiful Day" on the ivory cardstock, matted it on black cardstock and affixed it to a strip of a pink Memory Box Piestra Tile die cut.


Recipe:

I hope I've inspired you to create a beautiful silhouette project for this SweetStamps challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 5, 2013

Vintage Holeproof Hosiery

Today I'm sharing with you my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for Challenge #11 - It's Monochrome! We're being sponsored by the very awesome My Crafty Heart! Come play with us! The challenge this time is to use black and white with optional shades of gray and a 'splash' of one other color!

I created a very cool vintagey card with white-on-white stamping, black and red matting, a red wax seal and a few other embellishments! The focal image is a "Holeproof Hosiery" ephemera type stamp from Hampton Arts Graphic 45. I love it - it's so fun and so random! What a hoot! ;)



For the large and small backgrounds, I stamped on white cardstock with white dye ink for a very cool watermark effect you can see real well when you angle it. It was difficult getting the lighting just right for these photos. I used the Hampton Arts Hot Fudge Studio swirls and text background stamp for the small square, and the Beeswax checkerboard background stamp for the large background.





Remember back in the day when people melted wax and stamped it to seal their envelopes?! I have some glue gun wax sticks and metal stamps and sat for a couple hours a few weekends ago making a crap-ton of various colored seals with several different stamps! They are really neat - these seals turn kind of rubbery and don't break like the wax ones did! So of course I had to use one on this card! ;)



And here's a peek at the inside... (curious if you know what "ginchiest" means?!)



Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; Marcos black cardstock; red cardstock from stash
  • "Holeproof Hosiery" stamp from Hampton Arts Graphic 45
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Hampton Arts Hot Fudge Studio swirls and text background stamp 
  • Beeswax checkerboard background stamp
  • Sweet Stamps white dye ink
  • Inside sentiment from Blockheads Retro Verses stamp set
  • Studios Blackbird black and white stitched ribbon
  • Red glue gun wax stick and butterfly metal stamp (wax seal)
  • Want2Scrap black gemstone flourish and white flat-back pearls

I hope I've inspired you to create a monochromatic card - black and white in this case with just a splash of red! It's definitely a challenge if you love lots of color like I do!

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