Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate!

** 10/31/14 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

Hi everyone! It's already the end of October and I'm excited that the weather here in north Florida has finally begun to cool off a little and Thanksgiving is fast approaching... my favorite holiday! We have another fun challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for CCM #126 - Cut It Out, hosted by yours truly! We're being sponsored this time by the wonderful Hobby Art Stamps and Di's Digi Stamps! Come play with us! I challenge you to create a project using die cuts and/or punches, and the die cuts can be of the manual or electronic variety! I've used one of each on my project!

I'm known for my shoe fetish... what can I say?! My sister, who also has a shoe fetish (I guess it runs in the family) is always on the look-out for shoe dies, stamps, you name it... if it's a shoe, she wants it. She found the cutest high heel shoe cut file (a freebie!) from SVG Cuts and sent the link to me with a request to cut some with my Silhouette. So I set aside an afternoon a couple weeks ago while I was on vacation and cut a bunch of them for us, using scraps from my scrap bin. It is truly an awesome feeling using up scraps, no matter how few, from that seemingly ever-growing mound of color. :)

One of the high heels I cut was a sparkly teal and floral that I thought would look great showcased on layered hexagon die cuts for this challenge. I dug into my paper stash and found some pretty patterned teal paper and a larger piece of the floral paper (matching the shoe) to use for the background and matted all the elements on turquoise cardstock. I stamped a vertical sentiment in teal ink and added some turquoise gemstones and a metal filigree corner embellishment.


I added some polka dot ribbon with a double-loop bow, along with some flat-back pearls.


The inside sentiments are from two different stamp sets, stamped in the teal and morocco ink to compliment the floral paper on the front.


Proud to enter my card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White and Turquoise Sea cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye Notable 6x6 paper pad; Colorbok Glacier Springs Glitter paper
  • GKD Vertical Greetings 2 stamp set
  • High heel shoe cut file from SVG Cuts
  • Spellbinders Hexagon dies
  • Lil' Inker Designs Snarky Sentiments stamp set
  • Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set
  • Memento Teal Zeal ink
  • Memento Morocco ink
  • Flonzcraft metal corner embellishment
  • Studios Blackbird polka dot ribbon
  • Turquoise gemstones and white flat back pearls

I do hope you've found some inspiration to play in our Cut It Out challenge this time using die cuts and/or punches! Be sure to check out all the goodies available at Hobby Art Stamps and Di's Digi Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I'm in love with my MISTI!

OMG, y'all! I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my online friend, Vicki, for introducing a bunch of us on Facebook to the MISTI! I've been busting at the seams the tell you about this amazing new tool... I finally got the chance to use it to create two cards this morning!

MISTI stands for Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented. And yes, it most definitely is! The MISTI was invented, and each one handmade, by the wonderful Iliana of My Sweet Petunia. She makes a bunch of them, announces via email when they'll go on sale and sells out almost immediately. It took me a couple tries before I was lucky enough to get one, and then I got so excited that I forgot to order the graph paper and magnets! So I used the Contact feature on her site and asked her to invoice me for the extra items, which she gladly did, and included them in the package with the MISTI. So I can vouch for her amazing customer service as well! :)

I highly recommend that you subscribe to her emails so you don't miss out on the next batch of MISTIs. And while you're at it, go ahead and subscribe to her YouTube channel, because her cardmaking videos (using the MISTI of course) are pretty awesome!

I hope you're lucky enough to get one of these amazing stamping tools! If you get one, I know you're going to love it! ;)

Hugs,
Leslie

Fall Angel Note Card

** VIP Top 3 Pick at Party Time Tuesdays! **

Hi everyone! I'd love to share a note card I created for the Lost Coast Designs "Wings" challenge going on this month. You still have some time to play with us, so dig out your Lost Coast Designs stamps and get busy! We want to see anything with wings! You could be another proud winner of a $10 gift certificate to the Lost Coast Designs online store! Woot-woot!

I used the Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Angel stamp along with some gorgeous fall paper for my note card. Y'all know by now that Autumn/Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! You also know that I'm the note card queen... I love note cards because they are so easy and everybody needs them. Plus they make great samples for Linda to carry around from show to show. ;)

This is a shaving cream and alcohol ink background. Can you tell I've been having fun?! L.O.V.E. this technique and it's been several years since I've done it. My hubby 'couldn't believe' the combination so had to watch for a few minutes and agreed it was pretty cool! I'm very happy with this particular piece. I made several. If you've ever done it, you know every one turns out different. All you do spray a nice thick layer of shaving cream into a flat dish, drop several colors of alcohol ink onto the shaving cream in random fashion, swirl with a stick (up and down and side to side), and press your cardstock down onto the mess. And I say that fondly! Grab a corner, peel up the piece of cardstock and scrape the shaving cream off, and you have a gorgeous marbled pattern! Incredibly easy! AND it smells good! ;)


I layered a piece of orange, yellow, green and brown fall paper on some gold metallic cardstock and adhered it to a kraft card base. I trimmed the background piece and stamped the angel in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used my MISTI (a new awesome stamping tool... Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) to stamp her three times to ensure a good impression. I matted the stamped image on the gold metallic cardstock and adhered it with dimensional pads on the front of the card base. I added some gold Gumdrops for the finishing touch.


Proud to enter my Fall Angel note card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Kraft card base with matching envelope from stash; Marco's Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock; GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock
  • Bo Bunny Autumn Song double-sided paper
  • Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Angel stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Barbasol shaving cream
  • Ranger Adirondack inks: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange and Lettuce
  • YNS Gold Gumdrops

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project with wings for our challenge this month! Be sure to check out all the amazing stamps at the Lost Coast Designs online store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Follow Your Dreams

Well, the weather is finally cooperating here in north Florida and the temps are actually dropping a little bit! That makes me so happy! I'm here this morning to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #40 - Seeing Dots! sponsored by the amazing Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and Lacy Sunshine Stamps! Come play with us! This is an easy one - we want to see your project with polka dots! They can be any size and any color!

I chose the absolutely adorable Wix's Moon Dreamcatcher digi for my inspirational card. I just love this image and she was so much fun! Sort of hippie-esque, don't you think?! And I dug into that fat stack of bold papers that I just love and grabbed some coordinating large dots, small dots and stripes. I matted all the elements on cranberry tart cardstock.


Isn't she just the cutest?! I cut her with a circle die and matted her on a lacy circle die cut. I added some white wrinkled ribbon and a multi-looped bow which I embellished with a red satin ribbon rose (very old... I've had these in my stash forever), and finished the front with some red flat back pearls.


I stamped a dreamcatcher on the inside, which I thought was very appropriate, along with an inspirational sentiment.


I would absolutely love to enter this inspirational card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White and Cranberry Tart cardstock
  • Recollections Bold Basics paper pad
  • Lacy Sunshine Stamps Wix's Moon Dreamcatcher digital image
  • Copics: E00/33/99, C3, Y17, R85, YG63, YR18, V15
  • GKD Follow Your Dreams stamp duo
  • Memento Gray Flannel dew drop ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Lacy Circles dies
  • Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
  • Red satin ribbon rose
  • Red flat back pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration to play in our Seeing Dots challenge this time! It'll be fun! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs
Leslie

Oops! (Belated Birthday)

** Winner at The Paper Makeup Stamps Blog! **

Hi everyone! This is my last challenge as guest designer with Card Mania Challenges and I'd like to thank them again for these fun-filled three months! It sure has gone by fast! I'm proud to share my inspiration project for CMC #58 - Buttons! Come play with us - we want to see some buttons on your project! We're being sponsored this time by Milk Coffee Stamps!

I chose the absolutely adorable Tiffany and Birthday Cake for my belated birthday card. Aren't these papers just the yummiest ever?! I always color my image and then match my papers (I know... bass ackwards) and was literally sucked into this pad of double-sided K & Co. papers! Double-sided papers have become another addiction! ;)


I matted all the paper elements on the front on gorgeous deep burgundy textured cardstock. Several weekends ago I made some shrinky dink floral elements with my heat tool and used one of them on this card. I added some pink wrinkled ribbon with a triple loop bow, and the required buttons for the challenge, and that was it!


On the inside, I did something out of the ordinary - I sponged a couple light pink inks over a square/oval stencil and then stamped the inside belated sentiment in the center of it. Kind of neat, huh?!


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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock; Bozo cardstock from the  DCWV Reds multi-stack
  • K & Co. Que Sera Sera double-sided 12x12 papers
  • Milk Coffee Stamps Tiffany and Birthday Cake digital image
  • Copics: E00/35/37/51, C5, Y17/21, V15, R81/85, RV25
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Love Letter ink
  • Ranger Spun Sugar distress ink
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Buttons from stash
  • Prairie Bird Boutique pink wrinkled ribbon
  • Darcie's Vintage Trinkets clip art

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project for our buttons challenge! And be sure to check out all the fun digital images at the Milk Coffee Stamps Etsy store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, October 13, 2014

True beauty comes from within

Hello, my crafty friends! Another fun challenge has begun over at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I'm very happy to share my DT inspiration project for CCM #125 - It's Only Words. This time, we want to see your project with the main focus being on the sentiment! Easy peasy!

I created an inspirational card (and my first-ever swing card) and thoroughly enjoyed myself! I recently got the Sizzix Square Flip-Its die set which I've fallen madly in love with! There are a whopping 12 dies in this set! Add some gorgeous double-sided papers in a green and blue color combo, and a pretty awesome card is beginning to emerge! Now all that's left is to embellish it...


I stamped the Unity sentiment on a pretty die cut created with one of the dies included in the Flip-Its die set, then matted it on a navy blue lacy square SB die cut and adhered it to the front side of the swing mechanism. I added some small gemstones beneath the sentiment, and then some larger ones on the left panel.


I repeated the stamping and matting once more, and adhered that unit to the back side of the swing mechanism.


I cut a flourish out of the same navy blue cardstock and adhered it to the right panel, then topped it with a satin double loop bow.


To finish the card, I added a cluster of flowers on top of a metal corner affixed to the lower right panel.


So happy to enter my swing card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; DCWV textured navy blue cardstock
  • K & Co. Blue Awning double-sided papers
  • Sentiment from the Unity Strength & Dignity November 2013 Kit of the Month
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Sizzix Square Flip-Its die set
  • Spellbinders Lacy Squares die
  • Magnolia Doohickeys Swirl die
  • Flonzcraft metal corner embellishment
  • Champagne gemstones
  • Olive satin ribbon
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers

I hope you've found a little inspiration here to create a project for our It's Only Words challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Get Well Wishes

** 10/8/14 Top 3 pick at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog! **

Howdy, everyone! Can you believe we're a week into October already?! And today is my birthday... so Happy Birthday to me! Never mind that I'm another year older, I'm super stoked to share my Love To Scrap! Challenge blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #39 - Anything Goes! We're playing with rubber or clear stamps (no digis allowed this time) and we're being sponsored by the amazing Taylored Expressions! What better birthday present could a girl ask for?! Woo-hoo! So what are you waiting for... come play with us!

I chose the awesome Tea-riffic Petite stamp set for my get well card. I cut the center step card base and layered centerpiece with my Silhouette. I used one of my most favorite color combos of green and pink, with some absolutely gorgeous linen papers that feel like real fabric. Just amazing! The tea cups are paper pieced using scraps. The pink scallop die cut sentiment was also cut from a scrap. I love it when even just a few scraps disappear from that ever-growing scraps bin! ;) The only embellies I used were some crocheted lace, pink gemstones and white flat-back pearls.


Here's a side view of the center step construction. Love this!


So happy to enter this get well card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White, Fresh Asparagus and Bubble Gum cardstock; medium pink cardstock scrap from stash
  • Taylored Expressions Tea-riffic Petite stamp set
  • Paper Mania Vintage Notes linen 6x6 papers
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Lacey Ovals die
  • Sharpie white paint marker
  • Stampendous Dot Sparklers, pink
  • Craftime Enchanted white crocheted lace
  • White flat-back pearls
  • Pink gemstones

This is it for me today. I sure hope you've found a little inspiration to create something fun using rubber or clear stamps for our Anything Goes challenge! Remember... no digis allowed this time! And be sure to check out all the amazing goodies in the Taylored Expressions shop! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Many thanks

** 10/20/14 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

Hi everyone! We're already into the third month of my guest design gig with Card Mania Challenges, and I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed myself! August and September are just a blur (like this whole year has been) and October has begun. I'm happy to share my inspiration project for CMC #57 - Tag! Come play with us! This is a real easy one - we want to see your projects with tags. Your project can contain a tag or your project can be a tag. And we're being sponsored by the fun ColorInk Digital Stamps! ;)

I chose the pretty Bloomy Watering Can digi for my tag project which I fussy cut with my Silhouette and adhered to a circle die cut affixed to a large tag (matted on another large tag) from my stash. I have tons of tags in various colors and sizes in my stash, and it felt good to use a couple of them.


I chose a couple pretty 6x6 EP papers for the background and matted them on charcoal cardstock. I stamped a sentiment in the upper right corner and added several gemstones.


I finished the inside by stamping a simple sentiment and matting the panel on charcoal cardstock.

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury White and Charcoal Brown cardstock
  • Echo Park Victoria Gardens 6x6 papers
  • ColorInk Bloomy Watering Can digital image
  • Copics: YG61/63, RV13, C3/5, R85/89, Y06
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • GKD Lots of Lines stamp set (front sentiment)
  • GKD I Appreciate You stamp duo (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Tags from stash
  • Dark pink ribbon
  • Imaginisce green gemstones

Well, that's it for now. Hope you've found a little inspiration to create a tag project for our challenge this time! And be sure to check out all the fun digis over at ColorInk! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie