Saturday, March 31, 2012

Inspire (Nature)

Wow - I finally had some time to create a Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project with their totally awesome Inspired By Nature stamp set! I've had this set for several weeks now and have been "jones-ing" to use it! I also used several sentiment stamps from their Verses Full Sheet. Most of the products I used for this project are available at Blockheads! One stop shop! :) I absolutely love how this card turned out!

After cutting my card base, I cut another piece of layering weight cardstock in quarters (I needed three quarter pieces). I created my background piece by dabbing Ranger Antique Linen distress ink (using the DTP technique) all over the cardstock, turning the pad each time it touched down. I then sponged Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed and Rusty Hinge distress inks and Memento Bamboo Leaves ink randomly over it. I trimmed it and matted it on a piece of burnt orange textured Colorbok cardstock. I stamped the large Inspire image twice with Versamark and embossed both with gold embossing powder. [One of the images was completely covered with embossing powder and embossed, which was the focal image piece, and the second image was only partially covered with embossing powder, focusing mainly on the Inspire block and the leaf, so as not to waste embossing powder since I was going to cut them out later.] I stamped a single large flower with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then colored both flowers and both leaves with Copics, and then cut out the single flower, and the leaf and Inspire block from the partially embossed piece. I also cut out the large (fully embossed) Inspire focal image piece and matted it on a piece of the burnt orange textured Colorbok cardstock.

I cut two pieces of green organza ribbon - left one flat and made a bow out of the other one - and hit them with both the heat tool to curl them up a bit. I adhered the flat piece of ribbon to the right side of the sponged matted cardstock background piece, and then adhered the unit to the card base. I then affixed the Inspire focal image piece onto the background piece with thin dimensional pads. I then layered the extra flower, leaf and Inspire block on top of the focal image piece with the thin dimensional pads. I finished the card with some orange sherbet flat-back pearls (top right and lower left) and a tiny brown button in the center of the green bow. Isn't she lovely?!

I'm entering this card into the Unruly Paper Arts April Reader Art Quest 1: Sponging Spectacular!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Colorbok burnt orange textured cardstock
  • Ranger distress inks: Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed and Rusty Hinge
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Blockheads Inspired By Nature stamp set and Verses Full Sheet
  • Versamark; gold embossing powder
  • Copics: YR04, YR09, YR14, G12, G24, E35
  • Green organza ribbon; orange sherbet flat-back pearls; tiny brown button

The inside was super simple and consists of a wide strip of the burnt orange textured Colorbok cardstock with scraps from the sponged cardstock background piece adhered above sentiment stamps from the Blockheads Verses Full Sheet. Easy peasy!



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

Happy 50th Birthday

I know I keep saying it... but time is really flying by! It's almost the end of March already! It's time to post a DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #85 - Birthday Fun, sponsored by Digital Delights By Louby Loo! What a fun website they have! Come play with us! I chose the adorable "Claudia Cow" digi image for my first card this week! I just love her! I made a milestone birthday card - one for the "big five-oh"! Hahahaha! Been there, done that (several years ago)... it's just another number!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; textured purple cardstock; textured light and medium gray cardstock; DCWV gray shimmer cardstock
  • Two papers from the My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks 6x6 designer pad
  • Digital Delights By Louby Loo "Claudia Cow" digital image
  • Copics: C1, C3, C5, RV21, YG13, B97, Y15, E35, R22, YR18, V17, BG13
  • Spellbinders classic circles, big scalloped circles and labels seventeen dies
  • Memento London Fog ink
  • Sentiment from the Blockheads Verses Full Sheet
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch
  • White ribbon; black and silver 50 confetti; purple and yellow gemstones

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

hello

Here is my second DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #84 - Spring Is In The Air, sponsored by The Crafting Boutique and The Digi Garden. I chose The Crafting Boutique's absolutely adorable "Hello" digi image for my card. I just love this little bunny! I love bunnies in real life, too, because they are so sweet, warm, cuddly, and docile! Remember, I'm a teenager from the 70s... the "make love, not war" era! I like all things that represent a calm existence! :)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; DCWV blue shimmer cardstock; yellow glitter cardstock
  • Plaid paper from the My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks 6x6 paper pad
  • The Crafting Boutique's "Hello" digital image
  • Copics: C1, Y15, YR04, B05, E37
  • White Liquid Pearls
  • Spellbinders classic squares, big scalloped squares and square fleur de lis dies
  • Wide blue grossgrain ribbon; yellow button; silver flat-back pearls; blue flower
  • Metal alphabets; silver spray glitter, Fireworks craft spray ink (Blue Danube), blue flock

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

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Inspire (Vintage)

Here is my latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project - a card with a vintage flair that I made using Blockheads glossy black cardstock, Bamboo Leaves Fireworks craft ink spray, Blockheads Verses Full Sheet and Vintage Portraits stamp sets and Perfect Pearls (Jewels and Metallics)! I love to experiment and had a grand time playing!

I cut a card base from plain black cardstock. I then made the background by spraying the Fireworks craft ink spray in a few short bursts (at a distance of 6-8 inches) over a piece of black glossy cardstock. I blotted the wet ink with a wadded piece of paper towel. This left gorgeous gold speckles all over the cardstock. I hit it with a heat tool for a few seconds to make sure it was good and dry. I then stamped the postcard/postmark image randomly all over the cardstock with Perfect Medium, then dusted each image randomly with violet, blue and green Perfect Pearls. I cut an oval from plain black cardstock using a classic ovals Spellbinders die, and applied Perfect Medium (DTP) to the oval about 3/8" inward and dusted it with the blue Perfect Pearls. I then sprayed matte fixative on both pieces and set them aside.

I stamped the matron's silhouette on purple cardstock with Memento tuxedo black ink and cut it out. I stamped "inspire" on a small piece of the same purple cardstock, embossed it with black embossing powder and cut it out with a small classic ovals Spellbinders die. I cut another oval from plain black cardstock using a slightly larger classic ovals Spellbinders die onto which I matted the embossed purple "inspire" piece. I cut a lacey oval from gold mirror cardstock using a lacey ovals Spellbinders die. It was too shiny, so I applied Perfect Medium (DTP) to the lacey oval about 3/4" inward and dusted it with bronze Perfect Pearls, and sprayed matte fixative on it. It looked like it still needed a little something, so I lightly touched the outer portion of the loops with the Perfect Medium and dusted them with copper Perfect Pearls, and sprayed a tad more matte fixative on it and set it aside.

I matted the black background piece onto a piece of the same purple cardstock that I used for the silhouette and the sentiment, adhered a piece of black satin picot-edged ribbon to the left side, and adhered the unit to the card base. I then adhered the silhouette piece onto the lacey oval piece, attached a black bow (organza ribbon hit with the heat tool to curl it up a bit) to the bottom of the silhouette and adhered a white flat-back pearl to the center of the bow. I attached the oval unit to the background piece (off center a bit to the left) with dimensional squares, adhered the sentiment piece to the bottom right and finished it off with some black flat-back pearls on the upper right and lower left.

Recipe:

  • Blockheads glossy black cardstock; Gina K Designs Pure Luxury black cardstock; purple cardstock; gold mirror cardstock
  • Bamboo Leaves Fireworks craft ink spray 
  • Blockheads Verses Full Sheet and Vintage Portraits stamp sets
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Versamark; Ranger black embossing powder
  • Perfect Pearls (Jewels and Metallics)
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and lacey ovals dies
  • Black satin picot-edged ribbon; black organza ribbon
  • White flat-back pearl; black flat-back pearls


For the inside, I adhered a piece of the same purple cardstock used for the elements on the front, stamped the postcard/postmark image randomly across the top with Perfect Medium and dusted each image randomly with the violet, blue and green Perfect Pearls, and sprayed it with matte fixative. I then stamped "make it happen" in the center of the Perfect Pearls images with Versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder. Sorry for the shadow in the lower right corner - I took multiple photos at different angles to try to capture the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls and the embossed sentiment, which proved to be somewhat difficult and produced that darn shadow! :)


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

Just because...

The theme for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #84 is "Spring Is In The Air" and the challenge is sponsored by The Crafting Boutique and The Digi Garden. Come play with us! Both of these sponsors have wonderful digital images to work with! I chose The Digi Garden's "Courtney With Flower" for my first DT inspiration card of the week, and she is just so precious! I used several coordinating papers from the DCWV Mango Frost mat stack - if these flowers don't scream "SPRING", I don't know what does! I can tell you, Spring is definitely one of my favorite seasons!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • 3 coordinating papers from the DCWV Mango Frost mat stack
  • The Digi Garden's "Courtney With Flower" digital image
  • Copics: E11, RV21, RV23, RV25, E29, E37, YR04, YG13, YG17
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and scalloped ovals dies
  • Sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Martha Stewart Flower Shower punch
  • Ivory lace; pink ribbon
  • Orange sherbet flat-back pearls; yellow gemstones

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

You are Amazing

I just can't believe how fast the time is flying by! Whew! It's time to post another DT inspiration card for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #157 - Cute & Cuddly, sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Sentiments! Come play with us! They have the cutest digis! I chose the adorable "Rosie Fun Time" for my card, and thoroughly enjoyed making this one! She is such a sweet image! And I'm still using the adorable Ticket Sentiments clear stamp set - I just love it! Hope you aren't getting rired of it! ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks 6x6 paper pack
  • Spellbinders classic ovals, scalloped ovals and labels eight dies
  • Crafty Sentiments Designs "Rosie Fun Time" digital image
  • Copics: E11, RV21, Y15, B91, B95, B97
  • Sweet N Sassy Ticket Sentiments clear stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Blue ribbon with gold trim; lemon sherbet flat-back pearls; ivory flower; shimmer stars

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All My Love

Well, it's already time to post my second DT inspiration card this week for the 2 Sisters Challenge #83 - Dots N Spots - sponsored by the wonderful Meljen's Designs! Such adorable digis they have! Come play with us! I chose the super cute "Two Little Yorkies" for my card. The colors just kept evolving... I started with brown to match the cute little doggies, then added some orange craft foil, then some peachy cardstock and patterned paper, some ivory ribbon sprayed with Tangelo Fireworks craft ink spray and a salmon-colored flower added, then finished off with some red gemstones! And I'm still having loads of fun with the new Ticket Sentiments clear stamp set!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Core'dinations brown/peach cardstock
  • Meljen's Designs "Two Little Yorkies" digital image
  • Copics: E35, E37, R27, RV21, B97
  • Spellbinders orange craft foil
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and scalloped ovals dies
  • GKD patterned papers from the Sundance 6x6 paper pack
  • Sweet N Sassy scalloped border die (large)
  • Sweet N Sassy Ticket Sentiments clear stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Ivory ribbon sprayed with Blockheads Tangelo Fireworks craft ink spray
  • Red gemstones; salmon flower

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

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Best Wishes

The theme for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #83 is "Dots N Spots" and the challenge is sponsored by the awesome Meljen's Designs! Come play with us! I chose the adorable "Tutu Sweet" digi image for my first DT inspiration card of the week. I fell in love with this sweet image the first time I saw it and knew right away that I'd be creating a card with it! I used my new Sweet N Sassy Ticket Sentiments clear stamp set which I just love - and will be using a lot! I used one of my all-time favorite embossing folders - swiss dots - for my background to keep in line with the Dots N Spots challenge. I left this card mainly ivory with a splash of purple to match her dress.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; dark purple textured cardstock
  • Meljen's Designs "Tutu Sweet" digital image
  • Copics: E01, RV21, V15, V17, BV17, Y15, YR15, YG17, R27
  • Spellbinders classic circles and scalloped circles dies
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Sweet N Sassy Ticket Sentiments clear stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Purple ribbon; purple gemstones; purple flower

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Just A Note

OMG - I so enjoyed making this, my second DT inspiration card this week for 2 Sisters Challenge #82 - Spring Colors! The challenge is sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop and Inked Treasures. The sweet image I used for my note card is called "Field of Flowers" and is from Digi Doodle Shop. I gave this beautiful child red hair and a ruddy complexion - she could be my husband's child! This note card gave me a case of 'spring fever'! I've been experimenting again and made my own background paper using three colors of Fireworks craft ink spray, and was amazed at how gorgeous it turned out! I will definitely be playing with these inks some more in the very near future!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV blue shimmer cardstock
  • Echo Park 'A Walk In The Park' 6x6 paper pack
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Fireworks craft ink spray in Danube Blue, Lilac Posies and Dandelion
  • Spellbinders classic circles, big scalloped circles and labels seventeen dies
  • "Field of Flowers" from Digi Doodle Shop
  • Copics: E00, E11, E35, YR14, YR04, YR15, Y15, G14, G24, B05, V17, RV23, BG18
  • Sakura stardust pen; yellow Stickles
  • Sentiment from GKD All Occasion Tags stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • White paper doilie; multi-colored ribbon; pink flat-back pearls


Look at the shimmer!


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

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Win Weekly Blog Candy At Blockheads Paper Arts!

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My Honey

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project - my first experience with Perfect Pearls! I used the Perfect Pearls Naturals kit and the colors are just gorgeous! It was loads of fun and I'll definitely be playing with this again... soon! I also got to use the awesome Blockheads ATC Honey Bees and Inspired By Nature stamp sets which I just got and have been dying to use!

I cut a 5" x 5" card base from kraft cardstock, then distressed and inked the edges with Ranger walnut stain distress ink. I took a quarter sheet of plain white cardstock and spritzed diluted Tsukineko Eucalyptus walnut ink (in a mini mister) all over it. I used a wadded up paper towel with just a tiny bit of dark brown Tsukineko ink sprayed on it to blot the piece, which left a light veiny impression everywhere I randomly blotted. Really cool! I hit it with the heat tool to make sure it got good and dry before stamping. I then inked up the bee hive stamp with Perfect Medium and stamped it on the background piece I made. Using the small brush in the kit, I applied rust Perfect Pearls to the bee and a few random spots on the hive, then applied kiwi Perfect Pearls on the rest of the design, and used the large brush to remove the excess medium from the design. I stamped a smaller honey bee on the upper right of the design, and colored the abdomen with a Copic marker so it would stand out. I highlighted the wings of both bees with a Sakura stardust pen. I trimmed the left and right edges and adhered the piece to a slightly larger piece of gold shimmer cardstock trimmed to fit the width of my card base. I distressed the left and right outer edges and tore the top and bottom, through both thicknesses, inked all four edges, and then adhered the unit to the card base. Using a strip of Blockheads 1/8" Tacky Red Tape, I hapazardly placed a piece of twine ribbon along the left edge, leaving the edges raw. I stamped the "my honey" sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with a rust colored embossing powder that matched the color of the bee. I cut the sentiment out using a Spellbinders Label Eight die, cut the bottom off and tucked it vertically under the edge of the ribbon on the left side. I love vertically-placed sentiments! I stamped a small flower from the with Versamark twice, once on pink and once on gold shimmer cardstock, along with two leaves on green shimmer cardstock, and embossed them all with gold embossing powder. Then I "fussy" cut (as my friend Karen says) the pink flower, gold center and both leaves, attaching the yellow center to the pink flower and arranging the leaves, and then adhered them on top of the twine ribbon at the top of the card. I finished it off with three orange sherbet flat-back pearls randomly placed on the ribbon, and four gold flat-back pearls on the bottom right. The inside is blank.

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV gold, pink and green shimmer cardstock
  • Bee hive, small bee and sentiment from the Blockheads Honey Bees stamp set
  • Small flower and leaves from the Blockheads Inspired By Nature stamp set
  • Perfect Pearls Naturals kit
  • Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Copics: E35
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Versamark; rust embossing powder
  • Tsukineko Walnut and Eucalyptus spray walnut inks
  • Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Spellbinders Labels Eight die
  • Blockheads 1/8" Tacky Red Tape
  • Twine ribbon; orange sherbet and gold flat-back pearls


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

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The theme of this week's 2 Sister's Challenge #82 is "Spring Colors" and the challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Inked Treasures and Digi Doodle Shop! Both have such wonderful digital images to work with! I created my first DT inspiration card of the week with the adorable "Lucky Bella" digi image from Inked Treasures. She is so stinkin' cute and comes just in time for St. Patty's Day! When I think of spring, I think of a myriad of colors - yellow, orange, blue, green and turquoise (those used in this card), along with pink and purple!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Papers from the DCWV Cafe Mediterranean and Mango Frost matstacks
  • "Lucky Bella" digital image from Inked Treasures
  • Copics: E35, E37, E29, YG11, YG13, YG17, YR01, YR04, RV23, BG18, C5
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Spellbinders classic squares, big scalloped squares and labels seventeen dies
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border punch (small)
  • Martha Stewart scalloped lace border punch
  • Green ribbon bow; orange sherbet and silver flat-back pearls
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day! ribbon

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

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Such A Cutie Patootie!

I had a really good time creating my DT inspiration card for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #155 - Recipe, sponsored by The Stamping Boutique. I absolutely love The Stamping Boutique's digi images - they are all hand-drawn by the lovely Tracey Malnofski and they are so much fun to work with! I chose a super cute Smoochie image - Cutie Patootie to be exact! I purchased a couple Smoochie images back in early January and have been waiting for just the right occasion to use Cutie Patootie! This challenge recipe calls for 1 stamped or digital image, 1 sentiment, 2 ribbons, 3 patterned papers and 4 embellishments.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; dark purple and light green cardstock
  • The Stamping Boutique's Smoochie Cutie Patootie digital image
  • Copics: Y15, E01, E35, E39, YG11, YG13, YG17, G05, BV11, BV17, B91, R22
  • Spellbinders classic ovals and scalloped ovals dies
  • Computer-generated "Such A Cutie Patootie" sentiment; 1-inch round punch; JudiKins diamond glaze
  • Patterned papers from My Mind's Eye (2) and Hot Off The Press (1)
  • Purple and green polka dot ribbon; light purple ribbon fashioned into a bow
  • Tiny flower punch; tiny clear gemtones
  • Want2scrap clear swirl flourish; purple flat-back pearls; bottle cap

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

For My Friend

It's time to post my second DT inspiration card for this week's 2 Sisters Challenge #81 - Recipe. The recipe calls for 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments, and the challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Stamps. I chose the beautiful Delphinium digi image by Delicious Doodles for my card entitled "For My Friend." I love to color flower images and I did this one in shades of blue-green, and I love how it turned out! I used two papers from the DCWV Cafe Mediterranean matstack, and my three embellishments are ribbon, bling and a flower charm. And I got to use a new Spellbinders Ribbon Tag die!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV Cafe Mediterranean matstack
  • Delicious Doodles "Delphinium" digital image
  • Copics: BG11, BG13, BG15, G14, G24
  • Spellbinders petite scalloped ovals and ribbon tag dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD All Occasion Tags stamp set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves and Paris Dusk ink
  • Tonic ticket punch
  • White polka dot ribbon; silver flower charm; silver flat-back pearls; aqua gemstones

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

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Faeries Note Card Set

I was in the scrap room just about all day yesterday and got six cards made! Woo-hoo! Two of them are for two other DTs I'm on, and the other four are a really cool set of "Faeries" note cards which I made as an inspiration project to coincide with this month's Blockheads Paper Arts Challenge - Bleach Technique Blog Hop which I am hosting! More bleaching fun - you've got to check it out! I used two stamps (the bugle-blowing fairy and sentiment) from the Blockheads Whimsical-Faerie Wings stamp set. I absolutely love this set - it's so much fun to work with! I embossed her, which was the first time I've ever wet embossed anything as large as this, so I was pleased that I got fairly decent Versamark coverage! I bleached her wings then colored them a different color on each card, to coordinate with the background piece which I dry embossed and sanded to bring out the white core. I originally planned to bleach the embossed areas but it just didn't look right, so I ended up sanding them instead! Whatever works! :)

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For each card, I stamped the fairy on cardstock with Versamark and embossed it with a coordinating color of embossing powder. I cut out the image in a rectangular shape and cut the corners with my Tonic ticket punch, then bleached the wings using a Fantastix brush point tip applicator and household bleach in a small dish. After the bleach was dry, I colored the wings in a contrasting color with Marvy Uchida brush tip water-based markers, then hit it with a Sakura stardust pen. I then mounted the image on white cardstock that I had sponged the edges of with antique linen distress ink. I cut my card base from white cardstock, cut the corners with the Tonic ticket punch and sponged the edges with antique linen distress ink. I cut a background piece of cardstock (coordinating the color with the fairy wings), cut the corners with the Tonic ticket punch and ran it through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder. I opened the embossing folder and while the cardstock was still on the impressed side, I sanded the surface of the embossed areas. I adhered ribbon (using 1/8" Blockheads Tacky Red Tape) angled across the right lower corner of the embossed background piece, then adhered the unit to the card base. I stamped the "Faeries" sentiment in Memento tuxedo black ink on white cardstock, cut it out using a Spellbinders petite scalloped oval die and embossed it, then sponged antique linen distress ink while it was still in the die. I popped it out of the die and mounted it on the right lower corner with dimensional pads. I then crafted three rolled flowers from the same cardstock used for the background and mounted them on the left lower corner. I finished the cards with either pearls or bling in the left upper corner. The inside of each card is blank.




Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; navy blue, burgundy, brown and dark green cardstock
  • Yellow, green, pink and orange textured cardstock with white core
  • Ranger antique linen distress ink
  • Fairy and sentiment stamps from the Blockheads Whimsical-Faerie Wings stamp set
  • Versamark; navy blue, burgundy, bronze and dark green embossing powder
  • Household bleach; in a small dish; Fantastix brush point tip applicator
  • Marvy Uchida brush tip water-based markers; Sakura stardust pen
  • Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder
  • Sanding block
  • Spellbinders petite scalloped oval die
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Sizzix 3-D flower die
  • McGill petite petals punch
  • Liquid Pearls
  • 1/8" Blockheads Tacky Red Tape
  • Various ribbons, flat-back pearls and gemstones

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


Saturday, March 3, 2012

See beyond

The 2 Sisters Challenge #81 this week is a Recipe challenge - 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments - sponsored by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Stamps. I chose the sultry "Ivy Fairy" digi image by Delicious Doodles for my first DT inspiration card. OMG - is she a vixen or what?! I could be her! Hahahaha - just kidding! What fun this was! I think I followed the recipe fairly well... I interpreted it to mean 3 kinds of embellishments - rolled flower, ribbon and bling... with bling being gemstones and pearls. ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and green cardstock
  • Stitchy Bear Stamps "Ivy Fairy" digital image by Delicious Doodles
  • Copics: E11, RV21, RV23, Y15, B02, G24
  • Sakura stardust pen
  • Papers from the My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody 6x6 paper pad
  • Spellbinders classic squares, beaded squares and labels seventeen dies
  • Sweet N Sassy scallop border and lacey eyelet border dies
  • Sizzix 3-D flower die
  • Sentiment from the Taylored Expressions "Discover Your Wings" stamp set
  • Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Pink polka dot ribbon; tiny clear gemstones; pink flat-back pearls


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