Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rough & Tough

My GDT gig with Tuesday Alchemy comes to an end with this week's challenge. It's been great fun and I'm ever so grateful for the opportunity! This week's Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #33 - Random Word Inspiration (Blackboard, Gears, Tart) is sponsored by the wonderful Floppy Latte Designs and Craftycat957! I chose Floppy Latte's super cute "Toy Truck" digi for my card and paper pieced it with an extra layer over the wheel wells. It's just too stinkin' cute! I liked the random word "Gears" to go with this adorable little truck so I used the Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder for the background. I kept the card fairly simple so as not to obstruct the view of the gears. I have had the Rough & Tough felt cut-out in my stash for several years and it was perfect for this little boy card!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and dark gray cardstock; red and textured ivory cardstock from stash
  • Crate Paper Pretty Party 6x6 paper
  • Floppy Latte Designs "Toy Truck" digital image
  • Copic C5
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies
  • Tilda Lace die
  • Rough & Tough felt cut-out from stash
  • Black satin ribbon; black flat-back pearls



Many thanks, again, to Tuesday Alchemy for this GDT opportunity!

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

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's A Party!

Woo-hoo! It was my pleasure to create the birthday party invitations for my granddaughter, Gigi, who will turn nine in several weeks. She wants a pink party! OMG - this was so much fun and I enjoyed it immensely! I used the awesome little pocket card technique gotten from my Blockheads design teammate, Barb Black (thanks once again, Barb!). These invites have a bit too much dimension to fit into an envelope, so the pocket card was perfect. They are all-girly pink and the inside features a removable card with all the party details. ;)

I recently bought the cutest set of round Calendar stamps that I just love and was dying to use, so of course, I used the Time To Celebrate one on the front with the month, date and year, along with  my fav lace background and retro diamond border (both stamped in pink), a white flourish and leaf, and gorgeous pink trellis rose. Can't forget the pink distressing on the edges, the pink gemstones and white flat-back pearls! I just love how these turned out!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; textured pink cardstock from stash
  • Lili of the Valley round Calendar stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Great Impressions Lace Background stamp
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set (diamond border)
  • Martha Stewart Pink Geranium ink
  • Ranger Spun Sugar Distress ink
  • Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace die
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Wild Orchid Crafts pearl spray, trellis rose and white flat-back pearls
  • EK Success magenta Zig ball pen



Here's a view showing the removable card with the party details...


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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank You

I had this afternoon off so I headed straight to the scrap room when I got home to create another DT inspiration project for the current Blockheads Pocket Card Technique Challenge hosted by our design teammate, Barb Black. These little pocket cards are so much fun! Come on... you still have time to play with us! Visit the Blockheads Pocket Card techniques page to see Barb's tutorial. She's been busy and has several awesome samples posted on her blog!

I kept my gift card holder super simple and went for a monochromatic CAS look. I stamped the butterfly image from the Blockheads Grunge Collages stamp set with Versamark ink on Blockheads Black Glossy cardstock. I embossed the image with fine detail silver embossing powder, trimmed it down and set it aside. I cut pieces of black glossy and silver foil cardstock for the front and matted the black onto the silver. I stamped Thank You from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set with Versamark ink on a narrow piece of black glossy cardstock cut for the bottom flap, embossed it with fine detail sliver embossing powder, and mounted it onto a narrow piece of silver foil cardstock. I adhered both matted units to the cardbase and adhered the embossed butterfly image to the front, off center and slightly to the right. I affixed a vertical row of black fabric roses to the left of the focal image with Blockheads 1/8" Red Liner Tape and finished the front with several small white flat-back pearls along the left side and on each side of the sentiment on the bottom flap.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Blockheads Verses-Feel better stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, centered across the top, and adhered the bottom flap to the inside of the card base with Blockheads 1/4" Red Liner Tape. Voila! ;)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Blockheads Black Glossy cardstock
  • Blockheads Grunge Collages stamp set
  • Blockheads Verses-Feel better stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Sweet Stamps fine detail silver embossing powder
  • Blockheads 1/8" and 1/4" Red Liner Tape
  • Wild Orchid Crafts fabric roses and small white flat-back pearls



Here's a peek at the inside...



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

One cool Ghoul

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #183 is Snips and Snails, and the challenge is sponsored by the one and only Saturated Canary! I chose the super cute "Zombie Philly" digi for my card and tried to make him as scary as he could look for as stinkin' cute as he is!  I dug out some Halloween papers that I've had in my stash for a while. And I know... I used a flourish, flowers and pearls on this boy card but I just couldn't help myself! But I did die some white flowers black for the occasion!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and black cardstock; orange cardstock
  • Halloween papers from stash
  • Krista Smith's Saturated Canary "Zombie Philly" digital image
  • Copics: C1/3/5, 100, B00, YR04/15, Y17, E29/37/99
  • Ranger white distress marker
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles and Big Scalloped Rectangles dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey Leaf and Swirl dies
  • Paper Studio Stampabilities Halloween Sayings
  • Assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
  • Black Staz-On ink refill ink
  • Orange ribbon; black and orange-yellow flat-back pearls



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

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Believe

I had some major fun creating this adorable little pocket card, a DT inspiration project for the current Blockheads Pocket Card Technique Challenge, hosted by our design teammate, Barb Black. Come play with us! You'll be amazed at how easy and fun this project is! Visit the Blockheads Pocket Card technique page to check out Barb's tutorial. To take our challenge the traditional way via your blog, create your own project, create a blog post and link back to the Blockheads Pocket Card Technique Challenge blog post by September 21st for a chance to win a $25 Blockheads gift certificate! The winner will be selected by our design team.

It's not a  requirement, but if you want to include the code snippet to make it a blog hop and show thumbnails of all participants' projects, use this link code:
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There's another way to take our challenge if you don't have a blog, and that is via our Facebook group! You'll need to join if you're not already a member, then all you need to do is post an image of your project on the group's wall by September 21st. The Facebook winner will get to pick out any 4" x 5" set of Blockheads stamps on cling cushion, and there are some awesome stamps to choose from!

I randomly lightly sponged several colors of Ranger distress inks onto the entire back side of my card base created per Barb's tutorial - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar - and then inked the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink. I stamped the diamond pattern from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set with Memento Bamboo Leaves across the bottom flap. I randomly stamped the dot pattern also from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set with Memento Pear Tart over top the sponged areas. I then used the curly-Q stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set using various Versamagic dew drops - Hint of Pesto, Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea and Mango Madness - in between the dot pattern. For the sentiment, I covered a chipboard tag with Versamark ink and Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, and then another layer of Versamark ink, Clear UTEE and some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, and while still hot, stamped "Believe" from the Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set. I adhered the tag to the front of the card and added a leaf, a couple strands of pearl spray and some WOC flowers to the left side of the tag, and eight dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls across the bottom of the tag. I adhered a piece of crochet lace across the bottom of the diamond pattern on the bottom flap with Blockheads 1/8" Red Liner Tape, and finished the card with eight tiny pink gemstones in the lower right corner just above the flap.

On the inside, I adhered two squares of textured light blue cardstock, adhered the bottom flap to the inside of the card base with Blockheads 1/4" Red Liner Tape and then inserted a Blue Mountain Arts wallet card with an awesome inspirational poem by Ashley Rice. This card will go to someone very near and dear to my heart, so the poem was just perfect! I'm also considering including a gift card of some sort (haven't decided what kind yet), as shopping is definitely good for the soul!

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

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Ranger distress inks -  Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves and Pear Tart ink
  • Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set
  • Versamagic dew drops - Hint of Pesto, Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea and Mango Madness
  • Versamark ink and Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
  • Blockheads Verses-Full Sheet stamp set
  • Bisque Liquid Pearls
  • Blockheads 1/8" and 1/4" Red Liner Tape
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and white crochet lace
  • Magnolia Doohickey leaf die
  • Tiny pink gemstones
  • Blue Mountain Arts wallet card with poem by Ashley Rice


Here's a peek at the inside. Be sure to read the poem on the wallet card - it's so awesome! :D


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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What's brewin'

It's time to post another GDT inspiration project for this week's Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #32 - Color Recipe, sponsored by the wonderful Robyn's Fetish and Scrapper's Delights! The colors in the recipe are golden brown, mustard and navy (one, two or all three of these colors) and no other colors except neutrals such as black, ivory, tan or white may be used.

I chose the elegant Robyn's Fetish "English Tea Cup" digi for my card which features a pocket on the inside that holds a tea bag. This all just came together so easily - when I saw the tea cup digi, I knew I had to create something to hold a tea bag. I had created a money holder card and a tea bag holder card last December over the holidays, using a slightly different technique, and I have to say this one is super easy (thank you, Barb Black!). I had several of these blanks already cut and scored for some other DT challenge inspiration projects, so stay tuned for some more fun using this awesome little pocket card!

I used all three colors in the recipe along with ivory. The background  is a lace background stamped in mustard seed distress ink, matted on mustard cardstock. I paper pieced my tea cup with golden brown and ivory, layered on a navy blue lacey circle. I finished it off with an ivory crochet flower with a mustard brad, and a couple flourishes to look like steam. I'm pleased with the way it turned out! ;)

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; golden brown, mustard and navy cardstock from stash
  • Robyn's Fetish "English Tea Cup" digital image
  • Great Impressions lace background stamp
  • Ranger mustard seed distress ink
  • Spellbinders Parisian Accents and Lacey Circles dies
  • Sweet N Sassy large scallop border die
  • Blockheads 1/4" and 1/8" Tacky Red Tape
  • Sentiment from GKD "Cool Beans" stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ivory crochet flower; mustard brad; golden brown flat-back pearls




Here's a peek at the inside...



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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

You're So Groovy

The theme for this week's Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #31 is Peace, Love and Happiness, and the challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Sassy Studio Designs and LEJ Designs! I chose Krista Smith's groovy little Saturated Canary "Peace and Love Hipster" digi for my card this week. What an awesome image to work with! I had a great time with this - there's a hidden tag plus I got to use several new dies, some gorgeous papers and an awesome crochet flower! Sure brings back memories of the 70s! Hahahha!

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; green and light blue textured cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Hello Spring 6x6 papers
  • Saturated Canary "Peace and Love Hipster" digital image
  • Copics: E000/00/33/99, R/21/23/25, Y21, YG11/13/17, V12/15/17, B91/13
  • GKD So Groovy stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangles die
  • Cheery Lynn French Pastry die
  • Magnolia Doohickey Leaf and Swirl dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey So Swrapped Swirly Folded Tag die
  • Wild Orchid Crafts pearl sprays
  • White crochet flower; green/white Love brad from stash
  • White organza ribbon; tiny pink gemstones; blue flower brads from stash



Here's a view with the hidden tag exposed...


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

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Absolute Beauty

I had some more playtime today in the Scrap Room (woo-hoo!) and created another Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project, a note card with images from Lynne Perrella's Paper Artsy "Pageant" stamp set. This was tons of fun and I once again found myself with inky fingers! Oh darn! ;) Wink! Wink! I used stamps from several Blockheads stamps sets - Backgrounds For All Occasions, Grunge It Up and Vintage Light & Form. I usually leave my note cards blank on the inside, but once again I decorated the inside just a bit, leaving a large area blank to write a note.

I cut a 5.5" x 4.25" card base from white cardstock and chomped the corners of the card base and the main image with my tonic ticket punch. I masked the main image and spritzed some Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Ink Spray on it, and also spritzed some Bamboo Leaves Fireworks Craft Ink Spray on the smaller square image. I stamped the cracked paint background stamp with Ranger Spun Sugar distress ink on the card base and Memento Bamboo Leaves ink on the main image over top the Rose Bud Fireworks Craft Ink Spray (leaving the mask in place). I stamped the corner floral stamp in the upper right portion of the card base.

I used the small curly-Q stamp (my absolute fav stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set) and randomly stamped it with Memento Pear Tart ink all over the card base and main image (again leaving the mask in place). I stamped the postal image across the bottom of the card base in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the Absolute Beauty sentiment in Versamark on green cardstock and embossed it with Ranger black embossing powder, then cut it out with a Spellbinders Large Labels die. I removed the mask and  colored the main image and the smaller pageant ribbon image (for the inside) with Copics and a touch of Sakura Stardust pen in the centers of the ribbons. I matted the main image on green cardstock and layered green cardstock behind the front panel of the card base.

I glue-dotted tucks in a piece of light pink satin ribbon and adhered it to a strip of white cardstock with Blockheads 1/4" Red Liner Tape. I adhered the vertical sentiment to the upper left side of the card and then adhered the ribbon over the edge of the sentiment in a vertical fashion down the left side of the card and affixed some white flat-back pearls under the tucks. I adhered the small square image and the main image to the front of the card with thick dimensional foam pads. I fashioned a bow with the light pink satin ribbon and adorned it with a metal embellishment and small white flat-back pearl. I affixed the bow to the upper right corner of the main image and finished the card with two white flat back pearls in the lower left corner.

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; green cardstock
  • Images from Lynne Perrella's Paper Artsy Pageant stamp set (stamped by Blockheads on Neenah cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink)
  • Copics: YG17, G05, C5, RV21/25
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set
  • Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set
  • Blockheads Vintage Light & Form stamp set
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart and Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ranger Spun Sugar distress ink
  • Ranger black embossing powder
  • Fireworks! Bamboo Leaves and Rose Bud spray inks
  • Spellbinders Large Labels die
  • Blockheads 1/4" Red LinerTape
  • Light pink double face satin ribbon
  • Wild Orchid Crafts metal embellishment and white flat-back pearls



And here's a peek at the inside...


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

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Missing You

"Missing You" is my latest Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project, made with beautiful images from the Artistic Outpost's "A Lovely Day" stamp set. I've been experimenting again... I concocted a mixture of Tsukineko Walnut Ink and Terra Cotta spray inks, some Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist and a little water from an Inkessentials Mini Mister that I used to ink the edges of my card and to create the background. This was so much fun (I got really inky fingers) and I'm so tickled at how cool this turned out! I love my note cards and normally leave them blank inside, but I did decorate this one a bit with the double-row diamond background stamp from the Blockheads "Backgrounds For All Occasions" stamp set and the smaller AO image.

I created a 4.25" x 5.5" card base and tore about 3/4" off the right side of the front. I sponged the scrap piece I tore off, the entire front and inside right of the card base with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. I sprayed some Tsukineko Walnut Ink and Terra Cotta spray inks along with some Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist on my craft mat, then laid my Blockheads Dot Stippler in the ink. I flipped it over and then laid half of my cardstock on it. I swirled the Dot Stippler back around in the ink, flipped it over and laid the other half of my cardstock on it so the entire piece of cardstock was covered. While that piece was drying, I inked the edges of the card base with the same ink mixture. I colored both images with Copics, Pewter and Pink Gumball Perfect Pearls Mists and Cranberry Adirondack alcohol ink on Tsukineko Fantastix pointed brush tip applicators. The images were too white, so I carefully sponged Ranger Antique Linen distress ink on the non-colored areas of the images and then roughly sponged some Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink on top of the Antique Linen being sure to leave lines from the edge of the sponge.

I stamped the sentiment from the Blockheads "Verses-Feel Better" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the scrap piece of cardstock that I tore off the right side of the front of the card base and then cut each letter out. I matted each of those letter blocks, the stippled background and the focal image on burgundy cardstock. I also adhered a piece of the burgundy cardstock onto the right side of the card base to show when the card was closed. I adhered the stippled background to the card base, then adhered the focal image, a piece of ivory crocheted lace, a metal embellishment and the sentiment blocks onto the stippled background. I finished the front with five brown flat-back pearls. For the inside, I stamped the double-row diamond background stamp from the Blockheads "Backgrounds For All Occasions" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink vertically down the right side. I adhered a narrow strip of black cardstock along the piece of burgundy cardstock, then adhered the small image in the lower right corner, leaving a large area on which to write a note to the recipient.

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white and black cardstock; burgundy cardstock
  • Artistic Outpost's "A Lovely Day" stamp set (stamped by Blockheads with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah cardstock)
  • Tsukineko Walnut Ink and Terra Cotta spray inks
  • Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist
  • Blockheads "Backgrounds For All Occasions" stamp set
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Blockheads Dot Stippler
  • Copics: E00, E35
  • Pink Gumball Perfect Pearls Mist
  • Cranberry Adirondack alcohol ink
  • Inkessentials Mini Mister with water
  • Tsukineko Fantastix pointed brush tip applicators
  • Ranger Walnust Stain distress ink
  • Blockheads "Verses-Feel Better" stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Joann's ivory crocheted lace
  • Wild Orchid Crafts metal embellishment and brown flat-back pearls

Open...



Closed...



A peak at the inside...



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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Our friendship is Tailormade

Here it is... time to post another DT inspiration project for the Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #181 - Sketch, sponsored by the wonderful Sassy Studio Designs! Where has this year gone?! I sure am ready for some Fall weather - enough of this hot stuff in north Florida! The sketch for this week's challenge is a fun one and I do love sketch challenges. Come play with us! I chose the sure enough sassy "Carrie Sassy" digi image for my friendship card, one of the images in the "Sassy in the City" collection. I kept the card fairly clean so as not to detract from the sketch, using only a metal corner and some WOC flowers in addition to the image and sentiment. All five squares are mounted on light and medium shades of purple cardstock for lots of layers. I created my own "lace" background for the outside squares with a new lace background stamp I just got, stamped with distress ink, which I really love!

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


Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock; light and medium purple cardstock
  • Sassy Studio Designs "Carrie Sassy" digital image
  • Copics: E000/00/33, Y15/21, G24, BV11/13/17, V17, RV25, R24
  • Great Impressions Lace Background stamp
  • Ranger Dusty Concord distress ink
  • Sentiment from Flourishes Feminine Charm stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Flonz Crafts metal corner
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers

Here's the sketch...





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

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Congratulations

Oooooh-weeee! I'm guest designing for Tuesday Alchemy for the month of September and I'm so stoked! We've got some fun challenges coming up, so come play with us! My first DT inspiration project is a baby girl congratulations card that I created for Tuesday Alchemy Challenge #30 - Anything Goes, sponsored by Fabric.com and Broken Box Designs! I chose the absolutely adorable single "Peas In A Pod" digi by Broken Box Designs for my card which, believe it or not, is a freebie on their site. Freebie or not, I knew I had to have it because it went perfectly with the 'little sweet pea' paper I had in my stash!

I paper-pieced the baby pea image with green and very pale pink, and matted it on pink, green and black to go with the bold outline of the image. I double-matted the background paper on ivory and pink to go with those soft colors. I kept the theme fairly simple, using a couple dainty pink ribbons, a baby bottle charm and pink flat-back pearls. I love the way it turned out!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory and black cardstock; green, medium pink and pale pink cardstock
  • 'Little sweet pea' patterned paper from stash
  • Broken Box Designs single "Peas In A Pod" digi image
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals and Classic Squares dies
  • Kaisercraft baby rub-ons (sentiment)
  • Pink scalloped organza ribbon; pink satin ribbon
  • Blockheads baby bottle charm
  • Pink flat-back pearls



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