Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Tis The Season

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #193 is "Winter Wonderland" and is sponsored by the awesome Meljen's Designs! Come play with us! Every year, it seems that once Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas holidays are upon us in no time flat! We were given some awfully cute digis to play with for this challenge and I chose "Cozy Winter Mailbox" which I paper pieced using red, green and gold foil cardstock. I felt like a child all over again sitting here with my little scissors, glue pen and cardstock - cutting, gluing and lining things up just so-so! Can't tell you how much fun I had!

I started out with an all-white theme, except for the image, and soon decided it needed some red around the border and some red ribbon to compliment the colors in the scarf. Then that led to the green, red and white WOC flowers to compliment the white pearl spray and swirl and leaf die cuts. I built the "snow" up with multiple layers of Frosted Lace Stickles. The little gold mailbox even looks like metal, thanks to some matte fixative I sprayed on it to keep the inkjet printer ink from smearing. SCORE! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock; Marco's red and green cardstock; Bazzill Basics Gold Foil cardstock
  • Meljen's "Cozy Winter Mailbox" digital image
  • Copics: E00/33/51
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares and Fleur de Lis Squares dies
  • Magnolia Doohickeys Swirl and Leaf dies
  • Frosted Lace and Gold Stickles
  • Mrs. Grossman's Christmas Card Captions
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and pearl spray
  • Gold memory thread; wide red ribbon; tiny white flat-back pearls



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

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

This is the other Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration project I created this weekend - a fancy fold Christmas card using several stamps from the beautiful Blockheads An Illustrated Christmas and Winter Wonderland stamp sets. OMG - this was soooo much fun! I've made several fancy fold cards over the years but never one like this woven one, and I have to say that I really enjoyed myself! I got the basic tutorial in an email and figured I'd give it a try! ;)

The finished card is 4" x 5.5". I did adjust the size to fit in a normal sized envelope. I created the card base from kraft cardstock as per the tutorial and embellished it with pieces of ivory, red, green and gold foil cardstock. Some of the snowflakes are from An Illustrated Christmas stamp set, and the other snowflakes, reindeer and sentiment are from the Winter Wonderland stamp set. The text background stamp is from the Blockheads Backgrounds Borders Full Sheet. I used VersaCraft White ink for the snowflakes, Memento Rich Cocoa ink for the text, and Bamboo Leaves ink for the sentiment. I used Swiss Dots and Candy Cane Stripes embossing folders with DTP inking on several of the cardstock elements. The reindeer is embossed with Fantasy Gold fine detail embossing powder that I had in my stash which is really gold and shimmery! I finished this card with a red bow in the upper left corner and a super cute Santa in sleigh charm that has a little gift dangling from it! Love it! I'm really proud of how this turned out... my first attempt at a woven card! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; Marco's red cardstock; Bazzill Basics Gold Foil cardstock; textured green cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads An Illustrated Christmas stamp set
  • Blockheads Winter Wonderland stamp set
  • Blockheads Backgrounds Borders Full Sheet
  • VersaCraft White ink
  • Memento Rich Cocoa and Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Candy Cane Stripes embossing folders
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Fantasy Gold fine detail embossing powder from stash
  • Wild Orchid Crafts Santa in sleigh charm; red ribbon




Thanks so much for stopping by today and we'll see you later on! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

hello

Yay! Got to play in the scrap room this weekend and created a couple Blockheads Paper Arts DT inspiration projects - this "hello" card and a fancy fold Christmas card which I'll post separately. The background on this card was created using the 6x6 Gelli Plate I just got, along with some Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray and several VersaMagic dew drop ink pads. Check out the Blockheads Make & Take video to see what kind of fun you can have with this nifty little gel mono print plate! AND it's on sale! Woo-hoo! I used the gorgeous Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage stamp which I absolutely love. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out!

I cut a 5-3/4" x 4-1/2" ivory card base and set it aside. I spritzed some Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray onto a piece of ivory cardstock and let it dry. I dabbed some Mango Madness VersaMagic ink onto the Gelli Plate and worked it horizontally and vertically over the plate with the brayer. I pressed the double diamond background stamp from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set randomly into the ink until the surface was covered with the stamp impression, and then pressed the Goosebumps-spritzed piece of cardstock onto the plate and peeled it off. I gave it a few minutes to dry and then rubbed the excess ink off the Goosebumps spots with a paper towel.

I cleaned the ink off the Gelli Plate, then inked the peeled paint background stamp (also from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set) with Hint of Pesto VersaMagic ink and stamped it directly onto the Goosebumps-spritzed cardstock and when it was dry, I rubbed the excess ink off the Goosebumps spots with a paper towel. I dabbed some Oasis Green VersaMagic ink onto the Gelli Plate and worked it horizontally and vertically over the Gelli Plate with the brayer. Using my finger, I drew some squiggly lines diagonally across the plate (this was a little messy), pressed the Goosebumps-spritzed piece of cardstock onto the plate and peeled it off. After it was dry, I rubbed the excess ink off the Goosebumps spots with a paper towel and cleaned the ink off the Gelli Plate.

Using StazOn Jet Black ink, I stamped the Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage onto this gorgeous background and trimmed it. When the ink was dry, I tied a piece of ivory ribbon to the left side and adhered it with a piece of Blockheads 1/8" red tape liner. I matted the stamped background piece onto a piece of textured dark teal cardstock, then again onto a piece of light teal cardstock. I matted that unit onto another piece of dark teal cardstock, leaving a slightly larger border around it, and then matted the entire unit onto the card base. I stamped "hello" from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set with VersaCraft Maize ink on a small piece of the dark teal cardstock then cut it with a small oval die. I adhered that to a light teal scalloped oval die cut then affixed it to the upper left corner slightly angled. I put an ivory dotted button on top of a slightly larger green dotted button and affixed them to the knot on the ribbon with a piece of waxed twine tied in a bow.

I cut and embossed four small flowers using a die (two from the light teal cardstock and two from the dark teal cardstock) and affixed tiny white flat-back pearls in the center of each. I adhered one to the "hello" sentiment and the other three in the lower right hand corner.

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; light teal and dark teal textured cardstock from stash
  • 6x6 Gelli Plate
  • Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray
  • Mango Madness VersaMagic ink
  • Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set
  • Hint of Pesto VersaMagic ink
  • Oasis Green VersaMagic ink
  • StazOn Jet Black ink
  • Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage stamp
  • Blockheads 1/8" red tape liner
  • Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • VersaCraft Maize ink
  • Kool Tak clear foam pads
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Scalloped Ovals and Flourish Accents dies
  • Ivory ribbon; green and ivory dotted buttons; waxed twine; tiny white flat-back pearls


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

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stencil Flowers Thinking of You (CAS)

I'm posting a second time today with another Blockheads DT inspiration project - a CAS Thinking of You card I created for our current Blockheads CAS Technique Challenge, hosted by design teammie Karen McAlpine. I also used the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet and Verses - Special Delivery stamp set for this card. C'mon and play with us- you have until November 21st! Visit the Blockheads CAS Cards technique page to check out Karen's tutorial.

Just like the other project I posted earlier, the card was stamped without ink. I colored the stamp with several Marvy water-based brush markers, huffed on it and stamped. I love this technique and  any of the stamps from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet are absolutely perfect because they are deeply etched and you get a great impression! I did something a little different with the sentiment on this one - it's incorporated onto the ribbon across the bottom! I think it turned out kind of neat! I did use VersaCraft ink on that tiny portion of ribbon so it wouldn't run.

I cut a 4.25 x 4.5" card base from white cardstock and adhered an additional panel to the front for stability. Using a Spellbinders Classic Circles die, I cut through both thicknesses and embossed the opening. Using a slightly smaller Classic Circles die, I cut a smaller circle from the circle that came out of the front panel. Using one of the flower stamps from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet, I colored the petals orange/yellow and leaves light/dark green with Marvy water-based brush markers and stamped in the center of the circle die cut. Using the Thinking of You stamp from the Verses - Special Delivery stamp set, I colored the entire sentiment with light/dark green Marvy water-based brush markers and stamped it below and to the right of the circular opening on the front of the card. I stamped the same sentiment again on the white ribbon with Maize VersaCraft ink and hit it with the heat tool. I adhered the ribbon across the bottom of the card, lining up the green and maize stamped portions of the sentiment, then adhered a bow fashioned from the white ribbon on the left side. I adhered the stamped circle die cut in the center of the opening and finished the card with three white flat-back pearls in the upper right corner.

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

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet
  • Orange, yellow, light green and dark green Marvy water-based brush markers
  • Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery stamp set
  • Maize VersaCraft ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles dies
  • White ribbon; white flat-back pearls




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

Gift Ideas: Stencil Seahorse Thanks Note Cards

I got a little time in the scrap room yesterday and today and created two Blockheads DT inspiration projects for our current CAS Technique Challenge hosted by design team mate, Karen McAlpine. I used the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet and Verses - Special Delivery stamp sets for both projects. CAS cards are definitely challenging, especially if you're one who loves to use lots of layers and embellishments - and most of us do - but if you get "in the groove" they are really a lot of fun. You still have time to come play with us! Visit the Blockheads CAS Cards technique page to check out Karen's tutorial. She's been very busy too and has posted several gorgeous samples!

In addition to our current CAS Technique Challenge, this project is also part of our ongoing Blockheads gift ideas showcase. I created this set of four CAS "Thanks" note cards without using ink. I used different shades of blue Perfect Pearls and black Marvy brush marker along with a couple shades of blue cardstock. That's it! I think these turned really nice and were so super simple! I'm still in the "giving thanks" mode... not quite geared up for Christmas yet... although it'll be here before we know it!

These note cards are approximately 3-3/8" square and are blank inside. Using the largest Spellbinders Classic Squares Large die, I cut four square die cuts from blue shimmer cardstock. Using the largest Spellbinders Classic Squares Small die (which is approximately 1/4" smaller than the first one I used) I cut four more square die cuts from a different shade of blue cardstock and stamped the seahorse (from the Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet) to the left of center on each with Perfect Pearls Medium and brushed them with the blues from the Aged Patina, Naturals and Jewel Perfect Pearls kits. I mounted the smaller squares onto the larger squares, and then adhered the units to ivory cardstock based that I trimmed about 1/8" larger than the largest square. I colored the Thanks stamp (from the Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery stamp set) with a black Marvy water-based brush marker and stamped it in the lower right-hand corner of each. That's it! Really!

I'd love to enter these stenciled seahorse Thanks note cards into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; DCWV blue shimmer cardstock; blue cardstock
  • Blockheads Stencil Stamps Full Sheet
  • Aged Patina, Naturals and Jewels Perfect Pearls kits
  • Blockheads Verses - Special Delivery stamp set
  • Black Marvy water-based brush marker




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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

You're Picture Perfect

It's time to post another DT inspiration project for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #191 - Diamonds and Pearls, sponsored by The Stamping Boutique! Tracey generously let us choose whatever image we wanted to play with and I zeroed in on the adorable "Polaroid Smoochie" digi (which is on sale, by the way), as I had the perfect sentiment stamp to use and I wanted to use some retro looking Basic Grey papers that I won a while back. I'm sure you remember those nifty Polaroid cameras we had years ago! I used clear gemstones to represent diamonds and and several pearls. I also used some gorgeous ivory Wild Orchid Crafts crocheted lace and a crocheted heart that I dyed with some Perfect Pearls Mists and Fireworks craft spray ink to make the perfect shade of sparkly lime green! I made a mini rosette with my Tim Holtz die and complimented it with a swirl flourish and a couple skeleton leaves. There is even a tiny spot of Glossy Accents on Smoochie's camera lens! This was a blast and sure brought back some great memories!

Recipe:

  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock
  • Marjolaine by Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad
  • The Stamping Boutique's Polaroid Smoochie digital image
  • Copics: E000/01/33, Y00/02/21, C1/3, R00/20, BG000/11/18, G20, YG11
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey Swirl and Tilda Lace dies
  • Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes die
  • Kiwi Perfect Pearls Mists; Bamboo Leaves Fireworks craft spray ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts ivory crocheted lace and crocheted heart
  • Sentiment from the GKD "Falling For You" stamp set
  • Light green, dark green and white flat-back pearls; clear gemstones
  • Glossy Accents; skeleton leaves


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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gift Ideas: Retro Thank You Cards (Green and Orange)

I'm back again with the second set of retro Thank You cards I created today as part of our ongoing Blockheads gift ideas showcase. I've had a great long weekend, having spent time with our kids and granddaughter and some quality time with hubby, and got several things accomplished. I'm loving the Fall weather and really looking forward to Thanksgiving as it's my favorite holiday. I'm always thankful for wonderful family and friends, but I was really feeling it this morning, thus the two sets of thank you cards! I am in love with the Blockheads Verses-Retro and Retro Shapes stamp sets and I did this set of Thank You cards in green and orange in memory of the avocado kitchen appliances and orange shag carpet from the 70's! LOL! Remember those color schemes?! It's truly amazing how the mind wanders! Hahahaha!

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I created four 4.25" square card bases from ivory cardstock and set them aside. I cut two 4-1/8" squares from orange cardstock and two from green cardstock. I cut four 4" squares from ivory cardstock and using the lines and blocks stamps from the Blockheads Retro Shapes stamp set, I stamped both the lines and the blocks with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink on two of the ivory squares and then stamped them again with Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink on the remaining two ivory squares. I matted each on the corresponding color cardstock, then adhered the units to the card bases. I finished them with green and orange flat-back pearls in the upper left corner. It's amazing at how fast and easy these little sets of cards work up, and I just can't brag enough about these stamp sets! If you've never stamped with Blockheads stamps, you really need to give it a whirl - they are deeply etched and you get a good impression every time! ;)

Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; green and orange cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Verses-Retro and Retro Shapes stamp sets
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
  • Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink
  • Green and orange flat-back pearls





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


Retro Thank You Cards (CAS)

Time sure is getting away from me these days - there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day! This was a busy long weekend and we got a lot done, but it went by so fast! Poof, it's gone and back to work tomorrow! Ughhh! ;)

With it being so close to Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) and an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness and being truly blessed, I created two sets of retro Thank You cards today using the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set. I am really digging this stamp set as well as Blockheads Retro Shapes! This first set of Thank You cards is for our CAS Technique Challenge hosted by design teammate Karen McAlpine. Come play with us! Visit the Blockheads CAS Cards technique page to check out Karen'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 CAS Technique Challenge blog post by November 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 November 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 created four white 4.25" square card bases and set them aside. I cut four 4-1/8" squares from red cardstock and four 4" squares from white cardstock. Using one of the stamps from the Blockheads Verses-Retro stamp set, I stamped Thank You across the bottom of each of the four white cardstock squares with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then matted each of the stamped white squares onto a red cardstock square. I adhered the matted units to the card bases and finished them with three black flat-back pearls in the upper right corner. Super simple! And I love the red and black together! These could even be used as formal thank you notes.

Recipe:


Stay tuned for another post showcasing the other set of retro Thank You cards I made today! 

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

Thursday, November 1, 2012

So Thankful

The theme for this week's Dutch Dare Card Challenge DDCC #189 is "Thankful", and the challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Robyn's Fetish! We were given some super cute images to play with for our DT inspiration projects and I chose the adorable Scarecrow digi for my card. The word "Thankful" is left wide open to interpretation - can be a Thanksgiving card, a thank-you card or whatever the participant interprets this word to mean to them. I really had fun with this image - I'm diggin' the burlap and thought a little hunk of it looked awesome with this image along with the red, orange, gold, green and brown Fall colors. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I've had Fall Fever for a couple months now! ;)

I'd love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Recipe:
  • Gina K Designs Pure Luxury ivory, brown and kraft cardstock; DCWV gold shimmer cardstock; yellow and green/cream dot cardstock from stash
  • Robyn's Fetish Scarecrow digital image
  • Copics: E33/39, G14/24, R27, YR 9/15/18
  • Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die
  • Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry doily die
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Filmstrip Frames die
  • Magnolia Doohickeys Swirl die
  • Sentiment from the GKD Falling For You stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and metal embellishment
  • Burlap; orange flower eyelets; twine


Photo inspiration for the November Touch Twin Challenge 


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