Sunday, April 28, 2013

Beaded Grungeboard Earrings!

Well, it's hard to believe this month is almost over, and I'm posting my final Grungeboard project for the month, as Blockheads Paper Arts DT has been showcasing Grungeboard projects during the month of April. I keep saying that Christmas will be here before we know it, and it really will be! I'm thinking ahead a little bit and this pair of earrings will make a nice Christmas gift! I had so much fun creating the Floral Ornament Earrings using EcoArtBoard back in mid-February, that I decided to try my hand at it again, this time with Grungeboard! ;)

I have to blame my sister, Syd, for turning me into a beading freak! The beads used on these earrings are left-overs from a bracelet I made a month or so ago. So... if I decide to keep them for myself (hehehe), they'd go real well with the bracelet! Or, I could include the bracelet with the earrings in the Christmas gift! I have a little time to decide!

I used two rectangular pieces of Grungeboard and cut the center out of each with a craft knife. I stamped the fronts of the Grungeboard pieces with the spotted background stamp from Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Using DTP method, I inked front and back sides of both squares with Aspen Mist, Night Sky and then Oasis Green VersaMagic dew drop inks. I dabbed Adirondack Gold alcohol ink lightly onto the fronts and back, and then sealed them with a coat of Glossy Accents. I adhered the beads and earring wires, and voila! I think they turned out pretty well for my second attempt at funky dangly earrings! ;)

Recipe:
  • Grungeboard rectangular shapes
  • Blockheads 123 Backgrounds-Butterflies stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Aspen Mist VersaMagic dew drop ink
  • Night Sky VersaMagic dew drop ink
  • Oasis Green VersaMagic dew drop ink
  • Adirondack Gold alcohol ink
  • Glossy Accents
  • Earring wires
  • Assorted beads and findings from stash






And here's the bracelet... the earrings go well with it, don't you think?! ;)


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

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Monogrammed Note Card

Hello again - hope you had a great week! The weekend sure did get here quick... not that I'm complaining! It just seems like this month is flying by! Our Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing Grungeboard projects during the month of April and I'd like to share a glittery colorful monogrammed note card that I created. Another fairly simple project with just a few supplies! I love those kind!

This is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" size card. I stamped the floral corner stamp from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set in white ink on 35-lb vellum, then mounted it on black crinkle cardstock with metal corners. The Grungeboard monogram is simply the letter 't' mounted on round and square Grungeboard shapes, inked with purple, blue and green VersaMagic inks, then embossed with sticky embossing powder and glitter, and embellished with flat-back pearls! Love it!

Ingredients:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock
  • The Paper Cut black crinkle cardstock
  • Sweet Stamps 35-lb vellum
  • Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set
  • Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink
  • Grungeboard letter 't', round and square shapes
  • VersaMagic Eggplant
  • VersaMagic Night Sky 
  • VersaMagic Oasis Green
  • Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder
  • Reggae Art Glitter
  • White flat-back pearls
  • Black metal corners



I'd love to enter my monogrammed note card into the following challenges:

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

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer Lovin'

Can't believe we're already into Challenge #4 with Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Our theme this time is Cut It Out! We want to see your creations with die cuts and/or punches! Come play with us! We're sponsored by the awesome Sassy Studio Designs and the prize up for grabs is 4 SSD digis! Woo-hoo!

I chose the sassy Polka Dot Bikini digi for my Summer Lovin' card. I finally got the chance to use some of my Sugar Sand - some really cool stuff! There had to be some beach sand! ;) This was such a fun image to work with and was a total blast!

Recipe:

  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; blue and yellow cardstock from stash
  • GKD Hello Sunshine 6x6 patterned papers
  • Sassy Studio Designs Polka Dot Bikini digital image
  • Copics: E000/35, Y17/21, R24, YR15, BG000
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • Sakura Pen-Touch White paint marker
  • Spellbinders Adorning Squares
  • Sweet Stamps Sugar Sand
  • Kool-Tak clear foam squares
  • Studios Blackbird ribbon
  • Summer Lovin' charm from stash
  • White flat-back parls; blue, red and clear gemstones




A close-up view of the sand...



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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yes! Congrats Card

I played with the Grungeboard again this past weekend and had a blast! As mentioned in my last post, the Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing projects made with Grungeboard during the month of April. This is really fun stuff - it's pliable and very easy to work with. It looks like leather even smells like leather! LOL! I was blog stalking over the weekend and spotted Laura's Creative Collage which really inspired me. I spent a few minutes looking around her blog and all of her projects are just amazing!

I created this patchwork card using scraps from my small cardstock scraps bin. Some of them were scraps from backgrounds I had created for other projects and a few of them were scraps I stamped on specifically for this project. But the most fun part was inking and embossing (with UTEE) the Grungeboard letters! I definitely had some inky fingers! I cleaned off my desk and countertop (yes, even dusted!) in my scrap room Saturday morning and put all stray items away, and by noon, you wouldn't have even known that it had been cleaned! Hahaha!

Despite it's looks, this card really was very simple! I selected various sized scraps of coral, light blue, ivory, purple, green, black, brown and white cardstock and laid them out. As mentioned above, several of them were already-stamped or spritzed left-overs from previous projects using Rose Bud Fireworks! Craft Ink Spray, Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set with the Gelli Plate, Blockheads Dot Stippler with Memento Bamboo Leaves and Memento Pear Tart ink, Blockheads Backgrounds Borders Full Sheet and Lost Coast Designs Cheesecloth background stamp.

I stamped several other scraps specifically for this project with stamps from Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions, Botanical Silhouettes and Honey Bees ATC Set, and the inside sentiment is from Verses Full Sheet. I used some fine detail Pearl embossing powder, as well as VersaCraft White and Maize ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk and Rich Cocoa ink, and Versamark Dazzle ink. I inked all of pieces with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink before assembling them to adhere to the 4.25" x 5.5" card base.

To create those gorgeous letters, I painted the Grungeboard with Gesso, and when dry, I inked the letters (DTP) with VersaMagic Jumbo Java dew drop ink and then tapped some Adirondack Gold Mixative ink onto each of them. I colored all the raised circles with Blue Smooch ink, and then either dotted or streaked Purple, Pink, Green and Aqua Smooch inks onto them before embossing them with Versamark and UTEE.

I adhered the letters to the front, then added a strip of white flat-back pearls and a gorgeous WOC metal flower embellishment adorned with a yellow flat-back pearl in the center. I stamped Congratulations in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on the inside and adhered a tiny clear gemstone over the C. I think this is stunning! Thank you, Laura, for the inspiration!







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

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Love U

This month the Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing projects made with Grungeboard! What FUN stuff! I've heard people talk about it but had never actually seen it or worked with it, and Blockheads graciously supplied our DT with some to play with! You've gotta check it out! :) My granddaughter, Gigi, will turn 10 years old in October and this mixed media card is for her, done in pink and purple with some silver pizzaz! This is SO her!

Of course, I had to play with the Grungeboard letters first, so I painted them with white Gesso. Using the DTP method, I inked the L, O, V and E with VersaMagic Pink Petunia dew drop ink, and the U with VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea dew drop ink. I put a couple drops each of Cranberry, Purple Twighlight, Eggplant and Silver Mixative Adirondack Alcohol Ink onto a felt square attached to the alcohol ink applicator tool, and tapped it onto each of the letters, turning it with each tap. I outlined each letter and colored the polka dots with a Tsukineko Fantastix brush tip applicator dipped in the Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink. I gave them a few minutes to dry, then pressed each of the letters onto the Versamark ink pad and embossed them with UTEE. OMG - I think I'm in love! ;) These turned out so awesome!

I cut a 4.25" x 5.5" ivory card base and stamped Happy Birthday (from Blockheads Verses Full Sheet) on the inside with the VersaMagic Pink Petunia dew drop ink. I cut a background piece of Studio sticky-back canvas (natural) and applied a very thin coat of Studio Painterly Pink paint. I used the heat tool to speed up the drying and then splattered some of the Silver Mixative Adirondack Alcohol Ink onto the canvas. I hit it with the heat tool again for a few seconds, and then tapped Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink onto the Blockheads Dot Stippler to create the mottled background. I hit it with the heat tool once again for a few seconds, then stamped text (from the Blockheads Backgrounds For All Occasions stamp set) in Ranger Dusty Concord distress ink several times down the length of the background.

I matted the canvas background on a piece of purple cardstock from my stash, then adhered it to the card base. I adhered the letters to the canvas along with some pink flat-back pearls. Even though the background was "busy", I still felt like the card was missing something so I got out the package of Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers. I stamped the square ornamental stamp (from the Blockheads Grunge It Up stamp set) in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink on one of the flowers and then inked the edges of the petals with the VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea dew drop ink. I spritzed the inked flower with a handmade Perfect Pearls Mist made with water and Perfect Pearl (white) powder in a Mini Mister, then hit it with the heat tool to dry it. I attached a fuzzy purple brad from my stash to the center of the flower, and adhered it to the card front. I  like how it turned out... kind of funky and hippie! Gigi will love it!

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




A close-up of these super cool UTEE-embossed letters!





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

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bird Song

This is my second DT inspiration project for our Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog Challenge #3 - Recipe! The recipe is 3 (or more) layers, 2 patterned papers and 1 image. We're being sponsored by the awesome A Day For Daisies! They are offering the winner of this challenge a $12 gift certificate to the ADFD Shop! Come play with us! I so love their images and could not decide on just one image to play with, so I created a card with the Asianesque "Waiting" digi and the "Braid In My Hair" digi which I posted separately.

I got the Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection a couple months ago and these papers are amazingly beautiful! I was really itching to use some of them, so when I saw this image I knew I had to have it! I colored her up with several Copics - E000/00/35, R00/20/27, G12/20/24, C3/5, YG17, Y00/21 - and mounted the image on a Spellbinders Marvelous Squares black cardstock die cut. I'm loving the SB dies in this series - I bought three and have used two of them so far. They are yummy! The Graphic 45 papers are mounted on black crinkle paper from The Paper Cut. The ribbon is from Studios Blackbird. The metal corner is from Flonzcraft (painted with white Gesso and dabbed with Ranger Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain). I created the six small flowers with the McGill Petite Petals punch and adhered tiny white flat-back pearls (from my stash) in the centers. I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology charm clip to hold the Bird Song stamp. This is my first Asian project and I think it turned out pretty nice! ;)




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

It's Your Day

Time is just flying by! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We're already into Challenge #3 with Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog and it's a Recipe challenge! They are so much fun! Come play with us! The Recipe is 3 (or more) layers, 2 patterned papers and 1 image. We're being sponsored by the awesome A Day For Daisies and they're offering the winner a $12 gift certificate to their ADFD Shop! Woo-hoo!

I couldn't decide on just one image for this challenge, so I created two DT inspiration projects - one with the absolutely gorgeous "Braid In My Hair" digi and the other with the Asianesque "Waiting" digi which I'll post separately.

ADFD generously provided images for each DT member to work with. Needless to say, I fell madly in love with the Braid In My Hair image as soon as I laid eyes on it! I guess I do it backwards, but I always color my images first (depending on the mood I'm in) and then pick my papers. I colored her up with just a few Copics - E000/33/35, R20/22, Y21, B00/02 - and then cut her with a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die. I'm in love with these SB dies! The salmon and blue cardstock are from my stash, the plaid paper is from the DCWV Mango Frost matstack and the blue/white polka dot is from Doodlebug Design Hello Spring 6x6 paper pack (cut with Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace die). The ribbon is from Studios Blackbird. The Forget Me Not Stem die, MeiFlower bow and Melissa Frances baby blue flat-back pearls are all new goodies I just got from My Crafty Heart. The round It's Your Day stamp is from Lili of the Valley, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The white flat-back pearls and tiny clear gemstones are from my stash. I just love how this turned out! I amazed myself with my coloring! Hehehe!

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


Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! Stay tuned for my post on my other ADFD creation - my Bird Song card!

Hugs,
Leslie