Saturday, May 25, 2013

Vintage Ladies Note Cards

I've been busy creating more samples for Linda with Lost Coast Designs! I created these three note cards with new images in her catalogue called Lingerie, Two Women and French Maid! Love, love, love! They were SO much fun to work with and the possibilities with these stamps are endless... to color or not to color... to use patterned paper or solid or shimmer background... so I did all the above! These are definitely some sultry ladies! Hehehe!

I was dubbed the "Note Card Queen" a while back because I personally love cards that are blank on the inside so I can write my own sentiment - whether the card is given for a special occasion or not. When I saw these gorgeous vintage ladies, I knew immediately I was going to create note cards with them. We're required to create "flat" cards because Linda showcases them in her booth when she travels around to paper arts shows, and the booth walls are folded flat for traveling, so you'll notice that these cards aren't real dimensional.

The first card I'd like to share with you was done with the Lingerie stamp. Isn't she gorgeous?! This was super simple. The card base is Brown Bag cardstock and the background is leopard print paper, both from The Paper Cut. I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on GKD ivory cardstock and cut her out with a Spellbinders Long Rectangles die. I added some black metal corners to the image and some nail heads down both scalloped sides. I think this image looks fabulous with the leopard print paper!




The next card was created with the Two Women stamp. OMG - this image is amazing! You can't see in the photo real well, but the background is gorgeous Marco's ivory linen cardstock. I stamped these beautiful ladies in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on ivory cardstock and chose to fussy cut them out and place them atop two beautifully intricate die cuts made from shades of brown cardstock. The square die cut was made with a Spellbinders Adorning Squares die and the round die cut was made with the Cheery Lynn English Tea Party die. The corner embellishments are punch-outs left over from the Adorning Squares die cut paired with some chocolate flat-back pearls! I did put a bow on this one - fashioned from some ivory seam binding. I think I'm gonna have to make another one of these for myself! ;)




And the last card I'm sharing with you today was created with the French Maid stamp. I absolutely love this image! I wanted to mat her on some DCWV brown shimmer cardstock and thought she'd look better in color, so I colored her up with a few Copics - E00, Y21, R00/20, RV 21 and C1. I cut her out with a Spellbinders Long Rectangles die, and used a Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Petal die on one side of the brown shimmer cardstock background. I embellished this beauty with some brown flat-back pearls, some nail heads, a Quickutz mini envelope die cut and a MeiFlower bow. I may just have to make another one of these for myself, too! A girl can't have too many note cards, you know! ;)



Stay tuned because I'll be back in a day or two with three more samples I created using some Lost Coast Designs Nostalgic Children stamps! You'll love these!

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

Friday, May 24, 2013

Don't Worry Be Happy!

This is my latest creation for Linda with Lost Coast Designs, a fun mixed media kind of card created with VersaMagic ink (one of my favs) on the Gelli Plate, alcohol inks (more of my favs), a handmade shimmery white Perfect Pearl mist (can't live without this stuff) and an absolutely gorgeous butterfly stamped on heavy-weight vellum and embossed with Fantasy Black embossing powder! I used the largest butterfly in the gorgeous Lost Coast Designs Butterflies set. The sentiment is from the Lost Coast Designs Party Words set. I'll be sharing several more cards created with awesome Lost Coast Designs cards over the next week, so stay tuned!

I have to say I had a great time with this one, and am very pleased with how it turned out! I stamped the butterfly on 36-lb vellum in white dye ink, then embossed it with Black Fantasy embossing powder. I colored the wings of the butterfly (on the back side) with purple, green, pink and yellow Smooch inks and set aside to dry. The background was created by applying VersaMagic Night Sky ink directly onto the Gelli Plate in a circular fashion, then pressing the cardstock down onto it. I then dropped Eggplant, Cranberry, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, Lettuce and Sunshine Yellow Adirondack alcohol inks randomly in a butterfly trail pattern (from about 12" above) down onto the background piece and sprayed the piece with a handmade Perfect Pearl mist and water in a mini mister.

Once dried, I trimmed the background piece and rounded the corners, then matted it on black crinkle cardstock. I adhered the piece to  an ivory cardstock base with rounded corners. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut out the butterfly using a Pergamano 4-prong perforating tool, attached some gold wire antennae and adhered it to the front with Kool Tak a clear foam square cut in half. Just beautiful!

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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; The Paper Cut black crinkle cardstock
  • Lost Coast Designs Butterflies stamp set
  • Lost Coast Designs Party Words stamp set
  • Sweet Stamps 36-lb vellum
  • Sweet Stamps white dye ink
  • Sweet Stamps Fantasy Black embossing powder
  • Pergamano 4-prong perforating tool
  • VersaMagic Night Sky dew drop ink
  • Purple, green, pink and yellow Smooch inks
  • Adirondack Eggplant, Cranberry, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, Lettuce and Sunshine Yellow alcohol inks
  • Handmade Perfect Pearl powder; mini mister
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Kool Tak clear foam dimensional squares



Here's a close-up shot of that gorgeous shimmery butterfly!


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

Monday, May 20, 2013

friend

It's time to post another DT inspiration project for the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog, this one for Challenge #6 - Color My World! We want to see your projects created with either pastels or primary colors, not both! We're being sponsored by the awesome Fred, She Said! Tracey-Lynn is giving the winner a $10 gift certificate to her store! Woo-hoo! She's got some fabulous digital images and now carries cutting files! Come play with us! You could be the lucky winner!

I am really excited to share this project with you! I did the shadow stamping technique using Martha Stewart pastel inks (lavender, peach, green, blue and pink) and a flower stamp from the Gina K Designs Natures Greetings stamp set. I masked each color flower as I stamped the next. I spritzed a handmade Perfect Pearls mist (white Perfect Pearl powder and water in a mini mister) over the stamped flowers which created a beautiful white shimmer when it dried. The really cool thing about using these inks is the watercolor-like effect achieved when the flowers were misted and the ink ran a bit. I hit the misted piece with the heat tool to speed up the drying process, and then off-stamped each flower a second time (while masking) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I paper pieced the whole flower with baby blue and white polka dot paper, then tore the upper and lower edges of the image and matted it on some baby blue textured cardstock. I tore the upper and lower edges of the blue cardstock and adhered the panel to the card base. I stamped the sentiments on the front and inside, and finished it with three large blue gemstones in the lower left corner. Despite it's looks, it really was easy to create and looks so yummy! I wish my photos would better show the shimmer and watercolor effect!




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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; blue textured cardstock from stash; blue and white polka dot paper from stash
  • Flower and sentiment stamps from the GKD Natures Greetings stamp set
  • Martha Stewart inks 
  • JudiKins Eclipse Mask Tape
  • Handmade Perfect Pearls mist
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Large blue gemstones

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

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vintage Note Cards

Our Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing vintage/shabby chic projects during the month of May, and I was busy in the scrap room this weekend creating this very cool set of 4 vintage note cards and a couple other projects that you'll see later on! I absolutely LOVE distressing my projects! It takes so little effort to get such a profound result!

For these 4" square note cards, my supply list is really minimal. I used one stamp from the awesome Blockheads Up In The Attic Full Sheet and a sentiment stamp from the Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set, some Antique Linen and Brown Bag cardstock, Ranger Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks, Versamark and Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. That's it!

I cut four card bases from the Antique Linen cardstock and inked the edges, first with the Antique Linen distress ink (inward about 3/4" from each edge) and then with the Walnut Stain distress ink. I cut eight 4" squares of the Brown Bag cardstock and stamped the book and pen image in Versamark in the center of four of them, along with the "Just a note" sentiment in the lower left corner, which I embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I tore and distressed the edges of all eight pieces and inked them all over with the Antique Linen distress ink, and then inked the edges of each with the Walnut Stain distress ink.

I attached the embossed pieces to the front and the plain pieces to the inside. I finished each one by stamping  the post card stamp (also from the Blockheads Up In The Attic Full Sheet) on the inside in the Antique Linen distress ink so it would create a very light watermark type image. I just love how these turned out and can't wait for an occasion to give them to somebody! Hahaha! ;)  AND I created something totally cool with only one layer and no embellishments! Woo-hoo! It CAN be done!! ;)

Recipe:
  • Marco's Antique Linen cardstock; The Paper Cut Brown Bag cardstock
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Blockheads Up In The Attic Full Sheet
  • Blockheads Verses-Feel Better stamp set
  • Versamark
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder



A peek at the inside... look very closely - there's a post card watermark in the center!


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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

feel better soon

Can you believe we're almost two weeks into the month of May already?! Wow! It's funny how the mind works... I've been thinking a lot, over the last couple weeks, about a childhood pet we had - a cockateil named Melvin. Melvin was very friendly and had quite a personality. He was very creative with his speech... he routinely called the dog (and whistled for him), he cussed up a blue streak (thanks, Daddy, for those colorful words), and he constantly looked at himself in his mirror, saying he was a pretty boy and doing the wolf-whistle thing! These childhood memories of Melvin inspired me to create a card. The Blockheads Paper Arts DT is showcasing vintage/shabby chic projects during the month of May. I did the shadow stamping technique using the absolutely gorgeous Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage stamp which is one of my favs. It's just so beautiful and elegant! The sentiment is from the Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set. I definitely had some inky fingers this weekend, but I'm not complaining! ;)

This card is the standard 5.5" x 4.25" size. I stamped the bird cage first in Ranger Antique Linen distress ink, then the second time in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I used one Copic marker (G12) to color the leaves in the flourish. I distressed the edges of the image with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink and matted it on dark green cardstock with distressed edges. I inked three white WOC paper roses with Tsukineko Eucalyptus walnut ink and distressed the tips of petals with the Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink. I adhered some GKD jute ribbon diagonally across the top left corner and adhered the panel to the card base which I also distressed around the edges. I stamped the sentiment diagonally under the ribbon in Memento Rich Cocoa ink, attached the roses and adhered two brown flat-back pearls to finish it off! Love it! :) Here's to you, Melvin!

I'd love to enter this vintage feel better card into the following challenges

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; dark green cardstock from stash
  • Blockheads Flourished Bird Cage stamp
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink
  • Blockheads Verses-Special Delivery stamp set
  • G12 Copic marker
  • Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Wild Orchid Crafts white paper roses
  • Tsukineko Eucalyptus walnut ink
  • GKG jute ribbon
  • Brown flat-back pearls




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


Monday, May 6, 2013

Precious newborn

We're just rockin' right along with our Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog challenges! We're already beginning Challenge #5 this week, which is an Anything Goes challenge! We know these are a crowd pleaser, so we plan to indulge you periodically! We're sponsored this week by the awesome JellyPark! OMG - cuteness is all I need to say! Jellypark graciously provided our design team with two images to play with, but I already had their "Baby Shoes" digi in my stash that I was just itching to use, so that began my baby girl card! Just too cute!

I used a couple new favorite dies on this project - one Spellbinders and one Cheery Lynn! I bought several of the dies in the decorative Spellbinders series several months ago and have used all three of them. They are really gorgeous and I just love this oval one! And I really lucked out with the striped paper I found in my stash, because it had all three of the shades of pink cardstock I used! Woo-hoo! Plus, I've had it forever, so it was a good opportunity to use some of it up. I've also had  the front and inside sentiments in my stash for years, so I was happy to find a use for them as well. And, I bought several summer gauze shirts a few weeks ago and they all had button-up flaps to secure a rolled-up sleeve. I don't like that kind of sleeve, so I cut the flaps out of all of them, and used one of the white ones on this card, along with a button brad. And I've had those button brads in my stash for quite a while also! So I feel pretty good about using up several oldies (but goodies) from my stash and a repurposed item for this card. Go Green!

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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; dark, medium and light pink cardstock from stash
  • The Paper Cut black crinkle paper; multi-color striped paper from stash
  • Jellypark "Baby Shoes" digital image
  • Copics: R00/20/22
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals die
  • Cheery Lynn English Tea Party doily die
  • Repurposed button-up flap from gauze shirt; gray button brad
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
  • Wild Orchid Crafts paper roses
  • MeiFlower bow
  • Sentiments from stash
  • Melissa Francis pink and white flat-back pearls



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