Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy New Year to Ewe!

Hi everyone! I mentioned earlier this week that the Inkettes are on a little holiday vacay but were asked if we wanted to create some extra projects with the December releases. I used the adorable Party Sheep image for my 5x7 step ladder new year's card. I've been playing with some new folds (from a new Technique Junkies CD) and this is the first step ladder card I've ever made... I'm lovin' the way it turned out! Sometimes less is more, especially with the ladder elements on this card, so I kept it simple. I used some papers from one of my favorite paper pads along with a few felt flowers and flat-back pearls... that's it! I love simple! ;)


Here's a close-up of that absolutely adorable sheep wishing "ewe" a Happy New Year!


I'd love to enter my New Year card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD dark gray cardstock; Colorbok orange textured cardstock
  • Recollections Bold Basics paper pad
  • Inky Impressions Party Sheep digital image
  • Copics: C1/3/5/7, YG17, Y17, YR09, R27/85, B05, BG000
  • Michaels white felt flowers
  • Large yellow and tiny white flat-back pearls

Be sure to visit the Inky Impressions store to check out all the super cute December releases! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gift Card Wallet

Hi everybody! Now that the holiday rush is over, I want to share the coolest gift card wallet I made for my son - and he absolutely LOVED it! He was formerly in the National Guard/Army so I thought it appropriate to dig into my stash of military papers and embellishments to find just the right stuff to create this wallet to hold a Christmas gift. I kept it fairly simple, using a 3-D Army insignia sticker matted on brown and gold foil circle die cuts, the sentiment stamped on a hand cut dog tag, some embroidered star stickers and flat-back pearls.


I think the gold foil circle die cut was definitely an elegant touch. I attached the dog tag with a small ball chain. I was a little apprehensive about using flat-back pearls on a guy project, but they actually looked great!


Here's a peek at the inside. I used a small circular velcro closure.


And here's the back. Very simple with just a matted strip down one side.


I'd love to enter my gift card wallet into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • The Paper Cut Brown Bag cardstock; dark brown, dark green and gold foil cardstock from stash
  • Various military papers and embellishments from stash
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles dies
  • Sentiment from the GKD Nature's Greeting stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology ball chain
  • Champagne flat-back pearls
  • Circular velcro closure

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Love is...

Hi everyone! The Inkettes are off this week for the Christmas holiday but we were asked if we wanted to do a couple extra projects with some of the Inky Impressions December releases. Of course, I said yes... just look at this adorable Cupid's Arrow image used for my first 2014 valentine! I used some fun new 6x6 papers. You can't see it very well in the photo, but the red background paper is dry embossed with hearts. I used clear Inky Dinky Drops alternating with tiny white flat-back pearls around the perimeter of the circle die cut, along with an Inky Bali heart charm.


Cupid's wings got some embossing tinsel to give them some shimmer. And I finally got to play with my new bow maker and created a double-loop bow for this valentine. Not too shabby for my first attempt! ;)


Here's a peek at the inside. I just love this sentiment! It's actually a new new January release that no one has seen yet!


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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white and dark gray cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye Love You 6x6 designer paper pad
  • Inky Impressions Cupid's Arrow digital image
  • Copics: E00/07/35/37/51, C1/5, B05, R27/81/85/89
  • Versamark pen
  • Ranger Embossing Tinsel
  • Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Lacey Circles dies
  • Tonic Studios ticket corner punch
  • Sentiment January new release digi
  • Clear Inky Dinky Drops
  • Bali Style Heart charm
  • Pink organza ribbon
  • White flat-back pearls

Be sure to check out all the super cute December new releases in the Inky Impressions store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peace On Earth

** 12/20/13 Winner at Crafty Catz! **

Hi everyone! I'm back today to share my DT inspiration project for this week's Inky Impressions Challenge, IIC #139 - Merry Christmas! Come play with us! We want to see your Merry Christmas project! The random winner will receive 4 digis from the Inky store!

I used the super cute Waiting For Santa digi for my card. I used some of the awesome GKD 6x6 patterned papers that I've fallen in love with, and matted all the layers on textured brown cardstock.


I colored this image and one other recently with distress markers - something I've never done before. I printed this image on gorgeous ivory antique linen cardstock and was afraid the Copics would run outside the lines so I opted for the distress markers. They don't color anything like the Copics that I'm used to coloring with and I was a little nervous, but am actually rather pleased with the way it turned out. It actually looks kind of velvety with a little depth to it. ;)


Isn't this sleeping child just the cutest little thing you've ever seen?!


I finished the inside with some of the red gingham paper I used on the front, matted on the dark brown cardstock. The inside sentiment is a Christmas Card Caption.


I'm entering this sweet thing into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock (base); Marco's vintage ivory linen cardstock; DCWV textured brown cardstock
  • GKD Season's Greetings 6x6 patterned paper
  • Inky Impressions Waiting For Santa digi (new release)
  • Ranger Distress Markers: Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord
  • Sakura Stardust pen
  • DecoColor liquid gold and liquid silver opaque paint markers
  • Mrs. Grossman's Christmas Card Captions
  • Red organza ribbon
  • Red flat-back pearls

Hope you've been inspired to create a fun project for our Merry Christmas challenge! To get your mojo going, be sure to check out the selection of stamps and other crafting goodies in the Inky Impressions store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, December 16, 2013

you're on my mind

** 1/7/14 Featured Creation at Scrapping4funChallenges! **

Hi everyone! I'm back today to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #20 - How Sketchy Is That?! We're being sponsored by the amazing Eureka Stamps! Come play with us! We want to see your project using this fun Starry Nights Studio Sketch 6!


I really love the Flower Basket image and this encouragement card is actually my second project using it. If you're interested, you can check out my first card HERE which was a bright CAS birthday card I created about three weeks ago. This image is so versatile and can be used for virtually any kind of card!


I colored this image and one other recently with distress markers. I'm a distress marker newbie - bought an entire set several months ago and haven't used them. I printed this image on ivory antique linen cardstock and was afraid the Copics would run outside the lines, so that's what sparked the distress markers idea. I'm actually very pleased with the lush deep color that looks almost velvet-like. It's stunning in real life!


I layered the focal image and the background on mustard cardstock which matched the bow perfectly. I cut the flags (pennants) from cranberry cardstock to coordinate with the deep pink flowers. I paper pieced the light flower in the front to give the basket of flowers just a tad bit of dimension.


The front and inside sentiments are from a new stamp set I just got, stamped in Rhubarb Stalk ink. I just love them! ;)


I'm proud to enter my basket of flowers into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory, cranberry and mustard cardstock; Marco's Antique Linen ivory cardstock
  • Eureka Stamps Flower Basket digital image
  • Ranger Distress Markers: Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Picket Fence, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die
  • Unity Stamp Co. Strength and Dignity stamp set (front and inside sentiments)
  • Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink
  • Yellow gemstones

Hope you've found some inspiration to create a project using this awesome sketch so you can join in our challenge! And to get your mojo going, be sure to check out all the wonderful Eureka Stamps digital images! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone! I've popped in this morning to share my DT inspiration project for this week's Inky Impressions Challenge, IIC #138 - Christmas Ornaments. Come play with us! We want to see your Christmas decorations or ornaments - your project can have Christmas decorations or ornaments on it or you can make a Christmas decoration or ornament. The random winner will receive 4 digis from the Inky store!

I used the super versatile Merry Christmas String Light Sentiment digi for this relatively CAS card which was easy and fun! The focal image is layered on black and then gold foil cardstock, as is the red background.


I adhered some twine and then paper pieced the bulbs with dimensional foam pads. That's it! ;)


The inside sentiment is computer-generated.


I'd love to enter my 3-D string of Christmas lights card into the following challenges:

Recipe:

I hope you've been inspired to create something fun for our Christmas decorations challenge! To get your mojo going, be sure to check out the selection of stamps and other crafting goodies in the Inky Impressions store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, December 6, 2013

3-D Skullz

Hey everybody! As a Bombshell Stamps guest designer, I'm doing this week's Fabulous Friday Tutorial on 3-D paper piecing! Check out my tutorial HERE! I kept it simple for teaching purposes, but it's guaranteed fun! ;)

I chose the awesome Sugar Skulls stamp set to create my 3-D Skullz note card. I actually incorporated several different techniques - the black magic color pencil technique, positive/negative stamping, and of course 3-D paper piecing.

The black magic color pencil technique is merely stamping on black cardstock with white ink and coloring the image with colored pencils. Positive/negative stamping is stamping part of your image on black cardstock in white ink and the other part on white cardstock in black ink. And 3-D paper piecing is stamping multiple times, cutting some of the images out and layering them with 3-D foam pads, which was the subject of my tutorial.


Check out this angled view... I really do like how this turned out! The white skulls are so dynamic on this dark floral background! I left the inside blank since this is a note card.


I've love to enter my 3-D Skullz into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Paper and More black cardstock; Hammermill white cardstock; DCWV hot pink cardstock (have had this hot pink cardstock for at least 4 years)
  • Bombshell Stamps Sugar Skulls stamp set
  • SweetStamps white dye ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Crayola Twistables colored pencils (have had this set of colored pencils for at least 5 years)
  • Tiny white flat-back pearls

Hope you have found some inspiration to give 3-D paper piecing a try! And to get your mojo going, be sure to check out all that Bombshell Stamps has to offer! You will surely find some stamps you'll wonder how you've gone this long without! ;)

Hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Let It Snow

Howdy! I want to share my DT inspiration project for this week's Inky Impressions Challenge, IIC #137 - Winter or Snow! Come play with us! We want to see your winter or snow projects! The random winner will receive 4 digis from the Inky store!

I used the absolutely adorable MaMaw Skiing digi for my card. I just love her! She's my green-eyed granny and what a cool granny she is with her pink and orange skis!  I can only hope I remain that agile! ;)  I layered some awesome 6x6 patterned papers from a couple GKD paper packs that I just love, and matted them all on navy blue cardstock. I used some large baby blue flat head eyelets that I've had in my stash for 6-7 years. The large snowflake die cut is compliments of my sister.


I cut MaMaw with an oval die and layered her on a scalloped oval die cut. I covered all the snowflakes and the snow on the ground with snow white flock. I even put a few larger "snowflakes" (which are really clear Inky Dinky Drops) on the gingham paper. You can't see it very well in the photos, but she even has some Glossy Accents on her glasses! ;)


I decorated the inside with some snowflake paper and navy blue cardstock that I used on the front. I finished it with a Let It Snow chipboard piece tied with some navy blue twine which I thought was perfect! The chipboard piece is another oldie from my stash which I've had for 4-5 years. ;)


I'd love to enter my green-eyed granny into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white and navy blue cardstock
  • GKD Season's Greetings 6x6 patterned paper
  • Casual Friday 6x6 patterned paper
  • Inky Impressions MaMaw Skiing digital image
  • Copics: R27/81/83, E000, B91/95/97, YR09, RV17, YG17, C3/7
  • Glossy Accents
  • Recollections snow white flock
  • Clear Inky Dinky Drops
  • Snowflake die cut
  • Small and medium pink flat-back pearls
  • Large baby blue flat head eyelets
  • Let It Snow chipboard
  • Studios Blackbird navy blue twine

Hope you've been inspired to create something fun for our winter or snow challenge! To get your mojo going, be sure to check out the selection of stamps and other crafting goodies in the Inky Impressions store! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, December 2, 2013

U ROCK

** 12/8/13 Highlight at Use Your Stuff! **

Hey there! I'm back today to share another fun project, my DT inspiration project for Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog LTSCB #19 - Let's Get In Shape! We're being sponsored by the amazing Lacy Sunshine Stamps! Heather definitely has some talent and we love working with her images! Come play with us!

I chose the adorable "Maddie n Clover Groovy Music" for my hippie-esque circle card. I dug out some more of that uber cool denim paper from my stash along with an assortment of fun die cuts and embellishments... a journaling card, letters, flowers, scallops, an acetate butterfly and buttons!


Is she not the cutest thing ever?!


The front sentiment was created with small alphabet letters from my stash. Love, love, love! ;)


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


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

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV textured pink cardstock
  • The Paper Cut navy blue crinkle paper; denim paper and green polka dot paper from stash
  • Lacy Sunshine Stamps Maddie n Clover Groovy Music digital image
  • Copics: R00/81/83/85, E33/51/99, B00, V12/17, YG17/61, G20, Y17/21
  • Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Spellbinders Classic Circles and Big Scalloped Circles dies
  • Magnolia Doohickey leaf die
  • Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
  • Purple acetate butterfly; Notes journaling card; pink buttons; small alphabet letters

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a shaped card for our challenge! To get your creative juices flowing, be sure to stop by Lacy Sunshine Stamps to check out the array of the cutest stamps ever! Thanks so much for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie