Monday, August 25, 2014

Wish Big

Howdy, crafty friends! I mentioned a few weeks ago that am guest designing for Card Mania Challenges for three months, and I'm here this morning to share my inspiration project for CMC #54 - Butterflies and Bows! Come play with us - we want to see your projects with butterflies and bows! We're being sponsored this time by The Paper Shelter!

I chose the absolutely gorgeous RoseInk image along with the RoseArt paper for my project. I used my Silhoutte to fussy cut the image and to make the oval and scalloped die cuts.


I stamped the sentiment along the left side and added a butterfly trail. That butterfly is indeed part of the digital paper but it sure looks like it's about the flutter right off the card! Just beautiful!


A little closer shot of the image and that big beautiful eight-loop bow! I love my Bow-It-All!


I kept the inside fairly simple a birthday sentiment stamped on pink cardstock layered on metallic pearl cardstock.


Proud to enter my pretty birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Bozo and Mardi Gras cardstock from the DCWV Reds multi-stack; Marco's Antique Linen ivory cardstock; Marco's Venicelux pearl metallic cardstock
  • The Paper Shelter RoseInk image and RoseArt paper
  • Copics: E000/33/37, B00/02/97, Y21, BG000, R00/81/85, YG61/63
  • Wink of Stella, clear
  • GKD Birthday Greetings and Vertical Greetings stamp sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
  • Stampendous Dot Sparklers, pink and turquoise

That's it from me today - I hope you've found some inspiration to dig into your stash and create a pretty project for our Butterflies and Bows challenge! And don't forget to check out all the fun stuff The Paper Shelter has to offer! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fish Story

** 8/31/14 Top 3 Winner at Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to be guest designing for Scrapping4funChallenges during late August and early September, and proud to showcase my inspiration project for Challenge #24 - A Technique Challenge. Come play with us! As the theme suggests, this is a technique challenge so we want to see your project created with a specific technique - masking, embossing, watercolor, tearing, weaving, quilling, folding, layering, collage, etc.

I created a masculine birthday card for a co-worker using the watercolor technique for the background... one of my favorite techniques. It's so awesome to be able to create as subtle or as dynamic a background as you want with watercolors. I used eight different colors for this one - ranging from various shades of blue to various shades of green to a tiny hint of purple.


After achieving the desired watercolor effect for the background, I stamped the focal image in blank ink, colored the fish with several gray tone Copics, and added some Glossy Accents to the water ripples for a little dimension. I matted the background on some gorgeous glitter paper.


I stamped the front sentiment in black ink on a hand-cut flag, and adhered it to the front with dimensional foam pads. I also added some sequins to the front for a little sparkle... but not too sparkly for a guy! ;)


I kept the inside fairly simple with a stamped birthday sentiment and a small fisherman in the lower left corner.


I'd love to enter my Fish Story card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white and charcoal gray cardstock; Ranger watercolor paper; Colorbok Glacier Springs glitter paper
  • River City Rubber Works 3 Bass stamp
  • GKD Gone Fishing stamp set (front sentiment and small fisherman inside)
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Verses-Feel Better stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics: C3/5/7, B05
  • Glossy Accents
  • Nicholson Peerless Watercolors: Turquoise Blue, Butterfly Wing Blue, Alice Blue, Peacock Blue, Robin's Egg Blue, Forget-Me-Not Blue, Cobalt Blue and Amethyst
  • Darice 5mm sequins

Hope you've been inspired to create a project using a specific technique to enter in our technique challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Silhouette Fairy Note Card

** 8/25/14 Top Pick at Crafting From The Heart! **
** 9/1/14 Top Pick at Crafty Cardmakers and more! **

Hi everyone! I'm really stoked to share with you my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #36 - Anything Goes! We are being sponsored this time by the awesome Heartfelt Creations! This is a rubber/clear stamp only challenge... no digis allowed this time. So dig out your rubber or clears and come play with us! You know you love Anything Goes and you just might be the proud winner of that $25 gift certificate HC is offering for the prize!

I created a project using one of my new favorite techniques... stamping on photo paper with distress inks on an acrylic block! OMG, you gotta try this! It's amazing! I played with eight different distress inks dabbed onto one large acrylic block, spritzed with water, and then "stamped" on glossy photo paper. 

It dried fairly quickly (quicker than regular cardstock) and then I trimmed it and stamped the Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Fairy image in the center. I used a Dot Stippler and an additional distress ink on a sponge dauber to achieve the stippled background. I spritzed some homemade Perfect Pearls mist over it as the final step to give it just a little shimmer. 


This card is absolutely gorgeous in real life. This photo does not do it justice. It's very tricky photographing glossy photo paper due to the glare.

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

Recipe:
  • White cardstock from stash; GKD Tomato Soup cardstock; Paper and More Black cardstock
  • 4x6 Epson photo paper
  • Lost Coast Designs Silhouette Fairy stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ranger distress ink: Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet, Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Antique Linen
  • Blockheads Paper Arts Dot Stippler
  • Homemade Perfect Pearls mist in mini mister
  • Zva Creative gemstones

I hope you're inspired to create something for our Anything Goes challenge this time! Your project can be whatever you want, as long as it's decent and as long as you use rubber/clear stamps. Remember... no digis will be allowed this time. Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday

** 8/18/14 Winner at Crafty Cardmakers and more! **

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to be guest designing for Card Mania Challenges August through October! It's gonna be a fun three months! ;) My inspiration project for CMC #53 - Birthday Party is a very cool 6-step birthday card done in pink and green, one of my favorite color combos. Come play with us! It's been two years since Card Mania Challenges began their challenge blog! There are lots of sponsors and lots of prizes for this Birthday Party! Sponsors are Kenny K, Marianne Design, A Day For Daisies, StampArt By Kathryne, ColorInk, Meljen's Designs, Digital Delights and Sassy Studio Designs, PLUS their regular sponsor Hobbismo! How awesome is that?! :)

I created the 6-step card base using a Silhouette cut file. This is the third of three different step files that I bought about a month and a half ago... oh so much fun! I chose the gorgeous Victorian Shoe Daisies digi from Meljen's Designs as the focal image for my birthday card. I dug deep into my stash and pulled out some vintage (been in my stash a l.o.n.g. time) embellishments for the occasion - lime green letters, a pink and white polka dot bookplate and a pewter 'celebrate' charm. The only modern day items are the double-sided papers (I'm so addicted), the tag, the purse die cut and the pink Candi Minis.


I decorated the steps with the letters and embellished the tag with the bookplate. The tag hides the birthday sentiment which you'll see pulled out in the next pic.


Here's the birthday sentiment pulled out of it's little hiding place. :)


I'd love to enter this 6-step birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury white cardstock; DCWV lime green textured cardstock
  • Kaiser Craft confetti double-sided paper
  • Meljen's Designs Victorian Shoe Daisies digital image
  • Copics: R83/85, E37/99, YG13/63/67, BG000
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Lime green letters from stash
  • Candi Minis
  • Celebrate charm
  • Studios Blackbird burgundy twine and ribbon
  • Metal bookplate with brads
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Unity tag

I hope you're inspired to create a birthday card and come celebrate with us! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Three Faces Note Card

Hi everyone! I'm here this morning to share my latest Lost Coast Designs card sample for Linda. I used three of the face tiles from the Medium Square Tiles set, along with two cube inks and some ribbon. It doesn't get any easier than this! And so much fun! It's amazing to me how something so simple can pack such a punch! ;)

I created the background by "stamping" the Topaz cube ink (DTP) three times down the left side of the Watercolor cardstock. I gave it a few minutes to dry, then "stamped" again with the Marigold cube ink, upward and to the right of the Topaz ink. After allowing this to dry for several minutes, I stamped the three face tiles in Rhubarb Stalk ink on top of the "stamped" ink. I matted this very cool CAS background on some metallic gold cardstock and then on red cardstock.


I added a vertical plaid ribbon and double-loop bow, and adhered the unit to a white card base. I finished the card with some red Gumdrops in the lower right corner. Love, love, love! :)


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

Recipe:
  • Hammermill White cardstock; Ranger Watercolor cardstock; GKD Tomato Soup cardstock; Marco's Venicelux Metallic Gold cardstock
  • VersaColor Topaz and Marigold ink
  • Lost Coast Designs Medium Square Tiles set
  • Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink
  • Studios Blackbird ribbon
  • YNS Red Gumdrops

Be sure to visit the Lost Coast Designs online store... your stamp stash isn't complete until you have some of these stamps! They are so awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Hugs,
Leslie

Monday, August 4, 2014

You Light Up My Life

Hello, my crafty friends! I'm happy to share with you today my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #35 - Running In Circles! We're sponsored this time by the awesome Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Scribbles Designs! Come play with us! We want to see your project with circles... they can be punched, die cut, hand-cut, hand-drawn, or part of your paper!

Another one of my favorite color combos is purple and green, so I chose this very cool double-sided paper with a variety of circles - tiny dots, small dots and circle postmarks - for my love card. I also chose the cute Scribbles Designs Light Bulb image because it has several circular characteristics - it's circular when you look down from the top, it has circular wires inside and the circular threads at the base. I also added a couple sets of circular gemstones and some Dot Sparklers which are circular.

I printed the light bulb image and cut it with my Silhouette, and for the most part, left it uncolored. I did color the threads at the base of the bulb with some liquid silver paint. I had a little fun flipping the lower right corner up to reveal the sentiment and the other side of the DP, and used the Fastenater and a green fastener to secure it. And of course, you guessed it, Debby Boone's one-hit-wonder "You light up my life" ran through my head the entire time I was creating this! ;)


I finished the inside with a stamped sentiment that finishes the sentence started on the front! ;)


I'm happy to enter my lovin' you card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; Marco's Wild Pansy grass cloth cardstock
  • K & Co. Jubilee double-sided paper
  • Scribbles Designs Light Bulb digital image
  • Marvy Uchida DecoColor Liquid Silver Paint
  • GKD Heartfelt Hits stamp set
  • GKD Always and Forever stamp duo
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • EK Success Fastenator
  • Stampendous Violet and Green Dot Sparklers
  • Zva Creative purple gemstones

Hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project with circles for our challenge this time! Be sure to check out the wonderful Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Scribbles Designs digis! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Hugs,
Leslie