Monday, November 30, 2015

all is calm, all is bright

Hello, crafty peeps! Some parts of the world are experiencing cold weather and some are experiencing warm weather (like us here in north Florida with 85-degree days in the middle of November). Kinda scrambled, wouldn't you say?! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog is excited to bring you our "It's A Scramble" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by the awesome River City Rubber Works! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their online store!

As you hop, collect letters at each stop and be sure to leave each designer some love. Once you have collected all the letters, unscramble them and email your guess to ltscb@mail.com - then all the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the River City Rubber Works gift certificate!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating Anything Goes inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up an Anything Goes project for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email your guess and to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**

Please note that even though this is an Anything Goes challenge, our normal rules apply. :)

Okay, now I need to side-track for a minute to share my project! I created a pretty CAS shaker Christmas card using the beautiful Angels in Window digi from River City Rubber Works. I did two things I almost never do - (1) use an uncolored image and (2) use non-traditional colors for a Christmas card. But I love how this one turned out, done in black and white with a pop of pink! I really do love this!


The image is called Angels in Window so I thought it only fitting to create a shaker card with a window. I used my WRMK Fuse Tool to create the shaker pouch. The shaker bits are hearts and stars glitter and sequins, all in various shades of pink.


The only embellishments are some pink gemstones and a pretty organza multi-loop bow. You know I love my bows! ;)


And here's the inside with a simple embossed sentiment on a strip of black cardstock just above the image.


Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Marco's White Antique Linen and Black cardstock
  • Stamps: River City Rubber Works' Angels in Window digital image, Paper Smooches Holiday Cheer stamp set (front sentiment), GKD Christmas Wishes stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Classic Circles dies
  • Accessories: Darice black foam, We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and Pouch, Doodlebug Designs pink sequins, MS Iridescent Hearts and Stars Glitter, Hero Arts white embossing powder, pink gemstones, pink organza ribbon from stash

Now let's get back to the blog hop! I have two letters - E and W. Here are your blog hop stops:
                       Leslie  (you're here!)
Robin
Shaindel

We hope you are enjoying the hop! If you get lost along the way or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun, head on over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning. Remember to collect the letters at each stop for your chance to win the River City Rubber Works $25 gift certificate - and also link up an Anything Goes project for an extra entry into the drawing! Happy Hopping!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, November 28, 2015

born to be loved

Hello, my crafty friends! I'm super stoked to share with you today my Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project. For this post, I created a pretty anniversary card using the absolutely gorgeous Pearl Pink & Hot Pink checkerboard ribbon from Checkerboard Satin Assortment Pinks. Words just can't describe how beautiful this ribbon is... you really need to see it for yourself! ;)


I'm really proud to show off this yummy bow - my first-ever bi-color double loop bow - that I created with my Bow-it-All v2.0. I see a whole lot of these in my future, lol! Be sure to view Bonnie's awesome bow tutorials on YouTube! She's definitely the Master! ;)


I really enjoyed creating these layers with this pretty pink cardstock and vintage double-sided patterned papers. I used the Stampin' Up! Sweetheart punch for the heart, popped the panel up with foam to recess the heart shape, then stamped the sentiment (also from Stampin' Up!) inside the heart. I affixed a metal key embellishment above the heart to depict a 'key to my heart' theme. Very happy with how this turned out!


I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside and used a strip of patterned paper from the same paper pack to spruce up the inside a bit.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Premium White cardstock, DCWV Multi Stack Reds, KaiserCraft Key To My Heart double-sided papers
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Groovy Love stamp set (#134246), Leave Memories With One Stamp stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle ink
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Sweetheart punch (#133786)
  • Accessories: RRR Checkerboard Satin Assortment Pinks, MISTI, K & Co. Life's Journey metal key embellishment, Stampin' Up! Basic Pearl Jewels (#119247)

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to check out all the awesome ribbon and crafty goodies and tools at Really Reasonable Ribbon! One look and you'll be hooked on the amazing selection of products, awesome prices, fast shipping and great customer service! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Friday, November 27, 2015

3-day Black Friday Sale at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Hey everybody! There's an awesome 3-day Black Friday Sale going on at Really Reasonable Ribbon starting today and ending at midnight (EST) on Sunday, November 29th! Check it out!

Sale Word Stock Photo

Use code BLACKFRIDAY15 to save 15% on your entire order! And that includes sale items! Yep, you read that right... items that are already on sale can be further discounted!

Thanks for stopping by today - we'll see you tomorrow for an RRR DT project! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Friday, November 20, 2015

wonderland

** 12/3/15 Top 5 at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! **
** 12/7/15 Honorable Mention at The Shabby Tea Room! **
** 12/10/15 Winner at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends! **

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon! This is my first challenge project as a proud RRR DT member and I'm super stoked to share it with you! Our second November challenge - #130 - Silver & Gold withRibbon or Trim - is in full swing this morning so come play with us! Dig into your silver and gold crafty stash and have some fun!

I created a CAS winter wonderland card using the absolutely gorgeous Diagonal Stripes Light Silver and Old Gold on White Satin ribbon from the November Ribbon Club Assortment. If you haven't seen this assortment, you really need to have a look - it's amazing!


I created this simple double loop bow with my Bow-it-All which is one of my most treasured tools in my crafty stash! You're always invited to view Bonnie's awesome bow tutorials on YouTube. I generally don't use silver and gold together, and really don't know why because this combination is striking! I designed my card around the RRR silver and gold satin ribbon. I used silver metallic cardstock for layering along with silver fine detail embossing powder. Then I brought in the gold using gold metallic cardstock for the word die cut and the gold glittered gumdrops. Sometimes less is more! ;)


The inside sentiment was stamped in Versamark Dazzle and embossed in silver fine detail embossing powder, and layered on the silver metallic cardstock.


Proud to enter this CAS winter wonderland card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Marco's Venicelux Silver Metallic cardstock, Marco's Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock scrap
  • Stamps: GKD Christmas Wishes stamp set
  • Ink: Versamark Dazzle
  • Dies/Punches: Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script dies
  • Accessories: RRR Diagonal Stripes Light Silver and Old Gold on White Satin, SweetStamps Silver Fine Detail embossing powder, Darice white foam, YNS Gold Glittered Gumdrops

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project for our Silver & Gold challenge this time! You definitely need to check out all the ribbon and crafty goodies and tools at Really Reasonable Ribbon... talk about an amazing selection of products, awesome prices, super fast shipping and great customer service! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A little birdie told me

** November 2015 Winner at Electic Ellapu! **

Hi everyone! I'm happy to share with you today a Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project, my first-ever joy fold card! You know how I love my fancy folds and this birthday card was no exception! I used the absolutely gorgeous Delicate Stitched Satin Old Gold ribbon from the November Ribbon Club Assortment - Silver & Gold Mix. OMG, this assortment is heavenly!


Here's a close-up of the uber awesome double-loop bow. I L.O.V.E. this and it's so easy to create with the Bow-it-All! You have to check out Bonnie's awesome bow tutorials on YouTube!


I used some coordinating Stampin' Up! cardstock and designer series paper along with an adorable new Stampin' Up! stamp set that I just love. This joy fold is fun and I've seen many versions with horizontal and vertical flaps. I wanted horizontal flaps on this one because of the stamps I used, and the flap on the left folds over on top of the flap on the right. I used a thin magnet closure on this one.


Here's a shot of the card opened up all the way to reveal the birthday sentiment with plenty of room to write a personalized message if desired.


Proud to enter this sweet birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Hello Honey cardstock (#133678), Stampin' Up! Soft Suede cardstock (#115318), Stampin' Up! English Garden DSP (#138440)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Hello Love stamp set (#133928)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Hello Honey ink (#133643), Stampin' Up! Soft Suede ink (#126978), Spectrum Noir- GB1, GB4, OR1
  • Dies/Punches: Die-namics Stitched Rectangles die
  • Accessories: RRR Delicate Stitched Satin Old Gold, white flat-back pearls

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to check out all the awesome ribbon and crafty goodies and tools at Really Reasonable Ribbon! You'll love the great selection of products, awesome prices, fast shipping and great customer service! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, November 16, 2015

With Love

** 11/26/15 Top 2 at Julia Spiri Challenge Blog! **

Hello crafty peeps! I hope your week is off to a great start and you're getting ready for Thanksgiving next week - can't believe it's almost here! ;) I'm excited to share with you today my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #66 - Anything Goes! We're being sponsored this time by the amazing River City Rubberworks, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Pickled Potpourri! Come play with us - we know you love Anything Goes! ;)

I won several Lacy Sunshine Stamps images in a challenge several weeks ago and decided to use the adorable Anastasia & Poppies image for this challenge because I already have the perfect papers, dies and stamps to use with her!


Isn't she just adorable?! I colored her to match the papers which is not how I normally do things. I know, I'm usually bass-ackward... I generally color my image first and then pick my papers, lol! I created a pretty poppy flower using the coordinating Poppy stamps and dies from Sheena Douglass. And of course I added my signature bow in a gorgeous shade of green!


The front and inside sentiments are also from the Poppy stamp set, stamped in SU Cherry Cobbler ink. I'm really loving how this turned out! :)


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Premium White cardstock, Marco's Black cardstock, Red Core'dinations Glitter Silk, GKD Watercolor Garden and Floral Essential 6x6 paper packs
  • Stamps: Sheena Douglass Poppy stamp set
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler; Spectrum Noir- FS1, FS2, FS3, CG2, CR8, CR11, DR5, DG2, DG3, DG4, TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4
  • Dies/Punches: Sheena Douglass Victorian Floral die set, Lil Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers
  • Accessories: Bow-it-All, Green Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon, YNS Glittered Gumdrops, red gemstones, white flat back pearl, Wink of Stella

I hope you've found a little inspiration to play in our Anything Goes challenge this time! Be sure to check out River City RubberworksLacy Sunshine Stamps and Pickled Potpourri online stores for all kinds of awesome stuff! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fall Luminary for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop


Hi everyone! It's time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop! This is my first hop as a proud RRR DT member and I'm SO excited! You are in for a real treat! The design team has been busy creating projects using ribbon from the November Ribbon Club Assortment. This one is 'Silver & Gold Mix' and it is some of the yummiest ribbon ever!


If you are hopping with us, you should have arrived here from the uber talented Kathy's blog. If not, then you might want to head over to the RRR blog to start from the beginning. Trust me... you don't want to miss a thing! :) 

I know I have inundated you all with my autumn/fall projects over the past few weeks because this is my favorite time of year! I also know Christmas is rapidly approaching but I wanted to squeeze in one more fall project... and show you how versatile the November Ribbon Club Assortment is! It's definitely geared for Christmas projects but I used two ribbons from this assortment - the Shimmer Satin Old Gold and Judy White Crochet Lace - to create a Fall Luminary.


This ribbon is just gorgeous and makes the best bows! I created this bow with my Bow-it-All v2.0 and I invite you to view Bonnie's awesome bow tutorials on YouTube. I added a dangling leaf charm on this one for a little interest.


My inspiration for this luminary came from Linda Parker, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I just love her video tutorials. I made my legs a tad bit taller and the luminary body a couple inches shorter. I also made several adjustments in the way I put mine together which worked better for me.


I used a new Stampin' Up! stamp set and die bundle that I just love. I colored the leaves with Spectrum Noir markers and randomly placed them on each of the four sides of the luminary along with several gold sequins.


I added clear Wink of Stella to the leaves to give them a little shimmer.


Here's a view with the battery-operated tealight turned on inside. It's not recommended that a real tealight with a flame be used with any paper project as it would create a fire hazard.


And finally, here's a view from the top with the battery-operated tealight on. I'm very happy with how this turned out!


Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Cherry's blog! Be sure to leave some love on all the blogs as you hop... everyone loves and appreciates comments! And when you reach the end of the hop (back at the RRR blog) leave a comment on the blog hop post answering the Question of the Month for your chance to WIN the November Ribbon Club Assortment! :)


Proud to enter this luminary in the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Fresh Asparagus cardstock, The Paper Company white vellum
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Lighthearted Leaves stamp set (#139712)
  • Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle ink; Spectrum Noir- OR3, CT4, DR5, DG3
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Leaflets Framelits (#138283), Stampin' Up! Label Bracket punch (#132153)
  • Accessories: RRR Shimmer Satin Old Gold and Judy White Crochet Lace, Gold sequins, clear Wink of Stella, Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), TH Idea-ology split rings, leaf charm from stash

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to visit Really Reasonable Ribbon for all kinds of gorgeous ribbon and crafty goodies and tools! You'll find an amazing selection of products, awesome prices, fast shipping and great customer service! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Congratulations!

Hi everyone! I'm super stoked to share my first inspiration project as a proud new member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon design team! Woot-woot! I can't tell you how excited I am about this opportunity!

For my post today, I created an over-the-moon cute Congrats card for a co-worker who is expecting her first child the day after Christmas! The Baby Boy Onesie cut file is from the Silhouette store and I thought it was a great place to start. It's been a while since I created a baby card and I really had a good time with this one. I used the absolutely gorgeous RRR Sheer with Satin Center Ivory ribbon which was a joy to work with. Not only is it beautiful but it's durable and makes an awesome bow!


Here's a close-up of that gorgeous double loop bow I created it with my Bow-it-All - undoubtedly one of the best crafting tools I've ever owned! Be sure to check out Bonnie's awesome bow tutorials on YouTube!


I dug through my stash of baby stuff and found some tiny gold charms, and thought the pacifier was perfect dangling from the bow! I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and used a little Wink of Stella on the clouds. I cut the image with a circle die and layered it on a scalloped die cut that matched the trim on the onesie. Love, love, love!


I kept the inside simple, as I generally do, just stamping a sentiment on a blue layer matching the lighter blue in the patterned paper.


Proud to enter this adorable onesie card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, baby paper from stash
  • Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps Baby Moon digital image, Lost Coast Designs Party Words stamp set, GKD Blessing From Above stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Spectrum Noir- TN3, TN5, TN7, TB1, TB3, LY1, LY2, LY3
  • Dies/Punches: Silhouette Baby Boy Onesie cut file, Spellbinders Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles dies
  • Accessories: RRR Sheer with Satin Center Ivory, clear Wink of Stella, YNS blue Glittered Gumdrops, Gold pacifier charm

I hope you've enjoyed today's project! Be sure to check out all the awesome ribbon and crafty goodies and tools at Really Reasonable Ribbon! One stop and you'll be hooked on the amazing selection of products, awesome prices, fast shipping and great customer service! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, November 2, 2015

autumn blessings

** 11/10/15 Top 3 at The Sisterhood of Crafters! **

Hi everyone! Yep, you got it - another autumn/fall project, lol! I can't help it! This is my favorite season and all the vibrant colors, wonderful smells and cool weather this time of year really speak to me. I'm happy to share with you today my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #65 - Bling It, Girlfriend! Come play with us - we're being sponsored this time by Limited Runs Stamps, Bugaboo Digi Stamps and Sami Stamps! We want to see your projects with lots of bling! :)

I dug into my Bugaboo stash and came up with the gorgeous Autumn Jar digi to create a thank you card. In keeping with the 'bling' theme, I used gold glittered gumdrops, tiny red gemstones, gold sequins and gold thread. I used the last bit of leaf paper (under the focal image) that I've had for 8-10 years. I really loved that paper...


I colored the image with distress markers which really make it pop. I added a layered flag, some jute ribbon, two angled corners and several stacked leaf die cuts. I affixed several loops of gold thread under the top leaf for a little interest. I'm loving sequins right now, and randomly placed a few gold ones on the focal image.


I kept the inside simple with a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, Dark Chocolate & Tomato Soup cardstock; Marco's Ivory Antique Linen cardstock; various scraps of cardstock and leaf paper
  • Stamps: GKD Autumn Blessings & Harvest of Wishes stamp sets
  • Ink: Ranger distress markers: Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw & Milled Lavender
  • Dies/Punches: Die-namics Stitched Squares & Stitched Rectangles dies; Cottage Cutz Leaf Mini, Maple Leaf Mini & Oak Leaf Mini dies; Stampin' Up! Triple Flag punch
  • Accessories: GKD natural jute ribbon, YNS Gold Gumdrops, Stampin' Up! In Color Sequin assortment, gold thread, tiny red gemstones

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project with some bling for our challenge this time! And don't forget to visit the Limited Runs StampsBugaboo Digi Stamps and Sami Stamps online stores for some awesome images! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

joy

** 11/11/15 Top 3 at Moving Along With The Times! **

Hi everyone! I sure have been a busy bee over the past couple weeks and have spent a good bit of time in the scrap room. Love my life! :) I'm happy to be hosting another StampTV Weekly Challenge! Another thanks to the lovely Karen Hightower for asking me to play again!

My theme for this week's challenge is 1-2-3... Make Your Own Recipe! We want to see your project using 1 of something, 2 of something and 3 of something - and be sure to tell us what you used! There are literally endless possibilities for this one, so come on over and play with us for a chance to win a grab bag of some pretty amazing Gina K Designs goodies! If you are not already a member of StampTV, come on over and join - it's fun and it's free to join!


I created a monochromatic CAS Christmas card using 1 star, 2 kinds of 'ornaments' (enamel dots and gemstones) and 3 ribbon bows on this adorable tree! My Bow-it-All has been working overtime, lol!


Green is my favorite color and I really enjoyed varying the shades from light to dark. The sentiment on the front is from the new GKD Triple Play Holiday stamp set stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves and colored with a light green Spectrum Noir marker.


The sentiment on the inside is from the GKD Winter Cheer stamp set, also stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves using my MISTI.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Fresh Asparagus, GKD Dark Chocolate scrap, Marco's Gold Foil cardstock scrap
  • Stamps: GKD Triple Play Holiday stamp set, GKD Winter Cheer stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves; Spectrum Noir-LG2
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch
  • Accessories: Assorted ribbon, Doodlebug Designs Limeade Sprinkles, K & Co. green gemstones, Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Star

I hope you're inspired to play in my recipe challenge this week over at StampTV! Any stamps, inks and embellishments can be used, but if you use GKD stamps exclusively, you play for a chance to win a grab bag of GKD goodies! How awesome is that?! And remember, it's free to join StampTV! Hope to see you there!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie