Saturday, January 30, 2016

Happy Birthday to Ewe

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share some great news... I've joined the Crafty Friends Challenge Blog design team! Woo-hoo! This is my first Crafty Friends DT inspiration project and it's for Challenge #24 - Animals/Birds. We're being sponsored this time by Pickled Potpourri and Inky Impressions! Come play with us - we want to see your project with animals and/or birds!

I dug into my personal Inky Impressions stash and chose the adorable Party Sheep digi to create a fun shaker birthday card. I'm a former Inkette so I have quite a few of their adorable rubber stamps and digis. I did a little zig-zag sewing on the front panels of some pretty coordinating papers and created a scalloped frame to go around the shaker opening. And you know I love my bows! ;)


I really LOVE shakers. I have to confess that there are toooooo many sequins and glitter in this one, even after removing some of it... I thought I removed too much so I put more than I should have back in, lol! :D


Here's an angled view of the front. I like putting a different spin on shakers with the shaker bits encased in the front flap and the image on the inside of the card. I'm still really loving my fuse tool! ;)


And here's a clear shot of that adorable image and stamped sentiment on the inside of the card.


Very happy to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock, Stampin' Up! Lost Lagoon cardstock (#133679), Stampin' Up! All Abloom DSP (#133703), DCWV Teal Foiled cardstock
  • Stamps: YNS Birdie on a wire (inside sentiment)
  • Ink: Memento Teal Zeal ink, Spectrum Noir- IG1, IG2, IG4, IG6, TB5, BT6, BT8, PP1, PP6, LG4, DR5
  • Dies/Punches: SB Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles dies
  • Accessories: Janome 124 Sew Mini, WRMK Fuse Tool and Pouch, Doodlebug Design sequins, Stampin' Up! Frosted Sequins (#135835), Stampin' up! In Color Sequin Assortment (#133631), MS Iridescent Hearts & Stars Glitter, 3GJ London Blue ribbon, Stampin' Up! Sweet Dreams designer button, white flat-back pearls, Darice foam

I hope you've found some inspiration to play in our animals/birds challenge this time! And be sure to take a peek at all the fun goodies Pickled Potpourri and Inky Impressions has to offer! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just missing you

** 2/8/16 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

Hi everyone! I'm happy to share with you today a Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project. I created a 'missing you' card using the absolutely gorgeous Blue Topaz Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon. I think I've mentioned before that this stitched satin is some of my favorite ribbon! 


Here's a close-up of the gorgeous double loop bow I created with my Bow-it-All v2.0. Love, love, love!


I created this background with Brusho crystals and water brushed on watercolor paper. I stamped the birdcage in Versamark and heat embossed in gold. I heated the embossing a second time to flatten it and give it a vintage patina look. I randomly stamped a postmark and small chicken wire type elements over the background. I created the 'hello' sentiment in the lower left by stamping and punching the letters with a 1/2" circle punch. Each letter is layered on several additional punched circles for dimension.


For the inside, I layered a leftover strip of the Brusho background on the left side of the layered panel and stamped a simple sentiment.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Paper & More Chocolate Brown cardstock, Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper (#122959), light blue paper scrap
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics stamp set (#137154), Hero Arts Type stamp set, Blockheads Paper Arts Flourished Bird Cage stamp
  • Ink: Brusho Crystals- Leaf Green, Emerald Green, Ultramarine and Purple; Versamark; Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! 1/2" Circle Punch
  • Accessories: RRR Blue Topaz Delicate Stitched Satin, MISTI, Ranger fine detail gold embossing powder, baby blue 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 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, January 22, 2016

Love

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon! I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for #133 - Show Me The Pink with Ribbon or Trim! C'mon and dig into your pink stash and come play with us!

I created a fun shaker card in several different shades of pink and used the absolutely gorgeous Pearl Pink Diamond Satin Ribbon from the January Ribbon Club Assortment for my simple bow. All the ribbon in this assortment is just gorgeous! And I have to say that the diamond satin ribbon is one of my (many) favorites because all bows created with it turn out beautifully! 


I created this simple but pretty bow with my Bow-it-All v2.0. Creating beautiful bows with this amazing tool is a snap! Be sure to check out Bonnie's awesome bow tutorials on YouTube!


I used two Memory Box Stitched Heart Layers dies to create the shaker frame cut from pink glitter paper along with my We R Memory Keepers fuse tool and pouch to create a fun shaker with various shades of pink sequins inside.


And how about this adorable Paper Smooches 'Love' word die that I cut from cardstock and foam to layer over the shaker window?! Love, love, love! (No pun intended!)


For the inside, I stamped a simple Happy Anniversary sentiment on a layered panel and adhered several small stitched heart die cuts beneath it.


Happy to enter this shaker card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock, Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo cardstock (#115320), Light pink cardstock from Cricut Reds & Pinks, Light Pink Recollections Signature Glitter Paper
  • Stamps: Paper Smooches Delightful Greetings stamp set
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo (#126948)
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Heart Layers dies, Paper Smooches Love Word 2 die
  • Accessories: RRR Pearl Pink Diamond Satin Ribbon, WRMK Fuse Tool and Pouch, Doodlebug Design Sequins (Pinks), Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Bubblegum Assortment, MISTI, white and pink foam

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project for our Pink challenge this time! Be sure to check out all the ribbon and crafty goodies and tools at Really Reasonable Ribbon - there's an amazing selection of products, the best prices around, super fast shipping and great customer service! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, January 18, 2016

Thanks friend gift bag

** 1/22/16 Top 3 at Cut It Up! **

Hey there, crafty peeps! Hope your New Year is off to a great start - it's hard to believe (well, not really) that this month is half over already! I don't normally do three posts in one day but I have a super fun project to share with you using some new stamps and dies. ;)

The goodie bag die from Lawn Fawn was among my Christmas crafty haul (compliments of hubby) and is A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.! Of course, the bag HAS to be cut in kraft cardstock, but the stamps, dies and embellishments can be tailored to fit pretty much any occasion. The possibilities are endless and I see lots of these in my future!


These awesome flowers and foliage are from Paper Smooches, and I've fallen in love with them! It's the Natural Beauties stamp set which I received as a TAM gift with an order back in November so I went ahead and purchased the coordinating die set. So glad I did! I stamped the sentiment on vellum and cut a fish tail banner which I adhered diagonally across the largest flower. To finish the look, I adhered some randomly placed sequins for a little sparkle. Love, love, love!


And here's a shot of the back just so you can see how adorable this little bag is! Looks just like the real thing! ;)


Happy to enter this adorable gift bag in the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: The Paper Cut Brown Bag cardstock, Vellum
  • Stamps: Paper Smooches Natural Beauties stamp set
  • Ink: Spectrum Noir- CG3, CG4, DG2, DG3, DR6, CR1, EB6; Memento Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, Rhubarb Stalk and Espresso Truffle inks
  • Dies/Punches: Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die, Paper Smooches Natural Beauties Icons
  • Accessories: MISTI, Doodlebug Design pink sequins, Stampin' Up! basic pearl jewels (#119247), Stampin' dimensionals (#104430), Darice foam

Okay, that's it from me today. Hope you've enjoyed this project and I thank you for stopping by - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

It's 5:00 somewhere!

Hello, my crafty friends! I'm happy to share with you today my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #70 - Anything Goes! We're being sponsored this time by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, Limited Runs Stamps and Sparkle N Sprinkle! Come play with us - we know you love some 'anything goes!' :)

I created a fun birthday/celebration card using the awesome 'Watermelon Margarita' digi from Limited Runs Stamps. Isn't it great?! I've never had a watermelon margarita but I bet they're awesome! ;)


I love the black and white print background paper layered on the red which really makes it pop. I cut the image with a stitched square die and layered it on a swatches die cut. Not sure how well you can see it, but I used dots of Glossy Accents on the bumps on the glass. I created the timeless "It's 5:00 somewhere!" sentiment on my computer and made it into a fish tail flag. And you know it had to have a bow! ;)


I used a piece of the black and white print paper on the inside and stamped a greeting on the layered panel. I'm tickled with how this turned out! ;)


Happy to enter this fun birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White and Red Hot cardstock, Cricut Greens & Blacks cardstock, Simple Stories DIY Boutique 6x6 papers
  • Stamps: Limited Runs Stamps Watermelon Margarita digital image, Paper Smooches Delightful Greetings stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Spectrum Noir- CG1, CG2, CG4, IG9, CR7, CR11
  • Dies/Punches: MFT Die-namics Stitched Square STAX die, SB Square Swatches die
  • Accessories: Glossy Accents, EK Success 3/4" square punch, Studios Blackbird red stitched ribbon, MISTI, Doodlebug Designs green flat-back pearls

Hope you've found some inspiration to create an 'anything goes' project this time! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Stitchy Bear's Digi OutletLimited Runs Stamps and Sparkle N Sprinkle! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

** 1/20/16 Top 5 at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! **
** 1/30/16 Top 3 at Natalie and Amy's Challenge! **

Hello there, crafty friends! I'm really stoked to share my Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project with you today, a corner card! I LOVE me some fancy folds! Even though I put my own spin on this, I give Splitcoast Stampers credit for the awesome tutorial! ;) I used the absolutely gorgeous White Sheer Organza with Satin Center from the January Ribbon Club Assortment. OMG, this ribbon makes some awesome bows!


I created this beautiful multi-loop bow with my Bow-it-All v2.0. Bonnie has some great bow tutorials on YouTube - be sure to check them out!


The focal image is a large sentiment cut with a good old standby oval die and layered on a scalloped oval die cut. I embellished it with several tiny white flat-back pearls and of course the gorgeous bow. ;)


Here's a shot from above so you can see the unique shape. I'm very pleased with how this turned and I see a few more of these in my future, lol!


Proud to enter this fun corner card in the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White and Cherry Red cardstock; Marco's Venicelux Silver cardstock, GKD Floral Essentials 6x6 patterned paper
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! From My Heart stamp set (#126557)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler ink (#126966)
  • Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Classic Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies
  • Accessories: RRR White Sheer Organza with Satin Center, tiny 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! 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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dragonfly Business Card Easel for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop


Hi everyone! It's time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop and you are in for a real treat! The design team has been busy creating projects using ribbon and/or trim from the January Ribbon Club Assortment. This one is the Sweetheart Collection and - oh my gosh, it's all so pretty!


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! :)


Last week a co-worker commissioned me to make her a business card easel. She loves dragonflies and requested "cheerful and springy with dragonflies", so I think this fits the bill! This is the second one I've made and they sure are fun! I saw the tutorial in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletter back in mid August last year. I used White Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from the January Ribbon Club Assortment along with some Melina White Crochet Lace.


I created this pretty little bow with my Bow-it-All v2.0. You know I love my big multi-loop bows but this project called for a simple one. I attached a dragonfly charm to the center of the bow for a little 'dangling' interest.


I'm so glad my co-worker wanted a dragonfly theme because I just love these adorable coordinating papers. It doesn't have any stamping on it, which is a little different for me, but I'm really liking how it 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 January Ribbon Club Assortment! :)


I'm happy to enter this business card easel into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# Kraft cardstock, GKD Spring Parade 6x6 patterned paper
  • Stamps: 
  • Ink: 
  • Dies/Punches: SB Labels Seventeen die, Stampin' Up! 1" circle punch (#119868)
  • Accessories: RRR White Double-Faced Satin Ribbon and Melina White Crochet Lace, Fire Mountain dragonfly charm, tiny white flat-back pearls

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bloom

** 1/13/16 Top 5 at Crafty Gals Corner! **
** 2/1/16 Winner at Craft-Dee BowZ! **
** 2/15/16 Spotlight DT Favorite at Crafting By Designs! **

Hi everyone! I'm happy to share with you today a Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project! I created a pretty vintage birthday card using the absolutely gorgeous Baby Pink Seam Binding and Silver Metallic String. I wrinkled this seam binding by spritzing it with water and hitting it with the heat tool for a few seconds to dry it. Seam binding is my all-time favorite ribbon because every bow created with it turns out just beautiful! ;)


Here's a close-up of the gorgeous bow I created with my Bow-it-All v2.0. In keeping with the vintage theme for this card, I added a pretty silver filigree charm to the center of the bow and frayed the ribbon tails.


A couple months ago I ordered several creativity kits containing various themed vintage papers and ephemera from Polly's Paper Studio, and this is the first project I created with any of them. I L.O.V.E. how this turned out! Vintage is always fun to do, and it helps to have gorgeous papers and ribbon to pull it off! :)


I used some of the same paper on the inside along with some roses and a stamped birthday sentiment from a GKD clear stamp set. I'm just 'tickled pink' with this and can't wait to give it someone, lol! ;)


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

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla (#101650) and Blushing Bride (#131198), Polly's Paper Studio Everything's Coming Up Roses vintage papers and ephemera
  • Stamps: GKD Birthday Greetings
  • Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, Invilde Bolme Knotted Wood chalk ink, Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
  • Dies/Punches: 
  • Accessories: RRR Baby Pink Seam Binding and Silver Metallic String, MISTI, Stampin' Up! Something Borrowed embellishments (#137855), Recollections pink Glitter Dots

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 for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You're my favorite

** 1/10/16 Top 3 at Come and Get It Challenges! **

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to be co-hosting with the lovely Barbara Campbell over at Mod Squad Challenge Blog! We have not one, but two sponsors this week - Gina K Designs and One Happy Cut! Our challenge is to create a project using the Ombre technique, so come play with us and create a project in varying shades of any color your heart desires!

I've been playing with the Brusho crystals again and used the color Scarlet with varying amounts of water on watercolor paper to create the ombre background for my project. I started with very light color, gradually darkening it and drying it between the subtle shade changes. When finished, I splattered medium colored water droplets on the piece and blotted them with a paper towel which created a cool splotchy effect seen best on the darkest portion. :)


I turned the ombre background into a pretty shabby chic birthday card featuring two dies from One Happy Cut - the Yvonne Creations Trellis Frame and the Precious Marieke Grass Border. I heavily distressed the edges with a tool and white chalk ink, then added the die cuts which I also hit with the white chalk ink.


I created the bouquet with lots of pretty paper flowers and pearl sprays, added my signature big bow and hit these with the white chalk ink also. The stamped sentiment is layered and popped up on fun foam. I finished the look with some randomly placed pink sequins. I'm really loving this! ;)


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


Proud to enter this shabby chic birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock, Cricut Reds & Pinks cardstock, Ranger watercolor paper
  • Stamps: GKD You're My Favorites mini stamp set (front sentiment), GKD Springtime Silhouettes stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Ink: Ingvild Bolme white chalk ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: Yvonne Creations Trellis Frame die, Precious Marieke Grass Border die, MB Stitched Circle Layers die, SB Classic Circles die
  • Accessories: Tim Holtz distress tool, assorted WOC paper flowers and pearl sprays, Prairie Bird Boutique pink wrinkled ribbon, MISTI, pink fun foam, Doodlebug Designs pink sequins 

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create an ombre project for our challenge this week! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies Gina K Designs and One Happy Cut! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Monday, January 4, 2016

Congratulations on your new home!

** 1/13/16 Winner at Crop Stop! **

Hi everyone! A big ol' Happy New Year to you all! I am really embracing 2016 - I feel like it's going to be a most awesome year! I'm happy to share my Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for our first challenge of the new year, LTSCB #69 - New Beginnings! We're being sponsored by Julia Spiri Digital Stamps, Bugaboo Digi Stamps and Dr. Digi's House of Stamps! Come play with us! We want to see a project depicting something new - new year, new home, new baby, new job, etc.

I chose the adorable 'Birdhouses' digital image from Bugaboo for my new home card featuring three layered coordinating papers with stitching. I mentioned a few posts ago that I treated myself to a Janome Sew Mini 124 sewing machine during a Black Friday sale, and used it on all the layers on this card. I really love that little machine! :D


The 'home' sentiment used on the front is from a new clear stamp set I got a few weeks ago and goes perfectly with this image. I cut it with an oval SB die and layered it on a scalloped die cut, and added a white heart button. And then there's my signature big bow created with yellow wrinkled ribbon.


I kept the inside simple as I generally do, with just a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.


Would love to enter this new home card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Fresh Asparagus cardstock, Cricut Greens & Blacks cardstock, Graphic45 Botanical Tea 6x6 papers
  • Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps Birdhouses digi, Paper Pretties Everyday Miracles stamp set (front sentiment), GKD Warm Spring Wishes stamp set (inside sentiment)
  • Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Spectrum Noir- IG5, EB1, EB7, BT5, PL2, PL3, TB3, TB4, CT1, CT4, CG1, CG2, OR2, CR7, DR2
  • Dies/Punches: SB Classic Ovals and Classic Scallops dies
  • Accessories: Wink of Stella, MISTI, Janome Sew Mini 124 sewing machine, Prairie Bird Boutique yellow wrinkled ribbon, Stampin' Up! Sweet Dreams designer buttons (#137857)

I hope you've found a little inspiration to play in our New Beginnings challenge! Be sure to check out all the fun digis at Julia Spiri Digital StampsBugaboo Digi Stamps and Dr. Digi's House of Stamps! Thanks for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ugly Sweater Thank You

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! As much as I enjoyed it, I'm sure glad it's behind us. Now we can feast our eyes on Valentine's Day stuff in the stores, lol! I'm super stoked to share with you some news... I've joined the House of Cards Design Team! Woot-woot! And this is my first House of Cards DT inspiration project and it's for our January challenge - Embossing and/or Colors! Come play with us using this inspiration photo:


a door tones

Isn't this a gorgeous mix of wintry colors?! I honed in on the two medium shades of green (hence the color of my ribbon) and created a super fun emboss-resist watercolor background that I'm calling an Ugly Sweater Thank You. Although I don't own any ugly sweaters, we had some 'ugly sweater fun' at work during the week of Christmas and that kind of stuck in my head. Realistically, not all ugly sweaters are ugly in my opinion, and that's where the inspiration for this card came from! I used black accents for definition - layering cardstock, sentiment die cut (with added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents) and black pearls.


This background stamp is just amazing. This is the first time I've used it and I love that the lines are not all fluid; some of them look etched. Using my MISTI tool to get good even coverage, I stamped the background in Versamark on the smooth side of the paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I've been sporadically playing with the Brusho crystals over the past few weeks and still had them out, so I decided to sprinkle tiny amounts of several colors across the embossed paper and then spritz it good with water. I let the colors absorb into the paper (and under some parts of the embossing) and then gently blotted the excess water. I really love how it turned out... it's bold and has tons of ugly sweater character! :D


For the inside, I used a scrap left over from trimming the front piece, stamped a simple sentiment and layered the panel on black cardstock. Have I mentioned how much I l.o.v.e. how this turned out?!


Proud to enter my ugly sweater thank you card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock, Marco's Black cardstock, Ranger Watercolor paper
  • Stamps: Hero Arts - Basic Grey Barista background stamp, WPlus9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set
  • Ink: Versamark; Brusho crystals- Turquoise, Leaf Green, Lemon, Ultramarine and Scarlet; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Dies/Punches: WPlus9 Hand Lettered dies
  • Accessories: Prairie Bird Boutique green wrinked ribbon, MISTI, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Doodlebug Designs black pearls

I sure hope you've found some inspiration to play with us in our Embossing and/or Colors challenge this month! The sky is the limit, so let's see what you got! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie