Monday, March 28, 2016

Floral Slatted Basket

** 4/11/16 Top 3 at Melonhead Friendz! **

Hi everyone! Wow, oh wow. I'm really having a hard wrapping my head around the fact that April 1st will be here in a just a few short days! And it's Spring! Yay! Spring means flowers and flowers mean bright colors and pretty smells! My other favorite time of year!

I'm super stoked to share my newest Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project with you, a slatted basket. OMGosh, I love this basket! The tutorial was featured in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletters several weeks ago. SCS is the best resource for tutorials that I've ever seen. I used the Rosemary Natural Crocheted Lace around the top of the basket and Burlap Center Stitch Green ribbon for the bow.


Here's a close-up of the fat chunky bow I created with my Bow-it-All v2.0. This basket needed a large bow to offset the flower die cuts. This ribbon really makes nice bows no matter what size they are. :)


The paper, cardstock, dies, pearls and rhinestones are all from Stampin' Up! Love these new botanical papers and dies. I can see lots of bouquets in my future, lol!


Oh, and the stamp set and punch I used to create the tag are also from Stampin' Up! What a great ensemble of products to go with this awesome crocheted lace and burlap ribbon!


Here's a shot showing that gorgeous crocheted lace.


And finally, here's another shot of the opposite side of the handle featuring more of the die cut flowers.


Proud to enter my gift basket into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! cardstock- Cajun Craze (#119684), Old Olive (#100702), Hello Honey (#133678), Mossy Meadow (#133676), Stampin' Up! Botanical Gardens DSP (#140583)
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Birthday Blossoms stamp set (#139471)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: Stampin' Up! Botanical Builder Framelits (#140625), Stampin' Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (#133324)
  • Accessories: RRR Rosemary Natural Crocheted Lace and Burlap Center Stitch Green ribbon, gold metallic thread, Echo Park This & That Charming Chipboard Button, Stampin' Up! Rhinestones (#119246), Stampin' Up! Pearls (#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 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

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Blessings

Hi everyone! Happy Spring to you all! Isn't this just a beautiful time of year, with nice cool mornings and warm (but not too hot) afternoons, and flowers blooming everywhere?! It's time for another fun challenge over at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for Challenge #28 - Anything Goes! Come play with us - we know you love some Anything Goes! ;)

We're being sponsored by Sami Stamps
 


I chose the absolutely gorgeous Poinsettia Umbrella digi from Sami Stamps to create this Spring card. I fell in love with this image the minute I saw it - the possibilities are endless. I settled on a pretty red and yellow color combo which I think is very striking for a Spring project, and the papers in this My Mind's Eye paper pack were perfect!


I used some of my favorite stitched dies - the round ones this time - along with a scalloped circle die, lots of gold foil cardstock for a touch of elegance, and of course my signature big bow. ;)


I decorated the inside with a scrap of the floral paper from the front layered on some gold foil cardstock, and stamped a simple sentiment.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:


Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, DCWV Gold Foiled cardstock, My Mind's Eye Happy Day 6x6 paper pad, red cardstock scrap
  • Stamps: Sami Stamps Poinsettia Umbrella digital image, GKD Spring Blessings stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Spectrum Noir- CR8, CR10, CR11, DG2, DG3, CT1, CT4, GB5
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers dies, Spellbinders Classic Scallops die
  • Accessories: Prairie Bird Boutique red wrinkled ribbon, MISTI, Doodlebug Design Boutique Buttons, white fun foam, Stampin' Up! Basic Pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project for our Anything Goes challenge this time! Be sure to check out all the digital images that Sami Stamps and Stamps by Julia Spiri have to offer! Fun stuff! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Thank You Berry Basket

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day - hope you're having an awesome week! I'm super stoked to be guest designing for Crafting by Designs and happy to share my inspiration project for the "3 or More Layers" challenge! Come play with us and show us what you got! ;)

I created an adorable berry basket which I filled with Sea Salt, Chocolate & Pretzel Bark to give as a thank you. I got the Sizzix Berry Basket Bigz die a couple months ago and haven't had a chance to use it, so I thought now would be a great time!


I used the Stampin' Up! Hardwood background stamp on both sides of all the pieces so it would look like wood. After assembling the basket, I adhered pink twill around the top edge over the scalloped borders. I'm in love with the multi-step flowers in this stamp set from Stampin' Up! I used first, second and third generation stamping technique for the largest flower, and first and second generation stamping for the stems and leaves which I loosely colored with a Spectrum Noir marker, then layered them on the side of the basket. I stamped the sentiment on a hand-cut fish-tail flag and tucked it under the uppermost flower and added two clear gemstones.


Here's a shot of the basket without the candy. How cute is this?! I definitely see more of these in my future! :D


Proud to enter this sweet berry basket into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Crafter's Companion Kraft cardstock, GKD Pure Luxury White and Bubblegum Pink cardstock scraps
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Hardwood background stamp, Stampin' Up! What I Love stamp set (#141276)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! inks- Baked Brown Sugar (#131174), Rose Red (#126954) and Garden Green (#126973), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir LG3
  • Dies/Punches: Sizzix Berry Basket Bigz die
  • Accessories: RRR Totally Twill Pink Ribbon, Stampin' Up! Rhinestones (#119246)

Hope you have found some inspiration to create a project with three or more layers for our challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Saturday, March 19, 2016

get well

** 3/25/16 Top 3 at Brown Sugar Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Happy Spring to you all! Hope you are enjoying some Spring-like weather in your part of the world! I'm happy to share with you today a Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project. I created a pretty get well card using the amazing White Sheer Organza with Satin Center and Wine Organza ribbon. OMG, pictures do not do these ribbons justice! Both are just g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.!

I had a great time with this card, starting with inking the emboss resist background, then stamping the basket and all the pansies. The stamps are all multi-step stamps which I love! Seems I've taken a liking to vertical sentiments lately so I used one on this card. ;)


Here's a close-up of the gorgeous double loop bow I created with my Bow-it-All v2.0. This particular color of organza is to die for! Just beautiful!


After stamping all the pansies and leaves, I fussy cut them and layered them in the basket, popping some up on foam pads for dimension. I ended up coloring the lightest inner portion of the pansies with a Spectrum Noir marker because the pink ink was just a bit too light.


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


Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White and Cranberry Tart cardstock, Stampin' Up! Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP (#138635), 
  • Stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps- Multi-Step Basket and 3-Step Pansy stamp sets, Paper Smooches Delightful Greetings
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! inks- Rose Red (#126954), Melon Mambo (#126948), Pink Pirouette (#126956), Garden Green (#126973), Cucumber Crush (#138324), Mint Macaron (#138326), Baked Brown Sugar (#131174), Soft Suede (126978), Early Espresso (#126974); Spectrum Noir PP1
  • Dies/Punches: SB Rounded Squares die
  • Accessories: RRR White Sheer Organza with Satin Center, Tim Holtz round ink blending tool, 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

Friday, March 18, 2016

happy day gift bag

** 3/30/16 Top 5 at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! **
** 3/30/16 Spotlight Winner at Ruby's Rainbow! **

Hi everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon! I'm super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for #137 - Welcome Spring with Ribbon or Trim! Dig into your crafty stash and come play with us!

There's no better way to welcome Spring than with flowers and a 'happy day' sentiment! I created an adorable little gift bag using the absolutely gorgeous Pearl Pink Double Faced Satin Ribbon from the March Ribbon Club Assortment. This satin ribbon is heavenly! ;)


And of course, I created my pretty double loop bow with my Bow-it-All v2.0. I say all the time that I love this tool and don't know how I ever got along before having it, lol! I embellished the center of this one with an adorable heart button.


All these pretty flowers are stamped. I used first, second and third generation stamping technique for the largest flower (with multi-step stamps), and first and second generation stamping for the leaves (also multi-step stamps). I stamped off once for the medium flower and used full strength ink for all the small flowers. I fussy cut the large flower and all the other flowers are punched. I thought the bling flourish was the perfect touch. :)


Here's one last (angled) view, so you can see just how stinkin' cute this little bag is, lol! Love it! :)


Proud to enter this sweet gift bag into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Marco's White Antique Linen cardstock, GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock scraps, white vellum scrap
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom stamp set (#139433), Stampin' Up! Petite Petals stamp set (#133155), Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set (#140273)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Rose Red ink (#126954), Stampin' Up! Garden Green ink (#126973), Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Dies/Punches: Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die, Stampin' Up! Petite Petals Punch (#133322), smallest flower punch from the Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Accents (#133787)
  • Accessories: RRR Pearl Pink Double Faced Satin Ribbon, MISTI, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Stampin' Up! Sweet Dreams Designer Button (#137857), Want2Scrap Bling Flourish

I hope you've found some inspiration to create a project for our Spring 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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Let's Party

Hi everyone! I'm happy to be a guest designer once again for Scrapping4fun Challenges! One of my cards was a featured creation a few weeks ago, so here I am! I'm excited to share my inspiration project for Challenge #61 - Anything Goes! We're being sponsored this time by Sheep Ski Designs, so come on and play with us! I created my project in shades of my favorite color (green) which features Andrea's adorable Annabell image!


As I started coloring this image, I envisioned layers upon layers of green cardstock and patterned paper, so I dug out a Basic Grey paper pad that I haven't used in ages (at least three years). Not sure why that particular one came to mind, but it did, along with the rose organza trim and gold cording which I haven't used in quite a while. The only item used on this project that's relatively new in my stash is the stamp set. ;)


I used leftover pieces of cardstock and paper from the front to decorate the inside and stamped a sweet birthday sentiment.


Happy to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Cricut Greens & Black paper stack, Basic Grey Marjolaine paper pad
  • Stamps: Andrea Norris Annabell digital image, GKD Happy Birthday to You stamp set
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke ink (#126972); Spectrum Noir- FS2, FS3, DG2, DG3, DG4, CT1, CT2, BP1, EB2, EB4, EB6, GB5, PL2, PL4, TB2, TB3, IG4
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders, Spellbinders Classic Circles die
  • Accessories: Wild Orchid Crafts Organza Rose Trim, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon, Stampin' Up! Pearls (#119247), GKD gold cording, Darice foam

I hope you've enjoyed this project and have found some inspiration to whip something up for our Anything Goes challenge this time! Be sure to check out all the fun Sheep Ski Designs digis in Andrea's Etsy Shop! Thanks for stopping by today and we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Wish Big

** 3/28/16 Winner at Melonheadz Friends! **

Hi everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start and you are enjoying some wonderful Spring weather wherever you are! I'm super stoked to be guest designing for CCC Digi Creations and happy to share my inspiration project for Challenge #45 - Add Some Sparkle! Come play with us! We're being sponsored by the wonderful Sassy Studio Designs!

I used the gorgeous Bloom Sassy digital image from Sassy Studio Designs for my birthday card created in shades of purple, featuring a vertical sentiment. I love all shades of purple. And I L.O.V.E. these new stitched oval dies! Of course, I added my signature big bow on top of some loops of white hemp cord. To complete the look, I rounded the bottom right corner.


Bloom Sassy is definitely a sassy little lady... what an awesome image and so fun to color! I was in a purple mood and was very happy to have found the purple grass cloth cardstock in my stash that matched the patterned paper, ribbon and bubbles perfectly. :)


In keeping with the challenge theme, I added lots of sparkle to the lower half of her dress and her umbrella with clear Wink of Stella. 


For the inside, I used a strip of left-over floral paper from the front, stamped the sentiment just below it and layered the panel on some of that gorgeous grass cloth cardstock.


Happy to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Premium White cardstock, Marco's Wild Pansy Grass Cloth cardstock, Prima Meadow Lark 6x6 Paper Stack
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes (#140273), Stampin' Up! A Dozen Thoughts (#131059)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant ink (#126969); Spectrum Noir- HB1, HB2, HB3, PP1, PP6, DG3, FS1, FS2, FS3, GB1, GB3, GB4
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers, Lil Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag
  • Accessories: Prairie Bird Boutique purple wrinkled ribbon, RRR Hemptique white bamboo cord, Queen & Co. purple bubbles, Zva Creative bling flower

Hope you have found some inspiration to create a sparkly project for our challenge this time, and be sure to check out all the fun Sassy Studio Designs images! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Sunday, March 13, 2016

with sympathy for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop


Hey everybody! It's time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop! OMGosh, you are in for a real treat! The design team has been busy creating projects using ribbon and/or trim from the March Ribbon Club Assortment, the Welcome Spring Collection, 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 created a sympathy card using the beautiful Hyacinth Double Faced Satin Ribbon from the March Ribbon Club Assortment. The ribbon styles and colors in this assortment lend themselves to so many different kinds of projects. I had the purple grass cloth cardstock and Prima paper stack out for another project and flipped through the paper stack just for giggles. When I saw this particular paper, I knew exactly what I was going to do. These birds are so serene and calm, and the color palette is perfect. I have just the right border stamp for the front and sentiment for the inside. Sympathy cards are generally not easy cards to make but this one kind of made itself and with very few supplies.


I created this double loop bow with two sets of tails with my Bow-it-All v2.0. I wanted a pretty bow that stands out but didn't want it to obscure the images on this paper.


For the inside, I used a floral scrap from the same paper stack and layered the panel on the purple grass cloth cardstock. This is probably one of my favorite sympathy sentiments from Stampin' Up!


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 March Ribbon Club Assortment! :)

Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Marco's Wild Pansy Grass Cloth cardstock, Prima Meadow Lake 6x6 paper stack
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders, Stampin' Up! Love & Sympathy stamp set (#122797)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Accessories: RRR Hyacinth Double Faced Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Up! Pearls (#119247)

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

one-of-a-kind

Hey everybody! Hope your week is off to a great start! Life is so full right now and I feel so blessed! I'm happy to share with you today a Really Reasonable Ribbon DT inspiration project. I used the absolutely gorgeous (and I mean this color is gorgeous) Noble Peacock Seam Binding. Seam binding is my all-time favorite kind of ribbon and I love to wrinkle it by spritzing it with water, wadding it up and then hitting it with short bursts of heat from the heat tool which sets the wrinkles.

I'm really loving my stitched dies. I can't get enough of them, lol! I have circles, squares, rectangles and just got the ovals which I can't wait to use. I created a fun focal image using a stamp and three zig-zag sewn coordinating papers from Stampin' Up! and several circle die cuts (most from the stitched dies). I rounded one of the corners of the card base and added my signature bow and some pearls.


Here's a close-up of the big fluffy bow I created with my Bow-it-All v2.0. This bow is a little fluffier than normal. I sure do love that tool! ;)


I fancied up the inside just a bit with some of the diagonal stripe paper layered on the Island Indigo cardstock and a stamped sentiment layered on that panel.


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Premium White cardstock, Stampin' Up! Island Indigo cardstock, Stampin' Up! All Abloom DSP (#133703), DCWV Teal Foiled cardstock
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! A Dozen Thoughts stamp set (#131059)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers
  • Accessories: RRR Noble Peacock Seam Binding, Janome 124 Sew Mini sewing machine, MISTI, Fiskars Corner Rounder, white fun foam, Stampin' Up! Pearls (#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 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, March 7, 2016

Purr-fection Note Card

Hi everyone! O.M.G... the weather we just had this past weekend was heaven on earth! Gave me Spring Fever big time! I'm really happy to share with you my Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog DT inspiration project for LTSCB #73 - Bare Necessities! Come play with us - we want to see your project with no more than two embellishments total! I know that's going to be a challenge for some crafters... it sure was for me! Our sponsors this time are All Dressed Up Stamps, Angie's Digital Stamps and Karleigh Sue Designs!

I chose the absolutely adorable Kitty in Flowers image from Angie's Digi Stamps for my note card which I paired with some pretty new papers I just got. I was able to use up a few cardstock scraps - it always feels good to use up scraps. :) Since I could only have two embellishments, I punched three tiny holes in the lower left corner and put a small piece of white cardstock between the layers so they'd stand out.


I'm a huge cat lover and bought several kitty-themed stamp sets and dies a while back. I knew instantly that they would compliment this image as soon as I saw it. I used some silver Wink of Stella on the flowers and the kitty's bow tie. 


We have eight feline fur babies. The oldest one is ten and has been my husband's 'baby girl' since she was four weeks old. In December 2014 we adopted a tiny female orphan found on the curb in front of a co-worker's home. In March of last year, hubby brought home three abandoned females from a job site he was working on. They were all pregnant, lol! We had 11 babies in early May, for a grand total of 16 cats in our house! We gave eight of the kittens away and kept three males. We love them all and couldn't imagine life without them. There's never a dull moment... the three male kittens are now ten months old and so mischievous!  At any rate, I really like vertical line I stamped on the inside layered panel. There's plenty of room to write a personal note. I really love how this turned out! ;)


Happy to enter this sweet kitty note card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Crafter's Companion Kraft cardstock, wine and brown cardstock scraps, Nikki Sivils Tree Love 6x6 patterned paper
  • Stamps: Angie's Digital Stamps Kitty in Flowers image, Paper Smooches Charmed Cat 2 stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- DG2, DG3, DG4, CG2, PP2, PL1, PL2, PL4, DR1, DR5, DR7, EB4, TN2, TN4, TN6, TN9
  • Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Square STAX, Paper Smooches Cat Icons die
  • Accessories: Silver Wink of Stella, MISTI, Green Prairie Bird Boutique ribbon, RRR green hemp cord, MME Collectible brads, Studio 112 clear gemstones

I hope you've found some inspiration to play in our challenge this time - no more than two embellishments! And be sure to check out all the fun images at All Dressed Up StampsAngie's Digi Stamps and Karleigh Sue Designs! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Big scrappy hugs,
Leslie

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

better get better

** 3/6/16 Top 5 at 613 Avenue Create! **

Hey everybody! Can you believe it's already the 1st of March?! OMG, so much going on! I'm so happy to share my House of Cards DT inspiration project for our March Word Cue Challenge: Silhouette! Come play with us and show us what the word 'Silhouette' means to you! :)


I chose a gorgeous Stampin' Up! silhouette background stamp to work with for this challenge. Using a black and white color palette, this card is pretty clean and simple for me. I embossed the front sentiment in white on black cardstock, and the only embellishment I used was Liquid Pearls in the centers of the flowers. I really like how this turned out. Sometimes less really IS more! :)


I kept the inside simple as well, which I normally do anyway, with just a stamped sentiment on a layered panel. The front and inside sentiments on this project are also from Stampin' Up!


Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:

Recipe:
  • Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Premium White cardstock, Marco's Black cardstock
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Wildflower Meadow (#129168), Stampin' Up! A Dozen Thoughts  (#131059)
  • Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Accessories: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, White Liquid Pearls

I sure hope you're inspired to play with us in our Word Cue Challenge this month - I can't wait to see your 'Silhouette' project! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!
Scrappy hugs,
Leslie