Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Skipping Stones Design Sketch 44 & a Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!  A common theme this September...I have my card to share with your for my guest design position at Skipping Stones Design today!  Here is my card for this week:
"Wise Men Still Seek Him" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company
Paper: GCD Studios
Stamps: Skipping Stones Designs (Timeless Textures & Wise Men
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: dune, chestnut, merlot & Chalk: creamy brown) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design 
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Button: Basic Grey
Pins: Making Memories
Pearls: Kaiser Craft

Instructions:  Stamp the sheet music background to a cream cardstock block and ink the edges.  Stamp the image to the front, and adhere a strip of striped paper to the left side.  Stamp the sentiment above the image, and accent with three pearls.  Tie ribbon around the top, and adhere a button to the bow using twine.  Add two stick pins through the ribbon.  Adhere the entire block to the front of a kraft card base using dimensional adhesive. 

Once again, we had a lovely sketch from Ashley Cannon Newell.  Here is the sketch:
Be sure to participate this week!  It is a fun sketch!  


And now...to the giveaway!  I am going to giveaway one of the newest Skipping Stones Design stamp sets to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post about my card and what you think of the"Wise Men" set.  At the end of the week on Friday, I will choose one comment to win this lovely Christmas themed stamp set!  And who doesn't need to win a Christmas themed stamp set when Christmas is right around the corner!!  So, get to commenting!!  One comment per person, please! 
I hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Oh Fall....

...how I love thee. I love fall. I wasn't quite READY for at the end of August, but I am welcoming it now. Football, hot soup, fall leaves & color...warm days and cool nights...it is a good time.

This stamp set came in the mail TODAY, and straight out of the mailbox I had to use it. I have been waiting for a set like this, and I see so many fabulous possibilities with it. I also used FTL 109 from the Clean & Simple Stamping blog for it.
 "Welcome Fall" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Glitz Designs & Papertrey Ink
Stamps/Border Dies/Felt: Papertrey Ink (Wreath for All Seasons)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chestnut, scarlet, amber & Versamark) 
Embossing Powder: Stampendous (detail white) 
Button: craft supply
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Diecut Machine:  Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Adhere a brown dotted paper block to the front of a red card base.  Diecut a scallop border from red floral paper using the Cuttlebug, and adhere to the right side of a white cardstock block.  Stamp the wreath to it, and adhere to the front of the card.  Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment on an orange cardstock strip, and adhere it to the card.  Adhere a piece of twine from the sentiment strip to the wreath, and cover the top with a button.  Tie a bow from twine, and adhere to the wreath.  Accent the bow and the other end of the twine with red pearls.  Cut an eyelet lace border from felt using a Cuttlebug, and layer over top the seam of the stamped block.  Accent the felt border with orange jewels.      

I also have my card to share for CPS sketch 185 this week.  I mixed two older Glitz paper collections for this one, and I love that they worked so well together! 
"Birthday Wishes" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper/Sticker: Glitz Designs
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Asian Fusion set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: orange)
Flower: Prima
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Border Punch: Fiskars

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Matte damask paper on black cardstock, and adhere a punched border to the bottom.  Adhere the entire block to the front of the card.  Add the black flourish sticker to the corner, and place a dotted flower on top of it.  Stamp the sentiment to a white cardstock strip, then fold and cut in a flag shape.  Adhere it to the front, tucked into the side of the flower.  Accent below the paper block with three jewels.  

I promise soon that I am going to share some of my favorite photos, movies, and music as of late.  I have just been super busy lately, and haven't had a lot of time.  We are about to head out in a few minutes for homecoming at Carroll College...so I better get going for now.  Have a wonderful weekend!!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last day to bid on "Blog 4 Boobies"

Welcome to the last day of "Blogs 4 Boobies"
You still have time to join in on the FUN(draising)
There are 2 ways to help:
1. Shop:That's right you can help fight the war against breast cancer by shopping. Skipping Stones Design will donate $2 for EVERY single stamps set sold in their store. This donation will continue through Thursday the 23rd at midnight. Check out the end of this post for my favorite SSD stamp set.
2. Bid:
Check out the list of Amazing designers. They are auctioning off their blogs 4 boobies cards/projects to the highest bidder. Bidding will continue until 8:00 p.m. Mountain time, at which time the silent auctions will end. See "How to bid" below for more information.

Here is my card once again:

Here is the list of amazingly talented, and generous designers who are joining with us in our efforts to stamp out Cancer:

Day 2 participants:
Kim Hughes - http://paperhugs.typepad.com/paper_hugs/
Kandi Phillips - http://kraftykandikrafts.blogspot.com/
Sharon Harnist – http://paperfections.typepad.com/
Amy Sheffer – http://pickledpaperdesigns.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Buck – http://www.thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/
Amy Tsuruta - http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com/
Tammie Beaton - http://alwaysinking.blogspot.com/
Rae Barthel – http://simplyrae.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan - http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Sarah Martina Parker - http://sarahmartina.com/blog/
Lea Lawson - http://leascupcakesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Teri Anderson - http://terisplace.wordpress.com/
Deb Felts – http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/
Kimberly Crawford - http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/
Gladys Chia - http://www.gladyschia2010.wordpress.com/
Jen del Muro - http://iheart2stamp.com/
Maile Belles - http://mailebelles.blogspot.com/

Have fun bouncing from blog to blog. Enjoy all the designs, and make a bid or two! This is a rare opportunity to take home a card/project from your favorite designer, and fight the war against breast cancer!!!
Day 1 participants:
Heather Engebretson - http://skippingstonesdesign.blogspot.com/
Barb Turpin - http://barbsboys123.blogspot.com/
Becky Olsen - http://lifeasathreeleggeddog.blogspot.com/
Megan Hoeppner - http://meganhoeppner.blogspot.com/
Kim Kesti - http://kimberlykesti.typepad.com/
Ashley Cannon Newell - http://ashleynewell.blogspot.com/
Angela Thomas - http://sparkleandbling.blogspot.com/
Ann Kranitz - http://stampwithme-ann.blogspot.com/
Shannan Teubner - http://withfeathersandsequins.blogspot.com/
Belinda Chang Langer - http://cadnileb.blogspot.com/
Brenda Weaver - http://sweetpapertreats.wordpress.com/
Jennifer Ingle - http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Teresa Kline - http://enjoythevasunshine.blogspot.com/
Wendy Price - http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/
Jodi Collins - http://stampingalatte.blogspot.com/

IF you haven't seen these amazing cards from some of today's top talent you've got to bounce around these blogs. Make a bid or two while you are at it. How often do you get a chance to take home a card from your favorite designer? Remember 100% of the bid goes to the Komen foundation.
Here is one last look at my card/project
The current highest bid is $11.


Here is how you bid: Go to the comment section of the designer's most recent "blogs 4 boobies" post. In the comment section write the dollar amount of you bid and sign with your email address. Then sit back and watch and wait.....

"What do I do once I place a bid?"

"Watch and Wait"
The "Winner of the Auction" Will be the highest bid (that includes an email address)in the comment section of the MOST RECENT blogs 4 boobies post at the end of the silent auction. Please note that ALL cards/projects WILL BE REPOSTED on the 23rd of September. The silent auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time on September 23rd .

Things to keep in mind:

Near the end of the bidding you may not see bids as they come in. Most blog have a comment feature where the blogger must approve comments before they are published. So bid high. You might have the highest bid that is published, but someone might have outbid you in an unpublished comment/bid.The blogger/designer will declare who has won the silent auction. Skipping Stones Design will send you an invoice for your donation/bid amount. Please pay that invoice as soon as possible, so the designer can get your card/project in the mail to you.

Before I go I just wanted to share with you my favorite SSD stamp set. Remember, If you buy this set or any other before midnight on the 23rd of September $2 will go to the Komen Foundation.
 This set is called Timeless Texture, and it is fabulous!!  Here is a link to all of the SSD stamp sets...so get to shopping!! :) Happy bidding!  ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taylored Expression September "Blast from the Past" Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I know....two posts in one day?!  Craziness coming from me!  But, I had two things going on today.  I did make it so the cards kind-of match...good way to not have as many scraps!!  :)  (Scroll down to if you are coming from Skipping Stones Design for my Tuesday sketch card.  Thanks!!)

Today is also the Taylored Expression September "Blast from the Past" blog hop!  I have enjoyed participating in this for the past few months....and have used the same set every time!  Tee hee!  Goes to show that stamps are such a good investment...you can use them over and over again and get a completely different look.  Here is the card that I came up with for the Blog Hop:
"Time for a Christmas Tea" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company
Paper: GCD Studios
Stamps: Taylored Expression (CreativiTEA set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chianti, evergreen & Chalk: creamy brown) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Flowers: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Border Punch: Fiskars
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Storybook by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Sand the front of a sheet music paper block, and adhere it to a cream card base.  Round the upper right corner, and the lower left corner of the card.  Cut a scalloped circle from red paper at 4" using the Cricut Expression and Storybook cartridge.  Cut a circle from cream cardstock at 3.5" and ink the edges.  Adhere the two circles together, and trim the edges off of it.  Stamp "Time for Tea" to the bottom, and add the rest of the sentiment above it using rub-ons.  Adhere the trimmed circle to the front of the card.  Adhere a scalloped border strip to green text paper, and sand the edges.  Adhere the entire block to the lower right part of the card.  Tie ribbon around the seam and accent with green & red paper flowers.  Stamp the teapot to cream cardstock, cut it out, and adhere it above the sentiment.  Accent the flowers, teapot, and green paper block with pearls.   

This card was inspired by my sweet mama!  She hosts a gorgeous Christmas Tea every year at her church for the women in the Sheridan community.  She decorates numerous tables with all of her beautiful dishes and teapot sets, has wonderful giveaways, reads a book called "A Cup of Christmas Tea"...it is an enchanting and wonderful night just for women to feel special.  My mom is pretty amazing....isn't she?!  I will have to share some photos of last year's tea when it gets closer to Christmas time.  
We were also provided a sketch from Sankari for the blog hop.  Here it is:

Enjoy blog hopping! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Skipping Stones Design Sketch 43

Happy Tuesday everyone!!  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and a stress free Monday!  The wedding on Saturday was exquisite and elegant...just how I figured it would be.  I was there as the photographer, and as a friend of the couple...so it was a wonderful day for me as well!  I love celebrating the love of two people, and it is even more glorious when you know the couple and get to share the day with them in such a special way.

As the past couple of weeks have shown, I am one of the guest designers for Skipping Stones Design stamps this month.  Today I have another card to share with you featuring a new stamp set this month called "Wise Men".  I LOVE this set, and I see myself using it over & over again for Christmas this year.  In fact...along with these new fabulous "Joyful Peace" papers from GCD Studios...I think I might have found the design for my Christmas card this year.  Yay!!   Here it is:
"Oh Holy Night" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: GCD Studios
Stamps: Skipping Stones Design (Wise Men set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chianti, frost white) 
Trim: Rusty Pickle
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Border Punch: Fiskars
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Sand the edges and front of a sheet music paper block, and adhere to the front of a kraft card base.  Wrap twine around the middle, and tie the loose ends together in a bow.  Stamp the sentiment and Nativity images to a kraft cardstock block, and ink the edges with white.  Adhere the stamped block to a sanded green paper block.  Punch a border strip from striped paper, and adhere at the seam.  Cover the seam with cream & red trims, and adhere the entire block to the front of the card.  Accent the star and lower right corner with white pearls.   

Once again, Ashley Cannon Newell provided us with an amazing sketch this week.  Check it out: 
Be sure to participate, and link your card up at Skipping Stones Design.  It is an awesome sketch to work with!!

Don't forget that SSD is donating money to the Susan G. Komen foundation this month as well!  There are three ways that you can be part of giving to this wonderful cause!  Here are the ways: 

1. You can help by shopping.  For every stamp set you purchase through Sept. 23, SSD will donate $2 to the foundation.  You can find all SSD stamp sets HERE. (This includes the fabulous Wise Men set shown today...it is a must have.  I swear!!) 

2.  You can help by bidding.  Many wonderful women made cards for the "Blogs 4 Boobies" blog bounce that SSD hosted last week.  Every single card in the Blog Bounce is up for auction, and you can bid on whichever card you want!  Bidding will continue until 8pm on Sept. 23.  Here are links to the two days of blog bouncing: 

3.  You can help by telling your friends.  Spread the word about shopping, and the Blog Bounce bidding.  Put word on your blog, call a friend, send out a text, tweet it....this will help raise money for a wonderful foundation!

I hope that you have a wonderful Tuesday! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

P.S.  Did you watch Dancing with the Stars last night?  I haven't watched it for a couple of seasons, but when I heard that Jennifer Grey was one of the stars...I knew I would have to tune in this season.  Her dance last night was so moving and beautiful.  I can't imagine all the different emotions that flowed through her while rehearsing, and then while doing it live.  I am not sure if it was right to give her such a personal song at the very beginning, but she did an amazing job with it.  Dirty Dancing was my VERY favorite movie when I was growing up, and to this day, it is still one of my faves.  I would daresay that I have watched it over 100 times, and I don't get sick of it.  I watch it at least once a year....normally in the fall while baking something warm and yummy!  I am sure I will watch it soon!! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

CPS Catch Up (again)....

I know I have been a little sparse around here lately...and I once again need to catch up with my CPS cards.  But first, don't forget that my "Blogs 4 Boobies" card is still up for auction, and all proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.  So, be sure to check it out, and all the other cards up for auction for this great cause!

Well, lets get started!  First up is my card for sketch 181 from a few weeks ago.
  "Fill This Day with Joy" supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Bo Bunny & My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (A Little Argyle, YOF: Sweet Peas)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: antique pewter) & Tsukineko (Chalk: pixie dust)
Ribbon: SEI
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Pen: Zig Writer
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Instructions: Fold dark gray cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Round the bottom corners of a light gray paper block, and stamp the argyle border to the bottom of it.  Stamp the sweet pea flower and leaves to patterned paper and cut out.  Adhere to the top right side of the argyle border, popping the flower with dimensional adhesive.  Tie ribbon directly above the argyle border and add the bow right next to the flower.  Pen a gray line around the top of the paper block, and stamp the sentiment to the middle.  Adhere the entire paper block to the front of the dark gray card, and then accent with pearls.

Up next is my card for CPS #183.  This sketch was a little harder for me to use, and I tried to find a way to make it simpler.  This is what I came up with for it....it uses the sketch fairly abstractly, but that is okay!
"Thinking of You, Always" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (YOF: Lily of the Valley)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: frost white, hunter green) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Jewels: Glitz Designs

Instructions: Fold green cardstock in half to make card base, and ink the edges.  Stamp the flower image to a kraft cardstock block.  Fill in the flowers and leaves by dabbing pigment ink onto a Q-tip and lightly brushing it in.  Ink the edges of the stamped block and adhere to the front of the card.  Stamp the sentiment to a kraft strip and adhere to the upper right side using dimensional adhesive.  Accent the flowers with small clear jewels, and accent directly below the sentiment with three large clear jewels. 

And last but not least, is my card for this weeks sketch at CPS, #184
"Kiss Kiss" Supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Stickers: Making Memories
Chipboard: We R Memory Keepers
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc.
Button: Papertrey Ink
Pins: Making Memories & Jenni Bowlin
Glitter: Doodlebug Designs
Pen: Zig Millenium
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Tie the Knot by Provo Craft (lips)

Instructions: Fold red dot paper in half to make card base.  Adhere a white cardstock block to the front of the card.  Adhere the kiss, kiss stickers to the lower right corner, and pen a black line around the block.  Cut the diecut lips and layers at 2" using the Cricut Expression and Tie the Knot cartridge.  Glitter the red section, and layer together.  Layer the lips together with the chipboard, and adhere to the front of the card.  Tie ribbon to the front, and adhere a button to the bow using twine.  Add stick pins into the bow.  

Alright...I feel better now that I got those caught up on my blog!  Now, how about some winners?  First up is the winner of the two paper collections from the GCD Studios Jewelry blog hop.  The lucky winning comment is.................
Blogger Debbi said...
I love this piece and the paper. Of course I love everything Melody Ross
September 7, 2010 1:34 PM

Congratulations Debbie!!  Please email me your address to jnllawson @ bresnan.net.  
And the winner of the Cupcards to Go flower challenge is.........
Ivanka!!  Here is her card with the pretty flower she created: 

Email me your address information, and I will send it along to the owner of Cupcards To Go, and she will send out your prize!!  

Well, that is all I have for now!  I am shooting a wedding today.  And even though it is storming, it is going to be a great day!  I love celebrating in the love and commitment of two people, and weather just doesn't matter.  I also think that it is going to let up a little once the festivities get going!  I hope that you have a wonderful day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Blogs 4 Boobies" Blog Bounce Day 2

Welcome to DAY 2 of the 1st annual "Blogs 4 boobies" blog bounce(hop)!This is day 2 of a 2 day event! Be sure to go to yesterdays post and check out some amazing cards by your favorite designers!

We are so glad that you joined us today. I have joined up with Skipping Stones Design to help raise money to fight the war against Breast Cancer. SSD is celebrating the release of 2 ALL NEW Stamp sets. They are also donating $2 for EVERY stamp set sold this week to the cause!!! This is a one-of-a-kind-blog (hop)bounce! Every card/project that is shown here in the "blogs 4 boobies" blog bounce is up for auction! All of the money raised through the silent auction, on our blogs, will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

First up, here is my card for the Blog Bounce, using "Bras Volume 2" set.
"Pick Me Up" supplies: 
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics & The Paper Company
Paper: Glitz Designs
Stamps: Skipping Stones Design (Bras Vol. 2) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: pink & Chalk: pink pastel, azurite) & CTMH (Pigment: vanilla cream) 
Embossing Powder: Stampendous (clear) 
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Flowers: Prima
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc.
Button: SEI
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge(s): Sentimentals, Straight from the Nest by Provo Craft

There are 3 ways that you can help, and join in on the fun(draising)!
1. You can help by Shopping!For every stamp set that you purchase during Sept 15th through the 23rd SSD will donate $2 to the Komen Foundation. Stamping and shopping that you can feel good about! Skipping Stones Design is celebrating "blogs 4 boobies" with the release of two new stamp sets!!!

2. You can help by *Bidding!Another way you can help us raise money for the Komen Foundation is to *bid on a project or card along the blog bounce(hop). YES! EVERY Single card/project along the blogs for boobies bounce is up for auction. We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Your *Bid not only includes the card or project but shipping to your home as well. Please Note IF you want to bid, and live outside the U.S. we would request that you pay the difference of shipping charges between where you live and what it would cost to ship within the US. * See how to place a bid for more detailed instructions.
If you are the highest bidder September 23rd 8:00 p.m. mountain time then you WIN the card/project that you bid on.

3. You can help by Telling Your Friends~Help us spread the word about "blogs 4 boobies" the more people that know, the more moeny we can raise!!!

*"How to place a bid on my card/project"Step #1Find the comment section of the blog that shows the "Blogs 4 boobies" card or project that you want to buy. *Please note you may only bid on the card/project shown in the specific "blogs 4 boobies" post. *Any bids not placed on the correct post will be considered invalid.
Step #2Once you are in the "blogs 4 boobies" comment section fill in the dollar and cents amount of what you are willing to pay for the card/project. We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Remember your bid includes shippingas well as the card/or project. 100% of the money your bid will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Step #3Next to your $ bid please type in your email address. During a silent auction bidders sign their name next to their bid. typing your email address is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid. Also it will help the blogger contact you if you are the highest bidder.
Step #4Watch and wait.
Once you have entered your bid/comment sit back and wait. If someone out bids you then you may bid again. Bidding will continue until 8:00 p.m. Mountain time September 23rd

* Please note that the participating stampers/bloggers will probably re-post their Blogs 4 Boobies card/project on the 23rdof September. When the blogger re-post their project then the bidding will continue on the NEWEST post and that comment section.

"What do I do once I place a bid"Watch and Wait
The "Winner of the Auction" Will be the highest bid (that includes an email address)in the comment section of the MOST RECENT blogs 4 boobies post at the end of the silent auction. Please note that ALL cards/projects WILL BE REPOSTED on the 23rd of September. The silent auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time on September 23rd .

Things to keep in mind:Near the end of the bidding you may not see bids as they come in. Most blog have a comment feature where the blogger must approve comments before they are published. So bid high. You might have the highest bid that is published, but someone might have outbid you in an unpublished comment/bid.
The blogger/designer will declare who has won the silent auction. Skipping Stones Design will send you an invoice for your donation/bid amount. Please pay that invoice as soon as possible, so the designer can get your card/project in the mail to you.

Here is the amazing line up for DAY2:


Thursday 9/16
Kim Hughes - http://paperhugs.typepad.com/paper_hugs/
Kandi Phillips - http://kraftykandikrafts.blogspot.com/
Sharon Harnist – http://paperfections.typepad.com/
Amy Sheffer – http://pickledpaperdesigns.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Buck – http://www.thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/
Amy Tsuruta - http://tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com/
Tammie Beaton - http://alwaysinking.blogspot.com/
Rae Barthel – http://simplyrae.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan - http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Sarah Martina Parker - http://sarahmartina.com/blog/
Lea Lawson - http://leascupcakesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Teri Anderson - http://terisplace.wordpress.com/
Deb Felts – http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/
Kimberly Crawford - http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/
Gladys Chia - http://www.gladyschia2010.wordpress.com/
Jen del Muro - http://iheart2stamp.com/
Maile Belles - http://mailebelles.blogspot.com/

So, make sure you bounce on over to Teri's blog from here! Have fun bouncing from blog to blog. Enjoy all the designs, and make a bid or two! This is a rare opportunity to take home a card/project from your favorite designer, and fight the war against breast cancer!!!

It just wouldn't be a Skipping Stones Design event without a sketch from an amazing designer. This month we are delignted to have Ashley Cannon Newell as our guest sketch artist. Here is her sketch SSD 042:
Make sure to play along with Ashley’s amazing sketch this week .  You could win $10 off anything in the store, and a special badge for your blog.  Enter your card today at Skipping Stones Design!!

Until later,
~Lea L.

PS: I will post some winners from the giveaway and challenge on my blog tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Skipping Stones Design Sketch 41

For the month of September, I am one of the guest designers for Skipping Stones Design...a wonderful stamp company!  Each week I will have a card based on a sketch to share with you!  And without further ado...here is my card:
"Live & Laugh& Love..." supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: GCD Studios
Paper Frill: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps: Skipping Stones Design (Timeless Textures, Garden Stamp Kiss sets) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Chalk: creamy brown & Pigment: robin's egg) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Flowers: Recollections
Jewels: Prima
Pearls: Kaiser Craft

Instructions:  Ink the edges of a floral paper block, and adhere to the front of a white card base.  Ink the edges of a flourish paper strip and adhere to the front.  Stamp the damask pattern to a white cardstock block and ink the edges.  Adhere blue paper frill to the block, and then tie ribbon around the seam.  Accent the middle of the bow with brown paper flowers.  Add the rub-on sentiment to the bottom, and adhere the entire block to the front.  Stamp the butterfly to white cardstock, and cut out.  Adhere it to the front of the card, and accent the middle with pearls.  Give it a flight pattern with jewel flourishes.  

This is the fabulous sketch, created by the talented Ashley Cannon Newell.  Such a fabulous sketch!! 
Be sure to head on over to Skipping Stones Design to see what the other design team and guest designers did with the sketch as well!  Be sure to participate as well....the sketch is a fabulous one to work with!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea

Monday, September 6, 2010

GCD Studios Jewelry Blog Hop!!

Happy Labor Day Monday everyone!!  Today GCD Studios is having a fabulous blog hop all based around jewelry....necklaces specifically!  But first....you should have arrived on my blog via KAY ROGERS BLOG.  If you happened upon this post, go on back to the GCD STUDIOS BLOG and start the entire hop!!

These fabulous necklaces are meant to be used with the ChipArt Tool from GCD...and it was SO fun to create!  Without further ado....here is my necklace!
I used one of my VERY favorite color combo on this necklace...pink and aqua.  So cute...and the Chickadee Letter Stamps from GCD were the perfect font for the lettering.  Just love it!!  GCD makes two necklace kits to use with the ChipArt Tool.  This is what they look like!

Now....the details of the GCD Jewely Blog Hop.  Make sure that you start at the beginning and hop along to all of the blogs...because 10 winners are going to be picked randomly from ALL of the blog comments!  We were also given permission to do a personal giveaway on our own blogs as well!  So- I will randomly pick one of the comments from just my blog, and the winner will win one sheet of each paper design from the Zippity and Lydia collections from GCD Studios.  So, be sure to leave a comment!!
Now....your next stop along this fun blog hop is JENNIFER WUTHRICH'S BLOG.  I hope that you are super inspired as you hop along, and good luck in being a giveaway winner!!

Until later,
~Lea

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Jewelry Month with GCD Studios

Hi everyone!!  This month's theme assignment for the GCD Studios design team was to make jewelry.  This included everything from necklaces, to hair accessories.  When I read about the assignment, this very simple and easy hair clip idea came to my mind.  All you need are some plain hair clips, Artsy Urban brads & jewels, Stickles, a hot glue gun, and a tool to cut off the brad posts.  Here are the hair clips that I made with just these few products!
  So, if you are ever in a quick pinch and need a REALLY cute hair accessory....reach for your scrapbooking supplies because you can custom make exactly what you need!!  Can you imagine how much a set of barrettes like this would cost at the store?!  ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cupcards to Go Challenge!

Hi everyone!!  Today I have a Cupcards challenge for you!  You have until 11:59pm on September 15 to link up your entries right here on this post.  Here is the card from this month's kit that the challenge is based on:
The challenge is to create an interesting flower accent, and use it on your card!  The only rule is NO DIECUT FLOWERS.  This is about using something to create the flower for your card!  So, think about using crepe paper, fabric, felt, ribbon....whatever your imagination brings forward, and create a fabulous flower!!

The winner will be drawn on September 16th, and I will post it here on my blog.  The owner of Cupcards to Go will send the winner a fabulous Cupcards to Go prize!! So, get to creating and link your card up below!♥♥♥



Until later,
~Lea