Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 in 2010

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!  Seriously...where did this year go?!  It is crazy how life just seems to fly by so quickly.  It feels just like yesterday that I was struggling to write the correct date, and here I am...a day away from having the same struggle again. Crazy!

This has been a wonderful year!  My first year in business...which has been hard and frustrating, but amazing at the same time.  I love working for myself, and I just hope that as my name gets out there that I will continue to get busier and busier.  I also made my first trip overseas to Africa, and I can't wait to start sharing photos with you.  I will probably share them on my photography blog, and will just link you to it.  Be on the lookout for that in January!

It has been another great year in the card making world too!  I have met lots of new people, and been able to work with lots of fabulous product.  I was made the Glitz Design Team coordinator in the spring, and that has been so much fun! I think the Glitz blog has been looking fabulous since then, and be sure to head over there tomorrow at some point for some new Glitzy info!  I have also vastly improved as a stamper, which I am very excited about!


So, today I want to share with you my VERY FAVORITE cards created this year.  (Although, some of my very favorites are out for publication...so I will pick my favorites of the ones I can post.  Tee hee!)  These are in no particular order, other than how they are named on my computer! :)

1. I have a soft spot for the Papertrey Ink "Year of Flowers" sets, and this card is one of my favorites that I made with them.

2. This is my favorite Christmas card that I created this year.  The "Wreath for All Seasons" set is one of my favorites from Papertrey Ink, and I just love the sentiment of this one.

3. It makes me sad that Renaissance by Design has since gone out of business, but I just love this card.  This stamp set is one of my favorites!

4. This year, Lawn Fawn stamps also came about.  They are such cute and whimsical stamps, and I am so honored to be part of their design team now! I still think one of their first sets, Sew Lovely, is my favorite....and here is one of my very favorite cards using it.

5. Rosettes became a huge trend this year, and I just love the ribbons that many of the companies came out with.  These ones are Webster's bloomers, and they are just gorgeous!  I also just adore this stamp set, For the Graduate, by Papertrey Ink.  It is another one of my faves this year!

6. Another stamp company that I found that I just love is Taylored Expressions.  This set, called CreativiTEA, is one of my very favorites that they have come out with so far.

7.  Papertrey Ink came out with a super fun set this year called Friendship Jar, and have also created filler sets to go with it.  This card features stamps from the Fall Fillers set, and I didn't even use the jar stamps at all.  Love how this one turned out!

8. I had a thing for glittering large paper flowers this year too, and this is one of my favorites using this technique.  I also just love the sentiment of it...so heartfelt and full of love.

9.  While I just posted this card this week, it is probably my very favorite card as of late.  Glitz Design came out with some of the most amazing collections this year, and this card mixes both the Hoopla and Love Nest collections.

10. I LOVE to make winter themed cards...not sure why since I don't actually really like winter all that much.  But, this is one of my favorite Cricut cuts and I was so happy to use it on a card in such a cute way!
Well, there you have it...my favorite cards of 2010.  I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for me, and be ready for some fun announcements this coming week! ;)

And so I leave you with this, and hope that as you ring in the new year....you know that you are fabulous! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for all of us!  ♥♥♥

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thank You for Touching My Life

As I look upon the sentiment of the card I have to share with you today, I can't help but feel that it is my sincere thanks to all my card making friends and blog readers.  Over the years, this hobby and the people in it have touched my life in so many ways, and I am so thankful for that.  So, as you read my post today and check out my card...know that if I could send it to each and everyone on of your mailboxes, I would.  So, consider this some internet mail, just for you. 

The card is also for "Year in Review" at the CPS Blog this week.  We all chose a favorite sketch from this past year, and made another card for it.  I chose CPS 155 for my card, but if you chose to participate (and we hope you do!), you can use any past sketch from this year.  Here is a link to all of the past CPS sketches, and remember that you can use sketches 148-198 for your card to be eligible.  Without further ado, here is my card:
"Thank You for Touching my Life" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Glitz Design
Vellum: The Paper Company
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (YOF: Morning Glories set)
Ink: Close To My Heart (Pigment: vanilla cream)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Pearls: Prima
Glitter: DecoArt
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Give a Hoot by Provo Craft (Butterfly cuts)

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the corners of an aqua paper block, and adhere to the front.  Cut a strip of polka dot paper and adhere to the left side of the card.  Round the corners of a pink damask paper block and adhere to the front.  Stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner of the pink paper.  Add ribbon over top of where the polka dot strip is, and finish with a bow.  Diecut the butterfly at 2" from vellum, and at 1" from polka dot paper using the Cricut Expression & Give A Hoot cartridge.  Cover the vellum butterfly in glitter, and adhere the two cuts together.  Adhere the butterfly accent near the bow, and then accent with pearl flourishes. 

Did you have a wonderful Christmas?  Ours was nice...we spent it in Sheridan with my parents and brother.  We enjoyed the Candlelight Christmas Eve service at my parents church, where we sang Christmas carols and heard from Luke Chapter 2.  We opened up our Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve, and ate a TON of food.  We woke on Christmas morning and had some coffee first off.  Then waited for Casey to get out of bed, and finally just made him get up.  We then opened our stockings all at once, and then our gifts one by one.  After opening up all the gifts, we decided a Christmas soak in the hot tub would be nice...and it was definitely that.  My parent's church decided it would be a nice gesture to make a traditional Christmas meal in bulk, and deliver meals to those who either had to work on Christmas day or to those that just wouldn't get a Christmas meal without them.  We packed our car up, and then went and ate with those that were serving.  After that we drove on home, because Josh had to be at work at 3am the next morning.  Gotta love the joys of working in retail.  

My blogging should be back to normal in January, posting regularly and all that.  Thank you for continuing to read my blog, even as sparse as it has been.  

And I will leave you with a movie post.  I watched these two movies recently: 
I watched Slumdog Millionaire on the advice of a friend of mine, and it was wonderful.  Such a good movie.  The Last Song was sweet and then sad...and a bit typical.  But, I enjoyed it for the most part.  Definitely a watch only once movie, so I am glad it was a Netflix rental.  Might have to buy Slumdog Millionaire at some point...I really enjoyed it.  My favorite part...probably the credits.  Tee hee!  If you've seen it, you will know what I mean.  If you haven't seen in...you will just have to watch it to know why.  (I really loved the entire movie...but that was definitely my fave part.) 

Well, I better get going for now.  Hope you have fun ringing in the New Year! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Welcome Home

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Well....yesterday I went out and finished all the Christmas shopping that needed to get done.  So, that is a big old check.  Today I have a lot of baking and cleaning to do, and then we have friends coming over for dinner.  So- that should be fun.  Oh- and I have to make a run to the post office.  Joy.

Today I have my card for CPS 198 to share with you.  Sigh...don't you just love the soft and gorgeous colors on this one.  It makes me melt a little on the inside....:)
"Welcome Home" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Wreath for all Seasons set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: old rose, cranberry, dune) & Ranger Industries (Distress Ink: antique linen)
Twine: Darice Inc.
Jewels: Westrim Crafts
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Pencil

Instructions:  Fold pink cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut and adhere a block of heart patterned paper to the front of it.  Ink the edges of a cream cardstock block, and stamp the wreath and sentiment to the middle of it.  Draw a pencil lined edge inside of the stamped block, and accent the lower right corner with three jewels.  Accent the stamped wreath with pearls, and add a twine bow & heart jewel. 

I did want to thank everyone for continuing to stop by my blog, and leave me comments when I do get a chance to post.  I know that I have been completely out of the blog world since a bit before my trip to Kenya, but I promise I will catch up and get back in the swing of things once Christmas is over.  I hope that the hustle and bustle of the holidays have been a blessing for each and every one of you!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Warmest Winter Wishes

Happy Monday everyone!  I just realized that I hadn't scheduled my CPS card from last week to post, and wanted to share it with you today.  I love this card....it is one of my most recent favorites!

Like I said, this card is for CPS Sketch 197.  I tend to change the long and skinny sketches to a normal sized card, but I am so happy that I didn't this time.  I just love how it turned out, and the long and skinny look of it just makes it for me.
"Warmest Winter Wishes" supplies: 
ardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper/Diecut: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps/Button/Steel Die: Papertrey Ink (On Ice set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: sky gray, cranberry, aqua)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine/Puff Balls: Darice Inc.
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold red cardstock in half to make card base.  Trim scalloped edge paper, and adhere to the front.  Add a strip of ribbon around the top of a diecut tag, and adhere to the front of the card.  Diecut the ice skates, stamp them, and adhere to the right side of the ribbon.  Tie a button around the middle of a bow using twine, and adhere the bow above the skates so it looks like they are hanging.  Stamp the sentiment in the white space available on the tag, and accent the skates with red glitter puff balls. 

Well, I better get going for now.  I promise that I will share photos and stories from Kenya, but probably not until January.  I have so much left to get done before Christmas, and then the week after Christmas...I have a lot of crafty catch up to do as well.  My trip was amazing, and it changed me in so many ways.  I can't wait to share it with you, but for now it has to. ♥♥*hearts; 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Glittery Cupcake...

Well, hi strangers!  I am home from Kenya, but super busy right now.  So, blog posts are going to be sparse through the end of the year. 

Today though...I helping with the re-release of Jane Beljo's stamp set called Jane's Bakery!  They are super cute clear stamps that are for sell in her Etsy Shop and at Jay Gee's Nook.  The stamps are made in the U.S.A. and are of top quality photopolymer rubber.  Here is my card featuring the stamps {and I also used FTL 121 from the Clean & Simple Stamping blog for it!}:
"Happy Birthday" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Jane Beljo
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: aqua, chestnut) 
Sticker: Doodlebug Designs
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Circle Cutter: Creative Memories

Be sure to check out the creations of all the other gals! 

Hope that your holidays are going so wonderfully right now!  I am so behind, it isn't even funny!  I'll get there though! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Be Filled with Sparkle & Cheer!

Happy Thursday, friends!!  As this posts today, I should be on the 3 day long safari that is at the end of our time in Kenya.  Hopefully I will be photographing lions and giraffes and zebras and such....

Today I have my card for CPS Sketch 196 to share with you.  No sponsors during the month of December, so we get to play with whatever we like!! Here is my card:
"Sparkle & Cheer" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Sparkle & Cheer set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: peony, turquoise) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Pearls: Prima
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Have a super happy day today!  I will be back in just a few short days!!! ♥♥♥ 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

From Our Home to Yours

Hi there!  So, this post marks where my blog will wind down for a bit until I get home.  Basically, you will only see a post each Thursday with my CPS sketch until I return.

This card is for CPS Sketch 195.  We were sponsored by The {Stamps} of Life this week, and I got a couple of super cute Christmas sets to play with.  Here is my card!
"From Our Home to Yours" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: GCD Studios
Stamps: The {Stamps} of Life (Holly 4 Christmas set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: lime, scarlett) & Tsukineko (Versamark, Versafine-onyx black)
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Button: Doodlebug Designs
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Glitter: Ranger Stickles
Border Punch: Fiskars
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Sentimentals by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

I hope that you have a wonderful day!!  I can't wait to share some of my Kenya stories with you soon! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Hello Friend" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Well, today is the last day of sneak peeks for Lawn Fawn this month!!  This latest set is called "Hello Friend" and it has so many amazing Friendship sentiments in it!  You are going to just love it...and it will definitely be a must have!!

Here is the card I made using this new set!
"If Friends Were Flowers..." supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Stamps/Twill: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Jewels: Bazzill Basics
Scalloped Die: Papertrey Ink
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Be sure to check out the other Lawn Fawn designers and see what they came up with as well!!  
Tiffany Johnson- http://tiffguam.com/
Because I am in Kenya, I can't update all the giveaway links.  So be sure to visit each post during the sneak peeks in order to be eligible for each giveaway! 
Don't forget...all of these new Lawn Fawn stamps will release at midnight!!  So, get to shopping and pick up your favorite Lawn Fawn stamps!!  ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.