Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Laced with Grace" Cards

Happy Sunday, friends!!  I hope that your weekend has been a great one so far! Yesterday we went and watched our friend's daughter compete at a cheerleading competition put on by the UofM Griz cheerleaders called "Glam Jam".  Man...it brought back so many great memories!  Sammi did SO great and she was SO cute....she was on a mini's team, which is the youngest and the cutest!  We stayed and watched the rest of the competition, and I was so back in my element.  I kept thinking of how fun it would be to do if we ever have a little girl.  The Griz cheerleaders did a little exhibition at the end...in a uniform that I wore when I cheered there...and it just brought me back.  I cheered for 12 years of my life, and they were the best years of my non-married life.

Anyways...today  I want to share the cards that I made for the Glitz booth at CHA using "Laced with Grace" papers!  Hope you like them!
Don't forget that you still have time to win the three latest Glitz Design collections!  Follow these links and follow the posting instructions!  You have until midnight tonight!


Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Afternoon Muse" Cards

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  I hope that you are having a great weekend so far.  We had a super fun night with our friends last night...tips & tots at the Bodega, and then games at Grant's place.  Our friends Ashley & Jesse brought over their new little puppy, and he is just SO sweet!!

Today I have cards to share with you using the NEW "Afternoon Muse" collection by Glitz Design!  LOVE this line...it was so much fun to play with!

I would love to hear what you think of the new line and these cards...so leave me a comment!  And don't forget that you still have time to win the three latest Glitz Design collections!  Follow these links and follow the posting instructions!


Well, I better get going for now...I need to get ready to head over to "Glam Jam" at the university event center...our friend's daughter is in a cheer competition there!  It is going to be so cute to watch...she is on the mini's squad! 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Laced with {Thanks}

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  Well, my packages are all sent off to GCD Studios and Glitz Design, and I am wiping off the paper dust & glitter...and coming up for some air! Tee hee!  I still have some other things to get done, but those were the pressure cookers...and I am happy to say that everything turned out well!

I will start sharing the Glitz Design projects on Saturday, but I do have one little peek that I would like to share with you today!  It uses some product for my Stamper's Dream DT work, and Mojo Monday #175!  {And it is some Laced with Grace in action...LOVE this new line!}
"Thanks" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper/Paper Layers/Jewels: Glitz Design (Laced with Grace: Floral) 
Stamps: JustRite (You're So Sweet 2" round set) & Glitz Design (Love Games clear stamps)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: moss green, chestnut) 
Flower/Leaves: Prima
Pins: Maya Road (clear top) & craft supply (green top)
Ribbon/Ric-Rac/Lace/sandpaper: craft supply

I am not going to post the instructions for this one, but I just wanted to make a point that you don't have to use the round JustRite sets only on circles.  For the sentiment tag, I stamped the JustRite round stamper first.  Then I stamped the banner over top of the round area that I wanted to showcase, and cut it out!  It was as easy as pie, and gives you another option for using the versatile JustRite stampers!  So, don't be afraid to step away from the circle and use them in a different and fun way!

Thanks for taking a moment to check out my blog today!  I will have more to share in the next day or so...along with my savings post for the week!  Still going strong on trying to save a buck for my family!  Have a wonderful rest of your day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L. 

P.S. Don't forget that you still have time to win the three latest Glitz Design collections!  Follow these links and follow the posting instructions!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Sunday full of {Love Games}

Happy Sunday everyone!!  I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend so far!  We went to a late birthday dinner on Friday night with my parents, Casey and his girl Tara at Lydia's in Butte.  And then headed back to my parents house for the night, and went ice fishing yesterday!  Well, I didn't ice fish....but I did take lots of photos.  Which I will share at some point...once I actually have the time to upload and edit them.

Today it is back to my craft room to work on more stuff that needs to get done for CHA.  I did want to share with you the final Glitz Design release for Winter CHA.  It is called "Love Games", and matches an older line pretty well called "Distressed Couture".  Click on the photo to take you to the Glitz blog...where you can comment to win all three new Glitz collections.  Be sure to check out all three of the posts!!
Sorry my blog has been so sparse of creations this past week!  Pretty soon I will be able to share the creations that I have made for CHA...so that will be fun!  Thanks for continuing to return to my blog! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday is Laced with Grace

Happy Saturday everyone!  Once again, I don't have a card to share as I explained on yesterday's post...but I wanted to make sure you head over to see the next full collection reveal called "Laced with Grace".  Click on the photo to take you to the blog:
Isn't it so rich and elegant and to die for?!  I love it!

Earlier in the week, I shared with you how I am trying to save more on the things we use often in our household.  Well, I have a couple more saving wins to share with you today!  Here is what I saved on:
Other than my dad....I am pretty sure this is a ladies zone, so I feel comfortable posting about the female product.  Anyways, the Carefree packages normally cost $1.49-1.99 depending on the store.  Walgreen's had a coupon making them $.99 this week, and then I found a $.50 off coupon online that I could print out twice.  So, I purchased two and got them for $.49 each.  The soup was also at Walgreen's, and it had a coupon making the price 4/$5.00.  I found a manufacturer's coupon online for $1.00 off 2, and I was able to print it twice.  The total price for each can of soup dropped to $.75.  This soup regularly priced pretty much everywhere is around $3 each.  It is often on sale, but not for as cheap as I got it!

I had to shop at the {dreaded} Walmart to get the Motrin and Teriyaki sauce for the best price, but I went during a time that the store is normally less busy.  It worked for me, and if it is going to save me some money...well then, I guess I will take one for the team.  I use these tiny bottles of Ibuprofen in my purse or carry on, so they are nice to have when you need to grab them.  They are normally priced $3.78, but I found a coupon online for $6 off 2.  So, they ended up being $.78 each.  We actually were in need of Teriyaki sauce in our house, so this was a great deal for us!  I found a coupon for $1.00 off 1 of any Kikkoman sauce, and I was able to print it out 3 times.  They are normally priced $1.42, and I got them for $.42 each.  Getting the deal on these 4 items took only about 30 minutes of my time, and I think it was 30 minutes well spent, because I also got other needed errands done as well.

Well, time to get going for now!  Hope you have a wonderful day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Afternoon Muse-ings

Happy Friday everyone!  I don't have a card to share with you today, because I am knee deep in stuff that I have to get ready for CHA and for some publications...but I do want to share a couple other things with you today!

First up...I have put the new Glitz Design collection, "Afternoon Muse" in its entirety on the Glitz blog today!  Be sure to head over and check it out....because you could win the entire collection!!  Just click on the photo to take you there:
Isn't it freaking fantastic?!  You are going to LOVE being able to see it up close and personal on the Glitz blog!

And second...I posted my latest engagement session on my photography blog!  I would love for you to hop on over and check it out.  I think I might even beg you to leave me a comment on the blog if you so fancy...as I have just started to post on it more regularly and it is kind-of in dire need of them! Tee hee! Click on the photo to take you to my photography blog!
Well, I better get going for now!  Have an awesome rest of your day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Taylored Expressions January "Blast from the Past" Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  I hope you have been having a good week so far.  Today I am playing along with the Taylored Expressions "Blast from the Past" blog hop.  I can't wait to hop along myself and see what everyone else has created!  So, let's get right to it!

I used one of the Valentine stamp sets from last year by Taylored Expressions.  It doesn't see ink too often, and that is really a shame because it is such a CUTE stamp set.  I need to make myself break it out more often.  Keeping the blast from the past theme, I also used Valentine papers from last year's My Mind's Eye release.  I still love these papers...the colors are some of my favorites! Here is what I created:
"Bursting with Love" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (red) & The Paper Company (cream)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Be Loved: Sweet Hearts, Beautiful Branches, Smitten Stripes, Dearest Dots)
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Love Everywhere set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: cranberry, chestnut, mint) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc. & Lawn Fawn Trimmings
Lace: vintage craft supply
Pearls: Kaiser Craft 
Jewel: Westrim Crafts
Buttons/Scallop Die/Cloud Die/Felt: Papertrey Ink
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Circle Cutter: Creative Memories

Instructions:  Fold red cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Round the bottom corners of a heart paper block.  Cut a 4" circle from cream cardstock, ink the edges, and adhere to the front of the card, trimming the excess from the right side.  Adhere a strip of branch paper just below the sentiment, and then adhere a strip of dotted paper to the right side.  Cut a scalloped edge to a striped paper strip and adhere to the branch paper.  Add lace trim over that seam, then tie ribbon around the bottom of the branch paper.  Accent the middle of the bow with a button using twine.  Adhere the entire block to the front of the card, and accent the lower left corner with pearls.  Stamp the sentiment and hot air balloon to the cream circle, then accent with pearls and a heart jewel.  Cut two clouds from felt and adhere the first one to the front.  Accent the second felt cloud with buttons & twine, then adhere to the front, slightly overlapping the other cloud and the stamped balloon. 

We were given a lovely sketch from Sankari Wegman that we could use if we wanted.  I did chose to use it, because it was fabulous {as always}!  Here is the sketch: 


I hope you take some time to follow along the blog hop!  I can't wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and peruse all the lovely inspiration.  Have a wonderful day today! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

P.S.  If you are loving the blog hop, why don't you join in next month!  It will be lots of fun! 

Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Monday, January 17, 2011

With Friends is the Best Way

Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope that this afternoon posts finds you having a wonderful beginning of the week.  Today I have a card to share with you for Stamper's Dream.  Michelle sent me these wonderful stamps, papers and lace trim to use.  I am also going to announce the winner of the free issue of Paper Craft's "Color Inspiration for Card Makers" from Friday's blog hop.  So, be sure to read the entire post!!

For my card today, I used the Mojo Monday Sketch #174 as my inspiration.  The sketch is completely fabulous, and worked perfectly for what I wanted to achieve with these papers & stamps!  Here is what I created:
  "With Friends is the Best Way" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (aqua, pink) & The Paper Company (cream)
Paper: Prima (Annalee 6x6 paper pad)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: aqua, citrine, razzberry) 
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (clear)
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Trim: Prima (Cream Scalloped Lace)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Button: SEI
Glitter: Ranger Stickles
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft 
Diecut Cartridge: Storybook (scalloped circle, circle) by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Fold aqua cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Round the bottom corners of a floral paper block, and adhere to the front.  Round the bottom corners of an aqua floral paper block, and adhere the sentiment strip to the middle.  Wrap lace trim around the seam, and then tie ribbon around the top of the trim.  Add a button to the middle of the bow using twine.  Adhere the entire block to the front of the card.  Cut the scalloped circle at 2.5" and the circle at 2.25" using the Storybook cartridge.  Stamp and heat emboss the friendship definition to the circle, and then adhere to the pink scalloped circle.  Adhere the entire piece to card.  Stamp the flowers to patterned paper, cut out and then layer together.  Adhere to the card, and then accent with pearls and glitter Stickles. 

So, that is the card I have to share with you today!  Now, how about we move onto the winner from Friday's Color Inspiration blog hop!  The commenter was picked randomly...and without further ado, the winner is: 
Congratulations Tricia!  Please email your address information to jnllawson @ bresnan.net, and we will get the issue in the mail to you!  THANK YOU to everyone who left me a comment on Friday!  I was completely overwhelmed (in a good way) by the response, and I read every single response from you!  Many of you became new followers to my blog as well, and I hope that as you continue to pop over that you will be inspired.  

Well, I better get going for now.  I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L. 

Wishing you All the Joys that Winter Holds

Happy super late Sunday night!!  My mojo decided to take a quick trip to no man's land, but lo & behold...it has come back in the wee hours.  Since I wasn't tired, I decided to go ahead and get a card made.  When the mojo feels the need to flow again...it is important to feed it.  Tee hee!

I did this card for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #42 (getting it in at the very last minute) and also used Twisted Sketch #42.  Here is what I created!
"Joys that Winter Holds" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (KI White)
Paper: Doodlebug Designs (Happy Holidays: Doodle Cuts & Ladybug Boutique: swiss dots)
Stamps/Button: Papertrey Ink (On Ice set
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: cranberry) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc. & Lawn Fawn Trimmings
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Puff Balls: Darice Inc. 
Glitter: DecoArt
Border Punch: Fiskars
Steel Die: For JustRite Stampers by Spellbinders (Nested Frame Custom Dies)
Diecut Machines: Cuttlebug & Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Winter Woodland (ice skate) by Provo Craft 

Instructions: Fold white cardstock in half to make card base.  Punch a border to a red dotted paper strip, and adhere to the right side of a snowflake paper block.  Adhere the entire block to the front of the card.  Tie ribbon to the top of the card, and add a button the the bow using twine.  Cut & emboss the tag, and then stamp the sentiment to it.  Adhere to the front of the card and accent with three jewels.  Cut the ice skate layers at 2" using the Winter Woodland cartridge.  Glitter the white layer, and then adhere them together.  Adhere them to the front of the card, and accent with silver puff balls.  Tie twine around the button and then tie in a bow on the skates to make it look like they are hanging from it.  Accent the lower right corner with three jewels to finish.

So, I have decided to try my hand at shopping the weekly ads and couponing.  I am by no means going to become an extreme couponer...buying things that I don't need just because I can get them for next to nothing.  For one...I don't have the storage space.  For two...that just isn't how I roll.  But, I do want to make a conscious effort to save on the things that we use often in our household.  I figure that it might be more fun, and I might make a harder effort at it if I share with my readers what I saved on...and let you know how I did it.  These are the items that I got today, that we use all the time in our house, and I got a great deal on them!
Dove deodorant costs us anywhere from $2.99-3.99 per stick.  Walgreen's had a coupon in their Sunday ad dropping the price to $1.99 per stick, and I could buy a quantity of 4.  Then Dove's website had a coupon that gave me $1.50 off of 2 sticks, and I could print it out twice.  After the store & mfgr. coupons...I paid $1.24 per stick.  I think that is pretty darn good for a brand that I am loyal to.

The Nyquil & Dayquil was also at Walgreens.  They had it on sale for $5 per bottle, but if you purchased $20 of it...you got a $10 register rewards coupon after finishing your transaction.  Register rewards can be used pretty much anywhere, but I plan on using them at Walgreens on my next purchase.  I also had (4) $1.50 off coupons for Day & Nyquil that were in the Sunday paper.  When all is said and done, and I get my $10 of free product on my next purchase...they will end up being $1.00 per bottle.  Pretty awesome!

I then headed over to Target for the Febreze items.  The Sunday paper coupons had a buy 1 Febreze fabric refresher get 1 air effects for free.  Target had the fabric refresher on sale for $2.99 (normally around $5.99).  So, I purchased two bottles and spend $5.98, and got two bottles of Air Effects for free with (2) coupons.  When you calculate it out...they ended up being $1.50 each.  {Air Effects are normally $3.29 here.}

The Febreze candles are normally $5.99 at my Target.  They had the cranberry frost ones from this past holiday season on clearance for $2.74.  I had (4) $1.00 off coupons from the Sunday paper, making them $1.74 ea.  If you pull the candles out of their Febreze packaging, they are just pretty candles in a glass jar and they smell fabulous.  They would make a lovely small gift, or a great addition to a larger gift.

I also used some birthday money on these fabulous flats for 75% off, making them a whole $4.98!! Tee hee!
  The funny thing about it, is they are still full price on the Target Website!  Go figure. 

Thanks for heading on over and checking out my blog! I hope you enjoyed me taking you on my savings trip today.  I promise I am not going to become a crazy coupon lady who has every room in her house filled with stuff I will never possibly use in a lifetime.  But everything I purchased above are items that we use on a daily basis in this house, or when we happen to catch colds.  {The medicine items don't expire until next year...so I know we will use the 4 bottles up by then.}  It was a fun experience...saving all that money!

Well, better get going for now.  I will post the winner of the Color Inspiration issue tomorrow at some point! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: Color Inspiration for Card Makers Blog Hop

Happy, happy Friday everyone!  Today is my birthday, and I am SO excited that I get to share the day with you while celebrating the latest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine called "Color Inspiration for Card Makers".  I have 15 cards in this special issue, and that makes it very special for me.  I am so honored to be on the pages of this book, among some of the most amazing card designers in the industry...sometimes I have to pinch myself when I am looking through the book.

So, for the blog hop today we were asked to use the color combo that is featured on the cover.  In Bazzill Basics speak...the color combo is Great Lakes, Tink Pink, Lemon Lime & Lemon Drop.  Here is the card that I created using FTL #122 from the Clean & Simple Stamping blog!
"You're the Friend..." supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Delovely: DeLuxe, DeLicious) 
Paper Frill/Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (YOF: Larkspurs
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: royal blue)
Flowers: Recollections
Instructions:  Fold pink dotted cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut one large yellow paper block and two smaller green paper blocks.  Adhere the two smaller blocks to the upper left and lower right corners of the yellow block.  Add blue paper frill to each side of the block, and then adhere the entire piece to the front of the card.  Adhere the yellow dotted flower to the lower right green block.  Stamp the sentiment to a white cardstock strip, and cut a flag shape to the left side of it.  Adhere the sentiment strip over a portion of the yellow flower, and then accent with pink & green paper flowers.  Finish the card by accenting it with 4 colored jewels. 

If you haven't seen it already, here is the cover of the issue.  Does the style look familiar to anyone?!  Tee hee- that is MY card on the cover!!  I was so excited when I found out about it! 
This special issue was so amazing to work on.  I am so passionate about color, and I loved the challenge of using all these fabulous color combos.  It was so fun to have my little Bazzill swatches in front of me, and then going through all of the different product that I own...making sure it matched perfectly, shade by shade.  I really enjoyed the process, and I hope that one day Paper Crafts will decide to do another Color Inspiration issue because it was a really awesome experience.  

So, what is a blog hop without other blogs to hop to and prizes to win?!  Well, it isn't one.  Tee hee!  So, be sure to check out these other fabulous contributors to the issue, as they are part of the blog hop too! 
But wait!  Don't leave my blog quite yet, because one lucky winning comment from each blog is going to get a free copy of "Color Inspiration for Card Makers"!  While I believe the issue is worth EVERY penny, it is always fun to win things for free!  So, make sure you leave me a comment by midnight on Sunday, January 16th in order to be eligible to win!  I will announce the winner the next day in my Monday post.  And be sure to visit and comment on all the other blogs as well...it will give you more chances to win! 

But there is one more place you should go if you haven't already.  The Paper Crafts Connection blog is also giving away a prize.  And it is pretty much the mother of all prizes.  Check it out: 
Umm...seriously?!  A Cricut Expression, a Gypsy, and SEVEN cartridges!!!  And those are AWESOME cartridges...I use Tie the Knot and Winter Woodland all the time...so make SURE that you leave a comment at the Paper Crafts blog too

I hope that you have a wonderful time hopping from blog to blog, and checking out all the inspiration these ladies have in store for you.  I know that I am excited to sit down with a cup of coffee and just lose myself in the crafty goodness for awhile.  Cheers!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My H♥me is Wherever you Are

Two posts in one day?!  I know, right?  I have a special post to share with you tomorrow, but I wanted to share these couple of cards before the weekend.  Thus...two posts today.  So, let's just get right to it!

My first card uses Get Sketchy #69, and the colors from OTWC Challenge #40 {burgundy, tan & white}.  I was just waiting and waiting for my PTI order to come in for this sketch, and thankfully they came today!  So, I was able to participate! Here is my card:
"My Home is Wherever You Are" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: dune, merlot, frost white) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success 
Embossing Folder: Love Language by Provo Craft
Diecut/Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Fold burgundy cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the korners of a kraft cardstock block, and cut the frame opening.  Dry emboss the hearts to it using the Cuttlebug & Love Language embossing folder.  Lay the kraft block on the front of the card, and trace the frame opening lightly with pencil.  Remove the cardstock block, and stamp the frame image & sentiment inside the tracing.  Tie ribbon around the bottom of the kraft cardstock and then adhere the entire block to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  Diecut the house shape from white cardstock, and then stamp the house design inside it.  Cover in glitter and accent with three pearls.  Adhere the entire house accent to the front of the card, tucked in slightly behind the bow.  

Here is the sketch and color challenge inspiration photo for the challenges used above: 
And while I am trying to only have one card per post these days, I am going to put both in this post so I don't have three posts for the day.  Tee hee!  Up next is my card for CPS Sketch 200.
"Enjoy your Birthday" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper/Stickers/Transparency: Glitz Design
Vellum: The Paper Company
Rub-ons: Glitz Design & Autumn Leaves
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Instructions:  Fold aqua cardstock in half to make your card base.  Trim the bingo card paper layer and adhere to the front.  Round the right corners of a vellum block and adhere to the left side of the card.  Adhere the decorative transparency to the front of the card, and add a sticker banner to the left side, overlapping it a bit.  Adhere the rub-on people to white cardstock and cut out.  Adhere them to the front of the card, and add a jeweled balloon sticker to the right side of them.  Finish the sentiment with rub-ons underneath the "enjoy" part of the decorative transparency.

Be sure to come back tomorrow, as I have a super fun post for you!  There will be a giveaway too! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream {Day 4}

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope that you have been having a wonderful week so far!  Today is the last day of JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream!  It has been a fun week, with lots of wonderful JustRite samples being shared every day!  I hope that you have taken the chance to check out what the entire Dream Team has created this week.

I used the January Viva la Verve sketch #1 as inspiration for this card.  I am such a linear card maker, that the different sized blocks made me a little nervous...but I forced myself to do it and sketched it out beforehand.  And you know what?  I love how it turned out.  Here is what I came up with:
"For a Special Couple" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream) 
Paper: GCD Studios (Ella Blue: Hallie, Tara, Annabelle, Grace) 
Stamps: JustRite (Wedding Nested Sentiments
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chestnut) 
Ribbon: May Arts
Lace: vintage craft supply
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Flower: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Button: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Glitter: DecoArt
Border Punch: Fiskars (Apron Lace)
Metal Die: JustRite by Spellbinders (Nested Sentiments custom dies)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Punch an apron lace border to a cream cardstock block, and then fold in half to make card base.  Trim a blue paper block to fit inside the card, ink & zig-zag stitch the edges, and then adhere to the front of the card.  Trim 4 paper blocks to fit inside the blue paper block, getting smaller with each block.  Ink & zig-zag stitch along the edges of each paper block, then adhere them inside the blue paper block.  Wrap lace around the middle of the card, then tie ribbon over top of that.  Tie a button around the bow using twine.  Glitter the chipboard butterfly, and adhere to the right side of the card.  Cut out the tag using the JustRite custom dies and a Cuttlebug machine.  Stamp the sentiment to the tag, and accent with pearls.  Adhere the sentiment tag to the butterfly, and accent with a brown paper flower.

Be sure to check out what the other Dream Team ladies have created for today!

Well, I better get going for now!  I hope that your Thursday is a wonderful one...my birthday is tomorrow!!  Eeek...I am going to be 31.  Yikes...time just seems to be flying in this life! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream {Day 3}

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope that the middle of the week finds you having a good one so far!  I've been busy getting some card projects done, editing photos, and continuing to clean and purge my house of the things we don't use or need any longer.  It is quite a task, but will be so awesome once I am finished.

This week has been JustRite week at Stamper's Dream...so for the next couple days you will see my cards featuring some of the latest JustRite product on it.  You will recognize this flower from my post last week...I seem to have a crush on it, because now I want to gravitate towards using it every time I stamp!!  I also used Viva la Verve Sketch #2 for it!
"Thinking of You" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Love Nest: Block, Damask, Stripe) 
Paper Frill: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps: JustRite (Mother Nature's Gifts & Sympathy Nested Sentiments)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chestnut & Chalk: ice blue) 
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (clear) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Pearls: Kaiser Craft 
Glitter: DecoArt & Ranger Stickles
Circle Cutter: Creative Memories

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Trim blue patterned paper and adhere to the front.  Cut a block of pink damask paper and a strip of yellow striped paper.  Adhere a light blue scalloped paper frill to the bottom of the yellow striped paper, and adhere to the damask paper front.  Tie ribbon around the left side, and adhere the entire block to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  Cut a circle from cream cardstock, ink the edges, and adhere to the front.  Stamp and heat emboss two flowers to pink damask paper, and cut out the necessary pieces.  Glitter the flower that will be the bottom layer.  Give the top layer petals some dimension, and adhere to the glittered bottom layer.  Accent with pearls and adhere to the middle of the circle.  Stamp the sentiment to a cream cardstock strip, ink the edges, and accent with pearls.  Adhere the sentiment tag to the front, tucking the left side in behind the flower with dimension.  Accent the middle of that flower with glitter Stickles.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Dream Team posting today! 

 I also wanted to thank you for all the kind comments on my last post, Cozy Winter Birthday!  They were all so sweet!  I was named one of the Trigger Targets at Moxie Fab with that card...so that is pretty cool! Here is my sweet badge of honor! Tee hee! 
And on that fabulous note, it is time for me to sign off!  I hope that you have a super wonderful day today! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cozy Winter Birthday

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope this post finds everyone having a wonderful weekend and getting ready for a good week ahead.  We went ice skating on Friday night...it was SO much fun!  My birthday is this coming Friday, and I had really wanted to go skating.  But, the rink isn't open to the public on my birthday because of a hockey tournament...so we decided to go this past weekend instead!  And then on my actual birthday we are going to dinner with friends, and then having champagne cupcakes at our house afterward.  And THEN the next weekend...we are heading to my parents' for a couple days, and they are taking us to dinner in Butte on the Friday we head over.  So- I am getting THREE weekends of birthday celebration...so fun!  I am such a lucky and loved girl...tee hee!

Today I have a card to share with you that I did just for fun!  I really wanted to use Mojo Monday Sketch 172, and Winter White Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab...so I did!  Tee hee!  This is what I came up with:
"Wishing You a Cozy Winter Birthday" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream) & Bazzill Basics (white, tan dot)
Paper: American Crafts (Christmas: Merry & Bright) 
Stamps/Skate Die: Papertrey Ink (On Ice set & die)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: amber satin) 
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Lace Trim: Rusty Pickle
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Rhinestone Button: Jenni Bowlin Studio
Jewels: International Greetings USA
Pin: craft supply
Glitter: DecoArt
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Round the bottom corners of a swiss dot tan cardstock block, and adhere to the front.  Adhere a strip of lace trim to the front.  Round the lower left corner of a gold dot paper block, and adhere to the front.  Glitter a chipboard frame and adhere with the left side overlapping the existing elements on the card.  Diecut the skates from white cardstock, and then stamp the image to them.  Accent with jewels, and adhere to the top of the glittered frame.  Tie a triple bow from twine, and adhere to the top of the frame.  Accent the middle of the bow with a rhinestone button.  Stamp the sentiment to a cream cardstock strip, and cut the edge to look like a flag.  Adhere the strip around a gold topped pin, and adhere it to the front, slightly tucked in behind the skates. 

Here are images of the sketch and the Tuesday Trigger photo....which is amazing, by the way.  I was inspired by the colors and all the amazing texture on it! 
Thank you for taking a peek at my blog today!  There are going to be lots of fun posts this coming week, so be sure to check back! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

P.S.  To all my readers who might be scrapbookers as well...I recently found a new sketch blog that you might like!  It is a spin-off from the card sketch blog called Get Sketchy!  This one is called Get Your Sketch On, and they have a pretty big giveaway going on right now!  So be sure to check it out...and if this is the first place you found out about the blog...then put me down as the person who referred you in the comments!  Thanks friends!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Taylored Expression Release Day!!

Happy Friday everyone!!  Today is an exciting day, because I get to play along with the rest of the baker's dozen and show you some cards using two of the latest Taylored Expression stamp sets!  Yay!!  Everything should be ready to order, so get to shopping!!  Today is also an exciting day, because Cath featured me on the latest Moxie Fab Blog post, Inspiring Lovelies from Around the Blogsphere!  And guess what....it is the card that I made when revealing that I was the guest DT member for Taylored Expressions!  I would love for you to go and check out the post! 

The first card I am going to share with you uses the new stamp set called "New Beginnings".  This is such a pretty and whimsical set...it makes me {sigh} a little.  Beautiful sentiments, flowers and butterflies...could you ask for me?!  Why yes...you can!  Because it also has a label/frame stamp with a matching die to cut out said label/frame.  Awesome!  I also used some of the papers from the Valentine Project Pantry kit!  I used Twisted Cards Sketch #40 as inspiration, and here is what I came up with:
"Live the Life You've Imagine" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Be My Valentine: Irresistible & Love Letters) 
Stamps/Steel Label Die: Taylored Expressions (New Beginnings set, Frame It Up 1 die) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: celadon & Chalk: rose coral) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Ribbon: American Crafts
Flowers: Prima
Pearls: Kaiser Craft 
Glitter: DecoArt
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Border Punch: Fiskars (Apron Lace) 
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

For  my second card, I used the new stamp set "Kid at Heart".  This set is SO ca-ute!  Cute little punny sentiments with cute little images and a cute little frame to finish it off.  Love it!  Any kid {or adult for that matter} would love to get a sweet Valentine using this stamp set!  I also used some more papers from the Valentine Project Pantry kit for it.  Here is the end result: 
"Loads of Love" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Be My Valentine: Dearest) 
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Kid at Heart set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: cranberry) & Tsukineko (Dye: dandelion & Versafine: onyx black) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Button: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Glitter: Ranger Stickles
Corner Rounder: EK Success

That is all I have to share with you for now!  I will be using these beautiful new stamps in the near future though...so keep checking back!

Here is a link to all the Taylored Expression designers, in case you want to go directly from my blog!
Now, time to head on over to Taylored Expressions and get a little shopping in!  Or, head on over to the Taylored Expressions blog for tons more inspiration!  I hope that you have a wonderful last day of the week! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Will You Be Mine?

Happy Thursday everyone!! I hope this morning finds you all well and having a good week so far.  Mine has been a week of cleaning, purging, throwing away junk, and boxing items for a garage sale this spring and then donation of whatever we don't sell.  Right now....parts of my house are actually complete disasters, but I know that the end result is going to be fabulous!  Before I get completely going on my post, I answered a little survey for Kelly, and it is up on the Lawn Fawn blog!  Be sure to head over and check it out if you want to know a little bit more about me!  Scrapbook & Cards Today also featured a winter card that I created awhile back on their blog post today!  Another thing to check out if you like! 

I chuckled a little as I typed my post title this morning.  For some reason, it made me think of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and the song he sang..."Would you be mine?  Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"  I loved that show when I was a kid.  And to go even further into the inner workings of my mind...I chuckled even more when the circle of stamped "I love you's" made me think of the scene in Elf when Buddy first meets his dad and his dad thinks he is a singing telegram.  "So I'm here now...and I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOU!!!!".  Tee hee hee!  Love that movie. 

Anyways, obviously my post is not actually about Mr. Roger's Neighborhood or Elf.  It is about a valentine's day card that I made for CPS Sketch 199!  We were sponsored by The {Stamps} of Life this week, and I used both of their recent Valentine releases. Here is my card!
"Will You Be Mine?" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (brown) & The Paper Company (cream)
Paper: Bo Bunny (Crazy Love 6x6 pad: Have a Heart & Stripe)
Stamps: The {Stamps} of Life (hearts2love & Love2Hug sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: pink, cranberry, chestnut)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Flowers: Recollections
Chipboard (wings): Maya Road
Paint: Making Memories
Glitter: DecoArt
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Storybook (scalloped circle, circle) by Provo Craft
Sandpaper
 Instructions:  Fold brown cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the corners and sand the edges of a heart paper block, and adhere to the front.  Cut a scalloped circle from striped paper at 3" using the Cricut Expression and Storybook cartridge.  Sand the edges of it, and adhere to the front.  Cut circles from cream cardstock at 2.5" and 1".  On the larger one, stamp a circle of hearts and a circle of text, then adhere to the middle of the scalloped circle. Paint the chipboard wings and then cover in glitter.  Stamp the bordered heart to the smaller heart, and adhere it to the top of the wings.  Adhere the entire accent to the middle of the circle.  Accent the top and the bottom of the larger circle with brown pearls.  Stamp the sentiment to a cream cardstock block, and adhere to the lower right corner of the circles.  Tie a bow from brown dotted ribbon, and adhere over top of where they meet.  Accent the top of the bow with a brown and pink paper flower.

I also wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for the wonderful congratulatory comments, and for the recent influx of followers to my blog!  I do not take any of it for granted, and I feel truly blessed and honored that you would want to spend any part of your time at my blog.  I hope that as you visit, you enjoy your time reading and checking out my latest projects.  I try my hardest to answer questions, so be sure to leave them in the comments if you have them!  Speaking of....I got a couple of questions in my last post and I wanted to answer them.  Here are the questions: 
Thanks for the question, Christy & Kris!  I am using a free reading plan from www.youversion.com.  All you do is create a free account with them, and then sign up for the reading plan you want.  They have apps for pretty much any phone as well, and that is how I am doing it...on my phone.  They have multiple plans, and in the plans section, the third one down is called "Chronological".  That is the one we are reading.  I hope this helps, and if you start the plan...enjoy it!  I know that in the short time I have been doing it, I have really enjoyed it. 

Well, I better get going for now!  I hope that you have a wonderful day, and be sure to check back tomorrow for Taylored Expression release day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Exciting News!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope that your Monday was a great one....even considering it was kind-of a hangover Monday.  You know- coming down from all the excitement of the past few weeks.  I try to keep mine going, because in just a couple short weeks, it will be my birthday!!

I told you that I would have some more exciting news to share with you today, and I am keeping that promise.  Michelle Rogers has asked me to be on the Dream Team for Stampers Dream!  I was very excited when she asked, and there are a lot of stamps to use that are right up my alley! And I have to say...all my CPS girls are making fun of me a little, because I used to be a self proclaimed non-stamper.  It is all in good fun, and I think I deserve it a little.  Tee hee!  The stamping bug has definitely bitten me this past year, and I am loving it.  I think it helped that I have VASTLY improved as well.  You always like to do something even more when you are better at it.

I created a card to celebrate this fun announcement.  I got my first shipment of product for Stamper's Dream, and it is some lovely JustRite product.  Here is what I came up with!
"Friends are a Gift" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream)
Paper: Glitz Design (Love Nest collection: Damask, Polka, Stripe) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Versamark & Pigment: chestnut) 
Embossing Powder: Stampendous (clear) 
Cardstock Sticker/Tulle: Glitz Design
Button: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Glitter: Ranger Stickles
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Border Punch: Fiskars (Upper Crest)
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft 
Diecut Cartridge: Storybook (scalloped circle) by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Round the corners and sand the edges of a red polka dot paper block.  Punch borders to two striped paper strips, and sand the edges.  Adhere the punched paper strips to each side of the red paper block, and adhere to the front.  Sand the edges of a pink paper strip, and adhere to the middle. Stamp and heat emboss the flower, cut out the necessary parts and layer together.  Adhere the flower to the middle of a cardstock sticker, and then sand its edges.  Cut a scalloped circle at 3" using the Cricut Expression and Storybook cartridge. Layer them together, and adhere to the front.  Make a tulle bow, tie a button around the middle with twine, and adhere to the front. Stamp the sentiment to a strip of cardstock, and round the right corners.  Tuck the sentiment tag slightly under the tulle bow.  Accent the tag and the flower with pearls, and then accent the flower with Stickles.

How fun is that color combo?  It isn't one I would usually think of, but when I pulled out all my Love Nest papers...they just seemed to call out to each other, beckoning.  Hmmm...I think I might be letting you in a bit much on how my brain works while card making.  Tee hee! 

Josh and I have started a program, reading the Bible in chronological order in one year.  And chronological isn't the order of the way your Bible looks now...although it seems fairly close right now.  I think the New Testament is where it will get a little crazy.  But yesterday's reading included God's covenant with Noah, and the promise he made through the rainbow.  This beautiful part of scripture is the reason why I love rainbows so much, because I see such compassion from God and the feeling of hope.  It makes me feel warm inside.  I know that the Bible doesn't always make you feel warm and fuzzy...it isn't supposed to.  But, I definitely felt that today.  

Well, I better get going for now!  I hope that you have a fabulous Tuesday, and I will be back soon!  Have a great day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Exciting New Year's News!!

Happy Monday, my friends!  I hope that your venture into 2011 has been an awesome one so far!  Josh had New Year's Day off from work {miracle} this year, so we actually went out with friends on New Year's Eve and rang in the new year.  It was a lot of fun!

Well, I have some fun news to share with you today!  I have been asked to be the January/February guest design team member for Taylored Expressions!!  I was so excited when I first got the email from Taylor, and it initially happened to be for November/December...which just didn't work due to my trip to Kenya.  Taylor was gracious enough to push my months back, and I have just been dying ever since.  I love TE stamps...they are so fun and whimsical and just right up my alley.  The announcement is up at the Taylored Expressions Blog as well, so be sure to check it out!

I did a card celebrating my announcement today with one of my favorite past Taylored Expression stamp sets.  I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #98 from Karen Giron's blog as inspiration.  It is an awesome sketch, so be sure to check it out and participate!!  It also fits the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #41 to use snowflakes or snow!  Without further ado, here is my card!
"Sparkle & Cheer...This Happy New Year!" supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream) & Bazzill Basics (peach)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (So Sophie "Family Ties" consistent ledger, "Pure Bliss" true stripe, & "Birds of a Feather" reliable)
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Sparkle & Cheer set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Chalk: ice jade, rose coral) 
Letter Stickers: Making Memories
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Puff Balls: Darice Inc. 
Felt/Scalloped Die/Eyelet Lace Die: Papertrey Ink
Diecut Machines: Cricut Expression & Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Plantin Schoolbook (circles) & Winter Woodland (figure skater) by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold cardstock in half to make card base.  Diecut a scalloped edge to striped paper, and adhere to the left side of a pink dotted paper block.  Adhere the entire block to the right side of the card.  Diecut an eyelet lace border from felt, and adhere over top of the seam.  Cut circles at 4.5" & 4.75" using the Cricut Expression and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and layer them together.  Cut the figure skater and layers at 4.5" using the Winter Woodland cartridge.  Layer the cuts together, and accent with pearls and puff balls.  Adhere the figure skater to the left side of the circle cut.  Stamp the top sentiment and snowflakes to the circle, and accent with pearls.  Finish the sentiment with teeny alpha stickers in the bottom portion of the circle.  Adhere the entire circle to the right side of the card, and trim the portion that hangs off the right edge.  Accent the visible circles left in the felt border with pink pearls.  

This stamp set is so elegant and pretty, and I felt like it fit the figure skater cut just perfectly!  That cut is still one of my very favorites, and I love figuring out ways to use it {no pun intended}...tee hee!  I also loved how well the non-themed MME papers went with a wintry New Year's themed card- I just love the colors! 

Be on the look out at the end of this week, when I post a project for Taylored Expression's release day!  I am pretty certain that I will be featuring something new! ;)  Tee hee!  Also, I have some more news to share...so be sure to stop back by tomorrow!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.