Thursday, March 31, 2011

WPlus9 April Release Day 4: "Filigreed Frames"

Happy Thursday!!  Welcome to day 4 of the WPlus9 April release!  I have another card to share with you using "Filigreed Frames" set.  I shared a little bit of info on the set yesterday, and today I wanted to let you know that Dawn actually has the full reveal up on the WPlus9 Design Blog!  So, you can see the whole release for yourself...and get a chance to win it!  Just be sure to answer Dawn's question that she posed in the post.

WPlus9 has also partnered with The Play Date Cafe, where Dawn is the guest designer, and also offering up a prize to one lucky participant!!  So, be sure to head on over and participate in Challenge #75 at PDCC by April 5th at 11:59pm for a chance to win.  Here is my disclaimer though...make sure you use all the correct colors.  Tee hee!  You see- we were given the colors beforehand, so we could all participate as well.  And I promise I looked at the colors, but obviously not well enough.  And then I did remember the Monopoly game in the background, and Monopoly is red.  So- I used all the correct colors...except the red, which should have been pink.  But, what can you do...I am owning up to my whoops, and am still going to share my card with you...one wrong color and all. :)   I also used the Viva la Verve! March 2011 Sketch #4 for my card.
   "Best Wishes" supplies: 
Cardstock: Core'dinations (red) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Bella Bella: Sweetness to Me, A Bit O' Dots, Simply Plaid) 
Stamps/Die: WPlus9 (Filigreed Frames set, Labels Layer 1 Die
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: antique pewter, colonial blue, merlot) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Flower: Recollections
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Fold red cardstock in half to make card base, and round the upper right corner.  Cut blue paper slightly smaller than the card, round the upper right corner and adhere to the front.  Cut two more blocks of patterned paper, round the upper right corners, and layer to the card front.  Add the ribbon treatment to the middle of the card, adding three pleats to the right hand side of the ribbon.  Diecut and stamp the frame, then adhere to the left side of the ribbon with foam adhesive.  Tie a bow from twine, adhere it to the bottom of the frame, and accent the middle with a gray flower.  Add three pearls to the frame to finish. 

You know what...even though I got one of the colors completely wrong in the challenge- I love this card.  I love how it turned out, and if I hadn't gotten the color wrong, I don't think I would have used these older papers.  And I am so glad that I used them...they are beautiful.  But, this little mistake will teach me that I need to print out my challenge information...not just try and pull it from memory.  Ha!! 

Well, I am assuming that the rest of the WPlus9 design team members that are participating in the challenge actually got the colors correct!  So, make sure to check out their blogs and see their beautiful creations with "Filigreed Sentiments". 

Savitri Wilder - www.scrapbit.com
April Guest Designer: Paulina Nakamura - www.prettypinkposh.blogspot.com
I hope that you have a wonderful day today!!  Just a reminder that you will be able to purchase both of the April release stamp sets at 12:01am in the WPlus9 store! ♥♥♥ 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Here is the Play Date Cafe Challenge #75 Graphic: 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WPlus9 April Release Day 3: "Filigreed Frames"

Happy Wednesday, everyone!!  I hope that you have had a wonderful week so far, and are looking forward to the weekend coming up.  Our weekend just seems to be filling to the brim with fun, and I think that is great!!  Something to look forward to.

Another thing I have been looking forward to is sharing this card with another new WPlus9 stamp set.  This set is called "Filigreed Frames", and it is amazing!!  I LOVE it, and know I will be using it frequently!  Here is a little bit of info on the set:
  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 11 stamps; 2 frame images, 6 sentiment builders, 3 ornamental accent images
  • will be available for purchase April 1st for just $13
And here is some info on the label die:
  • is a 3.5" x 2.3" steel rule die
  • will be available for purchase April 1st for just $6
 For my card, I played with the current ColorQ Challenge #78 (pink pirouette, certainly celery, kraft, espresso & white) and I also used a special sketch from my card friend, Chupa.  She started offering a weekly sketch on her blog this month, and I have been hoarding waiting to use Sketch #1 for something very special.  And this card and stamp set were definitely special enough to use it.  Here is what I came up with:
"Congrats" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white, kraft) 
Paper: Teresa Collins Designs (Crush: Sweetheart Tags) 
Stamps/Die: WPlus9 (Filigreed Frames set, Labels Layer 1 Die
Ink: Tsukineko (VersaMagic: pixie pink) & Clearsnap (Pigment: chestnut, dune) 
Trim: Webster's Pages (bloomers) & craft supply (crocheted cream) 
Ribbon: Reniassance by Design
Flowers: Recollections
Pins: Maya Road
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base.  Diecut the frame from the bottom of a kraft cardstock block.  Adhere the kraft block temporarily to the card front, then stamp the frame and sentiment inside the diecut area.  Remove the kraft block, and adhere a block of pink dot paper to the top.  Wrap cream trim and brown rose ribbon around the middle, then adhere the entire block to the front using foam adhesive.  Tie a bow from pink dotted ribbon, and adhere to the middle of the brown rose ribbon.  Accent with two heart pins, and paper flowers.  Add pearls below the sentiment, and a brown paper flower to the lower right corner of the diecut frame to finish. 

So, isn't this new set just completely fabulous?!  The sentiments are awesome, and you are going to love all the versatility it offers you.  Now, I know that I can't wait to see what the other ladies on the design team have come up with....so be sure and check out what they created as well! 

Savitri Wilder - www.scrapbit.com
April Guest Designer: Paulina Nakamura - www.prettypinkposh.blogspot.com
Have a really wonderful day, and I will be back tomorrow with another card featuring "Filigreed Frames". ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.

Here is the Color Challenge photo and the sketch!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easter Blessings

Hi there everyone!!  Yep- another post for the day!!  I have a card to share with you for Stamper's Dream, and it is a sweet Easter card.  Oh, and if you are looking for my WPlus9 posts, just scroll down a bit!  They are the next two posts! 

I used the Viva la Verve! March 2011 Sketch #3 for this card, which worked perfectly for this gorgeous fabric image.  Sigh- I can't wait for the pink trees to bloom in Missoula...they are utterly gorgeous.  Here is my card:
"Easter Blessings" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper: Glitz Design (Love Nest: Damask & Stripes, Hoopla: Frames)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: turquoise) 
Fabric Image: Crafty Secrets
Flower: Prima 
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Brad: Creative Imaginations
Pinking Shears/Border Punch: Fiskars
Glitter: DecoArt
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Cover the front of a white card base with turquoise patterned paper, and then sand the edges.  Sand the edges of a pink damask paper block, stitch around the edges and adhere to the front.  Sand the edges of a turquoise paper block, cut the sides of the fabric image with pinking shears, and layer together.  Punch a border to yellow striped paper, sand the edges and adhere to the left of the image block.  Wrap twine around the left side, and then finish with a bow.  Adhere the entire block to the card front at an angle, and then top the twine bow with a pearl brad.  Glitter the flower and then adhere it to the bottom right of the card.   Stamp, diecut and emboss the sentiment tag, then adhere it with the right side tucked into the flower.


I also saw some fun news on the Moxie Fab blog today!  Cath selected my card from last week's Tuesday Trigger as a Trigger Target!!  Thanks Cath!
Thanks for checking out my second post of the day!  Have a great rest of it! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

WPlus9 April Release Day 2: "A Special Lady"

Happy Tuesday, my friends!!  Welcome to day 2 of the WPlus9 April release, and today we are showing off "A Special Lady" again.  Yesterday I gave you some details of the stamp set, and today I want to let you in on how you could possibly win this set!!  All you have to do is go to the WPlus9 Design Blog, and check out the posts from today and yesterday.  Check out Dawn's fabulous samples, follow the comment instructions, and you give yourself two chances to win (as long as you comment on both posts.)  This stamp set is a must have, so any chance to win it is awesome!!

Yesterday I showcased the tulip in its simplest form by just stamping it in white to vellum.  Today I still stamped my image and sentiment to vellum, but I also did a very small amount of coloring (with a colored pencil...pretty much the only way I ever color anything that is stamped) and then paper pieced the flowers.  The WPlus9 blog also offers a fun color challenge every month, and I wasn't an active member of the design team yet when this month's challenge came about.  So, I thought it would be fun to participate in Color Cue #13 (light green, yellow, gray, white) for my card today!!  I also doubled up my WPlus9 post today with my card for CPS Sketch #211, hoping that this new fabulous stamp set would get some more exposure!! Check it out!
"For a Special Grandmother" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (yellow) & Papertrey Ink (white) 
Paper: Cosmo Cricket (UPcycle: Relove) & Sassafras (Sunshine Lollipop: Buttercream Bliss)
Vellum: The Paper Company
Stamps: WPlus9 (A Special Lady set) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Button: Doodlebug Designs
Jewels: International Greetings USA
Glitter: DecoArt
Colored Pencil: Heidi Swapp

Instructions:  Fold yellow cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut gray paper slightly smaller, and adhere to the front.  Stamp the flowers and part of the sentiment to a vellum square.  Stamp the flowers again to yellow dotted paper, cut out, and cover with glitter.  Color the stems and leaves in with a green colored pencil once dry enough.  Adhere the vellum block to a white cardstock block, then zig-zag stitch along the edges.  Adhere the entire block to the card front, then adhere the glittered flowers over top of flowers stamped to vellum.  Stamp the rest of the sentiment directly below the first part, and accent with jewels.  Thread a button with twine, tie a bow, and then adhere to the bottom of the flowers to finish.

**TIP ALERT**: Can I give you a little tip that I learned while creating this card?  I used Versafine ink when stamping on the vellum, and while it will dry at some point...it takes some time.  I didn't have time to wait, so I just went along my way, trying to be as careful as possible.  Well, sure enough...I smudged it.  I was about ready to start over again, but thought I would see if my pencil eraser would work to fix it.  And much to my surprise...it fixed it perfectly!!  And no redo necessary....I was SO excited to find this out!!  Just thought I would share, in case you ever run into this issue as well!  

I hope you have liked my first couple of projects as a WPlus9 design team member!  Please be sure to check out what the other design team members have come up with as well! 

April Guest Designer: Paulina Nakamura - www.prettypinkposh.blogspot.com
I will be back again tomorrow for another release day of another new stamp set!!  It is another must have...I promise!! ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, March 28, 2011

WPlus9 April Release Day 1: "A Special Lady"

Happy Monday, everyone!!  Well, as I said in my post yesterday...today is my first day "on the job" with WPlus9!!  This week we are showcasing projects using the new stamp releases for April, and today the stamp set we are sharing with you is called "A Special Lady".

Here is some info on "A Special Lady":
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 15 stamps; 2 large focal images and 13 sentiment builders
  • will be available for purchase April 1st for just $19
If you check out everyone's blog, you will find that the large focal images happen to be flowers...which seems fitting since this stamp set is all about the women in your life.  I always like creating projects with stamp sets that have flowers, because I can showcase how to use them without coloring.  If you frequent my blog at all...you know that I have labeled myself as the non-coloring stamper.  Occasionally I will color in something minimally with colored pencils, but that is about it.  I do paper piece a bit too, but I really love to showcase how to use stamps in their most simplest form.  And that is what I did with my card for today, and I just LOVE how it turned out.  The flowers have the perfect amount of detail to stand on their own.  Without further ado, here is my card:
  "Everything I am..." supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Paper: GCD Studios (Soul Food: Lovely Garden) 
Stamps: WPlus9 (A Special Lady set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: frost white, magenta) 
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Border Punch: Fiskars (Upper Crest) 
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base, cover with pink floral paper, and sand the edges.  Punch an upper crest border to each side of a kraft cardstock block, ink the edges and adhere to the front.  Zig zig stitch along the inside of each punched border.  Stamp the flowers and sentiment to a vellum square, and then adhere to the front of the card, slightly overlapping the stitching.  Add three pearls to the stamped sentiment to finish. 

I really love everything about this stamp set.  The fonts work together perfectly, and there are so many fabulous sentiment options that you can build.  And the floral images are just a perfect touch for such a feminine and elegant sentiment set.  Make sure you check out what the other WPlus9 designers have created as well, as I am sure it will be a great treat! 

April Guest Designer: Paulina Nakamura - www.prettypinkposh.blogspot.com

I hope that you have a fabulous day, and join me again tomorrow for another project using "A Special Lady" stamp set from WPlus9!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Office Mini Cards + an Announcement!!

Happy Sunday everyone!!  How has your weekend been?  I hope a good one so far!!  Ours has been fun, and a little lazy...which I just LOVE!  So, I have a few different things to share today...and they are all pretty irrelevant from each other.

So, first up...I have been asked to be on the WPlus9 design team, and I couldn't be more thrilled!!  I am starting immediately, and will share my first card with you tomorrow for the start of the April release!!  Yay!  CLICK HERE to see the blog post at WPlus9 introducing me. 

Second, I just have a cute little office themed mini card set to share with you.  I wanted to break out some of these oldies but goodies from Lawn Fawn, and a mini set was the perfect choice for what I wanted to do.  I also created them for the Just Add Ink challenge #61, to just use stamps.  Well, I fudged it a little bit...and added a small rhinestone to each card.  They just kind-of needed it....:) 


"Office Mini Card set" supplies: 
Cardstock: The Paper Company
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Just My Type, Just My Type Too sets) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) & Clearsnap (Pigment: cranberry) 
Jewel: International Greetings USA
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Okay, so- I am going to leave off the instructions this time around.  I think the images are pretty self explanatory, and they are super simple cards to begin with.  I don't think they need a lot of explanation! Tee hee! I will tell you this...as a professional photographer- these cards about killed me, and it took me a bit to find out why.  I had to use two sheets of kraft cardstock to make these, and the sheets were not identical, even though coming from the exact same paper pack.  The color is slightly different, and the "texturing" of the kraft is really different.  I don't normally shoot images of my cards in RAW and with a custom white balance...because it just normally isn't necessary.  But, I was pulling my hair out with how different they were photographing from each other.  Gracious...it was a task! :) 

I also posted my latest engagement session on my photography blog!  I would love for you to check it out, and I would love some comments on the post.  So, if you have the time...I would love for you to head over and check it out.  Just click on the photo and it will take you on over to my photo blog: 
Well, that is all I have for you for now.  I hope you like my cute little card set, I hope you will check out this engagement session on my photo blog, and I can't wait to start sharing my WPlus9 cards with you! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Taylored Expressions March "Blast from the Past" Blog Hop

Oh yes...another post today!!  That is because today is also the Taylored Expression "Blast from the Past" blog hop!!

I also used the current Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger: A Citrus Celebration, Hand Stamped Sentiments #60 and FTL 132 from the Clean & Simple Stamping blog! Here is my card!
"Lucky Friend" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (orange) & Papertrey Ink (white) 
Paper/Button/Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Friendship Blooms set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: fresh green, orange) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Instructions:  Fold orange cardstock in half to make card base, cover the bottom with yellow patterned paper, and round the corners.  Round the top corners of a white cardstock block, and then stamp the flowers and sentiment to it.  Adhere to the top of the card, and then accent the flower middles with jewels.  Tie ribbon around the seam, and add a button to the bow with twine to finish.  



Until later,
~Lea L.

Here is the Tuesday Trigger photo and the sketch:

GCD CHA Samples

Hi everyone!  Today I have six cards to share with you that were done for the GCD Studios booth at CHA!  First up is the card I created using Animal Crackers for Boys.  I filled in the chip-arted hearts with a white pen!  Easy as pie, and really helps them stand out!
Next up is my card using Animal Crackers for Girls!  These papers are so cute and sweet...they make such lovely baby cards!  I used the same technique as above to fill in the chip-arted flowers on the heart, but then also glittered the heat and added some jewels!! 
Up next is the card I created for the Funhouse collection.  This paper collection is SO much fun to use...I just love the amazing colors and fun patterns it has!  For this one I just chip-arted the stars and then painted over.  I didn't feel any need to color them in...they stood out enough as is!
Up next is a fun little card using the Scandia Jul paper collection.  I just ADORE this Christmas themed collection.  The colors are fabulous and the patterns are awesome!
I used the new Soul Food papers for this card, and they are fabulous!  To get the scalloped border, I just cut off one edge of a chipboard scalloped frame from the Chip Art collection.  They are perfect for the card maker who loves to use fun borders!
And one more using the Soul Food collection...I love the fact that the collection includes fun and bright colors, as well as rich and muted tones as well!  Very versatile!
Thanks for checking out my CHA creations!  Hope you enjoyed them!

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bloom & Grow Forever...

Sigh...isn't that about the sweetest sentiment in the world?!  I can't believe I haven't ever used it before!  So, it makes me very happy that I broke out this cute little stamp set for my card to share today.

Today I have my card to share with you for CPS Sketch #210.  I will admit...I racked my brain for quite a bit on this sketch.  I loved it, but was having a hard time coming up with product I wanted to use for it.  Then I pulled out this butterfly die and the stamp set that matched it...and then pulled out this fabulous piece of Glitz paper, and it all came together wonderfully!!  Yay!!  It also fits the A Spoon Full of Sugar #144 (use ribbon, pearls & flowers).  Here it is:
"Bloom & Grow Forever..." supplies:
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics (kraft) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Laced with Grace: Butterflies) 
Vellum: The Paper Company
Stamps/Butterfly Die: Papertrey Ink (Signature Series: Butterfly set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: topaz, moss green) 
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Flower: Prima
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success & Marvy Uchida
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Fold butterfly paper in half to make card base, and then zig-zag stitch a block of vellum to the front.  Diecut the butterfly from three blocks of kraft cardstock, then round the corners.  Adhere cream cardstock to the back of the middle block, and then adhere all three of them along the bottom of the card.  Stamp the butterfly to the middle block.  Round the top corners of a cream cardstock square, and adhere to the top of the right hand butterfly blocks.  Tie twine around the seam, and accent the top of the twine bow with a paper flower.  Stamp the sentiment to the cream block, and then accent with pearls to finish.

I really love how this card turned out...does that ever happen to you?  When you just really love something that you created...especially when you weren't sure if it was going to turn out how you had envisioned it?  I don't know...I just love that feeling.  

So- I got the CUTEST outfit the other day at Maurices.  It is killing me that it is summery, and I am going to have to wait for forever to wear it.  
  Eeeek...I just love it!  It is totally flattering on, and I think it will look totally cute with a pair of brown sandals, a pretty necklace...and maybe, just maybe, a citrus colored flower in my hair.  Sigh- I can't wait for summer!  It does make me look VERY white...so a little bit of gradual lotion tan might be a must until I get my very faint summer tan.  Tee hee!  

Well, that is all I have to share with you!  I hope that you have a super wonderful day today! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.  

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stamper's Dream Blog Hop with JustRite!!

Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.  I'm sorry my little blog has been so quiet...I just needed a little bit of a blogging break after the Lawn Fawn sneak peek week {which was packed with goodness, if I do say so myself!}.

Today Stamper's Dream is teaming up with JustRite Stampers for a fun blog hop!!  Below I will post about the prizes that are up for grabs, so be sure to keep on reading!!  I utilized CardPatterns Sketch #107 for my card, changing shapes and adding accents where I felt they needed to be.  Here is my card:
"You Mean the World to Me" supplies: 
Cardstock: Core'dinations (teal) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Patterned Paper/Diecut Butterfly: Cosmo Cricket (UPcycle 6x6 Mini Deck, Butterflies & Doilies)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Kindness Cling Mounted Set
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: teal, raven black) 
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (pink) & Webster's Pages (bloomers) 
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Felt: Papertrey Ink
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Border Punch: Fiskars
Steel Dies: Spellbinders (Labels Twenty) & Papertrey Ink (RickRack Border)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Fold teal cardstock in half to make card base, round the bottom corners and then sand the edges. Cut a pink paper block slightly smaller than the card, round the bottom corners, sand the edges, and adhere to the front.  Cut a strip of dotted paper, and punch two upper crest borders to black texted paper.  Sand the edges of each piece, layer together, and adhere to the front.  Layer the aqua bloomers over top of the dotted paper.  Stamp the label and sentiment to cream cardstock, diecut, and adhere.  Tie a bow from pink ribbon, and adhere to the upper right corner of the label, then accent the middle with a jewel.  Diecut a rickrack border from pink and teal felt, then shape into roses.  Free hand cut leaves from green felt, and then accent the label with both the leaves and roses.  Add the little butterfly and a couple more jewels to finish. 

{The Prizes!!}:  For this blog hop, you will have the chance to win 3 prizes!  From JustRite stampers there will be 2 prizes!  Prize #1 from JustRite is 4 stamp sets of your choice!!  Prize #2 from JustRite is a $50 shopping spree!!  And Prize #3 from Stamper's Dream is this $50 prize package below: 
I have to say...those are some pretty fantastic prizes!  And considering it is a blog hop, I am sure you know the drill.  But just in case...I will give a little reminder!  In order to be a winner of any one of these amazing prizes, you have to leave comments on each of the designer's blogs!  It is unknown where the winning comments will come from, so be sure to comment on them all!  There is sure to be some amazing inspiration along the way as well...so grab a mug of coffee, a sweet cup of tea, or whatever you fancy...and take a little inspiration ride! Tee hee!  Here is the blog hop list: 

Well, that is all I have for you today!  I hope you enjoy hopping along the way...I know that I can't wait to check out what all these lovely ladies have come up with!! ♥♥♥ 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Say Cheese/Say Cheese too" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek #2!

Happy Wednesday, all!!  Well, today marks the last day of the March release Lawn Fawn sneak peeks!!  I hope that you have enjoyed the projects and inspiration from my blog, and all the other Lawn Fawn girls as well!  You will be able to purchase all of the new sets in the Lawn Fawn store at midnight EST, so if there is a set you have your eye on...be sure to head on over and pick it up!!

Today we are doing another preview of the "Say Cheese" sets.  Since there were two sets, we figured having two days of posts would be best!  I went with another rainbow theme for "Say Cheese"...the theme just seems fitting for some reason!  This time the rainbow is in the form of a Cricut cut, and I just love how it turned out.  Here it is!
"Best Friends Forever" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (red, black, white textured) & Papertrey Ink (smooth white) 
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Doodlebug Designs, K & Company
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Say Cheese, Say Cheese Too, & Sophie's Sentiments sets) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Buttons/Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Glitter: DecoArt
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge:  Hello Kitty Greetings by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Fold red cardstock in half to make card base.  Stamp the Polaroid image to white cardstock and cloud patterned paper.  Cut out the necessary layers from each item, and adhere together.  Stamp the sentiment to the lower right corner, and the adhere the entire block to the front.  Cut the rainbow and its layers at 1.75" using the Cricut Expression & Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge.  Glitter the white cloud layer, adhere the rainbow layers to the black layer, and then add the cloud layer using foam adhesive.  Adhere the entire rainbow cut to the cloud paper.  Thread twine through three buttons and adhere to the card front.  Top the middle button with a twine bow.  Accent to the left of the sentiment with jewels to finish.

I know that I can't wait to see what the other Lawn Fawn girls came up with...and here is a list so you can check them out too! 

And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the posting comments!!  ♥♥♥
Say Cheese Too!!

Until later,
~Lea L.
 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Plus One" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Happy Tuesday, my friends!!  I hope that you are having a great day so far!!  This marks day three of sneak peeks at Lawn Fawn's March release.  So far you have gotten to see some retro goodness in the form of "Say Cheese", and some utter critter cuteness from the forest...and today we have some baby goodness to share with you!!

The stamp set we are previewing today is called "Plus One", and it is just the sweetest and cutest little baby stamp set you have ever seen!!  You are going to just love this adorable little stamp set!  So, without further ado...here is card #1.  It's mini sized at 4x4, and would be perfect to dress up a package or gift bag!
"Bundle of Joy" supplies: 
Cardstock/Scalloped Die: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Pipework, frames, polka) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Plus One set) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Ribbon: SEI
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Pearls: Darice Inc. (large off-white) & Kaiser Craft (light yellow, light blue)
Glitter: DecoArt
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold patterned paper in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Diecut a scalloped edge to a cream cardstock block, scor two lines above it, and adhere to the front.  Stamp the sentiment to the lower right corner, and the baby mobile to the upper left.  Wrap ribbon around the top of the cardstock block, and tie a twine bow where the mobile intersects the ribbon.  Top the twine bow with a large, off-white pearl.  Stamp the mobile pieces to patterned paper, cut out, glitter, and adhere.  Accent the mobile and above the sentiment with three pearls each to finish. 

I also used this cute stamp set for CPS Sketch 209 this week.  Since the first card is for a baby boy, I decided to go with a baby girl themed card for this one.  And this card is a reminder that you don't always have to use the images in your stamp sets!  I only used a sentiment from the set, and it went perfectly with the Cricut cuts that I wanted to use on my card! 
"Baby Girl on the Way!" supplies:
Cardstock: The Paper Company (cream) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Quite Contrary: colorful umbrellas, Be Loved: dearest dots)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Plus One set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: old rose) 
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Flowers: Prima
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Border Punch: Fiskars (upper crest) 
Diecut Machines: Cricut Expression & Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Straight from the Nest & Give A Hoot by Provo Craft
Label Die: Spellbinders (Labels Twenty)

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut a yellow dotted paper block slightly smaller than the card, and adhere to the front.  Punch upper crest borders to cream cardstock strips, and adhere to the top and bottom of a pink heart paper strip.  Adhere the entire piece to the middle of the card.  Cut and emboss the label from cream cardstock, and adhere to the front.  Cut the branch and its layers at 1.5" using the Cricut Expression & Straight from the Nest cartridge.  Layer together, adhere to the label and accent with yellow pearls.  Cut the nest and its layers at 1" using the Give A Hoot cartridge.  Layer together, adhere to the branch and accent with three pink pearls.  Stamp the sentiment directly above the nest accent.  Adhere a cream colored bow to the lower left corner, and accent the middle with yellow paper flowers to finish.   

I know that I can't wait to see what the other Lawn Fawn girls came up with...and here is a list so you can check them out too! 

And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the posting comments!!  ♥♥♥
Plus One!!

Until later,
~Lea L

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Prayer for You

I know...another Monday post!!  Crazy, huh?  Before I get going on this post, if you are looking for my Lawn Fawn sneak peek of "Critters in the Forest", then please scroll down to the next post or CLICK HERE.

Today I also have my card to share with you for Stamper's Dream!  I used some fabulous JustRite Stampers stamps and steel dies for my card.  I also used the current Tuesday Trigger: Oh So Lovely challenge from Moxie Fab....I just LOVE the inspiration photo!!  Here is what I came up with:
"A Prayer for You" supplies: 
cardstock: Core'dinations (mint green), Bazzill Basics (orange) & Papertrey Ink (cream) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Laced With Grace: polka)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Heart to Heart Borders & Centers set) & Skipping Stones Design (Grunge set)
Ink: CTMH (Pigment: vanilla cream) & Clearsnap (Pigment: apple green) 
Chipboard: Rusty Pickle
Pin: Maya Road
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Flower: Prima
Button: Basic Grey
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Steel Die: JustRite custom dies by Spellbinders (Happy Everything Mini Tag Kit)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold green cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Stamp the woodgrain background to the middle of the card.  Cover a chipboard heart with orange dotted paper, sand the edges, and adhere to the front.  Stamp the sentiment to cream cardstock, diecut it, and adhere to the front, tucked slightly under the heart.  Diecut the outlined tag from orange cardstock, and adhere it over top of the sentiment cut, adding a tiny strip of foam adhesive to the right side of it.  Embellish the heart with a pin, paper flower and twine bow.  Tie twine through the middle of a green button, and adhere to the right side of the tag.  Add three pearls to the card front to finish. 

Here is the amazing Tuesday Trigger inspiration photo: 
Pretty fabulous, huh?  Well, that is all I have for you for now!!  I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your day!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

"Critters in the Forest" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope that you had a wonderful Sunday!  Mine was fabulous!  I had an engagement session with one of the cutest couples in the world, and it was an awesome time!  I can already tell that I am going to have such a hard time whittling down their gallery to just the very best shots.  They are so photogenic and in love...I love that!

So, today continues the sneak peeks of the Lawn Fawn march releases!!  This time around we are sharing projects using the new stamp set called "Critters in the Forest".  I don't think this set could BE any cuter if it tried.  And since I am a non-coloring stamper....it just screamed "paper piece me please!!!!". So, I did. :) Here is what I came up with:
"Hello Foxy" supplies: 
Cardstock/Cloud Dies/Felt: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: October Afternoon (Weathervane: cozy home & picking pumpkins, Farm Fresh: hay barn, Cherry Hill: new apron, and County Fair: prize pig) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Critters in the Forest set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: chestnut, Chalk: azurite, lime pastel) 
Jewels: Kaiser Craft 
Corner Rounder: :EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut cloud paper slightly smaller than the card front, round the corners and ink the edges.  Freehand cut a strip of green patterned paper to make the ground, round the bottom corners, and ink the edges.  Adhere the green paper to the bottom of the cloud block, and adhere to the card front.  Stamp the tree to kraft cardstock and green patterned papers.  Cut out the necessary layers, adhere them together, and add to the right side of the card.  Stamp the log to kraft cardstock and the leaves to green paper.  Cut out, layer together, and adhere to the right side of the card.  Stamp the fox directly to the card front, and then to orange dot paper and cream cardstock.  Cut out, layer together, and adhere to the top of the already stamped image on the card.  Cut the clouds from cream felt using the Cuttlebug.  Adhere both to the top of the card, popping the smaller one with foam adhesive.  Stamp the sentiment directly to the card front by the fox, and then accent with green jewels to finish. 

Sigh...I just love this whimsical little scene...it is so darling!!  I know that I can't wait to see what the other Lawn Fawn girls came up with...and here is a list so you can check them out too! 

And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the posting comments!!  ♥♥♥
Critters in the Forest!!

Until later,
~Lea L

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Say Cheese/Say Cheese too" Lawn Fawn Sneak Peek!

Happy Sunday, all!!  Well, today starts the exciting March release of Lawn Fawn stamps!!  I just have to tell you...you are going to be blown away this month {not that you aren't every month}!!  The stamps are so much fun, and have so many possibilities!!

Today we are giving you the first peek into "Say Cheese" and "Say Cheese too"!  These stamps are SO fun and trendy and awesome...the list of adjectives could go on and on.  They are awesome for cards, and I think they would be completely awesome for scrapbooking as well!  I don't scrapbook as much any more, but have been thinking that I might start up again....just on a less demanding level than before.  And I would LOVE to use this set on a layout about my career choice...they just fit perfectly!  Anyways...without further ado, here is the card I came up with for today:
"You're A Star" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (colored) & Papertrey Ink (white) 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Say Cheese, Say Cheese too sets) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Glitter: DecoArt
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Colored Pencils: craft supply 

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Cut quarter inch strips of colored cardstock, and adhere to the middle of the card.  Add a matching jewel to the right side of each strip.  Stamp the camera to white cardstock and cut out.  Color in parts with colored pencils, and then glitter.  Adhere the camera to the middle of the card with foam adhesive.  Stamp the sentiment and shooting star to the lower right corner of the card.  Stamp the star to yellow cardstock twice, and cut out.  Cover the stars in glitter, and then adhere to the card to finish.

When I first got this set in the mail, it reminded me of the actual rainbow Polaroid camera that I REALLY wish I owned, but can't really afford to purchase. 
Well, I guess I should say it is more the FILM that I can't afford to purchase.  You can actually find the cameras used for a fairly good price...but then you always run into the possible functionality issues of buying a used camera...I digress.  I am probably not ever going to own one of these...but I like to look at pictures of them...they are so darn cute!! Tee hee! 

I really hope that you liked my first example using the Say Cheese sets!!  Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn girls have created as well...it is sure to be a treat!! 

And don't forget that the Lawn Fawn blog always has some amazing giveaways during release week!!  Here is where you can win so far...be sure to follow the posting comments!!  ♥♥♥
Say Cheese!! 

Until later,
~Lea L.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I'm Here For You, Always

Happy Wednesday, everyone!!  I hope that this afternoon post finds you having a good day so far!!  I have been busy working on promotional material for some new product items that I want to offer my photography clients...so it has been a good day!! 

Today is also the day that I take part in the Reject Blog Hop for the recent Paper Crafts "Go To Sketches" call.  Tee hee!  That title makes me laugh a little, although that is exactly what the cards are that didn't get picked up.  Here is the thing...they had like 2700 something submissions for this call, so I didn't expect too much.  I did get one card picked up for the issue, and that definitely makes me very happy!! So, yay!!  But, this little card didn't make the cut for sketch #6.  It isn't the most exciting card in the world, so I can see why.  But, I still think it is pretty cute!! This card also fits the "Less is More" Week 5 challenge: to use pastel colors.  Here is the card!
"I'm Here For You, Always" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (kraft, light purple) & Papertrey Ink (white) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Hoopla: Pipework) 
Stamps/Scallop Die: Papertrey Ink (YOF: Gladiolus set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: turquoise) 
Chipboard: American Crafts (glitter thickers) 
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold white cardstock in half to make card base.  Cut a scalloped border to aqua patterned paper, and adhere to the right side of a kraft cardstock block.  Adhere an 1/8-inch light purple cardstock strip over the seam, and adhere the entire block to the card front.  Stamp the sentiment to the kraft cardstock, and frame with glittered brackets.  Accent each bracket side with jewels to finish.

I do have a few more cards that I made for the call, but I think I will share them sporadically.  I might hold a few of them back for future submissions...so we shall see!  I better get going for now, so have a great evening!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PTI Make It Monday #5: Distressing Edges

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!  I hope that you had a great start of your week yesterday.  I got a bunch of emails sent out to prospective wedding clients, which had been hanging over my head for a couple of weeks.  It NEEDED to get done, and I finally just sat down at my computer for quite a few hours and got it done.  That is a good thing!!

I have a cute little clean and simple card to share with you today!  I took the week off from the Make It Monday challenge last week, as I didn't have any fun foam in the house and didn't really want to run out and buy it when I most likely won't use it again.  But, I am back in action this week with Make It Monday #5: Distressing Edges, and I love this easy and cost effective technique that Lisa Johnson shared with us for this challenge.  I haven't ever wanted to purchase one of those edge distressing things because I wasn't sure how much use I would actually get out of it.  {Hey- I'm frugal.  I'll shout it from the rooftops...I don't like to buy unnecessary things! Tee hee!}  But, I never though to just use the edge of scissors...which I have plenty of, trust me!  Tee hee!  I also used the current challenge at CR84FN18 (orange, yellow, kraft), and just added in a little bit of neutral white to make the dots & sentiment stand out a bit more.  Here is what I came up with!
   "Thanks a Million" supplies: 
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (white) & Recollections (kraft) 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Dot Spot & Signature Series: Butterfly sets) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: amber, frost white) & Tsukineko (Momento Dye: dandelion) 
Twine: Lawn Fawn Trimmings (Chipper bundle)
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Flower:Prima
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge:  Plantin Schoolbook by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Fold kraft cardstock in half to make card base, and round the bottom corners.  Cut one circle at 2" and three circles at 1.5" from white cardstock using a Cricut Expression and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  Stamp the dot spots to each circle, and then distress the circle edges with a scissor blade edge.  Adhere the circles across the front of the card.  Tie twine around the card so that the bow lands in the center of the larger circle, and then embellish it with a paper flower.  Add yellow jewels to the middles of the other stamped circles, and then stamp the sentiment to the lower corner to finish.   

I really like how this card turned out!!  I think "detailed" clean and simple tends to be one of my favorite styles.  On another note...has anyone else noticed that kraft is really hard to photograph?  And this is coming from a professional photographer...the camera sensor just doesn't seem to know how to capture the proper coloring of kraft.  I end up having to do a lot of editing, and it still doesn't ever come out just right.  I find that interesting...hmmm. 

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

Until later,
~Lea L.  

CR84FN18 Graphic: 

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Rainbow on a Cloudy Day

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was a good one!!  Kind-of quiet and laid back, which is so nice!

Today I have a card to share with you for Stamper's Dream.  It uses some new JustRite stamps that are available in the store, so head on over if you LOVE rainbow themed sentiments.  Which, I definitely do!  I also used the Viva la Verve! March 2011 Sketch #2 for it! 
"My Rainbow on a Cloudy Day" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream, white) 
Paper/Lace Trim: Prima (Annalee 6x6 pad)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (My Rainbow Borders & Centers set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: Magenta) 
Ribbon: American Crafts
Butterfly Charms: Maya Road
Button: craft supply
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Corner Rounder: EK Success 
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug & Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Create A Critter (rainbow) by Provo Craft
Steel Dies: Spellbinders (Labels Twenty)

Instructions:  Fold cream cardstock in half to make card base, and round the upper right corner.  Cut green floral paper slightly smaller than the card, round the upper right corner, sand the edges and adhere.  Wrap lace trim and rose ribbon around the left side of the card.  Stamp the sentiment to white cardstock, then diecut and emboss the label shape around it.  Adhere to the bottom of the card.  Diecut the rainbow layers at 2.5" using the Cricut Expression & Create A Critter cartridge.  Sand the edges of each piece, layer together, and adhere to the front.  Tie a twine bow through a green button and adhere to the middle of the top rose ribbon.  Finish by accenting the card with three jewels charms. 

Well, I hope that you have a really wonderful rest of your Monday!!  I can't wait to hear what you think of my shabby chic rainbow card!!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dreams Believed are Dreams Achieved

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Man, this week is just flying on by, isn't it?!  I have had a super busy one so far, and I have already had a super busy day with even more to come later on.  It's all good though...I like being busy!

Before I get to my card, don't forget that I still have some stamp sets for sale for really cheap....I really want them to find good homes!  I have either never used them, barely used them, or just don't use them any longer...and they need some stamping love!!  Tee hee!  To see what is still available, please CLICK HERE!!!

Now, moving on.  Today I have my card for CPS Sketch 207 to share with you.  I am loving this card...the colors are not a combo I have used together before, and I like it!!  
"Dreams Believed are Dreams Achieved" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (aqua, gray) & Papertrey Ink (white)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lush: Red Medium Polka Dots)
Stamps/Button: Papertrey Ink (Been Boo'd & For the Graduate sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: turquoise) & Tsukineko (Versamark)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (detail white)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Twine: Darice Inc.
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Glitter: DecoArt
Instructions:  Fold teal paper in half to make card base.  Cut gray cardstock slightly smaller, tie ribbon around the top and adhere to the front.  Add a button to the middle of the bow using twine.  Cut three blocks of red polka dot paper and adhere to the bottom.  Stamp the sentiment above the blocks, cover in embossing powder, and then heat set.  Stamp the stars to white cardstock, cut out and cover in glitter.  Adhere one to each red dot block, and accent the center of each one with a red jewel. 

Well, I am sorry this has to be so short and sweet....but I gotta go!  Having my friend and her two daughters over for lunch today and want to make sure everything is ready!  Then I have a meeting with some prospective wedding clients....so today is a good day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stamps For Sale!!! Come in and shop for some bargains!!

**I really want to get these last stamp sets sold and off my desk!! So...the way I have them priced out right now they are valued at $151...which is about half the normal cost already. If you really want them, I am willing to sell ALL OF THEM for $50, plus free shipping. Please email me at jnllawson @ bresnan.net if you are interested!!**

Hi all!  I have been cleaning out my room a bit, and thought that I might try and sell some of the stuff to those who might be interested.  It will all have a nice discount on it from the original price, I promise!

Shipping:  Shipping will be $2 per item within the US to at least cover a portion of the packing/shipping that I will have to do.  BUT, if you spend $50+....I will ship it for free, within the US!  What a deal, huh?   For international shipping, you will need to pay actual shipping costs.  We will discuss via email.

Payment:  I will take payment via Paypal only.  Please do not send me anything until I have confirmed your order to you, and given you the total with shipping first.  

I will list everything under a brand header, with the stamp set name, image and price.  Please email me, jnllawson @ bresnan.net (sorry for the spaces...I don't want spam) your wish list and I will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know what is and isn't available.  As things are purchased, I will come back to this post and delete it out.

Here is what I've got for sale {Please note, these items are used.  Most are BARELY used, but you might see some staining on the clear stamps if I used pigment inks on them}:

Cornish Heritage Farms- rubber stamps
**These are all pretty much impossible to find, now that CHF is out of business.  If you love these stamps, jump on these great deals now!!**
Ornamental Beauty: $24.99   $15
Gina K Designs- rubber stamps
Pressed Flowers: $23.95   $14


Unity Stamps- rubber stamps
This is the Time- mini: $18  $10
Embellished Season: $25  $15
My Sentiments Exactly- clear stamps
Be the Change: $14.99   $7

American Crafts- clear stamps
Snickerdoodle Large: $9.99   $5
Spritz Small: $5.99   $3
Our Craft Lounge- clear stamps
Mummy Xing: $14.99   $7

Kitchen Sink Stamps- clear stamps
Happy Birthday Cupcake: $15.95   $7

Basic Grey- clear stamps 
Two Scoops: $14.99   $7
Fauna: $11.99   $6

Clear Art Stamps- clear stamps
Sexy Numbers: $14.99   $7

That is everything for now!!  I hope you take advantage of these great deals!!
Thanks! 
Lea