Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"You've Got Mail": Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to the last night of the February Lawn Fawn inspiration week!  It has been a fun week, filled with lots of amazing projects and comments from Lawn Fawn lovers.  Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement...I am so glad you like what I have done with the latest Lawn Fawn product!

Tonight we are featuring one more new stamp set called "You've Got Mail".  Seriously...love that movie, and I love this stamp set! I am so happy that the owners chose this name for the stamp set...it is just perfect!!  I paired the stamp set with some of the new papers from the Bright Side collection....and love how it turned out!  Here is what I created!!
"Sending Love Your Way" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side: jump for joy, smell the roses, 6x6 pad)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (You've Got Mail set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar Mixed Media: truffle, honey) & Tsukineko (Chalk: pixie dust) 
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Flower/Leaves: Prima Marketing
Button/Lace: craft supply
Pearls: Michael's brand
Glitter: DecoArt
Heart Die: Papertrey Ink
Diecut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from pink cardstock.  Cut printed kraft slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Tie ribbon around the bottom of the card, then attach a button to the bow center with twine.  Distress ink a block of vintage cream cardstock, then stamp the postcard elements & sentiment to it.  Adhere a strip of lace to the right side of the stamped block.  Cut a block of pink paper the same size and distress the edges.  Adhere the two blocks together, with the pink block at a slight angle, and then adhere to the card front with foam adhesive.  Cover a paper flower in glitter, adhere white glittered leaves to it, and then add the whole flower piece above the bow.  Diecut a heart from pink dotted paper, sand the edges and adhere below the sentiment.  Accent the flower and postcard with pearls to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Lawnscapings #28- distressing
-TCP Tuesday #198- moss green, soft pink, aqua
-Party Time Tuesdays #57- anything goes
-Ribbon Carousel #42- anything goes
-PanPastel #7- use ribbon

Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn designers have created for today, including our newest members!! 

  
And like always, there will be LOTS of giveaways!  Be sure to follow the commenting instructions to increase your chances for winning!
 
I hope that you have really enjoyed this full week of Lawn Fawn inspiration!  These new products will be available on the Lawn Fawn website tomorrow, or very soon at your favorite retailer!!  We can't wait to see what you create with your new goodies, so be sure to add your projects into the Lawn Fawn Flikr gallery! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, February 27, 2012

"Bright Side" paper: Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!!  So, aren't you just loving the new "Chevron Backdrops" that we introduced yesterday?  Chevron is such a big trend right now...I am seeing it everywhere!

Tonight we are showcasing the Bright Side paper line yet again...aren't you just loving this new collection?  It is so bright and cheerful, and full of possibilities!  So far I have shown it in a cute style, an elegant style...and tonight I am sharing a more CAS shabby style.  I used just one layer of paper, and focused on the chevron printed kraft paper in the collection.  There are so many different ways to use this paper collection...you are going to definitely want it in your stash.  Here is what I created!
"You're Sew Lovely" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side: Upbeat)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Sew Lovely set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Ribbon: Michael's
Twine: Lawn Fawn
Flower: Prima Marketing
Pins: Maya Road
Button: American Crafts
Jewels: International Greetings USA

Instructions: Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut kraft paper slightly smaller and adhere.  Cut a strip of silver ribbon, and fold the right hand side over itself.  Tie a button around the doubled over section with twine, then adhere the entire ribbon piece to the front.  Adhere the flower over top of the ribbon.  Stamp the sentiment to a vintage cream cardstock strip, then adhere around a clear topped pin.  Stick the sentiment pin into the flower, along with a heart topped pin.  Accent with clear jewels to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Daring Cardmakers challenge- Marie Antoinette (doesn't that flower look like it belongs on one of her hats or wigs?!!)
-PaperPlay challenge #8- for a mother

Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn designers have created for today, including our newest members!! 

  
And like always, there will be LOTS of giveaways!  Be sure to follow the commenting instructions to increase your chances for winning!
I hope that you have a wonderful day!  Be back tomorrow when we showcase one last new stamp set! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"Chevron Backdrops": Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!!  I hope that the rest of your weekend was an awesome one!!  I drove to Helena and back for an engagement shoot, which went great!  We had church this evening, then came home and watched The Walking Dead.  Love that show!  So- it has been a super busy day, to say the least.

Tonight we are sharing projects using the new stamp set "Chevron Backdrops".  If you are a fan of the chevron print which is so popular right now, you are going to LOVE this new backdrops set!  You get three great stamping options....tiny chevrons, medium chevrons, and one really large chevron.  For my card I stamped the large chevron to the bottom of the background paper, and the tiny ones in really light pink ink to the sentiment stamp.  Here is what I created:
"Birthday Girl" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper/Buttons/Chipboard: My Mind's Eye (Follow Your Heart "Be Happy" 6x6 pad)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Chevron Backdrops & Sophie's Sentiments sets) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar Mixed Media: honey, leather) & Tsukineko (Chalk: pixie dust) 
Lace: May Arts
Twine: Lawn Fawn
Pearls/Flowers: Micheal's brand

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut striped paper slightly smaller, and adhere to the front.  Cut a block of paper lined patterned paper, stamp a large chevron to the bottom and adhere to the front.  Cut banner edges to a vintage cream cardstock strip, stamp the small chevron print & sentiment to it, then adhere across the middle of the card.  Cut a tiny strip of dotted paper, give it a banner edge, and adhere to the top of the sentiment strip.  Add a strip of lace to the left side of the lined paper.  Make an accordion fold flower from dotted paper, and adhere to the left side of the sentiment strip.  Accent it with a twine bow and paper flower.  Thread two buttons with twine, then add underneath the accordion flower along with a pink pearl.  Thread 3 chipboard banners with twine, and adhere to the top of the card.  Accent the upper right corner with a threaded chipboard butterfly and give it some dimension so it pops off the card a bit.  Add a paper flower and pearl under the butterfly to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Stampin' for the Weekend #4- bingo card (ribbon/bows, pearls, pink)
-Our Creative Corner- over the edge
-Corrosive Challenge #143- use dimension

Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn designers have created for today, including our newest members!! 

  
And like always, there will be LOTS of giveaways!  Be sure to follow the commenting instructions to increase your chances for winning!

I also wanted to let you know about another giveaway that is going on!  I was asked to be part of a new E-Book that Ella Publishing is releasing, called "Stamping Secrets" which will be releasing on February 29th!  Here is the cover, which features one of my cards:
 I featured the Lawn Fawn stamp set, "Many Thanks" for my part of the book, and then 6 other amazing sets were featured by the other designers.  Ella Publishing is doing a giveaway of all seven stamps on their blog today, so be sure to CLICK HERE and try to win all of them, including "Many Thanks"! 

I hope that you have a wonderful day!  Be back tomorrow when we showcase the Bright Side paper again!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Bright Side" paper: Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!  So, weren't the samples for Gnome Sweet Gnome the cutest?!!  I loved how different all of our cards were...and I think we used up every single image and sentiment in the set for you all to see!  And didn't the set just go perfectly with how fun and bright the new Lawn Fawn papers are?  Loving it!

Today we are showcasing the Bright Side papers again!  Because it is a completely new product line for Lawn Fawn, we want to make sure you get plenty of inspiration for it!  So that when you get these new papers in your hands you will be so excited to use them!  I wanted to show how these papers can be used for a sophisticated and elegant card today...because while they are super cute for the most part, there are some patterns & colors that are sleek and sophisticated.  Like the grey chevron prints, which are so trendy in everything right now... and you would never know that there is a super cute flower print on the purple paper when folded into an accordion shape.  They paired perfectly with this clean and graphic sentiment as well.  Here is what I created!
  "Many Thanks" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (silver shimmer)
Paper/Twine: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side: glass half full, silver lining, 6x6 pad)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Many Thanks set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Momento Dye: london fog)
Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Buttons: Basic Grey & SEI
Flower: Prima Marketing
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Border Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts (Scallop 3 Dot)

Instructions:  Make card from shimmery silver cardstock.  Cut large chevron paper slightly smaller and adhere to the front.  Cut a banner edge to a strip of small chevron paper, and adhere to the left side.  Punch a scalloped border to purple patterned paper, then cut a 1-inch strip.  Scor the paper every half inch, fold back in forth in an accordion.  Adhere each end together, fold in to make the flower shape, then adhere to a square of cardstock.  Repeat the accordion fold with a smaller strip of chevron printed paper.  Thread two buttons with twine, then adhere to the top of each accordion flower.  Tie a bow from green dotted ribbon, then layer the accordion flowers, the fabric flower and the ribbon to the front of the card.  Stamp the sentiment to a thin strip of white paper, cut banners on both edges and adhere to the bottom.  Accent the background banner with three jewels to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Allsorts challenge #143- anything goes
-Raise the Bar #93- purple, green + one color (grey)
-Divas by Design #23- bling it up
-Creative Belli #137- recipe challenge (1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 colors, 4 rhinestones/pearls)

Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn designers have created for today, including our newest members!! 

  
And like always, there will be LOTS of giveaways!  Be sure to follow the commenting instructions to increase your chances for winning!

I hope that you have a wonderful day!  Be back tomorrow when we showcase a new background stamp set!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, February 24, 2012

"Gnome Sweet Gnome": Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!  So- did you just love seeing all the projects with the Bright Side paper collection yesterday?  I love that Lawn Fawn has continued to grow, and are creating cute paper lines that match the fun and whimsical feel of their stamp sets!  I am also just a huge fan when a small business succeeds in this day and age!!

Today we are showcasing a new stamp set called "Gnome Sweet Gnome"...which is the epitome of Lawn Fawn!  It goes well with the critters sets, and you are going to love mixing and matching with all of your other Lawn Fawn stamps.  Of course, I chose to paper piece all the fun elements that I used on my card...with the new Bright Side papers, which were a perfect fit!  Here is what I created!
"Gnome Place Like Home" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (smooth white) 
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side 6x6 pad: upbeat, spoonful of sugar, bright-eyed, happy thoughts, smell the roses, silver lining)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Gnome Sweet Gnome & Critters in the Forest sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate, Top Boss embossing)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! (detail white) 
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Felt: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Circle Punch: Marvy Uchida
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Dies: Papertrey Ink (In The Meadow & Clouds dies)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Make card from smooth white cardstock, then round the bottom corners.  Cut aqua paper slightly smaller, round the top corners and adhere to the front. Diecut the grass from two different green patterned papers and trim to the correct length.  Round the bottom corners, then layer together to the bottom of the card.  Punch a circle from sun dotted paper, and diecut two clouds from vintage cream felt.  Adhere the clouds to the bottom of the circle.  Cut triangles from orange paper and adhere to the top part of the sun, adhere to the card and accent with pearls.  Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment to the bottom of the card.  Stamp the remaining images to all the necessary papers, cut out and layer together.  Adhere each item to the card front as shown to finish.

Card Challenges Used: 
-CAS-ual Friday #41- punny sentiment
-Inky Impressions #47- bright colors

Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn designers have created for today, including our newest members!! 

  
And like always, there will be LOTS of giveaways!  Be sure to follow the commenting instructions to increase your chances for winning!

I hope that you have a wonderful day!  Be back tomorrow when we showcase the super cute Bright Side papers again!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Bright Side" paper: Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!!  Welcome to Lawn Fawn's February inspiration week!  For the next few days we are going to be showcasing some of the new stamp sets, along with the new paper collection that Lawn Fawn released called "Bright Side".  And the paper is what we are sharing with you today!

I created this clean & simple, but still lovely shabby card for you.  I chose to use the papers in pink & aqua only, plus the amazing printed kraft cardstock.  If you are a lover of kraft in anyway...you are going to seriously love the Lawn Fawn version!!  Here is what I created:
"Hi There!" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (smooth white) 
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side 6x6 pad: jump for joy, bright-eyed, smell the roses)
Doily: Wilton
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Sophie's Sentiments set)
 Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazer Mixed Media: honey)
Ribbon: May Arts (pink) & Webster's Pages (bloomers)
Pins: Maya Road
Button: vintage craft supply
Dies: Papertrey Ink (heart circle, scalloped edge) & Spellbinders (circle)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft 

Instructions:  Make card from smooth white cardstock.  Cut an aqua floral block.  Diecut a scalloped edge to a pink dotted paper strip, then adhere to the bottom of the aqua paper block.  Layer a doily and kraft circle to the aqua paper.  Diecut the heart circle accent from pink dotted paper, layer white cardstock underneath, then adhere to the middle of the kraft circle.  Adhere a strip of aqua bloomers over the seam.  Tie a bow from pink ribbon, and adhere to the right side of the bloomers.  Cut a banner edge to a cardstock strip, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Wrap around a leaf topped pin, then stick into the left side of the ribbon & trim on the card.  Add another pink pin, then accent with a flower button.  Adhere the entire block to the card front using foam adhesive.

Card Challenges Used:
-The Sweet Stop Sketch #146
-The Kraft Journal #59- fantastic finds (trims & vintage button)
-Delightful Challenges- use patterned paper
-Papertake Weekly- use kraft
-The Shabby Tea Room #102- High Tea color inspiration + doilies
-Pollycraft Monday challenge #128- ribbons & buttons

Don't forget to check out what the other Lawn Fawn designers have created for today, including our newest members!! 

  
And like always, there will be LOTS of giveaways!  Be sure to follow the commenting instructions to increase your chances for winning!

I hope that you have a wonderful day!  Be back tomorrow when we showcase a whimsical new stamp set! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Always and Forever

Hey there, everyone!  Hope that you are having a great week!  I have come down with a little cold bug....which hit me the hardest yesterday.  I felt gross all day long...but it allowed me to catch up on some of my DVR'd shows!  So, there seems to be a plus to this minus! :)

I have my card to share for CPS sketch #253, where we were sponsored by The Twinery this week.  I did ZERO stamping on this one, and let the paper collection & stickers take care of the sentiment for me.  Here is what I created:
"Always and Forever" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper/Stickers: My Little Shoebox (Heartfelt: Cheryl, Gigi) 
Doily: Royal Lace
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen) 
Twine: The Twinery (blossom, caribbean) 
Flowers: Recollections
Buttons: American Crafts & SEI
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut pink paper slightly smaller, distress the edges and adhere.  Distress ink a heart shaped doily, and adhere to the middle.  Cut a strip of aqua paper, distress the edges and adhere to the bottom.  Wrap twine around top of the aqua paper.  Tie a quadruple bow from both colors of twine, stitch a button around the middle, then adhere to the left side of the card.  Layer the heart & banner sticker to the doily using foam adhesive.  Sand the edges of a sticker tag and adhere to the lower right corner.  Accent the tag with three paper flowers.  Adhere three buttons to the right side of the heart doily to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-CropStop #5- use 3+ flowers
-Charisma Cardz #7- love is in the air
-The Pixie Cottage #109- buttons & bows
-The Shabby Tea Room #102- high tea color inspiration + doilies
-Allsorts challenge #142- anything goes

I hope that you enjoyed my card today!  Join me tonight as we kick of another Lawn Fawn inspiration week!  You will get to see the design team in action with some of the new items that Lawn Fawn introduced at Winter CHA!  Hope to see you back soon! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, February 20, 2012

February Key Ingredients Blog Hop

Hey there, everyone!  Long time no post...so sorry for that!  I really needed a creative week off, and in place I did a lot of cleaning around the house, etc.  It was a good week for me, and I am feeling much more inspired and invigorated to create again!

Today is the February Key Ingredients Blog Hop, and our theme for this month is "Take Note".  I took the theme quite literally, and covered this little notepad that I keep in the kitchen to take notes of from phone calls, or write out our grocery list.  The colors in this kit are perfect for a little pad that you leave in the kitchen...they even FEEL like they were meant for that room!  Tee hee!  Here is what I created!
"Just A Note" supplies:
Paper/Ribbon/Flower/Pearls: Taylored Expressions February Key Ingredients kit
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Vintage Dreamer)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)

Instructions:  Layer two pieces of paper together to create cover for the front, then zig zag stitch along the edges.  Tie ribbon around the seam, then add a flower to the center of the bow.  Stamp the damask to the top half, and the sentiment to the bottom half.  Accent with pearls, then adhere to the front of the notepad using permanent adhesive.  

There you have it...quick and easy, and now you have a pretty little notepad!!  If you aren't a subscriber to the Key Ingredients kit yet, here are some perks!! 

º Store Discount. Subscribers will be given a special discount code to save 10% on any order placed between the 10th - 13th of the month to be combined with your subscription shipment. Subscribers in the US may combine your additional items with your KI Subscription shipment for no additional shipping fee. Subscribers outside the US will pay additional shipping costs to combine your additional items with your KI Subscription shipment. You'll receive a reminder e-mail on the 10th of each month which will also include a list of other products that will coordinate with the kit being shipped to you that month. This list is incredibly helpful for those who want to stretch the use of a KI with even more supplies!

º Design Team Inspiration. We'll debut the Key Ingredients kit on the 10th of each month followed by 5 days of inspiring projects posted by the Key Ingredients team right here on the Key Ingredients Blog. Of course, don't forget to check out the gallery where the design team is constantly adding new projects!

º Storage. Subscriber kits will come in a Storage Solutions Plastic Case. This $3.25 value is a special benefit that is FREE to Subscribers.

If you want to subscribe, just CLICK HERE!!  And don't forget to check out what the rest of the Key Ingredients designers have in store for you today!! 
Well, that is everything I have for you today! I hope that you have a wonderful day! ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Love Me card set

Hey there, everyone!!  So, I am light nighting it...and just finished taking some images of this cute Love Me card set!  I used up a bunch of my scraps and a few more full sheets of my 6x6 Love Me pad from My Mind's Eye, and used up the majority of the fun matching diecuts as well!

I did this card set for Papertrey Ink's 5th Anniversary Day 7 challenge...to use hearts on your project.  As you will see on all 4 cards...they all have hearts in some shape or form!!  I also used the sketches from the previous day's PTI post, which I was unable to get to at that time.  Here is the first card:
"Happily Ever After" supplies:
Cardstock/Stamps/Buttons/Felt/Dies: Papertrey Ink (Love Lives Here set)
Paper/Diecuts: My Mind's Eye (Love Me 6x6 paper pad)
Doily: Royal Lace
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Twine: May Arts
Pearls: Michael's brand
Pinking Shears: Fiskars
Sewing Machine: Brother

 Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut grey doily paper slightly smaller, and adhere to the card front.  Layer a heart doily to the right side.  Cut a banner edge to a block of love paper, and adhere to the middle.  Fussy cut a banner, and adhere it to the upper left corner.  Zig-zag stitch along the fussy cut banner, and the right side of the love paper block.  Stamp the sentiment across the top of the hearts.  Diecut the circle & heart from vintage cream cardstock and pink felt.  Stamp the inside of the circle, adhere the felt to the center and then adhere in place of the "O" in LOVE.  Thread three buttons with twine, and adhere below the stamped sentiment.  Accent with pearls to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-CropStop #57- wedding/anniversary
-Daring Cardmakers challenge- hearts & doilies
-Simon Says Stamp challenge- love is in the air (all cards in this post qualify for this challenge)
-Oh La La Creations #98- be my valentine

My next card is all about sending sweet love notes and letters!  I loved this cute little mailbox diecut from MME, and it matched perfectly with these PTI stamps! 
"Love Notes" supplies: 
Cardstock/Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Friendship Jar Spring Fillers set)
Paper/Diecuts: My Mind's Eye (Love Me 6x6 paper pad)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black & Dye: london fog)
Jewels: Kaiser Craft (blue) & Westrim Crafts (red heart)
Twine: May Arts
Colored Pencils: Crayola
Sewing Machine: Brother
Die: WPlus9 (tag)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut love paper slightly smaller, and adhere to the front.  Cut a block of striped paper, add a pinked edge to the top of it and adhere to the middle.  Stitch along the top of the striped paper.  Stamp the letters to vintage cream cardstock, color the top letter, and then cut out.  Cut a line in the top of the diecut mailbox, then adhere the stamped letters into it.  Diecut a tag from vintage cream cardstock, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Wrap twine around the stamped letters, adhere the tag to the twine, then top with a twine bow.  Add a blue jewel to the bow, and a red heart jewel to the center.  Adhere the entire mailbox to the card front.  Add the honeycomb border to the bottom of the mailbox, and stamp the two teeny sentiments to it.  Accent the lower right corner of the striped paper with jewels to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday- love is in the air
-PaperPlay 2012 #6- love letters
-Creative Belli #136- hearts/valentine's

For my third card, I just went a little bit crazy layering!  Lots of circles layered here and there, along with other diecuts as well!!  
"Kisses $.05" supplies:
Cardstock/Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Friendship Jar Spring Fillers set)
Paper/Diecuts: My Mind's Eye (Love Me 6x6 paper pad)
Doily: Wilton
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Pin: Maya Road
Pearls: Michael's brand
Dies: Spellbinders (circle, scalloped circle) & Papertrey Ink (heart)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sewing Machine: Brother

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut numbered paper slightly smaller, then adhere to the front.  Adhere a red doily to the middle.  Diecut a scalloped circle from doily paper, and adhere to the middle.  Fold ribbon as shown, and adhere across the scalloped circle.  Fussy cut a doily from matching paper, then diecut a circle from vintage cream cardstock.  Layer together, and adhere to the scalloped circle with foam adhesive.  Layer together the love diecut with the circle  & heart diecuts, then zig-zag stitch along the top seam.  Adhere the entire piece to the circle, then accent with pearls. Cut a banner edge to pink paper, stamp the sentiment to it and adhere to a heart topped pin.  Stick the pin into the paper, then add a twine bow to the bottom of it.  Adhere a diecut banner across the top of the card to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-The Shabby Tea Room #100- candy hearts
-Truly Scrumptious #73- love & hearts
-Tuesday Throwdown #84- be my valentine

And last, but definitely not least...a card that's design is based completely around using that fun bingo card diecut!  Not to mention...lots of other diecuts and fussy cut banners! 
"Love You" supplies:
Cardstock/Stamps/Buttons/Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Botanical Silhouettes set)
Paper/Diecuts: My Mind's Eye (Love Me 6x6 paper pad) 
Vellum: The Paper Company
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Twine: May Arts
Glitter: Doodlebug Designs
Sewing Machine: Brother

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut vintage paper slightly smaller, then adhere the bingo card diecut to the middle.  Cut a strip of vellum, add a strip of glitter to the bottom, then wrap around the bottom of the card.  Wrap ribbon from the top to the bottom and secure in place.  Tie buttons around the top and bottom pieces of ribbon, then adhere the entire paper block to the card front.  Stamp the sentiment to the vellum strip, then accent with jewels.  Fussy cut the banners, and adhere to the top & bottom of the card.  Layer together the diecuts shown on the left, and stitch a fussy cut banner to the bottom of it.  Adhere the entire diecut piece to the upper left corner to finish. 

Card Challenges Used: 
-Fab N Funky #107- love is in the air

Well all...I better get some shut eye!  I hope that you enjoy perusing my cute little Love Me card set!!  Have a great rest of your weekend! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, February 10, 2012

February Key Ingredients & Baker's Dozen Blog Hop

**This is my second post of the day.  If you are looking for my CPS 5th Anniversary post, please scroll down or CLICK HERE.  Thanks!!**

  • Key Ingredients Info and Inspiration - February 10-15 - learn all about this fantastic kit club and see samples from the Key Ingredients Design Team and the Baker's Dozen!  Click here for all the info and start at Taylor's blog each day for all the inspiration.
  • February Key Ingredients featuring My Mind's Eye Lost & Found - Rosy begins shipping February 15th.  Enroll now!
  • Exclusive Vintage Dreamer Stamp Set - find out how you can get your crafty little hands on this stylish new set at 50% off for a limited time!
  • Win a Key Ingredients Kit - you can win the March Kit to try out, or have a month added on to your current subscription.  See Taylor's blog for all the details and to enter to win!  It's easy! 
Here is an image of the February Key Ingredients kit, and the matching stamp set, "Vintage Dreamer".
If you are not familiar with the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit, let me give you a little bit of information!  It is a kit that is completely taylored to card makers, which includes 8.5x11 cardstock sheets, 6x6 paper, ribbon, and wonderful embellishments each month.  Each kit is perfectly coordinated to take the guess work out of matching, and enables you to create 16 or more cards with each kit!  If you aren't already a subscriber, and would like to be, just CLICK HERE to get started.  

The February Key Ingredients kit is no different then what I shared above, but this month we also have a matching stamp called "Vintage Dreamer".  This stamp set will only be available to Key Ingredients subscribers, and is going to be offered at 50% off through 3/10/12!!  How amazing is that?!  While this stamp set will be available throughout 2012, it will only be at the discounted rate for this short time.  So if you like it, be sure to act fast!! On 3/11/12 the price will go to its regular $21.95.

Because the kit includes the wonderful My Mind's Eye "Rosy" 6x6 papers, I decided that it would be perfect for the current My Mind's Eye Card challenge #32 going on at their blog right now.  It is a lovely sketch, with the theme of "You"...which kind-of fit my card perfectly. ;)  Here is what I created:

"You're My Type" supplies: 
Cardstock/Paper/Ribbon/Flowers/Pearls: February Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit
Pin: January Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Vintage Dreamer set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: Onyx black)
Border Punch: Fiskars (upper crest) 
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from red cardstock.  Cut black gingham paper slightly smaller, distress the edges and adhere. Cut a block of lined paper, distress the edges and adhere to the right side.  Cut a strip of graphic paper and dotted paper.  Punch a border to the dotted strip, distress the edges of both strips and layer together.  Adhere the entire strip to the card front.  Tie a double bow from yellow ribbon and adhere it to the front. Cut a banner edge to a paper strip, distress the edges and stamp the sentiment to it. Wrap the sentiment around a pin, and stick into the bow. Accent the top of the bow with two flowers, and then add the pearls to the card to finish.
The super fun part about this month, is that the Taylored Expressions design team is joining us for a lovely blog hop today!  So, be sure to check out what everyone has come up with using this amazing kit and stamp set!!
I hope that you have a fun time hopping...be sure to leave some love along the way!  Have a great rest of your day today! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

CPS 5th Anniversary - Day 13

Hey there, everyone!  How has your week been so far?  It has been a good one here...kind-of same old, same old, which is always nice.  We did end up getting our television replaced via our service plan from Best Buy because our old one had burn in on the screen.  So- the comparable plasma is one inch larger, and is 3D.  Which, I couldn't care less about...I can't stand watching movies with stupid glasses on.  But, the hubby is happy because the burn in (which I pretty much never saw unless the screen was bright white) drove him crazy...

On a more exciting note {for me anyways....tee hee!}, I am the host for day 13 of our awesome CPS 5th Anniversary Event!  My day is being sponsored by Clearsnap, who has to be one of the most generous sponsors ever!  I would say I use some type of Clearsnap ink on about 95% of my projects, because I just love their ink quality.  For the anniversary event, each designer picked a past CPS sketch favorite, and used it again.  I chose CPS Sketch #121, and here is what I came up with:
"Here's to a Wonderful Life" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Blush" 6x6 pad) & Pink Paislee (Butterfly Garden 6x6 pad)
Doily: Wilton
Stamps: Flourishes (Wedded Bliss set) & Glitz Design (Distressing Set 3)
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar Mixed Media: black & Limited Edition Pigment: wheatgrass)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Flower: Prima Marketing
Pins: Maya Road
Pearls: Michael's brand
Lace/Button: craft supply

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut pink paper slightly smaller, then distress ink the edges.  Cut a cream damask paper block, distress ink the edges and adhere to the bottom of the pink paper.  Adhere the entire paper block to the card front.  Stamp the post card background to the top of the pink paper.  Distress ink a white doily, then adhere to the front, wrapping the right side around the card edge.  Wrap pink lace around the middle, then tie black gingham ribbon around the lace.  Thread a button around the bow's center using twine.  Adhere the flower and pearls to the card front.  Cut a banner edges to a scripted paper strip, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Wrap the sentiment around a clear topped stick pin, then adhere into the flower along with a heart topped pin to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Ribbon Carousel #39- anything goes
-CropStop challenge #57- wedding/anniversary

If you haven't checked out the amazing anniversary celebration we have going on at the CPS Blog, then you really should!  There are a lot of great sponsors, chances to win prizes, and one amazing GRAND PRIZE for one person who completes each sketch that we have done for the anniversary event.  Check each anniversary post for the details on how to win!! 

Well, that is all I have to share with you for now!  Check back soon, because we are having a special Key Ingredients blog hop today!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

PTI 5th Anniversary: Day 2

Hey there, everyone!!  Did you have a fun Superbowl Sunday?  We had our small group from church over for the game, and ate lots of yummy football food!  {Which basically means lots of chips & dip and appetizers.  It was fabulous!}  I didn't care at all about the teams playing in the game, but it was definitely at least a good one!  And of course, I enjoyed watching the commercials.  My favorite is a tie between the first Budweiser commercial about prohibition ending, and the slingshot baby Doritos commercial.  What about you?

This week Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 5th anniversary, which is such a great milestone!  I didn't get a chance to take part in the day 1 activities, but on today's 5th Anniversary Post there were some digital freebies offered up, and I created two cards with them!  Here is my first card:
"Happiest of Birthdays" supplies:
Cardstock/Digital Stamp/Stamp/Felt: Papertrey Ink
Paper/Brad/Tag: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Blush" 6x6 pad)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz
Buttons: My Mind's Eye (black) & Papertrey Ink (pink) 
Seam Binding: The Cat's Pajamas
Twine: May Arts
Dies: Papertrey Ink (ric-rac border), Spellbinders (circle) & WPlus9 (circle stacker)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sewing Machine: Brother
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut black dotted paper slightly smaller.  Cut three tags from patterned paper, distress the edges and adhere to the black dotted paper.  Zigzag stitch along the edges, and in-between the tags, then adhere the entire paper block to the card front.  Tie a bow from seam binding, and adhere it to the top of the middle tag.  Thread three buttons with twine, and adhere them to the top of each tag.  Diecut the doily and digital circle sentiment, distress the edges, and layer together.  Stamp the sentiment to a banner diecut, adhere to the sentiment circle with a brad, then adhere the entire sentiment to the card front using foam adhesive.  Cut two pieces of felt using a ric-rac die, then twist together to make two felt roses.  Adhere them to the side of the sentiment circle to finish. 

Card Challenges Used: 
-Color Throwdown #177- black, melon, white
-Fab N Funky #106- use a digi image

Since my first card was pretty detailed, and full of layers....I decided to go clean and simple with my second card.  I think it turned out so cute!! 
"Bee Mine! Sweetie" supplies: 
Cardstock/Digital Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Paper/Diecuts/Button: My Mind's Eye (Love Me 6x6 pad)
Twine: May Arts
Punch: Fiskars (scalloped heart)
Die: Spellbinders (circle)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

Instructions:  Make card from kraft cardstock.  Diecut a circle from the upper left corner, then adhere the digitally printed sentiment underneath it.  Punch a scalloped circle from striped paper, and adhere to the side of the circle.  Add the diecut sentiment banner, then adhere a twine threaded button to the top of it.  Adhere a diecut number border to the bottom of the card, and tie twine across the top of it.  Fussy cut a banner, then zigzag stitch below the red numbers.  Adhere a circle diecut to the middle of the red numbers using foam adhesive to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-One Stop Craft Challenge #168- for the one I love
-Truly Scrumptious #73- love & hearts
-The Pixie Cottage #106- clean & simple
-Little Red Wagon #118- valentine's day
-Creative Belli #136- hearts/valentine's
-Top Tip Tuesday #69- valentine's

Well, that is everything that I have to share with you for now!  I hope that you've enjoyed my cards, and that you enjoy your evening! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

WPlus9 February 2012 - Group Post

Hey there, everyone!  I hope that you had a wonderful Saturday!  We went over to Spokane to watch a cheer competition with some friends whose daughters were competing in it.  AND, my sweet cousin Molly was also competing with her gym in Spokane...so I got to see her cheer too!  It was a fun time!  If you are new to visiting my blog, you might not know that I cheered for 12 years of my life....from the age of 8 as a Pop Warner cheerleader, to the age of 20 at University of Montana.  Cheerleading was a HUGE part of my life, and I really hope that if we ever have a daughter, she will be interested in it too.  I was painfully shy before joining Pop Warner, and cheerleading brought me out of my shell, helped me make friends easier, and was just a really positive part of who I became as a person.

Anyways....moving on!  Tonight is group post night, ending the WPlus9 release week!  This is my favorite part of the week...because I love to go over to Dawn's blog and see all of the design team's projects together in one post.  It is always so fun to see how each person used the new product so differently!  I decided to focus mainly on the new dies, and paired them up with items from the last release to make a fabulous Valentine's day card!  here is what I created:
  "Be Mine Valentine" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, vintage cream) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Love Me 6x6 paper pad) 
Doily: Wilton
Stamps: WPlus9 (Spring Tags, Heartfelt Mix & Love You More sets)
Dies: WPlus9 (Timeless Tags, Love Notes, Hearts & Clouds)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: cranberry, antique pewter) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Jewel: Westrim Crafts
Buttons: American Crafts & SEI
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Sewing Machine: Brother
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from kraft cardstock, then round the bottom corners.  Fold a doily in half, and adhere to the right side of the card.  Stamp the bird's wire to the card front.  Diecut the tags, hearts, bird & envelope from cardstock & patterned papers.  Cover the back of the diecut bird with cardstock, and adhere to the top of the line.  Cover the back of the envelope with dotted paper and adhere to the card.  Adhere two of the diecut hearts to the larger tag, and stitch down the middle.  Add dimension to the top heart, then adhere the tag next to the envelope.  Stamp the smaller tag and then accent with a heart jewel.  Adhere the tag next to the larger tag.  Add a tiny diecut heart to the larger heart, then add a twine threaded button to the corner.  Adhere it next to the smaller tag.  Stamp the tops of each item hanging from the line with a clothespin.  Cut the mini banners and adhere them in between each hanging item.  Tie a bow from striped twill, stitch a button around the center of it with twine and adhere to the end of the bird's line.  Stamp the sentiment to the bottom, and then add a twine threaded button to the other side of the line to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-The Kraft Journal #56- so romantic
-The Shabby Tea Room #99- love is in the air
-CAS-ual Fridays #38- on the red carpet (my card is inpsired by the movie "You've Got Mail")

Be sure to check out Dawn and the rest of the WPlus9 designer's blogs to see what they have created for our group post this month! 
Don't forget to check the Winner's Post to see if you might have won some of these new stamps and dies!  {You could only win if you commented on Dawn's blog...so keep that in mind for the next release if you didn't do that!}  The other great part about group post is that it means the new stamp sets and dies are available for sale!!  So, head on over to the WPlus9 Website and be sure to pick up the must haves on your list!!

I hope that you have a wonderful day, and be sure to check back tomorrow when we do our design team group post!  It is my fave part of the week! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, February 3, 2012

WPlus9 February 2012 - Full Reveal

Hey there, everyone!!  Tonight is the night that Dawn shares the full reveal of this month's stamp set and die release!  You will be able to see each stamp set & die in its entirety, and chose which ones you want most...I am thinking you will just want all of them.  Tee hee!  This has been a really great release!

Before you head on over to Dawn's blog to check out the full reveal at midnight EST, I have another card to share with you.  I mixed one of the new stamp sets with an older set and it worked perfectly for my vintage looking card.  Here is what I created!
"Celebrate Today" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Rosy" 6x6 pad)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Folk Art Florals & Very Vintage Greetings sets)
Dies: WPlus9 (Circle Stackers 1)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: cranberry) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon: May Arts
Flower: Prima Marketing
Lace: craft supply
Border Punch: Fiskars (apron lace) 
Circle Punch: Marvy Uchida
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sewing Machine: Brother

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut a block of vintage collage paper, and distress ink the edges.  Punch an apron lace border to striped paper, adhere to the bottom of the collage paper and zig-zag stitch along the edges.  Adhere a piece of lace to the top of the paper block, then adhere the entire block to the card front.  Cut a banner edge to three strips of patterned paper, then distress ink the edges.  Adhere to the upper left corner of the card, then zig-zag stitch along the top of them.  Diecut the two circle layers from patterned paper, distress ink the edges, and layer together with foam adhesive.  Punch a circle from vintage cream cardstock, and distress ink the edges.  Stamp the floral accent and sentiment to it, adhere to the circle stack, then accent it with a pearl.  Adhere to the entire circle stack to the card front using foam adhesive.  Tie a bow from black gingham ribbon, then layer to the card front with a flower to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Our Craft Lounge #103- up in the air (trapeze graphic on paper)
-Inky Impressions #44- pearls & /or bling
-Stamptacular Sunday #149- diamonds or pearls

Be sure to check out Dawn and the rest of the WPlus9 designer's blogs to see what they have created this week with the new stamp sets and dies! 
Don't forget to check the Winner's Post to see if you might have won some of these new stamps and dies!  {You could only win if you commented on Dawn's blog...so keep that in mind for the next release if you didn't do that!}  Also...you still have time to win the ENTIRE RELEASE!  Head over to Dawn's blog (linked above) and comment on her full reveal post by 10:00pm EST TONIGHT!

I hope that you have a wonderful day, and be sure to check back tomorrow when we do our design team group post!  It is my fave part of the week! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.