Saturday, March 31, 2012

WPlus9 April 2012 Release: Day 1

Hey there, everyone!!  Welcome to day one of the April WPlus9 release week!  We have A LOT of new stamp sets, dies, and more for you in the next 5 days...you are going to love it!!  We have so much packed into each night, and you are going to just love all the inspiration.  First up- here is a little bit of information on each item that you will see tonight:

Damask Doilies
  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 10 stamps; 4 images and 6 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
Onesie Twosie
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 44 stamps; 4 onesie images, 14 sentiments and accent images, and the numbers 0-9 in two styles
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
Onesie Twosie Companion Die
  • coordinates with the Onesie Twosie stamp set
  • two separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
Background Builders: Knit
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 7 stamps; 5 background building strips and 2 smaller scaled builders
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
 I used the Background Builders: Knit and Damask Doilies for my card tonight, but never fear!  I am sure that I will use Onsie Two-sie & its matching dies before the week's end!! :)  I stuck with a very clean and simple design for my card tonight....almost a one layer card.  Here is what I created:
"Congratulations on your Engagement" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (smooth white)
Patterned Paper: My Little Shoebox (Heartfelt: Cheryl)
Stamps/Die: WPlus9 (Background Builders: Knit & Damask Doilies sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: lime, antique pewter & Donna Salazar Mixed Media: chiffon) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Flowers: Recollections
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from smooth white cardstock, then round the upper right corner.  Ink the background stamp with three different ink colors, then stamp along the left side of the card.  Stamp the smaller borders in an opposite color to the right of the first stamped image.  Stamp the doily to the bottom of the stamped border.  Diecut the banner from pink ledger paper, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Adhere the sentiment banner coming from the doily middle, then accent with three paper flowers.  Add three matching jewels underneath the stamped sentiment banner to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Color Throwdown #185- lucky limemade, basic grey, regal rose, black
-Paper Sundaes #113- spring blossoms
-Lily Pad Cards challenge- flowers
-52 Card Pickup #13- anything goes

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 team has created with this amazing, new stamp sets!  And don't forget...there are usually giveaways every night on Dawn's blog!! ;)

I will be back tomorrow night, using more of the new release items from WPlus9!  Hope to see you back then! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

I Love You so Very Much!

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  I hope this posts find you having a glorious spring day!  The early part of our day was full of sunshine, but now it seems the clouds have decided to move on in.  Such is spring in Montana!!

I wanted to just write up a quick post today and share my CPS card, where we were sponsored by The Stamps of Life this week.  I have been envisioning a card using hearts in this manner, and it finally came together!  Here is what I created:
"I Love You so Very Much!" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (white) & Papertrey Ink (kraft) 
Paper/Jewels/Lace: Glitz Design (Beautiful Dreamer: polka, Pretty In Pink: ledger, toile, music, stripe & Happy Travels: planes, floral, stripe, bicycle)
Stamps: The Stamps of Life (quote2love set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: frost white)
Twine: My Mind's Eye
Pin: Maya Road
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: My Favorite Things (hearts) & WPlus9 (banner)
Sewing Machine: Brother
Thread: Coats & Tails

Instructions: Make card from white cardstock, then round the bottom corners.  Diecut the hearts from different patterened papers, and adhere to the bottom of the card.  Zig-zag stitch through the middle of each row of hearts.  Wrap lace and twine directly above the hearts, tie a double bow from the twine, and then accent the middle with a jewel.  Diecut the banner from kraft cardstock, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Adhere it to the top of the card, then zig-zag stitch along the right side of it.  Thread a heart topped pin through the stitching on the sentiment banner.  Accent the banner and hearts with pink jewels to finish.

Card Challenges Used: 
-The Friday Mashup #52- colorful twine
-PaperCrafting Journey #6- photo inspiration
-Do You Stack Up #65- stitching

Well, that is everything I have to share right now.  I hope to see you check back tonight for the first post of this month's WPlus9 release!!  ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Grand Greetings": Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week

Hey there, everyone!!  Well, my post is super late...but late is better than never! Tee hee!  Tonight I am featuring the new stamp set called "Grand Greetings" by Lawn Fawn, which includes some really fabulous super-sized sentiments!  The fonts are really fun as well....so if you love sentiments, then this is a Lawn Fawn set that will be a must have!!

My card is fairly simple, but I wanted to make sure that the gorgeous flowers and sentiment took center stage!  Can I just say...I LOVE the feathers being used as the leaves on the red flower!!!  They make me just happy for some reason!! :)  Here is my card:
"Sending Love" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side: upbeat)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Grand Greetings set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Flowers: EK Success (felt), Maya Road (ribbon), & Prima Marketing (paper)
Lace: vintage craft supply
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Round the upper right corner, then distress ink the top half of the card.  Cut a block of printed kraft paper, distress in the edges and adhere to the bottom of the card.  Stamp the sentiment to the top of the kraft paper.  Adhere lace around the top of the kraft paper, then adhere the two larger flowers to the card front.  Layer the paper flower and ribbon flower next to the red flower.  Add a jewel to the middle of the black flower to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Party Time Tuesday #61- anything goes
-Ribbon Carousel #46- anything goes
-Simon Say Stamp challenge- anything goes

I know I am a little late to the game, but my fellow Lawn Fawn designers all created some amazing projects with "Grand Greetings" as well.  Be sure to check them out!
 
I hope that you have enjoyed my creations for this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week!  Have a great rest of your night! ♥♥♥ 
 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Flying By": Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to another Lawn Fawn inspiration post!  Tonight we are featuring a new mini set called "Flying By", which features paper airplanes as the main images!!  You will love this little stamp set!!   By the way- did you happen to check out the Bright Side projects that were posted last night by our layout girls?  If not, you should....they were amazing!!

I thought this was perfect for a more clean & simple approach, and it has actually been awhile since I have done something more graphic in nature!  I've kind-of been piling on the layers and product lately...so it is a nice change.  Here is what I created!
"Flying by to Say Hi" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime: Wax Bottles)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Flying By set) 
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen) 
Twine: Lawn Fawn (natural cord)
Button: craft supply

Instructions:  Make card from kraft cardstock.  Cut a strip of star paper, distress ink the edges and adhere to the left side of the card.  Cut a block of kraft cardstock and adhere it to the right side, popping just the left side of the block with foam adhesive.  Stamp the flight pattern, paper airplane and sentiment to the bottom of the kraft block.  Tie a double bow from twine, thread a button around the middle, then adhere to the left side of the flight pattern to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Lawnscapings #30- inspired by another crafter (Laura Bassen)
-Little Red Wagon #125- clean & simple
-Creative Belli #139- clean & simple

I hope that you've enjoyed my card for "Flying By"!  Be sure to check out what the other designers have created as well! 

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog as well, because there will be lots of giveaways! 

I will be back tomorrow night with a card featuring another new new mini stamp set!  Have a great day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Big Hugs

Happy Monday, everyone!  Considering the afternoon is almost over here, I certainly hope that you had a great day!  I just wanted to pop in really quick, and share a card using the March Key Ingredients kit.  The kit features Echo Park's "This & That" Graceful 6x6 paper pad and matching brads...along with the usual matching cardstock, and ribbon.  This collection is full of gorgeous colors and has a vintage feel, but still plenty of options to keep it clean and simple!

My favorite sheet of paper in this collection is called "Yardsticks".  It is full of multi-color rulers and measuring tapes....and I just love it!  You will see that I used it at the top of my card, and diecut the larger butterfly from it.  Here is what I created!
    "Big Hugs" supplies: 
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Wreath of Love set) 
Ink: Tsukineko (versafine: onyx black)
 Felt: Papertrey Ink
Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Pins: craft supply
Butterfly Die: My Favorite Things
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Please see the March Key Ingredients Inspiration Sheet for the steps to create this card!

Card Challenges Used:
-The Pink Elephant #141- butterflies
-CES Challenge #78- photo inspiration
-PaperPlay #12- spring colors
-Simon Says Stamp challenge- bingo card (charms, diecuts, ribbon)
-Cute Card Thursday #209- anything goes

That is all I have for now!  Please stop back by tonight when I share my next card for Lawn Fawn inspiration week!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Spring!

**If you are looking for my Lawn Fawn "Critters Ever After" post, please CLICK HERE or just scroll down to the next post!  Thanks!**

Happy Sunday, everyone!!  I hope that you have had a good weekend so far!  Ours has been pretty quiet, which is nice.  We went to a place called the Burger Shack for lunch yesterday...and it was pretty good.  The burgers are ginormous, and they had tons of interesting options!  I went plain jane with a bacon cheeseburger, but my hubby a portobello mushroom burger with blue cheese sauce...he said it was awesome!!  We have been trying to go on lunch dates each Saturday to a place we've never eaten at...and it is really fun!  It doesn't happen every weekend, but at least we try!  After running to Costco to get some much needed groceries, we picked up "The Three Muskateers" from Redbox, and had a nice evening at home.

Today is my last Sunday as the Flourishes Limelight Designer, and I created a sweet little spring card to round my month out.  I have really enjoyed using the Flourishes stamps- they are great quality, and the images & sentiments are just so pretty!!  I did a little write up on white balance on my Flourish's blog post today, so go check that out if you are interested.  Here is the card I created!
"Happy Spring!" supplies:
Cardstock: Flourishes (classic ivory)
Paper: Glitz Design (Beautiful Dreamer: damask, floral, polka, houndstooth)
Stamps: Flourishes (Spring is Sprung set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar mixed media: honey & Chalk: pink sky)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon: May Arts (pink) & Really Reasonable Ribbon (cream)
Twine: May Art
Buttons: American Crafts (aqua) & SEI (pink)
Pearls: Michael's brand
Dies: Spellbinders (Lacey Circles & Labels Eighteen)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  make card from cream cardstock.  Cut aqua paper slightly smaller, distress the edges and adhere. Cut floral paper slightly smaller than the aqua layer, distress the edges and adhere.  Cut a banner from heart paper, distress the edges and adhere.  Curl down the upper right corner of the floral paper and adhere.  Diecut the lacey circle from houndstooth paper, distress the edges and adhere to the middle.  Diecut the label from cream cardstock, and distress ink the edges.  Stamp the image and sentiment to it, then adhere to the top of the circle diecut.  Tie a double bow from cream seam binding and adhere to the upper corner of the label.  Make a rosette from pink ribbon, accent the middle with pearls and then adhere to the middle of the double bow.  Thread two buttons with thread and adhere to the opposite corner, then add an additional pearl to finish.

Card Challenges Used: 
-The Pixie Cottage #113- Easter or spring
-Divas by Design #27- distressing
-Tuesday Throwdown #90- spring cleaning (use old or forgotten supplies)
-There She Goes #148- Easter & animals

Once again, thank you to Flourishes for having me as your Limelight Designer for the month of March!  I had a wonderful time using your stamps, and creating lovely projects for each Sunday post.  That is all I have for now, so I hope that you all have a great rest of your day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Critters Ever After": Lawn Fawn Inspiration week

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to the March Lawn Fawn inspiration week!!  We have a fun week in store for you, showcasing projects using some of the newly released stamps and the "Bright Side" paper line.  You should see all of the new items in your favorite store that carries Lawn Fawn, and of course, you can purchase what you like from the Lawn Fawn website as well!

Tonight we are sharing projects using "Critters Ever After", the latest in the Critters series by Lawn Fawn.  The critters are such a popular stamp collection, and it seemed fitting to carry a stamp set of magical critters, don't you think?  This stamp set, particularly the unicorn, makes me think back on my days in elementary school when I was obsessed with Lisa Frank.  I had stickers upon stickers upon stickers, not to mention school folders & notebooks, stationary...who knows what else!  My favorite folder ever had a purple and pink unicorn on it, which you will see I used on my card as well!  Such great memories of being a kid!

Before I share my card, I wanted to also share that Bazzill Basics has done a Lawn Fawn color match for the Bright Side paper and Bazzill Basics cardstock.  This is such a great tool, and really makes sure that you get perfectly matched cardstock.  We have the matching Bazzill cardstock, and let me tell you....it really does match perfectly.  Bazzill definitely knows what they are doing!  And as Lawn Fawn adds new collections to their arsenal, it will get updated on this color match page!  So, with all that said...here is the card that I created for tonight!
  "May All Your Dreams Come True" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (whirlpool) & Papertrey Ink (smooth white)
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side 6x6 pad)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Critters Ever After & Bon Voyage set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Glitter: DecoArt
Colored Pencils: Heidi Swapp
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Dies: Lil Inkers (rainbow), My Favorite Things (heart) & Papertrey Ink (grass layers)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from smooth white cardstock.  Cut a whirlpool cardstock block slightly smaller, round the upper corner and adhere to the front.  Diecut the two grass layers from patterned paper, and adhere to the bottom of the card.  Stamp the sentiment to the bottom of the card, and finish with a stamped heart.  Diecut the rainbow layers from patterned paper, adhere to the right side of the card and trim off the excess.  Diecut the heart from patterned paper, and adhere to the bottom of the rainbow.  Stamp the cloud & heart to white cardstock, cut-out, adhere and color in the heart.  Stamp the castle to patterned papers, cut-out, layer together and adhere.  Stamp the unicorn to cardstock & patterned paper, cut-out and layer together.  Color in the hooves & horn, cover in glitter and adhere to the card front. Color in the windows and door handles on the castle with a black pen, then stamp a heart on the doors.  Add jewels to the rainbow to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Papertake Weekly- Bingo card (diecuts, free, glitter)
-The Corrosive challenge #145- inspired by a fairy tale, nursery rhyme or fable

I hope that you've enjoyed my card for "Critters Ever After"!  Be sure to check out what the other designers have created as well! 

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog as well, because there will be lots of giveaways! 

Tomorrow's inspiration post will feature the lovely layout ladies of the Lawn Fawn DT, so I will be taking the night off.  I will be back after that with a card featuring a cute new mini stamp set!  Have a great day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Key Ingredients Blog Hop

Hey there, everyone!!  I hope you have had a wonderful start of your week so far!  Our puppies went to the groomer yesterday, and while our yorkie doesn't look very different....our cocker spaniel sure does!  She is a bit of a nervous nelly, so we go to the groomer as little as possible and let her grow out until we just can't stand it anymore.  Then she gets shaved down at the groomer, and looks SO tiny!!  Her fur gets really fluffy when it is really long, so she looks SO different, but SO cute!

Today is the Key Ingredients Blog Hop, and also a challenge for our subscribers to use their March kits as well!!  The theme for March is "Spring into Organization", and I can admit...I racked my brain thinking of something to do for this.  Then I thought...."how perfect would it be to create little tags that go into my card storage bins to let me know where each theme begins?  It will be so much easier to find cards that I am looking for!"  And this is what I came up with:
All of the product besides the pen came from the March Key Ingredients kit!!  I chose to use my handwriting, but you could always print your different sections onto a sheet of patterned paper and then cut out the little banners as shown.  

Don't forget that we do a subscriber challenge now as well!! 

Key Ingredients Subscriber Challenge
 And be sure to check out what the rest of the Key Ingredients design team have created for this fun blog hop!! 
I hope that you have a great rest of your day!!  ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.
 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Congratulations

Hey there, everyone!  Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was fun, and pretty busy!  It felt like we were constantly on the run somewhere, or I was baking something.  I made the coolest rainbow cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day...I loved how they turned out!  We dropped off a baby gift to some friends and chatted with them for awhile.  Then we hung out with some other friends and ate corned beef & cabbage, drank green beer (or green Muscato for me...not much of a beer drinker), and watched Boondock Saints.  Then after church last night we watched The Walking Dead season finale....it was AWESOME!  And I cannot believe we have to wait until FALL for more episodes.

Today I have my third post as the Flourishes Limelight Designer to share with you!  My card is inspired by an image of a decorated room that I found while searching in google images.  If you want to see the inpsiration photo, please go to my Inspired by a Room post on the Flourishes blog.  The photo is fabulous, and is very close to what I want our room to look like when I am done decorating it!  Here is my card!
"Congratulations" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft)
Paper/Jewel: Glitz Design (Happy Travels: floral, planes, stripe)
Fabric image: Crafty Secrets
Stamps: Flourishes (Tag Lines set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate)
Twine: May Arts
Button: craft supply
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Pinking Shears/Border Punch: Fiskars (upper crest)
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from kraft cardstock, then round the bottom corners.  Cut blue paper slightly smaller, round the bottom corners, sand the edges and adhere.  Punch an upper crest border to striped paper and sand the edges.  Cut a brown flower strip, sand the edges, and adhere the punched border to the bottom.  Adhere the entire paper block to the card front.  Cut a banner edge from striped paper, sand the edges and wrap twine around the middle of it.  Adhere to the left side of the card.  Cut around the top and two edges of a fabric vintage image, and adhere to the front.  Tie a double bow from twine, adhere to the top of the vintage image and add a jewel to the center of it.  Cut a banner edge to a striped paper strip, and sand the edges.  Stamp the sentiment to it, then adhere tot he right side of the card.  Thread a button with twine and adhere to the left side of the sentiment strip to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Do You Stack Up #63- favorite color (aqua)
-City Crafter challenge #100- things in my heart
-The Kraft Journal #63- anything goes

There you have it, my cute little baby card inspired by a room!  I just love that cute vintage image, and have been wanting to find some inspiration to use it!  Now I finally have...and I love that!  I have had it in my stash forever!  

Well, that is everything that I have for you right now! I hope that you have a wonderful day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nina B Designs Dream Team Blog Hop #1

Welcome to the first ever Nina B Designs Dream Team Blog Hop! We are so thrilled to have you join us on this very special day. My friends and I have some projects to show you that feature the Nina B Designs' Spellbinders™ Paper Arts (Home Sweet Home and Sewing Elements), The Craft's Meow Stamps, and Want2Scrap bling.

I decided to go a little shabby chic, and paired Nina's dies & stamps with a beautiful vintage image and soft, mostly neutral papers.  Here is my project:
"Hello, Friend" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper/Brad: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Blush" & "Rosy" 6x6 pads)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard dye: chocolate)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon: The Cat's Pajamas
Jewels: Glitz Design
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Flowers: Michael's brand
Glitter: DecoArt
Doily Die: My Favorite Things

Instructions: Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut three blocks of patterned paper, distress the edges, and layer together to the card front.  Diecut a doily from vintage cream cardstock, distress the edges and adhere to the middle of the top paper layer.  Diecut the wings from book paper, then adhere with a vintage image to the top of the doily.  Cover a chipboard frame in glitter, and adhere over top of the vintage image & wings.  Tie a double bow from pink seam binding, and adhere to the corner of the frame.  Diecut the tag from striped paper, distress ink the edges and stamp the sentiment to it.  Accent the sentiment tag with a brad, then adhere to the top of the bow.  Add three flowers to the opposite corner, then accent the card with three jewels to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger- simple elegance
-The Ribbon Reel #23- newsprint or bookprint
-Paper Sundaes #111- feminine flair
-Our Creative Corner challenge- bingo card (brads, pink, flower)

Now we can't have a hop without giveaways, can we? I added a fun twist to the giveaways. There is a prize hidden in each of the designers' blogs, so, I encourage you to comment on each of them to be entered in all the drawings. Now the rules:
  • The prizes are hidden in the blogs and winners will be drawn randomly.
  • One comment per blog please.
  • The giveaways are open to everybody in the world!
  • The winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 21.
  • This is not required, but if you have projects using NinaB Designs stamps, dies and/or bling (see tabs above), please upload it to the NinaB Designs Flickr gallery, so we can all see your beautiful work. And who knows, I may have a Flickr fan giveaway someday :).
  • This is not required, but please consider liking the following Facebook pages: NinaB Designs, Spellbinders Paper Arts, The Craft's Meow and Want2Scrap. These companies provided some of the prizes today. Join me in thanking them and tell them NinaB Designs sent you. Thank you, friends. :)
Here are the prizes that are being given away - 11 prizes and 11 stops in the hop:


Thank you for joining in my excitement with this fabulous team! Now, go be inspired as you visit these talented ladies:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Let's Toast the Happy Couple

Happy Sunday, everyone!!  I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend so far!  Ours has been pretty quiet and normal...I cleaned and did laundry, we ran errands, I read quite a bit and Josh played his new game.  We watched Puss In Boots together on Friday night, and it was SO cute and funny!  Totally has adult humor in it that would completely go over a kid's head...I like when a cartoon can appeal to an entire family.

Sunday means it is time for the Flourishes Limelight Designer post, and this week I did a wedding card with some really pretty stamps.  I did a little photography tutorial on the Flourishes blog post, so you will want to go check that out if you want some tips on photographing your projects.  Feel free to ask me questions there or here on this post...and I will answer as best I can.  Here is what I created!
  "Let's Toast the Happy Couple" supplies: 
Cardstock: Flourishes (classic ivory)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Sunshine" & Follow Your Heart "Be Amazing" 6x6 pads)
Stamps: Flourishes (Wedded Bliss set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black & Momento Dye: london fog)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon/Twine: May Arts
Flowers: Recollections
Buttons: American Crafts
Pearls: Zva Creative
Dies: WPlus9 (Label Layers 2 & Label Layers 3) & Spellbinders (Labels 18)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from classic ivory cardstock.  Cut grey striped paper slightly smaller, distress ink the edges and adhere.  Diecut a label from yellow paper, distress ink the edges and adhere to the middle.  Diecut a label from black damask paper, distress ink the edges and adhere to the center.  Fold the ribbon as shown, and adhere over top of the layered labels.  Diecut the next label from classic ivory cardstock, distress ink the edges and stamp the image & sentiment to it.  Adhere to the center of card using foam adhesive.  Thread two yellow buttons with twine and adhere on each side of the stamped label.  Accent the upper right corner of the stamped label with paper flowers.  Adhere pearl flourishes and single pearls to the stamped label to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
- The Play Date Cafe #122- charcoal, ash, butter
-Stampin' Sisters in Christ #130- light & dark
-Totally Gorjuss #122- anything goes with a button
-Sweet Stampin' challenge- lots of layers
-Colour Create #91- yellow, grey, black, white
-Fab N Funky #111- focus on yellow
-The Stamping Boutique #28- pearls & swirls

Well, that is everything that I have to share with you today!  I hope that you have enjoyed my post, and if you went and checked out my photography tips at the Flourishes blog...I hope that they helped some!  Have a great rest of your Sunday!! 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Nina B Designs Dream Team

Happy Friday, everyone!  I said in my post yesterday that I have some fun news to share, and I am here today to share it with you!!  My crafting friend, Nina Brackett, has asked me to be part of her Dream Team!  Nina designs stamps for The Craft's Meow, diecut sets for Spellbinders, and bling stickers for Want 2 Scrap.  Nina decided that she needed a group of crafters to showcase her product each month, and thus- the Dream Team was born!  I am super excited to be part of her team, and use all of her fabulous product!!

In celebration of the announcement, I have created a card using one of Nina's stamp sets designed for The Craft's Meow.  Here is what I created!
  "A Special Note" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper/Twine: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Breeze" 6x6 paper pad) 
Doily: Wilton
Stamps: The Craft's Meow (Sent with Love set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Chalk: blue lagoon & Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Button: American Crafts
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Ribbon: May Arts
Dies: WPlus9 (Label Layers 1 & Timeless Tags)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions:  Make card from orange cardstock.  Cut ledger paper slightly smaller, and distress ink the edges.  Distress ink a white doily, and adhere folded in half over the top of the ledger paper block.  Wrap ribbon around the left side of the paper block, then adhere the entire block to the card front.  Fussy cut the banner from patterned paper, distress ink the edges and adhere to the card front.  Diecut the label and tag from patterned papers and distress ink the edges.  Stamp the image & sentiment to the tag, and adhere to the label cut using foam adhesive.  Tie a double bow from twine, thread a button around the middle and adhere it to the tag top.  Adhere the entire sentiment block to the top of the card.  Add jewels to the bottom side of the banner to finish.

-Totally PaperCrafts #107- my favorite things (aqua, graphic patterned paper, stamps)
-52 Card Pickup #10- anything goes

 I would also like to share the rest of the talented crafters that are on the Dream Team with me, and Nina created this lovely graphic!

Well, that is everything that I have to share with you today! I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your Friday, and a great start to your weekend!! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

JustRite Guest Designer Reveal

Happy Thursday, everyone!  How has your week been so far?  Mine has been a good one!  My brother and I went to see Tim Tebow speak (well, more like get interviewed) yesterday!  I adore him, so I was very excited to go to the event!  Plus the ticket proceeds benefited a great organization in our city, so it was worth it.  Tim Tebow was surprisingly soft spoken....not quiet, but not in your face like most NFL players.  He seemed so genuine and truthfully....still very innocent and not jaded.  He was funny and witty and charming....just as would be expected.  Casey and I had a great time...it would have only been better if we could have met him! Tee hee! :)

Well, I have three cards to share with you today!  I was the guest designer this week at the JustRite Stampers blog, and I can now reveal the three projects I created on my blog.  So, this post might get a little lengthy...but hopefully you will still be inspired!  Here is my first card:
"Keep Calm and Trust God" supplies: 
Cardstock/Medium Scallop Die: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper/Crown Sticker: Glitz Design (Beautiful Dreamer: floral, polka)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Just Keep Calm set)
Label Die: JustRite Stampers (Nested Medallion Labels)
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar Mixed Media: leather, chiffon, peridot)
Seam Binding: The Cat's Pajamas
Lace: craft supply
Twine: May Arts
Flowers: Recollections
Pearls: Michael's brand
Pins: Maya Road
Button: American Crafts
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut floral paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Diecut a scalloped edge from aqua heart paper, sand the edges and adhere to the left side.  Thread pink seam binding through white lace, then wrap around the left side seam.  Tie a double bow from matching seam binding, thread a button around the middle with twine, and adhere to the top of the lace.  Diecut the label from vintage cream cardstock, then stamp the frame & sentiment to it.  Adhere to the card front using foam adhesive, then accent with paper flower and pearls.  Accent the bow area with a crown sticker, a paper flower, and two stick pins to finish.

Card Challenges Used: 
-Divas by Design #25- favorite things (everything on this card are my favorite things to craft with.)
-The Shabby Tea Room #104- aqua, pink, green + a tag
-The Pink Elephant #138- use 3+ layers
-PanPastel #8- use a stamped image
-CES challenge #75- flower frenzy
-Stampin' for the Weekend #4- bingo card (ribbons/bows, lace, diecuts)
-Clearly Inspired #47- anything goes

For my second card, I created a fun little St. Patrick's Day card.  I was also inspired by the card featured on last week's CASE Study, but I am too late to enter it into that challenge.  Here is what I created: 
"Happy St. Patrick's Day" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft) 
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side: upbeat, silver lining) & Bella Blvd (Christmas Wishes: north pole)
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Spring Words set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: frost white)
Twine: May Arts
Jewels/Button: Doodlebug Designs
Dies: My Favorite Things (hearts) & Spellbinders (circle)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sewing Machine: Brother

Instructions:  Make card from kraft cardstock.  Cut chevron kraft paper slightly smaller.  Diecut the hearts from green patterned papers, and layer to the chevron paper.  Cut the shamrock stem from matching paper, and adhere to the front to finish the shamrock shape.  Machine stitch through the middle of each shamrock leaf.  Diecut the circle from kraft cardstock and stamp the sentiment to it.  Adhere the sentiment circle to the middle of the shamrock with foam adhesive, then accent it and the shamrock leaves with jewels.  Tie twine around the bottom of the chevron block, and accent the middle with a green glittery button.  Adhere the entire chevron block to the card front using foam adhesive to finish. 

Card Challenges Used:
-Pixie Dust Studios #117- show us your Irish
-Papercraft Star #87- lucky St. Patrick's Day
-Really Reasonable Ribbon #43- monochromatic green
-Inky Impressions #49- luck of the Irish
-Pile It On #10- spots &/or stripes
-Paper Sundaes #10- green or good luck

And last, but definitely not least is this sweet Easter card.  It is a little non-traditional in terms of product used.  When matching product with the sentiment I wanted to use, I kept coming back to this vintage image of the children playing...and it just looks like they were rejoicing in their cute little Easter bonnets and dresses.  Then I grabbed this sheet of paper that had the children with baskets, searching for what I can only assume is Easter eggs...and thus the card was born!  Here is what I created:
"Rejoice!" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Prima Marketing (Romantique 6x6 paper pad)
Doily: Royal Lace
Vintage Image: Crafty Secrets
Stamps: JustRite Stampers (Easter Blessings & Lace Borders sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard dye: chocolate & Donna Salazar mixed media: honey)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon: Webster's Pages
Flowers: Prima Marketing & Recollections
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Pearls: Michael's brand
Glitter: DecoArt
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut vintage children paper slightly smaller, distress the edges and adhere.  Cut a strip of floral paper, distress the edges and adhere to the bottom.  Stamp the lace border across the floral block, and the sentiment to the lower left corner.  Distress ink a heart doily, and adhere to the front.  Cover a chipboard frame in glitter, add the vintage image to it and adhere to the top of the heart doily.  Cut two bits of floral trim and adhere to each side of the frame.  Accent the right side of the heart top with paper flowers.  Add pink pearls to the leaf vine on the patterned paper, and to the stamped sentiment to finish.

Card Challenges Used: 
-Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #159- 3 colors from photo inspiration
-Pollycraft Monday #130- spring has sprung
-Fussy and Fancy #57- more than words
-Papertake Weekly- anything goes
-PaperCrafting Journey #4- anything goes

Well, that is everything for now!  Thanks for making it all the way to the end of this post!  I have some fun news to share tomorrow, so be sure to check back!  Have a great rest of your day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

JustRite Sneak Peek!

Hey there, everyone!!  I am being featured as a guest designer at the JustRite Stampers inspiration blog this week, and I thought I would share a couple of sneak peeks with you!!

This card is currently up at the blog:
And this one should be up shortly!!
I will be sharing all of my cards on my blog later this week, but until then...please go check them out on the JustRite Stampers blog!!

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pick More Wildflowers

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I hope that your day has been going well so far, and that you had a wonderful weekend.  I went ice skating with my cousin and her family yesterday.  Her daughter, Kyla, wanted to go for her birthday because they had done it on a class trip and she loved it!  Kyla improved so much yesterday while skating, and she had such a good time with her friend that she brought along.  After that we all went to eat at Fuddrucker's together...then Josh and I came home and just relaxed the rest of the evening.  We also had a fun Friday night with friends...so it has been a good weekend for us!

For the month of March, I am the Flourishes Limelight Designer, and I will be bringing a new project to you each Sunday using Flourishes stamps.  I was very excited when Julie emailed me and asked if I would like to do it!  Today my card is all about stamping your images on book paper.  If you want to read what I had to say about this card, please go to my first Limelight Designer post on the Flourishes blog!  Here is what I created:
"Pick More Wildflowers" supplies:
Cardstock/Medium Scallop Die: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper/Paper Layers/Stickers/Lace: Glitz Design (Laced with Grace: floral, stripe)
Stamps: Flourishes (Kids Play & Country Charm Labels sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate)
Ribbon: Michael's brand
Twine: May Arts
Chipboard: Tattered Angels
Button: Bazzill Basics
Glitter: DecoArt
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut paper layer slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Cut a block of floral paper, sand the edges and adhere to the bottom.  Diecut a scalloped edge to green striped paper, sand the edges and adhere to the top of the floral block.  Adhere a strip of lace at the seam.  Tie orange ribbon around the seam, and finish with a double bow.  Stamp the silhouetted girl image directly to the top paper layer.  Stamp the sentiment to a paper strip, cut a banner end and sand the edges.  Adhere the sentiment strip over top of the stamped image, then top with a twine threaded button.  Cover a chipboard butterfly in glitter, then adhere a piece of book paper underneath it.  Adhere it to the right side of the bow, then add a jeweled sticker to it to finish.

Card Challenges Used: 
-Our Creative Corner challenge- inspired by a song (Wildflowers by Tom Petty)
-PaperPlay challenge #9- something old, something new (old: papers, new: stamps)
-Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #74- art inspiration (silhouetted nature of the piece)
 
Isn't that silhouette stamped image just so cute and whimsical!!  I love that I found a sentiment to go just perfectly with it!!  Well, that is everything I have to share with you for now.  I hope that you have a great rest of your Sunday! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Faith, Hope & Happiness

Happy Friday, everyone!!  After taking a few days break from the fun craziness that was the Lawn Fawn inspiration week, I sat back down at my desk and created a lovely Easter card to share with you today.  But before I get to that....I have to chat about American Idol for a moment.  If you have been a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that I love Idol.  Love it.  We watch it every single year...and I love as I start to form favorites, and as each of the contestants wow me in some way.  If you haven't watched the episode yet...then DO NOT READ the next paragraph, and just scroll on past it.   

Last night the Top 13 were picked, and I have to say....I think that America did a pretty good job.  My VERY favorite went through right away....Phil Phillips.  I have loved him since his audition, and every time I hear him sing I like him even more.  He will be the one who gets my votes, for sure.  My favorite female, Erika, didn't make it through on America's vote, but she was chosen to sing as a wild card- and then the judges put her through.  She needs some definite styling help, and I really just hope that she puts on a performance next week that America "gets" and loves.  The other contestants that I am fond of are Jessica, Colton & Jeremy...and for the most part, the rest are bearable.  Deandre gets on my last nerve with the hair flipping and constant falsetto singing...let's hope he gets some coaching on BOTH things.  And I cannot BELIEVE they brought back Jermaine as the 13th guy.  His over attachment to his mother is just weird to me, and his voice is completely irrelevant right now.  Sigh- they should have brought back Johnny Keyser as the 13th guy.  Attractive and completely relevant.  But, what do I know.  I'm no expert in the music industry...I just know what I like to hear.  Tee hee!

Alright...I guess I will move on to my card now, since that is probably what you are here for!! :)  I wanted to make this card, because I think I am just so excited for Spring to get here!  While it is still snowy and gloomy here...playing with my Easter and spring themed goodies helps tide me over until it does actually get to Montana...which is typically 2-3 months after everyone else does.  :)
"Faith, Hope & Happiness" supplies:
cardstock/Scalloped Die: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper: Glitz Design (Beautiful Dreamer: toile, floral, stripe)
Vintage Image: Crafty Secrets
Stamp: WPlus9 (Spring Tags set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black) 
Ribbon: American Crafts (rose) & The Cat's Pajamas (seam binding)
Twine: May Arts
Flower: EK Success
Metal Tag: Making Memories
Buttons: American Crafts
Pins: Maya Road
Charm: Jesse James
Pearls: Michael's brand
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut toile paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Diecut a large scalloped edge to floral paper, sand the edges and adhere to the bottom.  Sand the edges of a vintage Easter image, and adhere to a striped block.  Sand the edges of the striped paper, then adhere to the top.  Adhere the cream flower to the left side of the card, then add the rose ribbon to the right of it.  Tie a double bow from seam binding, adhere a button to the middle of it with twine, and adhere to the top of the cream flower.  Stamp the sentiment to ledger paper strip with a banner edge, sand the edges and wrap around a clear topped pin.  Adhere the pin into the rose ribbon, then add a pearl topped pin with a pink charm.  Accent the upper right corner with twine threaded buttons, and a large pink pearl.  Add three tiny pink pearls to the metal charm to finish. 

Card Challenges Used:
-Cooking it up with Katie #90- your 3 favorite things (fabric flowers, buttons, pins)
-Little Red Wagon #122- use something vintage
-Do You Stack Up challenge #61- things with wings

I can't get over how cute that vintage image is....the little chicks in their Easter bonnets just make me smile!  {Especially the one on the end that is flapping its wings!!  I hope that you enjoyed my shabby little Easter card!  Have a wonderful rest of your day! 

Until later,
~Lea L.