Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Stay Tuned": Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to the last day of our April Lawn Fawn inspiration week!  Today we are showcasing "Stay Tuned", which is a super cute 3x4 stamp set.  You are going to just love the retro images and cute sentiments on this one!

This card is pretty clean and simple, and I just love the fun circle cut out!! Here is what I created:
"You Rock!" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (black) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime: Wax Bottles)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Stay Tuned set)
 Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: strawberry) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon: American Crafts (black dot) & May Arts (canvas stripe)
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Diecut Machine; Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: Spellbinders (circles)

Card Challenges Used:
-Crafty Ann's #62- masculine
-4 Crafty Chicks #86- masculine

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Lawn Fawn team has come up with! 
And don't forget to read each post on the Lawn Fawn blog for the chance at some awesome giveaways!! 
I hope that you have an awesome day!! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Handmade With Love": Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to day three of the April Lawn Fawn inspiration week!  Today we are showcasing a mini stamp set, which is perfect for stamping on the back of your cards or adding to handmade gifts you give people.  It is called "Handmade With Love", and you are going to love it.

I decided to use it on the back of one of my cards today.  It just so happens that the font matches the sentiments in "Grand Greetings", so I used them together!  Here is what I created:
"Happy Birthday" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (smooth white)
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side: Silver Lining) & My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Sunshine" 6x6 pad)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Handmade With Love & Grand Greetings sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: rousillan) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Ruffle: craft supply
Button: DCVW
Pearls: Kaiser Craft

Card Challenges Used: 
-Runway Inspired #10- Nanette Lepore
-Ribbon Carousel #49- get colorful
-Top Tip Tuesday #74- polka dots
-Crafty Creations #166- yellow + your color choice

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Lawn Fawn team has come up with! 
And don't forget to read each post on the Lawn Fawn blog for the chance at some awesome giveaways!! 
I hope that you have an awesome day!! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Claire's ABCs": Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week

Welcome to day two of our April Lawn Fawn inspiration week!!  Today we are showcasing a new alphabet set called "Claire's ABCs".  This is a super cute alpha, and it is a similar font to some of the sentiments that you will see throughout the Lawn Fawn stamp sets.

I created a cute little Earth Day card, combining this alpha set with "On The Mend".  The heart shaped world is from the Give A Hoot Cricut cartridge, and I just think it is adorable!!!  Love that it is heart shaped!  I also used these stitched felt hearts, which I think I have had in my stash for at least 3 years!!  Tee hee!  Glad I found a cute way to use them!!  Here is what I created:
"Please LOVE Me" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft) 
Paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side 6x6 paper pad)
Vellum: The Paper Company
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Claire's ABCs & On The Mend sets)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Felt Hearts: K & Company
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Diecut Machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Give A Hoot by Provo Craft

Card Challenges Used: 
-Fussy & Fancy Friday #61- punches/dies
-The Kraft Journal #67- use your stash

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Lawn Fawn team has come up with! 
And don't forget to read each post on the Lawn Fawn blog for the chance at some awesome giveaways!! 
I hope that you have an awesome day!! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"Flutter By": Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to the April Lawn Fawn inspiration week!  We are having 5 fun filled days full of inspiration and giveaways on the Lawn Fawn blog!!  Today we are showcasing the new "Flutter By" stamp set, which is ultra feminine and full of flowers and butterflies.

I went a little shabby chic with my card, and layered this & that to my heart's content!  I love the glittered doily in the background, and the paper pieced butterfly from the stamp set was the perfect touch to accent the sentiment with.  Here is what I created:
"You Inspire Me" supplies: 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft) 
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 "Blush" 6x6 pad)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Flutter By set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Seam Binding: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Crocheted Trim: May Arts
Fabric Flower: Prima Marketing
Vintage Button/Flower: Crate Paper
Pearls: Michael's brand
Glitter: Deco Art

Card Challenges Used:
-The Friday Mashup! #55- sketch
-The Shabby Tea Room #110- pink, aqua, neutrals + flowers
-Our Craft Lounge #114- vintage buttons
-Charisma Cardz #15- shabby chic
-Fab N Funky #117- lace & pearls

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Lawn Fawn team has come up with! 
And don't forget to read each post on the Lawn Fawn blog for the chance at some awesome giveaways!! 
I hope that you have an awesome day!! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, April 20, 2012

April Key Ingredients Blog Hop

Happy Friday, everyone!!  Welcome to this month's Key Ingredients blog hop!!  Our challenge this month is to get creative with TAGS.  And don't forget that we want our subscribers to play along with us, so be sure to add your projects to the link list on Taylor's blog!!


Today I am sharing a card that uses three of the tags as a background accent.  Here is what I created:
"You Are Beautiful to Me" supplies:
Cardstock/Paper/Ribbon/Flowers: April Key Ingredients kit

Instructions:  Please see the Inspiration Sheet for step by step instructions to recreate!!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Key Ingredients team has come up with for our fun little challenge!! 
And don't forget about the subscriber's challenge as well!!


Key Ingredients Subscriber Challenge

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paper Smooches Stamps Winner!!

Hey there, everyone!  Sorry for being a bit late to choosing the winner...we have family in town, and I have been busy getting ready for them to arrive/them actually arriving!  Here is the winner of the Paper Smooches "Spring Groves" stamp set:
Congratulations!  Please forward  your shipping address to jnllawson @ bresnan.net, and I will forward it onto Kim, who will get the stamps sent off to you.   Thanks to everyone for such sweet comments on my card...I greatly appreciate them!!  I better get going for now, so I hope you have a wonderful day!

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nina B Designs Dream Team April Blog Hop

Welcome to the NinaB Designs's 2nd blog hop! We had a great time last month and we just want to thank you for your enthusiasm and encouraging words. The NBD team has new projects to show you today featuring NinaB Designs Spellbinders™ Paper Arts (Home Sweet Home and Sewing Elements), The Craft's Meow Stamps, and Want2Scrap bling. We have added a new twist to our hop. Not only do we have tons of inspiration for you, but we also are joining in the Crafty Friends' challenge that you can participate in. And of course, there will be prizes up for grabs! You will find more info below.  So now that some of the details are out of the way, here is what I created for the blog hop!!

"You Are A Star" supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (grey)
Paper/Chipboard/Button: My Mind's Eye (Follow Your Heart "Be Amazing" 6x6 paper pad)
Stamps: The Craft's Meow (Telegram set)
Ink: Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Twine: May Arts
Border Punch: Fiskars (upper crest)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: Spellbinders (Home Sweet Home set) *pictured below

 Instructions:  Make card from grey cardstock.  Cut white hexagon paper slightly smaller and adhere.  Cut two strip of patterned paper and adhere to the left side.  Fussy cut a section of hexagons from patterned paper and adhere to the top of the paper strips with foam adhesive.  Stamp the sentiment to a yellow gingham paper strip and adhere to the bottom of the hexagons.  Diecut two stars from patterned papers.  Adhere the striped star to the right of the sentiment using foam adhesive.  Tie a double bow from twine, tread a button around the center and adhere to the middle of the striped star.  Punch an upper crest border to white hexagon paper and adhere below the sentiment.  Thread the smaller diecut star with twine, then adhere to the left of the striped star.  Thread a chipboard button with twine and adhere to one of the left hand hexagons.  Thread three chipboard banner pieces with twine, and adhere to the upper right corner to finish.

I have created my card for some challenges, which will be linked up at the very bottom of this post.  For now, let's get back to the details of the blog hop!

THE CHALLENGE:
If you choose to participate in the challenge, create a new project that uses two die cuts. They don't have to come from two different die cut sets. Then, link it to the Crafty Friends' challenge blog. One participant will win the Sewing Elements dies. You can enter as many as you want.  

THE RULES:
Leave a comment on as many blog hop stops as possible. FOUR commenters left on the NinaB Designs team blogs will be picked to win prizes. One comment per blog please. This is open to our international friends. Here are the links to the NBD team:


THE PRIZES:
There are several prizes to be won. One Crafty Friends' challenge blog participant will be randomly picked to get the Spellbinders' Sewing Elements dies

Four commenters left on the NinaB Designs team blogs will be picked to receive the following:
The Craft's Meow's Lovely Birds set

Finally, please consider liking the following Facebook pages that are represented on today's hop:

We hope you enjoy the projects we're sharing with you today and enter the Crafty Friends challenge as well!  I hope that you have a really great Sunday!! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Card Challenges Used: 
-My Mind's Eye April challenge- hexagons
-Retro Sketches #7
-Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger- three little birds
-Colour Create #94- yellow, blue, white
-Crafty Ann's #62- masculine
-Allsorts challenge #150- buttons & thread
-Crazy 4 Challenges #132- buttons
-Secret Crafter Saturday #181- masculine

Friday, April 13, 2012

Something special to share - and a giveaway

Hey there, everyone!  My friend, Kim Hughes, has asked me to help promote one of her newest stamp sets this month.  When she sent me the email, I was like "Of course!!"  I love Kim's cute stamps...I have been a fan of hers ever since her CHF days, and that is the time that we "got to know" each other as card makers.   We also were both part of the CPS sketch blog team together.

On April 15th, Paper Smooches will release their newest set called "Spring Groves" and I am here today to help promote this sweet set!  This is the sixth stamp set from their "Kismet collection".  Here is what I created with this super cute stamp set!
 "Welcome Spring" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft)
Paper: Simple Stories (Fabulous 6x6 paper pad)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Spring Groves set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate & Pigment: berry)
Flowers: Recollections
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Border Punch: Fiskars (upper crest)

Aren't these stamps just the CUTEST?!  These trees are my very favorite image in the stamp set, but there are a lot of other super adorable images included too!  The other thing I love about Kim's stamps in general is that they stamp so cleanly and are such great quality!  And guess what?  I have one "Spring Groves" stamp set to giveaway to one lucky person!  

You have until midnight on April 15th to leave a comment on this blog post!  I will post the winner here on Monday, April 16th  For more chances to win...please visit:


I hope that you enjoyed my cute little Spring card!!  Have a great rest of your day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Card Challenges Used: 
-Paper Crafting Journey #7- 3+ patterned papers
-The Pixie Cottage #116- paper piecing
-Simon Says Stamp challenge- April Showers bring Spring Flowers
-Little Red Wagon #128- spring colors
-The Kraft Journal #66- April Showers bring May Flowers
-Stampin' Sisters in Christ #134- make a joyful card
-Pile It On #15- All about "S" (spring)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April Key Ingredients Peek

Hey there, everyone!  Just popping in really quick to let you know that this is release week of the April Key Ingredients kit.  Here is a little peek of my card that went up on the Key Ingredients blog today:
Head on over to the blog to see it in its entirety, and for instructions on recreation!  Have a great day, and I will be back tomorrow with something fun!

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WPlus9 April 2012 Release: Group Post

Hey there, everyone!!  Welcome to the group post, which is the last night of our WPlus9 release week!  This means that everything is now for sale in the WPlus9 store, and a final project from all of the design team in one post on Dawn's blog!!  I LOVE seeing everyone's projects together in one post...I think I say that every single release, but it is just true!  We all have such different styles, and it is just so fun to see what everyone comes up with!

I decided to create an Easter card using the brand new Super Star stamp set, while mixing and matching older sets to create a custom Easter sentiment.  I wanted the card to be more faith based, and the starburst in Super Star made for the perfect rising sun.  The resurrection of Jesus is what we celebrate this time of year, and I wanted to create a card with this in mind. 

My new plates were also delivered, and I was able to use the Chevron impression plate...and let me just say, I am super impressed with it!  I have had metal impression plates from other companies and gotten rid of them because they worked horribly, and warped.  The WPlus9 impression plate is sturdy and hard....and it embossed beautifully.  I am SO excited that Dawn has introduced them, and I can't wait to see what other plates she comes up with!  Without further ado, here is what I created!
  "Sending You Easter Blessings" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream, kraft) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard dye: banana, chocolate) 
Lace Trim/Twine: May Arts
Button: American Crafts
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Diecut/Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: WPlus9 (Banner Trio)
Impression Plate: WPlus9 (Chevron)

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock, then round the bottom corners.  Emboss a kraft cardstock block with the chevron impression plate, round the bottom corners and adhere to the bottom of the card.  Stamp the sunburst right above the kraft cardstock block.  Wrap crocheted trim around the top of the kraft block, then tie twine around that into a double bow.  Thread a button around the middle of the bow using matching twine.  Diecut the banner from vintage cream cardstock, stamp the sentiment to it and adhere below the trim.  Accent with brown jewels to finish. 

Card Challenges Used:
-The Pink Elephant #142- clean & simple
-The Kraft Journal #65- spring or Easter
-Fab N Funky #115- embossing
-Simon Says Stamp challenge- favorite tool (corner rounder)
-Paper Sundaes #114- Easter
-One Stop Craft challenge #176- Easter
-Raise the Bar #98- religious Easter

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 team has come up with for group post night!  And be sure to head over to the WPlus9 and pick up your must haves!!
 
I hope you have an awesome rest of your night!! ♥♥♥ 
 
Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, April 2, 2012

WPlus9 April 2012 Release: Day 3

Hey there, all!!  Welcome to day 3 of the April WPlus9 release!  I hope that you are enjoying all the inspiring projects and new products that WPlus9 is coming out with this month.  Tonight we are sharing ANOTHER brand new item never before sold by WPlus9.  You are going to be so excited!!  Here is what we are introducing tonight:

Label Layers 4
  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 9 stamps; 1 frame, 6 sentiment builders, and 2 accent images
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
Label Layers 4 Companion Die
  • coordinates with the Label Layers 4 stamp set
  • two separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
We are also very pleased to announce that we are adding Impression plates to the Wplus9 line. These plates are manufactured by the same company as our Designer Dies. So you can expect the same high quality and lifetime guarantee that you've come to expect from Wplus9.
Chevron Impression Plate
  • 5.75" x 4.5" double sided steel impression plate
  • made in the USA
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
I have a little bit of a sad face right now, because I am waiting on some new sandwich plates to come in for my Cuttlebug...so I couldn't use the impression plate.  :(  But, I will definitely be using it tons once they come in, and I can't wait!!!  So for tonight, I used Label Layers 4 and coordinating dies for my card.  You are going to just LOVE this stamp set....it is definitely a must have!!  Here is what I created:
"Celebrate It's Your Day" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (black) & Papertrey Ink (smooth white) 
Paper/Banners: Heidi Swapp (Sugar Chic 6x6 paper pack)
Stamps/Dies: WPlus9 (Label Layers 4)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: berry) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Flowers: Making Memories (black) & Recollections (aqua, pink)
Metal charm: Making Memories
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Lace: vintage craft supply
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from black cardstock.  Cut cheetah print paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Adhere the scalloped border to the top of the card and the glittered banner to the bottom.  Thread black lace through a metal charm and adhere to the top of the glittered banner.  Add jewels to the metal charm, then adhere matching lace to the top of the scalloped border.  Diecut the bottom label layer from pink paper and then stamp the label image to it.  Diecut the top label layer from white cardstock, stamp the sentiment to it and adhere to the pink layer with foam adhesive.  Accent with jewels, then adhere to the card front with foam adhesive.  Adhere three flowers to the left side of layered labels to finish.  

Card Challenges Used:
-Stamp with Fun #155- non Easter theme
-There Shes Goes #150- metal embellishment

Sigh- so, I am kind-of in love with that card.  I just got these new papers & diecut banners in the mail today...and had to use them right away.  Oh how I have missed Heidi Swapp product, and they mixed perfectly with these amazing WPlus9 stamps & dies!  

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.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

WPlus9 April 2012 Release: Day 2

Hey there, everyone!!  Welcome to day 2 of this month's WPlus9 release week!  So, did you just love the stamp sets & dies that were shown yesterday?  It certainly seems like it, because we have heard TONS of great feedback!!  That is such a delight!  Tonight we have more stamps and dies to share with you.  First up, here is the information on the stamp set for my first card:

Mother's Day Bouquet
  • is a 4x3 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 11 stamps; 6 images and 1 sentiment
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
This is such a pretty mini stamp set, with pretty flowers & a butterfly that are very easy to fussy cut.  You will see that is what I did on my card, and then layered them together to add dimension.  Here is what I created!
 "Happy Mother's Day" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream) 
Paper/Tag: The ScrapCake (My Private Happiness 6x6 paper pad)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Mother's Day Bouquet set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: berry, turquoise, fresh green, moss green & Stephanie Bernard Dye: banana)
Buttons: American Crafts, SEI, & Basic Grey
Seam Binding: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Twine: May Arts
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: Spellbinders (lacey circles) & WPlus9 (label layers 1)
Sandpaper

Instructions:  Make card from vintage cream cardstock.  Cut pink dotted paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.  Cut a block of floral paper, sand the edges and adhere to the top.  Sand the edges of a matching tag and adhere to the middle.  Diecut a lacey circle from plaid paper, sand the edges and adhere to the top of the tag.  Tie a double bow from cream seam binding, thread a button around the middle using twine and adhere to the top of the tag.  Diecut the label from vintage cream cardstock, then stamp the sentiment to it.  Stamp the flowers & leaves to vintage cream cardstock, and cut out.  Adhere to the bottom of the sentiment label, and then accent with jewels.  Stamp the butterflies to vintage cream cardstock, cut out and adhere to the label.  Add the entire stamped label to the middle of the card.  Thread three buttons with twine and adhere them to the lower right corner to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-The Poodles Parlour- polka dots
-For Fun challenge- buttons galore

So, we have celebrated mother's so far.  How about we celebrate all the father's in the world too!  First up, here is the info on the stamp set & dies used: 

Super Star
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 17 stamps; 9 images, 1 banner, and 8 sentiment builders
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
Tie Companion Die
  • coordinates with the Super Star stamp set
  • two separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
Banner Trio Die
  • compliments the Super Star and Love You More stamp sets
  • three separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase April 5th
I didn't use the Tie Companion Dies, but can't wait to use them in the near future!!  They will make for such cute masculine cards!!  For my card, I focused on the awesome star burst in the stamp set, and the banners.  Here is what I created:
 "Super Amazing Spectacular Dad" supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, vintage cream) 
Paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime: wax bottles)
Stamps/Dies: WPlus9 (Super Star & Banner Trio sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard dye: chocolate) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Twine: My Mind's Eye
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs (brown) & Westrim Crafts (clear stars)
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

Instructions: Make card from kraft cardstock.  Cut two strip of star paper, distress ink the edge and adhere to the top and bottom of the card.  Stamp the star burst to the top of the kraft cardstock, and accent with clear star jewels.  Diecut the banner from vintage cream cardstock, distress ink the edges and then stamp the border and sentiment to it.  Adhere the banner to the bottom of the star bursts.  Stamp the rest of the sentiment directly below the banner, and then accent with brown jewels.  Wrap twine around the top and bottom seams to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-The Play Date Cafe #125- black, white, brown
-CES Challenge #79- masculine

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.