Thursday, June 28, 2012

Grow Old With Me...

Hey there, again!!  So much for sporadic, huh?  Tee hee!  I remembered that I actually had a card to create for StopAndScrap.com today, and since I played with some challenges for it...I figured I would get it posted right away!  I just posted a new card last night as well, so be sure to scroll down and check that one out if you haven't already.

Right now there is a lot on sale at StopAndScrap.com, considering Summer CHA is right around the corner.  Definitely have to make room for all of the new product!  So, I checked out what was remaining of the Glitz Design product, pulled it out of my stash with some Prima flowers....and went to town!!  Here is what I created!
 Instructions:
1. Make an A2 card from vintage cream cardstock.
2. Cut paper layer slightly smaller, then adhere to the front.
3. Distress ink a doily, then adhere to the right side of the card.  Tuck the overlapping part behind the card.
4. Wrap ribbon and crocheted trim around the bottom, and add a matching bow to the left side.
5. Adhere two epoxy stickers to striped paper, cut a banner edge on each one, and adhere underneath the bow.
6. Accent the bow & epoxy stickers with two jewels.
7. Punch an apron lace border to striped paper, then distress ink.
8. Fold the striped paper into an accordion flower, then adhere a rolled fabric flower to the top of it.
9. Adhere the layered flower with two paper flowers to the top of the card to finish.

Card Challenges:
-Sketchbook Saturday #65- card sketch
-Stampin' Sisters in Christ #145- banners/pennants
-Sugar Creek Hollow #17- circles
-Party Time Tuesday #74- anything goes

There is a ton of stuff on sale at StopAndScrap.com right now, so go check it out and see what you can't live without!  Be sure to check out all the latest pre-orders as well, so you can add a bit of new as well!!

I hope you have an awesome Thursday!

Until later,
~Lea L.



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

May I Have this Dance...

Hey there, everyone!!  Man alive- I apologize for dropping off the face of the planet in terms of my blog!  There is nothing crazy going on, other than I am crazy busy right now!  Lots of weddings, one of which was my best friend's this past weekend.  I was the Matron of Honor AND the photographer.... so you see what has been taking up my time!!  Tee hee!  I have a few weeks off from weddings (other than editing), but I have also have a bunch of stuff to get done for CHA.  So- I might still be posting pretty sporadically for a bit.

While all the craziness was going on, my first project for Prima went up on their blog!  I created a card for their wedding theme in June using a lovely mix of Prima product, and Flourishes stamps.  I love how warm and romantic this card turned out!  Here is what I created-
Instructions:
1. Make an A2 card from vintage cream cardstock.
2. Cut floral paper slightly smaller, sand the edges and adhere.
3. Cut the top of a small floral paper block with pinking shears, sand the edges and adhere to the top.
4. Punch a lace border to a dotted paper strip, sand the edges and adhere to the middle.
5. Stamp the bottom sentiment directly to the patterned paper.
6. Wrap seam binding and floral trim directly above the punched border.
7. Adhere the chipboard to the middle of the card.
8. Accent the lower right corner with a seam binding bow, and three fabric flowers.
9. Adhere two paper flowers to the upper left corner. 
10. Adhere the resin accents to the card front. 
11. Cut banner edges to a patterned paper strip, stamp the sentiment to it and then adhere to the circle resin accent.
12. Accent the resin and two small fabric flowers with pearls to finish.

Card Challenges Used:
-Viva la Verve! June 2012 #2- sketch
-Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #175- Favorite stamps, dies & embellishments
-Crafty Creations #176- 3+ different embellishments
-Sweet Stampin challenge- ribbons and bows

I really love this card that I created, and I am so excited to be part of the Prima design team!!  It is one of those "dream jobs" for me...so I am still quite giddy over it all!  I hope that you enjoyed my card tonight, and hopefully I will be back soon! 

Until later,
~Lea L.

Supplies:

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm So Excited....

....and I just can't hide it!!!!
I can't even explain how elated I am about this...Prima Marketing is one of my favorite companies.  I don't often post about making teams and publications, etc...but I had to with this one.  I feel so blessed right now.

Thanks so much, Prima! I look forward to the next year of working with you!

Until later,
~Lea L.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Key Ingredients Blog Hop - A Delightful Deal!


  • Key Ingredients Info and Inspiration - June 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.
  • June Key Ingredients featuring Echo Park Hello Summer 6x6 papers begins shipping June 15th.  Enroll now!
  • Exclusive Delightful Day Stamp Set - find out how you can get your crafty little hands on this adorable new set at 50% off for a limited time!
As you can see, Taylor has created a matching stamp set once again for this month's Key Ingredients kit called "Delightful Day"!  The Delightful Day Stamp Set will be available to KI Subscribers ONLY.  It will be available throughout 2012, but it will be at 50% OFF only through 7/10/12.  On 7/11/12 the price will return to regular retail of $23.95.  So, if you have been kicking around the idea of becoming a Key Ingredients Subscriber, then this is the month to finally take the plunge!!


I made a cute little clean & simple card using my kit & stamp set this month!  Here is what I created:
"Delightful Day" supplies:
Cardstock/Paper/Ribbon/Buttons/Jewels: Taylored Expressions June Key Ingredients kit
Stamps: Taylored Expressions (Delightful Day set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: strawberry) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Pins: Maya Road
Butterfly Die alternative: Taylores Expressions (Butterflies set)
Twine: May Arts
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from red cardstock; round upper right corner.
2. Cut a 2" striped paper strip and adhere to the left side.
3. Tie ribbon around the seam, then accent the bow with a twine threaded button.
4. Diecut two butterflies from patterned paper.
5. Adhere to the bottom of the card, along with two heart topped pins for antennas, a twine threaded button in the center, and jewels to the wings.
6. Stamp the sentiment to a strip of white cardstock, round the upper right corner and adhere to the right of the butterfly.
7. Add a thin strip of striped paper to the bottom, then accent with jewels to finish.

Card Challenges:
-CAS-ual Fridays #56- polka dots
-Stampin' for the Weekend #11- bugs & butterflies
-The Pink Elephant #151- vibrant colors

Don't forget that this is a blog hop, and make sure you check out what the Baker's Dozen & the Key Ingredients team has created for you today!
I hope that you have a wonderful Sunday, full of inspiration and {hopefully} warm weather!  Have a great day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lawn Fawn + May Arts Week

Hey there everyone!!  Welcome to the last day of the Lawn Fawn partnership with May Arts!!

May Arts generously sent us a lovely assortment of ribbon & trims to use in combination with our Lawn Fawn stamps this week.  They sent some of my VERY favorite black/cream checked ribbon, which you will see that I used on my card, along with some wired burlap ribbon, and fabric flowers that I cut from the sheer ribbon they typically reside on.

I also combined the Lawn Fawn stamps & May Arts ribbon with the Glitz Design "French Kiss" collection...and layered this shabby little creation until my heart was content.  I love cards that just have so much to look at...they make me happy!!  Here is what I created:
"i heart you" supplies:
Cardstock: WPlus9 (kraft)
Paper/Stickers/Jewels: Glitz Design (French Kiss collection)
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Just My Type Too & Sally's ABCs sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Stephanie Bernard Dye: strawberry) & Tsukineko (Versafine: onyx black)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Ribbon/Burlap Trim/Fabric Flowers: May Arts
Sandpaper

Instructions:
1. Make 5" square card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut floral paper slightly smaller; distress ink & sand the edges. 
3. Distress the square burlap diecut edges; then adhere to the floral paper.
4. Tie ribbon around the top of the block; then adhere to the card front.
5. Cut two pieces of burlap ribbon & two fabric flowers; then layer to the card front.
6. Add the dimensional sticker to the front, then accent with jewels & an epoxy sticker.
7. Stamp the "i heart you" sentiment to a kraft cardstock strip, notch the right edge and adhere. 
8. Accent the bow with a large jewels, and the lower left corner with three clear jewels to finish.

Card Challenges:
-Viva La Verve! June Week 1- sketch
-PanPastel #21- vintage
-Lawnscapings #35- patterned paper
-Party Time Tuesdays #71- bling & shine
-Crafty Creations #173- wedding or anniversary
-CropStop #75- monochromatic
-PaperPlay #23- kraft

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for all the amazing projects this week, plus I am sure there are some giveaways going on!!  Have a great rest of your day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Most Fabulous Friend

Hey there, everyone!!  How has your week been so far?  Good here...just keeping busy as usual!!  Although today I took most of the day and just did some things that I wanted to do, which was really nice.  Like sleep in- that was fantastic!! :)

Today I have a sweet little pink & aqua card to share with you, using Pink Paislee papers & tag, and a bunch of bits and baubles here and there.  A lot of this product, and many others are now part of the Daily Deals section at StopAndScrap.com.  Lots of great deals in there, so you will definitely want to check it out!

This is my favorite kind-of card to make...where I just pull out a bunch of stuff that matches the papers I want and just go to town.  Typically, unless the card is CAS...this is my process.  It inspires me because I am constantly looking at pretty products, and makes sure that I am using up my stash of product!!  It might require a little extra clean-up time, but it is definitely worth it!  Here is what I created:
"Most Fabulous Friend" supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics (pink) & Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Paper/Tag/Wooden Button: Pink Paislee (Spring Jubilee 6x6 pad)
Doily: Wilton
Stamps: The Craft's Meow (Sew Happy set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: magenta & Donna Salazar Mixed Media: honey)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
 Stickers/Jewel: Glitz Design
Seam Binding: The Cat's Pajamas
Twine: May Arts
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Pearls:Michael's brand
Button: craft supply
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: Spellbinders (Sewing Elements set)

Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from pink cardstock.
2. Cut aqua paper slightly smaller and adhere.
3. Distress ink and cut up one doily; adhere in layers to the card front, adding a pink sticker inbetween the top doilies.
4. Adhere a printed tag over top of the doilies, then zig-zag stitch along the right side.
5. Tie a double bow from pink seam binding; then adhere with a wooden button, crown sticker & aqua paper flowers to tag.
6. Diecut the dressform & thread bobbin from vintage cream cardstock and distress ink; then stamp the images to them and adhere to the tag.
7. Adhere a large pink jewel to the top of the tag, tucking it slightly under the stamped dressform.
8. Thread a pink button with twine, then adhere with a pink flower to the right of the stamped bobbin.
9. Add three pink pearls to the doily cut in the left corner to finish.

Card Challenges:
-The Shabby Tea Room #117- pink, aqua & brown + photo inspiration
-Simon Says Stamp challenge- crown & jewels

Thanks for checking out my card today!  I will be back tomorrow with a fun Lawn Fawn partnership!  Have a great day! ♥♥♥

Until later,
~Lea L.

Monday, June 4, 2012

WPlus9 June 2012 Group Post

Hey there, everyone!!  So- did you love the big WPlus9 reveal yesterday?  If you missed it, check it out on Dawn's Reveal Blog Post.  Tonight's group post means two things...the stamps and dies will be available for purchase at the WPlus9 Online Shop!!  And, it means we get to see what each designer does again with her release product.  This is my FAVE part of the week, because I love to see what each designer chooses to use, and with what.

I focused on berry themed stamp sets again, because right now they are my absolute FAVORITES!!  As you will see...I am a little obsessed with the raspberries.  I totally meant to reach for the strawberries this time around, because I used the raspberries on both of my previous posts...but my brain just couldn't do it, apparently!  Tee hee!  So, I embraced my inner raspberry love, and went with it!  Here is what I created for tonight:
"Berry Best Wishes" supplies:
Cardstock: WPlus9 (oatmeal)
Paper: Glitz Design (Pretty In Pink collection)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Fresh Picked & Fresh Preserves sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: magenta, evergreen & Stephanie Bernard Dye: chocolate)
Ribbon/Trim/Twine: May Arts
Flower: DCWV Inc.
Pearls: Michael's brand
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Border Punch: Fiskars

Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from oatmeal cardstock. 
2. Cut pink toile paper slightly smaller and adhere. 
3. Punch a border to a striped paper strip and adhere to the left.
4. Wrap pink ribbon, crochet trim and dotted ribbon around the top.
5. Tie a double bow from matching dotted ribbon; adhere to the left side and top with a rolled fabric flower.
6. Diecut the labels, layer together and adhere to the right.
7. Diecut the preserves jar, stamp the sentiment label and layer together. Top with crochet trim, twine and a pearl. Adhere to the top of the label layers. 
8. Stamp the bottom sentiment to an oatmeal cardstock strip, notch the edges and adhere. Add pearls to each side. 
9. Diecut the leaves & raspberries, stamp the images to them and adhere to the top and bottom of the bow to finish.

Card Challenges:
-Make My Monday #52- birthday card with pearls
-Really Reasonable Ribbon #49- flowers & ribbon
-Sweet Stampin' challenge- favorite stamps
-Fab N Funky #123- celebrations
-Cooking It Up #96- celebration, ribbon/trim & diecut(s)
-Simon Say Stamp challenge- anything goes

Be sure to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 designers have come up with for tonight's group post! 

Cherry Nelson- our fab guest designer!!
And don't forget...everything is now on sale!  So be sure to head over to WPlus9 and pick-up your must haves!! ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WPlus9 June 2012- Fish More

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to day 3 of the June 2012 WPlus9 release week!!  Today we are showcasing a new stamp set with matching dies called "Fish More".  This set is great for all the different men in your life, and of course, has a fishing theme!!   Here is a little bit of info on both items:

Fish More
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 20 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 10 images and 10 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $21
Fish More Companion Die
  • coordinates with the Fish More stamp set
  • four separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $8
I went super clean and simple for my card, and left the focus on the fun sentiment & fish images.  I did use a woodgrain stamp from a different company, as I couldn't find a piece of patterned paper that fit my vision for the card.  I think it turned out really fun...here is what I created!
"Work Less, Fish More." supplies:
Cardstock: WPlus9 (kraft, oatmeal)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Fish More & Super Star sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar Mixed Media: black, leather)
Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: WPlus9 (Fish More & Banner Trio)

Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock; round the bottom corners.
2. Stamp the woodgrain background to the card front.
3. Diecut the fish & banner from oatmeal cardstock; stamp the image and sentiment to them.
4. Stamp the fishing line, sentiment & hook directly to the card front. 
5. Adhere the diecut fish and banner to the front using foam adhesive.
6. Accent with brown jewels to finish.

Card Challenges:
-Do You Stack Up #74- under the sea
-Party Time Tuesday #70- anything goes

We are also showcasing a new set of dies that go along with the previously released stamp set, "Guiding Light".  This is such a beautiful sympathy stamp set, and if you already own it...you are going to love having the dies!!  If you don't, it will be a great time to purchase both if lighthouse themed sets are your forte!!  Here is some info on the die set:

Guiding Light Companion Die
  • coordinates with the Guiding Light stamp set
  • five separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $11
Because my card is sympathy based, I chose to use a mostly muted color palette, except for the pops of red.  The red seemed fitting due to the nautical theme, and provided a little bit of elegance as well.  Here is what I came up with!
"With Heartfelt Sympathy" supplies:
Cardstock: WPlus9 (kraft, oatmeal)
Paper: Glitz Design (Happy Travels collection)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Guiding Light set)
Ink: Clearsnap (Donna Salazar Mixed Media: leather & Stephanie Bernard Dye: strawberry)
Trim: May Arts (burlap, twine) & Webster's Pages (lace)
Buttons: craft supply
Diecut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Dies: WPlus9 (Guiding Light)

Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut brown paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Stamp the rocks to a tan paper block, then adhere.
4. Add two strips of red paper to each side of the tan paper block.
5. Diecut the lighthouse from oatmeal cardstock, stamp the image to it and adhere.
6. Adhere brown lace to the top seam, and burlap trim to the bottom seam.
7. Tie brown twine around the bottom seam, and top with a twine threaded button.
8. Stamp the sentiment to an oatmeal cardstock strip, notch the end and adhere.
9. Add a twine threaded button to the sentiment tag to finish.

Card Challenges:
-The Friday Mashup! #61- use scraps (all patterned paper & twine were scraps)
-Divas by Design #37- anything goes

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 crew has created today, and of course....Dawn always does a giveaway on her blog!! 
Cherry Nelson- our fab guest designer!!
I'll be back tomorrow night with another sweetly stamped card using a new WPlus9 set!!! Have a great day! ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.

Friday, June 1, 2012

WPlus9 June 2012- Fresh Preserves

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to day 2 of the June WPlus9 release week!!  So, what did you think of "Fresh Picked" from yesterday?  Isn't it fabulous?!!  I am seriously LOVING these sets.  Do you want to know why?  Because they can be used together, which makes for even more stamping possibilities!!!  I love it!!

Today we are featuring a new stamp/matching die set called "Fresh Preserves".  This set has a cute little jar, a bunch of sweet sentiments {that just so happen to fit perfectly in the smallest Timeless Tags die!!!} and super tiny fruit stamps.  You are going to love it!!  Here is a little bit of information:

Fresh Preserves
  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 17 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 1 jar image, 1 filler image, 1 label image, 8 berry building images in two sizes, and 6 sentiments that fit inside of the label
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $14
Preserves Jar Die
  • coordinates with the Fresh Picked stamp set
  • four separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase June 5th for $8
I went with a shaped card this time around, because it just seemed fitting.  I have a couple different fabrics in there to give it some texture, just like the homey goodness that a jar of homemade jam brings.  Here is what I created!
"Have A Sweet Birthday" supplies:
Cardstock: WPlus9 (oatmeal, kraft)
Paper/Tulle/Jewel: Glitz Design (Pretty In Pink collection)
Stamps: WPlus9 (Fresh Preserves & Fresh Picked sets)
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: berry, magenta & Mixed Media: leather)
Distress Ink/Blending Tool: Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Crocheted Trim/Twine: May Arts
Pins: Maya Road
Flowers: Recollections
Pearl: Michael's brand
Diecut Machines: Cuttlebug & Cricut Expression by Provo Craft
Diecut Cartridge: Wild Cards by Provo Craft
Circle Cutter: Creative Memories
Sandpaper/Burlap Fabric: craft supply

Instructions: 
1. Using a Cricut Expression & Wild Cards cartridge, cut at 5 1/4" from oatmeal cardstock.
2. Cut a 4 inch circle from striped paper; distress the edges. 
3. Distress the edges of a flower paper strip; adhere to the circle. 
4. Trim the excess floral paper from the circle; finish distressing the edges.
5. Wrap tulle around the left side of the floral paper; top with a tulle bow, jewel & heart stickpins.
6. Cut a notched end to a strip of burlap, then adhere across the middle. 
7. Diecut the label, tag & jar from oatmeal & kraft cardstock; distress ink the edges, then stamp the images and sentiment to them.
8. Layer together to the card front, along with crocheted trim, a twine bow and a pink pearl.
9. Add two paper flowers to the lower corner to finish.

Card Challenges:

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 crew has created today, and of course....Dawn always does a giveaway on her blog!! 
Cherry Nelson- our fab guest designer!!
I'll be back tomorrow night with another sweetly stamped card using a new WPlus9 set!!! Have a great day! ♥♥♥
Until later,
~Lea L.