Monday, December 31, 2012

The Shabby Tea Room Monogram Madness

Hey there, everyone!!  I have a quick post to share with you today, because I have lots to get done today.  Debbie asked me to be the guest designer for this week's Shabby Tea Room challenge after winning a challenge awhile back...so of course, I said yes!

Today's challenge is called Monogram Madness, along with using neutral colors from the inspiration photo that is provided.  I used a combination of fabulous Glitz Design product to create this super sweet friendship card.  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make 5.5" square card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut brown paper slightly smaller & adhere.
3. Cut wood panel paper smaller & adhere.
4. Add owl diecut to the right side, then accent with sentiment stickers.
5. Add a flower & accordion folded flower to the front, then accent with stickers.
6. Add the doily border glitzer & the doily border diecut to the front to finish.

Challenges:
-The Shabby Tea Room #147 - Monogram Madness
-Viva La Verve! January Week 1 - Sketch
-The Kraft Journal #102 - Something New
-Pile It On #49 - Lots of Embellishments
-Stampin for the Weekend #24 - Anything Goes
-Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes








**Supply List Will Be Added Later.**

Well, I hope that you enjoyed my sweet little friendship card!  Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Until later,
~L.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WPlus9 A Very Merry Christmas Giveaway


Each of us has hand picked a stamp set and die to include in a huge Wplus9 Very Merry Christmas Giveaway! We will be showing you which ones each of us picked and why on our blogs in the following order:
My pick on that list above was Iconic Christmas & Banner Trio.  I've created a custom New Year's card using both those items, and a few more that are on the list, and one that isn't....here is what I created!

Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut cloud paper slightly smaller, then adhere.
3. Stamp the stars directly to the middle of the card.
4. Diecut a star, banner & tag.
5. Add the star to the top of the stamping, then accent with a jewel star & dots.
6. Adhere the banner & tag together, then stamp the sentiment to it.
7. Adhere to the front, then stamp the star ornament to the left of it.
8. Accent with a blue jewel to finish.
 

Challenges:
-CAS-ual Fridays #83 - Holiday card in 10 minutes or less (My card took approx. 9 minutes)
-10 Minute Craft Dash #9 - Holiday themed
-Loves Rubberstamps #32 - New Year's Celbration

 

 

 

 


How To Enter

The giveaway starts Monday, December 24, 2012.. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment. Hop around to the Design Team members' blogs all week long and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog, each day…that's up to 9 entries! If you miss a day, don't worry, comments will be open until 11:59 p.m. EST 12/30/12 so you can catch up. ONE random winner will be selected from all comments combined on January 1, 2013 here on the blog.
Also, don't forget to:
***Bonus Entries***
Help us spread the word on Facebook and/or Twitter and you can leave a comment on this post for up to 2 extra entries.
Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mama Elephant Color Challenge #1

Happy Monday, everyone!!  Did you have a good rest of your weekend?  Ours was pretty quiet, and today starts my baking frenzy!!  Went and got all the ingredients that I need, and I am going to be covered in flour & sugar in no time.  Tee hee!

I am participating in a special challenge today.  Mama Elephant Stamps are hosting their very first Color Challenge on their blog today, and they asked me to participate!  Here are the colors:
And here is the card that I created using the colors, and some Mama Elephant stamps!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from aqua cardstock, then round the bottom corners.
2. Cut a white cardstock block slightly smaller, then round the bottom corners.
3. Add two strips of glitter to the bottom of the card, then add a strip of washi tape right below them.
4. Add three jewels to the middle of the glitter strips on the right hand side.
5. Add a strip of dotted washi tape to the top of the card.
6. Stamp the target, cameras & sentiment to the middle of it.
7. Adhere the entire stamped block to the card front using foam adhesive to finish.










Isn't this the perfect love card for the photographer in your life?  Whether they are a professional photographer, or just like to take photos....I can absolutely vouch that they would love to get this.  ;) Tee hee!

I hope that you have a wonderful day, and I have more to share with you this week!!

Until later,
~L.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prima Christmas Tags

Wow...it has been awhile! Sorry for my absence...I have just been busy with the holidays and such!  I had a fun date night with J last night, which was nice after such a horrific day of watching the news.  We had a light dinner & drinks at Finn & Porter, then went to The Nutcracker.  The ballet was so sweet, and all the little ones in it were fantastic....and while I had fun, it also made me think of the innocent 20 children who will no longer be able to be in a ballet or little league, and it makes me think of the hundreds of others who have lost their innocence, their feeling of safety.  This whole situation just makes my heart ache....this is happening all too often in our country.

I have a set of Prima Christmas Tags to share with you today, which were posted on the Prima Tag Blog Post earlier this month.  There were lots of inspiring tags in that post, so make sure you check them all out.  Prima makes it really easy to decorate tags & gift wrapping with all their fun flowers, trinkets & buttons.  Here is what I created!
Challenges:
-The Deconstructed Sketch #81 - Tag Sketch
-Simon Says Stamp - Favorite Things
-Cupcake Craft #222 - Merry Christmas
-Fussy & Fancy #78 - Tags & Banners
-Stamptacular Sunday #193 - Anything but a Card










I hope that you have enjoyed my fun little Christmas tags today!  These are easy to recreate, and can decorate a package or gift basket with ease.  If you enjoyed my Bible study notes that I had been sharing before, never fear.  They will return....just not until the new year, when I have more time to get the graphics ready, etc.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday!

Until later,
~L.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

WPlus9 December 2012 Group Post

Hey there, everyone!  Please pardon the tardiness of this post.   I was down for the count yesterday...I haven't felt that sick in a really LONG time.  I was nauseated, felt sick to my stomach all day...but probably the worst part was the never ending headache.  No amount of Advil would get rid of it, and my head just hurt all day long.  So- I slept most of the day, because I couldn't even imagine looking at a computer screen...let alone typing.  So- I am a day late with my group post, but hopefully you will still enjoy seeing it!

So, what did you think of this month's release from WPlus9?  I just LOVE all the amazing stamp sets & dies that Dawn created this time around...but that is always how I feel with each release, so maybe that isn't say much.  Ha!  I went all happy and fun in my color combo for this card!  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut doily paper slightly smaller and adhere.
3. Cut a doily in half, glitter both sides and adhere.
4. Add a strip of chevron paper across the top of the glittered doilies, and then add a strip of ribbon.
5. Cut a banner edge to a white cardstock strip, then stamp the sentiment & hearts to it.
6. Adhere the banner strip to the card, accent with jewels and add a piece of washi tape to the top.
7. Diecut the hearts from patterned paper & cardstock.
8. Stamp & glitter the middle sized heart, then adhere all of them to the left of the sentiment banner.
9. Stamp the banners to white cardstock, then cut out.
10. Adhere to the left side of the chevron paper, then wrap twine around the seam.  Top with a twine bow.

Challenges:
-Mojo Monday #270 - Sketch
-Totally Gorjuss #160 - Glitter
-The Pink Elephant #177 - Girly
-Loves Rubberstamps #29 - Anything Goes
-Word Art Wednesday #57 - Anything Goes/Giving










Don't forget to check out what the rest of the WPlus9 crew created....it is sure to be a treat!!
Have a great rest of your day!

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WPlus9 December 2012 Full Reveal

Hey there, everyone!!  Well, tonight is the night when Dawn reveals all the new stamp sets and dies in their entirety...and you can start planning your shopping list!!   There are SO many great new items this month, and I just know you are going to want it all!

Before I share with you all of the new items, I have a clean & elegant holiday card to share with you!  I combined the new damask stamp set with a Christmas sentiment from the last release to create this pretty & simple card.  I just love the non-traditional colors and how the stamped damasks look so much like dangling ornaments!!  Here is what I made!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from oatmeal cardstock, round the upper right corner & distress ink the edges.
2. Stamp the damask image in grey three times to the right side of the card.
3. Stamp the sentiment overlapping the stamped damask at the bottom.
4. Accent the sentiment with pearls.
5. Add a strip of striped washi tape to the left side of the card.
6. Add lace trim right next to the washi tape, then top with a pearl strip.
7. Diecut two snowflakes from maroon cardstock, then adhere with a pearl to the remaining damask images.

Challenges:
-CR84FN #68 - Color Inspiration
-Addicted to CAS #2 - Bauble
-Cute Card Thursday #245 - Snowflakes










And now on to the full reveal of all the new WPlus9 items!  Without further ado....

Bitty Buddy Valentines

Details

  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 15 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 1 frame, 7 images, and 7 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21

Bitty Buddies Companion Die

Details

  • coordinates with the Bitty Buddy Valentines stamp set
  • five separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $9

Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles Die

Details

  • coordinates with the Bitty Buddy Valentines stamp set and many of our previously released sets
  • nested dies with an open center backed with a clear panel
  • cuts 4 graduated rounded rectangles in the following sizes: 3 7/8 x 2 7/8", 3 1/4 x 2 1/4, 2 5/8 x 1 5/8", and 2 x 1"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $18

XOXO Border Die

Details

  • cuts an 7 1/4" continuous border in an XOXO pattern
  • measures approx. 7 1/4 x 1/2"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6

Cupid's Arrow

Details

  • is a 4x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 15 stamps; 6 sentiment stamps and 9 images
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $14

Cupid's Arrow Companion Die

Details

  • coordinates with the Cupid's Arrow stamp set
  • four separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6

Banner Love

Details

  • is a 3x4" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains8 stamps; 4 pre-strung banner images, 3 individual pennant/bunting images and 1 stitched heart
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6

Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts

Details

  • nested dies with an open center backed with a clear panel
  • cuts 4 graduated hearts in the following sizes: 3 1/4", 2 1/2", 1 3/4", and 1"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $15

Damask Delight

Details

  • is a 6x8" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 16 stamps; 5 background building damask images and 11 flourishes
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21

Damask Delight Companion Dies

Details

  • coordinates with the Damask Delight stamp set
  • five separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $12

Quite Like You

Details

  • is a 3x4" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 4 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6

Want to win the entire release? Including everything listed above. Just leave a comment  on Dawn's Full Reveal Blog Post by 10:00 PM EST TONIGHT December 4th to enter.  If you've missed any of this week, be sure to visit the Design Team as well!!
Until later,
~L.

Monday, December 3, 2012

WPlus9 December 2012 Release Week - Day 3

Hey there, everyone!  Welcome to the third day of the December/January release week!  Tomorrow all will be revealed to you so you can make your shopping list...and then the next day it will be time to purchase your favorites!!  Today we have two really fabulous stamp sets, and a companion die set to share with you.  Here is a little bit of info!

Damask Delight
  • is a 6x8" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 16 stamps; 5 background building damask images and 11 flourishes
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21
Damask Delight Companion Dies
  • coordinates with the Damask Delight stamp set
  • five separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $12
Quite Like You
  • is a 3x4" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 4 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6
I created a fairly simple, but super pretty card this time around.  I LOVE this little sentiment set, and I know that I am going to get a lot of use out of it.  And who doesn't LOVE damask....this set is timeless, and will be used over and over in this girl's craft room.  How about you?  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from oatmeal cardstock, then distress ink the edges.
2. Cut pink floral paper slightly smaller, distress ink the edges and adhere.
3. Stamp the striped frame, damask patterns & sentiment to oatmeal cardstock, then diecut.
4. Distress ink the edges and adhere to the card front.
5. Add a strip of washi tape to the upper left corner.
6. Add three paper flowers to the bottom of the card.
7. Accent the sentiment with pearls to finish.

Challenges:
-Clean & Simple FTL #219 - Sketch
-CASE Studay #119 - Card Inspiration
-PaperPlay #48 - Color Inspiration
-Crafty Friends #12 - Clean & Simple








 

I hope you like my soft & sweet "almost love" card....tee hee!  (Is it weird that the sentiment makes me think of someone who just isn't quite ready to say the L word to someone....tee hee!)  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created for this cute stamp set & dies!
And as always, Dawn is giving away the featured product on the WPlus9 blog post as well.  Just be sure to head over there and leave a comment!!  I hope you have a GREAT Saturday!!

Until later,
~L.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

WPlus9 December 2012 Release Week - Day 2

Happy Sunday, everyone!!  Welcome to day 2 of the WPlus9 December/January release!  Today we have more Valentine themed items to share with you.  First up, here is a little bit of info about what we are showcasing today!

Cupid's Arrow
  • is a 4x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains 15 stamps; 6 sentiment stamps and 9 images
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $14
Cupid's Arrow Companion Dies
  • coordinates with the Cupid's Arrow stamp set
  • four separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6
Banner Love
  • is a 3x4" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • contains8 stamps; 4 pre-strung banner images, 3 individual pennant/bunting images and 1 stitched heart
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6
Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts Dies
  • nested dies with an open center backed with a clear panel
  • cuts 4 graduated hearts in the following sizes: 3 1/4", 2 1/2", 1 3/4", and 1".
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $15
I actually did create a love themed card today, full of layers, soft colors, glitter....just yummy goodness all around!  I love the cupid in this stamp set...it is my FAVORITE part.  So, of course, I had to ink & glitter up that little cutie!  Here is what I created!

Instructions:
1. Make 5-inch square card from kraft cardstock.
2. Cut cloud paper slightly smaller and adhere.
3. Adhere a doily to the right side of the card, then add a fabric flower & pearl middle.
4. Diecut the XOXO border from patterned paper & kraft cardstock, then layer together as shown below the flower.
5. Diecut the hearts & cupid from patterned paper & oatmeal cardstock.
6. Stamp the sentiment to the smaller heart & the cupid in pink ink.
7. Stamp the sentiment to a separate piece of oatmeal cardstock and cut out.
8. Glitter the cupid, then layer together with the hearts & banner as shown, and accent with pink pearls.
9. Adhere the entire heart accent to the card front.
10. Stamp the banner to heart paper and cut out.
11. Adhere to the front, then accent with two twine bows & pink pearls to finish.

Challenges:
-Totally Gorjus #160 - Glitter
-Delightful Challenge - Flowers
-Moving Along with the Times Challenge - 3 Elements Same Letter (pink, pearls, patterned paper)
-Crafts & Me #112 - Ribbon or Trim
-Divas by Design #63 - Glitter & Sparkle
-Tuesday Throwdown #125 - Lots of Layers
-Pile It On #49 - Lots of Embellishments










I just love how soft and sweet this card is, and it uses one of my favorite color combos!!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created for this cute stamp set & dies!

And as always, Dawn is giving away the featured product on the WPlus9 blog post as well.  Just be sure to head over there and leave a comment!!  I hope you have a GREAT Saturday!!

Until later,
~L.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

WPlus9 December 2012 Release Week - Day 1

Happy Saturday, everyone!!  I hope the start of your weekend has been a great one!  Today marks the start of the December/January release week for WPlus9, and we have a lot of great things in store for you!  We have a new DT member (you will see her name on my link list below), and some fabulous new stamp sets & dies for you.  Here is a look at what we are sharing with you today!

Bitty Buddy Valentines
  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 15 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 1 frame, 7 images, and 7 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $21
Bitty Buddies Companion Dies
  • coordinates with the Bitty Buddy Valentines stamp set
  • five separate dies wired together that can be easily snipped and separated
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $9
Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles Die
  • coordinates with the Bitty Buddy Valentines stamp set and many of our previously released sets
  • nested dies with an open center backed with a clear panel
  • cuts 4 graduated rounded rectangles in the following sizes: 3 7/8 x 2 7/8", 3 1/4 x 2 1/4, 2 5/8 x 1 5/8", and 2 x 1"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $18
XOXO Border Die
  • cuts an 8 1/4" continuous border in an XOXO pattern
  • measures approx. 8 1/4 x 1/2"
  • will be available for purchase December 5th for $6
I didn't use the XOXO border today, but will before this week ends!!  I chose to use the Bitty Buddy Valentine's set with a few other WPlus9 previously released stamp sets to create this cute and fun Christmas card!  I thought that the striped frame was perfect in red, and it reminded me of peppermint stripes & mailing sweet Christmas packages!  Here is what I created!
Instructions:
1. Make A2 card from lake house cardstock.
2. Cut hexagon paper slightly smaller, wrap ribbon around the bottom and adhere.
3. Stamp the striped frame to white cardstock, then diecut.
4. Stamp the wish list image to the top of the frame.
5. Diecut the penguin & pocket from white cardstock, then stamp the corresponding images.
6. Add the sentiment & ornament to the pocket, then layer both front of the frame.
7. Accent with jewels, then adhere to the card front with foam adhesive.
8. Tie a bow from matching ribbon, stitch a button around it with twine & adhere to the left side to finish.

Challenges:
-Young Crafters Unite #16 - Happy Holidays
-Our Daily Bread #132 - Ornament
-Top Tip Tuesday #90 - Kids & Teens










The cute little penguin was just perfect to create this sweet little Christmas card!!  Don't forget that new WPlus9 stamps combine perfectly with past releases...and it is a great way to freshen up your older stamp sets!

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created for this cute stamp set & dies!
And as always, Dawn is giving away the featured product on the WPlus9 blog post as well.  Just be sure to head over there and leave a comment!!  I hope you have a GREAT Saturday!!

Until later,
~L.