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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Little Fun in the Sun

This week Stampendous® is celebrating summer with some of the cutest little critters around!  My card today is created with Gruffies® Beachy Bears!  I absolutely love these little bears; they are adorable!  Here's my card:


Here's what I used to create this card:

Faber-Castell® Gelatos®
Ranger® Archival Ink™ in Jet Black
Canson® Watercolor Paper
Little Yellow Bicycle® Hello Spring
May Arts Ribbon®
Bazzill® Cardstock
Viva® Pearl Pen in Ice White
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
Water Brush

Here's what I did to create this card:

Stamp image on watercolor paper and color with water brush and Gelatos®
(here's a hint, I scribble my Gelatos® onto the inside of a page protector I've cut open and use that as a palette, I pick up the color with my water brush)
Trim image to desired size
Create card base and mat for image from Bazzill®
Trim patterned paper to fit as shown
Trim length of ribbon to wrap around patterned paper and create bow
Adhere ribbon to patterned paper and then adhere patterned paper to card base
Adhere image to mat and then adhere matted image to center of card base
Attach bow with a dot of glue
Squiggle on the "sunscreen" with the Pearl Pen and set aside to dry

So there you have it, a cute and simple card that's fun to create!  I hope you've enjoyed viewing my card and maybe it has inspired you to create your own!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Well, it's really not Christmas but this week it's Christmas in July for Stampendous! ® Today I'm showcasing my favorite Christmas card from the July catalog.  One of my favorite things to do is mix the various fragments and glitters from Stampendous®.  I love that you can customize your mix to the colors of your image or papers.  So here's my card:


Here's what I used to create this card:

Stampendous® Cardinal Elements
Stampendous® Ochre Color Fragments
Stampendous® Scarlet Color Fragments
Stampendous® Bronze Glass Glitter
Stampendous® Silver Glass Glitter
Stampendous® Silver Lux Mix
Stampendous® Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper®
Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock by Neenah®
Tim Holtz® Pumice Stone & Antique Linen Distress Inks™ by Ranger®
My Mind’s Eye® Vintage Christmas
Copic® Markers (R35, R37, R39, G20, G21, G94, G99, Y23, Y26, E40, E41)
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®


Here's what I did to create this card:

Stamp image and color
Trim image to desired size and add distress inks
Create standard A-2 card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown
Adhere all layers as shown
In lower right corner only, add Silver Lux Mix
Create mix with Bronze and Silver Crushed Glass Glitter and Scarlet and Ochre Fragments
Apply created mix as shown

So there you have it!  Now, you'd better get busy on YOUR Christmas cards!  Heeheehee!  Actually, I've started on mine already.  I'm resolved to have them done and mailed by the second week in December!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you like my card and that it has inspired you at least a little bit to create your own.  Have a blessed and crafty day!

Hugs,
Lea

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wicked Wednesday with Heather Ellis

It's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog time and this week our sponsor is Heather Ellis, she designs the adorable Pure Innocence stamps.  These have always been a favorite of mine as the little girl reminds me of my granddaughter, Emmaline Grace, when she was younger.  Her hair was cut in a bob and she always work a clip in it.  She was the cutest little sweetheart, still is!  So here's my ATC:


Here's what I used to create my ATC:

Pebbles "Family Ties" 6x6 Paper Pad
My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Decorative Brads
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 
Beacon Adhesive Zip Dry
Faber-Castell Black Pitt Pen
Copic Markers:
  • E50, 51, 53, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 93
  • BG02, 05, 07, 09, 49
  • YR21, 23, 15, 26
  • C00, 0, 1


Here's what I did to create my ATC:

I printed off the image on the white cardstock and colored it with markers
I trimmed it closely and set it aside
Next up, I trimmed my patterned papers to the sizes I need
I adhered my colored image and the top patterned paper and punched three holes for the brads
I adhered the back patterned paper to the stack, this covered the back side of the brads
Last but certainly not least, I used a black Pitt pen to write my sentiment.

What a sweet and simple image!  I love how cute this is without being over the top.  Her images are so cute, they don't need a lot of fussiness!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I look forward to seeing you again soon.  In the meantime, have a blessed day and happy crafting!

Hugs,
Lea


Thursday, July 17, 2014

To Die For!

Welcome to July...the Dreamweaver Stencils© month to DIE for! Yep. All of this month, the Dream Team is featuring our newest toys...our DIES! You'd be surprised at how many we have, and what fun things you can do with them...especially when used in conjunction with many of their stencil counterparts. They are such a simple way to create an effective card.  I've created a card using the Apron Die which matches the adorable Apron Stencil!  I love this set because I have a thing for aprons!  I'm so glad aprons have made a come back!  The sentiment has been retired from Stampendous but can still be found where I've linked it below.  Here's my project:




This is what I used to create this project:

Dreamweaver Stencils© LG 736 Apron Stencil
Dreamweaver Stencils© DG736 Apron Die
Dreamweaver Stencils© Matte Black Embossing Paste
Stampendous® Whipped Up Sentiment
My Mind's Eye® On the Sunny Side 6x6" Paper Pad
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ Iced Spruce
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™

This is what I did to create this project:

I paste embossed the stencil with black paste and set it aside to dry
I created my card base and trimmed my patterned papers as shown
Using three different patterned papers, I die cut the apron 3 times
I laid the pieces out and played around with different combinations prior to applying them to the pasted stencil
I stamped my sentiment next to the dried paste and trimmed it to the size shown
I edged the pasted/stamped piece with distress ink and applied the die cut pieces over the black paste
Adhere all the layers as shown

I love the look of the black paste under the die cut pieces!  It just adds a little polish to it.  I'm sure that our "A" team is just DIE-ing to show you their creations, as well as our Guest Designer for the month of July...

and

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll see you again soon.  Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A New Catty Starring Stampendous!

Oh, the fun and excitement of a new catty coming out with lots of new Stampendous Stamps and great projects from the design team!  I'm so blessed to be a part of this process!  Today I want to share a little catalog sneak peek with you, a cute little card I made using House-Mouse Star Costume.  I love these little mice and so enjoy creating projects with them.  Here's my card:


Here's what I used to create this card:

Stampendous® House-Mouse Designs® Star Costume
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers (Y08, Y13, Y15, Y17, E21, E50, E51, E53,  E93, C0, C1, C3, C6, C7, Y35, Y38, Y04, Y06, YR12, YR16, YR18)
Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper®
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Graphic 45® Happy Haunting Collection Patterned Paper
Tim Holtz® Distress Marker™ and Ink in Scattered Straw
Inkworkz® Air Art Gun
EK Success® Star Punch – Large and Small
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®
Foam Mounting Squares

Here's what I did to create this card:

  • Stamp image and color with markers
  • Trim image to desired size
  • Edge image with distress ink
  • Create standard A-2 card base with a tent fold
  • Trim patterned papers as shown
  • Punch out 2 small and 1 large star and cut mat for image from yellow Bazzill®
  • Using Air Art Gun, spritz image and stars with marker
  • Adhere all layers as shown 
  • Add stars with foam mounting squares

  • This was such a fun card to create!  Halloween is my favorite holiday and I know I'll be making more of these little super "Stars" for my friends to help celebrate!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again really soon!  Have a blessed day and I hope you've enjoyed this little sneak peek!

    Hugs,
    Lea

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Happy Fourth!!

    It's a star spangled Stampendous® with Star Spangled Mice from House-Mouse Designs®!  What a perfect stamp to create cards for this special day!  It would also be perfect for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, cards for our soldiers that are stationed all over the world or returning home.  If you've got a patriotic bone in your body, you NEED this stamp!  Isn't it totally adorable?!  I love it!


    What I used to create this project:

    Bo Bunny's® Liberty Collection Patterned Paper
    Bazzill® Cardstock
    Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
    Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
    EK Success® Star Punch
    UniBall White Gel Pen
    Copic® Markers
    Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
    Foam Mounting Squares

    What I did to create this project:

    I stamped my image, colored it with Copics® and trimmed it to the desired size
    Created card base with a tent fold and trimmed a mat to fit my stamped image
    Trimmed patterned paper to fit card base
    Adhere all layers as shown with Zip Dry™
    Punch out stars, write USA on them and attach to card with foam mounting squares

    A simple card with a nice, patriotic feel!  Right up this girl's alley!  That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!  Have a blessed Fourth of July!

    Hugs,
    Lea





    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    The Dies Have It!

    Welcome to July...the Dreamweaver Stencils© month to DIE for! Yep. All of this month, the Dream Team is featuring our newest toys...our DIES! You'd be surprised at how many we have, and what fun things you can do with them...especially when used in conjunction with many of their stencil counterparts. They are such a simple way to create an effective card. Here's mine for this week:


    I didn't use the stencil that corresponds with the Pear Dies, instead I chose to go more of an artsy route and use a totally different stencil to accent my die cut pears.  I really like the final result.

    Here's what I used to create this card:

    Dreamweaver Stencils© Stencil LJ 927 Floral w/Dots
    Dreamweaver Stencils© DL563 Pears Die Set
    ColorBox® Chalk Inks from Autumn Pastels and Primary Pastels
    Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ in Vintage Photo and Shabby Shutters
    Bazzill® Cardstock
    Bo Bunny® Mint Dots paper
    Basic Grey® “Picadilly - Farm Fresh Eggs” paper collection
    Zip Dry™
    Misc. Pop Dots

    Here's what I did to create this card:

    I cut my pears and stems out first with the dies
    I lined up the Floral w/Dots stencil with each die cut pear and ran them through separately to dry emboss the design onto the pears
    I lined the stencil back up on each pear and inked it with the various chalk inks
    Add distress inks to each pear for shading
    Create your card base in a tent fold
    Trim patterned papers for layers as shown
    Create sentiment on computer and print out, trim down as shown and ink edges
    Adhere all layers for card
    Using pop dots, attach pears and leaves

    I'm sure that our "A" team is just DIE-ing to show you their creations, as well as our Guest Designer for the month of July...

    and

    Thanks for stopping by today, I'll see you again soon.  Have a blessed day!

    Hugs,
    Lea