Thursday, October 2, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Guest Spot

Happy Thursday, friends!!  As you read this...I am getting ready to fly out for a weekend of fun in Orlando with Josh.  We are going to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios for a couple of days, and we are so excited!!!   It will be nice to just get away from Fargo for a few days as well.

Awhile back I won a challenge at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, and Michele asked if I would like to do a guest spot on their blog.  I was happy to oblige, and this clean & simple card is what I created for today!
I used the "Breathe" stamp set, and combined it with CAS(E) this Sketch #94. The sketch was perfect to use the beautiful paint brush from the stamp set, and I am loving the little bit of gold that I've added in the sentiment.



I hope that you enjoyed my card today!!  I will have another post scheduled for Saturday, with a fun challenge from Winnie & Walter for World Card Making Day!  I hope you'll stop by & play along!

Until later,
~L.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mama Elephant October Challenge


Happy October, blog friends!! Seriously...can you believe there are only three months left in 2014?!  I felt like I was saying Happy New Year just a few weeks ago!!!  

The first day of the month means there is a new Mama Elephant challenge, and this month we are doing an Anything Goes theme!!  So basically....use your ME goodies on a project & link it on up!!!  I created a cute little Halloween card using the Mama Elephant "Bootastic" stamp set, and some My Mind's Eye "Frightful" goodies!
I just love that cute little witch!  I used the sketch at The Challenge #15 to start my design process, and just went from there.  It also fits the The Card Concept #20 color challenge of black, orange & white.  Because I am a product oriented stamper, I always try to choose paper products that will compliment the stamps I'm using....so I thought that the cute pumpkin paper matched that adorable witch perfectly!! 

Here are the rules for playing along with us in this month's challenge:
  • Your entry must use at least one Mama Elephant stamp
  • Your entry must be based on the challenge/inspiration source provided
  • Your entry must link back to this blog post along with the graphic image
  • Winner gets featured and a stamp set of choice
  • Deadline is August
  • Link up using the Inlinkz on the bottom of the October challenge post
  • Have fun, stamp, stamp, stamp!!!

Be sure to check out what the rest of the challenge team has created for this month's challenge as well!

Melania Deasy
Lea Lawson - you are here
Lorraine Marasigan
Alice Wertz

Thanks for checking out my post today...I hope that you will join us this month for our Anything Goes challenge!!

Until later,
~L.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Getting to Know Me {Blog Hop}

Hey there, blog friends!  So- you've probably seen lots of these posts over the past couple months on the blogs of other card designers.  Well, I was tagged by Dana Fleckenstein (one of my FAVE Studio Calico card designers) to take part in the getting to know you blog hop this week.  You can read more about Dana on her getting to know you post HERE.

Alright...as it suggests in the title, you are going to get to know me a little bit better.  I've got some questions to answer, a project to share, and a couple of other card designers linked up at the end.  How about we get this party started? :)

What creative projects are you currently working on?
Well...I am in the middle of finishing my October design team projects for My Mind's Eye.  Today I will also start working on a Winnie & Walter card for World Card Making Day.  And tomorrow I need to finish my entry for week 1 in the Cropped 2014 contest at Pixels & Co.  I don't have any sneek peak photos to share though. :(  But, I also created this card this morning so I would have something to share with you!
I fell in love with this week's Sunday Sketch from Studio Calico, so I used it as my starting off point in the card design.  I love how you can use a sketch, and your card still looks completely different from all the others!  I also created this for the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday challenge.





What inspires your designs?
I find inspiration in a lot of different ways.  I LOVE card challenges.  I find them such a great way to get started, and there are so many different types.  I have a list of all the different card challenges, and I try to update it daily so I have the most current ones in my mind as I create.

I also really love product...and I find that it inspires me just as much as challenges do!  If I genuinely love the product I am using, creating is such an organic process for me.  On the flip side...if I am trying to create with something that isn't my favorite, I really struggle with it.

What method/process do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?
I always get a solid design in mind first, often found in my favorite sketch challenges.  Then I pull all the product that I might want to use on the project so it is readily available when I want to grab for it.  I might not use it all, but I like it to be handy!!

After that I just start cutting paper & placing items together on the card front.  I don't completely adhere anything down until I like how it looks, and then I add in finishing touches after that.  I don't really worry too much about time...as long as I am enjoying myself it doesn't really matter to me.  One card can take me minutes....or hours.

If you had to describe your 'signature' style, what would it be?
I don't know....why don't you tell me (as I smirk at my cleverness....lol!)  Here is a peek at detail shots from some of my favorite cards this year:
Truthfully...I think my style is a little eclectic.  I like bits of every type of style, and product!  I think the one thing that stays pretty consistent with me is that I follow trends, but not to a fault.  I still try to have sound designs that are pleasing to the eye, and that a recipient would enjoy to get in the mail.  I use white a lot, and like my cards to have that nice & bright feel to them.  Honestly- I don't know how else to describe my style!!


What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?
  1. Patterned paper/vellum
  2. Sentiment stamps
  3. Metal dies

And now on to two of my favorite card designers!!
  • Jocelyn Olson - I am in awe of her hybrid abilities, and how "free" she seems to be when creating cards.  I love how she layers papers with unevenly cut edges to them, all the bits of stitching that she does here & there, & how she dabbles in all different mediums when it comes to her cards.  Not to mention...we've gotten to know each other through Glitz, and I think we would be besties if we lived in the same town.  Lol!
  • Miriam Prantner - She is like, always ON.  Almost every single day you can go to her blog & she has an amazing project to share with you. She is an excellent stamper, and her clean style always showcases the stamp sets that she is working with so perfectly.  Not to mention...she is so great about checking out other people's work & leaving them comments!  She makes me want to get better at this...it is is easy to like something on Facebook or Instagram, but very rarely do people comment any longer unless it is a "famous" designer's blog.  She makes me want to be better at leaving my fellow crafters genuine love on their projects!
They have both already participated in this fun blog hop, but I decided that I wanted to stick with the two designers who immediately came to mind when preparing for my post today.  Be sure to check out Jocelyn's post HERE, and Miriam's post HERE.

I hope that you guys enjoyed getting to know me as a card maker a little bit more today.  If you have any questions at all about me, my creative process, or any cards that I've made...feel free to ask!  I will reply back in the comments....so be sure to check back.

Until later,
~L.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jubilee Gift Packaging

Hey there, blog friends!  Today I have some projects using the new My Mind's Eye Jubilee "Sherbet" collection.  (These projects posted to the MME blog yesterday!) There is a special little lady in my life who is turning 1 this month, and this paper collection actually matched the cute outfit that I got for her perfectly!!

So for my projects today, I covered & decorated a gift box, then created a matching tag & card that is personalized for her!  I know a one year old isn't really going to care about what it looks like, but her mom will love it!! :)

Supplies: Jubilee “Sherbet” collection: 12x12 paper (Happy, Pretty, Enjoy), 6x6 paper pad, chipboard elements, rub-ons, decorative brads, enamel dots, mixed bag, & journal cards.  Now & Then “Milo” and “Dorothy” collections: alpha/word stickers. Necessities“Teals” and “Black & Greys” collections: washi tape. Other: Lil' Inker Designs bow dies & envelope liner die.

I chose a gift box that was square in shape, and it was just a little larger than 12x12.  I lined the edges with teal washi tape before adhering a dotted 12x12 paper to the top of it.  I then added a chevron paper block to the bottom, and layered a strip of glitter washi tape over the seam.  After that I diecut a Lil' Inker Design large bow from patterned paper, assembled it & added it to the top of the gift box.

I then made a matching tag using a journal card, chipboard shapes & alpha/word stickers.  I punched a hole in the top & strung twine through it, then topped it with a decorative brad.  After finishing the tag, I added it to the top of the gift box.

Then I made a matching card to finish the gift set. I layered some paper blocks from the Jubilee "Sherbert" 6x6 paper pad to the front, then accented with a diecut journal card & some embellishments.  I also added a strip of glitter washi tape, and a washi tape bow.  The envelope (shown in the first image) was also created to match the packaging by using the Lil' Inker Designs envelope liner die!

 In order to make the washi tape bow, I covered a strip of white cardstock with the silver dotted washi tape.  This way it would be rigid enough to run through my diecut machine.  After diecutting the pieces using my Lil' Inker Designs small bow die, I assembled it & gave the bow some shape before adhering it to the card front.

I think it is so fun to use my scrapbooking product to create fun gift wrap, & this one is extra special.  You only have your first birthday once, so why not go all out?  Thanks for checking out my projects today...I hope you've enjoyed them!!

Well friends...I hope that you have a super wonderful weekend!!

Until later,
~L.