Friday, January 23, 2015

Gold & Glittery Gift Wrap

Hey there, blog friends!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I definitely am!  Not that we have big amazing plans or anything...it has just been a super busy week, & I'm ready for a little downtime.  (Although...we are kind-of doing that today too.  THREE days of it...yay!!! Lol!)  I've been really busy meeting with potential clients & booking weddings....which is awesome.  Yay for Elle Photography! :)

Today I have some projects up on the My Mind's Eye blog! I LOVE to give gifts, and I LOVE to make the outside just as pretty as whatever might be on the inside!  And I am always raiding my scrapbooking product whenever I have to put together a gift!  Valentine's day is right around the corner, so I went with a love theme for my gift wrapped projects today!  But, I didn't use the traditional red & pink.  I actually used gold, black & white, pulling goodies from different My Mind's Eye collections to accent the boxes.  These would be great for the man in your life because they aren't super girly, but he might not love all the glitter from the glitter wrap. {Seriously...when I was creating these, my husband was not impressed with the glitter I had ALL OVER ME. Lol.}
There is a bit of a step by step process written up on the MME blog post, so please head over there for those details!!  The majority of the supplies will be linked below, but the gift wrap is not.  So, I had to run to Walmart {shudder} for something that had been out of stock at Target, & I happened to go in the door where all the Christmas clearance was set up.  I'm a sucker for gift wrap, so I peeked through it a little bit...and found this gorgeous gold glitter wrap, & the same in silver!!  I grabbed two rolls of each at the marked 50% off, figuring I would be getting double the amount for regular price.  I went & grabbed the other items we needed, then headed to the checkout.  Each roll ended up being $1.14  {I think that was close to 90% off}....I was so happy & went on my merry way with my giftwrap full of glittery goodness.  It was almost like a treat for having to go to my least favorite store in the world!!  Just thought I would share that little story with you...lol!




Do you ever use your scrapbooking product when wrapping gifts for people?  What do you like to use?  I'd love to hear!!

That is all that I have for you today!  If you want to see sneak peeks of future projects & keep up with me on Facebook, please head on over & like the Lea Lawson Creates page!!  And don't forget to become a follower in the right sidebar so you never miss a post.  Have an awesome rest of your day!!

Until later,
~L.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Card Concept 27

Hey there, blog friends!!  How are you doing today?  I'm great...just super busy with booking upcoming weddings & lots of crafting stuff that I just can't share quite yet!  Today marks a new challenge at The Card Concept!!
http://thecardconcept.blogspot.com/2015/01/challenge-27-love.html 

Isn't that inspiration photo so much fun?  I just love everything about it!  My card was inspired by pretty much all of it...the colors, heart banners, ombre lettering, & woodgrain.  Check out my card!
I've used a mix of different papers & dies to create this card, which will all be linked below.  I fussed with this card for quite awhile...getting the placement of everything just right.  But I love how it ended up turning out!!

Other Card Challenges:




I really hope that you will join us in using this beautiful inspiration photo, & defining what your style of card making is!!  Here is a reminder of the rules:
  1. Use the Challenge to create a card.
  2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for the different styles summary.
  3. Explain in your post which style you used.
  4. Link up your blog post here, not your whole blog.
  5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!
This challenge will end on Monday, February 2nd at Noon (PST).  So be sure to join in on the fun before then...who knows, you could be picked as a favorite!

That is all that I have for you today!  If you want to see sneak peeks of future projects & keep up with me on Facebook, please head on over & like the Lea Lawson Creates page!!  And don't forget to become a follower in the right sidebar so you never miss a post.  Have an awesome rest of your day!!

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

White on White Winter

Hey there, blog friends!!  Sorry for the absence...I've just been super busy lately.  I hope that you are all doing well, and having a great start to 2015! 

I just wanted to pop in today and share a little peek at a card I have up on the Taylored Expressions blog today!
  Head on over to my Taylored Expressions Blog Team blog post to get all the details on the card, including how I created it & a link supply list so you can pick up any products that catch your eye!

ALSO, Taylor is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store to one lucky commenter...so be sure to head on over to check out the post!  {While I would LOVE for you to leave me a comment here as well, this is a reminder that the winner will only be picked from the TE blog post.}

Thanks so much for checking out my little peek today...have a terrific rest of your Tuesday!

Until later,
~L.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

LID January Release - Day 3

Hey there, blog friends!!  Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Design January release.  Before I get to it...today is my birthday!!!  35 years ago I made my appearance into this world...it's crazy to think that I've been alive that long.  Time certainly flies.

Today I've focused on the more cutesie items in this month's release, and have created two final cards to share with you.  My first one is a shaker card full of pink, sequins & donuts...who could resist?!
I love how the sequins look like they could be sprinkles that top a donut...plus I diecut a bunch of actual sprinkles from the Donut die by Lil' Inker Designs as well!!

Card Challenges:




For my next card I created a card with the lollipop holder & the adorable robot stamp set.
This would be really cute to give to your kids on Valentine's day...or if you are really adventurous, their entire class.  Lol!  (Do they even do Valentine's parties in school anymore?)

Card Challenges:



The glitter paper is not linked above.  I've had it FOREVER, and couldn't find anywhere that carried it any longer.  But just in case you want to know...it is Doodlebug Designs sugar coated cardstock in Swimming Pool, Limeade & Ladybug.

Be sure to check out what all the other designers have created as well!



Those are all of my creations for the January release from Lil' Inker Designs!  Be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page to easily keep up with my crafty creation, & become a follower of my blog in the right sidebar.  :)  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Until later,
~L.

Monday, January 12, 2015

LID January Release - Day 2

Happy Tuesday, blog friends! Welcome to the second day of the Lil' Inker Design January release.  I apologize about my day 1 post not being up on time...I had it scheduled on the wrong date.  Sheesh...I had a long weekend.  Lol!  If you missed it yesterday, just keep on scrolling after you read this post so you don't miss it! 

Today I put away the stamps & ink, and focused on a couple of the dies in this new release.  I've combined them with some My Mind's Eye Jubilee "Wild Berry" collection to create this fun card!  (All products will be linked below.)
For the first time ever, I cut all the papers just freehand with a pair of scissors.  I love the uneven & imperfect lines it gives all the paper layers!!

Card Challenges:



Be sure to check out what all the other designers have created as well!




I will be back tomorrow with another project using some of the new products!  Be sure to like the Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page to easily keep up with my crafty creation, & become a follower of my blog in the right sidebar.  :)  Have a great Tuesday!

Until later,
~L.

LID January Release - Day 1

Hi there, blog friends!!  Today is the start of Lil' Inker Designs January release, and I have a couple of cards to share with you today using some of the new stamps & dies!

Up first is a shaker card using the new cover up plate, & a couple of the Valentine's themed stamps.  Check it out!
I love this cover up plate, and I've added foam adhesive in the middle of it so that the sequins stay on the top & at the bottom as well!  I've combined two of the new stamps sets to create the heat embossed sentiment.

Card Challenges:



For my next card, I created a Valentine using the chalkboard technique...and I LOVE how it turned out!
 I've used lots of layers & dimension on this one...the diecut banners are probably my favorite part!!

Card Challenges:



Be sure to check out what all the other designers have created as well!


I will be back tomorrow with another project using some of the new products!  Be sure to like the Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page to easily keep up with my crafty creation, & become a follower of my blog in the right sidebar.  :)  Have a happy Monday!

Until later,
~L.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Project Life: January Week 1

Hi blog friends!!  How is your week so far?  Mine has been busy getting ready for a wedding show that I am part of this coming Sunday, plus finishing up the editing of a wedding a shot in December.  So, it has been a sweats kind-of week in front of the computer, designing & ordering marketing materials, updated prints for my booth....that sort of thing! 

So, it is my intent to do my Project Life posts on Sundays....but Photoshop was just not jiving with my laptop on Sunday, so I've worked on my spread here & there this week when I've had a moment.  It is finally finished, and I wanted to share it with you!!
I've used a mix of newer digital product on my spread.  Did you know that Studio Calico has started offering some of their kit products digi now?!  I was SO excited when that happened this month!!  So, I've used Studio Calico's "Far Far Away" digital papers, journal cards & printable PNG's, along with the "Folio" collection from the Memory Pockets Monthly subscription at The Lilypad. 

Some of the odds & ends I've used might not be in those kits, so if you find something you have a questions about...leave me a comment & I will answer it best I can!!  :)

I've decided to do Project Life weekly this year, because trying it monthly last year was an epic fail.  I think a month is too hard to for me to try & document all together.  Some weeks I might not have a full spread...likely this week won't, because I haven't really had any photo worthy moments.  BUT...it will still be good to document what did take up my week, and put it together with some of the cute photos I have taken of my pups.  ;)  Their sweet faces deserve to be seen!

Well, that is everything I have for you tonight!!  Talk to you soon!

Until later,
~L.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Card Concept 26

Hi there, blog friends!! I hope the middle of the week finds you having a great one so far.  A little while ago I was asked to be part of the 2015 creative team at The Card Concept challenge blog.  This is a fun challenge that explores all the different types of styles, & utilizes inspiration photos to base your project off of.  I've been added as one of the freestyle collage designers, & I will get more into the definition of that style below.

Today not only marks the first challenge of 2015, but also the one year anniversary of the blog being open!!
As you can see, the inspiration photo is beautiful!  I fell in love with the colors, although I used a more liberal amount of blue on my card, and the gorgeous flowers.

Creating a freestyle collage card is all about freedom & mixing.  It is about using items that might typically be unrelated, and finding a way to use them together.  Mostly it's about not limiting yourself with boundaries when it comes to card design.  And that is why I fit in this category best...I dabble in all styles of cardmaking, I never fear adding tons of layers, and I create best when it is an organic experience.

For my card today, I've mixed & matched some My Mind's Eye products (all will be linked below), and just layered to my hearts content.  It's feminine & full of my favorite colors with a little bit of added glitter...I love how it turned out!
   What do you think of my take on the inspiration photo?  It's a little more eclectic & funky...but that kind-of fits me perfectly.  :)  The chipboard flower in the background was one larger piece, but was too big for my card.  So I cut it into two pieces so I could layer one part on top of the other.  It made it fit better, and gave my card some extra dimension...which I think is an added plus!!

Other Card Challenges:





I really hope that you will join us in using this beautiful inspiration photo, & defining what your style of card making is!!  Here is a reminder of the rules:

  1. Use the Challenge to create a card.
  2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for the different styles summary.
  3. Explain in your post which style you used.
  4. Link up your blog post here, not your whole blog.
  5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!
This challenge will end on Monday, January 19th at Noon (PST).  So be sure to join in on the fun before then...who knows, you could be picked as a favorite!

That is all that I have for you today!  If you want to see sneak peeks of future projects & keep up with me on Facebook, please head on over & like the Lea Lawson Creates page!!  And don't forget to become a follower in the right sidebar so you never miss a post.  Have an awesome rest of your day!!

Until later,
~L.