Friday, December 12, 2014

The World is Full of Wonderful Things @ Christmas

Hey there, blog friends!  How has your Friday been?  Are you ready for the weekend?  I have a wedding this weekend, so I will be in work mode.  BUT...my house is now decorated.  Yay!!!  I've got that Scrooge off my back, and am feeling a little more Christmasy.  Next week I am going to do my baking, which will make it even better.  I LOVE to bake.

Today I have my second post as the guest designer on the Neat & Tangled blogFor today's card I combined the Christmas goodness of the Very Merry stamp set with the non-holiday themed Origami Maps stamp set, which paired together even better than I thought they would!  Check it out!!
When I was picking stamp sets to use for my guest design spot this month, I just KNEW I had find a way to use this map on a Christmas card....and I couldn't be more excited with how it turned out!!  There is a full list of instructions on how to recreate this card on my Neat & Tangled blog post today, so head on over to check those out!!

Card Challenges:



Thanks so much for checking out my card today! I will be back next week with one more holiday project to share as the guest designer for Neat & Tangled!

If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

Have a great weekend!!

Until later,
~L.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Mind's Eye Stickers Week

Happy Thursday, blog friends!!  How have you been this week?  I've been good.  I've been struggling a little to get into the holiday spirit this year.  But...I started decorating my house yesterday, and I think I am starting to get there.  And as much as I love presents & Christmas decorations & Christmas cards & baking...I am reminded that none of that really matters compared to the birth of Christ, which is what this time of year is really all about to me.

While I've been a little slow going getting my house all Christmasy, I haven't been slacking on creating Christmas cards & projects!  We are showcasing stickers this week on the My Mind's Eye Blog, and today I've pulled out all of my Sleigh Bells Ring goodies to create these cards, with an emphasis on the Gift Label stickers, Alpha & Word sticker sheets & the Enamel Shapes.
These cards do have a lot of layers to them, but they are really simple to put together.  My Mind's Eye makes it easy with all the amazing stickers & accents that they create for each collection.  With everything ready made, all I had to do was grab & start layering them on the card fronts.

The first card with the big (but fabulous!!) bow on it is the only one that can't easily slide into an envelope to be sent.  But it would look beautiful atop a gift package, basket or bag...don't you think?  The other three cards do have some dimension added to them, but will still fit into an envelope with ease (I checked!).

Card Challenges:


Thanks for checking out my cards today!!  If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Thursday!

Until later,
~L.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

LID December Release - Hello Awesome

Hey there, blog friends!  Welcome to the final night of the Lil' Inker Designs December release!!  If you haven't already checked them out, there are 4 new stamp sets & 6 new dies are now available for purchase in the Lil' Inker Designs shop....so be sure to go over & add some items to your Christmas wishlist!

I've got two more projects to share with you, and I'm using the following items tonight: Hello, Awesome stamp set, Awesome word die & Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles, among other previously released items.

I used a rainbow theme for my first card, and the super fun "possum" sentiment!  Check it out!
I started with cutting an A2 card from white cardstock.  I then diecut the stitched rectangle from rainbow colored cardstock strips, then adhered them all to a block of white cardstock.  I then diecut the word "Awesome" from bottom of it.  Because it is fairly thick, the word leaves a perfect impression but does not cut all the way through.  I then stamped & heat embossed the rest of the sentiment to the front.  After adhere the entire rainbow block to the card front, I accented it with jewels to finish.



I created a baby themed card for my next project.  I combined the awesome die with some previously released stamps & dies, and I love how it turned out!
 I started by cutting an A2 card from white cardstock.  I cut a chevron paper block slightly smaller, then diecut "seriously awesome" from the bottom of it. I added a strip of gold glittered paper to the bottom of the card, then added the chevron paper block to the top using foam adhesive.  I then diecut the speech bubble border to a block of art paper, & painted the watercolor background.  I diecut the speech bubbles from vellum, & adhered them to the top of the watercolor blocks.  I then stamped the rest of the sentiments as shown to finish.



Do you want a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs to put towards your purchase this month?  {Seriously...who wouldn't?!}  Then be sure to hop along to each of the designer's blogs & leave a comment.  The more blogs you visit & comment, the better your chances are at winning!!  Here is a link list in case you need the whole thing:


Thanks for checking out my cards today!!  If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

 I hope you have enjoyed all of my projects for this latest Lil' Inker Designs release!!  I would love to hear....what are your favorites of the new product?

Until later,
~L. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

LID December Release - All About Ampersand

Hi there, blog friends!  Welcome to day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs December release!!  Weren't all of the projects from our team yesterday just amazing?!   4 new stamp sets & 6 new dies are now available for purchase in the Lil' Inker Designs shop....so be sure to go over & add some items to your Christmas wishlist!

We've got two more days of amazing projects and today I am featuring the following items: All About Ampersand stamp set, All About Ampersand dies & Anytime Tags Die Set 2.

My first card is very clean & simple.  I've used white on white, with a touch of gold & black.  I think it looks very elegant, but still very trendy.  Check it out!
 I started with an A2 card base cut from white cardstock, then diecut the anytime tag from the same.  After adding the gold thread to the middle of the card base, I layered the white tag on top of it with foam adhesive.  I diecut the ampersand from shiny gold papern & added it to the middle of the tag with foam tabs as well.  To finish I stamped the rest of the sentiment to white cardstock, cut it out & adhered it to each side of the gold ampersand.




For my next card I created Christmas shaker card using the ampersand cover plate.  Are you sick of me making shaker cards yet?  I certianly hope not, because I love them!!!  :)  Check it out!
 I started with an A2 card base cut from white cardstock, then covered the front with red glittered paper.  I diecut the ampersand cover plate from white cardstock, then backed it with a transparency.  I then added all the sequins to the middle of the card base.  After lining the edges of the ampersand block with foam tape, I adhered it to the card front.  I made sure all of the edges were sealed, then shook the sequins loose.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment in cottage ivy ink to white cardstock, cut them out & adhered them to the lower left corner to finish.



Do you want a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs to put towards your purchase this month?  {Seriously...who wouldn't?!}  Then be sure to hop along to each of the designer's blogs & leave a comment.  The more blogs you visit & comment, the better your chances are at winning!!  Here is a link list in case you need the whole thing:


Thanks for checking out my cards today!!  If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

Have a great rest to your weekend, and I will be back again tomorrow night with my final Lil' Inker Designs December release post! 

Until later,
~L. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

LID December Release - Girl's Best Friend

Hey there, blog friends!!  Welcome to the first day of the December Lil' Inker Designs release posts!!  We've got 4 new stamp sets & 6 new dies, and tons of amazing projects to share with you over the next three days!!

For today's post I am focusing on the following new items: Girl's Best Friend stamp set, Girl's Best Friend Diamond die, Alphabet Gems stamp set & Cover Up die: Faceted.  There's lots of gold & sparkles to be seen on my two cards tonight, so let's get right to it!

I peeked the same products on a card of mine earlier this week.  This card was created in a similar style but without the galaxy style background.
For this card I started with an A2 purple card base.  I blended pink & purple watercolors for the background, and then diecut the diamond from it once dry.  I used a little bit of washi tape to put the diamond diecut back in its place on the background, minus the facets.  This way the gold glitter paper could show through!  After that I stamped the smaller gems & the star trails directly to the watercolor background.  After accenting with some jewels, it was finished!



My next card uses super shine & some glittery gold, along with red & orange watercolor.  The colored jewels were a perfect blingy touch!
I cut an A2 card base from white cardstock to start.  Then I diecut the faceted cover plate from shiny gold paper, and adhere it to the card front.  I added watercolor to some of the facets very lightly at first, then added more concentrated drops of paint here & there to make it look more interesting.  I stamped & heat embossed the sentiment to vellum, then stitched it to the right side of the card.  All that was left was to add some jewel accents as finishing touches!


Do you want a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs to put towards your purchase this month?  {Seriously...who wouldn't?!}  Then be sure to hop along to each of the designer's blogs & leave a comment.  The more blogs you visit & comment, the better your chances are at winning!!  Here is a link list in case you need the whole thing:


Thanks for checking out my cards today!!  If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

Have a great start to your weekend! 

Until later,
~L. 

May Your Holidays Be Merry & Bright

Happy Friday, blog friends!!  We're almost to the weekend...yay!!  Do you have anything fun planned? I think we are going to be pretty low key - I need to get the house cleaned up & decorated for the holidays!!

I have a fun little announcement today!  I'm super excited to be this month's guest on the Neat & Tangled blog! And I've got some fun holiday projects in store for you over the next few weeks!

For my first card I knew I HAD to use the Very Merry stamp set, as that large scripted "merry" was just begging me to emboss it in glittery gold! As I looked over the entire set, I realized that the longer sentiment would be PERFECT as an ornament hanger. That is how my cute little shaker card came to be! :)
There is a full list of instructions on how to recreate this card on my Neat & Tangled blog post today, so head on over to check those out!!  

Card Challenges: 




**The embossing powder is the Recollections brand from Michael's.  They don't have it on their website, but the color is called "clear gold".**

Thanks so much for checking out my card today! I will be back next week with another fun holiday project to share!

If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

Have a great weekend!!

Until later,
~L.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thank You Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Blog Hop

It's with a little bit of a heavy heart, but a whole lot of love that I write this post today.  A few weeks ago we found out that a beloved magazine that has been a staple in the crafting world for a VERY long time is closing its doors.  It's truly an end of an era.  I haven't been super involved in the publication side of crafting for a little over a year now, but I have really great memories of being in Creating Keepsakes & Paper Crafts when they were separate magazines.

I was reminiscing a little bit this past week about the ways this magazine has been involved in my life.  I was one of the Creating Keepsakes 2007 Hall of Fame winners (if you want to read some drama just google that...lol!) and I still remember how excited I was when I got that call.  I remember how fun it was to create an anonymous profile at Two Peas as one of the winners.  I remember when our issue came in the mail and I poured over it for hours, just looking at all the amazing layouts from my fellow winners.  And even though it was plagued with drama at the beginning, the year as a group was SO fun.  We had a great time getting to know each other in our own private forum, and cheering each other on, and sharing our love of this amazing hobby.

The following year I was a Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooker of the Year finalist, and I got to spend a few days at the CK HQ & at a CKU.  It was terrifying, & overwhelming, & amazing, & so much fun all together.  I wrote this overview blog post not too long after returning home from the trip.  I got a little bit of a spoiler while I was there though, and saw that a layout of mine had been picked for the cover of Creating Keepsakes.  I didn't know FOR SURE, but was pretty positive when I saw it hanging on the wall underneath the caption "COVER", with no other layouts in sight.  Lol!

I took a break from scrapbooking, (technically I'm still taking a break.  Lol!  I'm trying to get into digital, but it just takes time to be more consistent.) but continued on with my love of paper crafting in card form.  And while I've never been highly published in Paper Crafts, I had some things here & there each year, and that was enough for me.  I am still proud of my contribution to the Color Inspiration for Card Makers special issue, which included my card on the cover & 15 cards on the inside.

And while it was fun to go over my little resume from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, I am most reminded that this magazine is the reason we have this wonderful community of crafters.  And for that I will be forever grateful!  And I am not the only one, because we have this HUGE blog hop going on to express our gratitude to everyone who touched our lives during the tenure of PC&S.  You should have arrived here from Julie Campbell's blog!!

I created this diamond themed encouragement card with a watercolor galaxy background for my addition to the hop.  It just seemed fitting, and it totally reminds me of Susan Opel!!  Check it out!
This is a peek at some new Lil' Inker Designs product that will be releasing on Saturday....so be sure to check back with me for a few days of new release projects then.  Other than that, I'm not going to do a supply list or anything on this card, but if you have any questions...please feel free to ask!!

Your next stop on the hop is off to Taylor Ursy's blog, but I will also post the entire link list below!  Seriously...there are over 200 people doing this swan song hop...so it is going to be FULL of inspiration.  It might take me awhile, but I can't wait to start seeing what everyone else created for today!!



Well...I hope you have an awesome time on this epic farewell blog hop!  Once again, thank you to PC&S for all the inspiration & amazing times over the years....they will never be forgotten.

If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)


Until later,
~L.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mama Elephant December Challenge

Happy Monday, blog friends!  Please pardon the cobwebs around here...I've been super busy working on some projects using upcoming releases, and not a lot of time to do anything extra!  But the first day of the month marks a new Mama Elephant challenge!
http://www.mamaelephantandme.blogspot.com/2014/12/december-challenge.html
I know we are right smack in the middle of holiday time, but we though there is no time like the present to start thinking about Valentine's Day!! Plus, it is also a nice breath of fresh air from everything being all about Thanksgiving & Christmas...don't you think?

My card is relatively simple, but I stamped the background using about 26 different Mama Elephant stamp sets....pulling sentiments & images that I felt worked for a love themed card.  I totally understand that not everyone has 26+ stamp sets from each company....so feel free to mix & match all of your stamps to create the same look!  Or better yet, find creative ways to use the stamp sets from Mama Elephant that you DO have on hand!!
I will say...the background isn't perfect, but isn't that the appeal of handmade items anyway?  They aren't mass produced, and being made by hand means that imperfections are going to exist.  And I couldn't be happier with how this background turned out....I just LOVE all the sentiments that I got onto it, and how it kind-of looks like patterned paper!!

Because the background is so packed & busy...I kept a simple color scheme that is masculine enough to give to your favorite guy on Valentine's Day!!  And while glitter isn't exactly masculine...I think we all get a pass on V-Day!! Lol!! :)

Card Challenges:



I really hope you will play along with us!  Here are some quick rules for the 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 the ME & me December blog post along with the graphic image
  • Winner gets featured here and a stamp set of choice
  • Deadline is December 28th
  • Link up using the Inlinkz on the bottom
  • 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!


Thanks for checking out my post today!  If you want to see more of what I will be creating this December, be sure to like my Lea Lawson Creates Facebook page, and become a follower of my blog in the right hand column! :)

Have a wonderful Monday! 

Until later,
~L.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Studio Calico Weekly Challenge

Happy Monday, blog friends!!  Just popping in for a quick post to let you know that I am hosting this week's Weekly Challenge at Studio Calico today!

http://www.studiocalico.com/blog/2014/11/24/weekly-challenge-shaker-with-lea

The challenge is to add a shaker element to any type of project, including cards, layouts, Project Life spreads, etc...I hope you will join in with me over at Studio Calico....I would love to see what you create!

If you have a moment, I would also love for you to like my Lea Lawson Creates facebook page.  I add blog links & photos to it...and will be doing a TON more with it in 2015.  Be sure to join me before all the fun gets going!!  You can also add yourself as a follower to my blog in the right sidebar as another way to keep up with my posts.

That is all I have for today!  I am super busy creating for some upcoming creative team work, but hopefully I will have some time to create something for my blog in the next day or so.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Until later,
~L.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I'm Nuts About You!

Happy Saturday, blog friends!  How is your weekend going so far?  Pretty good over here!  We went to see Mockingjay Part 1 yesterday afternoon, and it was really good.  I haven't read the books, so when I watch the movie...it is all completely new to me.  Which is kind-of fun!!  Then our neighbors came over, and we had smoked pizza & cocktails.  It was a fun afternoon/evening, which I really needed this week. :)  Today we are just being homebodies.  Josh is playing video games, & I am crafting.  And at 6pm I am going to stream the Griz-Cat game on my phone (it's the only way to see it over here in Fargo...I'll take what I can get. Lol!), and hope that the Griz just pummel them!!!

One of the things I've created today is this cutie Fall themed love card using this month's "Walden" card kit from Studio Calico.  I tried to use only product from the kit for this card, but ended up feeling like it needed the twine threaded button, and the enamel dots to feel finished.  That's pretty minimal add-ons if you think about it though!
I wanted the acorn layer to just kind-of peek through underneath the sentiment...so I stamped it fairly lightly with honey ink, and choose the outlined top verses the bolder, blacked out one.  I also think the colors are really fun for a fall themed card...how about you?  I like that while it can be given during our fun Fall holidays...it can also really be given any time of the year!

Card Challenges:



I hope that you liked my card today!  I've recently created a Facebook page just for my paper crafting, and I would love for you to follow me on it! All you have to do is like my Lea Lawson Creates facebook page.  I add blog links & photos to it...and will be doing a TON more with it in 2015.  Be sure to join me before all the fun gets going!!  You can also add yourself as a follower to my blog in the right sidebar as another way to keep up with my posts.

Have a great rest of your Saturday!  Go Griz....beat the Cats!!!

Until later,
~L.