It is beautiful here!!!

April 15, 2010

Two days ago, it was snowing and super cold.  Today it is sunny, gorgeous, and in the 60's!  Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 70's!!  I can't even tell you HOW excited I am for that!!  And then in a couple will probably snow again.  Tee hee- welcome to Spring in Montana!

I have just a couple of things to share with you today.  First up is my card for CPS Sketch 162 this week.  I flipped it around and changed it around a little...but I think it is pretty fun.  I felt like I hadn't done anything rainbow themed in had get my fix!  Tee hee!
"Rainbow Love" supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: black)
Ribbon: Offray
Jewels/Button: Doodlebug Designs
Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Impression Plate: Papertrey Ink

Instructions:  Fold black cardstock in half to make card base.  Emboss a white cardstock block using the Cuttlebug and the Polka Dot Basics II impression plate, and adhere to the front of the card.  Cut six rainbow colored strips of cardstock, and adhere to the middle.  Tie ribbon around the middle of the card, and accent the bow with a button.  Stamp the sentiment to a white cardstock block, and adhere rainbow colored jewels directly below it.  Adhere the entire block to the front of the card using dimensional adhesive. 

I don't create very often specifically for publication calls, but I did do this one for the Back To School section of the last Cards Magazine call.  But, I had the idea for awhile and never any time to get it it was perfect timing.  It didn't get picked up, so I am going to share it with you now!!  
"Thanks No. 1 Teacher" supplies: 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics & Prism
Paper: October Afternoon
Paper Frill/Button/Jewels: Doodlebug Designs
Stamps/Ribbon: Renaissance By Design (A is for Apple set) 
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: black, scarlet, lime, brown) 
Twine: Darice Inc. 
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Embossing Folder: Stitched Circles by Provo Craft

Instructions: Fold green cardstock in half to make cardbase and round the bottom corners.  Round the bottom corners of a block of striped paper and adhere to the front.  Dry emboss circles to a strip of white cardstock using a Cuttlebug and Stitched Circles folder.  Stamp the apples, and sentiment to the white cardstock, and adhere to the top of the striped block.  Add pink paper frill directly below the sentiment.  Wrap ribbon around the middle, and accent with a bow, button, and twine.

I have a little bit of bummer news to share.  This year those that wanted to had to reapply to be on the Provo Craft design team, and unfortunately I didn't make the cut this time around.  I am a little sad about that, but life shall go on. :)  I had three great years of generosity from Provo Craft, and learned a lot about two of my favorite crafting machines.  And I will still use my Cricut Expression and Cuttlebug all the I just have to pay for the stuff.  Ack!!  So- let me know where you buy your Cricut and Cuttlebug product from....I will be looking for the best prices! 

The great news is that I have two other fabulous manufacturers that I still work for.  GCD Studios, of course, is the newest team I am on.  And I am really loving it!  The papers and product are so fun!  And I am still on the Glitz Designs team....and I have some exciting news on that front as well!  I will be heading up the design team as the coordinator, and you are going to start to see lots of fabulous posts from Glitz on their blog!  We will be announcing the full design team next I will post a link to that when we do!

So, do you want to see some fabulous photos of a really cute boy?  Of  course you do!  Tee hee!  I did a little mini shoot of Casey in his Carroll gear to add to his senior portrait collection.  I have been reading a lot about cinematic and edgier editing I played around with processing them that way.  I really like how they turned out! 
I had to add that last photo!!  It totally cracks me up.  I think I said something like "Show me your sexy face!"  And I got the "Seriously, sis?" face instead.  And even with the face...he still looks amazing.  So unfair.  No one should be able to be so photogenic.  Tee hee! 

Well, that is all I have for you today! I hope you liked my cards, and my little brother eye candy!  Have a wonderful day! ♥♥♥ 

Until later,


  1. Beautiful, beautiful cards! Love the clean layout and the pretty colors, those gorgeous stones are a wonderful touch.

  2. your cards are ADORABLE!--to bad it didn't get picked up--it's cute! Sorry to hear that you didn't get to stay on with Provo Craft...I get my carts on ebay--just decide what you want to pay and be patient and you get what you want! your photos are GREAT!
    And Congrats on the promotion at Glitz!

  3. Lea, these photos are excellent, and of course i know how excellent your subject is!!!!!! Cards are beautiful and so are you! HUGS, Gramma

  4. Fun cards, Lea. Love the bright colour strips you used on the first one and how you used the dotted circles around the apples. Sorry to hear about the Provo Craft issue. I buy mine on line from a great Canadian supplier or my LSS with a coupon. All That Scraps carries them I believe.

    GREAT set of pictures!! Love how you used the stairs and railing to frame the first ones and I must say the biceps on the first colour picture against the brick wall with him cradling the football caught my attention LOL! Thanks for putting the last picture in - it is simply adorable (don't tell him I used the word adorable though as it is not a "he man" word LOL!). That grin and expression is precious.

  5. Lea, these are gorgeous cards and your photos are totally are awesome!!!

    I am sorry about the Provocraft really is their loss, as you are amazing! Oh, well...I don't use Cricut, but I do love my Cuttlebug stuff and I am waiting to get the new goodies from Scrap-mart when they come out..they do have great prices and super speedy service....hugs...

  6. i love love love your rainbow card, what a fabulous design! your photos are amazing, too!

    I do get things at Scrap-mart, too. if you sing up for their newsletter, you get a 40% off coupon for one item each month. their Nesties are alway on sale. I also shop at Michaels. i think this week their Cricut cartridges are on sale! they also send out coupons via email! =)

  7. Your cards are absolutely amazing as always! Your little bro is a cutie!

  8. What a hunk! :) He is cute cute! Your pics are awesome... AWESOME! And so are your cards! Love them both! You got the best jewels around! :) I want some of those (i love bling on cards)but dang... the ones I have seen are not cheap! :) I am sorry for your bummer news! I find it hard to believe someone would not pick your or one of your cards and I am not just blowing smoke! You are sooooo good! I recently got a Cricut and found that hallmark scrapbook (online) has the best deals on cartridges. From the little research that I have done! Hope that helps!

  9. Gorgeous cards!! I like the rainbow stripes and looks so fresh!
    Your brother is definately a cutie and your portrait photos of him are beautiful.

  10. Wow, you do beautiful photos, too. You are one amazing artist. Congrats on being the DT Coordinator for Glitz designs. I need to check their products out when I'm stateside in just a few months.

  11. Congratulations to Casey!! What a great fit Carroll will be for him!!! Sorry about Provo, but I am so happy for you on being the Glitz DT Coordinator!!! Will be looking forward to what's to come!!! Your cards are beautiful as always and your photography totally rocks!!!

  12. Sorry to hear the bummer news that the run has ended but like you said, "Life goes on". I would have picked you! Cuz your cards are AWESOME!!!Love the photos of your little bro I hadn't seen any of them yet. Dad

  13. I just love your pictures! They're all so fabulous! And of course your cards totally rock as usual!! :-)

  14. girl, your photos are amazing! and you're right, he's a handsome guy:)

  15. I ALWAYS love your rainbow cards! Girlfriend, you're so orginal and creative every single time! Your apple card is adorable and the way you embossed around the apples is SO cute.

    Your photos of Casey are wonderful! He is so photogenic and you're such an amazing photographer. No wonder they're GREAT!! Hugs! Kay

  16. Supah cute stuff Lea! And thanks for the rainbow fix!

    Your photography skills just blow me away, I totally wish I lived closer so I could hire you!

    Bummer about ProvoCraft...It's their loss really, cause you rock!

    (-: Heidi


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