Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weekly Challenge | Spring Colours & New Release

This week Digital Delights has a fun new release for Easter!! I love these bunnies and kids and the trees!!! I had so much fun using Easter Derry and the Easter Tree! I love all the layering and scene-making possibilities!!! I hope you enjoy my card!!

for this card you will need:
Markers: BIC Mark-Its
Accessories: Ribbon, foam dots

This weeks challenge we would love to see you
and with this Digital Delights has some fun springy releases too!!
You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image to join in on the fun
but if you do you can enter TWICE. To enter twice you when using a Digital Delight image your  1st entry use your card link.  2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your name

We have a wonderful NEW Sponsor this week
OH MY CRAFTS is offering a $15 Store Certificate

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Paperdolls & Posies with Terri Sproul's Mixers and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

I created this fun little necklace for my daughter Sam using Terri Sproul's Mixers, Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer and Jewelry Findings and Graphic 45 paper. For complete instructions check out my blog post here. I love how Terri's Mixers can enhance anything! Samantha will love this!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition


Today I am sharing with you several projects that I have been working on recently for application for the Graphic 45 Design Team. For all of these projects I used the Playtimes Past Paper Pad and in some cases  the the Core Impressions Graphic 45 Timeless Collection Coredinations Paper Pad. These projects represent areas of paper crafting that I love : Upcycling, Scrapbooking, Altered Crafts, and gift making.

Watch the replay of leslierahye's crafty gig to learn how to make this book!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my projects. Wish me luck making the cut!! Please take time to share some comments!! I love to hear from you all!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Mixing It Up with Terri Sproul Blog Hop

"I create because I have a need to share the most beautiful part of my soul."
~Nikole Casassa

Welcome to the Mixing Creativity with Crystal Lacquer Blog Hop featuring Terri Sproul Mixers!! You already know that I"m a fan of Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer, and if you have been paying attention you know I'm also a fan of Terri Sproul's Mixers. I loved the opportunity to play with these beautiful micas and chunky glitz vintage glass glitter!! I hope you enjoy my motivational sign that I made for my creative space! 

Here is what you need to make it:
6×6" thick acrylic 
gold thread
Lutradur® Mixed Media weight [shapes cut with Sizzix Big Shot]
a saying--I chose a quote art piece from Niki at MelonHeadz Illustrating.

I cut shapes of Lutradur® with the Big Shot and painted
them with Terri Sproul Mixers and Crystal Lacquer. I used
piece of card stock and a piece of paper for the overage
and those pieces were cut and punched to create
elements for the collage.

I used Crystal Lacquer on the edge of the acrylic and dipped
it in the Tanzanite Mixer dusting of f the excess once it was dry.

Pink Sapphire mixers were painted onto the edge of the saying
and the saying was attached to the underside of the acrylic with
Crystal Lacquer. The elements were attached to the front of the
Acrylic with the lacquer as well as were the Steampunk gears.
Gold thread was wrapped around the edges of the acrylic to
imply a frame. The end was secured with hot glue.
The complete list of Blogs is below, be sure to stop at each one to collect the chance to win the blog prize!!

In order to be considered for the prize, you must:
* go see each of the teammate's project and leave them a comment
* then come back here and tell us which was you favorite
* Share this post on facebook

The winner will receivea 3 pack of Terri Sproul's Mixers and a Bottle of Crystal Lacquer!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Festive Friday #4 2♥12 | Acrylic front Wonderland

The Festive Friday Blog Hop is hosted by Terri Sproul. This bi-monthly blog hop features Holiday cards from many talented card crafters as we get our Christmas cards ready early this year. If you reached this stop from Terri's Blog Terri Sproul , then you are in the right spot--she is also the beginning of the blog!

For this card I used a random piece of coredinations card  stock that had gotten wet and then when dried left some interesting pattering with the dye in the card stock--a happy whoopsie if you will. I used my favorite outline stickers by Starkraft on an acrylic 4" square and colored the outline of the trees black with India Ink by Stewart Superior. I then used Sakura Glitter Lacquer to color the trees and silver metallic lacquer to make snow mounds. I covered the snow mounds with Terri Sproul's new Ultra Fine Glitter. I added silver outline snowflakes and stars to the card  stock and attached the acrylic to the card stock with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I added more outlines snowflakes on top placing a crystal bling in each center. The acrylic front was added to a 5"square card base that had only a 2" front that the acrylic over hangs the lip of the card. I added a bit of polka-dotted green Crafty Ribbons Ribbon to the side for accent. I really enjoy how this fun little card turned out! I hope you do too.

The next stop on the hop is Chris! She always has great designs at Stinky Dog Designs!

if you enjoyed my Sakura craftyness, come back tomorrow for
a special blog hop featuring Terri Sproul's Mixers!! There will be
blog candy prizes!!! Be sure to join us!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weekly Challenge | Use Patterned Paper

Welcome to another Delightful Challenges weekly challenge...this week we're creating projects using Patterned Paper designed by Wendy! I love her patterned paper! They print beautifully and and easy to design with All stamps are available at Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I hope you enjoy my card.

For this card:
Digital Stamps: Shop & Talk Vickie
Digital Paper: spots and stripes paper set
Card Stock: Coredinations, 
Accessories: PrismaColor Pencils, Sakura Hobby Crafts Crystal Lacquer and metallic lacquer, Terri Sproul's ultra fine glitter, BIC Mark-Its,  foam tape

This weeks challenge we would love to see
Patterned Paper!

You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image to join in on the fun but if you do you can enter TWICE

To enter twice you when using a Digital Delight image your 1st entry use your card link 2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your name

We have a wonderful Sponsor this week

The Robin's Nest $15 gift card from their store

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sakura Design Team Announcement

I am so honored to be joining the Sakura Hobby Crafts design team for a 2nd term!! I love these products and now with Terri Sproul's new Mixers I have so many fun ideas I want to share with you!!! I'm so glad I will have this opportunity to continue to represent this amazing company and it's awesome product line!!! Meet the rest of the team here.

Be sure to check  in later this week for a special Sakura Design Team Blog Hop featuring Terri Sproul's Mixers!! It's going to be amazing! Lots of beautiful projects and talent!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Scrappy Challenge #2 | Stamping in your Scrapbooks

Thank you to those who participated in the 1st leslierahye's Scrappy Challenge! I hope you had fun and got a few pages done in the mean time. I know I did! It's been refreshing taking time to scrapbook this past month and a half! If you joined me tonight you already know the winner...drawn by
#1 AMANDA!!!

Congratulations to Amanda! You won a grab bag from my favorite online store!!

Tonight's leslierahye's scrappy gig replay [in two parts] ;)

Are you ready for some MORE?!?

The Rules

  • Challenge runs 3rd Friday to 3rd Thursday of Next Month.
  • Create layouts during that time--no linking to old layouts/posts.
  • Link to the blogpost, image gallery or facebook photo of your layout...complete entry form for linkup. 
  • You may enter as many items as you like but only the 1st 4 [1 per week if you're playing along with my personal challenge] will be entered into the random drawing at the end of that challenge. Winner will be announced on the scrappy gig. 
  • **BONUS ENTRIES** You may earn bonus entries if you include rubber stamping on your layout. Watch tonight's replay for ideas on how you can use rubber stamping in you scrapbook layouts! [up to 4 bonus entries for a total of 8 chances in the drawing!!!]
  • Rules may vary as some months may include a theme or things may come up that were not originally thought of.
Thank you for playing along with me!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crafty Ribbons Challenge #13 | Paws for Thought

if you are looking for my weekly challenge post for Delightful Challenges, click here.

It's time now for a new Crafty Ribbons Challenge and this one is totally fun! When I saw the ribbons from the latest design team shipment I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I needed to make a princess puppy hair bow. 
My daughter LOVES dogs. Christmas before last she asked Santa for a leash. When I asked her "why a leash?," she commented "for my dog of course!" We had a cat, a turtle and a frog--no dog. Santa in his infinite wisdom brought Fancy Pants a "dog". Emma Dog was a stuffed Build-A-Bear Yorkie and she had a blingy pink leash and a princess outfit.  Fancy Pants like-wise has several shirts with the princess theme and puppy themes. A princess puppy hair bow is almost a necessity!
I used these fun new puppy paw ribbons along with the princess crown ribbon and the "princess" ribbon. All ribbons are grosgrain ribbons. The finished bow is attached with hot glue to a clip so that it can be worn in the hair easily! Thank you for looking! 

Challenge #12 | Paws for Thought [animal prints and paws]
The prize offered this week from Crafty Ribbons Challenge is from our very own Crafty Ribbons! You get to win  some of these very sweet paw print ribbons!!

This challenge will run from 8.30am 16th Feb until 6pm 29th Feb

My Favorite Things ATC with Amazing Mold Putty

Artist Trading Cards [ATC for short] are little pieces of art contained on a "card" the size of 2½×3½. These can be made out of anything. I have plans this year to try to make ATCs in an effort to broaden my creativity. Today I present to you an ATC comprised of my favorite things!  I hope you enjoy!
Favorite Things ATC--felting, steampunk, Amazing Mold Putty
Terri Sproul Mixers, and Sizzix Dies--these are a few of MY favorite things!
I began the construction of my ATC by die cutting from felt the
ATC base, gears, hearts and other potential items that I might
need in the construction of my ATC.
I then also die cut foam core board to use for making my mold.
I rolled out a large piece of putty after combining Part A and Part B.
I pressed the foam core die cuts into the putty and went over them
with my brayer pushing putty to enable an even pour of resin.
The completed molds looked like this. They were perfect for
pouring the white Amazing Casting Resin. I also practiced with
some Creative Paperclay that I will use for a future project. These
steampunky molds will get quite the workout!
I added the felt components to the felt ATC base
by needle felting them.
Prior to pouring the casting resin, I dusted my molds with bronze
Metallic Powder by Allumilite. It provide this matte finish to my
resin gears.
I coated my gear for my project with Sakura Hobby
Crafts 3D Crysral Lacquer mixed with the Allumilite
Metallic Powder to give it a sheen. I then also for the heart
sprinkled Terri Sproul's Mixers Glitz Effects--which are
small Vintage Glass Particles--think chunky glitter.
The elements were then trimmed and added to my felt ATC with hot glue.The edges that were revealed by cutting the resin were touched with more Allumilite and lacquer

I adore how My Favorite Things ATC turned out. The elements that can be molded and casted are virtually unlimited!! I can't wait to make  more "die cut" molds and create accessories for all of my crafty needs!! stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Weekly Challenge | Use Your Scraps

Welcome to another Delightful Challenges weekly challenge...this week we're creating projects use up our scaps All stamps are available at Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I hope you enjoy my card.
By nature I struggle with scraps...I am an upcycler and appreciate the reusing of items [for example I have a few boards on pinterest that I follow that are about nothing but upcycling toilet paper rolls]. However, when it comes to scraps, I'm torn (pardon the pun). On the one hand I can save them for use with my punch art...and I L O V E all things punch art. BUT I already have such a huge supply of paper hanging on to one scrap...that is less than 4×4" is hardly in my nature--unless it's a piece of paper that I'm so in love with that I don't want to cut it, let alone get rid of any scrap of it! ha! Yes, it's one extreme or the other, I know.
The paper in this paper pack falls into the category of the latter. This is my 2nd purchase of this pad of paper. I simply love it. These particular pieces don't reflect it's true beauty as it is from a pad that has embedded glitter--Pocket Full of Posies by Die Cuts with a View!!! The piece of acrylic is also a scrap. I had die cut ATCs [for a previous post] out of 4×4" squares of acrylic. The left over piece resembled a frame. I decided that the frame would be fun to attach the bow--a scrap piece of ribbon-- and the printed ticket--printed on a scrap piece of DCWV paper. I hope you enjoy my card!

For this card:
Digital Stamps: Claudia Cow
Card Stock: Scraps of Die Cuts with a View and Bazzill
Markers: Stampin' Up Markers
Accessories: ribbon, foam tape, acrylic

This weeks challenge we would love to see
Use your Scraps!

You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image to join in on the fun but if you do you can enter TWICE

To enter twice you when using a Digital Delight image your 1st entry use your card link 2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your name

We have a wonderful Sponsor this week

CutNPaste Memories is offering a $25 gift card from their store

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ten on Ten Challenge | February 2♥12

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I am proud of me remembering to take  my photos for the 2nd month of the year! It was an extremely busy day and I find it interesting in the course of this very busy day I spent most of it focused on looking at beauty and art. That is what makes a busy day bearable I suppose.
Ten on Ten Challenge is a challenge that Rebekah runs on her blog A bit of Sunshine. Challenge yourself to take 1 day a month to document your day in photographs.

leslierahye--Ten on Ten--February 2012

Thank you for looking!