Loves' Color is Red

One crafting resolution I made for 2017 is to get more organized and use more of my stash...mostly papers that I have purchased and have yet to use.  

I decided to start using My Mind's Eye (MME) and Bo Bunny paper.  The goal is to create at least 10 cards from a collection before purchasing more paper, unless I have a special request.

I didn't do to well once I saw the new paper line from Graphic 45...I had to get Portrait of a Lady, but I did go back to my original stash to create two cards to share.

I used colors associated with Valentines' Day and February. 

Here are my two creations:



I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges. 

Paper Nest Dolls - #02 Anything Goes 
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1708 Anything Goes
Get Creative - #55 Use Red and 1 Other Color
Aurora Wings - #44 Anything Goes
A Snowflake Promise - #37 Valentines



I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges.

Path of Positivity - #46 Expression of Love
Love to Scrap - #94 Mid Month Inspiration
Crafting from the Heart - #147 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - #173 Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Wk#8 Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Love/Romance


Both cards use images from Mo Manning and both were colored using copic markers.

The paper was My Mind's Eye and the collection actually had two names; "The Station" and "Union Square", therefore I ended up purchasing it twice.

Hope you enjoyed my cards and thanks to Tracy MacDonald for my inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by.
Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia

Month of Love

February is viewed as the month of love all across the U.S. and other countries as well.  It is also the month where lots of red, pink and white is in order and sometimes a touch of black.

So keeping with the traditional colors I created two cards using Graphic 45 paper.  Actually, I've had this paper collection for to long and needed to do something with it.  I found my inspiration on Pinterest and now to share with you in hopes that I can pass along the inspiration to you (if you need to be inspired of course, (smiles)).

As usual with Graphic 45 paper designs, the paper itself tells the story.  All you have to do is put it together so no coloring and the only stamping required is a greeting or a sentiment which works great when you can't find the perfect image. Below are my two creations; one for the male and one for the female.





I really like how this one turned out although I wasn't able to mimic completely the one I used for inspiration.  The papers are all from the Mon Amour collection and flowers are from Petaloo.  If you haven't matched the Petaloo flowers with Graphic 45 paper you should give it a try.  All I added was some stickles to the flowers and I used a Spellbinders die for one of the mats.

I design the inside using scraps from the same paper (as I usually do) and include a space for a personal message. 



For the gentleman, I used more manly colors from the same paper collection.  Again I added flowers from Petaloo and used a Memory Box die to create a spiral doily peeking out from the corners of my focal point.  For this card I didn't need to add a greeting because I used the paper for that purpose as well (pretty cool).

The inside was hit and miss because I didn't want to cover any of the paper but of course to add a personal message space I had to cover something.

This is all I have for this post and I hope to enter a few challenges with them.

Crafty Friends - #51 Anything Goes (2/24)(M53)
Crafty Calendar - Love is in the Air (2/28) (M74)
Patch of Crafty Friends - #51 Anything Goes (2/17)(M185)
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - #226 Love is in the Air (2/18)(M12)
Cupcake Inspiration - #394 Color Inspired (2/18)(M14)
Crafting When We Can - Flowers (2/17)(M51)
Come and Get It - Love is in the Air (2/17)(M12)

As always thanks for stopping by.


Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia

Whoop-Dee-Dooo

Hello my family of crafters and friends! I have been away trying to recover from a state of depression due to the loss of a family member and a decline in my health.  

After recovering from family matters I had to focus on my health.  It took a while (longer than expected) but now it is under control and my whoop-dee-dooo attitude has returned just in time to for me to re-engage myself by joining a few challenges. 

Here is the card that I am entering.  Hope you like it.


I used the "Mummu" image from Mo Manning.  She appeared to have the attitude that goes well with the greeting "whoop-dee-dooo" that was part of a Stampendous clear stamp collection called "Birthday Wish".

I used three different design papers from Maja Design and Bazzil to create the layout. My embellishments include flowers from Wild Orchid and Recollections.  

The lace, bling and cheese-cloth I found in my stash.  I used lace although I have equal amounts of lace and ribbon.  I mostly use lace simply because I haven't mastered the tying of bows and I think when you use ribbon you have to add a bow.

My friends say I do okay with bows but until my bows resemble those made by Becca Feeken, I will continue to use lace as often as I can but that's not to say that I won't tie a bow from time to time or use ribbon on my projects. 



On the inside I used different leftover scraps and a couple of sheets from the same Maja paper pad.  I added a corner flourish and used a Hero Arts stamp for my sentiment.

The card size is 6 x 6 and my image was colored with the following copic markers.

E00, 11, 23, W0, 00, 01, 03, 04, 05, 07, BV000, 00, 01, 02, BG90. BG93, and V28.

I'd like to enter the following challenges.
Southern Girls - #153 3 or more Pattern Papers (M15)
Crafting With Attitude - #24 Anything Goes (2/24)(M101)
Mo Manning - #272 Anything MO Goes (2/24)(M18)
Simply Papercraft - #43 Anything Goes (2/22)(M120)
Creative Fingers - #124 Anything Goes (2/16)(M129)
Polkadoodles - Week #6 Anything Goes (2/24)(M09)
Crafting With Friends - #36 Anything Goes (2/15)(M121)

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Sending Hugs from Texas
~Lesia~

Time Flies

Wow, time has flown by and I am so behind on things.  Seems like once Thanksgiving arrives, time speeds up and before you know it, it's a matter of weeks before Christmas and there's still more to do.  Today I decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle going on outside the comfort of my house and stay indoors where I can savor the warmth and a cup of tea while watching a bit of television.

During the quietness I tried out a few recipes I discovered on Pinterest.  Perhaps I'll share in a later post (maybe). And of course I had to go play in my craft-room and create a few cards to share with you.  So far I have created over 50 Christmas cards and it has been fun but very busy. 

During my creative mojo period I became fascinated with snowflakes and kept creating around the snowflake.  Not Santa or Christmas trees but snowflakes.  I did manage a few cards with reindeer and other symbols of Christmas but mostly my theme was snowflakes. Let me share two of my cards and you'll see what I mean.



This card was created using Bazzil card-stock and one of my newest dies from Memory Box, "Frostyville Border."  I then matched some ribbon with the paper and added a bow.  The greeting is a Fiskar clear stamp and my card size is 4.5 x 6.5.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination - #116 Anything Goes (12/20)
Creative Moments - #108 Anything Goes (12/19)
Southern Gals - #149 Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbon Challenge - #180 Christmas Theme (12/19)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - #394 Christmas (12/20)

This second card is simple and I like how it turned out. It has a certain style with all the snowflakes that reminded me of a snowy White Christmas day or a Winter Wonderland as sung by Johnny Mathis in the 70's.



With card-stock, ribbon and a couple of embossed pieces you can create this card.  I used a Darice snowflake embossing folder to emboss parts of the top layer leaving a space for my greeting. I cornered off the sections using two pieces of satin ribbon from my stash, added a couple of snowflake embellishments and stamped a greeting to complete this card.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Double D Challenges - Dreaming of a White Christmas (12/17)
Crafty Gals Corner - #101 Anything Goes (12/19)
Sweet Stampin Christmas - Inspired by Song (12/29)
Cute Card Thursday -#456 Snowflakes (12/20)

That's all I have for this post 
which is most likely my last post for the year.
With that being said I would like to say
to all my crafting buddies around the world, 
I wish each and every one of you 
that celebrate this time of year;

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 
HAPPY HANUKKAH
FELIZ NAVIDAD
SEASON GREETINGS
AND
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sending Hugs from Texas
Lesia



A Great Impression

Drats! My internet has been nothing but a big ball of frustration for the last two weeks but I finally, got a new wireless modem and have it all set up and running.  It's amazing how much I depend on this computer for all types of things.  I think perhaps creating a backup of my files would not be a bad idea at this point, so perhaps later this week I'll get right on it.

With the frustration mostly erased I had time to check on all my challenge entries and I am feeling a bit pleased with myself because my card entry over at Great Impressions was selected as one of their top 3 choices.  Thanks for selecting my card guys...that is very encouraging.

And now on to my next challenge.  Here is the card I am hoping to enter.  Hope you like it.


The card is actually quite sparkly, although this photo isn't showing the glitter on the flowers or the shimmer on the ornament.  I had fun coloring this little cutie from Mo Manning with both my Copic and ProMarkers.

Supplies for this card include white and red basic cardstock that was embossed.  Ribbon from Michaels and flowers from Wild Orchid.  The image is "Little Elf Finn" from Mo Manning Digital Collection and a Martha Stewart punch was used for the ferns.  I colored my image and then die cut a circle around it and adhered it to a scalloped circle that I cut using Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle die. Lastly I added a star brad and a die cut greeting to finish this 5.5 x 5.5 card.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Challenge Up Your Life - #54 Santas Helpers (11/22)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Old Fashioned Christmas (11/25)
The Ribbon Girl - Use Any Image (12/02)
Great Impression - Anything Goes (12/01)
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - As Long As Its Christmas (11/24)
Angie's Digital Stamps - Anything Goes (11/24)
Addicted To Stamps - Die Cuts or Punches (12/01)

That's all for today...so until next time.

Make Time to Make Stuff

Sending Hugs
Lesia



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