Friday, July 29, 2016


If it seems like I use a lot of Bugaboo digital stamps, well, you're not imagining it.  It's those darn 50% off sales they have.  And the Friday Freebies.  Generally, when I take a Friday Freebie I purchase at least one additional digi.  I was better at collecting them than I was at using them, but recently (okay, about a year ago, sheesh) I printed all of them and have been working my way through ever since.  Trouble is, I've collected more along the way.  Honestly, I've slowed down, though.  Over at Bugaboo the image I used today is considered an oldie, but I consider it just plain fun.
It's one of the Make it Snappy images, called Thanks a Bunch.  I colored with Copics to match the MME Notable designer paper -- one of my favorite collections and it's nearly all used up.  Die cut some ric rac, stitched it up, and called it done!
Since I love these "use it up" or "retro" type challenges I'm linking to one today:
Shopping Our Stash - A Stitch in Time (use stitching, real or faux).  I straight stitched and zig zag stitched.  Paper and oldie digi were "shopped from my stash".
Supply list is below.  Have a happy day and a great weekend!

Stamps:  Bugaboo Thanks a Bunch digi  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Memory Box Granny Smith, teal Bazzill, My Mind's Eye, Notable designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Taylored Expression Ric Rac Borders, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Welcome back for Post #2 in my new home!
Today I've colored some red peonies and placed them on a brick wall with flourishes and scripture.  It's a simple combination of Power Poppy's Peony Love and Garden Fireworks digital stamps.
Before printing the peonies I arranged three of them together, and after coloring I cut out the whole lot.  If I'd known I was going to cut them out I probably would have printed each bloom individually, but in the end this was easier and I suppose it looks just fine.  I hardly ever plan the card before I print my digis.
Since I made this card per a friend's special request I minimized dimension so she'd have no concerns about extra postage.  The peonies are popped up on foam mounting tape, but otherwise no lumps and bumps.
It's short and sweet today!  Simple card, simple story, and the picture tells most of it.  I'll summarize the supplies below.  I'm so glad you stopped by while I'm still getting the feel of things around here.  Stay cool and have a beautiful summer day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Peony Love (flowers) and Garden Fireworks (verse)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card (verse), Neenah 110 lb white (card base), red Bazzill, black  Ink:  Printer, Copics as pictured above  Accessories:  Stickles Stardust glitter glue, Sizzix Brick wall embossing folder, Frantic Stamper Trio of Swirls, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Monday, July 25, 2016


Well, hello!  I'm glad you found me at my new home.  I hope you like the look of things.  I think a fresh start will be good all the way around.  So, let's get to it, shall we?
There's no time like the present to get started on the Christmas cards.  July is the half-way mark, but when you think about it, we really don't have a whole six months left.  Eeek!  After all, it's almost August, and we should start mailing Christmas cards early in December... so we're really talking more like four months.  Eeek, again!  Okay, then... here's my first card in the Christmas countdown:

With all the sparkle and shine it's not the easiest card to photograph, but I think you'll get the gist of it.
  • I cut my new Tutti Poinsettia Corner die twice from red glitter paper and positioned it under the square frame.  Trimmed off the overhang.  Backed the center of each poinsettia with a 1/4" punched circle so I could place a little piece of foam mounting tape underneath for support.  There is gold glitter on the flower centers, too, but barely noticeable in the photo.
  • Embossed the bird and the "noel" in gold, then rubbed olive and amethyst ink over the panel.  Added falling snow with a white gel pen.
  • Draped Memory Box Tinsel Ropes across the top.
The inside was not done at the time of this photo, but I have since gold embossed a sentiment and decorated with the Tinsel Ropes.
That's it in a nutshell.  I'll sum it all up in the recipe below.  Sheesh, it looks like winter here on the blog today.  Next post I'll be back to summertime stamping.  Hope to see you soon!
Linking up to these challenges:

Stamps:  Inkadinkado Winter Birds and Holiday Silhouettes  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, red glitter paper  Ink:  Versamark, amethyst, olive  Accessories:  Stickles Goldenrod glitter, gold embossing powder, Signo white gel pen, Tutti Poinsettia Corner, Memory Box Tinsel Ropes, Spellbinders Grand Squares, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Come see me Monday, July 25, for my first post here in my new home.  Thank you!

  --  Leslie