Friday, August 22, 2014

Scruff and his buddy Bunny!

Today I'm honored to show you one of the newest stamps that will be available on August 23 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. This new stamp is named: Scruff - Cheerful.

I used a Whimsy corner die with a brown Pebbles dot, a Stampin' Up corner punch, a Stampin' Up punch for the sentiment, the sentiment is unmounted and I don't remember who made it, my ribbon is so old that the paper has worn off the spool. I know I bought it prior to 2007 since that was when I moved into the house I'm in and I brought this and a bunch of other ribbon with me; the adorable "Woof" button in the middle of the bow by Dress It Up!. My paper is from Basic Grey's pad named Max & Whiskers. Isn't that paper perfect for this card?  I used Stardust Stickles on the butterflies and flowers. 

 Now...about this card...
I am new to the Crafty Sentiments team and had never heard of Scruff. So, when I saw this new image, I glanced at it and thought it was 2 bunnies. Yes, I did, and I confess to coloring them up as 2 bunnies...until I got to what I now know is the tail that is between them. I didn't know what it was and why it was there. I accounted for all of their 8 feet, and then realized something was wrong. I wrote to my team leaders and was told: "It is the tail."  Well, after coloring the bunny, flowers, butterflies and grass and being happy with how they looked, I colored Scruff again, cut him out, and glued him over Bunny Scruff. (And I put away the bunny paper and took out the puppy paper.) I apologize profusely to misinterpreting Scruff as a Bunny and promise that mistake won't happen again..although as a bunny he came out very cute and I even thought of keeping him as a bunny and putting some 3-d flowers along the bottom that would cover his tail but didn't want to upset the artist by my misinterpretation. On the other hand, it shows you how versatile this stamp can be, too! So, if you can see how I cut and layered him, that's why, so please don't take any points off my card for my misinterpretation and then trying to correct my mistake. And then I got to thinking...of course it's a dog with a name like Scruff!!   
The Design Team at Crafty Sentiments have made cards on August 21 and August 22 showing off these newly released images. Please take a look at the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog and see the new releases. You can purchase them at Crafty Sentiments Designs.
Thanks so much for coming by and I hope that you'll leave a comment and I'd LOVE to hear how you've misinterpreted an image and what you did to "fix" it. Your comments may help me fix my next mistake. J 
P.S. I've always admired Design Teams and thought their work was flawless. I thought they were always perfect at everything. I've since found out that when you join a DT, you're still you and you aren't perfect or flawless. The difference is now I share my mistakes and how I fix (or cover) them up and more people read about it.
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My most FAVORITE challenge!

Being on a Design Team means creating cards or projects to inspire others. Sometimes even a member of the DT needs inspiration if the topic is out of their comfort zone. I'm here to tell you that I can be your inspiration for this challenge. Why? Because the topic is LACE. Do you wonder why my blog name is Lacey Lassy? It's not become my first name is Lacey, but because I love lace and own a whole lot of it!  My most favorite embellishments are flowers and lace. Pearls are right up there, too. I love girly, so this challenge was made for me!!

So, open that drawer of lace and come and visit us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week for my most favorite challenge of the year, LACE. I picked, what I think, is the most perfect image for this challenge...and her name is: In The 20s and you can buy her at The Paper Shelter.

I look at this card and feel like I've gone back in time. I pulled out a handmade lacy doily (I found a group of 8 at an antique store in Prescott, AZ), 2" wide flat lace, another lace with pearls swooped (technical term) on it, and then my bow is lacy seam binding. The challenge isn't for how many different laces you can use but I couldn't resist using so many!

I love my oval set of dies by Nellie Snellen that can be stacked! I also used Marianne Design dies for the die to the left of the picture (the swirly diecut) and for the sentiment. It's the first time I've used the sentiment dies and they are fabulous. They cut beautifully without extra shims with my Cuttlebug machine. My paper is to die's by Pion. It's made in Sweden and it's absolutely beautiful in pattern, color and weight. The rosebuds in my arrangements are from Wild Orchid Crafts, but the other flowers are totally unique and I found them at antique shops in baggies with other assorted miscellanous handmade treasures. I love the swirly flowers. The pearls in the middle of my lacy bow is one button that I cut off the shank and glued to the middle of the bow. I get most of my 'fancy' buttons from Dress It Up. They have all kinds of designer buttons! The tiny little pearls on the oval image are from Michael's. I edged every piece of paper with my Toffee Ink Chalk pad by Color Box.

I colored my image with Copics and then used my pens to make my background by making a zillion dots. I added some Aged Ivory Frantage embossing powder around her. What I don't think you can see is that I sprayed the image and flowers with Glimmer Mist. It's not showing up in the pictures, although in person the card has a pretty pearlescent finish on it. Well, looking closer, you might be able to see it on her hat.

Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter has offered the prize of $30 gift card to their store if you win using one of their images, or if you use another brand of stamp, the prize is 3 digital images. If you've looked at their site, you know how hard it would be to pick out just 3 digitals, so why not use an image from The Paper Shelter and win a whole lot more?!

The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made gorgeous cards for you to look at, get inspired, and then create a project for this challenge of LACE. So please stop by their blogs and leave a comment if you like their card!  Thanks for stopping by!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School!

It's that time of year again...when the kids head back to school. The challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog this week is BACK TO SCHOOL.  And how appropriate is this...I'm using the image named Back to School from Crafty Sentiments!

His denim jeans are nice and new for the first week of school. I used three Scrabble game pieces and 2 buttons for my embellishments. For the Alphabet Challenge, I thought my natural wood Scrabble pieces met the challenge of "N" for Natural. The paper is from my stash. Boy cards are certainly a challenge since I had to put away all my lace, ribbons and flowers! Here's a close up of this tyke headed to school.

Take a look at the Design Team's creations at the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs and look what the prize is for this week's winner!

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment so I can visit your blog!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs, Paper Pretties, Fresh Brewed Designs, Crafty Girls, Sister Act, QKR Stampede, Brown Sugar, The Squirrel and the Fox, Crafting from the Heart, Art by Miran, Creative Fingers, Alphabet Challenge (N for Natural=natural wood Scrabble pieces), My Bestie Norge, Di's Digi Designs, My Craft Creations, Lacy Sunshine, Connie Can Crop, Crafting Musketeers, Stamping Sensations, Treasured Times, Scribble and Scrap, Cards Galore Encore, Frosted Designs, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Melonheadz Friends, The Paper Nest Dolls, Stamp and Create, Whimsy Inspires, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, Pumpkin Spice, Sparkles Forum

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Be An Angel Day

Today I'm featuring a card as a Guest Designer for My Sheri Crafts. I am delighted to have won Challenge 138 and the prize was to be the Guest Designer for this challenge! The topic for Challenge 140 this week at My Sheri Crafts is ANGEL(S). Your card or project should have at least one angel on the front. I used a Precious Moments rubber stamp from my collection. As you may have read in my previous posts where I use these beautiful stamps, they were discontinued over 20 years ago and really are precious in more ways than one!

I experimented with my watercolor paints on this image. This is my fourth try to get what I was trying to achieve. I love color and was trying to get a soft, blended look of the teal and purple...and it was definitely a personal challenge with watercolor paint. After painting this, I coated each of her feathers with glue and applied Warm Glitter Ritz to them. Then I used Blue Frantage embossing powder around the edge of the oval. The diecut behind the image is by Spellbinders. 

The swirly bow die is by Magnolia (the turquoise sugar coated jewel in the center of the bow is from Queen & Co.), the snowflake die is by Spellbinders (and I used the blue Frantage embossing powder on the two snowflakes). The sentiment is by Stampabilities and I used a circle punch slightly larger than the stamped sentiment.  The lace is from a company named Suhafuha. The paper...aaahhhh...this is an awesome thing to share with you. The paper is a freebie from Paper Craft Magazine. You know how they sometimes give free paper in the magazines and the paper is so thin that you really can't use it?  Well, color photocopy them. I colored copied them on Neenah Super Smooth paper and they photocopied BETTER than what the original copies look like. And now I still have my originals that I can copy again to use for another card!

I'd like to thank Sheri Holt of My Sheri Crafts for giving me the opportunity to be the Guest Designer for this challenge, and thank you to all the Design Team members for their support and encouragement! Now take out your angel stamps and we'd love to see what you can create for Challenge 140 with the topic of ANGELS.

Thanks for visiting my blog and if you leave a short comment, it gives me the chance to visit your blog.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:
Amusing Challenges, Craft Your Passion, Clear It Out, C.R.A.F.T., Sister Act Card Challenge, Creative Card Crew, Deep Ocean, Scrappers Delights (option: diecuts), Creative Moments, Little Miss Muffet, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Creative Fingers, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Penny Black At All Sorts, Crafting by Designs, Eclectic Ellapu (option: watercolors), Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Christmas Gifts Galore!

Oh, what a fun challenge in August when it's 106 degrees outside my craft room window. Like I can even THINK of Christmas shopping in this heat?!  But, being on the team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' means we make Christmas cards year round which is really nice come December 1 when I see all the cards ready to go into the mail. Then I can focus on my shopping in the cooler temperatures!

Our challenge this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is GIFTS GALORE. That means we'd like to see Christmas packages, more than one, on the front of your card.

Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up who is generously donating two digital stamps to the winner of this challenge. The Design Team of CASS were also given the images for our cards this month to inspire you. My image below is named All Dressed Up For Christmas.

My image is colored with Copics using my favorite color combination of pink and green. As I've said in previous posts that this is my favorite color combination is because my bedroom as a child was pink and green and I never grew tired of it! I coated my fairy's wings with Cool Glitter Ritz. I used Glossy Accents then Sugar Dust (by Stamp la Jolla) over the red tree ornaments. I used Glossy Accents on all the packages. I added red glitter to the skinny red package and on the red ribbons on the green packages. On the large red package I used green glitter on the ribbon and bow. In person you can see and feel the glossy Accents which give it a nice shine and I'm sorry it doesn't show well in the photos. I added a touch of yellow glitter on the stars. The 3-D wrapped packages are actually teeny tiny boxes made out of heavy cardstock and wrapped in colored foil and then gold twine wrapped around them. I used a punch on the sentiment and the papers are all from Wild Rose.

The Design Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created outstanding cards this month with these great images from All Dressed Up. Please take a look at them on the blog and it would be nice if you'd leave a little note on each card to say you visited them. We'd love to see you make a card for this challenge and look forward to seeing what you create for our topic of GIFTS GALORE!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Delightful Sketches, Sister Act Card Challenge, The Glory of Christmas, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Robyn's Fetish, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, My Craft Creations, Crafting From The Heart, Eureka Stamps, Through The Craft Room Door, Crafty Girls, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, The Squirrel and the Fox, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Art by Miran, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Treasured Times, Stamping Sensations, Sparkle n Sprinkle, The Sisters of Craft, Winter Wonderland, Bearly Mine, Crafts Galore Encore, Craft-Dee Bowz, Stamp and Create, Crafty Calendar, Die cuttin Divas (pink/green fav combo), Deep Ocean

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Using Digital Images

I have grown so much in the last couple of years when it comes to card making and digital images. I'm not the only one who has grown, though. Companies have improved so much that it's now a card maker's delight to use digital images! A great example of awesome digital images are those at The Paper Shelter.

The Design Team at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have a new challenge for you this week and it's MAKE IT DIGITAL. You can use just a digital image that you color, a pre-colored digital image, or an entire digital card. Whatever you do, though your card needs a digital image that is the main focus of the card.  For my card, I used this sweet, pre-colored image, named The Sweet Gardener.

This pink and green tulip paper, solid lime green and pink polka dot papers are all from my local scrapbook store. I love the color combination of pink and green...maybe because it was the colors of my bedroom while growing up. And the brighter the pink and green, the better..the contrast and how the colors bounce off each other are attractive to me. So when I told my husband I NEEDED this tulip paper, and he didn't understand, well...I know all of you will.

I sewed all of my layers and did my first attempt at sewing an oval. It's not perfect, but you can hardly see where I overlapped the sewing where I started and ended over at her foot in the air. Oh, I shouldn't have told you cause you probably wouldn't have noticed. Aren't we all our own worst critics?! How do you like the pink polka dot button that matches the paper? I won a package of polka dot buttons at Crafty Ribbons not very long ago and this was one of them. How perfect is it?!!!!

I was able to incorporate two of my favorite embellishments, too...lace and ribbon. The ribbon, lace and pom-pom edging are from my stash. The pink rhinestones and the green "Bubbles" are from Queen & Co. That leaf and the ladybug are eyelets from The Eyelet Outlet. The oval die cut around my image is from Sizzix and the outer die cut is from Quik Cutz. The sentiment is from my newest stamp set by Make It Crafty. This is a great sentiment set and I love it because I can make a birthday card and use my large "Happy Birthday" stamps inside and use one of these stamps on the front!

This image is digitally colored so wonderfully and is so summery. I think it's a great example of the awesome art work of Pedro and Veronica, who are the artists and owners of The Paper Shelter. My additions to this pre-colored image are that I added some pink around the edge of the oval and used my Copics to add the grass. For the sparkle that I love, I added Warm Glitter Ritz to the ribbon on her hat, the patch on her pants and also on the flowers.
Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter is offering the prize of:
The gals at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog have made great cards, all with digital images, to inspire you for this challenge of MAKE IT DIGITAL. This is a great chance to head over to The Paper Shelter and purchase an image so you can use the pre-colored image in this challenge! We're looking forward to seeing your art work this week!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Monday, August 4, 2014

I love using sentiments!

Do you put sentiments on the front of your cards? Over the past couple of years, I've found that putting a sentiment on the front of my card makes it more personal for the recipient. The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is ADD A SENTIMENT to the front of your card.

I used this adorable image from Crafty Sentiments Designs and her name is Annabel - Summertime.

This card is one of my favorites of all times. It has everything on it that I love, with the exception of lace. I loved this paper from Basic Grey because of the small pattern and the colors. I even used it as the background on my Elizabeth Design's butterfly diecut. I used a Spellbinders die around my image that has been out for a long time, but one I just purchased. The flowers are from both Wild Orchid and my local lace warehouse. The seam binding is from a local convention and the button in the center of the bow is a new purchase and it came with the twine in the button holes and adhesive on the back! Last week I purchased this sentiment set from Make-It-Crafty. I love the set since I always felt redundant putting "Happy Birthday" on the front of my card AND on the inside. The rhinestones are from Queen & Co. I added Stardust Stickles to the edges of my flowers, the flowers in Annabel's hair and on her kitty's hair bow. I used Warn Glitter Ritz on the filigree of my butterfly.

Annabel and her kitty are colored with Copics and I used a gel pen to add the polka dots to her dress. I love this kitty. It's got such a cute face and I'm happy with how my gray kitty colored up. I'm not very good at coloring animals and have been practicing my dog and cat coloring for the past couple of weeks. My trash can is full of rejects.

The team at Crafty Sentiments would love you to participate in our challenge this week and ADD A SENTIMENT to the front of your card. The prize this week is:

(I don't even know what it is!)
Remember, if you use an image or stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs you can be voted the DT's favorite and have your card placed in the members gallery.
This card is entered in the following challenges,
Whimsy Inspires, Divas by Design, Inky Impressions, Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge, 4 Crafty Chicks, Crafty Girls, Fussy and Fancy, Sister Act Card Challenge, All Sorts (my favs are flowers), Treasured Times, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, Glitter n Sparkle, Robyn's Fetish, Eclectic Ellapu, 613 Avenue Create, Crafting From The Heart, Creative Moments, As You Like It (I love the Basic Grey papers because of the small prints, the weight of the paper and they're always 2 sided!), The Squirrel and the Fox (inspired by a song: You and Me Against the World by Helen Reddy), Hanna and Friends, Art by Miran, Dies R Us, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Lacy Sunshine, My Craft Creations, Melonheadz Friends, Digi Choosday, Creative Fingers, Natalie and Amy's, The Sisters of Craft, Crafting by Designs, Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, Animal Friends, Craft for the Craic (new Spellbinders die around image & new sentiments by Make It Crafty), Cards Galore, Craft-dee Bowz, Our Creative Corner, Stamp and Create, Crafty Calendar, Penny Black at all Sorts, Crafty Boots, Sparkle n Sprinkle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paper Sweeties 2nd Birthday Designer's Blog Hop!

I've been invited to participate in the Paper Sweeties 2nd Birthday Designer's Blog Hop!

And my card is featured on the Pause Dream Enjoy Facebook!!!

I was so excited to take out my Sweeties and make a card as a Guest Designer. Challenge 22 has a photo for inspiration AND since it's the Paper Sweeties 2nd birthday, please make a birthday card for the challenge!

 I used my Sweet Abigail paper doll and this adorable outfit named Jelly Bean Time.

My papers were perfect for the color part of the challenge and they're from My Minds Eye pad named "Happy Go Lucky". I love this color purple, too! The banner is a die cut from La La Land and I used stick on letters for the word "Happy". The "Birthday" is a die cut by Marianne and so is the frame around my image. I used a gold metal corner and embossed it with burgundy sparkling embossing powder from Sprinkle n Sparkle. My flowers are from Wild Orchid (and I've put a dash of glitter on a few of the flower petals). My lace, double satin ribbon, button threaded with embroidery thread and rhinestones are all from my stash.

Below is a close-up of my image. She's colored with Copics. Oh, and the embossing on the die cut behind my Abigail was done with white ink over the burgundy paper with the die still on top of the paper after it was cut.

If you're following the blog hop, then you've come to my blog from Jill's blog. After visiting me, your next stop is at Mackie's. If you've lost your way, go back to the main page here.

Thank you, Debbie and the Design Team, for the invitation to join you as a Guest Designer for this challenge! 


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Lacy Sunshine, 613 Avenue Create, Glitter n Sparkle, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge, Lunagirl Moonbeams, Stamp and Create, Whoopsi Daisy, Crafting From The Heart, Ooh La La Creations, Through The Craft Room Door, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Craft Your Passion, Loves Rubberstamps, Pause Dream Enjoy (PDE), My Craft Spot, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Divas by Design, Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Inky Impressions, Delightful Challenges, Crafty Girls, Cute Card Thursday, 4 Crafty Chicks, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, Docerela's Creations, Fussy and Fancy, Wags n Whiskers, Treasured Times, Bunny Zoe's Crafts (Bingo: flowers/lace/sentiment), That Craft Place, Perfectly Rustics, Creative Colors (see palatte below), Scrap-Creations, Die Cuttin' Divas, Scrapper's Delights, Creative Moments, Milk Coffee, The Squirrel and the Fox (inspiration song: Paper Doll by John Mayer), Art by Miran, Digi Choosday, Fairytale Stampers, Crafting at the Weekend, Natalie and Amy's, Crafting by Designs, My Besties (this is my "P"aper Doll)
This is the Creative Color's palatte for Challenge 16:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hark The Angel Sing!

My favorite cards to make are winter/Christmas cards. I think it's because I live in the Phoenix, Arizona USA desert and don't have snow where I live. That doesn't mean I don't know what snow is...I grew up in Connecticut where we had LOTS of cold and snow. But I do love the spirit of the holidays and the fact that our winter weather is beautiful!  I'm participating in a new release at Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational Blog where the theme is "Christmas in July". We begin our two day preview today with the stamps available on July 25, 2014 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. The new stamp I used is named: "Hark The Angel Sing".

The supplies I used on this card are as follows: Basic Gray paper; Memory Box music die cut; Prima poinsettia petals and leaves (which I layered, used a brad in the middle and then glittered the edges of the poinsettias and the leaves); Whimsy sentiment with the matching die cut; Live and Laugh Crafts lace; JoAnn's red and gold metallic ribbon; a snowflake brad in the center of the bow (which I embossed with gold embossing powder); and, gold flat back self-adhesive balls in the corner of the image and bottom left corner of the card.

I colored the image with Copics but to get that yellow soft glow around the image, I used Pebbles, Inc. yellow pearlescent chalk. I'm hesitant to use a Copic pen around the outside of this image since it's such a dark green and I was afraid it might smear the green ink outside the image. I tried to make this green dress look like velvet and it's a bit darker in real life than in the picture. My little angel's wings are highlighted with a light green Copic and then I coated them with Elizabeth Designs' Warm Diamond Glitter.
I hope you'll take a moment to cruise over to Crafty Sentiments Inspiration Blog to see the other newly released stamps that are being shown on July 23 and 24 with the stamps available on July 25 at Crafty Sentiments Designs. The Team has made their best cards ever to show you these beautiful new stamps!
This card is entered in the following challenges:

I love ice cream!

The challenge for the next two weeks at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog is ANYTHING GOES. During the next two weeks the Design Teams will be taking a summer break and that means we won't be on our computers to leave comments on your art work. The image I used on my card is named Not Big Enough!  You can get her from The Paper Shelter.

I chose papers from the Doodlebug pad named Sugar Shoppe. The pennant I made with my new Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio tool. I punched the pennants and then the self-adhesive pennant acrylic banner shape went on top of the punched pennants (one at a time). I glued the pennants onto thin pink craft wire. I used the thick 3-d dots to adhere it to my card. The corner die cut is by Quic Kutz.  I used an "Around the Border" punch by Martha Stewart as the base of my card. The cupcakes horizontally across the card is actually washi tape by Doodlebug and I taped it on white paper and then added the strip of dark teal and the ribbon between the strips of washi tape. The sentiment is by The Stamps of Life that I saw at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Phoenix. I don't recommend the stamps. The set I have are all small sentiments and as I use them, I keep finding that some of the letters are "cut off" on the clear stamp, so when I stamp them, they're not whole. I've returned them once only to get a second set that has the same issues as the first set.  The ice cream cone in the middle of my bow is a button. I adore these types of buttons by Dress It Up!  You can see the ice cream cones here. The turquoise pearls in the corners are by Queen & Co., the rhinestones on the image and the ribbon are from my supply stock.
I colored this adorable image with Copics and whitened the polka dots on her dress with a dash of white paint on a toothpick.
The Design Teams have both gotten together this week and posted cards on the Challenge Blog. It's not often you see cards from all of us in one place since we're split into two teams, so please take a moment to take a look at the creations we made to inspire you!  And as usual, we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is giving away this prize:

If you have a Paper Shelter image, ANY PAPER SHELTER IMAGE, this is the perfect time to color it up since the challenge is ANYTHING GOES.  If your name is drawn and you've used a Paper Shelter image, the prize is a $30 gift certificate versus 3 digitals if you use a different brand stamp.
Thanks for stopping by and leave a little comment if you like my card! 
This card is entered in the following challenges: