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



Christmas Season

Greetings fellow crafters and card-makers.  The Christmas Season is closing in upon us and before you know it we will be rushing to get those cards made and in the mail.  I was so excited and ready to get started on my cards, so for this post I would like to showcase a Christmas card inspired by "Jo Jo's Bits N Bobs", that I enjoyed making.




This card features the cutest image from Lily of the Valley (LOTV) which is called "James In the Snow".  Isn't he the cutest little bear? I think there is a series of stamps that is designed all around the comings and goings of this little bear.



I continued on the inside with the same designer paper and included a blank space for a personal message. The paper I used is from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection by Maja Design.  The embellishments used include the Tim Holtz "Holiday Lamppost" die, Spellbinders Scalloped Circle, Wild Orchid Flowers, and lots of stickles.  I added a few snowflake stickers and stamped the "Let it Snow" greeting by Hero Arts.  Everything was inked with Vintage Photo before adhering together. The finished card is 5.5 x 5.5.

Copics Used: V95, V93, V91, V99, V01, V000, V0000, E31, E42, E50, B00, BG0000, C5, C1, C00

I'd like to play along in the following challenges:

Great Impressions - Oct Challenge Anything Goes (10/31)
Addicted to Stamps - #134 Lots of Layers (10/04)
The Pencil Case - #31 ATG Colouring Challenge (11/05)
MFP Stamp Challenge - #44 Anything Goes (11/04)
Allsorts Challenge - #387 Start on Christmas (11/04)
Kraftin Kimmie - #355 Lots of Layers (11/04)
Crafty Friends - #43 Anything Goes (11/04)
Christmas Card - #46 Create A Christmas Card (11/05)
A Gem of A Challenge - #181 Snowflakes (11/09)

That's all for tonight and thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment and tell me what you think.  I love hearing from you.


Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia~
Make Time To Make Stuff


Little Witchy

Hello my crafting buddies.  I am smiling and doing a little happy dance because I finally have new counter-tops and a new back-splash.  I love the results so I posted a mini video on Facebook if anyone is interested.

Another reason that I am smiling is because I enjoy creating cute Halloween cards, although I only know 2 people with Halloween birthdays.  Creating cute spooky little cards is just fun for me.  Today I have a couple of those cards to share.


The image (Little Witch)) and greeting (A Little Witchy) is from Mo Manning.  The little cat is part of a collection of cats from an Impression Obsession die.  My selection of papers include purple and black as my main colors accented with a little orange to bring out my images almost pumpkin colored hair.  The card-stock is Bazzil, but the DP is unknown because it came from my scrap pile. I also pulled the flowers and the piece of ribbon out of my scrap pile, but I think they were part of a Recollections pack (not sure). 


I completed the inside using the same paper as the front as well as a second cat. Masked out a space for the moon and added a fence using a Tim Holtz die.

I used the following copics to color my image:
Cape:  BG45, 47, 49, 53
Outfit:  V04, 06, 09, YR07, 18, 19
Broom: E53, 57, 59
Hair:  E19, YR18, YR67
Kitty:  C3, 5, 7
Skin:  E01, 11, 13

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes (10/24)
The Paper Shelter - #269 Halloween (10/24)
Inspiration Destination - #108 Anything Goes (10/24)
House That Stamps Built - 0916 Photo Inspiration (10/25)
Colour Q Challenge - #364 Photo Palette


My second Halloween card was all about the composition of the paper.  The stamped image is from Stampin' Up and I thought keeping it black and white was perfect for this particular card.

The paper is a combination of sheets from My Mind's Eye and the Chillingsworth Manor collection released by Echo Park. A Spellbinders die and an EK Success border punch was used to create a mat for the image.


Here is a side peek of the inside.  It pretty much follows the layout of the front, which I often do with my cards if I have enough paper left.

Thanks Jen of iCreate for the inspiration to create this card.

I'd like to enter these challenges:

Cardz 4 Guyz - #142 Boo Halloween (10/23)
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps - Wonderful Wednesday ATG (10/24)
The Male Room - #46 Halloween (10/24)
Craftin' By Designs - Halloween (10/24)
Addicted to Stamps - #216 Anything Goes (10/25)

I hope everyone has a great week and for those that do go out for Halloween, I hope it's spooky and fun for the kiddos.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia~

"Remember to make time to make stuff"





Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy

Can you believe the day has finally arrived and my counter-tops are in the process of being upgraded!  I'm afraid of being excited because nothing has went right with this project so my excitement is less than what it should be.  We shall see how it turns out but for now, I wait patiently in my craft-room and use this time to create.

I decided to play with a few of my Spellbinder dies that I hadn't used in quite some time, and the results are shown here in my card.


I used grey and ivory as my main two colors and shades of purple as an accent that I mostly used inside.  The layers were created using Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy dies and foam tape to stack and pop-up each layer.  The greeting/sentiment is from Our Daily Design stamp set titled "Anchor."  The edges were inked with Distress ink while still in the die.


I prefer to purchase my flowers from a select group, but sometimes depending on my mood I will attempt to create a flower using Heartfelt Creations dies and techniques.  Not to mention that I am one of those folks that enjoys instant gratification so when the work has been done for me then why waste time practicing when I can have it immediately and in several colors.  No I am not lazy...I have been known to make a flower or two in my crafting but mostly I prefer to purchase them.

For this card I used a mix of Petaloo (one of my favorite brands) and Recollections (my stand-by) flowers for the floral arrangement.  A little White Gesso and Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz was added for sparkle.  Lastly I added a few Maya Road stickpins to the arrangement.


On the inside I used paper scraps and leftover graphic 45 designer paper as my basic background.  I then used the smaller Heirloom Legacy dies to create space for a personal message.  My last step was to make a matching envelope using scraps for the liner (no photo).

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - #446 Anything Goes (10/12)
Crafty Girls Creations - #27 Anything Goes (10/18)
Crafting With Attitude - #20 Anything Goes (10/30)
Aud Sentiments - #165 Anything Goes + A Sentiment (10/09)
As You Like It - Favourite Flowers (10/18)
4 Crafty Chicks - #319 Die Cuts (10/11)


Thanks for stopping by.

Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia~

Make Time to Make Stuff





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