Saturday, December 28, 2013

Deconstucted Sketch Challenge 131

With Christmas over and the house and routine beginning to return to normal I have been tidying up the craft room ready to move from Christmas mode back into general card making mode and I have also been visiting some of my favourite sketch sites and designers blogs to get the creative mojo happening.

I was very excited to discover that one of the talented card makers blogs that I love to visit -  Jen Shults @ Deconstructing Jen has a sketch challenge this week based on a round sketch - DS131 and you know how much I LOVE a round card.  Sooooo I just had to make some time to play along.

Here is the fabulous sketch:

Thanks for the inspiration Jen! This is the card I created:

For this card I used my favourite Spellbinders Scallop Circle Round Grand Nestabilities die to create the card base.

The patterned papers were from Echo Parks - Beautiful Life collection.

The style is a little cleaner than usual as I resisted the urge to pick up my edge distressor and ink pad for this card. I decided to add a leaf wreath to the circular component of the card and add a bow and button through the middle of the card too.
The wreath die, rolled roses and oval doily were all MFT die-namics dies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mojo Monday 321 - Round or Square?

Just wanted to share a card I created for the latest Mojo Monday Challenge - no 321.  It's always round or square week the last week of the month with the Mojo Team and of course I had no difficulty in choosing to go round.  Just love making round cards as I think I may have said a few times already.

So here is the sketch from the inspirational Julee Tilman

And here is the card I created

The base of the card was created with a Spellbinders Grand Nestablity Scallop Circle die and I used some cream Bazzil cardstock.
The rest of the card was created using one of my favourite Christmas 6x6 paper pads - MME Be Merry.
For the central strips I decided to use fishtail banners and then I toped this off with a wreath to add the circular element.
The wreath was created using MFT stamps Winter Wreath Die-namics die which I cut twice out of two shades of taupe cardstock.  I then topped it with a bow, buttons and leaves.  The leaves were made by dissecting a punched Marth Stewart Glacial Snowflake.  The tips of the snowflake were the perfect size to team up with the miniature buttons.
The greeting was cut using the MFT Stamps Notched Tag die-namics die (one of my favs) and the Merry Christmas greeting was a sticker.
All the pieces were inked using Tim Holtz Tea Die distress ink - my all time go to fav product to tie project pieces together.

I had so much fun playing along with the sketch challenge.  Thanks to the Mojo DT for their inspirations and to all the other cardies who play along too.  Thanks also to you for stopping by!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cards Classes at Scrappy Hollow

This week was my last week of cards classes for 2013 at Scrappy Hollow.  I have so enjoyed teaching classes this year and continuing on the many friendships with the ladies and loved welcoming some new ladies to the group as well.  Thank you to everyone who has supported my crafting pursuits this year - I am so thankful for your support and just LOVE teaching you all.

For my last class we make a mystery project that is only revealed on the night of the class and generally we make something other than a card.  This year we made a layered Christmas decoration and matching gift bag.  Here is what we made:

And here are some close ups of the different sections of the decoration and bag.

This project was so much fun to design and I hope everyone enjoyed the class as much as I did.
As a little thank you from me I also made everyone a decorated bag with a handmade button card inside.  This is how they came out - I was really happy with the design and had heaps of fun die cutting and piecing all the elements together.

I am lucky enough to be returning to Scrappy Hollow in 2014 to run more card making classes (YIPEEEEE!!!!!) and I am so looking forward to heading our creative talents in a different direction.  Each class will focus on an inspirational element and then also cover some new techniques or elements that we have not used in previous classes.  I am even putting down my edge distressor and ink for many of the classes which those of you who know my work is a HUGE challenge for me but I am hoping the ladies will enjoy the "new" Leanne style cards.  Knowing me though some inking and distressing will sneak in from time to time just to feed my passionate addiction to all things shabby but chic.

So my February Class is inspired by love as February is the month of love with Valentine's Day on the 14th.  In the class you will also learn how to:

· Use MFT inset dies and peek a boo dies to create  card backgrounds
· Create a shaker card using MFT insta frame die
· Make hand stitched embellishments with MFT layered heart die
· Use pearls, sequins and punched confetti to add scattered accents on cards
· Create dainty paper bows
· Create a wrapped twine wreath to highlight embellishments
· Different ways to mount card onto the card base

And here is a snippet of what we will create ( the samples are on display at Scrappy Hollow too).

With classes and Design Team assignments over for the year I hope to have a little time to play along with some of my favourite card challenge blogs so hopwfully I'll be back blogging again soon with some new card creations.

Thank for stopping by!



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Few Cards to Share

I was asked to make some cards for some 90th birthdays and just a general birthday card so here is what I created!

Papers are from MME The Sweetest Thing Collection.  Rolled flowers and doily were made with dies from MFT and butterflies and foliage were made from punches by Martha Stewart.

Papers are from Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride Collection, rolled flowers and doily were made with dies from MFT and butterflies and foliage were made from punches by Martha Stewart.

Papers are from MME Lost and Found 2. Rolled flowers are from Green Tara. The doily was made using a die from MFT and butterflies were made using a Martha Stewart punch.  Foliage was made from a Carl punch.  Banners are hand cut.

Getting My Mojo Back

Although the last few weeks have been very busy this week has seen me find a little more spare time to just play and what better way to play than with my favourite challenge blog as inspiration - Mojo Monday!

I love this weeks inspirational sketch by the talented Julee Tilman - here it is!

And this is my card creation:

As you can see I have flipped the sketch.  My circular element was created with one of my favourite dies from MFT Stamps - their die-namics Dainty Doily.

Papers were from the MME Collectable "Unforgettable" collection and I also used Kaisercraft card in ivory.

I have really enjoyed playing along with the sketch challenge again!  Thanks to the Mojo Monday DT for their inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Classes at Scrapppy Hollow

Wow that time has come again when I get to share my monthly class creations.  I am running a little late this month with the share - life has been a bit hectic of late but I am happy to say things are slowing down a little as formal classes and design team commitments are just about over for 2013.

So here is what we created in class last week - once again thank you to everyone who came, I appreciate your support and love helping you along your creative card making journey.  Teaching you is so much fun!

We started with the card which I loved as it used the very cute postcard tag from the St Nicholas collection.  This month we also had a focus on bows.  There were four different methods of tying or creating bows incorporated into the class.

We then made two different styles of tags.

And finished off making this cute gift bag and peg.

Paper Collection:
Kaisercraft St Nicholas
MS Branch M230367
MS Heart punch M283020
MU Purple Circle punch
Carl mini heart

Embossing Folder:
Craft Concepts -  In Stitches embossing folder

MFT Dies:
MFT mini tab foursome

This was the last formal class for 2013.  My November class is a class reserved for my "frequent flyer" ladies and I am very excited to be making a unique Christmas creation with them in November.  There are no sneak peeks to share of this class as part of the fun for me is keeping the project a secret!

I am also excited to announce that I have been asked to continue teaching classes at Scrappy Hollow in 2014!  I will be back after my November class to share my sneak peeks of my first 2014 class with you all.  2014 will see a few changes to my class format and inspiration. I am really working hard to plan classes focussing on things that inspire card makers and also on featuring products, techniques and tools that are key elements card creating.  So the year will be full of classes that are either inspired by ???? or focus on creating with ????.  I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and plans with you in November. So please stay tuned!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

It's been a busy week for Design Team posts with Aussie Scrap Source this week.  I was lucky enough to be one of the first DT members to create with a new line of dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

As part of the post I was also excited to be able to feature one of my favourite card designers Kittie Caracciolo.  You can see her blog jammed packed with fabulous creations here and my DT post here

Here is what I created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Creative fun with Aussie Scrap Source - Designing with Dies

Just popping in to share some of my latest creations using dies, in particular the gorgeous Cottage Cutz and Elizabeth Craft Design dies which we are now stocking.

You can see the full post here  and here are some of my creations:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Classes at Scrappy Hollow

It was class time again this week at Scrappy Hollow.  This month we began the first of our Christmas Cards.  We made three intricate cards and next month we will look at some quick and simple cards, tags and a decorated bag.

Here is what we made this month - thanks for coming everyone!!!

Punches used:
MS Branch M230367
Carl Mini Heart
EK Christmas Tree 54-30010
MFT Dies used:
Vintage Flourish
Spring Wreath 
Mini Rolled Rose
Notched tag                   
Stacking Stars
Insert It - 3 x4 pocket
And here is a snippet of next months class.  We will be using the lovely Kasiercraft St Nicholas collection.  The samples are on display in store and I am excited to say the class is booked out!



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Aussie Scrap Source - Designing with Washi, glitter and Vellum Tapes


Another fun assignment has been published over on Aussie Scrap Source.  I was one of the mucky DT member to have some fun playing with washi, gaffer and glitter tape.

Here is what I created and you can see more over on the ASS blog here

Thanks for stopping by!

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