Friday, May 29, 2015

Five for Friday

It's been a good week!

1. On Tuesday, my best friend, Val, had the day off, so we spent the
day together in Winnipeg, shopping (something we haven't done since
the Women of Faith conference last fall!)
It was very fun -- and a nice break!

2. Sage and I have decided to make some fairy gardens.
We went shopping for plants on Monday after school and
saw some very fun little ceramic houses
-- which were also quite pricey!
I suggested that we get some clay & make our own.  
(I wondered if we'd need a kilm, but we called Sage's art teacher
and she said that air dry clay would work fine.)
So I picked some up on Tuesday in Winnipeg
and we started making the houses yesterday after school.

We made our house front and had no idea how to keep it upright....
so we leaned it up against my paper trimmer and stacked a few things on top.

And look! We made a little bird bath!
In Winnipeg, I also picked up two very pretty galvinized tubs.
Don't worry: I will share photos when we're done.

3. Tomorrow, Sage, Jonah & I are off to Winnipeg
to volunteer at the Ironfist Taekwondo tournament.
I'll be a judge for patterns and a referee for sparring and they're volunteering as runners.
Oh, and at Jonah's request, we'll be going to A&W afterwards for supper. ;)

4. As I've shared before, I've been taking
On Wednesday, I worked on some projects for Sketch 6.

Here's the layout I made, using some Reverse Confetti products:

Five for Friday Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics @reverseconfetti #bazzillbasics #reverseconfetti #scrapbookinglayouts

So, when I did my craft room purge last month, I came across these
 Scenic Route chipboard letters, of which I have three packages.
I debated on getting rid of them, but didn't.
Instead, I'm challenging myself to use them.
With lots of letters missing (no a, e, r, t, g, etc.), it's been a little challenging.
I pulled them out for this layout and had a hard time coming up with a title,
since I couldn't do "cuddles", "cuddling", "kitten", etc.
I finally settled on "cloud 9."
Yes, that's a nine. ;)

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On my Bazzill Basics Classic Smooth White cardstock base, I stamped
one of the stamped from Color Me Happy to create my splatter --
I love that I can stamp this and not leave it up to messy chance!
The patterned paper I used is American Crafts DIY.

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Under the second photo, I stamped the sentiment from Fancy Words Coordinates.

5. The store where I sell my cards in my town has requested some sympathy cards.
I decided to make four sympathy cards using the sketch.

Now, during my craft room purge, I also came across lots of
embellishments that I loved the look of in the store when I bought them
but then didn't seem to use on any of my cards/layouts.
I'm pretty sure this is because I prefer to make my own
(you know, to justify my large stamp collection). ;)
But as I was getting rid of things, I decided to hold onto the ones I still
really liked and figured that now was a great time to use some of them.

So I made four sympathy cards, using the sketch,
some Bazzill Basics Classic Smooth White cardstock,
a rectangle of American Crafts' DIY patterned paper and
my favourite sympathy sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Lots to Say.

Here they are:

Five for Friday Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics @reverseconfetti #bazzillbasics #reverseconfetti #cards

This chipboard shape is Crate Paper.
I matted this card on a piece of Bazzill Card Shoppe: Cotton Candy cardstock.

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This card is also matted on Bazzill Card Shoppe: Cotton Candy cardstock.
The flower diecut is from Heidi Swapp and I added a couple of PTI buttons with twine.

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This card is matted on Bazzill Card Shoppe: Rock Candy cardstock.
The chipboard is from Crate Paper and I added a PTI button with twine.

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And lastly, this card is matted on Bazzill Basics Turquoise Mist cardstock
and the chipboard embellishment is from Echo Park.


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #125

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #125 designed by N@ Ali:

Here's my card:

I stamped the little animals from Mama Elephant's Three Amigos stamp set.
I stamped them in Versafine onyx black and heat embossed them in clear.
Then, I pressed some terracotta tile onto an acrylic block, spritzed it with water
and used a paintbrush to paint in the fox.
Then I did the same thing with soft stone and slate ink for the raccoon.

I was inspired by Sage's card here to use the smooshing technique with aqua mist ink
at the top of my card for the sky.

I diecut the fence from stamper's select white cardstock using Pretty Pink Posh's Picket Fence die.
Then, I diecut the grass from spring moss cardstock using Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched Border 2 die.
The sentiment is from PTI's Keep It Simple: Birthday.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, June 4th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Using leftovers

I had a couple of jars leftover from the Dear Lizzy patterned paper
that I used to make this layout, so I decided to use one on a card.

Using Leftovers Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics #cards

I started with some Classic Smooth White Bazzill cardstock as my background.
On it, I stamped a few flowers from PTI's Quilted: Summer stamp set and 
then stamped four more on the coordinating diecuts.
I also stamped my "enjoy" from PTI's Bitty Bouquets.

Using Leftovers Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics #cards

I fussy cut the jar by hand and stamped the "enjoy" as well as
"it's your birthday" from PTI's County Fair.
Then, I adhered the jar to my card, layering it over top, lining up the "enjoy" sentiments.
I matted it on a piece of Bazzill Basics Sparkle Bling cardstock.

I'm linking this up to this week's 

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sketchbook: Sketch 5

and, this weekend, I made a layout and a card using the sketch.
I'm not allowed to post the sketch here on my blog,
but here are my projects that I made using Reverse Confetti products.

Here's the layout I made for Sketch 5:

Sketchbook Sketch 5 Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics  #scrapbookinglayouts

I started with a background of Bazzill Basics CS White cardstock.
Over this, I layered a piece of Dear Lizzy patterned paper that I cut out by hand.
In the second jar in the top row, I stamped the "God is Good" sentiment from God is Good.

Sketchbook Sketch 5 Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics  #scrapbookinglayouts

For my title, I stamped the "today" from Right Here, Right Now twice:
once in plum pudding and the second time in aqua mist, but slightly lower and to the right.
I embellished it with a trio of buttons.

Sketchbook Sketch 5 Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics  #scrapbookinglayouts

Here's a close up of my journaling, which I typed onto the back of the jar patterned paper.
I also stamped another sentiment from God is Good in the bottom jar.

For my card, I used one of my favourite new sets: Monkey Business:

Sketchbook Sketch 5 Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics  #cards

On a piece of Bazzill Basics CS White cardstock, I was able to stack up my monkeys 
to follow the sketch, with a bit of masking.

Sketchbook Sketch 5 Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics  #cards

I stamped the sentiment (from Monkey Business) onto a piece of 
Bazzill Basics Robin's Egg cardstock, which I diecut using Stitched Flag Trio Confetti Cuts,
which I trimmed down a bit to fit.
The patterned paper is Fancy Pants.



Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

Once again, I'm playing along with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.
I actually figured it out and this is my 50th PTI Blog Hop!
I started in April 2011 and have played along every month since. :)

This month's challenge is an inspiration photo:

Isn't it fabulous?
Here's my card:

I decided to stamp the little birds from the MIM Wee One Mini kit
in the same colours and shape as the blocks in the photo.
I stamped my sentiment (from Graceful Greetings)
and fussy cut it out by hand for the Make It Monday #212: Fussy Cutting Tips.
I adhered it with some foam tape, over some white thread.
I thought the thread really added to the motion of the birds!

Before you go, I just want to let you know that I'm up on the Bazzill Basics Blog again today.
But this time, instead of featuring a project, I'm doing a tour of my craft space!

Studio Tour: My Happy Place Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics #craftspace #organization #WRMK

Click here to see more and to check out the changes I've made.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Altenew May Challenge: From Places Abroad -- Tunisia

Today, I have a card to share for the 

I was inspired by the aqua, gold and royal blue colours in the photo.
Here is my card:

Altenew May Challenge: From Places Abroad -- Tunisia Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

I started with a panel of Bazzill Basics Robin's Egg cardstock.
On it, I stamped the branch from Altenew's Vintage Flowers stamp set
in versamark and heat embossed it in gold.

I stamped the flowers from the same set in Wplus9's white ink three times each
(have I mentioned lately how much I love my MISTI?)
and then added the second layer to each one using Memento ink.

Altenew May Challenge: From Places Abroad -- Tunisia Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

Finally, I stamped my sentiment (from Altenew's Vintage Roses stamp set)
in versafine onyx black.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wplus9 Challenge: Get Sketchy with Joni #1

Today, I have a card to share that I made for a new challenge

Here's sketch #1:

For my card, I decided to use my Wplus9 Spring Blooms stamp set
and dies and layer them over a Pretty Pink Posh stitched die.

Get Sketchy with Joni 1 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

I stamped the sentiment using Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals stamp set.

Get Sketchy with Joni 1 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

Thanks for looking!