Friday, February 27, 2015

Coffee Lovers SPRING Hop


I'm super excited to be part of the COFFEE LOVERS Spring Blog Hop...Thanks to Becca Dawn who added me to the group:))

I was TOTALLY inspired by Sabrina from Waffle Flower to create this mixed media card!

Supplies used:
Mama Elephant and STAMPlorations, with just a hint of PTI.

Linking up to the SSS Wednesday challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes.

Thanks for hopping by!

LauraJane:)

Special thanks to AMY for hosting such an addictive hop:))

Thank you SPONSORS!!!



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Learning to love SIMPLICITY

Hello all! Today I'm sharing a few cards I've made for the Penny Black SIMPLICITY Challenge which ends March 1st at midnight.
Most of my cards do not imply SIMPLICITY... CAS is difficult for me...I'm a messy card maker:) However, after seeing all the fabulous examples from the Simplicity Sisters  every Tuesday and Thursday, I really wanted to participate in the challenge.. give SIMPLE a chance, plus.... a $50 shopping spree is on the line!!

This one I posted on the Penny Circle Flickr gallery a few weeks back and got a TWEET from Jill:))

That encouraged me to give SIMPLICITY another go:)
AND some new PB toys arrived in the mail!!


Thanks for stopping by...only one more sleep till the weekend!!
Have a GREAT one!
LauraJane:)
Linking up to the SSS Wednesday challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes

Penny Black Supplies used:

flights of fancy



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Super excited to play with some new PTI products for the February Blog Hop Challenge:))

Inspired by:

It's TRUE LOVE!!

Thanks for stopping by!
LauraJane:)

Supplies:
Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Die Stack Large Stitched Rectangle

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Card Concept Challenge #29



The Card Concept Challenge #29 begins today! Once again the inspiration photo is full of color!!
The Theme is GET WELL SOON!


Here is my card for the FREESTYLE COLLAGE category.


I used a new stencil from STAMPlorations called Oh My Stars!
The stars have Sweet sizes and shapes in my opinion...not too pointy:)
The tea cup is from Mama Elephant and the frame Wplus9.

I did some coloring with marker on the cup as well as watercolor on the BG.

DO stop by to see the cards from the other DT gals, along with Guest designer Jeanne Jachna.
Remember, all styles are welcome:)
Hope to see you playing along!

LauraJane:)

PS.
Just wanted to share some of my favorite lyrics from Mercy Me's GREATER


There'll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn't matter
Cause the cross already won the war
He's Greater
He's Greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how he sees me
And it makes me love him more and more
He's Greater
He's Greater
than
He who is living the world

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Playing with Altenew and CASology


Altenew's February Challenge: From the Craft Room this month really was inspirational!

I took the time to play with four Altenew sets:
Vintage Roses
Painted Butterflies
Dodecagram
Hennah Elements

I'm debating if this is MONOCHROME and CAS enough to enter the new CASology Challenge..green is neutral right?:))

What do you think?

 STAMPlorations is sponsoring the challenge:)
I'm REALLY enjoying playing with their new stencils:)) You will see in tomorrow's post.

Thanks for stopping by!
LauraJane:)









Monday, February 16, 2015

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #28

Hello!  Today we have a new Sketch for you to play with at STAMPlorations.

Here is my take:


I created a background using Vignette: Mod Shapes in shades of purple then white washed it with Picket Fence Distress stain.
I fussed with the banner stitching and added some Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and then layered some Black marker over the top of that to give some contrast.
Stamped a flower image on a white circle die layered with black as well.
Fussy Cut an embossed sentiment from BOLD SENTIMENTS and adhered it all together..
In the end I like how it turned out:)
 I DO find Sketches to be most challenging!

Hope you stop be STAMPlorations to see all the other cards from the last challenge winners!
Congratulations Guest Designers!
Winner: Lee Ann Barrett 
Top picks: Sue V and  Carol Dunham

The STAMPlorations Gals have some pretty amazing inspiration for you as well! I am truly amazed with how varied the cards turn out to be:))

Prizes:
Winner
prize: 3 digi stamps
guest designer spot in Sketch #31

2 Top picks
the option to be a guest designer in the Sketch #31 Challenge if they'll use a STAMPlorations digi stamp (to be provided) or clear stamp (if they already have them)

All winners and top picks will receive a personalized guest designer badge that they can display on their blogs, as well as a STAMPlorations guest designer watermark.


Thanks for stopping by!

LauraJane:)


Saturday, February 14, 2015

PTI 8th Anniversary Challenges

Happy Valentines Day!!
Just wanted to post several cards I made for the Challenges at PTI.
using OOPSIE DAISY, a set that needed some LOVE

Day 7: Heavy Metal Challenge






Day 8: Blue Ombre Challenge


There you go! Now I've GOT to FLY!! 
Big date today..the OLD FASHIONED kind and HUGE surprises for the family today:)))

Hope your day is BLESSED!
LauraJane:)


Monday, February 9, 2015

ric#77 - Jenny Packham

Blues-Yellow-and Black


I think she looks like a butterfly...if only she could imagine it she might be able to smile!


Stamp sets from:
Eclectic Florals
Artful Flutters
Floral Strips


Thanks for stopping by!
LauraJane:)








"Build" a Bouquet challenge at PTI


When I saw the  "Build" a Bouquet challenge at PTI you bet I was in!!
Nichole invited us to use several stamp sets to build a bouquet of flowers..
LOVE!!!

PTI Stamp sets I used:
Simple Sunflower
Friendly Flowers
Beautiful Blooms II
Green Thumb
Turning a New Leaf 

PTI inks:
Harvest Gold
Summer Sunrise
Berry Sorbet
Raspberry Fizz
Aqua Mist
Hawaiian Shores
Spring Moss
Ripe Avocado
Smokey Shadow

I did use a Butter Bar from Hero Arts as a second layer to the sunflowers:)

Thanks for stopping by!
LauraJane:)




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Inspired by Maile Belles

This month marks the 8th Anniversary for PTI and Maile Belles is back with some fabulous new stamps and dies she has designed for the celebration! New layers for BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES is one I am most looking forward to as well as the SWOOSH...oh yay, it SCORES!!

I'm caseing one of her cards...color and design.
Here is mine using LIFE is BEAUTIFUL set:


Maile's using two new sets:


Thanks for stopping by!
LauraJane:)

PTI MAKE IT MONDAY #200: LAYERING COVER PLATE DIE CUTS

Dawn McVey shares some ideas for layering Papertrey's Cover Plate die cuts for MIM #200.

 I used four of the Cover Plate: In the Woods . The top two are covered with glitter, the two lower layers are of a darker rose color paper. Two hearts nestled in with Bitty Buttons and bow make a pretty Victorian Valentine!

Thanks for stopping by! 
LauraJane:)


Friday, February 6, 2015

STAMPlorations February Monthly Challenge #16

What do YOU see when you look at this card?
My DH sees a chicken! HA! I see a Full house:)
Full of LOVE
There's a new challenge up for the month of February at STAMPlorations.



Prizes:

Winner
(voted by the design team)
prize: 2 stamp sets (3" by 5") if she used our stamps, 1 stamp set if she didn't
+ guest designer spot in the April Challenge


Top picks
prize: 3 digi stamps
+ the option to be a guest designer too in the April Challenge if they will use their winnings OR if they already have our clear stamps

All winners and top picks will receive a personalized guest designer badge that they can display on their blogs, as well as a STAMPlorations guest designer watermark.

Frequent Players Spotlight. Play in all 3 challenges for the month for entries to the random drawing. Prize is always going to be a stamp and stencil pack valued at $10.


I used two STAMPlorations sets:

(Those are butterflies stamped inside the large masked heart) 

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of last months challenge,  Kim M.Loll, and  Karen D. They will be Guest Designing with us:)
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to hop over to STAMPlorations so see the cards from the DT!

Hugs!
LauraJane:)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TCC Challenge #28: ROMANCE

LOVE is in the air!! 

The Card Concept challenge #26 is ROMANCE
I've enjoyed creating Valentines more than any other type of cards.  Making them for friends and loved ones as a child and throughout my life has been the sunshine when the winter blues try to creep in.  Maybe it's the theme, or the colors...the shapes?
I know I was inspired by the textures and colors from this week's photo  at The Card Concept.

 It's all about LOVE and ROMANCE:)
Hop over to see all the DT cards. You bet they will inspire you to create something full of LOVE.

Thanks for stopping by today!
LauraJane:)
Supplies: Waffle Flower Stamps and Dies
Uniko Studio Stamps (arrows)
PTI die

Monday, February 2, 2015

Virginia View Challenge #12

This month's challenge at Virginia's View is SHAKER CARDS.
Shakers are EVERYWHERE these days!! They are pretty and interactive...but I'm not a fan of the bulkiness of them.
However, Virginia shares HELPFUL links on HOW to Make shakers:)
Jennifer McGuire: Shaker Card Tips , Vellum Shaker Card, Shaker Card Tips-3 Cards
Kristina Werner: Sewn Shaker Card
Nichol Magouirk: Shaker Card with Beads
Julia Altermann: Shaker Card with Seed Beads

After seeing all these SHAKER help videos I played along.

Lots of layers but still very thin! Glitter and small paper confetti punches make GREAT no-bulk shaker material!

EDITED: This is not my first shaker I have made...just the first without the fiddly foam tape and trying to line things up to keep all the shakeables from escaping:)
My other attempts are here, here, here and here.


Thanks for stopping by!
LauraJane:)

Just a hint on watching videos...hit the settings button.... bump up the speed and watch in half the time:)

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #27 Challenge


Well, today begins my first official post as a STAMPLorations Challenge DT member.  One of the things I enjoy about being on the team is the encouragement to just get out there and Experiment, Make messes and create!
In other words---PLAY!!
Shery, the owner of STAMPlorations, has such a playful spirit, You really need to watch her videos...I LOVE it when she makes her cards "dance" on screen when she is happy with the results!

Anyway, here is my card for the  Sketch Challenge #27 Challenge using:

Sketches are a challenge for me not to use literally. Going at an angle is the most I could allow for this one today:/ but I did plenty of masking:))


There are PRIZES!!!
Winner
prize: 3 digi stamps
guest designer spot in Sketch #30


2 Top picks
the option to be a guest designer in the Sketch #30 Challenge if they'll use a STAMPlorations digi stamp (to be provided) or clear stamp (if they already have them)


All winners and top picks will receive a personalized guest designer badge that they can display on their blogs, as well as a STAMPlorations guest designer watermark.

or clear stamp (if they already have them)
Frequent Players Spotlight: Play in all 3 challenges for the month for entries to the random drawing. Prize is always going to be a stamp and stencil pack.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you skip over to see all the other cards from the DT! And congratulate the winners from the  last sketch challenge, Deepti StephensMynn, and  Joy Meadows 
You have two weeks to play.

LauraJane:)

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