Vintage and Frosty

Hello All.  I thought I would get one more post in before Christmas and with only one week to go, I am cutting it really close.  The excitement of Christmas doesn't hit me until the morning of when I am awakened by the giggles and laughter of the little ones that still believe in fairies and magic.  

But until then I'll continue to play in my craft room and share my creations with my crafting buddies.  Today I have two cards to share that I think are very different but both represent the holiday.



My first card was made using Maja Design designer paper and kraft cardstock. I distressed the paper edges and added a few embellishments to complete the layout.  The greeting says "Christmas Blessings" which I cut from the paper.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crea Chicky's - Challenge Christmas (12/26)
Crafty Hazelnut Pattern Paper - December 2017 (12/31)
Crafts Galore Encore - #47 Merry Christmas (12/30)
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes Holiday (12/31)
Scrap and Craft - #10 Anything Christmas (12/27)
Crafty Calendar - Its Christmas (12/27)



I used the "Frostyville Broder" die from Memory Box and an image from Mo Manning to complete this card. I added a few embellishments from my stash and colored the image using Copic Markers.  The greeting I printed and used a Spellbinder tag die to cut it out.  Although you can't see it, the snow around the image is stickled as well as parts of his scarf and hat. I then sprayed the entire card with glitter dust to give it all a really nice sparkle. Perfect for the snowfall.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Die Cut Divas - Winter Cards (12/31)
CCC Digi Creations - #87 Happy Christmas (12/28)
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Extra - December 2017 (12/30)
Country View Challenges - Christmas (12/31)
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes (12/26)
Cheerful Sketch Challenges - Sketch (12/29)
A Gem of A Challenge - #209 Anything Christmas (01/03)
Allsorts Challenge - Cold and Frosty (12/21)

Well, everyone, that's all I have until next year.  I sincerely hope each of you will have a blessed holiday and that the new year will bring you many more.

Sending Hugs From Texas
~Lesia




Christmas Blessings and GiveAway

Whew! After safely driving (actually I simply rode, but that was hard to do) from Texas to North Carolina and back (total of 35 hours) I have finally recuperated enough to finish creating my Christmas cards and am once again ready to share.

I also want to announce that I will soon be giving away a "Pazzles" cutting machine to include several cartridges to go along with it.  Unfortunately, though the winner will have to commit to paying the cost to ship it since I think it will be more than I am willing to pay.  When will I give it away you ask..well..my goal is to award it as soon as I reach 700 followers or someone offers to buy it $150, whichever comes first.  Everyone is invited to join in but unfortunately, the cost to ship overseas may simply not be worth it.  I've only used this machine 3 times, so when I say it is new it certainly is new.

After my third video tutorial, I decided that it would be easier to stick with Cricut so I purchased the newest version of that machine. I put the Pazzles machine back in its box and in the closet, it went and it has sat there for over 2 years gathering dust (thank goodness it was in a box).  At first, I thought I would sell it at a really good price but never did so now I am going to offer it for free.

Included in this bundle is the Pazzles machine complete with the users manual and warranty information. 




This giveaway and others can be found on the Blog Giveaway Directory. Click here to see more listings.

I also purchased a few image CDs so there is a ton of images that can be used for your projects and it comes with a whole book of ideas to get you started.  


If you're interested just keep a watch out so you can add your name to the list and become a follower if you're not one already.  By the way, tell your friends and add it to your blog so we can drive the numbers up quickly.

Now on to what I have to share with everyone.  I have a few cards for those special people in our lives that we seldom think of until we need them.  You know the ones...our mechanic, beautician, the nurse at the doctor's office, the lady that grooms your pet and even our local postman.  I thought it would be nice to let them know we think and appreciate them as well.  Here are the cards I want to share and enter into the challenges as listed.

This little card I thought would be perfect for the lady that grooms my little Yorkie-Poo every month.  I colored the image using Spectrum Noir and Copics and I changed the words on the cup to say Happy Holidays.  On the inside, the words say "Wishing you a Dog-gone awesome Christmas and a Tail-wagging New Year".

Kitty Bee Designs - #109 Anything Goes/Christmas (12/24)
Color Crazy Challenge - #48 Anything Goes/Must Color (12/15)
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Colors Red and Green (12/06)


Hopefully, this card will put a smile on my beautician's face.  The image is one by Robert Jackson and she was colored with Copics. The DP is an old MME called Santa Claus. The inside has two messages.  One side says "Beauty comes from the inside...from the inside of a Beauty Salon" and the second message in keeping with the Christmas spirit says, "Hope your holidays are "STYLED" with fun...Merry Christmas".

Simply Papercraft - #53 Anything Goes (12/28)
Crazy4Challenges - C4C414 Color Your Day


I certainly couldn't forget about the staff of nurses that sit at the front desk in my doctor's office.  The image is from Mo Manning and she was colored using Copic markers.  I used Spellbinders dies, a Martha Stewart punch and Basic Grey paper. The words I chose for this group of ladies is as follows: "Sending you guys wishes for a HEALTHY little Christmas and a WELL blessed New Year".

Quick Quotes Friday Challenge - #82 Die Cuts (12/29)
Crafty Calendar Challenge - It's Christmas (12/28)



Of course, there is the mechanic that keeps those vehicles of ours running and although they do charge quite a bit, I still think a little kindness will go a long way especially this time of year.  I received a set of vintage images as a gift from a friend and they were just in time for this card.  All I had to do was use my dies to create a frame, add some foam to the back for dimension and then adhere it to a card base.  I couldn't think of any wordplay phrases so I simply said "Wishing you a never-ending season of love and peace".

Crafting With Friends - #56 Anything Goes (12/13)
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - #362 ATG Christmas/Quick&Easy (12/05)

Well, folks there you have it for me.  Not sure when I will get the chance to create and post again because things do get hectic this time of year.  I'm going to try and find time for my craft-room amidst all the chaos but until then

Stay safe, create and thanks for stopping by
Sending Hugs From Texas
~Lesia 

Funtimes in Texas

Hello All
Before I say anything else I would like to say thanks to Always Fun Challenges for selecting my entry as one of their Top 3 Picks.  Additionally, I was a blog candy winner over at Tindaloo in Cyberspace and I can't wait to get my winnings which is one of her digi stamps.  Yeah, I am off to a good start here...hope its a winning streak for me.

Now that I've gotten my announcements out of the way let me move on. I just realized that although Thanksgiving hasn't arrived all I can think of is we have only 6.5 weeks before Christmas. I've written out my Christmas list and now all that is left is to figure out how to get it all in time for Christmas.  Perhaps I'll get lucky with Black Friday sales being just around the corner.  Why do we go through this every year, perhaps its the whole atmosphere that makes the hustle worth it?

When I'm not out shopping to complete my Christmas list I am in my craft-room making sure that I have enough cards to share with friends and family.  This part I enjoy doing and sometimes I overdo it a bit.  But its fun creating and sharing what I've created so allow me to share one of my Christmas cards.



Creating this card was quick and easy to do.  All you need is cardstock, some scrap designer paper, a greeting stamp, and the Frostyville die.  Cut the die twice, turn one upside down and adhere to your mat.  Add a strip across the middle accented with a strip of scrap designer paper and then add your greeting.  That's all there is to it.  Quick and easy...I like'em like that sometimes. This idea really did come from one the challenges I am entering and the color combo was because of another challenge although the image wasn't Christmas at all lol.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

The Sketch File - November London Tube Sketch (12/04)
{PIN} Inspirational - #203 Inspiration Image (11/20)
Holly and Ivy Challenge - #18 Anything Christmas Goes (11/11)
Creates and Makes - #16 Anything Goes (11/26)




For this card, I used My Mind's Eye designer paper and black cardstock. I used a Fishtail Die and a Circle die along with a doily to create my layout.  Once the layout was completed I added my greeting, a poinsettia, and a few pearls as my finishing touch.  The hardest part of this card design was deciding on the paper combination.

I'd like to enter this one into the following challenges:

The Merry Christmas Challenge - #42 Anything Goes Christmas/Snow (11/13)
Inspiration Destination- #137 Anything Goes (11/14)
Creative Moments - #130 Anything Goes (11/14)
Crafty Creations - #354 Anything Goes (11/20)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes Christmas (12/08)

Well now its back to the drawing table because I have a lot more cards to do.  This is when challenges come in handy because you can get ideas from what others do.


Take care and thanks for stopping by.
Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia




Signs of Autumn

Finally, I am back in my craft room celebrating the signs of fall; cooler weather and fall colors. Autumn has always been my favorite of the seasons even with my allergies. I like the crispness of cooler temperatures and the fabulous changing of the color of the leaves. 

It is this time of year when inspiration can be found all around. All one has to do is look at the trees, explore your local craft store decorations and of course the little ones asking when they can go and get their costumes.  

With Halloween upon us there was no question that one of my cards would be a Halloween card and with the trees lining the highways with a multi-color treeline, I had to create a card that would not only represent Thanksgiving but would represent the colors of Autumn.

So without any more unnecessary chit-chat here are my cards for this post. 



My first card didn't take very long to make and used items from my stash.  I created my background using Oxide inks and masked out a moon.  Both the witch and the tree are die-cuts and the "Get Spooked" greeting is actually a sticker that I added to a piece of chipboard and then added a bit of foam to add dimension.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Inspiration - #189 Anything Goes "Spook it Up" (11/10)
Always Fun Challenge - #30 Halloween (11/04)
Shopping Our Stash - Halloween (11/06)
Digi Choosday - #44 Anything Goes (11/14)




I used an image from Poppy Power titled "Harvest" and colored it using my favorite Copic markers. You may notice that I flipped the image before I printed it so that the handles wouldn't be hidden by my flowers.  I used papers from My Minds Eye (MME), flowers are Recollection and Prima, and the greeting is from a collection by Fiskars. I used my favorite fall colors, orange, green, brown, yellow and red.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Pin Inspiration Challenge - #202 Photo Inspiration (11/06)
Crafting From The Heart - #181 Anything Goes (11/04)
Die Cuttin Divas - #341 Pumpkins (11/05)
Creates and Makes - #16 Anything Goes (11/25)
A Snowflake Promise - #45 Anything Goes (11/10)

The trick-or-treaters are here so that's all for now.  So guys don't get spooked (for those that participate in Halloween) and I'll see you next time.


Thanks for stopping by
Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia

Let the Holidays Began

Hello everyone.  Do you find it amazing that when you go to any craft store today you will see both Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all being displayed?  I mean Halloween hasn't arrived and yet I see Christmas trees and lights all over the place.  I just smile and think of how soon city streets and family homes will be lit with bright lights.  Yep, its the time of year when the air will become crisp and cool and there will be lots of music and festivities. 

Before I continue further I have to announce that my Christmas card entry over at Creative Fingers was chosen to be one of their Top 3 Design Team Favorite.  Yeah! to me for the honor of being selected.  Much hugs and thanks to the team.

Now back to my post. What better way to start the holidays than to create a card for each holiday.  For this post, I am sharing a Halloween card and a Christmas card.  I hope you will like them both.  I am still working on an Autumn or Thanksgiving card to share later.


I started by masking out a moon and then inking the entire card with Distress Inks.  Once the inking was completed I removed the mask and then used a die to cut out my spooky house.  I used pieces of paper to place behind the windows. Using a Stampscapes stamp I added a few weeds in the front of the house. The greeting and the bat are dimensional stickers by Dollhouse.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges - #194 Halloween (10/17)
Inspiration Destination - #135 Anything Goes (10/17)
Double D Challenges - Fright Night (10/15)
Crafty Gals - #144 Make it Spooktacular (10/16)



For this card, I embossed a sheet of white Bazzil and then cut it in 2 sizes.  I also embossed the card base.  The designer paper is from My Minds Eye (MME).  To create both the centerpiece and the greeting, I cut out the holly and the bells from the designer paper and adhered to pieces of chipboard which I cut out to fit the shape.  Then I glued the pieces together and added some foam adhesive to the back.  The greeting was also cut and added to chipboard before adhering to the card.  Each square was layered to create a diamond with a bit of dimension. 

I hope to enter the following challenges:
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #38 Anything Goes Christmas (10/17)
Creative Moments - #128 Anything Goes/Smile (10/16)
Sweet Stampin Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes (10/30)
Addicted to Stamps & More - #263 Holiday (10/16)


As always thanks for stopping by 
and come again soon.
Sending hugs from Texas
~Lesia~

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