Monday, April 29, 2013

My Good News: Get Inky! Stamps Design Team

I'm super-duper overjoyed to announce that I am the newest member of the Get Inky! Stamps Design Team of Blue Moon Creation!!

Get Inky! Stamps are high quality, photopolymer stamps as well as digital stamps. You'll want to get them all!!

My Get Inky! Stamps Design Team term starts in May 2013 and ends in January 2014. Soon I will begin posting projects and I'd love it if you'd get ready by following all the Get Inky! Stamps and Blue Moon Creation sites including their blogs, Facebook fan pages and website so you don't miss a thing. I'll post my projects here as well but would love it if you could pop over and leave comments for me at the other sites as well.

Please click on these links and start following and liking!!

Blue Moon Creation website - purchase photopolymer/digital stamps

Get Inky! Stamps by Blue Moon Creation blog - where I and other Design Team members will serve up some serious crafty inspiration using Get Inky! Stamps

Get Inky! Challenge Blog - enter your projects to win prizes

As many of you know, one of my top 3 crafty goals for this year was to serve on a serious design team. It feels great to check this one off the list so soon in the year. Thank you for your support and encouragement as I continue to shoot for the stars with my 2013 crafty goals.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"It's My Birthday" Giveaway!

Last week I celebrated my birthday. It was a wonderful, wonderful week of celebrations. My big gift was a Macbook Pro!! No lie, my desktop died within 15 mins of me opening the Macbook! Crazy huh?

and 2 (blue and red) ink spots that I forgot to add into the picture!!

To keep the celebration going, I'm sharing some crafty joy with all of my faithful followers with an INTERNATIONAL giveaway! Wherever you live, I will ship this prize pack to you!!!! It includes black and white enamel accents, a stamp set, embossing folder and 2 inks spots.

The rules are simple... please leave a comment below telling me the details of your best birthday ever and follow/like my pages provided in the links below. Please include the user name you are using on the sites I am asking you to like so that I may verify your entry. For an extra entry please follow my friend Lynn's blog as well. She's serving up crafty inspiration on YouTube as well! Check it out.

Once you've done everything, leave me a second comment telling me so (that way I can check). Please share this post and encourage your friends to join in on this great giveaway too!

To enter do the following by Tuesday April 30th at 5pm.
(The winner(s) will be announced within one week of the end of the deadline):

  • leave a comment below telling me the details of your best birthday ever! 
  • follow this blog with bloglovin AND in blogger (see buttons of the sidebar of this blog)
  • follow me on Pinterest
  • follow me on Twitter 
  • like my Facebook fan page
  • follow me on Instagram! My user name is laviebordeperry
  • For an extra entry - follow this new and exciting blog Lynn's Everyday Ideas
  • leave me another comment to let me know where you followed me and the user name you used
good luck everyone!!! If I get a great response then I may give a mystery prize to a second winner!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Welcome card

When I saw the flashy floral stamp set from Inkadinkado the pineapple stood out to me most. I knew I had to get it and create something with it right away! I found my inspiration this afternoon from the challenges at Sketchy Friday - Sketch #14 (see below) and the rainbow color challenge at My Creative Time. The designer's challenge is to incorporate at least 3 of the following 6 colors Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple or all 6 for an extra challenge. I decided to use all 6 because I never back down from a crafty challenge!!!!!! Here's what I came up with....

 Crafty tips I learned along the way...
  1. use a pink eraser to erase across the entire surface of each new clear stamp to take off the manufacturing gunk. Immediately clean the stamp using clear stamp fluid and a scrubber pad before using it. Otherwise you may notice your ink beads on the surface instead of what it's supposed to do.
  2. if you aren't tying a bow, consider using the xyron 1" to put adhesive on a ribbon scrap in order to stick it on your project.

  • American Crafts 5x7 card base - green
  • DCWV purple glitter cardstock
  • Recollections red cardstock
  • Core'dinations blue and orange cardstock
  • Bazzill yellow cardstock, white
  • Stamps Inkadinkado flashy floral = pineapple and butterfly, welcome - Repeat Impressions
  • Ink - Clear and Simple Stamps Hybrid ink Espresso Your Style
  • Copics - 0, Y00, Y02, Y06, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR04, YR07, V12, V17
  • Punches - 2" marvy circle punch, Martha Stewart punch around the page: heart chain and scallop dot
  • Pen - faux stitching with Pigma Micron 05 in green
  • White ribbon - stash
  • Adhesives - xyron 1" and 5", Scotch ATG


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Artist Trading Card, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, A Prayer

On Sunday I returned to the Heirloom's Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival as bonding time for my daughter and I. We both entered the Artist Trading Cards (ATC) contest to win show bucks. The theme was Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. We went to do the make 'n takes together and sometimes I just assist. It is a joy to see my daughter learning new techniques and developing a love for crafting.

The ATC is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" with a stamped image from Another Stamp Company. I love this little brown girl with her afro. It was quick and minimal on purpose since my Saturday entry required a lot of work.

  • Inkssentials manila artist trading card
  • Copic Markers - RV09, Y26, E00 E33, Y28
  • Ink: Clear and Simple Stamps - Espresso Your Style, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers
  • Zig Millenium Pen .05 in black
  • Star - Queen and Company Twinkling Goosebumps
  • Stamp: Maryam - Another Stamp Company 


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Twinkle, Twinkle ATC

I'm headed to the Heirloom's Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival this weekend. They run an Artist Trading Cards (ATC) contest based on a theme during the show to win show bucks. Last year I entered for the first time and I decided to go for it again this year. The theme is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Working this small ( 2 1/2" x 3 1/2") is very hard for me but I tried my best to bring across the theme. I enjoyed bringing together stamps sets to achieve this look and blending distress inks to create the night sky and the grassy knoll. Stickles in various colors seemed perfect for the diamonds in the sky! Fabric markers were used to create the grass and to color in the tree leaves and trunk. Stamping the house on white cardstock allowed me to color it differing colors and with a fussy cut, the house seamlessly fits into the scene. Wish me luck! Next week, I'll be sure to share my class projects and haul with you.

  • Inkssentials canvas, self-adhesive artist trading card
  • Anna Griffin watercolor markers
  • Tulip Fabric Markers
  • EK Success scallop edge punch
  • DCWV Stardust Stack
  • Bazzill Basics white cardstock
  • Glitter glue: Stickles - Crystal, Star Dust, Black Diamond, Gold, Copper, Goldenrod
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Evergreen bough, Mowed Lawn, Broken China,Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans
  • Zig Millenium Pen .05 in black
  • Stamps: Stampendous - Changito in Space, Stampin' Up! - Good Neighbors
  • Adhesives: Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive, Xyron 1" and 5"


Friday, April 5, 2013

The Sweetest Kid

Please join in on the fun! There's plenty of time 'til the deadline!
Today's Contest Links and Themes:
Cards Galore - Vintage
Repeat Impressions - DCC327 Spring Flowers
The Paper Girls - April showers brings May flowers
  • DCWV The Mod-Retro Stack: Yellow card base and sentiment,
    The Mainstreet Stack: Blue layer, Flower (stash)
  • Sentiment: Repeat Impressions
  • Adhesives: Zig 2 way glue pen - wide, Scotch ATG, Xyron 510
  • Martha Stewart Crafts - Crystal fine glitter
  • Wright's Seam binding - pink
  • Nicole heat tool
  • Clear and Simple Stamps Hybrid Ink - Perfect Little Black Dress

The interior boast a sentiment from Repeat Impressions stamps.

I have seen people using clear glitter on patterned or stamped paper for a long time and it always looks so magical! Today I wanted to create some magic myself! I cut out a flower from the Vintage double sided paper in my stash. I think it's from DCWV (but don't quote me on that) and applied an even coat of Zig 2 Way glue. I then used my heat tool to dry the glue (making it repositionable). I sprinkled the glitter on the image and I love love love it! However, the camera did not pick up all the glittery goodness exactly like I wanted. Even so, the glitter took the vintage paper and made it look more vintage to me.

Here's the paper I used. Hopefully you can see the difference the glitter brings to it. The bow is tied with vintage seam binding. I plan on giving this card to my daughter when the time is just right!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thanks Easter Bunny Scrapbook Page

For spring break last week we went to visit my side of the family in Boston. The challenges I am entering today were a perfect way to highlight some of the pics. My children and my 2 month old nephew had their first Easter baskets. I took pictures of them with some of their goodies. With the sketch and color scheme provided by Color Me Scrappy (see below) I had a strong direction for the scrapbook page.  I took more of a literal take on thew sketch but as you will notice, I was most inspired by the sketch turned upside down.

The banner was the most labor intensive part. It made the page fussy for me. I used the Bow-Easy tool for the first time to make double organdy bows with the tiniest ribbon. It was a MAJOR challenge. However, I did create the 4 bows I needed for this layout after an hour of fiddling with it. after that, luckily I didn't have to hand cut the banner pieces. I used the Cricut E2 to cut the banner pieces at 1.5" (real size) from the Birthday Bash cartridge. Believe it or not, I have always like this banner look but was too lazy to try it. That's why I like challenges that provide sketches. It always pulls me out of the familiar. I am feeling inspired. My previous thought was that sketches would stifle my creativity. I urge you to try some challenges soon. Please share what you create. I'd love to see it!

  • Bazzill basics white, lavender cardstock
  • DCWV black adhesive, blue glitter cardstock, black and white patterned paper
  • Core'dinations cardstock
  • Bo-Bunny - Thanks Easter Bunny sticker
  • Thickers - glittered 2013
  • Martha Stewart punch around the page - Teardrop Lace
  • Sakura Japan blue Glaze pen
  • Stampin' Up! Organdy ribbon 1/8" Calypso Coral
  • Adhesives: Xyron, Scotch ATG
  • Bow-Easy

The 3 challenges I entered today are:
  • Color Me Scrappy #35 Hoppy Easter - theme, sketch and color scheme
  • 3 Girl JAM Challenge #15 - Pastel with ribbon
  • HIMCR #91 - Freestyle

  • La-Vie

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Keep Calm and Hop On

    Today I went out of my comfort zone to create a mini canvas. The 5 challenges I entered today required and Easter theme (Stampin Dragon Designz) with a humorous twist, clean, simple design that was NOT a card (CAS-ual Fridays), pastel colors and ribbon (3 Girl JAM) and buttons (Craftin' Desert Diva's). The challenge is freestyle at Hiding in My Craft Room - HIMCR. Hopefully you will play along. Here are the links:
    Because this project was out of my wheel house it caused my creativity to soar! I used all new materials and techniques. First of all, this is way too small. I usually create A2 cards or 12x12 layouts. Smaller = stress for me. However, I challenged myself to make this without becoming stressed. Pre-planning and then letting my imagination run wild as I was creating were key.

    The first step to creating this project was stamping the bunny. I wanted him to be blurry a little to show motion. He is hopping into a cartwheel. Then I stamped the same image on cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the stamped image on my canvas (masking). Then I used a stippling brush to layer color on the canvas to make the background.

    Once the background was the way I desired, I used a small portion of a flower stem stamp to create the grass at the bottom of the canvas. I inked the stem and lightly (yet randomly) stamped it several times before re-inking. The light and dark parts help to create depth. Adding the clouds (one half on the right and the other half of the stamp on the left) in the same ink as the sky worked well. The sentiment was supposed to say keep calm and shop on. However, I removed the ink from the "S" with a Q-tip. I was feeling very cleaver.... All that was left to do was remove the mask, add the button, ribbon, twine and chipboard button. In strategic places I added double-sided tape to hold the ribbon still.

    1. Artist's Loft primed wooden cradle board 1" (4 x 4")
    2. stamps - bunny and grass: Sandylion girl clear stamps, clouds: Recollections Fun Borders, Sentiment: Stampin' Up! Carry On
    3. Ink - Technique Tuesday green chalk ink, TPC Studio Clearly Better Green Ink pad, Clear and Simple Stamps Hybrid ink perfect black dress, paint the town pink, Simply Blue-tiful
    4. Ribbon/Twine: Stampin' Up! Marina Mist striped grosgrain ribbon 1 1/4", Mon Ami Gabby Couture Accents twine
    5. Buttons: Chipboard patterned button and mini blue button - stash
    6. Stippling brush
    7. Adhesives: Zots glue dots, Scotch ATG, Scotch double-sided tape


    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    Friendship Card

    Did you miss me? I took a little break to go see my family last week (including my baby nephew!) I'm back in my craftroom (oh how I missed it so...) and have created a Friendship card as my entry into 5 challenges.

    • Cardstock - hand cut card base and layer: Bazzill, hand cut News print butterfly tag: Graphic 45, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
    • Stash - buttercream colored button, ribbon, Friendship sticker
    • Clear star - Twinkle Goosebumps colored with V15 Mallow Copic Marker
    • Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in tea dye and dusty concord
    • Anna Griffin Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirls embossing folder
    • Paper Shapers decorative edge scissors, Provo Craft
    • EK Success powder tool
    I started out with this sketch from Sketchy Friday (see above), added an Action Wobble and newsprint for their challenge (see below), a button for the Craftin Desert Diva's linky party, the colors lavender, buttercream and vanilla (black and white are ok as well) for The Play Date Cafe (see color scheme below) and last but not least, there's a freestyle challenge going on at Hiding in My Craft Room (HIMCR).