Young Crafters Unite BLOG HOP!

Oh what a fun and incredible blog hop this is going to be!

Hopefully you have arrived at my blog from the multi-talented PAULINA; if not, be sure to start at the very beginning - Young Crafters Unite!  And you know what happens with blog hops right? Yep; leave a comment along the way for your chance to win prizes and I do mean prizes.  We have prizes from Simon Says Stamp, Paper Smooches and Lawn Fawn - yippee!!

I created one of my fave projects - an altered Jr. Legal Pad - man, I LOVE THESE THINGS!  Since we have 2 young ladies in our household; I love creating things for young girls - it's what keeps me young!  :D

Inside of notebook; mini mermaid  :D
This one is for a young lady who has a birthday in July - just 2 days after mine!  She loves mermaids and notebooks so I "think" she might like this.  I've made many varieties of these notebooks which you can see HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!  I have lots of 3D items on my blog...in reviewing that category I found A LOT of altered notebooks.  tee hee

OK, on to today's creation:

Cute little mermaid sitting on some mussel shells; her tail is 2 shades of blue and 1 green, I LOVE it IRL and her hair is covered in sparkles although very difficult to see in the pictures!

This is a digital mermaid so I made a smaller version for the inside of the notebook; and on the left inside, there is a little pocket which you can store things - comes in so handy!

Pocket on the inside left
OK, next up is the uber-talented KATHY!  Enjoy the journey and thanks for hopping by!

...mermaids and sea shells...

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Mussel Shell and Etsy Digi Mermaid, PTI Take Notes

Papers: PTI Pure Linen, GKD White, SU! DP
Ink:  Various Ranger Distress Inks
Accessories:  Nestie, 3D white gel pen, dry embossing, Copics, EK Success border punch


Repeat Impressions - What If? Wednesday

Hello friends; happy Hump Day!

The Rock Stars are back with another What If? Wednesday over at The House That Stamps Built; Wendy offered up another great sketch this week and there is a $25 gift certificate up for grabs, so be sure to play along!

I went for a CAS card (Clean and Simple) using a sentiment to let someone know how much they mean to me!

Some Basic Grey DP; some nesties, some white pearls which I colored with my Copics, some dee-lish crinkle ribbon, a heart cut from a vintage tag stamped with a beautiful floral image, a button and some twine - ahhhh, sah-weet! I like it, what do you think?  Look closely at that heart tag; that's a floral image stamped 2nd generation onto the tag - thought it turned out pretty cool!

...thank YOU for being my friend...

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Sentiment
Papers: PTI Berry Sorbet and Dark Chocolate, DP by Basic Grey, GKD White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black,, PTI Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Accessories:  Nestie, pearls, twine, PTI button, crinkle ribbon, vintage tag


TLT Blog Hop - **NEW RELEASE**

Hello everyone -HO HO HO - its only June I know, but it's another big day today here at the Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge blog!  Kerry has a new release of Christmas stamps and we are having a Blog Hop to celebrate!!
There are 4 new images in all and each DT member has used one of the new images!
So onto the rules of the Hop - which are...
a) Visit each of the DT members in order and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.
b)  leave a comment on the challenge blog stating which is your favorite new Christmas image once you have finished the hop.
c) Display the blog hop banner on your blog (if you have one).
One lucky person will win all 4 new images and then 5 people will receive one of the new images of their choice!  That's a lot of winnin' going on!
Winner and runners up will be chosen at random!

The hop will close 12pm midday GMT on July 4th and the winners will be announced July 5th.

Hopefully you've reached my blog from the exceptionally talented PINKY!  And up after me is the super-duper stamper SUE!

Now onto the challenge - which is the other way you can win a prize.. and this week its AMANDA who has chosen the theme which is  ....

So you have 2 ways to win a prize .. you can play along with the hop or enter the challenge .. and for the brave, you can do both!

And if you don't win.. you can still enjoy the stamps at a discount price of £5.50 (Normal RRP £6.50) till July 5th!

Have fun.. and we can't to see your fabulous Christmas creations!

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps:  Ladybug Crafts Ink Christmas in June
Papers:  GKD White, PTI Pure Poppy, DP by Basic Grey
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copics, fluffy stuff, nesties, misc. ribbon, misc. red gems


Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #117 - Glitterbabe

It's time for another amazing Cupcake Inspiration challenge!

This week we are sponsored by Glitterbabe; a fabulous place to grab some digi images!  And just for playing along this week, you have the chance to win 2 digis of YOUR CHOICE.  Won't you join us?

AND the amazing Cupcake Inspiration picture - yum, yum - so glad they are calorie free!  And stinking cute huh, just in time for the 4th of July!

I had a great time using the birthday wish flower; all 3 flowers say "a birthday wish"; but as you can see I made 2 of the flowers smaller and covered the words with a PTI Pure Poppy button and baker's twine - SWEET!  I went all red, white and blue for my card even making the floral stems blue...hey, it works right? LOL

I colored the 3 flowers with Copics (R14, R27 & R29) and the center of the largest flower with various yellows (Y13, Y15, Y34); the center flower kinda looks goofy from afar but that's b/c I added glossy accents and glitter on top - every girl needs a little sparkle right?

Go ahead; take some inspiration from those delightful cupcakes and join in all the fun!

...calorie free cupcakes...

Hugs, ~M.


Stamps: Verve Visual Petals and Stems, Glitterbabe Birthday Wish Flower
Papers: PTI Spring Rain, Pure Poppy, GKD White 
Accessories:  Copics, 3D white gel pen, misc. red gigham ribbon, EK Success border punch (inside)


Birthday Backpack

 Hi friends!

Creating just for fun – my FAVORITE kind of creating!

I had a friend request a b-day card for her niece; her niece loves pink and lime green or blue and lime green – hence I found some striped paper that incorporated all those colors!  :D  I’m making her aunt look smart eh?  That’s my job!

The layout is last week’s Mojo Monday #195.  The fun backpack and sneakers image is from Ladybug Crafts Ink colored with Copics; I added a clear spica glitter pen to each of the hearts – very sparkly IRL.

I added lots of distressing and some fun pink brads in the corner.  I also added the little banner which says happy birthday and sponged the edges with VersaMagic pink.  I then added 3 felt flowers with opposite colored brads.  The pink felt is from Ladybug Crafts ink (thanks queenie poo) and the green felt is from PTI. Finished it off with some white enamel dots - super cute; hope her niece loves it!!

I took some liberties on the inside of the card and added a sentient from The Cat’s Pajamas, “Hope your birthday is as fabulous as me!”.  Isn’t that hilarious?

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great week!

…backpacks full of gifts…

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps:  Ladybug Crafts Ink Shoes 'n Bags
Papers:  GKD White. DP by MME, PTI Hibiscus Burst and Simply Chartreuse
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copics, nestie,spica glitter pen, distressing tool, misc. brads, Ranger white enamel, PTI Felt, LCI felt, EK Success border punch


Repeat Impressions DCC - Watercoloring

Happy Hump Day friends!

Today over at The House That Stamps Built, Miriam chose watercoloring for the designer's choice challenge.  You know, I LOVE watercoloring and all you can do with it and I rarely do watercoloring.  Now that's just wrong!  So thanks Miriam for reminding me what fun it can be.  From the looks of it, I went a totally different direction than the other Rock Stars - hmph; no surprise huh?

I chose the Lupine image and inked it with 4 different colors of Stampin' Up markers; I spritzed the image 3-4 times and them stamped it twice (1st and 2nd generation) on my water color paper.  I was wanting a field of wildflowers - I like it!   I layered the watercolor paper onto PTI Harvest Gold and Hibiscus Burst and added a strip of Hibiscus Burst saddle stitch ribbon.  The sentiment is a rub-on that I have had FOREVER!

Also, once I had all my flowers stamped I spritzed them with MORE water; some of the inks really ran - like the yellow; but it softened them all up a bit more. 

I created a wildflower on the inside and on the envie - purdy!!  Springy and summer all rolled into one!

Please stop by the The House That Stamps Built and see what the other Rock Stars have created AND get all the details of how YOU can play along with us!  I promise some incredible creations today AND your chance to win a $25 gift certificate.  Come on, don't be shy and play along!!

Thanks for visiting!

...wildflowers in spring time...
Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Lupine
Papers: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, watercolor paper
Ink:  SU! Markers
Accessories:  rub-on, PTI Hibiscus Burst saddle stitch ribbon, corner chomper


TLT - Use Red Gaelle Style

It's TLT Time - and this week it is "Gaelle Style" and she asked us to use RED somewhere on our creation.

I will admit right up front, I woke up Sunday (my day to create my TLT creation) with a raging migraine; when I could finally pull myself to my craft room, I decided to go as CAS (Clean and Simple) as possible!

I created a one layer card using one of the Cupcake Cutie images and a border around the card.  I included red on the cherry, along with some Glossy Accents (it's a bit blurry b/c it hasn't dried yet) and red for her shirt.  I added some white enamel for the polka dots on her skirt.  The cupcake wrapper is paper pieced, the rest is colored with Copics.

Certainly nothing fancy, but a cute little card for a cute little birthday girl.

PS - my birthday is coming up in less than a month - take note; big shenanigans ALWAYS take place on my birfday.  And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my birfday.  YOU.HAVE.BEEN.WARNED.  :D

PPS - notice her leggings do not match her outfit; that's cuz she dressed herself.  LOL  Didn't your little girl do that growing up?  Who cares if they match, couldn't resist!  

Thanks for stopping by, be sure you stop by the TLT Challenge Blog and join us; great prizes to be had and we LOVE seeing all your creativity!

AND before I forget....it's coming very soon!

...Cupcake Cutie and MY BIRFDAY just around the corner...

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps:  Ladybug Crafts Ink Cupcake Cutie
Papers:  GKD 120 lb. white
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black,  PTI Pure Poppy
Accessories:  Copics, black multi liner pen, Ranger white enamel


Repeat Impression SOTW - Mussel Shell

Happy, happy Monday! How was your weekend?  Ours was good; but VERY busy. Our little man is still in Georgia with my mom - they are having a GREAT time; but I'm anxious for him to return.  :D

This week at The House That Stamps Built we're sharing the Stamp of the Week - Mussel Shell.  You can purchase this same image for 50% off this week only, so be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built to get all the deets.

I stamped the image on GKD White twice and cut out each image.  I added some VersaMagic Jumbo Java and PTI Vintage Cream to each shell.  What's really difficult to see is I dry embossed the back side of each shell so they are totally raised except on the edges - they look so cool IRL.  I cut each out and mounted on the sandy beach.  The beach idea came from Michelle Zindorf - that chick can do brayering like none other!!!

Trying to show the 3D effect of the shells!
I brayered Ranger Distress inks combining two blues on top and two sand-tones on the bottom.  I added lots of white gel for sea foam...just like Michelle.  LOL

The image was cut with a nestie and layered onto PTI's Fine Linen cut with a scalloped nestie.  "Live for this moment" - great sentiment; NOW can someone transport me to a beach please? :D

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to hop over to The House That Stamps Built to check out the great deal AND see all the other amazing creations by the Rock Stars!

...mussel shells on the beach....

Hugs, M.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Mussel Shell
Papers:  GKD White, PTI Fine Linen
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Vintage Cream, VersaMagic Jumbo Java, Ranger Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Old Paper, and Frayed Burlap
Accessories: nesties


Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #116

It's time for another amazing Cupcake Inspiration challenge!

This week we are sponsored by Amber Ink; I recently served as a GD for Amber Ink so you KNOW I love their images.  You can see some of my creations using their products HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

And this week we got to work with some brand new digi paper - oh it is delightful; you KNOW I had to go with pink and chocolate (yeah, always calorie free thank goodness)!!  AND just by playing along YOU can win a $15 gift certificate to Amber Ink...she has SO MUCH STUFF; totally inexpensive so you will get a boatload for $15!  Won't you play along?

AND the amazing Cupcake Inspiration picture - yum, yum - so glad they are calorie free!  And stinking cute huh?

Close Up
The layout is Lunch Time Sketch Challenge #178; super fun layout!  The delightful ladybug paper is brand new from Amber Ink; I printed one heart ladybug on white paper and one on the digi paper; I cut just the body out of the digi paper and mounted with dimensionals.  I colored the hearts in with Copics then added white gel dots.  Ah...cute eh?

I mounted the ladybug and circle nestie onto a white doily - swoon...love when I can incorporate doilies!  The base scallop is accented with Ranger Enamel Accents in white.  I thought the inside was just as cute as the outside incorporating PTI's Little Lady stamp set and more digi paper!

Go ahead; take some inspiration from those delightful cupcakes and join in all the fun!

...calorie free cupcakes...

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Amber Ink Love Bug
Papers: SU! Pink Pirouette, PTI Hibiscus Burst and Dark Chocolate, GKD White
Ink:  PTI Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Fizz
Accessories:  Copics, nesties 3D white gel pen, Ranger's Enamel Accents, doily


Graduation, never too late to celebrate!

I had a friend request a graduation card based upon some I had posted to my blog a month or so ago.  I love making girly cards, yes I do - so much easier than masculine cards...for me at least!

For this one, I used Jen's June Sketch For You To Try, HERE; great layout!  A couple fun things about this card.  See that big white doily...oh well, it's not white now but it was!  I spritzed it with glimmer mist - impossible to see in the picture but it adds such great color and shimmer to the doily - LOVE!

The smaller doily is a PTI die and is cut with GKD's 120 lb. cardstock - man it's the perfect thickness!  Another...love!

I stamped the sentment from Verve's Great Expectations in Pure Poppy and then added some flourishes form Verve's Express Yourself stamp set.  The flourishes were stamped 2nd generation using VersaMagic's Spanish Olive; love the delicate touch they add!

Some misc. white rose ribbon finishes the card  Super fun, super feminine!

Thanks for stopping by; don't forget to come back tomorrow where we will salivate over cupcakes!  :D

Have a great weekend!

...growing and graduating...

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps:Verve Visual Great Expectations and Express Yourself
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy and Simply Chartreuse, GKD white, SU! DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Pure Poppy, VersaMagic Pink Pixie and Spanish Olive

Accessories:  PTI's Doily Die, white doily, glimmer mist, rose ribbon


Repeat Impressions - What If? Wednesday

Hello friends; happy Hump Day!

The Rock Stars are back with another What If? Wednesday over at The House That Stamps Built; Wendy offered up another great sketch this week and there is a $25 gift certificate up for grabs, so be sure to play along!

I decided to go with another floral image - Daffodils.  Love this delicate image.  I paired it with some fun and fabby MME DP; love the colors!  Everything is accented with PTI True Black and Harvest Gold.  The image was colored with Copics; the scalloped circle was accented with Gold Liquid Pearls.

I added some yellow Spica glitter to the center of each flower; tied on some Harvest Gold saddle stitch ribbon and ta-da, that's it!

...purdy flowers...and nightmares at the dentist (oh, that's another story relating to my little red headed boy)...

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Daffodils
Papers: PTI Harvest Gold, True Black, GKD Cream, DP by MME
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black,, PTI Chamomile Tea Dye Ink, VersaMagic Wheat
Accessories:  Nestie, Copics, PT saddle stitch ribbon


TLT - Numbers Tams Style

It's TLT Time - and this week it is "Tams Style" and she chose numbers. 

I once again used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge as my layout.  I used Make a Wish Nikki with some scrumptious Cotton Candy Stickles for icing!  I stamped the sentiment on twill ribbon using the  #2 from Sentimental Numbers (Tams, am I in trouble? - LOL).

Thanks for stopping by, be sure you stop by the TLT Challenge Blog and join us; great prizes to be had and we LOVE seeing all your creativity!

Hugs, ~M.

Stamps:  Ladybug Crafts Ink Make a Wish Nikki and Sentimental Numbers
Papers:  GKD Cream, DP by MME, PTI Pure Poppy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMagic Wheat, PTI Pure Poppy
Accessories:  Copics, nestie,button, twine, twill ribbon


Hello Friend and 2 PSA's

PSA's?  Public Service Announcement - those are listed down below!  :D

Today I have a card for you featuring Week 2 layout of the Viva la Verve challenge for June - super sweet layout which you can see HERE.

 The "Hello Friend" is embossed with clear embossing powder, I stamped the medium and small flower from Verve's Hope Blooms in black.  I sponged the center of the flowers with VersaMagic Mango Madness and the outer edges with Pumpkin Spice.

I added lots of sponging around the edges of the graph paper and the orange floral paper - VersaMagic Gingerbread and Jumbo Java.  The scallop border was cut with a PTI die.

I added some crocheted ribbon and hand-dyed (by Mish Mash) crinkle ribbon.  Base is Orange Zest, graph paper is accented with Aqua Mist.

 OK, on to the PSA's:

Monday is Stamp of the Week at The House That Stamps Built - check out the amazing inspiration AND find out how you can purchase this same stamp for 50% off this week!

AND Queen Kerry is offering some amazing blog candy, check it out HERE!

....friends and flowers...
Hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Verve Visual Hope Blooms
Papers: PTI Orange Zest and Aqua Mist, DP by MME, GKD Cream
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Craft Black, VersaMagic Gingerbread, Jumbo Java, Wheat, Pumpkin Spice, Mango Madness
Accessories:  Nestie, crocheted ribbon, crinkle ribbon by Mish Mash, PTI scallop Die, sponging