Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hero Thin Blue Line ~Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party~

You Are My Hero

    Hey all! I am sharing my Linky Party project for Craftin Desert Divas. We want to see your patriotic projects (USA and Canada)! Remember when you join our parties we have great prizes, a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from our shop or $25 at Too Cute By Jessica. Good deal! 

   My card is something graphic and artsy and was given to my hubby for Father's Day. My husband is a law enforcement officer and the idea was to represent the "thin blue line." I would encourage you to google that saying and see what it means for yourself. It's pretty cool! 

   I die cut my background on all white paper, except the blue stripe and stars. I used a mix of blue and black paint, along with a shimmer spray. The card is pretty cool in person! 


    Thanks for coming by! I know I've been posting like crazy lately! So if you've not caught everything...stay for a few and scroll around a bit! =)
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

LAST post EVER for Stuck on U Sketches!

LAST post for Stuck on U Sketches

   My dear friends, I can not believe this huge part of my life is now coming to an end! Nanne, my best crafty friend and co-leader have run SOUS for almost 6 years! Helping lead and organize so many talented and amazing ladies. Not to mention choosing many challenges and creating original sketches. Honestly, I think my skills really took off after starting with SOUS. I have much to be grateful for! And most importantly, the friendships I've made! Including meeting fellow team mate Tracey, when she visited me in California from Australia! And of course, meeting my Finnish buddy, Nanne! Who knew I'd have a best friend across the world! Amazing!

   So our last, very last challenge to share with you to help us take off from where we've been...Die Cut Challenge, WINGS. Birds, butterflies, airplanes, fairies, get the idea. 

   I mixed my Silhouette die cut birdie with the frames and sentiment metal dies by Papertrey Ink. The add some dimension to the card, I cut the frames and sentiments many times and adhered them together. Adding a line of Glossy Accents covered in glitter to the border helps add another detail but also pull in the stamped, embossed and glittered sun. This was my first experience using an embossing powder that turns sticky once heated. It was SO cool and for sure the easiest thing I have done to use loose powder.

   Thanks again my friends and our SOUS followers...for making us one of the original challenge sites and a go-to place for lots of project inspiration! Blessings to you all!
   ~Leah Schaeffer 
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Feel Crabby, Wanna Hug? ~Craftin Desert Divas Blog Hop~

Feel Crabby, Wanna Hug?

   Welcome to the CDD June Stamp Release Blog Hop.  All stamps & dies are in the CDD Shop and now available for purchase! Oh yeah, baby! 

   And here is our NEW release in full! 

   Our mini sets! Cute, right? 

Outdoor Landscape Dies 

You may purchase stamps & dies HERE!!!

Friday & Saturday ONLY 
Panda Pals & Under The Sea bundle special...

   Here are the release specials for you:
1. Use Code: June to receive 10% off your entire order. Sale starts on 6/26 and ends 7/3 10pm MST.
2. 1 free bag of sequins for every $20 spent.
$20 get 1 free, $40 get 2 free, $60 get 3 free, $80 get 4 free.
  Just put a note in the order comments with what sequin(s) you would like as your free one(s) and it will be added in. Ends 7/3 10pm MST.

   There will be two stamp and die bundles at a special price Friday & Saturday ONLY!! Both bundles will be in stock on Friday and this price is good for what's in stock only.  Ends 6/27 8pm MST. 

   Okay, ready to see my project? Let's check it out! I've used a few of the new mini sets, Crabby (crab, sentiment), Wanna Hug (sentiment), Wish Upon a Star (seaweed) and Beach Bound (sunglasses and starfish). 

   After having a total blast creating my background kraft card stock to have a sandy feel (the tone on tone stamping with the shells from Beach Bound are hidden behind the paint!), and then coloring my under the sea view, I finished off the card by adding Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the sunglasses. The look in person, plus the shine of the added Liquid Pearls to the inlaid die cut wreathe (or seaweed for this card) finishes off the card perfectly! 

   Today's TCBJ Freebie.....

   You must comment on all the hop projects today to get a freebie. 

   Please email to claim your file.

Thank you SO much for coming by your next stop is to hop to my best crafty friend in crime...Nanne

Line up for today in case you get lost along the way:

Leah -
Shelly Mypaperlove 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wish You Were Here ~Craftin Desert Divas Facebook Hop~

Wish You Were Here

   Hey folks! The happy family over at Craftin' Desert Divas are having a Facebook Hop this week to share our sneak peeks for the NEW stamp set release! You get to see a lil' on what's going to come out and then our full release and purchasing dates are this weekend. We will conclude the week with a blog hop then. 

   The project you'll see all week are some of our team's very best! You won't want to miss a thing! 

   You can find my post here on Facebook. Or you can head here to the beginning to join us. 

   Here a lil' peel to share before you head over there...

   Here are the release specials for you:
1. Use Code: June to receive 10% off your entire order. Sale starts on 6/26 and ends 7/3 10pm MST.
2. 1 free bag of sequins for every $20 spent.
$20 get 1 free, $40 get 2 free, $60 get 3 free, $80 get 4 free.
  Just put a note in the order comments with what sequin(s) you would like as your free one(s) and it will be added in. Ends 7/3 10pm MST.
There will be two stamp and die bundles at a special price Friday & Saturday ONLY!! Both stamp and die will be in stock on Friday and this price is for what's in stock only.  Ends 6/27 8pm MST. 
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Girl ~Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon~

   Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon day! Woohoo! Can you believe I have waited almost 2 months to share this! My favorite, ever, ever project for PPPR! This little sweetie is over at our county fair getting herself a winning ribbon! Yay! I knew immediately that this card had to go into the competition at our fair so when I gave this to my sister for her birthday, I said "now can I have that back?" LOL! Totally true story! 
   Ok...let's get to this card...

   As darling at this little girl was, I wanted to give her a different hair do. Something a bit more ethnic feeling. Easy to do with the extra files the shop has! You'll see the example below with the photos of the cutting files I used. 

   Oh my! The shine! This card is so pretty! No matter what I tried, I couldn't get the sparkle to really shine for the photos. But the shirt, hair bow and yellow on the cake are covered in Wink of Stella. Not to mention the bling-ed out background! 

   The starburst cutting files are some of my favs in the shop. How I only came up with this idea now, I have no idea. It took some serious time but I did the background in steps. The darker shade was shaped with a star background pattern and dusted with Perfect Pearls. The lighter shade was stamped and dusted but with a different stamp and color of Perfect Pearls. Then over all that, I used a balloon stencil with Versamark. It was my first time using an embossing powder that once heated turns sticky. That was the perfect base for all that glitter! This background is easily my favorite background I've ever created! 

   Okay, now let me share the files I used! 

Make a Wish Cutting File
Dress Up Girls 1 Cutting File 
Sunburst Shapes Cutting File

   Glad to have you visit us today! Take care! 
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dad, You Are My Hero ~Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party~

Dad, You are My Hero

   I'm sharing this Fathers Day card for the Craftin Desert Divas Fathers Day challenge. At first I really must admit that I had no idea at all for what I was going to do. Luckily, when faced with a challenge, the best thing to do is to just look at your stash and see what speaks to you! The "you are my hero" sentiment is what I found first and, of course the superhero image...then it hit me to add a die cut dad to it! Perfect! 

   The idea for adding a vellum layer came while putting together the card. I really like the way it mutes the background city scape. For something very different, I stamped and embossed the superhero and colored that on vellum as well!

   This was my first experience coloring vellum and it is very, very different. Lines show, blending doesn't really happen. It could of been my markers, or the vellum. I'm not sure. It worked well enough for something small. All in all, I'll try it again someday cause the look is really cool! 

   Oh and don't forget we always have awesome Linky Party prizes! A stamp set of your choice from CDD or $25 to Too Cute by Jessica. Before I forget to remind you of that! 

   I used this file from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon to create the card base and layers,

   Hope you all have a very wonderful week! This is the last week of school for my kiddos! Wow! 
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hello Summer Home Decor ~Stuck on U Sketches~

Hello Summer
Home Decor Wall Hanging 

   I'm not sure if you have heard the news, but Stuck on U Sketches will be ending our near 6 year run this month! We'll still have brand new challenges each Friday this month but will no longer be posting after this. It was a huge decision for Nanne and I, one that wasn't the easiest to make. Luckily because of this blog, I've made some of the dearest friends of my life! Not to mention, my co-hostess and best friend, Nanne! We've posted tons of challenges, learned how to create scrapbook sketches and shared countless projects. It's been an amazing experience! And that's mostly for the friends I've made...and our incredibly talented design team members over the years! 

   So our Die Cut Challenge...SUMMER! 

   I think I nailed this theme! =) 

    Since there are so many photos, I thought I'd keep my chatting to a minimum. Cause there is a lot to see and many details I added! Can you tell everything I did?

   Thanks for visiting my crafty darlings! 
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Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbon 80's Blog Hop

Totally Awesome
   Hi all! Welcome to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon Monthly Blog Hop. Each of the team members have created something that follows the challenge but the important part is, the projects being full of PPPR files! Yes! Hope you like! 

   And to make sure you are in the right place, start at beginning with Lisa. If you've already been hopping then you just came from my dear friend, Katy's blog! Let's get rolling...
   The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Feel free to also offer your own blog candy, but this is totally optional. 

   You can also pick up the Blog Hop freebie on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only...then it will be available for sale in the store. 

We have our PPPR 80's Challenge. The projects can be anything that remind us of the 80s and that feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. The rules are below. Then, link back to here: to our monthly challenge. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

1.  The theme of this challenge is 80's! The challenge projects can be any 80's themed projects that feature Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project.
2.  Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the 80's Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group (link this to
3.  You can enter as many different projects as you want for more chances to win.
4.  The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, July 4,  2015.
5.  One random winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced on Friday, July 10, 2015.

   Okay folks, next hoppy stop is to Melissa! Thanks for coming by today! 

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