Monday, April 29, 2013

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #59 {Merry Christmas}

Welcome to my weekly Christmas card Challenge called "Merry Monday"! Each week, I post a sketch challenge to inspire you to create a Christmas card for your Christmas card stash! We are all working on getting a Christmas card done each week! A special thank you to my friend Amy T for joining us this month as our Featured Designer!!! It has been wonderful having you with us Amy!!!

For my card, I went with traditional colours and used my favourite poinsettia die from Spellbinders. I embossed the background and kept my card pretty simple.

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: SU!
Inks: Always Artichoke
Papers: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Espresso
Extras: Pearls, Poinsettia Die, Oval Dies, Ribbon, Embossing Folder (SU!)

Welcome to our Guest Designer this week JoAnn B!! She won our challenge a couple of weeks ago! Would you like to be a Guest Designer? Be sure to play along, as our weekly winner is our next Guest Designer!

Merry Monday Winners

Thank you to everyone for allowing me to have a week off from Merry Monday!! I am still coughing but feeling better than I had been feeling. We did not get the chance to announce last week's winner, so without further ado...our TOP PICK for the week is...!

Congratulations Benzi! We hope you will join us as our Guest Designer for Monday, May 5th. Please email Sherry at Be sure to put "Merry Monday Guest Designer" in the subject line.

And our Honourable Mentions were voted on as well, if you received a vote from a design team member, your card and link is below. Congratulations! We hope you will display your badge with pride! If you are viewing this in Google Reader, you may have to visit the blog to see the actual cards that are linked below.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Play Date Cafe {Mother's Day Wishes} & Simon Says Stamps

I ventured out of the house today, to meet my hubby for lunch. He is working all weekend, poor guy. Anyway, my little hour outing left me pretty sapped of energy. This darn bug just keeps hanging on.

Being sick, I have missed the Play Date Cafe challenge and I REALLY loved the colours they have offered this week! SO pretty!!! I was immediately inspired to create a flower Mother's Day Card. I added some burlap to the bottom of my card for some added texture.

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: Verve
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: The Sweet Thing-Tangerine {MME}, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pink Pirouette
Extras: Burlap, Pearls, Butterfly Punch, Leaf Die

I am also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Challenge.

Friday, April 26, 2013

TSG Sketch #204, Simon Says & Colour Q {Howdy Y'All}

The Sketch over at There She Goes caught my attention right away! Loved the clean lines! I was inspired to colour this sweet cowgirl from the set called "Giddy Up". The colours over at the Colour Q were lots of fun too and I thought this lil' darlin' would look so cute with "carrot coloured" hair. I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes Challenge.

The designer paper is a brand new 6 x 6 pack from My Mind's Eye, that I picked up a couple of weeks ago but hadn't had the chance to cut into, because I have been so sick. It is wonderful to be able to breathe almost normally again. It was nice to have the energy to craft! I haven't made anything new in 10 days because of this flu! 

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: Giddy Up (TSG)
Inks: Copics and Memento Black
Papers: MME, Kraft, Black, Flourishes White, retired SU!
Extras: Circle Punches, Baker's Twine in Hot Pink, Button, 
Square Punch to create flagged sentiment

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy Birthday to Vicki Burdick

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: Hero Arts Background Stamp 
Inks: Black
Papers: Crumb Cake, Kraft, Early Espresso, Vanilla
Extras: Dots Embossing Folder, Pennant Die (Memory Box), 
Pebbles Chipboard speech bubble

Happy Birthday to Vicki Burdick of It's a Stamp Thing. Vicki is on my Merry Monday Design Team and has worked with me on other teams too. She always creates the most gorgeous cards and inspires me all the time. I love her work.


She has had a challenging year, so I wanted to help her to celebrate her special day! I have a linky set up and if you would like to "send" Vicki a birthday card here, please add your card to the post below. Many of her online friends have cards already made and will be linking them up for her this week. We hope you will join us!

Happy Birthday VICKI!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Exciting News {I Design for Paper Issues}

Since last Wednesday, I have been down for the count. I have a viral chest infection which makes me dizzy and brings on all the wonderful flu symptoms too. It has not been nice. 


Yesterday, I missed a huge announcement that I wanted to share with you. I am thrilled to be designing for the Paper Issues Team. I recently discovered Paper Issues through my pal Amy T. When I saw their Design Team Call, I knew I wanted to apply!! I just love the products that Cassie carries in her store.

I get to share my online CODE with all of you to use when you shop at Paper Issues. 

Just use the code LESLEY13 to receive 20% off your order! Woot-woot!

I hope to be back to "normal" soon. I am not good at being sick, I feel sorry for my hubby. He has been a rock through all of this.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Merry Monday Week Off

Merry Monday is cancelled this week, but we will be back next Monday with a new challenge. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience. Lesley

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Seize the Birthday #14 {Birthday Wishes}

It is time for a new Seize the Birthday sketch! We are working on creating both masculine and feminine birthday cards this year! This week we are looking for a feminine birthday card. The design team has some wonderful inspiration for you! Won't you join us and build your stash of birthday cards?! 
This week we are sponsored by:

She is offering a prize: $6 USD voucher code to redeem at store!!!

For my card I used one of her sweet cupcake stamps! I went really vibrant with lots of different colours! We can't wait to see what you create with this week's sketch!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Alley Way Stamps & Retro Sketches {Hello There}

Playing along with "The Alley Way" Stamps Be Inspired Challenge this week! I loved the inspiration photo; blue and orange are always so pretty together! I found the adorable sketch at Retro Sketches.  I am also linking with the Flutterby Wednesday team to use a butterfly on your card and a sentiment on the front!

Flutter By Wednesday's

Monday, April 15, 2013

Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #58 {Noel}

Welcome to my weekly Christmas card Challenge called "Merry Monday"! Each week, I post a challenge to inspire you to create a Christmas card for your Christmas card stash! 

Here is my sketch:

I flipped it to one side to create my card! The papers are from a Teresa Collins 6 x6 Paper Pad. There is no stamping on this card!

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: None
Inks: Soft Suede for Sponging
Papers: Teresa Collins
Extras: Ribbon, Floral Punch (SU!), Recollections Wood Pieces, Pearl

Welcome to our Guest Designer this week Sarah Cameron!! She won our challenge a couple of weeks ago! Would you like to be a Guest Designer? Be sure to play along, as our weekly winner is our next Guest Designer!

LeAnne PuglieseBonnie KlassNina Forsyth
Wendy AungstVicki BurdickSue Joyce

Sherry Eckblad
Narelle Farrugia
Sarah Cameron (GD)Margaret MoodyAllisa Chilton