Friday, September 30, 2011

*Who's That Girl & Cuteness*

happy friday!
it's finally here...the weekend.
but wait. see, when you work from home & your husband works from home...
it's almost like all our days run together and every day is the weekend?
weird. I know. but it's us. gosh I love us.
I promise to never ever take my weekday/weekend moments for granted.

back in the 80's we all loved Madonna, right? When my niece was born in '82
Madonna was ALL the rage. Funny how...many years later she's STILL around
(a little different, yes...but we all change, right?), still plugging away at tunes.
my niece found this onesie for her sweet girl (pictured below) and had to get it
in every size available. who could blame her? she was raised with a mom and aunts who
LOVED their Madonna!

Who's That Girl:

I made this layout for American Crafts and Glue Arts.

I mixed some 80's colors from Amy Tangerine's line as well as Garden Cafe.
they work so well together!!

The filmstrips are made using Glue Arts Accent it All Vinyl
(to see how I created the filmstrips - simply go to the Glue Arts blog today)

I cannot stop creating with Amy Tangerine's trendy new line.
I love how it can be used for anything.
girl stuff, traveling, cards, school, you get the picture, right?
I'm a HUGE fan of it being perfect for boy stuff.

Here's another layout I did for American Crafts

Hello There Cuteness:

I love using Amy Tan's mix of colors & embellishments!

Here's some close ups of my layouts above:

tonight we're off to have dinner & see a movie with friends.
we're so excited!
this is what we're going to see:

happy Friday.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

*Date Night*

just a quick post today...
sharing a recent Prima layout I did:

Date Night:

that's our favorite thing to do. Barnes & Noble with Starbucks.

I used:
Printery Paper "Negative" 843502
Printery Paper "Emperor" 843489
12x12 Ledger Paper 843748
Printery Essentials 552527
Printery Coventry Rose 553289
Harlow Cashew 551773
Gillian Cider 553005
Sherwood Rose Partridge 552695
Meredith Mer 552091
Aglow Mica 553494
Parchment Petals Vintage 551971
Parchment Petals Antique 551988
Reflections Londonerry 551124
Writers Tape Khaki 550790
Say It In Crystals 551384
Say It In Crystals & Pearls 544270
Arco Iris Collection Botanical 544362
Alphabet Stickers 550127
*Alphabet Stickers 544232
Mask 550004
Felt Gate 542207
other: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in suede
to see how I made it & some close up shots, visit the Prima blog today!

Thanks & have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 26, 2011

*Forever Grateful*

This week at Elle's Studio, the DT will be featuring the
new and gorgeous project kit:  "Forever Grateful"

I'm up today on the blog with my finished project:

I can't even begin to express how SIMPLE this kit was to put together!
There's so many tags, such cute paper, gorgeous embellishments
to add to your photo's {and/or journaling!}
I put my kit together in no time.
Our Project Kit Coordinator - Jeri was my inspiration
with her gorgeous sample!

Here's some close ups of my project:

For more information on how to purchase this limited edition kit
simply go to the blog today Elle's Studio Forever Grateful.
get yours now, they're very limited & will sell out fast!

thanks for letting me share my project with you!

I'm off to mail a very special project & back to the studio to spend the day
creating... I ♥ my job!

have a wonderful day !

Friday, September 23, 2011

*Garden Cafe*

one of my favorite new releases by American Crafts is the Garden Cafe line.
I LOVE it. The warm color palette are so bright, warm & inviting.
Just like a the garden. ♥

I'm so excited to share these 3 cards I made for the
 American Crafts blog yesterday:

These were so easy to create using the beautiful Garden Cafe!
I love that this term with American Crafts we get to show our creations in full
the day after it appears on the blog! If you want to see exactly what Garden Cafe goodies
I used, just click any of the links & you will see them on the blog.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you're Friday is fantastic!

p.s. speaking of American Crafts - I'm still looking for my blog hop winner!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

*Elle's Studio September Inspiration & a Winner!*

hi friends, happy Wednesday.

it's that time again -
 Elle's Studio September's Inspiration Gallery
is LIVE!

Go check it out!
It's truly inspirational. The girls did a great beautiful job!

here's my September contributions:
Explore The Possibilities:

I used:
- everyday circle journaling tags (large)
- lil’ snippets – explore

This Moment:

I used:
- this moment circle tags – vintage
- lil’ snippets – notes
- mix & match vintage number tags – turquoise
-handmade layers – blank

Through The Years:

I used:

and speaking of Elle's Studio - did you SEE
It's for SALE right now! You don't want to miss's full of some GREAT goodies!
Here's a little sneak of what I did with my project kit:

These kits are going fast & they won't stock back up -
they're only available for a while, once they're gone, they're gone!
You better get yours now! This kit is FULL of {exclusive to this kit only} tags!

one more thing before I end today...
first off..let me thank EACH and EVERY one of you for your
sweet SWEET comments about the hop & my layout.
It was such a FUN fun hop & I enjoyed every single minute of it!

So without further adieu...
I have a WINNER from the American Crafts Blog Hop!
Using Random Number Generator here's the winner:

which means that:
you need to email me:  {leslieashe(at)gmail(dot)com}
so I can get your prize to you.
I want to thank EACH and EVERY one of you for your
sweet SWEET comments about the hop & my layout.
It was such a FUN fun hop & I enjoyed every single minute of it!

have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 19, 2011

*Little Black Dress September*

...the American Crafts Blog Hop post below is STILL open
so you can hop around if you didn't get the chance this weekend!
(comments will close on the 21'st when winners will be drawn)

today I wanted to share with you the rest of my
Little Black Dress September kit creations:

I knew the instant I saw that flash card that came in the
kit I HAD to use it as a birthday card!

using pictures from Instagram - I had to document how I adore being a girl!

she's so delightful! my sweet great niece, Presley is such a doll baby.
again, I used instagram pictures after using an iPhone app to make
the collage of her sweet photos.

and again, another instagram photo.  this one is documenting my daughter's new
chapter in her life - her new college home. she loves it!

(& I showed you my other project the other day about the day our hearts fell.)

thank you for letting me share with you today!
this post is short & sweet - I've got some things on my desk calling my name.

off to work in my studio!
have a lovely day...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

*American Crafts Blog Hop*

hello! happy Saturday morning to you.
welcome to the American Crafts Blog Hop!

hope you're having a great time hopping.
if you came here from the fabulous Leah Farquharson's blog -
you're in the RIGHT place!

(**if you're off track, simply go right back where you started at the American Crafts Blog)

this hop theme was fun to do. {I loved it!}

for our challenge:
each Design Team member combined  the new CHA Summer 2011 lines:

and this is what I did:

That Girl
my journaling:  
"that girl. she is a ray of sunshine. she is joy. she is beautiful. she is lovely.
she is amazing.  she is silly. she is serious.  she is determined. she is fabulous.
she is my favorite. she is delightful.  she is loving.  she is life.  she is sassy.
she is wonderful.  she is....MINE."

my supplies:  patterned paper, fabric paper, chipboard letters, embellishments,
stickers, border stickers, adhesive, black pen, brads:  American Crafts
pen:  Zig (silver paint pen), scissors:  Fiskars

directions on how I created this layout:
-start with pre-printed & stitched patterned paper.
-handcut clouds from patterned papers.
-choose each line you want to use then using paper cutter, trim each strip into
different widths & lengths.  (some will be border strips from your paper you're using.)
-free hand cut "v's" into the edges of some strips.
-cut chalkboard paper along the design, then using trimmer, cut in half.
-arrange the strips how you want them, then glue down.
-add the chalkboard paper shapes at top and bottom of page.
-place  your photo to the right side of your page, right in the middle of the strips
-place your clouds you cut earlier above your photo.
-along the right side of your photo, arrange stickers, brad, number
(cut from patterned paper) using 3D adhesive on a few of your choice.
-add journaling sticker under photo - to the left.
-add delights sticker to top left of your photo
-add border stickers under your photo.
-using chipboard letters (Thickers) - spell out "that" at the top of your layout,
just above the clouds and "{girl}" to the bottom of your layout, just under borders. 
Add "S" just to the left of borders.
-journal around the edge of your shaped paper. (and on the shaped paper, if you desire.)

*don't forget: 
-start on the American Crafts Blog. 
-then visit ALL the designers blogs & leave comments on their posts.
-go BACK to the American Crafts Blog
& leave a comment there saying you did that -
you will be entered to win 2 new lines.

(you also have to tell American Crafts
which 2 lines you would like to receive & why!)

I'm offering a small giveaway here on my own blog:
(totally forgot to take this photo earlier today with my regular camera - iPhone to the rescue!)

what's included:  stamp set from the new Daydreams release, chipboard pieces, details & rub on's
from Confetti, & 2 fun brad sets!

to enter to win: 
leave a comment here on this blog post by Wednesday, Sept. 21st @ 7PM CST.
I will randomly select a winner and post by Thursday morning @ 10AM CST.

Your next hop stop:  Lilith Eeckles

**don't forget to stop by all 20 blogs- 
then back to the AC blog post for a chance to win 2 entire lines!

have fun hopping!

Friday, September 16, 2011

*Elle's Studio Sketch Thurs...errr...Friday?!*

hi everyone!!

hope you're having a wonderful Friday!

sorry I forgot to post yesterday - I meant to have this up
yesterday & it slipped my mind.
I have a QUICK post today
as my pretty girl is waiting on me to come have lunch with her in
her college town today...

yesterday was Sketch Thursday at Elle's Studio!!

here's my layout:

this was the sketch:

*for more information on what this sketch was based off of
& what I used - go to Elle's Studio & check it out!

I'm off now.  can't leave her waiting...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

*Echo Park and*

great news!!

Echo Park has partnered with a new company called

& I'm excited to share the
news with you:

"If you love the beautiful icons and shapes found in our traditional collections, then you are going to LOVE this! We now offer our die cut shapes through This die cutting website offers Echo Park Paper's shapes from each of our fabulous lines."
Here are some of the icons you can download from the site (be sure to check out the shapes from our latest holiday collections):

These files are available in SVG, DXF and GIF file formats, which can be cut with many of the popular die cutting machines on the market today. (Be sure to follow your machine's directions for cutting these shapes.)

To celebrate the launch of this amazing new website, you can save 25% off everything through September 30th. Simply use the coupon code "welcome25" to redeem your savings. Keep watching as we add additional shapes each month. We're looking forward to seeing what our fans can create with the addition of these shapes to their die cutting collection!

so go check them out today!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

*Being Real, Moving On & Sharing*

and because of that...
it's time to do what I do best.
be me, be real & move on....

Since I'm being real...I'm sharing a layout that was VERY hard for me to do.

I was ready to do it though.
It was such therapy!

exactly 110 days ago, our hearts fell:

who knew when I took that photo that 14 days later our hearts would be so broken.
who knew that a little puppy would come into our lives & we'd never be the same.
who 9 years old, our sweet boy would become so violently sick & succumb
to a disease that would take his life. who knew....

That tag on my layout pulls out to reveal some personal journaling:

then on the back of the layout, I told the story of how we all felt that day:

this layout was done for Little Black Dress using the September kit:  Authentic Beauty

thank you for letting me share my real day with you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

*I mean really*

This isn't exactly how I pictured I'd start my blog post today.
but due to the fact I stumbled upon a place that shall remain nameless...
a place that is rude, hurtful and idiotic (in my opinion)
a place that cowards feel the need to attack people...
I call them cowards because they post "anonymously"
because of their lack of being happy for someone when something good happens to them.

Well...I just have 2 things to say to you:
1)  I choose not to accept your unsolicited criticism. It is YOURS to keep.
2)  Last time I looked, this was MY blog to post what I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted.
if you have a problem with it, please....hit the "x" and just don't visit me again.

now that that's behind me...let me post what i originally intended to:
Pinterest is one of my FAVORITE sites.
I love to go there and get inspiration. Be it in art form, words, photographs...
it all just screams inspiration!

Have you been there? GO! Trust'll thank me later.
One of my assignments for Glue Arts last week
was to get inspiration from Pinterest & create something that revolves around it:

here's what I chose:

(direct link to inspiration:  Pinterest)

and here is what I made:

to see what I used and how I created it, simply go to the
Glue Arts blog & read all about it. Check out all the other great
Pinterest inpsiration pieces from the Design Team!

and let me close with something I am HONORED to have been a part of:
this is the One Amazing Album section located in Scrapbook Trends for October 2011.
I can't believe how blessed I am to have my album there.
Thank you Scrapbook Trends & Paige for asking me!

Thank you SO much for your sweet words about my Oct. cover for ST!