Wednesday, May 30, 2012

*Prima & Faber Castell Hop Winner & Wrap Up*

Hi friends!
Happy Hump Day...

Today is the final Prima & Faber Castell wrap up on the Prima blog
& I thought I'd do the same on MY blog. Not to mention let you know
the winner of MY own personal Prima give-away.

First up, let me share my layout I did that's over on the Prima blog today:

I'm sure I've used this pic before - it's a of  my faves of my handsome husband
and myself!

Here's a little diddy about my layout:

I decided to get bold & have FUN with Faber-Castell goodies on this page.
I used the Gesso as a background – to tone my bright paper down just a little bit.
Then I used a Prima brick mask & colored between the “mortar” with gelato’s.
I also used the gelato’s to color my resist canvas flowers, then used the artist
pen to blend it all together for a fun watercolor, artsy effect.

Some close up shots:

to see my supply list & the other girls projects up today - check out the Prima blog!

Now how about a winner?
would you believe my sweet friend Lea L. is my #57 winner!
(from random # generator)
Yay Lea! Just email me:  leslieashe(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll get your package ready!

Here's a few other projects I created using Prima & Faber Castell:

Have a great day, friends!
Back soon....

Oh wait...
wait for it, wait for it.....
funniest iPhone pic ever:

it's one of those you had to "be here to see it happen"
Subject:  Lilly (Pulitzer) Ashe
Crime:  Laughing at ME.
Reason:  well...said master (or grand master in my case?) was playing tug the giraffe with her.
I took it from her. Her lips FROZE on her teeth like that. How'd I get her to stay?
I just put her giraffe on my head and said..."stay Lilly."
She minds SO well.
Oh man...she's laughing because I look ridiculous with her toy on my head.
See? best iPhone picture ever.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

*American Crafts May Projects*

Hi all! Happy Tuesday!

Just a quick post to share 2 new layouts I did
for American Crafts using the NEW gorgeous Shoreline:

First up is:  Taking It All In:

with a couple of close shots:

Here's Exploring:

and a few close up shots:

You HAVE to get this new Shoreline. It's GORGEOUS.
Plus it's not JUST for beach pics. Trust me,
I'm so not a "theme" girl - but I TOTALLY
LOVE this line.

These are all shots from our trip down south to South Padre Island, Texas, back in 2008.
Took us a while to get down there from the DFW area. We soaked it ALL up.

That's it for today...
have a great day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

*Hello Summer Blog Hop Winner*

Hi everyone, happy Monday to you.

It's Memorial Day & I just want to take a minute to reflect on how thankful we are
for all the men and women who have worked so hard to protect or country:

Without you, our country wouldn't be what it is today.
Thank you for your service. Thank you for your lifelong promise to protect, honor & serve.
We are so proud & our flag is flying high for you today.

Now I'd like to announce my Hello Summer Blog Hop winner from last week's hop:

which is:

Please contact me:  leslieashe(at)gmail(dot)com with "Echo Park Blog Hop Winner" in the subject line & I'll get your prize sent your way. Thank you!

Have a very good Monday,
back soon with fun things (the reason I've been so absent all week!)

Monday, May 21, 2012

*Echo Park Hello Summer Blog Hop*

Hi there!
Welcome to the Echo Park Paper  Design Team Blog Hop!

Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team
is showcasing projects from the "Hello, Summer" collection.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next.
Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list
in case you get lost or confused!

ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper
collection kit of their choosing.
To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST,
Sunday, May 27th to qualify for the drawing.

The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, May 28th
so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

Before you hop on along...
I want to share a little card I made using Hello Summer:

Just a fun little whimsical card I made using the beautiful
papers & FUN summer sticker embellishments.
I LOVE that little bird!
Here's some detail shots:

thanks for letting me share this with you today!
I hope you enjoy the hop.
Here's your hop list:

Echo Park Paper:
Leslie Ashe:  <-----------------------You are HERE.
Linda Auclair:

Nancy Damiano:

Jennifer Gallacher:

Lowri McNabb:

Kandis Smith:

Wendy Sue Anderson:

Link back to Echo Park Paper:

Friday, May 18, 2012

*22 Years + a Prima scraplift*

Happy Friday, friends!
(before I begin my post, remember the Prima-Faber Castell blog hop below is open until May 30)

Not only is today Friday , but it's one unique Friday.
Today my sweet husband and I celebrate 22 years of marriage!

we've had our ups, downs, ins, outs and all things in between
and always bounce back right where we are...
like newlyweds!
he's my partner in life, love and crime:
not crime really...just crazy times:
(as we wait for my friend Wendy to fly in from Vegas - we take silly photo's of us...well, what we can fit in a frame anyway  since he's so tall and i'm so short, ha!)

In honor of our special day, I'm sharing a couple of my favorite "us" layouts:

(note to self...scrap us in color!)

Today is also a "Friday Dose Of Scraplifts" over
at the Prima Blog!

Several of the DT girls have scraplifted each other & it's so FUN to see
everyone's work being interpreted in so many ways.
I'm up today with a few other of the girls.  I lifted the beautiful Stacey Young!

It was SO hard to pick just ONE of the gorgeous layouts that
Stacey does. She's so good at embellishing, at layering, well at all of it!
Here's her layout I scraplifted:

gorgeous, right?????
Here's my take on it:

(my sweet niece Presley is my model in this layout...)

to see everything I used & how I decided to lift this beautiful page of Stacey's..
check out the Prima blog today. While you're there, don't forget to see all the
other fabulous lifts!

Happy Friday...
I'm off to hang out with my Prince Charming.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

*Prima & Faber Castell Blog Hop*

Is there anything better than two companies combining their amazing products?
Today I have a joint venture project by Prima Marketing and Faber-Castell!

Not only do their products work perfectly together,
but they provide wonderful platforms for inspiration and creativity!
Both of the design teams were challenged to create projects
combining products just for YOU!
Hopefully this will get your creativity going too.

I created this layout using a quote from a book I love called
"She" book by Kobi Yamada.
To remind myself that I can do whatever I set my mind out to do....

Prima Supplies:
SIIC #551520
SIIC #551476
Songbird Chipboard #555306
Cardstock Alphabet #554323
Alphabet #550080
Alphabet #544317
Miss Godivas Mermaid #556853
Charme Rose Sunkiss #555689
Hermosa Blueberry #558024
Tasha Jewel #556945
Marcelle Curtain Call #557720
North Country Snow Fall Paper #843298
Nature Garden Fairy Godmother Paper #950057
Nature Garden Le Touelle Paper #950118
Ledger Paper #843748
Resistant Canvas #551612, #551643
Shabby Chic Resins #890711

 Faber Castell Supplies:
Metallic Gelatos – silver
Pitt Artist Pen – Blue Metallic
Mix & Match Art Grip Color Pencils – Blue
Pitt Pastel Pencils
Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush Cobalt Blue

I love the fact I used the pastel pencils to journal my title with
as well as the big brush pen to color my butterflies,  swirl photo corners & clocks with.
here's a few closer shots:

Prima and Faber Castell have also included a chance to win some of their products.
Hop around to the other talented design team blogs
and leave a comment on each of their blogs.
Once you are done, go back to the PRIMA and Faber Castell blogs
and let them know your favorite technique.
They will pick a random winner on the Prima blog May 30th!
Faber Castell will also have a prize so make sure you go to their blog
for details on how to win!

Ready for the fun to start?
Ready, set, GO!
Prima Blog Links:

Blog Links for Faber-Castell:

I'm also doing a giveaway here on MY blog!
A lucky winner will receive a box of fun Prima supplies from me.
All you have to do is leave me a special comment telling me what your favorite
Prima product is and if you've used Faber Castell products - what is your fave?

(just a note - my personal giveaway is for US residents only. Oversea winners willing
to pay postage will also be considered)

Have fun hopping!

Friday, May 11, 2012

*American Crafts + Spray Mists = ♥*

what do you get when you mix spray mists with American Crafts?
spray mist week. at American Crafts!

My assignment was to make 3 cards using mists's what I came up with:

To see how I made each one & what supplies I used,
check out the blog post here:  American Crafts Blog

have a happy friday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

*Happy Birthday, Card Tutorial, & more...*

Hi everyone!
Sorry for the delay in posts, lots happening here at the Ashe house!
More later.
But first....the most important part of my today.
My handsome, sweet, loving, wonderful, talented, motivational, (the list goes on!)
husband turns a year older today!

<~~~~ here he is with his new baby.

And so I don't embarrass him by saying how "old" he is...(hee hee)
I'll just share a few of my favorite layouts, honoring him:
(what, I had to get us all in there somehow! ha!)
Love you TONS, hon....happy lotsa birthday's to you!

also, for today's post, I have a little card sketch
tutorial I did for Echo Park I want to share:

Here's the sketch I drew in pencil:
and, like my last sketch, I worked a TAD backwards.
I made my card, then drew my sketch. It's just how I work.

Here's a couple of close ups:
To see the entire post & what supplies I used,
go to the Echo Park Blog & check it out.

Here's my card:

Hope it inspires you today!

My last bit of news for the day...
(& the reason for my lack of blog posting)
the kids are HOME for the summer!

Savannah's off right this minute taking her last final at UNT
& yesterday we spent the ENTIRE day moving Shaypher back from Texas State.
My birds are all in their nest! For the summer anyway....
She'll be moving back to her college town in August,
He'll be moving back to his college town in August...
and the empty nest begins again.
::sigh:: but then again...::fist pump!::
Have a lovely day friends!
I'm off to be with my birthday boy!
(p.s. I leave you with a glimpse at my little scrappin' buddy from the other night:)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

*Studio Tour with Craft Storage Ideas*

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

A few months ago I shared some photo's of my new studio
my sweet, handsome & talented husband helped me put together.
I can't even say how much I love my space.
I'm here in this room right now, looking around
and taking it in how blessed I am.
To have this space to call my own,
to be able to create here, to use a gift God so freely gave me.

I follow a FUN creative craft storage blog on my blog reader.
Craft Storage Ideas
Recently I received an email from them asking ME to share MY studio
with THEM!
I was so excited I could barely sit still.
I love my room. I can't say it enough! I've never been asked to share it before
so to me...this was a dream!
This is a little shot of my desk (::ahem. when it's clean::.)
To see my studio, the thoughts behind it, how I did it & to see
other creative studio's - check the post out right  HERE .

Thank you again Craft Storage Ideas -
this has been a THRILL for me!

Have a wonderful day, friends!