Sunday, February 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas {Inspiration Hop}

I'm crafting and posting on my blog this week! Yippee! Today I am part of the "Keeping Christmas" blog hop that originated on Kelly's blog. I am a huge fan of Kelly and I am delighted to be a part of the hop because I am also a huge fan of Christmas cards!

Recently my little girl turned 10 months old...gulp! How did that happen? 

She is now sleeping through the night...for the most part. It's a miracle but I miss those sweet mid-night snuggles.

With more sleep, comes the need to be creative again. I am starting small, but I am so happy to have set up a makeshift craft space in our bedroom. 

I lost my craft room to the renovation we are doing on our house, so I have to make do with the little apartment we are living in. It's cozy and brand spanking new...but it is small. My desk is now in our bedroom and I have brought up only my favourite crafting's perfect

So I whipped up this card in my new space, with my new found energy! A watercoloured retired Stampin' Up poinsettia image with a retired My Favorite Things Christmas sentiment set. I watercoloured the poinsettia with my Zig Markers and a water pen. Easy peasy.

Clean lines, easy to mass produce and fun to make! 

Please be sure to check out the wonderful work of my bloggy friends. They really know how to make Christmas shine!! Here is a list of their names and if your click on their name, it will take you to their blog post.

So hop along and be sure to visit each blog. 
There is a lot of inspiration and ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Simply Sweet" Christmas Inspiration Hop with Friends and Prizes!

Welcome to the first ever, Simply Sweet Christmas Inspiration Hop! I have realized, since having a baby, just how little time I have to craft! I have been making Christmas cards and mass producing them like crazy this year. That is something I have never really done before! 

I asked my bloggy pals from The Challenge Design Team and my dear pal, Julee Tilman, to join me in an inspiration blog hop focusing on LAST MINUTE SIMPLE YET SWEET Christmas cards or tags! So if you are looking for some inspiration for those last minute Christmas cards, you have come to the right place!

I am absolutely in love with the adorable Verve Set called Jolly Jingles. It was perfect for my simple card idea. I wanted to create a flat, mail-able card that was easy to mass produce. I stamped the sweet deer image in Memento Black ink across the card panel that I cut from white card stock. 

  1. The panel measures 2.5" x 5.5" and the Kraft matting behind it measures 2.75" x 5.5". 
  2. I coloured the deer with Copic markers, keeping the colours simple.
  3. Then I stamped some light gray snowflakes in the background. 
  4. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black ink as well.

These cards took about an hour to make from start to finish. I made 6 of 10 minutes per card I guess! That must be a record for me! And I must share that I was struggling with my glue gun!!! So I think they would have take much less time for me. I could have shaved off at least 10-15 minutes in total.

Jolly Jingles

But maybe colouring isn't your thing and you need something even more simple and easy to mass produce!? Well I completely understand!!! So I also created a set of three simple cards using some older Christmas paper and some glitter washi tape. I combined it with some pretty Verve sentiments too!

Designer paper- 3" x 5.5"
Card Size-A2 4.25" x 5.5"

So please hop along and be sure to visit each blog. 
There is a lot of inspiration and ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Lesley Croghan (You are Here)

Would you like to win these three cards with three envelopes? 
I would love to send them to someone!
Please read the instructions below.

In order to qualify to win please...

1. Visit each blog in the hop and leave them a comment.
2. Leave a comment on my blog telling me about your "Christmas Cards" many do you make and what style do you usually use?

The Giveaway Contest closes on Saturday, December 2nd.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop for SugarPea Designs

Today is our Sweet2Repeat blog hop! I am SO excited to share my simple, last minute Christmas cards I created for my Christmas stash! I cut some white paper to 2.5" x 4". Then I stamped the boughs and the cones and added some berries with my red Copic marker. The sentiment is also stamped in red. 

Then I embossed the white card base and added a red layer behind my stamped panels. I popped them up onto dimensionals and used some gold washi tape for the bottom of each card.


Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed on the SugarPea Designs blog and leave a comment for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 25th.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Viva La Verve {November Sketch}-Let it Snow

Friday is here! Hooray! Today the new Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge starts and Julee has a wonderful new sketch, full of great layers! I LOVED it and just had to play along! I decided to ink up a fun Christmas set Julee released last year called Jolly Jingles! I love the snowman and decided to turn him into a snow "woman"; complete with pink top hat! 

My white panel with the snowgal looked a little bare, so I inked up the snowflakes in the set and stamped them in Coastal Cabana. The papers were actually chosen first and I was going to colour a Verve floral image for my card but when I saw the Christmas set. I knew it was time to get ahead on my Christmas cards!

Then I finished it off with a snowflake and some pink glitter twine. Easy peasy!

Be sure to join us this month at Viva la Verve Sketch ChallengeThe link list will be up for the whole month and we'll choose a winner on November 2 to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Surprise Birthday Hop for Wendy Ramlakhan

Happy birthday, Wendy!!! Surprise!! We are having a Birthday blog hop in your honour! I used "Tropic Like It's Hot" and Sweet Sentiments-You to create a fun, Fall birthday themed card for you! 

One of the greatest things that has ever happened to me artistically is being chosen by Wendy to design for SugarPea Designs. I was floored and so delighted to be chosen to join the team. I have been on the team for a few years now and I love it! Wendy is generous, gracious and lovely! Oh and she has a wicked sense of humour! She is a dear friend!

Be sure to check out the lovely work of most of the SugarPea Designs Team. Not everyone could participate but they all send their love to you!


Be sure to hop along to see what everyone created and if you would like to make a card and share it with Wendy, you can link up your card at the SugarPea Designs Blog!

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 2017 Viva la Verve Sketch

Have you seen the great sketch at Viva la Verve? Oh it's a fun one...simple yet elegant! I decided to ink up my newest Verve set called the Autumn Leaves stamp set and the Falling Leaves die set. 

I stamped the leave in Burgundy, Yellow and Green and then stamped their veins in a dark gray overtop...I purposely did not line up the leaves with their veins as I wanted to give the card a more "freestyle" whimsical feel.

You should come and join the fun at Viva la Verve
There is a great prize up for grabs! The link list will be up for the whole month and we'll choose a winner on November 2 to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve. 

Autumn LeavesFalling Leaves Die Set

SugarPea Designs-Holiday Product Release Day 5

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of the SugarPea Designs Holiday Product Release! I created two tags for today's release!

Here are the products I used below...
**Please note that links to our store for these new products will not go LIVE until 6PM EST on October 20th.**

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

SugarPea Designs-Holiday Product Release Day 4

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the SugarPea Designs Holiday Product Release! Today we are showcasing an adorable new set called Mugs and Kisses!!! Oh, it is SOOOO cute! I coloured the to-go cups and the little donut to make a nice thank you card for my stash!

Here are the products I used below...
**Please note that links to our store for these new products will not go LIVE until 6PM EST on October 20th.**
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