Monday, March 2, 2015



Hi peeps!  Hope you had a good weekend….I had many plans of leisurely stamping the weekend away, but somehow my other chores got in my way!  Taxes, laundry, paying bills… know how it is!  I did have some nice news, that one of my Easter cards from last year made it into the “Hobby Craft Easter Cards for Expert Crafters” issue!  How exciting!  You can see it HERE.  It’s the one shaped like an Easter egg!  Anyway, I played with  sketch challenge this week from Sunday Stamps:

and made this really simple card using the SAB sets You Brighten My Day and Simply Wonderful:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings You Brighten My Day New House Stampin Up

We have a friend who just bought a house, so once I get her new address, this will be going to her!  It was fun to let the Lullaby DSP do most of the work!  I simply stamped the house in Soft Suede and colored it lightly with my reinkers and an aquapainter.  I took the liberty of adding the banner so I would have a place for my sentiment!  The card base is the In Color of Hello Honey, which I haven’t used much this year, so it was fun to play with that a bit! 

Thanks for stopping in today!

DJ Cassidy:


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paper Players 234


Happy Sunday, peeps!  And happy March!   Today is Paper Players day, and Laurie has our challenge today, very appropriate for the coming season:

I don’t usually mind the cold weather, but I am getting a wee bit weary of it this winter!  At least we had some sunshine this weekend!  So I was happy to see this challenge!  For my card, I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch 175:

I had gotten this pretty, springy DSP last year at the end of SAB and never really got to use it, so I thought it would be perfect for the challenge:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Paper Players 234

I used Lil’Inker’s bunny and stitched mat dies, cutting the bunny in Crisp Cantaloupe and his bow in Soft Sky.  For the “ribbon” at the top, I cut a small strip with the edges of the mat die and added the larger bow from the bunny set, as well as a little tag punched with my retired SU tag punch and a sentiment from PTI’s Mixed Messages:


I matted it all with a layer of Pistachio Pudding for a pretty spring finish!  I know there will be lots of wonderful springy creations in the gallery this week…I hope yours will be one of them!  And be sure to check out the other designers’ creations as well:

Playing with icicles….well, throwing them on the driveway!



We even got a double!


Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 27, 2015

JAI252 and FM199


Happy Friday!  I have a quick card…the hardest part was angling and trimming the paper! The sketch is from Just Add Ink:

And I used some papers from a lovely MME pack called Blush from the Lost & Found Two line.  Here we go:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Vintage Everyday Card

The papers are just beautiful…the only stamping was the “celebrate”, which is from Papertrey:


I added some seam binding I had already scrunched up; the heart was also from a MME DSP pack, which I just cut out and mounted on a plaid scallop.  I added some Tim Holtz stickers and a retired SU embellishment:


I was tempted to do some sewing, but my machine has blue thread in it and I was too lazy to change it, LOL! And since the Friday Mashup challenge this week is "Vintage", I am adding it there as well:

John noticed a little bird in front of the garage (I think it was a slate-colored junco) that must have injured its wing; Cassidy was fascinated by it and was thrilled that she could pet it.  The bird was not so happy about it!
It managed to fly off around the side of the shed, trying to escape her!! LOL!  She was disappointed but excited that she at least got to touch it!
Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

JUGS281 and Casology135


A quick card today, that seems to be all I can squeak out these days!  The CASology challenge this week is “mini”, and the Just Us Girls challenge is a color one:


I needed a “sort-of” get-well card for a sweet someone who had some foot surgery, and this image of bunny slippers from 100 Proof Press seemed to fit the bill:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Bunny Slippers Get Well 100 Proof Press Stampin Up

The card itself measures 3 5/8” x 4 1/4”; I ran a folded card through my Big Shot with the fold below the die edge, using a Lil’Inker Stitched Mat die, and it worked beautifully!  I stamped my image in Stazon Black and also diecut it with a Lil’Inker Stitched Circle die, then colored it with my aquapainter and Pink Pirouette ink; I actually got all four colors in there!  The bunny ears are Smoky Slate, the mat is Crumb Cake, and the sentiment from And Many More is Night of Navy!  I added some sparkle to the bunny tails too…can’t ever have enough sparkle!


And just so she knows it’s not an Easter card, I added this on the inside:


It’s 10 degrees outside, yet she tells me she’s HOT, hence the gymnastics outfit:


Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SSSC257 and CCCB250 Scrappy Card


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I have a cheerful card today using scraps!  The City Crafter Challenge Blog wants us to use up some scraps today and I sure have a lot of them!


I also used Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch:

I pulled out a bunch of scraps from the Best Year Ever SAB DSP package, along with a few scraps of cardstock, to create my card:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Stampin Up You Brighten My Day SAB

I had some Calypso Coral cardstock already embossed, so I punched out a circle along with the cute little banner from You Brighten My Day for my embellishment:


Some twine and a punched border finished it off!

Dr. Cassidy, taking her doll’s temperature:


Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KJ212 and CYCI58 One-Layer Birthday


Happy Tuesday, everyone!  My card today is for the Kraft Journal’s one-layer challenge!  I need to apologize to the KJ’s Marsha Drain; I saw her card after  I created mine, but I guess great minds think alike!  You can check her card out here!!!  I had been thinking of this technique for a while, so I was happy to put it to use:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Hello Darling Bordering Blooms Fabulous Four Stampin Up

After a little trial and error, I learned that when embossing, you need to stamp and emboss your main image FIRST, then stamp the background!  My line of flowers is from Bordering Blooms, stamped in Craft White ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I colored the flowers with reinkers and an aquapainter, adding shading after each ink color dried:


I then stamped the sentiment from Fabulous Four, embossed it, and stamped over top of the whole shebang with the floral image from Hello Darling in Blushing Bride ink , adding some Gold Encore speckles, and a few well-placed sequins:


Finally, I rounded one corner and added a Mossy Meadow bow….one-layer with a few interesting embellishments!  I am also submitting this to the Can You CASe It challenge 58, Designer’s Choice!


In an effort to help Cassidy put her own clothes away, Dana recently put pictures and words on her dresser drawers to help her identify where to put what!  Good idea, right?  So it was not a surprise to me when, after we “organized” her doll clothes yesterday, Cassidy informed me that she needed “drawers” and some rectangles of paper on which to write each category of clothing.  I got her some little plastic baskets, and she told me what she wanted the labels to say.  I spelled them for her and she wrote them out:


She has discovered my glue dots (uh-oh) and used one to fasten each label to each basket:



And then she carefully placed them, along with her doll’s shoes (not sure why we didn’t get a basket for them!) on my kitchen floor:


So now we just need to find a better place to put them, NOT on my kitchen floor, LOL!


Enjoy your day!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paper Players 233 and CTD330 and JAI251


Hi everyone!  It’s Sunday, and that means another Paper Players challenge!  I love Sandy’s sketches, and this one is no exception!  Here we go:

When the new Butterfly Thinlet first came out, I just had to use it, and I haven’t done a thing with it since!  So I thought it would be pretty with this sketch, but I did have to rotate it to make it fit on my thank you card:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Paper Players 233 Something To Say Butterfly Stampin Up

I also thought the colors from the Color Throwdown were lovely for a springy creation….we certainly need something like that on these cold days:

They listed their colors as light & dark green and orange, so I used some lovely Calypso Coral paper from Gold Soiree line and I diecut the butterfly pieces from Pistachio Pudding and Confetti Celebration DSP:


Although it’s hard to see here, the circular element is stamped in Pistachio Pudding using the outline floral image from Hello Darling, and the flowers and sentiment are from Something to Say; I used the same sets on the inside as well:


A few well-placed pearls added some elegance, and my card is ready to mail to one of my wonderful customers!  And since it is a thank-you card, I'm entering this in the Just Add Ink Just Add Thank You challenge as well!  I hope you’ll play along with our sketch this week…it’s a great one!  Check out what the other designers did as well:
Cassidy and Stephen made pizzas a couple nights ago:


Man, I wish I had been there….they looked delicious!