Sunday, August 2, 2015

Paper Players 256


Happy Sunday, peeps!  It’s time for another Paper Players challenge and our hostess Jaydee has a fun one!

I love making square cards…I usually make mine 4 1/4” square so they still fit inside a regular envelope!  Today, my card uses the colors from Just Add Ink:
and I used a new-to-me photopolymer set called Banner Blessings as well as a retired Banner Blast set:
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Paper Players 256 Banner Blast Banner Blessings Stampin Up

I embossed my Crumb Cake base with the Large Polka Dot EF. I stamped my sentiment in Bermuda Bay and embossed the sides of my horizontal panel with the Stripes EF.   Then I stamped the banners in the challenge colors, punching them out with the Banner punch:


You can see just a wee bit of another row of solid banners peeking out from behind!  Finally, I added a faux button and some Bermuda Bay baker’s twine for some interest  .And since this uses stripes and dots, I am entering it in The Male Room’s Stripes and Spots challenge this week as well!  Hope that little bow of baker’s twine doesn’t seem too “unmasculine”!  I need several thank you cards, so I might just do a few of these!

I hope you are challenged to make a square card this week with us too…the DT has some fabulous samples!  Check them out:
This is what I’ve been doing in some of my “spare” time: 


Unfortunately, it leaves THIS in its wake:


(Not including the griddle from breakfast, LOL!).  ARGHHHH!  But I do find that little "plink" sound they make when they seal strangely satisfying!  Reminds me of my mom canning on the farm when I was a little girl!   Fortunately I have this too:


Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AYSI098 and SIP7


Happy Saturday, peeps!  A late posting today….I was busy in the kitchen but got some stamping time in and now I am going to go relax on the patio and enjoy the sunny day!  This week, the As You See It team has another “squishy” sort of eclectic sketch that I love:


and the Stamp, Ink Paper group has a color challenge:
 SIP Color Challenge 7
I need lots of thank you cards coming up, and this seemed to be a good match for one for my inlaws:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Typewriter Eclectic Thanks

Boy oh boy, I had fun with this one…got to use a bunch of stampin' stuff!  My sentiment was computer-generated with a font called “mom’s typewriter”—gives it a cool retro look!  I diecut it with a banner die from the Mini Treat Bag thinlet, then trimmed it a little narrower.  The star strip was from the same thinlet, and I added some Verve diecut stars as well.  The background images are from SU’s Work of Art and My Favorite Thing’s Distressed Background Blocks.  I was lamenting the fact that I had no grungy circle stamps when it occurred to me that I have lots of circular things right on my desk….my coffee mug, Crystal Effects bottle, etc., so I inked them up and stamped them right on to my paper!  OH MY GOSH, how what a blast!  Why did I never think of this before?


My final touch was a couple of candy dots, and it will be in the mail on Monday!

And as another nod to the challenge colors, I thought I would share what I made recently (another hobby to take up my stamping time!):

LeAnne Pugliese Minion Mittens Ravelry Pattern

I am making a pair of these for each of my three nephews, plus Cassidy.  The original pattern (from Ravelry HERE) shows two different Minions, but my oldest nephew wanted his both the same, so that’s what he got!  I just thought it was so funny that my mittens matched the challenge colors, LOL! Enjoy your day and be sure to come back tomorrow for the Paper Players challenge!

Nothin’ like a brand-new set of PAINTS!  And LOOK!  Her butterfly is blue and yellow!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bird on a Branch


Happy Thursday, peeps!  I want to thank everyone for all the lovely birthday wishes and cards I received on Tuesday….makes getting older a little bit easier, LOL!  I hope to share some of the cards with you soon!  It seems my stamping and blogging time has been severely limited this summer, but that’s okay.  Cassidy will be heading for kindergarten in the fall, so I want to spend as much time with her as I can!  We had a sleepover last night and she is still sleeping at 8am, so I was able to get in a little stamp time this morning:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings CAS bird on a branch

There is very little stamping on this, just the verse from a retired Cornish Heritage Farms set, which I stamped in Tangerine Tango.  I diecut the bird in Lost Lagoon and the branch in Crumb Cake and punched out the flower in Tangerine Tango as well.  I know these colors are unusual but I saw a dress the other day using these colors, so I had to go with it!  The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches, and I flipped it so my little bird wouldn’t be staring off into space:

and it’s also for the Kraft Journal’s CAS challenge to use an inspirational message!  I hope you enjoy your day…it’s going to be another hot one in PA!

We went to a nearby pool yesterday….it’s in the heart of the Amish country, and yes, the Amish people like to go swimming, too!  It was cool to be at the pool and hear the clip-clop of the horse-drawn buggies going down the road!  Anyway, Cassidy finally grasped the concept of doggy-paddling, so she wore herself out swimming around the pool!  No pix, but when she came home, she continued playing in the water with her water table, flipping the little swimmers:



After dinner, she brought them inside and lined them up with her mini puppies and they took turns sliding down the sliding board, LOL!!! 


Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 27, 2015

AYSI097 and CTD352


Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  It’s been too long since I played with the Color Throwdown gals, and their challenge was so cute, I just had to squeak in some stamping time!  Here’s their inspiration:

and the As You See It DT had a fun sketch, too:


And here’s my card:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Watercolor Wishes Kinda Eclectic Stampin Up

I used a bunch of fun stuff here!  Kinda Eclectic, Gorgeous Grunge and Watercolor Wishes provided the images and sentiment;  I used Coastal Cabana, Lucky Limeade and Smoky Slate for my ink colors, and my card base is Basic Gray.  Here’s a closeup of the tag:


I diecut some hearts using the Mini Treat Bag die, as well as using some retired sequins, DSP and twine, the small butterfly punch and tag punch!  I gave lots of products lots of love!  Thanks for visiting today!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Paper Players 255

Happy Sunday, peeps!  I hope you had a good week…I thoroughly enjoyed my “vacation”….some of it was a “staycation”, some of it was spent at the Delaware shore with DD and DGD, and some of it was working, as in picking and canning the garden! But it's good to be back stamping! 

My sweet friend Sandy is our hostess this week for the Paper Players, and she has a lovely sketch:

And here's my card, starting with a Pear Pizzazz base:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Paper Players 255 Watercolor Wishes stampin up

I love the sentiments and fonts included in the Watercolor Wishes kit, and I needed a sympathy card this week, so this particular sentiment was perfect.  I chose this pretty floral from English Garden DSP for my background, snipping out some of the florals and leaves to put at the bottom of my tag:


It’s hard to see, but the leaves are curled up a bit for some dimension.  I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive and added some watercolory splotches from Work of Art in Blushing Bride and some speckles from Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Sahara Sand.  Of course, I added a few sequins just for a subtle bit of shine.  I snagged some cool cotton cording at a yard sale last week and it matched the colors nicely, so I used it for my tag, tying it with some hemp cord, which I also used to accent the left side of the card, so that allows me to enter this in the City Crafter Challenge this week, which is twine! And finally, Can You Case It has a “Designer’s Choice” challenge during convention, so I am entering this there as well!
I hope that you’ll play along with our challenge this week…it’s a great sketch with lots of possibilities!  You can see what the designers did with it here:
Can’t wait to see what you create!

As I mentioned, last week “the girls” took a couple days to go to the Delaware shore, where we hit the beach at Cape Henlopen:
Jungle Jim’s  water park:
and Funland at the Rehoboth Boardwalk:
The weather was gorgeous and we had a blast!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Real Shaker Card This Time


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  You all were so gracious about my faux shaker card from Sunday’s post, I thought I would prove to you that I honestly do know how to make a real shaker card!  This idea was rattling around in my head for a while after I received Sprinkles of Life and I finally took it to fruition…no pun intended:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Sprinkles of Life Shaker Card Stampin Up

I used some Farmer’s Market DSP and the new Tags & Labels dies to make my shaker window.  I stamped and punched out the tree, bird and apples and assembled the whole thing with a window sheet and foam tape. 


It’s really cute IRL!  I added a couple of banners and stamped the sentiment on an Itty Bitty Banner to finish it off.  And here’s a hint about punching out those small images with the Tree Builder punch.  Stamp your small image on a narrow piece of scrap cardstock (we all have plenty of them, right?):


Slide the strip into the specific punch area from the back….you should be able to wiggle it through the slot fairly easily:


Then just punch!  You won’t have a bunch of other punched pieces flying around!   Here’s my little apple, and I still have more cardstock on which to stamp and punch!


We are on vacation, so I am going to take a little bloggy break, but I’ll be back on Sunday with my Paper Players creation!  Enjoy your week!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015



Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Hope you’re having a good week so far!  Try Stampin’ on Tuesday has a lovely sketch for you all today!  What do you think:

I am always in need of Christmas cards, and I wanted to use some of the Christmas DSP in the new catalog, so went with some country plaid:


Since our “bonus” challenge is embossing, I used the Snow Flurries EF on a piece of Cherry Cobbler, added some crochet trim and Mossy Meadow baker’s twine and finally, on top, added a W+9 plaid tree and heart stamped in Always Artichoke:


I thought it might be a bit too fussy with the plaid, but I think it works well!  The heart was stamped in Cherry Cobbler as well; cardstock is Naturals White.  And since this week’s Merry Monday challenge features hearts, I’m entering there as well!!

I hope you’ll play along with us this week!  You can check out all the other samples at the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday blog, or on our Facebook page!

A big box, a baby doll and a DVD on TV=Cassidy’s version of going to the movies!


Enjoy your day!