Jan 30, 2012

LESSology Challenge #10: Guest designer Virginia Lu


Let's give a warm welcome to Virginia Lu, our guest designer for LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight! :)

I am Virginia Lu from Canada. What can I say about LESSology blog? I love love the concept of this challenge blog and the people behind it are so very talented and inspiring. It was my absolute pleasure to be invited to guest design here today. Living in Canada, every citizen is very much aware of preserving our beautiful environment. Reduce, re-use and re-cycle is our way of life. I love to incorporate used paper (some may call them “junk”)into my projects. Upcycling is the BEST! I am sharing two paper flower cards by using candy wrap and card board. They are your average “supplies” that you can readily find in your house!

I used Godiva Chocolate Candy wrap for this card. The stem and leaves were stamped and the bottom part of the card was dry embossed. Since the candy wrap is very strong and pliable, it was easy to turn it into a flower. I merely cut the top part into strips! Love the effect that it gives!

Here is the close-up
For my 2nd card, you can see the supplies that I used in this photo.
1. Emboss flower over card board in Martha Stewart Red Embossing Powder and then cut out careful. (note: choose a simple shape flower for easy cutting), cut out.
2. Light stamped background in Distress Ink (Scattered Straw) and then apply flower to card stock with thin strip of double-sided tape
3. Punch out small flower and roll the ric rac for the flower center.
4. Apply Glossy Accent to secure the flower.
5. Apply SRM Sticker over Hero Arts Grenadine layering paper and make a banner
6. Apply white and yellow Dimensional Glue to the flowers for interest
thank you
A close-up
close-up (2)
The dimensions from the card board flower is perfect. There is no need to add the extra bulk!
Thank you, Yvonne, for the invite. I thoroughly enjoy this Floral Delight Challenge and have even more ideas to make some more! Hope you are inspired to join the challenge! Making paper flowers is so fun, especially you already have the supplies!

These are such delightful floral creations Virginia! Hope you are inspired to give LESSology Challenge #10: Floral delight a try! :) Please leave some love for our awesome guest Virginia! :)

Jan 27, 2012

LESSology Challenge #9: Inspiration Board winners!

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Thanks to all who play along with LESSology Challenge #9: Inspiration Board! :) The winner of the challenge is...

Shahrul with this beauty...

Congratulations Shahrul! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #9: Inspiration Board! Please email us with your mailing details so that we can get your RAK to you! :) [Please grab the winner badge from the sidebar.]

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And here are the Top 3! 

Congratulations to our Top 3!  [Please grab your Top 3 badge from the sidebar.]

P/s: Don't forget to play along with our current challenge - LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight! It ends on Sunday February 5, 11.59pm EST. Please read the challenge rules to ensure your eligibility for our prizes

Jan 26, 2012

LESSology Challenge #10: Creative projects of Mandy Dodd, Dora Dekker and Tesa Broman


Hope you have all been inspired by the design team's floral delights! Today we get to see how Mandy Dodd, Dora Dekker and Tesa Broman tackled this challenge! :)

Mandy Dodd

Hi, it's Mandy here,
And I've actually called my dh in to help me! 
We had some old fence palings for ages that I was dying to do something with, so asked him to saw up and nail together some frames out of them with a solid backing.

I was thrilled when I saw them, glued  on a couple of  half flowerpots (from our dollar store) and dabbed on some paint....

Then it was about arranging some flowers and vines in them, adding in a little birds in nests...

with bows and a bit of moss

Hope you have as much fun with your interpretation for this challenge!

Thanks so much for looking


Dora Dekker

Such a fun challenge again!
I have used an old little record.
Painted it white 3 times and already know wich image to use, also a sentiment with flowers.
Actually a little project but I love the way it turned out.
You can send it as a card but also use it as a wall hanger.


Tesa Broman

Hi all! Tesa here with a wall art that started as a flower project where I had this idea of combining different materials to make a special flower and once done I liked it so much I put it on a canvas with a much needed reminder these days - BREATH!

The flower base is a fabbie crochet flower a dear friend made for me and the topper is a flower made out of aluminum tape, gesso and retro punch with a pearl in the center. Both the crochet flower and aluminum tape is colored with gesso. There are a lot of gesso on this one!

The base is old newspaper covered with gesso and the clothes pins are also painted with gesso and then stamped and heat embossed and then covered with a thin layer of gesso again to get a soft look.

I really like the pins, they make it really easy to change the message of the canvas - the day I don't need to breath... :)

Goodness! These are just the most delightful bloom projects right? We would love to see your take on LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight! :)

Jan 25, 2012

LESSology Challenge #10: Creative projects of Angi Barrs, Julie Tucker-Wolek and Linda Lapotka


Let's check out the floral delights from Angi Barrs, Julie Tucker-Wolek and Linda Lapotka! :)

Angi Barrs

Hello everyone! Angi here with a flower decor project for those of us who are "flower challenged". I can't make pretty flowers like my fellow dt members can...so I decided to "pretty up" my flowers for this project.

I used coffee filters to make a scallop shape to peek out from behind the Prima flowers. I also rolled small pieces of coffee filter to place next to each flower. I think it dresses it up quite a bit.

I love to "dress up" small kraft boxes so I must make more of these. I hope to see you all play along with us!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Hi everyone :)

I love to make paper flowers! They are a little time consuming, but when you have them on your finished product.. it's all worth it :)

For my project, I made paper flowers and added them to a 12x12 canvas with one of my favorite quotes :):):):)

Can't wait to see what everyone creates! :)  ~~Julie :)

Linda Lapotka

It's time for Challenge #10.  The challenge is "Floral Delight"  I l-o-v-e making flowers.  The hard part was picking which flower I wanted to make for this challenge. In the spirit of LESSology I decide to make my flowers from egg cartons. 

First I cut apart the cells and trimmed them down.  I made one petal that I liked and traced around it on the inside of the cell. Then I cut it out.

Next I mixed Ceramcoat Pearl Finish Acrylic Paint and re-inkers to get the color that I wanted.  I painted both sides and let them dry. Next I layered the flowers with hot glue and added a vintage button for a final touch.

And here you have my fun funky flowers.

I used my egg carton flowers on a journal to keep track of what I spend and sell each month. 

To watch how I made my flowers you can check out my YouTube channel (LindaLap) or visit my blog Scrapcat Cards by Linda.I hope you will join our challenge. I can't wait to see how your flowers bloom.

Aren't these fabulous? We would love to see your take on LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight!

Jan 24, 2012

LESSology Challenge #10: Creative projects of Laurel Seabrook, Kirsty Vittetoe and Yvonne Yam


Are you ready to check out the floral delights of Laurel Seabrook, Kirsty Vittetoe and Yvonne Yam?

Laurel Seabrook

Hi there, Laurel here.  I had fun with my project today.  I took an old garage sale frame and painted it to look shabby.  For the inside I stencilled on a piece of scrap fabric.  Finally I used my Cricut to cut out the flowers. I then distressed the flowers and Seam Binding with a bit of ink.  

Kirsty Vittetoe

Hi, it's Kirsty here with my project for LESSology Challenge #10 Floral Delight

I started with a hanger, those that you got from the dry cleaner, they are very easy to bend into any shape you like, and then some bits and pieces of fabric left over from other projects

since Valentine's Day is coming, the heart shape is perfect, use hot glue and wrap the strip of fabric around, don't try to trim those frills away, I just love that shabby look.

Tada...... that's it!!!!

I am so proud of myself, every bits of material I used here are just things found in my "bits and pieces bowl", that is what LESSology is all about!

now I have a pretty thing to hang on my door for Valentine's Day ....

Yvonne Yam

Hi there! It's Yvonne. I upcycled an old tin box and used some remnant felt to make a loopy felt bloom! :)

Pink box

Come play along with LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight! :)