Feb 20, 2012

LESSology Challenge #11: Guest Designer Shahrul Niza


Hello there friends! Our guest for LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy is the talented Shahrul Niza.

Hello. I am Shahrul Niza from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am lucky to have found this unique challenge blog recently. A blog dedicated for all things altered. I have always loved to alter things, turning 'junk' or something old into beautiful somethings again. Often times, I used altered things in my mini album or scrapbook projects. It's twice the FUN!. I'm happiest when I could recycle things, create altered art and share them online to inspire others. Yes, I do think hard before throwing anything away. LOL. Little steps to minimize impact to the environment.

You could visit my blog for inspirations too @ Such pretty Canvas.

I'm grateful and so excited to be guest designing here today, for the LESSology Challenge #11; Flights of Fantasy. Thank you Angi and Yvonne for such opportunity!. For this project, I like to recycle an old cigar box into a trendy little craft bag. A storage for my scrapbook embellishments, yet trendy enough to bring it along to any crop sessions!. I'm inspired by Kelly Rae Robert's infamous book TAKE FLIGHT, so I'm going to use that big words to adorn my bag. Love it.    

... here is the finished project.

... the posterior look. I don't want to cover the 
beautiful wood with paint, so I just stamped some 
butterflies and ethnic patterns over the cigar label. 
Making it look 'rugged' and well-worn.

...I love this quote that says 
' Give your imagination wings'.
... basically, I used a cigar box, 
a drawer pull and some pattern papers.

... then I applied a few coats of acrylic paint on 
the inside and stamped musical notes on the hinge. 
And painted the outside cover with cream paint.

... I used a brass drawer pull (found at a flea 
market) as a handle, secured by a pair of metal 
brads. It looks old and special. A ribbon, 
leather strap or an old belt does the job as well.

... I added two metal corners for t
front cover to make it look a bit grungy.

Wow! This is a gorgeous project Shahrul! Don't you agree? Please leave a little love for our guest Shahrul. :)

P/s: Don't forget to play along with our current challenge - LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy! It ends on Sunday March 4, 11.59pm EST. Please read the challenge rules to ensure your eligibility for our prizes.  

Feb 15, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight - Jenny Johns - Ippity Stamps

We are so happy to have the fun & creative Jenny Johns sponsor Lessology Challenge #11 - Flights of Fantasy. Keep reading to learn more about Jenny and the wonderful products that she has to offer.
Hi there! It’s me, YOUR {ippity} Chick, Jenny Johns! I am a Unity Endorsed {ippity} Chick!
Familiar with Unity Stamp Co?  Then you already know the fantastic quality of Unity’s deeply etched red rubber stamps, because {ippity} stamps are by Unity!  The stamps are mounted on cling foam, pre-cut, and ready to be used with any acrylic block or Unity handle.  {ippity} stamps are only available through an {ippity} chick like me.  However, we now have some exciting news:  you can also order {ippity} from me, at the Unity Stamp Co website (just click on my name/photo)!  http://unitystampco.com/ippity-chicks/default.aspx
I've been a crafter all my life and have dabbled in almost every hobby. Papercrafting and stamping is the one I always come back to, and I truly enjoy the "me" time in my craft room. Once I discovered Unity a few years back, I was hooked! Then, of course, I had to immediately join in on selling the {ippity} line 'cause the stamps are just way too cute and fit in with any type of projects. We also have some new {ippity} itty bitty stamps...just right for any budget!

My style of creating is...every type! I love to try old and new products, techniques,and ideas
I live in Arizona, have a teenage son, a busy job, and a couple of chocolate labs that keep me entertained, but I can always help you with your {ippity} questions too! Feel free to contact me!

Here are a few of Jenny's fabulous creations made with Ippity Stamps:

Feb 14, 2012

A special tribute to design team member Audrey Pettit!

Audrey Pettit

Hello altered enthusiasts! Happy Valentine's Day to you!:) Here at LESSology, we want to pay a special tribute to design team member Audrey Pettit, who is stepping down to spend more time with her family. Audrey's work has been nothing short of extraordinary and though we will miss her, we are proud to have had her on our team.

Here's a slideshow of Audrey's creative projects for LESSology. Please leave a little love for Audrey.

P/s: Don't forget to play along with our current challenge - LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy! It ends on Sunday March 4, 11.59pm EST. Please read the challenge rules to ensure your eligibility for our prizes

Feb 13, 2012

LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight winners!

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Hello friends! :) We loved checking out your LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight creations! What a bunch of creative people you are. Our winner for this challenge is

Libeeti with this beautiful floral frame

Congratulations Libeeti! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #10: Floral Delight! 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 now for our 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 #11: Flights of Fantasy! It ends on Sunday March 4, 11.59pm EST. Please read the challenge rules to ensure your eligibility for our prizes

Feb 9, 2012

LESSology Challenge #11: Creative inspiration from Amy Tsuruta and Lisa Saunders!


Hope you are hard at work with your projects for LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy! Or maybe you just need a few more ideas to get their creativity engine started?

Amy Tsuruta


Amy T here, sooo excited to share my Flights of Fantasy project with you today!

Can you read the sentiment?

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.~Erma Bombeck

I made a wall cardboard 'canvas'....the base is packaging material that I've been hoarding {10.25 x 3.5}.  All the papers are from my latest Pink Paislee purchase, the Nantucket collection.  

The left panel is all Pink Paislee:

The middle panel uses October Afternoon silhouette stickers:

 See the butterfly?  I used the Stampin' Up die on yup, a Starbucks Coffee Cup Sleeve...love those things:)  The center is a Pink Paislee Chip Tile...

I had such a fun time putting together this project and it has a home in the 'ole scrap room:)

I can't wait to see how you're inspired by the challenge!

Lisa Saunders

My sister and her family have just booked their first trip to Orlando.
So I decided to make my nieces and nephew little notebooks for their flight.

I covered these hardbacked spiral bound notebooks. Each one has clouds and planes, but each one is slightly different. I have added their names and covered the front of each one with modge podge to secure it all down nicely.
I have laminated a cloud and plane for each book and tied with ribbon to the top wire spiral.

I'll give them the books before they go with a pack of pencils for each of them.

Lisa x

Some really fun ideas for LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy! Please feel free to interpret the challenge in your own unique way as long as you include at least one upcycled item in your creation. We would love to see your entries! :)

Feb 8, 2012

LESSology Challenge #11: Creative inspiration from Angi Barrs, Mandy Dodd and Julie Tucker-Wolek!


Ready for a second round of inspiration for LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy from the design team? 

Angi Barrs

Happy Wednesday ya'll!  Angi here with a fun project that incorporates wood and canvas. I made a birdie and mini card set for the Flights of Fantasy Challenge.

I got the little wooden birdie from Michael's. I thought about painting it white, but changed my mind because I like the natural wood color. I used a glue dot to add a piece of recycled canvas and a mulberry paper flower to dress it up a bit.

I also made a coordinating mini card with more of the recycled canvas!

I can't wait to see what you all come up with for this challenge!

Mandy Dodd

Hi its Mandy here with a fun flight of fantasy!!

This takes me back to my childhood making a kite with my Dad.
He was wonderful at making 'stuff' and showing us kids how things worked.
Constructing it pretty much came back from memory ...

One piece of fabric.  I had a piece of yellow fabric
laying around, so I misted it orange!
Two pieces of wood, one longer than the other (depending how big the kite is to be. Mine is 22x16ins) and tie the middle where it criss-crosses with string  The taped area on the wood is where I'll tie the string that we hold onto to fly the kite.

Forgot to take a photo of the fine sting that runs from each point of the wood (rolling eyes) but you can make out its shadow where I've folded over the edges and glue down.

 Stamped all over with some hearts with white paint

Embellished with some white and yellow vintage doilies and buttons with some lemon seambinding and added the tail.


Kite flying is so much fun with the family...

And I'm really looking forward to your ideas too!

Julie Tucker-Wolek

Hi everyone!!! :)

For my flights of fantasy challenge, I decided to take a different approach with mine! This being the month of love ;) I went a little romantic on mine!!  I had some older banner pieces and I made a banner full of butterflies! :) 

Can't wait to see what you all create for this fun challenge! :)

Another round of jaw-dropping goodness...Are you blown away by the ideas by our awesome design team? We would love to see your entries for LESSology Challenge #11: Flights of Fantasy!