Mar 21, 2016

LESSology Challenge #55: Pretty Tassels Winners!

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A big thank you to those who took the time to play with LESSology Challenge #55: Pretty Tassels! We were blown away by the creative ways you used your pretty tassels on the projects! Without further ado, the winner is....

Congratulations Valia! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #55: Pretty Tassels! We love your one-of-a-kind notebook cover with that big tassel! Please email us so that we can send you your RAK!

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And now, for our Top 3...

Congratulations Sindhu, Lucyna and Stir Your Creativity! Please grab your Top 3 badge from the sidebar!

If you have time this month, please join us for LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love! :)

Mar 11, 2016

LESSology Challenge #56: Creative inspiration of Lizzy Hill

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In the age of computers, our own handwriting has taken a backseat. This month, we want it to take centerstage in LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love. Let's see how design team member Lizzy Hill interpreted this challenge.:)

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Hullo my scrappy friends! Our LESSOLOGY challenge this month is all about using your 
OWN HANDWRITING on your project :) Since I LOOOVE writing, I was in my element!

This A4 page is all about a FABULOUS meal Tom served up to me. I actually didn't believe he'd made these pork rolls - I thought he was tricking me & had bought them....but he hadn't! Such a GREAT cook:)

The 'picture perfect' comes from Jo R -Thank you, my friend:)

I used my writing to 'ground' my photo...I've used string, a doily & some 
gold jewellery wire as my recycled/up-cycled elements.

The little 'owl' is a critter I made with my step Grand Girl when we stayed
last year. It finally found a home!!

Also splashed around some writing ink to create the white spots.
This is an easy-peasy challenge ~ so I hope you get a chance to join us at LESSology this month!
Cheers ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Mar 10, 2016

LESSology Challenge #56: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Are you rummaging through your stash to find something fun to incorporate on your project? Why not check out what design team member Mitra Pratt cooked up this month for LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love?

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Everything in this little sculpture is upcycled with the exception of the two blue roses and that spanish moss. The faucet handles were pulled out of my hardware stash, the gold tulip shape came from a candlestick, the glass base was previously a votive holder (and was flipped upside down & spray painted) and the light bulb was one that was headed for the trash and previously lit a fish tank. Gotta love turning all that junk into something motivational!

Since this is the handwriting challenge here at LESSology, let's start with the bulb that was painted with glass paint and a bit of gold spray paint. I used epoxy to attach a finial to the top. Who knew a sharpie would write on glass paint...had to try! Accented it with a white chalk marker. 

It says:  A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

It's been my motto these days. 

 I really do think that lamp finial is the rock star on this piece. It really added the extra umph I needed and took away the phallic look I had going! Of course the blue and green faucet pieces paired up with a paper accordian flower are pretty cool too.

I've been enjoying this in my window all month and I'm glad I finally get to share my creation with you! Maybe you'll have a chance to play along with us at LESSology! 

Mar 9, 2016

LESSology Challenge #56: Creative inspiration of Lisa Bzibziak

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Hello LESSology friends! We are pleased to introduce a new design team member today....she's the talented Lisa Bzibziak! Shall we check out her inspiration for LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love?

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So excited and honored to be here at LESSology with such creative and talented ladies like Yvonne, Lizzy and Mitra! 

 When I saw the theme for this challenge my first thought was a scrapbook page.  Not just because journaling would be a good way to incorporate MY handwriting, but because I've been wanting to create this page for a while and it centered around my grandmother's handwriting so it was perfect! 

This post is not for the faint of heart and if you don't believe All Dogs Go To Heaven, then you may as well stop reading now.... I started with a square piece of cardboard that probably was part of some packing for some paper... It's about that size... My name is Lisa and I am a cardboard hoarder...  I covered it in black Gesso and then sprayed it with some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine (one of my favorites).  Then I ripped a bit of the top layer of the cardboard in a couple spots to show the corrugated inside and distressed it with some black ink.

I'll start with my handwriting..because this is the basic story of a Good Dog Gone Bad when left to his own devices... and I decided to make my journaling in the form of a letter to my fur baby.  Of course this was all my fault.  The tags were freebies included in one of my recent orders-I stamped the lines on them.  And I used that cute little puppy digi from Craftin' Desert Divas 'cause he's so cute and looks so much like my adorable little monster.

Oh... and check out the "ribbon" on the tags... that's mesh from the binding... yeah... he really did a job on it... and below... pieces from the cover serve as my mat for the torn pages.... and there is grandma's handwriting... the bible was a gift from her and my grandfather to her mother, Cora.

So... to create the flowers.. I used Modge Podge that is specifically for paper to attach a few of the pages from the half eaten Bible onto some thin scrapbook paper in a pattern that I just didn't care for... I've probably had it 10 years and haven't used it so... now it's!  I let that dry for a few days and then used masking tape to tape it down to my not so sticky Cricut mat and cut many flowers from my Art Philosophy cartridge in different sizes.  I edged them with some white Gesso, sprayed them with gold (of course) and layered them together.  I consulted my jar of old buttons from my sister in law's grandmother and picked out all of the smallish gold-ish ones I could get my hands on.

The Title ... I just went through my drawers of chipboard letters and pulled out what I could find... I didn't worry about what size or font the letters were in although they did end up kind of matching didn't they?  I painted the letters with black acrylic paint and then stamped a background stamp with versamark onto them and embossed in... you guessed it... gold.  I then let it sit for a few days and every time I walked by it I would add something... a few bits and pieces that I had leftover from other projects... bits and baubles from friends, washi tape, gold thread, sequins, puffies....

You'd almost swear he looks sorry... but we know better don't we.  Now... to make sure this page is somewhere safe because I'm sure it tastes delicious.

Please join us this month at LESSology... can't wait to see what you create!

Mar 8, 2016

LESSology Challenge #56: Creative inspiration of Yvonne Yam

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There's something special about reading a handwritten note/letter..,,,it feels much more personal, don't you think? So why not incorporate your unique handwriting on your projects for LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love? Let's see what design team member Yvonne Yam came up with.

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This month, I decided to challenge myself to use stuff from my scrap paper bits and my "save-it-for-a-rainy-day" stash to decorate my planner pages.

Turns out the scrap pieces of cardstock were great for word diecuts.:)

I used a scrap piece of watercolour paper to paint a girl's partial face and incorporated a doiley from a cafe I went to recently.

I also incorporated an ice-cream's a fun textured surface to write little notes.:)

Mar 7, 2016

LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love

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Well hello friends! This month we want to see your handwriting in action! Yeah, LESSology Challenge #56: Hand-lettered Love is all about incorporating your own handwriting on your project! Try a quote in your own hand or even designing your own patterned paper with your handwriting - the possibilities are endless!

As always, you can create any type of project you like as long as it incorporates at least ONE upcycled item. Please tell us what that item is in your blog post as it may not be apparent to us.

Here is this month's prize! :)

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And here is a sneak peek at the design team's projects! 

Ready to play along? Please link up your new projects incorporating the use of your handwriting via InLinkz [located at the end of this post] by Sunday 3rd April 11.55pm (EST).