May 23, 2016

LESSology Challenge #57: Snail Mail Revolution winners!

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A big thank you to those who took the time to play along with us for LESSology Challenge #57: Snail Mail Revolution. We loved seeing how creative you got with your envelopes! :)

The winner is....

Congratulations Remya! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #57: Snail Mail Revolution! Please email us so that we can send you your RAK!

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And now for our Top 3...

Congrats Judy, Ela17 and Buffy! Please grab your Top 3 badge from the sidebar. :)

If you have time this month, please play along with LESSology Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun!

May 6, 2016

LESSology Challenge #58: Creative inspiration of Lizzy Hill

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Do have a chalkboard lying around in your home? Maybe you can give them a little makeover like design tam member Lizzy Hill did for LESSology Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun!

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This month our LESSology challenge is to play with a real or faux chalkboard, in whatever form you want to make it! Originally I was going to do a LO, using black gesso & then 'pretend' chalk
effect over top. I've done this before, on this page:

However, last Christmas I got a voucher for TYPO, a stationery store in Australia & I bought this cute little chalkboard which I've had hanging in my scrap room This is it 'in situ' - I haven't 'fancied up' my room here......

This challenge could have been MADE for me, eh?
Maybe you've got something similar that needs a bit of a do-over!
Here's it finished & back in place:

I started with a coat of gesso, then some paint layers...

Then some stamping:

And heat embossing:

Lastly, I found some old doily - cut it into bits & attached it for some
dimension. Coloured with some ink.

The final result:

Oh! I added some Mica flakes, too, for some glamour;)

Hoping you can join us in our LESSology challenge this month!
Happy Scrapping ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

May 5, 2016

LESSology Challenge #58: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Have you seen pretty jars with faux chalkboard labels? They are fun to make as seen in design team member Mitra Pratt's project for LESSology Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun

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The faux chalk board label was easy peasy to make when you have a white marker. I cut one label out of the sticky backed copper foil by Ranger and another from scrap cardboard. The cardboard piece got a quick coat of black spray paint and then was cut to fit inside the copper one. I wrote "Spice of Life" on it with a white marker and then hot glued it in place.  Added some prima and petaloo flowers to decorate.

Check out how cool of a sticker that copper foil makes! Love that die too. It's Fancy Tags 2 by Spellbinders.

Since the top is sealed & a stopper, I might just store tea in here at work....right now I'm enjoying looking at how pretty it is!

Hope you get a chance to play along with us here at LESSology or even give that copper foil a try!

Happy Thursday!

May 4, 2016

LESSology Challenge #58: Creative inspiration of Lisa Bzibziak

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Hello friends! There are so many fun ways to incorporate chalkboard fun on your in a pocket letter. Let's check out design team member Lisa Bzibziak's take on LESSology Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun!

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This month's Lessology Challenge is all about Chalkboards.  I had all kinds of ideas but I finally settled on this one.  I bought this chalkboard paper some time ago from Stampin' Up 'cause I thought it would be cool... and it is... but until about a month ago it sat all packaged up doing nothing.  I've also been wanting to create a pocket letter... all the rage right now and they seem like so much fun... and guess what... they are!!  This is a gift... and it might be for you... so I'm not gonna give away all of the secrets... but I'll show you a few.

So when I sat down to start it we had just heard that we lost a wonderful man and musician, so he was on my mind.  I used some chalk to create a little bit of a solar system around the crown and hard to see, but I speckled it with a little bit of glitter pen.  I added the handwriting with a gel pen because none of my chalk pens had a small enough tip.  So... here's to Prince... it still makes me teary... but I'll leave it at that..

I bought some chalk ink at the same time I got the paper, but I wasn't happy with the way it stamped... it seemed so faint and maybe I just didn't know what I was doing, but I decided I liked the look of these soft embossing powders on it... kind of chalky looking I think, but definitely pops...which is what I wanted.  This card is full of things that I love.. the gold doily... the cacti, the gold bling and that cute little pup... one of my favorite digital images from Craftin Desert Divas.  I think they'll be loved where they are going too.

LOVE this stamp from Unity... I think it's a good one to repeat in the mirror every morning....

Another Unity stamp ... this owl... so cute!  Don't you love her glasses??  And the sentiment... I think I've been heard to say that once or twice.  Throw in some of my favorite Gold dotted washi tape, gold shimmer trim and a leftover star from some gold I've had a few of those... I colored him (outside the lines too) with some colored chalk.

So you may be wondering where the heck the upcycled item is on this project... here it is.  I had to get a new cord for my Ipad.  I have two cords that look like someone chewed them.  Yes, I do have a dog that tends to gnaw on inappropriate items from time to time... but this was not him... anyway, I bought the cord and when I opened up the box there was this AWESOME silver shiny cardboard that was part of the packaging.  LOVE it!!!!  And of course I saved it.   I cut three of my cards out of it and embossed them with different folders. I have some left over too but not nearly enough ... I think I could use an extra cord... don't you?  The cute sentiment is from The Sweet Stamp Shop... with the font it might be hard to read, but it says "I Can't Adult Today"... tee hee!  I really can't.

And here's another great Unity stamp... I just love some of their sentiment stamps...this is one of my favorite quotes and was so excited when I found it.  Another good reminder on those tough days. That cute little lion is from Reverse Confetti.

So I'm not gonna show you what's in the pockets behind the cards, but I will tell you while I was working I cut some extra items and added a few more goodies.... like I said... I don't want to give away all of the secrets.  There's also a good chance I added a few more items to the front before you even read this...that's just how I am...

Can't wait to see what YOU create for the Chalkboard Fun challenge!

May 3, 2016

LESSology Challenge #58: Creative inspiration of Yvonne Yam

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Chalkboards are the rage now in home decor so why not make one for LESSology Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun? Let's check out how design team member Yvonne Yam was inspired by this challenge. 

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One of my fave craft paints is the blue chalkboard paint by Martha Stewart. 

So I decided to make my own chalkboard with an old clipboard.:)

I covered this old clipboard with two coats of chalkboard paint.

Next, I adhered some gorgeous lace.

After that, I decorated the top of the clip with pretty embellishments.

And then it's time to test my chalkboard! I used a white pastel pencil which works like conventional chalk without the mess.

May 2, 2016

Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun!

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Hello there friends! This month's challenge is all about having fun with chalkboards! Yep...LESSology Challenge #58: Chalkboard Fun is all about having a play with a real/faux chalkboard!

As always, you can create anything you like as long as you incorporate at least ONE upcycled item on your project. Please let us know what it is in your blog post as it may not be apparent to us.

Here is this month's prize.

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How about a sneak peek at the design team's projects? *winks*

Are you ready to play along? Please link up your newly created projects featuring the use of a real/faux chalkboard via InLinkz [located at the end of the post] by Friday June 3, 11.55pm EST