Sep 19, 2016

LESSology Challenge #61: Bag collector winners!

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A big thank you to the few who took time to play with us last month for LESSology Challenge #61: Bag Collector.  :)

The winner is....

Congratulations Judy W! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #61: Bag Collector! Please email us so that we can send you your RAK!

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And now for our Top 3...

Congratulations Lula and Anuprem!  Please grab your Top 3 badge from the sidebar. :)

If you have time, play along with LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade Invitation.  We would love for you to come join us! :)

Sep 9, 2016

LESSology Challenge #62: Creative inspiration of Lizzy Hill

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Hope you've been enjoying the design team's projects for LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation so far. How about one last one from design team member Lizzy Hill to end your week on a high note? :)

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Hi there! The challenge this month is to CREATE AN INVITATION for a special
occasion. And to try to think beyond a simple card. This is what I came up with:

I made the envelope with some patterned paper. Found a button to add to the back.
This is the fastening. When you open it, this happens:

Obviously NOT an invite for this 54 year old's party, tee hee..... 30 is still a pretty significant age, though. I made the flowers up using stuff I had in my craft room:

They're layers of tissue paper, netting and the buttons, of course:)
I've also added a button to the paper clip [below]. I think it looks cute!

Added some more tissue paper, pleated, behind the 'I am 30' card :)
And lots of doilies, too:

Made up the little bow....The party information [not filled in for obv reasons!]
is at the top and bottom of the envelope invite:

 I used a couple of little stickers I had in my stash - thought they worked a treat!

Would love for you to get your thinking caps on & join us here at LESSology this month!
Blessings  ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Sep 8, 2016

LESSology Challenge #62: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Why not make someone's day a little sweeter with a handmade invitation for tea? Have a look at the pretty invitation design team member Mitra Pratt came up with for LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation.

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I must admit that this month's challenge had me a bit stumped: Make a handmade invitation. Create an invite to a special event. Think beyond a simple card.

In fact, this little tea cup came home with me from the Corning ReStore but wasn't for this specific project. I just liked the gold and the black. Suddenly I thought up making a tea party invite with this little vintage cup and some tea bags. 

Heck, you could even stick some pieces of special chocolate in the cup, or a biscotti. Yum! I happen to know for a fact that little vintage cups like this are quite common at second hand stores. Making the tea pot for the invite was super easy too. I used a cutting file from THE CUTTING CAFE called The Tea Pot Shaped Card Set.

I used a little printable for the actual invite. Added some clear vellum from a clothing tag to make steam coming out of the tea pot. Added some bling and a gold bow I had left over.

The colors were inspired by my tea pot & that gold tin that also came from Corning ReStore. I used gold embossing powder on the very top of the lid and the handle to match. So pretty!

Hope you get a chance to play along! A good start is something that catches your eye at a second hand store!

Sep 7, 2016

LESSology Challenge #62: Creative inspiration of Lisa Bzibziak

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Hello friends! Ready for another round of creative inspiration for LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation? Let's check out what design team member Lisa Bzibziak came up with! 

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Well... this was not my plan for this challenge.  My plan was to cut out the floral part from this invite and use it on an invitation for coffee card... and when I went to actually cut it I decided the entire invite was so pretty and had an idea for a gift for the Bride & Groom. 

So I pulled out one of my handy dandy canvases and went to town.  I prepared my canvas by painting it with white gesso.  When that was dry, I modge podged the invite onto the canvas.  After that dried, I dry brushed some more white gesso over the edges of the invite. Next, I took some of my gold glitter paint and painted over the whole thing... I love that paint because it's clear and just leaves a trail of glitter.  I kind of let it be heavier in some areas than others.

My final treatment on the canvas was to use some clear texture past and my new favorite Tim Holtz Lace stencil over the parts of the canvas and since it was clear I was able to also have it go over the invite... I will do this again for sure... love the way it looks!

I then used many other parts of the invite, such as the card with location and hotel information and the strip that held it all together.  I used these for the leaves (with my new favorite leaf dies from MFT) and my plan was to have the back show because it was plain, but when I flipped them over and saw the printing on the other side I decided that was perfect because after all... it was part of the invite and that's the whole point, right?  And the "D" was over the part of the strip that held it together.

I cut out the flowers from the response card (which I obviously did not send back... slapping myself on the hand) and added some more lacy texture paste to that as well.  And my new best friend?  Inka Gold...smooshed it all over those pretty flowers and really enjoyed looking at my gold fingertips for a while...  yup... LOVE!

So... I can't wait to see what you make for this invite challenge!  Hope you play along with us this month!

Sep 6, 2016

LESSology Challenge #62: Creative inspiration of Yvonne Yam

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A little stumped by our latest challenge? How about some ideas to get those creative juices going for LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation? You could try a fun pocket letter invitation where you could include little pockets of clues for the recipient. Or upcycle an old box to house your special invitation. The possibilities are endless! Let's check out what design team member Yvonne Yam came up with.

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I wanted to use a translucent plastic box that was packaging  for a set of markers. My idea was to decorate it partially so that the recipient would be able to have a peek at the contents.

So this was what I came up with...a sweet invitation for afternoon tea.:)

I cut a sheet of double-sided patterned paper to size and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station for an even layer of adhesive. I glued the paper from the base of the box, up the back and covered the front flap, leaving the rest of the translucent box untouched.

Then I worked on the large bottle cap decoration for the front cover.

To add a little more interest and texture, I adhered some lace from an old bra with matte medium.

Then I adhered my decorated bottle cap to the top flap of the box.

I wrapped some tea with brown paper packaging and twine and enclosed a tag for my afternoon tea invitation.

Here is how the finished handmade invitation for afternoon tea! Would you like to join me for some afternoon tea? :)

Sep 5, 2016

LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation

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Well hello there! Are you ready for another fun challenge this month? In this digital age, it's so easy to just sent a mass email or message out when there is a special event. So this month we want to see your handmade invitation to a special event. Now, we want you to think beyond a simple card invitation for LESSology Challenge #62: Handmade invitation. 

Here is this month's prize - a 4" canvas binder and some cute embellishments.

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How about a sneak peek of the design team's fabulous projects? Stay tuned as we reveal them in their entirety this week! :)

Ready to play along? Please link up your newly created handmade invitations via InLinkz [located at the end of the post] by Sunday 2 October, 11.55pm EST.