Thursday, September 25, 2014

i have wonderful news...

hello tracey, momma, friends old and new!

i have been sitting on a little nugget for awhile...a little bit of news that i have just wanted to scream from the mountain tops in excitement!

a couple months ago, shortly after convention, i got a call from a stamper near chicago named amanda.  she proceeded to tell me how much she admired my work and wanted to know if i would be part of the design team for a new challenge blog called 'the paper plunge'.  if you've read the first post of this blog, you'd know it is a dream of mine to be on a design team, so 'heck yeah'!

wait for it...

taaa daaa!  my first ever card as an artisan designer for the paper plunge blog:

our very first challenge is themed 'fall'...a card, scrapbook page, or a 3D project is what we are looking for.  

i used the following:

stamp sets:  for all things, dictionary, gorgeous grunge
ink:  early espresso, cajun craze, cherry cobbler, crushed curry, old olive, versamark
cardstock:  early espresso, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, vellum
misc:  burlap strands, very vanilla seam binding ribbon (dyed with reinkers and water), blendabilities (to color the back of the vellum) and autumn accents bigz, clear embossing powder

soooo...if you are reading this post and would like to take 'the plunge', please visit our blog, which debuts tonight at midnight, and play along with us...tell your friends about us...come and be inspired by us!  we would be humbled to have you check us out!

"when you wake up in the morning, pooh," said piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"what's for breakfast?" said pooh.  "what do you say, piglet?"

"i say, i wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said piglet.

pooh nodded thoughtful.  "it's the same thing," he said.

my face hurts from smiling at the possibilities this new adventure holds for me...i hope you find something exciting about today...even if it IS just your breakfast!

thank you for stopping by...i appreciate you.

peace be with you-


  1. Hi Leslie! What a gorgeous FALL card! Have fun on your new adventure! I am excited to be on the Design Team with you!

    1. Hey Laura! Thank you so much!...and I, too, am delighted to begin this new adventure with you!

  2. Leslie, I love this card. It's so pretty. How dud you make it? It looks like you used vellum for the leaves. I love it.

    1. you're too kind, helen! yes-it's vellum card stock inked up on the back and 'veined' with the side of the paper piercing tool.

  3. What a happy day for you, and a LUCKY day for us! We are feeling so fortunate that you are sharing your creative gift with us on the Design Team! This is a beautiful card!

    1. thank you so much, amanda! i'm so humbled and blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team! together, we are creating something fabulous that i know will mean so much to so many! thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Those leaves are stunning! I'm off to pull out some vellum now...

  5. thanks, diane! when you all learn my secret of how easy they are to make, nobody will be impressed anymore! lol!

  6. Leslie...I just found you on Pinterest and was totally blown away by your card! Love, love, love it! Do you have a tutorial on how to make those gorgeous leaves? You are amazing and I have subscribed to your blog! BTW: Congrats on your new adventure! Best of luck to you!!

    1. hi jojo! thanks you for such kind words! i do not have a tutorial, but i can certainly try to explain...they are made from vellum cardstock. i cut them out using the autumn accents bigz. i used my blendabilities (alcohol markers) and scribbled on one side, being sure to blend the colors together. i took my piercing tool and mat and carefully pressed lines on them to create the veins in the leaves. to finish, i sponged the edges with brown ink. i hope you can follow those directions...and thank you again for the love and well wishes! now please join us on and play along!

  7. And another gorgeous fall card!