LE Designs Blog Monthly Events

LE Designs Blog Monthly Events
1st Thursday of the month - A review of a craft product
2nd Thursday of the month - Craft room inspiration
3rd Thursday of the month - Stamp set/die cutter review
4th Thursday of the month - A craft room storage idea
Any 5th Thursday in a month - *GIVEAWAY*

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Birthday Card for a friend, Uniko Studio Challenge 12 and Runway Inspired Challenge 64


As you can see, I am on a roll with the blog posts tonight and I am also pretty impressed at doing a double whammy challenge!!

The Uniko Studio one this month is very handy as it's 'Anything Goes' and the Runway Inspired Challenge inspiration dress made me think of my Uniko Studio Pure Floral Chrysanthemum set straight away!! Sorted :-)

I have decided to do my blog post slightly differently this time, in that I have taken photos as I have gone along to let you see what I did. Please do let me know what you think of this.

The Runway Inspired Challenge gave this photo as inspiration

I knew straight away that I wanted to use vellum overlapping and I wanted to show my slightly neglected Spectrum Noir markers some loving!

I began by stamping an A5 sheet of white vellum with the large and small Chrysanthemum stamps with embossing ink and then heat set with silver EP. I repeated this with the leaves too. I did them in two steps like this in order to avoid double stamping or smudging.

I then began colouring the images on the back and front of the vellum - I found doing both gave a better depth of colour.

I then found a piece of lilac card….

which I adhered the vellum on to. I used some clear glue and ensured I used the back of the flowers as the glue sites in order to hide it somewhat.

I then cut the sheet using my paper cutter into 2cm wide strips

I decided that I wanted to make this a tag card and so I cut myself a 12cm x 7cm tag and used my xcut corner rounders on both it and the backing card 

I began randomly placing the strips over the tag, but my OCD couldn't cope with the non matching pattern this created and so I had to take them off and start by laying the strips in the correct order.

I then began attaching the strips to the tag, working bottom to top so they were overlapping downwards. I cut the bottom strip and rounded it's corners to ensure this was going to work.

I continued until all strips were added

These were then cut to the size of the tag and the top ones had the corners rounded.

At this point, I forgot to take update photos!! Bear with me as I explain the rest. I die cut and stamped/embossed in silver two small Chrysanthemums on to white card and then coloured one with the pink Spectrum Noir Pen and the other in the greyish/blue.

I added these to the bottom of the tag, overlapping the edge of the card. I added my Happy Birthday Sentiment on to a fussy cut out banner which was then adhered with foam pads over the flowers. A bit ribbon and a button were added to the top of the tag.

As far as I am concerned no card is complete without a bit of bling, so I added a few matching sequins.

Here is the end result.

I apologise for my lack of great photographs of late. I really need some during the day peace and quiet to get out to my summer house to do my 'proper' photos but with school holidays and two boys, this just isn't happening at the moment. Hopefully you can still get the gist of the cards anyway.

Thank you for looking, please let me know if the step by step (well, until I forgot) photographs are helpful and I promise to try and do this more often.

Laura xxx


Card - Smooth White - paper mill direct, Vellum - Anita's, lilac card from stash
Ink - Papermania Silver EP, Versafine Onxy Black, Spectrum Noir Markers
Stamps - Pure Florals:Chrysanthemums  - Uniko Studio, A Gift for You - Uniko Studio
Dies - Chrysanthemums - Uniko Studio
Embellishments - button & ribbon from stash, sequins - hobbycraft

Two new babies and CASology week 104

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were attending the 60th Birthday party of his twin uncles. While all the family were there, we received the wonderful news that another set of twins had joined the family! This time, it was my husband's cousin who had just become a double Daddy!!! A boy and a girl to join the ever expanding clan.

As soon as I knew the genders, it was time to set to work on creating a card for their arrival. I originally planned to do one card for both, but it ended up being easier to create one for each in the stereotypical blue and pink colours.

I had recently purchased a gorgeously cute teddy stamp and I wanted to use this.

I set to work on the little girl card first. As you will know, I have become a little too obsessed by shaker cards!! I really wanted to add a little bit of shaker and so created this as a heart shaped balloon. Another technique I wanted to try, was to do some paper piercing. I had some fab patterned paper that was dying to be used. I found some suitable for both cards.

Here is the little girl card -

And here is the little boy card which I am also entering in to Casology's challenge which is 'Pet'….pet teddy???

The little boy card was actually a lot less 'fussy' than the girl one, but I actually much prefer it. Simple, but cute.

Both teddies were given a little glossy accents on their noses in order to give them that little bit of something special.

I now need to get the cards posted as the babies are already 10 days old!!!!!!

Many thanks for looking. Any comments are so very much appreciated.

Laura xx

Card - White - Papermill Direct. Patterned Papers by Docrafts
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Hobbycarft Blue, Versamagic Pixie Dust
Stamps - Teddy - Hobbycraft, It's a Boy & It's a Girl - Hobbycraft
Embellishments - Stars - Tesco, Sequins - Hobbycraft, Glossy Accents, Twine - Papermania

My 5th Wedding Anniversary and Freshly made sketches 145

Yesterday saw my lovely Husband and I married for 5 years. I can't quite believe it has been that long already. Time flies when you are having fun as they say. I ALWAYS struggle with making masculine cards and this time was no exception. I decided to take a look at some card challenge blogs for inspiration and I came across a layout on Freshly Made Sketches which caught my eye.

I have an amazing Art Deco Bride and Groom die that I love by Tattered Lace and I knew I wanted to use that on the card. I wanted to use some darker colour (black or navy) and I began thinking that perhaps the inside rectangle could be like looking through an window into the sky and the round circle could be the moon. I wanted to have the bride and groom set in to the circle so it looked as though it was behind them. To achieve this, I did cut the bride and groom from navy card and also die cut the top of them from the 'moon' too and set the die cut back in to the negative. Initially I put black behind to show through the bride and groom die cut, but this didn't look right at all. I then remembered that I had some dark blue glitter card (not masculine I know) and this just worked perfectly. It was time then to concentrate on the two side banners…..I decided I wanted these to stretch across the card and become the bride's veil. This problem was though, that the bride and groom are facing the wrong way for this. I decided just to roll with it anyway. I cut out the veil from vellum and embossed in silver a lace type pattern. I added these from the bride's hair. I couldn't resist then adding some crystals to the veil and to the dress (okay, so I strayed totally away from the masculine card!!). I added my Anniversary sentiments and viola - done. Know I know my card is not an exact match to the above sketch, but the fact is, I was totally inspired by the layout and used this in order to create my card. Surely that counts for something!!!

Here is the card I gave to my amazingly supportive, loving and truly amazing husband…..

I feel the perfect title for this card would be 'Dancing in the Moonlight.' I know it's hard to see, but I adore the detailing on the veil. 

Many thanks for looking and any comments are always so very much appreciated 

Laura xxx

Card: Navy Shimmer, White Shimmer, and Linen embossed card - Jelly Bean Crafts, Glitter card - Hobbycraft. 
Ink - Silver EP - Papermania
Dies - Bride and Groom Tattered Lace
Embellishment - Crystals by Anitas
Stamps - Happy Anniversary from Pure Florals Chrysanthemums - Uniko Studio. Husband from Relations - Papermania, Hobbycraft Damask Background stamp.


Well hello everyone!! I must apologise for being completely MIA for the past month. We are right in to school holidays at the moment and my crafting time is very limited. We have been so very fortunate with the weather meaning the boys have been quite happy so far to remain at home and play in the garden. This has allowed to me to have a little time to get on but this time is being used to attempt a bit of a clear out/clean up of the house. The schools go back on 20th August and then as of mid September, the littlest one will begin nursery 5 mornings a week. My grand plan is to keep a Monday as my cleaning day, Friday as my day to catch up with my other Mum friends and then this gives me Tuesday-Thursday mornings to devote to my card making and hopefully then selling. Up until that point, I am determined to get the house completely sorted from top to bottom - this is a huge task to achieve, especially when we have a week holiday away starting next weekend. If I just do a few tasks each day, I'll finally get through it all. Todays task was to try and find partners for a pile of odd socks!!!!

Anyway, back to my recent card making….I have been making cards on an 'as and when' basis just now. I have been sharing these on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/ledesignsboutique. I have had a 60th Birthday Party for twins, a Sister birthday card, a congratulations card, Baby cards for the birth of twins, and a birthday card for my friend. A few of these are going to be submitted for various card challenges. As you can see, I have still been crafting, but just for life and not for challenges and unfortunately, not for the blog!!!

Here are a few that I have to share anyway (photo taking is also awful just now as I've not had the time to do my usual set up)

60th Birthday cards for twins…

A Birthday card for my 17 year old Sister

A shaker Congratulations card for my Sister on being offered not one, but 2 jobs!! 

The other cards will be shared in a few posts….keep reading!

Laura xx