Monday, September 15, 2014

Merry Monday 126


Happy Merry Monday, everyone!  I trust you had a great weekend!  It’s time to get inky again and make some Christmas cards!  Karren is our wonderful hostess and she has a sentiment challenge for us this week:

Since I have been playing with the Seasonally Scattered set from the holiday mini, I thought it was perfect!  I wanted to try a little different technique for me, and although I had to play with it a bit (and I don’t think the photo does it justice), I was happy with the effect in the end:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Merry Monday 126 Seasonally Scattered Stampin Up Christmas

I began by heat embossing the sentiment on Soft Sky with white craft ink and white embossing powder; I then began to watercolor in and around the image with Soft Sky ink, then Lost Lagoon, and finally Island Indigo.  I tried to give the letters an ombre look, but when I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter, it hid the effect a bit, but I think you can still see it.  My “christmas” sentiment is from Endless Wishes, and I love how when I stamped it over the watercolored area, it muted it a bit….very pretty!


I stamped a few snowflakes from the Endless set as well, very subtly in Soft Sky and dazzled them up too!  Since I wanted the sentiment to be the focus, I added two simple mats of Whisper White and Island Indigo before adhering it to my Lost Lagoon card base.  Hope you like it!  AND I hope you’ll play along too!  Be sure to check out all the amazing samples at the Merry Monday blog too!

Cassidy received a very nice package in the mail at Grammy’s house last week:



You’ll have to stop back to see what she got!!!  Have a blessed day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Paper Players 213


Hi everyone!  Hope you’re having a great Sunday….Anne Marie is our hostess this week at the Paper Players….check out these lovely autumn colors she’s chosen for her challenge:

I apologize in advance, because I am pretty sure I have already made a card pretty similar to this one in the past, but these images are so perfect for the challenge colors, I couldn’t help myself!

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Paper Players 213 Autumn Keats

I purchased this Impression Obsession set several years ago at a stamp show, and it continues to be one of my favorites!  I stamped the images in the challenge colors, punched them out with SU’s 1” punch, then punched mats with the Postage Stamp punch in matching colors:


I mounted it on a stitched mat (Lil’Inker) and popped the whole shebang on a Baked Brown Sugar card on which I stamped the leafy swirl in BBS ink as well.  I snagged a few complementary sequins from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot accessory kit that we received at convention and added them for a little sparkle!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using these colors—as usual, the PP designers have outdone themselves, so be sure to check out their blogs:

Cassidy’s cast hasn’t deterred her from playing “fruit ball” with Grampy (I know, this is a weird-looking ball, right?!  As well as being dirty!):


You holler out a name of a fruit and then kick it to Grampy….she made this game up!  And she got quite upset when Grampy called out “tomato” and she informed him that a tomato was a vegetable, LOL!


Enjoy your day!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Sketches


Happy Saturday, all!  We had an absolutely glorious day yesterday—definitely fall-like, and I was able to stamp some, too! My first card is for two challenges:  Create with Connie & Mary’s color challenge 320, and the CAS-Colours & Sketches sketch challenge 91:


and here’s my submission:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Something to Say Stampin Up Work of Art

Simple and easy!  I chose to make a regular-sized card because I already had a card base sitting on my desk…..I used the swoosh and heart from Work of Art and a sentiment from Something to Say.  I stamped the heart twice without reinking and popped one up:


The new All is Calm DSP was a perfect match for this color challenge too!

My second card is note-card sized; it uses the theme of “Chickens” from Shopping our Stash, and the Match The Sketch sketch 37:

I feel like I never got to use this little chicken image from the retired SU set, Countryside, and I was perusing my old sets and thought it would be perfect for the challenge:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Countryside Stampin Up

She (or maybe it’s actually a he, a rooster!!!) is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and mounted on a piece of Cherry Cobbler stamped with the retired French Script BG stamp and cut out with a W+9 die.  I did some overstamping on a piece of Pink Paislee paper with an MFT honeycomb stamp, and added some washi tape banners.  I popped it all up on a Sahara Sand note card.  Sentiment is from PTI.   A funny thing about the black sequins I used; we were garage saling on Saturday and I offered a quarter for this package of unopened sequins….she took my offer, and when I got home and opened them, the date on the inside packet was 1947!!!!!   Truly vintage, wouldn’t you say?!

We went for Cassidy’s x-ray yesterday, so we’ll see what the doctor says about how her wrist is progressing!  Meanwhile, she is getting quite adept at using her left hand!  Here, she’s playing with glitter glue and spreading it with a paintbrush.  The only challenge is getting the lid off and she tries to use her TEETH to do it!  Needless to say, I am discouraging her to do that!!!


Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, September 12, 2014



Wow, how can it be Friday already?  This is a quick post today, as Cassidy has to go for a follow-up x-ray this morning!  My card today is courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches 153, created by Jen Brum:

I am trying to keep up with some samples for my club girls, and I had not used much of my Flashback DSP, so I paired it with Yee-Haw for a cute baby card:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings YeeHaw Stampin Up

I stamped my Howdy in Pool Party, then made a mask with scrap paper, put it over top of the stamped image, then stamped the lasso in Smoky Slate:


I love the kind of rustic look this DSP has…it works so well with these images!  Thanks for visiting today!

We started attending a new Bible study today and Cassidy had a lot of fun with the other kids…..she barely ate any lunch and promptly crashed:


Enjoy your day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014



Happy Thursday, peeps!  Try Stampin’ on Tuesday has a sketch and Back to School Theme this week:


I had made a card on Monday and posted it to Splitcoast Stampers using this vintage line of pencils; this panel was my “practice” piece, and when I saw the sketch, I retrieved it, trimmed it down a bit and created my card:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Back to School

I used a Not Quite Navy card base and a piece of DSP from Park Lane; the image was stamped on Crumb Cake and colored in with markers.  I used a Darice ruler EF, and some cool natural rickrack I got at an local fabric store.  I cut out two of the pencils and adhered them to a Curvy Keepsake tag for the upper embellishment:


The sentiment is from And Many More.  Thanks for visiting today!

I took Cassidy to the little ice cream/candy store that just relocated to our nearest shopping center (that could be dangerous, right?!) and told her she could pick out any piece of candy she wanted!  She chose a little chocolate elephant on a stick and we sat in the ice cream cone chairs outside:




Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I received Seasonally Scattered at convention, and I had not shown it much love, so I thought I’d get it inky!  I am using Mary Lou’s TechnoStamper Lunchtime Sketch Challenge for this week:

and here’s my card:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Seasonally Scattered Stampin Up

I flipped the sketch on its side to accommodate the image; it was stamped in Hello Honey, and then the outer portions were daubered with Tangerine Tango and Old Olive inks, a technique we learned at convention as well.  I stamped my Old Olive panel with Chalk Lines, and although you can’t see it here, the Tangelo Twist panel is stamped with the Hardwood background stamp with Versamark ink, as I didn’t want it to be too distracting.  A few sequins and a little ribbon banner finished it off:


Oh, and the DSP is Park Lane!

I’ll be seeing Cassidy for the first time today since she got her cast….can’t wait to see how she is making out!  Here she is, a couple weeks ago, adding her own little touches to a pie we were making!


Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Good morning, peeps!  Tuesday again, with another fabulous ColourQ challenge.  Check out this palette, using some of SU’s new In Colors:

SU’s Moonlight mini DSP pad had lots of patterns with these colors in it, so I took my cue from the gray grid paper, mounting it on a Smoky Slate base:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings ColourQ258 Fabulous Four Stampin Up

I just pulled out some scraps from the same pad and started making banners of different widths and lengths; I added a piece of silver washi from the All is Calm series, a piece of retired Stitched ribbon, and finally, a leaf diecut with the Autumn Accents Bigz die.  I folded it in half and put it through my crimper, then sponged the ridges:


I did stamp a few more speckles with the Gorgeous Grunge set on the grid paper, too!  The large sentiments from the set Fabulous Four are perfect for cards like this, so I chose the birthday one….I think this will be great for a guy….what do you think?  Hope you’ll play along with us this week….be sure to check out all the samples from our fabulous designers as well!

Cassidy giving her doll a ride on her new bike (pre-cast!!!).  She is still afraid to ride it herself!


Enjoy your day!