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Friday, April 30, 2010

CHALLENGES at Design Dollies and The TownScrapper!

lots going on at the House of Orange this week! i'm working on wedding invitations for a friend and need to have them mailed by MONDAY (i only got the details from her this past sunday, so i'm kinda flying by the seat of my pants this week!). MONDAY! it's right around the corner! it's a small wedding, so i'm only making 25 invitations, but that's 25 cards with inserts and handmade embellies in one week... WHEW!

somehow, however, i've managed to get a couple of things done, while even incorporating some challenges into the mix. YAY!

for the brand new SKETCH challenge at Design Dollies - Kristy-Dollie has rocked us yet again and given us an awesome sketch to play with. i give you...

is it not brilliant? yeah, it is! i had photos i wanted to use, and decided it made more sense flipped on its side... et voici:

i have to say - figuring out HOW to get that tiny turquoise ribbon to stick where i wanted it was QUITE a challenge! it wasn't like i could wrap it around something and tie it and slap it down, so HOOOO-boy i struggled! happy with the result, but still a bit of a pain in the rump. ;) click HERE to check out the other awesome Dollies' creations, and play along in one of two ways: do the TRIFECTA by this SUNDAY at midnight, EST (combining the Color Challenge, the Elements Challenge, and this Sketch Challenge), or just try your hand at the sketch by next Wednesday, May 5th at midnight EST.

i decided to play along with the challenge to use KRAFT at Gingersnap Creations as well - how much do i LURRRRVE kraft? yeah, i blame HOLMES (aka Kristy) for that one!

i'm also entering this one for Tuesday Taggers' "Memories" challenge - these pictures were taken 16 years ago, yet it seems like yesterday! i miss those summer days, sitting out on my Gram's front porch and gabbing about who-knows-what.

and one more, the "not a spring chick anymore" challenge at Simple Doodles - they want to see something stamped (the yellow heart) and something OLD - the Basic Grey patterned paper is something i've had in my stash since, oh, probably two years ago, and the little piece of crackled chipboard (with the yellow ribbon in it) is some little embellie i made LAST SPRING when i first discovered Crackle Paint! i made it for a specific project, but decided it wasn't going to work, so it's just been sitting around collecting dust. :) i guess the photos would count as old, too.

ANNNNND we also have a brand new challenge up at The TownScrapper - this time it's a sketch, from our awesome Senior Scrapette, Ann. here's the sketch:

and my card, using "Beary Sweet Sophie" - one of the lovely Victoria Case stamps EXCLUSIVE to The TownScrapper!

CLICK HERE to go to the Sketch Challenge and see what the rest of the Scrapettes have done with Ann's awesome sketch, and PLAY ALONG! we have a SUPER-CUTE Victoria Case stamp up for grabs!

i'm entering this card into the following challenges:
365 cards - Day 56 Sketch - 'cuz it was so easy to look at both sketches and work them both! (the ball trim and the scallopy-topnotey border worked PERFECTLY!) see for yourself:

and for Allsorts - inspiration (the flourishes i used are actually wing stickers - while i didn't want to do a butterfly card, i wanted to mimic the look)

um, what else to share? i had traffic court yesterday and it was the PITS. i wasn't allowed to READ in the courtroom! i SO wanted to just dive into my book but that wasn't happening. :( all eyes were on us, and they weren't happy friendly eyes, either! it's a good thing some of the cases were interesting. i walked out of the courthouse $589 poorer, but with no points on my license. i hope i never have to go back!

that's about it - enjoy the weekend, folks, and i'll be back MONDAY! and i'll have lots MORE to share, because life is fun and fabulous and crazy-busy both here (chez la famille l'Orange) and in the blogosphere! :)


  1. well you have been one busy girl!! fantastic pages and your card is precious :)

  2. well i am back and now get to thank you for joining us on Simple Doodles :) as well as 365 Cards lol

  3. Great projects Leah! Scrapbook page has so many lovely elements and the card is fabulous. So loving the pearl embellies. Have a great weekend and good luck with the invites. Hugs, Maria

  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! U have been busy girl!!! I love love love love that lo and the card!!! the colors on your lo are *swoon* :):):) good luck with the invites! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. Yes you have been busy!! Love your card, it's so soft and pretty.

  6. Hi Leah, and welcome to Tuesday Taggers, I am so glad you decided to play along with us this week, I really like your scrap page and I am glad that you had a good time revisiting these memories. I hope you will play along with us again.

    Bee xx

  7. gorgeous creations!! Love the detail of the dtapled ribbon on your scrapbook page! Hugs Juls

  8. Have to say that this card is awsome!
    You sure rocked on this sketch!

  9. Wow! Look at all the cool stuff you created!!! Nicely done, and we're so glad you played along with our Kraft challenge at Gingersnaps!

  10. Ohhhh, so much yummyness! LOVE that page, and your take on the 365 cards sketch is FAB!!!

  11. Wow! That's a wonderful LO and great photos! Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week!

  12. Wonderful memories beautiful page to recall them by. Thank you for remembering with us at TT this week.

  13. You are one busy chicklet! fabbie layout and i love your take on the sunday sketch!

  14. holy *WOW* missus, you sure do pack a lot in!!! i am ♥LOVING♥ that LO...just for the pics alone, actually, but then you've managed to fit it into multiple challenges, fair and square, too!

    seriously diggin' that fun card...i loved that sketch anyways and i like how you've played with the proportions of it...& especially the rockin' way in which you incorporated the scalloppy bit!!! ♥

    also, i find i am really starting to like ♥ORANGE♥ now...particularly when combined with blue...go figure! :)

  15. A fabulous project and all the others too! x Thanks for sharing a memory at TT this week x Janet

  16. Super layout and card! Thanks for taking part in the Gingersnaps color challenge!


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