Welcome to Velvet Paw Creations - Design Team Projects by Leigh Snaith-Brunton - The Sharpie Domino Queen & owner of LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Perfect Papers Crafting Blog Hop & Smeared Ink DT project: Perfect Layers Mini Tools Introduction!

Howzit Everyone!
As a Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Embassador I'm excited to be participating in this blog hop introducing our newest tools the Perfect Layers Mini Border Tool set and Perfect Cutting Mat! 

The hop takes place today and is open for commenting from 9am PST, but you've got until April 4 midnight PST to hop your way through the blogs and comment on ALL of them to be in the running for some awesome prizes!  We are giving away a $50 gift certificate to our online store and Wendy Ramlakhan of SugarPea Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her new online stamp store too.  Her stamps are super cute so be sure to check them out!!! We will announce the winner Sunday, April 6!

 If you're not familiar with these awesome tools you're going to want to hop with us and see what you've been missing out on!  You can now say goodbye to buying personal paper cutters and wasting your paper and cardstock to wonky cuts!  First Perfect Papers Layers tools blew our minds with how easy it is it to cut perfect sized mats time and time again without the need to measure and now we've got the new Minis which are the perfect travel companion too!  It's now easier than ever to take your favourite tools to a crop or a friends house to create!

 Perfect Paper Crafting also has a cutting mat too.  It's a nice workable size that works perfectly with the original Paper Layers and the Minis!  Have I said the word "perfect" enough yet, LOL!  Check out my project to see just how PERFECT these tools really are ;0)  Click the picture below to visit my Ambassador page and use my special coupon code Leigh5% to get 5% off your entire order!

NEW Mini Perfect Layers tools and Cutting Mat
The blog roll is below my project if you need to start the hop from the beginning or if you get lost along the way :0)

My project today is also my Smeared Ink design team project for this week!  I've created a bound loose page "Intellectual Musings" Journal and I hope you like it :0)

showing the front and back of the covers and pages
 I'm recovering from surgery at the moment that effects my right arm and I'm right handed so I started out my project by colouring 6 of Smeared Ink's Septem Liberalis digi images in Photoshop CS6.  I printed two out in full colour for the covers and then lightened all 6 images to create the pages of my journal.  The lightened ones are now perfect for writing on.  I cut all the images out with scissors and distressed the edges with Tim's Tonic Paper Distresser tool.  I used a Marvy punch to decorate all 4 corners of all the images and applied Black Soot Distress Ink to all the roughened edges.

please click to enlarge - sorry about the size!
I adhered all the images to black cardstock with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and used my Perfect Layers Mini tool to cut the 1/16" black mats.  The way these tools work is there's a a lip on the tool that corresponds to each border measurement.  The lip butts up to the edge of the stamped panel or photo and the stainless steal edge on the tool lets you cut with a craft knife perfectly every time.  There are 4 different size border measurements on each mini tool that allow you to create mats/borders for your projects ranging from 1/16 to 5/8 of an inch!  The original Perfect Layers tools start at 1/16 but go up 1 inch!  Now you can decide which tool set is best suited to your needs!

I then adhered the cover panels to DCWV Heirloom Stack decorative paper and cut 5/8" borders and did the same to all the pages.  I punched each corner with the Marvy punch again before adhering them all to black cardstock and cut 1/16" borders.  I punched a 1/16" hole with a punch into the cover and added a tiny brass Bead Landing Found Objects ruler charm with a tiny black brad before adhering the cover back to back with the first page.  All the remaining pages and back cover where adhered back to back to form the loose journal pages.

back and side view of the bound journal
 I then stacked them and bound them together with black cord tied in a bow.  I do plan to further decorate the cover with assorted embellishments but I need to wait a while until I can operate my Cuttlebug ;0)  Thank you for visiting with me today!  Now off you hop to Nancy!

   Perfect Paper Crafting and Laura Lynn
   Wendy Ramlakhan
   Pam Sparks
   Roxie Glaza
   Jenny Gropp
  Susie Moore
   Kim O'Connell
Jeanie Witmer
Heather Hudson
Lori Brown
Kat Ancheta
Dana Joy
Kristie Maynard
Kim Bush
Diane Bove
Patti Gilliam
Linda Kaiser
Cathie Rigby
Linda McClain
Leigh Brunton -YOU ARE HERE!
Nancy Baier
Jenn Cocran
Lezlye Lauterbach
Faith Abigail Prado

  Happy Stamping!
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lost Coast Designs + StencilGirl Blog Hop starts NOW!

Howzit Everyone!

Today you're in for a special treat coz the Lost Coast Designs DT has teamed up with the StencilGirl DT for a ONE DAY blog hop with an awesome giveaway up for grabs!

April 2 update: The Winner is PK SEWS!  Congrats :0)

You've got ONE WEEK to hop to each blog and leave us some love to be eligible for the prize!  The more blogs you visit and leave comments on the better your chances are at winning it!  One lucky winner will receive Two 9" x 12" stencils from StencilGirl and a $25 gift certificate to Lost Coast Designs!  The giveaway will close on Sunday March 30 at 11:59pm Central Time so you've got plenty of time to join the fun ;0)  The winner will be announced soon after so stay tuned!

You should have arrived here from StencilGirl Talk and your next stop on the hop is Mary but don't worry if you get lost along the way coz the complete blog roll is below and will be included in all the posts along the way too!

UPDATE:  Thank you everyone for visiting and leaving me such wonderful comments, I truly appreciate them all :0)

I'm sharing 3 projects with you here today featuring Lost Coast Designs rubber stamps and StencilGirl stencils.  I'll be blogging each project in more detail over the next 2 weeks on the Lost Coaster's Review blog so please stop by if you'd like to find out more deets on each project ;0)


For this card I used 2 of Lost Coast Designs newest stamps - CityScape and the Devil in Disguise kitty makes the perfect guard cat don't you think ;0)  To give you the impression that the entire city is protected by a whole army of guard cats I used the 6 x 6 StencilGirl Cat stencil to create the cat shadow background and I hand wrote the sentiment with a black Micron marker.


For this card I used 2 of Lost Coast Designs new stamps - Feather Bird and Feathers for the background.  I also made my own decorative mat by using StencilGirl's 6 x 6 Feathers 6 stencil to create the feathery abstract pattern.


For more deets on this card please visit Lost Coaster's Review blog March 26, click HERE!

  For this card I used Lost Coast Designs Devil in Disguise kitty again and had a ball creating the three dimensional jigsaw puzzle background with StencilGirl's 6 x 6 Jigsaw Puzzle stencil with glue and Perfect Pearls :0)  The sentiment I designed myself and will be part of my new digi stamp line I'm going to launch this year once I'm recovered from the few surgeries I have to have done!  Yep, this is the first I'm mentioning that I've got a digi line in the works and I'm super excited ;0)

I also had the pleasure of using some awesome new tools to create the perfect mats for these projects!  Come back next Monday for our Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop for the scoop on the new Perfect Layers Minis!  In the meanwhile click the pic for tutorials and use my special code to get 5% off your entire order!


Thanks for visiting with me today!  I hope you've been inspired by what I did with stamps and stencils but I'm not done coz I've also got another treat for you on my DominoART blog later in the hop too :0)  Have a fabulous day and now off you hop to Mary!

Happy Stamping!
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents

Monday, March 17, 2014

"MAMA" movie inspired digi creation for Smeared Ink!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!

Today I'm sharing a Smeared Ink Design Team digi creation which I also designed for the current Smeared and Smudged Forum "Oh the Horror" challenge.  This month is "Clean Grunge" inspired by the movie trailer for "Mama".  That's one spooky looking movie and I hope you like what I came up with ;0)

For this one I used Smeared Ink's "Specimen Jar Man" for the background and one of the butterlies for my "moth" and the girl is "Beyond".
All the colouring and digi designing was done in Photoshop CS6.

Come and join the fun over at the Smeared and Smudged Forum, membership is free and there's lots of things to do and see and prizes to win :0)
Happy Stamping!
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents