Friday, April 20, 2012

Little Biker Chick & Diana's Anniversary BLOG HOP!!!

Wow, it's been blog hop central over here.  I am super duper excited about this blog hop in particular. In this day in age with all the social networks, forums, challenge sites, blogs, etc. you can really meet some great people online and I consider myself fortunate to have met and developed a deep adoration for Miss Diana.

Today, we're celebrating her 3 year blog-iversary by doing a blog hop with several other talented scrappy ladies, who always WOW me with their creations. And, there's something in it for you! Hop on through each of the blogs below to find prizes and inspiration along the way. Plus, there's a chance to play along with us! Use the sketch Diana made, link your entry back at her blog, and you could win a $30 shop credit to Scrapbook Circle You have until April 30, 2012 to play along.

Okay, so let's get started with the hop.  If you are new to my site - WELCOME. I hope you'll like what you see and become my newest follower! If you've been here before - WELCOME BACK!

Here is my page, inspired by the sketch below.  I'm also doing a GIVEAWAY! Leave me a comment below (and follow my blog if you wish but it's not required) for a chance to win some goodies from the Amy Tangerine and Heidi Swapp lines I used in my layout! My prize is not pictured but this layout should give you a pretty good hint of what may or may not be in my sampler giveaway...
Supplies: from Scrapbook Circle April 2012 kit "Daydreamer" 

Inspired by this sketch by Diana:

A few close-ups:
Look at all the bright 80's neon that's making a comeback! Can you believe it?

I misted the Heidi Swapp letters with mist and then rubbed it off. I love that you can alter the colors of these alphas!
Lots of layering, distressing, and fussy cutting!
A little peek at my journaling...

Your next stop is the talented Corrie Jones. If you get lost along the way, here is the hop order:

Heather Leopard <--That's ME!
Corrie Jones {http://corejones.blogspot.com/}
Audrey Yeager {http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com/}
Antonia Krajicek {http://www.greenhornedunicorn.com/}
Shannon Bogan {http://agirlcalledchicken.blogspot.com/}
Lisa Swift {http://lisarukinswift.blogspot.com/}
Julie Tucker-Wolek {http://thetuckerwolekclan.blogspot.com/}
Jennifer Ingle {http://justjingle.blogspot.com/}
Tessa Buys {http://precociouspaper.blogspot.com/}
Ashley Horton {http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com/}
Sara Zenger {http://sarazenger.blogspot.com/}
Diana Fisher {http://designbydiana.blogspot.com/}

Thanks for stopping by today! Good Luck! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Save the Date & a Scrapbook Circle Sneak Peek

Hi friends! Looking for The Twinery and Imaginisce blog hop? Click the link or scroll to my previous post but make sure to read this first...

I'm so excited to share a sneak peek of "The Story", aka Scrapbook Circle's May kit.  But wait, there's more...You will want to mark your calendars for this! Something fun will be happening this right here on this blog this weekend!
My dear, talented, crafty gal pal, Diana Fisher is celebrating her 3 year "blogiversary" and asked ME to be a part of it. Yep, she has pulled together a few of her amazingly crafty friends for a weekend blog hop and I can't wait!  There will be inspiration to be found and prizes to be won from Paper Issues, Precious Remembrance Shop, and one of my fave kit clubs, Scrapbook Circle. Most, if not all, of the designers will be giving away goodies on each of their blogs as well.  Lots of chances to win!

Speaking of Scrapbook Circle, the project I'll be creating for the hop and sharing with you will be using the April kit, called Daydreamer. There's only a few left so if you love the new Amy Tan, Lilybee and Heidi Swapp, you should head over there now to get your hands on this.

Now, I promised a sneak of the May kit, Daydreamer.  Check this out...What do you see there? 

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll see you this weekend!

Monday, April 16, 2012

CELEBRATE Your Love of Twine Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be partnering with The Twinery and Imaginisce for this super fun blog hop!!!

The Twinery sent us all their newest colors to create and play with and trust me, I've been using it on anything and everything (just take a peek at any of my recent projects in my previous posts)!

For today's hop, I pulled out my Imaginisce Animal Crackers collection and my i-top to create this fun little birthday card.

To make the card, I simply adhered pattern paper to the bottom half of the card, large enough for my little alligator die-cut to pop off of. Then I used my i-top 2.0 and made birthday "balloon" using the small (16mm) and medium (22mm) brad daddies. Before attaching them to the card, I tied the twine to the brad points in the back to keep the twine in place. Then I attached them to the card and added a bit more twine to ensure they looked like balloons. I tied the twine around the gators tail. Lastly, I fussy cut the banner from the animal crackers paper, added some whimsy twine and added a "celebrate" sentiment. Oh and I HAD to add a bit if glam to the bottom with my i-rock/glam rocks. Now I just need someone to have a birthday!!!


Now, on to the rest of the hop...the hop will continue all week and we'll be showcasing members from each of the talented teams all week and of course, there will be prizes to be won!!
Here is today's BLOG HOP ORDER.
Imaginisce - start here if you are just beginning the blog hop!
Heather Leopard <-- That's Me!

Wanna see what prizes that are up for grabs???
3 lucky blog hoppers will win this Twinery Giveaway
"I Dream in Twine" Packages (retail $32)
This is what they sent me! Imagine the fun you will have!


3 lucky blog hoppin' gals will win this Makin' Waves collection pack (retail $37) from Imaginisce
To be eligible to win, you must comment on each blog, each day throughout the week, Follow the Imaginisce & The Twinery blogs (if I've inspired you along the way, I'd love it if you'd follow my blog as well but it's certainly not a requirement!) AND Follow the Imaginsce & The Twinery Facebook pages

The deadline for leaving comments is 11:59 EDT, Sunday April 22. Winners will be announced by The Twinery and Imaginisce on Monday, April 23rd.   

Good luck everyone and happy blog hopping! Your next stop is Ashley Bores

Sunday, April 15, 2012

We Have Our Winners! Is Your Name Below?

I'm so excited to announce the winners of my two recent blog hops!!!

The winner Paper Issues Blog Hop winner is Bethany Becker! Thanks for the blog-love and for following me! I'm off to check out your blog too!  Send your info and address to paperissues@gmail.com and Cassie will get it in the mail to you!

If you want the latest scrappy goodies 20% off with super great shipping, visit Paper Issues and enter code HEATHER at checkout to get your discount.

The winner of the Scrapp'n Savvy Blog Hop is Maria V. You have won a free spot in my April 23 class at our local scrapbook store, Scrapp'n Savvy! Contact Scrapp'n Savvy at 281-288-7289 to get your free spot in the class.  Here's what we'll be creating.

There are only 2 spots left so get a friend to sign up and come with you or if you are local to Houston, come create with me! Sign up HERE.

Here's a snapshot for my May class. There are 3 spots left so sign up today while you can!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Swoon.......

You know that feeling when you are truly smitten with someone?  Or in the scrapbooking world, it might be something! Well the new Swoon collection from Little Yellow Bicycle lets you capture those connections. I am soo excited to share my first design team reveal with you. Or is it my 2nd, since I created a layout for the DT reveal?

Anywho, I made these cards.  They are a little departure from my usual layered, distressed look but I was really inspired to go for the more simple, elegant, almost delicate touch.

To create the card above, I cut strips approximately 3/4" wide by 4 1/4" long. I then punched them with a Martha Stewart punch. Starting at the bottom, I layered each on top of each other. There are 13 in all. I was going for a lacey effect and kept the rest of it simple by adding a bit of ribbon and a sentiment.

I chose to keep this card simple as well. I think it could be used for a wedding or an anniversary.  This card was inspired by the paper that, to me, looks like a garden trellis. The the stick pens, once laid on top of the paper, looked like flowers growing in the garden. I pulled the card together by adding a bit of ribbon and a sentiment that has a similar trellis-like look. I added a frame, painted to match the color of the gold pins, around the sentiment to make it pop off the grey background. 

To attache the pins to the card, I cut the foam packaging they came in and glued to the card. I then cut a 2nd piece of the same background paper the length of the card so that the bottom trellis would match the back. I glued the paper to the foam packaging and then used pop dots on the opposite side of the card where there aren't any pins to adhere the paper.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to head over to the Little Yellow Bicycle blog to see the cards my fellow Biker Chicks Jen Chesnick and Shanna Vineyard created.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blog Hops, Classes and CHEVRONS! Oh MY!

If you're here for my BIG NEWS about Little Yellow Bicycle, welcome to my blog. Click HERE to see how excited I am about joining the design team.

If you're here for the Scrappin' Savvy Blog Hop, click HERE to see some of my class projects and to enter to win a spot in my class.

If you are here for the Paper Issues Blog Hop and for a chance to win a great prizes, you are in the right place!

How would you like to win a little mini kit, similar to the one shown, packed full of chevron and other goodies?  All you have to do is participate in the Paper Issues blog hop that starts today and goes for two weeks. Each creative team member will be giving away a kit on their blog as well as the Paper Issues blog so you have lots of chances to win!  All you have to do to win this kit is leave me a comment and follow my blog if any of my projects have inspired you!
Have you been to the Paper Issues blog or etsy store? It's a really great concept because we all have paper issues, right?  Well Paper Issues is an inspirational blog that has a new "issue" every two weeks. Anyone can link up your old or newly created project for the current theme for a chance to be featured or to get some extra traffic to your blog too. The theme this week is SHOW ME YOUR CHEVRON!

Now let me share a bit of CHEVRON projects I've been working on and a coupon code to the Paper Issues store.
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So this first layout is the 1-page layout we will be doing in my May class at Scrappin' Savvy. April's class is using the My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart "Be Amazing" collection as seen HERE and May will be using the Echo Park "Charming" collection, as seen below. If you can't make my class, you can get this Echo Park This & That "Charming" collection on the Paper Issues etsy store at 20% off using coupon code: HEATHER 


Supplies:
Echo Park This & That collection: THC26010 Numbers, THC26013 Border Strips, THC26014 ElementStickers, THC26015 AlphaStickers, Brown/white twine from The Twinery, Studio Calico Mr. Huey mists in Estate Green, Pony and Piglet, misc. buttons, Sew Stamper tool


We'll also be creating this 2-page layout and a notepad cover (not pictured). Again, you can get the supplies to make this on the Paper Issues etsy store using the 20% off coupon code: HEATHER
 If you look closely at the background cardstock, you can faintly see a chevron print. I made that using a Crafter's Workshop mask and mist.

Lastly, I made this card using photo corners to make the chevron pattern. I posted the DIY  instructions HERE.


Remember to leave a comment and follow my blog (if you liked what you saw) for a chance to win the mini kit I am giving away. Make sure to visit the other ladies to increase your chances of winning:
Heather Leopard - You Are Here

Thanks for stopping by today and if you have a sec, check out my previous post below to read my Little Yellow Bicycle news.
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Big Little Yellow Bicycle News & A Natural Cutie

So I have a lot of good stuff to share with you today so I'll be posting twice today! Trust me, you'll want to come back again later for a blog hop and a chance to win some scrappy goodness!

Before I get to that however, if you are looking for the Scrappin Savvy blog hop and a chance to win a spot in my April class, click HERE! But first, check out my exciting news!!!!

So this news is super duper, jump up and down, can I get a woohoo, exciting!  This is NOT an April Fool's joke!!!

I've been invited to become a Little Yellow Bicycle Biker Chick. Yep, I am joining their 2012/2013 design team. It's a small team but it's packed with so much talent!
Vicki Boutin - Canada
Jenny Chesnick - Maryland
Corrie Jones - Georgia
Heather Leopard - Texas <--- That's ME!
Shanna Vineyard - Arizona
Tania Willis - Ohio
Greta Hammond - Indiana - Retail/Trade Show Specialist
Liz Qualman - Colorado - DT Coordinator

We've all created brand spankin' new layouts for this announcement and I hope mine will inspire you.



Supplies:
American Crafts cardstock - cream, Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise collection: PD-104 Splendid Stripe/Olive Leaves, PD-101 Paradise/Petite Pom Poms, PD-108 Blissful Dots/Teal Tapestry, PD-168 Chipboard Sticker - slider with glitter accents, PD-305 Paper Flower Kit, PD-135 Cardstock Stickers - Favorite Pieces - with glitter accents,  PD-1100 Tear Out Ticket Book - with thermography and embossing, Studio Calico Mr. Huey mists in Bonny Blue and Dark Calico, Glue Arts Pro Glider, Zig Marker in Chocolate


My layout is made with the last bit of remaining scraps from my stint on the "Paradise" collection Cycling Team but it's pretty true to my style. Make sure to head over to the LYB blog today to see what everyone else created. Thanks for being excited with me!
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