Monday, August 29, 2011

*Ruby Violet Tiny Notebooks + Prima Blog Feature*

hi friends!!  happy Monday!

just sharing a little post today about a Prima project I did for the
booth  at CHA that's up on the Prima blog today -
where I'm actually also featured (as a Design Team Member!).

I'm still just IN AWE that I'm on this wonderful team
of EXTREMELY talented ladies...

Here's my Ruby Violet Mini Ledger Notebooks I made for CHA:

each book:

to see the products I used ,
along with other projects I have up today
visit the Prima blog .

thanks so much for visiting me today!
I'll be back soon -
I'm working in my "little" studio:
for the very last time today.
Lots to do before I move into my NEW studio
(yay! my bedroom will be just that...a bedroom again!
Not to mention...
I get a whole new scrap space just for myself. I'm pretty giddy...)

here's a little peek at my new space:
(taken with my iPhone so I could get it on here faster...;D)

my husband is the BEST.
he's painted my walls, hung my new
chandellier & he just laid the 2nd coat of wax over the concrete he
just stained.....
it's almost move in time, yay!

have a great day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

*Friends, Flowers & Camera Straps....*

"if friends were flowers...."

something new I made for American Crafts.
To see how I did it, what I used & in full photo's...
check out the blog.
it was so fun to make! just something tiny to give to a special friend
to brighten her day....

and speaking of friends!
Remember my dear, sweet, creative friend Leah?
 and her gorgeous rings I posted about not too long ago?
well...she's started something new and fun!
something every girl who takes pictures needs.

If you're a Canon, Nikon or any DSLR girl....
this is right up YOUR alley:

CUTE camera straps!! Not only cute..but durable!
She handmakes each one, using beautiful fabrics
and they are backed with denim.
They are so soft. So so soft.
After carrying your camera on
around all day, your neck will thank you...
trust me!

Because I'm a brat....
I couldn't have just one...
I had to have 2. I mean a girl has to match her outfit every day, right?

Look closer:
aren't they CUTE!
You have to go check her Etsy site out right NOW!
and just because Leah's super sweet,
she's offering you a discount!
Simply enter this code:  ASHE15
at checkout for a 15% off!
(that's a discount of $5.25)

Also, you should check Leah's Facebook page out and become a fan!
she's always updating with new designs....

well that's it for me today folks!
I've got some more fun things to share soon...
plus pictures of my new scraproom!
My  husband is in there now painting...
(imagine that, he won't let me paint with him! that's just rude.)

Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

*Elle's Studio August Inspiration*

it's that time again...Elle's Studio Gallery for August
is LIVE....go check it out!

here's my August contributions:

Halfyway to 21:

I used: 
pennants:  pink, 3x3 Ledger {no year} Calendar – Vintage,
Mix & Match Vintage Numbers Tags

(I can hardly believe in just less than half a year, that baby girl will be 21.)

This Is What I Do:

(blogger is being so dumb today! if you go to the Elle's Gallery - you will see this image
isn't as blurry as Blogger is making it...ugh...)

I used:

(if you look real close at my layout - you'll see 2 projects that were my Elle's
Studio July Inspiration layouts...hee hee!)

and finally, my card:
Enjoy The Day:

I used:

Speaking of Elle's...did you know she's having a HUGE sale right now?
Here's the details:

Go stock up while you can!!
The next sale won't be again until
November's Black Friday hurry!
There's been new items listed in the "limited quantity" section, so make sure
to check those out, because once they're sold out...they're retired!

have a great day and enjoy your shopping!

be back soon...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

*Echo Park & The Twinery Blog Hop*

Hi everyone!
Welcome to the first Anniversary Blog Hop with The Twinery:

There are LOTS of prizes in this hop  that is open for the next 2 days for you to
sit back, relax, check out all the beautiful creations from each blog!
You could win 3 (yes, 3!!!!) collections from Echo Park
and this sample pack from The Twinery:

I hope you enjoy!

If you came here from Sheri Twings blog - you are in the right place!
If you're not quite sure where to start -
just go right back to the beginning at The Twinery's Blog

Here's a little something I put together for this hop:
(click on image to see it larger)

I enjoyed mixing Echo Park Papers together with The Twinery!
The papers & embellishments I used are

from Echo Park's following lines:  Summer Days, & Little Girl.

twine from The Twinery

I stitched around the scallop circle edge:
(click on image for closer look)

and I stitched a letter "P" and cut it out:

then I did something I've seen but haven't tried too much, I left the twine showing
from the back of my stitching:

& I like how fun & playful it looks next to my sweet great niece's photo's.
(gosh I love that baby girl!)

Now, remember - keep hopping along to the blogs
so you can have a chance to win some fun prizes!

At the end of the hop - you will head back to the
Echo Park blog with your comment on what your
FAVORITE project is from the hop.
One lucky person will win 3 of Echo Park Paper Collections:

and just when you thought THAT was all....
I am also hosting a giveway of my own! I'm giving away a Happy Days Collection Pack!
(just leave me a comment here and I'll enter your name in the drawing!)

Now get to hoppin! From here you will head to:  Katrina Hunt's Blog ...

have fun & have a great day!

Remember - this hop is open until 11:59pm EST, Friday, August 19th.
and Prizes will be announced on Saturday, August 20th

p.s. thank you ALL so much for your sweet comments on American Crafts!
I'm so excited to be returning another year!
Your words all just made me smile huge. Thank you again!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

*30 Years Ago, some NEWS + and an Elle's winner*

hi friends! so sorry for the late post...
this college transfer prepping has taken my 24 hour days & held them hostage!
all done now...::whew:: kids are ready for their new schools, new adventures.
my nest was so full this summer, here comes the empty part.
(shh, I'm SILENTLY looking forward to it. ok who am I!)

enough of that - here's a layout made for Glue Arts
I almost forgot to share:
(I know I've used this photo before, but I had to with the age difference look, lol)

to see how I made this layout (using GA's 3D U Cut It Foam)
& what I used....check out the blog:  Glue Arts Blog
I tried and tried (I know,  HAHA!!)  to channel my inner Dina W...
(thank you sweet friend for your inspo!)
my kids HATE when I say this... - epic fail.
(i love to say this especially since they say I should never say it again...LOL!)

I am so excited to share that I've been asked back for a 2nd term
at American Crafts!

I love American Crafts. I love their products & their people. 
It's one fabulous company& I am HONORED to be selected to return!

Thank you AC!
Cindy Stevens – from New Brunswick, Canada
Lilith Eeckles – from Bertogne, Belgium
Michelle Clement – from British Columbia, Canada
Piradee Talvanna – from Singapore
Revlie Schuit – from Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands
Shimelle Laine – from London, England

Amy Heller – from Newtown, CT
Cindy Tobey – from Kentwood, MI
Corrie Jones – from Dallas, GA
Heidi Sonboul – from Torrance, CA
Jamie Harper – from Phoenix, AZ
Jenny Chesnick – from Brooklyn, MD
Leah Farquharson – from Lauderhill, FL
Leslie Ashe – from Fort Worth, TX
Mandy Koeppen – from Hastings, MI
Melissa Mann – from Pensacola, FL
Paige Evans – from South Pasadena, CA
Pamella Brown – from Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Rahel Menig – from Gilroy, CA
Suzy Plantamura – from Laguna Niguel, CA

Congratulations to the entire team! Be sure to check out their blogs & see
all their beautiful work!   I can't wait to work with everyone.

and last but CERTAINLY NOT least...
I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your
comments welcoming me to the Elle's Studio team!
I will cherish your sweet words always. You made my day!

I know I're ready for a winner, right?

Congratulations Nitasha! You were my #9 from the Random Generator Drawing.
Please contact me (leslieashe(at)gmail(dot)com) and I'll get your info sent to Elle
so you can receive your goodies!!

Ok friends - I'm off to the gym!
(btw...I am starting to feel so different! in a GREAT way!)
have a great day!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

*Elle's Studio Spotlight + a Giveaway*

hi friends!
I hope you are having a wonderful day.

this is such a fun & special day for me..

today i'm so excited to share that
I'm a spotlight girl at Elle's Studio Blog!
(Elle is highlighting each one of the new DT
this week - so be sure to check every day this week)

I created something just for today & here's a little sneak:

(to see the full project, be sure to check out Elle's Blog
and enter to win a giveaway there as well as here!)

I love Elle's tags. They are just the PERFECT addition to
projects. I have a little bucket full of them on my desk -
close enough to reach for and use...all the time.
It's fun to use them for journaling, for framing, for your title...for anything!

Elle asked us to pick 3 of our fave products.
how do you choose? they're ALL so great!
BUT I did come up with 3...

Want to see them?
Want to win them?
Of course you do!! Here they are:

All you have to do is leave me a comment here on this post
and I will randomly choose a winner on Sunday (8/14) evening.
I will post soon thereafter, so be sure to check back to see if you're
a winner!

**ALSO be sure to visit Elle's Studio Blog to leave a comment
for another chance to win!

how fun...2 chances! good luck to everyone!

& I just wanted to end today by saying how wonderful I think ALL of
you are. Just when I was feeling a bit discouraged about a creation....
the SWEET comments you left me on my last blog entry - they truly melted my ♥!
So thank you...thank you SO so much.

Ok, enough of that...
go enter the giveaway!!

have a great one.

Thank you SO much for your comments on my last post!
Your sweet words just melted my heart. I truly appreciate you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

*August Build A Page + Instagram?!*

Good morning friends!
Have y'all checked out Prima's August Build A Page?
Have you participated? You should!
If you did - you could win some gorgeous Prima goodies!!
Check out the Prima Blog to get all the details, see the original sketch,
PLUS all the gorgeous work from the DT.

Here's what I did....
Ugh. This layout started out SO different - but ended up this way...
must say it's not my fave - but I do like it.
Mainly because it's about my pretty girl!

Prima supplies used:
Sweet Fairy Collection Paper: # 843014
Sweet Fairy Collection Paper: # 843045
Melody Collection Paper: # 842581
Melody Collection Paper: # 842574
Resist Canvas – Alla Prima: # 551629
Reflections – Romantique: # 551131
Say It In Crystals # 551360
SIIC # 544294
SIIC # 544805
Fleur De Lys – Spring #551667
Solitaire – Jeweltone # 552282
Bristo Blooms – Ruby # 553067
Vermont - Ivory # 553616
Arco Iris Collection # 544409
She – Fabric Stitched Word – # 921477
Rose Trim – Blue # 921613

and now I have to share something fun with you.
through some sweet friends, I discovered a fabulous new app
for the iPhone that I can't get enough of!

Seriously - if you have an iPhone & don't have this app...get it!
you can follow friends, share pics, load them in a gallery, etc.
SUPER fun.

It's been so much fun to take pics, upload them
to instagram, and now using another app I love
called Postal Pix

I can order all the cute prints (I ordered 4x4's)
from my iPhone all I want
and even at a great price!
(there is a 20 print limit, but I don't care)

here's a few snippets of my life in Instagrams:

date night...

my sweet baby! my great niece Presley.

hahahaha!! a card that my niece got for her birthday

sometimes a girl just needs a girls day out:

love these girls! (Daniela Dobson, me & Val Turnbow)

well that's it for today!
be sure to check back soon- a little Elle's Studio surprise will be up...;D
have a great one!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

*LBD August Sneaks*



Little Black Dress has done it again!
Made another gorgeous kit...I mean GORGEOUS!
I could have done SO much more than I did. I ran out of time...
Here's the August kit - Shades Of Blue:

yummy huh? you know you want it...
go get it!

leaving you with another couple of fave shots I got of my cuties:

I'm going to MISS them something fierce in a few weeks when
they head to their colleges. It's been such a FUN summe with them home.
it's even made THIS:
(iPhone photo)

more bearable. barf.

have a great day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

*I totally forgot*

to show you Family Week at American Crafts!
Check it out...

to see the full reveal of these - check out the blog!
while you're there, check out ALL the'll thank me later.
speaking of American Crafts...
can I just tell you how bittersweet it is to have just turned in my last
assignment of my DT term?
I love this's been one of my FAVORITES to be on.
How quickly a year goes by....
I did try out again - which I probably just jinxed myself by saying so.
but who believes in jinxes? not me!
::hope hope hope::

the design team call JUST ended....
did you get your entry sent in?
I must run finish some things on my scrap desk -
but until then...
let me leave you with a few of my favorite things from this past week:

and my little cup of cheer that arrived: 
my new toy!
thank you Verizon for carrying the iPhone now :D
(especially in WHITE!)

and of's little black dress:

have a lovely day friends...
back soon!