Friday, February 17, 2012

From Baskets to Bars - Happy Blogoversary to me!!

I still can't quite believe I have a blog and that today is my one year blogoversary!  I guess after a year I should tell you a little bit about how I got started in the stamping world.  Twenty three (yes you read that right) years ago Anna (my friend and bosses wife!) gave me a card with a tiny bear stamped in the middle.  I was intrigued.  I attended a stamping class where I made one card.  I stamped an image, coloured it with only pencil crayons, a heart shaped punch, some decorative scissors, a bit of sponging,  some glitter and I was HOOKED!!  I loved everything about stamping and I was totally smitten with the cute, country look.  I still have that first card I made and I'll show you at the end of this post so you can have a laugh!  I pulled it out last week and was showing it to Karen and we laughed and laughed - I laughed even more when I realized I'd forgotten to colour her bangs!!  It took me 23 years to spot that?!  Well, I'm not into the country look anymore but I do still love the "cute" images.  I'm so glad today's Bellariffic Friday is "anything goes", 'cause I've stepped it up a notch...from country baskets to city bars! 

I stamped Uptown Girls Madison has a Margarita in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  I pulled out my pencil crayons and OMS for some extra shading.

The paper is BasicGrey Sweet Threads with SU Old Olive and Rose Red.  I made a Simply Scallops border and added a bit of SU Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon on top.  The flower is made with the Prima Donna Petals die and two Leafy Flourish underneath.  I embossed the flower with my swiss dots embossing folder for a little texture and added a green rhinestone to the middle.  No Uptown Girl is complete without some sparkle so I added two teeny tiny rhinestones to her dress and added some glitter around her!  Her margarita glass has several coats of clear glaze pen to make it shine. 

Okay, are you ready?  Let's step back in time, 23  years ago, and look at the card that started it all for me - my love of stamping and card making.  Laugh along with me...and check out her bangs!

Thank you for all your encouraging comments over this past year - your help, your tips and YOUR blogs which help make me a better stamper!  Thank you from the bottom of my little country city heart! :)



Ebru Vatansever said...

Hehehehe you are something my friend, first of all happy blogoversary, so glad you entered the blog world to shower us with your lovely creations. I have to admit your blog post made me laugh and to be honest you were pretty good back then with your country girl :o) If you didn't mention it, I would not have noticed the bangs, she looks so cute !!

Ok, let's move onto this weeks card, girlfriend she is simply gorgeous, love how you matched her dress colour to the DP and the flower is the perfect finishing touch !!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Happy Blogoversary Leslie! I am so happy you decided to start a blog...I love all of your creations! I ADORE your card today...I need to get some of these stamps for sure!!!
I have to make you smile...I think I OWN that country girl stamp! LOVE how you just noticed that you didn't color her bangs! Too funny!!
Happy Friday!!

Anonymous said...

Well once again Leslie has outdone herself! How adorable is Madison with her margarita. This card has the right colours and style and is perfect for any girly occasion. Hmmm I wonder if she’ll make me this one for my birthday?!?! No pressure Leslie ;o). Great work as always!


Karen Motz said...

Happy blogoversary my friend!!! You were a little bit country, but now you're a city girl!!!! I LOVE this post and I laughed again out loud at the bangs comment!!! We MUST have a drink to celebrate your blog next time we're together!!!! Maybe a sangria or two??? ;-)
You did a FABULOUS job colouring Madison...just look at that shading by her feet! AMAZING my friend!!!

Tanya said...

Happy Blogoversary! I giggle about your card & her bangs, haha! We all start somewhere, right? I love your Madison card, she's just adorable! Love how you ran your flower throug the CB=)

Dana White said...

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!! OH your Country Chic card is sweet but so not you my friend BUT your uptown girl is PERFECT!!

Anna said...

Well, I'm so honored to be mentioned however, you had a hidden talent you never knew! Look at you now girl! You never cease to amaze me and I'm learning from you. Break out the bubbly for the one year mark! Keep them coming!! Xo

Crafty Cath said...

OMG - I commented on your Bellariffic Friday card in SCS so I totally missed this post. Happy Belated Blogaversary! And girl I love that you've showed us where you've been. You've come a long way Babe! Did you really forget to color the bangs???? Can you hear me laughing...that is hysterical!

So glad you've gifted us with your creations, banter and life stories! Can't wait to see what year 2 brings!