Oh, what fun

** 3/4/17 Winner at Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge! **
** 3/9/17 DT Favorite at Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog! **

Update: This challenge blog abruptly closed down in mid-April, after only a couple challenges. :(

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a fantastic February – can you believe it’s just about over, lol! You’ll remember a few weeks back I announced that I joined the Season’s Greetings Christmas Challenge DT. All of our challenges are Anything Goes and there’s always an optional twist there to inspire you. I’m super stoked to share my debut DT inspiration project for Challenge #2 – Anything Goes with optional twist of Color Combo! The twist this time is this neat color combo:

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I created a one-layer card using three of these four colors along with a die and stamp set from my stash. One-layer cards are not easy for me but this one actually just came together like it was meant to be! Just look at these little guys! :D

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This was the perfect opportunity to use the round dies from the new YNS Peek A Boo Trio die set.  I can’t tell you how in love I am with the adorable SU Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set with coordinating punch. The card name ‘Oh, what fun’ hits the nail right on the head, lol! This was a blast to make! The stamped sentiment, the stamped texture just above the circle die cuts, the bow ties on the gingerbread men and the scattered hearts all match the colors in the combo. I’m really loving how this turned out!

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I kept the inside very simple with just a stamped sentiment. It felt very strange not having a layered panel to adhere, lol!

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Proud to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #239 – Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: Anything Christmas Goes for February
Christmas Card Challenges: #7 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #359 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge: #322 – Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #82 – Tic Tac Toe (Red, Image, Dies/Punches)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #52 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #4 – Add A Sentiment
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: Anything Christmas Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #19 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick Whisper White; SU Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and So Saffron cardstock scraps
Stamps: SU Cookie-Cutter Christmas, Touches of Texture and Oh What Fun stamp sets
Ink: SU Baked Brown Sugar, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and So Saffron ink; SN Crystal Clear Sparkle marker
Dies/Punches: SU Cookie Cutter Punch, YNS Peek A Boo Trio die set
Accessories:  Stampin Dimensionals

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a Christmas project! You know you’d love to knock one or three out of the way! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

On your special day

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great week! I’m stoked to share that I’m a guestie over at Scrapbook Stamp Society! Woot-woot! A project I created with an adorable Sherri Baldy image a few weeks back was a challenge winner at Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog. I won six My Besties images and was invited to be their guest! How’s that for a haul?! If you’re interested, the winning entry that got me this GD spot can be seen HERE.

I’m happy to share my GD inspiration project using the absolutely adorable Img372. She reminds me of a younger me, sort of a flower child, and I thought it only fitting to create a girly card in pinks and purples. I’m so in love with this new Crafter’s Companion Floral paper pack and couldn’t wait to use it! And you know how I love my fancy folds!

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Isn’t she just adorable?! Pretty in pink with a little purple for good measure. Embellishments include flowers, cheesecloth, cotton lace and pearls.

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Here’s an angled shot so you can see the construction. I just love step cards – they are so easy to create with just two cuts and a few scores! ;)

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Would love to enter this fun step card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft: #38 – Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: Y for You Choose
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #404 – Mother’s Day/Female
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Week #350 – A Few Stitches
Craft Rocket Challenges: #33 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #335 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #111 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #82 – Tic Tac Toe (Pearls/Gems, Flowers, Green)
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #269 – Petals & Pearls
Cute Card Thursday: #466 – Florals
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #149 – Add Lace
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge: Week #8 – Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs: Leather and/or Lace
Inky Chicks: #79 – Happy Birthday
Inspiration Destination: #122 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #52 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #19 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SN Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, SU Rose Red cardstock, Crafter’s Companion Floral Delight 6×6 Paper Pack
Stamps: Sherri Baldy Img372, SU Botanicals for You stamp set
Ink: SN- LG4, LG5, DR2, FS3, FS6, CR4, CR6, CR11, GB1, GB4, IG2, PP1, PP2; SU Rose Red ink
Dies/Punches: MB Stitched Oval Layers die, SB Floral Ovals die
Accessories: Fiskars stamp positioner, Cheesecloth, Fun Foam, WOC flowers, SU Pearls, YNS Purple Glittered Gumdrops, Craftime Enchanted Cotton Lace

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all of Sherri’s digis at the My Besties Shop – there is so much to feast your eyes on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

You color my world

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope you’re having a great weekend! Our February challenge over at Let’s Craft and Create went live on the 5th and I’m stoked to share my mid-month DT inspiration project for Challenge #122 – Love Is In The Air. I recently purchased the CC Designs ‘Dragonfly Floral’ rubber stamp from Little Miss Muffet and I’m totally smitten! This is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous stamps I’ve ever owned. I absolutely love it! I created a CAS card with very few embellishments.

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I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and stamped a vertical sentiment, and layered it on some black shimmer cardstock. I layered the panel on foam for some dimension, and added some crocheted lace and a few sequins. This image is so gorgeous, it really didn’t need much to showcase it.

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I colored the dragonfly’s wings with Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle marker.

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I kept the inside very simple with just a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #38 – Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week #403 – Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: Y for You Choose
Color It Create It Show It Off: February Challenge
Craft Rocket Challenges: #33 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #335 – Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #109 – Anything Goes + optional use of ribbon or twine
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #122 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #52 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog: #41 – Spring
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #84 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #270/271 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #19 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Rose Red cardstock, The Paper Cut Black Shimmer cardstock
Stamps: CC Designs Dragonfly Floral rubber stamp, Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set
Ink: Spectrum Noir- BP1, BP2, BP4, LV1, LV2, EB1, EB2, EB3, TN6, TB2, LG3, LG5, DG3, Crystal Clear Sparkle; Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: MISTI, Commotion Black Almost Leather, Doodlebug Designs dark gray sequins, Wild Orchid Crafts crocheted lace scrap

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to create a love-themed project to enter in our challenge this month! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

New Release Blog Hop for Dare 2B Artzy!

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The Dare 2B Artzy Design Team cordially invites you to our new release blog hop today and tomorrow (Saturday, February 18th, and Sunday, February 19th)! A new release blog hop, you say?! Yep, you got it – we’re celebrating NEW stamps and dies, NEW Totally Tracy Chipboard and a NEW design team! Come on over and hop with us for a chance to win a stamp set and ink pad of your choice, AND for a discount code to shop at the Dare 2B Artzy store! Woot-woot!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Kendra’s blog! If you’re just visiting and want to hop along with us, head over to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start from the beginning! Trust me… you definitely don’t want to miss a thing, lol!

A winner will be randomly chosen from one of the blogs on the hop, so be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way to increase your chance of winning! You have until 7:00 PM CST on Sunday, February 19th, when the hop will close and the winner will be posted!

I’m showcasing several projects so grab a cuppa and stay for a few! Here’s the first one… created with the Classic Dad stamp set. Lots of layers going on here! I punched half circles into the edges of the front flap of the card base for a little interest.

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I had the best time putting this together! There is some cheesecloth (dyed to match the light teal color on the car) tucked behind a couple layered stitched banners, along with a die cut tag with ball chain. There is also some very cool corrugated paper and some twine. Hope the hubster likes it… it’s his birthday card! (Shhh…. don’t tell him!)

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I kept the inside fairly simple with a stamped sentiment from the Classic Dad stamp set, then layered the panel on cardstock matching the light teal color on the car. The half-circles are the negative pieces left over from punching the half circles on the front.

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Dare 2B Artzy products used:
Stamps: Classic Dad stamp set
Ink: Totally Black ink

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SN Ultra Premium white cardstock, GKD Ocean Mist cardstock, Crafter’s Companion Just For Men 6×6 paper pad
Stamps:
Ink: SN markers- IB1, IB2, GG1, GG2, GG3
Dies/Punches: JustRite Stitched A2 Banners & Rectangles dies, CC Designs Tag die; SU 3/4″, 1-3/4″ and 2″ Circle Punches
Accessories: Darice Corrugated paper roll, MISTI, Studios Blackbird brown twine, cheesecloth, Stream Adirondack Color Wash (diluted), TH Idea-ology Ball Chain


My next project was created with the absolutely adorable Raggity Rabbit stamp set. OMG, I’m in love with this little guy! He made such an awesome CAS Easter card! I layered the panel on black cardstock and then some gorgeous Artzy Doodles Wild Orchid paper.

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I originally created some shadows beneath the rabbit, egg and carrot, and later decided to add some grass, as I felt the card needed a little texture. Worked like a charm!

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I stamped the Easter sentiment from the Raggity Rabbit stamp set and decorated the panel with the strip from the edge of the Artzy Doodles Wild Orchid paper. I layered the entire panel on black cardstock and the Wild Orchid paper.

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Dare 2B Artzy products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Artzy Doodles Wild Orchid paper
Stamps: Raggity Rabbit stamp set
Ink: Totally Black ink

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SN Ultra Premium white cardstock, The Paper Cut black cardstock, SU Garden Green cardstock scrap
Ink: SN FS6, CG1, CG2, PL4, OR2, OR3, IG2, IG4, BP4, DR1, TB2, TB4
Dies/Punches: Precious Marieke Grass Border die
Accessories: MISTI


My final project was created with the amazing Cup of Cheer stamp set. I love this set as it’s so versatile and can be used so many different ways. This note card features the stamped cup of java in a recessed circular opening which really accentuates the vellum steam die cut. I popped the front panel up on foam to get just a bit of dimension I needed for the recessed area.

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I offset the two punched circles on the two layers which I thought was a playful addition to this design. I also offset the layers on the sentiment to match. I added some flat-back pearls to finish it off.

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Here’s one final angled view. I left the inside blank as this is a note card. I’m really loving how this turned out!

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Dare 2B Artzy products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Artzy Doodles Paradise paper
Stamps: Cup of Cheer stamp set
Ink: Totally Black ink
Dies/Punches: Joyful Flower die

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SN Ultra Premium white cardstock, The Paper Cut black cardstock, Marco’s 40# vellum
Ink: SN markers- BT1, BT4, BT5, EB5
Dies/Punches: EK Success 2-1/2″ circle punch, SU 2″ circle punch
Accessories: MISTI, SU Pearls


Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Karen’s blog! We hope you find good inspiration along the way! Be sure to check out all the amazing products at Dare 2B Artzy – you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven! AND, by the way, use discount code HEART to receive 10% off your Dare 2B Artzy order! How cool is that?!

Have fun hopping and shopping, and thanks so much for stopping by today! We’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

All you need is LOVE & HOT COCOA

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Friday (yep, I’m doing the happy dance) and I hope you’ve had a good week! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using one of our new stamp sets, Cup of Cheer, along with the coordinating Mug die, Totally Black ink and Artzy Doodles Pomegranate paper from the Variety Pack. Our challenge theme this month is “All You Need Is Love” – so come on over and play for a chance to win some Dare 2B Artzy stamps! :)

I created my love-themed card in traditional red with a little yellow and just a pop of orange. I started with a large inlaid die cut heart which I backed with yellow cardstock.

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I added the mug and steam die cuts, the patterned strip from the edge of the Artzy Doodles paper, the sentiment and sequins. I love me some sequins! And yes, all of the Dare 2B Artzy papers have a patterned strip on the top edge that you should keep and use on your projects! ;)

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I decorated the inside panel with leftover strips of the red paper and yellow cardstock used on the front. I used one of the sentiments from the Cup of Cheer stamp set and added a couple punched hearts from my stash.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #38 – Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: Y for You Choose
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #173 – Valentine or Love Sentiment
Craft Rocket Challenges: #33 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #335 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #110 – Use Your Favorite Things (sequins, stamps, dies and pretty paper)
Daisy Chain Challenges: #5 – Have A Heart
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #148 – Hearts
Incy Wincy Designs: Love
Inspiration Destination: #122 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenges: #222 – Die Cuts
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenges: #316 – Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #84 – Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting: #36 – Die Cuts
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #4 – Add A Sentiment
That’s Crafty Challenge Blog: I Heart You
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #18 –  Butterflies and/or Hearts
WordArt Wednesday: Weeks #270/271 – Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all of the Dare 2B Artzy products – I know you’re going to fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SN Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, SU Crushed Curry cardstock
Ink: SN IG4, DR1, OR3, CT4; SN Crystal Clear Sparkle marker
Dies/Punches: Stitched Heart Layers dies
Accessories: Doodlebug Designs red and silver sequins

 

You make my heart melt

** 3/8/17 Top 3 at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’! **

Hi everyone! You’ll remember about a week ago I shared that I’m guesting for Jingle Belles this fortnight. My theme is Let the Flakes Fall Where They May and my challenge to you is to create a project that includes snow – snowflakes, snowmen, snowy landscape, etc. Well, I’m  back with a CAS mid-challenge project and it really doesn’t get any easier than this!

This adorable card was created with a scrap – the bottom portion of a 12 x 12 sheet that was leftover from a Christmas project. I cut it down, stamped the greeting and layered it on red cardstock.

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I used a Marvy Uchida Snow marker on the snowflakes. First time I’ve used it and OMG – I love this stuff! You ‘write’ with it and then hit it with your heat tool, and watch it poof up! What fun! :D

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I decorated the inside with the last remaining strip of that snowmen scrap (yep, I used it ALL), stamped the greeting with a snowflake and layered the panel on the red cardstock. I really am loving how this turned out! It always amazes me how something so simple can pack such a big punch! ;)

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I’m thinking outside the box and will enter this into a few ‘love’ challenges! ;)

Proud enter this fun card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: #337 – Love
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X for X Marks the Spot (or Dots)
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #173 – Valentine or Love Sentiment
CCC Digi Creations: #66 Add A Heart
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Christmas Cards All Year Round: February Challenge – Add Red and/or Pink and a Heart
Crafty Gals Corner: #109 – Shades of Red
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: February Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #81 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #268 – Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges: #5 – Have A Heart
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #337 – Wild About You
Incy Wincy Designs: Love
International Art & Soul: #1 Love Is In The Air
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #51 – Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: #159 – Cards
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog: #315 – Anything Goes
Pile It On: #126 – Hearts On Fire
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #83 – Friends, Love, Wedding, Valentine
Sunny Day Crafting: #35 – Box Cards or Regular Cards
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #4 – Add A Sentiment
That’s Crafty Challenges: I Heart You
The Paper Girls: #121 – With Heart
Time Out Challenges: #76 – Inspired By Words
Use Your Stuff: #250 – Love Is In The Air
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir ultra smooth premium white cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Santa & Co. DSP
Stamps: Paper Smooches Warm Hearts stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Real Red ink
Accessories: Marvy Uchida Snow marker

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have found a little inspiration to play in our snowy challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dream Big Stationery Box

Hi everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am to be a new member of the Dare 2B Artzy design team! A dream come true! Awesome stamps, dies, ink and paper – I’m in my element! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m happy to share my first DT inspiration project using the Dream Big stamp set, Paradise and Margarita Lime inks, Botanical Breeze paper and Feather die.

I created a fun stationery box that holds a set of eight note cards. You know me… I love my fancy folds and 3-D projects, and this was an absolute blast to make! My inspiration once again came from Splitcoast Stampers (my favorite go-to place for inspiration) and you can find the tutorial HERE.

The box top features an embossed panel with a watercolored feather and some Crystal Drops. Yep, you can watercolor with these awesome inks!

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The top comes off and the front folds down to reveal a little ‘desk’ with a pen and pockets for goodies.

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I stamped on the desk and then clear embossed over the stamping using a stamp positioner.

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The note cards are in the large pocket and I’ve tucked gum and some neon yellow post-it notes in the smaller pockets. Love, love, love!

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My hubby had the idea of using tiny magnets on the slim panels on the back. Works great! I have him around for good reason, lol! ;)

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Here are shots of the note cards. Four have the stamped sentiment angled upward and four have the sentiment angled downward. They all have a watercolored feather die cut matching the one on the box lid as well as several Crystal Drops.

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I’d love to enter this fun project into the following challenges:
arbymiran Challenge: #77 – Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #121 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Goes with option Add a Sentiment
Vilda Stamps Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: February Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all of the Dare 2B Artzy products – I know you’re going to fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# cardstock, Stampin’ Up! thick Whisper White and Mint Macaron cardstock, The Paper Cut Black cardstock
Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Ranger clear embossing powder, MISTI, Niji water brush, Apple Green Crystal Drops