Flip Flop Wreath for Dare 2B Artzy Spring 3D Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone! Happy Friday – I hope you all had an awesome week! I know there are lots of people out there who are ready for some FUN ‘N’ SUN, so the Dare 2B Artzy design team has decided to have a Spring 3D Blog Hop! This will be a three-day hop (April 28-30) and we have a couple guest designers joining us, so get in on the fun! Come on over and hop with us for a chance to win a stamp set and ink pad of your choice!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Tasha’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 don’t want to miss a thing!

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, April 30th, when the hop will close and the winner will be posted!

I created an awesome flip flop wreath for one of my long-time besties who lives and breathes BEACH! I used the amazing Flip Flops stamp set with coordinating Flip Flop dies, and Totally Black and Paradise inks. These stamps and dies are perfect for this project!

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Here is the ‘heart and soul’ of this wreath – the awesome sentiment that I stamped on plain white cardstock in Totally Black ink. I stamped the Adirondack chair in Paradise ink and cut it with the corresponding die, and affixed it to the left of the sentiment. I then angled the sentiment panel in the bottom of the wreath opening for a little interest.

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Every wreath needs a bow so I added my signature big bow with a starfish charm in the center. ;)

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The next several photos show all the embellished flip flops (eight pairs in all). I randomly placed flowers, sea glass, star fish charms, heart gemstones and flat-back pearls all over, with absolutely no kind of pattern. I’m really loving how this turned out and I sure hope Cindy likes it as much as I do! ;)

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Dare 2B Artzy products used:
Stamps: Flip Flops stamp set
Ink: Totally Black ink, Paradise ink
Dies/Punches: Flip Flop dies

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock
Accessories: Rubber flip flops, RRR 1.5″ Silky Crush teal ribbon, sea glass, star fish charms, assorted Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima paper flowers, pink heart gemstones, assorted flat-back pearls


Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Melody’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 be doing a double-take because of all the awesomeness!

I’d love to enter this fun wreath into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz: #368 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #340 – Anything Goes
Crafty Friends: #56 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #120 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes Challenge
Creative Inspirations: #273 – One For The Girls
Cut It Up: #120 – Music (Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville… flip flops/beach – yeah!)
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #153 – Spring
PDE Linky Party: #170 – Anything But A Card
QKR Stampede: #241 – Wheels or Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #162 – Put A Bow On It
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #89 – Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #91 – Use Your Favorite Color Combo (pink and green)
That’s Crafty: Bright Challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters: The Letter “B” (bling, blue, beach)
Word Art Wednesday: #280/281 – Anything Goes

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Boxed Set of Note Cards

** 5/7/17 Winner at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! And yep, you guessed it… I’m doing the happy dance just like I do every Friday, lol! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using Flowers for Mom stamp set, Paradise ink and Blissful Bloom paper.

I created a fun boxed set of 6 note cards. This is the second set of these I’ve created and I can’t tell you how much fun they are! My inspiration originally came from a tutorial I found for a set created on a smaller scale, however, I adjusted the measurements to accommodate regular A2 sized cards. I’m happy to share these instructions on my “Freebies” page (right sidebar). My version has a magnet closure under the flap and I also decorated the back of the box.

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I used both sides of this gorgeous double-sided paper along with the strip across the top. I always say that you should keep that strip on the top of all the Dare 2B Artzy papers because it coordinates perfectly and makes a great embellishment!

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I designed the ‘hello’ note cards to coordinate with the box, using both sides of the paper and the decorative strip. I added a stamped sentiment on a punched ticket ‘tab’ tucked under the strip along with some flat-back pearls.

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And here’s the back of the box. Loving how this turned out!

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Would love to enter this boxed set of note cards into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #178 – Use a Stamp for your Sentiment
Card Mania – #91 – April Showers Bring May Flowers
Color Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 16 – Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can Challenges: #142 – One For The Girls
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring
Crafty Gals Corner: #119 – Embellish It
Creative Inspirations: #273 – One For The Girls
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #153 – Spring
Happy Little Stampers: April Challenge – Anything Goes with Dies
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #126 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #39 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #56 – Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #161 – Anything Goes
Penny Black and More: April Challenge – Spring
QKR Stampede: #240 – Feathered Friends or Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting: April Challenge – Spring
The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog: #171 – Easter and/or Spring
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Stamp It Challenge
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks 278/279 – Anything Goes

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD In The Navy cardstock, SU Whisper White cardstock
Dies/Punches: SU extra large oval punch, Marvy extra large scallop punch, SU Ticket Duo punch
Accessories: SU Pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! You’re going to love what you see! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hippity Hoppity

** 4/26/17 Top 3 at Crafty Gals Corner! **
** 5/1/17 Top 3 at Digistamps4Joy! **
** 5/9/17 Winner at Digichoosday Craft Challenge! **

Hello, my crafty friends! Can you believe we’re on the downslide to the latter half of April already?! Wow, time is just flying by! The April challenge went live on the 5th over at Let’s Craft and Create, and I’m happy to share my mid-month DT inspiration project for Challenge #124 – Easter and/or April Showers! Show us an Easter project or one depicting “April Showers”…

I have lots of Bugaboo digis in my stash so I chose their ‘Egg Tulip Bunny’ image which I just love! I had the best time creating this card!

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I dug out an Easter paper pack that I won several years ago and used a few coordinating prints. I layered all the elements on either green cardstock or patterned paper from another gorgeous paper pack. Sure do love my paper, lol! This card definitely needed one of my signature big bows so I added some looped twine behind it. I stamped a fun sentiment on a stitched flag and added some flat-back pearls to complete the front.

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Using Glossy Accents, I ‘glossified’ (probably not even a real word, lol) all the Easter eggs on one of the layered pieces. This gave those eggs a nice shine. ;)

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I decorated the inside with some leftover strips of paper and cardstock used on the front, and stamped an Easter greeting.

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania – #91 – April Showers Bring May Flowers
Crafting When We Can Challenges: #142 – One For The Girls
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring
Crafty Creations Challenges: #339 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #119 – Embellish It
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: April Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #273 – One For The Girls
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #153 – Spring
Digi Choosday: Week 16 – Anything Goes
Digistamps4Joy: #135 – Anything Goes + (optional) Inspired By A Song (Here Comes Peter Cottontail)
Dragonfly Journeys: #90 – It’s Hip To Be Square
Happy Little Stampers: April Challenge – Anything Goes with Dies
Incy Wincy Designs: So So Cute
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #126 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #39 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #56 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: #43 – Easter
Penny Black and More: April Challenge – Spring
Stamping Sensations: April Challenge – Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting: April Challenge – Spring
The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog: #171 – Easter and/or Spring
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks 278/279 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, First Edition Paper ‘Spring Drop’ 6×6 paper pad, Doodlebug Design ‘Rainbow Petite Prints’ 6×6 paper pad
Stamps: Bugagoo Digi Stamps Egg Tulip Bunny digital image, SU And Many More stamp set, D2BA Raggity Rabbit stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; IG2, IG3, IG4, LY1, LY2, LY3, PP1, PP2, PP4, LG3, LG4, LG5, TB1, TB2, TB3, TB4, FS8
Dies/Punches: Lil Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die
Accessories: Glossy Accents, Hemptique Natural Bamboo cord, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon, white fun foam, SU Pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will consider linking up a project in our challenge this month! You still have lots of time! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

lesliesig

Wedding Wishes

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! Hope you’re having a great week and you’re having nice Spring weather where you are! I’m absolutely thrilled to be guest designing again for Crafting By Designs! My ‘just because’ card with the mirror stamping was in the March Spotlight and I was invited to be a guestie! How awesome is that?!

I’m really excited to share my GD inspiration project for the Girls or Flowers challenge! I created a pop-up gift bag card using a somewhat CAS ‘positive/negative’ stamping technique. I really enjoyed creating this – I’m getting more into clean and simple cards and I love a navy blue and white color combo!

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I am in love with this large dahlia flower stamp! I stamped it off the right side of the navy blue panel and heat embossed it in white. This is the ‘positive’ stamping. I die cut a stitched flag from vellum and stamped the wedding sentiment in navy blue ink, then added several flat-back pearls to complete the front.

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I stamped the large dahlia flower in navy blue ink on each side of the gift bag I created from copy paper which is lightweight and won’t be bulky inside the card. The image on the gift bag is the ‘negative’ stamping.

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I made handles for the gift bag out of white bamboo cord and embellished the entry holes with small navy blue and white punched circles. Yep, it looks like an ‘authentic’ gift bag, lol! So much fun! :)

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I stamped the inside sentiment in navy blue ink and layered the white panel on navy blue cardstock.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania – #91 – April Showers Bring May Flowers
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring
Crafty Creations Challenges: #339 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: April Challenge – Anything Goes with Dies
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #126 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #39 – Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: April Challenge – Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting: April Challenge – Spring
The Crafty Addicts: #35 – Anything Goes/Add A Sentiment
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Stamp It Challenge
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks 278/279 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, white copy paper
Stamps: SU Definitely Dahlia stamp, SU Floral Phrases stamp set
Ink: SU Night of Navy ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: SU 1/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches, Lil Inker Designs Stitched Sentiment Flag die
Accessories:  MISTI, Hero Arts  white embossing powder, Hemptique Natural Bamboo cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will enter a project in our Girls or Flowers challenge this time! Thank you so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Just For Fun challenge!

Hi everyone! A Just For Fun challenge has just been posted over on the Mix It Up Challenge Blog to play in while you’re waiting for our first ‘official’ challenge to go live May 1st!

For every 100 participants, I’ll be giving away a mystery prize!

Just as a reminder, we are a monthly technique challenge blog featuring various techniques on mixed media projects, altered art, and/or paper crafts- cards, tags, mini albums, ATCs, 3-D projects and scrapbook layouts!

Anyone can play in this challengeyou can use any technique you want … you can enter this challenge as many times as you wantyou can combine this challenge with as many other challenges as you want! 

The only thing I ask is that you please share our badge and link to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog in your blog post so your crafty friends can come over and play too!


This challenge will close on April 30th at 6:00 PM EST and the winner(s) will be announced on May 5th at 6:00 AM!

Hope to see you there! Let’s ‘mix it up’ and get this FUN started – can’t wait to see what you create!

Hugs,
lesliesig

Easter Greetings gift bag

** 4/12/17 Top 3 at Word Art Wednesday! **
** 4/14/17 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday again! Hope you’ve had a great week! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Craft for the Craic and I’m happy to share my guest designer project for Easter – Anything But A Card Challenge! OMG, I had a b.l.a.s.t. creating this shabby chic Easter gift bag! It’s all ready for some yummy candy Easter eggs and chocolates! ;)

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I die cut the two pieces for the gift bag and put it together, then just started layering vintage images and elements.

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I inked all the elements with Antique Linen distress ink, and then splattered white paint and purple shimmer ink.

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Here are a few more photos taken at different angles. I love how this turned out!

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Proud to enter this fun little gift bag into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: #345 – Flowers
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #245 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #365 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #117 – 3+ Layers
Creative Cottage Challenges: #85 – Dies and/or Punches
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #152 – Easter
Dragonfly Journeys: #89 – How Egg-citing
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #345 – Buttons and/or Bows
Inky Chicks: #81 – Use Purple
Kitty Bee Designs: #92 – Easter
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #55 – Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: #388 – Egg-cellent
Pammie’s Inky Pinky Challenges: #1714 – Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: #167 Anything Goes with optional Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #161 – Flowers
Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog: #65 – Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenge: #87 – Easter
That’s Crafty Challenge Blog: Flowers and Foliage Challenge
The Crafty Addicts: #35 – Add A Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #276/277 – Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenges: #187 – Photo Inspiration

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Collection paper, Stampin’ Up! Perfect Plum scrap
Stamps: xxx
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen distress ink, Spectrum Noir Amethyst Shimmer marker, Sharpie white paint marker
Dies/Punches: Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die; Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Banner Triple punch and Blossom Bunch punch
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Lace Doily, Prairie Bird Boutique pink wrinkled ribbon scrap, Wild Orchid Craft paper flower

I hope you’ve enjoyed this gift bag and will create an Easter project for our challenge this time – anything but a card! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Find your bliss

Hi everyone! Gotta say “cha, cha, cha… it’s Friday” and I’m once again doing the happy dance! Love my Fridays! Hope you have a great weekend planned! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project using the Paisley Bliss and Tall dark & Rich stamp sets, Pomegranate ink and Fields of Joy Orange Plaid paper.

I created an adorable shaped card this time – a to-go coffee cup complete with a corrugated wrap! And fun paper and sentiments! This was definitely trial and error because I didn’t make a prototype first, and I ended up tossing the first one which didn’t make me very happy! But I sure LOVE how it turned out! :D

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I created the cup out of white cardstock and added a decorative band made of pretty plaid paper layered on orange cardstock along with a corrugated wrap. I cut the sentiment with a stitched oval die and adhered several loops of cord behind it for a little interest, and finished it with several blue Dot Sparklers.

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

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #245 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: #365 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #117 – 3+ Layers
Creative Cottage Challenges: #85 – Dies and/or Punches
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #55 – Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #160 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinky Challenges: #1714 – Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: #167 Anything Goes with optional Flowers (no option)
QKR Stampede: #238 – Easter Cards or Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delights Challenge Blog: #65 – Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: April Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts: #35 – Add A Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #276/277 – Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! I know you’re going to love everything you see! 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: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, GKD Tomato Soup cardstock, Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock scrap
Ink: SN- TB6, DR3, Crystal Clear Shimmer marker
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die
Accessories: Darice corrugated paper, Hemptique Natural Bambo card, Stampendous blue Dot Sparklers