Butterfly Kisses

** 5/28/17 Top 3 at International Art & Soul! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – hope you’ve had a most awesome week! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using the absolutely amaaaaazing Butterfly Tangle stamp set, Butterfly die, Midnight Blue and Totally Black inks and Artzy Doodles Midnight Blue paper. I created a clean and simple get well card in bright colors! I LOVE this stamp set!

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This happy-go-lucky butterfly with tons of sentiments included in the set made a delightful get well card that’s sure to make anyone feel better! This was super easy – the butterfly was stamped in Totally Black ink on the white background panel which I layered on the Midnight Blue paper and adhered to the card base. I stamped the butterfly again on a smaller piece of the white cardstock and colored both stamped images identically. I cut the butterfly image that I stamped on the smaller piece of cardstock with the coordinating die and layered it onto the background panel. I stamped the sentiment in the Midnight Blue ink and added some randomly placed sequins.

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I popped the wings up with Kool Tak clear foam pads for dimension.

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I stamped the inside sentiment in the Midnight Blue ink and added a strip of the Midnight blue paper across the bottom with a heart punched out on one side for a little interest.

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Happy to to enter this CAS card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #44 – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #180 – Anything Goes + Sentiment
CASology: Week 249 – WARM
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week 20 – Anything Goes Crafty Challenge
Crafting When We Can: #144 – Bright and Colorful
Crafty Creations: #341 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #275 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies
International Art and Soul: #8 – Hot Colors
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog: #5 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenge Blog: #228 – Something Beginning with B (butterfly, blue sequins, blue paper)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1720 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #16 – Things With Wings
QKR Stampede: #244 – Things With Wings or Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delights: #66 – Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: May Challenge – Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy
The Crafty Addicts: #36 – Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts
Use Your Stuff: #264 – Metallics (hoping sequins qualify! :)
Word Art Wednesday: #282/283 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #22 – Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! 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: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock
Ink: Bic Mark-It markers- Deep Sea Blue, Hot Aqua, Fandango Pink, Sunset Orange, Woodsy Brown, Summer Melon, Key Lime
Accessories: Doodlebug Design blue sequins, Kool Tak clear foam pads, Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty heart punch

Dare To Dream The Impossible

** 5/23/17 Top 3 Sister at The Sisterhood of Crafters! **
** 5/23/17 Winner AND Top 3 at Tuesday Throwdown! **
** 5/24/17 Winner at Crafty Creations Challenges! **
** 6/11/17 Mixed Media Challenge Favorite at Happy Little Stampers! **

Hello again, my crafty peeps! Happy Hump Day – hope you’re having a great week! The May 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 #125 – Make Your Own Background! I had a b.l.a.s.t. creating this encouragement card!

I used a stencil and grit paste, Brushos and homemade Perfect Pearls spritz to create the background, and quite a few other elements to keep the eyes moving! ;)

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For the sentiment, I combined stamped elements with the wood script word that I inked in black. I created a torn and curled corner with a doily and lace underlay that I embellished with flat-back pearls.

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I inked a chipboard feather and embellished it with multi-colored seed beads, and added a gorgeous flower with two twine bows tucked behind one side of it. There are also a few metal embellishments – a key and two corner pieces.

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As a final touch, I ‘touched’ all the element with white gesso. I’m really loving how this turned out! You’ll be seeing more mixed media projects from me as time goes on! ;)

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I kept the inside fairly simple with a few scraps of cardstock and a stamped sentiment.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #44 – Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: May Challenge – Flowers
Crafty Creations: #341 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #123 – Add Flowers
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog: Pastel Colors Challenge
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #275 – Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #351 – Backgrounds/Create a Background
Happy Little Stampers: May Mixed Media Challenge
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog: #5 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenge Blog: #228 – Something Beginning with B (blue lace upper right corner)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1720 – Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge: May Challenge – Color Pink
Scrapper’s Delights: #66 – Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Encouragement
Tuesday Throwdown: #343 – Texture
Use Your Stuff: #264 – Metallics
Word Art Wednesday: #282/283 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #22 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: 
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, GKD Black Onyx cardstock and Innocent Pink cardstock scrap, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor cardstock
Stamps: Dare 2B Artzy Dream Big stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, SN True Black, Memento Tuxedo Black marker; Brushos- Ultra Marine, Turquoise, Yellow, Orange, Brilliant Red
Accessories: Studio Charcoal Black acrylic paint, white Gesso, Sheena Douglas Distress Grid stencil, Ranger Distress Grit Paste, Freckled Fawn Wood Chips Script Words, Stampin’ Up! Lace Doily, Paper Accents chipboard feather, seed beads from stash, Art C metal corners, Prima flower, blue lace from stash, K & Co. metal key, Hemptique Natural Bamboo cord

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

Merry Christmas

** 5/21/17 Winner at Christmas Card Challenges! **
** 5/22/17 Top 3 at Ooh-La-La Creations! **
** 5/25/17 Top 3 at Cardz 4 Gals! **
** 6/14/17 Top 3 at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’! **

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a great week and you’re having wonderful spring-like weather where you are! I’m happy to say that I’m once again a guestie over at Scrapping4fun Challenges! Another one of my cards was chosen as a Featured Creation a few weeks ago, so here I am! I’m absolutely thrilled to share my inspiration Challenge #90 – Ladies!

I created a very feminine shabby chic Christmas card featuring both tool and ink distressing, smeared grit paste and watered-down Gesso splatters on the front, and stamping on the inside. I had a great time with this!

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All the elements were distressed with tool first and then ink, and then randomly layered on the background.

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I smeared small amounts of grit paste and splattered watered-down Gesso on the front when I had all the pieces in place.

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

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge Blog – #5 – Anything Goes
Cards 4 Galz: #47 – Add Some Texture
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: May Anything Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges: #12 – Anything Goes with optional photo inspiration
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: May Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #87 – Three of a Kind (three bells)
Happy Little Stampers: May Christmas Challenge
Inspiration Destination: #127 – Anything Goes w/ optional twist of Masculine (no twist)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #57 – Anything Goes
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog: #5 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenges: #228 – Something beginning with B (bells)
Word Art Wednesday: #282/283 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock: 
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, Papers from Polly’s Paper Studio
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Cozy Christmas stamp set
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Colorbok Flea Market rhinestones, ephemera from Polly’s Paper Studio, Prairie Bird Boutique ribbon scrap, white Gesso, Idea-ology gem clip

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will create a project for our challenge this time! We’d love to see how you interpret the theme “Ladies” and can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

There’s no happy like holiday happy

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope your week has started off nicely, and the weather isn’t too hot where you are! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Craft for the Craic and I’m super stoked to share my GD inspiration project for the May Anything Goes challenge! I created a fun Christmas card in non-traditional colors. Red and green are usually “the” Christmas colors, but for this card… NOT!

I created a card using purple and teal which is (another) one of my favorite color combos. Using dark purple for the card base, I cut strips of dotted paper from the SU Brights, Regals and Subtles DSP stacks to create some visual interest.

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I stamped the focal image in the dark ink and then stamped over it a second time in Versamark (using the MISTI) and heat embossed it in clear so I could water color the open areas of the image with ink colors matching the paper strips. I finished off the front with Gloss White Crystal Drops. Really loving how this turned out!

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I kept the inside simple, as I usually do, with a strip of leftover cardstock and a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges: #12 – Anything Goes with optional photo inspiration
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: May Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: May Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #87 – Three of a Kind (three polkadot papers)
Daisy Chain Challenges: #8 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: May Christmas Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #57 – Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delights: #66 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White cardstock; SU Brights, Regals and Subtles DSP Stacks
Stamps: SU Mingle All The Way and Tin of Tags stamp sets
Ink: SU Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party ink; Versamark
Accessories:  Ranger Clear embossing powder, Niji water brush, Gloss White Crystal Drops, MISTI, Fiskars corner rounder

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up an Anything Goes project with us this month! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Sandal with Heel

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday – can you believe we’re a week into May already?! Wow! I created a fun sandal for our Dare 2B Artzy Girly challenge going on this month. I used one of my favorite stamp sets- Flowers for Mom, Joyful Flower dies, papers from the Fields of Joy Collection Paper Pack and Totally Black ink. Come on over and play with us for a chance to win a stamp set and ink pad of your choice! How awesome is that?! :)

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I have a huge shoe fetish. Love shoes. Any kind of shoes. Well, most any kind… no stilettos or anything too high at this ripe old age – don’t need to break an ankle or a hip, lol. I made this adorable sandal to add to my paper shoe collection which you can find HERE if you’re interested in looking. I created a flip flop template several years ago which I used to make the other sandals in my collection. This sandal has a heel, however, and the others do not (template has no heel).

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After cutting the sandal base from cardstock, I covered the top of the sole with a bold print paper from the Fields of Joy Collection paper pack and the straps with a more subdued print paper from the same pack, then assembled the sandal. I stamped, colored and die cut the ornamental 3-D flower and affixed it to the center of the straps.

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I decided to do something a little different with this sandal, so I fashioned an impromptu heel from cardstock, attached it to the base and covered it with a striped paper from the same paper pack.

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I adhered fun foam to the bottom of the sole and the heel for a more finished look. I will admit that I intended to re-create this sandal – without the heel – and when I went back to it, much later, I saw it in an entirely different perspective and LOVED it! With the heel! :D

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge Blog – #5 – Anything Goes
Card Mania: #92 – Life is Colorful
Daisy Chain Challenges: #8 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts: #36 Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts

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 fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Fields of Joy Collection Paper Pack
Stamps: Flowers for Mom stamp set
Ink: Totally Black ink
Dies/Punches: Joyful Flower dies

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Tomato Soup cardstock
Ink: Spectrum Noir- OR2, OR3, CR1, DR2, TB3, TB6; Sharpie white paint pen
Accessories: Red Darice foam, Glossy Accents

Dream

** 6/1/17 DT Favorite at A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – hope everyone has 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 the Dream Catcher and Dream Big stamp sets, Wild Lilac ink and the top strip from Artzy Doodles Wild Lilac paper. I created a beautiful mixed media encouragement card.

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A few weeks ago a fellow teammate inspired me to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to do some watercoloring. This dream catcher image is perfect for that technique so I heat embossed it in white and proceeded to get inky! I scribbled some purple on my craft mat and spritzed it with water. I lightly wet down the watercolor paper and painted it with the watered-down purple, then dried it with my heat tool. I scribbled some more purple on my craft mat and spritzed it with less water to create a deeper shade of purple, then flicked the brush downward to create dark purple spots over the entire piece. I dried that with my heat tool, then colored in the inside of the dream catcher with red, pink, orange, yellow, green, aqua, a couple shades of blue and a lighter shade of purple. I dried that and flicked some water on it to wash the colors out a bit and then dried it again. I then inked around the edges of the piece with three distress inks and dried that. I went around the outside edges once again with the darkest distress ink to get them just a tad darker and then flicked slightly watered-down white paint around the outside edges of the dream catcher.

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I used Crystal Drops for the beads which I think looks pretty neat, and I really love the paint splatters and the dark inking! I’m really pleased with how this turned out!

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I decorated the inside with the strip from the top of the Artzy Doodles Wild Lilac paper and a very narrow strip of dark purple cardstock down the left side. I stamped the image in Wild Lilac ink and cut it with a stitched rectangle die that I layered on a stitched oval die cut.

I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge Blog – #5 – Anything Goes
Card Mania: #92 – Life Is Colorful
Daisy Chain Challenges: #8 – Anything Goes
Great Impressions: May Challenge – Feminine
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #162 – 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! You are going to love what 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 Aqua Watercolor cardstock, SU Elegant Eggplant cardstock, Marco’s Silver Mirror cardstock
Ink: Versamark; Ranger distress ink- Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac and Chipped Sapphire; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Cornflower Blue, Pink, Red, Orange, May Green, Violet, Cobalt Blue, Yellow; Sharpie white paint marker
Dies/Punches: Papertrey Ink Scalloped A2 die collection
Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Niji waterbrush; Crystal Drops- Carnation Pink, Red Berry, Caribbean Ocean, Ripened Pumpkin

a day all about you

Hello, crafty peeps! I’m back with my fifth and final post of the day. Enough, you say, lol! Our May House of Cards challenge went live this morning and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for Add Sequins and/or Colors! You know me… I love me some color and I love me some sequins – so this inspiration photo is some kind of wonderful! LOL!

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This is my last post for House of Cards and before I get on with my project, I’d like to thank Mynn and rest of the DT for putting up with me for the last year and a half – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself! For this challenge, I created a fun birthday card using these adorable Elizabeth Craft Designs candle dies that I’ve had in my stash forever and have never used. Not sure how that happened… they are so much fun! I also used up a few scraps which is always a good thing!

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I added just a few sequins, and also added a little shimmer to the candle flames with a SN Crystal Clear Sparkle marker.

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I stamped the sentiment on the inside and layered the panel on yellow and then green cardstock. Love how this turned out!

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania: #92 – Life is Colorful
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #14 – Anything Goes
Vilda Stamps Challenge Blog: May Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SN Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock; SU Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi scraps
Stamps: SU Birthday Blossoms stamp set
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise ink, SN Crystal Clear Sparkle marker
Dies/Punches: Elizabeth Craft Designs Candles dies
Accessories: Doodlebug Designs sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and have found some inspiration to play in our challenge this month! Can’t wait to see your creation with sequins and/or colors in the photo! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig