Hero Arts Butterflies just flitting by

** 8/20/17 Winner at Dragonfly Journeys! **

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! I’m posting today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies stamp set along with the Neon Ink Cubes (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink) and Intense Black ink. In keeping with our “Bright and Beautiful” challenge this month, I created a clean and simple note card. OMG, talk about some inky fun! These stamps and inks are amazing!

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I stamped the butterfly and sentiment on a die cut and layered it on white fun foam. I did manage to use all four of the Neon inks in the set on this card and got a bonus fifth color of purple on the butterfly by stamping blue over the pink. How cool is that?! Using the direct-to-paper technique, I inked three strips of cardstock in blue, green and orange, and trimmed them in varying widths to adhere diagonally across the bottom half of the card base. I finished the front with some drops of Morning New Crystal Drops which dries clear and gives some awesome texture. I left the inside blank since this is a note card.

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I’d love to enter this note card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #50 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: August Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays: #180 – Friendship
City Crafter Challenge Blog: #375 – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
Crafty Creations: #348 – Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #64 – Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges: #93 – Add A Butterfly/Butterflies
Daisy Chain Challenges: #11 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #98 – Keen on Neon
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #361 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: August CAS Challenge
Happy Little Stampers: August Anything Goes With Dies
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #1733 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #256 – Anything Goes or Inspired by a Song
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Add A Sentiment
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #10 – Clean and Simple
Try It On Tuesday: In My Garden
Tuesday Throwdown: #356 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: #296/297 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies stamp set
Ink: Hero Arts Neon Ink Cubes (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink); Hero Arts Intense Black ink, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Dies/Punches: Paper Smooches Notebook Basic die
Accessories:  White Fun Foam, Morning Dew Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this neon bright card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is “Bright and Beautiful” this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store! AND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Woot-woot! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hero Arts Water Lilies Thinking of you

** 8/16/17 Top Pick at Sunny Day Crafting! **
** 8/18/17 Winner at QKR Stampede! **

Hi everyone! A very happy Friday to you all! I’m posting today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies stamp setHero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies Frame CutsVersamark and Hero Arts Detail Black Embossing Powder. I created a pretty CAS friendship card with a circular aperture cut in the front flap of the card base. I’m really loving my clean and simple creations these days, lol!

Before I get to my project details, I want to mention that quite a few of the Hero Arts color layering stamp sets have sold out recently in the a2z Scrapbooking store and unfortunately this was one of them. I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out, but I have good news – you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this card. It’s been quite a while since I’ve created a card with an aperture and I totally envisioned this gorgeous water lily and some lily pads peeking out of the opening, so that’s exactly where I went with my design.

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I stamped the water lily in shades of pink/pinkish-red and several lily pads in shades of green, and cut them all out with the coordinating frame cuts dies. I cut a scalloped frame from gingham paper to go around the outside of the opening matching the colors of ink used to stamp the water lily.

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I adhered several lily pads beneath the water lily (which I popped up on foam pads) inside the opening, along with several sequins, and a couple lily pads on the front. I heat embossed the sentiment in black embossing powder.

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Here is a shot of the inside of the card after all the elements were adhered.

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And one final shot showing the little bit of dimension beneath the water lily. I sure love how this turned out! ;)

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals: #53 – Pretty Pastels
CAS-ual Fridays: #180 – Friendship
Come and Get It Challenges: Time To Die (die cuts)
CRAFT Challenge: #428 – Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges: #11 – Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas: #329 – Bye-Bye Summer
Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog: #2 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge
Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
House of Cards: August Challenge – Floral Images and/or Colors
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1732 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #256 – Anything Goes or Inspired by Music
Stamping Sensations: August Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting: #47 – F is for Flowers
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #10 – Clean and Simple
Use Your Stuff: #274 – Inspired by a Quote
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #294/295 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick Whisper White, Doodlebug Design gingham-linen Rainbow Petite Prints
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies (special order at no extra cost)
Ink: Memento Angel Pink, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy ink; Ranger Fossilized Amber distress ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies Frame Cuts, MB Stitched Circle Layers, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX
Accessories: Hero Arts Detail Black Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Strawberry Burst sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Bright and Beautiful this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store! AND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Woot-woot! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hero Arts Hydrangea note cards (set of 4)

Hi everyone! It’s almost Friday, lol! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangeas stamp setHero Arts Hydrangea Layering inks, Hero Arts Hydrangea Frame Cuts and Hero Arts Intense Black ink. I created a gorgeous set of four CAS note cards that are blank on the inside.

Before I get to my project details, I want to mention that quite a few of the Hero Arts color layering stamp sets have sold out recently in the a2z Scrapbooking store and unfortunately this was one of them. I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out, but I have good news – you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!

These cards were super easy. I stamped the hydrangea twice in the light and dark purple inks in the layering ink set, then twice again in the light and dark blue inks (also in the ink set), and cut them all with the coordinating frame cut die. I then stamped four sets of leaves in light and medium green inks, and cut those with the coordinating frame cut dies.

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I used the positive and negative edges from the notebook border die cuts that I used as a strip accent beneath the hydrangeas. The positive edge is what the border is supposed to look like when it’s cut, and the negative edge is what’s leftover – which I turned upside down for a little interest on two of the cards. I added the hydrangeas on top of the strip and then finished the card fronts with random dots of Crystal Drops.

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Happy to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenges: Time To Die (die cuts)
CRAFT Challenge: #428 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges: #11 – Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas: #329 – Bye-Bye Summer
Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog: #2 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge
Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
House of Cards: August Challenge – Floral Images and/or Colors
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 – Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #169 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1732 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #255 – Anything Goes or Make It Humorous
Stamping Sensations: August Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting: #47 – F is for Flowers
The Crafty Addicts: #39 – Anything Goes w/ option of Girly
Use Your Stuff: #274 – Inspired by a Quote
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #294/295 – Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenges: #196 – Photo Inspiration (colors)

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU  Whisper White cardstock, Doodlebug Design dot-grid-daisy-stripe Rainbow Petite Prints 6×6 paper pad
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangeas stamp set (special order at no extra cost)
Ink: Hero Arts Hydrangea Layering inks, Hero Arts Intense Black ink
Dies/Punches: Hero Arts Hydrangea Frame Cuts, Taylored Expressions Notebook Border die
Accessories:  Fiskars Corner Rounder, Bottle Green and Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Bright and Beautiful this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store! AND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Woot-woot! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

100th Challenge at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog!

LTSCB #100 – Kidz Rule! marks our 100th challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog, and we couldn’t have done it without all our wonderful participants and sponsors! So, to commemorate, we’ll be giving away prizes to a randomly drawn challenge participant AND a randomly chosen Facebook liker!

Come on over and play with us in our 100th challenge and be sure to like us on Facebook, too! I’ll announce the winners on the 5th along with our challenge Winners and DT Favorites!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

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Hello, happy crafters! Hope you’ve had an awesome week! It’s the first Friday of the month and that means it’s time for another fun challenge over at Craft For The Craic! I’m excited to share my GD inspiration project for the August Include a Triangle Shape challenge! I was in a ‘pink’ kind of mood and created a very feminine and flowery friendship card.

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Most of the supplies I used on this are from Stampin’ Up! – cardstock, paper, ink, punches and rhinestones. The gorgeous doily is a Cheery Lynn die and so much classier than most pre-cut doilies. I just got the Tim Holtz Tag Press that I was anxious to use, and I love it! The little bouquet of flowers is also a TH product that is new in my stash. :)

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I decorated in the inside panel with leftover strips of paper and cardstock from the front and stamped a simple sentiment on the layered panel. I’m really happy with how this turned out. :)

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Proud to enter this girly friendship card into the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Galz: #53 – Pretty Pastels
Crafting By Designs: August Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #347 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – August Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog: #2 – Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #86 – Use a Sentiment Instead of an Image
QKR Stampede: #255 – Anything Goes or Make It Humorous
The Crafty Addicts: #39 – Anything Goes w/option of Girly
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #294/295 – Anything  Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #24 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper
 SU Thick White, regular White, Blushing Bride and Rose Red cardstock, SU Love Blossoms DSP
Stamps: 
SU A Dozen Thoughts stamp set
Ink: SU Rose Red ink
Dies/Punches: Cheery Lynn French Pastry die, SU 1-1/4″ circle punch, SU 1-3/4″ scalloped circle punch, EK Success 1-1/2″ scalloped circle punch
Accessories: Tim Holtz Tag Press and 1-1/4″ Ring, Tim Holtz Bouquet Flowers, Hemptique Bamboo Cord, SU Rhinestones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project this month that includes a triangle shape! That’s a pretty simple challenge, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Thankful – Grateful – BLESSED

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m popping in today with a card that is not a design team project! It’s a long overdue ‘thank you’ to Dawn, a sweet lady who was a tremendous help to me re-stashing a good bit of my cardstock and papers that I lost when we moved to Colorado from Florida back in early May. She got me a 25% discount on a huge order which I thought was amazing!

For those of you who are not friends with me on Facebook, let me share my story real quick before I share my project. When we were moving here, my husband was pulling the fifth wheel and I was behind him pulling a small enclosed trailer. The interstate going through Louisiana is horrible (ruts, pot holes, separated concrete, eroded concrete) which beat the pure crap out of us, our five cats and our rigs. It was just awful. The bouncing, bamming and slamming broke the latch on the slide-out storage tray in the under-belly of the fifth wheel which slammed up against the door and broke the lock and two latches. Consequently, the tray slid out and several tubs of my scrapbooking supplies (cardstock, double-sided papers and embellishments) blew out all over the interstate.

As awful as it was, the litter was a beautiful array of color! I pulled over behind my husband and sat there watching as dozens of cars and trucks come through it with colored paper and cardstock sucked onto the grills of their vehicles! As much as I wanted to cry, I had to smile! There was too much traffic to get out to try to salvage anything. But he did fix the lock and latches on the door when we got to the next town and drilled a hole in the slide-out storage tray to put a huge bolt with nut in it, so it won’t ever slide out again while we’re traveling. Never, in a million years, did we expect something like that to happen. As much as fifth wheels cost, one would think the latches would be heavy-duty. I lost hundreds of dollars worth of craft supplies but at least we were safe. I have spent the last two months trying to re-stash embellishments, making a list as I discover what’s missing, and I’m no where near finished, lol!

Now for Dawn’s card that went out in the mail to her today. ;) I’m calling this a zig-zag fold. It was super easy, created with Stampin’ Up! Petals & Paisleys DSP. I cut a piece 12″ long by 5-1/4″ wide, found the middle point on one end and cut the piece in a long triangle. I scored it at 4″ and 8″, folded the score lines in zig-zag fashion, then inked the edges on both sides (including the fold lines). I cut a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and inked the edges. I glued the pointed flap  to the middle third, then put adhesive on the back side of the larger third and adhered it to the Crushed Curry cardstock, lining up the edge. I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and inked the edges, then adhered the main piece to it, leaving the back for a handwritten note and signature. I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla which I cut with a rectangle die and layered it on a slightly larger Soft Suede rectangular die cut. I adhered that to a piece of fun foam and then affixed it to the front flap. I added red gemstones because it needed some bling. :)

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I kept the inside simple since the paper was busy. I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla which I cut with a rectangle die and layered it on a slightly larger Soft Suede rectangular die cut.

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I’d love to enter this thank you card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft: #7 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #16 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #347 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – August Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #86 – Use a Sentiment Instead of an Image
The Crafty Addicts: #39 – Anything Goes w/option of Girly
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #294/295 – Anything  Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: August Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede cardstock; SU Petals & Paisleys DSP
Stamps: SU Paisleys & Posies and Lots of Thanks stamp sets
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B
Accessories: Red gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post today! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Love Life

Hello, crafty peeps! Well, this is it – my last post for the morning! It’s time for a new challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #4 – Anything Goes + Paper Piecing. I created a fun note card that I left blank inside to write my own sentiment. Remember, the technique twists are always optional – we offer them simply to inspire you – and they are not required to play in our challenges! Although I don’t do it very often, paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques and I love using patterned paper which always adds depth and texture.

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I’ve been in a CAS craze lately. If you know me, you know I love colors, layers and big bows! I’ve shied away from clean and simple for so long that now I can’t seem to get enough of it! This card was no exception – I stamped the open image on a small piece of cardstock and cut it with a double-stitched die. I adhered the fussy cut lemon and leaves stamped on the patterned paper, and then layered the panel on a piece of yellow fun foam which you can see underneath it from an angle. Kind of a fun touch! I laid it on the card base for placement, stamped the sentiment in the lower left corner, and then adhered the panel to the card base. I finished the front with randomly placed English Mustard Crystal Drops. Couldn’t have been any easier and sure packs a powerful punch! I love how it turned out! ;)

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I’d love to enter this CAS note card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #49 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #7 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #16 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: August Anything Goes
Day Dreamer Challenges: #1 – Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: #160 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Creations: #234 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: August Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, SU All Abloom DSP
Stamps: SU A Happy Thing stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle die
Accessories: Yellow Foamies foam, Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month – with or without the paper piecing – it’s entirely up to you! Our challenges are always Anything Goes and we always offer an optional technique twist to inspire you! Can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig