Papercraft

Hero Arts merry Christmas

Hi everyone! Well, the month of September is almost history and we’ve begun seeing Christmas decorations in the stores. The jolly man in the red suit will be sliding down chimneys in the blink of an eye, lol! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using several Hero Arts products – merry Stamp & CutClear Embossing Powder and Clear Gemstones. I created a festive patchwork Christmas card and my inspiration once again came from my friend, Dawn. ;)

Before I get to my project details, quite a few of the Hero Arts stamp sets and dies have sold out in the a2z Scrapbooking store and unfortunately this Stamp & Cut set was one of them. Yep, it happened again, lol! 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 created the patchwork squares with scraps of green and red patterned paper layered on white cardstock and popped up on white Foamies foam. I have soooo many scraps and it is always a great feeling to use some of them up, lol!

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I die cut the word ‘merry’ several times in white cardstock and also red cardstock adhered to Stick It sheet, and layered them with the red showing on the bottom for a shadow effect. I stamped the word “Christmas” beneath the die cut in green ink and then again in Versamark using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and embossed it in clear embossing powder. I discovered this trick several years ago when I didn’t have a specific color of embossing powder I wanted, and because of that, the only colors of embossing powder that I buy these days are the ‘metal’ colors (gold, silver, platinum, etc.)! I colored a large clear gemstone with Spectrum Noir DR2 to use as an embellishment on one of the patchwork squares, and added a strip of tiny red rhinestones from my stash.

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For the inside, I stamped the sentiment and some stars in green and layered the panel on red cardstock. For a little shimmer, I colored the stars with a crystal clear overlay sparkle marker. I really love how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this Christmas card in a couple challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge: #164 – One For The Girls
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #11 – Lots Of Layers

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts merry Stamp & Cut (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
Versamark
Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White and Cherry Red cardstock, SU Trim The Tree DSP
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Spectrum Noir DR2, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Accessories: Foamies white foam, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, tiny red rhinestone strip

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

adulting

Hi everyone! I’m popping in this morning to share a sneak peek… a card I created using some amazing printable ephemera that you’ll be able to get on October 1st! Mixed Up Magazine is offering up a free Printables sheet with Issue 9 that will go on sale on October 1st! OMG, there are so many pieces of awesome, funky, vintage printable ephemera on this sheet that you won’t want to miss! If you’re not already a Mixed Up Magazine subscriber, just order Issue 9 and this awesome printable sheet is yours! I’ve used every one of these amazing pieces on my card, plus two sentiments from the Snarky Words Printables.

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I printed the entire free Printables sheet, fussy cut each piece of ephemera, and inked all the edges. I also cut two sentiments from Snarky Words Printables and inked them as well. Then I began laying everything out the way I wanted.

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Adhering everything down is always the most fun part to me. I adhered some of the pieces flat and popped some of them up on foam tape for a little dimension. I wrinkled some. Whatever looked good in the moment, lol!

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I finished the card front by splattering watered-down Walnut Stain distress ink all over (protecting the Little People with a scrap of paper) and then I smeared some distress grit paste in a few places with a small spatula.

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I left the inside blank to write a custom message. Of course I inked the edges of all these pieces as well.

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Happy to enter this fun card in a few challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge: #164 – One For The Girls
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #11 – Lots Of Layers

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Free Printables Sheet going out with Issue 9 of Mixed Up Magazine
Snarky Words Printables.

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory cardstock, Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock, Marco’s Black cardstock, Urban Style Design Pad
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories: Small metal paperclip, Ranger Distress Grit Paste

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s sneak peek project! Be sure to put Mixed Up Magazine Issue 9 on your radar so you, too, can be the proud owner of this amazing free Printables sheet! And be sure to check out ALL the fun Printables for your mixed media and collage projects at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

stand out from the crowd Canvas

** 10/15/17 Mixed Media Challenge Winner at Happy Little Stampers! **

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Monday! Today is my Mixed Up Magazine post day and I’m beyond excited to share my debut inspiration project! I created a hot pink canvas with a splash of bright orange featuring elements from the awesome Little People Emily and Friends and Thoughts Mixed Up Merchandise Printables! An inky good time was had by all, lol!

I’m sharing the finished project here on my blog, so jump on over to Mixed Up Magazine to see my step-by-step tutorial. I used the back side of the canvas because I wanted to feature the little angel in the open area of the frame. I used gesso, texture paste over a floral stencil, alcohol inks, Gold Perfect Pearls, more alcohol inks, texture stamps, Prills and a splatter of watered-down gesso around the frame.

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I adhered a distressed, stamped, inked and wrinkled piece of lightweight cardstock to the back of the opening. The little angel was fashioned with elements from the Little People Emily and Friends Printables that I added to a chipboard dress form that I “did up” with crackle paint, alcohol ink, texture stamps, bling and a scrap of ribbon. The sentiment is from the Enjoy Your Thoughts Words Printables, which I inked and wrinkled.

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A seam binding bow tucked into an assortment of paper flowers with a tiny clothes hanger complete the lower left corner.

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I popped the little angel into the opening by attaching her to two dimensional ‘boxes’ fashioned from 120# cardstock.

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A metal pop-top embellishment with a large rhinestone balances the design. Seems like it’s been forever since I created a canvas and I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out! Be sure to visit Mixed Up Magazine to see my step-by-step tutorial!

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Proud to enter this mixed media canvas into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #52 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: September Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #350 – Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges: #362 – For  A Friend
Happy Little Stampers: September Mixed Media Challenge
Inky Chicks: #88: Use Your Favorite Color(s) (pink and orange combo)
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
QKR Stampede: #261 – Anything Goes
Stinkin Inkers Challenge Blog: Color Wheel (pink and orange combo)
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Oh Boy
Try It On Tuesdays: My Friend
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #300/#301 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #26 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Little People Emily and Friends
Thoughts

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock scrap
Stamps: PWP Art Textures stamp set
Ink: Cranberry and Sunset Orange Adirondack Color Wash, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Studio White Gesso, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Flower Frame and Mini Harlequin stencils, Paper Accents Chipboard Dress Form, Studio Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint, lace scrap (unknown brand), Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Powder, Liquitex Matte Gel, Hot Mama Prills, Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Rose seam binding, assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, medium and large Pink Rhinestones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this canvas! Be sure to check out all the fun printable ephemera for your mixed media and collage projects at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Hero Arts Coffee Card

** 9/20/17 Top 3 at Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges! **

Hi everyone! I’m popping in today to share a quick card I made for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which started yesterday and will run through Friday, September 22nd. Be sure to check it out – there are tons and tons of prizes! You can’t win if you don’t link up! ;)

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a2z Scrapbooking is a sponsor again this time so I used the fun Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit to create my CAS all-digital card. I don’t do many of these but sometimes it’s just fun to let the imagination soar! This idea hit me while I was putting some clothes in the washer (why then, I don’t know…) so I grabbed my laptop and a card was born rather quickly, lol!

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Clean and simple. Super easy. I brought in a coffee bean from the digital kit which I resized and copied 11 more times across the bottom. I added a brown horizontal line above the coffee beans, and then brought in the brown coffee word image from the kit and lined it up on the right. I cut the panel 1/4″ smaller than the card base, colored the coffee beans, put some brown Foamies foam under it and adhered it to the card base.

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The image on the inside is also from the kit. Super fun! :)

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Excited to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #52 – Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenges: #41 – Something Beginning with “F” (Foamies brown foam)
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges: #362 – For  A Friend
Happy Little Stampers: September CAS Challenge
House of Cards: Add Text and/or Colors
QKR Stampede: #261 – Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays: My Friend
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #300/#301 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #26 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa marker
Accessories: Foamies brown foam

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will join in the fun over at the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Thanks so much for stopping in today and we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

 

Papercraft

Hero Arts Oldtimer’s Happy Birthday

Hi everyone! It’s already the middle of September… another few weeks closer to Christmas, lol! I’m posting today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using several Hero Arts products – Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set, blessings Stamp & Cut, Intense Black ink, and White Embossing Powder. I created a fun 3-D birthday card featuring birthday sentiments for ‘old’ people as well as a pop-up instant one-step camera from back in the day! Remember those?!

Before I get to my project details, quite a few of the Hero Arts stamp sets have sold out in the a2z Scrapbooking store and unfortunately the Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set was one of those that sold out. I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out. Seems this has been happening to me a lot lately, lol! 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!

The stamped image and sentiments on the front are all from the Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set.

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I stamped a genuine (from the heart) sentiment above the camera from the Hero Arts blessings Stamp & Cut set in Hero Arts Black Intense ink.

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This was probably one of the most fun cards I’ve ever created. I had one of these cameras and I’m pretty sure I chuckled throughout the entire process of making this, lol!

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I went back to the Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set for the sentiment on the ‘instant camera picture’ which I embossed in Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. Love how this turned out! :)

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Happy to enter this fun birthday card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #52 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: September Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #350 – Anything Goes
Crafty Friends: #66 – Use Dies and/or Punches
Daring Cardmakers: 4 of Something (4 shades of purple)
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges: #362 – For  A Friend
Happy Little Stampers: September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Inky Chicks: #88: Use Your Favorite Color(s) (purple… one of many!)
Inspiration Destination: #133 – Anything Goes w/ optional Recipe (die cuts)
QKR Stampede: #261 – Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #96 – Die Cuts and/or Punches
Stinkin Inkers Challenge Blog: Color Wheel (shades of purple along with gray and black neutrals)
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Oh Boy
Try It On Tuesdays: My Friend
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #25 – Birthday
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #300/#301 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #26 – Anything Goes

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts blessings Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Intense Black ink
Versamark
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Wild Orchid cardstock, The Paper Cut Black cardstock, Taylored Expressions Snow White cardstock, red and various shades of purple cardstock scraps
Ink: Spectrum Noir- PL4, BP6, OR2, CT4
Dies/Punches: Lori Whitlock Instant Camera Pop-Up Card Silhouette cut file

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Hero Arts L-O-V-E

** 10/10/17 Top Pick at Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday – hope you have a fantastic week coming up!  Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using Hero Arts Love by Lia and Hero Arts Romeo & Juliet stamp sets! I created a shabby chic Valentine with lots of layers and lots of ink!

I had an absolute blast creating this card. I wanted a few red heat-embossed elements and don’t have any red embossing powder, so the L-O-V-E sentiment and three hearts from the Love by Lia stamp set were stamped in Versamark over top of red ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This is an awesome trick you can use to make it appear like you have virtually any color embossing powder!

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I started with a watercolored background using Scarlet and Brilliant Red Brusho powders. Then I went through a couple ephemera packs and pulled out quite a few elements that I wanted to use, distressed the edges, and started laying them down.

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When I was happy with the placement, I started adhering the pieces. Some were adhered flat and some have foam tape under them for a little dimension. I fussy cut the embossed hearts and added a game spinner for the butterfly body, a twine bow and a strip of fabric roses. I splattered watered-down Walnut Stain distress ink over the entire panel and added some Crystal Drops. LOTS to feast the eyes upon, lol!

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I stamped a sentiment and more hearts from the Romeo & Juliet stamp set on the inside panel, hand-drew a couple wavy lines down the left side and distressed the edges, then layered the panel on black cardstock. Really loving how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania Challenges: #96 – Shabby Chic or Rustic
Country View Challenges: Metal
Craft Rocket Challenges: #41 – Something Beginning with “F” (fabric flowers, fourteen)
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: September Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet: #171 – Anything Goes
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #11 – Lots of Layers

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Love by Lia stamp set
Hero Arts Romeo & Juliet stamp set
Versamark
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory cardstock, The Paper Cut Black cardstock
Ink: Scarlet and Brilliant Red Brushos; Memento Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger Black Soot and Walnut Stain distress ink; Ranger Barn Door and Fired Brick distress markers
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Thrift Shop and Snippets Ephemera Packs, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners, Studios Blackbird natural twine, Wild Orchid Crafts black fabric roses, Ebony Black Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is CASE A Designer 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! Woo-hoo! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media

altered paint brush

** 9/10/17 Featured Project at Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog! **
** 9/25/17 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **
** 9/30/17 DT Favorite Winner at Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I posted earlier this week that I’ve joined the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT and I’m super stoked to share my debut inspiration project! I created an altered paint brush which features a sentiment from the awesome Snarky Words Printables! OMG, a good inky time was had by all! I started out wearing gloves and my hands started sweating so I took the gloves off, had a drink of water and decided to eat some lunch while stuff was drying. When I got back to the project, I totally forgot to put the gloves back on, so I’m still sporting nice shades of blue and green ink on my fingers and hands, lol!

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This is the first paint brush I’ve ever altered – it’s been on my “To Do List” for a while so I decided that my debut project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT was the time to do one! I painted it with white gesso, then added texture with a mini dots stencil and texture paste on the handle (top portion above the metal band). I added lace trim and a handmade air clay embellishment on the metal band, then another coat of gesso and some crackle paint over the texture on the handle.

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Then the fun began… spritzes of water and Ranger Adirondack Color Wash in Lettuce, Stream, Denim and Purple Twilight, along with more spritzes of water here and there, letting the ink run.

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When the colors were exactly how I wanted them, I let everything dry and added some texture stamping and the #limitededition word strip that I inked with distress ink. I filled the center well on the air clay embellishment with Prills. First time I’ve ever used these and I think I like ’em! I added distress ink to the edges around the entire brush.

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I added a chipboard leaf that I coated in Versamark and then heat embossed in Pewter embossing powder (I did this three times). Then I adhered a multi-loop bow with with a single rhinestone on top of it and some bamboo cord looped beneath it. You know I love my bows and I’ve been creating mostly CAS cards lately which haven’t had bows. I guess I was going through withdrawal, lol!

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One final look. So very happy with how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this altered paint brush into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenges: #349 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #17 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: September Mixed Media Challenge
Inspiration Destination: #133 – Anything Goes with Optional Recipe (ribbon & bamboo cord)
Little Red Wagon: #410 – Give Us Your Background
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1736 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Monday Challenge – STAMPtember Stamp It
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Wednesday Challenge: STAMPtember Stamp It
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #98 – Techniques (mixed media)
Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog: #278 – No Layouts or Cards
Word Art Wednesday: #298/#299 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Snarky Words

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Art Textures stamp set
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Color Wash- Lettuce, Stream, Denim, Purple Twilight; Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark, Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Paint brush, Studio gesso, Memory Box Mini Dots stencil, Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte, Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, Liquitex Matte Gel, Prima Escutcheon II mould, Polyform Model Air Clay, Ribbit Prills, Ranger Pewter embossing powder, Really Reasonable Ribbon Purple Nile seam binding and Hemptique Bamboo Cord, Stampin’ Up Rhinestones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mixed media project! Be sure to check out all the fun Printables for your mixed media and collage projects at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig