Hero Arts Merry Thanks cards (set of 4)

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I’m posting again today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share a set of four thank you cards I created with the Hero Arts Merry Background Christmas Digital Kit and Hero Arts Say It In Pieces Digital Greetings. Everybody needs ‘thank-you-for-the-awesome-Christmas-gifts’ cards in their stash!

I grabbed four Hero Hues Sea Mixed Folded Cards. I printed the Hero Arts Merry Background four times in block style on white cardstock and then cut the sheet in quarters.

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I cut a stitched rectangle die cut panel from each quarter of the cardstock and adhered one to each card base. I printed a simple ‘thanks’ sentiment from the Say It In Pieces Digital Greetings set four times, cut them in strips,  layered them on purple cardstock and adhered one to each card front. I cut narrow strips of silver glitter paper and adhered one beneath each sentiment strip.

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One final shot of the four cards. I’m really loving how these turned out!

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Happy to enter this set of Christmas thank you notes into the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #55 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #310/311 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Merry Background Christmas Digital Kit
Hero Arts Say It In Pieces Digital Greetings
Hero Hues Sea Mixed Folded Cards

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Perfect Plum cardstock, DCWV Glitzy Glitter Stack
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers die

I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of cards and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Winter this month and we’d love to see what you create! Remember that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is Vintage Travel! And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! 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

Hero Arts Merry Christmas

** 12/6/17 Winner at Word Art Wednesday! **

Hi everyone! Hope those of you in the States had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts A Natural Holiday Digital Kit, and what an amazing array of digital images! OMG, love this kit! I also used the Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set for the sentiment inside. Yep, I created another Christmas card… thought I was done last week, but I still have a few more planned! I LOVE this time of year!

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I started with the tree background from the A Natural Holiday Digital Kit which I resized and recolored to light gray. I overlaid the deer, cardinal and sentiment (more images from the kit), resizing and recoloring each as I added them. I trimmed the panel and layered it on black cardstock, then adhered it to the card base.

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I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Messages stamp set on a white panel layered on black cardstock. Loving how this turned out, and it was quick and easy!

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Would love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenges: #355 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #55 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #310/311 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts A Natural Holiday Digital Kit
Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Winter this month and we’d love to see what you create! Remember that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is Vintage Travel! And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! 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

Reindeer Merry Christmas

Hello, my crafty friends! Well, today is my last post for my guest design gig over at Crafty Catz, and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed myself this month! Thanks you, ladies, for having me along! Our theme this week is Winter Colors and we are being sponsored by Bugaboo Digi Stamps, so come on over and play! I created another Christmas card for my stash which I’m getting ready to mail out next week.

I colored the adorable Reindeer Blocks image in Spectrum Noir wintery blues and then used traditional Christmas colors for the rest of my clean and simple card.

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I used some red glitter paper from a new DCWV Washi Tape stack I just bought and have fallen in love! The foil and glitter paper in this stack is amazing! I’ve been on a gingham paper kick and thought some green would look great on this as well. I dug through my button stash and found the perfect red heart button which I paired with some white bamboo cord.

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I kept the inside super simple and just stamped a Christmas sentiment in black ink.

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I’d love to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’: November Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #355 – Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #59 – Christmas Animals
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #14 – Christmas
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: Traditional Colors of Red and Green
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #310/311 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #28 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White cardstock, DCWV Wash Tape Glitter & Foil Basics, Doodlebug Design Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints
Stamps: Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- JG5, TB2, DR2, DR5, GB8, GB10
Accessories:  Fiskars Corner Rounder, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, red heart button, Hemptique White Bamboo cord, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this week! Can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Seriously? art journal spread

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m really excited to share an inspiration project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT. I created my second art journal spread using the most awesome 50s Ladies, Flower Seed Packets Ephemera #2 and Snarky Printables! I’ve been bitten by the art journal bug and I LIKE it, lol! UPDATE: Mixed Up Magazine has apparently undergone some changes and their blog has moved, so these links may no longer be viable. 

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I began by fussy cutting the lady and several sets of flowers, and set them aside. I covered both pages with a light coat of white gesso and then adhered smaller pieces of vellum with matte gel medium which made some horizontal wrinkles in the vellum and added some very cool texture. I let that dry thoroughly and then added two more light coats of gesso, letting dry between coats. Using a spatula, I applied opaque matte texture paste over a Mini Harlequin stencil on both pages and let that dry.

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Then came the fun part of spritzing the pages with water, applying the Stream and Lettuce spray inks and letting them run! I used the heat tool to speed up the drying process and re-applied the inks in a few places. I then randomly stamped images in black StazOn ink over both pages, and when that was dry, I adhered the lady (colored with Spectrum Noir markers), flowers and words. I did extend the phone pillar by cutting a length of plain white cardstock on which I drew some brickwork. I outlined the flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black marker and then splattered watered-down black gesso with a fan brush over both pages. I’m really loving how this turned out! Not too shabby for my second attempt at an art journal spread, huh?! :)

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Would love to enter this art journal spread into the following challenges:
Mixed Media World #31 – Anything Mixed Media Goes with Twist of Moodboard
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #28 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
50s Ladies
Flower Seed Packets Ephemera #2
Snarky

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Writing Backgrounds
Ink: Spectrum Noir- IG4, IG5, FS7, FS8, CT4, True Black; Stream and Lettuce Colorwash Spray
Accessories: White Studio Gesso, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin Stencil, Liquitex Bright Aqua Green, Mars Black and Titanium White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Multi Matte Medium

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s 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

winter wishes

** 12/15/17 Highly Commended Winner at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Another fun challenge is launching over at Crafty Catz and I’m popping in this morning with a guest designer project! The theme this week is Sparkle N Shine and our sponsor is Polkadoodles, so come on over and play with us!

I purchased this adorable image, Christmas Shopping – Winnie White Christmas, for my stash and couldn’t wait to use it! I don’t often use pre-colored images but this one was just too perfect to pass up! I cut the image with a double-stitched square die. You can’t tell in the photo, but I used Versamark and Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder on the entire surface of the image to create a very special wintery sparkle.

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I chose a pretty blue gingham paper for the background, along with some glitter cardstock and several different die cuts to embellish this adorable focal image. I stamped a sentiment in black ink and cut it with a fishtail die. I finished the front with a double loop bow created from beautiful wrinkled ribbon.

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For the inside, I stamped a simple sentiment on a panel layered on blue cardstock. I’m so loving how this turned out!

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #14 – Christmas
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #28 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White and Marina Mist cardstock, DCWV Glitzy Glitter Stack, Doodlebug Design 6×6 gingham-linen Rainbow Petite Prints
Stamps: Polkadoodles Christmas Shopping – Winnie White Christmas digital image; Hero Arts Holiday Messages and Frames stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Double-Stitched Square STAX and Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strip dies; Spellbinders Postage Stamps and Classic Scalloped Squares dies
Accessories:  Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Prairie Bird Boutique blue wrinkled ribbon

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a sparkly and shiny project with us this week! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hero Arts Joys of the Season

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Thursday! I’m posting today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project, an acetate Christmas card using the Hero Arts Color Layering Holly stamp set and the Hero Arts Color Layering Holly Frame Cuts along with the Hero Arts Acetate Note Cards. I’m pretty happy with my growing stack of Christmas cards – I should be in good shape to have them all mailed by December 1st!

I created a totally clear acetate card several weeks ago and I just couldn’t resist making another one, although this card has diagonal panels of cardstock on which to stamp and layer my holly die cut. This is definitely clean and simple which I’m really loving these days. I embellished the front panel with a single holly leaf and used sparkly red sequins for the berries to add a little dimension and interest.

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I stamped the front and inside sentiments in Hero Arts Red Royal ink. That’s all there is to it… super simple and really packs a huge punch! Loving how it turned out! :)

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #14 – Christmas

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Color Layering Holly stamp set
Hero Arts Red Royal ink
Hero Arts Color Layering Holly Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Acetate Note Cards

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Doodlebug Design red sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Winter this month and we’d love to see what you create! Remember that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is Vintage Travel! And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! 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

Hero Arts HO HO HO

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share another DT inspiration project (yep, another Christmas card, lol!) – this time using the Hero Arts Jingle All The Way Stamp & Cut and Christmas Messages stamp set! This card was so much fun watching come to life!

The reindeer, sled and all the goodies in the sled were stamped on white cardstock, colored with Spectrum Noir markers and cut with the coordinating dies in the Jingle All The Way Stamp & Cut set. I cut the right edge of the card base off with a stitched tab die to reveal some pretty striped Christmas paper beneath.

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I dotted the background with a snow marker hit with a heat tool to make the snowflakes, and I tore white cardstock to create the snow drifts. Cute, cute, cute!

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For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Messages stamp set on white cardstock and cut it with a stitched mini scallop rectangle die.

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And one final look. Hmmmm… wonder who will get this one?! ;)

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin’ Christmas: November Anything Christmas Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Jingle All The Way Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Christmas Messages stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Trim The Tree DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- JG5, JG7, CT4, BT7, DR2, TN5, EB3, IG5
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Marvy Uchida Snow Marker, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Winter this month and we’d love to see what you create! Remember that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to enter our challenges. Each month we feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is the Vintage Travel Digital Kit. And to sweeten the pot, if you are the randomly-chosen winner and you have used Hero Arts products on your project, you’ll ALSO win a $20 gift certificate to the store! 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

you’re tea-riffic!

Hello, friends! Happy Friday! Well, only about 44 more sleeps before the jolly man in the red suit makes his appearance! Such a wonderful time of year! I mentioned last week that I am guesting for Crafty Catz this month and I’m happy to share my GD inspiration project for our challenge this week – Anything Goes with a twist of No Patterned Paper! Our sponsor is Time for Tea Designs so come on over and play for a chance to win some images!

I thought ‘outside the box” with a tea-themed CAS card and no patterned paper! I didn’t use a sponsor image but rather a rubber stamp and coordinating die. I stamped the stacked teacups in black ink on thick white cardstock, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and cut them with the die. I then cut four more from the thick white cardstock and layered them all together.

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I stamped the sentiment on a thick white cardstock card base, adhered the teacups and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops. I’m really loving my CAS these days!

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I stamped the inside sentiment on thick white cardstock and cut it with a stitched mini scallop die, and adhered it to a panel layered on purple cardstock.

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder cardstock
Stams & Die Set: Taylored Expressions Tea-riffic stamp set and die
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- TB3, TB4, BT4, PP2, HB3
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Nuvo Crushed Grapes Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come over and play with us this week! We’d love to see what you create! Be sure to check out all the fun digital images at Time for Tea Designs! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

thanks

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m very happy to share that I’m guest designing over at Scrapping4fun Challenges again! One of my cards was featured a few weeks back and the lovely Rachelle asked me to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge, so here I am! And I’m stoked to share my GD project for Challenge #103 – Winter Wonderland!

My inspiration came from the the gorgeous shades of blue in the inspiration photo. I immediately thought of “Winter Blues” and created a glittery blue thank you card. One can never have too many thank you cards in their stash, especially around the holidays. The shoe image I used is called Christmas Heels from Bugaboo Digi Stamps and I’ve had it in my stash for several years. I have a (slightly huge) shoe fetish and I have just about every one of Jodie’s shoe images, lol! I love them!

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I colored the shoe with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it. I cut a piece of blue glitter paper the size of the card base and cut the bottom off with a stitched scallop edge die to expose the white card base beneath. I used some Inspired by Stamping stamp sets for the front and inside. I stamped the front sentiment in the lower right corner of the card base and added some very light blue Crystal Drops. Super easy and super fun! :D

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I kept the inside fairly simple with just a stamped sentiment on a layered panel. I’m really diggin’ how this turned out, lol!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Teeny Tiny Greetings and You Are stamp sets
Ink: Spectrum Noir- JG1, JG5, DR5, TB2, TB3, TB4, TB5; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay Marker, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Nuvo Duck Egg Blue Crystal Drops, Glossy Accents

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a Winter Wonderland project with us this time! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig