life is full of wonderful

Hello crafty peeps! Gosh, the month of January has gotten away from us already! Today is my Featured Post Day on the Gecko Galz blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project featuring a gorgeous image from the True Loves Kiss Collage Set, Bo Peep paper from Miss Muffet Paper Pack, Pixie Dust paper from Neverland Paper Pack, and sentiment from the Charming Words Collage Set. This is my last post for Gecko Galz and I’d like to shout out to Lee Ann and the rest of the team for having me along these last few months! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself!

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Despite the complex look, this really was an easy card to put together. I love the colors in the background papers (which match her dress) and built the card elements and layers off the colors. The pop of gold really makes a hit.

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I embellished the inside panel with leftover strips of paper and cardstock used on the front, and stamped a fun quirky sentiment. :P

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And here’s one more look… very pleased with how this turned out. These images are so pretty!

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #84 – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #219 – Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Cards In Envy: Love Me or Love My Pet Card Challenge
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #498 – Love/Valentines
Crafting By Designs: Layer It Up
Creative Moments: #161 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: January Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters: #12 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo cardstock, Marco’s Gold Metallic Venicelux Paper, Gecko Galz True Loves Kiss Collage Set, Gecko Galz Bo Peep paper from Miss Muffet Paper Pack, Gecko Galz Pixie Dust paper from Neverland Paper Pack, Gecko Galz Charming Words Collage Set
Stamps: STAMPlorations Funny Kinda Love stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder ink
Dies/Punches: Squared Squares die set
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and will link up a ‘love’ project with us this month! And don’t forget to check out all the fun goodies at the Gecko Galz Etsy store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

TRULY Grateful

Hi everyone! A very happy Monday to you! I’ve popped in this morning to share my first project as a card team member for Stick It Down! I’m absolutely thrilled! Cheeky Studio is our sponsor this month so come on over and play for the chance to win a prize! The card team is showcasing projects today on the blog and this is our super awesome card sketch this month:

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I created a pretty thank you card – I don’t ever seem to have enough of those in my stash. This is a simple design that could be easily be reproduced to create a set to give as a gift. Mandi did a great job designing this sketch!

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I created a top fold card base using my curved matting basics die set. I stamped the woodgrain background and added randomly-placed wood planks and acorns for a little interest. I cut the dark layering panel and the background panel with graduating sizes of dies from the set, then stamped the wheat and cut it with a smaller die, and adhered it to the front. I stamped the sentiment on dark cardstock, heat embossed it and trimmed it down. I cut a slightly wider strip which I layered underneath and adhered them across the center of the card front. To finish the design, I added three metal studs on the bottom right.

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I cut panels for the inside using the same curved matting basics die set. I stamped the woodgrain, acorns and wood planks randomly down the left side of the panel and then stamped the sentiment.

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And here’s one more look… really loving how this turned out!

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #84 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: January Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters: #12 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #370/371 – Anything  Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock, GKD Charcoal Brown cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Truly Grateful and Love What You Do stamp sets
Ink: Stmapin’ Up Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar and Delightful Dijon ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics A & B die sets
Accessories:  Sweet Stamps Fine Detail Pearl Embossing Powder, Basic Grey Metal Studs

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us! Feel free to play along with the double page or single page sketch if you’re a scrapbook layout designer, or the card sketch if you’re a card maker! You have until the end of the month to play and we’d love to see what you create! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Cheeky Studio! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Sending special Happy Birthday wishes

** 1/25/19 Winner at Crafty Catz! **
** 2/3/19 Top 3 at CCC Digi Creations! **


Hi everyone! Happy Friday – hope you’ve had a good week and are planning a fun weekend! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for Week 3 – Anything Goes Challenge, a pretty Winter birthday card featuring the absolutely adorable pre-colored Winnie Winterland – Skating Around digital craft stamp. Green just happens to be my favorite color and I so enjoyed creating this!

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I cut the image with a double stitched square die and layered it on a postage stamp die cut and then added foam tape on the back for a little dimension. I used papers from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Paper Heaven 3 and Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Paper Heaven 2 to create the background panel and coordinating strip which are layered on solid green cardstock. I cut the sentiment in a double stitched rectangle die and punched a couple hearts from green paint cards. I’ve been using pieces of paint cards in my crafts a lot lately, lol! The finishing touch was the addition of a few green sequins.

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The front and inside sentiments are from Winnie Celebrations 2 Sentiments and Winnie Celebrations 3 Sentiments. I decorated the inside panel with leftover strips of paper and cardstock used on the front. I’m so in love with how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this sweet card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #84 – Anything Goes
Card Mania: #112 – Baby It’s Cold Outside
Cardz 4 Galz: #88 – Dimensional Elements
CCC Digi Creations: #99 – Happy Birthday
Crafty Catz: #445 – Anything Goes with Optional Extra
Die Cuttin’ Divas: #403 – Birthday
Digi Doodle Studios: #12 – Happy Anything
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #132 – In Stitches

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, GKD Jelly Bean Green cardstock, Papers from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Paper Heaven 3 and Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Paper Heaven 2, Valspar Can’t Miss Lime and Sassy Green Paint Cards
Stamps: Image from Winnie Winterland – Skating Around digital craft stamp and sentiments from Winnie Celebrations 2 Sentiments and Winnie Celebrations 3 Sentiments
Ink: Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay Marker
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangles die, Spellbinders Postage Stamp die, My Favorite Things Die-namics Double Stitched Square STAX die, Stampin’ Up Itty Bitty Heart Punch
Accessories:  Pretty Pink Posh Mossy Green Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this week! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and digital images over at the Polkadoodles shop! OMG, you’ll be in heaven! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

You are a fabulous work of art

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a good week! I’m super stoked to share my first DT inspiration project for the Happy Little Stampers ATC Team! Yep, I joined the ATC Team in conjunction with the HLS Die Team! The theme for our January ATC Challenge is Vintage and we’d love to see what you create for our challenge this month!

I’ve only created a couple ATCs (yep, two to be exact, lol) so I’m thrilled to get some more practice under my belt! These are quite small in comparison – I usually create cards – so the ‘canvas space’ has to be adjusted accordingly. I have to say they are fun despite being challenging! ;)

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I cut the ATC (2.5″ x 3.5″) from 120# kraft cardstock and rounded the corners. I stamped a background over the top three-quarters with a flourish stamp in walnut stain distress ink and then stamped a dotted strip across the bottom one-quarter in gold ink which I stamped again in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then stamped little clusters of dots in picked raspberry distress ink randomly over the flourishes. I separated the stamped sections with pink and gold paper strips and added several pink Dot Sparklers to the pink strip. The little ballerina is a Tim Holtz Paperdoll, and I embellished her tutu with stamped Versamark and a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and then set with a fixative. I heat embossed the ‘work of art’ sentiment to complete the ATC.

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And here’s one final look… I’m definitely happy with how this turned out! What a fun project – I know I’m going to totally love being on this new design team! :D

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I’d love to enter this ATC into the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking Challenge: January Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft: #83 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz: #87 – New Year, New Stash
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #59 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: January Challenge – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #329 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# Kraft cardstock, Marco’s Gold Venicelux cardstock scrap, Valspar Brown Cherry paint card
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures and Work of Art stamp sets
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain and Picked Raspberry distress ink, Delicata Golden Glitz ink, Versamark
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Kadomaru Pro Corner Rounder, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Up Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Krylon Fixative, Pink Stampendous Dot Sparklers, Ranger Black Embossing Powder

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Christmas Tag Boxes

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today is my post day on the Simply Crafty SVGs Blog and I’m super excited to share my DT inspiration project with you, a set of six super adorable Christmas tag boxes created with the Simply Crafty SVGs Christmas Tag Box Set cut file. These are so stinkin’ cute! Each one has a different aperture cut in the front and different shaped tabs at the top. I added a tiny square of clear window sheet behind each aperture and tied some twine at the top of each one.

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Let’s look at them individually! First up, we have a Christmas tree…

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A snowflake…

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A mitten…

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A stocking…

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A star…

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And finally, a candy cane… I just love how these turned out! What an adorable way to tag a gift and include a little extra somethin’ somethin’ (such as yummy candy) in the box!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Cherry Red, Garden Green, Real Red, Soft Sky and Marina Mist cardstock, Stampin’ Up clear Window Sheet, Echo Park Wise Men Still Seek Him patterned paper, Photo Play Holiday Cheer patterned paper, Kaiser Craft Letters to Santa patterned paper
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Tin of Tags stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Simply Crafty SVGs Christmas Tag Box Set cut file
Accessories:  Hemptique  Red, Green and White Bamboo Cord, Horizon Turquoise and Red Braiding Cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these Christmas tag boxes as much as I enjoyed creating them! Be sure to check out all the fun cut files in the Simply Crafty SVGs store – you’ll have so much fun! And there are tons of freebies to get started! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Have a Purrrfect day

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a good week! The January Anything Goes With Dies Challenge is live over at Happy Little Stampers! Several weeks ago I was invited to join the HLS Die Team and of course I said yes… I have a ton of dies that have gotten pretty lonely not being used, lol! So needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled to share my first HLS DT inspiration project with you today!

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I’ve decided to create a set of ‘awesome’ cat cards (as you’ll see by the inside sentiment) and this card is the first in the series. It features some adorable cat die cuts created with a new set of dies as well as a stitched border on some pretty patterned paper. So stay tuned for a few more!

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I cut a strip of some awesome cheetah print paper which I adhered to the bottom front of the card base, rounded the corners and ran it through my Big Shot with a plain stitched border die across the top edge of the patterned paper. I created some cat die cuts and affixed three of them to the front, and then stamped a sentiment.

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I decorated the inside with a coordinating piece of patterned paper, stamped the ‘awesome’ sentiment and affixed another cat die cut.

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Here’s one more look… so adorable! Can’t wait for the next one!

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I’m happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking Challenge: January Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft: #83 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: U for Use Some Stitching-Real or Faux
Cardz 4 Galz: #87 – New Year, New Stash
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #59 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: January Challenge – Anything Goes
International Art & Soul: #49 – Cats and/or Dogs
QKR Stampede: #329 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White thick cardstock, Stampin’ Up Go Wild DSP Stack, GKD Charcoal Brown cardstock scrap
Stamps: Paper Smooches Nine Lives and Lovely Thoughts stamp sets
Ink: Stampin’ Up Early Espresso ink
Dies/Punches: Impression Obsession Cats die set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die
Accessories:  Fiskars Corner Rounder, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will consider linking up an anything goes project with us this month using dies! We can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Have a Magical Day

Hi everyone! Happy, Happy Friday – my favorite day of the week! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for Week 1 – Anything Goes Challenge, a pretty friendship card featuring Octavia Rose Garden and Rose images as well as papers and sentiments – and they are all from the Octavia Moonfly Big Kahuna Digital Craft Download Bundle. This bundle is a new one in my stash and I’m having the best time using the elements!

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I printed the Octavia Rose Garden image, colored the wings with sparkle overlay marker,  and cut it with a double stitched die. I printed the two papers I wanted to use with the image and created layered panels. I printed the front sentiment and cut it with a stitched round die, and cut another circle die cut from glitter paper to layer under the sentiment. I also die cut a doily to tuck under the image. I popped the image and sentiment up on foam for a little dimension. The final touch was the addition of a few flat-back pearls.

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For the inside, I printed a faded Rose image and added the fairy dust sentiment on white cardstock, trimmed it and layered it on the silver cardstock.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking Challenge: January Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft: #83 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: U for Use Some Stitching-Real or Faux
Cardz 4 Galz: #87 – New Year, New Stash
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #1 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #59 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: January Challenge – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #329 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock, Marco’s Silver Venicelux cardstock, DCWV Glitzy Pastels; digital papers from Polkadoodles Octavia Moonfly Big Kahuna Digital Craft Download Bundle
Stamps: Octavia Rose Garden and Rose images and sentiments from Polkadoodles Octavia Moonfly Big Kahuna Digital Craft Download Bundle
Ink: Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay Marker
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangles die, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers die, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large die, Cherry Lynn French Pastry die
Accessories:  Darice Foamies Pink Foam, Small and Medium Flat-back Pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this week! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and digital images over at the Polkadoodles shop! OMG, you’ll be in heaven! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

‘Tis the Season

Howdy, crafty friends! A new challenge is live this morning over at Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog and I’ve been chomping at the bit to share this DT inspiration project with you for MLCCB #6 – January Anything Christmas Goes! I made several of these pop-up snowman cards last year and they were such a hit, I made a few more this year to add to my Christmas card stash!

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This is a Karen Burniston die set and these are so cool – all the work is done for you! You just cut the pieces and put them together! I used a cool blue cardstock panel on a red card base with white snowflakes, snow banks and snowmen (one on the front and one on the inside). The snowmen are wearing top hats embellished with silver glitter paper and a snowflake with a gemstone.

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The snowman on the inside is wearing a ‘scarf’ of knotted ribbon, has coal buttons made from Crystal Drops, and pops up when the card is opened. This couldn’t be any cuter!

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And here’s a close-up of this most adorable little guy…

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I’d love to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking Challenge: January Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft: #83 – Anything Goes
Card Mania: #112 – Baby It’s Cold Outside
Christmas Crafts All Year Round: January Challenge – Let It Snow
World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: January Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Real Red, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Early Espresso cardstock, Stampin’ Up Silver Glimmer paper, GKD Powder Blue cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Oh, What Fun stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Karen Burniston Snowman Twist Circle Die Set, Paper Smooches Stitched Borders die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Stampin’ Up Rhinestones, Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a Christmas project with us this month! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me this morning – we’ll see you again soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

je t’aime

Hi everyone! Here’s wishing you all a beautiful, crafty and prosperous New Year! A new challenge is live this morning over at Gecko Galz and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for the January Love Stories Customer Challenge!

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I created a pretty ‘I Love You’ card featuring a very sultry image from the Gecko Galz True Loves Kiss Collage Set, along with Pirates Lagoon and Pirates Life papers from Neverland Paper Pack, fussy-cut butterflies from Pretty Little Butterflies Collage Set, and sentiment from Charming Words Collage Set. All of the Gecko Galz products used are complimented by a variety of heart die cuts made from gold foil cardstock and a music border die cut embellished with tiny clear rhinestones.

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There’s kind of a funny story behind this card. Those who know me know that I’m a fun fold junkie… always looking for new folds to try, or reusing those I’m in love with. I think step cards are very cool and decided to try a double step card. Once finished, it just wouldn’t stand up right – it kept stretching out and laying flat. I double-checked and triple-checked my measurements and scorelines, and everything was correct according to the tutorial I watched. I wasn’t going to let it beat me, so I ended up adhering the steps closed on each side and adding some reinforcements and another score line!

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I also added a stamped panel inside.

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And it folds flat for mailing just like a regular step card. Despite the weird way I had to remake it, it turned out great and I’ll probably keep the instructions and make some more just like it! ;)

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #83 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, Marco’s Gold Foil cardstock, GKD In The Navy and Charcoal Gray scraps, Gecko Galz Pirates Lagoon and Pirates Life papers from Neverland Paper Pack, Gecko Galz True Loves Kiss Collage Set, Gecko Galz Charming Words Collage Set, Gecko Galz Pretty Little Butterflies Collage Set 
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Sealed With Love stamp set
Ink: Ranger Chipped Sapphire and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and marker, Memento Rich Cocoa marker
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Love Notes die set, Memory Box Stitched Heart Layers die, CC Designs Music Border die
Accessories:  Darice Rhinestones, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up a ‘love’ project with us this month! And don’t forget to check out all the fun goodies at the Gecko Galz Etsy store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

a Million and One thanks

Hi everyone! I’m back with another share on this fine Tuesday morning – the first of the month is always busy! A new challenge is live over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #21 – Anything Goes + Sentiment as the Main Focus. Remember that all of our challenges are Anything Goes and we always include a technique twist to inspire you but the twist is not mandatory to play! I created a totally green thank you card using some pretty foil and glitter Washi. Yep, I’m looking for some good luck in the New Year!

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This was an easy card and would be super fun to mass produce to create a set in different colors. Glitter Washi on the background, a stamped sentiment cut with a fancy die, a slightly larger die cut to layer it on, some foam and some Crystal Drops, and poof, you have a card! I see more of these in my near future, lol!

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For the inside, I embellished a white panel with foil and glitter Washi strips leftover from the front and then stamped a sentiment.

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And one final look… love it! ;)

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
The Artistic Stampers Creative Team Blog: January Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, DCWV Washi Stack
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Million & One and Thankful Life stamp sets
Ink: Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Labels Eighteen dies
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, Darice green Foamies foam, Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this month! It can be a straight ‘anything goes’ or you can play the twist with us – it’s up to you! Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig