I was normal… about 8 cats ago.

Hello, friends! I’ve popped in this morning to share a fun note card I created using the awesome Feline Good clear stamp set from The Project Bin! I have a few ‘free’ days before the 1st of February rolls around to create some projects that aren’t for design teams, so I’m taking advantage, lol! The fat cats and sentiments in this set are amazing, and the cat dies are included! The hubby and I are definitely crazy cat people – we have nine fur babies that we love as much as our human kids and grandkids!

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I chose two coordinating papers in neutral colors and some skinny Washi Tape to create the front panel for this note card which features the taller of the two fat cats in this stamp set. I did some real basic coloring of the cat with alcohol markers and then heat embossed the sentiment in black.

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I embellished the inside panel to match the front panel somewhat, and left plenty of blank space to write a message.

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And one more peek… love how this turned out! We ARE crazy cat people after all, lol!

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I’m entering this adorable note card into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #297 – January Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: January challenge – Something New or Something Old (new stamp set)
Creative Moments: #183 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #112 – Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge: January Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters Challenge: #24 – Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Newly Acquired Stash (new stamp set)
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog: #1 – January Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock Warehouse Pure White cardstock, American Crafts Black cardstock, Stampin’ Up Go Wild DSP stack
Stamps/Dies: The Project Bin Feline Good stamps and dies set
Ink: Spectrum Noir- BG4, BG5; Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark
Accessories: Gemini Junior die cutting machine, MISTI stamp tool, Hero Arts clear embossing powder; ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Perfect Crafting Pouch and Perfect Cleaning Pouch; Me & My Big Ideas skinny Washi Tape, Darice black gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will check out all the fun stamps and dies at The Project Bin! I’m fairly new to this online store but I can tell you that I see lots of products that I plan to add to my stash! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Birthday

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! I’m delighted to be back on the ScraPerfect Blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! First order of business is to let you know that this post contains affiliate links. I have a fun project to share – an absolutely adorable birthday card that’s fairly simple but packs a powerful punch!

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This is a bi-level card base, meaning the front flap is cut slightly shorter than the back. I colored the digital image with Prismacolor pencils and cut it with a stitched oval die, then adhered it to a stitched mini scallop oval die cut with Best Glue Ever and a No-Clog Writing Cap. I adhered both oval die cuts to the front of the card base with Best Glue Ever. I picked out five paper flowers that I wanted to use and applied Best Glue Ever to the backs of each. I let them dry to a clear state so they were nice and tacky, and then applied them to the front of the card. This is some pretty amazing glue. It always remains tacky, and letting it dry clear will ensure a superb bond. These flowers aren’t going anywhere. ;)

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I used Embellie Gellie to place the tiny white flat-back pearls in the upper left and lower right corners. This is also some pretty amazing stuff. Just mold a little ball on the end of the stick and without fail, it aids in the placement of your embellishments. Use a small ball for tiny embellishments and a slightly larger ball for larger embellishments. There’s just enough tack to pick up the embellishments and which easily release onto your project.

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I embellished the inside with coordinating digital papers and cardstock, along with a digital sentiment cut with a stitched rectangle die. As mentioned earlier, the back flap of the card base is slightly longer than the front, so the main birthday sentiment strip will be visible when the card is closed.

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One more look… super happy with how this turned out! I don’t use paper flowers very often anymore but I really love how they look. I might just have to re-think that… ;)

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ScraPerfect products used:
Best Glue Ever
No-Clog Writing Cap
Embellie Gellie

Additional products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Octavia Moonfly Big Kahuna Digital Craft Download Bundle (Paper Heaven 1 and Plain Janes digital papers)
Stamps: Big Bunch Winnie Celebrations 1 digital image, Winnie Celebrations 1 & 2 Sentiments
Ink: White Sharpie paint marker, Pentel Slicci Pink Metallic pen
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles STAX die, My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX die
Accessories:  Prismacolor pencils- Pink, Process Red, Crimson Red, Light Cerulean Blue, Apple Green, Light Umber, Yellow Ochre, Aquamarine, White, Cream, Peach, Light Peach; Wild Orchid Crafts paper flowers, Darice white flat-back pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome ScraPerfect products, and be sure to follow the ScraPerfect Blog so you get all the inspiration, tips and tricks delivered right to your Inbox! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Good Luck from all of us

Hi friends! Happy Hump Day! I’ve been in my studio today and created a project that’s not for a design team (I know, that’s hard to believe, lol) – its for the Twistoon Digi Stamps January Progressive Challenge. As I have mentioned before, if you love twisted cartoons images, this is the place for you! Lisa’s art is amazing! I chose the Progressive Monster 1 digital image for this retirement card. I’ll be officially retiring this year so I’m in that kind of frame of mind! This image is one of two freebies Lisa is offering in the Twistoon Digi Stamps store specifically for this progressive challenge. Isn’t he adorable?!

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I used a brick embossing folder for the background panel. I printed the monster five times and colored him up in five different colors with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to create my little group of friends. I arranged them on the background and added a computer-generated sentiment across the bottom popped up on foam tape. The final touch was Glossy Accents to their eyeballs. ;)

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The inside sentiment is computer generated as well, cut into a panel and embellished with a leftover strip of cardstock used on the front.

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And one more look… this is so stinkin’ cute I can’t even stand it! ;)

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock Warehouse Sweet Tooth cardstock, GKD Faded Brick and White cardstock
Stamps: Twistoon Digi Stamps Progressive Monster 1 digital image
Ink: Spectrum Noir- LV1, PL1 OR1, OR3, LG3, LG4, LG5, BT2, BT4, CR1, CR10
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Bricked embossing folder, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Glossy Accents

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card! Be sure to check out Twistoon Digi Stamps and join her group in Facebook if you’re the twisted cartoon digi type! Thanks for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Holiday Wishes to you and yours

Hello, friends! Hope you’re having a good week! Our new challenge is live over at Southern Girls Challenge and I’m stoked to share my first Southern Girls Challenge DT inspiration project with you today! The theme for our challenge is Anything Goes and our sponsors this time are Auzz Trinklets, JMC Designs and Jan’s Digi Stamps, so come on over and play for a chance to win a prize! I was provided the Spicy Fox Collection from JMC Designs and created a sweet Christmas card using one of the images named Ginger! It’s never too early to start on those Christmas cards!

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I created a Z-fold card base and layered patterned paper and cardstock on all the panels. I colored the sweet Ginger image with Prismacolor Pencils, cut it with a double-stitched rectangle die and layered it on tan and red cardstock. I paper-pieced her scarf and hat with red plaid paper, and added Glossy Accents to the tiny round elements. I stamped the vertical sentiment in brown ink.

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I embellished the inside panel with the red plaid paper and layered it on tan and red cardstock, then added the stamped sentiment on a small tan panel.

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And here’s one more look completely opened up. I love this fold and I’m thrilled with how it turned out! Pair an adorable image with some pretty papers and *poof* you have an awesome card! ;)

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Very Vanilla cardstock, The Paper Studio Four Seasons and Everything in Between paper pad, American Crafts Crimson and Brown Sugar cardstock
Stamps: JMC Designs Spicy Fox Collection (Ginger), CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Snowy Sayings stamp set
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle ink
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangles die
Accessories:  Prismacolor Pencils- Crimson Red, Ginger Root, Light Umber, Dark Brown; Gemini Junior die cutting machine, MISTI stamp tool, ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this fortnight! We’d love to see what you create! And be sure to check out all amazing goodies at Auzz Trinklets, JMC Designs and Jan’s Digi Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Painted Poppies Boxed Set

Hello, my crafty friends! I hope you’re having a good Hump Day! I’m excited to share my Ephemoire inspiration project with you this morning. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to head over to the Ephemoire Etsy Shop to check out all the amazing digital printables… there are collage sheets, digital papers, journal kits, clip art and mixed media printables, and the print quality is awesome!

I was provided Painted Poppies #1, Painted Poppies #2 and Painted Poppies #3 letter size digital papers to create with this month, and created a pretty boxed set of 12 thank you cards. A friend and former co-worker reached out to request a dozen thank you cards, and I had already had my eye on these papers so I knew exactly what I wanted to do. ;)

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Before I get into the details of my project, I have to share my latest light box visitor… Tigger! I was busy taking photos of the cards and before I knew it, Tigger jumped in and tried to get into that little card box. Oh yes he did, lol! Luckily I was able to get the box (and cards) out of the light box before he crushed it, and snapped a photo of him with his tongue out! Bahahaha, that’s our boy! ** I’ve updated this post with a couple more pics of Tigger without his tongue out so you can see how handsome he really is! ;) **

 

Okay, let me get back on track here… I created a flip-top box that coordinates with the set of cards. I fussy cut a couple pieces of a poppy and made it dimensional with foam pads and added it to the left side of the lid over top of the gold mirror cardstock strip. All the card fronts are layered on brown bag kraft, so I layered the box lid panels on brown bag as well and I covered the inside of the box with the brown bag.

And here are shots of all the cards in pairs. These papers are literally breath-taking and I used almost all of them. A while back I found the perfect 60# Hammermill copy paper to print on which really ramps up these digital prints. ;)

And one more look at the closed box. The strip of gold mirror cardstock makes them look so elegant and I know my friend is going to love them as much as I do!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: The Paper Studio Cream cardstock, Marco’s Gold Mirror cardstock, Marco’s Brown Bag Kraft, Ephemoire Painted Poppies #1, Painted Poppies #2 and Painted Poppies #3 letter size digital papers
Stamps: WPlus9 Hand-Lettered Thanks stamp set
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Dies/Punches: Taylored Expressions Thanks die
Accessories: ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, MISTI stamp tool

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the awesome printables at the Ephemoire Etsy Shop, and while you’re at it, head on over to the Ephemoire Facebook Page for tons of inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

i love us

Hi everyone! Oh my gosh, time just needs to slow down – we CAN’T be approaching the end of January already! I’m not posting on the Simply Crafty SVGs Blog today but have popped in this morning to share an extra DT inspiration project with you, a sweet Valentine created with the free (yep, free…) Simply Crafty SVGs Flowers For Mom Card cut file. I was really thinking outside the box on this one when I decided on a Valentine.

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I added some Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops to the centers of the flowers for a little texture, and placed the sentiment on the bottom of the flower pot.

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I really love this design – the large flower there in the center pops up when the card is opened. Super cute!

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And here’s a look from overhead so you can see the cool design on this!

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And one final look… folded flat and ready to be put in an envelope for mailing. So awesome!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: American Crafts black cardstock; Canvas Corp Brands Sending Love Words on White paper, GKD Black Onyx, Wild Dandelion, Fresh Asparagus and Cherry Red cardstock
Dies/Punches: Simply Crafty SVGs Flowers For Mom Card cut file
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment sticker, Nuvo Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops, Darice iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! 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

Happy Anniversary

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Our new sketch challenges this month are live over at Stick It Down and I’ve popped in this morning to share my Card Team inspiration project! Scrappin’ Happy 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, created by none other than yours truly! ;)

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I challenged myself and created my first-ever card sketches for the first six card challenges this year at Stick It Down, and I’m pretty proud of how they turned out! ;) Using this month’s sketch, I created a pretty anniversary card in a striking silver and blue color combo. The papers are some of Lozzy’s digital papers that I won a while back in one of her challenges. :)

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I layered the papers on a lighter blue cardstock and then adhered them to the dark blue card base. I added two layered stitched star die cuts, a stamped sentiment and a few drops of Liquid Mercury Crystal Drops.

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I embellished the inside panel with leftover paper and cardstock strips used on the front, and stamped the sentiment in blue ink. I won the sentiments stamp set in another challenge a while back. I don’t win tangible prizes very often but I did have a winning streak a few months ago! ;)

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Here’s one more look… I’m really loving how this turned out!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Marco’s Persian Blue cardstock, GKD Little Boy Blue cardstock, Marco’s Venicelux Silver Metallic cardstock, Cardstock Warehouse pure white cardstock
Stamps: The Cat’s Pajamas Simply Stacked Sentiments stamp set
Ink: Ranger Blueprint Sketch distress ink
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Star Layers dies
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Nuvo Liquid Mercury Crystal Drops

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 Scrappin’ Happy Studio! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Easter

Hi friends! Happy Saturday – hope you have a wonderful weekend planned! I’m delighted to be on the ScraPerfect Blog today with my first ScraPerfect DT inspiration project! First order of business is to let you know that this post contains affiliate links. I have a fun project to share – an adorable Easter shaker card! I absolutely love shaker cards and it’s been a while since I created one so I figured it was about time. ;)

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If you’re interested in my stepped-out tutorial, see my post on the ScraPerfect Blog. I used a super cute digital image and sentiment along with a couple of my favorite stitched oval and rectangle dies. All elements were adhered with Best Glue Ever and a No-Clog Writing Cap, and I slightly rubbed the image with the Perfect Crafting Pouch (Strap-N-Tap used here) to get rid of any static. I used Embellie Gellie to place the gemstones.

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My shaker filler is Gorgeous Glitter, which comes in a set of eight colors in adorable little bottles that can be repurposed when the glitter is gone. How fun is that?! ;)

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I kept the inside fairly simple with a layered sentiment cut with stitched rectangle dies.

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And one more peek… totally loving how this turned out!

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ScraPerfect products used:
Best Glue Ever
No-Clog Writing Cap
Perfect Crafting Pouch (Strap-N-Tap used here)
Tiny Shorter Bottles of Embellies (Gorgeous Glitter used here)
Embellie Gellie

Additional products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Silver Foil Sheet, GKD Bubblegum Pink cardstock, Doodlebug Design gingham-linen and dot-grid-daisy-stripe rainbow petite prints
Stamps: Polkadoodles Bunnita Carrot Cake – Fuzzypuffs digital image, Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Sentiments – Quotes Bundle
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX die, Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers dies
Accessories:  Doodlebug Design Cupcake Assortment Jewels

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome ScraPerfect products, and be sure to follow the ScraPerfect Blog so you get all the inspiration, tips and tricks delivered right to your Inbox! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

 

Hello

Hello, my crafty peeps! Happy Hump Day! I’m sharing a super cute ‘just because’ card I created to enter into the January Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge. As a perk for joining the challenge, participants receive a free sponsor digi to create with each month. Bugaboo Digi Stamps is our sponsor this month and I received Chibi Flowerpot Peeker – how stinkin’ cute is she?! You ought to check out The Outlawz Challenges – lots of challenges to enter and lots of fun going on!

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I colored the image with my Bic Mark-It markers, cut it with a stitched circle die and layered it on a die cut doily. I cut the ‘Hello’ sentiment three times and layered them for a little dimension. I created some triangle corners and added some gemstones around the doily to finish the front.

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I embellished the inside panel with leftover strips of paper and cardstock used on the front, and added a layered digital sentiment.

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And one more peek… love how this turned out! I’m such a sucker for Bugaboo images!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White and Tomato Soup cardstock, American Crafts Charcoal cardstock, Simple Stories Wood & Gingham Basics
Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps Chibi Flowerpot Peeker, Polkadoodles Winnie Celebrations 2 Sentiments
Ink: Bic Mark-It markers- Key Lime, Summer Melon, Yellow Blaze, Tiki Hut Tan, Peach Parfait, Rambunctious Red, Margarita Green, Sunset Orange, Fandango Pink, Woodsy Brown, Honey Brown, Cloud Nine Grey, Blue Skies Blue
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers die, Crafter’s Companion Opulent Swirls die set, Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party die
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, ScraPerfect Embellie Gellie, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Darice orange gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sweet card and will consider joining the fun at The Outlawz Challenges – a fun time is guaranteed! And be sure to check out all the fun digital stamps at Bugaboo Digi Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hello Beautiful

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope you’re having a good week! This month’s Anything Goes with Dies Challenge is live over at Happy Little Stampers and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project with you today!

I created a pretty mixed media friendship card featuring the emboss resist technique with white heat embossing and inked background on the front and stamping on the inside.

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I cut the card base with the largest die in the set. Then I stamped the background in Versamark and heat embossed it in white. Then the emboss resist fun began. I inked the background in graduating colors of distress inks, starting with the darkest at the top, and overlapping each color slightly as I went down the panel. I cut the panel with the second largest die in the set and traced around the outside of it on the back of a piece of coordinating cardstock (which I fussy cut) to get a slightly larger layer. I did the same technique for the sentiment layer and turned it sideways on the front of the panel. I cut the sentiment from shimmer cardstock and added a Tim Holtz metallic sentiment sticker. The final touch was a few drops of Crystal Drops.

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After cutting the inside panel, I used the same technique of tracing around the second largest die in the set on the back of a piece of coordinating cardstock (which I fussy cut) to get a slightly larger layer. Then I stamped the sentiment from Clarity Stamp.

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One more peek… I really love how this card turned out!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, DCWV Shimmer cardstock stack, The Paper Studio White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Spice Market Deco background stamp, Clarity Stamp Line Writing Sentiments stamp set
Ink: Versamark; Ranger fired brick, barn door, rusty hinge fossilized amber distress inks; Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder ink
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Ruth Create-A-Card die set, Crafter’s Companion Gemini Opulent Swirls die
Accessories:  Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz stamp platform, Tim Holtz Quotations Metallic Stickers, Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig