I love books!

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and it’s not too awfully hot yet where you are! It’s pretty warm here! I’m happy to share that I’m guest designing over at The Outlawz Challenges in the Songs & Rhymes Challenge! One of my cards was chosen as a favorite a few weeks back so I was asked to be a guestie, and of course I couldn’t say no! Our sponsor is The Paper Nest Dolls and our inspiration is ‘Books’ so I created a super cute bookmark for our middle granddaughter featuring the adorable Back To School Ellie digital image, some distress inking and reverse stenciling. I added green, pink and yellow ribbon to the top which I secured with a green button tied with bamboo cord.

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I printed the image four times, colored one of them with Nuvo alcohol markers and then adhered the other three on the back of the colored one which created some nice dimension. I ran a Memento Tuxedo Black marker around the edge for a finished look. I went with a yellow, pink and green color scheme on the background to pull the colors in from the image. After sponging on the distress ink, I laid a dotted stencil over the bookmark and removed some of the ink through the stencil with a baby wipe. I’ve seen this reverse stenciling technique done lots of times but this is the first time I’ve tried it. What a cool effect – and so easy! I added diagonal strips of cardstock embellished with skinny Washi Tape between the different colors, a computer-generated sentiment at the bottom, and a few pink Dot Sparklers at the top for a little bling.

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And here’s one more look… I’m sure loving how this turned out! Our middle granddaughter will turn six in a few months and I’m hoping this bookmark will encourage her to want to read!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamping and More: #391 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge: #508 – Anything Goes w/optional at least 2 layers
Di’s Digi Challenge: Include A Sentiment
My Time To Craft: #433 – Use A Stencil
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #167 – Animals / Flowers (kitty cat)
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge: #54 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge: Cute

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory cardstock, Tim Holtz distress tag
Stamps: The Paper Nest Dolls Back To School Ellie digital image
Ink: Spectrum Noir- FS3, FS6, FS7; Nuvo- 437, 401, 403, 404, 405, 413, 417, 466, 377, 379, 452, 454, 487, 489, 491, 428; Ranger picked raspberry, mowed lawn and mustard seed distress ink
Accessories:  Waffle Flower Media Mat, Memory Box Texture Mini Dots stencil, Really Reasonable Ribbon from Autumn Sheer with Satin Center Assortment, Checkerboard Satin Pink Assortment and Haunted Halloween Assortment; Stampendous pink Dot Sparklers, Hemptique Bamboo Cord, skinny Washi Tape, green button from October Afternoon Sidewalks Miscellany variety pack

I hope you’ve enjoyed this bookmark and will join The Outlawz so you can link up with us in this challenge! Be sure to check out all the other fun stuff you can do while you’re there, and be sure to check out all the amazing stamps at The Paper Nest Dolls! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Memories Junk Journal

6/1/20 Winner AND Honorable Mention at Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges!

Howdy, friends! Happy Friday – hope you are enjoying your down-slide to the weekend! I’ve popped in with a fun junk journal I finished yesterday afternoon for The Outlawz Twisted Thursdays Challenge where the challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. Our sponsor this month is Vectoria Designs and this time the twist is pearls and lace which goes so well with their ‘shabby chic’ line.

I had the Vectoria Designs Botanical Junk Journal Kit in my digital printable stash so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use it. I printed the cover and all the pages on 60# Hammermill copy paper which yields the best print quality. I trimmed all the pages and inked the edges with walnut stain ink prior to assembling the journal. I added Washi Tape and paper lace along the spine on the front and back, and then added gold flat-back pearls to the paper lace on the front along with filigree metal pieces on the two outside corners. I attached jute cord with bronze charms to the spine. I adhered a label from the kit to the front and spelled out the word ‘Memories’ in gold glitter alpha stickers, and then added a large paper flower that I ‘dirtied up’ with some antique linen distress ink. I added small pieces of the paper lace to a few of the inside pages to complete the journal.

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And here’s one more peek… absolutely loving how this turned out! There is plenty of room on every page for journaling and adding photos to capture those memories! ;)

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Sharing in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #252 Flowers + A Sentiment
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2021 – Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #167 – Animals and/or Flowers
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #440/441 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents kraft cardstock
Stamps: Vectoria Designs Botanical Junk Journal Kit digital printable
Ink: Ranger walnut stain and antique linen distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black marker
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Labels Eight die
Accessories:  Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Carpe Diem Washi Tape, Canvas Corp jute cord, Canvas Corp paper lace, Darice gold glitter alpha stickers, Wild Orchid Crafts paper flower, ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever; The Funkie Junkie Boutique corner filigree metal pieces, small metal key, and discover and camera charms; Flourish With A Bling gold flat-back pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

birthday wishes

6/1/20 Top Sprout at A Place To Start!

Hi everyone! Happy Fri-YAY! I’m stoked to be back on the CutCardStock blog today with an awesome DT inspiration project featuring more of the Basis cardstock that was included in our Designer’s Pack! First order of business is to let you know that this post contains affiliate links. This birthday card features the gorgeous blue that I paired with white linen, and it’s a super easy design. I created a standard A2 size card base from Classic Linen Solar White 100# cardstock and then cut a slightly smaller panel from Classic Linen Solar White 80# cardstock.

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I punched ten 3/4″ squares from Basis Medium Blue cardstock and scored each one vertically and horizontally for some interest. I rotated the squares to create diamond shapes and arranged them on a piece of copy paper, centering with a T-Square ruler, and taped them in place with removable tape. Then I flipped them over, added some glue to the back of each one, flipped them over again and adhered them to the Classic Linen Solar White 80# cardstock panel. Using Stick-It adhesive sheet, I adhered the panel to white foam and then to the card base. I added some tiny white flat-back pearls to center of each along with the sentiment stamped in blue ink, die cut and popped up on foam tape.

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I cut the inside panel from Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock and embellished it with a strip of the Basis Medium Blue cardstock adhered down the left side. I stamped the simple sentiment in blue ink.

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One more look… loving how this simple but pretty design turned out! I’m thinking I may CASE my own design soon to create a set of these cards to gift! ;)

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Sharing in the following challenges:
A Place To Start: May Challenge – Custom Background / No Designer Papers
AAA Cards: #166 – A Small 6th Birthday Bash
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2021 – Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Favorite Technique (clean and simple)
Try it on Tuesday: Cut It Out

CutCardStock products used:
Classic Linen Solar White 100# cardstock
Classic Linen Solar White 80# cardstock
Classic Crest Solar White 80# cardstock
Basis Medium Blue 80# cardstock

Other products used:
Stamps: Inspired By Stamping Petite Banners and Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp sets
Ink: Hero Arts Cornflower ink
Dies/Punches: EK Success 3/4″ square punch, Inspired By Stamping Fancy Label Dies 3 set
Accessories:  T-Square ruler, Scotch removable tape, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, white Fun Foam, Darice tiny white flat-back pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get crafty! Be sure to check out all the awesome cardstock and other goodies at CutCardStock (adhesives, labels, stickers, pens, watercolors and ribbon to name a few). And head on over to the CutCardStock Facebook Page for more inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Life Behind Bars

Hi friends! Happy Hump Day! I’m thrilled to be on the blog today over at The Project Bin with another crafty tutorial! If you’re interested, take a peek at that HERE. I was provided the amazing Defined stamp set and the Wild Thing stamp set with dies, and created a cool Father’s Day card. Did the title of my post get your attention, lol?!

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This is a super easy design. I cut a panel of blue textured cardstock to cover the front of the card base and added a piece of silver foil cardstock embossed with a diamond plate pattern to the bottom. I ended up adding an additional piece of the blue textured cardstock at the very bottom to tone down the shine a bit… it was bright, lol! I stamped a fun sentiment in black ink and then adhered a stamped and die cut bike and shadow. The final step was adding black Crystal Drops to tie in the black ink and the shadow.

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I embellished the bottom of the inside panel with strips of the textured blue cardstock and embossed silver foil cardstock, stamped the sentiment, and layered the panel on a lighter piece of blue cardstock.

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And one more peek… totally loving how this turned out! Of course, it’s for the hubby, but shhhh… don’t tell him! ;)

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Sharing in the following challenges:
A Place To Start: May Challenge – Custom Background / No Designer Papers
Alphabet challenge Blog: D is for Dry Embossing
Double “D” Challenges: Begins with M (motorcycle)
QKR Stampede: #399 – Anything Goes
The Paper Girls Challenge: #200 – All About Boys
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Favorite Technique (clean and simple)
Try it on Tuesday: Cut It Out

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: DCWV medium blue textured cardstock, Hygloss silver foil cardstock, GKD Powder Blue and Black Onyx cardstock
Stamps: The Project Bin Defined stamp set and Wild Thing stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Wild Thing dies (included with stamp set)
Accessories:  Bearly Art precision craft glue, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Darice Diamond Plate Pattern embossing folder, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, MISTI stamp tool, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have popped over to see my tutorial on the blog! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at The Project Bin, and while you’re at it, head on over to The Project Bin Facebook Page for more inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Joy Mini Treat Box

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! 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, an adorable little treat box created with the free (yep, that’s what I said!) Simply Crafty SVGs Chocolate Squares Box cut file. OMGosh, is this cute or what?!

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This was truly an easy one to put together. That’s the wonderful thing about Sandy… she takes all the guesswork out of her files. Instructions are straight-forward and easy to understand – in the form of written instructions downloaded with the file or a YouTube video where you can follow along interactively.

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I cut the base from heavyweight kraft, the side panels from a pretty PhotoPlay red print and the handles from a holly print on the flip side of the red print. I tied a scrap of white and red hounds tooth ribbon through the handle with bamboo cord, and adhered a ‘joy’ sticker from the same PhotoPlay Collection Kit. The possibilities are endless with regard to colors, themes and occasions. I went with a Christmas theme here as Sandy did.

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One more peek… so loving this! This would be a super cute project to mass produce to take chocolate to co-workers!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: J is for Joy and K is for King (J for Joy)
Christmas Craft Creations: May Challenge – Use A Die Cut
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Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2021 – Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday: Cut It Out

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock Warehouse Brown Box kraft cardstock, PhotoPlay Holiday Cheer Collection Kit
Dies/Punches: Simply Crafty SVGs Chocolate Squares Box cut file
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Really Reasonable Ribbon red/white hounds tooth ribbon scrap, Hemptique bamboo cord

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

Backpack Mini Album

Hi friends! Happy Monday! It’s Memorial Day – please take a moment to remember what this day is really about… not just the start of summer, cooking out and chilling in the pool. Please take a moment to honor the men and women who died serving in the US Military. 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 – a backpack mini album!

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We moved last year and when unpacking my studio, I ‘unearthed’ a mini album CD that I bought quite a while ago. I’ve had a lot of fun over the years creating projects from the tutorials on the CD, and this little backpack was one I particularly enjoyed. This is the second one I’ve made. The backpack base and flap, front pocket and inside pages were all cut from heavy kraft cardstock, and all the pieces were adhered with Best Glue Ever and a No-Clog Writing Cap. I embellished the flap and created the front pocket from coordinating patterned paper, also adhered with Best Glue Ever. The front flap and little pocket both have small velcro circle closures. The little pocket on the front holds two journaling cards. The straps are made from brown twill ribbon.

There are eight pages on the inside embellished with more coordinating papers, also adhered with Best Glue Ever. It’s not part of the tutorial but I created two scored pieces of kraft cardstock to cover the twill ribbon knots on the inside of the album to give it a more finished look.

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And one more peek… I’m so smitten! Love how this turned out and I can’t wait to gift it!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #132 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #440/441 – Anything Goes

ScraPerfect products used:
Best Glue Ever
No-Clog Writing Caps

Additional products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock Warehouse Brown Box kraft cardstock, The Paper Studio Tattered and Worn 12×12 paper pad
Dies/Punches: Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, Stampin’ Up 1″ circle punch, Stampin’ Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch
Accessories:  Technique Junkies Mini Album Mania CD, brushed copper brads and black eyelets from stash, Crop-A-Dile, brown Totally Twill ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Velcro circles

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

A special note of thanks

Hello again, everybody! I’m back with one more card I created yesterday afternoon for The Outlawz Challenges! This one is for the Sunday Songs & Rhymes Challenge, and I had the perfect stamp set in mind for “Sing a Song of Flowers!” The Paper Nest Dolls is our sponsor this month, so come on over and play! I created a pretty thank you card – one can never have too many of those on hand! And I’m proud to say that this one is clean and simple AND one layer! Woo-hoo!

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This design would be fantastic to mass produce to create a set. Super simple. Two stamps on the front stamped in one color of ink.

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I added some shimmer overlay to the flower which gave it a watercolor look and really brought it to life. I also ‘dotted’ around the entire image with a white paint marker but it’s barely noticeable in the photo. Looks cool in real life, though! ;)

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I mentioned super simple… two more stamps from the same stamp set on the inside flap stamped in the same color used on the front. ;)

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And one more look… totally loving how this turned out. There’s a lot to be said for something so simple packing such a powerful punch!

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Sharing in these additional challenges:
613 Avenue Create: #233 – Anything Goes w/ optional Diamonds and Lace (no twist)
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #116 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: May Anything Goes
CASology: Week 368 – Plant
Paperbabe Stamps: #119 – Picture Inspiration

QKR Stampede: #399 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog: Anything But A Square

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Floral Phrases stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Rose Red ink, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear overlay marker, Posca white paint marker
Accessories:  MISTI stamp tool

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig