Papercraft

2019 Cat Lovers Hop!

Hello, crafty friends! I’ve popped in today to share some info on a blog hop for fellow cat lovers coming up October 21st through 26th! The 2019 Cat Lovers Hop will be the fifth one hosted by my new-found friend – and fellow crazy cat person – Janis!

My hubby and I have eight feline fur babies that we’re absolutely crazy about – Poopie, Molly, Walter, Jack, Tigger, Milo, Dusty, and Mocha Latte! Indulge me for a moment while I share some pics, lol! I know, I’m like that old granny who whips out the wallet and three feet of pictures unfolds! Bahahahaha! And I have to tell you that these photos are my favs and they are not real current…

Poopie (14-1/2), is the old lady who doesn’t like any of the other kitties… it’s a Manx thing! Ed got her when she was about four weeks old and she’s been by his side ever since!poopie
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Molly (5), is the mischief maker and little thief! She’s mama to Jack & Walter… can you see the resemblance?! Ed rescued her (along with two other females) from a job site, and when we took them to be spayed all three were pregnant, lol! We soon went from four kitties to 15! After weaning and getting them all spayed/neutered, most of the kittens were re-homed along with the other two mama kitties.molly
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Jack (4-1/2), is our giant Blankie Bump… loves to sleep under the covers for most of the day, just like a teenager! He’s one of Molly’s boys and is a huge lovable lug!jack
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Walter (4-1/2), is our Lil’ Panther… my sweet baby boy who loves to play laser! He’s Molly’s other son who gives finger kisses and gentle bites every now and then!
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Tigger (4-1/2), is the boy who doesn’t like to be touched unless he’s laying down… and then he loves his belly rubbed! When you catch him in that mood, you better get your lovins while you can! He’s one of the kittens born to one of the other females rescued and re-homed.
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Milo & Dusty (both 2-1/2), are the kids who are always into something… these guys are like having real human kids in the house again! We adopted them from our local shelter shortly after we moved out to Colorado from Florida. 

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Mocha Latte (1-1/2), is Mookie as her daddy affectionately calls her, and the newest addition to our family. Ed’s niece moved into a home last year and this tiny little girl had been left behind by the former renter. So she called Ed and *poof* we had a new baby! ;)
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Okay, okay… back to the hop! Janis has been super busy lining up tons of prizes, so be sure to check out 2019 Cat Lovers Hop to find out all the details! Hope to see you there!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Thank You cards (set of 8)

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope you had a great weekend! A new challenge launched over at UnstampaBelles last Monday and today is my showcase day on the blog! I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for Challenge #94 – Well, Thank You! The twist this month is ‘Brilliant in Blue.’ The twist is not mandatory to play but we’d love to see your creativity and it will put you in the running for DT Favorite!

I created a set of eight thank you note cards using Country Road paper from The Paper Studio in gorgeous shades of blue layered on navy cardstock. Once again I used the very cool “One Sheet Wonder” template created by a very talented lady HERE. It’s just so neat to be able to create eight card fronts from one sheet of patterned paper! Double-sided paper yields the best result with this OSW, however, the back side of the paper I used is white which was an awesome compliment to the blues on the front side!

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After creating all the backgrounds and layering them on navy blue cardstock, I created the card bases and adhered the backgrounds. The sentiment for each card was created with a round Darice gold foil ‘thank you’ sticker layered on either a plain punched circle or a scalloped punched circle. Each card was embellished with several blue Dot Sparklers. Here are pics of the cards taken in pairs:

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The inside of each card is the same, embellished with leftover strips of the blue paper and cardstock used on the front. Since these are note cards, I left each one blank to write a custom message. Loving how these turned out and can’t wait to gift them! ;)

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I’d love to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:
Arty Divas: #6 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #478 – Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s October Patterned Paper Challenge
Creative Moments: #178 – Anything Goes
DL.Art: October Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #115 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #408/409 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Night of Navy cardstock, The Paper Studio Country Road 12 x 12 paper pad
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1-3/4″ circle punch, Stampin’ Up 1-3/4″ scallop circle punch, Stampin’ Up Banner Triple punch
Accessories:  Darice Gold Foil Thank You stickers, blue Stampendous Dot Sparklers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month! You’ll see new inspiration each week! We can’t wait to see what you create without the use of stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

3-D projects · Home decor

gather together & give thanks

Hi everyone! We’re busting right through this year – so hard to believe it’s October already! Today is my post day on the Simply Crafty SVGs Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project with you, a fabulous pumpkin decor piece created with the Simply Crafty SVGs Fall Pumpkin Luminary cut file. This is definitely one of my favorite cut files I’ve worked with yet! Super easy but so elegant!

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This project took four colors of cardstock and twine, and it was amazing watching it come together! The six strands of twine made a beautiful bow which was definitely an added touch!

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I went one step further and added a stamped tag, tucked down into the twine bow.

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Here’s a view of the back side of the pumpkin which is just as pretty as the front and sides, lol!

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And one final view from the top. I am so smitten with this pumpkin luminary!

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Proud to enter this beautiful decor piece into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #101 – Anything Goes
Arty Divas: #6 – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #237 – Halloween/Fall + A Sentiment
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #294 – Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs: October Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: October – Autumn Colors/Halloween
Creative Inspirations: October Challenge – Masculine or Halloween/Autumn
Creative Moments: #178 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #115 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #1940 – Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenges: #249 – see challenge pic

Scrapping4fun Challenges: #150 – Vintage Autumn
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge – Fall/Autumn
The Corrosive Challenge: #10 – Anything Goes
The House That Stamps Built: DCC 0219 – Circles
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #408/409 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: American Crafts vanilla and coffee cardstock, GKD Fresh Asparagus and Faded Brick cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Painted Harvest stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Cajun Craze ink
Dies/Punches: Simply Crafty SVGs Fall Pumpkin Luminary cut file, Inspired by Stamping Fancy Label Dies 3
Accessories:  Canvas Corp Brands jute 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

Papercraft

A little note to say

10/14/19 Honorary Mention at Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges!

Hello, my crafty friends! I 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 super adorable get well card featuring an awesome window die set that I’ve had in my stash for several years and have never gotten around to using. Not sure how that happened, lol! I also used a teacup and flowers die (minus the teacup) to create all the flowers in the flower box under the window.

I’m so smitten! These Diemond Dies were fantastic to work with (they cut like butter) and I can’t believe how easy this card went together. I lucked out by having one piece of red brick paper left in my stash – in a Christmas paper pack, no less!

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I used the Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers die a few weeks back for another DT inspiration project so I knew I wanted to use the flower part of the die for the flower box on this card. So fun! I stamped the sentiment at the top of the window in StazOn Jet Black ink, as the silver cardstock is metallic and has a sheen to it. I added paper with a small and dainty print behind the window to resemble wall paper in the house. ;)

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I embellished the inside panel with a leftover strip of the brick paper and a thin strip of the yellow cardstock used for this panel, then I stamped the sentiment which is a continuation of the sentiment on the front.

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One more look… did I tell you how much I love this card?! Super fun. I hope it brings a smile to someone who is a little under the weather. ;)

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #101 – Anything Goes
Arty Divas: #6 – Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs: October Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper October Challenge
Creative Moments: #178 – Anything Goes
DL.Art: October Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #115 – Anything Goes
Lets Craft and Create: #152 – Anything Goes + option of Colors of Fall
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #1940 – Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge: #10 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Marco’s Metallic Silver cardstock; GKD Charcoal Brown, Cranberry Tart, Tomato Soup, Sweet Mango and Sweet Corn cardstock; KaiserCraft Letters to Santa paper pad; K & Co. Essentials Dark Designer paper pad
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Pretty Posies stamp set
Ink: StazOn Jet Black ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Diemond Dies Window Die Set, Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz stamp platform, English Mustard Nuvo 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

Papercraft

Love me some shoes!

Hi everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start! This month’s ATC Challenge is live over at Happy Little Stampers! I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project with you today! The theme for our October ATC Challenge is Anything Goes with a set of 3 and we’d love to see what you create for our challenge this month! I’ve always had a shoe fetish (thanks to my oldest sister who taught me well) and I used the most adorable stamp set to create a set of three ATCs (coins) featuring shoes!

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I stayed with a black and white color combo with a pop of gold for these coins. I’ve had this Paper Pretties stamp set in my stash for several years and can’t believe I’m just now (finally) getting around to using it – it’s so stinkin’ cute! And I can’t believe I found papers in my stash to match the prints on the shoes, lol! I embellished each coin with black/gold skinny Washi Tape and a few gold sequins.

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Here are individual shots of the coins. I’m so tickled with how they turned out! Not sure if I want to trade them or keep them for myself, lol! ;)

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I’d love to enter this trio of ATCs into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #10 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps: #177 – For A Lady/Girl
Arty Divas: #5 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #294 – October Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge Blog: #10 – Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs: October Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #68 – October Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog: October Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #103 – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #366 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge: #36 – Use A Sentiment
The House That Stamps Built: DCC 0219 – Circles
The Rainbow Card Challenge: #10 – Brazenly Black
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #405-407 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Go Wild DSP stack
Stamps: Paper Pretties Sassy Shoes stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Fiskars 2-1/2″ circle punch
Accessories:  Tim Holtz stamp platform, Me & My Big Ideas black/gold Skinny Washi Tape, Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold sequins

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Best Day Ever

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Our new sketch challenges this month are live over at Stick It Down and I’m thrilled to be one of the Featured Designers! I’ve popped in this morning to share my Card Team inspiration project! Confessions Of A Paper Addict 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 Laura:

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Loving the CAS feel, I fell in love with this sketch almost immediately after seeing it. The ladies creating the sketches for our team are really rockin’ it! This one is amazing and worked up so quickly! It would be great to mass produce for card sets using stamps or cut files, or even hand-cut circles. ;)

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I used the Messy Circles cut file from our sponsor (cut with my Scan N Cut) for this congrats card which I combined with some Tim Holtz idea-ology Snippets Ephemera and Botanical Layers, along with his Quotations Metallic sentiment stickers. I have loads of sequins in my stash and these pink ones in various sizes really fit the bill.

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I embellished the inside panel with a couple leftover strips of cranberry cardstock used on the front and then layered the panel on the cranberry cardstock. I love these sentiment stickers – there are so many to choose from!

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Here’s another look… I really love how this turned out!

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Oh, what the heck… one more up-close shot so you can see that gorgeous pot of flowers and dimensional butterfly that looks like it’s fluttering off the card! ;)

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #101 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #10 – Anything Goes
Arty Divas: #5 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge Blog: #10 – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #103 – Anything Goes
Perfectly CAS: #1 – Flowers
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #405-407 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: October Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick Very Vanilla cardstock, Stampin’ Up Blushing Bride cardstock, GKD Cranberry Tart cardstock, American Crafts Leaf cardstock
Dies/Punches: Confessions Of A Paper Addict Messy Circles cut file
Accessories:  Tim Holtz idea-ology Snippets ephemera and Botanical Layers, Tim Holtz idea-ology Quotations Metallic stickers, WRMK pink sequins

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 Confessions Of A Paper Addict! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

3-D projects · Papercraft

Tissue Box Holder

Hello, my crafty peeps! Happy Tuesday! It’s time for a new challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project with you for LTCCB #39 – October Anything Goes! I created a tissue box holder covered with gorgeous digital papers from the Ephemoire Etsy store! I designed this to hang horizontally on the wall with two Command Strips on the back.

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This was a breeze to make – took me about an hour from start to finish. I plan to make another one for our bathroom using earth tone papers. The base is 120# kraft cardstock and I printed the digital papers on 60# paper.

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One more look from overhead… so pretty! I did not write down the measurements for this tissue box holder, but I will write them down for the next one I make and will post them on my Freebies page, so stay tuned!

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Happy to enter this tissue box holder into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #101 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #10 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge Blog: #10 – Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters: #20 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock, Ephemoire Pretty In Pink letter size digital papers
Accessories:  Command Strips

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig