mixed media · Papercraft

Halloween tag

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday – I hope your week is off to a good start and the weather is continuing to cool off! Our weather has been fabulous! I’m excited to share an inspiration project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT. I created a Halloween tag using the awesome Little People #1 Emily and FriendsGames Ephemera #1Poison Pharmacy Labels and Scary Halloween Words Printables! A fun inky time was had by all, lol!

I went through my Printables stash and picked out all the ephemera I wanted to use, then picked out a handful of embellishments that I thought would compliment the ephemera I had picked out, and finally gathered several ribbon scraps in Halloween colors to tie to the top of the tag. I set everything aside to begin working on the tag background.

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I applied texture paste over the mini harlequin stencil, covering most of the tag and attached a strip of torn black Kraft Core cardstock across the bottom. Once the texture paste was dry, I sprayed green, orange and purple ink (one at a time) in random spots over the tag, drying each color with the heat tool before applying the next. After the last color was applied, I set the tag aside while I tore some corrugated paper to place behind the tag and diagonally across the bottom, and prepared a few of the other elements… I fussy cut a little person, tagged her head (LOL, I know that sounds bad) and added some bling to her dress. I inked a hunk of cheesecloth with Black Soot distress ink. I applied several layers of gold embossing powder on the chipboard timepiece and added a game spinner. I placed orange, green, black, yellow and purple sequins in a small vial and glued in the cork.

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I inked the edges of all the ephemera, distressed some, wrinkled some, and curled some corners, and then began laying everything down. Once I had the placement just how I wanted, I began adhering everything – some pieces with dimensional pads and some pieces adhered flat. I think this is actually my favorite part of creating… I love to see things “come to life!” To finish off the tag, I tied the ribbon at the top, protected the little person with a piece of copy paper, and splattered black gesso mixed with a little water over the tag.

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Here are a few more close-up shots. I’m really loving how this turned out! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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And finally, a couple angled shots. :)

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I’d love to enter this tag into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #54 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #271 – Orange, Brown and Green
Come and Get It Challenges: Color Challenge – Purple, Orange and Black
Crafty Calendar Challenge: October Challenge – Halloween
Crafty Catz: #388 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #31 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Inspirations: #282 – Autumn/Halloween
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Dragonfly Journeys: #103 – Halloween Hoopla
Glitter N Sparkle: #261 – Anything Goes
Make My Monday: #57 – I Put A Spell On You
Naughty or Nice Challenges: #44 – Something Spooky
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1742 – Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #173 – Anything Goes with Ribbon
Sweet Stampers: #12 – Autumn or Halloween
That’s Crafty Challenge Blog: Get Your Spook On
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #304/305 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Little People #1 Emily and Friends
Games Ephemera #1
Poison Pharmacy Labels
Scary Halloween Words

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Tag, Kraft Corrugated paper, Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection cardstock
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink, Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks- Lettuce, Sunset Orange and Purple Twilight
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1-1/4″ Circle Punch
Accessories: Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin Stencil, Stampin’ Up White Doily, Cheesecloth, Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Bo Bunny Timepiece Laser Cut Chipboard, Zva Creative Rhinestones, Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow and Pewter sequins, Doodlebug Design Orange, Purple and Green sequins; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher, Game Spinner, Corked Vial and Tag Press Tool with 1-1/4″ Ring; Liquitex Black Gesso

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tag! 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

mixed media · Papercraft

Wings art journal pages

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today is my post day on the Paper Wings Productions blog and I’m super stoked to share a DT inspiration project using Art Textures stamp setBird Beauty stamp setVintage Cuties Clip Art SheetFlower Power stamp setWings stamp set and Mini Wings stamp set. I created my first-ever art journal pages and am very happy with how they turned out!

I began by stamping random textures in black ink from the Art Textures stamp set over both pages and around the edges. I then brushed gesso over both pages and let dry. I rolled a thin layer of pink acrylic paint (red and white mixed) with a brayer over both pages and let dry.

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Using a spatula, I applied opaque matte texture paste over a stencil in several places on both pages. When dry, I spritzed a little water and sprayed the Cranberry ink. I let the ink run in some places and lightly blotted it in other places.

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I stamped the sentiment on the lower right page and then splattered watered-down black gesso over both pages.

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I layered a vintage cutie on pearlized cardstock and then again on some torn cardstock, sewed around the edges, and adhered it to the left side. I stamped and fussy cut one large and two small butterflies, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers and added some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to all the wings.

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I also stamped two yellow flowers and two pink flowers, fussy cut them and added Shimmer Pico Embellisher to those as well. I adhered the butterflies with Tim Holtz gam spinner bodies and the flowers.

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Here’s one final shot – a close-up of the sentiment. I just love this!

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Proud to enter this Art Journal spread into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge Blog: #10 – Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs: October Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #351 – Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #89 – Anything But Square
Inspiration Destination: #135 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #67 – Anything Goes
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #55 – Geometric Shapes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1740 – Anything Goes
Penny Black and More: October Challenge – Close To Nature
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #26 – Perfectly Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #302/303 – Anything Goes

Paper Wings Productions products used:
Art Textures stamp set
Bird Beauty stamp set
Vintage Cuties Clip Art Sheet
Wings stamp set
Mini Wings stamp set
Flower Power stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents Pearlized Pastels cardstock, Urban Style Design Pad
Ink: Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir- CR6 and CT4, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen
Accessories: Tim Holtz Gothic stencil, Ranger Opaque Matte texture paste, Studio white gesso, Tim Holtz Liquitex Acrylic Paint- Titanium White and Cadmium Red, Ranger Cranberry Adirondack Color Wash, Ranger Distress Sprayer, Janome Sew Mini sewing machine, Bo Bunny Doily, Shimmer Pico Embellisher, Idea-ology Game Spinners, black gesso

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my very first art journal pages using some fabulous stamp sets! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps and other goodies at Paper Wings Productions! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Hero Arts vintage is totally cool

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It’s October 1st and that means a new challenge over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog! I’ve been playing with the Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (again!) and the Hero Arts Feathers Cut File, and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for our October Watercolor challenge!

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I created a fun birthday card with a little ‘vintage’ humor. I chuckled mercilessly while I was putting this together, lol! As I mentioned the last time I used the Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set, it is unfortunately sold out in the a2z Scrapbooking store. I always work ahead and had this card made when the set sold out, however, you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!

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I created the background with several layers of distress oxides on water color paper. I then used the Hero Arts Leaf and Flourish stencil with Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste to get a subtle pattern over top of the distress background. when that was dry, I splattered slightly-watered-down walnut stain distress ink and Picket Fence distress stain over the background, inked the edges in walnut stain distress ink and adhered the panel to the card base.

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I cut the feathers using the Hero Arts Feathers Cut File from white cardstock and inked them with walnut stain and vintage photo distress inks. I carefully curled the edges a bit and affixed them to the water colored panel. I also stamped the front sentiment on a white cardstock scrap, cut it into a banner on one end and tucked it under the ends of the feathers. I inked a tiny pre-tied bow with worn lipstick distress oxide ink and when dried, adhered it to the bottom of the feathers and sentiment banner. I finished the front with a few scattered sequins.

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I stamped the inside sentiment in distress inks and embellished the panel with a leftover strip of brown cardstock.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: October Challenge
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor Challenge

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Feathers Cut Files

Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Paper, Stampin’ Up Early Espresso cardstock, GKD White cardstock
Ink: Ranger Distress Oxides- Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick; Regular Distress Inks- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo; Distress Stain- Picket Fence
Accessories:  Hero Arts Leaf & Flourish Stencil, Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste, tiny pre-tied bow, Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note 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 will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. 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

mixed media · Papercraft

Watercolor thanks

Hi everyone! I’m back with another project this morning… you know how it is on the first of the month, lol! A new challenge has launched this morning over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #6 – Anything Goes + Watercoloring! Remember, the technique twist is optional and not required to play in our challenges! I created a bright thanks card using the Rubbernecker Bouquet stamp set and Sending You Thanks sentiment stamp. This is my first-ever project using Rubbernecker stamps and I think I’m in love, lol!

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My watercoloring (using Brushos) turned out a little darker than I intended but I like it! I can see more projects using this gorgeous stamp set in my foreseeable future, lol! I cut the panel with a My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die and splattered some revived yellow watercolor over it before adhering a Simon Says Stamp ‘thanks’ die cut in three stacked layers.

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I also die cut a piece of white fun foam to pop up the panel when adhering it to the card base. I finished the front with a narrow strip of black along the left side the panel and few scattered sequins. When I showed my hubby the finished card, he asked if I ‘messed up’ with the yellow! LOL! He thinks he is so funny! ;)

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I embellished the inside with a couple narrow strips of black cardstock and stamped the sentiment in black.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #53 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra October Challenge: Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: #17 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #281 – Anything Goes
Day Dreamer Challenges: #3 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stamper October Watercolor Challenge
Hiding In My Craft Room: #320 – Freestyle
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #51 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #21 – Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenges: #200 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #302/303 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Paper, GKD Black Onyx cardstock
Stamps: Rubbernecker Bouquet stamp set and Sending You Thanks sentiment stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark, Brusho Powders- Purple, Yellow, Brilliant Red, Turquoise, Emerald Green and Leaf Green
Dies/Punches: MFT Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, SSS thanks die
Accessories:  Niji Water Brush, MISTI, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, white fun foam, Pretty Pink Posh Peacock Feathers Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider linking up an anything goes project with us this month! The Watercoloring technique twist is optional and only there to inspire you! It’s not required to join in the challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

adulting

Hi everyone! I’m popping in this morning to share a sneak peek… a card I created using some amazing printable ephemera that you’ll be able to get on October 1st! Mixed Up Magazine is offering up a free Printables sheet with Issue 9 that will go on sale on October 1st! OMG, there are so many pieces of awesome, funky, vintage printable ephemera on this sheet that you won’t want to miss! If you’re not already a Mixed Up Magazine subscriber, just order Issue 9 and this awesome printable sheet is yours! I’ve used every one of these amazing pieces on my card, plus two sentiments from the Snarky Words Printables.

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I printed the entire free Printables sheet, fussy cut each piece of ephemera, and inked all the edges. I also cut two sentiments from Snarky Words Printables and inked them as well. Then I began laying everything out the way I wanted.

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Adhering everything down is always the most fun part to me. I adhered some of the pieces flat and popped some of them up on foam tape for a little dimension. I wrinkled some. Whatever looked good in the moment, lol!

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I finished the card front by splattering watered-down Walnut Stain distress ink all over (protecting the Little People with a scrap of paper) and then I smeared some distress grit paste in a few places with a small spatula.

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I left the inside blank to write a custom message. Of course I inked the edges of all these pieces as well.

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Happy to enter this fun card in a few challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge: #164 – One For The Girls
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #11 – Lots Of Layers

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Free Printables Sheet going out with Issue 9 of Mixed Up Magazine
Snarky Words Printables.

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory cardstock, Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock, Marco’s Black cardstock, Urban Style Design Pad
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories: Small metal paperclip, Ranger Distress Grit Paste

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s sneak peek project! Be sure to put Mixed Up Magazine Issue 9 on your radar so you, too, can be the proud owner of this amazing free Printables sheet! And 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

mixed media · Papercraft

stand out from the crowd Canvas

** 10/15/17 Mixed Media Challenge Winner at Happy Little Stampers! **

Hello, crafty friends! Happy Monday! Today is my Mixed Up Magazine post day and I’m beyond excited to share my debut inspiration project! I created a hot pink canvas with a splash of bright orange featuring elements from the awesome Little People Emily and Friends and Enjoy Your Thoughts Words Mixed Up Merchandise Printables! An inky good time was had by all, lol!

I’m sharing the finished project here on my blog, so jump on over to Mixed Up Magazine to see my step-by-step tutorial. I used the back side of the canvas because I wanted to feature the little angel in the open area of the frame. I used gesso, texture paste over a floral stencil, alcohol inks, Gold Perfect Pearls, more alcohol inks, texture stamps, Prills and a splatter of watered-down gesso around the frame.

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I adhered a distressed, stamped, inked and wrinkled piece of lightweight cardstock to the back of the opening. The little angel was fashioned with elements from the Little People Emily and Friends Printables that I added to a chipboard dress form that I “did up” with crackle paint, alcohol ink, texture stamps, bling and a scrap of ribbon. The sentiment is from the Enjoy Your Thoughts Words Printables, which I inked and wrinkled.

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A seam binding bow tucked into an assortment of paper flowers with a tiny clothes hanger complete the lower left corner.

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I popped the little angel into the opening by attaching her to two dimensional ‘boxes’ fashioned from 120# cardstock.

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A metal pop-top embellishment with a large rhinestone balances the design. Seems like it’s been forever since I created a canvas and I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out! Be sure to visit Mixed Up Magazine to see my step-by-step tutorial!

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Proud to enter this mixed media canvas into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #52 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: September Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #350 – Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges: #362 – For  A Friend
Happy Little Stampers: September Mixed Media Challenge
Inky Chicks: #88: Use Your Favorite Color(s) (pink and orange combo)
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
QKR Stampede: #261 – Anything Goes
Stinkin Inkers Challenge Blog: Color Wheel (pink and orange combo)
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Oh Boy
Try It On Tuesdays: My Friend
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #300/#301 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #26 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Little People Emily and Friends
Enjoy Your Thoughts Words

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock scrap
Stamps: PWP Art Textures stamp set
Ink: Cranberry and Sunset Orange Adirondack Color Wash, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Studio White Gesso, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Flower Frame and Mini Harlequin stencils, Paper Accents Chipboard Dress Form, Studio Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint, lace scrap (unknown brand), Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Powder, Liquitex Matte Gel, Hot Mama Prills, Ranger Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Rose seam binding, assorted Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, medium and large Pink Rhinestones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this canvas! Be sure to check out all the fun printable ephemera 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

mixed media · Papercraft

Hero Arts L-O-V-E

** 10/10/17 Top Pick at Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday – hope you have a fantastic week coming up!  Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using Hero Arts Love by Lia and Hero Arts Romeo & Juliet stamp sets! I created a shabby chic Valentine with lots of layers and lots of ink!

I had an absolute blast creating this card. I wanted a few red heat-embossed elements and don’t have any red embossing powder, so the L-O-V-E sentiment and three hearts from the Love by Lia stamp set were stamped in Versamark over top of red ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This is an awesome trick you can use to make it appear like you have virtually any color embossing powder!

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I started with a watercolored background using Scarlet and Brilliant Red Brusho powders. Then I went through a couple ephemera packs and pulled out quite a few elements that I wanted to use, distressed the edges, and started laying them down.

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When I was happy with the placement, I started adhering the pieces. Some were adhered flat and some have foam tape under them for a little dimension. I fussy cut the embossed hearts and added a game spinner for the butterfly body, a twine bow and a strip of fabric roses. I splattered watered-down Walnut Stain distress ink over the entire panel and added some Crystal Drops. LOTS to feast the eyes upon, lol!

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I stamped a sentiment and more hearts from the Romeo & Juliet stamp set on the inside panel, hand-drew a couple wavy lines down the left side and distressed the edges, then layered the panel on black cardstock. Really loving how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania Challenges: #96 – Shabby Chic or Rustic
Country View Challenges: Metal
Craft Rocket Challenges: #41 – Something Beginning with “F” (fabric flowers, fourteen)
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: September Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet: #171 – Anything Goes
Mixed Media World: #29 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #11 – Lots of Layers

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Love by Lia stamp set
Hero Arts Romeo & Juliet stamp set
Versamark
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory cardstock, The Paper Cut Black cardstock
Ink: Scarlet and Brilliant Red Brushos; Memento Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger Black Soot and Walnut Stain distress ink; Ranger Barn Door and Fired Brick distress markers
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Thrift Shop and Snippets Ephemera Packs, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners, Studios Blackbird natural twine, Wild Orchid Crafts black fabric roses, Ebony Black Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is CASE A Designer this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Be sure to check out all the amazing crafty goodies in the a2z Scrapbooking store! AND if you use the code Leslie15 you’ll get 15% off your order of $25 or more! Woo-hoo! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig