Flutter By, Butterfly

Hey everybody! I hope you’re having a great week and not working too hard! I’m back this morning with a new page in my new art journal that I finished on Mother’s Day. Even though it’s butterfly-themed, I’ve dedicated this page to our little seven-month-old kitten named Flutterby who was killed by a car speeding through our neighborhood three weeks ago. As most of you know, Ed and I rescue cats and kittens, and Flutterby was the last surviving kitten born to feral Mama last September so she had a special place in our hearts. It was hard. I can now talk about her without tearing up (most of the time) and this page makes me feel like she’s in a good place. :)

I started by inking a piece of Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock with mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, twisted citron and fossilized amber distress inks using the direct-to-paper technique for good bold coverage. Using the Taylored Expressions Bubbly stencil and DreamWeaver Translucent Embossing Paste, I added some bubbles down both sides. Next, I added arrows on both sides using the TCW Susana’s Arrows stencil and Ranger picket fence distress stain, and then added several elements over the page using the TCW Mini Butterfly Collage stencil and Ranger black soot distress ink. Then I randomly stamped clusters of dots, postage stamps and text over the background using Paper Wings Productions Art Textures and Writing Backgrounds stamp sets.

I tore a piece of kraft corrugated paper, inked the edges, and adhered it to a torn piece of Hot Off The Press Flowing Ink double-sided paper and then to the bottom of the page. I grabbed a Hobby Lobby Woodpile Key and coated it with Prima Finnabair Brown Rust Paste and Red Rust Paste to give it a rusted look, and embellished it with a piece of Eyelet Outlet Brown Pearl Bling Strip. I rubbed some of the brown rust paste onto the raised portions of the corrugated paper, then attached a Tim Holtz idea-ology Swivel Clasp to the key with his idea-ology Jump Rings, and attached it to the corrugated paper.

I created an arrow by tracing a curved arrow from the TCW Susana’s Arrows stencil onto a scrap of 110# Solar White cardstock which I fussy cut and then drew lines around the edges with a Sakura Pigma Micron 08 black pen. I sprayed it with Tattered Angels It’s Green and Dragonfly Glimmer Mists, applied Glossy Accents and sprinkled Brutus Monroe Blue Shimmer Flakes over it. I applied another light ‘bumpy’ coat of Glossy Accents for texture, covering and trapping the shimmer flakes. Once dry, I cut the curved arrow in half and adhered the two pieces to the left side of the page, and added a 49 and Market fussy cut and layered butterfly with Darice Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Circles.

I cut two postal pieces from a roll of Tim Holtz idea-ology Postale Tissue Wrap and a large butterfly from his idea-ology Melange Tissue Wrap, and adhered them to scrap pieces of 110# Solar White cardstock with Ranger Distress Collage Medium. Once dry, I fussy cut each one of them, watercolored the butterfly with Light Green, Turquoise Green, Persian Green and Gray Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a Kuretake Watercolor Brush, and added a Tim Holtz idea-ology Gamer Spinner for the butterfly’s body. I adhered these pieces and lightly sprayed the page with Tattered Angels Tarnished Silver Glimmer Mist. I then splattered Tattered Angels It’s Green and Dragonfly Glimmer Mists by opening the bottle and flicking the bottom part of the spray apparatus over the page.

I stamped the sentiments from the STAMPlorations Layered Butterflies stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on scraps of 110# Solar White cardstock and trimmed them. I ran a Tuxedo Black marker around the outside edges of each portion, layered them on CutCardStock Curious Metallic Night cardstock and adhered them to the page. I added several vinyl glittered flower stickers from my stash along with some Eyelet Outlet blue pearls and white heart pearls. The final touch was inking the edges of the page with black soot distress ink. Seems I can never do a ‘simple’ mixed media project… I feel like I have to keep adding more and more. Even though this is quite busy, I’m pleased with the result!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #05-2022 – Anything Goes
2. A Place To Start: #052022 – Anything Goes w/ optional Lilies and Lace (no twist)
3. Addicted To Stamps and More: #429 – Any Occasion
4. Ally’s Angels: #58 – Anything Goes
5. Classic Design Challenge: #5 May Anything Goes
6. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #123 – Anything Goes Always
7. Crafty Calendar Challenge: May Anything Goes
8. Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #82 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
9. Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday Challenge: May Anything Goes
10. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: May Anything Goes
11. Paperbabe Stamps: #167 – Anything Goes
12. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Not A Card
13. Try It On Tuesday: Use A Stencil

Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support! 

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 165# # Solar White cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Curious Metallic Night cardstock, Hot Off The Press Flowing Ink 6×6 Double-Sided Cardstock, kraft corrugated paper
Stamps: STAMPlorations Layered Butterflies stamp set, Paper Wings Productions Art Textures and Writing Backgrounds stamp sets
Ink: Ranger black soot, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, twisted citron and fossilized amber distress inks; Memento Tuxedo Black ink (pad and marker), Ranger picket fence distress stain; Sakura Pigma Micron 08 black pen; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Light Green, Turquoise Green, Persian Green and Gray
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Large Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Bearly Art precision craft glue; Tim Holtz idea-ology Postale Tissue Wrap and Melange Tissue Wrap, Swivel Clasps, Jump Rings, Game Spinners; The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage Stencil and Susana’s Arrows Stencil; Taylored Expressions Bubbly Stencil, DreamWeaver Translucent Embossing Paste, spatula, Ranger Distress Collage Medium, Ranger Distress Brush; Tattered Angels It’s Green, Dragonfly and Tarnished Silver Glimmer Mists; Kuretake Watercolor Brush; Brutus Monroe Blue Shimmer Flakes, Glossy Accents, Hobby Lobby Woodpile Key, Prima Finnabair Brown Rust Paste and Red Rust Paste; Eyelet Outlet Brown Pearl Bling Strip, Blue Pearl Bling Strip and White Pearl Hearts; Darice Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Circles, 49 and Market Curators Botanical 6×8 Collection Pack and Laser Cut Elements

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this project! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Can’t Wait To See You Tag

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Can’t believe how fast the time if flying by! I told the cashier at the grocery store this morning that half the year is almost over already and it just got started, lol! I have a Prickley Pear Stamps project to share with you today that I created to showcase the new All About You Cardinal stamp set – another beauty in the new release! This stamp set is absolutely gorgeous with so many possibilities! I created a simple mixed media tag featuring a paper-pieced image in the foreground (colored with Karin Brush Markers) along with acrylic inks applied with a brayer, stenciling with gel medium, more acrylic ink applied with the fingertip, and a 49 and Market curators Botanical Rub-On Transfer!

I started by stamping the cardinal image from the All About You Cardinal stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a piece of 165# Solar White cardstock (super heavyweight cardstock for dimension), colored it with Karin Brush Markers and fussy cut it, then ran a Memento Tuxedo Black marker around the outside edge for a more finished look. I set it aside while I worked on the tag. I applied Liquitex Cerulean Blue Hue and Titanium White acrylic paints with a brayer onto the front surface of a Tim Holtz Distress Tag. I created some background texture with a Memory Box Texture Mini Dots Designer Stencil and Golden Gel Medium. When that dried, I rubbed a tiny bit more Titanium White acrylic paint over the raised dots with my finger tip.

I applied a 49 and Market curators Botanical Rub-On Transfer and then adhered the cardinal image. I stamped the sentiment on Baronial Ivory cardstock in black ink, trimmed the first portion and outlined it with a black marker after adhering it to the tag. I fussy cut the remaining word and adhered it just below the first portion. I added a few Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals and a strip of Eyelet Outlet Red/White Dot Washi Tape cut in half lengthwise. I threaded some Hemptique Red Hemp Crafting Cord through the hole at the top to finish it off.

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #202205 – May Anything Goes w/ optional Mother’s Day Slimline (no twist)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #05-2022 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #5 May Anything Goes
4. Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #155 – Animals/Birds
5. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #123 – Anything Goes Always
6. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: May Anything Goes
7. Scrapping4fun Challenges: #212 – Anything Goes
8. Stamping Sensations: May Challenge – Anything Stamped w/ optional Floral and Fauna

Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support!

Prickley Pear Stamps products used:
All About You Cardinal stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Tags, Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock, Neenah Classic Baronial Ivory cardstock
Ink/Paint: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (pad and marker); Karin Brush Markers- Cocoa, Sandstone, Red, Neutral Grey 3, Olive Green and Apple; Liquitex Cerulean Blue Hue and Titanium White acrylic paints
Accessories: Brayer, MISTI stamp tool, Memory Box Texture Mini Dots Designer Stencil, Golden Gel Medium, 49 and Market Curators Botanical Rub-On Transfers, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Eyelet Outlet Red/White Dot Washi Tape, Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals, Hemptique Red Hemp Crafting Cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at Prickley Pear Stamps! If you’d like to save 10% on anything on the site when you shop at Prickley Pear Stamps, use the coupon code LESLIE10 at checkout! And be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Prickley Pear Stamps Facebook page to keep up with news and sales, and join Prickley Pear Pals (the fan group) for lots of fun crafty ideas and to share your creativity! And finally, we’d love to see you visit the Prickley Pear Stamps blog that’s in the process of being revived and become a Follower! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

‘today is the day’ Art Journal Page

4/16/22 Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create!
4/29/22 Stand Out Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges!
5/5/22 Top 3 at Let’s Craft and Create!
5/6/22 Winner at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog!

Hey everybody, happy Thursday! We’re another day closer to the weekend and the middle of April already! Where is the time going?! I have another amazing Tape Runner DT inspiration project to share with you today! I created a pretty Spring-themed page in my new handmade art journal, and of course, all panels were adhered with Retractable Tape Runner!

I bought a leather-bound art journal years ago when I first tried my hand at art journaling and it warped so badly from the mediums I used that I ended up tearing the finished pages out of it and throwing them all away. The now blank journal is still sitting on a shelf with several heavy books on top of it to try to straighten it out, and I’ll probably use it for notes, lists and such going forward so it doesn’t completely go to waste. That said, my Stamped Smiles blog friend, Vicki, inspired me last month to make my own art journal from heavyweight cardstsock. So I cut 7-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ panels from Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock and used three 7 Gypsies Binding Rings on the left side so I can remove the pages to work on each one separately. And the beauty is I can add heavyweight watercolor panels when the mood hits me to do ‘wet’ AJ pages. I think I’m gonna love this and I’m not sure why I didn’t do it sooner!

As mentioned above, all panels were adhered with Tape Runner. Spray adhesive was used to adhere the fence and flowers, and double-sided adhesive foam circles were used to pop up the large purple butterfly. This is a ‘dry’ art journal page created with 49 and Market Curators Botanical 6×8 Double-Sided Papers, Postage Stamp Washi Tape, Ephemera Bits, Tag Set, Laser Cut Elements, and Rub-On Transfers, with some added stamping to create texture to the page.

I started with a green patterned paper for the background and then added a strip of postage stamp washi tape. I gathered some ephemera, a tag, and laser cut elements, and adhered them to the page, layering them one by one. I used a small rub-on from the collection to add some texture. I also used a stamp from the Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures stamp set to add some additional areas of texture to the page. The final touch was adding several Taylored Expressions White Rhinestones.

And one more look at the page… OMGoodness, I’m in love with this collection! And it’s great to have the amazing Tape Runner to hold it all together!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #202204 – Anything Goes w/ optional April Showers (no twist)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #4-2022 – Anything Goes
3. A Place To Start: #042022 – Anything Goes w/ optional Key It Simple (no twist)
4. Ally’s Angels: #57 – Anything Goes
5. Classic Design Challenge: April #4 – Anything Goes
6. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #122 – Anything Goes Always
7. Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #154 – Spring
8. Crafty Gals Corner: #230 – Spring/Easter
9. Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #81 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
10. Inkspirational Challenges: #262 Photo Challenge

11. Lets Craft and Create: #182 – Anything Goes + Beautiful Butterflies
12. My Time To Craft: #479 – Springtime Insects
13. Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenges: #513 – Anything Goes With Paper
14. River of Creativity: #12 – Anything Goes w/ optional Spring
15. Scrapping4fun Challenges: #211 – Spring

Tape Runner products used:
Retractable Tape Runner

Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support!

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Large Guillotine Paper Trimmer, 49 and Market Curators Botanical 6×8 Double-Sided Papers, Postage Stamp Washi Tape, Rub-On Transfers, Tag Set, Ephemera Bits, and Laser Cut Elements; Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive, Darice Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Circles, Taylored Expressions White Rhinestones, 7 Gypsies Binding Rings

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get your craft on! Be sure to check out the ah-mazing Tape Runner, Retractable Tape Runner and Highlight Tape Runner at TapeRunner.com! Check out our Etsy store, and Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Vintage Sewing Album

Hey, everybody! Another Happy Hump Day to you – SO hard to believe we’ve already seen the first week of September! I’m thrilled to be back on the Clear Scraps blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! I created a very cool vintage sewing album using the Blank Wood Card with Dress Form Chipboard Embellishments! This was such a fun project! I layered the two dress forms together to make one embellishment with some really good dimension as the focal on the front of the album. I cut four pages for the inside and embellished the front and back of each page.

The front and back covers of the album were created with Blank Wood Card. In addition to the stamped and painted Dress Form Chipboard Embellishments on the front, I used a vintage button, charms, ruler ribbon, and elements from the digital accessories. I used Ephemoire’s Til The Bobbin Runs Out digital journal pages and accessories on the covers and all the pages. The edges of the covers and pages are inked with distress ink. The inside of the front and back covers are painted with chalk paint and each has a spool element from the digital accessories. All four of the pages on the inside are embellished with digital journal pages. They also have folders that open, flaps that open up and out, and pull-outs – all embellished with elements from the digital accessories along with stamped and die cut buttons, and all with plenty of room for journaling and/or photos. I did a little ink splattering with a fan brush on each page, trying not to over-do it because I love ink splatters, lol! And finally, I tied two ribbons on the binding rings with crafter’s cord. Here are shots of the front and inside cover, front and back all pages, and the inside and back cover.

Clear Scraps products used:
Blank Wood Card
Dress Form Chipboard Embellishments
Small sanding stick

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Basis Teal cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Brown cardstock, CutCardStock Baronial Ivory cardstock, CutCardStock Pop-Tone Bubblegum cardstock, CutCardStock Sandcastle cardstock
Stamps: Great Impressions Lace background stamp, Ephemoire Til The Bobbin Runs Out digital journal pages and accessories, Sunny Studio Cute As A Button stamp set
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1-3/4″ circle punch, Stampin’ Up 1″ circle punch, Fiskars 2-1/2″ circle punch, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, Sunny Studio Cute As A Button die set
Accessories: Folkart Java, Oatmeal and Sheepskin chalk paint; MISTI stamp tool, 7 Gypsies binding rings, Tim Holtz idea-ology Ruler Ribbon, 3 Girl JAM vintage button, Blue Moon charms from stash, Ranger distress collage medium, Big Shot, fan brush, Really Reasonable Ribbon pink twill and olive canvas ribbon, Hemptique Bamboo crafting cord, Stampendous green and pink Dot Sparklers

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get those craft supplies out to play! Be sure to check out all the amazing acrylic, wood and chipboard goodies at Clear Scraps… OMGoodness, you won’t be disappointed! And head on over to the Clear Scraps Facebook Page for lots of inspiration! And while you’re at it, join the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative Group to connect with other Clear Scraps fans! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dream BIG Wall Hanging for Clear Scraps

Hey, everybody! Happy Hump Day – I hope you’re having a fantastic week! I’m super stoked to share my debut project as a new Clear Scraps design team member! Oh, the F-U-N I’m having! I’m up on the Clear Scraps blog today with a pretty piece of home decor – a Dream BIG wall hanging (very appropriate for this dream design gig!) created with the Deco Pallet Shape, 5×9 Feathers Layering Stencil, and small Dream Clear Word Title!

I started by sanding and painting the Deco Pallet Shape with white chalk paint. I added feathers randomly over the surface using the 5×9 Feathers Layering Stencil and distress inks, and then stamped clusters of small dots in green ink to fill in blank spaces. I then affixed a green enamel dot to the top of several feathers. I traced the small Dream clear word title backwards onto the back side of a piece of dotted patterned paper and fussy cut it. I painted the Dream word with light teal chalk paint, added whimsical dots and circles with white paint pen and green Sharpie for some interest, and adhered the patterned paper tracing behind it for a shadow effect. I adhered it to the pallet with double-sided foam circles, and then added the BIG stamped portion just beneath it with craft glue. I added white flat-back pearls to the top, bottom and sides of the pallet, and then fashioned a hanger from silver chain and looped green crafting cord through every other chain link. 

I created some cute little feather ‘charms’ to dangle from the top left – one silver embossed, one stamped in green and one stamped in teal – and all die cut and layered three times. I punched holes through each charm and added them to several extra chain links. 

I fashioned a double-loop bow from teal ribbon which I adhered to the top right with hot glue, and embellished it with a green crafting cord bow and paper flower.

The final addition to the piece was a sentiment stamped in green, die cut and layered on silver foil cardstock, which I adhered to the bottom center with glue.

Clear Scraps products used:
Deco Pallet Shape
5×9 Feathers Layering Stencil
Small Dream clear word title

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock, Hygloss silver foil cardstock, Sunny Studio Polka-dot Parade 6×6 paper
Stamps: Dare2BArtzy Dream BIG stamp set, Altenew Happy Dreams stamp set
Ink: Ranger Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers distress ink, Versamark, Posca white paint pen, Sharpie Lime ultra fine point pen
Dies/Punches: Dare2BArtzy Dream BIG die set, My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics
Accessories: Plaid Folkart White Adirondack and Seaside Villa Chalk paint, Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Limeade assortment, MISTI stamp tool, Big Shot, SweetStamps fine detail silver embossing powder, Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Darice double-sided adhesive foam circles, Darice white flat-back pearls, 2″ square acrylic stamp block, eeBeads silver chain, hot glue gun, Really Reasonable Ribbon Silky Crush teal ribbon, Hemptique green hemp crafting cord, Wild Orchid Crafts paper flower

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get those craft supplies out to play! Be sure to check out all the amazing acrylic, wood and chipboard goodies at Clear Scraps… OMGoodness, you won’t be disappointed! And head on over to the Clear Scraps Facebook Page for lots of inspiration! And while you’re at it, join the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative Group to connect with other Clear Scraps fans! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

a true friend (set of 2 note cards)

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! Can’t believe we’ve hit August already! Where has this year gone?! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! Our new challenge is live over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #52 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media! All of our challenges are ‘anything goes’ and we offer a technique twist each month to inspire you. The twist this month is mixed media and we’d love to see a project using more than one medium – but the twist is not required to play! I created a pair of friendship cards featuring a smooshed distress ink background layered on a panel of dry embossed stripes. I used the gorgeous Prickley Pear Stamps Heart Key Crown and Hearts 2 stamp sets along with their Heart Key Crown die set and the Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle dies.

I created two standard A2 size top-folding card bases along with front panels from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I dry embossed the front panels and then die cut a double stitched rectangle from dark and medium teal cardstock along with a silver foil cardstock layering panel for each. I stamped a heart in dark and medium teal ink to match the cardstock and die cut them with the coordinating die. I set everything aside so I could work on the backgrounds. I laid down various colors of distress inks (peacock feathers, mowed lawn, salty ocean, bundled sage, chipped sapphire, pine needles and dusty concord) on my craft mat, spritzed with water in my Tim Holtz distress sprayer and smooshed the cold pressed watercolor paper around in it, drying with my heat tool between smooshes. When I was happy with the overall result, I spritzed a homemade mixture of white Perfect Pearls and Dr. Ph. Martin’s blue India ink in a Ranger Mini Mister to give the panel a slight shimmer. I then cut two double stitched rectangles from the inked panel using the next smaller double stitched rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment on each inked panel in Versamark and heat embossed them in white. I layered the die cuts onto the silver foil cardstock panel and adhered them to the card fronts. The final touch was adhering the die cut hearts and some small white flat back pearls. I’m a bit quirky and intended to offset the focal element on both of these cards but got interrupted by someone at the door and when I went back to my studio to finish putting the second card together, I totally forgot what I had done on the first one, lol! That’s how this old brain works… bahahaha!

I cut an inside panel for each card from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, embellished each one with a thin strip of the cardstock used on the front and a scrap from the inked panel, and then layered each panel on silver foil cardstock. I left the inside blank on each to write a custom message.

One more peek at the pair… so happy with how these turned out! Loving these colors and beautiful stamps and dies!

Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper, Stampin’ Up Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay cardstock, Hygloss silver foil cardstock
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Heart Key Crown stamp set and Prickley Pear Stamps Hearts 2 stamp set
Ink: Ranger distress ink- peacock feathers, mowed lawn, salty ocean, bundled sage, chipped sapphire, pine needles, dusty concord; homemade Perfect Pearls and Dr. Ph. Martin’s blue India ink; Versamark, Stampin’ Up Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay ink
Dies/Punches: Prickley Pear Stamps Heart Key Crown die set, Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle dies
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Tim Holtz distress sprayer, Ranger Mini Mister, MISTI stamp tool, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Gemini Junior, Darice Stripes embossing folder, Xyron Creative Station, Darice tiny white flat-back pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month! Remember, all of our challenges are ‘anything goes’ and we offer a technique twist each month to inspire you! We’d love to see either ‘anything goes’ or a mixed media project – take your pick! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

dragonflies canvas

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week and have something really fun planned this weekend! I’m happy to be back on the Eyelet Outlet blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! I created a pretty mixed media canvas featuring the new Dragonfly Brads in the store which I paired with Purple Enamel Dots and White Pearl Bling. OMGosh, these dragonflies are SO pretty! I love dragonflies (as much as butterflies) and these really spoke to me!

This took about a week to make… understanding the mechanics of mixed media, you need to let each layer dry thoroughly before applying the next, plus I was also working on projects for other teams. I covered an 8×8 stretched canvas with white gesso. Using a spatula and two dot stencils, I applied Ranger opaque matte texture paste over random areas of the canvas. I also applied Tim Holtz distress grit paste with a spatula and a doily stencil in random areas to cover the rest of the canvas, and then added another thin layer of white gesso. I spritzed a variety of glimmer mists and color washes randomly over the canvas, lightly hit the entire canvas with water in a Tim Holtz distress sprayer and let it all run together. The fun part is you never know what you’re going to get, lol! Some areas are darker/lighter than others and it’s totally random!

I stamped randomly over the canvas with writing and texture stamps using purple archival ink. I smeared glue in a few places with my fingers and sprinkled on glitter glass but unfortunately you can’t see it in any of the photos but the sparkle is real! I found the dragonflies meaning online and typed it in a purple font on my laptop, printed it on Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and cut it with a hexagon die. I layered it on a slightly larger purple hexagon die cut and adhered it to the canvas. I added a variety of paper flowers from my stash (some colored with sprays and glimmer mist), along with a purple seam binding bow and a purple crafting cord bow, and a little wooden gear that I sprayed with green glimmer mist. I then added Dragonfly Brads, Purple Enamel Dots and White Pearl Bling to complete the canvas.

Here are a few shots going around the canvas showing the colors and textures.

And one more look… super happy with how this turned out! These dragonfly brads are gorgeous and really add to a project!

Eyelet Outlet products used:
Dragonfly Brads
Purple Enamel Dots
White Pearl Bling

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock, GKD Wild Lilac cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Writing Backgrounds and Big Art Textures stamp sets
Ink: Ranger dusty concord archival ink
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Hexagon Dies
Accessories: Canvas Corp 8×8 stretched canvas, Liquitex white gesso, spatula, Ranger opaque matte texture paste, Tim Holtz distress grit paste, Tim Holtz Doily layering stencil, Memory Box Texture Mini Dots stencil, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Circle Grid stencil, Tim Holtz distress sprayer; Tattered Angels Party Pink, It’s Blue, Dragonfly, It’s Green, and Iridescent Silver Glimmer Mists; Ranger Adirondack Lettuce and Purple Twilight Color Wash; Really Reasonable Ribbon Grape seam binding, purple craft cording, Bearly Art precision craft glue, hot glue gun; Reneabouquets German glitter glass, gears and flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Eyelet Outlet! I can already see you drooling, lol! Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Eyelet Outlet Facebook Page to keep up with news and sales, and while you’re at it, join the Eyelet Outlet Fans Facebook group for lots of creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

hello

Howdy peeps! As you know, I’ve had a three-month guest designing gig for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday and I’m having an absolute blast! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! As mentioned in my previous post, I have three projects to share for my third feature and I’m showcasing them in individual posts so I can enjoy sharing them in some challenges. All three projects feature several ARTplorations Stencils and Masks along with other products available in the store. So I’m back with my second project which is a pretty friendship card with a stenciled and glittery background created with the ARTplorations Abstract April Showers stencil, and features a flutterby (one of my all-time favorite winged things next to a dragonfly) and a cool layered sentiment created with the STAMPlorations Layered Butterflies stamp set and CUTplorations Skinny Sentiments!

I cut a standard A2 size top-folding card base from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock along with a watermelon cardstock layer and an A2 size panel of Canson cold press watercolor paper. I laid down some Ranger festive berries distress ink on my Tim Holtz glass media mat, spritzed it generously with water in the Tim Holtz distress sprayer and smooshed the watercolor paper into it multiple times until the entire piece was covered, and let it dry for several hours. Using the ARTplorations Abstract April Showers stencil, I applied the festive berries distress ink very lightly with a blending brush over the entire piece, untaped the stencil and moved it to about the ten o’clock position. I applied the festive berries a little heavier along with some Versamark, and lightly sprinkled some diamond glitter over the piece. When everything was completely dry, I tapped off any excess glitter and sprayed the piece with a matte fixative. I trimmed the panel and adhered it to the watermelon cardstock layer and then to the card base.

I stamped the outline of a butterfly from the STAMPlorations Layered Butterflies stamp set in black ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock, and using the layering stamps in the same set, filled it in with Ranger festive berries and candied apple distress ink. I fussy cut the butterfly and affixed it to the lower right corner with foam pads. Using the CUTplorations Skinny Sentiments, I die cut the sentiment from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock and watermelon cardstock, and adhered it to the upper left corner.

I cut the inside panel from Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and embellished it with leftover strips of the inked panel on the front and the watermelon cardstock, stamped the sentiment in Ranger candied apple distress ink, and layered the panel on watermelon cardstock.

And one more peek… I absolutely love how this card turned out! Love the stencil, the stamps and the dies!

STAMPlorations products used:
ARTplorations Abstract April Showers stencil
STAMPlorations Layered Butterflies stamp set
CUTplorations Skinny Sentiments

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder cardstock
Ink: Ranger festive berries and candied apple distress ink, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: Tim Holtz distress sprayer, Stampendous Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste, Deco Foil Stencil Pal, Stampin’ Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Krylon matte fixative

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and you’re inspired to grab some of your stencils and play! Be sure to check out all the amazing stamps, dies, stencils, digis and other crafty goodies at the STAMPlorations main, outlet and digital stores! Use code STAMPGIRLLESLIE for a 20% discount on your orders in the store (with unlimited uses)! And there is A LOT going on over at the STAMPlorations blog – tons of creative inspiration, tutorials, promotions and giveaways – all month long! If you’ve never visited, you are definitely in for a good time! When you do visit, be sure to leave comments on the posts! Every month Shery draws seven random winners from all the posts published during the month, so the more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win! And be sure to Follow STAMPlorations on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

ART happens mixed media board

Hello again! I’m back with the third project in my first feature as guest designer for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! I’m having a blast! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! As mentioned in my previous posts, I have three projects to share and wanted to showcase them individually so I can enjoy sharing them in some challenges. All three projects feature several ARTplorations Stencils and Masks along with other products available in the store. So here is a fun mixed media board!

I started by laying a 6×6 piece of Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White cardstock with the ARTplorations ART happens Mask and three pieces of the ARTplorations Circles Flexi-Template in my ink spray cardboard box and randomly sprayed Red, Gold, Yellow and Orange Glimmer Mists over the board. I then put a 2×2 EcoArtBoard into the cardboard box with the R on the mask centered over it and sprayed the Glimmer Mists over it as well. The spray landed heavier in some areas on both pieces, splattered/splotched in some areas, and even ran in a couple areas but I felt like all this contributed in a positive way to this mixed media board! After both pieces were thoroughly dry, I adhered the inked cardstock to a 6×6 Gessobord with matte gel used as an adhesive, and then randomly stamped sentiments from the STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set by pressing the stamps into barn door archival ink and then pressing them onto the pieces with my fingers rather than putting them on a block. I expressed ink from my Gold Posca pen onto a piece of scrap paper and flicked gold ink over the board, and then ran the pen around the edges of both pieces. I used the matte gel to adhere the EcoArtBoard to the Gessobord, lining up the letters. The finishing touch was adhering an arrow from the CRAFTplorations Funky Arrows #2 pack with the matte gel and drawing four tiny gold dots on the arrow with the Gold Posca pen.

Here are a couple additional shots.

And one more peek… this was so much fun! This mask and circle templates are awesome! Nothing like good mixed media play!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #4-2021 – Anything Goes
2. Classic Design Challenge: #4 April Birthday Challenge – Anything Goes
3. Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog: #70 – Anything Mixed Media Goes

STAMPlorations products used:
ARTplorations ART happens Mask
ARTplorations Circles Flexi-Template
STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set
CRAFTplorations Funky Arrows #2

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White cardstock
Ink: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist- Red, Gold, Yellow and Orange; Ranger barn door archival ink; Gold Posca pen
Accessories: Ampersand Art Gessobord, RubberStampConcepts EcoArtBoard, Stencil Magic repositionable stencil adhesive, Liquitex Matte Gel (used as an adhesive)

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and you’re inspired to grab some of your stencils and play! Be sure to check out all the amazing stamps, dies, stencils, digis and other crafty goodies at the STAMPlorations main, outlet and digital stores! Use code STAMPGIRLLESLIE for a 20% discount on your orders in the store (with unlimited uses)! And there is A LOT going on over at the STAMPlorations blog – tons of creative inspiration, tutorials, promotions and giveaways – all month long! If you’ve never visited, you are definitely in for a good time! When you do visit, be sure to leave comments on the posts! Every month Shery draws seven random winners from all the posts published during the month, so the more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win! And be sure to Follow STAMPlorations on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Beautiful Place To Get Lost

4/24/21 Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create!

Howdy peeps! As I mentioned in my last post, I’m guest designing for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday for the next three months and I’m totally enjoying myself! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! I have three projects to share for my first feature and I’m showcasing them in individual posts so I can enjoy sharing them in some challenges. All three projects feature several ARTplorations Stencils and Masks along with other products available in the store. So I’m back with my second project which is a pretty anniversary card!

I cut a standard A2 size top-folding card base from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock. I grabbed a pretty A2 Card Front from the CRAFTplorations Quick Cards #3 – Spring Florals pack and masked off the flowers and leaves in the corners. Using the ARTplorations Almost Shattered Slimline Stencil, I applied iced spruce distress ink with an ink blending brush over the large open area. I stamped the STAMPplorations Beautiful Place To Get Lost sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then a second time in Versamark. I applied clear embossing powder and hit it with the heat tool. I discovered this trick years and years ago to get virtually any color of heat embossing and haven’t bought colored embossing powder since! I adhered the panel to CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple cardstock and adhered it to the front of the card base. The final touch was the application of several iridescent gemstones.

I cut the inside panel from Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and embellished it with a thin strip trimmed from the Card Front and a narrow strip of CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple cardstock, stamped the sentiment from the STAMPlorations Better Together stamp set in black ink and layered the panel on the dark purple cardstock.

And one more look… totally loving how this anniversary card turned out! This stencil is so awesome! And these Card Fronts are beyond gorgeous and I can’t wait to use more of them!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #4 – Anything Goes w/ optional In The Garden
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #4-2021 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #4 April Birthday Challenge – Anything Goes
4. Let’s Craft and Create: #170 – Anything Goes + Add Flowers

STAMPlorations products used:
ARTplorations Almost Shattered Slimline Stencil
CRAFTplorations Spring Florals A2 Card Fronts
STAMPplorations Beautiful Place To Get Lost stamp
STAMPlorations Better Together stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple cardstock
Ink: Ranger iced spruce distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark
Accessories: Stencil Magic repositionable stencil adhesive, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, Milwaukee heat tool, ScraPerfect iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and you’re inspired to grab some of your stencils and play! Be sure to check out all the amazing stamps, dies, stencils, digis and other crafty goodies at the STAMPlorations main, outlet and digital stores! Use code STAMPGIRLLESLIE for a 20% discount on your orders in the store (with unlimited uses)! And there is A LOT going on over at the STAMPlorations blog – tons of creative inspiration, tutorials, promotions and giveaways – all month long! If you’ve never visited, you are definitely in for a good time! When you do visit, be sure to leave comments on the posts! Every month Shery draws seven random winners from all the posts published during the month, so the more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win! And be sure to Follow STAMPlorations on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

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