mixed media · Papercraft

Time will explain art journal spread

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m so stoked to share my first project for the Blank Page Muse Inspiration Team! Our January challenge going live tomorrow is Color Play: Use Turquoise, Silver and Sparkle. I had THE best time creating this art journal spread in one of my favorite color combos of blue/turquoise and silver, and of course, the added sparkle made it even more fun! But I have a confession to make… I have no photos of this project while it was in progress and am absolutely sick. I’m the proud owner of a ‘bad’ disk which doesn’t make me very happy. So I’m going to take you through detailed steps and I know you won’t have any problems whatsoever following along! ;)

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1. Starting with two blank pages in your art journal, cover both sides with white gesso and let dry.
2. Using your finger, smear a tiny bit of distress glaze in a vertical fashion on both sides, let dry a bit and then buff with a clean dry tissue.
3. Using a brayer, apply acrylic paint in a vertical fashion over both sides, let dry and lightly buff (with a baby wipe – I used one for each side) over the areas where you put the distress glaze. This will resist the paint somewhat and give you a very cool ‘streaky’ effect – and leave paint residue on the baby wipe that you can use to smear upward and downward out to the edges to cover the pages.

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4. Brayer some white gesso on a craft mat and use it as ‘ink’ to randomly stamp the chain link and the crackle on both sides. Let dry.
5. Splatter turquoise ink with a fan brush over both sides and let dry.
6. Dribble silver embellisher in a vertical fashion down both sides and spritz with just enough water to make it thin enough to run. Let dry.
7. Randomly stamp some text in black permanent/solvent ink on both sides and let dry.

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Your background is finished and now start embellishing the pages! ;)
1. Stamp the mannequin form and sentiments in black ink on white cardstock. Fussy cut mannequin, and cut the sentiments in strips and line the edges with a black marker.
2. Stamp the wings in black ink using a stamp positioner, then again in watermark ink over top the black, and apply sparkly embossing powder. Fussy cut the wings.
3. Adhere the mannequin form to the page with 3-D foam tape and add flat-back pearl embellishment. Tuck the wings on each side of the mannequin form and adhere, and tuck a ruffled cheesecloth skirt under the bottom of the mannequin form.
4. Adhere sentiment with matte medium gel.

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4. Moving to the opposite page, adhere crocheted lace scrap and a cluster of flowers.
5. Dab white gesso around the edges of the flowers and let dry.
6. Brush some matte medium gel to the centers and edges of the flowers and apply clear glitter. Let dry.
7. Adhere sentiment strips with matte medium gel.
8. Splatter black gesso mixed with a tiny bit of water onto both sides with a fan brush (shielding whatever elements you don’t want to splatter) and let dry.
9. TA-DA! Love the finished spread! ;)

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Proud to enter this art journal spread into the following challenges:
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #21 – Anything Goes
Country View Challenges: January Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #156 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog: #34 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #103 – January Blues
Creative Inspirations: January Challenge – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Daisy Chain Challenges: #15 – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #172 – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Dragonfly Dreams: Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts Challenges: #7 – Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room: #334 – Your Favorite Colors (blue/turquoise and silver is one of my fav combos)
Inspiration Destination: #141 – Anything Goes
Let’s Craft and Create: #133 – Anything Goes + optional Love Is In theAir (no twist)
More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes with optional Blue
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1801 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles: #24 – Anything Goes
Penny Black: January – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Scrapping4fun: #106 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge – Winter Blues
Stamping Sensations: January – Cold and Frosty Colors
The Crafty Addicts: #44 – Anything Goes with optional Winter Blues
Try It On Tuesday: My Favorite Things (I’ve been bitten by the art journal bug!)
Unicorn Challenge Blog: #28 – Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff: #294 – Something New (all stamp sets and Prima flowers)
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #316/317 – Anything Goes


Blank Page Muse (formerly Sin City Stamps) products used:
Barbed Wire Chain Link Rope Background Texture Stamps
Mannequin Dress Form Fan & Bow Tags Stamp Set
Sin City Wings Stamp Set
Words by Jane Man & Woman Figures Sentiments Stamp Set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and marker, Black StazOn ink
Accessories: Liquitex White Gesso, Ranger Distress Glaze, Rubber Brayer, Liquitex Cobalt Blue, Phthalocyanine Green and Silver acrylic paint, Judi-Kins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder, Silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Prima flowers, Wild Orchid Crafts Crocheted Lace scrap and Flat-Back White Pearl String, Liquitex Matte Medium Gel, Stampin’ Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter

I hope you’ve enjoyed my debut Blank Page Muse project, even without any tutorial photos! Going forward, I’ll certainly be checking photos as I go and not wait until I’m finished! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies in the Blank Page Muse store! I know you’re going to fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

mixed media · Papercraft

Pastel Sweeties Note Cards (set of 4)

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I’m on the Mixed Up Magazine blog today and I’m super excited to share a pretty set of note cards I created using the Tinted Images #1 – Girls Printables! OMG, these little sweeties are BEYOND adorable! I’ve been a card maker much longer than I’ve dabbled in mixed media, so making a set of cards with these images was the first thing that came to mind. Then, adding the stenciling with crackle paste, watercoloring and stamping just kind of happened for the backgrounds!

This is considered a teaser post… I’m sharing only one photo of my finished project here on my blog, so jump on over to Mixed Up Magazine to see more photos and details on how I created these pretty note cards! And while you’re there, why not click over to pick up a mag subscription?! It’s always filled with amazing project tutorials that I know you’ll enjoy and find very inspiring! ;)

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Proud to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination: #140 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers: #15 – Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown: #372 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #29 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Tinted Images #1 – Girls

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor paper, DCWV Glitzy Pastels Stack, Marco’s Silver Mirror cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Art Textures stamp set
Ink: Ranger Prumice Stone distress ink
Accessories: Hero Arts BG Leaf & Flourish stencil, Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, Dr. Ph. Martins India Ink (Magenta, Grass Green, Yellow, Teal, Violet)

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! 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

love U tag

Hi everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. We’re a little closer to Christmas and I am done with Christmas cards and have moved on to another occasion, lol! I’m stoked to share an inspiration project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT. I created an adorable Valentine tag (for the hubs – shhh… don’t tell him!) using the very awesome Little People – Please Be Seated and Tickets #1 Mixed Up Merchandise Printables! Oh, what fun I had! I guess I was in a tag kind of mood this weekend because I made two! The tag base is a package insert destined for the trash that I rescued because I just knew I could create something with it! I even decorated the back of the tag with bubble wrap stamping and stenciling.

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I printed the Little People (boy ‘happiness’ and girl ‘childhood’) on ivory cardstock, fussy cut them and inked the edges. I printed the tickets and sheet of stamps on heavy white paper, fussy cut those and inked the edges. I die cut a stitched heart and inked the edges, and grabbed a Prima flower and the inked the edges of that. Then I put all these elements aside while I prepared the tag base. I cut the top corners off diagonally to make the rectangular package insert tag-shaped, and then covered it with Melange tissue wrap. I applied texture crackle paste with a mini dot stencil, and when that dried, I spritzed pink India ink over the tag and let the ink run.

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I positioned the Little People on a segment of zipper layered on some crocheted lace adhered across the top of the sheet of stamps with rounded corners, just like a couch, lol! I adhered Newsprint alphabet letters spelling ‘love U’ and colored them with Memento Rich Cocoa marker. I inked the edges of the tag with Walnut Stain distress ink,  and the final touch was splattered brown acrylic paint mixed with a little water.

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Here are a couple more angled photos to show the dimension. I’m really diggin’ how this turned out – I hope my other half loves it as much as I do! ;)

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And, finally, here is a pic of the back of the tag which features the bubble wrap stamping and stenciling.

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Proud to enter this tag into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #273 – Anything But A Card
Crafting By Designs: December Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #356 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes with Optional White

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Little People – Please Be Seated
Tickets #1

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Corrugated package insert, Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla and Melon Mambo cardstock, Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock, Tim Holtz idea-ology Melange Tissue Wrap
Ink: Pink India ink, Memento Rich Cocoa marker, Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Heart Layers die
Accessories:  Liquitex Matte Gel, bubble wrap, Ranger Opaque Texture Crackle Paste, Hero Arts Pop Pattern Stencil, Memory Box Mini Dots Stencil, Prima flower, Wild Orchid Crafts crocheted lace, Indygo Junction Vintage Zipper, American Crafts Newsprint Thickers alphabet, ribbon and twine scraps

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! 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

Hero Arts Good-bye and Good Luck tag

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Sunday and I hope you’re having a fun crafty weekend! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit along with the Hero Arts Pop Pattern Stencil. I created a fun good luck tag in honor of our “Make It Pop” challenge this month (with lots of layers and dimension), and what’s really neat is the tag base is a leftover corrugated package insert that I almost threw away but caught myself when I thought “Oh, I could use that!” I also did some stamping with bubble wrap on the back of the tag along with some stenciling. This was a fun one! So fun, in fact, that I ended up making another one for another design team project, so stay tuned – you’ll see that one in a few days, lol!

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I printed a vintage car, international postage and two suitcases on ivory cardstock, fussy cut them all and set them aside. I cut the top corners off diagonally to make the rectangular package insert tag-shaped, and then covered it with Postale tissue wrap. I added a strip of torn page from an old paperback novel, and then applied texture crackle paste with a mini dot stencil. When that dried, I spritzed pink and blue India ink over the tag and let the ink run.

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I watered down some brown acrylic paint and brushed it over the antique car and when it was dry, I adhered it to the tag with foam tape.

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I adhered the international postage, the pair of suitcases, a pretty Prima flower, some crocheted lace with zipper trim, and then the sentiment. I inked the edges of the tag with Walnut Stain distress ink,  and the final touch was splattered brown acrylic paint mixed with a little water.

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Here are a couple more angled photos to show the dimension. I’m really loving how this turned out – it’s mixed media but a simple design!

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And, finally, here is a pic of the back of the tag which features the bubble wrap stamping I mentioned above and stenciling with the Hero Arts Pop Pattern stencil.

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I’d love to enter this tag into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #273 – Anything But A Card
Crafting By Designs: December Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes with Optional White

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit
Hero Arts Pop Pattern Stencil

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Corrugated package insert, Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock, Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock, Tim Holtz idea-ology Postale Tissue Wrap
Ink: Pink and blue India ink, Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Postage Stamps die
Accessories:  Liquitex Matte Gel, bubble wrap, Ranger Opaque Texture Crackle Paste, Memory Box Mini Dots Stencil, Prima flower, Wild Orchid Crafts crocheted lace, Indygo Junction Vintage Zipper, ribbon and twine scraps

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Make It Pop this month and we’d love to see what you create! Remember 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 feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner, and this month it is Birthday Bash. 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

Life is a Journey wall hanging

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today is my post day on the Paper Wings Productions blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using Art TexturesBig Art TexturesWriting Backgrounds and Kind Words stamp sets. I created a mixed media wall hanging. This is my last post for Paper Wings Productions and I wanted to create something really neat! Life is definitely a journey and we need to make the most of it! I’d like to thank Carrie and the rest of the design team for having me along this term. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself!

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I started with a 5×5 Gessobord and then added a torn piece of corrugated paper, a piece of fabric mesh and a rusted metal heart attached to a swivel clasp.

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I applied some crackle paste as well as some distress grit paste with a stencil. From there, I added an assortment of gears, charms, a book clip, buttons, beads, flowers, and sea glass, and then covered everything in white gesso. Several of the items were repurposed- the fabric mesh, a pop-top and a hard plastic ring.

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Then came the fun part of inking it up with red, pink, orange and yellow India inks, spritzing with water and letting it run. I rubbed gold acrylic paint over all the surfaces and then I did some random stamping with black StazOn ink. I splattered watered-down white Gesso over the entire piece with a fan brush.

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The final step was adding the pieces of paper straws, the sentiment and the twine for hanging. Loving how this turned out!

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Proud to enter this mixed media wall hanging into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #273 – Anything But A Card
Crafting By Designs: December Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #356 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes with Optional White

Paper Wings Productions products used:
Art Textures stamp set
Big Art Textures stamp set
Writing Backgrounds stamp set
Kind Words stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink, Black StazOn Ink
Dies/Punches: We R Memory Keepers Cropadile Big Bite
Accessories: Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Ranger Distress Grit Paste, Ranger Texture Crackle Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage, Studio White Gesso, Liquitex Gold paint, Funkie Junkie Boutique Rusted Heart, Tim Holtz Elementary Flashcards, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Swivel Clasp, Tim Holtz Bouquet, Yellow Thick Baker’s Twine, Webster’s Pages Paper Straws, assorted charms, buttons, book clip and sea glass

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! 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

Seriously? art journal spread

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m really excited to share an inspiration project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT. I created my second art journal spread using the most awesome 50s Ladies, Flower Seed Packets Ephemera #2 and Snarky Printables! I’ve been bitten by the art journal bug and I LIKE it, lol!

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I began by fussy cutting the lady and several sets of flowers, and set them aside. I covered both pages with a light coat of white gesso and then adhered smaller pieces of vellum with matte gel medium which made some horizontal wrinkles in the vellum and added some very cool texture. I let that dry thoroughly and then added two more light coats of gesso, letting dry between coats. Using a spatula, I applied opaque matte texture paste over a Mini Harlequin stencil on both pages and let that dry.

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Then came the fun part of spritzing the pages with water, applying the Stream and Lettuce spray inks and letting them run! I used the heat tool to speed up the drying process and re-applied the inks in a few places. I then randomly stamped images in black StazOn ink over both pages, and when that was dry, I adhered the lady (colored with Spectrum Noir markers), flowers and words. I did extend the phone pillar by cutting a length of plain white cardstock on which I drew some brickwork. I outlined the flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black marker and then splattered watered-down black gesso with a fan brush over both pages. I’m really loving how this turned out! Not too shabby for my second attempt at an art journal spread, huh?! :)

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Would love to enter this art journal spread into the following challenges:
Mixed Media World #31 – Anything Mixed Media Goes with Twist of Moodboard
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #28 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
50s Ladies
Flower Seed Packets Ephemera #2
Snarky

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: Paper Wings Productions Writing Backgrounds
Ink: Spectrum Noir- IG4, IG5, FS7, FS8, CT4, True Black; Stream and Lettuce Colorwash Spray
Accessories: White Studio Gesso, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin Stencil, Liquitex Bright Aqua Green, Mars Black and Titanium White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Multi Matte Medium

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! 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

TIME tag

Hi everyone! A very Happy November 1st to you all! I just can’t believe it! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #7 – Anything Goes + Stenciling! Just a reminder that all of our challenges are Anything Goes with an optional technique twist thrown in to get your mojo rockin’ – you don’t have to play the twist to join in the fun!

I created a fabulous mixed media tag using the ‘reverse image’ portion of a stencil. I sat one afternoon and made a bunch of stenciled backgrounds with various mediums to see which one I liked best to use for this challenge. On one of the backgrounds, I used distress grit paste over The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Time Travel Stencil, and when the paste dried I put the stencil back on it and sprayed Tsukineko Pewter Shimmer Spray over it, which looked pretty cool. So instead of washing the Shimmer Spray off the stencil, I laid a piece of watercolor paper down on it to soak up the residual spray. THAT looked even cooler, lol, so that’s the piece I decided to use for this tag!

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There are a lot of elements to take in… inked corrupgated cardboard, inked Tim Holtz Snippets Ephemera, a Bo Bunny Timepiece Laser Cut Chipboard piece covered in several layers of Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, an inked Funkie Junkie Boutique Clothespin, Basic Grey Metal Studs, lace and ribbon scraps, and some Wild Orchid Crafts fabric flower trim.

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I stamped the sentiment in Walnut Stain distress ink using the Stampin’ Up Labeler Alphabet stamp set (which I absolutely love), and splattered both gold and silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher along with the last tiny bit of pewter shimmer spray.

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I love picking out all the elements to use on mixed media pieces, but my favorite part is putting it all together and watching it all come to life!

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Proud to enter this tag into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: November Anything Goes
Cropstop Blog: #33 – October Challenge

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Tag, Ranger Watercolor Paper, Kraft Corrugated Paper
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Labeler Alphabet stamp set
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Versamark, Tsukineko Pewter Shimmer Spray, Silver and Gold irRESISTible Pico Embellisher
Accessories:  The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Time Travel Stencil, Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Snippets Ephemera, Bo Bunny Timepiece Laser Cut Chipboard, Funkie Junkie Boutique Clothespin, Basic Grey Metal Studs, Wild Orchid Crafts fabric flower trim, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag and will link up a project with us this month! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig