mixed media · Papercraft

Hello Beautiful

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope you’re having a good week! This month’s Anything Goes with Dies Challenge is live over at Happy Little Stampers and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project with you today!

I created a pretty mixed media friendship card featuring the emboss resist technique with white heat embossing and inked background on the front and stamping on the inside.

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I cut the card base with the largest die in the set. Then I stamped the background in Versamark and heat embossed it in white. Then the emboss resist fun began. I inked the background in graduating colors of distress inks, starting with the darkest at the top, and overlapping each color slightly as I went down the panel. I cut the panel with the second largest die in the set and traced around the outside of it on the back of a piece of coordinating cardstock (which I fussy cut) to get a slightly larger layer. I did the same technique for the sentiment layer and turned it sideways on the front of the panel. I cut the sentiment from shimmer cardstock and added a Tim Holtz metallic sentiment sticker. The final touch was a few drops of Crystal Drops.

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After cutting the inside panel, I used the same technique of tracing around the second largest die in the set on the back of a piece of coordinating cardstock (which I fussy cut) to get a slightly larger layer. Then I stamped the sentiment from Clarity Stamp.

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One more peek… I really love how this card turned out!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, DCWV Shimmer cardstock stack, The Paper Studio White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Spice Market Deco background stamp, Clarity Stamp Line Writing Sentiments stamp set
Ink: Versamark; Ranger fired brick, barn door, rusty hinge fossilized amber distress inks; Stampin’ Up Watermelon Wonder ink
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Ruth Create-A-Card die set, Crafter’s Companion Gemini Opulent Swirls die
Accessories:  Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz stamp platform, Tim Holtz Quotations Metallic Stickers, Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link an anything goes project with us this month using dies! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Embossed watercolor happy birthday (set of 2)

Hello, crafty friends! Happy New Year! The first challenge of the year over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog is live and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #42 – January Anything Goes! I created a pair of birthday cards featuring gold embossing and watercoloring. All stamps used are from Simon Says Stamp.

This is the panel right after I finished the watercoloring and then right after I trimmed it up. It was so pretty I didn’t want to cut it, lol! That background stamp is one of the most amazing stamps I’ve ever used, and then adding the gold embossing and all that watercolor just made it even more amazing!

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I cut the panel in half to create the two cards. I created turquoise card bases and then layered each panel on navy cardstock (bottom edge cut with a lacy edge die) and again on gold metallic cardstock. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment in navy ink across the bottom. This is the first card…

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I embellished the inside panel with a leftover strip cut from the embossed and watercolored piece sandwiched between strips of navy and gold metallic cardstock, and then stamped the sentiment in navy ink.

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And here is the second card, created the same way but with a different sentiment inside…

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And here’s one more peek at the pair – I’m so smitten! Love how they turned out and not sure I want to give them away, lol! ;)

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Marco’s Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background stamp, Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages stamp set
Ink: Versamark; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Persian Green, Turquoise Green, Olive Green, Green, Deep Green, Light Violet, Purple, Blue Persian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red, Red, Carmine Red, Wine Red; Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Finishing Touches Edgelits
Accessories:  MISTI stamping tool, Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder

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

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Home decor · mixed media

faith wall hanging

Hello, my crafty peeps! Happy Hump Day! The May challenge launched this morning over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #25 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media! Remember, our challenges are always Anything Goes and we offer an optional technique twist each month to inspire you! This month our twist is mixed media and we’d love to see you create a project using more than two kinds of media. I created a faith wall hanging for my studio to remind me to have a little faith on a daily basis… and I SO enjoyed creating this!

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I started with a 6 x 6 gesso board that I painted with black Gesso, then used a couple stencils with translucent paste and a spatula, and let it dry thoroughly. Then I rubbed some acrylic paint lightly over the stenciled areas with my finger tip, and let that dry. Meanwhile, I dug deep into my stash and brought out a variety of elements to use – a zipper, key, sequins, gears, flowers, ribbon, glass vial that I filled with beads, a dragonfly charm and a flashcard. Then I sprayed and spritzed ink, and the fun began… laying everything out and adhering all the elements in place. It was awesome watching it transform, lol!

Here are a few close-ups…

 


And here’s one more look… really loving how this turned out. I sure do love me some purple! Can you tell?! ;)

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Products used:
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin Violet india ink
Accessories:  6 x 6 Gesso Board, Black Gesso, Tim Holtz Gothic stencil, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin stencil, DreamWeaver Translucent Paste; Liquitex Deep Violet, Cobalt Blue and Silver acrylic paint; Liquitex Matte Gel, variety of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, dragonfly charm, key brad, Indygo Junction zipper, Pretty Pink Posh Lavendar Moon sequins, Queen & Co. Baby Beads; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Corked Vial, Flashcards and Swivel Clip; Hobby Lobby Woodpile Gears, Marvy Uchida silver DecoColor paint marker, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon

I hope you’ve enjoyed this wall hanging and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! Although the technique twist of mixed media is not required to play, we’d love to see a mixed media project using more than two kinds of media! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Inside every person

Hi everyone! Happy Friday and March 1st! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #23 – Anything Goes + Inked Background! Remember all of our challenges are Anything Goes and we throw in a technique twist just to inspire you and they are not required to play! ;)

I had THE best time creating this birthday card for a co-worker (she loved it, by the way!) featuring The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Time Travel stencil and Ranger Distress Grit Paste, Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink, several different Ranger Distress Oxide inks, and Tsukineko Pewter Shimmer Spritz to create the background, then a fun River City Rubber Works rubber stamp and a Tim Holtz Paper Doll to balance it all out.

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I created the background by smooshing Ranger Water Color Paper into puddles of different colors of distress oxide ink spritzed with water, and drying with the heat tool between smooshing sessions. You get a much better result that way. I then used the Mini Time Travel stencil with Walnut Stain Distress ink to get the clock faces. Then I moved the stencil up slightly and to the right and applied Distress Grit Paste over the stencil with a spatula. When that was dry, I re-placed the stencil and added a little more Walnut Stain Distress ink to color the paste. I trimmed down the panel and layered it on brown cardstock, and added twine, the stamped/embossed ‘older person’ sentiment from River City Rubber Works which I LOVE, and the paper doll. On a side note, River City Rubber Works has sadly gone out of business. I really loved their stamps.

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I decorated the inside panel with a scrap of the trimmed-down front panel and a strip of leftover brown cardstock, stamped the sentiment (from a Stampin’ Up stamp set), and layered the panel on the brown cardstock.

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A couple more angled shots… I’m absolutely loving how this turned out! So happy my co-worker liked it!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, GKD Charcoal Brown cardstock, Ranger Water Color Paper
Stamps: River City Rubber Works Inside Every Person rubber stamp, Stampin’ Up Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink; Ranger Distress Oxides- Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce, Walnut Stain; Tsukineko Pewter Shimmer Spritz; Stampin’ Up Early Espresso ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangles die
Accessories:  The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Time Travel Stencil, Ranger Distress Grit Paste, twine, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see your ‘anything goes’ project and would really love to see an inked background to go with it, lol! But remember, the twist is not necessary to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

If the Tiara Fits (tag)

** 1/7/19 Top 3 at Creative Moments! **
** 1/13/19 Mixed Media Challenge Favorite at Happy Little Stampers! **

Hello, my crafty friends! A very Merry Christmas Eve to you all! Today is my Featured Post Day on the Gecko Galz blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for the 24 Days of Deck The Halls which is going on December 2nd thru 25th! Be sure to check out the Gecko Galz blog to see all the amazing design team projects!

I created a fun mixed media tag using one of the Snow Queens images along with elements from the Library Cards, Time Flies and Charming Words Collage Sheets. I started by cutting the image with a stitched oval die and layering it a couple times on thick white cardstock, then adhering it to a slightly larger die cut and then some Foamies foam on the back.

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I tore the bottom off and inked the whole tag with the three shades of blue distress ink, then applied grit paste over the stencil on the top and right side of the tag. I adhered cork tape across the bottom and then a strip of a library card onto the cork tape. I then splattered opaque white pigment over the entire tag with a fan brush.

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I adhered two sections of a clock in the upper right corner and along the bottom left, and then the Tiara sentiment across the library card strip on the cork tape at the bottom. I adhered the layered focal image and tucked a heart applique under the edge. I glued a cluster of seed beads at the bottom and added a few gold sequins to finish it off.

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I’d love to enter this tag into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #82 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #181 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog: #45 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Moments: #159 – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge: Winter Holidays
Happy Little Stampers: December Mixed Media Challenge – Fantasy
International Art & Soul: #48 – Add Some Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #96 – Anything Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge: Anything Goes with option of White
Moving Along With The Times: #87 – Anything But A Card
{PIN}spirational Challenges: #231 – Anything Goes
The Happy Craft Challenge: December Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #366/367 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Tag
Stamps: Gecko Galz Snow Queens Collage Set, Library Cards Collage Set, Time Flies Collage Sheet and Charming Words Collage Sheet
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink- Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire; Copic Opaque White Pigment
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Grit paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage Stencil,  Fan Brush, Cork Tape, Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins and Marshmallow Seed Beads, Wild Orchid Crafts Crocheted Heart Applique, Dark Blue Ribbon Scrap, GKD Gold Cording

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tag today! And don’t forget to check out all the fun goodies at the Gecko Galz Etsy store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Something Wicked This Way Comes tag

Hello, my crafty friends! October is a month of fun… cooler weather and wonderful smells, my birthday (the big ‘six-oh’ this year), Halloween, and a little closer to Christmas! Another fun challenge is live over at Gecko Galz and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for the October Witching Hour Customer Challenge!

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I was in the mood to create a tag, so I created a fun and creepy wicked tag that doubles as a gift card holder. And it’s packed with lots of layers and fun printed Gecko Galz stuff! I used elements from the Frightfully Delightful Digital Junk Journal Kit and Alter It Digital Collage Sheets.

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This was so much fun! I hand-cut my tag and distressed the edges. I added some Gecko Galz digital paper, cork tape and rust paste with stencil. While the rust paste was drying, I gathered Gecko Galz digital ephemera, brads and other doo-dads, flowers and ribbon. And how creepy is that little girl?! LOL!

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I fussy cut and inked the edges of all the pieces of digital ephemera and started laying out all the elements.

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When I was happy with the placement of everything, I started gluing and adhering. Fortunately, I had punched out the watch face and covered it with Glossy Accents the night before so it was dry and ready to use.

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I had lots of ribbon scraps to use on the top – I’m a ‘ribbon ho’ and don’t throw much away, lol!

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There are tons of layers on this, that’s for sure. Did I mention how creepy that little girl is?! I dotted Glossy Accents on her eyes for a little extra creepiness…

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Here’s a shot of the back showing the gift card holder. Really happy with how this turned out!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Onyx Black Cardstock, Kraft Corrugated Paper
Stamps: Gecko Galz Frightfully Delightful Digital Junk Journal Kit and Alter It Digital Collage Sheets
Ink: Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay marker; Tattered Angels Tarnished Silver, Orange and Moss Green Glimmer Mists
Dies/Punches: EK Success 2-1/4″ Circle Punch
Accessories:  Ranger Glossy Accents, Cork Tape, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Cubist Stencil, Prima Red Rust/Brown Rust/Mint Green Rust Paste, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinner, Indygo Junction Purple Zipper, Black Fabric Mesh scrap, Stampin’ Up Doily, Hobby Lobby Flowers, Petaloo Round Black Brads and Green Flower Brads

I’d love to enter this fun Halloween tag/gift card holder into the following challenges:
A Gem of A Challenge: #228 – Halloween or use Halloween Colors
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #77 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: #10 – October Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #56 – October Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #375 – Anything Goes
Creative With Stamps Challenge Blog: #31 – Halloween or Stamps
Cupcake Inspirations: #455 – Bump In The Night
Dragonfly Journeys: #128 – Happy Halloween
International Art & Soul: #43 – NOT clean and simple, layer it up
Not Just Cards: Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #125 – Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: October Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #9 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: October Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed this creepy tag and will link up a project with us this month! We’d love to see what you create! And don’t forget to check out all the fun goodies at the Gecko Galz Etsy store! You will  fall madly in love… so many fun items to choose from! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Live, Laugh, Love, Create Canvas

Hiya, crafty friends! Here I am again with another first-of-the-month post on this fine Saturday morning! The September challenge is live over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #17 – Anything Goes + Layering! I’m really loving mixed media these days and I really enjoyed creating this!

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I started by laying out quite a few pieces of ephemera and inking the edges of all of them. I hand-cut a large heart from 120# kraft cardstock and inked it. I dusted off my Janome Sew Mini sewing machine and created a gathered flower from a canvas scrap. The final element was adding a rub-on to a canvas strip and stitching around the edge with the Sew Mini. Before I added the two canvas elements, I splattered black ink with a fan brush.

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There definitely was a whole lotta inking going on! And I might add that the blue and pink color combo made a gorgeous shade of purple! Here are a few more angled shots from different aspects so you can see the elements, dimension and colors.

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# Kraft cardstock
Ink: Ranger Black Soot distress ink; White Gesso; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and spray inks- Camel Glam, Pewter GZ, Vintage Pink GM, Shade SS, Party Pink GM, It’s Blue GM, Gold GM and Woven Burlap
Accessories:  7 Gypsies ‘Drawer’ Salvage Art, ‘Enjoy’ Stash Paque, ‘Inspire’ Parchment Rub-Ons, and Chicken Wire Tall Base; Canvas Corp Brands canvas scraps; Janome Sew Mini sewing machine; Your Next Stamp Purple Glitter Gumdrops; fan brush

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! And we’d love it if you’d play the twist and add some layers to your project! Easy peasy! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you again real soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig