ATC · mixed media · Papercraft

Dream ATC

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Can you believe we’re headed into the middle of March?! The Blank Page Muse ATC challenge, is live today and I’m stoked to share my Inspiration Team project! I created my very first ATC… believe it or not… not sure why I haven’t created any yet because they are so simple and so fun! Just like a mini card front with no inside work to be done, lol! I used stamps from Classic Spark Rubber Stamp Set (diamond background) and Memories Art Rubber Stamp Sheet (butterfly) and Art Journal Words, Swirls and Curves (Dream word).

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Green and blue is one of my favorite color combos. I started by dropping Sailboat Blue, Aqua, Botanical and Citrus alcohol ink along with blending solution, on a piece of Yupo paper. I repeated the process until I got the look I wanted and let it dry.

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I trimmed the paper and stamped the diamond background from the Classic Spark Rubber Stamp Set in Black StazOn ink. This stamp is huge and amazing! :)

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I stamped the sentiment and the butterfly in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored the butterfly with Spectrum Noir markers.

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I cut the sentiment with a stitched oval die and inked the edges, and then fussy cut the butterfly and added clear sparkle overlay marker. I arranged the sentiment and butterfly, along with white pearls and a pretty fabric flower to complete the ATC. Love how this turned out!

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Blank Page Muse products used:
Classic Spark Rubber Stamp Set
Memories Art Rubber Stamp Sheet
Art Journal Words, Swirls and Curves

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Ranger Yupo Paper
Ink: Ranger Sailboat Blue, Aqua, Botanical Citrus Alcohol Ink; StazOn Black Ink; Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink; Spectrum Noir- TB8, GT3, TN8, Crystal Clear Overlay; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Memento Tuxedo Black marker
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Pearls, Fabric Flower

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider linking up a project with us this month for your chance to win a prize! And be sure to check out all the fun goodies in the Blank Page Muse store! You’re going to love what you see! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

mixed media · Papercraft

HAPPY Tag Card

Hi everyone! I’m back with another post on this fine Thursday morning! Happy March – St. Patty’s Day will be upon us soon! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #11 – Anything Goes + Making Your Own Background! I had a super fun time creating a mixed media tag card featuring an Iridescent Gelatos background and some Julie Nutting stamps! I bought several of these awesome stamps and dies several months ago and hadn’t used any of them yet, so I thought ‘now is the time!’

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I made my 120# kraft card base into a tag by chopping off the top corners and then I adhered flat crocheted lace down each side. I created a gorgeous sparkly background on a piece of Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper with several Iridescent Gelatos colors, some water and my gloved finger. While the background was drying, I stamped the Marisol doll image on ivory cardstock, cut it with the coordinating die, and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I paper-pieced her mini dress with Colorbok green Seeing Dots cardstock and affixed a double pearl necklace from a package of Julie Nutting Say It In Crystals.

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I moved my focus back to the Gelatos background piece now that it was dry. I tore the long edges and applied opaque matte texture paste on a TCW Mini Bricks stencil with a spatula and set it aside once again to dry. I cut four more doll shapes with the die and adhered them on top of each other and then adhered the colored image on top. I stamped several different flowers from the Julie Nutting Make Kindness Happen stamp set on ivory cardstock, colored them all with Spectrum Noir markers, and fussy cut them. I stamped the HAPPY sentiment in Versamark on an American Crafts file tab and white heat embossed it. By this time the background dry once again, so I ‘stamped’ with bubble wrap and green ink down the left side, and adhered it to the card base. I tucked the file tab on the left side and then adhered the doll and all the flowers in clusters.

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I adhered an ivory panel to the inside of the card base and then added ribbon and twine. I added some left over flowers and a stamped sentiment at the bottom of the panel, leaving plenty of room to write a custom message.

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Okay, here’s one more angled shot. I love this background and I’m smitten with these dolls!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# Kraft cardstock, Colorbok Seeing Dots cardstock, Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Julie Nutting Marisol stamps, Julie Nutting Make Kindness Happen stamp set
Ink: Spectrum Noir- FS3, FS7, GB8, TB3, TB4, LG5, BT4, GB5, GT2; Iridescent Gelatos- Odyssey, Blue Moon, Nebula, Satellite, Comet; Memento Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves ink; Versamark
Dies/Punches: Julie Nutting Marisol dies
Accessories:  Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Bricks stencil, bubble wrap, Stampin’ Up Best Year Ever grosgrain ribbon, 3 Girl JAM Jute, American Crafts File Tab, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this month! Remember, our challenges are always Anything Goes and we offer an optional technique twist to inspire you – the twist is not required to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

mixed media · Papercraft

Clockwork Heart note card

Hi everyone! I hope your February is off to a great start! We sure are loving life… since moving to Colorado last May, we’ve finally found our dream home and will be closing on it in a few weeks! Grinning from ear to ear here, lol! The Blank Page Muse February challenge, Blue Heart & Time, is going live tomorrow and I’m stoked to share my Inspiration Team project! I created a very cool mixed media note card that could be used for just about any occasion.

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I started by completely spraying a long narrow piece of white cardstock with blue India ink and then spritzing the center of a quarter sheet of cardstock with the same ink and a little water for a more muted effect.

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When dry, I stamped the largest heart from the Hearty Doodles Stamp Set three times on the cardstock I sprayed with blue ink.

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Then the fun began… I stamped the Clock with Crown on the background, along with some of the hexagon shapes from the Hearty Doodles Stamp Set, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I inked the edges of the background with black distress ink. fussy cut the blue hearts and layered them on top of each other, and wrapped some black memory thread around them. I tied three white flowers together with black thread.

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I stamped A clockwork heart cannot replace the real thing phrase on a piece of scrap cardstock and tore all the edges which I inked with the black distress ink. I went back and spritzed a little more ink over the background (to make the color a little more vivid) before adhering the panel to black glitter cardstock. I then added the sentiment, white satin ribbon flowers, layered hearts and a small bow. The final touch was several dots of Ebony Black Crystal Drops.

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I left the inside blank to write a custom message. I embellished the white panel with a leftover piece of the black glitter paper and then layered the panel on black cardstock.

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And here’s one final photo showing the dimension. Very pleased with how this turned out! :)

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Blank Page Muse (formerly Sin City Stamps) products used:
Clock with Crown
Hearty Doodles Stamp Set
A clockwork heart cannot replace the real thing phrase

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock, Stampin’ Up Black Glimmer Paper
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Blue India ink
Accessories: White satin ribbon flowers, Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider linking up a “Blue Heart & Time” project with us this month for your chance to win a prize! And be sure to check out all the fun goodies in the Blank Page Muse store! You’re going to love what you see! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

mixed media · Papercraft

Time will explain art journal spread

** 1/19/18 Featured Creation at Scrapping4fun Challenges! **

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