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!

Leslie

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

mixed media · Papercraft

live simply… Faux Leather Tag

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m sitting here shaking my head at quickly this year is flying by! My sister’s birthday is on the 8th and it always seems like once her birthday passes, the rest of the year is a blur! It’s time for a new challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #16 – Anything Goes + Acrylic Block Stamping. Remember, our challenges are always Anything Goes and we offer a different technique twist each month just to inspire you – the twists are not required to play!

I created a fun faux leather tag for this month’s challenge and I literally stamped with a 3×3 acrylic block! It’ll be fun to see the different interpretations because everybody sees things a different way!

Leslie

I cut my tag from heavy kraft cardstock, distressed the edges with tool and ink, then sewed around the edges with my Janome Sew Mini.

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I stamped with the acrylic block, then randomly stamped some partial circle images around the edges. I splattered some distress ink with a fan brush and then applied the Prima crystal flower, butterflies and inked sentiments.

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I created a grommet around the opening at the top of the tag and then added several pieces of ribbon scraps.

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One final angled shot. Love, love, love!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# Kraft cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Timeless Textures stamp set
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Oxide
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1/4″ Hole Punch
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Janome Sew Mini sewing machine, Prima Say It In Crystals Flower, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Botanical Ephemera, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk sticker sentiments, assorted ribbon and jute scraps

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you again soon!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

mixed media · Papercraft

be brave

Hi everyone! Woot-woot! Can you believe it’s July 1st?! 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 #15 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media! I inked around the edges with regular ink, I used texture paste with a stencil, I watercolored with distress inks, and I did a little stamping on my artsy-fartsy card. We are welcoming four new designers this month so be sure to pop over to see what they are all about! AND and we have a prize this month, donated from the personal stash of new designer, Cathy! Woo-hoo!

I’ve been out of the crafting groove for the past several months. Some of you may know that my husband became critically ill in late February/early March due to a brain bleed after biopsies of a brain lesion, and I lost all interest in crafting. Thank God he’s improving, and I feel like crafting again!

I had such a good time creating this! I started with a piece of plain ivory cardstock, patterned paper and dark teal cardstock, and distressed the edges of all the layers. Then I used texture paste and stencil, and after that dried, I added several colors of distress ink on my craft mat with water in the distress sprayer and smooshed the panel into the ink. I wrinkled it a bit while it was still wet, and then let it dry.

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Then I put the layers together and adhered them to the card base with foam tape for a little dimension. I affixed a zipper, a clock hand and some inked wooden cogs to the watercolored piece and adhered with foam tape to the layers on the card base. To finish the front, I flicked walnut stain distress ink mixed with water and then added some dark teal fabric flowers and the sentiment.

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Here are a couple angled shots so you can see the dimension. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

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I stamped an artsy-fartsy sentiment on the inside panel that I layered on dark teal cardstock and decorated with a leftover strip of patterned paper from the front.

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide cardstock, Stampin’ Up Share What You Love Specialty DSP
Stamps: STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide ink, Ranger Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage stencil, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Small Talk sentiment stickers

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 an optional technique twist to get your mojo going but it’s not required to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

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