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

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!

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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