Papercraft

less is more

Hi everyone! The weeks sure are flying by! I’m back on the Dare 2B Artzy blog as a guest designer this month and I’m excited to share another inspiration project, a fun CAS friendship card created with the Perfect Blend stamp set, Coffee Cup die, scraps from several papers in the Artzy Doodles Variety Paper Pack and Totally Black ink. I’m absolutely loving this October guest designer gig and playing with more D2BA stamps!

I know I said the card I created for my last post was one of the most fun cards I’ve made in a while, but this one runs a close second. Super fun and super easy! And yep, you guessed it… another clean and simple creation! I shied away from them for so long, now I can’t get enough of them, lol! I stuck with the October challenge theme of Fall Colors and used Halloween colors of black, orange, purple and green! I prepared the card base and rounded the lower right corner. I cut a strip of white cardstock and rounded the two right-hand corners, then layered it on green cardstock and adhered it to the card base for a little interest.

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I stamped the coffee cup three times on a small piece of cardstock and cut each one with the coffee cup die. I stamped the coffee cup again on small scraps from three of the papers in the Artzy Doodles Variety Paper Pack, making sure to get the cup wrapper centered on the scrap. I fussy cut each cup wrapper and adhered them to the white die cut coffee cups. I stamped a sentiment on one of them, then adhered them with foam pads to the front. I finished the card with dots of English Mustard Crystal Drops and a few Pewter sequins.

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I kept the inside clean and simple as well with just a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this month! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick Whisper White, regular Whisper White and Old Olive cardstock
Ink: Spectrum Noir- PL4, OR2, IG7; Versamark, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops, Pretty Pink Posh Pewter sequins

mixed media · Papercraft

Halloween tag

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday – I hope your week is off to a good start and the weather is continuing to cool off! Our weather has been fabulous! I’m excited to share an inspiration project for the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables DT. I created a Halloween tag using the awesome Little People #1 Emily and FriendsGames Ephemera #1Poison Pharmacy Labels and Scary Halloween Words Printables! A fun inky time was had by all, lol!

I went through my Printables stash and picked out all the ephemera I wanted to use, then picked out a handful of embellishments that I thought would compliment the ephemera I had picked out, and finally gathered several ribbon scraps in Halloween colors to tie to the top of the tag. I set everything aside to begin working on the tag background.

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I applied texture paste over the mini harlequin stencil, covering most of the tag and attached a strip of torn black Kraft Core cardstock across the bottom. Once the texture paste was dry, I sprayed green, orange and purple ink (one at a time) in random spots over the tag, drying each color with the heat tool before applying the next. After the last color was applied, I set the tag aside while I tore some corrugated paper to place behind the tag and diagonally across the bottom, and prepared a few of the other elements… I fussy cut a little person, tagged her head (LOL, I know that sounds bad) and added some bling to her dress. I inked a hunk of cheesecloth with Black Soot distress ink. I applied several layers of gold embossing powder on the chipboard timepiece and added a game spinner. I placed orange, green, black, yellow and purple sequins in a small vial and glued in the cork.

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I inked the edges of all the ephemera, distressed some, wrinkled some, and curled some corners, and then began laying everything down. Once I had the placement just how I wanted, I began adhering everything – some pieces with dimensional pads and some pieces adhered flat. I think this is actually my favorite part of creating… I love to see things “come to life!” To finish off the tag, I tied the ribbon at the top, protected the little person with a piece of copy paper, and splattered black gesso mixed with a little water over the tag.

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Here are a few more close-up shots. I’m really loving how this turned out! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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And finally, a couple angled shots. :)

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I’d love to enter this tag into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #54 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #271 – Orange, Brown and Green
Come and Get It Challenges: Color Challenge – Purple, Orange and Black
Crafty Calendar Challenge: October Challenge – Halloween
Crafty Catz: #388 – Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #31 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Inspirations: #282 – Autumn/Halloween
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Dragonfly Journeys: #103 – Halloween Hoopla
Glitter N Sparkle: #261 – Anything Goes
Make My Monday: #57 – I Put A Spell On You
Naughty or Nice Challenges: #44 – Something Spooky
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1742 – Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #173 – Anything Goes with Ribbon
Sweet Stampers: #12 – Autumn or Halloween
That’s Crafty Challenge Blog: Get Your Spook On
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #304/305 – Anything Goes

Mixed Up Merchandise Printables used:
Little People #1 Emily and Friends
Games Ephemera #1
Poison Pharmacy Labels
Scary Halloween Words

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Tag, Kraft Corrugated paper, Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection cardstock
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink, Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks- Lettuce, Sunset Orange and Purple Twilight
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1-1/4″ Circle Punch
Accessories: Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Harlequin Stencil, Stampin’ Up White Doily, Cheesecloth, Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Bo Bunny Timepiece Laser Cut Chipboard, Zva Creative Rhinestones, Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow and Pewter sequins, Doodlebug Design Orange, Purple and Green sequins; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher, Game Spinner, Corked Vial and Tag Press Tool with 1-1/4″ Ring; Liquitex Black Gesso

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tag! 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

Papercraft

Hero Arts Just Keep Swimming!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I’m posting on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project – a totally clear acetate card! My first one ever and I’m addicted, lol! I used the Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish stamp set and coordinating Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Frame Cuts along with the Hero Arts Acetate Note Cards to create my fun encouragement card.

First of all, acetate is extremely hard to photograph without shadow and glare, but I did the best I could do against a gray background. I stamped two large and two small gold fish and cut them with the coordinating dies. I placed one large and two small gold fish on the front and the other large one on the inside which lines up behind the large one on the front when the card is closed. For every stamped image, I die cut the same shape from white cardstock to place on the back of the acetate to hide the Scor-Tape. I stamped the sentiment and air bubbles in black StazOn ink.

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Here’s a shot of the front with the card opened up almost all the way.

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And here’s a shot of the inside. I added White Blizzard Glitter Drops to all the pieces of seaweed for a little shimmer. Really loving how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #54 – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #190 – Use A Die Cut + A Sentiment
CASology: Week #270 – ODD
Color It! Create It! Show It Off!: October Challenge – Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week #41 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: October Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: October Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #388 – Anything Goes with Optional Twist (no twist)
Crafty Creations: #352 – Anything Goes
Createful Heart Digis & Design Challenges: #4 – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge: Week #41 – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge: Add A Sentiment
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog: #261 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #135 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #304/305 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish stamp set
Hero Arts Acetate Note Cards
Hero Arts Moss Ink
Hero Arts Dandelion Ink
Hero Arts Green Apple Ink

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Strawberry ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Black StazOn ink
Dies/Punches: Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Frame Cuts
Accessories: Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this clear acetate card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Watercolor 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 the “Go Wild” Digital Kit. 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

Papercraft

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone! I’m back on the Dare 2B Artzy blog as a guest designer this month and it’s my day to share an inspiration project, a fun CAS birthday card using the Birthday Balloons stamp set with coordinating Balloon die that comes with the stamp set. I’m having a blast being back as a guestie for the month of October!

This was probably one of the most fun cards I’ve made in a while. It’s super simple and really packs a big punch! As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been creating more clean and simple cards which have always been a challenge for me. I stamped the balloon cluster, strings and stars on the front of the card base. Can you believe it… yes, this is almost a one-layer card! LOL! I then stamped three individual balloons in different colors on a smaller piece of cardstock and cut each of them with the balloon die.

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I colored the balloons  and the stars with a Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker which gave them a really pretty shimmer. I finished the front of the card with a few sequins. Yes, I am a sequin freak too, lol! And didn’t this turn out just darling?!

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I stamped the sentiment and a few stars on the inside, and layered the panel on green cardstock.

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Happy to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #54 – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #190 – Use A Die Cut + A Sentiment
CASology: Week #270 – ODD
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week #41 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: October Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #388 – Anything Goes with Optional Twist (no twist)
Crafty Creations: #352 – Anything Goes
Createful Heart Digis & Design Challenges: #4 – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge: Week #41 – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge: Add A Sentiment
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog: #261 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge
Happy Little Stampers: October CAS Challenge
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #304/305 – Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this month! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick and regular Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Memento Teal Zeal, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly, London Fog and Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Pretty Pink Posh Peridot Mist sequins

Papercraft

Hero Arts meow

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday – top of the week to you! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the absolutely adorable Hero Arts Purr stamp setHero Arts Purr Frame CutsHero Arts Intense Black ink and Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones. I created a split closure tri-fold – a fancy fold that I’ve never tried before and thoroughly enjoyed! A huge thank you to my friend, Dawn, for the inspiration!

Before I get to my project details, we’ve had quite a few of the Hero Arts stamp sets and dies sell out recently and these were among them. I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out, but I have good news – you can special order the stamps and dies at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts supplies from a2Z Scrapbooking!

I created this card in neutrals, with a black base and brown cardstock layered beneath all the pieces of patterned paper. I embellished the panels with die cuts, stamping and gemstones.

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Here is a series of shots of the card opening up to expose the most inner panel.

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I’d love to enter this fun fold card into the following challenges:
Color It! Create It! Show It Off!: October Challenge – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge: Week #41 – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams: Fully Loaded
Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts Purr stamp set (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Intense Black ink
Hero Arts Purr Frame Cuts (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Basic Black and Soft Suede cardstock, SU Go Wild DSP
Ink: Spectrum Noir- TN3, TN4, BP1, FS6, Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Dies/Punches: SB Classic Circles die, MFT Mini Scallop Circle STAX
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note 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 will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. 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

Papercraft

Hero Arts Caffeine Note Cards (set of 8)

** 10/15/17 Top 3 Winner at Createful Heart Digis & Design Challenges! **

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I’m posting on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit. I created a fun set of 8 note cards that I splattered with water, distressed with ink, and in general made them look somewhat messy. Can you tell I had an inky good time?! ;)

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Despite the complex look, they really were pretty simple to create as all eight are the same. Working in assembly line fashion, I printed eight brown versions of the ‘low battery’ image from the digital kit and fussy them, and put them in a pile. I heavily distressed the edges of the card bases to make them look ‘dirty’ and put them in a pile. Using the Tweed Pattern stencil and dark brown ink, I stenciled several pieces of medium brown cardstock, cut them into smaller pieces and layered them on dark brown cardstock. I adhered those to the fronts of the card bases along with the ‘low battery’ images. I inked the bottom of a red solo cup and ‘stamped’ it onto each card front to resemble a sloppy coffee cup ring, splattered a little water and adhered a few brown sequins.

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I’d love to enter this set of cards into the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs: October Anything Goes
Createful Heart Digis and Design Challenges: #3 – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge: Add A Sentiment
Inkspirational Challenges: #145 – Designer’s Choice / One Layer Card

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Kit
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories:  Hero Arts Tweed Pattern Stencil, red Solo cup, Ranger Distress Sprayer, Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little set of cards and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is Watercolor this month and we’d love to see your watercolor project! Please note that we’ve changed our rules a bit and participants are no longer required to use Hero Arts products to play in our challenges. Each month we will feature a ‘Digi of the Month’ which will be the prize offered to our randomly-chosen challenge winner. 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

Papercraft

Cast away your troubles…

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share that I’m back on the Dare 2B Artzy blog as a guest designer for the month of October! I have an awesome inspiration project to share with you today, a get well card using the Restore the Soul stamp set and the Duck/Fish die set. I’m totally stoked to be back as a guestie this month!

I used a color palette to coincide with the October “Fall Colors” challenge – brown, red, orange, yellow, green and purple. I’ve been getting my feet more and more wet with clean and simple cards lately. Clean and simple has always been a challenge for me because I love colors, layers and big bows! I stamped the cattails and sentiment in Rich Cocoa ink on the card front, and then stamped the mama and baby duck twice on a smaller piece of cardstock. I used the coordinating die to cut the ducks from the first image and the mama duck’s wing from the second image. I colored both pieces and adhered the wing to the mama duck with a dimensional pad.

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I adhered mama and her baby to the card front, then colored the water. I layered the panel on yellow cardstock and then adhered it to the card base. I added ripples in the water with White Blizzard Crystal Drops and some randomly placed dots at the top with Dark Walnut Crystal Drops.

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One final shot of the front showing the dimension on mama’s wing. :)

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For the inside, I simply stamped the sentiment and cat tails, and layered the panel on yellow cardstock.

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Proud to enter this CAS get well card into the following challenges:
CAS on Friday: #118 – Fall/Halloween
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #68 – Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #165 – Colors of Autumn
Emerald City Challenge Blog: #4 – Anything Goes
House of Cards: October Challenge – CAS Halloween and/or Colors
Inky Chicks: #89 – Anything But Square
Inspiration Destination: #135 – Anything Goes
Let’s Craft and Create: #130 – Anything Goes w/Optional Witchy/Autumn Colors
Penny Black and More: October Challenge – Close To Nature
Stamping Sensations: Autumn Glory
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog: #41 – Anything Goes/Autumn Colors

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a project with us this month! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick Whisper White, regular Whisper White and Daffodil Delight cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa ink and marker; Spectrum Noir- DR2, DR7, TN7, CT4, DG3, OR2, OR3, IB2
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Nuvo Dark Walnut Crystal Drops and White Blizzard Glitter Drops