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7/17/22 Rising Star at A Place To Start!

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a great weekend and it’s not too hot where you are! I think it’s pretty hot everywhere, lol! Our A/C is working overtime for sure! I haven’t been in my studio too much since our little feline girl Puff-Puff was injured. She was in the hospital for eight days and since coming home a week ago, she’s doing pretty well and I’m feeling more like crafting. I pulled out my Spellbinders Damask Daydream Kit of the Month from July 2021 and whipped up a pretty inspirational tag today while watching a suspense thriller on Lifetime. Yeah, the hubs laughs at me for watching the LMN channel, lol!

I used quite a few items from the kit – cardstock and patterned papers, a floral corner die, a number of die cut shapes, gemstones and foam squares. I started by adhering coordinating patterned papers to a Ranger distress tag and built it up from there, layering a die cut floral corner and a bunch of die cut shapes. I popped some of the die cut shapes up on foam squares for dimension, and added several gemstones. Gotta have some bling!

I created a hole reinforcement for the top using Stampin’ Up 1/2″ and 1/4″ circle punches and light purple cardstock. I threaded some pretty purple twill ribbon through the hole and tied it with some gold metallic string (both from Really Reasonable Ribbon).

And one more peek… I really love how this turned out! The most fun was picking out all the items I wanted to use and then watching it come together! And I love a green and purple color combo… one of my favorites!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #202207 – Anything Goes w/ optional Black & White (no twist)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft: #7-2022 – Anything Goes
3. A Place To Start: #072022 – Anything Goes w/ optional Balloons and Flowers (no twist)
4. Classic Design Challenge: July #7 – Anything Goes
5. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #125 – Anything Goes Always
6. Crafty Calendar Challenges: July Challenge – Add A Ribbon
7. Crafty Catz: #604 – Anything Goes w/ optional Christmas in July (no twist)
8. Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday Challenge: July Anything Goes
9. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: July Anything Goes
10. Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog: #525 – Anything Goes with Paper
11. Through The Craft Room Door: July 5th Anything Goes

Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support! 

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Ranger distress tag
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1/2″ and 1/4″ circle punches
Accessories: Spellbinders Damask Daydream July 2021 Kit of the Month, We R Memory Keepers Mini Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Big Shot, Really Reasonable Ribbon purple twill ribbon and gold metallic string

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this tag! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Wine Bottle Card/Tag

Hey everybody! You up yet?! We are early risers and are up bright and early every morning, and this is actually my second post this morning! ;) This time I’m sharing a super adorable wine bottle card/tag created with the Red Wine Blue cut file from Printable Cuttable Creatables! How stinkin’ cute is this?! It was so easy to make and I think it would be a hit on a bottle of wine taken to a 4th of July gathering!

Using my Scan N Cut, I cut all the pieces (plus extra background pieces) from Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White and CutCardStock Basis Navy, Basis Red and Silver Glitter cardstock. I created a card with the two navy pieces by scoring horizontally across the top of the back piece and adhering it to the front piece. Then I assembled the front and added navy blue twine for the hanger.

I trimmed off the tops of the extra red and white pieces, adhered them together and then to the inside of the card, and stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up Happy & Heartfelt stamp set in Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes ink.

And one more peek… OMGosh, I’m so smitten! I love this cut file and I’m sure I’ll be using it again and again! Such a fun project!

Sharing in these additional challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #202206 – Anything Goes / optional Let It All Hang Out (playing twist :)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #6-2022 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: June #6 – Anything Goes
4. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #124 – Anything Goes Always
5. Crafty Gals Corner: #232 – Anything Goes
6. Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges: #553 – Celebrations (July 4th)
7. Use Your Stuff: #449 – Anything Goes

Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support! 

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Basis Navy, Basis Red and Silver Glitter cardstock; Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Happy & Heartfelt stamp set
Ink: Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes ink
Dies/Punches/Cut Files: Printable Cuttable Creatables Red Wine Blue cut file
Accessories: Brother Scan N Cut, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Studio Blackbirds navy blue twine

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this wine bottle card/tag! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Most Beautiful Yard Award

Hey, everybody! The months are scooting right along and I cannot believe we’re almost through May already! Whoosh! I’m thrilled to be back on the Clear Scraps blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! I created a super cute ‘award’ in the form of a large tag featuring our 5×9 Leaves Stencil and our Mini Shaker Award Ribbon. This was aimed at my hubby and started out as kind of a joke. He has the greenest thumbs I’ve ever seen and I keep telling him he deserves an award! There is nothing this man can’t do (while battling diabetes, cancer and MS)! Our front yard was literally brown and our back yard was overgrown with weeds when we moved into our house a year and a half ago. In no time, the front yard was gorgeous. He planted tall sunflowers along the walkway and wild flowers along the low brick ledge just for me… and of course they looked amazing! And he tilled the back yard and planted a garden, and yeah, it was flippin’ amazing as well! We had large tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, cucumbers, squash, peas, green beans, radishes, strawberries and raspberries to name just a few!

So I worked on the Mini Shaker Award Ribbon first. I colored the top chipboard form and the edges of the other chipboard forms and back with a teal alcohol marker. I adhered white cardstock to the award area of the chipboard back and blue metallic cardstock to the ribbon tails. Using the left side of the 5×9 Leaves Stencil and the same distress inks, I stenciled a small background area on a sheet of cardstock and printed a computer-generated award sentiment. I trimmed it and adhered it as a layer to the award area of the chipboard back. Working from the bottom up, I adhered the next two chipboard forms and added a pinch of shaker mix. I then adhered the acrylic divider (with the protective film removed from both sides) and the top chipboard form. I clamped it for about 10-15 minutes to ensure that the layers adhere well.

Next, I worked on the tag base which I cut from white cardstock. Using the right side of the 5×9 Leaves Stencil and several distress inks, I stenciled the background for the left side of the tag. I adhered a panel to the right side of the tag cut from teal cardstock, and added a strip of teal glitter washi tape to the seam. I adhered the shaker and then added garden tool brads, lawn mower brads and a sunglasses brad. I adhered another layer of cardstock to hide the brad prongs and to provide a little extra stability to the tag. I created a hole reinforcement from white cardstock using two circle punches, and threaded ribbon and crafting cord through the hole. The finishing touch was adding several turquoise glitter enamel dots.

And one more peek… I absolutely love how this turned out! Like I mentioned above, the hubs definitely deserves a Most Beautiful Yard Award, and these stencils and mini shaker made it happen! ;)

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. Classic Design Challenge: #5 May Anything Goes
2. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #123 – Anything Goes Always
3. Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges: #552 – Anything But Square
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Not A Card
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
6. The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge: Anything Goes

Clear Scraps products used:
5×9 Leaves Stencil
Mini Shaker Award Ribbon

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Teal cardstock, CutCardStock Stardream Metallic Sapphire cardstock
Stamps: Computer-generated award sentiment
Ink: Ranger twisted citron, peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon distress ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1/4″ and 1/2″ Circle Punches
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Large Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist, Peachy Cheap Teal Glitter washi tape; Eyelet Outlet Garden Tool Brads, Lawn Mower Brads and Sunglasses Brads; Pretty Pink Posh Blue Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Peridot Mist and Ocean Spray sequins; ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Gorgeously Green and Red and Turquoise Collections, Hemptique Crafting Cord, Eyelet Outlet Turquoise Glitter Enamel Dots

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get those craft supplies out to play! Be sure to check out all the amazing acrylic, wood and chipboard goodies at Clear Scraps… OMGoodness, you won’t be disappointed! And head on over to the Clear Scraps Facebook Page for lots of inspiration! And while you’re at it, join the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative Group to connect with other Clear Scraps fans! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Can’t Wait To See You Tag

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Can’t believe how fast the time if flying by! I told the cashier at the grocery store this morning that half the year is almost over already and it just got started, lol! I have a Prickley Pear Stamps project to share with you today that I created to showcase the new All About You Cardinal stamp set – another beauty in the new release! This stamp set is absolutely gorgeous with so many possibilities! I created a simple mixed media tag featuring a paper-pieced image in the foreground (colored with Karin Brush Markers) along with acrylic inks applied with a brayer, stenciling with gel medium, more acrylic ink applied with the fingertip, and a 49 and Market curators Botanical Rub-On Transfer!

I started by stamping the cardinal image from the All About You Cardinal stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a piece of 165# Solar White cardstock (super heavyweight cardstock for dimension), colored it with Karin Brush Markers and fussy cut it, then ran a Memento Tuxedo Black marker around the outside edge for a more finished look. I set it aside while I worked on the tag. I applied Liquitex Cerulean Blue Hue and Titanium White acrylic paints with a brayer onto the front surface of a Tim Holtz Distress Tag. I created some background texture with a Memory Box Texture Mini Dots Designer Stencil and Golden Gel Medium. When that dried, I rubbed a tiny bit more Titanium White acrylic paint over the raised dots with my finger tip.

I applied a 49 and Market curators Botanical Rub-On Transfer and then adhered the cardinal image. I stamped the sentiment on Baronial Ivory cardstock in black ink, trimmed the first portion and outlined it with a black marker after adhering it to the tag. I fussy cut the remaining word and adhered it just below the first portion. I added a few Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals and a strip of Eyelet Outlet Red/White Dot Washi Tape cut in half lengthwise. I threaded some Hemptique Red Hemp Crafting Cord through the hole at the top to finish it off.

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #202205 – May Anything Goes w/ optional Mother’s Day Slimline (no twist)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #05-2022 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #5 May Anything Goes
4. Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #155 – Animals/Birds
5. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #123 – Anything Goes Always
6. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: May Anything Goes
7. Scrapping4fun Challenges: #212 – Anything Goes
8. Stamping Sensations: May Challenge – Anything Stamped w/ optional Floral and Fauna

Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support!

Prickley Pear Stamps products used:
All About You Cardinal stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Tags, Neenah Classic Crest 165# Solar White cardstock, Neenah Classic Baronial Ivory cardstock
Ink/Paint: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (pad and marker); Karin Brush Markers- Cocoa, Sandstone, Red, Neutral Grey 3, Olive Green and Apple; Liquitex Cerulean Blue Hue and Titanium White acrylic paints
Accessories: Brayer, MISTI stamp tool, Memory Box Texture Mini Dots Designer Stencil, Golden Gel Medium, 49 and Market Curators Botanical Rub-On Transfers, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Eyelet Outlet Red/White Dot Washi Tape, Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals, Hemptique Red Hemp Crafting Cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at Prickley Pear Stamps! If you’d like to save 10% on anything on the site when you shop at Prickley Pear Stamps, use the coupon code LESLIE10 at checkout! And be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Prickley Pear Stamps Facebook page to keep up with news and sales, and join Prickley Pear Pals (the fan group) for lots of fun crafty ideas and to share your creativity! And finally, we’d love to see you visit the Prickley Pear Stamps blog that’s in the process of being revived and become a Follower! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Fall Tag

Hey everybody! Happy Monday to you all – here’s to a FABulous week ahead! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you – I really appreciate your support! I’ve popped in today to share an awesome Tape Runner DT inspiration project! I created a pretty Fall tag using some amazing STAMPlorations products and some other items from my stash, and of course, all panels and most elements were adhered with Tape Runner. Fall is my favorite season and Christmas is my favorite holiday, so my brain is always geared up for that time of year. And you all know I’m not a seasonal crafter… I’m all over the place and I create whatever pops into my head! ;)

As mentioned above, all panels were adhered with Tape Runner. Wet glue was used only to adhere the hand-rolled elements, and hot glue was used to adhere the paper flowers and bow. I die cut a tag from GKD Tomato Soup cardstock using the STAMPlorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies. I then built up the layers on the tag with Hot Off The Press yellow gingham paper which I tore before adhering, STAMPlorations Newsprint Autumn Ephemera Tiles, STAMPlorations Autumn Cozy Ephemera, a doily, two hand-rolled elements created from CutCardStock Basis Light Brown cardstock, three Wild Orchid Crafts paper flowers, and a bamboo crafting cord bow.

I added Darice gold glitter alpha stickers to spell ‘fall’ along with several Flourish with a Bling antique gold pearls. The final touch was threading Really Reasonable Ribbon autumn ribbon through the hole at the top and securing it with bamboo crafting cord tied in a knot.

And one more peek… I’m so smitten with this tag and LOVE how it turned out! Sometimes layering multiple items can be somewhat daunting, but when you have just the right kind of paper and ephemera along with Tape Runner, there’s nothing to hold you back! ;)

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #2-2022 – Anything Goes
2. A Place To Start: #202202 – Anything Goes w/ optional My Fauna Valentine (Include a Critter) — no twist
3. Classic Design Challenge: February #2 – Anything Goes
4. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #120 – Anything Goes
5. Crafty Catz: #583 – Anything Goes w/ optional Add A Sentiment (playing twist)
6. Cupcake Inspirations: #538 – Anything Goes

7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #176 – Anything Goes
8. QKR Stampede: #438 – Anything Goes

Tape Runner products used:
Tape Runner

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Tomato Soup cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Light Brown cardstock, Hot Off The Press Gingham #1 double-sided 6×6 papers
Dies/Punches: STAMPlorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Mini Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Big Shot, STAMPlorations Autumn Cozy Ephemera, STAMPlorations Newsprint Autumn Ephemera Tiles, Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, American Crafts 3-mm thick adhesive foam tabs, Stampin’ Up doily, Bearly Art precision craft glue, hot glue gun, Darice gold glitter alpha stickers, Wild Orchid Crafts paper flowers, Flourish with a Bling antique gold pearls, Tim Holtz idea-ology Clippings Stickers, Really Reasonable Ribbon autumn ribbon, Hemptique bamboo crafting cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get your craft on! Be sure to check out the ah-mazing Tape Runner, Retractable Tape Runner and Highlight Tape Runner at TapeRunner.com! Be sure to Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Christmas Mini Album

Hey, everybody! Happy Hump Day – I hope you’re having a great week and it’s not too cold where you are! I’m thrilled to be back on the Clear Scraps blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas – it’s so hard to believe that it has come and gone! We had an absolutely beautiful Christmas and the real truth is that it’ll be here again before we know it! I have one last Christmas project for the year to share featuring our Chipboard Tag Album that has plenty of room for documenting those Christmas memories. You’ll be seeing more Christmas projects from me in the upcoming months because Christmas is my favorite holiday and I create holiday cards and projects all year long!

I covered the front and back sides of the four tags with Christmas papers, inked the edges and embellished each side with coordinating ephemera and stickers. There are pockets with pull-out cards and tags as well as folders that open outward and upward… lots of open space for photos and journaling! This was a super fun project!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Place To Start: #12 – Anything Goes w/ optional Blue Christmas (no twist)
2. Crafting Happiness Challenges: #118 – December Anything Goes
3. Creative Inspirations: December challenge – Christmas Time
4. Creative Moments: #229 – Anything Goes
5. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: December Anything Goes
6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #172: Anything Goes
7. My Time To Craft Christmas: #25 – Anything But A Card
8. River of Creativity: #8 – Celebrate (Christmas)

9. The Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge: Christmas
10. The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge: Anything Goes

Clear Scraps products used:
Chipboard Tag Album

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Royal Sundance Felt Natural cardstock, Carta Bella Christmas Collection Kit
Ink: Ingvild Bolme Knotted Wood chalk ink edger
Dies/Punches: CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies, Stampin’ Up 1/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, Ranger distress collage medium, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Buckle, Hemptique bamboo crafting cord, Stampin’ Up dotted red skinny washi tape, Prairie Bird Boutique red wrinkled ribbon, Canvas Corp red binding ring, Darice iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get those craft supplies out to play! Be sure to check out all the amazing acrylic, wood and chipboard goodies at Clear Scraps… OMGoodness, you won’t be disappointed! And head on over to the Clear Scraps Facebook Page for lots of inspiration! And while you’re at it, join the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative Group to connect with other Clear Scraps fans! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Do I really need more shoes?!

Hey, everybody! Well, another weekend has come and gone, and here we are facing Monday again! But that’s okay as far as I’m concerned… a crafty day is a good day, and it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is! I’m thrilled to be back on the Clear Scraps blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! Those who know me know that I am passionate about two things: (1) fun folds and (2) shoes! ;) Well, actually three things: (1) cats – we rescue, (2) fun folds and (3) shoes! When I married my kids’ dad many moons ago, I had nearly 60 pairs and he just couldn’t understand it, lol! I don’t have nearly that many now but I still reminisce about the good ol’ days when I had a pair in every color imaginable to coordinate with every outfit. So out came the Acrylic Tag Album to document those memories! This was a fun project!

I cut different colors and patterns of paper for every page, hand-cut in a whimsical fashion, leaving just a tad bit of the clear acrylic showing on all edges. I die cut labels and stitched ovals for each page and layered the white stitched ovals on the label die cuts. I stamped different shoes (including boots and flip flops) with sentiments on the ovals and colored them with alcohol markers to coordinate with the patterned paper on that page. I created hole reinforcements with two circle punches and tied the pages together with purple wrinkled ribbon embellished with a shoe charm from my stash. I added tiny iridescent gemstones to each page to finish the album.

One more look… so loving how this turned out! Great selection of shoes, boots and flip flops – had to cover all bases, lol!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #11 – Anything Goes with optional twist of Thanks/Thankfulness
2. A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: November/December – Anything Goes
3. A Place To Start: #11 – Craft A Favorite Memory (having lots of shoes back in the day!)
4. Classic Design Challenge Blog: #11 November – Anything Goes
5. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenges: November – Anything Goes
6. Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #158 – Anything Goes
7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2146 – Anything Goes
8. QKR Stampede: #432 – Anything Goes
9. The Creative Crafters: #46 – Anything Goes
10. World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge: #11 – Anything Goes

Clear Scraps products used:
Acrylic Tag Album

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple, Basis Magenta, Basis Gold, Basis Teal, Basis Blue, Basis Green, Pop-Tone Tangy Orange, Pop-Tone Gumdrop Green cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, K & Co. Essentials Dark Designer Paper Pad
Stamps: STAMPlorations A Girl and Her Shoes stamp set, Paper Pretties Sassy Shoes stamp set, Great Impressions Hanging Flip Flops and Right Flip Flop rubber stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (pad and marker), Versamark Dazzle; Arteza alcohol markers- YG25, G36/38, B17, BR68, Y03/22/25/33, YR00, R21, BG23/29
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five, Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers, Stampin’ Up 1/4″ and 1/2″ Circle Punches
Accessories: MISTI stamp tool, Big Shot, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Up Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled purple ribbon, shoe charm and rings from stash, Stampin’ Up Mini Dimensionals, ScraPerfect iridescent gemstones, Trinity Pick-Up Stick

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get those craft supplies out to play! Be sure to check out all the amazing acrylic, wood and chipboard goodies at Clear Scraps… OMGoodness, you won’t be disappointed! And head on over to the Clear Scraps Facebook Page for lots of inspiration! And while you’re at it, join the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative Group to connect with other Clear Scraps fans! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Paper Goods Feature #2 at STAMPlorations!

Hi everybody! I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend and doing something fun! I’m a little late with this post but I’m thrilled to be showcasing three more projects created with the Paper Goods over at STAMPlorations! As is the norm when playing with STAMPlorations goodies, I’m having a blast! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! These projects were shown on the STAMPlorations blog on August 23rd which was the day after I got home from the hospital after suffering a heart attack. I had what they call a widow-maker’s heart attack with 100% blockage in my left anterior descending. I spent four days in the hospital and came home with a ton of medications that I’ll be on for the rest of my life, along with lots of diet changes and an exercise regimen. I’ve lost ten pounds but I certainly don’t recommend having a heart attack to do it, lol! ;)

So the posts you’ve seen in my blog over the past two weeks were scheduled in way in advance, and this post is the first fresh post I’ve written since I’ve been home from the hospital. Now, for the fun stuff… for this STAMPlorations feature I have created three fun Christmas projects using the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera, available in the Paper Goods section of the store. These ATC Backgrounds are so awesome and can be used to create not only artist trading cards, but tags and ornaments as you’ll see here shortly! My first project is a set of six ATCs, cards and coins, featuring the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera with stamped sentiments from the Joy clear stamp set. All have heat embossing and/or glossy or shimmer overlay. These all have some nice shine going on!

I cut and punched the ATC bases from Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and adhered them to the back of the individual card and coin panels trimmed and punched from the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera. I stamped sentiments on each one from the Joy clear stamp set in black, brown, blue, silver and gold ink, and added clear embossing, Glossy Accents, Clear Star Gelly Roll pen, and Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay marker to embellish each one. I ran gold and silver paint pens around the edge of each ATC to finish them off. Here is a straight and hand-held angle shot of each one (pardon my thumb, lol):

STAMPlorations products used:
Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera
Joy clear stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock
Ink: Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes, Black Jack and Over Coffee ink; Delicata Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer ink; Versamark, Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay marker, Memento Rich Cocoa marker, Posca Gold and Silver pens
Dies/Punches: Fiskars 2-1/2″ circle punch
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, Glossy Accents


My second project is a set of four Christmas tags also featuring the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera. I created two of these tags in the traditional colors of red and green, and the other two in non-traditional colors of teal and purple.

These have diagonal striped backgrounds created from strips of CutCardStock Pop-Tone Limeade cardstock, CutCardStock Pop-Tone Wild Cherry cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Teal cardstock and CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple cardstock which I adhered to Stick It Adhesive Sheet and then to Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and cut with Stitched Tags Nesting Dies. The images were cut with a stitched rectangle die and layered on slightly larger rectangle die cuts from CutCardStock Pop-Tone Hot Fudge cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Black cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Teal cardstock and CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple cardstock. I added foil washi tape, clip embellishments and enamel dots or jewel bling to each one to finish them off. I cut TO and FROM for the tag backs using the Uppercase Alphabet Plate Die.

STAMPlorations products used:
Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera
Stitched Tags Nesting Dies
Uppercase Alphabet Plate Die

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Pop-Tone Limeade cardstock, CutCardStock Pop-Tone Wild Cherry cardstock, CutCardStock Pop-Tone Hot Fudge cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Black cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Teal cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Dark Purple cardstock
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers, Stampin’ Up 1/2″ and 1/4″ circle punches
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Stick It Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Eyelet Outlet Red Foil and Purple Foil Washi Tape, Eyelet Outlet Brown and Black Enamel Dots, Eyelet Outlet Turquoise and Purple Jewel Bling, Stampin’ Up Hodge Podge Clips, Hemptique Bamboo Cord


And my final project for this feature is a six-sided Christmas ornament featuring images from the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera punched with a 2-1/2″ circle punch. I embellished each side with Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops for some sparkly interest.

Ornaments are super easy to make. First, I created a beaded tail and loop for the top. I punched circles from six of the images from the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera, scored them down the middle, and adhered each side to the next, trapping the beading wire and ribbon in the center, with a simple bow adhered at the bottom.

STAMPlorations products used:
Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1 Ephemera

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White cardstock,
Dies/Punches: Fiskars 2-1/2″ circle punch
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops, Bearly Arts precision craft glue, Coats & Clark gold metallic thread, assorted beads and beading wire, Really Reasonable Ribbon blue seam binding ribbon


I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and you’re inspired to get crafty! Be sure to check out all the amazing paper goods, stamps, dies, stencils, digis and other crafty goodies at the STAMPlorations main, outlet and digital stores! Use code STAMPGIRLLESLIE for a 20% discount on your orders in the store (with unlimited uses)! And there is A LOT going on over at the STAMPlorations blog – tons of creative inspiration, tutorials, promotions and giveaways – all month long! If you’ve never visited, you are definitely in for a good time! When you do visit, be sure to leave comments on the posts! Every month Shery draws seven random winners from all the posts published during the month, so the more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win! And be sure to Follow STAMPlorations on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Vintage Christmas Tags

Howdy, peeps! Happy first day of August! Time is going by so fast that it’ll be Christmas again before we know it! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! It’s time for a new challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #148 – Old School! We’d love to see your old/vintage or back to school project! Seems I’m always in Christmas mode, so I created some hybrid vintage Christmas tags! I’ve been a fan of Free Vintage Digital Stamps for a number of years and had this adorable image in my arsenal so I decided to use it!

I resized and printed the digital image six times on Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft cardstock and cut them with a stitched banner die. I cut six slightly larger double-stitched rectangles from CutCardStock Pop-Tone Wild Cherry cardstock, adhered a die cut digital image to each one. Using the Prickley Pear Stamps Christmas Holiday Gift Tags stamp set, I stamped ‘To’ and ‘From’ on the back of each one in black ink. I created hole reinforcements from CutCardStock Pop-Tone Wild Cherry cardstock with 1/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches, and adhered one to the front and back of each tag. I added green hemp crafting cord and a tiny iridescent gemstone to the top of the tree on each tag.

And one more look at the set… aren’t these just adorable?! Gotta love vintage! ;)

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Papertrey Ink Classic Kraft cardstock, CutCardStock Pop-Tone Wild Cherry cardstock
Stamps: Free Vintage Digital Stamps Santa image, Prickley Pear Stamps Christmas Holiday Gift Tags stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: JustRite Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles die set, Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangles die, Stampin’ Up 1/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Hemptique light green hemp crafting cord, Darice tiny iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these vintage Christmas tags and will link up an old/vintage or back to school project with us this month! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

An apple a day tag

Hi everyone! A very Happy Saturday to you – I hope you’ve had a great week! They sure are going by fast these days… Christmas will be here before we know it, lol! Okay, I see your eyes rolling! ;) Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! I’m stoked to be back on the Eyelet Outlet blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! I created a get well tag featuring some awesome brads with a matching stamp set and my favorite enamel dots!

Using the CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies, I die cut two stitched tags from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock and one from CutCardStock Basis 80# Red cardstock. I created a faux tablecloth by stenciling Ranger fired brick distress ink onto an ARTplorations Checkers Stencil with a blending brush and cut it into strips. I adhered the strips to red cardstock strips and then to one of the white cardstock tags. Using the Apple Clear Stamp Set, I stamped the basket in brown ink on CutCardStock Basis 80# Light Brown cardstock, fussy cut it, and adhered it to the lower stenciled strip, and then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in brown ink. I put four Apple Brads in the basket and one outside the basket along with an apple core. I adhered the two white cardstock tags to the red one, and then threaded three ribbons through the hole at the top of the tag and tied them with bamboo crafting cord. The finishing touch was the addition of three White Enamel Dots across the bottom.

And one more peek… so loving how this turned out! Such adorable brads and stamps!

Eyelet Outlet products used:
Apple Brads
Apple Clear Stamp Set
White Enamel Dots

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# and 80# Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Basis 80# Red cardstock, CutCardStock Basis 80# Light Brown cardstock
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle ink, Ranger fired brick distress ink
Dies/Punches: CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies
Accessories: Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer, ARTplorations Checkers Stencil, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Really Reasonable Ribbon- Melina Crocheted, Satin Swiss Dots Primary Assortment and Diamond Satin Vintage Assortment; Hemptique Bamboo Crafting Cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Eyelet Outlet! I can already see you drooling, lol! Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Eyelet Outlet Facebook Page to keep up with news and sales, and while you’re at it, join the Eyelet Outlet Fans Facebook group for lots of creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

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