So thankful

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday – hope you’re having a great week! One more day till Friday, lol! It’s June 1st and time for another fun challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration card for LTCCB #11 – June Anything Goes! I created a corner fold thank you card that is also clean and simple. This is an interesting fold and I’m trying to learn to create with less dimension which is really tough for me. ;)

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I used the absolutely gorgeous GKD Painted Autumn stamp set for the focal image panel which I layered on gold mirror cardstock. I love multi-step stamp sets with large images, as they create gorgeous backgrounds!

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I stamped the inside sentiment along with some leaf stems on a layered panel. I really love how this turned out!

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Happy to enter this fun fold into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #45 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: June Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore Challenge Blog: June Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #125 – Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday: #109 – Use A Repetition Image
Crafty Purple Frog: Fabulously Floral
Inspiration Destination: #129 – Anything Goes (no shaker)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1722 – Anything Goes
Time Out: #84 – Inspired By Words (friends/flowers)
Word Art Wednesday: #284/285 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Tomato Soup cardstock, Marco’s Gold Mirror cardstock
Stamps: GKD Painted Autumn stamp set
Ink: SU Pumpkin Pie (stamped off once), Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Tangerine Assortment, MISTI

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider creating a project for our challenge this month! We can’t wait to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Patriotic Thank You

** 6/11/17 Top 3 at Not Just Cards Challenges! **

Hi everyone! I’m back with another post on this fine 1st day of June which marks the middle of the year already… can you believe it?! We have a brand new challenge launching over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #98 – Boyz Rule! We’d love to see your masculine projects this time! Our sponsors this month are Oddball Art Co., DRS Designs and Bugaboo Digi Stamps so come on over and play with us for a chance to win an awesome prize!

I used the amazing Soldiers of America greeting from DRS Designs for my CAS patriotic thank you card. This is a shout-out to all the men in my family who have served in the military – my father, my son, my husband and my brother-in-law. Thank you for your service! I really enjoyed creating this card, as it had meaning.

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I’ve got the die cutting fever again and have been playing with my Scan N Cut (a lot) since we got situated after our move. I thought these awesome patriotic and square frame cut files would pair perfectly with the DRS Designs greeting!

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And nothing says ‘thank you’ any better than this…

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #45 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #6 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: #15 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: June Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore Challenge Blog: June Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #342 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #276 – Your Favorite Things (cardstock, dies/cut files)
Die Cuttin’ Divas: #319 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: #129 – Anything Goes (no shaker)
International Art & Soul: #9 – Stitching (Real or Faux)
Not Just Cards Challenge Blog: #44 – One For The Boys – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #17 – Masculine
Tuesday Throwdown: #345 – Stitching

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory, In The Navy and Cranberry Tart cardstock
Stamps: DRS Designs Soldiers of America greeting
Dies/Punches: SVG Cuts Patriotic Design Element and Simple Simon’s Square Cut Frames cut files
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Star Punch, YNS Navy Glittered Gumdrops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up a masculine project with us this month! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Oddball Art Co., DRS Designs and Bugaboo Digi Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Let’s get our merry on.

** 6/7/17 Top 3 at Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenges! **

Hello, crafty friends! Happy June 1st – it’s unreal that May is behind us already! A new challenge is launching this morning over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog. You’ll remember that all of our challenges are Anything Goes and there’s always an optional twist there to inspire you. I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for Challenge #2 – Anything Goes with optional twist of Stamping! If you play the twist with us this month, please use rubber or clear stamps!

I’ve had the Stampers Anonymous Crazy Dogs, Crazy Cats and Crazy Things (all with coordinating dies) for months now and have only used the Crazy Dogs stamps and dies once. So I got out the Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamps and dies to create a fun CAS card for this challenge. The front and inside sentiments and the stars are from the Paper Smooches Holiday Cheer stamp set. SO much fun!

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We have five fur babies so I really enjoyed using this set. Picking out the necktie and Santa hat for these guys was a major part of the fun. None of ours would tolerate any clothing or hats so I had to live vicariously through these comical stamped images, lol!

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I decorated the inside with strips of the same paper used on the front, stamped a sentiment, and added a stamped and die cut candy cane with a few stars.

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Would love to enter this fun card in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #45 – Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: May Challenge – Anything Christmas
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: #15 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #125 – Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: June Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #88 – Include an Animal
Die Cuttin’ Divas: #319 – Anything Goes
Fab ‘N’ Funky: #353 – Christmas
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #164 – Anything Goes
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1722 – Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #92 – 4 or More Legs
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog: Feline Fine Challenge
Winter Wonderland: Hats and/or Scarves
Word Art Wednesday: #284/285 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock scrap, Stampin’ Up! Warmth & Cheer DSP stack
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamp sets, Paper Smooches Holiday Cheer stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate ink; SN- IG4, TN4, DR2, LG5, JG1, Crystal Clear Shimmer
Dies/Punches: Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats and Crazy Things dies
Accessories:  Marvy Snow marker

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have found a little inspiration to enter a project into our challenge this month… anything goes with or without stamping – your choice! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Butterfly Kisses

** 5/28/17 Top 3 at International Art & Soul! **

Hi everyone! Happy Friday – hope you’ve had a most awesome week! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using the absolutely amaaaaazing Butterfly Tangle stamp set, Butterfly die, Midnight Blue and Totally Black inks and Artzy Doodles Midnight Blue paper. I created a clean and simple get well card in bright colors! I LOVE this stamp set!

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This happy-go-lucky butterfly with tons of sentiments included in the set made a delightful get well card that’s sure to make anyone feel better! This was super easy – the butterfly was stamped in Totally Black ink on the white background panel which I layered on the Midnight Blue paper and adhered to the card base. I stamped the butterfly again on a smaller piece of the white cardstock and colored both stamped images identically. I cut the butterfly image that I stamped on the smaller piece of cardstock with the coordinating die and layered it onto the background panel. I stamped the sentiment in the Midnight Blue ink and added some randomly placed sequins.

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I popped the wings up with Kool Tak clear foam pads for dimension.

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I stamped the inside sentiment in the Midnight Blue ink and added a strip of the Midnight blue paper across the bottom with a heart punched out on one side for a little interest.

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Happy to to enter this CAS card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #44 – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #180 – Anything Goes + Sentiment
CASology: Week 249 – WARM
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week 20 – Anything Goes Crafty Challenge
Crafting When We Can: #144 – Bright and Colorful
Crafty Creations: #341 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #275 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies
International Art and Soul: #8 – Hot Colors
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog: #5 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenge Blog: #228 – Something Beginning with B (butterfly, blue sequins, blue paper)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1720 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #16 – Things With Wings
QKR Stampede: #244 – Things With Wings or Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delights: #66 – Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: May Challenge – Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy
The Crafty Addicts: #36 – Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts
Use Your Stuff: #264 – Metallics (hoping sequins qualify! :)
Word Art Wednesday: #282/283 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #22 – Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will check out all the fun stamps, dies, papers and ink at Dare 2B Artzy! I know you’re going to fall in love! 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: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock
Ink: Bic Mark-It markers- Deep Sea Blue, Hot Aqua, Fandango Pink, Sunset Orange, Woodsy Brown, Summer Melon, Key Lime
Accessories: Doodlebug Design blue sequins, Kool Tak clear foam pads, Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty heart punch

Dare To Dream The Impossible

** 5/23/17 Top 3 Sister at The Sisterhood of Crafters! **
** 5/23/17 Winner AND Top 3 at Tuesday Throwdown! **
** 5/24/17 Winner at Crafty Creations Challenges! **
** 6/11/17 Mixed Media Challenge Favorite at Happy Little Stampers! **

Hello again, my crafty peeps! Happy Hump Day – hope you’re having a great week! The May challenge over at Let’s Craft and Create went live on the 5th and I’m stoked to share my mid-month DT inspiration project for Challenge #125 – Make Your Own Background! I had a b.l.a.s.t. creating this encouragement card!

I used a stencil and grit paste, Brushos and homemade Perfect Pearls spritz to create the background, and quite a few other elements to keep the eyes moving! ;)

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For the sentiment, I combined stamped elements with the wood script word that I inked in black. I created a torn and curled corner with a doily and lace underlay that I embellished with flat-back pearls.

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I inked a chipboard feather and embellished it with multi-colored seed beads, and added a gorgeous flower with two twine bows tucked behind one side of it. There are also a few metal embellishments – a key and two corner pieces.

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As a final touch, I ‘touched’ all the element with white gesso. I’m really loving how this turned out! You’ll be seeing more mixed media projects from me as time goes on! ;)

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I kept the inside fairly simple with a few scraps of cardstock and a stamped sentiment.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #44 – Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: May Challenge – Flowers
Crafty Creations: #341 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #123 – Add Flowers
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog: Pastel Colors Challenge
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #275 – Anything Goes
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #351 – Backgrounds/Create a Background
Happy Little Stampers: May Mixed Media Challenge
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog: #5 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenge Blog: #228 – Something Beginning with B (blue lace upper right corner)
Pammie’s Inky Pinkies: #1720 – Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge: May Challenge – Color Pink
Scrapper’s Delights: #66 – Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Encouragement
Tuesday Throwdown: #343 – Texture
Use Your Stuff: #264 – Metallics
Word Art Wednesday: #282/283 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #22 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: 
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, GKD Black Onyx cardstock and Innocent Pink cardstock scrap, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor cardstock
Stamps: Dare 2B Artzy Dream Big stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, SN True Black, Memento Tuxedo Black marker; Brushos- Ultra Marine, Turquoise, Yellow, Orange, Brilliant Red
Accessories: Studio Charcoal Black acrylic paint, white Gesso, Sheena Douglas Distress Grid stencil, Ranger Distress Grit Paste, Freckled Fawn Wood Chips Script Words, Stampin’ Up! Lace Doily, Paper Accents chipboard feather, seed beads from stash, Art C metal corners, Prima flower, blue lace from stash, K & Co. metal key, Hemptique Natural Bamboo cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will consider linking up a project in our challenge this month! You still have lots of time! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

lesliesig

Merry Christmas

** 5/21/17 Winner at Christmas Card Challenges! **
** 5/22/17 Top 3 at Ooh-La-La Creations! **
** 5/25/17 Top 3 at Cardz 4 Gals! **
** 6/14/17 Top 3 at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’! **

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a great week and you’re having wonderful spring-like weather where you are! I’m happy to say that I’m once again a guestie over at Scrapping4fun Challenges! Another one of my cards was chosen as a Featured Creation a few weeks ago, so here I am! I’m absolutely thrilled to share my inspiration Challenge #90 – Ladies!

I created a very feminine shabby chic Christmas card featuring both tool and ink distressing, smeared grit paste and watered-down Gesso splatters on the front, and stamping on the inside. I had a great time with this!

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All the elements were distressed with tool first and then ink, and then randomly layered on the background.

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I smeared small amounts of grit paste and splattered watered-down Gesso on the front when I had all the pieces in place.

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I kept the inside fairly simple with a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge Blog – #5 – Anything Goes
Cards 4 Galz: #47 – Add Some Texture
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: May Anything Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges: #12 – Anything Goes with optional photo inspiration
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: May Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #87 – Three of a Kind (three bells)
Happy Little Stampers: May Christmas Challenge
Inspiration Destination: #127 – Anything Goes w/ optional twist of Masculine (no twist)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #57 – Anything Goes
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog: #5 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Challenges: #228 – Something beginning with B (bells)
Word Art Wednesday: #282/283 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock: 
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, Papers from Polly’s Paper Studio
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Cozy Christmas stamp set
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Accessories: Colorbok Flea Market rhinestones, ephemera from Polly’s Paper Studio, Prairie Bird Boutique ribbon scrap, white Gesso, Idea-ology gem clip

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will create a project for our challenge this time! We’d love to see how you interpret the theme “Ladies” and can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

There’s no happy like holiday happy

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope your week has started off nicely, and the weather isn’t too hot where you are! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Craft for the Craic and I’m super stoked to share my GD inspiration project for the May Anything Goes challenge! I created a fun Christmas card in non-traditional colors. Red and green are usually “the” Christmas colors, but for this card… NOT!

I created a card using purple and teal which is (another) one of my favorite color combos. Using dark purple for the card base, I cut strips of dotted paper from the SU Brights, Regals and Subtles DSP stacks to create some visual interest.

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I stamped the focal image in the dark ink and then stamped over it a second time in Versamark (using the MISTI) and heat embossed it in clear so I could water color the open areas of the image with ink colors matching the paper strips. I finished off the front with Gloss White Crystal Drops. Really loving how this turned out!

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I kept the inside simple, as I usually do, with a strip of leftover cardstock and a stamped sentiment on a layered panel.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges: #12 – Anything Goes with optional photo inspiration
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: May Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: May Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #87 – Three of a Kind (three polkadot papers)
Daisy Chain Challenges: #8 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers: May Christmas Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #57 – Anything Goes
Scrapper’s Delights: #66 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White cardstock; SU Brights, Regals and Subtles DSP Stacks
Stamps: SU Mingle All The Way and Tin of Tags stamp sets
Ink: SU Blackberry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party ink; Versamark
Accessories:  Ranger Clear embossing powder, Niji water brush, Gloss White Crystal Drops, MISTI, Fiskars corner rounder

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up an Anything Goes project with us this month! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig