Happy Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone! Welcome to the middle of March… can you believe it?! I’m telling ya… it’ll be Christmas before we know it, lol! A new challenge went live on March 1st over at Your Scrapbook Place (yep, I’m still a guestie!) and I’m stoked to share my mid-month GD inspiration project for our March Challenge with The Paper Nest Dolls! Come on over and play!


I chose the adorable Flower Cart Avery digi to create my double flap fancy fold birthday card! OMG, I’m so smitten… I L-O-V-E this image! Isn’t she just the cutest?!


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers to coordinate as best I could with the colors in the paper and adhered it to the front flap, and stamped a birthday sentiment in black ink.


I stamped another sentiment inside the front flap…


…and then a flower image and another sentiment on the inside flap. Even though there is a ribbon closure, I added a velcro circle to keep the front flap closed. I love how this turned out and see a few more in my future, lol!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy and Crumb Cake cardstock, Stampin’ Up Affectionately Yours DSP
Stamps: The Paper Nest Dolls Flower Cart Avery digital image, Stampin’ Up Avant garden stamp set
Ink: Spectrum Noir- CR9, CR10, FS3, FS6, CT4, LG5, BT4, TB4, IG5; Memento Tuxedo Black marker, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Ranger Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Accessories:  Cream organza/satin ribbon scrap

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! Be sure to check out all the fun digital images at The Paper Nest Dolls online store – I know you’ll fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

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).


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.


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! :)


I stamped the sentiment and the butterfly in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored the butterfly with Spectrum Noir markers.


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!


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,

3-D projects · Papercraft

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! I’ve popped in today with a fun DT inspiration project for Simply Crafty SVGs using the Side by Side Box Card cut file and the shamrock from the Pot O Gold Treat Box cut file. OMG, you’da thought I was a giant kid putting this together, lol! What fun!


I used 120# kraft cardstock for the card base which makes the card pretty stable. I used a couple shades of green cardstock for the vehicle along with some ‘manly’ patterned paper that I lightly inked. I used an extra print and cut sentiment (included in the cut file) that I punched with a circle punch.


I cut several shamrocks (from the Pot O Gold Treat Box cut file) and attached them to strips of clear window sheet to load up the back of the vehicle! :D


And one final shot showing the collapsed and ready-to-mail card. So cool! ;)


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# kraft cardstock; Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Garden Green cardstock; Crafter’s Companion Just For Men patterned paper
Ink: Ranger Black Soot distress ink
Dies/Punches: Simply Crafty SVGs Side by Side Box Card and Pot O Gold Treat Box cut files; Stampin’ Up 1-1/4″ and 1-1/2″ circle punches
Accessories:  Stampin’ Up clear window sheet

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! If you have an electronic die cutting machine, you really need to check out all the fun cut files at Simply Crafty SVGs! And there’s an entire section of freebies! You can’t go wrong! Thanks for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


Side Step Tool Box Card

Hi everyone! I’m happy to share that I’m once again guesting for Scrapping4fun Challenges! One of my art journal spreads was a Featured Creation a few weeks back, so here I am, lol! I’m thrilled to share my GD inspiration project for Challenge #110 – Masculine/Boys. Come play with us! I created a super cute masculine card that could easily be used for a birthday or for Father’s Day, using the Side Step Tool Box Card cut file from the Silhouette store. How flippin’ cute is this?!


The base was cut from red, the drawers from red and silver, the peg board from dark brown and the tools from yellow and silver cardstock. And I added a couple flat head screw brads. Oh, what fun!


One final shot showing the step card construction. I’m so smitten with this cut file!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Cherry Red, Dark Chocolate and Wild Dandelion cardstock, Marco’s Silver Venicelux cardstock
Dies/Punches: Side Step Tool Box Card Silhouette cut file
Accessories:  Flat head screw brads

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a masculine/boys project with us! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


sew artsy

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m posting our new “Anything Goes” challenge for March on the a2z Scrapbooking blog this morning and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project, a very cool note card I created with the Hero Arts Make Your Own Digital Kit Sewing Fashion! I’m totally in love with this digital kit! I’ve been somewhat of a seamstress since the age of about 9 when my sister, Syd, taught me to sew my own clothes on Mom’s treadle-turned-electric sewing machine. THAT sure gives my age away, lol!


Super simple card. I printed the scissors background in blue on the ivory cardstock and overlayed the clothes mannequin along with the sentiment and pins. I cut the panel to size and tool distressed the edges. I printed an additional mannequin which I fussy cut and popped up on 3-D foam pads. I added Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the ‘buttons’ on the mannequin and Midnight Blue Crystal Drops to the background.


Here’s one more angled shot to you can see the dimension. I layered an ivory panel on navy cardstock for the inside which I left blank for a custom message. Love how this turned out, and it would be super fun to mass produce these for a gift! ;)


a2z products used:
Hero Arts Make Your Own Digital Kit Sewing Fashion

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla and Night of Navy cardstock
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Nuvo Midnight Blue and Morning Dew Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Anything Goes this month and we’d love to see what you create! 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 Hero Arts One of a Kind! 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,


Relax… unwind note cards (set of 8 )

Hi everyone! You know what happens on the 1st… I have a gazillion posts for you! This month’s challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog is live this morning and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for  LTCCB #20 – March Anything Goes! I created a fun set of eight note cards, all featuring a pair of flip flops in the sand. I stamped four in teal ink and four in green ink, and embellished each with a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.


These were so easy and fun. I used Stampin’ Up premade Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes, so all I needed to do was stamp the flip flops on white cardstock and cut them with the coordinating die, and stamp the sentiment on the front. The stamps and inks are from Dare 2B Artzy. I created a sand line with a Paper Smooches Stitched Border die. I left the insides blank as they are note cards.


One more view with the envelopes which feature a stamped pair of flip flops in matching ink. :)


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes, Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: D2BA Flip Flops stamp set
Ink: D2BA Paradise and Margarita Lime inks; Spectrum Noir- BP1, BT5, TB4, LG3
Dies/Punches: Flip Flop die, Paper Smooches Stitched Borders
Accessories: MISTI, Pretty Pink Posh Peridot Mist and Ocean Spray Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun set of note cards and will link up an Anything Goes project with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

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!’


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.


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.


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.


Okay, here’s one more angled shot. I love this background and I’m smitten with these dolls!


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,