Seize The Day

Hi everyone! I’m posting the new September Clean and Simple challenge today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using the fun Hero Arts To Seize or Not To Seize stamp set! This is my last post for a2z Scrapbooking and I’d love to shout out a huge thanks to my DT peeps there for having me along for the past 14 months! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself!

I’ve really been enjoying clean and simple cards. They used to be so intimidating for me but once I started doing them and leaving all those layers and my big signature bow behind, they were a piece of cake! Now don’t get me wrong… I still love layers and I still love me some big bows!

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And how about this inside sentiment?! L-O-V-E it! I already know that this stamp set is going to be one of my favorite go-to stamp sets! So fun!

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And one final look… I really love the simplicity of this card!

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a2z products used:
Hero Arts To Seize or Not To Seize stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz stamp platform, Red heart button, Hemptique Red Bamboo Cord

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! We’d love to see what you create! 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

Quirky CAS

Hi everyone! I’m posting the new August Anything Goes challenge today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using the very cool Hero Arts Weird and Wonderful stamp set! I created a fun one-layer clean and simple friendship card for a Quirky… Oddball… One of a Kind… friend!

Leslie

This card is really CAS. No layers. Doesn’t get much easier than this. I stamped the three bold sentiments from the stamp set in black ink, then stamped over top of them in Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I added five purple sequins for a little interest.

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I kept the inside very simple with just a stamped sentiment. No layered panels this time.

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Products used:
Paper/Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Weird and Wonderful stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark ink
Accessories: Hero Arts Clear Embossing PowderHero Arts Ombre Purple Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! We’d love to see what you create! 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

fluttering by…

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday – I hope you’re having an awesome weekend! I’m posting the new July Birthday Bash challenge today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail stamp setHero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail Frame Cuts, Hero Arts Color Layering Inks: Dandelion, Ultra Pink and Black ink, and Hero Arts Blessings Stamp & Cut. I really enjoyed creating this semi- clean and simple birthday card! I’m in love with the Hero Arts color layering stamp sets with dies and inks!

Leslie

I cut some patterned paper strips and inked them, which I adhered to the background panel along with a thin strip of black cardstock. I stamped the butterfly with the inks and cut it with the coordinating die, then slightly bent it to make it look like it’s fluttering off the card. I the stamped sentiment and then added pearlized Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the background.

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I kept the inside fairly simple, as I usually do, with a stamped sentiment on a layered panel decorated with leftover strips of patterned paper and cardstock used on the front.

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One more look from an angle to see the ‘fluttering’ butterfly! ;)

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a2z products used:
Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail stamp set
Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Color Layering Swallowtail Inks: Dandelion, Ultra Pink and Black ink
Hero Arts Blessings Stamp & Cut

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Taylored Expressions Snow White cardstock, Marco’s Black cardstock, Stampin’ Up Pineapple Punch DSP
Ink: Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops, Fiskars Corner Rounder

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! We’d love to see what you create! 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

mermaid kisses

Hello, my crafty friends! Happy June 1st – we’re almost officially half way through the year! I’m posting the new June “Monochrome” challenge today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses stamp setHero Arts Mermaid Kisses Frame Cuts and Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil. I created a thank you card featuring a fun little underwater scene in light, medium and dark shades of teal. Oh what fun!

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I created the background by lightly spraying Glimmer Mist over the stencil. When that dried I sponged light teal ink over the entire panel along with medium teal ink on the edges, and layered the panel on medium teal cardstock. I then stamped several images from the stamp set in either black or dark teal ink on white cardstock, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, and cut each with it’s coordinating die. I arranged my scene and then stamped the sentiment in dark teal ink.

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I stamped the inside sentiment in dark teal ink and embellished the panel with a leftover die cut.

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Here’s one final shot. Really loving how this turned out!

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a2z products used:
Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses stamp set
Hero Arts Mermaid Kisses Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, Stampin’ Up Pool Party cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin’ Up Soft Sky, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon; Spectum Noir- FS3, FS6, BT3, BT4, BT6
Accessories: Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Tattered Angels Iridescent Silver Glimmer Mist

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! We’d love to see what you create! 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

Discover The World

Hi everyone! It’s the 1st of the month and you’ll be seeing several posts from me this morning! I’m posting the new May Shape Shift challenge today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit and the Hero Arts Summer Travel Labels! I’ve had this shaped card die set in my stash for ages and finally pulled it out to use it for this challenge. Not sure why I haven’t used it yet because I love it!

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I used the map overlay for the background. I printed elements from both the Vintage Travel and Summer Travel Labels for the focal point on the front of the card which I adhered to foam.

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For the inside, I created a sentiment on the computer and layered it in the same angle as the arrows on the front.

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And here’s one final shot. I think I like this, lol! ;)

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a2z products used:
Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital Kit
Hero Arts Summer Travel Labels

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Ruth Create-A-Card die set, SB Classic Circle die
Accessories:  Darice Foamies blue foam

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! We’d love to see what you create! 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! PLEASE NOTE: WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE, BUT THE a2z SCRAPBOOKING ETSY STORE IS PARTIALLY CLOSED DUE TO A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. PHYSICAL PRODUCTS ARE UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME BUT DIGITAL PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE. Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

 

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!

Leslie

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.

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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! ;)

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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,
lesliesig

Hero Arts Love You

Hi everyone! Happy Happy Thursday! And it’s a new month! I’m posting the new “It’s A Love Thing” challenge for February today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project using the Words of Love Digital Kit! I created a CAS Valentine, and what an awesome bunch of digis!

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Super easy and very effective card. I resized each of the letters, making some taller and some wider than others, and layered them two thick for a little dimension. I colored them with alcohol markers to match the pink cardstock and then clear sparkle overlay marker. I adhered the letters to the layered oval die cuts which I adhered to the card base. I stamped the word ‘YOU’ in Crimson ink and layered about six small pieces of cardstock under it for lots of dimension and adhered that to the front along with three large antique pearls.

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The sentiment on the inside is also printed from the digital kit and cut with an oval die. I layered the panel on the pink cardstock and embellished it with a leftover strip of the pink cardstock.

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One more look…

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a2z products used:
Hero Arts Words of Love Digital Kit
Hero Arts Blessings Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Large Antique Pearls
Hero Arts Crimson Ink

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White, and Melon Mambo cardstock
Ink: Spectrum Noir- PP2, PP4, Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay Marker
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers dies

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is It’s a Love Thing 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 Words of Love. 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

Hero Arts Birthday blessings

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Here’s to wishing you an absolutely wonderful 2018! I’m thrilled to share that I’m the new challenge coordinator over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog — very proud and honored I am indeed! I’m posting on the blog today and am happy to share a DT inspiration project for our “New To You” challenge this month using the Hero Arts Blessings Stamp & Cut! For our challenge this month, we’d love to see you use something new you got over holidays, use an unused stamp from an old stamp set, try a new technique, etc.

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I tried a new technique for my CAS birthday card… alcohol inks on Yupo paper. Yep, I bought a package of Yupo paper a couple months ago which I hadn’t used yet so I broke it out for this challenge! I layered a strip of the pretty alcohol ink background I created on silver mirror cardstock and affixed a multi-layer ‘blessings’ sentiment along with a heat embossed ‘birthday’ portion. I attached this strip to a stitched rectangle die cut layered on a piece of purple Foamies foam.

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You can use any colors of alcohol ink on this Yupo paper to create an absolutely gorgeous background! I see more of these in my future, lol!

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Here are a couple flat angled shots showing that pretty background.

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And for the inside, I layered a strip of the alcohol ink background on silver mirror cardstock and adhered it to the left side, and then stamped the sentiment on an oval window die cut butted up against the silver cardstock.

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #59 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: January Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #1 – Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #39 – Something New (new technique)
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: January Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Something New (new technique)
Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #314/315 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Blessings Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Versamark

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White and Cranberry cardstock, Marco’s Silver Mirror cardstock, Ranger Yupo Paper
Ink: Ranger Eggplant, Purple Twilight and Cranberry alcohol inks
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers die
Accessories:  Isopropyl alcohol, Darice Foamies foam

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is New To Me 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 Winter Papers. 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

 

Hero Arts Tree-Mendous Birthday

Hello, crafty friends! Merry Christmas! Today is finally here… one we’ve been preparing for since August or September – making cards and gifts! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using the Hero Arts Tree-Mendous Digital Kit and the Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Kit! Another fun (almost) one-layer and all-digital card! I wanted to demonstrate the versatility of the Tree-Mendous Digital Kit – instead of using it for a Christmas card, I used it for a birthday card by coloring one of the trees in bright colors and adding a birthday sentiment from the Birthday Bash Digital Kit.

I printed a tree with flourishes and a sentiment, along with an extra tree (without the sentiment) on the opposite side of a piece of thick white cardstock. I flipped the piece over and printed the sentiment.

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I cut the cardstock in half vertically and scored the card base (the half with the sentiment). I fussy cut the extra tree, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers and layered it on black cardstock which I trimmed, leaving a very narrow edge of black around the image. I colored the flourishes with a sparkle overlay marker and then ‘dabbed’ Multi Medium Matte over the entire image with a pouncing tool to give it some subtle texture. I adhered the tree to the card base and added a few pink sequins to finish the front.

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Here’s an angled shot – I’m hoping you can see the dimension from dabbing on the multi medium matte. You can definitely see it in person – and feel it – and it’s very cool!

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And here is the very simple inside. The sentiment is from the Birthday Bash Digital Kit.

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Happy to enter this card into the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week #51 – Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #102 – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday: Week #51 – Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: #140 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #72 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers: #15 – Anything Goes
That’s Crafty Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff: End of Year Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #314/315 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Tree-Mendous Digital Kit
Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Kit

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
Ink: Spectrum Noir- PL5, BP7, BT9, JG9; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker; Memento Tuxedo Black marker
Accessories:  Ranger Multi Medium Matte, sponge pouncing tool, Pretty Pink Posh Strawberry Burst sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Make It Pop 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 Hero Arts Birthday Bash 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

Hero Arts Celebrate

Hi everyone! Well, we’re half-way into December and only nine more sleeps until the jolly round man in the red suit will be visiting your town! I’m posting today on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m excited to share a DT inspiration project using the absolutely adorable Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Kit. This just so happens to be our Digi of Month and will be the prize going to our randomly-selected winner this month! I didn’t time myself but I think it probably only took about 30 minutes from start to finish to make this card – and it would be super fun to mass produce to have a few in your card stash for a last-minute need.

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I don’t do one-layer or all-digital cards very often, but I enjoyed this! Love the black and white monochrome with a pop of pink! I printed a birthday cake and a sentiment on cardstock, flipped it over and printed the inside sentiment, then added a piece of black and white patterned paper across the top for a little interest. I colored the squiggle of icing on the cake hot pink along with a strip of white cardstock to match which I adhered across the front under the patterned paper. I added a tiny pre-made black and white printed bow. You can’t see it very well in the photos, but I used Glossy Accents on the icing.

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And here’s the wish BIG sentiment on the inside. Love it!

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination: #140 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers: #15 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #29 – Anything Goes

a2z products used:
Hero Arts Birthday Bash Digital Kit

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Pop of Pink Specialty DSP
Ink: Spectrum Noir BP7
Dies/Punches: Fiskars Corner Rounder
Accessories:  Glossy Accents, tiny pre-made printed satin bow

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Our challenge is Make It Pop 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 Hero Arts Birthday Bash 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