Put your party pants on

Hi friends! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start! It’s time for a new challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #53 – December Anything Goes! I created a fun birthday card using the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamps and dies. Papers are from Polly’s Paper Studio.

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I had THE best time creating this card! I used the Papertrey Ink Scalloped A2 Die Collection for the card base and front/inside panels. I’m in love with the Crazy Birds and colored this gal with red, orange and yellow Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (and her hat with red and green), then added some love with a white paint pen. I think I may have gotten a little carried away with the white paint pen but I like it, lol! I stamped the sentiment in black ink and punched it out with a circle punch, then added a metal present charm from my stash.

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I embellished the inside panel with a strip of the polkadot paper used on the front and an oval die cut, on which I stamped the birthday sentiment in black ink.

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And one more look… totally loving how this turned out! I have this one ear-marked for someone special next month! ;)

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Red Hot and White cardstock, Polly’s Paper Studio dotted and floral patterned papers
Stamps/Dies: Tim Holtz Crazy Birds rubber stamps and dies sets, Stampin’ Up Party Pants stamp set, Papertrey Ink Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection, Stampin’ Up 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ circle punches
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- DR4, OR1, OR3, CT4, DG2; Posca white paint pen
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, metal present charm from stash, YNS red Glittered Gumdrops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! Whatever you’re working on, we want to see it! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

I feel a party coming on!

11/30/20 Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and the weather isn’t too bad where you are! Our new challenge is live this morning over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #52 – November Anything Goes! I created a fun birthday card using a stamp and dies set I bought at a friend’s ‘de-stash’ event a year and a half ago. Like so many other stamps, dies and other crafty goodies in my stash… how can I own such excellent things for so long and not use them?!

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This card was a blast. I love using large stamps because of the massive area to work on. I went with a bright color scheme, coloring the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I added an additional die cut party hat embellished with a white paint pen and a limeade Sprinkle. ;)

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I embellished the inside panel with leftover strips of the papers used on the front, and stamped the birthday sentiment on a rectangle die cut.

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And one more look… super happy with how this turned out! Can’t wait to send it to somebody, lol!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: November Challenge – Anything Goes w/ optional Cute Critters (no twist)
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #11-2020 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #11 – Anything Goes
4. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blogs: November Anything Goes
5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #145 – Anything Goes
6. QKR Stampede: #407 – Anything Goes
7. The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog: #254 – Just For Fun / Anything Goes
8. Your Scrapbook Place: November Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory cardstock, Darice green textured cardstock, Colorbok Seeing Dots cardstock
Stamps/Dies: Spellbinders Party rubber stamp and dies set; Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set, Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A die set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- LG5, DG2, CG1, OR3, CT4, TB5
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Limeade Assortment

I hope you’ve enjoyed this birthday card and will link up a project with us this month! Whatever you’re working on, we want to see it! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hummingbird Food Cannister

Hello, crafty peeps! Happy Thursday – it’s almost the weekend! Our new challenge is live this morning over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #51 – October Anything Goes! I recycled/upcycled an empty Coffee Mate container into a hummingbird food canister. It was a super easy project and kept that container out of the landfill! ;)

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I began by gathering my supplies – some pretty papers, botanical ephemera, alphabet letters and flat-back pearls. I covered the container in red woodgrain paper and added some Washi Tape to the sides. I then traced around the lid and fussy cut a circle from black paper slightly smaller that fit into the recess on the top of the lid. I added a large piece of botanical ephemera to the top of the lid and some flat-back pearls. I spelled out ‘hummingbird food’ on the canister with the alphabet letters and finished it up with a few more flat-back pearls.

Round objects are always hard to photograph, lol, so here are individual shots from different angles…

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #125 – Anything Goes
2. A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: October Anything Goes
3. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #10-2020 – Anything Goes
4. Classic Design Challenge: #10 – Anything Goes
5. The Crafter’s Cafe: #252 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Simple Stories Wood & Gingham Basics paper pad, The Paper Studio Tattered and Worn paper pad
Accessories:  Empty Coffee Mate container, Tim Holtz idea-ology botanical layers ephemera, American Crafts Memo Thickers, Carpe Diem Planner Washi Tape, Want2Scrap red and black flat-back pearls

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recycled/upcycled project and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

YAY! It’s your freakin’ birthday

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday – hope you have a great week coming up! Our new challenge is live over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #50 – September Anything Goes! I created a different kind of box card to showcase this month. I found this tutorial several months ago at Splitcoast Stampers HERE and created one in a Christmas theme at that time, so I thought a birthday box card was in order using the super funny Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set!

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I stayed with an ivory and black color scheme with just a pop of color. The next three photos are shots of the belly band off the card and the box opening up…

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The card in the bottom of the box comes out to make it easy for the recipient to sign. Isn’t the sentiment just a hoot?! I think it’s more funny to me because I don’t drink anymore, lol!

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Here’s one more look… super happy with how this turned out! This Hero Arts stamp set is one of my all-time favorites! You just can’t go wrong if you’re trying to make somebody laugh!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #9-2020 – Anything Goes
2. Classic Design Challenge: #9 – Anything Goes
3. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #79 – September Anything Goes
4. QKR Stampede: #403 – Anything Goes
5. The Crafter’s Cafe: #250 – Anything Goes
6. Your Scrapbook Place: September Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla and Basic Black cardstock, Stampin’ Up typeset Specialty DSP
Stamps/Dies: Spellbinders Happy Birthday Cake rubber stamp and dies set; Hero Arts Irreverent Birthday Messages stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir- DR2; Pentel Slicci Metallic Blue and Gold pens
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up with us this month! Whatever you’re working on, we want to see it! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

priceless treasure box

8/31/20 DT Favorite Winner at A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge!

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday – hope you have a great weekend planned! Our new challenge is live this morning over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #49 – August Anything Goes! You know how I love my fun folds and I’ve been playing again! This is one I’ve had in my tutorial folder for at least a year and a half and I’m not sure why I haven’t made one – it was super fun! My inspiration came from a YouTube video HERE and as always, I put my own spin on it. This would make such an awesome box to give chocolate or other candy, or a set of trinkets to someone as a gift. ;)

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I created a little cluster of shabby goodness for the front of the box consisting of a mini doily, a filigree embellishment, a small bouquet of white paper flowers, a small black bow and a butterfly. I added the priceless treasure sentiment and some pink Dot Sparklers to finish it off.

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Here’s the box opened up. I used a coordinating paper to create the four small boxes inside. I created faux handles for the boxes from 1/4″ punched circles embellished with the pink Dot Sparklers. They are flat and don’t hinder the box when closed.

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Here’s a view from above. I lined the boxes with matching cardstock.

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And here’s one more look at the inside. OMG, this was fun! ;)

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft: #8-2020 – Anything Goes
2. Classic Design Challenge: #8 – Anything Goes
3. Craft-Dee BowZ: August Challenge – Anything Goes
4. Crafty Calendar Challenges: August Anything Goes
5. The Crafter’s Cafe: #248 – Anything Goes
6. Your Scrapbook Place: August Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Stampin’ Up Share What You Love Specialty DSP
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up 1/4″ circle punch
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Momenta doily, Petaloo black feather, filigree embellishment from stash, Tim Holt idea-ology bouquet, Prairie Bird Boutique black wrinkled ribbon, Tim Holtz idea-ology snippets ephemera pack, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Word Stickers, Stampendous pink Dot Sparklers

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Feel Better Soon

Hi, friends! What does the camel say?! Lol, you know that one! A new challenge is live over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #48 – July Anything Goes! Those who know me know that I REALLY love fun folds – so I created a pop-up flower pot get well card to showcase this month! I’m proud to say that this design is my own! I did attempt another pop-up flower pot card I found a tutorial on a few months back and let’s just say it didn’t go as planned, lol, so I designed a more sturdy and more simple construction.

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After creating the flower pot which is a ‘box’ design that folds flat, I used two flower punches along with a leaf punch and a variety of bright-colored cardstock to create 13 flowers and leaves. There are 12 flowers for the pot and one for the belly band. I added a green Dot Sparkler to the center of each flower and arranged a panel of six flowers for each side, gluing them down as I went.

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I created two gingham bases with magnets. The flower pot and sentiment are affixed to the main base which folds flat for mailing. The second base is constructed of 110# kraft cardstock and attaches to the main base to hold it open for display.

And here’s one more look with the card folded flat (held with a belly band) ready for mailing. Love how this turned out and will definitely add my template with instructions to the ‘freebies’ section on my blog!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft: #7-2020 – Anything Goes
2. Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #254 – Summer + A Sentiment
3. Classic Design Challenge: #7-2020 – Anything Goes
4. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #77 – July Anything Goes
5. Creative Inspirations: July Challenge – In the Garden
6. Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #446/447 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick Whisper White cardstock; Stampin’ Up Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi, Blueberry Bushel, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lipstick and Watermelon Wonder cardstock; Paper Accents 110# kraft cardstock, Simple Stories Wood & Gingham Basics paper pad
Stamps: The Cat’s Pajamas Simply Stacked Sentiments stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Cajun Craze ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch and Leaf Punch; Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX die
Accessories:  Best Glue Ever, Stampendous green Dot Sparklers, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, tiny magnets

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! All challenges are ‘anything goes’ and we welcome all kinds of handmade crafts! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

It’s the most Wonderful time of the year

Hello, my crafty friends! OMGoodness, can you believe the year is almost half over?! Our new challenge at Love To Craft Challenge Blog is live this morning and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #47 – June Anything Goes! I created a Christmas card, but this isn’t your ordinary Christmas card. It’s a Pop-up Presents card! You know how I love fun folds and I was absolutely thrilled when I ran across the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers!

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When using someone else’s tutorial, I always put my own spin on it to make it mine. I layered the front panel on gold glitter paper, and added dimensional presents on the front panel matching two of the presents on the inside. I used die cut gold foil snowflakes embellished with Dot Sparklers on the presents to keep the card a little flatter.

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I love the inside – those presents are so awesome and look so real, lol! I layered the stamped sentiment and used a few more of the die cut gold foil snowflakes.

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And one more peek… I’m SO loving this!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #6-2020 – Anything Goes
2. Classic Design Challenge: #6-2020 – Anything Goes
3. Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: #76 – Anything Goes
4. Crafty Catz Challenge: #508 – Anything Goes w/optional at least 2 layers
5. Crafty Friends Challenge: #136 – Add Embellishments (gold foil snowflakes with tiny red gemstones)
6. Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge: #492 – Anything Goes
7. Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
8. Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #440/441 – Anything Goes
9. Your Scrapbook Place: June Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Stampin’ Up Gold Glimmer paper, Stampin’ Up Gold Foil Sheet, Stampin’ Up This Christmas Specialty DSP
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Snowy Sayings stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Cherry Cobbler ink
Dies/Punches: Snowflake die from Karen Burniston Snowman Twist Circle die set
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Darice red Foamies foam, Stampendous red Dot Sparklers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! We want to see whatever you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

HB2U

Hi everyone! Happy May 1st already! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #46 – May Anything Goes! I created an exploding birthday card! You know how I love fun folds and this was the first one of these I’ve attempted. Fun, fun, fun!

I had a pint-sized visitor who jumped into my light box just as I started taking photos, so I had to share! I’m pleased to introduce you to Loki (‘God of Mischief’ and very appropriately named by the hubby), who was rescued from the freezing cold back in late October. It was about 19 degrees and snowing, and he showed up under our 85-year-old neighbor’s carport with his little eyes matted shut and crying. She called my husband and that was it… we had a new addition to our family. He’s growing in leaps and bounds, and is full of ‘spit and vinegar’ as my mother would have said! UPDATE: I work ahead on many of my projects and this shot of Loki was taken several months ago when I created this project and scheduled this blog post. You’ve actually already been introduced, lol! ;)

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Okay, on to my card which is really the subject of this post, lol! My inspiration for this explosion card came from… yep, you guessed it… Splitcoast Stampers, and the tutorial can be found HERE. I made the card 4-1/2″ square and it boasts a large stamped birthday sentiment on the belly band to keep it closed.

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I used fun bright coordinating papers from The Paper Studio along with Stampin’ Up cardstock.  I’m totally in love with this paper – I love the whimsical feel and the bright colors. ;)

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I stamped on the top of the exploding mechanism and embellished it with some Gumdrops. Here’s a shot of it opening up…

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And fully opened…

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And one more peek with the belly band on it, ready for mailing! What a FUN fold! I’m so smitten!

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Sharing in the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #05-2020 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: May Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: The Paper Studio white cardstock, Stampin’ Up Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, The Paper Studio four Seasons and Everything In Between paper pad
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Whole Shebang stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie ink
Dies/Punches: Sizzix Dotted Rectangles die
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Lilac Assortment

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun fold and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! We can’t wait to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Gingham Baby Accordion Album

5/1/20 Best Technique Winner at Classic Design Challenge Blog!

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! It’s April 1st… do you have any April Fools jokes to play on anyone?! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #45 – April Anything Goes! I created a sweet accordion album using pink, green, purple and yellow gingham and wood papers on a kraft base. The box looks like an album with a ribbon closure but doesn’t open (there’s your April Fools, lol!) – the accordion album slides down into the box from the top!

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The adorable image on the front is Bugaboo’s Baby Moon digital image colored with Studio 71 alcohol markers and attached to the front on a wobble action spring.

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Here are shots of the complete album. Note for future reference: Take all photos BEFORE attaching all the tabs to construct the accordion! It was very hard to photograph, lol! Each ‘page’ is embellished with a tiny die cut – I used a duck, an elephant, a giraffe, a heart and a star, colored them and applied some Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker.

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Despite the trouble I had taking pics, I’m really pleased with how this turned out. The  colors are perfect for a baby album and the accordion construction is awesome!

I’d love to enter this baby album into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #113 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra: April Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #4-2020 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge: 4th Birthday Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Challenges: #74 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: April Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock Warehouse brown box kraft cardstock, Marco’s White Antique Linen cardstock, GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock, Simple Stories Wood & Gingham Basics paper pad, glossy photo paper
Stamps: Bugaboo Baby Moon digital image
Ink: Studio 71- R2, R3, Y9, Y12, V5, V13, BG3, N2, E15, E16; Memento Tuxedo Black marker, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Dies/Punches: Sizzix Accordion Album die, Sizzix Frame & Label Bracket die, Frantic Stamper Onesie die set
Accessories:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Checkerboard Satin ribbon, wobble action spring, October Afternoon Daily Flash arrow stickers

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Hello Friend

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great weekend! Our new challenge is live over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #44 March Anything Goes! I actually CASE’d one of my own cards that I made for another DT a couple months ago – a pretty mixed media friendship card featuring the emboss resist technique with white heat embossing and inked background on the front and stamping on the inside.

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I cut the card base with the largest die in the set. Then I stamped the background in Versamark and heat embossed it in white. Then the emboss resist fun began. I inked the background in graduating colors of distress inks, starting with the darkest at the top, and overlapping each color slightly as I went down the panel. I cut the panel with the second largest die in the set and traced around the outside of it on the back of a piece of coordinating cardstock (which I fussy cut) to get a slightly larger layer. I did the same technique for the sentiment layer and turned it sideways on the front of the panel. I cut the sentiment from shimmer cardstock and added a Tim Holtz metallic sentiment sticker. The final touch was a few drops of Crystal Drops.

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After cutting the inside panel, I used the same technique of tracing around the second largest die in the set on the back of a piece of coordinating cardstock (which I fussy cut) to get a slightly larger layer. Then I stamped the sentiment from Clarity Stamp.

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One more peek… I really love how this card turned out! Emboss resist is such a cool technique!

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create: #231 – Anything Goes with optional colored pencils
A Bit More Time To Craft: #111 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: March Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: 3-2020 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge: #3 – March Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy: March Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #161 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge: #41 – Hearts and/or Flowers
The Crafter’s Cafe: #237 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #428/429 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, DCWV Shimmer cardstock stack, The Paper Studio White cardstock, Stampin’ Up Lemon Twist cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Spice Market Deco background stamp, Clarity Stamp Line Writing Sentiments stamp set
Ink: Versamark; Ranger mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, twisted citron distress inks; Stampin’ Up Island Indigo ink
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Ruth Create-A-Card die set, Crafter’s Companion Gemini Opulent Swirls die, Tim Holtz Quotations Metallic Stickers
Accessories:  Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, MISTI stamping tool, Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! Whatever you’re working on, we want to see it! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig