enjoy every second

Hi everyone! Top of the morning to you! Here’s wishing you a wonderful week ahead! Our February challenge is underway over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #55 – February Anything Goes! I created a fun slimline birthday card featuring some foiling! My go-to slimline size is 9″ x 3-3/4″ because I feel that it fits better in a #10 size business envelope.

I pulled out the Mini Minc and some red and gold foil. It has literally been ages since I played with this machine! There were several tiny spots that didn’t take the foil on the large ‘enjoy’ element (perhaps because it’s so old? hmmm…) so I dotted on some Crystal Drops to cover those areas. It looked so neat that I dotted on more Crystal Drops in various sizes until I achieved the look I wanted! Hey, there’s more than one way to skin that cat! Wait a minute… we don’t skin cats here but you know what I mean, lol! I created the background with some red and white striped cardstock layered on red cardstock. I adhered the ‘enjoy’ element on red cardstock layered on gold foil cardstock. I added a small layered foiled flagged sentiment and some large white flat-back pearls.

I embellished the inside panel with strips of red and white striped and gold foil cardstock, along with a layered foiled sentiment, and layered the panel on red cardstock.

And one more look… really happy with this despite the initial difficulty I encountered with the foil not ‘taking’ in several spots. My work-around prevailed, lol!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #2-2021 – Anything Goes
2. Classic Design Challenge: #2 – Anything Goes
3. QKR Stampede: #413 – Anything Goes
4. The Crafter’s Cafe: #259 – Anything Goes
5. Your Scrapbook Place: February Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, American Crafts Rouge cardstock, Hygloss Gold Foil cardstock, Canvas Corp Lots of Color Paper Collection
Accessories: Scotch ATG, Mini Minc machine; Minc gold and red foil, jumbo words, and flags; Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops, Melissa Frances Trinkets & Baubles

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this slimine card and will link up with us this month! As always, 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

You’re a classic!

Hi friends! Happy Friday and Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! Our challenge is live this morning over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #54 – January Anything Goes! I was commissioned to make some Father’s Day cards and I used some very cool digital vintage vehicle images and papers for these clean and simple designs.

I made one card in landscape orientation and the other in portrait orientation, using brown and ivory for one, and green and ivory for the other. I printed the images on linen cardstock, cut them with stitched rectangle dies and adhered them to coordinating cardstock. I printed the digital paper on linen cardstock as well, and trimmed pieces to go across the bottom of the card fronts.

The digital sentiments on the front and inside are the same on each card, printed on smooth ivory cardstock. I embellished each inside panel with the gingham paper used on the front, adhered the panels to coordinating cardstock and adhered them to the inside of the card bases.

And one more look at each… loving how these turned out!

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog: #1-2021
2. Alphabet Challenge Blog: T is for Traffic
3. Classic Design Challenge: January 2021 #1 – Anything Goes
4. QKR Stampede: #411 – Anything Goes
5. Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #470/473 – Christmas Blog Hop/Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Marco’s Antique Linen Ivory cardstock, The Paper Studio Cream cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Green cardstock, Colorbok brown cardstock, MHK Designs Gingham in Rustics digital papers
Stamps: MHK Designs Various Vehicles digital stamp set
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers die, My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX die, Stampin’ Up Banner Triple Punch
Accessories: ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Darice square black gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these cards 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 next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Put your party pants on

12/15/20 Top 3 at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge Blog!

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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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #45 – Anything Goes
2. A Perfect Time To Craft: #12-2020 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes
4. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: #82 – December Anything Goes
5. Lemon Shortbread Challenges: #134 – Anything Goes
6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2048 – Anything Goes
7. The Crafter’s Cafe: #256 – Anything Goes
8. Your Scrapbook Place: December Anything Goes

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