ATC · Papercraft

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great week so far! This month’s ATC Challenge is live over at Happy Little Stampers and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project with you today! The theme for our June ATC Challenge is Christmas and we’d love to see what you create for our challenge this month!

I’m really diggin’ creating ATCs and I’m SO happy to be on this design team! I belong to a couple ATC trading groups and have gotten a couple very awesome coins from a gal in the UK!


I used 120# kraft cardstock for my ATC base and I rounded the corners on this one. I adhered two KaiserCraft Letters to Santa papers together to create the background, cut the panel to size, rounded the corners and inked the edges. I stamped some text on the plain side of the background panel and added some skinny gold glitter Washi Tape to distinguish the two sides.


I created a couple of tags, inked the edges and connected them at the top with some green bamboo cord. I added a file tab decorated with some black/gold skinny Washi Tape to the left side of the top tag and a faux wax stamp (paper coated with Glossy Accents). I colored a tiny doily with a green alcohol marker and tucked it under the right side of the embellished tags. Super easy and fun – and I love how it turned out!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accent 120# Kraft cardstock, KaiserCraft Letters to Santa 6-1/2″ paper pad
Stamps: Blockheads Paper Arts Backgrounds for All Occasions stamp set
Ink: Ranger walnut stain distress ink, Studio 71 alcohol marker- YG7
Dies/Punches: Kadomaru Pro corner rounder
Accessories:  Me & My Big Ideas Skinny Washi Tape, American Crafts file tab, Momenta mini doily, green Hemptique bamboo cord, Glossy Accents

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up an ATC with us this month! We’d love to see what you create – either a card or a coin! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,


Hero Arts merry Christmas

Hi everyone! Well, the month of September is almost history and we’ve begun seeing Christmas decorations in the stores. The jolly man in the red suit will be sliding down chimneys in the blink of an eye, lol! Today is my post day on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and I’m happy to share a DT inspiration project using several Hero Arts products – merry Stamp & CutClear Embossing Powder and Clear Gemstones. I created a festive patchwork Christmas card and my inspiration once again came from my friend, Dawn. ;)

Before I get to my project details, quite a few of the Hero Arts stamp sets and dies have sold out in the a2z Scrapbooking store and unfortunately this Stamp & Cut set was one of them. Yep, it happened again, lol! I work ahead and had this card made prior to this stamp set selling out, but I have good news – you can special order it at no extra cost when you order your other Hero Arts stamps from a2Z Scrapbooking!

I created the patchwork squares with scraps of green and red patterned paper layered on white cardstock and popped up on white Foamies foam. I have soooo many scraps and it is always a great feeling to use some of them up, lol!


I die cut the word ‘merry’ several times in white cardstock and also red cardstock adhered to Stick It sheet, and layered them with the red showing on the bottom for a shadow effect. I stamped the word “Christmas” beneath the die cut in green ink and then again in Versamark using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and embossed it in clear embossing powder. I discovered this trick several years ago when I didn’t have a specific color of embossing powder I wanted, and because of that, the only colors of embossing powder that I buy these days are the ‘metal’ colors (gold, silver, platinum, etc.)! I colored a large clear gemstone with Spectrum Noir DR2 to use as an embellishment on one of the patchwork squares, and added a strip of tiny red rhinestones from my stash.


For the inside, I stamped the sentiment and some stars in green and layered the panel on red cardstock. For a little shimmer, I colored the stars with a crystal clear overlay sparkle marker. I really love how this turned out!


I’d love to enter this Christmas card in a couple challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge: #164 – One For The Girls
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #11 – Lots Of Layers

a2z Scrapbooking products used:
Hero Arts merry Stamp & Cut (special order at no extra cost)
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Assorted Gemstones
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White and Cherry Red cardstock, SU Trim The Tree DSP
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, Spectrum Noir DR2, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker
Accessories: Foamies white foam, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, tiny red rhinestone strip

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us! Remember, our challenge is CASE A Designer this month and we’d love to see your project using Hero Arts products! Pick ANY a2z Scrapbooking designer and CASE one of her projects! 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,


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!


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


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



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


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

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,