mixed media · Papercraft

be brave

Hi everyone! Woot-woot! Can you believe it’s July 1st?! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #15 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media! I inked around the edges with regular ink, I used texture paste with a stencil, I watercolored with distress inks, and I did a little stamping on my artsy-fartsy card. We are welcoming four new designers this month so be sure to pop over to see what they are all about! AND and we have a prize this month, donated from the personal stash of new designer, Cathy! Woo-hoo!

I’ve been out of the crafting groove for the past several months. Some of you may know that my husband became critically ill in late February/early March due to a brain bleed after biopsies of a brain lesion, and I lost all interest in crafting. Thank God he’s improving, and I feel like crafting again!

I had such a good time creating this! I started with a piece of plain ivory cardstock, patterned paper and dark teal cardstock, and distressed the edges of all the layers. Then I used texture paste and stencil, and after that dried, I added several colors of distress ink on my craft mat with water in the distress sprayer and smooshed the panel into the ink. I wrinkled it a bit while it was still wet, and then let it dry.

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Then I put the layers together and adhered them to the card base with foam tape for a little dimension. I affixed a zipper, a clock hand and some inked wooden cogs to the watercolored piece and adhered with foam tape to the layers on the card base. To finish the front, I flicked walnut stain distress ink mixed with water and then added some dark teal fabric flowers and the sentiment.

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Here are a couple angled shots so you can see the dimension. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

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I stamped an artsy-fartsy sentiment on the inside panel that I layered on dark teal cardstock and decorated with a leftover strip of patterned paper from the front.

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide cardstock, Stampin’ Up Share What You Love Specialty DSP
Stamps: STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide ink, Ranger Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage stencil, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Small Talk sentiment stickers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month! Remember, all of our challenges are Anything Goes and we offer an optional technique twist to get your mojo going but it’s not required to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

hey, chick!

Hello, hello, hello! Can you believe it’s already June 1st?! Where has this year gone?! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #14 – Anything Goes + Smooshing! Okay, “What’s smooshing?”, you ask… it’s the art of ‘smooshing’ your paper down into a puddle of inky water on your craft mat. It’s fun and it’s messy, lol! And remember, all of our challenges are ‘anything goes’ and the optional technique twist is offered to inspire you and is not required to play in our challenges!

Leslie

I smooshed my watercolor paper down into yellow, orange and red Brusho powders spritzed with water on my craft mat. I did this several times, drying each layer before smooshing again, until I got the look I wanted. I trimmed the watercolor paper and the layering panel, and rounded the lower right corner of these pieces as well as the card base. I added eyelets on three of the corners and hand-cut three flags. I stamped the sentiment on the largest flag and affixed them to the panel. I stamped a chicken on the panel and then twice on white cardstock. I colored one of them with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut and layered them together, and adhered them over top of the stamped chicken on the panel. I popped the panel up on a piece of white Foamies foam prior to adhering to the card base. I finished the front panel with several dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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I layered the inside panel and embellished it with leftover strips used on the front, then stamped the inside sentiment.

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Here’s one final shot showing the dimension. Really loving how this turned out! It’s been ‘forever’ since I used any eyelets and I really love the interest they give this project!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White and Tomato Soup cardstock, Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor paper
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Hey Chick stamp set
Ink: Yellow, Orange and Red Brusho powders, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spectrum Noir- OR1, CT4, DR2
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile, yellow eyelets from stash, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, Darice white Foamies foam, Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month – we’d love to see what you create, using the ‘smooshing’ technique twist or not! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

remember to play

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #13 – Anything Goes + Emboss Resist! Remember, our challenges are always ‘anything goes’ with an added optional technique twist to inspire you! I created my card using scraps of embossed paper that I had out for another project, so you can imagine this worked up very quickly. Love it when that happens, lol!

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I inked the embossed paper using the DTP (direct to paper) technique for nice rich colors. I layered the elements and adhered the flower, a file tab and sentiment word sticker.

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I left the inside blank to write my own sentiment.

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One final shot showing the dimension. I’m very pleased with how this turned out!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White, Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach cardstock, Stampin’ Up Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP
Stamps: xxxx
Ink: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach ink
Accessories:  Paper flower from stash, American Crafts File Tab, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk word stickers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! The emboss resist twist is optional and not required to play! Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Big Hugs

Hi everyone! Happy Easter and April Fool’s Day! Definitely a weird combination of holidays, lol! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #12 – Anything Goes + Bleaching! My inspiration for this card came from a past project from almost six years ago when I hosted my first challenge while on the Blockheads Paper Arts design team. Blockheads is sadly out of business now, but my challenge featured the bleaching technique and I did a stepped-out tutorial on the blog. I had so much fun! One wouldn’t ordinarily think of using bleach on a craft project, but when carefully used on dark cardstock, the results will amaze you!

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I stamped the moth in Versamark and heat embossed it in black. Using a Fantastix brush point tip applicator, I very carefully ‘bleached’ all the parts of the moth inside the embossed areas. I let it air dry (which didn’t take very long) and then colored the moth with water-based markers. I cut the image with a stitched mini scalloped oval die which I layered onto a slightly larger oval die cut from peach cardstock. I cut one more even slightly larger oval die cut from the black cardstock on which I layered the stamped image off center.

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My black card base and peach panels were cut from the Papertrey Ink A2 die set. I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside.

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And one more look at that pretty bleached image…

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Black and Peach Bellini cardstock
Stamps: Blockheads Paper Arts Whimsical-Take Flight stamp set, My Favorite Things Lots of Hugs stamp set
Ink: Versamark, Marvy Uchida water-based markers, Sakura Stardust pen, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX die, Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers dies, Papertrey Ink Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection
Accessories:  Ranger Fine Detail Black embossing powder, household bleach/small dish, Fantastix brush point tip applicator, Darice Foamies black foam

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project featuring the bleach technique and will link up with us this month! Remember, you do NOT need to play the technique twist to join our challenges – an ‘anything goes’ project will be fine if you are not inspired to play the twist! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

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!’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Happy Birthday Wishes

Hello, my crafty friends! A new challenge is live over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #10 – Anything Goes + Clean and Simple! Remember, our challenges are always ‘anything goes’ and the technique twist is optional and not required to play!

I created a pretty birthday card stamped on chalkboard cardstock. I’ve had this chalkboard cardstock in my stash for a while and decided it was time to break it out and use it. And I ask you this – have you ever TRIED to leave a ‘dusting’ of white embossing powder over your background?! Bwahahaha, this was not an easy task! If I didn’t actually WANT any extra embossing powder on the background, there would be plenty of it there and I’d have to use my little brush to sweep it away!

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I embossed the stamped image and sentiment in white and colored the flowers with a purple chalkboard marker. It took several tries of huffing on the cardstock, lightly scattering embossing powder and then using the heat tool, but I finally achieved the look I was after.

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I used a punch on the corners of the focal image and layer on the front as well as the stamped inside panel for a little interest.

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Here’s one final shot.

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Supplies used:
Cardstock/Paper: Darice Chalkboard cardstock, GKD Black Onyx and White cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Avant Garden and Awesomely Artistic stamp sets
Ink: Marvy Uchida Purple Bistro Chalk Marker, Spectrum Noir LG5, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Curvy Corner Trio Punch
Accessories: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up an anything goes project this month! We’d love to see you play the optional CAS twist but it’s not necessary to play! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Papercraft

I am thankful for you

Hi everyone! I’m baaaack! Yep, it’s been a busy few days preparing all these posts for this morning, lol! Our new challenge is going live this morning over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #9 – Anything Goes + Masking! I created a thank you card using a very cool stamp set from Stampin’ Up that looks like watercoloring with a very basic masking technique.

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I layered a strip of masking paper horizontally across the bottom of my cardstock background and commenced to randomly stamping the three-step sunflower images. When I finished stamping and peeled up the masking strip, I had a wonderful ‘channel’ that contained no stamping – and that’s where I stamped my sentiment. I layered the background piece on Early Espresso cardstock and a piece of brown Foamies foam, and adhered it to the card base, and then adhered a large button with a thread bow. To finish the front, I added several dots of Crystal Drops in the center of each flower and took the large beaded end of a fancy straight pin and dipped it into the Crystal Drops, which left divots of texture.

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I kept the inside super simple with just a sentiment stamped on a panel layered on the Early Espresso cardstock. I did stamp a few clusters of dots in Antique Linen distress ink.

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Proud 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 stamp set)
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Something New (new stamp set)
Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #314/315 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Thick and regular Whisper White, and Early Espresso cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Painted Harvest stamp set
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink- Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and Fiskars Stamp Positioner, Masking paper, white quilting thread, Button from stash, Nuvo Dark Walnut Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a project with us this month! Remember, our challenges are always ‘Anything Goes’ and the technique twist is optional and NOT required to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig