mixed media · Papercraft

Watercolor thanks

Hi everyone! I’m back with another project this morning… you know how it is on the first of the month, lol! A new challenge has launched this morning over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #6 – Anything Goes + Watercoloring! Remember, the technique twist is optional and not required to play in our challenges! I created a bright thanks card using the Rubbernecker Bouquet stamp set and Sending You Thanks sentiment stamp. This is my first-ever project using Rubbernecker stamps and I think I’m in love, lol!

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My watercoloring (using Brushos) turned out a little darker than I intended but I like it! I can see more projects using this gorgeous stamp set in my foreseeable future, lol! I cut the panel with a My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die and splattered some revived yellow watercolor over it before adhering a Simon Says Stamp ‘thanks’ die cut in three stacked layers.

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I also die cut a piece of white fun foam to pop up the panel when adhering it to the card base. I finished the front with a narrow strip of black along the left side the panel and few scattered sequins. When I showed my hubby the finished card, he asked if I ‘messed up’ with the yellow! LOL! He thinks he is so funny! ;)

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I embellished the inside with a couple narrow strips of black cardstock and stamped the sentiment in black.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #53 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra October Challenge: Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: #17 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #281 – Anything Goes
Day Dreamer Challenges: #3 – Anything Goes
Happy Little Stamper October Watercolor Challenge
Hiding In My Craft Room: #320 – Freestyle
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #51 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #21 – Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenges: #200 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #302/303 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock, Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Paper, GKD Black Onyx cardstock
Stamps: Rubbernecker Bouquet stamp set and Sending You Thanks sentiment stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark, Brusho Powders- Purple, Yellow, Brilliant Red, Turquoise, Emerald Green and Leaf Green
Dies/Punches: MFT Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle die, SSS thanks die
Accessories:  Niji Water Brush, MISTI, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, white fun foam, Pretty Pink Posh Peacock Feathers Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider linking up an anything goes project with us this month! The Watercoloring technique twist is optional and only there to inspire you! It’s not required to join in the challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Just give it some time.

Hello again, crafty friends! You can’t get rid of me yet, lol! A new challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog is live this morning and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #5 – Anything Goes + Inlaid Die Cut! I created a pretty CAS encouragement note card using stamps and dies from Stampin’ Up, and pretty Doodlebug Design papers. I thoroughly enjoyed myself – this was very therapeutic. I love dragonflies anyway, and it was just lots of fun picking out the papers and inlaying the die cut pieces!

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I’ve been on a CAS kick lately, making cards I would have never seen myself making a few years ago. CAS has always been challenging because I like big bows (I cannot lie) and lots of layers, lol! I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I LOVE these Doodlebug Design papers because they are so soft and made the prettiest dragonflies! I finished the front with a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and left the inside blank to write a custom note.

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I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #51 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra: September Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #9 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #349 – Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #139 – Use Your Favorite Color(s) (purple, green, yellow)
Day Dreamer Challenges: #2 – Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog: #3 – Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #98 – Techniques (inlaid die cut)
Word Art Wednesday: #298/#299 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Open Challenge: #25 – Anything  Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick and Regular Whisper White cardstock, Doodlebug Design dot-grid-daisy-stripe Rainbow Petite Prints 6×6 paper pad
Stamps: SU Designer Tee stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: SU Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Pretty Pink Posh Ballerina Pink Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will  link up with us this month! We know you love Anything Goes! And remember, the technique twist is always optional and not required to play in our challenges! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Papercraft

Love Life

Hello, crafty peeps! Well, this is it – my last post for the morning! It’s time for a new challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #4 – Anything Goes + Paper Piecing. I created a fun note card that I left blank inside to write my own sentiment. Remember, the technique twists are always optional – we offer them simply to inspire you – and they are not required to play in our challenges! Although I don’t do it very often, paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques and I love using patterned paper which always adds depth and texture.

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I’ve been in a CAS craze lately. If you know me, you know I love colors, layers and big bows! I’ve shied away from clean and simple for so long that now I can’t seem to get enough of it! This card was no exception – I stamped the open image on a small piece of cardstock and cut it with a double-stitched die. I adhered the fussy cut lemon and leaves stamped on the patterned paper, and then layered the panel on a piece of yellow fun foam which you can see underneath it from an angle. Kind of a fun touch! I laid it on the card base for placement, stamped the sentiment in the lower left corner, and then adhered the panel to the card base. I finished the front with randomly placed English Mustard Crystal Drops. Couldn’t have been any easier and sure packs a powerful punch! I love how it turned out! ;)

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I’d love to enter this CAS note card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #49 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #7 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #16 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: August Anything Goes
Day Dreamer Challenges: #1 – Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: #160 – Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Creations: #234 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: August Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, SU All Abloom DSP
Stamps: SU A Happy Thing stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle die
Accessories: Yellow Foamies foam, Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month – with or without the paper piecing – it’s entirely up to you! Our challenges are always Anything Goes and we always offer an optional technique twist to inspire you! Can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Papercraft

Bee Happy

** 7/7/17 Winner at QKR Stampede! **
** 7/31/17 Top 3 at Your Scrapbook Place! **
** 7/31/17 Top 5 at Cards Galore Encore Challenge Blog! **
** 8/1/17 3rd Place Winner at A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge! **
** 8/1/17 DT Favorite at Classic Design Team Open Challenge! **

Hi everyone! I’m having a hard time with how fast this year is flying by… it’s July 1st already – how did that happen?! It’s time for another fun technique challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m really excited to share my mixed media friendship card for MIUCB #3 – Anything Goes + Distressing. Our challenges always have an optional technique twist to get you inspired! The distressing – if you decide to include it – can be ink or tool. I did a little of both on my project! :)

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I had the best time picking out the papers and ephemera I wanted to use. I also got a piece of black ric-rac, an index clip and a doily. I distressed each paper piece with either Black Soot distress ink or tool (or both), then did a ‘dry run’ with all the layers.

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Once I had everything where I wanted, I started adhering the pieces, some with dimensional foam tape and some without, then adhered the entire piece to the card base. I added some black Twinkle Goosebumps and a few dots of Mustard Seed Crystal Drops.

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The last step involved splattering black Gesso mixed with water, and when that dried, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins (my favorite!).

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I decorated the inside panel with leftover strips of paper from the front, all distressed as well, and then stamped the sentiment and a bee. Love, love, love!

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Proud to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #47 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #7 – Anything Goes
Card Mania: #94 – Summer Fun
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #16 – Anything Goes
Country View Challenges: July Challenge – Things With Wings
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: July Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenges: July Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: July Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #158 – Lots of Layers
Inkspirational Challenges: #138 – Rural
Inspiration Destination: #131 – Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs: #98 – Girly Cards
Not Just Cards: #45 – Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog: #18 – Girlie
QKR Stampede: #250 – Christmas in July or Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #93 – Summer
Your Scrapbook Place: Summer Fun

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Ivory cardstock, The Paper Cut Black cardstock, Polly’s Paper Studio papers and ephemera from the ‘It’s a Bee’s Knees’ creativity kit
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
Ink: Memento Ranger Black Soot and Fossilized Amber distress ink, Tuxedo Black ink, Black Gesso
Accessories: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Index Clip, SU White Doily, Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow sequins, Really Reasonable Ribbon Hemptique Bamboo Cord (from Earthly Pastel Collection) and Black Ric-Rac (from 2014 Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment), Queen & Co. Black Twinkle Goosebumps, Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link an Anything Goes + Distressing project with us this month! Remember, the distressing is optional and entirely up to you… we give you a technique option each month to inspire you! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you soon!

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Papercraft

To a wonderful friend…

Hello, my crafty friends! Today is a day that quite a few of us having been waiting for… the debut technique challenge at the new Mix It Up Challenge Blog! I’m happy to share my inspiration project for MIUCB #1 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Embossing! The embossing can be heat or dry – or both – or not at all! The optional twist is there to inspire you so it’s entirely up to you! Just to recap – we are a new monthly technique challenge blog featuring a different optional technique each month in our Anything Goes challenges. We’d love to see your mixed media projects, altered art, and/or paper crafts- cards, tags, ATCs, scrapbook layouts, mini albums and 3-D projects! Please mix it up, lol!

I created a birthday card featuring dry embossing. I’ve had this embossing folder, stamp set and dies – all from Stampin’ Up! – for months and haven’t gotten around to using them, so I thought breaking them out for this challenge would be perfect! ;)

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I’m so in love with this embossing folder; I’ve seen many awesome projects created with it. This dragonfly die has fast become a favorite as well, and is just gorgeous cut from the foil cardstock. I binged on Pretty Pink Posh sequins a few weeks ago (OMG) and used two of the colors on this card. These are smaller than regular sequins and I L.O.V.E. them!

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I kept the inside simple with just a stamped sentiment on a panel layered on the Kachina grass cloth cardstock.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #14 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog: May Anything Goes
Vilda Stamps Challenge Blog: May Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock, DCWC Foiled cardstock, Marco’s Kachina Grass Cloth cardstock, Marco’s white vellum
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
Ink: Spectrum Noir- BT4, BT5, BT9; Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up! Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, JustRite A2 Card Front Basics die set
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Woodland Textured embossing folder, Pretty Pink Posh Blue Lagoon and Ocean Spray sequins, Ranger Multi Mat Medium

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will consider linking up an anything goes project with us this month – with or without the optional twist of embossing! You can enter up to five projects – we’d love to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Papercraft

Just For Fun challenge!

Hi everyone! A Just For Fun challenge has just been posted over on the Mix It Up Challenge Blog to play in while you’re waiting for our first ‘official’ challenge to go live May 1st!

For every 100 participants, I’ll be giving away a mystery prize!

Just as a reminder, we are a monthly technique challenge blog featuring various techniques on mixed media projects, altered art, and/or paper crafts- cards, tags, mini albums, ATCs, 3-D projects and scrapbook layouts!

Anyone can play in this challengeyou can use any technique you want … you can enter this challenge as many times as you wantyou can combine this challenge with as many other challenges as you want! 

The only thing I ask is that you please share our badge and link to the Mix It Up Challenge Blog in your blog post so your crafty friends can come over and play too!


This challenge will close on April 30th at 6:00 PM EST and the winner(s) will be announced on May 5th at 6:00 AM!

Hope to see you there! Let’s ‘mix it up’ and get this FUN started – can’t wait to see what you create!

Hugs,
lesliesig