Thankful – Grateful – BLESSED

Hello, my crafty friends! I’m popping in today with a card that is not a design team project! It’s a long overdue ‘thank you’ to Dawn, a sweet lady who was a tremendous help to me re-stashing a good bit of my cardstock and papers that I lost when we moved to Colorado from Florida back in early May. She got me a 25% discount on a huge order which I thought was amazing!

For those of you who are not friends with me on Facebook, let me share my story real quick before I share my project. When we were moving here, my husband was pulling the fifth wheel and I was behind him pulling a small enclosed trailer. The interstate going through Louisiana is horrible (ruts, pot holes, separated concrete, eroded concrete) which beat the pure crap out of us, our five cats and our rigs. It was just awful. The bouncing, bamming and slamming broke the latch on the slide-out storage tray in the under-belly of the fifth wheel which slammed up against the door and broke the lock and two latches. Consequently, the tray slid out and several tubs of my scrapbooking supplies (cardstock, double-sided papers and embellishments) blew out all over the interstate.

As awful as it was, the litter was a beautiful array of color! I pulled over behind my husband and sat there watching as dozens of cars and trucks come through it with colored paper and cardstock sucked onto the grills of their vehicles! As much as I wanted to cry, I had to smile! There was too much traffic to get out to try to salvage anything. But he did fix the lock and latches on the door when we got to the next town and drilled a hole in the slide-out storage tray to put a huge bolt with nut in it, so it won’t ever slide out again while we’re traveling. Never, in a million years, did we expect something like that to happen. As much as fifth wheels cost, one would think the latches would be heavy-duty. I lost hundreds of dollars worth of craft supplies but at least we were safe. I have spent the last two months trying to re-stash embellishments, making a list as I discover what’s missing, and I’m no where near finished, lol!

Now for Dawn’s card that went out in the mail to her today. ;) I’m calling this a zig-zag fold. It was super easy, created with Stampin’ Up! Petals & Paisleys DSP. I cut a piece 12″ long by 5-1/4″ wide, found the middle point on one end and cut the piece in a long triangle. I scored it at 4″ and 8″, folded the score lines in zig-zag fashion, then inked the edges on both sides (including the fold lines). I cut a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and inked the edges. I glued the pointed flap  to the middle third, then put adhesive on the back side of the larger third and adhered it to the Crushed Curry cardstock, lining up the edge. I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and inked the edges, then adhered the main piece to it, leaving the back for a handwritten note and signature. I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla which I cut with a rectangle die and layered it on a slightly larger Soft Suede rectangular die cut. I adhered that to a piece of fun foam and then affixed it to the front flap. I added red gemstones because it needed some bling. :)

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I kept the inside simple since the paper was busy. I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla which I cut with a rectangle die and layered it on a slightly larger Soft Suede rectangular die cut.

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I’d love to enter this thank you card into the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft: #7 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #16 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #347 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – August Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #86 – Use a Sentiment Instead of an Image
The Crafty Addicts: #39 – Anything Goes w/option of Girly
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #294/295 – Anything  Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: August Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede cardstock; SU Petals & Paisleys DSP
Stamps: SU Paisleys & Posies and Lots of Thanks stamp sets
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B
Accessories: Red gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post today! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
LeslieSig

Oh, what fun

** 3/4/17 Winner at Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge! **
** 3/9/17 DT Favorite at Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog! **

Update: This challenge blog abruptly closed down in mid-April, after only a couple challenges. :(

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a fantastic February – can you believe it’s just about over, lol! You’ll remember a few weeks back I announced that I joined the Season’s Greetings Christmas Challenge DT. All of our challenges are Anything Goes and there’s always an optional twist there to inspire you. I’m super stoked to share my debut DT inspiration project for Challenge #2 – Anything Goes with optional twist of Color Combo! The twist this time is this neat color combo:

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I created a one-layer card using three of these four colors along with a die and stamp set from my stash. One-layer cards are not easy for me but this one actually just came together like it was meant to be! Just look at these little guys! :D

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This was the perfect opportunity to use the round dies from the new YNS Peek A Boo Trio die set.  I can’t tell you how in love I am with the adorable SU Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set with coordinating punch. The card name ‘Oh, what fun’ hits the nail right on the head, lol! This was a blast to make! The stamped sentiment, the stamped texture just above the circle die cuts, the bow ties on the gingerbread men and the scattered hearts all match the colors in the combo. I’m really loving how this turned out!

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I kept the inside very simple with just a stamped sentiment. It felt very strange not having a layered panel to adhere, lol!

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Proud to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #239 – Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: Anything Christmas Goes for February
Christmas Card Challenges: #7 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #359 – Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge: #322 – Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #82 – Tic Tac Toe (Red, Image, Dies/Punches)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #52 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #4 – Add A Sentiment
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: Anything Christmas Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #19 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: SU Thick Whisper White; SU Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and So Saffron cardstock scraps
Stamps: SU Cookie-Cutter Christmas, Touches of Texture and Oh What Fun stamp sets
Ink: SU Baked Brown Sugar, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and So Saffron ink; SN Crystal Clear Sparkle marker
Dies/Punches: SU Cookie Cutter Punch, YNS Peek A Boo Trio die set
Accessories:  Stampin Dimensionals

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a Christmas project! You know you’d love to knock one or three out of the way! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig