’tis the season

Hi everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start and it’s not too awfully hot where you are! I’m thrilled to be back on the blog today over at The Project Bin with another crafty tutorial! If you’re interested, take a peek at that HERE. I was provided the amazing North Pole stamp set and created a super fun tone-on-tone Christmas card in a non-traditional color – another contribution to “Christmas in June” on the blog. It’s never too early to get started on those Christmas cards or projects!

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This was such an easy design and I had a great time creating the card. Using the circular cluster of snowflakes in the stamp set, I masked off the sentiment in the center of the cluster and stamped snowflakes over the entire front panel, masking other areas of the stamp as needed to fill in blank areas. Lots of masking, lots of stamping and lots of sticky notes used, lol, but definitely worth it! I popped up the panel on foam and then adhered it to the card base. I stamped the front sentiment on a handmade tag and embellished it with a pretty seam binding bow. The finishing touch on the front panel was the addition of gloss white Crystal Drops in the center of each of the large snowflakes, and a few on the tag.

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I stamped the inside sentiment, adhered a narrow strip of cardstock down the left side of the inside panel and layered the panel on the teal cardstock.

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And another peek… super happy with how this turned out! Lots of work but definitely worth it! ;)

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Sharing in the following challenges:
1. Crafty Cardmakers: #260 – Create Your Own Background
2. Paperbabe Stamps: #122 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Pool Party cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Stamps: The Project Bin North Pole stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Pool Party ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder
Accessories:  Bearly Art precision craft glue, 3×3 sticky notes for masking, MISTI stamp tool, Darice Foamies white foam, Really Reasonable Ribbon Bay Leaf seam binding, Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have popped over to see my tutorial on the blog! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at The Project Bin, and while you’re at it, head on over to The Project Bin Facebook Page for more inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Tis the Season

Hello, my peeps! I’m back this morning with another card I created yesterday afternoon for The Outlawz Challenges. I’ve decided that I’m going to make ‘non-DT time’ for myself in my studio on a regular basis – I’m really enjoying this! ;) I’m playing in the Wednesday Sketch Challenge this week, and what a sketch this is! Love, love, love!

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Jan’s Digi Stamps is our sponsor this month and I’ve used her gorgeous Christmas Skates digital image with sentiments to create this card. Sketches are so cool. They pretty much take the guess-work out of creating a project, and that’s fine by me, lol!

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I printed the digital paper for the background and layered it on green textured cardstock. I cut the focal image with a small double-stitched die and layered it on the green textured cardstock. I printed the front sentiment and layered that panel on red glitter paper. I finished the front with red gumdrops in the right upper and left lower corners.

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I printed the inside sentiment and embellished the panel with some of the digital paper and the green textured cardstock used on the front.

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One more peek… I’m so loving how this turned out! What an awesome sketch and absolutely gorgeous digital image with sentiments!

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I’d love to enter this card into these additional challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #553 – Christmas
QKR Stampede: #395 – Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #165 – Use die cuts/embossing folders
WordArt Wednesday: Weeks #436/437 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, DCWV Double-Sided textured cardstock stack, Stampin’ Up Red Glimmer Paper, Bearly Mine digital paper
Stamps: Jan’s Digi Stamps Christmas Skates digital stamp set
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Die-namics Double-Stitched Square STAX die
Accessories: ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, YNS Red Gumdrops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

‘Tis the Season

Howdy, crafty friends! A new challenge is live this morning over at Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog and I’ve been chomping at the bit to share this DT inspiration project with you for MLCCB #6 – January Anything Christmas Goes! I made several of these pop-up snowman cards last year and they were such a hit, I made a few more this year to add to my Christmas card stash!

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This is a Karen Burniston die set and these are so cool – all the work is done for you! You just cut the pieces and put them together! I used a cool blue cardstock panel on a red card base with white snowflakes, snow banks and snowmen (one on the front and one on the inside). The snowmen are wearing top hats embellished with silver glitter paper and a snowflake with a gemstone.

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The snowman on the inside is wearing a ‘scarf’ of knotted ribbon, has coal buttons made from Crystal Drops, and pops up when the card is opened. This couldn’t be any cuter!

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And here’s a close-up of this most adorable little guy…

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I’d love to enter this fun card into the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking Challenge: January Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft: #83 – Anything Goes
Card Mania: #112 – Baby It’s Cold Outside
Christmas Crafts All Year Round: January Challenge – Let It Snow
World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge: #12 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: January Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Real Red, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Early Espresso cardstock, Stampin’ Up Silver Glimmer paper, GKD Powder Blue cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Oh, What Fun stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Karen Burniston Snowman Twist Circle Die Set, Paper Smooches Stitched Borders die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Stampin’ Up Rhinestones, Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a Christmas project with us this month! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me this morning – we’ll see you again soon!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

‘Tis the Season

Hi everybody! I’m super stoked to share that I’m guesting for Jingle Belles this fortnight! How awesome is that?! Really looking forward to crafting with Lauren and Stef, and knocking a couple Christmas cards out of the way! The theme I’ve chosen is Let the Flakes Fall Where they May – we’d like to see your projects include snow – in the form of snowflakes, snowmen, snowy landscape, etc. You get the picture! ;)

First up is a twisted gate fold. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a fancy fold addict. This is one of the coolest folds I think I’ve ever seen – another thanks to Splitcoast Stampers for including the tutorial in a newsletter a few weeks back. And pardon the clear rod on the left side of the first photo… the card wasn’t cooperating and would not lie flat while I was taking the photographs. ;)

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I chose the snowy theme because I’m yearning for some ‘real’ winter weather. We’ve been intermittently running our air conditioning here in north Florida. I loved using the snowflake paper and layering it on the cool blue colors of cardstock. At least I can have some imaginary winter, lol!

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I adhered snowflake sequins to the layered sentiment circle on the front and also on the inside just beneath the sentiment.

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Here’s one final shot. So much fun! I really love this fold! ;)

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Proud to enter this fun fold into the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: February Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #121 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Goes with option Add a Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: February Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, GKD Powder Blue cardstock, GKD Seasons Greetings and Pool Party 6×6 patterned paper
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Pines stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy ink
Dies/Punches: EK Success 2″ and 1-1/2″ scalloped punches, Stampin’ Up! 1-1/4″ and 1-3/4″ circle punches
Accessories: Winter Whites Rhinestones, Stampin’ Up! Frosted Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a snowy project with us! Stay tuned for another snowy project from me next week! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig