Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Colors and a Sketch

Hey All!

Trying to get some MOJO back; funny how it just vanishes one day, doesn't say where it is going and when it will be back.  :(
When that happens, I can always count on coloring!  :) 
I joined a few challenges, using one of my fave Unity Girl images~

My sketch is from Viva La Verve~

And colors are from this week's Can You CASE it

The card base was sponged with peach ink, the spritzed with some Heidi Swap Color Shine over a Prima stencil.  The image is colored with Copics then fussy cut out. 

Feeling Sheepish!

Hi Everyone!

I am not believing that it is the last Wednesday of April already!  Wow!  Time is flying and there is much to be done before the school year is out.  Still have to sneak in time to craft though, inbetween the yard work, house work and the annual spring garage sale.

I pulled out a Christmas stamp set for this week's SugarSketch~

Yep, I did say Christmas stamp set.  I used the darling Lost Without You Stamp Set, stamping the sheep several times and fussy cutting out body parts, LOL!  I also stamped onto designer paper and paper pieced the bodies.  The card base was sponged with Hello Honey ink over a stencil.  I got the inspiration for this background from the Verve Diva Inspiration photo this month.
I used some distress ink to paint the sheep's background.  I added a heart to blend into the pink mat. It was die cut using the Heart Journal Card Die Cut.
The talented team has oodles of inspiration for you~
Claire Broadwater Deanne Kay
Jeanne Jachna
Karren Johnson

Laura Jane

We would love for you to join us; remember, the more you play, the more chances you have of winning a $75 gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs store!  See the blog for details and rules.  

I am linking up to Diva Inspirations Challenge
as well as the Tuesday Throwdown, 'Anything Goes' and 
Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Anything Goes'.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hola! It's Time for a New SugarSketch!

Hello and Welcome to another Wednesday SugarPea Designs SugarSketch!  

Keeping this week's card very CAS-

I am drawn to this adorable cactus in the Let's Fiesta Stamp Set.  Maybe it is because I have a trip to the Southwest planned for June, LOL!  I am hoping to see some of these guys irl!  :)
Here is your sketch~

 There is something beautiful about cacti, especially when you are from the midwest.  And there is something about Arizona sunsets, which I have been seeing a lot of lately on Facebook.  So, I decided to combine the two and paint a desert sunset.
My cactus is from the Let's Fiesta Stamp Set and the tiny heart die cut is cut with the Heart Journal Card Dies. I colored my scene on watercolor paper using Distress Inks.
The team has some more fabulous inspiration for you~

You can link up your creation HERE!  Remember, the more times you join us during the month, the more chances you have of winning a $75 gift certificate to the SPD store!  See BLOG for details and rules. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

A Little Inspiration with The Challenge!

Good Morning and Happy Monday All!

Today's inspiration photo at The Challenge is just chock full of, well, inspiration!
Sadly, my brain was not so full of MOJO.  I could not get past the big red heart, LOL!  So, I had to step away from it and go with something completely different.  I chose to try the Bargello technique, having been inspired by the quilted strips~

You can find this technique HERE
Here is the inspiration photo (yes, VERY different from what I ended up doing! )

I hope you can see how I was inspired by the fabric strips.  I think as I used to make quilt tops, I was especially inspired by this technique.
I used a MFT Blue Prints Die set for the large mat die, a MFT Layered Leaves Die, and the set I was just itching to get, the Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Die Set.

I was inspired by the sketch at Sketch Saturday~
Ready for more inspiration?  Check out what the rest of the design team has for you!

When you have created your card, you can link it up HERE at The Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Guesting with Stampin' Celebration!

Happy Monday Everyone!

I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest designer for Stampin' Celebration.  The Challenge this week is a sketch~

Here is the FABBY sketch~

Let me start off by saying that this card was totally not my idea!  I was inspired by the oh so talented Jill Avery Foster. She is a master with watercoloring and sponging.  She is the inspiration for this card.  
I stamped the large butterfly in Distress ink on watercolor paper and then colored with distress ink; the butterfly stamps are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  I was planning on partial diecutting it, but I got excited and diecut the whole thing out. [sigh].  
The background is also stamped with Distress ink and then colored with Distress ink as well.  Lovely blending happens when you do this.  I REALLY LOVE the effect!
The narrow panel is watercolored with distress ink and then lightly spattered with watered down distress ink, as is the background panel.  And don't you just love the texture that cheese cloth adds?!  
I wanted to keep the sentiment subtle so the butterfly stayed the focal point.  The sentiment was die cut from vellum using a SugarPea Designs Thanks Die and then I heat embossed the sentiment with UTEE.  I also sprinkled a bit of UTEE on the butterfly to add a bit of texture. 

  A few SSS sequins finish it off.  
I hope you can join us and link up your fab creation HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!  

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Surprise! Cacti and Cupcakes!

Hello All!

I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to guest at the Cupcakes Inspiration blog.  I am thrilled to be a Surprise Sweetie!  This week is a color challenge, PERFECT for all things spring, as in FLOWERS!

The colors are~

Just gorgeous inspiration!

I used a stunning image from Impression Obsession, designed by my friend, Dina Kowal.  She is such a talent; you can see here work HERE.  I truly cannot do this image justice, but I could not resist it and gave it my best shot.  I used my Peerless Watercolors to color it after stamping the image in clear embossing powder.
The sentiment is from PTI.
As this card is for a special friend, I will be linking up to Virginia's Link Up Party!

I am also linking up to Simon Say's Stamp's Monday Challenge-'April Showers, May Flowers'.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you can join the girls at Cupcake Inspirations!

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I {Heart} SugarPea Designs!

Hi Everyone!

It is Wednesday and time for a new sketch at SugarPea Designs!  Have you been following all of the sneak peeks for the new release?  I can tell you that it is simply Ah-MAZING!  I will be emptying my piggy bank for this one!
Anywho, back to the new sketch~

Hope you wore your sunglasses, LOL!
Here is the sketch~

 This sketch came together quickly; it was just a matter of placing all of the parts.  Gotta love a versatile sketch!
I started with the SugarCuts Home Sweet Home Die- die cut a piece of watercolor paper and then added Zig Watercolor markers to color.
For the circle, I adhered hearts from the SugarCuts Heart Journal Card around the circumference.  I just love the sweet heart variations in this particular die set.
The background was created with Colorburst Watercolor Powders (this is where the sunglasses come in, LOL).
After I added the black panel, I felt the card was missing something, so added a row of black hearts to edge the black panel.  I simply love how this turned out!  And yes, those are my favorite sequins, SSS, embellishing the hearts.
The white card base is die cut with - you guessed it- a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Die.
OH, I cannot forget the rest of the sentiment- it is from the sweet little set, Sweet Sentiments-Home.
With all of the die cuts I have used, I am linking up to the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge, 'Die Cuts'.

Ready for some amazing inspiration from the dynamo team?

Claire Broadwater
Deanne Kay
Jeanne Jachna
Karren Johnson

Laura Jane

Mackie Robertson
Kerin Sylvester 
And don't forget, we have the incredible, Kim Weiner with us this month!  

Can't wait to see you in the gallery!  Remember, the more you play, the more chances you have of winning!  Check out the SugarPea Designs Blog for link up and all of the details and rules!  
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!  

Lee Ann  :)

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