Thursday, August 28, 2014

Top Dog Dies and Zentangle

Hello Everyone!

Have you noticed the growing trend of Zentangle?  I have been wanting to give it a try for months now and finally did using the negative space of one of my new Top Dog Dies from the Dog Days #2 set.

I just fell in love with this sweet Scottie dog and thought he would be perfect for this sentiment.  I used the negative die to trace the image on a piece of white cs.  I hand drew a collar; I then divided the dog up into sections to do my doodling or "zentangle". Once I was done filling in all of the space, I die cut the image out. 
The Vintage A2 Mat die was the perfect die cut to mount the Scottie on.  I used a fun sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Valentine Critters Stamp Set and heat embossed it on vellum.
For a complete tutorial with photos, check out the Top Dog Dies Blog.  
I used the versatile sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch-

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is 'Anything Goes' this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Add A Little Dazzle Gets Bright!

Hi Friends!
Welcome back to a new challenge at Add A Little Dazzle!  This week we have a color challenge for you and we are going bright

This week's challenge is to use Pucker Me Pink and Orange.  I do not typically use really bright colors so this was truly a challenge for me!
I used a great Viva La Verve sketch~

I made much of this card while stamping at a friend's house, so I am not sure of the paper used.  The images and sentiment are from Verve's Blue Skies Stamp Set and the fabulous Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal flourishes are made with Verve's Leafy Sprigs Dies.  These are some of my all time favorite dies and I love them cut in Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal
I hope you can join as this week; you can link up your card on the Add A Little Dazzle Blog.  You do not have to use Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets, but if you have them we would love to see them!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!  :)

Lee Ann  :)

Bless the Teachers

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Everyone should just about be settled into a new school year by now and my project today is a small thank you to the teachers who work so hard day in and day out with our children.

I started with a 3 x 3 cardbase made from Esse Pearlized Cardstock from CutCardStock. I added a layer of retired dsp from SU.  I am smitten with this apple design that I saw a couple of weeks ago while hopping along with a CASE Study Blog Hop.  I die cut a circle from the Pop Tones Red Hot cardstock and then diecut a small heart in it using a die from my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Pick Me Up Die Set. I backed the heart with vellum. 
The leaves were made with the MFT Layered Leaves Die-Namics.  The solid leaf is die cut from the Pop Tones Gum Drop Green Cardstock and the skeletal leaf is cut from Curious Metallic Botanic Cardstock; the metallic shimmer of Curious Metallic cs compliments the pearlized shimmer of the Esse cardstock perfectly. 
Talk about easy peasy!  I really, really dislike reproducing cards but these are so simple; it is fairly painless.  :)  I would like to make sets of these to give to some teachers.  CutCardStock even has the 3 1/8 square envelopes to match! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dog Days with Top Dog Dies!

Hi Everyone!

I just love the frou frou Paris/pink and black look and when I saw this brand new Top Dog Dies Die, I knew I had to capture that look!

The poodle is from the brand new, Dog Days #2 Die Set from Top Dog Dies.  It is soooo darling!  The set also includes a Scottish Terrier die-- so sweet! 
I die cut the poodle and backed her with a circle.  The bitty bow is also included in the set.  The background of the card is made with two stamps- an old Tim Holtz background stamp, which I stamped in Blushing Bride, and an image of the Eiffel Tower from the Crafty Secrets set, French Mail.
I used some grey striped dp on the card base and then added the brand new Modern Mosaic A2 Mat Die from Top Dog Dies. A ribbon is added and I embellished it with another die cut from the Dog Days #2 Die Set -the heart tag.  I die cut this from Blushing Bride cs and then covered it with Crystal Effects.  Once dry, I added a bit of silver cording.
So what do you think?  Did I capture that 'Paris' look?

I am linking this card up o the Monday Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog which is "Anything Goes" this week.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Back to School Challenge with Add A Little Dazzle

Hi Everyone! 

Welcome to Wednesday and a new challenge at Add A Little Dazzle.  It is that time of year when the kids are headed back to school (and some of us adults, too, who work at school!) and our theme based challenge is just that- Back to School~

 For my card, I gleaned some sketch inspiration from Retrosketches~

This is also based on an inspiring card by Wida Miller which is showcased in the CASE Study Week 2 Anniversary Blog Hop.  
I had some great retired SU dsp that was perfect for this theme and sketch.  I also used an my NBUS Notebook Edge Die from MFT.  The apple- I just love, love, love Wida's design and had to CASE it.  I cut my Add A Little Dazzle Scarlet Red Craft Metal Sheet with a MFT Circle Die and then cut the heart from the circle with a Sweet  'n Sassy Stamps heart die from the Pick Me Up Die Set. The leaves are made with my favorite leaf dies, MFT's Layered Leaves Dies.  The apple stem is a piece of felt trim from scrapbooking days! 
I added stars (what teacher doesn't use gold stars!) cut from a Golden Glimmer Craft Metal Sheet and the Scarlet Red Craft Metal Sheet using the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Stars Die Set.  I don't know about you, but I just love the glimmer of the metal stars!  They look just like the foil stars!

I am also linking this card up to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for their 'Anything Goes" Challenge this week.  

I have a second card to share with you for the challenge, this one using the clever chalkboard design that I have been seeing lately.

 As you can see, I used an Add A Little Dazzle Golden Glimmer Craft Metal Sheet star for this card, as well.  My apple is from one of my favorite Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set, Punny Fruits and Veggies.  I masked out the face of the apple, colored it with Copics and fussy cut it out.  I used CutCardStock's Brown Bag Kraft cs for the easel; I just love how it looks!  For complete instructions for how to make this card, check out the CutCardStock Blog

I hope you will join us for challenge #39 with our Back to School Theme!  You do not have to use Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets but if you have them we would love to see them!  

Interested in purchasing Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets?  You can do so HERE!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
card 1-
Paper- SU Poppy Parade, retired dsp, Neenah Solar White cs
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Other- Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets in Golden Glimmer and Scarlet Red, MFT Circle Stax Die-Namics, Layered Leaves Die-Namics, Notebook Edge Die-Namic, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Stars Dies, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Pick Me Up Dies, Hemptique Cord, felt trim, dimensionals

card 2-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Punny Fruits and Veggies, sentiment and diagonal stripes- SU,Hardwood stampin' Up
Paper-All CutCardStock- Brown Bag Kraft, Basis Black cs, Basis Sample Pack, Classic Crest Solar White cs
Ink- PTI craft white, SU Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green
Other- Add A Little Dazzle Golden Glimmer Craft Metal Sheet, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Stars Dies, Hemtique cord, Copics, dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thanks for the Inspiration!

Hello Everyone!

This card is dedicated to a friend who has been a great inspiration to me~Lesley Croghan. 

It is time for a new sketch at Seize the Sketch, and sadly our last sketch~

Cathy's sketch is really out of the box and made me think!

I was inspired by the gorgeous color palette at Color Throwdown this week~

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has an "Anything Goes" Challenge this week and I am linking up there as well. 
I finally broke out one of my 3 jars of embossing paste for this challenge.  I purchased a new Prima stencil and decided to try it, taking advantage of the two squares in the sketch- I immediately saw black/white/mirror image.  I stenciled the image in white on Basic Gray, then added a couple of drops of Basic Gray reinker to some white embossing paste and embossed on white cs, flipping the stencil for a mirror image.  I used some of my hoarded stash of Nature Gmund Savanna cardstock with the gorgeous wood grain embossing. 
I added butterflies made with the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Majestic Monarchs and matching dies. 
The sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love set and is embossed in gold on vellum.

You can check out all of the Design Team's amazing inspiration on the Seize the Sketch Blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Strands of Sea Shells

Hi Everyone,

This was one of those cards.  You know the kind I mean. You have so many ideas, so much inspiration floating around in your head that you do not know where to start!
So, let's get started with where I started!
1.  Inspired by a technique/product- I was inspired by my craft iron.  My BRAND NEW craft iron that I had been looking for for two years!  I really wanted to try the iron-off embossing technique.
 2. CASE Study-  I hopped along with CASE study and found some wonderful projects that I wanted to case.  But which one??  There were so many!  I settled on the color inspiration from Maureen Merritt's card and the banner from  Maureen Plut's card.  I was also inspired by the chalkbaord technique used on Maureen's card.  While I did not use this technique, I did use a black background.
 A Stamp- I really wanted to use the Beauty By the Sea Stamp Set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
3.  A Sketch from Deconstructing Jen-

Here is the sketch, which I obviously turned~

I embossed the shells in gold on vellum and die cut them out with their matching dies.    I die cut them again from coral cs and stamped the image in Versamark.  I paired up the shells, cs and vellum, punched a small hole near the top and fastened them together with a loop of craft wire.  
The charms were strung on a piece of Hemptique cord; I tied ribbon and linen bows in between the charms.  The linen had been sitting on my desk for who knows how long, and had been spritzed and inked for an aged and distressed look. 

I stamped the Leafy Flourish Background image in Versamark on white cs and embossed with clear ep.  Next, I FINALLY used a Pan Pastel that I purchased last winter.  Wow!  Do they go on smooth!  I colored the background of the embossed image with the Pan Pastel and then ironed off the embossing powder.  I love the result! 
The rest of the card was just a matter of assembly and a bit of bling (my Vintage Faceted Buttons).

I am also linking this up to Seize the Birthday Anything Goes birthday Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a Blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Beauty By the Sea, Leafy Flourish Backgrounds and More
Paper- Neenah Solar White, SU vellum, Soft Suede, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, retired dsp, Studio Calico dp
Ink- Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Beauty By the Sea Dies, SU Polka Dot ef, Pan Pastel, Gold ep, dimensionals, Hemptique Cord, MFT Award Die, SU Vintage Faceted Buttons
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