Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Top Dog Die Sneak Peek!

Ho Everyone!

Top Dog Dies has yet ANOTHER new release coming next week!  Today's card gives you a peek at just one of the many dies being released-

This new scalloped square is perfect for layering, or even for using the inlaid die technique as I have done here; the light blue layer is inlaid into the Island Indigo layers. 
My butterfly from the Top Dog Dies Butterfly Set is cut from a piece of Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal in white;  I wanted some gloss and shine for the butterfly, but did not want the mess of glitter or Glossy Accents. 
I embellished with a piece of burlap, pearls and a rose.  The sentiment is embossed in white. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a blessed day!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- SU
Paper-SU Island Indigo, Soft Sky, retired dsp; Neenah Solar White
Ink- Versamark
Other- Top Dog Dies Butterfly Die Set, soon to be released Top Dog Dies Scalloped Frame, burlap, white ep, Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dazzling Tags and Gifts

Happy Hump Day Everyone, and Happy First Day of October!

It is Wednesday and time for a new Add A Little Dazzle Challenge.  This week we are making tags or gift packaging.  While this is my first AALD post this week, the Design Team has been sharing fab projects all week for our Avery Elle/Add A Little Dazzle Blog Hop.  Want to hop along and have a chance at some awesome prizes??  Start here, with Monday's hop participants!  

How fun is this?!  When I saw this stamp set from Avery Elle, I just had to have it.  You see, I traveled all over the country with my parents and we had travel trailers, much like the one above!  :)  This adorable image brings back such good memories for me. 

Here is your inspiration~

I used the silver back of an Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheet to stamp my trailer; the metal is sanded a bit to give it a brushed silver look.   It is embossed with black ep, with the exception of the trailer hitch, which I embossed in silver.  I colored the stripes and awning with Sharpies. 
I used some Echo Park dp to make a banner and SU yarn and baker's twine to make a tassel.  I think this would be a perfect embellishment for a bottle of wine or a small welcome basket for the new home owner.
I hope you can play along with us!  Remember, you do not need to use aald craft metal sheets on your project, but if you have them we would love to see you use them!
Make sure you check out the posts at Add A Little Dazzle and Avery Elle, along with the other design team member blog posts; leave a comment on each and be entered to win a prize! You have until Sunday, October 5th to enter; winners will be announced on Monday, October 6th.  Remember, you must leave a comment on all blogs to be entered to win! 

During this week's blog hop, we are offering a special Avery Elle Blog Hop Pack.   This pack includes metal sheet colors that the Dazzling Divas Design Team will be using during the Avery Elle Blog Hop.  In addition, you will receive the Homemade Gift Ideas and Holiday Spa Recipes CD filled with exclusive gift ideas and recipes for your holiday spa Gift Giving Needs.

When you order your Avery Elle Blog Hop Pack, you will also receive exclusive PDF tutorials using Avery Elle products and Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets.  This offer is only available through this week.   And, if you happen to be a fan of Stampin' Up, there is a fabulous deal that you can snag here as well.  ;) 
If you can't live without some Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets, I thank you in advance if you use the link provided above, as I will get credit for the purchase.  
Thank You!

Enjoy all of the inspiration!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Something New from Top Dog Dies!

Hi Everyone! 
I have more Top Dog Dies inspiration today, and what is even better, is that I have used soon-to-be-released new product! 

Don't you just love that decorative edge??!  This is one of 5 new Signature Dies.  The signature dies are the steel rule dies that allow you to cut multiples of the die in one pass.  You can also cut some seriously thick stuff, like chipboard, with these dies. 
I have used the Delilah Die today (it will be available on September 26th).  Instead of cutting multiples or thick materials, I used it to cut decorative edges.  
My main image is from the Top Dog Dies Dog Days #1 die set.  I embellished the card with some twine and a dog tag made with a die from the Dog Days #2 die set and some Add a Little Dazzle craft metal.   The sentiment is from a fabulous set from Our Daily Bread Designs, Paw Prints.
You can find a complete tutorial for this card on the Top Dog Dies Blog

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

Lee Ann :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Dazzling inspiration

Hello Everyone!

We are back with a new challenge at Add A Little Dazzle! This week we are working with colors, and some beautiful ones at that!

Here is your inspiration photo~

The challenge is to use any three of the following colors- Brushed Bronze, Outrageously Orange, Glimmering Gold, Dark Chocolate, Copper.

I chose to cut my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps trees from Brushed Bronze, Dark Chocolate, and Glimmering Gold Add A Little Dazzle craft metal sheets.  I actually used the Inlaid Die technique here and backed the trees with the same cardstock as the top panel- PTI's Rustic Cream cardstock.
I embossed the bottom portion of the front panel with a wood grain ef and then ran a piece of natural ribbon and a strip of Glimmering Gold craft metal across the card, dividing embossed and non-embossed areas.  
The sentiment is from one of my favorites,  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Across the Miles Stamp Set.  I heat embossed this in gold on a vellum banner.  My 3 buttons are SU's faux wood buttons and I have added a bit of Hemptique cord to each.  I am linking this up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 'Anything Goes' challenge

These colors are perfect for making a masculine card- hope you can play along with us!  You do not have to use craft metal, but if you have it we would love it if you did!  As always, there is a prize for one lucky winner!
If you just have to have some of your own metal craft sheets to create beautiful fall cards or the ever-difficult masculine card, you can do so HERE.  I thank you in advance as I 
get credit for your purchase.  
Thank YOU!

Have a blessed day!  

Lee Ann  :)

Products used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Across the Miles
Paper- PTI Rustic Cream, SU vellum and Early Espresso
Ink- Versamark
Other- Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Forest Silhouette Dies, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax Die-Namics, Gold ep, Tim Holtz embossing folder, Hemptique cord, SU faux wood buttons, Crystal Effects, SU ribbon

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stampendous and Add A Little Dazzle Blog Hop Day 5

Hello Everyone and welcome to our Grand Finale Blog Hop Day 5!
The Add A Little Dazzle and Stampendous Design Teams have one last round of inspiration for you today!  Hop along for a chance to win!

This card was a series of happy accidents!  I started by stamping the gorgeous evergreen bough in Versamark on Cherry Cobbler cs, and embossed it in gold.

 I wanted to make my branches snow covered but when I poured the Frantage Embossing Powder on the cs, it rolled around.  I was going to gather it back up, but noticed how much the large granules looked like a snowfall!  So rather than have snowy branches, I added falling snow.
I stamped the Stampendous Sentiment in Versamark on Glimmering Gold Craft Metal and embossed it in Early Espresso ep.  I wanted to get my metal nice and smooth, so I decided to run it through the Big Shot. What I did not realize is that when I did this, it would press my sentiment into the metal, giving it a wonderful etched or engraved look. Well, I LOVE it!  As this is a Christmas card, I am linking it up to the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog- "Holiday"

Make sure you visit the rest of the DT team blogs~

And you still have time to take advantage of Add A Little Dazzle's Stampendous Special- you get Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets in the colors that the Add A Little Dazzle Design Team used in their projects this week.  In addition, you will also receive 1 pack of 25 gift package pillows in either large gift size or party favor size.  If you just have to try out these metal sheets, you can shop HERE.

And lastly, we cannot forget about the prizes!  

Enter for a chance to win a prize pack!  Be sure to stop by and comment on each of the design team blogs for a chance to win 1 of 6 prize packs from both companies!  You have until Sunday, September 21st to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs the following week.  You must leave a comment on all blogs.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!
Have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann :)

More Sweet 'n Sassy Inspiration

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday!

I wasn't sure Friday was ever going to get here; what a week! But now we are looking at the weekend and I plan on getting crafty and doing some de-stressing. 

Today's card uses new dies from the latest Sweet 'n Sassy Release-

I started with a piece of mixed media paper and lightly traced 3 overlapping circles on it. I watercolored the circles, using a different color completely for the overlapped areas. Remember Venn Diagrams!?
Once the paper was dry, I stamped the tree from Forest Silhouettes.  The horizon line was added and a die cut deer from the new Forest Silhouette Dies was popped up on dimensionals.  The sentiment is also from Forest Silhouettes.
That's it; easy masculine card
I am linking this up to the Anything Goes Challenge at Seize the Birthday
Thanks so much for stopping by- enjoy all of the inspiration the rest of the team has for you!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Not So Spooky Halloween

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to more inspiration with Top Dog Dies; it is already mid September and it will be Halloween before you know it.  It you are hosting a celebration for little people, here a a couple of quick and easy party ideas. 

I used the Halloween Trio Die Set from Top Dog dies for both of these projects. 
For the pencil toppers, I die cut both the bat and the ghost shapes out twice from felt.  I ran a quick blanket stitch around the shape, leaving a small opening for the eraser end of the pencil to fit in.  Googlie eyes are the BEST way to finish off  these not-so-spooky pencil toppers!  :)
I used the same Halloween Trio Die Set to decorate my mason jar, only this time I used the negative space of the die.    Using vinyl (I bought a roll at Hobby Lobby), I first die cut out a Vintage A2 Mat Die from Top Dog Dies.  Then, from that vinyl Vintage A2 Mat Die I die cut the cat with the Halloween Trio Die Set.  Easy Peasy!  And the vinyl is so easy to stick down, and lift and reposition if necessary.  No adhesive required! 

That's it for me- as I said, easy peasy! 
Have a blessed day! 

Lee Ann  :)
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