Saturday, February 6, 2016

Going Red with a Few Challenges

Hi Everyone and Happy Saturday!

Tried to rejuvenate the mojo today by playing in a few challenges.  I love this week's MOJO Monday sketch, so used that along with Colour Q's colors.

The sketch~
And the colors~

I stamped the floral image from Verve's Happy Place stamp set several times, using a mask.  Used Copic markers on the background and then added texture with alcohol, a sponge and some burlap.  The flowers where then colored with Copics.  I added texture to the flower heads with Crystal Effects, then added clear seed beads to the still wet Crystal Effects.

I love how this turned out.
I am also linking up to The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where this month's challenge is 'Red'.

Thanks so much for popping by and have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Playing with New Goodies

Happy Friday Everyone!

Do you love everything you create?  If you are like me, there are things that just don't turn out how you envisioned them.  That is how I feel about this card.  I contemplated not posting this card, but then I decided that trying things is part of the learning process and there is no shame in sharing something that is less then we wanted.

This was my first time inking up this Unity image.  I think this is where I struggled.  Next go around, I may try watercoloring the image.  I am not one to use a lot of patterned paper, but I really like the two patterns here and how they pull out the colors in the colored image.
I used a sketch from Sketch Saturday~

I turned the panels on my card 90 degrees to accomodate the large image. 
I am also linking up to (Pin)spirational Challenge- The inspiration photo reminds me of fairy tales and children's stories; as this image is a take on red riding hood, I thought it worked well. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Little Love

Hi All!

This week seems to be all about love and hearts; I decided to use a 'heart' on a non-Valentine card.

I inked up and colored this darling Unity image with Copics.  I am trying to use Copics for backgrounds so experimented with circles here.  I carried the circle pattern over to a second panel, which was die cut with the awesome Zig Zag Rectangle dies from SugarPea Designs.
At this point I was stumped and without MOJO, then discovered the great sketch at MOJO Monday~

My background panel was done with a stencil and translucent embossing paste.  A few SSS sequins and some Doodlebug Design baker's twine finish off the card.
I am also linking up to the following challenges-
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- 'Have a Heart'
The Mod Squad Challenge- 'Hearts and Flowers'
Fab 'n Funky Challenge-All Creatures Great and Small
Dies R Us Challenge Blog- 'Love'
And lastly, the concept for and inspiration for this card started with the CASE the Designer Challenge at Happy Little Stampers, with this card from Shona Chambers~

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Wednesday! 

Lee Ann  :)

SugarSketch #39

Hello All!

It is a new month and time for a new SugarPea Designs Sugar Sketch!  I love, love, love this week's sketch- so versatile!

Love this sketch!

I used the super adorable Hot Diggety Dog Stamp Set for this card- watercolored the background with Peerless Watercolors and colored the pooch with Copics. 
We would love for you to play along.  It is the start of a new month and a new gallery of cards.  A $75 Sugarpea Designs Gift Certificate is up for grabs!  Remember, you can play as many times as you want, using just one or all of the sketches throughout the month.  Check out all of the details and rules HERE.

Ready for more inspiration for the amazing Design Team?

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

Lee Ann :)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Back to Florals with Some Gorgeous Inspiration!

Hello Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We had some wonderfully unseasonably warms temps here in St Louis this weekend.  I was able to get in a little yard work on Saturday.  It also allowed me to get outside to take photos of some cards.  I have reclaimed my dining room table -it used to be my photography location for my cards.  I have had a tough time finding another spot with good lighting, so getting outside this weekend was a pleasant surprise.

I have an extremely ambitious and talented blogging friend, whom many of you may know, Lesley Croghan of Always Playing with Paper.  She has started more challenge blogs than anyone I know!  Just recently, she has started providing us with a weekly inspiration photo.  This week, I am honored to be asked to guest design for her, using this beautiful photo~

The rustic vase and sweet bouquet reminded me of cottage gardens and was the perfect opportunity to ink up this gorgeous new-to-me Power Poppy image.  My Prismacolor Pencils have been sorely neglected and I got them out as well, to color the flowers on kraft.  The sentiment is from PTI; it is heat embossed.

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamps Work it Wednesday Challenge, 'Use something New' as well as Just Us Girls- 'Tic Tac Toe'- Flowers, stamps and die cuts.

Also linking up to The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe Challenge- 'Flowers, Die Cuts, Yellow' and 'Die Cuts, Pink, Girly'.
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to see you over at the Inspired by All the Little Things Challenge!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some Fabulous Inspiration

Hi Everyone! 
I an still running short on MOJO, but I found some gorgeous inspiration on my friend Lesley's blog, Always Playing with Paper.  I just had to give it a go!

Blue and white.  Such a timeless combination, you cannot go wrong with it~

While rummaging through my stamps, I came across this PTI set and these stamps that have never seen ink.  I thought the colors in the inspiration photo would work well here.  The card base and image panel are die cut with the SugarPea Designs Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The sentiment is also a SugarPea Designs die.  I added a layer of SU brushed gold cs to the sentiment and as a mat around the image panel.  3 tiny seed beads finish it off.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, but changed the orientation of the card.

Thanks for popping in and have a blessed day!

Lee Ann Barrett

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SugarPea Sketch #38

Hello and Happy Wendesday All!

Well, sad to say,I am in a terrible crafty slump.  Someone took my MOJO and I would really like it back!  No mojo made this week's Sugar Sketch from SugarPea Designs difficult.  I made the first card (Valentine card) and was not satisfied with it, so then made the 'New Home' card.  Can't say I am very happy with that one either, but at some point you just have to quit.

For this card I used the SugarCuts Homescape die for my houses and trees.  The sentiment is from the fun new set, Key to My Heart and the heart die cut is from the new Key to My Heart SugarCuts.

Here is your sketch~

Next up, my Valentine card, which just wasn't working for me.  How many times have you spent hours trying to salvage something and it just seems to get worse?  Yeah, I think I spent 3 hours on this  card.

For this card, I used the SugarCuts Heart Journal Card die set.  And again, my favorite die, the Zig Zag Rectangle SugarCuts dies for the decorative edge on the card base.  'You' is from the new Key to My Heart Stamp Set.

Hope you will link up your creation in the gallery!  There is a $75 SugarPea Designs Gift Certificate up for grabs!  Check out all of the rules HERE. 

Ready for some amazing inspiration?

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

Lee Ann  :)

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