Thursday, October 30, 2014

Let's Talk Turkey with Top Dog Dies!

Hi Everyone!

Can you believe tomorrow is Halloween??  Time to start thinking Thanksgiving!  I LOVE Thanksgiving.  And just in time for the season,  Top Dog Dies has a brand new die set perfect for Thanksgiving cards-  Turkey Time.


This die set cracks me up!  No matter how I looked at it, all I could think was comical.  So I went with it!  I used the new Scalloped Frame and Mat Die Set from Top Dog Dies to frame my goofy gobblers. 
I stamped my Bermuda Bay cs with SU's Hardwood background stamp and then die cut the Top Dog Die Scalloped Frame from it.  I die cut the frame from Pumpkin Pie cs as well, trimmed the scalloped edges from it and adhered the scallops to the Bermuda Bay frame. 
Three turkey heads were cut, along with their 'parts', and googlie eyes were added.  How can you not put googlie eyes on these guys??!
A banner with my sentiment, a button and some white baker's twine finish it off!

Interested in purchasing your own Turkey Time Die Set fromTop Dog Dies?  You can get yours HERE.  
 Thank YOU!

Challenges that I am posting this card to-
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - 'Anything Goes'
Inspirational Challenges- Inspiration challenge~ I was inspired by multiple birds inside a 'box'.  I have no owls (never took to the owl trend!) so used my silly turkey!


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

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Die Technique with Add a Little Dazzle

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another Wednesday and a new challenge at Add a Little Dazzle!  This week we have a beautiful fall inspiration photo for you~



 I used the Die-Namites Die, Winter Sunflower and instead of die cutting with it, I embossed with it. 

Here is your inspiration photo~


I wanted to bring in the warm colors, flowers, and the rustic feel of this picture. When I think rustic, I think chicken wire;  I used my IO chicken wire image and stamped the background in yellow.  Torn paper is another thing that says 'rustic' to me- and I love torn paper!  I really wish it would become trendy again.
My sunflower image was made with my Die-Namites Die- I used my tan embossing mat underneath my cardstock so that the image would emboss instead of cut.
The image was then colored with Copics.  I used the 'outside the box' technique in trimming down my image/banner panel, allowing leaves and petals to hang over the edge. I added some shadowing with a gray Copic to give the image dimension; I love how it looks like a separate piece adhered to the banner.  To make the sunflower pop, I die cut the center of the flower in Brushed Bronze Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal and then again in Chocolate Brown Craft Metal, and adhered the pieces to the center of the flower.
My foliage was die cut with Heartfelt Creation Dies.  I added some linen thread to add to the rustic look.
I will be linking this card up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- 'Anything Goes', Just Us Girls photo inspiration challenge~




~And finally getting a chance to play along with my former team mates at The Card Concept.  My card is the classy and elegant style (with a bit of rustic)  :)  I had to go with sunflowers as I do not have pumpkin images. 
We hope that you can play along with us this week
for our Inspiration Challenge.  You do not have to use craft metal sheets,
but if you have it, we would love to see it!

Are you thinking you have to have your own Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets?  You can purchase them HERE.   I thank you in advance as I get credit for your purchase.  
Thank YOU!

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

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Impression Obsession Chicken Wire Background Stamp
Paper- SU retired dsp, SU Always Artichoke, SU Mellow Moss, SU Early Epresso, Neenah Solar white cs
Ink- SU Crushed Curry
Other- Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets,  Die-Namites WinterSunflower Die, SU linen thread, Copics


Friday, October 24, 2014

A Christmas Blog Hop with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Hello!
Welcome to a special Christmas Blog Hop with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  The Design Team will be sharing cards made with their favorite stamps.


Born This Day is one of my favorite Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas sets.  I colored the image in neutrals with Copics and used its matching die to cut it out.
I have layered it on the oval frame from the Decorative Frames Stamp Set that was cut out with its matching die from the Decorative Plaque Dies.  I added another layer using a Spellbinders Oval Die.  My dp is retired SU paper and a SU doily is beneath it all.
These next two cards are quite different and FAR from my usual style.  I wanted to try to create a card that looked like stationary or an elegant boxed card.  I used sentiments from several different snss sets to come up with this design~



I kept the red card super CAS with nothing more than all of the sentiments embossed in gold.  For the blue card, it was too dark with just the silver embossing, so I trimmed down the sentiment panel and added a white and silver layer.  My sentiments are from the following sets- Mod Ornaments, Vintage Ornaments, Christmas Joy, Christmas Morn, and Jesus is Born.  Which one do you like better? 

 We hope you will join the fun and leave some love behind as you visit each blog.  
I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to create a Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the Linky Tool below!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 gift code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.


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

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Inspiration with the Top Dog Dies Fall Foliage Dies

Hello All and Happy Thursday!

I have been noticing some really amazing wreaths on Pinterest lately and was inspired to make a wreath using the Top Dog Dies Fall Foliage Dies.  Yes, I know, I have been using these dies for a lot of projects.  I cannot seem to help myself; I LOVE fall and these dies are the perfect size- even for my wreath!


This was actually a very simple project.  I picked up a variety of felt squares and this sweet little wreath from Joanne Fabrics.  I simply die cut my leaves and hot glued them in place once I was happy with their placement.
While you cannot see it in this photo, the embossed leaf veins even show up on the felt- very cool!  I love burlap and that seemed like the go-to bow to finish the wreath.
Top Dog Dies has a special going on right now, through October 26th- get the 3 piece Fall Foliage Die Set FREE with any $50 purchase!   Thanks in advance if you make a purchase through the link here as I get credit for your purchase.  
Thank YOU!

That's it for me today; I hope I have inspired you to create!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Add a Little Dazzle and Cas-ual Fridays Challenge Wednesday

Hi Everyone!

It is Wednesday already and time for a new challenge at Add a Little Dazzle.  We are also continuing with our blog hop with Cas-ual Fridays and  are all having so much fun sharing our projects made with Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal and Casual Friday Stamps and Fri- Dies.
 We have a color challenge this week, and what a beauty it is!  Your challenge is to use one, two, or three colors from this photo~


I loved the rustic, yet elegant look to this setting~


I colored my flowers from the Wonderful Words Stamp Set with Copics and fussy cut them out.  Using a Versamarker, I dabbed ink on the tiny circles of the flower center and gold embossed them.  I cut large circles of Golden Glimmer Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal for the flower centers.  The Casual Vine Fri-Die is cut from the Golden Glimmer Craft Metal as well. 
The Casual Vine Fri-Die in Glimmering Gold embellishes the cheerful sentiment and adds elegance while the woodgrain dp  and the Hemptique twine under the flower gives a rustic look.
I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- 'Anything Goes' .

Ready to check out the rest of the inspiration from the two Design Teams? 
CFS blog
AALD
Kelly Griglione
Deepti Malik
Martha Lucia Gomez
Vicki Dutcher
Keren Baker
Cathy Parlitsis
Kate Capper
Lee-Anne Crosse
Lee Ann Barrett-You are here!
Lydia Evans

 And we can't forget the PRIZES!   Visit each of the blogs along the way and leave a little love on each.  Be sure to hop every day and leave your comments to be in the running for 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies.  You have until October 26th, midnight MDT to enter.


For a limited time, Add a Little Dazzle is offering a SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK.  If you 
are ready to try Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal, you can purchase your Special Bundle Pack along with all of the other AALD products HERE.  
I thank you in advance as I get credit for your purchase made from my link.  
Thank YOU!
Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the hop!
Lee Ann  :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Add a Little Dazzle and Casual Fridays Blog Hop Day 2

Hello Everyone!

We are hopping again with another fabulous company, Cas-ual Fridays, and we are ready to share  amazing projects and inspiration using Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal and Cas-ual Fridays awesome stamps and Fri-Dies.  Honesty, some of these girls are incredibly creative!


I used two trendy techniques, gold embossing and raised die cut over the negative of the die cut (so, is there a name for this trendy technique?? ) to make my card~


My sentiment is from the Wonderful Words Stamp Set and is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold ep.  Isn't this sentiment dreamy?  I thought it would make a perfect wedding card.  I just love the two different fonts and the offset words. 
I cut two of the Casual Vine Fri-Dies from Wondrous White Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal.  I also cut them from the sentiment panel in the top right hand corner.  I added dimensional adhesive to the craft metal vines and adhered them over the negative spaces created when I die cut in the top right corner.
So simple, and yet I think this card packs a pretty good punch!   

Now check out the other amazing inspiration from the rest of the team~
Casual Fridays Stamps
Add a Little Dazzle
Virginia Lu
Cathy Parlitsis
Marcie Sharp
Lee Ann Barrett-You are here!
Kate Capper

And we can't forget the PRIZES!   Visit each of the blogs along the way and leave a little love on each.  Be sure to hop every day and leave your comments to be in the running for 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies.  You have until October 26th, midnight MDT to enter.


For a limited time, Add a Little Dazzle is offering a SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK.  If you 
are ready to try Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal, you can purchase your Special Bundle Pack along with all of the other AALD products HERE.  
I thank you in advance as I get credit for your purchase made from my link.  
Thank YOU!

Thanks so much for visiting; I hope you enjoy the hop!  

Lee Ann  :)  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Flowers

Good Morning!

I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend.  We are enjoying glorious weather here in St Louis; much needed after days and days of rain.
Today's card uses a beautiful color palette from Color Throwdown and a nifty sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I used my Flowers in Bloom image with its new matching die~


This has always been one of my most favorite Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, but I have never done it as a fall card before.  Being able to cut it out is now a snap with the new die.

Here is the fab sketch~

And the gorgeous color palette~


I colored the floral image with Prismacolor Pencils and then die cut it out.  I used some of my coveted Blush Blossom cs (yes, I still have quite a bit left!) for the image mat, along with some white cs.  I added a Scallop Border edge in Cherry Cobbler to dress it up a bit.  A white bow, faux wood button and some linen thread finish off the image panel.
The background dp was perfect for this color palette and is from Pink Paislee. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous and blessed weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Flowers in Bloom, So Grateful (sentiment)
Paper- SU Cherry Cobbler, Blush Blossom; white cs, Pink Paislee dp
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso
Other- Flowers in Bloom Die, Scallop Border Die, dimensionals, ribbon, SU faux wood button and linen thread
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