Monday, March 2, 2015

Adding a Little Dazzle to FMS

Good Morning!

Third post of the day and it is not even 9am!  I had to sneak in a card for Freshly Made Sketches.  I had been playing around with my Add a Little Dazzle craft metal and came up with this panel.  When I saw the sketch at FMS, I realized it would be perfect for this metal piece.

I dry embossed the image with an embossing folder inked up with Versamark.  I then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I colored the large central shell with Copics.  

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

Lee Ann  :)


Good Morning!

Happy March!  I know many of us are hoping that spring is right around the corner; yes, we just got hit with about 5 inches of snow here in St Louis.  I know, I know- it could be a lot worse!
A friend of mine's daughter is studying abroad in Sweden- talk about snow!  She is such a go getter and so willing to jump in with both feet.  I wanted to send her a card of encouragement.  She is an avid reader and English major, so I just had to use this image from StampinBella!

I paper pieced a   couple of pillows and  colored the rest with Copics.  I added a bit of ribbon, but since this has to go to Sweden, I did not add a bow to keep the bulkiness to a minimum.

I am linking her up to Bellarific Friday where the challenge week is 'ribbon or washi.
I am also linking up to the Challenge Blog over at 7 Kids College Fund for their Anything Goes challenge.
CAS on Sunday's challenge this week is 'Girl Power'.  Not sure if this is considered CAS or not by the team as there are colored images in the DT samples; gonna give it a whirl.  Sorry if I am breaking any rules!
The Pink Elephant's challenge this week is 'Girly Girl'.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Woo Hoo!

Hi Everyone!

I am thrilled to have been asked by my friend, Lesley Croghan, to join the Design Team at The Challenge.

My son's birthday is this week, so I decided to use both the sketch and the colors from The Challenge to make his card~

What a great color combo!  I just love these colors together!  I decided to play with my Peerless watercolors and a stamp that I have had going on 3 years now, but never used.  I was always intimidated with coloring the image with Copics or Prismacolor Pencils, but the watercolors were a breeze and I love the results!
I am linking up to Seize the Birthday, where their challenge is, of course, birthday card, with a topping of masculine.
Sister Act Card Challenge is always 'Anything Goes'.  
I hope you can join us his week, with either the sketch or the colors or both!  

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

Lee Ann  :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Trying the OLC Again

Good Morning Everyone!

Next week is Principal's Day, so I needed a masculine card for my boss. Humorous would really be great, though I do not have much in the way of funny stamps.  I settled on this new to me stamp set from MFT, the now retired Monkey Business~

I am still finding One Layer Cards to be a bit of a challenge, but gave it a go, using prompts from a couple of challenges.  The colors at MFT Color Challenge~

And the Cue word at Casology~

I stamped a bunch of bananas, using the masking technique and my MISTI.  Colored the bananas with my Prismacolor Pencils, stamped the sentiment, and then added a fine black line around the card.

I am also linking up to Less is More, where this week we are to show what makes us HAPPY!  Prismacolors make me happy!

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

Lee Ann :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dazzling for Mom

Hi Everyone and Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday has rolled around already, so it is time for a new challenge at Add a Little Dazzle; this is the last challenge for February.  Where has the month gone??
This week the team is texturizing the Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal.

I hope you can join us for this challenge!

I decided I wanted the use of an embossing folder to be the star of the show on this card.  I started with a card front sized piece of Wondrous White Craft Metal and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  But, before embossing, I inked up the raised side of the embossing folder with Delicata Gold ink.
Once embossed, the white metal had areas of the gold Delicata ink on it.  I selectively heat embossed some of the roses with gold ep.  Then, the embossing folder was reinked and the metal sheet was placed back into the folder, making sure to seat the images in their proper spots.  I ran this through the Big Shot and then, sprinkled clear UTEE over the metal.  I love the way the UTEE beaded up on the metal once heated up.

Next, using Adirondack reinkers, I colored some of the roses red.  I decided I needed a little bit more of something, so colored a few of the smaller flowers with Butterscotch Adirondack ink. 
To keep the focus on the embossed panel, I just added some wide red ribbon to the bottom of the card, along with 2 gold leaves and the simple sentiment tag.
I really like the decidedly Asian flair to this card.
I am linking up to ~
Inkspirational Challenge-A great inspiration photo~
 I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp- Work it Wednesday. 
Hop on over to the Add a Little Dazzle Blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the Oh-so-talented Design Team.  Then, why not make your own card and link it up on the Add a Little Dazzle Blog!  You do not have to use Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal on your project, but if you have it we would love to see it! 
Interested in trying your own Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal?  You can purchase yours HERE
Thank you in advance if you purchase Add a Little Dazzle product from
 this link as I get credit for it.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February Hop with Heartfelt Creations Alum!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the February Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!  If you are hopping along you should have arrived her from Emilia's blog.  You have until Friday, February 27th, mn EST to hop along and comment for a chance to win.  A $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate is up for grabs!  The more blog hop participants blogs that you comment on, the greater your chances of winning!
I had fun playing with my new Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set.  In addition, I used Prismacolor Pencils and watercoloring for my mediums.

I love, love, love birds and this sweet, fluffy bird is just the cutest!  I was so excited to see these sets released last month.  So, I started with the bird- stamped, colored with Prismacolors and die cut him out.  Then I stamped the branches and colored them with watercolors followed by Prismacolors and die cut them out.
Next, I stamped the flowers and colored them-then I realized I did not buy the dies for the flowers.  Epic fail!  So,  I fussy cut all of the flowers out. 
My watercolored background is actually a redo as the first one was a total dud, imo!  I have been using both Kuretake watercolors and Peerless watercolors lately, and to be honest, I cannot remember which I used here.  I have used mixed media paper as I find I have better success with that versus watercolor paper. 
I used the sketch from Cardabilities~

But then I added the branch to the top right hand corner as I felt the card needed balance.  Not sure if this counts anymore, LOL!
I tucked a doily under the sentiment banner, added Simon Says Stamp Sequins and scrunched some seam binding for a bow. 
Are you ready to hop?  Here is your blog hop list~
Giovana Smith
Ujjwal Goel
Kerry Urbatch
Glenda Brooks 
Mary Faus
Loretta Lock
Amarilys Doria
Gini Cagle
Lisa Gregory
Emilia van den Heuvel
Lee Ann Barrett
Sarah Miller 
Lisa Allen

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- 'No Rules'

The winner of the hop will be announced Saturday, Feb 28th.
Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for visiting!

Lee Ann :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hopping with Kraftin' Kimmie!

Good Morning and Happy Monday Everyone!

Today is a bit unique in that I am participating in the first ever Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog Hop! The blog hop is filled with creations by customers, design team members and friends of KKS and we're so excited to share some of our creations!
 Feel free to start the hop from the beginning at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog:…/first-ever-krafty… Then hop around and check out all the fabulous designs! Be sure to leave a comment at each stop because there will be prizes and giveaways to some random commenters!

I was in need of a baby card and love this Little Bo Peep image for that purpose.   If you are familiar with this image or, if you are checking it out now in the store, you will see that there is only one sheep in the image.  Well, I wanted a flock of sheep, so I masked off Bo Peep and added several sheep to the scene.  
I colored with Copics and fussy cut the top portion of Bo Peep out, as I was using the sketch from Match the Sketch~

 I am also linking up to~
 Allsorts Challenge- 'Purple'

Not only can you comment to win, we'd love to have you JOIN the blog hop by posting your own design!! Just post a new creation featuring a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and link it up to the main blog post and you'll not only be a part of this fun hop, but you'll be entered to WIN more goodies!! You have until February 28th!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)
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