Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tag- You're It!

Hello Everyone!
Just a quick post today as I am having computer trouble.   I have used one  Top Dog Dies Tag Die to make  3 very different  Christmas tags.   The first is CAS and rustic - I used the new Tag Die and the Snowman Globe Die,  along with a Stampin Up Woodgrain Background Stamp.   The trees are inlaid in the tag.

I used the same two dies for this snowman tag.   In addition,  the mound of snow is from the Darling Deer Die Set.   I gave this sweet guy a felt hat!

The last tag is a bit vintage;  I achieved this with some great dp from Theresa Collins.   For this tag I  used the Snowman  Globe  Die  to cut  the circle  and the Vintage  Numbers  Die along with the Tag Die.

I love this new Tag Die!  Not only does it make great tags,  but it is great for layering!   But that is another post!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Add a Little Dazzle/Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 5

Hello Everyone!

I hope you have been enjoying the Add a Little Dazzle/Neat and Tangled inspiration all week!  Today is the last day of inspiration.  I have combined two stamp sets and used Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal in Brushed Bronze for this card~

I did a lot of masking here to isolate the words 'Jesus', Hope', and 'Love', using the Neat and Tangled Sets, Sunday School Songs and Hope Anchors.  The words were embossed with gold ep.
I stamped the anchor on a piece of Brushed Bronze craft metal with Versamark and then clear embossed it.  It was then fussy cut out.  Once cut out, I added a couple of layers of UTEE to give dimension to the anchor.
I used the sketch at Addicted to CAS~
Be sure to visit all of the designers on the hop!~

Neat & Tangled
Add a Little Dazzle
Amy Tsuruta
Joni Andaya
Lee Ann Barrett
Kate Capper
Keren Baker

Prize Alert!  
We have an awesome giveaway! Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies!  You have until Saturday, November 22 midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs.
Interested in your own Add A Little Dazzle Craft Metal?  You can purchase
yours HERE!
I thank you in advance for purchasing from this link as I get credit.  

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What's the Word with Top Dog Dies?

Hello Again!

Top Dog Dies has released MORE dies!  Wow, I love the word dies they are coming out with! They have the great seasonal ones- Give Thanks and Merry Christmas- and now they have all occasion ones as well.

I paired the Top Dog Dies Cool Cats Die Set with two new Die Sets- Hello Die Set and the fabulous Gift Tag Die Set!  I also created a frame using the brand new Thank You Die Set.  I thought the sequins made such a cute collar!
I used to think I could not make a card without stamping, but these dies make it so easy- and quick!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stay warm, everyone!

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another Wednesday Challenge and Add a Little Dazzle/Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 3

Hi Everyone!

November is flying by and Thanksgiving is next week!  And we are back again with another Wednesday challenge at Add a Little Dazzle.  We are in the middle of our week long blog hop, sharing inspiration with the fun, unique stamps from Neat and Tangled. So let's get started with today's hop- make sure to leave some love to be entered for a chance at one of two packs up for grabs!

 This stamp, Anchors Away, was one I just HAD to have!  I love everything about it!  Could not wait to emboss this! 

I used my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Wave dies along with the Inlaid Die technique to add my 'ocean' border to the sentiment; I used Baby Blue and Midnight Blue Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. I die cut the Baby Blue Craft Metal first and inlaid it, using some washi tape on the backside to keep it in place.  Next, I placed the wave die below the first wave, overlapping it some with the Baby Blue wave die cut.  This allowed my to inlay the Midnight Blue Craft Metal die cut.  The entire 'wave' panel was edged with Glimmering Gold Craft Metal Sheet. I masked off the bottom of the sentiment and heat embossed the upper words, 'Hope anchors' with gold ep. 
The rest of the image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and heat embossed with gold ep.

Be sure to visit each of the designers on this blog hop!

 Neat and Tangled
Add a Little Dazzle
Anna Kossakovskaya
Taheerah Atchia
Kate Capper
Lydia Evans
Martha Lucia Gomez
Lee Ann Barrett
Lee-Anne Cross
Cathy Parlitsis
Vicki Dutcher
Prize Alert!  
We have an awesome giveaway! Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies!  You have until Saturday, November 22 midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs. 
Interested in trying your own Add a Little Craft Metal?  You can purchase yours HERE!  
I thank you in advance for purchasing from this link as I get credit.  

Lee Ann  :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let it Snow!

Hi There!

Have you had your first snow yet?  Seems like a lot of people have seen an early winter; we have here in St Louis.  With snow on the brain (and on the ground), I thought I would get out my all time favorite snowman image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. It is also the image that first brought me to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps store.  I have had the pleasure of designing with Korin at SNSS for over a year now.  However, I have decided it is time to let some things go to try and get back to a somewhat normal life-while I love it, stamping during all waking hours when I am not at work is not 'normal' in my book! 

On to the card~

Isn't he the cutest??  I love the sentiments that come with this set, Welcome Jesus, too.
As I wanted to color on kraft cardstock, I got out my Prismacolor Pencils and colored up this sweet image.  Since my initial idea for the card was not coming to fruition on kraft cardstock, I fussy cut out the snowman and layered him up for a bit of a country/primitive look. Mr Snowman is also all sparkly with a coat of fine glitter. 
I used Jen's sketch at Deconstucting Jen~

And colors from Christmas Card Challenges~

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

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Welcome Jesus
Paper-SU Poppy Parade,  Crumb Cake, Naturals White and Naturals Ivory
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso
Other-SU paper doily and Linen Thread, Prismacolor Pencils, Martha Stewart Fine Glitter, dimensionals, MFT Circle Stax Die-Namics

Friday, November 14, 2014

November Release with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the November New Release Blog Hop with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!
November is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' birthday, so we are celebrating with lots of new products including birthday goodies.  There is something for everyone in this release!

I have used two new products for this card- the Bare Tree Die and the Scripture and Sentiment Companion Set for this card.  I sponged the sunset and added the tree and yellow leaves (was going for an Aspen tree).  The edge of the oval is embossed with gold ep.  Although you can not see it, the leaves have a wonderful sparkle to them, having used my Wink of Stella pen on them.  I could not find a purple button, so I made my own by stacking and gluing several layers of die cut cardstock circles and then adding a coat of Crystal Effects over the top.

This card uses the new Birthday Word Die, the Baked For You Stamp Set, Lots-a-Spots Stamp Set, Companion Word Stamp Set, and Music Background Stamp.

I cut the candle from the Birthday Word Die, fussy cut my cupcake from the Baked For You Stamp Set (do yourself a favor and get the matching die!)  and then glued the two together and embossed with 2 layers of clear ep.  I used the cupcake with candle as the 'i' in the word 'Birthday'.
The rest of the word 'Birthday' is stamped with the Music Background image and then heat embossed with 2 layers of clear ep.
The words 'happy' and 'to you' are heat embossed as well.  For a little added interest, I stamped the circle image from Lots-a-Spots to resemble bubbles rising.

One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, November 20th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, November 21st!
In addition, we have our fun Release Day Challenge, which is to 'Create a Wintry Card'.  

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:
- You don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)
We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges
 - You'll have until Thursday, November 20th at midnight EST to enter
- We'll draw 1 winner from this week's challenge to receive a $10 credit to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  
If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we'll draw 2 winners!
- Please use code SNSNOV2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

To enter simply share a link to your creation below!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, November 21st to see if you've won!

Have a Blessed Weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

An Advent Calendar with Top Dog Dies

Hello All!

We are barreling towards Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be upon us!  I got ahead of the craziness and made an Advent Calendar using CutCardStock and dies from Top Dog Dies.

I love how this turned out!  Using my We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board made this an easy peasy project.
I used 12 x 12 Basis cardstock from CutCardStock; it is the perfect weight for the boxes and has a bit of texture.  I cut the cardstock into 6 x 6 squares.
Then it was a matter of punching and scoring 24 pieces of paper; once this was done, I stamped approximately 2/3 of the boxes with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Music Background Stamp.  For a wonderful shimmer, I stamped them with Delicata Gold Ink.
Next, I die cut the numbers using the Vintage Numbers Die Set from Top Dog Dies.  For even more holiday sparkle, I used the Curious Metallic cardstock from CutCardStock for the numbers. 
I also added a few embellishments using the Top Dog Dies Darling Deer Die Set, Snowman Globe Die Set and Merry Christmas Die Set.

I painted a stick I found in my backyard- first I spray painted it with Bronze paint, then I sponged it with white and gold acrylic craft paint.  The boxes were all tied up with twine and then tied to the branch.

I just love how this turned out.  I have always admired people who just grab some item from nature and do amazing things with it.  I am thrilled with how all of the components came together here; even the greenery which I dug out of the garage sale pile!

Well, on to other things on the Christmas 'to do' list!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)
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