Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seizing a New Sketch!

Hello Everyone!

There is a brand new sketch from Jessica over on the Seize the Sketch Blog today. It is a super versatile sketch and will jump start anyone's MOJO! 

I used this great retro image from Pink Persimmon and added some of my favorite MME dp along with a muslin strip, MME embellishments, and my all time fave twine- no card is complete without Hemptique twine! 
Feel free to change up the shapes, just I have here, changing the oval to a rectangle and a star to a bow; just as long as the sketch is recognizable.  I hope you can join us!
Check out all of the other wonderful inspiration from the Design Team on the Seize the Sketch Blog

I am entering this in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge, to use a stamp and at 613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes.

Have a blessed day!

Lee Ann  :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Die~Namite Blossoms

Hello Everyone!

Today I am up on the Die~Namites blog sharing this card, which is a bit out of the ordinary for me, but this Die~Namites Spring Blossoms Die was just calling to me to be used for an Asian theme.

  I searched the internet for some inspiration and found an amazing photo which inspired this card~

Is this not gorgeous!?  When I saw this pic, I knew I needed to try to turn it into a card.  I used my Die~Namites Spring Doily to make the decorative corners.  I die cut a doily out in white and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

The Spring Blossoms Die was first cut out in black cardstock and then I cut the flowers out in red cs two times.  The first red blooms were adhered to the black die cut.  The second layer of red blooms were molded and then adhered over the first layer of red flowers.

For the background, I hand cut a mountain mask and sponged on Blushing Bride ink.  I used the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Serene Silhouettes for my bird image and the Vintage Seed Packet set for the sentiment.    I love this sentiment-it is one I am trying to keep very close right now- working on seeing things with a God perspective.  Boy, if that isn't difficult!  I have come to the conclusion that I am very impulsive.  But, I know that I can count on Him to change me from the inside out- if I let Him.

This week, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is all about 'Journey' .  I would love to Journey to China some day to see the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. 
At 613 Avenue Create the Challenge is Sights/Sounds/Smells of Spring. 

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

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Serene Silhouettes and Vintage Seed Packet
Paper- Flourishes white cs, SU Real Red and Basic Black cs
Ink- SU Blushing Bride, Versafine Black
Other- gold ep, Die~Namites Spring Blossoms Die, Die~Namites Spring Doily Die, Pearls, dimensionals

Monday, April 7, 2014

Traveling with CutCardStock- Well, Sort of!

Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing on the CutCardStock Blog and have made a travel journal book using some great cardstock and envelopes. I am headed to the Southwest this summer, and frankly, I cannot wait!  I am an avid collector of all things memorabilia on trips and wanted to make a journal of sorts. 
Here is my finished project~

I repurposed envelopes for this project, and to make things even better, they are earth friendly, Brown Bag Envelopes from CutCardStock.  I used some Stampin' Up dsp for embellishing my journal along with my absolute favorite twine, Hemptique.  The stamp is from a new company called Fun Stampers Journey.  The cover is an awesome color, Tangelo, and is from the CutCardStock Flavours Gourmet Collection. 
Here is the inside of the journal~

 You get get compete and detailed instructions on how to make this journal on the CutCardStock Blog. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Fun Stampers Journey
Paper- CutCardStock Tangelo, SU dsp
Ink- Versafine Black
Other- Hemptique Twine, CutCardStock Brown Bag A7 Envelopes, SU Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Friday, April 4, 2014

Challenges and a Sneaky Peek

Hi Everyone, and a VERY Happy Friday!

This week did me in!  So glad we have Saturday and Sunday to recharge!  Tonight I decided to sneak in a last minute challenge or two and also played with some fabulous new Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps to be released next week. 

Please excuse the bad photo.  These night time shots are so hard to get for me.  Hopefully we will have sunshine tomorrow.
I used Prismacolor Pencils on Crumb Cake cs and then added layers, and sentiment banner and a cheery sun, also colored in Prismacolor Pencils. 
Here is the Retrosketches sketch I used, although by the time I was done with it, I had taken some liberties with it!

As far as the colors are concerned, I used this great combo from Color Throwdown~

Thanks so much for stopping by; time for me to relax and call it a night! 

Have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, soon to be released
Paper- Flourishes white cs, SU Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Ink- Versafine Black
Other- snss sun die, snss Scalloped border dies, Prismacolor Pencils, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax Die-Namics, dimensionals, Wink of Stella glitter pen, SU Dazzling Details

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Card Concept wants Butterflies!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to another challenge from The Card Concept.  It is April and that means spring for so many of us.  This week, we are looking for butterflies- a sure sign of spring!

 Once again, I created in the elegant and classy style.  I used lots and lots of layers and texture on my card and added shine with heat embossing and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.

One would think using a butterfly on a card would be pretty easy, but I was running low on mojo.  I went looking for some sketch inspiration to get me going, and landed on the Fusion Challenge site where I spotted the inspiration/sketch photo.
 While I liked the sketch (and used it), I fell in love the the inspiration photo with all of its gorgeous texture.  And I loved the colors as well.  More Mustard was always one of my favorite colors, so when it was retired, I was very sad to see it go.

I took the inspiration pretty literally, as I used actual muslin on my card.  I stamped the muslin with a post mark image and the word 'Postcard' as well as script text, mimicking the dress form in the photo.  The butterfly was stamped on More Mustard cs and then shading was added with Copics.
Check out all of the inspiration on The Card Concept Challenge Blog; there is sure to be something for everyone with all of the styles that are represented- CAS, clean and graphic, clean and layered, collage, shabby chic/vintage, and elegant and classy.  

Have a blessed day! 

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Majestic Monarchs, Vintage Postcard and Decorative Frames; Heartfelt Creations Large Elegant Word Background Stamp
Paper- SU Black, Naturals Ivory, Smokey Slate, More Mustard, Really Rust, vellum
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine black, Versamark
Other-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Majestic Monarch Dies, Wood grain ef, SNSS Decorative Plaque Dies,  black ep, burlap, Cheery Lynn Designs Flourish Die, SU butterfly embosslit, Spellbinders Rectangle dies, SU wood butterfly, SU Glimmer Paint in champagne

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A New Sketch from Seize the Sketch!

Good Morning Everyone! 

It feels so good to say it is April 1st!  Not because is it April Fool's of course, but because the very word, April, sounds like spring!
 I used a springy new, soon-to-be-released  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set for my card for this week's Seize the Sketch sketch-

Here is your sketch~

As you can see, I took a few liberties with the sketch because, well, because I never seem to be able to follow the rules! 
This stamp set is so stinkin' cute- I just love the nest, which I stamped and colored twice, cutting out the second one and popping it up on dimensionals.  All of the images have matching dies, but of course, when I was making this card, I did not think I had them or lost them or just plain wasn't sure if I indeed had them or not-so I fussy cut out the tree branch and nest.  I tucked a few strands of burlap in between the two nests for a bit of texture. I embellished my fab Hemptique bow with a paper button that I made with my new PTI dies.  There is a clear heart shaped SU button on top of them, but it is hard to see in the pic. 
There is so much great inspiration on the Seize the Sketch Blog; stop by to see what the ladies have made for you!  Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed April!  ;)

Lee Ann 

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Sneak peek of a soon to be released Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set
Paper- Flourishes white cs, SU Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake; dp ancient and unknown!
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Other- Copics, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps matching dies, PTI Button Stacks Die, Hemptique twine, SU clear heart button, dimensionals, SU polka dot ef, SU vintage brads, SU oval framelits, Tim Holtz woodgrain ef

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Green = Spring!

Good Morning and Happy Sunday everyone!

Things are actually starting to green up around here and my neighbor's  forsythia is ready to bloom.  I am ready, too!  For me, spring means green, and lucky for me, it is my favorite color.  I decided I was in need of something green for my Z Becky Brown purse.
Over at SCS, the featured stamper today is jkanack, and I found a little something green to inspire me.

 I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and various sprays and sponged inks to create my design.  There is one stamp used, and that is the Stampin' Up Woodgrain background stamp (love that thing!) to give a bit of texture to the overall purse liner.
To make, sponge color over a couple of different leaf images to all sides of the liner.  Stamp Woodgrain Background image to entire liner.  Spritz on different shades of green inks/coloring mediums.  Outline leaves with Micron black pen.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an absolutely glorious Sunday!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Stampin' Up Woodgrain Background stamp
Paper- Neenah white cs
Ink- Lucky Limeade, Pistachio,  Pear Pizzazz, River Rock
Other- The Crafter's Workshop stencil, Micron Black pen, Tattered Angels Stone Mist, Tattered Angels Gold Mist, Studio Calico Mister Huey's Sprays in Clover and in Pickle. 

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