Friday, August 28, 2015

A New Challenge!

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it is the end of August already??  Where did the summer go?  We are back in school already and once again, stamping time is my down time in the evenings.
I love a good challenge and play in as many as I can.  There is a NEW challenge starting up and you can find it on the Skipping Stones Designs Blog.

Our very first challenge is all about Christmas!

Yep, I made a very traditional Christmas card.  The stamp set used is called 'Christmas Labels'.
I stamped the image in black one white cs and and sponged some green ink around the sentiment;  then I stamped over the frame again with Versamark and heat embossed it with gold.  It was then fussy cut out.
The image was again stamped in Versamark, this time on Real Red cs and the banner portions were heat embossed with gold embossing powder.   I also embossed the doily with gold ep. 
The challenge will be the last Friday of every month and will run for a week. We will be challenging you to sketches, colors, inspiration, and themes; whatever strikes our fancy! One random person will win a Skipping Stones Design stamp set of their choice and each of the design team gals will be sharing their favorite card for the week. Skipping Stones Design Stamps are not required, but highly encouraged...we want to be inspired by you too! Please tell all your friends about our challenge and invite them to play along. Challenge will end on Friday, September 4 at 5:00PM EST. If you are on social media sites use #skippingstonesdesign and #stampandshare and if you upload to Splitcoaststampers use the keywords ssd and skippingstonesdesign. We would love to visit and share some love with you!
I am linking up to Merry Monday-' Red, Dark and Light green'.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!  Hope to see you at the Skipping Stones Designs Stamp and Share Challenge!

Lee Ann :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pony CASE-Press!

Hi Everyone!

I discovered a wonderful little gem of a 'challenge' while checking out Vicki D.'s blog.  The challenge is run my Mynn Kitchen; not only do you CASE a card, but you actually mail it!  Novel idea, LOL!

Mynn calls her challenge the Pony Case-Press.

Check it out and join in the fun!
I used a couple of Purple Onion Designs images for this card and a sentiment from Altenew.
I so adore this whimsical images!  I hope you like them too, Vicki!

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes this week!

Have a wonderful week!

Lee Ann  :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Spook-tacular Stuff!

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

It is hard to believe the summer is coming to an end and that fall weather will be upon us soon.  I do love the fall though, and all that comes with it, including fall colors.
I used a Kraftin' Kimmie sentiment from the Spook-tacular Sentiments set for this not-so-spooky card.

This was just plain fun to make.  A complete tutorial, with photos, is on the Kraftin' Kimmie Blog.
Pop on over for all of the details!
I am linking up to Inkspirational for their word prompt, as the technique involved melting embossing powder to apply it and again melting embossing powder to remove it~

As well as Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Holiday'

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

Lee Ann  :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Another Freshly Made Sketch Celebration

Hello and Happy Friday!

Well, we made it through the first two days of school.  I love that we start with a 2 day week and can ease into the whole 'back to school' thing!
I finally broke out another new and never used stamp set from Altenew.  I had this idea brewing in my head for the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  If you haven't heard, they are celebrating their 200th sketch!

So, normally when I use Wink of Stella, you cannot see it in the photo.  Today I have the opposite problem.  The speckly look is actually the shimmery Wink if Stella.

Here is the sketch~

And the colors are from Colour Me...!~

 I am also linking up to Altenew's inspiration challenge.  I was inspired by the lacey florals around the cake.  I did add pink color to my flowers to match the magnolias that we have here in St Louis. 
I stamped my Magnolias in Versamark and clear embossed them.  They were then colored with Peerless Watercolors.  Once colored, I ironed off the embossing powder and then masked the flowers and stamped the branch from the Vintage Flowers set.
I penciled in a line and then fussy cut the flowers for an 'outside the box' look.
A friend of mine's daughter is getting married in  a couple of weeks and the wedding will be at our gorgeous Missouri Botanical Gardens here in St Louis. Here colors are include silver and light pink.  I thought this would be a perfect card for the occasion!

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

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Watercolor and a Sketch

Hi Everyone!

I crafted  this evening to relax as tomorrow is the first official day of school and it is sure to be crazy for me!
I just received some new goodies from SugarPea Designs- thank you, Wendy!  When I saw this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I immediately put my new stamps and die to good use.  By the way, FMS is celebrating their 200th sketch this week; stop over and congratulate them and join in the fun!  Congrats to you, Lesley!

Here is the sketch~

I started by die cutting my watercolor paper.  To color, I layered on Peerless Watercolors.  I then die cut two more pieces from scrap cardstock and adhered them to the bottom half of the watercolored piece.  This gives the card a bit of dimension.  I had been waiting for the perfect card to use the sweet heart charm and this card was is it as it is going to my mom and dad.

I am also linking up to Sugar Pea Designs Challenge 19- 'Summertime Sweetness'
and Papertake Weekly-To 'Die' For

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Vintage Bouquet

Hello and Happy Sunday, Everyone!

I had every intention of working on home projects today, but with a headache and the knowledge that the school year starts this week ( hmmm, are the two related?), I have decided to have some fun instead.  That meant stamping, and with my parents anniversary coming up this week as well, I set about making their anniversary card.

I finally got around to using a new to me Altenew set; I was inspired by the flowers and colors in the new photo at Curtain Call~

I also was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I did initally have a small banner on the card, but it ended up morphing into a black strip of cardstock.

I am also linking up to Less is More-'Congratulations', as this is a congratulations on my parents being married 62 years!
I am also joining in on a new to me challenge, Friday Mashup-  'Summer Flowers',
As well as AAA Cards- 'Masking'- my flowers were masked to give the perception of layers.  

I finished off the card with some gold thread, a W Plus 9 sentiment and die, as well as some pearls, which I think add to the vintage look.

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

Lee Ann  :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Crazy Sketch Saturday

Popping in with a reallllly quick post as I am out the door.  Will be back to add details!

For the Sketch Saturday sketch~
Also linking up to Fab 'n Funky- 'Things with Wings' and Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Make Your Mark'.

I finally got around to inking up the now famous, Crazy Birds stamp from Tim Holtz.  I fussy cut the image out and added it to a panel stamped with the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Birthday Word Art Stamp Set.   I added a bit of texture to the card base with a Stampin' Up background stamp and finished off the card with Crystal Effects on the bird's eyeballs.  :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)
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