Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Die~Namite Florals with The Card Concept

Hello Everyone!
It is time for Challenge 4 at The Card Concept.  It is so exciting to see so many of you playing along; we had 140 entries for the last challenge!  You are really going to like this week's challenge, especially if you are a fan of flowers.  I have designed my card in the Elegant and Classy Style, which is defined as:


Classy and Elegant



Definition:

  • polished
  • shiny finish
  • sparkling embellishments
  • rich colour scheme
  • sophisticated sentiments
  • regal
  • sweeping
  • dramatic
  • monochromatic
  • layered textures
  • awe
  • impress

  
 I love the beautiful spring look of the inspiration photo and wanted to get that same springy look on my card.  


 I knew I wanted to use my new Die~Namites Die, Winter Sunflower (I am on the Die~Namites blog today).  I needed a sketch and found this one at Fusion~
Not only did I like the sketch, but I loved the colors in the inspiration photo and used them as well. 
I am also linking this up to the Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create, and Great Impressions  Challenge, Use a Floral Image. 
I hope you will join us for this challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Stampin' Up Everything Eleanor
Paper-Flourishes white cs, SU Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, SU dsp and SU vellum
Ink-Versamark
Other-Die~Namites Winter Sunflower Die, Die~Namites Love Arrangement Die,  white ep, cheese cloth, Stampendous Crystal Snow, SU Vintage Faceted Button, SU White Baker's Twine, Ivory ribbon



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There is Still Time to Play with The Ribbon Carousel!

Hi Everyone!
It is week 3 at the Ribbon Carousel and this month's theme is 'Washi Tape'.   


I must admit, washi tape is not one of my 'go to' products.  Truthfully, I really do no know how to use it!  So it seemed creating a designer paper look was the way to go for me; I know how to work with paper!  I added diagonal strips of coordinating tapes to my white cs and then trimmed the panel down to size.  Easy peasy! 
I stamped my Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps phone and cut it out with its matching die.  I cut my circle mats out and shaped my sentiment into a curve on my block, fitting the curve of the circle; stamped the sentiment 3 times, popped the phone up on dimensionals and added a gingham bow.

So, what is up for grabs this month?  How about a set of 12 wooden spools and seam binding, baker's twine and May Arts Ribbon!

All you have to do is link up your project here, being sure to use washi tape, and follow the 3 rules to be eligible for the prize. 

  1. You MUST use ribbon, twine, thread, washi tape or anything that comes on a spool on your creation 
  2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month. 
  3. You must add a NEW project to the inlinkz below and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery. (Unfortunately, we've had participants who would have won the challenge, but they didn't do a direct link to their blog or online gallery post and I couldn't find their creation!)
 You can check out the Design Team's Fabulous inspiration here, as well.  

Hope you can join us!  
Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Keep in Touch
Paper-Flourishes White cs, SU Daffodil Delight
Ink-Versafine Black
Other-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Keep in Touch Dies, MFT Circle Stax Die-Namics, SU Washi Tape and dimensionals, Washi (red circles) Queen and Co, other washi tapes unknown

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fresh Sketch

Good Morning! 
I am enjoying a fun day off seeing as it is President's Day.  Good thing too, as we have freezing rain this morning-anyone else done with winter? 
I was intrigued by the Freshly Made Sketches sketch this week and have always been intimidated by this style of sketch, so I decided to give it a go~


I die cut 8 butterflies into my white background layer and the stamped and die cut the butterflies, using the ombre effect in pinks.  I placed all but one butterfly into its negative space.  The one butterfly has bigger dreams- to fly.  
Please pardon the poor picture; good lighting/sunshine has been at a premium lately!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Magnificent Monarchs, God is Bigger
Paper-Flourishes white cs
Ink-Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Raspberry
Other Magnificent Monarchs dies


Sunday, February 16, 2014

CAS and Velcroed

Hi Everyone!

I have a quick post today of my latest Z Becky Brown purse insert~


I started with a Neenah kraft purse insert.  I wanted a heart theme, but not so traditionally red and white that it looked valentine-ish.  I Die cut the heart and floral shape in white using my Die~Namites Love Arrangement die.  The hearts were cut out again in Pink Pirouette. I cut a gray heart using my Stampin' Up Heart Framelits.  The floral die cut and hearts were glued to the large gray heart. The completed heart embellishment was adhered to the kraft liner with velcro so that embellies can be switched out. 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog is asking us to use kraft paper and/or ink this week. 

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

Lee Ann  :)

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Hello Everyone,

I am blogging over on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog today and am sharing these cards~


Have you ever noticed how masculine cards never seem as much fun to make as feminine cards do?  I was determined to use this versatile new set, Shape Up,  for a guy card- more specifically, a mailable guy card.  Black and Crumb Cake seemed to be the perfect color combo.  I stamped a pattern for my background panel, then used a cat tail image and stamped off once before stamping it on my image panel.  I stamped my sentiment over this and finished the panel off with a hand drawn black line around its edge.  I finally decided to part with some of this gorgeous ribbon as it was perfect for this card.  Some twine and a button finish off my 'guy' card.

Next up, a spring'y' collage style card~


The hexagon image was stamped in red and die cut out.  I fussy cut out my pink flower and added a couple of leaves to that using my Small Leaves Dies. For my narrow panel, I stamped the Delightfully Delicate Background in red on the Crumb Cake cs and then added a white scalloped edge to it. My background panel is embossed with the Stampin' Up Polka Dot embossing folder.  A bow made from Hemptique twine (my favorite) finishes off the card.  
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge asks us to use Kraft ink or paper on our project.  

That's it for me today; I hope you are staying warm!

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Guy card
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Shape Up, Serene Silhouettes, Seasonal Wreaths (sentiment)
Paper-SU Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory
Ink-Crumb Cake, Black
Other-Ribbon (unknown brand), SU black button, Hempique Twine, Micron black pen

Spring-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Shape Up, Bloom and Grow, God is Bigger, Delightfully Delicate Background
Paper-Flourishes white cs, SU Real Red, Pistachio, Crumb Cake
Ink-Real Red, Pistachio, Pink Pirouette, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other-snss Shape Dies, Scalloped Border Dies, and Small Leaves Dies; SU Polka Dot Embossing Folder, dimensionals, Hemptique twine.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Die~Namite Sweet Valentine Treats

Hello Everyone! 
Last night my son asked me if I could make him some Valentine treats for some co-workers.  Of course I said yes, despite the fact that it was 2 days before Valentines day!  So I needed something quick and easy, yet still packing a big punch.  I just received some DieNamites dies in the mail, some of which were heart themed.   I got out my Big Shot and went straight to work.




  I just love how these turned out!  Best thing is I was able to put 7 of them together in a couple of hours.  Here is a picture tutorial of the project~



For this project you will need a scoring board ( I used my Stampin' Up Simply Scored), red and white cardstock, red Glimmer Paper (SU), dimensionals, designer paper, heavy duty tape, and of course a die-Die~Namites Heart Bouquet die.  I also used Stampin' Up's large oval punch and a square punch, a stapler, clear stamp sentiment, Memento ink,  and some ribbon.


Start by cutting (2)  5 1/2" x 2 7/8" pieces of red cs.  Score one end of each piece at 1/2" and crease. 


 Add adhesive to the outer edge of one piece of cs.  I used 1/4" Scor- tape. 




 Adhere your 2 scored ends of cs together; do not overlap them completely.  Only overlap about 1/2 of the flap. 




Cut your white cs to 4 3/4" x 2 5/8" and adhere to a red panel.  Cut your dp to 2 1/2" x 3" and adhere to lower portion of white panel.  Using an oval punch, punch through the red and white layers of the front of your treat holder, as shown.




Line up the top edges of your front and back panels of the treat holder, insert into the oval punch and line up the punch oval with the oval you have already cut on the front panel.  Punch through this oval to punch the back panel.




Now you can decorate the front of your treat holder.  Using coordinating dp, cut a banner approximately 1 7/8" wide.  You can notch the dp to make a banner with a punch, die or free hand it.  Next, die cut the Heart Bouquet from white cs.  punch all of the little pieces out with the exception of the 3 biggest hearts.  Adhere die to your panel, making sure that you glue the 3 hearts so they do not fall out of the die cut.  :)  Then die cut the Heart Bouquet out of Glimmer Paper and punch the 3 large hearts out.  Using dimensionals, adhere the hearts to the white hearts that you have already glued down.


Lastly, stamp your sentiment ( I used Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Valentine Critters) and cut it to an appropriate size banner.  Mine is between 1/2" and 5/8" wide.  I notched the ends with a square punch. 

These mass produce very easily and FAST.  I am not at all fond of mass producing and these were painless! 
Hope everyone is staying warm in this rough winter weather.  Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Valentine Critters
Paper-Stampin' Up Real Red, Red Glimmer Paper, Flourishes white cs, Echo Park dp
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Other- Die~Namites Heart Die, Simply Scored (SU), Score-tape, Large Oval punch (SU), dimensionals, square punch, ribbon 

Shaping Up with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Hello Everyone, and Welcome to our final day of 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps February New Release Blog Hop!
Today we are featuring a very versatile set, Shape Up.  This new 4"x4" stamp set coordinates with our Shape Dies but can be used alone, as well, to create backgrounds and patterns of all kinds.


The teardrop shape was stamped 8 times in Blushing Bride ink and then fussy Cut out.  The leaves were die cut out with the matching tear drop shape die and the edges were sponged with Pistachio ink. I used a couple of dies and a button to create the flower center and grounded the flower with a half doily and a border strip across the card.  The color combo is from Dynamic Duos and was quite a challenging one this week!




I can never get too much of a rainbow of colors.  I stamped the chevron several times in the ROYGBIV colors (minus the indigo and plus an extra green so I guess it really is not ROY!) and then die cut them out with its matching die.  I layered them on a strip of black cs and then for some unknown reason, decided I needed to cut this strip in half lengthwise.  I then rematted them on black cs and added them to a white card base that had been stamped with a sentiment from the Grunge Elements set and embossed with an embossing folder of flowers mimicking the flowers on the stamped image. 



  • The tear drop image measures approximately 1.13" x 1.5"
  •  Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $11
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store!
Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on blog
The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, February 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, February 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!


Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-

Hope Blooms
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Shape Up, God is Bigger
Paper-Very Vanilla, Pistachio, and Crumb Cake cs,  SU Venetian Romance dp, retired dp, Flourishes white cs
Ink- Blushing Bride Pistachio, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other-Vanilla button, Dazzling Details, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Shape Dies and Scalloped Border Dies, Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Dies, Verve Floral Circle Dies , SU Paper Doily

Art
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Shape Up, Grunge Elements
Paper-SU Black cs, Flourishes white cs
Ink-Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Eggplant, Versafine Black
Other-Shape Dies, SU buttons, Spellbinders Embossibilities Folder


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Cocoa and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Hello Everyone, and Welcome to Day 4 of 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
 February New Release Blog Hop!
Today we are featuring your favorite critter, Cocoa!  This time, Cocoa is in the kitchen, cooking up something good!


This project was so fun!  I started with the image, coloring sweet Cocoa with Copics and then coloring a second head, fussy cutting it out and popping it up with a dimensional on the original image.


Next, I tried out my new Punch Board and made a custom box to fit my cupcake.  The 4 side panels were stamped with the new Delightfully Delicate Background Stamp.  My son works at Panera, so I was able to get a cupcake and box from him; I reused the clear window sheet in their pastry box in my hand made one. 
The image was matted on pink cs, then was added to a tag that was cut with Fishtail Flag dies and Apothecary Framelits along with an embellished heart. 



  • The chef hat image measures approximately 2.25" x 1.75"
  •  Illustrated by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $11
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store!
Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on blog
The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, February 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, February 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!


Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
 Paper-Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Primrose Pink, Flourishes white cs
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride
Other- Copics, Stampin' Up Heart Framelits and Apothecary Framelits, MFT Circle Stax and Fishtail Flax Stax Die-Namics, SU Polka Dot ef, Memory Box Macarena Corner Die, Dimensionals, We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board
 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Some Die~Namite News!

Hello Everyone!

Just popping in with a quick post about some very fun news! (If you are looking for the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog Hop, go here) I am now a member of the Die~Namites Design Team!  I am honored to be a part of such a creative and talented team of crafters from all over the world. 


Check out their great blog with all sorts of creative ways to use their gorgeous dies on your papercrafting projects.  I can't wait to share my first projects with you!

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Inspirational Words by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Hello, and Welcome!  
Today is Day 3 of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
 February New Release Blog Hop!

Today the DT is thrilled to share the new Inspirational Word Art 1 with you.  This 4"x6" set includes 6 inspiring sentiments that are sure to encourage any recipient and go nicely with any stamps you already own.  This set is the first in it's series!


I love the encouraging words in this set!  This one in particular, is perfect for my 21 year old son, who, until now, has not taken the straightest path in life.  I made this for him as encouragement when the going gets tough.  And he knows how much I love the mountains and hiking and how I love to drag him with me!
I used Inktense pencils to color in a sky, then stamped the mountains from the Landscape Silhouettes Set in Basic Gray. Using my Versamarker, I added a bit a Versamark ink to the mountain tops and then embossed with white embossing powder.  The edges were sponged with Scattered Straw and the sentiment stamped with Versafine ink.

  • Key sentiment measures approximately 1.75" x 2"
  •  Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $15
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store!
Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on blog
The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, February 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, February 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!


Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Landscape Silhouettes, Inspiration Word Art 1
Paper-Watercolor paper, SU Old Olive, Brown Sugar, Basic Gray, SoHo Subway dsp
Ink-Tim Holtz Tattered Straw Distress Ink, SU Basic Gray, Versafine Black
Other- Versamarker, White ep, Inktense Pencil, Wood grain embossing folder, Tim Holtz Pine Tree Bigz Die, SU faux wood button, washi tape

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New and Delicate with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Good Morning, All and Welcome to Day 2 of
 Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps February New Release Blog Hop!
Today the DT is thrilled to share the new Delightfully Delicate Background with you.  This gorgeous image is a seamless background stamp that can be used to make as large a background as you wish!  You'll love the dainty touch it adds to your projects!




The Stampy Details~

  •  Image measures approximately 3.75" x 3.75
  • Stamp is $11
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store!
Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on blog
The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, February 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, February 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!



Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Paper-Stampin' Up Stawberry Slush, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Fourishes white cs
Ink- Ranger Archival Black ink, Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie
Other- Spellbinders Oval dies (small and large), Cheery Lynn Flourish, Prima flowers, Recollections pearl flourish

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Bit Vintage with the New Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Release

Hello Everyone!  Can you believe it is already February!?  Well, in the stamping world, The beginning of each month ushers in a new release of awesome stamps at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  This month is no exception and today is~
Day 1 of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps New Release Blog Hop
Today the DT is thrilled to share the new Bloom & Grow stamp set with you.  This 4"x6" set includes 6 images that can be used together for layering or to create backgrounds.  It also includes 6 beautiful sentiments that have to do with blooming and growing---a lovely new set to get you thinking Spring.


I used the faux watercolor technique on my flowers and then fussy cut them out; die cut a heart card base and sponged around it and the die cut a heart mat and sponged a sun in one of the curves of it.   Sponged a bit around this heart as well.  Next, I added the sentiment and the stems and leaves to the card, as well as some flowers, stamped and spritzed directly on to the card.  Added the fussy cut flowers and then cut the center out of a couple of doilies and adhered these to the edge of the heart.  Lastly, I added the button, bow and sequins.

The Stamp Details-
  • Large Flower Petal image measures approximately 1.5" x 1.5"
  •  Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is $15
The DT has shared their gorgeous samples in the thumbnails below.  Stop by each of their blogs and comment for a chance to WIN one of (2) $20 gift codes to our store!
Don't miss these other opportunities to win:
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday's release blog post
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
(1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on blog
The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, February 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog by Monday, February 17th.

Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!



Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Bloom and Grow
Paper- Flourishes white cs
Ink- SU So Saffron, Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other- SU Hearts Framelits, SU Paper Doily, SU Button (retired), SU ribbon (retired), twine, water spritzer

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Delightfully Delicate Background

Hello Everyone!
Well, we are snowed in again today, which is just unheard of in St Louis.  I guess that means stamping is on the agenda for the day!  I have a sneak peek at a new stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Delightfully Delicate Background.  It is perfect for a delightfully delicate Valentine card!



I have used a sketch from the "Just Us Girls" Challenge blog~


as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, put a heart on your project.

Thanks so much for stopping by; time for me to get crafty!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Delightfully Delicate Background
Paper-SU Blush Blossom, Pink Pirouette, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake and Regal Rose; Flourishes white cs
Ink-Blush Blossom, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other-Stampin' Up Hearts Framelits, SU heart charm, SU Itty Bitty Punch pack and adhesive pearls, Cheery Lynn Flourish Die, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Scalloped Border Die, Prima rose, Spellbinders Embossibilities Folder

Going Pink with The Card Concept

Hello Everyone!

It is Wednesday and we have a brand new challenge up at The Card Concept.  Lesley has provided us with a gorgeous inspiration photo and monochromatic pink is our assignment.
 
I was inspired by the overall soft, sweet look of the photo versus focusing in on any one item and designed the card using the Classy and Elegant Style, which is the style I represent at The Card Concept..

 

I started with the image of the little girl, who seems to be looking out into a vast world.  I framed this image with an embossed piece of Crumb Cake cs and matted it with dp in various shades of pink.  The flourish die cut is one of my all time favorite dies and I could use it on every card (but I know some of you would get tired of seeing it).  The seam binding bow, flower and sparkly clear button add to the elegance of the card.
A Classy and Elegant card includes some of the following characteristics

Definition:
  • polished
  • shiny finish
  • sparkling embellishments
  • rich colour scheme
  • sophisticated sentiments
  • regal
  • sweeping
  • dramatic
  • monochromatic
  • layered textures
  • awe
  • impress
The rest of the design team have created some gorgeous examples for you in the CAS, Clean and Layered, Clean and Graphic, Vintage/Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage and Classy and Elegant styles.  Check out their projects and leave them some love!  Then join us by making your own inspired monochromatic pink card!

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

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Stampin' Up Summer By the Sea, Express Yourself
Paper-SU Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Naturals Ivory, Authentique dp, Flourishes white cs
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Other- Copics, SU Vintage Wallpaper ef, dimensionals, Prima flower, Cheery Lynn Flourish Die, SU Faceted Vintage button, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Scalloped Border Die, PTI Mat Stack 3 Die

Sunday, February 2, 2014

No Football Here!

Hi Everyone!

This is my second post today- can you tell that I am NOT watching football or making yummy, calorie laden food?!  Instead, I played with some things that were new to me. I am not one for fancy fold cards, but I was intrigued by them when I browsed the Featured Stamper, Sherry Kushibab, gallery on Splitcoaststamper, so I decided that a Tilt Easel card was in order.  I do not color people images much; I really only own a handful of them.  This adorable Stamping Bella image had not seen ink, so I used her for my Tilt Easel card~


I found this great Bo Bunny paper in my stash that, when I put my fussy cut image (I know, am I crazy??) up against, looked like the side of an old building.  I love the look so added a 'brick wall' and a brick street to create an old world city scene.  I dug and dug and came up with a very old Stampin' Up set with this great little pot of flowers; it made a perfect addition to the outdoor scene.  
I love this sentiment-who hasn't had storms in their life?  A dear friend once told me that life is not about going around the bumps in the road, it is about how we go over them!  So, storms, bumps, problems-we all face them, but we have a Savior that we can lean on for strength, mercy and grace for which I am grateful.
So this long legged little gal is in a dreary wet city, but she has found one of the simple pleasures of life, nature.  Maybe that is why I am such a nature lover, LOL!
I am entering this in the Shopping Our Stash challenge, to make a project with an 'outdoorsy' theme and also Colour Me...! which is anything goes this week, up to 5 colors.  My colors here are Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Purple, and Green. Great Impressions asks us to use a floral image.  

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Stampin' Up A Flower for All Seasons, Stamping Bella Lolly with Her Brolly
Paper- Flourishes white cs, SU Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory, Bo Bunny The Avenues
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Cajun Craze
Other- Tim Holtz brick ef, dimensionals, Copics, Simply Scored, bling 
 

Map Quest

Hello, Everyone!

Happy Sunday, and if you are a superbowl fan, then Happy Superbowl Sunday! I for one am not really a fan and have no connection to either team, so for me, Happy Stamping Sunday, LOL!
  I cannot get enough of the Map It Out Set from Stampin Up.  Maybe it is because I have such a love of travel and am already dreaming of National Parks for the up coming summer.
I thought it would be fun to try a collage style card and use a sketch from one of my fave designers.  Her sketches always challenge me.  Here is my card based on Chupa's sketch~


And the sketch~

So, I don't know about you, but taking pictures of cards is one of the most difficult parts of this crafting process for me.  With all of the dimension in my card, I could not get all elements in focus at the same time.  This pic is much clearer, although is not the entire card.  


I started with dragging my cardstock through some Crumb Cake, Real Red and Daffodil Delight ink spritzed with water on my craft mat.  You can read a tutorial for this technique here.  Next, I stamped my map image in Basic Gray.   As much of my red and yellow ink turned into orange ink, I spritzed the map image with some red Fireworks spray ink.  The map was fussy cut out.  
I cut a couple of hexagons out of my This and That Epic Day dsp.  I backed them with cs.  My arrow was die cut out and them stamped using Crumb Cake ink and the tiny state circles, leaving them in place on their storage sheet.  I stamped the state of WA in black as I wanted this to be the state I was highlighting.  My heart was stampd and punched out and then coated with Crystal Effects to give it a wonderful, shiny button look much like an epoxy sticker.


The elements were layered and linen thread was looped and adhered between the map and hexagon layers.  The map is popped up on dimensionals, as is the heart circle and the arrow.

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is to use twine or string,
and the Colour Me...!  #5, which is anything goes, up to 5 colors. 
For those of you observant color lovers, this was for another color challenge last week, but I never got around to finishing it before the deadline!  But, it works perfectly here, as I have used Real Red, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight.

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

Lee Ann :)

Supplies used (all Stampin' Up)
Stamps- Map It Out, Peachy Keen
Paper- Whisper White, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Epic Day dsp, retired dsp
Ink- Crumb Cake, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray
Other- heart punch (retired), Polka Dot ef, linen thread, dimensionals,   Crystal Effects, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Finishing Touches Edgelits, On Film Framelits



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