Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mini Bittersweet

Hello again,

Yep, I was on a roll with both Power Poppy images and fall themes/colors.  I think bittersweet is one of the most beautiful fall florals.  I used the berry image from the Peony Muse Stamp Set and stamped it multiple times to make a wreath. 


Now I know these berries really aren't bittersweet, but honestly, colored up like this, who can tell? 
I heat embossed on vellum the hello sentiment from the Loving Tulips Stamp Set and then fussy cut it out.  I am linking up to the Power and Spark Challenge on the Power Poppy blog, which is to make a mini card. 
Please excuse the poor quality picture; it is a dreary day here in St Louis and trying to get a decent photo was next to impossible. 
Thanks for popping in! 

Lee Ann

Making It Mini

Hello All and Happy Sunday! 

I played with some new stamp sets from Power Poppy; I joined in their Power and Spark monthly challenge; this month the challenge is to Make it Mini and Mighty- make a card less than 4". 
This card started out monochromatic using the Copic E40s.  I felt like the different flower groupings needed some distinction though, so I added small amounts of pastel color over the neutral E40s~


 I really like how it turned out- subdued but lots of contrast.  The image is from the stamp set, Pure Prairie Spirit.  I love the look of a large image stamped off the edges of the card. 
The flower centers are shinyed up with Wink of Stella and I added clear seed beads to the large flower center for a bit of dimension. 
For those who read that I was doing my first ever 5K, well, I did it!  I have the medal to prove it, LOL!  And a picture~


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hues to Use with Power Poppy

Hello, Hello!

Yes, I have been MIA.  Crafting has taken a back seat lately.  Work, redecorating my house, and training for a 5K have been taking up my time.  However, when asked to guest design for Power Poppy's Hues to Use challenge, I could not say no!


Marcella's floral images are brilliant.  And maybe it is just me, but I think they have a bit of a vintage feel to them; as if you just picked a bouquet from grandma's garden.  Yes, they are stunning.

This week's Hues to Use are~


What an easy color combo for flowers; the dilemma was not finding an image to use, but figuring out what NOT to use!

I settled on these gorgeous peonies~


The Peony Muse Stamp Set is not only gorgeous, but versatile, as you can build your bouquet any way you like.  I did a lot of masking here to create this bouquet.   The floral portion of the card is single layer.  I added a vellum sentiment strip.


As I said, the color combo is such a good one, it was a question of what not to use.  I ended up making a Christmas card with the same color combo using the Cozy Cupfuls Stamp Set


My process for this card was a little more complicated.  I started with water color paper and using my MISTI, I masked off the cup and stamped the tree in Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I then used a paint brush and water to move the color around on the branches.  Once that was dry, I restamped the tree with Mowed Lawn ink. 
Once the green ink was dry, I outlined the Christmas ornaments with a black Micron pen.  Then I masked off the tree and stamped the cup with Memento ink.  The cup was colored with Copics.  I finished off the image adding Crystal Effects to the ornament in the saucer.
 


That's it for me; wish me luck on the 5k; it is my first one!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you can join the Hues to Use Challenge!

Lee Ann 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Vintage Power Poppy

Hello and Happy Monday! 

I am a bit blue today as summer is officially over- it is back to work I go. Are the kids back to school where you are?  Well, I may be blue today, but I was red last week, working with this floral image from Power Poppy!
I have played a lot with my new stamps from Power Poppy.  This set is not a new set, although it is new to me.  It has been calling my name for a long time, I think because it is very nostalgic.  You see, my mother planted geraniums every summer when I was growing up.  Actually, I think she still does, LOL!  These images bring back memories of childhood. 


This image is from the Geraniums Take Two stamp set.  It is colored with Copics.  I used a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die from SugarPea Designs for the ecru panel. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week! 

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Power Poppy and Some Sweet Colors

Back again, and if you checked out my previous post, you will see how similar these two cards are.  And yet they look so different!
The image layout is identical, with the exception of an additional leaf in this card.  I added the leaf to balance the floral spray as I did not fussy cut along the floral edge on this card.



The color combo on this card, which I love, is from Power Poppy's blog and their Hues to Use Challenge.  These colors came from an adorable picture of Marcella's new puppy.  
Stamp Set used is Power Poppy's Peony Muse.  The image is colored with Copics.

I am also linking this up to Happy Little Stampers August CAS challenge, which is 'flowers'.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Lee Ann

Finally, Back to Blogging

Hi Everyone!

My computer has been out for repair and that means no blogging for a while.  How I missed it!  We are so dependent on technology.  Personally, I hate that we have become so attached to it.
Anyway, back to blogging!  I have made several cards over the last week, many of which were for challenges that have since ended.  But this one is for the current Fusion challenge- love the sketch!


Here is the sketch~

 I just received my Power Poppy order and could not wait to stamp up this set.  I have another one, almost identical.  I used my MISTI for image placement.  I figured I may as well do two cards since the MISTI makes it so easy to stamp using masking.  On this card, to incorporate the sketch, I fussy cut along my floral edge.
I amd also linking up to the Power Poppy blog and their monthly challenge.  This month we are to combine two different sets.  I used Pure Prairie Spirit for the sentiment and  Peony Muse for the flowers.
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Little Inspiration with the Challenge

Hello and Happy August! 

School is just around the corner; I hope everyone is enjoying their remaining lazy days of summer! 
Today's challenge at The Challenge is an inspiration photo.  I picked up on the colors in this photo.


Here is your inspiration~


There are lots of ways to interpret this photo; it is very busy! 
I used SugarPea Designs Banner dies, Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles dies, and Celebrate All Things Stamp Set.  The Balloon die is from Lawn Fawn. 
Check out the rest of the amazing inspiration from the team HERE and then link up your card! 
Thanks for stopping by,

Lee Ann 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Monochromatic for The Challenge

Good Morning!
So here we are, with our last challenge of JULY!  
Goodness, where is the summer going?!?!  I have spent some time back at work and I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, I did not like it, LOL!  
July has been a great month, full of fun, including this week's word challenge!


Here are your words- use one or as many as you want.

I used 'simple', 'monochromatic' and 'circle.  
This image remains one of my favorite Christmas images; it is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  
It is this precious set, Born this Day.  

I used the sketch at The Paper Players.  I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes.

You can check out the rest of the amazing inspiration from the team HERE and then link up your card to The Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Unity Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

I have the pleasure of joining several Growing in Unity Girls for a Unity blog hop! 


 I love Unity Stamps; it was hard to pick a stamp to use as I love them all! I went with a 'sweet' fruit image from the June Kit of the month. 


When I received the June Kit of the Month, I new exactly what I wanted to do with this image.  It is perfect for creating a background, which is so trendy right now.
I stamped the image multiple times, turning the stamp each time, to cover the cardstock.  Images are colored with Copics.

 I used the inlaid die cut technique for the 'Happy' part of my sentiment and heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment in white on black cs.  A nest of gold thread and my favorite sequins finish off the card.

Are you ready to hop?  Remember, leaving a comment on each blog enters you for a chance to win one of two Unity prize packs!

Your next stop is Belinda

Your Hop List~

I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps- Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the Hop!  

Lee Ann  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Feeling Blue with Today's Challenge!

Hi Everyone!

I have been away from the craft desk for a while, as I went on another trip out to Colorado.  What a beautiful place Rocky Mountain National Park is!  Pics below, if interested, but you are here for the new challenge!
The challenge at The Challenge this week is all about your color choice- black and white plus one color!

Goodness, it seems I never can have enough sympathy cards.  Seems that is all I make these days.
I went CAS with this card, using a small floral image from Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet Stamp Set.  I stamped the image several times, colored and then fussy cut them out.
For texture and depth, I used white embossing paste and a stencil to create a background for my flowers. Once dry, I adhered my flowers and the sentiment strip.  My favorite sequins finish it off.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stop by the blog for all of the other design team members' amazing inspiration and then JOIN us! 

I am linking up to Curtain Call Challenge as I was inspired by the colors in this weeks pic~


And, as mentioned above, a few pictures from my trip-







Thanks for visiting!  Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gorgeous inspiration from The Challenge!

Hi Everyone! 

I am off exploring the mountains again, but the challenges continue at The Challenge!  This week's inspiration is just stunning! 


As this image practically screamed to use florals,  decided to use my brand new Honey Bee Stamps, Country Blooms Stamp Set and Happy Everything for the sentiment~


This is actually a mixed media piece; I used a chicken wire stencil (or honey comb, whichever you want to call it) for the background and colored in the negative space with a white Prismacolor pencil.  The pencil resists the watercoloring that I did next.  I like the almost bokeh effect that I got.
Check out all of he amazing inspiration- just gorgeous stuff- over at The Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Bella and Challenges

Hi Everyone!

I played in the Stamping Bella Challenge this week as I was totally drawn to the inspiration photo.  And, I had a NBUS image that was just calling for me to color!


Isn't this a gorgeous photo???

I used the newest sketch from Fusion Challenge~

I am also linking up to Seize the Birthday- 'Anything Goes'-


And Time Out Challenges- 'Celebrations'.

The background, is not really what I was going for, but my gesso and Colorbursts were not working with me!
Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

The Challenge with a New Option!

Hi All!

Welcome back; we have a new style of challenge for you this week at The Challenge!  I like the versatility of it.  Let me know what you think!


Here is your challenge~


Pick one or pick as many key words as you would like!  It is up to you!

I just got this new stamp set from Altenew and of course had to ink it up.  Love, love, love this set!  I colored the leaves and smaller bunches with Copics. The two large blooms are stamped with Altenew inks.  As I was playing around with the arrangement and looking at the key words,the word 'square' jumped out at me.  I decided it might be fun to use a vellum square as a window and embellishment for my bouquet.  So flowers, bright and square.  There you have it!
Hope you can join us!  check out the rest of the amazing work from the rest of the team and then link up your project HERE!
I am linking up to The Flower Challenge~


As well as Sunday Stamps Challenge~


And Addicted to Stamps- 'Make your Mark'. 

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

Lee Ann :)


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yee Haw!

Hello Everyone! 

Hope you are all enjoying your summer; we get a bit of a reprieve from the heat and humidity today- Yeah! 
I have had a bit more time to craft and was in need of a graduation card for my nephew, so I got busy and pulled out an oldie but goodie from MFT. 


 I have fun with this one, using the resist technique and distress inks.  I used the sketch from CAS[e] This Sketch~





As you can see, I rotated the sketch 180 degrees.  I used the colorse from Color Throwdown~


 My cowboy is colored with Copics.  I am also linking up to AAA Cards, where this week's challenge is 'resist technique'.

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

Lee Ann :)





Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Challenge- Colors!

Hello, Hello!

Happy summer everyone!  I am back from vacation and ready to hit the ' To Do' list, LOL!
But not before getting out the Copics for this week's challenge at  The Challenge!


I love this image and love stamping her off the card front for a sense of movement.  So, almost a OLC with the exception of the thin black strips of cardstock beneath the die cut sentiment, which is one of my fave sentiment dies.  It is from SugarPea Designs.  
To get the look, I die cut the word celebrate from the card front after coloring my Uptown Girl from Stamping Bella.  I then  die cut the word from a second card front sized panel, using the already cut negative space on the card front for positioning purposes.  I sandwiched a piece of clear cardstock in between the card front and the second plain card front panel, adhering the card front, second uncolored panel and clear cardstock together.  This gave me something to adhere my 'celebrate' die cut to and keep the one layer look as well as the clear or 'see through' look on my card.
Clear as mud, I am sure.
Wink of Stella and SSS sequins add just the right amount of sparkle.


Now it is your turn!  I hope you can join us this week!  Check out all of the amazing inspiration from the rest of the team and then link up your creation HERE!

I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Anything Goes' and Casology, 'Clothes'.


I am also linking up to Seize the Birthday!

Thanks  for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Winners, Winners!

Hi Everyone! 

I am back from vacation and ready to dish on the winners of the Unity/GIU stamp packages! 
The two random winners selected are:

CARISA 
and
JANET CHRISTENSEN

 CONGRATS ladies!  

Please send me your info via e-mail; Unity is requesting the following info-
name
mailing address 

Please provide me with your contact info by Saturday, June 17th. 
You can e-mail me at kandlbarrett@aol.com

Thanks so much for participating and for all of the sweet and encouraging comments during my GIU week!  LOVE Unity!

Now, back to that vacation...

 Alberta Falls, RMNP

 Ouzel Falls Trail, RMNP

Bear Lake, RMNP



Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Challenge is Back!

Hello and Happy June 1st Everyone!

I have such exciting news to share; one of my favorite challenges is back!  The Challenge!  Run by Leslie Croghan, The Challenge was put on hold while Leslie was tending to her newest addition to her family, the most beautiful baby girl!  But now we are back up and running with some brand new challenges coming your way.  First up is an inspiration challenge~


Well, there certainly is a lot to use as inspiration here!  Initially I went very CAS with my card as I did not think I had a lot of time to create.  It really does not get more CAS than this~


I let the embossing serve as the sentiment here.  However, the more I looked at this, the more I was not sure I liked it.  So I tried again~


Yes, I guess you could say these cards are polar opposites!  This time I found a water colored rainbow panel in my stash that was perfect for this challenge.  My sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
The balloon dies are from Lawn Fawn.  The balloons are colored with Copics and then sparkle was added with my Wink of Stella pen. 
So break out your party images and get your rainbow on! Link up your project HERE!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 5

Hello Again!
I am back for a final day as a Growing in Unity Girl.  If you are looking for the Unity Stamps/My Sweet Petunia blog hop, go HERE.  Hint- if you are a Unity Lover, you may want to check out this blog hop!
I have saved one of my favorite cards til last.  Gotta love this image!


This stamp is so so sweet!  I used my MISTI to stamp these birdies, offsetting the second row of birds so they do not look identical.  It was easy to make sure my images lined up when I used the MISTI.  
These adorable birds, which I colored as blue birds, are from the Always Been You KOTM.   I am also tickled that this is a OLC- quite a feat for me!  
The sentiment is from the Head Up-Heart Strong kit. 

This is my last Growing in Unity post.  Remember, leave a comment on each Growing in Unity post this week and you will have 5 chances to WIN 25 stamps from Unity! 
PLEASE NOTE! 
I will be leaving town this weekend and will not be able to select a winner until I get back.  
Thanks for your understanding.  

Thanks for visiting me this week!  I hope I have inspired you!  

Lee Ann )

My Sweet Petunia and Unity Hop!


Hello Everyone!

Today I am excited to be participating in a blog hop featuring two of my most favorite companies, Unity Stamps and My Sweet Petunia!  If you are looking for the Growing in Unity post, go HERE
If you follow my blog, you know how much I use/love Unity Stamps!  What you usually don't see is the incredible stamping tool that is used behind the scenes- the MISTI.  The MISTI is amazing for so many things- mass card production, perfectly straight sentiments, perfect stamping of solid images and so much more!!
Of course there are prizes for this blog hop!  Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and winner's choice of an Original or Mini MISTI. Please comment by May 30th at noon Central to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.

I have two different takes of one stamp for you today~


This gorgeous floral image is from a Unity KOTM, Midnight Kisses.

The image is of two flowers.  I stamped the image with my MISTI, then positioned it a second time exactly where I wanted it with the MISTI.  The first two flowers were masked and the third was inked up and stamped.  The sentiment is from the same set.
Then I tried a different version of the above card.  I stamped the three flowers, as above.  Then I added more flowers using the Single Flower Miracle stamp.


And this is what I ended up with~


Same basic design, extra flowers and different colors gives you a very different card.  I love these flowers!  The sentiment is from the Girl Truly Sentiment Kit.  Flowers on both cards are colored with Copics.
Your next stop on the hop is Lisa Arana's blog.



Thanks for stopping by and for hopping with us!

Lee Ann  
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