Sunday, August 9, 2020

Bushel of Blessings

 Hello Everyone!  

Popping in with a card to share, using a Sweet n Sassy Stamps set from the latest release, Bushel of Blessings.  

I am working at 'loosening up' when it comes to coloring, especially with Copics.  I am pretty happy with how this turned out.  

I stamped the bushel basket image on Neenah Solar White cs with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored with Copics.  I used this color palette, 

which happens to be the exact same color palette I used in this card here.  Hard to believe, I know, as there is such a difference between the two.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.  

I added bits of patterned paper to compliment the colors and edged the cream panel with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Dies.  Some hemp twine  and Simon Says Stamp Fall Sequins finishes off the card.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Lee Ann 

Walk This Way

 Hello All!

The challenge this month at Impression Obsession is Summer Fun.  Summer fun is typically going on a vacation- usually to the mountains or the Southwest. Of course, that did not happen this year.  But summer fun is also walking, lots!  So I played along, using this fun image, Tennis Shoes.  

Using my MISTI, I stamped the image twice, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, along the left edge of the Neenah Solar White cs panel.  The image was then colored with Copics.  I had a tough time getting the red to photograph well but there is a lot of shading in there.  

The sentiment is The Way You Are.  I stamped in in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and backed the panel with some navy cs. A few of my favorite Moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamp finishes off the card!  

My colors are from this week's The Color Throwdown.  I really struggled photographing the colors but they ARE there!  

 I am also linking up to 'the Card Concept' where I used the colors and the summer theme.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Sunday!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Mixed Media Whale

 Hello All!

Today's card was a risk, lol.  Using black Ken Oliver Colorburst Watercolor Powder is not for the faint of heart but I love how it turned out.  I made the card for a Facebook Challenge called 'There's a Stamp for That"

I FINALLY inked up a stamp that I have had over a year, maybe even two, from Lesia Zgharda Design, Layered Whale. The whale image was stamped on Neenah Solar White cs and using my MISTI and then the corresponding flower layer was lined up and stamp as well, both with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The image was colored with Copics in reds and grays and then fussy cut out.  

The background was done on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor paper.  I painted on some clean water then sprinkled in the black Colorburst powder.  I moved the powder around to eliminate any granules, then let the panel dry.  Once dry, I spattered it with water and dried again.  Then I added more sprinkle of powder and spritzed with water, trying to get a spattered or layered look.  Once the panel was totally dry, I used a Stencil Girl stencil and some translucent embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi.  Before the texture paste was totally dry, I used some chunky silver embossing powder from Stampendous. 

Once everything was dry, I spritzed on more water and blotted with a paper towel to remove more of the watercolor that was not covered by the embossing paste.  This gave me a great contrast between the part with embossing paste and that without.  

The whale was popped up on dimensional adhesive and adhered to the background panel.  

The sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set, Botanic Hello.  

I am linking up to Festive Friday, for their National Dog Day Challenge~

I used red, black and embossing. 

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Use Your Favorite Tool.  That would be the MISTI, which imo has changed stamping forever!   

I am also linking up to Mix It Up Challenge Blog, Anything Goes and embossing. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you like today's creation and I hope you stop by There's a Stamp for That to check out the challenge and play along!  

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches

Hello All!

Wow,  it seems like you all loved last week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches!  Slimline cards were a hit!  This week we have another great sketch by Kim.

Here is your sketch~

Obviously, I turned the sketch for a landscape card.  I opted to use a stencil similar to this one (mine is old and no longer available) and Light and Fluffy Modeling  Paste for my narrow panel.  I am linking up to Mix It Up Challenge- Embossing and/or Anything goes
My image is that gorgeous rose image from the Sweet n Sassy Stamps True Beauty Stamp Set.  I colored the rose with Copics after stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The leaves are stamped with ink and I cannot remember what color I used! 
The sentiment is from the Encouraging Thoughts Stamp Set.  I cannot get enough of that font! 

Head on over to the Freshly Made Sketches Blog to see the rest of the team's inspiration.  Such a talented bunch of ladies! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sunflowers for Days!

Good Morning All!

Hope you are enjoying your summer days; we are experiencing cooler than normal days and I am loving it!  So is the electric bill! 
Today I have a card made with a brand new set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, Like a Sunflower.  I used the sketch from Fab Friday for the card~

I stamped the smaller sunflower image in an all over pattern on my Neenah Solar White card panel, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored the flowers in with Copics.  A trend I am really loving is coloring the background in with Copics as well, which I also did here. 
I added Glossy Accents to the flower centers to give the pop and shine! 
The sentiment, from the Rose Banner Stamp Set,  was stamped on black cardstock in Brutus Monroe's Alabaster Embossing Powder.  I had a fun, sponged piece of discarded cardstock sitting on my desk and it was the perfect shade of blue to match my sunflowers, so I die cut a ring from it and used it to ground my sentiment panel.  I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched  Circle Dies to cut my ring. 

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes. 

Deal Alert! 
Sweet n Sassy Stamps new release bundle can save you a bundle! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday and a Freshly Made Sketches Treat for You!

Hello, Hello!

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and we have a bit of a treat for you!  This week is not a sketch per se, but a size.  Long, tall, skinny, slim- whatever you want to call it- we are making slimline cards this week.

These cards are just plain fun!  Lots of room and new ways to place your stamps.

I started with a practice sheet of plain ol' copy paper in the 8.5 x 3.5 size.  I played around with the daisy placement.  The daisy is from the Delightful Daisies Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  Once I had the general layout down, I used my MISTI, a large, clear plastic panel and my practice sheet to stamp the images.  This is the order of items in the MISTI.
First, my blank Neenah Solar White 8.5 x 3.5 piece of cs.  Next, the practice piece of paper.  Next the clear plastic panel.  This allowed me to place the stamp in the appropriate position without risking getting a smudge of black ink on my final panel. Once the image was in the right place, I closed the MISTI door to attach the stamp to the lid. Then I opened the MISTI and removed the plastic sheet and the practice piece.
I do need to mention that I made multiple (like 6) masks using post it notes.  I used these for two things- first to stamp my flowers behind one another for dimension, and second, to cover the flowers and sponge the background.
All of the images were stamped this way.  Once all were stamped, I covered them with the masks and sponged two different distress inks on the background.  I used Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon.
After the initial ink was down, I splattered the panel with water.  Once the water was dry, I did more sponging to intensify the color.  Then I did a final splatter of water.
The flowers were colored with Copics.  The sentiment, from the Grace so Amazing Stamp Set, was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink using the MISTI.   A few Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins finished off the card with a bit of shine.

This card was made with a very special person in mind, a wonderful part of our crafting community who, short of a miracle, has a very short time left on this earth. If you are a praying person, please say a prayer for Ellie.  Pray for healing, comfort and that she be free of pain.  Thank you.

I am linking up to The Cupcake Inspiration Challenge~

As well as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes. 
Thanks for stopping by!  Pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches Blog to see so much amazing inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then, get inky and join us!

Lee Ann 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Christmas in July!

Hello All!

It is officially Christmas!  In July that is, at Sweet n Sassy Stamps!
Korin is kicking off the weekend with 'lives', inspiration, and a 3-day sale on all Christmas and winter themed stamp sets.

I have used those adorable snow men from the Snow Much Fun Stamp Set.

This guy, or maybe gal, since she is wearing pink, was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White cs and colored with Copics.  I then fussy cut him/her out.
I fell in love with the sketch at CASE This Sketch and knew immediately what I wanted to do with it

I stamped the sentiment from the Deck the Halls Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with brown ep, then cut out the sentiment panel.
On the background, I wanted a swirl of snowflakes for my twirling snow person.  I used snow flakes from the Snow Much Fun and Folk Art Snow Flakes Stamp Sets.  I did first, second and third generation stamping for depth, using Coral Berry Ink from Altenew.
My dark background panel is actually dark brown, even though it looks more black.  That is me and poor photography skills.  I finished off the project by popping my snow person up on dimensional tape, balanced precariously on the 'l' of the la.  Some of my all time favorite sequins, Simon Says Stamp Moon Shine Sequins, add some sparkle and shine.

My colors are from the new Festive Friday Challenge.  I used pink, brown and vanilla.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you can stop by the Sweet n Sassy Facebook Group this weekend and join in the fun!
If you need more places to shop, items are listed below. 

Have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann

Blick Art Supplies

Copic Sketch Markers 


Floral 6 Mini Cube Set 
Warm Spring Mini Cube Set
Red Cosmos Mini Cube Set
All of the above ink sets contain
the Coral Berry in I used
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