Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Not Meant to be Patriotic Patriotic Flowers

Hello All!

I have been posting a lot as I have been trying to keep up with Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge- or, #thedailymarker30day.  I colored some roses from the Sweet n Sassy Stamps set, Mason Jar Bouquet.  I was inspired by the challenge,  Sunday Stamps.

I am typically not a huge die person, but I do keep an eye on the Spellbinders kits of the month.  This month's (June) Small Die of the Month Membership really caught my eye.  I finally broke down and bought it; I loved the layering elements for the 3 medallions.  I considered it a bargain at $12.50!  LOL!  Have to justify the purchases!
Anyway, before I even started layering, I stopped with the top layer and played with that.  I really love these little dies. I find them very versatile.  I watched a video a while back from Ardyth Percy Robb and she showed how to make a faux cover plate die by die cutting a frame and then essentially filling in the space with your selected die, making sure that the dies are flush with the inside edge of the frame to give the illusion of a cover plate die.
When I started playing around, this idea came to me immediately.  I love the results!

I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities A-2Matting Basics A Card Creator Dies to make the frame.
Once my faux cover plate die was made, I set about coloring my flowers.  They are colored with Copics.

I used a Gelly Roll white pen for my flower centers. I wanted something else in my spray of roses, so I tried the hexagon layering die in the same Small Kit of the Month Membership.  I did these in gold paper.  I layered my flowers, using foam tape.  I tucked the sentiment in the arrangement.  It is heat embossed on vellum.

Oh, and the colors from the Sunday Stamps Challenge?

I am also linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More, Anything Goes.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Freshly Made Sketches in Pastels

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  It is time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week I happen to be the hostess and I have a pretty simple sketch for you.  I hope you like it.

I am also Guest Designing for The Color Throwdown.  The colors this week lend themselves very well to florals~

Here is the sketch~

This gorgeous bouquet, from Sweet n Sassy Stamps' Mason Jar Bouquet Stamp Set,  was stamped in Versafine ink and watercolored with one of my favorite mediums, Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  Side note, I had my Colorbursts all in a pretty half pan with a beautiful swatch in the lid.  I went to a crafty gathering, taking my Colorbursts with me.  Unbeknownst to me, I ended up with the pan upside down.  Needless to say, the colors where a big, mixed up mess.  Oh, did I mention I had just refilled the pans and had added drops of water to the pans???
Of course, I had to empty all of the pans and start over.  I refilled and swatched them the other night, as I was itching to use them again.  So here they are, fresh and beautiful, lol!

FYI, I was just shopping (again) at Dick Blick and their Colorbursts are a great price right now.
Anywho, I finished the card with a Sahara Sand card base (remember that SU color?) some scrap patterned paper and Altenew gold washi tape-annnnnnd, some sequins.

I hope you check out the rest of the inspiration at FMS; the team always amazes me with their collective talent!

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Everything is Coming Up Daisies

Hello Again!

Popping in for a quick post using the fantastic Delightful Daisies Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy

So, I got a little over zealous here, trying no line coloring with white flowers and in addition to that, doing masking so I had a scene of 3 flowers instead of one.  One flower would probably been a lot
easier, lol!  I did stippling for the background and love how it turned out.  I used Copics Y 13, 15, 17 and 19. I used the Ws for the shadows of the daisies.  I used a sentiment from the Mason Jar Bouquet Stamp Set.  I just love the fonts in this set.
I framed the image with a scalloped rectangle frame from MFT.
I am linking up to Just Add Ink with their gorgeous inspiration photo that I cannot get enough of.

Am also linking up to Time Out Challenges-

 Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

By the Sea with CAS(E) This Sketch et al.

Hello, Hello!

The last couple of challenges from CAS(E) this Sketch have been challenging ones for me.   This week's was no exception but I decided to add several elements together to represent the swirl.  
I love how this turned out! 

I also flipped the sketch so the sentiment is at the top and I turned mine into a shaker card.

I used the adorable Mer-Mazing Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  My images are colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  For my crabby friend peeking out behind the rock, his eyes were fussy cut out so I could adhere them down closer together than if I had left them attached to his head.  My main crab's eyeballs have Glossy Accents on them, which, in real life lookes adorable!
The background was done on watercolor paper, using the Wrinkle free distress technique with my Distress inks.  I used a little bit of glitter (big mistake, it stuck to the clear plastic piece) and some seed beads, left over from my short lived jewelry making days.
I am also linking up to The Mod Squad Challenge- Nautical
As well as The Card Concept- I chose to use the primary colors for my clean and layered card in the inspiration image.

 And how could I not mention Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  Day one is done! 
That's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend! 

Thursday, June 13, 2019


Hello All!

Spent some time in the craft room this afternoon and played with my new Delightful 
Daisies Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  I have been itching to ink this up and finally
had the chance today.

I created the wreath with my Gina K. Wreath Builder Template.  Colored the daisies as Gerbera daisies and used my Copics.  Once colored, I fussy cut the wreath out.  So I went bold and graphic with this card.  Can you tell, lol?!?  Using some translucent texture paste and a TCW stencil, Scalloped Mandela, I added a textured background to black cs.  Once that was dry, I scored around the outer edge of the panel and heat embossed the sentiment in white.  The sentiment is from two the stamp set,  Mason Jar Bouquet. I just love the fonts in this set.
I am linking this card up to Just Us Girls Challenge- Texture paste, as well as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Wedding/Anniversary, and Watercooler Wednesday, All about Occasions.

I have a second card using the same Delightful Daisies Stamp Set.

I kept these as traditional white daisies and used one of my favorite color schemes- yellow and gray. Just Add Ink has an incredible inspiration photo this week, with these colors- so glad for this reminder to pull these colors out! 

I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps for this card.

I colored the daisies with Copics and fussy cut them out.
The sentiment is a combination of two different sets; 'Friends' is from the Precious Poppies stamp set, and  'I am forever grateful' is from the So Thankful stamp set.

That's it for me!  Hope your day is Delightful!

Lee Ann  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Smooth Sailing with Freshly Made Sketches

Hello and Welcome to another new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!

Our talented Jacquie has a challenging sketch for you this week, but one that, once over my panic, I turned out loving!

I love the offset rectangle and the 3 fun strips. The 3 strips threw me off initially, but then I remembered my SSS Tiny Words Sentiments stamps.  I was also inspired by last week's colors at The Color Throwdown.  At this point, the card took shape in my head.
A background panel was created by-
Spritzing Dolphin Cove Shimmering Mist spray over my Scribble mask from A Colorful Life Design (on Neenah cs).
Using my MISTI, I over stamped the spritzed panel with a Technique Junkies Nautilus Mosaic background stamp with navy blue ink.  The panel was then cut down with a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die from SugarPea Designs.
The Vintage Lighthouse was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black and then sponged some WPlus9 Gala Red ink onto it.  The lighthouse panel was place back in the MISTI and stamped again with Versafine Black ink.  Finally, the lighthouse was fussy cut out.
We would love it if when you are finished checking out all of the inspiration from the rest of the team, you would get your stamping supplies out and join us at FMS!

I am linking up to Die Cuttin' Divas for their masculine challenge
and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- 'Vacation'.
I am also linking up to The Mod Squad Challenge- Nautical

If you should decide to do some shopping (I have done a bit of that lately myself!), you can take 10% off of your Technique Junkies order with code TJ10LeeAnn.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind comments!

Lee Ann 

Monday, June 10, 2019


Hello All!

I am trying out new color combos and wanted to play in the Paper Players challenge this week, with their fun colors.  I used watercolors though, and the colors ended up not so bright.  In layering the colors I lost a lot of the yellow.  But, I still love the way this turned out.

Here are the colors~

I used the new Technique Junkies Hydrangeas for my card.  It is stamped with Versafine ink on watercolor paper and colored with Daniel Smith Watercolors.  The sentiment is from the In Full Bloom stamp set and is heat embossed on vellum.  I did use a stencil on the white panel and lightly sponged on lavender ink.  The stencil is Scribble Roses.
As usual, I added a smattering of sequins and called it done!

I am also linking up to Time Out Challenges- Nature

If you do any shopping at Technique Junkies, you can use code TJ10LeeAnn to save 10% on your order.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 
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