Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Resurrection Day!

Hope Everyone is enjoying a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Exciting news is coming tomorrow!


Lee Ann

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mixing Things up on a Friday Night

Woo Hoo!  I am now officially on Spring Break!  I got a little extra time this afternoon to play, so I put together a card for my favorite SCS challenge, the Mix-Ability Challenge.  This week we are to glue torn paper on our cards and in some manner apply ink to it.  Here is my card-

I used Stampin' Up scraps in neutrals and added a splash of pink with paper from the Fan Fair dsp pack.  I adhered them to a white cs base with Mod Podge.  Once dried, I ran it through the Big Shot using my Vintage wallpaper ef.  Then I brayered white craft ink over the embossed panel.  I die cut a floral oval from Early Espresso cs, then stamped a Verve sentiment in Early Espresso and  cut that in an oval. I sponged the edges of the sentiment oval with pink ink before removing it from the oval die.  My flourish is cut from River Rock cs.  I used the small and medium Regal Rose dies from MFT and the Itty Bitty Punch Pack from SU to make the flowers.  Flower centers were made with Perfect Pearls.

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

Lee Ann :)

Supplies Used
Paper-Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Early Espresso, River Rock, Fan Fair dsp, other SU scraps
Ink-Craft White, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette
Other-Mod Podge, Spellbinder Oval dies and Spellbinder Floral Ovals, Cheery Lynn Fancy Flourish die, MFT Royal Rolled Roses dies, Perfect Pearls, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stylus to curve bitty flowers, dimensionals, lace, ribbon,Vintage Wallpaper ef, brayer

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Spring-like Saturday

Hello, Everyone!

Well, I made it through the work week and here we are, a Saturday, and definitely warming up!  Who doesn't have thoughts of spring now!?  LOL!  With spring in mind, I have been practicing with my Copics, Inktense pencils and Prismas.  I also received a fun package from a friend with lots of stamps, including my first Heartfelt Creation stamps.  I love them!  Here is my first inking of this new stamp-

I used Prismacolors on this image.  The image is stamped on Crumb Cake.  The leaf is stamped separately, colored and cut out.  I used SU's First Edition dsp and Scalloped Edgelit to cut a border and sew it onto the image panel.  I then stamped the sentiment on Whisper White, adhered it to a thin strip of Concord Crush and also sewed it onto the image panel. 
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog; your visit and comments are so apprecHeweiated!

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Iris-Heartfelt Creations, sentiment Stampin' Up
Paper-Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Twitterpatted and Tea for Two dsp (all SU)
Ink-Stazon Black
Other-Prismacolor pencils, sewing machine, Scalloped Edgelit (SU), adhesive gem 

 Hello, again!  Just a quick post on a project for SCS's Inspiration Challenge.  I had just watched a tutorial last night on making a paper tote.  Today's inspiration site at SCS is all about fabric.  When I saw this fabric project, I knew  wanted to try the paper tote tutorial.  Here is my tote-

 I used no stamps on this project, just dies and punches.  The tote itself is made with a downloaded pattern from SCS.  The flower is made with a combination of the Blossom punch (SU), a small circle punch, a 1/8" circle punch, and the MFT dienamics sunflower die.

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

Lee Ann  :)  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs Linky Party

Good Morning!

What a good day to stay inside today- our weather has flipped back to rain. I am grateful I got 3 bags of leaves raked during our afternoon sunshine yesterday!
This month is the 5th Anniversary of Our Daily Bread Designs; ODBD is the first stamp company outside of Stampin' Up that I became familiar with and just "had to have" in large part due to Angie Crockett's SCS uploads! I remember frequently spotting the cards that 'only had spiritual sentiments' stamped on them; I remember thinking how gorgeous they were and wondered why I could never find  a stamp like that in the stores!  Then I realized they were all by the same company!  Finally, I saw this card on SCS and had to investigate!  I found ODBD online and the rest, as they say, is history!
To celebrate, ODBD is having a Linky Party.  Here is the card a created for this-

I inked up the butterflies from the Faith set for the first time, keeping the card fairly clean as the butterflies are pretty 'busy'.  I loosely followed this week's ODBD sketch challenge.  I used a blender pen to color the butterflies with Pool Party, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit, then inked up the butterflies one more time and colored and fussy cut four of them out.  I popped them up on pop dots and adhered them to a Naturals Ivory circle.

 The circle/image is adhered to a Baja Breeze banner and a piece of brown tone dsp die cut with an Apothecary Framelit was added across the top of the card.  I also added bits of my all time favorite die, Fancy Flourish by Cheery Lynn, behind the circle.  The sentiment is from one of their newest sets, Happy Spring.  I highlighted the sentiment with one of the fussy cut butterflies, which is popped up with a dimensional. 
That's it!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-ODBD Faith and Happy Srping
Paper-SU Naturals Ivory, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Midnight Muse, retired SU dsp
Ink-Stazon Black, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, island Indigo, Summer Starfuit, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Other-Cheery Lynn Fancy Flourish die, Coordinating Faith/butterflies ODBD die, SU Dazzling Details, Dimensionals, SU Apothecary Framelits, SU Paper Piercing pack, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax

Here we go Again, with SNSS!

Good Morning, Everyone! 

I finished up another card last night for the Sweet N Sassy March VSN on SCS-a color challenge using coral/peach, green, vanilla, and kraft.  I was too tired to post, though, so here it is this morning!  I must admit, I am tickled with this card, as Prismacolor pencils are very new to me; I have only colored one other image with them.  I really just guessed on how to color this peach; I hope the Prisma Police do not come after me!

This was a great challenge; I just love the colors and the vintage'y' look about them.  I used the peach image from Punny Fruits and Veggies, masking off the smiley face for this card.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut it out, then layered it on panels cut with my WPlus9 Stacker dies.  The card base is SU Calypso Coral with a layer of Whisper White and then Naturals ivory on top.  The strip of cs behind the peach image panel is Naturals Composition dsp from SU.  A few pieces of Cheery Lynn Designs Fancy Flourish die cut are tucked behind the panels.

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

Lee Ann :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-Punny Fruits and Vegetables from SNSS
Paper-Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Natural Composition dsp (SU)
Ink-Stazon Black, Memento Black
Other-Prisma color Pencils, Cheery Lynn Fancy Flourish, Polka Dot ef (SU), WPlus9 Clear Cut Stackers Pinking Squares, dimensionals,  MFT hemp cord

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Another SNSS Challenge

Hello Again!

I hope it is as gorgeous by you as it is here in St Louis.  The sun is shining, the air is warming and the birds are chirping!
I have completed another challenge for Sweet N Sassy Stamps March Release VSN at SCS. The challenge was to Pop it Up!  This is right up my alley as I love fussy cutting, dimensionals and popping elements up!  This is also a card that I did a lot of "practicing" and experimenting on.  I practiced coloring with my Copics, as I am still pretty new to them; I practiced sewing on my card, especially changing stitches while sewing.  I saw a couple of video tutorials on Pointillism and specifically using it on backgrounds of Copic images, so I tried that.  I also tried a new technique on the card, which is why I included it in the Pop it Up challenge;  I love this technique that I saw Dina Kowal do- she used a craft knife to partially cut around her flowers, followed by a stylus to burnish the back of the flowers, thereby giving the flowers a bit of a raised effect.  Finally, when putting the card together, she used dimensionals behind the burnished areas, ensuring that they would stayed raised.
Here is my sample-

For this card, I colored the image with Copics and then used a craft knife to cut around the edges of the flower petals, although I did not cut completely around every petal.  I burnished the paper behind these petals.  I put dimensionals on the back of the burnished petals and then regular adhesive to the rest of the back of the card, paying particular attention to the areas around the flower heads.  I wanted the card to lay flat so that the raised areas would stand out well.  This was then mounted to the Night of Navy layer.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope your weekend is creative!  Blessings,

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps-Flowers in Bloom, Little Boy Toys
Paper-First Edition dsp and Tea for two dsp (SU), Night of Navy cs, PTI ink white cs
Ink-Memento black
Other-sewing machine, craft knife, dimensionals, stylus, Copics, MFT Fish Tail Flag Stax

March Challenges with SNSS

Good Morning!

The rain has stopped here and the sun is out.  We are in for a lovely afternoon in the 60s!  I am already airing out the house!
 I did some stamping this morning, finishing up my Dirty Dozen DT Challenge cards for the month of March.  I wanted to play along with some of the Sweet N Sassy Stamps March Release challenges.  This first card is for the last posted challenge, which is "feathers". Seeing as the Serene Silhouettes is the only non-Christmas bird image from SNSS that I have, I went with it and decided to make a much needed masculine card.
I sponged my background with Buckaroo Blue, So Saffron, More Mustard and Night of Navy ink.  I stamped the silhouette images in Early Espresso.  The Crumb Cake panel is embossed with the wood grain ef and the Naturals Ivory panel is scored along the bottom.  the cat tails die cut was made using the Spellbinders Cat tails die.
 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies used-
Stamps-Serene Silhouettes (SNSS), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Paper-Buckaroo Blue, Whisper White, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso (SU)
Ink-Buckaroo Blue, So Saffron, More Mustard, Night of Navy
Other- Spellbinders Cat tail die, SU Ovals Framelits, 1 1/4" circle punch, Simply Scored scoring tool, dimensionals, sponges, wood grain ef

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Crew in March

Good Morning and Happy Friday to You!

Can you believe we have already completed the month of February??  Here it is, March 1st, and that means a new SU Creative Crew gallery and challenges at SCS.  So without further ado, here are the challenges and cards I have made for them-

DSP/Color Focus: Fan Fair dsp and island indigo

 For this card, the flowers were stamped twice in Island Indigo and fussy cut; then fussy cut flowers from one the the stamped images were layered on top of the other image and adhered with dimensionals to give them depth.  The pink scalloped oval frame is also adhered with dimensionals.

 The butterfly was stamped in Craft Black and heat embossed with clear ep.  It was colored with Island Indigo and So Saffron reinkers and aquapainter.  Once dry, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint was stippled onto the So Saffron areas of the butterfly, which of course, you cannot see in the photo. 

 Catalog Focus: Check out the Fan Fair Product Suite in the IBC, pp.106-117. Romance us with Elements of Style or Everything Eleanor. Take us away with Postage Due or Papillon Potpourri. Intrigue us with Daydream Medallions or Nature's Price.

 The butterflies were stamped in Island Indigo on Very Vanilla; the larger was punched out and the smaller, fussy cut.  Champagne Mist Shimmer paint was stippled onto the butterflies.  Dazzling Diamonds was piped along a few of the butterfly lines. 
Holiday Focus-
Use a wonderful quote as a focal point in your project. (You may use any quote that SU! has ever produced, even retired, but you must let us know the year of the stamp and the stampset name.)

This card is 5.5 x 5.5 inches square.  The Gumball Green Polka Dot embossed panel is 5.25 x5.25 inches.  The Whisper White panel is 4.75" x 4.75" and stamped in Poppy Parade with the flourish from Elements of Style.  The So Saffron panel is 3.75" x 3.75", die cut in the center with a Window Framelit and the scored around the edges at 1/8".  The Island Indigo panel needs to be small enough that it is not visible behind the So Saffron panel and is die cut with a smaller Window Framelit.  The Indigo and Saffron panels are adhered together.  The sentiment is stamped in Stazon Black on Whisper White and the flourish from Elements of Style is inked up in So Saffron, stamped off once and then stamped over the sentiment.  This panel is adhered to the Poppy Parade stamped panel and the Window Framelit panels are popped up on dimensionals and adhered around the sentiment.  
Three sets of Little Leaves are die cut in Gumball Green; flowers are punched from the Itty Bitty Punch pack punch in Poppy Parade.

The  humming bird is stamped in So Saffron on Naturals White cs and then fussy cut. To color the bird, you first saturate the cut image in water, folding/squeezing it like a sponge so that it absorbs as much water as possible.  Once soaked, uncrinkle/unfold paper and drop drops on reinker ink onto wet paper and watch ink spread!  To get a ruby colored throat on my hummingbird, I used a paint brush to dab Poppy Parade reinker ink on the spot.  Once inked as desired, put bird in a coffee filter and dry carefully with a heat gun.  Once completely dry, press stamped image onto Versamark pad and then sprinkle with clear ep.  Repeat this process multiple times until desired thickness reached.  To give the bird a golden edge, drag the edges across the Versamark pad and then drag through gold ep; heat. 

That's it for today's Creative Crew projects; hope you can join us!  Have a blessed day!

Lee Ann :)

Products used- All Stampin' Up
Card 1-
Stamps-Elements of Style, Pretty Petites
Paper-Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Fanfair dsp
Ink-Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Other-Oval Framelits, Little Leaves die, Petite Curly Label punch, Heart charm(retired), dimensionals, Faceted Vintage button, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, blender pen, Polka Dot ef

Card 2-
Paper-Island Indigo, So Saffron, Basic Black, Whisper White, Natural Composition Specialty dsp
Ink-Versamark, Island Indigo reinker, So Saffron reinker, Black Craft
Other-clear ep, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, paint brush to stipple on Shimmer Paint

Card 3-
Stamps-Easter Blessings, Papillion Potpourri
Paper-Early Espresso, Natural CompositionSpecialty dsp, Very Vanilla
Ink- Versamark, Island Indigo
Other-Pool Party ep, pearls, Butterfly Punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Island Indigo ribbon, Dazzling Details, Paint brush to stipple on Shimmer Paint

Card 4-
Stamps-Trust God, Elements of Style
Paper-Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Naturals White
Ink-Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Stazon Black, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Versamark
Other-Clear ep, gold ep, Window Framelits, Simple Scored, Dimensionals, Little Leaves die, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, pearls, white ribbon, Polka Dot ef

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