Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year with the Seasons Giving Blog Hop!

Hello and Happy 2016! 

Welcome to the Seasons Giving Blog Hop,  a thank you to our blog readers and followers.
 There are about 100 participants in this hop and everyone has a give away!  That is a lot of free goodies!
 I am grateful for all of you who stopped in and left snippets of kindness and love; 
everyone's time is valuable and I know you have as much or more
on your plate than me, so 
Thank you for sticking with me!  
Also, a big Thank You to Latisha Yoast for organizing this yearly hop! 
Did you find as I did that 2015 just sailed by? Every year I have so many
goals, desires and new ideas and it seems every year goes by with those
remaining untapped. 
 One goal I have every year is to comment more on your blogs.  Unfortunately I was not too successful in that area.  I do not have good internet and that really makes it tough.  
That won't stop me from trying again this year though!  
A second goal was to craft for me and 
be happy with what I crafted; success!    

On to the blog candy-  
Fun Stampers Journey stamps, nip; Top Dog Dies border die, nip; Unity Stamps small stamp kit, nip; Technique Tuesday stamps and matching dies, nip; Pebbles oversized paperclips
*Please note, due to costs, I can only ship to the U.S. 

Coloring.  What a comeback it made this year!   
I was thrilled as another goal of mine was to improve my coloring. 
And then there was watercoloring.  Did you get into the
watercoloring craze?  

 Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp Set A Bit Smart *ssy,   Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst in Violet

I based this card on the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches~
Linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as well-'Party'.

Here are a few of my favorite colored/watercolored cards of 2015~
Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby, Peerless Watercolors, Copics

Deep Red Stamp, Peerless Watercolors

Indigo Blue image, Peerless Watercolors

Gina K image (poppies), SU background, Copics

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Copics, Inktense Pencils 

WPlus 9, Peerless Watercolors, Zig Kuretake Watercolors, Inktense Watercolor Pencils, Copics

Altenew, Peerless Watercolors

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Punkin Family, Peerless Watercolors

Unity Stamps, Copics

SugarPea Designs Have an Ice Day, Copics, Brushos in Turquoise

Again, thank you for all of your support!  You are more appreciated than you know!  I really value all of your comments and love!  Without you, this blog would be pretty boring!
For a chance at the prize package, please leave a comment below, letting me know if you color and what your favorite medium is.  For a SECOND ENTRY, follow this blog using the blue 'Join this Site' button to the right.  Leave me a second comment letting me know you are a follower! If you would like, you can also follow me on Pinterest  HERE and Instagram HERE.

Here is your blog hop list~

Remember, answer the question for one chance to win, follow my blog for a second!  You have until Friday, January 8th at 11:59CST. 
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you and Happy New Year!  

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It's Sketch Time at SugarPea Designs!

Hello Everyone!

Hope your Christmas was very Merry!  Hard to believe we are just days away from the new year!  I am not ready for it, but then, no one asked me!
We have a new sketch up at SugarPea Designs.  I took the opportunity to get busy with Valentine cards and just had to use this 'Adorkable' scientist!

I tried to add a bit of 'Einstein type' hair to add to the 'mad' look, lol!  Don't you just love the taped glasses?!
Here is your new sketch~

Remember, You have all month to play along with us! You are welcome to play along with all the sketches or just one but remember the more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning a $75 gift certificate to our store!!!

Here are the details~
  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.  
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but if you have them we would love to see them.  :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch and replace shapes- so long as the origninal sketch layout is recognizable. 
  • Up load to your blog or other online gallery using Keyword- SPDSS34 
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz on the blog.   
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the SPD store.   However, if the winning entry features a SPD stamp, we will increase the prize to $75!   
Check out the rest of the amazing inspiration from the Design Team- aren't THEY FABULOUS?!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Melt My Heart

Hello and Happy Christmas week, Everyone! 

Friday was my last day of work until the new year- Yeah!  I usually wind down on Friday nights; this past Friday I worked up a Valentine card using this adorable snowman from Unity. 

I paper pieced his hat and colored the rest with Copics. I think the font in the sentiment is fantastic!  Crystal Effects was added to the heart beneath the sentiment. 
I used the sketch at Happy Little Stampers~

I am also linking up to Unity's December Challenge, 'Holiday'.  
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a Blessed Christmas!

Lee Ann  :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Another SugarPea Sketch!

Welcome back, Everyone!

We have a new sketch up on the SugarPea Designs Blog and to give you time with all of the Christmas festivities, this sketch will go for 2 weeks.

I adore this sweet shepherd!  He is from the Lost Without You Stamp Set.  Love the sentiments in this set, too!   I used the Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Dies to give my panel a finished edge.  And the sketch is pretty awesome, too!  I can see me using this sketch multiple times.

I was also inspired by this month's challenge at Pinterest Inspired Challenge~

I think you can see how I was inspired.  :)
I love the look of zentangle; I need to do it more often.  This shepherd's coat seemed to be the perfect image for tangling. Have I said how cute I think he is!? !

Check out all of the fabulous inspiration on the SugarPea Designs Blog or you can click on the blog roll links below and leave a little love for the team!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Worked in a Little Verve and MOJO Monday

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post this rainy evening in St Louis.  I have been busy all weekend trying to get my house back in order since I have been doing some significant remodeling.  Took a wee break to play in the MOJO Monday Challenge, which I have been neglecting lately.
Of course, this sketch gave my fits as I have not been working with a lot of layers lately.

Here is the sketch; I used negative space for the 4 small panels~

I also turned the sketch 180 degrees.  I just received new Verve goodies and could not wait to play.  Using this sketch was the puzzle.  I ended up creating a wreath with the small sprig from the new Happy Place stamp set. 
So sorry for the poor quality picture.  I remembered last minute that I needed to blog this card and of course it is now night time and not the best of lighting for pictures.

Thanks for popping by,

Lee Ann  :) 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

Hello, Hello and Happy Hopping!

Today is the first day of the Winter/Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  If you are new to this hop, you can find out all of the details HERE.  You can also join in the fun and link up your winter coffee themed creation at the same link.  Many thanks to the amazing Amy Tsuruta for all of her hard work and love put into this hop, and not just the first hop, but this is the SIXTH Hop!  Dedication!

My card features this gorgeous image from Unity Stamp Company.  This was one of those 'have to have' images- I know you know what I am talking about!  :)
She is simply colored with Copics.  I tried to keep things simple to focus on the image.   Some SU wood veneer snowflakes and my fave twine, Hemptique,finish off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop and have a blessed day!

Lee Ann :)  

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Advent Extravaganza!

Hello Everyone!
 I am so excited to share this post and card with you today!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

 I am totally sold on this little cutie!  He is a SugarPea Designs Stamp Set- Have an Ice Day!  Both penguin and the fish were colored with Copics and fussy cut out, allowing me to add them to the watery background; I used Brushos to make the big splash!

Prize Alert!  

 It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is supplied by SugarPea Designs so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! 

Don't forget to join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

I am linking up to the following challenges-

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge- 'Favorite Technique' (watercolors)
And Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-'Christmas'
 And {Pin}spirational Challenge- I was inspired by the big Santa hat!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

SugarPea Designs Sketch!

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day!
 And it is a Happy Wednesday because every Wednesday means a new sketch for SugarPea Designs!
I am sooo excited about today's sketch as it is my first sketch as part of the Challenge Team!

Here is this week's sketch~

Super fun sketch, for sure!  To be honest, this one scared me at first, LOL, but in the end, I had all sorts of ideas rolling around in my head!
I started with the trees from the Have an Ice Day Stamp Set, coloring in blue for a monochromatic blue Christmas.   The Sugar Cuts Homescape Die was perfect for the narrow strip across the circles.
At some point it occurred to me that this could make a great shaker card, although it is hard to see my shaker goodies as the sequins and glitter are hiding behind trees.  The circle background is colored with Copics.  The sentiment, from the Lost Without You Stamp Set, is  heat embossed with white ep and the star is in silver.
I was really stumped on how to finish it off and then I noticed my brand new Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Dies and voila!  I had  the perfect finished border for the night scene.  I think this is my new favorite die!  
I am so excited for this Challenge Team!  I cannot wait to see what you create!  Hop on over to the SugarPea Designs blog to link up your project!
Check out the rest of the team's inspiration below!

And did I mention a prize?????
  You can play as often as you like; the more you play the better your chances of being randomly selected to win the month's prize. 
Yep, you read that right!  If you use SPD stamps and are the randomly selected winner, you win a $75 gift certificate to the SPD store.  If you are a winner, and do not use SPD stamps your gift certificate is $25. 
Can't wait to see you in the gallery!  

I am linking up to AAA cards- 'Christmas- Silent Night, Holy Night'

And Addicted to Stamps and More- 'CAS'
And The Paper Players- 'Let it Snow'

Have a blessed day!  

Lee Ann  :)

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Sketch Challenge- Last one of the Year!

Hello Everyone! 
Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend; mine was quite productive for a change.  Christmas is up at my house and much needed cleaning and organizing were done (with much still needed) since I have been doing a painfully slow renovation of my kitchen and family room. 
Hard to believe, but today's challenge at The Challenge is the LAST of the year!  Yes, I said LAST of the YEAR!  Where has the time gone?? 
This last challenge is a sketch; everyone likes a good sketch!

Yes, so clearly I took a break from Christmas cards for this challenge.  I have a friend who has been under the weather and a get well card was in order.

I played with a new stamp set from Unity-I just got a big, wonderful, happy mail package from them and you know how it is when you have 'new' in the house- you just want to play with it! 
I tried out my new Zig brush watercolors as well.   The border is a Top Dog Die. 
And the more I look at this picture, the more I realize it is not focused either.  So sorry or that; I cannot tell you how many pics I took and how many times I tried to edit them. 
Ready to see what the rest of the team has for you? 

Hop on over to the blog to link up your card- we are looking forward to see what you share with us! 
And have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Peace on Earth

Hello and Happy Weekend!

Today I have a fun card to share with you using one of my all time favorite Christmas stamps, Snowy Hello, from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Sweet, yes?!
For maximum sparkle, I stamped the image on Curious Metallic Cryogen White  cardstock.  I also added a Curious Metallic Cryogen White mat on the Classic Crest Solar White card base.   Using one of MFT's Blue Print Die-Namics, I cut a catiwampus layer from Brown Bag Kraft cs.
'Peace' is cut with a Stampin' Up framelit from Pop Tones cardstock.  I used my favorite embellishment on the die cut- Wink of Stella- to add even more sparkle to the card.
My favorite dark gray is the color, Squid Ink, from the Flavours Gourmet collection.  I used this to die cut the Knobby Branch Die.
Some SSS sequins finish off the card!

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

Lee Ann  :) 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Feeling like a Winner!

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to you!

I am so excited to share with you today that I have been invited to be on the Challenge Team for one of my favorite Challenges, SugarPea Designs!  Woo Hoo!  I just love the sweetness of their stamps!  So while I am not technically a winner, I feel like I have hit the jackpot, LOL!

I used this fabulous SugarCuts Homescape die and Peerless Watercolors to create my scene.  The sentiment is pieced together from the Sweet Sentiments- Home Stamp Set and from the Wanderlust Stamp Set.
 The sketch challenges will be weekly, starting next Wednesday, December 9th.  You will link up HERE, on the SugarPea Designs Blog.   You do not have to use SugarPea Designs products to play along but should you and you are the random winner, your prize is fantastic!
 What is is the prize, you ask?  There will be a monthly prize, selected from all entries.  The prize is $25 to the SugarPea store.  IF you use SugarPea Designs products, that prize will be increased to $75!  Not bad, eh? !
Gosh, and I get to play with some of the best in the crafting world.  Check out the fabulous designers below!

Thanks so much for stopping by and can't wait to see you in the SugarPea Gallery!

Lee Ann  :)  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Non Traditional with The Challenge!

With 25 days left until Christmas, it is full speed ahead on Christmas cards!  Today's Challenge at  The Challenge will move you in the right direction- make a 'Non-traditional Christmas Card'~

Yeah, I kind of took it to the extreme with this very modern and graphic design.  Love the results, but I can honestly say I will never do this again!  Trying to get those pieces to match up was crazy maddening! 

I used basic circle dies from MFT, silver cording from SU and a sentiment from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.
Check out the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team and then link up your card for the challenge HERE!  
Thanks for stopping by,

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Christmas Theme at The Challenge!

Hi Everyone and Welcome to another challenge at The Challenge!

I hope you find a little bit of time to craft during this busy Thanksgiving week.  We have a great challenge for you this week- 'Christmas'- helping you to get ready for the Christmas season ahead!

I could not wait to ink this stamp up!  I have really become smitten with the Unity Girls and this angel was calling my name!  :)
Your theme this week is 'Christmas'~

I colored 'Maria Girl' with Copics, created a mask and sponged the background.  The sentiment is heat embossed with black ep and is from another one of Unity Stamps set, All is Calm All is Bright.
Now it is your turn!  Check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the team and from our guests.  I hope you can get inky and link up with us this week!

I am linking up to Christmas Card Challenges -'Anything Goes',
And CASology~

Thanks so much cor stopping by and have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!

Lee Ann  :)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Saturday Challenge - Embossing!

Hello and Happy Saturday!
and this week we want to see embossing!  

I continue to have so much fun with one of the latest Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp Sets,
Happy Winter Days~

I cannot get enough of this adorable fox!  The sentiment is from another new set, 'No Peeking'.
I was inspired by several current challenges in blogland, besides the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge- 'embossing'.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches~

And was inspired by this cute inspiration photo from  Curtain Call~


I used the colors from Color Throwdown~

I embossed with gold embossing paste, using my Holly stencil.  I really like how this turned out.
I hope you do too!
Don't forget to check out all of the fab inspiration from the rest of the team on the Kraftin' Kimmie Blog.  Also, have you checked out the Frugal Friday Specials?  There are some fantastic deals there, so check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :) 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Happy Hump Day, Everyone!

It is time for a new Wonderful Wednesday 'Anything Goes' challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  It is also time to kick Christmas card crafting into high gear!

I adore this Gift Wrapping Elf image!  I think we should ALL enjoy the Christmas Season this much!   I watercolored the background with Peerless watercolors and stamped my sentiment from The Magic of Christmas set over that and over the image.
Where did all that sparkle come from, you ask?  From my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

Hop on over the the blog for more inspiration from the Design Team and link up YOUR creation!

I am linking up to Just Us Girls- 'Watercolor' challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Lee Ann  :)

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