Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Unique Take on Paper Piecing

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to You!

It is spring break here in St Louis and we finely have a wonderful sunshiny day after two days of dreariness.  I cannot wait to hit the trail this afternoon.  I was able to stamp some yesterday, being stuck inside due to the yuck weather.  I received a new toy in the mail- have been wanting a small brayer to try a simple multi colored brayered tedchnique.
That lead to me trying Distress Oxides on Craft and that lead to rainbow colors.

Well, that lead to this adorable bird image stamped over my rainbow stripes.  This has to be one of my favorite bird images- it is from Unity.
Not sure what lead me to paper piecing the birds in their color based on their position on the background, but that is where this went.  Instead of neutral birds, I have neutral, paper pieced flowers and instead of colorful flowers I have colorful, patterned birds.
So this morning I turned this into a simple card on a black card base.  I added a sentiment from SugarPea Designs. 
I love how this turned out, in all of its quirkiness.
I am linking up to several challenges~

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birds
Double 'D' Challenges- Just Wing It
The Paper Players- CAS Rainbow
Sweet Stampin' Challenge- Use Your Scraps

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Birds

Good Morning and Happy Monday, All!

It is spring break here and I am loving my free time!  I have a huge list of things to get done so I suspect crafting my be at a minimum, but hopefully will get to do a few fun things.
Speaking of fun, I went to see the movie, 'I Can Only Imagine' over the weekend.  Ah-Mazing!
It is a must-see movie.  I cannot recommend it enough.
Anywho, today's card is all about birds!  And technique!

Have you checked out Karen Dunbrook's blog?  If you have not, you should.  Karen makes the most amazing backgounds for sentiment and solid image stamps.  One of Karen's techniques was the inspiration for this card.
The Distress Inks are applied to a craft mat, spritzed with water  and then transferred to the card base with a piece of acetate, allowing you to apply color where you want it; this is a lot less random than dragging the paper through the color.
My Technique Junkies stamp, Fly, was inked with versa mark, stamped and them heat embossed with black ep.
If you are looking to do some Technique Junkies shopping, you can
get a 10% discount with the code TJ10LeeAnn. Thank you in advance
as I do receive a small commission from your order.  

Thank you and have a fabulous, blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring Bunny

Hello All!

Well, it might snow here today, but sure enough, Easter is definitely right around the corner!  I love the flower adorned bunny from Unity~

This is one of those images in a pile that I finally turned into a card.  It is watercolored with Zig watercolor brush pens.  I used a die to emboss a white background and added a doily for some frill.

I am linking up to Just Add Ink- 'Just Add Water' and Simon Says Stamp Monday Inspiration challenge.
Have a blessed day!

Lee Ann

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Atomic Love

Hello All!

This sweet and so unique image and sentiment is fabulous in bright colors!  It is part of the March Technique Junkies release.  You can get this stamp- actually, your entire order 10% off with code TJ10LeeAnn.

The image comes with a linear frame, but I masked it off before stamping.  I also masked off the 'you' in the sentiment so that I could you my large Simon Says Stamp 'You' die cut.
The image is colored with Copics; added a few highlights with my white gel pen, then added red strips and black cs strips and the 'You' die cut which is 3 die cut layers thick.  The red strips are actually white cs colored with Copic marker and then textured with alcohol and burlap.

Of course, had to finish of the card with some sparkle-SSS sequins and some Wink of Stella on the die cut.

Don't forget that you can get 10% off your order with code TJ10LeeAnn if you go shopping (something I have been doing a wee bit too much of lately!).

 I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Make Your Mark' challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Black Background Fun

Hello Everyone!

Hoping all are staying warm, especially friends on the East Coast.

I played around some more with popping up the negative pieces of a background die; this time the background was sponged with several distress inks.  I used the same background die as I did for my butterfly card HERE.

This technique is seriously fun, and I love the dramatic look you get on the black card base.
The flower is from Altenew and is colored with Copics.

I am linking up to The Flower Challenge where it is 'Anything Goes' this month.
I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, 'Girl Power'
and CASology- Abstract. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann

Stamp- Beautiful Day by Altenew
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks
Die- retired Sizzix
Copics, white gel pen

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Happy Saturday All!

Did a little coloring and played in a couple of challenges just for fun (and because I still love this WPlus9 image).

I colored this sweet image during a girls craft night and just needed to get her on a card.  Nothing seemed right so I went hunting for the right sketch.  I came across this sketch from the As You See It Challenge, and thought it would work nicely and had some fun elements to it.

I used the colors from Color Throwdown~

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

I love how this turned out, especially the background image, Abstract Waves,  from Technique Junkies in two shades of pink.

Stamps- Technique Junkies Abstract Waves, WPlus9 Miss you Lots
Dies- SugarPea Designs ZigZag Stitched Rectangles
Copics, Neenah Desert Storm cs, Neenah Solar White cs, Sequins SSS, Lawn Fawn Plastic Flamingo Ink, Memento Angel Pink Ink

Thanks for stopping in!

Lee Ann 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March New Release with Technique Junkies!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to the March New Release Hop with
Technique Junkies!

There are so many great images in this release, and if you are a colorist like me, you will be happy, happy, happy!  ALL of the March release stamps are 15% off from now until March 8th!  
No code needed, just put your items in the cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
Want something outside of the new release?  No problem, you can get a discount of 10%
on those items by using code TJ10LeeAnn.  

Let's get hopping!  If you came from Jeanne Streiff's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you 
can start at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog to view the entire hop.  

My first card uses the comical Birthday Cat stamp.   I love him in all of his chubbiness!

To color, I cut out a reverse mask and then sponged him with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.
He was then fussy cut out.
The background was done by die cutting 2 background panels- one out of white
and one out of a piece of Yupo that was colored with alcohol inks.   I used
the inlaid die technique, replacing some of the white pieces with the alcohol ink
colored pieces.

I used other pieces of this Yupo for a completely different look HERE.

I added the perfect sentiment, Goofy Stuff, cutting the sentiment into pieces
to create sentiment strips.

My next card uses the new, You Are Special stamp, along with the Butterfly 2 image.

Again, this background was made using alcohol inks, then die cut with a scalloped
rectangle die.  I stamped and colored the butterfly, then added some gold
highlights using gold foil.  I also added gold foil to the areas of the alcohol
ink that remained tacky.

The You Are Special sentiment is stamped with Ranger Archival Ink and
took a bit of time to dry on the Yupo paper.
I am linking up to Laurel Seabrook's challenge, Inspired by-

 I am also linking up to Sunny Day Crafting- "I is for Insects".
Head on over to Cheri's blog, where she always has gorgeous inspiration for you!

Thanks for hopping!  Enjoy!

Lee Ann  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Green Again

Hi Everyone!

I managed to make another green card using a Unity Stamp image and a die that I have had for probably two years and have never seemed to know how to use it.  I love the linear and contemporary feel of this card, quite the contrast to what I usually do!

I started by stamping the butterflies and coloring them with Copics.  I then masked them off and sponged in the background.  To add interest and dimension, I sponged over a piece of drywall tape with white ink.  The background die is Winnie and Walter, Multifaceted Cutaway.

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

Also linking to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- 'Anything Goes'.

Thanks for stopping in!  You are appreciated!

Lee Ann

Monday, February 26, 2018

Color Me Green

 Hello, Hello~

Green seems to be the color this week; maybe everyone is thinking ahead to St Pat's Day. 
I love the color combo for Sunday Stamps' current chanllenge~

I used a great floral from a Unity Stamps Kit of the Month and colored it with Copics.  Added some sequins and more than a bit of Wink of Stella as I had a Wink of Stella accident when I primed a new pen. 

Also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- 'In My Garden'. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

So Many Fun Techniques!

Hi All!

Weather has been quite yucky here- dreary rain, dreary, wind, rain, dreary... you get the idea!
I hope weather is better where you are!  I frequently have craft nights with friends and it sure is
hard getting the boatloads of supplies into the car when it is pouring!
There are so many things I have been wanting to try lately.  Yupo and alcohol inks being one of those things.  I also wanted to try using the die pieces that would be from the negative space of a background die, popping them up on dimensional tape.
This is what I ended up with~

I started with a piece of Yupo paper and applied alcohol inks to it using the Ranger Ink Blending Tool and alcohol.
Next, using a card front die, I die cut from a plain white piece of cardstock.  To adhere this to the black card base, I took the long way around.  Yep, pretty typical for me!  Instead of just applying adhesive to the pieces I wanted to use while still in the die, I instead used Press and Seal to keep them in place while I removed them from the die, then used more Press and Seal to the front of the pieces, being sure to keep them in their original place- and then applied dimensional adhesive to the backs of the die cut pieces and laid it onto my card base as a single unit.  When I was certain of the placement, I pressed them down and removed the Press and Seal.
See what I mean?  Long way around...
I repeated the process with the alcohol ink colored Yupo paper.  Once the background was done,
I stamped and colored the Butterfly 2 image from Technique Junkies and fussy cut it out.
The raised die cut background made a perfect backdrop for the butterfly.  I added Wink of Stella to the butterfly, though you cannot see it in the photo.

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, 'Make Your Own Background'.  

If you plan on doing some shopping at Technique Junkies (a butterfly image, perhaps?!) you can
get 10% off your entire order by using code TJ10LeeAnn.

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

Lee Ann

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rose Garden

Hello and Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I am still working on turning coloring projects into cards.  I think this is my current fave- and
I used two flower images from hobby lobby to do it.

I kept it very simple- die cut the panel using a MFT die and added a sentiment from Altenew.

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Make Your Own Background.

I am also linking up to Fusion Card Challenge, where I used the inspiration photo~

Thanks so much for dropping in!

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Grunge Floral

Hello All! 
Flowers, flowers, flowers!  I have been on a floral kick lately.  Do you find yourself inking up the same types of stamps over and over and then, just like that, you move on to something else?  Yep, that 's what happens!  A year or so ago, it was people, people people! 
Anywho, today's card features a gorgeous Altenew set~

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to ADD GRUNGE.  I wanted to do so and still keep this cas.  I stamped the image and colored with Copics.  Then I started adding color to the background.  I faded out the colors and then used a piece of drywall tape and alcohol to add texture to the background.  Turns out there was brown ink on the tape from a prior project and it started coming off onto the background of the card.  I liked it even better than what I had planned so I just kept going! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a blessed week! 

Lee Ann

Sunday, February 18, 2018

CAS Sympathy

Hello All!

I always like to have a stash of sympathy cards rather than having to make one on the spot.  They are also a pretty good seller at work.  I used this bird image from Technique Junkies for this card.

I hadn't paper pieced in ages and this birdie from the Faith Hope and Love set seemed like a good image for it.  I added some shadows with grey copics.  I die cut a circle and used the negative space to sponge in the background circle.  The 'branches' are from the Hope, Faith, and Love set as well (it is actuallyt part of the rose).
Now I don't know about you, but I find it hard to find just the right sympathy or 'praying for you' sentiment.  This 'In You're Prayers' sentiment is kind of the perfect size.
That's it for me; have a wonderful weekend!~

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Forgotten Dino

Hey All!

I did so much coloring for Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge that I couldn't keep up with making cards, lol!
I forgot about this little guy (and he already sold).

A MFT image (retired) that I just love!  Colored him with Copics and used the pointillism technique.  What more can I say about a super CAS card?
I am linking him up to the CASOLOGY challenge this week- 'Together'. 
I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- 'It Must Love'

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann 

Oxides and Balloons

Hi Everyone! 

Why is it that winter seems to zip along?  I feel busy but seem to get nothing done- well, I do make cards.  :) 
I finally took the plunge and bought some distress oxide inks- a little late to the party, I know.  I really was good with my regular distress inks, but I had to get with the program...

I used a brand new Technique Junkies Stamp set, Faith, Hope and Love, for this card.  While this set is not technically a birthday set, the heart image makes great balloons. 
The hearts were heat embossed, colored with distress oxides, and then masked.  The background was sponged with Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers.  I used a stencil and dabbed with a damp towel to 'oxidize' some of the background.  The balloon strings were drawn in with a micron pen and splatters were added.  The sentiment is the Donuts Happy Birthday image. 

If you are up for some shopping, you can get 10% off your entire order at Technique Junkies by using code TJ10LeeAnn. 

Thanks for stropping by! 

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

30 Days of Coloring

Hi All! 

I have been trying to keep up with Kathy Racoosin's 'The Daily Marker 30 Day' coloring challenge.  While I have not colored daily, I have done fairly well overall.  I colored up this adorable image from MFT (retired) in a 'boy' and this 'girl' version. 

Isn't she cute?!  I used pointillism and colored her with Copics.  The circle panel is a piece of paper watercolored with distress ink and washed with a silver metallic watercolor. 
I used this week's sketch at Sketch Saturday~

As you can see, I rotated the sketch and used a vellum panel in place of a large background banner. 

I am also linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- Make Your Mark~

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Another Valentine

Yep!  Lots of Valentine cards being made over here.  :) 

I once again have used this cute Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Set for this card~

I created a background panel with a stencil and then used my SugarPea Designs Heart Journal Die to die cut the row of hearts.  I used this month's SugarPea Designs sketch for the card~ Edit- well, I am not doing too well on getting in on time for challenges- this sketch challenge has closed as well.  :D

I am also linking up to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge

I am also linking up to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge- Free- die cut - heart, as well as sentiment- red- heart. 

I am also linking up to Sunday Stamps~

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann 

Will You Be My Valentine?

Hi All!

  I have gone a little crazy making Valentine cards.

I am not much of a cute critter person, but the critters in this Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Stamp Set are so stinkin' cute!  I used a sketch from Papercraft CrewEDIT- challenge closed.  All well, still love and used the sketch!

I am also linking up to The Paper Players, 'Will You be My Valentine?'

Lastly, I am linking up to AAA Cards~

Have a wonderful week, all!

Lee Ann 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February New Release Hop with Technique Junkies!


It is that time already; time for a new release with Technique Junkies. We have 14 new stamps in the Technique Junkies line!
See our hop list below for some sweet inspiration from our Design Team!
 If you came from Jeanne Streiff's blog, you are in the right place!  If not, you can start at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog to view the complete hop.

All of the February Release stamps are 15% off through February 8th
   No codes necessary; just put them in your cart and the
 discount will be applied at checkout.

Want something outside of the new release from the Technique Junkies store? 
Use code TJ10LeeAnn for 10% off!
There are so many wonderful goodies in this release, I did  not know what to work with first! 
This first card uses the new background stamp, Stone Wall~

This background stamp is perfect for vintage cards.  I paired it with the sentiment You Are So Loved.  My butterfly is colored with Copics and then received a good coat of the 
shimmery Wink of Stella, though you cannot see the shine in the pic.
This next card features the new Flower Doodles background stamp and the most 
adorable bird ever from the new She is Fierce set~  

I used the emboss resist technique on this card and created an ombre background.  I sponged the color on the bird and then fussy cut her out.  

Lastly, I have a super CAS card using the new sentiment, Wishlist, just in time for 
Valentines Day~

I used a stencil and sponged a background of hearts and then stamped the sentiment in black and gave it two coats of embossing powder for some shine and texture. 
That's it for me!  I hope you have been inspired by the new release.  Remember, the release stamps are 15% off through the 8th, and you can get a 10% discount on everything 
else by using code TJ10LeeAnn.  

Your next stop for some fabulous inspiration is  Cheri's blog.  

Have fun hopping and shopping!
Lee Ann  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Baby Love

Hello Everyone! 

Today's card has a vintage flair to it.  These little birds spoke to me, so of course they hopped into my cart.  :)  I wanted to use them for a baby card and the sentiment, You Are So Loved was perfect. 
Both stamps are from the Technique Junkies store and you can get a 10% discount on your order with
code TJ10LeeAnn.  

I started with painting a watercolored background using distress ink (Picked Raspberry).  I die cut a circle from the panel. 
The sentiment is stamped in grey and then embossed with clear ep.
The birds are stamped in Momento Tuxedo black ink and colored with Copics, then fussy cut out.
The water colored panel is popped up on dimensional tape.  I added die cut clouds using a Sweet n Sassy Stamps die. 
That's it for me; hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 

Lee Ann 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kittie Love!

Hi Everyone!

I have a super easy and fun CAS card to share today.  I joined in the challenge over in the Technique Junkies Facebook Group.  If you enjoy techniques, you should give it a go!  And, if you place an order with Technique Junkies, use code TJ10LeeAnn to get 10% off!   This month's technique is 'Spattered Ombre'.

Well, you can see the spatter, but the ombre kind of got lost when I added the alcohol.  I think you can tell the bottom is darker than then top.  :)
I sponged Distress inks -Picked Raspberries and Seedless Preserves- onto my paper and then spattered alcohol everywhere.  I do like how the background turned out.  I used the adorable Kittie Duo Stamp from Technique Junkies once the background was dry.  The sentiment is from the Love You More Stamp Set and is fussy cut out.
Some washi tape and sequins finish it off.  I am linking up to Addicted to CAS- 'Ombre'. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)
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