Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Butterfly Tribute

Hello, Everyone.

Today's blog post really starts at Stamplorations. This is a tribute to a fellow crafter, Melissa Lane as well as a celebration of her life.  On October 2, Melissa ( passed away. She was a talented cardmaker/crafter/artist, a mother of 4, wife, and servant of Jesus. Melissa loved to garden and she loved photography. Her favorite color was red, and she loved butterflies -- so much so that many of the cards and other projects she made had butterflies in them.
This special link up is in honor of her; you are welcome to add to her butterfly gallery by linking your card up HERE

My card started with a Heidi Swapp butterfly stencil.  I traced it on cardstock and then stamped floral images from Simon Says Stamp, Beautiful Flowers stamp set.  The flowers were colored with Copics.  The stenciled butterfly was hand cut out and then I also hand cut a black background for the butterfly to help everything pop.  The stamped card base uses a leaf image from Altenew's Garden Treasures Stamp Set. The leaves are stamped with Distress Oxide Ink.  The sentiment is from Sweet n Sassy Stamps The Future stamp set
I did not know Melissa personally, but I have come to learn how tight knit the crafting/stamping community is and when one of our members is gone, a hole is definitely left behind.  If you would like to link up a card to her butterfly gallery, you are welcome to do so.  You can use any products you want.  Details are on the Stamplorations blog 

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Watercolored Bloom

Hello All,

I have been taking a bit of a break from crafting (but one can never truly leave it).  I was back at it today, finishing up a card  I started a week or so ago.  I used this gorgeous The Ton Stamps stamp, Large Dahlia 2

I love the stamp and I love how I colored the flower, but some things just go downhill from there.  The layout did not come together right, the more you try to fix it the worse it gets sometimes!  I ended up pulling it apart and redoing the best that I could. 
I guess it was just an off week, because the photography just didn't go smoothly either, lol! 
Anyway, I watercolored the embossed image with Ken Oliver colorbursts.  That's pretty much it- easy peasy! 
I am linking up to the Addicted to Stamps and More~
Make Your Mark

Also linking up to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge~
Anything goes with a Feminine Twist

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful, blessed week!  

Lee Ann 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fall Leaves

Hello Everyone! 

Is it feeling like fall by you?  It finally is here in St Louis.  No fall leaves yet, but that hasn't stopped me from stamping them!

This stamp from Technique Junkies, Autumn Blessings, is super easy to turn into a beautiful card. 

I wanted a very loose water colored look for this image.  Problem is, I am so picky about coloring that it is hard for me to go outside the lines, lol.  My way around that is to lightly pencil in approximately where the image will be and then watercolor BEFORE stamping.  No kidding!  That is the only way I can get a loose look! 
I did go in after I had stamped the image over the water colored card front and add some detail and shadows. 
You can get 10% off of this stamp- actually your whole card minus clearance- with code TJ10LeeAnn.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Final Week with Stamplorations

Hello All! 

This is my final post as a guest colorist with Stamplorations.  It has been wonderful and Shery (the owner) is wonderful to work with.  Thank you, Shery! 

This week was a Copic week. The first card is with a new to me stamp, Oh So Grateful, which comes with a matching die as well.  Anyone smitten with blue pumpkins like me?

The background is watercolored and then stenciled with a lovely Tim Holtz flourish stencil and clear embossing paste.  Which you cannot see in this photo.  This week was bad photo week for me; seems to come in waves...

I can never use 2 or 3 Copic markers for an image; how many blues does it take to color a pumpkin!?

I spattered some rust watercolor paint on the background as well.  The sentiment is from the Best Mom Ever stamp set.  This card, however is going to my Dad, who has been having set back after setback following total hip replacement. 

The next card is made with this gorgeous Oriole from the Framed Oriole stamp. 

I used my MISTI to stamp this image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink so that I could go back when I was all done coloring and stamp the image again, this time with a much darker black ink. 

I love how this turned out, even though I have some practicing to do on how to color in a drop shadow behind a rectangle.  I kept it simple as I thought it could make a nice design for a set of note cards. 
I am linking my oriole card up to Addicted to CAS as this week the challenge is "Tweet'. 

My last card was an experiment from beginning to end.  I wanted to try no line Copic coloring.  I also wanted to have more than one pumpkin.  

The image from the Oh So Grateful stamp and die set was stamped in Memento Desert Sand ink.  Then I masked that and added another pumpkin and some additional leaves. 
Then I had the real challenge of no line coloring.  Oh boy.  This is not easy.  I have waaaaay too much ink on these pumpkins, because I had a hard time deciding where to start and how to have light and dark areas without the black lines.  It really should not be that hard, but it was! 

When it came to actually making the card, I had a hard time settling on a layout.  I added some splatters of watered down grey acrylic paint.  The sentiment is from Fond Expressions stamp set.  It is stamped in grey since there is no black anywhere else on the card.  I thought it would look funny in black.  Not sure I like it in the grey though...  learning, learning...
I am linking my last card up to the 'Just Us Girls' Challenge which has an inspiration photo this week~

Visit all 3 colorists' blogs and leave a comment to be entered to win a gift certificate from Stamplorations.  You can start HERE at the Stamplorations blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy coloring! 

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Beautiful in Blues

Hello All!

I have been wanting to use this Unity stamp for forever, but things kept getting in the way of free time crafty time.  I finally pulled out the image and my Ken Oliver Colorbursts last night. My colors were inspired by a gorgeous floral from Tae Eun Yoo.  My sketch is from Sunday Stamps.

  I have to say, this is so much prettier in real life.  But between the overcast day, the embossing and the glitter glue, no amount of editing or photography was going to fix this. 
The Unity image was heat embossed in black ep, then water colored with Ken Olive Colorbursts on water color paper.  I fussy cut the image out and then created my background; first, I die cut a large scalloped rectangle (MFT) in white cs.  Then, with Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Distress inks using masking, I sponged a rectangle.  I used this sketch~

 The sentiment is heat embossed on vellum.  I added Dazzling Details to the flower centers and finished the card off with sequins.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bring on Fall

Hello, Hello!

I took the opportunity to play in a couple of challenges, using this gorgeous Power Poppy image.

I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches~

And am also playing in Time Out Challenges, which has this gorgeous inspiration photo~

As well as Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge, 'Bling it on'.

The background is stamped in a light warm gray color and then the same image was stamped with Memento ink, colored with Copics, and fussy cut out.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pattern within a Background


I have a quick card to share today, using Prismacolor pencils and gold embossing powder. 

My background stamp is from Technique Junkies, Stained Glass.  The image was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used Prismacolor pencils to color in selected areas of the image.  A die cut sentiment and a few sequins finish it off! 

If you want to shop at Technique Junkies, you can get a 10% discount on your entire cart (minus clearance items) using code TJ10LeeAnn

Happy Weekend! 

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Week 5 with Stamplorations

Hello Everyone!

Here we are already into the middle of September!  This is my 5th post for Stamplorations and I am heavy on the watercoloring this go around.  If you start over at the Stamplorations blog, you can join in the mini blog hop by leaving a comment on each of our blogs.  You will be entered to win a gift certificate to the Stamplorations store!
First up, a floral, using Blossom Sprays #2

I am loving using Ken Oliver Colorbursts to watercolor with.  I have heat embossed this floral with clear embossing powder, then watercolored it with the powders.

 Easy peasy!  I added gold colored seed beens to the center of the flowers.  I got so into coloring this image that I forgot to take a process picture.  So sorry, all!

The next card is also watercolored with Ken Oliver Colorbursts~

Like the first, the image is heat embossed with clear embossing powder (if you look closely, you can see the embossed image).

I used the In Bloom: Precious Plumeria for this card.

This card was also watercolored with Colorbursts.  The sentiment is from the Fond Expressions.

For my third card, I returned to Copics, my favorite coloring medium~

I opted for a monochromatic palette on this one and stamped my images in a circle.  The flower is from The Birds and The Blooms.  Each flower was colored in a different green.

This is one of my favorite flowers and one of my favorite Stamplorations images.  The sentiment is from the same set.

That's it for me!  Remember to leave a comment and then hop over to the Stamplorations blog to complete the mini hop.  You will have a chance to win a gift certificate to the Stamplorations store!

Thanks for joining us and enjoy the hop!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Two for One with Lift Ink

Hello and Happy Sunday!

I am finally getting over being sick for 3 weeks- Hallelujah!  So many things around the house are waiting to get done.  Maybe now...
I do have two cards to share today, using a stamp from the September Technique Junkies Release.  I consider the September release to be the release that just keeps on giving! 

 This Autumn Doodles Background stamp - What a beauty!  This first card uses a technique that Jennifer McGuire shared on a video.  So fun and easy!  And you get two cards out of one technique.

I started with a piece of Yupo and alcohol inks in a fall palette.  I created my alcohol ink background and then simply stamped the Autumn Doodles stamp in Alcohol Ink Lift Ink (using the MISTI).
I then immediately stamped the ink that was on the stamp onto a piece of cardstock that I placed in my MISTI.  I repeated this technique 2 or three times to transfer the maximum amount of ink to the paper, getting intense color. 
I simply matted the background and added a simple die cut and stamped sentiment to the card.

Now I still have the original Yupo paper left that I had lifted ink from.  It had a beautiful texture on it from the ghost image of the Autumn Doodles stamp.  I used this to make on of my favorite backgrounds- popped up negative die cut pieces~

Such a fun technique!  The background die is a retired Sizzix product and the 'thanks' die is from SugarPea Designs.  Gold thread looks so great with fall colors!

That's it for me!  If you plan on doing any shopping at Technique Junkies, use code TJ10LeeAnn
for a discount of 10% on your entire order (excluding clearance).   

Lee Ann 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Birthday Background

Hello Everyone! 

This week has been crazy busy and my posts have been few.  But coloring is a de-stressor, so I did make time for water coloring.  I love that background stamps are trendy again.  There are so many wonderful ones to choose from.  My background today is from Technique Junkies, simply called, Batik

The image was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white.  I used Ken Oliver Colorbursts to watercolor the image.  It was too pretty to cover up, so I simply added a sentiment from Gina K, some gold thread and sequins. 

Easy Peasy! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week~ 

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

G'Day Mate!


I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Duff of Beth Duff Designs at JunkieFest this summer.  I also had the pleasure of receiving a free stamp set from her.  So if you are down under, or just wish you were down under, this stamp set if for you! 

I could not resist combining the Aussie hat and the sweet koala.  Colored the image with Copics and fussy cut out.  Die cut a circle from the card front and pout a piece of teal cardstock behind.  I did a bit of shading on the teal cardstock. 
Sponged a leaf stencil around the image to frame it and added the fun sentiment. 

Thanks for popping in and have a blessed week, all! 

Lee Ann 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Floral Watercolor with The Ton

Hello, Hello!

I hope my American friends are enjoying their 3 day weekend! 

I have been on a watercoloring kick lately (a bit unusual since I am a Copic girl).  I combined two of my favorite things- CAS sketches and The Ton Stamps for this card~

I used the sketch at CASE this Sketch~

I used Happiest of Peonies from The Ton and colored them with Colorburst powders. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann  :)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Technique Junkies September New Release!

Hello, Hello and welcome to the 
September New Release Blog Hop with Technique Junkies!
 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. 

It's that time of year, when we start to see all stamp sets about Halloween!  All of these
new release stamps are 15% off through September 8th!  No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

What a fun background stamp!  So quick and easy- and a one layer card to boot!  
I have used the new Raven Collage Stamp.   
I masked off a large rectangle on my card front.  
Using Direct to Paper Technique, I dragged 3 Halloween themed colors of Distress ink to the rectangle, then placed the card front in my MISTI
I inked it up with black ink several times until I got good coverage of my solid image bird
(one of my favorite features of the MISTI!).  
And that is it!  

Your next stop is Cheri Weston's blog for some amazing inspiration!

New release is 15% off through September 8,
 all other items (excluding clearance) are 15% off with code TJ10LeeAnn.  

Lee Ann

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Regal, or Not!

Hello Everyone! 

I have an easy card, but with its humorous sentiment, I think it packs a pretty big punch! 

Using my MISTI, I stamped my Technique Junkies image, Need a Crown, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The image was then colored with Copics.
I put the card base back into the MISTI and inked up the crown with Versamark ink.  The crown was heat embossed with gold ep.  I used a Versamark marker on the earring and heat embossed that in gold as well. 
I stamped a mask for the woman and then, after placing the mask over the stamped image, I sponged light pink around the woman.  I applied a darker pink ink through the Scribbled Roses stencil
Last touches included scoring around the card front and rhinstones to the crown and earring. 

That's it!  Easy Peasy, especially when you are using a MISTI. 
You can get 10% off of all products from Technique Junkies with code TJ10LeeAnn. 

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Coloring with Stamplorations: Week 4

Hello Everyone!

I have a variety of projects to share for Day 4 of coloring for Stamplorations.  This post is also part of a mini hop- leave a comment on each of the 3 blogs and the Stamplorations blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Stamplorations store.  Details can be found HERE
 First up is a monochromatic image with a pink background using pointillism~

The Cup of Blooms 2 image is colored with Copics. 

Shades of pink were used for the pointillism background.  The flowers where coated with Wink of Stella and highlights were added with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from the Blooming Buds set. 

Next up is a tag, using one of my favorite sets, The Birds and The Blooms.  I love the versatility of this set.  I have made a summer and a fall card, and now a Christmas tag with it. 

Once again, I have colored my mini scene with Copics. 

I added the falling snow by flicking diluted white acrylic paint onto the tag.  I love how this turned out. 

Back to summer with my third card, using the Blooming Buds set~

I love this set for all of its parts.  Parts allow you to play!  My flowers, and other parts, are colored with Copics. 

I fussy cut some of the parts and adhered them to the card using dimensional tape to give it more depth.  The right side of the background was sponged with Seedless Preserves and Spun Sugar distress inks while the left side was sponged with Mowed Lawn and then Twisted Citron.  I then placed the Shower of Flutters stencil over the sponged background and sponged over it with Mowed Lawn Distress ink. 
You can see all of the coloring inspiration on the Stamplorations blog HERE.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! 
Happy Humnp Day! 

Lee Ann 

Monday, August 20, 2018

African Beauty

Hello All! 

Wow, 3 days in and I feel like I have been back to school for months.  But, we re off to a great start.  Now to figure out when I will be able to craft! 
When I saw the August Release for Technique Junkies, this gorgeous African Beauty was first on my must have list~

As so often happens when I add a background after coloring an image, I did not like the background I had selected for the African woman.  So, I fussy cut her out and then tried to figure out what I wanted to do.  I pulled out my reject stuff and started playing around with it.  I came upon this gorgeous image stamped in black, Black and White Swirls.  I fussy cut out the swirls (yes, you read that right!) and put them behind my African woman.  Since I was on a fussy cutting roll, I also fussy cut my sentiment, You Are Special
That's it for me.  If you are interested in purchasing these stamps or any other items from Technique Junkies, you can get 10% off with code TJ10LeeAnn

Lee Ann

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Playing with Concord and 9th

Hello All,

Short and sweet today as life has gotten busy.  We are back to school and the first week is always nutty! 
From the moment I saw this stamp, I new I had to have it.  It is a brand new stamp set from Concord and 9th called Grateful for Everything

After getting home from work today, I settled in to destress by coloring this beauty. 
This image, when used with its background stamps, was perfect for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  I did rotate the sketch. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunflower Two Ways

Hello and Happy Sunday to YOU!

Today I am sharing two cards with you, both using the Single Sunflower from Technique Junkies, but they are two very different cards.

This first one may not initially appear to be stamped with a sunflower, but if you look closely, you will see the yellow outline of it.  This is actually a gel plate print.  I started with some acrylic paint and the Scribble Mask Stencil from A Colorful Life Stencils. I layered a few paints incorporating the stencil until I was happy with what I had.
I then pressed the Single Sunflower stamp carefully onto the gel plate, then lifted it off, removing paint in the process.  I lifted my print and left the paint dry.  I kept things very simple by simply heat embossing the sentiment from the  Sunflower Sentiments Stamp set.
 My colors were inspired by the mood board at SumMoreFun challenge~

The next card was done with the 'fast watercoloring' technique by Jennifer McGuire~

 The sunflower was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in gold.  I then applied distress inks to the flower parts, using the direct to paper technique.  Once I had good coverage, I spritzed the parts with water and set them aside to dry.
Once dry, I fussy cut the sunflower and leaves out.  I added these pieces, along with some diecuts to a hoop wreath.  The sentiment is Always Be There. Sequins finish off the card.
I am linking up my second card to the 'Just Us Girls' Challenge, which is to use fast watercolor technique.  

If you want to do some discounted shopping, use code TJ10LeeAnn at
 Technique Junkies and you will get a 10% discount on your entire cart (excluding clearance).  

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Week 3 with Stamplorations and Coloring!

Hello, Hello!

Welcome back to another edition of Coloring with Stamplorations!
I had so much fun with these cards; one with a coloring technique I learned at Junkie Fest, another with my favorite color combo, and a third with a touch of fall. Wait, did I just say fall?  Goodness school is right around the corner and soon enough it will be everything pumpkin spice!

Up first, my marigolds today look nothing like marigolds~

These are the French Marigold, Large, found HERE.  The sentiment is from the The Birds and The Blooms stamp set.  I colored these beauties on Canson 140lb watercolor paper with Colorbursts.

The images where masked and stamped with Versamark and clear embossed.  You can see above, the flowers in different phases of completion.
What I did not realize when I started this panel was that it was not a 4.25 by 5.5 size, but bigger.  Once it was complete, I had to figure out what to do with it so that it would fit on a card front.  I ended up cutting across the middle of the card and fussy cutting around some petals.
 I am linking this card up to the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge- anything goes with option of flower.
The next card uses this gorgeous butterfly image from the Blossom Like a Butterfly set.  I absolutely love pink, orange and yellow together.

These butterflies were stamped in distress inks- Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw.  I used my MISTI and completed one butterfly at a time. 
The process was to stamp in the distress ink- Scattered Straw for example- then with a water brush, pull that color around to color the entire image.  Once I was happy with the coloring, I let the ink dry, or partially dry and then stamped over it with Vintage Photo. 

Once all the images were done, I went back in and added darker shades with colored pencils where the wings attach to the body.  I am linking this card up to the Double D Challenge- 'Don't Bug Me". 

This last one was just plain fun!  Images are from the stamp set The Birds and The Blooms~

I wanted to color up this beautiful Oriole but wanted more than just the bird on the card.  With fall right around the corner, I decided to put him in a field with sunflowers.  The bird was stamped first, then masked.  I stamped the sunflower once and then added a mask to it as well, stamping another sunflower.  I repositioned the sunflower mask and stamped another flower, repeating until I was happy with the composition.  Now my card needed details to complete the background, so I drew in little extras such as stems, leaves and grasses as seen below~

Thankfully it did not need to be perfect as it would all blend in in the end!  Everything was colored with Copic markers.  The final card is pretty simple.  The piece or bright green patterned paper along the right edge is actually a scrap piece of a Gelli print I had lying around.

You can see ALL of the gorgeous coloring inspiration HERE on the Stamplorations blog.  Please check it out!  Participate in the mini hop by leaving comments along the way for a chance to win a GC to the Stamplorations store. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I have inspired you!

Lee Ann 
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