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 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Christmas Wreath

Hi Everyone!

Quick post today, sharing a CAS Christmas card I made for one of the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoaststampers.
I used goodies from the Junkie Fest retreat including- Gina K Wreath template, Catherine Pooler stamps, MISTI and Studi Katia~

Stamp set is Candy Cane Lane from Catherine Pooler; it was stamped using the MISTI and the Wreath Builder Stencil from Gina K. and is embellished with bling from Studio Katia.
The sentiment is from my favorite snowman stamp set, Welcome Jesus, from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps.

Thanks for stopping,

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann

Shimmering Backgrounds

Hey Everyone! 

Today's card is all about the shimmer!  Technique Junkies has released a new product, Shimmering Bliss.  It is a dye ink and mica spray with lots and lots of shimmer!  Instead of spritzing it, I dripped it onto a background panel~

Here are the details~

1.  5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch cardstock was embossed with a 3D embossing folder.
2.  A layer of gesso was applied over the embossed cardstock.
3.  I unscrewed the spritzer from the bottle of Shimmering Bliss (starting with Chestnut Mare
and then dripped the Shimmering Bliss onto the debossed areas.  The liquid did not run as much as a wanted it to, so I misted it with water. I continued to drip and spray, until I was happy with where the color was. 
4.  I dried the embossed layer with a heat tool. 
5.  I repeated the drip and mist process with the Mardi Gras Purple Shimmering Bliss
6.  Once I was happy with the look, I dried the panel with a heat tool.  At this point, if you really wanted to age your project, you could sand the raised areas some.  I did on this card HERE, but not on today's card.  Totally up to you. 
7. I stamped the sentiment, Light Remains, on a rectangular piece of cardstock.  I colored on 'light rays' through the sentiment with a light peach colored Copic marker. 
8.  I stamped and colored the Butterfly 2 image and then fussy cut it out, removing one of the wings to give it the illusion of a sideways view. 
9.  I used some cheese cloth behind the sentiment panel and assembled the card.  Sequins finish off the card. 
You can get 15% off all new release stamps through August 8th.  All other non clearance items, including the NEW Shimmering Bliss, can be purchased at 10% off with code TJ10LeeAnn.

That's it for me!  I hope I have inspired you to create today!  

Lee Ann

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Playing with New Toys

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I had the pleasure of going to Junkie Fest last week.  There were so many wonderful things about this retreat- I can't even begin to mention them all.  However, one of the great things was that we were introduced to companies and/or products that we had previously not had much experience with.  One of the things I finally purchased because of Junkie Fest is the Gina K Wreath Builder set~

Now, these flowers did not actually come from the wreath building set, but you have to use a stencil/template to build your wreath and that is in the set.  I was having fun experimenting with different images from other sets to see what I could come up with.  The floral and leaf images from the You Make Me Happy Gina K Stamp Set worked perfectly with the wreath builder template. 
I stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut my wreath.  Sponged a bit of Marmalade Distress Ink through a stencil on the card base. 
I love the results and am already thinking of other fun things to make into a wreath. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Inspired by The Ton

Hello, Hello! 

I am back from the Junkie Fest retreat in Minneapolis and all I can say is WOW! 
I said I would have pictures, but we were so busy that I did not take any!  Well, I took one- and that was of the colors of the watercolors I was using on a card. 
Inspiration was everywhere, but one who particularly inspired me was Effie Cho of The Ton.  So, of course I had to color up an image from The Ton.  I used Copics while waiting for some watercoloring supplies to arrive. 

I used the fabulous stamp set, Nesting Peonies.  My color inspiration came The House of Cards Challenge.  I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, 'Wild Things', as well as Watercooler Wednesday, 'Feminine Anything Goes'.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann

August Technique Junkies New Release!

Hello, Hello and Welcome to the Technique Junkies August new release blog hop! 

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.  

We have 18 new stamps in the Technique Junkies line!
All of the August 2018 New Release stamps are 15% off
through August 8th! We can all use a little bargain, right?
No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and
the discount will be applied at checkout.
We also have a brand new EXCLUSIVE Technique Junkies product!
Introducing Shimmering Bliss!
25 colors of shimmering ink sprays that are perfect for techniques and any time you want to add shimmer to your projects! 
If you love sparkle you will want to try Shimmering Bliss

My cards today use the super versatile stamp set, Enjoy the Ride- PERFECT for those difficult-to-make male cards.  I paired it with the City Watercolors stamp and the Time to Celebrate sentiment.  My  city background is stamped in gray and the motorcycle is colored with Prismacolor pencils. 

The next card uses the tried and true technique of wrinkle free distress, or more recently known as ink smooshing. 

I applied distress inks to my craft mat and then spritzed them with water.  I smooshed the card into the ink, drying inbetween layers.  Again, I have used the Enjoy the Ride stamp set.  I thought the Aged to Perfection sentiment was perfect for this vintage image.  I used my MISTI to get perfect placement of the sentiment and to stamp the image multiple times ensuring good ink coverage on watercolor paper. 

The last card I am sharing only has a sentiment, but is beautiful in its simplicity in large part due to the gorgeous shimmer of the new Shimmering Bliss sprays.

I used the Shimmering Bliss Dolphin Cove color on this card.  I will have a detailed description of the technique used on this card when I post a similiar card this weekend.  The beautiful sentiment is from the With Sympathy Stamp Set
Your next stop is Cheri Weston's blog for more fabulous inspiration! 

All new stamps are 15% off through August 8; all other non clearance stamps and products are 10% off with Code TJ10LeeAnn!  This includes the new Shimmering Bliss sprays! 

Thanks for stopping and Happy Hopping! 

Lee Ann 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Beach Wear

Hey All!

As this post goes live, I will be packing up and getting ready to head home after a crafty weekend with the Stamp Junkies up in Minneapolis.  I am sure there will be stories and photos to share!
Today's Technique Junkies card is all about the beach- well flip flops on the beach to be exact.

This was so fun to make; I went straight to google images and looked up flip flops on the beach and then tried to reproduce the scene here.  I love how this turned out!  The Flip Flop Stamp is a perfect size and great for paper piecing.
I created two panels- a background and a foreground.  Check out my TJ blog post for more info on this.  The sentiment is from the Seashells Set of 5 stamp set and was stamped with my MISTI for perfect placement.
If you would like to shop for some TJ stamps, you can get 10% off your entire order with 
code TJ10LeeAnn

That's it for today!  Next time we 'meet', I should be back in the Lou~

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Week 2 of Coloring with Stamplorations!

Hello All! 
This is my second post of the day.  I am just about ready to head north for Minneapolis to attend Junkie Fest.  But first, I am sharing 3 more cards for Stamplorations using more gorgeous florals.  Be sure to read about the chance to win $15 to the Stamplorations store at the end of the post!
The first is colored with Copics~

The hummingbird and small flower with him is from the Birds and the Blooms stamp set.  The yellow flowers are from the Blossom Sprays #2 stamp set.  They have been stamped twice.  Minimal masking was then done to add the small orange flower and hummingbird into the scene.  All was colored with Copics. 

This is just a process photo, about midway through the project.  The background was colored with Copics and then texturized with rubbing alcohol and burlap. 
The sentiment is from the fabulous, Fond Expressions Stamp Set

Close up of Mr. Hummingbird.  He is coated in Wink of Stella to give him a beautiful shimmer. 

This second card also uses the Blossom Sprays #2 Stamp Set; it is watercolored with Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens. 

Adding color in layers.  

Starting on the greenery

And again, I have used the Fond Expressions Stamp Set for the sentiment. 

The third card is more contemporary and uses the Best Mom Ever Stamp Set

Contemporary flowers call for nontraditional colors.  

The flowers and background are colored with Copics.  A Copic Blender Pen was used to
add texture to the background. 
The card base panel is sponged with some Soft Sky ink over the Shower of Flutters
To finish off the card I spritzed the image panel with the most shimmery of sprays (top secret at this time) and added some sequins.  I used a white gel pen to highlight flower centers.  The sentiment is from the Birds and the Blooms Stamp Set

To see these and more gorgeous coloring inspiration from the rest of the guest designers, check out the Stamplorations Blog!  AND, there just may be a mini blog hop again, with a chance to win $15 to the Stamplorations store

That's it for me; I hope I have inspired you to get out your favorite coloring medium! 

Lee Ann 

Week 4 with Simon Says Stamp and Art Impressions!

Hello, Hello!
Welcome to another Wednesday challenge with Simon Says Stamp!

wed-newchallenge-header                       It has been an honor to Guest Design for Simon Says Stamp!  Sadly, this is my last week- but it is a good one!


This week the design team is featuring Art Impressions products.

 The challenge this week is 'Anything Goes'- always a crowd pleaser!

I love Art Impression's comedic images!  They remind me of the group of friends from work- all of us with our quirks and unique ways.  I like to use AI images for cards I make for them.  I have used the Art Impressions Sunny Shades Cling Rubber Stamp Set here.  These delightful ladies are colored with Copic Markers.
To die cut the panel, I used the My Favorite Things Stitched Basic Edges Die-Namics.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine ink and heat embossed with Wow Clear embossing powder.
Glossy Accents was added to the lenses of the glasses.

Simon Says Stamp generously provides a $50 dollar gift certificate each week so be sure to get your entry in for a chance to win!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Simon Says Stamp

Monday, July 23, 2018

Prepping for Papercrafting Fun!

Hello All!

I am super excited- I am getting ready to go on the Stamp Junkies Retreat in Minneapolis; me and about 129 other papercrafters!  Not sure how much crafting I will get done, but I know I will get to meet many of my stampy idols.  I will be driving up with my stampy friend, Ceal.  Look out, MN, here we come!

Today's card is a simple one layer card using good old fashioned masking and sponging. 

I used distress inks and Technique Junkies Octopus Face Stamp.  If you are wanting to purchase this stamp, use code TJ10LeeAnn to save 10%.

I masked off the sentiment and stamped the octopus with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Next, I made a mask for the octopus and masked off the middle section of the card base.  I sponged on Distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Blue Print Sketch.  Splashed on some water to cause the ink to react.
Next, I masked the image off as well as parts of the sentiment and stamped the sentiment in two parts- to the upper left and lower right of the color block.  I have never had an octopus on my face, lol.  How about you? 
Lastly, the octopus was colored with Copics.  As usual, I added sequins for some sparkle.

I am linking up to:
 Fab 'n' Funky- 'Make it Funny'
Animal Friends Challenge- 'Water'
Happy Little Stampers- CAS, animals

Thanks for stopping by,

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Simon Says Stamp and Birch Press Design!

Hello All!

It is week three for me at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


It is an honor to be the featured designer for July.


The design team is featuring Birchpress Design products this week.

The challenge this week is to 'Use a die or a punch'.

 These Birchpress products are just beautiful!  I stamped two flowers using the Birchpress Design Delicate Peony Stamp Set; I fussy cut them out as I do not have these dies.  For the leaves, I stamped them in Versamark ink and then clear embossed them using Wow Clear Embossing Powder; they were then fussy cut out.
The sentiment is from the Birchpress Wishing You the Best Sentiment Set and is stamped in a warm brown; it is die cut out with the coordinating Wishing You the Best Craft Die.
My mixed media background starts with a Tim Holtz Burlap Stencil and some  Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste in white.  I embossed the right side of the background and then while it was still wet, I sprinkled some Aged Gold Stampendous Embossing powder on the wet embossing paste as well as on the cardstock.  The powder is more like granules, so it is pretty easy to control versus trying to use a fine powder.  I then heated/melted the powder.  For a little added elegance, I used a piece of white cardstock and inked it up using the same warm brown ink as the sentiment.  Then, using Versamark ink and the same Aged Gold EP, I added the EP to the brown strip of cs.
My usual Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins finish off the card with some shine. 

Simon Says Stamp generously provides a $50 dollar gift certificate each week so be sure to get your entry in for a chance to win!

Simon Says Stamp

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Shaker Jellies!

Hello All and Happy Sunday!

I am up on the Technique Junkies blog today with a sea themed shaker card!
I am not a huge fan of cutesy, so when I saw these jelly fish from Rita Barakat, without smiley faces, I knew I had to have them!  If you just have to have them too, you can get 10% off of your entire order with code TJ10LeeAnn

I stamped the jellies multiple times, using masks to add depth to the scene.  A bit more color was added to the jellies with Arteza watercolor brush pens. 
To create the shaker, I fussy cut around the tentacles of the jellies.  The background of the shaker is tone on tone stamping using the Marble Swirl background stamp.  I stamped the Hang in There sentiment, using my MISTI, to get perfect placement of said sentiment.  The outer frame was made with rectangle Spellbinders dies. 
The shaker was assembled, adding lots of sparkly goodness. 

That's it!  These shaker cards are getting much easier for me, finally!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Sunday is fabulous!  

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SSS Wednesday Challenge with Mama Elephant!


 Hello Again! It is time for a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

 I am joining the team again this week, with the featured product being Mama Elephant!

  The challenge this week is 'Fun in the Sun'! 

Summer is full of outdoor activities, including parades! Those of us in the U.S. just experienced that with last week's Independence Day celebrations.  I could not resist these adorable parading critters from the Mama Elephant Animal Parade Stamp Set.  They are colored with Copics.  I did a little cutting outside of the box with my critter panel and used  My Favorite Things Peek A Boo Polka Dots die to back the panel.  The first background panel was cut in a lime green paper.  I cut a second panel in aqua color and popped up a few of the dots on Scotch Double Sided Foam Tape; my image panel is also popped up on the dimensional tape.  I added some sparkle with my Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter marker to the aqua dots as well as parts of the colored image.

Simon Says Stamp generously provides a $50 dollar gift certificate each week so be sure to get your entry in for a chance to win!

Simon Says Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderfully crafty week!

Lee Ann 
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