Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hopping with Sweet n Sassy Stamps and an FMS Sketch!


Welcome to the Sweet n Sassy Stamps September New Release Blog Hop!  You are sure to be inspired on the hop, with the incredible stamp sets that have been released this month and the amazing talent of the design team.
Hop along and leave a comment on the blogs listed below and you could be a winner of a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet n Sassy Stamps shop!  Winners will be announced on the Sweet n Sassy Stamps blog on Wednesday, September 25th.  You have until 10pm ET on September 24th to comment.

It was hard to pick a set to share, so I have selected two to share with you.

If you are into critters, this Fur-Ever Friends Stamp Set is hands down the cutest critter set going!
I used the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the sketch!  Narelle is this week's sketch designer and she did not disappoint!

So, pretty clear I did not use any critters on this card!  All of the foliage and the simply adorable shrooms can take centerstage in their own right!  This week's FMS sketch was perfect!

I colored the images with Copics and fussy cut them out.  Worked a bit to arrange them on the card front and added a few sequins.  Super easy!
Next up, I actually did use the critters on this project!

 They are the cutest!  This time I water colored them, using Arches water color paper and Daniel Smith Water colors
I fussy cut the critters and then painted a background for them on the Arches paper, going for a tone on tone look.  To add a bit more texture and distinction to the background, I stamped the Falling Leaves Stamp in white ink behind each critter. 

I used a fine Micron pen in black to color in the eyes and noses.

Next up, the fun Christmas set, Deck the Halls.

I love stringing popcorn and cranberries so this set was right up my alley!  I kept things simple by stamping the image twice and coloring with Copics.  I did some minor masking for this.  Added the sentiment, some Wink of Stella and sequins and framed it with a scalloped rectangle.
Did you know that besides this great release, it is Sweet Sentimental September at Sweet n Sassy Stamps?  That means That sentiment sets are on sale!  Check out the  Sweet and Sentimental category HERE

If you are still with me, thank you!  I know this was a long post! 
Time to continue on the blog hop!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Neutral Fall and a Sketch

Hello All and Happy Tuesday!

I am up on the Sweet n Sassy Stamps blog with this card today. 
I was inspired by the sketch at Case This Sketch and just had to play. 

I was also inspired by the gorgeous inspiration photo at Pinspirational Challenge.

I used the leaves form the Sweet n Sassy Stamp set, Fur-ever Friends and clustered them for the element in the lower right corner. To add interest to the background panel, I used the Typewriter Text Stamp and the Skeleton Leaf Stamp.  The sentiment is from the So Grateful Stamp Set.

Thanks for popping in!  Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Happy Fall!

Hello Everyone!

It is a gorgeous fall like day here in st Louis.  Unfortunately we don't really have any color yet- need to wait until we are into October for that.  But one can dream, right?!

I played in a couple of challenges with this card, which uses a Technique Junkies Stamp from the Autumn Framed Sentiments Stamp Set.  Sentiment is In My Prayers.
Leaves were colored with Daniel Smith Watercolors.  Paper is Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper.   I also splattered in blue and black DS watercolors.  I used Quin Deep Gold, Pyrrol Scarlet and Mayan Dark Blue. 
I used the sketch and inspiration from Fusion-
My colors are from Inspired By -

And I used the word prompt from Inkspirational which is 'crop'.
I am also linking up to The Male Room- Autumn.

 Thanks for stopping by and have a glorious weekend!
 Lee Ann 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #402

Howdy All!

This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is from the talented Karren and it is perfect for Christmas baubles!

See?  I could not get past Christmas ornaments!

I used the new Deck the Halls Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps for my card.  The baubles are colored with Copics and fussy cut out.
A couple of pieces of scrap designer paper finish off the card. Pretty easy!  The sentiment is apparently from a discontinued snss set, which makes me sad as it is a favorite of mine. 

Check out the rest of the always fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team then join us for sketch 402!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mixed Media is Going to the Dogs

Hello Everyone! 

I have a quick share this evening, this one a mixed media card I threw together with a monoprint I had previously made.

My image is I'll Be Watching You from Technique Junkies.  Wondering about the name of the stamp?  It comes from the sentiment that is a part of the stamp.  I used the sentiment, Fur Baby, instead of what comes with the dog image.  See Below!  You can take 10% off of both of these stamps, as well as everything else at Technique Junkies with code TJ10LeeAnn!

Anywho, I used my MISTI to stamp the dog, so I could get a clean image with good coverage (I stamped the image multiple times). 

A little bit of baker's twine finishes it off. 
I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Stamp it- which I have clearly done! 

As well as Mix It Up Challenge- Anything Goes!  

Thanks for stopping in - Lee Ann 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Falling Leaves

Hello and Happy Saturday! 

I know it was a short week for us in the U.S., but I was ready for this weekend!
While the temps are still warm, things are starting to look like fall.  Leaves are on the trails when I walk and then, of course, there is the (in)famous pumpkin spice.  And can't forget Panera's squash soup that will be returning soon!! 

I am up on the Shimmerz Paints blog this morning with this card.  I have used one of the fantastic new stamps from Technique Junkies, Modern Foliage, and the sentiment, Hope is Stronger
This card was super easy to put together as all I did was stamp my image on watercolor paper and color with various different paints from Shimmerz Paints.  There is a wonderful mix of shimmer, which is hard to capture on the camera, but I used these products, which have varying degrees of shimmer. 

Super simple card, but the shine gives you a lot of bang for your buck! 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend! 
Should you decide to do some Shimmerz Shopping, don't forget to type my name, Lee Ann Barrett, in the comments section of your order, and you will receive a free gift from Shimmerz Paints! 

Lee Ann 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

More Critters

Hello All!
 By now you are probably tired of all of my critter cards, but they are so doggoned cute that it is impossible not to keep creating!
I have been wanting to do a tall card, or in this case, wide, and these critters were perfect!

My card is approximately 4 x 9 inches.  I used a cloud stencil for my sky and sponged in some ground as well.  All of my critters, from the Fur-ever Friends Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps are colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  Some of the critters and embellies are popped up on dimensional tape.  Those mushrooms make me giddy! 
 I left the sentiment off as this is going to a friend's daughter, whose nursery theme is forest animals.  She will probably frame this.

 I am linking up to Double D Challenges- this week the have an adorable inspiration photo!

As well as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- 'Stamp It, no Digis'. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #401

Hello and Welcome back for a Freshly Made Sketches new sketch!
We are moving on from our month long celebration and have a fantastic sketch from Cecile this week~

Here is the sketch~

It's always the scary sketches that stretch me and that I turn out loving!

The adorable image is from the new Sweet n Sassy Stamps Stamp Set, Fur-ever Friends.  Cutest. Set. Ever!  I colored the foliage and fox in coral colors and fussy cut out.  The card base is stenciled with a A Colorful Life Designs Stencil, Scribble Rose, for a tone on tone background.
Check out the rest of the inspiration from the talented team and then give this awesome sketch a try!
Can't wait to see you in the gallery!

I am linking up to Double D Challenges~ they have an adorable mood board!- as well as Addicted to Stamps and More- Make Your Mark. 
Lastly, I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Stamp It!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Your Face

Hello All!
quick post today with a card I made for the Impression Obsession Challenge.

Miss Your Face was one of those sentiments I just had to have, lol!  And it paired perfectly with Pauline Puffer, lol!
I am linking up to the At the Beach Challenge at Impression Obsession.
I used some Ranger Watercolor Paper and my beloved Ken Oliver Colorbursts for this card background.
Pauline is colored with Copics and the sentiment is stamped with Versafine Black ink.
I am also linking up to Casology-  for there LOL challenge. 
I am also linking up to Just Us Girls-

Thanks for stopping in!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

All About the Browns

Hello All!

September 1st and that means time for a new challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge!

September 1st also means that it is time for the new release from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  Oh, My. Word.  This new set, Fur-Ever Friends- is the absolute cutest set ever! I just keep making cards with it, lol!  I tried some no line watercoloring with my Daniel Smith watercolors.  The background is made with the Wood Background Stamp Set.  The card needed a little more something, so I added a leafy branch from the Scribble Flowers Stamp Set, that I heat embossed in gold on vellum.
I used the sketch from CASE this Sketch~

I am also linking up to Simon Says stamp Wednesday Challenge, 'Anything Goes'

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!
Lee Ann  

Celebrating Technique Junkies September Release

Hello and Happy September!
Technique Junkies is releasing lots of new autumn goodness today and we are celebrating with a blog hop!  New Release stamps are 15% off now through September 8.  Take an extra 10% off all stamps, including new release, with code TJ10LeeAnn!  If you are looking for my Shimmerz blog post, go HERE.
On with the release!

 I love wood slices, and all things wood really, so this background stamp was a must have!  I consider it a stamping staple for anyone who is a Joanna Gaines fan, lol! It is aptly named, Tree Rings.
I stamped it in kraft ink on kraft cardstock.
My Pumpkin is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with my beloved Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  They are as cheap as I have seen them at Dick Blick right now and you get free shipping if you spend $35!  I stamped with Memento Desert Storm ink for a no line coloring look.
The sentiment is so me- as a society, we are moving waaaay to fast!  OK, done preaching, lol.  Anyway, the sentiment is Leaves Turn.
Here is your Hop list~

You Are Here-Lee Ann Barrett 
When you are shopping, don't forget to save some $$ by using code TJ10LeeAnn  
when you check out!  
Happy Hopping!
Lee Ann 

Many Thanks for a Shimmering Fall

Hello All!

I am up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog today with this card!  Stop by to say 'HI'!
If you are looking for my Technique Junkies release post, click HERE

My background panel was done with the A Colorful Life Designs stencil, Scribble Roses, which you can get HERE - get 10% off with code TJ10LeeAnn.

I used Shimmerz Paints ~

My leaf is from Concord and 9th and the thanks die is from Sugar Pea Designs.  

Check out the Shimmerz Blog for all of the details!
If you do some shopping at Shimmerz Paints, type in my name, Lee Ann- in the order comments section for a free Shimmerz gift!  

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Hello, Hello!

I am sneaking in card this week.  Boy, things have been busy around here and time is at a premium for all things crafting.
Today's card uses the new Prickly Stamp from Technique Junkies.

This is such a great cactus image, and a nice size, too.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and painted it with watercolors.  I die cut the panel with a circle die, mounted it on black paper and mounted it on the card base, which I added a card front die cut to.  Pretty simple!

I am linking up to Simon Says stamp Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes
As well as The Color Throwdown~

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

Thanks for stopping by and have a Fabulous Friday!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Big 4-0-0!

Hello All! 

Today is an exciting day at Freshly Made Sketches as we are at the end of our month long celebration and at Sketch 400!  And along with Sketch 400, comes prizes from wonderful companies in the crafting community!   So without further ado, Sketch 400!

The sketch~

I was excited to do this sketch as I envisioned using the stamp from Sweet n Sassy Stamps for the card.  It came out just as I had planned.  Isn't it nice when that happens?!  The set is Singing Praises and is just spectacular.  The birds are gorgeous!  The set is currently FREE with the purchase of $75 from the Sweet n Sassy Store, but keep your eyes pealed as it may make a reappearance in September! 
The bird was colored with Copics.  I wanted a blue and brown color scheme; I found a blue panel on my desk that was a discard from a stamping with a stencil technique.  It was perfect.  I then used the Falling Leaves Background Stamp and added leaves to the top of the blue panel as well as the main white panel.  I used the gorgeous shade of blue, Caribbean Sky, from the Glacier Caves Cube Set
My square window and blue frame was die cut with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares Dies
Lastly, the sentiment is from the Scripty Thoughts Stamp Set.  The bird and white panel are popped up on foam adhesive.  I finished it off with a few sequins from SSS. 

Now it is your turn!  Head over to the Freshly Made Sketches Blog for all of the details on this week's festivities and check out the rest of the team's inspiration- they always blow me away with their talent! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann! 

Saturday, August 24, 2019



Today is my first official post over on the Shimmerz Blog! Head there for details on how I made this card!

I really love how this turned out.  The sparkle in the background from the Lime Green Shimmerz Paint is amazing!  If you love shimmer, you canNOT beat Shimmerz Paints products.

I tried to capture it on camera, but you know how that goes.  It is so much more shimmery irl!

I paired the Lime Green Shimmerz with some Well Blue Me Down Coloringz.  I just love the names for some of their products, lol.   The Coloringz line does not have shimmer, and is a spray.  But where the two products blended together- shimmer!  So much fun to get messy with!

I also used Liquetex white gesso on the panel for texture and to add variation in the colors.  

And the flowers- they are from Sweet n Sassy Stamps stamp set, Mason Jar Bouquet.  I stamped 3 flowers and colored them with Copics, then fussy cut them out.  The sentiment is from the same set.  It was stamped in Versafine black ink.  I added white to the flower stamens with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

And friends, if you decide to shop at Shimmerz Paints, put my name (Lee Ann Barrett) in the comment section and you will receive a FREE gift with your order!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Rolling Green Hills

Hello Everyone!

Today's card is super easy and was inspired by a couple of challenges.

I used a couple of stamps from Technique Junkies.  The background is Abstract Waves.  It is one of my favorite background stamps as it can represent so many different things.  Here it is representing rolling hills going off into the distance.  The sheep is from the newest release and is called Miss Ewe.  I love this quirky sheep!  It makes a cute baby card too!
I was inspired by Pinspirational with their inspiration photo of mountains.  I don't have 'campy' stamps even though I love to camp so I put the next best thing on grassy, green hills- livestock, lol.

I used my MISTI to stamp the background as I could stamp it multiple times to get good ink coverage.
The sheep was stamped on Neenah Solar White cs, colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  Super easy!
I am also linking up to Sheepski Designs for the Animal Madness challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Celebrating Freshly Made Sketches!

Hello Again! 

We are at week 3 of our month long celebration at Freshly Made Sketches!  We are looking back at another sketch~

Here is your sketch- number 300!

I am not a coffee drinker (please don't faint), so if I can find TEA I grab it!  This month Sweet n Sassy Stamps released an adorable tea set, Tea For Two
I started with a piece of watercolor paper and stamped one of the hearts from the set all over the panel with Versamark, then heat embossed it with white ep.  Next, I did a light pink wash using DS watercolors. 
I stamped those adorable tea bags in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them in with Copics.  I am so weird about trying to color everything life-like- I used Copics here to give the appearance of tea leaves in the bag.  I fussy cut the image out. 
I layered a couple of scrap pieces of patterned paper and then added my circle with sentiment.  The tea bags are adhered with dimensional adhesive. 
Now it's your turn!  Check out all of the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and then link up your interpretation of this sketch! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fall Robin

Hello All!

I am back with another bird card; I love bird images and the latest ones from Sweet n Sassy Stamps are fantastic. The set is Singing Praises and is FREE this month with a $75 purchase.   I decided to give no line coloring a go, allowing me to turn the bird into whatever species I wanted.

Obviously, I made this bird a robin.  I stamped him in Memento Desert Sand ink and colored him with Copics, using a photo for reference.
The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Versafine Black ink.

I used the color inspiration from Sunday Stamps~

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Lee Annn

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Blue Hues

Hello All! 

School starts tomorrow so it is a busy afternoon and evening.
  Quick post to share a retirement card~

I used a Technique Junkies Stamp, Born to Fish, and paired it with the Retirement stamp
For the sky, I did some emboss resist using the Marble Swirl Background Stamp.  I think it gives the sky a bit of an ethereal look or even northern light 'ish'.
I sponged various blue distres inkes to the backgound and stamped the main image.  Perfect for a MAN! 
I am linking up to Watercooler Wednesday- All about Occasions, my occasion being retirement.  I will certainly be celebrating that! 
I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Mid Summer Blues.

If you shop at Technique Junkies, be sure to use code TJ10LeeAnn for 10% off your entire purchase!  That includes the 3 stamp above that I used. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful back to school season!

Lee Ann 
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