Sunday, June 16, 2019

Everything is Coming Up Daisies

Hello Again!

Popping in for a quick post using the fantastic Delightful Daisies Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy

So, I got a little over zealous here, trying no line coloring with white flowers and in addition to that, doing masking so I had a scene of 3 flowers instead of one.  One flower would probably been a lot
easier, lol!  I did stippling for the background and love how it turned out.  I used Copics Y 13, 15, 17 and 19. I used the Ws for the shadows of the daisies.  I used a sentiment from the Mason Jar Bouquet Stamp Set.  I just love the fonts in this set.
I framed the image with a scalloped rectangle frame from MFT.
I am linking up to Just Add Ink with their gorgeous inspiration photo that I cannot get enough of.

Am also linking up to Time Out Challenges-

 Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

By the Sea with CAS(E) This Sketch et al.

Hello, Hello!

The last couple of challenges from CAS(E) this Sketch have been challenging ones for me.   This week's was no exception but I decided to add several elements together to represent the swirl.  
I love how this turned out! 

I also flipped the sketch so the sentiment is at the top and I turned mine into a shaker card.

I used the adorable Mer-Mazing Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  My images are colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  For my crabby friend peeking out behind the rock, his eyes were fussy cut out so I could adhere them down closer together than if I had left them attached to his head.  My main crab's eyeballs have Glossy Accents on them, which, in real life lookes adorable!
The background was done on watercolor paper, using the Wrinkle free distress technique with my Distress inks.  I used a little bit of glitter (big mistake, it stuck to the clear plastic piece) and some seed beads, left over from my short lived jewelry making days.
I am also linking up to The Mod Squad Challenge- Nautical
As well as The Card Concept- I chose to use the primary colors for my clean and layered card in the inspiration image.

 And how could I not mention Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  Day one is done! 
That's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend! 

Thursday, June 13, 2019


Hello All!

Spent some time in the craft room this afternoon and played with my new Delightful 
Daisies Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  I have been itching to ink this up and finally
had the chance today.

I created the wreath with my Gina K. Wreath Builder Template.  Colored the daisies as Gerbera daisies and used my Copics.  Once colored, I fussy cut the wreath out.  So I went bold and graphic with this card.  Can you tell, lol?!?  Using some translucent texture paste and a TCW stencil, Scalloped Mandela, I added a textured background to black cs.  Once that was dry, I scored around the outer edge of the panel and heat embossed the sentiment in white.  The sentiment is from two the stamp set,  Mason Jar Bouquet. I just love the fonts in this set.
I am linking this card up to Just Us Girls Challenge- Texture paste, as well as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Wedding/Anniversary, and Watercooler Wednesday, All about Occasions.

I have a second card using the same Delightful Daisies Stamp Set.

I kept these as traditional white daisies and used one of my favorite color schemes- yellow and gray. Just Add Ink has an incredible inspiration photo this week, with these colors- so glad for this reminder to pull these colors out! 

I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps for this card.

I colored the daisies with Copics and fussy cut them out.
The sentiment is a combination of two different sets; 'Friends' is from the Precious Poppies stamp set, and  'I am forever grateful' is from the So Thankful stamp set.

That's it for me!  Hope your day is Delightful!

Lee Ann  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Smooth Sailing with Freshly Made Sketches

Hello and Welcome to another new challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!

Our talented Jacquie has a challenging sketch for you this week, but one that, once over my panic, I turned out loving!

I love the offset rectangle and the 3 fun strips. The 3 strips threw me off initially, but then I remembered my SSS Tiny Words Sentiments stamps.  I was also inspired by last week's colors at The Color Throwdown.  At this point, the card took shape in my head.
A background panel was created by-
Spritzing Dolphin Cove Shimmering Mist spray over my Scribble mask from A Colorful Life Design (on Neenah cs).
Using my MISTI, I over stamped the spritzed panel with a Technique Junkies Nautilus Mosaic background stamp with navy blue ink.  The panel was then cut down with a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die from SugarPea Designs.
The Vintage Lighthouse was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black and then sponged some WPlus9 Gala Red ink onto it.  The lighthouse panel was place back in the MISTI and stamped again with Versafine Black ink.  Finally, the lighthouse was fussy cut out.
We would love it if when you are finished checking out all of the inspiration from the rest of the team, you would get your stamping supplies out and join us at FMS!

I am linking up to Die Cuttin' Divas for their masculine challenge
and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- 'Vacation'.
I am also linking up to The Mod Squad Challenge- Nautical

If you should decide to do some shopping (I have done a bit of that lately myself!), you can take 10% off of your Technique Junkies order with code TJ10LeeAnn.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind comments!

Lee Ann 

Monday, June 10, 2019


Hello All!

I am trying out new color combos and wanted to play in the Paper Players challenge this week, with their fun colors.  I used watercolors though, and the colors ended up not so bright.  In layering the colors I lost a lot of the yellow.  But, I still love the way this turned out.

Here are the colors~

I used the new Technique Junkies Hydrangeas for my card.  It is stamped with Versafine ink on watercolor paper and colored with Daniel Smith Watercolors.  The sentiment is from the In Full Bloom stamp set and is heat embossed on vellum.  I did use a stencil on the white panel and lightly sponged on lavender ink.  The stencil is Scribble Roses.
As usual, I added a smattering of sequins and called it done!

I am also linking up to Time Out Challenges- Nature

If you do any shopping at Technique Junkies, you can use code TJ10LeeAnn to save 10% on your order.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 


Happy Monday All!

I am sneaking in under the wire with a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge.  I also used the sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch. I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge- Vacation. 

This color combo wowed me.  I was in dire need of color inspiration and I really loved this one.

I used the new Sweet n Sassy Stamps set, Mer-mazing, with these adorable sea shells.  Not to mention a perfect shentiment!
I sponged the background with some Kraft ink over a Stencil Girl stencil onto Kraft cs.  The panel was die cut with a MFT scalloped rectangle die.  Of course, I needed pearls to finish this off.

Here is the sketch I used- perfect for these sweet shells!

Thanks for stopping and have a MER-MAZING week!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Vintage Lighthouse

Hello All!

I have a quick masculine card today; was channeling my inner Karen Dunbrook!  If any of you know Karen, you will understand when you see my card!

This card is actually a bit taller than the standard A2- it is 4.25 x 6.  I masked off a rectangle
and lightly sponged some distress oxide inks. I used two different Tim Holtz stencils and
the same Distress Oxide inks to sponge on the patterns.  I stamped the Technique Junkies
Vintage Lighthouse in
a darker blue color and then stamped the sentiment, Enjoy Every Moment,  in Versafine Black using my MISTI.

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Masculine.
I am also linking up to Addicted to CAS- Father.  My father lives in Florida, on the coast.  This will be his Father's Day card.  

You can receive 10% off any order at Technique Junkies with code TJ10LeeAnn.

Thanks for stopping by!  Lee Ann

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mer-mazing Stamps and Sketch with Freshly Made Sketches!


Yeah for the first Freshly Made Sketches sketch for June and for the fact that I have the honor of guest designing for Korin of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this month!  I am also excited to receive the first stamp set designed by a new SNSS artist, Jennifer Nillson; the set is Mer-mazing!  This is just the cutest mermaid set, which says a lot as I am not a huge mermaid fan, lol.

The mermaid is colored with Copics and then fussy cut out, as are the coral and the hibiscus for her hair.  
The sketch, by the talented Amy, is fantastic. 

I used a mono print that I made with my gel plate and this Scribble Roses stencil (use code TJ10LeeAnn on the stencil and other TJ products to save 10%)   for the ocean background; it was die cut with a scalloped rectangle die.  Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cs with the same die and used the scalloped portion to frame the monoprint piece.  Lots of Wink of Stella and some sequins finish it off.

Head over to the Freshly Made Sketches blog to check out what the rest of the team has for you.  I am amazed every week with the talent on this team!

I am linking up to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge~

 As well as Addicted to Stamps and More- Clean and Simple.

Have a blessed week All!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Unity Stamps Blog Hop

Hello All!

What a happy day!  I am officially on summer break and I am officially taking part in the Unity GIU Girls Blog Hop.  I could not wait to ink up my knew Unity Kit of the Month- this one is from 6/18- We Can Rise.

I used my Arteza water color brush pens for this image.  Stamped in Versafine ink and the colored away!  The sentiment is from a set I just got, Special Wishes Sentiment Kit.  Love the versatility of this set! This image reminds me of the Southwest, a place that I love, love, love to travel to.  Sadly it is not in my plans to head to Colorado, Utah, or Arizona this summer, but a girl can dream!

I am linking up to The Paper Players Challenge~

When I realized I had more time to create I pulled out the set I got from the first time I did GIU.  That set had yet to see ink as well.  So here you are- 1 dress stamp, 2 cards.  The stamp set used is Hey Girl, the 5/14 KOTM. 

The first card is vintage, all colored with the neutral, E40 Copics.  Love the warm tones in this card.

Added a bit of color with the bows and the background and used a gelly roll gold glitter pen to highlight the petite flowers, add dots to a bow and a bodice and color a bodice gold.  I left the sentiment off until I know the recipient.

The second card has a totally different look- contemporary with cool colors.

This one was tough to photograph.  I do not know why that is the case for some cards, lol.  Each dress got a contemporary look, each different.  I added big pink dots to one, colored one a platinum color, another black and another white with pink flowers.  Everything got a generous dose of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.    The dresses were fussy cut out and adhered to the card using the MOJO Monday sketch~

 I am also linking up to Watercooler Wednesday, Anything Goes.

The sentiment is from the same Special Wishes Sentiment Kit.

That's it for me!  Leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win one of two Unity prize packs!  Your next stop on this hop is Shannon!

Growing in Unity Hop Links~

You are here- Lee Ann Barrett

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Technique Junkies June Release!

Hello and Happy Unofficial Summer! 

And Happy New Technique Junkies Release as well!  You should be coming from Kia's Blog.  This month's stamps are all about summer!  You can save 15% on all new releases through June 8th, no code needed!
 You can take an additional 10% off with code TJ10LeeAnn.  The discount code will get you a discount on your entire order (clearance items excluded). 

 The stamps for today's cards remind me of vacationing on the coast.  

I used the new Vintage Lighthouse Stamp as well as the new Dolphin stamp.  Everything is colored with Copics.  The water spray is done with white acrylic paint.  The small compass on the banner is taken from the Learning to Sail Stamp.  I have to say, these two stamps play very well together!  

Nest up, a totally different take with the Vintage Lighthouse Stamp.  

I love this card.  I think it will make a great set of masculine note cards.  I was inspired by a crafter, Melinda Stearns, who has done amazing things in black and white.  I was specifically inspired by a tattoo art photo on Pinterest.
The circles were traced using circle dies.  The top right quadrant is the Vintage Lighthouse Stamp, the lower left quadrant is a portion of the Map Collage Stamp.  The rest was done by hand.  I have to say, this was totally fun to work up.

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.
I am also linking up to Watercooler Wednesday- Anything Goes

My third card is another one using the Dolphin Stamp.  

My background is a simple one, sponged with Distress Oxide inks.  I stamped the dolphin on the background and then again on some Neenah Solar White cs and colored with Copics, then fussy cut out.  Again, the spray is done with acrylic paint.  The sentiment is Saltwater Heals.

That's it for me!  Your next blog to visit is- Lynda

You Are Here- Lee Ann Barrett 

Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your sweet comments!
Lee Ann  

Rainbows with The Rainbow Challenge!

Hello All!

It is June 1st and that means it is time for a new challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge! If you are looking for the Technique Junkies June release, go HERE
This month is our half birthday so we are celebrating!  Our color(s) this month is neon rainbow colors!  Also this month,  we are giving away a digital stamp set designed by MHK Designs (our very own Mynn).

I started out with a A Colorful Life Stencil- Medallions- and sponged a rainbow of color.  I used Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers.  I die cut my panel out with a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle die.
Using my MISTI, I stamped the adorable Kitty Duo image from Technique Junkies.  If you have to have this stamp, you can get a 10% discount by using discount code TJ10LeeAnn at checkout. 
 The sentiment is one from SSS, which appears to be discontinued.
Check out the rest of the inspiration on The Rainbow Card Challenge Blog and then join us!  You may be a winner!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Undersea with Freshly Made Sketches!

Hello, Hello!

It is a fabulous week as it is the first week of summer vacation!  The stress factor as dropped dramatically, :) .  Judy has a fantastic Freshly Made Sketches sketch for us this week.  A sea theme seemed to be appropriate for the beginning of summer!

 I adore this stamp set!  Guaranteed to get a laugh out of any recipient!  The set, Octopus Face,  is from Technique Junkies. If you are wanting to purchase this stamp, you can save 10% with code TJ10LeeAnn

Here is the fab sketch~

My ocean water was made with Ken Oliver Colorbursts (yep, you can save 10% on these too!).  
To give some depth and flickering shadows to the sea water, I stamped the Technique Junkies Stained Glass stamp on acetate in black ink, then stamped, using the acetate, onto the watercolored background.
The octopus is colored with Copics and the sentiment was masked and heat embossed as two separate sentences.  One is embossed on vellum. I found two pieces of scrap paper in orange for the banners.
Check out the rest of the inspiration from the rest of the oh so talented Design Team at Freshly 
Made Sketches, then link up your take on this sketch!
See you in the gallery!  

I am linking up my card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-'Anything Goes'.

Have a blessed week, All!

Lee Ann 

Monday, May 27, 2019



Summer is underway and I am trying to get into a routine.  I feel blessed to have more time to get things done, including crafting!
I used a new Technique Junkies stamp,  Ruffle Your Feathers for this CAS card~

I love the zentangled tail feathers!  I had to try them in multi colors- all of the patterns were just too fun to color plainly.  You can get 10% off of this stamp (actually you can get 10% off your entire order) by using code TJ10LeeAnn.

You might be able to see the faint chicken wire stenciling behind the rooster.  The sentiment is from the new Hay Girl Stamp Set.  I stamped the sentiment  using my MISTI
I am playing along with Global Design Project-

I am also playing along with Just Add Ink- in this case, I am adding 'Zentangle'.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you want to do a bit of shopping, remember you can save some cash with TJ10LeeAnn at Technique Junkies!

Lee Ann

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

CAS with Freshly Made Sketches

Hello All!

The school year is winding down and things are happening at break neck speed, lol!  I missed last week's sketch as I was just so behind.  I am back this week, loving Narelle's beautifully simple Freshly Made Sketches sketch.

Here is the sketch~
 I love this sketch as it is super versatile and super CAS.  I finally had a chance to ink up my new SSS Delicate Flowers stamp set.  I did some masking to add in a bud and sprigs of leaves behind the main bloom.  I practiced the no line coloring again, though orange seemed to be a bit tough for some reason.
 I kept the card super CAS and used a couple of SSS Tiny Words Stamp Set.  I heat embossed the sentiments in white on a black strip and then backed that with a yellow strip of cardstock.

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

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, a Bright Colors Mood Board. 

You can check out what the rest of the talented team has designed for you on the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  We hope you get creative this week and join us!

Happy Summer!  Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Watercolored Tulips

Hello and Happy Sunday!

We have had some beautiful weather this weekend, and I spent time doing my not so favorite thing, yard work.  I rewarded myself with some crafting this afternoon.
I inked up this new to me Technique Junkies Tulip Background stamp. I have a discount code to share with you if you shop TEchnique Junkies; you can save 10% on code TJ10LeeAnn

I started by heat embossing the image in white.  I used my MISTI so I could ink up and stamp the image twice with Versamark ink.  I heat embossed it with white ep.
I had planned on coloring the image with Ken Oliver Colorbursts, but a big misshap with my pallete of powders prevented that from happening.  I had distress inks available so used those instead.
I decided I only wanted to use a portion of the image so I could keep the card very CAS.  I die cut the image with a MFT scalloped rectangle die.
No sentiment was added so this could be a simple note card.

I am linking up to The Flower Challenge- 'embossing', 

As well as 'Just Us Girls'~

Lastly, I am linking up to The Paper Players~

That's it for me!  Remember, if you choose to shop at Technique Junkies, you can save 10% on everything (clearance excluded) when you use the code TJ10LeeAnn.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann 
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