Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Sweet n Sassy Flowers

Hello Everyone! 

Happy Monday/Tuesday! 

I have a post on the Sweet n Sassy Blog today where I am taking a look at mixed media in the card world.  I also challenged myself to use things that were already on my desk, discarded from previous attempted projects.  This is one of my projects. 

I had a watercolored rose already to go.  The rose is from the Mason Jar Bouquet Stamp Set.  It is colored with Ken Oliver Color Bursts(surprised?  I bet not!). The floral branch background panel was also sitting on my desk.  It was colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  The only thing I did to it was color the leaves; only the blossoms had been colored originally. The branches are from the Birds and Blooms Stamp Set
I just received happy mail and wanted to try out my new Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle dies
The sentiment is from the Singing Praises Stamp Set
I used the sketch at Just Add Ink~

 I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge~  'Frame It'.
And, I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- Make Your Mark. 

I have two more Mixed Media projects on the Sweet n Sassy Blog; stop by to check them out!

Lee Ann 

Monday, February 17, 2020

In the Beginning

Hello, Hello! 

I have started a Bible study online that began as an offshoot to a Creative Worship group I am in.  I was inspired to journal a page on creation.  The focus of one lesson were the 4 words, 'In the beginning, God...'

I started with watercoloring an earth in the middle of the page.  I did not try to be exact or anything, just added sea and land areas. 
I then sectioned off the area around the earth into 8 sections.  Within each section, I depicted a day of creation. 
For Day 1 I simply watercolored in a dark section and kept one 'light'.  I used Ken Oliver Color Bursts for all of my coloring. 
Day 2~  I painted a dark blue area and a light blue area and added clouds to the sky.  The clouds are from a Sweet n Sassy Stamps Set, How Tweet.
Day 3~ I water colored in plants. 
Day 4~  Again, using light and dark blues, I made a night sky with moon and stars and a day sky with sun.  Everything was watercolored.  The stars were done with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. 
Day 5-~ Watercolored my sea and sky.  Painted in a shark, Nemo, and a jelly fish.  The birds were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and are from the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set
Day 6~  I stamped purple mountains using the Landscape Silhouettes Stamp Set.  The figures are hand drawn (and gave me fits!).
Day 7~ The alpha is the Chunky Alpha Stamp Set and is stamped in Versafine Black ink.  Rested- the word rest is from the By the Sea Stamp Set.  I hand drew in the -ed.  I used the Sakura white gelly roll pen to highlight the letters.
The Title uses the following sets- 'in' is from His Wings,   'the' is from Living Water, 'Beginning' uses the School Days Alpha. 'God' is from a retired stamp set.
I also used a Sakura Pigma Micron Black pen for writing and all of my black lines.

I am grateful to know that the God who always was, is and always will be, the God who created the universe, cares about me enough to send a Savior for me.  His redemption plan is beautiful and was there 'In the Beginning'. 

Have a blessed day, all!

Lee Ann 

In Memory

Today I am joining several crafters for a blog hop to support a fellow crafter and former team mate (The Rainbow Card Challenge) who has lost her brother, Bill, to esophageal cancer.  The color of esophageal cancer awareness is periwinkle, so we based our hop on that color.  Thanks to Mynn Kitchen for putting this hop together.

Periwinkle has always been one of my favorite colors, but when it came to picking a color to put down on paper, it was harder than I realized.
I started with hand cutting a shoreline mask.  From there I sponged in some sky and then stamped he distant tree line and did mirror image stamping for the reflection on the frozen pond.  I stamped the tree in the foreground in a darker grey and then added detail to the ground around it with Copics.  I also added detail to the shoreline with Copics and added a touch of periwinkle on the icy pond for the shoreline shadows.
I did go at this project with some inspiration.  I used the photo below (from Pinterest) as my jumping off point.

Product details are below.  
Here are the hop participants~

You are here - LeeAnn Barrett

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Birthday Balloons

Hello All!  Happy Weekend!

Today I am playing along in a couple of challenges.  The first is Time Out Challenges~

Their challenge is an inspired by words challenge~

I focused on the words birthday and confetti.  The water color paper panel was first given a light wash of yellow water color paint, being sure to get some drips.  I used the new Birthday Borders Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  I did some masking to get the large bunch of balloons at the top of the card.  The images are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink  and then colored with my Arteza Real Brush Pens.  I splattered with Ken Oliver Color Bursts and added strings. 
The sentiment is from the Sentimental Mash Up Stamp Set
I am also linking up to the Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes challenge and
Seize the Birthday~

That's it for me, thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Gets Bright!

Hello and Welcome Back to another Wednesday and a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!
If you are looking for the Sweet n Sassy Stamps blog hop, go HERE.  

This week or sketch artist is the amazing Linda!  I love Linda's cards; every one of them look like they were effortless for her to make.  She has a great sketch for us.  Don't faint- I did NOT color on this card!

 Here is your sketch; I stayed pretty true to it~

I really needed to do something besides color, lol, so I made a watercolored background panel using my well loved Ken Oliver Color Bursts Powdered watercolors (enabler alert- Dick Blick has them at a price right now that can't be beat!) and stamped this silhouette floral image from the Long Stem Silhouettes Stamp Set.  I used my MISTI to stamp the floral image so I could repeat stamp it as many times as necessary on the rough watercolor paper.  I did a tone on tone look for the bright yellow card base, using a stencil from Stamplorations.  I found a nice bold stripe paper to compliment the bright yellow card base.  The sentiment is from the Scripty Thoughts Stamp Set.  Once again, my MISTI helped me out in getting perfect placement of the sentiment.  I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink for a rich, dark black impression.
I am linking up to Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge, as well as the challenge at Just us Girls, which is to use stripes.

That's it for me.  Hop over to the Blog and check out the rest of the team's amazing imspiration, then link up your project!  

Sweet n Sassy Stamps February New Release Blog Hop!

Hello, Hello!

Welcome to the Sweet n Sassy Stamps February New Release Blog Hop.  This month's release and inspiration is going to knock your socks off!  Hop along with us for a chance to win a $10 gift code to the Sweet n Sassy Store!  Just leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop, the more blogs you comment on, the greater your chances of winning.  Winner will be announced on Wednesday, Feb 19 on the snss blog.
As a colorist, I love a great lined image.  Look no further that the absolutely adorable Springtime Stamp Set by the talented Jenn Nilsson.

Yes, this is a bit busier than my usual card, but I really love the black outline images as patterned paper. I stamped the bouquet in Versafine Onyx Black ink for a crisp dark image.  The boot image was colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  Ignore the tiny dot of teal paint (I was splattering another card and the boots were in the way).  I knew I was going to make a tag as I was using the sketch from Sunday Stamps.  I rummaged around in a discard box and found this stenciled piece of paper that was perfect as a background for the image. I colored some grass and added some sequins and a twine bow.  I am also linking up to Global Design Project for the Let It Grow Challenge~

For the second card, I colored the butterflies from the same Springtime Stamp Set in a rainbow of colors with Copics and fussy cut them out.

The background panel was stenciled in ombre fashion and the butterflies were glued to the card in a circular formation.  The sentiment was stamped with my MISTI.   A tiny clear sequin adorns each butterfly.

Lastly, I used another of the images, the umbrella, for a twins baby card~

I love how this turned out; has a bit of a 50s vintage vibe to it, imo.  The umbrellas were colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  I added some background patterned paper and a doily to ground the umbrellas and sentiment panel.  The sentiment comes from two different sets; the 'welcome' is from the Love Birds Stamp Set and the 'twins' is done with the School Days Alpha Stamp Set

Enjoy the Hop!

Sweet 'n Sassy Blog
Julee Tilman
Ceal Pritchett
Diane Zechman
Esther Asbury
Jane Bosi
Karen Decknick
Lee Ann Barrett- You are HERE
Lucinde van Ballegooijen
Lyn Tomlin
Sheri Gilson

Sunday, February 9, 2020

More Puppy Love

I liked the last 'Baxter' card so much that I had to make another. 
This time I used the colors from The Color Throwdown and the sketch from MFT

I had a watercolored, die cut heart (Spellbinders retired) on my desk that I discarded from another project and realized it was the perfect blues for this color challenge.  I added some striped pink paper- Just Us Girls Challenge is to use stripes- and added Baxter, from Impression Obsession atop the heart. 

I again used the Like Crazy sentiment for Baxter to hold. 
I am also entering the Mod Squad Challenge- You're All Heart. 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Puppy Love

Hello and Happy Weekend, Everyone! 

Today I have what may be my most favorite Valentine for the year.  I am using this adorable pooch from Impression Obsession. This pup is Baxter and he just had to jump in my cart!  He was perfect for their challenge this week.  I paired him, along with this fun sentiment, Like Crazy, to create this card for their Hugs and Kisses Challenge.

Of course, I needed to get the hugs and kisses in there, so I used the XO Square stamp to make my xoxo patterned paper. 
I used the sketch from CASE This Sketch~

For the linear panel along the right side, I used a scrap piece of a monoprint that I had made with my Gel Press Plate that I could not bear to throw out.  Pup is colored with Copics and fussy cut out. 

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, 'With Love',
As well as The Male Room~

And Time Out Challenges,

And lastly, Krafty Chicks Challenge- 'Stamp Act'

Thanks for popping by! 

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches Gets Springy

Hello All!

It is time for another sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  This sketch, from Jen M., is the
ultimate CAS sketch~

I was somewhat loose with my interpretation~

And how about that chick???  So stinkin' adorable.  The chick is brand new, part of the Springtime Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  I colored him/her with Copics and fussy cut out.

I played around with lots of different ideas but ultimately I came back to a very CAS, very white card.
 My panel that the chick is mounted on was one of those things in the 'discard, maybe I will use it later' pile. It is just embossed with white embossing paste.  The bunch of flowers is another image in the set.  It is actually a bow-tied bouquet, but I snipped that part off so it could look like it is springing up out of the ground.
The sentiment is from this versatile new set called Sentimental Mash Up.  Even the name is fun!  This stamp set is the February Stamp of the Month at Sweet n Sassy Stamps-free with a $75 order. 

I am linking up to AAA Cards~

And Mix It Up Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with a Twist of Using a Stencil

That's it for me; easy peasy!  Check out all of the awesome inspiration for my talented team mates and then join us!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lee Ann 

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Way to My Heart...


I have yet another Valentine for you today, this time with the ultimate way to my heart...SWEETS!
I was inspired by the sketch at CAS this Sketch~

My colors are from Fab Friday~
CASE This Sketch~

The cupcakes are from the latest release from Sweet n Sassy Stamps- Birthday Borders.  I found them to be perfect for Valentine's Day as well.  The sentiment is from the Lots of Love Stamp Set.  The cupcakes are colored with Copics and fussy cut out, then popped up on dimensional tape.

I am also linking up to Time Out Challenges- 'Affectionate', 
As well as The Paper Players- Love is in the Air.

Please excuse the bad photo- we had a long stretch of gray days!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

A Valentine and a Few Challenges

Hello All!

After being in a crafty rut for a bit, the MOJO returned some today.  While going through challenges, I happened upon The Color Throwdown color combo for the week.  The combo is a great one, but I was also inspired by the photo itself.

I die cut a heart from red cardstock and outlined it onto my grey cardstock.  After treating my cardstock with an anti-static tool, I stamped the berry image from Sweet n Sassy Stamps Fur-Ever Friends Stamp Set and heat embossed the images in white embossing powder.  
You can see where my inspiration came from.

I then die cut the intricate portion of the Spellbinders Vines of Passion Die-D-Lites (discontinued) from the same red cardstock and glued in onto the solid heart.  I then adhered the heart into the center of the embossed berries. 
The sentiment is from the Love You Lots Stamp Set and is heat embossed in white on vellum.  I used my MISTI to line up the two sentiments for perfect placement.  I glued a thin strip of light grey cardstock underneath the sentiment strip and glued the whole thing to the heart. 
I added a little bit of bling from Studio Katia to a few of the berries.  I used Snow Crystals and
Sparkling Crystals. I adhered them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte;this seems to work the best for me in keeping gems and sequins on the paper. 

I user the great sketch from Fusion Card Challenge
I am also linking up to Time Out Challenges; this week's challenge is 'Affectionate'.
as well as Krafty Chicks Challenge where this week it is 'Anything Goes'.
Lastly, I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge; this week the challenge is 'All Loved Up'. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous rest of your weekend!

Lee Ann 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches #420

Welcome back to another Wednesday and a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!
This week's sketch is by the oh so talented Jen Timko, who is as sweet as she is talented.

Here is your sketch- you are going to love it!

I went with a rectangle vs a square card base, but otherwise, I followed the sketch; I know, pretty unusual for me, lol!  I had just colored up this sweet Unity image that I have had for some time and she turned out to be perfect for the sketch.  I colored her and the background with Copics.  Masked her and added some snowy splatters of white acrylic paint.
The white card base needed something, so I die cut several of my Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nordic Tree Folk Art Die in white cardstock and created a faux card front die cut.

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes,
and The Color Throwdown~

That's it for me.  Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration on the FMS blog and then join us!

Lee Ann 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Encouraging Leaves


I'm playing along with the Just Add Ink Challenge this week. I did lots of water coloring for both the background and the leaves.  My son has just started his last full semester of college and will be graduating in May.  It has been a long road to say the least, but I thought a bit of encouragement was appropriate for his first day of classes.

I selected the Blueberry, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil colors.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and my beloved Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  I simply did a wash of the two different shades of blue; first wash was wet on wet and the second, I did wet on dry to get some hard edges.  Once that was dry, I die cut it with my SSS Outlined Clustered Leaves Die.  I also die cut it in white cs.
A second sheet of water color paper was given a wash of yellow paint.  Once that was dry, I worked on the placement of my leaves. Next, I stamped the encouraging sentiment from the Sweet n Sassy Stamps Set, Inspirational Word Art 1 in Versafine Black Ink.
Lastly, I splattered white and black acrylic paint on the entire card.

Add a Subway gift card on the inside and you are done!

Thanks for stopping by~

Lee Ann

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Freshly Made Sketch by Me!

Hello, Hello!

We are back with a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and this week I have the honor of being your hostess.

I had lots of fun with this, creating a huge bunch of balloons for my piggy friend.   Here is the sketch~

I started by stenciling a light cloud background.  Next, Lots and lots of balloons from the Lots of Love Stamp Set were stamped and fussy cut out.  The balloons in the back were masked and stamped, then fussy cut en masse.  The balloons in the front were stamped in smaller clusters.  Piggy was stamped and colored with Copics and fussy cut as well.
All was added to my skewed panel, popping Piggy and the balloons in front up on dimensional adhesive.
I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in Versafine Black Ink on colored cardstock.  The circular sentiment is from the set Scripty Thoughts.
I am linking up to Just Add Ink, where they are celebrating 10 years of challenges!  This week, all we need to do is link up a celebratory card, but I was so inspired by the colors in their inspirational photo that I used them here.  Congrats, JAI!
I am also linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More for their 'Holiday' Challenge. My holiday of choice is Valentine's Day  AND linking up to The Mod Squad Challenge where they want us to use our animal stamps! 

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the talented team!  Hope to see you in the gallery

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Hello, Hello!

Surprise!  Another Valentine!

I am building quite a stash as Valentine cards are very popular at work!

I really love this set- Lots of Love from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  I don't even know how many cards I have made with it already!  This has to be one of my faves.  This is actually two separate images- the dancing pig and the balloons, which the sloth is holding, lol.

I started with sponging a cloud filled sky and die cut the panel with the Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle from SugarPea Designs.  The pig was colored with copics and fussy cut out and the bow tie was paper pieced.  The balloons were stamped 4 times and fussy cut out.  All was adhered to the panel using dimensional adhesive.
I am linking up to Double D Challenges for their balloon challenge~

I am also linking up to Inkspirational Challenges, where their word prompt is 'Fauna'. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Lee Ann

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Some Inspirational Color

Hello All and Happy Saturday!

I am hosting a challenge in the Sweet n Sassy Stamps VIP FB group and it is a color challenge based on some gorgeous inspiration.  We are having a Stamp-A-Thon today and would love for you to join us!  Participate, and you could have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to the SNSS store. 

I love the fresh, spring colors even though the inspiration is anything but spring! 

I love these colors, though I did have a hard time getting close to the actual yellow that seems to have a touch of green in it. 
I stamped the flower image, from the Birds and Blooms Stamp Set, in Versafine Black Ink on watercolor paper and colored with Daniel Smith Watercolors. The background was stamped with the Wood Backgrounds Stamp set
I used a sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge

The card was assembled and a sentiment added using the  Scripty Thoughts Stamp Set.  A few sequins finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you join us!

Lee Ann

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