Monday, December 11, 2017

CAS Chickadees

Hi All!

I have a quick post today, as I really wanted to use the sketch at CAS(e) This Sketch this week~

I just adore these sweet little birds from Powerpoppy!

Here is the sketch~

My birds are colored with Copics.  I added SU's Dazzling Details to the snow and berries.  Please excuse the crummy picture as I had poor lighting when I got home from work.  I will try to get a better picture later this week.

I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Christmas/Winter Holidays

That's it for me!

Have a fantastic week!

Lee Ann 

Midnight Ride

Hello All!

Are you counting down yet?  All I want to know is 'Where is the month going???"
I have one more Christmas card to share with you and as promised last week, I am using the same stamp that I used in this post~

 I used my MISTI to get perfect placement.  I started with determining where Santa's sleigh was going to go, then I cut out a mask for the moon.  I added the mask to the appropriate place on the blank panel.  I used watercolor paper for this panel.
Next, I put my background image, Layered Swirls, in the MISTI and inked it up with a blue distress ink.  I am sorry that I do not remember the exact color, but one of the lighter blues.  Then I spritzed the image with water and stamped it on the watercolor paper.  Once dry, I inked it up a second time  with the same ink, spritzed and stamped.  I used a paint brush and water to move the ink around on the paper.
Once my sky was to my liking, I inked up the edges of the stamp in a darker blue and stamped it.  I repeated the step to get the ink to the desired dark blue color.
Once the background was done and all was dry, I determined the placement of the Santa in Moonlight stamp so that once I stamped, the outline of the moon would be over the previously masked area.  I used the MISTI so that I could ink up the stamp multiple times to get solid coverage of the image.
I added my sentiment from the Gifts of Christmas stamp set to a banner.
Snow was added using a white gel pen as well as a few die cut snow flakes.  I finished the card off with sequins and gold twine.

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That's all for me!
Enjoy the season!

Lee Ann  :)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi All!

It has been a while since I have done a coffee lover's blog hop, but I decided to get in on the fun this time around.  I had a genius idea (at least I thought it was) to combine two MFT stamp sets- Harvest Mouse and Cool Day.

I used the sketch from Fusion~

I kept the card CAS  and used score lines for the two narrow panels.  The sentiments is from Sweet n Sassy Stamps Holiday Hugs stamp set.  My little wisps of steam are from a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp set, Love Chemistry.
Colors are from  Color Throwdown~

I am also linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- Anything Goes.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Hopping!

Lee Ann  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

New Team, New Stamps!

Hello, Hello!

I am back!  And with good news to boot!  I am now a Design Team Member for Technique Junkies.  My crafty break did me so much good and now I am enjoying crafting and playing with new goodies.   I have been having so much fun with Technique Junkies stamps and of course, it is all about Christmas right now.
This clean Christmas card was made with a background stamp~

I used a couple of different techniques to turn this Layered Swirls background image into the main focal point.

I started by stamping the image in Memento Desert Sand on Neenah Solar White paper.  Then, using Copics, I took a stab at no line coloring and colored in lots of the leafy scrolls.  The red berries were added in.
Second, I sponged red ink on the background for a little more color than the Desert Sand.  The sentiment, which is from the Gifts of Christmas set, was stamped in black ink, using my MISTI for perfect placement. 
I used a MFT stitched basics edge die for the curve on the image panel.  The card seemed like it needing something else, so I added texture via a dry embossed background panel.  Gold twine finishes it off!
Stop by next week to see how I use this stamp in a completely different way!

I am linking up to the Fab n Funky card challenge- Christmas

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mini Bittersweet

Hello again,

Yep, I was on a roll with both Power Poppy images and fall themes/colors.  I think bittersweet is one of the most beautiful fall florals.  I used the berry image from the Peony Muse Stamp Set and stamped it multiple times to make a wreath. 

Now I know these berries really aren't bittersweet, but honestly, colored up like this, who can tell? 
I heat embossed on vellum the hello sentiment from the Loving Tulips Stamp Set and then fussy cut it out.  I am linking up to the Power and Spark Challenge on the Power Poppy blog, which is to make a mini card. 
Please excuse the poor quality picture; it is a dreary day here in St Louis and trying to get a decent photo was next to impossible. 
Thanks for popping in! 

Lee Ann

Making It Mini

Hello All and Happy Sunday! 

I played with some new stamp sets from Power Poppy; I joined in their Power and Spark monthly challenge; this month the challenge is to Make it Mini and Mighty- make a card less than 4". 
This card started out monochromatic using the Copic E40s.  I felt like the different flower groupings needed some distinction though, so I added small amounts of pastel color over the neutral E40s~

 I really like how it turned out- subdued but lots of contrast.  The image is from the stamp set, Pure Prairie Spirit.  I love the look of a large image stamped off the edges of the card. 
The flower centers are shinyed up with Wink of Stella and I added clear seed beads to the large flower center for a bit of dimension. 
For those who read that I was doing my first ever 5K, well, I did it!  I have the medal to prove it, LOL!  And a picture~

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hues to Use with Power Poppy

Hello, Hello!

Yes, I have been MIA.  Crafting has taken a back seat lately.  Work, redecorating my house, and training for a 5K have been taking up my time.  However, when asked to guest design for Power Poppy's Hues to Use challenge, I could not say no!

Marcella's floral images are brilliant.  And maybe it is just me, but I think they have a bit of a vintage feel to them; as if you just picked a bouquet from grandma's garden.  Yes, they are stunning.

This week's Hues to Use are~

What an easy color combo for flowers; the dilemma was not finding an image to use, but figuring out what NOT to use!

I settled on these gorgeous peonies~

The Peony Muse Stamp Set is not only gorgeous, but versatile, as you can build your bouquet any way you like.  I did a lot of masking here to create this bouquet.   The floral portion of the card is single layer.  I added a vellum sentiment strip.

As I said, the color combo is such a good one, it was a question of what not to use.  I ended up making a Christmas card with the same color combo using the Cozy Cupfuls Stamp Set

My process for this card was a little more complicated.  I started with water color paper and using my MISTI, I masked off the cup and stamped the tree in Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I then used a paint brush and water to move the color around on the branches.  Once that was dry, I restamped the tree with Mowed Lawn ink. 
Once the green ink was dry, I outlined the Christmas ornaments with a black Micron pen.  Then I masked off the tree and stamped the cup with Memento ink.  The cup was colored with Copics.  I finished off the image adding Crystal Effects to the ornament in the saucer.

That's it for me; wish me luck on the 5k; it is my first one!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you can join the Hues to Use Challenge!

Lee Ann 
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