Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ornaments in Red

Hello, Hello!

I love today's Christmas card.  This was one of those stamps that I had to have, no questions asked.  Elegant yet simple~

This is one image stamped three times.  Almost CAS, but I wanted dimension on the final layer. 

I started by creating a simple template of the Draped Ornaments image from Technique Junkies.  I stamped the image on scrap paper and then loosely fussy cut it out.  This helped me to determine final placement of my images.  The first time I stamped the image off center to the left on the card base.  The second time I did a bit of masking of a few ornaments.  I also used the template to determine exact placement of the second stamped image.  This one was stamped off center to the right.
The third image was stamped and the ornaments colored with Copics.  Then the image was fussy cut out.  I adhered it to the card using dimensional tape.  I added light shadows to the background ornaments with grey Copics.
The sentiment is from the Gifts of Christmas stamp set.  I added some shimmer to the ornaments with Wink of Stella.

Well, what do you think?  Simple yet elegant.

I am linking up to Happy Little Stamper's Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes, Asddicted to Stamps Challenge- Make Your Mark, and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog- Christmas.   

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Thanks so much for visiting!

Lee Ann  :)

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~

Edit- I finally had a chance to retake a photo of this card when there was sunlight.  I am not sure this is much better, however.  Lighting has not been my friend 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.  Colors are from PowerPoppy's Hues to Use Challenge

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
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