Hello Peonies

Friday, October 31, 2014


Ha...wish I could say hello to my peonies at this time of year!   But they've been put to bed and I won't see them till next June.

This is another of my cards for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers. Even if you haven't been able to play along all month, if you are so inclined you could go through your stash and send a few cards.  It's a very worthwhile cause.

I just used a very loose watercolor technique after stamping the images in permanent ink.  First using my Distress Markers and then adding a bit of water with a brush.  Then  I added in more color with my Distress Inks.

Next, using my paint brush, I added a few splotches of color.  Finally a bit of Wink of Stella here and there for some shine..which of course you can't see in my photo.  Don't you hate when that happens?A simple die cut sentiment, embossed background and a smattering of sequins complete the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor and SU! Rose Red
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Spiced Marigold and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Stamps:  WPlus9 Pretty Peonies
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, MFT hello die-namics, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Spiced Marigold,  Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap and Picked Raspberry Distress Markers, sequins, adhesives

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Watercolor FLY

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Another quick card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers. The background has been made with Distress Markers.  Just scribbled the colors on my watercolor paper, took a paintbrush with some water and just sloshed it across the colors.

Stamped the image in black, added some 3D letters from Tim Holtz and then some clear Wink of Stella on the wings; which of course you can't see :(

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor and Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Stampers Favorites #1
All the other stuff:  Scattered Straw, Forest Moss and Crushed Olive Distress Markers, paintbrush, Tim Holtz Ransom Alphabet Parts, Wink of Stella.

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes

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Colorful Life


Still working on my Hope You Can Cling To Challenges for Splitcoast Stampers.  I'll be sharing my cards for this card drive here and there over the next couple of months.

The challenge was to make your own background.  The first thing that came to mind was using a stencil with some Distress Inks.  You never know how they'll turn out but I'm quite happy with this one :)

If you haven't tried this technique, simply ink up your stencil, preferably one with some white space. Mist it with water and turn it over onto your watercolor paper.  Take a rag and press down...let it sit for a while before lifting the stencil off your paper.  Then allow it to dry before you stamp on it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger watercolor
Ink:  Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, Hero Arts Black
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Way With Words
All the other stuff:  TCW Harlequin circles stencil, water mister, enamel dots, sequins

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp:  anything goes

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Dazzling Diva 49

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Hello everyone!  Time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  And here's the inspiration for this week:

Pretty easy to see where I went with this one *grin*.  I first saw those gorgeous gerbera daisies and then my eyes immediately cued in on the wooden box.

I've used some Brushed Bronze metal, that's been dry embossed with (of course) a wood embossing folder.  Next, I took a piece of watercolor paper and die cut the oval.  I brushed three different shades of H20s across the paper and then added some water droplets off my hand.  Once that was dry, I stamped the image onto the paper and added a bit more of the darkest color towards the center of the flowers.  A few dots of white from a gel pen and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black and Coffee Archival inks
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society Daisy
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, oval nestie, Brushed Bronze metal sheet, Scor-Pal Double Sided adhesive, Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, Mango Mamba, Ginger Peach and Rich Cocoa H20s, paintbrush

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

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Happy Birthday Shirley Bee!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


It's a birthday linky party today for the fabulous  Shirley-Bee! Hope you are having a wonderful birthday today!  Think my card is going to be a little late...with any luck you'll be receiving it soon!

Here's a link to Shirley's site...she makes the most amazing cards and has recently added stamp designer to her repertoire!  Her stamp line is called The Bee's Knees...check it out!

Dabbling in some mixed media today.  I've stamped the grid patterns in Ranger Archival ink and then inked a couple of colors of Distress Inks through two different stencils.  Misted it with a bit of water, dried it and then added a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint in a haphazard fashion to add even more texture.

The die cut poppies were covered with Silver Wink of Stella.  Once that was dry, more stencilling and inking with Distress Inks.  And for a finishing touch...a smattering of white sequins.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  mixed media paper, SU! Rose Red, Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks, Ranger Archival Watering Can
Stamps:  Tim Holtz and MFT L.D. Birthday Greetings
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Penny Black Field of Dreams, TCW Mini Tile stencil, Stencil Girl Ward stencil, Picket Fence Distress Paint, water mister, Silver Wink of Stella pen, sequins, adhesives

If you'd like to join in the fun and wish Shirley a Happy Birthday, the linky is here on Maria's site! (Thanks Maria!!!)

Shirley, may all your wishes come true today and throughout the coming year!!!

Incidentally...don't you just love my new watermark?  I got it from Kylie at Kylie is Addicted to Stamps...you can order them here.

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Add a Little Dazzle and Cas-ual Fridays Blog Hop Day 4

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We are back with another exciting week for you. This week we are collaborating with Cas-ual Fridays Stamps and today is Day 4 of this fun blog hop.  This company has an amazing line of stamps and dies and we are excited to have teamed up with them. Join us this week as we share some awesome projects combining their amazing product line with Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. It’s going to be fun, inspirational, and we have prizes for you!




I still had my Golden Glimmer and Pucker Me Pink craft metal sheets out so decided to make another card with the same color scheme as yesterday:


I've stamped the gorgeous vine image in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold on a piece of vellum and added it behind the window.  Then I used an oval punch to create my vase, and topped it off with a bit of the Cas-ual Fridays vine die in the Golden Glimmer.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and vellum
Stamps:  Cas-ual Fridays Casual Elegance
Ink:  Versamark
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Cas-ual Vine Fri-Dies, oval punch, gold embossing powder

Challenges entered:
Addicted to CAS:  vellum
STAMPlorations:  embossing and stamps


Be sure to visit each of the designers on this blog hop:


Lee-Anne Cross --- you are here

Prize Alert!!!

We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies!  You have until Sunday, October 26th midnight (MDT) to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs.  


You must leave a comment on all blogs (including company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs!
ultimate sampler pack





Special Bundle Pack!!! 


Are you excited and want to try out Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets? 
Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today and receive an EXCLUSIVE PDF TUTORIAL immediately.  Order your Metal Sheets today! Limited Time Offer!



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Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva 48 and Cas-ual Fridays Blog Hop Day 3

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We are back with another exciting week for you. This week we are collaborating with Cas-ual Fridays Stamps. This company has an amazing line of stamps and dies and we are excited to have teamed up with them. Join us this week as we share some awesome projects combining their amazing product line with Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets. It’s going to be fun, inspirational, and we have prizes for you!  We are continuing on with Day 3 for the blog hop, and it's our usual Dazzling Diva Challenge too:




It's a color challenge this week over at the Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge and here's our lovely inspiration:



The first thing that came to mind was something round after looking at the pumpkins on the table. And, don't you just love the color scheme?  I focused on the gold and deeper pink:





A simple die cut circle in Golden Glimmer, then I've added bits and pieces of the Cas-ual Vine Fri-Dies in Pucker Me Pink.  The background has been stencilled with both Spun Sugar Distress Ink and Gold Delicata Ink.

What I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Stamps:  Cas-ual Fridays Casual Elegance
Ink:  Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Gold Delicata Ink and Versafine
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Cas-ual Vine Fri-Dies, circle die, Scor-Pal Double Sided Adhesive, TCW Mini Tile Texture stencil and sponges

Be sure to visit each of the designers on this blog hop:



Prize Alert!!!

We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies!  You have until Sunday, October 26th midnight (MDT) to enter. The winners will be announced on both company blogs.  


You must leave a comment on all blogs (including company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs!
ultimate sampler pack





Special Bundle Pack!!! 


Are you excited and want to try out Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets? 
Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today and receive an EXCLUSIVE PDF TUTORIAL immediately.  Order your Metal Sheets today! Limited Time Offer!


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