Blogs for Boobies Card Auction

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Well hello, my lovelies!  Today I am one of the designers helping Skipping Stones Design with their 7-day Blogs for Boobies blog hop and card auction!  More than 60 designers are posting various cards and projects with all money raised going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.



Sadly it's hard to find someone who hasn't been affected by breast cancer.  My mom lost her battle 20 years ago.  She's one of many relatives and special friends I've lost.  I'm proud to be a part of this blog hop and fund-raiser in memory of  those who've lost their battle and countless others who are currently battling breast cancer, and the many, many amazing survivors.

There are several ways you can help:

You can help by shopping at Skipping Stones Design.

Skipping Stones Design will be donating $2 per stamp set purchased between June 1 and June 14.  They are releasing six new sets as well!  Check out all their stamp sets right here.

You can help by bidding on the auction items.

****Bidding instructions***

1.  To bid on the card set I've posted today:
Leave a comment below with your bid amount and your e-mail address.
Starting bid is $5
Only comments on this post will be eligible for this card auction.
You MUST comment with an e-mail address to be able to bid.
Sorry, but comments without an e-mail address are invalid.

(FYI, during a silent auction bidders sign their name next to their bid.  So by including your e-mail address it is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.)

2.  Comments will post in chronological order, so you will be able to see the current high bid.

3.  Return frequently to see if you've been outbid and to place a new high bid.
(Below in the comment field, you'll see a "subscribe to post comments" option.  Just subscribe if you would like notification of additional comments.)

4.  My auction closes at 8 p.m. Mountain Time on June 11.  The winning bid will be the highest valid bid at the close of the auction.  I will notify the winner by e-mail.  Skipping Stones Design will send the winner an invoice for the amount of the winning bid.  Once the invoice is paid, I will mail the set of cards to the winning bidder.  Please pay your invoice as soon as possible so I can get these out to you quickly!

You can help by spreading the word!

The more people who know about this event, the more money we can raise.  Please feel free to share this event with friends and family and/or on social media.

Remember, this is a 7-day hop.  Here's a complete list of the designers hopping today:

Lee-Anne Cross (that's me!)


Check in with the Skipping Stones Design blog each day of the hop for links to that day's designers.

And here's my set of cards for you to bid on.  You'll receive the five cards complete with envelope, each wrapped in a sealed cellophane cover all mailed in a padded envelope.








I'm totally into watercolor and these were simple and fun to make.  I used three different colors of Distress Inks on my craft mat and sprayed them with water.  Then I dragged the watercolor paper through several times until I was happy with the colors and coverage.  A little stamping with these gorgeous sets from Skipping Stones Design:  Heartsong and Uplifting, a smattering of sequins or a touch of Wink of Stella and done!

Remember to leave a comment with a bid and your e-mail address.  As always, comments without bids are most welcome too :)

Back soon with more my sweet friends...


Taking a Break

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Well my lovelies, it appears it's time for me to scale things back for a while. You haven't seen much from me lately have you?

I have recently been diagnosed with my third auto-immune disease.  So it's time to focus on my health.  Lots of rest, physiotherapy, massages, meditation and just basically taking care of me.  I'll be spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking everything from scratch.  Did you know there are some amazing auto-immune cookbooks out there?  My research has led me to a few wonderful ones.  And luckily I have a very support hubby who will be with me every step of the way.

Since I'll be doing all that...my time in my studio will be limited.  This isn't permanent...just wanted you to know that my posts will be very sporadic over the next while.  You'll see the odd post and next month I have a fund-raiser I committed to a while ago.

Shery has very graciously offered to give me a leave from the STAMPlorations/ARTplorations team and I've gratefully accepted. Isn't she the best?

Back in a while with more my friends...



May Mixed Media Challenge and Stencil Sunday


Hello!  I'm so happy to be back with another Stencil Sunday project and mixed media challenge.

Would love to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice. 


Playing in my small art journal again.  After covering the page in gesso, I stamped several images from Mixed Media Elements around the edges in Cobalt Archival Ink. Next came some light modelling paste through my Retro Circles stencil.  When that was dry, I blended two shades of Distress Crayons on the page.  Then I added some Distress Ink through my Square Links stencil.  

The sentiment from Subway Art Builders Create was stamped on some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and adhered to the page with a matte medium.  My final step was to smudge some Stabilo pencil randomly around the edges and blend with water.


Cannot wait to see what you make!  Just a gentle reminder...this is not a card challenge...it's anything BUT a card.  To ensure that you're eligible for the prizes each month, simply create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and show the challenge graphic...it's as easy as that!

Back soon with more my sweet friends...


ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop - Day Three

Friday, April 15, 2016


Hello again, stencil fans!  It's day three of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!


You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes...just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member's blogs and my blog just might win you a prize :)  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

So are you sick of this technique yet?  Just had to try it again but put a different spin on it.  This time, I dried it with my heat gun, dampened it just slightly and dropped more color in with the stencil back in place.  And, I tried to be a bit more loosey goosey with my pen outlines.  Once it was dry, I smudged some glass bead gel over the flowers for a bit of sparkle and dimension.  See those little, blue dots?  That means someone didn't clean their stencil properly before starting this project :(



Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!, vellum and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Big Greetings
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Old Rose Prints stencil, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Micron pen, glass bead gel.

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

This is also my reminder card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  I'm the Featured Designer this month and wanted to share one more card for the challenge.  You'll find all the details for the CAS Mix Up right here.



STAMPlorations products I used today:

ARTplorations Old Rose Prints                            STAMPlorations Big Greetings
preview-web-stencil-013-old-rose-prints.jpeg                                             preview-SheryRussDesigns-BigGreetings

Back soon with more my sweet friends...

ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop - Day Two

Thursday, April 14, 2016




Hello again, stencil fans!  It's day two of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls!


You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes...just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member's blogs and my blog just might win you a prize :)  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

I used the same technique as yesterday but changed up the colors and used the Flutterby stencil and added some gold splatters.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Stamps:  STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Flutterby stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi watercolors, large flat brush, Micron pen, Gold Colorshine Mist, foam adhesive

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have created to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Flutterby                              STAMPlorations BOLD SENTIMENTS: Imagine
preview-web-stencil-019-flutterby copy.jpeg                                     preview-STAMPlorations-Imagine  

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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop - April 13 - 15

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Hello, stencil fans!  It's time for another ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations girls.


You can find all the details on the STAMPlorations blog right here.  There might be some prizes...just saying.  Commenting on the STAMPlorations blog, the rest of the design team member's blogs and my blog just might win you a prize :)  Commenting closes April 17 with the winners announced on April 19.

I'm always on the lookout for new ways to use stencils and this one incorporates another of my favorite things and that's watercolor.  Here's a link to the video tutorial I found on Joggles which explains how it's done. 

My Leaf Prints stencil was placed on some watercolor paper and using a large, flat brush I dropped in watercolor paint.  Once it was completely dry, I did a bit of rough sketching around each of the components with a waterproof fine pen.  And since I ended up with some tiny drops of watercolor, I outlined those two just for fun :)  There's a distinct possibility you'll see more of this technique in the coming days as I try to perfect it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and watercolor
Ink:  Versafine in Black Onyx
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Art Is
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Leaf Prints stencil, Zig Gansai Tambi Watercolor, large flat brush, Micron pen, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, sequins, adhesive, foam tape

Check out what the other STAMPlorations girls have made to inspire you right here.

STAMPlorations products I used today:
ARTplorations Leaf Prints:                        STAMPlorations Art Is:
preview-web-stencil-001-leaves-large.jpeg                                  Shery_Russ-ArtIs-preview

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Stencil Sunday - The Realist Adjusts the Sails

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Hello, my stamping lovelies!  I'm back with another Stencil Sunday Project.

When I first saw the new Anchors Away stencil my heart went pitter patter as I knew I wanted to use it with the True North stamp set.

This is a small journal page...the pages in this book are 5.5 inches by 8 inches...a really nice size to work with!  After covering my page with gesso and drying it, I added some Prima Color Mist and misted it with water.  Next, I added the anchors with my stencil and some Archival Ink.  The sailboat and sentiment were stamped in black MFT Hybrid ink.  Then, using my Nestled Circles and some Distress Ink I added the feeling of waves/water.  And the final touch...a bit of Stabilo pencil smudged beneath the boat.

Would love to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice. 



STAMPlorations               ARTplorations
True North                        Anchors Away                      Nestled Circles
SheryRuss_TrueNorth-preview         preview-web-stencil-068-anchorsaway             preview-web-stencil-026-nestledcircles.jpeg           

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