Pink Season

Friday, November 21, 2014


Really wanted to play along with the STAMPlorations monthly challenge again.  The theme this month is stamps and layers.  And, The Mixed Media Card Challenge theme is Christmas, yeah, one more Christmas card done!

And yes, there are lots of layers on this baby :)  I started off with one of my favorite techniques...adding color to a stencil, misting it with water and laying it on some watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I stamped on the holly branches in silver ink and again dried the card.  Next, I heat embossed the snow flakes in white.

Then disaster struck!  I stamped the sentiment onto my card and accidentally got a line of black ink above the sentiment.  What's a girl to do?  Well...decided to use a black pen and extend the line and make a matching one below.  I think it works!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Hero Arts black and Picked Raspberry, Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Inks
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Vignette:  Christmas Block, STAMPlorations Oh, Christmas Tree! and Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted Holly Berries
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, water mister, ruler, Copic multiliner

Challenges entered:
STAMPlorations November challenge:  stamps and layers
The Mixed Media Card Challenge:  Christmas

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Stylish Birthday

Thursday, November 20, 2014


So many challenges...so little time!  Trying to spend a little more time in my studio just playing along with some challenges.  Today I'm playing along with the Runway Inspired Challenge...this gorgeous dress from Herve Leger by Max Azria:



Easy peasy card again today.  A simple stencilled background...don't you just love those colors?  And I'm finally playing with Shirley Bampton's stamps...yeah!  I added a bit of the Ripe Persimmon to her belt and a few enamel dots and done!

And, Uniko Studio has an anything goes challenge this month, so I'd love to play along too!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  The Bee's Knees CityGirl, enamel dots
All the other stuff:  Stencil Girl Succulents stencil, watercolor brush, water

Challenges entered:
RIC#72:  Herve Leger by Max Azria
Uniko Studio:  anything goes

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Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 3 Plus Dazzling Diva 52

Wednesday, November 19, 2014





Hello again, everyone!  It's day three of the Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled blog hop...welcome!!!  A fun blog hop sure to inspire you along with the added bonus of prizes.  Neat and Tangled has a wonderful array of stamps, digital images, dies as well as accessories like sequins. And Add a Little Dazzle carries a fabulous line of craft metal sheets that provides a distinctive look to your projects and cards.

And, since it's Wednesday, it's also the weekly Dazzling Diva Challenge.  This week we are focusing on the inlaid die technique which can be done with dies or punches quite easily.




And here's my card using dies:





I started with a piece of watercolor paper and heat embossed the very awesome Time Warp background from Neat and Tangled.  Once that cooled, I painted my paper with water and a paintbrush. Then, using the same paintbrush, I picked up Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and dropped it onto the wet areas of the card.

Once that was dry, the Brushed Copper stars were die cut, as was the background where I wanted to place them.  Next, they were carefully put in place and taped on the back of the watercolor paper to hold them in place.  Then I adhered it to my card base.  Easy peasy right?

Be sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop and enter to win:






PRIZE ALERT!!!


We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies! You have until Saturday, November 22nd midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs.

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


SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK!



Are you excited to try out the Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets?  Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today and received an exclusive PDF tutorial immediately. Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets are available here.

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ATSM#122 Classic Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge...and this week it's time for our Make Your Mark challenge.  Using pencils, markers, whathaveyou for coloring your card works perfectly for this challenge!

Our sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps:


And, up for grabs are three digis...free is good right?  Why don't you play along?

A simple design today, just some heat embossing in gold, followed by scribbling a little color from various Distress Markers throughout the wreath image.  I used watercolor paper, so that I could easily blend the colors with a bit of water on a small paint brush.  Then some Stickles were added to the bells, and a simple heat embossed sentiment on vellum finishes the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Soft Suede, vellum and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  JustRite Christmas Wreath
All the other stuff:  Hero Arts gold embossing powder; Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Pine Needles, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Markers; heat gun; embossing buddy; Diamond Stickles

Challenges entered:
Festive Friday #44

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Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 2



Hello everyone!  Welcome to Day 2 of  the Add A Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop!  A fun blog hop sure to inspire you along with the added bonus of prizes.

Neat and Tangled has a wonderful array of stamps, digital images, dies as well as accessories like the sequins I've used today. And Add a Little Dazzle carries a fabulous line of craft metal sheets that provides a distinctive look to your projects and cards.

Let's get started shall we?


I've used the fun and fabulous Neat and Tangled Party Dots stamp set today to make a shaker card with some Neat and Tangled sequins.  And I've used an Add a Little Dazzle Perfect Peacock craft metal sheet that's been embossed.

If you haven't tried making a shaker card before here's how.  The shaker element of the card has been created by cutting two rectangular layers of white card stock and stamping the bottom one with the large circular image.  Then I cut an aperture in the top rectangle and backed it with acetate.  After using foam tape around the entire image, I dropped in several of the copper sequins and sealed up the shaker portion of the card.  Also stamped the dot images up the left side of the rectangle before adding the die cut stars. Stay tuned tomorrow to see where my shooting stars came from :)  The sentiment comes from the same set and has been fussy cut and added with more foam tape.


Be sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop and enter to win:




Lee-Anne Cross (that's me!)

Kate Capper



PRIZE ALERT!!!


We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies! You have until Saturday, November 22nd midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs.

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


SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK!





Are you excited to try out the Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets?  Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today and received an exclusive PDF tutorial immediately.  Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets are available here.

Challenges entered:
MOJO Monday #372
Virginia's View Challenge #9:  all things metallic


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Dazzling Diva #51

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


It's time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge brought to you by Add a Little Dazzle.  Here's our beautiful inspiration for the week:


Every time I looked at the inspiration picture, I kept focusing on the wooden sign hung above the mantle and the deer to the side of it.  Can you tell :)

I masked off the areas to divide the sign into three as in the picture.  Then it was stamped with the woodgrain image in Archival Ink.  Next I sponged several colors of Distress Inks over top. Once that was done, I heat embossed the sentiment and the little pine sprig.  Then I smudged some white pigment ink randomly on the panels also.

The reindeer has been die cut from the reverse side of a sheet of craft metal, adhered to the panel and then I added a little bit of Xmas Red Stickles for his nose.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Coffee Archival Ink, Hero Arts Unicorn, Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Woodgrain stamp, Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful and an old PSX pine sprig image
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Penny Black Leap of Joy Christmas Reindeer, die, sponges, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, Xmas Red Stickles, masking tape

Challenges entered:
Virginia's View:  all things metallic

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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Loll's Tag Blog Hop

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Loll contacted me quite a while ago and asked me to be part of her tag event.  Of course I jumped at the chance!  Love Loll's work, love Christmas, and every year I try to join in the fun of a tag event! A win, win right?


Here's the link to her fabulous site with all the details.  The event continues on until the 14th.  So come join in the fun! If so you've missed any tags, don't forget to go back and check them all out!

I started out with a die cut tag made out of a piece of cardboard box.  Simply peeled back the paper and this is was the result.  Then I started adding Distress Paints, layers of glitter and snow.  Once that was all dry, I added my die cut snowflakes, pearls and mirror stars.

The seam binding is hand dyed with Distress Inks and Paints.  A few little Tim Holtz doo-dads and done!

Here's a close up of the embellies at the top of the tag:





Here's what I used:
Paper:  cardboard box, SU! Pretty in Pink and Brushed Silver
Stamps:  not a one
Ink:  Spun Sugar, Brushed Corduroy and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Tag & Bookplate die, Simon Says Stamp die set More Fun Flakes, Stampendous White Encrusted Jewel Kit, Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, Spun Sugar Distress Paint, Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, misc. pins, Tim Holtz snowflake tag, seam binding, craft sheet, water mister

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