Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Unity Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

I have the pleasure of joining several Growing in Unity Girls for a Unity blog hop! 

 I love Unity Stamps; it was hard to pick a stamp to use as I love them all! I went with a 'sweet' fruit image from the June Kit of the month. 

When I received the June Kit of the Month, I new exactly what I wanted to do with this image.  It is perfect for creating a background, which is so trendy right now.
I stamped the image multiple times, turning the stamp each time, to cover the cardstock.  Images are colored with Copics.

 I used the inlaid die cut technique for the 'Happy' part of my sentiment and heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment in white on black cs.  A nest of gold thread and my favorite sequins finish off the card.

Are you ready to hop?  Remember, leaving a comment on each blog enters you for a chance to win one of two Unity prize packs!

Your next stop is Belinda

Your Hop List~

I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps- Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the Hop!  

Lee Ann  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Feeling Blue with Today's Challenge!

Hi Everyone!

I have been away from the craft desk for a while, as I went on another trip out to Colorado.  What a beautiful place Rocky Mountain National Park is!  Pics below, if interested, but you are here for the new challenge!
The challenge at The Challenge this week is all about your color choice- black and white plus one color!

Goodness, it seems I never can have enough sympathy cards.  Seems that is all I make these days.
I went CAS with this card, using a small floral image from Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet Stamp Set.  I stamped the image several times, colored and then fussy cut them out.
For texture and depth, I used white embossing paste and a stencil to create a background for my flowers. Once dry, I adhered my flowers and the sentiment strip.  My favorite sequins finish it off.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stop by the blog for all of the other design team members' amazing inspiration and then JOIN us! 

I am linking up to Curtain Call Challenge as I was inspired by the colors in this weeks pic~

And, as mentioned above, a few pictures from my trip-

Thanks for visiting!  Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gorgeous inspiration from The Challenge!

Hi Everyone! 

I am off exploring the mountains again, but the challenges continue at The Challenge!  This week's inspiration is just stunning! 

As this image practically screamed to use florals,  decided to use my brand new Honey Bee Stamps, Country Blooms Stamp Set and Happy Everything for the sentiment~

This is actually a mixed media piece; I used a chicken wire stencil (or honey comb, whichever you want to call it) for the background and colored in the negative space with a white Prismacolor pencil.  The pencil resists the watercoloring that I did next.  I like the almost bokeh effect that I got.
Check out all of he amazing inspiration- just gorgeous stuff- over at The Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Lee Ann  :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Bella and Challenges

Hi Everyone!

I played in the Stamping Bella Challenge this week as I was totally drawn to the inspiration photo.  And, I had a NBUS image that was just calling for me to color!

Isn't this a gorgeous photo???

I used the newest sketch from Fusion Challenge~

I am also linking up to Seize the Birthday- 'Anything Goes'-

And Time Out Challenges- 'Celebrations'.

The background, is not really what I was going for, but my gesso and Colorbursts were not working with me!
Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

The Challenge with a New Option!

Hi All!

Welcome back; we have a new style of challenge for you this week at The Challenge!  I like the versatility of it.  Let me know what you think!

Here is your challenge~

Pick one or pick as many key words as you would like!  It is up to you!

I just got this new stamp set from Altenew and of course had to ink it up.  Love, love, love this set!  I colored the leaves and smaller bunches with Copics. The two large blooms are stamped with Altenew inks.  As I was playing around with the arrangement and looking at the key words,the word 'square' jumped out at me.  I decided it might be fun to use a vellum square as a window and embellishment for my bouquet.  So flowers, bright and square.  There you have it!
Hope you can join us!  check out the rest of the amazing work from the rest of the team and then link up your project HERE!
I am linking up to The Flower Challenge~

As well as Sunday Stamps Challenge~

And Addicted to Stamps- 'Make your Mark'. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yee Haw!

Hello Everyone! 

Hope you are all enjoying your summer; we get a bit of a reprieve from the heat and humidity today- Yeah! 
I have had a bit more time to craft and was in need of a graduation card for my nephew, so I got busy and pulled out an oldie but goodie from MFT. 

 I have fun with this one, using the resist technique and distress inks.  I used the sketch from CAS[e] This Sketch~

As you can see, I rotated the sketch 180 degrees.  I used the colorse from Color Throwdown~

 My cowboy is colored with Copics.  I am also linking up to AAA Cards, where this week's challenge is 'resist technique'.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Challenge- Colors!

Hello, Hello!

Happy summer everyone!  I am back from vacation and ready to hit the ' To Do' list, LOL!
But not before getting out the Copics for this week's challenge at  The Challenge!

I love this image and love stamping her off the card front for a sense of movement.  So, almost a OLC with the exception of the thin black strips of cardstock beneath the die cut sentiment, which is one of my fave sentiment dies.  It is from SugarPea Designs.  
To get the look, I die cut the word celebrate from the card front after coloring my Uptown Girl from Stamping Bella.  I then  die cut the word from a second card front sized panel, using the already cut negative space on the card front for positioning purposes.  I sandwiched a piece of clear cardstock in between the card front and the second plain card front panel, adhering the card front, second uncolored panel and clear cardstock together.  This gave me something to adhere my 'celebrate' die cut to and keep the one layer look as well as the clear or 'see through' look on my card.
Clear as mud, I am sure.
Wink of Stella and SSS sequins add just the right amount of sparkle.

Now it is your turn!  I hope you can join us this week!  Check out all of the amazing inspiration from the rest of the team and then link up your creation HERE!

I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Anything Goes' and Casology, 'Clothes'.

I am also linking up to Seize the Birthday!

Thanks  for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Winners, Winners!

Hi Everyone! 

I am back from vacation and ready to dish on the winners of the Unity/GIU stamp packages! 
The two random winners selected are:


 CONGRATS ladies!  

Please send me your info via e-mail; Unity is requesting the following info-
mailing address 

Please provide me with your contact info by Saturday, June 17th. 
You can e-mail me at

Thanks so much for participating and for all of the sweet and encouraging comments during my GIU week!  LOVE Unity!

Now, back to that vacation...

 Alberta Falls, RMNP

 Ouzel Falls Trail, RMNP

Bear Lake, RMNP

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Challenge is Back!

Hello and Happy June 1st Everyone!

I have such exciting news to share; one of my favorite challenges is back!  The Challenge!  Run by Leslie Croghan, The Challenge was put on hold while Leslie was tending to her newest addition to her family, the most beautiful baby girl!  But now we are back up and running with some brand new challenges coming your way.  First up is an inspiration challenge~

Well, there certainly is a lot to use as inspiration here!  Initially I went very CAS with my card as I did not think I had a lot of time to create.  It really does not get more CAS than this~

I let the embossing serve as the sentiment here.  However, the more I looked at this, the more I was not sure I liked it.  So I tried again~

Yes, I guess you could say these cards are polar opposites!  This time I found a water colored rainbow panel in my stash that was perfect for this challenge.  My sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
The balloon dies are from Lawn Fawn.  The balloons are colored with Copics and then sparkle was added with my Wink of Stella pen. 
So break out your party images and get your rainbow on! Link up your project HERE!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 5

Hello Again!
I am back for a final day as a Growing in Unity Girl.  If you are looking for the Unity Stamps/My Sweet Petunia blog hop, go HERE.  Hint- if you are a Unity Lover, you may want to check out this blog hop!
I have saved one of my favorite cards til last.  Gotta love this image!

This stamp is so so sweet!  I used my MISTI to stamp these birdies, offsetting the second row of birds so they do not look identical.  It was easy to make sure my images lined up when I used the MISTI.  
These adorable birds, which I colored as blue birds, are from the Always Been You KOTM.   I am also tickled that this is a OLC- quite a feat for me!  
The sentiment is from the Head Up-Heart Strong kit. 

This is my last Growing in Unity post.  Remember, leave a comment on each Growing in Unity post this week and you will have 5 chances to WIN 25 stamps from Unity! 
I will be leaving town this weekend and will not be able to select a winner until I get back.  
Thanks for your understanding.  

Thanks for visiting me this week!  I hope I have inspired you!  

Lee Ann )

My Sweet Petunia and Unity Hop!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am excited to be participating in a blog hop featuring two of my most favorite companies, Unity Stamps and My Sweet Petunia!  If you are looking for the Growing in Unity post, go HERE
If you follow my blog, you know how much I use/love Unity Stamps!  What you usually don't see is the incredible stamping tool that is used behind the scenes- the MISTI.  The MISTI is amazing for so many things- mass card production, perfectly straight sentiments, perfect stamping of solid images and so much more!!
Of course there are prizes for this blog hop!  Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and winner's choice of an Original or Mini MISTI. Please comment by May 30th at noon Central to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.

I have two different takes of one stamp for you today~

This gorgeous floral image is from a Unity KOTM, Midnight Kisses.

The image is of two flowers.  I stamped the image with my MISTI, then positioned it a second time exactly where I wanted it with the MISTI.  The first two flowers were masked and the third was inked up and stamped.  The sentiment is from the same set.
Then I tried a different version of the above card.  I stamped the three flowers, as above.  Then I added more flowers using the Single Flower Miracle stamp.

And this is what I ended up with~

Same basic design, extra flowers and different colors gives you a very different card.  I love these flowers!  The sentiment is from the Girl Truly Sentiment Kit.  Flowers on both cards are colored with Copics.
Your next stop on the hop is Lisa Arana's blog.

Thanks for stopping by and for hopping with us!

Lee Ann  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 4

Hello once again!
It is already my 4th Growing in Unity day.  I was in a very CAS mood while working on these cards,
so today's card- well cards- are CAS design.  Honestly, when the images are this good, I want the focus to be on the images.

I could not resist this adorable image, Finally Here. It was the perfect image to do some monochromatic coloring with my E40s Copics.

I am linking these sweeties up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, 'Furry Friends'.

And I have one more CAS card for you, this time using watercolors~

Yes, this is much more 'artsy'. The butterfly trio is from the set, Butterfly Endearment.  The stamp was colored with Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Watercolor Brush Pens and then spritzed with water.  The image was then stamped on watercolor paper.  I used  my MISTI to determine placement of the stamp, overlapping some as I went along.  I love the effect!
The colors pop even more with a black mat and the black die cut sentiment (WPlus 9).

Don't forget to comment on this blog post, and each of my Growing in Unity Posts this week.  Each day's comment is a chance to win 25 stamps from Unity! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your encouraging comments!  

Lee Ann :) 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 3

Hello Again!

I am back again with another card made with some fabby Unity Stamps.  Another reason to love Unity Stamps is for the artwork of Phyllis Harris.

See what I mean?  :)  I adore this image!  Head Up-Heart Strong is the name of it.  This card will go to my mom and dad who live in Florida.
The image is colored with Copics and then framed with a Stampin' Up photo frame die cut from the On Film framelits(retired).  The card base is stamped with an image from the Hearts Reflection SMAK kit.  I scored around the card front.
Banners, a sentiment from the Midnight Kisses KOTM, sequins(again!) and a Hemptique bow finish off the card.
 I am linking up to Stamp Ink Paper- card makers choice

Remember, you have a chance to win 25 stamps from Unity; all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog posts featuring Unity Stamps this week.  Leave a comment each day and that is 5 chances to win!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 2

Hi Everyone and Welcome back!

It is Day 2 of my Growing in Unity week. Remember, a comment on this post is a chance at winning 25 stamps from Unity Stamps!  Comment on each of my Growing in Unity posts this week and that is 5 chances to win!
Today I have a super CAS card for you, yet still elegant, I think.

I started with the flower stamp from the Always Been You KOTM and my MISTI.  I stamped the image in the bottom left hand corner, then in the upper right hand corner.  I masked the upper flower and then stamped the second flower in the upper right corner.  Using the flower mask, I sponged some Distress ink on the background.  I added depth to the flowers with gray Copics.
I wanted the flowers to be the main event, so heat embossed the sentiment, which is from Love is a Magical Thing sentiment kit on vellum.  My favorite sequins finish it off (you will be seeing these sequins often, lol).
Let me know what you think!

I am linking up to The Flower Challenge- 'Case a Designer'.  I have cased TaeEun's stunning card.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Growing in Unity Week

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to share projects this week as the Growing in Unity girl over at Unity Stamps!  Monday through Friday of this week I will be posting daily projects here.  Leave a comment on my  blog posts featuring Unity Stamps for a chance to WIN 25 stamps from Unity! Leave a comment each day and that is 5 chances to win! 
So, this right here is what started my love affair with Unity Stamps- the Angie Girls.

This is Wakely Girl.  Those boots!  I love coloring people and these girls are just perfect for it- different hair styles, clothing, sentiments.
Wakely was colored with Copics.  I enjoy challenging myself with light sources in my coloring as you may be able to see on this card.  I also like trying creative Copic backgrounds and had fun with this ombre background in blues.
A scrap of dp and some linen thread finish off this card.
Don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to WIN!

I am linking up to the challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, 'Make Your Mark'.  

Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my story!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time for a Challenge

Hi All!

Just a quick post this evening, sharing a super simple CAS card I made with the amazing inspiration from Time Out Challenges.

I also thought this would be a fun play on words over at Casology.  The cue card is 'WARM'.  Yes, my colors are warm but I also thought about us aging women who have a tendency to get quite warm with those pesky hot flashes. :)
I am also linking up to Fab n Funky Challenges- 'create a background' and Less is More- 'Geometric'.
Of course my bird is one of the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds.  The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Birthday Word Art; it is definitely one of my favorite birthday sentiments!

That's it for me!  Have a wonderful last week of May!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mother's Day Butterflies

Hello Again! 

Back for a second post today- Yes, I was a busy crafter this weekend!
Can you believe that Mother's Day is right around the corner?  I whipped up a card for my Mom so I could get it in the mail. It takes a few days to get to Florida. 
I inked up my new April KOTM from Unity. 

I was drawn to the large butterfly in the set and decided to use distress inks for water coloring them. 
I did not want to take away from the butterflies, so I kept the layout simple, with a cs strip for the sentiment.  Doilies add a bit of girly-ness to the card. 
I used my MISTI to stamp my butterflies in the color of choice, and then once colored and dried, I stamped the image again in dark brown.  I love how this turned out.  The purples in the photo did not photograph well; the purple butterfly and the purple mat are much closer in color irl. 
I am playing along in a few challenges~

Just Us Girls- Mother

Watercooler Wednesday- Feminine Anything Goes

Stamp, Ink, Paper- Mother's Day

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- The Great Outdoors

That's it for me; thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Paper Pieced Friends

Hello and Happy Sunday Everyone!

We are finally drying out here in St Louis after all the rain.  I was not personally affected by the flooding that occurred here, but we were off of school 3 days due to staff not being able to get to work with so many roads being shut down.  Now we have sunshine and perfect temps!
Add to that the bonus of getting my April Unity KOTM this weekend, and you have a pretty great weekend! 
I could not wait to ink up my new stamps-

I love Angie's Girls and this pair was calling my name.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and played along with Unity's paper piecing challenge this week.  There is something satisfying when using scraps of paper that seem to accumulate over night.  :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lee Ann :)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Power Poppy and Mom

Hello Everyone! 

Spring seems to be officially here, weather wise.  I am always amazed how one day everything is brown, gray and lifeless, and it seems the next day everything is spring green.  My soul is certainly renewed this time of year. 
Spring weather and the end of April signals that Mother's Day is almost here.  I got busy making a card for my mom-

 I got inspiration from several challenges-
Power Poppy and a sketch~

 Fusion for colors~

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Showers or Flowers!

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge-Spring

My Power Poppy image is colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  I used SugarPea Designs Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles for my gray panel. 

That's it for me; I appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Little Plaid, a Big Blessing

Hello All! 

It has been a very, very long time since I blogged.  Actually, it has been months since I crafted.  Thanks to all of you if you are still following me! 
I imagine that many of you have been where I have- absolutely no MOJO and even worse, absolutely no desire to craft.  Wasn't even sure I was ever going to ink up a stamp again. 
But, at least for now, I have had some desire to get out the ink, Copics and paper to craft. 
I started with a baby card and a fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

The Stamp and sentiment are both Unity Stamps.  And don't you just love the Lawn Fawn plaid paper?!  The images were colored with Copics, fussy cut out and then popped up on dimensional tape.  I used my Misti to get perfect placement of the image on the small white squares. 

Here is the sketch~

 And if you haven't heard, Lesley of Always Playing with Paper, is expecting her precious little one very soon!  I missed the official party for her, but getting in my Congrats for the new baby now.   So happy for you all, Lesley!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend; it is a beauty here in St Louis. 

Lee Ann  :)

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