Monday, November 30, 2015

Non Traditional with The Challenge!

With 25 days left until Christmas, it is full speed ahead on Christmas cards!  Today's Challenge at  The Challenge will move you in the right direction- make a 'Non-traditional Christmas Card'~

Yeah, I kind of took it to the extreme with this very modern and graphic design.  Love the results, but I can honestly say I will never do this again!  Trying to get those pieces to match up was crazy maddening! 

I used basic circle dies from MFT, silver cording from SU and a sentiment from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.
Check out the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team and then link up your card for the challenge HERE!  
Thanks for stopping by,

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Christmas Theme at The Challenge!

Hi Everyone and Welcome to another challenge at The Challenge!

I hope you find a little bit of time to craft during this busy Thanksgiving week.  We have a great challenge for you this week- 'Christmas'- helping you to get ready for the Christmas season ahead!

I could not wait to ink this stamp up!  I have really become smitten with the Unity Girls and this angel was calling my name!  :)
Your theme this week is 'Christmas'~

I colored 'Maria Girl' with Copics, created a mask and sponged the background.  The sentiment is heat embossed with black ep and is from another one of Unity Stamps set, All is Calm All is Bright.
Now it is your turn!  Check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the team and from our guests.  I hope you can get inky and link up with us this week!

I am linking up to Christmas Card Challenges -'Anything Goes',
And CASology~

Thanks so much cor stopping by and have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!

Lee Ann  :)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Saturday Challenge - Embossing!

Hello and Happy Saturday!
and this week we want to see embossing!  

I continue to have so much fun with one of the latest Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp Sets,
Happy Winter Days~

I cannot get enough of this adorable fox!  The sentiment is from another new set, 'No Peeking'.
I was inspired by several current challenges in blogland, besides the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge- 'embossing'.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches~

And was inspired by this cute inspiration photo from  Curtain Call~


I used the colors from Color Throwdown~

I embossed with gold embossing paste, using my Holly stencil.  I really like how this turned out.
I hope you do too!
Don't forget to check out all of the fab inspiration from the rest of the team on the Kraftin' Kimmie Blog.  Also, have you checked out the Frugal Friday Specials?  There are some fantastic deals there, so check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :) 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Happy Hump Day, Everyone!

It is time for a new Wonderful Wednesday 'Anything Goes' challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  It is also time to kick Christmas card crafting into high gear!

I adore this Gift Wrapping Elf image!  I think we should ALL enjoy the Christmas Season this much!   I watercolored the background with Peerless watercolors and stamped my sentiment from The Magic of Christmas set over that and over the image.
Where did all that sparkle come from, you ask?  From my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

Hop on over the the blog for more inspiration from the Design Team and link up YOUR creation!

I am linking up to Just Us Girls- 'Watercolor' challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Lee Ann  :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Time for a Little Warm Beverage Inspiration for You at The Challenge!

Hello and Happy Monday, Everyone!
Just in time for colder weather, we have a perfect hot beverage themed inspiration photo for you today at The Challenge!

I ADORE this set!  BRAND NEW, from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. One Cup at a Time.   It. Is. So. Darling!

And Your inspiration photo~

Fabulous, is it not!?

I used sketch inspiration from Viva La Verve Challenge~

Can't wait to see what you create!  You can link up your challenge card HERE.
Ready for more amazing inspiration?!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The November Release is HERE!

Hello and Welcome to the November Kraftin' KImmie New Release Blog Hop!

All of the brand new Klear Kraftin' Kimmie products are now available, including the
adorable new set by Cheryl, Happiness is Reading~

This set is so doggoned cute!  I paper pieced the chair and Lulu's dress and added dimension by popping up he chair arms.
This is one of my favorite November Release Kraftin' Kimmie sets!  What's your new fave?
I used the sketch at Latina Crafter~

Ready for more amazing inspiration from the rest of the team?
Check out the links below and then head over to the SHOP for all of the new goodies!


Smooch the Pooch!

Hi Everyone!

I know it is not even Thanksgiving yet, and here I am making a Valentine's Day Card.
Valentine's cards are the most requested card where I work,  so I try to have a good batch of them come February!  :D

I pulled out a stencil and my Brilliant Red Brusho powder.  Penciled the stencil hearts, then watercolored them.  Outlined the hearts with a Copic multiliner. 
Colored my long time, no see, Unity pooch (Copics) and fussy cut him out.  I used this month's
Unity Sketch~

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a blessed Sunday!

Lee Ann  :)

Tonight is the Night for the New Release!

Hi Everyone and Welcome to Our 6th and Final Day of Sneak Peeks for the
November Kraftin' Kimmie Release!

Today's set, Let's Celebrate, is wonderfully versatile- New Year's, wedding- any formal event.
When I first saw the set, I saw a bride and groom saying their vows.  Now, I don't know any couples who have said their vows with champagne in their hands so I had to figure a way to work around that.
So trendy, a shaker card seemed the answer.  I cut my shaker window so that the champagne was removed from the scene and left what appears to be a bride and groom facing each other saying their vows.
I die cut a congrats from brushed gold card stock and adhered it to the shaker window.

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- 'Make Something with 'N'-'Nuptials'

Ready for more amazing inspiration?  Check out what the rest of the team has done!
 Don't forget to leave a little love along the way for a chance to win some krafty kash!
Please join us at our release party tonight at 6pm est, right HERE on Facebook.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

More November Sneak Peeks from Kraftin' Kimmie!

Hello and Happy Thursday!

Today we have the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps November peeks from the most adorable set from Cheryl and if you love books, you will love this set!  I know just who this card is going to !

Cheryl's images have lead me to the vintage look lately; this set, Happiness is Reading, is no exception.  The image is colored with Copics and the background is meant to ellicit an old brick walled corner of an attic where one might get lost in old books.
My sketch inspiration comes from Sketch Saturday~

All of the new images will be released Saturday night! Don't forget to join us at the LIVE 
Release Party, right HERE on Facebook.  The fun starts at 6pm EST. 
Also, don't forget to leave a little love at each blog along the way for your chance to win
some Krafty Kash!  
Ready for more amazing inspiration from the rest of the team?  


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Sneak Peeks Day 2!

Hello!  It is DAY 2 of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps November
Sneak Peeks!  
I am SOOOOO excited about today's set!  It is a beauty by Becky and so trendy right now.  :)
Can you say COFFEE?!  

Yep!  Adorable, is it not?!  The set, One Cup at a Time, has 3 cup images as well as other little goodies like beans and cookies!

I wanted a vintage look to my card, so used 'vintage-y' patterned paper and stacked several cups.
My One cup was colored to add coffee to the cup and them was coated with Crystal Effects.  I love the dimension with this cup!
Ready for more amazing inspiration?  Hop Along using the links below!  Don't forget to leave a little love at each blog for a chance to WIN some Krafty Goodness! 

Thanks for hopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Festive Color Challenge!

Hi Everyone and Welcome back to The Challenge!

This week we have some gorgeous and festive colors for you!

Here are your colors~

Yummy, right?!
I initially wanted to make a non Christmas card with these colors- kind of challenge myself.  But,
I really, really wanted to use this adorable fox from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps' latest release.
My snowflake is embossed in silver and the background is a layering of various watercolor mediums.  I started with a couple different shades of Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi reds.  Over that, I added some Brushos in Brilliant Red.
Next, I watered down some silver acrylic paint and spattered it on the card front.
My sketch inspiration is from Freshly Made Sketches~

  I am also linking up to Inkspirational-'Anything Goes with Silver'
And The Divas That Cut Paper- 'Warm and Cozy'
And Time Out Challenges- 'Christmas'.
Ready to see what the rest of the team has or you?

Can't wait to see what you create with these amazing colors!

Lee Ann  :) 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A New Krafty Challenge- Use Twine!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!
We have made it through the first week of November; Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!  The challenge at Krafty Kimmie's Saturday Challenge is 'Twine'.  Perfect for a fall card.  This will probably be my last fall card for the season~

I paired the Flowers Feed the Soul Stamp Set with one of Becky's newer sentiment sets,   Spook-tacular Sentiments.  The flowers were colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  The sentiment is embossed with Early Espresso ep.  I added lots of texture with dry embossing, burlap and, of course, the twine.  Seems every card needs a few sequins to finish it off!
My sketch inspiration comes from MOJO Monday~

I am also linking up to Just Add Ink- Isn't this a gorgeous inspiration photo?!

Hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to see all of the other gorgeous inspiration and then link up your own project!

Happy Weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Monday, November 2, 2015

A New Sketch to Roll in the Holiday Season

Hello and Happy Monday Everyone!

We have a new sketch for the start of the month of November at The Challenge.

My version is Christmas elegance, but this sketch can be interpreted many ways!

I simply embossed my Verve wreath and sentiment in gold and added a bit more shine with some glimmer mist.  Designer paper is SU and my banner dies are Top Dog Dies Banners #1 Die Set.

I am linking up to Merry Monday~

Ready for some more Ah-Mazing inspiration for the talented team?

Can't wait to see what you create!  You can link up HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Many Thanks!

Hello and Happy November!  Yeah!  We are heading into my favorite time of year!

So last week was probably one of the worst weeks I have had in many years.  But God saw me through it along with the help of a supportive principal.  I wanted to express my thanks to him, so
used the darling MFT Harvest Mouse stamp set. 

This is one of my favorite new sets- so adorable!  I hope this card is 'masculine' enough.  What do you think?
The sketch is from Happy Little Stampers~

And the fabby colors are from Color Throwdown~

I am also linking up to Virginia's View Challenge- 'Texture'.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a very blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

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