Tomorrow is the big day!

River RubiesI’m so excited, I can barely type! Tomorrow is the big kick off for the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration – and I love a good celebration!! Who doesn’t?? If you aren’t subscribed to the newsletter, be sure to go to their homepage and do that, quick! You don’t want to miss a single detail of what is coming up.

I’ll be featuring cards made with Lizzie Anne Designs stamps all week long. This is a super simple one, made with the Fun to be Floral set. I loved the dp, from Basic Grey, and reeally wanted to let it be the focus. So I used two square punches to punch out a space in the lower corner, and white craft ink to stamp the sentiment in there. I stamped a few flowers and sprinkled them around the square. In the opposite upper corner I added two strips punched out with the word window punch, to balance things out. Simple, yes?

Stamps: LAD Fun to be Floral
Paper: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey Infuse dp
Ink: Ruby Red, Whisper White craft
Accessories: word window punch, pretty in pink brads, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ square punches

Harvested, two ways

Old Chocolate FlowerA few days ago my friend V was genius enough to come up with a quick mini challenge for us to do while we chatted. She dreamed up the color scheme, and picked this fabulous Basic Grey dp called Harvested.  V threw out several stamp sets to use, and I own two of the four she suggested. I decided to go with Heartfelt Thanks because I could not remember the last time I used it. Since I’m all about giving love to the unused rubber, I figured I’d go for it. I also used the Sanded background.

I decided on a sketch that Lauren posted – one of her Saturday Sketches. And oh my stars, she busted out the buttons! Buttons!!! Who knows when the last time I used those??? So I figured if someone as cool as Lauren was using buttons, I had to do it too, lol. Mellow Challenge

This one is the card that V made – gorgeous, isn’t it?? She used the Always stamp set, paired with Oh So Lovely. I think my favorite thing about V’s card is the grosgrain ribbon threaded through that jumbo eyelet. How cool did that turn out?

I loved doing this challenge while we chatted. It was too fun!! And thanks for letting me post your card on here, V. It really does look terrific!

Don’t forget that this week, Lizzie Anne Designs is kicking off their Anniversary Celebration! If you don’t already subscribe, visit their homepage and subscribe today. I’ll be featuring Lizzie Anne Designs cards on the blog all week, starting tomorrow. I love a good celelbration. I’ll also be sharing links to exciting giveaways in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!!

Earthy Lotus Flower

Rusty Far East

Here is a super quick one I made using the Lizzie Anne Designs set Far East. The chipboard frame is by Cosmo Cricket, and I covered it with Cosmo Cricket paper from the Wanted Line.

I stamped the Really Rust panel tone-on-tone with the leaf stamp from the set, and then lightly stamped it with Sanded by SU in Chocolate Chip. I rounded all the edges with the corner rounder and did some light sponging. I just love this image, and wanted to feature it!

Don’t forget the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration, which kicks off on Tuesday! They’ve got some really fun things planned, including a seriously fabulous group of new stamps to unveil — so sign up for the newsletter and don’t miss a thing!

 

Stamps: LAD Far East, SU Sanded
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Naturals Ivory, Cosmo Cricket dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust
Accessories: Choc. Chip marker, chipboard, gg ribbon, jumo eyelet, basic grey sanding set, corner rounder

Blushing Gus, and GOODIES in the Mail!

***Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 5 days!***

Blushing GusThis is Gus the ladybug. He is part of the Doodle Factory Animals set. Cute, huh? I made him for the sketch challenge last week on SCS. My sentiment is from the Lizzie Anne Designs set called Sketched Sentiments. My background stamp is Dots and Daisies by SU. I really enjoyed this simple layout!

The mail was good to me on Wednesday! Guess what I got? A whole big box of Lizzie Anne Designs stamps!! And whoa o they have some cute new sets coming out — they are all must-have kind of sets, I promise!! Make sure you are signed up for their newsletter, so you don’t miss one single bit of the upcoming Anniversary Celebration! Also in the box were new acrylic blocks for me. I have to say something about these blocks. I already own some, and I got them from a well known, popular stamp company. And they work fine. But when I unwrapped these new blocks, I could immediately tell a difference! The edges are more comfortable for holding, the weight feels better in my hand, and they are clearer than my other blocks. No, it isn’t from heavy use – one I’ve my older blocks I’ve actually never used (shhhhh!). I cannot recommend these acrylic blocks highly enough — go get some!

Stamps: Dots and Daisies, Doodle Factory Animals,LAD Sketched Sentiments
Paper: Blush Blossom, Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla, non SU watercolor, Hobby Lobby dp
Ink: Versafine Black, Purely Pomegranate, Blush Blossom
Accessories: circle punches – 1 3/8″, 1 1/4″, 1″; gg ribbon, aquapainter, dimensionals, paper piercer/mat pack
Techniques: watercoloring

More Fun to be Floral — Invitations

***Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 6 days!***

 

Pomegranate InviteMy husband and I are hosting a his-and-her shower for my little brother and his soon-to-be-wife in late July. I wanted to make their invitations but still keep it simple. So I went to Michael’s and bought a huge box of blank white invitations that I could print in my computer.

I fought with my printer for awhile – it wanted to print these things all sorts or wrong. First they were off the page, then a little left of center, then they jammed. I’ve not been that frustrated in quite awhile!

Eventually they printed, and I decided to go with my Lizzie Anne Designs Fun to be Floral and Far East sets to decorate the edges. I did three different color combos – Purely Pomegranate/River Rock/Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi/Soft Sky/Marigold Morning, and Blu Bayou/Groovy Guava/Soft Sky. I can’t decide which combo is my favorite!Bayou Invite

I stamped the envelopes too, in matching colors to the invitations. And on the actual invitations, there is address and phone info – but I edited it out to put these pics on here. So don’t think it looks all lopsided – it actually has more words on it irl!

Wasabi InviteI am attaching all three pictures of the invitations, so you can see them 🙂

And now for some news about upcoming events! Did you know that next Tuesday, July 1st, Lizzie Anne Designs is kicking off their Anniversary Celebration? It is going to be so exciting!!! Be sure you are subscribed to the newsletter – if you aren’t you can do that here. You don’t want to miss the newsletter 🙂 Next week, the link on the side of my blog will take you to a NEW page — so be sure to check it on Tuesday!

Also, if you are in search of more blog candy, be sure to check out the newest Starving Artistamps giveaway! They have their darling new Tropics and set and TWO sets of Tropics Sentiments up for grabs!

Peaceful Poppies

***Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 7 more days!!***

A friend of my husband’s lost her mother late last week, and I made this card for her. You may have heard me say before how hard I find sympathy cards. I always struggle with these because I just cannot ever seem to find the images to convey what I want to say.

The card is simple, and beautiful I think. My main image panel is stamped with the Inkandinkado Poppies stamp, with Close to Cocoa ink. I inked up the Sanded background (how did I live without this for so long??) with True Thyme ink and stamped it off once before putting it on my main image. I sponged the edges with the Close to Cocoa ink as well. Then I covered the whole thing in Versamark and clear embossing powder. Several times.  The sentiment is from one of the All Year Cheer sets – it is part of a larger one, and I just inked up part of it with a marker.

I ticket punched the corners, added jumbo eyelets to the main image, and finished off with a small bit of ribbon tied in a knot.

Stamps: AYC, Inkadinkado Poppies
Paper: True Thyme, Confetti White, Close to Cocoa, BG dp
Ink: Clsoe to Cocoa, True Thyme, Versamark
Accessories: gg ribbon, clear ep, jumbo eyelets, ticket corner punch

I Can’t Do One Layer Cards

**Countdown to the Lizzie Anne Designs Anniversary Celebration: 8 more days!!**

Purely Wild LifeWhile lamenting my decision to handstitch a card this weekend, a friend recommended that I do something simple, like a one layer card. I always love a challenge, so to the stamp table I went.

I quickly realized that I am just incapable of one layer cards. Everything I thought about just seemed…like it was missing something. One layer cards are an art form, and I am obviously in need of some lessons. This card was as close as I could get. I know there are three layers (well, four if you count the base layer). But I tried!

My main image panel is non-SU watercolor paper. I stamped the large flower from Stampin’ Up’s Embrace Life set with Versafine black ink. I masked the flowers, and stamped the leafy stamp around them. I used Purely Pomegranate and Regal Rose ink, with an aquapainter, to color the flowers; the leaves are done with Wild Wasabi. The sentiment is stamped on the same non-SU watercolor paper, punched out with the key tag punch. I sponged the edges of that panel with Wild Wasabi, and edged it with Purely Pomegranate. It is popped up on dimensionals. The stamp should be one long line, but I used my stamp-a-ma-jig and inked it up separately to place it on the punch the way it is.

I used my Textile folder and ran the Purely Pomegranate panel through the Cuttlebug. I added two jumbo eyelets to each “empty” corner of the image panel, and left well enough alone. I tried to be simpe, honest!

Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate, non SU watercolor
Ink: Versafine Black, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose
Accessories: key tag punch, jumbo eyelets, cropadile, aquapainter, sponge, cuttlebug (textile folder), samj
Techniques: sponging, masking, watercoloring