Category Archives: Lizzie Anne Designs

TEC45: Brrrr, baby!

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Friday! Friday! It sure was fun to put together a card for Taylor‘s sketch challenge this afternoon.  It’s been a lllooonnnnggg week.  Stamping, the welcome reprieve.

I have really enjoyed this Lizzie Anne set, Christmas in the City. I colored the images in with my E34 Copic marker and a blender pen.  I cut one of the forward skates out to layer for dimension and paper pieced some color to the hat and mittens. I added a little puff ball to the top of the hat and ruffled ribbon to the right edge of the striped layer. The patterned paper is from Taylor’s Key Ingredient’s Christmas kit. Fun!

I’m headed into the city to meet one of my oldest friends for lunch and shopping tomorrow! Very excited about that. Hope your weekend is warm and productive as we head toward Christmas!

  •  Stamps: Christmas in the City (Lizzie Anne Designs)
  • Cardstock: Blush Red Dark (Prism) & Patterned Paper (My Minds Eye)
  • Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger)
  • Accs: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copic Marker E34 & Blender, piercing tool, ribbon (Beaux Regards)

WSC67: Warm Heart

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It was 16 degrees this morning…’baby, it’s cold outside’! My sweet father-in-law has been visiting all week so that he and Wes can deer hunt. It’s been a treat for all of us, especially the girls. I know without a doubt the guys have had a wonderful time together doing boy-stuff, but I don’t think Pa planned on full-blast-7-hours-a-day-in-the-blind and 16 degrees. Poor guy, he’s going to have to take a vacation from us just to warm up a bit. Hopefully, he feels like we do, blessed and walking around with a warmer heart this week for sharing good times with people you love.  I {heart} my family.

Here’s my take on Beate’s sketch. I’ve enjoyed the sketches the last few weeks, and this one was perfect for my pretty Lizzie Anne set: Christmas in the City and Winter Wonderland Paper Pack. I used Copic Markers YR31(Reddish Yellow) & G63 (Pea Green) to color my mitten. The sentiment is stamped in Espresso Adirondack ink. Some accent with my paper piercing tool and a Martha Stewart punch snowflake to accent the corners.

I’m working on several Christmas giftable items, and I plan to start posting next week. There will be some oldie ideas revived and some new ideas that have been rolling around in my head. Plus, Sharon and I have been cooking again…and we just might have some more stocking stuffers up our sleeve. Stay tuned, by Monday for sure! <wink>

Make sure to check out more sketch-spiration from Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Mary Jo and Sharon this morning. I’ve got a full day of work ahead of me and a crab leg dinner tonight. I feel a great day coming on! Hope yours is wonderful in every way!

New Spellbinders

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I’ve been working on a special project, but I had to take a few minutes to work up a card with my new Curved Rectangle Nestabilities from Spellbinders. The thing I enjoy about the Nestabilities line is the ability to make a quick card with coordinating shaped accents. It’s just simple stamping, but with a little extra hhmph! to the finished project.  This finished, shaped card is about 5″ x 3.5″.

  • Stamps: In the Meadow (Lizzie Anne) *edited*
  • Cardstock: Blush Red Light, Suede Dark Brown & Cryogen White (Prism)
  • Ink: Mountain Rose (Adirondack), Celery & Artichoke (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Accs: Ribbon (May Arts), Dazzling Diamonds and Pretties Kit (both Stampin’ Up!)

See you tomorrow!

WSC62: Heaven & Nature

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When I got home last weekend, I had some beautiful Lizzie Anne waiting for me! I immediately thought of this Heaven & Nature poinsettia when I saw Beate’s sketch. Mine is colored with Copic Markers, RV10, R59 and a custom YR31.  A custom YR31 is an empty sketch marker filled with half blender and half ink. This is a trick that I learned from Debbie Olson, and I’ve been oh-so-happy since I created my own. It gives me the yellow hue I love with half of the original intensity. Perfect for creamy leaves or glowing candles. i {heart} debbie o. 

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The measurements on this card are 3.5″ x 5.5″. This lets my poinsettia hang off the edge, and my card will still fit in a standard A2 envelope. And what about this Basic Grey Wassail paper? Sharon surprised me with this last week, and I’m so, so happy she did. The prints are beautiful. I’m committing to use the whole thing up before Christmas. :) The fringe is some from May Arts that we picked up on our Archiver’s run last weekend.

Be sure to check out my girlfriends for sketch-spiration: Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and sweet Sharon.

I’m a terrible, terrible mother who pulled her kiddos out of school today for some fabulous fall family fun! Maybe I’ll try to share pictures over the weekend! Have a wonderful day!

  • Stamps: Heaven & Nature (Lizzie Anne Designs)
  • Cardstock: Prism & Wassail (Basic Grey)
  • Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger)
  • Accs: Copic Marker, Spica Glitter Pen, pompom fringe (May Arts)

Divine Design: Romans

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May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Romans 15:13 (Amplified)

Editted to add: I was in such a hurry to get out the door this morning, I neglected to point you in the direction of more Divine Design inspiration and information. You may read about the origins of Divine Design here. You can see other samples from lovely ladies by visiting Angel, Jami, Taylor and Nancy. These ladies bless me so much, I’m sorry I didn’t point you in their direction this morning.

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Bless our Farmers!

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I had time to do the SCS Color Challenge today! OK – so maybe I didn’t have time, but I made time… Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze. Beautiful color combo to work with. I couldn’t resist!

I had thought I would use a different stamp today, but the colors this morning just called to this adorable scarecrow from Lizzie Anne Designs. I had ordered him last week, and he was begging to see ink. 😉 He’s colored with Copic Markers and accented with foof-a-la bloom and dew drops. I also pulled out my new Cuttlebug embossing edges for the dots at the bottom. This was fun and fast.

I’ll be sending this card to my local friend, Carrie. She’s a busy mom of 4 little ones with a wonderfully sweet husband who farms. Harvest blessings abound to them, but farming is a hard life on the whole family, especially at planting and harvest times. Carrie has a lot of extremely long, ‘going it alone’ days this time of year. I know I’m blessed by our farming American families, and you are too (even if you don’t realize it!) If you have one of those special families in your life that’s harvesting right now, send a little pick me up. Your sincere appreciation will bring a smile in the middle of a long, tiring day. I promise, you can make a difference.

See you tomorrow!

  •  Stamps: Happy Harvest – Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze (Stampin’ Up!) and Papaya Puree Dark (Prism)
  • Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger)
  • Accs: Copic Markers, Scalloped Rectangle and Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), rust bloom (petaloo), button (foof-a-la), embossing edge (Provo Craft), dew drops (Robin’s Nest) and ribbon (May Arts)

Twin Lizzie & Blog Candy

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Seems like everyone is gearing up for World Card Making Day next weekend, Saturday, October 4th. I’ve put Wes on alert that I’m ‘unavailable’. Lucky for me, he & the girls have plans for a soccer tournament. :) So many companies (including Splitcoast!) are planning challenges and activities to celebrate, it should be fun! I’m planning to create a stash of cards that day. I’ll need to focus on clean and simple if I want to get a lot accomplished.

For my ‘twin Lizzie’ designs today, I’ve paired Lizzie Anne Designs stamps with Eva Basic Grey paper for quick and cute. This first card uses Far East and Tombow Markers. I’ve accented the blossoms with a hint of glitter for punch.  I’ve stamped and cut out the lantern. The branch through the loop on the lantern was just drawn in with a marker. It’s attached with a dimensional dot.

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This sample is a simple, simple design featuring In the Meadow.  The blossoms sparkle with glitter, and it’s finished off with colored twill from Taylored Expressions. Easy Peasy….

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I’ve been talking about blog candy for a week – so without further blabbing – candy from Paper Crafts Magazine (not pictured), Lizzie Anne Designs and Cornish Heritage Farms. Package includes: Paper Crafts’ special issue Cards, Gifts, & More: Paper Crafting 3 Ways, Floral Frenzy stamp set from the sweet girls at Lizzie Anne Designs and a gigantic Vintage Ledger Scrapblock™ from my friends at Cornish Heritage Farms. Both of these fine companies are official sponsors of the World Card Making Day site and activities. Thanks to them for their support of my paper crafting passion.

How to enter to win: Leave me a comment with your plans for World Card Making Day – even if they don’t include paper crafting! How’s that for easy? I’ll pick a winner on Sunday night. I might let the girls help me – so who knows what that process will involve. :) However it works out, I’ll mail your stuff so you can have it in time to play on Saturday, October 4th (unless you’re a Canadian winner, I don’t think it would make it that fast!).

I’ll be back in the morning with a card for Beate’s Sketch Challenge – love the sketch this week! Hope you do too! Have a great day!

WSC51: Happy Everything

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We have a wedding this weekend, and we’re all pretty excited about it, well the girls and I are pretty excited about it. Wes doesn’t get excited about much except for Disney World! I used Lizzie Anne’s Say it in Script and Beate’s sketch to put together a pretty fast card. The paper is Lily Kate by Basic Grey, the ribbon is sheer blue from one of TexasJodyLynn’s awesome bulk buys. The border punch was just stitched on my machine with no thread.

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The flower from Lizzie Anne’s Jolies Fleurs is colored with Copics and highlighted with a Spica Glitter pen. I used Nestabilities to cut the panel. You can see lots of inspiration if you visit Beate Johns, Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Mary Jo Albright and Sharon Harnist.

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And just because I haven’t made you look at my cute kids in a while (and their grandma reads this blog!) 😉 Here is a shot from our first swim meet of the summer taken last night.

WSC44: Ahh, October Afternoon

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Remember when I talked about ‘hoarding issues’ back at Easter? Well, here’s something I have been hoarding since February 13: October Afternoon Detour papers. I spent some time in their booth at CHA with Emily….of course, I tried not to drool on her beautiful, beautiful displays…there is just something about these papers, the feel of them is different and the colors are so vibrant. Since I have pre-ordered and expect some more soon, I finally felt like I could cut up the few swatches that Emily gave me to play with. :)

This is for Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge. I hope you have time to play with it this weekend! This is a GREAT sketch to show-off those patterned papers or perhaps you might be interested in checking out the Backgrounder Blitz at CHF. From tonight til next Friday, you can participate in daily challenges and perhaps win prizes, prizes, prizes.

As for the sketch, you can see other wonderful samples from Beate, Charmain, Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon

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  • Stamps: Dreaming of Dots – Lizzie Anne Designs

  • Cardstock: Papaya Puree Dark, Iced Teal and October Afternoon Detour Patterened Papers

  • Ink: Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Artichoke, Real Red from Stampin’ Up! and Aqua Light Adirondack

  • Accs: Spellbinders Nestabilities, Ribbon – May Arts, Glitter, Dimensionals

No Spring Skips it’s Turn

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Spring is coming… I just looked at the 10 day forecast, and if they are right, we should be above freezing from here on out! Finally! This flower from the Lizzie Anne Designs Far East set is perfect for me! I have a watergarden that blooms the prettiest lilies in June. Right now it looks more like THIS. I had to laugh when I read that linked post from March 2007. Last March, I was lamenting that I wanted that quote in red rubber. Lizzie and Anne were so happy to ablige with Say it in Script, and this spring it’s all mine! Thank you, Lizzie Anne!

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  • Stamps: Far East & Say it in Script – Lizzie Anne Designs 

  • Cardstock: Cryogen White, Intense Pink and Black Prism

  • Ink: Watermelon Adirondack & White Pigment

  • Accs: May Arts Sheer Ribbon, Faux Pearls – Mark Richards, Scalloped Oval Nestabilities & Cuttlebug Embossing Folder