Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CPS and Unscripted cards

First off, I get to share my Card Positioning Systems card for this week. 

 Stamping Bella is our sponsor! I loved this little cutie as soon as I saw her and I knew I wanted to color the flowers in red. 
 I kept the rest of the coloring to the image very simple to let the flowers shine. 
 Now, on to my Unscripted Sketches card for this week. 
 I have been downloading more and more digital papers and elements recently, it is fun to use them for cards.  I use Microsoft Word and insert the elements onto a blank page.  After I added the paper piece and the mug, I placed the mug over the paper so I could print them both at the same time.  This is a set by Cosmo Cricket. There are so many great little elements in this set. The sentiment is a stamp by Paper Smooches. 
 Just a close up of how cute this little mug is. 
And, now for a couple photos...
 It didn't snow, a bomb did not go off!!! We can only blame the two dogs! I had just walked in the door from the grocery store. I dropped a big package of 12 rolls of toilet paper on the floor to take to the bathroom when my hands were free and when I wasn't looking, our older dog dragged the package outside and proceeded to have a ball. I only wish I had a video of the event instead of just the aftermath!
As I was trying to quickly pick up all of the pieces so there wasn't more distruction, the little dog was going for a little more fun.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


Stamps courtesy of Stamping Bella
Cardstock – Core’dinations
x-Press Copic paper
Patterned paper – Happy Days/Echo Park
Scallop circles – Spellbinders/Nestabilities
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Copic markers


Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Digital Patterned papers and image – Cosmo Cricket
Sentiment stamp – Paper Smooches
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Distress stamp pad - Ranger
Self adhesive rhinestone – Queen & Co.
Corrugated cardboard

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Greetings and Hope

I was able to play along with this great Play Date Cafe challenge this week.

 I found a free vintage image at The Graphics Fairy.  I printed it out and used it on a tag.  The tag is cut with my Cricut.
 That wonderful, green doily piece in the background is cut with a Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch.  I cut a circle and then punched around it, I love the look. The leaves are also a Kreaxions punch.
 Next up, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.  Clearsnap was our sponsor again and this time we were to use one of their Rollograph wheels.  I used two different ones on my card. 
 The butterfly postage piece is one of the images on one of the wheels.  The text words on the other strips are from another wheel.  I rolled this one on a piece of patterned paper and then sprayed it with Smooth Spritz.  The green punched border is punched with a Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch. 
And for a few photos...
 I took these with my Hipstamatic camera on my phone.  We were at a shopping center that has a huge ferris wheel.  I love the different effects.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

SKETCH 245 – HOPE card
Stamp wheel courtesy of Clearsnap
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Echo Park
Clearsnap stamp pads
Smooch Spritz - Clearsnap
Foam tape – 3M
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch
Self adhesive pearls – Queen & Co.
Aleene’s Paper Glaze


Materials list:
Core’dinations cardstock
Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge – Tag 3 1/2”
Vintage tag – Free at Graphic Fairy
Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch #903 and leaf punch
Ribbon, button, pearl
Clearsnap Fluid Chalk stamp pad

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Trigger and a Sketch

 This is the current Trigger.  I love challenges so I made sure I got to play along with this one.
 First of all, I loved the shape of the purse and then the dots arranged in the pattern.  I didn't have a purse shape to cut with my Cricut but when I saw this adorable typewriter, I knew that would be the look I wanted.   
 This shape also cuts the piece of paper and it slips inside the cut out in the typewriter.  The rub-on sentiment is by EAD Designs/Paper Smooches. 
 The keys in the typewriter are cut out with this cut but I wanted the keys to be more pronounced, so I punched circles in the colors in the Trigger and added them with foam tape.  Smaller black circles were added on top of those and I coated them with Aleene's Paper Glaze. 
Now for the Unscripted sketch for this week.  I turned the sketch for my card.
 This sketch has a Piggyback challenge to go with it and that is to use only cardstock.  I did use tiny pieces of a BoBunny patterned paper though since it was the perfect color. 
 That wonderful doily shape is cut with the Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge.  The two layers of doily stamps are by Waltzing Mouse stamps. 

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Core’dinations cardstock
Doodeltype Cricut cartridge – 4 1/2”, Shift 4 1/2 ”
My Little Shoebox patterned paper
Rub-on sentiment – EAD Designs/Paper Smooches
Circle punch- McGill
Aleene’s Paper Glaze
Heart sticker

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned papers - BoBunny
Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge
Doily stamps – Waltzing Mouse stamps
Sentiment stamp – Technique Tuesday
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder - Stampendous
Foam Tape

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge

Yeah, it is time for another SPARKS challenge. I am so glad Kim started these, I am always up for a challenge of some kind.
 This is the newest inspiration piece.  Be sure to check out Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge page for all of the details.  This runs from November 17th to November 30th and there are prizes to be won!
 Here is my take on the challenge.  I was inspired by the colors but also the placement of the elements in the photo.  I knew I wanted a wonderful turquoise background and I knew that I needed at least one larger size bright green piece.  I decided to go with snowflakes in rather unconventional colors because I really wanted to be able to have my card be winter/Christmas in theme and I wanted to use this cutie of a snowman. I just received this cute set from Paper Smooches and I want to use it a whole lot during the season.
Since I wanted snowflakes, I knew exactly where to go to get a variety of sizes.  I pulled out my Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge.  This cartridge includes several snowflake shapes so I was set.  If you notice, my little snowman has some Aleene's Paper Glaze added to his little scarf for some additional interest. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Be sure to check out the other cards by the team members because you will be amazed at the great variety of looks and give this challenge a try yourself!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Trees and Owls

 First up, my Unscripted sketches card.  I turned the sketch for my card.
 I used my Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge.  This cartridge cuts several card shapes and for this one it cuts out the three trees in the front of the card.  I placed a white piece of cardstock behind those trees.
 To go along with the sketch, I pleated a piece of Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker patterned paper from the Gingerbread Lane collection.  I used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to makes my pleats. Across that I placed a sticker strip from the same paper collection. The little sentiment oval is also a sticker from the collection.
Next up, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.
 The Stamps of Life is our sponsor. It is always so much fun to play along with their stamps.
The owl is a two step stamp.  The branch and leaves are from a different set by The Stamps of Life.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned papers and stickers – Gingerbread Land/Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker
Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge - shift, Card, 5 ½”
Self adhesive rhinestones – Queen & Co.
Scallop scissors – Fiskars
Martha Stewart score board


Stamp set courtesy of The Stamps of Life
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Lime Twist/My Mind’s Eye (mini pad)
Black Versafine stamp pad and Memento stamp pads
Foam tape – 3M
Oval shape - Cricut

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dear Friend - Dear Mom

First off, a tag to a friend.
 Moxie Fab has a challenge right now for several different themes.  I wanted to go with the "girlfriend" theme celebrating National Girlfriends Day, Celebrating Relationships.  I created a tag. Tags are something I don't often work with. For some reason I feel "tag" challenged but I don't know why since the format is smaller and that should be easier.  The tag shape is cut with chipboard and the Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge.  I decided to emboss that with a Sizzix embossing folder with a woodgrain design.  I highlighted the woodgrain print by rubbing it with a brown Distress stamp pad.

The circle with the butterfly cut out is a tag from the same Cricut cartridge.  I cut this again a little smaller so I had a smaller butterfly to place in the cut out butterfly shape.  The zig zag circle piece behind this is also cut with the same cartridge.  The sentiment is a portion of a stamp by Printworks. 
Next up, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.

 Want2Scrap is the sponsor this week. If you like BLING, you will like this company a whole lot.  I turned the sketch on it's side. 
The patterned papers are brand new from BasicGrey.  The flower is cut out of one of the prints.  With the Want2Scrap pink rhinestones, I cut two circles of rhinestones in half and them used the halfs to fit the sketch.
Now for a few photos...
 Both photos are taken with my Hipstamatic phone app.  I so love playing with that.  We stopped at a beach on a recent trip and I wanted to get a few photos. 
 Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Art Philosophy Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge
Happy Days/ Echo Park patterned paper
Printworks sentiment stamp
Black Versafine stamp pad
Flower - Recollections
Distress Stamp pad - Ranger
Woodgrain embossing folder - Sizzix
Self adhesive pearls - Queen & Co.

Rhinestones courtesy of Want2Scrap
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Flamenco and Pico de Gallo/Indie Bloom collection/BasicGrey
Corner rounder punch - PaperShapers
Sentiment stamp – Paper Smooches
Black Versafine stamp pad
3-D Fashion Paint - Tulip
Foam tape – 3M

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pink and Yellow - Orange and Purple

The Play Date Cafe inspiration piece for this week is irresistable!
 Pink, Yellow and Gray!
 Here is my card using the inspiration colors.  My card turned out rather "girly" and "vintage" and I like it.  
 The little vintage cards are digital images from an Etsy store, Made by Janet. 
 I also want to share the Unscripted sketches card for this week. 
 I printed out a digital stamp by Hero Arts that I purchased at Two Peas in a Bucket.  It comes all colored, I just needed to print it out and cut it out. 
 I added two colors of Ultra Fine Flower Soft to the flower for a fun accent. 
 I used a Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch for my punched border. 
Gotta share some photos too...
 It is a little late for Pumpkin Patch photos but I still wanted to share a couple cute ones. Is that joy or what!?
 These guys are almost scary!
And, see the gray in the background? In the distance in the ocean and that is marine layer that was coming in so thick this evening.  It gave the neatest feel to the patch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Flourish and sentiment stamps – Hero Arts
Digital Collage Clip Art – Ticket Vintage/Etsy shop/Made by Janet 2011
Felt flower - Recollections
Heart cut out – Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Spray colors – Smooth Spritz/Clearsnap
Black Versafine stamp pad
Brown Distress stamp pad/Ranger

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned papers – Splendid Collection/Brilliance/Authentique
November digital stamp/Hero Arts/Two Peas in a Bucket
Ultra Fine Flower Soft
Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge and Unscripted sketches

Today is the day...
 Paper Smooches revealed another SPARKS challenge and this is it. You have until November 16th to play along for prizes. 
 And, here is my card using the SPARKS. I usually see a few different ways I would want to carry out a challenge like this but this is what I ended up with.
Here is what I took from this SPARKS inspiration photo
I love the navy blue background.
I loved the orange leaves on the apples that were turned this way and that.
I love the cream colored apples that also looked a bit like circles. 
 I used the leaves that are on the acorn in the Falling For You Paper Smooches stamp set.  I just stamped that part of that image several times on white X-Press Copic cardstock and colored them with two shades of orange Copic markers.  I quickly cut these out. 
 To mimic the cream colored apples/circles, I cut a scallop circle from cream colored paper with a Spellbinders Nestabilities.  On that I stamped this cute little sentiment.  What I love about this stamp set is that you can mix and match the words to create your own greeting.  And you can see I just had to add a tiny bit of bling!
I also wanted to share my Unscripted sketches card for this last week. Can I say I love this sketch!
 This wonderful piece of patterned paper is from Authentique.  I just used both sides of this piece that is called Brilliance.  Gotta love a yellow/gold woodgrain print.
The flower, leaves and sentiment stamps are from Hero Arts.  I placed a clear button in the middle of the flower.  I cut the circle behind the flower with my Kreaxions circle cutter. You will never find a circle cutter that is easier to use.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)