Friday, February 27, 2015

Cutest Puppy Dog

I recently got this set of stamps from Reverse Confetti that has the cutest little puppy dogs in it. Of course, I had to put it to use.
 The Fusion challenge seemed like just the right place to start.  I created a fancy background with some Distress Stains and then I ran this piece through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder.  Now that I had my background, I needed just the right little accents to make this a card. 
 The heart die is part of the dog set.  I colored a piece of watercolor paper with some Distress Stains, I left it to dry and then cut out my hearts.  I wanted to use places of irregular color for my hearts to give them more interest.  The dog was stamped, colored with Copic markers and then given a bit of added color with Distress Stains.  This dog has a matching die so I cut him out with that. 
Here is the Fusion challenge.  I followed the sketch with the hearts instead of stars or bows.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Make mine pink

In order to create a card using the CAS-ology Monochrome challenge, I went with lots of shades of pinks.  

 The background was created with a Simon Says Stamp stencil and a few shades of Distress Stains.  It is a bit messy and always fun.  
 To continue the color combo and to help my card fit the retro sketch, I cut a tag using a Reverse Confetti die and stamped a couple flowers with one of my favorite flower stamp sets from Altenew.  I love what you can create with the different layers of the flowers.  
 Here is the CAS-ology challenge.
And the retro sketch challenge.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Cup of Succulents!

Because I have more recently found how fun and rewarding it is to grow succulents, I am planting more and more of them.  
 When Simon Says Stamp offered this adorable set of stamps with a matching die set, I had to have it.  It is such a fun set.  Several cups or pots and several plant styles that all work together.  This cup and plant were the foundation of my card that fits in with the Colour Me color combination and the Simon Says Stamp texture challenge.  I added some Distress Stain ink to a piece of watercolor paper and then cut out the cup.  I stamped the clear stamp version of this cup over that for a black outline.  I wanted a ton of texture to my background piece so I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil and some embossing paste. To get the yellow, I ran some yellow Distress Stain over the stencil first, placed it on my paper and then ran the embossing paste over the stencil with a palette knife.  That way you get a mix of white and yellow.  When that was dry, I added some other colors of stain and spritzed it with water.  For a little added interest, I cut out a square with a My Favorite Things stitched square die and then I added the square back into the resulting hole with foam tape. 
 I tried to turn my card to the side so you could get a glimpse of the resulting texture.  The die cut word "thanks" is also from Simon Says Stamp.  I colored a piece of watercolor paper with green Distress Stains and then cut out the word.  
 Here is the Colour Me challenge.
And the Simon Says Wednesday Texture challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Subtle watercolors

I love playing with watercolor looks. 
 For this card, I started out with a very subtle color combination with some blues and silvers in Distress Stains.  It was then fun to build on that. 
 To give accent to the silver ink, I also used a strip of silver glitter paper to help fit the sketch.  That sentiment is from Reverse Confetti. 
 Here is the retro sketch I used.
I love the subtle colors in this Sunday Stamps challenge so I tried to have my colors match. Not sure I got it exactly but this was my inspiration.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

The big red flower

 Even though I am almost out of time, I really wanted to play along with the Colour Q challenge for this week. It has to be one of my most favorite color combos.  Part of the challenge was to use a newsprint look so I stamped a Stampers Anonymous ticket stamp and then cut that in a square with a My Favorite Things stitched die.  That was matted with a black MFT stitched square.  Because there are several sizes of squares in this die set, it is easy to do graduated sizes.  
 For the flower, I added two shades of Distress Stain to a piece of watercolor paper and then stamped a PaperTrey, Inc. flower over that colored piece.  It made for such a pretty flower and a real easy one too.  The leaves are from the same stamp set, I colored them with Copic markers.  The die cut word is from a set by Die-Versions.  
Here is the Colour Q combo.
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

AAA Card Challenge - All About Orange

The AAA Cards challenge was a fun one this week - creating with orange. 
 I wanted a rather simple card for this challenge.  I started out by squishing two colors of Distress Stamp pad ink to a craft mat and then quickly drug my cardstock through it.  I love that this look is totally unpredictable.  I ended up with a swoosh this was and another one that way. 
I added some inks to another piece of paper, this time watercolor paper and when that was dry, I cut out two feathers from it.  The feather die is from Poppy Stamps.  To add a little more interest, I gave the tips of one of the feathers a dip of gold embossing powder.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches. 
Be sure to play along with use this week at AAA Cards.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sprays of Flowers

I wanted to use one of my new stamp sets so this is the card I created.
 I have used this technique before but I have been seeing it used quite abit so I wanted to try it again.  I stamped the flowers with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder on watercolor paper, then I added colors with Distress Stamp pads and Distress Stains until I liked the result.  I kept spritzing it with water as I added inks.  The stamps and the sentiment are both by Paper Smooches.
 I just loved how the colors mixed and ran with the water.
 This fits the photo inspiration challenge at Paper Smooches Spark

And the color combination fits with the Fusion challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, February 6, 2015

LOVE and red seem to go together

I am so loving creating cards that fit for Valentines Day and the biggest reason is because of the RED!!!
 Todays card is no exception, lots of red.  I created a messy background with a stencil and some Distress Stain on watercolor paper.  I love how the Stains work with water and watercolor paper and I love the resulting messy look.  
 To keep with the Sunday Stamps sketch, I used a couple strips of Washi Tape on the side.  On top of that I added a little bow from Recollections. The die cut word, "love" is from PaperTrey, Inc. 
 Here is the Sunday Stamps challenge.
 This also fits the Friday Mashup challenge.
And the Curtain Call challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It is all about Orange today

I had so much fun using a whole bunch of orange for the card I want to share today.
 I used some of my favorite flower stamps and that makes this fit the CAS on Sunday challenge.  A card for that challenge is supposed to be on the simple side and what is fun for me that I used a stencil and some Distress Stain for the background and that really is very quick and easy.  The stencil if some Prima.  I also sprayed it with a little bit of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold.  
 The flowers are from a three step stamp set from Altenew.  I stamped the outline with gold embossing and then stamped the other two layers with two shades of orange.  That sentiment is from Studio Calico. Probably the part that took the longest was cutting out the flowers. 
Here is the CAS on Sunday flower challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, February 2, 2015

The MFT challenge

I have been a huge fan of My Favorite Things stamps for a really long time and so their new challenge blog is good news to me.
 I wanted to make sure to play along with their newest sketch challenge. For some reason I am in the mood all of a sudden to create in yellow, so here is my "HAPPY" card.  
 This card shows off my newest MFT purchases and can I say how happy I am that I got this banner die set!  OHHHH it is fun. How can you go wrong with a ton of banner sizes that all stack on top of each other?  I also got the pegboard background die and I have to say that that is pretty fun too.  I also used two little doily does on my card. That little gold "make a wish" sticker is from Teresa Collins.
Here is the sketch I used.
This also goes with the Friday Mashup challenge although I ended up placing the banners a little different.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A new AAA Cards Challenge

 So happy that it is time again for an AAA Cards challenge, the first for 2015.  And what better challenge then to create something with a heart.
 Here is my card.  This was actually very quick and easy although it might look a little complicated.  I created a background with a Simon Says Stamp stencil and some Distress Stains.
 Once that background was dry, I stamped this adorable Tim Holtz cupid with black ink.  Color was added with Copic markers and then I coated it with Glossy Accents.  The "love" die is from Lawn Fawn and I added a row of little red hearts.
Take a look, this is the adorable prize being offered at AAA Cards and some other good news if there is a Design Team member call.
I sure hope you can play along with us this week.
This also fits the Addicted to CAS challenge.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)