Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pinks and Reds

I wanted to play along with the CAS-ology Ombre challenge so I pulled out some of my Distress Stains. 
 I used watercolor paper and started adding various shades of reds and pinks.  When the larger portion of my coloring was dry, I used a dot stencil to add more subtle shades.  That amazing sentiment is from a stamp set by Tim Holtz.
 I used a flower from another set by Tim Holtz.  I embossed it with Platinum Silver and colored it the same with various Distress Stains.  I wanted the flower to perfectly match my ombre background.  

 Here is the CAS-ology challenge.
Here is the Paper Players challenge for a simple watercolor look.
And it fits the Simon Says Wednesday challenge for Clean and Simple and that is also where I purchased my stamps. LOVE their great selection of good supplies. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Cup of Cheer

I am a huge fan of succulents right now....
 So of course I wanted this adorable set of stamps from Simon Says Stamp.  It contains a few different pots or containers and then a few different succulent kind of plants.  I colored my plant with Copic Markers.  It seems just right to add this adorable little sentiment to it.  
 My card fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to create your own background.  I used a stencil and some Distress Stains to create two different backgrounds.  I used a stitched square dies from My Favorite Things to cut my pieces.  I love the little stitches in the squares.  
Here is the Wednesday Challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

That splash of color

One of my favorite challenges is black/white with a splash of color and that is exactly what the Colour Q challenge is for this week. 

My other goal for the card I created to go along with that color challenge was a look that was very simple.  I recently received a set of flower and leaf dies from Essentials by Ellen and so I cut several leaves from the same white watercolor paper as my background piece.  The leaf dies are in two sizes.  To go along with the black/white part of the challenge, I cut one of the leaves from black paper. 
 Before I placed my leaves on my card, I used a Heidi Swapp spray and some Distress Stain to create an extremely simple splash of the turquoise.  My card was finished with a tiny sentiment stamped with black ink and a black and white enamel dot.  
 Here is the Colour Q challenge.
Plus I created my card around the Freshly Made sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Do I Love These Flowers!

I purchased this set of flower and leaf dies from Ellen Hutson and oh how I love them.  
 I know I could use them in a whole lot of ways and so here is one way.  I started out making a very simple background with Distress Stains.  I wanted green to be my main color for the background and I wanted the watercolor effect to be minimal.  That amazing sentiment is from a new set by Tim Holtz.  The font is so fun. 
 I cut out the two sizes of flowers and the two leaves from watercolor paper and then added various colors with Distress Stains.  I then coated the leaves with gold Distress Stain and some gold paint.  I love how easy it is to created a neat color combo with the dabber top of the stains.  
And the Addicted to Stamps challenge by using the Photo Inspiration.  I love all of the whites with the splash of pink in the middle.  I thought my card slightly fit with that with the simple background and the pink flowers. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AAA Cards - Springtime

 The perfect AAA Cards challenge, spring time flowers! 
 And I used a brand new set of flowers stamps to me from Alternew.  After I stamped the flowers and leaves with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder, I colored the entire front of my card with Distress Stains.  
Because the Distress Stains have a dabber top, it is very easy to apply ink to specific areas so I used them to "paint" the flowers and to create the background on watercolor paper.  I used a stencil to add a little scattering of silver dots with embossing paste. 
Be sure to play along at AAA Cards.
It also fits the Colour Q challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Chicks

One more card with a fun Easter and Spring theme. 
 I used a set of stamps with their matching dies from Reverse Confetti.  I have used this set so many times, I love it.  That background was created first with a stencil and two shades of green Distress Stain on watercolor paper.  I loved how you can barely make out the pattern of the stencil yet it ended up a neat mix of the greens. 
 I used several of the stamps in the set and I am a huge fan of having the matching dies.  They make cutting out the pieces so much faster and so much neater.  Everything was colored with Distress Stamp pads or Distress Stains by Ranger Ink.  
 My card fits the colour combo at Colour Q.
Plus it fits the Spring theme at Cas-ology.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The happy bunny

Here we go again...
 Another card with the Easter bunny in mind. I used a set of stamps by Tim Holtz.  
 For the easiest way to color the image, I just used some Distress Stains on watercolor paper.  Once that was dry, I cut it out with a tag die.  That helped it fit the two sketches that I used.  The entire background was cut with a stitched die from Avery Elle.  I also added some accent with white embossing paste and a stencil.  The die cut word is from Clearly Besotted. 
 Here is the CAS(e) this sketch I used.
 If you turn this sketch, my card also fits the Sunday Stamps sketch.
And it fits the Addicted to Stamps Holiday challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)