Friday, April 18, 2014


I wanted to play along with the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge for this week.  The challenge this time was to use an inspiration photo. 
 You can see that photo below, it just looks like a party waiting to happen!  It is actually a whole lot of banners but I wanted to get that look with something a little different then a traditional banner.  I went to the straw in the Crystal Clear set from Paper Smooches and used those for my version of "banners".  I so love the set that this sentiment comes in, all of them are large so this one became my focal point. 
 Then for my little "banner" accents I used this adorable tiny flower.  I stamped it several times in more then one color and then used the matching die set to cut them out.  Enamel dots finished off my cute little flowers. 
 Here is the inspiration photo.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter week part 4

Yes, one more fun "bunny" card to share for Easter ideas and it again uses stamps from a Reverse Confetti set.
 After I had my three colored bunnies I needed a background to match so I created my own.  I used a dot stencil from Tim Holtz and some Distress Stains.  I kept moving the stencil around so my pattern isn't in perfect order.
I colored my bunnies the same way as the others by coloring the paper first with some Distress Stamp pads and then stamping the bunny.  Same with the egg carton.  Then, these stamps have matching dies so it was so easy to cut them out. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter week part 3

One fun thing about the card that I am sharing today is that it doesn't really have to only be for Easter.   Just saying "hi" to someone works here. 
 Love the sunny yellow and this adorable little chick from the same Reverse Confetti Spring set that I have been using for the last few days cards.
I embossed a piece of white cardstock and then cut out the tag which is also from Reverse Confetti.  Once that was cut, I punched out a circle for my "window".  The paper behind the chick was colored with ink from a stencil.  I added the tag with foam tape for some dimension.
This card from I'm in Haven's blog was my inspiration, fun stuff!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Week part 2

Yes, more adorable bunnies!
 I went to the CAS(e) this sketch for my layout inspiration plus this adorable set from Reverse Confetti.  The sketch shows 9 blocks but I let the banner substitute the middle three blocks.  I started out by adding Distress Stain directly to one of my acrylic blocks.  I pressed that onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I LOVE that paper!
 The ink is very liquid-like and so it did run a little bit and I just love that look.  I colored a piece of cardstock with a pink Distress Stamp pad and then stamped my little bunnies on that. They were cut out with their matching dies.  I made sure that my pink colored paper wasn't entirely colored, I wanted a tie dye look.  The sentiments in this stamp set are so cute.
Here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Week part1

Easter is such a special holiday for our family because it celebrates that our Saviour Lives.  That is an exciting thing for us but I have to admit that I also love bunnies, chicks, candy, eggs and all of the other fun things that we add to that celebration.  
 I thought it would be fun to create some projects built around those fun things.  Reverse Confetti came out this year with the absolutely cutest Easter/Bunny/Chick stamp set with matching dies and I knew it was one set I just had to have.  What is better than a little gift that contains CANDY?!  My little cello bag has some white paper grass and some Dove candy eggs.
My little tag just brings the "cuteness" to the bag.  I like that this bunny in the set looks like Peeps so I tried to color it to look like that.  I took a pink Distress Ink and put that stamp pad directly to the paper first.  I like that I got an uneven covering of the ink, I thought that added to the cuteness.  Next, the bunny was stamped with black ink and then cut out with the matching die.  That great tag is also a die from Reverse Confetti as is that little banner piece and the stamped sentiment.  I gave this little girl some extra "fun-ness" with some white Liquid Pearl cheeks. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Distress Inks and a Watercolor look

For the current Lawnscaping challenge you are supposed to try a new technique. I so love techniques and playing around with them that it was hard for me to think of something I had not tried.  
 I did manage to come up with something a little bit different for my resulting card.  I purchased a set of four mini Distress Stains.  I wanted to see what would happen if I pressed each pad onto a piece of watercolor paper, spritzing it with water.  I ended up creating a colorful border.  I loved the way the colors ran together and ran out on this great paper.  
 I could see it being the perfect piece to stamp an image onto it.  I stamped two leaf sprigs from Lawn Fawn.  I also stamped the little flower and cut that out and added a little sentiment.  I added it to a card base that has some embossing on the top and the bottom edge.  I also added on a few sequins that are the exact same color as the card. 
Here is the Lawnscaping challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Loving Turquoise

My quest for my cards that I am posting today was to use the color challenge at Less Is More.  I did create two cards centered around the color turquoise but I was afraid I didn't leave enough white space on the one so I am entering this first one in that challenge.  
 This card not only shows off the wonderful bright and happy color turquoise but it shows off playing with a stencil, embossing paste and Distress Inks on watercolor paper.  I can't see to get enough of these three supplies, I love how endless creating with stencils is. 
 First of all, I used some Distress Stain with a Crafters Workshop stencil and Tim Holtz watercolor paper. When that was dry, I used the same stencil and some white embossing paste.  Also a few drops of a green Heidi Swapp spray.  Those really neat flowers are from Printworks and that super cute little tag is from Avery Elle.  The set of stamps comes with lots of tiny sentiments that fit on the tag.  
 Here is the Less Is More challenge.
 I started out creating this card with a stenciled background paper that I had created during a play session.  It was just sitting on my desk begging to be used and when I noticed the turquoise, I knew this was the time.  Again, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, the same stencil and two colors of Distress Stain.  
 I went to the retro sketch for my inspiration. I cut that frame with a set of dies from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is also from My Favorite Things.  
Here is the retro sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)