Saturday, February 6, 2016

One Red Heart

If I had my way I would create using hearts all year long.
 But, of course, Valentines Day is the time when hearts are everywhere plus the card I want to share fits a few online challenges.  I started out with this great heart background die from Simon Says Stamp.  I cut it from watercolor paper and then colored it with yellow/gold with some Distress Stain and Heidi Swapp Color Shine.  With this die you can leave all of the cut out hearts, you can remove some of them or all of them.  I opted to take out some and leave some. 
 I know my color combo is rather unexpected for Valentines Day but I loved that it ended up a little bit out of the ordinary  I created a background with Distress Stains.  When these are added to watercolor paper and spritzed with water, the look is always a little bit of a surprise.  I cut the die from Silver Glitter cardstock so that I could add a few hearts into my background die and then I added one red heart with foam tape.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  
 This fits the Just Us Girls "heart" challenge.
 It fits the Inkspiration Photo challenge because of the subtle colors and the heart.
And it fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of "hearts".
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

It's all about RED

Plus it's the time of year for all things LOVE and the color RED.
 So that's the theme of my card for this post plus that makes the card fit the CAS-ology challenge and the Addicted to CAS challenge.  It all starts with a "messy" background using the newest Distress Stain color, Candied Apple.  I love how something this simple sets the stage for about any kind of other elements.  
 The wreath and the word "love" are die cuts from Simon Says Stamp.  I used a gold metallic paper for the word "love".  The wreath is finished with Liquid Pearls. 
 Here is the Addicted to CAS challenge.
 Plus the CAS-ology challenge.
And the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of Anything Goes.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Its Royal in Purple

I don't often create using purples but I'd say that was a good choice for this card.
 I also wanted to use the CAS(e) this sketch.  I started out with an adorable little stamp from Stamps by Judith.  To go along with the sketch, I added a strip of paper colored with purple Distress Stain and a die cut word from Simon Says Stamp.   
 Once the image was stamped with white ink and embossed with white embossing powder, I just kept adding different colors of Distress Stain, mixed with spritzes of water on watercolor paper. The white embossed image acts as a resist to the inks.  The butterfly is a stamp from Clearly Besotted.  This also fits the Simon Says Flickr Challenge. 
This is the CAS(e) this sketch.
And the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge of Anything Goes.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Spray of Flowers

I just had to create a card so I could use the Freshly Made sketch and the Colour Q combo so here's the result.  
 The sketch just called for a simple card so in order to get started I reached for a stamp set by Altenew and stamped two of the flowers.  I stamped then with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder and simply added color with a couple Distress Stains using watercolor paper.  I love coloring that way. For the background I simply added three shades of Distress Stain to an acrylic block, gave that a spritz of water and then rubbed it onto my watercolor piece of paper.  Giving that another spritz of water gives a great watercolor look. 
 I did use two different flowers and added one of them with foam tape.  The thanks is a die cut from Clearly Besotted and I cut that from the light brown paper to match the Crumb Cake in the colors.  
 Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
Here is the Colour Q combo.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CardMaker Magazine and May Arts Blog Hop

The CardMaker Magazine blog team and May Arts Ribbon team are combining to host a blog hop.  It's a great way to share some fun cards and to feature all of the fun that is involved with May Arts ribbons.  If you are following the hop,  you might have come here from Latrice Murphy's blog.
Find all of the details on either the CardMaker Magazine blog or the May Arts Ribbon blog because there are prizes to be won.
 I started out with a simple background by embossing a design with a Lil' Inker cover up die into a piece of watercolor paper.  
 Next, to let a couple of the ribbons shine that I was given to play with, I tied a bow that included the pink ribbon and the cute white lace ribbon.  The sentiment is a die from Lawn Fawn cut from red glitter paper.  
 I just had to create another card because I completely fell in love with this banner ribbon.  Let me tell you this stuff is genius.  It is SELF ADHESIVE!!!! In no time at all you have it attached to your card or project.  
The background is another embossed piece by using a dot embossing folder.  It is finished off with some snowflake dies, the biggest one is from Simon Says Stamp.  
From my blog hop on over to Lori Williams blog.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Love Red Hearts

I could use hearts in my crafting all year long but of course with Valentines Day coming up that is the natural time to use them.  
 I hadn't used my Lil' Inker heart dies yet so this was the perfect time.  I wanted to add some interest to the white background so I used white embossing paste and a dot stencil.  The die cut words are a die set from Simon Says Stamp.  
 This angle shows off the embossed dots and the great accents with the heart dies.  This set includes several sizes of hearts and it also adds the stitching detail.  I just kept cutting hearts and then embedded them.  The striped heart is created by covering the paper first with strips of washi tape.  The red is glitter paper.  
Here is The Card Concept challenge that was my inspiration.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Metallic Gold and Flowers

 I wanted to use the CAS(e) this sketch plus some subtle shades of yellows and golds.  I created my background with Distress Stain Tarnished Bronze and some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine spray with a stencil.  I love creating a messy look and then to stand back and see what happens as it dries.  This made just the perfect background for my Altenew flower and leaves.  
 After I stamped the flower and leaves with black ink, I added color with with the same Distress Stain Tarnished Bronze.  These were then cut out with the matching dies.  The "hello" is a die from Lawn Fawn, I cut the word out of black cardstock and then coated it with Glossy Accents.  
Here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)