Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Window background

I found the newest inspiration photo from Just Us Girls and I knew I needed to play along.
 I loved all of the white in the photo and the splashes of turquoise, the orange and yellow in the rug and the accents of wood so those were the features I tried to put in my card.  That amazing cut background is a die from My Favorite Things.  I just didn't take out all of the triangles that were cut.  I thought that resembled the windows and all of the white in the photo.
 There is a yummy rug in the photo and it has splotches of orange and yellow so my Flowers by Altenew Stamps worked for that.  The little frame is a stamp and die from Lawn Fawn and I colored it with some brown Distress Stains to match the wood accents. The die cut word "thanks" is from Reverse Confetti. 
My card also goes along with the Stampin' Celebration sketch.
My card also fits the inspiration photo at the Fusion Challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AAA Cards challenge - For the Guys

 Our theme this for the next AAA Cards challenge is about the guys or a masculine touch and that is normally a difficult challenge for me but fun.
 I reached for a little car stamp I have by Printworks that I just plain love.  It is so easy to use and the red and blue help it fit a masculine look.  In order to make my plain white card fit with my color scheme, I blotched it with some Distress Stain.  
 I used a banner set of tag dies from My Favorite Things. I just love how easy those dies are to use and how any sizes they come in and they stack so easy.  The card was stamped and colored with Copic markers.  The word "zoom" is also from Printworks. 
 I just had to create another card using this super cut little car.  I stamped it, colored it and then cut it out.  My background was super simple with some gray paint stroke stamped images by Avery Elle.  
I used a stitched die from Avery Elle.  It cuts the rectangle and cuts the stitched lines into the paper with one cut.
Be sure to play along at AAA Cards.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Texture and Color

I wanted to play with some online challenges with a stencil background, great colors and a neat sketch. 
 First off, I used the Simon Says Wednesday challenge to use a stencil and I used the featured company, The Crafters Workshop.  I love their stencils so this a pretty easy choice.  I reached for my embossing paste in white.  Once this was dry, I used three main shades of Distress Stains to color the dried paste.  The colors fit the Colour Me challenge. The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp. 
 I took this photo at an angle to try to show off the amazing texture of the paste.  Plus I love how the inks colored the stencil designs.  The butterfly is a stamp with a matching die from Clearly Besotted.  I stamped it in white, embossed it with white embossing powder and then added color with Distress Stains.  
 Here is the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, stencil it
Here is the Colour Me challenge.
Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Black and White with a touch of Silver

An online sketch challenge is always a great reason to create a card so I am playing with CAS(e) this Sketch for the following card. 

 I pulled out several products from Simon Says Stamp to create my card.  The border was created with a border die of stars.  This was just simply added to a gray card.  That "thanks" is also a die from Simon Says Stamp.  
The flower stamps are also from Simon Says Stamp.  The set comes with a solid flower and an outline flower, a quick and fast way to create a black and white look.  This flower also has a matching die.  The leaves are cut from silver glitter cardstock and white cardstock and they are actually a little tree.  
Here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Love Ya


 What could be better then two adorable little elephants in frames with lots of red!!! I wanted to play along with the Lawnscaping challenge to try something new and since I bought the set with the elephants with their matching die shapes by Lawn Fawn I hadn't put them to use so now was the time.  Not to mention how completely in love I am with these frames stamps, also by Lawn Fawn.  I have used them before but I thought a really fun look on a card would be to create a background with a few of the frame shapes.  
 I stamped the frames with white ink and embossed each one with white embossing powder then the embossed lines acted as a resist when I added the red Distress Stains on watercolor paper.  I colored the elephants separately and then cut them out so I could add them into the frames.  
Here is the Lawnscaping challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Happy Balloons

What goes with Happy Birthday greetings better then balloons.
 I wanted to use this "happy birthday" die from Paper Smooches and I knew I wanted the words to be multicolored.  I also wanted some simple balloons for accents so I used a stamp and die cut set of circles by Simon Says Stamp.  This set also includes an outline stamp to match each circle.  I used Distress Stamp pads for the coloring of the balloons and I hand drew the little strings.  
  For my colored words, I took a piece of watercolor paper and made colored stripes with Distress Stains and a stripe stencil from Clearsnap.  With some spritzes of water, the inks ran and created the neatest, soft colored stripes.  I cut the die cut word from my colored piece of paper and I also cut it out of a plain piece of watercolor paper, making sure of my placement of the words.I wanted to use the negative of my word and fill that with my colored set of words.  Because my background piece of cardstock for the card base is turquoise, I let that show through the openings of the letters.  
 This fits the Stampin' Celebration challenge because of the colors and the strings on the balloons. 


Plus the Pals Paper Arts color challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love these flowers

When it comes to flower stamps, Altenew are some of my most favorite.
 These flowers and leaves are from a new set that I received from them.  I wanted to play with the color combination at Sunday Stamps so this was the perfect start.  I stamped the flower with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  The embossed lines of the images will now act as a resist to the inks I want to use. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. 
 I picked a variety of blues, grays and black Distress Stain.  I also used a Pewter which is actually a metallic silver.  When these were spritzed with water, they ran together just right to color the flowers and to add some color to the background.  In a way it is like painting, adding the colors here and there just where I wanted them. 

Here is the Sunday Stamps challenge
Plus it fits the Inkspirational Recipe challenge to use three items.  I used the Distressing, Flowers and Pearls since I used Liquid Pearls as accents. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)