Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pink Puppies

I had to use my new Reverse Confetti set again.
I used the Freshly Made sketch for my inspiration.  The background is a mix of all kinds of stuff because I love playing with techniques.  I used embossed paste, Distress Stains and a Tim Holtz stencil.  Pretty much layers of goodness.  To mimic the string going across the card in the sketch, I used these little rows of hearts that I colored with Distress Stains. 
I colored this little cutie with a little touch of Copic markers and then gave it a spritz of ink.  The tag is also from Reverse Confetti.  I added the embossing paste with the same stencil just to add a little bit of interest. 

Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
Also the Addicted to CAS Distress Challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Rain is a comin'- Newest AAA Card challenge

 We are expecting rain where I live so the newest AAA Card challenge is so appropriate. 
 I knew exactly what I wanted to use for this challenge, this super cute stamp set from Pink Paislee and it has a matching umbrella die.  In order to keep it on the simple side, I stamped the sentiment and the clouds on my watercolor paper with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder.  The embossed images then acted as a resist when I added the various Distress Stain inks.  
I just love the way these Distress Stains react with water for a resulting watercolor look.  You can see in this close up how the embossed images resist the inks.  For the umbrella, I stamped it the same way on another piece of watercolor paper and then added ink to it then cut it out with the matching die.  I added it with foam tape. I love that this dimension adds a little bit of interest.  
Be sure to check out what the other team members created and take the time to play along with us at AAA Cards for the Rain challenge.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

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.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

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.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

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.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)