Sunday, September 14, 2014

The next AAA Cards challenge

It's Sunday again and time for the next AAA Cards challenge.
 This week, we were to use a team members card for inspiration. 
 Since I am so wanting summer to stay around for awhile longer, the sunburst design on Julia's card was a fun inspiration piece.  For my card, I started out with a favorite stamp from Neat and Tangled.  It is a large, distressed looking circle.  I inked it with two colors of Distress Stain, gave it a spritz of water and then stamped it.  Since I am loving playing with watercolor looks, I loved how this one turned out.  
 I then took a starburst stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and inked some of the rays with a yellow stamp pad.  I tried to be irregular in the length of the different rays while sponging on the ink.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant and I added some black enamel dots to give it the finishing touches.  
Plus my card loosely follows the Freshly Made Sketch for this week. I love taking a piece of inspiration and making it my own.
And, I have to share some photos...
 We just returned from a magical time in Maui.  I don't know anything more to say then it was wonderful.  I tried to get lots of beach photos since there are so many different kinds of beaches there and it seemed that every day brought more amazing cloud formations.  
 On a beach walk, we came across a sand castle someone had built.  The waves had already taken part of it away, but I just loved the crumbling results, especially with more cloud formations in the background.  
One of our sightseeing trips was to the Iao Valley Monument.  It is a gorgeous garden-like area with great historical significance.  This is just one glimpse of that area. 
I sure hope you can get a chance this week to play along with the AAA Cards challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

AAA Cards Challenge Sunday

Yes, time for another AAA Cards challenge.


 This one is pretty fun, it's a moon sketch!
 
 I thought this was a fun way to add a moon to a little scene.  I simply punched out a circle and backed that with the yellow cardstock.  Since I picked yellow, I hope it looks like a moon and not a sun!!!
The little snowy tree forest is a stamp from Hero Arts.  My snow is some Liquid Pearls.
And for a few photos...
 We recently had a period of HUGE waves.  It was a spectacular sight.  Of course, I went down to take photos. 
 The size of the waves was most noticed and measured against our pier.  It is not too often they get that close to the pier.
Such a neat experience.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, September 1, 2014

The tropical bookmark

I wanted to take a minute to share a fun bookmark I created.  We are off on an adventure and a new book and a new bookmark were in order.  
 Because of the fun supplies and techniques I also thought it fit the Mixed Media monthly challenge pretty nicely.  
I started out by adding color to my piece of watercolor paper with some Distress Stains and a spritz of water.  Before the Distress Inks were completely dry, I came back and added white embossing paste with a stencil.  That added a little bit of color to the white.  I then left that to dry.  To finish off that goodness I gave it some sprays of a Heidi Swapp color ink in Citron. I liked what that added to the embossing paste.  That amazing, relaxing sentiment is from Printworks and the layered flower is from a set by Altenew. I wanted to add a fun accent to this so I added the sentiment piece with a mini stapler.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AAA Cards challenge time

Sunday means AAA Cards challenge time.  
And, yeah, it is watercolor play time again.  
 And, I picked a technique that is super simple and fast.  I love how clean and simple the result is. The great sentiment is from My Favorite Things Stamps.
The three leaves are a stamp from Hero Arts.  I simply stamped them with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder on the watercolor paper.  Next, I took some Distress Stains and dabbed on the ink, letting a spritz of water make the inks run.  I then walked away while I let this dry.  I finished off this piece with a few dots of Liquid Pearls.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's AAA Card Challenge time

It's Sunday and it's time for a new AAA Cards challenge.
 This week just happens to include one of my favorite techniques - Stencils.
 I pulled out one of my favorite stencils from The Crafters Workshop.  I simply used black embossing paste on a piece of black cardstock.  I love the matte finish to this embossing paste and the slight texture.  
 For a simple accent, I used some of my favorite flower stamps to create these three awesome flowers.  The set is from Altenew Stamps.  This set is so much fun to use.  The flowers are stamped in layers and just about any color works.  You don't even have to use all three layers.  I stamp the black outline layer last.  The word strip is from another set of stamps.  I love that these look like tape. 
Here is a different view of the black on black embossing paste.  It was a little bit hard to photograph so the details showed.
And for a photo...

Is this CUTE!!!! We stopped in the tiny town of Harmony and this was set up for photo ops when they host events. When I walked up to it, I thought it was so fun that the cows on the hill were in just the right spot.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AAA Challenge - Inspiration

For this weeks challenge at AAA Cards, we are working with a card created by one of the team members.

Here is Jane's card.
 I love her card and found it so easy to be inspired by it.  I pulled out some of my Hero Arts stamps for my creation.  
I love this ornate frame, it just seems to go with so many different themes and colors.  I colored mine a soft gray and gave it an accent of yellow flowers.  That background is stamped using a newsprint stamp.  I find it fun to create my own backgrounds when I can.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thinking of Cupcakes!

Because I mostly do think of cupcakes, a card to go along.
 I wanted to use the CAS(e) this sketch for this week and since it also included using tags I knew these stamps from Printworks were the great starting off point.  The background is totally a messy background. I used inks, sprays and then a stencil over that. 
 I punched out the tags using a punch from McGill. I stamped these adorable stamps on each one and colored the cupcake with Copic Markers. 

Here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)