Friday, December 19, 2014

Little Birdie

My card was pretty serious until I added on that adorable little Christmas birdie.
 I started out with black Distress Stain and watercolor paper. From there I added some Pewter Distress Spray.  I am so in love with how the inks dry and create such interesting patterns.
 Next I stamped some snowflakes using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  The word "peace" is a die from Winnie & Walter and the little Christmas birdie is from Lawn Fawn.  
 This fits with the City Crafter Colour Challenge.
And the Merry Monday Christmas card challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry and Joy

I have been making so many Christmas or Winter cards and I have been having so much fun with different techniques and stamps and dies and inks!!!
 I picked up a set of stamps with a matching die at Michaels from Hampton Arts.  I love snowflakes so I really can't have too many snowflake stamps and dies! I stamped a few of the images over my funky inked background. 
 I love playing with the Distress Stains and watercolor paper so I just mixed a few Christmas colors to create a background.  The biggest snowflake was cut out with the matching die so it could be added separate.  
 This goes with the retro sketch for this week.

 This card ended up being a bit more elegant.  Everyone seems to be creating with gold this year so I pulled out a piece of shiny gold paper I had and cut this out with a My Favorite Things die. The joy is a die from Wplus9 Designs.
 I then added a few pretty snowflakes using dies.  The biggest one is from Hero Arts, the smaller ones are from Wplus9 Designs. 
This goes along with the Inkspirational challenge to use GOLD.
It also fits the CAS-ology SNOW challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowy Trees

We don't get snow where I live but I sure love to create things about snow.
 Here I used some Tim Holtz trees stamped in white and embossed with white. They then acted as a resist to the addition of blue inks added on watercolor paper.
 I stamped a few snowflakes here and there with the same blue inks.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
This card goes along with the CAS-ology SNOW challenge.
This also fits the Virginia's View Distressed challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Why not have a yellow tree

I love using a color combination challenge to create with.
 Here I used the Colour Q combo to create a Christmas card.  It really made for a fun out-of-the-box card.
 I used a tree stamp from Tim Holtz.  The stamp has four trees on it.  I inked the stamp with different colors of Distress Stain, stamped that on a piece of watercolor paper that was spritzed with water first.  This always gives a watercolor look to the stamped image.  I just stamped that stamp a few times.  I added color and pattern to the corners with a dot stencil.  The sentiment is from a stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. 
Here is the Colour Q challenge with a super cute imspiration piece.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The AAA Cards challenge and Christmas plaid

 Swoon, plaid just seems to go with a Christmas theme. So glad it is part of the AAA Cards challenge for the next two weeks. 
 I pulled out a piece of red plaid patterned paper and the rest was simple.  The square frames were cut with my new My Favorite Things dies.  Love the "Merry" die by Simon Says Stamp cut from red glitter cardstock.
That neat snowflake stamp is by Tim Holtz.  I embossed it with white on black cardstock.  The square it is one is added with foam tape for dimension although that is a little bit hard to see here.
Hope you can play along at AAA Cards.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

O Christmas Tree

Another Christmas card to share...
 I am trying to put a big focus right now of creating Christmas cards.  I am going with different designs rather then mass producing lots of the same thing. More fun creating that way.  For this one, my main piece is a black tree. Not your usual color but it ends up as a fun combination. 
 The tree is from Wplus9 Designs  The little heart is part of the stamp, I stamped an additonal one, cut that out, colored it with red and added some Glossy Accents.  The background to the entire card is some red Distress ink blended over a dot stencil. Such a fun way to create a simple background. I added some sprays of Pewter Distress Stain, an amazing silver spray and my mat on the card is silver paper. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Shiny Gold and Vintage Santas

I am having so much fun creating cards for Christmas.
 For this card I pulled out an older stamp I have had for awhile. It is by Paula Best, I always enjoyed her style.  The sentiment is a die from Simon Says Stamp.
 I went a little unusual for my coloring.  I added color with Copic Markers and then added shine with some Distress Spray in Pewter.  That dot background was created with a dot stencil and some gold Embossing paste. I love how this embossing paste looks.  I took this photo at an angle to try to show off the shine of the gold dots. 
 I used the Inkspirational challenge to use Gold.
And the Addicted to CAS challenge to use DOTS.
And the Wednesday Simon Says challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)