Monday, May 16, 2016

Stamped Flowers

I love using flower stamps from Altenew stamps.
 I used the Color Throwdown color combination for this week as my inspiration.  You can see the colors they used if you scroll down in this post.  That wonderful sentiment is from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  I love the font that is used on this.
 I embossed the flowers with a silver embossing powder and then added color with Distress Stains on watercolor paper.  I'm rather addicted to creating watercolor looks and it is so neat how easy it is to create that look with Distress Stains.  
Here is the Color Throwdown combo although I am too late in posting to have this included in their challenge. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda ((lbpost)

Monday, May 9, 2016


So many people in our lives are amazing so this sentiment would be a welcome way to let them know it.  
 I went with a couple online challenges for the inspiration of my card I'm sharing.  This has to be one of the easiest ways to create a card.  I stamped the flower outline many times to cover my background using inks from Altenew.  I used watercolor paper and this ink reacted when I gave my stamped images a spritz of water making for a fun look.  That adorable little tag that has the word "AMAZING" cut out of it is from Technique Tuesday.  The placement of the flower and tag went along with the CAS(e) this sketch for this week.  
 I then stamped one single flower using a few of the layers in this stamp set by Altenew.  I love that the layers work together so nicely plus the inks in the set work together too.  
 Here is the CAS(e) this sketch
The colors and the flowers were my way to use this inspiration card from Time Out Challenges.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Guest Stamper - Color Throwdown

I've been so excited to share this card with you. 
 I was able to be the Featured Stamper at Color Throwdown this week and that allowed me to get to play along with their team with this weeks challenge.
 When I saw the color combo for this week I was so happy and really couldn't wait to start creating a card for it. 
 I wanted to be able to really feature that amazing blue so I turned to a Stephanie Barnard Clearsnap spray ink in Blueberry.  I sprayed it on a piece of watercolor paper. I actually used quite a bit of the ink so I had enough to be able to move it around.  I used an acrylic block to smudge it abit and I also gave it a spritz of water.  The sentiment is a stamp from Printworks Rubber Stamps.
I used some flower stamps from a set by Altenew.  I stamped the flowers with white ink and embossed them with white embossing powder.  In order to get that bright, strong yellow, I sprayed some Stephanie Barnard Clearsnap ink in Banana on my stamped images.  I did this in order to color my paper so I made sure to completely cover the paper and the images.  After this sat a bit I gently wiped off the excess ink and left it to dry.  The middles of the flowers were colored with a Copic marker.  A Martha Stewart paper doily was used to anchor my flowers plus I thought it gave a nice accent of white since that is one of the colors. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

CardMaker Magazine and Greeting Farm Stamps Blog Hop

The CardMaker Magazine blog team had the fun opportunity to play with some Greeting Farm stamps for a blog hop.  
 I picked the Cuddly Thanks set for my card.  What can I say, I love this adorable little fox.  I started out by creating my background for this cutie.  I added Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn to a square acrylic block and "stamped" that onto a piece of watercolor paper.  You see the strong lines because this was a square acrylic block.  Next I gave it a few spritzes of water so the ink would run a bit.  
I already said this guy is adorable.  I added color to the tree stump and to the fox with Copic Markers.  That really cute sentiment is also part of the set I used.  
There is a prize to be given away for those participating in the hop. 
Next hop on over to the Greeting Farm blog to continue the hop.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Presence of Wonder

Using the retro sketch gave me great inspiration for the card I want to share.
 I thought this sketch gave a really fun and simple way to add a sentiment to a card.  I used a thin vellum type paper so it didn't overwhelm my background.  I stamped my sentiment from Tim Holtz in a Distress Ink and while that was still wet, I added clear embossing powder which usually adds a little bit of intensity.  
 I loved how my background turned out.  I used a piece of watercolor paper and ran it through my Cuttlebug with a cover die from Lil' Inker Designs.  I didn't take out the cut pieces because I fell in love with the look of it cut but still all together.  Now I spritzed it with water and added random Distress Stain.  I loved the irregular way to paper took the ink.  
Here is the retro sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hello Sunshine

I found a few minutes to play with some online challenges so I first of all went with the color combination of the Color Throwdown blog.
I went with my most favorite way to create a background with Distress Stains.  I added the inks directly to an acrylic block, one color at a time, gave the ink a spritz of water and smooched it onto my watercolor paper, sliding the acrylic block down the paper.  This makes what I call a "messy" background.  I used the Freshly Made sketch to create the layout of my card.  The sentiment is from Wplus9 Designs.
I used a flower from a collection by Tim Holtz, coloring them with Distress Stains and a little accent with a Distress Crayon.  I love the way the Distress products work together so well.  

Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Love Washi Tape

I like whenever I can go to my washi tape drawer and use some of my stash on a card.  It seemed like the perfect choice to go along with the CAS(e) this Sketch for this week.
 The sketch has three lines near the top of the card so I added three different strips of tape.  Just like that, easy and fast.  
 I love inlaid die cut words so I used this great sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  I cut the words out of the polka dot strip and then added in the same words cut from red cardstock.  Two little wooden pieces finished off my card.  
Here is the CAS(e) this Sketch.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)