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)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Another fun Colour Q combo

I love playing with color combination challenges and so it was fun to take some time to work with the current Colour Q combo.

From my playing around stash, I found this background I had created some time ago. The perfect color to set the stage for my card.  I was playing with a numbers stencil.  I had ink on the stencil and just blotted that ink off on my piece of blank paper.  
 I went to my yummy Wplus9 Designs flower and leaf set of stamps.  I love that they come with matching dies making cutting out so easy.  I inked the flowers and the leaves with Distress Stamp pads.  That great wood word is from my Freckled Fawn kit as are those adorable little blue stars. 

Here is the Colour Q combo.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

AAA Cards challenge - Summer Foods

Time for another AAA Cards challenge.
 The challenge is to use the theme of Summer Foods. 
 I picked pineapples! I love pineapples so this was an easy choice. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti and the stencil for the background is from My Favorite Things.
 The pineapple stamp is from Art Impressions.  I added ink with some mini Distress Stamp pads.  I tried to show in this photo that I added Glossy Accents to the leaves.  
I took this photo at an angle so the embossing paste would stand out.  I added the yellow color with a stamp pad and the stencil.  I then added embossing paste over the same stencil, I just didn't cover the entire front of the card.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

AAA Cards Watercoloring challenge

It is time for another AAA Cards challenge.

 I am so happy because it is to use watercoloring for your project. This is so my new most favorite technique so I was pretty anxious to create a card for it.  
 I used a brand new flower stamp from Rubbernecker.  They were at the Carson Stamp convention a few weeks ago.  They have a whole like of these neat flowers that are solid rubber and work perfectly with a watercolor technique.  I inked the stamp with mini Distress Stain pads, gave that a spritz of water and stamped it on watercolor paper.  More spritzes of water make the inks run and I love the result.  I also used a new stencil for the postage look images.  
And for a fun photo...
This cutie was flying around my yard as I was out taking photos so it was pretty neat to actually be able to capture her!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, July 28, 2014

The embossing paste journey

I love to experiment and to just sit and play with my crafting supplies.  I always learn so much, sometimes failures, most of the time victories.  
 I picked up some Crackle embossing paste and so I wanted to see how I could use it. I started out with the matte black embossing paste and a stencil.  It looks bad here so I wanted to be sure to show you that fun step!
 In removing the stencil, it is almost breathtaking the beauty that is unveiled.  This was left to dry. It could even be left just like this too.
I put the stencil back in place and gave my leaves a coat of the Crackle embossing paste.  That goes on white and the cracks are revealed as it dries.  I then took some Worn Lipstick Distress Stain and started adding color over the entire surface.  Again, I left this to dry. The color here is a little bit too orange from the real color.
 Here is the finished card.  I thought it ended up being a fun mix of colors and techniques.
 The fancy circles pieces are cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities with an vellum kind of paper.  The amazing black leaves are a Waltzing Mouse stamp and the label sentiment stamp is from Altenew.  The color combination was to go along with the Colour Me challenge but that has ended.  
 The card fits the Simon Says Emboss IT challenge.
And the Addicted to CAS Celebrate challenge.
And for a photo...
This is a new plant to our yard this summer, it just opened it firsts "flower".  Kind of odd but actually pretty artistic.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

AAA Cards challenge - Shaker cards

The AAA Cards challenge for this week is to create a shaker style card.
 This is so not a technique that I usually try, but can I say I had fun! Hope you will play along too. Plus there is a very nice prize available.
 For my card, I went with a brand new set of dies from Spellbinders.  When I saw these cute clouds and the sun dies, I knew I had to have them.  Not to mention there is a piece that allows you to emboss a design or not.  The sentiment is from Printworks.
 I knew that a cut out cloud would be the perfect start to my shaker card.  I only wish I had put more little sequins in it, but that is part of the learning as you go kind of thing.
 Notice that I also just embossed one of the clouds with the little pattern piece in it.  
And for a photo...
We visited a park this week with the best Koi pond.  I could take tons of pictures of these beauties.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)