Monday, November 30, 2009

What do Jelly and Christmas have to do with each other?

Not a whole lot except that they are both part of my post for today!
Grandma was babysitting last night and I just had to capture the sweetness of Jelly and Peanut Butter all over my grandsons cute face! He is happy!
Now for the Christmas part - a great combo of papers, stamps and die cut shapes. The papers are Pink Paislee, I just love the YUM of these prints and colors together.
The die cut is by Spellbinders and the stamps are JustRite. I am not sure I started out with this in mind, but I liked how vintage the result was.
As we drove through a town on our Oregon trip, I caught sight of these two road signs on the same post and it made me laugh! Is there a lesson in it?
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations

Black Versafine stamp pad
Rubber stamp – JustRite
Spellbinder Nestabilities label die
Copic Markers
Patterned papers – Green Lace/Spring Fling Collection and 5th Avenue/Pink Paislee
Self Adhesive pearls – Kaiser Craft
Clearsnap Fluid Chalk stamp pads
Silver Memories Mist spray – Stewart Superior
Oval punch – McGill

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fall, a Project and an Outing

Yes, I still need to share some of my fall photos with you. I took sooooo many! How about just one for today?
Now, onto the Project. I created this little wooden plaque some time ago and it was published in a magazine by Paper Crafts magazine. It is about 7" long. I just loved the simplicity of it and so I thought you would enjoy seeing it.
It is one of those 1,2,3 and it's done kind of crafts and it would make a great gift. I bought the piece of wood and the cut out words at a craft store. The wood was painted and then the words were applied. They are cut vinyl and went on so quick and easy.

I stamped the flourish design and then accented that with Prima, flourish self adhesive rhinestones. The finishing touch on the front was a silk flower with a rhinestone center.
I cut a piece of patterned paper to fit around the edge of the wood block and then warpped a ribbon around that and tied it in a bow.
Now for an outing that we took a couple of our grandkids on this weekend. We live in a coastal city and so we went up to a park that is referred to as "the Cross". It sits high above the city and the view is amazing.
Here they are looking out over the coast.
This is the view, looking out in one direction. One of the things that is amazing about this spot is that you can look several different directions and so so much beauty.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Set that Thanksgiving Day table and pull out the pumpkins

This week is all about the Thanksgiving Day meal, whatever it is you traditionally eat and we are still thinking about Pumpkins and Fall leaves so all of that goodness is part of my post today.
First up, super quick and easy and adorable placecards for the table. This image is from a set of Clear stamps by The Cat's Pajamas and when I saw it I just knew that that area in the tablecloth was perfect for the guest's names.
All I did was stamp the image with black ink and I embossed it with clear embossing powder only because that makes the black lines more intense. I added a very small amount of color with Copic markers but that wouldn't even be needed if you need the project to be quicker. I cut that piece out and then added it to a little folded piece of this wonderful patterned paper with foam tape for added dimension.
Next comes some pretty cute pumpkins on my CPS card for this week. The sponsor is DRS designs and I used this neat verse and outline pumpkins.
Since the pumpkins are an outline, I could stamp them on this patterned paper to give a little bit of a different look and then I also didn't have to color them in.

I did add some color to the leaves and then I coated them with the Aleene's Paper Glaze for an epoxy look.
And, I just have to share a couple more photos!
This is an amazing tree that was in a park in Medford, OR.
And this is a tree that was on a street that we drove down in Medford and I just had to stop and get out and take photos.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials: Cardstock – Curious Iridescent Cryogen White/
Patterned paper – The Spider’s Web/My Mind’s Eye
Clear stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas
Copic markers
Versamark black stamp pad
Clear embossing powder
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Foam tape – 3M
Cardstock – Cryogen Curious Iridescent/ and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Clear stamps – Courtesy of DRS stamps
Patterned paper – Wild Asparagus and Tres Jolie/My Mind’s Eye and Farmer’s Market/The Shabby Door
Loopy Border punch – Martha Stewart
Black Versafine stamp pad
Chalk stamp pads - Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder
Copic markers
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®

Sunday, November 22, 2009

DO try this at home!

You know you want to.....!

A friend shared some of these bars with us recently and I knew that she could not leave without giving my the recipe! Let me tell you, these are a mix of everything wonderful. It is amazing that I will even say that since the recipe does not include chocolate but it really is perfect even without chocolate and I am thinking that chocolate chips could be included somewhere along the line for a variation.
1 yellow cake mix
1/3 c. butter, solftened
1 egg
3 c. mini marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
12 oz. bag peanut butter chips
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/4 c. butter
2 c. peanuts, salted
2 c. Rice Krispies
Mix yellow cake mix, 1/4 cup butter and egg. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Pour marshmallows on cake. Bake about 3 minutes or until marshmallows puff up. Melt in saucepan, peanut butter chips, white syrup and butter; add vanilla. Add to chip mixture salted peanuts and Rice Krispies and spread over marshmallows. Cool and cut.
And, I have to share a couple more fall photos from Oregon. I have TONS!
This is an amazing tree we came upon in someone's yard in Jacksonville, Oregon.
LOVED the mix of the red berries with the yellow and green.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, November 20, 2009

It is the time of falling leaves

I found this little bag of the neatest fall colored leaves at a craft store and so I pulled them out this week. My card is based on the bonus sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You.
So, what could be better then a fall themed card?
I punched a circle from the dot patterned paper and formed a wreath with those leaves. I just glued them in place.
And, can you guess what my most recent craft purchase is? This amazing border punch by Martha Stewart! WOW. I punched it with some Jenni Bowlin Core'dinations cardstock. You can see the text embossed design in it when I sanded it.
And, I want to share a few more photos from our recent trip. These were taken along the Columbia River in Oregon.
We were driving just outside of Hermiston as the sun was getting low. All of a sudden I could see the amazing beauty in the side mirror.
Have you seen wind turbins before? As we drove along the Columbia River, we came to an area where these giants were lining the hills. I loved the late day sun shining on them.
This photo is just off to the side of the car, the sky full of amazing clouds and again, the sun getting low.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Core'dinations Jenni Bowlin cardstock
Core'dinations Core Essentials cardstock
October Afternoon patterned paper
Leaves from a craft store
Martha Stewart border punch
Rub-on words - Making Memories

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge - Gifts from the Kitchen with Core'dinations

The Cuttlebug Challenge blog and Core'dinations have teamed up to bring you some goodness. The theme is Gifts From the Kitchen. PS. there are prizes too at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog so you do need to visit there besides taking peeks at the other goodies.

I had cut this adorable box shape at a craft store from a piece from The Chocolate Box collection. That made it ready to emboss with a Cuttlebug embossing plate. You can see all of the CORE goodness showing through!? I thought this would be the cutest way to quickly tuck in some cookies or candies for a gift-giving idea.
The butterflies are also die cuts and what can make them better then some embossing?! The colors you see are both sides of this piece from The Chocolate Box collection.

Here is a real good close-up of the embossed design and that great blue core showing through plus this box has this cute tucked tag to close it.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CPS and more FALL photos

First up, remember the Pink Persimmon sketch challenge, you can win prizes!
Next, the sponsor for Card Postioning Systems blog this week is My Favorite Things stamps. I picked this cute Santa image to play with. I love this BoBunny patterned paper for the background on the card.
I wanted the red on the Santa suit to be a very strong red so I thought the best way to achieve that was to stamp it on red patterned paper and then to cut that out. I stamped it in white and embossed it with white embossing powder for a fun look. I used 3-D Fashion paint by Tulip for his furry cuffs and his beard.
And, a couple more fall photos from our trip.
This was on the beach around Florence. I loved the orange leaf against the black rocks.
These leaves had fallen into a little river.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Santa Baby
Designer: Linda Beeson
Materials:Clear stamps – Courtesy of My Favorite Things stamps
Cardstock – Cryogen Curious Iridescent/ and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – ‘Tis the Season/BoBunny and BasicGrey
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Black Versafine stamp pad
White stamp pad – Joann’s
Clear and White embossing powder
White 3-D Fashion paint – Tulip
Copic markers
Glitter brad – We R Memory Keepers

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Gotta try this sketch challenge!

The Pink Persimmon blog is hosting a sketch challenge starting on November 16th and ending November 30th. You have a chance to win stamps, how does it get better!? Check the Pink Persimmon blog for the details and for the way to submit your card. Here is my card to go with the sketch. You know how much I love using sketches so, of course, I wanted to play.
I wanted to use this big circle stamp on my card so I used a square card which changes the original sketch a little bit.
If you take a look at the Dutch Journal circle stamp, it comes with lines on it. I didn't want those for this card so I just applied ink to all of the outside of the image and then stamped it. I did emboss the black ink too, so the black was more intense.
Isn't this little house just right for a snowy roof? I applied a thick coat of the Aleene's Paper Glaze and then sprinkled a generous amount of the chunky glitter on that. I love how much of the glitter the glaze absorbs. The white dots are Bead Paint by Tulip. The tree was stamped on the background first and then the house was placed over that with foam tape for dimension.
And, here is another photo from our Oregon trip. When we stopped at Multnomah Falls it was raining so it was fun to capture this photo of my husband walking around with an umbrella. Oh, and by the way, he was supposed to be holding the umbrella over me so the camera didn't get wet!!! How is he doing?
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Eskimo Kisses pad/BasicGrey
Stamps – Pink Persimmon
Black stamp pad – Versafine
Clear embossing powderClear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®

Chunky glitter – Impress Rubber Stamp store
White Bead paint – Tulip

Friday, November 13, 2009

Signs and the Wave

Somehow when we encountered this sign along the coast of Oregon, it did not bring comfort!!! I just had to take a photo!
Now for the "WAVE". There are so many milestones a baby goes through and learning to wave is one of them. It was fun to catch these adorable photos of our youngest grandson getting the idea.
It seems one of my favorite layouts for a scrapbook page is one larger photo for emphasis and then accenting that with some smaller photos.
I used an index size so that I could use some of the other really cute photos.
I wrote the word "wave" on white cardstock with a blue pen. That was outlined with a fine tip black pen and then I coated the word with Aleene's Paper Glaze. I love the epoxy look that gave my word although it is a little hard to see very well here.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Patterned paper – Explore/Meadow/We R Memory Keepers
Tiny letter stickers – Sticko
Chipboard letters for main title – Making Memories
Zig pens
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s® – coating the word WAVE
Machine sewing
Rub-on circle words – Art Warehouse
Brad – Making Memories

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quick and Easy card and more photos

This is one of my most favorites cards that I have created. It was used in a Kid's book by Paper Crafts Magazine awhile back. I think it is truly one of the fastest cards I have ever created! I just thought you might enjoy it.
All I did was to punch two different sizes of circles from two different patterned papers and these were glued onto a square white card.
Different red buttons were glued into the middles of each circle. That's it!!! Can you believe it?
And, I just have to share some more photos from our recent trip in Oregon and Washington. I was so amazed at how beautiful everything was with the look of fall on it.
This is a look down the rows of some apples trees in Eastern Washington.
A look over some fields.
Some amazing, golden yellow trees reflected in a lake along the Columbia River in Oregon.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Check out these goodies

First of all, here is a tiny glimpse of the Ornament tutorial I got to do using Pink Persimmon stamps. Go here to get all the details.
Next, is something that just plain makes me happy! Eggnog is back at Starbuck's and one of my favorite ways to enjoy that flavor is in a frappacino. So, see what I indulged in today!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

CPS #141 and more photos

I think that each week, the sketch for that week at CPS is my new most favorite. This week is no exception. I just loved how this sketch allowed me to create a rather simple card which grew into a set of rather simple cards.
I love to use photos that I have taken on cards and other projects. In fact, while I am taking photos, I will take ones that would be just for this purpose. I knew I wanted to create a set of cards and so I wanted to keep several of the elements the same. I just picked up this neat patterned paper by The Shabby Green Door and it just seemed like the right piece to tie all of my cards together.
I took this photo at Mt Ashland, OR last January. I matted each of the tiny photos on black cardstock so that the photos stood out on the card and so that element was the same on each card. I also found a set of black, flourish stickers at Michael's that I knew would be a great accent and that would also be another element that tied the cards in the set together although the flourishes are slightly different.
Here are my finished cards. I wanted four for my set so I used white cardstock for the base on two of them and black cardstock as the base on the other two. The black is actually from the Black Magic collection at Core'dinations and what makes that a great choice is the inside of the card is white so that it is easy to write a message on the inside. I used the theme of "seasons" for my set so there is a photo for spring, summer, winter and fall.
And a couple more photos to share from our recent trip to Oregon.
Our first day in Florence, OR was foggy and as we stopped in the adorable downtown area by the river, I just loved the look of the boats at the docks with the fog behind them.
There is a very old and very ornate bridge over the river at Florence, OR. You can walk under the bridge at one point and this is the view from under the bridge. Isn't it the neatest piece of "artwork"?
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Cardstock – Black Magic and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Strawberry Jam/Farmer’s Market/Shabby Green Door
My own photo
Flourish stickers – StickoSandpaper