Friday, March 15, 2019


Yes, another card completely inspired by some online challenges plus purchases from last weeks stamp convention.
 I'm quite sure my favorite stamp pad and favorite color ink ever is the Distress Oxide in Blueprint Sketch!!! That and the new stencil from Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz are a match in stampers heaven.  That color also helped me use the Color Throwdown combo.  
 I used a flower stamp set from Altenew and added color to complete the Color Throwdown combo with Distress Inks and Zig Clean Color markers.  The stamp set has a matching die set making cutting out the flower and leaves so easy and perfect.  
 I put a strip of vellum across the card from to help it fit the Freshly Made sketch.  
 Here is the Color Throwdown combo.
 Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
And the Time Out challenges anniversary challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Miss You

I fell in love with the Freshly Made sketch for this week so I designed this card around that and the Color Throwdown color combo.  
 I wanted to keep it as simple as possible so I started out with a watercolor paper card base and used a stencil and some Distress Spray to create a background for my other elements.  
 The leaves are two piece die cuts from Altenew and the scallop/stitched circle is a die from My Favorite Things.  I added color to these pieces with more Distress Ink.  The "miss you" die cut piece is from Simon Says Stamp, I lined the cut out words with a kraft colored piece of paper to use another of the colors in the combo.  
 Here is the Color Throwdown challenge.
And the Freshly Made sketch challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

My Heart Smiles

I don't what challenge I loved the most as I created this card.  
 I'll start with the Color Throwdown color challenge because I knew I had to play along with this combo.  The layout of the card was then inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch and the CAS(e) this Sketch.  
The bottom border design is a stamp by Lawn Fawn and then the color was added with Distress Stains.  The flower is from Altenew.  
 Here is the Freshly Made Sketch.
 Here is the CAS(e) this Sketch.

Here is the Color Throwdown challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

So Happy We Are Friends

I am so in love with the Freshly Made sketch for this week so I just had to sit down and play. 
 Something about the sketch made me also want to keep my card rather simple so I started out using a stencil from Alternew to create a subtle background with gray ink.  
 The stitched squares are from a die set by My Favorite Things, the leaf is a layered stamp from Altenew and the "thanks" is from Paper Smooches.  Lots of Distress Inks were used. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, February 15, 2019

You're Awesome

Again playing with some great color challenges and various Distress Inks.

 The background is a mix of Distress Stains.  One of them is a silver metallic ink and I tried to get the light on the card so that you could see the metallic ink.  The flower from Altenew is simply stamped in it's outline form so that background was able to show through. 

 I used a few white Nuvo Crystal drops for accent and the sentiment and the banner stamp and die are from Avery Elle.  
 Here is the Paper Players color challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Puppy Love

I'm always a fan of red and hearts so it was easy to play along with a couple online challenges.
 I used a very simple messy background of Distress Inks and then built my card around that.  
 I cut the word "love" out of a piece of kraft colored paper and then cut that piece into a banner shape, lining it with black paper.  That adorable little puppy is a stamp with its matching die from Reverse Confetti.  
 Here is the Card Concept challenge.
And here is the Time Out Challenges.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sending Love & Hugs

My card started with the colors in the ColorThrowdown challenge and some Distress Inks for a messy background.
 The Distress Inks and watercolor paper were just meant to go together and the perfect set up for just adding inks and water and let happen what happens.  I had stamped the flowers by Altenew in the bottom corner with white ink and white embossing powder and then when the inks are added the embossed lines act as a resist.  
 I like to "place" the various colors right where I want them so in effect the flowers are colored but this has to be the easiest way to color.  The "hello" is a die from Paper Smooches.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Special Delivery

The AAA card team has a challenge this week for a One Layer Card and I actually find that to be one of my most challenging techniques but of course I had to give it a try. 
 I used watercolor cardstock to start my card.  The Paper Players has the best photo challenge this week so that was where my inspiration came for for my creation.  I started with a wash of Distress Inks in the soft blues and then I used a stencil and a brown ink to get the foundation design.  
 Next I added a few stamped images, the lips, the "always", the Special Delivery and the sentiment that is from a set by Simon Says Stamp.  
 Here is the AAA Cards challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes

I don't seem to make enough birthday themed cards so it was great to have the CAS on Friday challenge to help me with that for this card I'm sharing. 
 I started off cutting the scallop circle from a set of dies from My Favorite Things, one of my newest purchases from Simon Says Stamp.  It gave a great piece for grounding my other elements.  I wanted a playful yellow background but I didn't like plain yellow cardstock so I used a piece of watercolor paper, I embossed the circles into it and then added color with Distress Spray.  This ended up giving it a little bit of texture.  
 The little tiger is a stamp from a set by Reverse Confetti, another new purchase from Simon Says Stamp.  I colored this cutie with Zig Clean Color markers on watercolor paper.  I used a stencil to add purple dots to the circle and then accented them with Nuvo Crystal drops.  
 Here is the Paper Players sketch challenge.
 Here is the CAS(e) this sketch challenge which is so similar to the Paper Players.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Colorthrowdown Challenge #528

Recently I was the featured stamper and that means I get to be the guest designer for this weeks color combination.  
 One of my favorite challenges are color related and wow did I love this weeks challenge combo and how much do I love that owl!  I started out creating a messy background with Distress Inks and a leaf stencil on watercolor paper.  Once I had that the way I wanted it, I stamped the leaf spring and colored it with Zig Clean Color markers.  The leaf sprig is a stamp from Simon Says Stamp from the Beautiful Day set with a matching die.  
 The "thank you" word die is from My Favorite Things.  I colored it with Distress Ink too so I could get the exact color I wanted.  The small sentiment is from Reverse Confetti.  
 Here is the adorable Color Throwdown Color challenge combo. Take a few crafting minutes so you can play along.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, January 28, 2019

You Are Awesome

For the card I want to share, I went to two online challenges for my inspiration.
 I used the CAS(e) this Sketch challenge for the layout of my card.  I decided to make my coloring gradient, my version of the sketch.  I tried something a little different to start my card.  I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil and translucent embossing paste, covering the entire front of my card made from watercolor paper.  When that was dry, I started adding inks with Distress Inks, starting with the lightest color on top.  The embossing paste resisted the inks and I love the resulting look. 
 Here is get the idea of the shiny design of the embossing paste.  Since the paper is watercolor paper I love the way the inks run together.  The sentiment running up and down the card fits with the sketch and the heart makes it fit the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  
 Here is the CAS(e) this Sketch challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, January 24, 2019


I knew I had to play along as soon as I saw the Sketch Saturday sketch for this week. 
 After I die cut the two little tag accents, I pulled out a butterfly set of stamps from Simon Says Stamp.  
 The butterfly was colored with Zig Clean Color markers on watercolor paper.  I accented portions of the butterfly with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  The copper glitter tag is a die cut from My Favorite Things and the other chevron tag is from Reverse Confetti.  
 I added a subtle accent with a light green ink and a Tim Holtz dot stencil.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)