Friday, January 30, 2009

100 Sketches - What a reason to celebrate!!!!

Real quick -check out my daughter's wonderful blog - you can catch a glimpse of my oldest granddaughter!!! Amanda Rae Photography

This week marks Card Positioning Systems blogs 100th sketch. I probably already told you that but I wanted to share my card for that sketch today. The team had a few different sponsors for this week and mine was this Vintage Butterfly set from Cornish Heritage Farms. DON'T forget there are give aways this week and then for a few weeks to follow so get on over there to check it out. You can even win this set that I worked with!!!

I love butterflies anyway, so I was pretty happy to be able to work with this set. It included several different butterflies and some great words or phrases.
I wanted to be able to share with you some of the coloring techniques that I used on my card. I stamped the verse on a plain white piece of cardstock and the background paper I used has a green design on a white background and so I very lightly sprayed both of these with the yellow or Mango Lemonade Memories Mist spray. It just takes the smallest little burst to get a whole lot of color and I didn't want my pieces completely colored, but with a slight spray.
Now for a little hint as to how I colored my butterflies.
1. The butterflies were stamped on plain white cardstock using a black stamp pad.
2. My first step to coloring is that I did a quick burst of spray from the Mango Lemonade Memories Mist over the entire butterfly. (I will cut the butterfly out when I am finished)
3. On the right hand side of the third example above, you can see that I only colored in portions of the wings with my Copic Marker. (I used R22 for that) I also used the blender on those parts because it just adds something to the finished look.
4. To finish, I sprayed the entire butterfly with the Orange Juice Memories Mist spray. Again, I didn't want my piece to be entirely colored with the spray so I was careful to get just a quick burst of spray. Only in real life can you truly see the effect from the sprays. Orange rhinestones were the finishing touch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Stamps courtesy of Cornish Heritage Farms
Patterned paper – Paperie/Making Memories
Black stamp pad – Versafine
Copic Markers
Memories Mists Spray – Stewart Superior
Corner rounder punch- Fiskars
Oval punch – McGill
Oval scallop punch - Marvy
Rhinestones – Mark Richards, Inc.
3M foam tape

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Use your punches?

Remember to peek in at Card Positioning Systems blog all of this week for fun sponsors and prizes. Today is My Favorite Things stamps, cute stuff.

Do you have punches? Do you use them? This card I'm sharing today uses all kinds of punches. Circles, Scallop squares, Flowers, Border punches, they are all fun. I also love that some come in shapes and sizes that layer together.
The little photo is part of an old photo my mom had of my sister and I playing with some neighbor kids. I just love the sunglasses and the curls!!!
I want to point out the glittered, flower punches. These are by McGill and they come in a whole range of sizes. I punched the flowers out of green cardstock and then coated each one with Aleene's Paper Glaze. This is a clear liquid that dries somewhat 3-D. While it was still wet, I sprinkled them with green glitter by Clearsnap. Oh how I love that color.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials list:
Patterned papers – Graphic 45, Bo Bunny Press, October Afternoon and We R Memory Keepers
Circle punches, Scallop square punch, Square punch, Flower punches – McGill
Scallop Border punch – Martha Stewart
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – Clearsnap
Green Glitter – Clearsnap
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip
Rub-on greeting – Making MemoriesMy Own Photo

Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's a PARTY!!

A party at Card Positioning Systems blog, that is. This week celebrates the 100th sketch and our 2nd year of creating is right around the next corner. That means party time, with lots of prizes for everyone who participates and that means you. There are a few sponsors set up for this week with prizes and the party will continue for a couple weeks so check back in often. My own card will go up later this week when it comes to the sponsor that I worked with, Cornish Heritage Farms stamps.

I wanted to share a very simple layout with you today. This is our grandson who is 6 years old now. He is so all boy in that adorable hat so I thought these photos were so fun. What made this layout so simple was that I just used four, 4"x6" photos with a very fast and easy paper and title accent.

REMEMBER you can still vote at the Dymo contest or even vote again since you can vote once a day until February 14th.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials: Solid Cardstock – Worldwin
Patterned Paper – Synchronize/Playlist/Daisy Bucket Designs (both sides)
Circle template – Coluzzle
Chipboard letters – Thickers/American Crafts
Arrow stamps – Paper Salon
Ancient Page stamp pad – Clearsnap

Friday, January 23, 2009

Need your vote and a Valentines themed card

YEAH! I found out I am one of the five finalists in a contest sponsored by Dymo Labeler and now the Grand Prize winner is decided by voting! I don't really like the voting process for finding a winner but all I can do is join in and ask for votes!!! I have used a Dymo labeler for years for creating accents so it was fun to create a layout for this contest. Mine is the How To Play layout but when I send people to vote on contests I want you to really vote for your favorite, that is the fair way. The voting is open until sometime in February and you can actually vote once a day!!!

Dymo Labeler Scrapbook contest

And I wanted to share a simple Valentine's Day themed card since that day is fast approaching! This was actually Sketch #50 from Card Postioning Systems blog.

I so love a Harlequin kind of design so this one was easy for me. I used a diamond shaper punch to punch out my pieces from patterned paper. Self Adhesive pearls accented my pieces and the letters are naked chipboard that I covered with Aleene's Paper Glaze by Tulip. When you add this liquid Paper Glaze to the spot you want it on, in this case each chipboard letter, it stays on the piece without running all over the place and dries with an epoxy, 3-D look.

Speaking of CPS, our 100th sketch and our 2nd birthday party are both fast approaching so a BIG party is soon to begin with sponsors and fun give aways. Don't miss out on this one!!! There are some details on the Card Positioning Systems blog today, check this out.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It is IN the details

New scrapbook supplies just make me so happy - do you understand that moment when you walk in a store and take a deep breath of all of that goodness? January stands for MORE scrapping goodies with CHA and all of the zillions of new releases. What might be even better are all of the sneak peeks that we get to enjoy as this time approaches. No exception are the new releases by Queen & Co. Check out their blog for your own peek. I know that I am going to be a happy camper when I can get my hands on one of those adorable "theme" buckets!!!

Now, down to business, I want to share a card full of details!
I just love cardmaking because you have this little palette to work with and you can keep it very simple or fill it with fun accents.
My little accent piece is a punched, scallop circle that I have inked the edges of. I punched a smaller circle from the patterned paper, added it on top of the scallop circle and distressed the edges so that they turned up and then sewed circles of machine sewing in the middle. Three jewel flowers were added to the middle of this piece.
The bottom edge is punched with a border punch. This border punch embosses a design as it punches a design. What a great combo and this piece was then also inked. The inking shows off the embossed design a little and gives my edge an aged look. This was then finished off with a wide twill ribbon that was just tied in a knot.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials:Solid Cardstock
Patterned Paper – Herringbone/Haberdashery Collection/Paper Salon
Fluid Chalk stamp pad – ColorBox/Clearsnap
Flower Jewels – Bling! Bling! Flowers/Sulyn industries
Machine sewing
Circle Scallop punch – Marvy Uchida
Border punch - Fiskars

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's the little things.....

I find that I don't need a whole lot to make me happy! So you can see that when I went into a Starbuck's today and they had cupcakes for sale, I was instantly HAPPY!!!
You have to excuse this photo because the only thing I had was my cell phone camera but I knew that that would still convey why this made me happy.
That stop was while I was on my way to this stop, a Craft Warehouse. Now, if you haven't been in one of these, you need to check out where they have stores and see if you can shop at one. I love them! Not only do they have a great scrapbook and stamp section but they have a great fabric section and all kinds of other crafts! Just give me all of the time I want in one of these stores and again, I am very HAPPY!!!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's A Boy! Baby Cards

At Card Positioning Systems blog this coming week, we thought we would put a little different slant on the normal schedule so each team member went back over the last 99 sketches and we each picked the sketch we wanted to work with. Another little fun aspect of this weeks cards is that we put our focus on new little baby boys since Tami, our chief sketch creator, and her family recently welcomed a new little guy into their home. I used sketch #5
The main accent on my card is a sailboat stamped with one of my new Martha Stewart stamps. I competely coated the image with the Aleene’s® Paper Glaze after I cut it out giving it an epoxy look. That was then added to the front of the card with foam tape for added dimension.
Since I am already on the theme of "BABIES", I wanted to show off another card with that theme. This is actually using Sketch #40 from CPS. The stamps are by Crafty Secrets and I loved the vintage look of the stamps and the papers.
For my main focus piece, I painted a piece of chipboard with a dark paint and then painted Ranger's Crackle paint over that. When the paint dried and cracked, you can then see the dark undercolor through the cracks.
I stamped the baby buggy on a piece of plain white cardstock and then coated that with Ranger's clear Crackle Accents. This cracks as it dries. I inked this piece with a dark brown stamp pad so that the edges were inked and some of that ink with into my cracks so help show them off.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials: Cardstock
Patterned paper – Choco Collection/Quick Quotes
Boat Clear Stamp – Martha Stewart
Greeting stamp – Rubber Soul
Stamp pad - Memento
Corner rounder punch- Fiskars
Border punch - Fiskars
Star brads – Making Memories
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip
3M foam tape
Patterned Papers and stamps - Crafty Secrets
Ranger Crackle Paint and Crackle Accents
Clearsnap Stamp pads
Scallop edge scissors

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What a CUTE little owl!

No doubt whatsoever, owls are "HOT" right now. Any kind and any size. I guess I just like trends because this is one bandwagon that I have gotten on. Wonder how long these guys will be around? One of my absolute favorite papers companies is We R Memory Keepers and these papers are from them. The pink/salmon colored paper was scored with the Scor-Pal tool and then those folds were sanded a little bit to distress them. And for added distressing I used the Tonic Paper Distresser on the edges of the papers. These papers have a white/distressed took to the edges of the papers so I was just adding to that look.
My little owl was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder. I love the richness that the embossing gives to the black. I did some inking to add a little color to his body.
Another interesting accent is that I added the Aleene's Paper Glaze to the inside part of each of the leaves and then sprinkled the Clearsnap green glitter on that. I like using the Paper Glaze as my glue for something like this because it dries a little 3-D and it really holds that loose glitter.
Materials list: Cardstock
Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers
Owl stamp – Inkadinkado
Hello stamp – October Afternoon
Black stamp pad and black embossing powder – Clearsnap
Aleene's Paper Glaze - Tulip
Green Glitter – Clearsnap
Tonic Paper Distresser
Scor Pal scoring tool
3M Foam Tape

Sunday, January 11, 2009

CPS Sketch #99 and a fun layout

You read that title correct - Card Positioning Systems blog is on it's 99th sketch this week! WOWIE!! I have been privileged to be part of CPS from the very beginning and it has been such a fun thing to share with the scrapping/cardmaking community.
Our sponsor this week is DRS Designs. I loved how simple and elegant this branch sprig is and so I kept it simple by using silver embossing powder.
I embossed the butterfly with the same silver embossing powder and colored in the openings with a pink Copic marker. I added just over the pink areas a Glitter 3-D Fashion paint by Tulip. I have said this before, but I love this glitter because it gives a great coat of glitter and still lets the underneath color show through.
And I also wanted to share this simple layout. I used "DOODLE" papers by Rusty Pickle, they come in black and white and the idea is you can add color and doodling to what they have printed. The photo was turned black and white and I used a Magic Splash program to add color back into his uniform.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Stamps courtesy of DRS Designs stamps
Silver Colorbox stamp pad and Silver Top Boss Embossing powder/Clearsnap
Glitter Fabric 3-D Fashion paint – Tulip
Self Adhesive pearls – Mark Richards, Inc
Corner rounder punch- Fiskars
Big brads – Karen Foster
Copic Marker

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Smile and the World Smiles With You!!!

At least that is what this little guy thinks!!! He has so many people in his life that he pretty much thinks it is always party time. You can see from this HUGE smile that he loves it!
And I wanted to share a card with you - a rather different card.
I used a piece of plastic by Plaid that you would normally purchase to cut your own stencils with. It is a great weight, it is slightly cloudy and makes for a fun card.
I used Queen & Co. felt and glued that to the front of the plastic. Some of their felts are self-adhesive, this particular one is one of their first releases of felt and it required me adding glue but that was actually very easy. I added a couple different sizes of rhinestones to the middles of some of the flowers.
I used a completely separate piece of patterned paper to create a liner for my card. The pattern can be slightly seen through the cloudy plastic front and with the particular paper I used, it has another pattern on the reverse side so it made for a fun inside of the card. A line of glue tape along the top, back of the liner is enough to attach it to the outside card. This was finished with a simple rub-on phrase.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials:Plastic – Stencil plastic/Plaid
Patterned paper – Roxie Cliques/Love, Elsie/KI Memories
Rub-on phrase- Making Memories
Corner rounder punch – Papershapers/EK Success
Felt Flower ribbon – Queen & Co.
Rhinestones – Hero Arts

Monday, January 5, 2009

Creating EPOXY-like accents

I wanted to share a couple cards today each having a little extra surprise to their designs.
This first card is my Card Positioning Systems card for this week. Sweet 'n Sassy stamp company was our sponsor for this week and I picked a set of word greetings to work with. What I really liked about their greeting sets is that they are more then just "thank you" and "happy birthday". Those kinds of greetings are great for many cards but once in awhile, a more thoughtful verse if a fun accent and so that is what you see on my card.
What I want to also point out on this card and the next one are the little "epoxy" kind of designs that I added to my cards. For this above card, I cut out some of the designs from this patterned paper by We R Memory Keepers and I then coated these cut out pieces with Aleene’s® Paper Glaze by Tulip/Duncan. I also added a little bit of bling on part of the design with the Diamond Glitter 3-D Fashion paint by Tulip. I love the amount of glitter you get with this paint. If you look closely you can see that glitter in part of the green design.
For this next card, I pretty much used the same idea. I cut out the design from a piece of patterned paper. You can also see that I used a plain piece of white cardstock to place behind the cut design and I ran that through my Cuttlebug machine with the Swiss Dot embossing plate.
I wanted this design to be very 3-D so I cut out additional pieces of some of the design so that I could make it layered. In this side view, you can see the layers. All of the pieces were coated with the Aleene’s® Paper Glaze by Tulip giving the pieces a great, epoxy look. Self-adhesive pearls finished the elegant look.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Stamps courtesy of SWEET & SASSY stamps
Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers
Scallop oval punch - Marvy
Glitter Fabric 3-D Dimensional paint – Tulip
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip
Rhinestones – Darice
Corner rounder punch- Papershapers/EK Success

Materials list:
Cardstock - Prism
Patterned papers – Autumn Leaves
Cuttlebug embossing plate – Provo Craft
Scallop Scissors – Family Treasures
Machine Sewing
Self Adhesive pearls – Mark Richards, Inc.
Rub-on greeting – Making Memories
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip

Friday, January 2, 2009

2 more Glimmer Mist projects

I wanted to share the remaining projects I had created for my guest projects for Tattered Angels and Cut Cardstock. Again, I used one of the Glimmer Screens and ended up with two projects.
I started out with this deckle edge paper from Cut Cardstock. It has a great feel to it and it just seemed that it loved the Glimmer Mist. First of all, I sprayed the paper with a peach colored Glimmer Mist and used my finger to rub it around to fully coat the paper. Next I placed the flourish Glimmer Screen on the paper and sprayed that with the Fully Purple. I then lifted off the Glimmer Screen with the Fully Purple ink still on it. (Hold that thought!!!)
I also sprayed the flowers - they were peach already but by spraying them with the peach Glimmer Mist, I added just a little bit of Glimmer.
Now for that Glimmer Screen that is full of Fully Purple spray! I placed it on a plain piece of white cardstock. That transfered the flourish design onto the white cardstock. I used a bag pattern that I found at Mels Stampz and cut out a little gift bag, adding some extra sprays of the same Fully Purple and some of the Copper Metallic.
You can see from the close-up that I outlined my purple flourish design with a white pen to reinforce my design and for my little accent piece at the handle in the bag, I took a plain piece of white cardstock and sprayed it with the Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist and punched that out with the flower punch. One thing about punching shapes with paper sprayed with Glimmer Mist - let the paper dry first. It gets wet with the spray and so the paper doesn't want to punch correctly.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)