Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tigger and CPS

What do those two things have to do with each other? Absolutely nothing except they are both part of my blog post for today.
This absolutely adorable Tigger was at our house tonight. Of course we had to do a little photo shoot before he went to the church Harvest party.
I knew you also had to see how cute he was as he walked away.
Now for the Card Postioning Systems card for this coming week. The sponsor for this week is courtesy of "Susan Tomaino, Independent Close To My Heart consultant"
I so loved the patterned papers that she sent me, I just had to create two cards with them.
The "numbers" are one stamp with all of the numbers on it and I stamped that twice on my paper. The "verse" stamp is then stamped over that.
This card uses three of the patterned papers. I just loved how well they all went together.
This close-up gives you a peek at my Loopy border punch again. Oh how I love that thing.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

SKETCH 139 – SEASON card
Stamps, papers courtesy of "Susan Tomaino, Independent Close To My Heart consultant"
Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Brown stamp pad – Distress Inks/Ranger
Black stamp pad – Versafine
Chalk stamp pads – Powder Puff/Quick Quotes
Clear embossing powder
Memories Mist spray – Stewart Superior
Circle template- Coluzzle
Corner rounder punch - Fiskars
Foam tape – 3M

Stamps, papers courtesy of "Susan Tomaino, Independent Close To My Heart consultant"
Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Circle punches – Papershapers/EK Success
Loopy border punch – Martha Stewart
Rhinestones – Mark Richards, Inc.
Machine sewing
Distress ink - Ranger
Fluid chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Something old, something new

I have a few older photos from my Mom's cedar chest. They are such treasures even though there weren't a whole lot from my parents past and my childhood. It is so much fun to use them on layouts. Most of the photos were very small and so I have also had fun making copies of them, doing a little editing to repair defects and then printing them out a bit larger. There is something to the character of them in the black and white finish.
Many of the tiny photos that my Mom had were printed with a deckle edge so even as I have copied them and printed them a little bit larger, I have still, many times, cut the edges with deckle scissors to keep with the look from that time.
There were only a couple of photos from my parents wedding day but at least there were those for us to see. I tend to not use the actual photos from this time. I like to make copies and use them on my pages. That way I can cut them and not feel like I am going to ruin them plus I can often do a small amount of editing that makes them even better then they were.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Think Orange

One thing about seasons and the seasonal changes are the colors we associate with those seasons and changes. ORANGE surely comes to mind in the fall, especially around Halloween. I wanted to show off a few older projects that fit with this last week of October, just before Halloween.
This is a simple, simple card. I picked up a package of spider stickers and this card came about with a minimal of supplies.
This layout and the next one actually use some of the same photos but once in awhile I find favorite photos that I just seem to need to use more then one way. This layout uses a white background paper which is something I don't use often, yet it is fun what a simple background allows you to add in accents. This layout let me also put to use several photos from this day.
A favorite accent idea is to use a Dymo labeler to add a title and/or details. Plus, I really did my journaling a small piece of notebook paper that was torn out of the book and I hand wrote the details. This first layout is 12" x 12".
This one is an 8 1/2" x 11" that was turned on it's side. It is a size and orientation that I don't usually use but I do like the look of it. The title piece was created in the computer and then printed out. The rest of the layout then went together very quickly around that with a striped piece of patterned paper that tied everything together. That adorable date stamp up in the corner is by Hero Arts.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Oh the colors of Fall

Since we are so marveling at the amazing colors of fall right now, I thought I would post this layout I created awhile back.
I used an actual photo that I took and printed the entire photo on photo paper and so that is the background of my layout.
I found a little "fall" related poem on the internet and use it on my layout. I printed the poem on vellum, leaving space between each line of words to add a strip of patterned paper. I was able to hide my glue under the patterned paper strips. Notice too, that I hand doodled around the outside edge of the photo with a Sakura 3-D gel pen. I just love the thickness of the ink for something like this.
I cut the letters for the title from Chipboard with a die cut machine. I loved the raw look of the chipboard with the fall colors on the rest of the layout.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale alphabet – Provo Craft
3-D Glaze pen – Sakura of America
Font for journaling – CK Becky
Patterned paper on journaling block – Spice collection/Paper Salon
My own photo that I also printed using my Epson printer and Ilford Smooth Pearl Paper

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Origami Box

Great news! Pink Persimmon just released some new Christmas themed stamps - you so need to check them out. You will soon be seeing some examples of their use right here, in time for Christmas cards.
Have you ever created a small, origami folded box? They are fun, they don't need a very big piece of paper and what a cute way to give someone a gift. In fact, this was the kind of box I used a few posts back using The Cat's Pajamas stamps and my little candy box.
I used a couple papers from A Kraft colored paper and a wonderful green for the bottom box. The top is decorated with some stamps from Unity Stamp company. I used a large green brad for the center of the flower - that gave a nice little bit of dimension.
If you google, origami boxes you will find a number of little videos that show the steps but here is a link to a web site that shows very clearly how to create a box with Origami folds.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How SIMPLE can you get?

Have you ever tried to use no more then three products plus the cardstock when creating a card? At first this sounds rather easy. Well, I will tell you, it is a feat that is almost impossible!!! At first I thought of stamping but just the stamp and the ink are two products right there!
When I started out to create this card, I thought the extreme simpleness added to a look you would want to go along with a wedding. This is cream colored cardstock, a silk flower. a pearl brad and a rub-on design.

You already know I am madly in love with my border punches so I started out by punching a border along the bottom of my card. Next came the neat label rub-on and the sticker letters.
Can you guess how tempting it is to keep ADDING products?

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Cardstock –Core’dinations

Flower – Hero Arts

Rub-on greeting – Making Memories

Pearl brad



Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations

Rub-on ornate frame – Fancy Pants

Sticker letters – Doodlebug

Loopy border punch – Martha Stewart

Saturday, October 17, 2009

CPS #138, some Shimmerz and fall colors

I have played with Shimmerz paint before and found it to be a fun way to add some shimmer and shine to a project. This week at the Card Positioning Systems blog, the team is finding ways to put Shimmerz paint to good use.
I choose to PAINT the Shimmerz paint onto my white cardstock first and then I punched out shapes from the painted paper. The Shimmerz paints come in little jars and it is a very liquid medium. I used a paint brush to apply mine.
I used two coats of the Shimmerz paint on my cardstock. You can see how the paint caused my punched shapes to curl a little bit. I wanted that to happen so the flowers would look more 3-D. I used two colors, one for the larger flowers and another for the small flowers. I used the sun to try to exaggerate the shine on the flowers so you could see it.
Another card I wanted to share is perfectly fitting for a nice fall day. The bird design and the words are rub-on images from My Mind's Eye.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Shimmerz paint – Courtesy of Shimmerz
Cardstock –Vintage and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned papers – Scenic Route and Me & My Big Ideas
Flower punches – Papershapers/EK Success
Glitter brads – Doodlebug
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Rub-on greeting – Making Memories
Fluid chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap



Cardstock –
Patterned Paper – Hoopla/Frolic/We R Memory Keepers (both sides)
Bird design rub-on – My Mind’s Eye
Word rub-on – Deja Views
Self Adhesive pearls – Mark Richards, Inc.
Circle templates– Coluzzle
Ribbon – Michaels
Glitter 3-D Fabric Dimensional Paint – Tulip
Stamp pad – Fluid Chalk/Clearsnap
Paper lace – K&Co.
Tonic paper distresser
Corner rounder punch - Fiskars

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Photo goodness and Stamping goodness

BoldMy first goodness to share with you requires a stop at my daughter's blog to take a look at the adorable photos she took on a Pumpkin Patch trip with some of my grandkids. The focus was to be my youngest grandson, but you can see some glimpses of some of my other grandkids too. I took this one photo from her blog to share this cute little scene with four of our grandkids. Now for the Stamping goodness. This card is shown in the gallery at Pink Persimmon but I wanted to show you the details. All of the stamps are from Pink Persimmon. Are they cute or what? I love the look of a new set of alphabet stamps and I love the font on this super cute set. So I arranged these letters on an acrylic block and repeatedly stamped the alphabet to create a background on the notebook looking paper by Scenic Route. I punched the one side with the Stampin' Up journal punch so it looks like I tore my paper out of a notebook. The little girl from the Little Red Wagon set was stamped on white paper and again on this adorable red, plaid paper by October Afternoon. Then I just cut out the dress portion and glued that on top of the image stamped on the white paper. The other portions of the stamp were colored with Copic Markers. I attached the little girl and the wagon with foam tape because I just love the dimension this gives a card. The wagon is also coated with Aleene's Paper Glaze. I so love the epoxy look that gives and it makes it look like a new, shiny, red wagon. (ps, another great thing about Aleene's is that it is available at stores like Michaels so it is so easy to get ahold of)

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

ABC’S card


Cardstock – Curious Iridescent Cryogen White/ and Vintage collection/Core’dinations

Patterned paper – October Afternoon and Scenic Route

Stamps – Soda Pop small alphabet and Little Red Wagon/Pink Persimmon

Fluid Chalk stamp pads/Clearsnap

Versafine Black stamp pad

Clear embossing powder

Journal border punch – Stampin’Up

Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®

Copic markers

Mini black brads


3M Foam tape

Monday, October 12, 2009

Boy stuff and Core'dinations

Yes, I have MANY "little boy" photos to scrap and yes, it is fun!!! Both taking them and scrapping them.
I just had to use these October Afternoon products since the blues in the paper went so well with my grandsons shirt. The little splash of red made for a fun accent color.
The circle piece is some Core'dinations cardstock that was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing plate and then punched out in a circle. The little pieces on that are stickers that match the papers.
I used a piece of Black Magic Core'dinations cardstock and I sanded all of the edges so that great blue color on the reverse side would show off nicely.
I wanted a very simple layout for the photos that I used here. Sometimes I have a big challenge with "simple" so I keep trying. I think my favorite thing lately when working on scrapbook layouts is to use one larger photo of the occasion and then accenting that with some small photos of the same occasion. I will almost always print my photos at home with my Epson printer and I truly never thought I would be saying that! The Epson gives me the best quality and I get to pick the size for my photos. I also use Ilford's Smooth Pearl photo paper, I think that stuff is just amazing.
I used my Scor-Pal tool to create the lines that define my papers and photos. This tool makes it so easy and fast to create embossed lines and then I sanded them to emphasize them. The Scor-Pal tool has measurements and lots of lines for scoring so I just love how easy it is to know where to place your lines.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

PARK PLAY layout
Cardstock – Vintage and Black Magic/Core’dinations
White Thickers sticker letters
Patterned papers – Road Map: Dew Drop Inn and Blue and White Motel/October Afternoon
Punch out elements – October Afternoon
Cuttlebug embossing plate
Scallop circle punch – Marvy
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Rub-on date

Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Dreamy 2/My Mind’s Eye
Foam letters – Thickers/American Crafts
Sticker letters – Making Memories
Scor-Pal tool

Saturday, October 10, 2009

CPS # 137 and Clear and Simple stamps

The sponsor for this coming week at Card Positioning Systems blog is Clear and Simple stamps.
The set that I was able to play with has a sports theme. It is a Football set. I am absolutely in love with the font they use on their sports set, like the word Football on my card. This theme is also so fitting for me to use since I have three young grandsons who are nuts over football.
A few details to notice are:
1. I used the tiny word block in this set and stamped it repeatedly on an orange paper to create my own patterned paper for the strip that goes down the side of my card.
2. The piece behind my football piece was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing plate on Core'dinations cardstock.
3. I tried to create a little bit of a textured look on my football that I had colored with Copic markers. I used the Copic blender pen and touched it to the colored portions. The blender marker "takes out" color so to speak, allowing it to create designs wherever you place it.
4. The cardstock for the card base is Black Magic by Core'dinations. You can see that the reverse side of the black paper is an orange color and by sanding the edges of the card, that orange core is exposed to made the paper even better fit with the colors of my designs.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Clear stamp set – Football courtesy of Clear and Simple stamps
Cardstock – Cryogen Curious Iridescent/, Vintage and Black Magic/Core’dinations
Versafine black stamp pad
Clear embossing powder
ColorBox stamp pad - Clearsnap
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Copic markers
Embossing plate - Cuttlebug

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More FLOWER goodness

Remember that wonderful flower stamp that I used the other day? It's from PaperTreyInk.
I want to use it and use it and use it!!! Plus you can see on this card the wonderful leaves that come in the same set. I used the large flower, the small flower, a large leaf and a small leaf.
First of all, I took a piece of paper and colored it with some alcohol inks and the blending solution. I used Cryogen Curious Iridescent white cardstock by I love how this paper works with the alcohol inks and when you are finished, the paper has a slight sparkle to it that just adds to the beauty of the flowers.
I created my background behind the flowers with a Cuttlebug embossing plate and some Core'dinations cardstock. I did do a light run over with a light brown stamp pad. You can see how nice the purple and the green cardstock looks when it is sanded to expose the core of the cardstock.
You thought it was fall right???? I was out and about this last week and what did I find in a garden at a shopping center? Irises in bloom. This totally caught my attention because these were one of my favorite flowers in my mom and dad's yard and it is a flower we don't see a whole lot in Southern California not to mention we shouldn't be seeing them in September!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

MOM – Alcohol Ink card
Materials list:
Cardstock – Core’dinations

Curious Iridescent Cryogen White/
Alcohol Inks and blending solution – Ranger
Black Versafine stamp pad
Cuttlebug embossing plate
Self adhesive pearls – Kaiser Craft
MOM sticker letters – David Walker Epoxy stickers
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars

Saturday, October 3, 2009

CPS #136 and a kitty cat

Because of a time restraint, I wasn't sure I would be able to play with the Card Positioning Systems sketch for this week so I am not playing with the Gina K stamps like the rest of the team, but I did manage to sneak in a minute to create a card with the sketch. I am a complete fool for sketches so I couldn't resist!
I just love how the sketch gives me the inspiration on how to lay things out and then I also get a chance to use some of the supplies that are sitting around my room.
This gave me a chance to play with this Heidi Swapp butterfly mask that I have had sitting here. I love playing with techniques. First of all, I stamped my white cardstock with this great TEXT stamp and then placed the mask over that. Next I sprayed my piece with this great blue spray by Memories Mist. When I peeled off the mask, I felt the butterfly needed a little more definition, so I gave it an outline inside the lines with a fine line black pen.
I used this embossing plate before, it is from Stampin' Up. I love the look of the embossing plates with the Black Magic Core'dinations cardstock. A little sanding and that great CORE color shows up.
Remember our new little kitty cat? Well, she was outside exploring this week and I thought it would be fun to show an update on how much she has grown. What is funny, is she still looks so tiny to me and my family keeps saying they think she has grown. I can't really see it until I compare her today to some photos we took when she first arrived. Her coloring is just turning out to be so gorgeous.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Cardstock – Cryogen Curious Iridescent/, Core Essentials and Black Magic/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Scenic Route
Text stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Sentiment stamp – Verve
Black Versafine stamp pad
Embossing plate – Stampin’ Up
Heidi Swapp butterfly mask
Memories Mist spray color – Stewart Superior
Fine line pen - Copic
Versafine black stamp pad
Corner rounder punch – Zutters Round-It-All and Fiskars

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Turkeys and Pumpkins - Signs of Fall

I love things related to fall. The leaves, the colors, pumpkins and even turkeys! You will be surprised that I was even able to include a cupcake in the mix!
If you visited my blog earlier this week, you know that Inky Antics was the sponsor for Card Postioning Systems this whole week. I wanted to get more use from the cute set they sent me so I created another card. The circle shape is a Nestabilities and the background paper is a text print and I added a whole lot of ink from Chalk stamp pads and I also stamped the Hero Arts cloud stamp over that.
My turkey and pumpkin were colored with Copic markers and then I gave the pumpkin a good coat of Crackle coat. You can see what a fun look that gave.
The design for this card is the Unscripted Sketch #25 for this week, I just turned it on it's side. And, here is where the cupcake comes in. I love this cupcake from Pink Persimmon. It can be used for so many occasions. These papers were completely irresistable. I used a few different prints and even the reverse sides of those patterns because they all go together so wonderfully. I stamped the cupcake on two different papers and then cut all of those out to create my decorated cupcake paper and frosting.
I pulled out the little pumpkin stamp from Little Red Wagon set. That is really a little set of three pumpkins and they are meant to be stamped into the wagon, but I stamped that and just cut off the side pumpkins, making it just the right topping to my cupcake to fit in for Halloween. I colored my pumpkin with Copic markers and then coated the pumpkin with Aleene's Paper Glaze for an epoxy look.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Cardstock –Core Essentials/Core’dinations

Patterned paper – October Afternoon
Black stamp pad – Versafine
Clear embossing powder
Nestabilities Die – Spellbinders
Copic markers
Cloud background stamp – Hero Arts
Turkey and pumpkin stamp – Inky Antics
Loopy border punch- Martha Stewart
Chalk stamp pads – Powder puff/Quick Quotes

Materials:Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – The Spider’s Web/My Mind’s Eye
Stamps – Vintage Cupcake and Little Red Wagon/Pink Persimmon
Chalk stamp pads/Powder Puff/Quick Quotes
Versafine Black stamp pad
Clear embossing powder
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®
Copic markers
Border punch – Martha Stewart
3M Foam tape