Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stars, Rain and Baseball

For my Card Positioning Systems card this week. This was such a fun sketch to work with because it was so different. I challenge you to give it a try. I used a Fourth of July theme and then realized that it really was fitting to today too with it being Memorial Day.
I always love the red, white and blue color scheme that makes us think of America and this also gave me a great reason to use this wonderful, chipboard star by Magistical Memories. The papers are by Daisy Bucket and Shabby Green Door.
Notice the red, embossed cardstock. That is Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions cardstock by Core'dinations, the text letters come embossed in it.
I colored the chipboard by patting it thoroughly with a white stamp pad and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I love the look that gave it.
And, here is a layout I finished recently. The photos are from our "rainy day" little outing. My granddaughter was standing under a water spout and I just loved how casual she was standing there, enjoying the rain.
All of the papers are My Mind's Eye, I love papers that coordinate so well. Notice my NEW Martha Stewart border punch!
And, what would a post be without some pics!
Baseball is almost finished around here, but our grandson was able to pitch in a couple of his games and he was soooooo happy about it and took it so seriously. It was so much fun to see how much he cared about this position.
We took our youngest grandson to this game and he thought he was so cool, climbing all the way to the top of the bleachers! You can tell how cool he thought he was by that huge smile on his face.

This play structure is in our backyard. It really did start out small and grandpa just had to keep going, as he added to it. The kids LOVE it and our own kids are jealous that something like this wasn't built for them! Grandkids do enjoy a ton of extras your own kids don't! We just started letting our youngest grandson go up in this and let me tell you, HE LOVES IT!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Cardstock – Core Essentials and Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions/Core’dinations

Patterned paper – Daisy Bucket Designs/Shabby Green Door
Letter stickers – October Afternoon
Chipboard star – Magistical Memories
White stamp pad – ColorBox/Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Big Brad – Creative Expressions
Circle template - Coluzzle

RAINY DAY layout
Cardstock – Core Impressions/Core’dinations
Patterned paper and scallop circle die cut – My Mind’s Eye
Sticker letters – David Walker
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Machine sewing
Scallop circle punch – Marvy
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Font -

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Flower Soft PEEK!

Saturday is my day to post at the Flower Soft blog! Here is my tiny peek.
Be sure to hop on over to see the entire creation and the yummy yellow flowers!!!
Thanks so much!!!! Linda

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Two Color Challenges and Two sketches

I looooooove color challenges and one of my favs is I just had to give this one a try. I combined my card with the Get Sketchy sketch #39 . And, it fits the challenge at Little Red Wagon to create a Birthday Card.

I missed the darkest blue in my combo and one of my blues is a little more aqua then what she shows, but I think it came pretty close and it is such a fun and happy combination. That cute label stamp is by Pink Persimmon and it really works for any number of themes but I thought it went pretty well with these colors and with this sketch.
See my little pleated accent across the card? And that peek of patterned paper on the inside?
I don't usually finish the inside of my cards but I wanted to continue the sentiment on the outside and so this banner was the perfect way to do that. These are more Pink Persimmon stamps. The banner set comes with the banner and then with several sentiments and the sentiments are all curved to fit in the banner just right.
And, I also had to try my hand at this wonderful color combo at Embellish Magazine. Their challenge was to also include butterflies and that seemed like the perfect combination.
I pulled out these two patterned papers by October Afternoon and then put the label stamps, that I received only yesterday, to work. These label stamps are meant to coordinate with a Nestabilities die that I do own but I simply cut out around the stamped image.
The butterfly is a Hero Arts stamp and take note of the Glitter 3-D Fashion Paint by Tulip that I added to portions of the wings. I love the glitter that this paint adds while still letting the underneath design and color show through.
And, for this layout, I used the Unscripted Sketch #56. I usually seem to see how well their sketches work with layouts and this gives me the chance to get another layout completed. The papers are all by Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker but from different collections.
The circles are actually records in the patterned paper and I punched them out with circle punches. I thought these gave a "flower" kind of look without being too femine since this is our grandson in the photos.
And I will leave you with a photo. This is a strawberry field that is less then a mile from our house. I just love watching this field during the year and this spring it has been even more fun because of the poppies that have been in bloom for awhile. I wanted to catch this view while the clouds were in the sky because we don't get clouds like this often.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials list:
Cardstock – Vintage/Core’dinations
Patterned paper - Thrift Shop/October Afternoon
Stamps – Pink Persimmon
Copic markers
Seam binding ribbon – Petite Paperie Shoppe/Etsy store
Self adhesive rhinestones – Queen & Co.
Machine sewing
Corner rounder punch - Fiskars
3D Foam squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Materials list:
Cardstock – Vintage collection/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Fly a Kite: Front Porch and Thrift Shop: Last One/October Afternoon
Stamps – Vintage frames/Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Self adhesive Pearls – Queen & Co.
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Copic markers
Rub-on sentiment - BasicGrey
Glitter 3-D Fashion paint - Tulip
3D Foam squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Tonic Paper Distresser
Cardstock – Core Impressions/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Henry’s Brilliance, Dan the Record Man and North Pole Nights/Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker
Sticker letters – October Afternoon
Circle punches - Papershapers

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Oh, A-CardMaking I will go

On a search to find sketches to work with, I came up with several and so, I have several cards to share with you. I am only go to share a few today and more later.
This first card is my Card Positioning Systems card for this week and some of my favorite patterned papers from We R Memorys Keepers. What a fun sketch!
These tiny little cupcakes pieces are from Pretty Little Studio Etsy store.
This card was created for the Little Red Wagon challenge to "Put a Window in It". I love the peek-a-boo look that this creates and these products from Nikki Sivils just seemed like the perfect choice for my little round window. The clouds and the tiny bee came on this piece of patterned paper and I cut out the larger bee and added it with foam tape.
The little honeycomb piece and the other bee are cut from die cuts in this Willow Bee collection. You can barely see it but I added some Glitter 3-D Fashion paint by Tulip on the edges of my clouds for a little sparkle.
Because of my little inside piece, I wanted to finish the inside too so I added this great patterned paper to the inside. You can barely see the Glitter 3-D Fashion Paint by Tulip that I added to the bees wings.

And, this card uses a sketch that is posted at Caardvarks for their May challenge. It just seemed like a good time to pull out some Christmas papers.
The trees are part of one of the pieces of patterned papers in this collection by BoBunny, I just cut them out.
And, we went to the zoo this last weekend, gotta share a few photos with you.
This guy is actually pretty small but doesn't he just look menacing anyway, floating like this?
Take note, these giraffe's have an OCEAN view!!! Can you believe that?
Can you make out the flamingos in the background of my photo? I love to take pics of the flamingos but I thought this was a fun perspective with the flower in front in focus.
And, this big, cracked open egg shell is in the kids play area. Our youngest grandson was having so much fun climbing in and out.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

SKETCH 168 – PARTY card
Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations

Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers
Letter stickers – David Walker
Cupcake shapes – Pretty Little Studio Etsy store
Fiskars corner rounder punch

Materials list:
Cardstock – Black Magic collection/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – Day Dreamer, Willow’s Bee Hive and Bee’s Cutie Cut-Ups/Willow Bee/Nikki Sivils

Stamps – Willow Bee stamps/Nikki Sivils
Self adhesive rhinestones – Queen & Co.
Glitter 3-D Fashion paint - Tulip
3D Foam squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Aleene's Paper Glaze

Materials list:
Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – ‘Tis the Season collection/BoBunny
Rub-on sentiments - BoBunny

Glitter brad - Doodlebug
Apron lace border punch - Fiskars
Circle punches – Papershapers

Monday, May 24, 2010

Core'dinations and Imaginisce and a HUGE give away

Core'dinations Cardstock and Imaginisce teamed up together this week to show off some goodness by combining the two companies. PLUS, there will be a really big giveaway and you need to leave a comment at Core'dinations cardstocks blog to be in the drawing. You REALLY want this package, believe me. You can post all week as each day more goodness is revealed but your comment needs to be in Monday's post so all of the posts are in one place for the drawing.
I created a couple cards and this one was featured today on the Core'dinations blog.
Here is a close-up of the cute puffy stickers by Imaginisce.
I also created this cutie and that will be shown later this week at Core'dinations. For both cards, it is so fun to use a collection of papers where all of the elements go together so nicely.
Here is a close-up of my little sticker guy.

Thanks for visiting and
Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

ColourQ and Get Sketchy

I put two challenges together for this card, this wonderful color combo at ColourQ challenge #33 and the sketch at Get Sketchy. They problem is I am late posting my Get Sketchy card AGAIN!!! Oh well, I like this sketch anyway.
Here is the absolutely wonderful color combo.
And, this is how I put it together with the Get Sketchy sketch #38. See my brand new border punch!!!???
And, take note of the background piece on my card, a piece of Core'dinations cardstock embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I think this is one of my favorite folders and they just don't work any more wonderful then with Core'dinations cardstock. Notice the little bit of sanding that exposes the core of the paper?
And, of course, some photos!
You might remember me mentioning how much our youngest grandson and his sister's kitty love each other. This is a common exchange between them!
We found this fun water fountain the other day. It took him a bit before he would get close enough to touch the water but once he got comfortable there was no stopping him!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

HOPE card
Materials list:
Cardstock – The Chocolate Box and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper and mini letters – October Afternoon

Cuttlebug embossing folder
Scallop circle punch – Marvy
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Buttons – PaperTrey, Inc.

Flower Soft blog post

Today is my day to post over at the Flower Soft blog. I did a little experimenting and I really like how it turned out! Be sure to take a moment to hop on over to take a peek, PLEASE!!!
Here is a tiny peek of the finished project!
Thanks for visiting here and there! Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

JustRite "Oh So Girly" project

The challenge at JustRite stamps for this week is to create a project with "KIDS" in mind. I picked lots of pink, ribbons, rhinestones and scallops. The ingredients for a very "girly" project.
I created a little card with a matching candy bar, wrapped in papers. This works for either a party invitation and party favor or a little birthday card and matching gift.
The little "princess" piece with the border is a stamp by JustRite stamps. It is a two piece stamp on an oval block. I inked it with pink and I also embossed it with clear embossing powder. That was then punched out with an oval punch and then layered with another oval punch and a scallop oval punch. I just ordered this yummy seam binding ribbon from an Etsy store, Petite Paperie Shoppe. I was so happy with how perfect it was to add to my "girly" look. The design of my card was created to fit the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch #52.
This is my covered candy bar. It was so easy to make it matching with the same papers and the same little stamped and punched accent piece.
Yesterday, we experienced gray skies, heavy marine layer, some rain and then big white fluffy clouds. A day just made for taking pics!!!
I loved the outline of the dark palm trees against the interesting sky.
We got blue skies for a little bit with these amazing, white fluffy clouds off of the coast.
The marine layer was thick as I visited our marina, I love the reflections in the water in both of these photos.

And this also meant the perfect reason to bring out our new, frog umbrella!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

PRINCESS card and Candy wrapper
Materials list:
Cardstock – Vintage and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye
Stamps – JustRite stamps

Scallop oval – Marvy
Oval punches - McGill
Self Adhesive Rhinestones – Queen & Co.
Pink stamp pad - Memento
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Seam Binding – Petite Paperie Shoppe/Etsy

3D Foam squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Tonic Paper Distresser

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My 3-D "out of the box" project

Vicki Chrisman from This Art That Makes Me Happy emailed me recently. She was issuing a challenge to anyone that would like to take part, to create a project that would be "out of the box" for them. I love challenges so I was in. I knew right away what I was going to work on too. I had just picked up this little wooden shadow box at Ross and it would have sat in my craft room for a long time probably except for the challenge. I took lots of photos of two of our grandkids playing outside on a rainy day. Our grandson is soooo busy, so I could envision cutting photos of him out a few times in different poses to try to show that "busyness" in my little scene. My "out of the box" challenge was to try to create depth with layers. I wanted the finished project to be as 3-D as I could get it. All of the products used are by Nikki Sivils except for the black title letters.
I am showing you a whole lot of different angles of my project so you can get the feel of how I did create the 3-D look. I gave my raindrops and clouds added accent with Aleene's Paper Glaze on the raindrops to give a "water" look and Glitter 3-D Fashion Paint by Tulip for the glitter accents on the clouds.
I wanted to cut the kids out in silhouette because little cut out kids are just plain the cutest and that helps give the look of motion. Here, this cut out figure is on the fourth level. Behind the umbrella are three layers of foam tape pieces and behind his legs is one level of foam tape.
When you look down inside my levels of grass and kids, you can see the foam tape. I just piled two or three pieces right on top of each other, depending on what level each thing was on. One level of grass was glued right to the background, the other level of grass has two layers of foam tape on it.
The piece that is both of our grandkids are added with one layer of foam tape.
See how I entertwined the kids between the different layers.
This view lets you see better how the first level looks.
Let me tell you, this was FUN! I love to experiment so that was one thing I was able to do a little bit of in order to make this work out like I wanted. Isn't that little tiny bee print the cutest for a background?
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Wooden shadow box – Die Cuts With a View
Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Patterned papers – Bee 2 Bee, Bee Strips, Day Dreamer: Willow Bee Collection and Butterfly Rest: Flaming Butterfly Collection/Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker
Glitter 3-D Fashion paint/Tulip

Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®

Foam tape – 3M