Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Green and more Green

GREEN is the color we associate with March and the two cards I want to share with you in this post have alot of green on them - green shamrocks and green trees. 
You might have noticed, but Kim Hughes has started her own stamp company, Paper Smooches,  with her adorable way of creating stamp designs.  She is also offering a few  free digital images and so I wanted to play with these really cute shamrock and sentiment images, very fitting for March.  I printed out several of the little shamrock images and then created a little banner with them.   
Can you see my little "plaid" design in each shamrock?  Each image was colored with Copic markers.  I colored each one with a solid color and used a little darker shade of each color in the little loopy part of the shamrocks.  Next I drew lines in each colored shamrock in a plaid style with the Copic blender pen.  This was a little tricky because the blender pen worked almost instantly in some of the colors and some took a little more work with repeated lines drawn. 

The little sentiment is one of the free digital designs she is offering, I just punched mine in a circle shape.  That was finished with some rhinestones in rainbow colors.  Notice the embossed, white cardstock too.  I always think that this particular embossing folder has a look that goes with the celtic look. 

Now for the trees part of the post, The Stamps of Life stamp company is the sponsor at Card Positioning Systems sketch blog for this week.  I love this little "Trees2Build" set. 

The tree trunk and branches are one stamp and then the set comes with a couple designs of leaves, so I added some dotted leaves to my tree. 
And for a couple more photos...
Part of visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo is taking the time to play in the kid's play area.  They have formed a hill with artificial turf on it and let me tell you, it is a POPULAR place at the zoo. The kids love it. 
This little guy is still figuring out how it all works but the use of the "tongue" in the whole process cracks me up!

Once he figured out going down on his tummy, it was pretty hard to say we needed to go!  Is that JOY on his face or what?
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


Materials list:
Core'dinations Cardstock
Patterned paper – BoBunny
Digital stamps – Paper Smooches
String – Karen Foster
Copic markers
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Rhinestones – Me & My Big Ideas
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
3D Foam squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Sanding block - Core'dinations


Stamp set courtesy of The Stamps of Life – Trees2Build
Cardstock – Vintage/Core’dinations
Copic x-press
Patterned paper- Fine and Dandy/My Mind’s Eye
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear Detail embossing powder – Stampendous
Broken China – Distress Ink/Ranger
Cottage Ivy Memento - Tsukneko
Copic markers – YG93, G40, 0
Flower – Prima
Self adhesive pearl – Queen & Co.
Foam tape – 3M
Corner rounder punch – Fiskars
Sanding block – Core’dinations


  1. Hi Linda,
    I love what you did what the shamrocks, what a clever idea. I was staring at the plaid wondering what you did there right before I read your explanation! So Cute!

  2. LOVE how you used the paper smooches shamrocks and sentiment! Brilliant design!!!!!!!

    Your little slider? Cuteness.. all around cuteness! My dd did the same darn thing with her tongue when she was concentrating on 'things'! Great capture! ...

  3. Both cards are adorable. Love the plaid shamrocks...and the adorable tree in the grid. The little added flower on the bottom is perfect!

    Your little "slider" is also too cute for words!

  4. what fun fun cards and the kidlet is just too adorable.

  5. Ohhhhhhh I love love love those cards... the rainbow shamrocks are AWESOME!! And loving those zoo photos!! Toooooooo cute! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. Hi Linda! Great cards! Love them both, but the first one is just brilliant IMO with all the colored shamrocks AND the repetition of the colors in the tiny crystals.. AMAZING!
    Ohh.. and what pretty pictures from the Zoo :) :) :) Thanks for sharing!
    Sylvia xx

  7. Everything about this post is fantabulous...from the rainbow banner of shamrocks, to that fab tree, to your adorable grandson! LOVE it!

  8. Love your creations here today!! Such a clever design on that top one!! the papers you've used are so colorful and fun!!

    LOVE your photos too...he's so sweet!! HUGS

  9. Adorable! I love the colors and the embossing. And yes that is one happy kid, the smile is contagious!

  10. Fabulous cards Linda! I have to tell you I absolutely LOVE what you did with Kim's shamrock...BRILLIANT!!

    Super adorable pics too :)

    (-: Heidi

  11. Love your cards! All the fun colors in the first one...fabulous job.

  12. Those shamrocks looks so cute strung up like that! What a clever use of the stamps! TFS

  13. LOVE your attention to detail, Linda! And I so appreciate your descritpions and close-ups. Fantastic! Congrats on your CARDS feature! I, also, couldn't sign off without saying what adorable pics of your grandson! TFS!

  14. Fabulous cards Linda . been do just with tests and keeping up haven't gotten by near often enough . and as always your adorable pictures if your gson

  15. Fun cards, love the rainbow of colors on the St. Pat's card - what a great way to mix it up a little with all the green!

    Your little fella is so cute :)

  16. LOVE that shamrock banner!