Monday, January 30, 2012

CPS Anniversary

First off, can I say I officially have a love/hate relationship going on with my computer!!!!!
My computer decided to have a mini meltdown last Tuesday.  As we were trying to repair it, it seemed that the better answer was to get a new computer since mine was very old and a very old computer doesn't really always want to work all that well.  SOOOOOO, since then, I have been on the journey of getting a new one and getting it up and running and this is has just NOT been a fun experience. I have too many programs that I need the software to get working again and some were purchased online and they are out of date.  I can really say that at this point I am not happy!  Hopefully that will change.

Anyway, this week marks an anniversary for Card Positioning Systems sketch blog. Thankfully, this is a good thing and it has been such a fun adverture for me. 

We were to pick a sketch from the past for our project.  I picked this one, sketch #166

I also got to work with a set of stamps from Gina K.  If you check out CPS all during the anniversary celebration wich runs through February 18th.  Each team member played with a different sponsor so you will be seeing lots of great stuff and there will also be lots of prizes to win.
I love this little bunch of flowers, so this was fun to work with and to use with this sketch.

Of course, I used my Copic markers for the coloring and I also used probably my newest favorite product, Liquid Pearls by Ranger.  The patterned paper is Little Yellow Bicycle. The label shape is cut wiht a Spellbinders Nestabilities.  My circle cut out was done with the Kreaxions circle cutter which is so the perfect tool for this sketch.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge

Today marks a new Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.
 This is the photo of the inspiration piece.
 I liked the striped pattern and that the stems were long and lean.  I used to sit and create my own patterned paper with markers, a ruler and stripes so I thought this was a good time to pull out that technique.  My card is also long and skinny to match the long stems.  The thing about drawing your own lines is you can pick the colors.  The sentiment is from a set of Paper Smooches stamps. 
The dots are from the Gently Seasoned stamp set. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, January 23, 2012

It is a Rose and a Tiny Envelope

Another post to share some sketch cards. 
 First off, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week. Taylored Expressions is our sponsor and I was so happy to get to play with this amazing set, Rosy Posey.  It included some solid roses and some outline roses, both in two sizes. 
 I used some Clearsnap stamp pads.  I used a Chalk stamp pad in Orchid Pastel.  It was just the right kind of ink to stamp a nice, solid rose.  Next I stamped over that with a ColorBox Die stamp pad in Dark Cherry.  The leaves were also stamped in that same Dark Cherry and after I cut the scallop circle label with a Spellbinders Nestablities, I spritzed it with some Clearsnap Smooch Spritz. 
 Next up is my Unscripted sketches card for this week.  This week's sketch includes a piggyback challenge - use a pocket.
 I am so in love with the wonderful, vintage feel of these papers by BasicGrey and it was fun that the different patterned papers go together so nicely. 

I found this little vellum envelop in my stash and thought it was a great way to add a "pocket" to my card. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Stamp set courtesy of Taylored Expressions
Cardstock – Core’dinations
X-Press Blending Cardstock – Copic
Patterned paper – Yours Truly mini pad/Echo Park
Stamp pads – Dark Cherry/ColorBox/Clearsnap and Orchid Pastel/ColorBox/Clearsnap
Spellbinders Nestabilities die shape
Liquid Pearls/Ranger
Corner rounder punch – Bind It All
Foam tape – 3M

Materials list:
Patterned paper – Refrigerator Magnet and Wronght Iron Skillet/Picadilly/BasicGrey
Spellbinder Nestabilities label
Pearls – Recollections
Resin flower – Webster’s Pages
Sticker sentiment – Creative Impressions
Mini envelope

Friday, January 20, 2012

Flowers and Castles

I wanted to share my Card Postioning Systems card for this last week with you.
 Sweet 'n Sassy stamps is our sponsor. It was fun to pick out a set to use because their selection of images is so wide. 
 I am partial to Dogwood, so it was fun to color these.  This set comes with a rather large bird sitting on them but I just didn't use him this time.
 I love sets of stamps with Scripture verses in them so this was the perfect set for me.
 Our granddaughter was going to Disneyland for her birthday and we were giving her a gift card for the trip so I quickly used my Cricut Expression to create this little card. I folded it so I had a little pocket on this inside for the card.
 Chunky glitter accents the towers.
And for a photo...

I stopped at the beach the other day at sunset to watch the big waves. I loved capturing the waves crashing and bouncing in the air.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Stamp set courtesy of Sweet ‘n Sassy
Cardstock – Core’dinations
X-Press Blending Cardstock – Copic
Copic markers
Patterned paper – Cupboard/Farmhouse Collection/Crate Paper
Black stamp pad – Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder
Self adhesive pearls – Queen & Co.
Corner rounder punch - Fiskars

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flower Soft Step-It-Up challenge - FSC 43

In order to show off some new and totally adorable Flower Soft products, the team is hosting a challenge.  We are using the Mabel Lucie Attwell Kit #8.  I can't even believe how cute these little kids are. They are the perfect, vintage look for Valentines but for so many other occasions too.

Here's what you do: Select a card from either the Flower Soft blog or any DT members blog and recreate that card by 'stepping-it-up'. You can upload your creation to either your own blog or to SCS using the keyword FSC43. (the list of the team members is on the Flower Soft blog so you can see all of the other examples)

You can link your card here or on the Flower Soft blog so that we can see them. You have until Jan 30 to enter this challenge.

What do you win???? Your very own Mabel Lucie Attwell Kit #8! This is such a great kit with so many possibilities.

Here is my card:
I used the original front of one of the cards and then cut out the images from another card front. I used a minimum of accents with a strip of patterned paper and a little design cut with my Cricut.

I then layered the two with foam tape. I used a Copic marker to create a shadow around the bottom image.  Flower Soft was added to little portions of the top image.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Hope you can play along.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sketches and Tools

It is Saturday so it is time for another Unscripted sketch.
 I loved the simplicity of this one so it was really fun to use.  PLUS, Paper Crafts Magazine and the Moxie Fab blog are featuring tools in papercrafting all of this week. I just don't know what a papercrafter would do without tools! I, of course, then, had to play along and used this sketch for my idea.
 I created this card to go along with the embossing/debossing category.  I love to use my Cuttlebug to create wonderful embossed designs but a score board is another way to emboss and you can get so creative with it. 
 I just scored lines 1" apart up and down my card front.  When that was done, I did sand those raised areas a little because I was using Core'dinations cardstock and a handy thing about that cardstock is that sanding it exposes the core and makes the embossed lines stand out a bit.  I then cut three pieces of patterned paper to fit inside three of the diamond shapes I had created.  That paper is by October Afternooon.  1, 2, 3 with a few other supplies and I had a card created. 
 This card represents my Card Positioning Systems card for this last week.  I pulled out some October Afternoon papers and a chipboard sticker. 
I accented the chipboard sticker with some White Flower Soft, a sculpture flower by Prima and some pink Liquid Pearls. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A new Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge

Time for another Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  This one runs January 12 - January 25th.
 Do you love the red and green together and it isn't Christmas related!
 I wanted to pick up that great red/dot wall and the green tiny print, especially in the square pillows.  I picked up my 8"x8" mini pad of Sidewalks papers by October Afternoon and found the perfect papers.  I used little square punched pieces to go across the card front. 
I liked the little black table with the lamp on it and thought the little telephone stamp by Paper Smooches would go along with that.  I stamped it on plain white cardstock and matted that with a black circle since the lamp in the inspiration piece had black lines on it. 
The sentiment is a rub-on by EAD Designs and Paper Smooches.
I hope you can find some time to play along with this piece.
Gotta share a few photos taken with my Hipstamatic phone camera...
 I went down to the beach at sunset time because we were having big waves.  Someone had created this perfect, amazing sand castle so I had to take photos.
 I used one of my new black/white lens/film packages.
 And, here is one of the sunset and waves.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Colour Q and Unscripted Sketches

 I always love the color combinations at Colour Q and I was able to find time to play along this week. 

 I stamped the Hero Arts background stamp in white and embossed it in white and then colored the background of that piece with Distress Stain.
I cut several layers of this flower design from a piece of 3 Bugs in a Rug patterned paper.
 And here is another Unscripted Sketch that I loved working with.
 I picked out a great digital paper by Design House Digital and printed it out. Punched stars seemed like a great accent for a school themed card.

 The little house is also a digital element. 
And, for a neat photo...
This is our yard this last week. I had to stand and be amazed at the gorgeous blue sky and I wanted to share the flowers that we have in bloom.  Yellow mums in the foreground and white roses. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Unscripted sketches and CPS sketch

 I get to share some cards in this post that I created to go along with some sketches. 
 First up, this weeks Unscripted sketches card. 
 I got to pull out my brand new mini pad of Echo Park papers! I just love when patterned papers are designed to go together so well. 
 I am having so much fun using my Martha Stewart score board and making these medallions.  It just seemed like the accent that I needed to finish off this card.
 This is last weeks Unscripted sketches card. I just didn't have time to post it last week.  You can tell that I turned the sketch for my card.
 The patterned paper is from the Your Truly mini pad of papers by Echo Park.  I loved paring this print with the turquoise. 
 The little doily shapes are cut with a Cricut cartridge as is the word, "Thanks". 
 Next up, here is my card for this weeks Card Positioning Systems sketch.  I just picked up some of the pieces in a new collection by Little Yellow Bicycle.  For that punched edge, I used one of my Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch. 
I used some of the stickers from the collection.  I just love how easy and quick this card was because of the matching pieces. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)