Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hexagon Shapes and Flowers

I am using mostly PaperTrey, Inc stamps on both of my cards that I want to share with you today.  Why, because I love their stamps!
 This hexagon shape stamp is from the Rosie Posie set.  It is one of the lines of shapes, I just stamped it repeatedly to fill my card.
 I stamped it all in the orange color and then on a separate piece of paper I stamped it in a few other colors.  I just cut out single shapes and added them over the orange stamped ones. Some were added with foam tape so there is dimension. Then I added some buttons in the middles of some of the shapes.
 For my next card, I used the color combo in the Play Date Cafe challenge and...
 The retro sketch as well as the Cas-ual Fridays challenge to do a card with flowers. 
 I never would have used these colors together if it had not been for that challenge and I so love how it turned out.
 Again, I used the Rosie Posie set.  Two different sizes of the flower and I thought I needed to add the green leaves although the green isn't in the color combo.  The sentiment is so sweet, it is from Stepping Stones stamps.
 That yummy decorative border is created with a Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch, #918.
Gotta share a few photos too...
 One of my favorite flowers are Fuchia's and these beauties are blooming in my yard right now.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Little banners and Chevron designs

Got some cards to share!!!
 First off, the retro sketch for this week.
 I feel in love with the cute little banners in the sketch. 
 I pulled out my #305 Kreaxions punch to make my little banners. I did one punch and then cut it in a strip. The patterned paper is from Glitz.
 And, here is the Cas-ual Fridays sketch.
 I went to my digital kits.  The chevron pattern is from a paper kit at 2 Peas in a Bucket.  When I printed this out, I printed it once on smooth white cardstock and then again on a textured white cardstock. 
 After I opened this yellow chevron piece in Microsoft Word, I added the button and the butterfly from another digital kit I have.  These three pieces were printed out at once. 
 I used some of my Target paper tape for this bottom accent.  I rubbed on the sentiment from EAD Designs/Paper Smooches.
 This card is just for fun.  That blue print is from Authentique.  The little tag and sentiment are from PaperTrey, Inc.  
Remember I said I printed that chevron pattern out on textured white cardstock? I cut my strips from that.  Love having the texture.  The little red flower is from Pebbles.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rainy Day stamps - Flower Soft

The Flower Soft team was challenged to use a topper or one of the new stamp sets. You can find the other team members links on the Flower Soft blog to see what they created.
 I picked one of their relatively new Mabel Lucie Atwell stamp sets.  This is a picture of the set that I used.
 If you want cute, then this set is it!!! I used some wonderful October Afternoon papers and Copic markers to help me show off the stamps.
I paper pieced the little girls raincoats and then colored the rest of the image.  Liquid Pearls were used to help me show off the rain drops. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Paper Flowers

A couple mores cards to share using challenges, one color, one sketch and both cards use paper flowers.
 Of course, I loved this combo the minute I saw it at Play Date Cafe and set out to create a card to go along.
 I just love that cute polka dot tie so I wanted to incorporate that look somehow. Simple! Cute a banner shape and punch out some dots!
 The zig zag is a stamp by Paper Smooches and I hand cut my flower. Just a circle that was cut in a spiral and then rolled up. I did use that same gingham print that is by My Mind's eye.
 Next up, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.
 My Favorite Things is our sponsor. This company is a favorite of mine for sure!!! I mixed in some My Mind's Eye papers.
 I used three different flower dies for my flowers. So easy to use!!! That neat border is one of their border dies and that sentiment is by My Favorite Things too. I cut that ring of yellow gingham paper with my Kreaxions circle cutter because that is truly the easiest tool to use for something like this.
And for a few photos, these beauties are all in my yard right now!!!!

 Last year I planted some red poppy seeds and some Johnny Jump Ups. This year they are all over our yard and it just makes me happy!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Inspiration, Inspiration and more Inspiration

Do you know the feeling, "I started crafting and I can't stop"! That is pretty much how I feel! But, that does give me some cards to share with you.
How about a dreamy, watercolor looking butterfly? 
It really wasn't watercolored, I used one of my favorite coloring techniques. The stamp is by Hero Arts.  I stamped it with a Top Boss Tinted stamp pad. What is cool about this stamp pad is that the tint lets you see where you stamped the image and it is plenty juicy for using embossing powder.  Next I sprinkled on white embossing powder.  Now I had a white stamped butterfly on white cardstock.  I took some chalk stamp pads by Clearsnap and started "painting". The stamp pads were rubbed directly to the paper, using three different shades.  It is pretty easy to blend the shades.  Once it is all colored, a soft cloth was used to rub the extra ink off of the embossed image.  The flower piece is cut with the Cricut.
This is the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger that served as my watercolor/color inspiration.
The Freshly Made sketch helped me with the layout of my card.
Next up, I took the Card Pattern sketch to create a card.
I had just received a new set of stamps by Paper Smooches and of course, I had to get some of the images dirty.

I took a Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch to create my white doily.  I cut a circle and then punched around it.  Those great papers are Bella Blvd.

And, since I just love color challenges, I had to play along with the Colour Q combo.

I wanted something really simple where the colors were able to shine.

First off, I punched flowers out of pieces of cardstock, using three of the colors in the combo.  Next, I centered a flower in the middle of a circle punch and punched out circles.  These were added to the front of a white card.  I glued the punched out flowers in the middles of my punched circle, alternating the colors so they were all mixed up. I used black rhinestones for the middle of each flower.  The finished card was sprayed with some yellow and orange spray mist.
And, for a few photos...

From our Long Beach aquarium trip, he loved this huge wall of glass with a view into the fish tank.

He is looking for the various fish in the pond, it is a pond where they can touch the fish.  I loved how close he got and his reflection in the pond.

And, it is always fun to feed these guys!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge

Yep, you guessed it! Time for another SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches. 
 The one thing I have to say about the SPARKS inspiration pieces that Kim picks is that they were all pretty "out of the box"! I love to just sit and study them for awhile to see what crafty stuff I can "see" in them. This is sure no exception.
 I started off with the rose from one of her brand new stamp sets.  I colored it an orange/red to resemble the strawberries.  For some reason, I thought that stamping that zig zag design over it helped it look more like a strawberry!!!
Next, I embossed a piece of kraft colored cardstock to resemble the waffle cones that wrapped up the fruit.  Plus, I placed a circle piece of purple cardstock behind the rose because of the purple plate in the picture.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, April 16, 2012

A sketch, some color and CLOUDS!

First up, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.
 This is a fun sketch, give it a try when you have time!!!
 Sweet n' Sassy is our sponsor for this week. I picked out a set of stamps that has a few silhouette images in it and then some sentiments. I love this set! I cut that amazing oval frame with a Spellbinders Nestabilities.
 I simply stamped the image with black ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. This piece was cut in an oval shape and sprayed with a little bit of some colored sprays.  There is also an umbrella stamp that is just the outline of the umbrella making it easy to use it on other papers.  I actually stamped my piece with a dictionary background stamp by Hero Arts.
 I also used this color combo from The Play Date Cafe.
 I pulled out some October Afternoon mini pad papers.
 The blue flower circle is cut with the Cricut and then it is matted with matching shapes in yellow and red.
And for a few photos...
 We had a top of rain this last week and the day after, the clouds were amazing. I had to capture this sky with my Hipstamatic camera on my phone. See those tiny palm trees at the bottom of this photo?

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)