Thursday, May 31, 2012

Warm Wishes and Spring Flowers

I have mixed up the seasons here.
 I put the retro sketch to use for my card that has a winter theme to it. I used a digital kit by Cosmo Cricket, the papers and the elements.
 The rub-on is by EAD Designs/Paper Smooches.
 Here is the sketch that I used.
 Now for the spring side of my post, this fun card with flowers.  The black dot piece is a stamp by Paper Smooches.
 The woodgrain print and the herringbone are both digital prints. I love the look of punched out shapes so I was able to use some circles here.
Gotta share this pic of an amazing flower that we found blooming on a recent zoo trip.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Winter or Summer

I know we are facing summer and sun and warmth, etc  but my first card that I want to share has a winter/Christmas theme to it.
 When I saw The Play Date Cafe color combo for this week, my thoughts went to my brand new stamp set by wplus9 Designs. The red/white/blue and the cozy sweater looking images just seem to go together.
 I used three different stamps from the set to create my little pattern. LOVE the look, love these colors for Winter.
 Here is a photo of The Play Date color combo.
 Next up, my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.
 I turned to some digital kits that I have purchased.  It is from the For The Record set by Echo Park.
 There are two different patterned papers, a label with a bird placed on that. The sentiment is from The Wax Fruit Co.
And for a couple photos...
 Guess what we did today, Memorial Day!  Does anything beat a photo of a little cutie in googles?
You can tell there is a whole lot of joy in this face.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Card Patterns Guest

What a fun surprise!
 I got to be the guest designer at Card Patterns sketch blog today. Since I love sketches, this was right up my alley.
 I wanted a girly, new baby card.  I don't create a whole lot of baby related cards so I thought it was time to try one.
I, of course, went to my Cricut cartridges to find just the right look. This is from the Paper Lace 2 cartridge. The sentiment is a stamp by Pink Persimmon and the pink patterned paper is by Bella Blvd.
And for a few photos...I was walking around my yard this morning and I wanted to share some glimpses!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Playful and Elegant

Let's start off with a playful card.
 I just bought this digital paper kit from Design House Digital and had to put it to use. My lauching pad is the Card Patterns sketch and the color combo at Colour Q.
 I opened four pieces of the papers in the kit to fit on one page along with a portion of another piece with the banners in it. I could then cut these pieces to fit the sketch.  I love kits where the prints coordinate so nicely.  Do you totally love that little bike! It is a stamp from a set by Hero Arts. The label is cut with my Cricut Expression. 
 This banner portion is cut from the top portion of a patterned paper piece.
 Here is the Card Patterns sketch.
 And the Colour Q combo. I did miss getting that kraft color in my card, I just couldn't seem to make it fit.
 Next I wanted to play along with the Lawnscaping challenge to use heat embossing or dry embossing plus this set of stamps has a playful look to them. Since I love both kinds of embossing, this was a challenge I had to give a try.
 I pulled out this numbers embossing folder, I thought it had a kid like look to it to go along with the cute paper airplane. I added color by rubbing with a Distress stamp pad and sprayed it with some Chalkboard spray.
 Now for a more elegant look, I wanted to play along with the Moxie Fab challenge to use a damask design.
 I cut the two piece damask shape with my Cricut Expression.  The background piece is a digital paper printed on white textured paper.
Remember that funny passion fruit flower I showed you the other day? Well, glory be, we finally have some fruit setting. We were so excited to find several of these cuties!
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Some Cricut fun

Have I said how much I LOVE my Cricut Expression?  It is like there is just no limit to the images and words you can cut and it is just too much fun.

 I used the Cindy Loo cartridge to cut this wonderful design. It just seemed like the perfect answer to go along with The Play Date Cafe color challenge for this week.
 I cut the image out three times and then used portions of each of the colors to complete my design. I stamped a writing stamp with gray ink behind it, I loved how that set it off.
 Is this color combo amazing????
 And, here is my card for the Card Positioning Systems sketch.  I pulled out a big pad of paper that I picked up at Michaels, it is by Recollections.
 These flowers are cut out of one of the pieces of patterned paper in the pad and accented with a little bit of Liquid Pearls.
Sometimes I just like to cut out images from the Cricut to see what they look like and to figure out what sizes work good for them. I had cut this piece with three cut out hearts a few days ago and thought it was a fun accent to my card.

Here is the sketch I used. I kind of did a condensed version but that is what a sketch is all about, making it your own.
Gotta share one photo...
We wemt to a local TruckFest this weekend, an occasion just made for little boys. I'll share a few more pics later.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kreaxions punches blog hop

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I am so excited to share my project today.

I pulled out my #904 Kreaxions 4-in-1 punch, my Kreaxions circle cutter and my Kreaxions butterfly die.  Let me explain.
I love the butterfly die, it is such a great size.  I took a piece of plain white cardstock and embossed it with my brand new sizzix honeycomb embossing folder.  Once it was embossed, I then took the butterfly die and cut out the butterfly.  Next I took my Broken China Distress Stain by Ranger and colored this piece of cardstock.  LOVE the finished look. 
Do you also see the punched half circle? I used my Kreaxions circle cutter to cut out a circle and then I took the #904 punch and punched around the edge.  I then cut this piece to fit on the front of my card as a half circle.   
For my borders going down the front of the card, I took a piece of plain white cardstock and punched both edges.  The colored papers were then added to the middle of this punched piece.  I used the same punch for the border and the circle but for the border I only let a portion of the punched design show.  This makes one punch have more looks to it.  The little sentiment is a stamp by Hero Arts.
I used the Colour Q color combo for the inspiration for my card.  The blue piece on the card really does match the Wisteria in the colour combo, it was just hard to get it to photograph correctly for some reason.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
(Be sure to visit Lisa's blog next on the hop and to leave a comment here to be in the running for the prize!)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gingham, Chevrons and Doilies

I thought it would be fun to share a few cards created with some fun accents. 
 First up, a card created around the Moxie Fab gingham challenge. The red gingham print is created with a stamp from Stampers Anonymous. I just love the look that is created with this stamp.
 The main focus then is an adorable bike stamp from Hero Arts. The sentiment is also Hero Arts and the black gingham strip is cut from a piece of digital paper I had printed out. LOVE that fancy Spellbinder Nestabilities square.
 Next up, a card created with The Play Date Cafe challenge. I think I just want this print hanging in my house somewhere.
 This is what I came up with.  The main piece is cut with my Cricut Expression. After the flower was cut out of the black, I backed the openings with papers that matched the other colors in the combo.
 The chevron design was created with a Crafter's Workshop stencil and a Fluid Chalk stamp pad.
 Plus, I want to share my Card Positioning Systems card for this week.

I cut a fancy doily strip with my Cricut Expression and accented that with a strip of a brown print paper.
 The little flower print is cut from a piece of My Mind's Eye patterned paper and I added the rub-on sentiment. The dots are Liquid Pearls, one of my favorite accents right now.
And for some photos...
 My nasturtiums are going nuts!
 A close up of one of my red poppies.  These are just about done for this blooming.
I so love these poppies.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)