Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An elegance with white and embossing

I have a Cuttlebug embossing folder that I so love!!
 It is kind of amazing how elegant it can be, especially with white cardstock.  The embossing folder creates a fancy label shape that fills the front of the card and it is already to be embellished. 
 I stamped the Hero Arts dictionary stamp on a piece of paper and cut that to fit in the little window.  Next, I stamped that same stamp on more white cardstock and then stamped over that the flowers and leaves from PaperTrey, Inc.  I also used the matching die cut shapes for the flowers and leaves.
 I had shared this card a few months ago but it uses the same embossing folder on white cardstock.  I thought it was fun to share it again with my first card so you can see how easy it is to use it.
The "deck the halls" stamp is by WOW stamped in silver accented with simple punched leaves and a rhinestone heart.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Yummy color combo

I needed to create a few Thank You cards and I had already fallen in love with the color combo at The Play Date Café so I went to that for my inspiration.
 I pulled out some of my most favorite flower stamps with matching dies from PaperTrey, Inc. plus the most perfect sentiment stamp from PrintWorks stamps. 
 First off, I stamped the dictionary background stamp from Hero Arts in a dark pink color on plain white cardstock. Next I cut the flowers and leaves and then stamped the images over the cut out pieces.  I did emboss the black stamping with clear embossing powder, that really adds the wow factor to the flowers.  I love the dictionary images showing through. 
I then took a great pink spray ink from Stephanie Barnard and Clearsnap.  I wanted just a few splashes so I took off the sprayer top and flicked some ink here and there.  The label piece is cut with the Cricut and some pink rhinestones finish is off.
 This is a slightly different version. I sprayed the pink spray on the yellow cardstock.  The spray of color made more of change to the yellow cardstock.
Here is The Play Date Café combo
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Flower Soft release

Flower Soft has had an adorable new release, Simpler Times by Elizabeth Bell. This release contains several downloadable images and some matching stamp sets.
 I picked the "card shape" download from the "Playtime with Lucky" collection.  This shaped card was really as easy as 1, 2, 3.  I picked the print out, printed it, folded it on the fold line and then cut around the shape. The hat and parts of the little doggie extend off of the folded edge, so I made sure I cut around them before creasing the fold.  It is so cute to have these extended details. Plus, can you see the colors! It prints just like that.
I also used some pieces from the matching 3-D Decoupage set so that I could add layers to her hat and her arm. That really helps to bring her to life. 
Be sure to check out how many different sets there are and also to check out the Flower Soft facebook page for other ideas.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sweet Little Birds all in a Row

To go along with the current contest at Hero Arts, I used one of their printables on the card I want to share today.  I also used the sketch for this months contest.
 The printable has three different images on it, I printed out the page, cut out the row of birds and the also cut the little postage stamp image from one of the other images on the sheet.
 There is very little room left for coloring, but I still used some very simple colors to just add a bit of something.  That wonderful, tweed background is a stamp by Hero Arts. I inked it with two colors of Clearsnap stamp pads and then gave it a spritz with a Stephanie Barnard/Clearsnap spray inks. 
Here is the Hero Arts sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New stamp fun

The other day, I ordered some pretty wonderful Avery Elle stamp sets.  Of course, I just had to put them to use.
 I used the retro sketch for this week with this set.  I just love the label and the sentiments in this set and I thought I was able to put the sketch to use with the stamps.
 I used a yummy new pigment stamp pad from Clearsnap for the label.  Do you see the strip that I created by just stamping the leaf sprig over and over?
 Here is the retro sketch.
 LOVE these solid flowers and leaves in this set and knew I could get the Dynamic Duos color combination. 
 That neat label shape is cut with my brand new Cricut cartridge, Artiste from Close to My Heart.  The stamp pads are by Clearsnap. The strip accent is paper tape from Queen & Co.
Here is the Dynamic Duos combination.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Time Flowers

I think some of my most favorite flower stamps are from PaperTrey, Inc.  I have used these particular stamps several times and still love using them.
I was playing with these flowers and the leaves that go with them and made them fit the retro sketch for this week.   I had stamped the leaves many times on plain white cardstock, not reinking each time so that I had clearer leaves and more subtle leaves.  I then added a little bit of color with some Copic markers.  When I was finished with this piece, it was easy to cut it up to go along with the sketch.
 The most fun aspect of the flowers and leaf piece to me was playing with the Stephanie Barnard Clearsnap sprays. I love these things. I did do some simple coloring with Copic markers but wanted the spray colors to really show off.
Here is the retro sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

That's what little girls are made of

When I see these three little cuties sitting and talking, I think of that phrase, "That's what little girls are made of"!
 This week, the Flower Soft blog and the Flower Soft Facebook page are featuring all of the Mabel Lucie Attwell products on sale.  There are stamps and card toppers, I picked this cute topper to work with. The toppers are so neat because they come already colored plus you get a few different layers so you can put your project together, 3D.
 I took this close-up from the side view so you could see the layers, I used two on top of the original print. The Kool Tak foam tapes really helped me with the layers since they come in more then one size.  I used the 1/8" and the 1/16" so my layers were different depths.
I added a tiny drop of Glossy Accents to each of their cheeks where there was a little white dot for a cute little accent and added color to all of the outside, cut edges with some Chestnut Roan Fluid chalk ink.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)