Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Golden Tipped Feathers

I recently got a new set from Lawn Fawn and I thought they would go pretty good with the Less is More sketch challenge.
 That circle is the coolest stamp from Neat and Tangled! It just seems to go with a watercolor look.  
 I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  The circle stamp was inked with two different colors of Distress ink, I love how the colors mingle.  I colored another piece of paper so I could stamp the feather on it and then cut them out with their matching dies.  The tips of the feathers have Heidi Swapp gold on them.  The sentiment is also part of that Lawn Fawn set. 
 Here is the Less is More sketch.
 This also fits the Simon Says Wednesday challenge which is Anything Goes using Lawn Fawn if you want. 
And, we are playing baseball these days. I just know that the slide into home is the all important move!
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Distress Stains

Oh how I love Distress Stains! There is so much that can be created with them.  
 For this card, I simply used the color combination at Colour Q.  They are so pretty and springy.  
 I took three colors of Distress Stain and made "splats" of stain on my paper.  I think that look is just so much fun and pretty much unpredictable.  The butterfly is cut from paper that I also colored with that yellow Distress Stain.  The die cut words are new to me from a set by Die-Versions. 
Here is the Colour Q combination.

My card also fits the "three" challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Loving Turquoise

I love the color turquoise! Red is my favorite but turquoise would be a close second. It is just so bright and happy looking.  SOOOOO, the color combo for the AE challenge was right down my alley for wanting to use. 
 I had so much fun creating this background.  I took three different stamps from the Ikat Additions set.  I spritzed water on my textured white cardstock and then stamped those stamps randomly to fill the paper. I used two colors of ink but "stamped off most of the stamps and that gave me darker and lighter shades of the same color to help me fit the color combo.  Because my paper was wet, the inks ran so neat. 
 These little flowers are so cute and LOVE the writing in this set of sentiments. I chose to stamp my little label on vellum so that I wasn't totally covering up my neat background. Enamel dots finish off my little flowers.
Here is the AE challenge.
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Using Paper Tapes

Paper Tapes or Washi Tapes are so popular and really so much fun to use. 
 The Paper Players challenge for this week was to use tapes so of course I had to play along since I love these things. I love how fast and easy they are to use and you can combine patterns so easily. 
 After I had my variety of tapes on my white cardstock, I used a PaperTrey, Inc "LOVE" die cut word and cut that out of the larger, black pattern. I then cut the word again from red cardstock and put that into the cut out area of the word. The "you" is a die cut from Simon Says. My tapes are from Recollections and Queen & Co. 
Here is the Paper Players challenge.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gotta use sequins

I cut out some little clouds with a Paper Smooches die and knew I needed to use them. I have wanted to try something for awhile and that it is use lots of sequins on a project. These little clouds looked like just the right place to glue a whole bunch of sequins, two sizes of turquoise ones.  
 I created this dot background with a border stamp from Paper Smooches.  I inked it with some Distress Stain and filled the piece of paper.  I did spritz it with water so that the blue dots ran a bit.  
 The tag die is also from Paper Smooches. I cut it from a piece of paper that I had already colored with a stencil and yellow spray ink.  I thought the look was so sunny, the perfect place for my pretty clouds.  
 I am entering my card in the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge.  
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Sweet colors - Sweet bunnies

Reverse Confetti not only has some pretty adorable stamps and dies but they are also having a color challenge and I love challenges!!!
 I don't use lavender very often but it was fun to incorporate that onto my card.  I started out with some Tim Holtz watercolor paper and then I just sat and played with some Distress Stains in the colors to match the challenge.  I think I could just play with creating neat palettes all day long! Once these were dry, I picked one to be my main, background paper.  I had other prepared pieces so I stamped and cut the three bunnies and the banner out of one.  This was an easy way to give the bunnies color. 

 I offset stamped the little alphabet stamp.  The Reverse Confetti tag die is my most favorite tag ever so I cut one of other inked paper.  The little bunnies have Liquid Pearl noses to finish them off. 

Here is the Reverse Confetti color challenge.
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Friday, April 18, 2014


I wanted to play along with the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge for this week.  The challenge this time was to use an inspiration photo. 
 You can see that photo below, it just looks like a party waiting to happen!  It is actually a whole lot of banners but I wanted to get that look with something a little different then a traditional banner.  I went to the straw in the Crystal Clear set from Paper Smooches and used those for my version of "banners".  I so love the set that this sentiment comes in, all of them are large so this one became my focal point. 
 Then for my little "banner" accents I used this adorable tiny flower.  I stamped it several times in more then one color and then used the matching die set to cut them out.  Enamel dots finished off my cute little flowers. 
 Here is the inspiration photo.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter week part 3

One fun thing about the card that I am sharing today is that it doesn't really have to only be for Easter.   Just saying "hi" to someone works here. 
 Love the sunny yellow and this adorable little chick from the same Reverse Confetti Spring set that I have been using for the last few days cards.
I embossed a piece of white cardstock and then cut out the tag which is also from Reverse Confetti.  Once that was cut, I punched out a circle for my "window".  The paper behind the chick was colored with ink from a stencil.  I added the tag with foam tape for some dimension.
This card from I'm in Haven's blog was my inspiration, fun stuff!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Week part 2

Yes, more adorable bunnies!
 I went to the CAS(e) this sketch for my layout inspiration plus this adorable set from Reverse Confetti.  The sketch shows 9 blocks but I let the banner substitute the middle three blocks.  I started out by adding Distress Stain directly to one of my acrylic blocks.  I pressed that onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I LOVE that paper!
 The ink is very liquid-like and so it did run a little bit and I just love that look.  I colored a piece of cardstock with a pink Distress Stamp pad and then stamped my little bunnies on that. They were cut out with their matching dies.  I made sure that my pink colored paper wasn't entirely colored, I wanted a tie dye look.  The sentiments in this stamp set are so cute.
Here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Week part1

Easter is such a special holiday for our family because it celebrates that our Saviour Lives.  That is an exciting thing for us but I have to admit that I also love bunnies, chicks, candy, eggs and all of the other fun things that we add to that celebration.  
 I thought it would be fun to create some projects built around those fun things.  Reverse Confetti came out this year with the absolutely cutest Easter/Bunny/Chick stamp set with matching dies and I knew it was one set I just had to have.  What is better than a little gift that contains CANDY?!  My little cello bag has some white paper grass and some Dove candy eggs.
My little tag just brings the "cuteness" to the bag.  I like that this bunny in the set looks like Peeps so I tried to color it to look like that.  I took a pink Distress Ink and put that stamp pad directly to the paper first.  I like that I got an uneven covering of the ink, I thought that added to the cuteness.  Next, the bunny was stamped with black ink and then cut out with the matching die.  That great tag is also a die from Reverse Confetti as is that little banner piece and the stamped sentiment.  I gave this little girl some extra "fun-ness" with some white Liquid Pearl cheeks. 
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Distress Inks and a Watercolor look

For the current Lawnscaping challenge you are supposed to try a new technique. I so love techniques and playing around with them that it was hard for me to think of something I had not tried.  
 I did manage to come up with something a little bit different for my resulting card.  I purchased a set of four mini Distress Stains.  I wanted to see what would happen if I pressed each pad onto a piece of watercolor paper, spritzing it with water.  I ended up creating a colorful border.  I loved the way the colors ran together and ran out on this great paper.  
 I could see it being the perfect piece to stamp an image onto it.  I stamped two leaf sprigs from Lawn Fawn.  I also stamped the little flower and cut that out and added a little sentiment.  I added it to a card base that has some embossing on the top and the bottom edge.  I also added on a few sequins that are the exact same color as the card. 
Here is the Lawnscaping challenge.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Loving Turquoise

My quest for my cards that I am posting today was to use the color challenge at Less Is More.  I did create two cards centered around the color turquoise but I was afraid I didn't leave enough white space on the one so I am entering this first one in that challenge.  
 This card not only shows off the wonderful bright and happy color turquoise but it shows off playing with a stencil, embossing paste and Distress Inks on watercolor paper.  I can't see to get enough of these three supplies, I love how endless creating with stencils is. 
 First of all, I used some Distress Stain with a Crafters Workshop stencil and Tim Holtz watercolor paper. When that was dry, I used the same stencil and some white embossing paste.  Also a few drops of a green Heidi Swapp spray.  Those really neat flowers are from Printworks and that super cute little tag is from Avery Elle.  The set of stamps comes with lots of tiny sentiments that fit on the tag.  
 Here is the Less Is More challenge.
 I started out creating this card with a stenciled background paper that I had created during a play session.  It was just sitting on my desk begging to be used and when I noticed the turquoise, I knew this was the time.  Again, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, the same stencil and two colors of Distress Stain.  
 I went to the retro sketch for my inspiration. I cut that frame with a set of dies from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is also from My Favorite Things.  
Here is the retro sketch.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Metallic Silver

I played with something new for this card! 

 I am loving playing with embossing paste and for this card I used my new Wendy Vecchi Silver embossing paste along with a stencil from My Favorite Things.  I also used a Tim Holtz dot stencil with black embossing paste and red spray ink.
 I tried to capture the great shine of the Metallic Silver and while the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled on some Tim Holtz glitter.  That black banner is a die cut from Reverse Confetti and the sentiment is a stamp from My Favorite Things. I used the CAS(e) this sketch for my inspiration.
Here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Some Paper Smooches Fun!

I picked the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge for this week to help me create my card! Great excuse to play with stamps. 
 I picked my color combo based on the Color Throwdown combo, it was great to have these colors to focus on. 
 That neat lattice piece is actually a small background stamp from Paper Smooches, I just stamped it twice on some Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I have said this before but I will repeat it, I LOVE THIS PAPER!!! After I stamped the image and embossed it with white, I spritzed the paper and gave a few swipes with some Distress Stain. I love the resulting watercolor look.  The flowers and leaf sprig are stamps with matching dies.  I colored the stamps with Distress Stains before stamping them.  I also gave the yellow flowers a coating of Distress Glitter before cutting them out.  Notice my partial embossing with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
 Here is the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)