Monday, February 6, 2017

You are my happy place

I'm sharing a few things I madly love, some hearts and the cutest little puppy dog stamp
 The puppy stamp is by Reverse Confetti, a favorite stamp company of mine and another fav on this card is the use of embossing paste. I so love the texture that the paste adds. The tag is a die that is also by Reverse Confetti and how about the watercolor look with the Distress Stains.  
This close up view gives you a better idea of how neat the embossing paste looks, I added it with the use of a dot stencil. My card fits a few online challenges, I love the inspiration that comes from using challenges.  
 This Addicted to CAS Pets challenge.
 The Just Us Girls Dogs challenge.
 This sweet The Card Concept challenge.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Puppy Love

February brings all things "hearts" to mind.  
Now add in an adorable little puppy and we're good.  The background here starts with a mix of some Distress Stain with a watercolor look and then it's embossed with a design.  
To get the watercolor look inks on the hearts, I first added more Distress Stains to a piece of watercolor paper and then cut out the hearts with a die once the inks were dry.  
This cute puppy is a stamp from Reverse Confetti.  He is also cut from a piece of paper that had some Distress Stain on it.  You can tell from this card how much I love inks with a watercolor look.

 My card with several heart shapes fits The Card Concept challenge.
It also fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the Color of Love.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Floral

I'm actually not ready for this, but fall has officially arrived. 
 To go along with that idea, I wanted to play along with Curtain Calls challenge for Fall Floral using some Altenew stamps because seriously their stamps are pretty much my favorite right now.  
This also fits the CAS on Sunday challenge for a one layer card.  I often struggle with a one layer card but for some reason this came together so easy.  Once the flowers and leaves were stamped and embossed in white, they were then simply colored with Distress Stains on watercolor paper.  I love the intense colors and the loose, watercolor look.  
 I added a quick and simple accent by using a stencil and some silver embossing paste.  
 Here is the CAS on Sunday challenge.
Here is the Curtain Call Fall Floral challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Guest Designer for Inkspirational challenge blog

I get the fun opportunity to play along with the Inkspirational challenge blog team this week as their guest. I love online challenges for the kick start they give to my creative process and this weeks photo challenge was another great challenge (see it further down in this post).  
 I loved the defused gray background and then the subtle little teddy bear sitting on the suitcases.  I created a background that I thought was similar to the photo background by using embossing paste and a stencil.  When this was dry, I added gray Distress Stain over the entire piece.  Water helped make the ink run and fill in the spaces.  
 The pumpkins that are stamps from My Favorite Things reminded me of the color of the teddy bear and the look of the stacked suitcases.  
 Here is the Inkspirational Photo Inkspiration, be sure to check out what all of their team created to go along with the challenge. 

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Cup of Cheer

I've become a big fan of succulents so finding stamps of succulents was the perfect answer.  
 The challenge at Wednesdays Simon Says Stamp is Hip to Be Square so I picked up my succulent stamps from a set by Simon Says Stamp and created this card.  I'm sure a big fan of Distress Stains so I created my backgrounds with those inks along with a stencil.  
 The squares were cut with a stitched set of dies from My Favorite Things.  I love those stitch accents making the squares so much more fun.  I used some Liquid Pearls in red to add the final accents.  
 Here is the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
 I also love photographing flowers and plants so I wanted to share a couple here. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summertime Dreams

The challenge at Simon Says Monday blog is Summer Fun.  
 The sentiment on this bookmark says it all as far as I'm concerned.  Summer is a whole lot of things but I can sure dream of the island breezes.  I created a bookmark just for summer time reading. That sentiment is a stamp from Printworks Rubber Stamps.  The flower and leaves are stamps from Altenew.
 For the background on my piece, I first used embossing paste with a stencil to create this gorgeous pattern and then washed over a few different colors of Distress Stain mixing those inks with water so that the inks ran and created a watercolor look.  I so love a watercolor background because it is always irregular and unpredictable yet always wonderful.  
 Here is the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
 This also fits the Just Us Girls watercolor challenge.
I have become rather obsessed lately with photography so I thought I'd share a few photos.  
Getting up close and personal with some Hummingbirds. 

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A smear of color with Watercolor

It's no secret, my favorite inks to reach for are anything and everything Distress from Ranger.
 This might be one of the most simple ways to use the mini Distress Stamp pads to create a background.  I added a few different colors of the inks to an acrylic block, gave that a spritz of color and ran the block downward on a piece of watercolor paper.  The inks slightly run, creating a place to add other stamps and elements.     
 I then just stamped a leaf sprig on this pre-prepared background and added soft colors to that.  I used used a little bit of water and a little bit of added color with Copic markers. The leaf sprig is a stamp from Altenew and the sentiment is from a set of stamps by Simon Says Stamp.
 The layout for the card goes along with the Freshly Made sketch.
 Casology's challenge for this week is watercolor.
Plus this fits the Addicted to Stamps and More Photo Inspiration challenge.
This also fits the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge of Emboss it.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)