Sunday, February 11, 2018

Teal Butterfly

With a color challenge of "teal" by CASology and another challenge to use butterflies, I had to play along. 
 I did want to keep it slightly on the simple side so I created a soft background with some Distress Stains on watercolor paper. That sweet little sentiment is a stamp from Alternew.
 This gives a closer glimpse of the background and my soft vellum heart stamped with a fun Hero Arts stamp.  The little butterfly is from a stamp set by The Greeting Farm. 
 This side view shows a little bit of the layers, I love using foam tape for dimension.  
 Here is the CASology Butterfly challenge.
And the Addicted to CAS Teal challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dreamy Pink and Gold

The softest pinks and amazing metallic golds make up this card. I thought it was a good representation of The Card Concept challenge.
 So often Red is associated with hearts and "love" but this pink is so perfect and soft. 
 The word "love" and the heart are both dies from Simon Says Stamp.  
 The mixed media background is created from a mix of stencils and Distress inks.  
 Here is The Card Concept inspiration photo.
This also fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
This also fits the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

All the Golden LOVE

Valentine's Day has to be one of the easiest and most fun holidays to create cards for, who doesn't love hearts of any color? 
 My card is actually very simple and good thing is it goes along with a few online challenges. 
 My current love is to work with watercolor paper and watercolor techniques.  This background is just plain some simple shades of red Distress Stain.  That sweet little wreath is a stamp and matching die from Simon Says Stamp and that gorgeous gold word is also a die from Simon Says Stamp cut from gold metallic paper.  
 How about these colors, Color Throwdown.
It also fits the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Golden "love"

I found a few online challenges that I simply needed to play along with.
 The color combination came from the photo inspiration with Time Out Challenge.  I wanted black and white stripes so I created my own with a black watercolor pen and a Copic black pen.  Once I drew my lines with a ruler, I used a waterbrush to make the watercolor black ink run.  In the photo this ended up looking like it has a lavender cast but it is actually more black and white in real life making it go along with the photo.  The layout of the card went along with the Freshly Made sketch.
 I made sure my card was really on the simple side by adding black and gold glitter.  
 Here is the Time Out Challenge Photo
 Here is the Freshly Made sketch I used. 

This also fits the CASology challenge.
 This CAS on Friday challenge is to use markers or pens. 
And the Simon Says Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Silver Glitter "love you"

Yes, my card uses hearts and because of the Color Throwdown Color combo I went a bit out of the box for a "love" theme.  
 I also wanted to make good use of the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for "layer it up" so I went to this adorable multi heart die from Simon Says Stamp.  
 I first of all colored a piece of watercolor paper with some Distress Stain inks, one of them being the silver metallic.  Once this was dry, I used the heart die and cut the shape out of the turquoise paper.  I then cut the heart die again from white cardstock.  The cut out white shape then fit into the same cut out space.  
 I cut the heart shape piece again from a piece of orange paper that I colored with more Distress Stains and again from a silver glitter paper.  This allowed me to randomly insert a few orange hearts and in order to have even more layers, I added a few silver glitter hearts with foam tape.  
 Here you get a better idea of the dimension by using the foam tape.   The little banner is a die from Reverse Confetti and the Simon Says Stamp cut out words are cut from the silver glitter paper.  
 Here is the Color Throwdown challenge
And here is the link to this weeks Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.
I also submitted this card to the Simon Says Flickr challenge of "friend"
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Many Smiles

I turned to the CAS(e) this Sketch challenge for my first inspiration and the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge for added direction.  
 The colors are actually a little more soft, more similar to the Inspired by challenge of the yummy colors on those cookies.  
 The real starting point was the dot background.  I used Translucent Embossing paste with a Tim Holtz stencil and then used white embossing powder on the still wet paste to get my white dots.  
 I then used several colors of Distress Stain on watercolor paper.  When these inks are spritzed with water, the inks run, making for fun designs and the colors mingling.  The leave die cut by Memory Box helps make this fit the Inspired By challenge.  
 Here's a close up of the dots.  
 Here is the CAS(e) this Sketch.
And the adorable Inspired By. . . photo challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Be Still

My card was created around a few online challenges, starting with the soft color combination from the ColorThrowdown Challenge. 
 A The Crafter's Workshop stencil and some Distress Ink on watercolor paper set the stage with the background.  I used a stitched rectangle die from Avery Elle.  
 In order to use the soft kraft color I cut a heart with a Simon Says Stamp die and tried to color the Altenew flower and leave with a soft brown color too.  The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to add a sentiment so I used a stamp from them for my sentiment.  
 I made white pearl dots with Liquid Pearls for a little bit of elegance.  
 Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
 Here is the Color Throwdown Color challenge.
Here is the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)