Saturday, January 13, 2018

Big Hugs cuteness

The new year began with the desire to create more so I found a few online challenges to help get a creative spark.  I have lots of supplies but it's pretty interesting how I find direction when I find a few online challenges I want to try.  
 I started with a few brand new supplies I had on my desk that I hadn't even used yet.  How about that really neat background die from Lil' Inker.  It has enough interest and texture to be able to just leave the watercolor paper white.  The circle die and the banner are from another set of dies from Lil' Inker.  
 In order to use the colors in the Color Throwdown Challenge, I added the color pink to the circle die with a spray from Heidi Swapp.  The "big hugs" word die is from Simon Says Stamp and I colored them purple with Distress Stain.  I wanted to still keep my design on the simple and clean side so I just added the cutest little girl doggie stamp and matching die from Reverse Confetti.  
 I used inspiration from two different sketch challenges, the first one CAS(E) this Sketch.
 The second sketch challenge, CAS Colours & Sketches.
 My color choices came with the Color Throwdown Challenge. 
Plus my sentiment choice came from the CASology HUG challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Splatters and flowers

I always love challenges and I will most often find an online challenge to be the spark to my inspiration.  I also love to add splatters to a project so this was an easy one for sure.  

I started off with a flower set of stamps from Alternew.  Adding various colors with Distress Stains made for easy and fast coloring. That cute tag is a die from Lil' Inker Designs.

 The main flower was loosely colors with Distress Stains by touching the dabber top directly to the paper.  Spritzes of water make the inks run for a watercolor look. 
I first gave the background to my card a slight wash with a soft green Distress Stain and then added splatters to match my color combination.  Splatters can be added a few different ways but a fast way to do it is to take a spray bottle of Distress Stains or other inks that come in a spray bottle and unscrew the spray cap.  There is ink on the tube that goes into the bottle so with your fingers, flick that plastic tube and you will get splatters of ink.  The only thing is you aren't controlling where the splatters go.  

Thanks for visiting, 
Linda (lbpost)

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)