Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cup of Flowers

Power Poppy teamed with Page Maps for their challenge this month.  I thought I would give it a try.  Here's my card....
I used Power Poppy's Everything's Rosy digital stamp set for the image, and a stamp from the Dynamic Duos Peonies & Tulips clear stamp set for the verse.

I printed the image onto white card stock.  I used my Faber-
Castell Polychromos colored pencils to color the image, and added the yellow haze around it with colored pencil.  I did go over the lines of the drawing with a Micron pen afterwards, as the colored pencil tends to dull the lines.  Here is a close-up of the coloring....

I used a die from the Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor Card Creator die set for the image.  For the accent pieces along the sides of the panel the image is on, I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Scalloped Borders, and Die-namics Blueprints 5 for the purple one.  The verse is on a die I had in my stash, already cut.  I do not know what it is.

I layered patterned papers onto a 5 x 6 1/2" card base, then used foam tape to adhere the image panel. 

I am not a fan of patterned papers.  I rarely use them in my stamping.  I have tons of it, as I used it when I did a lot more scrapbooking.  For my cards, I really don't use it much.  So, I'm a little out of my comfort zone here.

The Power Poppy Challenge  (Power and Spark) is to use a Page Map with their stamps to create a card.  
Here is the Page Map I chose....
As you can see, I used the sketch vertically instead of horizontally.  Other than that, I pretty much followed it.

I am also using their Hues to Use inspiration photo for my card....
I really wasn't so sure about the color combo, but kind of like it now that I used it.  

That's what I love about challenges.  The challenge to try something you wouldn't probably do otherwise.  It's so easy to get stuck in a rut and do the same thing all the time.  Who knows, I may even start using some of my reams and reams of patterned paper more now!

I am also adding my card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use patterned paper!

And, of course, I will send it along to The Daily Marker  for the 30 Day Color Challenge there.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you're having a great day.  

Be blessed,

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happiness Is....

Happiness is.....
an inside job.  And that's the name of this amazing stamp, An Inside Job.  This is just one of Technique Junkies  fabulous new stamps in the January 2018 new stamps release.  Be sure to take the link to visit the TJ site and check them out.  Then, hop on over to the TJ blog to see the inspiration from my amazing design team comrades.

I embossed the stamp with black, and watercolored it with Tim Holtz distress inks.  I fussy-cut and layered it with foam tape onto a gray A2 card.  I added some die-cut hearts (Die-Namics) and some patterned paper to finish off my card.

Use code TJ10Lynda to get 10% off your purchases on the Technique Junkies site...

Today is the first day of the 30 Day Color Challenge on Kathy's The Daily Marker blog, so I am adding my card to her challenge.  Come on over and play along.

Thanks for visiting.  Make today special!



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Birthday Berries

Good morning, peeps!  It's a lovely, sunny day, albeit frigid!  Church was a bit sparse this morning.  I suspect many people didn't want to brave the cold.  The sunshine this morning gave me a much needed boost.  I came home and immediately got into my 'comfy, not for public' clothes.  Short of pj's, there's nothing better.  

So, first things first, I wanted to get this blog post done, then it's up to my art studio to create some more.  Today's card features an awesome stamp from Penny Black.  Actually two stamps:  berry kissed 40-492, and special thoughts clear set 30-338.
I used my Misti and some Strathmore bristol smooth paper to stamp and watercolor the berry branch.  My technique is to ink the stamp in my Misti with a very light color.  Usually I use antique linen in the Tim Holtz distress inks.  Next, I use distress mini ink pads and/or markers to 'ink' up the various areas.  After inking, I use a watercolor brush and a little water to paint the areas, and add details and highlights.  I repeat stamping and watercoloring several times until I get the look I'm going for.  

When dry, I use my Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils to add the final details, such as deep shadows and stronger highlights.

The spatters are made with FineTec gold paints, flicked on with a brush.  The verse is embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder, as is the panel along the left edge.  
Here's a close-up of the spatters and coloring details....

Penny Black At Allsorts  - Something new (berry stamp)

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - Anything goes!

Allsorts Challenge - No patterned papers

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter blues
I hope you are able to relax today, and spend some quiet time, reading or doing what you love.  Or go out and enjoy the sunshine.  Whatever your 'thing' is, make some time to refresh your spirit.  


Saturday, January 13, 2018

In The Mood For Valentine's Cards!

What could be better than pink and red on a cold, snowy, blustery day?  OK....maybe wine, a box of chocolates, a good book, and a nice comfy corner of the couch with a thick, warm blankie.  Now....back to reality (at least for the moment - the wine, etc. thing is not off the table for later). I thought I'd get some of my Valentine's Day cards done.

Stamp:  Magenta (Flowers & Hearts 30.019.N) 
Dies:  Impression-Obsession (Square Shaker Frame Die)
         Spellbinders (Die D-Lites Love You)

I embossed the stamp with white embossing powder, then watercolored the images with distress inks. A little layering, and some crystal clear Spectrum Noir sparkle shimmer, and Nuvo Jewel Drops with Enamel Accents here and there finish off this easy-peasy card.
Here's a close-up to try to show the shimmer....
I'll add this card to the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoasterstampers  and the Allsorts Challenge (no patterned paper).

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you're staying comfy, cozy, and warm.  And safe!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Birthdays Are Like Donuts

Hello, peeps!  Just stopping by with a card for the Technique Junkies blog.  You can find all the stamps and techniques I used on my TJ blog post HERE.   Please stop by and share some love, and check out all the other January release cards and ideas using the new stamps.
Here's my card....
And here's a nice 10% discount for you to use on your stamp order at Technique Junkies store.   It is good for any/all non-new release stamps! 
Thanks for stopping by.  We are in a two-day January thaw (before the next arctic blast due tomorrow afternoon into the weekend).  So it's off to see the kiddo's.  We are celebrating our oldest granddaughter's 13th birthday....yikes!  She's a teenager.  How did that happen...seems like yesterday we were holding her and rocking her!

Hope you find time to do the things that bring you joy today!



Sunday, January 7, 2018

Game Time Tangling

I hadn't dabbled with my Zentangle supplies in a long time.  I thought this afternoon's game would be a good opportunity to play with some tangles.  
The Buffalo Bills had finally broken a 17 year drought last week, and made it to the playoffs.  This was the first game of the playoffs for them.  I knew today was going to be a tense game, so figured I'd better get myself focused on something else.  What better to create focus than Zentangle?!

As it turns out,  our beloved Bills lost.  It was sad, sure, but life goes on.  There will be other games, other playoffs, and hopefully more wins.  But at the end of the day, it's all a part of the grand scheme of things.  So, they lost.  They will pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and go out and try again.  They will learn from their mistakes, and give it their all.  Again and again.  And their true blue fans will be there, cheering them on again.  

I can't help but think of the lessons I, we, can learn from this.  We can let life's bumps and grinds bring us down, and give up.  Or, we can look around and see the people who count on us, who are there, standing by us no matter what, and try again.  We can learn from our past, and move forward, with determination and positivity.  

I hope this is the lesson my grandchildren will learn when they watch their favorite teams and influential people.  When Keeley competes at her dance competitions, and Kennedy plays her hockey games, may they always do it for the love of playing, of dancing, of expressing themselves.  And if they should win, we will be there cheering.  And if they don't, well, we will still be there cheering.  

But, I digress.  Back to my tangle.  I had difficulty focusing, as I kept looking up at the game, but I did finish it.  I used the tangles Fescu, Perfs, and Toodles, which are original Zentangle tangles.   I also used Cruffle, by Sandy Hunter.

I have been busy with design team work lately for card making.  I need to make more time for tangling.  It is the one activity that settles my mind, and helps keep me calm and focused.  I have missed that.  I will make a little time every day for some tangling.  It is soothing, and relaxing.  And I can definitely use some of that in my life!

I hope this new year is treating you well so far.  I am finally beginning to feel almost back to normal after fighting a severe sinus infection/virus since Thanksgiving.  I even feel like venturing outside of the house again.  If only the weather will cooperate now, and turn a little warmer.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

He Gives Me Strength

It's blustery and frigid, and I am still nursing a sinus infection, so am happy to stay right indoors today.  And what better way to spend the time indoors than in my art room, creating!  Here's my card today.....
This is one of my favorite scripture verses.  The stamp is by Penny Black, in their clear set 'gifts from above' #30-429.  I love the verses in this set, and the mixed scripts really makes them look great!  
The berries are Penny Black, 'berry merry Christmas' #40-346. 

I started with a scrap of vellum, and embossed the verse with white embossing powder.  Using dies from Our Daily Bread Designs, I created the double stitched frame, and adhered it over the verse, leaving some of the vellum for a border.  I used foam mounting tape to attach it to a pink A2 card front.

For the berries, I used my Misty and stamped them onto watercolor paper.  I used TH distress markers to ink the berries, adding watercolor touches between stampings to create shadows and highlights.

When dry, I used the PB coordinating die to cut the berries out, and added them to the card front, using foam tape to adhere them.

It's a pretty simple card.  I decided to keep it clean and not add embellishments.  I wanted to focus to be on the verse.

I am adding my card to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The berries fit the winter theme.  I am also adding it to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.

And also to the Dies R Us Challenge - anything goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are staying warm and keeping safe in the weather, wherever you live.  



Monday, January 1, 2018

Technique Junkies New Year's January Release Blog Hop!

Welcome, Technique Junkies fans and friends!  We are starting off the new year with some fabulous stamp images in our January Release HopIf you have arrived here from the creative and talented BETH NORMAN, you are in the right place.  If not, head on back to the beginning at Technique Junkies Design Team Blog for the start of the hop.

Save 15% on any of the new stamps until January 8. No code is needed, just put them in your shopping cart.  The discount will be automatically applied at check-out.

If you would like to SAVE 10% on your non-release stamp shopping, just use my code TJ10Lynda at the checkout.

I'm excited to share a couple of cards I've made with you, showcasing the Technique Junkies new release stamps

For my first card, I've used Happy Winter Wishes Set of 3
I used Ranger Archival inks for the stamping, and Tombow Dual Brush markers for the watercoloring.  Note:  I added eyelashes to this adorable little bunny girl with my Micron pen.  I fussy-cut her, and mounted her onto the card with foam tape.  The snow banks are torn card stock, with sparkle pen highlights. 

For my next card, I used the sweet  Kitty Duo  and 
Love Harlequin Background

I used my Tombow markers for the coloring on the background, and my Misti so that I could add the color in increments.  For the sunset, I watercolored with Tim Holtz distress inks.  I inked the darling little kitties with Ranger archival ink, and fussy cut them.  These are my favorite stamps from this new release!  Love those kitties!

I hope you are enjoying the hop, and finding lots of inspiration.  From here, head on over to see what the super-talented PAT HUNTOON has created with the stamps from this fabulous release.

Be sure to come back and check out the Technique Junkies blog during the month to see more cards from the TJ Design Team.  We have lots of great ideas and inspiration for you.

Thanks for stopping by, and have yourself a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.  May you be blessed with good health, much love, and peace.



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year Stars

Soon we will be ringing in the new year.  I love the combo of silver and gold for festive events, especially New Year's.  And this star set from Technique Junkies seemed the perfect set to use for my card today.

You can read about my card, stamps, and technique on my post on Technique Junkies HERE.  My design team comrades and I have been busy making cards for the January 1st blog hop with the new stamps release.  Be sure to stop back then to check it out.

Use my code TJ10Lynda to get 10% off your non-release purchases.  And be sure to check out the challenge, which goes until January 14th.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Party

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Thank you so much for visiting today.  I wish you health, happiness, peace and harmony in the New Year!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hello my lovely followers!
Just stopping in, before we begin our Christmas festivities, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to those who do not observe Christmas.  I pray you will find peace and joy in your celebrations.

May God bless you with good health, prosperity, joy, and peace in the new year.  May He bless you abundantly.

Thank you for your support.  Your comments are so very appreciated.

I will, God willing, be back next week with some more inspiration.  I have lots planned for 2018, and hope you will continue to visit.