Tuesday, February 13, 2018

One More Valentine Card

I just couldn't stop...had to make one more Valentine card!  
I love these little hedge hogs from Penny Black.  I used the PB stamp hearts allover, an oldie-but-goodie! I watercolored him, then added colored pencil touches for shading, and fussy-cut him.  I created the background with Spellbinders Card Creator Curved Borders Two dies and various card stocks.  The Love You is Spellbinder's die, and the hearts are ones I borrowed from a friend.  

Some black Enamel Accents spattered around, and some Glossy Accents on the hedgehog's hearts, and clear shimmer from At You Spica pen on the letters.  A little brush of distress ink with Clarity stencil brushes on the hills.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
 Allsorts Challenge - Love is in the air
Penny Black At Allsorts - Love, hearts, and flowers
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - It must be love
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Thank you for your visit today.  Hope your week is going well.  It's always good to hear from you.  I appreciate your thoughtful comments.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Love Birds

Today I pulled out my Winnie & Walter 'So Tweet' stamp set.  I wanted to make some Valentine cards, but I didn't want the traditional red and white and pink.  So...here is my non-traditional Valentine....
For the hearts, I punched some different size hearts from card stock, then sponged white ColorBox pigment ink through them onto kraft card stock, moving them around until I had what I wanted.  When dry, I colored the tops of the hearts in ombre fashion with colored pencils.

I stamped the love from the same set onto the bottom of the card, then the branch, and the birdy much sentiment.  I colored the love in with white acrylic paint, and went over the outline again with black permanent pen.  I attached the panel to a black A2 card.  Added a strip of black and white pp along the left edge.

For the birds, I watercolored them with Derwent Inktense pencils.  I added some white dots with a gel pen, fussy-cut the birds, and attached them with foam tape.  

All-in-all, an easy card, but a really fun one to make.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Love is in the air

Cards In Envy - Love you so much

Modsquad Challenge  - Have a heart

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - It must be love

I am so glad you stopped by today.  Thank you for your lovely comments.  I love hearing your thoughts.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Elegant Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards...nobody wants to have to make them.  But, sadly, there are times when we need to send them.  I believe that when a person gets a home-made sympathy card, they feel your love and concern in a special way.  They know you took the time and cared enough to make them a special card in their time of grief.  It's like an extra hug for a friend, and something they can look at any time they want.
For my focal piece on this card, I chose this flower stamp from Impression-Obsession, F8739.  I inked the stamp with antique linen distress ink, and stamped it onto Strathmore mixed media paper.  

I used Tombow markers to watercolor the flower using the no-line method.  When dry, I fussy-cut the flower and put it aside.

For the card, I used Tim Holtz distress inks in shabby shutters and peeled paint, and sponged them on with my ink blending tool.  I stamped some background images with clear stamps from the Impression-Obsession CL124 Solid Florals set.  

The sympathy verse is from I-O's clear set CL114 Sympathy Sentiments, and I embossed it in gold.  

I added some gold fibers to the flower, and some tiny gold beads to the center, and adhered it to the card with foam tape.  Some sparkling crystals from Studio Katia finish off my card today.

I am entering my card in the Impression-Obsession challenge (friendship flowers).  I am also adding it to the The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.

Thank you for stopping in today.  I do appreciate you taking time from your day to visit.  Your comments always warm my heart.  


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Van Gogh Kitty

Good morning!  Just stopping in for a moment to share my Technique Junkies blog post.  
Today's project is actually a set of three cards from the stamp Van Gogh Kitty , from the Technique Junkies February Release.

Full details on how I created these cards, supplies, and other information, can be found on my Technique Junkies blogpost HERE.

Don't forget to use the code TJ10Lynda to get 10% off any regularly priced stamp at Techique Junkies!

I will return later today with more inspiration on this snow-laden day.  For now, grab a cuppa, and head on over to Technique Junkies blog, and see more new inspiration from my design team friends there. 
Thanks for stopping in.  I always enjoy your visits and appreciate your encouraging comments.

Be blessed,

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

I'm thrilled and excited to post my first card as a Penny Black Saturday Challenge Design Team member.  The challenge theme each month is Anything Goes.  There is an optional twist, which this month is Use Some Scraps.
For my card, I used flowers from the Penny Black clear set Flower Gallery 30-031, and the verse from the set Special Thoughts 30-338.  

I added dp to the bottom of a white A2 card, and sponged lightly with Tim Holtz distress ink around the edges for some distressing.  On a piece of white linen, I used my Clarity stencil brush to create an ombre panel with the TH ink.  I gold embossed the birthday verse and added it to the card front.  

I embossed the flowers, colored with Tombow markers, fussy-cut, and added them with foam tape.  I added an embossed scrap card stock strip, and some scrap pieces I had colored with blending tools.  A few scraps of gold paper, and snippets of gold ribbon and cording are also thrown in the mix, just for good measure, and because I could.  

A spattering of Nuvo Jewel Drops just for good measure give it that final touch.

For more fabulous inspiration from my new design team friends, please check out the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  And if you are so inclined, join the fun by entering one of your cards.  You just might win a $20 voucher to our generous sponsor this month, 1,2,3 Stitch

Be sure to stop back mid-month for more inspiration! 

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge

Thank you for visiting today.  I always love hearing from you, and really your comments and encouragement always add a special glow to my day.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Classy & Fabulous Vogue Kitty

Greetings, lovely peeps!  Today's card is in honor of Technique Junkies February Release Blog Hop.
If you haven't seen the new release, run, don't walk, to the above link and check it out.  Fabulous stamps!  Great design team cards!  A fun challenge!  Lots of inspiration!
Stamps:  Vogue Kitty
              Classy & Fabulous 
NOTE:  All new release stamps are 15% off until Feb. 8th.  For 10% off non-release stamps use discount code TJ10Lynda.

First, I created the background of the image panel using the Spattered Ombre technique, shown HERE. The challenge is open until February 12th.  Anyone can enter with a card using the technique.  If you use a TJ stamp,you will be eligible to win a $25 Gift Certificate.  Hope to see your entry HERE.

I stamped and embossed the Vogue Kitty stamp with black embossing powder onto the dried spattered ombre panel I created, then colored her with a gray colored pencil, and added a pink gem for her necklace.  

Some patterned paper and layering with foam tape help her to stand out, along with the Classy & Fabulous verse stamped onto a scrap, and punched with an old EK Sucess punch from my stash.  Dies are from Die-namics Blueprint 5.

Do check out the TJ February release hop for lots of inspiration.  And be sure to enter your card in the spattered ombre technique challenge.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - spots and/or stripes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark

Technique Junkies  - Spattered Ombre technique
Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to always be classy and fabulous!


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Birthday Carnations

I have been desperate for signs of spring.  I miss my garden!!  I miss sunlight.  I miss sipping wine coffee on the deck, and long walks along the river trail behind our house.  
So, my flower stamps are getting a workout.  If I can't have my garden, I can at least stamp and color flowers, and dream of warmer days and plants sprouting from the ground. 
For my card today, I used Stampendous stamps.  The carnation is Cling Carnation Blooms, and the verse is from the Cling Fresh Peony set.  

I stamped onto Strathmore vellum bristol paper, and colored with Polychromos colored pencils.  I used a flicking technique, where I applied color with small flicks of the pencil to create texture.  I was striving to create the textured petals that carnations have.  Here is a close-up to show the flicking texture details...
The die along the right edge is from Altenew.  I used a Die-namics die to cut the flower panel.  I brushed some broken china distress ink along the edges.  It is layered onto a panel of mulberry card stock.  I created the script panel with a stencil The Crafter's Workshop Mini Believe Script.

I embossed the happy birthday, and used an EK Success punch for it, and layered it onto the front.  Some Ranger black enamel accents for embellishment.  

Thank you for visiting.  I think I will go water my house plants now.  Maybe I can get my Christmas cactus to flower again!  Sometimes it does around this time.  

I am adding my card to the The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Earth Laughs In Flowers

Just popping in with a quick card for the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge.      
 Stamps:  Verve Stamps 'Happy Place Set of 9'

I stamped the flowers and the verse onto white card stock pieces, and cut with Die-namics dies.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks to watercolor the images, and to distress the panels using Clarity stencil brushes.  The leaf embellishment pieces were stamped from the Verve Be Blessed set, and fussy-cut, then added under the circle verse piece.

Some ink spatters and black Ranger Enamel Accents and some bakers string was added.

I am also adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Old favorites (stamp set)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying your week.


Technique Junkies February Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Technique Junkies February Release Day blog hop!   What a fabulous bunch of 14 new stamps in this new stamp release!  Check out the hop for some sweet inspiration from our fabulous design team!

If you are here from Beth Norman's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, head on over to the Technique Junkies blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

All of the February 2018 New Release stamps are 15% off until February 8th! We can all use a little bargain, right? No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.  If you see other non-release stamps you love, just use my code TJ10Lynda to get 10% off your order at Technique Junkies.

I am excited to share three cards with you today, and will be back later throughout the month with more. 
 STAMPS:  Why Fit In 
               Stand Tall
And here's the inside of the card:

I stamped the Stand Tall group of giraffes, then stamped the taller Why Fit In giraffe, then used a die to cut it out.  The part that sticks out from the die is done by cutting around the area that is going to protrude from the die before you cut it, then you place that part over the top of the die before you put it through the machine.  Some spatters and layering, and that was that.  You can see a You Tube video of how to do a die cut and have parts of the image hang over outside the die right HERE.

My next card uses a background stamp.....
STAMPS:  Faith, Hope, and Love Background              
              In My Prayers

***NOTE:  I just got word that the Faith Hope Love Background and Image/Sentimenbt Set  is now bundled, as well, for over a 10% discount!  AND, you can use the 15% off during the first 8 days, then my TJ10Lynda 10% discount after that!  

I stamped with blue and green distress inks on the background.  For the focal point, I embossed in white, then distressed with the same colors using the foam blending tool.  White embossed the verse onto strip of black, then added some black Ranger Enamel Accents to bring some black into the composition other than just the strip.

My last card was so much fun to make....
Stamps:  Keep Chickens set of 13
Dies:  Hexagon Spellbinders die set; Lawn Fawn phrase
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug chicken wire

I stamped and colored the chickens with Polychromos colored pencils, then brushed some color to distress, then hand drew some choppy lines around them.  I ran the card panel through with the embossing folder, then distressed it, and added the hexagon chickens with foam tape.  The word die was cut from patterned paper and layered up, then added.  Some Ranger black enamel dots finish off the card.

Thanks for coming over.  I appreciate your comments and feedback.  Now....Hop on over to Pat Huntoon's blog  for her release projects.

Don't forget, to get 10% off non-release stamps to go with the new ones (which are 15% off until Feb. 8), just use my code TJ10Lynda.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Purple Poppies

This stamp from The Ton has been waiting for me to give it some love.  I think I've just been intimidated by it, so I've been procrastinating!  So, today I put on my big girl panties and dealt with it.  
Like most things I procrastinate about, it wasn't nearly as scary or difficult as I thought.  Actually, it is a fun stamp to color.  I chose my favorite color.  There's something about purple....it is regal, and at the same time unpretentious and fun.  And I love it with green.  It makes me smile.

The stamp is from The Ton, as I mentioned.  It is a clear set called Thoughtful Poppies

I embossed the stamp in white on some lavender card stock.  To color it, I used Tombow markers and a Dove blender.  I added white highlights with a Prismacolor colored pencil, and details with a white gel pen.  

Some distress ink brushed around the edges of the panel softened it a bit.  I embossed the verse (from the same set) onto vellum, and attached it.  I layered the whole shebang onto a plum panel, then onto a white card.  A few white pearl sequins finish off the card.

I am entering my card in these challenges:

The Ton Challenge  - Cheers

Addicted To Stamps - Make Your Mark

Tuesday Throwdown - Favorite color (purple)
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

I hope you are staying healthy and warm, wherever you are. Winter is cold, snowy, and long here in the northeast USA.  I'm so glad I have my craft room to hibernate in when I get tired of dealing with the snow. 

Thanks so much for dropping by.  It is always great to hear from you.