Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fall Leaf Line

One of my fondest memories of growing up was the clothes line behind our house.  My dad hooked it up to pulleys and the line ran from the back porch to a post further out in the back yard.  I loved hanging the laundry, and rolling it out and in.  I especially enjoyed smelling the clean, crisp clothes when we picked them.

When I saw this IMPRESSION-OBSESSION stamp, I just had to have it!

 STAMPS:  Impression-Obsession  Nature Walk
               Impression-Obsession LEAF SET (Happy Fall verse)

I stamped the Nature Walk  stamp with VersaFine Clair Nocture ink onto cream card stock, then water colored it using distress inks in fall colors.  When dry, I fussy cut along the bottom.  On the card front, I used a make up brush to softly apply distress ink in rusty hinge.  I also distressed a scrap with the same color, which I stamped the verse onto.

I foam-mounted the fussy-cut leaf-line to the top of the card, the verse to the bottom, then spritzed it all with more distress ink.  Oh...I also wrapped string (which I had dyed with ink) around the bottom verse panel to mimic the line for the hanging leaves.  Some dark beige pearls finish the card.

What is one of your fondest childhood memories?  I would love to read about sure to mention it in a comment below.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Pearls or gems
Cards In Envy  - Favorite holiday card
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes
The Card Concept - Rustic fall

Thanks so much for visiting.  I appreciate you stopping by and especially enjoy your comments.



Nature Walk



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pumpkin Sitting Mouse

It's definitely fall in upstate New York!  The leaves are ablaze with vibrant colors, and pumpkins adorn porch steps and front gardens. 

The stamp I chose for today's card has some of each.  
IMPRESSION-OBSESSION has really captured fall with this delightful stamp, PUMPKIN MOUSE.

I started by stamping the image and coloring it with Polychromos colored pencils.  I added some grass with some flicks of my green shades.  For the leaves along the top of the card, I stamped the image two more times, and colored and fussy-cut the leaves.  
I added two to the top of the frame and image, and three over the leaves along the bottom of the image to give them dimension.  I also stamped the butterfly portion again and added that over the image for dimension.

I used the SQUARE SHAKER FRAME DIE for the frame over the image, and attached it to the card with foam tape.  

The card background was stamped with the FANCY LEAVES stamp, which I inked with Wild Honey distress ink and stamped off to get a light impression so the background would not detract from the image.  I added a green cardstock panel with embossed leaves to bring more green into the card for balance.  


Since I love to color, and find colored pencil coloring very relaxing and satisfying, I love working with images like this.  But I was thinking that it would also work well for quick and easy cards.  Just a splash of watercolor, or even just embossing it in a light color on dark cardstock...hmmm.  Just something to think about.

How about you enjoy the process of coloring?  What is your favorite medium?  

I am adding my card to these challenges today:
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything goes
Impression-Obsession - Happy haunting (It's a stretch, but I'm thinking this little mouse is dressed up as a school teacher)
Little Red Wagon - Distress (around the main card)
Simon Says Monday - Take flight (leaves, butterfly)
Sunday Stamps - Frame it

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I truly appreciate your visits and comments.


Please click on links below to take you to these products at IMPRESSION-OBSESSION

Pumpkin Mouse



Sunday, October 28, 2018

HO-HO-HO Doxie

Today I have a Christmas card for our canine lovers!  This adorable stamp is one of the stamps from the Technique Junkies October release. 
Stamp:  Technique Junkies Ho-Ho-Ho Doxie

You can get this stamp, and any other Christmas stamp for 20% off until November 13th at the Technique Junkies store.  AND...if you add my code, you will an additional 10% for a total of 30% off Christmas category stamps!  For non-release, non-Christmas stamps and other supplies, use my code, TJ10Lynda, and get 10% off at the checkout. 

For my card, I created the background by adding ColorBox pigment ink to an embossing plate, and ran it through my Cuttlebug onto a white card stock panel.  This transferred the ink onto the card stock panel.  

Next, I sprayed the Dazzle Shimmering Bliss onto it to give it shimmer and sheen.  The Dazzle is a 'topper,' which gives the panel shimmer.  It is really 'dazzling' in real life!

For the image panel, I stamped the doxie onto white card stock.  I 'inked' it with Arteza real brush markers.  That left the dog part uncolored, so I used the markers to watercolor him.  I added lime distress ink along the edges, added some ribbon, and layered the card onto a lime green card.  A satin ribbon and some pink punched snowflakes finishes it off.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything goes
Crop Stop - Anything goes
Watercooler Wednesday - All about holidays

Thanks so much for visiting.  I appreciate your time, and your comments.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Warm Wishes Purple Holly

I love non-traditional colors for Christmas cards.  I chose my favorite color for this card today for my blog post at the
Technique Junkies blog HERE.

NOTE:  All Christmas stamps are 20% off at Technique Junkies through November 13th for the 30 Days of Christmas.   AND, just use my code, TJ10Lynda, and you get an additional 10% off your purchase, including the already discounted Christmas stamps!  Great time to stock up now for 30% off Christmas stamps, 10% off others with my code, and 10% off Shimmering Mists and other products.

I used the holly from the Technique Junkies Season's Greetings Set of 6 for my card.  The Warm Wishes is from the same set.  

Full directions, stamps, and my techniques are on the post at Technique Junkies.

NOTE:  All Christmas stamps are 20% off at Technique Junkies through November 13th for the 30 Days of Christmas.   AND, just use my code, TJ10Lynda, and you get an additional 10% off your purchase, including the already discounted Christmas stamps!  Great time to stock up now for 30% off Christmas stamps, 10% off others with my code, and 10% off Shimmering Mists and other products. 

Allsorts Challenge - Christmas
Cards In Envy - Favorite holiday
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Addicted To Stamps  - Clean and simple

Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments, which I appreciate so much.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fright Night!

It's October...and time for halloween cards.  I made this one for some challenges today.
I'm usually not too much into halloween, but I had so much fun making this card!  I used stamps from Technique Junkies.  These are the stamps I used:
Ephemeral Crow 
Fright Night 
French Text 
Be Scary 
Happy Halloween 
I also used the Classic Harlequin Stencil.

To make my card, I used distress oxide inks with a blending tool to create a colorful background.  When that was dry, I embossed the Ephemeral Crow over it with black embossing.  I colored it with distress inks.  I added some background interest with the Classic Harlequin Stencil and parts of the French Text French Text background here and there. 

I added the background to a black marbled cardstock panel, then onto an A2 card.  Some shimmery purple and black embroidery floss and some black bead swirls from Prima finish off the front of the card.
 For the inside, I stamped the Happy Halloween and the
Be Scary onto a scrap of white card stock, and tore the edges for effect, sponged on some color throught the stencil, and added the panel to the inside.  I had a couple of strips of the front panel left from when I trimmed it down, and added those to the inside also.   

If you haven't had a chance to check out the October new stamp release at Technique Junkies, be sure to stop by.  The October blog hop starts HERE.  Stop in and get inspired by all the amazing design team creativity.

If you find some stamps or products you really must have, use my code, TJ10Lynda at checkout, and get 10% off your purchases. 
I am adding my card to these challenges:
AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by a TV show (Alfred Hitchcock)
Addicted To Stamps - Holiday
Cards In Envy - Something spooky
Crop Stop - Anything goes
Craft Stop Make It Take It - Imagine - anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys - Happy halloween
Thank you so much for visiting today.  I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by, and your comments.  

Enjoy these lovely fall days if you are having fall now.  We are still not in full color yet, but trees are turning surely.  It puts me in the mood for fall stamping, casseroles, and sweaters, and curling up with a good book, or stamping supplies, or knitting, or....well, you get the idea! 


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Spontaneous Joy!

Welcome!  Today I have a card on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.....
Penny Black Spontaneous Joy - flower
Penny Black Thinking of You - verse 

I stamped the flower image onto Strathmore bristol vellum card stock with distress ink in Antique Linen.  I used my Misti for stamping, and chose the light color so I could visualize the flower as I added other colors.  I used the mini distress ink cubes, adding first the lightest color, then increasing in intensity as I went along.  I used a damp paint brush to move the color around just a little, to try to achieve a watercolor look, yet maintain the shapes and details in the petals and leaves.  I repeated stamping, adding colors and a little water as I went along.  
I added some colored pencil when it was dry to deepen the shadow areas.  For the verse, I embossed it in black onto vellum, and attached it.  I added some black splatters and a black shiny card stock strip along the edge to bring in more black to balance the verse.  A little sparkle from my Spectrum Noir shimmer pen adds that special something something to the petals.  That's it....easy-peasy!  

I hope you will join us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.   You have until November 2nd to enter, and be eligible to win a prize!  The theme is always 'anything goes'; the optional element this month is to use at least two of the colors black, orange, green, purple.  I look forward to seeing you on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

I am entering my card in these other challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine

Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark

Crop Stop  - Anything goes

The Flower Challenge - Add sparkle

Thanks for visiting.  I always appreciate you taking time to stop in, and enjoy your comments.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fir Branches With Vintage Ornaments

Hi.  I'm stopping in with a quick post to link to my post at Technique Junkies today.  I love the new stamps in the TJ October release, and used one from the Season's Greetings set today.

Hope you'll go on over and check it out at the Technique Junkies blog.   Full directions, stamps, and techniques are on that blog post.  Also, the new stamps are 15% off through October 8th.  Just use my code - TJ10Lynda - when you order, and you can get 10% off non-release stamps and products, as well.

I am adding my card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Get ready for Christmas is the theme.
Also, the Splitcoaststampers challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits and comments.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Technique Junkies October Release and Discount

Hello, and welcome to the October Technique Junkies new stamp release and blog hop!  We have 15 new stamps for you with this release.  

And, as usual, the new release stamps are 15% off until October 8th. can take 10% off your non-release purchases by using my code, TJ10Lynda, at the checkout!   You can take THIS LINK over to the Technique Junkies store whenever your are ready to place your order.

If you are here from Beth Norman's blog , you are in the right place.  If not, you can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.   

There are so many fabulous stamps, it's difficult to pick a favorite.  So, I decided to make two cards for this post.  Both cards use Janine Tinklenberg designs.  More cards will follow later in the month.

Merry Christmas Lighthouse
Technique Junkies Brant Point Lighthouse (new)
Technique Junkies Christmas Ornaments Trio (previous)
Click on the red links to go to the stamp on the TJ website.

I stamped the lighthouse with Ranger Archival ink watering can onto gray card stock, and colored it with Polychromos colored pencils.  To created the winter sky, I used Faber Castell pastels, applying them with a makeup pad.  The Merry Christmas is from the above ornaments trio set.


Christmas Cactus Season's Greetings
Technique Junkies Christmas Cactus (new)
Season's Greetings Set of 6 (new)
Red links go to the TJ website.

I inked just the flower part of the stamp with TH distress ink in antique linen to achieve the no-line affect, and stamped it twice along the top of a watercolor card panel.  I used TH distress inks to watercolor the images, and added some spatters.

For the verse, I stamped with VersaMark, and gold embossed it.  

I added some VersaMark along the edges of the panel, and gold embossed all around.  I added the panel to a white A2 card.  

I decided it needed something else, so I softened the white with some distress ink, which I brushed on with my Clarity stencil brushes.

I hope you are enjoying the hop.  From here, hop on over to Pat Huntoon's blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I appreciate your visiting, and your comments.