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Sunday, December 2, 2018

There is strength in bad days

Some days just aren't good, no matter how hard we try.  It can be very discouraging until you turn your thoughts about them, around, and look at them a different way.

I created this illustration from graphics that I have purchased.  It is my gift to you, as well as myself, to remember on those bad days. 

Click on it and save it to your computer, then print it out and paste it in your journal.

Remember how strong you really are!


Linda

Saturday, November 24, 2018

All is Calm, All is Bright

Hi there!

I'm back today with some more Christmas cards created with Wild Whisper Design's "Christmas Comfort" line.

First up is one I created with the two stamp sets that coordinate with the collection.


I trimmed the image with Tonic's beautiful Mirror Glossy cardstock that I am in love with this year, and added some decorative elements such as the mistletoe sprigs from the Ephemera pack, plus some bling from my stash.


A couple more ephemera pieces dress up the inside of the card.


With this card, I played with the three mistletoe stamps in the set and created a border with my Misti stamping tool.  I dressed up one of the cards from the Card Pack with more ephemera and bling.  To add some sparkle, I added glitter dots around the "All is Calm" card and to each of the mistletoe sprigs, using Nuvo Glitter Accents in "Winter Cranberry" and of course... more Mirror Glossy cardstock!


More ephemera for a quick, cute inside greeting.

                                                                                                                                                                  Head over to
that is on until the end of Monday for some real bargains!

The Christmas Comfort line is disappearing fast, however if you check 
The Paper and Ink Boutique, you will find more there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linda





Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Finnish Star

Hi everyone,

Today I made the cutest Finnish Star ornament using pieces of Wild Whisper Design's "Christmas Comfort" line.


I found a great tutorial for the star here.  

When using Wild Whisper's thick paper with the great coating, I found it was best to use a glue gun to hold everything together.


The cute little jeep is from the Christmas Comfort ephemera pack.


The fabulous red foil that I used on both the front and the back of the star is Tonic Studio's Ruby Mirror Glossy Cardstock.  The glitter stars can be found here.

Making this little ornament really put me in the Christmas mood.

Now, to put YOU in the Christmas mood, I have news to share... 
Wild Whisper Designs is having a Black Friday Sale from Friday Nov 23, to Monday Nov 26th.

How great is that????  Mark your calendars and get ready for some discounts and mystery bags!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linda





Monday, October 29, 2018

Sparkle in the Shade with Power Poppy

Hi everyone,

Power Poppy inspired me this month with their Creative Confetti Challenge.  

"Create with just one color in many different "shades" - then, add a little sparkle to the final creation!" Julie said…  so I did!!


My starting point was this pretty piece of paper from Wild Whisper Designs' Christmas Comfort line.


I pulled the colours from the blue side and used one of the digital images from 


I love this set and can't wait to colour up the candy cane one as well!


To add some dimension to the berries, I coated them in Nuvo Glitter Accents "Snowfall" which made them beautifully sparkly.  It is such a pretty glitter glue and dries very quickly.


I can't believe it's already the end of the month.  I'm just getting my entry in on time! 



Be sure and check out the challenges at Power Poppy.  They are a lot of fun!

Outside in the bushes, I'm starting to hear the rustle of spooks and ghouls... 
they will soon be arriving!  
Enjoy All Hallows Eve and thank you for stopping by.

Linda






Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Guest Designer - Power Poppy Stamps


Hi everyone! 
This is an exciting day for me as I have been invited to be a Guest Designer for the day, for Power Poppy stamps “Hues to Use” weekly colour inspiration.  As an avid gardener, I just cannot get enough of designer, Marcella’s, beautiful images of flowers and nature.




This was the color scheme I was given to work with for this week.


I was immediately in love with the earth colour palette and since Father’s Day was on the horizon, I chose to make a card for my dad using Leaping Trout.


When I start a project for a challenge like “Hues to Use”, I look at my digital images and pick one that would look good with the chosen colours.  Then I go to my stash of patterned paper and pull out colours in those same hues.  Finally, I sit down with my Copic markers and pick out ones that I feel go well with the paper.  The paper collection that I used for this card is an older one by Authentique, called “Strong.”


I wanted to frame the trout and make it the focal point on my card, so I added the Wreath:  Birch and Evergreens digital set and manipulated it on my computer to make it a rectangle instead of a square.


I am lucky to have a family who loves my cards and likes to keep them on display, so I chose this “fun fold” style for the base of my card as it sits nicely on the counter and looks pretty.  I first saw it on Berit Rosenfeldt’s blog where she shares the instructions on how to make it HERE.  This is Berit's card below.


It looks complicated, but it's just one card tucked and glued inside a "Z" fold card.


Here’s a close-up where you can see I added a little sparkle to the splashing water.


Here is a glimpse of the inside when it is unfolded and laying flat.  The Nature quote is included with Leaping Trout digital stamp set, and “Have a FinTastic Father’s Day” can be found in the Fly Guy digital set.


Be sure and check out “Hues to Use” every Tuesday.  It’s a great way to kick start your mojo if it’s in hiding!


Now for some HAPPY news...Right now, until the end of the month, Power Poppy Clear and Digital Stamps are 25% offAND new digital stamps have been added to the collection!  Does it get any better than that???  I think not!


Thanks for stopping by and sharing my wonderful day with me today!

Linda











Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sending Love

Hi there!

I had such fun making Valentines for my granchildren this year.  For Emily's, I started with        Power Poppy's "Hues to Use" challenge.... LOVE those colours!!  Emily's favorite colour is blue... so I had to throw a little of that in too.  :)


The stamp I used is a digital set of Power Poppy's called Va-Va-Valentines.


Included in the set are some really pretty sentiments.

This set is a real deal.... for only $6 US you get 6 different images (for a limited time only).  So helpful to me when I was making 3 cards!  This next one was for Austin.                                      


And last but not least, my little Greyson's valentine.


Aren't Marcella's images adorable!!


Thanks for stopping by!
Linda







Saturday, December 2, 2017

Silver and Gold Joy

Hi there!

It's the season for card making and I have one here that I made from Close to My Heart's Silver and Gold patterned paper with a little silver foil paper added as a mat.




I took inspiration from this photo that was on the CTMH blog, and then put my Cricut to work.


The beautiful glittered "Joy" die cut can be found in the Silver and Gold complements package.


The bow is made from a gold ribbon in the Basics Ribbon Pack.

For the inside of the card, I used my cricut to cut out a mat and print the sentiment on it.


I have saved the Cricut cut file in design space for those who would like to use it.  Go here.  If you don't have the cartridge I used for these images, Cricut will charge you a dollar or so for them.  You will see the cost before you cut it and can cancel the cut if it is too high.


With all the gift making and card creating.....


Enjoy these fun crafting days!

Linda