Friday, September 12, 2014

Avery Elle Challenge: clean & simple

Though it's still very hot where I am in California, I've decided to make a fall-themed card, hoping that that it will cool down a bit.  I'm entering this card into the Avery Elle Challenge, where the theme is Clean and Simple.

To keep this card clean and simple, I left a lot of white space.  I also stuck to a simple color palette of 3 colors.

Thank you for checking this out.

Supplies used: Avery Elle's Happy Camper, Red and Goldie, Storybook

Friday, July 4, 2014


I made another card for the current challenge for Mama Elephant and Me.

Again, I picked up on the pompoms and the colors. I also added a touch of burlap.

I used white streamers and colored them with Copics.

Cute pandas, right?! 

Thanks for visiting.

Materials used:
Mama Elephant: Make a Wish, Pandamonium


Hello Everyone,

I'm loving Mama Elephant's  new challenge found at Mama Elephant and Me!  Once I saw the inspiration I knew exactly what I wanted to do. First thing I saw were pompoms or is it really pompons?

I try to make at least ten cards because I have a lot of family and friends who like my cards.  I am totally into watercoloring right now and prepped my cards onto 7 mil laminated construction paper with basic painter's tape.

I also scribbled and dabbed some of Tim Holtz's distress inks on laminated watercolor paper scrap. 

I totally had an assembly line going on for sure. I love how the colors really went well together.

I used paper streamers and my quilling tool to make the pompons.

Cute, right?!  This stamp set, In My Heart, is inspired by Operation Write Home. 20 % of retail profits from the sale of this cute stamp set will be donated to Operation Write Home from 
June 15th to July 31st. 

I don't know which version I liked better. 

Hip Hip Hooray!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked it. Tomorrow you'll be seeing more Mama Elephant characters, like the pandas cheering us on!

Materials Used:
Mama Elephant: In My Heart, Make a Wish
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Adirondack Ink
Watercolor paper

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's a Good Day

Hi everyone! It's been a super duper long time since I have submitted a card for a challenge. Recently I started getting into watercoloring so when I saw the Case Study Challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

This is one of my favorite Mama Elephant stamps, called Up and Away and I used the tassels from their Party Kit stamp set.

This is the Case Study #196 challenge that inspired me. 

I learned from experience to dry between colors or it would mix and become icky dull colors. My first card on the left showed it on the balloons. 

 I would be very happy just painting the background. Very relaxing. 

I'm loving the colors of the sky!

Thank you everyone for stopping by. I hope you liked my cards. 
Take care ~ Lynn

Materials Used
Mama Elephant Stamps (Up and Away, Party Kit)
Koi Watercolors

Saturday, April 5, 2014

4.5 You are Appreciated

Hi All! Here's a fun card I made for the CaseStudy #185 challenge and also I will submit to Paper Smooches Guest Designer search for May since I exclusively used her stamps and dies on this card.

I placed the vase dies on patterned paper. I positioned it where I thought the paper pattern would look nice on the vase. I taped it on the paper to prevent it from moving.   I also used a very light grey Copic marker to add some shading on the left side of the vases. The swirl is the window of a diecut with paper behind it.

Here is the inspiration taken from Case Study #185

I took a black scratch paper and colored it with gold Wink of  gold and put it behind the swirl die cut.

Wish me luck in winning a designer guest spot for Paper Smooches

Materials used: 
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Botanicals 1) (Many Thanks)
Dies: Paper Smooches (Crystal Clear 3) (Flourishes 1)
Paper: Fancy Pants Design (Park Bench)
Wink of Stella (Gold)(Clear)

Friday, April 4, 2014

4.4 Retrosketches #108 - You Are Loved

Hello everyone,

I wanted to create a card before I left for work. This card took me about 10 minutes to make.

I used Tim Holtz's Distress Inks to color the diecut leaves.

First time to use my sewing machine on a card. 
I had to repair a favorite comforter and the sewing machine was left out..... so this is the result. 
Pretty good. Maybe a smaller needle might look better on the card. 

I played along with retrosketches challenge. I hope you like my card!
Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Mama Elephant: Love from Above
Ink: Mememento, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Dies: Memory Box, Large Marianna

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Online Card Class: CAS3 - Day 1

Hello everyone,
Thanks for visiting. This is my second time to be enrolled in the Online Card Classes but the first time to actually find the time to participate.

This is supposed to be clean and simple, but actually my card may look clean but it wasn't simple...hahaha.

All those hearts are from 9 different paper colors. Yup, I cut out the die 9 times. 

I placed all my die cuts in a container to save all the little insides of the dies, especially for the "love you"
I'm also thinking I can save the negatives for future cards. 

I found it quite relaxing fitting all the little hearts in the die like a puzzle. 

The hard part was after I cut out the "love you" the speech bubble was cut into 4 or even 5 pieces. 

but in the end, I think it worked out. Well, I made a second card and it was sooo much easier.

Thanks for stopping by.

Materials Used:
Simon Says Stamp: Stamp (You 3x4)
Simon Says Stamp: Die (You, Tic Tac Toe Hearts, Life Bubble Vertical 1)
Paper: Momenta Cardstock

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CFC 127: I love you so much

Hello again! I made another card inspired by Angela of Paper and Ribbons. You can find her beautiful card HERE.

I created this card for CAS-ual Fridays CFC 127 Over the edge challenge. 

I cut an A2 card size about 1/4 inch smaller on all sides so that I can have those pretty hearts over the edge and still fit in an envelope. 

I have a lot of white heart diecuts. Will have to save those for a future project.  
Thanks for looking!

Dies: Lawn Fawn (Hearts)
Stamps: Mama Elephant (Love Quotes)
Paper: g. c. d studios (Daydream Ensemble)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #53

Wow! I can't believe I found the time to make another card. This one was very time consuming but it was relaxing and liked the challenge. The challenge is for Runway Inspired Challenge #53. I wish I can wear a dress like this. So pretty!

This was my second card. My first card was a big fail because I didn't cover the Quatrefoil die with enough glue. So when I die cut the Marianna Vine, pieces of my Quatrefoil design was falling apart. 

So the second attempt I put the diecuts through my Xyron sticker maker. Worked out so much better and was so much easier.

Here's a closer look at the details. I cut out the Marianne Vine in white shiny cardstock and colored the leaves with Copics. The pearls I bought from a dollar store at a scrapbook convention and also colored with Copics.  The verse was stamped with white ink , used clear embossing powder and also colored with Copics. 

I am going to make more cards like this cuz I love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials used:
Dies: Papertrey Ink (Quatrefoil), Memory Box (Large Marianna Vine)
Stamps: Mama Elephant (Love from Above)
Embellies: dollar store pearls colored with Copics.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Love and Hope

It's rainy and gloomy outside. It's perfect weather (Yes, we need the rain) to make some cards. My sister is the guest designer for the CASology challenge. You can see her card HERE. She is very talented, makes beautiful cards and has already won many contests from them. Yay, Sis! I have to be the big supportive sister and participate in her challenge.

No stamping on this card.

I added light pink cardstock to give the card more layers,  texture and depth. I'm also submitting this card as a second submission to The Card Concept challenge, this time using the Clean and Layered technique. 


Thank you for looking.

Supplies Used:
Dies: Paper Smooches (Love Word and Hope)
Papertrey Ink (Grand Ampersand)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

you are loved

Hello everyone! It's been awhile since I have completed a card for a challenge... well, I'm combining two challenges really.

I really had fun stamping the background. I found it quite relaxing for me. Stamping on the vellum, not so fun. I couldn't get a dark image and I kept smudging the ink. Even though it wasn't noticeable to someone else, I knew the smudge was there and made a second card.

I made this card for Mama Elephant's challenge where I picked up the pinks and the pearls. I used three of their stamp sets and their Femme Frames die in this card. I love Mama Elephant.

Also this is my first challenge entry for The Card Concept. I consider my card to be Classy and Elegant because I added sparkling embellishments, used a rich and monochromatic color scheme with sweeping stamped images and embellishments. 

I hope you like my card and know that you are loved! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant (Love from Above, Pandamonium, Water Blooms)
Pearl Swirls: Want 2 Scrap
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black) Memento Luxe (Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Love Letter, Lilac Posies)
Dies: Mama Elephant (Femme Frames)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

You're one cool chick

I'm back after several months away from this blog and cardmaking challenges.  My sister is pretty much forcing me to blog, and in fact is ghost-writing for me.  Ha!  With that said, I'm really, really, really glad that my little sister is back home from New York to visit me.  I do love her so.  So, I dedicate this card to her.

This card will be entered into Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes challenge.  I used three stamp sets, one word die, and a whole bunch of Copic markers.

I  just love the way flower petals can be tranformed into a fluffy bird tail.

Thanks for flying by!  You're all some cool chickadees!

Stamps: Paper Smooches Friendly Flowers, My Peeps, Spring Groves
Inks: Copic markers; Memento (tuxedo black)
Dies: Paper Smooches Thanks Word