April 30, 2012

A Little Lattice Work–diagonally

Happy Monday to ALL!  I hope you had a great weekend, as usual they’re always too short and seem to FLY by all too quickly.   *smiles*

I have really gotten into cards with score lines recently.  With the help of TomBow glue and a few card stock strips, I made these lines work for me as a lattice.  Then you know what’s next……..flowers.  lol


No, I did not make the flower, but could be easily done with the Daisy #2 die.  I just had these sticker flowers forever and wanted to use them.  It was a really good match with the So Saffron ribbon and Night of Navy card stock.


I first made the score lines, then skipped every other one and applied a strip of card stock using the score line as my guide to keep things straight.  Now how easy was that……*smiles*  “for you” from the All Holidays stamp set and the decorative label punch was all I needed for the sentiment.


In my stash of flowers, I found a much smaller one and popped it up on the inside.

Just a quick post today…..I’ll save my ‘run-ons’ for another day.  *smile*  This card is pretty straight forward, have fun with the layout and use any of your own flower designs for the focal point.

See you tomorrow, until then thanks so much for stopping by ~



April 25, 2012

Mojo Monday #238

Here’s the sketch challenge that the very talented Mary Fish designed for the participants this week:


It’s a fun sketch and provides a lot of possibilities for dressing it up or down.  Please check them out here http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/

This is my entry:


This card satisfied two cravings of mine.  One to make a card with the small squares and the other to try my hand at a vellum flower.

I had an EF that was of bricks, using my brayer, I applied Crumb Cake Ink to the inside and ran it through the big shot.  After cutting 12 1” squares, I sponged each edge with the corresponding ink.  Can you notice the extra dimension, they really stand out more.  Then each square was placed on another slightly larger square using Crumb Cake card stock.

The flower was created using the Blossom Punch and each ran thru the big shot with the polka dot EF.  Then using your stylus, each was cupped which made the dots even whiter, placing one layer down and the other layer upwards. The Five Petal punch and a smaller flower punch gave me the next two layers.  A tiny pink rhinestone topped it all off in the center.  The leaves are actually silk.  They are normally used in flower arrangements.  They worked perfect with the vellum.

Have a closer look at the flower ~


Got to use some scraps for the inside ~


Thanks for stopping by, I’ll keep you posted on how this card and the challenge works out.  *smile*



April 24, 2012

A Masculine Birthday Card

My SIL’s 40th Birthday is just around the corner and thought I better get on the stick before I forget!


OMGoodness it was a struggle!  No bows, butterflies or flowers, WHEW!  I keep thinking it needs more. 

I began by wanting to make a card with a frame in the center using the Lattice EF.  I masked the sun and used a blend of Not Quite Navy and Pool Party for the water and an image from the Inspired By Nature stamp set for the grass. I didn’t have a fishing pole but knew this fish had to be ‘hooked’ in some way.  I simply led the fishing line from it’s mouth casually up to a neat little pile anchored by a brad.  Of course we all know what the “40” is about…..lol! 

I think Jamie will like it just the way it is.  He and Jarrett fish as often as they can so hopefully this will fit the bill……..even without the fishing pole.

A little closer ~


I just had to get a little bling of some kind in there.  Check out the fish, a little Glimmer Mist was just what this little fish needed to bring out his shine.

Now for the best part ~ show me the money…..*smile*


I made two slits next to the inside message that will hold his gift.  I don’t have to worry about this money falling out unseen. lol  I can hear him now “I hope I get more than $5…”.             BTW – this is a great card for the mail!  Now that’s a good thing, as for Jamie….he’ll have to wait and see.  *smiles*

Have a good one everybody, I’m so glad you took the time to stop by!

See you tomorrow…



April 23, 2012

Thank You Carla

Can you believe it…..yes, you’re not seeing things! *smiles*  We had some much needed rain move in overnight and has resulted into a dreary wet day.  But for me that’s a good thing, I got to stamp most all day and actually get a post or two in….yeah!

Today’s card is all about Carla Bazhenow (click on her name for a trip to her blog).  Carla was my inspiration in the card making world and if it were not for her there would be no “Linda’s Stampin’ Loft” either.  Although I will never be anywhere near as good as she, I’ll continue to keep on plugging away and just maybe, one day, I’ll grow up to be just like her. *smiles*  Just when things were getting a little too slack around here, a wonderful “pick me upper’ comes along.  How little did she know that this wonderful designer paper and note cards she sent me would provide me all the inspiration I needed to get moving again.


It hurt my heart to have to slightly cover up the bicycle just under the ribbon it’s a really nice touch to the design of the paper.  My flowers were made from the Daisy #2 die layered three times.  The greenery was provided by the Bird Builder Punch.  The flower appears to be a little on the bright side, but that’s due to my inability to get the perfect blend of contrast.  I tried and tried!  Grrrrr….

Take a look closer ~


The flower center was made from the 1/2” circle punch and then ran thru the Big Shot with the Lattice EF.  The bee was from a corner that got cut off when I was matting it to the card base.  I didn’t want to loose it so I attached a little twine and added it to the ribbon. 

Inside ~


I recently found this sentiment stamp that reads vertically instead of the most common horizontal direction.  I’m on the look out for more.  *smiles*  Nothing was wasted, the decorative border on the inside was somehow attached separately to my bundle of goodies and seemed to be a perfect fit to bring a little of the outside to the inside.

A note of appreciation to all those who emailed me wanting to know ‘where in the world is Linda’ lol  I hope to keep posting regularly, but sometimes now with yard work and the Grandkids so into dance, sports and the baby just keeps growing and growing, it’s hard to keep up the pace, but I’ll keep trying….

Thank You Carla, you never know how much the little things done can impact the bigger things!



April 05, 2012

An Anniversary Card

I needed an Anniversary card for our Son and DIL who will be celebrating their 7th Anniversary.   Their wedding colors were Navy, Silver and White.  Hummmmm, some of my favorite colors. 

I kept things clean and simple ~


A perfect opportunity to use my new heart embossing folder from SU.  Here’s another perfect match  –  pairing this folder with the Scalloped heart of hearts embosslit die. That’s a good thing! 

A little more noticeable in the picture below is the silver heat embossed sentiment.


Happy Anniversary Jeff and Mary!

Just a quick post, there’s a lot on the agenda today and I need to keep things moving.  It doesn’t take much for me to really fall behind!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by, I’m always glad to see you!!



April 04, 2012

A Trio Of Flowers

Now that Spring has definitely Sprung, I was in a flower mode.  *smile*

Here is a trio of flowers made with Stampin’ Ups Floral Fusion, Simple Flower and Cherry Blossom.  Each was layered multiple times, edges sponged and then ‘all tied up’.


I love the blend of the colors:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and that wonderful Blush Blossom (now retired) card stocks.

Looking closer ~


Each flower has a different brad center and a leaf attached to it’s twine stem.

Last but not least ~


I attended a stamp show over the weekend and had met the friendliest bunch of girls.  Here we all are!  Too pooped to pop!


After shopping until we ‘dropped’, we all had a mouth watering dinner at Fresco’s. Here’s a look…




Everyone was from Virginia Beach, except Gulla (on the left, she was from Iceland) and are avid stampers.

Thanks for a wonderful day ladies!  It was fun, I came home broke, full and tired!  *smiles*



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