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Dreamy Backgrounds

Another one of my loves is watercolor backgrounds because watercolors make such dreamy backgrounds!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 3 Linda Creates~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

To create this background, I used a technique featured in the Annual Inspiration on page 55 “A Blot of Ink”.

a bit of blot, watercolor backgrounds, linda creates ~ linda caler. www.lindacreates.com

 

I used a Z1938 sponge dauber (3 to be accurate) to put Lagoon, Smoothy, and Pear inks on the Y1012 4″x5″ block.  With a Z1380 Spray Pen filled with water, I spritzed the block.  More water makes it more diluted for color and you get a better spread of color.

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 3 Linda Creates~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

You’ll get a different background every time you use this technique – part of why I love doing it.  After I make the background, I put out what I need for the card.

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 3 Linda Creates~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Because I did not want to draw attention away from the background, I did not color in the sentiment.

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 3 Linda Creates~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Colored in the ice cream treats with ShinHan Touch Markers.  Added Wink of Stella to add some shimmer.  A few little gems added to the sentiment, I was happy with the card.

S1506 Ice Cream Dream

S1506 Ice Cream Dream

This is your last two days to get this awesome stamp set for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Don’t miss out!!

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Jackson Layout with flips

This is the second layout for Jackson from the Jackson WOTG. I had a number of photos for this event so I used a number of different flip flaps to make it work.

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.comHere is the base layout:

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Both layouts feature taking an overlay (hexigon) from Z1906 Cricut Artbooking cut at 8″ and using our Z1380 spray pens to spritz color over the top of the overlay.  You remove the overlay once done.  It’s a masking technique.

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

The fonts used in the title are a mix from the different fonts offered on the CTMH exclusive Cricut Cartidges! I’m into mixed fonts (as is everyone else-LOL).  “Great Outdoors” is a title from Artbooking.  Embellishments came from the “In the Pink” My Crush Assortment and Clips:

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

I really love how Hollyhock worked so well with the Jackson Papers! I added a 12″ flip flap on the right page to add room for the additional pictures.

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

On this flip flap, I added 2 – 4″x6″ flip books and one 4″x4″ flip book. This allowed me to add 13 additional pictures!

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Jackson WOTG 2nd Layout, Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Happiness is one layout with all the pictures!!  Hope you’ve enjoyed Jackson as much as I have!!   Thanks for stopping by!

Happiness is…

Happiness is….ice cream!  How can one not love this stamp set, S1506 Ice Cream Dream??  Here’s my second card with it:

S1506 Card 2 wm

On the inside of the card, I used D1563 Happy Everything  which is our Operation Smile stamp!  When you buy it, a portion of the sales are donated to Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to providing surgeries to repair children’s smiles.  It’s a win-win for you and the children it benefits.

S1506 Card 2b inside wm

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D1653 Happy Everything

A1170 Doodled Designs is another favorite set – I love how you can just stamp the circle, first and second generations, and be able to set off another featured stamp, the ice cream cone – nummy!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 2  www.lindacreates.com

A1170 Doodled Designs CTMH www.lindacreates.com

A1170 Doodled Designs

One of the sayings in S1506 Ice Cream Dream is great for coloring in with our ShinHan Touch Markers.  I love the fine point on them. If you don’t like the chisel tip, you can replace it with the brush tip which is what I’m doing.

 

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 2  www.lindacreates.com

And to finish off the card, I used lots of our Z1807 pink glitter gems, which are sadly going to be retired on August 31, 2015.   I know it means we’ll get lots of new product but I’ll miss these fun embellishments!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 2  www.lindacreates.com

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to check things out.  Have a great day!

FMS 192

FMS 192 is a nice design that I got a little crazy with…okay maybe a lot crazy.  Then I mixed up challenges…Stamp Nation was having challenge with Sugar Pea Designs (Challenge 172) where they provided a picture and you created from inspiration from it. I pulled the sand color and lagoon color from this picture for the card.

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

I ended up using a masking technique with involved spray pens and textured paste from Ranger.  Word of warning, it’s a mess so if you don’t like making messes, it’s not likely to be your thing.  I learned it from Stamp Nation.  Another note, you can buy most of the mediums from your local arts and craft stores.  Look in the acrylic paint section.  They are less expensive especially with the coupons.

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

I love using the spray pens to make my own mists because I use our reinkers.  The mists then match my projects.  I made two different cards simply by changing the background mat.  I pulled out the pink from the picture as well.  The stamp set is from the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection.  I love the size and different fonts in this set.  The papers are from the Seaside collection, another favorite.

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Here’s the sketch and picture :

FMS 192 You're Awesome Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.comSP and SN Challenge

Thanks for stopping by to look!

June SOM Layout

We have an ice cream truck that comes through our neighborhood during the summer and it was the inspiration for the June SOM layout!  My daughter tells me she dreams of the Ice Cream Man!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream - CTMH - Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

I used X5643 Chocolate as the base for the layout…chocolate ice cream after all.  It looks amazing!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream - CTMH - Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

X7196b Blossom papers colors – Smoothie and Lagoon are awesome on the Chocolate.

S1506 Ice Cream Dream - CTMH - Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

ShinHan Touch markers to create all the bright rainbow colored Popsicle and ice cream cones with Z679 Liquid Glass and Wink of Stella to make them pop.  I used Wink of Stella to color in Ice Cream Dream!S1506 Ice Cream Dream - CTMH - Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

S1506 is $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase.  Don’t miss out on getting this awesome stamp set – you’ll use it forever – after all, who does doesn’t love ice cream!!  Thanks for stopping by!

You Are

“You Are” is actually my 4th card from S1506 Ice Cream Dream!  I really love this stamp set and need to get a move on it to get all the art I’ve done posted for you!

"You Are" S1506 Ice Cream Dreams Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

“You Are” S1506 Ice Cream Dreams
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

I used S1506 Ice Cream Dreams – I love the font on the sentiments in this set.

S1506 Ice Cream Dreams Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

S1506 Ice Cream Dreams
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

I did the banner on both the inside and outside of the card.

"You Are" S1506 Ice Cream Dreams Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

“You Are” S1506 Ice Cream Dreams
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

"You Are" S1506 Ice Cream Dreams Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

“You Are” S1506 Ice Cream Dreams
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

Colored in the ice cream and the cone with the watercolor pencils.

"You Are" S1506 Ice Cream Dreams Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

“You Are” S1506 Ice Cream Dreams
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

I used our glue pen to trace the lighter stripes down the background paper and covered it with prisma glitter.  I used Wink of Stella on the ice cream.

June Stamp Of The Month S1506 Ice Cream Dream

June Stamp Of The Month
S1506 Ice Cream Dream

S1506 Ice Cream Dream is a set you can use over and over because ice cream never goes out of style!!  Get your set today for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase!!  In addition, when you place an online order, you’ll get a free stamp set that I mail you from my stash!  It’s a Win Win!!  Check it out!!

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My Crush Bluebird

My Crush Bluebird Book is delight and fun.  The color family – blues, purples, and greens – invites a calming and enjoyable mood to celebrate relationship.

My Crush Bluebird Book Summer Crush Close to My Heart Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

My Crush Bluebird Book
Summer Crush
Close to My Heart
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

The Bluebird book has two assortments to work with:

My Crush Bluebird Book Summer Crush Close to My Heart Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

My Crush Bluebird Book
Summer Crush
Close to My Heart
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

My Crush Bluebird Book Summer Crush Close to My Heart Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

My Crush Bluebird Book
Summer Crush
Close to My Heart
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

 

The stamp set, B1432 Love This, is simple and fun.  Since I enjoy coloring, it’s one of my favorites!  Best of all with the Summer Crush Special this month, you can get this set free when you choose My Crush Bluebird with one of the above assortments.  Free = Fun!

My Crush Bluebird B1342 Love This Summer Crush Close to My Heart Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

My Crush Bluebird B1342 Love This
Summer Crush
Close to My Heart
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

Summer Crush Close to My Heart My Crush Books Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Summer Crush
Close to My Heart
My Crush Books
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

 

 

 

Best deal yet?  Place a $25.00 order between now and June 30, 2015, and I’ll send you a stamp set from my stash (it will be a surprise!) FREE!!  All you do is place your order and make sure you are in the “June Online Orders” gathering.  You’ll get a surprise in your mailbox!!  Everyone loves fun mail!  Another possible bit of fun: Order $100.00 and you could win a $100 shopping spree!

Smiles, Hugs, and Happy Creating

 

FMS191 Card 2

I did a second design using FMS191 because I loved the way the first card turned out.  I wanted two different designs for the gift I was making.

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191 Linda Creates ~ Linda

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191
Linda Creates ~ Linda

There is a 2nd challenge from Simon Says Stamp to use our favorite Ranger products. I used the Tim Holtz Distressing inks – Faded Jeans to do a rubbed on/direct to paper technique.

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191 Linda Creates ~ Linda

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191
Linda Creates ~ Linda

I changed the matting color on this card to Thistle because the panel blended into the Outdoor Denim too much.

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191 Linda Creates ~ Linda

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191
Linda Creates ~ Linda

Same with coloring in the butterflies.  I changed this. I opted to stamp in the Outdoor Denim dye based ink  and cover with Stickles.  The dye base ink allows bleeding from the image into the Ranger Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue (another must have). I wanted to get a watercolored look with the Stickles.

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191 Linda Creates ~ Linda

Wonderful Card 2 FMS191
Linda Creates ~ Linda

Add a few pearl embellishments from my stash.  Just loved making this card!  It’s so cool to see how you can use the same sketch and get two different looking cards by changing the background technique and how you embellish or color!

FMS191

FMS191

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Happy Father’s Day

To all the Dads – biological, step-dads, stand-ins, and those who want to be. May your day be blessed with smiles, hugs, and fun activities!

I found a number of pictures off of Google to share in this post.  None of these pictures or ideas are mine.  I think this is such a sweet picture and will try to replicate it with Jeff and SG.

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Here are some Father’s Day word collages to use for your personal scrapping – I love them:

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Here’s a Father’s Day poem for your pages:

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10 great sayings for Father’s Day:

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A cute crafting idea for a present for Dad:

Fathers-Day-Craft2

Smiles, Hugs, and Happy Creating!

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FMS191 – Card 1

I created this card “Wonderful” for FMS191 Challenge. I was making cards for a teacher’s gift (more on this later).  The FMS was perfect.

Wonderful  Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Wonderful
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

It’s funny how you can see something from the sketch!

FMS191

FMS191

I used D1627 Your Own Kinds of Wonderful stamp set.  I did some 1st and 2nd generation of the butterflies.  I used Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue on the 2nd generation butterflies to pull out some of the color from the ink, giving the glitter glue a light blue water color effect.

Wonderful  Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler www.lindacreates.com

Wonderful
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler
www.lindacreates.com

I colored the butterflies with the ShinHan Touch Markers.  I used Wink of Stella Clear to add shimmer to the colored butterflies.  The stitching is a stamp (I love all stitching that can be done by stamps or dies!).  It was definitely fun to play in this challenge plus get some other things taken care of!

Wonderful Collage Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

Wonderful Collage
Linda Creates ~ Linda Caler

I used some sequins from the silver collection to finish the card off.  Thanks for stopping by to look!