Thursday, September 28, 2017

Merry Christmas

Time to share an Oldie But Goodie card using a sweet Bugaboo image - Christmas Prim Angel Tree. She was in my pile of already printed and even cut out images, screaming to be used on a project!! I did a little watercoloring on the background, something I still need to work on because the randomness of it drives me crazy!!!!! Hahaha! Always need to be in control!! Anyway, some fun pattern papers and a little sparkle and linen thread make the card complete. Now head on over to Catch the Bug to see more OBG creations using Bugaboo images you may have forgotten about and must add to your collection!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ellie's Flower Costume

Here's another card for yet another sweet set released today at Imagine That Digistamp, Ellie's Flower Costume. Like my card from my previous post featuring Ellie's Pirate Costume, I used the color version of darlin' Ellie along with some of the digital paper also included. And this time I made a baby girl I'm all set!! Hahaha!! Now head on over to Creative Playground to see more samples of the latest releases at Imagine That Digistamp.

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New Release at Imagine That Digistamp

Today and tomorrow marks a new release at Imagine That Digistamp...of the adorable Ellie the Elephant!! My card features Ellie's Pirate Costume, the color version along with a strip of the digital paper also included. I don't seem to have many baby cards on hand so when I saw the sweet sentiment in this set, I knew I had to use it!! Check out what other members of the IT design team created with this set over at the Creative Playground.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Enjoy Your Special Day!

At The Outlawz this week, our CAS challenge is to use yellow and turquoise. I don't know why I rarely use these colors together so this is a perfect challenge!! Earlier this month I signed on as a Stampin' Up demonstrator so I thought I would hit up some of their stamps sets. This one is called Dragonfly Dreams and the die is Detailed Dragonfly. I did a little watercoloring for the background to bring in the yellow. I die cut the dragonfly twice, once in turquoise and once in black then layered them offset ever so slightly. Can you believe it, no pattern paper on this one!!!!! Now if you are interested in following me on my SU only blog, you can at Linda Lou Creates. I've got lots of plans in the works to expand my business so by following me, you won't miss out!! Also, if you're interested in any SU products, you can purchase them HERE. Now enough with the infomercial!! Instead, sure hope you can join us for the CAS color challenge at The Outlawz.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Treat Holder

Mondays are Anything But a Card days at Catch the Bug and today I'm sharing a quick and easy treat holder. First of all, let me give credit to WOW NOLA Creations for coming up with the idea. Be sure and check out her video HERE for all the measurements. She put a cute little notebook inside hers, and of course I went with candy!!! I had the Sign It Cute Halloween image from Bugaboo already printed off and decided to just color and cut out this sweet cat. I can't believe how fun this project was to make...and that's saying a lot from someone who prefers to only make cards!! Now head over to Catch the Bug to see other ABC inspirations have been whipped up for you!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Just Because

We have a fun CAS challenge over at The Outlawz -- use scraps. Easy peasy!!! I pulled out pieces of pattern paper and got to work! I love the starburst pattern and it's so easy to do, and it's great for those little leftover pieces of paper. The sentiment is from the Word Up set by Paper Smooches, Now get out your scraps and make a clean and simple card. Post it over at the CAS challenge at The Outlawz and, if your card is featured, you could join us as a guest designer!! See you there!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Fall!

What? Not fall already!!! I do love the colors of fall!! And today I wanted to share a fun fall card using the adorable Crows & Pumpkins  digital set from Imagine That Digistamp. Of course I went with the color version because I was running late (a real shocker there!!) and really don't like to color (don't hate me!). A fun chance to use up scraps too. Now for more inspiration from members of the Imagine That Digistamp design team, check it all out at the Creative Playground.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stella Says Sketch

Now that summer is over (sniff, sniff), we are back to our regular schedule of Stella Says Sketch at Catch the Bug. It's a great one, and you have 2 weeks to play along.

  Here's my card using the adorable Candy Cane Bear from Bugaboo. He is such a cutie!! The candy cane is covered in wink of Stella -- so sparkly!! The pattern papers are not Christmas themed but the colors worked so on my card they went!! The sentiment is from the Candy Cane Lane stamp set by Catherine Pooler. Now be sure and join us for Stella's sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything goes Christmas

L is for...

We have a fun new CAS challenge at The Outlawz - use the first letter of your first name for something on your card. Fun, fun, fun!!! I went with lemons and linen thread. The lemons are from the Fresh 'n Fruity set by Reverse Confetti. I did a little bit of the rock & roll technique on the lemons, added a strip of orange then popped the panel up onto a white card base. Quick and easy, just the way I like it!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Freebie Friday

Oh my, this freebie from Bugaboo simply made me laugh!!! Like I said, it's the latest freebie from Bugaboo and can be found HERE. When I printed mine off I didn't realize I had made it so large!! That's one big pile of, dare I say it, crap!!! Just a tiny piece of ribbon held on with a staple and that's it for embellishments. Now go check out other card samples using this set at Catch the Bug.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mmmmm, Cake!!

And the inside reads..."and it sure was yummy!" Haha! I love to bake, especially cakes and cookies, but my favorite is the batter and dough!! I know, I know, it's not good for you to eat raw cake batter and cookie dough but I do it anyway!!! This card is my Thursday inspiration share for the Imagine That Digistamp blog, Creative Playground. I used the adorable Baking Chloe. I especially love the digital papers included in this set! Talk about good timing with making this as I was in need of a birthday card!! Now head on over to Creative Playground and look at all the wonderful inspiration.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Peace Joy & Love

Two more cards for the Christmas card challenge at Stamp Nation. The inspiration this time was tablescapes. One image on the mood board had a mix of silver and gold along with some snowflakes. I heat embossed the snowflakes on a piece of cream cardstock then cut it in half. I am making two cards after all!! Silver and gold cardstock was used along with some silver bakers twine. The snowflake layer is popped up along with the sentiment banner. I even stamped on the inside!! How crazy to try and be ahead of the game for a change!!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Deck the Halls

I decided to play along with some Christmas challenges over at Stamp Nation. The theme for this one is plaid. I found a pack of pattern paper that had several plaid designs in it so I created two cards. The background is a Hero Arts stamp that is heat embossed with clear powder. The sentiment is from the Carols of Christmas bundle at Stampin' Up. I have lots of challenges to get caught up on so back to my stamp room I must go! Maybe I'll have my Christmas cards completed this year!!!!!

Submitting my cards to the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas
Sweet Stampin' - Heat embossing
Jingle Belles - A Caroling We Will Go (Fa la la la la)


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Little Buccaneer

It's time for a new Clean and Simple challenge over at The Outlawz. This week we're "talkin' like a pirate"...arrrrgh!! Whenever I need a little boost when my mojo is low I go to a pre-colored digi and pattern paper. This image and paper is from Doodle Pantry which I'm very sad is no longer in business. I mean look at this cute pirate ship and paper!!!!! Anyway, I already have a little boy in mind who is turning 3 next month and will get a kick out of this!! Now come join us at The Outlawz and share your piratey themed project, CAS style of course!!

Challenges I'm joining include:
Crafty Friends - Birthday
Kitty Bee Designs - Birthday
Cute Card Thursday - Too Cute
Seize the Birthday - Birthday

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Picnic Ants

This is my second post today so be sure and scroll down to see 'em both. But not until you hear me out about the Anything Goes challenge we've got going on over at Catch the Bug. I found this cutie, part of the Picnic Ants set from Bugaboo, in my pile of printed images. This one was even already cut out!! I couldn't resist using the Checkerboard stencil from the Catherine Pooler shop...made me think picnic all the way!! Now it's your turn to share your Anything Goes project with us at Catch the Bug.

Flamingo Christmas

It's a new month and time for a new Link Up Challenge at the Creative Playground. Our theme is Anything Goes and if you use an Imagine That Digistamp image, you'll get the featured set emailed to you for FREE!!! And this month the featured set is Manatee Painter:


For my card, I used the wonderful Flamingo Christmas.  I simply can't get enough of these fabulous flamingos!! I even used one of the digital papers included. So easy, when you use the color version!! Now be sure and join us this month at the Creative Playground for your chance at winning a $10 gift certificate to Imagine That Digistamp.