hello fox

Hello fox

hello fox

Welcome back crafters!

Today’s project is a fun kids card, featuring a copic colored fox image (adorable!), and a chunky whimsical die-cut sentiment on layers of bright die-cut orange papers.

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Cute factor…

So this is one of those stamped images that make you go “Awwwwww”.  It’s one of my older stamps but never loses its cute factor!  I thought this card would work perfectly for a child who’s away at sleep-away camp this summer…

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I first stamped my fox onto white cardstock and colored it with copic markers. Copics are alcohol markers that blend together without running. They are great for shading and coloring images to create visual dimension and shadows.

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Die-cut elements…

I’m a big fan of die-cutting, especially with dies that create a faux stitched border like these.  Using my Big Shot, I die-cut a stitched oval around my fox image, and adhered it onto my die-cut orange and patterned papers.  The faux stitched borders create a coordinated, finished look which I love.

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 I then die-cut my “hello” sentiment from three separate scraps of white cardstock.  This created three exact cuts which I then adhered together to create a thick, chipboard-like embellishment for dimension.  The self-stick gems were an added touch for visual balance and youthful sparkle. (:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Until next time, stay creative!

~ Linda~

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Supply list:  Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury White, Stampin’ Up! Dusty Durango; Bazzill textured; Lawn Fawn patterned;  Stamps: Hero Arts: Fox, “Thinking of You”; Ink: Versafine Black Onyx; Markers: Copics YR07, R14, E33, E11, E000, N0, G05, G12;  Tools: Sissix Big Shot;  Craft Dies: Lil’ inker Designs Stitched Ovals; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles and “Scripty Hello”;  Other: Tombow mono liquid glue, glue tape runner, self-stick gems

More stamping and watercolor

Thinking of you – more stamping and watercolor

thinking of you watercolor

Welcome back crafters!

As you may know, I recently began practicing creating cards with stamping and watercoloring.  It’s an easy technique, and happily most of the supplies I need are in my craft cabinet already!  I did buy a waterbrush, which is available at local craft stores and also online.

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thinking of you watercolor close up

For today’s card, I chose a garden scene with lots of detail.  I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then added all my colors in varying concentrations. The more water, the more subtle the color.  The heat embossing creates a crisp border to keep the ink in place while it’s absorbing into the watercolor paper…

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Watercoloring with dye ink:

Make sure they are water soluble inks first.  You can use ink pads or ink markers, whatever you have on hand.  Smear or scribble some ink right onto an acrylic block and use that as your palette.  Swirl the brush tip of your water pen into the ink smear, and let the water flow right into it.  Take your brush to your watercolor paper and fill in the detailed areas.  The brush does most of the work for you, but I use a dry cloth to dab off any excess water from my paper if it’s muting my color too much.

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Here’s another card I created using water color with stamping.  I’m loving this technique and will be definitely creating more cards with it, so stay tuned.  Hope you give it a try too!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda ~

Supplies used:  Paper: Canson watercolor paper;  Stamps: Main floral image: Hampton Art; Sentiments: Hero Arts: “Thinking of You”;  Ink: Stampin’ Up! water-based dye inks; Versafine Onxy Black pigment ink;  Tools: Ranger – Tim Holtz water brush;  Other: Stampendous clear embossing powder; Marvy Heat Tool; acrylic block

Stamping and watercolor

Hello friend…

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Welcome back crafters!

Today’s design is a friendship card featuring a whimsical floral image and watercoloring with dye ink… A fun technique, and a great card to show how much a special friend means to you!

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I started by stamping this pretty floral image onto watercolor paper with Versafine black ink.  Next I heat embossed my image with clear embossing powder to create detailed raised edges.  I then painted in the images with my Tim Holtz waterbrush and Stampin’ Up! dye ink, using the inside surface of my ink pads as my pallete.  The embossed edges help keep the ink inside the lines.  The sentiments I used are from Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Until next time, keep crafting…

hello friend watercolor

 ~ Linda ~

Supply list:  Paper: Recollections 100lb cardstock: red; Canson watercolor paper;  Stamps: Main floral image: Ditto/Hampton Art; Sentiments: Lawn Fawn “Feathered Friends” (limited addition); Hero Arts: “Friends”;  Ink: Stampin’ Up! water-based dye ink: Gumball Green, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red; Versafine Onxy Black pigment ink;   Tools: Ranger – Tim Holtz water brush; Stampendous clear embossing powder; Marvy Heat Tool.

Card-Making for Kids at the Chappaqua Farmers Market 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

 Card-Making for Kids at the Chappaqua Farmers Market

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Welcome back crafters!

I love the relaxed feel of an outdoor farmer’s market.  The celebration of things handmade on a sunny summer day… there’s nothing like it!  A great setting to craft with kids…

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Here I am with a few of the 30 children who came by to make a card for their daddies.  Children love to create, especially for someone they love!

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To create our card, we began with simple cuts of colorful cardstock…

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… and positioned them to form a sailboat…

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The finished product!!

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We truly create with our hands… and our hearts!

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Until next time,

Happy summer and Happy Father’s Day!

~ Linda ~

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Many thanks to the Chappaqua Farmers Market and the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce for having me (:

2015 NY Airshow Highlights

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NY Airshow, Jones Beach, NY

Welcome back!

My family and I returned this Memorial Day weekend to the 12th annual NY Airshow at Jones Beach on Long Island, NY, where thousands of guests gathered to see spectacular aerial performances and military tactical demonstrations while paying tribute to our United States Service Members, past and present.

The talent and bravery represented in these performances reflect immeasurable strength and breathtaking creativity.  And while the blog subjects in my creative world are usually quite still, I assure you, these were positively mobile in every way!

Enjoy, and may these photos fill you with pride for our heroes who give so much for us, every day…

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A member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team skydives to deliver the American Flag to the event:

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Everyone knows that little red biplane is Sean D. Tucker…

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Air National Guard…

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Breitling Jet Team

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GEICO Skytypers and Miss GEICO Speedboat:

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Legends of WWII Airpower

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 We salute our Military…

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United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Aerobatic Team

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United States Army Golden Knights

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With honor and tribute to our fallen Service Members and their families…

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Please remember to thank a Service Member.  Freedom isn’t free…

Until next time,

~ Linda ~

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Easter egg holders

Welcome back crafters and HAPPY EASTER!!

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Put those brightly colored Easter eggs on display!

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Coloring Easter eggs is a Springtime favorite in our house… So today I’ve created some fun egg holders to display the Easter eggs we colored this weekend.  And it couldn’t be easier!

Simply punch cut a strip of green cardstock with a grass border punch.  Wrap it around the egg and secure paper with glue dot.

Adhere punch-cut mini flowers adorned with self-stick gems.  For added fun, die-cut some bunnies, color & adhere!  Done!!

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Have a wonderful Spring and a very Happy Easter!!

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Until next time, keep crafting!

~ Linda~

Supplies used:   Tools: Sissix Big Shot,  Stamps/Dies: Lawn Fawn “Snow Day”;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black;  Craft punches: Fiskars grass border punch, Stampin’ Up! floral trio;  Misc: self-stick gems, glue dots, pink markers