Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Grouchy Without Coffee

Today is Humor Me Wednesday over at Catch the Bug, and I've created this card for National Grouch Day. We all have those grouchy moments, that's for sure!! My Bugaboo image is Grumpy Gertrude - Touch Coffee. She just makes me laugh!! I do thoroughly enjoy my hot drinks, tea and coffee, and get rather grouchy myself when I keep getting interrupted with questions, phone calls, text messages, etc  while I'm drinking them. Now be sure and check out other humorous cards by the Bugaboo DT over at Catch the Bug.   

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Color Inspiration Monday - Anything goes with hand colored image
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Halloween

I don't know what's going on, I can't seem to get into my stamp room and make a card!!!! So many ideas are running around in my head but when I sit down, I don't know where to begin!!

Okay, now that I'm done with the pity party, here's a card I did get made for our Halloween clean and simple challenge at The Outlawz. A few die cut spiders (EEEK!!) and a sentiment and a card is born!! I hope you can join us this week at The Outlawz to share your Halloween creations!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Christmas

I made a fun Christmas card last night, using the non-traditional colors that I love to do!! Now everything on this card is from Stampin' Up. A month ago I signed up to become a demonstrator and am lovin' every minute of it!! Now for all the details about this card, go to my SU only blog, Linda Lou Creates. And, if you leave a comment there on this card post, I will enter you in to a drawing for a fun little give away!!! Everyone loves happy mail!!! So be sure and leave your comment on my SU blog, Linda Lou Creates.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stella Says Sketch

Time for a new sketch over at Catch the Bug. So many possibilities! Be sure and check out what other members of the design team created, they are fabulous!!!! 

I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately so sketches are always a big help for me. I already had this fun Bugaboo image, Autumn Critter Stack 1, printed off, in the color version no less. I happen to have the pumpkins die cut too so it was a no brainer!! I hope you can join our sketch challenge at Catch the Bug for your chance at winning some Bugaboo images of your very own!!

I Can't Thank You Enough

Our latest CAS challenge at The Outlawz is focusing on the sentiment. Mine comes from a stamp set by My Favorite Things. And the background is the Modern & Marbled Kit from Paper Trey Ink. Yes, I used a little gold gilding flakes for fun...and boy is it messy!!! Just like glitter!! Thank goodness I had some swiffer cloths to help with the clean-up! I hope you can join us this week at The Outlawz for some clean & simple fun!! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Thanks a Bunch

 It's time for a new challenge at Imagine That Digistamp's blog, Creative Playground. And like previous months, there's a fun featured set that you receive FREE just for playing along AND using an Imagine That Digistamp image. This month the featured set is Thanks a Bunch. How perfect for those much needed thank you cards! I added a piece of digital paper from the Flamingo Beach set. It's hard to see but I mounted that zig zag paper to a piece of vellum. Now be sure and play along with our monthly challenge at Creative Playground. Be sure and use an Image That Digistamp image so you can get the Thanks a Bunch set absolutely free!!

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.

Would you like 15% off your order of $5 or more? I know, who wouldn't!! Well use the code Linda15 at checkout over at Imagine That Digistamp to save 15%!!!

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.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Boys and Frogs

Can you say A-DORABLE?!!! It's Thursday and time for a little Imagine That Digistamp inspiration. My card uses the sweet Raymond's Frogs and two pieces of scrap pattern paper. Not only do I have a stack of digital images I've printed off but never used on a project, but I also have digital papers printed off!!! I am addicted and proudly admit it!! I'm just trying to make myself use up what I've got in these piles...I'll let you know how that goes!!!!! For more inspiration from members of the Imagine That Digistamp design team, head on over to the Creative Playground.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gift Card Holder

Welcome to the Anything But a Card Monday over at Catch the Bug. Today I have a gift card holder to share. I found the "how to's" on Pinterest and used the Balloon Monkey image from Bugaboo. Let me tell ya, in case you don't know, but you can spend HOURS on Pinterest if you're not careful!!! Great place for that much needed inspiration sometimes! The monkey was cut out using my Scan N Cut and colored with copics. He's popped up on a panel that I sponged green and blue ink. Now I planned on putting on a small cloud die cut or two but, as I mentioned about spending a lot of time on Pinterest, it was 2am before I knew it and I simply forgot!!! Check out some other fun ABC projects over at Catch the Bug.

Challenges I'm submitting my project to include:
Craft Rocket - Animal Kingdom
Cute Card Thursday - Bright Colors

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sending Hugs

 Our CAS challenge this week at The Outlawz is to create a card with at least one butterfly. Simple, right? I'm into butterflies lately so I had lots of options to choose from! Here is my card using the Large Butterfly Frame from WPlus9, Big Hugs die from Papertrey Ink, sentiment from Stamp of Approval collection by Catherine Pooler, and the ombre paper from Stampin' Up. This was so quick and easy, I ended up making 4 cards!!! 

 Here it is in old olive.

 Here it is in crushed curry.

And here it is in dapper denim.

Looks like I've got a fresh supply of cards for my stash. And thanks to the simple statement, they can be used for any occasion. Now join us at The Outlawz and share your butterfly card.

I'm submitting my card to the following challenge:
Addicted to CAS - Friends
Fussy and Fancy - Things with wings
Moving Along With the Times - Starting with the letter B
Crafty Gals Corner - Punches or dies


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sending You Sunny Smiles

It's Oldie But Goodie Thursday over at Catch the Bug and I decided to use this adorable Pup Summer image from Bugaboo. I used the color version of this digi...what a time saver!!! Also I found it in my stack of printed images...and it was already die cut out!!!!! Score!! I pulled out some scrap pattern papers and my card is complete! Better hurry up and get it in the mail, summer is on its way out!! For more fun OBG cards from Bugaboo, head over to Catch the Bug.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Well, well, well, would you look at that!!! Here it is Wednesday and I just now realized I never posted my CAS card from Sunday's challenge over at The Outlawz. Our theme is angels so my mind immediately went to Christmas. I found this angel stamp deep in my stash which means it has never seen ink!!! YIKES! I first stamped it in the cranberry ink in my Misti then stamped it again using versamark and clear heat embossed it. It's popped up on a layer of pattern paper that I white heat embossed the swirl then sponged over with some caramel ink. This would be so easy to mass produce...I just may have to do that!!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Have a Merry Holiday

The Bugaboo design team is back from vacation and let me tell you, it sure was needed!! This week at Catch the Bug, we're playing a little fun!!

Here's my card, using the adorable Theodore Christmas Present from Bugaboo. I found this in my pile of printed off images so I went with it. For bingo, I'm playing the top horizontal line of embossing, ribbon and charm. I sure hope you can join us over at Catch the Bug for some bingo fun!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's Up?

Thursdays at the Creative Playground is inspiration from the Imagine That Digistamp design team. I couldn't resist playing with the adorable Giraffe With Butterflies image...what a sweetie!!! I also used a piece of Giraffe Pattern digital paper, also from Imagine That Digistamp. A quick card, just the way I like it. And yes, that's a little piece of washi tape. I have so much of it, it's time to start using it!!! Now head over to the Creative Playground for more inspiration.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Frappuccino Anyone?

Here's my last coffee card, this time a cool frappuccino, topped with whipped cream and colorful straw!! I embossed the lid outline onto vellum so you could see the yummy goodness underneath. I seem to notice another trend besides the coffee theme...I've been using doilies with my projects, something I have never done before!!! Showing my feminine side I guess!! Hahaha!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coffee Cafe

Told you I was addicted to this Stampin' Up Coffee Cafe bundle!! Here is card ready for another one tomorrow!! I adore the designer series paper with its wonderful blue, greens and brown. A fabulous color combination.

Tomorrow morning Brian and I are flying out to Denver to visit with Phillip!! I can't wait! He needs our help buying a couch and coffee or end table, depending on how much room he's got. We've Facetimed so I have an idea of what his apartment looks like. I know I'll drive him crazy trying to give it the mother's touch!!! Wish us all luck!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Well Done!

Our Clean and Simple challenge this week over at The Outlawz is a congratulations card for a sporting achievement. I was very generic with my sporting event, but I couldn't wait to use the Hooray Bundle from Concord & 9th. And this piece of pattern paper could not be more perfect! Now I hope you can join us the week at The Outlawz for our latest CAS challenge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Life Happens, Coffee Helps

I am part of a Stamping Club over at Stamptastic Designs. Each month we receive via email a tutorial of 6 different cards. This month one of the stamp sets featured was the Coffee Cafe bundle from Stampin' Up. It just so happens I have that set but hadn't inked it up. I made the 3 cards featured in the tutorials plus 3 more inspired by the other cards!!! Seems that I can't put this set down now!!! So fun, quick and simple...just my style. Stay tune over the next few days as I show off the other two cards!

Challenges I'm playing along with include:
Southern Girls - Add some stamping
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo (Sentiment, Free space, Bow)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flamingo Birthday

It's time for a little Thursday inspiration over at the Creative Playground. I absolutely couldn't resist playing with another flamingo set from Imagine That Digistamp!! This time I used Flamingo Birthday along with two of the wonderful digital papers included in this set. And surprise, I did a fancy fold card too (at least to me it's fancy since all I ever do is the standard A2 card!!). This is a Z-fold card...oh so simple yet really, really cute!!! I'm sending this one to my niece in Florida for her birthday in a couple weeks. I think she'll absolutely love it!! Now head on over to the Creative Playground for more inspiration. And while you're there, check out our monthly challenge too for your chance at winning a gift certificate to the Imagine That Digistamp store.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Get me to the Beach on Time

Actually, I wish I could get back to the beach!! We had such a wonderfully relaxing week while on vacation it was really hard to leave. Because of that, I couldn't resist using the super sweet and newly released Flamingo Beach set from Imagine That Digistamp to create something fun and beachy. I used the color version of this beautiful flamingo along with one of the digital papers included in this set as well as one from the Tropical Breeze set. So fun, so tropical and oh so flamingo!!!!! Head on over to the Creative Playground to see the other two flamingo sets being released and all the fabulous projects created by the design team.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

I'm so sad that our beach vacation is coming to a close. I really don't want to leave!!! It's a new month and time for a new link-up challenge at the Creative Playground. This fabulous flamingo is part of the featured set, Flamingo Dress Up, that you can get free just by playing along with our monthly Anything Goes challenge AND using an Imagine That Digistamp image. Can you believe it, I actually colored this image all by myself!!! Definitely not a strong point of mine!! The paper and sentiment are a sneak peek of a new set being released next week so be sure and come back then to see all that's fabulous and flamingo!! Also, join us for a month long Link-Up challenge at the Creative Playground.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I Am Beach Bound!!

We are on our way to our annual beach vacation...and I can't wait!!!!! To hear the waves crashing, there is no better sound to lull you off to sleep! So of course being the hostess of this week's CAS challenge over at The Outlawz, a beach themed card is what it will be!! I love the color combo of aqua and kraft for beachy cards. I stamped using the By the Sea and By the Sea 2 sets from Gina K Designs. As for the sentiment (Word Salad by Paper Smooches), I went with a darker brown ink so it would stand out. A little twine and some fun foam on the back of the aqua layer to pop it up onto some cream and my CAS card is done! Quick and easy for sure. Join us this week over at The Outlawz for a clean and simple beach theme project. And I'll see you in the ocean!!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Just Saying Hello

It's time for a new Freebie Friday at Bugaboo so say hello to Molly Moo Garden. While you're at the Bugaboo store, take advantage of the 50% off Christmas in July digi sale going on till the end of the month. What a perfect opportunity to stock up on your favorite Bugaboo images!!