New Progressive/Freebie Challenge at the Outlawz

Hello Crafty Peeps!

Woo Hoo!  The Outlawz have just started a new Freebie/Progressive Challenge.  You’ve got to give it a chance – it’s a way to earn a free digi each month from some very special sponsors.  Here’s my card for the December challenge:

SimplyBetty_Progressive_DecThis month’s fantastic sponsor is Simply Betty Designs.  Isn’t her digi the cutest?

To learn more about how to join the challenge and earn a free digi each month, click here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a healthy, happy and creative week.

Hugz,  Linda O

December 1st Already? – Black & White Card

Hi crafty peeps!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I have a B&W birthday card (suitable for a boy) to share with you.

This week’s Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge is Black and White.  Our Sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique.  My digi is the Race Car (appropriately named, of course).  This digi gave me a great opportunity to “play” in Photoshop Elements.

I was able to fill in the portions of the design that I wanted digitally within PE – it was a change of pace for me – to use PE instead of coloring with my Copics.

BW_RaceCar_FrontBW_RaceCar_insideI was tempted to run out and buy black & white polka dot and striped paper, but instead, I did an internet search for free digi paper, and came up with both the polka dot and the striped paper (did I mention it was free!).  I printed them on the same type of paper as my digi.  Then, deciding to have some fun with the papers, I cut out pieces and turned the striped paper at different angles to create my background.

It was loads of fun to create.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a healthy, happy and creative week.



Happy Fall, Y’all!

Welcome my crafty peeps!  This week at the Outlawz, we’re celebrating the colors of Fall.  Our sponsors this week are Sweet & Sassy and Woopsie Daisy.  My card is from Woopsie Daisy’s Sheet 541.

WhoopsieDaisy_541_bWhoopsie Daisy sells most of their designs by the sheet instead of charging for each individual design.  Each sheet has two digis – two black and white line drawings, and a sample of each digi fully colored.  This makes it handy if you need something to refer to when you color your digi.

My card is a side-step card.  I made the leaves by sponging alcohol inks on both sides of a piece of photo paper and punching them out.  Some leaves are glossy side up and others are from the back of the paper, just to give it additional texture.

Thanks for stopping by today, be sure to check out the Outlawz challenges as well as our sponsors for additional inspiration.

And of course…. Happy Fall, Y’all!

Linda O

Christmas Candy Fairy

Hi Crafty Peeps!

I’ve been having lots of fun making Christmas cards already but there are so many cute, cute, holiday digis out there, I just can’t resist.

I’m really into making side step cards right now and my digi is called Christmas Candy Fairy from The Paper Shelter.

CandyElf_4I colored with Copics and used ribbon and paper from my stash.  The sentiment is a gift tag I picked up at Hobby Lobby (during their 50% off Christmas items).

I’m going to enter my card in this week’s Christmas Challenge at The Paper Shelter.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a healthy, happy, and creative week.

Linda O


Did you enjoy the party?

Hi, Crafty Peeps!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed the Outlawz party last week.  Our generous sponsors gave away lots of fantastic prizes.  If you didn’t have a chance to see what they had to offer, be sure to stop by their shops to see their wonderful designs.

This week’s sponsor for the Outlawz Greeting Card challenge is Inky Impressions.  My choice design is Danny and Delilah’s Sled Ride.

WarmestWinterWishes_4The dp was from my stash, I created my paper bow from the template provided in the October issue of Papercraft Inspirations, a magazine I picked up on my recent trip to JoAnns.  The sentiment was created on the computer, and I highlighted some edges with Star Dust (white) Stickles.

The Anything Goes challenge for the Outlawz Greeting Card team is always the most popular of the month – have fun crafting your card, and enter this week for a chance to win great prizes.

Have a happy, healthy and creative week,

Linda O


Dear Santa…

Hi, Crafty Peeps!  Did you just come from Party Central? (a.k.a the Outlawz Challenge Party?)  If so, then you already know what great things we have planned for you – if not, then be sure to check it out – my design team members have knocked themselves out getting sponsors and they know how to throw a party!

To celebrate the party, I made a second card using Dr. Digi’s Naughty or Nice digi stamp. I love creating side step cards – this time I modified the Side Step template from Hot Off the Press for the base of the card.

DearSanta_stepBTW – If you haven’t been to our Greeting Card challenge this week, you need to see the beautiful cards my teamies have created.

Hope you have a healthy, happy and creative week – and Party On!

Linda O

Peace On Earth

Hi there crafty peeps, and welcome to my blog.  I’m hosting the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge this week, and I’ve had a lot of fun making my card — can you tell?

LindaO_ChristmasBooIsn’t she the cutest?  She is called Christmas Boo from Lacy Sunshine.  I just loved coloring her and making this card.  Our challenge this week is to use embossing – can you see where I introduced embossing?  I have a really cute snowflake embossing folder, but nothing directly linked to Christmas so I decided that it could be snowing outside instead of making Christmas Boo stand in the snow in her pajamas.  The  sb  window die was just perfect!

Just an FYI – the reds I used were (Copic Markers)  R14, R27 and R37.  I use this combo when I want shades of red.  If I need darker reds, I include R56.

Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to check out the inspiration my team mates made for this week’s embossing challenge at the Outlawz.

I hope you have a happy, healthy and creative week.

Linda O.

Hi Crafty Peeps!

Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by today.  Today’s card is made from the digi and background paper called “Vanity“, from The Paper Shelter.


I couldn’t resist this cutie because I absolutely love to use the color combination of blue and green – add a little sparkles and a few feathers – and voila!

I’m entering this in the Paper Shelter’s DT Challenge.  I hope you are healthy, happy, and full of creativity.

Linda O

Does “Thank You” Always Mean “Thank You?”

Of course not!  ;-)   See what I mean?


I don’t really think that this cat is thankful for it’s bath, do you?   But I couldn’t resist being a little sarcastic with this as I was creating for this week’s Outlawz Challenge.  The digi came from MelJens Designs and was called, (fittingly, of course), “Bad Bath Cat.”

Not all of my cards are created with sarcasm in mind – my second card was designed to be very thoughtful.  Nothing shows more gratitude than a hug between two friends.  I used MelJens Designs’ “Boy And His Puppydigi to create my second card.

BoyAndHisDog_4Both cards can be seen this week on the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge.  Check out what the other Design Team members have come up with as inspiration for our Thank You / Gratitude challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a healthy, fun, and creative week.

Linda O

High Flying Birthday

Welcome, crafty peeps!  Today’s card took some thought – I had to dig deep into the crevasses of my head to come up with something that works.  I love the image – The Aviator by The Paper Shelter, so that wasn’t my concern.  I wanted to submit my card to The Paper Shelter Challenge this week, and the challenge is to use lace.  So…the question was… How can I incorporate lace into my cartoon-ish card for a boy?

Can you find the lace on my card?

HighFlyingBday3aThe answer is:  It’s in the clouds!  I took a piece of white lace, and colored it with my Copic Marker Refil Ink.  (How – you ask?  I rolled up the lace and placed it in a small plastic bag, then I put about 6 drops of B00 ink onto the bag, added a few drops of rubbing alcohol, and let it sit for a few minutes.  When I removed the lace from the bag, I rinsed it in water and laid it out to dry.)

After trying several variations of paper and lace placement, I decided to cut out portions of the lace to act as clouds instead of the entire piece.

I hope you enjoyed my card, and thanks for stopping by.  Have a healthy and creative week.

Linda Osterwise