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

Rip-Roaring Birthday

Hi, crafty peeps!

I’ve had some extra time this week to make a few additional cards, so I’m trying to get ahead of my needs for the fall.  Since this week’s Paper Shelter challenge is to use dies, I decided to use a few while making this card – because I just love the digi. The design reminds me of my kids when they were young – running down the sidewalk on their Big Wheels when Big Wheels were the best thing in the world for them (have I dated myself?).

PaperShelter_081514The design is “My Racing Car” by Paper Shelter.  I’m going to enter this into The Paper Shelter’s “Punches and Dies” challenge.  To make the clouds, I embossed some white card-stock, then punched them out with my trusty Fiskars cloud punch.  I also used two coordinating SB labels die sets for my sentiment and digi.

Hope you enjoyed my card – have a very happy, healthy, and creative week.

Linda O



Feed Me Spence, Feed Me!

Forgive me, I’ve borrowed the line from the play, Little Shop of Horrors, and adapted it for a friend of ours.  Our friend loves to work in his yard, and has a beautiful selection of plants and flowers – and specializes in Hostas.  He has over 200 varieties in his yard.  His birthday was late last week, but, as usual, I didn’t get his card mailed in time.  I’m great at getting cards made – but bad in mailing them in time.


Isn’t this the cutest digi?  It comes from Rick St.Dennis, and is called Buddy and his Pet Plant.

I’ve colored it with Copic Markers, used a Spellbinder’s Die cut.  The flowers are Blushing Bouquet die from Memory Box.

Thanks for stopping by, have a healthy and creative week.  Check out my teammates cards on the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge this week – they have some really great ideas.

Hugz and creativity,
Linda O

PS:  Happy Birthday, Spence – the card is in the mail! :-)


What’s in your garden?

Hi crafty peeps!  This week’s card features flowers, dies and color.  My digi is Sunflower Smoochie from The Stamping Boutique – colored with my Copics, of course.

StampingBoutique_Sunflower_061614The butterfly, butterfly heart, Happy Birthday, and flowers on the background of the card are made from Memory Box Dies.  The loose flowers on the front of this card are from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my card, don’t forget to stop by the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge to see other examples of What’s in your Garden.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great and creative week.


Linda O


Carla’s Cattails

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.  This week’s Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge is to use a water or beach theme. Today’s card features one of the big-eyed gal digis from Lacy Sunshine.  This one is called Carla Cattails Water Whimzies.


Both dps are from Michaels, the die cuts are Spellbinders, and my design is colored with Copics (of course).  Be sure to check out the other cute cards my teamies have created this week at the Outlawz.

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

Linda O

Hint: Make Sympathy Cards Before You Need Them

Unfortunately, every once in a while we need to express our love for someone through a sympathy card and this type of card is difficult to make when your emotions take over.  Since my card this week for the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge was to feature the Lily Cross (3801) by Eureka! Stamps, I decided that I would use the design to create several sympathy cards.

This is the card I submitted for this week’s challenge:

LindaO_Eureka3801_042814_wlogoMy 5×7 card is a basic white-on-white.  The embossing card is by Lifestyle Crafts – I love this embossing folder and thought that the rays of sun would make the perfect background for my cross. The Spellbinders die came from the Romantic Rectangles set (S5-090).  I used my Copic markers on the cross and lilies, and the sentiment is from the set of 10 Sympathy Sentiments available through Squigglefly.

Here are three other cards I made using the same Lily Cross and two of the other sentiments from the same Squigglefly set:



Eureka3801_Sympathy4Now that I have a few sympathy cards made up, I hope they get very dusty, and I never have to use them.  I’d be more than happy to store them for a long, long, while.

Don’t forget to check out the Outlawz challenge this week – it’s Anything Goes. Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week with lots of time to be creative!

Hugz and Creativity,

Linda Osterwise