Past Design Teams

Sunday, September 02, 2018

A little catching up to do....

I've been a terrible blogger.  I've been creating and creating for months, but haven't been sharing my projects here on my blog, but some has been shared on the Canvas Corp blog, some for a trade show in Europe and even a few for a magazine in Europe.

I've also been helping a LOT with the local pet rescue efforts.  I helped to setup the online albums and tracking spreadsheet for the recent Redding fires here in California.  I have also been helping with the local TNR group in our area; we work as a team to support the efforts in the community.

I've realized a good bit about my creative style in the past few months which is always good.  I like to create when I feel most grounded.  I like to color when I'm with my family watching tv or a movie.  I like to needle felt when I need a distraction.  I love to paint mostly when I'm alone and don't have to worry about not hearing someone when they are talking or following along with a movie.

I like to work on projects a little at a time, rarely completing something quickly, but dabbling a little and then coming back to it after putting it down for a while.  I often take photos of my work in progress so I can look at it more objectively later and often find exactly what is missing when I look at it later.

So...what have I gotten done in the months since I posted here last...well here are some of the projects in no particular order:

I created this frame using burlap for Canvas Corp.  I made the flowers from red burlap and the centers are from the frayed pieces cut from the sheet used to cover the frame.   This was published along with a tutorial on the Canvas Corp blog.

Time for Tea designs released some clear stamps this year and I created these cards using those cute new images: 

 Each month Canvas Corp gives it's designers a theme for a challenge which we can participate in.  The challenge one month was music; you had to use lyrics or something musical in your project; so I used actual sheet music for my cards:

 Each month I create a tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands.  I created this burlap table runner as my tutorial one month using their awesome blank runner and some leftover upholstery fabric I had from recovering my dining room chairs:

 I love to upcycle things, so this was a fun project I made for Canvas Corp that used a Crystal Light lemonade packet container:

Time for Tea designs card for their blog:

Some Odd girl released this cute image:

I adore this image from Some Odd Girl and created this card for one of my monthly projects for them when I was on their design team: 

I recovered a Travelers Notebook that I received that had a small imperfection on the cover using this amazing paper from Canvas Corp Brands.  I wrote a tutorial for this that was on their blog.

When I was selected for the Canvas Corp Brands design Crew we were asked to create a canvas in our style, so I created this.  I made the paper roses, used frayed strips of bulap for the side and lots of inking and distressing on this.


 There is a LOT more than this, but some of the projects have not been shared on the other blogs yet, so I can't share them here with you.  So as you can see, I've been coloring, inking, painting, and sewing a lot in the past few months....just not blogging about it.  My goal for the balance of the year is to publish at least once a week to my blog with my latest projects.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kitty back ride

January has come to an end and there were some cute new images released by Some Odd Girl.

I wanted to share with you this cutie titled Kitty Back Ride Tobie...I mean look how cute this image is:

and here is my bookmark I made using it:

I colored the image with Copic markers.  Then I fussy cut it out.  I then picked this scrap piece of denim from Canvas Corp and punched a hole in the center.  I then added a strip of burlap scrap for the tassle on the bookmark.  The image was added to the fabric using Beacon liquid glue. 

He has already made his way across the hall to my youngest daughter's room...

Happy crafting...Lynda

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January photo inspiration challenge at Some Odd Girl

Each month there is a fun community challenge at Some Odd Girl.  For January we are talking photo inspiration.  It cold be anything from the shape of something to the colors.  Just find something in a photograph and let it inspire you to create something using a Some Odd Girl image.

I love birds.  I found this beautiful image online and decided that I loved the colors and blurry background, so those are the elements I used from it to inspire my project:

For my project I used the Kiss a Prince Tia image.  She was printed onto white cardstock using Copics.  I then put little dots with the same marker colors around her to create a background.  I then trimmed around the image.  I used Distress Oxide inks to create the main card base background.  I found these super fun stencil brushes that are perfect for creating kind of a muted smudgy looking design which was exactly what I was looking for.  I then added the printed sentiment to the front.  All the elements added to the front are mounted using foam tape for dimension.

You have until the end of the month to load your image on the facebook page here in this album!!!
Happy crafting...Lynda

Monday, December 04, 2017

Brr....Tia is cold....

Today I’m sharing with you a project created using one of the newest digital releases…Brr Tia!!
I printed her out onto some Strathmore Colored Pencil paper.  I find this paper has a great texture for using Prismacolor pencils and it is easy to trim down and run through the printer.
I colored her with pencils trying to make her look as cold as I could; remembering where my face would get the most pink when I had been outside too long.  I then added some Wink of Stella glitter pen and some Marvy Snow Marker.  I then puffed the snow with my heat tool.  I then dug through my stash and found some old alphabet rubons and spelled out brrr….


Be sure to check the other new release images in the store! 

Happy crafting….Lynda

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The perfect background for Strolling Mae

So excited to share with you my first  post as a member of the Some Odd Girl Core Team!!!

I thought I would share with you a great way to stretch your pattern paper in your collection.  First I started out by coloring the adorable Strolling Mae image using my copic markers.  I kept each color pulled from my case so I could use them later in the project.  I then fussy cut the image and then used my black marker to color the edges of the image.  I then backed it onto white cardstock and fussy cut that image out again leaving a small white border around the entire image.

 I then decided on my pattern paper.  I picked this great floral pattern that was done in simple black and white.

 I then used the same colors from coloring my main image to color the pattern paper.  Creating the perfect match to my first colored image.

Once colored I backed the print onto my card base made from green cardstock.  I then adhered Mae to the card using foam tape.  I then added my sentiment that I had printed onto white cardstock and mounted with the same green as my card base.  I used this fun line tape to create the great black border along the card front.  I also added some silver marker to her pendant so it shines.

 Be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration from the Some Odd Girl Core team on their blog.

Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time for a Some Odd Girl Hop!

 Ding Dong!

Welcome to our annual Trick or Treat with the Odd Girls! 
Our hop is full of spooktacular Halloween Tricks and Treats. Don’t worry, our tricks won’t be too scary! AND, just like trick or treating for candy, you don’t want to skip any houses…or blogs in this case! Every stop along the way will have (crafty) goodies for you but you won’t get the treats you must be a good trick or treater and stop at every house and leave your comment. You can Trick or Treat with us thru midnight EDT on November 3rd, winners will be announced here on Nov 5th!
The past three weeks have been challenging for our family and my community.  The terrible wildfires that ran through my city of Santa Rosa have caused wide spread loss and destruction.  We spent 11 days displaced from our home; which thankfully was spared.  Many homes and business were lost.  So many of my children's friends are making the difficult choice to relocate because of the extent of the damage and the length of time it will take to get back to a new normal.  So I ask that you please keep Sonoma County and Santa Rosa in your thoughts and prayers.

Now, to get my color on with you...I decided for this Halloween hop I needed to ghoul up someone from my Some Odd Girl stash.  I picked Nerdy Tia as my victim for this ghoulish makeover.

 She is colored with my Copic markers.  I then added some glossy accents to her to make parts of her shiny.  I then printed my cute card sentiment onto cardstock and cut it out and added to the card base that I covered with this fun pattern paper.  I then attached Tia using some foam tape.

I think she is way too cute to spook!!!

Here is our hop order for you after you leave the comfort of my porch…

Lynda    << --- you are here...
Your next stop is here:


Wondering what our treats are?
Well, of course we’ll be doing a coupon code for 31% off at the shop throughout the hop, TRICKORTREAT.
Then from those of you who comment on every stop we’ll be giving away 3, $15 GCs to the shop. Awesome, right? Make sure to stop in our community, I may have another surprise up my sleeve as well.
And there you have it! Happy Haunting – I mean HOPPING!

Happy crafting...and haunting....

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Anything goes!!!

Well things have changed at the Chalk N Stock blog where I'm a contributor.  The challenges are now Anything Goes!!!

Here are the new rules:

...few simple rules to follow:
1. You must be a follower to join the challenge and there's two ways to do that.
You can follow us by email. There's only one or two posts a month, so following Chalk n Stock won't clog up your inbox. 
2. Alternatively, if you're a Facebook member, you can join our Facebook group and follow Chalk n Stock there. You can also upload your challenge entries there too, by adding them to the event posted at the top of the page. You can contact me and I'll be happy to add you to the group personally. Make sure you add your blog link to your upload!

 And there's another way to enter your projects, especially for those who don't have a blog. Post your entry on your FB wall, making sure to set your post to public and make sure you add a tag to the Chalk n Stock group in your post.

Sadly, if you're not in some way a follower, your entry will be deleted.
3.  You may enter up to four projects per month and there is no limit to the number of challenges you may enter the project into.
4. Finally, if you have a blog, you must mention the challenge in your blog post and include a link back to the Chalk n Stock Challenge page.

One additional thing... no back linking must be a current project that was created after the challenge was posted!

So...for my creation this month I made this birthday card and matching tag for a special birthday girl who turned three...


I hope you will join our challenge this month...  you can link up your creation on this blog post here: 

Happy crafting...Lynda   

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's time for a Growing In Unity gal blog hop!!!

It's that time again....for the Growing In Unity gals from this quarter to hop along and share with you creations we have made using some of our favorite images from Unity Stamp Company.

I've been a HUGE unity fan from the very beginning of their start.  I was one of the first members of their group on Splitcoast Stampers and looked forward to every HIPHOP event they ever had on that site!  Having been a fan for such a long time...lets just say that I have quite a collection of Unity images in my studio!!

To show my love of Unity for this hop I decided to share with you a project I have recently made for our neighbor's daughter.  She is a HUGE horse lover and loves to swim, so I knew right away which images I would use to make her a collection of cards and matching envelopes.  We recently learned they are moving away, so these are the perfect gift to give her so she can keep in touch with friends.

I'm using three sets by Phyllis Harris for my cards:

Easier with you by my side by  

Felt with the heart 

and depth of life  

I adore her imagery and really find the images soothing.  I love coloring them and find myself using them as a go to for cards for children.

Each image was stamped using Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  I then used chalk to create the backgrounds for the images.  I find that chalk is much more forgiving when creating large areas of color.  I then used a spray fixative to keep the chalk in place.

You can see on the envelopes that I only stamped part of the image and left a good bit of the envelope plain for addressing.

here is the full set of cards and envelopes:

I hope you like my card and envelope set.  Be sure to leave comments along the way for each blog stop!!!

From here you will hop along to Lee Ann's blog...

Here is the hop order in case you should get lost:

Unity blog:

Anna Natalia
Shannon Horch
Suzanne Shaft
Heather Bolli
Linda Pekrul
Lynda Lindley  <----- are="" br="" here...="" nbsp="" you="">  <----- are="" br="" here...="" you="">
Lee Ann Barrett
Belinda Beshirs
Suzi Baker McKenzie
Monica Edwards
Alyson Kerr Esposito

Happy crafting....Lynda

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Winner winner Chicken dinner......

Or for this....Who will I tag, who will I tag to win a grab bag????

First, let me say how very much I appreciated reading every sweet comment that was left on my posts from last week as a Growing In Unity Gal.  It has been one of my favorite things to do and I have been so lucky to have been able to participate for a few years in a row.

Now...on to what you are waiting winners:

Random comment from my post on Day Four:

Denise Bryant who left me this lovely comment:

Love that pretty flower image from the KOTM! Beautiful colors on your cards!
and random comment from my post on Day One:
Wow that's lovely
If you would both please send me your mailing addresses I will forward them along to Unity so they can send out your prizes!!!
Thank you again for spending some time with me last week...and I hope to share with you again my love of all stamps Unity again soon!!!
Happy crafting...Lynda

Friday, June 30, 2017

Growing in Unity Final five

Hello for one last time my Unity Friends.  I am so sad that my week has come to an end, but I have a great pair of cards to share with you today.

This time I'm using an image from the Fly Free Kit of the Month from 6/10:

I started with some watercolor card bases.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment using Stazon ink.  I then picked an acrylic block and added ink directly to the surface and stamped it over the flowers to create the color block behind the flowers.  I then colored the flowers using Distress Markers.  I then added some washi tape along the edges of the cards and inked the edges with the same color.  I then made a mask of the sentiment and used the same ink to color it in as well.  I then used some Stazon Studio Glaze in the centers of the flowers to make them dimensional.

Just like I have done on a couple of other days this week...I created two cards for you using the same image and techniques...but the looks are different...

Be sure to leave a comment on this post and the others from this week as I get to pick one lucky person to receive an awesome prize from Unity!!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments this has been so much fun sharing my work with you and I hope to have inspired you to try a few new things with you Unity Stamps!

Happy crafting...Lynda