Monday, February 27, 2017

Masculine Monday #8

When I was trying to come up with a card for Masculine Monday this week, 
I was thinking about a documentary we watched at school this week called
'Screenagers'. It's all about screen time and the negative effects it can have
 on teenagers. I highly recommend it to everyone.



Video games seem to be a popular way for teenagers to fill their free time 
so the Video Boy image from Mo's Digital was a perfect choice for this 
week's card. 

I used a combination of two sketches to motivate me. I couldn't decide on
just one so since they were similar I combined them. 
and

Funny story: while I was making this card I thought I would turn it into
a shaker card but I forgot to put any beads in before I sealed it shut. 
Oops.
I didn't want to scrap the card so I added the sentiment and called it done.

  

I highly recommend using sketch challenges when you're feeling 
the need for inspiration - they're a great way to get your mojo going.

update: 
I'm also adding this to the '3' challenge at the W&W Blog 
I used 3 stripes and 3 different colors of cardstock (does white count as 
a color?)


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, crumb cake textured, night of navy textured
digi image: video boy (Mo Manning)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
sentiment: typed up on my laptop
foam sheet (Michaels)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Playing With a Moose!


What do you do when you can't sleep and it's 2am?
Me? I head to my craft room and play (and watch Netflix).
This time I chose to play with a moose for the current
color challenge at Christmas Card Challenges.

I used some of the new inks from Catherine Pooler Designs. I've been 
watching people play with them for a while now and finally bought a set
for myself. And WOW! They are as amazing as what everyone's been saying.
They stamp like a dream!
For this card I decided to try watercoloring with the Flirty Fuchsia color
to make the hat. And yes, you can watercolor with them too!
I used a very watered down black soot Tim Holtz distress ink to watercolor
the moose and shade the pom pom of the hat.



How do these colors inspire you?
I'd love to see how.

Check out how the design team was inspired here and then I hope
to see your card in the gallery.

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supplies:
from Stampin'Up! unless noted
cardstock: watercolor paper, smoky slate textured (retired)
stamp sets: Jolly Friends, Marley Moose (Reverse Confetti)
inks: midnight black (CP designs), flirty fuchsia (CP designs), black soot (Tim Holtz distress ink)
stitched stackable rectangles: (lawn fawn)
aqua painter
paint brush size 0 (Taklon)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Masculine Monday #7

It's Monday and that means it's time for another masculine card.
I really struggled this week - I don't know if it's because I had a rough
week and had zero energy this weekend or I'm just running out of ideas 
for masculine cards. I hope it was the first one.


I used the Journaling Alpha Dies from Neat & Tangled -  love those things!
I chose 5 different colors of cardstock to cut the letters and layered them 
onto some DSP. 
I hummed and hawed for quite a while about whether or 
not to do anything else to the card. I couldn't decide so I decided to get 
an expert's opinion - I asked a man - and he thought it looked pretty 
good so I left it alone.

I kept things basically clean and simple - the gluing of the letters took
about 15 minutes but it was actually enjoyable.

I'm playing along with the following challenges:
Less is More - Alphabet
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies
Addicted to Stamps and More - clean and simple


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black, basic gray, real red, 
                 night of navy, so saffron, old olive, pumpkin pie
big shot: Journaling Alphas (Neat & Tangled), stitched stackable rectangles, (lawn fawn)
urban underground specialty dsp
foam sheet: Michaels

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Layered Vintage?

We've got a gorgeous photo to inspire your creative juices this week at



I was inspired by the script, the heart and the colors. 


Normally I would automatically make a CAS card but this one just seemed
to need a little more. I showed the card to my daughter and she said it was a 'shabby chic and vintage' style card. I'm not sure about that - I think it's a cross between 'clean and layered' and 'shabby chic and vintage' - maybe 'layered vintage'?


Card Recipe

 - Cut heart from masking paper and place on whisper white cardstock.
- Ink up script stamp with versamark ink, stamp onto cardstock, remove mask.
- Add copper embossing powder and heat set.
- Use the masking paper that you cut the heart from to cover the script. 
- Mix embossing paste with vintage photo and walnut stain distress crayons and spread onto the heart shape on cardstock.
- sponge the edges
- stamp a leafy image into the embossing paste. 
- when paste is dry add the leaf die, sentiment and sequins.

Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I hope to see your 
card in the gallery.


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black, soft suede
stamp sets: en Francais (retired) Timeless Textures, Number of Years
inks: versamark, soft suede, versafine onyx black (SSS)
embossing powders: copper and white
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
vintage photo and walnut stain distress crayons (Tim Holtz)
big shot: sizzlits little leaves (retired), large numbers framelits, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
masking paper (Inkadinkado)
sequins (dollar store)
foam sheets (Michaels)


Monday, February 13, 2017

Masculine Monday#6

I was struggling with what to make for this week's Masculine Monday card.
I knew I wanted to make a Valentine's card for my hubby but I 
wanted something different so I searched around the internet for 
some inspiration when I came across all kinds of tutorials for 
waterfall cards. 

If your guy is into gadgets and figuring out how things work like mine, then
this might be something you want to try. I showed it to my daughter
and she was amazed and more interested in how it worked than what it said. 
I knew then that this would be perfect for my DH and for many other guys 
out there.

I found an excellent tutorial by Bibi Cameron that you can check out

This is the front of the card - 

As you pull the red cord the front piece flips over like a page of a book to reveal
the next page.

And the next page.

And finally the last page and the message that is hidden on the piece with the
red cord.

I'm entering this in the current challenge at Creative Moments - 
the theme is anything goes with an optional twist of 
'love is in the air'.

Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black
dsp: scraps 
stamp sets: Timeless Textures, Nailed It, Perfect Pennants (retired), Feel Goods (retired)
                    Hot Hot Hot (Fresh Squeezed Stamps
ink: soft suede, crumb cake, basic black for sponging
       midnight black and rockin' red (Catherine Pooler Designs)
prismacolor pencil crayons
red cord (Recollections)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Joyful Tidings

Check out the inspiration photo below for the current challenge at 

Here's how I was inspired.

 I love seeing horses running in a field - it means freedom to me. This
inspiration photo gave me the same feeling so that's what I tried to
portray in my card.



Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's cards here. I look forward
to seeing your card in the gallery.


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supplies:
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cardstock: whisper white
stamp sets: Horses (Inkadinkado), Holiday Mittens (CP Designs)
ink: memento tuxedo black
Tim Holtz distress ink: tumbled glass
Big Shot: Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp!)
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Masculine Monday #5

Last week on StampNation I said the following:
"I think the key for all masculine cards is the KISS method - Keep It Simple Sweetie! That being said, next week's card might have you questioning that statement...or will it"

Well, here's this week's card. 
What do you think? Does it follow the KISS method or not?


I actually think this still qualifies for the KISS method and this is why:
I used one stamp set with the coordinating dies, dsp and embossing folder - so most of the planning was done for me. The square die, the twine and the corrugated paper helped to add more texture to the card.
This is a great tip someone gave me a long time ago:
- you can never go wrong with texture - it can add detail without clutter.

For a final touch I sponged all the edges with some soft suede ink before I put the card together - the white was a little too bright against all the other elements.

While there is a bow on this card and bows are typically thought of as 'girly', it works here because I used twine and the bow is very small.

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black, Kraft corrugated paper
dsp: Urban Underground Specialty pack
stamp set: Nailed It
bit shot: Build It Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions EF
linen thread
Prismacolor pencil crayons
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Soft Suede Ink
foam sheets: (Michaels)