Monday, June 26, 2017

Masculine Monday #25

I woke up this morning thinking it was Sunday and that I was going
to play in my craft room. I was really sad when I realized it wasn't 
Sunday, that it was Monday and I had to go to work. But I was happy 
to know it's the last Monday before our summer break! YAY!!!


I didn't have a card ready but I did have one in mind so I decided
to make one. You all know my priorities right - cards first and then
get ready for work - I wasn't late so all was good.

This card had to be quick. So...
step 1. scribble a few colors of gelatos onto some watercolor paper. 
step 2. use a wet paint brush to blend them all together. 
step 3. place a burlap stencil on the wet paper and scribbled some gelato 
onto the stencil. 
step 4. wet your finger or us a paint brush to rub the gelato around but not smoothly - I wanted it to appear more detailed in some areas than in others.
step 5. use a heat gun to dry.
step 6. stamp the clock and die-cut it out along with two other 
circles and sponge the clock and the edges of all the circles. 
step 7.  heat emboss the sentiment.
step 8. sporadically stamp some birds on a wire onto the gelato piece.
step 9. put it all together.

You may be thinking that all those steps don't sound like a quick
card but I managed to make it in about 30 minutes.

Neutral colors with a pop of color and lots of texture - you can
never go wrong with these for a masculine card.

I'm playing along in the following challenges
Love to Scrap - Boyz Rule

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black,marina mist, watercolor
stamp set: Tim Holtz, Sentiment Collection (Penny Black)
ink: memento tuxedo black, soft suede, versamark
gelatos: iced rose, gold champagne and silver ice (Faber-Castell)
stencil: burlap(Tim Holtz)
embossing powder: whisper white
big shot: stitched shapes framelits

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gelato Anyone?

I'm sorry. Did you think I meant gelato ice cream? 
No, I meant an art medium called gelatos from Faber-Castell. 
An amazing and very versatile product!
You've got to check them out!


There's some incredible classes this summer at StampNation and the first
one is on gelatos. I was so inspired by the techniques that were shared
that I couldn't to get my gelatos out and play.



I decided to try watercoloring.
I used Iced Rose for the flower petals and Gold Champagne for the center. 
I have the set below but there are sooooo many more colors. I believe there
are 68 colors in total. I had so much fun painting with the gelatos that
I do have and I CAN'T WAIT to get more and try other techniques!



Gelatos come in tubes like chapstick. I sliced some off the end and
put it onto a clear stamping block. Next I used a watercolor brush and
added some water to mix it up and then had some fun painting.

There's a bit of a shimmer to the colors that I used but unfortunately it doesn't show as well in the photos as I'd like.

Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black, watercolor, vellum
stamp set: Sentiment Collection (Penny Black), Blended Bloom (retired)
ink: memento tuxedo black, versamark
gelatos: Iced Rose and Gold Champagne (Faber-Castell)
embossing powder: whisper white
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles(lawn fawn), So Detailed Thinlits (retired)
basic pearls
craft foam (Michaels)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Think Pink

I could've sworn that there was a song called Think Pink
by the B52's but I searched and I can't find it.
I need to figure out what song the lyrics in my head are from
before it drives me crazy!

The people at Shopping our Stash are having a challenge with the
theme Think Pink in honor of one of their founding members who passed
away in 2015. 



I used the adorable Genevieve Giraffe from Gina K. Designs. Besides
the cute giraffe it has a tone of great sentiments all in a gorgeous font.
(You may have guessed that I like this set)
The polka-dot paper and the pink card-stock are from 
Simon Says Stamps June kit.
I used my zig watercolor markers to color Genevieve and then fussy-cut
her out and adhered her to the pink card-stock.

June 23rd is National Pink Day so go get your pink on!

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, pink(SSS June kit)
dsp: (SSS June kit)
stamp set: Genevieve Giraffe (Gina K Designs)
ink: midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
watercolors: (zig real brush markers)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
pencil crayon (Prismacolor)
craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

See You In September


We'll be taking the summer off from challenges here at 
so this is the last one until September.
Now I've got a song stuck in my head.
You know the one?
See You In September - it's an old one by The Happenings.



For this clean and somewhat layered card I stamped the Hardwood stamp 
from Stampin' Up! onto some whisper white card stock and then stamped
the Rose Clock from Stamp-it Australia on top. 
I colored the rose and the leaves with my Prismacolor pencil crayons and
sponged the edges to soften the look.
I layered it onto some black cardstock then onto a craft foam sheet and
next onto some soft suede card stock.
All in all it was pretty easy. 



If you're new to coloring, something like
this would be a good place to start. You're only coloring a small portion
of the overall call so it's less intimidating for a beginner.




So how does this photo inspire you?
Click HERE to see how the rest of the DT was inspired.
I hope to see you in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black, soft suede
stamp set: Rose Clock (Stampi-it Australia), Hardwood
ink: crumb cake, memento tuxedo black
pencil crayons: (Prismacolor)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Masculine Monday #24 - Running in Circles!

My daughter came into my craft room on Saturday night asking if
she could use my stuff to make a Father's Day card. She'd been looking
on Pinterest and had come across a card she wanted to CASE.
I of course, said yes!

So for today's Masculine Monday card I'd like to introduce you to 
my daughter, Erin, and her card.

Check it out!



She gathered up some circle punches and some scrap papers of colors
she knows he likes and then went to town punching circles. She popped the circles up on dimensionals and scattered them on the
card.
The DAD letters are from the Journaling Alpha Dies by Neat & Tangled -
love those dies! She die cut the letters from thick white cardstock and then
from craft foam. She glued the letters to the foam, put a block on top of
them for a few minutes and then set them on the card.

I think it turned out great and she can be my guest here anytime!

She didn't save the pin but I will look for it and add a link here when 
I find it.
update: Click HERE to see the card that she CASE'd. It was made
by Delphine Lorelli - Erin says thanks for the inspiration Delphine!


Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: basic gray, whisper white thick, assorted scraps
big shot: Journaling Alpha Dies (Neat & Tangled)
punches: a variety of circles
craft foam (Michaels)
dimensionals

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges

It's Sunday and that means it's time to play at


We have a theme challenge for you and that theme is
WREATHS.

I used a stamp from a ART-C set (sorry I don't know the name)
that's a sprig of greenery. I stamped it in a circle with one shade
of green ink and then stamped it again, filling in the gaps with 
another shade of green.
I stamped the deer from the same set and popped him up using
some craft foam for a bit of dimension.
Next came the sentiment.
I was going to add some berries to the wreath at this point but
decided I liked it better without.
Very clean and simple.




Now it's your turn!
Check out the rest of the DT's cards here and then I hope
to see your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp set: unknown name (ART-C), CL722 (Hero Arts)
ink: early espresso, grass skirt (CP Designs), lime rickey (CP Designs)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Friday, June 16, 2017

You Make a Difference!

Who wouldn't like to receive a card telling them
'You make a difference'. I think it would make anyone
feel happy.


I used the color challenge at CAS-ual Fridays and the theme 
at Shopping Our Stash to inspire me for this card. 

The star fish is from the Picture Perfect stamp set from Stampin' Up! I've 
had that set for months and have never inked it up. I was pulling the 
retired sets off my shelf when it caught my eye and decided to use it.
Not sure why I waited so long.

I used some Catherine Pooler inks to watercolor the background.
The strip of designer paper is from a retired Stampin' Up! pack. 
The sentiment is from a stamp and die combo designed by
 CAS-ual Fridays exclusively for Stamp of Approval

When I was organizing my craft room the other day, (it's a work in progress
but I'm getting there) I realized I have a lot of retired paper, embellishments 
and quite a few stamp sets that have never been inked.
So I decided that I need to use what I have before I purchase more things 
except for necessities of course :) for example I need more 
Catherine Pooler inks and ink is a necessity because you can't stamp
 without ink :) lol


Shopping Our Stash - Happy Mail

So check out the challenges and join in the fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: basic gray, basic black, whisper white thick, watercolor
dsp: (retired)
stamp set: Perfect Picture (retired), All About You (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA)
ink: calypso coral, versamark, aquatini (CP Designs)
big shot: 2 You's (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
white embossing powder
basic pearls
craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Masculine Monday #23

For this week's Masculine Monday card I again went for a CAS card.
I also made it a one layer card, did a masking technique and kept the
color scheme to one color.



I recently ordered the Mixed Drinks stamp set from Stampin' Up!
and knew that the first stamp I would use would be the beer mug.
I stamped it onto the card base first and then covered it up with some
masking paper. Next I sponged on some tumbled glass, broken china 
and chipped sapphire distress inks and then removed the mask.
If you've never done masking before, the moment you remove the 
mask is so cool!! 

I'm playing along with the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday - One Layer Card

Cards in Envy - You're the Man




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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp set: Mixed Drinks, Essential Sentiments (MFT)
masking paper (Inkadinkado)
ink: memento tuxedo black
Tim Holtz distress ink: tumbled glass, broken china, chipped sapphire
pencil crayon (Prismacolor)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Let The Bliss Begin

I recently ordered one of the monthly card kits from
Simon Says Stamp and loved it!! 

Check it out!

I knew I was going to play in the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays again as
soon as I saw the paper pack - it's gorgeous!!
I did stamp the card base using a very old text stamp from Stampin' Up!
It was actually one of the old wheel stamps that I took apart so I could
use laying flat.



The heart is from a die set called Swirly Scribbles from Stampin' Up!
I embossed one of the sentiments from the gorgeous stamp set that came
in the kit with early espresso embossing powder onto vellum paper and 
adhered it with a couple of very tiny drops of glue behind the letters that come
in contact with the heart - I hope it stays put!
I ran the heart die through the big shot with some craft foam and then
glued the paper heart to that for some dimension.

I love how this one turned out.



You've still got a few days to play along with the challenge.
Why don't you check it out HERE.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
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I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock base: whisper white thick, vellum
text stamp (retired SU)
cotton candy cardstock, floral patterned paper, Floral bliss stamp set: all from Simon Says Stamp June kit
ink: versamark
embossing powder: early espresso
big shot: swirly scribbles thinlits, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)