Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank You!

The challenge this week at StampNation is to make a THANK YOU card.

Here's a peek at my card. 


I'd like to challenge you all to make a card for someone you are thankful
to have in your life AND send them the card. 

I am truly thankful for all of you!
Thank you for subscribing to my email list.
Thank you for following.
And a big THANK YOU for all your kind words and encouragement you've
left me along this blog journey of mine.

To see the whole card you'll have to head over to StampNation

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Going Retro



We're going retro at The Card Concept this week. Check out the pretty 
and fun inspiration photo below.




I gathered up a variety of stamp sets that had different size circles in 
them, a few fun and bright distress ink colors and started stamping.
The sentiment is from an old Stampin' Up stamp set called Tin of Tags.
I've had that set since it came out but this is the first time I've
used it. Do you have sets like that in your craft room? Ones you had to 
have but then took forever to use?

It's hard to see in the photo but I added some shine to the ornaments
with my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.

A pretty simple card to make and fun too.

Check out the rest of the DT cards HERE
and I'll see you in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Tin of Tags (SU), In Bloom (Winnie & Walter), Here We Come a Caroling (CP Designs), one from the dollar store with no name
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Spun Sugar and Evergreen Bough (Tim Holtz), Starlite Silver (Tsukineko)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), silver cardstock (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), twine (Recollections), craft foam (Michaels)


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Masculine Monday #45

Welcome to another episode of Masculine Monday.


For this weeks card I decided to play along with the circle challenge over 

I recently re-discovered an old stamp set that I found at the dollar store
forever and a day ago. I bought it because it reminded me of the
fireworks display we have in our town every Halloween. 

I knew I wanted a grunge look without going all grunge so I used
 Tim Holtz distress inks because I like the way the image stamps a little
blotchy on regular card stock.

The sentiment is from a set called Essential Sentiments from
My Favorite Things.

A quick an easy card - gotta love that!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: dollar store set name unknown, In Bloom (Winnie & Walter), Here We Come a Caroling (CP Designs), Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
ink: Distress Ink: Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot (Tim Holtz), midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), crumb cake (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangel (lawn fawn)

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Masculine Monday #44



For this week's Masculine Monday card I did a very neutral card - probably 
the most neutral one yet and simple too - I love how it turned out.

I used the Journaling Alpha Dies from Neat and Tangled on some crumb 
cake card stock from Stampin' Up. But instead of using the letters I used 
the negative space for my card. You'll see me use the letters on another 
card later.

Next I did my stamping. I used Early Espresso ink from SU to stamp
both the quad and the word birthday. I used a black and a gray 
pencil crayon from Prismacolor to add some shading under the quad.
Last to be done was to add it to my card base using some craft foam. 
I used basic black from (SU) for the base. I saved the little pieces from 
the letters P and A and added them back in with craft foam. 

Looking at it now has given me some ideas for another card.
Time to play!

If this, or any of my cards inspire you in some way - I'd love to 
see how. You could send me a pic, or if you share on social media you 
could tag me so I could see it.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Need for Speed (SU retired), Essential Sentiments (MFT)
ink: Early Espresso (SU)
paper: crumb cake (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: Journaling Alphas Dies (Neat & Tangled), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Cats are Singing!


You may have already guessed that the theme this week at 
is CATS.

While I am not a fan of cats my daughter does have two pretty cute ones. 
I wanted to make a card for her with the cats on the card looking like hers. 
This image from Maureen Manning called Singing so Beautiful was
 perfect for her and the challenge. 
A win win!



How will this inspire you?
I'm really looking forward to seeing all the cute images that are sure to 
show up in the gallery.

Check out the DT's cards HERE
and have fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Holiday Mittens (CP Designs)
digi image: Singing so Beautiful (Maureen Manning)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Celebrating Fall at SN

I love everything there is about Fall!
The colors, the leaves falling, the cooler weather, the hay bales
in the fields, big comfy sweaters, chai lattes...
I could go on but instead I want to tell you about a challenge we
have at StampNation right now.

First check out these sneak peeks of the cards some of the DT has created.


We are challenging you to use twine or hemp on your card AND there's
also a beautiful photo to help get your creative juices flowing.

One of the many great things about StampNation is the challenges never
end. So that means you can play along whenever you have the time.

So, whenever you're ready, grab your big comfy sweater and a chai latte
 (or beverage of your choice)
and head to your craft room and have some fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TCC's Rich Holiday Table



The inspiration photo we have this week at The Card Concept is 
GORGEOUS!
Check out that table!


I used inks from Catherine Pooler Designs to stamp the poinsettias and
the leaves, gave them a little spritz of water and then stamped them onto
 some water color paper holding it still for a few seconds to let the color 
set in. Next I painted the background with some more of Catherine's ink and added some shading details.
I love how versatile these inks are!
The sentiment and a few little splatters and this card is done!

Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I look forward to 
seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Tis The Season (CP Designs), Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Rockin' Red, Grass Skirt, Tiara, Icing on the Cake and Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: 140lb cold press watercolor paper (Canson), Whisper White Thick (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Masculine Monday #43



The idea for this week's Masculine Monday card came about from some
conversations my husband and I have been having lately about retirement 
and travelling. We plan on travelling in a truck and trailer, not a fast sports 
car but wouldn't that be fun to do!

I was inspired by a card I saw on StampNation that a member had made.
She used 6 shades of gray for her floral card - so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration Susie. 
I didn't use as many as her but there's a few.
I started by adding some black metallic texture paste onto some basic gray card stock using a Tim Holtz stencil.
Next I stamped the racing car with some silver pigment ink from Tsukineko, covered it with silver embossing powder, heat set it and then added some lines using a white gel pen.

I added some silver metallic thread between the two layers and then for the
sentiment I went with some stickers from Tim Holtz Big Chat collection.



With the colors I chose (or the lack of color), the texture from the paste this
card leans to the clean and graphic card style which (I think - I'm not very good 
at classifying the style - I don't tend to think about that when I'm making a 
card - I just  make the card lol)

Regardless, the neutral colors and the graphic style lends itself quite 
nicely to masculine cards.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Need For Speed (SU retired)
ink: Platinum Planet (Tsukineko)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic gray (SU)
accessories: black metallic texture paste (Heidi Swapp), bubble stencil (Tim Holtz), silver metallic thread (SU), silver embossing powder (SU), Big Chat stickers (Tim Holtz), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's All About the WREATH!

A new challenge just went up at StampNation and I'm sure you're going to want to play along with this one!



It's all about the WREATH!

Check out the sneak peek above. 
Does it inspire you?
I know I'm inspired to go make some more cards.

This was a fun challenge to be a part of.
Can you guess which card is mine?

Have you started your Christmas cards?
Why not start with this challenge?

Happy Stampin'
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We're Distressing at StampNation

Check out these sneak peeks for the current challenge we have going over at StampNation right now!
We're challenging you to use your distress inks on a project.



I'm really intrigued by what I see and want to check out the full cards.
One of them's mine - can you guess which one?
 I'm heading over to StampNation now to check them out - 
what about you?

Happy Stampin'
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gerda Steiner's Racoon



This digital image raccoon from Gerda Steiner is so adorable!
And it was FREE! 
When you play along in her monthly challenge, she sends you the next 
months challenge image for free. How cool is that!

I printed this little guy out on card stock and then again on computer
paper to use as a mask.

I used my Prismacolor pencil crayons to color him in. I sponged some distress ink on for the grass and then added some detail with the pencil crayons.

Next I masked him off and stamped some trees - I'm wishing now that I 
added some shadow to them.
And lastly I sponged the sky with some more distress inks and then 
stamped the sentiment.

This was a fun one - I enjoyed creating the scene behind him. 

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Birthday Wish (Stampendous), Lovely as a Tree (SU), Happy Everything (SU retired)
digital image: Raccoon (Gerda Steiner)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), distress ink - crushed olive, peeled paint, tumbled glass, broken china (Tim Holtz), Old olive (SU)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), night of navy (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Masculine Monday #42



You may have noticed that I like to keep my masculine cards pretty clean and simple - especially when I leave myself pressed for time.

For today's card I mostly used a stamp set from Hero Arts (CL335). The happy birthday sentiment is from #awesome by Lawn Fawn.
I did some no-fuss coloring with my zig markers. I just put the color on and didn't worry about shading. I remember my Dad having a hammer with a black handle, a screwdriver with a red handle and a saw with a yellow handle so that's what I chose to color these tools.

I added a couple of strips of designer paper down the side for some fun - using your dsp like this is a great way to use up those scrap piles we all have.  I put a thin strip of black card stock between the papers and the card panel to help ground everything.

That's it.
Pretty simple right?



I just noticed that there's a green marker in the photo above but I didn't use a green marker. Oops. Just ignore that lol.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Hero Arts (CL335), #awesome (Lawn Fawn)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), Zig Markers - wine red, ochre, light gray and gray brown
paper: Whisper White thick (SU), basic black (SU), retired dsp (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Snow and Mistletoe at CCC



I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Winterhaven SOA box from
It's all Christmas themed and arrived the other day. I knew the Tis The 
Season stamps and dies would be perfect for this weeks challenge at 
and I couldn't wait to get inky with them!

First I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut circle panel and positioned it on my card where I wanted it. I lightly traced a circle onto the card panel to use as a guide for stamping. I stamped a few images around the circle making sure to overlap the circle line so when I placed the sentiment on top all the greenery was coming out from under it.
I die cut some of the images and layered them on - this helps to give
the wreath some more dimension.
Lastly I placed the sentiment on top and then added it to my card base.



Now it's your turn.
How does the photo inspire you?

Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE
and
I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Tis the Season (CP Designs)
ink: Midnight, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, Rockin' Red and Black Jack (CP Designs)
paper: Whisper White thick (SU)
accessories: Tis the Season Dies (CP Designs), Stitched Shapes Framelits (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn Love at The Card Concept




Autumn is my favorite season of all so when I saw the inspiration photo 
for this week's challenge at The Card Concept I was eager to create.



I was inspired by the beautiful white cake and the leaves with their 
gorgeous fall colors to make my CAS card.

First I stamped the cake and the sentiment with versamark ink and then heat set it with some white embossing powder. I then die cut that out with a tag die from CAS-ual Fridays.

For the leaves I used distress inks - I like how they look a little splotchy when used with regular card stock. I cut each one out and placed them under the tag which has craft foam on it to give it some dimension. 
Lastly, I tied some linen thread to the tag.

Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I look
forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Wedding (Inkadinkado), Leaf Motifs (CP Designs)
ink: versamark, early espresso (SU), distress inks - wild honey, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, fired brick, peeled paint (Tim Holtz)
paper: whisper white thick (SU) wood textures dsp (SU),
accessories: white embossing powder (SU), tag buddies Fri Dies (CAS-ual Fridays), linen thread (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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