Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Girl Power on StampNation


The challenge theme this week was inspired by the Rwanda Friendship bracelets that are available in Catherine Pooler's online store. The story behind that...being grateful and thankful, being a part of something amazing...crafters and women supporting women (sorry guys!).


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Masculine Monday #28

I have to be honest with you - I am not a fan of this card but my husband loves it and that's who I made it for so YAY!



My hubby is getting ready to set out an adventure - he's loading up his packs and putting them on his pedal bike and hitting the road! Doesn't sound like an adventure to me - it sounds like hard work with little to no fun involved - but to each their own.

So this weeks card is for him.

I went on line to find a digi image of a biker with packs and such but couldn't find anything so I searched some free coloring pages and found this guy. While it's not exactly what I was looking for, the expression on his face matches the excitement my hubby is feeling. 

I was stuck for what to put as a sentiment so I kept it really simple but looking at it now I think it's too simple. I'm thinking now that I should've made the image smaller and had some speech bubbles above him saying a few different things. Oh well, too late now - he's seen it and he appreciates it, maybe I'll use that idea on a different card.

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supplies:
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card stock: Whisper White thick
image: free online coloring page
sentiment: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Have Yourself....

Christmas Card Challenges has a challenge that is perfect for the 
CAS stamper. Check out the inspiration photo.

I didn't stray too far from the photo for my card.


Now it's your turn.
Check out how the rest of the DT was inspired HERE.

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.
Have fun!

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp sets: Merry and Joy (Honey Bee Stamps), Merry and Bright (Avery Elle), ?? (Art-C)
CP Design inks: Rockin' Red, Grass Skirt, Midnight
accessories: Stitched Stackable Rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foram (Michaels)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Inside & Out on StampNation

We've got a fun challenge for you over on StampNation this week. We put a lot of time and effort into making the front of the cards but we tend to neglect the insides. This week we want you to show both the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE of your cards some love.

Here's a sneak peek at my card and...



a here's a peek at some of the DT's cards.



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Make a Wish and a Message


This was one of those challenges that as soon as I saw the cue card I knew
what I was going to do. The cue card at CASology is wish and I thought it 
was perfect for a card that's been on my mind to make.




I die cut a circle in some card stock to use like a stencil. I grabbed some fun distress ink colors and set about sponging the background. Originally it was just going to be a few at the top of the page but I couldn't seem to stop sponging on the colors. 
I stamped the sentiment and the candles and then something happened that almost made me throw it out. When I wiped the surface where I was sponging I missed a spot and when I turned the piece over to add some craft foam I set it in some ink. ugghhhh

I let it sit overnight and when I came back to it this morning I decided not to throw it away. I decided to add some sequins and some shimmer to the candles in hopes to distract from the ink. 

And now for my message:

Me telling you all this probably defeats the purpose of distracting from the ink but what I wanted to get across is this - don't give up on cards when you make a mistake, more often than not there's a way to make it work. This is supposed to be a fun hobby and if you stress out too much about everything being perfect then you're missing out on the fun.


Now I need to make some tea and go check out all the cards the DT made and all the entries too.

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp set: Bring on the Cake (Sugar Pea Designs), Birthday (Recollections)
Tim Holtz distress inks: tumbled glass, dusty concord, worn lipstick, twisted citron, shaded lilac, broken china
ink: versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
accessories: metallic sequins, sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir), stictched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn) 
                   craft foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Three For One


I've been wanting to try coloring on kraft colored card stock for awhile and with the combined challe Onenges at AAA CardsLess is More and Seize the Birthday right now it was the perfect time to try it. 


I used this adorable Cake & Wishes stamp set from Penny Black and combined 
words from the All About You and the Young at Heart stamp sets from CAS-ual Fridays and Catherine Pooler's SOA Collection.

I stamped them all with versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used white and a variety of red pencil crayons from Prismacolor.

Red, White and You Seize the Birthday



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supplies:
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cardstock: crumb cake
stamp sets: Cake & Wishes (Penny Black), Young at Heart (CAS-ual Fridays), All About You (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: versamark
accessories: white embossing powder, pencil crayons (Prismacolor)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Masculine Monday #27

I took to the internet to find inspiration for my Masculine Monday card.
The CAS-ual Fridays team is hosting a Tic Tac Toe challenge right now
and I thought that was perfect.



I chose to go across the middle of the board with monochromatic (neutrals), add a tag and no embellishments. I admit the embellishments was hard but I figure you can't have a tag without something tied to it so I kept the tie in the monochromatic color scheme.

I recently ordered one of the new 6x6 paper stacks from Stampin' Up called Wood Textures - it's awesome! I wish it came in a 12x12 pack. I don't have any sentiments that have to do with wood and I couldn't get what I wanted out of my head so I printed it out on my computer. It makes me smile and hopefully it'll make the recipient smile too.




Tic Tac Toe challenges are always fun because the possibilities are endless.
How does this challenge inspire you?


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supplies:
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paper: whisper white thick, basic black, crumb cake, wood textures
sentiment: printed on my computer
ink: soft suede
accessories: Tag Buddies (CAS-ual Fridays), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), linen thread, staple

Thursday, July 6, 2017

More Than Pizza!


I love pizza and I love making cards so when I saw that the challenge
at CASology was PIZZA I knew I had to play along!



I don't have any stamps or digi images of pizza or slices of pizza so I
got my pencil out and drew one. It's a pepperoni, mushroom, pineapple 
and pepper pizza. YUMMO!

I colored it with my Prismacolors and then set about figuring out what 
to do for the sentiment. 
I was flipping through my stamps when I saw a coffee one with the 
sentiment 'I love you more than coffee' and thought I need to use
that! I don't like coffee at all so it definitely suits me better to 
substitute pizza for coffee lol.




Now I'm craving pizza!
Good thing I have one in my freezer to cook up for lunch.

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supplies:
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cardstock: whisper white thick, real red, basic black
stamp set: For The Love of Latte (Reverse Confetti)
ink: versamark, 
pizza image (hand drawn by me)
accessories: prismacolor pencil crayons, Journaling Alphas Die (Neat & Tangled,  
                   white embossing powder, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), 
                   craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

It's Summer Time at StampNation!


We're having a celebration over at StampNation and guess what
we're celebrating?

SUMMER

Here's a sneak peak at my card...



...and here's a peak at the rest of the design teams cards.


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BE


I love this sentiment!



When I saw the challenge at AAA Cards was all about words I was eager
to play along. One of the things that always seemed to come up with the
students I worked with this year was words and how much of an affect they 
can have on people.

Saying just one positive thing a day can make a big difference in 
someone's life.





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supplies:
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cardstock: whisper white
stamp sets: Thoughts & Reminders (Altenew), Giggles (CP Designs)
ink: Twisted Citron (Tim Holtz distress ink), Aquatini (CP Designs)
accessories: Pattern of the Rings stencil (Winnie & Walter)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Masculine Monday #26

I've been reorganizing my craft room (again! -  I think I may have finally hit on something that will work) and I came across some things that never made it onto a card. I decided to make a pile of those things and by the end of my summer break, they will ALL have been used and not tossed.

Here's the first card using some of those items.




This card uses 3 items from that pile. 
The frame, the black background piece and the truck which wasn't colored.

I knew I was going to use the frame because it's typically NOT what I would
reach for when making a masculine card and I wanted to challenge myself to use it.
I made that background piece months ago with some metallic texture 
paste. Not sure why I didn't use it because I love how it turned out. 
The truck was stamped months ago as well but sat uncolored until last night.

But last night, they all seemed to work together.
Its a clean and layered card with a simple color scheme and some texture.
These are things that will work on any card but they definitely work
on masculine cards.

Who else has a pile of items that didn't make it onto cards?
I challenge you to use as much of that pile as you can over the next
2 months.

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black
stamp set: Loads of Love (retired), Keep on Truckin' (Taylored Expressions)
ink: versafine onyx black (SSS)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
accessories: Mod Squared Stencil (CP Designs), Black Metallic Texture Paste (Heidi Swapp),
                   stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), Stitched Shape Framelits, crystal effects,
                   craft foam (Michaels)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Merry Time!

 The theme this week at Christmas Card Challenges is ornaments.
One of my favorite techniques is inlaid die-cutting and this ornament 
die is perfect for the technique and this weeks challenge.



Check out the inspiration photo below and the rest of the DT's cards HERE.
I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.
Have fun with it.
Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black, basic gray, silver glimmer, silver
dsp: retired pack
stamp set: Merry & Bright (Honey Bee)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: Merry Ornament (Poppy stamps), finishing touches edgelits (retired)
craft foam (Michaels)