Monday, January 30, 2017

Masculine Monday #4

It's Monday and that means it's time for another masculine card. 



This week I went with a monochromatic color scheme. The clean and graphic design of the designer paper pairs well with the rectangle die cut panel. Both have crisp hard lines to them which works well for masculine cards.

I used my MISTI from My Sweet Petunia to stamp the image and the sentiment. I knew I wouldn't be able to get the deep black that I wanted by stamping the image just once. Using the MISTI allowed me to stamp both the image and the sentiment 3 times which made for a very solid and crisp image.

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white
dsp: Urban Underground
stamp sets: The Journey (Tim Holtz), Keep on Truckin' (Taylored Expressions)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
MISTI (My Sweet Petunia)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Winter's Butterfly

The word prompt for this week's challenge at 
is 
SNOW.

I don't know about everyone else but I've had more than enough
of the fluffy white stuff. Don't get me wrong - I like snow, but it can go
away until next winter and I'll just look at it on cards for the next 10 months.
My husband just informed me we're due for another cold spell next week -
could get as low as -20C overnight - brrrrrr.



This card couldn't be any easier to make. I used white embossing paste
and the Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp! on a piece of whisper
white cardstock die cut with the Stitched Stackable Rectangle dies from
Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is an oldie but a goodie from Hero Arts called
Winter's Butterfly. The wooden snowflake is retired from Stampin' Up!


Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the design team'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
stamp set: Winter's Butterfly (Hero Arts)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (Lawn Fawn)
Falling Snow stencil (Simon Says Stamps!)
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
snowflake (retired Stampin' Up!)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Masculine Monday #3 (on Tuesday)

Oops - I'm a day late. 
I was out of town for the weekend and it threw me completely off my schedule. I woke up this morning and all of a sudden remembered that I had forgotten about Masculine Monday.

So, since I was unprepared but wanting to keep to my schedule, (or close to it), I'm using a card I CASE'd from The Little Paper Tree blog. You can see the 
original card here.


The stamp set is called Bottleful Of from Altenew. There's also a coordinating die set for it. This was one of those sets that when I saw it used the first time I ordered it right away. I thought it would be perfect for masculine cards - or for any person who enjoys a cold beer.

I stamped the bottle onto some watercolor paper and grabbed some distress
inks from Tim Holtz and did some watercoloring. I remember thinking during the
process that this was going to end up in the garbage, but I stuck with and kept
playing with the colors and ended up loving the results. After that, I had no 
idea on what to do for the card so I did what a lot of us do - I searched pinterest for some ideas. That's when I came across the card made by the mother daughter team at

I brushed on some smoky slate ink for the background by swiping the ink pad directly on the paper, stamped the sentiment repeatedly and popped the bottle up on dimensionals. I kept the label very simple - aged it up a bit with some black soot distress ink as I didn't like how stark it looked against the bottle.
All in all a pretty easy card to make - and fun to - I love playing with watercolors and watching the ink move around.

I would love to hear your thoughts on masculine cards. What you struggle
with, what works for you, questions you may have, techniques you'd
like to see done - anything at all. Please share them in the comments below
or email me at greetingsfromsusan@live.com and I'll do my best to bring
you some answers or suggestions.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: watercolor paper, whisper white, basic gray, basic black
stamp set: Bottleful Of (Altenew)
inks: smoky slate, memento tuxedo black
Tim Holtz distress inks: evergreen bough, peeled paint, iced spruce, black soot
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
dimensionals

Thursday, January 19, 2017

LOVE


I woke up this morning with an idea for a card and HAD to make it.
It's been awhile since that's happened to me so there was no way I 
was not going to head to my craft room. I made it to work with 2 minutes
to spare! I've got my priorities straight - lol!





Before I started I checked for a sketch to play along with and found the perfect
one at Freshly Made Sketches. I flipped it but it still works.
One of the challenges this week at StampNation is to make a card for someone
you love.
I did paper-piecing on the hearts, which is always a fun technique.
The sentiment stamp actually says 'thank you' but I just wanted the 'you' portion because it's such a pretty font so I masked off the part I didn't want.
This is a great way to stretch your stamps.
Have a look at your stamps with masking in mind and you may see them in a whole new way.

Now, I just have to say - I LOVE THOSE LETTER DIES!!!
The Journaling Alphas Nice & Neat Dies from Neat & Tangled are absolutely
awesome!!
I die cut them in black and white and layered them to create a 3D effect. I thought it might be difficult to do because they're so thin but it was easy-peasy!
I can't wait to play with them some more.
To finish the card off I used a wink of stella clear glitter pen on the heart that is
popped up on foam and then used a white gel pen to add the lines at the
top and the bottom.



Now, if you haven't checked out StampNation yet, all I can say is
you don't know what you're missing! 
And the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches has so many possibilities - I'm
going to be using it on a few more cards.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, soft suede, basic black
dsp: retired Christmas paper
stamp set: Still Smiling (Catherine Pooler Designs)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: Super Heart Border die (Simon Says Stamp), Journaling Alpha Die (Neat & Tangled)
White gel pen: Staples
wink of stella clear glitter pen
foam sheets: (Michaels)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Time to Dance!

We've got another great photo at The Card Concept to inspire you 
this week.


I LOVE all that white space with a pop of pink and orange. I've always loved photos of rooms like these - but I've never decorated a room this way - it's never felt comfortable - but on a card - well that's another story altogether!
I was also inspired by the ladies in the framed photos - perfect for my 
new watercolor pencils and Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin' Up!





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

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up!
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: Beautiful You
watercolor pencils: pumpkin pie and melon mambo
ink: memento tuxedo black, soft sky


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Always & Forever





I'm playing along with another challenge at StampNation. Today's
challenge is to make a wedding card using the color called
Something Borrowed - the third one down on the right.





Now, because I don't have her line of inks YET  - I used my Zig markers
and my aqua painter brush to color in a flower from Altenew's 
Peony Bouquet set. I stamped them
in black and then heat set it with some clear embossing powder. I 
forgot to take note of which color markers I used - I'll remember to do
that next time.


The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set called Wedding that I picked up at
Michaels


I made the background by embossing the Softly Falling embossing folder
from Stampin' Up! onto some smoky slate cardstock and then giving it
a gentle sanding to make the snow whiter.

I wanted to make the flower the focus so I kept everything very CAS.
I used some foam sheet pieces to adhere the flower and leaves onto
a whisper white piece of cardstock that I ran through the big shot using
the stitched stackable rectangles die from lawn fawn. The sentiment
is stamped with memento tuxedo black ink. For some more 
dimension I added a piece of foam to the back of the white piece before
adding it to the card base. 

Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, smoky slate, watercolor paper
stamps: Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Wedding (Inkadinkado)
ink: memento tuxedo black
clear embossing powder
Zig Clean Real Brush Markers
aqua painter
big shot: softly falling EF, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
sanding block
foam sheets: (Michaels)



Monday, January 16, 2017

Masculine Monday #2

This is my second week for making masculine cards.
Yay! I'm two for two!

I recently received some happy mail from Your Next Stamp. I've seen
them used a few times and loved them so I ordered a few. I love how
they stamp - I'll definitely be ordering more in the future.


This one is called So Sorry Donkey and there's a coordinating die - which
for some reason I didn't order ???? but will be rectifying soon.
It's got some great sentiments too.



There are a few keys to making masculine cards:
- make it personal
- make it humorous
- keep things simple
- use darker colors
- use bold patterns
- keep embellishments to a minimum
- use natural elements 


For this card I did some very simple coloring with prismacolor pencil crayons, paired it with some bold patterned dsp and added a humorous sentiment.
Simple, right?

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
stamp set: So Sorry Donkey (Your Next Stamp)
ink: memento tuxedo black
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
dsp: (K&Company)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet: Michaels

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Warmest Holiday Wishes

We've got a fun challenge for you this week at
It's a photo challenge and the photo is of presents.


You'll notice I didn't use the presents as inspiration. I went
with the colors of the presents. It's one of my favorite combos to 
make Christmas cards with and there just happened to be a piece 
of DSP on my desk that was perfect for this challenge.

The stamped image was also sitting on my desk - it was leftover from
a card class I had before Christmas. I grabbed the snowflakes, some 
pearls - colored one red for the nose - and I was done.
This was definitely a quick card to make.

Check out the rest of the DT's cards here and then I look forward
to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white
dsp: Candy Cane Lane 
stamp set: (no name on it)Art C
ink: early espresso, cherry cobbler, old olive
wooden snowflakes (retired Stampin' Up!)
basic pearls
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (Lawn Fawn)
foam sheet: Michaels

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy Birthday StampNation!

It's been 6 years since Catherine Pooler opened the doors of
StampNation. It is a site like no other. 
You'll find a community of friendship and support, challenges, tutorials 
and so much more!


To celebrate, StampNation is having a week long party full of fun daily challenges based on Catherine's new line of inks. 

The first theme is gift tags and uses the pink color called Party Dress.
I don't have the inks YET but I do plan on ordering all of them soon so
I improvised. (Check out all her ink colors below)



I used picked raspberry and worn lipstick distress inks from Tim Holtz for
the background and pink No.025 and light pink No.026 Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for the giraffe. (All the colors are listed below)
This was such a fun challenge - I rarely ever make tags and I was really 
inspired by the tag Catherine made.

I think my favorite part of the tag is the embossed black piece. I used a
retired CAS-ual Fridays stamp set called Big Thanks to stamp the circles
in versamark and then emboss with clear embossing powder. Love the
look when combined with the embossed pink tag.


The tags are from the Tag Buddies Fri-Dies also from CAS-ual Fridays.
The giraffe, sentiment and hearts are from the Genevieve Giraffe stamp set from Gina K.

Here's a pic of Catherine's ink colors - she also has a Midnight Black.
I can't wait until they are all in my possession!
You can check out her online store here



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
Stampin' Up card stock: whisper white, basic black, watercolor paper 
stamp set: Genevieve Giraffe (Gina K), Big Thanks (CAS-ual Fridays), En Francais (Stampin' Up)
Tim Holtz distress ink: picked raspberry and worn lipstick
Zig markers: pink, light pink, pale pink, pale green, fl. green, deep green, lilac, light violet
versafine onyx black ink
Tag Buddies Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays)
clear and white embossing powders (Stampin' Up)
basic black baker's twine (Stampin' Up)
old olive ribbon (retired Stampin' Up)
sequins (dollar store)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Play Time!

I spent yesterday in my craft room playing. My daughter was at work
and since I fell at work on friday and re-injured my foot, my husband went for 
a hike without me so I had the house to myself.
It was a little bit of heaven!

I spent the morning coloring a card for the challenge at

and


 I realized that I don't make many
masculine cards. I keep saying I'm going to make more - then I make
one or two and then....stop. Not this time. This time my plan is to share
a masculine card every Monday.

Here's the first one.


The image is Video Boy from Mo Manning colored with prismacolor pencils. 
The sentiment is Essential Sentiments from My Favorite Things.

 



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white, basic black, old olive
digi image: Video Boy (Mo Manning)
stamp sets: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
pencil crayons: Prismacolor
versamark ink
whisper white embossing powder
big shot: stitched rectangle stackables (Lawn Fawn)
foam sheet: Michaels