Sunday, August 18, 2019

Salt Water Heals Everything!


When I lived on the coast and was needing a break from things I would often head to the ocean. I could feel myself relaxing the closer I got and as soon as I saw the ocean I felt 100x better. I can't explain it. I don't think it even needs explaining. It's just very soothing. I don't often get to the ocean anymore but I do live just a 5 minute drive from a beautiful lake and thankfully that has the same effect. 

I made this card thinking about walking the Sea Wall in Stanley Park in Vancouver. If you've never been there you should put it on your bucket list - it's beautiful!

Anyways, back to the card.


I used the By The Sea Stamp and Die set which is only available to StampNation members. One of the MANY perks of being a member. 

I started with a piece of white card stock that I did some ink blending on. I used the Twisted Sunburst Stencil and blended it lightly with Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti inks. Next I cut it with the large straight stitched die from the Postage Stamp Dies. I stamped the lighthouse from the By The Sea Stamp set with Black Jack ink, colored it in with a blender pen and Peppermint Scrub and Sand Castle inks and cut it out with the coordinating die. 
To make the water I used Aquatini and Mardi Gras inks. I used a paint brush but no water and lightly dragged the color onto the paper with the brush, building out the color until I was happy. I then went over it with a sparkle pen and because it's a liquid of sorts it blended the inks together and softened the look even more. I cut it with the same die from the Postage Stamp Die set and with a torn scrap of grey card stock for rocks I went about building my scene. 
I stamped the sentiment from the Vitamin Sea Stamp Set with Midnight ink and then adhered it with craft foam to a white card base that I added a piece of torn Sand Dunes card stock to for sand.

Where do you like to go when you need a break from things and need to calm your soul? 
Leave me a comment, I'd love to know.

Happy Stampin'
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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hey There




I made this for a StampNation card swap where the challenge was to use word dies. I don't know if there's a name for 
this type of card but because I had fun making it I'm going to call it a Fun Fold card.
I started by cutting two pieces of card stock using the large die from the Nested Labels Dies and then 
scoring a line 3/4" from the tip - see pen line in pic below.


Fold over at the score line and add adhesive to the back 


Line up both die cut pieces and adhere them together.


For the front of the card I blended on Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt inks for the grass and 
Fiesta Blue and Suede Shoes for the sky. 


I stamped the flamingo from the Stand Tall Stamp Set and cut him out with the coordinating die. I used a blender pen to color the bird with Party Dress and Samba and the beak with Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti. I stamped the sentiment from the Warm Welcome Stamp Set with Midnight ink and paired it with the die cut Hey There from the Ways to Say Hey Dies.
I used the flamingo die to cut some craft foam to adhere it to the card. I cut the sentiment into two pieces and adhered that with liquid glue just above the stamped sentiment.


Happy Stampin'
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Shopping list:

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Wine Not?



I recently purchased the Sip Happens stamp set by Picket Fence Studios. I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it since the ladies in my family like their wine. They'll all be getting cards in the mail soon haha.



I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a frame and then stamped both the image and the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad. If you're looking for a good black ink you may want to give this one a try.
I did some simple coloring with my Prismacolor pencils layered it with craft foam onto a piece of deep red card stock cut 1/8" bigger and then layered it onto a white card base.



Happy Stampin'
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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Refuse To Sink



The Refuse To Sink Stamp Set is such a great set!
It's got a big anchor and a cute little one that I used on this card, there's the rope to add to the big anchor, the sentiments are fantastic, the plant life stamps are great! It's a must have set AND it has Coordinating Dies to go with it. I stamped the little anchor and the sentiment with Midnight ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I also used the dies to cut craft foam to adhere them to the panel with.

To make the 'life preserver' I traced a circle die lightly with pencil onto a panel that I cut using the Postage Die Set. I used the ink splotch stamp fromthe Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set and a variety of blue inks I've linked to below and stamped them onto the pencil line rotating the image so they don't all look the same.

I adhered the panel to the card base using craft foam for dimension and then added sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix to finish the card.




I love the simplicity of this card and the message is one that is often needed for lots of people.

Happy Stampin'
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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!


Monday, August 5, 2019

Refuse to Sink



I thought this card was perfect to share with you today because I'm spending the day kayaking with my husband. The background looks like water and I'm spending the day on the water.
I used the Refuse to Sink Stamp Set from Catherine Pooler's  Unsinkable Release - I love that anchor and that sentiment is perfect.

I love how this card turned out.
It's fairly clean and simple but there's stuff going on on that background piece that makes me smile. 

Check out the video to see how I made it or click HERE to watch on YouTube.



Here's a close up of the background. 






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Saturday, August 3, 2019

A Nautical Card with Catherine Pooler's Unsinkable Collection

It's a long weekend here in BC where I live and I am going to take full advantage of it and get out on the water in my kayak. There's something about paddling along on a beautiful day that is so good for the soul. 

Catherine's latest release is called Unsinkable and has a nautical inspired theme throughout. If you're a fan of the ocean you will definitely be a fan of this release. You can of course purchase any of the products individually but Catherine has made it easier for you and created bundles that come with a little discount.

The Anchors Away Bundle includes:



The Under The Sea Bundle includes:




And for those of us that can't make up our minds there's the





Now let's get to the card I have for you today that features the Hook Line and Sinker Stamp Set. It's full of some great sentiments that will work well with any and all of the products in this release. It was a must have for me :)



I made a clean and simple card that was so easy and lots of fun to make. I used It's a Boy, Aquatini, Mardi Gras and Juniper Mist inks to create some water. I smooshed the ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then went about pouncing some water color paper into the ink puddles I made. I heat set the paper and then pounced again building up the colors - I repeated this process until I was happy with what I had. 
I cut a strip of the paper and then die cut a circle from the center.  There's something about the circle that fits with the nautical theme. I stamped the sentiment and the waves with Midnight ink. I added it to a white panel, leaving a gap and then decided to die cut it with the stitched rectangle die from the Postage Stamp Dies set. I added both pieces to the card base popping up the center piece with craft foam. 
And that's it. I'm thinking now that some sequins would look good on this. Hmmm I may go back and add a few.



Whatever you do this weekend I hope you enjoy it!

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Shopping list:

I've linked below to the products I used in this card. ALL the products for the Unsinkable Release are above at the beginning of this post.

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Pop'N Hop with Scrap'N Stamp



This was fun!!!


I've made these pop up cards many times before from scratch. They're not hard but they're no where near as easy as this one was to make. The Paper Cut has kits you can purchase that are pre-cut pieces of all that you need to make the base structure.

I stamped and colored images from Lawn Fawn's Out Of This World Stamp Set and cut them out with the coordinating dies.


I added some patterned paper (from my pile the I am trying to use up) that had a sky theme. I used a heavy weight vellum paper to add the images. I stamped two of every image and the vellum is placed between the two images so you can see the planets and the child from front and back.


The rocket ship, moon and sun are added one directly to the card and then the duplicate image was added with craft foam right on top of the first one. I like that it gives more of a 3D feel to the image. The sentiment is stamped with black ink.
I showed this to a few people that don't make cards and they were so impressed with it. If they only knew how easy these are to make now that you can purchase pre-cut pieces. And the possibilities for what you'd like to pop up out of the box are endless!

Time to HOP!
But first leave a comment here and at every stop along the hop because there's a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap'N Stamp STORE.

Have fun!

Susan 
Chala - your next stop


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!