Friday, March 22, 2019

Toucan Do It!

The Toucan Do It Stamp Set and the Toucan Do It Dies are two of my favorite things from Catherine Pooler Designs Tropical Treasures Release. There's just something about the birds in this set that grab me which is odd because birds freak me out in real life. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that way.

We've been celebrating the release with an Instagram Hop and a Blog Hop. Today there is a VIDEO HOP with more great cards to inspire you. Be sure to check them all out and leave comments because there are some $25 Gift Cards to Catherine's STORE to be won.   


I shared this card on the Instagram Hop and thought I'd share the details here with you.         
This card features the following products:
- Toucan Do It Stamp Set
- Toucan Do It Dies
- To The Point Cover Plate
- Tropical Treasures Designer Paper
- Cabana Prints Designer Paper
- Hex Marks The Spot Stamp Set



I cut a piece of the designer paper from the Cabana Prints Pack to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" and adhered that to the front of a white card base that was cut to 4 1/4 x 11" and scored at 5 1/2". Next I die cut 3 of the To The Point Cover Plate panels with white card stock and layered them together with some liquid glue and the adhered them to the card base.
To make the birds I stamped a bird once on each of the papers in the Tropical Treasures Designer Paper pack. I also stamped the birds 3 times on white card stock. Then I set about cutting the patterned paper birds apart section by section and adhering them randomly to the birds stamped on the card stock. I found this step to be quite enjoyable. I just realized that I forgot to color in the talons and the branches they're sitting on. Oops. I used the coordinating die to cut each bird out.
I stamped out a bunch of the flowers and leaves from the stamp set and colored them in using a blender pen and some coordinating ink colors.
I added a mini action wobble to the back of each bird and then added them to the card. Next I cut out all the flowers and leaves with their coordinating dies and adhered them to the card. Some are adhered directly to the card panel and some are adhered with a layer of craft foam for some dimension.
The sentiment is from the Hex Marks The Spot Stamp Set.

Check out these birds in action. They make me smile.




What's your favorite product from the new release?
Check out that pineapple in the bottom left - gorgeous!



I've linked below to all the products I used in my card. If you do purchase through my links I do earn a small commission and this is at no extra cost to you. I appreciate your support. Here is a link to see ALL THE PRODUCTS from this release.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tropical Treasures Release Blog Hop


Oh My Gosh!! Have you seen all the amazing products in this release? And all the cards that have been made so far? If you're hopping along in order you should've arrived from Kristie's blog - didn't you love her cards! She's so talented!
I think my favorite thing from the whole release is the Toucan Do It Stamp Set.  I don't even really care for birds ??? they kind of freak me out but I can't get enough of the birds in this set.
Along with this release the previously released Tropically Yours SOA Collection is now available for purchase too and yes, it completely coordinates with the Tropical Treasures Release. 
Be sure to leave a comment below and at all the stops on the hop for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the STORE. You'll find all the links at the end of this post.


My first card features the following:
- Toucan Do It Stamp Set
- Toucan Do It Dies
- To The Point Cover Plate
- Miami Sequin Mix


It looks like I used a stencil to make the leaves for this card but I didn't - technically. I used the To The Point Cover Plate and made a stencil. I used a piece of the thin cardboard that I'd saved from an old pack of designer paper and ran it through my big shot with the cover plate. After poking out all the pieces I covered it with some Gesso and when it was dry I used it as a stencil. I mixed some embossing paste with a few drops of Grass Skirt reinker and then spread that over part of my stencil onto a piece of white card stock. Once it was dry I sponged on the background colors. It probably would've been easier to sponge the background first but I wanted that little but of white that you see around the leaves. The rest of the card is kept really simple - just some stamping and die cutting, a few sequins and this card is done.

My next card features the following:
- Pineapples and Smiles Stamp Set
- Pineapples and Bits Dies
- Wonky Triangle Stencil


I stamped the pineapple in Midnight, the leaves in Aquatini and cut it out with the coordinating die. Then using a blender pen I colored in the rest of the pineapple with Limoncello. The bottom of the card base is sponged with Aquatini, the top with Melon Ice. The little pineapples are all stamped with versamark onto a white card panel and then heat set with Vintage Peacock, Verdigris, Misty Sky and Bright White embossing powders. I die cut out two of them before sponging the bottom of the panel with Melon Ice and the top with Aquatini.
I mixed some embossing paste with some Melon Ice ink and some sparkly glitter and then spread it on some white card stock using the Wonky Triangle stencil. I love how that turned out! When it was dry I tore off the section you see. I stamped the sentiment in Midnight in the bottom corner and then layered the card together.




Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the STORE.  - who knows, it could be you!

All the stops are listed below in case you missed any.

TIME TO HOP!


Susan Powell  that's me
Tracie Pond - go here next
Daniel West
Ingrid Blackburn

All the products are shown below, both in their bundles and individually to help make it easier for you.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Scattered Seashells at The Card Concept


Hi Everyone.
We've finally got Spring weather here where I live on the west coast of Canada and it is fantastic! One of my favorite places to go is to the ocean, walk along the shores and look at shells. Sadly I don't live as close to the ocean as I used to but I have a lot of wonderful memories. Unfortunately I don't have any stamp sets with shells so I went a different direction with this weeks challenge at


I was inspired by the colors and that blue wood the shells are laying on. I used a Stampin' Up background stamp called Hardwood and stamped it with white ink onto blue card stock. It was pretty white so to soften the overall look of the panel I sponged on some Picket Fence Distress Ink and that seemed to work. Next I cut it with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn.
I stuck with a nature theme and die cut some leaves from Catherine Pooler's Perfect Vines die in vellum. The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler's Awesome & Wonderful Stamp Set and Wonderful Die. I tucked the vellum leaves under the word die and used sequins to help adhere it in other places. I added a tiny drop of liquid glue onto the card panel under the vellum where I added the sequins. (Does that make sense?)
The 'wonderful' was looking a little pale so I added a little sponging with brown ink to the bottom. The panel and the word die are both adhered with craft foam for some dimension.


This challenge has me wishing for two things. Another trip to the ocean and some ocean themed stamps and dies.

How does this challenge inspire you.
Be sure to check out the rest of the team HERE so you can see how they were inspired.

I look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Get Ready For It!!

Hey Everyone!!!

Are you Ready For Some Tropical Treasures!!


This is such a fun release - so many great products. I've had a TON OF FUN creating with it all.

I've got a few sneaks for you.






I'll be sharing the full version of these cards this week so stay tuned.

Along with all the new products Catherine is releasing all the products from 
the Tropically Yours SOA collection will be in the store as well!

Here are a couple of cards I made with those product and links to the post with details.

You can view this card HERE. I LOVE that sentiment. It's from the Fearless Pursuit stamp set. Definitely check that one out!



This next card can be seen HERE - I love that background stamp!


And one more for you to see HERE. Love that flamingo!! It's from the Stand Tall stamp set and there's a coordinating die!



I've linked to ALL the products below for you to see. They'll be in the shop tomorrow (20th) BUT if you're a StampNation member you'll get an email today with a special link for early shopping. Gotta love the SN Perks! There is of course the I WANT IT ALL BUNDLE (doesn't include the products from the Tropically Yours SOA collection). There are also smaller bundles available and then everything is also available individually.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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Monday, March 18, 2019

An AWESOME and Easy Masculine Monday

What makes this an AWESOME and Easy Masculine Monday?
Well, a couple of reasons. 
The first one being that it's SPRING BREAK and I don't have to go to work. YAY ME!! Sorry if you're at work :(
And the second reason would be these cards.
They literally took me all of 10-15 minutes at the most to make. 


When I was 'organizing' my craft room the other day - let's face it - I'll never be completely organized because I always find things that I haven't played with in a while and then get an idea and then craft and then the 'organizing' is forgotten.  I'm sure some of you can relate to that.

What I found was my stash of washi tape. It's not huge by any means but there's more than enough that I don't need to buy any more until this is used up. 

Both these cards are pretty self-explanatory. I cut a piece of white card stock for the panel and then picked some washi tape to add across the bottom of the panel.  The panel above is matted onto some green card stock and then onto a blue card base. The other thing I found while 'organizing' was a bunch of pre-cut card bases and panels so I'm not exactly sure of the colors above but I'll link to something very similar if not exact. The sentiment is stamped in black ink and the AWESOME is popped up with some craft foam.

For the card below I added the washi tape and then used the Twisted Sunburst Stencil from Catherine Pooler Designs to add a bit more fun to the card. I used my new Life Changing Blender Brush from Picket Fence to do the blending and all I can say is WOW!! They feel amazing in my hand and blend beautifully!
The sentiment is stamped in black again and the AWESOME is also popped up with some craft foam. This one I added to a gray card base - I figured there was enough going on that I didn't need to add an extra layer and color of card stock.


Now, some of you may be thinking 'these aren't masculine cards' but whose to say they aren't? I know there are the obvious ones that are masculine and the obvious ones that are feminine but there's a whole middle ground that could be either and that's where these two cards fall.

So how much washi tape do you have? 
I have 36. It was 37 but I emptied one roll making these cards.
They're not all full either so it shouldn't take me too long to use them up.

I've linked to everything below except the washi tape. Some I bought years ago from Stampin' Up and some I bought at the dollar store. Just choose colors and patterns from your stash that compliment each other.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Home to Roost with Stampin' Up!

The Home to Roost stamp set that I used to make this card is FREE! If you order $60 worth of products with Stampin' Up! you can get this (or others) set FREE with your purchase. This deal ends March 31st so if you're in Canada and would like to purchase, let me know and I would be glad to help you with that. 




I did some simple ink blending for this card with just two colors - Poppy Parade and Mango Melody. These are new colors to Stampin' Up and I gotta tell ya they are really pretty! They blend beautifully together.

I stamped the rooster in black ink and that was it for the panel.


I stamped the image that looks like things that grow in a marsh - sorry I don't know the proper name of it - in black on a card base of Olive Green cut to 4 1/4 x 11" and scored at 5 1/2". I layered a piece of white card stock onto some black card stock and adhered that directly to the card base. I adhered the rooster panel to some craft foam and the adhered that to the card base. 
For the sentiment I stamped the Happy Birthday from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (I use that one a lot!) with black ink and adhered it to a piece of black card stock cut just slightly bigger than the white. I added a little bit of the marsh stamp in black and then added that directly to the card.


I love how much detail there is on this card and yet it was really easy to make. This set will definitely see a lot of use in my craft room.

If you'd like to have it in your craft room leave me a comment or email me and I will be more than happy to help you. My email is in my contact info.

Happy Stampin'
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Celebrate Your Day!

It's not a celebration without cake. And I think it's even better when it's cupcakes! Especially when they're all done up in fun colors.

My card today features a fun colored cupcake and matching balloons. Because we all know you need balloons too.
The Hello Cupcake stamp set is FREE with $60 purchase of Stampin' Up products. This deal ends March 31st so be sure to get your order in. If you're in Canada and need assistance message me and I will be glad to help. 


I started with the sentiment in black and then the cupcake. I stamped the balloons up the side and then filled some of them in with the same ink as the cupcakes. Next I layered it onto a piece of black card stock and then added it to a white card base with some craft foam.


This card would look cute in all kinds of colors. I'm thinking a black cupcake liner with gold icing and matching balloons would be kind of fancy. 

What colors would you choose?


Happy Stampin'
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