Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Spreading Joy with CP Designs All The Trimmings



It's in the stores now!
This release has something for everyone in this release. There's more traditional images, there's cute and whimsy images, there's gorgeous colors, there's fun and colorful designer paper...

My card today was really quick to make although it looks like it could've taken a long time. The trick? 
The Holly and Berries Coverplate
I die cut that out of white cardstock then adhered it to a piece of vellum. Next I flipped it over and using Blue Suede Ink, 
Mardi Gras Ink and a blender pen I colored the back. It looks like a hot mess but trust me that when you flip it over you're going to love it!


I added bits of craft foam onto the solids bits and then added that to a card base. For the sentiment I used the
 Seasonal Sentiments & Borders Stamp Set and stamped the Joy in Midnight ink. Using a blender pen I colored in the word with the same inks. I also covered 2 of the Holly from the cover plate and added it to the sentiment strip. The berries are all white pearls that I had in my stash. 
Pretty easy card and would look great done in other colors - maybe some non-traditional ones? I'll have to give that a try.

We've been celebrating the release for a few days now in different ways...
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...and Catherine has prizes. If you leave a comment at all the stops on the hops then you're entered to win one of three $24 Gift Certificates to shop in her store! You've still got some time - winners will be announced on Oct. 22nd on Catherine's blog.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:

Celebrating The Card Concepts 100th Challenge

 This is the 100th challenge at The Card Concept and we've invited some guest designers to celebrate with us. I've had so much fun doing these challenges. The challenge coordinator ALWAYS comes up with gorgeous inspiration photos to inspire us and this challenge is no exception. 

I love pumpkins, especially white ones so I would've thought I'd have some pumpkin stamps in my stash but I don't. (Update: apparently one of the stamp sets I used on this card has a pumpkin but I didn't notice it - I guess it wasn't what I was looking for so I didn't see it- note to self - look closer at what I own haha). I started looking on line for some digital images and then thought why don't I just draw some, it can't be that hard.
It was very easy, and fun and I love how it turned out!


I drew the pumpkins on watercolor paper with a .5 Copic Multiliner keeping all the lines 'rough' looking. I painted them using a variety of Zig Real Brush watercolor markers. I'll list the colors below. Once they were dry, I cut them out and then added them to a piece of designer paper from Stampin' Up! The flowers and the leaves are from a CP Designs set called Blooming Bouquet. The sentiment is from another CP Designs set called Autumn Blessing and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I fussy cut the 'grateful' sentiment and added it with craft foam for some dimension. I added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers.

Check out this photo below.
How does it inspire you?


Click HERE to see how the rest of the team and our guests were inspired.
Thank you Nanette Tracy for being my guest. 

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:
accessories: Zig Real Brush Watercolor Markers (#026, 028, 043, 046, 062, 065, 067, 071, 072), Stitched Stackable Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), 


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Catherine Pooler's All The Trimmings Release


It's almost time for Catherine Pooler's All The Trimmings to hit the store and today we're celebrating with a blog hop.

I've had so much fun creating with this release. The stamps, the dies, the inks, the papers, the sequins... they are ALL incredibly beautiful and fun.

They'll be hitting the store on Wednesday, October 17th BUT if you're a StampNation member then you'll get early access to purchase today at 3pm EST.

Now for some cards!
I've got 4 to share with you today.

My first card features:
- Seasonal Sentiments & Borders Stamp set
- Love, Doves and Poinsettias Patterned Paper
- Mardi Gras ink
- Suede Shoes ink


I started by stacking the word sentiments to form a tree and stamped them in Midnight ink onto watercolor paper. Next I added some ink to a block and with an aqua pen I did some 'watercoloring'. I distressed the edges with some scissors, poked a couple holes in the trunk of the tree to put some twine through and tied a bow. I added the panel to the designer paper with craft foam for dimension but before adding the designer paper to the card base I die cut a piece from the center for the next card.

My next card features:
- Holiday Charm Stamp Set
- Holiday Charm Dies
- Peace, Love & Doves Background Stamp
- Woodgrain Background Stamp
- Nested Label Dies
- Suede Shoes Ink
- Mardi Gras Ink
- Samba Ink


The card base is stamped with the Peace, Love & Dies Background stamp in versamark ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder. I stamped the Woodgrain Background Stamp with Over Coffee ink onto Sand Dunes cardstock. Using the Nested Label Dies I cut three labels - one from the stamped Sand Dunes piece, the designer paper and one from a piece of Smoke cardstock. The images are stamped onto white cardstock with Midnight ink and then colored in with a blender pen.


My next card features:
- Fluorishes Background Stamp
- Peace, Love & Dies Background Stamp
- Santa Approved Stamp Set
- Nested Labels Dies
- Mardi Gras Ink
- Samba Ink


This one was really quick to make. I stamped the Flourishes Background stamp with versamark ink onto Smoke cardstock and heat set with silver embossing powder. I stamped the Peace, Love & Dies Background stamp with versamark ink onto white paper, heat set it with silver embossing powder and then die cut it with one of the Nested Labels Dies. I colored in one of the holly and berries and then added a sentiment.

My last card features:
- Flourishes Background Stamp
- Santa Approved Stamp Set
- Holly & Berries Cover Plate Die
- Snow Globe Dies
- Suede Shoes Ink


I used the Holly & Berries Cover Plate Die on white cardstock and using the circle die from the Snow Globe Dies I cut out a circle and filled it with a piece that was stamped with the Flourishes Background Stamp with versamark ink and heat set with gold embossing powder. I die cut the base of the globe and sponged it and the circle with Suede Shoes Ink. I used a cloth to wipe off the excess ink from the embossed piece. A simple sentiement and this one's finished.


Be sure to leave a comment at all the stops on the hop because Catherine is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to use in her store. The winner will be announced on Oct. 22nd on Catherine's blog.

Time to hop!

Susan Powell - that's me
Kristie Goulet - go here next


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Catherine Pooler's All The Trimmings Release Hops

Catherine Pooler has a new release coming on Wednesday Oct. 17th.


Yesterday we celebrated with an Instagram Hop which you can check out HERE.
This is my card from the hop.


Today we're celebrating with a video hop which you can check out HERE.

I'm not part of today's hop but I do have some cards to share with you. 




Come back again tomorrow for the blog hops. I've had such fun creating with this release that I've got more cards for you tomorrow.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time to Card Stack!

It's that time of year again where Christmas Card stacks are starting to happen. I held my first one of the year last night and while it was small in numbers it was big in fun.
We made 15 cards - 5 each of 3 different designs using some new Stampin' Up stamps and embossing folders along with some Catherine Pooler inks. 

My first card features:
- Bokeh Dots stamp set
- Wishing You Well stamp set
- Timeless Tidings stamp set
along with
- Fiesta Blue ink
- Spruce ink
and 
Midnight ink



I love the scene that these two stamps created.


My next card features:
- Half Full stamp set
- Swirls & Curls Textured Embossing Folder
along with
- Midnight ink
and
- Prismacolor pencil crayons




I can think of a few family and friends that this card would be perfect for. And that swirly background - makes me smile. I'll be using that one on all kinds of cards.


My last card features:
- Wishing You Well stamp set
- Timeless Tidings stamp set
along with
- Seafoam ink
- Peppermint Scrub ink
and 
- Midnight ink


I love how the bow looks - so soft and elegant. The berries are some red rhinestones from Stampin' Up.

All three of these cards were quick and easy to make which is something to consider if you have a lot of cards to make.
The stitched edging is from a Lawn Fawn die called Stitched Stackablr Rectangle dies. They're probably the most used item in my craft room.

Time to plan for the next stack.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Home for the Holidays Coloring


Hi Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all that are celebrating today.

I'm up on Catherine Pooler's blog today with a card from the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval collection. Here's a sneak peek of my card and a hint - if you like coloring you're going to want to check it out.



You can see the Home for the Holidays collection HERE

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day!!
We're celebrating ALL WEEKEND LONG at StampNation by travelling around the world, with challenges and prizes.
Not a member yet?
No worries. Just click HERE to sign up and join the fun.


Here's a peek at my card for one of the challenges.


I hope you'll be able to find some crafty time today and celebrate
World Card Making Day.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!