Friday, April 3, 2020

SENDING PAPER HUGS HOP WITH SCRAP'N STAMP



I understand it's a sad and scary time right now but WE ALL need to do our part in helping stop COVID-19 from spreading. PLEASE, if you don't have to go out then don't! 
#stayhome 
I understand people are missing their families and friends but is a visit right now worth the risk? There are so many other ways to visit such as Facetime, Skype, House Party app, telephone, cell phone and I'm sure there's a lot more ways out there to stay in touch.

The team at Scrap'n Stamp Canada has decided to do a Sending Paper Hugs Hop. It's not the same as a real hug but in the stamping world - it's the next best thing.


These cards are not what I set out to make. I had an image of flowers, birds, butterflies, ladybugs and hearts all colored up and almost ready to go when i ruined the card. ugghhhh It might be salvageable but I decided to set it aside for later and work on something else. I love the Lily Stamp Set from Concord & 9th - it's one that I reach for often and decided to reach for it again. It's never let me down.
This first card is super easy. I stamped the flower and the sentiment onto a white card panel with Versafine Nocturne ink then stamped the center of the flower with Lawn Fawn Doe ink. I added the panel to a white card base with craft foam.


I thought about making a set of cards like the one above and just change out the center of the flower with a different color but what I opted to do instead was a bunch of cards that the flower is a mixture of different patterned papers.

I've been trying to use up my pile of patterned paper and thought this was the perfect time to do it. Plus I find this technique very relaxing and calming. I grabbed my pile of papers and starting looking for similar colors and patterns. 


I only made one each of the colors above but I'm going to go back to pile of papers and make 4 more of each.

I had quite a few different black & white patterned papers and while I wasn't too sure about it at first I quickly came to realize I love the way it looked so I made 5 of those.


The stem on each of them is cut from the same patterned paper.

All in all when done I will have a good supply of cards to send out. I have some stamps in my desk and I'm going to set to writing a note in each card and get these into the mail. 
I encourage you all to do the same.
I'm sure there are people in your lives that could use a paper hug right now.

Now, before I forget, this is a hop so that means there are prizes.
Be sure to leave me a comment below because someone is going to win a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to SHOP at Scrap'n Stamp Canada PLUS there's more. This weekend only and while supplies last if you put the words 'send me a hug' in the comments of your online order then you will receive the Picket Fence Paper Hug Stamp for FREE!

The hop order is listed below for you. I hope we've inspired you to send someone a paper hug and while I'm at it here's a virtual hug for you (HUG)!


Susan - you are here
Nancy - NEXT
Kia



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan




Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

WISH UPON A STAR


I'm 56 years old and sometimes I still wish on a star like I did when I was a child. And the way the world is right now I've been wishing on stars again. 

I used the new Star Stencil from Catherine Pooler's Forever 13 Collection and some WOW embossing powder to make the background. I laid the stencil onto some water color card stock and pressed my embossing ink pad into the paper being sure to get into all the stars. I heat set it with some WOW white embossing powder and then did some ink smooshing. You all know I love this technique and do it often. I used Daydream, Skylight and Stone Blue inks, drying in between each application. 
I ran it through my die cutting machine with the large stitched rectangle from the Postage Stamp Die set. 


The sentiment is from the Starlights Stamp Set. The three smaller words are heat embossed with WOW white powder onto black card stock. The Star is stamped with Midnight ink onto white card stock and cut out with the coordinating die.
I added everything to a white card base with craft foam. 


My wish is for everyone to stay safe!



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Susan




Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 


Saturday, March 28, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CATHERINE POOLER DESIGNS

You can still order from Catherine Pooler Designs
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The message below is from Catherine and explains how they are moving forward during the COVID-19 crisis.
Hello my friends! I wanted to give you an update on what is happening in our corner of the planet in regards to COVID-19. Our county government issued a stay at home order effective Friday evening through April 17. Since we are not a customer facing retailer, the ordinance allows us to continue shipping while maintaining social distancing practices as outlined below.
Social distancing practices shall include, to the extent possible:
  • Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals;
  • Washing hands with soap and water (especially if hands are soiled) for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer;
  • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve, elbow or tissue, not hands);
  • Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; and
  • Not shaking hands.
The entire CPD team will be working from home, with the exception of the minimum staff needed to ship daily orders. We usually get packages out in 24 – 48 hours, but during this time it may take a bit longer. We are continuing to watch our local government's recommendation in case of changes and will keep you updated.
Thank you for your continued support of Catherine Pooler Designs! We send hugs and love to all of you! Catherine


#spreadjoynotgerms

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cover Plate Fun with StampNation & a GIVEAWAY!


Catherine and Erika hosted a fun Coffee and Cards Live Event along with some of the Brand Ambassadors over on StampNation.  If you're not a StampNation member but want to learn more about it click HERE. The theme was cover plates and they all shared some super fun techniques. The live happened earlier today but you can watch the replay. 

I used the Stained Glass Cover Plate for my card today. I paired it with 2 new embossing powders -Grape Crush and All That Jazz which are part of the Forever 13 Embossing trio by WOW (the other powder in the trio is Be Mine), and the Smile Die.


I ran the die through my die cutting machine with white card stock. I separated the frame from all the little bits and inked up the frame with versamark and then heat set it with black embossing powder. I purposely did not get solid coverage as I was wanting it to look old. When it cooled I sponged on some Over Coffee Ink to help give it an aged look.


I started embossing all the little pieces individually but quickly realized that wasn't such a good idea for two reasons. The first was I wasn't getting the best coverage - the two pink looking areas in the middle are actually grape crush but the pieces were too small and holding them to emboss was too hard. The second reason was it was taking FOREVER and I had other things I wanted to do today. 


So I grabbed two pieces of white card stock, inked them up with versamark ink and poured Grape Crush EP on one and All That Jazz on the other. I heat set them and ran them through my die-cutting machine with the cover plate. SO MUCH EASIER!


I simply inserted the pieces into the frame and then added the sentiment with craft foam that I had cut from white and black card stock. I forgot to mention - the first thing I did was covered the front of the card with a sheet of Stick-it. This meant I didn't have to glue each piece on individually - so much easier.

YOU CAN WIN A COVER PLATE JUST FOR BEING ONE OF MY LOYAL BLOG READERS! JUST COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR FAVORITE COVER PLATE FROM CATHERINE POOLER'S SHOP HERE. I WILL RANDOMLY PICK A WINNER FROM THE COMMENTS ON THIS POST ON SUNDAY THE 29TH. WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

I LOVE HOW YOU ROLL

 

Things are kind of crazy right now and the best we can do is 'roll with it'. My card today is another easy one that uses a technique that I think is super fun.


Ink smooshing. I love that it's easy to do and you never get the same results twice. I started by stamping the At The Rink Background stamp with versamark ink onto some watercolor card stock then heat setting it with white embossing powder. Next I smooshed some ink onto a large block - doing one color at a time - giving it a spritz of 5 of water and then smooshing the paper into the pool of ink being sure to smoosh it into a few spots and drying between each color. It's really that easy and fun to see how it turns out.


To make the roller skates stand out more I used a water brush and the same inks and colored them in so that they are darker than the background. To finish the panel I blended some Daydream ink around the edges.


Next I stamped the sentiment from Let The Good Times Roll Stamp set onto some white card stock, cut it into a banner and layered it onto a couple strips of patterned paper from the Black Tie Gala Paper pack.

I added this to the card base with some craft foam and it's done.

How are you keeping busy during the social isolation?
Stamping, reading, coloring, gardening...? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know.


Stay safe everyone!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

SENDING A SMILE YOUR WAY


Yesterday I decided to pull out all my distress oxide inks and just play with them. I made a card that I shared over on the Scrap'n Stamp Canada Blog but when I was done I didn't want to stop playing. So I grabbed a stencil and some blending brushes and just started adding color to a card stock panel.


I was scrolling through instagram and stamping blogs and came across a fun challenge - #staycraftywithhero. Hero Arts is challenging us to stay crafty, stay connected and to bring positivity and kindness into the world. What an awesome challenge! And with the way things are in the world right now I thought this was a great idea.  


Because this card makes me smile deciding on the sentiment was easy. I used a Smile Die from Catherine Pooler Designs and paired it with the Sending A Smile Stamp Set from MFT. 


I'm pretty sure I won't be going to the post office to buy stamps any time soon but I know I can send this out through email and text to people in hopes that it brightens their day a bit.
I hope it has brightened your day and that you are encouraged to make a card and share it with someone. If you do, please share it on social media with #staycraftywithhero and also over on the Hero Arts Blog.

Stay safe everyone!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 


Friday, March 20, 2020

SHAKIN' THINGS UP!


We're shaking things up at the Powell house! Things have been really crazy this week but fingers crossed I'll be sharing some good news with you very soon.

Last night I had an idea for a shaker card that I HAD TO MAKE. I was watching a movie with my husband when the idea came to me and I got up and went to my craft room. He asked if I wanted him to wait for me to continue watching and I told him to go ahead without me. He gets it. He gets me.

Anywho - more about the shaker card.


I used products from the TOTALLY RAD BUNDLE which is part of the FOREVER 13 RELEASE that hit the shop earlier this week. 


I used two patterns from the Totally Rad Patterned Paper Pack, cutting one in a circle and the other in a rectangle. I used the same circle die and the next one down in size to cut a ring for the top of the shaker. I inked that piece up with Tiki Torch and Be Mine inks - I couldn't decide on which one to use so I used them both. I cut a circle from a scrapbook page protector (it's what I had) to make the window for the shaker and adhered it to the circle ring piece. I poured some Paisley Park Sequins onto the patterned circle, added a foam adhesive strip to the back of the window and adhered that to the patterned circle.  


The sentiment and the roller skate are from the Let the Good Times Roll stamp and die set. I used a blender pen to color in the roller skate and layered everything onto a card panel that I cut using the Postage Stamp Dies (I use this one a LOT) and then added it to a card base with some craft foam.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.