Friday, October 18, 2019

A Quick Merry Christmas Card



Hi Everyone! I've got a quick card to share with you today using some products from Catherine Pooler Designs. More specifically I used the following:
Merry Mini Cover Plate Die
One Fine Pine Background Stamp
Chalkboard Frame Dies
Merry Christmas Angel Stamp Set
Daydream ink
Eucalyptus ink

Using CP Designs Premium White Card stock I cut the Merry Mini Cover Plate (saving the letters) and the large Chalkboard Frame. I sponged some Eucalyptus and Daydream inks onto the Merry piece and then inked up the One Fine Pine Background set with Eucalyptus and Daydream in and stamped it onto the Merry piece. I put some tape onto the back and adhered the letters back in place and added the Chalkboard frame. Using some craft foam I adhered it to a card base and then heat embossed the Christmas from the Merry Christmas Angel Stamp Set with WOW white embossing powder onto Midnight card stock and adhered it directly to the card. 
This card probably took all of 20 minutes to make and would be an easy one to mass produce.
and then added it to a card base with craft foam. I adhered the letters back in place




Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan



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!


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Riding by AAA Challenge #151




It's been a while since I've played along in any challenges so this morning I decided it was time. I saw that AAA Cards had a fun challenge of creating in only one corner of the card and plus they threw in an optional color challenge. Since I'm always up for a challenge I decided to do both.

I started with a small panel that I cut with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and then blended on some Orange Twist and Sauna inks from Catherine Pooler Desings into the corner. Next I stamped on the small tree from the Christmas Tree Farm from Catherine Pooler Designs using her Eucalyptus and Green Tea inks. I used Sand Castle ink for the trunks.
I inked up the tractor from the same set as the tree 2x using Rockin' Red on one and Midnight ink on the other. I die cut both with the coordinating die and cut out the wheels on one and adhered them to the red one. I used a black marker to color in the steering wheel and the smoke stack (or whatever that thing is called) and adhered it to the panel.
A quick sentiment from Taylored Expressions Keep on Truckin' stamp set stamped in Midnight ink and the panel is done. I adhered it directly to a white card base.
My husband really likes tractors - maybe this will be his birthday card?



Be sure to check out the challenge at AAA Cards - there's a ton of inspiration there.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks SO MUCH for visiting!

Susan



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, October 14, 2019

Christmas Stamps for a Non-Christmas Card and A Fun Color Challenge


There's a fun color challenge over on StampNation and I think it may just be my new favorite color combo. Don't be surprised if you see it a lot in the future.
I also wanted to challenge myself to use stamps from Catherine Pooler's It's All About Christmas Release to make a non-Christmas card and this is what I came up with.


I started by inking up the One Fine Pine Background Stamp using 4 of the colors from the challenge - Lime Rickey, Aquatini, tutti Frutti and Over Coffee - from top to bottom. Next I gave it a few sprays of water and then pressed it onto some watercolor card stock. I held it in place for a minute so as to let the paper absorb the ink and then dried it with my heat gun. The trees on the frame are from the Christmas Tree Farm Stamp Set and stamped using Lime Rickey and Icing on the Cake ink.

Now for the die cutting. I cut the background piece with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and the trees are cut with their coordinating dies. I used Chocolate card stock to cut the thick frame from Chalkboard Frame Dies and the Hello from the Ways To Say Hey Dies


To put it all together I layered the tree panel onto a piece of Chocolate card stock then added that to a Sand Dunes card base with craft foam. I adhered the Hello to the bottom of the Chalkboard Frame, added a sheet of acetate behind then adhered the big tree to the acetate. Next I added some foam adhesive strips to the back of the frame, poured a few sequins into the center of the card and then adhered the frame on top. Lastly I adhered the little tree to the front of the frame and this card is done.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks SO MUCH for visiting!!

Susan




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, October 9, 2019

TCC #121 Adventure Awaits

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to another challenge at The Card Concept. This one has me dreaming of taking a trip which is what my husband and I are doing. We're thinking about taking a cruise - we've never been on one before so if you have any must have tips for us please leave me a comment - I'd love to hear them.



I used a digital image from Tiddlyinks called Suitcases and printed it out onto Kraft card stock. I colored it in using a few neutral Prismacolor pencil crayons and then cut a panel using a rectangle stitched die. I added a simple sentiment using my MISTI and stamped it 3x to be sure it would be seen on top of those darker suitcases. I layered it onto a black piece of card stock and then added it with craft foam to a piece of white card stock that I ran through my die cutting machine with a brick wall embossing folder. I added everything to a brown card base. 


This card has me thinking about cruises even more! I came home from work the other day and my husband told me he almost booked one. I think we need a vacation lol.

Click HERE to see what the rest of the team made to inspire you.

I hope to see you in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan



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, October 7, 2019

Inspired by the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Australia.

Over on StampNation we're celebrating World Card Making Day all month! Yup! All month! We posted challenges all weekend that were inspired by Festivals from around the world BUT you have all month to play along and then some lucky people are going to win some awesome prizes. The challenges stay up forever on StampNation but there is a deadline to enter for prizes and I think that is the 28th of this month so lots of time to make cards.

I plan on making a card for each challenge and I'm starting with Ashlee's from day 2. It's all about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Australia. We have a tulip festival here in BC every year but I've never been. I've driven by it a few times but never checked it out. I should do that one year. 

To see the mood board that Ashlee made to inspire us you'll have to go to StampNation but I'll tell you I was inspired by the rows of pink and white tulips. What makes this odd for me is that I'm not a huge fan of flowers - sometimes I can't tell the difference between a weed and a flower - and I've never been much of a fan of pink. But that's changed. Thanks to my sister and her encouragement I now own quite a few pink items of clothing. But I digress - back to the card.


Instead of making a row of tulips, I decided to make a wreath since it's round like the world. The wreath itself was the easy part as I have this beautiful wreath builder stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs called Sweet Home Wreath. The greenery is from that set as well. I stamped the wreath and the greenery using Sage ink - such a beautiful shade of green. The little dots are also from this stamp set and I stamped them with Be Mine ink.
The tulips, that was a little harder. I was sure I had a stamp that was a tulip but I couldn't find it (I did find it after I made the card) so I used a leaf from a set from Winnie and Walter called The Big, The Bold and Extras. As I'm writing this up I realized that the tulips are missing a petal. I forgot to add the middle petal so I added it and here it is again. It looked fine with just the two petals but it looks better with three.


I stamped the 'petals' with It's a Girl ink and then just inked up the bottom of the 'petal' with Be Mine ink and used my finger to blend them together.  Super easy. I did this three times to create each flower. I die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and added the panel to a gray card base using craft foam.


The sentiment is from the Fluttering Friends stamp set from CP Designs. I stamped it with versamark ink onto black card stock and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder from WOW. You may or may not have noticed that this is a 'go-to' for me with sentiments. It's easy and is a great way to add some contrast to a card. 
I finished the card off with a few clear gems that I found in my stash the other day. I think they were from Stampin' Up but they weren't in the original packaging so I'm not sure.

Hmmm, I just realized that tulips are my sister's favorite flower - pink and tulips - I think I need to make her a card. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan


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!




Friday, October 4, 2019

Let's Get Di-stressed Hop with Scrap'n Stamp



The team at Scrap'n Stamp Canada are having a ball playing with Distress inks today. I chose to play with Distress Oxides for my card. They have a unique layering ability that is so much fun to play with. And they make ink blending so easy!

You should have arrived from Nancy F's Blog but if not, don't worry, the links to all the blogs are at the end of this post.
Be sure to leave a comment here and at all the stops because someone is going to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Store AND for this weekend only if you use coupon code "OXIDE10" you can get 10% off all things OXIDE (yes! even the new sprays!). This is valid on instock items only and Expires Oct 6th 2019 at midnight.

Now, let's talk about my card and the cool technique I used to make the background.


I started with some watercolor paper and a stencil. I used a stencil with different size circles I found in my stash - not sure where it's from but I linked to one below that would be great to use. I laid it on the watercolor paper and then using an ink blending tool I blended Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce into the circles, heavier in some areas than others. Next I shifted the stencil the slightest bit and using my finger I rubbed on some Distress Micro Glaze. The thing to remember about Micro Glaze is that a little goes a long way.


Remove the stencil and now it's time for some ink smooshing - another fun technique. Choose some ink colors to smoosh onto a craft mat and give them a spritz or 5 of water. I chose to work with two colors at a time. Pounce the paper into the ink and with a paper towel dab the ink away from the circles. The Micro Glaze stops the ink from soaking in to the paper - how cool is that! Use a heat gun to dry the rest of the ink and then choose another color or two and repeat the process. Remember when I said they have a unique layering ability - if you were to keep layering inks on top of inks you would normally get something that looks like mud but with Distress Oxide inks you can actually see the colors on top of each other - just be sure to dry thoroughly between each layer. I cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die.


To finish the card I stamped two mugs from the Coffee Understands stamp set and colored it in with more Distress Oxide inks and a blender pen. I stamped the sentiment from the Coffee Break Stamp Set, cut it apart and sponged the edges. I adhered the mugs and the sentiment with craft foam to the panel and then with more craft foam I added the panel to the card base.


Now it's time to HOP!!
Remember to leave a comment before you go.


Susan - you are here
Laurie - next

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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!

Monday, September 30, 2019

One Background Three Looks

When I first saw the It's All About Christmas Release from Catherine Pooler Designs it was so hard to decide because it is ALL AWESOME!! I received an order the other day and I was so excited to play with everything - especially the Pick a Pine Bundle - I love everything about it.

I used the One Fine Pine Background Stamp Set for 3 slightly different looks on the same card.

On the first card I just stamped it directly onto some Sand Dunes card stock using Spruce ink.


The rest of the card is done the exact same. I die cut the frame from Chocolate card stock and sponged the edges with Icing on the Cake ink. I stamped the tractor and wagon with Peppermint Scrub ink and used a black marker to color over the tires, steering wheel and hitch. I cut them out with the coordinating dies. The tree is stamped with Spruce and Icing on the Cake inks and cut out with the coordinating die. I cut a slit in one of the branches and tucked it into the wagon.  I adhered them to the frame using liquid glue. I stamped the sentiment with all the same inks and cut one out with a circle die. I adhered them to the frame and then added the frame to the card.

The next card is the same as the above but I used a white gel pen to add snow to the trees. 


Here is a close up of the snow.


The next card again is the same as the first two except for the background I stamped the trees with versamark ink and heat set them with the Sage Glitter Embossing Powder which is part of the Bundled Up Embossing Trio by Wow. 


Here is a close up of the background - I love all the sparkle!


I have a ton of ideas in my head for all these stamps and dies and can't wait to play some more with them.

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!