Thursday, February 22, 2018

You Make Me Smile

I was inspired by a card Catherine Pooler made this morning on a Live with Laurel Beard. She did some ink blending and then added some stenciling over top. There's a new challenge this week at StampNation that also inspired my card.



I die cut a circle from masking paper, added it to a card panel and did some ink blending with Catherine Pooler inks. I used Skylight on top and Seafoam on the bottom. I decided I wanted something brighter so I added some Melon Ice over top of the Seafoam. LOVE these colors together! They make me think of spring and wish it was here already. Next I grabbed the Perfect Vine Stencil from Catherine Pooler, placed that on the card and sponged again with the same inks. I was going to sponge the inside of the circle with the blue on top and green on the bottom but I messed up so I went with it and swtitched them around.


I die cut the word smile from black card stock, added it to some craft foam slightly off set a bit so as to see a little bit of the white. I stamped the words with versamark onto a tiny strip of black card stock and heat set it with white embossing powder. I added it all the card base and then finished it off with a few sequins.

Here's a peek at a few cards the ladies came up with for the challenge to inspire the members at StampNation. I'm heading over there now to check them all out.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks for visiting!


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Freshly Brewed at TCC

I love making coffee/tea themed cards so when I saw the inspiration photo for The Card Concept I was thrilled!


I was inspired by all that beautiful woodgrain, the colors and of course the mug. 



I grabbed some white cardstock and some ink and began to do some ink smooshing. This is such a fun technique - if you haven't given it a try I highly recommend it. I started with the pinks. I smooshed some Rose Petals, It's a Girl and Be Mine inks from Catherine Pooler onto my craft mat and gave it a few spritz of water. Next came the fun part. Take your cardstock and press it into the ink and give it a little smoosh. Pick it up and move it to another spot and give it another smoosh. Now dry it with a heat gun. Keep doing this - adding more ink to your craft mat - until you're happy with how it looks. When I was done with the pink I wiped up my mat and then did the same thing with some Black Jack ink. Next I inked up the Hardwood stamp set from Stampin' Up with Black Jack ink, stamped it off onto some scratch paper and then stamped it onto the card panel. SO MUCH FUN! Seriously! You have to give it a try!


I die cut 'happiness' from Verve's Happiness in a Cup 3 times - once in Catherine Poolers Mirror card stock, once in white card stock and again in craft foam. I glued them all together offsetting the top layer so there's a hint of a shadow from the grey underneath. I used a circle die from Stampin' Ups Stitched Shapes Framelits and cut it from the Mirror card stock. The sentiment is from Verve's One Cup stamp set - stamped in versamark and heat set with white embossing powder - the mug is stamped from Verve's Happiness Is stamp set and shaded with a grey pencil crayon. The coordinating mug die is from the same set as the happiness die. Both the mug and the sentiment are added to the panel with craft foam - LOVE that stuff!




Okay, so now you've seen how I was inspired - how are you inspired?
Need some more ideas?
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I hope to see your card in the gallery.
Let me know if you try the ink smooshing technique.

I'm submitting this card to the Seize the Birthday coffee or tea themed challenge.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:
stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels), pencil crayon (Prismacolor)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Watercoloring with CP Inks for Masculine Monday #54

I was having trouble finding my creative mojo the last couple of days so I grabbed some watercolor paper, my brushes and some CP inks and thought I'd just have some fun without a plan.



I started by inking up the trees from the Waterfront stamp set from Stampin' Up. This set has been sitting on my desk just begging to get inky for weeks now. I used Spruce ink, gave it a little spritz of water and then stamped it onto some Canson 140lb Cold Press watercolor paper. Be sure to hold it on the paper for a few seconds so the ink has time to sink into the paper. I repeated the process until I had what looked like a forest.

Next I garbbed a tiny paint brush, some more Spruce ink and added some missing details to a few of the trees. I smooshed some Black Jack ink onto a block, gave it a couple of spritz of water and spread it around the bottom of the trees. I left it heavier closer to the trees and thinned it out as I moved it towards the bottom of the card.

I was liking how it was turning out and thought about stopping but decided to try and add some sky. I reached for Juniper Mist as I thought it would be quite dark but as I blended it out on the paper it was quite surprising. It blended out as if I was using a few shades of blue and even a purple. I thought it looked a little stormy and I love storms so I left it. 

I stamped the sentiment from CP's Faithful Flutterings set with versamark ink onto a strip of Mirror cardstock and then heat set it with some white embossing powder. I did some sponging around the edges and used craft foam to add it to the card base.




I am by no means a watercolor artist, I have no idea what I'm doing. What I do know is that I have a ton of fun when I'm painting. I build up the layers by adding paint, heat setting it and then adding more. I may have said this before but watercoloring is perfectly imperfect which makes me like it even more. 



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:
watercolor paper: Canson Cold Press 140lb
accessories: MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), craft foam (Michaels)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Special Coffee or Tea?



Grande half fat mocha caramel machiato one shot extra hot no whip please.

I have no idea what I just wrote but it sounds like something you'd hear being ordered at a Starbucks. Mine would be a lot simpler - Grande chai latte with coconut milk please.

Whatever your preference, on your birthday you definitely deserve a special coffee or tea - afterall it's your birthday so treat yourself because calories don't count on your birthday! (they really don't). 

I used some retired products on this card but there are so many coffee themed stamps out there that if you're looking for what I used I know you'll find something similar.  

I started by stamping the sentiment from the Shenanigans stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays. Next I stamped the coffee cup from Stampin' Ups retired set called Perfect Blend onto the card base and onto some retired papers that I'm working my way through. (I linked below to a SU coffee set you can order - it has a set of coordinating dies too). I used the Archival Black ink from SU. I paper pieced the cup together, added some shading to the lid and to the base with a grey pencil crayon to finish it off.

Now I want a chai latte with coconut milk - extra hot please!

What's your preference?
Coffee or tea?

You can check out the challenge HERE and then why don't you make yourself a cuppa and create a card to play along.




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and thanks so much for visiting!



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Friday, February 16, 2018

Feeling Zen With Catherine Pooler's New Release

Happy Friday everyone!! It's been a long day and I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to the weekend. 

It's day 4 of Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden release. While I'm not part of today's hop I do have some cards to share with you I made with the products being featured today - the Stained Glass Coverplate and the Faithful Flutterings Stamp Set. They are gorgeous!! In case I haven't said it yet - this release is AMAZING!!!

My first card features the Stained Glass Coverplate. Be sure to check out the blog hop today (I have a link below for you) as there are some seriously gorgeous cards made with this. For my card I die cut it twice - once with black cardstock and once with some glitter paper. I'll be honest with you, this card took some time to put together. I could have die cut in just in black and placed it on top of solid sheet of glimmer paper but I felt it would look better if I did the inlaid die-cuting technique. I glued the black piece onto a card base and then glued each individual glitter paper piece into it's spot. I cut the Smile die cut from Midnight cardstock, stamped the sentiment from the Love Grows Stamp set with versamark onto Midnight cardstock and heat set it with white embossing powder. A few sequins scattered about and it's done. I really like how this turned out and it glitters like crazy in person!




This next card is really clean and simple. I stamped the Doodle Garden Background stamp in Midnight ink onto some Premium White cardstock and cut it down to the size you see on the card. I stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink, added the panel with craft foam and scattered a few sequins on top. That's it! Super clean and simple and easy!



My next card is another clean and simple one and features the butterflies and the same sentiment as above (I do love it) from the Faithful Flutterings stamp set. These butterflies are gorgeous!  I used Mint to Be, Seafoam and Spruce for the green one and It's a Boy, Stone Blue and Juniper Mist for the blue one. The body and the sentiment are stamped with Black Jack ink. I added a little strip of Mirror cardstock down the side and then adhered it to the card base with some craft foam.  




My last card today uses the Stained Glass Coverplate again but this time with white cardstock. This time I glued it to a piece of vellum card stock and then with a blender pen I colored the back of the vellum with Seafoam, Spruce, Shea Butter, Stone Blue, Skylight, Rose Petals and Sugared Lavender. On the front side I added glitter with a glitter pen. I decided not to stamp a sentiment but to use the Thanks word die. I cut it out of white card stock and added it to the card with some craft foam for dimension.






You can check out today's blog hop by clicking on Catherine's page and be sure to leave comments at each stop for your chance to win the new Zen Garden Ink Collection. If you've already purchased a set you can choose a $45 gift certificate for a future purchase in the store.




Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

CP's Zen Garden release and Blog Hop Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of 4 blog hops. Today we're showcasing the Eat, Sleep, Create stamp set and the Doodle Garden Background stamp from Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden Release. You should have arrived from Melissa's page but if not I do have all the links posted below for you.


 To begin I stamped the Doodle Garden Background stamp on the card panel and then using Rose Petals, Mandarin Spice, Sauna and Green Tea inks I stamped on the swatch of color using a stamp from the Eat, Sleep, Create set. The create die is an add on to the collection and a must have in my books. I die cut it from black and white cardstock and added it to some craft foam for dimension - you can see a little bit of the white peeking out to give a shadow. The Every Day is from the Eat, Sleep, Create set.  




I made a one layer card for my second card using masking paper to make a circle, adding it to the card and stamping the Doodle Garden Background stamp with midnight ink. I love that moment when you remove the masking paper and you see what you made - even on a design as simple as this one. The sentiment is from Eat, Sleep, Create and stamped with midnight ink. Lastly I made some tea, grabbed my Prismacolor pencil crayons and colored in some of the images. 





For my last card I punched a circle out of white cardstock and stamped the Doodle Garden Background stamp onto it with midnight ink. I traced that circle onto the card base very lightly with pencil. Next I used a paint splotch stamp from the Eat, Sleep, Create set and stamped it a rainbow of colors - Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Grass Skirt, Aquatini, Pixie Dust and Flirty Fuschia. I used fun foam to add the stamped circle and the create sentiment. The words are all from the Eat, Sleep, Create set. I love this set - it has a great collection of individual words in a variety of fun fonts which allows you to build your  own sentiments.





Next on the hop is Karen Baker but in case you missed any stops along the way, I've linked to all of them for you below. 

Susan Powell - that's me
Karen Baker - next 


Catherine is generously giving away 2 sets of the Zen Garden Inks and you could be the new owner of one of them so leave a comment below for your chance to win.


Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden Release

It's day 2 of Catherine Pooler's new release. Did you see day 1? You can still hop along HERE and be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a set of the new Zen Garden inks or a $45 gift certificate to Catherine's store.




I'm not part of today's hop but I couldn't resist making a couple of cards to share with you. You can check out today's hop HERE.

The main features of today's hop are the Love Grows Stamp Set and the Coordinating Dies. It's a beautiful set with some great individual word stamps to build some awesome sentiments.


Shea Butter, Sugared Lavender, Rose Petals, Stone Blue, Skylight, Seafoam, Spruce and Midnight inks make up the colors on my first card. I used the Love Grows Stamp set for the main part of the card and a couple of little stamps (the row of dots and the splatter of dots) from the Eat, Sleep, Create stamp set which will be featured tomorrow. I stamped it on Premium White Cardstock which you'll find in Catherine's store. (There's a link below for all the products used here today).

My next card uses the Love Grows stamp set from today's hop, the Chevron Cheer stamp set and dies featured in yesterday's hop and the Split Chevron stencil which is also part of the new release.


I sponged the background with Shea Butter, Seafoam, Skylight and Stone Blue inks and used the same inks with the Split Chevron Stencil on the die cut oval from the Chevron Cheer dies. Next I used Black Jack ink for the sentiment, the flowers, leaves and splatters. The center of the flowers are stamped with Shea Butter, Seafoam and Stone Blue. I added it to the card panel with some craft foam, added a few sequins, stamped a few splatters on the card base and called it done.


This last card is a last minute addition. I was reminded this evening that tomorrow (or today actually) is Valentine's Day and I hadn't made my husband a card yet. OOPS. I used a couple of the word sentiments, some Black Jack and Rockin Red inks to make the 'dsp' panel. The top panel was cut from the Chevron Cheer dies. The sentiment is pieced together using a stamp from the Zen Feather stamp set, a word from the Love Grows Stamp set and the You Word Die cut from Mirrors cardstock. The top piece was looking a little plain so I added some of the circle stamps from the Zen Feather Stamp set. All that was left to do was to add it to the card base with some craft foam, write something inside and give it to my husband.



Be sure to check out the hops - you can find them by clicking below.


Be sure to comment at every stop along the blog hops to increase your chances of winning a set of these gorgeous new inks. If you've already purchased the inks you could would a $45 gift certificate to a future purchase in Catherine's store.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



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