Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Card Concepts Spring Collection

Sometimes when you're working on a card you have a specific idea of how you want it to turn out. It doesn't always go as planned though. Sometimes you go in a completely different direction and you're so glad you did. That's what happened when I was making the card for this week's challenge at The Card Concept where the theme is Spring Collection. It's such a gorgeous inspiration photo and I had so many ideas in my head.


I was inspired by the colors, the plaid table runner and the circle shapes to make my clean and layered card. I started by stamping the flower from Altenew's Peony Bouquet then masking it to stamp the leaves, Next I masked the leaves and then sponged on some gray circles. I stamped the plaid background stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs with Midnight ink and cut a thin strip to add to the layer under the stamping.


Now it's your turn. Check out what the design team has created HERE and then I hope to see your creation in the gallery.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Clean and Simple Canvo Spread

So far I've tried quite a few different weekly spreads in my Canvo from Catherine Pooler Designs. Some I've loved how they looked but I didn't find them user friendly. Some were very user friendly but kind of boring BUT I think I've hit on the layout that works for me.
That's one of the best things about the Canvo - you can change it up on every page and try new things until you find something that works. I may change this up again as things in my life change or I just want something different but for now this is my go to layout.

What I love about this spread is it has enough of the 'pretty' and lots of the 'practical'.


I used the Months and Doodads Stamp Set with Midnight, Sauna and Green Tea inks. I hand wrote the days of the week, added the dates with a Tombow Mint Marker, a little washi tape and some shading with a light gray Tombow Marker (N95)


I saw Nanette Tracy (I think) use some washi tape as part of a banner once and I loved how it looked so I gave it a try on my page. I drew the banner, added the words, some washi tape and some shading and I LOVE how it turned out. Thanks or the idea Nanette!!



I'll keep with this layout for now and just change out the washi tape and the ink colors.
My hope is that keeping my layout simple but still pretty that it will keep me more focused on my tasks and deadlines and stop me from being a last minute Suzie with all my commitments. 
Cross your fingers haha

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Stamping on a Budget

I know, it's Monday and this is not my usual Masculine Monday post.
I'm over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog with the card below and some
tips about stamping on a budget.
Come check it out.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Fun with Stencils and the Life Changing Blender Brushes

The team at Scrap'n Stamp is celebrating the Life Changing Blender Brushes with a blog hop that you can check out HERE. If you decide to hop along be sure to leave comments at each stop because there's lots of prizes to be won.

There was a color challenge at StampNation this past weekend that I had some fun with. I pulled out some stencils, some distress oxide inks and my Life Changing Blender Brushes and had some fun.


I had no plans when I started these cards except to just play.
For this first card I used Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks and Mustard Seed Distress ink, the Swoop Stencil and some Life Changing Blender Brushes (LCBB). Once I blended on those colors I shifted the stencil ever so slightly and sponged on some Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I love how it softened the overall look of the card and left a darker edge on one side. The sentiment is heat embossed with white onto a die cut pineapple and then covered with some sparkle from a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.


My next card uses the Pattern of Circles stencil and a variety of distress oxide inks that I've linked below for you. I used the smallest LCBB and filled in each circle and diamond shape randomly with color. Before removing the stencil I used a fine tip black marker and outlined everything. I love how this one turned out - super fun! I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then added a few stars to finish it off


I had so much fun making these cards that I want to pull out all my neglected stencils and show them some love.


Now if you're like me and haven't played with your stencils in a while go grab one and some ink and have some fun!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Masculine Monday #84


I was up at 6am today - ugghhh - I don't start work until 11 but my hubby started his compressed work week today which meant we were up earlier than normal. Once he was gone I headed into my craft room to sip my tea and make this week's Masculine Monday card.


I've been playing with my stencils the last couple of days and was wondering about stenciling on black card stock so that's what I did. And I love it! I used the Split Chevron Stencil from Catherine Pooler and with my Life Changing Blender Brushes I started with some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and then shifted the stencil slightly and added some white ink.  The Peeled Paint color is very subtle but it's there. 
I stamped the keys onto some gray card stock but first I masked off the word home. I wanted this card to work for someone who either got a new home or a new car or just got their license.
I hooked the keys onto the die cut Celebrate Die that I cut from white card stock.



I matted it onto a piece of grey card stock and then added it to a white card base using some craft foam for dimension. I also wanted the keys to shine a little so I used a glimmer pen and gave them a bit of sparkle.

No it's time for me to get ready for work.
Have a great day!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Scrap'n Stamp Background Check Hop

The theme for this months blog hop at Scrap'n Stamp is Background Check.


The team has come up with some really inspiring ideas for taking some plain white card stock and creating backgrounds for your cards.
I had such fun creating different backgrounds that I decided to share two cards with you instead of just one. Instead of using the bigger background stamps, I decided to use other items to make my background panels.


I used the same colors of Distress Oxide inks (listed below) for both cards and came up with two different looks.  I used the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool as a stamp and created a fun background. For the little circles I used the eraser from a mechanical pencil. I love how they turned out. The tiny dots are made with the tip of a jewel picker. A simple sentiment stamped in black and then matting it onto some black card stock finishes the panel off. I used some craft foam to add it to the card base.


My second card was a little more involved. I started by masking off some straight edges and then sponging on the same Distress Oxide inks as above. It was looking a little too much like a flag for me at this point so I sponged some Walnut Stain ink over the whole card. I inked up a small block as a stamp with some more of the Walnut Stain ink and stamped it around the edges. I used one of the stamps from the Concord & 9th Background Blocks and some more of the same ink to add some texture. The little square images are stamped with the back end of a tiny alphabet stamp.
The sentiment and the lily finish this card off.


I'm the last stop on the hop today but if you missed any of the ladies posts I have all the links below for you.  We're giving away 8 Background prize packs and one $50 gift certificate to the Scrap'n Stamp Shop so be sure to leave comments at each of the stops.








Susan - that's me

This weekend only you can have 20% OFF the Life Changing Blender Brushes when you use the coupon code BRUSH20. If you haven't heard of or seen these brushes before they are incredible! They make blending ink a dream.

I hope you're inspire to get inky, but first leave me a comment. 

Happy Stampin' 
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Cottage Florals at The Card Concept

I love the rustic feel of this weeks inspiration photo at 
The Card Concept. It has a rustic, country and pretty feel to it. 

The woodgrain background and the beautiful flowers were what inspired my clean and layered card.




I used the Hardwood background stamp from Stampin' Up and some Twilight and Black Jack inks from Catherine Pooler to stamp the background. I sponged the edges with some Black Jack ink and then adhered that to a card base. I stamped the sentiment onto the panel using Midnight ink and then I used a black marker to fill in the word 'blooms'.


Next I stamped out a bunch of the flowers and leaves. I wasn't sure how many I would use so I stamped a lot. I have a few leftover for another card another day. I die cut them all out with their coordinating dies and then adhered them to the card base. I used some craft foam to adhere the darkest flower for just a little bit of dimension.

Be sure to check out how the rest of the team was inspired 
HERE and then I hope to see your creation in the gallery

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