Monday, October 30, 2017

Masculine Monday #43



The idea for this week's Masculine Monday card came about from some
conversations my husband and I have been having lately about retirement 
and travelling. We plan on travelling in a truck and trailer, not a fast sports 
car but wouldn't that be fun to do!

I was inspired by a card I saw on StampNation that a member had made.
She used 6 shades of gray for her floral card - so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration Susie. 
I didn't use as many as her but there's a few.
I started by adding some black metallic texture paste onto some basic gray card stock using a Tim Holtz stencil.
Next I stamped the racing car with some silver pigment ink from Tsukineko, covered it with silver embossing powder, heat set it and then added some lines using a white gel pen.

I added some silver metallic thread between the two layers and then for the
sentiment I went with some stickers from Tim Holtz Big Chat collection.



With the colors I chose (or the lack of color), the texture from the paste this
card leans to the clean and graphic card style which (I think - I'm not very good 
at classifying the style - I don't tend to think about that when I'm making a 
card - I just  make the card lol)

Regardless, the neutral colors and the graphic style lends itself quite 
nicely to masculine cards.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Need For Speed (SU retired)
ink: Platinum Planet (Tsukineko)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic gray (SU)
accessories: black metallic texture paste (Heidi Swapp), bubble stencil (Tim Holtz), silver metallic thread (SU), silver embossing powder (SU), Big Chat stickers (Tim Holtz), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's All About the WREATH!

A new challenge just went up at StampNation and I'm sure you're going to want to play along with this one!



It's all about the WREATH!

Check out the sneak peek above. 
Does it inspire you?
I know I'm inspired to go make some more cards.

This was a fun challenge to be a part of.
Can you guess which card is mine?

Have you started your Christmas cards?
Why not start with this challenge?

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We're Distressing at StampNation

Check out these sneak peeks for the current challenge we have going over at StampNation right now!
We're challenging you to use your distress inks on a project.



I'm really intrigued by what I see and want to check out the full cards.
One of them's mine - can you guess which one?
 I'm heading over to StampNation now to check them out - 
what about you?

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gerda Steiner's Racoon



This digital image raccoon from Gerda Steiner is so adorable!
And it was FREE! 
When you play along in her monthly challenge, she sends you the next 
months challenge image for free. How cool is that!

I printed this little guy out on card stock and then again on computer
paper to use as a mask.

I used my Prismacolor pencil crayons to color him in. I sponged some distress ink on for the grass and then added some detail with the pencil crayons.

Next I masked him off and stamped some trees - I'm wishing now that I 
added some shadow to them.
And lastly I sponged the sky with some more distress inks and then 
stamped the sentiment.

This was a fun one - I enjoyed creating the scene behind him. 

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Birthday Wish (Stampendous), Lovely as a Tree (SU), Happy Everything (SU retired)
digital image: Raccoon (Gerda Steiner)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), distress ink - crushed olive, peeled paint, tumbled glass, broken china (Tim Holtz), Old olive (SU)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), night of navy (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Masculine Monday #42



You may have noticed that I like to keep my masculine cards pretty clean and simple - especially when I leave myself pressed for time.

For today's card I mostly used a stamp set from Hero Arts (CL335). The happy birthday sentiment is from #awesome by Lawn Fawn.
I did some no-fuss coloring with my zig markers. I just put the color on and didn't worry about shading. I remember my Dad having a hammer with a black handle, a screwdriver with a red handle and a saw with a yellow handle so that's what I chose to color these tools.

I added a couple of strips of designer paper down the side for some fun - using your dsp like this is a great way to use up those scrap piles we all have.  I put a thin strip of black card stock between the papers and the card panel to help ground everything.

That's it.
Pretty simple right?



I just noticed that there's a green marker in the photo above but I didn't use a green marker. Oops. Just ignore that lol.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Hero Arts (CL335), #awesome (Lawn Fawn)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), Zig Markers - wine red, ochre, light gray and gray brown
paper: Whisper White thick (SU), basic black (SU), retired dsp (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Snow and Mistletoe at CCC



I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Winterhaven SOA box from
It's all Christmas themed and arrived the other day. I knew the Tis The 
Season stamps and dies would be perfect for this weeks challenge at 
and I couldn't wait to get inky with them!

First I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut circle panel and positioned it on my card where I wanted it. I lightly traced a circle onto the card panel to use as a guide for stamping. I stamped a few images around the circle making sure to overlap the circle line so when I placed the sentiment on top all the greenery was coming out from under it.
I die cut some of the images and layered them on - this helps to give
the wreath some more dimension.
Lastly I placed the sentiment on top and then added it to my card base.



Now it's your turn.
How does the photo inspire you?

Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE
and
I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Tis the Season (CP Designs)
ink: Midnight, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, Rockin' Red and Black Jack (CP Designs)
paper: Whisper White thick (SU)
accessories: Tis the Season Dies (CP Designs), Stitched Shapes Framelits (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn Love at The Card Concept




Autumn is my favorite season of all so when I saw the inspiration photo 
for this week's challenge at The Card Concept I was eager to create.



I was inspired by the beautiful white cake and the leaves with their 
gorgeous fall colors to make my CAS card.

First I stamped the cake and the sentiment with versamark ink and then heat set it with some white embossing powder. I then die cut that out with a tag die from CAS-ual Fridays.

For the leaves I used distress inks - I like how they look a little splotchy when used with regular card stock. I cut each one out and placed them under the tag which has craft foam on it to give it some dimension. 
Lastly, I tied some linen thread to the tag.

Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I look
forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Wedding (Inkadinkado), Leaf Motifs (CP Designs)
ink: versamark, early espresso (SU), distress inks - wild honey, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, fired brick, peeled paint (Tim Holtz)
paper: whisper white thick (SU) wood textures dsp (SU),
accessories: white embossing powder (SU), tag buddies Fri Dies (CAS-ual Fridays), linen thread (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Masculine Monday #41



For this week's Masculine Monday card I'm playing along with a challenge blog that I always find inspiration at. The Cards 4 Guyz blog is worth checking out if you haven't already done so. This go around the theme is 
Halloween or Autumn Thank You 
Since I never send out Halloween cards I opted to make an autumn thank you card.

I used the Leaf Motifs stamp set from CP Designs 
and distress inks for the inside of the leaves and the overall background sponging effect. I like the little bit of imperfections I get when stamping with distress ink onto regular card stock.
I used Soft Suede ink from SU for the leaf overlay and to sponge the edges and Early Espresso, also from SU for the sentiment. I used my MISTI for the sentiment because I knew I wanted to stamp it a few times so as to get a really dark brown.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Leaf Motifs (CP Designs), Painted Thanks (Neat & Tangled exclusively for CP Designs)
ink: distress inks - Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw (Tim Holtz), Soft suede (SU), Early Espresso (SU)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), cajun craze (SU), crushed curry (SU), wood textures DSP (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), craft foam (Michaels)


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Life's Big Question



I love how happy the ladies look on this Art Impressions set called Big Bold Birthday. I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils and used a 
sentiment from the Five For All set from Stampin' Up! It's got some fun 
and a little snarky sentiments. The inside of the cards reads
 '...like "WHY did I walk into this room?"
I've done that a lot recently - my husband just laughs at me. But then I get 
to laugh at him when he does it.

I'm playing along with the following challenges:
CASology - ODD (three women)
Seize the Birthday - anything goes





Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Big Bold Birthday (Art Impressions), Five For All (Stampin' Up)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: Whisper White Thick (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's Penguin-ing Out!



I was inspired by a challenge over on StampNation for World Card Making 
Day. The challenges were all based on a theme of 'World Travelers Journal'. 
The idea was to take a peek into a person's journal who was traveling around the world.The challenges are based off what might have been written in the journal about the places they visited. There were 7 challenges based on the journal entries of 7 places visited.  
Alaska was the place they visited for this challenge. 

Some people made cards with penguins which inspired me to make
this card. I was only going to have a few penguins but I couldn't stop
coloring them.

I kept the coloring really simple - very little shading - and added some
details to the scarves and hats.

I piled them onto some snowbanks and then added the sentiment.

Could you imagine seeing a bunch of caroling penguins?
Would be soooo cute!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Here We Go A-Waddling (lawn fawn)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), markers - light brown, gray brown, green, wine red, cobalt blue and black (Zig)
paper: whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: Here We Go A-Waddling dies (lawn fawn), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), stitched hillside borders (lawn fawn), white gelly roll pen, craft foam (Michaels)



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Favorite Flower




A few challenges came into play for this card.

The Flower Challenge - use your favorite flower
Addicted to CAS - favorite stamp 
CAS-ual Fridays - sketch challenge (I flipped it around)

It just so happens that my favorite stamp right now is a flower stamp from
Spectrum Noir called Just Because. It's so pretty and the fonts in the set
are gorgeous too.

I used my Prismacolor pencil crayons to color the image and
Catherine Pooler's midnight ink to stamp the sentiment.
I added a few crystal clear Nuvo drops to finish it off.






Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Just Because (Spectrum Noir)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Crystal Drops (Nuvo), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Masculine Monday #40 - Thank You!



Food trucks + tacos = delish!!

My husband and I ate at a taco truck a couple of years back and had the best taco I've probably ever eaten.  I ordered a zucchini taco - I figured I love deep fried zucchini and I love tacos so why not put them together and it was excellent!
I keep hoping that truck comes back but I haven't seen it again.

Anyways, about the card.
I must've been thinking about that day when I made this card.
I used a cute but retired set from Stampin' Up called Tasty Trucks and filled
it with tacos. 

And let's taco about that sentiment - hahaha

I masked the truck off with some Inkadinkado masking paper and sponged
the sky and the grass. The sky wasn't working for me so I grabbed some
pencil crayons and added some more color. While I had them out I added
some detail to the grass.


I die cut the main piece and raised it up from the rest of the card with some craft foam for a bit of dimension.

Is anyone else craving tacos now besides me?

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Tasty Trucks (SU)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), distress inks - crushed olive, tumbled glass, broken china (Tim Holtz)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Peace & Joy


When I saw that the inspiration photo for this challenge at 
was purple ornaments I struggled a bit. 
Purple is not a color I gravitate to often.

I decided to keep things really simple. I embossed the ornaments in
silver and then used my Zig markers to watercolor each ornament.
I added some sparkle with the Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.
I love the added bit of festive feel the sparkle gives.




Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE.
And I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

I think I'll be using purple more often.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Linear Baubles (Stamp-It Australia), CL722 (Hero Arts)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), versamark, watercolor markers - Deep Violet, Violet (Zig), Starlite Silver Brilliance (Tsukineko)
paper: Smoky Slate (SU), 140lb cold press watercolor paper (Canson)
accessories: silver embossing powder (SU), sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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