Monday, February 26, 2018

Masculine Monday #55

I was trying to come up with a card for today's Masculine Monday post and was having some difficulty. I'd start out with what I thought was going to be a great masculine card only to have the cards take a complete u-turn and be anything but masculine. I gave up late last night and went to bed.
This morning I woke up with a card idea and went straight to my craft room to make. I showed it to my husband and he thought it was hilarious and not much makes him laugh on Monday mornings so on my blog it went :)

I started by masking off the Happy Birthday portion of the sentiment from Stampin' Ups Birthday Wit set, inked up the rest in black and stamped it onto the card panel that I cut with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. Next I inked up the sentiment in Catherine Pooler's Green Tea ink on to some scratch paper and cut out the Happy Birthday portion. I popped it up onto the card panel with some craft foam.
The mug of beer was one that I had stamped eons ago and found in a pile when I was cleaning up my desk. You could just stamp it directly onto the panel but I had it so I glued it on.
The last thing to do was to adhere it to the card base. 

Sometimes we spend all this time trying so hard to come up with the perfect card. I think I was over thinking it all and trying too hard. This morning I went back to the style of card that makes me happiest and also the style that I think works the best for masculine cards. Clean and Simple.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping List:
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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.

Happy Stampin'
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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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CP's Zen Garden Release and Blog Hop Day 1

Catherine Pooler's new release is avalable today. She keeps blowing me away with her products and this release is amazing! We're celebrating with a blog hop and prizes too. Leave a comment at each stop along the way to increase your chances to win.

All the cards I'm sharing today use both the Chevron Cheer and the Zen Feather stamp sets and the coordinating dies.

My first card uses the emboss resist technique. I stamped the circle images with versamark and heat set them with white embossing powder. Next I used ALL 8 of the new inks you see in the photo above and sponged them on starting from the bottom. Be sure to wipe off the panel with paper towel or a cloth when you're done sponging so as to remove any ink off the embossed areas. For the sentiment I masked off the 'you' that is just below 'being' on the stamp and then using the ink pads I lightly touched them to stamp in the same order as I sponged the panel and added it to the card using craft foam. I die cut the you out of white card stock and craft foam. I sponged the you with Polished, Rose Petals and Sugared Lavender and added that to the card. For some more dimension I stamped a few of the circles on some scrap paper, heat embossed them with white powder and then mimicked the colors on the panel. I die cut them with a coordinating die and placed them on the panel with some craft foam.

My second card uses Shea Butter, Seafoam and then Skylight inks stamped to give a varigated look to the feathers. Next I partially inked the feathers with versamark ink, heat set them with some gold embossing powder and used the coordinating die to cut them out. I added two of them directly to the card base and one with craft foam for dimension. The sentiment is stamped with versamark and heat set with gold embossing powder.

The background piece for my next card is done on Smoke cardstock. I used black Jack ink to stamp the flowers and to partially sponge the Split Chevron Stencil. I die cut the oval out of white, stamped the thank in Black Jack and did inlaid die-cutting with smoke card stock for the you. Last I stamped on a few flowers and leaves using Shea Butter, Sugared Lavender, Rose Petals, Polished, Seafoam and Spruce inks and then added that to the card panel with craft foam.

I used the flowers again for this next card but went with a more watercolored look. The card base and first panel are the Smoke and Mirrors cardstock - two great greys. I stamped the large flowers and the sentiment with Midnight ink onto watercolor paper. The 'happy' is stamped with Rose Petals ink. I masked the flowers off and stamped the smaller flowers and leaves using Shea Butter, Rose Petals, Skylight and Seafoam. I pressed some ink onto a block and used a water brush to color in the larger flowers. A few splatters of watered down ink and then adding it to the card base with craft foam finishes this card.

My last card uses the feathers again - love them! I stamped them with versamark ink onto vellum and then heat set them with gold embossing powder. I cut them out with the coordinating die and adhered them to the card only at the top and a little in the middle. I tied a bow with the linen thread and added it to the feather. I used Icing on the Cake for the sentiment but stamped it in sections so I could have it in a line across the bottom. The happy is stamped with versamark and heat set with more gold powder. I distressed the edges of the panel with some scissors for some more texture.

Can you tell I had a blast with these products? I couldn't stop making cards! 
Next on the hop is Ingrid  but if you've missed any along the way, I've linked them all below for you.

Don't forget, you need to COMMENT for your chance to WIN your own set of the Zen Garden inks or if you already own one then you can win a $45 gift certificate to Catherine's store. 

Susan Powell - you are here
Ingrid Blackburn - go here next

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Masculine Monday #53 Epic Celebrations

It's Monday so that means it's time for another masculine card. But I don't have one for you - I have two!

I used the Epic Celebrations stamp set that you can get for free during Stampin' Ups Sale-A-Bration that is going on right now until March 31, 2018.

With every qualifying order, you earn free, exclusive products. There are two earning levels so you can choose Sale-A-Bration product for every $60 or $120 in orders (these amounts are for Canadians).

- If you spend $60, you get one free level 1 product.
- If you spend $120, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose 2 level 1 items.
- If you spend $180, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and 1 level 2 item.

Back to my card.

I used a circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and cut two circles - one from Old Olive and one form Soft Suede cardstock.
The images are all stamped with Archival Black ink onto white cardstock, colored in with Stampin' Ups watercolor pencils and an almost dry waterbrush. I cut out each image and used an exacto knife to cut out the area on the inside of the headphones. Next I added them to the die cut circles with craft foam for dimension.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment in the coordinating ink color.

Don't have any guys in your life that this card would work for? Then change the colors and you've got a feminine card. Easy peasy!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Comfort & Strength

I'm playing along with the butterfly challenge over at CASology

I've never been a big fan of butterfly stamps but I may have just changed my mind. Catherine Pooler has a beautiful butterfly set in her new release that is available on February 13th. It's gorgeous! Actually the whole release is fantastic! The butterfly set comes with two sizes of multi-layering butterflies and some very thoughtful sentiments. It also has one of my favorite quotes in it. 

I used the smaller butterfly for my card and some of Catherine's new inks also being released on February 13th. I used Shea Butter and Sauna for the yellow butterfly and Seafoam and Spruce for the green butterfly. For the top layer on both I embossed in gold. The bodies and the sentiment are both stamped in Icing on the Cake.

Check out the CASology challenge HERE

And don't forget to check out Catherine's release on February 13th. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craftfoam (Michaels)