Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TCC #89 and a Smile

When I saw the inspiration photo for this week's challenge at The Card Concept, honestly I wasn't that inspired but only because I'm not a fan of yellow. Once I got passed that and gave it a bit of thought I was really inspired by the photo.

I was inspired by the colors, the flower on the chair and all that white space. I grabbed some CP Design inks in Eucalyptus, Suana and Stone Blue to do a little sponging on the card panel. The flowers, the leaves and the sentiment are from a CAS-ual Fridays set called Pretty Posies. I stamped the flowers and the leaves with CP's Black Jack ink and the sentiment was stamped with versamark onto black cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. It's a classic look and works really well on CAS cards to add a pop.I finished it off with a few sequins scattered around.

So now that you've seen how I was inspired, check out how the rest of the DT was inspired HERE.  I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery :)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
Pretty Posies stamp set (CAS-ual Fridays)
Stitched Stackable Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

All That Jazz Blog Hop Day 3

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 3 of Catherine Pooler's All That Jazz release

Also being released are the the products from the Counting Blessing Stamp of Approval Collection. You should have arrived from Kristie's Blog but if you're starting with mine, the full hop list is below.

My first three cards use products from both of the new releases.

I used the new CP Design card stock called Sand Dunes to stamp the Doing The Polka background stamp onto. I used versamark ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. This may be my favorite item in the whole release! The flower is from the Blooming Bouquet set, stamped in Tutti Frutti and a little Rockin' Red and die cut with a coordinating die. All the 'greenery' is from the Grateful Heart set, stamped in versamark, heat set with whisper white embossing powder and cut out with the coordinating dies. I LOVE that there are coordinating dies with these sets! The sentiment is from the Good Things set and stamped with Icing on the Cake ink. This card makes me happy! 

This second card features the Black Tie Gala designer paper and the Grateful Heart stamp set (more favorites of mine). I used the Tags Etc dies to cut the tag and added it to some craft foam for dimension. The flower swag is stamped onto vellum with versamark and heat set with white embossing powder (I've been doing that a lot lately) and die cut, yes, you guessed it, with the coordinating die. I used a blender pen with Tutti Frutti and Green Tea ink to color the back side of the vellum. I added it to the tag along with the white embossed sentiment and some baker's twine.

I used the  Marching Leaves stencil, sponged Green Tea and Eucalyptus inks onto some colored cardstock. I rotated the stencil and sponged on some white pigment ink. The leaves are stamped with versamark onto vellum card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The sentiment is stamped with Icing on the Cake and Eucalyptus. A little bit of linen thread and some sponging of the edges finishes this one off.

The next two cards use products from the Counting Blessings Collection. The tear drop stamp is from the Leaf Motifs set and the sentiment is pieced together from the Autumn Blessing set. Change out the colors and the sentiment and this will work for so many different occasions.

My last card uses the Blooming Bouquet set. I stamped the flowers and the sentiment with Midnight ink onto watercolor paper. I masked off the flowers, inked up the leaves and gave them a spritz of water before stamping them. I used a water brush to paint in the flowers with Tutti Frutti and Tiki Torch inks. Once they were dry I added a few black ink spatters to finish it off.

Time to keep hopping. Check out Lydia Evans next - she's incredible! Here's the complete blog list for you in case you missed any.
Be sure to leave comments at all the stops because Catherine is giving away two ink pads with free shipping to five random commenters. Good luck!

Susan Powell - you are here
Lydia Evans - go here next

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I'll Be There For You...

When I saw the stamp set I used for these cards from The Ink Road I ordered it right away! The theme is a show that I've seen every episode of and so have millions of other people.

All my cards are very clean and simple. 
One image, some simple coloring, a sentiment and lots of white space.

The sentments and the couch are from the stamp set. The dinosaur and the cow are free coloring page images that I downloaded from the internet. I colored all the images in with my Prismacolor pencils and added them to the card base with some craft foam.

Have you figured out which show the stamp set is based on yet?
If you're a fan of the show, you probably got it with the first card.

The set is called The One With All The Stamps and it's full of lines from 
the Friends show. 
The first card gets me singing the theme song.

If you haven't heard of The Ink Road before be sure to check it out. Besides having great products, Lara who is the owner, is incredibly kind. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
The One With All The Stamps (The Ink Road)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Having Fun With Stencils!

I watched a tutorial the other day by Jennifer McGuire about how to get more out of your stencils. Stencils have always been something I struggle with. I buy them, I use them once or twice and then they just sit there because I'm not very creative with them. Does that sound like you? If it does then you need to watch her tutorial. Click on her name above to check it out.

This is a picture heavy post.

This first picture shows the different panels I made.

The next five pictures show the steps.

Start by taping your stencil to some cardstock - colored cardstock works best. You'll see why in a bit. Choose your ink color and start sponging it on.

I chose 4 colors. I started with the darkest color in the center and worked my way out to the edges with the lighter colors.

Now it's time to rotate your stencil. I don't have any magnificent tips for you here. Just rotate to a spot that you feel will look good - sorry, that's all I got. You're going to be adding white pigment ink so keep that in mind. Some stencils are easier than others to imagine the finished look. The more you do the easier it gets to imagine.

After you add the white ink, cross your fingers and then pull off the stencil.

This is why it's best to use colored cardstock - white on white wouldn't work. Or would it? Could you use white cardstock and then switch out the white ink with grey or black? hmmm....

Next are a few cards I made with the panels.
I love how this first one turned out so much that I didn't want to cover it up so I did a simple sentiment and a cup. Done.
I used CP Design ink colors - Icing on the Cake, Green Tea and Sauna. 
The mug is colored with Prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment is from a new set that I'm sharing tomorrow...

I die cut this next one into a square with a circle out of the center. The flower is stamped in black onto some blue cardstock and then placed into the square. It was looking a little blah so I used a white gel pen to perk it up a bit.. I used the ink pad directly on the edge of the circle to darken it and to help give it some dimension. 

This last one I die cut into a rectangle panel and popped it up with some craft foam. The hearts are punched out from vellum. I heat embossed the sentiment onto Kraft cardstock to keep the overall feeling of the card soft and a little romantic. A few pearls scattered around and this one's finished.

Are you feeling inspired to get your stencils out?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask and be sure to watch Jennifer's tutorial

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
Pretty Posies stamp set (CAS-ual Fridays),
Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
Bubble stencil (Tim Holtz)
craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Seeing Spots - Masculine Monday #57

Today's Masculine Monday card has me seeing spots!
But not to worry - it's the good kind.

I love this sentiment! 
It's from Stampin' Ups Birthday Wit stamp set. This is a set I will NEVER part with and one I think everyone NEEDS in their stash.
Just sayin' 

What I like about this card is that it's simple and it's fun. You can use up your pile of scrap card stock and dsp - you know that pile we all have? The one we say we're going to use up but just keeps getting bigger?
Yeah, that pile!

The circles are punched from a variety of circle punches (listed below) and using scraps of So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Marina Mist card stock. The beauty of this card is you can use whatever size punches you have, and whatever colors of paper you have - it all works!

Once I glued on the circles I ran it through my big shot using a rectangle stitched die to give it a finished look.

You can change out the colors to make it more feminine, you could use different types of designer paper - floral, bold patterns, geometric patterns...
 I need to make some more of these ones to have on hand, because I am awful at remembering to send cards on time - or really good at sending them late - it all depends on how you look at it. 

And check it out!
There's even a sentiment for the inside.
It's as if they know me.

So my challenge for you is to use your scraps.
And to share what you make to inspire others to use their scraps.
Use #workingthroughthescraps if you're on social media and I'll be sure
to check them out.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sending Love

I made this card for a color challenge at StampNation. The colors had me thinking flowers and butterflies so that's what I did. It just so happened that while I was going through my supplies and clearing out some things I came across a pack of retired Stampin' Up paper that's all white and has designs on it. I don't remember what it's called but it's designed for sponging techniques. When I was looking at the challenge I thought about this paper and knew it would be perfect. I sponged on some pinks and oranges for the base and stamped the butterflies in blues. It's hard to see in the photo but the top layer of the butterflies is embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder which gives it a bit of shine and sparkle in real life. I did direct to paper (swiped my ink pad directly onto some white cardstock) to get some coordinating paper for the love die. 

This card lookes like it could've taken a long time to make but it didn't! I love it when that happens.

If you're a member of StampNation - be sure to check out the challenge and I hope you'll join in the fun.
If you're not a member and would like to learn more about it, click HERE

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
patterned cardstock (retired Stampin' Up)
craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lost Without You - TCC #88

Time for another awesome challenge over at The Card Concept and this weeks photo is another beauty! Such gorgeous colors! I was inspired by the soft blues and greens to make my clean and simple and a little layered card.

I did a little ink smooshing with some Catherine Pooler inks - Lime Rickey and Juniper Mist - onto a piece of watercolor card stock. I put some ink onto a plastic sheet, sprayed it with some water and then took it to the card stock - bouncing it around a bit then heat setting it. I did this a few times to build up some layers drying between each addition. I threw on a few splatters as well by picking up some of the watered down ink with a paintbrush and flicking it onto the card panel.

I used the Going Global stamp set from Stampin' Up (I thought it was still available but it's not - a good alternative would be the Going Far set from SU). I inked it up with some Juniper Mist and then stamped it front and center onto the panel then stamped it a second and third time without adding any more ink.

I made coordinating card stock by taking the Juniper Mist ink pad directly to some white card stock just around the edges. I added the card panel to the now coordinating card stock. The sentiment is from the same set, stamped with the Juniper Mist ink and added to the card panel with some craft foam. I wrapped some linen thread around it a few times, tied on a dollar store arrow that I found in my stash, scattered a few sequins around and added it the card base.

Check out the rest of the design teams cards HERE and I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Masculine Monday #56

Someone told me the other day that rainbows are not masculine.
Who doesn't enjoy a rainbow?!?!?
Rainbows are for Everyone!!

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays this week just happens to be.....


While I was working on some other cards I came up with the idea for a rainbow and had to stop that card to make this one. You know how that goes, right?

I did a little stamp surgery on a stamp from Stampin' Ups Birthday Wit - don't worry, it wasn't major surgey - the stamp is fine and more useful to me now - honestly, we're both happier.
Next I used my Stampin' Up markers in a rainbow of colors, brushed on some ink and left it a little streaky on purpose (I like that look). I grabbed my pile of scrap white card stock and stamped away. I cut them out leaving a little white border around each one. I tried stamping them all on one piece but I couldn't line them up - not even with my MISTI - so I went old school.
I added a strip of dsp, a thin strip of black cardstock to the card base then added the rainbow with some craft foam. 
Ba da bing ba da boom DONE!  (??? what is that? Too much energy this morning lol)

So, now it's your turn people. Go make a rainbow card and send it to someone you care about to brighten their day and be sure to enter your card into the challenge.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!!

shopping list:
craft foam (Michaels)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

More Fun with CP Design Products

I've had this idea for a card that uses the feather stamp from CP Design's Zen Feather stamp set for a while now and yesterday I finally made some time to make it.

I stamped the feather repeatidly onto some watercolor card stock with CP Designs Midnight ink using my MISTI. Next I did some ink smooshing with Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Be Mine inks (also from CP Designs) making sure to completely dry the panel between each color with my heat gun.
Because the panel is quite busy I decided on a simple one word sentiment using CP's Thanks die - cutting it from white and black card stock and also from some black craft foam. I layered the black card stock onto the craft foam and then added the white card stock on top offsetting it a bit so as to create a shadow. In hind sight I probably didn't need the black card stock piece since I had black craft foam.
I added the panel to the card base with some more craft foam and finished it off with a few sequins scattered around.

I love it when the idea that you have in your head actually works! I love this card.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
MISTI (My Sweet Petunia)
craft foam (Michaels)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What Makes You Happy?

Seeing a big, coloriful bouquet of balloons makes me happy. Is it called a bouquet when it's balloons? Or maybe it's just a bunch of balloons? Whatever it is, it makes me happy!

I started with the large balloon outline from Stampin' Ups Balloon Celebration set with some black ink - be sure to use a waterproof ink for this technique - and then stamped it repeatedly over the top of my card, masking as I went so as to have some balloons behind and some in front. 

Next I grabbed a bunch of Catherine Pooler inks from the Spa Collection and one from the Party Collection. Can you guess which one just by looking at the card and not peeking below to the supplies? And there are two neutral colors in there too.

I grabbled a large stamping block, smooshed on an ink color, spritzed it with some water and then using a waterbrush I started randomly coloring in the balloons. Once you color in one balloon be sure it's dry before you color the one beside it or your colors could run into each other. Ask me how I know that trick? 

Have you guessed which color is from the Party Collection yet? If you guessed Melon Ice then you are correct! LOVE that color. I used it on the balloon that's pretty much front and center and on the one in the bottom left corner.  

The 'orange/red' balloons are actually a mixture of two inks. I started with the Mandarin Spice, which is one of my favorites but I just wasn't feelin' it for the balloons. So I grabbed the Peppermint Scrub ink and added it over top and fell in love with the result!

Once it was all dry I ran it through my Big Shot using the Stitched Stackable Rectangule dies from Lawn Fawn. The balloon strings are hand drawn with a black marker. I decided on a one word sentiment that could be used for different occasions. The celebrate word from Penny Blacks Celebration Dies was perfect for it. I cut it out of some black card stock, added it to some craft foam and then using some liquid glue I adhered it to the card. 

The last thing to add was a little sparkle with a few sequins.

I'm playing along with the Tic Tac Toe challenge over at StampNation. I did a vertical row of 'embellish, color in and die cuts' for my card. To see all the options be sure to go to StampNation and check it out. 
StampNation members can click HERE to see the challenge.
You're not a member of StampNation yet? Click HERE to learn more and to join.

Here's a little sneak peek at the cards some of the Creative Team has made to inspire you in this challenge.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
Celebrations dies (Penny Black), Stictched Stackable Rectangles (Lawn Fawn), craft foam (Michaels)