Monday, April 30, 2018

Masculine Monday #60

It's Monday!
Masculine Monday #60


I used a Mo Manning digital image called Bernard and colored it in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons. I kept it to a one layer card - basically.  I added an embossed sentiment from Altenew's Heartfelt Sentiments with craft foam for a bit of dimension.
I recently ordered a new powder tool for embossing. I've been using the same one for EVER but I was in need of a new one. I ordered the EK Success Powder Tool and WOW, the embossing turned out perfect - no flecks at all.

If you're in need of a powder tool, I definitely recommend this one.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
accessories: Pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Multi Liner (Copic), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mixed Media Fun on StampNation

We've been learning a lot about mixed media over on StampNation recently from so many great tutorials.
Here's a peek at what I made for the mixed media challenge that starts today.


I've been doing mixed media more and more lately and have thoroughly been enjoying it - the whole process is so freeing.
I used to find it very intimidating but now I'm feeling the urge to start an art journal. That's one of the great things about art - you don't have to stink with one form. Creativity comes in all forms.

Here's a peek at the projects on SN



Not a member of StampNation yet? 
Click HERE to learn more about how you can join in on all the fun.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Celebrate Friends SOA Release Day!



It's Stamp of Approval Rlease Day!!
This release is amazing and the whole release week has been a blast. So many great cards on the hops. I've made a ton of cards all ready but I was so inspired by everyone's designs that I just want to make a ton more.
If you've missed any of the hops you can visit Catherine's page HERE and find all three days of fun.

This collection is only available while supplies last and then it's months before you will see them in the shop individually. I'm not saying this because I'm on the design team, I'm saying this because this is truly how I feel - this is by far my favorite SOA collection yet!! I don't forsee a time when this will not be used in my craft room.

I have another couple of cards to share with you.
This first card features the Punctuated Party stamp set. I stamped the circle garland in a rainbow of colors and then stamped the sentiment. I popped it up onto a card base and that's it. Super simple but super fun.



My next card features the Perfect Blend stamps and coordinating dies.
I stamped matching mugs and cut them out with the coordinating dies that line up perfectly by the way. I popped them up onto a card panel that has a little sponging and a few sponged circles from the Scattered Circles die. I added a sentiment and then layered it onto some Smoke card stock and then onto  Mirrors card stock for the base.




Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



Monday, April 23, 2018

More Cards with The Celebrate Friends SOA Box

It's Day 3 of the 3 day Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval blog hop. Here are links for Day 1 and Day 2 if you missed them. If you haven't already done so go and check them out and be sure to leave comments at all the stops because there are prizes to be won!




I'm not on today's hop but I do have more cards to share with you. This SOA box is so packed full of goodies that I could make cards for days and still have more ideas. It's that good!

My first card features the Perfect Blend stamps and dies, along with the Punctuated Party stamp set and the Scattered Circles stencil.



1. stamp the mugs with Seafoam & Stone Blue inks doing 2nd generation stamping & the decorative piece in full strength stamping.
2. the coffee in the mug is 2nd generation stamping.
3. add some shading to the edges of the mugs & the coffee using pencil crayons - (crayolas will work just fine here).
4. stamp the coffee pot with Black Jack ink.
5. die cut the mugs & coffee pot out with the coordinating dies.
6. background panel - stamp images from both sets using 2nd generation stamping & one color ink. 
7. sponge a few circles from the stencil & the edges with the same color ink & add to a layer of Smoke card stock.
8. stamp the sentiment with versamark onto Smoke card stock, heat set with white embossing powder & cut close to the edges.
9. randomly swipe the Seafoam & Stone Blue ink pads directly to the edges of the card base.
10. add the panel to the base with craft foam. Add the mugs & the coffee pot to  the panel with some more craft foam & then add the sentiment pieces directly to the panel.


My next card features the WooHoo stamp set, Hooray die and the Morning Joe Border dies.


1. die cut 'hooray' from Smoke card stock & craft foam. Adhere together & set aside.
2. stamp the party hats with Seafoam & Stone Blue inks & cut out with coordinating die.
3. die cut a piece of white card stock using the zig zag die from the Morning Joe Border dies.
4. adhere the hooray piece to a white card panel cut to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
5. adhere the border piece to the side of the panel
6. adhere one of the hats directly to the panel and two of them with some craft foam. 
7. stamp the rest of the sentiment with Black Jack ink.
8. stamp a few stars using all 3 inks.
9. adhere the panel directly to a card base.




There's still time to get your name on the WAIT LIST so you can order one these Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval boxes.
And don't forget you need to
COMMENT TO WIN!!!
Catherine is randomly choosing 3 commenters to receive a $97 Gift Certificate to her shop which just happens to be what an SOA box costs. Want to increase your chances? Comment on all the blogs on all 3 days - links above for all of them.

Winners will be announced 6pm EST April 23rd.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Celebrate Friends SOA Blog Hop Day 2!



Hi Everyone! Welcome to day 2 of the Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! 
If you've been following along you should've arrived from Jenny Colacicco's blog but if not don't worry, I've got a list of all the blogs below with links attached.

Let me start off by saying I LOVE THIS COLLECTION!!
It's cute! It's fun! It's on trend! It's awesome!



My first card features the Punctuated Party stamp set, the WooHoo stamp set and the Morning Joe Border Dies. I die cut the edge of the card base with one of the Morning Joe dies.  The striped circles are stamped with Rockin' Red, Party Dress and Tiki Torch. I stamped the words with versamark onto some Smoke card stock and heat set them with white embossing powder. Each one is cut out close to the edges and adhered to a white panel piece cut to 2 3/4" x 5 1/4" some with craft foam and some without. The whole panel is added to the base with more craft foam.

My next card features the Punctuated Party stamp set. I started by masking off the dots that are inside the speech bubble and stamping it 3x onto some white card stock with Black Jack ink. Next I stamped a different sentiment inside each bubble, cut them out and added them to a panel cut to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" with some craft foam. Using Rockin' Red, Party Dress, Tiki Torch and Black Jack I stamped the smaller stamps around the speech bubbles and finished the card off with a few sequins. 


COMMENT TO WIN!!!
Make sure to leave comments on all the blogs in the hop today because Catherine is randomly choosing 3 commenters to receive a $97 Gift Certificate to her shop which just happens to be what an SOA box costs. Want to increase your chances? Comment on all the blogs in the hop yesterday and the hop tomorrow.
Winners will be announced 6pm EST April 23rd.

Now it's time to hop.
Below is a list of all the blogs in the hop - be sure to check them all out and leave your comments.

BLOG HOP LIST
Catherine - it all starts here
Susan Powell  - You Are Here

 Don't forget to get your name on the WAIT LIST because these beauties tend to sell out fast! 



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping List

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Box

Team coffee or team tea?
Which one are you?


We're celebrating the release of Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval box with a 3 day blog hop and the theme this time around is Celebrate Friends. For those of you that haven't heard of SOA before it's a hand-picked collection of exclusive products that are created to work together and it's delivered right to your door!

I'm part of tomorrow's hop but I have some cards to share with you today.
My first card features the Perfect Blend stamp set and the Scattered Circles stencil


I began by sponging the two ink colors over the stencil onto some white cardstock not cleaning the stencil when I changed the colors. After I sponged the two colors I flipped it over and rubbed all the ink from the stencil onto the card panel. I love how it turned out. I finished the panel by sponging some of the same colors around the edges.
The coffee pot is second generation stamping with Black Jack ink. The edges are sponged a bit to match the dotted panel. It's all layered onto a Smoke card base. 


My next card features the I Eat Cake stamp set, the WooHoo stamp set along with the Sweet die


I die cut the word Sweet out of craft foam and white card stock that I had blended Sauna, Seafoam and Rose Petal inks onto. I adhered them together with some liquid glue and set them aside to dry.
The rest of the sentiment is from the WooHoo stamp set and the cupcake is from the I Eat Cake stamp set. Catherine has a great video showing how all the pieces on this set work together. Check it out HERE

I asked at the beginning of this post if you were team coffee or team tea.
Me? I'm a tea drinker (chai, london fog or herbal - I'm picky) but I love to make coffee cards so I'm going to say I'm both.

This SOA box you get a choice.
You can be team coffee and get the coffee themed stamps.
You can be team tea and get the tea themed stamps.
OR
You can be like me and be on both teams and order it all!
But to order any of them you have to be on the wait list and you can do that HERE.

Want to hop along on today's hop?
Hop on over to Catherine's blog to get started. 
Be sure to leave comments at each stop for a chance to win one of three  $97 gift certificates to her store which just happens to be the cost of a SOA box - just sayin'

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:

Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrate Friends SOA Sneak Peek





IT'S ALMOST HERE!
Are you excited?
We're all very excited to share with you the cards we've made with this amazing collection. Make sure to join Catherine and the design team for a 3 day blog hop starting tomorrow, Saturday April 21st at 9am EST. They'll be 3 prizes for a $25 gift certificate to Catherine's store. Leave a comment at every stop along the way to increase your chances of winning.

Don't know what SOA is?
It's a collection of hand-picked products designed exclusively for the Stamp of Approval box and they all work beautifully together. Click HERE to learn more about this box.

Here's another little sneak peek for you.


I know I can speak for the whole team when I say we have had such a blast creating with this SOA collection. It's by far one of my all time favorite SOA releases!

These collections go FAST! One of them sold in just over 2 hours - crazy right! So make sure to get your name onto the WAIT LIST so you can start stamping with all the goodness inside the box.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stamping with Right at Home, CP Designs Inks and a Prize

I'm thrilled to be taking part of a blog hop for Nicole of Right at Home. We're combining her stamps and dies with CP Designs inks because guess what? Nicole now carries Catherine's inks in her store! How cool is that!
There's a list of all the designers taking part in the hop with links to their blog below so if you've missed any or are just starting out you can easily catch up.


I used the Abstract Floral stamp set and stamped the flowers and leaves with CP Designs Sugared Lavender, Rose Petal, Shea Butter and Seafoam inks. Some were stamped full strength but most are second generation stamping. The sentiment is from a set called Fall Sentiments. I stamped it as well as the dots and lines on the flowers with Black Jack ink. 
Abstract Florals has a coordinating die set which I don't have (yet), so I fussy-cut everything out. It's okay though, for some reason I find it relaxing to cut things out.
I placed all the flowers onto a panel that I had die cut with a stitched rectangle die, popping the larger flowers up on some craft foam for a little dimension. I added the panel with some more craft foam to a card base.

Be sure to check out the Right at Home store to see more amazing products than just the ones I used.

Now for the prize!
Yes a prize that you get to choose!
Leave a comment below and at all the stops along the way to increase your chances. You could be the lucky one that receives an item of your choosing from Right at Home's newest release. 
Winner's will be announced April 26th on the Right at Home blog.

Here is the list of all the designers taking part.

Susan Powell - You Are Here.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:
stamp sets: Abstract Flowers (Right at Home), Fall Sentiments (Right at Home)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Card Concept #91

It's time for another challenge at The Card Concept and of course we've got another gorgeous photo to inspire you.





 I was inspired by the beautiful flowers and the soft blues of the dress. Even though there's not a lot of white space on this card I'm still going to call it a CAS card - there's limited layers, it's uncluttered and it was easy to make.


I stamped some of the beautiful images from Altenew's Peony Bouquet stamp set onto some watercolor cardstock with Midnight ink. It's a layering stamp set and I did use a couple of the layers on the leaves but I only used the outline layer for the flowers. I love all the detail the stamping gave me on the leaves but I was in the mood to watercolor the flowers so I skipped the layering stamps for those.  I used Catherine Pooler Design inks - Green Tea and Eucalyptus for the leaves, It's a Girl, Pixie Dust and Flirty Fuchsia for the flowers and It's a Boy and Stone Blue for the background.
The sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Greetings stamp set and it's stamped in Black Jack ink.

Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams cards HERE and I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:
stamps: Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Painted Greetings (Altenew)
paper: 140lb coldpress watercolor paper (Canson)


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CP Designs SOA Sneak Peek



You're definitely going to want to get on the wait list for this SOA Collection!
It. Is. Fantastic!
SOA is Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval Collection.
A hand-picked collection of exclusive stamping supplies that are delivered right to your door. This box of goodies can be used together to make so many cards and they're sure to work great with products you already have in your stash.

Here are a couple peeks at just a few of the cards I've made with some of the new products. 



And here's another peek for you.


Trust me when I say you're going to want to see the whole collection!
I've had so much fun with all the products that I haven't been able to stop making cards with it.
It's available April 24th but you can only get it if you're on the wait list. 
Not on the wait list?
Not a problem.
Click HERE to add your name and remedy that situation.

Be sure to join us for a 3 day Blog Hop starting Sunday April 21st celebrating these amazing products. 


See you on the hop!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Monday, April 16, 2018

Masculine Monday #59 + a Winner!

 Happy Monday Everyone!

First things first.
The winner of the Paisley Peacock stamps and die set and the You Did It! stamp set from Catherine Pooler is....
  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little peacock! It is on my wish list (for now!!) And I didn't used to like paisley..but it is really growing on me seeing all these beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing your creativity!
Congratulations Lori!
If you could email me your mailing address we'll get your prize in the mail to you right away so you can start having some fun with those paisley stamps. :)

And now it's time for Masculine Monday.


If you've got a Dad who can fix anything then this is a card that would be perfect for him. I was going for a moon in the sky look - not sure if I achieved it but I like how it turned out.

INSTRUCTIONS
I used the drill and a sentiment from the Hero Arts CL335 stamp set. 
1. cut a base of white cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11"
2. die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die
3. stamp the drill with black ink.
4. create a mask with masking paper and a 2 1/2" circle punch (or die)
5. cover the drill and sponge on some blue inks keeping the darker blue close to the edges of the 'moon'
6. stamp the sentiment
7. color the drill with a black pencil crayon
8. add the panel to the card base with some craft foam 

And if it's your Mom, sister, brother or friend who's the one that can fix anything then just mask off the Dad portion of the sentiment and insert the appropriate stamp in its place.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:
stamp set: Hero Arts CL335
accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), pencil crayon (Prismacolor), craft foam (Michaels)

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Catherine Pooler Giveaway - The Perfect Reason


Today I've got The Paisley Peacock stamps and dies as well as the You Did It! stamp set from Catherine Pooler's The Perfect Reason collection to give away! How cool is that?! And all you have to do is leave a comment below before 8am PDT on Monday April 16th and one commenter will be randomly chosen to receive all three! 
(Please note that this is for US residents only)



For this first card I used the little images - you know those ones that tend to be forgotten - yeah those ones - from the Perfect Reason stamp set and created a little floral scene around that big, beautiful Congrats sentiment from the You Did It! set. Love that font. 



This next one uses the feathers from the Paisley Peacock set and some other little stamps from the You Did It! and the Perfect Reason set to create some of my own paper. I left a section blank for the sentiment and drew a couple of lines with a fine black marker to frame it. I used Catherine's Smoke card stock for the base. I like how all the images work together to create a feeling of celebrating. They make me think of the caps that are tossed into the air at graduation ceremonies so I made this one a grad card. 



I did some ink blending using Melon Ice, Garden Party and Aquatini on the feathers from the Paisley Peacock set on this next card. I was trying to figure out what colors to make the body of the peacock and honestly, was stressing out when I glanced at the sentiment from the Perfect Reason set and thought to myself, YES!. So I made it purple! There's coordinating dies for this set so don't stress about fussy cutting them out. I added it to a panel of Smoke cardstock allowing for the tiniest of frames and then added it to the card base.


Make sure to leave a comment before 8am PDT Monday April 16th for your chance to win the following: 
Paisley Peacock stamps and die set
and the 
You Did It stamp set


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:
stamp set: The Big The Bold and The Happy (Winnie & Walter), Woo Hoo (Sunny Studio)
stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

SO! MUCH! FUN!

StampNation has some awesome, very inspiring and very informative tutorials on mixed media. I love this form of art!


I started by brushing gesso onto some cardstock. Once it was dry I added the base colors with an ombre ink pad that I was gifted in a recent order from The Ink Road. It's a pink to orange pad called Backyard Table by Recollections and it's really pretty! I'll be looking at getting some more colors for sure.




The flowers and leaves that you see in the corners and on some edges are torn pieces of tissue paper that came in the box with my order. It's so pretty that I didn't want to get rid of it. I brushed some Ranger matte medium onto the back of the tissue paper, placed it onto the panel and then sealed it with some more matte medium. Next I went with a circle theme. White ink and a polka dot stencil, embossing paste and a falling snow stencil, white ink and a large circle lid - dip the edges of the lid in the ink and press it onto the paper - it's great. I did the same thing with a small circle lid and some Black Jack ink.
The sentiment was one I had made a long time ago and never used. It was sitting on my desk and thought it would fit this project. I added a piece of lace doily and some craft foam to the back and placed it over top of some linen thread that I placed in a loose pile. 
I added some Tim Holtz word stickers to the panel along with a few lace flowers from Stampin' Up! that I've been hoarding for a long time. I saw a heart stamp in a dish on my desk and thought, why not, so I stamped a few of those and then finished it off with some pearls, some sequins, sponged edges and then added it to a card base with some craft foam. 


I LOVE this card! 
The colors make me happy - they make me think of spring - and there's so much to look at but it doesn't feel chaotic.

If you've never tried mixed media before I highly recommend it.

If you're a member of StampNation be sure to check out the classroom for all the tutorials.
If you're not a member, click HERE to learn more about it.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs - Good Things with Grateful Heart

I LOVE the Grateful Heart stamp and die set from Catherine Pooler Designs - the flowers are gorgeous! And the sentiments in the Good Things stamp set - also from Catherine Pooler Designs are beautiful. I especially like the one I used today.



I stamped the images onto some Canson 140lb cold press watercolor paper. I took them and my new Lukas Aquarell Studio watercolors to Cuba with me during Spring Break. It was the first time I used these watercolors. I'd never heard of the Lukas brand before but I was really impressed with it.  And it's perfect for travelling - it's the size of my hand! 



When I got home, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I stamped the sentiment from the Good Things stamp set with Black Jack ink and added two of the watercolor flowers. I added that panel with craft foam to a card base.





I added craft foam to one of the flowers and added it to a card panel along with a celebrate sentiment cut from midnight cardstock with a Penny Black die. I adhered the panel to the card base and they're done.


The flowers and the colors on these cards make me wish for Spring and some warmer weather!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
paper: 140lb coldpress watercolor paper (Canson)
craft foam (Michaels)