Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Life is a Grand Adventure

I had something else planned for this weeks challenge at The Card Concept but then I saw a stamp set at Michaels that jumped into my hands and said 'Buy Me!'
So I did. 
Actually it was 3 stamp sets. 
My husband just grinned at me.

Originally I was going to do a big red bike with a couple of mice on it but I decided to save that for another day. I stamped the bike in Catherine Pooler's Midnight ink and then added the sentiment with her Rockin' Red ink. Next I went on the hunt through all my stamps for some tiny flowers and I found one in Catherine Pooler's Grateful Heart stamp set that was perfect. YAY! For the stems I grabbed a green marker and just drew some lines. 
I used the stitched rectangle stackable dies from Lawn Fawn to die cut the stamped panel and then decided to cut two more panels to layer on the card.

This card is very clean and simple with a LOT of white space.
White space used to stress me out and now it calms me - funny how things change.
How does the photo below inspire you?
Check out how the rest of the design team was inspired HERE

See you in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Hello (Hampton Art), Be Brave (Hampton Art)
paper: whipser white (Stampin' Up)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Masculine Monday #63

I was at Walmart on the weekend and saw a stamp set that I knew I wanted to play with. It's by Art C company and it doesn't have a name on the package. When I looked it up online I saw it called Be Brave and also Southwestern. Whatever it's name is I knew I had to buy it.

I kept the stamping simple and added some visual interest with color and texture. The skull is stamped with Catherine Pooler's Over Coffee ink using second generation stamping. The sentiment is stamped with her Eucalyptus ink. I stamped the arrows onto some crumb cake card stock from Stampin' Up using versamark ink - this gives you a tone on tone look. The colored frame was created using the direct to paper technique - I took the Over Coffee ink pad and just swiped it along the card stock - yup, it's that easy to get coordinating card stock!

I finished it by adding some torn strip of designer paper from my pile that for some reason never seems to get any smaller no mater how much I use. Does your pile do the same thing? I finished it off by sponging the edges with more Over Coffee ink and popping up the stamped panel with some craft foam.

Both the panel and the frame were die cut with Lawn Fawns stitched stackable rectangle dies. This is without a doubt the most used item in my craft room.

Here's a picture of the set - it comes with adhesive stencils that seem like they're going to be fun to play with. That's on the agenda for today.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Be Brave (Art C)
paper: Whisper White and Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up), dsp (retired scraps)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Be You!

I had a lot of fun coloring this image from Mo's Digital. It's called Headphones and it's adorable. It reminds me of my girls when they were younger.

I colored the image in with my Altenew Artist Markers and added a bit of shading with a Prismacolor pencil crayon to ground it. The sentiment is from an old stamp set called Words to Live By from Fresh Squeezed Stamps. It's a set I'll probably never part with as it's got some great sentiments.

I was kind of stumped on what to add to the card to finish it off. I tried a few different ideas out and then settled on strip of dsp from my bin of scraps. I believe it's a retired Stampin' Up paper. Next I die cut a strip of white using a pretty die from Catherine Pooler Designs called Bordering Sweet Border Dies. I placed a strip of black card stock behind the die cut piece and then added it to the dsp.
Adding panels like this down the side of your card is a great way to use up those leftover pieces that we never seem to be able to throw away.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Words To Live By (Fresh Squeezed Stamps)
digi image: Headphones (Mo's Digital)
artist markers (Altenew)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (Stampin' Up), Basic Black (Stampin' Up), dsp (Stampin' Up retired)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), Bordering Sweet Border die (CP Designs)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wild & Wonderful Ink Smooshing

Have you seen Catherine Pooler's new release yet?

Also, have you checked out the Blog Hops we have going on right now?
Today is day 3 - I've got all the 3 days and links for you so you can catch up.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Catherine is giving away prizes so be sure to check the hop out and leave comments at each stop along the way for your chance to win.

My card today features the BFF Background stamp, the Wonderful Wildflower stamps and coordinating dies and the A Note of Thanks stamp set along with the new ink colors Grape Crush and Limoncello.

Ink smooshing seems to be my favorite technique right now. It's easy to do and the results are always fun to work with.
For this card I stamped the BFF Background stamp with versamark ink onto watercolor cardstock and heat set it with white embossing powder. I used Grape Crush, Limencello, Be Mine and All That Jazz inks. Working with one ink color at a time I smooshed the ink pad onto my craft mat, gave it a few sprays of water and then pressed the embossed cardstock into the ink in a few spots. I repeated the process with each color using my heat gun to dry the ink between each color. Do you see that beautiful green that the Limencello and All That Jazz inks made? 

I stamped the flowers with Grape Crush ink using first and second generation stamping. The sentiment is also Grape Crush.

One of my favorite things about Catherines's releases is that everything works so well together! I used three different stamp sets from the release on this card.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wild & Wonderful with CP Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 2 of the Wild & Wonderful release blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs. The creative team has been and will be sharing projects made with the new products released yesterday May 22nd.
I have 3 cards to share with you today. The first one uses the Kaleidoscope Background stamp, the Scroll Butterfly die, the In Flight die and the Note of Thanks stamp set.

I started by embossing the beautiful Kaleidascope Background stamp with white embossing powder onto some watercolor paper. I used Lemoncello, Party Dress and Lime Rickey to create a 'watercolor' background. Working with one color at a time I smooshed the ink directly onto a craft mat, gave it a few spritz of water and then pounced the paper into the ink heat setting it before adding a new color. The Scroll Butterfly die is layered on top of the In Flight die - both are cut from vellum. The sentiment is embossed with white onto a piece of Smoke card stock.

My next card features the Wonderful Wildflowers stamp set in an unusual way.

When I was stamping the flowers for another card the leaves made me think of fish. My daughter thought it was silly but I couldn't let the idea go so I made a card. I smooshed some Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt onto my craft mat, gave it a few spritz and then used that to ink up the leaf stamp. I stamped it onto watercolor paper and then used the outline stamp and embossed it in gold. I layered them onto a panel that I had sponged with It's a Boy, Skylight, Stone Blue and Aquatini. The sentiment is stamped with Black Jack ink.

And finally for my last card I used the Focus on the Good stamp set. I LOVE that sentiment and it's something I need to remember.

Everything on this card is embossed in either white or gold. I started with the panel by stamping the sentiment and the leaves in white onto Smoke card stock. I used the layering stamp for the leaves and added some gold embossing. I stamped the outline images for the flowers and the leaves onto the Sand Dunes card base and embossed them in white and gold. 
I really love how this one turned out and think I may keep this one on my desk as a reminder to Focus on the Good.

Here's the hop order below.
Be sure to check each one out and leave comments because Catherine is giving away some goodies to 5 lucky winners!

Susan Powell - (you are here)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wild & Wonderful Release Day

Today is the day! 

Catherine Pooler's Wild & Wonderful Release hits her shop today and we're celebrating with a 3 day blog hop and prizes. I'm not part of the hop today but I wanted to share a card with you using a few of the new items. There's a link below that will take you to the hop.

My card features the Kaleidoscope Background stamp and the Wonderful Wildflowers stamp set with the new ink colors - Grape Crush and Limoncello.
I just realized now that my card is just like the background of the picture above.

I'll be honest with you. Purple and yellow are not colors I've ever been fond of. Until now that is. 
I paired them with Be Mine and All That Jazz and did some ink blending and OH MY GOSH!!! They blend beautifully and make some beautiful colors. It looks like I used orange, green and rich blue ink colors on the card but I didn't! Be Mine and Limencello make a beautiful soft orange, All that Jazz and Limencello make an awesome green and All that Jazz and Grape Crush make an amazing blue color. Seriously, if you are just starting out with Catherine's inks and aren't sure which ones to get (you should get them all because they are all fabulous - just sayin') I would suggest Limencello, Grape Crush, Be Mine and All That Jazz. They're beautiful on their own and they blend together to make more gorgeous colors - that's a win win in my books!

Okay, let me tell you about the card. I stamped the Kaleidoscope background stamp onto a card panel with versamark ink. I heat set it with white embossing powder and then set out to do some ink blending. After the ink blending was done I wiped the panel off with a dry cloth so as to make the white lines pop again. I added a little strip of black cardstock on either side of the panel and then adhered it to the card base.
I love how this panel turned out so much that I didn't want to cover it up so I did a simple sentiment of white embossing onto black cardstock and popped it up with some craft foam.

Now for the blog hop that's happening today.
Check out Catherine's blog HERE to start hopping along and be sure to leave comments at all the stops along the way because Catherine is offering up prizes!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list

Monday, May 21, 2018

I'm Back With Masculine Mondays

If you've been looking for my Masculine Monday cards and wondered where they were the last two weeks, wonder no more. I had surgery on my ankle a few weeks ago and have slowly made my way back into crafting. I knew I wouldn't be spending time in my craft room for a while so I prepared a pile of images that I could color while sitting in my recliner with my foot up. But my creative mojo was nowhere to be found. Not anymore though. I'm getting mobile and with that my creative energy is back.

My husband gave me this Campground stamp set by Stampendous as part of my Mother's Day gift.  I love camping and I love stamping - he couldn't have picked a more perfect stamp set :)

This card makes me want to go camping. My husband and I keep talking about buying an old trailer and fixing it up the way we want. We both think that would so much fun. 

 Whenever you're doing the masking technique you start by stamping the image you want in front. I stamped the trailer onto the card and then covered it with some masking paper that I had stamped the trailer onto and cut out. While I had the masking paper out I stamped a couple of trees and cut them out. I stamped the tree onto the card and added a mask and then stamped again and then moved the mask and then stamped again... you get the idea.
It goes pretty fast and that moment you remove all the masks and see the image is so cool.
I stamped a few stars and the sentiment and then grabbed my Altenew Artist Markers and set about coloring. 
I used the following colors;
G554, G715, G702, Y204, Y205, WG01, WG03, WG07, B201,R217.
I added some shadow to the ground with an Ebony Prismacolor pencil crayon and smudged it with my finger. 

This card makes me smile.
I love the stamp set, especially that it was a gift from my husband.
I love camping.
I love to color.
I love the sentiment.

I've got a couple more ideas for this stamp set and can't wait to put them onto some cardstock.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list
stamps: Campground (Stampendous)
cardstock: whisper white thick (Stampin' Up)
accessories: Artist Markers (Altenew), Ebony pencil crayon #14420 (Prismacolor)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wild & Wonderful Sneak Peak

I've got a quick post for you today sharing a sneak peak of just a few of the many cards I've made using the upcoming Wild & Wonderful release from Catherine Pooler Designs.

The Creative Team will be celebrating the new release with a 3 day blog hop that you won't want to miss. And in true Catherine fashion, she's offering up some prizes so be sure to hop along with us.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Cup of Tea

While I love to make coffee cards I don't like to drink coffee. 
I'm team tea - chai tea - all the way!

My first card features the Cuppa Tea stamp set and coordinating dies from the latest Stamp of Approval collection. If you missed out on this one don't worry, you'll be able to purchase the items individually in Catherine's store at a later date. 

I kept the first card very clean and simple. 

I stamped the tea cup and saucer in Juniper Mist ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies. Next I stamped the decorative piece on the cup and the tea in the mug with Over Coffee ink - the tea in the mug is second generation stamping. The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder onto a piece of Sand Dunes card stock and used as a 'table' to place the tea cup on. 
I added it to a white card base with some craft foam.

This next card was fun to make and features the Cuppa Tea stamp set along with the Bordering Sweet Border dies.

The mugs are stamped with Stone Blue ink. The centers of the mugs and the sentiment are stamped with Juniper Mist ink - LOVE that color! The tea in the mug is second generation stamping with Over Coffee ink.
The edges of the panel are cut with a border die from the Bordering Sweet Borders die set. I added the panel to a Sand Dunes card base and sponged the edges with Over Coffee ink. 
I felt like it was missing something so I took the little dots from the border and adhered them to the card base and called it done.

Happt Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
white embossing powder (Stampin' Up)
craft foam (Michaels)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Soft and Muted at StampNation

We've started another fun challenge over at StampNation this week.
It's a color challenge!
Soft and muted colors.
Here's a peak at a card I made for the challenge.

Be sure to check it out.
Not a member of StampNation yet?
Click HERE to learn more about becoming a member.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Seeing Circles at The Card Concept

The inspiration photo we have at The Card Concept this week had me 
seeing circles. And lots of them.

The plates, the vase, the flowers - they're all round. 
So I grabbed the Everyday Mod stamp set from CP Designs which has the perfect stamp in it for what I wanted to do. I stamped each row in a different color ink, performed a little stamp surgery with the sentiment so it was easy to stamp one word on each row and then finished it off with a few sequins.
What I love about this design is how versatile it could be. 
Change the colors - 
rainbow theme, ombre, all one color, baby colors...
and change the sentiment to fit different themes.

How does the photo inspire you?

Click HERE to see how the design team was inspired.
See you in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
whisper white card stock (Stampin' Up)
Iridescent sequins (Stampin' Up)
Stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Faithful Flutterings

You asked for it and now it's here!
Faithful Flutterings dies!

Not too long ago Catherine Pooler released the Faithful Flutterings stamp set and it was a a huge hit. There was a big request for some coordinating dies and today's the day they hit the shop!

I tend to be a little challenged when it comes to the layering stamp sets but these ones, for some reason are easy to use.

I started with a panel cut with some stitched edging. Next I added some vines from the Perfect Vines dies. Keeping the vines white to match the panel add a lot of texture and detail without being too busy.
Each butterfly is stamped with a trio of inks:
the pink one uses It's a Girl, Party Dress and Royal Treatment,
the blue one uses It's a Boy, Stone Blue and Juniper Mist and 
the green one uses Mint to Be, Seafoam and Spruce.
The bodies are stamped with Black Jack ink and then added to the panel with glue dots under the bodies. I used a glitter pen to add some sparkle to the wings and then bent the wings up to appear as if they're flying off the page.
The sentiment is a simple white embossed greeting on Smoke cardstock.
The whole panel is added to a card base with craft foam for some dimension.

But wait!
There's more!

Catherine has also added Purple Tape and Amodex to the store.
Purple Tape is something I've been hearing a lot of lately. It's the tape that never tears your paper and can be used over and over again. That's definitely going on my must have list.
Amodex is something I haven't heard a lot about but what I have heard is enough to make me think I need some. It's a non-toxic, soap based formula for removing those nasty ink stains that we all get covered with when stamping. It even removes it from fabric. How cool is that!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks SO MUCH for visiting!

shopping list:
The Big The Bold and The Happy (Winnie & Walter)
White embossing powder (Stampin' Up!)
stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Card Concept #92

It's time for another challenge at The Card Concept.

I kept my card pretty true to the inspiration photo. The red flower against all that white space is CAS perfection so I went with it. I mixed two colors of Ken Oliver's Color Bursts - Alizarin Crimson and Orange - with a little water and then did ink smooshing onto watercolor card stock. After I heat set it I used my MISTI to stamp the flower with Versafine onyx black ink 3x to get a nice crisp dark image and cut it out with the coordinating die. 
The vellum piece is torn to give the appearance of curtains. I scored some lines in the card panel to appear like the blinds in the photo.
The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder onto black card stock for some contrast.

How does this photo inspire you?
Check out the rest of the design team cards HERE.
See you in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Peony Bouquet stamps and dies (Altenew), Hearty Beats stamp set (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Color Burst Powder - Alizarin Crimson and Orange (Ken Oliver), versafine onyx black
accessories: MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2 for 1! Sweet!

I recently shared this card on a blog hop for the release of Catherine Pooler's Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Box. 
The 'sweet' part of the card is die cut from a piece I colored with CP Design's Sauna, Seafoam and Rose Petals inks.
You can see that post here.

After die-cutting the word I decided to use the remaining piece on another card. I ran it through my big shot with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and stamped the rest of the sentiment in Black Jack ink. I added some craft foam to the back and placed it on a card panel that is also cut with a stitched rectangle die.

I love both these cards. But what I love more is that I was able to make 2 cards from 1 piece!
There are still a few SOA boxes left - but not for long - click on the link below to order yours and you'll soon be having a ton of stamping fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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