Saturday, June 30, 2018

Happy Birthday?

The looks on the cats faces makes me think I should've put a question mark at the end of Happy Birthday. They don't look too sure about anything but for someone who doesn't love cats I love these ones. They look like they're at a party and scared of everything there.



I made this card for a 'Tag You're It' challenge over at StampNation. Someone makes a card and shares it. If you're inspired by it then you can tag yourself in to CASE the card and then you have 24 hours to make something and share it. And then someone tags themselves in on your card and so on....

The card I'm case-ing was made by a lady named Marion. She made a birthday card using birds and party hats with ink smooshing (my favorite technique right now which makes you wonder why I didn't use it on my card). The birds on her card looked like they were part of a conga line which I thought was really cute.
My cats look like they're scared of joining that conga line. 

The 3 things I case'd for my card are:
1. I used animals (cats instead of birds)
2. birthday card
3. party hats 

I used Tim Holtz Cat Chat stamp set along with his Things/Talk stamp set. First I stamped the cat in the center, covered it with masking paper and then stamped the other two. I masked the cat on the right and then stamped the gift so it would look like it was behind him. The hats and the other gift were stamped on separate paper and then cut out. I stamped 3 balloons and then drew strings down to their tails.
I colored everything in with my Prismacolor pencils. It didn't take too long. I set myself up with a movie on Netflix and was done before the movie was over. These images have all the shading stamped into them so you really don't have to do much.


The one thing about coloring with pencil crayons is the line detail of the images tend to soften as the crayons cover them up so I went back over everything with a fine-tip felt pen. That takes a little bit of time but it's worth it. Just be careful to always work so the part you just did is not underneath your hand because it will smudge. Ask me how I know that. I did it on this card. If that happens to you don't panic. Grab some fine sand paper and lightly rub the stained area. Depending on how bad the stain is you should be able to remove it all. My daughter looked at this card and she couldn't tell where I had smudged it.
I added a strip of patterned paper from Catherine Poolers Black Gala pack to the card base and then added the panel with craft foam.

What would you CASE about my card?
If you do CASE it I'd love to see it.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:
stamps: Cat Chat (Tim Holtz), Things/Talk (Tim Holtz)
paper: whisper white thick (Stampin' Up!), Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper (CP Designs)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Card Concept - The Golden Table

This is the last challenge at The Card Concept before we take a break for the summer. The inspiration photo below is beautiful and reminded me of a wedding that I went to years ago so I made a wedding card.




I started by squishing some ink onto my craft mat, spritzing it with water, pouncing my watercolor paper into it and then heat setting it. I repeated these steps with 3 different ink colors. I used Catherine Pooler's Bellini, Be Mine and It's a Girl inks.
Next I stamped the heart shaped flower from Concord & 9th's You Are Here stamp set with versamark ink and heat set it with WOW!'s Turkish Nights Embossing glitter.
After cutting out the flowers I decided the leaves needed to be green. I brushed a little water on the leaves and then dabbed them with paper towel in order to pull off the pink. Next I used Catherine Pooler's Grass Skirt and Spruce inks to paint the leaves.
I cut a piece of Wood Textures designer paper from Stampin' Up with a Stitched Stackable rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from a set called Wedding from Inkadinkado and embossed in white. I used craft foam to add this to the card base. Before adding the heart to the card I scrunched up some linen thread to put behind it.
I love how this card turned out but I really wish the picture was better.



Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the design team's cards HERE and then I hope you'll share your card with us in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:
stamps: You Are Here (Concord & 9th), Wedding (Inkadinkado)
paper: watercolor paper (Stampin' Up!), whisper white (Stampin' Up!), Wood Textures designer paper (Stampin' Up!)
accessories: linen thread (Stampin' Up!), white embossing powder (Stampin' Up!), MISTI (My Sweet Petunia), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

Monday, June 25, 2018

WOW! and Catherine Pooler Blog Hop


Hi Everyone!  WOW! and Catherine Pooler have teamed up for today's blog hop and I'm thrilled to be part of it. Be sure to check out each blog on the hop and leave a comment because there are prizes to be won.
I'll share more about that below along with the links to the other blogs.



This card is probably my favorite card I've made in a while. When you see those powders start to melt it's like magic!


I used Catherine Pooler's Paisley Peacock stamp set and inked up the images with versamark ink. I used Vintage Peacock and Verdigris embossing powders along with Singing in the Rain embossing glitter. 


After I heat set each piece I cut them out with the coordinating die cuts. I adhered the body, the 'wing' and the big piece of tail feather with craft foam. The other pieces of feathers are adhered directly to the card panel that I cut using Catherine Pooler's Postage Stamp dies.


Susan Powell (you're here)
Tracie Pond (go here next)

Now for the prizes.
WOW! is giving away any 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carrying case to store the powders in safely.
Catherine Pooler is giving away 1 set of the Life of the Party Inks (Party Dress, Tutti Frutti, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Something Borrowed and Flirty Fuchsia).
So get hoppin'! and leave those comments for your chance to win.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!




Shopping list

Sunday, June 24, 2018

More with Sunny With a Side of Sparkle

The blog hops are over but I can't seem to stop making cards.
I have a bunch more so I thought I'd share these few with you today.

The color combo on my first card is definitely my favorite lately. 



I covered a piece of cardstock using one of the images from the Say it in Diamonds stamp set and Midnight ink. Next I sponged on Lime Rickey ink and a little bit of Aquatini ink and cut it down to 3 3/4" x 3 1/4". I cut a piece of patterned paper from the new Paisleys & Peacocks patterned paper pack the same size as the stamped piece and sponged the edges of both pieces with Aquatini ink. 
The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped with Midnight ink. I cut it out giving it some 'bumpy' edges, sponged it with Lime Rickey ink and popped it up in the center of the card with some craft foam.


This next card is all Sparkle!


The images are from Say It In Diamonds and are stamped with versamark ink.
I used embossing powders from WOW! for the rest of the card.
The sentiment is embossed with Turkish Nights Embossing Glitter.
The 2 leafy images are embossed with Vintage Peacock Embossing Powder
and the remaining two images (not sure what they'd be called) are embossed with Singing in the Rain Embossing Glitter.
I dipped the edges into the versamark ink pad and then heat set it with some Turkish Nights Embossing glitter.

I lost track of all the colors I used on this next card!


I used one of the smaller leafy patterns from the Say It In Diamonds stamp set and filled a piece of cardstock using all the colors from Catherine Poolers Party Collection inks. I decided to cut it down so you don't see all the colors but you do still see a lot of them. 
On another piece of paper I stamped the zig zag squares from the Happiness Enclosed stamp set using Melon Ice. The strip of black & white stripes is stamped from the same set using Midnight ink. I adhered them all together and then ran it through my big shot using the Postage Stamp dies to give the edge a finished look. Next I layered it onto another piece cut using the Postage Stamp dies. I stamped the sentiment on the side using the Love is in The Air stamp set. The love die is cut from black cardstock.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list card 1



Shopping list card 2



Shopping list card 3


Friday, June 22, 2018

Sunny With A Side of Sparkle New Release Blog Hop Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of the Sunny With a Side of Sparkle New Release blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs. Have you been hopping along? I'll post links to day 1 and 2 below so if you've missed any, you can still catch up because Catherine is giving away prizes.

I have 3 more cards for you today. 
The first one features the Say it in Diamonds stamp set and 
The World Awaits stamp set.


I'm lovin'  the Say it in Diamonds stamp set - it's so much fun! For this card I used All That Jazz, Melon Ice, It's a Boy and Lime Rickey inks. I stamped one image using the colored inks and then I used a different image and stamped over top of the colored images with Midnight ink. I loved how it looked so much that I kept the sentiment extremely simple. I embossed two words from The World Awaits stamp set onto black cardstock and added it to the card with craft foam. 
That's it! So simple but so cool!
I dare you to make a card you don't like with this set.

My next card features stamps from the Happiness Enclosed stamp set and the Love is in the Air stamp set along with the
Love word die and the Postage Stamp dies.




I started by stamping out a few of the square images from the Happiness Enclosed stamp set with versamark ink. I embossed them with some gorgeous embossing powders that are now in Catherine's store. They are Misty Sky and Turkish Nights by WOW! I just have to say they definitely named their company appropriately because their powders definitely have a WOW factor to them.
Next I cut out the squares leaving a tiny edge of white and adhered them to a piece of Mirrors card stock that I cut with a stitched edge die from the Postage Stamp dies. I layered that onto a piece of Smoke card stock with some craft foam and added that to a white card base. The sentiment die is cut from some more Smoke card stock and the stamping is done with Black Jack ink.


My last card features the Paisley's & Peacocks 6x6 Patterned Paper, 
Postage Stamp Dies and a sentiment from the You Did It! stamp set.



I used the Postage Stamp Dies to cut the patterned paper and the white panel. I love how they layer together. The sentiment is embossed with white powder onto black cardstock. I die cut the edge to match with the patterned paper edge.

Now it's time to HOP! 


Catherine is giving away prizes to 5 lucky commenters but you have to leave comments at all the stops along the way.

Click on the links below if you missed the other days and want to hop along.


Susan Powell (you are here)

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list for Card 1


Shopping list for Card 2



Shopping List Card 3

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sunny With A Side of Sparkle New Release Blog Hop Day 2



Welcome to Day 2 of the Sunny With a Side of Sparkle Release 3 day blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs. Besides all the gorgeous products from this release Catherine is also releasing the products from the Love is in the Air SOA collection, some patterned paper and some WOW embossing powders! You can see all the new products HERE.

I have 3 cards that I'm sharing with you today.
The first two features stamps and dies from the Sunny With a Side of Sparkle Release.
The first one features the following:
 Say it in Diamonds stamp set,
All That Jazz and Grape Crush inks.


I started by covering the image with Grape Crush ink, adding All That Jazz ink to just the edges and then stamping it onto a piece of 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock. I cut off a corner of the panel, sponged the edges with All That Jazz ink and added it to a card base with some craft foam for dimension. I inked up one of the sentiments from the same set in the same way as the panel and stamped it straight onto the card base. I finished it off with a few clear sequins.

My next card features the Starlight Stamps and Dies along with the Paisley & Peacocks 6x6" Patterned Paper.


I used 6 of the 7 different stars in the die set and cut them out with 6 of the 8 different designs of patterned paper. I added two of them to the panel with craft foam and the others directly with adhesive. The little stars and the sentiment are stamped with Black Jack ink. 

My last card features stamps from both releases.
The World Awaits stamp set from the Love is in The Air release
and the sentiment is from the Say it in Diamonds stamp set.


I used Bellini, Tiara, Melon Ice and Tutti Frutti inks for the panel. Using one color at a time I smooshed some ink onto my craft sheet, gave it a few spritz of water and then pounced some watercolor paper into it. I dried each layer with my heat tool before moving on to the next one. Next I added the sentiment and flowers with Midnight ink. I used a marker to draw in some stems and then I stamped on some leaves. I added one border stamp to the panel and one to the card base. I used craft foam to add the panel to the card base. I finished it off with some sequins and a little black & white bow made with baker's twine.


Catherine is giving away prizes to 5 lucky commenters but you have to leave comments at all the stops along the way.
So start hoppin'!

Susan Powell (you're here)
Kristie Goulet (go here next)


I hope you've enjoyed my cards today. I'll be back tomorrow with some more.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list Card 1


Shopping list Card 2


Shopping list Card 3

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TCC#95 Congrats Grad!


It's time for the next challenge at The Card Concept and it's a cute one.
Check out the inspiration photo below.


I was inspired by the quilted owl pillows and the colors to make my Clean and Simple paper pieced card. I used the Woo Hoo stamp set from Sunny Studio for the owl and the diploma. For the sentiment I used an old Stampin' Up set called Go Graduate. It's an oldie but a goodie! All the patterned paper is from my pile of retired papers that I'm slowly working my way through.
I used a black marker to color in the eye glasses and added a couple of googly eyes for a bit of fun.


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:
stamp sets: Woo Hoo (Sunny Studio), Go Graduate (Stampin' Up!)
paper: whisper white thick (Stampin' Up!), dsp (retired Stampin' Up!)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, June 11, 2018

StampNation Tag You're It Challenge


We've got a fun challenge at StampNation right now. We started with one card and someone jumps in and tags themselves to make the next card. They have 24 hours to CASE the original card and make it thier own, share it on the challenge and then someone else can jump in and tag themselves to play. 
I tagged myself this morning and dove right in and made this card.


I started with one idea and ended up with something completely different. Does that ever happen to you? It happens to me a lot!
The only thing from the original card that made it on to this one is the brown panel. To make that I sponged Icing on the Cake and Over Coffee inks over the whole piece. 
The card I'm CASE-ing has 3 strips of honeycomb along the bottom, bees and a color scheme of black yellow and white. 
I knew I wanted 3 of something on the lower portion of the panel. I started with some strips of cardstock that I had embossed with 3 different patterns and blended different inks onto but that was too much so I scrapped that idea.
Next I started on the flower.  I went with a sunflower because bees like them or at least I think they do. I inked up the images, gave them a spritz of water and then stamped them onto some watercolor paper. This I was lovin' so I continued with the leaves and then fussy cut everything out.
I opted to use linen thread for the 3 things on the bottom of the card. I wrapped it around and around so there were 3 strands and tied a bow in the center.


I kept the yellow and white, switched the black out for brown and added some green and a little orange.

This was a fun challenge and I love how my card turned out.

So, if you're on StampNation are you next?

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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

Monday, June 4, 2018

I've Got a Crush

And it's on one of the new ink colors from CP Designs. It's called Grape Crush and it's beautiful!


Head on over to Catherine's Blog to see the full card and to learn how I made it.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!