Thursday, August 30, 2018

Last Day of The Back To Basics Sale

Have you taken advantage of Catherine Pooler's Back to Basics Sale yet?
She's offering 18% off of select stamping supplies that are essentials for eveyone's craft room. This sale ends tonight at 11:30pm EST. She's even put some inks on sale - first time ever for that!

Here are two more cards I've made with the stamp sets from the Foundations Collection (and they're on sale!)

The first one uses the For Everything Stamp set and just a few ink colors.
Both my cards today use Skylight, Seafoam, Sand Castle, Twilight and Midnight inks.

I stamped the envelopes in an uneven row - this serves two purposes. There's no way I can ever stamp them in a straight line (as you'll see on the next card) and it adds a bit of whimsy to the card. I used a blender pen and some Twilight ink to add some shading below. 

For the multi-colored card stock piece I gathered up the inks and a blending sponge and then added color in no particular pattern. I layered each piece onto some Midnight cardstock and then onto a white card base. I added some twine to finish it off.

This next card uses the Spot On Stamp set and the same ink colors as listed above.

I stamped the party hats and presents in a row. I should've taken my advice from above and stamped them like I did the envelopes because they are definitely not straight. Oh well.
I framed the sentiment in a rainbow of dots for some added fun.

Be sure to check out the sale HERE. Besides stamps and ink she's got her amazing blocks on sale!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Back To Basics Sale - Because You're Amazing!

Have you checked out the sale at Catherine Pooler Designs yet?
She's celebrating the new school year with new supplies. The three new stamp sets cover so many different occasions - Birthday, Christmas, Congrats, Miss you, Just Because... add a few ink pads, some paper and blocks and you're set for a ton of fun!

I shared two cards HERE yesterday and as promised I've got two more today using all the same supplies. (They'll be listed below)

I started by piecing together the sentiment on this first card using the Amazing Florals Stamp set and some Midnight ink. I love how all the different fonts look together. I sponged some Twilight ink around the edges. 

Next I used some of the floral stamps and set about creating the background using Skylight, Seafoam and Sand Castle ink. I did first and second generation stamping. Next I added the sentiment in the center with some craft foam so that all the flowers are flowing down the page behind it.

My next card is another simple card made with the For Everything Stamp set. I started by stamping the dotted image in Midnight so as to have something for the mugs to sit on.  I stamped the mugs using Seafoam and Skylight inks on a bit of an angle. I used a blender pen to add some additional color around the edges for some shading. I also used the blender pen and some Twilight ink to add some shading below the mugs.

I added the sentiment with some Midnight ink, some tea using Sand Castle ink to one of the mugs and some flowers in the other one. A few hearts around the sentiment and on the mugs and this one is complete.

Be sure to check out all the products she has on sale right now.
I highly recommend her blocks - they are the perfect weight and they have little 'grippers' on the edges that make them fit perfectly in your hands. 
You can see them all HERE

Also, we're celebrating with a hop on Instagram and there's prizes to be had. You can check it out by going to my instagram page HERE or start at the beginning by going to Catherine's page HERE

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Back to Basics Sale at CP Designs

Hi Everyone!
It's that time of year when students, teachers and staff are all getting ready to go back to school. To celebrate, Catherine Pooler is having a back to basics sale on three new stamp sets as well as some ink, paper, her amazing blocks and more. You can check it out HERE.

These three stamp sets will cover a multitude of occasions. 

Using just these stamps,  Skylight and Seafoam ink from her Zen Garden Spa Collection and Sand CastleTwilight and Midnight inks from her Neutrals Collection I made a set of cards. I have a couple to share with you today and some more later in the week.

My first card is a Christmas card. I inked up the trees using Seafoam and Sand Castle ink and stamped them in a little cluster. The little stars on top are stamped with Twilight and the snowflakes are stamped with Skylight using the second generation technique. This is where you ink up your image, stamp it once lightly onto scratch paper and then stamp it onto your card. This technique allows you to get more range of color from your inks. 

I finished it with a sentiment stamped with Midnight ink and then using a blender pen I added a bit of shading under the trees using the Twilight ink.

My next card is a bouquet of birthday balloons. Using the same inks I listed above I stamped the Happy circle image and then added a few more circle images from the same set. I stamped one of the Happy circles onto some scrap card stock, cut it out and popped it up with some craft foam for a bit of dimension. I inked up the Birthday stamp with Midnight ink and added it to the bottom of the bouquet. To finish it off I used a thin black marker and drew on some balloon strings.

That's it for my cards today. I'll have more tomorrow and the next day.

Below are links to some friends blogs with more cards made with these same stamp sets. These are not linked like a blog hop so to see each one you need to visit from my page.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Masculine Monday #68 Country Livin'

I've wanted the Country Livin' stamp set from Stampin' Up ever since I first saw it. Not sure why it took me so long to purchase but I'm really glad I did. 
I used the truck for this weeks Masculine Monday card.

I stamped it onto watercolor paper and then had some fun watercoloring with Stampin' Ups watercolor pencils. I used the aqua painter brushes also from Stampin' Up to blend the pencils out. I did some very basic coloring. I started by adding a little but of color directly with the pencils where I knew I wanted it to be darker and then blended it out with the aqua painter. Start with a little. You can always add more layers of color as it dries. It's good to also leave a little without any color as I did on the fenders - this acts as highlights.

For the background I used a tree from Stampin' Ups Lovely as a Tree stamp set. First I masked off the truck with some masking paper. I used Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso markers to color onto the stamp. Next I gave it a few sprays of water and then stamped that onto the card. Hold it in place for a few seconds to help the ink grab onto the paper. I wanted the background to be a little washed out which is why I did a few sprays of water. if you don't want it as faded then add less water. I used the Early Espresso marker to add a little detail to a few of the trees.

I sponged the edges, added a sentiment, layered it all together and called it done.

I'm playing along with the Anything Goes challenge over at Seize The Birthday. You've got a little bit of time if you want to play along too.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, August 20, 2018

A Kind of Wonderful Masculine Monday #67

I used some products from Catherine Pooler's latest release to make this weeks Masculine Monday card. The Angled Squares Background Stamp, the Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set and the new Three of a Kind Dies. You can see all the products HERE.

We celebrated the release with a 3 day blog hop that was FULL of inspiration. You've got until this evening to leave comments at each stop for your chance to win one of 3 $25 gift certicates to Catherine's store. I've got links for you at the end of this post.

But first here's my card for Masculine Monday.

I started by inking up the background stamp with Icing on the Cake Ink and using my MISTI, stamping it onto a piece of  Sand Dunes card stock. I used a grey pencil crayon to add some shading along the edges to help give it a 3D look.
I cut a piece of Midnight card stock just slightly bigger than the stamped panel. Before I adhered the panel to it I used one of the Kind word dies and cut it from the center. I then adhered the stamped panel to the Midnight piece and then adhered that to the card base. I adhered the kind die to some craft foam that had also been cut with the die. I figured out where I was going to have the die on the card and then using Midnight Ink I stamped some words in the open spaces and then adhered the word Kind.

This next pic shows how the panel has a 3D look to it.

Here are the links I promised so that you can check out the hop and leave your comments. 

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and thanks so much for visiting!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Kind of Batty Release Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of a 3 day blog hop celebrating Catherine Pooler's Kind of Batty release. If you missed the other days I have links below for you. 
You can see all the amazing products HERE

Let me start by saying that I am not known to make Halloween cards or to even get too excited about Halloween. My kids are grown and I've never been much of a fan. BUT when Catherine gave the design team the choice about creating with the Halloween theme stamps I opted to say yes because I had a feeling these stamps were going to be different. And boy was I right! I love them! They've got a perfect balance of cute and creepy.

My first card features:

While this one didn't turn out exactly like I planned I thought I would still share it. The first thing I did was stamp and die cut the house out of the panel. I used a blender pen and colored it in with Twilight, Sand Castle, Black Jack and Over Coffee inks and Sauna for the windows. I set that aside and then did some ink blending for the sky on the piece I cut the house out of. Using a circle punch I made a mask for the moon and then began blending Sauna, Grape Crush, Juniper Mist and Midnight inks. Once I was happy with that I stamped the scene with Midnight ink. I removed the mask and sponged some Juniper Mist ink very lightly onto the moon to give it a bit of dimension.
I layed the panel onto the card base, added some adhesive to the back of the house and placed it into the spot where it was originally and stuck it to the card base. I removed the panel, added a piece of plastic to the back of it because the plan was to make a shaker card. I added the craft foam around the edges and put in a few die cut bats and thought some sparkly glitter would be good too. (This is where it went wrong). I adhered it all together, gave it a shake to send the bats flying around and all the glitter just stuck to the plastic sheet and it became a mess. So I took it apart, scooped out the glitter, gave it a dusting with my embossing buddy and then put it back together with just the bats. Fingers crossed I gave it another shake and the bats moved a little. Anyways, that's what those black things are. They're very lethargic bats. I heat embossed some white stars onto the sky and then with a white gel pen I added a few more tiny ones.

My next two cards went very smoothly.
This one features:

I love these boots! They're so cute and I thought they needed to be purple. I stamped both images and the sentiment with Midnight ink and used a blender pen to color with Grape Crush, Twilight and Black Jack inks.  It's hard to see in the pic but for the card base I stamped the whole thing with the Going Batty background stamp using versamark ink and then heat set it with white embossing powder. I cut the panel with a die from the Postage Stamp Dies and added it with craft foam to the card base. I adhered a small strip of striped paper from the Black Tie Gala paper pack to a piece of Midnight card stock and tucked it into the side.

My last card features:

This last card was fun! I used the eyes from the Who's There? Cover Plate that were left over from a card I shared here to make the witches face. I popped the hat and the spiders up with craft foam onto a white panel that I cut with the Postage Stamp Dies and tied one of the spiders to the hat. I added some striped paper to the bottom, tied some twine around it, added another spider and added it to some Midnight card stock. I layered that piece with craft foam onto some purple striped paper and then onto a midnight card base.

It's time to hop along now.
Be sure to leave me a comment and at each stop along the hop for your chance to win one of 3 $25 gift certificates to Catherine's store.

Susan Powell - that's me
Laurel Beard - go here next

In case you missed the other days, here they are:

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kind of Batty Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of a 3 day blog hop celebrating Catherine Poolers Kind of Batty release. You can see everything HERE.

My first card features:

I used SaunaMandarin and Peppermint Scrub inks to create a blended sentiment with the Kind word. Isn't it pretty with those little flowers. I used a grey pencil crayon to add some shadow and then stamped the rest of the sentiment with Midnight ink onto white cardstock. 

My second card features:

This is such a beautfiul layering leaf stamp set. I used the same colors as above along with Icing on the Cake, Over Coffee, Green Tea and Eucalyptus inks. I stamped the sentiments using Icing on the Cake and then adhered the leaves that I cut out with the coordinating dies. Another very clean and simple card.

My next card features:

This one was a little more involved. Masking off the portion of the Angled Squares Background set that I wanted to use I inked it up using a rainbow of colors and stamped it in a row so that it looks like a V. Next I cut the Three of a Kind dies using white, midnight and vellum cardstock and adhered it to the panel with craft foam. I tucked in a black strip of card stock to ground the sentiment and then added a white embossed sentiment strip.

My last card features:

I went a different way with this last card. I used the Hello Autumn stamp set to make a Christmas wreath. I inked up a greenery stamp for holly with Eucalyptus and Green tea inks and the acorn stamps for the holly berries with Peppermint Scrub and Black Jack. The sentiment is from the Kind of Wonderful stamp set - I heat embossed it with white onto Sand Dunes card stock and the edges are sponged with Over Coffee ink. The panel is cut with a die from the Postage Stamp Dies. A linen thread finishes it off.

It's time to hop along now. 
Be sure to leave comments at all the stops along the way for your chance to win one of 3 $25 gift certificates to Catherine's store.

Susan Powell - that's me
Karen Baker - go here next

In case you missed yesterdays hop click HERE to check it out.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Catherine Pooler's Kind of Batty Release Day is Here!

Catherine's lastest release hits her shop today! And no suprise - IT'S AWESOME!
Stamps, Inks and Dies oh my!
You can see all the products HERE
We're celebrating with a 3 day blog hop and today is day 1. I'm not on the hop today but I made so many cards with this release that I thought I'd share a few with you. 

Let's get started.

This first card features the following:

I started by painting a striped background with the neutral inks onto watercolor paper - love the new additions to this collection! While I had the neutrals on my desk I thought why not stamp some flowers and leaves - not traditional colors but that's what makes stamping so fun, you can do what you want. I stamped the sentiment with Sand Castle ink and touched the bottom of it into the Icing on the Cake ink. A little bit of sponging on the edges and this one's done.

My next card for today features:

More neutrals! Did I mention I love them? I do!
I stamped with Sand Castle, Over Coffee and Icing on the Cake for the smaller leaves and Twilight, Black Jack and Midnight for the larger leaves. I very lightly sponged Twilight and Black Jack ink over top and then layered it onto some Midnight card stock and then onto a white card base. The sentiment is simple (gorgeous font!) in Midnight ink, sponged and then mounted onto a Midnight banner. A little bit of linen thread wrapped around a few times and then tied into a simple bow to finish this one.

This next card features:

This card uses a 2 of the 4 layers of one of the flower images from the Rose Garden Stamp set. I smooshed some ink onto my craft mat, gave it a few sprays of water and then dipped the stamp into that. When stamping it onto the watercolor paper hold it in place for a few seconds longer than you would normally so as to help it set into the paper. I stamped a few leaves in the same way, added a few ink splatters and stamped the sentiment with Icing on the Cake ink using my MISTI (watercolor paper isn't smooth and it can take a few times to get good coverage). I used a die from the Postage Stamp Dies to cut the panel and then mounted it onto a Sand Dunes card base.

And finally (for today) this last card features:

When I first saw the Who's There? Cover Plate I was unsure of what I was going to do with it. I set it aside and when I looked at it again later I noticed the Spider Web Background Stamp and went A-HA!  A bunch of creepy spider eyes staring at you from a spider web! I grabbed some Midnight card stock and went to work. First I used the cover plate to cut the eyes, then I stamped the web with versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used a neon pencil crayon to color the card base in the areas where the eyes would be and then added the panel with craft foam to the base. A few sentiment pieces stamped with Midnight ink and sponged with Blackjack and one cute little spider (yes, I said cute, this is the only way that spiders are cute!), and this one is finished.

That's it for me today. I've got more for you tomorrow so I hope you'll come back again.

But now it's time to start hoppin'!
Check out Catherine's blog HERE to get started. Be sure to leave comments along the way because Catherine is giving away 
a $25 gift certificate to her store to three lucky commenters.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For A Limited Time Only!

This is such a beautiful stamp set!
But sadly, it's only available for a limited time.

Here are two cards that I made using the flower swag stamp from the set and two of the sentiments. 

For the first card I stamped the flowers repeatedly around the outer edge of some watercolor paper and then did some very simple coloring with the Stampin' Up! watercolor pencil crayons.

I used the same products for this next card. I chose the flower stamp again but this time only stamped it once and colored each flower in a different color.

I love a stamp set that has stamps for more than one occasion. Check out the pictures below to see what I mean. You can make Christmas cards, Fall themed cards, Spring wreaths....the list goes on!

You can purchase the stamp set and the dies individually or you can bundle them for a better deal. There's clear mount stamps and there's also wood mount. The choice is yours.

If you'd like to purchase you can click the icon below and as always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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and thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Masculine Monday #66

We're in the middle of a kitchen reno right now and while I was handing my husband some tools to install a cupboard an idea was formed for this weeks Masculine Monday card.
I wanted to make a toolbox full of tools but it was late Sunday night and I was pretty tired from a weekend of reno-ing. Quite a while back I made card in a box and filled it with flowers - they were all over the internet for a while. I made a few extra boxes while I was at it and saved them for a rainy day. 

First thing I had to do was cover the squares...

...with some more masculine papers. I used a retired pack from Stampin' Up! and then sponged all the edges with black ink

Next I stamped the tools from the Nailed It stamp set from Stampin' Up (sorry it's retired too), colored them with my Prismacolor pencils and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I cut a couple wrenches, rulers, nuts and screws with silver foil paper and then started to build a tool bouquet. 

I used some strips of thin chip board to adhere the tools into the box. 
I forgot that I made the original box too big for an envelope so I opted to use some twine to tie it closed. When the recipient unties the twine it naturally falls open.

When I showed this to my husband I kind of wished I took a picture. The expression on his face made my day.

Time to go hang some more cupboards.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!