Monday, September 24, 2018

Masculine Monday #71

I went with a clean and layered design for this weeks Masculine Monday card.

I started by stamping the mug, covering it with a mask and then stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment 6 times. When I removed the mask to see the sentiment 'fall' behind the mug it made me smile. Is that weird? It's what I love about this technique. 

Next I took some Altenew Artist Markers and added some swipes of color over the Happy Birthday sentiments. Something to note - the markers actually smeared the sentiments a little. I was going to redo it but then I decided I liked the look. I added a little shading to the mug and the foam and then covered the mug with crystal effects.

I matted it onto a piece of black cardstock, then layered it onto some retired designer paper from Stampin' Up and finally onto the card base.

While I say this is a masculine card it could just as easily be for a woman who likes beer. 
The biggest key to making a masculine card or any card for that matter is thinking about the person you're making it for and choosing colors and images that they would like.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Mixed Drinks and Five For All (retired Stampin' Up)
ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Altenew Artist Markers #'s B201, WG03, B204, Y204, G715,R101
stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), pencil crayons (Prismacolor)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection Release Day

It's Release Day!

Catherine Pooler's newest Stamp of Approval Collection is called Home for the Holidays and it's available while supplies last.
If you've been wanting one but haven't purchased it yet now's your chance.
Click HERE to get yours before they're all gone.

I have two cards to share with you today.
The first one features the
- Cozy Borders Stamp Set
- Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
- Holiday Mix Stamp Set
- Festive Trimmings Stamp Set

I used Icing on the Cake, Garden Green, Rockin' Red and Over Coffee inks and the Cozy Borders stamp set to stamp the background panel. Using the same inks and a variety of sentiments I stamped the sentiment panel. I sponged both pieces with Over Coffee and Icing on the Cake inks.
I added the sentiment panel to a piece of white cardstock that I colored with Over Coffee ink by swiping the ink pad directly and gently onto the paper.
This is a quick and easy card to make and would look great in all kinds of colors.

My next card features the
- Festive Trimmings Stamp Set


I stamped everything with versamark ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder. To get the gold edging on the white piece I rubbed the edges into the versamark ink par and then heat set it with gold embossing powder. I love the way the gold looks on the Sand Dunes cardstock.
The sentiment is stamped on vellum, wrapped around the panel and adhered to the back. 
Looking at it now I think I might go back and add a few sequins to the card. 

This is such a great collection! 
The team really came up with some amazing ideas - I know I was blown away by some of the things I saw and am inspired to keep creating with it.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

The Card Concept #98

I had so much fun making my card for this week's challenge at The Card Concept. I had a few different ideas but finally settled on the one that you see below.

What first jumped out at me was the background and I remembered a patterned paper that was in my stash that matched it almost perfectly. It's from a retired Stampin' Up! pack - sorry, I don't remember the name of it. I used the stitched stackable rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn to cut a panel and some craft foam to add it to the card base.
Next was the banner - I love banners! - they're so festive! And guess what was on the back of that piece I used for the panel? Yup! Triangles! So I cut out a bunch of them and put them together for a banner. 
I don't have any unicorn or fruit stamps so I settled on the 'ice creams for sale' sign as my final bit of inspiration. I used the images from the Ice Cream Dream Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp and my Prismacolor pencil crayons to color them in. I cut them out and added some shine with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen before adhering them directly to the panel.
The sentiment is from the same set and white heat embossed onto black cardstock. A simple yet very effective technique.

Now it's your turn.
What in the picture inspires you?
Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team came up with HERE - I took a peek at them and all I can say is WOW!

I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamps: Ice Cream Dream (Simon Says Stamp)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Home for the Holidays SOA Collection Cards & Video Hop

We're continuing our celebrations for the upcoming release of the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection with a video hop. I'm not part of today's hop but I do have some things to share with you. 
I've got all the links for the video hop at the end of the post.

My first 'card' today is a set of rustic tags that feature
- Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
- Holiday Mix Stamp Set
- Festive Trimmings Stamp Set

I cut some rectangle pieces of Sand Dunes card stock not worrying if they were all the same size. This would be a great way to use up the smaller pieces of leftover card stock from projects. I stamped a variety of images with versamark ink and then heat set them all with white embossing powder. I sponged the edges with Icing on the Cake ink, used a hole punch to make the hole and then tied on some linen thread. Easy Peasy!

My next card features the
- Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
- Cozy Borders Stamp set

I used the mittens stamp from the Tiny Wishes set and stamped it 5x using Rockin' Red, Flirty Fuchsia, Limoncello, Fiesta Blue and Grass Skirt inks. I stamped the sentiment and the border at the bottom in Midnight ink and then added some black & white baker's twine.
Clean, simple and fun!

Be sure to check out the video hop.
The ladies have some amazing creations to share with you.
Below are the links to everyone participating.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list

Monday, September 17, 2018

Home For The Holidays Stamp of Approval Hop

Release day for Catherine Pooler's Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval (SOA) Collection is almost here and we're celebrating today with a blog hop. 

If you haven't heard of SOA, it's a collection of hand-picked exclusive stamping supplies that all coordinate with each other beautifully. You'll also receive a project guide chock full of inspiration.

 This collection is being released on Sept.19th at 9am EST to people on the wait list and 6pm to the general public. If you're a member of StampNation you'll get early access to purchase on Sept. 18th. Click HERE to get your name on the wait list. 

Now for some cards!
I've got 3 to share with you today.

My first card features
 - Holiday Mix Stamp Set
- Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
- Cozy Borders Stamp Set
- Tiny Tags Dies

I kept things really neutral for my first card using only Icing on the Cake ink and Sand Dunes card stock for color. I started by cutting some of the tiny tags out of then white embossed the snowflake and the sentiments. I sponged the edges, added some linen thread and 'hung' them onto a white panel. The snowflakes and 'Christmas' are stamped with Icing on the Cake ink and everything is added to a card base of Sand Dunes cardstock.

My next card features
- Christmas Cookies Stamp Set
- Sugar Cookies Dies (Add on)

This card reminded me of when my girls were little and we would make and decorate sugar cookies for Santa.
I stamped a variety of the cookie images with versamark, heat set them all with gold embossing powder and cut them out with their coordinating dies. Next I grabbed a blender pen and a variety of inks - Shea Butter, Over Coffee, Daydream, It's a Boy, Sweet Sixteen, Flirty Fuchsia, It's a Girl, Grass Skirt and Rockin' Red - and added 'frosting' to them. 
The sentiment is embossed with gold onto Sand Dunes card stock and the cookies are placed all around it, using craft foam on some for added dimension. 

My last card today features
- Cozy Borders Stamp Set
- Merry Christmas Layered Word Die

The background piece was made by stamping the snowflake border stamp, alternating with Icing on the Cake and Over Coffee ink and then sponging the edges with Over Coffee ink. 
The sentiment is cut from white cardstock. I removed the Merry Christmas and inked it up with the Icing on the Cake ink by pressing it directly into the ink pad.
I used It's a Girl and Be Mine inks to create a varigated background piece for the sentiment by lightly dragging the ink pad directly on the paper and then getting a little heavier with the pressure as I got closer to the bottom. I lightly sponged Icing on the Cake ink on the edges and on the bottom to darken it a bit. I covered the whole piece with a sparkle pen for some shimmer and used some craft foam to add it to the card. I finished it off with some sequins.

Be sure to leave a comment at all the stops along the hop because Catherine is giving away three $25 Gift Certificates to use in her store. Winner's will be announced on Sept. 24th on Catherine's blog.

Time to Hop!

Susan Powell - that's me!
Karen Baker - GO HERE NEXT

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Shaking it Up with the SOA Home for the Holidays Instagram Hop and Giveaway

It's release week for the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection and we're celebrating with an Instagram Hop. Catherine is giving away three $25 Gift Certificates so be sure to leave comments at ALL the stops on the Hop.

I made two cards to share today.
The first one is a soft shaker card using pink and brown...

...and the second one is a little more dramatic with the embossed black background and the blue sponging against the white.

Both of these cards use the same stamps. I love how you can get such different looks from the same sets.

Don't forget to HOP - there are some amazing projects to be seen!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Masculine Monday #70

I may have puppies on the brain for a while since we came home with a 2 month old Red Heeler yesterday. We named her Rowan which means Little Red One in Gaelic. I have a feeling the next puppy I color will be red.

This image is called Eli from Mos Digital - I added the spots to the dog but he's just as cute without them. I printed him out onto some Whisper White thick cardstock from Stampin' Up.

I used my Prismacolor pencil crayons to do some simple coloring - both to the image and to the background. I die cut the panel with one of the stitched stacked rectangles from Lawn Fawn.
The banner is made from scraps of retired Stampin' Up designer paper and I used an embossed Happy Birthday sentiment to hold the banner in place.
I added the panel to a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock using craft foam.

That's it for this card. Pretty quick and simple.

Here's a couple of pics of our new puppy. As I write this she's been in our home now for just over 24 hours and she's settling in really nicely. She's stolen all of our hearts.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
digi image: Eli (Mos Digital)
stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stacked rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Card Concept is Back!

Hi Everyone and welcome back to The Card Concept's card challenge blog.
We're starting back with a fun colorful challenge - check it out below.

My clean and simple card was inspired by the fun rainbow of colors. I chose to make my rainbow go vertical and onto some to-go cups of coffee. I started back to work this week after 4 months off and knew my first day was going to be a long one. I don't drink coffee but I definitely drank a lot of tea.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and a stamp I found in a dollar bin at Michaels. Using Catherine Pooler's Midnight ink I stamped the image in the center first, covered it with a mask and then stamped one on either side. Next I grabbed my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (I'll list the colors below), added some stripes of color and blended them with a water brush. Once it dried I added some splashes of water and dabbed it with a paper towel. I love the look of water spots on watercolor cards.

I used a couple different grey markers to add shading on the lids and below the cups.

The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's For The Love Of Latte stamp set. I stamped it with Midnight ink and popped the 'coffee' up with craft foam to give the card some dimension. I used a sponge and some more Midnight ink to go around all the edges.

Check out what the rest of the design team has come up with this week to inspire you by clicking HERE.
I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamp: travel mug (Dollar bin at Michaels), For The Love of Latte (Reverse Confetti)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: #'s .051, .050, .041, .024, .031, .083. .091 and .092

Monday, September 3, 2018

Masculine Monday #69 - Taco 'Bout It!

"Won't you take me to
Funky Town..."

First I want to apologize if you're not a fan of the song and it's now stuck in your head.

I've had the idea for this card in my head for quite a while but had to wait for the action wobble springs that I ordered to arrive. They arrived on the day I went out of town for a week but I arrived home last night and early this morning I set about making this weeks Masculine Monday card,

I tend to use my husband as a gauge for what cards will work and what won't. I know he really likes the interactive cards so I thought he'd get a kick out of one made with a wobbler.

When I saw this stamp set from Hero Arts called Fiesta Time I knew exactly what the first card I made would be. 

I did some stamp surgery to put the sentiment together and stamped it 3x on one side of the card base. I colored the chihuahua in a taco suit with my prismacolor pencils, did some fussy cutting and added it to the card using one of my new action wobblers.
I thought about adding a background but decided against it and kept the card clean and simple.

Below is a short video showing how the dog wobbles. 
It shows much better in person.

I'm singing the song and can't seem to stop PLUS I'm also craving tacos. 
I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. 

I'm playing along with the Just Us Girls challenge this week and the theme is 'celebrate', This chihuahua definitely looks like he's celebrating to me.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamp set: It's Fiesta Time (Hero Arts)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Action Wobbles (Hampton Art)