Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rustic Fall at TCC

I love this weeks inspiration photo at The Card ConceptActually, I've loved them all :) but this one has a rustic feel to it and it's about Fall - two of my favorite things. 

I stamped the truck from The Journey stamp set by Tim Holtz with a Catherine Pooler ink called Juniper Mist onto some watercolor paper. 

I grabbed my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush and with no idea on what I was doing I started to fill in a scene. I made a list of the colors I used so I could share them with you and then in a rare moment I had the urge to clean my my craft room and I must have thrown it out because I can't find it. I used a variety of greens, browns and grays from the pack of 48 markers.
I sponged the sky with an ink blending pad that already had some blue on it - not sure what color it was - and then sponged some Juniper Mist around the edges. I used the waterbrush to blend the blues together.
The sentimtent is from My Creative Time and is called Seasonal Greetings. The card base is a dark brown color called Early Espresso from Stampin' Up.

I have a lot to learn about creating a scene but I had so much fun creating this card and that's what creating is supposed to be about - having fun - so I decided to use it for todays challenge at The Card Concept. My favorite part of the whole card is the fence.

If you've never tried creating a scene with watercolors before I encourage you to try it. It was so relaxing.

Click HERE to see what the rest of the DT has come up with to inspire you and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamps: The Journey (Tim Holtz), Seasonal Greetings (My Creative Time)
ink: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Kuretake)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Things of Beauty!

I've said it before and I'll say it again.
Catherine Pooler inks are a thing of beauty!
I mean, seriously, just look at the colors I used for this card.

The colors are true to the color on the lid.
The coverage is like no other inks that I've used. With just a couple of light taps to the ink pad (which is foam), your stamp is covered and when you stamp it's never blotchy. She has a few different color lines - The Spa Collection which is my favorite and the colors I used on the card above. There's the Party Collection which has the Spring Fling colors, the Carnivale colors, the Foundation colors and then there's the Neutrals - the grays are my fav's and the Midnight black ink is an archival dye ink so it's perfect to use with both alcohol and water based markers. They stay wet for a short time so you can add clear embossing powder over top of them and then you have embossed ink in any color!
One of my favorite things to do with them is to watercolor. Yep, I said watercolor! They are water reactive and give some amazing results.
Click HERE to see all of the inks.

My card today also uses my all time favorite Christmas stamp which just happens to be another Catherine Pooler product.

 It's called Tis The Season and is part of the Winterhaven release that went in the shop yesterday. You can view the new products HERE.

And while I'm talking about 'Things of Beauty', I need to mention Catherine Poolers stamping blocks. They are perfection! They're light but solid, they have a little groove on the sides that your fingers fit in which makes stamping with them so nice. You can see them all HERE. They are the only blocks I use anymore.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

Monday, October 29, 2018

Winterhaven is in The Store!

When Catherine Pooler's Winterhaven SOA Collection was first released I was really eager for it to arrive. Sometimes you see a stamp set or two that immediately jump out at you and your head fills with ideas. This collection did just that. It was released as a Stamp of Approval collection about a year ago which means it was only available for a short time. Well guess what?
It's available again! 
This time you don't have to buy it as a collection, you can just buy the items that appeal to you - which might just be all of them. 
I've got three cards to share with you today featuring just a few of the items but I have all the products listed below for you to see.

My favorite set from the release is the Tis The Season Stamp Set and it also has a coordinating die set which is awesome!
This first card is really simple. I stamped a few of the images in the bottom right corner of a white card panel using a couple of my favorite inks from Catherine Pooler's Spa Collection. I used Peppermint Scrub and Eucalyptus which are my favorite red and greens to use for Christmas cards.

The sentiment is from the Good Stuff Inside Stamp Set which is not only great for Christmas, you can use it for all kinds of occasions. The sentiment and the dots are stamped with Black Jack ink from the Neutrals Collection. A little strip of designer paper from the Black Tie Gala Paper Pack, some baker's twine and a few sequins and this card is finished. 

My next two cards are ones I made when the collection was first released. You can see how I made this wreath card and which other products I used HERE. I used the Joy Wreath Dies, cardstock and some designer paper to make this card - no stamping.

And this last one today is one of my favorite cards I've ever made.  I love how you can watercolor with Catherine Pooler inks. I used the Tis The Season Stamp Set with a variety of Catherine's inks. You can see how I made this card and all the products I used HERE. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

Monday, October 22, 2018

Masculine Monday #72 You Fox!

It's time for another Masculine Monday card and this week I'm featuring another simple card and designer paper.

I've been trying to work my way through my pile of designer paper before allowing myself to buy any more. The hard thing about that is I have A LOT and I kind of want/need some more for an upcoming project. What's a girl to do? 

While filling an order for some cards this weekend I came across this paper full of cute foxes and new exactly what I was going to do - sort of - I had an idea and hoped it would work :)

I started by diecutting a piece of the fox paper with a stitched rectangle die and then layered it onto a card panel with some black card stock and some more designer paper.  The FOX letters are from the Journaling Alphas Dies from Neat and Tangled and the sentiment is from the Essential Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things.

I remembered seeing the same fox paper in my stash but it was colorful so I searched for it, fussy cut out one fox and adhered it with craft foam above the sentiment for a pop of color.

I have a challenge for you. 
I challenge you to make 5 cards using your pile of designer paper and then send them out to people.
I made 10 cards this weekend and am delivering them today.  

I'm playing along with Seize The Birthday, they're having an anything goes challenge right now.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamps: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
paper: retired designer paper (Stampin' Up!)
accessories: Journaing Alpha Dies (Neat & Tangled), Stitched Stackable Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Spreading Joy with CP Designs All The Trimmings

It's in the stores now!
This release has something for everyone in this release. There's more traditional images, there's cute and whimsy images, there's gorgeous colors, there's fun and colorful designer paper...

My card today was really quick to make although it looks like it could've taken a long time. The trick? 
The Holly and Berries Coverplate
I die cut that out of white cardstock then adhered it to a piece of vellum. Next I flipped it over and using Blue Suede Ink, 
Mardi Gras Ink and a blender pen I colored the back. It looks like a hot mess but trust me that when you flip it over you're going to love it!

I added bits of craft foam onto the solids bits and then added that to a card base. For the sentiment I used the
 Seasonal Sentiments & Borders Stamp Set and stamped the Joy in Midnight ink. Using a blender pen I colored in the word with the same inks. I also covered 2 of the Holly from the cover plate and added it to the sentiment strip. The berries are all white pearls that I had in my stash. 
Pretty easy card and would look great done in other colors - maybe some non-traditional ones? I'll have to give that a try.

We've been celebrating the release for a few days now in different ways...
and  a

...and Catherine has prizes. If you leave a comment at all the stops on the hops then you're entered to win one of three $24 Gift Certificates to shop in her store! You've still got some time - winners will be announced on Oct. 22nd on Catherine's blog.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:

Celebrating The Card Concepts 100th Challenge

 This is the 100th challenge at The Card Concept and we've invited some guest designers to celebrate with us. I've had so much fun doing these challenges. The challenge coordinator ALWAYS comes up with gorgeous inspiration photos to inspire us and this challenge is no exception. 

I love pumpkins, especially white ones so I would've thought I'd have some pumpkin stamps in my stash but I don't. (Update: apparently one of the stamp sets I used on this card has a pumpkin but I didn't notice it - I guess it wasn't what I was looking for so I didn't see it- note to self - look closer at what I own haha). I started looking on line for some digital images and then thought why don't I just draw some, it can't be that hard.
It was very easy, and fun and I love how it turned out!

I drew the pumpkins on watercolor paper with a .5 Copic Multiliner keeping all the lines 'rough' looking. I painted them using a variety of Zig Real Brush watercolor markers. I'll list the colors below. Once they were dry, I cut them out and then added them to a piece of designer paper from Stampin' Up! The flowers and the leaves are from a CP Designs set called Blooming Bouquet. The sentiment is from another CP Designs set called Autumn Blessing and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I fussy cut the 'grateful' sentiment and added it with craft foam for some dimension. I added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers.

Check out this photo below.
How does it inspire you?

Click HERE to see how the rest of the team and our guests were inspired.
Thank you Nanette Tracy for being my guest. 

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
accessories: Zig Real Brush Watercolor Markers (#026, 028, 043, 046, 062, 065, 067, 071, 072), Stitched Stackable Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Catherine Pooler's All The Trimmings Release

It's almost time for Catherine Pooler's All The Trimmings to hit the store and today we're celebrating with a blog hop.

I've had so much fun creating with this release. The stamps, the dies, the inks, the papers, the sequins... they are ALL incredibly beautiful and fun.

They'll be hitting the store on Wednesday, October 17th BUT if you're a StampNation member then you'll get early access to purchase today at 3pm EST.

Now for some cards!
I've got 4 to share with you today.

My first card features:
- Seasonal Sentiments & Borders Stamp set
- Love, Doves and Poinsettias Patterned Paper
- Mardi Gras ink
- Suede Shoes ink

I started by stacking the word sentiments to form a tree and stamped them in Midnight ink onto watercolor paper. Next I added some ink to a block and with an aqua pen I did some 'watercoloring'. I distressed the edges with some scissors, poked a couple holes in the trunk of the tree to put some twine through and tied a bow. I added the panel to the designer paper with craft foam for dimension but before adding the designer paper to the card base I die cut a piece from the center for the next card.

My next card features:
- Holiday Charm Stamp Set
- Holiday Charm Dies
- Peace, Love & Doves Background Stamp
- Woodgrain Background Stamp
- Nested Label Dies
- Suede Shoes Ink
- Mardi Gras Ink
- Samba Ink

The card base is stamped with the Peace, Love & Dies Background stamp in versamark ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder. I stamped the Woodgrain Background Stamp with Over Coffee ink onto Sand Dunes cardstock. Using the Nested Label Dies I cut three labels - one from the stamped Sand Dunes piece, the designer paper and one from a piece of Smoke cardstock. The images are stamped onto white cardstock with Midnight ink and then colored in with a blender pen.

My next card features:
- Fluorishes Background Stamp
- Peace, Love & Dies Background Stamp
- Santa Approved Stamp Set
- Nested Labels Dies
- Mardi Gras Ink
- Samba Ink

This one was really quick to make. I stamped the Flourishes Background stamp with versamark ink onto Smoke cardstock and heat set with silver embossing powder. I stamped the Peace, Love & Dies Background stamp with versamark ink onto white paper, heat set it with silver embossing powder and then die cut it with one of the Nested Labels Dies. I colored in one of the holly and berries and then added a sentiment.

My last card features:
- Flourishes Background Stamp
- Santa Approved Stamp Set
- Holly & Berries Cover Plate Die
- Snow Globe Dies
- Suede Shoes Ink

I used the Holly & Berries Cover Plate Die on white cardstock and using the circle die from the Snow Globe Dies I cut out a circle and filled it with a piece that was stamped with the Flourishes Background Stamp with versamark ink and heat set with gold embossing powder. I die cut the base of the globe and sponged it and the circle with Suede Shoes Ink. I used a cloth to wipe off the excess ink from the embossed piece. A simple sentiement and this one's finished.

Be sure to leave a comment at all the stops on the hop because Catherine is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to use in her store. The winner will be announced on Oct. 22nd on Catherine's blog.

Time to hop!

Susan Powell - that's me
Kristie Goulet - go here next

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Catherine Pooler's All The Trimmings Release Hops

Catherine Pooler has a new release coming on Wednesday Oct. 17th.

Yesterday we celebrated with an Instagram Hop which you can check out HERE.
This is my card from the hop.

Today we're celebrating with a video hop which you can check out HERE.

I'm not part of today's hop but I do have some cards to share with you. 

Come back again tomorrow for the blog hops. I've had such fun creating with this release that I've got more cards for you tomorrow.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time to Card Stack!

It's that time of year again where Christmas Card stacks are starting to happen. I held my first one of the year last night and while it was small in numbers it was big in fun.
We made 15 cards - 5 each of 3 different designs using some new Stampin' Up stamps and embossing folders along with some Catherine Pooler inks. 

My first card features:
- Bokeh Dots stamp set
- Wishing You Well stamp set
- Timeless Tidings stamp set
along with
- Fiesta Blue ink
- Spruce ink
Midnight ink

I love the scene that these two stamps created.

My next card features:
- Half Full stamp set
- Swirls & Curls Textured Embossing Folder
along with
- Midnight ink
- Prismacolor pencil crayons

I can think of a few family and friends that this card would be perfect for. And that swirly background - makes me smile. I'll be using that one on all kinds of cards.

My last card features:
- Wishing You Well stamp set
- Timeless Tidings stamp set
along with
- Seafoam ink
- Peppermint Scrub ink
- Midnight ink

I love how the bow looks - so soft and elegant. The berries are some red rhinestones from Stampin' Up.

All three of these cards were quick and easy to make which is something to consider if you have a lot of cards to make.
The stitched edging is from a Lawn Fawn die called Stitched Stackablr Rectangle dies. They're probably the most used item in my craft room.

Time to plan for the next stack.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Home for the Holidays Coloring

Hi Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all that are celebrating today.

I'm up on Catherine Pooler's blog today with a card from the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval collection. Here's a sneak peek of my card and a hint - if you like coloring you're going to want to check it out.

You can see the Home for the Holidays collection HERE

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day!!
We're celebrating ALL WEEKEND LONG at StampNation by travelling around the world, with challenges and prizes.
Not a member yet?
No worries. Just click HERE to sign up and join the fun.

Here's a peek at my card for one of the challenges.

I hope you'll be able to find some crafty time today and celebrate
World Card Making Day.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Amber's World

World Card Making Day (WCMD) is almost here and over at StampNation we're celebrating all weekend long with all kinds of fun. 
 Catherine is offering a 5 day trial this weekend for only $1, so if you're not a member yet but have been thinking about joining then this is the perfect time to try it out. Check Catherine's blog for more details.

Catherine is releasing a special stamp and die set called Amber's World in honor of this weekend.

This is such a beautiful set designed by an amazingly talented woman, Amber Shaw. Shortly after she designed this set, Amber, her husband and their son lost their lives in a house fire. Such a tragic loss. 
For the month of October a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to Amber's daughter who survived the fire.

I'm honored to be able to share my card made with the Amber's World set with you today.

While making this card I couldn't help but think about Amber's daughter and what her life will be like now and about my own family as well.

Life is fleeting - hug your loved ones.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TCC#99 Sunflower Serenade

The weather lately has been dismal but the challenge this week at The Card Concept had me seeing sunshine.

I kept things really simple for this weeks card and focused only on the sunflowers. I stamped the flowers from a set called Daisy Thanks by Stampendous with Barely Beige ink from Simon Says Stamp, pulled out my Prismacolor pencil crayons and had some fun coloring.
Whenever I do a simple card like this one, I like to add an embossed sentiment on black cardstock for some 'pop'. It's simple and works every time. I used a beautiful one from CP Designs called Grateful Heart.
A little black & white bakers twine finishes it off.

I hope you're inspired to play along with this weeks challenge.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT made HERE and I look forward to seeing your creation in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamps: Daisy Thanks (Stampendous)
ink: Barely Beige (Simon Says Stamp)
accessories: Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor), craft foam (Michaels)