Friday, November 30, 2018

Comfort & Joy

It's getting to be that time of year when everyone's schedules start to get really busy. If you like to send out homemade Christmas cards but haven't started making them yet you can relax, I've got a quick one to share with you that'll help you get cards made for everyone on your list.


- -die cut a panel from Stampin' Up's whisper white thick card stock using a die from Lawn Fawn's stitched stackable rectangle die set.
- stamp the wreath
- stamp the bow 
- stamp the sentiment 
- adhere the panel to the card base with craft foam for some dimension 
- finish it off with the rhinestones

 Need another quick and easy card idea?
Click HERE to see yesterday's card.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Heart and Home

This is a really quick and easy card to make and would be perfect for mass producing. 
You could do it assembly style and be done in no time at all.

I started by die cutting out the scene using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies from Stampin' Up onto a piece of white card stock that was bigger than the die I'm using in the next step. Then I used the Stitched Stackable Rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn and cut out a piece of Pool Party card stock and using the same die I cut down the scene piece to fit onto the bottom of the blue piece. (I hope that's clear - if not please ask me and I'll try to explain it better).
I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the scene piece with craft foam to the the blue piece. I adhered that directly to a grey piece of cardstock and then directly to the card base.

Like I said, really easy.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sweet Treats at TCC

It's time for something sweet at The Card Concept.

I was really inspired by the cupcakes in the inspiration photo and the watercolor look they have. None of my stamp sets were screaming out to me to be used so I pulled out my watercolor markers and just started coloring. 

I used a stitched stackable rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to cut the panel down. This is definitely the most used die in my craft room. I use it on almost all of my cards as I love how it finishes off a card.
Next I grabbed some papers that were leftover from another project and were still sitting on my desk which made it easy for me :) A little bit of twine and a simple sentiment stamped in black finished this one off.

Now it's your turn.
Check out what the rest of the DT has created HERE and then have some fun with your card. I'm really curious to see everyone's cards in the gallery for this challenge.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

December Canvo

I am loving my new CP Designs Canvo - the paper is perfect for coloring.
I was working on my layout for December and am in the process of filling it out. 
I thought I'd take a pic and share it with you before I add the personal stuff.

I like to do a whole month spread and then follow it up with weekly ones with my to-do lists.  Sometimes my weeks will have the same layout and then sometimes they vary. It really depends on what I feel like and if I have a lot going on or not. I'll share those with you in another post as I'm just setting them up now.

I tend to keep my months to one page instead of two. I make quick notes on the month spread and add more detailed info to the weekly spread. 
And of course I need to add some stamping and coloring and since Christmas is coming I chose to add some caroling penguins. I colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils - worked beautifully. I stamped some Christmas trees on the bottom. I added some shading on the boxes and on the base of the trees using a Copic marker - just so you know - they do bleed through the paper. I was using a light grey so it was very faint on the other side and doesn't bother me. 

Here's a close up pic that shows the bleed through - 

I'm curious. How do you all stay organized? Do you use a planner or bullet journal? Or perhaps you keep everything on your phone in an on-line organizer. Whichever way works for you, do you have any suggestions, tips or tricks that you swear by?

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Celebrate with Coffee and Cake and a SALE!

I'm up on Catherine Pooler's blog today with a fun card featuring stamps 
and dies from the Celebrate Friends SOA collection from April and 
is now available in the shop. 

This was a big collection full of stamps, dies and stencils - 15 in total! 
Each item is shown below with a quick link to the shop for you.


You still have time to grab some deals from Catherine's Black Friday Sale. The sale ends tomorrow (Monday the 26th).
If you haven't tried any of her products yet this is a great time to check them out. Everything in the store is top quality and I highly recommend her inks, they are like no other on the market! Here's a video telling you all about the them.

Below are all the items on sale right now with a quick link to each one.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday & Celebrate Friends

Guess what's in the shop?
If you missed the April SOA Celebrate Friends Collection don't worry, all those products are in the shop!

I probably made the most cards with this release than with any other. 
The cards below are just some of the many that I made.

For more ideas check out the Celebrate Friends Pinterest Board.

AND that's not all!

Check this out!
Catherine's also having a Black Friday sale!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Black Friday Deals at Catherine Pooler Designs

It's Thanksgiving in the States on Thursday and you know what that means! 
Black Friday sales are happening!
They're happening all over the internet but I really wanted to 
let you know about this one.
Catherine Pooler Designs is not only having a Black Friday Sale, 
they are also adding the Celebrate Friends Collection to the shop. I have some cards from this collection for you below.

We've got lots in store for Black Friday, my friends!  Begins Thursday, November 22 at 6 pm Eastern and ends at Midnight (Eastern) on Monday, November 26.
  • FREE SHIPPING on orders over $125 – US customers use code HBF2U on the check out page.
  • International orders over $125 can Save $10 off with code: INT10OFF
  • FREE Stamp and Die for StampNation Members – you'll receive a super secret link to the product page for the Take Away Cup.  You'll be able to add it to your cart as a free gift to you!
*not valid on previously placed orders
*please double check your cart, once orders are placed they can not be changed or modified.
This collection is fantastic! There's a TON of items that will cover a whole array of occsions. It's a must have for your collection!

Check out Pinterest to see a whole slew of inspiration for this collection.

So remember, 6pm EST is when the sale starts.

Click here for the SHOP.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time to Canvo!

I've been waiting patiently (sort of) for my Canvo and stamps by Catherine Pooler Designs to arrive in the mail. The rotating postal strikes were experiencing here in Canada delayed it a bit but they're in my craft room now just begging to be played with. I had to get some things done first but now it's time to play.

I'm thinking the first page I should do is a work schedule since I was an hour late today - oops! I changed my schedule up last week and thought I remembered what the changes were but apparently I didn't. I have a picture of it on my phone but I'm thinking I need it in my Canvo too.

Haven't heard of the Canvo?
Have you heard of bullet journaling? 
A bullet journal is basically a system that was originally created by Ryder Carroll to help you with being organized. It's a flexible system that allows your to personalize it to your style and needs.
I have been a fan of bullet journaling for a while now but wasn't completely happy with what I was using. The spine was an issue - the books never laid flat which made it difficult at times to work on and more often than not the ink would bleed through the page which would drive me crazy.

Introducing the Canvo from Catherine Pooler Designs!

The Canvo bullet journal solves those issues and more.

  • "Less ghosting – our thick, smooth journal pages can handle many mediums without bleeding, and love our ink…stamp away! (*water-based ink and markers are best!)
  • Spiral binding means your Canvo lays flat and can be turned back for ease of creating and planning.
  • Pre-numbered pages makes indexing easy and helps you stay organized
  • Wide pages give you more room to get creative with your spreads and add enough content for your busy schedule"

I'll share some pages in the next few days. I know I need to do a page that has my work schedule on it because I was an hour late for work today. I've never done that before. I changed some of my hours last week and forgot about one of the days - oops.
I also need to do some monthly spreads and some weekly spreads and a future log. I'd like to set up a gratitude page, a habit tracker, a page for birthdays for the whole year - I'm hoping that will help me with sending out cards and I've got ideas for other pages as well.

This would be a great gift for someone who is looking for that perfect way to organize their busy life. 
For someone who likes things very simple you really just need the Canvo and a good pen to get started. For those who want to be a little more creative the stamp sets would be perfect. And those mini inks too! I'm kind of regretting not ordering them right away.

Time for me to go play in my Canvo :)

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes

My colors of my card today were inspired by a challenge over on StampNation. The mood board is full of different images with these colors and I just happened to have bought a pack of designer paper that was screaming to be used for this challenge.

The other day was quite chilly here and I had to use my gloves to keep my hands warm on a walk. While we were walking I was thinking about how nice it would be to be holding a mug of hot chocolate and then a card idea popped in my head. Ideas can come from anywhere.
So I combined the mug and mittens idea with the colors from the inspiration board and had some fun. 

This card was easy to make - the pattern paper does most of the work - and would be easy to mass produce. Also it's a great way to use your designer papers. 
I colored the mug in using a blender pen and CP Designs Eucalyptus ink, and the shading on the whip cream is done with a blender pen and some Twilight ink which is also CP Designs.

All the products used are listed below for you.

This card reminds me of when my girls were little and we'd have spent the day sledding and then enjoying hot chocolate around an outdoor fire. Good memories!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Season's Greetings at TCC

Hi Everyone! 
I hope you're all having a great week. We've got another fun challenge for you at The Card Concept that is sure to get you going on making your Christmas cards. Check out the inspiration photo below. 

I was inspired by the pillow and the greenery to make my relatively clean and simple card. I used the Buffalo Check background stamp from Stampin' Up to stamp the background. I love how it looks stamped on Crumb Cake card stock with black ink and a little sponging around the edges.

The wreath, bow and sentiment are from the Wishing You Well stamp set from Stampin' Up. It's such a pretty set. I used the circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut out the wreath. I gave the Buffalo Check stamped piece a little frame with Cherry Cobbler card stock and then added it all to a Crumb Cake card base with some craft foam. I added a few pearls to finish it off.

So, now it's your turn.
Check out the photo below.

Click HERE to see how the design team was inspired and then I hope to see your creation in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
accessories: stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Masculine Monday #73

I was thinking the other day about what makes a masculine card masculine. There's the obvious things like beer mugs, power tools, dirt bikes, sports cars but women like those things too. Some men are into gardening and flowers so why not make them a floral card? That's when I decided that you don't need to use the stereotypical items on a masculine card. You just need to personalize it to the man that you're giving it to the same way that you would for anyone.

My daughter gave me a special request for a card for a male friend. She said he likes cats, dinosaurs and outerspace so I decided to make a cat and a dinosaur that are in outerspace. Because we knew what he likes, it made it much easier to make a card for him.

I started by making a night sky using Distress Oxide inks - Fossillized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans. I also used Juniper Mist and Midnight inks from CP Designs to finish it off. For the stars I did a few techniques. I sprayed on a little water, dried it with a towel which removes a little color. Next I mixed some white acrylic paint with a little water and splattered it on with a small paint brush. I added some actual stars with versamark ink and heat set them with silver embossing powder. Lastly I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add some more little stars.

The rest was very quick and easy. 
I used a cat stamp and die from Tim Holtz Cat Chat. The dinosaur is from a free online coloring page site. The planets and the sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's Out of This World stamp set. I used a variety of Copic markers and Altenew Artist markers to color everything in. The sentiment is heat embossed with Opaque Bright White embossing powder from WOW.

So, no matter if your card is for a male or female just remember to keep in mind who you are making the card for and to personalize it whenever possible andyou'll have success. 

My daughter told me that her friend loved the card.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Shopping list:
stamps: Cat Chat (Tim Holtz), Out of This World (Lawn Fawn), For Everything (CP Designs), Dino (free online coloring page)
ink: Fossillized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans (Tim Holtz Distress Oxide)
Copic Markers: N0, N4, N6, E15, E18
Altenew Artist Markers: G554, G702, G715, WG03, S
Accessories: white Gelly Roll pen, white acrylic paint, craft foam (Michaels)

Introducing the CANVO Collection

Catherine Pooler Designs is launching a new product line today.
It's called the CANVO and it's CP Designs take on the bullet journal. 

It's a book that will help you to organize your life and you can personalize it any which way you want. Some of you are probably wondering how is different than what's already on the market?

This will show you.

"The Canvo bullet journal has been designed to solve problems we faced as well as the problems we heard about from bullet journaling enthusiasts:

• Less Ghosting - our thick, smooth journal pages can handle more mediums without bleeding, and love our ink...stamp away! (*water-based ink and markers are best!)
• Spiral Binding means your Canvo lays flat and can be turned back for ease of creating and planning.
• Pre-numbered Pages makes indexing easy and helps you stay organized Wide pages give you more room to get creative with your spreads and add enough content for your busy schedule"

There are two different ones to choose from. The Aquatini Canvo and the Doodle Garden Canvo. They are exactly the same on the inside.

Check out these new stamp sets to help with getting your CANVO set up and organized.

If the books and stamps weren't enough there's also a new line of inks. The same top quality product as the regular size inks but these are Minis!
These are the perfect size to pack up with your CANVO, a few stamp sets and some pens to take with you on the go.

They've thought of everything. There's even a few tutorial videos to help you get started. Click HERE to see them.

These are also available as a bundle to make shopping easier.

Time to get organized.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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