Sunday, August 18, 2019

Salt Water Heals Everything!


When I lived on the coast and was needing a break from things I would often head to the ocean. I could feel myself relaxing the closer I got and as soon as I saw the ocean I felt 100x better. I can't explain it. I don't think it even needs explaining. It's just very soothing. I don't often get to the ocean anymore but I do live just a 5 minute drive from a beautiful lake and thankfully that has the same effect. 

I made this card thinking about walking the Sea Wall in Stanley Park in Vancouver. If you've never been there you should put it on your bucket list - it's beautiful!

Anyways, back to the card.


I used the By The Sea Stamp and Die set which is only available to StampNation members. One of the MANY perks of being a member. 

I started with a piece of white card stock that I did some ink blending on. I used the Twisted Sunburst Stencil and blended it lightly with Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti inks. Next I cut it with the large straight stitched die from the Postage Stamp Dies. I stamped the lighthouse from the By The Sea Stamp set with Black Jack ink, colored it in with a blender pen and Peppermint Scrub and Sand Castle inks and cut it out with the coordinating die. 
To make the water I used Aquatini and Mardi Gras inks. I used a paint brush but no water and lightly dragged the color onto the paper with the brush, building out the color until I was happy. I then went over it with a sparkle pen and because it's a liquid of sorts it blended the inks together and softened the look even more. I cut it with the same die from the Postage Stamp Die set and with a torn scrap of grey card stock for rocks I went about building my scene. 
I stamped the sentiment from the Vitamin Sea Stamp Set with Midnight ink and then adhered it with craft foam to a white card base that I added a piece of torn Sand Dunes card stock to for sand.

Where do you like to go when you need a break from things and need to calm your soul? 
Leave me a comment, I'd love to know.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hey There




I made this for a StampNation card swap where the challenge was to use word dies. I don't know if there's a name for 
this type of card but because I had fun making it I'm going to call it a Fun Fold card.
I started by cutting two pieces of card stock using the large die from the Nested Labels Dies and then 
scoring a line 3/4" from the tip - see pen line in pic below.


Fold over at the score line and add adhesive to the back 


Line up both die cut pieces and adhere them together.


For the front of the card I blended on Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt inks for the grass and 
Fiesta Blue and Suede Shoes for the sky. 


I stamped the flamingo from the Stand Tall Stamp Set and cut him out with the coordinating die. I used a blender pen to color the bird with Party Dress and Samba and the beak with Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti. I stamped the sentiment from the Warm Welcome Stamp Set with Midnight ink and paired it with the die cut Hey There from the Ways to Say Hey Dies.
I used the flamingo die to cut some craft foam to adhere it to the card. I cut the sentiment into two pieces and adhered that with liquid glue just above the stamped sentiment.


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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Wine Not?



I recently purchased the Sip Happens stamp set by Picket Fence Studios. I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it since the ladies in my family like their wine. They'll all be getting cards in the mail soon haha.



I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a frame and then stamped both the image and the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad. If you're looking for a good black ink you may want to give this one a try.
I did some simple coloring with my Prismacolor pencils layered it with craft foam onto a piece of deep red card stock cut 1/8" bigger and then layered it onto a white card base.



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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Refuse To Sink



The Refuse To Sink Stamp Set is such a great set!
It's got a big anchor and a cute little one that I used on this card, there's the rope to add to the big anchor, the sentiments are fantastic, the plant life stamps are great! It's a must have set AND it has Coordinating Dies to go with it. I stamped the little anchor and the sentiment with Midnight ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I also used the dies to cut craft foam to adhere them to the panel with.

To make the 'life preserver' I traced a circle die lightly with pencil onto a panel that I cut using the Postage Die Set. I used the ink splotch stamp fromthe Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set and a variety of blue inks I've linked to below and stamped them onto the pencil line rotating the image so they don't all look the same.

I adhered the panel to the card base using craft foam for dimension and then added sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix to finish the card.




I love the simplicity of this card and the message is one that is often needed for lots of people.

Happy Stampin'
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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!


Monday, August 5, 2019

Refuse to Sink



I thought this card was perfect to share with you today because I'm spending the day kayaking with my husband. The background looks like water and I'm spending the day on the water.
I used the Refuse to Sink Stamp Set from Catherine Pooler's  Unsinkable Release - I love that anchor and that sentiment is perfect.

I love how this card turned out.
It's fairly clean and simple but there's stuff going on on that background piece that makes me smile. 

Check out the video to see how I made it or click HERE to watch on YouTube.



Here's a close up of the background. 






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Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

A Nautical Card with Catherine Pooler's Unsinkable Collection

It's a long weekend here in BC where I live and I am going to take full advantage of it and get out on the water in my kayak. There's something about paddling along on a beautiful day that is so good for the soul. 

Catherine's latest release is called Unsinkable and has a nautical inspired theme throughout. If you're a fan of the ocean you will definitely be a fan of this release. You can of course purchase any of the products individually but Catherine has made it easier for you and created bundles that come with a little discount.

The Anchors Away Bundle includes:



The Under The Sea Bundle includes:




And for those of us that can't make up our minds there's the





Now let's get to the card I have for you today that features the Hook Line and Sinker Stamp Set. It's full of some great sentiments that will work well with any and all of the products in this release. It was a must have for me :)



I made a clean and simple card that was so easy and lots of fun to make. I used It's a Boy, Aquatini, Mardi Gras and Juniper Mist inks to create some water. I smooshed the ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then went about pouncing some water color paper into the ink puddles I made. I heat set the paper and then pounced again building up the colors - I repeated this process until I was happy with what I had. 
I cut a strip of the paper and then die cut a circle from the center.  There's something about the circle that fits with the nautical theme. I stamped the sentiment and the waves with Midnight ink. I added it to a white panel, leaving a gap and then decided to die cut it with the stitched rectangle die from the Postage Stamp Dies set. I added both pieces to the card base popping up the center piece with craft foam. 
And that's it. I'm thinking now that some sequins would look good on this. Hmmm I may go back and add a few.



Whatever you do this weekend I hope you enjoy it!

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Shopping list:

I've linked below to the products I used in this card. ALL the products for the Unsinkable Release are above at the beginning of this post.

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Pop'N Hop with Scrap'N Stamp



This was fun!!!


I've made these pop up cards many times before from scratch. They're not hard but they're no where near as easy as this one was to make. The Paper Cut has kits you can purchase that are pre-cut pieces of all that you need to make the base structure.

I stamped and colored images from Lawn Fawn's Out Of This World Stamp Set and cut them out with the coordinating dies.


I added some patterned paper (from my pile the I am trying to use up) that had a sky theme. I used a heavy weight vellum paper to add the images. I stamped two of every image and the vellum is placed between the two images so you can see the planets and the child from front and back.


The rocket ship, moon and sun are added one directly to the card and then the duplicate image was added with craft foam right on top of the first one. I like that it gives more of a 3D feel to the image. The sentiment is stamped with black ink.
I showed this to a few people that don't make cards and they were so impressed with it. If they only knew how easy these are to make now that you can purchase pre-cut pieces. And the possibilities for what you'd like to pop up out of the box are endless!

Time to HOP!
But first leave a comment here and at every stop along the hop because there's a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap'N Stamp STORE.

Have fun!

Susan 
Chala - your next stop


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and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

More Unsinkable Fun with Catherine Pooler Designs

We're having more fun today with Catherine Pooler Designs Unsinkable Release. I've linked below to the blog hop from yesterday and the video hop today.

I've got two more cards to share with you today.
This first one features:
- Vitamin Sea Stamp Set
- By The Sea Stamp Set (StampNation Only)
- Big Sur Sequin Mix


This card was super quick to make. I started by masking a circle onto a piece of white card stock that I die cut with the stitched edge die from the Postage Stamp Dies set. Using a blender brush and some blue inks I blended on some water. I removed the mask, stamped the sentiment from the By The Sea Stamp Set with Midnight ink and then stamped the fish from the Vitamin Sea Stamp Set with versamark ink and heat set them with white embossing powder. I layered it onto some black card stock and then added it to a grey card base with craft foam. A few sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix finishes this card.

This next card was inspired by a shirt I was wearing. A white shirt with blue striped and a red lobster.
My second card features:
- Hook Line and Sinker Stamp Set
- Hook Line and Sinker Die Set


I used the long stripe from the Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set and Something Borrowed ink to stamp the striped panel and die cut it with the tag die from the Tags Etc Dies. I die cut a circle from the Circles Dies Set and then stamped a circle of crabs with Rockin Red ink and then added it to the tag. The sentiment is stamped with Midnight ink, cut with the coordinating die and then added to the tag with craft foam. 

Yesterday we celebrated with a Blog Hop and today we're celebrating with a Video Hop. Be sure to visit and leave comments because Catherine is giving away $25 Gift Certificates to the CPD SHOP.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs Unsinkable Release Blog Hop

Hey Everyone! 
Welcome to the hop for Catherine Pooler Designs Unsinkable Release.
This release is awesome! I have had SO MUCH FUN playing with all the products and I think it's safe to say that the whole team feels the same way.


Be sure to leave a comment below because someone is going to win a 
$25 Gift Certificate to the SHOP.

Let's get started, I've got 3 cards to share with you today.

When I first saw this release two cards instantly came to mind.
One I will share with you tomorrow in the video hop and the other one 
I'm sharing with you today.
A mermaid tail.

This card features the following:
- Big Sur Sequin Mix
- Hook Line and Sinker


I drew a mermaid's tail, cut it out and covered it with sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix. Really easy! The background is made using the Sunburst Stencil and sponging on Tiki Torch and Tiara inks and then covering a die cut circle with the same inks for the sun. The water is made with Aquatini, Fiesta Blue, All That Jazz, Mardi Gras and Something Borrowed. I used water color paper and added the inks with a water brush. Catherine's inks are great for water coloring with. 
I added the sun, water and beach onto the card base, topped it with a panel that I die cut a circle from using craft foam for dimension. I adhered the mermaid along the edge of the circle and then stamped the sentiment.

This next card features the By the Sea Stamps and Dies which is only available to StampNation members only. Are you a member? If not, you might want to check it out - it's a never ending source of fun, inspiration, encouragement and friendship.


The water is from the same piece that I made for the above card. I stamped all the images and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I colored them in using a blender pen and created a little beach scene. I think this is where Catherine was sitting when she came up with the idea for this release. The sentiment is from the Fluttering Friends Stamp set.

My last card features:
- Refuse To Sink Stamp Set
- Refuse To Sink Dies
- Shell Parade Stencil
- Big Sur Sequin Mix
- Vitamin Sea Stamp Set
- Vitamin Sea Dies


The background is stamped with the Woodgrain stamp set onto Sand Dunes card stock with Sand Castle ink. The edges are sponged with the same ink. I very lightly blended It's a Boy and Mardi Gras inks onto white card stock with the Shell Parade Stencil and then die cut it with a circle die adding a little sponging around the edges. The anchor is my favorite thing on this card. I stamped it with versamark ink and embossed it with Black Magic Embossing Powder. I love the way it turned out. I layered everything onto the card adding the anchor with craft foam and then finished it with a few sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix.

Now it' time to hop!
But before you go make sure to leave a comment here telling me what your favorite product is from this release. Remember someone is going to win a $25 Gift Certificate to SHOP in Catherine's store. Winners will be announced Monday, August 12th on Catherine's Blog




Susan
Tracie -next stop

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Unsinkable Sneaks

It's Almost Time!
The Unsinkable Release from Catherine Pooler Designs is about to 
hit the store!


And it's AMAZING!!

The whole team has had a blast creating with it and we are all eager to share our projects with you.
Check out this first one - doesn't it look like those fish are in water?
Be sure to check out the video hop to see how I made it.


Here are a few more sneaks at just some of the cards I've made.


 

If you're a member of StampNation there's a Pre-Release Party tomorrow, Tuesday July 30th at 3pm EST to celebrate the release and to give you access to early ordering. How great is that! 

And here's a peak at a card made with the exclusive to StampNation Only stamp set from this release called By The Sea.



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and thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Capture Life in Full Color

I'm catching up on some challenges at StampNation and the first one I'm playing along with is the weekend color challenge of April 20th. The great thing about all the StampNation challenges is they never close. Whenever you have the time the challenges are there for you to play along with.

The theme for this challenge is to use the foundation colors - any red, green, orange and blue in your stash.


I used Fiesta Blue, Orange Twist, Rockin Red and Grass Skirt - the 4 colors that make up Catherine Pooler Designs
 Foundations Collection. The stamp set is Capture Life in Color by Picket Fence and it's beautiful.
I stamped it with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink - one of my two favorite black inks, onto 
some watercolor paper using my MISTI. 


Next I used an aqua painter brush to add color. I smooshed some ink onto a block, added a bit of water and then using big brush strokes I added the color to the paper. When the first layer dried I added a second layer to brighten it a bit. When it dried I put it back into my MISTI where I left the stamp and stamped the image again to sharpen the image. 
I ran it through my die cutting machine using a stitched rectangle die before adding it to a piece of black card stock. I added it to a white card base with some craft foam. 


I love cards that come together as easy as this one did.
And I love the sentiment on this stamp!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Two Places at Once


Hi Everyone.
Sorry I've been a little MIA lately. I've been out of town a lot this summer due to a family health issue. My posts will probably continue to be sporadic for the next month or so. BUT I'm in two places today and thought I'd share them with you.

First up is StampNation. We've been having a blast sharing our favorite products and techniques from A to Z. Today's letter is I. Can you guess what I shared for this letter? You'll have to pop on over to StampNation to find out.


Second spot for today is the Scrap'n Stamp Blog with a post about how easy it is to water color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These markers are amazing - great for any skill level but especially great for beginners. I've even got a video for you! Yes I'm branching out to videos and am starting to get the hang of it. I'd love for you to join me in this journey. 
Here's a sneak peek at the card I water colored.



Have a wonderful day!
And thanks so much for visiting!