Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Get Ready For It!!

Hey Everyone!!!

Are you Ready For Some Tropical Treasures!!


This is such a fun release - so many great products. I've had a TON OF FUN creating with it all.

I've got a few sneaks for you.






I'll be sharing the full version of these cards this week so stay tuned.

Along with all the new products Catherine is releasing all the products from 
the Tropically Yours SOA collection will be in the store as well!

Here are a couple of cards I made with those product and links to the post with details.

You can view this card HERE. I LOVE that sentiment. It's from the Fearless Pursuit stamp set. Definitely check that one out!



This next card can be seen HERE - I love that background stamp!


And one more for you to see HERE. Love that flamingo!! It's from the Stand Tall stamp set and there's a coordinating die!



I've linked to ALL the products below for you to see. They'll be in the shop tomorrow (20th) BUT if you're a StampNation member you'll get an email today with a special link for early shopping. Gotta love the SN Perks! There is of course the I WANT IT ALL BUNDLE (doesn't include the products from the Tropically Yours SOA collection). There are also smaller bundles available and then everything is also available individually.

Happy Stampin'
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Monday, March 18, 2019

An AWESOME and Easy Masculine Monday

What makes this an AWESOME and Easy Masculine Monday?
Well, a couple of reasons. 
The first one being that it's SPRING BREAK and I don't have to go to work. YAY ME!! Sorry if you're at work :(
And the second reason would be these cards.
They literally took me all of 10-15 minutes at the most to make. 


When I was 'organizing' my craft room the other day - let's face it - I'll never be completely organized because I always find things that I haven't played with in a while and then get an idea and then craft and then the 'organizing' is forgotten.  I'm sure some of you can relate to that.

What I found was my stash of washi tape. It's not huge by any means but there's more than enough that I don't need to buy any more until this is used up. 

Both these cards are pretty self-explanatory. I cut a piece of white card stock for the panel and then picked some washi tape to add across the bottom of the panel.  The panel above is matted onto some green card stock and then onto a blue card base. The other thing I found while 'organizing' was a bunch of pre-cut card bases and panels so I'm not exactly sure of the colors above but I'll link to something very similar if not exact. The sentiment is stamped in black ink and the AWESOME is popped up with some craft foam.

For the card below I added the washi tape and then used the Twisted Sunburst Stencil from Catherine Pooler Designs to add a bit more fun to the card. I used my new Life Changing Blender Brush from Picket Fence to do the blending and all I can say is WOW!! They feel amazing in my hand and blend beautifully!
The sentiment is stamped in black again and the AWESOME is also popped up with some craft foam. This one I added to a gray card base - I figured there was enough going on that I didn't need to add an extra layer and color of card stock.


Now, some of you may be thinking 'these aren't masculine cards' but whose to say they aren't? I know there are the obvious ones that are masculine and the obvious ones that are feminine but there's a whole middle ground that could be either and that's where these two cards fall.

So how much washi tape do you have? 
I have 36. It was 37 but I emptied one roll making these cards.
They're not all full either so it shouldn't take me too long to use them up.

I've linked to everything below except the washi tape. Some I bought years ago from Stampin' Up and some I bought at the dollar store. Just choose colors and patterns from your stash that compliment each other.

Happy Stampin'
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Home to Roost with Stampin' Up!

The Home to Roost stamp set that I used to make this card is FREE! If you order $60 worth of products with Stampin' Up! you can get this (or others) set FREE with your purchase. This deal ends March 31st so if you're in Canada and would like to purchase, let me know and I would be glad to help you with that. 




I did some simple ink blending for this card with just two colors - Poppy Parade and Mango Melody. These are new colors to Stampin' Up and I gotta tell ya they are really pretty! They blend beautifully together.

I stamped the rooster in black ink and that was it for the panel.


I stamped the image that looks like things that grow in a marsh - sorry I don't know the proper name of it - in black on a card base of Olive Green cut to 4 1/4 x 11" and scored at 5 1/2". I layered a piece of white card stock onto some black card stock and adhered that directly to the card base. I adhered the rooster panel to some craft foam and the adhered that to the card base. 
For the sentiment I stamped the Happy Birthday from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (I use that one a lot!) with black ink and adhered it to a piece of black card stock cut just slightly bigger than the white. I added a little bit of the marsh stamp in black and then added that directly to the card.


I love how much detail there is on this card and yet it was really easy to make. This set will definitely see a lot of use in my craft room.

If you'd like to have it in your craft room leave me a comment or email me and I will be more than happy to help you. My email is in my contact info.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Celebrate Your Day!

It's not a celebration without cake. And I think it's even better when it's cupcakes! Especially when they're all done up in fun colors.

My card today features a fun colored cupcake and matching balloons. Because we all know you need balloons too.
The Hello Cupcake stamp set is FREE with $60 purchase of Stampin' Up products. This deal ends March 31st so be sure to get your order in. If you're in Canada and need assistance message me and I will be glad to help. 


I started with the sentiment in black and then the cupcake. I stamped the balloons up the side and then filled some of them in with the same ink as the cupcakes. Next I layered it onto a piece of black card stock and then added it to a white card base with some craft foam.


This card would look cute in all kinds of colors. I'm thinking a black cupcake liner with gold icing and matching balloons would be kind of fancy. 

What colors would you choose?


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Check These Sales Out!

Have you checked out these sales?
This is a great time to shop especially if you live in Canada. These stores are Canadian so you don't have to pay the duty!! YAY!

Maple Syrup Designs has 25% off Ranger products!! 
I don't know about you but I'm thinking it's a good time to do a little (or a lot haha) shopping. While you're there 
be sure to check out the other great products that are on sale.



Scrap'n Stamp  is having a massive clearance sale! 
But it's 'while supplies last' so hop on over there so you don't miss out on those items you've been wanting. 
I know my wish list is long.


Happy Shopping
and thanks so much for visiting!





Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Where Is Spring?


I don't know about where you live but where I am Spring hasn't arrived yet. It seems close but not close enough as far as I'm concerned. I'm done with the cold weather - especially when you add the wind to it. BRRRRR

So today I'm sharing the next 2 weeks in my Canvo.
I used the Grateful Heart Stamp Set from Catherine Pooler Designs to create some SPRING in my spread.


Last week I tried a 2 page one week spread and I loved how it turned out but it turns out I like to see 2 weeks at a time. I like seeing what's coming up - I feel like it keeps me more on track. 

I kept it really simple too. Turns out I prefer that as well. When I add too many details to my pages I get too distracted by it all and then I don't focus on what I need to do. 


The flowers in this set are a dream to color with any medium. I chose to use Tombow Dual Brush Pens in some spring colors.
I'm also doing away with my Habit Tracker this month and focusing on tracking my water intake. I noticed that's where I'm needing more improvement so I added a tracker to the day of the week header in hopes that will help. 


Now to go fill it all in.
Have a great week everyone!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Masculine Monday #80 - Don't Worry Be HOPPY

We're playing with puns over at the Scrap'n Stamp blog and having a lot of fun so I decided to make a Punny card for Masculine Monday too.
You can check out the Punny Blog Hop HERE - be sure to leave comments if you hop because there are lots of prizes to be won!

So, for Masculine Monday this week I used - surprise, surprise, - a beer mug.
I really like this mug. The stamp set isn't available but there's so many different ones out there from different companies I'm sure you'll have no problem finding one if you want to make this card.


I stamped the mug from Stampin' Ups Mixed Drinks stamp set repeatedly onto a piece of white card stock. I wanted a quick card and didn't want to spend the time lining up each mug so I rotated the stamp and stamped in a random pattern. Next I used some Catherine Pooler inks (listed below) and a water brush and did some very loose water coloring. 
For the sentiment I die cut the HOPPY letters from black card stock and black craft foam using the Journaling Alphas Dies. The rest of the sentiment was pieced together using different things from my stash.
The don't is from a stamp set called The One With All The Stamps by The Ink Road. I stamped out worry using the Fanciful Swirl Alphabet stamp set from Hero Arts and the be is from Tim Holtz Big Chat word stickers.

I layered it onto a piece of gray card stock and then black and then onto a white card base.
It was really very quick to make - the longest part was finding stuff to make the sentiment but once I found it the card came together super fast.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

This Pun's For You Blog Hop at Scrap'n Stamp




This was not an easy challenge for me. You'd think it would be since I have a pretty sarcastic sense of humor but I just don't own sarcastic stamps. I may have to remedy that because even though it wasn't easy it was a lot of fun.


What am I talking about?
The theme for the Scrap'n Stamp Blog Hop this month is This Pun's For You!
I'm sure a whole bunch of puns just popped into your head. 
The whole team had a ton of fun with this. Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop to see what everyone created and leave comments at each one because it wouldn't be a hop without some prizes!
Scrap'n Stamp is giving away 8 Punny Prize Packs and one $50 Gift Certificate to the store. How cool is that!

Now for my card.


I originally thought I was going to do something with birds but when I started thinking about different puns I got fixated on 'What a CAT-astrophe!" So I went with that and pulled out my Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and dies.
I stamped them out, colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils and then die cut them out with the coordinating dies. 



I just love the looks on their faces. My puppy had that look on her face the other day when she was caught chewing on the coffee table! I was not impressed.

Back to the card.
For the background I used Tim Holtz' Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks. I really love how they blend together. I gave it a little spritz of water and then dabbed it with a paper towel to get the little water marks you see. 



There's some little stamps that come as part of the set that I thought would be great scattered around the cats. I stamped out a few of each and cut them out with the coordinating dies - love those things! I did some simple coloring on the balls of yarn, and with a white gel pen I covered the line that was the top of the milk in the milk bottles - I wanted them to be empty - and then gave them a little shading. 
I adhered the panel to a piece of black card stock and then adhered all the pieces with liquid glue. A little tip for you if you're creating a scene with lots of pieces. Lay it all on your card the way you want it then take a picture of it on your phone so you can refer to it when you're adhering the pieces. 


I hand wrote the sentiment with a black marker then added the panel to a gray card base with some craft foam.

Are you feeling inspired?
Come share your creations with us on our Facebook Challenge Page. I look forward to seeing you there :)

Now, remember earlier I said there was prizes?
There's 9 prizes in all!

Be sure to leave a comment here and at all the stops so you have a chance to win one of them.

TIME TO HOP!

Susan - you're here
Deborah - next stop



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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Shamrock Blessings at The Card Concept

It's time for another challenge at The Card Concept and the theme is Shamrock Blessings which is perfect for March.



 I don't have any shamrocks in my stash and I don't tend to do make St. Patty's Day cards so I kind of struggled with this challenge. Don't tell the leprechaun that because I may have to revoke my 'I'm Irish' badge haha.



I was really drawn to the all the different wood in the card and knew I wanted to make that the background. After I played around with a few different ideas I settled on making a shamrock using a small heart punch. I used some Ken Oliver Color Bursts - Pthalo Green, Orange and Ultramarine Blue - and had some fun. If you've never tried the color burst powders then you need to get a few and play. It's like magic. I sprinkled a little bit of the three different colors onto some watercolor paper. Sprinkle lightly because a little goes a long way. Then give it a little spray of water and then the magic happens. Those powders turn into liquid and the colors are so magnificent. This picture doesn't do it justice. 


Let's put the card together:

1 - Using a small heart punch punch out a few hearts.
2 -  Sponge some Icing on the Cake ink around the edges of the woodgrain paper and around the edges of the hearts.  
3 - Stamp the sentiment (from a retired Stampin' Up set) onto the woodgrain panel and then stamp the Congratulations onto a different piece of woodgrain paper and adhere to the panel.
4 - Adhere the panel to a piece of white cardstock and then adhere that to a crumb cake card base. 
5 - Add the hearts with some craft foam for dimension 
6 - Cut a stem from the same paper that the Congratulations was stamped on and adhere that directly to the panel. 
7 - Add some sparkle to the hearts using a sparkle pen.

Now it's your turn.
How does the photo inspire you?
Click HERE to see how the rest of the design team was inspired.
I look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.


Happy Stampin' 
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Monday, March 4, 2019

Masculine Monday Plaid

For this weeks Masculine Monday card I made some plaid paper. Daniel West, a new member on Catherine Poolers' Design team, mentioned plaid the other day when we were all talking about masculine cards. I knew right then what I was going to do for this weeks card. 


I used Daydream, Eucalyptus and Twilight inks from Catherine Pooler Designs for the card above. For the demo I used Flirty Fuchsia, Orange Twist and Be Mine inks. I do have a plaid background stamp that I could've used but I really wanted to make my own. I went through my stamps and found a long stripe stamp that is part of the Eat, Sleep, Create Stamp Set from Catherine Pooler Designs that was perfect. I used my MISTI so I could make sure that the lines were evenly spaced. 


I stamped the first line using Flirty Fuchsia and then moved the paper up so that the bottom of the purple lined up with the line above where I just stamped. In the pic below you can see where I first stamped and then I moved it up to where the little arrow on the side is and keeping the left side lined up with the line.


Repeat the stamping and moving the paper up until you have filled the paper.



Turn the paper sideways and do the same steps as above.




To finish off the plaid I used a Copic 0.5 Multiliner and a T-ruler and added a black line in between each stripe.


I turned the paper and added more black lines between the stripes 



Here's a pic of the finished plaid. 


To make the card I tore off a piece, added it to a piece of white cardstock that had been die cut with a stitched rectangle die and then I added that to a gray card base with craft foam. I stamped a mug of beer from a retired Stampin' Up set in the bottom corner and added a bit of shading with a gray pencil crayon. I used a Cheers word die from My Favorite Things for the sentiment. I cut it out 3x from the same gray cardstock as the base and stacked them on top of each other and then added it to the card.



I really hope all the instructions made sense and that the pictures helped. I had a lot of fun making the plaid and think it would look great in all kinds of colors.
I'll be making more for sure. I hope you're inspired to make some plaid.

Thank you Daniel for giving me the idea :) 

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Feeling Tropical

March is here and the weather is still too cold for me. 
This morning was -6C which is better than some days have been but I'm ready for Spring!

For the first of the weekly Canvo spreads for March I continued with the tropical feel that I did on my 
monthly spread HERE


I started by drawing in the boxes in pencil. Next I laid some stamps onto the page to get a feel for what I was going to do. I used a couple of sets from Catherine Poolers SOA Tropically Yours Collection. I pulled out some inks and set about stamping. I stamped the flamingos and the grasses in Midnight ink and used Be Mine, Coral Cabana and Samba to color them in using a blender pen. The beak is colored in with Tiki Torch. 
I stamped the palm trees with Grass skirt and Eucalyptus. What I did was ink up the palm leaves first with Grass skirt, stamped it off once and then inked it up with the Eucalyptus. It gives a subtle two tone look to the leaves. The trunks were stamped in Over Coffee and shaded with a brown pencil crayon. 
I debated back and forth about adding more trees or adding sand with some water in the background or adding some coconuts... what to do, what to do?
 I didn't want to spend a lot of time on this page as I have a long list of things to do today so I added some simple ink blending.
I used Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks for the bottom. I chose those colors and that medium simply because they were on my desk.
The top of the page is blended with Tiki Torch and Limencello inks.

I normally keep my weekly spreads pretty simple and to one page. The other page is used as a Brain Dump area and for notes for upcoming events. I was finding that sometimes I was getting a little limited on writing space for the days of the week so I thought I would try a two page spread. We'll see how it goes and if I miss the Brain Dump section.
I'll let you know.
But one thing's for sure.
I feel warmer just looking at this spread :)

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Distressing with Scrap'n Stamp

Happy March 1st Everyone!
I'm over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog today with a fun card that uses
a LOT of Distress Oxide inks. 
Come check it out :)



Happy Stampin'
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