Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hello Handsome

Someone posted on my card from yesterday that being a city dweller they couldn't identify with the "howdy" sentiment that I used and was wondering if I considered 'hello handsome, hello good-looking, hey host stuff...something like that?'. I want to be clear that I am not offended in any way by the comment but was inspired and accepted it as a challenge and made today's card.

All but the 'handsome' are from Catherine Pooler Designs and I've linked to everything below. For those of you that are in Canada I've also linked to a Canadian store for you.
If you have never used Catherine Pooler inks before I just want to say they are amazing!!! Click HERE to watch a video that will tell you all about the inks and what you can do with them. I reach for them ALL THE TIME.

Now for today's card.


I grew up in the city but haven't lived there in 18 years but I do visit often. One of my favorite things to do when I'm in the city (besides go to craft stores) is to go to coffee shops. I love how they look and feel - cozy and inviting - so I decided to make today's card a coffee (or chai if you prefer - I do) themed card. 
One coffee shop I went to had a wall of words and it looked amazing. It was a little too busy for my card so I combined two background stamps and some ink blending for a softer look.
I used Sand Castle ink and the Plaid Background stamp first. I only inked up a portion of the stamp because I didn't want to cover the whole card. Next I used Over Coffee ink and the Love Note Background stamp which was part of the Adoring You SOA Collection from Catherine Pooler. I inked up a portion of that stamp and stamped it on top of the already stamped plaid. This was all stamped onto a white piece of cardstock that I die cut with the large stitched die from the Postage Stamp Dies. I sponged on some Over Coffee ink and then just on the edges I sponged some Icing on the Cake ink.


The 'hello' is cut from Midnight cardstock and adhered with some liquid glue. The mug is stamped with Daydream ink and the liquid in the cup is stamped with Over Coffee ink. I cut it out with the coordinating die and added some coffee beans that I stamped and die cut. I added this to the panel with craft foam for some dimension and then stamped a little bit of steam coming out of the mug.
I found the 'handsome' on a stamp set from Hero Arts. I did a little stamp surgery to just get the handsome part and stamped that with Midnight ink. I sponged the edges with some Icing on the Cake ink and then adhered that to the panel.

I layered the panel onto some Midnight cardstock cut just slightly bigger than the stamped panel. I added some craft foam and then adhered that to a white panel cut slightly larger than the black and then adhered the whole thing to a Sand Dunes card base.

I love how this card turned out.
Thank you for the challenge. 

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Howdy, Hey There

I woke up with an idea for today's Masculine Monday card using the 
Ways to Say Hey Dies from Catherine Pooler Designs.


Clean, Simple, Graphic, Neutral colors are all things that work great for masculine cards and I used all of them on this card. 
I die cut the howdy with black card stock and the hey there with gray. Instead of using the words themselves I used the piece that it was die cut from and pieced back in the little parts of the letters.  I hope that makes sense to you all - if not message me and I'll post some pics on what I mean.


I stamped a row of trees along the top to finish it off. When I went to take a picture of the card I smudged some ink in the top right corner. To fix it I used some Sauna ink and stamped a sun - just a portion of it but it definitely took care of the smudge. 

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lots Going on at Scrap'n Stamp

There's lots going on over at the Scrap'n Stamp blog and store right now.

I'm sharing these two cards on the blog with tips on how to add color and depth to your cards when you don't like to color. Come Check it out and say hi.






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If you're a fan of the Seth Apter Embossing Powders then this one's for you. Scrap'n Stamp is now carrying them - click HERE to see those.



THEY"RE BACK!!! 
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And finally,

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I didn't but I've subscribed to it now.
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Happy Stampin'
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Susan














Monday, April 22, 2019

Masculine Monday #85 You Know it's Homemade When...

You know it's homemade when it looks like this


I finished putting the card together and then went to stand it up and this is what I saw. I laughed out loud and showed my husband. He asked if I was going to remake it and I said Nope, it just means it's homemade and I'll make sure to send it to someone with a sense of humor.  

The cowboy boots are from Stampin' Up's Country Livin' stamp set which, sadly, is retiring. The retiring stamps are only available until June 3rd or while supplies last so if this is one you'd like in your stash let me know and I can place the order for you. (I can only place Stampin' Up orders for Canadians)
I stamped the boots first and thought about coloring them in or using designer paper to fill them in but after masking them and sponging on the blue inks I decided to leave them white and add color in other ways.


I die cut the howdy word die from Catherine Pooler with some early espresso card stock and craft foam. I cut the white panel down using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and added the howdy to the craft foam and then to the panel. I happened to have a piece of espresso cardstock that fit behind the panel perfectly so I heat embossed a HB2U! on there and that piece was finished.
Figuring out which color of card base to use was harder than I thought it would be. I kept going back and forth between the dark gray that I eventually chose and a light gray or white. But once I decided to use that torn strip of wood texture designer paper I instantly chose the dark gray. I used versamark ink and the it's your day stamp to stamp a panel down the left side of the card base. The rest was added with some craft foam for dimension.


It was a simple card to make and I guess you could call it an 'interactive card' since whoever I send it to will have to figure out which way to open it haha


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Card Concepts Spring Collection

Sometimes when you're working on a card you have a specific idea of how you want it to turn out. It doesn't always go as planned though. Sometimes you go in a completely different direction and you're so glad you did. That's what happened when I was making the card for this week's challenge at The Card Concept where the theme is Spring Collection. It's such a gorgeous inspiration photo and I had so many ideas in my head.


I was inspired by the colors, the plaid table runner and the circle shapes to make my clean and layered card. I started by stamping the flower from Altenew's Peony Bouquet then masking it to stamp the leaves, Next I masked the leaves and then sponged on some gray circles. I stamped the plaid background stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs with Midnight ink and cut a thin strip to add to the layer under the stamping.


Now it's your turn. Check out what the design team has created HERE and then I hope to see your creation in the gallery.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Clean and Simple Canvo Spread

So far I've tried quite a few different weekly spreads in my Canvo from Catherine Pooler Designs. Some I've loved how they looked but I didn't find them user friendly. Some were very user friendly but kind of boring BUT I think I've hit on the layout that works for me.
That's one of the best things about the Canvo - you can change it up on every page and try new things until you find something that works. I may change this up again as things in my life change or I just want something different but for now this is my go to layout.

What I love about this spread is it has enough of the 'pretty' and lots of the 'practical'.


I used the Months and Doodads Stamp Set with Midnight, Sauna and Green Tea inks. I hand wrote the days of the week, added the dates with a Tombow Mint Marker, a little washi tape and some shading with a light gray Tombow Marker (N95)


I saw Nanette Tracy (I think) use some washi tape as part of a banner once and I loved how it looked so I gave it a try on my page. I drew the banner, added the words, some washi tape and some shading and I LOVE how it turned out. Thanks or the idea Nanette!!



I'll keep with this layout for now and just change out the washi tape and the ink colors.
My hope is that keeping my layout simple but still pretty that it will keep me more focused on my tasks and deadlines and stop me from being a last minute Suzie with all my commitments. 
Cross your fingers haha

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Stamping on a Budget

I know, it's Monday and this is not my usual Masculine Monday post.
I'm over on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog with the card below and some
tips about stamping on a budget.
Come check it out.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Fun with Stencils and the Life Changing Blender Brushes

The team at Scrap'n Stamp is celebrating the Life Changing Blender Brushes with a blog hop that you can check out HERE. If you decide to hop along be sure to leave comments at each stop because there's lots of prizes to be won.

There was a color challenge at StampNation this past weekend that I had some fun with. I pulled out some stencils, some distress oxide inks and my Life Changing Blender Brushes and had some fun.


I had no plans when I started these cards except to just play.
For this first card I used Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks and Mustard Seed Distress ink, the Swoop Stencil and some Life Changing Blender Brushes (LCBB). Once I blended on those colors I shifted the stencil ever so slightly and sponged on some Hero Arts Unicorn White ink. I love how it softened the overall look of the card and left a darker edge on one side. The sentiment is heat embossed with white onto a die cut pineapple and then covered with some sparkle from a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.


My next card uses the Pattern of Circles stencil and a variety of distress oxide inks that I've linked below for you. I used the smallest LCBB and filled in each circle and diamond shape randomly with color. Before removing the stencil I used a fine tip black marker and outlined everything. I love how this one turned out - super fun! I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then added a few stars to finish it off


I had so much fun making these cards that I want to pull out all my neglected stencils and show them some love.


Now if you're like me and haven't played with your stencils in a while go grab one and some ink and have some fun!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Masculine Monday #84


I was up at 6am today - ugghhh - I don't start work until 11 but my hubby started his compressed work week today which meant we were up earlier than normal. Once he was gone I headed into my craft room to sip my tea and make this week's Masculine Monday card.


I've been playing with my stencils the last couple of days and was wondering about stenciling on black card stock so that's what I did. And I love it! I used the Split Chevron Stencil from Catherine Pooler and with my Life Changing Blender Brushes I started with some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and then shifted the stencil slightly and added some white ink.  The Peeled Paint color is very subtle but it's there. 
I stamped the keys onto some gray card stock but first I masked off the word home. I wanted this card to work for someone who either got a new home or a new car or just got their license.
I hooked the keys onto the die cut Celebrate Die that I cut from white card stock.



I matted it onto a piece of grey card stock and then added it to a white card base using some craft foam for dimension. I also wanted the keys to shine a little so I used a glimmer pen and gave them a bit of sparkle.

No it's time for me to get ready for work.
Have a great day!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Scrap'n Stamp Background Check Hop

The theme for this months blog hop at Scrap'n Stamp is Background Check.


The team has come up with some really inspiring ideas for taking some plain white card stock and creating backgrounds for your cards.
I had such fun creating different backgrounds that I decided to share two cards with you instead of just one. Instead of using the bigger background stamps, I decided to use other items to make my background panels.


I used the same colors of Distress Oxide inks (listed below) for both cards and came up with two different looks.  I used the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool as a stamp and created a fun background. For the little circles I used the eraser from a mechanical pencil. I love how they turned out. The tiny dots are made with the tip of a jewel picker. A simple sentiment stamped in black and then matting it onto some black card stock finishes the panel off. I used some craft foam to add it to the card base.


My second card was a little more involved. I started by masking off some straight edges and then sponging on the same Distress Oxide inks as above. It was looking a little too much like a flag for me at this point so I sponged some Walnut Stain ink over the whole card. I inked up a small block as a stamp with some more of the Walnut Stain ink and stamped it around the edges. I used one of the stamps from the Concord & 9th Background Blocks and some more of the same ink to add some texture. The little square images are stamped with the back end of a tiny alphabet stamp.
The sentiment and the lily finish this card off.


I'm the last stop on the hop today but if you missed any of the ladies posts I have all the links below for you.  We're giving away 8 Background prize packs and one $50 gift certificate to the Scrap'n Stamp Shop so be sure to leave comments at each of the stops.








Susan - that's me

This weekend only you can have 20% OFF the Life Changing Blender Brushes when you use the coupon code BRUSH20. If you haven't heard of or seen these brushes before they are incredible! They make blending ink a dream.

I hope you're inspire to get inky, but first leave me a comment. 

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Cottage Florals at The Card Concept

I love the rustic feel of this weeks inspiration photo at 
The Card Concept. It has a rustic, country and pretty feel to it. 

The woodgrain background and the beautiful flowers were what inspired my clean and layered card.




I used the Hardwood background stamp from Stampin' Up and some Twilight and Black Jack inks from Catherine Pooler to stamp the background. I sponged the edges with some Black Jack ink and then adhered that to a card base. I stamped the sentiment onto the panel using Midnight ink and then I used a black marker to fill in the word 'blooms'.


Next I stamped out a bunch of the flowers and leaves. I wasn't sure how many I would use so I stamped a lot. I have a few leftover for another card another day. I die cut them all out with their coordinating dies and then adhered them to the card base. I used some craft foam to adhere the darkest flower for just a little bit of dimension.

Be sure to check out how the rest of the team was inspired 
HERE and then I hope to see your creation in the gallery

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

StampNation Weekend Color Challenge

Erika, who is such a fun person issued everyone on StampNation a fun color challenge and made the cutest cards using the new Pineapples and Smiles Stamp Set and the Coordinating Dies. If you're on StampNation have you checked it out yet? And if you're not on StampNation, what are you waiting for?? :)

Here's my take on the challenge.


I grabbed the Tropically Yours Stamp Set and the Coordinating Dies along with the Wonky Triangle Stencil and had some fun. I started by blending some Sauna and Polished inks over the stencil onto some Premium White Cardstock.  I used the Tags, Etc. Dies to cut out a tag from Sand Dunes Cardstock and from the piece I just stenciled.
I stamped the flowers using DaydreamSkylight and Stone Blue inks and cut them out with the coordinating dies before I stamped the black part of the flower - (I know there's a name for it but I have no idea what it is) anyways, it's much easier to line up the stamping if you die cut it first - just sayin'.

I swiped the Daydream ink pad over a scrap piece of cardstock to make some coordinating paper. I stamped the sentiment in white ink and then set about putting the card together.
I started by stamping the ALOHA in Midnight ink onto the card base. The tags and one of the flowers are adhered directly to the card base. One of the flowers has one layer of craft foam and the other one has two layers so as to give more dimension to the card. The sentiment strip has one layer of craft foam.

Thank you Erika for issuing such a fun color challenge.
Now how about you.
You don't need these exact colors, use something similar and have some fun with them.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Masculine Monday #83

Spring Break is over for me (insert sad face) and it's time to get back to work. It's hard to go back when the weather is so beautiful now - warm and sunny - after what felt like a long winter but I made spent some time in my craft room this morning to make a card.

For this weeks Masculine Monday card I kept it very neutral and simple too.


The Lovely as a Tree stamp set is probably my all time favorite set that Stampin' Up has made. I'll never tire of it. I stamped the trees using Basic Gray ink across the bottom of a piece of Wood Textures DSP that I cut to 3 3/4" x 5".
I stamped the moon, the clouds and the stars from the Waterfront stamp set and the sentiment is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.
I used a sponge dauber to add some Mossy Meadow ink to the trees and a blender pen with some Gray Granite ink to add some shadows to below the trees.



Now, I'll be honest with you, this is not one of my favorite cards that I've ever made, It's a little too neutral for me but then I didn't make it for me. The person that I'm giving this to will love it and that's what matters. Sometimes when you're making a card for someone else that's a hard thing to remember.

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