Wednesday, May 29, 2019

For The Record at The Card Concept

For the record The Card Concept challenge this week is
AMAZING!! 
I was really wishing I had a record player to play some of my old records.
Yes, I'm that old that I know what records are ;) - 33's, 45's and my dad even had a bunch of old 78's too. 

My card was inspired by the record player and of course the record.


I used the Circles Dies from Catherine Pooler to make the record. I used all but the 4 biggest dies of the set but I didn't die cut with them - I embossed with them.
This is how I store them.
                                  
To make the record I removed the 4 largest ones and left the rest taped together.

I made a 'sandwich' for my die-cutting machine in this order:
cutting plate
dies - facing up
card stock
embossing mat
cutting plate
And then I ran it through my die cutting machine.
I also cut out a white piece for the label.
I rubbed some Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops over the record and once it dried it looked pretty realistic.
I used the CAS-ual Fridays Heart Note Die to make the needle and used craft foam to add the record and the needle to the patterned paper.

The letters are cut from black card stock using Neat and Tangled's Journaling Alpha Dies and adhered with Tombow liquid adhesive.



I used the CAS-ual Fridays Heart Beats stamp set for the sentiment on the inside of the card and added one heart note die in white for a clean and simple look. 


Now it's your turn to get creative but first check out the rest of the design teams cards HERE and then I'll see you in the gallery. 

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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ending Soon!


Hi Everyone!
I hope you're all having an amazing weekend.
Check out all these sales - they're ending soon so don't delay. 
I'm checking them out as soon as I'm done posting this :) :) :) 

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Sale is not valid with any other sales, promotion or coupon. Valid on in stock items only. 
Sale ends May 27/19

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Thank Ewe!

I'm over on the Scrap'n Stamp blog with these two cards 
and a few more and some tips on making clean and simple cards.



Come check them out and say hi while you're there.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spring Break at StampNation

Hey Everyone!
It's Spring Break at StampNation right now and we're celebrating with all kinds of fun. Challenges and tutorials and lots of fun!

The challenge is to use bright colors, layers and a sentiment that makes you smile. I think this one fits the bill.


I started by doing some ink blending for the background. I used Lemongrass, Tiara, Sauna, Tutti Frutti, Mandarin Spice and Peppermint Scrub in that order from the bottom of the panel to the top overlapping each color and then blending back down to the bottom.
I stamped the sentiment repeatedly up the side using the same inks I blended with and in the same order.

I stamped the flamingos with midnight ink and colored them in with a blender pen using Sweet Sixteen, Be Mine and Party Dress inks with just the tiniest bit of Peppermint Scrub for some shading. I used a little Mandarin Spice for the beaks. 


I colored the flowers with Aquatini and little Peppermint Scrub in the center. The leaves are colored in with Garden Party and Lime Rickey.
The 'beach' is made with torn Sand Dunes card stock and sponged with Sand Castle ink. When I was putting the card together I decided to add a 'moon' that I die cut from white card stock. A few sequins from the Inspiration Sequin Mix and some baker's twine and this card is finished.

Not a StampNation member yet?
Come check it out HERE.
If you are a member then you know where the party is!

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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Some Great Sales to Check Out


CHECK IT OUT!


These discounts end tonight, May 20th 2019, at midnight. 
Don't miss out on these great deals!
Click HERE to start shopping.

AND

Maple Syrup Designs has a 


this deal includes LDRS Creative, Taylored Expressions, The Greeting Farm, Ink Road Stamps and Whimsy Stamps.
This sale ends May 22, 2019 and is while supplies last.
Simply add items to your cart and the discount will be applied to the applicable items.
Click HERE to start shopping.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

I'm Wild About The Wild About You Stamp Set

Catherine Pooler's Storybook Collection is AMAZING! 
The Father's Day Bundle has my heart. Not only is it good for masculine cards, it's great for Christmas cards, scenic cards, clean and simple cards, shaker cards...

I went with a clean and simple card today using the Wild About You Stamp Set and the Wild About You Dies along with the Buffalo Plaid Background Stamp. I also used two of the four new ink colors - Queen for a Day and Sage.



I started by stamping the Buffalo Plaid Background stamp onto a piece of Sand Dunes card stock with Queen for a Day ink. I loved how the purple of the ink changed to a more blue color when stamped on the Sand Dunes card stock.
I used a circle die to cut out a piece and added it to a white card panel. I stamped the deer in Sand Castle ink, the trees in Sage and Eucalyptus inks with Icing on the Cake for the trunks. I cut them all out with the coordinating dies.
The sentiment is stamped with versamark ink then heat set with white embossing powder. I adhered everything directly to the card except for one tree that I used craft foam for a bit of dimension.
I added the panel to a card base and called it done.



I love how this card turned out. The Father's Day Bundle is definitely going to get a LOT of love in my craft room!


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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fiesta Time with The Card Concept #115


Hi Everyone!
Welcome to another fun challenge at The Card Concept. This weeks inspiration photo below had me seeing maracas, a lot of maracas which had me thinking fiesta which had me thinking tacos. I'll be honest with you, I think about tacos a lot. They're the perfect food in my opinion.


Since I don't have any maraca stamps I went with a Mexican theme and a lot of colorful circles. I used the second smallest die from the Stitched Circles Dies from Simon Says Stamp and the Taco Party Stamp Set also from Simon Says Stamp.
To make the circle panel I cut a piece of white card stock to 4" x 5 1/4" and placed the die in the bottom left corner and ran it through my die cutting machine. Next I placed it in the bottom right corner, eye-balling it to make sure it was level and then I did the middle one. I repeated the die-cutting in that order working my way up the panel. 
I stamped the image onto white card stock using Catherine Pooler's Midnight ink. This is a great ink because it's permanent so it's safe to use with all kinds of coloring techniques. Today I used a blender pen and some Catherine Pooler inks to do some very simple coloring.
I did some ink smooshing with Aquatini, Orange Twist, Rouge, Lime Rickey, Something Borrowed and Lemongrass inks. I smoosh the ink pad onto a large stamping block, spritz it with water and then pounce a piece of water color card stock on it. Repeat with the next color being sure to dry really well before moving on as this will help to lessen the possibility of making mud with your inks.
I added the technique piece to the card base and then the die cut panel on top using LOTS of craft foam. I fussy cut the image and added him to the card with some more craft foam. 
A quick little sentiment finished the card.
It's a fairly quick and easy card to make and I hope you are inspired to make a card for the challenge.
Now I'm craving tacos!


Be sure to check out the challenge and what the rest of the design team came up with to inspire you HERE.

I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping link:

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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

You're Cordially Invited + Video

Are you a member of StampNation? If you are then you know all about the special perks for StampNation members. Two of those perks are 1) early ordering for new releases and 2) products that are available to members only.
My cards today use a couple of those 'members only' products as well as products from 
Catherine Pooler's newest release The Storybook Collection.


Both cards feature the same techniques and supplies although I did use one additional stamp set on the second card that is also for StampNation members only.
If you're not a member, and don't know what I'm talking about then let me fill you in. (If you are a member then go ahead and skip to the next part). Simply put, StampNation is a community of crafters from all over the world who gather together to share their love of papercrafting. People who get your excitement over a card you just made or a new technique you just tried. It's a great place to learn new skills with Master classes and tutorials. Everybody is super friendly, helpful and supportive.
You're Cordially Invited to come Check it out for yourself.


Both cards feature heat embossing, Ink Smooshing (LOVE this technique) and coloring with a blender pen. 


You can see my video here or watch it in HD on YouTube.



All the supplies are listed below except for the two stamp sets that are only available to purchase through StampNation. 

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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Storybook Fun Fold Card

I recently took part in my first ever video hop celebrating Catherine Pooler's latest
 release called The Storybook Collection. I was asked if I would also share the details on my blog.

This is the project I shared. Looks like your standard greeting card right?


But when you open it this is the inside.
I seriously giggle every time I open it.


You can see how I made the card by watching the video here. Today I'm just
sharing pictures of the different pieces and their measurements.

The grey piece is 4 1/4"x11" and is the card base that will house all the other papers.


The Sand Dunes piece is 4"x10 3/4" and is the piece that the rest of the project adheres to and will adhere to the grey panel.

The patterned paper is not the same as what you see on the card above. I used up most of that pack. These papers are from another Catherine Pooler pack called Peacock & Paisleys Patterned Paper and I'll link to it below.



These next 2 pieces are what will make the 'fun fold' work. 
The first piece in the picture will hold the 4 patterned pieces on the right in the pic above.
The second piece in the picture is the 'mechanical' piece.


This next picture shows the same pieces as above but folded on the score lines.


The next couple of pictures show the start of how the 3 1/2"x8" piece is folded.
I recommend watching the video to see how it's folded and put together. It's not easy to photograph but it's easy to do.



I hope this has been helpful.

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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Playing With Color

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post today to let you know that I'm over on the 
today sharing some tips for coloring with pencil crayon on 
colored card stock.
Stop by and say Hi :)


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs Storybook Collection Release Video Hop

I'm so excited to be taking part in my first video hop ever!
It's not perfect but it was definitely fun.
Catherine Pooler Designs has a new release called The Storybook Collection and its' A M A Z I N G!!!
There's something for everyone!

Click HERE to check out the hop and to see how I made this card. Also be sure to leave a comment because  there will be a prize of a $25 Gift Certificate to the SHOP.










Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!




Thursday, May 9, 2019

CP Designs Storybook Collection Release Blog Hop




Did you get to check out yesterdays Instagram Hop yet? There was a ton of amazing inspiration there.
Today we're continuing the celebrations with a Blog Hop and a giveaway. Leave a comment at each stop on the hop because someone is going to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the shop. Winners will be announced May 20th on Catherine's blog.




Here's a breakdown of all the bundles and what's available in each one. There are links for you to these in the shop at the bottom of the post.

A Page From The Book Bundle
Poignant Poppies Stamp Set 6x8
Poignant Poppies Dies
Words From the Wizard Background Stamp
Never Forget Fern Stamp Set
Be Strong Word Die
Take Courage Stamp Set 6x8
Take Courage Dies

Enchanted Forest Bundle
F as in...Background Stamp
Forest Foliage Stamp Set
Forest Foliage Dies
Fluttering Friends Stamp Set
Fluttering Friends Dies
Just Wonderful Floral Stamp Set 6x8
Just Wonderful Floral Dies

Father's Day Bundle
Buffalo Plaid Background Stamp
Wild About You Stamp Set
Wild About You Dies
Hey, Mister Stamp Set 6x8
Wood Slice Dies
Lumberjack Patterned Paper
Motor City Sequin Mix

Urban Oasis Ink Pads Bundle
Rouge
Sage
Lemongrass
Queen For a Day


 All the bundles are fantastic but for me the Father's Day Bundle is what grabbed me right away. 
I absolutely love everything in it.
All the products are available individually as well.

My first card is a shaker card. I started by stamping the Buffalo Plaid Background stamp onto Sand Dunes card stock using Queen For a Day ink. You can see in the picture above that it's a very purple ink but when I stamped it on the Sand Dunes card stock it's more of a purpley-blue and really seemed to match the color of the starred paper I used from the Lumberjack 
Patterned Paper Pack.


I cut the panel to 3 5/8 x 4 7/8" and then cut a circle out a little above the center of the panel using the 4th largest circle from the Circles Dies set.
I then cut the patterned paper and a piece of acetate to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4".  I positioned the stamped panel over top of the designer paper and lightly traced on a circle so I could see where I was going to stamp and emboss the sentiment. After that was done I die cut a bunch of trees, stamped 3 of them with Sage and Icing on the Cake inks. I added 2 of the white trees to the patterned paper as well as a moon that I die cut from white card stock. 
 Next I added the acetate to the back of the stamped panel, added one of the stamped trees and then added two layers of craft foam. I piled on a bunch of the Motor City Sequin Mix over top of the scene I was building and then adhered the panel to the patterned paper.
To finish the card I added the remaining trees to the front of the card and then the sentiment that I stamped with Juniper Mist and Sage inks. I made the Sage colored card stock by swiping the Sage ink pad onto some white card stock. I added that strip to a Mirrors card base and then added the rest of the card.



Now this next card is super quick and easy to make and would be a great one to mass produce. You could change out the patterned paper and the color of the deer for a completely different look. The paper is from the Lumberjack Patterned Paper and the Deer is from the Wild About You Dies. I added the deer to some craft foam cut with the same die for some dimension.The sentiment is from the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set and heat embossed with white embossing powder.




This next card features a stamp set that is available for StampNation members only and is called Advice From the Cat Background stamp. 
I started by sponging all the new colors onto a white panel - Queen For a Day at the top, next is Rouge, Lemongrass 
and then Sage. The leaves on the background were made with the To The Point Cover Plate. I cut a piece of card stock with the cover plate and then brushed on some gesso. When it was dry I had a stencil. I placed it on my inked panel and then removed ink with a wet wipe. Typically you would add ink when using a stencil but using a wet wipe and removing ink is a fun technique to try. I stamped the background stamp with Midnight ink, added it to a black piece of card stock to frame it and then added it to the card base.






Now it's TIME TO HOP!

Catherine - Start here
Susan - That's me

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the 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 when possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.Thank you for your support.