Saturday, November 30, 2019

THERE'S STILL TIME

I'm a little late getting this news out there but don't worry
THERE'S STILL TIME
to get in on some of these amazing Black Friday sales.
This is a great time to shop for yourself and of course for all the 
crafty people on your list. 
Here are just a few of the many savings that are out there this weekend.

First up is Catherine Pooler Designs with savings of up to 75%!!!



Next up is Maple Syrup Designs with savings of up to 65%


Here's another one for you to check out.




And one more (then I have to go clean my carpet) - Art Impressions.



Happy shopping!!

And if you shop through my links, THANK YOU! as I am an affiliate and earn a small commission that helps in the running of my blog and Youtube channel that I am slowly growing. 

Susan


Thursday, November 21, 2019

FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS




I have a quick an easy card for you today - one that would be great for mass producing - just set up your die cutting machine and turn on some Netflix and you're good to go.
I die cut a house from CP's Winterhaven dies, then cut a deer and a tree from CP's Snow Glob dies from white card stock. I cut two hills using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border dies from white card stock. 
I grabbed a piece of blue card stock from my old Stampin' Up stash - I think it's called Marina Mist - ran it through my die cutting machine using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some white embossing paste to create some falling snow against the blue background.
I layered on the die cuts using craft foam for the top hill to create some depth. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled's Bright Baubles stamp set - I stamped it using CP's midnight ink. 
I layered the panel with craft foam onto a white card base and called it done.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Susan


Shopping list:

Below are links 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, November 20, 2019

Ornate Ornaments at The Card Concept

It's time for a new challenge at THE CARD CONCEPT and this one 
is sure to help you get a head start on your Christmas cards.


A few years back I was gifted a beautiful ornament stamp from a friend in Australia. It is still my favorite ornament stamp. It's called Linear Baubles by Stamp-It Australia but I have no idea where you can buy it - sorry. I did know I was going to use it on this card as soon as I saw the inspiration photo.

I stamped it 3x on a piece of watercolor card stock with versamark ink and then heat set it with silver embossing powder. I smooshed some All That Jazz ink onto a large stamp block, gave it a few sprays of water and then pounced the stamped/embossed panel into it. I dried it with my heat tool and then used a water brush to remove ink in the ornaments. 
I dried it again with my heat tool and then smooshed on some It's a Boy ink to add a lighter shade of blue.


I ran it through my die cutting machine using a stitched rectangle die. The sentiment was kept really simple. Because I was using watercolor paper I stamped Christmas right onto the panel using my MISTI so I could stamp it a few times to get a solid stamped image. I stamped the MERRY with versamark and heat set it with white embossing powder. 
To finish I adhered the panel to the card base with craft foam.



Check out what the team made HERE to inspire you and I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links 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, November 18, 2019

CANVO, CANVO, GET YOUR CANVO!

This is a quick post today.
I wanted to let you know that for a LIMITED TIME ONLY there will be 3 NEW CANVO COVERS from Catherine Pooler available in THE SHOP but they are only available while supplies last. 


I thought I knew exactly which one I wanted to order then I saw the insides of them in this VIDEO and now I want them all! 

If you're asking yourself "what's a Canvo?" be sure to check THIS POST which explains it all and here are a few pics of some of the pages I've done in the past.






The new CANVO's are hitting the SHOP today, November 18, 2019 at 9am EST.
Remember, this is 'while supplies last' only.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting! 


Susan




Thursday, November 14, 2019

RETRO WINTER BIRTHDAY

The Retro Winter Release from Catherine Pooler Designs is great for all those winter birthdays.  I used all 4 of the new inks and a few of the other goodies to make this BRRRR-DAY card.


I've said before that I LOVE the paper from this release. It's called Feeling Chilly Patterned Paper - unfortunately at the time of this post they are sold out but don't worry, they'll be getting more soon - I need to remind myself to order more. The pattern on the bottom of the panel and the mug are both from the pack. I would LOVE a mug exactly like the one on this card - I tend to collect mugs and would have a LOT more if I had more space for them. 
And of course the 4 new ink colors: Sangria, Pink Champagne, Orange Peel and Hot Tub match the paper perfectly so I used them to stamp the snowflakes on the top but before I did that I stamped the cute sentiment in Sangria ink.  I inked up a thin strip of card stock with Hot Tub ink and added that just below the sentiment. I cut the panel down using the large stitched rectangle from the Postage Stamp Dies and added the mug and whip cream with some craft foam.
I inked up the edges of a piece of white card stock cut slightly bigger than the panel with Sangria ink and layered the panel onto that and used craft foam to add it to the card base. 


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan




Shopping list:

Below are links 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!


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

IT'S PENGUIN-ING TO LOOK...

...A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
I love these cute little penguins - I mean seriously, they're penguins, caroling, how cute is that!


I wanted this card to be all about the penguins so I stamped them front and center and then masked off the penguin on the left so I could stamp the lamp in the background. I kept the coloring very simple and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the hats, scarves and the penguins. I used my Prismacolor Pencils for the lamp, the book and the shadows in the snow.
I stamped the sentiment in black ink and added a few music notes for fun.
I ran it through my die cutting machine using a stitched rectangle die.
I wanted it to be snowing so I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some white embossing paste. I layered the stencil on the panel and then covered the whole card with some embossing paste. I love when you pull off the stencil and see all the 'snowflakes'. To finish off the card I used a plastic palette knife and applied some of the embossing paste directly to the bottom of the card for some snow on the ground.
Once it was dry I added it to a grey card base with craft foam.

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?
Only 6 weeks to go until Christmas is here!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan




Shopping list:

Below are links 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, November 9, 2019

WORK & PLAY with ART IMPRESSIONS

I am such a fan of ART IMPRESSIONS STAMPS and was beyond thrilled to receive these two new sets in the mail yesterday. Thank you!!! As soon as I got home from work I went straight to my craft room and played. I knew exactly what I was going to do for my first card - well, not exactly but I had a good idea. 


I had to make this card because my husband and I have had two things on our minds lately. Retirement and a vacation. Well, last night he booked us a vacation to somewhere hot and sunny- so one out of two isn't bad. 

I used my MISTI to stamp the image - not because I wasn't sure of how it would stamp but because I was coloring with my Prismacolor pencils and I like to re-stamp the image after I'm done. You can lose the crispness of the black lines when coloring and be re-stamping the image it brings them back to life again.



I used the pencils you see in the photo above (not sure why one is going the opposite direction) to color the image that I had stamped onto Kraft cardstock. I used Kraft because I'm not very good at coloring skin - yet - and by doing this it kind of does the work for you.


When I use my pencil crayons I like to put down a layer of the lighter color, then add the darker color for shading and then I use a blending stump with a little (very little) bit of gamsol (blending solution) to move the color around. I am by no means an expert and have a LOT to learn but this works for me and it's very easy. (I listed all the colors below)
After coloring in the images I fussy cut them out leaving a little 'sand' under the chair. Next it was time to pull out that pile of patterned paper that I need to use up. I knew I had some 'water' themed ones in there that would be perfect. I cut a rectangle from one and a circle from another. I also used the same circle die to cut the bottom of the beach scene so it would fit perfectly onto the other circle piece. 
I stamped the 'happy retirement' onto the same card stock as the base and layered it onto the water.  I used craft foam to add the circle to the water and the water is added directly to the card base.

Art Impressions has a ton of products on SALE right now. It's a good time to grab those ones you've had your eye on. 
Sale expires 11/11/19 at 11:59 PM PST



Pencil crayons used:
PC912 Apple Green
PC989 Chartreuse
PC109 Prussian Green
PC1005 Limepeel
PC933 Violet Blue
PC1101 Denim Blue
PC941 Light Umber
PC1080 Beige Sienna
PC1060 20% Cool Grey
PC1072 50% French Grey
PC938 White
Blending stumps

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan


Shopping list:

Below are links 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, November 6, 2019

Thanksgiving Table at The Card Concept

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to another challenge at The Card Concept - the theme this time is the Thanksgiving Table. Those of us in Canada have already celebrated Thanksgiving but it's coming soon in other areas. Have you celebrated?


I was inspired by the flowers in the inspiration picture below. I used the Floral Bliss Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp because it looks like a centerpiece that would look beautiful on a Thanksgiving table. I stamped it with black ink on watercolor paper and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I grabbed a variety of my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and set about coloring the image. 
I stamped a simple sentiment in black ink, matted the image on black card stock then with some craft foam I added it to a blue card base.


How does the photo inspire you? Check out the rest of the design
teams cards HERE and I hope to see your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Below are links 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!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Let It Snow

I have a love/hate relationship with snow. 
I love that first snow fall - everything covered in white and untouched - looks so pretty. I love bundling up and walking through the woods, making snow angels, but I would really love it if I didn't have to shovel it lol


My card today uses products from Catherine Pooler Designs recent release called Retro Winter. 


I ran the Let it Snow from the Winter Word Die Set through my die cutting machine 6 times (I think) maybe 7. I covered a panel of white card stock with them and then blended on some blue inks - It's a Boy, Fiesta Blue, Aquatini and Something Borrowed. I covered up one of them with a white die cut Let it Snow to be the focal sentiment.
I cut the three snowflakes from the Snowflake Trio Dies with white card stock. I adhered one directly to the card base and the other two to the panel.
I adhered the panel directly to the card base using craft foam.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting


Susan


Shopping list:

Below are links 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, November 1, 2019

Poignant Poppies Blog Hop with SNS


The theme for this months Hop at Scrap'n Stamp Canada is Poppies. 
Poppies are a symbol of the end of the war and are worn to honor the fallen soldiers.

I chose to make a simple yet classy sympathy card with the Painted Poppies Stamp Set from My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from another gorgeous set from My Favorite Things called Beautiful Blessings 2 - check out the font, it's so pretty!


I used a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock from Tim Holtz. It comes in a pack of 20 panels cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I stamped the poppies with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink, poured on some WOW Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun. This gives it a bit of a raised edge which helps keep the ink where you want it. I used some Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint with. When I showed my husband this card he was so impressed that I didn't want to share with him how easy it was but I did. 
All I do is add the color directly from the marker to the part of the petal that I want to be the darkest and then I use the water brush to pull the color out to the rest of the petal. It's that easy! I let it dry and then if there are areas I want darker I do it again. For the shadow I used a light gray, added some color around the edges and used the water brush to spread it around.


I stamped the sentiment with versamark ink onto a dark gray card stock panel and heat set it with some WOW White Embossing Powder. I layered the poppies onto the panel with craft foam and then added the panel to a card base the same color as the panel.

So, as mentioned earlier this is a Hop and you know what that means. Leave a comment below for your chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap'n Stamp Store. Leave a comment at every stop along the hop to increase your chances to win. 
PLUS there is 20% off poppy (the flower not the company) stamps and dies this weekend. (Nov.1-3)

Time to hop!



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Susan

Shopping list:
Below are links 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!

THE PERFECT BLEND



As promised yesterday I'm back with a non-winter themed card using products from
 the Retro Winter Release from Catherine Pooler Designs.



From the release I used the following:
and previously release products I used:


It looks like there's a lot going on but it's really quite easy to make - just a few steps. The first step is choosing the patterned paper you want to use. Once you do that run it though your die-cutting machine with the largest die from the Postage Stamp Dies. I chose to die cut out the circle from the patterned paper as well and save that piece for another card. I adhered the postage panel piece to craft foam. I used the same circle die to cut a piece from white card stock and once I blended on some Pink Champagne, Orange Peel and Hot Tub inks and stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink I set it back in place on the patterned piece for a little bit of inlaid die-cutting technique.
Next I stamped the mugs and tea bag and cut them out with the coordinating dies. Using a blender pen I colored them in and then stamped on a little image  for a bit of fun. I adhered one directly to the panel and the other one with craft foam.  
The 'you & me' is part of a sentiment that I stamped and cut up so I could add them in the order I wanted them. They're in a different order on the stamp.
Next I added it to a pale gray card base. 


I showed my husband the card this morning and he liked it. He says the retro feel reminded him of Carsland at Disneyland. 
I had him and I in mind when I made it. He drinks coffee and I drink chai out of a big mug. We like to sit in our kitchen (the walls are grey so I chose a grey card base) in the morning and watch the sun come up (the ink blended circle), the postage stamp edge is supposed to be curtains on the window - we don't have those but I like them.

I love how versatile this release is. It's not a Christmas themed release BUT you can make Christmas cards. You can make winter themed cards or non-winter themed cards. It's great for all those winter birthdays being celebrated. You can make thank you cards. It works well with previously released products too. 
This release has you covered!


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Susan


Shopping list:

Below are links 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!