Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Simply Elegant

This card was very last minute. I thought I had already made one for this challenge but apparently I hadn't.
Thankfully the photo this week at The Card Concept is full of inspiration so making this card took a matter of minutes.




There's so much in this picture to be inspired by but the first things that jumped out at me were the lips on the wall, the ampersand and the colors. 
I've always had a thing for ampersands - they look so cool but I think those lips
may have just beat out the ampersand. What do you think?



What in this photo inspires you?
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I hope to see your card 
 in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
stamp set: And Sentiments (CP Designs), Bright Baubles (Neat and Tangled), lips (craftsmart)
big shot: And Dies (CP Designs)

Monday, May 22, 2017

PLAY BALL!!!! Masculine Monday #20

I've been wanting to make this baseball for a long time so last night
I sat down with a die cut circle, a paper piercer and some embroidery thread and had some fun with this week's Masculine Monday card.



This was super easy - not sure why it took me so long to try it.

STEPS

1 - die cut a circle (whatever size you want)
2 - use the same die and a pencil to trace an arc for the stitching


3 - use a paper piercer to poke holes for the stitching





4 - start the thread from the back


5 - place the stitches upwards on a slight angle


6 - to finish, pull the thread through the stitches on the back
(as seen in pic 4)

Told you it was easy!
Because I spent so much of my youth on the ball field and always had such
fun, I wanted the rest of the card to be fun as well. I kept it simple but used
some big, bold b&w stripes for the background and a few stars for a bit more fun. Hope you like it and are inspired to give it a try.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
big shot: stitched shaped framelits, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
stamp sets: Essential Sentiments (MFT), CL582 (Hero Arts)
embroidery thread (my closet - had it forever)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's All About The Wreath

This week at Christmas Card Challenges it's all about the wreath.

I opted to use my dies and punches to come up with a festive
wreath for this challenge.




It was fun to pull out some supplies that haven't seen any use lately and show them some love. I have to say though it was a little strange making a Christmas card when our temperatures are in the high 20's and expected 30 and 33C for today and tomorrow. I was sipping an ice cold lemonade while making this one and normally I'm enjoying a hot cuppa chai.


Click HERE to see what the DT came up with to inspire you to join us in this weeks challenge.

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
big shot: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
punches: retired ones 
stamp set: Greetings of the Season - retired :(
basic pearls

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Dino!

There's a fun challenge at Seize the Birthday this week. 
The topping theme is creatures or animals.



I've had this dino image from Bugaboo Stamps for quite awhile
and colored it for the first time today.  Besides the fact that coloring 
is fun, after the week I've had it was very therapeutic! Anyone else
turn to coloring when life is stressful?




Check out the challenge HERE and have some fun with it!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black
digi image: BUGDINOBDAY (Bugaboo)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
stamp set: Ice Cream Dream (SSS)
ink: versamark
white embossing powder
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)


Monday, May 15, 2017

Masculine Monday #19

I was having such a fun Mother's Day weekend with my family that I
almost forgot to make a card for this week's Masculine Monday post.
But thanks to some graphic papers, and a couple of stamps this card
took minutes to make. It took longer for the crystal effects on the glasses
to dry than it did to make the whole card.




I found the super cute 'you're spec-tacular' stamp in a dollar bin at 
Michaels a long time ago and couldn't resist it. It's made by a company 
called Craftsmart. I need to use it more.
The grad hat and 'congrats grad' sentiment are from a set called 
Woo Hoo by Sunny Studio - it's also super cute!

Because I was pressed for time I kept this card super CAS by using a
couple of graphic papers and a b&w color scheme.
The designs on the papers and the shiny lenses add just enough fun and 
texture to the card without it being too busy.

This is a great way to use up that pile of dsp that we all seem to 
end up with - I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem lol.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
dsp: urban underground
stamp sets: You're Spec-tacular (craftsmart), WOO HOO (Sunny Studio)
ink: versafine onyx black (SSS)
black pencil crayon (Prismacolor)
cyrstal effects
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn0
foam sheet (Michaels)


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Life is Wonderful!

This week's challenge at The Card Concept was not an 
easy one for me.



I love the inspiration photo below and had a ton of ideas but nothing I tried
was working for me.
After a few failed attempts - more than I care to admit - I decided to strip
the card back to the key elements that inspired me in the first place.
The butterfly, the music notes and the colors.
When I did that and went with a CAS style I had a card in a matter 
of minutes.


Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I look forward
to seeing your card in the gallery.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, crumb cake
dsp: retired Christmas paper
stamp set: Butterfly Notes (CP Designs), sentiment collection (Penny Black)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), early espresso
distress oxide ink: broken china (Tim Holtz)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Masculine Monday #18 - They Say it's Your Birthday...


For this week's Masculine Monday card I was inspired by the challenge at
 Cards 4 Guyz. The challenge is to make a card inspired by a film, 
a book or a song. I chose a song.
Every time someone has a birthday the Birthday Song by the Beatles
pops in my head and I have to sing it.




I used the Bold Wishes stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays to stamp the 
sentiment on another piece of paper. I was thinking I'd use a race car, then candles, then a birthday cake...I settled on the birthday cake and went 
looking for the stamp I wanted. 
BUT I came across this Bottleful Of stamp set from Altenew and went AHA!

I used iced spruce distress oxide ink to stamp the bottle and then thought
I'd stamp it off again to see what it looked liked. I liked the way it didn't cover the stamp completely.

Well, I liked the stamped off image better but I stamped it on the back of some circles I'd stamped for this card. Lucky for me it didn't show through
so I stamped the sentiment over top of the bottle.
I had a piece of paper sitting on my desk that I had swiped some distress oxide inks on and sponged the edges with early espresso. I used that and a 
piece of black cardstock to ground the image.

This card didn't end up anything like the idea I originally started out with,
I think it turned out better.

I am also playing along with the anything goes challenge over at


Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black
stamp sets: Bottleful of (Altenew), Bold Wishes (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: early espresso, versafine onyx black (SSS)
distress oxide inks (Tim Holtz): iced spruce, peeled paint, walnut stain
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Happy Sunday Y'all!



This little guy is here to invite you to play along with us in this week's challenge



The inspiration photo below can be interpreted in many ways. I'm eager
to see what the rest of the DT has come up with and I'm looking forward
to viewing the gallery this week to see everyone's take on the challenge.

Me, I honed in on those red ornaments and when I looked through my digis
and saw this guy holding some ornaments I stopped looking and started
coloring. 





Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and then I look forward to 
seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black
digi image: BUGELF003 (Bugaboo)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
stamp set: CL722 (Hero Arts)
versamark ink
white embossing powder
washi tape
sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)


Saturday, May 6, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAS-ual Fridays!


I had so much fun making this card!

 CAS-ual Fridays is celebrating their 6th birthday this week. 
Congratulations Michele!




The challenge is to make a birthday card with 6 of any of the same item
I may have gone a little overboard with the 6's but I had fun doing it.
I used 6 different 'happy' stamps, 6 plants and 6 circles - oh and look
each plant has 6 leaves! 



I used a bunch of fun stamp sets from CAS-ual Fridays:
-Beanstalks
- Shenanigans
-Countdown
-Woot Woot
-Bold Wishes
-Young at Heart
-All About You

I also used three of my new distress oxide inks to stamp the circles in the background - I love those inks!. I stamped them off twice and then stamped onto the card. I love how it looks against the uncolored plant
stamp. I've seen a lot of b&w images lately with splashes of color and I 
was eager to give it a try. 
I'll be making more of this style for sure!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp sets: (all from CAS-ual Fridays) - Beanstalks, Shenanigans, Countdown, Woot Woot, Bold Wishes, Young at Heart, All About You
ink: versafine onyx black (SSS)
distress oxide inks (Tim Holtz): spiced marmalade, peeled paint, broken china
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Back To Basics


Time to get Back To Basics with the people from Shopping Our Stash.
They're challenging us to put away our dies and get out our scissors
to do some fussy cutting.


I used the Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew for this card. There's 
coordinating die set but I don't own it and since I find fussy cutting to be
 relaxing this set was perfect for the challenge.

Now it's your turn. Go and check out the challenge and then join me
in their gallery.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
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I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black, always artichoke
stamp sets: Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
ink: versafine onyx black (SSS), versamark, old olive
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
white embossing powder
big shot: brick wall embossing folder
foam sheet (Michaels)