Monday, August 14, 2017

Masculine Monday #32



I was cleaning my craft room again - (it always seems to be in need of organization - anyone else's like that?)  - and I came across some pages from cardmaking magazines that I saved for inspiration - one card jumped out at me. A card by Rae Barthel. I don't have a link to the card but click HERE to see her blog - she's really talented!

My aunt recently bought a Cricut machine - that thing is so cool!!! While I was visiting we spent some time figuring it out and I came home with a few goodies, one of which was the mustache I used on this card. 

The mustache paired with the woodgrain textured paper and the bold b&w stripes makes for a simple masculine card. 

I came home with a couple other items and have some ideas for more masculine cards.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
stamps: Back to Basics (SU)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), wood texture designs (SU), smoky slate (SU),
 pop of pink dsp (retired SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Magical Season - CCC #19

I made this card the other day when the temperature was 41C. It was too hot for me so making this card for the current Christmas Card Challenges was a pleasure! The theme is blue and white snowflakes!



I used the Snowy Sayings stamp set and the Funky Flakes dies, both from
CAS-ual Fridays. I heat embossed the snowflakes in white and then watercolored shades of blue over top. I used a sparkle pen to add some 
shine to the blue snowflakes. Some embossing paste for the falling snow and some pearls and it's done.



Click HERE to see what the rest of the DT created to inspire you.
Hope to see you in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
stamps: Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
Tim Holtz Distress ink: Broken China, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire
ink: versamark (SU)
paper: Whisper White thick (SU), Basic Black (SU), watercolor paper (Canson) 
accessories: Funky Flakes dies (CAS-ual Fridays), Falling Snow (SSS), 
embossing paste (Dreamweaver), white embossing powder (SU), basic pearls (SU), Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen

visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963


Friday, August 11, 2017

Friendship

The challenge theme at CAS-ual Fridays is Friendship and what better stamp set to use than the Girlfriend set from CAS-ual Fridays.




I used a technique called faux bleaching that Catherine Pooler shared and you can see HERE. It's super easy and so much fun!

Here's a close-up of the 'bleaching' that's done with water - I know right! Water! Easy and no chemical smell - a win, win! Just sponge on the ink and then spritz your stamp with a little water and hold for a couple of seconds so as to give the bleaching effect.


I also used the dotted circle stamp from another CAS-ual Fridays set called 
Big Thanks. I love how they look together.

When I was trying to decide which colors to use on this card I remembered that a couple of months ago on StampNation we talked about unexpected color combos. I decided to close my eyes, reach into my Catherine Pooler inks and which ever 3 colors I grabbed would be the ones I used.  

I love how the 'bleaching' created a shadow for the friend die cut.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
cardstock: Whisper White Thick (SU), Basic Black (SU)
CAS-ual Fridays stamp sets: Girlfriend, Big Thanks, Snowy Sayings 
CP Design inks: Rockin' Red, Tutti Frutti, Flirty Fuchsia, Midnight
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), baker's twine (dollar store)


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It's All About Fruit at StampNation

Hello Everyone!
We've got a fun challenge over on StampNation this week.
It's all about FRUIT!

Here's a peek at the DT's cards.



Members can view the challenge HERE.

Not a member yet? 
Click HERE to learn more about becoming a member.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

Monday, August 7, 2017

Masculine Monday #31

I've been away from my craft room for about 2 weeks. I did manage to sneak in a few minutes one morning but I was definitely having crafting withdrawals. I even went without internet for a few days - that was hard! But I'm home and playing and creating again - so much fun!


I used the Whole Shebang stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays for the sentiment of this card. There's so many cute sentiments to pair with the HB2U stamp that it was hard to choose. I embossed it with gold embossing powder and paired it with the candles from a Recollections stamp set and I have no idea what it's called - sorry, and some woodgrain DSP from Stampin' Up! I used the yellow and scarlet red Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color in the flames.

Pretty simple. 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
card stock: whisper white thick (SU)
dsp: Wood Textures (SU)
stamp sets: Whole Shebang (CAS-ual Fridays), ? (Recollections)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), versamark (SU)
accessories: watercolor markers (Zig), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), 
                   gold embossing powder (SU), craft foam (Michaels)


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

It's The Little Things at StampNation

This week at StampNation we are challenging you to use the tiny stamps that often get overlooked and make them the focal point of your card.

Here's a little peek at what the DT has come up with to inspire you.




Now it's your turn. Go and have a look at your stamp sets and take note of the little guys and give them a turn with your inks.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell196

Monday, July 31, 2017

Masculine Monday #30

I've been out of town longer than I expected and only brought minimal supplies with me to craft. When I realized I wouldn't be home in time to get a card made for Masculine Monday and there are no craft stores where I am I decided to try the dollar store.

JACKPOT!!!!



I found some pre-made stick on embellishment type of things - I'm not sure of what they're actually called but wow, there are a ton of them around. 
I found one that had a motorcycle, helmet, leather jacket and biker gloves and grabbed it. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I knew I had to have them.



While I was working on a card with the supplies that I did bring the idea for this one came to me. I see so many bikers on the highway right now and they always look so relaxed and like the 'living is easy' that when I saw the sentiment on a coffee/tea stamp set that I had brought with me, well the card kind of made itself.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white thick
stamp set: Get Together (Verve)
motorcycle and helmet: (Dollar Store)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), stitched shaped framelits
craft foam (Michaels)

visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell196

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Snow Buddies are the Best!

I love the look on these snowmen's faces! They're perfect for the challenge 
we have for you this week at Christmas Card Challenges. Check out the inspiration photo.





I decided to only print the heads of the snowmen and their buttons. Not sure why but I like how it looked. I used some Catherine Pooler inks to 'watercolor' the snowmen's clothes. Not your typical Christmas colors but I like them. I used some chunky embossing enamel for the trim and the pom pom of the hats - that stuff is fun to use - love how it melts onto the card.



Now it's your turn. Click HERE to see what the rest of the DT has come up with to inspire you and I'll see you in the gallery :)


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white thick, soft sky
stamp sets: Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays), Build a Snowman (Stampendous)
inks: Midnight (CP Designs), Lime Rickey (CP Designs), Aquatini (CP Designs)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangle (lawn fawn)
Chunky White Deep Impressions Embossing Enamel (Stampendous)
craft foam (Michaels)



visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Colorful Week at StampNation

This week we have a beautiful summer color combo challenge going on over at StampNation. The inspiration photo is gorgeous and so inspiring. You'll have to hop on over to StampNation and check it out.

Here's a sneak peek at what some of the DT has created...




...and here's a peek at how I was inspired. I went a little out of my comfort zone for this card and I had such fun making it that I'll be doing more of this style.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

More Concord & 9TH Fun with the Lily

I am in love with this lily! For today's card I used it to make some designer paper. I don't know what it is about this color combo but I LOVE it! 


I stamped the lily in black and then used Tip Top Taupe from SU for the center of the flower. I've had that ink pad in my shelf for what must be a year or so and it's barely been touched ?????? What is up with that! I absolutely love it and wish I'd started using it a long time ago! 
There's a little splatter stamp in the lily set and I thought it would make a good filler in between the flowers so I stamped that in my new fav ink color - yup - the taupe one!
I didn't have any matching card stock to stamp the sentiment on so I used some soft suede - it's not perfect but it works. And then I finished it off with a few little black sequins.

What's your favorite color combo?
What stamp set is seeing the most love in your craft room right now?


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: Whisper White Thick, Soft Suede
stamp sets: Lily (C&9TH), All About You (MFT)
ink: versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko) Tip Top Taupe, versamark
accessories: white embossing powder, metallic sequins, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
                   craft foam (Michaels)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Masculine Monday #29 - FORE!

I knew I wanted to make a golfing themed card for this weeks Masculine Monday card but I didn't have any golfing themed stamps. Or so I thought.



I went into my box of retired stamps from Stampin' Up! and pulled out an oldie but a goodie called On The Green. I stamped it in versamark ink 6 times to cover a piece of whisper white card stock and then heat set it with white embossing powder. I then blended some walnut stain distress oxide ink all over the top and wiped the whole piece down with a cloth to remove most of the ink from the white parts.

This is a great way to make your own designer paper.

I punched out two circles and ran them through the big shot with the retired perfect polka dots EF to make golf balls. They looked a little too white against the card so I sponged them with the same walnut stain ink I used on the main piece.

The sentiment is heat embossed in white on soft suede and popped up on some craft foam. This is by far one of my most favorite way to add a sentiment to a card that has a lot going on.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: whisper white thick, soft suede
stamp set: On the Green (retired), All About You (MFT), numbers (dollar store)
ink: versamark, soft suede, memento tuxedo black
walnut stain distress oxide ink (Ranger)
accessories: white embossing powder, perfect polka dots EF (retired),  1 3/8" circle punch,
                  stitched stackable rectangle dies (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Concord & 9TH - Playing with the Lily


When I was in the craft store the other day this Lily stamp set from
Concord & 9TH jumped out at me and right into my basket! I had a vision 
of this card in the store and was eager to play with the stamp but had to 
wait a couple of days until I got home.

 

I love the texture that this dsp has and thought would make a great background for the lily with just a little color. I love how it turned out. I added some splatters to go along with the challenge theme over at Seize the Birthday, a sentiment and some sequins. All in all it was a really quick card to make.


You can check out the challenge HERE.




Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: Whisper White Thick , Basic Black
dsp: Wood Textures dsp stack
stamp set: Lily (Concord & 9th), All About You (MFT)
ink: versafine onyx black (Tsukineko), Watemelon Wonder
pencil crayons: Prismacolor
accessories: 2 You's dies (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA), metallic sequins, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Concord & 9Th - You Are Here

Concord & 9th is sponsoring this weeks challenge at StampNation.
The theme is Girl Power and you have a chance to win a $25 gift card!


I wasn't thinking about the theme when I made this card, I was thinking about how much I love the You Are Here stamp set. I didn't own any of the C&9th products when this challenge started but I just so happened to be going out of town and found an awesome store called I'm Impressed on Granville Island and bought a couple of their stamp sets. I couldn't wait to get home to play with them! 

I stamped the big heart of flowers with versamark ink and then embossed it with gold. I've been seeing lots of pink and gold together and love the look so I thought I'd use that as my inspiration. I used my Zig watercolor brush markers to color the flower in and then fussy cut it out. 
The sentiment is heat embossed with gold onto vellum paper and then fussy cut as well. I used some craft foam to pop them both up onto some retired dsp but you could easily recreate those stripes either with a stamp set or some tape and some black ink. The white stripe was the perfect spot for the rest of the sentiment. A few metallic sequins and it's done.

For those of you that don't have any of the C&9th products, be assured when I tell you they are amazing. The stamps are top quality and awesome to work with!

For my fellow stampers in British Columbia, if you don't already know about the store I'm Impressed, you need to check it out. Granville Isalnd is a beautiful and fun place to visit and for the all you other Canadian stampers - you can check them out online or even better, come for a visit to BC.  Here's the link http://www.imimpressed.ca/ 


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: watercolor, Whisper White thick, vellum
dsp: (retired)
stamp set: You Are Here (C&9th)
watercolors: Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
ink: versamark, versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
accessories: gold embossing powder, metallic sequins, craft foam (Micahels)
                  stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Girl Power on StampNation


The challenge theme this week was inspired by the Rwanda Friendship bracelets that are available in Catherine Pooler's online store. The story behind that...being grateful and thankful, being a part of something amazing...crafters and women supporting women (sorry guys!).


Not a member of StampNation yet?
Click here to join - it's such a fun place to be.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

Monday, July 17, 2017

Masculine Monday #28

I have to be honest with you - I am not a fan of this card but my husband loves it and that's who I made it for so YAY!



My hubby is getting ready to set out an adventure - he's loading up his packs and putting them on his pedal bike and hitting the road! Doesn't sound like an adventure to me - it sounds like hard work with little to no fun involved - but to each their own.

So this weeks card is for him.

I went on line to find a digi image of a biker with packs and such but couldn't find anything so I searched some free coloring pages and found this guy. While it's not exactly what I was looking for, the expression on his face matches the excitement my hubby is feeling. 

I was stuck for what to put as a sentiment so I kept it really simple but looking at it now I think it's too simple. I'm thinking now that I should've made the image smaller and had some speech bubbles above him saying a few different things. Oh well, too late now - he's seen it and he appreciates it, maybe I'll use that idea on a different card.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: Whisper White thick
image: free online coloring page
sentiment: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
ink: memento tuxedo black
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)