Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Showers at The Card Concept


Sorry I'm late with my post today - I thought I had this one set to go but
apparently I set it for the wrong date - oops :(

We've got a really cute photo at The Card Concept  to inspire you today - check it out below



I didn't focus on any one particular thing for my card because I loved the whole
image - it's cute, colorful and fun - so that's what I went with.

I used a digi image from Bugaboo and colored it with my prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment is one of my 'go-to' ways - embossing with white onto black cardstock - it's simple and I love the look.


I hope you're feeling inspired to join in. 
Check out the rest of the DT's cards here and then I hope to see you 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: slrainbootbugs (Bugaboo)
pencil crayons: Prismacolor
stamp set: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
versamark in
white embossing powder
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Masculine Monday #16 - A Cold Frosty!

Did anyone else call a cold beer a frosty when they were younger?
The group that I hung out with always did.
This 'frosty one' brought back some great memories.

For this week's Masculine Monday card I again kept things pretty simple 
and neutral. You can never go wrong if you keep those two things in mind.


I used a free coloring image and shrunk it down to color with my 
Prismacolor pencil crayons. I was wondering how to give it a frothy
look when I noticed a card on my desk that had snow on it and 
thought that would work - it's not perfect but it works.

Someone mentioned to me that Stampin' Up! has a set with a beer mug
in it - how did I miss that?! It's definitely going on my next order.

I used a glitter pen on the mug to give it a 'chilled' look. 
I can never get a good pic showing how the glitter pen looks but
trust me it looks 'chilled' in person.



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black, soft suede
dsp: from a dollar store pack
image: free coloring page
sentiment: (Hero Arts)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
Chunky White Deep Impressions Embossing Enamel (Stampendous)
versamark ink
white embossing powder
glitter pen (Spectrum Noir)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

I'll Have A Blue Christmas...

The challenge at Christmas Card Challenges this week is a 
color one. Lots of blues. 



Blue is a cold color - makes me think of snowy days and cold nights,
which is the feel I was going for.

After I sponged on all the distress inks, I sprinkled on some water to
create some water spots - love how that looks.




Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I'll see you
in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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

supplies:
from Stampin' up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
watercolor paper (Canson 140lb cold press)
stamp set: Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
versamark ink
white embossing powder
distress ink: tumbled glass, salty ocean, chipped sapphire, stormy sky, black soot (Tim Holtz)
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


Saturday, April 22, 2017

More Than Coffee?


Today I'm playing along with the anything goes challenge at



This image is called 'Saying a Latte' and it's one of my fav's.
One of my MANY fav's!

I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencil crayons to color this image - still need
more practice but I'm having lots of fun coloring.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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supplies:
cardstock: watercolor paper, basic black, basic gray, marina mist, elegant eggplant
image and sentiment: Saying a Latte (Mo Manning)
watercolor pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
versamark ink
white embossing powder
white gelly roll pen
washi tape
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles


Friday, April 21, 2017

Mixin' it Up!

Lately the weather has not been very spring like - it's been a little more 
like fall here which is probably why I was drawn to these papers today.




I used the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch and the theme of 
mixing two patterned papers from Seize the Birthday to inspire me.

The sentiment is a dies set from Penny Black called Celebrations. I die
cut it with early espresso cardstock and added it to some foam sheet.

TIP for diecutting sentiments with craft foam:

1- die cut the sentiment with the cardstock
2 - die cut the sentiment with the craft foam sheet and don't remove it.

3 - apply glue to the cardstock sentiment and add to the foam

4 - place a clear block on top for 10 minutes or so to set the glue



Now go check out the challenges and have some fun with them.




Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, early espresso
dsp: card base piece is from the Serene Scenery stack, the strip is from a dollar store pack
big shot: Celebrations dies (Penny Black)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A 'Sketchy' Card



I used the current sketch (with a slight 'twist') at Sketch Saturday for 
my card today.



What I love about this sketch is that it's perfect for a CAS card and
perfect for any theme. 

I used the golds and silvers from my Kuretake Gansai Tambe watercolor 
set to paint the image. The sentiment is also from the same set - I love
the font!



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black, watercolor
dsp: paper pack (Dollar store)
stamp set: Clink (Your Next Stamp)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
watercolors: Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints
versamark ink
white embossing powder
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)


Monday, April 17, 2017

Masculine Monday #15 - HB2U

For this week's Masculine Monday card I went a little graphic.





Keeping things black & white and using lots of straight lines helps to
add to the overall graphic design.

I die cut the letters with both black and white cardstock and some
black foam sheet. The black cardstock adds a shadow and the foam
sheet adds dimension.
Scoring a few lines above and below the stamping helps to
frame the letters.

Hmmmm... I just noticed that I did the shadow differently on the 
H than all the other letters - oh well, maybe no one will notice lol.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: Gorgeous Grunge
ink: basic black
big shot: Bigz Alphabet Typeset letters (retired)
washi tape (retired)
simply scored scoring tool



Friday, April 14, 2017

Hello

The theme at The Male Room for the current challenge is 

ARCHITECTURE




I had nothing that fit the theme and no ideas so off I went to the internet 
for a coloring page. I printed off a free skyline image, cut it out on printer
paper, traced the outline onto some black cardstock and then cut it out. I 
used a white gel marker to add in the lights.
I used distress inks to sponge the sunset sky and the top half of the letters.

I used some silver ink to color some white cardstock for the cadbase.




Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic black
skyline: free coloring page
white gelly roll pen (Sakura)
distress inks: mustard seed, spiced marmalade (Tim Holtz)
starlite silver ink (Tsukineko)
big shot: hello die (Mama Elephant), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spread Your Wings

Check out the inspiration photo The Card Concept has for you this 
week. It's another beauty! 


I was inspired by the butterflies and all that white of the flowers
for this really clean and simple.




First I stamped the butterfly with 3 different colors of Catherine Pooler Inks.  
Those inks are a thing of beauty!
Second, I cut the sentiment up into pieces and stamped them amongst 
the butterflies.
Lastly, I ran it through the big shot using a stitched border frame die and
then added it to the card base with a layer of foam sheet for dimension.

Check out the DT's cards HERE and I'll see you in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp set: Butterfly Notes (CP Designs),Birthday Wish (Stampendous)
ink: Midnight, fiesta blue, tiki torch, party dress (all from CP Designs)
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Rainbow Smile

Every once in awhile you make a card that puts a smile on your
face and this one does that for me.
Rainbows are such a beautiful thing and to have this sitting on
my desk to look at - especially on a cloudy day - well it puts 
a smile on my face.



I'm playing along with the challenges at
Addicted to CAS - theme is SMILE
and
CAS-ual Fridays - theme is RAINBOWS

First I stamped the letters in versamark to spell out smile and then
heat set it with white embossing powder.
Next I used the colors of distress inks listed in the supplies below to
sponge on a rainbow sky.





Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!





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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
card stock: Whisper white thick
stamps: Whimsy Double (Recollections)
ink: versamark
embossing powder: white
Tim Holtz distress inks: fire bricked red, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron,
                       tumbled glass, shaded lilac, dusty concord
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet: Michaels

Monday, April 10, 2017

Masculine Monday #14 - Ahoy Matey!


Today's Masculine Monday card would be perfect for the sailor in your life.




I'm playing along with the color challenge at The Male Room. It's one of my fav color combos - black & white with one other color. I went with white and soft suede cardstocks and black and soft suede inks

I used my MISTI for stamping the sentiments. I learned this trick from 

Start with the cardstock in the bottom corner of the MISTI. Position the stamp in the uppermost spot of where you want the column of sentiments.
Notice I put an arrow where the upper left corner of the cardstock is?



From that arrow I moved my cardstock up one and a half lines. I then inked up my stamp and stamped again.



Repeat this process until you're done adding sentiments.
Notice in the pic below that I switched to red ink for the sentiment in the center - easy to do in the MISTI - you don't have to remove the stamp to change the ink color - just wipe it off and add your ink. So easy!



The amount of spacing between each time you stamp will be determined
by the size of your stamp. Man, I love my MISTI!




The stamp set I used for the wheel has no name on it but it's made by
ART C. The set comes with coordinating dies -it's fantastic!
Here's a pic - if you know the name of it could you please
leave me a comment or send me an email.




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, soft suede
stamp sets: Birthday Wish (Stampendous), and the one pic'd above
ink: midnight (CP Designs), soft suede
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
foam sheet: Michaels