Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Color Purple

Purple's not one of my go to colors for cards, for clothes or anything for that matter but this challenge definitely called for it!
Check out the great inspiration photo below that we have for you at


Don't you just love all those purple bottles and jars! Of course I had 
to have one on my card. I used the violet and deep violet Clean Color 
Real Brush markers to watercolor the bottle from 'Bottleful Of' from 
Altenew. I colored a simple flower from 'Peony Bouquet', also 
from Altenew with Prismacolor pencil crayons. 

The sentiment took a little longer to figure out.
  I went through a few different options and then had a 'duh' moment -
 'put it on the bottle like it's a label' - yup - now it's done.
I used 'Still Smiling' from Catherine Pooler Designs for the sentiment.





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I hope to see you in the gallery.

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: textured black, textured vanilla (both retired), watercolor paper
stamps sets: Bottleful Of (Altenew), Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Zig)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Masculine Monday #12


I tried a background technique that I learned from one of the ladies
 at StampNation - thank you Malene or your great tutorial!



Here are the steps:
  • cover a piece of cardstock with some tinfoil
  • place the tinfoil piece inside an embossing folder and run it through your big shot (it looks great at this point and could easily be used now)
  • drag your versamark ink pad across the top - I tried to not cover the whole piece with ink.
  • cover with embossing powder and heat set
  • repeat the last two steps with different colored embossing powders until you get the look you're going for
I used 3 different colors of embossing powder - 
copper, black and early espresso.

I don't remember where I got the stamp from - I've removed it from the block and have an awful memory - if you know, could you please leave me a comment.


I performed some stamp surgery on one of the sentiments from 
Noteworthy 2 by STAMPlorations. I remember when cutting apart a stamp to use in separate pieces would put me into a sweat - now I don't give it a second thought. I highly recommend it!

Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: soft suede, basic black, whisper white
stamp set: dirt bike rider (?), sentiment - Noteworthy 2 (STAMPlorations)
ink: midnight (CP Designs), soft suede, soft sky, versamark
embossing folder: Hexagons Dynamic, stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
embossing powders: vopper, black, early espresso
tinfoil (from my kitchen)
pencil crayons (prismacolor)
foam sheet (Michaels)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

The word prompt at Christmas Card Challenges is 'Mittens'. 
I knew right away when I saw this challenge which stamp set I would
be using.



The stamp set is called Holiday Mittens - perfect for this challenge right - by
Catherine Pooler Designs - it's adorable!!
I colored it in with some prismacolor pencils, added a little bling and a sentiment - pretty clean and pretty simple - my kind of card :)



Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards here.
Then I'll see you in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: basic blackwhisper white thick
stamp set: Holiday Mittens (Catherine Pooler Designs)
ink: memento tuxedo black
prismacolor pencil crayons
big shot: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
embellishment: rhinestone basic jewels
foam sheet (Michaels)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Masculine Card #11 - Enjoying the Journey

I had a card ready to go for today but yesterday I decided I wanted to 
go a different direction. I was looking at The Journey stamp, die and
embossing folder set by Tim Holtz that I bought months ago at Michaels.
I loved it enough to buy it but then it just sat there - until yesterday.
I'm so glad I used it!
I love it!



My husband and I are about to take off on an adventure and we plan to
 'enjoy the journey' and 'live everyday' even if it's just a short adventure.
I thought it was the perfect set to play with for this week's 
Masculine Monday card that I plan to sneak into his bag before we leave.

I used my MISTI to stamp the image onto some Canson cold press 
140lb watercolor paper with some CP Designs ink.
I used a new waterbrush - also from Tim Holtz - to color the image in with
my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. (Those are definitely coming with us 
on our little adventure!)


The embossing folder did intimidate me a little at first but when I 
used a torn stip of black cardstock I knew I'd found a new fave item and 
will be using it a lot in the future! I love the little strip of globes.



I sponged the edges of all but the gray and black piece with soft suede ink
and added the three stamped pieces with some pieces of foam sheets.

Now this is the part I've been known to struggle with - determining what
style of card it is.
Any thoughts?

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: basic gray, basic black
dsp: Hello Love paper pack (Crate Paper)
stamp, die and embossing folder set: The Journey (Tim Holtz)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), soft suede
Zig clean real brush markers: mid green No.046, Deep Green No.044, Light Blue No.036, Persian Blue No.032
        Gray No.090, Gray Brown No.094

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thanks, Congrats and an Awesome Challenge!

First I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to the DT at Seize the Birthday for
choosing this card as the one to 'take the cake' in last week's challenge.
I'd also like to say CONGRATS to the ladies who received 'birthday honors'.

Now onto this week's challenge at Seize the Birthday
"Black and White and One More Color"
This is one of my favorite combos.




The background was made using the Mod Squared Stencil from 
Catherine Pooler Designs and some embossing paste from Dreamweaver.
The flower stamp and ink are also from Catherine Pooler Designs.
The stamp set is called Giggles and was stamped using first and second generation stamping.
The ink color is called Flirty Fuchsia.
The tags are from CAS-ual Fridays Tag Buddies Fri-Dies. I used the 'direct 
to paper' technique to color the purple one. 
The sentiment is from a fun set designed by CAS-ual Fridays for 
Catherine Pooler's Young At Heart collection.


This is such a classic and fun color combo.

Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white, basic black
stamp sets: Young at Heart Collection (CAS-ual Fridays for SOA), Giggles (CP Designs)
ink: Flirty Fuchsia (CP Designs), Midnight (CP Designs)
big shot: Tag Buddies Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays)
stencil: Mod Squared Stencil )CP Designs)
embossing paste (Dreamweaver)
versamark ink
white embossing powder
basic black baker's twine
foam sheet (Michaels)


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Off The Edge

There's a great challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays right now and 
the theme is OFF THE EDGE.  




I pulled out all my CAS-ual Fridays stamps and dies and had a blast 
playing with them. I decided to use a couple of oldies but goodies.
The Beanstalks stamp and die set and the Lotsalinks dies.

I love the retro looking die from the Lotsalinks die set and used it to create 
a textured background with each piece looking like it's going off the edge. 
I decided to break it up with the stamped vine that also flows off the 
edge of the paper.

 I colored the flowers with Prismacolor pencil crayons and added them to 
the card with some craft foam. I stamped the sentiment with black ink 
onto vellum cardstock and then heat set with some clear embossing 
powder.

I placed it onto some basic gray cardstock with some craft foam to add 
some more dimension.

Hop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog and check out the challenge. 
You've still got a little time if you want to play along.




Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick, basic gray, vellum
stamp set: Beanstalks (CAS-ual Fridays)
Big Shot: Lotsalinks dies (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs)
pencil crayons (Prismacolor)
clear embossing powder
foam sheet (Michaels)





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Two For The Price of One

 I combined two fantastic challenges for this card.



Not so sure if this qualifies as a CAS card but I'm going with it.
When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use my new embossing folder called Crackle from Darice and some dsp that was gifted to me in my recent order from Verve Stamps.

I used some old early espresso core'dinations paper from Stampin' Up with the embossing folder and then gave it a good sanding. I love the way it looks.

I sponged the edges of the dsp from Verve Stamps with some soft suede ink to give it a more vintage-y feel. The vine die from Catherine Pooler Designs was perfect for the foliage theme at CASology

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things called Essential Sentiments - you may have noticed that I've been using it a lot lately - it is a fav :) I stamped it with
versamark onto some vellum, then heat set it with some black embossing powder and wrapped it around the card. The vines also help to hold down the sentiment.




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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: Basic black, Vellum, textured vanilla, early espresso core'dinations
dsp: (Verve Stamps)
stamp set: Essential Sentiments (MFT)
embossing powder: black

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sending Strength

We have a gorgeous inspiration photo to inspire you this week
at The Card Concept. I love all the texture in the photo - the
rustic, country look is so charming.


I used one of the stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set from
Stampin' Up! for the background.  The flowers are from Altenew's Peony Bouquet and the sentiment is from MFT Stamps Essential Sentiments.


How does this picture inspire you? 
Check out the DT's cards here and then 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
cardstock: textured basic gray and textured vanilla (both retired),
               whisper white thickBasic Black
stamp sets: Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Catherine Pooler ink: midnight black


Monday, March 13, 2017

Masculine Monday #10 - The Scrap Yard


My husband was watching a show the other day where some people were
scrummaging through a scrap yard for auto parts for a challenge of some sort - 
honestly, I wasn't paying close enough attention to the show to know why.
I was thinking about the 'scrap yard' that I have in my craft room and decided 
I would build a card using only pieces from that bin. 
Except for the card base 
and sentiment, the pieces for this card came from my 'scrap yard'.


I was lucky enough to have pieces leftover from other cards and pieces that
didn't make it onto cards because at the time I wasn't 'feeling it' - you know
what that's like right?
But the day I made this card that stamped image jumped out at me - it 
was something I had stamped a long time ago using a stamp I picked up at 
a yard sale - I have no idea who made the stamp - it had been taken off 
the wooden block when I bought it and the lady couldn't remember.

A little further into the pile I saw that background piece - I remember not
using it before because I thought it was too busy but it didn't seem too
busy anymore - funny how that is - so I grabbed that, the strip of torn 
dsp and the black circle - they were literally all sitting there in my
'scrap yard' waiting to be put together. It was meant to be. 

The sentiment is from one of my new fav stamp sets called
Essential Sentiments from My Favorite Things.
I stamped it in versamark onto a leftover piece of black cardstock and then 
heat embossed with some white embossing powder - it's a simple yet 
very effective way to add a sentiment - you may have noticed that
I add sentiments like that quite often.

I'd like to challenge all of you to check your 'scrap yard' and see if you 
can put together a card - maybe even a masculine card? If you make
one I'd really like to see it too. If you post it somewhere please send me
a link so I can check it out.

Happy Stampin'
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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted:
dsp: the strip is a retired piece and the background piece is from a paper pack also retired
stamp set: motorcycle (unknown), Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
ink: versamark
embossing powder: white
foam sheet (Michaels)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

An Embossed Christmas

We've got a photo to inspire you this week at



I was having a hard time with this one - not sure why - may just be that I've been fighting some nasty bug that's going around the high school where I work.
So I went with what always works for me - a CAS card. This one can't get much cleaner or simpler.


How does this picture inspire you?
Check out what the rest of the DT has created here.

I look forward to seeing your creation 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
stamp sets: Festival of Trees, More Merry Messages
ink: versamark
embossing powder: silver
big shot: stitched rectangle stackables (lawn fawn)
foam sheet (Michaels)