Sunday, September 24, 2017

Peace on Earth



It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges and this 
week the theme is 'Nativity'.
I colored the Nativity Play digital image from Maureen Manning with 
Prismacolor pencil crayons and then die cut it with a tag die. I covered the
 hole of the tag with the sentiment. I liked how covering the hole gave it a
 more 'church-y' feel. At least to me it did.
The sentiment is embossed in gold and then everything is put onto some
 Wood Texture DSP to give the feel of walls in a stable.




Click HERE to see what the other DT members have created to
 inspire you.

See you in the gallery!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Greetings of the Season (SU retired)
digital image: Nativity Play (Maureen Manning)
ink: Versamark (SU)
paper: Whisper White Thick (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), gold embossing powder (SU), Tag's Etc Dies (CP Designs), 1 3/4" circle punch (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fun With Spectrum Noir

We're having a fun challenge at StampNation this week and there's an amazing prize package from Spectrum Noir waiting to be won.
The challenge is to use water on your creations.



This was my first time using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers so I thought I would just play with them a bit before I made anything. I stamped some flowers onto some watercolor paper and then tried a few combinations of some Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. The colors aren't ones I would typically gravitate to for flowers but I loved how they turned out so much so that I turned them into the card above.


For the card below I stamped the wreath with versamark,  heat set it with gold embossing powder and then used the Aqua Markers to color it in. 
The sentiment was stamped with versamark onto soft suede card stock and then heat set it with white embossing powder. I used craft foam to add it to the card.



Now for the prize package.
Check this out!
The wreath I used is in the stamp set on the top right and both the sentiments are from the set on the bottom left.



Now it's your turn.
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Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Love (Spectrum Noir), Just Because (Spectrum Noir), Peony Bouquet (Altenew)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs), versamark (SU), Aqua Markers - Sandstone, Tawny, Bramble, Pleat, Lake Blue and Flint (Spectrum Noir)
paper: Whisper White thick (SU), Soft Suede (SU)
accessories: gold embossing powder (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Pastel Party at The Card Concept




We're having a pastel party at The Card Concept this week. This challenge
took me outside my comfort zone. Pastel colors are not something I gravitate to in any way. Not in my decorating, not in the clothes that I wear and not in my crafting. When I think of pastels I think of babies which is great because when I saw the inspiration photo my first thought was baby card.



How does this photo inspire you?
I'd love to see how.
Click HERE to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then I 
hope to see your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Bookcase Builder (SU), Background Blocks (Concord & 9th), Sentiment (Studio G)
ink: Blushing Bride (SU), Soft Sky (SU), So Saffron (SU), Mint Macaron (SU), Crumb Cake (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Masculine Monday #37 - This Will Only Hurt A Little Bit



I just bought the Get Well stamp set from Art Impressions and couldn't wait to have some fun with it.
First I stamped the images using my MISTI and added some pencil lines for the floor. I colored everything in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons. Next I masked off the images and the floor and sponged the background with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I put the card back into my MISTI and re-stamped the images to make the lines crisper. 

My daughter made the clock for the wall

The inside of the card says
Hope you'll soon be
fully re-covered!

I'm playing along with the CAS on Friday challenge - the theme is to use 
your pencils or markers.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Get Well (Art Impressions)
ink: versafine onyx black
paper: Whisper White Thick (SU), Basic Black (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Extra Fine Ebony marker (Recollections)


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Take Flight

When I saw that the theme for the Less is More challenge was 'Take Flight'
I instantly thought of this image from the Beautiful You stamp set from
Stampin' Up.


She's dancing in the puddles but looking like she wants to fly. As if she 
doesn't have a worry in the world and she's ready to soar and conquer 
it all.



This is definitely a CAS card. 
One layer with minimal stamping and even less
coloring. I used just a white pencil crayon and added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the dress. It's hard to see in the pics but it looks really pretty in person.

Originally I was going to use kraft card stock but then I spotted some blue in my stash and it instantly made me think of the sky.

I am also adding this to the CAS on Friday challenge where the theme is
to use pencils or markers.


  

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Beautful You (Stampin' UP)
ink: memento tuxedo black
paper: soft sky (Stampin' Up)
accessories: white pencil crayon (Prismacolor), Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Masculine Monday #36 - I Screwed Up!



I screwed up while making this card. 
You can see a little bit of what's left of the smudge under the embossed sentiment. I was going to start over but then realized the screw up gave me a couple of ideas on how to add more detail. I love when a screw up actually improves the card.

The sentiment is from a retired SU set called Nailed It.
I used my MISTI to ink it up, slide the paper up and stamp it again. I repeated the process leaving a gap to add the screw. 
I embossed the sentiment in white onto early espresso card stock (same color as the card base) and punched it out with the word window punch.

I used rolled up glue dots tucked underneath the screw to make it stick.

Adding the white lines around the frame helped to pull in the embossed sentiment and to give it a more masculine look - it looks more like a leather frame to me now. Popping it up helps it to look more like an actual frame.




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and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies:
stamps: Nailed It (SU)
ink: Icing On The Cake (CP Designs), versamark
paper: Early Espresso (SU), Basic Black (SU), Wood Texture DSP (SU)
accessories: a drywall screw (husbands workshop), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), white gel pen (Sakura), Word Window Punch (SU), White Embossing Powder (SU), glue dots (SU), craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dear Santa...

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


One of my favorite things to do at Christmas was baking with our 
daughters and watching them choose (very seriously) which cookies were to
be saved for Santa. They have a special plate and mug that was set out 
every year just for him. And of course they was always carrots for 
the reindeer.

Our youngest is almost 19 so we haven't set out cookies and carrots in a long time but we still have the mug and plate set. 

I found a free coloring page on line that fit my memories perfectly.
I colored it in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons, cut it out with a tag die,
popped it up on top of some Christmas DSP from a retired SU pack. (I'm determined to use up all my designer papers before I buy more). I heat embossed the sentiment with white EP onto crumb cake card stock. The 
tiny red hearts are from the same die set that the tag and the DSP are 
cut from.

A pretty easy card. The coloring takes a bit of time but it's always so relaxing and enjoyable that it never feels like it takes me long to color an image.

Anyone else craving sugar cookies right now?





Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I hope you're inspired
to join us.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: CL722 (Hero Arts)
digital image: free coloring page (Raisingourkids.com)
ink: versamark
paper: Whisper White Thick (SU), Crumb Cake (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), dsp (Retired SU), 
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), Tags Etc Dies (CP Designs), white embossing powder (SU), twine (dollar store), craft foam (Michaels)

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Feeling Joy!

This card brings me joy!


I've recently challenged myself to do more water coloring. I've always loved
seeing everyone's water color cards but never seemed to be able to mimic the look like I wanted. After watching a lot of PB&J (Penny Black & Jill Foster) tutorials - she's incredibly talented and a great teacher - I decided to give it a try. 



I took some pictures of the procedure - hopefully this will give you an idea of how I made this card but you should definitely google Penny Black & Jill Foster and check her out. 

I started by loading up my MISTI with some watercolor paper and a Penny Black stamp called Berry Kissed. It's a beautiful stamp. I used some Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink for the first pass of the stamp. 




I used my Kuretake water colors and a #2 brush for the rest of the painting. I brushed the ink onto the stamp and then pressed it into the paper making sure to hold it still for a few seconds. I did this repeatedly, adding different shades of each color and then pressing into the paper.




 I started painting directly onto the paper, still with the #2 brush, with browns for the finer details and to create some depth. There are some areas that turned out really well (if I don't say so myself), but there are definitely some areas that could be better. But that's where practicing will eventually pay off - I hope.



All in all, I love how this card turned out - it brings me joy!



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Berry Kissed (Penny Black), Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Tim Holtz), watercolors (Kuretake), Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: watercolor (Canson cold press 140lb), Whisper White Thick (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Card Concept is Back!



Summer is over and The Card Concept is back!
Check out the gorgeous inspiration photo below. 

I was inspired by the wood grain and the gorgeous flower bouquet to make
my clean and layered card.
The Peony Bouquet layering stamp set from Altenew makes it easy to 
make beautiful flowers. 
When I was making these flowers I made quite a few and learned 
something very important. I need to make note of the colors I'm using as 
I'm using them. I can't remember them all but I'll list what I can 
remember below. I water colored the leaves one day quite a while ago
and there again I didn't take note of the colors - oops.



Click HERE to see how the rest of the DT was inspired.
I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Autumn Blessing (CP Designs)
ink: Rockin Red (CP Designs), Flirty Flamingo (SU), Barely Beige (SSS), Delightful Dijon (SU), So Saffron (SU), versamark
paper: Whisper White Thick (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Water color paper (Canson 140lb coldpress), Basic Black (SU)
accessories: Peony Bouquet Dies (Altenew), Thankful Die (CP Designs), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), white embossing powder (SU), craft foam (Micahels), Metalics sequins (SU)


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Grateful




I ordered the latest Stamp of Approval Box by Catherine Pooler and it 
arrived the other day. YAY!!!

Needless to say, I've been having tons of fun in my craft room this weekend.

For the tag, I sponged on some distress oxide inks and then stamped the leaf stamps with water to remove some of the ink. It has the effect of bleaching without the smell of the bleach. It's a great technique. Next I embossed the
sentiment with white embossing powder.

I made the background piece by stamping and sponging with distress oxide 
inks and the beautiful Leaf Motif set by CP Designs.

If you haven't heard of the Stamp of Approval Box yet you really should 
check it out. The products are all really well thought out, the quality is 
amazing and everything coordinates beautifully.
This one is probably my favorite box yet. It's fall themed and fall is my
favorite time of the year.

I can't wait to play some more.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Good Things (CP Designs), Leaf Motifs (CP Designs)
Distress Oxide Inks: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce and Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
ink: versamark
paper: whisper white thick (SU), soft suede (SU)
accessories: Tags Etc Dies (CP Designs), white embossing powder (SU), Iridescent Sequins (SU), linen thread (SU), retired ribbon (SU)


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Monday, September 4, 2017

Masculine Monday #35

This card is for the dog lover in your life.


While trying to decide what to make for this weeks Masculine Monday card 
I came across this cute digital image from Maureen Manning and this fun challenge at AAA Cards. I was in the mood to do some coloring so this 
seemed like the perfect solution.

After I printed off the dog and colored him in I was stuck with how to finish 
it off. I made a mask and did a little sponging, added some banner strips and sentiment and called it done. 

Unless I'm making an interactive card like this one, I think masculine 
cards are best when they are kept simple. Although, that being said I do 
have some ideas on how I would do this card differently.....




You can check out the challenge HERE.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: #awesome (lawn fawn)
digi image: Dane (Mo's Digital)
ink: tumbled glass and peeled paint distress inks (Tim Holtz), versamark
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic black (SU), dsp - retired scraps
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), white embossing powder (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Rustic Christmas


We've got a beautiful mood board for our rustic Christmas card challenge at StampNation.  

Here's a sneak peek at what the DT has created to inspire you.

Can you tell which one is mine?



I had so much fun with my first card that I made another one.


The rustic theme is one of my favorite styles for Christmas cards.

The idea of spending Christmas in a cabin in the country with a fire in 
a stone fireplace sipping some chai tea while snow is falling outside sounds absolutely perfect and rustic.

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Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Remembering Christmas (SU), Holly Jolly Greetings (SU)
ink: Soft Suede (SU), Early Espresso (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Old Olive (SU), 
paper: Basic Black (SU), Wood Textures DSP (SU), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Old Olive (SU), polka dotted paper from my pile of scraps (?)
accessories: Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies (SU), Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), Delicate White Doilies (SU), White Embossing Powder (SU), Basic Pearls (SU), craft foam (Michaels)


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