Monday, January 15, 2018

And the Crowd Goes Wild!

I spent Sunday in my craft room organizing and purging a LOT of stuff and 
it felt great. I'm almost done and will share some pics of the before and 
after soon. In the process of organizing I found quite a few new products 
that I've yet to use, some weren't even opened yet???

I haven't done any Masculine Monday cards since before Christmas and I 
wanted to start that up again. 

I used a couple of Avery Elle sets for this card. The drummer and the 
sentiments are from a set called Stoked and the crowd of hands is from 
Hats Off.
For some reason I thought coloring on Kraft colored card stock was a 
good idea but in the end I think this would've been better on white. Also
the spotlight effect??? I have no idea how to color that but it was midnight, 
I was tired and I didn't want to take the time to figure it out. I wish I drew
an actual spotlight at the top and then had the light shining down. 
I added the crowd of hands because doesn't every rock star drummer need 
crowd of people going wild.

While I don't love this card, I don't hate it either. There were quite a few moments where it almost ended up in the trash. I still have so much to learn about shadows, light, how to create a scene and coloring in general 
but I had a blast coloring this and trying something new. I'm sharing it because I'm on a journey to learn more about coloring and I want to share that journey with you and invite you along with me. I know not all my cards will be perfect while I'm learning, but they're not supposed to be - I'm learning and trying new things and that's the fun of it all.

Now to find some tutorials on how to color a spotlight.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!

stamps: Stoked (Avery Elle), Hats Off (Avery Elle)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), crumb cake (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), masking paper (Inkadinkado), white chalk marker (SU), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy Birthday StampNation!

I woke up last night at about 2:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. Does
that ever happen to you? So I grabbed a couple of stamp sets that've been 
waiting very patiently for me to ink them up and had some stamping fun.
I decided to make a couple of birthday cards in honor of StampNation and the fact that today is it's 11th birthday! 
StampNation is an online community started by the amazing
Catherine Pooler for stampers that is like nothing I've ever experienced before. Besides the fact that there is a ton of tutorials and challenges for you to learn from and take part in, it's got a sense of community, support and friendship that is indescribable.

This first card uses the We Must Celebrate stamp set from the new 
Occasions Catalogue from Stampin' Up!

I colored the animals in with some Prismacolor pencil crayons and then 
decided it needed some balloons. I used the balloon from the Party Pandas stamp set which you can get for FREE during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration event. For every $60 order you can choose from a collection of FREE PRODUCTS. The more you spend the more you earn.

Check out those Party Pandas on the card below.

I didn't think one balloon was enough so I stamped it a few times on some
scrap cardstock, cut each one out and added it to the card. I used a black copic multi-liner to add in the balloon strings.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

supplies used:
Stamps: We Must Celebrate (SU), Party Pandas ( SU SAB)
ink: basic black archival (SU)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), retired scraps of dsp (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels), twine (Michaels)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Card Concept is Back!

The Card Concept challenge is back with some amazing challenges 
coming your way.

Check out the photo we have to inspire you for the first challenge - 
it's so pretty - too pretty to eat.

I was inspired by the soft colors and the rosebuds to make my very
clean and simple card.

The rosebuds are from the Peony Bouquet stamp set from Altenew. I stamped it twice with Antique Linen distress ink from Tim Holtz onto some Premium White cardstock from CP Designs. Next I lightly colored them using my new Prismacolor pencil crayons from my husband.
The sentiment is from another Altenew set called Heartfelt Sentiments. The sentiments are definitely heartfelt and the fonts are beautiful. I stamped it 
using one of Catherine Pooler's inks called Icing on the Cake.
The panel is die cut using the stitched stackable rectangles from Lawn Fawn. I used a layer of craft foam to add the panel to the card base with a 
little piece of doily sticking out of one side.

Like I said, it's very clean and simple.

Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE
And then I hope to see your cards in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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supplies used:
stamps: Peony Bouquet (Altenew), Heartfelt Sentiments (Altenew)
ink: antique linen distress ink (Tim Holtz)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)
paper and more ink below

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Release Day

It's the Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air colelction release day! 

This is an AMAZING collection. 
It went on sale this morning to those that are on the wait list. If you missed the wait list, the collections are now available to the public for purchase. BUT there's not many left.

I have another card to share with you today that uses the Postage Stamp dies and the hearts from all 4of the stamp sets: Bon Voyage, Love is in the Air, Happiness Enclosed and The World Awaits.
It's a very clean and simple card.

(sorry the pic isn't the clearest - I think I need some new bulbs in my lamps)

I started out by stamping the word Love from the Love is in the Air stamp set 
in the bottom corner.
Next I gathered up all the hearts and stamped them randomly over the panel with versamark ink and then heat set them with white embossing powder.
I really wanted the sentiment to match the name of the collection but I didn't have the stamps to do it so I printed out the 'in the air' part of the sentiment on my laptop. 

I have had an absolute blast making cards with this collection. I've loved seeing all the amazing cards that the other team members have made. They keep inspiring me to go make more.

How will this kit inspire you?
I'm looking forward to seeing all the different cards out in the blog world.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

To The Ends of The Earth

It's Day 3 of the Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air Blog Hops.
You can check it out HERE.

If you missed the other days, you can check out
Day 1 HERE and Day 2 HERE. 

Remember to leave comments at each stop along the way because
Catherine is giving away 3 Love is in the Air collections to 
3 lucky individuals who leave comments.

My first card today features the Bon Voyage stamp set, Love is in the Air stamp set, The World Awaits stamp set and the Postage Stamp dies.

I used Mint to Be, Sauna and Icing on the Cake inks to stamp with.
Love these colors together!
I kept it all simple by focusing the stamping mainly in one corner. The 
panel is Catherine's premium white cardstock and the base is the her light 
grey cardstock called Mirrors.
A super quick and easy card.

My second card is another quick and easy card and the color scheme
may just be my new favorite. It's defintely tied with the colors on the
first card.

This card features the Happiness Enclosed stamp set, the Bon Voyage 
stamp set and the Postage Stamp dies. The ink colors are Melon Ice, Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Eucalyptus and Icing on the Cake. I saw Catherine make the patterned envelopes on another card, they looked so cute I had to give it a try. 
The two panels are cut from the Postage Stamp dies - I love how they look
layered white on white - they make the colors pop!
A little bit of baker's twine and this is done.

Now, be sure you check out all the blog hops and leave your comments
at each stop along the way for your chance to win this amazing collection.
You'll find the links at the top of this post.

This collection goes on sale Tuesday January 9th at 9am. Be sure to
get your name on the Wait List. If you're a StampNation member you'll 
want to join us for the Pyjama Party tonight where you'll get the 
link to purchase before the public (one of the many perks of being a 
StampNation member). If you are one of the lucky winners of a 
collection then you'll receive a $100 Gift Certicate for a future purchase
in Catherine's store.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Supplies used:

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hugs & Kisses

It's day 2 of the 3 day blog hops for Stamp of Approval Love is in The Air Collection. There's still time to get on the Wait List - I have a feeling this collection will be selling out very quickly.

If you missed the first day you can find that HERE. If you hop along be sure
to leave comments on every stop for all 3 days because Catherine will be 
giving away 3 of the Love is in The Air Collections to 3 lucky commenters.
Who knows, it could be you!

I was blown away by all the cards I saw today. Can't wait for day 3!

While I'm not part of today's hop I do have some more cards to share with
you - I can't stop making them.

I used all 4 of the stamp sets on my first card. I just love how they all work together, which is how the collection is designed.

I've really been enjoying the rainbow cards that I've been seeing lately so I decided to give it a try. I started with the two rows of rainbow colors using Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Grass Skirt, Something Borrowed, Sweet Sixteen and Flirty Fuchsia.  After I did that I just started adding other stamps without an actual plan in mind. This card really took me out of my comfort zone and I had to ask for some advice on what to do with it. Originally I had it on a grey card base but it wasn't working. On the advice of some very talented ladies I switched it to a white base and then it worked for me. (Thanks Ladies). Usually my attempts at rainbow cards all end up in the trash, so I'm very pleased with how this one turned out.

This next one was much easier for me. It features the Love is in The Air stamp set, The World Awaits stamp set and the Sunburst Die.

I used the Sunburst die on some white cardstock that I had swiped Tiara and Tiki Torch inks across. I love the brushed look. I stamped the clouds with Black Jack ink that I had stamped off 2, 3 and 4 times. The raindrops are stamped with It's a Boy ink. I wanted the sentiment to stand out a little more than it was so I stamped the 'Everything' with versamark onto black cardstock, then heat set it with white embossing powder and popped it up with some craft foam. 
The sunburst was also added with craft foam. To make that easier to do I diecut it out of the craft foam but left it in place. I then added some liquid glue to the foam piece and added the paper piece. I placed a block on top and let it set while I finished the card. When it's dry, you just pop it out and add it the card.

Be sure to click on the links above for today's hop and yesterday's hop.
And remember to leave comments for your chance to win your very own 
Love is in The Air Collection

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

SOA Love Is In The Air Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to Day One of the Stamp of Approval Love is in The Air Collection Blog Hops.

Haven't heard of Stamp of Approval (SOA) yet? 
Well let me tell you this is definitely something you're going to want to get in on.
SOA is a collection of hand-picked specially designed, brand new stamps, dies and 
accessories that are created exclusively for Catherine Pooler.

This collection will be released on January 9th to those that are on the Wait List. 
StampNation members will be notified first (one of the perks of being a member) and then
the rest of the Wait List will be notifiied. Previous collections have sold out quickly. They 
won't be available again for quite some time so get your name on that list so you can 
get your hands on all the amazing products.
There's a surprise ink color in this collection too!

I have two cards to share with you today.
My first card uses the World Awaits stamp set.

I used It's a Boy ink to stamp the background with the world map. Love that stamp! The
balloons are stamped in Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Daydream, Eucalytpus, Pepperming Scrub 
and Royal Treatment inks. I used the coordinating die to cut them out and then stamped the
baskets with Black Jack ink. The sentimen is stamped with Midnight. 
I love how the balloons turned out - they make me want to take off on an adventure!

My second card features the Bon Voyage stamp set, the Love die and the Postage Stamp dies.
I used the postage die to cut out the panel. I inked up the compass with veramark and stamped
it repeatedly onto the panel. Next I added some white embossing powder and heat set it.
I used Icing on the Cake and a little Black Jack ink to sponge over top for a distressed look. 
When you're done sponging be sure to use a cloth to wipe away the ink that sits on top of
the embossed areas. This will clean it up and make the white white again.
The love die was added onto some craft foam and then onto the card for some dimension.
A tiny sentiment with sponged edges finished it off.

Make sure you're on the Wait List so you don't miss out.

Did I mention there's a prize!
There's actually three prizes!
One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on 
January 10th on Catherine's blog. The winners will win their box and if they already purchased
one then they will be issues a gift certificate worh $100 towards a future purchase.
How cool is that!

Time to get hopping! Don't forget to leave comments along the way.

Susan - you are here

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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