Saturday, July 22, 2017

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/ 


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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!).


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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.

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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)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Have Yourself....

Christmas Card Challenges has a challenge that is perfect for the 
CAS stamper. Check out the inspiration photo.

I didn't stray too far from the photo for my card.


Now it's your turn.
Check out how the rest of the DT was inspired HERE.

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.
Have fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp sets: Merry and Joy (Honey Bee Stamps), Merry and Bright (Avery Elle), ?? (Art-C)
CP Design inks: Rockin' Red, Grass Skirt, Midnight
accessories: Stitched Stackable Rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foram (Michaels)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Inside & Out on StampNation

We've got a fun challenge for you over on StampNation this week. We put a lot of time and effort into making the front of the cards but we tend to neglect the insides. This week we want you to show both the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE of your cards some love.

Here's a sneak peek at my card and...



a here's a peek at some of the DT's cards.



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Make a Wish and a Message


This was one of those challenges that as soon as I saw the cue card I knew
what I was going to do. The cue card at CASology is wish and I thought it 
was perfect for a card that's been on my mind to make.




I die cut a circle in some card stock to use like a stencil. I grabbed some fun distress ink colors and set about sponging the background. Originally it was just going to be a few at the top of the page but I couldn't seem to stop sponging on the colors. 
I stamped the sentiment and the candles and then something happened that almost made me throw it out. When I wiped the surface where I was sponging I missed a spot and when I turned the piece over to add some craft foam I set it in some ink. ugghhhh

I let it sit overnight and when I came back to it this morning I decided not to throw it away. I decided to add some sequins and some shimmer to the candles in hopes to distract from the ink. 

And now for my message:

Me telling you all this probably defeats the purpose of distracting from the ink but what I wanted to get across is this - don't give up on cards when you make a mistake, more often than not there's a way to make it work. This is supposed to be a fun hobby and if you stress out too much about everything being perfect then you're missing out on the fun.


Now I need to make some tea and go check out all the cards the DT made and all the entries too.

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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: whisper white thick
stamp set: Bring on the Cake (Sugar Pea Designs), Birthday (Recollections)
Tim Holtz distress inks: tumbled glass, dusty concord, worn lipstick, twisted citron, shaded lilac, broken china
ink: versafine onyx black (Tsukineko)
accessories: metallic sequins, sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir), stictched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn) 
                   craft foam (Michaels)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Three For One


I've been wanting to try coloring on kraft colored card stock for awhile and with the combined challe Onenges at AAA CardsLess is More and Seize the Birthday right now it was the perfect time to try it. 


I used this adorable Cake & Wishes stamp set from Penny Black and combined 
words from the All About You and the Young at Heart stamp sets from CAS-ual Fridays and Catherine Pooler's SOA Collection.

I stamped them all with versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used white and a variety of red pencil crayons from Prismacolor.

Red, White and You Seize the Birthday



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supplies:
from Stampin' Up! unless noted
cardstock: crumb cake
stamp sets: Cake & Wishes (Penny Black), Young at Heart (CAS-ual Fridays), All About You (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: versamark
accessories: white embossing powder, pencil crayons (Prismacolor)