Monday, November 20, 2017

Masculine Monday #46


Is anyone singing the song? 
You know which one I'm talking about.
I made this card this morning and now I can't stop singing
'Who let the dogs out, who, who?

Sorry if it's stuck in your head now.

I woke up this morning thinking
"Oh no, I forgot about Masculine Monday!!"
So I whipped into my craft room and stamped and masked out some
dogs from Tim Holtz.
I added some balloons because what's a birthday without balloons?
Next a quick sentiment and some balloon strings.
Now for the coloring ...
usually I can take a long time with this part - stressing over which
colors to use and where is the light coming from for shadows but....
because I had a small window of time to get this made, colored,
photographed and onto my blog, I went with really simple
coloring and not a lot of thought.

I grabbed my Prismacolors and used two colors per dog and balloon.
A lighter shade went on first and then a darker one in the areas for
shade and then I blended it all together with the lighter shade.

I used my white gel pen for some high lights on the balloons and
the noses.

That's it.
Pretty quick and easy when you don't second guess every decision.

Now if I could only stop singing that song!

I'm playing along with the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday - masculine "anything goes
Craftaholics R Us - masculine
Fab 'n' Funky - masculine

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Dog Talk (Tim Holtz), Things/Talk (Tim Holtz)
ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic gray (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), mask paper (Inkadinkado), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Last One

A card with no stamps or ink?
Yup!


I think this is my favorite wreath die - and it comes with the joy die too. 
It's from the Winterhaven Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs.
It's perfect for the challenge we have for you at

Check out the inspiration photo.



I know the picture says Candy Canes on it but I was inspired by the
picture of the wreath so I went with that.
I die cut the wreath in white and in cherry cobbler. I cut the berries off the cherry cobbler one and glued them onto the white one. It took a bit of time 
but I love how it turned out.

Sadly, this is our last challenge.
It has been a pure joy to be part of this amazing design team for 
the last 2 years. I have 'met' some amazing people and had an absolute
blast designing cards for all the challenges.

Check out the Christmas Card Challenge DT's cards HERE and I hope to 
see your cards in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: none on this card
ink: none on this card
paper: whisper white thick (SU), cherry cobbler (SU), wood textures dsp (SU)
accessories: Joy Wreath Dies (CP Designs), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)



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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spreading Joy



I'm playing along with two challenges with this card.
The Gerda Steiner Monthly Challenge
and the 
Less is More challenge.


I love the image that Gerda Steiner has for us this month - a mouse
on a swinging ornament - how adorable!!
I embossed the ornament with gold embossing powder.
The texture on the trim and pompom of the hat are made with some
Chunky White Deep Impressions Embossing Enamel from Stampendous.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
The rest is colored with my Prismacolor pencil crayons.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: CL722 Hero Arts
digi image: Christmas Mouse (Gerda Steiner)
ink: Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: Whisper White thick (SU)
Accessories: Pencil crayons (Prismacolor), embossing pen (SU), gold embossing powder (SU), chunky white deep impressions embossing enamel (Stampendous), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thank You!

The challenge this week at StampNation is to make a THANK YOU card.

Here's a peek at my card. 


I'd like to challenge you all to make a card for someone you are thankful
to have in your life AND send them the card. 

I am truly thankful for all of you!
Thank you for subscribing to my email list.
Thank you for following.
And a big THANK YOU for all your kind words and encouragement you've
left me along this blog journey of mine.

To see the whole card you'll have to head over to StampNation

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Going Retro



We're going retro at The Card Concept this week. Check out the pretty 
and fun inspiration photo below.




I gathered up a variety of stamp sets that had different size circles in 
them, a few fun and bright distress ink colors and started stamping.
The sentiment is from an old Stampin' Up stamp set called Tin of Tags.
I've had that set since it came out but this is the first time I've
used it. Do you have sets like that in your craft room? Ones you had to 
have but then took forever to use?

It's hard to see in the photo but I added some shine to the ornaments
with my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.

A pretty simple card to make and fun too.

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

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Tin of Tags (SU), In Bloom (Winnie & Walter), Here We Come a Caroling (CP Designs), one from the dollar store with no name
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Spun Sugar and Evergreen Bough (Tim Holtz), Starlite Silver (Tsukineko)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), silver cardstock (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), twine (Recollections), craft foam (Michaels)


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Masculine Monday #45

Welcome to another episode of Masculine Monday.


For this weeks card I decided to play along with the circle challenge over 

I recently re-discovered an old stamp set that I found at the dollar store
forever and a day ago. I bought it because it reminded me of the
fireworks display we have in our town every Halloween. 

I knew I wanted a grunge look without going all grunge so I used
 Tim Holtz distress inks because I like the way the image stamps a little
blotchy on regular card stock.

The sentiment is from a set called Essential Sentiments from
My Favorite Things.

A quick an easy card - gotta love that!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: dollar store set name unknown, In Bloom (Winnie & Walter), Here We Come a Caroling (CP Designs), Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
ink: Distress Ink: Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot (Tim Holtz), midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), crumb cake (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangel (lawn fawn)

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Masculine Monday #44



For this week's Masculine Monday card I did a very neutral card - probably 
the most neutral one yet and simple too - I love how it turned out.

I used the Journaling Alpha Dies from Neat and Tangled on some crumb 
cake card stock from Stampin' Up. But instead of using the letters I used 
the negative space for my card. You'll see me use the letters on another 
card later.

Next I did my stamping. I used Early Espresso ink from SU to stamp
both the quad and the word birthday. I used a black and a gray 
pencil crayon from Prismacolor to add some shading under the quad.
Last to be done was to add it to my card base using some craft foam. 
I used basic black from (SU) for the base. I saved the little pieces from 
the letters P and A and added them back in with craft foam. 

Looking at it now has given me some ideas for another card.
Time to play!

If this, or any of my cards inspire you in some way - I'd love to 
see how. You could send me a pic, or if you share on social media you 
could tag me so I could see it.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Need for Speed (SU retired), Essential Sentiments (MFT)
ink: Early Espresso (SU)
paper: crumb cake (SU), basic black (SU)
accessories: Journaling Alphas Dies (Neat & Tangled), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)
craft foam (Michaels)


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Cats are Singing!


You may have already guessed that the theme this week at 
is CATS.

While I am not a fan of cats my daughter does have two pretty cute ones. 
I wanted to make a card for her with the cats on the card looking like hers. 
This image from Maureen Manning called Singing so Beautiful was
 perfect for her and the challenge. 
A win win!



How will this inspire you?
I'm really looking forward to seeing all the cute images that are sure to 
show up in the gallery.

Check out the DT's cards HERE
and have fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



supplies:
stamps: Holiday Mittens (CP Designs)
digi image: Singing so Beautiful (Maureen Manning)
ink: midnight (CP Designs)
paper: whisper white thick (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Celebrating Fall at SN

I love everything there is about Fall!
The colors, the leaves falling, the cooler weather, the hay bales
in the fields, big comfy sweaters, chai lattes...
I could go on but instead I want to tell you about a challenge we
have at StampNation right now.

First check out these sneak peeks of the cards some of the DT has created.


We are challenging you to use twine or hemp on your card AND there's
also a beautiful photo to help get your creative juices flowing.

One of the many great things about StampNation is the challenges never
end. So that means you can play along whenever you have the time.

So, whenever you're ready, grab your big comfy sweater and a chai latte
 (or beverage of your choice)
and head to your craft room and have some fun!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TCC's Rich Holiday Table



The inspiration photo we have this week at The Card Concept is 
GORGEOUS!
Check out that table!


I used inks from Catherine Pooler Designs to stamp the poinsettias and
the leaves, gave them a little spritz of water and then stamped them onto
 some water color paper holding it still for a few seconds to let the color 
set in. Next I painted the background with some more of Catherine's ink and added some shading details.
I love how versatile these inks are!
The sentiment and a few little splatters and this card is done!

Now it's your turn.
Check out the rest of the DT's cards HERE and I look forward to 
seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Tis The Season (CP Designs), Snowy Sayings (CAS-ual Fridays)
ink: Rockin' Red, Grass Skirt, Tiara, Icing on the Cake and Midnight (CP Designs)
paper: 140lb cold press watercolor paper (Canson), Whisper White Thick (SU)
accessories: stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Masculine Monday #43



The idea for this week's Masculine Monday card came about from some
conversations my husband and I have been having lately about retirement 
and travelling. We plan on travelling in a truck and trailer, not a fast sports 
car but wouldn't that be fun to do!

I was inspired by a card I saw on StampNation that a member had made.
She used 6 shades of gray for her floral card - so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration Susie. 
I didn't use as many as her but there's a few.
I started by adding some black metallic texture paste onto some basic gray card stock using a Tim Holtz stencil.
Next I stamped the racing car with some silver pigment ink from Tsukineko, covered it with silver embossing powder, heat set it and then added some lines using a white gel pen.

I added some silver metallic thread between the two layers and then for the
sentiment I went with some stickers from Tim Holtz Big Chat collection.



With the colors I chose (or the lack of color), the texture from the paste this
card leans to the clean and graphic card style which (I think - I'm not very good 
at classifying the style - I don't tend to think about that when I'm making a 
card - I just  make the card lol)

Regardless, the neutral colors and the graphic style lends itself quite 
nicely to masculine cards.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


supplies:
stamps: Need For Speed (SU retired)
ink: Platinum Planet (Tsukineko)
paper: whisper white thick (SU), basic gray (SU)
accessories: black metallic texture paste (Heidi Swapp), bubble stencil (Tim Holtz), silver metallic thread (SU), silver embossing powder (SU), Big Chat stickers (Tim Holtz), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels)

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's All About the WREATH!

A new challenge just went up at StampNation and I'm sure you're going to want to play along with this one!



It's all about the WREATH!

Check out the sneak peek above. 
Does it inspire you?
I know I'm inspired to go make some more cards.

This was a fun challenge to be a part of.
Can you guess which card is mine?

Have you started your Christmas cards?
Why not start with this challenge?

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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