Saturday, January 20, 2018

Some Birthday Fun

Hello everyone! 
The third challenge is up for the Birthday Card Stash - DONE! class that is
happening over at StampNation and it is hosted by Brutus Monroe. 
They shared a great tutorial for a new take on a fun style of card. I'm
going to be giving it a try later today.

I made a coffee card to share with you all today.
I'm not a coffee drinker, never have been, never will be but I love to make 
coffee cards. Is that strange?
I just pretend there's chai tea in the mugs :) 

I combined 3 challenges for this card:
CAS-ual Fridays - more coffee please

Seize the Birthday - one layer card

StampNation - birthday card stash - done!

The sentiment is from a CAS-ual Fridays set called Whole Shebang - I love 
how big it is. The cups are from an oldie called Hot Hot Hot by Fresh Squeezed Stamps - you can't buy it anymore but I love the set so I keep using it.
The steam rising from the mugs is part of a stamp from a set called 
 Tea-riffic by Taylored Expressions 

I did a little masking to the mugs so one is slightly in front of the other and
then I colored them in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons.
Both the mugs and the sentiment are stamped with Midnight Ink from 
CP Designs.

Want to check out the Birthday Card Stash - DONE!?
Click HERE to join in on all the fun at StampNation.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

shopping list:
stamps: Whole Shebang (CAS-ual Fridays), Tea-riffic (Taylored Expressions)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

StampNation's Card Stash Birthday Bash!

StampNation is celebrating it's 7th birthday with a 
Birthday Card Stash Bash! Every few days there are new tutorials by designers from guesting stamp companies who are inspiring us with their amazing talents.

Want to know how you can take part in this event?
First, you have to be a member of StampNation.

Download the perpetual calendar from StampNation
Fill out the calendar with all the name's of everyone you want to send a card to this year.
LEARN: watch the tutorials as they are released every few days.
DO: Create all the cards for the people on your list that fit that theme.
SHARE: we'd love it if you would share your cards within the forum although you don't have to but it does enter you in to win a prize.
REPEAT: Keep repeating the Learn, Do and Share steps until you have all your cards made.
By the end of the class you should have all your cards made for the upcoming year and hopefully you've learned a few things along the way.

Sounds awesome right!
What are you waiting for?
Click HERE to join us in all the fun!

Here's a sneak peek at a couple of cards that I've made. 

Check out the list of companies that are sharing tutorials with us during this awesome event.

Brutus Monroe
CAS-ual Fridays
Crafted in Joy
My Favorite Things
Pretty Pink Posh
Right at Home
Winnie & Walter

I look forward to seeing you at the party!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

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!

visit my online store to purchase Stampin' Up! products
Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963 

shopping list:
paper: retired scraps of dsp (SU)
accessories: pencil crayons (Prismacolor), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craft foam (Michaels), twine (Michaels)

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!

Have you checked out my facebook page?
Check me out on Pinterest.
I'm on Instagram as spowell1963

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)

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: