Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SN Color Challenge

Welcome!!  This week at StampNation we have a color challenge!!
Here is a peek of my card.

and a peek of what the team has created this week!!

I hope you come on over to StampNation and see the great cards the Design Team and our members have made this week!!

Don't for get the Masterclasses by Concord & 9th are continuing this week!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SN Christmas Card Challenge # 11

Welcome to StampNation Christmas Card Challenge #11!!  From the minute I saw the inspiration board for this challenge I knew what I was going to make!!  Here is a peek of my card!!

I hope you come on over and join the fun!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Girl Power

Welcome!!  Today's Challenge over at StampNation is all about making a card for someone who inspires you. My card will go to a secret someone who inspires me. I cannot say who as she may see this before she gets this card.  We also have a new Masterclass starting this week by the fabulous Concord & 9th!!  I love their stamps!! and have used some of them on my card. Here is a peek.

Lets not forget about the rest of the DT. Here is a peek at what they made.

Come on over to StampNation and see all the cards the Design Team and member have created!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Encouragement Challenge - July 2017

Welcome back!!  This month for the encouragement challenge the Squad worked off of this inspiration board.

I loved the rainbow of colors and used them all!!  Plus who can resist an air balloon!!

I used the new Floating Stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays and Stamped the large balloon image and sentiment on top of my Distress Oxide blended background with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with Wanderlust embossing powder by WOW. I added a bit of bling, layered it on a panel of black cardstock and popped it on a top fold white card base.

I hope you come on over to the Calling All Sistah`s blog and enter the challenge. You can enter your card to win a gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays shop!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

CAS Reminder - July 2017

Hello Everyone,  I hope you have been having a great summer so far!!!  This is your monthly reminder to do you self-breast examination and schedule your mammogram if due. 

Here is my card for you this month.

Ready to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has come up with to remind us??   Check out all their great creations Here.

Stamps - Word Ribbon (CFS), Hope Ribbon (CFS)
Paper - Canson XL watercolor paper, Premium White cardstock (CP Designs), Vellum (SSS)
Ink - Gansi Tambi watercolor paints, Versamark Ink, Mistletoe Magic embossing powder (WOW), Wanderlust embossing powder (WOW for CP Designs) Clear sparking confetti (PPP), Wonky stitched rectangle dies (SSS)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

StampNation Challenge - Inside and Out

Hello everyone! This week has flown by and it is Challenge time over at StampNation. This week we were challenged to not only finish the outside of our cards, but also the inside.
Here is a peek of my card.

 Here is a peek at some of the other cards in the challenge thread over at StampNation.

I hope to see what you have created for this challenge!!
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

StampNation Challenge - Summer

Welcome to this weeks StampNation challenge!!
This weeks theme is Summer and we worked from an incredible inspiration board with all thing summer on it.  
Here is sneak peeks of what the team has made.

Here is the peek of my card.

Who doesn't love an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day??

Come and join us on StampNation!!
Not a member? You can join Here!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Power Poppy - Hues to use.

Happy Sunday everyone!!  Today I am participating in the Power Poppy Hues to Use Challenge. The color challenge this week is based on this picture.

For my card I used a digital image from the Rose and Chamomile digital stamp set.

I printed out the image onto a piece of Catherine Pooler Premium White card stock and colored the it using Copic markers E08, YR15, YR17, YR18, C1, C3, C5, C7 AND B000. The sentiment is from Birds of a Feather stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. The panel was die cut using the Wonky stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you liked my project today and see you soon.

Friday, June 30, 2017

BIG News!!

Hi everyone, I have been keeping a big secret!!  
I am so excited to announce that I am one of the new StampNation Design Team member for the next six months!!! That's right ME!!!

I love StampNation!!  We have weekly challenges, special events and this year we have Masterclasses from some of the top experts in the crafting industry. 

We learned so much with over the past two weeks during the Creative Mediums for  Card Making by Faber-Castell.

Be sure to stop by again and see what I have created!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Night Flowers

The challenge over at StampNation this week is Colorful Night Sky. The night sky/galaxy trend is holding strong and this week over at StampNation our challenge is to make a colorful night sky.  I love making these and I was also coloring some flowers and combined the two of them into a card I have named Night Flowers.

This card came together by accident as I decided to color some flowers with not so ordinary colors, but I really like the effect.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day!! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Encouragement Challenge #2

Hello everyone!!  Welcome to the second Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  
This month's inspiration board was so fun to work with, with all those beautiful colors!!

For my card based on inspiration from this photo was to get out my Gansai Tambai water color paints and  painted stripes of paint. Next. I took plain old plastic Cling Wrap from the kitchen and place it on the wet paint crinkling it as i went. I let it sit that way for a while, them removed the wrap once it was fairly dry. This leaves you with an amazing abstract background.

Next I cut down my panel with a stitched rectangle die and then I used three other stitched circle dies and cut out holes in my panel and and the same size circles from white cardstock. I popped up the front Layer and inset the cut out pieces of the background in the openings. I stamped the sentiment from The stamp set BE by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and popped them up on two layers of foam tape, so they set raised up from the front panel.  As my final addition I added a few glitter enamel dots.

I hope you enjoyed this card , the inspiration board and will created a card to enter into the 
Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge. And, remember Michelle is offering up a gift certificate to the CAS-ual Fridays Shop to the winner.
Please hop on over to the Calling All Sistahs Bog and see all the fabulous card the team has made!

Have and amazing Day and see you soon!!
Susan 😁

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 2017 Calling All Sistahs Reminder

Hi and welcome to this months Calling All Sistahs monthly reminder to do your self-breast examination and to book your mammogram is due.

This month I used the Be stamp set from the Calling All Sistahs  stamp line by CAS-ual Friday Stamps.

 I stamped the sentiments on a piece of watercolor paper I had water-colored with It's a Girl ink from Catherine Pooler Designs with white pigment ink and used WOW clear embossing powder to make my top panel. The bottom layer is inked using the same ink using the Tin Roof stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps on a white top fold card base. I cut the to player using Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics from My Favorite Things.  For my sentiment I used the "kick cancer's butt" sentiment from the Calling All Sistahs stamp set and stamped it on to a sentiment strip made with the Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax Die-namics from MFT using Versafine Black Onyx Ink. Once my card was assembled I added Three vellum die cut butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed this month's reminder card and please visit the Calling All Sistahs Blog to see more of this months reminder cards.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Modern Damask

I just received a package from Catherine Pooler Designs.  I got the Modern Damask background stamp, Spot On sentiment dies and Sand Dunes embossing power by WOW. I have to say I am a bit obsessed with the Modern Damask stamp right now!!

Here are the cards I made so far lol

Stamps - Modern Damask, Spot On
Paper White carstock (Michaels), Ocean Mist (GKD), Vellum (MFT)
Ink - Mint to Be, Aquatini, Fiesta Blue, Midnight, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, and Flirty Fuchia (CPD) also Versamark Ink
Dies - Spot On sentiments (CPD), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Sew Fancy Creative Cuts (ME), Birthday Journal Card Die (SPD)
Accessories - Sand Dunes embossing powder (WOW), Clear Rhinestones (HA), Glitter Gumdrops (YNS)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ellen Hutson PIN-Sights Challenge

Good morning,  
Today I am playing along with the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge. The Pin-Sights Challenge is an inspirational based challenge held on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom. The challenge is based on a Pinterest inspired piece hand chosen by Laurel Beard specifically for this challenge to spark your imagination and creativity! Here is the inspiration photo.

The colors are so pretty. My first idea was to make a bouquet of flowers.  That did not happen lol. This is what I eventually came up with...

I had not even thought to make a shaker card, but these things happen lol..

Dies: Wild Garden (EH), stitched rectangles and stitched ovals (SSS) and Painted Hello(SSS)
Ink: Something Borrowed, Sweet Sixteen, It's a Boy, It's a Girl (CPD)
Paper: Black and White cardstock (Michaels)
Accessories: Acetate, Rose Gold sequin mix (The Ton)

If you would like to participate in this challenge here is the link.

See you soon  Susan

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Encouragement Challenge

Welcome to the first Calling All Sistah's Encouragement Challenge. Learn more about this challenge and how you can participate on the Calling All Sistah's Blog.  
We can all use a bit of encouragement when things get rough, whether it be a major illness, or a difficult day/week/month we all need some encouragement to go on. 
Why not send them a piece of Happy Mail, a card of encouragement to let them know you are here for them.

This month we have our first inspiration photo.

I just love the colors in this photo!!  Here is my card for this challenge.

For this card I used the Floating stamp set. I created the sky with a piece of paper I cut a curve in and used the edge to sponge the sky with tumbled glass distress ink.

There will be a $25 gift certificate given to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store to one lucky challenge participant. If your card has CFS products used on it, Michele Saugstad Gross will double that prize!

Remember you can save 15% on stamps and dies when you used the code below

Thanks for coming by and please join us over on the Calling All Sistahs Blog and play along with us.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Calling All Sistah's - May 2017

It is the 17th of the month Sistah's and time for your monthly reminder to do your monthly self-breast examination and book your mammogram when it is due.

This is my card for this month.

I used the Full on Floral stamp set to create the background, die cut the Ruffled Ribbon out of the background and popped it up on foam adhesive. The sentiment is stamped on  a stitched heart is from the Word Ribbon stamp set.

Stamps - Full on Floral (CFS) stamp; Word Ribbon (CFS)
Dies - Ruffled Ribbon (CFS), Stitched Rectangles (SSS) & Stitched Hearts (SSS)
Cardstock - White (Michaels), Shimmery Blue (Michaels), Canson XL Watercolor Paper, Blue Raspberry (GKD)
Accessories - Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Metallic Quartz Liquid Metals (Ken Oliver Crafts)

Have a great Day!!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I am so excited!!!

Today I get to announce to you that I am a Design Team member for the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Squad!!  

We have a new blog where you can find our Breast Cancer Awareness posts on the 17th of each month.  Then, on the 18th there will be an Encouragement Card Challenge. There will be and inspirational graphic and color scheme for each challenge, samples from the design team and we hope you will play along with us. 
The name of this blog is Calling all Sistahs Blog.

We also have an exclusive discount code for you to the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Shop.

Now on to the card I have for you today which has one of my favorite sentiments, Live, Laugh, Love on it.

I want to thank you for coming to my blog today and please leave me a comment I read and appreciate them all. :)

Products used on this card:
Stamps: Full on Floral and Be (CFS).
Paper: Strathmore cold press watercolor paper, Vellum (MFT) and Really Rust cardstock (SU). 
Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks (Ranger) and
Versamark Ink (Tsukineko).
Supplies: Rose Gold embossing powder (SSS), Anti-static Power Tool (EK Tools)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Creative Stencil Techniques - Final Class

Happy Monday!! Yesterday was the last lesson in the Creative stencil Techniques class.  Today we learned to stencil over watercolor.

I watercolored the background with Broken China, Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks. The once dry, I sponged Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink over the Layered Medallion A, next I sponged Broken China over the Layered Medallion B stencil.  I added Loose Peonies, from The Ton, that I watercolored and attached then to a die cut circle from cut from gold foiled cardstock, and Stamped the celebrate sentiment from the Celebrations stamp set from Altenew.

Thanks for coming to see this card....Susan

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Creative Stencil Techniques - Day 3

Today's class was all about using stencils as stamps.

For this card I used the Layered Medallion Stencil B and inked it up with Lime Rickey and Party Dress inks sprayed it with water and then turned it upside down on watercolor paper. I cut down my technique paper and added some stamped embellishments. 

See you soon for the 4th and final day of class.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Creative Stencil Techniques Day 2

Today was all about was all about using embossing paste through your stencils and either coloring the paste prior to spreading it or sponging over it.  I used the Halftone stencil from Altenew and some Dreamweaver embossing paste and using a palette knife spread the white paste through my stencil.

I let it dry and the sponged Flirty Fuchsia, Aquatini, Tutti Fruitti and Lime Rickey Inks from CP designs over the paste. Then I wanted to make a space sky for my Space Explorer from MFT, so I sponged Midnight ink over all the bright colors.  I stamped and colored my images and sentiment and once completed added some platinum Liquid Pearls "stars".

Thanks for coming by and having a look

Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebration: Creative Stencil Techniques Day 1

I am taking a class over at Altenew Academy by Laurel Beard where we are learning Creative stencil techniques. For day 1 homework we had to cut a stencil out of cardstock using dies. Here is my cards I made for this day.

I used the stencil, made using the Shutter cover cover plate die from Altenew, along with Flirty Fuchsia, Lime Rickey and Aquatini inks from Catherine Pooler Designs. I inked through the stencil to make a background for my card and then used the stencil piece itself on a second card. I stamped and colored the images from the Celebrate stamp set and sentiments from Label Love stamp set by Altenew to match my backgrounds.

I hope you have a great day!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CFC172 - Pink, Navy & White

Happy Sunday. I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. I received some Happy Mail this week and decided to try out this weeks color challenge.

For my card I stamped the Full On Floral background stamp on a piece of white cardstock using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and it a amazing!  I only stamped once using my Misti and the image came out perfect. I also stamped the sentiment from the new stamp set Floating, I love this sentiment. I then adhered my panel onto a card base of  navy cardstock, layered the sentiment using Fishtail Banners and added a few sequins from the Sistahood Sparkle sequin mix.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come on over and add your card to the challenge.

Happy Sunday

Monday, April 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - April 2017

Hello and welcome to this months Calling All Sistahs monthly  reminder to do your self breast examination and schedule your yearly mammogram if you are due. 

This month we are being featured over on the CAS-ual Fridays Blog!!

This month's theme is flowers. I used the Tin Roof stamp set for my background and a sentiment is from the Calling All Sistahs stamp set both from CAS-ual Fridays. I added few pink sequins from the Limited Edition Sistahhood Sparkle sequin mix, made by Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks for stopping by and remember to Check Yourself :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Not your average Peonies

I have been on a bit of a mixed media craze lately. The more mess the more paint, ink and stains the better. It is a bit messy, but a whole lot of fun. The CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is "Off the Edge:, so I added a layer on my card base and let some of the embellishments come off of the edge of it a bit.
I used CAS-ual Fridays Pretty Peonies stamp set and dies on this card, as well as the Smile Die from the Smiling Fri-dies set.
I hope you enjoyed this card and  come on over and play in the challenge!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop

Today is the 17th of the month and time for the Calling All Sistahs blog hop.  This hop happens every month as serves as a reminder to do your monthly self breast examinations.

Michelle Saugstad Gross, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays, found a lump back in 2015 during her monthly exam. You can read more of her story here. She created a line of stamps called the Calling All Sistahs Collection and she donates 50% of the profit from these stamps and dies to breast cancer research and awareness programs.

A new product will be added to the collection this month, it is a beautiful sequin mix made by Pretty Pink Posh.  Each Blogger will be using these sequins on their cards this month.

 Here is my card for this month.

Thank you for coming on the hop!!
Here is a list of all the stops on this blog hop. Please comment along the way.
Two people who leave comments will receive a $15.00 gift certificate to the Cas-ual Fridays shop.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New Inks from Catherine Pooler

In the fall Catherine Pooler Designs released their foundations box. In this box were 5 ink pads that Catherine had specially formulated and they give excellent coverage on all types of stamps and the colors to not transfer color to the others once the stamp is cleaned. These ink pads are foam not linen and so only a little tap, tap, tap on the ink pad is needed to ink up your stamp.  On Tuesday January 10th Catherine will release the rest of the ink colors to the Party Collection. I am a bit excited and maybe a tad OCD so I have made room and labels for the rest of the collection.

I took this picture before the announcement of Something Borrowed. All of the inks have fun Party themed names. There is one more color to be released tomorrow.  P.S. check out Catherine's facebook page for all the color reveals and to take a guess at the latest hint for the color reveal. You could win $5.00 to Catherine's shop.

I will be back on the 17th for the Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop!!