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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WWC170 - Penny's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I'm happy to be the host for this week's Watercooler Wednesday and I'm challenging you to make a card or project with a "Masculine" Theme.  Father's Day is only a month away, so why don't you take my "cue" and make a Father's Day project. 


Our challenge is open until 5:00pm Mountain Time on Monday May 21st. If you are entering other challenges remember our rule about only entering a maximum of 8 challenges including ours, so you're not disqualified from winning our Rock Star and or as a runner up Rockers  All the rules and details are on our home page Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

Before we get to my card I'd like to welcome our Guest Designer Stephanie Lanzalotto, who is filling in for Gail Allen on this weeks challenge.  Stephanie has designed an awesome card, so I hope you'll check it out.  

Here's My Card:
I've been busy getting cards ready for a Father's Day class that I'm doing towards the end of May.  This is the first of four masculine cards for that event. 





Supplies:
Stamp Set: Truly Tailored #145735 SU
Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and Crushed Curry
DSP: True Gentleman Designer Series Paper 
Ink:  Night of Navy 
Accessories:  Big Shot, Alphabet Dies (Cutter Bee 54-80032), Tailored Tag Punch, Star Embellishments (Urban Underground), Dimensionals, Tom Bow Adhesive.  

Details:
1.  This is an A2 card.  The card base is cut from Night of Navy card stock and measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and is a top fold scored at 4 1/4".

2.  The first layer on the card front is a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Crushed Curry.

3.  The top layer is a piece of plaid designer series paper from the True Gentleman paper collection.  It measures 5 x 3 3/4".

4.  The lettering was cut from Night of Navy and Crushed Curry card stock with the Cutter Bee Alphabet dies.  I cut two of each colour, layered and glued them together ending with a Crushed Curry piece.  I used a sponge dauber and sponged around the top edges of the letters.  The individual letters were spaced across the center of the card and adhered with Tom Bow glue. 

 5.  I stamped the "To A Classy Kind of Guy" image from the Truly Tailored stamp set onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and fussy cut it out.  Then, I punched out a tag from Night of Navy and glued the two tags together and mounted it with Dimensionals in the bottom left corner beneath the letters. I really like that Tailored Tag punch.


6.  The metal star embellishments in the top right hand side of the card were left over from last year's Urban Underground suite.  I think they add a masculine feel and just the right balance to this card.

7.  The inside of the card started with a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla card Stock.  The sentiment "Wishing You a Dapper Day" and the corner images are from the Truly Tailored stamp set and were stamped in Night of Navy ink.  I added a 1" x 4" piece of the plaid paper to the bottom of this panel to tie it in to the front of the card.  

Well, that's it for today's card.  I hope you liked it and it will inspire you to create your own Masculine cards.  I really liked the clean crisp look of this card.  The plaid paper really adds a masculine feel as do the bold letters.  

If you haven't already stopped by the home page for the Watercooler Wednesday challenges, go have a look.  The rest of the Design Team have added some really awesome cards that I know you'll love.  Thanks to all of you who participate in our challenges it's really appreciated and we love seeing all the talent that you bring to our site.  Wow, you're all amazing.  

Until next week........................

Happy Stamping
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

Monday, May 14, 2018

I'm the Winner - April Sparkle Blends!

A few weeks ago I  participated in a new to me blog hop called April Sparkle Blends Release Hop sponsored by  Amber MacMurtry of Doodles Paper Playground.  What a sensational blog hop that was.   I had the most delightful time looking at the stunningly cards designed by Amber and the Sparkle Blends Designing Divas team and her other Guest Designers.  All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

Amber was offering a prize and asking people to comment throughout the hop.  Let me tell you I commented on each and every entry not because I wanted the prize, but because these cards and the Sparkle Blends Release were super fantastic.  

A few days later, to my astonishment I received an email from Amber letting me know I had won the grand prize - the full assortment of April Sparkle Blends and today they arrived in my mail box.  I simply have to share these with you because I'm over the moon about it.  

Just look at all these wonderful sparkle blends that I won.  
What a generous prize.  Amber sent me one of everything in the release.
Amber is a stay at home mom living in Vermont, USA who started her own small business earlier this year.  It's called Doodles Paper Playground and she sells Sparkle Blends.  

Sparkle Blends are limited edition, small batch sequin embellishment mixes that include a wide variety of specialty Mix-Ins, like seed beads, Fimo slice shapes, confetti & more.   These blends are wonderful for shaker cards.  

Amber sells her Sparkle Blends exclusively through White Rose Crafts.  Besides her blog Amber also has a Doodles Paper Playground Facebook Page.  

Here's a closeup of these beautiful blends.  I can't wait to get playing with them.  Each package is full of little treasures so they are so much more than just sequins.  







Thanks Amber, you simply made my month.  I can't wait to use these blends with my projects and I know I'll be checking out your blog and White Rose Crafts.   I wish you well in your business.  I hope all of my readers will check you out too.  
 Social Media Links for Amber MacMurtry and White Rose Crafts:


Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is here and I just want to say to all the incredible women I know and those I don't (for I know you're out there), take a bow and enjoy your special day!

Today I want to share the special card I made for my mom and a picture taken earlier this week at her home's Mother's Day Tea Party.  My mom who turned 96 this year is still going strong even though she faces lifes trials and health frailities every day.  She always looks forward to celebrating Mother's Day and having her family and loved ones shower her with attention. 
Mom won a ball cap at her Mother's Day tea this week and it was such a wonderful prize for her.  She absolutely loves it and wants to wear it everywhere.  Who knew something as simple as a ball cap could give such pleasure. 

Here's My Mother's Day Card:

This is an Eclipse card made with the beautiful Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Paper from Stampin' Ups! Sale-A-Bration.  I've used Pool Party card stock for the card base and added a layer of Copper Foil for the layer.  The letters were cut from the layer before adhering the DSP.

The inside of the card  features a flower cut from the Springtime Foils DSP and coloured with Stampin' Blends markers.   
My mom loves yellow roses so the Light and Dark Daffodil Delight blends worked perfectly.

The background on the Spring Time Foils panel was coloured with light and dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends.  It didn't blend perfectly but the beauty of that is that the finished panel looks like it was watercolored.  The leaves were coloured with light and dard Old Olive Blends. 
I embossed this very meaingful saying from the Rose Wonder stamp set in Copper Embossing Powder.

I love the Alpha Letters cut from the Copper Foil.  They are big and bold.  I positioned the letters on the floral panel and cut them out.  These letters were set aside and used for another card.   Because my mom is blind she was able to feel each of the letters on the card which was important.  She could also feel the rose embossed flowers on the card panel.  When I told her they were yellow roses she smiled and said she could see them in her mind. 


Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed this card.
Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WWC#169 - Charlotte's All Occasions - Anything Goes Challenge



Are you ready for this week's challenge at Watercooler Wednesday?  I know I am, and so is Charlotte who is our wonderful host this week.  Charlotte's  challenge is about making a card or project for "any occasion".  That's right, it could be for a Birthday, a Wedding, maybe an Anniversary...........what ever you decide, because there's so many different occasions to celebrate.  

The WWC169  challenge will be open until 5:00pm Mountain Time on Monday May 14th, so there's plenty of time to make something and join in the fun.  All the instructions and rules for joining this blog challenge can be found here.   I hope you'll play along. 

Here's My Card: 
Friends recently moved into our neighborhood and have been busy doing a full renovation of their new home.  In preparation for their reveal, I wanted to make a special welcome card featuring the 2017 Stampin' Up! hostess set called "In The City" based on a card created by a UK stamper named Monica Gale.  I loved her version but tweaked it a bit to make it my own.  Here's my card.....



Supplies: 
Stamp Sets:  In The City (143771), Petite Pairs (122497) and Holiday Home (135095) 
Card Stock:  Natural Ivory and Calypso Coral
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, Versa Mark and Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. 
Accessories:  Misti Mini Stamping Platform, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Big AEKSUCCESS Alphabet Dies (54-80032), Dimensionals, Washi Tape, Very Vanilla Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy and Heat Gun.

Details:

1.  The card base is 8 1/2" x 5 12" scored at 4 1/4"  from Natural Ivory card stock. 

2.  Cut two 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Calypso Coral for the 1st layer on the front of the card and for the first layer for the inside of the card.  Adhere to base. 

3.  Cut two pieces of Natural Ivory measuring 4" x 5 1/4" for the front stamped layer and the inside stamped layer.  

4.  Place Natural Ivory front cover piece in the stamping platform and create a scene by placing the stamps along the card front and then stamp with Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  Colour the scene with Stampin' Blends.  Spritz lightly with Night of Navy ink.  Ground the building and truck by drawing a line along connecting with houses and defining the road.  

5.  Once the scene has been stamped position the die cuts above the street scene, raising and lowering the position of the letters to make sure all four spelled out the word HOME.  I held the dies in position with Washi Tape and then ran them through the Big Shot.  

6.  Remove the letters and save the center part of the "O".  On a scrap of Calypso Coral cut another set of letters and adhere them to the Natural Ivory  letters. Attach Adhesive Strips to the back of the letters. 

7.  Glue the stamped layer to the Calypso Coral layer and glue to the card base. 

8.  Remove the backing from the adhesive strips and carefully position in place.  Attach the center of the "O" to the card base with glue dots.


9.  On a scrap of Natural Ivory stamp the sentiment "happy new home" from the Holiday Home stamp set.  Cut the words apart with a pair of snips and discard t he word "home".  Glue the other two words "happy" and "new" to strips of Calypso Coral card stock and attach abve the "M" in Home. 

10.  On the other 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Natural Ivory stamp another scene from In the City.  Colour with Stampin' Blends.  Stamp the sentiment "so glad you're here" from Petite Pairs above the houses.  Glue to Calypso Coral layer and to card base. 


I had such fun making this card I decided to make a second one using Crumb Cake and Old Olive card stocks. I also stamped the sentiment "Welcome to our Block" from the In the City stamp set onto Old Olive card stock with Versa Mark ink.  I embossed it with Very Vanilla Embossing Powder and a heat gun and attached the sentiment with Dimensionals to the card front.  I really liked how this turned out, and it will be the actual card I give my friends.  

 

Thanks for dropping by today and checking out my card.  I'd love to have a comment from you.  Which version of my card do you like best?  Have you tried an Eclipse card yet?  What about the In the City Stamp set, do you love it too?  Here's one last look at these cards.   

If you haven't done so already don't forget to check out the Watercooler Main page for inspiration from the rest of the Watercooler Design Artists.  

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin Spot 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Creative Circle May Blog Hop - Saying Goodbye To Retiring Favorites

Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team's May Blog Hop.  If you're new to the crafting world or you're not familiar with our acronym "CCDT" it stands for "Creative Circle Design Team". We are a group of like minded Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who love paper crafting, Stampin' Up! products, SVG or electronic cutter patterns and participating in blog hops.  

Our CCDT hop is held on the first Thursday of each month and every 3rd month Liz Holloway, the leader of our group provides a pattern and challenge to create something using her 3D SVG and Silhouette formats.  

A big welcome to Lisa Eisner, the newest member of our Design Artists.  Lisa has been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for many years and brings a wealth of talent and skills to our group.  Nice to have you on board Lisa.

Stampin' Up! recently posted their retirement lists in anticipation of the transition to their new Annual Catalogue so our Hop today is appropriately named "Saying Goodbye" and is focused on our favourite retiring products.

This theme was really hard for me, because so many of my favourites will be gone forever as of May 31st.  I went back and forth through my supplies and have come up with a collection of items ranging from card stock to dies to share with you. I hope you enjoy my projects and are inspired to create some of your own.

Number of Years:
Since the Number of Years bundle arrived on the scene in 2016 I've been in love with it's versatility and usefulness for my card making projects. 

It definitely fits in the "one of my favourites" categories, for birthday and other special milestone events.  I've chosen to showcase both the stamp set and coordinating Large Number Dies in a Graduation card along with some other products that will be retiring too.
The inside of the card features a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday.
Supplies:
Number of Years #140653 is a 29 piece Photopolymer Stamp Set that coordinates with the Large Number Framelit Dies.
Stamp Sets:  Number of Years, Picture Perfect Birthday
Card Stock:  Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach 
Accessories:  Tassle from Celebrate Today Balloon Framelits, Oval Dies Nesting, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Dimensionals, Mini Basic Pearls


This card uses Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach and Wild Wasabi inks and card stocks that also will be retiring.  I love the way these colours coordinate.


To make the Large Numbers pop off the page I've used a sponge dauber around the edges of each number in their matching ink colour and have mounted them with Dimensionals.  I added small basic pearls to the centers of the flowers and the tassel on the graduation cap.  
For the Graduation Cap I punched out a 1" square and a tassle from the Celebrate Birthday coordinating dies.  I again used the sponge dauber around the edges adhered the tassel with a Glue Dot and then popped it onto the card with Dimensionals. 
 
For the inside of the card I cut a 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of card stock and temporarily taped it to the center of the Whisper White Panel as a mask.  I randomly stamped the Number of Years floral images around the mask. I  sponged Peek A Boo Peach ink around the outside edges of the panel and over the floral stamping.  I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from Perfect Birthday in Dapper Denim Ink.  This panel was layered onto Dapper Denim and adhered to the card base. 

Truly Tailored & Guy Greetings Twist & Turn Cards:
For these next two cards I'm showcasing a smaller style card called a Twist and Turn card.  It fits in a standard A2 envelope and uses an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" piece of card stock for its base.

My inspiration for making these cards is twofold.  I was preparing to enter a fancy fold challenge using the Twist and Turn design but I needed a template.  I found a tutorial by Dawn Griffith's Stampin' Studio blog from 2015 when she created a card using the Guy Greetings stamp set.  I loved her design so much I  decided to CASE it but with a few subtle changes of my own.



Guy Greetings Twist and Turn Card:
My first Twist and Turn card features the Guy Greeting Stamp Set.  My favourite image in this set is the vintage car.  It makes me think of Bonnie and Clyde and all those old black and white movies from the 40's.
For my card I combined Naturals Ivory and Basic Black card stocks with a map image paper from Going Places a retired Stampin' Up! DSP stack.  The edges of the DSP were sponged with Basic Black ink before they were layered onto the Basic Black layers.

I stamped the Vintage Car image on Naturals Ivory card stock with my Misti and then cut the image and mounted it on to the square with Dimensionals. 

I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Guy Greetings in Versa Mark ink on a scrap of Natural Ivory and embossed it with Black Embossing Powder. I loved how this image turned out.  I punched the embossed sentiment out with the Tailored Tag Punch and then mounted the tag onto a scrap of Basic Black fussy cutting within an 1/8" around the edges. The tag was pasted directly to the designer series paper.

For the inside panel I stamped off the car image twice and then stamped it on the bottom right corner.  I inked up the "Hoping Your Birthday is as Grand As You" from Guy Greetings and stamped through the center of the car.  In retrospect I should have heat embossed this sentiment too as the Naturals Ivory card stock is grainy and doesn't take a stamped image as clearly as an embossed one.  


Supplies:
Stamp Sets:  Guy Greetings and Truly Tailored 
Card Stock: Natural Ivory (R), Basic Black
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and Versa Mark Ink
Accessories: Paper Trimmer, Tailored Tag Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Detailed Scissors, Dimensionals, Tom Bow Glue.  
Guy Greetings #138828 Available in wood, clear and photopolymer in English and French.  One of Stampin Ups! best masculine stamp sets, ever! 

True Gentleman Twist and Turn Card My second Twist and Turn card features products from the True Gentleman bundle from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue.  Most of the products from this catalogue will be retired May 31st, 2018.
  
I started with a Dapper Denim card base followed by a layer of Tranquil Tide card stock. I'm going to miss these colours as they are so awesome for masculine cards.   I really love the crisp clean and beautiful designs in the True Gentleman DSP, and ordered an extra pack to keep in my stash.  

True Gentleman Designer Series Paper 


I embossed the sentiment "Happy Birthday" from Guy Greetings in Very Vanilla EP on a scrap of Dapper Denim card stock.  I cut the ends of the strip with my scissors and mounted this tag with Dimensionals.  


I stamped the sentiment "Wishing You a Dapper Day" in Tranquil Tide ink on the inside panel.
Supplies:
Stamp Sets:  Truly Tailored 
Card Stock: Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide
DSP:  True Gentleman Designer Series Paper 
Ink: Versak Mark, Tranquil Tide 
Accessories: Paper Trimmer, Tailored Tag Punch, Dimensionals, Very Vanilla Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Tom Bow Glue 

Coffee Cafe Masculine Gift Card Holder:
For this next project I'm spotlighting the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, a very special stamp called Stylized Birthday, and one of my favourite dies called Lots of Layers.  I'm sad to say these are all retiring.
This card has a Chocolate Chip card base and the first layer is Soft Sky.  Both of these colours are retiring in the Color Revamp the end of May.  I've added a chevron design paper from the Coffee Break DSP pack as a top layer.  Details on how to make this card are available in my WWC #168 Helen's Feminine Anything Goes challenge.   


I'm going to truly miss this Stylized Birthday sentiment when it's gone.  It's one of my larger birthday sentiments and has such a wonderful curly font.  The coffee pots and coffee cup are from the Coffee Break Designer paper.  There are many wonderful papers in this pack featuring coffee items.  I fussy cut the coffee pots but used the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies to cut out both paper cups.  I've added Dimensionals to mount these to the card front and inside of the card.  The swirl behind the sentiment is the coffee stain image from Timeless Textures stamp set. 

The inside of the card has layers of DSP completing the base layer and the half layer that forms the gift card holder.  I punched a half circle with the one inch circle punch in the center of the gift card holder for easy access.  I love the colourful polka dots and how they match up with the chevron paper so well.  Great colour combination.       

I'll be tucking in a Starbucks gift card when I send out this card, but I wanted something to write my birthday wishes on  so I cut a 3 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock to go into the gift card holder portion of the card too.  I stamped some more of the coffee swirls in the corners with Early Espresso ink and stamped a two-toned sentiment from the Birthday Celebration stamp set that goes perfectly with this card.  I used Early Espresso for the "Come Let Us Sit Together and Drink" and the "Coffee" in Tranquil Tide. 


Supplies:
Stamp Set:  Stylized Birthday, Timeless Textures, Birthday Celebrations (R)
Ink:  Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Coffee Break DSP
Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Oval Thinlet Dies, Ovals Thinlets, Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, Sizzix Scalloped Oval Die, Detailed Snips, Dimensionals, 1" Circle Punch
Coffee Break DSP 

Stylized Birthday 

Flying Home Birthday Wishes:
My final card for this hop is a birthday card stamped with the Flying Home stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue.

The card base is Tranquil Tide and the next two layers are in Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist that were dry embossed with the Berry Burst Embossing Folder.   

I had fun colouring these images from the Flying Home stamp set on Watercolour Paper.  I cut out the panel with the Lots of Layers Thinlet dies.  I only wanted a small margin of colour around the outer edge of the label so I glued it to some Tranquil Tide card stock and fussy cut within 1/8" around the outer edge.  Dimensionals were added to the back of the label.

The sentiment "With Many Wishes Just for You" is from the Birthday Wishes for You stamp set.  I stamped it on a scrap of Basic Black card stock with Versa Mark ink and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  I hand cut around the banner and then adhered it to the front of the layered piece with Tom Bow Glue. 

I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from Stylized Birthday on the inside panel of this card in Momento Tuxedo Black ink.  A few little birds were added and some sequins to finish this panel.  
Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Stylized Birthday, Flying Home, High Tide
Card Stock:  Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Very Vanilla and Watercolour Paper
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Bronze, Bemuda Bay, Rose Regal, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Tranquil Tide
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Dimensionals, Lots of Layers Thinlet Dies, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Sequins, Tom Bow Glue, Embossing Buddy, Heat Gun, Very Vanilla Embossing Powder, Scalloped Circle Punch, Sponge Daubers. 
I hope you enjoyed my projects today and will take the time to comment.  Did I show case any of the stamps or products that you are sad to see retired?  There are so many and it's so easy to get attached to different sets.  

I hope you'll visit the rest of the Creative Circle Design Team too and see what they've showcased.  Their projects are truly amazing.  You can use the links below. 

Until next time .......





Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot