View From My Front Porch

Are you ever curious about where bloggers take their pictures?  Perhaps it is just me, but when I see bloggers taking shots with a natural surrounding instead of a white backdrop, I'm always curious to see more.   Here is the view of where I have been taking most of my pictures for the past year.  It's my front porch.

Do you see that ledge on the left?  That's it.  :) 

You can see Tuesday's card in this shot.  Depending on the angle I take the picture you usually see the tree, the fence or the grass in the background.

I love my little front porch.  I always wanted a big wrap around porch, but for now I am thankful for the one I have and the natural light it gives me for taking card photos.  

Where do you take pictures of your cards?


Fill In the Blanks Birthday | Stamp of Approval | Lovely Notes Collection

Last week I promised you another video & card using the "leftovers" from making the chevron banner thank you card video.  Today I deliver on my promise.  

It might be a little "over-the-top", but I think my son will like it.  Check out the video to learn more.

Direct link to youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHa50KFZnXU

Catherine ordered more boxes this time, so there are still a few left.  If you haven't grabbed yours yet, go to cpstampofapproval.com and snatch one up before they disappear. 

Stamps: Fill In the Blanks Birthday (Catherine Pooler Designs for SOA) Handpainted Thanks
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party (Stampin' Up) Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron (Distress) Mermaid (Lawn Fawn) Versamark
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies (Neat & Tangled) Lovely Flowers and Banners Dies (Catherine Pooler Desings for SOA) Mini Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz)


Ranger Sale

Do not distress!!! Today is the last day of Ellen Hutson's sale Ranger products.  As you know, I love my distress inks and mini ink blending tool.  ;) This offer ends tonight, July 18th at 11:59pm PST so you better shop now!


Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop

This is your monthly reminder ladies (and gents) to do your breast self-exams and schedule your yearly mammograms (if you haven't had one yet).  We like to remind you with a fun blog hop filled with hope.

Here is my card.  I really wanted the sentiments to shine on this card, so I let them have their moment in the spotlight by stamping them on a pretty tag.

Before I go, I want to let you know that you too can be a part of next month's hop.  Each person that participates in the hop will get a chance to win a gift certificate.  The #1 requirement is that you use at least 1 stamp or die from the Calling All Sistahs line from cas-ual fridays stamps for your blog hop project.  50% of the proceeds from the sales in this line are donated to breast cancer research and treatment.  Email me at sistahoodhop@outlook.com or join our Calling All Sistahs Facebook group to find out the other deets and when to sign up! 

Now it is time to hop!  You'll be going all the way to the top and visiting the CASual Fridays Stamps blog next.  Stop by each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win 1 of 3 $15 gift certificates to the CASual Fridays Stamps store.  Be sure to comment before 12:00am EST on July 19th.  And, don't forget to check yourself!

Stamps: Calm and Gentle, Dream Then Do, Hope Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Wonderful Wreath (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Cotton Candy, Ripe Raspberry (Color Box/My Favorite Things)
Paper: Foil Vellum (DCWV) Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things) Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) Pattern of the Rings Stencil (Winnie & Walter) Scallop Tag Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps)


Lovely Notes from the Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Collection

Yesterday the Lovely Notes collection from Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval went on sale to those on her wait list.  If there are any collections left they will go on sale today.  :)  Hurry up and clicky to get one before they are gone!!!

This would make a lovely set of cards to give as a gift, don't you think?  I was inspired by Melissa of Mel's Card Corner in her monochromatic card inspired by Lydia of Understand Blue cyanotype card series.  That is a lot of inspiration!  I do so dearly love monochromatic colors.

Each of these cards is just slightly different to keep it interesting for me to make.  I get bored pretty easily making the same things over and over again.  Obviously I changed the colors and embellishments with each card.  I also changed the size of my mask.

Yes, I used a mask of post it notes and post it not tape to sponge on each of the sqaures/rectangles before stamping my images in a slightly darker shade of the same color.

The Lovely Lattice background stamp was stamped out in the same color I used to sponge each card, but I dabbed off a little ink in several places before stamping it to give it a more distressed look.

I wanted this last card to have a bit of a masculine touch so I could give it to one of my boys.  I went old school on this one pulling out my crop-a-dile and large silver eyelet to top the tag.  :)

I hope you have enjoyed this series of cards using the Lovely Notes collection.  I still have a couple more cards to share with you next week.  Catherine should be announcing the winners of the blog hop boxes very soon.  Good Luck and I can't wait to see what all of you create with this truly lovely collection!!!

Stamps: Butterfly Notes, Lovely Flowers, Lovely Lattice (Catherine Pooler Designs for Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes collection)
Ink: Audrey Blue, Lavender (Simon Says Stamp) Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss,  (Stampin' Up) Blue Raspberry, Cotton Candy, Ripe Raspberry (Color Box for My Favorite Things) Mint Julep, Soft Lilac (Hero Arts Shadow)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories: 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon (SU) Black & White Twine (Doodlebug) Lovely Flowers & Banners Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs for Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes collection) Iridescent Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)


SOA Lovely Notes Butterfly Meadow

The challenge today over at StampNation is to create a card inspired by a Beautiful Meadow.  Obviously I chose flora, fauna and butterflies for my card.  Here is a sneak peek showing how I partially die cut the tag and the fussy cut around my butterfly for my design team card.  I used glossy accents over the butterfly to add a touch of dimension and shine.

I couldn't stop at just one card though.  I wanted to see how the butterfly would look of vellum, so I stamped him again and embossed with some cool glitter, then I turned him over and colored him with Zig clean color real brush markers.  In case you are wondering about those boxes of color on my tag, I got them by inking up 3 sizes of clear blocks with different shades of ink and then using the block as my stamp.  Then I used the same color ink for each box to stamp out some of the leaves and stems.  Each box is stamped in a slightly different way that is difficult to see in the pictures. 

For my sentiment on this card I triple stamped the thank you.  Don't you just love the font on this stamp?!   For the bottom of my tag I stamped out the little leaves in Bermuda Bay ink on Bermuda Bay cardstock and then die cut them out using the Lovely Flowers and Banners Dies.  While I was at the big shot I also cut the scallop strip die and used all 3 elements as an "anchor" for the bottom of my tag.

The background also used Bermuda Bay ink & paper.  It was stamped with the Lovely Lattice background stamp.  This stamp is going to see a lot of use on my cards.  It's the perfect backdrop for both feminine and masculine cards.

Stamps: Butterfly Notes, Lovely Flowers, Lovely Lattice (Catherine Pooler Designs for Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes)
Ink: 033 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker) Mint Julep (Hero Arts Shadow) Ocean Drive (Wplus9) Mermaid (Lawn Fawn) Bermuda Bay (SU) Versamark
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Under the Sea Embossing Glitter (WOW)