11.18.2017

CAS07 Soothing Green

Who could use a little encouragement today?  I think all of us have days where we need our friends to lift us up.  What better way to do that than with a beautiful handcrafted card?  That's why Michele Gross of CASual Fridays Stamps started the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge, to challege us each month to make cards and send them to those who could use a little lift in their spirits or spring in their steps.


My card was completely inspired by the green and white of this picture.  I planned on stamping out a white flower from on of my many CASual Fridays floral stamps, but then I saw the casual trees dies and knew I needed to shift gears.  The small doily die was a perfect substitute for the round floral shape.



I must admit, I am smitten with the classy, clean and simple card.  First I sponged the background in my new Catherine Pooler Spa inks and then I sponged another piece of cardstock so I could die cut my branches.  I purposefully sponged half the cardstock in a lighter color and the other half in the darker, then cut out my trees from various parts of that paper.  Next I stamped my sentiment, ties a few of my little trees with some linen thread and mounted it with foam tape onto my lightly sponged card base. 

Now it's your turn to be inspired and create an encouragement card.  Head on over to CAS07 to see the amazing creations from the Encouragement Squad and get crafting.  We can't wait to see what you create!




Stamps: Breathe (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Black Jack, Green Tea, Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Casual Trees Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Small Doily Die (Catherine Pooler Designs) Linen Thread (Stampin' Up)


11.17.2017

Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month.  Once again I am joining Michele Gross and the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Squad to remind you to do you breast self-exams and get those yearly mammograms scheduled.  We do that with a special post and lovely cards.  Here is mine.



I was super inspired by the cards I've been drooling over from Larissa Heskett.  Her black ink splatters always catch my eye and remind me of my Donna Dewberry painting days.  I used to love the way the ink splatter at the end really finished off my work.  These ink blots come from my new stamp set, Bomb Diggity. 


Make sure you head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has created.  Don't forget to use the coupon code below when shopping. 



Stamps: Word Ribbon, Bomb Diggity, Calling All Sistahs (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum (Stampin' UP) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Dies: Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die, Sistahs Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)


11.16.2017

Paradise Found Blog Hop Day 3

This is the 3rd day of blog hops for Catherine Pooler's new release including the Spa Ink collection along with new stamps and dies.  If you missed the first 2 days you can find the start of them here DAY 1 and Day 2

My creative mojo has been on a break for a long time.  I wasn't sure I had it in me to even create for this release, but I set aside a day to just sit at the stamp table with my new box of goodies and see what I could come up with.  3 days and more than a dozen cards later I would say that my mojo was hiding in that box!


Stamps: Winter Woodland (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Ditress Sprayer (Tim Holtz) Silver Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)

This was one of the first cards I came up with.  I just had to see how the new purples and blues would blend together.  Then I sprayed them with my new Distress sprayer, and the spray I got was like a galaxy of snowflakes and stars.  I loved it!  The only downside was that, I had planned to create a different card with a snowbank and I forgot to mask it.  It sat on my table taunting me while I continued to make more cards and get all my design ideas out.  When I had made about 10 cards I came back to this one and created a card closer to what I had envisioned.  Here it is below.


Stamps: Winter Woodland (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: W1, T2, T4 (Copics) Daydream, Royal Treatment, Juniper Mist, Peppermint Scrub, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, It's A Boy, Sweet Sixteen, Icing On The Cake (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Distress Sprayer (Tim Holtz) Silver Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up) Winter Woodland Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs)

It is one of my favoritist cards ever.  The background turned out even prettier with less purple and more blues.  I used Copics to add some shadows as well as bark to my trees to make them birch trees.  (sidenote- I love birch trees and had 3 in my backyard until an ice storm took one of them out.  Now we have 2)  I had no idea that the bough from the winter woodland was supposed to be paired with the other greenery stamp until I tried to die cut it out and couldn't find a die for it.  I cut out the other greenery and noticed it left a big white blank space.  The lightbulb finally went off and I made this amazing spray for my deer's head.

The trees I cut from the background will be making another appearance soon in the StampNation challenges.   I used them for another card that I am smitten with.

Below are some close ups so you can see just how reactive these new inks are to water.  I love that it lifted the color and left a lighter shade behind.


The distress sprayer makes all the difference.  Don't you love how these spa inks react with water?!!!


Here is a quick collage of most of the cards I made with the new inks, dies, and stamps.  To see more, visit my posts from the past few days HERE, HERE and HERE and be sure to come back tomorrow or subscribe by email to see more.



Now on to the hop and prizes.  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog on the hop, including mine, for your chance to win.  Happy shopping and hopping!

NEXT UP IS THE CREATIVE EMILY LEIPHART

Heather North *you are here*
Emily Leiphart <<<go here next>>>




11.15.2017

SOA Naturally Inspired Release Day

ETA: This is the post I wrote up for release day of the Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Collection.  It sold out before I got up that morning, so one of my favorite cards never got its screen time.  TODAY this collection is being released in the Catherine Pooler Store for individual sale!!!



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Today is the day!  The big release of the new Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired by Catherine Pooler.  I think this is my favorite one yet.  I sat down to stamp and 3 days later felt like I had barely scratched the surface of what this collection has to offer.  THAT is a great collection!

My card today was certainly inspired by my dear friend, Kristie Goulet.  She is a genius at using stamps in unique ways and creating fun background using small stamps.  


Direct Link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/j5ixcgQrY48




Here is a close up, so you can see how I lined up the feathers and background stamps.


SUPPLIES for Card 1 (included in project guide)
Here is the second card I made.  By twisting the stamp to make a cross instead of an x, you get a slightly different background.


Close up of the second card. 




SUPPLIES for Card 2
Stamps: Medallion Mix Up, Simply the Best
Ink: Aquatini,  Midnight, Mint to Be, Something Borrowed
Paper: Bright White

Along with products from this collection a couple of add on dies have been added.

Birds of a Feather


Small Doily Die

In case you missed my Naturally Inspired cards, or just want to see them again.  Here they are...

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11.14.2017

New Release ~ Paradise Found

Have you caught any of the new release videos Catherine & Ingrid have been doing over on Facebook?  She has a new collection of earthy spa colors of ink, plus stamps and dies. Today's cards feature the new Plaid Background stamp along with the Winter Woodland stamps & dies.  I managed to use all but 2 colors between these two cards.

This first card was a happy accident.   When we designers get these products we have NO samples to go off and it can be quite tricky trying to figure out how the designer intended the stamps to go together.  I played around with the greenery and using the heart and bird together.  I wasn't sure which was supposed to be in the center, but it doesn't really matter because they both look great.  Earlier I had stamped out the plaid background in both Rockin' Red (Party Collection) and Peppermint Scrub (Spa Collection) to see how the two reds compared.  This paper happened to be on the table when I set the bird on top.  Later when I was looking for something else I saw the small doily and the birdie gift tag on top of the plaid background and almost squealed it was so cute.  I stamped the arrangement on the center of my doily and put this quick card together.

Paper: Premium White (CPD)
Accessories: Small Doily Die (Catherine Pooler Designs) 


This second card came when stamped out the deer and other images, then die cut them.  I couldn't find a matching die to the greenery that the bird is sitting on.  I had used that stamp to make a wreath on yesterday's card.  I had thought perhaps they were supposed to be in the place of antlers, tough there are antlers in this stamp set.  So, I grabbed the green stamp I had used on the cards above, then grabbed the die to cut it out and I couldn't get it to match.  There was all this extra white space sticking out that side.  That's when it dawned on me that the 2 greeneries were designed to be stamped over each other.  Pretty cool, eh?! 

One I put that die cut "bouquet" on my deer's head, I had to jazz up his background too.  I would have grabbed the gold glitter embossing powder I've been seeing Catherine use, but I don't have it in my hot little hands.   I do have sand dunes, and decided to experiment to see how it would look.  Originally I was going to just have it be a small background like it was on the card I made yesterday, but I loved it too much to cover up, so I pulled out the small doily die instead to anchor my deer.  This happy accident turned out to be one of my favorite cards from this collection.


Stamps: Plaid Background, Winter Woodland (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Eucalyptus, Peppermint Scrub, Juniper Mist, Green Tea (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Premium White (CPD)
Accessories: Sand Dunes Embossing PowderSmall Doily Die (Catherine Pooler Designs) 

The entire spa collection, plus new stamps and dies along with the Naturally Inspired collection is on sale now.  Hurry before the initial supplies sell out.  Check back in here all week for inspiration on the new releases.





Catherine is doing 3 days of blog hops, so be sure to head on over to her site to see how some of the design team was inspired.  A little birdie told me there might be prizes.  <wink-wink>

11.13.2017

Catherine Pooler New Inks

Have you heard the news?  I'm sure you have.  Catherine Pooler is releasing her second line of inks called the Spa Collection.   Today she announced her final 2 colors, so I get to start sharing some cards with you!  I've had the privilege of playing with these inks and some of her new products that will hit the store on the 14th.  Would you like to see a peek at what is in store for you?  


I actually made this card last week for the StampNation challenge before I realized that the inks would not have been revealed, so I quickly made another card.  This card uses the new Eucalyptus, Green Tea and Peppermint Scrub inks. 

Stamps: Merry and Bright Boughs (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Gold Glimmer Paper (Stampin' UP) Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Gold Glitter Pen (Marvy) Joy Wreath Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs)


This next card I made specifically for the release coming tomorrow.  It uses the new Plaid Background stamp with Sand Dunes embossing powder.  I love the way the sparkly sandy gold looks as a background for my card.  In fact, you'll be seeing it again on another card this week.  I created the wreath out of a couple of stamps in the Winter Woodland stamp set.  Then I glittered the bow in the same embossing powder as the background.  I can hardly wait to show you the rest of the cards I've made.  I'm hopping up and down for this release that we've all waited so long for.


Stamps: Plaid Background, Winter Woodland (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Peppermint Scrub (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Sand Dunes Embossing Powder (WOW)

In case you are wondering what card I ended up making for the challenge last week, here is a sneak peek for you.  I was really in a wreath mood.  You can see the full card here.


11.03.2017

Design A Life

The cards today started with a beautiful stencil used as a stamp.


Stamps: Boss Babe (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Mint to Be, All That Jazz, Aquatini (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Black, White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Lovely Flowers Dies, Turkish Delight Stencil  (Catherine Pooler Designs) White Superfine Embossing Powder (WOW!) Wonky Stitched Rectangle (My Favorite Things) Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)




I inked up the stencil with 3 shades of aqua, then spritzed water over it before "stamping" it onto my cardstock.  There was still plenty of ink, so I stamped it again on a second piece to make the card below.


Stamps: Butterfly Notes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Mint to Be, All That Jazz, Aquatini (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper:  White (Catherine Pooler Designs) Vellum (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Metallic Copper Embossing Powder (WOW!) Turkish Delight Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs)












10.27.2017

Winter Scene from Winterhaven

The newest Stamp of Approval release, Winterhaven, has sold out.  For now we wait until the individual pieces are released into the store.  (sometime in 2018)  Before I put the collection away I wanted to share 2 more cards I made to create a little winter scene.  I try not to show to many cards with products you can't purchase, but since so many of my followers have this collection, I thought you might enjoy a little more inspiration using it.



For each of these cards I die cut masking paper from the curvy hill in the winterhaven die set.  I then sponged a little bit of blue up from the mask to create little snowbanks. 


I hope you are enjoying your Winterhaven collection.


Stamps:  Here We Come A-Caroling (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Icing On the Cake, It's A Boy, Lime Rickey, Midnight, Something Borrowed, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Premium White (CPD)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP)


10.18.2017

CAS 06 Water Lilies

Each month the Encouragement Squad hosts an encouragement challenge on the Calling All Sistahs blog.  And, each month I am blown away by the inspiration photo Michele chooses and the design team's incredible work.  I have to admit though, this one just might be my favorite.  It is so soft and feminine and pretty, plus the pink colors are perfect for breast cancer awareness month. 


Here is how I interpreted the photo.  You can use the photo or the colors or both for your inspiration to make a card of encouragement.  I took the 3 candles and the flower and morphed them into 3 water lilies on my card.  I also added a water background with some aqua markers to mimic the water in the bowl.  Obviously I strayed a bit from the original color palette, but that's ok.  I am in LOVE with this card.  It fits my style. The embossing powder has a touch of rose glitter to it that is so pretty in person. 



Stamps: Mon Ami (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 200, 230 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush) Landscape Aqua Markers (Spectrum Noir) Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: Fools Gold Embossing Powder (WOW) Mon Ami Fleur Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps)



Be sure to head on over the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the incredible cards from the rest of the Encouragement Squad and then make your own card to be added to the challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the CASual Fridays Stamps store.  Don't forget to use your coupon code if you plan on doing some shopping.  ;)  If you are like me, every little bit you save helps you add a little bit more to your cart.


10.17.2017

Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post

It is the 17th of the month and that means it is time for the Calling All Sistahs reminder post.  Each month on the 17th we remind you to do your breast self-exams and schedule those yearly mammograms with a blog post and parade of cards on the Calling All Sistahs blog.  Clicky to see that post.  Here is my card for the occassion.


Stamps: Hope Ribbon, Word Ribbon (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 200, 230 (Zig Real Brush Markers) Versamark
Paper: Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: Fools Gold Embossing Powder (WOW) Hope Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps)


If you want to do some shopping on the Breast Cancer Awareness month, Michele is offering to donate 75% of her profits from the sale of stamps and dies in her Calling All Sistahs line to Breast Cancer Foundation.  Do some shopping and do some good.   Don't forget to use your coupon to save yourself 15%.  




10.10.2017

Winterhaven is Live


The new Stamp of Approval Winterhaven is live and in the shop, along with 2 add-on dies.  Hurry and get yours quickly.   They won't last long!!!

Add Ons:


Plus, one more card for you using the Joy Wreath dies to create a fun background.


First I stamped my sentiment in the lower right corner.  Then I inked it again in Versamark and used embossing powder to make it sparkly.  :)  Next I die cut several Joy sentiments and glued them around the sentiment until I filled up the card.


Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling (SOA-Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Aquatini (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Accessories: Joy Wreath Die (SOA) Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW)


10.09.2017

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 3

It's almost time for the newest Stamp of Approval collection to be released, so you will want to get on the waitlist NOW if you are not already on it.  cpstampofapproval.com  This collection goes beyond the traditional Christmas collection and encompasses the entire season from Christmas, to celebrations, gift tags, thank you and more!  If you aren't familiar with Stamp Of Approval, it is an exclusive collection of stamping products curated by Catherine Pooler.  She puts these collections together in a limited supply for a limited time.  Once they sell out, they are not released for sale until months later and never again in a complete collection at this great price!


Both of my cards today are a take on the traditional Reds & Greens of Christmas.  First up is my Party Dress pink card using the new background stamp along with the Joy Wreath die.  It is so pretty die cut out of glimmer paper, that the card really doesn't need much more.


Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling, Ornamental Background (SOA Winterhaven)
Ink: Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamak
Paper: Champagne Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up) Midnight, Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Joy Wreath Die (SOA Winterhaven) White Embossing Powder (WOW)

To create both cards I first stamped in Versamark using the Ornamental Background stamp, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next I sponged on my color started at the bottom of the card and getting lighter as I moved up.  The difference comes in the colors of ink and the embellishments/sentiments to finish off each card.




My second card is a play on the traditional green using Aqua inks instead.  To jazz up the Joy sentiment I first die cut in white, then sponged on color on the bottom 2/3 of the word.  Next I covered the entire thing in Versamark ink and sprinkled Wanderlust embossing powder over it, heat setting it to bring out the sparkle and shine.  The little sentiment strip was part of a larger sentiment that I masked off, inked in versamark and heat set white embossing powder.   Then I sponged my lightest color over the strip and my darkest just around the edges.

Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling, Ornamental Background (SOA Winterhaven)
Ink: All That Jazz, Aquatini, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamak
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Joy Wreath Die (SOA Winterhaven) Wanderlust Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder (WOW)

The Winterhaven Stamp Of Approval will open up for sale to the waitlist very soon.  You will want to get on that waitlist NOW if you are not already on.  The previous 2 collections sold out within hours of opening up to the waitlist before the link to shop went public. 

Go to:
www.cpstampofapproval.com 
to subscribe.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Seeing what everyone has been creating and commenting for your chance to win a collection for free!


Today is the 3rd day of blog hops.  If you missed the other 2, don't worry, I will link them below.  Make sure you leave a comment on each blog today for your chance to win.  If you get lost on the hop, start at Catherine's blog and work your way down. 

*Up next is the beautifully creative Cynde*


BLOG HOP PRIZE
One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on OCTOBER 11th on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.


Heather *you are here*
Cynde ***GO HERE NEXT***
Taheerah

In case you missed them, you can still comment on the first days of blog hops.
Blog Hop Day 1 Blog Hop Day 2

10.07.2017

Winterhaven Is Coming

How are you spending World Card Making Day?  Winterhaven is coming next week, and blog hops for the new Stamp Of Approval start today.  My blog hop day will be Monday, but I just couldn't wait to start sharing my cards with you!


Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling, Tis The Season (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: It's A Girl, Rockin' Red, Tutti Frutti, Garden Party, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark 
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs) Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up)
 Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up) Gold Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh)

I took the Tis' The Season stamp set from this collection and paired it with a sentiment from another set in the collection to make this card.  The instructions for this card will be included in the project guide that comes with every Stamp of Approval collection.   Make sure you are on the waitlist to find out when these products are released. cpstampofapproval.com

If you would like to join the first day of blog hops and comment for your chance to win, start HERE at Catherine's blog. 

In case you haven't popped on over to StampNation yet, here are my sneak peeks for 2 of the challenges.