Stamping With Aqua Markers

The summer of masterclasses at StampNation is coming to a close, but it's not over yet!  :)  This week and next we have Chrissie Tobas teaching us all about watercolor and especially how to use the Aqua painter markers from Spectrum Noir.  <3   Yesterday I shared a little sneak peek of my challenge card. My card today came from a little experiment using the aqua painters to color my stamp before I stamped. 

I should have made a video on this to show you how I did it, but I was just playing with my new markers and experimenting with different ideas.  I created the background first by scribbling the markers on my craft sheet and then adding lots of water before dipping my watercolor paper in it.  Once the background was dry I colored my stamp and lightly spritzed it with water before stamping it down.  I was THRILLED with the outcome.  It reminds me of a soft focus picture.  After stamping the greeting I die cut the panel, then decided I just couldn't throw the outer edge away, so I used the inlaid die cut technique to assemble my card.  

After that I added some heart confetti.  Not sure if I like it or not.  In real life they catch the light, and much prettier than in the picture, but this picture captures the colors of the background and birds better than the other.  ;) 

Want to see more ideas on watercoloring with Aqua markers?  Check out the current masterclass at StampNation here.

Stamps: My Sunshine (Crafter's Companion by Spectrum Noir)
Ink: Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz) Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Aqua Painters in Earth and Landscape bundles (Spectrum Noir) Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) MISTI tool


Aqua-inted with Aqua Markers

We are wrapping up the summer of masterclasses at StampNation with one last class from our very own Chrissie Tobas.  This might just be one of my favorites because I love the look of watercolor and I'm always on the hunt for new ideas, tips & techniques.  Of course I signed up this week's challenge at StampNation. It is to add water.  Here is a sneak peek of my card.

Stamps: My Sunshine (Crafter's Companion) Enchanted Garden (SugarPea Designs)

Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Cardstock: Midnight, White (CPD) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Aqua Painter Bundles in Earth and Landscape (Spectrum Noir)
Clear Embossing Powder (SU)

To go along with this masterclass we also have a challenge and a HUGE prize pack from Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir.  Clicky to check it out.

I didn't stop here.  I have another card coming tomorrow using my new Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, so you'll want to be sure to check back with me and see it.  


Puffy Heart Love You ~ CAS05

Everybody loves getting happy mail and what better mail than a note of encouragement?  That is why we bring you the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge each month.  It's a fun way to build your stash of cards that will brighten someone's day.  Here is this month's inspiration photo.  You can use something from the photo OR the colors OR both.

It reminds me of the sunset we saw last week at Cannon Beach.  There is just something magnificent when God paints the sky like this!

Stamps: Puffy Heart Love (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Bellini, It's A Girl, Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Tiara, Tutti Frutti, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Desgins)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Glitter Enamel Dots (SU)

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the magnificent beauties the Encouragement Squad has come up with!   Then add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to CASual Fridays Stamps.


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month.  Have your done your breast check this month?  Is it time to schedule that mammogram?  I'm here with Michele Gross from CASual Fridays Stamps and the Encouragement Squad to remind you each month.  Early detection can be the difference between cure and incurable.

Stamps: Tutu, Hope Ribbon (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Bellini, It's A Girl, Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Tiara, Tutti Frutti, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps) Pink Gemstones

This month we have a special announcement.  We've added a NEW member to our Encouragement Sqaud and I am soooooo excited she is joining us.  Want to find out who it is?  Clicky to visit the Calling All Sistahs blog to find out.

See you tomorrow for a new encouragement challenge!


Winners Announced

Winners have been announced for the Calling All Sistahs Challenge (CAS04).   Are you the winner?  Check it out HERE to find out.


You Make Me Smile

Yesterday I showed you 3+ ways to use a background piece created with the new Tilly's Magic Garden from Catherine Pooler designs. If you missed that post and video CLICKY to see it now.  Today I am going to share yet another idea for using that background piece created with tiny stamps.

My favorite part of this card is that custom striped paper.  I used YAY Stripes and Black Jack ink on a 1/4" strip of Smoke & Mirrors cardstock.  Isn't that a fun little addition to this card?  I also cut the white panel on an angle for added interest to this otherwise Clean & Simple card.
Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden, Wild BloomsYay Stripes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Jack, Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Smoke and Mirrors,  Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)


Tilly's Magic Garden and Craft Room Essentials

There is a tiny little release today that is making a BIG impact at my stamp table.  One stamp set, one die a few sheets of paper and BAM 5 cards, right out of the gate.  Fun times at the North home.  The best part?  This stamp set and the craft room essentials are available NOW in the Catherine Pooler shop.

The second best part?  I have some of those cards and a video to share with you today too!

Clicky to view this video on youtube

This stamp set was created by Lydia Evans and it is her first for Catherine Pooler Designs.  I'm so excited to see a fellow card designer branch into new creative adventures.

Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Midnight, Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies, Dotted Circle Dies, Hello Die, Large Doily Die (CPD) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)

Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Midnight, Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies, Dotted Circle Dies, Hello Die, Large Doily Die (CPD) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)

Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Jack, Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Midnight, Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies, Dotted Circle DiesLarge Doily Die (CPD) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)

Don't forget to check out the Craft Room Essentials category for several new goodies every stamper needs.

Want to see even more goodies created with this set?  Check out my Creative Blessings page on Facebook where I will be sharing links to other designers as I find them.  You will also want to stop by Catherine's blog and see what she has to share!


Guest Blogging Best In You

Today I am guest blogging for Catherine Pooler and I have a video over her post too.  I created a second card from the ink left on the stencil from this card.

 Clicky to see my second card and leave some love over there.

Clicky to see the first card and video if you missed it.  ;)


Mermaid Hope CAS04

There are still a few days to join the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge!  My love for the ocean started as a child and has only grown through the years.  The inspiration photo got my creative juices flowing, so I have a second card to show you.

Missed the first one?  Clicky to check it out. 

My parents were up visiting when I made these cards and sat watching me.  It's the first time I've had an audience when making my cards.   Here is a quickie video of my process.

Hop on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to enter your encouragement card inspired by this fabulous picture.

Stamps: Mermaids, Word Ribbon (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up) Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Pearl (SU)

Don't forget to use our coupon code when you shop at the CASual Fridays Stamps store. 


Inspired By Masterclasses

Today I am up on the StampNation classroom with a few new cards for my Inspired By series.  All summer long we have been having amazing masterclasses and I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with by putting those lessons into card.  Once the inspiration started flowing, I didn't want to stop.  Check out a sneak peek of the 3 cards that are featured over there.

StampNation members can watch the videos HERE.  If you are not yet a member, it is easy to become one and gain access to ALL the lessons in our classrooms!  www.thestampnation.com


New Catalog Is Live

The new Stampin' Up! catalog is now live.  Didn't receive one in the mail?  Now you can check it out online and order immediately.  :)  Happy Shopping!


Layers Challenge

The challenge at StampNation this week is to use layering stamps.  I love layering stamps because it adds so much depth of color without having to get out markers, paintbrush or other mediums.  Here is a sneak peek of my card for this week's challenge.

StampNation members can find our challenges HERE.  Not yet a member?  Become one today! 


Paisley Thanks

The Paisley Peacock stamp set is very versatile.  Here I have used a couple of the feather layering stamps and made a rainbow pinwheel.  Fun Fun!

As you can see I had a blast playing with all my different ink colors.  If you don't have this many inks to choose from, no worries.  Simply "stamp off" to get a lighter shade for your inner colors.

Stamps: Paisley Peacock (CPD) Handpainted Thanks (Neat & Tangled)
Paper: Premium White (CPD)
Accessories: Cross Stitched Squares (My Favorite Things)


Masterclass Continues

The masterclass with CASual Fridays Stamps continues at StampNation.  Yesterday the colorfully talented Michelle Lupton shared a rainbow of sassy cards.  Monday was my Sassy Yet Classy tutorial and a new one will go up tomorrow.  All classes are free for StampNation members and the classroom never closes, so you can watch them again and again for inspiration.


SOA Winners

Winners of the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval blog hop have been announced.  Are you one of them?  Clicky to find out.


New Masterclass- Cards With Sass

There is a new masterclass over at StampNation brought to you by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  Guess who one of the guest teachers is?  If you guessed me, you get a gold star! 

This is going to be such a fun class!  Every tutorial shows you different ways to add Sass to your cards using stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  My card uses just a dash of sass to turn a classy card into something you would give to your bestie!   Here's a sneak peek of my card.  Hop on over to StampNation to see the full card.  

Not yet a member?  Click HERE to learn more and sign up today!

To play along with the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge, visit us here? http://callingallsistahs.blogspot.com

Stamps: Pretty Posies; Tag, You're It (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: All That Jazz, Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Lime Rickey, Midnight, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Merry Label DiesPosies Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Mod Flowers Stencil (CPD) 


Snow Is Coming

Did you know that StampNation has a bi-monthly (or is it bi-weekly) Christmas challenge to help inspire us to get our cards made before December 25th?  There have been some great ones already, but this is the first time I have joined in.  My plan is to go back and do the others after the kids are back in school.  (8 more days, but who's counting?)

The challenge this week is SNOW, so I pulled out my snowflake collection of stamps and dies and went to work creating my own snowy background with an emboss resist technique.

I hope you will join in on this challenge.  To see what the design team and fellow members have created for inspiration CLICKY.

Stamps: Bring On the Snowflakes, Snowy Sayings (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, It's A Boy (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Silver Shimmer, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Funky Flakes Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) White Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP)


Seas the Day CAS04

All of my friends know I LOVE the ocean.  If I could live anywhere it would be at the ocean with my own private beach.  So, it's no surprise that I love this month's Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  

To join in the challenge you make an Encouragement card based on the photo or colors or both.  Here is my card.

To view video on youtube: https://youtu.be/b-rwoBnsd7A

Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see how the Encouragement Squad was inspired and to add your card for a chance to win a $25 gift card to CASual Fridays Stamps store!!!

Stamps: Mermaid (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquiouse, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: 1" flat brush; Linen Thread, Pearls (SU)


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month and I am here to remind you to do your breast self-checks and schedule those yearly mammograms if it is time.  Here is my sparkly card made with you in mind!

To view the video on youtube:  https://youtu.be/iYhCjdbDhxI

After you have done your self-check, head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog.  Michele has a very important message she's sharing today and you won't want to miss it.  Not to mention the fabulously talented Encouragement Squad cards!

Don't forget to use your coupon code if you go shopping at CASual Fridays Stamps!

Stamps: Hope Ribbon, Tutu (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: It's A Girl, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Glass Glitter Gel (Faber-Castell) Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Swoop Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs)


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Fresh Flower Motif

This card was inspired by my friend Kristie Goulet.  She is a master at taking stamps and using them in unique ways to create new designs.  Her classes over at StampNation have me looking at my stamps with fresh, new eyes.

Watch video in HD on youtube: https://youtu.be/62nI2m9AbtQ

My other inspiration for this card came from my new business.  I needed some tags to add to the mini facials I was giving away and that sparked the overall theme of this card.  I chose fresh colors from our logo and stamped them on a tag that I could include as part of their gift or on a card like you see here.

Stamps: Leaf Motif (SOA)
Ink: Bellini, Garden Party, It's A Boy, It's A Girl, Melon Ice, Midnight, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Marching Leaves Stencil, Tags, Etc. Dies (SOA) White & Grey Twine

Today is the second day of blog hops.  Be sure to head on over to Catherine's blog to see who is participating today.  And, don't forget to get on the waitlist to find out the moment this collection goes on sale!


Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 1

A new Stamp of Approval is being released this week.  The name of this limited edition collection is near and dear to my heart: Counting Blessings.  I'm so excited to share a couple of my projects with you today!  This first one is included in the project guide that will be emailed to you after you purchase the collection. 

My first card uses one of the 2 stencils included in this collection to make a rainbow of leaves.  Isn't that a fun, yet simple idea?

Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Tags, Etc. Dies, Marching Leaves Stencil, Thankful Die (SOA) White Embossing Powder (SU)

My second card uses the unique Fallen Leaves Dies.  First I die cut a row of leaves out of my card panel.  The I die cut some leaves from paper that had been sponged with Bellini and Flirty Fuchsia inks.  I did a partial inlay die cut technique, using the white outline die and select sponged fillers from the dies.  Next I did my stamping. The final touch was to splatter with a little black ink using a spritzer tool and mount it on some light gray cardstock. 

Accessories: Basic Black Marker, Spritzer Tool (SU) Fallen Leaves Die (SOA)

These collections sell out fast, so make sure you are on the waitlist to find out as soon as they go up for sale.  Our last release sold out before it could go live to the public.  Only those on StampNation and the waitlist had the opportunity to snatch one.


Now on to the fun stuff.  Let's see how some of the other designers on the team were inspired and give you a chance to win one of these new collections for yourself.  All you have to do is comment on each stop on the hop for your chance to win.  Come back tomorrow and Tuesday for days 2 & 3 of the hop.  

One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on AUGUST 17th 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.

Next up on the hop is the creative genius, Maureen, from Mama Mo Stamps!

Blog Hop List

Heather <you are here>
Maureen <<<GO HERE NEXT>>>


Bonus Days

If you earned Bonus Days coupons in July for spending $50 or more, now is the time to redeem those Stampin' Up! coupons!!!! 

Need help?  Download the PDF on how to redeem those codes HERE

Ready to go shopping?  CLICKY


Masterclass at StampNation

StampNation members have been enjoying a summer of masterclasses.  Back in June we had Faber-Castell join us and I was so inspired, I made a bonus video for that classroom.  Members can check it out here.   Want to see a sneak peek?

Stamps: All About You (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Dapper Denim (Stampin' Up) Versamark
Paper: White (CPD) Dapper Denim (SU)
Accessories: Harleen Stencil (Winnie & Walter) Silver Texture Luxe (Faber- Castell) White Embossing Powder (WOW)