Monday, 23 April 2018

Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 3 of the Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! This Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs is full of products that you can use to make cards that celebrate friendship and lots of happy occasions throughout the year! And included in this collection is a NEW Mystery Ink.

There are actually 3 options this time - you can choose the Tea Collection, the Coffee Collection OR the combined collection! There are some add-ons as well that will coordinate perfectly with your new goodies!

You should have come from  Laurel's blog (full blog list below with details about how to win).
If you’re new to Stamp of Approval – click here to check out everything you need to know about this exclusive collection of stamps, dies and other goodies. All these products were designed specifically for this collection; they are brand new, and while they will be made available at Catherine's store in the future, they won't be available there for many months.
If you are a StampNation member, you get access to order starting on Monday, April 23rd at 10 pm. Not a StampNation member? Make sure you are on the wait list so you get access to the collection at 9 am Tuesday, April 24th before the public (at 6 pm). These collections always sell quickly (and often sell out!), so if you're liking what you're seeing on the blog hop, you'll want to ensure that you have an opportunity to get your hands on this collection!
Now, let's get on with my projects!

Stacking Cups:

Stamps: Cuppa Tea
Ink: Lime Rickey, Tiki Torch, Party Dress, Flirty Fuschia, Black Jack, Midnight
Paper: White

If one cup of tea can solve everything, imagine what 4 cups can do! I had some fun with colour and masking to create this stack of tea cups. I created the 'ground' for the cups by simply masking and blending some Black Jack ink above the mask.
Scattered Circles (X2)

Stamps: Punctuated Party
Ink: Tiki Torch, Orange Twist, Tutti Frutti, Midnight
Paper: White
Accessories: Celebrate Die, Scattered Circles Stencil

I discovered (maybe by accident!) that I could make two card fronts at once using the new Scattered Circles
stencil (it works well as a turnabout, too!)

Here's a quick video:

Be sure to hop along and comment for your chance to win one of 3 $97 Gift Certificates, which will be chosen randomly from commenters and announced on Catherine's blog tonight at 6 pm.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

FS585 - Wish Big

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Suzy (aka SuzyS1104)

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Suzy's:
-horizontal strip of vertical stripes (does that even make sense?!)
-birthday theme

I changed:
-technique to create stripes rather than paper
-fewer layers
-no ribbon
-position of sentiment

I used the new MFT Envelope Buddy as a stencil and blended Catherine Pooler inks over  top to create my stripes. Before I removed the stencil I spritzed the inks with some water for texture and interest.

Here's a quick video:

I used:

Saturday, 21 April 2018

MCV98 - Old School Delight

I dug deep into my 'stamping past' for my card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Lindsey gave us this inspiration:

I focused on Lindsey's:
-blue and white colour scheme
-white image on blue background
-patterned background

These stamps are from the 'way back' - both wooden, the snowman from Stampin' Up (long retired) and the sentiment from Impress (still available here). I do still have a few wooden stamps, mostly Christmas-themed that I will never part with. I even had my Stamp-a-ma-jig out!

I also pulled out an old MFT Myriad Dots background stamp (also retired) that is just random dots and works perfectly as the reverse to the snowy sky behind the snowman.

I popped up my snowman panel and edged it with Stickles for some sparkle.

I used:

Friday, 20 April 2018

EH Pinsights - Beautiful Drama Queen

Today, I'm playing along with the latest PinSights Challenge at The CLASSroom, where we're using this colour palette - Drama Queen.

I focused on the succulents - I just love how those colours seem to blend seamlessly together. To achieve this look, I layered up my colours, which is very easy to do with Distress Oxide inks.

I started by cutting a 4.25x5.5 panel of Ranger Watercolour cardstock. I smooshed various colours of Distress Oxide inks onto my Ranger non-stick craft mat and used the ink with lots of water to create a pretty washed background. I did two layers of this, drying in between layers so that the colours didn't get muddy.

Next, I embossed Mondo Hydrangea with Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder. I smooshed more Picked Raspberry onto my 'palette' and added another layer of colour to each of the flowers. I love how the blues and greens underneath show through the pink.

I used the matching die to cut out the hydrangea and then cut the remainder of the panel with a pierced rectangle. I adhered the panel to a larger gray panel and then popped up the flowers. I coloured the flower centres with a yellow Zig Clean Colour marker and added touches of Stickles for some sparkle.

The sentiment is from the new Strong stamp set and is also embossed with Alabaster.

Here's a quick video:

I used:

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Abstract Floral Thank You // Right at Home Stamps + Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop

Did you know that Nicole at Right at Home Stamps is now carrying Catherine Pooler Inks? What a fabulous pairing!

Today, the Catherine Pooler Designs Creative Team is celebrating with a blog hop, using CP inks and Right at Home stamps and dies! And  if you comment on each blog in the hop (list is below), you will be eligible to win your choice of one item from Right At Home's newest release!

I created this simple thank you card with Abstract Florals and matching dies, and Script Greetings.

I started by stamping my daisy centre with Party Dress. I used a stamping platform and inked it up a few times, with extra ink on the left side to create some dimension.  Then I used the large leaf stamp and Tiki Torch to create my petals, again using extra ink selectively. I love the shading you get with this simple technique! I added some dots with Orange Twist and then finished by stamping my sentiment in Midnight.

To create some extra dimension, I used the matching die to cut out random petals and popped them up on my card using foam tape.

I finished it off with 3 tiny gems for some sparkle.

Now, be sure to hop and comment at each blog stop for your chance to win a Right at Home prize pack! Winners will be announced on April 26 on the Right at Home blog.

AJVD - Sweet Rainbow Celebration

Good morning! I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today showing how to use a flower die to make a scalloped circle focal point.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Muse 262 - Best Version

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Kim gave us a lovely spring inspiration:

I focused on Kim's:
-blue bird
-green leaves
-black sentiment

I used Perfect Vines dies to create a negative mask, and then blended Melon Ice and Lime Ricky for my background.

To create the multi-colour peacock, I used my MISTI and inked up a portion of my stamps with Aquatini, Something Borrowed and Flirty Fuschia. I added tiny gems to the tail for sparkle.

I used:

Sunday, 15 April 2018

FS584 - You Are Strong

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper, Susy (aka Tootsy). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Susy's:
-pink colours
-small flowers
-subtle background

I changed:
-die cut sentiment
-die cut ribbon
-stamped background

I started by cutting the ribbon from Courage out of my panel. I inked it directly with my Party Dress ink pad to get a deep rich pink colour.  Before I inlaid it back into the panel, I stamped the background using sentiments from Strong in a pale grey Altenew ink shade. 

I inlaid the ribbon back into the panel and stamped 'you are' to overlap the ribbon (because the ribbon is inlaid, the panel is flat and easy to stamp on both pieces). I die cut and glued the 'strong'.

I stamped one of the Courage flowers with It's a Girl and Party Dress, then cut it out with the matching die and popped it up for some dimension.

I used:

Saturday, 14 April 2018

TO107 - Spring

Two more cards for the current Time Out Challenge, where the theme is Spring.

This is another card that I started at Tracey's house.  And here's the reason I didn't get it finished - too much laughing! Just kidding - spending time with Kim, Joyce and Tracey was a real treat!

While I was at Tracey's, I started by stamping the girl, masking her umbrella and then I added the boy. I stamped a few clouds and my sentiment. I coloured their faces and hair with Copic markers and then it was time for me to come home.

At home the next day, I sketched in the sidewalk with pencil and then masked the clouds so that I could have the sun peeking through. Then I finished the colouring, including the sidewalk with Copics.

When that was done, I masked everything and blended inks for the sky and ground.

And then I was exhausted and had another cute (but much easier) idea using the same stamps.

I used:

Friday, 13 April 2018

Muse 261 - Hello

Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Tracey gave us this pretty spring inspiration:

I focused on Tracey's:
-floral arrangement
-hello theme
-use of die cuts
-lots of white space

I started by stamping the floral sprays from Grateful Heart at the top and bottom of a watercolour panel. I used Prima Confections to watercolour them.

Then I tried some partial die cutting, for interest. Instead of putting it on a regular A2 card, I used a square card base so that one of the cut edges is sticking up over the card base. It will still fit in a regular envelope.

No video today - I was lucky enough to be able to visit Tracey this week and she had some visitors from California - Kim Heggins and Joyce Mehrberg. I made this card while I was there, in between chatting, laughing and eating!

I used:

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Perfect Reason Giveaway Winner

Thanks so much for all the love on my Perfect Reason Giveaway Post! The winner is:

Sue D said...
Very pretty design and colors.
Sue - contact me at with your mailing address and we will get the stamps and dies in  the mail to you!

AJVD - Hello Friend

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a card (and video!) using one of my all-time favourite stamps and one of my current favourite stamping methods.

I'm also linking up to Time Out's Spring challenge and the current Inspired by all the Little Things. Even though I'm STILL waiting for spring! =/

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Essentials by Ellen April Release - FLAWESOME!

scroll down for my MFT & Friends post

Whoever paired the latest Essentials by Ellen Hot Mess Lady with the Everyday Hero Lady is a GENIUS! Seriously - these two ladies really speak to me. I know many of us have days where feel like we are a 'hot mess' when others see us being an 'everyday hero' by doing all the things we do for all the people around us! I love that these ladies celebrate the duality-reality of life in this way!

I knew right away I had to make a card with both of them. These ladies are both the perfect size to fill a card front on their own, so I had to be creative with my layout.

I stamped Hot Mess off to the side, keeping the dreamy-looking chin-in-hand side of her. Then I coloured her with Copics and used the matching die to cut a mask for her. I used a large circle die to cut another mask and blended blue Distress Ink over the remainder of the panel, fading to white at the top.

On a scrap piece of white, I stamped Everyday Hero and coloured her. I cut her out with her matching die, and then used the same large circle to crop her to fit inside the dream-bubble.

In the dream-bubble itself, I used the 'burst' die to create a stencil and blended yellow ink for some colour and interest in the background. I popped her up on the panel and then added some sparkle to her crown with Wink of Stella and a small Pretty Pink Posh Confetti sequin.

I kept elements (hair and shirt colours) the same so that you know it's the same lady in both her forms.

MFT & Friends - Happy Mother's Day

Good morning! I'm so excited to be part of a new monthly feature from MFT Stamps called MFT & Friends! There are 5 friends who are sharing this month, along with the Design Team, so be sure to go to the MFT blog for links to their blogs for more inspiration!

I had so much fun making this pretty Mother's Day card using some of the products from the April release!

I started with the Horizontal Collage Cover-Up - you know I love square cards, and this cuts down to a square so easily, and creates a fabulous frame for all my pretty elements!

Next, I stamped and die-cut some flowers and leaves from Bold Blossoms to use instead of 'o' in mom. I used Cotton Candy, Razzleberry and LimeLight Premium Dye inks.

I cut out the lower-case mom twice from dark gray cardstock. The 'm' fits perfectly into the square window in the Cover Up!

I used the stitched rectangle from the opening as my sentiment panel. I created my 'HAPPY' using the new Birdie Brown and Razzleberry Premium Dye ink. Then I used a partial sentiment from All About Mom to finish my greeting.

Here's a quick video:

I used:

Monday, 9 April 2018

MCV97 - Merry Christmas

Here's my card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Cornelia gave us this fun (and funny!) inspiration:

I focused on Cornelia's:
-green, black and white colour combination

This card is really very simple - I cut out Taller Than Trees from Technique Tuesday using Ranger Watercolor cardstock and then watercoloured it with Catherine Pooler inks. I love the look of the two greens layered on top of each other. The messy watercolouring gives the trees texture and even the white spots just look like snow.

I glued the forest onto a white cardbase, stamped 'Christmas' and added a 'Merry' die cut (both from Winnie & Walter) and that was it. Oh, yes, some sequin 'snow' for sparkle.

Here's a quick video:

I used:

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Essentials by Ellen April Release

Yay! This month's Essentials By Ellen release is now available! These two new Leading Ladies by Brandi Kincaid are fun and fabulous!

I did some quick Copic colouring of this Everyday Hero lady, and paper-pieced her top with some LawnFawn patterned paper.

Here's a quick video of how I coloured her hair and cape (these two areas are the most interesting, I think.)

I made another card with Everyday Hero Lady, but this time put the colour in the background, which I made with the new Strong stamp set.

I created my panel by stamping the words with Catherine Pooler Party Dress ink. I cut a strip of Neenah and rubbed the inkpad directly onto it to create the solid portion. I then taped them together and cut them down to 4 x 5.25. This method ensures that both portions of the panel match.

I added some shading  with Toner Gray Copics on the lady to give her some dimension, but really left the encouraging words to be the main message.

I used:

Saturday, 7 April 2018

FS583 - Bright Days

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Beth (lizzier). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Beth's:
-rainbow theme

I changed:
-no sun
-layout and size

I started by creating my grey sky, using Catherine Pooler inks, water and cling wrap.  I used second-generation stamping to make the raindrops. I die cut the rainbow in white, and blended inks before splattering with water.

Here's a quick video:

I used: