Monday, September 17, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection

    Have you heard of the limited edition collections offered by Catherine Pooler Designs called Stamp of Approval?! Past releases have been spectacular and this one is just as spectacular and perfect for all your holiday crafting and beyond!

      Let me help introduce the Stamp of Approval Home for the Holidays Collection! (collection available September 19th!) The Stamp of Approval Home for the Holidays is an exclusive collection. Home for the Holidays products were designed exclusively for this box, are brand new and won't be available separately for a number of months.

    This festive box is jam packed full of items that are perfect for the holidays! I really love how all the items and add-ons of the collection work so well together. I've only used a fraction of the products in the box for my cards today, I will have more to show you on Release Day!

    My first card features the fun new Christmas Cookies Stamp Set and Christmas Cookies Dies (an add-on item) and a sentiment from Holiday Mix Stamp Set. I stamped and embossed with various embossing powders the cookie designs onto cream paper and then inked the edges with Shea Butter Ink to resemble the high end christmas cookies with royal icing. I finished by stamping the sentiment from a mix of Holiday Mix Stamp Set and Christmas Cookies Stamp Set with Midnight Ink.

    For this next card, I recreated a warm fuzzy sweater feel using the Cozy Borders Stamp Set for the background and the Merry Christmas Layered Word Die as a focal point. I stamped the tree borders in Eucalyptus Ink, the blocks in Peppermint Scrub Ink and the reindeers in Icing on the Cake Ink on Sand Dunes Cardstock. I inked the edges with Over Coffee Ink for a nice, cozy feel. I finished the card by using the negative layer of the Merry Christmas Layered Word Die from Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, saving the words for another project.

    All Collections Include the following:
    Holiday Mix Stamp SetTiny Tags DiesTiny Wishes Stamp SetChristmas Cookies Stamp SetFestive Trimmings Stamp SetCozy Borders Stamp SetMerry Christmas Layered Word DiesRockin' Red Embossing GlitterLime Rickey Embossing GlitterSomething Borrowed Embossing Glitter
      And the following are coordinating Add-ons: Sugar Cookies Dies
      Festive Trimmings Dies
      (Affiliate links used when possible)

    If you don't already know and are interested in this collection, you'll need to subscribe to the waitlist to get the first notice of the sales list, as the collections sell out quickly! Click HERE to subscribe to the waitlist!

    There's also prizes up for grabs to celebrate the Stamp of Approval Home for the Holidays CollectionTHREE random winners chosen to receive $25 Gift Certificate to the shop. Winners will be announced on September 24th on Catherine's Blog.
    Commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs.

    Here's a list of hop participant's today:Catherine Pooler
    Kelly Martin 
    Lisa Harrolle Susan Powell Karen Baker <-- are="" here="" span="" you="">

    Be sure to visit Catherine's Blog for more sneak peeks from this collection! There is a Pre-release Party for StampNation Members on September 19th. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge: Innovation Master

My last entry for the 2018 MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge, this time for the Innovation Master portion. Toughest one for me yet, and although it didn't turn out like I had in mind, I still am proud of the overall card.

Two llamas that have a whole lotta love for each other. One is running towards the other for a kiss, simply by pulling the tab!

I used the super cute Llama Love Stamp Set, colored with Copics and a desert sky made with distress ink.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge: Clean & Simple Genius

Here's my entry for the 2018 MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge: Clean & Simple Genius.
CAS is usually my go-to style and my favorite to make.

I pulled out my Happy Hippos Stamp Set, stamped and Copic colored the hippo and bird and balloons. I added some doodled strings around the hippos belly, to make him float among the clouds, which were die cut from MFT's retired Cloud 9 Die-namics. I finished the card with a few gems, a stamped sentiment and rounded corners.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Fall Hello

I absolutely love everything about fall. It is my most favorite time of year.
Stopping in quickly for a card I made for the Reverse Confetti’s Stock Your Stash Challenge today which is a Fall/Halloween theme. 

 A clean and simple card with a small fall scene using cute Reverse Confetti Stamps (Nuts About You), the Fancy Words Confetti Cuts and Copic Markers.

Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 MFT Card Design Superstar Challenge: Coloring Virtuoso

Looking back at cards I have made in the past, some of my favorites were cards created for the MFT Superstar Challenges. So, I thought I would throw my hat in the ring again this year, and I am so glad I pushed myself to try to new things! Today I have an entry for the  MFT Card Design SuperStar Challenge: Coloring Virtuoso Category.

To create the cave on my card, I used stamps from MFT's Mermaizing as well as Space Explorer. I then stamped and masked off the cutie mermaid. After these areas were masked off, I applied distress ink to the Radiating Rays Stencil.
I then colored all areas with Copics, adding a bit of sparkle to the mermaid's fins and hair with gel pens in silver and gold.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 September Challenge #25: Color Inspiration

The September Challenge for Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge brings a beautiful Color Inspiration for you (found here). Time to pull out all your beautiful amazing stamps and dies from Concord & 9th (affiliate links used)  and create! We can't wait to see how you were inspired, as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!

I couldn't resist inking up and coloring the beautiful Grateful For Everything Stamp Set. I used dye ink and water, and then splattered the image with gold paint. I then die cut the colored image from the coordinating Grateful Dies. Before adhering the image to a white card base, I stamped the same arrangement from Grateful For Everything in a light blue and a sentiment from one of my favorite sets to grab sentiments from, the Many Mandalas Stamp Set. A few more gold specks and a strip of gold paper were added to the card, and then the main image.

The challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Concord & 9th and one lucky random entry will receive a $25 gift certificate for a Concord & 9th shopping spree. The favorite entry will be asked to guest design for a future challenge! The challenge runs until September 29th, so there is plenty of time to pull out your favorite Concord & 9th stamps and die and create Plus, new Concord & 9th products were released TODAY and they are fantastic!

You can find Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge on Facebook here, and their Instagram here!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Aww Nuts with Butterfly Reflections Ink

It is always a pleasure when I am asked to guest design for Butterfly Reflections Ink!
Please stop by their blog to see my full belated birthday card today, and check out the store too!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Grateful for Everything

Concord & 9th is continuing their celebration of three years in business and lucky me, I was able to join in on their celebration by showcasing their new stamps. Today I am featuring the Grateful for Everything Bundle. Oh my goodness, the Grateful for Everything Stamp Set is a thing of beauty! And I love how they thought to make a coordinating die with a delicate and graceful sentiment die that matches the set perfectly.

I stamped the large floral fall based image with brown ink and watercolored the image using dye based ink. I added some watercolor splatters, as I just adore the messy look. To finish the card, I die cut the sentiment in mustard colored paper and adhered this all to a card base.

I hope you've had a chance to check out Concord & 9th's amazing August 2018 release!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Lil' Inker Designs Turns Eight!

What a better way to celebrate a birthday than with a sale?? Lil' Inker Designs, one of the most fabulous stamp companies, ever, has turned eight years old! Congratulations, Laura!

The sale runs August 30th through September 3rd, 2018. Everything is 25% off (with the exception of the latest release). No code is needed for the sale discount, just add items to your card for the sale price!

There are also two 50% off categories at the shop:
Tools and accessories are half off!
And then there is a special 50% off category sale!

That is not all, when Laura celebrates, she likes to celebrate BIG!
There are some FREE items with your purchase.

Send $50 and get a choice of
You're My Favorite Stamps (FREEFAVORITE)
All You Need is Love Stamps (FREELOVE)
Brush Script Spring Dies (FREESPRING)

Spend $75 and get
Encouraging Words Stamps and Dies (FREEWORDS)

Spend $100 and get
Vintage Ink Stamps and Dies (FREEINK)

I've featured the Vintage Ink Stamps and Vintage Ink Dies in my card above, I love the airy, whimsical and vibrant look of it!

Please help me celebrate by wishing congratulations to Laura and Lil' Inker Designs, and please stop by the store for these fabulous deals!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Back to Basics Sale

You guys, this has never happened before! Catherine Pooler Designs is having a sale that includes select ink pads! The Back to Basics Sale kicks off today with 18% everything listed in the Back to School category (affiliate links used).

My card today features the Spot On Stamp Set, along with some elements from the For Everything Stamp Set. I started with a white card base and used the following inks, from top to bottom: Be Mine, Party Dress, Rockin' Red (on sale!), Tuiti Frutti, Orange Twist (on sale!), Tiki Torch, Midnight (on sale!) and Limoncello.

I finished the card by adding a striped detail from For Everything and then popped up the birthday sentiment with dimensional adhesive. 

I hope you take a look at the sale, there are many great items included such as dies, adhesives and of course select ink pads!