Monday, July 16, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval

    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 truly tons of fun-it might be my favorite one yet!

      Let me help introduce the Stamp of Approval Tropcially Yours Collection! The Stamp of Approval Tropically Yours is an exclusive collection. Tropically Yours products were designed exclusively for this box, are brand new and won't be available separately for a number of months.

    This happy box is jam packed full of items that are perfect for sun lovers and beach goers and everyone that likes to create tropical things! I really love how all the items and add-ons of the collection work so well together. 

    My first card features a few of the new items. I first inked up an Ultra Smooth White Cardstock (Affiliate links used when possible) panel with Lime Rickey Ink, then stamped the Canvas Grunge Background Stamp with Grass Skirt Ink over the background. I then placed the add-on dies, Leave Me in Paradise Dies, on top of the panel in a random array and die cut them. On a white card base, I stamped the corresponding leaves from the Leave Me in Paradise Stamp Set with the new Coral Cabana Ink. I finished the card with a hand-cut fishtail sentiment strip stamped with a sentiment from the Tropically Yours Stamp Set in Midnight Ink.

    For this next beachy, encouraging card, I started by inking up a white cardstock panel with Limoncello, Orange Twist and Coral Cabana Inks. I distressed it with some water and heat embossed the large, awesome sentiment from the Fearless Pursuit Stamp Set. I then stamped and clear heat embossed a couple of palm trees, also from Fearless Pursuit, onto Midnight Cardstock, and then die cut them with the corresponding add-on Fearless Pursuit Dies

    This next card is a clean and simple technique card that features the awesome Cabana Tiles Dies and Stand Tall Stamp Set (for the sentiment).

    I die cut the hexagons from the Cabana Tiles Dies in black paper, added vellum to the back and colored it in with copics for a stained glass look. I finished with a sentiment from Stand Tall.

    The last card I am showcasing today is a one layer card that packs a party punch! 

    I started with a card base made from the Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, masked off a portion in the center with post-it tape and then stamped the beautiful leaves and hibiscus flowers from the Tropically Yours Stamp Set with LimoncelloOrange TwistParty DressCoral Cabana, and Tuiti Fruiti inks. I removed the mask and stamped a fun border from the Good Vibes Stamp Set with Midnight Ink. I finished the card with a sentiment, also from the Good Vibes Stamp Set.

      All Collections Include the following: Stand Tall Stamp Set Tropically Yours Stamp Set Fearless Pursuit Stamp Set (a large 6x8 set!) Leave Me in Paradise Stamp Set Good Vibes Borders Stamp Set Cabana Tiles Die Canvas Grunge Background Stamp And the following are coordinating Add-ons: Stand Tall Dies Leave Me in Paradise Dies Tropically Yours Dies Fearless Pursuit Dies Coral Cabana Ink Pad

    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 Tropically Yours Collection. THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day), until July 20th, to win the Stamp of Approval Collection! If the winner has already purchased their collection, they will receive a $100 gift certificate. Winners will be announced July 23rd on Catherine's blog. 

    Here's a list of hop participant's today:
    Karen (you are here!)

    Be sure to visit Catherine's Blog for more sneak peeks from this collection! Tuesday, July 17 at 9 pm eastern, there is a Pre-release Party for StampNation Members. Catherine will share some fun (stamping, trivia, prizes!!!) and open ordering early for StampNation members. Wednesday, July 18 at 9 am eastern, WAIT LIST members will receive their link to purchase the collection and if the collection isn’t sold out yet, general ordering will open at Wednesday, July 18  at 6 pm eastern. Two of the Stamp of Approval collections last year sold out just to the wait list!  (So make sure you put your name on it!) And come back on July 18th for one more project from me as we celebrate the Stamp of Approval Tropically Yours Collection!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 July Challenge:: Mixed Media

**For my New Craft Stash Blog Hop Post, please scroll down or click here**

The August Challenge for Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge is all about Mixed Media. If your preference is Clean and Simple designs like me, the concept of Mixed Media can be a little intimidating, but for this challenge we are looking for the use of two different mediums. Time to pull out all your mixed medium tools and supplies and  incorporate them with the amazing stamps and dies from Concord & 9th (affiliate links used)! We can't wait to see how you were inspired, as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!

For my Mixed Media card, I used the Stuck on You Stamp Set, one of my favorites due to the large, simple and fun cacti images and planters. I stamped the planters onto blush paper and applied some Whipped Spackle mixed with ink for a terra cotta textured look. I love the worn look! I also used Whipped Spackle with a mix of green inks for the catcti. After the spackle dried, I outlined the images with a black pen, fussy cut them and adhered them to a textured white card base. I finished the card by creating some bases/shadows with a Copic Marker and a lovely sentiment from the Many Mandalas Stamp Set.

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 July 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!

New Craft Stash Blog Hop

The main premise of the hop is to use something New - "New" meaning - new to the papercrafting market, new to you, or newly discovered in your Craft Stash - you know the stuff you bought, tucked away and forgot about! I chose to use my Twinkling H2O's, which literally, dropped in their reminder when they fell on my desk from a tucked away shelf!

I love these watercolors because they add a bit of sparkle while still keeping the vibrant colors. I stamped a row of birds from the cute Hello Bluebird Stamp Set, Silly Birds Stamp Set and colored them in with the Twinkling H2O's. I adhered the panel onto a colored cardstock base, and then added a sentiment for a CAS card.

There are some amazing prizes up for grabs on this three day hop (today is day one!) and winners will be drawn Sunday July 23rd. All you have to do to win is comment on each stop on the hop for the three days. We know everyone is busy during the summer so we split the hop into three days and gave you extra time to comment. Here's a list of the awesome prizes:
From the generous sponsors:
Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 ea)
Cas-ual Fridays - $25 GC
Catherine Pooler - $25 GC
Stamplorations - $20 GC
Right At Home - $20 GC

In addition, these bloggers have offered up some individual prizes, how sweet of them!
Ingrid - Prize Pack
Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card

Ilina - Prize Pack
Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler GC

Here are the stops today:
Karen Baker (you are here!)
Veronica Zalis

Ingrid will have the complete hop lists on her blog for all three days!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Summer School 2018:: Complementary Colors and Repetition

I've got my last cards to show today for the 2018 My Favorite Things Summer School. It's been a lot of fun creating for these challenges, and stretching my boundaries. These cards are for the Complementary Colors Class. I chose to work with the puple/yellow and orange/blue combo, I am not the biggest fan of the red/green combination.

Both of these cards feature the You Gnome Me and Essential Sentiments Stamp Sets, along with the Radiating Ray Stencil  and Fishtail Flag Frames Die-namics.

Next, I have a card for the Repetition Class.

I started with a white card base and used a sentiment from More Essential Sentiments and repeated it with shades of blue and green ink. I then die cut a black sentiment from the Celebrate Die-Namics, added a few balloons from Adorable Elephants and a strip from the Black and White Basics Patterned Paper Pack.

I've completed all the classes and have graduated from 2018 Summer School!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer School 2018:: Symmetry and Primary Colors

I've got two cards for the MFT Summer School 2018 classes, the first one is for Symmetry. I created a wedding card for this class. I started with a white card base and on the upper half, I inked a sunny sky with the Radiating Rays Stencil, drew a "wire" and then colored two reflected birds like bluebirds (a male and female), from Springtime Critters. I then added a small heart and stamped a sentiment from Essential Sentiments.

The Primary Colors Class was a bit more difficult for me, I don't use these colors in their pure form very often. I started by stamping some monsters from the More Monsters Stamp Set and then adhered them to a dark blue cardstock base embellished with the Bold Stripes Cover Up Die-namics. I finished with sentiments from Essential Sentiments and More Essential Sentiments and custom eyes made from Nuvo Drops.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer School 2018:: White Space

MFT is holding their Summer School 2018 and the first class is White Space. Clean and Simple Cards are my favorite to make, and Laurie is an idol. She shared a ton of tips in her video.

I silver heat embossed a unicorn and clouds from Magical Unicorns, die cut them and then adhered them to an all white card base. I then added a silver heat embossed sentiment from the same set, and a few gems to finish off the card. I used the rule of threes for placement and images. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW Embossing Blog Hop

What a fun adventure it is to team up amazing Wow embossing powders with amazing
Catherine Pooler Designs products!

I absolutely love that WOW offers some masculine, earth-toned powders in their line, and Catherine Pooler has some great sets that can be used for guys as well.

I paired a stamp from the Everyday Mod Stamp Set (affiliate links used) with Blueberry, Olive, Honey and Paprika and then a sentiment from Happiness Enclosed that was embossed with Platinum. Love this color combination for masculine cards!

I also used the same set of colors for a slightly more feminine card. This time I embossed a series of floral images from The World Awaits Stamp Set with Platinum WOW Embossing Powder.
I colored the backround with sponged ink from the Spa Collection. I then created a die cut word from the Wonderful Word Die, making it 3D by layering and heating the Paprika Embossing Powder.

This hop is fantastic! Check out all the participants below:

No blog hop is complete without some prizes. Are you ready for some awesome giveaways?
WOW! Embossing Powder: Any 6 powders from your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store you powders safely in.
Catherine Pooler Designs: Set of Life of the Party Inks (Party dress, Tutti Fruitti, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Something Borrowed, Flirty Fuchsia)

The winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of the participants of this blog hop. Winners will be announced the week of July 2nd and be posted on WOW's blog.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Release

Are you ready for Sunny with a Side of Sparkle- the newest, awesome release from Catherine Pooler Designs?! (affiliate links used) This collection features stamps, coordinating dies, stand-alone dies, a stencil, a super pretty patterned paper pack and then individual items from the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection.  Wow!

I've got a few projects to showcase today for the first day of the blog hop-although all items are now available! 

My first card features the Starlights Stamp Set, Starlights coordinating dies, Peacock & Paisleys Patterned Paper Pack, and the Postage Stamp Dies. I went with an 80's vibe and I love how it turned out!

My next card features the show-stopping Say it in Diamonds Stamp Set! Some simple stamping (with the help of a MISTI) and Nuvo Drops completed this card.

Going back to stars with this card, as it features the Star Word Die, stamped in an ombre of inks. I used-starting from the top- Peppermint Scrub, Rockin' Red, Mandarin Spice Tutti Fruiti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Sauna inks. 

I finished with a sentiment from the Starlights Stamp Set.

I saved my favorite card for last! I started by creating a card base using the Postage Stamp DiesThis created my "grass" base. I added a sky with blue cardstock and It's a Boy inked through the new Twisted Sunburst Stencil

I then die cut clouds and a hot air balloon from the Love is in the Air Stamp Set and coordinating Love is in the Air Dies, added my own details with a black marker. I finished with a die cut sentiment from Thanks.

Please be sure to hop and comment, as there are prizes! 5 random winners chosen to receive two free ink pads (and free shipping!)  Winners will be announced on Catherine's blog, the evening of Friday, June 22.

Here is the complete list of the Creative Team that are hopping today:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Kindness Sparkle & Shine

I have a card up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog for Challenge #22: Sparkle & Shine.

Please stop by there to see the full card!

The current challenge ends on in a few days, on June 29th, I hope you have a chance to play along! Check out Where Creativity Meets C9 on Facebook and Instagram!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

LID:: June 2018 Release:: Day 3

Today is the last day of the Lil' Inker Designs Juen 2018 Release Showcase... I hope you've enjoyed seeing all this release offers! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jen Carter's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)

Babies are such gifts, and it is always tons of fun to pull out pastels and work with them! There are a few products from this release that are geared towards these precious gifts we call babies, Baby Onesie Shaker Die, Baby Word Tags Dies, and Little One Stamp Set.

I created a onesie shaker with the  Baby Onesie Shaker Die, so super easy! (PS-save the inside die has a score line created in the design so you can fold it over and it becomes a diaper!). I then die cut some large sentiment words from the Baby Word Tags Dies- I simply cut off the tags. And then I finished the card with an adorable stamped sentiment from Little One Stamp Set.

My last card for this release features an everyday thanks message and large, detailed flowers, made from the Perky Posies XL Dies.

I started the card with a white card base that has been embossed with the classic Quilted Stitched Pattern Cover Up Die. It provided the perfect background for the large flowers die cut from colorful paper and the Perky Posies XL Dies. I added some Nuvo Drops and a die cut sentiment from the Thanks Word Die.

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my two projects today:

It is with pleasure that I get to send you to the talented Kimberly Rendino, as the next stop along the hop. I hope you get a chance to visit the Lil' Inker Designs Store now as products are already up at the store!!

Don't forget to leave a unique comment along the each of the stops on the hop! You can win the ENTIRE release by leaving unique comments on each of the stops along the hop each day.