Sunday, April 22, 2018

LID:: April 2018 Release:: Day 1

Today is the first of three days of the Lil' Inker Designs April 2018 Release Showcase... Once again, we have a fabulous hop for you featuring new stamps and dies. I say this each time for the Lil' Inker Designs releases, but this one is the best yet! And, this month we are introducing a super sweet, extremely talented new design team member, Caly! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the ever so talented Jessica's Blog! (Visit the Lil' Inker Design's Blog for the full link up.)

The Cover Up Die: Dotted Chevrons is the star of the show on my first project. I could not wait to fill the dots with a rainbow of Nuvo Drops. I first started with a white card base, then die cut a white panel from the Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles and then the Cover Up Die: Dotted Chevrons. I adhered the panel to a white card base and filled each dot with Nuvo Drops in rainbow order. This took me about ten minutes, so easy and quick!

I finished the card with a panel cut from the interior of the new Shaker Tag Die Set and stamped a wonderful sentiment from Hand Drawn Happiness Stamps. (I also added some dark green Nuvo Drops to the leaves). The end result is a happy, rainbow card with wonderful, clean texture.

This release also includes a great graduation set too. The Grad Class 2018 Supplement is a perfection addition to Grad Class, and at a perfect price point as well. (Grad Class has been marked to $10 so both can be purchased for the price of a regularly marked stamp set!) I capitalized on the "Reach for the Stars" sentiment from the Grad Class 2018 Supplement Stamp Set and created a galaxy background. I paired it with a stamped cap from Grad Class. There are many sentiments from both sets that offer flexibility and creative freedom to make a fantastic graduation card.

Here's a look at the new release products showcased in my two projects today (affiliate links used):

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!

Catherine Pooler:: Celebrate Friends 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 truly tons of fun!

Let me help introduce the Stamp of Approval Celebrate Friends Collection! The Stamp of Approval Celebrate Friends is an exclusive collection. The 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 the coffee or tea lover, as well as to celebrate birthdays, accomplishments, etc.! I really love how all the items and add-ons of the collection work so well together. New for this Stamp of Approval, you can choose the Coffee Lovers Collection, Tea Lovers Collection, or both!

For my first project, I started with a panel of Catherine Pooler's Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, inked the Scattered Circles Stencil with embossing ink and heat embossed in white. This was mounted to a blue card stock base. (affiliate links used) Then I die cut coffee mugs and inked them up with It's A Boy Ink. One was inked on the right side of the cut, the other on the wrong side, forming mirror image mugs! I added some detail to the mugs with the Perfect Blend Stamp Set and Nuvo Drops. I die cut a sentiment from the Sweet Die in Black Cardstock and a stamped sentiment from the WooHoo Stamp Set. I finished by adding a tiny heart stamped in Party Dress and a few pink details by the sentiment.

I have another fun card featuring the new items from the new collection-this time focusing on the celebration aspect of the collection! I started with a square card base and panel using Catherine Pooler Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. I matted the white panel with Black Cardstock. Onto the panel, I stamped a series of confetti from the Woo-Hoo Stamp Set in Flirty Fuschia, Bellini, Midnight, Tiki Torch and Tiara Ink. I added a die cut sentiment cut from Black Cardstock and the new Hooray Die and a stamped sentiment from the Woo-Hoo Stamp Set.

I finished the card by stamping the cute party hats in the Woo-Hoo Stamp Set, and die cutting them in the coordinating Woo-Hoo Dies. So, there is also a new ink color debuting in this collection, and I'll have a card on Tuesday featuring it, I can't wait for you to see it!

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 Celebrate Friends! Collection. One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced April 26th on Catherine's Blog. Three random winners will be chosen to receive a $97 gift certificate to the shop, so you are able to choose which collection you'd like! Winners will be announced April 23rd (Monday) at 6pm EST on Catherine's blog. 

Here's a list of hop participant's today:
Catherine Pooler
Karen Baker (that's me!)
Ashlea Cornell
Susan Powell

Be sure to visit Catherine's Blog for more sneak peeks from this collection! And come back on Tuesday, April 24th, for one more project from me as we celebrate the Stamp of Approval Celebrate Friends! Collection!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Spring Blossoms

I have a card up on the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge Blog for Challenge #20: Spring.

Please stop by there to see the full card!

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abstract Florals // Right at Home + Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop

Creating with Right at Home Stamps and Catherine Pooler Inks is an ideal combination.
They just work together and go together, like peanut butter and jelly!
Today I'm participating in a blog hop featuring Right At Home Stamps and Catherine Pooler Inks. You can find the complete details and participating blogs on the Right at Home Blog.

I was drawn to the Abstract Florals Stamp Set for its limitless possibilities. I knew that the solid flowers would stamp so well with Catherine Pooler Inks! I started with Sand Dunes Card Stock (affiliate link used) and created flowers with the following inks: Melon Ice and Lime Rickey for the leaves and stems, and for the flower tops I used Tiara and Sauna, Bellini and Mandarin Orange, and It's a Girl and Party Dress.

I mounted the panel onto some pink cardstock and found coordinating Nuvo Drops to add to the base of the flower, along with doodling three black dots. I finished the card with the perfect, petite sentiment from Right At Home's Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set.

This next card also features Abstract Florals Stamp Set, but I wanted to showcase how the elements could make something other than flowers! I created little bees flying through clouds with the stamps in the set. The bee bodies were stamped with Tiara Ink, the wings with Black Jack and second generation Black Jack stamping, and Midnight for the stripes. I used a black pen to create the eyes and stingers. The clouds were stamped in It's A Boy Ink, with second generation stamping as well. The flying wind and dots were stamped with Soft Stone Ink. 

I finished the card with a custom colored sentiment panel (I swiped Soft Stone Ink onto white cardstock) and then stamped a sentiment from Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set.

Here's a listing of the participating blogs today:

I hope you enjoy seeing all the inspiration today on the hop. Remember to leave a comment on each blog post to be entered to win an item of your choice from the latest Right At Home Release!

Friday, April 13, 2018

All the Flamingos

All the flamingos. Just a fun little card I needed to put together for a friend who is going through a bit of a tough time. Inside, the card reads Warm Thoughts.

I stamped the cute flamingo from Hello Bluebird's Silly Birds onto bright pink cardstock with black ink, colored them in with colored pencils, added a heart and dots and then matted the panel with black. I mounted it to a white card base and finished with a stone gray sentiment strip, stamped with a Paper Smooches sentiment.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs:: The Perfect Reason :: And a Giveaway!!

Did you take advantage of the Flash Sale at Catherine Pooler Designs where these stamp sets and dies I'm featuring on my two cards today were on sale? The Perfect Reason Bundle, along with You Did It! Stamps make for perfect graduation cards or encouragement cards! For this first card, I started with a base of Sand Dunes Cardstock, then stamped some of the quirky, whimsical and utterly fun flowers and leaves onto premium White Card Stock using a mix of the Spa Collection: Zen Garden Inks and the Spa Collection: Paradise Found Inks. A few of the pieces I mounted with dimensional adhesive, and finished the card with a sentiment from You Did It! and some baker's twine.

This next card features how The Perfect Reason Dies can make for a fun card as well!

Here I started with a White Card Stock base, and die cut a number of flowers and leaves from solid colored cardstock from the  The Perfect Reason Dies and finished with a sentiment from You Did It! stamped with Melon Ice Ink. I added just a spattering of white Nuvo Drops as well.

So now on to the GIVEAWAY! If you leave a comment, you can win the The Perfect Reason Bundle from Catherine Pooler Designs. Comment below by Sunday Evening, and I will pick one comment randomly to win. (Open to US only, due to shipping restrictions.) (affiliate links used)

Tracie Pond, my talented teammate at Catherine Pooler Designs, also has a giveaway going on! Please stop by this post on her blog to see her amazing creation and comment to win.

**Edited to Add: The giveaway winner is Carmen! Carmen, I'll be in touch to mail your items, enjoy!**

Monday, April 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9:: Spring

As I type this post, there is a foot of newly fallen snow on the ground, we are experiencing Winter in Spring here in Wisconsin! Bring on the true Spring! The April Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #20 is posted and we would like for you to be inspired by Spring! There's so many awesome products from Concord & 9th that will work for this Challenge and we can't wait to see how you were inspired, as this challenge is dedicated to the innovative stamp company and their products!

I started my card with a plain old white cardstock base, and let the stamps and ink do the work for me. I used the Flourish, along with Catherine Pooler Inks, to create an springtime scene of a tree branch with berries and blossoms. I added a few splatters Hello Lovely, to represent the sky and finished the card with a sentiment from Many Mandalas.

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 April 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!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Catherine Pooler:: Eat, Sleep Create Mixed Media Class at StampNation

Yes, you are at my blog. Yes, that is a mixed media card! Thanks to the fantastic Eat, Sleep, Create Mixed Media Class available now at StampNation, I'm learning a ton of new, fun mixed media techniques!

I don't normally dabble Bible Journaling, ATC's or Mixed Media projects in general, so I took my project base and made it into a card. For this card, I started with a thick white card stock base (affiliate links used), covered it with Mod Podge and added a few, bright swatches of Catherine Pooler Party Collection Inks. I then added water, more inks, more Mod Podge, used the Split Chevron Stencil with white Pigment Ink, stamped in silver, and splattered silver paint and added some washi tape. I just kept layering and adding, and it seemed to turn out ok!

After the panel thoroughly dried, I ran it through my plates of my die-cutting machine to flatten it out. I adhered the panel to a white card base, affixed some cool stripes from the Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper Pack and a double die-cut sentiment from the Thanks Die.

To learn more about this fantastic class with really, really great instructors, please click here! If I can do this, learn from it, and create something that I feel proud to give away, you can too!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Tropical Thanks

It's a bit odd to create a tropical themed card when there is a foot of snow outside, but at least I got to think of warmer weather while creating it! I wanted to feature these fun dies, Tropical Foliage, from Hello Bluebird, and took inspiration on the colors from the Butterfly Reflections April Mood Board.

I started with a white card base that was stamped with Brushstroke Stripes from Studio Katia with Stone Blue Catherine Pooler Ink. I then watercolored, with Catherine Pooler Inks, a piece of watercolor paper and die cut some pretty leaves and fronds from Hello Bluebird's stand alone die, Tropical Foliage. These were arranged onto the striped card front. I finished the card with a few irridescent sequins and a text block sentiment that uses Right At Home's Tiny Sentiments.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Stack of Jungle Animals

I have a serious addiction to stamping critters. A serious one. Probably because they are just so cute stacked! I've gotten a lot of inquires on how I do this, so I took a few work in progress photos to show you. I chose to work with my most recent stamp purchase for this quick tutorial.

I always start by laying out the un-inked photopolymer images directly onto a work surface. This time I am working with the absolutely adorable Hello Bluebird Jungle Littles critters. You want to start with an animal that is short and stout, or has a good amount of area for another critter to rest on. Then you build up from there.

I then mask and stamp, starting with the stamp on the top! After I stamped all of these guys, I chose to fussy cut around the images and color them with Copics.

Since the balloon string and lion tail where too small to fussy cut around, I stamped the images directly onto the card base instead. I adhered my fussy cut animals onto a blue card base, added some die cut grass and finished with a coordinating sentiment, also from Jungle Littles.