Welcome Home Release Blog Hop

It's time for a new release over at Catherine Pooler Designs.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are hoping along and sharing with you cards that we created using the new release products.

The Welcome Home release is just gorgeous.  It's full of line images that you can color to create beautiful garden scenes.  But if you are like me, and not so much into coloring, we have products for you too!

My first card uses The Strolling Borders stamp set and the Ways to Say Hey dies.

The Strolling Borders stamp set is perfect for creating stones pathways, but also wonderful for creating background.  Here I stamped it in Mint to Be and Aquatini inks and then added the Hey There sentiment strip in Midnight card stock.  

I really wanted that sentiment to pop and that contrast certainly does the trick!  This card is easy peasy and comes together quickly without a whole lot of fuss.

My next card features the Marble Swirl Background stamp.

I went with a neutral, monochromatic color combo of  Twilight and Black Jack.  You see three colors above because the Twilight was stamped off once for the lightest shade.  I can't wait to pair it with florals.  I think it will be a beautiful combo.

Time to hop along now.  Leave comments to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate!

Maureen Merritt  {You are here}

Enjoy the hop and happy shopping!

Coming Soon!

A new release from Catherine Pooler Designs is coming soon!  Head over to Catherine's website to check out new product sneak peeks.

I'll be back in a few days for the Welcome Home Release Blog Hop.  See you then.

Snowy Day Bundle + CP Designs Winter Release Blog Hop

It's release time at Catherine Pooler Designs.  We have three new amazing bundles of products available, as well as other new products!  Today I'm featuring the Snowy Day bundle.

I'm absolutely smitten with the Snowy Day Patterned Paper.  I just couldn't put it down.  As you can see by my creations...

I couldn't choose just one pattern here, so I used a few sheets, cutting the paper into 3/4" strips and adhering them to card stock before die cutting with the large scallop die from the Tags, Etc. die set.  I stamped the Peaceful Snowflakes in It's a Boy and Something Borrowed ink, then die cut and layered them to create a focal point.  These snowflakes are just stunning!

This time I've used just a bit of the Snow Day Patterned Paper and added an extra snowflake to my focal point.  I love this CAS layout.  This would be a great one for mass producing!

This is another great card for mass producing. 

I know that the holidays are quickly approaching and you may have already sent out your cards for this year.  However, the Snowy Day Collection Bundle will get you into the winter months as well.

Pair the Snowy Day Patterned Paper with the Think You Layered die and you'll have thank you cards for your holiday gifts ready in no time at all!

That's all from me today.  Time for you to hop along!  

Leave comments on each of the blogs to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Catherine Pooler Designs!

Maureen Merritt - {You are here!}

Holiday Plaid

I'm a huge fan of plaids for the holidays.  Actually, I'm a huge fan of plaid any time of year!  So it only made sense that the Happy Plaids stamp set from Concord & 9th made its way into my cart.

Sure, I have other plaid sets, but what I love about the Happy Plaids stamp set is that I can build my own multi-colored plaid backgrounds with it.

I'm on a kick of making two or more cards using the same product lately, so I have two cards for you today using the Happy Plaids stamp set, along with Catherine Pooler Designs products!

I started by creating a plaid background using Rockin' Red, Sand Castle and Midnight inks.  I trimmed the background piece to 4 x 5 1/4", then I created a focal point using the Merry Label die, a sentiment from Hip Holidays and the Holiday Mittens stamp set.  I die cut the center of the background piece and set it aside to use on my second card.  I could have inset the label die but popped it up instead for added dimension.  I assembled all of the pieces and added them to a Sand Dunes card base.

This card uses the negative piece of the first card.  I again built my focal point on the label.  Though CAS, this card has lots of little details!  I love the country feel here!  I may have to do this again using greens for an more rustic result.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!

Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape

Back in September I attended In the MKNG at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts with Laurel, Catherine, Kristie and a few other friends from the CP Designs Creative Team.  I've been a bit out of the loop as far as new products on the market and had a great time seeing what's available.

My favorite product that I stumbled upon was the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape by Altenew.  Creating backgrounds like this yourself is messy and time consuming.  After actually using this product, I'll never attempt to create a nebula or galaxy background again.  This washi is quick and easy to use and the results are perfect every single time.

I created two cards using the Watercolor Nebula Washi, two different occasions to show the versatility.

For my first card, I paired the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape with the Winterhaven dies which were recently released at Catherine Pooler Designs.  I just added the die cuts, heat embossed the sentiment from Here We Come A-Caroling and added some Clear Sparkling sequins and stars.

For my second card, I paired the Watercolor Nebula Washi Tape with the Spot On stamp set and dies. Again, super simple, quick and easy.  This birthday card is perfect for guys or girls.  A great one to have on hand.

If you haven't gotten your hands on this product, or the other washi designs that Altenew has available, I highly recommend it!

Concord & 9th Snowflakes Turnabout

If you've followed me for a while then you know that I LOVE stamping my own backgrounds.  Concord & 9th's Turnabout stamps just about blow my mind!  The concept is absolutely brilliant and it makes stamping backgrounds SO easy! 

Here I used the Snowflakes Turnabout to create two cards.  The first card I only stamped twice using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.

Using the Snowflakes Turnabout I was able to quickly create the perfect flow of snowflakes from top to bottom.  Do you know how long it would have taken me to get such perfect placement using individual snowflake stamps?  All I did was stamp once, turn, stamp again and emboss.  DONE!

For my next card I stamped the Snowflakes Turnabout the full 4 turns.

Again, this would have taken forever to stamp on my own.  Within minutes I had two gorgeous backgrounds for my cards.  Both only needed a simple sentiment and they were done.  That's my kind of holiday card making!

If you haven't gotten your hands on the Snowflakes Turnabout (or any of the Turnabout stamps) I highly recommend that you add it to your wish list!!  

Celebrate Friends & a Black Friday Sale!

Hello stamping friends!  
I'm popping in today to share some updates from Catherine Pooler Designs.

First, there's a Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale going on.  Select products are discounted up to 50%.  There is also free shipping on orders over $125.  

Check out the full list of sale products here.  

These are a few of my favorites from the sale. I think you NEED to add these products your stash ;)

The other big news is that the Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval collection is now available for individual purchase!

The Celebrate Friends Stamp of Approval Collection was available back in April of this year.  If you missed it then, it's available for you to purchase NOW!  WOOT!  

This collection is perfect for all of your coffee and tea loving friends.  It's a versatile collection that will allow you to make a variety of cards for all different occasions.  Consider purchasing for yourself or for a friend or co-worker for the holidays.

Here are a few cards that I made with the Celebrate Friends collection when it released.

Below you will find all of the products in the Celebrate Friends collection!

Enjoy the long weekend & happy shopping!!