All That Jazz Available Now!

All of the new products are now available for purchase at Catherine Pooler Designs!  Before you head over to the store to add all of these amazing new products to your cart, I have two more cards for you!

I've been crushing on stencils lately.  You can see my mini series using the Split Chevron stencil here and here (I still have one more card to add to that series...coming soon!  I just couldn't resist playing with the new Square Dance Stencil!

These are my favorite cards that I made with the All That Jazz release.  I love paying with stencils and manipulating them by spinning them and sponging several times to create fun backgrounds.

The first card uses the newly released All That Jazz and Lime Rickey inks.

I think this is a great guy card.  This design would look great whatever color combo you'd choose.  Use contrasting colors or go with a monochromatic theme!

To create a similar background.  Place the Square Dance stencil over white card stock and sponge with one color ink, I used All That Jazz.  Then clean your stencil and place it back over your white panel but turn it 90 degrees, lining up all up all of the spaces as best you can and sponge again in a different color.  I used Lime Rickey.

Since I was using a white card base, I wanted just a little more contrast so I sponged the edges with All That Jazz ink.

I added the Awesome die and some die cut hearts from the Tags, Etc die, also now available. The "You're" is from Amazing Florals.

I had so much fun with this card, I had to try another color combo, this time a more girls version, Party Dress and Tiara.

Same idea, I just flipped the orientation.  I used the Wonderful die this time around and filled in with stamps from Simply the Best to complete my sentiment.

I sure do hope you liked my cards today!  Make sure that you head to the Catherine Pooler Designs shop to add some of the new stamping goodies to your cart!

All That Jazz Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the All That Jazz release blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs.  On March 20th, new stamps, dies, stencils, ink and card stock hit the store.  The Creative Team will be sharing projects introducing you to the new products over the next few days.

The previously released products from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval will also become available for individual purchase, so you'll be seeing some of those products as you hop along!

I have two cards to share with you today.  This first uses the Grateful Heart stamp set.  It also shows the Kissing Technique, which allows you to use BOTH  the Music Background and Doin' the Polka Dots Background together!!

If you haven't tried the Kissing Technique before, you should!  Here I inked the Doin' the Polka Dot Background in Rose Petals ink and the Music Background in Midnight ink.  I stamped the Music Background directly onto the Doin' the Polka Dot Background stamp.  Then I gave it a huff and  stamped the Polka Dot stamp onto white card stock.  Look...

Don't you think this is a fun way to create a background?  I definitely haven't used this technique enough!  

Next, I stamped and die cut images from the Grateful Heart stamp set.  I sponged white card stock with Rose Petal ink before die cutting the flowers.  Whenever I use floral stamp sets, I always stamp and die cut way more pieces than I'll ever need.  I find that easier than stopping the creative process to cut one more leaf. I arranged the flowers around the sentiment and grounded the design by adding a strip of the lovely Black Tie Gala patterned paper (which I told Catherine that she could just send it all right here ;)  Love this new product!!  A must-have for sure!

My next card also features Grateful Heart.  It also shows off the Black Tie Gala patterned paper and the NEW Sand Dunes card stock.

My design this time is much simpler but still packs a punch.  I stamped the larger floral swag in Midnight ink on both a white card panel and a tag that was die cut using the Tags, Etc die set and Sand Dunes card stock. Sand Dunes is the perfect neutral card stock!

When the tag was adhered to the panel, I lined up the images.

I love how that makes the florals just pop!

The rest of my card is pretty self-explanatory!  A strip of Black Tie Gala patterned paper (you'll be seeing this on every card for a while...SWOON!), my favorite black and white twine and a scattering of sequins finish this CAS card off perfectly!

Time to hop along now!  Catherine is giving away goodies to 5 lucky commenters, so make sure that you leave comments on all of the blogs along the way.

Catherine Pooler 
Josefine Fouarge
Melissa Miller
Jenny Colacicco
Karen Baker
Justine Hovey
Ilina Crouse
Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}
Allison Cope
Ingrid Blackburn

I hope that you've enjoyed my projects today.  I'll be back on release day with two more cards for you.

See you then!

Fun with the Split Chevron Stencil - Day 2

I'm back today with another card I've created using the Split Chevron Stencil.  This time I first sponged through the stencil, pretty heavy handedly, with Rose Petals, Polished, Shea Butter and Seafoam inks.  Then I removed the stencil and sponged lightly using the same colors.  This creates a beautiful tone-on-tone background.

The Thanks die was cut 4 times, 3 from white card stock and once from Midnight.  I grounded the sentiment with the cute little banner from the Zen Feathers set, then finished the card with a scattering of 4mm Onyx sequins and bakers twine.

I have one more card for this Fun with the Split Chevron stencil mini-series.  It uses one of my favorite stencil techniques.  I'll be back to share that soon. 

I hope I'm inspiring you to get out your stencils & create!


Fun with the Split Chevron Stencil - Day 1

Hi all!  Is it really March already?  Have I really ONLY posted 4 times this year?  What???  YIKES!!!!  Let's see if I can make up for some lost time!

I've spent the last few nights playing with different backgrounds using the newly released Split Chevron Stencil.  Here I sponged on a diagonal using Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Peppermint Scrub and Royal Treatment inks.  I actually started with a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock, however once I moved though all of the colors and tried to repeat the pattern, the Royal Treatment and Sauna created a color similar to...I hate to say poop!  So, I cut that right off ;) 

It's all about being flexible in your design.

Next I flicked a bit of water on the sponged piece and removed the droplets with a dry cloth.  I placed the Split Chevron stencil over the sponged and splattered background and added white embossing paste.  Eek, I love how it turned out.  

I added a Midnight strip of card stock to the background and added it to a white card base with foam tape.  For contrast and a big POP, I stamped the Zen Feathers in Midnight ink and added them with foam tape as well.  I finished by stamping the sentiment right to the card base.

I'll be back on Monday with another way to use the Split Chevron stencil!


Sending You Love Guest Post

Hi all!  I'm up over at Catherine's blog with a CAS card using the Zen Garden release.

I hope you'll visit me there!!

I'll be back tomorrow with more using the new Zen Garden release!

Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome to Day 5 of the Zen Garden release blog hops.   The Zen Garden collection contains 8 new Spa ink colors, 6 stamp sets, 8 dies and a stencil, all available now!  If you haven't been following along, definitely head over to Catherine's blog to find out all of the nitty-gritty details about the release.

Today I have two projects that showcase many of the newly released products.  First up is a home decor item that I created using some of the new Spa inks, the Faithful Flutterings and Eat, Sleep, Create stamp sets and the Create die.

Eek, this makes me so happy!  I have this 5 x7 piece displayed right on my desk where I can see it every day.   These gorgeous layered butterflies are perfection!!  They look pretty stamped in shades of the same color or black for contrast and a POP in your design.  This piece can easily be replicated on an A2 card using the smaller butterflies in the set.

Next up is the Zen Feather stamp and die set and the Stained Glass Coverplate (the first cover plate available at Catherine Pooler designs!)

The Zen Garden release offers a huge variety of products that can be used for so many occasions and so many styles!  I went from making a home decor piece to a sympathy card without blinking an eye.  

The focus of my card is really the Stained Glass Coverplate.  I wanted to show an alternate way to use a cover plate, without covering an entire card base or layer. Using just portions of a coverplate can help create really beautiful focal points like I've done here.

I started by die cutting a circle from the upper third of a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock.  I sponged the circle with the newly released Skylight, Stone Blue and Juniper inks, a gorgeous, soothing palette for sympathy cards.  I then heat embossed the Zen Feather with white embossing powder, heat set it and sponged with the same color inks.  The Stained Glass Cover plate was die cut from a 3 x 3" piece of white card stock and the sentiment from Faithful Flutterings was white heat embossed on Midnight cardstock.  The pieces were then assembled and finishing touches of sequins and twine were added.

It's time to hop along now!  Make sure you leave comments along the way.  Catherine is giving away 2 sets of Zen Garden inks each day of the blog hops!!

 Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}

Happy hopping!

Supplies for the Butterfly Decor Piece:

Supplies for the Deepest Sympathy card:

SOA Love is in the Air is Available NOW!

YAY!  The Love is in the Air collection is now available for purchase!  Hurry, it's only available while supplies last.  The past two collections sold out in record time, so make sure you get yours NOW!

I have one more card for you featuring the Love is in the Air stamp set and coordinating die set, the Postage Stamp dies and Bon Voyage Accoutrements (Add-on).

I had such fun creating this card.  Besides the new stamps and dies, do you see anything else new?  A new ink color perhaps???  
This collection contains not only stamps and die sets but there is also a super secret ink pad in there, WOOT.  You'll have to purchase the collection to find out what it is ;)

I had a blast creating this card.  I was a little stumped on where to start so I did a google search on hot air balloons.  I came across this gorgeous photo, which completely inspired my creation.

I hope you've enjoyed the cards myself and the Creative Team have cooked up for you.  I can't wait to see what YOU do with the Love is in the Air collection.