Hi all!  Happy Tuesday.  I'm popping in quickly today to share a card that I made for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #218.

I looked at this sketch for a few days and nothing was coming to me.  I wanted to do something fun and different with it.  Then the lightbulb went off...cut the top with a border die and place over a watercolored panel.  It's been ages since I did any kind of watercoloring.  I stamped and heat embossed the Curtis Background stamp on watercolor paper.  Then I pressed my distress inks (listed below) onto a craft mat and sprayed with water.  I wet the paper just a bit with a paint brush and then dropped in the ink.  Once my watercolored piece was dry, I added it to a white card base.  Then I adhered the die cut white panels with foam tape.  Easy Peasy!

I finished off the card by die cutting the newly released Spot On Sentiments:  Congrats die, from black and white card stock.  I layered them and added it across the bottom of the card, like the banner in the sketch.  Gosh, love this die!!!  Swoon...

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I hope your week is off to a great start!

Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Who is ready for new Catherine Pooler ink???  Me, me, me!  Seriously, it's the best ink out there.  If you haven't gotten your hands on some, what on earth have you been waiting for?  This ink is a game changer!!!  Along with 8 new ink colors there are also 3 new die sets and 3 new stamp sets releasing.

Before you go though, I have two projects to share using some of the new products.   Up first... Here's a peek at some of the new colors; Melon Ice, Garden Party, Mint to Be (my fave!) and Sweet Sixteen, plus Simply Stated, Spot On Sentiments and Circle Dies.

The newly released ink colors are perfect for all of your Spring and Summer projects.  They are pastel, yet saturated and just plain gorgeous!

To make my card, I started with a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of white card stock.  I used the circle die to create a mask and then stamped the small floral images included in Simply Stated in little clusters of three.  Once the circle was filled, I sponged along the edges with Mint to Be ink and removed the mask. Then I used another circle mask, one size bigger, and covered my inking. Then I heat embossed the Peppermint Stripe Background in white.  I was looking to add a subtle detail and this worked out just perfectly!  I think the rest of the card is pretty straight forward.

My next card uses the new ink colors Melon Ice, Mint To Be and It's a Boy.  It also uses Beautiful You and the Modern Damask Background stamp.

I had a blast making this card, though my original idea looked absolutely nothing like this, the creative process was fun!  I started by inking up and then stamping the Modern Damask Background on white card stock, then I sponged with coordinating ink.   The flowers were also stamped and sponged, a great way for a non-colorer like myself to add color to a line art image!  I assembled the card to create a faux shaker and I'm smitten with the end result.

That's all I have for you today.  It's time to start hopping along now!  Make sure that you leave comments along the way.  

Miss Catherine is giving away 3 sets of ink (or an equivalent gift certificate if already purchased).  Comments close on Monday, April 24th at noon EST.

Good luck and happy hopping!

Maureen - YOU ARE HERE!

Happy Mother's Day Card

Beautiful You Card

The Spring Fling Release is Coming!

There's a release coming, so soon!  8 new inks, 3 new die sets and 3 new stamp sets will hit the Catherine Pooler Designs store April 20th!!!

Catherine has been sneak peeking the ink colors and products, so head on over to her website for all of the release info and to see lots more inspiration.

My card today features new colors and new product...

Let me introduce to you 3 new colors...(From top to bottom) Sweet Sixteen, It's a Girl & Bellini.  As you can see these are pastel colors, yet, they are still saturated like the rest of the Party Collection.  They are also wonderful for sponging and blending!  These colors fit right in to the rest of the ink line, I'll be showing that a little later.

You are also getting a peek at Beautiful You, a beautiful line art floral stamp set and Simply Stated, a must-have sentiment set.

I hope are as excited for the release as I am.  Make sure you come back here on the 20th for the Spring Fling Release Blog Hop!  See you then!