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.  

SOA Love is in the Air Blog Hop - Day 3

Hello and Happy New Year!  It's been a bit since I have posted but I'm thrilled to be back for the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval release!  Today is day 3 of the blog hops.  Be sure to head to Catherine's website for all of the blog hop lists and release details!

If you haven't heard of the Stamp of Approval (SOA), where on earth have you been?  haha, just kidding!  SOA is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories created by or for Catherine Pooler.  These collections contain everything you need to make a variety of cards without having to reach into your stash.  

The Love is in the Air Collection will be released to the Wait List on January 9th!!  This is a limited collection that will only be available until they are sold out, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members get early access (a little perk of being a member!).

Now that we've gotten through all of the nitty-gritty details, it's time to take a peek at some projects!

My cards today feature The World Awaits stamp set.  I'm using positive and negative masking techniques on both.

To create my cards, the first thing I did was stamp the map images from The World Awaits on masking paper.  Then I fussy cut the images, saving both the positive and negative pieces.  Although all of that fussy cutting can seem overwhelming, you can save it to use again and again. (I stick mine right to the stamp set).  The results are well worth the effort!

For this card, I stamped the images on white card stock with Midnight ink.  Then I masked off the edges of the map (covering any open spots with post-it tape) and sponged in a rainbow of color.  Next I masked off the continents and sponged lightly with It's a Boy ink.  This helps the images pop a bit more.  I die cut the layer with the Postage Stamp dies and embellished with a scattering of sequins.

My next card uses the same general idea but I've added more layers and color!

I started this card the same way; stamping The World Awaits images in Midnight ink on a white panel. Using the same masks, I masked off the continents and sponged again in a rainbow all around the images.  The panel was then die cut using the Postage Stamp dies and added to a white layer that was cut with the same die set.  The sentiment was stamped and added, as well as the Love die that was die cut once from Black card stock and 3 times from white card stock, then layered together.  The design was embellished with hearts from the Bon Voyage Accoutrements die set.

There are so many possibilities with this stamp set and the rest of the Love is in the Air collection.  

Time to go hopping along now.  Don't forget to leave comments along the way.

One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on January 10th on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Maureen Merritt {You are here!}

Farewell to CAS-ual Friday Stamps

As you can tell by my post count, I haven't done much stamping lately.  My personal life has taken some twists and turns this last quarter of 2017 and I'm in need of a mental reset (someone tell me when they find that button!).

So, today, I bid a fond farewell to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team.  It's been a great year.  I feel blessed and honored to have had the chance to design on such a wonderful team.

Before I go though, I have one more card for you!  A Chanukah card on the 8th night of Chanukah.

I started this card by stamping the snowflakes from the Joy stamp set in shades of blue.  Then I lightly sponged the edges of the card stock using the same blue ink.  I die cut a circle from the upper third of the panel and inlaid the "Happy Chanukah" from the Chanukah stamp set which was heat embossed in Silver.  The finishing touch was a scattering of sequins that follow the flow of the design.

That's all from me.  Thanks so much for coming by and sharing a part of your day with me!

Thank you to Michele and the rest of the CFS team for a wonderfully creative year!!!

Merry Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is ON and if you haven't finished your cards yet, you had better get stamping!  The CAS-ual Fridays Merry stamp set is perfect for making beautiful cards quickly.  Here I simply heat embossed the large Merry Christmas and then stamped the panel with red, green and white ink.  I also used the little hearts from Peace, Love and Coffee.  For a little added detail, I sponged the edges with white ink and tied the top with bakers twine.

Both of the stamp sets that I used are on sale.  Add them to your cart so that you too can make quick CAS Christmas cards (Hurry, you are running out of time!).

Use my code to save an additional 15%.

Medallion Mix Up for Christmas, Bundles & Savings!!

Hello there!  I hope you got some holiday shopping done this weekend.  I'm not quite ready for holiday shopping just yet.  But now that we've decorated our house and put up our trees, it's starting to feel more like the holidays are upon us!

Speaking of shopping, have you added Medallion Mix Up to your stash yet?  This fun background building set is perfect for any occasion, even Christmas!  

Here I paired it with the Joy die that was included in the Winterhaven SOA collection and a sentiment from WPlus9.  I absolutely love it!  

I made several of these, switching out the sentiments each time.

Can I tell you a secret?  This card is an exact copy of one I made in the Spring for the Naturally Inspired SOA release!  

I fully believe that you don't have to make every card unique.  If you make a card and love it, why not replicate it??  I love the holiday version of this card as much as the original.  You'll probably see this card again, for a different occasion!  If it works, why fix it!!!

If you like the products I use, head on over to Catherine's store.  Lots of products are on sale...stamps, dies, stencils and accessories!  Here's are some of my favorites, check out the price of these bundles.  WOW!!!

Happy shopping!!!  I hope you find some good deals!!

Black Friday with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving!  Today kicks off the holiday shopping season with Black Friday!  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has a Black Friday sale that you aren't going to want to miss.

Spend $45 and get the "Merry" stamp set picture in the above graphic for FREE!  I have a lovely card featuring this set BUT I used another set that hasn't released just yet (banging my head, duh!)  I'll post that soon.

Instead, I have a CAS card using the newly released Joy stamp set.  This is a gorgeous stamp that makes holiday card making simple!  

If you are short on cards, this is one you can easily reproduce and mail out this year!  Simply heat emboss on colored card stock, add some score lines (or not, for an even easier design) and add to a white card base.  DONE!  Change out colors and embossing powders for some variation.

Joy is on sale ($11.99) as well as many other stamp sets.  Use my special code and save even MORE!!!

Enjoy the long weekend!  Happy shopping!

Paradise Found Release Blog Hop

Hello there!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Paradise Found release blog hops!  I'm thrilled to be sharing some projects that I made with the newly released inks and products.

If you haven't gotten a peek at the new Spa ink line, here's some eye candy for you...

8 gorgeous colors!  Same beautiful coverage as the Party collection.  

The new release also included new stamps, dies and accessories.  My first project features the Winter Woodland stamp set and Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Juniper Mist and Royal Treatment inks.

This stamp set was love at first site for me!  I am head over heels for that deer.  I'm not usually drawn to whimsical images, but man, I love that deer.  

The Winter Woodland stamp set is perfect for scene building.  To create my scene, I used the snowdrift die from the Winterhaven die set to create a mask for the bottom of my card.  I sponged with Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Royal Treatment and Juniper Mist on the top edges.  I was careful with the blending between Mandarin Spine and Royal Treatment, as the two don't blend well together and I didn't want to wind up with mud brown ;)  Then I flicked the background with water.  Next I stamped all of the images using the MISTI and Midnight ink.  I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment. I finished the card by heat embossing some white snowflakes in the background.

My next card features the Plaid Background and Wonderful Time of the Year stamp sets a rainbow of Spa inks in Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea and Daydream.

A rainbow card for Christmas?  Why, YES!!!!  I channeled my inner Kristie while making this card.  Kristie is the queen of rainbows.  I started by stamping the ornaments on a white panel.  They look so cute all stamped out like this.  Initially I was going to stamp them in a straight row but I think this looks better like this, it's fun and adds flow to the design.

I thought I'd stop there and add the panel to a white card base but a rainbow Plaid Background is even better!  I find it easiest to lay the background stamps flat on my workspace and add the ink directly to the stamp.  I overlapped between colors and I'm thrilled with how they all blend together!

It's time for you two hop along now.  Two more items of business before you head out...
  • Not only are there new inks, stamps and dies in the store but the products from the Naturally Inspired collection have also released!  WOOT.  So if there was anything you wanted or you missed out on the collection.  It's available here.

  • You have through Friday, November 17th at 11:55am to leave comments.  3 randomly selected winners with get a $25 gift certificate to the store!
Happy hopping and shopping!

Maureen Merritt - YOU ARE HERE!