CTS#204 - Beautiful Hello

Since taking a break from stamping, I was pretty worried about finding my mojo again.  I turned to the one thing that inspires me every-single-time...sketches.

This week's CAS(E) this Sketch is perfectly CAS and exactly what I was looking for.

I did some (imperfect) masking here and kept my card a one layer design.  I stuck right with the sketch, adding just a few extra sequins to cover up a few ink slotches :)  And finished my card off with some border stamping to ground the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope your week is off to a great start!

StampNation's 6th Birthday Bash

We are celebrating StampNation's 6th Birthday with a huge bash!!!  

We have had challenges posted daily, video tutorials and, of course, prizes.  LOTS of prizes from our awesome sponsors.

Here's a little peek at the card I entered into today's challenge.

I'd love to have you join in the fun, BUT you have to be a member to play along!

I hope to see you there!

CP Designs Ink - Party Collection Blog Hop

Heellllloooo! Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!!!

I know it's been a while, way too long for sure.  I started a new job and moved all between October and December.  It's been a hectic, crazy, stressful time but we made it and I'm ready to get back to stamping.

I couldn't think of a better time to return to stamping and blogging than for my dear friend Catherine's new Ink release!!!!  Back in October she released the first 5 colors in the Foundations Box.  Today 8 new colors are available, as well as the first 5!!  How exciting?!!!!!

Today myself and some of my favorite designers are hopping along showing off these fabulous inks.

I haven't stamped in over 4 months, so I wasn't really sure how this was going to go!  I decided to use my favorite go-to floral stamp set, Eva's Favorite Flowers because that set never lets me down :)  Believe me, these are different from any other ink pads you've tried.  There is a bit of a learning curve with them though, so head on over to this video where Catherine walks you through how to use them!

These colors scream party, hence the name, "Party Collection".  They are fun and bright, I couldn't help but to keep stamping.  It's like a big floral party is going on on my card :)  Here you are seeing Party Dress, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt and Midnight.  

Before you leave, just take a minute to admire the stamped images, sigh... This ink makes the most crisp impressions.  It amazes me every-single-time!

It's time to start hopping along now.  Leave comments on each blog to be entered to win one of two- $25 Girt Certificates to Catherine Pooler's store!!

Maureen Merritt - {You are Here!}

Now go add those inks to your shopping cart!!!  shop.catherinepooler.com.

WCMD 2016 - Hello World Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Hello World Blog hop and Happy WCMD.  You should have arrived here from Catherine's blog.  If not, make sure you head over there to start from the beginning.

I am thrilled to be a part of this blog hop.  Why you might ask?  This isn't just any old blog hop.  Today we are taking part in a fundraiser, we are raising funds to purchase computers for children who go to a school that doesn't have the money for a curriculum, let alone computers.  Most of these children don't even have a computer in their homes.  Imagine what this fundraiser can do for these children?!

Catherine teamed up with Chaitali and together they designed the Hello World Stamp Set & Dies.

All of the proceeds from the sale of the Hello World Stamp Set & Dies from Oct 1st - 7th will go to purchase computers and supplies for these children!

WOW, pretty amazing stuff right there.  You really need to go to Catherine's blog and read about how the stars aligned on this project.

I guess you want to see a card using the Hello World stamps & dies!

How fun is that big "Hello"?  And I LOVE that there are coordinating dies!!  Oh yeah, there is something else that is new to the Catherine Pooler Designs line, YAY Stripes.  This set is a must-have!!  I'm always wanting just a little snippet of stripes on my cards!

You need the Hello World stamp set, you know you do.  And if you purchase it in the next week all of the profits go to children.  What a great cause!!  Win-Win!

Head over to the store and shop 'til you drop.

Then start hopping along.

Maureen Merritt
Kelly Griglione (I don't know why this is so small, lol)
Jennifer Ingle

Some of the ladies on the hop have giveaways, so make sure you visit each blog, leaving comments along the way!!!

Happy hopping!

Stamps:  Hello World, YAY Stripes, Lovely Flowers (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink:  Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink (Ranger) Tuxedo Black (Memento) Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Black (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Hello World, Lovely Flowers & Banners dies (Catherine Pooler Designs)  White Embossing Powder (WOW)

WCMD 2016 at StampNation

Our WCMD celebration has officially begun at StampNation.  This is our BIGGEST & BEST event of the entire year!!  And I think this year is bigger than ever.

We have approximately $450 worth of prizes up for grabs!  WOOT!

A big thank you to our awesome sponsors!!

Our celebration goes through Sunday night and challenges remain open until Oct. 22nd, giving you plenty of time to play along!

I'd love to see you join in the fun.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Click here to learn about membership benefits and to join now! 

Starry Stag & limited boxes left!

It's no secret that this stag is one of my favorite images in the SOA Candy Cane Lane collection!  I love dressing up those antlers!!

My full card is over on Catherine's blog today.  She says I'm "moving in on her territory".  Pft!  You'll have to head over there to see what I mean :)

We have a limited number of boxes left, make sure you grab one before they are gone!

SOA Candy Cane Lane is NOW available!

Today is the day!

Order your collection before it's too late.
Candy Cane Lane is only available while supplies last!

I have one more card for you using Candy Cane Lane & the Peppermint Stick Background stamp.

I had a blast making my own patterned paper here.  I actually had this idea in my head from the moment I saw this background stamp.  I stamped the Peppermint Stick Background three times, once in Pure Poppy ink, once in New Leaf and once in Hawaiian Shores.  Next I cut each into 1/2 inch pieces.  On a piece of computer paper, I adhered each of the pieces, making sure to line up the pattern.  This is a super fun way to use large background stamps!

Seriously, this collection is a must have!  I probably say it every release, but this one is my favorite.  I have so many ideas for it too.

Get yours NOW, before it's too late!