Calm & Loving Christmas


I love versatile stamp sets.  I've said that time and time again.  Any stamp that can get me through all four seasons and many occasions is a winner in my book.  Here I've used the Calm & Loving stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to make a Winter scene.  I paired it with a sentiment from Lovely Blessings and you would think it was made for Christmas.  Take a peek below and you'll see it's not a holiday set!!  

Slowly but surely I'm building my Christmas card stash. I'm currently at 25 of 60 complete.  When do you start your holiday cards?  How many do you make to send out?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

If you'd like to add the following products to your cart, use my code and save 15%.  Select holiday sets are on sale through Sept. 30th too.  So make sure you check that out!


Well, Hello Tilly's Magic Garden!


Lydia Evan's debuted as a CP Designs stamp designer last week.  I finally got a chance to use her amazing set, Tilly's Magic Garden.  These little blooms are super cute and so easy to use.  I love that you don't really have to line them up, so you have a bit more freedom and don't have to spend so much time getting it perfect.

I also used the new Hello die.  I think I'll be using this a ton.  The font is absolutely fantastic.  I want every word ever written like this. (Maybe that's a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean!)


I can't wait to play with these products some more!  Have you ordered Tilly's Magic Garden yet? 

CAS-ual Fridays & Chibitronics Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the CAS-ual Fridays & Chibitronics Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from the Chibitronics blog.  If not, hop over there and start from the beginning!



If you haven't heard of Chibitronics, you are in for a treat.  This fun product allows you to add light to your card (think stars, a strand of Christmas lights etc)

I was a bit intimidated by the product at first, but found it wasn't difficult to work with (I do admit that I asked my husband, an AP Physics teacher for help) but I would have gotten it even without his help!  With the starter kit you received a book that allows you to practice, which is very helpful!

For my card, I used Franklyisms by CAS-ual Fridays.


I love this sassy sentiment!  I decided to play up the idea of "smokin'" and sponged my background the colors or fire.  I placed a red Chibitronics light on the card base, to further the idea of "fire".


Would you like a Chibitronics Starter Kit of your own?  Maybe you want some CAS-ual Fridays Stamps?  Leave comments along our hop and you'll have a chance at a Starter kit & a CAS-ual Fridays Gift Certificate.

Chibitronics blog https://chibitronics.com/blog/
Maureen Merritt  -  You are here!
Tiffany Au https://cardsbytiffanyblog.wordpress.com/
Lisa Lahiff http://lisascreativeniche.blogspot.com/
Kelly Griglione http://notablenest.blogspot.com/
Jeanne Jachna http://akeptlife.blogspot.com/
Eiko Uchida https://eikenlabo.blogspot.com/2017/09/chibitronics-and-cas-ual-fridays.html
Kimberly Rendino http://kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com/
CAS-Fridays blog http://cas-ualfridaysstamps.blogspot.com/

Happy hopping!

New Release at CP Designs!

Have you seen the newly released product at Catherine Pooler Designs?  Take a peek below of some of what's new, then head over to the store to shop.

Catherine announced the newest CP Designs stamp set designer yesterday.  In case you missed it, it's the oh-so talented LYDIA EVANS!!!  If you aren't already her biggest fan, you will be soon!  Her stamp sets are as amazing as her card designs.  You are in for a treat.

Tilly's Magic Garden, Lydia's first setis a beautiful two step stamping floral set.  These little blooms will make fun backgrounds or accents on any design.


Also new to the shop is the "Craft Room Essentials" section.  This makes shopping more streamlined.  You can find stencils, card stock, adhesive, acrylic blocks etc here.  Catherine's shop has truly become a "one stop shop"!


There are a few more new additions to the shop... Hello die, Turkish Delight Stencil, neutral colored card stock and lots of goodies to the Crafter Room Essentials.

It's time to go shopping.  Purchase some products or purchase all products in just one click!  How's that for easy shopping?


Included in the bundle is Tilly's Magic Garden, Hello Die, Turkish Delight Stencil and card stock in Chocolate, Smoke, Mirrors and Midnight.

I have all of this wonderful product sitting in my stamp room and I'm dying to get inky with it!!!  Hopefully I'll be able to craft this weekend!!!

Happy Friday!

CAS-ual Fridays SUPER Special Holiday Savings

Hi there!  Today some of the CAS-ual Fridays DT are sharing cards using holiday products that just so happen to be marked down to a SUPER SPECIAL price!  

If you missed last years release, you are going to want to add some goodies to your cart.

Let's take a peek...


My first card uses the Holly Jolly Borders and Christmas Sparkle stamp set, as well as the Ornament Tag die.  This card came together so quickly and it would be great for mass producing, it could even be used for a variety of occasions by switching out the sentiment.  (If you do mass produce, you may want to use a monochromatic color scheme though.)  


Here I used the Holly Jolly Border stamp set again.  This time I inked the stamp ink three different colors before stamping directly on the card base.  The gorgeous sentiment from Lovely Blessings was framed in snowflakes that were stamped in the same colors as the border.  A few rhinestones and some shimmer paper finish this off perfectly!


Click the images below to purchase the products used on these cards.  They are ALL ON SALE at a super special low price ($9.99!  WHAT?).  And guess what?  You can even use my code to save more!!!

Double Points Week!

There are double points over at Catherinepooler.com in celebration of the stores 1st birthday, 

WOOT!


What does this mean?  As a rewards member, you earn points for all of your purchases, then you can cash in those points for rewards!  ($ to spend in the store!)  How awesome is that?

There are so many fun products that you need to add to your stash!  Did you know that the Candy Cane Lane AND The Perfect Reason collections just became available to purchase?  Awesome stuff in those two boxes!




And then there is the ink...the only ink I will use anymore.  I kid you not!  I'm about to get rid of all of my other ink.  So if you want to treat yourself, I highly recommend Catherine Pooler's inks...no more splotchy images.  Look at these sample below!


Not only do you get crisp. clean images every time, they also blend beautifully!  Another benefit to this line is that there is no guessing about what colors go together.  The colors in the Party Collection were chosen specifically to go together.   

Would you look at this collection of color?  WOW!!!

I hope you'll head on over to Catherine Pooler's store and treat yourself this week!  It's a win-win...new products for you and rewards to use toward future purchases!

Happy shopping!

Mermaid Hugs


After a week in FL and a quick day trip to the Jersey Shore, I have all things beachy on my mind!  During the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps August release I used the little corals and shells from the Mermaid stamp set, but I hadn't gotten to ink up the main image in this set, the mermaid, and that exactly what I wanted to highlight here.

Using masking paper, I cut four 1 x 5 1/2" strips and masked off a white card base.  Then I sponged in shades of blue and purple. Next I stamped the coral images in black ink, then I went ahead and removed the mask.  I stamped the mermaid outside the sponged area which helps to add flow to the design, as do the sequins.  The hearts and sentiment are from the Calm & Loving stamp set.  Doesn't it look like the mermaid is blowing kisses?  SO cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Love this Mermaid stamp set?  Use my code and save on your next CAS-ual Fridays Stamps order!


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