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.  

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!!!