All the Trimmings Blog Hop

Welcome to the All the Trimmings release blog hop for Catherine Pooler Designs.  The Creative Team has been sharing projects introducing you to the new products over the past few days.  If you've missed the Instagram and video hops, head to Catherine's website for all of the details!

We have new stamps, dies and inks hitting the store tomorrow.  Today I'll show you two of the projects that I made with the newest goodies.

Here I've used the little mug image from the new Holiday Charms stamp set to stamp my background.  This is a great way to use a line stamp for non-colorers.  I also used the new Nested Label die for my die cut sentiment.  

My next card also uses the Holiday Charms stamp set but this time I've also used the coordinating dies, the Santa Approved stamp set and the NEW Love, Doves and Poinsettias patterned paper.

I'm absolutely in love with the patterns in the new patterned paper pack; Love, Doves & Poinsettias.  Such a fun variety of patterns that work with so many different styles.  And now holiday patterned paper that coordinates perfectly with our inks.  WOOT!

The Holiday Charms stamp set has so many adorable little images that can be used as accents or focal points on your cards.  Having the candy canes turned in all direction here gives flow and the illusion that they are being poured out of a bag.  To make the sentiment from the new Santa Approved stamp set pop, I heat embossed it in white on Midnight card stock.

I hope you liked my projects today!  Time to hop along now.  Make sure you leave comments.  One luck commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler Designs store.

Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}

SOA Home for the Holidays is now available!

YAY!  The Home for the Holidays SOA collection is now available for purchase!  Hurry, it's only available while supplies last.

Before you head off to the shop, I have one more card to share with you!

I had a blast building backgrounds with this collection!  Cozy borders stole my heart from the first time I saw it.  I see many Cozy Border backgrounds in my future :)  A lot of the Creative Team stamped Cozy Borders on Kraft card that!

Here I chose several of the border stamps and alternated stamping them in Rockin' Red, Twilight and Midnight.  The result reminds me of a comfy winter sweater.  To finish it off, I added a simple sentiment from Tiny Wishes on a Ting Tag die cut.

Time for you to go grab your SOA collection, before it's too late!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Blog Hop

Welcome to Day One of the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Eeeek, holiday stamps, my fave!  If I had to pick one and only one occasion to stamp for it would be Christmas, hands down!

If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval (SOA) it is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories created by Catherine Pooler Designs.  These collections contain everything you need to make a variety of cards without having to reach into your stash.

The Home for the Holidays collection will be released to the Wait List on September 19th at 9AM and the general public at 6:00PM!!  This is a limited collection that will only be available while supplies last, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members get early access on September 18th (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!

I'm a HUGE fan of stamping my own backgrounds and this collection is PERFECT for that.  I've stamped the background of every.single.card I made for the release.  Once I started, I just couldn't stop ;)

The new products featured on my first card are:
  • Christmas Cookies Stamps
  • Tiny Wishes Stamps
  • Sugar Cookies Dies (Add-on)
  • Tiny Wishes Dies

Tiny Wishes is such a fun set with so many possibilities, as you'll see along the hop!  I first saw the Home for the Holidays SOA collection when I was visiting Catherine in Raleigh this Summer.  As soon as I saw the Tiny Tags stamp set I said, "I'm going to stamp a background with this!"  So that's the first thing I did when I created my cards.

To create my background, I started by lighting drawing a 1-inch grid onto a 3 3/4 x 5" piece of white card stock.  Then I stamped the images in Rockin' Red & Sand Castle where the grid lines met.  You can use any of the stamps in the collection and create a variety of backgrounds like this one.  You also don't need to draw the grid, you can stamp randomly too.  I let the inks dry for a bit before erasing my pencil lines.

Then I just stamped and die cut the sentiment and snowflakes from the Christmas Cookies stamp set and Sugar Cookies dies.  The pieces were assembled and added to a white card base, then embellished with two rhinestones.

My next card features:
  • Cozy Borders Stamps
  • Holiday Mix Stamps
  • Christmas Cookie Stamps
  • Merry Christmas Layered Word Dies
  • Christmas Cookies Dies (Add-on)

The Cozy Borders stamp set is RIGHT up my alley, perfect for all of your holiday creations.  Again, I've stamped an entire panel.  This time using Garden Party, Lime Rickey and Rockin' Red.  I adhered  the stamped panel to a white card base and then die cut the Merry Christmas Layered Word dies from Midnight card stock and added just the "Christmas" to the bottom third of my card.  The "Merry" from the Holiday Mix stamp was stamped in Midnight, several times using the MISTI stamping tool. I wanted to be sure the black ink really popped off of the stamped background.

I finished by stamping and die cutting the cute little label and adding it to the card with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!  I sure did have fun creating them.  I have more to share.  So, continue to check back.

Time to go hopping along now.

Don't forget to leave comments along the way.  THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day) to win a $25 gift certificate!

Winners will be announced on the blog on September 24th.

Catherine Pooler
Kelly Martin
Lisa Harrolle
Susan Powell
Karen Baker
Kristie Goulet
Maureen Merritt -You are here!
Tracie Pond - Go here next!
Allison Cope
Kelly Griglione

Happy Hopping!

Back to the Basics

Hello there!  I'm a little late to the party but I wanted you all to know that there is a Back to the Basics sale and video series going on over at Catherine Pooler Designs!

These products were specifically chosen to show that you don't need to use a tons of products to make beautiful cards.  I went back to the basics on my cards today.  I didn't use any fancy techniques, just simple stamping.

A card like this one takes minutes to make.  Change out the colors and images for different seasons!  I used the Amazing Florals stamp set and paired it with just a strip of Black Tie Gala patterned paper to make it pop.

Using the same products with the Addition of the Spot On stamp set, I made another card.

While you have your supplies out, you may as well just go ahead and make another card right?  I just love using floral stamp sets to stamp backgrounds on my cards!

If you are new to stamping, you'll want to check out Catherine's video series.  She's covering all of the basics!

Choose Kind

Hello my friends!  I'm back today with another card featuring the newly released products from Catherine Pooler Designs.

Again, I'm using the Angled Square Background, this time as is, and I've paired it with the Kind of Wonderful stamps and dies.

To create my background, I stamped the Angled Square Background with Party Dress, Orange Twist, Limoncello and Lime Rickey inks onto white card stock.  Then I sponged over the stamped image for a tone on tone look and flicked some water for added interest.  Next I die cut the Kind die and covered it with Glossy Accents.  Once dry, I added it to the stamped & sponged background and stamped the "Choose" sentiment.  

"Choose Kind" reminds me of the movie Wonder, by far the best movie I've seen in a long time.  It has such a strong, important message.  If you haven't seen it, you definitely should and if you have kids, they should watch it with you.

I hope you enjoyed my project today!  Make sure you head on over to the store to see what is new!

Kind of Batty Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the Kind of Batty release blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs.  Today new stamps, dies, and ink hit the store.  The Creative Team will be sharing projects introducing you to the new products over the next few days.  You can see all of the new products here.

I have two cards to share with you today featuring the two new layering stamp sets.  

The first card features:
  • Hello Autumn
  • Hello Autumn die
  • Angled Background stamp

The Hello Autumn stamp set is just gorgeous.  My eye is so drawn to layering stamp sets, they truly bring images to life for me.  The leaves are so life-like and perfect for Autumnal cards and projects.  I can't wait to stamp them in reds, oranges and yellow too!

Today I have used them to make a wreath, a big non-traditional in the color choice, but gorgeous nonetheless.  

The stamp set includes 4 layers for each image, but I chose to just use 3 on this project.  

I have really enjoyed manipulating the Angled Square Background, cutting it apart and using pieces in different ways.  Here I use the Angled Square Background to make a simple border along the edge of my card.

My next card features:
  • Rose Garden
  • Rose Garden Dies
  • Square Angled Background

Another gorgeous layering stamp set.  This time I went with a more muted color combo and used colors from the Spa Collection.  

Again I've used the Angled Square Background to make a fun border.  I love finding new ways to use products in my stash!

It's time to hop along now!  Leave comments along the way to be entered to win one of 3 $25 gift certifications that are up for grabs.

Maureen Merritt  

Happy hopping!

Paper Pieced Stand Tall

Hi all, I hope by now you've ordered your Stamp of Approval collection.  If you have, Awesome!  I bet those boxes will start arriving on your door steps today and your projects will be popping up all over social media just in time for the weekend.  My post is perfectly time to inspire you further!  

But...If you haven't ordered yet, this card just might put you over the edge ;)

I don't usually gush about my own cards, but I love this one so much.  I haven't shared it yet because I used circle dies, which are NOT included in the collection.  I didn't want to confuse anyone!

Flamingos are one of my favorite animals.  As a child, I spent hours taking in their beauty at the zoo. I'm thrilled that we now have flamingos in the CP product line!  There was one thing though...I don't what on earth could I do with this line stamp?  My solution, paper piece.

Paper piecing is a simple technique and great for non-colorers like me.  I simply stamped the flamingo on white card stock, then sponged over it with the new Coral Cabana ink.  For some added texture, I stamped over the inking, also with Coral Cabana ink, with the cross-hatch border stamp from the Good Vibes Borders stamp set.  I then hand trimmed the inked and sponged flamingo and layered it on top of another flamingo that I had stamped and die cut.

Tropically Yours is my favorite of the 13 Stamp of Approval collections.  I highly recommend adding it to your stamping stash!