Tropically Yours SOA Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to Day One of the Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval blog hops.  I'm so excited for this box to release!  You all are seriously going to LOVE it!

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 Tropically Yours Collection will be released to the Wait List on July 18th 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 July 17th (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 have 3 Clean And Simple (CAS) cards to share with you today.  These projects will give you ideas using many of the products included in the Tropically Yours collection.

This first card features:

  • Fearless Pursuit Stamp Set
  • Fearless Pursuit Dies (Add-on)
  • Good Vibes Borders Stamp Set
  • Coral Cabana Ink (Add-on)

I had so much fun creating this card.  I'm loving how perfectly Coral Cabana fits into the Party Collection of inks.  Here I paired it with Melon Ice and Aquatini.  I may have found a new favorite color combo.  It's perfect for Summertime cards.

To create this card, I first stamped three rows of solid shapes from Fearless Pursuit in the colors listed above.  Next I stamped over each one using the patterned shapes in Midnight.  I added the die cut palm tree and sentiment.  Then grounded the design by adding the Midnight strips of card stock.

My next card features:
  • Leave Me in Paradise Stamp Set
  • Leave Me in Paradise Dies (Add-on)
  • Tropically Yours Stamp Set
  • Good Vibes Borders Stamp Set

I absolutely had to pull out all green shades of CP ink and create this card using the Leave Me in Paradise stamp set.  Here I used Melon Ice, Garden Green, Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt.  I stamped the images three at a time moving from the bottom right to the top left to create a sense of movement and flow to my design.  I used the lightest colors on the largest images and moved to the darkest colors on the smallest images.

I added a touch of Midnight in the sentiment, border and smallest leaves.  This adds a nice contrast to the monochromatic color scheme.

My last card for today.  A Summer Sunset featuring...
  • Fearless Pursuit Stamp Set
  • Coral Cabana Ink (Add-on)

This CAS card shows how wonderfully Coral Cabana blends with the existing inks in the Party Collection.  Here I have used it with Bellini, Limoncello and Tiara to create a beautiful sunset sky.  And, Aquatini makes a perfect Caribbean ocean!

The images were simply stamped in Midnight.  CAS perfection!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!  I sure did have fun creating them.  I have so much 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 the Stamp of Approval Collection! 

*If the winner has already purchased their collection, they will receive a $100 gift certificate.

Entries will close on Friday, July 20 and will be announced on the blog.  

Maureen {You are Here!}

Happy Hopping!

The Next Stamp of Approval is Coming Soon!

The next Stamp of Approval is COMING!  Blog hops start tomorrow and continue through the 17th.  I'll be sharing quite a few cards, so make sure that you check in this week.

I know I say this a lot, BUT, this is my favorite collection.   I think EVER!!  I have had such a blast creating with the products included in this Stamp of Approval  and I still have ideas floating around in my head!

Here's a little peek at what I've been creating...

You are going to want this collection.  I promise you that!  Make sure that you are on the Wait List so that you are able to purchase as soon as it's available.  Stamp of Approval collections are only available while supplies last.  You DO NOT want to miss out on this one!

"New" Craft Stash Blog Hop

Hi all!  I'm happy to be joining in the "New" Craft Stash Blog Hop.  I rarely seem to have time to stamp anymore, so I have lots of "New" to me product!  

For the hop I decided to break out the Faithful Fluttering stamp set and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs.  I was able to use the stamps when they first released, but I haven't gotten a chance to use those gorgeous dies yet!   WHAT?!  Time to remedy that!

I decided to also pull out the two NEW patterned paper packs, Paisleys & Peacocks and Black Tie Gala, also from Catherine Pooler Designs!

Let's get to the projects, shall we?

I love using patterned paper to line card fronts.  It's a great way to add color and pattern without adding layers!  (A great tips for CAS stampers!)  So I did that on both of my cards today!

The Faithful Flutterings images are so beautiful.  They really make stunning focal points.  I didn't want anything taking away from my butterflies so they are the star of the show on both of my cards.  Here I've die cut the butterfly stamped in Aquatini, All That Jazz and Midnight ink and placed it on a card front lined with Black Tie Gala Patterned paper.  The black background makes a nice contrast with the stamped butterfly, making it POP!  To balance the card, I rounded just the right corner (offsetting the heavy focal point on the left).

My second card uses Faithful Flutterings stamps & dies again, but paired them with the Paisleys & Peacocks Patterned Paper.  

The colors and patterns in this pack are fun and bright.  I pulled one of the simpler patterns from the pack and stamped a butterfly in coordinating colors (Flirty Fuchsia and Grape Crush).  I die cut this stamped image and also die cut through the white panel that I cut to add to the card front.  I partially inset the butterfly adhering only the body and bent the wings so that the patterned paper could be revealed from below.

This is yet another simple technique that really adds to the overall design of the card.

I sure did have fun making these projects to share on the hop.  I hope I've inspired you to use some of your stash in a similar way!!

Time to go hopping along now.  

Make sure that you leave comments on all blogs, on all 3 days of our hops, to be entered to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors.  Prizes will be drawn/winners contacted on July 23rd.  

Maureen Merritt  {You Are Here!}

Happy Hopping!

Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Sunny with a Side of Sparkle release blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs.  We are hopping along showing you creations using the new stamps, dies and patterned paper that hit the store yesterday. You can see all of the new products here.

I have a few cards to share with you today.  The first uses the following new products:
  • Starlights Stamp Set 
  • Starlights Dies
  • Peacocks & Paisleys Patterned Paper

Here I stamped using the Starlight stamp set directly onto the Peacocks & Paisleys patterned paper.  This is a fun way to customize your background and stretch your stash.

My next two cards use the new
  • Say it in Diamonds stamp set

The first time I saw Say it in Diamonds my eyes nearly popped out of my head.  The idea is GENIUS!  I had to make a few card using this set, so while my supplies were out, I just kept stamping.  I used the same color palette on all...Stone Blue, Seafoam, Skylight and Daydream.  

This color combo is so dreamy, don't you think?

There are so many ways to use this set, I haven't nearly scratched the surface.  You can see my third card in the middle in the photo below  (I was having a heck of a time trying to photograph it.)

Not only are these fabulous new products available but the Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval collection is also available for individual purchase, so you might need to grab some of those products too ;)

Here are a few cards that I made with the collection when it initially released.

Time to go hopping along now!  Make sure you leave comments along the way to be entered to win 2 ink pads (plus free shipping).

Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}

Happy hopping & shopping!!

The Love is in the Air collection...

You are Wonderful!

Have you gotten your hands on any of the new Wild & Wonderful release products?  I can't wait to see these products popping up on social media.

My card today features the Focus on the Good florals.  I love stamping custom backgrounds and this set is perfect for it!  I used blues and greens from the Party Collection (see colors below)...All That Jazz is finally available for purchase!  WOOT!  

The Focus on the Good stamp set is perfect for all Spring and Summer creations.  Definitely a must-have for your collection!

Get yours now!

Wild & Wonderful Release Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to Day 1 of the Wild & Wonderful 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.  The first uses the following new products:
  • Wonderful Wild Flower Stamp Set & Dies
  • Focus on the Good Stamp Set
  • BFF Background Set
  • Limoncello Ink
  • Grape Crush Ink

A throwback color combo to my college sorority days.  I am always reminded of Delta Phi Epsilon when I see shades of purple and yellow used together.   It's looks much nicer together in florals than on the outfits I wore while pledging ;)  

The new Limoncello and Grape Crush inks are an amazing addition to the Party Collection.  They look beautiful stamped with the Wonderful Wildflower stamps.  They pop beautifully off of the Sand Dunes background that was heat embossed with BFF Background stamp.  

The sentiment, stamped in Icing on the Cake, makes the perfect focal point on any card design.

My next card uses the following new products:
  • In Flight Butterfly Die
  • Scroll Butterfly Die
  • Note of Thanks Stamp Set
  • Limoncello Ink
  • Grape Crush Ink

Talk about a show stopper.   The combination of the In Flight & Scroll Butterfly dies make CAS card making a dream come true!  

To make this card, I started by die cutting and sponging the In Flight Butterfly.  Next, I die cut the Scroll Butterfly with black card stock.  I layered the two together and added them to a white card panel and stamped the sentiment from the A Note of Thanks stamp set and adhered it to a white card base.

Easy Peasy!!!

Time to hop along now!  Catherine is giving away goodies to 5 lucky commenters, so make sure that you leave comments on all of the blogs along the way.

Catherine Pooler 
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Kristie Goulet
Jen Carter
Justine Hovey
Laurel Beard  
Lydia Evans
Ingrid Blackburn
Maureen Merritt {You are here!}
Ilina Crouse

I hope that you've enjoyed my projects today.  I'll be back soon with more from the Wild & Wonderful release.

Wild & Wonderful Release Sneak Peek!

Hello there!  I'm popping in quickly today to share a sneak peek of the upcoming Wild & Wonderful release from Catherine Pooler Designs

The new products will be available in the CPD store on May 22nd.  That's also when the Creative Team begins the first of three days of blog hops.

Make sure you pop in on the 22nd to hop along!!  See you then!