Never Give Up Hope for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps


It's a special month for CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  Not only are we celebrating their 5th birthday but CAS-ual Fridays has gone PINK for Breast Cancer awareness.  Over the course of the month, the design team is sharing cards featuring the Calling All Sisters stamp line that Michele developed to raise awareness.  50% of the proceeds from these sets goes directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Here I've featured the Hope Ribbon stamp, Ruffled Ribbon and Hope die.  

We've all been touch by breast cancer, I hope you'll help to support the cause by adding these products to your cart.  

Happy Birthday with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps


CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is celebrating their 5th birthday!  WOOT, happy birthday CAS-ual Fridays!!  I have been a fan from the very beginning.  CAS-ual Fridays filled a big gap in the industry...stamps that are suitable for teen and tween boys!!  Being a mom of two boys, this was huge for me.  

It's been fun watching CAS-ual Fridays grow, being a part of it, even better.  I got the pleasure of meeting Michele in person two years ago and she's just as fun and sassy as her stamps :)

Today I'm sharing a birthday card, in honor of CAS-ual Fridays 5th birthday.  Here I've combined the Curtis Background stamp, Truth is and Heartfelt Sayings.  I love how the CAS-ual Fridays stamp line works together flawlessly!

In celebration of CAS-ual Fridays 5th Birthday, all birthday stamps are on sale.  No coupon needed!


And, Truth Is is on special this month...
Buy the stamp and get the die for FREE!


Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back again tomorrow with another CAS-ual Fridays creation.

SOA Winterhaven collection Release Day!


YAY!  The Winterhaven 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 to share with you featuring the Tis the Season stamp set and the Good Stuff stamps and dies.


I feel like I'm starting to sound like a broke record but...CAS, easy to mass produce and mail are perfect for your holiday cards and this card fits the bill perfectly.  It uses simple stamping, limited layers and lots of white space.

To create my card, I stamped the poinsettia in Rockin' Red ink and gold embossed the center.  If you have the add-on Tis the Season dies, you can die cut the flower.  I did not, but it was easy enough to fussy cut.  Next I gold embossed the frame from the Good Stuff stamp set and the sentiment from Here We Come A-Caroling, then I die cut using the coordinating die.  On a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock, I stamped the berries in the same inks moving from the bottom right to the top left.  I finished the card by adding the layers using foam tape.  Easy peesy!

I hope you enjoyed my card today!  Happy shopping!

SOA Joy Wreath Frame

I hope you have enjoyed the Winterhaven blog hops over the past few days.  I'm not officially "on" today, but I have another card to share.


The Tis the Season stamp set is perfect for creating your own custom patterned paper.   On a 4 x 51/4" piece of Oatmeal card stock, I stamped a variety of images from Tis the Season with inks from Catherine Pooler Designs in traditional Christmas colors.  Then I die cut the Joy Wreath 3 times from Oatmeal card stock.  Those were stacked together and adhered between layers.  Next I placed the Joy Wreath die on my stamped panel and ran it through my Big Shot.  I placed the panel on an Oatmeal card base and stamped the sentiment in the negative space.  Lastly, I inlaid the wreath.

Head to Catherine's website and hop along with our designers.  You'll get so many wonderful ideas on how the products in this collection can be used and if you leave comments you'll be entered to win a collection of you own!!!  Enjoy!

SOA Winterhaven Collection Blog Hop



Welcome to Day One of the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are sharing cards using the the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection!  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.

The Winterhaven SOA Collection will be released to the Wait List on October 10th!!  The past two collection have sold out quickly!!  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!).


Today I have two cards to share with you.  The first uses the Ornamental Background stamp and the Joy Wreath & Good Times dies.


How gorgeous is this background?  I inked it up in It's a Girl, Party Dress and Rockin' Red ink and then I melted ;)  I just can't get over how stunning it is and I really wanted to highlight it on my card.  To make the ornaments pop just little bit more, I stamped a small dot in the center of each ornament.  This is such a fun way to alter the look of a stamped image.  As not to distract from the background I just added the Joy and snowflake die cuts in black to contrast the rest of the card.

My next card highlights the Here We Come A-Caroling and Add-on dies.



I love this scene building stamp set.  It has so many different images you can use to create your scene.  That dog is too cute, don't you think?  I stamped the trees in Melon Ice, Garden Party and Lime Rickey, for a bit of color.  Then stamped and die cut the images and placed them on a glittery snowbank that was all die cut from the Here We Come A-Caroling dies.

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 OCTOBER 11th 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

Catherine Pooler  
Ardyth  
Kristie 
Justine 
Maureen  (You are here!)

Enjoy!




Holiday Trimmings, WCMD, etc.



Hi all!  It's been a little while since I've popped in here to see you.  I've been busy working on some upcoming events and releases, so I'll have lots to share soon!

I do have two cards to share with you today.  I took some time this weekend to stamp with the new Holiday Trimmings stamp set from WPlus9.  WPlus9 released a set VERY similar during Simon Says Stamps Stamptember event last year and I was kicking myself for not getting it then!  But wait, a miracle happened!!!  With some small adjustments Dawn released it in her store, WOOT!!!!  I put this right in my cart and checked out by 5AM on my birthday...Happy Birthday to me :)



These images are so adorable and perfect for CAS holiday card making.  I have 32 of 60 Christmas cards made, so anytime I create, I make more than one card.  I went with a fun color scheme here, and used just the ornaments from the set.  I'm looking forward to making something a little bit more traditional and inking up the little trees!  Christmas cards are most definitely my favorite to make!


World Card Making Day 2017 is right around the corner!  As always,  we have an amazing event planned over at StampNation.  

Here's a little peek...


Over the next few days we will be announcing the theme, sponsors and guest designers.  You have to be a member to play along in the fun.  Join Here Now!

Last week I had a guest post over on Catherine's blog.  I can't believe that I forgot to share that with you here!  It's the perfect CAS Fall card using the Leaf Motifs stamp set from the Counting Blessings SOA collection.  


You can view the full post here.

I think that's all for now!  See you here a little later in the week with some more info about our WCMD event at StampNation.


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!


SOA Counting Blessings is now available!

YAY!  The Counting Blessing collection is now available for purchase!
Hurry, it's only available while supplies last.

 I sure do hope you are on the Wait List because it looks like it's going to sell out again before the public release!!!!  WOW!



I have one more card to share with you.  This time it's a traditional Fall themed card featuring Autumn Blessings and the Geo Trio stencil.


I love the simplicity of this card and how it really makes the SOA products shine!  

The Geo Trio is a really fun product.  I love playing with stencils and finding ways to make new designs.  Here I used the chevron to make a plaid border for my card.  To do this I placed the chevron design off the edge of my panel, then I sponged with Orange Twist ink.  Next, I clean the stencil, flipped it over and place it so that the sponged stripe and the Chevron designs overlapped.  This time I sponged with Lime Ricky ink.


The rest of the card came together quite quickly.  I die cut the Thankful die from brown yardstick and placed in on the sponged panel for placement, but did not adhere it just yet.  I stamped the pumpkin and sentiments and then heat embossed the acorns in gold.  Finally I adhered the sentiment and added a few finishing touches before popping it up on a Kraft card base.

I hope you get your hands on this fabulous collection before it's gone!!!!  Fingers crossed!

Counting Blessings SOA - You Matter

We are in the middle of the SOA blog hops.  If you missed my blog hop post from yesterday, click here then head on over to Catherine's blog where she will have the blog hop lists each day.  I'm not officially on today, but I still have cards to share  :)

Today's card uses features the Bloomin' Bouquet stamp set & die (add-on product), Tag's Etc. die and the Geo Trio stencil.



This card is a little bit more layered than my usual, I just couldn't help but keep adding little details here and there.  Because I kept the card base and layer white, it still comes off as CAS, layered CAS, but CAS nonetheless.

What I really wanted to show off on this card is the Blooming' Bouquet dies.  This is not included in the SOA box, but it will be available as an add-on product.  I definitely recommend adding these to your order, the die cuts add so much dimension to the card.


The Counting Blessings SOA collection will be available soon.  Make sure you are on the Wait List!  
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