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!!!

Merry Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is ON and if you haven't finished your cards yet, you had better get stamping!  The CAS-ual Fridays Merry stamp set is perfect for making beautiful cards quickly.  Here I simply heat embossed the large Merry Christmas and then stamped the panel with red, green and white ink.  I also used the little hearts from Peace, Love and Coffee.  For a little added detail, I sponged the edges with white ink and tied the top with bakers twine.

Both of the stamp sets that I used are on sale.  Add them to your cart so that you too can make quick CAS Christmas cards (Hurry, you are running out of time!).

Use my code to save an additional 15%.

Medallion Mix Up for Christmas, Bundles & Savings!!

Hello there!  I hope you got some holiday shopping done this weekend.  I'm not quite ready for holiday shopping just yet.  But now that we've decorated our house and put up our trees, it's starting to feel more like the holidays are upon us!

Speaking of shopping, have you added Medallion Mix Up to your stash yet?  This fun background building set is perfect for any occasion, even Christmas!  

Here I paired it with the Joy die that was included in the Winterhaven SOA collection and a sentiment from WPlus9.  I absolutely love it!  

I made several of these, switching out the sentiments each time.

Can I tell you a secret?  This card is an exact copy of one I made in the Spring for the Naturally Inspired SOA release!  

I fully believe that you don't have to make every card unique.  If you make a card and love it, why not replicate it??  I love the holiday version of this card as much as the original.  You'll probably see this card again, for a different occasion!  If it works, why fix it!!!

If you like the products I use, head on over to Catherine's store.  Lots of products are on sale...stamps, dies, stencils and accessories!  Here's are some of my favorites, check out the price of these bundles.  WOW!!!

Happy shopping!!!  I hope you find some good deals!!

Black Friday with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving!  Today kicks off the holiday shopping season with Black Friday!  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has a Black Friday sale that you aren't going to want to miss.

Spend $45 and get the "Merry" stamp set picture in the above graphic for FREE!  I have a lovely card featuring this set BUT I used another set that hasn't released just yet (banging my head, duh!)  I'll post that soon.

Instead, I have a CAS card using the newly released Joy stamp set.  This is a gorgeous stamp that makes holiday card making simple!  

If you are short on cards, this is one you can easily reproduce and mail out this year!  Simply heat emboss on colored card stock, add some score lines (or not, for an even easier design) and add to a white card base.  DONE!  Change out colors and embossing powders for some variation.

Joy is on sale ($11.99) as well as many other stamp sets.  Use my special code and save even MORE!!!

Enjoy the long weekend!  Happy shopping!

Paradise Found Release Blog Hop

Hello there!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Paradise Found release blog hops!  I'm thrilled to be sharing some projects that I made with the newly released inks and products.

If you haven't gotten a peek at the new Spa ink line, here's some eye candy for you...

8 gorgeous colors!  Same beautiful coverage as the Party collection.  

The new release also included new stamps, dies and accessories.  My first project features the Winter Woodland stamp set and Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Juniper Mist and Royal Treatment inks.

This stamp set was love at first site for me!  I am head over heels for that deer.  I'm not usually drawn to whimsical images, but man, I love that deer.  

The Winter Woodland stamp set is perfect for scene building.  To create my scene, I used the snowdrift die from the Winterhaven die set to create a mask for the bottom of my card.  I sponged with Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Royal Treatment and Juniper Mist on the top edges.  I was careful with the blending between Mandarin Spine and Royal Treatment, as the two don't blend well together and I didn't want to wind up with mud brown ;)  Then I flicked the background with water.  Next I stamped all of the images using the MISTI and Midnight ink.  I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment. I finished the card by heat embossing some white snowflakes in the background.

My next card features the Plaid Background and Wonderful Time of the Year stamp sets a rainbow of Spa inks in Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea and Daydream.

A rainbow card for Christmas?  Why, YES!!!!  I channeled my inner Kristie while making this card.  Kristie is the queen of rainbows.  I started by stamping the ornaments on a white panel.  They look so cute all stamped out like this.  Initially I was going to stamp them in a straight row but I think this looks better like this, it's fun and adds flow to the design.

I thought I'd stop there and add the panel to a white card base but a rainbow Plaid Background is even better!  I find it easiest to lay the background stamps flat on my workspace and add the ink directly to the stamp.  I overlapped between colors and I'm thrilled with how they all blend together!

It's time for you two hop along now.  Two more items of business before you head out...
  • Not only are there new inks, stamps and dies in the store but the products from the Naturally Inspired collection have also released!  WOOT.  So if there was anything you wanted or you missed out on the collection.  It's available here.

  • You have through Friday, November 17th at 11:55am to leave comments.  3 randomly selected winners with get a $25 gift certificate to the store!
Happy hopping and shopping!

Maureen Merritt - YOU ARE HERE!


CP Designs New Spa Ink Line & Product Release!

It's release time over at Catherine Pooler Designs!  A new ink line, stamps, dies and accessories!  WOOT.

Here's a peek at the new Spa Ink Collection...

My favorite...Green Tea.  It's perfection!  I really love them all.  Together they work so well for Fall and Winter cards.

There is a blog hop going on today, click here to start at the beginning if you'd like to see what our designers have done with the new products.  I'm not officially "on", but I do have a project to share with you!

This card features the new Wonderful Time of the Year stamp set.  

This beautiful sentiment can stand alone, or you can use the ornaments and boughs to dress up your card!  I've also used Green Tea & Eucalyptus (first & second generation stamping), Peppermint Scrub, Sauna and Daydream.  This card is perfect for mass producing, if you are looking for last minute ideas ;)

Not only do we have all of these wonderful new products available for purchase, but the products that were previously released in the Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired collection are now available for individual purchase!  WOOT.  

You know you were kicking yourself if you missed these.  

I'll be back tomorrow with my blog hop post and two more projects for you!  See you then!

Supplies for the card shown above:

Products from the SOA Naturally Inspired collection:

A New Ink Collection, YES!

I've being waiting for this release for TWO years!  I'm thrilled that the Spa Collection is finally almost available for purchase!  These colors are right up my alley, I've had so much fun with them.

Here's how the Spa Collection differs from the Party Collection:

  • Party Collection Colors are high saturation colors…bright and vivid.  Think lime green and bright pink.

  • Spa Collection Colors are low saturation colors…muted (but not muddy).  Think olive and dusty rose.
Catherine has been revealing the colors over the past week or so.  Check it out:

My favorite color is still a secret.  I can't wait for you to see it!  Catherine will reveal the last two colors today.

The full ink release will be available for purchase on Tuesday.  WOOT!  I'll be back soon to share some projects using these fabulous new inks!

What do you think so far?  Are you a Spa girl or Party girl?

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Special Release

{Sorry for the poor photo quality, the sun hasn't shone in weeks}

You asked, and Michele listened.  We have a special release for you over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  The ever popular Tutu set now has companion dies... Ballerina dies, WOOT!!!  The adorable ballerina had a makeover to in the Sugar Plum Fairy stamp set.  She now wears a snowflake tutu and crown for the holiday season.


Hop on over to to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see how the team used these new products and then head to the store and add them to your cart!  

Don't forget to use my code to save 15% on your order!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Happy Thanksgiving

Fall is definitely in the air here in the Northeast.  We've had quite a few crisp mornings, even a bit of frost!  Fireplaces are being stoked and the cable knit sweaters have come out from storage.  I love the beginning of Fall (not so much the part near Winter).

My favorite part of the season is the colors, I just wish that they'd stay a little bit longer!  Here I've used the colors of Fall to inspire my design.  I inked the images from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Amber Waves in shades of orange and yellow.  To make them pop, I paired them with neutrals.  

Amber Waves is a wonderful set for Fall and Thanksgiving, as is Wheat Wreath.  The two together combine everything you need for the season.  Consider adding them to your collection!

Use my code to save 15% on your order!!

CAS-ual Fridays Release - Day 4

It's release day at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and I have just one more card to share with you.  Today we are sharing cards using the new set,  Chanukah.  Chanukah is a wonderful addition to the already large Judaica stamps available in the store.  I love the fonts and swirls here.  I couldn't help but add a few sparkly stars to the mix!

Thanks so much for stopping by this week!  It's time for you to go shopping now :)  Use my code to save 15% on your order.

CAS-ual Fridays Release - Day 3

Pretty soon all of these fun new CAS-ual Fridays stamps will be available!  WOOT!  Has anything caught your eye?  How about this big, bold Noel from the soon to be released set Joy?!  

Joy is another gorgeous set, in contains stunning fonts with snowflake accents that are to die for.  The sentiments make a huge statement, so there's no need to do much more to spruce up your cards!  Here I simply sponged with red and green inks above and below the sentiment.  I've seen other stampers doing this with red and green and I just love it for the holidays.  A simple rhinestone in the center of the snowflake finishes this off perfectly!

Just one more set to introduce!  See you tomorrow!

CAS-ual Fridays Release - Day 2

Hello, and welcome back for Day 2 of the CAS-ual Fridays release.  I hope you all enjoyed a peek at WTF 2!  Today we introduce another new set called Bomb Diggity.  This is a fun set with fabulous fonts, I mean LOOK at that sentiment!  Michele certainly has a way with sentiments, I just love it!  The little ink splotches are also included in the set.  

I really wanted this fabulous sentiment to shine on my card, so I did some simple sponging and inking, then stamped the sentiment in black for a POP and a bold statement.

Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see a ton of inspiration from the rest of the design team.  Then I'll see you back here for another introduction tomorrow!

CFS Release Week - WTF 2

Hello, and welcome to CAS-ual Fridays release week.  Over the next few days, the CAS-ual Fridays design team will be introducing you to some amazing new product.  

If you loved the original WTF, you will be thrilled to add this new and improved version to your stash.  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is know for their fun and sassy sentiments and this set is just that.  

To make my card, I inked the sentiment in three different colors before stamping it onto my white panel.  I really wanted the sentiment to shine, so I added little else to the card.  The flower is from my favorite CFS floral set, Pretty Posies.  The rest of the stamps come from a set you will get to see tomorrow.  You can't wait, can you??  

Head on over to the CFS blog to see what the rest of the team did with WTF 2.

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!