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!  

SOA Counting Blessings Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to Day One of the Counting Blessing Stamp of Approval blog hops.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are sharing cards using the the Counting Blessings 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 Catherine Pooler.

The Counting Blessings SOA Collection will be released to the Wait List at 9AM EST on August 16th!!  And, then later that day to the public if the collection hasn't sold out already. 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 that are on the Wait List will be notified first (a little perk of being a member!) and then the rest of the Wait List will be contacted!

I made a ton of card have two cards using this collection.  Today I am sharing my two favorites. 

Featured in this first card are the Autumn Blessings stamp set, Fallen Leaves dies and Marching Leaves stencil!  This card is a great example of how all of the products in the collection are meant to work together flawlessly!  

This card is quick and easy to make.  Start by sponging the Marching Leaves stencil in Mint To Be, Garden Party, Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt inks.  Next stamp the sentiment and arrow in Midnight ink.  Finally, die cut the Fallen Leaves from black cardstock.  Assemble your card and adhere to a black layer and white card base.  This card would look lovely in shades of orange and yellow too, the true colors of Fall.

My next card features the Blooming' Bouquet and Good Things stamp sets and the Tags, Etc. die.  You know I love me a good floral stamp set and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.  This color combo is way out of my norm, but gosh, do I ever love it...It's a Girl, Party Dress, Orange Twist, Tutti Frutti, Lime Ricky, Grass Skirt and Flirty Fuchsia.  I'll definitely be using this one again!

Again, this card is quite easy to replicate.  I'm all about simplicity!  It's CAS but the way it was stamped with the florals framing the sentiment and stamped from the lower left to the upper right give the design movement and flow.  Essentially adding interest without adding layers!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today.  It's time for you to start hopping along now!

Make sure you are leaving comments along the way!  Catherine is giving away one box per day.  Winners will be announced on August 17th.  (If the winner has already purchased a box they will receive a $100 gift certificate to be used toward a future order!)

Good luck and happy hopping!

Catherine Pooler
Maureen Merritt {YOU ARE HERE}

CAS-ual Fridays & CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome to our blog hop.  Today the CardMaker Magazine DT and the CAS-ual Fridays DT have teamed up to share cards featuring flowers, so this is most definitely going to be a gorgeous hop.

You should arrived here from Lisa's blog.  If not, head on over to CardMarker Magazine to start from the beginning.

My card features the Full on Floral stamp set.

I think Full on Floral is my favorite stamp set right now.  I haven't even scratched the surface on all of the fun ways you can use it.  For this card I heat embossed Full on Floral with white embossing powder on watercolor cardstock.  Then I sponged Distress Inks randomly around the cardstock.  Once the background was covered I spritzed it with water until the color started moving around.  Some of the areas got a little muddy, so I soaked up the extra water with a paper towel.

I really wanted to let this gorgeous background be the star of the show, so I just added a simple die cut from the Smiling Fri-dies and sentiment from Sassy Smiles.

Time to hop along now!  Next stop is Gaylynn.  

You can find the full list of prizes on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.

Enjoy the hop and good luck!

Tropical Birthday

I'm finally on Summer break, woohoo!  The Summer Academy finished up on Friday and I'm on my way to sunny Florida for my first vacation in quite a few years.  I know many of you have started back to school already, but in the North we don't go back until after Labor day.  3 1/2 weeks of freedom.  Ahhhhh....

Anyway, I needed to make a birthday card and since I can't get vacation off my brain, Tropics was the stamp set I needed to use.  Yes, needed!  It's been in my stash since late Spring and I haven't had a chance to use it.  Before I know it all of us card makers will be knee deep in holiday card making, so yes, I NEEDED to use Tropics :)

My card is pretty straight forward.  I usually stick to black sentiments but I'm really glad I used some color here.  I think it makes the sentiment pop!  I need to remember to do that more often.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a little bit of your day with me!

CFS Release Day!

It's release day over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  Four new stamp sets are now available for purchase.  Before you head over there to shop 'til you drop, I have one more card to share with you.

The last stamp set I need to introduce to you is "Puffy Heart Love".  A sentiment set that is just gorgeous!

I'm dying over the font of this.  I want all sentiments written just like this! I've been working on hand lettering and decided that I stink at it. LOL!   So I need awesome designers like Michele to make amazing stamp sets like this.

This stamp had to be the star of the show.  I sponged the background and then using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then heat embossed it.  I love how it pops!

That is it from me.  Time for you to go add these new products to your cart.  Don't forget to use my code to save 15% on your order!

CFS Release - Day 3

I hope you've been enjoying the peeks of the new CAS-ual Fridays stamps that we have been sharing over the past few days.

We have another set to show you today, "Mermaids".

Mermaids, a set that is right on trend, is also quite versatile.  As you can see here, I created an underwater scene using all of the bits and pieces included in the set.  I think this card is just perfect for a Summer birthday.

One more day until the big release.  For now, head on over to see more projects featuring "Mermaids"!  Leave a comment there to WIN a stamp set.  WOOT.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

CFS - Release Day 2

I'm back today with another peek at a soon to be released set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Let me introduce to you, the super adorable "Tutu".

First, I need to mention how much I LOVE this sentiment.  If you are a Grey's Anatomy fan, I know you love it too.  Michele is brilliant for using "Let's dance it out" in this set.  Brilliant!

For my card, I really wanted to make these images shine, so I kept my card super CAS.  I stamped the images repeatedly to add movement and flow to the design. Then grounded the little dancers with the sentiment.  I finished off the card with some simple embellishments.

That's it from me today.  Head on over to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for more "Tutu" inspiration.  Leave a comment to WIN a stamp set too :)

CFS Release - Day One

It's time for a new release at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

We have some fun new products to show you over the next few days, and then you can add them to your cart on Friday.

Today we are giving you a sneak peek of "Flowercase".

What a fun set!  Those flowers stole my heart months ago, but they are even more adorable filling the large letters.

The set includes not only the full alphabet, but numbers as well, which I think will be super fun for birthday cards.  I can also see using them to build backgrounds or even in journals or scrapbooks.

I'll be back tomorrow with another peek of a new set!  You can head on over to CAS-ual Fridays to see more Flowercase inspiration.  Leave comments to WIN a stamp set each release day,  WOOT!

CAS-ology 5th Anniversary Blog Hop

I'm thrilled to be joining CASology for their  5th Anniversary Blog Hop!

CASology was integral in my development as a CAS stamper and one of the first teams that I ever designed on.  I have fond memories of CASology and the friendships I made on that team!  I'm thrilled for Melissa and this milestone moment!

I'm also thrilled that Melissa asked me to join in the anniversary hop!!  You should have arrived here from Sherrie Mannion.  If not, head on over to CASology to start from the beginning.

I pulled out some of my favorite balloons and created using my go-to CAS layout...

How's this for a fun & celebratory CAS card?  I chose a happy color combo of Party Dress, Melon Ice and Aquatini.  I love the saturated colors and crisp images I get from the Catherine Pooler inks!  I stamped the balloons and the card base with these colors, then added some black accents to make the design pop!  CAS perfection!

Time for you to start hopping along.  Your next stop is Uniko Studio.  
  • To be eligible for the sponsor prizes, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop list.  Winners will be selected randomly using
  • To be eligible for the CASology prize, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop + link up a BALLOON themed card to the gallery.  Winner will be selected randomly using
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1.
There are lots of fun prizes including gift certificates including Avery Elle, Concord & 9th, The Ton, Wallflower & MORE.  Head to CASology for the full list of prizes.

Good luck and happy hopping!!!!

Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout for Boys & Girls!

We are in the middle of the Concord & 9th Masterclass over at StampNation!  Concord & 9th is teaching a class on Unexpected Layering.  One of the topics they covered includes their Turnabout stamp sets.  If you haven't seen these yet, you are in for a real treat!

I had my eye on "Triangle Turnabout" from the moment it released.  Whomever was the brain behind this concept is brilliant, BRILLIANT! (That is me shouting!)

It's been long time since I have gotten this excited over a stamp, it combines so many things I love about stamping all in one...building custom backgrounds, versatility and it's different, different from anything else out there!

I love a good clean & graphic background.  Although I know that you can rotate this stamp less than the four rotations, I just love it best like this so I replicated this design twice; once for boys and once for girls!

I paired Triangle Turnabout with the Spot On stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs and they are a match made in heaven.  With a bold background like this, I wanted a simple sentiment...Spot On was the perfect addition.

I highly encourage you to join us over at StampNation.  The Concord & 9th Masterclass is really blowing me away.  Not only do they have amazing products, Amy's teaching style is clear, concise and so easy to follow.  Her cards are amazing as well!

Click here to join our Masterclasses at StampNation, but wait that's not all you'll get access to...


Hello there!  Thanks for stopping in today.  I made this card quite a while ago and forgot to post it?  

How is that possible?  

Anyway, the best part about making this card is that it was all for fun... no challenge, no deadline, I just had some new stamps and wanted to get them inky.  

The Bold Blooms stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh is simply adorable!  I love that Paulina included solid stamps for us non-colorers (would someone please tell me if this is a word or what I should be using in its place, please ;)  My goal for this project was just to stamp and die cut a bunch of these blooms and then create with them.

Bold Blooms looks great accenting this Congratulations sentiment from Simply Stated by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Funny, when this stamp set was being designed I fought tooth and nail to have this particular stamp removed from the set.  Catherine envisioned stampers using it in fun and unique ways, I didn't see it.  Fast forward a few months and I'm a huge fan, I love it and made sure to tell Catherine just that!

This card came together quite easily.  I added some background sponging with the Mod Squared Stencil to ground my focal point and a strip of patterned paper for more color and interest.

I hope you've enjoyed my card today.  Have a good one!

Friend Friday with CAS-ual Fridays & Chameleon

CAS-ual Friday Stamps has teamed up with Chameleon and I am over there sharing a card I made using products from both companies, fun right?!  You all know my expertise is not in coloring, but I may have found the coloring medium for me!  Here's a peek of my project...

Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see my full project and to see what Nora cooked up with these pens.  

There are also some prizes and giveaways, so make sure you leave comments on the CAS-ual Fridays blog and then hop over to Chameleon!

CP Designs Freshly Picked New Release!

New products have arrived at Catherine Pooler stamps, dies, stencils and ink.  WOOT!  

Today I'm sharing two cards using the newly released product.  First up, the I Pick You stamps and dies.

I Pick You is right on trend.  Have you noticed fruit popping up on everything from home decor to clothing?  I'm pretty smitten with pineapples right now and who can resist a pineapple dipped in gold?!!!  I used the Circle Dies to create a faux shaker and stamped the stitches from the new "Best of You stamp set.  

I kind of love how this turned out, so much detail but so much white space at the same time.  That's a CAS win-win :)

My next card features the Best of You stamp set, as well as the Checkerboard Stencil and new Black Jack ink.

This was a fun one to make.  I started by double stenciling the Checkerboard Stencil.  To do this sponge over card stock with one color, then pick up your stencil and then reposition it so you are covering all of the spaces you've already sponged, then sponge again in another color.  It sounds way more difficult than it is.  Give it a try I promise it's easy!   This might be my new favorite color combo...Tiara, Tiki Torch, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Black Jack, the newest in the CP ink line.  Black Jack is a dark gray, an absolutely perfect neutral to add to your collection.  The rest of the card came together pretty quickly and easily.  I really wanted the Best of You sentiment to shine so I popped that up on a white panel and added a simple floral cluster from the same stamp set.

Head on over to Catherine Pooler Designs to see all of the amazing new products!!!  Happy shopping!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Happy Mail!

Who doesn't love to get a little happy mail, especially when it's a bright and sunshiney as this?!

I love playing with different ways to color line stamps.  For this card I stamped the floral and leaf images from the Pretty Posies stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays in black ink, then sponged them with ink.  You can use one ink per image or multiple inks to give variation in color.  I used a combination here.

I stamped the Curtis Background stamp on a diagonal on the top of the card, and added the black strip of card stock to add definition and to compliment the black in the stamped images.

I struggled to find a sentiment that would fit perfectly into that little spot, this one from Special Delivery was just what I was looking for.  Not only does it fit in the space but the sentiment and font flow with the design.  I love when you can use a lot of different stamp sets and still have your design flow like it all just belongs together!

A simple scattering of sequins finished off this card perfectly.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Making Rainbows with Gelatos

Masterclasses are in full effect over at StampNation.  Our first class is "Creative Mediums for Card Making" by Faber-Castell and some of the SN designers.  Creative mediums aren't really my thing, but Jennifer (from Faber Castell) had me running to get my Gelatos after I watched her two part video, "Gelatos 101".  Who knew there were so many fun and easy ways to use this product?!

I tried two of the techniques from her video.  First I colored with Gelatos directly onto a stencil.  I placed the stencil over a piece of white card stock and then, using my finger, I swiped the pigment onto the card stock!  

This technique was so quick and easy, it took at least a 1/4 of the time it takes to sponge with ink over a stencil!

For the second technique, I colored with Gelatos directly onto my card stock and then blended the pigment with my fingertip.

Gelatos are very forgiving, that's what I liked most about them.  If your color isn't bold enough, add more pigment and blend again.  If you aren't happy with your color, you can basically just wipe it right off.  Very cool!

Want to check out our Masterclasses?  Join us at StampNation!  Here's a list of Masterclass that we will have through the Summer and into early Fall.

  I hope to see you there!