Simply "Colored" Line Images

I have a guest post on Catherine's blog.  There I share a tip on how to "color" line stamps.

Here's a peek...

I hope you'll pop in to see the full post.  

Leave me a comment there if you do!  I'd love to hear your tips on how to color, without REALLY coloring!!!

Rad Father's Day with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Happy Father's Day!  Today I have a card perfect for Dad using the Rad 2 stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  Rad 2 is a sentiment based set with three different fonts that you can mix and match together for all of your masculine card needs!

I used Rad 2 to make a word cluster, which not only acts as my focal point, but also serves as my sentiment.  I arranged the sentiments on the MISTI and then inked them first in the lightest ink, then I removed some of the sentiments and inked with a blue a shade darker.  Then I removed all but a few sentiments and stamped in the darkest shade.  I added some red hearts for a pop of color and to fill in some of the open spaces.

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  If you haven't tried creating cards with word clusters before, you most definitely should.  It's a fun and fairly easy technique.

Have a good one!

Totally Awesome Dad

With Father's Day right around the corner, it was time for me to create a few masculine cards.  Though not your typical color combo, I love this Vineyard Kaleidacolor ink pad for masculine cards.  The purple is an unexpected addition but I think it looks great with the green and brown tones.

I like to keep my masculine cards clean and simple, guys don't like a whole lot of fuss.

I had a blast making this card.  I used little bits and pieces from several sets (linked below).  That Snowy Sayings set, though a holiday set, I use it ALL year long.  I love the dots and hexagons, perfect for cards like this one.

As a little bonus, I have a code for shopping at CAS-ual Fridays!  Catherine has a rewards program, so make sure you set up a profile so you can start collecting points.

The Naturally Inspired SOA is SOLD OUT!

This must be a record...Naturally Inspired has already SOLD OUT!  I hope that you were on the wait list and grabbed one in time!!!  We never even made it to the public release day, WHAT?!

I do have one more card to share with you today, a CAS card that highlights the Wanderlust Embossing Glitter by WOW! just for Catherine Pooler :)

I am in love with this Embossing Glitter!  Not only does it emboss lie a dream, the color is gorgeous.  Those it's clear, it has a bit of a gold tint to it.  It's simply stunning!  Here I embossed the sentiment, by stamping once in Midnight ink and once in Versamark, with the MISTI of course!  Then I pressed black card stock into Versamark ink and heat embossed it to make my own glitter paper!  It looks perfect peeking out under the stamped layer.

Look how sparkly...

I think this may be the most versatile collection we've had to date,  I made a ton of cards and have yet to use all of the products.

Unfortunately these products won't be available for quite a few months, I hope you were able to grab yours before it sold out!!

It's definitely a must-have!

SOA Naturally Inspired - CAS Elegance

The Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval releases today to the Wait List.  I hope you signed up.  The collection goes on sale to the public tomorrow!  WOOT!  

Today I'm showing off lots of products from the collection...Wild Garden, Medallion Mix-Up and Birds of a Feather stamp sets, the Spiro Doily die and an add-on item, Wild Garden dies.

Lately I've been stamping primarily with Catherine's bright and bold inks.   I've gotten so many comments on my blog this week about my color choices, THANK YOU!!!  Today's card goes back to the basics with JUST black and white.  I had forgotten what a statement you can make with just black and white!  

I often hear from stampers that they struggle with CAS cards and white space.  This layout is perfect if you like to use a lot of product but you want to keep your design simple as well.  I layered on lots of goodness to create a strong focal point, grounded it with the script border stamp and then I kept the rest on my design clean.  Easy Peasy, CAS perfection.

Here's a close-up look at the add-on Wild Garden need them, period ;)

Who's ordered their box already?  I can't wait to see you all creating with these amazing products!

Thanks for stopping by!!

SOA Simply the Best

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 over the next few days :)

Today's card uses the Simply the Best stamp set.

This card is a bit different than the ones I shared yesterday.  This collection is definitely geared more toward feminine cards, at least that’s what I gravitate towards with these products.  What I wanted to show you here is how this collection can be used for teens and the guys in your life.  This card is so simple to make.  Use different colors schemes or switch the orientation of the design, to give it a whole new look.  

I love using smaller pieces from a stamp set like this.  This card really shows off the Catherine Pooler line of ink, right?!

I hope you are enjoying the projects our team made using the Naturally Inspired collection.  I'll be back with more cards soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

SOA Naturally Inspired Blog Hop - Day One

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

Naturally Inspired SOA Collection will be released to the Wait List on June 7th!!  And, by the looks of the Wait List, it's going to sell 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 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.

I had a blast with this card.  Here I am featuring the Medallion Mix-up and Simply the Best stamp sets, as well as the Best die.  The Medallion Mix-up set is a blast to play with.  You can mix and match pieces, layer on circle dies, use individual pieces to create custom backgrounds, etc. It's a very versatile set.  

My next card is a bit softer and shows off the Wild Garden stamp set and the Simply the Best stamp set and Best die again.

The Wild Garden stamp set is one that Catherine has been wanting for a while and I'm thrilled to see it come to life.  If you follow me, you know I'm a huge fan of floral image...anything inspired by nature, really.  I love that this set has a mix of flowers and leaves, that can be used together or on their own.

To make this card, I stamped many of the leaf images included in Wild Garden in shades of green to blue, focusing around the edges of the panel.  I sponged both the stamped layer, as well as the Best die.  I added the banner to complete my sentiment and embellished the finished design with sequins.

My favorite types of cards to make are cards that use natural images, I will never have enough florals!  I find nature so inspiring...the colors, textures, even the sounds of nature.  We recently moved and I'm getting used to new noises.  While I used to hear peepers and owls, I now wake up and hear geese flying overhead.  It makes me want to jump out of bed and create beautiful sunrises with ink and stamp with silhouette images (Wild Garden is perfect for that! The DT will rock your world with their creations).

What about nature inspires you?

That's it from me today!  It's time to start hopping along.

Make sure to leave a comment on each blog because Catherine is giving away one of the Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval collections for EACH day of the hops.   That is 3 boxes!  The more times you comment, the more chances you will have of to win! (If the winner has already purchased a box, they will be refunded!)

You've got until Thursday at 9:00AM EST to get those comments in. The winner will be announced on Catherine Pooler's blog!  Good luck and happy hopping!

Stamped Card Bases

One of my favorite ways to use border stamps is to stamp card bases.  This is a great way to add color and pattern without adding bulk to your card.  

You can stamp the entirety of your card base like I did on this first card...

Or you can add just a little bit of stamping on the edge of your card base for a pop of interest!

Either way is stunning!  What's your favorite way to use border stamps?