Double Points Week!

There are double points over at in celebration of the stores 1st birthday, 


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 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 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!  

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!