Celebrate with Friends SOA Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to Day One of the Celebrate with Friends Stamp of Approval blog hops.  I'm so excited for this box to release!  You all are seriously going to LOVE it!

If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval (SOA) it is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories created by Catherine Pooler Designs.  These collections contain everything you need to make a variety of cards without having to reach into your stash.  

The Celebrate with Friends Collection will be released to the Wait List on April 24th at 9AM and the general public at 6:00PM!!  This is a limited collection that will only be available while supplies last, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members get early access on April 23rd (a little perk of being a member!).

Now that we've gotten through all of the nitty-gritty details, it's time to take a peek at some projects!

My first project features the Woohoo stamp set and add-on dies and the Celebrate die.

This one layer card was a blast to make.  Though it's only one layer, it has lots of details!  I started by masking the card base then sponging with Rockin' Red, Tutti Fruitti, Tiki Torch and Grass Skirt inks.  I then stamped the background with the confetti stamp in the same colors.  After removing the mask, I added the fun details...stamped and die cut balloons and flowers, the gorgeous Celebrate die and sequins.  This birthday card is perfect for anyone, male, female, young or mature :)

My next card features Cuppa Tea and the coordinating add-on dies.

This card came together quite quickly and easily.  I began by stamping the background with the tea bag from Cuppa Tea in Party Dress, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey and Aquatini inks on a piece of white card stock that was trimmed to 3 3/4 x 5".  Using my MISTI stamping tool, I stamped the sentiment 3 times in Midnight ink.  I really wanted the sentiment to pop, so I stamped it again on a scrap piece of white card stock and die cut it using the Cuppa Tea add-on die.  I adhered that to the stamped panel with foam tape.  I added the panel to a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8" piece of Midnight card stock and added them to a white card base.

Time to go hopping along now.  

Don't forget to leave comments along the way.  THREE randomly chosen winners will receive a $97 gift certificate. Winners will be posted on Catherine's Blog at 6 PM on Monday.  

Maureen  {You Are Here!}

Happy Hopping!

Sunflower Thanks// Right at Home Stamps + Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Right at Home + Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop!

Right at Home Stamps is now carrying the Catherine Pooler line of inks, WOOT!  Today we are hopping along sharing projects that use CP inks and Right at Home Stamps!  

I've had my eye on this stamp set for sometime.  Sunflower...absolutely gorgeous, so life-like and stunning stamped with the CP ink line.  

For the sunflower I used colors from the Spa Collection (from lightest to darkest) Shea Butter, Sauna, Mandarin Spice and Icing on the Cake.  The leaves were stamped in Green Tea and Eucalyptus.  

The sentiment comes from the Fall Sentiments stamp set, which is perfect year around!  

Time to go hopping along now!  Leave comments along the way.  Nicole is giving away a product of your choice from the newest release.

Maureen Merritt  {You Are Here!}

Winner, Winner!!!

The winner of the Perfect Reason stamp set & dies goes too...

Congrats Nancy-Anne! 

 Contact me so I can hook you up with your new goodies!!

Flash Sale, Giveaway and the Perfect Reason!

One of my all-time favorite products by Catherine Pooler Designs is the Perfect Reason stamp set and coordinating dies.  As you well know, I'm a huge fan of florals and these top the list.

The Perfect Reason stamp set is perfect (haha) for all of the Spring time occasions...Mother's Day, Weddings, even graduations!  

My first card pairs Perfect Reason with YAY Stripes and Simply Stated to make a bright and cheery Mother's Day card. 

I love the whimsical floral images included in the set.  They look great scattered around a card and are perfect for building backgrounds.

Using the Perfect Reason stamp set and dies, now paired with Simply the Best and the new Black Tie Gala patterned paper, I've made a wedding card.

The flowers placed on a diagonal frame the sentiment perfectly and add flow to the overall design.  

Can you see why I LOVE the Perfect Reason so much?  Are you in love with it too???

You are in luck!  

I'm giving away one Perfect Reason Bundle!

Leave me a comment here letting me know how much you love the Perfect Reason and you'll be entered to win!  One randomly chosen winner will be chosen and announced on Thursday, April 12th at 8pm. (US shipping only.)

Commenting for the giveaway is now closed.  

Before you go... there's a Flash Sale going on over at Catherine Pooler Designs.  Select products are 20% off until tomorrow April 10th at 9PM.  Check out the Flash Sale HERE.

Thankful Bloomin' Bouquet

Bloomin' Bouquet originally debuted in the Counting Blessing SOA collection.  It became a fast favorite of mine and I'm thrilled that it's available now for individual purchase, as well as the rest of the collection!  

As I've mentioned before, whenever I am making floral clusters, I always stamp and die cut a ton of images.  You never know what you are going to need and it's easier to have left over then to stop the creative process every few minutes to die cut one more leaf!  Which I am so happy I did here because I just kept adding to this cluster.

The blues and green in the Spa ink collection make my heart sing...these are MY colors!  So, so pretty!  Here I used Skylight, Daydream, Juniper Mist, Green Tea and Eucalyptus.  

I'm loving the word dies that Catherine has added to her line.  This Thankful die also released in the Counting Blessing collection and it too is available for purchase, WOOT.  I die cut it 4 times from white cardstock, pressing one into Versamark and then heat embossing it in gold.  Then I stacked them and adding them over the flowers using liquid glue.

The stripes at the bottom of my card were sponged with the Geo Trio Stencil.  (I'm telling you, it's all about the stencils lately!!!)

Don't you just love this collection?

Here are a few more cards that I made with the Counting Blessings SOA release.

Definitely must-have products!!!

All That Jazz Available Now!

All of the new products are now available for purchase at Catherine Pooler Designs!  Before you head over to the store to add all of these amazing new products to your cart, I have two more cards for you!

I've been crushing on stencils lately.  You can see my mini series using the Split Chevron stencil here and here (I still have one more card to add to that series...coming soon!  I just couldn't resist playing with the new Square Dance Stencil!

These are my favorite cards that I made with the All That Jazz release.  I love paying with stencils and manipulating them by spinning them and sponging several times to create fun backgrounds.

The first card uses the newly released All That Jazz and Lime Rickey inks.

I think this is a great guy card.  This design would look great whatever color combo you'd choose.  Use contrasting colors or go with a monochromatic theme!

To create a similar background.  Place the Square Dance stencil over white card stock and sponge with one color ink, I used All That Jazz.  Then clean your stencil and place it back over your white panel but turn it 90 degrees, lining up all up all of the spaces as best you can and sponge again in a different color.  I used Lime Rickey.

Since I was using a white card base, I wanted just a little more contrast so I sponged the edges with All That Jazz ink.

I added the Awesome die and some die cut hearts from the Tags, Etc die, also now available. The "You're" is from Amazing Florals.

I had so much fun with this card, I had to try another color combo, this time a more girls version, Party Dress and Tiara.

Same idea, I just flipped the orientation.  I used the Wonderful die this time around and filled in with stamps from Simply the Best to complete my sentiment.

I sure do hope you liked my cards today!  Make sure that you head to the Catherine Pooler Designs shop to add some of the new stamping goodies to your cart!

All That Jazz Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the All That Jazz release blog hops for Catherine Pooler Designs.  On March 20th, new stamps, dies, stencils, ink and card stock hit the store.  The Creative Team will be sharing projects introducing you to the new products over the next few days.

The previously released products from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval will also become available for individual purchase, so you'll be seeing some of those products as you hop along!

I have two cards to share with you today.  This first uses the Grateful Heart stamp set.  It also shows the Kissing Technique, which allows you to use BOTH  the Music Background and Doin' the Polka Dots Background together!!

If you haven't tried the Kissing Technique before, you should!  Here I inked the Doin' the Polka Dot Background in Rose Petals ink and the Music Background in Midnight ink.  I stamped the Music Background directly onto the Doin' the Polka Dot Background stamp.  Then I gave it a huff and  stamped the Polka Dot stamp onto white card stock.  Look...

Don't you think this is a fun way to create a background?  I definitely haven't used this technique enough!  

Next, I stamped and die cut images from the Grateful Heart stamp set.  I sponged white card stock with Rose Petal ink before die cutting the flowers.  Whenever I use floral stamp sets, I always stamp and die cut way more pieces than I'll ever need.  I find that easier than stopping the creative process to cut one more leaf. I arranged the flowers around the sentiment and grounded the design by adding a strip of the lovely Black Tie Gala patterned paper (which I told Catherine that she could just send it all right here ;)  Love this new product!!  A must-have for sure!

My next card also features Grateful Heart.  It also shows off the Black Tie Gala patterned paper and the NEW Sand Dunes card stock.

My design this time is much simpler but still packs a punch.  I stamped the larger floral swag in Midnight ink on both a white card panel and a tag that was die cut using the Tags, Etc die set and Sand Dunes card stock. Sand Dunes is the perfect neutral card stock!

When the tag was adhered to the panel, I lined up the images.

I love how that makes the florals just pop!

The rest of my card is pretty self-explanatory!  A strip of Black Tie Gala patterned paper (you'll be seeing this on every card for a while...SWOON!), my favorite black and white twine and a scattering of sequins finish this CAS card off perfectly!

Time to hop along now!  Catherine is giving away goodies to 5 lucky commenters, so make sure that you leave comments on all of the blogs along the way.

Catherine Pooler 
Josefine Fouarge
Melissa Miller
Jenny Colacicco
Karen Baker
Justine Hovey
Ilina Crouse
Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}
Allison Cope
Ingrid Blackburn

I hope that you've enjoyed my projects today.  I'll be back on release day with two more cards for you.

See you then!

Fun with the Split Chevron Stencil - Day 2

I'm back today with another card I've created using the Split Chevron Stencil.  This time I first sponged through the stencil, pretty heavy handedly, with Rose Petals, Polished, Shea Butter and Seafoam inks.  Then I removed the stencil and sponged lightly using the same colors.  This creates a beautiful tone-on-tone background.

The Thanks die was cut 4 times, 3 from white card stock and once from Midnight.  I grounded the sentiment with the cute little banner from the Zen Feathers set, then finished the card with a scattering of 4mm Onyx sequins and bakers twine.

I have one more card for this Fun with the Split Chevron stencil mini-series.  It uses one of my favorite stencil techniques.  I'll be back to share that soon. 

I hope I'm inspiring you to get out your stencils & create!


Fun with the Split Chevron Stencil - Day 1

Hi all!  Is it really March already?  Have I really ONLY posted 4 times this year?  What???  YIKES!!!!  Let's see if I can make up for some lost time!

I've spent the last few nights playing with different backgrounds using the newly released Split Chevron Stencil.  Here I sponged on a diagonal using Sauna, Mandarin Spice, Peppermint Scrub and Royal Treatment inks.  I actually started with a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock, however once I moved though all of the colors and tried to repeat the pattern, the Royal Treatment and Sauna created a color similar to...I hate to say it...baby poop!  So, I cut that right off ;) 

It's all about being flexible in your design.

Next I flicked a bit of water on the sponged piece and removed the droplets with a dry cloth.  I placed the Split Chevron stencil over the sponged and splattered background and added white embossing paste.  Eek, I love how it turned out.  

I added a Midnight strip of card stock to the background and added it to a white card base with foam tape.  For contrast and a big POP, I stamped the Zen Feathers in Midnight ink and added them with foam tape as well.  I finished by stamping the sentiment right to the card base.

I'll be back on Monday with another way to use the Split Chevron stencil!


Sending You Love Guest Post

Hi all!  I'm up over at Catherine's blog with a CAS card using the Zen Garden release.

I hope you'll visit me there!!

I'll be back tomorrow with more using the new Zen Garden release!

Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome to Day 5 of the Zen Garden release blog hops.   The Zen Garden collection contains 8 new Spa ink colors, 6 stamp sets, 8 dies and a stencil, all available now!  If you haven't been following along, definitely head over to Catherine's blog to find out all of the nitty-gritty details about the release.

Today I have two projects that showcase many of the newly released products.  First up is a home decor item that I created using some of the new Spa inks, the Faithful Flutterings and Eat, Sleep, Create stamp sets and the Create die.

Eek, this makes me so happy!  I have this 5 x7 piece displayed right on my desk where I can see it every day.   These gorgeous layered butterflies are perfection!!  They look pretty stamped in shades of the same color or black for contrast and a POP in your design.  This piece can easily be replicated on an A2 card using the smaller butterflies in the set.

Next up is the Zen Feather stamp and die set and the Stained Glass Coverplate (the first cover plate available at Catherine Pooler designs!)

The Zen Garden release offers a huge variety of products that can be used for so many occasions and so many styles!  I went from making a home decor piece to a sympathy card without blinking an eye.  

The focus of my card is really the Stained Glass Coverplate.  I wanted to show an alternate way to use a cover plate, without covering an entire card base or layer. Using just portions of a coverplate can help create really beautiful focal points like I've done here.

I started by die cutting a circle from the upper third of a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white card stock.  I sponged the circle with the newly released Skylight, Stone Blue and Juniper inks, a gorgeous, soothing palette for sympathy cards.  I then heat embossed the Zen Feather with white embossing powder, heat set it and sponged with the same color inks.  The Stained Glass Cover plate was die cut from a 3 x 3" piece of white card stock and the sentiment from Faithful Flutterings was white heat embossed on Midnight cardstock.  The pieces were then assembled and finishing touches of sequins and twine were added.

It's time to hop along now!  Make sure you leave comments along the way.  Catherine is giving away 2 sets of Zen Garden inks each day of the blog hops!!

 Maureen Merritt  {You are here!}

Happy hopping!

Supplies for the Butterfly Decor Piece:

Supplies for the Deepest Sympathy card:

SOA Love is in the Air is Available NOW!

YAY!  The Love is in the Air 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 for you featuring the Love is in the Air stamp set and coordinating die set, the Postage Stamp dies and Bon Voyage Accoutrements (Add-on).

I had such fun creating this card.  Besides the new stamps and dies, do you see anything else new?  A new ink color perhaps???  
This collection contains not only stamps and die sets but there is also a super secret ink pad in there, WOOT.  You'll have to purchase the collection to find out what it is ;)

I had a blast creating this card.  I was a little stumped on where to start so I did a google search on hot air balloons.  I came across this gorgeous photo, which completely inspired my creation.

I hope you've enjoyed the cards myself and the Creative Team have cooked up for you.  I can't wait to see what YOU do with the Love is in the Air collection.