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:

99 comments:

Karen Kreider said...

Beautiful! Such a great idea for a home decor piece with the butterflies! Love it!!

Donna Williamson said...

Wow . . . I admit that I hadn't heard of Catherine until the Save the YouTube Artists hop and NOW I just want it all. Thank you for sharing your talent and these beautiful pieces! :)

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your home decor piece would be perfect in all of
our craft rooms! :-) Your sympathy card is sooo
beautiful.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Simply gorgeous!!!

Kelly Martin said...

Beautiful cards, Maureen!!! I still haven't done anything with those feathers but I'm feeling inspired after seeing the CT's projects using them!

Diane Loughrey said...

You have inspired me to make a home decor piece. So bummed that the blog hop is over. I always enjoy seeing what everyone makes.

Ellen C said...

Beautiful and inspiring - love them!!

Brandi R said...

Love both of these. Both of my favorite stamps...love the butterflies and the feathers. Gorgeous creations ♥

goaliemom36 said...

Great cards! Thank you.

Carol Hardie said...

Maureen .... sympathy cards are so difficult for me but this design is wonderful. I looking forward to playing with that Stained Glass Coverplate. Your Home Decor piece is perfect as well. I wasn't sure I needed another butterfly set .... but yes, I do. LOL

ann greene said...

Maureen, I wondered when we see you. Thanks for sharing your beauties. The feather card is gorgeous. I can't wait for it to get here. Thanks for sharing.

Avra Williams said...

So pretty!

Elise Smith said...

Wow! That framed piece is so fun! And I love the soft colors on your card :)

Mrs. Lowry said...

I love your card with the coverplate and feather. Those blues and green behind the coverplate are so pretty.

Susan White said...

Beautiful Decor framed piece!! I just adore these butterflies!!

Sue McRae said...

Your beautiful butterfly piece definitely deserves to be framed...love it!

Karen said...

I am in love with this butterfly and cover plate. Can't wait for my order. It is on its way.
The ink colors are awesome.

TheWinstonFamily said...

Beautiful cards. Love this new collection.

loceanjo said...

Beautiful Decor piece!! I just love those butterflies!!

Lindar C said...

Lovely cards!

Ray and Char said...

You did an amazing, professional job on these. They are gorgeous.

Rae Moan said...

Beautiful cards! The feather and coverplate are a match made in heaven!

camilla_cortney said...

This release is great and these bloggers just keep blowing me away. So much inspiration!

Mary Holshouser said...

Fantastic cards.
Love the addition of the feather
to the card with the coverplate.
thanks for sharing
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Cynthia Simpson said...

WOW WOW WOW
Stunning cards.
I especially like the feather one.
Thank you for sharing.

Rhonda Price said...

Beautiful as always!

Teresa Cherka said...

Beautiful sympathy card! I am going to case this card for sure.

Lynn Hardy said...

So pretty! I am sad that the blog hop is over now as I have really enjoyed all the wonderful inspiration.

nancy y said...

Just beautiful, I love the way you only used part of the cover plate.
And I think I may have to make a home decor project like yours, although I will use it in my new office at work which I hope to move into next week (if the phone & computer lines get done!)

Donna Hawkins said...

I love the feather card but both are truly amazing.

Jill D. said...

Great ideas. I already have a butterfly set but I may have to have this one too. Love the framed card. Also a beautiful sympathy card.

Nouveau Chef said...

I love the alternate use of the coverplate. It is a beautiful card!

Vicki P said...

Beautiful cards! My favorite is the feather one because of all the details and techniques.

Michelle Wallace said...

So beautiful! I’ve missed seeing your gorgeous cards Maureen!

Annalisa Young said...

Aww, the rainbow butterflies are so happy! I think that would be very inspiring to have in a craft room. And I love the ink combo you used on your sympathy card. You're right; it's a lovely, soothing color palette, and I particularly like that you made the feather white to go with the white detailing of the coverplate. Thank you for sharing with us! This has been a delightful bloghop!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

I absolutely love what you did with the cover plate and feather. Makes for a beautiful sympathy card.

Angie said...

Your cards are once again beautiful. You are very talented, thank you for sharing with us.

Kathy Doyle said...

I love your home decor piece! I'm going to have to make one for my craft room!

Sharon Salerno said...

Gorgeous cards! Always love seeing your work.

Kari V. said...

OH my! I love that feather with the amazing coverplate die! Your projects are just beautiful!

Alli Shrewsbury said...

Wow! I’m crazy about the butterfly decor piece! Thanks for sharing!

Grace said...

I love them all.

Sher@SistersInk said...

As always, I love your cards. They are so beautiful and show off the ink colors and stamp products. I loved the sympathy card with the feathers and partial cover plate, awesome. Thank you for staring and being inspiring.

Polly said...

Wish I had stamps and cover plate today, because I need a sympathy card now. Both cards are lovely.

Jason Burdge said...

Thank you for sharing. All of the cards with different ideas have been great.

sharon g said...

I never would have thought to use black with the butterflies. NICE touch. Thanks.

Sue D said...

Lovely sympathy card and love the framed piece you created.

Vickie Buehler said...

Beautiful cards, Maureen! I love how you've used these products. Just wow!

Iris said...

So pretty - love the butterflies and the feather.

Joni said...

Beautiful. Makes me want to spread my wings and fly!

Shelly Ray said...

I love your sympathy card. So many different uses I have seen using this one Stainglass cover plate. You could make a art piece like this one as well.

Patt H. said...

Beautiful cards & I love that cover plate!

Stanky P. said...

Beautiful cards! I love your craftroom butterflies and frame decor. I am inspired by your sympathy card as it is both simple and soothing. This card resembles a dream catcher with the circle cover plate and the feather and also the muted colors. Thank you so much for sharing.

Joanne G said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Denise Bryant said...

Love those gorgeous butterflies! And such a pretty design with the cover plate!

Wanda Radler said...

Both of these items are amazing. I love what you did with the butterflies and made it into a home decor piece. Also the Stone blue is going to be my new favorite ink color - I just know it!!

Danielle Gibson said...

I love your colorful choices for the butterflies - definitely frame worthy!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Jodie Ramdas said...

So pretty Maureen! Thanks for sharing. I love the colour ombos you have chosen!

Dana M said...

Fantastic! What a great home decor project - so colorful and graphic. The card is lovely, so striking.

cindybearj said...

I love your butterfly inspiration piece, great for your craft room. The sympathy card is my favorite with its soft blues and white. Both are gorgeous.

Jennifer said...

Your cards are stunning thanks for sharing

J Sirak said...

More lovely cards! That feather just rocks!
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Retired Librarian said...

Two beautiful cards. The butterflies and the feathers are my favorites in the whole release - and these are so pretty.

Kristie Goulet said...

So beautiful, Mo!!! I made a card similar to your feather card, I will be sharing it soon. ♥

Amy McCue said...

Gorgeous!

Linda Lipchak said...

I really am drawn to the feather in the Sympathy card. Lovely design and colors.
LLL

Rubeena I. said...

beautiful cards!

Jan Arnold said...

Fantastic cards! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Tami Orr said...

Amazing cards and creativity. My biggest problem when I sit down to make something is creating in my mind what to make. I have trouble envisioning how I want to make something so you and these other ladies amaze me

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cards. Do like the feather one so pretty. You're so very creative with us thanks for sharing.

Lori Walker said...

The sympathy card is so beautiful!

Martha Harris said...

Your sympathy card is so lovely. I am enjoying seeing how many of you have used just a part of the cover plate--makes it so much more versatile.

Riecy said...

Love your home decor piece! And your butterfly/stained glass die is gorgeous!

Denise Kasbohm said...

The butterfly framed art is so pretty. Love it!

Dee Earnshaw said...

beautiful cards - thanks for the ideas:)

canadian_liner said...

Love your inspiration piece--it would make such a lovely gift for a crafty friend.
The dream-weaver effect with just part of the cover plate die is such a great idea! Your colour choices are indeed soothing. I have to make a sympathy card this week, and you've inspired me!

Norine said...

Love the framed piece so pretty

Susan Powell said...

These are fantastic Maureen!! Love them both!

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards. Loved the framed art. Thanks for sharing.

Christy Borfitz said...

Amazing cards! I absolutely love your design aesthetic! I am definitely ordering the cover plate!

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

I was especially impressed with the sympathy card. It was so pretty, I admired the use of color other than black. Thanks for the inspiration.

Terri Mansfield said...

Those butterflies in the frame are so, so pretty!! Got my order today and have already placed a second one. Who can say no to this release? Not me clearly. TFS

Trina said...

Beautiful cards.

Jodi Wayman said...

Amazing cards! Love that gorgeous feather

Kelley H. said...

OMG! Fabulous work.

Brandy Duncan said...

Love your use of the cover plate. I’m loving learning the different ways it can be used. Thanks for sharing the tip to use black on the butterflies as a contrasting color. It looks fabulous.

Paula Desmarais said...

Maureen your work is gorgeous!! I especially like how you did the one that is framed. Great idea

Jane DeJesus said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

Theresa Knopf said...

Gorgeous cards

Tammy Nyenhuis said...

Very pretty, love that home decor project!

Laura Miller said...

As Always - your projects are so beautiful. Your home decor piece is perfect fro you.

Susan Wareham said...

Fantastic projects, love the decor idea. This cover plate rocks!!

Alli Shrewsbury said...

Beautiful projects! Can’t wait to try the new CP products! TFS

Melody said...

I like the picture you made. What a great way to be inspired everyday! I really love your feather card, too.

blawndee82 said...

Your cards are lovely. Love the bright colors on the butterfly card. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Klinkovsky.My Kraft Kloset said...

I love the frame and all those butterflies are amazing. And I love the coverplate and that feather are great too. Love your colors and designs. Just lovely.

Marianne said...

Gorgeous makes, Maureen. I think all of the new muted colours would work really well for Sympathy cards. Love the one you've created.

Nana Griffin said...

These are so lovely.

Pat S said...

I love the scattered butterflies, in various colors. Such a nice layout! Thanks for sharing!

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