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 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!