Thursday, November 16, 2017

{Catherine Pooler Designs} Paradise Found Release Blog Hop: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Paradise Found Release Blog Hop! In case you missed Day 1 and Day 2, head over HERE to get the links for those stops. I have four cards to share today so let's get started!

For my first card, I used the stunning Medallion Mix-Up stamp set, layered with the Small Doily die. Since the design is very simple, I stamped on a linen cardstock panel for more visual interest and texture.

The sentiment is from the latest sold-out Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection. All four of the medallion colours are also reflected in the sentiment - Green Tea, Sauna, Eucalyptus and Peppermint Scrub.

Sources for All is Calm, All is Bright:

For my second card, I once again used the Medallion Mix-Up stamp set but only a single image from that set. I merged the two panels I shared on Instagram to create a layered holiday card. I trimmed the flower centres from the linen cardstock panel and adhered them to the smooth solar white panel.

I slightly off-set them so they add movement to the base image. Then I used Copic markers to colour each white pearl centre to match the first, second and third generation stamping of Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna and Eucalyptus inks. The sentiment, stamped with Midnight ink, is  also from the sold-out Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection.

Sources for Joy to the World:

My third card features the same two sets as the first card but in a very different way. I used the Small Doily die to dry emboss a panel cut from Catherine Pooler's Premium White Cardstock. Then I stamped four medallions in Juniper Mist, Eucalyptus, Sauna and Mandarin Spice.

I stamped three of the sentiments in coordinating colours. I love the way the ink stamps over the embossed doilies, giving this one-layer card so much visual interest.

Sources for Smile, Enjoy, Be Happy:

My last card uses the Wonderful Time of the Year stamp set. I used the small bough with Eucalyptus ink to create a wreath. Then I stamped the ornament balls in Peppermint Scrub and Sauna and arranged them in a cluster on one corner of the wreath.

I hung the wreath with white silk ribbon and stamped a sentiment from the Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection. Then I layered pearls over sparkling clear sequins and adhered them around the wreath.

Sources for Warm Wishes:

Be sure to hop along with all of these fantastic ladies for more inspiration and a chance to win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Catherine Pooler Store! Comments close at 11:55 p.m. EST on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Day 3

Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

{Muse ChristmasVisions} Challenge #89 + 25 Days of Christmas Tags

I'm thrilled to be a guest designer for Muse: ChristmasVisions #89! Our theme this week is snow and we're playing along with Tracey McNeely's annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I immediately pulled out Paper Smooches' Cool DudesBorders 1 and Gift Tags 2 to create these snowy tags.

I used a blending tool and two distress inks to create the sky, then splattered it with water to create snowflakes. I love using glitter cardstock for snow hills and I used both silver and white here. All of the images were heat embossed and watercoloured with distress inks.

The sentiments are from another Paper Smooches set called Holiday Cheer, which is one of my favourite sentiment sets for the holiday season! To finish, I embellished the tags with May Arts chevron ribbon, Hemptique cord and two sizes of jingle bells.

Be sure to link up your Muse: Christmas Visions entries HERE for your chance to win Hero Arts' Coffee Cup Tags, and your 25 Days of Christmas Tags entries HERE for a chance to win prizes from the amazing sponsors below. Thanks so much for playing along!



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

{Catherine Pooler Designs} Spa Collection: Paradise Found Release!

The Paradise Found Blog Hop has begun! New inks and products are available in the shop or down below. Be sure to hop along with these mega-talented ladies for more inspiration using all of these new products!



You have until 11:55 p.m. EST on Friday, November 15, 2017 to leave a comment for your chance to win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Catherine Pooler Store!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

{Altenew} Let's Celebrate You

Yesterday, a good friend turned 40 and a bunch of us went out for brunch, followed by a matinee showing of A Bad Moms Christmas! We had such a good time. I thought the sequel was better than the original. ;) I used the watercoloured images from Day 15 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge to create this card for the occasion.

In addition to the wonderful images from Coffee Love, I used the Super Script set to create the sentiment. I also used Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald inks to create the ombre effect on the big 'celebrate' word.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, October 30, 2017

{Lawn Fawn + Winnie & Walter} Jump for Joy + Sketchy Thoughts with Sentimental: Birthday

On Day 17 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge, Ang, Linds and I featured Lawn Fawn's Jump for Joy and I paired the autumn critters with Winnie & Walter sentiments from Sketchy Thoughts and Sentimental: Birthday.

I used a Sizzix woodgrain embossing folder to create the texture on the white panel but you can also use pre-embossed woodgrain cardstock. I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter marker to add shimmer to the leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

{STAMPlorations + Catherine Pooler} SmallBirds + Lovely Flowers

On Day 18 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge, Ang, Linds and I featured STAMPlorations' SmallBirds stamp set. I paired my birds with some leafy sprigs and a sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Lovely Flowers. The panel was die cut from My Favorite Things' Blueprints 29.

I masked off the birds before ink blending the sky and grass with distress inks and splattering with water and shimmer spray. I tied the sprigs together with gold string and placed a piece of burlap paper from a retired BasicGrey paper pad called Barista between the card base and watercolour panel. Below, I've listed substitutes for the birds and patterned paper. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, October 27, 2017

{My Favorite Things} Chill Wishes + Sale!

On Day 11 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge in September, Ang, Linds and I featured My Favorite Things' Chill Wishes. Aren't these penguins a hoot? I love that the sentiments make great winter cards. After all, we need something to occupy us through the cold weather, right? And there's no better way to do it than with humour and penguins!

Unfortunately, the double-stitched rectangle die has been retired but I've included links below to a couple of similar border dies, like the Inside & Out Diagonal Rectangle STAX and new A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. In fact, My Favorite Things is having a 20% off STAX sale now through October 28, 2017! Click on the banner below to shop and use code STAX to save.

I absolutely love these Doodlebug shimmer enamel dots! They are subtle but add that something extra and make excellent snowflakes without competing with my clean and simple design.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


{Altenew} Crafty Friends Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for the Crafty Friends Blog Hop and left some love! I enjoyed reading every single one of your comments and appreciate all of your kind words!

I used to select a winner for the $20 gift certificate to shop at the Altenew online store and the lucky lady is Shari Czerwinski!

Congratulations, Shari! Please email by November 20, 2017 with the subject line Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Winner from Emily's blog to be set up with your gift certificate. Happy shopping!

In addition, Altenew will be announcing the FIVE winners of a $100 gift certificate to their store, as well as all 21 sponsor prizes on their card blog and scrapbooking blog on October 28, 2017 so be sure to check there tomorrow. ;) 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

{Lawn Fawn} Kitty-in-a-Snow-Globe Birthday Shaker

Hi, everyone! I'm back with another card from Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge. This one was for Day 10 when Ang, Linds and I featured Lawn Fawn's Meow You Doin'? stamp set, which is one of the cutest cat sets ever. I combined it with the Ready, Set, Snow and Ready, Set, Shake stamp sets, as well as the Ready, Set, Snow Shaker Add-On dies. By mixing and matching all of the Ready, Set, Snow sets, it's easy to transform a traditionally holiday/winter image into a shaker for all occasions!

I used the distress ink colours listed below to watercolour the snow globe, kitty and accessories. Then I added acetate behind the shaker panel and adhered the images in front of the acetate panel so there would be less glare and interference with the sequins. I used Pretty Pink Posh's Iridescent Mini Heart Confetti with Simon Says Stamp's Flat Moonshine sequins.

To create the background, I used a large acrylic block and the smooshing technique with the two grey inks. Then I used the brighter colours to flick splatter off the acrylic block on to two corners of the panel.

Thanks so much for stopping by!