Friday, February 16, 2018

Feeling Zen With Catherine Pooler's New Release

Happy Friday everyone!! It's been a long day and I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to the weekend. 

It's day 4 of Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden release. While I'm not part of today's hop I do have some cards to share with you I made with the products being featured today - the Stained Glass Coverplate and the Faithful Flutterings Stamp Set. They are gorgeous!! In case I haven't said it yet - this release is AMAZING!!!

My first card features the Stained Glass Coverplate. Be sure to check out the blog hop today (I have a link below for you) as there are some seriously gorgeous cards made with this. For my card I die cut it twice - once with black cardstock and once with some glitter paper. I'll be honest with you, this card took some time to put together. I could have die cut in just in black and placed it on top of solid sheet of glimmer paper but I felt it would look better if I did the inlaid die-cuting technique. I glued the black piece onto a card base and then glued each individual glitter paper piece into it's spot. I cut the Smile die cut from Midnight cardstock, stamped the sentiment from the Love Grows Stamp set with versamark onto Midnight cardstock and heat set it with white embossing powder. A few sequins scattered about and it's done. I really like how this turned out and it glitters like crazy in person!




This next card is really clean and simple. I stamped the Doodle Garden Background stamp in Midnight ink onto some Premium White cardstock and cut it down to the size you see on the card. I stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink, added the panel with craft foam and scattered a few sequins on top. That's it! Super clean and simple and easy!



My next card is another clean and simple one and features the butterflies and the same sentiment as above (I do love it) from the Faithful Flutterings stamp set. These butterflies are gorgeous!  I used Mint to Be, Seafoam and Spruce for the green one and It's a Boy, Stone Blue and Juniper Mist for the blue one. The body and the sentiment are stamped with Black Jack ink. I added a little strip of Mirror cardstock down the side and then adhered it to the card base with some craft foam.  




My last card today uses the Stained Glass Coverplate again but this time with white cardstock. This time I glued it to a piece of vellum card stock and then with a blender pen I colored the back of the vellum with Seafoam, Spruce, Shea Butter, Stone Blue, Skylight, Rose Petals and Sugared Lavender. On the front side I added glitter with a glitter pen. I decided not to stamp a sentiment but to use the Thanks word die. I cut it out of white card stock and added it to the card with some craft foam for dimension.






You can check out today's blog hop by clicking on Catherine's page and be sure to leave comments at each stop for your chance to win the new Zen Garden Ink Collection. If you've already purchased a set you can choose a $45 gift certificate for a future purchase in the store.




Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

CP's Zen Garden release and Blog Hop Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of 4 blog hops. Today we're showcasing the Eat, Sleep, Create stamp set and the Doodle Garden Background stamp from Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden Release. You should have arrived from Melissa's page but if not I do have all the links posted below for you.


 To begin I stamped the Doodle Garden Background stamp on the card panel and then using Rose Petals, Mandarin Spice, Sauna and Green Tea inks I stamped on the swatch of color using a stamp from the Eat, Sleep, Create set. The create die is an add on to the collection and a must have in my books. I die cut it from black and white cardstock and added it to some craft foam for dimension - you can see a little bit of the white peeking out to give a shadow. The Every Day is from the Eat, Sleep, Create set.  




I made a one layer card for my second card using masking paper to make a circle, adding it to the card and stamping the Doodle Garden Background stamp with midnight ink. I love that moment when you remove the masking paper and you see what you made - even on a design as simple as this one. The sentiment is from Eat, Sleep, Create and stamped with midnight ink. Lastly I made some tea, grabbed my Prismacolor pencil crayons and colored in some of the images. 





For my last card I punched a circle out of white cardstock and stamped the Doodle Garden Background stamp onto it with midnight ink. I traced that circle onto the card base very lightly with pencil. Next I used a paint splotch stamp from the Eat, Sleep, Create set and stamped it a rainbow of colors - Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Grass Skirt, Aquatini, Pixie Dust and Flirty Fuschia. I used fun foam to add the stamped circle and the create sentiment. The words are all from the Eat, Sleep, Create set. I love this set - it has a great collection of individual words in a variety of fun fonts which allows you to build your  own sentiments.





Next on the hop is Karen Baker but in case you missed any stops along the way, I've linked to all of them for you below. 

Susan Powell - that's me
Karen Baker - next 


Catherine is generously giving away 2 sets of the Zen Garden Inks and you could be the new owner of one of them so leave a comment below for your chance to win.


Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden Release

It's day 2 of Catherine Pooler's new release. Did you see day 1? You can still hop along HERE and be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a set of the new Zen Garden inks or a $45 gift certificate to Catherine's store.




I'm not part of today's hop but I couldn't resist making a couple of cards to share with you. You can check out today's hop HERE.

The main features of today's hop are the Love Grows Stamp Set and the Coordinating Dies. It's a beautiful set with some great individual word stamps to build some awesome sentiments.


Shea Butter, Sugared Lavender, Rose Petals, Stone Blue, Skylight, Seafoam, Spruce and Midnight inks make up the colors on my first card. I used the Love Grows Stamp set for the main part of the card and a couple of little stamps (the row of dots and the splatter of dots) from the Eat, Sleep, Create stamp set which will be featured tomorrow. I stamped it on Premium White Cardstock which you'll find in Catherine's store. (There's a link below for all the products used here today).

My next card uses the Love Grows stamp set from today's hop, the Chevron Cheer stamp set and dies featured in yesterday's hop and the Split Chevron stencil which is also part of the new release.


I sponged the background with Shea Butter, Seafoam, Skylight and Stone Blue inks and used the same inks with the Split Chevron Stencil on the die cut oval from the Chevron Cheer dies. Next I used Black Jack ink for the sentiment, the flowers, leaves and splatters. The center of the flowers are stamped with Shea Butter, Seafoam and Stone Blue. I added it to the card panel with some craft foam, added a few sequins, stamped a few splatters on the card base and called it done.


This last card is a last minute addition. I was reminded this evening that tomorrow (or today actually) is Valentine's Day and I hadn't made my husband a card yet. OOPS. I used a couple of the word sentiments, some Black Jack and Rockin Red inks to make the 'dsp' panel. The top panel was cut from the Chevron Cheer dies. The sentiment is pieced together using a stamp from the Zen Feather stamp set, a word from the Love Grows Stamp set and the You Word Die cut from Mirrors cardstock. The top piece was looking a little plain so I added some of the circle stamps from the Zen Feather Stamp set. All that was left to do was to add it to the card base with some craft foam, write something inside and give it to my husband.



Be sure to check out the hops - you can find them by clicking below.


Be sure to comment at every stop along the blog hops to increase your chances of winning a set of these gorgeous new inks. If you've already purchased the inks you could would a $45 gift certificate to a future purchase in Catherine's store.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CP's Zen Garden Release and Blog Hop Day 1


Catherine Pooler's new release is avalable today. She keeps blowing me away with her products and this release is amazing! We're celebrating with a blog hop and prizes too. Leave a comment at each stop along the way to increase your chances to win.


All the cards I'm sharing today use both the Chevron Cheer and the Zen Feather stamp sets and the coordinating dies.


My first card uses the emboss resist technique. I stamped the circle images with versamark and heat set them with white embossing powder. Next I used ALL 8 of the new inks you see in the photo above and sponged them on starting from the bottom. Be sure to wipe off the panel with paper towel or a cloth when you're done sponging so as to remove any ink off the embossed areas. For the sentiment I masked off the 'you' that is just below 'being' on the stamp and then using the ink pads I lightly touched them to stamp in the same order as I sponged the panel and added it to the card using craft foam. I die cut the you out of white card stock and craft foam. I sponged the you with Polished, Rose Petals and Sugared Lavender and added that to the card. For some more dimension I stamped a few of the circles on some scrap paper, heat embossed them with white powder and then mimicked the colors on the panel. I die cut them with a coordinating die and placed them on the panel with some craft foam.




My second card uses Shea Butter, Seafoam and then Skylight inks stamped to give a varigated look to the feathers. Next I partially inked the feathers with versamark ink, heat set them with some gold embossing powder and used the coordinating die to cut them out. I added two of them directly to the card base and one with craft foam for dimension. The sentiment is stamped with versamark and heat set with gold embossing powder.




The background piece for my next card is done on Smoke cardstock. I used black Jack ink to stamp the flowers and to partially sponge the Split Chevron Stencil. I die cut the oval out of white, stamped the thank in Black Jack and did inlaid die-cutting with smoke card stock for the you. Last I stamped on a few flowers and leaves using Shea Butter, Sugared Lavender, Rose Petals, Polished, Seafoam and Spruce inks and then added that to the card panel with craft foam.



I used the flowers again for this next card but went with a more watercolored look. The card base and first panel are the Smoke and Mirrors cardstock - two great greys. I stamped the large flowers and the sentiment with Midnight ink onto watercolor paper. The 'happy' is stamped with Rose Petals ink. I masked the flowers off and stamped the smaller flowers and leaves using Shea Butter, Rose Petals, Skylight and Seafoam. I pressed some ink onto a block and used a water brush to color in the larger flowers. A few splatters of watered down ink and then adding it to the card base with craft foam finishes this card.





My last card uses the feathers again - love them! I stamped them with versamark ink onto vellum and then heat set them with gold embossing powder. I cut them out with the coordinating die and adhered them to the card only at the top and a little in the middle. I tied a bow with the linen thread and added it to the feather. I used Icing on the Cake for the sentiment but stamped it in sections so I could have it in a line across the bottom. The happy is stamped with versamark and heat set with more gold powder. I distressed the edges of the panel with some scissors for some more texture.



Can you tell I had a blast with these products? I couldn't stop making cards! 
Next on the hop is Ingrid  but if you've missed any along the way, I've linked them all below for you.

Don't forget, you need to COMMENT for your chance to WIN your own set of the Zen Garden inks or if you already own one then you can win a $45 gift certificate to Catherine's store. 


Susan Powell - you are here
Ingrid Blackburn - go here next



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Monday, February 12, 2018

Masculine Monday #53 Epic Celebrations

It's Monday so that means it's time for another masculine card. But I don't have one for you - I have two!



I used the Epic Celebrations stamp set that you can get for free during Stampin' Ups Sale-A-Bration that is going on right now until March 31, 2018.



With every qualifying order, you earn free, exclusive products. There are two earning levels so you can choose Sale-A-Bration product for every $60 or $120 in orders (these amounts are for Canadians).

- If you spend $60, you get one free level 1 product.
- If you spend $120, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose 2 level 1 items.
- If you spend $180, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and 1 level 2 item.

Back to my card.


I used a circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and cut two circles - one from Old Olive and one form Soft Suede cardstock.
The images are all stamped with Archival Black ink onto white cardstock, colored in with Stampin' Ups watercolor pencils and an almost dry waterbrush. I cut out each image and used an exacto knife to cut out the area on the inside of the headphones. Next I added them to the die cut circles with craft foam for dimension.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment in the coordinating ink color.




Don't have any guys in your life that this card would work for? Then change the colors and you've got a feminine card. Easy peasy!

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Comfort & Strength

I'm playing along with the butterfly challenge over at CASology


I've never been a big fan of butterfly stamps but I may have just changed my mind. Catherine Pooler has a beautiful butterfly set in her new release that is available on February 13th. It's gorgeous! Actually the whole release is fantastic! The butterfly set comes with two sizes of multi-layering butterflies and some very thoughtful sentiments. It also has one of my favorite quotes in it. 


I used the smaller butterfly for my card and some of Catherine's new inks also being released on February 13th. I used Shea Butter and Sauna for the yellow butterfly and Seafoam and Spruce for the green butterfly. For the top layer on both I embossed in gold. The bodies and the sentiment are both stamped in Icing on the Cake.



Check out the CASology challenge HERE

And don't forget to check out Catherine's release on February 13th. 



Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


shopping list:
stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), craftfoam (Michaels)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Follow Your Heart

I'll be honest with you and say that the inspiration photo for the current challenge at The Card Concept is not one of my favorites. There's a little too much pink for me BUT the card that it inspired is definitely one of my favorites.



Once I got passed all the pink and looked at each item in the picture I noticed the decorative plate on the table and that was my inspiration. That and the shape of the mirror. They reminded me of a stamp set I have from Spectrum Noir called Love. It's full of gorgeous stamps but the wreath is one of my favorites and I love how it looks watercolored.

I stamped it with versamark ink and embossed it in white. Next I grabbed my Gansai Tambi watercolors and had some fun coloring. I stamped the sentiment in the center of the wreath using Blackjack ink from CP Designs. I finished it off with some ink splatters, a few sequins and some pearls.

How does this photo inspire you?


Check out how the DT was inspired HERE and I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.

Happy Stampin' 
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:
stamps: Love (Spectrumnoir)
accesories: watercolors (Gansai Tambi Kuretake), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn)