Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tropically Yours SOA - Here Comes The Sun




Hi Everyone! It's day 3 of the blog hops celebrating the release of the Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval collection by Catherine Pooler. You can find the links for all three days on Catherine's blog.

I'm not part of today's hop but I have another card I wanted to share with you. This one features the following products:
- Fearless Pursuit stamp set
- Fearless Pursuit dies (add on)

This card makes me want to go somewhere tropical!
I feel myself relaxing just looking at it.


I started by die cutting out the palm trees and then stamping - I find it easier that way - using Eucalyptus and Over Coffee inks. Next I tore some Sand Dunes card stock, sponged the edges with Over Coffee ink and then layered it on the bottom of the panel. I stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink and the sun in Limencello ink. The smaller tree is added directly to the panel and the larger one with craft foam for some dimension. Lastly the panel is added to the card base with some more craft foam for some more dimension.

Do you have your name on the wait list yet? If not, click HERE to remedy that. These collections have been known to sell out in just a few hours.

Tomorrow is release day, I'll be back with another project for you.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Catherine Pooler's Tropically Yours Blog Hop Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of the Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval blog hops. This is seriously the best SOA yet. I love every single item in the collection.

If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval before it is a hand-picked collection of exclusive stamping supplies created by Catherine Pooler Designs. These collections contain everything you need to make a ton of cards. And in case you need some inspiration, it even comes with a PDF download of sample cards complete with instructions.

So when can you get yours?
July 18th is the day!
The Tropically Yours collection will be released at 9am on July 18th to the people on the wait list. Not on the wait lest yet? Click HERE to remedy that. Then at 6pm sales will be open to the general public. 
BUT if you're a StampNation member you will get early access to purchase on July 17th - just one of the many perks of being a member.

I have three more cards for you today.
My first one features:
- Canvas Grunge Background stamp
- Good Vibes Borders stamps
- Fearless Pursuit stamp set
- Leave Me In Paradise stamp set
- Leave Me In Paradise dies (add on)
- Coral Cabana ink (add on)

This card is very different from all the others that I've made with the collection and it's one of my favorites too.


I started by stamping the Canvas Grunge Background stamp with versamark ink onto a piece of watercolor paper and then heat seting it with white embossing powder. I used the ink smooshing technique with Coral Cabana, Green Tea and Over Coffee ink. Start with the lightest color, smoosh the ink pad onto a craft mat, give it a few sprays of water and then pounce the paper into the ink. Dry with a heat gun between each color. Using stamps from the Good Vibes Borders stamp set and some Icing on the cake ink, stamp partial images in the corners. It doesn't show the patterns very well but it does add a lot of texture.

I stamped the sentiment from the Fearless Pursuit stamp set with Icing on the Cake ink, cut it down to just the size of the sentiment and sponged the edges.
I inked up all the leaves from the Leave Me In Paradise stamp set with versamark ink without removing them off the package and stamped them onto vellum. And check this out. All the Leave Me In Paradies dies fit and I can cut them out all at once! Love that!




My next card features:
- Tropically Yours stamp set
- Tropically Yours dies (add on)
- Good Vibes Borders stamp set
- Fearless Pursuit stamp set


The bottom piece is stamped with the Good Vibes Border stamps, Midnight and Coral Cabana ink. The dot is from the Fearless Pursuit stamp set and stamped with Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Limoncello inks.
The top piece is stamped with the Tropically Yours stamp set, Lime Rickey, Coral Cabana, Limoncello, Aquatini and Midnight inks. The sentiment is from the Good Vibes Borders stamp set and the dots are from the Tropically Yours stamp set.
I add both pieces to a piece of midnight card stock and embossed a couple border stamps in the space in the middle.
The flowers are stamped using all the same ink colors with the Tropically Yours stamp set, cut out with the coordinating dies and then added to the card.


My last card is much cleaner and simpler than the other two.
This card features:
- Tropically Yours stamp set
- Fearless Pursuit stamp set
- Stand Tall stamp set
- Stand Tall dies (add on)


I started by covering the base of a card with a leaf image from the TropicallyYours stamp set using Lime Rickey ink. The flamingo is from the Stand Tall stamp set, stamped with Midnight ink and cut out with the coordinating die. I used a blender pen and some Coral Cabana ink to color him in. The sentiment and the dots are from the Fearless Pursuit stamp set and inked with Midnight ink.  





THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day) to win the Stamp of Approval Collection! If the winner has already purchased their collection, they will receive a $100 gift certificate.
Entries will close on Friday, July 20 and will be announced on Catherine's blog.
So be sure to check out every stop and leave a comment for your chance to win.

Here's the list from today's hop and in case you missed yesterday's you can click HERE.


Susan (you are here)
Justine ( GO HERE NEXT)
Kelly

Before you go, be sure to leave a comment.
Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



shopping list:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tropically Yours SOA is Almost Here




The Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval collection is coming soon!

If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval before it is a hand-picked collection of exclusive stamping supplies created by Catherine Pooler Designs. These collections contain everything you need to make a ton of cards. And in case you need some inspiration, it even comes with a PDF download of sample cards complete with instructions.

So when can you get yours?
July 18th is the day!
The Tropically Yours collection will be released at 9am on July 18th to the people on the wait list. Not on the wait lest yet? Click HERE to remedy that. Then at 6pm sales will be open to the general public. 
BUT if you're a StampNation member you will get early access to purchase on July 17th - just one of the many perks of being a member.

We're celebrating the release with a 3 Days of blog hops. Today is day 1. I'm part of day 2 but I have so many cards to share - I can't seem to stop creating with these supplies. I have a link for Day 1 for you below.

My first card for you today features:
- Stand Tall stamp set
- Stand Tall dies (add on)
- Tropically Yours stamp set
- Coral Cabana ink pad (add on)

This was the first card I made with the collection and I love it! As I sit writing this I realized that I forgot to add the center of the flowers - oops - oh well, I still love it.


I started by stamping one of the flower images from the Tropically Yours set randomly over a piece of white cardstock using Coral Cabana, Tutti Frutti, Tiki Torch, Rockin' Red and Orange Twist. I did some first and second generation stamping. I stamped the leaf images using Garden Party. I stamped the flamingo with midnight ink and colored him in using a blender pen and Coral Cabanda ink and then cut him out with the coordinating die.
I stamped the Aloha directly onto the card panel and added the flamingo and the sentiment with some craft foam for dimension. 


My next card features:
- Good Vibes Borders stamp set
- Tropically Yours stamp set
- Tropically Yours dies (add on)
Leave Me In Paradise stamp set
- Leave Me in Paradise dies (add on)


I wanted the look of black and white designer paper so I used one of the images from the Good Vibes Border stamp set and some Midnight ink and made my own. I stamped some leaves from the Leave Me In Paradise stamp set using Green Tea, Eucalyptus and Mandarin Spice inks and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I stamped a couple flowers from the Tropically Yours stamp set using Peppermint Scrub, Sauna and Mandarin Spice inks and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and add the flowers and leaves in a cluster, some directly to the card and some with some craft foam for dimension. I tucked in a couple of thin strips of black cardstock to frame out the sentiment.


My last card for you today features:
- Stand Tall stamp set
- Stand Tall dies (Add on)
- Coral Cabana ink (add on)


I stamped one of the flamingos with Midnight ink repeatedly over the lower portion of a piece of white cardstock using a mask. The image is stamped with Midnight ink also. I stamped one peacock onto a separate piece of cardstock, colored him in with Coral Cabana ink and a blender pen, cut him out with the coordinating die and added him with some craft foam so he appears to be standing tall and looking fabulous as the sentiment says.

As promised, here is the link to Day 1 of the 3 day blog hop.
Catherine is giving away a Stamp of Approval collection to THREE lucky commenters (one each day), so be sure to leave a comment at each stop on the hop.

I hope you enjoyed my cards and come back tomorrow for Day 2 and more inspiration.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"New" Craft Stash Hop Day 3


Do you ever buy supplies because you just HAD TO HAVE IT but then it sits in your craft room waiting to be used. It seems I have quite a few of those items and I'm using some of them today.
This hop came about for just that reason. 
Some ladies were talking about all the 'NEW' items in their craft rooms and how they can be forgotten so they decided to do a 3 day blog hop showcasing those products just for fun. This is day 3, if you've missed the first two days I have links below for you along with the links to everyone who is hopping today.

And what's a hop without prizes?
Well, there's a bunch of those too. 
Details below.


I broke out my Altenew Alcohol markers, alcohol blending solution and Yupo paper for this first card. This was my first time playing with the solution and I have to tell you, it's fun!


I don't have any bottle of alcohol ink which is generally what I see people using with this technique. But I do have alcohol markers so I used those and it works beautifully!  I started with three colors: Evergreen, Warm Sunshine and Dark Chocolate and brushed them onto some Yupo paper. Here's a short video showing how I made it. I'm still learning how to do videos so I hope this shows everything okay.



Once it was all dried I used another neglected item - my SSS Stitched Circles dies - I have no idea when I last use them and cut out quite a few circles. Next I used a, you guessed it, another long neglected item, the Beautiful World stamp set which was part of Catherine Pooler's Beautiful World SOA Collection. I stamped the swirley image with Midnight ink onto most of the circles and laid them out onto the white panel so as to get a feel of where to place the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with Midnight ink and added the circles - one of the circles was too big so I cut it to fit.

My next card uses a stamp set that I HAD to have but then hardly touched it.
Lawn Fawn's #awesome set.


I stamped all the images using Midnight ink and then colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils. I layered it onto a card base with craft foam. A very simple but I think cute card.

I hope you enjoyed my cards and are encouraged to get your supplies out and have some fun.




Check out these prizes!

COMMENT TO WIN!
You must comment on all the blogs on all three days to be eligible.
Winners will be drawn on Monday July 23rd.

Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 each)
CAS-ual Fridays - $25 gift certificate
Catherine Pooler Designs - $25 gift certificate
Stamplorations - $20 gift certificate
Right at Home - $20 gift certificate

Some of the stops along the way are offering up their own prizes so be sure to check them all out.

Ingrid - prize pack
Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
Ilina - Prize Pack
Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler Gift Card
Nanette - Prize Pack from Catherine Pooler Designs

Todays hop:
Susan Powell (you're here)
Jennifer Cerizo (GO HERE NEXT)

If you missed either of the last two days the links are right below
and


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:
stamps: #awesome (lawn fawn)
ink: Warm Sunkist, Dark Chocolate and Evergreen Alcohol Markers (Altenew)
paper: Whisper White thick (Stampin' Up!), Yupo (Ranger)
accessories: Alcohol Blending Solution (Tim Holtz), stitched stackable rectangles (lawn fawn), Stitched Cricle dies (SSS), pencil crayons (Prismacolor)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Some Stamping Fun

I had a ton of fun getting inky with some Catherine Pooler stamps, inks and dies.

For my first card I used Grape Crush and Aquatini inks and blended them onto a piece of white cardstock.  Next I spritzed a bit of water onto it and dabbed it with a paper towel. This gives the appearance of a watercolor background - LOVE that look and it's fun to make too. I used the Postage Stamp dies to cut both the stitched edge and the stamp edge. I rotated the stamp edge around and then placed it back in with the stitched edge so as to offset the colors. I hope that makes sense.



I stamped the peacock with midnight ink, die cut each piece and added it the panel. Some pieces are added directly and some are added with craft foam for dimension. 

This next card uses the Postage Stamp dies again but this time I used them with the new Peacock & Paisleys Patterned Paper and white cardstock. This paper isn't like regular patterned paper - it's thicker which makes it perfect to emboss on. 


I stamped the flower from the Perfect Reason Stamp set and the sentiment from Everyday Mod stamp set with versamark ink and then heat set them with white embossing powder. I layered it all onto a white card base.  I love how the patterned paper pops off the of the white.

This last card uses the Say It in Diamonds stamp set with - you guessed it - the Postage Stamp dies. 


I used Black Jack, Bellini, Stone Blue and It's a Boy inks to stamp onto a piece of white card stock cut with the Postage Stamp die. I stamped the sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock, cut it into a diamond shape, sponged the edges and added it with craft foam. I layered it onto a piece of Smoke cardstock and then onto a white card base.

If you haven't checked out CP Designs products yet you should. They're amazing! 

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



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