Monday, August 26, 2019

Focus On The Good



Focus on the good. 
I love this sentiment! It sounds so easy but at times it can be so hard to do but if you keep at it, it does get easier. This week I'm focusing on camping with my husband for my last week of vacation.
I had such fun making this card.
To make the background piece I mixed up some embossing paste first with Suede Shoes Color Burst Powder and then another small batch with Mardi Gras Color Burst Powder. I placed the Bear Grass stencil onto some card stock and then randomly spread the colored embossing paste over top. I love all the texture and how rich the colors look, especially when you pull off the stencil and you get that pop of white. I used a stitched edge die to cut a panel that I adhered to a white card base with craft foam.

I made a panel of pure fun with the Color Burst powders and die cut a piece with a large circle die. To see how I made the panel of pure fun check out this video - I'll be making cards for a while from all the panels that I made. I cut the circle into two pieces and adhered them onto the embossing paste panel. 
I stamped the sentiment with Midnight ink onto vellum that I cut with the same circle die, filled in the letters with a fine tip black marker and adhered it with little drops of liquid glue where the sentiment is to the Color Burst circle. It's strong glue so I'm not worried about it falling off. 


Lastly I stamped the three trees in Midnight ink and cut them out with the coordinating die. I added two directly to the panel and the last one I popped up with some craft foam for some more dimension.




I really like how this card turned out. It makes me think of the camping trip I'm leaving on in the morning and that's something really good to focus on.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Feelin' Hexy!

When Catherine showed us the Feelin' Hexy Cover Plate Die I loved it. She had me at the name of it and then when I saw it I knew it would be great to play with. And I was right. It's great! 
The first thing I did for both cards was to play with the  new Color Bursts. 
Have you got yours yet? 
I sprinkled some of the powder onto a 8 1/2 x 11" piece of watercolor card stock and then sprayed on the water. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I will never get tired of playing with these. The way that color just bursts onto the paper is so much fun! Okay so once that was dry I used the Limoncello Liquid Sparkle to add some splatters and let that dry.


I used the Feelin' Hexy Cover plate to cut a piece for the card above. I used the outer edge as a guide to glue in some of the pieces (I saved the rest for another card) and then removed the outer edge. I love how it appears to be falling down the card. I added a simple sentiment with the Thanks word die cut from Midnight card stock and using craft foam added it to a card base. 

For this next card I used the Feelin' Hexy Cover Plate Die again BUT I left all the pieces intact and added it to a card base for a completely different look.


I ran the In Flight Butterfly Die through my die cutting machine with a piece of that water color paper full of Color Burst goodness and adhered that to my card with a simple sentiment embossed with white onto black card stock and tucked it in close to the butterfly.

These are really two very easy cards to make - and super fun too.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Bursts & Backgrounds Release Day




TODAY'S THE DAY!!



There are some amazing new products in the Catherine Pooler Designs Store right now!

There's background stamps, stencils, dies and a brand new product to CP. She's collaborated with Ken Oliver to come out with Color Bursts in 4 of the Carnivale colors. PLUS there are two Liquid Sparkle Bursts and true to CP fashion they are ALL AMAZING!!!

I video taped some of the fun I had playing with the Color Bursts and will be sharing the cards I made with them over the coming weeks.

Click HERE to see the video.



Here is one of the many cards I made with one of the panels from the video.


I think it's the last panel I made in the video but it's the first one I turned into a card. It looked so much like a sunset to me that I knew right away the card I was going to make.
I used the Circles Dies (4 of them) and press them up close together - so they were touching - at one end and ran it through my die cutting machine. I adhered it to a white card panel cut to 4 x 5 1/4". I die cut the trees with black card stock adding one directly to the sunset piece and adding one with craft foam. I stamped the sentiment and then with a black marker I filled in the gap in the word Yours so it was solid black. I added the panel to a card base using craft foam and that one is finished. 

Come back soon to see some more cards.
And be sure to head on over to the STORE to grab your favorites before their gone.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bursts & Backgrounds With Catherine Pooler Designs

I love the WOW factor that you get with the new Color Bursts 
from Catherine Pooler Designs. And it's so easy to do to!


My first card shows how easy it is to create that wow factor with minimal products. I embossed with the Shell Parade Stencil by running it through my die cutting machine with the watercolor paper. I ran it through a couple of times and this gave it a slight impression - just enough for some interest on the paper. Next I sprinkled on some Suede Shoes and a little Mardi Gras Color Burst powder and then gave the paper a few sprays of water and it's like magic. All that powder just bursts into a thing of beauty. And it's so easy!!
I dried it with my heat gun and then added a simple die cut sentiment.


My next card is also super easy to do and uses very few supplies.


I used the new Rizzo Background stamp that will be in the store tomorrow (Aug 21st). I inked the stamp up with Versamark ink and stamped it onto some Midnight cardstock. Next I added some Mermaid Tails Embossing Power and heat set it with my heat gun. I did the same thing for the small word sentiments with white embossing powder and then added the word die layering a white one over a black one so as to create a bit of a shadow and it matches the small words as well.

Be sure to come back tomorrow because I have more cards AND a video showing the Color Bursts in action.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!


Shopping List:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Monday, August 19, 2019

We're BURSTING With Excitement!

Have you heard the news?
Catherine Pooler Designs has some new and amazing products coming out this week!
She's teamed up with Ken Oliver to make some Color Bursts! 
Yes, you can do a happy dance - I certainly did when I heard the news. 
I mean look at them!



The colors are Samba, Limoncello, Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes from the Carnivale ink collection and then the two on the end are Liquid Sparkle and those colors are Samba Ice and Limoncello Ice. 
There is hours and hours of endless fun in those little containers!


My card today features the Limoncello and Samba Color Burst along with the Limoncello Ice AND a new die that's also being released. It's the Feeling Hexy Cover Plate Die and it's fantastic. I love the name of it.


If you look closely at the background you may recognize another one of Catherine Pooler's dies. It's the To The Point Cover Plate Die and I used it to emboss with.  To do this you layer a cutting plate, the die with the cutting edge facing up, the water color paper, an embossing mat and another cutting plate. Run this through your die cutting machine and you've just embossed with your die - super cool!

I squirted a little of the color burst powder onto the paper - the key word being 'little'. Using a spray bottle I added some water. These things are named appropriately because with that first spray of water the paper BURST with color. I dried it with my heat gun and then I splattered on some of the Limoncello Ice Liquid Sparkle and dried it again.
I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Feeling Hexy Cover Plate Die. I added liquid glue to the back being sure NOT to add glue to the piece that would be considered the frame. I adhered it to a piece of white card stock cut the same size as the die and pulled off the frame leaving the white space and all the hexagon pieces attached. 
I added a simple sentiment that I embossed with white onto black card stock and a few sequins to finish it off and then put it on a card base.


I've got lots more to share with you so I'll see you again tomorrow.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Salt Water Heals Everything!


When I lived on the coast and was needing a break from things I would often head to the ocean. I could feel myself relaxing the closer I got and as soon as I saw the ocean I felt 100x better. I can't explain it. I don't think it even needs explaining. It's just very soothing. I don't often get to the ocean anymore but I do live just a 5 minute drive from a beautiful lake and thankfully that has the same effect. 

I made this card thinking about walking the Sea Wall in Stanley Park in Vancouver. If you've never been there you should put it on your bucket list - it's beautiful!

Anyways, back to the card.


I used the By The Sea Stamp and Die set which is only available to StampNation members. One of the MANY perks of being a member. 

I started with a piece of white card stock that I did some ink blending on. I used the Twisted Sunburst Stencil and blended it lightly with Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti inks. Next I cut it with the large straight stitched die from the Postage Stamp Dies. I stamped the lighthouse from the By The Sea Stamp set with Black Jack ink, colored it in with a blender pen and Peppermint Scrub and Sand Castle inks and cut it out with the coordinating die. 
To make the water I used Aquatini and Mardi Gras inks. I used a paint brush but no water and lightly dragged the color onto the paper with the brush, building out the color until I was happy. I then went over it with a sparkle pen and because it's a liquid of sorts it blended the inks together and softened the look even more. I cut it with the same die from the Postage Stamp Die set and with a torn scrap of grey card stock for rocks I went about building my scene. 
I stamped the sentiment from the Vitamin Sea Stamp Set with Midnight ink and then adhered it with craft foam to a white card base that I added a piece of torn Sand Dunes card stock to for sand.

Where do you like to go when you need a break from things and need to calm your soul? 
Leave me a comment, I'd love to know.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hey There




I made this for a StampNation card swap where the challenge was to use word dies. I don't know if there's a name for 
this type of card but because I had fun making it I'm going to call it a Fun Fold card.
I started by cutting two pieces of card stock using the large die from the Nested Labels Dies and then 
scoring a line 3/4" from the tip - see pen line in pic below.


Fold over at the score line and add adhesive to the back 


Line up both die cut pieces and adhere them together.


For the front of the card I blended on Lime Rickey and Grass Skirt inks for the grass and 
Fiesta Blue and Suede Shoes for the sky. 


I stamped the flamingo from the Stand Tall Stamp Set and cut him out with the coordinating die. I used a blender pen to color the bird with Party Dress and Samba and the beak with Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti. I stamped the sentiment from the Warm Welcome Stamp Set with Midnight ink and paired it with the die cut Hey There from the Ways to Say Hey Dies.
I used the flamingo die to cut some craft foam to adhere it to the card. I cut the sentiment into two pieces and adhered that with liquid glue just above the stamped sentiment.


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!





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Friday, August 9, 2019

Wine Not?



I recently purchased the Sip Happens stamp set by Picket Fence Studios. I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it since the ladies in my family like their wine. They'll all be getting cards in the mail soon haha.



I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a frame and then stamped both the image and the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink Pad. If you're looking for a good black ink you may want to give this one a try.
I did some simple coloring with my Prismacolor pencils layered it with craft foam onto a piece of deep red card stock cut 1/8" bigger and then layered it onto a white card base.



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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Refuse To Sink



The Refuse To Sink Stamp Set is such a great set!
It's got a big anchor and a cute little one that I used on this card, there's the rope to add to the big anchor, the sentiments are fantastic, the plant life stamps are great! It's a must have set AND it has Coordinating Dies to go with it. I stamped the little anchor and the sentiment with Midnight ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I also used the dies to cut craft foam to adhere them to the panel with.

To make the 'life preserver' I traced a circle die lightly with pencil onto a panel that I cut using the Postage Die Set. I used the ink splotch stamp fromthe Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set and a variety of blue inks I've linked to below and stamped them onto the pencil line rotating the image so they don't all look the same.

I adhered the panel to the card base using craft foam for dimension and then added sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix to finish the card.




I love the simplicity of this card and the message is one that is often needed for lots of people.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Refuse to Sink



I thought this card was perfect to share with you today because I'm spending the day kayaking with my husband. The background looks like water and I'm spending the day on the water.
I used the Refuse to Sink Stamp Set from Catherine Pooler's  Unsinkable Release - I love that anchor and that sentiment is perfect.

I love how this card turned out.
It's fairly clean and simple but there's stuff going on on that background piece that makes me smile. 

Check out the video to see how I made it or click HERE to watch on YouTube.



Here's a close up of the background. 






Happy Stampin'
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

A Nautical Card with Catherine Pooler's Unsinkable Collection

It's a long weekend here in BC where I live and I am going to take full advantage of it and get out on the water in my kayak. There's something about paddling along on a beautiful day that is so good for the soul. 

Catherine's latest release is called Unsinkable and has a nautical inspired theme throughout. If you're a fan of the ocean you will definitely be a fan of this release. You can of course purchase any of the products individually but Catherine has made it easier for you and created bundles that come with a little discount.

The Anchors Away Bundle includes:



The Under The Sea Bundle includes:




And for those of us that can't make up our minds there's the





Now let's get to the card I have for you today that features the Hook Line and Sinker Stamp Set. It's full of some great sentiments that will work well with any and all of the products in this release. It was a must have for me :)



I made a clean and simple card that was so easy and lots of fun to make. I used It's a Boy, Aquatini, Mardi Gras and Juniper Mist inks to create some water. I smooshed the ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then went about pouncing some water color paper into the ink puddles I made. I heat set the paper and then pounced again building up the colors - I repeated this process until I was happy with what I had. 
I cut a strip of the paper and then die cut a circle from the center.  There's something about the circle that fits with the nautical theme. I stamped the sentiment and the waves with Midnight ink. I added it to a white panel, leaving a gap and then decided to die cut it with the stitched rectangle die from the Postage Stamp Dies set. I added both pieces to the card base popping up the center piece with craft foam. 
And that's it. I'm thinking now that some sequins would look good on this. Hmmm I may go back and add a few.



Whatever you do this weekend I hope you enjoy it!

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Shopping list:

I've linked below to the products I used in this card. ALL the products for the Unsinkable Release are above at the beginning of this post.

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Pop'N Hop with Scrap'N Stamp



This was fun!!!


I've made these pop up cards many times before from scratch. They're not hard but they're no where near as easy as this one was to make. The Paper Cut has kits you can purchase that are pre-cut pieces of all that you need to make the base structure.

I stamped and colored images from Lawn Fawn's Out Of This World Stamp Set and cut them out with the coordinating dies.


I added some patterned paper (from my pile the I am trying to use up) that had a sky theme. I used a heavy weight vellum paper to add the images. I stamped two of every image and the vellum is placed between the two images so you can see the planets and the child from front and back.


The rocket ship, moon and sun are added one directly to the card and then the duplicate image was added with craft foam right on top of the first one. I like that it gives more of a 3D feel to the image. The sentiment is stamped with black ink.
I showed this to a few people that don't make cards and they were so impressed with it. If they only knew how easy these are to make now that you can purchase pre-cut pieces. And the possibilities for what you'd like to pop up out of the box are endless!

Time to HOP!
But first leave a comment here and at every stop along the hop because there's a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap'N Stamp STORE.

Have fun!

Susan 
Chala - your next stop


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

More Unsinkable Fun with Catherine Pooler Designs

We're having more fun today with Catherine Pooler Designs Unsinkable Release. I've linked below to the blog hop from yesterday and the video hop today.

I've got two more cards to share with you today.
This first one features:
- Vitamin Sea Stamp Set
- By The Sea Stamp Set (StampNation Only)
- Big Sur Sequin Mix


This card was super quick to make. I started by masking a circle onto a piece of white card stock that I die cut with the stitched edge die from the Postage Stamp Dies set. Using a blender brush and some blue inks I blended on some water. I removed the mask, stamped the sentiment from the By The Sea Stamp Set with Midnight ink and then stamped the fish from the Vitamin Sea Stamp Set with versamark ink and heat set them with white embossing powder. I layered it onto some black card stock and then added it to a grey card base with craft foam. A few sequins from the Big Sur Sequin Mix finishes this card.

This next card was inspired by a shirt I was wearing. A white shirt with blue striped and a red lobster.
My second card features:
- Hook Line and Sinker Stamp Set
- Hook Line and Sinker Die Set


I used the long stripe from the Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set and Something Borrowed ink to stamp the striped panel and die cut it with the tag die from the Tags Etc Dies. I die cut a circle from the Circles Dies Set and then stamped a circle of crabs with Rockin Red ink and then added it to the tag. The sentiment is stamped with Midnight ink, cut with the coordinating die and then added to the tag with craft foam. 

Yesterday we celebrated with a Blog Hop and today we're celebrating with a Video Hop. Be sure to visit and leave comments because Catherine is giving away $25 Gift Certificates to the CPD SHOP.

Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!



Shopping list:

Below is a link to all the goodies I used, just click on the picture to be taken to where you can purchase the product. I use affiliate links whenever possible which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support - I truly appreciate it!