#spreadjoynotgerms Hop


I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog hop! It's been about a month now that people have been practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible because of the COVID-19 virus.    Catherine Pooler Designs and Hedgehog Hollow decided it was time to #spreadjoynotgerms and this hop was born. Check out all the amazing companies that are sponsoring this hop - and there are over 140 designers that are participating! I can't imagine all the planning and organizing that goes into setting up a hop of this size but I very much appreciate all the hard work. I can't wait to see what everyone has made.


I have two cards to share with you. My first one is a cute shaker card that uses the Fluttering Friends Stamps and dies along with the Chalkboard Frames Dies, the clouds from the Over the Rainbow Die and some Big Sur Sequins all from Catherine Pooler Designs. 


I cut the frame, blended some Sand Castle ink over top - this makes all the lines in the frame stand out. I cut a piece of card stock to the same size as the frame and dragged the It's a Boy and Fiesta Blue ink pads across it to make the sky. I sponged a little Twilight ink onto the edges of the clouds and also on the edges of the strips of card stock that I stamped the sentiments on. I stamped the birds and leaves and cut them out with their coordinating dies. I used a blender pen and a lot of inks (all listed below) to color them in. I used Big Sur Sequins to put inside the shaker and added the leaves underneath it and the birds on top of it. Notice the birds are social distancing

For my second card I used stamps from the Perfect Reason Stamp Set that are actually meant to be the center of flowers and made fireworks. The sentiment is from the Good Things Stamp Set. Both of these stamp sets are from Catherine Pooler Designs. All the fireworks are embossed with a variety of WOW Embossing Powders some of which I've linked to below. 


Now for some prize details - I've listed ALL the sponsors and the prizes that they are giving away below. I'll be giving away a $20 GIFT CERTIFICATE to someone who leaves a comment here on my blog. Leave me a comment letting me know what you're doing to stay sane.



Next on the hop is  Morena Hockley - be sure to check out her blog and leave a comment for another chance to win one of the awesome prizes listed below.
  
If you want to start at the beginning and see the whole list of participants then check out Catherine's blog.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES!

THIRTY ONE companies are offering more than FIFTY prizes on this hop! Comment on the blogs on the hop to be entered. No minimum number of comments required, but the more blogs you comment on, the greater the chances of winning.
Deadline to enter is April 24 and winners will be announced on Monday, April 27 on the Catherine Pooler Designs and Hedgehog Hollow blogs.
  • Catherine Pooler Designs - $20 Gift Certificate on the CP blog and each of the Brand Ambassadors' blogs
  • Hedgehog Hollow - one month free sub to the box with free us shipping
  • CAS-ual Fridays - Win the new release - over $80 value
  • Heffy Doodle - £35 voucher for the store
  • Whimsy Stamps - $15 GC on each of their Creative Team team blogs
  • Sassy and Crafty Stamps - $35 Gift Certificate
  • The Ton - $20 Gift Certificate (stamps, dies, ink or sequins)
  • Ellen Hutson - $35 Gift Certificate
  • Polka Dot Orchard- $20 Gift Certificate
  • Ink on 3 - $35 Gift Certificate
  • Brutus Monroe - $50 GC
  • STAMPlorations - $25 gift code on the STAMPlorations blog + $10 gift code on each designer blogs.
  • Trinity Stamps- $25 Gift Certificate
  • WOW! Embossing Powder - two gift vouchers 1 x £30 and 1 x $30 that covers the USA, UK and Europe 
  • Greeting Farm -$25 Gift Certificate
  • Miss Ink Stamps -$25 Gift Certificate
  • Pear Blossom Press -$25 gift certificate
  • Trinity Stamps -$25 Gift Certificate
  • Paper Sweeties - $50 Gift Certificate
  • Xyron - Mega Runner, Refill & 1.5 inch sticker maker, refill
  • Beacon - Product gift bag
  • Artesprix - Getting Started Kit
  • iCrafter - $20 Gift Certificate
  • Joy Clair - $25 Gift Certificate
  • Dina Kowal - Two $10 gift codes to Dina Kowal Creative
  • Rabbit Hole Designs - $10.00 gift code on each DT members blogs
  • You're Next Stamp - $25 Gift Certificate
  • Taylored Expressions - $50 Gift Certificate
  • Pink and Main - $25 Gift Certificate
  • Unity - two $25 Gift Certificates
  • Dress My Craft - $35 gift certificate


Happy Stampin'
and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan





Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much. 

Card #1


   Card #2

Comments

Barb said…
I love the colors of these cards--it does put a smile on my face! Thanks for participating!
Nicole said…
Adorable cards!
Justin Averill said…
Your projects are adorable! Thank you for sharing!
Gail said…
2 amazing cards - Tfs your art and being in the hop - have a blessed week
Sheila R said…
Cute, thanks for thinking of us and sharing.
Priya said…
lovely cards. Love the shaker card
Deb said…
Both gorgeous cards, love the shaker design!
*Vicki* said…
The birds are super cute!! I love the shaker card and that sentiment on the second one is fabulous!! :) TFS!
deb c said…
Love your cards. Staying sane? I don't think I ever have been! LOL
Sandy said…
Fabulous cards! Love seeing them.
Stay healthy
Jenny McGee said…
Thank you for the inspiration, especially during this difficult time. A nice pick me up.
berucrafts said…
awww... such a cute card and a shaker card both in one... Love it... Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

Hugs
Ute
DT Whimsy Stamps
Lisa said…
Your bird card is fantastic! I love the shaker card looking like a window!
Lynn McAuley said…
I love that awesome celebration card!! What a great sentiment!
Natalie said…
Love how the birds really look like they are on a sill
stampcz said…
Celebrate we must!
Kim B said…
So very pretty!!!
MadeByMeghanK said…
Darling birdies and I love that it's a shaker!
Christine said…
I love the celebrate everything sentiment!
Virginia said…
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
Brenda G. said…
Fabulous cards! Love those birds! :)
mamawcindy said…
Great cards. I Love birds and bird cards. Love how you turned it into a shaker. Like the sentiment on your second card. To keep sane, I limit myself on watching the news and go into my craft room and create.
abhoneyab said…
Great ideas! This is so awesome to do! Thank you!
Gina K said…
Wonderful cards! I'm insane already so to keep myself from going further down that rabbit hole, I've been crafting, chatting with friends on social media, and taking walks with my husband. I'd say working from home but I think work contributes to my insanity! lol
Kelly said…
love the bird colors!
Becca Yahrling said…
Wonderful cards and I sure love shakers! But being a
'bird nerd' I am in love with the first one. :-)
Amanda Wilcox said…
Both cards are awesome! I love the shaker scene and the sentiment on the second one is great!
Lisa said…
These are so pretty! The birds are so sweet and your fireworks... very creative and fun! Love them both!
Marylin S said…
Thank you for participating in this blog hop, and for sharing the joy with us!
Eve N said…
Both cards are great. The birds have lovely details & the frame element adds so much. The sentiment on the second card really made me smile.
sharon g said…
I adore these birds. I need these birds!!
We are going fir walks, playing games and making care packages for nurses we know. Your cards are great
Karyn said…
I'm always up for a celebration!!!
Laurie K. said…
Like your lovely shaker card and the way you repurposed the flower centers into fireworks. Great idea.
Jane Harrah said…
Cute card and a wonderful hop. So much talent! I am blog hopping to stay sane!
Carol Wortman said…
Couple of my favorite themes. The birds are precious and that is a great celebration sentiment. Thanks for such great card and please be well!
Michelle said…
Love the birdies on the first card and the sentiment on the second one. Thank you for sharing.
Zina said…
I really like both of your cards
I try to turn on my music more instead of the tv while having to staying at home music is my pick me up
Cheryl said…
Super cute cards! I especially love the bird shaker card.


Cheryl
http://shestamps.blogspot.com/
Love these cards. My favorite is the birds. Thanks for sharing!
Joyce Stuart said…
Love the birdies and the alternate use of floral stamps as fireworks.
Lori said…
Love both of your cards! Thank !
Debbie said…
I love a good shaker card!!
Chrystyna said…
Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing.
Crafty Amy said…
Both great cards but the birds are my favorite :D
Huge hugs
Amy xx
Laurie said…
Very nice cards! I love your idea of using the flower centers for fireworks! I have been organizing my craft room and watching "lives" whenever I have a reminder pop up in order to keep sane and positive. Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards.
Joy Wilson said…
Great cards! I love the shaker!
Hugs, Joy
Joyfully Stamps
Nandini said…
Thanks for the amazing inspiration! These cards are really beautiful!
Karen B. said…
Susan, these are awesome! Love your colors.
Ava Gavloski said…
the shaker card is great
CJordan7496 said…
Cute cards!!! Love those birds and the sentiment on the second card!!! I'm a warehouse employee so I've been staying as sane as possible by continuing to work and keeping up with my online classes (I will graduate May 11 but ceremony postponed :( ) Thank you for sharing!!
ksplumlee said…
Both your cards are great. I love how the birds are social distancing and the fireworks on the second card. I'm crafting a lot and been watching the BlogHop for two days now (spacing it out so I don't go insane). Thanks for sharing and stay safe.
Lisa Byers said…
Your cards are so sweet!! Love your designs and colors.
Jean said…
Darling cards! perfect for this hop! Thank you to all who have come together!
Love your colorful cards<3<3<3 Stay healthy! Stay safe! Stay crafty!
Amy Martin said…
Amazing cards!! Im crafting to stay sane.
Mirella said…
Oh my goodness, I love these cute little birdies! So sweet! The second card is lovely, too
Sidelle Menon said…
fantastic cards Susan! The shaker birds card is so cute xx
Helen Gullett said…
Adorable and beautiful cards, Susan! Love the colors and your designs. Thank you for spreading the joy! ❤️
I love both of your cards but your first one using Catherine Pooler's Fluttering Friends Stamps and Die is my favorite. Such adorable birds to color up, or watercolor. Stay safe.
Anonymous said…
lovely cards - thanks for sharing
Kristie Goulet said…
Great cards, Susan! Thank you for helping to spread joy!
Krystin said…
Your shaker sky on the 1st background is such a great idea! I’m gonna try this out. 🌌✨
gail said…
yes, "let's Celebrate"
Cindi said…
Beautiful cards!
Kristina "Tina" said…
Such a sweet creation and a simple one, perfect. Thanks for sharing
Kristina "Tina" said…
Oops, forgot.... what am I doing to stay sain.....? Running, lots of running. And my legs and hips are really starting to hate me.
Debbie Bonner said…
Super cards, the birds the saying the shaker noise, all great. Thanks
Mendy said…
Love what you created. That shaker frame is adorable and creative.
Love both of your cards! Really love the shaker card and the colour combo. Thanks for spreading some joy today and being part of this amazing hop!
Denise Bryant said…
Pretty cards! I especially love the shaker with the adorable birds! Thanks for spreading joy!
I have been doing a bit of housework, and lots of die cutting! I'll have a nice stash of die cuts for whenever the mood hits me to make some holiday cards! Trying to be productive and plan ahead!
Wonderful sentiments and fabulous cards! Hugs, Wends xoxo
Sammy said…
I think these are both lovely!
Kristina H said…
Love the chalkboard frame dies and the sentiment on your second card is perfect! I'm trying to stay sane by escaping to my craft room as frequently as possible. Also, getting outside to soak up some sunshine when it's warm enough!
Dana W said…
Fabulous cards!! I especially love the birds!!
Vivian C. said…
Super cards. What a clever way to re-purpose the flower centers. Things like this blog hop, chatting with friends and crafting are helping with my sanity.
Mary Holshouser said…
Great coloring on the birds.
The sky is fantastic.
thanks for sharing a great card.
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com
Hi I love both your cards. The "fireworks" card is really special and I love your shaker card too. xx
Heather said…
These are so fun!! Love the little birdies on the shaker card! To stay sane, I am making cards and organizing my craft area (very slowly!) and making sure to get out for runs with my sister.
Joanne G said…
Cute cards. I love the little birds on the shaker card. Thanks for sharing.
Unknown said…
Adorable cards. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and healthy!
KimC said…
Perfect cards for these times we are living. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Lisa said…
Awww your birdie card is precious and I love all the colorful embossing on the second one! Thanks for the inspiration!
SandyK said…
What I’m doing to stay sane? Whatever I’m doing, it’s not working! Hoping I can get some time to myself this weekend.
Jamie said…
Thanks for sharing the card. I'm still working and keeping sane that way I guess.
paperplay said…
Love your cards. I especially love the sentiment on the second one. These do spready JOY.
Reneeleeak said…
Love your cards & the sentiments that you used! What a great tip to use the flower centers for fireworks! I'm trying to stay sane by doing all sorts of crafts while I have the time.
Karthikha said…
Wonderful set of cards! The birdie one is so sweet :)
Bonnie Peffer said…
These are both really cute cards. Love the little birdies shaker. And flower centers for fireworks was very clever. TFS! I have been deep cleaning, but crafty is what keeps me sane most days.
Ms. Tamp said…
Great use of the bird scene for a shaker card. Great alternative use of the flower centers.
cebelica said…
Crafting makes me sane. lol I only work from home, so this keeps me occupied (and sane) too. ;)
I love how your card turned out. Those birdies are adorable. xx
Jill D. said…
So cute and fun.
Susanne Wichert said…
Nice cards :) Staying sane? I pretty much live as always - I am a pretty introverted and stay at home person usually... I also try not to consume any more news than absolutely neccessary.
Robin M said…
Three friends and I have scheduled video craft chats on Friday evenings. This weekend we are doing a trifecta of meetings starting Friday since three of us have birthdays this a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So that’s what I’m doing to stay sane, well as sane as I was prior to the pandemic! Great cards!! They give me so many ideas of different ways to use these stamps.
TracyM #6773 said…
FABULOUS cards!
Love your sweet birds and sentiment, such a fun shaker, so CHEERY :)
Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING!
JMN said…
Both your cards are delightful. Thankyou for participating in this amazing blog hop.
Lynn Hill said…
I first saw those birds in a blog post a few days ago where the blogger made a slider pop-up card. Now I see it here - I may need that stamp. I just recently got introduced to Catherine Pooler Designs and now have four of her stamp pads and several stamp sets. I LOVE those inks!!! Staying sane? Well, I have made tons of cards to send to healthcare professionals and people who are shut in (aren't we all?) during the quarantine. Thank you for sharing your inspiration on this gigantic blog hop.
Ebrown said…
Great cards! Love the birds.
Laurie2cats said…
Fabulous cards! the birds are so charming, and your fireworks from flower stamps is genius
Both cards I fabulous Susan. How can you go wrong with a shaker card?
Kathy Dippner said…
Beautiful cards! I love when crafters show different ways to use images. Thanks for sharing.
Those little birds are so sweet. Thanks for sharing
Jennifer C. said…
Thank you for participating in this excellent way to encourage stay-at-home! I did in fact notice your birds were social distancing! 😊 Right now, I'm staying sane by watching cardmaking videos on YouTube. There's something soothing to me about all that creativity.
DorothyA said…
Great cards! Love the flower fireworks! Such a good idea. And those little tweetie birds are so cute!!!
Dana M said…
Fabulous cards! Such sweet and fun designs- so happy
Valerija said…
Sooo cute image on the first card. I love both of your beautiful cards.
DeniseHB said…
you have inspired me to make a card using birds to say hello. The wild blue birds that nest in my yard just arrived outside my window two days ago. They make me happy so I am sure a card with blue birds will make others happy as well. thank you.. your card is wonderful.
JulesP- Aus said…
Susan I love your beautiful bright cards. Stunning layouts and great colours. I am staying sane by getting back into doing some fun things like baking, crafting and especially taking time to spend quality time with my three girls. We dropped off cookies to around 10 families for Easter. It brought so much joy. Thanks for sharing.
Mary-Anne V said…
Wonderful cards and great message on the last! I am learning Spanish, trying out new recipes, cleaning and organizing my craft area to keep sane.
Susan Y said…
Aren't those birds adorable! I am staying at home making a mess in the craft room/office lol but still making cards!Stay safe and healthy!
Karen Hoskins said…
I just love your cards. Thanks for sharing them. It gives me inspiration. Please stay safe.
Connie said…
Hi Susan :) I love those little tweeters!!! I've been waking up to some outside my window every morning lately! And the sentiment on your second card is terrific! I'm celebrating a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food on the table! Thanks for inspiring me :)
Aww the birdies! Love both cards.
Kraftsbyus4u said…
How cute are these cards!
Sue D said…
Cute cards and encouraging sentiments. Love the birds.
Great cards! Thanks for a wonderful hop and the inspiration!