Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAS Thank You // Right At Home Stamps + Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop

Hey There!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! If you've come from the wonderful Maureen Merritt's blog, then you're in the right place!

Today we've got a fun collaboration going on with the Catherine Pooler Creative Team and the owner at Right At Home Stamps. Nicole is super sweet and is totally killing it with all her fun and trendy stamp designs! You can find her shop here. I especially love her new Folk Alphabet stamp set--such a clever idea! I know she'd love your support of her wonderful store!

Nicole is also bringing the Catherine Pooler inks into her shop, and the CP inks are totally worth their weight in gold. I loved creating with them for today's card and I know you'll love getting inky with them, too!

So this card is a really clean and simple design that won't take much time at all to incorporate into your own version.

Start off by inking up your pot images from the Let Love Grow set and stamping them on to white cardstock. It's fun to add some additional dimension and shading by inking up the edges of the pot image and stamping it again. You can then choose whichever combination of stems and leaves to create the actual arrangements. Try to think outside the box by clever masking and such to make your arrangements look fuller. The sky's the limit!

After you're done putting together your arrangements, choose a bold sentiment to carry the rest of the card. I chose one from the Script Greetings set to complete the Clean and Simple look.

If you'd like to avoid the look of the arrangement floating in mid-air, you'll want to add some shading underneath the pots with a Copic marker. I chose some neutral grays and it was really simple to complete the look by adding a few flicks of those gray colors.

Finish off the card by trimming down the stamped panel to 4 in x 5.25 in and gluing it on to a cut and scored 4.25 in x 5.5 in card base.


Now we get to the good stuff!

Hop along to all the blogs today and leave a comment for your chance to win an item of YOUR CHOICE from Nicole's newest Right At Home release! Winners will be announced on April 26th on the Right At Home blog. Be sure to leave a comment at every blog in order to be entered for the chance to win the prize!

1. Right At Home
2. Melissa Miller
3. Chrissie Tobas
4. Tracie Pond
5. Ashlea Cornell
6. Ardyth-Percy-Robb
7. Ilina Crouse
8. Laurel Beard
9. Jen Carter
10. Karen Baker
11. Jenny Colaciccio
12. Kristie Goulet
13. Maureen Merritt
14. Kelly Martin (you are here!)
15. Susan Powell

Thanks again for stopping by today and happy hopping!


Friday, April 13, 2018

I Just Love Your Face!

Hey There!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Over at The StampNation, we're having an awesome class called "Eat, Sleep, Create!" There have been tons of great tutorials and you definitely won't leave without being totally inspired! You can find details on the class here.

Have you ever done something that totally scares you? I find that the older I get, the less inclined I am to take risks. I like my security, and I like staying in the comfort zone of things I feel I'm good at.

Can you relate?

Well, leave all your fears behind you before starting this class, cause it's going to take you WAY out of your crafty comfort zone! I'm not a messy cardmaker that just slaps color and other things down on a card front and just "makes it work." Oh--and doodling? Lettering? FORGET ABOUT IT. Totally not in my wheelhouse.

But after watching all the awesome tutorials for the class, I was totally inspired to tackle some of these things that scare me! It's tough for me to create things and just put them out there when I don't have the safety net of a stamp or something pre-designed.

So let go and just have fun--it's a tough hurdle to jump, but I did it and so can you! You can follow along with this card I made and try your own design--you'll probably be amazed at what you can create! Letting go and just having fun is also really therapeutic and a fantastic way to get your craft mojo back!

Start off by laying down a watercolor wash on to a card. You can choose any colors or any mediums. I chose the inks from the Life of the Party Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs. After you have your background all set up, it's time to pick up your pencil and just letter away! Be sure to watch Shawna Clingerman's tutorial in the class to get some helpful tips and tricks on creating your letters. After I doodled my words on to my card front, I went over them with a black Tombow Marker.

After the card front was done, I thought it looked a little bland. So this is where I had to just let go of my expectations and doodle away! I just scribbled some simple doodles until I was satisfied with the outcome. I then used some Tonic Nuvo Drops to add some extra dimension.

I was slightly afraid to share this card because it was so out of my comfort zone, but I had to learn to just have fun and craft, regardless of what people (including myself) think of the outcome!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

All That Jazz Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome, Everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Aren't you just SO JAZZED about this release? See what I did there?!

This release has some really unique pieces in it, and I had so much fun creating with them! You can find the entire release here.

Let's get to the first card:

Everyone loves a good rainbow, am I right? This card uses the Tags, Etc. die, the Polkadot background stamp, and one of the stamp sets from the Counting Blessings prior SOA release. I inked up the background stamp with several colors of distress ink and then applied my CPD premium cardstock over the background and used a firm hand to rub in the inky goodness. 

I then cut out a piece using the large tag die and stamped one of the sentiments from the Autumn Blessings stamp sets. You can add little embellishments around your tags with the small images from this stamp set--they are the perfect size! I added some shiny black ribbon to the tag and then added some black Tonic Nuvo drops. I mounted the tag on top of the polkadot background to finish it off!

How do you feel about watercolor looks? If you're like me, you love 

I used a technique for the first time on this card--and if you haven't tried it, YOU MUST!! I took a piece of watercolor paper and laid it flat on my work surface. Then, I used my Zen Garden reinkers to drop a few drops of ink on to the paper, and then used my water sprayer to spray the living daylights out of the panel. And of course, you can guess what happened. The color moved and mixed together and created this lovely watercolor goodness! 

I then used versamark ink and white heat embossing powder along with the images in the Bloomin Bouquet stamp set to create the rest of the background. I trimmed it down and mounted it on a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

To create the sentiment, I just stamped one of the sentiments from the Grateful Heart stamp set and trimmed it down to a smaller panel, then mounted the sentiment panel with foam tape on to the card to finish it off. 

Last but not least!

You must buy all the black tie gala patterned paper. I'm telling you guys--this stuff is pure gold!! This card was SO easy to create, and you can easily incorporate this technique into other cards with patterned paper. 

Cover a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base front with adhesive, and then take 4 sheets of the patterned paper and lay them on to the card base, varying the angle, but always using the corners to line up with the corners of the next piece. After you've covered the entire card base, trim off the excess patterned paper. 

Pull out that new ink pad and fall in love all over again! Ink up a large sentiment stamp (I used one from the Bloomin Bouquet stamp set) and then stamp it on to a white panel. Trim down that white panel and mount it on to the black and white card base using foam tape. 

VOILA!! You're all done! So simple, quick, and easy to pull together!

You've come for a blog hop and a chance to win prizes, have you??? Well here's some more information...

Hop along to each blog, leave a comment, and you'll have a chance to win a great prize! 5 random winners will be chosen to receive 2 ink pads! And if you know anything about the Catherine Pooler Inks, you'll know what a great prize that is! Winners will be announced Friday, March 23 on Catherine's blog.

Here are the blogs you can hop along to today:

1. Catherine Pooler
2. Kelly Martin >> you are here!
3. Jen Carter
4. Ardyth-Percy-Robb
5. Laurel Beard
6. Kristie Goulet
7. Susan Powell
8. Lydia Evans
9. Cynde Whitlow

Have fun hopping and I hope you enjoy this new release!


Supplies Used
1. Doin The Polka Background stamp
2. Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet
3. Tags, Etc. Die
4. Black Satin Ribbon
5. Black Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops
6. CPD Inks in Midnight, Rose Petals, All That Jazz
7. Black Tie Gala paper
8. Autumn Blessings stamp set
9. Bloomin Bouquet stamp set
10. Versamark Ink
11. Hero Arts White embossing powder
12. CPD Reinkers in Rose Petals and Shea Butter