Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kind of Batty Blog Hop Day 2!

Hey Friends!

You guys--this release is so fun! I am not normally in to Halloween products, but these stamps sets are SO STINKIN' CUTE AND FUN!

So let's get right to the cards!

For this first one, I stamped the most detailed layer of the Rose Garden stamp set images on to watercolor paper with various CP inks. I then used a water brush to spread out the inks to create a loose watercolor look.

To create some added depth and variation, I then stamped over the image with white pigment ink, which caused the detailed lines to blend in even more, but still to an extent that they were contrasted.

Here's my advice for doing your own thing on watercoloring: Don't give up! After you've finished painting the flowers, cut them out and I promise it will already look 100 times more like a flower!

So cut out all the flower images and then set them aside.

Then create your background! I used a CP stencil and the new Sandcastle ink to create the background. I cut it down to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel and then glued it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. I then trimmed down some scrap pieces of patterned paper I had in my stash and glued them on to the card base.

I then glued my roses on to the card, stamped a sentiment on to white cardstock, and then cut down the sentiment piece before gluing it on to my card to finish things off. Here's another tip: To add some variation and dimension to your card, choose different elements to mount with foam tape, while choosing others to lay flat on to the card.

For our second card, I broke out some of the dies from the Everything But the Broom set and went to work! I cut out several pieces and covered them with black ink, then set them aside.

To create the simple background, just use various CP inks and a flat paintbrush and paint stripes on a watercolor panel. I cut down the panel and glued it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

I glued down the die cut pieces to the card and then stamped a sentiment. I cut it down and glued it down flat on the panel.

I added some details to the die cut pieces with a white gel pen, but....HAVE YOU FIGURED IT OUT YET?! These pieces are arranged to make this image look like an actual witch. I added some images from the set to fill in the background and finished it off.

Folks, this is not how I usually do card making, so this design idea was totally and completely outside the box. But so worth it!

Thanks for enjoying these cards today, and here are the details of the hop cause you have some chances to win PRIZES!

Hop along to each blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler shop! A winner will be chosen from each day of the hop and all winners will be announced on Monday evening, August 20.

1. Catherine Pooler
2. Chrissie Tobas
3. Susan Powell
4. Karen Baker
5. Jen Carter
6. Jenny Colacicco
7. Ashlea Cornell
8. Kelly Martin (you are here)
9. Ardyth Percy-Robb
10. Lydia Evans

Thanks for stopping by today and happy hopping!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Everything But the Broom, Rose Garden
Stencils: Perfect Vine
Dies: Everything But the Broom
Inks: Royal Treatment, It's A Girl, Daydream, Sandcastle, Over Coffee, Midnight, Orange Twist, Grass Skirt, Grape Crush

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tropically Yours Release Day!

Welcome back, friends!

Thanks for joining me today as I showcase these ridiculously fun products from the newest Stamp of Approval Tropically Yours collection! You can find the new collection here.

Confession: I have never really been crazy about flamingoes. I think my problem is that I start following a trend approximately 5 years after it's reached its peak of obsession. What can I say? I was always a late bloomer, so that's my excuse.

Anyway, flamingoes seem to be very on trend these days, but I've never really gotten hooked on them.

Until this SOA collection.

These flamingoes are just so stinking cute! I had so much fun coloring the images after I stamped them out. I colored them with my copics and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I also stamped the water and grass images from the same set, die cut them out, and then set them aside as well.

I trimmed down a card panel to be 4 x 5.25 inches, and then adhered all my images to that panel. I also added the sentiment and then set off to create the card base.

I cut and scored a card base to be 4.25 x 5.5 inches, and then I used the border image from the stamp set to create the border on the left edge.

I then trimmed down my card panel with my flamingo images a bit more...I think I ended up trimming off about .25 inches from the right side of the panel.

When you're creating a card and you feel like it's falling a bit flat or looking a little boring, you can pull out the same secret weapon that I do--coordinating borders/edges. I used one of the copic markers I used to color my flamingoes to color the right edge of my card base. This gives a finished edge and brings the whole card together!

I mounted my card panel with fun foam and then glued it on to my card base to finish everything off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy crafting! You don't want to miss this fantastic collection because the awesomeness *literally* cannot be contained sometimes. (That means that the collection sells out quickly!). Your wallet might scream but GO ON!! You can do it!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stand Tall
Dies: Stand Tall
Inks: Grass Skirt, Fiesta Blue, Midnight
Coloring Medium: Copic Markers

Monday, July 16, 2018

Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval Blog Hop!

Welcome, Stampers!

It's a great day to be a papercrafter, isn't it? This newest Stamp of Approval collection from Catherine Pooler will NOT disappoint!

So let's get right to the cards, cause these products are just fantastic!

For the first card, I used some products from the Leave Me in Paradise stamp set and the Good Vibes Border stamp set. To start off, I cut a card panel of 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I then stamped out the border images at an angle to create the look of patterned paper. Confession: I'm obsessed with stamp sets like this because they are SO versatile and I love using various images with various colors to create some really unique looks.

Next, I stamped some of the leaf image from the Leave Me in Paradise set and then used the matching die set to cut them out.

Here's where I had to think ahead a bit. I knew I wanted to mount my leaf images with foam tape and pop them up off the card, but I was concerned about being able to stamp my sentiment with enough room and in a straight manner, so I went ahead and did the sentiment at this point. A lot of times, I'll leave the sentiment  for the last step, but I figured this would be a better plan of attack!

I stamped the sentiment in the new ink color and then assembled my leaf images, alternating the position. I glued some of them flat on to the card panel and then mounted some of them with foam tape and arranged them around the left side of the panel. I adhered the panel on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and called it good!

For the next card, I was so inspired by the beautiful sunsets I saw while on my vacation to the beach, that I just had to incorporate that feel into a card! I used the Fearless Pursuit dies and the Tropically Yours stamp set for this card.

I masked off a bottom area of a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel and then used several Catherine Pooler inks (Party Dress, Tiki Torch, and Flirty Fuschia) and a ink blending brush to create the sky. I then switched my mask to the top part that I just ink blended and then used Aquatini and All That Jazz inks for the water.

I then cut a piece of scrap paper and covered it with black ink before gluing it on to my panel for the look of an island. I used the palm tree die and a piece of scrap paper to create the tree. I covered it in black ink, and then decided to step up the palm tree just a bit!

I covered my palm tree in a layer of shimmer pen and then applied a thick coat of glossy accents to the top. I then stamped a sentiment from the Tropically Yours set before gluing the panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base to finish things off!

So now let's get on to the exciting stuff!

Hop along to each stop and leave a comment on every blog for a chance to win the ENTIRE Stamp of Approval collection! If you win and you've already purchased your collection, you will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler store. Entries will close on July 20, and the winners will be announced on Catherine's blog.

Here are the stops for today's hop!

7. Kelly Martin (Congrats on making it to the end! We save the best for last around here....)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! And if you haven't subscribed to the waitlist yet, DO IT NOW here! You won't want to miss these fantastic products!


Supplies Used In addition to the SOA Collection:

Accessories: Glossy Accents