Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stamp of Approval Release!

Hello!

Welcome to another blog post that is shamelessly flaunting the awesomeness that IS the new Stamp of Approval Collection from Catherine Pooler! You can now purchase the release here.

Today's card has a fun and vintage/shabby chic feel to it, and I incorporated one of my favorite techniques--watercoloring!

Did you know that the Catherine Pooler inks are awesome for watercoloring? Once you stop you won't be able to stop so consider this your enabler warning! In order to do a watercolor wash, you'll just need to pounce some ink on to a slick surface (I used an acrylic block). You can use a water brush or a paintbrush and get the same result with either.



Cut and score a 4.25 in x 5.5 in. card base and set it aside. You'll also want to trim down a piece of watercolor paper to 4 in. x 5.25 in. Take your water brush or paintbrush and apply clean water to the paper. Next, just take your water brush or paint brush to your slick surface and then drop in the color on to your wet watercolor panel. Move the color around, add more water, or add more color until you achieve your desired affect.

Stamp some images from the I Eat Cake stamp set on to your white Catherine Pooler Designs cardstock (The CP inks stamp like a dream on this cardstock!). Trim down those pieces until they are small enough to fit all across the cardstock panel. I mounted mine with foam tape to have them pop off the card panel, but you don't have to. Choose a sentiment to stamp and then adhere your watercolor card panel on to the cut and scored card base that you created earlier.



Now, step back and try not to eat the card you've just created because....for real....these cake images are just a little too realistic for my own comfort level. I'm gonna be suggesting scratch and sniff inks to Catherine soon, so you just push the save button on that thought and maybe it will become a reality. Edible cards can surely be a thing, am I right?!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Kelly

Monday, April 23, 2018

Stamp of Approval Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hey There!

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

Are you totally counting the hours until this SOA release? Cause if you're not....you totally need to be. Folks, if you purchase this SOA collection, you will never need another birthday or party stamp set ever again. Get on the waitlist here.

So let's get right to the cards cause I'm sure you're already chomping at the bit to get the collection and you just want to see the cards!



The first card today incorporates a favorite technique of mine--foiling! I used a CP stencil and applied transfer gel with a palette knife before running it through my laminator to create the colorful background. And I then used some surprise items from the collection along with some CP inks and and created the card panel by using the sentiments from Woo Hoo! stamp set in the SOA collection. I also filled in the background with smaller images. You can use these images in lots of different ways to fit whatever occasion you're needing a card for! You can trim down any stamped panel and put it on a background to kick things up a notch. 


The next card was inspired by the Pioneer Woman dishes line. Have you seen them???? They are just so beautiful and I want to buy all of them. I wanted to make a bright and cheerful card because teapots are lovely and feminine, and that is totally my style!


This stamp set is so versatile with all the different color schemes you can incorporate. I stamped out the images and then die cut them and set them aside. I cut a 4.25 in. 5.5 in. card panel and used a 2nd generation stamping technique to create the background. I then used the Bordering Sweet die to cut several layers of white cardstock and then adhered that on to the bottom of the card. To finish off the card, I put my teapot and teacup images on to the card by adhering foam tape on to the back of them, and that will help you make the image pop off the card!


So let's get on to the good stuff! Comment on each stop of the blog hop for your chance to win a $97 certificate to the Catherine Pooler store! Winners will be announced on April 23rd at 6 PM on Catherine's blog. 

Here is the hop for today:

2. Kelly Martin (you are here!)

Thanks again for stopping by, and happy creating!


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.

GIVEAWAY!!

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!

Kelly

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 every.single.one. 

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!

Kelly


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



Monday, February 26, 2018

Heffy Doodle + MISTI Blog Hop!


Hey there, friends!

Thanks so much for joining me today for the MISTI and Heffy Doodle blog hop, celebrating Heffy Doodle's Release 3.

Let's take a second to talk about the MISTI. In case you are still not sold on whether or not a MISTI is a good investment, let me just tell you that I use mine almost every day. Recently, I also added the MISTI Creative Corners to my crafting stash, and I waited WAY too long to get them. I find I can mass produce cards so much faster when I use the MISTI. If you're still on the fence about whether or not to invest in a MISTI, hopefully this blog post will convince you!

One of your favorite things to use the MISTI for when you get one will be to create backgrounds more easily.  I used my MISTI to create this background for today's card.


I started out by arranging the images from the Honey Bunny Boo stamp set on to my card panel. Then I closed my MISTI door on to the panel to pick up the arrangement of the stamps, inked them up with black ink and stamped them down. 



THEN, the beauty of the MISTI comes into play here. I just rotated my card panel and inked up my images and stamped them again. 



I just had to arrange the images one more time before stamping and rotating my panel one last time, and then--VOILA! Background totally done! Using the MISTI really cut down my time creating this background, and I only had to arrange the stamps two times. The background is evenly spaced and lovely because of using the MISTI. 

I used my Prismacolor Colored Pencils to color the background and then colored the bunny images, too. I used my Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen to color the images for added shine, too. I trimmed down a smaller panel and stamped my sentiment first, to make sure that I could fit it all on the panel. Secret time! I used the sentiment stamps from the Eggcellent News stamp set since they were baby-themed! I love combining sentiments and stamps from different stamp sets to create customized themes on cards. And for the sentiment stamping, I also used my MISTI, because this ensured that I stamped the sentiment straight and evenly spaced. 


I also used the heart image from the Eggcellent News set and chose some various Hero Arts Bold inks on the sentiment panel. I also covered the heart images with Glossy Accents for added dimension.  

I trimmed down my background and glued it on to a piece of lime green cardstock that I had in my scrap drawer. I then die cut my sentiment panel using one of the dies from the Lawn Fawn 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle Die set. I glued some foam under the panel to pop it up from the background, and then for one more level of dimension, I popped up the bunny images from the sentiment panel using foam tape. 

It's Blog Hop Time!

We will choose two lucky commenters from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.comand a 25 pound shopping spree at Heffydoodle.com . You must leave your comments no later than Sunday, March 4th at 11:59 PM Central time. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 6th on the Heffy Doodle and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

Here is the blog hop list:

Kelly Martin--you here!



 Good luck and enjoy the hop! Thanks for stopping by today!

Crafty Hugs,
Kelly








Friday, February 16, 2018

Zen Garden Release Blog Hop Day 4!

Welcome to Day 4 of the Zen Garden Release!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've got a few cards to share with you today, and if your excitement isn't totally maxed out after 4 days of fantastic projects from the team, then check your pulse immediately!!! You can find the entire release here.


First up to bat is this little beauty that showcases the Faithful Flutterings stamp set. Want to know a fantastic secret about the Catherine Pooler Designs Premium Inks? You can make beautiful watercolor pieces with them! 


You can stamp the inside images from the set and then use the CPD inks and a paintbrush to spread the ink out and make the outline of the butterfly shape. I trimmed the watercolored panel down to a smaller size and then finished off this card by putting some coordinating washi tape on the edges of the panel before gluing it on to my card base. 



My next card uses some of my favorite things--foil!! I used the Split Chevron Stencil and my foil transfer gel to create this beauty. I used some silver deco foil and the Smile word die along with one of the sentiments from the Love Grows stamp set. 




And now for my favorite card! I readily admit that I, too, am totally obsessed with alcohol inks, and so I used some of my bright colors to make this card. I used the stained glass coverplate die to cut several layers and glued them all together before gluing it on to my alcohol inked background. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the Faithful Flutterings stamp set to finish off the card.




Have you been hopping along this week?!?!?


Catherine Pooler is giving away a full set of ink pads to 2 lucky winners on each day of the blog hop! Hop along to each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win! Winners will be announced Monday. 

Here is the full hop list for today:

6. Kelly Martin >> You are here!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today and checking out these cards. They were so much fun to make, and I hope you have tons of fun with the release! 

Have a crafty day!
Kelly



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Zen Garden Release Blog Hop Day 1!

Hey there, friend!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today for all the excitement for the Zen Garden Release! I tell ya, every Catherine Pooler Designs release gets better and better!


I've been having SO MUCH FUN playing with the products in this release, and I'm just tickled pink to share my creations with you!

Be sure to head here to find and purchase any of the products from the new release. 

The first card I'll be sharing is from the Chevron Cheer stamp set. 



I stamped the chevron image in light ink on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of Catherine Pooler Designs Premium white cardstock and then colored in the image with my Copic Spica Glitter pens. You wouldn't believe the amount of shimmer that these markers give!  I stamped the "thank you" sentiment in black ink and then trimmed down the panel before gluing it on to a a black piece of cardstock. I then glued that finished panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

Are you ready for another card?! This one uses one of the word dies from the new release. Are you swooning over this font yet?! I mean....SERIOUSLY!! It's the perfect size to carry a horizontal card. And now you're gonna want to buckle your seatbelt cause it's TIME FOR THE INKS.


 You guys, I know you know. I know you know how awesome the CPD inks are, but again....the shades just keep getting better and better. There are some blues and greens in this collection that are just dreamy, plain and simple. So I took my ink brayer and just did a simple rolling technique and applied stripes of color on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 card base. I cut several layers of cardstock using the "thanks" word die and then glued them all together before adhering the stacked sentiment on to my card.



So in case you didn't notice, this card doesn't take a master's degree to put together. That's why I love bold and beautiful word die cuts like this one, because it takes the work out of designing an eye catching card.

Now, it's time for a deep breath.

Cause, I'm venturing into cross stitch territory, and lemme just tell you--THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. So grab your coffee and possibly your tranquilizers so you can stay calm if you attempt to combine cross stitch with this stamp set.



So I stamped the same Chevron Cheer set on to my CPD cardstock, and then I spent a RIDICULOUS amount of time poking holes into my cardstock to create the cross stitch holes. Drop the dumbbells, cause you won't need any arm workout for the rest of the week if you do this. After you poke the holes, you'll want to just choose some thread color that you like and stitch away!



Stamp the sentiment in black ink and then slap some foam tape on the back of your cross stitched panel before placing it on your cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. I added some coordinating washing tape to the sides just to help the cross stitched panel jump off the card base a bit.

All right, people. For those of you who are just in it to win it, let's get on to the details of the blog hop!


Catherine Pooler Designs is giving away 2 complete sets of Zen Garden inks on each day of the Blog Hop! Just hop along to all the blogs and leave a comment on each post for a chance to win!

Here is the complete list for Day 1 of the Blog Hop:


  1. Kelly Martin>> You are here!  

Thanks again for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the new release!

Hugs,
Kelly



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lucky Charm Release 3 Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome, Friends!

If you've just come the amazing Carissa Wiley's blog, then you're in the right place! Also, I never thought I would say that sentence. But let's not dwell on the surreal feeling of that.



Thanks for joining in the fun to celebrate Heffy Doodle's Release 3! I was just dying a little inside with cuteness overload when I saw the sketches for this release a long time ago.

Today I've got this colorful leprechaun card for your enjoyment. I never really thought of leprechauns and St. Patrick's Day as being great inspiration for cute cards, but these are totally adorable!



I started off by stamping the images from the Lucky Friends stamp set on to white cardstock. I colored the images with copic markers, used the matching dies and then set them aside.

Leprechauns immediately make me think of pots of gold, which then immediately make me think of RAINBOWS--how about you?! Because I knew I wanted to incorporate a rainbow into this card, I was searching for a creative way to do that.



Enter the Stitched Strips of Ease dies! They make PERFECT rainbow strips!

I colored the stitched strips of ease with my copic markers and then glued them to my card base.

After I had my diagonal rainbow going on, I mounted my leprechaun images on to some foam tape and then placed them on my card base so that it looked like the leprechaun was sitting on top of the rainbow with all his gold next to him!



I finished off the card by stamping my sentiment on to the card base in black ink. I  noticed that my leprechaun looked a little flat, so I added some details to his hat and his socks with a white gel pen.

Ok, I know you guys just skimmed this post to get to the good stuff, so I won't keep you in suspense any longer.

How would you like to win PRIZES?!

Hop along to the other blogs listed below. A random winner will be selected for a £25 gift certificate and free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. To be eligible, leave comments across the entire blog hop by 11:59 PM PST on 2/15/2018. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog. We are grateful for your kind comments and support of Heffy Doodle!


Thanks again for stopping by and thanks for celebrating Release 3 with us!

Have a Heffy Doodle Day!

Kelly


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Love Is In The Air Release Day!

Hey Crafters!

Today's the day you've been waiting for! The January 2018 Stamp of Approval release is live in the Catherine Pooler Designs shop! Find it here.



To celebrate the release of this fabulous collection, I'm sharing a card with you that reflects one of my loves: travelling! Where is your most favorite place you've ever been? I'd love to hear about your travel adventures, so leave a comment and share your stories! Y'all wouldn't BELIEVE some of the crazy stuff that has happened to me while going abroad. Seriously....you can't make this stuff up!

You'll want to reach for the stamps and dies from the Bon Voyage set and various Catherine Pooler Designs inks. I also pulled in one of the stamps from The World Awaits stamp set--don't you love to challenge yourselves by combining stamps from different sets?



Cut and score a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and set it aside. Do yourself a favor and use Catherine Pooler Designs premium white cardstock, because it's PERFECT for card bases. It's thick and sturdy! Stamp the suitcase images on some cardstock scraps, because you'll be die cutting them. Also, can we just take a minute to complain about the fact that there is a DEPRESSING lack of cute luggage on the market that does not also cost 1 skillion dollars? I feel like my expectations are low...give me something relatively cute and that won't require me to take out a 2nd mortgage on my house to own. Unreasonable?! I think not.



Back to the card base. Use a second generation stamping technique to stamp the faded compasses on the background and then double stamp the sentiment in the center of the card to create the focal point. Use the heart/arrow images on either side of the sentiment to create the look of movement.



Glue the die cut suitcases on to the card base as well, and then finish off the card by stamping the border image on the bottom.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you're inspired to do some fun creating with your Stamp of Approval collection! We are having TONS of fun over at StampNation gabbing about the release. Now is a perfect time to join us as a member! Find out more information about StampNation here

Bon Voyage,
Kelly

Monday, January 8, 2018

Stamp of Approval Blog Hop!



Hey Stampers!

Oh my goodness, can you FEEL THE EXCITEMENT???? We crafters are nothing, if not reeeeeally skilled at stringing out a moment, you feel me?!?! You've come to hear about the Stamp of Approval collection, so climb aboard the crazy train and let's go!

But before we get to the card, let's talk about the Stamp of Approval Collection. If you aren't familiar with it, the Stamp of Approval collection is an exclusive collection of crafting goodies that are boxed up in a fantastic package to keep you crafting for weeks and months on end! The items in the collection are designed exclusively for the package and are not available individually for many more months after the collection is released. Find out more about the Stamp of Approval collection here, and be sure to subscribe to the wait list to be notified of the sales link, because the collections sell out VERY quickly! AND....spoiler alert: Surprises!



Existing on this earth are only two kinds of people: Those who love surprises, and those who are wrong. And that is all there is to say about surprise items in the SOA collection. But back to the cards...

The first card uses the Suburst Die from the collection. Look at this die and tell me you don't immediately think of fireworks?? After cutting and scoring a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of CPD premium white cardstock for a card base, you'll want to set it aside and then cut a panel with the same measurements.



Don't you just love using old faithful card-making techniques like ink smooshing? Techniques like this will save your bacon every single day. You'll want to use a mystery goodie in the box along with your favorite Catherine Pooler inks for the background. Smoosh the inks on to an acrylic block, spray the block with water, and then use the block to smoosh the ink around on your card panel. Heat set the panel and then repeat the ink smooshing and heat setting process all over again until you get the layers you want.



Then, grab your Sunburst die to cut several pieces from Catherine Pooler premium white cardstock. Layer them up around the panel to create your faux fireworks. BONUS: These fireworks are so safe, even a baby could handle them! ☺Now take a deep breath cause the hardest part is over!
Use a few stamps from The World Awaits stamp set in the collection to create the sentiment panel. If you prefer a bolder sentiment, double stamp the sentiment and then die cut it with one of the small dies from the Postage Stamp die set in the collection. And now here's your chance to use up some odds and ends in your scrap drawer! I chose random enamel dots that matched the ink colors, but you could use sequins, Nuvo drops, or anything else that strikes your fancy! Adhere the panel to your scored card base.



Bear with me while I swoon over these hot air balloons!!! Have you ever been on a hot air balloon ride? Definitely a bucket list item for me. For the second card, pull out the Love Is In The Air stamp and die set. You'll want to grab your favorite Catherine Pooler inks again, too!



Cut and score your 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and then cut a panel of the same dimensions. You'll want to mask off the bottom portion of the card and then use an ink blending tool and your favorite blue shade to create the sky. Then, stamp the hot air balloon images, die cut them out, and glue them to the panel. Die cut the clouds from the same cardstock and glue them to the panel as well, tucking them behind some balloons and then leaving them in front of some balloons. This will give you depth and variation to the panel. Choose a sentiment from the set and stamp it in the masked off bottom portion, and then finish off the card by gluing the panel to your card base.



Time to get to the good stuff!



Thanks again for stopping by for the hop. Be sure to hop along to the other designer's blogs and leave a comment at each blog for a chance to win the entire Love Is In The Air Stamp of Approval Collection, or a $100 gift certificate to Catherine Pooler Designs if you've already purchased your collection. One winner will be randomly chosen each day from that day's blog posts. The blog hop started January 6th and ends today, January 8th. The winner will be announced on Catherine Pooler's blog on January 10th. Here are today's posters:

1. Catherine Pooler
2. Lydia Evans
3. Cynde Whitlow
4. Laurel Beard
5. Lisa Harrolle
6. Kelly Martin--you are here!
7. Ashlea Cornell
8. Maureen Merritt

Good luck and happy creating!

Kelly