Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Home For the Holidays Release Day!

Hey there, crafters!

Today's the day you've been waiting for!

The new Stamp of Approval collection is now available for purchase over at the Catherine Pooler shop! 

You can very easily re-create this card that I'm sharing today, so let's get right down to it!

Start out by cutting and scoring a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. Go ahead and decide what you're going to do for the sentiment now, because in order to keep this card one-layer, I had to mask off the bottom area for the sentiment right away. 

After I masked off the sentiment area, I used the Cozy Borders set and alternated the images and inks to create this background pattern.

Once I was finished with the background stamping, I stamped a sentiment and then added a small image from the Festive Trimmings set.

For a finished edge, I laid down a small strip of double sided tape right above the sentiment and then applied some foil over the double sided tape, using a bone folder to rub in the foil on to the tape strip.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're heading over to the Catherine Pooler shop RIGHT NOW to go get your collection before they sell out!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Holiday Mix, Cozy Borders, Festive Trimmings
Inks: Peppermint Scrub, Eucalyptus, Midnight, Sand Castle
Accessories: Thermoweb Deco Foil in Platinum

Monday, September 17, 2018

Home for the Holidays SOA Release Blog Hop!

Welcome, Friends!

Thanks so much for joining me today as we take a look at the newest Stamp of Approval collection from Catherine Pooler Designs.

Every release keeps getting better and better--and this one is no exception!!

First a couple details about the Stamp of Approval collection. This is an exclusive collection and the products were designed specifically for the box. The items in the box are BRAND NEW, and they won't be available separately to purchase for several months. You'll need to subscribe to the waitlist first so you can get the notification to get first dibs on the sale. And these collections usually sell out VERY quickly, so don't delay! Get on the waitlist here.

Let's get to the cards!

I love clean and simple cards. I'm telling you guys--these make such an impact with minimal effort.

Start out by stamping the images from the Festive Trimmings set on to white cardstock. Cut them out, (using the matching dies), and then glue them on a card panel in a wreath pattern. To add further dimension and variation to the wreath, choose some pieces to glue flat on the card and then others to mount with foam tape before placing them down on the card panel.

After the wreath is finished, stamp a sentiment in the middle of the wreath to finish off your panel.

Now it's time to assemble the card. Cut and score a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base made with Sand Dunes cardstock. Trim down your wreath card panel on the long sides by just a bit and glue on to the middle of the card base. For an added "finished" look, trim down two small strips of white cardstock, and cover them with red ink. Glue the strips on to the card, placing them up against the white panel that has the wreath on it.

Now we're on to the next card, and please--try to keep your stomach from growling as you look at this card. I DARE YOU!!

Start out by cutting and scoring a white piece of cardstock down to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

Use the Christmas Cookies die set to cut out the round cookie pieces from white cardstock. Cover the circle pieces with Sand Castle ink and then use a sponge dauber to apply Over Coffee ink to the edges of the cookie pieces, giving them that "baked to perfection" look.

Choose some of the cookie images and stamp them on to white cardstock and use the matching dies to cut them out. Glue those cookie images on to the brown cookie pieces and then mount them with foam tape before placing them on the card base.

Stamp the sentiment in the lower right hand corner, using the matching Over Coffee ink from the cookies.

Now, you can choose whatever image you want to fill in the empty spaces on the card! I chose the holly berry images from the Festive Trimmings set.

On to the blog hop details!

Hop along to each post on the list below and leave a comment for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler shop! The winners will be announced September 24th on Catherine's blog. 

2. Kelly Martin (you are here!)
3. Lisa Harrolle (go here next!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy stamping!


Supplies Used:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Heffy Doodle + Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Release!

Hey Friends!

Oh my goodness, the excitement cannot be contained!!

It's STAMPtember! And Simon Says Stamp is collaborating with Heffy Doodle on an exclusive stamp set that's being released today!

The stamp set is called "More Than S'mores" and as you can see, it basically has all your fall favorites covered, am I right?!

I created a card for today's post and I hope you get inspired to drop your dollars for this one-of-a-kind set. 

I began by using a Birth Tree Window die and cutting it out of a piece of watercolor paper. After I'd created my window piece, I broke out my Distress Inks and painted the scene. I was feeling inspired to create a dusk/sunset type sky and ground, so I used some deeper shades of blue and green to achieve that look. 

I then stamped my images on to copic friendly cardstock, colored them, and fussy-cut them out. I glued them on to my watercolored piece and then glued that whole piece on to a cut and scored card base. 

I finished off the card by stamping out the two sentiment phrases on white cardstock strips and then glued those strips down on my card. 

Thanks for stopping by today and you can find this adorably exclusive set here WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

Happy Stamping!


Supplies Used:

Dies: Birch Tree Window (Simon Says Stamp)
Stamps: More Than S'Mores (Simon Says Stamp)
Inks: Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough, Ground Espresso, Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, Broken China, Peeled Paint 
Copics: C1, C3, C5, E50, E53, E55, E57

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Back to Basics with Catherine Pooler!

Hey Friends!

The Catherine Pooler genuisues are hosting a super fun event right now, and I'm here to tell you all about it! 

You can find the awesome videos in the Back to Basics series here and you can read all about the series here , but basically the big idea behind this series is to encourage cardmakers not to forget their basic stamping and cardmaking skills! Sometimes we tend to get bogged down with pressure to create these really elaborate cards, but often times--a clean and simple card with just the basics has the most impact!

Today's card utilizes one simple technique: masking. Everything else is really basic and easy!

Start out by cutting and scoring a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

Use a piece of masking tape, washi tape, or even a post-it note to mask off the right side of your card, and then using the different pattern stamps in the For Everything set and rainbow colors of CP inks, stamp your border section on the left side of the card. 

After you've finished creating your left side, you can take off your masking component and then stamp a simple sentiment and image in the bottom right corner of the card. 

I chose to add a strip of gold glitter paper to my card, and I also mounted an additional panel with fun foam and glued it on to the card, just to give some added dimension and interest. 

So shush your internal voice telling you that your cards have to be really complex and go back to the basics! To add some fun to the series, the Catherine Pooler shop is offering a super fun sale!

Run over to the shop and stock up on some essentials to get your crafting mojo back!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies Used:

Friday, August 17, 2018

Kind of Batty Blog Hop Day 3!

Hey Friends! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you came from Catherine's blog, you're in the right place! And you know what?! It's totally okay if you're here just for the chance to comment and win prizes. Cause.....I would totally do the same thing LOL!

Today I'm sharing two more cards featuring products from the newest release, and you can find the entire kit and caboodle of awesome products right here!

Let's get to the cards!

Are you a DIY-er? I'm not be honest, I spend so much time crafting that the thought of coming up with other ways to do DIY stuff around my house makes me want to take a nap! But you can combine the DIY mindset into the crafting mindset and guess what you get?

A DIY Cover Plate!

Just take your leaf dies from the Hello Autumn set and die cut them repeatedly across a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 inch cardstock and, voila! You've got yourself a die cut background made from your DIY cover plate.

Start off by creating a background of some kind (I choose to create a watercolor background from various Catherine Pooler inks), and then mount your die cut background piece with foam tape, adhere it on to your watercolor background, and you'll be set to go! Just add a sentiment (I chose to emboss a greeting from the stamp set on to a strip of vellum), and then you've got yourself a beautiful card!

One additional thing I did on this card was stamp the inside layers of the leaf images with the new Twilight ink, to give some added depth and dimension on the leaves. I also added a bit of twine to tie in the gray shades on the leaves.

Okay next--who doesn't love a good rainbow card?! This card was so much fun to make, and it was REALLY easy!

I stamped the Angled Squares background stamp on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of watercolor cardstock with a light water-soluble ink.

I then smooshed various CP inks on to an acryllic block, picked them up with my waterbrush, and then painted them on to my cardstock, following the lines of the stamp to create the bands of color.

After the background was completed, you can kick it up a notch and add some details with a white gel pen!

I stamped the "kind" word from the Kind of Wonderful set and then colored in the tiny floral images with sparkle markers, and then I used the Three of a Kind die to cut out the word before gluing it on to the shadow piece that the die cuts out. I chose to cut my shadow piece out of vellum.

I adhered the entire kind word (with the vellum shadow piece) on to my background, and then chose to add a couple words on to a separate white strip and glue that down as well. I then trimmed down the panel a bit and glued it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

At this point, you can add a finished edge along the top and bottom of the rainbow panel however you want! I chose to tie in the black sentiment by adding strips of black washi tape.

Thanks again for joining us on another day of blog hops!

Hop along to each blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler Shop! Winners will be announced on Monday, August 20. 

2. Kelly Martin (you are here!)

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Kind of Wonderful, Angled Squares, Hello Autumn
Accessories: Copic Spica Glitter Pens, Twine

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Craft Stash Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

We've got such a fun hop lined up for you today, but before I get to the card let me rabbit trail for a minute.

I'm SO thankful to have found this wonderful crafting community. So many people that I've never even met have been some of the kindest I know. Crafty friends are some of my favorite people to just sit around and gab with. During a recent gab session I was having with some of my crafty friends on the Catherine Pooler team, this idea to do a blog hop that utilizes our hoarded crafty stash was born!

So today I am using some products from Ranger that I bought a long time ago but just haven't used yet. Let me tell you....I think these stamp sets are the best kept secret in the stamping community! The price point is truly unbeatable and I just LOVE the handlettered look of these sets.

For today's card, I used my alcohol inks, a floral image from the Catherine Pooler Bloomin' Bouquet stamp set, and the Thank You Letter It stamp set

I started out by applying multiple colors of alcohol inks on to Yupo paper. I then used my floral image stamp along with some Archival ink to create the ghost floral images. I trimmed down the alcohol ink panel and then set glued it down flat on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and set it aside.

I took a white piece of cardstock and used a 4-bar rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to cut a window/frame piece. I then cut a piece of acetate out for the purpose of creating a clear window. I applied an anti static tool to the front and then stamped my thanks sentiment in Versamark Ink. I applied Liquid Platinum embossing powder and then heat set it.

I adhered my clear acetate piece to the pack of my window piece that I created. I applied some foam tape to the border of the window panel and then laid it down on to my card base which had the alcohol ink piece glued on to it already.

I love creating these window cards because I love the dimension that the foam tape gives to the frame piece and the shadows that the bold embossing gives on to the alcohol ink piece below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to drag out some of your items in your crafty stash that you haven't tried yet!

On to the prizes!

Comment on each blog for all three days of our hops and you'll be eligible to win one of these great prizes! Winners will be drawn and notified on Sunday, July 23rd. This will give you plenty of time to work through all three days of hops!

Prizes: Six Total - Must comment on all the blogs all three days for these:

1. Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 each)
2. Cas-ual Fridays - $25 Gift Card
3. Catherine Pooler - $25 Gift Card
4. Stamplorations - $20 Gift Card
5. Right At Home - $20 Gift Card

Additionally, there are several friends on our hops who are doing individual giveaways as well!

1. Ingrid - Prize Pack
2. Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
3. Ilina - Prize Pack
4. Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler Gift Card
5. Nanette - Catherine Pooler Prize Pack

Here are all three days of the hops. Please keep in mind that tomorrow's hop won't be live until 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time!

Day 1, July 9th:

Day 2, July 10th:
3. Kelly Martin (You are here!)

Day 3, July 11th:

Thanks again for stopping by and happy hopping!


Monday, June 25, 2018

WOW + Stamp of Approval Blog Hop!

Hey there, Stampers!

Welcome to my blog!

I'm excited to share today's cards with you as part of a collaboration between Catherine Pooler Designs and WOW.

If you're not familiar with either the Catherine Pooler Designs products or the WOW products, you can head here to check out Catherine's shop and here to check out the WOW shop.

Today's cards feature a previously released Stamp of Approval collection from Catherine Pooler and some fantastic embossing powders from WOW.

I thought it would be fun to create a notecard set for today's project, so I trimmed down some white cardstock pieces to be a little smaller than a 4-bar size.

I stamped the images from The World Awaits set in Versamark ink on to my cardstock, and then used various colors of WOW Embossing powder. I heat set the images until the powder melted and then set them aside to let them cool.

To give some fun interest to the notecards, I used the Postage Stamp Dies to cut out my cardstock panels. I then cut a few standard 4-bar size cardstock mattes, and used an ink blending tool to apply various Catherine Pooler inks to the edges. I chose inks that coordinated with my embossing powders, and check out the match?!?! Couldn't have planned it any better!

I used a gray copic marker to outline and blend out the edges of my embossed images to make them pop off the card a little more. This is a great trick to have in your arsenal if you feel like your card is falling a little flat. Adding a cast shadow with your copics can step up the entire card quite a bit.

I then used the same inks and stamped a sentiment from the same set on to a cardstock strip and cut a "v" shape into the end, creating a banner. I popped that sentiment banner up with foam tape and adhered it down to my card. For the bright yellow card, I used a blank ink because I knew the yellow would be just a bit too bright with everything else going on in that card!

I glued the embossed card panels on to my larger ink blended panel, and then glued that whole assembly on to a cut and scored 4-bar note card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We have a some fun prizes lined up for you, so here are the details!

WOW is giving away any 6 powders from your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store you powders safely in!

Catherine Pooler Designs is giving away 1 set of Life of the Party Inks (Party dress, Tutti Fruitti, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Something Borrowed, Flirty Fuchsia). 

The winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all the posts of this blog hop. Find out the details of when the winners will be announced over at Catherine's blog.

Here is the blog hop lineup!

Kelly Martin (You are here!)
Laurel Beard (Go here next!)

Thanks again for stopping by and happy hopping!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

You're A Star!

Hey Friends!

Welcome back!

I've got another card to share with you today that uses some of the fabulous products from the new Catherine Pooler Sunny with a Side of Sparkle release! You can find the entire release here.

Anytime I'm feeling in a creative slump, I always busy out my alcohol inks for a beautiful, low-effort background. I used my favorite rainbow combination of colors for today's card and then used the Starlight Dies set to cut out star windows in my background.

(My favorite rainbow color combination of Alcohol Inks is Flamingo, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Limeade, Sailboat Blue, and Purple Twilight).

I turned that background over and then put a TON of foam tape on the back before laying it down on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

I then used the Starlights stamp set to create the sentiment piece, trimmed it down and also adhered it with foam tape before laying it down on my card. I used the word die from the Starlight Dies set to cut a few white layers of the word, stacked them on top of each other, and then stamped out the "star" word from the stamp set on the top layer. I then glued that stacked sentiment down to the card to finish everything off!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to check out the new release!

Happy Crafting!