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!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog!

Today is such an exciting day, so I hope you're ready for another really great release! The newest Catherine Pooler products are available for purchase now! You can find the entire release here.

For our first card, I couldn't wait to break out that BEAUTIFUL patterned paper! Can we just take a minute to realize that I JUST CAN'T EVEN with this paper and the fact that it coordinates with CP Inks!! When I opened the package, I seriously said out loud, "You just shut your face with this stuff, Catherine." The products just keep getting better and better.

When you've got patterned paper that you're not quite sure what to do with, my advice is to go clean and simple--and that's exactly what I did for this card. I cut some square pieces of the patterned paper, mounted them with fun foam and then glued them down on to my 4 x 5.25 inch card panel. I then chose a sentiment and heart image from the Bon Voyage Stamp set (an item in a previous SOA collection also being released!) and stamped it in Grape Crush, one of the coordinating ink colors. I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of the patterned paper and glued it flat on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base to finish it off.

For the next card, I incorporated one of my favorite techniques--foiling! I used some transfer gel on the Twisted Sunburst Stencil and then ran it through my laminator with a piece of foil once the gel had dried. I trimmed it down to 4 x 5.25 inches and then adhered it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

I stamped some of the images from the Say It In Diamonds set with Grape Crush and All that Jazz inks and then trimmed them down. I also created some matte pieces to go behind the images by cutting out some scraps slightly bigger than my diamond images and applying the matching inkes on to the edges. I then popped the assembled piece up with fun foam and glued them down on to my card panel.

Now, on to the PRIZES!

Comment on each stop along the blog hop for a chance to win TWO free ink pads (and free shipping)! Winners will be announced Friday evening, June 22 on Catherine Pooler's blog.

Here is the lineup for today:

1. Catherine Pooler 
2. Josefine Fouarge
3. Jen Carter
4. Ashlea Cornell
5. Melissa Miller
6. Kelly Martin (you are here!)
7. Karen Baker (go here next!)
8. Illina Crouse

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Say it in Diamonds, Bon Voyage
Stencil: Twisted Sunburst
Inks: Grape Crush, All That Jazz, Midnight
Paper: Catherine Pooler Premium white cardstock, Paisley and Peacocks Patterned paper
Miscellaneous: Thermoweb Deco Foil in Platinum, iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Gel

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Heffy Doodle Birthday Blog Hop!

Hey Heffy Doodlers!

Can you feel the excitement?! It's our first birthday and we've got a great party lined up for you!

It has been such a fun experience to have a small part in the rise of this company. Lesley (our fearless leader and captain of all things Heffy Doodle) is one of the sweetest and most adorable people I know, and I am just so tickled to see all the good things that have come her way as a result of her hard work. 

You can't have a birthday party without a birthday card, am I right?! So today's card is all about birthdays. 

Confession: I am about to lose my mind with how many scraps of cardstock I have lying about in my craft room! So I was determined to put those to good use! You don't have to waste any of your scraps if you don't want to, and here's a great way to recycle them.

I cut up a bunch of my cardstock scraps into thin strips. I glued and placed them on to a trimmed cardstock panel (4 x 5.25 inches). I laid them on a diagonal angle so I could hide the fact that I'm not the best at making any straight lines! 

After I was done creating the background, I cut out two different scallop pieces using a Lawn Fawn scallop die. I glued those on to the card panel and then worked on my images.The newest Heffy Doodle release has a fantastic birthday themed stamp set, so I was excited to use it! I stamped them in a copic safe black ink and then colored them in with my copic markers. I used the matching die set to cut them out and then added some fun details with a white gel pen

I used some foam tape to adhere my cake images on to my card panel to give some fun dimension. I then used one of the sentiment stamps from the new release to make my greeting. I trimmed it down and then mounted it on to the card using foam tape as well. 

To finish off the card, I glued the entire panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and let's get to the good stuff on the birthday blog hop details!

Two lucky winners will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each stop on the blog to qualify. Comment eligibility will close on 6/23/2018 at 12pm PDT

Winners will be announced on June 24th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

Here is the blog hop lineup:

If you haven't checked out the newest release, you're really missing out! Find the newest release here.

AAAND, If you've made it to the end of this post, here is a REALLY special announcement:

My blog readers can receive 20% off their order by using code: HeffyBirthday2u (Coupon is only available on the Heffy Doodle site from June 13th -June 17th).

Thanks again for stopping by and have fun hopping and shopping!


Friday, June 1, 2018

Heffy Doodle June 2018 Release

Hi There!

So glad to have you here on my blog today. If you've just come from the Heffy Doodle Blog, then you're in the right place!

This new release is just so amazing. Some great brand new products that we've never had before like stencils and background dies, in addition to adorable new stamp and die sets, of course. :) You can find the entire release here

The card I made for today showcases the new Oceans of Love stamp and die set. 

I stamped my images in a copic safe black ink and then colored them with my copic markers. I used the matching dies to cut out the images and then set them aside.

I also created a watercolor panel by smooshing distress inks on to an acrylic block, spraying the block with water and then pressing the block on the watercolor paper. 

When it was dry, I trimmed down the panel a bit and set it aside. 

I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel of white cardstock and then die cut a square window out of it, using a Lawn Fawn stitched square stackable die. 

I mounted the window piece on to the watercolor panel with foam tape so that there was some dimension to the card. I then adhered my images around the assembled card panel, alternating with foam tape and liquid glue, making sure that the images could be popped up off the card on the watercolor area, but flat against the white window area. 

After the images were all adhered to the card, I stamped the sentiment and adhered the entire panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel. 

Now let's get to the blog hop details!

One lucky winner will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each stop on the hop to qualify. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 8th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

Here is the lineup:

Kelly Martin (you are here!)

Thanks again for stopping by today! 

Supplies Used:

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Rainbow of Thanks

Welcome, Friends!

Thanks for stopping by today for another card that features the new Wild and Wonderful Release from Catherine Pooler Designs. If you still haven't checked out the release, you can find all the products here.

For some reason, every time I create with my Catherine Pooler products, I'm always inspired to do rainbows and really vibrantly colorful projects.

Today is no exception!

I used the Kaleidoscope Background stamp and the Carnivale Ink collection to make this lil' beauty. In case you didn't know this, the Catherine Pooler inks blend SO WELL! I love that these inks take all the frustration out of ink blending. It's a joy to create with products that make creating effortless!

I cut a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel, masked off the bottom portion of the card with post it note tape, inked up the background stamp with Versamark ink, and then laid my cardstock panel on top of the stamp to apply the ink. I was careful not to shift the paper! I applied my white embossing powder and then heat set it.

Now it's time for the fun part!

I used an ink blending tool to apply the inks on to my card panel, watching the embossing portion resist the ink. I used a cloth to buff off the excess ink. I kept the post it note tape on the panel this entire time, knowing that I wanted to stamp my sentiment on the bottom portion of the card.

I used a sentiment from the Note of Thanks set and Midnight ink to stamp the finishing touches and then reveled in the rainbow beauty!

Thanks again for stopping by today, and happy crafting!


Friday, May 25, 2018

A Colorful Thanks + Sentiment Background + Catherine Pooler Release

Hey There!

Thanks for wandering over to my blog today!

I'm still crushing on this new Wild and Wonderful Release from Catherine Pooler Designs. There are some really beautiful stamp sets in the release as well as TWO NEW INKS, so what's not to love about that?!

You can find the entire release here. The Wonderful Wildflowers set is my favorite!

Today I'm sharing a simple card that carries a huge punch. The Note of Thanks stamp set has some great sentiments in it and is one of the most well-designed "thank you" sets I've seen in a while.

I cut down a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel from watercolor paper  and taped it down to a hard surface. Since I planned to apply watercolor, I taped the paper down so that it would lay flat and take the water better.

I then pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolors and laid a rainbow wash of colors down on my card panel. After I heat set that card panel, I applied some baby powder all over the panel since I knew I wanted to emboss and didn't want the powder to stick to the panel.

After I prepped the card panel with baby powder, I laid it in my MISTI and arranged my stamps all across the panel. I stamped them with Versamark ink, and then applied white embossing powder before heat setting it.

I had a few gaps in my panel, so I placed some stamps in the open areas again and repeated the embossing process until my panel was full.

After the panel was complete, I adhered it to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base to finish off my project.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wild and Wonderful Release Blog Hop

Hey Stampers!

Welcome back to my blog for Day 2 of the Wild and Wonderful release blog hop!

I think my favorite part of this new release are the delicious new ink colors. I feel like these two colors really rounded out some of the rainbow color scheme palettes. When you include Be Mine and All That Jazz--it's a beautiful combination, y'all!!

You can drool over the entire release here.

Let's get to the cards!

The first card incorporates the new ink colors that you'll want to start blending IMMEDIATELY when you receive them! You can use one of the new background stamps and the new ink colors (along with some classics already released) for some awesome emboss resist effects, which I used on this card before trimming that piece down slightly and gluing it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. I also used a black marker to color the edges of the card base to make it look like it was black cardstock. I also incorporated some of the floral images and sentiments from the Focus on the Good stamp and die set.
I shaded those florals with shades of cool gray copic markers and also stamped the sentiment on to a smaller die cut panel. I mounted the smaller sentiment panel with a piece of craft foam and then tucked some of the images underneath the panel and then adhered some to the top as well. Breaking up the images this way helped tie it all together and give visual interest to the card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps and coordinating dies: Focus on the Good, BFF Background
Other Dies: Postage Stamp (January Stamp of Approval Release)
Inks: Party Dress, Limoncello, All That Jazz, Grape Crush
Miscellaneous: Cool Gray Copic Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye ink, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Black

My next card was a little bit out of my comfort zone to make, but I was excited to see how it turned out!
I stamped out some of the images from the Wonderful Wildflowers stamp set and then used the matching dies to cut them out. These images are so fun to color and you can use any coloring medium to get great results! I chose my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.

I cut and scored a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base from the Sand Dunes cardstock collection. I then tore up some pieces of patterned paper from the Black Tie Gala patterned paper collection and glued them on to a piece of vellum cardstock. I pulled up the edges just to make them pop off the card a bit more.

I then glued my floral images on to the card, arranging them in a bouquet fashion. Some I mounted with foam tape and others I glued flat to the card. 
I then stamped a sentiment on to a white cardstock strip and glued it on to the card to finish things off. 

Supplies Used:
Stamps and Coordinating Dies: Wonderful Wildflowers
Miscellaneous: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black 

It's Day 2 of the Release Blog Hop! 

Leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win two free ink pads (and free shipping!) Winners will be announced Friday, May 25 on Catherine's blog. 

2. Kelly Martin (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by today, and happy hopping! 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stamp of Approval Release!


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!


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.


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!