10.18.2017

CAS 06 Water Lilies

Each month the Encouragement Squad hosts an encouragement challenge on the Calling All Sistahs blog.  And, each month I am blown away by the inspiration photo Michele chooses and the design team's incredible work.  I have to admit though, this one just might be my favorite.  It is so soft and feminine and pretty, plus the pink colors are perfect for breast cancer awareness month. 


Here is how I interpreted the photo.  You can use the photo or the colors or both for your inspiration to make a card of encouragement.  I took the 3 candles and the flower and morphed them into 3 water lilies on my card.  I also added a water background with some aqua markers to mimic the water in the bowl.  Obviously I strayed a bit from the original color palette, but that's ok.  I am in LOVE with this card.  It fits my style. The embossing powder has a touch of rose glitter to it that is so pretty in person. 



Stamps: Mon Ami (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 200, 230 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush) Landscape Aqua Markers (Spectrum Noir) Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: Fools Gold Embossing Powder (WOW) Mon Ami Fleur Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps)



Be sure to head on over the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the incredible cards from the rest of the Encouragement Squad and then make your own card to be added to the challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the CASual Fridays Stamps store.  Don't forget to use your coupon code if you plan on doing some shopping.  ;)  If you are like me, every little bit you save helps you add a little bit more to your cart.


10.17.2017

Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post

It is the 17th of the month and that means it is time for the Calling All Sistahs reminder post.  Each month on the 17th we remind you to do your breast self-exams and schedule those yearly mammograms with a blog post and parade of cards on the Calling All Sistahs blog.  Clicky to see that post.  Here is my card for the occassion.


Stamps: Hope Ribbon, Word Ribbon (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 200, 230 (Zig Real Brush Markers) Versamark
Paper: Bristol Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)
Accessories: Fools Gold Embossing Powder (WOW) Hope Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps)


If you want to do some shopping on the Breast Cancer Awareness month, Michele is offering to donate 75% of her profits from the sale of stamps and dies in her Calling All Sistahs line to Breast Cancer Foundation.  Do some shopping and do some good.   Don't forget to use your coupon to save yourself 15%.  




10.10.2017

Winterhaven is Live


The new Stamp of Approval Winterhaven is live and in the shop, along with 2 add-on dies.  Hurry and get yours quickly.   They won't last long!!!

Add Ons:


Plus, one more card for you using the Joy Wreath dies to create a fun background.


First I stamped my sentiment in the lower right corner.  Then I inked it again in Versamark and used embossing powder to make it sparkly.  :)  Next I die cut several Joy sentiments and glued them around the sentiment until I filled up the card.


Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling (SOA-Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Aquatini (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Accessories: Joy Wreath Die (SOA) Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW)


10.09.2017

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 3

It's almost time for the newest Stamp of Approval collection to be released, so you will want to get on the waitlist NOW if you are not already on it.  cpstampofapproval.com  This collection goes beyond the traditional Christmas collection and encompasses the entire season from Christmas, to celebrations, gift tags, thank you and more!  If you aren't familiar with Stamp Of Approval, it is an exclusive collection of stamping products curated by Catherine Pooler.  She puts these collections together in a limited supply for a limited time.  Once they sell out, they are not released for sale until months later and never again in a complete collection at this great price!


Both of my cards today are a take on the traditional Reds & Greens of Christmas.  First up is my Party Dress pink card using the new background stamp along with the Joy Wreath die.  It is so pretty die cut out of glimmer paper, that the card really doesn't need much more.


Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling, Ornamental Background (SOA Winterhaven)
Ink: Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamak
Paper: Champagne Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up) Midnight, Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Joy Wreath Die (SOA Winterhaven) White Embossing Powder (WOW)

To create both cards I first stamped in Versamark using the Ornamental Background stamp, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next I sponged on my color started at the bottom of the card and getting lighter as I moved up.  The difference comes in the colors of ink and the embellishments/sentiments to finish off each card.




My second card is a play on the traditional green using Aqua inks instead.  To jazz up the Joy sentiment I first die cut in white, then sponged on color on the bottom 2/3 of the word.  Next I covered the entire thing in Versamark ink and sprinkled Wanderlust embossing powder over it, heat setting it to bring out the sparkle and shine.  The little sentiment strip was part of a larger sentiment that I masked off, inked in versamark and heat set white embossing powder.   Then I sponged my lightest color over the strip and my darkest just around the edges.

Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling, Ornamental Background (SOA Winterhaven)
Ink: All That Jazz, Aquatini, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamak
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Joy Wreath Die (SOA Winterhaven) Wanderlust Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder (WOW)

The Winterhaven Stamp Of Approval will open up for sale to the waitlist very soon.  You will want to get on that waitlist NOW if you are not already on.  The previous 2 collections sold out within hours of opening up to the waitlist before the link to shop went public. 

Go to:
www.cpstampofapproval.com 
to subscribe.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Seeing what everyone has been creating and commenting for your chance to win a collection for free!


Today is the 3rd day of blog hops.  If you missed the other 2, don't worry, I will link them below.  Make sure you leave a comment on each blog today for your chance to win.  If you get lost on the hop, start at Catherine's blog and work your way down. 

*Up next is the beautifully creative Cynde*


BLOG HOP PRIZE
One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on OCTOBER 11th on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.


Heather *you are here*
Cynde ***GO HERE NEXT***
Taheerah

In case you missed them, you can still comment on the first days of blog hops.
Blog Hop Day 1 Blog Hop Day 2

10.07.2017

Winterhaven Is Coming

How are you spending World Card Making Day?  Winterhaven is coming next week, and blog hops for the new Stamp Of Approval start today.  My blog hop day will be Monday, but I just couldn't wait to start sharing my cards with you!


Stamps: Here We Come A-Caroling, Tis The Season (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: It's A Girl, Rockin' Red, Tutti Frutti, Garden Party, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark 
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs) Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up)
 Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up) Gold Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh)

I took the Tis' The Season stamp set from this collection and paired it with a sentiment from another set in the collection to make this card.  The instructions for this card will be included in the project guide that comes with every Stamp of Approval collection.   Make sure you are on the waitlist to find out when these products are released. cpstampofapproval.com

If you would like to join the first day of blog hops and comment for your chance to win, start HERE at Catherine's blog. 

In case you haven't popped on over to StampNation yet, here are my sneak peeks for 2 of the challenges.






10.05.2017

Exciting Things Coming Soon

There are some exciting things coming this weekend.  First up is World Card Making Day.  (WCMD)  This year I'll be celebrating with my StampNation friends again.  We have so much fun with our challenges and prizes.  It all starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.



Check out all the amazing sponsors that will have prizes!!!  
For those of you who love Stampin' Up, you'll be excited to know they are having a sale this weekend and you can get started early by shopping today. :)


Clicky to see the PDF of what is on sale. 

All month long Designer Series Paper is on sale.  By 3 get 1 free on select styles.  Be sure to add some DSP to your order for maximum savings!


As if that weren't enough, Catherine Pooler has started sharing sneak peeks of the new Stamp Of Approval (SOA) set to release NEXT WEEK!!!!  She will be doing a live Zoom today clicky to register and blog hops start this weekend!!!



It promises to be a very fun craft weekend.   What will you be doing this World Card Making Day?  Whatever it is I hope it includes some crafty fun!


9.27.2017

Best Friend

Wouldn't your bestie love to get this card in the mail?  It was created in the same way as the card I made last month.  Clicky if you missed it.  First I stamped my paisley feathers in rainbow order, then I stamped the inside feather in a lighter shade.  


After I had the focal point stamped out, I die cut it using two different cirles dies.  Then I popped it up with my card base that I stamped down the center with black stripes.  I love the contrast of rainbow, white and black, don't you? 


9.23.2017

Stamping With Aqua Markers

The summer of masterclasses at StampNation is coming to a close, but it's not over yet!  :)  This week and next we have Chrissie Tobas teaching us all about watercolor and especially how to use the Aqua painter markers from Spectrum Noir.  <3   Yesterday I shared a little sneak peek of my challenge card. My card today came from a little experiment using the aqua painters to color my stamp before I stamped. 


I should have made a video on this to show you how I did it, but I was just playing with my new markers and experimenting with different ideas.  I created the background first by scribbling the markers on my craft sheet and then adding lots of water before dipping my watercolor paper in it.  Once the background was dry I colored my stamp and lightly spritzed it with water before stamping it down.  I was THRILLED with the outcome.  It reminds me of a soft focus picture.  After stamping the greeting I die cut the panel, then decided I just couldn't throw the outer edge away, so I used the inlaid die cut technique to assemble my card.  



After that I added some heart confetti.  Not sure if I like it or not.  In real life they catch the light, and much prettier than in the picture, but this picture captures the colors of the background and birds better than the other.  ;) 


Want to see more ideas on watercoloring with Aqua markers?  Check out the current masterclass at StampNation here.



Stamps: My Sunshine (Crafter's Companion by Spectrum Noir)
Ink: Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz) Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Aqua Painters in Earth and Landscape bundles (Spectrum Noir) Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) MISTI tool





9.22.2017

Aqua-inted with Aqua Markers

We are wrapping up the summer of masterclasses at StampNation with one last class from our very own Chrissie Tobas.  This might just be one of my favorites because I love the look of watercolor and I'm always on the hunt for new ideas, tips & techniques.  Of course I signed up this week's challenge at StampNation. It is to add water.  Here is a sneak peek of my card.


Stamps: My Sunshine (Crafter's Companion) Enchanted Garden (SugarPea Designs)

Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Cardstock: Midnight, White (CPD) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Aqua Painter Bundles in Earth and Landscape (Spectrum Noir)
Clear Embossing Powder (SU)



To go along with this masterclass we also have a challenge and a HUGE prize pack from Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir.  Clicky to check it out.



I didn't stop here.  I have another card coming tomorrow using my new Spectrum Noir Aqua markers, so you'll want to be sure to check back with me and see it.  




9.18.2017

Puffy Heart Love You ~ CAS05

Everybody loves getting happy mail and what better mail than a note of encouragement?  That is why we bring you the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge each month.  It's a fun way to build your stash of cards that will brighten someone's day.  Here is this month's inspiration photo.  You can use something from the photo OR the colors OR both.


It reminds me of the sunset we saw last week at Cannon Beach.  There is just something magnificent when God paints the sky like this!



Stamps: Puffy Heart Love (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Bellini, It's A Girl, Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Tiara, Tutti Frutti, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Desgins)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Glitter Enamel Dots (SU)



Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the magnificent beauties the Encouragement Squad has come up with!   Then add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to CASual Fridays Stamps.