Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Fall Inspired - The Paper Players

It's past Labor Day - let the fall inspiration begin.  The Paper Players kicked off their challenge this week with an inspiration photo that was all about fall!


I created a card using some fall stamps and dies.  It's still green outside, but before we know it the leaves will be falling.  I used all Catherine Pooler products for this one. 

And the signs of fall will be all around.  (OK, minus the sequins.) 

 I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Thankful

Stamps and Dies:  Hey Pumpkin Stamp Set and Dies and Bushels of Love Stamp Set and Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Icing on the Cake, Daydream, Twilight, Mandarin Spice, Orange Peel, Hot Tub, Green Tea, Lemongrass (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper:  Premium White Cardstock and Fall Pick-n-mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Other: Mystic Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Monday, September 5, 2022

Today is Looking Bright

I love a card created with repetition.  I often struggle with placement, even with a stamping platform tool, so it definitely takes patience and practice.  For me, it's more about the patience.  This card was inspired by the Inspirational Challenge.  

I went a bit CAS for this one.  Lots of repetition, and a bit of rainbow color. 

I'm a huge fan of glass that looks like glass.  Some Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart was my finishing touch, along with some sparkle for my beverage accompaniments. 

Rainbow projects make the day brighter.  Gather up your best ROYGBP and get busy!  


Supplies Used - Today is Looking Bright

Stamps and Dies:  Good Times Bits and Borders Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight, Party Dress, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Grape Crush (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper:  Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life);

Other: Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart); Diamond Stickles (Ranger); Cookies and Cream Twine (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

It's Snow Time

A little sledding for Christmas Card Throwdown

Used some of my favorite products from Catherine Pooler Designs.

 Be safe little downhill bunny! 

 I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - It's Snow Time

Stamps and Dies:  Bunny Slopes Stamp Set and Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight and Twilight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Elementary Midtones and Hair & Skin Tones Highlight Pigmented Watercolor Pencils (Nuvo);

Paper: Premium White Cardstock and Holiday Whimsy Pattern Paper (Catherine Pooler); Watercolor Paper (Canson);

Other: Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Diamond Stickles (Ranger);

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Birthday Change the Scene

The Lawn Fawnatics challenge was "Change the Scene".  I went with a little surprise package for a birthday celebration.  

I started with some scraps of pattern paper from a mini album I had just put together.

Once I had the celebratory paper in hand, I did my bet to match up some Copics and stamped and colored my images.  I'm a novice at the Magic Pictures Changer, so the hardest part was match the images up in the write spot.  First try didn't line up.  Second try I had a marker that went rogue.  And so try three got me there!

I can't wait to play around with this die a bit more.  

Appreciated the challenge!


Supplies Used - Birthday Wishes Shaker

Stamps and Dies:  Magic Picture Changer Dies w/Add On Dies and Birthday Before & After Stamp Set (Lawn Fawn);

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler Inks); Copic Markers

Paper:  It's My Party DSP (Stampin' Up);  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah);

Other:  Cincinnati Sequins (Catherine Pooler Designs); Black Shimmer Trim (Close To My Heart);


Monday, July 18, 2022

Clouds and Stitching for Just Add Ink

Just Just Add Ink challenge this week was Just Add Two . . . 


 I chose the clouds and the stitching.  Who can resist some stitching!


I went to Lawn Fawn for this one.  I had some owl images that were begging to be colored.  



 Just add clouds and a shaker window or two, for Just Add Two! 


I love my Lawn Fawn.  I hope you find some time to create today!


Supplies Used - Happy

Stamps and Dies:  Special Delivery Stamp Set and Dies, Special Delivery Add-on Stamp Set; Scallop Slimline with Hearts Portrait Die, Big Scripty Word Die, All the Clouds Stamp Set and Die (Lawn Fawn);

Ink & Embossing:  Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento); Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler) Various Copic Markers; White Gel Pen (Uchida)

Paper: Solar White and Desert Storm Cardstock (Neenah); Be Mine Pattern Paper (Pebbles);

Other: Pierre Sequin Mix, Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Sherbet Shimmer Glitter Drops, Simply White Crystal Drops, Pink Orchid Crystal Drops (Nuvo); Diamond Stickles (Ranger);

Sunday, July 17, 2022

A Gator Ate My "H"!

I was inspired to make a humorous card for Little Red Wagon.  I wasn't sure where my card was going, but eventually it ended with the gator eating my H! 


The front of my card has a pop-up element.  The sentiment and alligator are one-half inch out from the card in an element that was really easy to create and fold in to fit into an A2 envelope. 

Originally I had my alligator biting the "H", and then before I knew it, he chomped it right off.  

You can never predict what the critters on your card are going to do. 

Happy crafting!


Supplies Used - Happy Birthday - Oh Happy Day!

Stamps and Dies:  Party Animals and Oh Confetti Stamp Sets and Dies and Grass Border Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight, Martini, Garden Party (Catherine Pooler Inks); Jet Black Ink (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers;

Paper: Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs); Solar White Cardstock (Neenah);

Other: Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Black, Stardust and Clear Glaze Pens (Sakura);

Thanks a Melon

 "Blending In" was the creative prompt at Shopping Our Stash.  And blending in was the process for my card today.  I used supplies from Concord & 9th's Summer Camp, and chose the watermelon stencil to create my card.   

Blending for watermelon slices is absolutely the perfect way to color them, because watermelon has so much variation in shading.  So I really loved how these came out on my card.  


Admittedly, I struggled a bit with my seeds.  I used Art Alchemy Matte Wax in Charcoal Black, and when lifting the stencil there were some stray splatters and drag marks.  Grrrr!  It's more noticeable in the pictures than it is on the actual card.  

I hope you find some time to do some creative blending today.  



Supplies Used - Thanks a Melon

Stamps and Dies:   Oh So Sweet Stamp Set, Die and Stencil (Concord & 9th);

Ink:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs); Honeysuckle, Parsley and Sprout (Concord & 9th);

Paper: White Cardstock (Scrapbook & Cards Today); Honeysuckle Cardstock (Concord & 9th);

Other:  Charcoal Black Matte Wax (Art Alchemy); Clear Drops (Concord & 9th)


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

CAS Practice

Created a thank you card for CAS on Friday.  

CAS is hard for me, so I tried to keep just a single line of stamped images.  But I always question, did I squeak past the CAS? 

I'm a work in progress.  

Go get CAS!


Supplies Used - Thanks for all you do

Stamps and Dies:  Classic Adornments Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Rockin' Red, Party Dress, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Flirty Fuchsia, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper:  White Cardstock (Scrapbook Cards Today); Black Cardstock (American Crafts);

Other:  Crater Link Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Bitty Sparkles (Close To My Heart);

Monday, July 4, 2022

Gnome in the Garden

I was never a fan of gnomes, but for some reason when they started showing up in pattern papers, stamps and dies I began to fall in love with the many different designs out there.  When Shopping Our Stash had gnomes as the inspiration this week, I pulled out one of my favorite sets.  

These little gnomes found some time to get out in the garden on a nice cloudy day. 

I love using the stuff in my stash and hope you can use some of your stash today.  


Supplies Used - Just a Note w/Gnomes

Stamps and Dies:  Gardeners Greetings Stamp Set and Dies, Grass Border Die and April Showers Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers; Black Jack and Aquatini (Catherine Pooler Inks); Izink Titanium Pigment; 

Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Wheatgrass (American Crafts); 

Other: Cloud Stencil (My Favorite Things);  Diamond Stickles (Ranger);

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Balloon Inspired Birthday Card

I loved the photo inspiration from Just Add Ink.  It inspired me to make a card with balloons using a set that I received last fall as part of the Scrapbook & Cards Today Card making event.  I love to pull the sets back out later and create with them.  Here is the inspiration photo for my card. 

For this one, I stuck with the three primary colors in my stamped image.  

I tried to keep it all CAS from there, with just the sentiment and the white background. 

Get crafty!


Supplies Used - Happy Birthday

Stamps and Dies:  Happy Birthday Stamp Set and Die (Photoplay for Scrapbook & Cards Today);

Ink & Embossing:  Jet Black (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers;

Paper: Accent Opaque Cardstock; Solar White (Neenah);

Other: Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Design);






Floral Inspired for AAA Birthday

Created this card using the stamps and dies included in the first Scrapbook & Cards Today Stamp Together.  I pulled it out when I saw the prompt at AAA Birthday.


I started by stamping the word Happy down the right side of my card, and I embossed with clear embossing powder.  It's subtle and hard to see in the photo.  

While the set came with a stencil, I colored my images using the filler stamp for a bold look on the subtle background.  

This was a really cute set, and I'm obviously still creating with it!  

Fun to play along.  I hope you find some time to create today. 

Supplies Used - Happy Birthday

Stamps and Dies:  Hello Happy Floral Stamp Set and Dies (Gina K Designs for Scrapbook & Cards Today);

Ink & Embossing:  Party Dress, Orange Twist, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Midnight (Catherine Pooler inks); Embossing Pad and Clear Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper: Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler Designs); White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart); Black Cardstock (American Crafts); Unicorn Stickles (Ranger);

Other:  Maui Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Holiday Trees

 Trees is the theme at Christmas Craft Creations, so I got busy with some trees.  This is a set that I needed to break out for the holidays, but never got around to playing with it.  

I used some leftover paper from another project to create this card.  My sentiment is heat embossed, so didn't pick up well in the picture above.  It needed a bit more tilt during the photo session. 

Lots of glitter and shine.  

I hope you find some time to get creative.


Supplies Used - Seasons's Greetings

Stamps and Dies:  Evergreen Woods Stamp Set and Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Spruce (Catherine Pooler Inks); Embossing Pad and Pure Platinum Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper: Card Base, White Daisy Cardstock and Vellum (Close To My Heart); Cozy Christmas Pattern Papers (Fancy Pants);

Other: Chunky Glitter (Lawn Fawn);

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Tropically Inspired for Time Out Challenges

 The prompt at Time Out Challenges was "tropical".  I couldn't resist the opportunity for a bit of tropical color and pulled in one of my favorite collections from Catherine Pooler Designs.

I created my watercolor background first and then used a cover plate die. 

I used the same colors when coloring my images.  This is such a colorful card; it just makes me happy.

I hope you find some time to be colorful today!  


Supplies Used - Toucan Do It

Stamps and Dies:  To the Point Cover Die, Circle Dies, Dotted Circle Dies, and Toucan Do It Stamps and Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Orange Spice, Midnight, Lime Rickey, Sauna, Fiesta Blue, and Over Coffee (Catherine Pooler Inks); Blender Pen (Marvy);

Paper:  Black Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Watercolor Paper (Bee); Black Cardstock (American Crafts); White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart);

Other: Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops and Blue Lagoon Glitter Drops (Nuvo)


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Green and White Creation for Christmas Card Thowdown

 A bit of green and white for the Christmas Card Throwdown.  Pulled together some watercolor for this in a few shades of green. 

I used Nuvo Shimmer Powders to create my watercolor background. 

Love the shades of green and the texture from the watercolor paper.  

Just add some water!  


Supplies Used - Noel

Stamps and Dies:  Peace, Love and Doves Background Stamp; Nested Labels Die; Seasonal Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set;

Ink & Embossing:  Solar Flare, Green Parade, Atlantis Burst Shimmer Powders (Nuvo); Versamark; White EP (Wow); Midnight, Eucalyptus and Lime Rickey (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper:  Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler); Watercolor Paper (Bee);

Other:  Ruby Slippers Glitter Drops (Nuvo); Christmas Cove Sequins (Catherine Pooler Designs); 



Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Feel Better - Alphabet Challenge Inspired

More crafty creations from me, and this one inspired by Alphabet Challenge Blog . . . embossing, wet or dry.   

For me it was wet this time around.  I went monochromatic and used stamps and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs. 

The embossing is in the individual half circle pieces from my stamp/die.  While I don't do get well cards often, I thought it was time to put a few in my stash.  

I hope you can emboss a little something soon!  


Supplies Used - Feel Better Friend

Stamps and Dies:  Take a Peek Stamp Set and Dies, Circle Dies, Half Circle Background Stamp and Cover Plate Die, Typed Up Sentiments Stamp Set, and Sentiment Banner Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Uptown and Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler); Embossing Pad and Uptown Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper: Premium White Cardstock (Catherine Pooler)

Other: Unicorn Stickles (Ranger)

Monday, June 13, 2022

You and Coffee for Just Add Ink

Cleaning out my craft room and found an old card kit from Simon Says Stamp.  It caught my eye, because it was stamps and paper relative to coffee and tea. So when the challenge for Just Add Ink came up this week, I went straight to the box.  

I used pattern papers and did some fussy cutting to create cut my stamped cup images and the sleeves.  

And some stamping on pattern papers rounds it all out.  

One day I may get smart and create like crazy with a kit . . . meaning less boxes in my craft room.  

One day!  

I hope you find some time to get inky today.


Supplies Used - You and Coffee

Stamps:  Coffee and Tea Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)

Ink: Black (Hero Arts)

Paper:  Desert Storm (Neenah); White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp); Cream and Sugar Paper (Doodlebug)

Accessories:  Epoxy Shapes (Crate Paper)