Saturday, November 4, 2023

A Fall Thank You

I created this fall themed thank you card, inspired by the colors from the current challenge at The Card Concept.  

I went for a clean and layered look.  I used pattern paper and used the colors to guide my stamping.  I coordinated my ink, embossing powder and sequins to match.  

I do love that shiny sentiment.

I hope you find some time to create.  


Supplies Used - Thank You

Stamps and Dies:  Fall Finds, All in One Thank You Word Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Orange Peel, Eucalyptus, Over Coffee, (Catherine Pooler Inks); Embossing Ink and Macchiato  Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper:Premium White Cardstock and Harvest Festival Pattern Paper (Catherine Pooler Designs); Vellum (Bazzill);

Other: Mazatlan Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);


Friday, August 18, 2023

Adding Some Ribbon for Cupcake Inspiration

Quite simply, I must stop taking breaks from the challenges that inspire me, because I love playing along! So I'm back with a card inspired by Cupcake Inspirations.  The challenge prompt . . . 


 I added ribbon to my next creation.  

I attempted to "underscore" my sentiment. 

Ribbon has gotten less use in my craft room, so it was great to dig through my stash.  The inspiration is appreciated!

I hope you find some time to create today.


Supplies Used - Wanted to Say Thanks

Stamps and Dies:  Sentiment, Just Thanks Die and Circle Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper: Poppy Parade CS, Mossy Meadow CS and Peaceful Poppies DSP (Stampin' Up); White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart);  Black Cardstock (Hero Arts);

Other:  Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Stampin' Up);

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Peace and Love

When I saw the challenge photo at Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge, I immediately thought of the Let the Good Times Roll set in my stash.  Barely used!  I brought out some colors and got busy.  

And where would this card be without some Liquid Glass?  Hard to see in the photo, but the windows and headlights needed some serious glass!

I would drive this,for sure! I hope it's not too retro looking.  



Supplies Used - Peace and Love

Stamps and Dies:  Let the Good Times Roll Stamp Set and Dies (Close To My Heart);

Ink & Embossing:  Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento); Copic Markers

Paper: Guava Cardstock (The Stamps of Life), White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart);

Other: Diamond Stickles (Ranger); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart);

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Gettin' Sketchy for Just Add Ink

I had uncovered some stamps,dies and stencil from The Stamp Market, and along with it was scraps of cardstock left over from one of the classes from Crop & Create Delivered.

Then bring in the sketch from Just Add Ink.  


 Admittedly, in the end, I realized I didn't use a lot of ink.  I do love how the colors come through those letters in the heart sentiment. 

Who doesn't love a good sketch. I hope you can find some time to get sketchy!



Supplies Used - Thank You So Very Much

Stamps and Dies:  A Bit of Everything Stamps and Dies (The Stamp Market)

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler)

Paper: White Cardstock (Scrapbook & Cards Today); Tropical Teal, Emerald Isle, Cheeky, Bubble Gum, Citrine, Orange, Cobalt (The Stamp Market);

Other: Sparkling Clear Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh);

Monday, June 19, 2023

It's All Black and White

Continuing my use of items in my stash, and decided to create a little something in black and white.  This card was inspired by CAS on Friday's challenge prompt of "leaves".  


I really love this set from The Stamp Market.  It has the main leaf stamp set, and then a separate stamp for the veins of the leaves. I also stacked my sentiment which provides a cleaner look than foam tape. 


I stamped and die cut multiple times.  I love the simplistic look of the black and white.  

I hope you find some time to raid your stash. 


Supplies Used - Your Amazing - THX

Stamps and Dies:  A Bit of Everything Stamps and Dies (The Stamp Market)

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler Inks); Unicorn Pigment Ink (Hero Arts);

Paper: White and Black Cardstock (Scrapbook and Cards Today);

Other: Sparking Clear Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh);

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Flip-it Card for TGIF

Today's card uses more discovered supplies from flipping my craft space and it also inspired by the challenge at TGIF


I used an oldkit from The Stamps of Life - December 2018 kit to be exact.  They just don't expire, do they!  And so a flip-it, with a shaker is born . . . 

A rather small shaker . . .

That flip-it element . . .

And that gumdrop-like heart.  

And I barely put a dent in the box.  

Find some time to create!  


Supplies Used - Adore Shaker Flip-it Card

Stamps and Dies:  Large Circle #4 Flip-its (Sizzix); Stamps and Dies from December 2018 Card Kit (The Stamps of Llife);

Ink & Embossing:  Licorice (The Stamps of Life); Versamark; Cloud 9 Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper:  Pattern Paper and Cardstock from December 2018 Card Kit and Acetate Sheets (The Stamps of Life)

Other:  Enamel Dots and Glitter Heart Puff Stickers from December 2018 Card Kit (The Stamps of Life); Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh);


Saturday, June 17, 2023

Color Inspired Summer Card

Goodness, has it really been three months since my last post? Indeed it has, because life happens and the craft room has been flipped upside down and relocated. 

But it's time to cut and paste again.  With flipping all the stuff around, I found lots of old treasures.  Today's card was inspired by Color Throwdown


I went to my stash of partially used kits for this one.  The good part about flipping your craft room is you find some of the paper packs you loved.  That was certainly case with this paper.  

The combo of the three colors brought in some blends of others, but those three colors were my focus.  I used the paper as the focal point and just had to find a stamp set that matched the theme.  With summer nearly here, it made sense to have a summer greeting card to say, "Hey!".  

So happy to be back and creating again.  The craft room is still in disarray, but not enough to keep me from creating.  



Supplies Used - Summer

Stamps and Dies:  Flip Flop Season (Simon Says Stamp);

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper: Imperial Red Shimmer Cardstock (My Mind's Eye); Summer Vibes Pattern Paper (Simple Stories); Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock (Close To My Heart);

Other:  Mystic Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Summertime Pillow Puffs Stickers (October Afternoon);





Friday, March 17, 2023

You Quack Me Up

The last of my creative challenge cards for a while, as I'm heading into a busy time with work, crafty classes and life in general.  This last one is for the Inky Paws Challenge.  

The rain boots in the inspiration photo sent me into my crafty closet to find one of my favorite stamp sets.  

I just love this set.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and then die cut and colored with some watercolor pencils.  I combined it with a background created with watercolor and then cut with a mini cover plate die.  Of course, I saved some pieces and will have another creation down the road.  

So many saved pieces, so little time.

Adore this set and that adorable little kitty and duck.  

Newton's Nook Goodness!


Supplies Used - You Quack Me Up

Stamps and Dies:  A-Maze-ing Mini Cover Plate Die (Catherine Pooler Designs); Newton's Rainboots Stamp Set and Dies (Newton's Nook);

Ink & Embossing:  Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink (Ranger); Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler Inks); Brilliantly Vibrant and Hair & Skin Tones Colored Pencils (Nuvo);

Paper: Solar White (Neenah); Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger);

Other: Salt Lake City Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Smart As Can Bee

The cupcake prompt at Cupcake Inspirations looked wicked yummy, so I had to play along.  

I pulled out an old kit that I remembered was bee themed.  I still had lots of product left to play with.  

I adore that little bee with his cute little glasses. I used some Nuvo Drops to put some lenses in those glasses.  I mean, he needs to see to be able to fly!

Bee Creative!


Supplies Used - Smart as can Be

Stamps and Dies:  Bee Yourself Stamp Set and Hexagon Die (Simon Says Stamp)

Ink & Embossing:  Midnight and Tiara Ink (Catherine Pooler); Black Shimmer Pen (Close To My Heart); Wink of Stella; Blender Pen (Marvy);

Paper:  Black Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp), White Daisy (Close To My Heart); The Bees Knees Pattern Paper (Honey Bee Stamp); Black Cardstock (American Crafts);

Other: Morning Dew Crystal Drops (Nuvo); Gold and Black Sequins (Simon Says Stamp);

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

May All Your Wishes Come True

 I had so much fun creating this card for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge.  A rainbow of colors and some critters to celebrate a holiday.

My favorite part of this card is that sentiment.  The letters and confetti make me think of gum drops!

I had stamped the sentiment for this card many months ago.  So I grabbed it and started adding color.  Something was missing, so after blending some color on, I darkened the inside of the letters and candles with darker Copics that complimented the colors.  Glitter was the finishing touch.  

I brought in some fun critters, matched my balloon to the rainbow of colors, and done!  

 Go make a rainbow!


Supplies Used - May All Your Wishes Come True

Stamps and Dies:  Really High Five, Giant Birthday Messages (Lawn Fawn);

Ink & Embossing:  Jet Black Ink (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers; Party Dress, Tiara and Fiesta Blue (Catherine Pooler Inks); Versamark and Opague Bright White Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper: Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Wishes (Lawn Fawn);

Other: Prisma Glitter (Lawn Fawn); Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

It's Nearly Spring - But Fall is in the Air

Just Choose Two for Just Add Ink challenge!   Blending, embossing and white were the choices.  I went with embossing and white for my card.  

And yes, I have my seasons wrong.  But I have a back-up of fall stamps on my desk just waiting for me to play.  And this fall stamp was on my list.  Hard to see the shine of the embossing . . . so a bit of tilt in the right light . . .

Adding to my fall stash!  I hope you find some time to create today.




Supplies Used - Fall is in the Air

Stamps and Dies:  Blowing Leaves Background Stamp and Fall Calls for Lattes Stamp Set (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Embossing Pad and MetallicGold Rich Super Fine Embossing Powder (Wow);

Paper: Premium White Cardstock and Harvest Festival Pattern Paper (Catherine Pooler Designs); Vellum (Close To My Heart);

Other: Celebrations Confetti Mix (Pretty Pink Posh);

Monday, March 13, 2023

Let's Eat Cake

Mmmmm  . . . cake!  Inspired by the colors at The Paper Players, I created this card.  Admittedly, I have two hues of blues that combined might be the color depicted in the challenge.

 I got this set from Concord & 9thand just love the interactive element. 


Pulling reveals chocolate cake . . . and three layers!  


Such a fun card to create.  

Go create something fun!  


Supplies Used - Hooray Birthday Wishes

Stamps and Dies:   Let's Eat Cake Stamp Set and Dies and Cardscapes Stamp Set (Concord & 9th); 

Ink:  Aqua Sky, Oceanside, and Buttercup (Concord & 9th); Embossing Pad and Clear Embossing Powder (Wow)

Paper: White, Oceanside, Aqua Sky, Buttercup, Silver Foil and Sprout (Concord & 9th); Soft Suede (Stampin' Up); Disco Ball Glitter Paper (Reminisce);

Other:  Aqua Flakes Pure Sheen Confetti (Nuvo); Stardust Stickles (Ranger); Sequins (Concord & 9th);

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Taking the Positive with the Negative - Take 7

Usually my positive and negative pieces become separated from each other, but I decided to play out a creation of positive and negative pieces.  I love the outcome on this one. Nothing like a rainbow of color.  

So which came first?  My card for Just Us Girls or CAS on FridayJust Us Girls had a word prompt of "Rainbow".  CAS on Friday had the prompt of "Friendship".  So it started with a rainbow of colors and a "Friend" die.  And I went first to create my card for Just Us Girls, taking that rainbow prompt rather seriously.   


I used temporary adhesive and put the "friend" letters down.  I then did some ink blending over the images to create my rainbow of colors.  I then removed the letters and put them aside for my second card.  I stamped my sentiment in black over the word friend, and then used my color palette to stamp some stars around my sentiment.  I used a blender pen to color my images and match them to the ink blending.

 A few sequins and I was done.  

Moving to my CAS Card, I had cut the die earlier and was ready to piece my friend letters back into my white background.  

I suppose a shaker card isn't completely CAS, but I left a lot of white space!  I used some gray striped pattern paper, took the frame from my original die and put it on my card base centered on the pattern paper.  I popped my colored letters back in, and then created a shaker window from the frame which was part of the same die that cut the letters.  

A little acetate, foam strips and clay pieces and done. 

I love that the letters have some darkness around their edges.  It makes them pop, even though they are flat to the card.  

Another positive/negative creative session in the books. 

Want some fun?  Create a rainbow!



Supplies Used - Happy to Call You Friend

Stamps and Dies:  Sweet Summer Stamp Set and Dies, Best Kind of Friend Stamp Set and Dies and Friend Mini Cover Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Party Dress, Tutti Frutti, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Flirty Fushsia, Twilight, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks); Blender Pen (Tombow);

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart); 

Other: Crater Lake Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart); Diamond Stickles (Ranger);


Supplies Used - Friend Slimline Shaker

Stamps and Dies:  Sweet Summer Stamp Set and Dies, Best Kind of Friend Stamp Set and Dies and Friend Mini Cover Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Party Dress, Tutti Frutti, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Flirty Fushsia, Twilight, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock (Close To My Heart); A Little Drizzle Paper Pack (Catherine Pooler Designs); Acetate (American Crafts);

Other: Flower Power Clay Confetti (Pretty Pink Posh);

Flowers Everywhere for SOS

The Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge prompt was "Flowers, Flowers Everywhere".  

I created my background using a coordinating stencil and stamp from Hero Arts.   

Rather than use the full panel for this card, I decided to add some interest by breaking the card into quadrants and having a black panel.  I think it helped to really "pop" the design. 


This is a beautiful set and while I bought it as a kit, I've heard recently that the individual stamps, dies and stencil are available now.  

Don't miss your opportunities for creativity.   



Supplies Used - Just a Little Note to Say You are Amazing

Hero Arts Monthly Kit - April 2022 - Stamps, Dies, Stencil, Inks, Enamel Dots (Hero Arts);

Additional Supplies:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah), Black and White Cardstock (American Crafts); Jet Black Ink (Lawn Fawn); Ribbon (Stampin' Up);

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Holiday Diagonal Easel

Well, craftio!  That's the crafty version of "Cheerio"!

I saw the sketch at Christmas Card Throwdown and said, this is your chance to finally attempt that diagonal easel card!  I followed the sketch as best I could given my easel element. 

Went with lots of kraft cardstock, and even my pine cones are stamped on kraft. 

And my pine cones serve as my easel stand.  Is that the proper term. 

I don't know that it fully meets the sketch.  I did have fun,and I don't dislike any of this.  Kraft is good.  

Get "krafty" in your space today.


Supplies Used - Merry Christmas

Stamps and Dies:  Pinecone Greetings Stamp Set and Dies and Merry Christmas Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  Cranberry Fizz, Deck the Halls, Icing on the Cake, Over Coffee (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper: Premium White Cardstock and Through the Woods Pattern Paper  (Catherine Pooler Designs); Gingersnap Cardstock (The Stamps of Life); Chocolate Chip Cardstock and Brushed Metallic Cardstock (Stampin' Up);

Other: Oak City Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);

XOXO Inspired!

This card was inspired by the XOXO challenge at Alphabet Challenge.  

 I've had an XOXO die on my table for a year, and when I saw this challenge I knew I had to play along.  But I had to find some images in the theme.  I dug into my bag of Lawn Fawn images and found this cute little skunk who was near the top because I had just created a card with skunks a few months ago.  So I set out to color him and make him "real". 


I ended up digging into my Lawn Fawn stencils to create my background.  I tried a sort of screen print watercolor technique that I like to use.  Essentially I pick up the water and color onto my stencil, and then flip it to get the stenciled images to show.  The water collected near the heart openings, and I managed to get a few good impressions of some hearts.  I stamped some XOXO's into a few of them, and then set out to create my scene.  

Hardest part of this card was finding the XOXO die, because while I had that nice pink sparkly one on my table for a year, I felt my skunk deserved a shadow behind the XOXO to tie him into the scene.  

This was a fun one - especially that background.  Inky fingers!

I hope you find some time to ink up those fingers.  


Supplies Used - XOXO

Stamps and Dies:  Giant XOXO Die, Scent with Love Stamp Set and Dies and Valentine Hearts Border Die (Lawn Fawn);

Ink & Embossing:  Jet Black (Lawn Fawn); Rockin' Red (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper:  Water Color Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Accent Opaque Cardstock; Gray Cardstock and Glitter Paper (Close To My Heart); Acetate (Newton's Nook);

Other:  Lots of Hearts Background Stencil and Chunky Glitter (Lawn Fawn)