Saturday, March 16, 2024

Inspired by a Sketch

It's been too long since I've posted a challenge card, as my day job keeps me mentally exhausted. Still creating, just paying less attention to the challenges. The sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches caught my attention as a great opportunity for a shaker card, so I got busy.

I chose some fun papers, sequins and dies for my creation. It reminds me of a postage stamp.

Always trying to create, and will hopefully start to post a bit more now that work is subsiding.

I hope you find some time to create!


Supplies Used - You're My Favorite Person

Stamps and Dies:  Notecard Bubble Frames Die and Notes of Love Stamp Set and Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs);

Ink & Embossing:  It's a Girl and Uptown (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper: Premium White Cardstock and Lotsa Love Pattern Paper (Catherine Pooler Designs); Acetate (Judikens);

Other: Rehoboth Beach Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); Unicorn Stickles (Ranger);

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Airmail Interactive for Lawn Fawnatics

I created this interactive card for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge.  I used the Waving Pull Tab Die.  

I used twine in place of the image that came with the stamp set.  I thought it added an extra touch.  

Always fun to create some Lawn Fawn! 

I hope you find some time to create today. 


Supplies Used - Air Mail w/Twine

Stamps and Dies:  Special Delivery Stamp Set and Dies, Special Delivery Add-on Stamp Set and Dies; Waving Pull Tab Starter Set Die; Lawn Fawn All the Clouds Stamp Set and Die (Lawn Fawn); 

Ink & Embossing:  Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento); It's a Boy and Midnight Ink (Catherine Pooler) Various Copic Markers;

Paper: Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Let it Shine Pattern Paper (Lawn Fawn); Be Mine Pattern Paper (Pebbles);

Other: Crater Lake Sequin Mix and Cookies and Cream Twine (Catherine Pooler Designs); Diamond Stickles (Ranger); Cloud Mixables Stencil (My Favorite Things); 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Seize the Birthday Inspired

It has certainly been a while since I've posted.  Life has been a bit on the busy side, and it always puts a damper on my crafty fun.  

I managed to get some craft time the last couple of weeks, and this weekend was inspired to create a card using the inspiration at Seize the Birthday.  

I went with wet embossing, because nothing is more magical than melting embossing powder.  I stamped my cupcake images with Versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  My three sentiment pieces were all embossed with white embossing powder.  

Such a fun and easy card to create, and bit on the masculine side which is always a plus.

I hope you find some time to get inky!  


Supplies Used - Happy Birthday to You

Stamps and Dies:  Hello Cupcake Stamp, Die and Stencil (Photoplay Say it With Stamps for Let's Stamp Together SCT Magazine);

Ink & Embossing:  Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Squeezed Lemonade (Distress Ink from Ranger); Versafine; Clear Gloss Regular (Wow); Alabaster White  (Brutus Monroe);

Paper: Daisy White Cardstock (Close To My Heart), Black Cardstock (Concord & 9th);

Other: Portsmouth Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs); 

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Embossing Magic for The Card Concept

When I saw the color combination and fall theme at The Card Concept, I went straight for my bag of paper that I've put aside for one of my favorite techniques that I discovered by accident.  It's also something I've not been able to recreate.  

The magic happened one day when I decided to heat emboss some pattern paper squares to add some interest.  In doing so, the reverse side of the paper was bleeding through, and I thought, "Oh, this is a disaster."  But the more I gazed at the squares, I fell in love with them.  I made a card or two, and then tucked the bag aside.  I pulled it out for the challenge.  

I call this Clean and Layered.  I was once told that I was "so linear", and while I don't mind being linear, it wasn't said in the best tone.  I'm not sure if that was a compliment.  

One coat of embossing ink and clear powder was splotchy.  The more layers, the better the effect.  The way the stripes on the reverse side of the paper come through, it truly felt magical.  

I've been in search of a paper that could give a similar effect - coming up blank so far.  Hence my bag of scraps that I keep to the side.  It's a reminder to keep searching.  

I hope you discover a happy accident in crafting today!


Supplies Used - Woo Hoo

Stamps and Dies:  Woo Hoo Die (Catherine Pooler Designs); 

Ink & Embossing: Embossing Pad, Mud Pie Seth Apter Embossing Powder and Clear Gloss Regular Embossing Powder (Wow); Macchiato Ink (Catherine Pooler Inks);

Paper: White Cardstock (Scrapbook & Cards Today); Seasonal Squares, Perfect Pie and Fall Sweet Fall Pattern Paper (Echo Park);

Other: Seattle Sequin Mix (Catherine Pooler Designs);

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);