Saturday, May 18, 2019

{Catherine Pooler Designs} You're Amazingly Amazing + Last Chance for Insta Hop and Video Hop Prizes!

Hello, friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Today's card is a reminder that both the Catherine Pooler Storybook Insta Hop and the Catherine Pooler Storybook Video Hop come to an end today, so be sure to get your follows, tags, likes and comments in for your chance to win one of several $25 gift certificates to the Catherine Pooler Store!

I combined both the Fluttering Friends and Forest Foliage stamp and die sets, along with Lovely Friends to show how well you can pair up new sets with existing sets. The heat embossed gold berries are from Fluttering Friends, the leaves are from Forest Foliage and the little flowers and sentiment are from Lovely Flowers.

I also used all four ink colours from the new Urban Oasis Collection (Rouge, Lemongrass, Sage and Queen for a Day), along with two existing ink colours (Mandarin Spice and Daydream). Again, this shows how well the new ink colours pair with existing colours!

All of the leaves and berries were adhered to the panel with glue dots, and the red and yellow flowers were popped up with foam tape for a bit of dimension. The gold berries nicely highlight the beautiful gold sentiment.

This card could be given on any occasion for love and friendship, and the sentiment could even work for a birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, May 17, 2019

{Concord & 9th} May 2019 Feature Friday: Simple Serif Alphabet

Welcome back to another Concord & 9th Feature Friday! This week, I'm super excited to be sharing a project featuring the Simple Serif Alphabet Dies. The way I designed this card didn't allow me to use the coordinating stamp set but you can be sure that I'll find some way to use them on a future project. I love alphabet die sets because you can do anything with them!

I started this card by picking colours for the Gingham Background. I set my card panel and the background stamp in my MISTI stamping tool so it would stamp a portion across the top and bottom of the panel. Then I used the stitched diamond design in three different colours, gradually getting darker towards the centre of the card.

I used three of those same ink colours and masking paper to ink blend a striped pattern. I added a strip of white glitter cardstock under the three stripes, held the dies in place with removable tape and ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6. I love the glittery bottoms! The sentiment that I split and stamped above and below the die cut word is from the May 2019 Earned Reward, Lots To Say. You can get this 3x4 stamp set for free with any $60+ order, now through June 8th or while supplies last. It's such a great little stamp set!

The bears I added to the bottom of my card are from the Hi There Bear Bundle. This remains one of my favourite Concord & 9th sets. It has a panda so how could it not be?! I stamped a panda, grizzly bear and polar bear, my own versions of my families favourite bear family, We Bare Bears. I die cut the tiny bow tie from part of the ink blended panel so it would match the Gingham Background and the die cut letters.

In case you missed it, last week's Feature Friday post featured the Filled In Florals Bundle, a companion set to the Fine Line Florals Bundle. I also sneak peeked these sets together in a Two Many Cards video and you can watch that HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you again next Friday! :)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Sunny Studio Stamps + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! I'm thrilled to have my friend Ardyth Percy-Robb guesting with me this month for Two Many Cards. If you're new to this series, please visit my original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're so excited to be featuring summer release products from Sunny Studio Stamps, including Slice of Summer stamps and dies, the Wrap Around Box Die and the Summer Splash 6x6 Paper Pad.

I love gift boxes and I'm always looking for new ones. This Wrap Around Box fits the bill perfectly, especially with its width and height. I'm really excited that a stack of cookies will fit into this one. It's perfect for gifting baked goods and end-of-year teacher gifts!

I started by stamping multiples of the layered fruit from Slice of Summer. I absolutely love Mendi's layering stamp sets. They're so realistic and my mouth is watering just looking at these fruit. LOL

Then I cut out panels for the sides and top of the box using papers from the Summer Splash 6x6 Paper Pad. I've always loved collecting patterned paper and I go in phases between not using them and using them a lot! It was a lot of fun using these ones and I can't wait to make more boxes and cards with these bright and happy papers.

I stamped four different custom sentiments on each of the side panels before adhering them to the box and assembling it in 3D form.

To finish, I created a small note tag, enforcing it with a silver glitter heart and attaching it to the box with silver string.


Sunny Studio Stamps is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner, chosen randomly from one of our videos. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on May 22, 2019 and the winner will be announced in the YouTube description for today's video before the next video goes live. Be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

Please head over to Ardyth's YouTube channel to see her take on Slice of Summer, Wrap Around Box and Summer Splash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

{Technique Tuesday} May 2019 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to  Technique Tuesday's May 2019 Release Blog Hop! The design team is featuring a variety of release products and you're sure to love them so be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog for the full reveal and links to all of the amazing projects. All of the amazing new products are now available for purchase!

Today, I'm featuring the Alligators and Crocodiles stamp set and coordinating dies. I know I say it every month but Technique Tuesday continues to outdo itself with every Animal House Collection release. These alligators and crocodiles have the most hilarious expressions and I love the super suspicious birds! LOL I'm amazed by the detail in their tiny eyes!

The images in this set were so fun to watercolour, which I did with distress inks after heat embossing. I picked my colours for the alligators, crocodiles and birds, then used the same colours to ink blend three panels which were die cut using the Cars on the Border Dies.

After the panels were ink blended, I used shimmer spritz to create splatter on them, to give dimension to the sunset, sand and marsh areas.

I also heat embossed the fun sentiment, which is one of the most unique sentiments I've ever come across. In fact, this set has the best snarky sentiments I've seen in a long time! If I were just starting my Animal House Collection, I'd pick Alligators and Crocodiles as my first set.

Be sure to hop along for more inspiration featuring products from the May 2019 Release!

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!


Monday, May 13, 2019

{Altenew} For You, Mom

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and, if you celebrated Mother's Day, I hope it was wonderful. Many of you, like me, who have suffered losses, may have a hard time with such a holiday and I share your heartache. This past year has been hard on my family since my mom's health has been in steady decline but we'll cherish these moments with her as long as we have her.

When I have to make a quick floral card, I tend to reach for Altenew's Extra Special Stamp Set and Extra Special Die because I can stamp the blooms in three easy steps. I usually do it in two sets of colours, whether different ones or a lighter version with a darker version as I've done here. I layer them together and it's pretty much done!

For the sentiment part of the card, I heat embossed "for you" with white embossing powder on soft stone cardstock and die cut "mom" using the Inline Alpha Dies, layered with white glitter cardstock and fun foam. I used Studio Katia's awesome glue to adhere the letters to the card base, as well as iridescent and clear drops to the centres of the flowers.

I created the white frame using My Favorite Things' A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1 Dies. It highlights the heat embossed sentiment, as well as the outline of the die cut flowers.

I really enjoyed putting this card together and I hope it inspires you to make something similar. The Extra Special Stamp Set is perfect for all female figures in your life!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, May 10, 2019

{Concord & 9th} May 2019 Feature Friday: Filled In Florals

Hi, everyone! I'm super excited and honoured to be joining Kelli Cool and Nicole Rinaldi as guest designers with Concord & 9th for their May 2019 Release!! I'm a huge fan of Concord & 9th and I love all of their clever and innovative products. I always want the entire release every month. Do you feel the same way?

This week, the guest designers are featuring the Filled In Florals Bundle, a companion set to the previously-released Fine Line Florals Bundle. I'm totally crazy about both of these sets and if you missed my latest Two Many Cards video with Kalyn Kepner, you should watch them because we both sneaked the Filled In Florals Bundle before its release and our videos will give you even more inspiration on how to use these products on their own and together with the Fine Line Florals Bundle!

While I focused on the Filled In Florals Dies in that video, this week's projects focus on the Filled In Florals Stamp Set. Obviously, I also used the dies to cut out the flowers but I wanted to use all of the images in this stamp set. I created monochromatic gift boxes with coral and teal inks.

I used the new Gingham Background to make my own pattern on the sides of the gift boxes, which were folded using a gift box punch board.

I used the lightest shade to stamp the gingham and then I used three consecutively darker shades to stamp the diamonds from top to bottom. I took some stills of that process since the box doesn't fit inside the original MISTI. Let me know if you'd be interested in a process video for this!

I used the corresponding sets of ink colours to stamp the flowers. I used a light grey for the leaves since I wanted the flowers to take centre stage. I layered vellum Fine Line Florals leaf dies on top of the Filled In Florals leaves.

I also threw in some gold glitter cardstock for the centres of the flowers and stamen to bring out the gold string and heat embossed sentiment. I'm so obsessed with that die cut sentiment, which is why I had to use it again. It makes such a great tag for the gift box!

Please visit the Concord & 9th blog to read more about this month's guest designers and see all our projects and more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you again next Friday. :)


{Catherine Pooler Designs} Storybook Collection Release Video Hop + Giveaway!

Thanks so much for Insta Hopping with Catherine Pooler and Friends on Wednesday! If you missed that hop, you can still join in until May 18th for your chance to win one of TWO $25 gift certificates.  Today, I'm joining Catherine Pooler and an immensely talented group of video artists for the Storybook Collection Release Video Hop!

My card features all of the large images from Fluttering Friends, including the two birds, two oak leaves and the holly cluster. I also stamped and die cut multiples of the berries so I could hang them all over the laurel.

I used Midnight ink to stamp all of the images and sentiment. I heat embossed them with sparkle embossing powder and watercolored everything with the Urban Oasis Ink Bundle (consisting of Rouge, Lemongrass, Sage and Queen for a Day). I also threw in three existing ink colours, Mint To BeAquatini and Fiesta Blue.

I used a piece of masking paper to split the halves of the background panel before sponging the top half with Rouge and Lemongrass, and the bottom half with Sage and Queen for a Day. I created a pool of Sage ink and water on an acrylic block, then flicked splatters off on to the top-right and bottom-left corners of the panel for visual interest.

There's another $25 gift certificate up for grabs but only YouTube comments are eligible for the giveaway. Please head over to YouTube and hop along for your chance to win! The winner will be announced May 20th on Catherine's blog.

Thanks so much for hopping with us!