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%.  


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)


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:
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*

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***

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


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.


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!


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? 


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


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.  


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.


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month.  Have your done your breast check this month?  Is it time to schedule that mammogram?  I'm here with Michele Gross from CASual Fridays Stamps and the Encouragement Squad to remind you each month.  Early detection can be the difference between cure and incurable.

Stamps: Tutu, Hope Ribbon (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Bellini, It's A Girl, Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Tiara, Tutti Frutti, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Premium White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps) Pink Gemstones

This month we have a special announcement.  We've added a NEW member to our Encouragement Sqaud and I am soooooo excited she is joining us.  Want to find out who it is?  Clicky to visit the Calling All Sistahs blog to find out.

See you tomorrow for a new encouragement challenge!


Winners Announced

Winners have been announced for the Calling All Sistahs Challenge (CAS04).   Are you the winner?  Check it out HERE to find out.


You Make Me Smile

Yesterday I showed you 3+ ways to use a background piece created with the new Tilly's Magic Garden from Catherine Pooler designs. If you missed that post and video CLICKY to see it now.  Today I am going to share yet another idea for using that background piece created with tiny stamps.

My favorite part of this card is that custom striped paper.  I used YAY Stripes and Black Jack ink on a 1/4" strip of Smoke & Mirrors cardstock.  Isn't that a fun little addition to this card?  I also cut the white panel on an angle for added interest to this otherwise Clean & Simple card.
Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden, Wild BloomsYay Stripes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Jack, Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Smoke and Mirrors,  Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)


Tilly's Magic Garden and Craft Room Essentials

There is a tiny little release today that is making a BIG impact at my stamp table.  One stamp set, one die a few sheets of paper and BAM 5 cards, right out of the gate.  Fun times at the North home.  The best part?  This stamp set and the craft room essentials are available NOW in the Catherine Pooler shop.

The second best part?  I have some of those cards and a video to share with you today too!

Clicky to view this video on youtube

This stamp set was created by Lydia Evans and it is her first for Catherine Pooler Designs.  I'm so excited to see a fellow card designer branch into new creative adventures.

Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Midnight, Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies, Dotted Circle Dies, Hello Die, Large Doily Die (CPD) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)

Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Midnight, Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies, Dotted Circle Dies, Hello Die, Large Doily Die (CPD) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)

Stamps: Tilly's Magic Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Jack, Garden Party, It's A Girl, Mint to Be, Party Dress, Tiara, Pixie Dust (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Midnight, Premium Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Concentric Circles Dies, Dotted Circle DiesLarge Doily Die (CPD) Clear Embossing Powder (SU) Stencil Brushes (Clarity)

Don't forget to check out the Craft Room Essentials category for several new goodies every stamper needs.

Want to see even more goodies created with this set?  Check out my Creative Blessings page on Facebook where I will be sharing links to other designers as I find them.  You will also want to stop by Catherine's blog and see what she has to share!


Guest Blogging Best In You

Today I am guest blogging for Catherine Pooler and I have a video over her post too.  I created a second card from the ink left on the stencil from this card.

 Clicky to see my second card and leave some love over there.

Clicky to see the first card and video if you missed it.  ;)


Mermaid Hope CAS04

There are still a few days to join the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge!  My love for the ocean started as a child and has only grown through the years.  The inspiration photo got my creative juices flowing, so I have a second card to show you.

Missed the first one?  Clicky to check it out. 

My parents were up visiting when I made these cards and sat watching me.  It's the first time I've had an audience when making my cards.   Here is a quickie video of my process.

Hop on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to enter your encouragement card inspired by this fabulous picture.

Stamps: Mermaids, Word Ribbon (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up) Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Pearl (SU)

Don't forget to use our coupon code when you shop at the CASual Fridays Stamps store. 


Inspired By Masterclasses

Today I am up on the StampNation classroom with a few new cards for my Inspired By series.  All summer long we have been having amazing masterclasses and I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with by putting those lessons into card.  Once the inspiration started flowing, I didn't want to stop.  Check out a sneak peek of the 3 cards that are featured over there.

StampNation members can watch the videos HERE.  If you are not yet a member, it is easy to become one and gain access to ALL the lessons in our classrooms!  www.thestampnation.com


New Catalog Is Live

The new Stampin' Up! catalog is now live.  Didn't receive one in the mail?  Now you can check it out online and order immediately.  :)  Happy Shopping!


Layers Challenge

The challenge at StampNation this week is to use layering stamps.  I love layering stamps because it adds so much depth of color without having to get out markers, paintbrush or other mediums.  Here is a sneak peek of my card for this week's challenge.

StampNation members can find our challenges HERE.  Not yet a member?  Become one today! 


Paisley Thanks

The Paisley Peacock stamp set is very versatile.  Here I have used a couple of the feather layering stamps and made a rainbow pinwheel.  Fun Fun!

As you can see I had a blast playing with all my different ink colors.  If you don't have this many inks to choose from, no worries.  Simply "stamp off" to get a lighter shade for your inner colors.

Stamps: Paisley Peacock (CPD) Handpainted Thanks (Neat & Tangled)
Paper: Premium White (CPD)
Accessories: Cross Stitched Squares (My Favorite Things)