Occasions Catalog and Retiring Stamps

The Stampin' Up! Occassions catalog is getting ready to disappear at the end of this week.  You'll want to be sure to jump on it and grab any of the supplies from this release before they are gone.

While you are there, be sure to check out all the retiring products.  Some items are being sold at up to 50% off.  Again, jump on them quickly before the supplies are sold out.

Clicky now to go shopping before these items are gone forever.


Spring Fling Winners Announced

The winners of the Spring Fling blog hop from Catherine Pooler have been announced.  Was your name drawn?



Spring Fling Blog Hop

I absolutely love the colors of Spring.  Flowers everywhere, green grass and leaves budding out.  If you are like me you are going to fall in love with the new ink colors being released by Catherine Pooler.  These inks a full saturation and coordinate beautiful with her first collection of inks, they are just a few shades lighter.

I had to use all the colors on my cards today and even came up with 3 different versions to share with you.  :)

Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/jwtNrRDpHTg

Step One

Stepped Up

Stepped Up More

Close up so you can see the embossed circles from the Dotted Circle Dies.

Now on to the blog hop where you have a chance to win your own collection of the new inks just by leaving a comment on each stop of the hop.  :)  I'm the last stop on the hop, so if you started with Catherine you can now go shopping.  If you started here or somewhere in the middle, head to Catherine's blog CLICKY to finish up the blog hop.  

Ordering is open today for these fabulous new products!  If you have not yet signed up for Catherine's reward club, clicky for a special code on your first purchase.  ;)

Stamps: Simply Stated (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Bellini, Garden Party, It's A Boy, It's A Girl, Melon Ice, Midnight, Mint to Be, Pixie Dust, Sweet 16 (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD) Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Circle Dies, Dotted Circle Dies (Catherine Pooler Designs) Distress Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz) Mini MISTI


New Arrivals for Spring Fling

Spring Fling is coming and that means new arrivals from Catherine Pooler designs.  I went along with the theme of 2 of her new ink colors and made a card for the new arrivals whether "it's a girl" or "it's a boy" these cards will have you covered.

The new dotted circle dies have little circles embossed all around the inside of the die cut.  It's a little difficult to see in the pictures, so I have a close up for you.

All these new products will be available in the shop very soon.  Visit www.catherinepooler.com to learn more and sign up for her mailing list.

All Supplies can be found in the Catherine Pooler store.  Clicky New products will be arriving later this week.

Stamps: Simply Stated, Spot On (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: It's A Boy, Mint To Be, It's A Girl, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Garden Party, Bellini, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Dotted Circles Dies, Spot On Sentiments


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month, so that means it is time for your reminder to do your self breast exams and schedule those yearly mammograms.  Which reminds me, I am due for another mammogram in May, so I better get on the phone and call my ob/gyn.  

The card I made in the video is basically a mirror image of the one above with a few more sequins added, because a girl can never have too much sparkle.

Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/An8l2hVWBPA

The Calling All Sistahs crew usually does a blog hop on the 17th, but this month we are changing it up.  Michele is featuring ALL our cards on her blog today along with a special announcement. Clicky now to find out what it is.  :) 

Stamps: Mon Ami (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento) RV02, RV55, RV66, (Copic) Versamark
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)


Get Well Pretty Poppies

Last week was my day to teach in the StampNation classroom, and this is the card I was trying to make for them.  It wasn't working against the backdrop I created, so I changed gears and set these gelato poppies aside. The great news is now I have a cool card and video to share with you today.

Stamps: Delicate Pretty Poppies, Pretty Poppies (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Lime Rickey, Tiara (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accesories: Gelatos- Butter Cream, Guava, Kiwi, Watermelon- Pastel kit (Faber-Castell) Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Direct link to youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=dnXJZZoqTMY

Obviously I have more experimenting to do with gelatos and the other fabulous products in this box of goodies from Faber-Castell.  In the meantime, check out my friend, Laurel Beard's, video playlist.  She is the bomb dot com.  :)

You can see a sneak peek of the card I made exclusively for StampNation in this Instagram shot.  If you are a StampNation member, or want to be one, CLICKY for that tutorial.

p.s.  There are some new goodies in this box that will be released next week.  ;) I LOVE MY JOB!!!!


First Friday Glitter Queens Blog Hop ~ Easter

Today I have the opportunity to be in a very special blog hop with my uber-talented and famous upline, Dawn Griffith of Dawn's Stampin' Thoughts, and several members of her Glitter Queens team. 

It's called the First Fridays blog hop and will take place the first Friday of each month.  Our theme this month is Easter, so I wanted to make an extra special card.  The video below will show you how you can create one of the double gate fancy fold cards for yourself.

Direct link to video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=_uVjm3CDd1Q

As promised, the score lines are:
1", 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 3", 4", 4 1/2", 5 1/2", 6", 7", 7 1/2", 8 1/2", 9"

Want even more inspiration?  Be sure to follow along the blog hop.  You should have come from Tracy Bradley's blog.

Next up is Michelle Veller

Tracy Bradley       
Heather North  You Are Here
Michelle Veller   Go HERE next

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, That's the Tag 
Ink: Mint Macaroon, Sweet Sugarplum
Paper: Blooms & Bliss DSP, Mint Macaroon, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Accessories: Bone Folder, Simply Scored board, Timeless Tags Thinlits

That's the Tag Bundle


Uniquely Stamped

The challenge this week is to use stamps in a unique way to create a new design.  One of our most talented design team members, Kristie Goulet, recently started a new classroom series showing us how to do just that.  I must admit, I'm not that good at it.  I see a stamp and I stamp it the way it was intended.  Therefore, I LOVE that Kristie is teaching us how to expand our vision and get even more use out of stamps.

That being said, I would not have signed up for this challenge.  It's out of comfort zone. I'm glad I did though because I ended up getting 2 cards out of this one technique, and now I have a new card to share with you!
First though, a sneak peek at the challenge card. I stamped several floral images around a lightly drawn circle, then used a stitched die to cut out a circle from the center of my "wreath".  I popped up this panel and stamped the sentiment on the card base.

Clicky to see the full card at StampNation if you are a member.

Stamps: Eva's Favorite Flowers (Winnie & Walter) Lovely Flowers (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey, Midnight, Oragne Twist, Party Dress, Rockin' Red, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (CPD) Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Double Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker Designs)

That left me with a really cute circle die cut of flowers.  I decided to make another card and use the inlaid die cutting technique for this piece.  How cool is that?!  Two unique cards from a uniquely stamped piece.  Thanks, Kristie, for expanding my stamp horizons.

If you like this type of card, check out this post from our last Stamp of Approval release.