Clean and Simple: It’s Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air

Today I have a fun clean and simple project for you using the brand new released Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection! After making that fun wrinkle free watercolor piece with Catherine’s awesome ink pads in this collection the other day, I thought I’d keep using that same piece and cut out some water textured little hearts! Don’t they just look like those little message candy hearts?

The easy to use stamps, dies, mystery ink won’t be available again for 6+ months, so if you want it now, don’t miss out – it’s selling quickly! This collection was created to use together and stand alone! I’m in love with so many parts of it, to see all the pieces – hop though the three days of blog hops, and check out the videos on Catherine’s blog.

Stamp of approval catherine pooler - Ingrid Blackburn

But first – check out this fun little project and the brand new BLOCKS – check it out below.

Ingrid Blackburn - Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval Collection

Yes, I used my favorite two border stamps from the World Awaits stamp set, and did you see the hand lettered die? Try embossing it in Wanderlust embossing powder for a truly glittery WOW look!

Aren’t those hearts just awesome! Layering them up and down gave the card a fun little feel. And those border stamps – it’s pure love! That heart was from the Bon Voyage Accoutrements Dies – an add-on accessory to the collection. Isn’t that little sequin just cute! It’s a fun little whimsical card.

Ingrid Blackburn - Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air

Catherine Pooler Acrylic Grid Stamping Blocks

Now, let me tell you about these blocks. I have been stamping since 1999. Granted, I mostly used wood blocks for the longest time, but just like you – I’ve used my fair share of acrylic blocks over the past 10 years.

Here’s what I look for in a phenomenal block – grip, comfort and lightweight. One of the must haves for me is a grid too. Catherine does not disappoint. These custom made exclusive designed blocks are pure heaven for me!

The Round Block

I have about 7 of these little guys on my desk – yes….7. I use this size the most – hands down. Now Catherine did release a round block a little over a year ago, but the grid is new. You HAVE to try it.

Acrylic Grid Stamping Block - Round

The NEW Long Rectangle Block

Did you notice those border stamps on this card? If you have stamps like that or long sentiments or even tall stamps like trees, you need this block. Let me say this again – you NEED this block. It’s the lightest one of it’s size that meets all my requirements. It’s an AWESOME block.

Acrylic Grid Stampin Block

The full Catherine Pooler Acrylic Grid Stamping Block Collection

Aren’t they just pretty! That small rectangle is a unique size you won’t easily find. It’s perfect for sentiments, and the small square is awesome for small stamps. It’s easy to hold and works with all your smaller stamps. And the large rectangle is a great go to staple. Together you’ll be all set – I promise!

Acrylic Grid Stamping Block

So there you have it. New blocks, fun stamps, dies and even a mystery ink in the Stamp of Approval collection. Well, what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk – click here to see the shop!

Not convinced? Click here to check out my other projects and hop along for three days of fun blog hop inspiration from the most talented creative team. You won’t be disappointed! But first – check out the blocks here….lol!

Till next time –


Stamp of Approval: Love is in the Air Blog Hop – Day 1

Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp of approval love is in the air

Love is in the Air….you can hear Tom Jones…can’t ya?!! Okay, I kind of dated myself with that….Are you ready??? To say I have been waiting for this day is an understatement! It’s finally here – Blog Hop Day One has begun!! You’re probably arriving from my good buddy Ardyth’s blog – I’ve been SUCH a fan of hers for literally YEARS! She always blows me away…

So what do you think of when you hear the phrase Love is in the Air – besides Tom Jones…lol!?!! I think pinks, reds, candy hearts with cute little messages, balloons and of course love. Well, if that’s what you think that’s all Catherine Pooler has to show you in her brand new Stamp of Approval collection – get ready to be surprised! This collection is SO much more than valentines.

Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air

Stamp of Approval collections are carefully designed to go together to create amazing cards, 3D projects and so much more. You can use the stamps, dies and other products by themselves or together for some amazing creations. Don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself throughout the hop!

Everyone has their own process to crafting. For me, I always love to sketch before beginning. I spread my products out and sketch project after project – then I sit down at my stamp table and get to work. I find it’s SO much easier when I have a starting point. One of the perks to getting this collection vs. waiting th 6-9 months for when they’re available in the shop individually – you get a project packed PDF! For FREE! Yup, you read that right. Starting point. You can’t go wrong.

Stamp of Approval: Love is in the Air

If you’re not on the Stamp of Approval Waitlist – what are you waiting for? StampNation members get the SOA link to purchase first the night before and the Waitlist gets it at 9 am the very next morning…if there are any left…lol. And then if THAT doesn’t sell out (don’t laugh, it has before – in just a few hours!) then it’ll go live to the public at 6 pm EST. So did I mention get on the Waitlist?

So what was the very first project I created? Right here…are you ready???? Let’s go…

Project One – Love You

Hands down – there was one sketch that I just HAD to create for you. When I first saw Lisa Kirkbride illustrate this set, I knew it would be a hit! Being that I too have the wanderlust bug (wanna see a photo of my first passport? – hint – I’m 2!) and these symbols have so much meaning for me.

But beyond that – they have this graphic quality to them that just make them literally LEAP right off the page…just like this:

Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler Designs

And  paired with the Bon Voyage Accoutrements Dies (add-on) you can pop up that compass just like I did in a different color. And how about those awesome border stamps. Of course – you have to use the BRAND NEW Catherine Pooler long rectangle block for those border stamps (available with the SOA first). That wonky border that Shawna drew is my all time favorite stamp in the whole collection – I literally can’t stop using it…lol.

And those sentiments from the World Awaits Stamp Set – I’m absolutely in love with those hand lettered sentiments. Don’t they pair up just perfectly with the You from the Bon Voyage Stamp Set in the Love is in the Air Collection!

Project Two – Hang On

Have you ever wanted a sentiment, but your set just doesn’t have it? Why not create your own? The Love Awaits Stamp Set is SO loaded with sentiments, I was able to find just the right sentiment for this super fun project.

Okay – I have to admit, the idea for this project is not my complete own. Shawna Clingerman sketched out a string of banners hanging from a cloud to a hot air balloon, and I just HAD to make that sketch a reality…lol. So this one is for you Shawna!! Little did she know – I’d turn her hand lettered word Change into hang too! 😉

Coupled with the awesome stamp set by Lisa Kirkbride which has the word Gonna – the word On was right there. I love it when that happens!

The World Awaits Stamp Set - Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler Designs

Did you notice that SUPER cool Postage stamp die border in white? I think one of my absolute favorite products from this collection is the alternating Postage/Stitched Rectangle Dies. I love that you don’t have to buy two sets of dies – there they are – together in one! And perfect with each other, just as on this card.

Lightly sponge a background on watercolor paper, you don’t even have to be exact. I left huge parts of white showing – doubled as clouds. Now my ink blending was light, so it’s hard to see, but trust me it’s there!

String those super cute banner dies from some thread and you have something special. For a fun effect, try doing the wrinkle free technique and then cut them out. Oh…did I mention there is a Mystery Ink in this collection too? Did I not tell you about that? You won’t be disappointed – and don’t wait…it won’t be released in the shop for some time!!

Catherine Pooler Ink

You’re dying to know to know the color aren’t you? It’s fun, and will fit right in with your collection of Catherine Pooler inks! Not to worry – there’s a refill available as an add-on for lots of stamping in months to come.

Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Love is in the air

Now it’s time to get seriously inspired!! To say these ladies are going to wow you is a HUGE understatement. If you’re joining here first – click right on to the next stop – Ilina Crouse. Ilina is SO unbelievably talented – I’m a HUGE fan, and you will be too. And then hop on to Susan and everyone else. Be sure to leave comments along the Love is in the Air blog hop. Catherine is giving away a collection each day – winner’s revealed on Catherine’s blog on the 10th. And if you’ve already purchased – you’ll get a Gift Card for $100 to use anytime you want in the shop or for the next SOA!!!

Have fun…

  1. Catherine Pooler   
  2. Justine Hovey  
  3. Kristie Goulet
  4. Karen Baker  
  5. Ardyth Percy-Robb  
  6. Ingrid Blackburn <–You’re Here!!
  7. Ilina Crouse  <– Head here Next!
  8. Susan Powell

Till next time –

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