Harry Potter Inspired Card Video Hop

Harry Potter Card Hop

Have you ever been inspired by a favorite book or movie? Today I bring you a fun little video card hop, inspired by the Harry Potter series and a few of my crafty friends for a Harry Potter Scenic Card Tutorial!

This summer, Justine Hovey and I met up for lunch in Stuttgart, Germany while we were both visiting. I don’t even remember how we got onto the conversation – but we discovered yet, another love that we shared in common – Harry Potter! We thought, that would be a just for fun video hop – and my mind immediately went to my friend Laurel Beard – who I knew loved Harry Potter just as much as me. And Justine knew Jessica Frost Ballas was just as addicted, and this hop was born!

Harry Potter Scenic Card Tutorial - Ingrid Blackburn

So here’s a fun, book/movie series inspired hop for you – filled with prizes, a little magic and of course – Harry Potter!

Be sure to hop along all four blogs and YouTube channels – leave comments – cause we’re giving away prizes on each blog – Harry Potter themed prizes!! Plus it’s fun to see how each designer was inspired.

If you’ve followed me a little, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I just HAD to create a Harry Potter scenic card! Harry Potter inspires me in so many ways – the castle, forest, bricks, owls, forest, dark vs. light, books, forest, wands, magic and oh, did I mention FOREST?!!! Naturally I had to create one of my favorite scenes of all time (Spoiler Alert) – the Dementor attack/Patronus charm at the end of Book 3.

Harry Potter Scenic Card Tutorial

I knew the perfect stamps to use too…Stampscapes. Kevin Nakagawa’s gorgeous line of stamps would perfectly evoke that larger than life feel I wanted to create along the frozen lake deep into the Forbidden Forest. Here’s a video of exactly how I created this beauty.

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The Tree Trunk stamp was perfect for this card. But I needed it at different heights – and what do you do when your card is larger than the stamp? That’s part of the beauty of Stampscapes stamps. The way Kevin has beautifully drawn these scenic elements is with little dots. So it’s very easy to naturally stretch and build onto your scene with it looking effortless and part of the original design.

So in this image, the left most trunk is actually only 4.5″ tall and the card is 5.25″ high. So how do you stretch your image so that it goes the full length? Simple – flip the top of the trunk around and stamp to fill that area. Now, you can’t have your tree get fatter – so you’re limited to a small part of the stamp, but see how it seamlessly lines up?

Stampscapes Tree Trunk Stamp

For the bottom – fill in the area with a little bit of color – add some dots with a micron pen and some distress markers. Then take the bottom of your stamp – ink it up and fade out the edges on it. That leaves you with the gorgeous texture – use that to fill in your trunk base. It just blends effortlessly! With more shading, and there’s zero chance of anyone noticing that wasn’t meant to be. Would you have seen the seam if I hadn’t pointed it out to you?

To bring the Harry Potter Scenic Card to life, layer your ink colors light to dark into your scene from the edge in. I used Kromekote Glossy cardstock – 12 pt for a strong base that let the colors glide with the Colorbox Stylus tool. Blues, Greys, Greens and Browns – your nature colors fill the scene with depth.

The key to this scene is the dark mystical nature of the Forbidden Forest. Without it, and it’s just another forest scene. We need the play of good vs. evil here – light vs. dark. Since I wasn’t sure how I could create a Dementor, I used dark shadows to get that effect playing off the bright explosive Patronus Charm.

Harry Potter Card - Forest Scene

And to get that bright glow – emboss the large buck (my Harry Patronus – the stag) and surround it with the white explosive glow. To get it to look just right, I had to play – and as you see in the video…a few ways just didn’t give the right feel. Swirls with a paper towel and some Hero Hues Unicorn Pigment ink did the trick.

Some finishing touches of white gel pen to emphasize ice and cold along the lake edge and glow in the tree trunks mixed with the perfect dark edging pulls the scene together. I didn’t have a greeting that worked for me, so I created my own with a downloaded Harry Potter free font.

I LOVE the third movie – and this is one of my favorite scenes. I think I love Harry and Hermine climbing over the huge roots at the base of these monster trees the most. The forest is so mystical and dark – I can do with out the dementors – they always freak me out…so it’s a good thing I can create my own Patronus – at least in a Harry Potter Scenic Card form!

Harry Potter Forest Card - Stampscapes - Ingrid Blackburn

What’s your favorite book/movie? Do you have something about this series that inspires you? Colors, characters, elements? When you start to create yourself – tag us with #CraftyPotterHeads! We’d love to see what you make.

Leave me a comment and I’ll enter you into my Harry Potter drawing! I’m giving away a couple decks of Harry Potter playing cards – to be delivered by Owl Oct. 1st….okay…I guess USPS will have to do. Back to reality for this muggle…

Thanks for stopping by! Now Accio Firebolt – hop on and visit my crafty friends for more chances to win and some creative magical inspiration!

Harry Potter Magical Blog Hop List

Ingrid Blackburn – You are Here
Jessica Frost Ballas – Head on over here Next!
Justine Hovey
Laurel Beard

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Counting Blessings SOA Blog Hop

Welcome to the Counting Blessings Day 3 Blog Hop! Today I have a treat for you – three projects…so let’s dive right in!

If you are new to Stamp of Approval, Catherine curates a box of stamps/dies/stencils that can be used together for endless hours of fun. This box has a fall theme to it, but I’ll be honest with you – you’ll be able to use the Counting Blessings collection all year long. I’ve seen so many projects in the first two blog hop days that prove that point!

The last collection sold out in just 15 hours, so if you love what you see – do not wait. Make sure you are on the wait list – as you’ll get the chance to grab a collection before anyone else!

The Counting Blessings collection has:

  • Four Stamp Sets
  • Three Dies
  • Two Stencils
  • A free NEW block – seriously – they are my all time favorites (you’ll LOVE the weight, design and feel)
  • A special SURPRISE
  • A Free PDF packed with project ideas ($15 value!)

Be sure to leave comments along the way to get a chance to enter into the drawing for a free Counting Blessings collection yourself.

Our first project is a classic take on Fall Foliage. I lived in New York for seven years, and the fall foliage was by far my favorite time of year. I still dream of all those vibrant colors – well, Catherine Pooler Designs Ink is perfect to showcase that! Um, hello Rockin’ Red, Grass Skirt, Tiara, Orange Twist and the new Icing on the Cake!!! You’ll find detailed instructions on this one in the free project packed PDF with the Counting Blessings Collection.

Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval card by Ingrid Blackburn

That background was created with the Leaf Motif stamp set. On the tag – I used a little Whipped Spackle for some texture with the Marching Leaves Stencil on the cool tag using the Tags, Etc. Dies. The fall colored leaf die is one of the two from the Fallen Leaves Dies and how about that Thankful die? I LOVE that hand lettered script by designer and artist Shawna Clingerman. And if you love that one – just wait till you see the next project.

The Autumn Blessings stamp set is beyond fall perfection to me. You’ll get three gorgeous hand lettered sentiments that work for any occasion. Catherine does such an amazing job at making sure there are lots of little extra pieces to really stretch your creativity – that’s one of the reasons I love her projects SO much. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

In this set you’ll find awesome little stamps that give you so much more to just a sentiment set. And how awesome is it that Bless – has two options for endings – LOVE that!

My Personal Favorite – The sentiment add ons in this set that I love the most are the three individual words – You Are Home. How great for military, loved ones, those recovering from a hospital stay, etc… I just love that this set reaches so many more options for card making than just fall and thanksgiving.

Gradient Watercolor Wash by Ingrid Blackburn

Stretch one of the sentiments from the Good Things stamp set by just using the top and bottom of it along with the three main sentiments in the Autumn Blessings set – don’t they just work together flawlessly! Notice all the little bits added – the wheat, leaf and little spray do hickey at the very bottom – don’t you just love my official name for that one. If you know the official name for that one – seriously…tell me in the comments!

A quick little watercolor wash, some flicking and then embossing with water and you’re all set. If you want to learn how to do ALL those techniques – check out StampNation. The library of tutorials there is insane – over 700 to date!

The sentiment in this next project may look familiar – do you recognize the top and bottom from the one above? Pair that up with a simple masked window using the Tags, Etc. Dies set – I LOVE that giant scalloped die – don’t forget to use it as a stencil like here! Stamp the leaves from the Leaf Motif stamp set in those amazing colors using Catherine Pooler inks and you’re all set! A simple one layer card that has amazing interest to it.

Counting Blessings SOA - One Layer by Ingrid Blackburn

Not bad right? Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more – it’s Release Day! Yay! Of course if you are a StampNation member – you can hang with us live in the Pajama Party Release tonight and get your box before everyone on the wait list! Membership has its perks!

Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval

Now hop on along to Kimberly Wiener’s Blog and then everyone else on the Blog Hop today. Leave a comment along with way to be entered in for a free Counting Blessings collection!! And check out Day 1 and 2 as well.

1. Catherine
2. Taheerah 
3. Lydia Evans
4. Ingrid Blackburn – You are Here
5. Kimberly Wiener – Hop here Next!
6. Jill

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Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Collection – 2 videos!

Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Blog Hop - Ingrid Blackburn

Welcome to Day 3 of The Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! You probably hopped on over from Lydia Evans’ blog – she’s uber talented, isn’t she? I’m such a fan of hers. The whole hop list is at the end, but first here are a few projects to showcase just how amazing this curated collection inspired me.

If you’re new to Stamp of Approval – click here to check out everything you need to know about this amazing collection of Stamps, Dies and Stencils.

And make sure you are on the wait list so you get access to the collection at 9:00 am tomorrow June 7th before the public. The Add-ons are limited – especially the Wild Garden Dies, you don’t want to miss out.

Of course, If you are a StampNation member – you not only get to order hours earlier…but I’ll see you at the exclusive Slumber Party release tonight – I’ll be participating live – so come stamp with me, Catherine and many others from the Design Team.

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How I’m Naturally Inspired

If you’ve followed me for a while you know nature is my thing – in case you haven’t noticed – I love trees, the mountains, flowers – and especially greenery! I’m 100% at home walking in the mountains, woods, among trees & flowing water – I’m a born and raised northern California girl after all. Growing up in San Francisco, I’m partial to the ocean – and having lived 10 years in Florida…I never tire of these sunsets:

My true inspiration for my work is nature around me – it brings me the peace I need to think clearly and allow the creativity to flow. So much so, that I even have a few little Christmas trees all around me on my desk…lol!

In a few weeks, I’m heading back to the Black Forest for the Summer – and I can’t wait to just be in my element again (I spent the last three years there). Here’s a little sneak into my world – sadly it’s the wrong time of year for the snow, but you will definitely find me shortly wandering along one of thousands of paths and trails daily:

I love the textures and colors of nature. It drives my creations. Today I have a few colorful pieces (and videos) for you too! And wouldn’t you know…I even managed two scenic cards – very different from each other as well. Enjoy!

Project One – Naturally Inspired Sunset Silhouettes

I love scenic cards – and when I first saw the Wild Garden stamp set designed by Lisa Kirkbride, this card literally popped into my head. Paired up with Catherine Pooler Designs vibrant inks, I just knew the ink swipe technique was calling. Here’s a video on how I created this colorful layered sunset on glossy paper.

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Aren’t those colors just amazing. And with this fun technique, the possibilities are unlimited. In addition to the SOA collection, the Wild Garden set also has add-on dies which are perfect to cut out those intricate shapes.

Ink Swipe Technique on Scenic Cards

Project Two – Medallions

One of my favorite parts of this box is the surprise elements. Usually you’ll have some awesome stamps, dies and maybe even a stencil – but Catherine really outdid herself this time. Especially with the Wanderlust exclusive embossing glitter by WOW! It’s an exclusive mix just for this Collection and let me tell you – it sparkles! I think I was able to capture the sparkle pretty well here – it’s super cool on black too, becomes sparkly yellow – like a yellow diamond.

The Medallions are so versatile – I’ve just scratched the surface with them. If you didn’t see the sneak peek Catherine let you in on for my Navy Metallic card in the Facebook Live the other day – stop by in a few days, I’ll have that project right here along with a few more.

This project showcases Catherine Pooler Designs Inks: Party Dress, Bellini, It’s a Girl, Sweet Sixteen and Tiki Torch.

Medallion Mix Up by Catherine Pooler Designs

This project keeps the Medallion Mix Up images stamped as a nest within each other – but then uses the same colors in an overlapped pattern in the back. While I love the look, it was a bit busy – so to tone it down just a smidge and allow the focal piece to jump out a bit – try adding a simple sheet of vellum. You still see all that colorful goodness, without allowing it to overtake your project.

But today it’s all about some fun colorful medallions mixed with all that sparkly goodness. I won’t lie, I’m addicted to the Best Die – I LOVE Shawna Clingerman’s (the illustrator) hand scripted font – who wouldn’t, right?

And then glitter that baby up – WOW! Literally.

WOW! Wanderlust Embossing Glitter

But don’t think to just keep the glitter to just there – add it to the edge of your circle or card front for a truly special look. And just imagine this card in Blues & browns for a great Masculine look!

Project Three – Colorful Feathers

The Naturally Inspired Collection lends itself quite well to great clean and simple design, here’s a super quick and fun one. The Feather stamp is amazing – did you see that all the little birds in the set that can be stamped as if they are transformed out of the tip?!! How clever is that!

I kept things colorful and simple here – some great ink colors…a little mystery too! I’m in LOVE with the Simply the Best stamp set – you can create so many amazing sentiments with this set. And I just love the various ways to stamp Best – quirky, scripty – just LOVE that.

Quick Clean and Simple Cards by Ingrid Blackburn

But I have to admit – my favorite stamp in the entire collection is that diamond pattern. It’s only about 1 1/2 inches long – but look at how cool it looks stamped in a row?!! You will find that it is SUPER easy to layer end to end – I did this one by hand – no Misti needed here.

Pretty cool huh? NOW…see how I used that very same feather – and colors in the next project. Yes, this next project was made with all those colorful bright colors – honest!

Project Four – Watercolored Landscape

I love both my scenic cards today for very different reasons. The techniques couldn’t be any farther apart from one another. This one is an effortless watercolor that combines the vibrant colors from the first into the muted subtle shades that you see here. The moment I saw the little birds from Birds of a Feather, I was on a mission to see how I could take the stamps from this collection and stretch them into something different – trees!

Here’s a detailed video on how to recreate just that. And if you loved this, definitely subscribe to my YouTube channel too:

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Kind of cool, huh? I love creating something new and unique from existing supplies – versatility in my products is SO important. Plus being a fan and DT team mate of Kristie Goulet – the queen of uniquely stamped cards will do that to you!

Watercolor Landscape Cards using the Naturally Inspired Collection

I have detailed supplies and instructions on both scenic cards in the Naturally Inspired SOA PDF Guide – it’s jam packed with great projects to get you started – definitely one of my favorite components of each collection – detailed how to instructions!

So I encourage you to think outside the box with this collection. It won’t be hard. You’ll get such varied results which is just awesome.

These four projects believe it or not – uses almost every item in the box. I love it when I can create 10 different projects and no two are the same – I can’t wait to show you the rest. That’s the sign of a home run to me! So let’s get you entered in to win one of these amazing Naturally Inspired collections yourself!

Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Collection by Catherine Pooler Designs

To win one, just hop along and leave some love on all my team mates blogs. All the blogs from the last two days too – the Design Team inspirational line up is epic! Tell us what inspires you too.

Here’s the talented line up for today:

1. Catherine Pooler
2. Taheerah Atchia
3. Laurel Beard
4. Lydia Evans
5. Ingrid Blackburn You are here!
6. Heather North < Hop here Next!
7. Cynde Whitlow

Hope you enjoyed these projects and videos. Was I was able to inspire you to get creating yourself? I want to know what inspires you – tell me in the comments below! You never know – you may just win a Naturally Inspired Collection yourself.

Till next time –

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Spring Fling Blog Hop

It’s release day over at Catherine Pooler Designs, and we’re kicking it off with a creative packed Blog Hop – it’s the Spring Fling Release!

Today, the shop has some brand spanking new Inks! Yes, the Party Collection just got 8 new colors…and I even managed to use them all on one project below.

In addition to the new ink pads & refills – there is a great floral stamp set – Beautiful You, a fun sentiment set – Simply Stated, my favorite new background stamp – Modern Damask and that’s just the stamps! Catherine also released two circle die sets – one with embossed dots (Dotted Circles), a go to regular set (Circles) – that matches many stamps, and three word dies – Spot on Sentiments.

I have to say, the Party Collection of Catherine Pooler Inks is quickly becoming a necessary go to for me. I’m in love with the vibrant fully saturated colors, and although today’s release looks more on the pastel side…let me tell you – they really pack a punch! Just take a look at all this color goodness:

I found it interesting that the colors I wouldn’t normally gravitate toward, I keep reaching for – they are just that cool! Check them out yourself in the store here.

Now for the creative fun, as I mentioned this is a Blog Hop, so after you check out my projects, be sure to see the amazing projects the rest of the Dream Team made!

Beautiful You

I thought I’d keep this one simple for you – three slightly masked flowers from the Beautiful You stamp set – I LOVE this set, and can’t wait to show you SO much more with this (yes, you’ll have to keep coming back…lol).

You’ll want to use Sweet Sixteen and Pixie Dust to color the smaller flowers, and then layered both colors using an Aqua Brush for a little more depth in the larger flower.

The leaves are colored with Garden Party, and for a little background interest – use It’s a Boy – it’s PERFECT for sky, and around flowers. I kept it quite diluted the further out I went, but stronger right up against the flowers.

Stamp a few of the filler images (can’t have enough of those), add your sentiment and draw a border to tie it all together with a micron pen.

To use the ink pads – just smoosh them on an acrylic block and you have a quick watercolor palette.

To give this set an elegant garden look – pair it with the Lovely Lattice background stamp – it’s perfect for this card. I love it black on black, don’t you? So simple, yet it really finishes the card off.

Spring Fling Rainbow Congrats

I wanted to really see what these new colors could do, so I created a Wrinkle Free Distress technique piece with each one. Let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint. I was actually quite surprised at how vibrant they actually were. And here they are all together – how could you not love these?

I am going to use the majority of these pieces for a few projects coming up in the next few days, but for today – I wanted to see what all 8 would look like on one card. How fun is this card – it’s happy, colorful and just fun.

Once you have your technique pieces – click here for a video on how to do the wrinkle free distress technique that I used to create those, trim off a 3/8 or 1/2″ strip of each. Overlap them onto a card base and adhere your sentiment right over.

To add a little bling – run a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen over your sentiment and add a few Sequins.

That’s it! You can see how quickly you can make several of these.

Thanks for hanging with me for a bit – now you’re off to the VERY talented Lydia Evans – I know you’re jaw will drop when you see what she’s created for you!

Be sure to comment along the way too. Catherine is going to draw three winners from the blogs – you may just find yourself with an ink collection of your own! 🙂

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And stop by in the next few days for more creative fun with this collection! Happy Hopping!!

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Combining Stencils & Background Stamps

Don’t you just love taking things that you already have and using them in new ways? Today I thought it would be fun to show you how to combine stencils & background stamps for an unexpected look! So dust them off, and let today’s video inspire you to create something fun.

I’m honored to be participating in a video hop today to celebrate my friend Justine Hovey’s 1 Million views on her YouTube channel! WOW – she’s worked hard over the years to create something special, and I’m so excited to celebrate alongside her and some good friends.

Justine will be posting new videos all month long and giving away tons of prizes too. So definitely check her blog out here for all the details. She’s doing something fun with the video hop – each video along the hop has a secret word somewhere in it. Make sure to collect all of them to enter! And I think you’ll find plenty of fun YouTube channels to subscribe to along the way.

Combining Stencils & Background Stamps Tutorial

The theme for the video hop today is Celebrate, so my mind instantly went to putting on a party and getting out my fun colorful serving dishes. Michael and I love to entertain! I have several in the color Olive, and the Spice Market stamp design reminded me of fun entertaining dishes – so I just HAD to combine the two in some way for you over on my YouTube Channel. And inspiration struck.

Here are all the details and exactly how you can create this fun project:

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I used the Pattern of Rings stencil designed by Winnie & Walter for the Friendship Stamp of Approval Collection and combined it with one of my favorite background stamps – Spice Market by Hero Arts. And you can see – it’s a totally new look!

When combining stencils & background stamps yourself, look at recurring patterns. I chose the Pattern of Rings stencil because it was circles and there were lots of circular designs in the Spice Market stamp, so I thought they’d play well together.

Combining Stencils & Background Stamps

So now it’s your turn – raid your stash of stencils and background stamps and start to create some amazing patterns!

Till next time –

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Supplies

To make finding the supplies I used in this project a bit easier for you, here are a few clickable links. Those that have multiple shopping options are indicated with letters – EH – Ellen Hutson, SSS – Simon Says Stamp. Compensated Affiliate Links are used when possible. Click here for disclosure. Happy Shopping!


Catherine Pooler Ink Party Collection Release – Blog Hop

How cool were Lydia’s projects? You’re probably arriving from Lydia Evans blog….well, it’s finally here – the long awaited Party Collection of inks! I have to say – I have been really excited about this new ink release and I’m just bursting ready to continue to show you how great these inks are – and the colors – I’m in love with the vibrant new – Catherine Pooler Designs Premium Dye Ink – the Party Collection.

Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop - Party Collection

Catherine’s inks initially debuted in November with a small release in the Foundations Box – exclusive stamp sets, card stock, acrylic block & just five little ink pads – everything you need to get stamping…they sold out in under 24 hours. Up until today, you could only get your hands on these beauties that way – well now you can get the entire collection + refills in the Catherine Pooler Store!

This is the first line of colors to be released, and they are bright, vibrant, cover amazingly and watercolor like a dream. Along with some of the best card stock I’ve worked with (and that’s saying a lot – I’ve been stamping for over 15+ years), you will not be disappointed.

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The inks are foam pads – and that’s to your advantage. It’s different than most brands available today – one of the pluses to that is that the coverage is so much better than felt pads. You just need a little love tap and your coverage is incredible.

Well, today the Design Team has a blog hop filled with colorful creativity for you. There are prizes too – so comment along the way!

I have three projects, so let’s dive right in:

#1 – Birthday Wishes

I thought I would have some fun with the Spot On stamp set that is exclusive to the Foundations Box – you’ll also get the Fiesta Blue and Twisted Orange ink pads in there. Pair them up with Tiki Torch and Something Borrowed and you’re all set.

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The thought behind this card was to use complimentary colors – blue and orange. The colors just pop and those awesome graphic circles give a ton of interest.

But my favorite is mixing the many greetings in this set – how awesome is it to use print and script together? LOVE that!

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Notice how perfect that Something Borrowed mat is for my card front? I just ran the ink pad down a the sides of my white card stock and created my own perfectly matching card stock….think outside the box when you need perfect color co-ordination next time.

#2 Thank You Watercolor Dream

Okay – you had to know that I would do a little watercoloring today…lol! I’m OBSESSED with the new Aquatini ink pad from the Party Collection. Let’s just start with the name – brilliant! All the names are fun actually. To get this watercolor abstract look, use the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique – only with these amazing inks – yup….distress move on over – there’s a new watercolor ink in town.

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I mean look at this watercolor dream – I LOVE…just LOVE how these inks sponge, watercolor and react with water afterward. Everything I’m looking for in Mixed Media, watercolor and many more techniques.

This project has a blend of Aquatini, Lime Ricky and a hint of Tiara underneath (seriously – those names rock!). I really worked the Lime Rickey and Aquatini to get just the right look. Flick a little clean water and you’re all set.

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Once dry, emboss a greeting and add some sequins. Here I added the new Still Smiling Thank You…I’ve been in desperate need of a great thank you card for a dear friend…as our personal belongings are still en route from Europe to our new home! So I’m a crafter without any cards….go figure – Still Smiling and simple amazing techniques to the rescue!

#3 CAS Thanks

I fell in love with project #2 – so I took my scraps from my trimmed down watercolor piece and stretched that technique piece into a great Clean and Simple card. The leaves are stamped and embossed in white from the Still Smiling stamp set and the greeting is stamped in what else – Aquatini!

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The greetings in this set are just priceless. You’ll have to check them out here. Isn’t that texture in the watercolor piece just awesome. I love how bright and vibrant it is…even after being diluted with the spritzed water/heat repeat!

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Well there you have it – just a quick little glimpse into the Party Collection at Catherine Pooler Designs. Now hop on next to Allison Copes blog for more colorful creativity!

I hope you had fun – see you VERY soon! 🙂

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World Card Making Day Blog Hop

Hello World! Today is World Card Making Day, and what better way to kick off the day than with the Hello World Blog Hop with 22 designers all coming together for one purpose – to inspire you by creating cards using a brand new special stamp & die set designed for a great cause! The best part is that we have a little giving back going on this entire week. AND…guess what – you can participate too!

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My good friend Catherine Pooler, Founder of StampNation – a world wide community of crafters & Catherine Pooler Designs, has been wanting to give back from her business for a while now. But there are so many great organizations and causes – where do you start?

Well, one day this past August, one of her crafty friends (who happens to be a rockin’ stamp designer – that would be Chaitali Narla) contacted her to come together and do a little good in the world. The very next day Catherine saw another crafty friend, Jennifer Ingle,  post about a little cause she and her husband Sean were trying to raise funds for….and the idea for Hello World was born!

Sean Ingle teaches Civics & Government, Geography and Debate to kids in grades 6-8 in the Boston area. Their school does not have the funds for computers, a computer lab or in a library. So these kids, who don’t have computers at home either (they are all on a free or reduced lunch program), don’t get to learn the way most kids do today. Let’s be honest – most kids are exposed to computers from a very young age. Can you imagine not having that exposure for basic life skills as a young teen?

Sean’s goals are to raise enough money to have Chrome notebooks for the classroom so two students can share and get the exposure they need in the classroom setting. Wouldn’t it be great if we could raise enough so that all students had one?!!

So Catherine and the team at Catherine Pooler Designs put their heads together and came up with the stamp set Hello World. Chaitali’s favorite sentiment is Hello or Hi, so this set is illustrated by her, and says Hello or Hi in various languages from around the world. It has great sentiments to go along with that making it a more versatile set. All the profits from this stamp and matching die set from today October 1st through Friday October 7th will be donated to purchase Computers and other supplies in Sean’s classroom in Boston. Now that’s a worthy cause!

Here are the two sets that are giving back:

Be sure to stop by Catherine’s Blog at the beginning of the hop (link below) to get her full story, and if you’d like to donate directly to Click Here for the Go Fund me page – Chromebooks for Urban Education.

Now for a little creative inspiration using the Hello World Stamps & Dies….

Hello World Project Tutorials: 

#1 – Wordy Hello

This clean and simple card is pretty easy to put together. You’ll want to line up several of the sentiments from the Hello World Stamp set. I first lined them up with the hello, then removed it to ink and stamp it separately. I wanted to have an ombre feel to it, do I inked it up in light from the middle outward in the following colors: Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy – all by Stampin’ Up!.

For a darker result, ink up the hello in versamark first, then directly into Midnight Muse by Stampin’ Up!.  Heat set it with clear embossing powder for an added effect. Matte your card front with your darkest shade – here in Midnight Muse.

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I wanted the background to show all the fun dots from the new CP Designs stamp set YAY Stripes! For a fun look, ink up the bottom of the dotted stripe in a lighter shade, and the top in a darker one. That way when you stack them – you have dark/light contrasts in color. It helps to make it stand out a little more. I layered mine three times.

A few fun little orange hearts from the Lovely Flowers Stamp Set and some white twine up top and you’re all set!

#2 Elegant Hello

For my second project today, I wanted to do another clean and simple card, but a little elegant – enter embossing! Start out by embossing the solid stripe from YAY Stripes in Black on Black card stock. I LOVE that look!

For a complete contrast, emboss the butterfly from Butterfly Notes by Catherine Pooler Designs in Gilded Gold by Brutus Monroe. I love this butterfly – the detail on the wing and the outline are different and unique. It looks so pretty embossed – almost foiled!

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Continue to add some golden touches by dragging your Versamark pad along the edges of your card front and emboss in Guilded Gold. Emboss the Hello greeting from Hello World in gold on black and cut out using the Hello World dies. Adhere to your card front, put your card together and add some sequins – that’s it!

#3 Hello World Word Cluster

This last project is my favorite. I love word clusters, and this set is PERFECT for this technique. Word clusters is simply that – clusters of words. Arrange them first, then drop your acrylic block or Misti on them to secure them.

Here’s the biggest TIP to help you with word clusters – stamp them first on a piece of copy paper and keep as a guide. This way, if you mess anything up, you can easily and quickly re-assemble them and move on.

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To create this cluster, I removed the large hello, stamped the cluster in Soft Sky by Stampin’ Up!, added the Hello, stamped in Soft Suede, cut out with the Hello World Dies & popped it up for drama. The little word world never made my master – my master was always just the hello greetings. I stamped that in the open space after.

Matte your white card front so you have a 1/16″ border of Soft Sky on the top and bottom. Stamp the bold stripe stamp from YAY Stripes top and bottom so that you have a little peeking out. Adhere together and add a little Brown Bakers Twine up top with a bow – super simple and easy! This is a GREAT mass produced card. Just stamp all your pieces out at once and assemble factory line style.

So what did you think? I know they are easy for me, I was in a Clean and Simple mood the past few days. I have more coming this week with this stamp set, so be sure to stop back by!

Here’s the list of all 22 Hello World Designers to inspire you today. Be sure to stop by everyone’s blog. If you would like to purchase the Hello World Stamp Set & Hello World Die set, please visit the Store over at Catherine Pooler Designs. Here’s a link. Remember that all the profits from this stamp and dies set this entire week are going to fund this classroom – wouldn’t it be great if we could blast through the goal!  And if you want to directly donate, please click here.

Happy Hopping!!

Have a great creative World Card Making Day!!!

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