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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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

Supplies: To make finding the supplies I used in these projects a bit easier for you, here are a few clickable links. Compensated Affiliate Links are used when possible. Click here for disclosure. Happy Shopping!


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.

Stamp of Approval

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.

Click Here to view the video tutorial in HD on YouTube

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:

Click Here to see this video tutorial in HD on YouTube

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 –

 

Stamp of Approval: The Perfect Reason – Release Day

The Perfect Reason Collection - Stamp of Approval

It’s release day over at Catherine Pooler Designs! Stamp of Approval – The Perfect Reason Collection is now available to the public! Yup – you’ve probably already hopped along on our three day Blog Hop – if not, I have links for you at the end.

We had a Midnight Release PJ Party last night over on StampNation – boy was that fun. Many of the Design Team members jumped on live to create (including me!) with the collection, there was tons of chat, a newly released challenge and just an overall fun time.

Stamp of Approval

I have a few more projects for you today! I thought I’d channel my inner DT Clean and Simple gurus – Maureen Merritt and Kristie Goulet. These gals have clean and simple down, and I always just smile at all their creations. So this one is for you Maureen and Kristie!

White space is the key to Clean & Simple design – evident in these three projects:

Project One: CAS Pop

You can always pop up a panel like this and stamp under and on top – easily match them up for a cool look. This card uses the Perfect Reason & the You Did It stamp sets.

Perfect Reason Stamp Set

Project Two: CAS Mod

Complimentary colors (from the color wheel) are the name of the game for the project above and below. I’m in love with these combinations. You can not go wrong if you stick to complimentary colors (opposites on the color wheel). This project uses the Everyday Mod & You Did It stamp sets – I’m in LOVE with the Everyday Mod set – it has great geometric shapes and greetings.

Everyday Mod Stamp Set

Project Three: Midnight Paisleys

And finally – I thought I’d show you one of the three projects I made last night at our Midnight Release Party. Details on the card are over at StampNation here. That was such a great time – to be online with 1000+ of our closest sistahs from StampNation was FUN!

Paisley Peacock Stamp Set

I stamped the black outlines for the paisleys, and they told me what colors to use. I cut my panel down and my other card is over at StampNation, along with my version of a case of DT Member Melissa Miller’s Blog Hop card here.

PLUS, the StampNation weekly challenge was released during the party too – here’s a peek at what I created for it – inspired by the challenge mood board. SO much fun.

The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval Collection

So if you haven’t gotten your hands on The Perfect Reason collection yet – don’t wait. It’s going to go fast! To see all the products in this new Stamp of Approval Collection – check out Catherine’s blog/video post right here.

And hop along the three days of Blog Hops. Comment along the way – Catherine is giving away three Perfect Reason Collections! You’ll LOVE creating with it. Click here to see the hops:

Day One                      Day Two                       Day Three

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

The Perfect Reason: Stamp of Approval Blog Hop – Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! You probably hopped on over from the crazy talented blog of Chrissie Tobas . I’m always amazed at what she creates. 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 10:00 am tomorrow. If any are still left at 3 pm, it will be released to the public.

Of course, If you are a StampNation member – you not only get to order a whole 10 hours early…but I’ll see you at the exclusive Midnight release party tonight – I’ll be participating live! We’re going to have FUN! 🙂

This collection has some incredible products in it that were a dream to create with. Let me show you just a few!

Project One: The Perfect Wreath

I love funky fun flowers and the Perfect Reason stamp set doesn’t disappoint. The flowers, foliage and greetings are not only easy to stamp with, but quirky & fun to work with. Oh, and it has a matching die set too!

Don’t you just love these shapes?!! And I LOVE little stamps like the teeny circle stamps – look at the Rockin Red ones – love that little detail in the middle. The greeting on this card is from the Everyday Mod stamp set.

The Perfect Reason Wreath

Be sure to check out The Perfect Reason Collection for detailed instructions on how to recreate this project.

Inks: Tutti Frutti, Tiki Torch, Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Rockin Red, Midnight, Fiesta Blue

Project Two: Clean & Simple Mod

You will be able to create several Clean & Simple projects with this collection too. Here is one of my favorite stamps from the Everyday Mod stamp set – an AWESOME geometric set with great greetings. Seriously – I can’t STOP creating with it!

The greeting is from the You Did It stamp set – it’s a fun one, right? I love the range in this sentiment stamp set – to see all the products in detail…be sure to check out Catherine’s blog right here.

CAS The Perfect Reason - Everyday Mod

TIP – If you want coordinating paper to go with your inks, just swipe the edge with your ink pad for a perfect look.

Colors: Aquatini, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)

Project Three: Stained Glass Blessing

If you’ve ever stopped by my blog, taken a class with me or seen one of my tutorials on YouTube – you KNOW I’m a stencil girl. And I LOVE to watercolor with vibrant colors – hello – Catherine Pooler Designs inks!!

I took all that goodness and wanted to make the Mod Squared Stencil shine – literally.

Josephs Coat Technique

Aren’t these colors just fabulous? We have a little stained Glass Josephs Coat Technique action going on here. Isn’t it amazing how the Midnight just transforms this piece into something really special?

My goal was to have my earth colors at the bottom going skyward to a celestial heaven. I hope that translates! The greetings are from the Everyday Mod Stamp Set.

The Perfect Reason - Stained Glass Technique

Step by step instructions can be found in the PDF that comes with The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval Collection.

Colors: Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, Something Borrowed, Flirty Fushia & Midnight – all Catherine Pooler Design inks + Versamark (Tsukeniko).

Stamp of Approval - The Perfect Reason

So now it’s your turn. Hop along to Taheerah’s blog – I’m SUCH a huge fan of hers, I just know you will be too. And if you haven’t seen the first two days of hops yet…what are you waiting for? Check them out – you can start right from Catherine’s Blog here. Leave a comment along the way for your chance to win one of three collections!

1. Catherine Pooler
2. Lisa Harrolle
3. Lydia Evans
4. Chrissie Tobas
5. Ingrid Blackburn You are here now
6. Taheerah Atchia – Hop on here next!

Have fun hopping, and I hope to see you at the live release party at StampNation tonight or right back here tomorrow for more inspiration!

The Perfect Christmas Tree

Are you always on the lookout for the perfect Christmas Tree? I am always striving for the perfect Christmas tree on my cards, and I think I’ve finally found it. After all, what’s more Christmas than a tree made of holly leaves and berries?

Today the Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection is available to the public (while supplies last). We had three days of blog hops, and many of my fellow dream team members have been posting projects all week long. Click HERE to check mine out from a few days ago. I’ll have links to all three below.

Today everyone – including the guest designers all have another project on their blogs – so be sure to stop by all 16 blogs for more ideas! There was some serious inspiration going on, wasn’t there?

The perfect Christmas Tree - Ingrid Blackburn

Here’s a tutorial for a card that works for anyone – male or female. One of my favorite parts is the two toned embossing in the greeting.

Be sure to click the link to watch it on YouTube in High Definition. And be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you see more in the future!

The Perfect Christmas Tree Video Tutorial

Click HERE to view in HD on YouTube

To get this look, use the watercolor stamping technique. But for a slight difference, I used Distress stain rather than ink pads – at least for the leaves. The result is so cool, the photos and video just don’t do it justice. Because every leaf has its own nuances, it looks like you hand painted it – and that’s really something for a stamped image!

Watercolor Stamping the perfect Christmas tree

The greetings are from the Merry & Bright Boughs stamp set, but for an added little something, use the double holly berries to give it an added touch with pewter embossing powder. That’s a great combination with the gilded gold.

As much as you want to add sequins and something else to complete the card – with a real watercolor, I encourage you to refrain. Allow the watercolor to shine. But the project did need something – that’s where the simple border of dots and lines comes in. It adds to it without taking away from it.

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I hope you love this one as much as I do. Have you tried watercolor stamping before? I think over the past week you can see I LOVE the technique. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried it!

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And if you missed my other two videos and four projects, here are some links for you to catch up:

CAS Peppermint Bark Watercolor            Peek-a-Boo & Christmas in a Box          Masculine Christmas Cards

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And if you missed all the inspiration, go through all the Blog Hops for some great ideas. Each day features new designers and starts on Catherine’s Blog:

Blog Hop – Day One          Blog Hop – Day Two          Blog Hop – Day Three

Have a great time checking out all the other blogs for creative inspiration. It’s time now for you to get your fingers inky!

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Forest Stag – Masculine Christmas Cards

We all need a few different types of Christmas cards – especially Masculine Cards. So what makes a Masculine Christmas card? Well, color mostly! When I think masculine, I think neutral colors – earthy, and not too overly cutesy.

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Today’s project is just that – and my first to really feature the rockin’ Stag from the Hip Holiday stamp set in the Candy Cane Lane Collection by Stamp of Approval. I’ve shared a few projects this past week already from this great collection – that goes on sale if you’re on the Wish List or a StampNation member this morning.

Tomorrow – if there are any left, it will go live to the public. There’s still time to get on the Wish List – so don’t wait if you like any piece of the collection. We also had three great Blog Hops loaded with Holiday card ideas for you. I have links to everything you may have missed below – not to worry!

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Now back to our Masculine Christmas Stag….Here’s a quick tutorial for this great clean and simple card – another great mass producible one:

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To keep with a masculine look – use neutral or muted colors. I chose to use Kraft card stock for the frame & card base. For the panel I used a dusky green – Always Artichoke by Stampin Up. For red accents – Cherry Cobbler and the Stag in White so that he really pops.

Once you’ve die cut your frame with the Merry Label Dies (CAS-ual Fridays for Stamp of Approval), edge it lightly with Tea Dye Distress Ink. This helps to accentuate the edge, give it a rustic look and showcase some of the debossing around the edges.

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Use the coordinating dies for the Hip Holiday set to cut the stag out in white. Next, stamp the stag in Soft Suede & Early Espresso for the patterned ears & neck. I just love him – isn’t he great! I made one with eyes and a smile, but ended up liking the one without a face better.

Rather than clutter the label die with stamped images – add some tone on tone boughs from the Merry & Bright Bough Stamp set. Keep it minimal so that it doesn’t overtake the card.

TIP – to get the bough placement just right, lightly trace the label die so you have a guide, then erase your lines once done! If you are mass producing cards, create a label out of masking paper, trim it down to the inner debossed line. That way you don’t have to keep tracing it!

Fold your card base in half and stamp the Peppermint Stick background stamp in Cherry Cobbler on the edge. Glue your Artichoke card front on.

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Glue your stag to the label, emboss a greeting in gold onto Cherry Cobbler. I used the lower part of Sweetest Holiday Wishes from the Candy Cane Lane stamp set. TIP – I actually cut that one apart – there is a bit of space between the sweetest and Holiday Wishes – it easily lines back up if desired – but I’ll get so much more use from it this way without having to constantly mask it off!

Glue your greeting over the stag and label – trim the edges and pop it all up with foam tape. Add a few gold sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (that large one is by Rico Designs) and you’re all set!

It’s cute, right? I’m in love with this color combo.

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If you didn’t get a chance to see my two videos for this collection, here are the links to those pages. There’s a video on each!

CAS Peppermint Bark      Peek-a-Boo Candy Canes & Christmas in a Box

I also have a great Christmas in a Box project on there too. Tomorrow, you’ll get to see another video tutorial with a technique project right here, so stop on by.

If you would like to get even more Christmas ideas from me, check out my YouTube channel, plus subscribe to my Creative Tips E-letter below or to the right. In about a month, I will be starting my yearly 12 Days of Christmas series. You’ll only see those projects free in your inbox through Creative Tips.

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To see all the amazing creations from the past few days – don’t miss the blog hops….You can still win a free box! Leave comments along the way. Check them out here:

Blog Hop – Day One          Blog Hop – Day Two          Peppermint Watercolor

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And finally… if you’re a StampNation member – be sure to check out the Challenge this morning! It’s loaded with Stamp of Approval cards!!! Can you guess which one is mine?!

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Now you have some serious holiday inspiration! See you tomorrow with even more…

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