New Ink Release: Paradise Found

Spa ink Catherine Pooler

How often can you help introduce a NEW line of inks? Today is the debut release for Catherine Pooler’s new Spa Line of inks – Paradise Found Collection. I have been waiting for this day for a LONG time, as these colors are definitely my colors! I hope you love a peek into these gorgeous colors now available in the shop over at Catherine Pooler Designs – click here to see them!

Along with these fabulous inks, you’ll also see seven brand new products – three stamps and four dies, and one of my favorite Stamp of Approval collections hit the shop too! Here’s a little taste from the new sets and Naturally Inspired all in these soothing, earthy colors that really pack a punch.

First up here’s a gorgeous example of what these inks can do with water. I did a little demo over on Catherine’s Facebook 2 pm Live yesterday to show exactly how you can start to layer these beauties.

The color is rich, muted and makes me just say Ahhhh, every time I look at them. Above you see all eight colors in ROYGBIV order – Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Daydream, Juniper Mist, and Royal Treatment. Aren’t those names and colors just incredible!

And here are a few layered with the amazing hand lettered stamp by Ilana Griffo:

And just to showcase how different this line is from the original party line, here’s a spa version of a card I made for the Naturally Inspired Release in June, but with the gorgeous spa tones. How’s this for a contrast:


As you can see the original line of Party inks are bright and vibrant, and the Spa line are soothing and muted. They still pack a punch, but I just LOVE the contrast!!! So, which one are you – Party or Spa?

Come back again this week, as I have so much more to share with you! Now get a hopping, there are some amazing cards for you to see….and if you haven’t already visited the shop – click here and quickly get your inks. There are limited supplies of some of the newer released items like the exclusive Glass Slipper and Wanderlust Embossing Glitter – so don’t miss out!!!

Blog Hop List:

  1. Catherine Pooler  Hop here next!
  2. Melissa Miller  
  3. Jennifer Carter 
  4. Justine Hovey
  5. Amy Kolling 
  6. Ardyth Percy-Robb  
  7. Ingrid Blackburn You are Here!!!

Christmas Video Hop + Prizes!

Justine Hovey's 12 Days Of Christmas Series

Today I have a cute little project using the new Simon Says Stamp set Give Thanks – yes for a Christmas card! Don’t you just love using stamp sets that work for more than just one holiday?! And I’m also participating in a fun little video hop to help kick off my friend Justine Hovey’s 12 Days of Christmas series this year plus there are prizes too! It’s her fourth series, and I can’t wait to see what she’s created! SO much fun.

Justine always has fun blog and video hops. Each person in the hop has a unique question for you. You need to watch each video, answer the various questions on each person’s channel to be entered to win! Don’t forget to subscribe along the way too – there are some GREAT card designers along the way. And this hop, sponsored by Simon Says Stamp has some cool prizes – gift certificates by Simon Says Stamp (one of my go to places to shop), a MISTI tool giveaway by My Sweet Petunia – enough said, and my favorite prize… a 10 pack of hand made cards by Justine herself. So sit back, enjoy all the fun and learn a little along the way!

Some pretty creative people participating today, so be sure to subscribe to everyone’s YouTube channels as well! For a full list on hop participants – be sure to check out my video over on YouTube here! Leave comments along the way to be eligible for prizes and enter the giveaway over on Justine’s channel!

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Create your own colored background for fun banners with the Give Thanks stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Add sparkle to your project using WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Powder – definitely one of my go to powders this season!

Be sure to watch all the videos and enter to win some fabulous prizes on Justine’s blog. She’s going to giveaway the prizes on Nov 7th!

Do you create your own backgrounds with inks too? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by, till next time!

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Ombre Lattice Thanks: A Study in Compliments

Sometimes you just need a good color combination to work from. Today I have a fun little project that is simple, straightforward and has that little pop!

Have you ever heard of complimentary colors? No, they didn’t just say “Oh…excuse me did anyone ever tell you that you are prettiest shade of orange!?” Okay – that was a bit cheesy…what I really mean is that they are on opposite sides of the color wheel. When opposite sides of the color wheel come together – something amazing happens. The amazing thing is what we are focusing on today – the pop.

Before I get too into the pop (the amazing part) the opposite holds true if you actually blend the two complimentary colors – you get ick – mud. So for today, we’ll talk about layering complimentary colors like Blue and Orange, and stay in the pretty place!

Blue is my favorite color – and more often than not, I love a blend of blues. So to get a cool look, ink up the top of your Lattice Background stamp with Mint to Be, the middle with Aquatini and the bottom with Fiesta Blue. To get that seamless blend, use a mini sponge tool, dauber, or even the lighter ink pad and dab on the border where they blend. That takes any of the harshness away and you’ll be left with an ombre look.

Ombre Lattice Thanks Card

Now for the Pop! To allow your floral images to shine a bit more on their own, cut a circle using the Circle Dies out of vellum cardstock. Next cut several floral images with the Lovely Flowers Banners and Dies. Stamp the coordinating images from Lovely Flowers in Tutti Fruitti and Orange Twist. Stamp your leafy branches in Mint to Be.

We’re working with two sets of compliments here – Red/Green and Blue Orange. Tutti Fuitti is a reddish orange that pops when layered over the Mini to Be – both are not straight traditional colors, but you can see how they work together. Orange Twist is pure orange and you can see how it really pops when layered over Fiesta Blue – a pretty traditional blue. There you have it!

Ombre Lattice Background - Catherine Pooler

Emboss a quick little sentiment from the Still Smiling stamp set – a great sentiment/greeting set for cards, add a few sparkling clear sequins and you’re all set!

So the next time you need a pop of color – reach for your color wheel and choose a few opposites to layer. You’ll LOVE the result!

Till next time –

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Stamp of Approval is LIVE!

You’ve all been patiently waiting and if you weren’t on the waitlist – wait no more! The Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection is LIVE!!!

In case you don’t know what Stamp of Approval is – it’s a well thought out curated collection of Stamps, Dies and sometimes Stencils that not only work well together but also with many previous collections too! This collection was based on a traditional holiday feel that Catherine had, and the projects are just to die for!

Today I have one of my favorite projects from this collection. In case you hadn’t noticed…I’m quite into neutrals at the moment! This Smoke cardstock of Catherine’s mixed with white embossing and gold embossing has me all sorts of happy.

For step by step instruction…check the PDF guide that comes with this collection! Yup – you get a cram packed 30+ projects – all with photos, supply lists and instructions filled with inspiration for you to use at your fingertips. I love tools like that. A great way to use them over and over again is to just think of each project as a sketch and switch out the elements!

In case you missed any of the three blog hops, here are links for the three days. Leave a message along the say – Catherine is STILL giving away several collections!! Your cut off day to do that is tomorrow.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Thanks for stopping by, I have more to show you in the days to come!

Stamp of Approval: Winterhaven Blog Hop

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval

Welcome to the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval blog hop – Day Two! Doesn’t Winterhaven sound like a place you want to be?!! You’ve probably just arrived from Lisa Harrolle’s blog. I’ll be honest – she’s one of my muses. I get SO inspired looking at her work!

The Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection goes on sale Tuesday, October 10th at 9 AM to the waitlist, then if any are left – to the public at 6 PM. The last two never made it to the public, so be sure you’re on the waitlist.

If you want to ensure that you get yourself a collection and of the two add-on dies (those are limited), you may want to check out StampNation. StampNation members (I’ve been a member for 5 years) will get the chance to buy the night before in the Live Pajama Release Party! Those are crazy fun!

If you missed everything that is in the collection – be sure to check out the past week’s blog posts over at Catherine’s blog or YouTube channel. She shows all the products and add-ons and projects made with each.

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection

Here’s what you’ll get…

  • Here We Come A-Caroling Stamp Set
  • ‘Tis the Season Stamp Set
  • Good Stuff Stamp Set
  • Ornamental Background Stamp
  • Good Stuff Dies
  • Joy Wreath Dies
  • Winterhaven Village Dies
  • Project Packed PDF

Today you’ll see me focus on two stamp sets from the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection – ‘Tis the Season and Here We Come A-Caroling. You’ll see an add on die set (‘Tis the Season), Good Stuff Dies and even the Ornamental Background Stamp used in a supporting role as well. Be sure to stop by on Release day for more projects with the remaining pieces in the Winterhaven collection as well!

Watercolored Poinsettias

I literally can not put down the ‘Tis the Season stamp set and add-on dies! This project showcases three of my favorite images from this fun, quirky Christmas floral and foliage set illustrated by Lisa Kirkbride. To get the stamped mulit color watercolor look, I utilized my MISTI and stamped my Poinsettias first in It’s a Girl and then just splotched in Rockin’ Red.

To get the watercolor look – first ink up your image, then lightly mist it – wet enough that it’ll look like watercolor without being too wet that it blurs and loses detail. I spritz quickly twice with my Distress Sprayer.

The holly leaves are in Mint to Be and the Mistletoe is first stamped in It’s a Boy then Mint to Be. The splatter is Icing on the Cake – and the perfect finishing touch along with light gold embossing on the edges.

You’ll see in the next project how the greeting is long – here I stamped each word individually so they were grouped for interest. Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter is the perfect compliment to the watercolor. It looks like sparkly gold leaf – it’s just gorgeous!!!

Since it’s a watercolor, and the star of the show, I wanted it to look like a framed piece of artwork – so the 5.5 x 4.25 watercolor got a full frame of .5″ Chocolate behind it.

Neutral Christmas

Next up is a fun take on neutrals. I masked a center, stamped several foliage images from the ‘Tis the Season stamp set in Icing on the cake, and Embossed a few berry images in Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter for a frame.

A straightforward embossed Merry Christmas in the same Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter, and a little color detailing and Voila! That’s it. It’s a simple, quick and elegant card – perfect as a masculine holiday card, right? And quite versatile – image this card with any kind of image!!

Snow and Mistletoe

The detail on this card is my favorite. It’s hard to capture in a photograph, so I hope I did it justice! For some reason, I was drawn to incorporating strong deep neutrals into my designs this year. Catherine’s new Smoke cardstock is perfect for holiday cards – I look at it like a version of silver.

First – you’ll want to stamp the awesome Ornamental background stamp on white in versamark, then emboss in Bright Opaque White by WOW.

I like to cut out my die cut images first in white and then stamp. The Poinsettia was just screaming to be in Rockin’ Red for that pop! I kept the foliage in embossed Gilded Gold, and embossed the Poinsettia middle and greeting as well.

Layer your pieces – emboss a little strip on a scrap (I use those 1/2 inch scraps you get when trimming down cardstock), adhere them all down and that’s it. You can easily mass produce this one.

The white embossed ornaments in the background really add something to this card. Some Metallic green sequins were the perfect embellishment as red and green are complimentary colors.

Be sure to stop by on Release day. I have a different version of this card that I think you’ll just love!

Joy to the World

Like our last project – this one too has some subtle embossing that makes this card. The Good Stuff dies that coordinate with the Good Stuff stamp set were the perfect shape for my little windows to the Carolers.

To make it a bit easier, create your colorful background on a long strip of watercolor paper and then cut out your shapes. I used the inner layering die from the Good Stuff Dies. That’s a rockin’ shape, right?!!

Ink blend the colors you wish to showcase – I wanted greens for behind my tree – so I used Aquatini, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey and finished with Melon Ice. It was a cool combination! The next panel has Tiara overlapping with Party Dress. I love the center color those two create – so I left it to just the two. The third panel starts with Fiesta Blue, then Something Borrowed, finishing with Flirty Fuchsia.

Before stamping your carolers, make sure you’ve fully dried your inks! Next stamp the desired images from the Here we come a-caroling stamp set….I LOVE that stamp set designed by Shawna Clingerman. The images give you SO many options! (come back release day for a watercolor with more from that set!)

To offer some interest in the background – stamp the music notes in the background on the black twice at the bottom in Black Glint embossing powder by WOW. On the card base around the perimeter, emboss several images from ‘Tis the Season in Bright Opaque White by WOW. This offers a rich background for these bright windows without taking away from the card.

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Prizes

So I hope that has inspired you a bit! I sketched out 50 projects as ideas – this Winterhaven Stamp of Approval collection works SO well together, I know you’ll have endless fun with it. But don’t stop there – keep hopping to see more! Next up is the crazy talented Chrissie Tobas. Be sure to leave a comment along the way too. You’ll be entered to win a box!

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection

  1. Catherine Pooler
  2. Jen Carter
  3. Amy Kolling
  4. Ilina Crouse
  5. Lisa Harrolle   
  6. Ingrid Blackburn  – You’re here!
  7. Chrissie Tobas   Go here next 
  8. Kimberly Wiener

Thanks for joining me today! See you in a few days!


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!

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


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!

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!

Freshly Picked: Layered Watercolor Stamping

Today I have some fun new cards using products from the latest release by Catherine Pooler Designs – the Freshly Picked collection. The Freshly Picked Collection has four stencils, two new stamp sets, three new die sets and two new ink colors – neutrals!!! I have been waiting for these inks – and you won’t be disappointed – the shades are gorgeous.

Today I have two cards using the I Pick You stamp/die sets and the Mod Flowers stencil from the Freshly Picked collection. And naturally – we’ll play with a simple little watercolor technique that I love – layered watercoloring.

When you layer multiple colors in watercoloring, you get a little more realism in your works of art. Now, you can also layer the same color over dry layers for more depth, but today we’re going to work with different hues. Adding a different hue gives a little more depth to your image – and that’s perfect for fruit. I even created a quick video tutorial for you here:

Click Here to watch in HD on YouTube

Freshly Picked Watercolor Tutorial

First we’ll create our background. Secure your project and Mod Flowers stencil to your surface. Using a light touch, blend a background from the center outward, fading your pressure as you near the edges. That helps to give you a faded vignette look. Isn’t this color just gorgeous?!!

Next die cut the fruit shapes you wish to use out of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper. The die shapes are together, making it easy to create multi colored images by just stamping the pieces you need – I LOVE the way that is designed!

Freshly Picked Collection by Catherine Pooler Designs

Ink up your Pear in Tiara ink first. Then add a little shading on the bottom with Tiki Torch. Come back over it with your Tiara pad just like in the video to blend the edge out. If you don’t do that, you’ll have a harsher transition that doesn’t always look natural. If you get some of the darker ink on your pad, gently lift it off with a paper towel. As long as your pad comes up the right color – you’re good to go!

Finish the edge off with a little Tutti Fruitti and lightly spritz with a mini mister. Stamp and you’re all set!

You can see how easy it is to create these artsy little creations.

In this one – I had a little too much water on my first stamped image – and the second is a second generation stamped image – thus much more white!

I pick You Stamp set - Freshly Picked Collection

Because the Black Jack background was a bit more prominent, I didn’t want the greeting to get lost – so I edged it with the Black Jack color. I can tell you – this is absolutely my all time favorite deep grey I’ve ever owned. It’s the perfect alternate to black and when watered down is the perfect light grey shade for grounding images in watercolor.

Both the new neutrals are a must have in my opinion. They are deep, rich and flawless colors – you will not be disappointed!

So, now it’s your turn. There are awesome new stencils in this Freshly Picked release – so check them all out…and I’ll have some more projects for you soon.

Mod Flowers Stencil - Freshly Picked

And if you’re a StampNation member – check out the new challenge that went live today for the Concord & 9th Masterclass. There’s even a live class with the owners of Concord & 9th today. Don’t miss out – if you’re not a member…you have no idea what you’re missing!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow…I have a special video featuring Concord & 9th products! Now it’s your turn – get inky!

Till tomorrow –


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!