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!


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.


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!


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.


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!!

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  1. Betty Bunch says:

    Love how you used different stamps to create your cards.

  2. Jan Arnold says:

    As usual all of your cards are amazing. I love the soft blue cluster of the Hello World stamps on the first card and the creative use of the Yay Stripes on the next 2 cards! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  3. Barbara S says:

    great cards – all of them. My favorite is the last. I like the bold border just peeking out above and below the sentiments.

  4. Lisa King-Boyle says:

    Ingrid, I waited for your cards until I got to your name on the list(I went in the order of the list), but I was so anxious to see what you had for us. I was not disappointed! The first one is pretty, and a little muted…the second one was nice and bright and cheery! I love the elegance of the butterfly! The third one was my favorite! I learned another technique from you today on this card! It is a really interesting and fun technique, and I love the yay stamp too . I actually had to look at it really close to see if the border on top and bottom with the spaces in between. They looked like they were actually cut outs! So much fun with all of these stamps lately! Thanks for sharing, and the tips! Blessings! Lisa

  5. Really nice cards. I’m loving this scripty font.

  6. Gorgeous cards! Love how you did these!
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  7. I love all of your cards! They really are so bright and cheery and clever!

  8. Sharon Salerno says:

    Gorgeous cards! So excited to receive my order and begin creating with it! This is such an awesome cause!

  9. All your cards are sooo pretty!

  10. Sebrina Bendel says:

    Such lovely cards

  11. Karen Roberts says:

    As always Ingrid, I love your cards,.

  12. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the background stamping. Popping the
    “hello” off the last card really makes it different
    from the first. The middle card is so elegant.
    thanks for sharing.

  13. Teri Smith says:

    All three of your cards are WONDERFUL!

  14. Jo Ann Lovell says:

    Thanks for sharing your cards they are all really, really nice. Love them!

  15. Very pretty CAS designs! Love the cheerful color combinations!

  16. Kathy Coker says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cards!

  17. These are great, Ingrid!!!
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  18. Teresa Doyle says:

    WOW, they are fantastic Ingrid!

  19. Elyse Brown says:

    Beautiful cards. I especially like the one with the word clusters.

  20. Kimberly Wiener says:

    LOVE LOVE!!!! Gorgeous cards!!!

  21. Susan R K says:

    The white card is my favorite. Thanks for sharing

  22. barb macaskill says:

    The soft blues and greens on the first card really makes the black pop! Then the brilliant pink with the lovely butterfly sings! I think the final card is my favorite though! It is soft, strong and so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Mary Beth Krakowski says:

    Really like the simple elegance of all three of your cards.

  24. Lois John says:

    Stunning cards – I especially liked the red one with the butterfly!!

  25. korina malakie says:

    I really like your cards! Nice clean layouts!

  26. Thank you, Ingrid for being a part of this special blog hop for the kids!

  27. Sabrina Radican says:

    Very lovely cards!!

  28. Angie Williams says:

    Ingrid I love your cards! So pretty! Tfs

  29. Fantastic cards Ingrid! I especially love the hello cluster card.

  30. Barbara Green says:

    3 very beautiful cards and a great way to say Hello.

  31. Mary Laffin says:

    great cards. Love them all but my favorite is also the word clusters.

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