It’s a Beautiful World

I’ll admit, I’ve been in a little creative funk lately. It happens to the best of us. I was able to create, it just wasn’t flowing like it normally did. Enter the Beautiful World Collection by Stamp of Approval. I’m serious…I was struggling and then I decided to do what has always worked for me in the past – sit down and sketch.

Okay – I lost some of you, well, to let you in on my little process – I’ve always been a sketcher. And this new stamp collection opened the flood gates for me – literally…I even have three projects and a video  for you today!

Here’s a peek at what I was able to quickly come up with in just 60 minutes with the stamp and die sets laid out in front of me:

Card Sketches

So sit back and get set to take a creative ride with me over the next five days – what?!! Yes, you read that right…be sure to stop back every day 9:00 AM eastern time for a creative journey into the new Stamp of Approval collection – Beautiful World. Don’t you just LOVE that name!

Every day I will showcase a few new projects for you from this easy to use stamp collection curated by my friend Catherine Pooler. Catherine worked together with some of the industries top stamp companies – CAS-ual Fridays, GinaK, & SugarPea Designs to create an amazing collection of stamps and dies showcasing a Beautiful World.  You’ve got to be on the wait list to find out when it goes on sale on April 20th!

To see all the products in action before it goes on sale, just stop by my friend Catherine’s blog every day leading up to the 20th. She’ll showcase each piece so you can see them in action ahead of time.

PLUS...there are feature days from a whole team of designers that are super creative. Catherine will link to everyone’s features from her blog (as will I), and on April 19th there’s a blog hop with prizes.

Did I also mention there’s a Project Guide with many, many, many cards with step by step instructions for you as well! An instant library of projects so you’re all set and ready to create.

Stamp of Approval Beautiful World

And as if that wasn’t enough…I’m going to highlight each stamp and die set for you too- not in quite as much detail as Catherine will, but I’ll have a full range of CAS, technique and even a few mixed media pieces over the next five days. So, are you on the wait list yet? Get on the wait list HERE to find out when it’s available

Now… let’s get our fingers inky and started with some CAS inspiration for today. Here Are a few cards that showcase three items in the collection: 2Yous dies & All About You stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays, and the Geobuilders Stamp Set by CP herself!

Beautiful World Projects – Day One

Project One

Here is one of my favorites. We have a little word play going on in the background. This card is great for anyone, but I thought with father’s day coming up, this would be a perfect card for my dad – telling him all the things I love about him.

You’ll want to emboss all the words with Pewter powder on black card stock and cut it down. Next pop it up with a little deep red and added a few matching hearts at the bottom – also part of the dies – love that! The fun scripty You die was perfect for this card – simple white for the ultimate contrast between black and white and you’re all set!

All about You CAS-ual Fridays

Project Two

Next up we have another square card. This is also a great go to clean and simple card with potential for just about ANY greeting – love that!  Did you see that the underneath piece is actually a technique? I know it looks crazy simple, but there’s a little technique involved. Here’ s a video to show you exactly what I did to give this little beauty a fun pop. Make sure you’re subscribed  to my YouTube channel to see all the videos as they go live!

Click here to watch on YouTube in HD

Here you see the negative of the die showcased to let the colorful and shimmery pink piece shinning through (hard to see in the photo, but check the video out later for a great look).

I love the thickness of this die – it’s perfect for projects where you want to use the negative image, or make a statement with the positive. This is the other You in the 2 Yous die set. You can use patterned paper, colored card stock or whip up some cool technique piece to showcase underneath like I did. Stamp your sentiment on top and add a few sequins. Quick, and great if you have little technique pieces like this in a basket like me hanging around!

Negative image Die Cuts

Project Three

This is a super quick card for anyone – especially a man! I LOVE this greeting – it’s perfect for so many reasons. We’re playing here with one of the awesome images from the Geobuilders stamp set in addition to the two sets we used above. To see more – definitely see Maureen’s post from today- she showcased a few of the other images in this stamp set. I have links  of all the other designers at the end.

You’ll want to line up the chevron stamp – yes, it’s a single chevron, so think of the possibilities – they’re endless! You’ll want to stamp from the top down so you can see and line it up a bit easier. Keep it tone on tone with the Kraft card stock and then stamp one in a different color to pop up for some contrast. I used a navy color. To give it a little more punch, you can also emboss your greeting and single chevron in Clear like here. It helps to really make it stand out with a glossy shine on your card.

Neutral Geobuilders

I admit, this card kinda makes me think of star trek a little (the popped up chevron)…any trekkies out there? I’m a HUGE Next Generation fan. Okay…I’m getting off topic…lol – let me know what you think in the comments of the three projects and if you’re a trekkie like me!

Stop by these blogs to see more inspiration:

Now, go check out the other projects, subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t to see the Video when it goes live this afternoon and then it’s your turn to get your fingers inky. See you tomorrow with more creative goodness –


Learn more with our exclusive FREE video series:

Plus you’ll be added to my FREE Creative Tips E-letter. From time to time you’ll get exclusive projects, videos & the 12 Days of Christmas series.

About Ingrid Blackburn


  1. Lois John says:

    I love the chevron card! It is really different and it is stunning!

  2. Bobbie Machek says:

    Love your cards! Thanks for the great ideas!


    Love your work!

  4. Debbie McKelvey says:

    I love all three cards, so fun! My favorite has to be the first card; it is so striking!

  5. Pauline Mattson says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen your blog. I love your cards, and thanks for the tutorials!! This kit seems like so much fun!

  6. They all are beautiful. each card has fabulous design 🙂

  7. JoAnne Ferguson says:

    I’m impressed with your work. I really love the first card with all the sentiments. It’s gorgeous.

  8. Fantastic! Really beautiful creations! Loved seeing your sketches too!
    Donna Phelan recently posted…Room With A ViewMy Profile

  9. Three fabulous cards Ingrid. Each one is so unique and creative. Great job showcasing some of the items from this release! xx

  10. Lovely Clean & Simple cards, Ingrid! Thanks for sharing your sketches. That is exactly what I do too when I am feeling super inspired!!

  11. Teresa Doyle says:

    Ingrid, both of your cards are great and Thanks for sharing your video. I totally enjoyed it! (Subscribing to your blog, can’t wait to see more of your work.)

  12. Very much love the clean and simple style of your cards!

  13. Amazing cards. What fabulous designs. X
    Lea recently posted…Wonky stamping!My Profile

  14. Oh I LOVE your project One, it looks like this stamp set can be used in a lot of ways….I’m not good with Geoshapes, so maybe this will help me out.

  15. Mardi Joy Weber says:

    I love today’s cards. I sketch out my cards, too. It helps me see my ideas and know if they’re going to work, before I start stamping, cutting and coloring.
    I’m definitely a Star Trek fan. My favorite varies, but my oldest daughter loves TNG. When she was having problems sleeping she would watch a few episodes until she fell asleep. Her daughter also loves TNG. Lila has been into Star Trek for about two years, and she’s turning five this July. Maybe we’ll use the chevron to make comm badges. 🙂

  16. Awesome cards, Ingrid! I can’t wait to watch your video. 🙂

  17. I love how you showed three different cards using the word YOU. I loved that you focused on masculine cards. Yeah! And yes, I am a trekkie from way back, beam me up Scottie. I love your cards and simple techniques.

  18. Leanne in CA says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing these great cards.

  19. Oh WOW! Awesome cards!

  20. Joyce B. says:

    I really do like all three of your cards. Simple but classy. I especially like the first one. All you gals make me really want this collection. Thank you.

  21. Lovely cards. I really like your sketching idea, I’m going to give it a try!

  22. Ericka Strange says:

    Such Elegant cards live card one with the words on word. So pretty.

  23. Roberta Eldridge says:

    Love your cards, especially the second and third ones. Love the use of the die cut word Love in card two with the elegant red/white/black color themes. Love the brown and black colors along with the use of the geometric shapes in card 3. Most excellent!

  24. Wendy Kasper says:

    I like all 3 of your cards Ingrid. But my favorite one is the one with the chevron on it. TFS

  25. Mary Guikema says:

    All I can say is WOW. You are amazing. I’m not a trekkie fan, but I am a fan of your cards.

  26. TracyM #6773 says:

    FABULOUS cards Ingrid!!!
    TOTALLY feely your pain on the “lack of mojo” front and really like your idea of sketching projects for each item before you started … SO CLEVER!!!
    LOVE how you were INSPIRED, ALL three make me SMILE and INSPIRE me => THANK YOU for sharing 🙂

  27. WHOA! GIRL, you are killing it with your SOA cards. YIPPEE!
    Catherine recently posted…Beautiful World Stamp of Approval: Beautiful World Stamp SetMy Profile

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: