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! 🙂

Blog Hop List:

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


About Ingrid Blackburn


  1. Lois John says:

    Great cards! That background stamp is gorgeous!!

  2. I love how you think outside the box – great designs! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Marcy Sheire says:

    Wow!! These colors almost take on a bright neon here. Very vibrant.

  4. Great cards! Love that you used all of the new colors on the watercolor paper! I am now totally convinced that I NEED these new colors! The vibrancy is amazing! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  5. Jean Heming says:

    i love the vibrance of these inks can’t wait to get mine!!!

  6. bright, vibrant and brilliant! Great layouts and beautiful colors of course!

  7. Love your cards…great colors. Hugs

  8. Love both cards; the distress technique a perfect way to showcase the new colors! The black doodling around the floral images totally pops the image! TFS

  9. Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing them.

  10. Wonderful cards! Love those flowers & the vibrant colored strips really pop on the Congrats card. Awesome!

  11. Love the use of colors on the cards!!!

  12. Pamela Gietzen says:

    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Tricia Kolbe says:

    Simple but so elegant, love them!

  14. barb in kazoo says:

    That congrats card is awesome!

  15. Janet Lamkin says:

    Very gorgeous cards. I love the colorful paper you created.My fav is Mint to Be!

  16. Carolyn S says:

    I was excited to see your name on the blog hop and you didn’t disappoint. Love both cards but especially the Congrats card with all the beautiful colors! Still in love with Bellini!

  17. Tammy Hubley says:

    Love love love the rainbow straps! It really showcases the new inks! My favorite ink is Mint to Be!

  18. christie anderson says:

    Love your ideas and I can see all kinds of possibilities for those Beautiful colored papers. My choice for color is Pixie dust.

  19. Pam Wells says:

    Such fun cards!

  20. Carey Nusbaum says:

    Both of your cards are beautiful! I am excited to try the wrinkle distress technique! Thanks for the informative video and for the inspiration!

  21. Stunning pink flowers and the rainbow effect is to die for!!!! Great job!

  22. Love the rainbow strips card and the photo showing the colored paper before cutting. Great cards.

  23. Bonnie Sanche says:

    Love the Congrats card. (I love those purples!)

  24. Katie Baird says:

    Love this technique! So much that I am a new sub. Thanks for continuing to teach and inspire! And, I agree, It’s A Boy is perfect for sky.

  25. Samantha Buse says:

    Beautiful, so clever, thank you for sharing

  26. Merry Morrison says:

    Great cards Ingrid. My favorite new color is Sweet Sixteen.

  27. Thanks for including the technique link so I can try to make your beautiful cards myself.

  28. Jean Purpura says:

    How did I miss learning this technique? I love the effect and can’t wait to try it… The strips of color on the card is so simple and fresh..love it…..I would love to give it a similar try using just the blues and possibly greens.

  29. Absolutely love theses. Can’t wait to learn the technique you used.
    Pixie dusty is my favorite.

  30. I have never seen the wrinkle free distress before. Those colors are amazing. I wish my box was here instead of delayed in Raleigh. Monday will be here soon.

  31. Love the happy strips card! Did you say you had linked a video on how to do it? Would love to watch that. Those new colours are anything but pastel-still strong and sassy. My fave is Garden Party, because its so spring-y.
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  32. Love that strip idea!!!
    My good friend is using Catherine’s inks and has nothing but praise. They are at the top of my shopping list. To win them would be fabulous.

  33. Beautiful floral card. I like the dark background. I also like the wrinkle free backgrounds you created and the card.

  34. Great cards! Beautiful cards!

  35. Great cards, Ingrid!

  36. Barbara S says:

    I love the color strips card – so pretty and so very colorful!

  37. Beautiful cards! I love the one with the black embossed background. It’s stunning. The other is just plain fun. Wonderful!

  38. Beth Karschnick says:

    Hey Ingrid, I think that Beautiful is my fav of all the new stamp sets!! I LOVE how you used black embossed background piece…really makes the flowers POP!! What a great idea to do with all the inks! I love that card and multiples of it would be a breeze!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

  39. Oh that beautiful you stamp set if so fantastic I can’t wait to try it out. I love all those background you made with all the colours, such a great idea and then how you used them on a card was so fun. Thanks for sharing you talent.

  40. Angie Hall says:

    The black background makes the floral piece really pop. Look at all those backgrounds you have for many more cards. The new ink colors are very pretty. Neat way to use the color strips for the Congrats card.

  41. Brenda Gentry says:

    Wow, Ingrid, those backgrounds are so beautiful!!! Love the card you made and look forward to more!!! My favor color is pixie dust:)

  42. Love the way yo showcased the colors. I love them all and your card is fab

  43. Arianna Barbara says:

    Wow! Gorgeous cards and colors!!! Bellini and It’s a Boy are my fav!!!

  44. sharon mesdag says:

    Love the effect using all the colors in strips.

  45. kriti mishra says:

    Love your cards

  46. Dee Earnshaw says:

    Pretty cards and so inspiring:)

  47. Janette Jepson says:

    Awesome cards love the colors!

  48. Mary-Anne V says:

    Really creative ways to use these inks. I love how you created this strips on the last card.

  49. Susan White says:

    Very nice cards. I love the new colors, especially Pixie Dust!!

  50. Lois John says:

    i LOVE the card made with the strips!! Very cute.

  51. MelissaF says:

    Beautiful cards, love your wrinkle free technique pieces, great way to have these goodies ready to go for a card. Love all the new colors and Mint To Be is my favorite one.

  52. Jamie Lint says:

    Loved how you used the strips of paper with the inks!

  53. Michel Espey says:

    I love the cards.

  54. Elly Nikoden says:

    Love the strips!! Catherine’s inks are awesome!!

  55. Teresa Doyle says:

    Ingrid, these are beautiful. I would love to see a video on your wrinkle free distress technique. Your post said you could see it here but there was no link:(

  56. Hi Ingrid,
    Your cards are fantastic just want me to jump in and make some cards ya! My favorite color is sweet sixteen. Happy card making.


    Really nice cards! The rainbow congrats is awesome 🙂 Nice job.

  58. The distress look turned out really great! Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of your panels that you made.

  59. Cindy Scofield says:

    As usual, just awesome cards.

  60. TheCraftyLawyer says:

    The congrats card is so whimsical. I love it!

  61. Beautiful cards! I love the flowers with the Lattice background…awesome!

  62. Kathy Doyle says:

    Awesome cards Ingrid! The Beautiful You stamp set is a great stamp set! Love all the colors on the Congrats card!

  63. mary nelson says:

    Simply beautiful! Really loving the flower card.

  64. Susan Wolpert says:

    Love the cards. They are unique and it makes them awesome

  65. Great ideas, as usual! Love all the colors.

  66. Love those rainbow strips and adore Melon Ice.

  67. My favorite color is Pixie Dust. You showed off the colors very well. Thank you for the ideas.

  68. You’re right…the colors are happy, colorful and just fun!

  69. Pamela Stadler says:

    All of these colors compliment each other so well. Love the watercolor strips…hope I can make things look as good as yours!

  70. Sarah Greber says:

    Fun cards! I do like the flowers on the first and how you added the blue in the background area. I really like the strips of colored papers. They did turn out bright! I like all of the colors, really, but I think I’m going with the mint as my favorite.

  71. Love Sweet Sixteen

  72. Mary Beth Krakowski says:

    Ingrid, I really like both of your cards. Love the water color technique of the second card.

  73. Julie Curwen says:

    LOVE the Congrats card! I can’t wait to get my hands on these new inks!!

  74. Wow, your cards are great. Love the card with all the colorful strips of card stock. Love the flower stamp set. Has a great watercolor look to it! Nicely done!

  75. Terri Mansfield says:

    I was looking forward to your post on the hop because I love your style on stamp nation. You don’t disappoint….love these!!! My favorite color is pixie dust.

  76. Susan Crook says:

    Really great spring colours. Nice use of strips.

  77. Your cards are gorgeous! Love how you did the colored strips!

  78. Susan Wareham says:

    Nice card designs, these colors rock

  79. Marilyn Schleppy says:

    Oh wow, great cards and ideas! Vibrant yet the colors can be subtle.

  80. I love how you’ve created your own colored paper with the inks. Very pretty and a great way to showcase them. Loved your cards!I’m not sure which color is which here but I think my favorite is sweeet sixteen.

  81. Christy Borfitz says:

    Gorgeous cards, Ingrid! The strips are fun and colorful!

  82. El Difani Ivens says:

    Great cards. Love your backgrounds. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  83. Your pile of inky backgrounds made me smile big time! Seeing the colors like this has made Pixie Dust my fave.
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  84. Jina Winston says:

    Beautiful cards. Love all the new ink colors. The Melon Ice is my favorite.

  85. Gorgeous cards Ingrid! Love all of the new colors!
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  86. Kathy Coker says:

    Love the congrats card! So colorful!

  87. Victoria Lee says:

    Loving the colors!
    They really pop!

  88. Beautiful colors, really like the new pastels.

  89. Your cards are gorgeous. I like the simplicity and of course the new ink colors.

  90. Especially love the way you created the background for the congrats card using the distress technique and paper pieces. So vibrant and happy!

  91. You designs really do pop with the use of the new colors. Thanks for sharing your designs.

  92. NatQuebec says:

    Very nice card !

  93. Theresa Robinson says:

    Beautiful cards – love how you made the background papers

  94. Jodi Wayman says:

    Those “wrinkle free distress” backgrounds are so bright & I love what you did with the strips to make that congrats cards

  95. Bethany Stover says:

    I’m lovin’ that black background!

  96. Tara Powell says:

    Love how vibrant the colors look on the card with the strips!

  97. Elizabeth G says:

    I can’t believe how brights those colours stay after watercolouring WOW, love those technique pieces, have to say after seeing those i like pixie dust the best now, Thanks for sharing.

  98. Nancy-Anne says:

    I’ve ordered mine! C’mon Mr Postman! I want to play too!

  99. Linda Gorman says:

    Love you cards and your use of all the new inks!!! I ordered them all plus two stamp sets!!!

  100. Barb Oliver says:

    OMG, Ingrid; your cards are amazing! Thank you for sharing and to Catherine for the opportunity to win!

  101. I am loving your distress technique and will have to come back and watch your video! My favorite color is becoming Mint to Be, although I am loving the melon ice. Can’t wait to try them!

  102. Ingrid…love your cards!! You never disappoint! The card with the strips of paper is sooo wonderful! (Bellini is my new favorite..although I love them all) Thank you for sharing.

  103. I love those colorful strips of paper, you are so fun to watch. Thanks for the inspiration.

  104. Krissy B says:

    Oh, I can’t wait, these inks are so vibrant!

  105. You are right, colorful, happy and fun! Love it!

  106. Wow…the strips are spectacular! I’m definitely going to do something like this…maybe even a weaving…beautiful!

  107. Elise Smith says:

    I love the colorful distressed strips! Very cool 🙂

  108. Becca Yahrling says:

    Both cards are gorgeous! I’m a big fan of pink, black & white so the first card fits the bill. And my favorite color combo is a rainbow of colors – so the 2nd card, to me, is perfection.

  109. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Hi Ingrid!! I keep saying WOW…as I make the blog hop!! But I mean it….in all sincerity!! These cards that are being created with the new CP Inks are just amazing!! And so are yours! I love how you created your 1st card. And that hand-sketched border just finishes it off perfectly! I also love how you made your 2nd card! What a brilliant way (literally and figuratively 🙂 )…to showcase all the beautiful new colors in Catherine’s ink release! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  110. Nancy Wilcox says:

    The papers you made with the new inks are amazing. I didn’t find a video but would love to see your technique!

  111. Elyse Brown says:

    Love your cards! Such vibrant colors.

  112. Annete Blanton says:

    I love how you shaded the flowers. What a great idea with the strips.

  113. Charlene says:

    Didn’t find the video,but would love to see how you did the wrinkle free background paper. Very imaginative!

  114. Connie Hinkle says:

    Love your cards 😊

  115. Grammajoni says:

    Lovely use of the new colors.

  116. Karen Roberts says:

    Love the “Congrats”! I’m going to water flick mind when I get them. Your card is too cute.

  117. Linda Kaucher says:

    So excited to see all these fresh ideas! Can’t wait to get my new inks and start creating!

  118. I love those inks watercolored. They are so bright and beautiful! The one with strips is so cool.

  119. Anne Henderson says:

    The Congrats card is brilliant & so easy to mass produce! Great technique 🙂

  120. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Ingrid, love you cards really neat ideals thanks so much for sharing.

  121. Susan King says:

    Love the congrats card it is so vibrant and just what todays graduates would like!

  122. Karen K. says:

    Love love love that Congrats card!

  123. Melon Ice is my favorite color. Your floral card is beautiful! I love the backgrounds you made with the new colors. Using strips with the new Congrats die makes a striking card!

  124. I love the colors on both of these cards. Great contrast with the black!

  125. Incredible cards Ingrid!

  126. You’ve made it impossible to choose a favorite color. The cards are really nice.

  127. Creative, colorful and fun! Thank you for sharing and inspiring… Love all the colors.

  128. Margaret says:

    Gorgeous cards!!! You are very talented!

  129. Jan Monforton says:

    Ingrid, I love your cards. The one with the strips is awesome, love it!!

  130. preeti d. says:

    beautiful work 🙂 love it!

  131. I love your cards! Using all the colors was a beautiful treat!

  132. the colours on the card strips are so vibrant and alive. Love what you did with them.

  133. Lorraine K says:

    Pixie Dust

    Love the distressed watercolors- how did you do that?

  134. Karen Sturdivant says:

    Wow! Love the watercolor strips.

  135. Marilyn Falcone says:

    Love the distress papers but couldn’t find the video. Your cards are awesome.

  136. Beth Holt says:

    Awesome cards! Love the congrats card especially!

  137. Vicki Smith says:

    Mint to Be is my favorite color. Your cards are remarkable and the color strips are so pretty!

  138. Jo Ann Lovell says:

    You always come up with beautiful cards. Love both of them and these colors are just so happy!

  139. Nana Griffin says:

    So very lovely. Your background water colors are so refreshing and the flowers are colored so pretty.

  140. Fabulous cards. Love the new ink colours. Thanks also for showcasing the sentiment die. Love it!

  141. love the pink and black card, so classy. Love the look of the wrinkle free distress and the inks too, I’m going to give that a try when my inks arrive!

  142. Carla Hundley says:

    Lovely first card
    and I love the
    rainbow card!
    Fab way to make
    Carla from Utah

  143. Colleen Pepper says:

    The flowers are so pretty! The colors are just perfect.

  144. Both cards are fabulous, Ingrid! I love the way you’ve taken the scribble art flowers and incorporated that into your overall card design with free style lines and dots. I’m looking forward to seeing all the cards you make with that yummy collection of paper. The strips as background for your Congrats die add a powerful pop of pretty colors.

  145. Barbara Brennan says:

    POW! POP! BOOM!………. color popping off the card awesomeness! LOVE

  146. Mary Ann C. says:

    I am LOVING the wrinkle free distress rainbow strips! I’m going to go play with that idea right now!

  147. Priscilla Steele says:

    Can I get an Amen for this technique piece!!! Love the idea of being able to make multiples…

  148. Your cards show off the beauty of all the new colors!

  149. Laurie Schlichter says:

    Love the rainbow of wrinkle free paper. I couldn’t find the technique video for how to make the paper.😏

  150. Joanne Guarino says:

    Love the second card with the colored strips of paper! Great idea.

  151. I love how vibrantly the inks watercolor!

  152. Leanne in Cali says:

    I love how you showed off these beautiful new colors! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing on this amazing blog hop!!

  153. Trina Chaska says:

    Pretty cards. The card with the paper strips is so neat.

  154. Love the background! Added to my list of must trys!

  155. Elizabeth Burke says:

    So pretty. Love the colors you used…

  156. Geniva Robles says:

    Wow! So love the water color with the new inks! Love the splash of black paper!

  157. Holly Paplow says:

    LOVE your cards and love how you made the background pieces, so pretty!

  158. Casie Williams says:

    Love the congrats card — you really make these colors shine! Have to learn how to do that wrinkle free distress technique!

  159. Loving the flowers!

  160. Anita Falcone says:

    Spring is here! All the cards and colors scream spring and they are gorgeous. Melon Ice is my favorite. Thanks

  161. Love that second card! Definitely happy, definitely colourful and most definitely fun!

  162. Gorgeous and inspiring cards Ingrid!!

  163. Liz McAllister says:

    LOve the strip card!

  164. Your flowers are lovely but the Congrats card and its ‘rainbow stripes’ is gorgeous and so simple!

  165. Susan PJ says:

    Ingrid- both your cards are fabulous! That Congrats card has so much energy- you can feel it jumping off the page :). I’m so inspired!

  166. Teresa Cherka says:

    Wow! Can I say your designs are Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  167. Lori Osborne says:

    Love the technique piece card! Can’t wait to get my hands on those new inks!!

  168. Melinda Lowry says:

    These flower stamps are perfect for watercoloring!

  169. Bethany Koubsky says:

    These are such cute cards! Love how you used the new colors!!! Wow!!

  170. sharon gullikson says:

    The black background really makes it pop. Nice job! Favorite: Melon Ice.

  171. ANN GREENE says:

    Wow, such beautiful cards. I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the distressed paper.

  172. SOOOO beautiful Ingrid! <3 <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing those stamps in action!

  173. Teri Smith says:

    The damask pattern done tone on tone with the black card stock really makes the card pop. Very pretty. May I ask what you mean by a Wrinkle Free Distress Technique? I didn’t find a video. But, I must say they turned out looking so vivid & so much fun on the card cut into long pieces. I’m afraid I have not one, but two favourite colours. Mint to Be & It’s a Girl. How I’d love to win these inks!

  174. Love ALL the new colors! However Pixie Dust is my FAV!!!

  175. Gorgeous cards! Love the Congrats card and the colors are awesome!
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  176. Love your cards! I really love the new Beautiful You stamp set and I’m going to have to add it to my collection. Love the rainbow of strips on your congrats card.
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  177. Janice Spaulding says:

    Awesome cards and ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  178. Avra Williams says:

    So cool to see how vibrant these “pastels” can be!

  179. WOW Ingrid, gorgeous! Can’t wait for my order to arrive, I hope it doesn’t take that scenic route again!

  180. Kathy Falk says:

    I love how you add the layers with strips. So creative.

  181. really cool strips

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