Cards, Christmas, Slimline

One Slimline Die, 2 Easy Cards featuring Catherine Pooler Designs Doodle Window Slimline Die

Hello everybody! I don’t know about you but I love slimline cards and I love window cards and if I can use a die to quickly accomplish that create both of those then I am one happy camper! This Doodle Window Slimline Die from Catherine Pooler Designs’ Jolly Holiday release is great for just that. You can add all kinds of stuff in the windows — sentiments, characters, sequins for a shaker, paper etc.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/3″ for my card base. Then diecut the panel using the Doodle Window Slimline Die. Next I diecut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# GREEN APPLE with the Catherine Pooler Designs Narrow Stripe Cover Plate Die, a piece of Stampin’ Up! Garden Green 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock with the Dotted Zig Zag Cover Plate Die, and a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Schoolhouse Red with the Peppermint Twist Cover Plate Die.

I adhered the diecut panels behind the windows with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and then to the card base. But before adhering them to the card base I stamped a sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler’s Midnight Ink.

I stamped the hats from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set onto another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler’s Midnight Ink. I colored them with Cranberry Fizz Ink, Lime Rickey Ink, Deck the Halls Ink and Black Jack Ink and a Blender Pen. I diecut the images with the coordinating Nice List Dies, added some adhesive foam and addedd them to the card. I finished it off by adding some Bottle Green and Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops and some shimmer with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another greeting from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Lime Rickey Ink and a hat from the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Cranberry Fizz Ink.

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I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/3″ for my card base and then diecut the top panel using the Doodle Window Slimline Die.

I traced the three circles from the Doodle Window Slimline Die onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and stamped the mittens from Catherine Pooler Caroling Sentiments Stampset with Cranberry Fizz Ink, Lime Rickey Ink, and It’s a Boy Ink and the dots with Deck the Halls Ink in the largest circle. Then stamped the snowflake from Catherine Pooler Caroling Sentiments Stampset with Rockin Red Ink in the smallest circle and made a scene with the trees from the Catherine Pooler Caroling Sentiments Stampset and the snowflakes from the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with It’s a Boy Ink in the medium circle. I used Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey Ink, and Deck the Halls Ink for the trees and It’s a Boy Ink for the snowflakes.

I added Foam Tape to the back of the pattern paper and adhered the window panels, then adhered it to the card base. I stamped a sentiment from a very old sentiment stampset from my stash onto a piece of of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Cranberry Fizz Ink and trimmed it down to 1 x 3-11/16”, added Foam Tape and added it to the card. I finished it off by adding Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another greeting from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Cranberry Fizz Ink and adhered two of the leftover circles from when I diecut the front panel from Catherine Pooler Designs Under the Tree Patterned Paper.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these fun slimline cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Christmas

3 Easy Cards featuring the Catherine Pooler’s Caroling Sentiments Stampset

Hello friends. Catherine Pooler’s Caroling Sentiments Stampset is a great stampset to create quick cards. It features large sentiments that are shaped like images and is part of the new Jolly Holiday release. If you need some quick Christmas cards this year, check it out! Super cute!

For this first card, I used the cute snowman sentiment image. I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and another to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel. I stamped the background with the snowflake and mittens from the Catherine Pooler Caroling Sentiments Stampset using It’s A Boy and from Catherine Pooler.

I stamped the snowman image onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Midnight Ink from Catherine Pooler. I stamped a second hat and scarf as well. I colored the hat and scarf with COPIC markers. I used BG000 + BG01 and N5 + N7 for the hat; and R29 + R59 for the scarf. I diecut it with the coordinating dies, added some Foam Tape to the back and adhered it to the card panel.

I added some Love from Lizi Straight Silver Glitter Peel-offs and adhered the panel to the card. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Silver Moondust Glitter Drops.

I left the inside of the card blank.

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For my second card, I wanted to play with heat embossing one of the sentiments and the onament one seemed fitting. I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4-1/2 x 8″ and scored at 4″ to create a card base and another to 3-3/4 x 4-1/4″ for the top panel. I used the Narrow Stripe Cover Plate Die to create a stencil using masking paper, then stenciled using It’s a Girl Ink from Catherine Pooler. I diecut a window using the ornament die from the Caroling Sentiments Dies and set that aside.

Next I stamped the ornament sentiment image from the Catherine Pooler Caroling Sentiments Stampset using Versamark Ink onto Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper and heat embossed it with Gold Emboss Powder. I used Mint to Be and Deck the Halls Inks to watercolor the image. Once dried, I added Foam Tape to the back of the top panel, adhered the ornament behind it, added some Love from Lizi Matt Gold Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers and then to the card base. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Metallic Bright Gold Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Casual Fridays Snowy Sayings stampset with It’s a Girl Ink.

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For my third card, I kept it fairly simple — a little stamping and heat embossing. I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and another to 3-3/4 x 5-1/2″ for the top panel. On a seperate piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″

I stamped the tree sentiment image from the Catherine Pooler Caroling Sentiments Stampset with Deck the Halls and Over Coffee Inks as well as three sets of the presents using Cranberry Fizz, Skylight and Versamark Ink and heat embossed one set with Gold Emboss Powder. I also stamped and heat embossed the medium star with Gold Emboss Powder. I diecut all the images and used Foam Tape and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the card panel.

I cut two strips of Under the Tree Pattern Paper to approximately 3/8 x 5-1/2” and adhere it to the card base on the left and right of the card panel. I adhered the front panel to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and finished it off by adding some Love from Lizi Gold Mirror Moondust Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from a very old stampset I have with Cranberry Fizz and used some of the leftover presents to adhere at the bottom.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Christmas, Watercolor

Watercolor Elf Sentiment Christmas Card featuring the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set

Hello friends. This cute little elf card was created using Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set. It features cute elf hats and legs and feet. The sentiments were meant to be the body of the elf as in this card. I used a quick watercolored background with a heat embossed sentiment.

For this card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and another to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel. I stamped the images from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set onto a piece of Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. I used my Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI watercolor. I love these watercolors because they are very pigmented so you get very bright rich color. I also used my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi STARRY COLORS fo the bells on the shoes and hat. It gives it some sparkle.

While that dried, I watercolored the background onto the card panel and also added some splatters wih the same color. I made sure not to add too much water to my watercolors since I was working on Neenah Cardstock and not watercolor paper. While that dried, I diecut the elf parts with the coordinating Nice List Dies. Once the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I adhered the panel to the card base and the hat and shoes with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding some clear sequins.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages and a hat from the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red Ink.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give this cute and easy card a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Christmas, Slimline

Super Easy Christmas Slimline Shaker Card featuring the Catherine Pooler Candy Cane Slimline Die

Hello everybody! I don’t know about you but I love a good shaker card and when it’s easy to make I’m all for it! I also love slimline cards so I decided to combine the two. This new Candy Cane Slimline Die from Catherine Pooler is perfect for all kinds of backgrounds You can layer it, inlay the pieces or do a tone on tone like I did here. The other die that I am loving from the Jolly Holiday release is the Peppermint Twist Cover Plate Die. You will see how I used it for this card.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/3″ for my card base. next I used the Candy Cane Slimline Die to cut the front panel and adhered it to the card base. I used the My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Scallop Frames (I think this is no longer available but you can achieve the same look with a scallop circle die or punch and a smaller circle for the inside) to cut out a frame from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″.

I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set onto another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler’s Cranberry Fizz Ink and used a 2-1/4″ punch to cut it out.

I put together my shaker element by adding acetate to the back of the frame, using a punch to cut it out, some foam tape behind that and adding some Queen and Company Topping Pastel Diamonds in red, green and clear. I adhered the circle with the sentiment and adhered the whole thing to the card.

To make it more festive, I used Catherine Pooler’s Cranberry Fizz Ink and a direct-to-paper technique to color some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ then diecut it using the Peppermint Twist Cover Plate Die. I adhered several of the peppermints around the card front and added some Bottle Green and Ivory Seashell Nuvo Crystal Drops to the peppermints for some dimension.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another greeting from the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler’s Eucalyptus Ink and some more peppermints. And that completes this card.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give this card a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Shop Your Stash Day 1: Birthday Shaker Card

This month I decided to challenge myself to NOT buy any new craft supplies (with the exception of necessary supplies like white cardstock and adhesive). Like many of you, I realized that I have been spending a ton of money on cleaning supplies, hygiene and groceries since I have had to order online more than usual so it was time to cut some corners. I also thought this would help people who are struggling financially but who still want to craft.

I went through my stamps, dies, stencils and picked out some that I know I have not used very often and combined with the other things I already own. I alos thought it was a good time to go through my already made card stash and see what categories I was low on –birthdays is one such category so I started there.

For this card, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and a piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 3-7/8 x 5-3/16″ for the top panel. Next I created a window, measuring 2-15/16 x 2-15/16″, using the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Squares to make the card front look like a polaroid. I also wanted it to be a simple shaker. I also diecut a black frame, measuring 3-3/8 x 3-3/8 x 3/16″ from Simon Says Stamp 100lb Black Cardstock. I used the 5th largest and the 6th largest dies.

Card front

I adhered the black frame onto the front panel window and added 3M Foam Tape behind it to create the shaker element and set that aside. Next, I used a scrap piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and marked off the window using a pencil. I stamped the balloon from Sugarpea Designs HB2U Stamp Set. This was included in the Young At Heart Stamp of Approval Box from Catherine Pooler (SoA boxes are no longer available). I used Catherine Pooler Designs Be Mine, Bellini, Shea Butter, Garden Party, It’s A Boy, and Sweet Sixteen inks. I trimmed the panel a bit so it would fit behind the window, I added bows and strings to the balloons using my Micron 08 Pen and some sparkle with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Fine Glitter Brush Pen. Then filled the shaker with Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Sparkling Clear Sequins and Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter in clear (no longer available). I adhered the background to the shaker and the shaker to the card base.

Next, diecut a sentiment from Catherine Pooler Designs ‘Celebrate Die’ from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock. I used a direct-to-paper technique using Catherine Pooler Designs It’s A Boy Ink to color the white sentiment. Once dry, I adhered the two together slightly offsetting the black layer to create a shadow, and adhered that to the card.

On the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment that comes with the Sugarpea Designs HB2U Stamp Set and Catherine Pooler Designs Sweet Sixteen Ink. And that completes this card. I challenge you to Shop Your Stash and share your creations below in the comments.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to Shop Your Stash and see what fun ideas you come up with and maybe rediscover supplies you forgot you had! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Art Journal

Imagine the Possibilities Art Journal Page

Hello friends. Today’s post is a little different. Coming to you with a with an art journal layout. I haven’t done one of these in quite a while but it’s time to start it up again. An art journal is just a fun place to play with your products and experiment. Sometimes it comes out great and sometimes not so much but it’s about having fun. If you haven’t tried art journaling yet I highly recommend it. You don’t need a ton of supplies to do this either. I like to keep some printed tissue papers and some Acrylic paints on hand. I use stamps and pattern papers from my stash. God knows I have plenty of those!!! LOL I recently purchased the Stamperia paper after seeing Umut Radios use them in her videos. They are beautiful papers. Check out her videos for more inspiration. She inspired me to get started; she makes beautiful layouts using printed napkins!

Ok so let take you through my process. First I gathered some supplies.

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I stamped the Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp BOOKS SKETCH Stampers Anonymous several times onto scraps of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock with Ranger Black Archival Jet Black Ink. At this point I only had a slight idea of what I was doing on these pages but I kind of knew I wanted stacks of books. I will continue while those dry.

I added Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack to the pages. I used Matte gel medium to adhere. I added some to the back and then some over top once down on the page. This seals it and allows you to add other mediums on top without saturating the paper. Next I tore up some of the pattern paper from the Stamperia Scrapbooking Paper – Clockwise collection and randomly adhered them onto the pages. No need for perfection here because I want it to look organic. I sealed everything with Matte gel medium. And now I wait…and wait…and wait for it to dry. A couple of hours later….

Step 1 – Adding Paper

Time to add ink some. I spritzed the pages with water and again very randomly sprayed distress sprays in Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain. I spread it around with a brush and used my heat tool to dry it some but I still had to wait for it to dry a few hours before continuing with other colors. Once it dried, I added some Broken China Distress Stain, Ground Espresso Distress Stain, and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and kept layering color until I was happy with the results.

Step 2 – Adding Ink

While that dried, I cut out and colored all my images. i distressed the tag edges and added distress ink at the edges. I added Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Stain around the edges of all the cut outs, except the books. Set those aside to dry and got my Stencils out. I used some brown and aqua acrylic paint with the Catherine Pooler Harleen Creative Screenings to some texture. The pattern is similar to the one on the paper I added in the background. Then I used the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil BURLAP with gold acrylic paint and added some small areas of gold.

Final page

Next I laid out the images on my spread and adhered them down with Matte gel medium. Let that dry and completely and added shading with my Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and highlights with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen. Lastly I added splatters with gold and white acrylic paint.

Here are some closeups.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Holidays 2019, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 3

Hello friends. My Valentine’s Day card series is coming to end soon. I’ve had lots of fun making these cards. For this card, I had to pull out the adorable Lawn Fawn HOW YOU BEAN? stamp set and Valentine’s add-on. I just love a good mason jar stamp, don’t you?!? And Lawn Fawn was brilliant in creating add-ons for this set so you can use it over and over again. That’s a great value for your dollar!

I will also be posting a DIY Valentine’s project this coming Monday. I love making holiday decorations so I thought I’d share this one with you all. It’s budget friendly but looks like beautiful once complete. So look out for that post! 🙂

Happy Heart Day Shaker

Happy Heart Day Shaker
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Holidays 2019, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 2

Hello everyone. Since the temperature here in the Northeast has been absolutely frigid, I thought I’d share some cards to warm the heart. 😀 To all my fellow Northeasterners and my friends in the Midwest who are worse off than we are, I wish all a warm and safe weekend. And for everyone elsewhere in the country and around the world, have a great weekend!

Heart-shaped Cards

Heart-shaped Cards 1

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Heart-shaped Cards 2

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Holidays 2019, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 2

Hello everyone. Since the temperature here in the Northeast has been absolutely frigid, I thought I’d share some cards that warm the heart. 😀 To all my fellow Northeasterners and my friends in the Midwest who are worse off than we are, I wish all a warm and safe weekend. And for everyone elsewhere in the country and around the world, have a great weekend!

Heart-shaped Cards

Heart-shaped Cards 1

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Heart-shaped Cards 2

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Cards, Holidays 2019, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards Day 1

Hello friends. Welcome to my blog. This weekend I got busy making some cards for Valentine’s Day. I can’t believe that January is almost over and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! No better way to launch my blog then to spread some love with these cards.

These cards were fairly quick to make despite how complicated they look.

Sending Hugs Shaker Card

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Circle-shaped Valentine’s Day Card

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Thanks for stopping by to read my post. In the future I will be upload more detailed blog posts with card sizes, etc. Keeping it simple while I navigate this new adventure.