Tropically Yours Release Day!

Welcome back, friends!

Thanks for joining me today as I showcase these ridiculously fun products from the newest Stamp of Approval Tropically Yours collection! You can find the new collection here.

Confession: I have never really been crazy about flamingoes. I think my problem is that I start following a trend approximately 5 years after it's reached its peak of obsession. What can I say? I was always a late bloomer, so that's my excuse.

Anyway, flamingoes seem to be very on trend these days, but I've never really gotten hooked on them.

Until this SOA collection.

These flamingoes are just so stinking cute! I had so much fun coloring the images after I stamped them out. I colored them with my copics and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I also stamped the water and grass images from the same set, die cut them out, and then set them aside as well.

I trimmed down a card panel to be 4 x 5.25 inches, and then adhered all my images to that panel. I also added the sentiment and then set off to create the card base.

I cut and scored a card base to be 4.25 x 5.5 inches, and then I used the border image from the stamp set to create the border on the left edge.

I then trimmed down my card panel with my flamingo images a bit more...I think I ended up trimming off about .25 inches from the right side of the panel.

When you're creating a card and you feel like it's falling a bit flat or looking a little boring, you can pull out the same secret weapon that I do--coordinating borders/edges. I used one of the copic markers I used to color my flamingoes to color the right edge of my card base. This gives a finished edge and brings the whole card together!

I mounted my card panel with fun foam and then glued it on to my card base to finish everything off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy crafting! You don't want to miss this fantastic collection because the awesomeness *literally* cannot be contained sometimes. (That means that the collection sells out quickly!). Your wallet might scream but GO ON!! You can do it!


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stand Tall
Dies: Stand Tall
Inks: Grass Skirt, Fiesta Blue, Midnight
Coloring Medium: Copic Markers

Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval Blog Hop!

Welcome, Stampers!

It's a great day to be a papercrafter, isn't it? This newest Stamp of Approval collection from Catherine Pooler will NOT disappoint!

So let's get right to the cards, cause these products are just fantastic!

For the first card, I used some products from the Leave Me in Paradise stamp set and the Good Vibes Border stamp set. To start off, I cut a card panel of 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I then stamped out the border images at an angle to create the look of patterned paper. Confession: I'm obsessed with stamp sets like this because they are SO versatile and I love using various images with various colors to create some really unique looks.

Next, I stamped some of the leaf image from the Leave Me in Paradise set and then used the matching die set to cut them out.

Here's where I had to think ahead a bit. I knew I wanted to mount my leaf images with foam tape and pop them up off the card, but I was concerned about being able to stamp my sentiment with enough room and in a straight manner, so I went ahead and did the sentiment at this point. A lot of times, I'll leave the sentiment  for the last step, but I figured this would be a better plan of attack!

I stamped the sentiment in the new ink color and then assembled my leaf images, alternating the position. I glued some of them flat on to the card panel and then mounted some of them with foam tape and arranged them around the left side of the panel. I adhered the panel on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and called it good!

For the next card, I was so inspired by the beautiful sunsets I saw while on my vacation to the beach, that I just had to incorporate that feel into a card! I used the Fearless Pursuit dies and the Tropically Yours stamp set for this card.

I masked off a bottom area of a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel and then used several Catherine Pooler inks (Party Dress, Tiki Torch, and Flirty Fuschia) and a ink blending brush to create the sky. I then switched my mask to the top part that I just ink blended and then used Aquatini and All That Jazz inks for the water.

I then cut a piece of scrap paper and covered it with black ink before gluing it on to my panel for the look of an island. I used the palm tree die and a piece of scrap paper to create the tree. I covered it in black ink, and then decided to step up the palm tree just a bit!

I covered my palm tree in a layer of shimmer pen and then applied a thick coat of glossy accents to the top. I then stamped a sentiment from the Tropically Yours set before gluing the panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base to finish things off!

So now let's get on to the exciting stuff!

Hop along to each stop and leave a comment on every blog for a chance to win the ENTIRE Stamp of Approval collection! If you win and you've already purchased your collection, you will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler store. Entries will close on July 20, and the winners will be announced on Catherine's blog.

Here are the stops for today's hop!

7. Kelly Martin (Congrats on making it to the end! We save the best for last around here....)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! And if you haven't subscribed to the waitlist yet, DO IT NOW here! You won't want to miss these fantastic products!


Supplies Used In addition to the SOA Collection:

Accessories: Glossy Accents

Craft Stash Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

We've got such a fun hop lined up for you today, but before I get to the card let me rabbit trail for a minute.

I'm SO thankful to have found this wonderful crafting community. So many people that I've never even met have been some of the kindest I know. Crafty friends are some of my favorite people to just sit around and gab with. During a recent gab session I was having with some of my crafty friends on the Catherine Pooler team, this idea to do a blog hop that utilizes our hoarded crafty stash was born!

So today I am using some products from Ranger that I bought a long time ago but just haven't used yet. Let me tell you....I think these stamp sets are the best kept secret in the stamping community! The price point is truly unbeatable and I just LOVE the handlettered look of these sets.

For today's card, I used my alcohol inks, a floral image from the Catherine Pooler Bloomin' Bouquet stamp set, and the Thank You Letter It stamp set

I started out by applying multiple colors of alcohol inks on to Yupo paper. I then used my floral image stamp along with some Archival ink to create the ghost floral images. I trimmed down the alcohol ink panel and then set glued it down flat on to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and set it aside.

I took a white piece of cardstock and used a 4-bar rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to cut a window/frame piece. I then cut a piece of acetate out for the purpose of creating a clear window. I applied an anti static tool to the front and then stamped my thanks sentiment in Versamark Ink. I applied Liquid Platinum embossing powder and then heat set it.

I adhered my clear acetate piece to the pack of my window piece that I created. I applied some foam tape to the border of the window panel and then laid it down on to my card base which had the alcohol ink piece glued on to it already.

I love creating these window cards because I love the dimension that the foam tape gives to the frame piece and the shadows that the bold embossing gives on to the alcohol ink piece below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope this has inspired you to drag out some of your items in your crafty stash that you haven't tried yet!

On to the prizes!

Comment on each blog for all three days of our hops and you'll be eligible to win one of these great prizes! Winners will be drawn and notified on Sunday, July 23rd. This will give you plenty of time to work through all three days of hops!

Prizes: Six Total - Must comment on all the blogs all three days for these:

1. Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 each)
2. Cas-ual Fridays - $25 Gift Card
3. Catherine Pooler - $25 Gift Card
4. Stamplorations - $20 Gift Card
5. Right At Home - $20 Gift Card

Additionally, there are several friends on our hops who are doing individual giveaways as well!

1. Ingrid - Prize Pack
2. Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
3. Ilina - Prize Pack
4. Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler Gift Card
5. Nanette - Catherine Pooler Prize Pack

Here are all three days of the hops. Please keep in mind that tomorrow's hop won't be live until 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time!

Day 1, July 9th:

Day 2, July 10th:
3. Kelly Martin (You are here!)

Day 3, July 11th:

Thanks again for stopping by and happy hopping!