May 16, 2024

Color Hues #87

Hi there crafty friends! Today we start a new colour duo at the Color Hues Color Challenge #87!

I used a couple of my favourite sets from Catherine Pooler. I used Bold Bits & Patterns and Natural Flourishes for my card. I love how you can be creative and use the shapes and patterns along with the fabulous outline leaf images in any way that moves you! 

I used Catherine Pooler inks for my card. I chose two hues of coral and two hues of Teal--Cummerbund, Fiesta Blue, Do-Si-Do and Carol Cabana! I love the way CP inks fade and soften as they dry.

I cut the panel down to 5" x 3 3/4" and attached it to my card base using foam tape.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Natural Flourishes using VersaMark ink on black cardstock and heat embossed using WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder. It was trimmed down and added with foam tape strips behind it.

We have likely all done this before, make a card and then get a smudge on it. My first card I smudged, so sad because it turned out just as I had planned. So I set it aside while I remade the main card. I went back to the smudge and cut the panel down to make 4-Bar card. So easy to do, cut a 5" x 7" piece of cardstock for your base, score it at 3 1/2".

These were such fun cards to make!


Thank you for stopping by and please visit the Color Hues Challenge blog, My teammates have outdone themselves again!

May 1, 2024

Color Hues #86

 Welcome back! We have a new colour duo starting today at the Color Hues for Color Challenge #86! Teammate Julie Beech picked a fun colour combination of Lilac & Lime!

I did a little double embossing for this card. I embossing a card sized panel of white cardstock with the Altenew Book Engravings Embossing Folder. Then I added colour to the inside of the embossing folder by ink blending some Catherine Pooler inks (listed below). I added another card sized panel of white cardstock and ran it through my Gemini Jr. I add a little bit more ink over the raised paths of the panel. Then I did something I thought I would never do again, but I fussy cut the flower and some of its leaves! 

I trimmed the first white embossed panel down to have a 1/8" border around the edge of the card front and I attached it. Then I glued the coloured embossed, fussy cut flower over the coordinating part of the white panel.

The sentiment is a Happy Birthday die from Paper Roses that I cut if shiny gold cardstock and the shadow I cut from lightweight vellum.

Thanks so much for stopping in and please have a look at the what the rest of the design team made for this challenge over at the Color Challenge!

April 16, 2024

Just Us Girls #722

Hi crafty friends, this week at JUG's is word week and the word is RAIN!

I have had my fill of winter and wet weather and it's a beautiful sunny day. For my card I wanted something happy while still using the word RAIN. I used Concord & 9th Brighter Days and Taylored Expressions Over the Rainbow for my card.

I stamped using Catherine Pooler Inks. I always get a good impression with those. I used Do-Si-Do, Catching Rays, Garden Partty and Cummerbund.

A sparkly heart finishes it off.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day!

Color Hues #85

Welcome back! We have a new colour duo starting today at the Color Hues for Color Challenge #85! 

My plan for today's card was to have yellow on the top and pink on the bottom with them blended together in the middle. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry and Kitsch Flamingo. It made a lovely peach shade where they blended over one another in the middle. Then I laid a stencil over the ink blending once dry and sprayed Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Spray. The nozzle did not spray smoothly and the first panel as set aside.

I ink blended another panel and did the same thing but this time I cleared the nozzle before spraying on my panel. and it turned out...BUT...although I haven't done it in along time, I glued the better panel upside-down on the card base! 

The decision was made to make two cards!

The 'good' panel was now upside-down with pink on the top and yellow on the bottom. I used an older stencil by Birch Press Designs called Ring Tiles. There are other companies who have a similar stencils but really you can use just about anything. Graphic designs would likely work the best!

The sentiment in the centre is Waffle Flower Crafts Oversized Thank You Print. I cut it out three times in black and glued them together for a chunky sentiment!

To finish off the card I attached some Studio Katia Sparkling Round Gems that have a stripped pattern on them. You can see it in the photo below:

So the second card, the panel I made first, is the reverse--yellow on top and pink on the bottom. When it came to photographing the cards I realized that both panels actually turned out quite well


Please visit the Color Hues blog for even more inspiration from my fabulous teammates and I hope to see you play along!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

April 11, 2024

Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #28

Hi there friends, it's been a while. I got up this morning and decided it was time to make a card for the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge #28. I purchased the Concord & 9th Cup of Kindness Stamps & dies back when the set was introduced and today it finally got some love. I have been trying to use what I have because their are so many sets that I had to have but have not gotten much love.

My background was stamped with Ellen Hutson's Fa La La stamp with Catherine Pooler's Rockin' Red ink. The same stamp was used to stamp and white emboss the red cardstock for the coffee cup.

The holly on the cup sleeve is from Ellen Hutson's Holiday Sprigs stamps & dies. I coloured it with Copic markers--R08, R17, R27, YG25, YG17.

This is also the first card I have made for Christmas '24! I have a few more to make--lol!

Thanks for dropping in today!


April 1, 2024

Color Hues #84

Welcome back! We have a new colour duo starting today over at the Color Hues for Color Challenge #84! Peach & Green makes me think of warmer days ahead! I used Altenew's Book Engravings stamps and dies. 

I stamped and die cut the two flowers using peach inks. On a 5 1/5" x 4 1/4" panel of white cardstock I stamped the leaves. The smaller flower was attached to the panel directly with glue and the large flower was attached with foam squares.The happy birthday sentiment is from an old Papertrey Ink birthday set.


I am also submitting this to Seize the Birthday #280 Spring Floral Challenge...

If you haven't already been there, please head over to the Color Hues blog to see the fabulous designs my teammates have made for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

March 28, 2024

Just Us Girls #720

Hey crafty friends! I'm back again with my final card for my March Guest Design at Just Us Girls! This challenge is a stencil challenge and anything goes. So with that I pulled out my Papertrey Ink Wild Blooms stencils because every time I use it? I love it more!

I started off picking lighter and darker shades of my greens, pinks and yellows. All my inks are Catherine Pooler inks and I listed them all in the supply list at the bottom of my post.

Wild Blooms comes as a set of 6 stencils. I worked my way through each stencil using first the lightest shade and then adding my darker shade from the base of each image and then finally finishing it off by going over the stenciled pieces again with the lightest coloured ink.

Once I had the whole piece stenciled I went around the edges of the panel with blue ink to give the panel more dimension and reality. Next I cut the panel with the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles dies. It was adhered to the card base with foam tape.

I have been trying to use some older products that I have lately. The word spring is from a Neat & Tangled die called Spring, how apropos! The die comes with the word and a shadow. I cut the shadow with vellum and then I cut the word spring three times with black cardstock. The words were glued together to make a thick word, it was then glued to the vellum base.

TIP: I dotted glue on the back of the vellum piece behind the letters so it would not show through to the front.

I stamped and white embossed Happy & Birthday from yet another older MFT Stamps set and those were adhered around the word 'spring' with thin foam tape.

Thanks for hanging out with me this month as I was guesting with the Just Us Girls Challenge. I've had a really fun time and I hope to see your cards in the gallery. Break out those stencils, this challenge is a fun one!