The Wait Is Over

The brand new Love Is In the Air stamp of approval collection is now open for the public to order!!!  If you have been loving what the creative team has been making you will want to jump on over to the store to get your box before it sells out.

While you are there, add in a couple of extras that are new to the shop like the coordinating dies...

Bon Voyage
Love Is In the Air
And how about the new round blocks with a GRID!  I love how comfortable this block is to hold and grab it more than almost any other.

Round Block
And I will be picking up the new long acrylic block for those borders and long sentiments.

Jumbo Block
There is also a package deal to get all 5 sizes Catherine caries!  

I know you're going to want to get the refill for the Mystery Ink that comes in this collection.  Trust me, just add it to your cart! 

Before I go, I have another card to share with you using the stamps & dies included in the collection.   This card is featured in the Project Guide that is emailed to you after you order your SOA box.  So, I will spare you all the details for now.  Just now you are going to want to pick up some Sand Dunes embossing powder if you want to recreate this look.  You're welcome. ;)

Here's a close up for you.  Happy creating!!!


Envelope Card for Love in the Air

The new Love is in the Air stamp of approval collection is due to release tomorrow and I am back with more ideas and samples using this collection.  First up are some envelop ideas.

Recently I've been watching youtube videos on making pretty envelopes.  This new SOA collection was just what I needed to try it out for myself.  I used my SU envelope punch board to make my own envelope out of watercolor paper, so I could watercolor in the background.  First I stamped my balloon images and then masked them to help prevent getting them wet. 

 Catherine Pooler inks are dye inks and react with water, so I didn't want the images to get wet.   That is exactly what I wanted for the background though, so I carefully watercolored around the rest of the card, purposefullly leaving some white space to give the illusions of clouds.

It's very subtle, but after the ink was dry I stamped the cloud images in water and then used a paper towel to pick up some of that blue ink.  Lastly I added a few more stamps and the sentiment.  

Stamps: Bon Voyage, Love is in the Air (SOA - CPD)
Ink: It's A Boy, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Black Jack, Midnight, It's A Girl (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Watercolor (Canson)
Accessories: #8 Round Brush (Silver) Envelope Punch Board (Stampin' UP)

This next envelope could be stamped on any envelope you have, or even on the back of your card.

Stamps: Happiness Enclosed (SOA)
Accessories: Clear Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)

After stamping the heart in the center, I picked up some of the same ink with my paint brush and lightly painted in the center.  Then, I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to add some shimmer to that heart. It doesn't show in the picture, but the recipient will see it.

How about a card to go with these envelopes?  Of course you could use the cards I made yesterday for the blog hop.  Have you commented yet for your chance to win?

I love the little heart inside the starburst thingy.  Yes, I have a thing for hearts.  Someone asked me yesterday if I made Valentines cards and who did I send them to.  I'm more likely to make a love card than a Valentine's card because it can be given all year long to family and close friends.

As you can see I stamped most of the heart bursts in the same blue ink as my top envelope.  I chose one in the top left corner to stamp in Party Dress ink.  For the love die I first did the direct to paper technique, again with party dress and then quickly poured Wanderlust embossing powder over it to give it a sparkle and shine.  It needed an extra POP on the card, so I layered it over a another die cut out of black cardstock.   The strip you see is direct to paper using It's A Girl ink.  

To get the ombre look for the heart arrow I stamped the lighter pink in the center and darker pink on the hearts, then used a sponge dauber to blend where the 2 colors meet.  I felt the card needed a little something for the visual triangle, so I added sequins, putting the blue iridescent on in the top right corner.

Stamps: Bon Voyage, Love is in the the Air (SOA)
Ink: It's A Girl, It's A Boy, Party Dress, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Love Die (SOA) Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW)

Are you joining in the StampNation PJ party tonight?  I have a meeting tonight, but I am hoping to catch part of it.  If you are a member be sure to go to StampNation for all the deets!


Love is in the Air SOA Blog Hop

Love is in the Air and it is time for another Stamp of Approval blog hop using products from Catherine Pooler's newest SOA.  If you haven't heard of Stamp of Approval before, it is a quarterly collection of exclusive products currated by Catherine Pooler.  These are limited edition, so you will want to get on the waitlist at  WWW.CPSTAMPOFAPPROVAL.COM Once they sell out you won't see them again for months!  Now let's get to the fun part, the samples!

For my first cards I wanted to experiment with different ways to color the world. I've been on a coloring kick lately, and was so excited when I opened my box to see there were some images to color with this collection.

This first one is colored with Zig Markers.  First I stamped the stamps and clear embossed them onto watercolor paper.  Then, I colored in the stamped images.  To create the water I loosely scribbled a blue marker on the blank spaces and used a wet brush to blend it out.  Once it was dry I die cut it out using 2 frames from the Postage Stamp Dies.

Stamps: The World Awaits (SOA)
Ink: 004, 033, 036, 042, 082 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Onyx Black (Versamark)
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Premium White (CPD)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (SU)  Postage Stamp Dies (SOA)

For my second card I used sponge daubers to sponge my background. The continents were multi colored and the ocean was blue.  I die cut with just one of the Postage Stamp dies this time and layered it onto black cardstock. 

Stamps: The World Awaits (SOA)
Ink: Midnight, Mystery Color, It's A Boy, Aquatini, Garden Party, Fiesta Blue, Tiara, Sweet Sixteen, It's a Girl (CPD)
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Midnight (CPD)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (SU)  Postage Stamp Dies (SOA) Sponge Daubers

Want to know a secret?  The secret ink is used on this card.  Can you guess which color it is?  Shhhh... only a few more days before we find out.

The 3rd card ended up in the circular file bin (aka trash can).   What can I say?  Not everything I make is blog hop worthy.  

Tomorrow I will be sharing some envelope ideas.  I'm pleased as punch with how they turned out!

Now it's time for the blog hop.  

Leave a comment on each stop of the hop for your chance to win one of these collections for yourself.  Up next is the incredibly talented TRACIE POND!
Heather North <you are here>
Tracie Pond <<<<<<<<<<<GO HERE NEXT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Sale A Bration and New Catalog

It's the time of year that Stampin' Up lovers wait for.  The new Occasions catalog is here along with Sale-A-Bration offerrings!  This year SU has their traditional offering of Free product with every $50 you spend AND they've added $100 level products too!!!  More to love!

First up, the new catalog.  You can download the PDF here

For the much anticipated Sale-A-Bration catalog you can click HERE

Ready to go explore and go shopping?  


Encouragement Challenge ~ CAS08

Welcome to our last Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge of 2017.  It's hard to believe that our "baby" is 8 months old now.  Time sure flies when you're stamping!  To round out our last challenge of 2017 and ring in the New Year, we have another great inspiration photo.

The stripes in the straw caught my eye first.  I knew I would have some sort of black and white stripe on the side.  The rest of the card came together when I ordered the new Ballerina Fri-Dies.  I stamped her, then did a faux embossing by stamping again in Versamark and covering with glittery embossing powder.  It's a great cheater way to emboss without having to own hundreds of colored embossing powders.  My ballerina is propped on a panel sponged and then sponged again with a stencil.

The Encouragement Squad has created some real beauties.  You'll want to pop on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see what they've created, then join in the fun!!! Challenge runs until Jan 13th, so you have plenty of time to get your encouraging card made and added!

Stamps: Sugarplum Fairy, Floating, Holly Jolly Borders (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Rose Red (Stampin' Up) Versamark
Paper; Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Ballerina Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Basic Black Marker (SU) Turkish Delight Stencil, Wanderlust Embossing Powder (Catherine Pooler Designs)


Calling All Sistahs

Hello Sistahs!  It's been quiet here on the blog, but I had to pop in here for your monthly reminder.  Each month on the 17th I join the Encouragement Squad for Calling All Sistahs to remind you to do breast self-exams and schedule those yearly mammograms.  This time of year we are all busy and can use a reminder to take care of ourselves.  Cancer doesn't care if it is Christmas, but there is hope if it is caught early enough.  Here is my card to remind you that you matter!  Take a few minutes to take care of yourself.

While making this card I had Christmas on my mind, so I used festive colors and paper.  The stripes on the side were stamped from Holly Jolly Borders in black, then I too my Nuvo glitter pen and colored in the blank strips.  It's hard to see in the picture, but it is very sparkly.  The background paper came from an old patterned paper pack that has long since lost its cover.  To create the ribbon I painted a light wash onto watercolor paper, and let it dry before stamping & embossing.  Then I came in again with the same paint color, at a stronger consentration to give each of the diamonds a darker look.  I then cut out the ribbon.  Adding a thin strip of black to the side and gluing my die cuts to black die cuts finish off my card.  

My fellow encouragement squad sistahs have also created lovely cards.  Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see them and then come back tomorrow to join in new encouragement challenge.

p.s.  If you plan on doing any shopping, be sure to use code encourage17

Stamps: Holly Jolly Borders, Starlequin (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Versamark
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Glitter Pen (Nuvo) Deep Pink Watercolor No. 37 (Kuretake) White Embossing Powder (WOW) Hope Fri-Die, Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps)


Stampin Up Discounted and Retirement Sale

As 2017 draws to a close Stampin' Up is having a huge sale.  Check out the discounted items and grab those retiring products before they are gone forever.

And, while you are shopping, why not pick up some goodies from the Clearance Rack?



Guest Posting Inlaid Die Cutting

Today I am guest posting over at Catherine Pooler's blog with one of my favorite cards from her recent release.  Here is a sneak peek of my inlaid diecut card.

Clicky to go check out the full card and details.

Stamps: Simply Stated (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Black Jack, Daydream, Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Royal Treatment, Sauna (CPD)
Paper: Premium Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Small Doily Die (CPD)


Black Friday Deals

Do you enjoy hitting the stores early to get the best deals of the season on Black Friday?  I love a good sale, but hate fighting crowds, so I prefer places I can shop online and still get good deals.  Here are a few I found.  Affiliate links used where I have them.

Free gift with purchase of $45 or more.

Be sure to use code encourage17 at checkout for 15% off.  Email subscribers check your email for a special from Michele.


10%-50% off most items in store and a free gift for orders placed on Friday.




We are thrilled and HONORED to be celebrating our 11th year! 
Enjoy savings of 20% on all in-stock items Friday, November 24th through Monday, November 27th at 11:59 PST. You can use this code as many times as you like but we will not be able to combine orders.

At checkout please enter the following coupon code to redeem your discount:

Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers. Sale EXCLUDES new Mama Elephant products (released in the last 90 days) and BCRF Fundraiser. 


We've created two categories you'll want to take advantage
 of during this year's Anniversary Sale. 

Special discounts on items in this category are for a short time only. 

Over 1000 items have been added to this category and once they're gone, they're gone!

Use the Anniversary Sale coupon code above for additional savings in these two categories only. 


For those of you who may not have heard, I'm now an independent consultant with Rodan + Fields, the #1 Premium Skincare in North America.  This weekend I am running a 4 day special.  Please message me on Facebook to learn more, or you can email me at heathernorthrnf @ gmail. com (no spaces) 

Here is my Black Friday - Cyber Monday special

One last tip before I go.  Be sure to check out your favorite stamp company's online stores.  Many of them have their own specials.

Happy Shopping!


CAS07 Soothing Green

Who could use a little encouragement today?  I think all of us have days where we need our friends to lift us up.  What better way to do that than with a beautiful handcrafted card?  That's why Michele Gross of CASual Fridays Stamps started the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge, to challege us each month to make cards and send them to those who could use a little lift in their spirits or spring in their steps.

My card was completely inspired by the green and white of this picture.  I planned on stamping out a white flower from on of my many CASual Fridays floral stamps, but then I saw the casual trees dies and knew I needed to shift gears.  The small doily die was a perfect substitute for the round floral shape.

I must admit, I am smitten with the classy, clean and simple card.  First I sponged the background in my new Catherine Pooler Spa inks and then I sponged another piece of cardstock so I could die cut my branches.  I purposefully sponged half the cardstock in a lighter color and the other half in the darker, then cut out my trees from various parts of that paper.  Next I stamped my sentiment, ties a few of my little trees with some linen thread and mounted it with foam tape onto my lightly sponged card base. 

Now it's your turn to be inspired and create an encouragement card.  Head on over to CAS07 to see the amazing creations from the Encouragement Squad and get crafting.  We can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps: Breathe (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Black Jack, Green Tea, Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Casual Trees Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Small Doily Die (Catherine Pooler Designs) Linen Thread (Stampin' Up)