SOA Winners

Winners of the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval blog hop have been announced.  Are you one of them?  Clicky to find out.


New Masterclass- Cards With Sass

There is a new masterclass over at StampNation brought to you by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  Guess who one of the guest teachers is?  If you guessed me, you get a gold star! 

This is going to be such a fun class!  Every tutorial shows you different ways to add Sass to your cards using stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  My card uses just a dash of sass to turn a classy card into something you would give to your bestie!   Here's a sneak peek of my card.  Hop on over to StampNation to see the full card.  

Not yet a member?  Click HERE to learn more and sign up today!

To play along with the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge, visit us here? http://callingallsistahs.blogspot.com

Stamps: Pretty Posies; Tag, You're It (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: All That Jazz, Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Lime Rickey, Midnight, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Merry Label DiesPosies Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) Mod Flowers Stencil (CPD) 


Snow Is Coming

Did you know that StampNation has a bi-monthly (or is it bi-weekly) Christmas challenge to help inspire us to get our cards made before December 25th?  There have been some great ones already, but this is the first time I have joined in.  My plan is to go back and do the others after the kids are back in school.  (8 more days, but who's counting?)

The challenge this week is SNOW, so I pulled out my snowflake collection of stamps and dies and went to work creating my own snowy background with an emboss resist technique.

I hope you will join in on this challenge.  To see what the design team and fellow members have created for inspiration CLICKY.

Stamps: Bring On the Snowflakes, Snowy Sayings (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, It's A Boy (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Silver Shimmer, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Funky Flakes Fri-Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) White Embossing Powder (Stampin' UP)


Seas the Day CAS04

All of my friends know I LOVE the ocean.  If I could live anywhere it would be at the ocean with my own private beach.  So, it's no surprise that I love this month's Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  

To join in the challenge you make an Encouragement card based on the photo or colors or both.  Here is my card.

To view video on youtube: https://youtu.be/b-rwoBnsd7A

Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see how the Encouragement Squad was inspired and to add your card for a chance to win a $25 gift card to CASual Fridays Stamps store!!!

Stamps: Mermaid (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquiouse, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: 1" flat brush; Linen Thread, Pearls (SU)


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month and I am here to remind you to do your breast self-checks and schedule those yearly mammograms if it is time.  Here is my sparkly card made with you in mind!

To view the video on youtube:  https://youtu.be/iYhCjdbDhxI

After you have done your self-check, head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog.  Michele has a very important message she's sharing today and you won't want to miss it.  Not to mention the fabulously talented Encouragement Squad cards!

Don't forget to use your coupon code if you go shopping at CASual Fridays Stamps!

Stamps: Hope Ribbon, Tutu (CASual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: It's A Girl, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Bright White (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Glass Glitter Gel (Faber-Castell) Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps) Swoop Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs)


Hot August Buys at Ellen Hutson

Shop early so you're not disappointed - supplies are limited and when they're gone, they're gone!

Discount applies to in-stock items in the Hot August Buys category only. Not valid on previous purchases. No coupon needed. Unable to combine orders.


Fresh Flower Motif

This card was inspired by my friend Kristie Goulet.  She is a master at taking stamps and using them in unique ways to create new designs.  Her classes over at StampNation have me looking at my stamps with fresh, new eyes.

Watch video in HD on youtube: https://youtu.be/62nI2m9AbtQ

My other inspiration for this card came from my new business.  I needed some tags to add to the mini facials I was giving away and that sparked the overall theme of this card.  I chose fresh colors from our logo and stamped them on a tag that I could include as part of their gift or on a card like you see here.

Stamps: Leaf Motif (SOA)
Ink: Bellini, Garden Party, It's A Boy, It's A Girl, Melon Ice, Midnight, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Marching Leaves Stencil, Tags, Etc. Dies (SOA) White & Grey Twine

Today is the second day of blog hops.  Be sure to head on over to Catherine's blog to see who is participating today.  And, don't forget to get on the waitlist to find out the moment this collection goes on sale!


Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 1

A new Stamp of Approval is being released this week.  The name of this limited edition collection is near and dear to my heart: Counting Blessings.  I'm so excited to share a couple of my projects with you today!  This first one is included in the project guide that will be emailed to you after you purchase the collection. 

My first card uses one of the 2 stencils included in this collection to make a rainbow of leaves.  Isn't that a fun, yet simple idea?

Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Tags, Etc. Dies, Marching Leaves Stencil, Thankful Die (SOA) White Embossing Powder (SU)

My second card uses the unique Fallen Leaves Dies.  First I die cut a row of leaves out of my card panel.  The I die cut some leaves from paper that had been sponged with Bellini and Flirty Fuchsia inks.  I did a partial inlay die cut technique, using the white outline die and select sponged fillers from the dies.  Next I did my stamping. The final touch was to splatter with a little black ink using a spritzer tool and mount it on some light gray cardstock. 

Accessories: Basic Black Marker, Spritzer Tool (SU) Fallen Leaves Die (SOA)

These collections sell out fast, so make sure you are on the waitlist to find out as soon as they go up for sale.  Our last release sold out before it could go live to the public.  Only those on StampNation and the waitlist had the opportunity to snatch one.


Now on to the fun stuff.  Let's see how some of the other designers on the team were inspired and give you a chance to win one of these new collections for yourself.  All you have to do is comment on each stop on the hop for your chance to win.  Come back tomorrow and Tuesday for days 2 & 3 of the hop.  

One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on AUGUST 17th on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Next up on the hop is the creative genius, Maureen, from Mama Mo Stamps!

Blog Hop List

Heather <you are here>
Maureen <<<GO HERE NEXT>>>


Bonus Days

If you earned Bonus Days coupons in July for spending $50 or more, now is the time to redeem those Stampin' Up! coupons!!!! 

Need help?  Download the PDF on how to redeem those codes HERE

Ready to go shopping?  CLICKY


Masterclass at StampNation

StampNation members have been enjoying a summer of masterclasses.  Back in June we had Faber-Castell join us and I was so inspired, I made a bonus video for that classroom.  Members can check it out here.   Want to see a sneak peek?

Stamps: All About You (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Dapper Denim (Stampin' Up) Versamark
Paper: White (CPD) Dapper Denim (SU)
Accessories: Harleen Stencil (Winnie & Walter) Silver Texture Luxe (Faber- Castell) White Embossing Powder (WOW)


Special Birthday

A very special someone had a birthday last week, so I had to make her a special cake card.  :)  I pulled out the crooky cake and had a blast with this card.

I hope Monica enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it, and I hope it didn't get to her too late.  

Stamps: Bring on the Cake (SugarPea Designs)
Ink: All That Jazz, Bellini, Flirty Fuchsia, Midnight, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti
Paper: Basic Black, Tasty Treats DSP (Stampin' Up) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Dies (SugarPea Designs) Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps)


Still Going

Bonus Days Are Here!!!

Stampin' Up is offering bonus days coupons for every $50 you spend in July you will earn a $5 coupon to spend in August.  Now is the time to stock up on essentials and grab another goodie from the new catalog.  Happy Shopping! 


CAS03 Hope Floats

Don't you love opening your mailbox to find an encouraging card from a friend or loved one?  That is the premise behind the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  We are helping you build your stash of card to send to encourage others one challenge at a time.  This month's challenge features a bright hot air balloon.

Isn't it fun?!  Here is how I interpreted the inspiration photo.

Direct link to youtube video:  CLICKY

Now head on over the Calling All Sistahs blog and check out what the design team has come up with, then be inspired to add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays store.

Stamps: Floating
Ink: Grass Skirt, Tiara, Fiesta Blue, Tutti Frutti, Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)


Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post

It's the 17th of the month, and if you are a regular follower of my blog, you know what that means.  It is time to check yourselves.   Once again I join Michele from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and her Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Squad to remind you to do your monthly self-checks and schedule those yearly mammograms.   We like to do this with pretty cards.

Have you checked yourself? Please take a few minutes to do so now, if you haven't.

Direct link to youtube video in HD: Clicky

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has created.  Come back tomorrow for our 3rd CAS Encouragement challenge. Don't forget to use the coupon code encourage17 when shopping to save 15%.

Stamps: Floating, Word Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, It's A Girl, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Vellum, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Clear and White Embossing Powder (SU) Sewing Machine


Surround Yourself With...

Catherine Pooler has a new release, and you know what that means?  I get to play with new stamps and dies and ink and stencils!!!!  So much good stuff to enjoy!

One of the stamp sets comes with this saying "Surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you."  This quote has special meaning because Catherine gave her design team members a bracelet with this inscription on the inside at our first dream team retreat.  You may have seen this silver bracelet on my wrist, Catherine's or one of the other dream team members.  It holds a special place in my heart and I wear it almost daily.

Clicky to view in HD on youtube.

Click on the picture below to see all the new products. 

Stamps: Best In You (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Garden Green, Sweet Sixteen, Midnight (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Large Doily Die Perfect Vine Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs) Twine (Doodlebug)


Perfect Pair

Second card for today.  Isn't this just a fun card?   Today Catherine Pooler is doing a SURPRISE release!  Say what?!  Yep, she is at it again with a fun new release filled with goodies every stamper will love.  I used the new I Pick You stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs and paired it with her new Large Doily Die.  And then...drum roll please... one of the new INKS released is on this card too!

The background was created by stamping the pear in Melon Ice in the center of the card, and then stamping pears all around it, changing the direction of the stamp each time I stamped it.


Stamps: I Pick You (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Icing On the Cake, Melon Ice, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD) Vellum (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Mini Stapler (Stampin Up) I Pick You Dies, Large Doily Die (Catherine Pooler Designs)

You Are Worth It

My sweet fellow blogger, Carole, From My Carolina Home is starting a card drive for battered women.  She reached out to me and asked if I would help spread the word.  Of course I said yes.   Here's what she has to say:

First, I'd like to invite my stamping and card making readers to make some cards of encouragement and support for these ladies.  Something that says "you are worth it".  Cards that are uplifting and supportive.  Make several in the same design, or use different designs, it is up to you.  The only request is to keep them uplifting in tone, and to not use a religious theme as there are many different religions represented in the residents and we won't know who is getting what.  Inside the card you can hand write, stamp, or use your computer to make an uplifting message.  You could say something like this on the inside -

"As you go through this time of change,know that you are important and valued.You deserve to be happy and safe.
Good luck with your future plans."

Sign the card as you like - either "A friend who cares", or something similar, or your first name.  Mail your completed cards to me with an envelope for each one addressed only as "For You". 

Isn't this a wonderful thing Carole is putting together?  It goes right along with the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge I coordinate every month.  My Card of Encouragement for these ladies:

Direct link to YouTube video in HD CLICKY

Want to help us?  Head on over to Carole's blog for all the deets: CLICKY

Thank you, Carole, for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful endeavor.

Stamps: Picture Perfect(Stampin' Up)
Ink: Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist. Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum (SU)
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Dotted Circle Dies (CPD) Pattern Party Decorative Masks, White Satin Ribbon (SU) Stampin' Mask Paper (Inkadinkadoo) 


Congrats and Yay Stripes

Recently I started selling Rodan + Fields.  I wanted to make some cards to send to my new Preferred Customers and Future Consultants, along with a little notecard to send out with the Free Mini Facials.  So, I drew inspiration from the R+F logo and product colors.  Each of their regimens comes with a strip of color.  I took those colors and pulled out Yay Stripes.

At first I was going to use the bar stripe stamp, but I couldn't help myself and grabbed the dotted chevron.  It's one of my favorites, because it one I asked for based on a piece of fabric I love.

Isn't that fun?!  I chose the sentiment "Congrats" because I could congratulate new customers on getting started on healthier, younger looking skin and/or lashes.   The card needed something else, so I add a thin strip of black cardstock and matted the entire piece.  So easy to make, yet packs a punch.

Guess what?  Catherine has started an affiliate program for her design team.  By clicking on links below to her store and making a purchase, I get a small percentage back.  Pretty cool, eh?!  Thanks for your continued support of my business.  It means the world to me.

If you are new to the shop and haven't yet signed up for the rewards program, you can do so here.

Stamps: Yay Stripes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Garden Green, Tiki Torch (CPD)
Paper: Basic Black (Stampin' Up) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Spot On Sentiments (Catherine Pooler Designs)


Bonus Days Are Back


You can start earning Bonus Days coupons now to use in August.  There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn.  Here's the deal: for every $50 you spend July 1-31 (before shipping and tax), you'll get $5 Bonus Days coupon that can be used August 1-31.

Shop now and  enjoy savings later!  :) 


Get Your Flip Flops On

We are celebrating summer this weekend at StampNation.  Here's a sneak peek of my card made exclusively for members.  

Check out sneaks of the rest of this talented team!!!!

If you are not yet a member you can join us now here.


God Bless the USA

Happy 4th of July!  Today, we Americans, celebrate our Independence Day!  Hope you are enjoying yourself with friends and loved ones.

For any of you interested in Rodan + Fields I have a special 4th of July deal going on.  Clicky to join my Facebook group to learn more.


Faux Painting with Gelatos ~ Inspired by Masterclass

Have you had a chance to check out the Faber-Castell Masterclass over at StampNation?  I'm learning so much about mixed media and getting lots of inspiration.  Today's card uses a tutorial from the first day of class.   Members can check it out here.  I knew I wanted to dry out the blowing technique for this month's Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge.  It fits PERFECTLY!

My card was inspired by two other bloggers, Kristie Goulet and Gwendolyn Goh.  Click on their names to check out their fabulous creations!

There is still time to play along with this challenge.  Clicky to check it out and add your pictures for a chance to win big!

One more thing before I go.  Zigs and Zags is retiring and on sale at a DEEP discount.  Grab it quick because once it is gone, it's gone forever!

Stamps: Breathe, Zig & Zags (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Gesso, Gelatos (Faber-Castell)


StampNation Aurora Borealis Challenge

Have any of you seen the Aurora Borealis trend going on in the stamp world?  First you add color to your cardstock, then you blend over it in black.  Next you add water droplets and pull up some color, OR you can add white/black splatters OR spritz it with shimmer mist AND the result is a night sky with a touch of color. Pretty cool.  That's the challenge today over at StampNation.  Here's a sneak peek of my exclusive card for the challenge.

Check out the amazing sneak peek from the dream team.

StampNation members can find the challenge here.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member of StampNation.

I had some leftover pieces on my stamp table and came up with another card just for my blog followers.  This one doesn't have the technique piece.  Instead I added another "best" die cut in black.  I also tilted the sentiment strip on an angle to match the glitter tape.  Do any of you CASE yourself?

Stamps: Simply the Best (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: All that Jazz, Aquatini, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Printed Vellum (DCWV) White (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Glitter Tape