CAS02 Encouragement Challenge

It's time for the second Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  This month I was inspired by the paint brushes and wanted to make a paint swatch card.  I also used the colors in the inspiration picture.

Here is how I interpreted the photo/colors.

Direct link to youtube video in HD: https://youtu.be/sc3oa1JZZJU

It was easy and fast to create this colorful card that screams Summer Beach to me.  :)  If you would like to join our challenge, the rules are simple.  Make a card to encourage someone using the photo, colors or both and link up with our challenge by the 13th.  Now, head on over and see what the amazing Encouragement Squad created using this inspiration photo.

Clicky to go there now.

Don't forget to use coupon code encourage17 at checkout for 15% off your purchase.  Thank you Michele, for letting me pass this on to my followers.

Stamps: Breathe (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, It's A Girl, Rockin' Red, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things)


June Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post

It's the 17th of the month, and that means it is time to remind you ladies to do your breast self-exam and get those yearly mammograms scheduled.  Don't let the busy summertime get in the way of taking care of this important health check.

Direct link to youtube video in HD: https://youtu.be/0uYB3zjNaz8

Ready to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has come up with to remind us to "check ourselves"?  Clicky to go there now.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our second Encouragement Challenge!

Stamps: Calling All Sistahs, Calm and Loving (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: It's a Girl, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs) Soft Suede (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Sugarplum, Whisper White (Stampin' Up) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Die (Sugar Pea Designs) Linen Thread (SU) Pastel Gelatos: Guava, Aqua Dolce, Elderberrym Watermelon, Kiwi (Faber-Castell) Mini Misti


StampNation Throwback Challenge

Yesterday's challenge at StampNation is a throwback to a challenge I created last year.  Black, White and a POP of color.  It's still one of my go-to color combos when I want a high impact on my cards.  Here is a peek at my card made exclusively for StampNation.

Stamps: Dearest Mom (Altenew) Wild Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Aquatini, Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Lattice Frame Die, Wild Garden Dies (CPD)

Here's a little sneaky peek at what the entire team created for this week's challenge.

StampNation members can find the challenge here.

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

I loved this combo so much I made a second card to share with you!  I used a die cut from the Lattice Frame die as a stencil for my Aquatini ink, then added die cuts in black for a silhouette look.

Stamps: Dearest Mom (Altenew) Butterfly Notes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Aquatini, Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Lattice Frame Die (CPD)


Prize Stag for Father's Day Card

In case you hadn't heard, Father's Day is this Saturday!  (at least for those of us in the US)  We got my husband an EPIC gift this year.  He's been saying he wants one for years, and we finally found it.  I hope he likes it as much as I think he will.  What are you getting for the dad's in your life?  We like to send our Fathers a card for their special day.  Here's another card I made, but I can't share who it is for... he may be watching.  ;)

The burlap ribbon wasn't going well with this card so I decided to distress it.  It was easy to do, Just laid it on my ink pad and pressed down.  I also distressed the banner a little bit.  I guess dad cards should have a little "dirt" on them.  Both of us have hard working dads.  My boys do too.  I'm grateful for these men in our lives.

Stamps: Sweet Sentiments (The Craft's Meow)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla (SU) Cartographer 6x6 pad (Prima)
Accessories: Blueprints 24 (My Favorite Things) Burlap Ribbon (SU) Prize Stag (Ellen Hutson)

The stamp set I used has retired, so I thought I would include some great sets I found on Ellen Hutson for you below.  I seriously need to go shopping for some new masculine messages sets.


Father's Day and Dad's Birthday Cards

Father's Day is coming up this weekend and my dad's birthday is this week too!  I need some masculine cards STAT, so I pulled out my new-to-me stamp set from Stampin' UP! called High Tide.  It's perfect for my dad who loves the ocean and my father in law that loves fishing.

If you are making one card, you might as well make 3, right?  I let the camera and have a video for you.

Direct link to youtube in HD https://youtu.be/_L9trmzfefU

I used Teeny Tiny Wishes and a couple of punches for my sentiment on the next card.

This is the card from the video.  As  you can see, it makes a nice encouragement or sympathy type of card.

Ink: Dapper Denim, Night of Navy (SU) Paper White Pigment (Fresh Ink) White Craft Ink (SU)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, *retired* Blooms & Bliss DSP (SU)
Accessories: Various *retired* punches (SU)


Never Give Up

Have you had a chance to play along with the new Calling All Sitahs Encouragement challenge?  There are still a few days left to enter your cards to win a $25 gift code to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps shop!!!  psst... the odds are in your favor.  ;)  

This challenge asks you to make an encouragement card based on the photo or colors or both above and link up to http://callingallsistahs.blogspot.com/2017/05/may-challenge-post.html by June 13th at 9am EST

I'm in love with this color palette, so I made another card using it.  I also pulled out my patterned papers.  They've been collecting dust in my stamp room and I've been missing them.  This pack was one I picked up in New York over a year ago!  Don't be surprised if you see a few more cards with layers on them again from me.  The tide is turning.  LOL

Looking forward to seeing some of your lovely cards in the challenge.  Clicky to go there now.

Stamps: Dream the Do (CFS) Wild Garden (CPD)
Ink: Aquatini, Garden Party, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen (CPD) Night of Navy (SU)
Paper:  Fairy Dust (Kaiser Craft) Night of Navy, Whisper White (SU) 
Accessories: Buble Box Fri-Dies (CFS)
Don't forget to use coupon code encourage17 to get 15% off at CAS-ual Fridays!


Sold Out

You all were as inspired as I was by the new Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired collection.  It sold out in less than 15 hours!!!  We didn't even make it to today when it would be live for the public to purchase.  StampNation members had first crack on Tuesday night and when the wait list got the link Wednesday morning they snatched it up quickly.

Catherine generously opened up ordering for the wait list to purchase a second run that will ship in about 4 weeks.  If I were you, I would get on the waitlist now for the new SOA release.  ;) 

I had the card above and a video for you today that went along with my card featured in the project guide.  Unfortunately, since the collection sold out so quickly, I've decided to postpone my video until the items go up for sale individually.  Subscribe to my youtube channel to see when that video goes live.

In the meantime, here are a few sneak peeks at more cards I've made using this collection.  I'll post them when Catherine says they are in stock in her store.  :)

Would you like to see a video for this one?

Check out the sparkle from the new embossing powder.

Another way to use some of the stamps in the medallion mix up.

This is a companion card for a future StampNation challenge.  I used the extra bits and pieces to make a new card for you.

Congratulations to all of you who have a box on the way.  I feel like I've barely scratched the surface with this one.  I truly do love it!


PJ Party Stamping for SOA

We had a PJ party over at StampNation where members were given the link to shop early for the new Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval.  I pulled out my collection and stamped while members jumped on the link and started ordering like mad!  Here is the card I came up with.

I think it is my favorite one yet!  If you are on the waitlist, please check your emails.  The link goes out today.  If there are any left ordering should open for everyone tomorrow.

Stamps: Birds of A Feather, Wild Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Garden Party, It's A Boy, It's A Girl, Flirty Fuchsia, Party Dress Pixie Dust, Something Borrowed (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD) Watercolor (Tim Holtz Distress) Winter in the Woods Stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Lattice Frame Die, Wild Garden Dies (CPD)


SOA Naturally Inspired Blog Hop

Today is blog hop day 3 for the soon-to-be-released Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler.  If you aren't on the waitlist, you will want to be. Go to www.cpstampofapproval.com

My first card is inspired by a summer sun splashed meadow.

Stamps: Simply the Best, Wild Garden
Ink: Melon Ice, *Mystery Ink*
Accessories: Best Die

Direct link to youtube video: https://youtu.be/zm63Aow_LEg

If you have never heard of Stamp of Approval, it is an exclusive quarterly collection curated by Catherine Pooler.  Each product in the collection is designed to work with the rest of the collection.  These boxes are limited edition and only available while supplies last.  Once they sell out you won't be able to order them for months, and never again bundled together at this price.  Get yourself on the waitlist at cpstampofapproval.com to be one of the first notified when this release goes for sale.

My second card was inspired by the picture above.  I saw it months ago on pinterest and I've been wanting to make a card inspired by it ever since.  I just needed some dandelion stamps.  :)  As you can see I used the same basic layout, but came out with 2 completely different cards.

Stamps: Birds of A Feather, Wild Garden
Ink: *mystery ink*, Aquatini, Midnight, Versamark
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up) Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW)

This collection is called naturally inspired.   We were each asked how we are naturally inspired.  Honestly, I am inspired by almost everything in the world around me.  I'm very visual, so I see color, pattern and design everywhere I look.  I love being inspired by nature, though I'm not really an "outdoorsy" kind of girl.  So, what inspires you?  Answer in the comments below for your chance to win one of these boxes for free!  If you've already ordered yours, Catherine will refund the money.

Then hop along the rest of the hop and do the same.  Next up is: Cynde Whitlow  If you missed the first 2 days of the hop I will link you to the start of those days below.   Good luck!

Heather North -you are here


Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Coming Soon

Catherine Pooler is releasing a new stamp of approval this week and it is one of my favorites!  So easy to work with.  I was going to take a leave of absence for this collection because I was having trouble creating while grieving, but decided to sit down and see what these stamps could do.  2 days and 9 cards later I told Catherine I was in.  :) 

This card didn't exactly turn out the way I envisioned it, so it didn't make the cut into my blog hop day.  (which is tomorrow btw, so you'll want to come back for that)  Here is a close up for you.

Can you see the flicks of water I laid down and then pulled up with a paper towel?  Catherine Pooler inks react with water, so you can get cool effects like this.

Speaking of blog hops, there's one going on today and there was one yesterday too.  Comment along each of the stops, each day for your chance to win and come back here tomorrow for my blog hop day!  :)  Go HERE to catch the first 2 days of blog hops.

Stamps: Birds of A Feather, Simply the Best, Wild Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Bellini, It's A Boy, It's A Girl, Melon Ice, Something Borrowed, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Spiro Doily Die (CPD)

Go to cpstampofapproval.com to sign up for the wait list and be among the first to hear when the box is released.  This is a limited edition collection and once it is sold out you won't be able to purchase these items for months, and never again in a complete collection at a bundled price.


In With The New...

...Stampin' UP! In Colors, that is.  With the new annual catalog comes a new set of 5 ink colors for the next 2 years.  I thought I would share the colors with you along with the cards I made for my loyal customers over the past 6 months.

First up, the colors.  We have Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.

2017-2019 In Colors
Of course I had to use every color on this card.  ;)  Normally I wouldn't put these colors together, but somehow they work in this vintage collage.

Here is a video to see them in action, along with the notecard I sent to customers with their new catalogs.  :)

Direct link to youtube: https://youtu.be/CuKL3xCw_UA

Thank you to all my loyal customers for supporting me.  It's been a rough 6 months, and I appreciate you hanging in with me even though my family emergencies took me away often.

All supplies are from Stampin' UP!
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Crafting Forever
Paper: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes

2017-2019 In Colors

Butterfly Basics

Crafting Forever