Sponged Bird Greeting Card to make

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Hi Friends!  I hope you had an amazing weekend!  Here in the US we had a long weekend for Memorial Day, so I swear today is Monday!  No?  Ok…I'll go back for a second cuppa and maybe that will help.  😉

We are gearing up for an exciting week here in the Pooler household.

Alana graduates from 5th grade on Friday, followed by 10 days of dance rehearsals, recitals, a piano recital, the 8th grade formal and an 8th grade graduation…all within 13 days.  My mom comes on Thursday for a long visit (2 weeks!  She's NEVER visited for this long!  I hope she survives it…lol!) so she can partake in all the festivities.  It will be busy and super fun.

When mom leaves she's taking the Big Girls with her.   We'll take a quick trip up to NY later in June to get them, followed by a trip to Orlando for me and a family trip to Tennesee after that.  I KNOW!  A crazy month is ahead!  It's a good thing that I was a mad-video-maker in May and even though there's lots-o-family stuff going on here, I will still have crafty goodness for all of you.

Speaking of crafty goodness…I had so much fun making this card.  I actually made it quite a while ago, but haven't shared it yet.  Remember my Mixed Media for Card Making cards a while back?  I made this then.  I remember it was a late night, I just couldn't sleep so I stayed up whatching “How I Met Your Mother” while the cardstock flew in my stamp room.

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Supplies:

  • Casual Elegance (CAS-ual Fridays stamps)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Vellum
  • Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Versamark
  • Accessories:  Spring Branch Die (Hero Arts), Circle Interlock Embossing Folder (Darice), Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Two Step Bird Punch (SU)

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Looking for inspiration?

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As I prepare a Cilantro, Black Bean and Corn Salsa to take to the pool today to celebrate with our neighborhood friends, I wanted to take a moment to remember the reason we have the day off and get together with friends and family.

It's to honor the men and women that sacrifice every day for our country.  We thank them.

In honor of that, my friend Sandy Allnock, from Operation Write Home is hosting a fabulous blog hop this weekend.  Be sure to CLICK HERE to go check it out.  Maybe you'll be inspired to make some cards and send them to Sandy for our heros.

Have a wonderful day, my friends!

Easy Ink Smooshed Watercolored Background Thank You Card Video Tutorial

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StampNation Sketch Challenge #130.2

I love the weekly challenges at StampNation.  Maureen is our coordinator and always has something to get our Mojo flowing!  Each week, our Dream Team shares amazing samples to inspire SN members and I put up a video of my challenge card.

may22sketchpeekThis week is my favorite type of challenge…it's a sketch.

Here's a peek at my project.

Members, hop over to check out the challenge thread and see the DT samples…they did an amazing job and it's incredible how each card is different, yet the same.

I found the sketch to be so inspirational that I sat down to make a second card.  View the video to see what I did and the inky fun I had!

StampNation Sketch Challenge #130

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SN_button2-23374What do StampNation Members say about this site?

“I learn something new everyday. It never ceases to amaze me how much you can learn from this one website. It just blows my mind. The ladies are so creative and willing to share their talents, its incredible. Normally it would be scattered all over the place not on one site. That to me is incredible. The ease, all in one place. Galleries, tutorials, challenges, swaps. I mean, wow, its all here!”  Bibi L.

 

“There are so many incredible tutorials here and samples that it would be hard not to grow as a paper crafter. The support and encouragement that I have received here has helped give me the confidence to start a blog and enter all kinds of challenges (and win some too). It's because of this site that I am doing my very first guest designer spot – (which goes live tomorrow) I'm not afraid to try anything now – I don't have a comfort zone anymore – I've learned to embrace all styles of card making!”  Susan

 

“Aside from the community feeling and friendships, the main benefit of the site is continual exposure to new products and companies that I would otherwise not see without hours of internet research. SN is a true one stop shop for techniques, products, ideas and SO much encouragement. I was brand new to card making when I joined and have grown immensely in the past year. People really compliment my cards now, and while I still make some that I am not happy with, I am learning why they don't work and how to fix them.” Fran

 

“It feels like a close “family” and I feel very “safe” here. Love the wonderful sistahood. I am learning about other parts of the world. Adore learning and having a go at new techniques and trends, and challenges, and everything! Love how we all share, (not just carding), help and support each other here in times of need. I am learning new things all the time that I would othewise never have learnt, in a very safe and nurturiing environment. Love the inspiration at SN. My confidence is really growing! Thank you Catherine for SN and all the Sistahood!”  Lynn

 

“This is my family. I have relationships with people all around the world that I would otherwise have never met. There is a bond, a sense of genuine caring not found on other web sites. There is so much to learn and share also not found in one convenient place as good as SN. I have been here so long I have seen my stamping grow from very amateurish to some real quality work.”  Elaine

 

“The inspiration is amazing. Only being a card maker for about 1 1/2 yrs, I've learned SO much here and with the loving support of my sistahs, I've gained confidence in my work. I would have never come this far, had it not been for SN. I love the the unity of my extended family, and that, to me, makes my life so much richer.”  Debbie

StampNation Dream Team sketch challenge

This is a peek of the DT projects.

If you'd like to see more videos using this technique, check out these exclusive StampNation Video Tutorials:

Supplies:

  • Flower Friend Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU), Distress Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Wild Honey Distress Ink, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay (SU)
  • Accessories:  Clear Block, Rhinestones

 

Coloring with the Odd Girl

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In March, we introduced a new teacher to StampNation, Kristy Dalman from Some Odd Girl.  She is a master at coloring with Copic Markers and I thought it would be amazing if she did some exclusive tutorials for us at StampNation.  Thankfully, she agreed!

Here it is a few weeks later and she has added SIX exclusive video tutorials to StampNation teaching the basics of using alcohol markers whether they be Copics or Stampin' Up new Blendabilities.

Here is a snapshot of what her classroom looks like:

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Kristy covers:

  • Getting Started
  • Copic Color System
  • Smooth Coloring
  • Basic Blending
  • Shading

What an amazing resource this is and this is included with your StampNation Membership!

If you haven't joined yet, now is the perfect time.  Click here to start your subscription right now!  See you there!

If you'd like to learn more about Kristy and the card that she so expertly colored above, Visit her blog post here.

Watercolor Clear Emboss Resist Card

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Watercolor Clear Emboss Resist Card

Me on the Iron Crafter?  When Chaitali Narla invited me to do an interview with her, I jumped at the chance.  How FUN!

We had an amazing chat which you can see here, and we each made a card using the same stamp set.  Please pop over there, check out her card, the interview and comment on her blog to get a chance to win these fun stamps for your very own self!

CAS-ual Fridays is our sponsor.  Thank you, Michelle!

Since watercoloring is fun and super hot in paper crafting right now, I thought these sweet flowers would be fun with this technique.

Using watercoloring along with the heat emboss resist technique is the perfect way to make your these designs pop.

View the video tutorial to see how to make this Watercolor Clear Emboss Resist Card

Watercolor Clear Emboss Resist Card

I've got a little bonus for you!  I couldn't stop stamping after the video camera turned off.  I made a second card using the same stamps and techniques, just different colors and layout.

Click here to download this bonus project and PDF tutorial for both cards.

You'll also receive my newsletter which comes out a few times a month with more inspiration for you…see you on the other side!

Watercolor Clear Emboss Resist Card

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Casual Comfort (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
  • Ink: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Versamark (Stampin’ Up)
  • Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Circle Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aquapainter (Stampin’ Up) Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

 Did you enjoy this project? Click here to download the PDF tutorial!

Penny Black and StampNation!

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We've been stamping and partying with Penny Black for a solid week now and it's been an amazingly fun time!

If you haven't popped over to the Penny Black blog this week yet, please do!  They have been featuring the StampNation Dream Team and their fabulous projects all week long.

There's a little prize to be had there as well!  Penny Black peeps are giving away 2 one-month subscriptions to StampNation!

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We also want to thank Penny Black for sponsoring last week’s inspiration challenge.  Their products have been a dream to work with and as an added bonus, a few of their designers joined us for last week's challenge.  Amazing talent in that group!

Speaking of the challenge…SN members have through May 22 to enter to win.

 Win what?

One lucky StampNation challenge participant will get to choose THREE products from the new Penny Black catalog!  yes, THREE! WOOOT!

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Here is a sneak peek at the video tutorial coming to StampNation on Monday.  Can you guess how I colored the blue background without getting blue on the flowers and leaves?  I can't WAIT to share it!  And Eva will make a guest appearance in this video.

You haven't joined StampNation yet?  You are going to love all the benefits of membership.

Join StampNation today!

 

9 hours left to get the early bird pricing

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11 Video Tutorials

8 Step-by-step written tutorials

28 Projects

Color Combo ideas

Bonus projects – coming soon!

Serious masculine inspiration, right?  You are going to NAIL it this Father's Day after you take this class!

This is a ONE TIME PAYMENT and you will have lifetime access to the class.

Click here to learn more.

Click here to set up payment and get inside the classroom NOW!

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Dipped-dyed Ombre Burlap Bags

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Dip Dyed.  Ombre.  Burlap.

Seriously this project is oozing with trendiness!

View the video to see how I dip-dyed these bags.

Fill these bags with chocolate, a gift card or a small gift.

Great for teachers, neighbors, party favors…

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Supplies:

  • My Favorite Stamp Set (Hero Arts), Simple Stems (Stampin' Up!)
  • Burlap Bags (Jampaper)
  • Reinkers (Stampin' Up):  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive


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 What's new at StampNation?  Our weekly challenge!  Can you guess the theme?

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What do the members say about their membership?

“I was brand new to card making when I joined and have grown immensely in the past year. People really compliment my cards now, and while I still make some that I am not happy with, I am learning why they don't work and how to fix them.”  Fran

“I've been really impressed by the wealth of information and the warm, friendly community.  I like having a community in which stampers/crafters can share their creations, questions and discoveries.”  Jean

“This is my family. I have relationships with people all around the world that I would otherwise have never met. There is a bond, a sense of genuine caring not found on other web sites. There is so much to learn and share also not found in one convenient place as good as SN.”  Elaine

It's an amazing place…you will love it!

Click here to begin your membership today!

 

Sponged and Splattered Butterflies

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Today I have one of the make and takes from StampNation LIVE to share with you!  This was a super fun card to make and was even easier with the really cool stencils and stamps from Hampton Arts.  The stencils are made out of a vinyl material and are tacky on the back.  yes, tacky….so that means you don't have to get washi or painter's tape to take down your stencil!  They just stick!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Black
  • Ink:  Concord Crush, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmelade Distress Inks
  • Accessories:  Twine

Click here to learn more about StampNation LIVE!  And mark your calendars for April 2015 for the 3rd annual event.

Hop over to Heather's blog, too.  She's done a few fabulous posts about SNL!

Curious Top 5

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Online video lessons by Catherine Pooler
     I was honored last week to be chosen as Curious' Top 5 as they celebrated their first birthday!

Check it out here.   Thanks, Curious!

Happy Friday! Embossed Penny Black Card

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Happy Friday my friends!  Today I've been hard at work after two days that had me out of the office a ton.  Between me and two of the girls, there were four doctor's appts. (nothing serious, just ear aches, chirpractor and cavity fillings).  Good grief!  I'm happy to be in my stamp room today.

While I was out and about, I told a friend of mine that I signed up for an art class in July.  I must have been on the edge of my seat telling her about it.  She looked at me with a funny look on her face and said, “You'd probably choose doing that over a day at the spa, wouldn't you?”.

I almost fell out of my chair laughing.  Well, DUH!  Yeah!  hahahaha!

What about you?  Art/paper crafting/mixed media class or Spa?

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penny black newsletter2Today's card was made with another great Penny Black large scale stamp and stencil.  Just like the one I did in my newsletter this week.

If you didn't catch it, you can view that video tutorial and all three cards HERE on StampNation.

If you haven't subscribed to my newslettet yet, you will get weekly project inspiration that I share only with newsletter subscribers.

 

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For this card, I used Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist and a stencil to make the background.  Then, I used the Suncatcher stencil and sponged versamark over it.  Next, I covered it in black embossing powder and heated it.  This gave a neat shadow effect to the flower.

An Embossed background and a banner with a white embossed greeting finish off this card.

Supplies:

  • Special Wishes Stamp Set (Penny Black)
  • Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
  • Ink:  Versamark
  • Accessories:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, White Embossing Powder, Chevron Embossing Folder

 

Hope you are inspired!  Oh, before I go!  Did you see the news!!!??????

Our very own Maureen is now teaching through video tutorials (SQUEAL!!!! ) on StampNation.  I am seriously beside myself.

What an incredible addition to StampNation.  Learn more about this announcement by stopping by MAUREEN'S BLOG and wishing her well with her new video endeavor!

 

Not hand painted!

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StampNation Members will be FULL of inspiration today!  Not only do we have a beautiful photo inspiration, but we have a fabulous sponsor – Penny Black!

The complete video tutorial for this card will be up today for StampNation Members showing how to make a stamped image look like you hand painted it.  Pinky Promise, it was super easy!

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That's not all the excitement…some of the Penny Black designers are joining us for this challenge to offer even MORE inspiration.

Just look at this sneak peek.  Is it screaming sunshine and spring to you!?

See you at StampNation – the best place to be supported by amazing women while you grow and learn and become the paper crafter you strive to be!

With more than 400 exclusive video tutorials…the learning never stops.  Speaking of learning!  We have a new Video Tutorial teacher premiering tomorrow.  It is absolutely going to knock your socks off.

 

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PRIZE ALERT!  One challenge participant will get to choose THREE products from the new Penny Black catalog.  Awesome!

Stamping with newbies & CFH early bird pricing ends soon!

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My mother-in-law moved into a retirement community in November.  When she moved in and Randall and I checked this place out, the first thing out of our mouths was “How old do you have to be to move in here?”

Seriously, this place rocks.

It's brand spankin' new, has amazing amenities (a restaurant, bar, cleaning service, indoor pool, I could go on), this place is so nice and fancy and reminded us of a cruise ship.  Mom!  We'll be moving in there with you just as soon as we can!  lol!

But that's not the point of this post…the point is to share this project with you!  Anna and I went there a few weeks ago over her spring break to stamp with some of the ladies.  I hadn't stamped with new stampers in a looooong time.

I forgot that they need the basics…how to ink your stamp without getting ink All. Over. The. PLACE!

How to apply adhesive.

How to stamp and not wiggle to avoid edges.

Cards For Him inspiration

We had a great time and hope to bring some fun stamping and card making to the ladies over there again soon.

Here is one of the cards we made.  I thought it was great for beginners and you know what?  It's a PERFECT KISS Card (Keep It Simple Stamper).

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It's also super versatile.  I used this layout on a masculine card in our latest class, Cards For Him.

I hope you are inspired and look in your stash to see what stamps you have on hand that would look fabulous on this layout.

At the bottom, I used striped patterned paper.  Would you use patterned paper or would you stamp a graphic design there?  So many options!

Have you taken advantage of the early bird pricing?!

Click here to learn more about this class.

Supplies:

Mum's the Word Stamp Set (PTI)

Ink:  Primerose Petals, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz (SU)

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla