Flower Patch stamp set One Layer card (or is it?)

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While I was making the card for my next newsletter using the amazing Flower Patch Stamp Set by Stampin' Up, I ended up with too many stamped, punched and layered flowers.

So what's a girl to do but make another card?

Does this count as a One Layer Card?  There's only one layer…yes, that's true…but there's a LAYERED flower on top.  Maureen???  What do you think?  Does this count?

In any case, the card was quick to make and easy to do and is adorable, right?  Be sure you are subscribed to my newsletter so you can see the other card I made.  Here's a peek at it:


More flowers, more layering, more stamping and a cool background.

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Tomorrow, I am traveling to Greensboro for a THREE DAY class with the amazing Wendy Vecchi!  omg!  pinch me…I'm going to be learning loads of really cool stuff to share with you over the next few months.  Be sure you are on Facebook with me, I'll be sharing fun stuff from the weekend and updating regularly.

Before I go, make sure you check back tomorrow…I have an announcement and a video with my sidekick, Eva!

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Phew…that was a lot!  Now I'm off to drop kids off at swimming and dancing and make dinner and all that good stuff….have a great day!

I almost told Maureen to take a hike…

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July challenge

when I saw this week's challenge at StampNation.  Can you guess what it is?

Members, hop over and check it out now.  Then view my video.  There's a bunch of falderall that went on in this one!


If you haven't joined StampNation yet, you will want to right away!

Click here to learn more.

The Design Team has been working hard behind the scenes at something special for members coming very soon…stay tuned for details.  SN Sistahs, you'll be the first to know!

Look at what one of our Sistahs has to say about StampNation:  “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

Susan, we are happy to have you with us and love every bit of YOU that you share with us!


KISS Card Four Ways & Photopolymer stamp trick!

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KISS Card Four Ways MFT

Welcome to my next KISS Card!

In this video, I will show you how to make four cards all with the same basic design in a jiffy!

(did you notice the ORANGE lights wrapped around my porch rail behind me?  yep…that's from October!  WHAT!?)

If you like my KISS Cards, click here to see more!

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On these two cards I used a sentiment that is STRAIGHT!  In the video, I show you how to curve the stamp to get the sentiment perfectly aligned with your die cut…pretty cool trick!

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KISS Card Four Ways MFT 3

Be sure to check back on Thursday.  In this video, I went pretty quickly through stamping and “winking” these flowers.

My next video will show you how I stamped these a bit more closely and I'll show you a new card design based on this one.

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P.S.  My facebook peeps got to see this video last night 😉

See you over there!

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Stampin' Up supplies:

    • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
    • Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette
    • Accessories:  Linen Thread, Designer Series Paper (Retired, lots of different patterns would work here, check your stash!)


Online Paper Crafting Galleries and Gayatri!

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Thank you card

I have been a long time fan of Gayatri – she is an exceptional artist!  She joined us at StampNation recently and when she entered her first challenge (#134: Graphic and Geometric), I couldn't help but ask her if she minded if I shared her card on my blog.  She said YES!  Thank you, Gayatri!

Her card is right on trend with origami shapes, a clean design and bright fun colors.  Visit Gayatri's blog here – grab a glass of tea first, you'll be there a while!

Gayatri, we are thrilled to have you as an SN member and look forward to basking in the glory of many-o-creations from you! 🙂

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We had a ton of entries for our Graphic and Geometric challenge and many of them were posted in the gallery for ease of viewing.  Above is a peek at the gallery. More than 24,000 samples are in our online paper crafting gallery waiting to inspire you.

Click here to learn more about membership benefits – hope to see you there!




Let’s hear it for the….

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collagejulyred, white and blue!

America's birthday is this week and the StampNation Dream Team is celebrating with a Red, White and Blue challenge!

Here is a peek at their samples (above).  Amazing creativity and inspiration!

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Here is a peek at my card.  The full video tutorial will be up on StampNation today.  Can you guess what stamp I used to make “fireworks” on the background?

Learn more about the benefits of being a StampNation member here.

Look at what Debbie says about being a member:

“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.”

We hope to see you there soon!

If you are in the US, the Poolers wish you a very safe and happy 4th of July!

Virginia joins our DT!

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Virginia Lu

I met a new online crafting friend, Virginia, from Yes, Virginia a few months ago and we've become fast friends!

We were so lucky to have her join us at StampNation and she has completely WOW'd the members with her amazing talent and gift of teaching.

She  joined us in May as a guest designer and when we asked her to join the Dream Team, she said yes!  Lucky us!

Not only is she going to design for our weekly challenges, but she is also going to host her own stamp clinic…more details coming on that.

With all the incredible things going on at StampNation, you are definitely going to want to become a member!

Here are a few words from Virginia:   “I am so happy and honored to be part of the StamNation DT.  The reason that prompted me to be part of it is that there is no place like StampNation. It is such a happy, fun and encouraging place for stampers. Being part of this “Stamping family” is a dream come true. 

I can’t wait to share my love and passion of stamping with you. I hope that we all learn a few new things along this creative journey. I consider myself as a stamper of all styles. I simply love to create and I often rely on the stamps and see where they will take me…! I am looking forward to sharing ideas in my regular feature “Virginia’s Stamp Clinic”. Let the fun begin!!”

Garden NotessmallBe sure to hop over to Virginia's blog to welcome her – she might just have a somethin' somethin' over there for you 😉

If you aren't on my newsletter yet, be sure to subscribe…we have an exclusive project ready to share compliments of Virginia!  You will love it!

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A note from CP

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Is it really the end of June already? We've had lots of things going on with the kids and family that have limited my “work” time…if you've known me for more than 5 minutes, you know that I looove what I do and barely consider it work 😉

Even when we are really busy with family stuff or I'm vacationing I still create content to share on my blog, Youtube and StampNation – which takes hours of behind the scenes preparation.  That can make the weeks leading up to a vacation a bit hectic!

This week, we have family coming in and plan to do a lot of fun stuff with the kids.  I've debated on whether or not to truly take a “vacation”.

The verdict?  Yes.  I am going to take a vacation!  I've been blogging for 7 years now and I've never gone a week and usually not even a few days, without putting up a new blog post.

I've made the crazy decision to not add any new content here this week, but I will have several things going on, so definitely check back in with  me!

I actually have quite a few things up my sleeve for July and August and I can't wait to share them with you (one of them will be announced tomorrow).

Be sure to find and Like my Facebook page, I post there frequently and will be throughout the week.  We just hit 10K subscribers there, I can't believe it!

Have a wonderful day!



Coloring an image Start to Finish with Copic Markers

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Kristy from Some Odd Girl pulled all her previous lessons together on her newest video teaching us how to color with Copic Markers (or Blendabilities, if you're an SU gal!).

If you've ever wanted to learn how to color, this series is for you!

Kristy has covered:

  • Getting Started with Copic Markers
  • Copic Color System
  • Smooth Coloring
  • Basic Blending and the 3 color blending groups
  • Shading Basics

StampNation Members – this series of video tutorials teaching you how to rock Copic Markers is free with your membership!

Click here to learn more about StampNation and start your membership right now!

(image above is a snapshot, to see the full video, join us at StampNation to see the full video tutorial and the other five videos!)

StampNation Sketch Challenge – Stenciling with Catherine Pooler

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Sketch Challenge June 24 blog

Yesterday the weekly challenge went up at StampNation.  When I was filming my project I had so much fun, I kept all my supplies out and made another card with the very same supplies.


Distress Ink and water…you never quite know what you're going to get and it's so much fun to play with!

Leave me a comment – I'd love to know if you've been playing with this fun medium and what you've been doing with it!

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View more watercoloring video tutorials on my Youtube Channel! 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Adhesive Sheets, Rhinestones, Tattered Angels pattern paper, Pansy Punch (Stampin' Up), 3/4″ Circle Punch (SU)


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StampNation Sketch Challenge June 243

Here's a peek at the card I made for SN

check it out in this blog post.

Hope you're having a great day!

Distress Ink, Water and Embossing Card Making Video Tutorial

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StampNation Sketch Challenge June 24

I had SO. MUCH. FUUUN.  making this card.  To say I'm obsessed with Distress Inks and water would be an understatement!  The full video tutorial on how I made this card and the thought process is now on StampNation.  You can find it here.

I made this card for Challenge #135 at SN…this week it is a sketch and each DT member had such a different take on the sketch.  So fun to see that!


Stamps: Flower Shop (SU) , Special Wishes (Penny Black)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Distress Watercolor Paper
Ink: Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Broken China (Distress Ink), Versamark Ink
Accessories: Mini Fleur De Lis (The Crafter's Workshop), Rhinestones, White Embossing Powder, Tattered Angels pattern paper


If you're not a member yet, we'd love to have you!

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a StampNation member here.


Sketch Challenge June 24 blog3Be sure to check back tomorrow –

here is a peek at the next video tutorial I have coming for you!

Have a great summer day and thanks for stopping by!


Mixed Sentiments with Reverse Stamping – Hero Arts

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I've been playing and experimenting with tons of different techniques and boy, have I been having a BALL!

This video is no exception.  You will be surprised when you see how I did the watercolor background and I hope it gives you some great ideas on stretching your supplies!

I also really liked the mixed sentiments on this card.  Hope you do, too!

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 This card wasn't the only one I did using this technique.  Here is a peek at the card coming to StampNation today!


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  • LEARN more than 400 exclusive video tutorials
  • SHARE an AMAZING community of like-minded paper crafters that as crazy about Stamping as you are!
  • BE INSPIRED – more than 130 challenges that never close!



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If you hop over to the Hero Arts blog today, you will see ANOTHER video I did with this cool stamp set.

Very different look and feel, right?

Thanks, Hero Arts, for having me as a guest!


Stampin' Up Supplies:

  • Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black 
  • Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder



Stars in a line – Card Making Video Tutorial

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A few months ago as I was perusing Facebook, I saw the news that a brand new stamping company was taking the world by storm!   and it was called what????


Pretty cool name by a couple of pretty cool chicks…Tasnim Ahmed and Jennifer Rzasa who are very well known and well respected paper crafters in the internet world.

I have watched their new little company grow and blossom as they sell out of their stock, restock and sell out again.  It's amazing and I send giant congratulations their way!

Their designs are fresh, fun and really unique.  Be sure to check them out and tell them I sent ya!

The best news I have for you today is that Altenew is sponsoring the Dream Team at StampNation this week and the entire DT is showcasing their super cool stamps and one lucky SN member will win her choice of TWO Altenew stamp sets!  Pretty darned cool, eh?

I got my hot little hands on a couple of these sets and here is the first video of several that I've done:

oh my goodness!  I am LOVIN' this color palette, my friends!

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Here's a little peek at the Dream Team samples up on StampNation TODAY for our challenge based on Altenew's fresh fun designs.

NOTE:  You do NOT have to use an Altenew stamp set to participate in the SN Challenge…but you just might WIN two if you do!  🙂  Awesome, right?

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Here is a peek at the awesomeness from the DT – not a member yet?

Click here to learn more about the benefits of StampNation Membership!

We are one big, happy family at StampNation focuse on having fun and growing as paper crafters.

Here is what Lynn says about it:  “I have grown as a paper crafter since joining SN. The biggest way is realizing I don't have to have the exact stamps or by the company that some one used in a tutorial, I can usually find something in my stash of stamps. Which to me is quite a big deal as almost 2 years ago, I could not have done that.”

We hope to see YOU as our next Sistah!



  • Faux Veneer Stamp Set  (EH)
  • Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White (SU)
  • Ink:   Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango
  • Accessories:  Word Bubble Framelits, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Rhinestones (all SU), Stitched Rectangles Die (Lil' Inker Designs)


Rain and paper crafting? YES!

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Coming in 24 hours…exclusive newsletter project and video AND I'll show you how a rainstorm can enhance your paper crafting! 

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