Rainy Day Fun with Club Sursee – Catherine Pooler Designs

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I have a few more (lots of) cards to share with you, that I created from my Club Sursee kit (Catherine Pooler Designs) this month. Once I got rolling, I couldn’t stop. I made different variations, different color schemes, different feels… all in the spirit of looking for the puddles to jump in, when the days are rainy.

When life gives you a rainy day, we should play in the puddles. A neighbor of mine did this one time… she came over to grab my kids and make sure we went around the neighborhood splashing, getting wet, living in the moment. Have you done that before?

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How about this rain boot? It was so cute I had to use it a few times. And I thought I should make it a vase for some reason. LOL. Why not?

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This month’s kit came with a cute puddle splashing cover plate. I used it to create a stencil and then I used clear embossing paste to create the raindrops. I recently did a Facebook live (first time!) with my daughter and we showed a really cool rainbow dry-embossing way to use the coverplate. Check us out over on Facebook. Search for ‘The Crafting Life’ and you’ll find us! Her idea with the coverplate was awesome!

It’s a rainy day here today, so it’s quite perfect for this set. Let’s all look for the silver linings. My silver lining today? We are going to try and refinish the outside of our beautiful solid wood front door. It’s time!

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Embrace the Blooms – March Club Sursee

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Pretty soon, we’ll be seeing flowers popping up, spring arriving, sun shining. Let’s think about that, shall we? I was going for lots of purples in this adorable Club Sursee card. Purples and flowers… and a few polka dots.

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All of this comes in just one Club Sursee kit. Each month, I can hardly believe how much there is to work with. This cute little bouquet is just one piece of many! I focused my last card on the cute little lemonade glasses. This time, on the bouquets. I could use these for so many things. Endless crafting fun.

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All of these purples are Catherine Pooler inks – Sugared Lavender, Royal Treatment, Queen for a Day – I mean, how can you not love these colors with those names??!! I added diagonal score lines for some added design. I love how scoring is so simple, but adds so much to a card. A couple of sequins and this one was all ready!

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If you’re not a Club Sursee member yet, you can still get this stamp set. Once you join in, you have access to all of the past kits. You can even buy them a-la-cart. I’m excited for my kit every month and it’s such a great surprise and a good deal, all in one. If you are a member, I will be excited to see what you’re making!

Hope you can embrace the blooms today and for all the spring days to come.

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Sending Good Vibes – MFT Sketch Challenge

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Even in the card making world, we’re all just sending people good vibes. As we should. This card was a tough one for me. I had ideas, but things weren’t coming together how I had hoped. I still like participating in the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge as much as possible. It gets me out of my comfort zone most of the time and I love the results.

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With this card, I stamped the floral image three times, in three colors (Catherine Pooler Inks). Then, I cut each section to layer on top. I wasn’t in a coloring mood, so I thought this was a fun take on bringing some color in. I also wanted to play with that shimmery golden paste that creates my diagonal…

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I believe it’s a Nuvo shimmer paste and I just want to share that it was kind of tough! I had a Catherine Pooler stencil, for the diagonal arrows. The paste didn’t behave well for me and it started pooling under my stencil, even when I was very careful. So next time, I will try it with a stencil that has smaller openings, or openings far from each other.

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My next mission is to make and send cards to all of our friends. Hoping to bring a smile to them. I sure have enough crafting supplies to make this a reality. I’ll keep you updated!

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March Club Sursee – Springtime Lemonade

This week has been a WEEK. No matter where you live, at this point, you are affected by this virus and the closings around us. So, why not bring in a little cheer with Club Sursee? I can’t think of a better way to find happiness.

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Oh, and if spring is truly coming, that is a LOT of happiness coming our way. This Club Sursee by Catherine Pooler Designs has tons of amazing things included. Right away, I knew I wanted to highlight the most adorable lemonade glasses. Aren’t they adorable?

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Pink lemonade, regular lemonade, I like it all. I blended the ink (Pink Champagne and Shea Butter) around the edges and used the rectangle frame to cover up where the ink stopped. That way, I had an open center for my glasses and sentiment. Don’t worry, the rectangle frame is part of the kit this month and it goes with an amazing insert of puddle splashes. I’ll show that in another post!

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For now, just keeping things cheery and going with it!

Did you know that if you aren’t a Club Sursee member yet… that when you do join, you have access to all past kits? You can buy the items a-la-cart. So if you see something you love, you can still get it!

I made a quick video of this card and posted to my new YouTube channel. Jump on over there if you’re interested. Just a note, though, the video shows all of the products from the Sursee kit… so if you want to be surprised, don’t watch it until after yours arrives!

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You Are Tutu Cute – My Favorite Things

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Oh for sure… tutu cute! I whipped this card up quickly to join in on a weekly My Favorite Things sketch challenge. It was such an easy one for me because I have been wanting to blend inks over embossed images this week. Not sure why… but with two beautiful pink colors (CPDesigns), this came together easily.

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These little bunnies, right? Oh wait, one is a bear! Even better. I think they are both super cute.

Over the next few weeks, I feel I’ll be doing some crafting with kids. I wonder what kinds of cards they’ll like to make and send to friends. No matter what we decide, we will be writing and mailing cards, that is for sure. Especially now that we have plenty of time to get things done!

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My 9-year-old enjoys taking pictures of the cards. She takes great pride in it. This is a shot she took. I always like to see her perspective on the designs.

I used Coral Cabana and Party Dress inks from Catherine Pooler Designs. The stamp set is from My Favorite Things. I added a black strip and viola – all set.

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We won’t be going to dance this week… or maybe the next few weeks. So we’ll have to live through watching these cuties dance. Stay safe out there!

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Ballerina Bunny with a Shaker – My Favorite Things

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Oh my goodness, this stamp set by My Favorite Things. Right?! Little ballerinas… wings, bunny ears? Add flowers and butterflies and you get this cuteness in no time!

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I’m entering in the My Favorite Things sketch challenge of the week with this card. The idea was to have three areas of circles. I turned the largest one into a shaker! I couldn’t resist. The sequins inside is called “The Kitchen Sink” by Catherine Pooler. It has all kinds of wonderfulness packed inside. Perfect for this card.

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And this sentiment… I mean, this card makes me dance for joy. Hahahaha. I used a MFT stencil to make the sunshine background. And the bubble edges are a die-cut from Catherine Pooler Designs. I did a messy edge inking along the sides and all inks are from Catherine Pooler, of course (my favorite).

I can’t wait to use this set again and again!

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Bellini, Eucalyptus, and Sand Castle Colors – CP Inks and a My Favorite Things Challenge

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Stopping in to post a quick card… for the latest My Favorite Things color challenge. This time it was peach (Bellini), green (Eucalyptus), and light brown (Sand Castle). This floral stamp set is one of my favorites, but I usually use the largest floral image and not the small ones. This time, I thought it would be good to give the little florals a chance.

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Overall, I like the card. But I had a little trouble with the white embossing on the sentiment. Sometimes I can’t get all of the loose powder and then it sprinkles, making it have less than clean lines. The ‘good vibes’ sentiment is from Catherine Pooler Designs, along with the cool shape of my black ‘chalkboard’ sign (and the inks of course!). The florals are from one of my favorite sets from My Favorite Things (and it’s part of a sale right now, if you buy the die-cut with it!)

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Other than that, I had fun making it! I’m also trying out a new light box for my card pictures. It definitely helps with the lighting… what do you think? I usually try for natural lighting, but living in dreary weather makes it hard to capture the light at the right time.

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful day with some good vibes!

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Polaroid Memories of Florida Skies

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How about a little Polaroid fun? My daughter came across a fun project on Pinterest that showed fake Polaroid ‘pictures’. I thought this would be perfect for a couple quick cards! Pretty, watercolored backgrounds, and dark silhouette images on top.

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We just returned from a beautiful week in Florida. The sunsets, the palm trees, the little snapshots I took in my head to remember the beauty. I thought these cards are a great way to showcase those experiences.

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While in Florida, we went to the aquarium to see the jellyfish and manatee. We visited the beach, searched for shark teeth, ate a LOT, and enjoyed the warmth.

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The palm trees were surrounding us. What a beautiful time. To make these, we measured out water color cardstock. 3.5 x 4.25. The picture openings are 3 x 3. Then, we taped off the 3 x 3 section and water colored to our liking. After, I used a misti to stamp the dark images.

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Since it’s on watercolor paper, the dark stamping didn’t work as perfectly as it does on normal cardstock. I have other smudges and tiny things that aren’t perfect, but I still love these Polaroid versions of the memories from our trip. I hope they make you feel warm today, too!

All ‘water colors’ I used are actually my Catherine Pooler Inks. I just added water and used a water brush. Aren’t they beautiful? All of the stamps are by CPDesigns, too, except for the fish and water, which is from Hero Arts.

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Sealed with a Kiss Club Sursee – Catherine Pooler Designs

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Oh this card! I am loving how this Club Sursee beauty came together. You can never go wrong with a rainbow, right? That’s what I was thinking when I pulled this one together. I cut out each of the rounded flower clusters and colored them in rainbow order. I didn’t have a floral for purple, so I blended a real light purple (Sweet Sixteen) in the center.

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Around the edges, I used the large and elegant floral sprays in the stamp set. I love those flourishes for so many things. I definitely have more play time ahead of me with this set.

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I’m not a great color-artist. I used a blender pen and my Catherine Pooler Inks for this. I just stuck close to the lines and blended out a bit, leaving some white space. In the end, I was okay with it!

I had to include the sweet little envelope with the heart. That piece. I just love it! Hope you enjoy this design!

If you want to join Club Sursee, it’s a monthly subscription that sends an amazing surprise to your door every month. You can cancel at any time. And, once you’re a member, you can order stamps from previous shipments. Check it out today! I’m glad I did!

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Sweet Vases of Flowers in This Month’s Club Sursee – Catherine Pooler

It’s my favorite time of the month – Club Sursee time!

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I had so much fun with Catherine Pooler’s Club Sursee kit. SO MUCH FUN! I started and couldn’t really stop going. I had an idea to make shadows of a larger bouquet, with just some flowers popping in the front. The opening on this adorable vase is skinny, so I thought this would work.

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And look at that – it did work! And I love them all! I kept the backgrounds pretty simple and just inked the edges with the coordinating colors I used.

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I think the rosebud is my favorite. I used a clear marker and Catherine Pooler inks to get the look. For the ‘greenery’ I stuck with gray, except for the main flower.

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I did a few versions to use all of the wonderful sentiments. Thinking of you, Proud of you, Just saying hello. Aren’t they all cute?

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To get the background shadow flowers look, I cut the outline with the coordinating die-cut and then used it as a stencil. I used a small blender brush and kept it really light. I finished them all with some Crater Lake sequins!

I have more to share from this month’s Club Sursee, so stay tuned!

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