Get Your Happy On – Concord and 9th


I don’t know about you, but this card makes me happy for sure!

I’m joining in on the challenge at my favorite blog – Where Creativity Meets C9. This month, they’ve challenged us to use florals. I’ve been using my Concord & 9th Fill In Blooms set/phrases a lot. I thought this was a fun way to show off the biggest blooms and the biggest phrase, with lots of colors.


I used a variety of Catherine Pooler inks for this card. The sentiment is stamped in her dark gray color, which I love love love. Always using that one! I also made coordinating paper with some of the ink, to match perfectly.


While I had my stamps out, I created two almost identical cards. One uses the purple shade as the base.


The other secret weapon here is the dew drops. I have a couple of Nuvo drops in various colors, but I just got the clear ‘color’ and I was excited to use it here. I don’t think I have it perfect quite yet, but I will keep practicing.

Have a great week!





How Sweet It Is


The sweetest little birthday card! Right??? If your birthday is in June, you have a good chance of getting this one mailed to you!

I love these baby cupcakes, nestled on a cute platter. My favorite would be chocolate cake with dark chocolate icing. So that’s what I went for here.



This is from Catherine Pooler Designs – her latest SOA collection. I probably have other birthday sets, but this was just too cute.


And here, with ‘Life is Sweet,’ it could be for any occasion. Because, yes, I eat cupcakes for lots of occasions. Probably more than I should admit.

For this one, I layered separate stamps to make the greeting and I used 2nd generation stamping/ink to make it more soft. I wanted to pop up the panel to give some interest and I added Pretty Pink Posh sequins that don’t have a hole in the middle. I saw those online a long time ago, but finally found them in my local shop.


Now, to the kitchen, to bake some real cupcakes! Serious!



Blues and more blues (the happy kind) with CP and R&F


The blues have it! That is, when you’re trying to use only blue and white on the designs. I have a dear friend who works with Rodan & Fields. Their colors are blues and whites… and I wanted to make a few things that MAYBE she could use, to thank her customers!

She might be reading this… so… let me know what you think! (and I have more designs coming… this is just a sampling!)


I have Catherine Pooler Design’s newest SOA collection. I think you might be able to get it still… and I’ve just gotten started with it. The half circles here are from the Punctuated Party set and I thought they fit somewhat perfectly into the circles of her Stained Glass coverplate.


This might be my new favorite (above). I blended the same three colors on cardstock and cut the sentiment from that blend… although the colors look a little lighter for some reason.


I actually did this one, with the busy background, first. I was nervous about it getting TOO busy, but I still like how it turned out! I added a circle of velum to help break that up.


On to making more cards with blue and white tones. Here’s hoping the R&F group likes them!





More Sheep, with a Doodle Garden Background

I mean… can you believe how cute this is? Right?


How sassy is that cute sheep, laying on her side? Thinking of EWE. I had so much fun making these cards!


I just love it and I don’t know what else to say!

I was looking for some cute knitting stamp sets, so I could create fun things for my mom, who is an avid knitter. I came across this set and had to have it. It’s by Jane’s Doodles. I don’t have any other sets by her, but looking at her site, I’m seeing quite a few adorable things!! I will have to check that out a bit more.

In the meantime, back to these cards…

The large background stamp is from Catherine Pooler Designs. It’s called Doodle Garden and I absolutely love it. The gray panel is dry embossed with her Stained Glass Cover Plate. Another item I just love.


I actually made 4 cards with pieces combined, using the scraps from the cuts to make both. See the gray outline down below? That was the extra from the edges of the rectangle cut above. Worked out perfectly!


I was trying a middle highlighting technique with the inks here. I stamped and clear embossed the large background. Then, I used some inks to blend over the top, leaving the focus in the middle for my sheep.

Super fun and I can’t wait to make more. Any other knitters out there?!





Rainbows and Embossing, a Beautiful Pair

Hello, friend. I think I say that a lot. But that’s okay. I like it!


So hello, friends!

I was watching a video by Lawn Fawn (I believe), and they showcased this technique of blending colors along a stencil edge, leaving a bit of white space in between and moving the shape of the stencil for interest.


I liked the idea so much that I went a little overboard and created a variety of cards with the same idea. I’ve seen other cards very similar to this. I am not trying to take any credit here. But wanted to share how they turned out!

The one here on the left side is a copycat from a beautiful card I saw by Kristie Goulet. She’s amazing. I loved the idea of embossing the background image and only coloring in parts of it. Up close, it is so cool!


I did a similar thing here, but masked off a heart shape. All of the inks I’ve used are from Catherine Pooler Designs.

How much fun are these rainbows? I’m loving it. I hope they are brightening your day as much as they have brightened mine!






Hello Lovely, My Concord & 9th Coloring Project


Yeah… so the other day, I wrote about spring finally being here. And then… it snowed here last night/this morning. I’m not surprised by this anymore. I think it could still snow in June and it wouldn’t shock me!!

So let’s live through the springy look of these two cards I made!


I can’t take full credit. I’m in the middle of a coloring class by Altenew Academy. It’s getting me to break out the supplies and try new techniques. This coloring with copics is probably the best I have done to date (which isn’t saying much). But it encourages me to keep trying!


This set (Hello Lovely) is by Concord & 9th. I love these bouquet options because they don’t involve masking, and you get a full panel of beautiful flowers. I’m adding this as an entry to the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog, challenge #20 for spring.


The sweet strip border is from Catherine Pooler Designs. It’s a border stamp set that can be used on so many different projects.


Fingers crossed that the bright colors of these cards bring the sun back – and say goodbye to that snow for a while!





Spring is Here! Concord and 9th Floral Fill-In Blooms

Hello! Good morning, or maybe good night… it’s late here where I am. But I couldn’t miss out on the chance to post for the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge!


I love this challenge blog and I love Concord and 9th. So it’s a perfect fit. This month, the challenge was to make something with spring in mind. I love spring. And I’ve been waiting a long long long time for spring to come. LOL. (Those of you who know me, know where I live and know that spring doesn’t come quickly.)



For this card, I used the Concord and 9th Floral Fill-In stencils. I used bright colors of pinks, some purples, yellows, and oranges. They have the coolest pattern papers that match up perfectly with their stencils, so you just sponge it in and go. So innovative.


I cut a circle out of the pattern after I added my spring colors and voila – spring is here! I used Catherine Pooler Design inks. They are my go-to.

I think we’re getting snow this weekend. It’s the thought that counts…




A Cake of Rosettes with My Favorite Things

I’ve had these adorable rosettes for a long time – back when I didn’t save the packaging to know what company created the stamps (what was I thinking?! haha). Just the other day, I found these stamps again – and found out they are made by My Favorite Things.


How fitting, since they are one of my favorite things!

I was inspired to make this from a challenge on Catherine Pooler’s StampNation. The inspiration board had a beautiful cake with rosette flower frosting, going from a dark purple up to a pastel shade. I knew I wanted to recreate that cake with these buds!


I did some blending under them, and popped them all up. I die-cut each one so that I could layer them up together without having to mask. I love how it turned out! The sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up set.

While I was playing, I created this one, too, but I didn’t like how the circles didn’t overlap.


Still cute enough to use for an upcoming birthday… 🙂

Thanks for taking a look!





Water Color Stamping with Altenew and Concord & 9th

I tried out some watercolor stamping techniques! This card is my first attempt.


I think I’ll play with this technique a little more. It was fun! Now, I’ve done some heat embossing/resist with water-coloring before, but this was a bit different. This time, I inked up the stamps, sprayed them with enough water to get them water-color-y, and then stamped down. I tried to do some masking, but the water was running through a bit…


I still like how it turned out overall. After doing the water coloring part (which my daughter was happy to help with!), we embossed the outlines with white embossing powder.

I learned this idea from Catherine Pooler’s StampNation, so I must give them credit for the fun technique. It’s a great place to learn and share. The stamp set is from Altenew and I used Catherine Pooler inks to do the job. Most of these colors are from the Zen Garden release. I did color the mat piece with the new stone blue color. I love how that shade turned out!

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I think I’ll try this technique with some leaves I have sitting out. I’ll share more soon!






More Otters and Dahlias for Ellen Hutson’s March Pin-Sights Challenge

The two stamp sets I used on this lovely card have something in common. I loved them both right when I saw them.


The Dahlia stamp from Concord & 9th… I loved it immediately. In this case, I didn’t use the die-cut option… maybe next time. I just love the shape of it.

And those Otters. They are an Ellen Hutson Essentials design. I originally got them because my mom has loved otters for a looonnnnggg time and I wanted to make some cute cards for her to use.


Turns out I love using the otters probably more than she loves using her cards with the otters on them. LOL.

The bright, bold colors are inspired by Ellen Hutson’s current Pin-Sights Challenge. I love how vibrant the pin-sights image board is. And the round shapes of the grapefruit led me to the Dahlia set right away. I thought it would be perfect.

The inks are from Catherine Pooler Designs. I did these without the Misti. I think it could have used a second stamping, but my inks might also need just a touch of a refill. I haven’t had to re-ink them until now, though!

Hope you didn’t mind seeing another otter card!