Cherry Blossoms Card for Ruby’s Crafty Anniversary (Blog Hop & Giveaway)

Hello and welcome!

Today I am so happy and honored to be part of my crafty friend Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop with a pretty card using Pretty Pink Posh’s “Cherry Blossoms”! πŸ™‚

If you are hopping along, you should have come from Svitlana Shayevich. Your next stop is the lovely Dana Gong.

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With this blog hop, we are celebrating not only four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. And I think there is a lot to celebrate! Since I discovered stamping and cardmaking around September of 2014 – which happens to be almost the same time as Ruby did – it has enriched my life in so many ways, I would have never guessed it beforehand. It has brought crafting and creativity back to my life, it helps me to unwind when life is crazy and calms me down. And finally, I have met so many wonderful people through this little hobby of ours I still have a hard time believing it myself. β™₯ This started when I joined Instagram and shared my first cards there. I worked up the courage to ask another cardmaker who I admired if she wanted to be my card penpal (we still exchange cards to this day). Through commenting, chatting and Kathy Racoosin’s coloring challenge I got to know many other crafters from all over the world and some of them have become close friends, which I am so thankful for!

The power of handmade mail showing up in your mailbox is amazing. Especially when it’s unexpected and a friend sends you a card “just because”… That always means so much to me! We can all use a little ray of sunshine sometimes, don’t we? πŸ™‚ That’s why I chose a “Thinking of you” card for today’s hop. Here it is:


Cherry Blossoms Card Pretty Pink Posh

I combined a few of my favorite techniques on this card. First: ink blending! And splattering over it to give it more interest. πŸ™‚ I like to use water to splatter over ink blended backgrounds but also ink or watercolor for colored splatters. Here, I used Distress Oxide Ink (Shaded Lilac) and Distress Ink (Spun Sugar). Second: die cutting! To me, adding die-cuts makes a card look extra special and professional. πŸ˜€ I chose a “Scallop Frames” die from Pretty Pink Posh. And third: loose watercoloring! At least that’s what I call it lol … What I mean is putting on some watercolor without filling in the whole image. Even if you add a second layer like I did it’s rather fast and you don’t have to worry at all about shading. πŸ™‚

The flower images are from Pretty Pink Posh’s “Cherry Blossoms” stamp set and the sentiment is from their “Bee Friends” set. To finish my design off I added a couple of Nuvo Drops to my flowers and the background.


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In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page.

Look at all the fantastic prizes:

Studio Katia – $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card
Altenew – $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted – Β£25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC – $40 gift card
Mama Elephant – $25 gift card
Hero Arts – $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson – two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh – two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market – July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop – $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna – a 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card


I would love to hear if you like the look of loose watercoloring! Have you tried it out yourself yet?

Have an amazing day! β™₯


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Stamps & dies:

Pretty Pink Posh – Cherry Blossoms Stamp Set
Pretty Pink Posh – Bee Friends Stamp Set (Sentiment)
Pretty Pink Posh – Scallop Frames Die


Neenah Solar White (Classic Crest) – 110 lb and 80 lb Cardstock
Ranger / Tim Holtz – Watercolor Cardstock

Other supplies:

Ranger / Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink (Shaded Lilac)
Ranger / Tim Holtz – Distress Ink (Spun Sugar)
Winsor & Newton – Watercolour Markers
Silver Brushes – No. 8 Round Brush
Rayher – No. 2 “Synthetik” Round Brush


Tonic Studios – Nuvo Crystal Drops (Antique Rose)


Catherine Pooler with WOW Embossing Glitter (Blog Hop & Giveaway)


Today I am excited to be part of a collaboration blog hop of WOW! Embossing Powder & Catherine Pooler Designs! πŸ™‚ We have all prepared projects full of love, hope & travel that will hopefully inspire you. Catherine’s β€œLove is in the air” Stamp of Approval Kit which has just been released this month for you to purchase is a focus of this hop. AND most importantly Catherine Pooler’s new ink collection alongside WOW’s embossing products.


The inks from Catherine Pooler are pretty new to me and I was really curious to try out different techniques with them. I have already been asked about my experience with them so I thought I would share with you what I found out:

  1. Stamping: To be honest, I was a little skeptic how these ink pads can be any different than others – but they do indeed stamp a little different! They give great stamp coverage and hence a good solid stamp image with minimal effort! Just a little “tap, tap” on the ink pad with your stamp and you’re good to go. They also clean off very easily!
  2. Ink blending: Catherine Pooler Inks are great for ink blending. I tried them on Bristol paper for my “With Love” card and also on standard Neenah Solar White Cardstock for the second card and they both worked very well!
  3. Watercoloring: I was curious to try out watercoloring with these inks so I smooshed a little bit of ink from the ink pad into the lid and used a small brush to apply ink to my “world map” on the first card. It was a lot of fun to color my image like this.
  4. Heat embossing: Catherine Pooler Inks dry a bit slower than other dye inks so if you act fast you can use them for heat embossing as well! I also tried that out on my first card and it worked well!


Now onto my first card! I used Catherine Pooler Inks for stamping, heat embossing, watercoloring and ink blending and I really like the vibrant colors I got from the inks. I also used WOW’s “Singing In The Rain” Embossing Glitter to heat emboss the “world map” and the “love” sentiment die. It’s an iridescent embossing glitter that looks different depending on the color underneath and the sparkle that it gives is really gorgeous!

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For my second card I chose a simple design. I created an ocean by ink blending on Neenah Cardstock with “Fiesta Blue” Catherine Pooler Ink and also added small splatters of ink and clear water. I heat embossed a sentiment from the “The World Awaits” stamp set that I really loved. I did the same with some small leaf images which I used as seaweed for my “deep sea”. A few sequins to finish it off – and voilΓ , there’s my CAS second card:

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Here is the full blog hop list – if you get lost along the way, head back over to the WOW! Embossing Powder / Catherine Pooler Designs blog for the complete listings of designers joining in the hop.

Catherine Pooler
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Ashlea Cornell
Chrissie Tobas
Ilina Crouse
Ingrid Blackburn
Jaine Drake
Jen Carter
Jennifer Colacicco
Jo Herbert
Josefine Fouarge
Julie Hickey
Justine Hovey
Karen Baker
Kelly Martin
Laurel Beard
Marion Emberson
Melissa Miller
Rosali B. <– That’s me! πŸ™‚
Susan Powell <— Your next stop!
Tracie Pond
Zsoka Marko
Olga Lukaseviciene
WOW! Embossing


Each Company is giving away, woop!! πŸ™‚

  1. WOW! Embossing Powder – Any 6 powders from your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store you powders safely in.
  2. Catherine Pooler Designs – 8 ink pads (the full “Life of the Party” collection). Prize includes free shipping (if international winner assumes responsibility for any customs charges)!

The only thing you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on each of the design team members blog hop.

The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL THE POST of this blog hop and will be announced on the Catherine Pooler and WOW! blog the week of July 2nd.

I would love to read if you have already tried out Catherine Pooler inks? If not, what’s you favorite brands for ink pads right now?

Have an amazing day! β™₯


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Stamps & dies:

Catherine Pooler Designs (Stamp Of Approval) – The World Awaits Stamp Set
Catherine Pooler Designs (Stamp Of Approval) – Love Die

Heat embossing supplies:

WOW! – Heat Tool
WOW! – Premium Embossing Craft Mat
WOW! – Clear Embossing Ink Pad
WOW! – Singing In The Rain Embossing Glitter
WOW! – Metalline Perfect Plum Regular Embossing Powder


Neenah Solar White (Classic Crest) – 110 lb and 80 lb Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Strathmore – Bristol Smooth Cardstock

Other supplies:

Catherine Pooler Designs – Dye Inks (Be Mine, Party Dress, Fiesta Blue)
Aqua Brush
Fun Foam
Ken Oliver Crafts – Stick-It Adhesive


Sequins (Iridescent, Purple, Sparkling Clear)

Foil Cards with WOW! & MFT Stamps


I’m back with my second blog post as guest designer for WOW! this month! And I have to admit something … Up to this point I did never ever try out foiling! Yeees, I knoooow, hard to believe but it’s true! πŸ˜‰ So of course when I got my hands on WOW!’s Fab Foil I couldn’t wait to finally try it out. And the best thing for me: with their Bonding Powder you do not have to have a foiling machine or laminator do to foiling. Just a stamped image will work together with this powder and your regular tools for heat embossing!


No heat Foil Card with MFT Stamps Sketchy Flowers

And here’s both cards that I made using the same color scheme (gold, green and kraft) but with different colors of WOW! foils and embossing powders as well as stamps and dies from MFT Stamps:

No heat Foil Cards with MFT Stamps Sketchy Flowers

You’ll find a photo tutorial from me on how to use WOW!’s “Fab Foil” with their Bonding Powder on WOW!’s blog today! I hope you will hop over and have a look!

I am also entering these cards for Craftstamper June Challenge. πŸ™‚

Have an amazing day! β™₯

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Stamps & dies:

MFT Stamps – Sketchy Flowers Stamp Set
MFT Stamps – Warm & Fuzzy Friends Stamp Set
MFT Stamps – Blueprints 28 Die-namics
MFT Stamps – Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Square Die-namics
MFT Stamps – Polynesian Paradise Stamp Set
MFT Stamps – Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-namics


Neenah Solar White (Classic Crest) – 110 lb Cardstock
Papertrey Ink – Kraft Cardstock
Black Cardstock


WOW! – Clear Embossing Ink Pad
Tsukineko – Brilliance Moonlight White Ink

Other supplies:

WOW! – Heat Tool
WOW! – Premium Embossing Craft Mat
WOW! – Bonding Powder
WOW! – Fab Foil Gold
WOW! – Fab Foil Green
WOW! – Metalline Green Embossing Powder
WOW! – Pearl Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder
Black Watercolor Paint
Gold Sequins