Home Sweet Home

Howdy everyone!  What an exciting week it's been over at CatherinePooler.com.  After months of planning and preparation, Catherine's blog redesign is finally up and running.  If you haven't checked it out, stop by to see all of the new features her site has to offer.  In celebration of the new and improved www.catherinepooler.com, we are throwing a housewarming party beginning at 9am EST!

The housewarming party will run like regular challenges with a link up on Catherine's blog HERE.

To join along, simply make a card based on the theme HOME and link it up.  

You get three entries for each project you link up!  Leave a comment for yet another entry to win on Catherine's blog!!

WIN?  Yes, there are prizes.  You can't have a party without prizes right?! 

How about a chance to win a free ONE-YEAR subscription to StampNation? Plus prizes from...  
Some Odd Girl:  $20 gift card
Ellen Hutson:  $50  gift card
CAS-ual Fridays:  $25 gift card
Winnie & Walter:  home themed stamp set
Penny Black: Shades Creative Die
Pretty Pink Posh:  $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted: £30 gift card    
Hero Arts: $30 gift card

How's that for a party?  Over $300 in prizes!!!  Each Dream Team member along with our company sponsors are also giving away one-month memberships to StampNation on their blogs, so make sure you visit them and leave comments so you are entered to win.  If you don't have a blog you can still link up using the StampNation Gallery.

The challenge will be open through September 17th at 11:55 EST.  Winners will be announced on September 18th.

I hope you all get a chance to play along!

So I thought I'd share with you my HOME themed card creation.  When I think of home, I think warmth and coziness!  (And with our first SN*W fall... yes... SN*W in September!!!... we needed to cozy up this week!)

 And I love the thought of a beautiful holiday wreath hanging on my front door...
House Warming Party for CatherinePooler.com - $300 worth of prizes to win!

Here's a little close up of my wreath!  I used a Copic Spica pen to add some red glitter to my wreath's berries...

Hey and for immediate gratification.... why not check out StampNation for $1.00!!!!!  Click the image below and it will take you to the SN store for purchase...  HOORAY!!!


NOW... I'm giving away a ONE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to StampNation right here on my blog.  All you have to do to enter is to answer the question below in a comment (please leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win!):

If YOU were having your own personal house 
warming party next week, who would be that one 
special person you would invite (dead or alive
to attend and why?

Good luck!!!


~ Ally ~

stamps:  WPlus9 (Merry & Bright), Flourishes (Christmas Music, Home for the Holidays)
inks:   Memento (Pistachio), Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Really Rust)
cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream)
tools:  Scor-Pal Tool
other:  Copic Spica Pen (Red).


  1. Hmmmm, I would ask my Dad who is no longer with us. It wouldn't be a house warming with him. Love you card!

  2. Gorgeous card Allison! That wreath is really beautiful!

  3. Such a fabulous xmas card - I love the sentiment.

  4. Anonymous7:42 AM

    Would have to be my dear youngest daughter who passed at the tender age of 15...we would line dance at that party!!!!
    So loving your beautiful card, Ally!!

  5. Beautiful pine boughs Allison. I admire your work. I would invite my momma who taught me the meaning of home and hospitality.

  6. This is a great Christmas card. I really like the musical note background.

  7. Wonderful wreath and great background!

  8. I love this card, from the music background to the fabulous wreath and beautiful sentiment! Just lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Beautiful wreath. I would invite my grandma. She died a year before my husband was able to meet her.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  10. Beautiful card, Allison! I love the wreath against that music note background!

  11. Beautiful wreath card, Allison. A wreath on the front door is one of the first things I think of too when I think of home.

  12. Love your beautiful card. I would without doubt invite my Mum. Just a few days ago it was 10 years since she passed at the age of 56 and I still miss her so much. How awesome it would be to get to share my daughter Abbey with her and all the things that have been a part of my life since she departed. Best stop there as I think I could write a book :)

  13. This makes me want Christmas! I would invite my dear friends from Minnesota. I don't get to see them anymore as Oklahoma is too far away!

  14. How pretty! I can hardly wait to see one on my door!

  15. If I had a housewarming party next week, I would love my whole family to be here as we are scattered around the US, and I would include all those "friends who became our family" in the 6 cities we've lived in over the last 35 years. LOVE your beautiful wreath card, especially love the music background detail.

  16. That wreath is beautiful! Very pretty card!

  17. ANY party that I had would include my Father (died in 1997). He was the most influential person in my life, and I was blessed and honored to care for him during his illness before he died. Although we spent a great deal of time together, there are still times when I need to ask him a question - so therefore...one more party, heck, one more hour with him would be magnificent! Ally, thanks so much for having this giveaway - you're so very generous!

  18. Beautiful card! I love that pretty wreath and the pretty music background!

    1. Forgot to day, I would ask my Mom to my house warming party! she i\lives about 8 hours away, and it is hard to travel at her age of 92!

  19. This is a beautiful card! Who would I invite. Hum that would be tough for sure it would be someone that was into crafting and we could possibly sneak off and play a bit. Perhaps I would invite Tim Holtz or Teresa Collins...

  20. Beautiful card! I
    would invite my
    Mom to my party!
    She lives 800 miles
    away, so anytime
    she can come up is
    Carla from Utah

  21. I love your card, and I would invite my children and grandchildren and great G/child to the party

  22. Stunning card! I would invite my dear uncle for sure :)

  23. Beautiful card Ally. I would invite my Mum cause I miss her.

  24. Gorgeous card! I love the background and the wreath. I would love to invite my Mom and Dad.

  25. Gorgeous card! The coloring is awesome. I would invite my mom who is with us no longer. She would love this cardmaking craft!

  26. Love your card! I would invite my son since I don't see him as often as before!

  27. Love your card Ally! I would invite my Aunt Lorene who is in heaven now. I miss her. Leenda1 at cox dot net

  28. This is so beautiful Ally!

  29. Such a sweet card Ally! Beautifully traditional. I would invite my grandfather on my mother's side (who passed away a month before I was born). I would love to get to know him. He sounds like a wonderful man. Thanks for a chance to win. Hugs, Kristina

  30. Oh, this is simply stunning. The wreath looks SO real and I just adore it - so Christmassy. Oh, I have been close to tears reading the emotional comments others have given with regards to who they would have at their party….I am so fortunate to have both my parents and so I would have them around and appreciate them all the more. I would love to have my Husband's father round though, who I never had the privilege to meet….I would just like to tell him how proud he should be of all his son has achieved…..oh, and now I have just set myself off!!!!!! What a big question you have asked!!!! xxx

  31. I couldn't have ANY party without my best friend. I moved away 6 months ago and miss her a lot. Great card. Love the music background.

  32. I would invite my Mom. She died a few years ago and I can't make a card with out the thought crossing my mind to email her a picture so she can see it. She always told me the best gifts are homemade and from the heart. She was also my very best friend and I am not the same person without her.

  33. Snow in September - yikes!!!! Your card is beautiful! I would invite my Dad who has been dead now 18 years. A day doesn't go by that I don't miss him.