Stamp of Approval is Here!

Howdy all!  Happy Wednesday! Today is the release day for the newest Stamp of Approval collection.  This festive collection is called “Home for the Holidays”.

If you are a member of StampNation, there is already a link posted over at the top of the forums for you to go and purchase your box.  The Waitlist people will get their purchase link at 9am EST and then the collection goes live to the public at 6pm EST tonight.

For my card today I thought I’d share something super simple and easy to make duplicates of.  I chose traditional colors of ink of course, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Rockin’ Red and Peppermint Scrub.

My card features the birdie from the Tiny Wishes stamp set, the heart border from the Cozy Borders stamp set, the branch from the Festive Trimmings stamps and finally the sentiment from my favorite sentiment stamp set, Holiday Mix.

Can you see how easy this card would be to create?  So super simple!

Don’t forget to check out all the fun SOA hops going on…
There are lots of chances to WIN some great Catherine Pooler prizes!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate the time you take to stop and take a look at my card creations!  Happy creating!

~ Ally ~


Stamps: Holiday Mix, Tiny Wishes, Cozy Borders
Ink: Rockin’ Red, Peppermint Scrub, Green Tea, Eucalyptus
Paper: Premium White Cardstock

Stamp of Approval ~ Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

This seasonal release of the Stamp of Approval is out of this world gorgeous! It’s called “Home for the Holidays” and it’s a must have for making all those gorgeous holiday cards that you send out each year.

If you are new to Stamp of Approval... here's what's its all about!

Stamp of Approval is a box filled with a special collection of stamps and dies just for you!  
All of the items in the box can be mixed and matched together and are designed to do so. Accompanied by your favorite ink, this box makes a great gift too!  
I would suggest Catherine's own ink line, found here.

This lovely box of creative goodies comes straight to your mailbox but you have to order 
it quickly as it tends to sell out within the first 12 - 18 hours!  All the products 
are brand new and never been seen before.  The individual items won’t 
be available in the shop until much, much later next year.   

To get on the Wait List to receive your "ready for purchase" email, click here!  
You are not obligated to purchase; it’s just simply a reminder that it’s 
available for purchase in the store. If you are a member of StampNation
you will be able to shop the day before the public release date.  
Just one of the perks of being a member! :)

This holiday box of goodies contains…
  • FIVE co-ordinating holiday themed stamp sets
  • TWO amazing die sets
  • some embossing glitters too!
Plus, you can purchase separately additional dies that accompany a few of the stamp sets in the collection too!
  • 2 co-ordinating stamp dies to purchase separately!
Here are two cards that I made only using this festive Home for the Holidays collection.

As soon as I saw the cute little bell in the "Festive Trimmings" stamp set I knew I was going to make some cute patterned paper with it!  So I grabbed my MISTI tool and away I went with rather non-traditional colors but I think it's very fun and festive!

My second card came to me while checking out the images from the "Christmas Cookies" stamp set. I knew I had to make them a holiday plate to sit on!

 
I even put on some gloss to make them look more like glossy icing!  I added color using some Polychromos Pencils first though.


Now, take a moment and leave a comment.   By leaving a comment you could WIN one of 3 $25 gift certificates to the Catherine Pooler Shop!  How amazing is that! Winners will be announced on Catherine’s blog on Sept. 24th.  
Kelly Griglione – go here!

Thanks for dropping by!  I truly appreciate every comment you leave!

~ Ally ~

PS… Have you checked out the Home for the Holidays Instagram Hop?  Another chance to WIN big!!! Click here to start that hop.


Lots of Bells
Stamps: Festive Trimmings
Inks: Party Dress, Sweet Sixteen, It’s a Boy, Lime Rickey, Tiki Torch
Paper: Premium White Cardstock 
Accessories: Sugar Cookies Dies, Ribbon (Recollections) 
 
Christmas Cookies
Stamps: Christmas Cookies, Tiny Wishes, Festive Trimmings
Ink: Rockin’ Red, Grass Skirt, Twilight, Versamark, Copic Markers, Polychromos Pencils
Paper: Premium White Cardstock, Sand Dunes Cardstock 
Accessories: Stampendous! (White Embossing Powder), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Morning Dew)

Power Poppy: Cabbage and Kale

Happy Saturday all!  Today is Day 4, the final day of our Natural Wonders Collection reveal at Power Poppy!

The last clear stamp set is going to be one of your favourites I’m sure!  It’s called… Cabbage and Kale!

I wanted to highlight all the colouring using Polychromos Pencils (approximately 4 hours!) I did on my images so I kept today’s card rather simple…

And here's a close up of my cabbages and kales...


Christine Okken – go here!

Don’t forget to…


Thanks for joining me the last few days!  I hope you’ve enjoyed all the amazing inspiration.  The Power Poppy Shop is now open to purchase all the new stamps.  Happy shopping!

~ Ally ~





stamps: Power Poppy (Cabbage and Kale)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Copic (XPress It)

patterned paper: MFT (Proper Pinstripes Pastel 6x6)
ink:  Memento (Fog, Tuxedo Black), Polychromos Pencils
dies: Altenew (Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die)
sequinsStudio Katia (Shimmering Ice Fusion)

Power Poppy: Fortunes of Fall

Happy Friday everyone!  Today is Reveal Day 3 of our Natural Wonders Collection for Power Poppy!

Today’s stamp set truly has Autumn at heart!  It’s full of fabulous fall inspired vignettes… it’s called “Fortunes of Fall”.

I began the inspiration of my card using some amazing fall patterned papers.  I just loved the addition of the teal and navy blue in the with the warm reds and oranges.

I chose to add some whimsical white pen details just like you might find on some of your own Fall decor!


Christine Okken – go here!

Don’t forget to…




Thanks for stopping by!  Join me tomorrow for some more awesome Autumn creations!


~ Ally ~
 

stamps: Power Poppy (Fortunes of Fall)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), Catherine Pooler Designs (Sand Dunes Cardstock)
patterned paper: Photo Play  (Fall Breeze 6x6)
ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Polychromos Pencils, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
dies: Catherine Pooler Designs (Fallen Leaves Dies), MFT (Stitched Ovals)
other: Brown thread

Power Poppy: O Hoppy Day

Welcome to Day 2 of the brand new Power Poppy release of the Natural Wonders Collection.

Today we feature the new clear stamp set, O Hoppy Day!  O Hoppy Day is a beer-themed set with the main image that is currently our Hops & Barley digi, plus bottle caps and punny sentiments.


I chose to feature the spray of wheat and hops.  Isn’t a gorgeous image???

I colored it first with a base and back ground of Copic Markers.  Then I proceeded to use my Polychromos Pencils to add the finer details to the coloring.

Christine Okken – go here!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Join me tomorrow for some more fall fun!

~ Ally ~


stamps: Power Poppy (O Hoppy Day)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White), SU! (Pool Party)
patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye (Market Street 6x6)
ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Polychromos Pencils
washi tape: Recollections
other: Tan thread, Nuvo Crystal Drops (Gloss White)

Let's Hit the Books!

Happy Friday all!  It’s a new month so that means over at Power Poppy we have a brand new Power & Spark Challenge beginning.  This month’s challenge is all about Hitting the Books!

Hosted by the extra talented Katie Sims, she is challenging people to use something book related on your card or project.  I chose to pull out some fun newsprint patterned paper by KaiserCraft and the glorious “Succulent Singles” stamp set.
I stamped the largest succulent image multiple times across the paper and then cut out different layers and pieces of the plant and layered them to make my final image pop.  I also used a sentiment from the same stamp set for my card as well.

Here’s a little close up!
I hope you’ll join us this month for the challenge.  You could WIN $50 to spend in the Power Poppy Shop!  Good luck!

Now… on to some more inspiration…
Christine Okken – go here next!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have an amazing weekend of creating!

~ Ally ~


stamps: Power Poppy (Succulent Singles)
cardstock: Recollections (110# White)
patterned paper: KaiserCraft (Wonderland 6.5”x 6.5”)
ink:  Memento (Rich Cocoa), Versamark, Copic Markers
embossing powder: Recollections (Detail Gold)
other: Sulky (gold thread), Tan thread

Happy Bee-Day

Happy last Friday of August everyone!  I’m here along with the Bloom Brigade from Power Poppy to share some fun inky inspiration!

I needed to add some birthday cards to my stash so I decided to pull out the “Bee Kind Toile” stamp set to create with today.

I kept my card very simple and just coloured up the beehive cake and sentiment for the focal image…


And I proceeded to decorate the inside of my card too!




Christine Okken – go here next!

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you get some time to create too!

~ Ally ~


stampsPower Poppy (Bee Kind Toile)
cardstock:  Recollections (White 110#), Catherine Pooler Designs (Sand Dunes Cardstock)
dies: MFT (Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Ovals), Honey Bee Stamps (Hexagon Bunches)
patterned papers: Your Next Stamp (Happy Spring 6x6), Lawn Fawn (Perfectly Plaid:Fall 6x6)
inks:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers
thread:  Sulky (Gold Metallic), Studio Katia (Shimmering Ice Fusion Sequins)
other:  Stickles (Star Dust)

Frightfully Sweet

Happy Tuesday!  I have been on a crafty vacation for the last month that’s why I haven’t posted in such a long time.  But I’m back and feeling mighty crafty again!

Today I’m sharing a fun card I made for a friend.  I couldn’t resist using the new MFT “Frightfully Sweet” stamp set.  It’s the cutest Halloween themed stamp I’ve seen in a long time!

I used Distress Oxide inks to create a smooth foreground of lawn and also to create the fun sky.  I used a fun stencil to create the spooky clouds over the moon.  Isn’t that “Scary Scape Die” this cutest?

And here’s the inside of the card…

On another note, if you’re like me, you tend to take your crafty stash to crops to create with friends.  If you own as much stuff as I do, you always make sure your own supplies come home with you.  My Copic Markers are one of my biggest investments so I found the BEST way to label them with my name.  Check out this quick video…



To purchase some Oliver’s Labels and to support my 1st Strathmore Scouts, click HERE.  20% of your purchase goes straight to my Scouts PJ’19 fund.  Thank you so much for your support.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ve had some creative time this summer!

~ Ally ~


Stamps: My Favorite Things (Frightfully Sweet, Cute Cats)
Ink: Memento (Black Tuxedo), Copic Markers, Ranger Distress Oxides (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot), Polychromos Pencils (envelope)
Paper: Recollections (110# White & Black)
Dies: MFT (Stitched Rectangles), SugarPea Designs (Scaryscape Die)
Stencils: Studio Katia (Brush Stroke Waves)

Stamp of Approval is Here!

Today is the day that you’ve all been waiting for.  Today is the release of the newest Stamp of Approval collection known as “Tropically Yours”!

Here are a few final projects I used with all the new goodies including the new ink color, Coral Cabana and also the new add-on dies, Stamp of Approval Add-On Bundle.

My first card is a peek-a-boo card style featuring a polka dot flamingo…

Here he is… sorry it’s a little hard to see his polka dots!

And lastly, I wanted to feature those two fabulous flamingos in the fun Cabana Tile Dies from the collection…
I love the blend of the Coral Cabana ink and the Bellini inks in the back ground!

Plus... here's a sneak of the card I share in the SOA Project Guide...
Look at those fun Cabana Tile Dies!!!


You can purchase the “Tropically Yours” SOA collection right here!

For more great pieces of inspiration, check out Catherine Pooler’s blog.  Thanks for joining me over the past few days.  I had a ball sharing my fun creations with you.

~ Ally ~


Polka Dot Flamingo
Stamps: Stand Tall, Tropically Yours
Ink: It’s a BoyBlack Jack, Melon Ice, Garden Party, Coral Cabana, Tiki Torch
Paper: Premium White Cardstock
Accessories: Stand Tall Dies
 
Flamingo Trio
Stamps: Stand Tall, Leave Me in Paradise, Fearless Pursuit, Good Vibes Borders
Ink: Coral Cabana, Bellini, Juniper Mist, Polychromos Pencils
Paper: Premium White Cardstock
Accessories: Cabana Tile Dies, Stand Tall Dies, Rose Gold Fusion Sequins (Studio Katia)

Stamp of Approval ~ Sending Sunshine!

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m all about sharing some sunshine today using the “Tropically YoursStamp of Approval collection.

The "Tropically Yours" Collection Includes:
  • Stand Tall Stamp Set
  • Tropically Yours Stamp Set
  • Fearless Pursuit Stamp Set
  • Leave me in Paradise Stamp Set
  • Good Vibes Borders Stamp Set
  • Cabana Tiles Die
  • Canvas Grunge Background Stamp

Available Add-ons:
  • Stand Tall Dies
  • Leave Me in Paradise Dies
  • Tropically Yours Dies
  • Fearless Pursuit Dies
  • Coral Cabana Ink pad

My first card has lots of fun layers, stamp and die cuts!  I wanted to keep with a summery color scheme so I used lots of sunny colors on it!

Here’s a little close up…

And for my second card, I used one of the fun border dies.  Can I say I love this basket weave stamp???  There’s 4 more cool ones to accompany it on it’s stamp set!
I kept it simple and just inks and stamps only for this one.  A fun one-layer card!

Now, I’m not a part of the official blog hop day today but you can check out all of the Day 3 participants here:
Catherine  
Kristie  
Jen
Ilina  

If you’d like to win a SOA collection of your own, make sure you comment on all the blogs listed above.  3 boxes will be given away from all the comments.  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~


Hello Gorgeous
Stamps: Tropically Yours, Stand Tall, Canvas Grunge Background
Ink: Coral Cabana, Lime Rickey, Tiara, Limoncello
Paper: Premium White Cardstock
Accessories: Cabana Tile Dies, Tropically Yours Dies, Stardust (Stickles)
 
Sunset Soul
Stamps: Fearless Pursuit, Good Vibes Borders, Canvas Grunge Background
Ink: Party Dress, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti, Flirty Fuchsia, Midnight 
Paper: Premium White Cardstock

Tropically Yours - More Inspiration!

Happy Monday all!  Here’s another fun peek at some of the goodies you’ll find in the newest Stamp of Approval collection, Tropically Yours.

If you are new to Stamp of Approval, I’ve got a little ditty written up to describe what it’s all about.  Find out more, here.

To get signed up for the wait list, click here.

I thought I’d share a few new cards today.  Now, if you watched Catherine’s blog post yesterday, she was talking about not having a pineapple in the collection… well I’m here to prove her wrong… lol!  Check this out!

I started with a traditional orange colored pineapple card.  I decided to make it little more masculine and grunge styled…
So how did I make the pineapple you ask? 
  1. Stamp the large circle stamp from the Fearless Pursuit stamp set.
  2. Stamp the circle on some masking paper. Cut the whole inside of the circle from the mask.
  3. Apply the mask over the circle and ink the lower right side with a slightly darker ink.  Stamp the triangle V’s stamp to give the circle texture. Remove the mask.
  4. Ink up the smaller reed from the Stand Tall stamp set with a light and dark ink.
So to change it up, I decided on some fun pink pineapples for my second card…
Aren’t they cute??

Now, I’m not official part of Day 2 of the Blog Hops today but here are all of today’s links for you to check out today…
Chrissie  
Karen  
Susan  
Justine  
Ashlea 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day everyone!!

~ Ally ~


Pineapple Vibe
Stamps: Fearless Pursuit, Stand Tall, Canvas Grunge Background
Ink: Tiara, Lime Rickey, Spruce, Icing on the Cake 
Paper: Premium White Cardstock

Pink Pineapple Aloha
Stamps: Stand Tall, Fearless Pursuit, Good Vibes Borders, Leave Me in Paradise, Canvas Grunge Background
Ink: It’s a Girl, Polished, Party Dress, Mint To Be, Skylight, Bellini 
Paper: Premium White Cardstock  
Accessories: Leave Me in Paradise Dies

Stamp of Approval - Tropically Yours!

Welcome to Day 1 of "Tropically Yours" Stamp of Approval Collection Blog Hop!

If you are new to Stamp of Approval... here's what's its all about!

Stamp of Approval is a box filled with a special collection of stamps and dies just for you!  All of the items in the box can be mixed and matched together and are designed to do so. Accompanied by your favorite ink, this box makes a great gift too!  I would suggest Catherine's own ink line, found here.

This lovely box of creative goodies comes straight to your mailbox but you have to order it quickly as it tends to sell out within the first 12 - 18 hours!  All the products are brand new and never been seen before.  The individual items wouldn’t be available in the shop until much, much later.   

To get on the Wait List to receive your "ready for purchase" email, click here!  You are not obligated to purchase; it’s just a reminder that it’s available for purchase in the store. If you are a member of StampNation, you will be able to shop the day before the public release date.  Just one of the perks of being a member! :) 
 
Now let's get to sharing some fun creations made using the contents of "Tropically Yours" Collection.

One of my personal favorites made entirely using this collection is a fun box type card…
Aren’t those little flamingos adorable!!?!?! It features a few of the stamps, dies and add-on dies from this collection; Stand Tall and coordinating dies, Leave Me in Paradise and their coordinating dies, Good Vibes Borders and Fearless Pursuits.

Here’s another angle to see a little bit more of the back ground of the card.

Next I created a fairly simple card with a great sentiment.
For the sentiment I did a little stamp surgery and cut the top off of the long sentiment and just used the beginning of the quote instead.  Aren't those hexagon die cuts cool.... they're known as the Cabana Tile Dies - also including in the collection!!!

Don't forget to grab the new color of CP ink too... it's gorgeous and it's called Coral Cabana!! Now... it's NOT included in the collection but will be available as an add-on product.  Don't forget to check out all the dies that coordinate with this collection too.

Now, take a gander at all the amazing things that my fellow designers have created with this collection... 
Melissa  
Allison  
Ardyth  -- go here next!
Jenny  
Josefine  
 

LEAVE A COMMENT ON ALL THE BLOGS... and you could be 1 of 3 random winners chosen to receive $97 Gift Certificate to the shop.  Winners will be announced on Catherine’s blog.


Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be sharing lots of fun Tropically Yours inspiration over the next few days so come back tomorrow to see more!  Have a great day!

~ Ally ~

 
 
Pink Flamingo Sunset 
Stamps: Stand Tall, Fearless Pursuit, Good Vibes Borders, Leave Me in Paradise
Ink: Black Jack, Coral Cabana, Tiara, Sauna, It’s a Boy, Aquatini, Melon Ice, Grass Skirt, Spruce, Over Coffee, Icing on the Cake, R01,R20, R32 (Copic Markers), Black (Polychromos Pencil)
Paper: Premium White Cardstock, Sand Dunes Cardstock 
Accessories: Stand Tall Dies, Fearless Pursuit Dies, Leave Me in Paradise Dies
 
Be Fearless
Stamps: Tropically Yours, Fearless Pursuit
Ink: It’s a Boy, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti, Rockin’ Red, Lime Rickey 
Paper: Premium White Cardstock
Accessories: Tropically Yours Dies, Cabana Tile Dies