An Exciting Summer to Come!

So what’s what’s so exciting about this Summer!!!?!?  Well… there’s lots happening at StampNation in the next few months!

First of all, Catherine has revealed the newest collection of Stamp of Approval theme today!  It’s AWESOME!  Another box of goodies you will NEED to add to your stamping goodies!  Plus, Catherine has announced all of our amazing guest designers for the newest box.  Click here for more details.

What is Stamp of Approval you ask?  Well….. it’s a specially designed box of stamping & card making goodies especially made for you by Catherine Pooler! Catherine puts together a whole whack of stamps and dies that coordinate for creating cards and other stamping projects!  It’s always got something that you just can’t live without in it!  And she ships them all over the world!!

The new SOA collection goes live for purchase on July 13th!!!!  That’s just a little over 2 weeks away!  To ensure you get a crack at purchasing this box of ah-mazing goodies (‘cuz they go FAST!!), get your email on the waitlist HERE!

Catherine also has her SHOP open right now (until Friday at midnight EST) and you can purchase stamps, dies and stencils from the first 3 SOA collections, the “Friendship”, the “Holiday Magic” and the “Young at Heart” collections!  PLUS… she has added brand new DIES for “Eva’s Favorite Flowers” stamps from the Friendship collection and THREE new items of her very own, Catherine Pooler Designs.

Here are some cards using Catherine’s newest goodies, “Eva’s Favorite Flowers Dies”, “And Sentiments”, “And Dies”…

Plus I created another card featuring the new "Wild Blooms" stamp set yesterday over on Periscope.

You can check out the full scope which I posted on YouTube, HERE

Come and buy them ALL for your stash HERE!

ALSO… over at StampNation, beginning Friday, we have a FREE Summer-long event called HEAT IT UP.  It’s a course meant to teach you all about cool techniques with Heat Embossing!  The Dream Team will be posting all summer long with cool and awesome techniques, tutorials and gorgeous examples.  Come and join us for that event for July & August!

If you’re not a member of StampNation, come and check out more details here.  We’d love to have you join us this summer!

Can’t wait to have fun with you this summer!

Creative hugs,
~ Ally ~

Power Poppy: Midsummer Stunner Blog Hop

Today’s the day of our release for our Midsummer Stunner Collection for Power Poppy!  We have SEVEN new stamp sets for you of detailed summery goodness!

For today, I thought I would share this gorgeous cake image from the Dream Wedding stamp collection.  Aren’t the fruit and floral images amazing????
Copic Markers: B21, R00, R01, R02, YG0000, YG91, YG93

I wanted to use some soft, summery colours.  I have used some Wink of Stella and my Glaze Pen to add some shimmery goodness to my card front…

Now, off you go and check out what the amazing Bloom Brigade has put together for you today using these seven new beautiful stamp sets…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

And before you go shopping… Marcella has a SALE going on right now…

Thanks for dropping by today!  Happy shopping!

~ Ally ~
stamps: Power Poppy (Dream Wedding)
cardstock:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Recollections #110 White Cardstock
patterned paper: Penny Black (Gentle Whisper 6x6)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers, Wink of Stella (clear), Glaze Pen (Sakura)
die: SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags), MFT (Homespun Stitched Lines), Cheery Lynn Designs (Expandable Tiny Borders)
sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear 4mm, 6mm)

ribbon:  Micheal’s
other: thread.

Tea in the Garden & Party Time!

Grab your cuppa tea and join us today for the final day of sneak peeks for Power Poppy’sMidsummer Stunner Collection” being released this week!

Today we introduce… Tea in the Garden

And… Party Time!

I chose to bring on the party today and get my groove on…
Copic Markers (RV25, RV29, YR02, YR07, W2)

Check out the action in my card…
Cool right!?!?!

Join the Bloom Brigade and check out their fabulous creations for today…
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Join us tomorrow for one final sneak peek hoorah!  You won’t be disappointed!  See ya later alligator!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Party Time (Power Poppy)
Cardstock: 110# White (Recollections), Persimmon, Razzle Berry (MFT)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento), Copic Markers, White Gel Pen (Sakura), Clear Wink of Stella
Dies: Stitched Flags (SugarPea Designs), Scalloped Frames (Pretty Pink Posh)
Sequins: Sparkling Clear (Pretty Pink Posh)
Stencil: Dot Fade (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Copic Airbrush System
Other: Action Wobbler.

Foxglove & Ranunculus & Everything’s Even Rosier!

Day three of our Power Poppy sneaks today and we’re revealing two more gorgeous stamp sets today…

Introducing… Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus

And also… Everything’s Even Rosier

I chose to create with the blooms today.  I went kinda nautical with this one…lol…
Copic Markers (YR31, YR02, Y35, YR04, Y38, BV31, BV25, YG01, YG03, YG63, YG67, YG97) 

Now, come and see what the Bloom Brigade created with these new beauties…
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks again for stopping by!  Join us tomorrow for the last reveal and our final blog hop on Tuesday!

~ Ally ~
Stamps: Everything’s Even Rosier (Power Poppy)
Cardstock: 110# White (Recollections)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers
Dies: Stitched Ovals (MFT), Floral Ovals (Spellbinders)
Patterned Papers: Atlas 6x6 (Pink Paislee)
Sequins: Gold 4mm (Pretty Pink Posh
Thread: Gold (Sulky), White.

Introducing... Dream Wedding & Nice Things to Say!

Howdy all!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Power Poppy intro to the “Midsummer Stunner Collection”.  For the next few days, Marcella and the Bloom Brigade will be sharing sneak peeks of SEVEN new clear stamp sets!  Yup… I said 7!!

Today we’re sharing two of those seven.  Introducing… Dream Wedding.
A dreamy tiered cake, ever-so-carefully decorated with fresh flowers and fruit, coordinating shoes for the bride, a bottle of bubbly and two fizzy Champagne flutes — we have everything you need for a card to congratulate a momentous occasion! Whether used for an engagement, a wedding, or just to CELEBRATE, this set has pretty images to make the perfect creation.
And our second stamp is… introducing…. Nice Things To Say
You won't have to go hunting around for something nice to say after you've nabbed this multi-sentiment stamp set. Includes thirteen different phrases that you'll reach for when you need to celebrate success, gratefulness, support, and kindness! Several larger-format sentiments and multiple small ones for a large variety of uses.

So I chose to use the Nice Things To Say stamp set and pair it with the beautiful digital stamp, “La Vie en Rose”…
Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E27, E35, E43, E53, E04, 5R6, R59, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, W2, W4)

I kept it extremely simple and just a few matting layers with a touch of gold accents and voila… done!

Now, come and check out what the Bloom Brigade has fashioned to show you today…
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Come back tomorrow when the team shares two more exquisite stamp sets and examples!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: Nice Things To Say (Power Poppy)
Cardstock:  Express-It Blending Cardstock, 110# White, Black (Recollections), Cranberry Cocktail (MFT)
Ink: Copic Markers, Gold Calligrapher (Sakura), Clear Wink of Stella
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp)
Sequins: Gold (Pretty Pink Posh)

Power Poppy: Midsummer Stunner Collection!

Today begins the reveal of the brand new Power Poppy “Midsummer Stunner Collection”. 

There are SEVEN new clear stamp sets in this collection and each one is unique and detailed like no other! 

The Bloom Brigade will be introducing the first stamp set today… Soothing Sympathy.  Make sure to check them each out today…

Happy blog hopping!

~ Ally ~

I Can Hear Those Owww’s & Aww’s!

I can hear them already… those “Owww’s” and “Aww’s” coming from your lips… it reveal time for the newest and most fabulous Catherine Pooler Designs to be released this weekend!

Here’s my card using the new “And Dies” and “And Sentiments”…
Don’t you love those ampersands!?!?! Adorable!!

And finally “Wild Blooms” and a little "And Dies" and SugarPea Designs "Birthday Journal Card Dies" too… another peek at me sneak peek again…

Yup… if your StampNation member than you will get to shop first!  And then all newsletter subscribers get their link to the new store to shop!  Hooray! Not a subscriber to Catherine’s newsletter, check out details here.
To check out Catherine’s creations and FULL views of the new stamps and dies, visit Catherine’s blog post HERE for details.

Happy gawking!

~ Ally ~

Let the Drooling Begin!

If you aren’t a member of StampNation or follow Catherine Pooler than you should!  Did you hear the news???  She’s opening up her very own shop and she’s going to sell the past stamp and die collections that are a part of the previous Stamp of Approval collections.

Not only is she opening the shop for a soft opening this week but she’s also introducing some new, never before seen items… including the brand new Eva’s Favorite Flowers DIES!  Yes…. you can purchase dies to match your Winnie & Walter stamp set, “Eva’s Favorite Flowers” from the Friendship SOA collection.

Check out what I did last night with those super fun dies…

I just love being able to quickly die cut paper and stamp away!

Not only are the new dies going to be in the store but Catherine has designed 2 more stamp sets and another fabulous die exclusive to her brand new line, Catherine Pooler Designs

You’re gunna love all the new goodies!

Tomorrow is Wednesday and the StampNation Dream Team has a brand new challenge up and I’m going to share a peek of my card a little early for you all!  It contains the final new stamp set of Catherine’s…

Cool right?!?!

So the new store officially opens on Friday June 25th ~ it’s a soft opening.  StampNation members get first crack at the store (perks of being a member!) and then a public link will go live on Saturday via Catherine’s newsletter for you all to shop too! (Sign up here!) Then the store will CLOSE at midnight EST on Friday July 1st to get ready for the GRAND OPENING in August!

For further information, check out THIS post on Catherine’s blog.  She’s got all the details!

Don't forget to VOTE for your favorite creation in the "Win the Next Stamp Approval Box" contest! You vote up to 10 times.  Click here for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Ally ~

WIN the Next Stamp of Approval Collection!

The next Stamp of Approval Collection goes on sale July 13!  Isn’t it so fun that we get to have a party every quarter for SOA?

With the last two Collections, we did a link up and you all added the most incredible creations with the stamps and dies from those boxes.

Now that you’ve had the Beautiful World Stamp of Approval Collection for a couple months, it’s time to link up the fabulous cards you’ve made with it, too!  You might just WIN the next collection!

  • Photograph your card.
  • Upload your card online… to your blog, the StampNation Gallery, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, etc….
  • Grab the URL of your card and enter it in the linky on Catherine's blog HERE.
  • Tell your friends to come over here and vote for you once voting opens!
  • Link up your creations through June 20 at 6 pm Eastern.
  • Voting will start on June 20 at 6:01 pm Eastern.
  • You will have until June 22 11:55 pm Eastern to have your friends and family vote for your card!  Each person can vote for up to five cards.
  • Winners will be announced on June 23.
We will have THREE (different) winners!!!  One random winner as well as the top two vote-getting cards.

FINE PRINT:  ***To be eligible to win, your card must be made with the stamps and dies from the Beautiful World SOA Collection (almost) exclusively.  We won’t disqualify you for including an extra goody or two (we know you have other products that are fabulous, too!), just make sure most of the card uses the Beautiful World SOA products.***

As this linky fills up with YOUR amazing creations, we will have a Parade of Beautiful World SOA cards to keep you inspired and using your products long after you purchased them!
 (If you don’t have the BW SOA, no worries!  There will be a chance for you to win the next box with the release blog hop!)

The next Stamp of Approval collection goes on sale on July 13 – be sure you are on the wait list so you get all of our updates and the link to purchase when it goes live!

**Click here to join the list**

~ Ally ~

Last Chance to Purchase Cool Classes!

The school year is ending, summer is heating up, and Catherine is making some changes!  One of those big changes is that we are permanently closing registration for all of our online classes on Creativity Grows Here.

This means these classes will no longer be available for purchase.  If you have had your eye on any of these classes, be sure to purchase them before June 14 (TOMORROW!) before registration is closed forever.

(Registration is closing, but access to members is not.)

Some of these classes include Cards for Him (Masculine cards), A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0, Basics & Beyond (everything you need to know when you’re a card maker!), In The Mood (it uses all kinds of cool mood boards!) and last but not least, Technique Toolbox which is jam packed with cool card making techniques!

Come and check it out!  You won’t be disappointed!! 

~ Ally ~

Happy Mail!

TGIF!  Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend!  I could use a nice relaxing one!  Last weekend I took 14 kids and 6 other Scout Leaders to camp and we had a blast.  Camp is always fun but exhausting!!

So a few weeks back I received a lovely card from my friend Susan in Aussie land.  It was simply a card to say “Hey Friend…” and it totally made my day.  I have been meaning to send a very similar card right back to her and so that task fits in perfectly with our newest Power Poppy “Power & Spark Challenge” for June…
For further challenge details, please click here.  You do not need Power Poppy images to play along to win!!!

So here’s my card going to my friend Susan featuring the “Sunny Harvest” stamp set…
Derwent Inktense Pencils: 0240, 0300, 0400, 0610, 1200,1530, 1600, 1700 

I just love the subtle shimmer on all the Chinese Lanterns…

I hope you’ll join me in sending out some happy mail today!  You know... just because!

Before I go, make sure you check out all of my fellow Bloom Brigaders and their blogs today…
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the creative journey today!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Sunny Harvest)
cardstock:  Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Recollections #110 White Cardstock
patterned paper: Echo Park (That’s My Boy 6x6), BasicGrey (Aspen Frost)
ink: Versamark (Black Onyx), Simon Says Stamp! (Cloudy Sky)
die:  Simon Says Stamp! (Stitched Rectangles)

gems: Queen & Co. (Twinkle Goosebumps)
border punch:  Fiskars

twine:  Darice.
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