Rainbow Bunnies & an IG Giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend all of my US friends!

I’m over on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog with a new card making tutorial.  This time I’m taking inspiration from some stitching and some fun, bright rainbow colors.  Plus I’m sharing some water coloring using Distress Inks with a digital stamp image on water color paper.

Here’s a little sneak peek of my card.
Click HERE to go directly to my post.

PLUS, I have a fun GIVEAWAY on my Instagram account this week too!  I’m giving 4 brand new Catherine Pooler Designs ink pads away; Queen for a Day, Sage, Rouge and Lemongrass.  Click HERE to visit my Instagram account.

Here’s a card I made using only those 4 new CPD inks and the new June CPD Club Sursee stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

~ Ally ~

Aloha to the Beach!

Hello and welcome to another fun Saturday Challenge with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!  Come and play along.

Our hostess with the mostess for this week is Krafty Girl, Marieke and she challenges you to....

I am waiting for the warm weather to fully arrive here in Alberta so I can enjoy the beach.  So I went beachy this week with my scene!

I used the adorable hula kitty from the “Beach Blanket Bingo” stamp set.  I used Yummy Yellow, Pumpkin Patch, Sparkling Sapphire, Purple Petunia and Purple Pansy inks to create my soft sunset glow.

Now to get the lights in the back ground, I used the tiny snowball from the “Reindeer Games” stamp set… I know… a snowball!

Each and every Saturday we post a brand new challenge for the week and you are welcome to enter as many times as you like! These must be new creations and you are welcome to use any stamp, however using a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp will earn you double entries! Each submission will enter you into the monthly draw of a $40 gift voucher to the krafty shop!

We've also got a sketch to inspire you for the month of May! You don't have to use it but it's there for you to use if you need a little kickstart....feel free to use it any time!

There are two ways to enter our challenges! 1) you can link up your entries at the bottom of this post and 2) share your KKS creations in our Krafty Friends facebook group! We can't wait to see what you create!

Also don't miss this weekend's FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS!  We've got a selection of stamp sets on SALE 40% OFF this weekend only and while supplies last!

Happy kraftin'!

~ Ally ~

stamps: KKS (Beach Blanket Bingo, Reindeer Games)
inks: KKS (Wicked Black, Yummy Yellow, Pumpkin Patch, Sparkling Sapphire, Purple Petunia, Purple Pansy, Granite Grey), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pens)
cardstock:  Recollections (White 110#), Avery Elle (Woodgrain)
dies: CPD (Circles Die)

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It's Your Pig Day!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you’ve had a chance to create this week.  If you’re looking for a little kick start to a new card, why don’t you stop by Splitcoaststampers for my newest card sketch.

This week I’ve gone with a few layers.  Click here to check out the newest sketch, SC750.

Here’s my card featuring the “Pig Day” stamp set from Hello Bluebird

Isn’t she adorable?  I added the stamped flower under her arm and hand drew on a pearl necklace.

Hope you have a great rest of the week!

~ Ally ~

stamps:  Hello Bluebird (Pig Day)
cardstock: Recollections (White 110#)
patterned papers: MFT (Black & White Stripes 6x6), Sunny Studios (Dots & stripes Pastel 6x6), Lawn Fawn (Really Rainbow Scallops 6x6)
inks: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps (Wicked Black), Copic Markers, Catherine Pooler Designs (Limoncello, Tiki Torch)
dies: MFT (Smart Phone Die)

Holiday Inspired!

Hello and welcome to another fun Saturday Challenge over at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps
Our host with the most for this week is Krafty Guy, Stephen and his theme for you is…

Today I chose to use the super fun and adorable “Shake It Up!” and the “Shake It Up – Polar Bears” stamp sets.  I love to create inactive cards as well so I decided to pull my Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die out and have a go at it for today’s card.

For the sentiments, you can check out this MINI video showing each one.

The sentiments come from the following stamp sets:  “Polar Pals”, “Perky Penguins”, “Santa Paws” and “Eskimo Pals”. Yup... I used a lot of different stamp sets for this card!

Each and every Saturday we post a brand new challenge for the week and you are welcome to enter as many times as you like! These must be new creations and you are welcome to use any stamp, however using a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp will earn you double entries! Each submission will enter you into the monthly draw of a $40 gift voucher to the krafty shop!

There are two ways to enter our challenges! 1) you can link up your entries at the bottom of this post and 2) share your KKS creations in our Krafty Friends Facebook group! We can't wait to see what you create!

Also don't miss this weekend's FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS!  We've got a selection of stamp sets on SALE 40% OFF this weekend only and while supplies last!

Happy kraftin' and shopping!

~ Ally ~

stamps: KKS (Shake It Up, Shake It Up – Polar Bears, Polar Pals, Perky Penguins, Santa PawsEskimo Pals)
inks: KKS (Wicked Black), CPD (Juniper Mist, Rockin’ Red), Sakura (White Gel Pen), Versamark, Copic Markers
cardstock:  Recollections (White 110#), Tim Holtz (Metallic Cardstock), Avery Elle (Kraft Woodgrain)
patterned paper: Recollections (Northern Lights 6x6
dies: Lawn Fawn (Reveal Wheel Die), MFT (Stitched Arch Stax),  Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles), Pretty Pink Posh (Tag Dies)
embossing powder: Ink on 3 (Arctic White)
ribbon: Misc.

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Seaside Wishes

Happy Friday all!  I hope you have lots of crafty endeavors panned for the weekend.  Here in Canada it is the May 2-4 weekend so my son actually has today and Monday off of school.

Over at StampNation, I frequently participate in the PenPal card swap. You sign up and send a monthly-themed card to the address you are assigned.  This month we have 4 themes to choose from; one being a beach theme.  So I chose the seaside themed stamp from the “Under Glass” stamp set by Power Poppy.  I also so stamped out some smaller tropical leaves from the “Big Sexy Leaves” stamp set to add to the back ground.

This weekend, Marcella has another amazing Stamp Steal going on!  This weekend you can purchase the “Orchids Rock” and their digital counterparts, “Lady Slipper Orchid” and “Orchid Cascade”.  Happy shopping!

Now, join some of the Bloomies with some fun card creations…

Don’t forget to participate in this week’s Creative Confetti Challenge by Julie.  It’s an awesome one this week!

Thanks for joining me!  I hope you have a great weekend!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Under Glass, Big Sexy Leaves)
cardstock: Recollections (White 110#)
inks: Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps (Wicked Black), CPD (Juniper Mist, Sand Castle), Crayola (Gold Glitter Pen), Copic Markers
stencils: Honey Bee Stamps (Plaid Background Builder)
dies: Cherry Lynn Designs (Polynesian Sails Mini)
enamel dots: KKS (Krafty Basics Dots)
washi tape: Misc.

Pretty Purple Posies

Happy Thursday everyone!  If you don’t already know, purple is my very favourite color! I use purple whenever possible!

Today I’m sharing a card that totally captures my purple-lovin’ heart!

I used the new “Poignant Poppies” stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs.  This is part of the “A Page in the Book” collection. This stamp set is a multi layering stamp set and creates the most amazing poppy flowers.  I chose to use Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust and Flirty Fuchsia CPD inks for this card.

For the back ground, I stamped the “Words from the Wizard” back ground stamp and then splattered on some diluted Pixie Dust ink.

I hope you’re having a great week!  I hope you have something crafty planned for this coming weekend… I know I do!  Happy creating!

~ Ally ~

Purple Poppies
Stamps: Poignant Poppies, Words from the Wizard
Cardstock: Premium White
Inks: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia, Green Tea, Eucalyptus
Accessories: Poignant Poppies Dies

Rainbow Missing You

Nothing is better than rainbow color!  So today’s card features the new Catherine Pooler Designs “Forest Foliage” stamp set and lots of color!

For my card, I used Tiara, Orange Twist, Rockin’ Red, Flirty Fuchsia, Fiesta Blue and Grass Skirt CPD inks on all the fun leaves from this stamp set.  Then I cut them out using their coordinating “Fluttering Friends Dies”.  That beautiful scripty sentiment is part of that very same stamp set.
For the newsprint type strip on the right, I used the “Black Jack” ink and the fun “F as in Back ground stamp.

TIP:  To create the leaves with a hint of scripty print on them, in my MISTI tool after stamping my images using colored inks, I then "kissed" a part of the "F as in..." stamp set to the leaf stamp before removing it from the MISTI lid and then pressing it down over the colored leaf. This technique is called "KISSING" for obvious reasons.... lol!

Hoping you continue to have a crafty week!

~ Ally ~

Missing You Rainbow
Stamps: Forest Foliage, F as in
Cardstock: Premium White 
Inks: Black Jack, Tiara, Orange Twist, Rockin’ Red, Flirty Fuchsia, Fiesta Blue, Grass Skirt
Accessories: Forest Foliage Dies

Storybook Collection: Masculine Cards

The whole Storybook Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs has many possibilities of making lots of great masculine cards.

Today I chose the “A Page from the Book” and the “Enchanted Forest” collections to work from.
First I took the leaf from the “Poignant Poppies” stamp set and used it like a fern.  I used the brand new “Lemongrass” ink and combined it with Green Tea and Eucalyptus inks to layer up the leaves.  Then I took the “F as in…” back ground stamp and proceeded to ink up just spots and stamp them over the leaves.

I stamped another leaf image on it’s own and die cut it with the coordinating “Poignant Poppies Dies” and added a “Have Courage Word Die” cut from Chocolate Cardstock.

For my second masculine card today I kept this card fairly simple.  Simple colours. Simple Design. Simple coloring.

I used the oak leaves and crested bird stamp from the “Fluttering Friends” stamp set and used their coordinating dies, “Fluttering Friends Dies”, to cut them out.

To color in my little red Cardinal inspired birdie, I used “Rockin’ Red “ and “Tutti Frutti” ink with my Blender pen to color him in.

Thanks for joining me today!  I hope this inspires you to create some wonderful masculine cards using the stamps, dies and inks!

~ Ally ~

Have Courage Ferns
Stamps: Poignant Poppies, F as in
Cardstock: Premium White, Chocolate Cardstock
Inks: Lemongrass, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Icing on the Cake, Over Coffee
Accessories: Poignant Poppies Dies, Have Courage Word Die, Twine (Darice)
Cardinal Wreath
Stamps: Fluttering Friends
Cardstock: Premium White, Smoke & Mirrors 
Inks: Black Jack, Tutti Frutti, Rockin’ Red
Accessories: Fluttering Friends Dies, Glacier Bay Sequins, Stickles (Star Dust)

Colour on Colour!

Happy Tuesday to you all!  I’m Allison Cope and I’m your hostess today for Inspire Me Monday over on the Power Poppy Blog this week.

Today I’m going to be heat embossing on coloured cardstock and then colouring in my images using Polychromos Pencils.  This technique is very easy and takes a relatively short time to colour.  I decided to use the beautiful “Peony Muse” stamp set for my images and then the “My English Rose” stamp set for my sentiment.

 Come and join me at my crafty desk today for a fun and easy tutorial.


Here’s a quick peek of the final card again…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simply tutorial today and give a try sometime soon.  Happy creating!

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Peony Muse, My English Rose)
cardstock:  MFT (Lavender Fields), Recollections (110# White)
inks: Versamark, Polychromos Pencils, Ranger Distress Oxide (Picked Raspberry)
embossing powder: Ink on 3 (Arctic White)
paint: Delta (White Acrylic)

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: May Release Blog Hop

Today we are celebrating all the new goodies from our MAY Release at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

All THREE new clear stamp sets will be available over at the Krafty Shop, along with our new Pink Pizzazz inks, TWO new stencils and our new Fruity Krafty Dots! Our LIVE Online Release Party is this afternoon at 4pm EST and then ALL the krafty goodies will be released!!

We have our 3 stamp sets; Make a Wish, My Happy Place and Berry Sweet stamp sets along with our Fruity Dots and our 2 new stencils, the Wonky Chevron Stencil and the Lots of Dots Stencil and last but not least our new ink color, Pink Pizzazz.

For my last card, I chose to create a desert scene for my little girl and boy from the MAKE A WISH stamp set to be in. I used a LOT of bright and bold Kraftin’ Kimmie inks to blend into my back ground.  I even drew in a palm tree!

So let's have a fun hop around the Krafty Team's blogs and check everything out in action! Grab a nice hot (or cold) beverage, sit back and relax while you enjoy this kreative tour!

Everything will be available this afternoon at the krafty shop around 5pm EST! All the new products will be available individually but if you HAVE to have it ALL this month, you can pick up our Gimmie Kimmies Kit which contains one of EVERYTHING we released this month and at a discount but for a limited time!

So join us in the Krafty Friends Facebook Group this afternoon for all the LIVE Release FUN and then all the new goodies will be released for your shopping and krafting please!

Happy hoppin' and happy shoppin'!

 ~ Ally ~
Stamps: KKS (Make a Wish)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White)
Inks: KKS (Wicked Black, Yummy Yellow, Pumpkin Patch, Pink Pizzazz, Ruby Red, Sparkling Sapphire, Purple Petunia, Totally Taupe, Creamy Caramel), Copic Markers, Sakura (White Gel Pen)
Dies: SugarPea Designs (Stitched Flags), MFT (Stitched Rectangles)
Dots: KKS (Fruity Dots)
Paint: Delta Art (White Acrylic)

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Introducing... Berry Sweet

Welcome back to our third and FINAL day of May Krafty Peeks! Today we have another fantastic stamp set from our amazing artist, Melissa Baker-Nguyen!
It's called Berry Sweet!
This delicious set has so many possibilities!! It features lined images and solid images for inky stamping! You could create lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit....red raspberries, black raspberries...such fruity fun! Plus there are so many fun coordinating sentiments!

I just adore all those different slices of fruit... and the possibilities of making them oranges, limes, grapefruit... whatever fruit you need is awesome!  I chose to display my rainbow of fruitiness like this...

My rainbow is displayed on a rainbow back ground using the new "Lots of Dots Stencil" along with a sprinkling of the new "Fruity Dots", "Springy Dots" & " Rainbow Dots"!  It looks fabulous!

Of course, today is also Challenge Day and as always, during release week the theme is Anything Goes! So create a card, scrapbook page, altered item.....with a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp! Use any sketch, design, colour scheme you want!

We can't wait to see your creations and you have all week to play along (until May 17th) and we'll announce the winner at the end of the month! Feel free to link up your submission at the bottom of this post and/or by uploading your pic to the folder in our Krafty Friends Facebook Group! You could WIN a $40 gift voucher to the krafty shop!

We've also got a sketch for you! If you're needing a little inspiration, feel free to use this awesome sketch anytime this month!

You'll get to see all sorts of sweet creations as you hop around the Krafty Team blogs today! PLUS you'll see some of the other goodies in action....like our new stencils, new ink and new Krafty Dots!

Be sure to join us at our LIVE Facebook Release Party tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, May 12th) at 4pm EST where we'll be celebrating ALL the new goodies and they will be released at the online shop!

Happy hoppin'!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: KKS (Berry Sweett)
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White)
Inks: KKS (Yummy Yellow, Pumpkin Patch, Ruby Red, Pink Pizzazz, Purple Pansy, Sparkling Sapphire, Lovely Lagoon, Enchanted Emerald)
Dies: Avery Elle (Gift Tags Die), Spellbinders (A2 Bracket Borders 1)
Dots: KKS (Fruity Dots, Springy Dots, Rainbow Dots)
Stencil: KKS (Lots of Dots Stencil)

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Introducing... My Happy Place!

Welcome back to Day TWO of our May Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Today we are sharing a fabulously fun stamp set from artist Cheryl Grant!
It's called My Happy Place!
This set features two main images plus several coordinating sentiments!

I love reading but I don’t take enough time to do it as much any more so I decided to focus my card using the little girl with the book.

I used the “Krafty Scenery Stencil” to highlight the sentiment on my card today too!

Don't forget about the MAY Ink of the Month!The colour this month is YUMMY YELLOW and you can scoop up the large ink pad, the mini cube and the ink refill for 15% OFF until May 31st!

You'll get to see ALL the new goodies....stamps, stencils, ink and dots over the next couple of days!

Then everything will be released at our LIVE Facebook Release Party on Sunday afternoon at 4pm EST in the Krafty Friends group!

For now, hop around and check out some amazing designs featuring My Happy Place from our Krafty Team!

See you back here tomorrow for our final peek day!  Happy kraftin'!

~ Ally ~

Stamps: KKS (My Happy Place)
Inks: KKS (Wicked Black), Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections (110# White), MFT (Cotton Candy, Nightshift Blue)
Patterned Paper: Photo Play Paper Co. (Thinking of You 12x12), MFT (Proper Pinstripe Pastels 6x6), Your Next Stamp (Hugs & Kisses 6x6)

Dies:  Catherine Pooler Design (Circles)
Dots:  KKS (Lovey Dots)

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Catherine Pooler ~ Storybook Collection Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to the Catherine Pooler Designs “Storybook Collection” Blog Hop!

Today we reveal a whole collection of beautiful blooms, furry creatures and beautiful storybook quotes.  Each of the stamps, inks and dies today can be purchased in small bundles; the “Enchanted Forest Bundle”, “A Page From the Book Bundle” and the “Father’s Day Bundle”, plus a “I Want It All!” bundle and also individually.

For my first card share I was thrilled to see more fabulous “coloring-in” images from Catherine and her artists. The little crest on the top of the little bird from the “Fluttering Friends” stamp set just said “Blue Jay” to me so I looked up how a Blue Jay’s feathers looked and away I went with all my luscious CPD blue inks… It’s a Boy and Something Borrowed.  I die cut it out using our coordinating dies, the “Fluttering Friends Dies”.

For my back ground, I used the open branch of berries also from the “Fluttering Friends” stamp set and some Midnight ink to create a simple black and white pattern.  For a tiny added touch, I took the “F as in” back ground stamp and using some light Twilight ink and added subtle touches of text in the back ground too (I love doing this with script back ground stamps!).

For my second card I knew I just had to create a soft, almost glowing Poppy card.  So I took my water color paper and spritzed it lightly with water and then stamped the glorious “Poignant Poppies” using Tiki Torch, Orange Twist and Tutti Frutti inks. Then I stamped all the layered leaves and stem using beautiful Aquatini and Spruce ink.  This stamp set is a wondrous multiple layering stamp set and makes the most amazingly detailed blooms!

To get the faint hint of script in the back, I loaded my “Words From the Wizard” back ground stamp into my MISTI tool and just touched my orange inks to just the spots in and around my Poppy flower.  And of course, to create a coordinating color panel to wrap around my bloom, I used direct ink pad to paper to create a matching color frame using Mardi Gras ink.

Don’t forget to check out our new inks too!  This bundle of four new colors called Urban Oasis includes: Rouge, Lemongrass, Sage and Queen for a Day.  All four inks are part of the Spa Collection of inks. PLUS… if you check the store, some of the ink bundles are on SALE right now!  Woohoo! 

This post contains affiliate links.  By clicking a product link you are helping me make a little bit of cash to continue sharing fun Catherine Pooler products & tutorials with you AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU!

What’s a hop with out a PRIZE?  All you have to do is comment along the way to WIN.  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Catherine will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler Shop! A winner will be drawn on May 13th and posted on Catherine's blog.



Allison  -- that's me!
Susan – go here next!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to catch our INSTAGRAM HOP from yesterday - click here!  Happy shopping!

~ Ally ~

Blue Jay Wishes
Stamps: Fluttering Friends, F as in
Cardstock: Premium White, Smoke & Mirrors 
Inks: Midnight, Twilight, Black Jack, It’s a Boy, Something Borrowed
Accessories: Fluttering Friends Dies
Watercolor Orange Poppy
Stamps: Poignant Poppies, Words from the Wizard
Cardstock: Premium White, Arches (Watercolor Paper)
Inks: Tiki Torch, Orange Twist, Tutti Frutti, Aquatini, Spruce
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