Flutters & Blooms release from Catherine Pooler

Hi guys!

Today is the day, the latest release from Catherine Pooler, Flutters & Blooms, is here!

There are several bundles to choose from but if you can’t pick just one, there is a Flutters & Blooms bundle available at a discounted price too.

As usual, I have gone nuts with the cards.. so many colour combinations and options! To start with I grabbed the Big Thanks stamp and ALL. THE. INKS! No joke.. I had almost all of my inks out and played with colour combinations and ombré looks.

My first card is made with two shades of each colour. This is easy peasy with the help of a stamping tool. I do love my MISTI’s. I stamped one colour per letter of the ‘thank‘, and then I masked off the area already stamped before moving on to the next one. When I finished with one row, I turned the panel over and did the same thing on the bottom part of the panel, but upside down.

The colours I have used are shown in the photo and are Limoncello, Tiara, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Aquatini, All That Jazz, It’s A Boy, Suede Shoes, It’s A Girl and Party Dress. On the upside down K I used Coral Cabana and Rockin’ Red but I decided it was too dark.

To finish this card off I simply stamped the ‘you’ from the Big Thanks set in the middle with black ink. Easy peasy!

My second card is similar, but the ‘Thank’ is in the middle and I have used only blue shades of ink for it. It’s one per letter, and I did it the same way as the first one. Stamped one letter, masked if off and moved on to the next ink. From left to right: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Fiesta Blue, Suede Shoes and Juniper Mist.

On this one I stamped the ‘you’ at an angle under the Thank bit. I also added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents .

For the next card I have again used the Big Thanks stamp, but this time with three shades of green inks to create a bit of an ombré-ish look. I started out with Melon Ice, then Garden Party and finally a little bit of Lime Rickey. For this one I also added the extra ‘S’ from the stamp set.

This I then cut out using a rectangular stitched die, and added this to a white card base. With black ink I stamped up ‘For being you’ to make the sentiment say ‘Thanks for being you’. I did make a video for these cards, I’ll try getting it up on my YouTube channel as soon as possible.

I have also used the Boxes Of Blooms stamp set. All my cards for this release are very CAS/Clean And Simple. Or at least they seem that way to me as I really struggle with white spaces.

For this card I stamped up one of the images from the Outside Your Window directly onto a card base. I used Over Coffee and Icing On The Cake for this to create a wooden look.

The flowers are stamped up with Tiara and the stems with Lime Rickey. I had the help of my Mini MISTI for this as I’m rubbish at free-hand stamp layering stamps. The sentiment is also stamped up with Tiara.

While I had the brown inks out, I stamped up some of the flower boxes and cut these, and the flowers, out with the coordinating diecut. I adhered these to the card with some foam tape to raise them up.

Well, that’s it from me for today! I hope you enjoyed these cards and found some inspiration here. If you fancy a little something-something from this release, I have used compensated affiliate links in the post and below, for your convenience. If you shop using these links, I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever. I really appreciate the support and encouragement this gives me so thank you in advance if you choose to support me like this.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Thank You Cards Aftermath Of A Facebook Live!

Hi guys!

This week I was roped into doing another Facebook Live session in the Stamp Nation FB group. And by ‘roped in’ I mean volunteered, lol! This has become a fun way to play with the new release and I hope we will keep doing it! The Flutters & Blooms release will be available tomorrow!

I used the Big Thanks stamp set and made so many panels ready for cards, with the help of almost all my Catherine Pooler inks.

Before the event I had already stamped up a few and even made one complete card, but then *SHOCK, HORROR* I ran out of tape runner! Oh, the drama! I have some liquid adhesive but I don’t like how it warps the card stock so I just set aside all my panels until new tape runners arrived.

Each one has three shades of the same colour family to create the Thanks, stamped in a sideways ombré way. This is so easy with the help of a MISTI, which I am totally useless without. On each new colour I have gone over the ink-line with a blender brush to soften it, as I didn’t want hard, harsh lines where the new ink came in.

Yellow: Limoncello, Tiara, Orange Peel

Orange/Red: Bellini, Coral Cabana, Rockin’ Red

Pink: It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress

Purple: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia

Blue: It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes

Teal: Mint To Be, Aquatini, All That Jazz

Green: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey

During the live I tried some other colour combinations and one that was a total surprise was the Unicorn Hair one! This combo I sort of stumbled into by seeing the shades on the stamp from doing other colours. To create the look, I started with It’s A Boy, then overlapped that with It’s A Girl and then added a little bit of Be Mine to add some darker pink at the top of the stamp.

Another one that was a revelation was this one!

I mixed Limoncello, Garden Party, Aquatini, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush and it turned out so cool! Almost like an 80’s print, don’t you think?

The yellow/orange/red one was actually a mistake, albeit a happy one! I mis-remembered which colour I used on this and picked the wrong one.

It should have been Orange Peel but I used Mandarin Spice, which was a lot darker but gave the Thanks a great look! I finished this one off by stamping ‘from the bottom of my heart‘ in Rockin’ Red over the S.

As a lover of blue, I did another one in blue too but switched up the final colour. On my original panel I used It’s A Boy, Something Borrowed and then Suede Shoes.

I decided to use Juniper Mist on the one I made during the Facebook live session instead, and it actually ended up with some turquoise bits on it as well. The new one got the sentiment stamped up on it as well, with Midnight ink.

In between inks, the Stamp Scrubber from Picket Fence Studios, came in so handy! A quick wipe and the Thanks stamp was clean and ready for the next colour.

Well, that’s plenty enough jibber-jabbering from me. I hope you have found some inspiration here with me today. I would greatly appreciate it if you use my affiliate link to shop if you do like my work. They do no cost you anything extra and any earnings I get from these, go straight back into the running of my blog and YouTube channel to keep things fun and fresh for you.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and sane!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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Catherine Pooler & WOW! Embossing Collab!

Welcome to a fabulous blog hop! Both the Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW! Embossing Powder Design Teams have joined forces to bring you some stamping & heat embossing fun. Some of the design team are using some fabulous new products from both Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW! Embossing Powders stores.

You should have come here from the one and only Catherine Pooler’s blog, and your next stop is the talented Chrissie Tobias! I have included the full blog hop list at the bottom of this post and if you get lost along the way you can find it on the Catherine Pooler Blog as well as the WOW! Embossing blog.

A blog hop wouldn’t be as fun without some prizes up for grabs and this one is no different! Both companies are giving away a $25 gift voucher to their stores and all you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be in with a chance to win. The more comments you leave along the hop, the more chances to win! Not to mention, inspiration to collect along the way!!

Right, with all that out of the way, let’s get to my cards, shall we?

I decided to CASE one of my cards from the Forever 13 release, but put a sparkly twist on it. This is the original card. The stamp set is called Beautiful Sentiment.

I picked out the same colours of Catherine Pooler inks: Limoncello, Orange Peel, Rockin’ Red, Grape Crush, Suede Shoes, Aquatini and Lime Rickey. I also picked out matching, or as close as possible, glitter powders from WOW! Embossing: Sorbet, Tangerine Dream, Rockin’ Red, Tickle, Something Blue, Curacao and Lime Rickey. Oh and the Embossing Pad, of course.

With MISTI in one hand and inks in the other, I was just about to go to town when I had an idea. As it would no doubt be a bit fiddly to get it done without getting the glitters mixed up, I thought why not mix some clear embossing powder with the new Changers and add sparkle like that. In a little tub I mixed some of the Glisten powder with clear embossing powder and violá! Glitter added without much fiddling and colours getting mixed up.

It turned out fabulous, if I may say so myself. Due to some miscalculations where to stamp the Smile bit, I had to skip out on the purple one though. Oh well, it left space for the rest of the sentiment to be added without overlapping so it worked out ok anyway.

On my original card I did this in black ink and clear embossing powder over, but on this one I used the Glisten powder over the sentiment once stamped in black.

It almost took on a violet hue after I set the embossing powder with my heat tool! So cool!

While I had all the inks and glitter powders out, I thought, why not make another one? This time I used the Beautiful stamp from the Beautiful Sentiment.

First I stamped it with a colour, then I cleaned it off with my Stamp Scrubber, then dabbed the Embossing Pad on it and sprinkled the coordinating glitter powder over it.

I again miscalculated the spacing and ended up stamping the Limoncello and Sorbet combo twice. Once at the top of the card and once at the bottom.

On this one I stamped up You Are, Inside & Out as well as a heart from the Beautiful Sentiments. This time I stuck to black ink and clear embossing powder.

With that, I’m all done for today! I hope you like these cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Now it’s time to hop on to the next person on the list and don’t forget to leave comments along the way to be in with a chance to win the prizes! Winners will be announced the week of May 11th!

I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, which means I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever, if you shop using these links. Any earnings I get from these links go back into keep up with the craft shenanigans I get myself into on a daily basis. If you enjoy my work and jibber-jabber, I’d be so grateful if you choose to support me this way. Thank you in advance!

That’s it from me, below you will find the entire hop list! Have fun and be inspired! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica!

Catherine Pooler Blog
Erica A-B (You are here!)
Chrissie Tobas
Heather Mitchell

Karen Baker
Ashlee McGregor
Susan Powell
Verity Biddlecombe
Ilina Crouse
Jenny Colacicco
Daniel West
Jo Herbert
Wow! Embossing Blog

Below are affiliate links to Ellen Hutson shop

Solar White – 25 pk, Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock

Solar White – 250 Sheet Ream, Neenah Classic Crest Cardstock

Limoncello, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Orange Peel, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Rockin Red, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Grape Crush, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Suede Shoes, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Aquatini, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Lime Rickey, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Lime Rickey by Catherine Pooler – WOW Embossing Powder, Regular

Something Borrowed by Catherine Pooler – WOW Embossing Powder, Regular

Rockin’ Red by Catherine Pooler – WOW Embossing Powder, Regular

Dual Speed Heat Tool, WOW

WOW Embossing Pad, Ultra Slow Drying – Clear

Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado

#SpreadJoyNotGerms Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is part of the MASSIVE #SpreadJoyNotGerms blog hop, hosted by Catherine Pooler and The Hedgehog Hollow. You should have come here from Ute Berger and the next stop is The Hedgehog Hollow blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the entire hop lineup on both Catherine Pooler‘s blog and The Hedgehog Hollow’s blog.

Because Catherine Pooler is one of the hosts of the hop I have used a whole array of her inks to create a couple of bright and vivid backgrounds, as a starting point. Then I sprinkled these with some magic aka heat embossing, as I’m also on the WOW! Embossing DT.

On one panel I inkblended directly onto Bristol Vellum card stock, on another I did the ink blending through a stencil, Swoop stencil, to leave some white space on the background too. As a yin and yang to each other.

The inks I have used are Limoncello, Lime Rickey, All That Jazz, Suede Shoes, Grape Crush, Rockin Red and Mandarin Spice. I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each ink so I could go back and add more colour or even out the blend. It’s a big investment having so many brushes but it really is worth building up your collection if you do a lot of ink blending.

After cleaning off the stencil I put it back on the rainbow background panel, and dabbed the Embossing Pad right over it. Then I sprinkled Opaque Bright White embossing powder on it, which I then set with the lowest setting of the heat tool. Even though I used the heat tool to dry the ink AND an anti-static tool, there are still some stray bits of embossing powder on the panel. Sometimes that can’t be helped, but if you really don’t like the look, leave your panel to dry overnight and then make sure your stencil is very clean and dry before using it.

To finish off the cards I used a diecut and stamp combo from Hero Arts. The die says ‘Thinking of you‘, and it has some sweet stamps to make a longer sentiment. For these cards I used the ‘puts a smile on my face’, which I stamped up with black ink on white cards stock with the help of my black Mini MISTI. These are cut out using a small banner die.

The word sentiment I cut it out of black card stock, eight times, and stacked four together to make two nice, sturdy ones. Both the Licorice card stock and the liquid glue are from Lawn Fawn.

On top of these I dabbed the Embossing pad very generously and then sprinkled Clear Gloss embossing powder on, set this with the heat gun and did the whole thing again, to make them super shiny and puffy.

This is a fun technique to use when you want lots of height and mega shine on your word diecuts. By doing the heat embossing twice, you also get the added height from the gloss. I absolutely love this and prefer this technique to adding Glossy Accents and having to wait for that to dry. These are ready to use as soon as they have cooled down, which only take a minute.

With all these bits and pieces ready, it was quick work to add the backgrounds to white card bases, and add the word die cut as well as the little banner. I love how they turned out and will be sending these out to friends I haven’t seen in ages.

What do you think? Ink blending or heat embossing through the stencil? Which one is your favourite?

There is also a video over on the WOW! Embossing YouTube as well as my own YouTube channel, if you wanted to have a little peek at the making of these cards.

You might have seen this card already, but it’s so fitting for the theme of this hop, I thought I’d add it in here too. I used a new-to-me stamp from Trinity Stamps, called Folded Hugs. It has a sweet message and gorgeous font.

After prepping some Bristol Vellum paper with an anti-static tool, with the black Mini MISTI and the Embossing pad, I got a good stamp done with this Folded Hug stamp from Trinity Stamps. I sprinkled Opaque Bright White Super Fine embossing powder over this and then set that with my WOW! Heat tool

To add bright, happy colours I have used re-inkers from Ink On 3 to do some quick water colouring. In a plastic tray, I dripped a few drops of each colour into the wells and then added Liquid Pixie Dust to them. This adds gorgeous colour AND shimmer in one fell swoop! The colours I used are Bee Sting Yellow, Marigold Orange, Marilyn Red, My Jam Purple, Peacock Blue and Goddess Green.

There is a video for this card too, over on my YouTube channel.

That’s it from me for today, I hope you have enjoyed these cards and the hop! By leaving a comment on my blog here, you will be in the running for a $20 gift voucher to Catherine Pooler!!

If you found some inspiration here and want to grab some of these goodies for yourself, I have used compensated affiliate links in this blog post for your convenience.

If you shop using these links I get a small commission from the company directly at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Thank you so much in advance if you choose to support me this way, I really appreciate the support and encouragement it gives me. Any money I make from this goes directly back into running my blog and YouTube channel to keep the content fresh, fun and free for you.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

PRIZES We have 31 Sponsors!!  The prizes will be randomly drawn from all the blogs and all the comments. Leave as many comments on as many blogs as you can, that will increase your chances of winning!  Some of the companies are also offering discounts and freebies. That info will be found on the company blogs, it’ll be like a scavenger hunt for crafty deal!

Deadline to enter is April 24 for prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27 on the Catherine Pooler and The Hedgehog Hollow’s blogs.

Product lists below 

Catherine Pooler shop http://shop.catherinepooler.com?aff=75

Inks https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/ink?aff=75

Other products used are from Hero Arts

Hero Arts shop


Black MISTI’s


Thinking Of You stamp and diecut 


Scrapbook dot com shop

Thinking Of You stamp and dies


All Black MISTI’s


Black Original MISTI 




Lawn Fawn


Glue tube 




Rainbow Pack 


Black Licorice 


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World Card Making Day!

Hi guys!

Today I am popping in with a card I made for Catherine Pooler’s Stamp Nation’s celebration of World Card Making Day 2019.

I was challenged to use the Swedish Midsommar (as in Midsummer) as inspiration to create a collage and use that for my card. Here is my collage:

And here is my card:

To create this I used a whole array of luscious inks from Catherine Pooler, as well as a stencil called Twisted Sunburst. I used my Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for the ink blending part, and I also created a negative mask to make sure I didn’t muddle up the colours.

The inks I have used are shown here:

However, before I got to this stage I stamped up all my inks on strips of paper to make swatches. This is great to have when you need to know what a colour will look like when it’s dry. Creating swatches is also relaxing and fun so win-win!

Something I use all the time now, when I do ink blending over stencils, is the brilliant invention of Pixie Spray. It’s so great and it makes such a difference! If you struggle with stencils flapping about when you try doing ink blending, this stuff is for you.

As I mentioned, I created a negative mask of sorts, to keep the areas of ink blending from getting muddled. To create this “mask” I used a thin sheet of printer paper and rubbed a pencil over it, with the stencil under, so it created the same pattern.

With the help of a small pair of scissors and a scalpel, I cut out a hole big enough for two of the rays. Then I erased the rest of the marks with an eraser.

I had to repeat this process four more times to make sure the ink that got on the paper, didn’t transfer to the area I was working on. And I used a different Life Changing Blender Brush for each colour family to avoid colour contamination.

When all the sections were covered with ink, I dabbed a VersaMark inkpad ALL over the panel. Not just a little, but a lot! After removing the stencil, I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder from WOW! Embossing Powder all over it and made sure it was very well covered. I used a cork mat to spare my fingers during the heat embossing part as it took a little while to melt it all.

Well worth the effort though, right?? I love how it turned out! To finish it off, I heat embossed a round sentiment from the Happiness Enclosed stamp set, in Opaque Bright White embossing powder, on black card stock. Using scissors I fussy cut this out and added it to the card with foam tape. With that, the card was done!

What do you think?

Well, that’s it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to check out Stamp Nation for giveaway and prizes! Affiliate links supplied at no extra cost to you, throughout post.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Inkon3 Pumpkin Patch Card!

Hi there!

It’s all going on today, Ardyth’s 3K YouTube hop, which you can check out HERE, as well as the September release from Inkon3!

I made a card using the new stamp Pumpkin Patch and the coordinating diecut (I love me a coordinating diecut!) and also tried the Gold Rush embossing powder for the first time! With the help of my Mini MISTI and the Juicy Ink, I stamped up the image and then sprinkled a very generous helping of the Gold Rush embossing powder.

The image is coloured with Arteza Real Brush Pens, which are water based so they blend well and you can use them to water colour too.

Once my colouring was done, I did some ink blending on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper. The stencil is from Catherine Pooler, it’s called Swoop and it’s really fun. I used four different green inks, also from Catherine Pooler, and blended these with my Life Changing Blender Brushes. The inks I have used Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey and Grass skirt.

With a few finishing touches, like a textured gold frame die and a sentiment banner, I put the card together and that was it!

If you want to watch the card making process, hop on over to my YouTube channel HERE.

That’s it from me for today, two posts in one day is probably enough, right?

All products used are linked with affiliate links throughout this posts. Affiliate links to not cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission from the company directly as a thank you for promoting their products. I only use products that inspire me though, I can not create with stuff that doesn’t spark that mojo.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Catherine Pooler’s Tropical Treasures Release Blog Hop

Hello, hello!

Today I’m very excited to be part of a blog hop to celebrate Catherine Poolers’s latest release Tropical Treasures! You should have come here from Nanette Tracy and the next stop on the hop is the fabulous Deepti Stephens!

I made a LOT of cards with my goodies, so I will try and keep it short and sweet but if you know me… that’s probably not something I will be able to stick to. Eh, whatcha gonna do? You might also have seen a card I made for the Instagram hop that started yesterday. Click HERE to go to my Instagram post to see the rules and how to enter that giveaway!

Now, let’s get to the cards I made for this hop! For my first card I used the ‘Lovely’ stamp from Isn’t She Lovely, and lots of Catherine Pooler inks. With the help of my MISTI, I stamped it from top to bottom, on an A2 panel cut out of Catherine Pooler card stock.

The colours I used are It’s a Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust and Sweet Sixteen. I also stamped an extra ‘Lovely‘ in Party Dress and cut it out with the coordinating Lovely Word diecut, as well as one in foam sheet. These I layered up and set aside.

To add some interest, I used the Morning Joe Border diecut on the edge and it just happened to fit perfectly around the swirly y on the end of Lovely! On the card base underneath I ink blended some It’s A Girl and Be Mine. To finish off the card I stamped ‘You’re Just’ on a slim strip of card stock and with the extra ‘Lovely’ bit all this got added, along with a few iridescent sequins.

The second and third card are done similar, on Kraft card stock but with different ink colours. I do love creating a patterned paper with stamps, it’s so fun and it makes a card impactful without adding lots of layers. Another thing I am a big fan of. Layers, that is.

On one of the cards I used It’s A Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Flirty Fuchsia, Pixie Dust, Sweet Sixteen, Bellini and Coral Cabana.

The other one I used Coral Cabana, Bellini, Limoncello, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, then I managed to stamp Sweet Sixteen and Mint To Be on top of each other to create that grey shade and then it’s Mint To Be on it’s own.

On two strips of black card stock I heat embossed ‘Hello’ from Isn’t She Lovely, and added to the panels.

These finished panels I added to card bases and that was that for them!

The next three cards have also used a lot of the same supplies: Card stock, Canvas Grunge Background Stamp, Toucan Do It stamp and coordinating dies, Leave Me In Paradise stamp and coordinating dies as well as Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Mint To Be and Melon Ice inks.

All the cards have got backgrounds done with the Canvas Grunge Background stamp and a mix of the inks. They all also have birds from the Toucan Do It stamp set, which are all coloured in with Copics.

I also stamped up lots of leaves from Leave Me In Paradise, and to make them look more real I heat embossed them in clear embossing powder, before cutting them out with the coordinating diecut.

Here is a closer look at the shiny leaves. For this card I also made a sign to hold the sentiment. It’s just a slim piece of card stock coloured with copics in browns and then added to the rectangle with the ‘Toucan do it!’ sentiment. That’s stamped with Lime Rickey to match the leaves.

The toucans were coloured in as close to natural colours as possible. I used to live in Central America and frequently saw toucans in the wild so it felt like I had to do it this way.

My parrot, on the other hand, got coloured in with a fantasy colour scheme!

This card has the sentiment ‘You’re so tweet’ stamped directly on the card base with Lime Rickey ink. To display the bird I cut out a circle, out of dark brown card stock, for him to sit on. Kind of like he’s got himself a nice little ‘bird couch’ hanging from a tree or something. With lots of leaves to give him shade and to camouflage himself in?

Ay, mama, what a load of nonsense, eh? Bird couch?? I think I have lost the plot a little. It might be time to hop along.

As part of being a guest designer for this release from Catherine Pooler, I was given some goodies for free in exchange for this blog post but I only use what I love and the products that inspire me to create.

I am also an affiliate of Catherine Pooler, which means that if you click on one of the links in this post and treat yourself to something from the shop (and why shouldn’t you??) I get a small commission directly from the company, at no extra cost to yourself. This income I use to run my blog and buy craft supplies to make projects for it. I hope you will consider supporting me in this way if you are going to shop anyway. Thank you in advance, I really do appreciate it and every little helps!

One last thing, and then I will definitely let you go. By commenting on this post you can win a $25 gift card to the Catherine Pooler shop! Winners will be announced on the Catherine Pooler blog on April 1st. That’s NOT an April’s fools!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have liked my projects and feel inspired! Your next stop is Deepti.

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Full list of the hop: