Zen Garden Release Blog Hop Day 1

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ZG_BlogHop_Blog It’s our first day of blog hops for the Zen Garden Release, my friends!  We have a line up of four days of hops to introduce you to the fabulous new products we have hitting the shop today.  All week we’ll be showcasing our new Zen Garden Ink Pads along with the stamps, dies, stencil and brand new cover plate.

Today the Creative Team is (mostly) featuring the Zen Feather Stamp Set and Dies, Chevron Cheer Stamp Set and Ovals and Flowers Dies.

Chevron Cheer Thanks Die, You Die, Chevron Cheer Stamp Set – I used the Pattern of the Rings stencil to perfectly line these flowers up!  LOVE that stencil for this purpose!!!

I began with Rose Petal, then moved around the rainbow in ROY G BIV order going light to dark.  This is every single color in the Spa Line of inks.

You can see how beautiful this muted, sophisticated color palette is and how wonderfully the colors all work together.

Zen Feather Sponged and Wet Zen Feather Stamp Set –  I stamped the feather in Versamark ink on watercolor cardstock, then sponged Daydream to the left of it with my Ink Blending Tool.  Next, I sprayed it with water to smooth it out and get some watermarks and let it dry.

To the right of the feather, I sponged Seafoam, then sprayed it with water and let it dry.

I stamped the sentiment, layered it on black, then attached it to a card base.  This card is slightly smaller than my normal A2 size and measures 4 – 1/4 x 4-3/4.

To see the entire collection, download the PDF, or click here for the new section in our shop.


What’s a hop without prizes?  For each day of our four days of blog hops, we’ll be randomly picking two people to win their Zen Garden Ink Pads.  (If you already have them, a $45 GC will be issued).


How do you enter?

***Leave a comment and let me know which of these techniques you’d like to see in a video and if you prefer Facebook Live or YouTube Live!


Here is the line up of our super talented, amazing Creative Team!  Can’t wait for you to see what they have in store for you!


Have fun hoppin’, my friends!

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  • Sue D February 13, 2018, 7:39 pm

    Great cards and colors. I would like to see stencil techniques and prefer YouTube.

  • Paula Desmarais February 13, 2018, 7:52 pm

    I LOVE your cards and these new color ink pads are just gorgeous!!

  • Lynn Hardy February 13, 2018, 8:19 pm

    The new inks look wonderful and I love the Zen feather!

  • Patti Bailey February 13, 2018, 8:20 pm

    Beautiful cards. I would love to see more background techniques. And I’m more a fan of YouTube Live than FB Live.

  • Mary-Anne V February 13, 2018, 8:20 pm

    I’d like to see die cutting techniques…unique ways to use dies. This release is beautiful.

  • Alison Hilburn February 13, 2018, 8:30 pm

    I love all the products in the new release and I can’t wait till it gets here. I think I would like to see more blending techniques. It seems like I’m just not getting the colors to blend very well in the middle. It might be that I just need to keep practicing! Also I prefer watching your videos on Youtube.

  • Kate February 13, 2018, 8:55 pm

    So pretty!

  • Peggy Marks February 13, 2018, 9:07 pm

    I’d love to see more on background techniques and watercolor. I prefer YouTube Live. Thank you for sharing!

  • Brenda Jaques February 13, 2018, 9:29 pm

    I would love to see more background techniques/stenciling. Also I am fan of You Tube over Facebook. Love the new ink colors and the beautiful feather stamp and die! Gorgeous!

  • Susan Powell February 13, 2018, 9:41 pm

    These are great Catherine! I especially love the second one with your ink blending.

  • Barbara Brennan February 13, 2018, 9:47 pm

    Oooooo YUUUUuuummmmy…Sea Foam and Daydream together…gorgeousness!

  • Becky Rohwer February 13, 2018, 10:00 pm

    The Zen Feather was the first to catch my eye. But as I see more and more cards I know I am going to love everything. Including the beautiful inks!

  • Darlene E. Schoenrock February 13, 2018, 10:10 pm

    I would love to see a video on the feather stamp with the Watercolor background on YouTube live.

  • Kathi February 13, 2018, 10:13 pm

    I love the ZEN colors in the feather card! The little flowers in the pattern of rings is so cute. Would like to see that live. Thank you for all this goodness!!

  • Allison Mathews-Wilson February 13, 2018, 10:18 pm

    Stunning! Absolutely in love with the new ink colors! I’m interested in more stenciling and definitely prefer YouTube live videos. Thanks for sharing your creativeness with us!

  • Laurie Fleuette February 13, 2018, 10:39 pm

    I would like to see the Pattern of the Rings stencil technique. I would use Facebook Live.
    These are great ink colors!

  • Kathy Burnette February 13, 2018, 10:44 pm

    Love all your videos and would welcome any that you chose to post. Also the new inks look great and of course would love to win them.

  • Tammy Nyenhuis February 13, 2018, 10:52 pm

    I would love to see how you use the stencil to do the repeat stamping. I’m a YouTube girl.

  • Carolyn S February 13, 2018, 11:39 pm

    I’d prefer YouTube Live and the technique I really like to watch is ink smooshing. I just can’t seem to get the hang of it.

  • SHARON PIMENTO February 13, 2018, 11:42 pm

    Love the beautiful colors nothing like them out there @ the moment.

  • Kirsty Vittetoe February 13, 2018, 11:44 pm

    OH how gorgeous and fun!

  • Michelle Cortichiato February 13, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Wow! Love those new ink colors! I would love to see the technique using the pattern of the Rings stencil. Also I prefer YouTube live over Facebook live. Thank you!

  • Mary Nelson February 13, 2018, 11:51 pm

    Hello! I’m so in love with your new release. The inks colors are incredible and there are so many wonderful stamp & dies. I think using a stencil for placement is genius! Fb lives work the best for me.

  • Kathy Doyle February 13, 2018, 11:56 pm

    Loving these muted colors and can’t wait to get my inky fingers on them! Looking forward to all the inspiration along the blog hops!

  • Theresa February 14, 2018, 12:00 am

    I love both techniques. Such beautiful cards. I actually prefer FB live, only because i can’t comment on from my phone on YouTube. In order to comment i have to use my laptop. Plus i love the FB hearts.

  • Dawn T February 14, 2018, 12:07 am

    Stunning release Catherine. Your sample cards are AMAZING. I love seeing the embossed resist and masking techniques. You tube live is awesome.

  • Denise Bryant February 14, 2018, 12:57 am

    Love the new colors! I have heard such awesome comments about the inks, I’m anxious to try them!
    I prefer YouTube, and I’d love to see watercolor techniques!

  • Carol K February 14, 2018, 1:17 am

    would like to see a video of those beautiful colors all lined up in a YouTube video …. thanks!

  • Diane Durbin February 14, 2018, 1:26 am

    I want it all! Love the cards you are showing here.

  • Brandi R February 14, 2018, 1:56 am

    Love love love the feather stamp set! Also love all the new yummy colors ;)

    As for technique, I’ll say backgrounds. I think that would cover just about any technique (blending, stenciling, etc)….lol. I’m not picky. I like seeing any technique video ♥

  • Semra Thompson February 14, 2018, 2:52 am

    I am in love with all of the new inks and still saving up. I have 2 from my stamp nation kits, but the zen line is my favorite. I am living for the zen feather and would like to see some projects mapped out with that.

  • Amy Lemmon February 14, 2018, 3:02 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us today. Though I believe I know how you used the stencil technique to line up the stamps, I would like to see that in action. As for preference of YouTube or Facebook, my first preference is Youtube.
    I hope that you continue to have a successful product launch.

  • Sandi Leask-Grylls February 14, 2018, 5:31 am

    What a great idea to use a stencil for placement! Love you new colours… I’ve only just heard of your inks and am so eager to try them out especially with the foam pads… my linen/felt pads have been driving my mad trying to get solid stamps inked up properly. Thank you

  • Esther Hernandez dez February 14, 2018, 6:22 am


  • Heather Parry February 14, 2018, 6:27 am

    I like all the projects, and I especially liked the zen feather on watercolour and the soft look you achieved. It would be nice to see that on you tube.

  • Ne-Col Simon February 14, 2018, 7:25 am

    You cards are amazing. I love the inks coverage no going back twice because of missed spots. You make crafting easier and fun.

  • Arianna Barbara February 14, 2018, 9:58 am

    Wow! Gorgeous cards!!! I would love to see more background techniques and I would prefer a YouTube Live.

  • Lisa Petrella February 14, 2018, 11:47 am

    Beautiful cards! And what a clever way to use a stencil!! I’d love to see that technique in a video. I prefer YouTube. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Riecy February 14, 2018, 12:11 pm

    Love this release and looking forward to all the inspiration on the blog hops! I’d like to see more blending techniques…

  • Jen C February 14, 2018, 12:14 pm

    Wow! Just when I think I’ve got all the best ink pads, you bring out more!! Love these colors and can’t wait to use them!! I’m really, REALLY, excited about the butterfly stamp set! Love them!!! Doodle Garden couldn’t get any better for a background!!! You all have outdone yourselves!!!

  • Nana Griffin February 14, 2018, 12:58 pm

    I love seeing stencils used on cards. Your cards are all wonderful. I for sure like YOU TUBE LIVE.

  • Susan Baker February 14, 2018, 1:09 pm

    I love this new Zen design your using the cards are gorgeous. I would love to see more techniques with heat embossing, haven’t tried it yet but have the products I need. I prefer it on You tube.

  • Nancy Y February 14, 2018, 1:44 pm

    oh these new colors are gorgeous! I would like to see background technique videos. I like either FB or YouTube lives… I rarely can catch the live so like watching the replay!

  • Cathy Lillie February 14, 2018, 2:05 pm

    Both of the cards are beautiful and the inks are gorgeous! I would love to see more backgrounds using the stamps and stencil techniques. What a great way to line those little flowers up! I prefer YouTube videos.

  • JoAnn K Delery February 14, 2018, 2:19 pm

    There is not one thing i don’t love about this whole release. the zen garden releases and stamps, dies, stencils are totally awesome. love your card too, emboss resist is one of my very favorite techniques.

  • Karen Roberts February 14, 2018, 2:23 pm

    Love the new feather! Placed by order!

  • Mindy Eggen February 14, 2018, 3:00 pm

    Brand new to your company and loving these gorgeous products and colors!! I’m a sucker for a beautiful background so anything with backgrounds is good for me ! :-)

  • Crystal Williams February 14, 2018, 3:10 pm

    I would like to see the Zen Feather! I want the new inks!

  • Susan Wareham February 14, 2018, 3:53 pm

    Great new collection of inks and stamps etc. Either technique would be great to see I do however prefer You Tube. Don’t really have free time during the day so I watch in the evening.

  • Helen Gullett February 14, 2018, 4:18 pm

    Gorgeous cards and colors are perfect for Spring!
    I would love to see more embossing and stencil technique. Also I prefer YouTube video. Thank you, Catherine!

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