Zen Garden Blog Hop Day 2: Love Grows Stamp Set and Dies

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Welcome to the second day of blog hops celebrating the Zen Garden Release!  Today we are featuring the Love Grows Stamp Set and Dies.

Love Grows Collection

These three products were created to go together…the stamps, the dies and the Smile word die completes several of the sentiments in the stamp set.

Check out my projects (3 different ways to stamp the Love Grows flowers!), then check out the blog hop at the end of the post.  The Creative Team has a lot of fabulous inspiration on their blogs to share.

Love Grows 2 The first card uses the “stamping off” technique, or second generation stamping.  I stamped the outlines first (Rose Petals, Shea Butter and Seafoam) in “full strength” to get a dark outline.  Next, I inked up the filler stamp, stamped it off on scratch paper, then stamped it inside the outline.  This gives a great colored in look with very little effort!

The flowers and leaves were die cut with the Love Grows Dies and arranged on the card after stamping the greeting.

Love Grows

Next up…I wanted to “CASE” my first card.  Can you tell this is a CASE?  Nope, I can’t either…lol

(CASE means Copy and Share Everything, it’s a great way to be inspired for your next card making project.  Just pick a card you love (that you made or someone else made) and remake it…be sure to change up 3 things or take 3 things from the original card to make it your own.  This is how I learned to be a card maker!  I CASED everything …and I still do!)

For these leaves and flowers, I used two different colors of ink for each image which perfection shows off how fabulous the colors in the Spa Line of inks work together!

  • Peppermint Scrub and Rose Petals
  • Sauna and Shea Butter
  • Green Tea and Eucalyptus
  • Daydream and Stone Blue


I also use the Eat, Sleep, Create Stamp Set for the sentiment and the dots under it, the Create Die, and the Split Chevron Stencil with Stone Blue for the background.

My original intention for this card was to add some sponging and stenciling behind the flowers, but then an entire bouquet ended up growing on this card!

This is a TOTALLY different color combination for me and that’s party of why I’m so excited about this ink release.  Finally, I have a color palette of muted ink colors that GO TOGETHER!  SWOOON!

Love Grows 3

Lastly, I stamped the flowers, leaves and stems in Black Jack ink and stamped the filler stamps in Seafoam and Polished.  Using Black Jack gives a completely different look!


COMMENT TO WIN:  out of the three ways to stamp these flowers, which is your favorite?

  • Second Generation
  • Two different colors
  • Black Jack with colors for fillers


I can’t wait to see what you think!




If you missed yesterday’s blog hop, click here to view it.

I made a card with several techniques including Heat Embossing, Sponging and Water Techniques.  I loved how it turned out, so I hopped on YouTube Live and recreated it in different colors.  Here’s the replay!

Have fun on the hop, my friends!

  • Sammibug February 15, 2018, 1:46 am

    I forgot to add that the two different colors is my favorite way to stamp those flowers!

  • Kari VanNoy February 15, 2018, 1:54 am

    I’m really loving the second generation stamping card…I’ve never tried this and now I really want to!! Need these inks! :)

  • Joanne Guarino February 15, 2018, 2:11 am

    Great cards! Love the new ink colors together. Can’t wait to get them!

  • Joanne Guarino February 15, 2018, 2:14 am

    Forgot to say I like the 2nd generation stamping!

  • Janie S February 15, 2018, 3:15 am

    Black jack with colors for fillers… love that technique. Ever since I bought two ink refills A couple months ago I phone love your inks! I have fiesta lime Ricky and I love that I need more …

  • Diane Durbin February 15, 2018, 3:45 am

    Well, I can’t pick a favorite. I like them all.

  • Sabrina Radican February 15, 2018, 5:13 am

    Very beautiful cards and I love both feathers!!

  • Sabrina Radican February 15, 2018, 5:14 am

    I forgot to add my colors. I like two different colors!!

  • Bonnie February 15, 2018, 5:25 am

    I have really enjoyed your tutorials and want to try the 2nd generation stamping now. I’m interested in your acrylic blocks set.

  • Arianna Barbara February 15, 2018, 6:37 am

    Wow! Pretty cards!!! My fav ways to stamp these flowers is Black Jack with colors for fillers.

  • Joanne M Hoffmann February 15, 2018, 6:41 am

    I LOVE the two colors! Amazing!

  • Beth Bray February 15, 2018, 7:08 am

    I can’t decide between the second generation and the 2 colors techniques. I guess it would just depend on my mood for the day. Lovin’ the new colors.

  • mary beth Chojnacki February 15, 2018, 7:23 am

    They are all beautiful ,but i am partial to the 2 different colors.

  • Alli Shrewsbury February 15, 2018, 8:29 am

    My favorite is the two color stamping! But all of the cards are gorgeous!

  • Nana Griffin February 15, 2018, 8:42 am

    Well it is between black jack with colors and two different colors. I will go with two different colors. Great card on the video.

  • Denise Terry February 15, 2018, 8:53 am

    Black Jack, definitely. Love the combination of color and bold outlines!

  • Rosemary February 15, 2018, 9:29 am

    I love the stamping off technique. It really makes the flowers pop!!!!

  • Pat February 15, 2018, 10:20 am

    Yikes I like them all.Maybe the black jack jack with colors for fillers. Depends on my mood that day.

  • Linda Steinbaugh February 15, 2018, 1:31 pm

    Hi Catherine,
    I like the softness of the second generation stamping, but all three cards are beautiful.

  • Laura Miller February 15, 2018, 2:53 pm

    oooooo – – so hard to pick put I really did a double take on “Black Jack with colors for fillers” – – probably because it’s so different from others. I LOVE the colors and end result.

  • Jeanne Beam February 15, 2018, 4:31 pm

    Beautiful cards. Love the new ink colors. Thanks for sharing…

  • Linda Miller February 15, 2018, 4:40 pm

    Love #2. These colors are marvelous!!!

  • Donna Ligon February 15, 2018, 4:41 pm

    I love it with two different colors. Beautiful cards!

  • Terri Mansfield February 15, 2018, 6:16 pm

    I think my favorite way to use these is to stamp with 2 different colors but I love that they are so versatile that you can use them different ways. It’s always fun seeing a bunch of people use the same stamp set to see what they come up with. TFS

  • Linda Davidson February 15, 2018, 6:32 pm

    First I want to say that your site is by far the easiest to find the comment section! Thank you! Now for important stuff. I love the second generation stamping and will be moving to my craft room in a moment to try it! Love, love, love your inks!

  • Kelly G February 15, 2018, 8:14 pm

    The Black Jack ink is so distinctive, even though it’s pretty CAS

  • Jina Winston February 15, 2018, 8:29 pm

    I like the 2nd generation stamping, but all are beautiful cards.

  • Jan Arnold February 15, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Cute cards and the colors are very beautiful. Love that Eat, Sleep, Create Set. AS always, I love your inks. The colors are beautiful and the properties are amazing. Your stamp sets are always so cute! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Christy Borfitz February 15, 2018, 10:22 pm

    Such eye candy, Catherine! My favorite way to stamp the flowers in this collection is to stamp them in Black Jack and use the colors as fillers! All of the cards are absolutely beautiful!

  • Jennifer Meister February 16, 2018, 12:47 am

    I think my favorite is the stamping off but I have used black jack and filled in with color on a lot of my cards thank you so much for all that you do!

  • Dana M February 16, 2018, 1:39 am

    Amazing release, I just adore the new ink colors. Fantastic inspiration projects. I like all three techniques, great to personalize each project. I think the black with filler colors is my favorite as it is unique.

  • Marjorie DUMONTIER February 16, 2018, 7:46 am

    The three cards are beautiful and the three techniques are interesting but my favorite is the second generation stamping.

  • Donna Williamson February 16, 2018, 9:48 am

    My favorite I think is the two different colors – I love the intensity of the colors I think!

  • Kym Maxwell February 16, 2018, 8:53 pm

    I simply cannot chose a favorite!! I love all of them and for different reasons. I also want to ask about the whole CASE thing. Im in a HUGE creative rut, but have never understood how to successfully CASE a card. So lets just say I wanted to CASE your 1st card, how would I pull 3 things from that card? Like can you give me examples? Thanks so much!!! Cant wait to receive my order tomorrow!! Big Hugs!!

  • Sue D February 16, 2018, 9:06 pm

    Great sentiments and colors on your cards.

  • Jodie Ramdas February 16, 2018, 11:31 pm

    Pretty! I think my favourite is the one with the second generation stamping!

  • Kris Reeves February 17, 2018, 2:09 am

    Two different colors AND second generation!

  • Marianne February 17, 2018, 8:07 am

    Love how your inks take the guess work out of combining ink colours, Catherine. Like you said, it opens up a lot of opportunities for trying different colour combinations. Love your results.

  • Helen Gullett February 17, 2018, 8:51 am

    My favorite way of stamping flower stamps is with Black Jack ink and colors for fillers.
    Your cards are beautiful and inspiring, Catherine. Thank you for sharing them!

  • Rubeena Ianigro February 17, 2018, 9:40 am

    these cards make me smile!

  • Melody Moore February 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

    Beautiful cards. And lovely stamps and ink colors. Gotta have them all…..eventually.

  • Danielle Gibson February 18, 2018, 12:17 am

    I really liked the two color card, but that might have to do with the color combo and I loved the chevron background you incorporated. The whole thing is so pretty. Thanks for sharing so much with us!

  • Brandy Duncan February 18, 2018, 10:28 am

    My favorite, which is very hard to choose, is the black with the colors filled in. I love how great the second generation stamping looks. It definitely helps get more colors out of our ink pads. Your cards are spectacular as always. Thanks for sharing such fabulous inspiration. Love this release.

  • Theresa February 18, 2018, 9:11 pm

    Such pretty cards.

  • Kim Klinkovsky February 19, 2018, 1:57 am

    I love them all and CASE cards and my own all the time too! I think thats how we perfect our craft and keep on learning. I love all your samples, but my favorite is the two different colors. Just lovely.

  • Barbara Brennan February 19, 2018, 11:57 am

    Hmmmmm….time to go shopping again. This set is growing on me. Especially loving the floral in full and 2nd generation stamping.

  • Caren Adkinson February 20, 2018, 6:03 am

    The two different colors is my favorite.

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