FINISH THIS CARD COLLAB! with Kristina Werner (Watercolor Rainbow card)

Kristina Werner and Catherine Pooler

Click here to download the PDF for this card along with other options for making it!!

I’ve been holding onto a little secret for just over a month…Kristina Werner and I decided to do a little Youtube collaboration…how cool is THAT!!???

We bounced a few different ideas around before settling on this…  View the video to see what we are up to, then read to the end of the post where I have a little bit more to tell you:

Pretty fun, right?

Leave me a comment here (or on Youtube) and let me know what you think of this!

Then, hop over to Kristina’s blog to see how she made this super fun, trendy and oh-so awesome background!

Kristina Werner and Catherine Pooler

I was inspired by Maureen for this card design.  She’s done a few cards recently with this two tag idea – check them out HERE and HERE.

Supplies (what I used!  You gotta visit KW to see what she used!):

  • Rustic Wreath Stamp Set (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
  • Ink:  Versamark, Bubble Gum (Hero Arts)
  • Accessories:  Angled Tag Topper Punch (SU), Baker’s Twine (SU), Orchid and Pink Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Celebrations Die (Penny Black)

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Kristina Werner and Catherine Pooler

Stay tuned because on Monday, I start the card and Kristina finishes it!  I can’t WAIT to see what she does with my background and I can’t wait to show you the really fun technique I used.

I have to tell you, after sitting and staring at this background for about two weeks, I finally saw her video last night.  It was the darned coolest thing to see her MAKE it as I looked at it sitting on my table in front of me on the finished card.  Really, really cool experience.  Thank you, Kristina, for including me!

Click here to visit Kristina’s blog and see how she made this background!


Enjoy this tutorial? Click here to download the PDF tutorial along with the “behind-the-scenes” on how it came together!



Happy Stamping

Tattered Angels & StampNation


When I attended CHA in January, I spent some time with Tattered Angels.  If you’re not familiar with them, after today, you will be!

They have a great line of spray inks and paints…glimmery and not….and they keep coming out with different products all the time.  Their brand spankin’ new line is called Tattered Tangles and consists of fun doodle designs.  You can view the entire line here.

Tattered Angels hooked the StampNation Design Team up with the Tattered Tangles line, some glimmer paint and sprays to try out and get all kinds of inky!  We’ve had tons of fun, you can grab a sneak peek at the end of this post…but first, I have more details for you.

Tattered Angels has a prize up for grabs!

One lucky entrant with the entire Tattered Tangles line PLUS an assortment of paints. Entering is easy: use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to like Tattered Angels and Catherine Pooler on Facebook and you’re entered to win. One lucky winner will be announced on 3/20!

I have a quick video here for you showing you how to use some of the spray inks to make this flower and what I used to do the splatters on this card that will be perfect for a tween or teen girl (perfect!  I have TWO of those!  lol).

Viewing through email?  Click the title of the post to view video online.


Tattered Tangles paper, Rhinestones

Punches:  Pansy, Boho Blossoms

Cardstock:  Black and White

Glimmer Glaze:  Paradise Pink, Desert Sun

Glimmer Mist:  Sun Sisters, Icicle Blue, Teel High Heel


 The inky fun doesn’t stop here…our challenge at StampNation this week is


We can’t wait to see the fun projects that members come up with.  Here is a peek at the Design Team samples for this week…

Tattered Angels and StampNation

And this week we have a prize up for grabs…

TWO members that participate in the challenge will win a free month to the site.

Not a member yet?  Hop on over and check us out…

StampNation is just over 3 years old.  The moment you join, you have full access to all the content that has ever been added to the site.  Let’s break it down:

  • over 400 exclusive videos – you won’t find these anywhere else
  • 25+ lessons on Clean and Simple Design
  • over 100 challenges that never close
  • more than 17,000 samples in the gallery
  • SN is INclusive – all companies accepted and celebrated!
  • and more….

StampNation grows and changes based on member feedback.  We are always striving to be the very best place on the internet for paper crafters.  In fact, 2 weeks from now, we have a pretty big announcement coming – stay tuned!

You will love being a member.


Happy Stamping

Dreamy Constellations with Hero Arts – Watercolored!

watercolor constellation

Take this post and 3 additional projects with you! Click here to download the PDF

I’ve been holding onto a secret for a while now and today is the day I get to share it with you!  Hero Arts asked me to be a guest artist on their blog and Youtube channel using some fun stamps from their Constellation line.

WHAT!!???   What an honor, right?

I got busy stamping and made some fun projects for them to share – but I didn’t stop there.  How could I with these fun products? I grabbed some watercolor paper, some inks and had some fun…view the video to see how I made this dreamy, watercolored Constellation background!

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Fun right?  Like I said in the video, using Watercolor Paper allowed for adding a lot of water to the paper without it warping.  The ink travels and mixes and does all sorts of fun things with all that water!  As it dries, you will see some watermarks emerge as well.

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Click here to download the PDF with 4 complete Dreamy Constellation project tutorials! 

The card design is simple, which is a perfect way to highlight a really cool technique piece. The Watercolor Paper is cut to 3-1/2 x 4-1/4 and the Rose Red layer behind it is 3-1/4 x 4-1/4.

This was layered onto an 11 x 4-1/4 piece of White Cardstock that was folded in half. I actually use this layout quite a bit.  I hope you will try it!

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  • Constellation Background and You’re a Star stamps (Hero Arts)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holz)
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Rose Red, Versamark
  • Accessories:  Stitched Stars Die (Lil’ Inker Designs), Baker’s Twine (Darice), Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Silver Glimmer Paper, Aquapainter

Dreamy Constellation PDF-001



Now, hop over to the Hero Arts blog to view

my projects and video over there!

Happy Stamping

Embossing Folder Stamping with Papertrey Ink

embossing folder stamping

Sketches are a great way to jump start your Mojo and are one of my very favorite ways to get my motor runnin’ when I head to the stamp room.

For this card, I checked out CAS(E) this sketch, where our very own Maureen just joined the Design Team.  Congrats, Mo!


Once I decided on the sketch, my next step was to pick out the stamp set and colors.

Do you like using sketches?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Be sure to check out the Definitely Sketches program if you like sketches -you’ll love it!  If you haven’t used sketches a lot, you may be wondering the best way to use them.  Click here to download the “How to use a sketch” pdf tutorial, it’s a great resource!

embossing folder stamping

Onto the project…view the video to see how this card came together (click the title of the post to view online if you are viewing in your email).

There are so many possibilities with this sketch.  You can keep it simple, or stamp, layer, embellish and layer some more.  It’s up to you!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  I may try this sketch again.

embossing folder stamping


  • Mum’s the Word and coordinating dies (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, White Craft Ink
  • Accessories:  Chevron Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, Smooch


Don’t forget to visit on Monday – I’ve been keeping tight lipped about something and I can’t wait to spill the beans! ;)

Happy Stamping

Basics and Beyond Card Making with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

Basics and Beyond Card making basics CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

I really love making “Basic” cards.  They are fun, they are quick, easy and mass producible.  In fact, I have a whole series on my blog that I’ve been running for a couple years based on Basic cards.  You may know about it…it’s called KISS Cards…Keep it simple stamper!

You can find all those posts by clicking here.

I also love making “Beyond” cards by taking those ideas and layering, embellishing and adding techniques.

It’s important to understand “Basic” ideas first…then it’s a natural progression to go “Beyond”.  This video tutorial will show you how I took the Love Notes Stamp Set by CAS-ual Fridays and made a Basic card first, then went Beyond.

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If you enjoyed this video tutorial and learned a thing or two, you will love the Online Class, Basics & Beyond.

The class begins with 6 “Basic” lessons on design with multiple samples for each one showing you how to change out colors, stamp sets and tweak parts of the design for a new look.  From there, we move on to showing you “Beyond”.  This is where we really get creative!

The response for this class has been amazing, we hope you will join us there!


StampNation Members – grab your 50% off coupon code here.

Basics and Beyond Card making basics CAS-ual Fridays Stamps


  • Love Notes Stamp Set by CAS-ual Fridays
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Versamark, Memento Black, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories:  Rhinestones, Small Butterfly Punch, Print Pattern Designer Paper, Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Celebrations Dies (Penny Black)

Virginia’s challenge is all about watercolor, so I entered my card in that challenge - find it here!

Basics and Beyond Card making basics CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

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