Freshly Picked Seasonal Wreath Card // Right at Home Stamps + Catherine Pooler Ink Blog Hop

Hello, hello, HELLO!

I'm super excited to be posting today as I am hosting a collaboration blog hop with the Catherine Pooler Creative Team! Today, myself along with a ton of CP designers are sharing projects featuring Right at Home stamps and Catherine Pooler Designs Premium Dye Inks which are now available in the Right at Home shop!

I can not wait to see what everyone created, but before I hop along myself let me show you what I created!

Let's get started...

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I started off by stamping the smallest butterfly from my Fluttering By stamp set in different shades of blue from Catherine's ink collection. I used Black Jack for the body, Mint to Be for the base of the wings, and Aquatini over top to add some life to the butterfly. I also added a detail layer to the body of the butterfly with a crisp black ink like Midnight. 

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Next came a ton of floral and leaf stamping with images from my Freshly Picked stamp set. For all the leaves, stems, etc. I used Green Tea (my favoritest green shade ever) and Eucalyptus for those images that had a second layer. The single floral image used Sauna, the berries used both It's a Girl and Polished, the largest flower used Polished and Sauna, and the teeny tiny purple flower used Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, and Flirty Fuchsia. 

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For the banner I decided to bring in some more shades of yellow so I grabbed Shea Butter for the base and tail ends (double stamped) and Sauna, again, for the shadow. Over top I stamped a greeting from my Thanks a Bunch set and curved it to match the curve of the banner. 

I wanted to create a base for all my stamped images so I pulled out the wreath die from my Seasonal Wreath Die Set and die-cut from some cardstock that I had inked with Green Tea ink. I did a direct ink pad to paper technique to really transfer the color. I also die-cut two additional wreaths from white cardstock to layer underneath so it would pop off the card. 

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I assembled all of my elements onto a piece of textured white cardstock that I die-cut with a stitched rectangle die from my Find the Beauty Die Set. I used both liquid glue and foam tape to adhere everything. Once I had finally achieved an arrangement I liked, I glued the panel onto a yellow cardbase and my card was finished!

Watch me build this sweet spring wreath card in my process video below...

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Now it's time to get hopping! Make sure to click over to each of Catherine Pooler's Creative Team member's blogs to see how they used both Right at Home stamps and CP inks to create their gorgeous projects!

For those that hop along and comment will be entered to win an item of their choice from the newest Right at Home release! Which includes a lot of the items used on my card today BTW!

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I truly hope you enjoy today's hop. We all worked so hard on bringing you a day of fun and inspiration using some amazing products. I feel so lucky to get to collaborate with such talented designers like the CP team and Catherine herself so today is definitely a pinch me moment. 

Let me know what you think of my card in the comments below!

Nicole

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P.S. If you want to see a ton of other cards I've created using CP inks, I created an entire category for them that you can view here.  

Freshly Picked Stamped Bouquet Card

Hey, hey. 

I hope you had a great weekend. We had a quick glimpse of spring that quickly faded into blistering winds and little snow flurries. Luckily today's a holiday here in MA so I get to stay inside nice and bundled. While cozied underneath a blanket I'll be dreaming of spring. Perhaps I'll set up all the spring cards I've been making lately and pretend I'm in a flower market. I can dream. 

Anyways, today I created a super simple card using my new Freshly Picked stamp and die set. You may have seen this card featured as a sneak peek during release week. I'm so excited to show you how I made it!

Let's get started...

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To start my arrangement I stamped the paper wrap image and little triangle onto the coordinating die-cuts using Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink. I love this color for a light kraft paper look. From there I moved on to stamping all the floral images in different Catherine Pooler inks. I had way too much fun stamping all these sweet images. 

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Once all my florals we stamped I worked on building my banner. This image has three different layers that can be used to create a dimensional looking banner. I started with the solid base in my lightest color or ink, stamped the two tail ends over top in the same ink (it will appear darker since there is already a stamped layer beneath), and finished with the two shadow pieces in my darkest ink. The result is so spectacular and becomes even more so when you add a sentiment on top. I stamped "freshly picked" from my Thanks a Bunch stamp set. 

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Next I got to work on assembling my freshly picked bundle! I used both foam tape and tape runner adhesive to glue all the elements onto a kraft A2 size cardbase. I encourage you to have fun making your arrangements, but if you do need a little help you can download my stamping guide here. Once you have all the florals arranged, you can add in the little triangle piece at the top of your bouquet to make it look as though your entire bundle is wrapped in paper. I also stamped a few dots in a white pigment ink around my bundle to add some more detail. 

Watch me put together my bouquet in my process video below...

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In the video I showed you two options of how to finish off your bouquet: add the twine bundle or stamped banner. Make sure to let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!

As usual, I can't decide. 

Nicole

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Right at Home with Joan Bardee #1 | A Monthly Crafty Chit Chat Column

A huge thank you to the tremendously talented Nicole for providing me with the opportunity to write a monthly column for Right at Home. I love her products and am thrilled to be here! I hope you’ll enjoy reading this column.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a retired lawyer who has been stamping for well over a decade. I blog at Dear Paperlicious. My blog is mainly cards, but lately I’ve been writing about life. This column is a little bit of both.

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I was upset, very upset. So, instead of going to lunch in the cafeteria with my friends, I walked down the perfectly polished hall of my Catholic girls’ high school towards the principal’s office. I wanted to know what went wrong and I figured the principal would have the answer.

I can still see her tall, somewhat thick, body sitting behind her wooden desk. Her nun’s habit covered all but her face. She seemed old and very wise. Now I realize she was probably 30. The nuns were a mystery. We didn’t know their real names or the color of their hair or where they grew up. Like the Wizard of Oz, they came from nowhere, but we listened to their every word, expecting to receive the answers to all of life’s mysteries.

My SAT scores had come the day before. The envelope sat on the kitchen counter, mixed in with the electric and other bills. My mother hadn’t mentioned that they had come. Parents (at least mine) were completely uninvolved in our education back then. But I was keeping an eye out for the envelope. I took it up to my room. I wanted to savor this moment by myself.

I had always been a very good student. I worked hard for those A’s, often late into the night. English was pretty easy, and I could memorize geography and foreign languages. But, math and science were tough, so I spent hours every night trying to master them.

My father had graduated from high school, but my mom had dropped out of school after 8th grade in order to help support her family during the depression. I was the child expected to go to college. I couldn’t wait. I poured over those college catalogs the way other kids looked at Seventeen Magazine, imagining living in a dorm room and staying up late in the night talking with my roommate. My SAT scores, plus my good grades, were going to be my ticket to a college scholarship.

The principal’s door was open. She looked up, surprised to see me. “Sister, do you have time to talk to me?” Yes, she did. I handed her my SAT scores and asked her why they were so much lower than my friends’ scores. Without skipping a beat she said: “Joan, you’re not smart. You do well in school because you work so hard. We can see it in your eyes in class. If you didn’t work so hard, you’d just be average.”

Average? My face blazed with embarrassment. I sat there for a moment and, after mumbling some thanks, walked out of her office and back to my next class. I could feel the Scarlet A for Average burned on my forehead (the things we do to ourselves).

That conversation, which took place almost 49 years ago, was the beginning of years of self-doubt. No matter how hard I worked in college or law school, or later as a lawyer, I knew that I was just faking it. I kept waiting for someone to show up and declare me a fraud.

But, that didn’t happen. As the years went on, I often won my cases, in part because I was so well prepared. Judges complimented me on that preparation. My clients (well, most of them) liked me. I still wasn’t the smartest person in the room, but sometimes I beat the smartest person in the room simply because I worked harder.  I learned that, given a choice between hiring someone with a perfect SAT score or a hard worker, the latter made a better employee.

Stamping doesn’t have a lot in common with lawyering. In fact, it uses very different skills. But, I’ve been on a somewhat similar journey in stamping. I wasn’t born with the artist/design gene. In fact, my dear blog readers will sometimes comment “Love the card, but I really love your writing.” In the beginning, those comments reminded me of that awful moment in the principal’s office. They felt like an insult.

Not anymore.  I am finally able to agree with those comments and I appreciate and value every single one.

Now, I enjoy trying to make cards that work for me. Rather than worrying that I don’t make stunning cards, I just keep plugging away like I did in high school. I study cards that I love, trying to unravel the mystery of a good design in the same way I tried to understand chemistry. I ask myself -- what is there about that card that appeals to me? Then I try and incorporate that design element, or elements, into my cards.

For example, one stamper almost always places the elements of her cards in the upper left or the bottom right corner of the card. I love how that tight focal point is balanced by a lot of white space. It works for her, so I try it. I didn’t come up with the idea on my own, but I use that technique sometimes.

Another woman stamps her images so that they wrap beautifully, almost delicately, around the sentiments on her cards. It’s not easy to copy that idea (I’ve tried!), but I can at least admire it and improve my layouts.

And then there’s the cardmaker who frequently uses a color scheme of bright colors + black on a white card.  I’ve learned from enjoying her cards that that combination of colors almost always works (see my card below!).

I used to feel that copying design elements was “cheating,” and that I should only create “original” cards. I wasted a lot of money and time and frustration trying to ace the SATs of cardmarking. I don’t have the design or artistic talent to create unique show-stoppers, but with hard work, I enjoy making cards that (I hope) people enjoy receiving.

And, speaking of cards, here’s one that I made with one of my favorite Right at Home sets, Grateful Heart. 

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I repeatedly stamped just one small leaf from the set, and colored them with alcohol markers in an unusual aqua/blue combination. Then I added a sentiment from Happy Mail. I’d say it was quick but it took a few tries on scrap paper to get the leaves where I wanted them.

I don’t give my cards grades. That would take me back to that awful time when I thought my worth was valued by getting as many “As” as possible, or devalued by an average SAT score. And I hope you aren’t silently grading yourself either.  Cut the cardstock, stamp the image, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this card and column!  See you next month! 

Joan

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