Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop – Day 1

Mel's Card Corner | Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop

Welcome to day one of our big three day blog hop celebrating the newest release from Catherine Pooler Designs called Sunny with a Side of Sparkle. You should have arrived here from Ashlea’s blog, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll have a full list of all the stops at the end of this point. If you get lost at any point on any of the three days, you can always head over to Catherine’s blog. She’ll be the starting point of the hop each day.

This release includes some fun new stamps and dies, a stencil, some patterned paper, products from the previously released Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval collection, and a bunch of new amazing sparkly embossing powders from WOW! (Side note: We have a fun collaborative blog hop with the WOW! team coming up on Monday, June 25, so be sure to join us for that!)

Mel's Card Corner | Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop

For my first card today, I used the new Twisted Sunburst Stencil. I love the amazing movement adding the twist to the sun rays creates! I applied some of Catherine’s inks through the stencil three times, rotating it slightly between each color. The first application was Limoncello ink, then Tiki Torch, and finally, Tutti Frutti.

Mel's Card Corner | Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop

To draw the eye into the center of the swirls, I stamped one of the stars from the Starlights stamp set using Tiki Torch ink then heat embossed it using Catherine’s exclusive Wanderlust embossing powder from WOW! I cut it out using the coordinating dies then popped it up on the card using foam squares. To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment using the mix-and-match words in the Starlights stamp set using Midnight ink.

Mel's Card Corner | Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop

Since my first card was so vibrant, I decided to calm things down a bit for my second card. Catherine’s Spa Collection of inks are perfect when you want a nice soft or more subtle look.

I started the using a direct-to-paper inking technique on a card front sized panel using Seafoam ink. When it was dry, I cut away the center of the panel using the largest die in the Postage Stamp Dies. Since I wanted the border instead of the center, I made certain to center the die evenly on the panel to try and keep equally sized borders on all four sides. I added a bit of liquid glue around the edges then adhere it to the card base.

For the focal panel, I used one of the foliage stamps from the Say It In Diamonds stamp set to create a border. I rotated the stamp at an angle then stamped it along the edge of a white cardstock panel using the same Seafoam ink I used for the postage stamp border. I used the largest stitched rectangle from the Postage Stamp Dies to cut out the panel.

For the sentiment, I used one from The World Awaits stamp set. I wanted it to stand out a bit from all the Seafoam I used and decided Spruce would be a wonderful darker compliment to the Seafoam. Since it’s such a dark rich green it basically reads as a neutral which makes it a wonderful alternative to just using black for the sentiment. Once the sentiment was stamped, I adhered the focal panel to the card using some foam tape to give it a bit of height above the postage stamp border.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards I made using products from this release. Head on over to Kelly’s blog for your next stop. Before you go though, I have just one more thing …

Mel's Card Corner | Sunny with a Side of Sparkle Blog Hop

What’s a blog hop without some prizes, right?! Be sure to visit our hop each day and leave a comment at all the stops along the way. Five random commenters will be selected to win two ink pads from Catherine along with free shipping! Winners will be announced Friday evening, June 22.

Until next time …

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