Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

Mel's Card Corner | Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spring Fling Release blog hop! The design team is celebrating the latest release of new inks, stamps, and dies from Catherine Pooler by showcasing projects we’ve created using products from the new release. This release consists of the following new products:

  • 8 inks (Bellini, Garden Party, It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl, Melon Ice, Mint to Be, Pixie Dust, and Sweet Sixteen)
  • Dotted Circles Dies
  • Circle Dies (sized to coordinate with Catherine’s circle stamp sets)
  • Spot On Sentiments Dies (available individually or as a bundle)
  • Simply Stated Stamp Set
  • Beautiful You Stamp Set
  • Modern Damask Stamp Set

You should have arrived here from the blog of the incredibly talented Chrissie at Harvest Moon Papiere. If you didn’t, no worries. I’ll include a full list of the hop participants at the end of my post. Additionally, if you get lost at any point along the hop, you can head over to Catherine’s blog at any point to start again or find your place.

Mel's Card Corner | Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

For my first card today, I wanted to showcase the gorgeous new Modern Damask background stamp. Isn’t it gorgeous?!!! I stamped it on a piece of white cardstock using the new Mint to Be ink. I then used the Happy word die from the new Spot on Sentiments die bundle to create a negative space in my background. I took a scrap piece of white cardstock and sponged it with the Mint to Be ink to create a coordinating panel to go behind the negative space. For a bit of pop, I heat embossed the birthday sentiment from the Simply Stated stamp set on a piece of black card stock using white embossing powder then fussy cut it out. To tie it all together, I stamped the diagonal stripe border from the previously released Yay Stripes stamp set using Midnight ink to create a fun accent along the left edge of my panel.

Mel's Card Corner | Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

Naturally, I couldn’t let that beautiful Happy die cut leftover from the first card go to waste, right?! I die cut it a second time using some pale gray cardstock from my stash, then adhered them together to create a drop shadow effect. I also die cut a large circle using one of the new Circle Dies then sponged it the Mint to Be ink. I adhered the Happy sentiment to the circle then stamped the Everything sentiment from the Spot On stamp set included in the Foundations Box under it using Midnight ink. To give my card base a bit of interest, I used some of the small images in the new Beautiful You stamp set and the new ink colors to create my own “patterned paper” background.

In case you couldn’t tell, Mint to Be might be my favorite of the new ink colors. 😉 I literally squealed in delight when I received the new inks a couple of weeks ago in my design team package and saw it. Bellini is a very close second though. I LOVE these are pastel colors, yet still bright and vibrant.

Here’s a peek at the entire range of inks available from Catherine now. Aren’t they gorgeous?!!!

Mel's Card Corner | Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

These inks work beautifully for sponging, ink blending, and direct to paper techniques! Of course, this will also dry your ink pads out a bit faster since they’re foam ink pads. When you order your new inks, don’t forget to grab the reinkers as well so you can keep your ink pads nice and juicy even if you are using them for techniques and not just stamping.

Mel's Card Corner | Spring Fling Sneak Peek

In case you missed my sneak peek card yesterday, here it is again. It features all twenty of Catherine’s inks along with her black Midnight ink. The dotted line image and sentiment are from the new Simply Stated stamp set. As always, you can click the image for a larger view. From top to bottom, the colors are It’s a Girl, Party Dress, Rockin’ Red, Tutti Frutti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Bellini, Tiara, Melon Ice, Garden Party, (sentiment), Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt, Mint to Be, Aquatini, It’s a Boy, Fiesta Blue, Something Borrowed, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, and Flirty Fuchsia.

Want a cool look at the entire new release, check out the cool new Spring Fling catalog:

Your next stop on the hop will be over to the amazing Deepti at her blog, Catchy Design. Her projects for this release are awesome! As promised earlier, here a list of the complete blog hop list:

I pretty much pinch myself every time we do a Stamp of Approval or new release blog hop like this when I realize I get to design alongside such an incredible group of talented women. Definitely be sure to stop by everyone’s blog and leave a comment! Why should you leave a comment on every blog you ask? Well ….

Mel's Card Corner | Spring Fling Release Blog Hop

That’s right! Three lucky winners will each receive the new Spring Fling bundle of inks from Catherine! To be entered in the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on each blog in the hop by no later than 12pm (noon) Eastern Daytime Time on Monday, April 24. Winners will be announced that afternoon on Catherine’s blog. Don’t miss out on your chance to get these awesome new inks for FREE!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time …

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  1. SHaron Gullikson says:

    WOW, the Thinking of You card is amazing!!!!!! I love how simple, yet gorgeous it is. Favorite: Melon Ice.

  2. Teri Smith says:

    All of your cards are lovely. The third card is a great way to use each one of these new inks. Catherine has really struck a chord with me as I
    love the “It’s a Girl & Mint to Be”. Normally I am not drawn to pink, & am picky about greens but these two are gorgeous. I think your damask card is beautiful & that was a great idea using the cut out Happy on the 2nd card.

  3. Holly Paplow says:

    LOVE, LOVE your cards! Especially the Happy birthday! I am loving the new background stamp and the Mint to be ink (:

  4. Leanne in Cali says:

    Love what you’ve made and that damask background is spectacular! Thanks for sharing on this amazing blog hop!!

  5. Heather North says:

    The modern damask stamp and mint to be color have my heart, so I smiled when I saw them as the focal point of your first card. <3 Prepare to be CASED, Melissa. 🙂 Love both of your other custom backgrounds too.

  6. Barbara Brennan says:

    Arrrggghh….I didn’t grab the modern damask background stamp! NEED IT….LOOKS like Happy Birthday to me next week and another visit back to the shop!

    LOVE your card designs and use of the new inks is showing of their beauty.

  7. Jane M says:

    Gorgeous cards! Melon Ice is my favorite but I may have to reconsider! I love the way you used Mint to Be! Just plain lovely!

  8. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Gorgeous cards, rainbow card is awesome great way showing off all of the new colors inks. Mint is a pretty color. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Hi there Melissa! Wow! I love your cards! At first, I didn’t read the text…I was just admiring your first card…and thinking how beautiful it was! I love that new Modern Damask background stamp! It’s gorgeous! And then I realized that you actually diecut the ‘Happy’ out of the panel and used it for your 2nd card! They’re all beautiful! I love how you created the background for the 2nd card….all those pretty little stamps in the new CP Ink colors!! Very creative! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Elyse says:

    Love the new background stamp and the fabulous new color inks. Can’t wait until my order arrives. Beautiful cards Melissa!

  11. Krisy B says:

    Your cards are beautiful, I can’t wait to try creating something half as nice. I’m new to card making and I don’t know where to start

  12. Sherry says:

    Your cards were so pretty! Love that dotted stamping. I’m loving all the colors…the Bellini is my favorite. Thanks for sharing

  13. Linda says:

    Loving your cards! You are right, that Mint to Be is starting to be a favorite! Thanks for being in the blog hop!!

  14. Elizabeth G says:

    I have to say YES the new Modern Damask background stamp is GORGEOUS, and your cards are so inspiring now im finding it hard to choose a favourite colour, thanks for sharing.

  15. Bethany Stover says:

    I really like the card that you use the thinking of you stamp. The dotted colorful background is what makes it!

  16. Kathy Coker says:

    Love the thinking of you card. The colorful dots really showcase the ink colors well and I love the background you created with them!

  17. Sarah Greber says:

    I’m with you – love the new background and love the mint! I really like your first card here. And I like the simplicity of your 3rd, with the rainbow of dotted colors.

  18. Kathy Doyle says:

    Wow Melissa!! Great cards! Love all the new colors, so soft and spring like, but still bright and vibrant colors!

  19. Teresa Doyle says:

    Love these Melissa and NO, you could NOT waste that Happy! Never waste a perfectly good die cut word! LOL
    It made a beautiful card.
    I can see why the mint is your #1 fav. Bellini is mine! They are so gorgeous!

  20. MelissaF says:

    Beautiful cards, my favorite one is the first one because it’s stamped in Mint To Be, my favorite new ink color!

  21. Susan White says:

    Hi Mel, your cards are beautiful!! All the colors are so soft and pretty. I saw your new favorite is Mint To Be, mine is Pixie Dust.

  22. Angie Hall says:

    How clever of you to use the die cut 2 ways for 2 cards. I’m liking that “mint to be ” green. I also like the rainbow effect card. Thanks

  23. clare says:

    Simply beautiful cards Mel I love them all. The beautiful you stamp set is so amazing and versatile. I am loving seeing all the different ways you have all used it and it is so fun seeing it with all the beautiful new ink colours especially the mint to be. Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Beth Karschnick says:

    Hey Melissa, What a great way to get 2 cards from the background stamp…they are lovely! Cool idea for that last card! TFS

  25. Laurie says:

    Gorgeous cards!! I love the damask…so pretty. The second card is adorable with the flower background. I also love the thinking of you card with all the dots in different colors. So adorable!!

  26. Barbara S says:

    Great cards. I really like that punch of black on the damask. I never would have thought of doing that, but now…… after seeing yours I will definitely try it.

  27. Jen says:

    Love your cards!!
    My good friend is using Catherine’s inks and has nothing but praise. They are at the top of my shopping list. To win them would be fabulous.

  28. Jean Purpura says:

    Melissa, such pretty backgrounds you created…..glad to see my favorite color “Mint to Be” featured in the first card

  29. Katie Baird says:

    What a treat to see the 20 ink colors used together in one simple, beautiful card! All of these cards are wonderful. Thank you!

  30. canadiancaroline says:

    Melissa, I think you might have sold me on the Mint to Be vs Garden Party, which was my initial fave. Love how you got two-for-one with the Happy die. That damask stamp is so elegant! The whole Party Collection is happy colours!

  31. Carolyn S says:

    What pretty cards you have designed! Great way to showcase the wonderful new products. You have almost converted me from my fav Bellini to Mint to Be – but not quite

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