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 …

Signature Image


  1. Sharon O says:

    Gorgeous cards! The stenciled card is so vibrant and the second one is so soft and delicate-looking! Love that you used new plus older CP items, too.

  2. Melinda Lowry says:

    Your cards are so different from each other! One is bold and bright and the other is soft and simple. I love them both. Catherine’s inks make the best color combos!

  3. Terrie D. says:

    Wow! I love how you used several colors of ink with the Twisted Sunburst Stencil; it looks really cool with the star in the middle! I also love your second card. The soft colors are so pretty 🙂

  4. Mary Holshouser says:

    There is so much dimension from
    the coloring on the second card.
    The colors are bright and vivid.
    The second is more subdued
    but very elegant. thanks for
    shsaring. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Becca Yahrling says:

    Wow, the starburst is magnificent! And I love the fairly CAS look to the 2nd card (& that pretty green you used!).

  6. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Wow! both cards are amazing! This new release you sure can do so many different things, awesome. Going from blog to blog and seeing so many gorgeous cards just beautiful. Thank you for being apart and sharing your ideas using this release.

  7. Dana M says:

    Wow, gorgeous cards! The first is so stunning and vibrant, love the stenciled spiral. The second is so clean and fresh.

  8. Janice Woll says:

    The sunburst stencil is amazing. So clever to turn and use different colors to get such a fantastic effect. The second card is so serene.

  9. Sharon Nesvog says:

    Melissa…your cards are beautiful!!! My favorite is the bright-colored sun swirl…(I forget what the stencil is actually called!! lol) Very very pretty!!! Thank you for sharing!! ☺

  10. Laura Miller says:

    WOW – that sunburst. What a fabulous affect. And then you give us a very lovely monochromatic card. Wonderful inspiration.

  11. Joanne Guarino says:

    WOW! Melissa the first card with the twisted sunburst stencil in those colors is amazing!! It just jumps off the card at you! Thanks for sharing.

  12. F. Andre says:

    The stencil creates a beautiful effect and your second card is so elegant. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  13. Patt H. says:

    Love the simplicity of your second card & the lovely colors. The Twisted Sunburst card is so vibrant & beautiful! Love the Swirl effect!

  14. Nicole England says:

    The first card is amazing- I would not have the patience to rotate the card with such precision. Very talented

  15. Judy says:

    That starburst is absolutely gorgeous! I love what you did with both cards. I am very excited to get my box of goodness tomorrow. You can find me in the craft room Saturday, lol

  16. Izzy Scrap says:

    WoW! Two fabulous cards and so different! Love the bright and vivid colours on the first one and the delicate design on the second one. Absolutely gorgeous!

  17. DUMONTIER Marjorie says:

    These are two very different cards but equally great !! I love the energetic one with the bright colors and that incredible burst ! And the lovely, elegant second one is wonderful too.

  18. Katherine says:

    I am totally in love with this new Twisted Sunburst stencil… and the bright colors you used …thanks for the inspiration!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.