All the Trimmings Blog Hop

Mel's Card Corner | All the Trimmings Blog Hop

Welcome to our big blog hop for the new All the Trimmings release from Catherine Pooler Designs. The hop is full of loads of inspiration for some of the Creative Team members as well as some Guest Designers. You should have arrived here from Lisa’s blog, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll have a list of all the stops in the hop at the bottom of this post.

Mel's Card Corner | All the Trimmings Blog Hop

For my first card, I used the adorable elf from the Santa Approved stamp set. I colored him with Copic markers then die cut him out using the coordinating dies. I adhered him to a white cardstock panel using dimensional adhesive then added a bit of ground beneath him, again using Copic markers. For the sentiment, I stamped the Happy Holidays from the same stamp set using Samba ink.

For the colored cardstock accents, I created my own colored cardstock using the direct-to-paper inking technique. I used the new Samba and Mardi Gras inks for this step. I also created a fun striped border using the postmark stamp from Santa Approved using all three of the new inks — Samba, Mardi Gras, and Suede Shoes. I then adhered all the layers together then added them to a top-folding card base and that completed the card.

Mel's Card Corner | All the Trimmings Blog Hop

For my second card, I used the Peace Love and Doves background stamp. I stamped it on the front of a top-folding card base using VersaMark ink then heat embossed it in gold.

For the sentiment, I stamped images from the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set from last year’s Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection. I stamped the word holidays in Samba ink and the Happy in Mardi Gras ink. I die cut it using the smallest label from the new Nested Labels Dies. For a pop of color behind the sentiment, I used the Samba ink and the direct-to-paper inking technique to create some colored cardstock which I die cut with the next largest Nested Labels die. I adhered the labels together using some thin foam squares then adhered it to the card base using more thin foam squares and that completed the card.

Mel's Card Corner | All the Trimmings Blog Hop

As I mentioned above, I’m including a list below to all the stops in today’s hop. You’ll definitely want to be sure and visit each stop and leave a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Catherine’s online store. The winner will be announced Oct. 22 on Catherine’s blog.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow. I’ll have one more card to share featuring products from this release. If you are a StampNation member, you’ll be able to start ordering this afternoon beginning at 3pm ET. If you aren’t a member of StampNation, you’ll be able to start tomorrow tomorrow morning beginning at 9am ET.

Until next time …

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  1. Melinda Lowry says:

    Such fun cards! I love how you did the striped border on the elf card – great way to use all those new ink colors.

  2. Karen Kreider says:

    Beautiful Melissa! I love how you used all three of the new ink colors on the first card and the second one is so elegant! I’m loving the flourish background stamp and patterned paper from this release!

  3. Joanne Guarino says:

    I love that background stamp and it looks gorgeous embossed in gold. That little elf is just too darn cute! Thanks for sharing.

  4. ann greene says:

    I like how you used the postmark stamp for the edge detail on the first card. The background stamp for the second turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dee D. says:

    Loved the gold embossed card – it is elegant! Also enjoyed the way you used the postage stamp for the border on the elf card.

  6. Mary Holshouser says:

    The little elf with his sign
    is darling. Love the
    edging. the gold
    embossing is elegant on
    the other card. thanks
    for sharing.

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