Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DAY 1 of Catherine Scanlon Designs Week and a Giveaway

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I am so excited to share a week of floral cards with you...
All created with gorgeous Catherine Scanlon Designs stamps
I'n happy and excited to share a Giveaway with you as well!

*PLEASE NOTE: I am not affiliated with Catherine Scanlon Designs...
or Art Gone Wild (.com).,..or any other vendor or company noted in this blog.
I gain nothing financially or otherwise for anything that I share here this week 
with regards to Catherine Scanlon stamps and/or Art Gone Wild or any other company mentioned.

I am simply a card you...
who enjoys sharing ...
and gets excited to share things that I really love
and think that others who create cards might like to know a little bit about.
In other words...I am a bonafide..Class A...shameless...ENABLER!

Now....onto this week..and how it came to be...
I'll give you some info as to how the week turned into "Catherine Scanlon Week"

Last week I went through the drawer in my studio designated for Catherine's stamps.
I thought that I'd pull out one...or two stamps...
to create a few cards.
As I began going through the drawer...I found it difficult to choose just 1...or 2...
When I was finished browsing through my Catherine Scanlon collection of stamps...
I had 7 stamps on the studio worktable
and I was excited to create cards with each of them.

I spent 2 days water coloring...
one day trimming...cutting...choosing mat and print paper for each image...
and choosing sentiments.
After everything was prepped and ready to go...
I created cards.
In the end...I had 20 cards...all water colored...and created with the 7 different stamps.

That's just too many cards to share in one blog post...
So I decided to break each days posting down to one specific stamp.

As always..I create in multiples...
"Similar...but different" I always tell you.
I enjoy using one stamp to  create a few cards that may have similar sketches...
but have different color palettes.....and sentiments etc.

(opened to US card makers)
Apologies , my international friends...but I need to keep the mailing simple
At the end of the 6 days of Cards Created with Catherine Scanlon Designs
I'll have some Catherine Scanlon goodies to share.
So be sure to come back each post a comment.
I'll post new cards...
and will also recap each of the 7 stamps that I used over the course of the week.
A few days later...ON JULY 14th...I'll announce the WINNER/WINNERS
(randomly chosen) 
here on the Bellissima Cards blog
Please feel free to share the blog link & giveaway info (Facebook etc)
BUT...most of sure to post a comment each day 
so that you'll be  "in-it-to-win-it"! get started with myCatherine Scanlon Week of Cards!
Day 1...
Today's cards were created with Catherine Scanlon Designs stamp: BLOSSOM IN BLOOM
I use lots of LCI Metallic card stock for almost all of the matting...
and an assortment of sentiments by different companies.

For today's cards..
Each image was stamped with Versamark ink...
then heat embossed with Sparkle n Sprinkle Embossing Powder...
3 with gold...1 with white
I wanted muted soft colors for 2 cards and blurred...non defined painting lines...
(I wanted blurred color extending beyond the image)
I applied chosen colors of Distress ink(s) to the image and background with a small dauber...
then water-misted the entire image

I wanted the same soft muted...out of the lines look for the second card
I went with a pink that was a bit brighter for this card
I stamped then head cut and matted each of the sentiment banners...
something that I usually do for sentiments...
(even though I have a bunch of banner dies...haha)

This third image was water colored...using a combination of Altenew Ink pads...
and Kuretake ZIG Markers.
I applied the color by picking it up from a ceramic tile with a wet paint brush
The background was created the same way....
With ink...water and a paint brush.

I heat embossed the last of today's cards with white embossing powder
to achieve a bright ...crisp ...clean ...precise look.
I liked that the white embossing gave that look to this card...
exactly as I envisioned it to be.
I used Zig markers to color this image
and Altenew ink pads to create the background.

Blossom in Bloom is a great stamp set, I think..
It has a nice assortment of stamps....and the images are casual and fun!
I used the largest stamp for today's cards.
Next time ..I think that I'm going to create a few cards with the medium sized stamp..
The one on the right that has the flower trio.

I hope that you found a little bit of inspiration here today.
An I'll hope that you visit each day to see the other cards that I've created 
with Catherine Scanlon Designs stamps 
and that I have lined up to share with you this coming week.

Thanks so much for visiting today..
See you tomorrow!
(*Don't forget to leave a comment below if you'd like to be part of the giveaway!
Have a wonderful day, my friends!


  1. Michelle,love your flowers beautiful as always ! Love the color's! ����������

  2. I am not familiar with Catherine's designs, so I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your creations! These are lovely! Beautiful stamp set! The last card you are showing in today's post is my favorite... love those colors!

  3. Your cards are beautiful. I'm not familiar with Catherine's designs, but hope to be more so after this week seeing your cards.

  4. All beautiful cards, Michelle! If I love all of the stamp sets you share as much as I love this one, I'm going to be in trouble!

  5. I live Catherine's designs. You have created such lovely cards with these flowers. So very pretty.

  6. Beautiful cards pictured here today! Looking forward to seeing more stamp designs this week.

  7. such beautiful cards! I have never heard of Catherine Scanlon Designs stamps but they are really pretty

  8. This trio stamp is wonderful. I love that you shows so many versatile ways to color it. Now, why don't I do that? Emboss 2 or 3 times and then color in different combinations. Hmmmmm. I am off to my studio!

  9. Michelle your cards are always SO pretty!
    I love it when you have the 'shiny' in your embossing, gorgeous!
    The flower design is large, which makes it fill the portion of the front, makes for a nice composition. Best Wishes my friend!

  10. It's always an inspiration to drop by here and see what you're up to. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Beautiful cards…such sophisticated color themes. Your work is always inspiring.

  12. These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  13. really lovely cards ...pushed to choose a favourite ...but I think its the second one ! but all are very pretty x

  14. Love that you share the same stamped image in different projects, it really is cool to see how different it comes out. Beautiful but different--I'm going to try that on my blog one day next week! :)

  15. Love the set. The cards are great. Number three touches me the most. I love the colors.

  16. You really make her stamps come to life. The the bold color ones. Each card has their own personally

  17. So glad to have seen all of your amazing cards you have shared after luring me over from Stamping Enablers! Just gorgeous! This one reminds me of zinnias. Love them all.

  18. New to your blog and Catherine Scanlon designs! So glad I found both!


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