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Wild and Wonderful New Release Blog Hop: 3 cards

I had a video for the first card, but we were hit by a tornado and we lost power. We are all safe and our house didn’t take a direct hit. We have lots of down HUGE trees and a lot of clean up work ahead of us and for the whole town.

Inspiration is everywhere and I was inspired by the new release graphic from the Wild and Wonderful Release from Catherine Pooler available now. This card took quite a bit of time but I LOVE the results… Allow me to introduce you to the Wonderful Wildflower stamp set and coordinating dies. Today is Day 1 of a 3 day blog hop chalk full of inspiration using the new line.

The Wonderful Wildflower stamp set  is a layering stamp set and I chose to create the layerings by inking and heat embossing in clear.  The outline image was heat embossed in white. The rest of the layers were inked in the various colors. Once the layering was done, I inked up the solid image with Versamark ink and stamped it right over the top of the flower and then heat set it with clear embossing powder. The embossing will protect the color underneath it!   I did this so I could apply a wash of black ink over the entire panel when all the stamping was complete.  Heat embossing resists certain inks (I used Black Soot distress ink). That’s how I got these fun bright colors on black!

Speaking of ink colors, I used all four of the new colors here and that’s it (except the white for the sentiment).  I’m head over heels for this card. I think its simply wonderful, he he he! 🙂

Here is the badge that inspired me to create the card!



My next card features the Scroll Butterfly die. I used it as a stencil. I ran the die over a piece of masking paper and used the negative space! I adhered the negative space over my card panel and then stamped images from the Focus on the Good stamp set.  I made sure to fill it in completely so the butterfly would have crisp lines when I removed the mask.

For a fun border, I stamped the Kaleidoscope stamp (which is a fabulous stamp set and I feature that background in my last card) and added a strip of glitter paper.

And lastly, the Kaleidoscope stamp. GORGEOUS! I white heat embossed the background image and then smooshed the 4 colors of inks onto my glass mat. Then I pressed my cardstock here and there until I was happy with the result. Take note that yellow and purple will turn to brown so keep those colors separate.

I adhered a piece of Catherine Pooler Vellum over the top and then heat embossed a sentiment from the Note of Thanks stamp set right over the top. This vellum is exceptionally strong so there was ZERO warping when I heat embossed the sentiment.

Blog Hop Order:


5  winners will be selected to receive two free ink pads (and free shipping!)  You must comment on all the hoppers posts to be eligibile.  The winner will be announced on Catherine’s Blog on 5/25.

Goodies used (the products I used on these cards are listed first and then the remaining products from this release follows):

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  1. Marcia Rollins says:

    Oh,Laural! What beautiful cards and I am going to Case them as soon as I get my i itchy fingers on the package!!

  2. Karen K. says:

    These are all so lovely Laurel! I hope you and your family are safe and getting back to normal after that storm. ❤️

  3. ELizabeth Roberts says:

    I LOVE that first card! I will have to CASE it soon.


    I think these are all so funky fabulous! So different in the way
    they are colored. Love them all!

  5. the flowers in the first card are so fun, I love the shape of them and how it seems to give movement, your colors are wonderful…beautiful card!

  6. I love all three of your cards!! They are so beautiful!!!!

  7. lilola66 says:

    Beautiful cards!

  8. Beth Bray says:

    The cards speak for themselves. I’ll be saying a prayer of thanks that your family and home were spared.

  9. Dana M says:

    Gorgeous cards! Such fabulous and creative uses of the new products. Love that the black card mimics the banner for the blog hop!

    1. Dana M says:

      Oh, forgot to mention my well wishes on the clean up and so glad everyone is safe and sound.

  10. Farley says:

    First off I am so happy you are safe and the tornado didn’t touch your home. I can’t imagine (being in California) how scary that must have been. But yet, you soldiered on to make these 3 super inspiring cards. I’m in love with your embossing method on the black card. Amazing.

  11. Absolutely stunning, Laurel! Great job!!

  12. Peggy Pride says:

    Lovely Cards and I just ordered some of the new products.

  13. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I am loving each card. The last one is amazing!

  14. Michelle Allison says:

    The cards are beautiful(I expected nothing less!), but mostly I’m just glad you’re okay! Praying things get back to normal quickly.

  15. Brandy Duncan says:

    Love how your first card looks similar to Catherine’s showcase piece for the release. It’s gorgeous and definitely worth the extra time spent. Very clever idea of filling in the butterfly diecut with small images. The ink smooching looks great with the kaleidoscope background. I love how you toned it down with the vellum. It gives such a soft look.

  16. Melinda Lowry says:

    Thanks for sharing your techniques. I love how you did the negative space on the butterfly by making it a stencil and using all those stamps to fill it in. So smart and easy!!

  17. Paige says:

    That first one is nice and colorful!

  18. Tara Prince says:

    Gorgeous cards! Glad you are safe after the tornado!!

  19. Kelley says:

    Great cards.

  20. Gorgeous cards, Laurel. So glad you and your family and your home were not hit by the tornado. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Dee Earnshaw says:

    your cards are stunning and very creative:)

  22. Nana Griffin says:

    I am head over heels in love with the flowers on black card too. It is so gorgeous. What a great technique that I must try.

  23. Cheryl Fleming says:

    I love the smooshed card!! Very pretty!!

  24. Mary Laffin says:

    So glad you and your family are safe but sorry you are having to deal with the aftermath. Thanks for taking time to share these wonderful cards with us. Can’t decide which is the my favorite–they are all so great. My box should be here tomorrow so can’t wait!

  25. Sharon L. says:

    Beautiful cards, really must try the technique used on the first one.

  26. Lindar C says:

    Wow! Beau-T-Ful! I will check out that vellum for sure, great cards!

  27. Hope your area is finally getting back to normal! LOVE those projects Laurel, as much as I love that first one, that little Kaleidoscope strip down the side has my heart. 😉

  28. Tristan Goldsmith says:

    Adore your black soot card. Such a great effect

  29. Lynne Ingram says:

    Super cards. Torn between the flowers and the butterflies.

  30. Kim Goodmanson says:

    Fabulous cards, not sure I can pick a favorite!

  31. Lori A Walker says:

    Wonderful cards! I’m glad you are safe – seems like it was quite the adventure!

  32. Diane Loughrey says:

    Gorgeous. Glad to see you participating after what you just went through. By the way you don’t live to far from me.

  33. Jill D says:

    Love your black card ,Laurel. It is gorgeous.

  34. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Laurel, your cards are so beautiful, always a pleasure seeing more of your wonderful ideas do have to say loving this butterfly die set and the new inks such pretty colors. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Nancy-Anne Rockwell says:

    Love your colour combinations!

  36. Phyllis Sinclair says:

    Really like the kaleidoscope card. It’s on my CAS list.

  37. Barbara Brennan says:

    OVERWHELMING favorite is first card with all those color popping flowers on black background! Gorgeous card.

  38. I love all three cards and how you were so creative with your techniques. The black floral is my favorite.

  39. Karen Kuschel says:

    What a great way to focus on all four of the new colors! Beautiful!!

  40. Sue D says:

    Wonderful cards and great techniques. Glad you are safe.

  41. Beautiful! I hope all is well after the tornado! It will take a while to get everything put back together.

  42. Barbara Spiegel says:

    Laurel, they are all great cards – but….. the first one knocked it out of the park. WOW – AMAZING I am going to have to try that.

  43. mjmarmo says:

    Love the colors on each of these!

  44. Carla Hundley says:

    Oh these cards are
    beautiful! Love the
    inking and the stamps.
    Carla from Utah

  45. Jane DeJesus says:

    I love your cards! Love Them!

  46. Cindy Holmes says:

    I really like your 3 cards! especially the top one! I like how you embossed the flowers first with white before coloring them! they look so good on the black background!

  47. Wanda Radler says:

    Oh Laurel – sorry about the tornado – glad you are safe! Thanks for he amazing cards and inspirations. I love how you used the butterfly as a stencil – great idea!! Take care.

  48. Marjorie King says:

    Really like your cards.

  49. Kristin McCann says:

    I am so glad you are ok after the storm. That is beyond scary. Thank you for the wonderful cards as always–absolutely stunning! Be safe!!!

  50. Polly Roberts says:

    All of these are just breath-taking.

  51. Oh my gosh, I’m glad to hear you are ok! That first card with the black wash is gorgeous!

  52. As always, gorgeous cards Laurel. Loved them all ! So thankful you are OK. Prayers for those affected in the community.

  53. Kathy Doyle says:

    Awesome cards! Love the colors on all of them!

  54. Donna Hawkins says:

    I love all of your cards. Never doubted that I would. Lol

  55. Patt H. says:

    Laurel, so glad you are ok after that nasty totnado. They strike fear iny heart! Your cards are all fabulous! Thanks for explaining how you did the Wildflower card. I’m going to try that technique soon.

  56. Lisa says:

    Cool cards!

  57. Patricia Brown says:

    Lovely cards! Thanks for the chance to win.

  58. Wow! Your cards are totally gorgeous!!!
    I’m so sorry to hear about the tornado. I’m glad you are safe, Laurel!

  59. Mary H. says:

    So thankful you and family are safe! Please take wonderful care and thank you for sharing your art during this trying time. Your cards are stunning! I especially love the inspiration card and would love to see the video when it’s available.

    Also, Love your new photo with your gorgeous doo!

  60. Melissa Truhn says:

    So glad you and your are safe!!

  61. izzyscrap says:

    I’m so sorry to read about the tornado, hopefully you’re safe ! And thanks for taking time to share these gorgeous cards showcasing beautifully the new release. Love how you got inspired with your first card, it’s such a beautiful take ! And I love your kaleidoscope smooshing panel with the new inks. Thanks so much for sharing. Take care. x

  62. You really knocked it out of the park on that first card! So beautiful!

  63. Love the new colors.. Really great background stamps! Beautiful card designs! Love how you did that first card with coloring then finishing with clear embossing! Fabulous

  64. Sue D says:

    Beautiful cards and I like the techniques.
    Glad you are safe.

  65. Sue D says:

    Beautiful cards and I like the techniques you used. Great colors.

  66. Dlfd says:

    Outstanding color combinations!

  67. Iris M Soscia says:

    So pretty – love the flowers on that dark background.

  68. Joy McCoy says:

    I love your cards

  69. Alli Shrewsbury says:

    Love the soft colors used in the second card!

  70. So Much Color…WOWAsA!

  71. Darcy Brown says:

    Oh that first card is really striking! Bummer about the video but Glad you are safe

  72. Very pretty!

  73. Darla says:

    Black with those bright colours looks great

  74. Jeanne Beam says:

    Beautiful cards.
    Thanks so much for sharing…

  75. Linda says:

    Lovely cards!

  76. Dana Benedict says:

    I’ve always loved black based cards and now I k ow how to do one. Such a beautiful card!

  77. Connie Johnson says:

    Sorry to hear about your video being lost! I live in an audio/video production family and fully understand all the work that disappeared in the wink of an eye. We also live in tornado alley ourselves! Glad you’re okay and that trees were all that were damaged. We’ve had some pretty close calls and why oh why do they always come at night?!? ANYWAY with that being said your cards are stunning 🙂 Beautiful cards!

  78. lynnlouisehall says:

    I’d love to see a video of the butterfly…so pretty!!!

  79. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the flowers against the dark background… striking!

  80. Deb Hardy says:

    So glad you were not hurt during the tornado…scary. Your cards are all wonderful.

  81. Oh my ! This is such a wonderful set of cards !! I have a slight preference for the first one because of the wonderful color combo on the black base, absolutely stunning !

  82. Mary Holshouser says:

    Your cards are so colorful and beautiful
    I agree that the first says it all – even
    though the others are nothing to discount.
    thanks for sharing

  83. Sue D says:

    Love the colors and the techniques.

  84. lovin’ all your cards Laurel but WOWZA on that first one!!!!

  85. Ne-Col Simon says:

    That black background and vibrant wildflowers. Yes

  86. Leanne in Cali says:

    These are beautiful! Glad to hear you are all safe!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  87. Trina Chaska says:

    Your cards are beautiful. I love this new release.

  88. Nicole England says:

    The first card is amazing and I am definitely going to borrow the idea. Absolutely stunning, thanks for the inspiration

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