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#maplesyrupmonday with Catherine Pooler Designs

Have you tried Catherine Pooler inks yet??? If the answer to that question is a no, then you need to grab yourself a few and give them a try!!

I brought this line into the shop a few months back and it has since become a favorite for many people, including myself! The inks lend themselves so well to a variety of techniques but for this card I chose to simply go with straight up Stamping!

For the Stamp Set I chose the “Eat, Sleep, Create” Set and the new ink colours that were just released: Grape Crush, Be Mine, Limoncello and All That Jazz along with the awesome Midnight Black Ink which is also great to use with alcohol markers as well as watercolouring, talk about versatile eh!?

I matted the card front onto a piece of Black Tie Gala paper (also by Catherine Pooler).

In case you are unfamiliar with the #maplesyrupmonday posts, Laurie from It’s All Cut and Die and myself have teamed up to show you projects biweekly featuring companies we love all just tonhave a bit of fun, and we like to give things away on occasion too 😉

Please follow our Instagram accounts and post your makes with #maplesyrupmonday to be in to win!



Eat, Sleep, Create Stamp Set – Catherine Pooler

Catherine Pooler Inks in: Be Mine, Grape Crush, Limoncello, All That Jazz and Midnight

Black Tie Gala Paper  – Catherine Pooler


Please follow our Instagram accounts and post your makes with #maplesyrupmonday to be in to win!


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More #maplesyrupmonday with Stamping Bella

So the last #maplesyrupmonday post was a little light spa here is another 🙂

For This card I have chosen the Stamping Bella “Uptown Zodiac Girl Virgo”.  I am totally not. into the zodiac at all, but some of these stamps lend themselves very well to other purposes.

Here is a quick tutorial for this card:

  1. Cut a piece of Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth cardstock and stamp your image.
  2. Colour Using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers in AP3, AP2 and AP1.
  3. To make the folds in the dress a made some dark “crease” areas with the AP3 and gradually blended out with AP2 and then AP1.
  4. Deepen the dark areas with AP3 and the blend all over with AP2 leaving slight highlights of the lightest AP1.
  5. Using a ColourBlend pencil in “geranium” deepen the shadows on the dress.
  6. Now don’t look to close at the hair as it was messed up, but I liked the rest of the card, so I went with it, it is also coloured with ColourBlend Pencils.
  7. In order to protect the image before distressing the background I used masking fluid on her hair as it was super think to cut out on masking paper.
  8. Stamp out the image in masking paper, don’t worry about the hair as you have the masking fluid, stick on top of your coloured image.
  9. Using a mini blending tool and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink apply ink onto the background.
  10. Apply a little Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to the edges and then some Vintage Photo Distress ink along the edge as well.
  11. Peel off the masking paper and then use your finger to rub off the masking fluid.
  12. I used the “Heartfelt Sentiments” stamp set buy Altenew paired with “icing on the Cake” Ink by Catherine Pooler.
  13. Using a small flower stamp from the “Birds of a Feather” Stamp set by Catherine Pooler stamp randomly around the background using Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!


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Sunflowers on #maplesyrupmonday

So it is #maplesyrupmonday again! (I know, I know I have been terrible posing lately)

Laurie from It’s All Cut and Die and I introduced this fun little blog post a few weeks back, basically it is two crafty Canadian girls sharing our projects using different brands, different techniques, having fun, giving away prizes and hoping you will join in and play along!

Last post and this post is all about Water colouring with The Ton Stamps.  We posted an opportunity for you to have various ways via both of our blogs etc to have chances to win a fabulous Stamp and Die set from the Ton (compliments of Maple Syrup Designs), and the winner will be announced at the end of this post.

For this weeks card, which was a quick and easy make I used the Sunflower Garden Cling Background Stamp by The Ton. (Supplies will be listed at the end of my post)

  1. Using your Stamp Platform, position your stamp and stamp onto watercolour paper using VersaMark Ink.
  2. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and gently heat set.
  3. I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and laid down the colour on my glass mat first and picked up the colours onto my water brush.  I used Sunshine, Gold and Sunflower on the Petals and Bark on the Centre of the flower (I added a little extra depth using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint markers after the fact, but this could all be done with the Aqua Markers alone).
  4. Keep Layering the colour up until you get the depth and shades you like, let dry, or dry with your heat gun between colour layers.
  5. Use a little bit of the Aquamarine Aqua Marker with your water brush and fill in the background.
  6. Take your Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen and add a layer of Sparkle to all of the sunflower petals.
  7. Cut out your stamped and painted image and mount onto a piece of Matt Gold Mirror card that is slightly larger.  I find that Sookwang Scor Tape is the best for adhering to watercolour cardstock.
  8. Cut a pice of white ribbon and add some tape runner to the back of the ribbon and the stick to the lower third of the card, making sure to wrap the ends around to the back of the card so that they are secure.
  9. Attach this to a card blank (you will likely need to make this yourself to suit the size you end up having for your card topper).
  10. Tie a bow and  secure to the ribbon banding.

This Easy yet beautiful card will be suitable for many different occasions, you could add a sentiment to the card but I like the effect of having the Sunflowers the whole focus.

We really hope you will join in and leave comments (and follow) our blogs and Instagram and tag your makes using The Ton stamps with Watercolour with #maplesyrupmonday for a chance to be featured and you never know when we will randomly choose a card to give away a prize!

Laurie and I will be back on May 7th featuring makes using Stamping Bella stamps….yay!!!

Ok….so, I know you are all basically wondering who won This awesome Large Peony 5 Stamped and die set…….


……Carol (justmeclm.blogspot) You are the lucky winner! Send me an email to claim your prize!


We really hope you have enjoyed and will continue to join in!

Laurie’s Blog:

My Instagram:  @maplesyrupdesigns

Laurie’s Instagram: @crazycardlady



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Happy Monday!! My name is Colleen from Maple Syrup Designs!  So, Laurie from and I have teamed up to bring you Maple Syrup Mondays (#maplesyrupmonday).  Please check out her blog and give her a follow.  We will also be linking these posts to our instagram and hope that you will join in and post/tag your creations to go along with the bi-weekly theme.  You can comment on our blogs with links to your images or post them on Instagram with the #maplesyrupmonday, post all through the week and then every Monday we will give a repost.

There will even be an occasional prize, yay!……AND, since this is the first one we of course must give away a prize! 🙂

We will be giving one lucky participant a Large Peony 5 Stamp and Dies set by The Ton!!!!!  All you need to do is leave a comment on each of our posts and you will be entered to win (Instagram counts, too just make sure you are a follower so we can see you!).  We will announce the winner on April 23, which will be our next blog post. whoohoo!


Check Out the hashtag #maplesyrupmonday on Instagram, and if you make a project with today’s theme and post it with #maplesyrupmonday you will get an EXTRA chance to win!

So, for our first theme we are doing “watercolour with Ton brand Stamps”. It is that simple…any Ton stamp and any form of watercolour medium, let’s see what you have!

For my Card I used the Department Store Background, and City Girls: Retail Therapy Stamp and Die sets.

  1. Using my Stamp Platform I inked up the Department Store background with black StazOn ink and stamped onto watercolour cardstock.
  2. Colour in the Cobblestones and building using ColourTint Pencils, you don’t fully colour them in, just add little bits of colour through the design. Take your watercolour brush and apply water to paint in the image.
  3. Stamp the city Girls, shipping bags and dog in StazOn and apply Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils, and again, add water to paint in the image.  Once these are dry, run through your die cutting machine and set aside.
  4. Using some Scor Tape on the back of the department store background, adhere to a slightly larger cut piece of card to match the building, add more tape and adhere to a piece of white card.
  5. Using foam squares attach the City Girls and dog to the front of the card.
  6. Stamp out your sentiment onto vellum and attach to the top left of the card with foam square and add a couple pieces of black sequins to hide the foam squares from showing through.

Now make sure you head over to Laurie’s Blog and see the beautiful card that she has created!

Make sure to post your makes Instagram with #maplesyrupmonday and check for a new theme biweekly. Find us on Instagram at @maplesyrupdesigns and @crazycardlady


ColourTint Pencils – Spectrum Noir

AquaBlend Pencils – Spectrum Noir

Department Store Background Stamp – The Ton Stamps

City Girls: Retail Therapy Stamp set – The Ton

City Girls: Retail Therapy Dies – The Ton

Scor Tape

Watercolour Card

StazOn Ink

Watercolour Brushes