Spread Joy Not Germs Blog Hop! Come Join Us!

Hey Friends!

Welcome back to the Victoria Marie Blog! Today, I am so excited to be part of the Spread Joy Not Germs Blog Hop, hosted by the Hedgehog Hollow and Catherine Pooler Designs! Come join me and my fellow card makers as we spread lots of joy and creative inspiration as we support each other through the current Coronavirus pandemic. For this blog hop, I am representing Catherine Pooler Designs!

If you are looking for a creative distraction, then be sure to follow this blog hop! Also, there are a TON of fantastic sponsors who are offering fun prizes and giveaways – you don’t want to miss it!

To be entered to win a prize, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section: “What is your favorite creative tool that you cannot live without?”

You must comment in order to be entered to win a prize. And the more blogs you comment on, the better your chance of winning a prize! THIRTY ONE companies are offering more than FIFTY prizes on this hop!

Comment on the blogs on the hop to be entered. No minimum number of comments required, but the more blogs you comment on, the greater the chances of winning.

The deadline to enter is April 24, 2020 and winners will be announced on Monday, April 27, 2020 on the Catherine Pooler Designs and Hedgehog Hollow blogs. To view the list of prizes, HERE!

Check out some of the participating sponsors!

For this blog hop, I created two fun cards using inks and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs! A full list of available products are listed at the end of this blog post.

Catherine Pooler stamps, inks, and dies make creating cards a breeze! For this project, I used a direct to paper technique using CP inks!

Starting with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch white card panel, I applied Catherine Pooler stamping inks directly to the panel, creating a vertical strip of color from the top to the bottom of the panel. Each color overlaps slightly, creating an interesting color blending effect!

For my second card, I repeated this same technique using the front of a 4.25 x 5×5 inch card base.

Next, I ran the inked panel and one solid white 4.25 x 5.5 inch panel through my Gemini die cutting machine using the Catherine Pooler Wall Flowers Cover Plate Die.

The both panels were adhered to a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

For the sentiment, I used the “We’re All in This Together” printable by Catherine Pooler. This printable was created to spread joy and encouragement during the current pandemic. To grab this FREE printable, click HERE!

Using the Picture Frame Die by Catherine Pooler, I die cut the sentiment and adhered it to the front of the panel for both cards. For the first card, I created a layered design using black card stock to frame the printable.

For a finishing touch, I stamped and die cut small flowers using the Catherine Pooler Whipped This Up Stamp Set and the Whipped This Up Dies.

I hope the projects in this blog hop bring you joy and inspire you to create something beautiful for a friend or loved well!

And don’t forget to play along with this hop and leave comment on each blog (no limit) so you can be entered to win some amazing prizes!

To be entered to win a prize, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section of this blog: “What is your favorite creative tool that you cannot live without?”

Next Up…

Next up in the blog hop is Emily Mydlowski! Click HERE to check out her project!

Good luck and enjoy! Please stay safe and be well!

Disclosure: Affiliate links are provided in this post.  As an ambassador and affiliate for Catherine Pooler Designs, Victoria Marie Designs receives a small commission from Catherine Pooler Designs whenever these links are used.  Note: These links are FREE for you do use.  All opinions and reviews are that of my own.  I only recommend products that I use for both business and personal reasons, and from reputable companies that I trust. 

125 thoughts on “Spread Joy Not Germs Blog Hop! Come Join Us!

  1. Karen Hoskins says:

    Two beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing them. I downloaded the printable and you cards gave me the motivation to get in my happy place and create. It is so hard to pick one tool that I just can’t live without. I think it has to be my Tim Holtz stamping platform. Being able to stamp in the exact same place a second(or third) time to fix a stamped image has saved many of my projects.

  2. Sharon Gullikson says:

    GORGEOUS colors!! Love the look. I can’t live without my paper cutter. I can’t cut straight to save my life.

  3. Karyn K Siemering says:

    I can’t live without my die cutting machine! Just love that thing!!! I’m also finding that I really like the Catherine Pooler ink pads too! Such vivid colors!

  4. Eva N says:

    Great card ideas for using this sentiment. I’m a pretty lazy card maker so my favorite tool is my die cutting machine (I have 3 in different sizes). No stamping, no coloring, just different papers and diecuts to create layered designs that the recipients seem to love.

  5. Christy Jordan says:

    Beautiful cards!! Thank you for sharing!!! It’s really hard to choose just one but lately I’m really stuck on my alcohol markers. πŸ™‚

  6. Marie Bingaman says:

    I love my Silhouette Cameo…best thing I have ever purchased! πŸ™‚ Lovely cards! πŸ™‚

  7. Laurie Kirk says:

    My favorite tool is my die cutting machine because I hate fussy cutting. Your cards are wonderful. Love the sentiment and the bright cheerful colors.

  8. Karen Letchworth says:

    My “can’t live without” tool is my Misti. I learned about it during a blog hop some time ago; and ever since I got it, I can’t imagine stamping without it. Your cards are STUNNING, and I thank you for sharing your talents in this special event.
    Blessings to you,
    Karen Letchworth

  9. Chrystyna says:

    What a fantastic card! The cover plate die is fabulous and the colors just pop out. My favorite tool is the die cutting machine, The Big Shot machine and just got a Gemini Jr – so will be playing with that too. I do not like fussy cutting and it shows if I have to do it on a project. Definitely prefer dies to make it look good. Thanks for sharing your creative projects and for participating in this fun blog hop.

  10. Lisa Byers says:

    I can’t live without my Gemini Jr. As matter of fact, I turned it on about 2 weeks ago and it wouldn’t work. I tried everything!!! I emailed Crafters Companion and because of the current COVID-19 situation, they sent me a brand new one. No warranty work. So happy to have it back!! I really got spoiled with my Gemini!!!!

  11. Maura r says:

    Love the bold colorful backgrounds with the cover plate – and the sentiment of course is right on!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Laurie F says:

    Thank you for sharing these lovely cards. I keep seeing that gorgeous background die so that’s going on my wish list. The tool I really wouldn’t want to do without is my MISTI.

  13. Teri S. says:

    I love the CP Wallflower Cover Die! First time I’ve seen it & the fact you used the negative & the positive makes it doubly worthwhile to own. I like the bright colours on the first card, yet the blends on the second one I find extra appealing. These are lovely. I know you asked for one tool, but honestly, I couldn’t craft without my cutter or my misti. I can’t cut straight to save my life & I hate fussy cutting. A lady who taught classes told me I am cutting challenged & she’s right! I also cannot line up an image over the one already stamped either. It could be something so simple, yet I’d have a shadow. Ah well…that’s why I am ever so grateful for these two important tools. πŸ™‚

  14. lvngmydsh says:

    I missed the question I was suppose to answer. Just delete my other comment. I couldn’t find it. I couldn’t live without my die cutter (big shot). I have many of them but this is always my go to. πŸ™‚

  15. Mirella Rogan says:

    Lovely cards, the colours are fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration! My favourite tool? A stamping platform (Misti in my case), and a die-cutting machine… Can’t imagine crafting without these two!

  16. Karen S Plumlee says:

    Love the cards. That’s a hard question. If I HAVE to pick one, I’d say my die cutting machine. I have an addiction to stamps & dies. But my Fiskar trimmer has to be right there with me too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. Stay safe and We’ll All get through this together.

  17. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love two-fers. The colors are
    wonderful. thanks for sharing

    Not sure if a paper-trimmer is
    considered creative, but I couldn’t
    live without mine.

  18. Carol E. Wortman says:

    Really pretty cards with so many options for embellishing.. live your choices. Without thinking not reverse tweezers and heat embossed tool. Thanks and please be well!

  19. Wendy Nicola Jackson says:

    Beautiful ink blended backgrounds! LOVE the two different approaches, with the ink over white and then the white over ink. Both gorgeous and lovely die! Hugs, Wends xoxo

  20. Ann Eslinger says:

    Interesting color combo on the non-rainbow card. And as for my favorite tool–my squeeze-to-open-tweezers. I love die cuts, and these are great help for placing itty bitty images. Plus, they’re fine enough at the tip that they can double as a pokey tool😁

  21. Kristina Gentle says:

    That cover plate of CP is amazingly cute! Great bright cards, thanks for sharing. My can’t live without is Tim Holtz stamp platform.

  22. TracyM #6773 says:

    WONDERFUL cards!
    LOVE your sentiment, colours and design, SO CHEERY πŸ™‚
    Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING!
    I confess, I’m a bit “old school”, I still treasure my self healing craft mat, it’s the foundation of everything I create

  23. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Love your cards! I can’t live without my die cutting machine and my Tim Holtz stamp platform.

  24. Tammy Fredrickson says:

    I love your cards. Gorgeous colors! The Wall Flowers cover die is beautiful.
    What is my favorite creative tool that I cannot live without? My MISTI for sure!
    Thank you! Stay healthy.

  25. Germaine says:

    I have that image too, and it is so fun to see what everyone does differently with it! You did a great job!

  26. Germaine says:

    My favorite tool that I can not live without is my set of watercolor markers! I can do so much with them!

  27. Cebelica says:

    These are so bright and colourful. Right up my alley. Fab work!
    As for the craft tool I can’t live without… That must be my Big Shot. πŸ™‚

  28. Denise Bryant says:

    Pretty color combo and backgrounds! Love the sentiment too! Awesome cards!
    My favorite creative tool… a small pair of Fiskars scissors that I use all the time! I have had them for ages and they’re still nice and sharp!

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