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Catherine Pooler and Ellen Hutson Blog Hop

Catherine Pooler and Ellen Hutson Blog Hop

Happy National Ice Cream Day and welcome to Del & Artie’s post on the Catherine Pooler / Ellen Hutson collaboration blog hop!

We've got fun prizes!!! We are giving away $25 to the EH shop and $25 to the Catherine Pooler shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Two random & lucky commenters will win! Comment before Sunday, July 28th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

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I have to tell you, I started this holiday off early, by grabbing a McFlurry in the drive-thru with my wife and kids last night.

Who knows what the rest of today has in store for us? I do know it will include two things: ice cream and some sort of bickering between my kids. We have traveled a few places this summer and currently, we find ourselves on a mini trip an hour away from home. The air conditioner in our van cannot keep up with the 107 degree heat index. And we’ll be running around trying to get all we have to do done on this Sunday. What a recipe for disaster!

Here you’ll find an actual photo of us on Friday trying to beat the heat on our trip with a visit to some ice cream trucks in town:

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Seriously, when traveling, away from the comforts of home, trying to beat the tremendous heat, the kids have a hard time staying cool. Who am I kidding? This could be just about any day of the year for my rascals. And I’m convinced everyone’s kids fight, so don’t look too sanctimoniously at the photo! Five minutes later they had a good laugh about something they saw on their devices. They had totally forgotten about the wrestling match over the Bomb Pop.

Our trip to Washington, DC, this summer, took us to the Museum of the Bible (a must see) and more ice cream. We didn’t take pictures of the monuments on America’s front lawn, but we grabbed this snapshot of our kids having a moment of agreeableness:

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So the takeaway for this little photo tour of our summer trips: If your kids aren’t fighting now, give them a few minutes. And if you feel like all they do is fight, take them out for ice cream anyway—you deserve it.

Now, if you’re curious about how I took these photographs, I’m happy to share the details. I painstakingly produced them by hand from memory!

You can find a list of supplies below, but here’s a step by step list of instructions:

For the first card (ahem photo):

  1. I trimmed down a panel of White cardstock from Catherine Pooler to 4 x 5.25 inches.

  2. Then, I stamped out the images from the I Scream You Scream and the Little Gentleman and Little Lady stamp sets on another panel with Midnight ink.

  3. I colored them in with Copic marker (each color is listed below in the supplies) and die cut them all with coordinating dies.

  4. Then, I adhered them to the front of the panel with some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

  5. The little gentleman image has a die that cuts an opening for his arm to carry something tucked under it. Unfortunately, I have a terrible imagination, and I tucked the little lady’s head under there.

  6. To change the expression on the kids’ faces, I used a Tombow Mono Drawing pen to add eyebrows. I also added some grounding lines under some of the images.

  7. For the sentiment, I stamped the message “Stay Cool” from the I Scream You Scream stamp set under the boy’s arm with Midnight Ink.

  8. I finished off the card by popping up the panel onto an A2-sized card base with some fun foam. Then I adhered a few rhinestones just for jollies around the sentiment.

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For my second card, I used the same supplies, but I masked them images in, and did not use any die-cutting.

  1. I stamped the two kids first on a panel of White cardstock.

  2. Then on a piece of copy paper, I stamped them again and cut them out to create a mask.

  3. I stamped the ice cream truck “behind” them by covering the kids with the mask and stamping over them.

  4. Then I followed the same process as above to create my card.

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On-the-go Crafting Tip: Take a couple supplies with you to craft on the go. This summer on our trip to DC I brought my Catherine Pooler Inks, some stencils, my Blender Brushes and cardstock. Don’t take too much stuff, you should focus on your trip. But when you need your crafty fix on the go… PACK FEW SUPPLIES and see what you can create!

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today. If you wonder if your kids are the only ones who fight and bicker, be assured, you are not alone.

If you have been inspired to purchase these fantastic stamps and supplies, I have a convenient grid of supplies below. I encourage to you visit and comment on each blog on the hop! You’ll find a list of card artists and their blogs after the supplies grid.

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