Catherine Pooler’s Zen Garden Release- Day 2

Hi there and happy Valentine’s Day. I’m so excited to be here with you today as part of the Catherine Pooler Zen Garden Release. You should have arrived here from the awesome Karen Baker, but if not don’t worry there is a hop list at the bottom of my post. Or you could even start at the beginning at Catherine’s Blog.

Today we are releasing new stamps, dies and new ink colours! So lots of amazing NEW products to be having fun with!

So firstly let’s take a look at the new products:

Zen Feather Stamp Set
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Zen Feather Dies
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Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set
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Create Die
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Chevron Cheer Stamp Set
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Ovals and Flowers Dies
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Doodle Garden Background Stamp
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Faithful Flutterings Stamp Set
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Love Grows Stamp Set
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Love Grows Dies
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Smile Die
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Thanks Die
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You Die
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Stained Glass Coverplate
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Split Chevron Stencil
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Rose Petals Ink Pad and Refill
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Polished Ink Pad and Refill
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Shea Butter Ink Pad and Refill
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Seafoam Ink Pad and Refill
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Spruce Ink Pad and Refill
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Skylight Ink Pad and Refill
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Stone Blue Ink Pad and Refill
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Sugared Lavender Ink Pad and Refill
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I have 3 cards to share with you, the first 2 showcasing Love Grows Stamp Set and the third is a little different:

I started with a panel a little narrower than my card base and stamped the fun chevron oval from Chevron Cheer over hanging the right side using Black Jack ink. I then stamped and white heat embossed flowers and leaves from Love Grows onto vellum and cut them with the coordinating dies.

For the sentiment I cut the Smile Die twice- once from black cardstock and once from black foam- and stacked these together with the cardstock die cut on top. I added a little wink of stella to this and some glossy accents and left to dry.

Once dry I added the sentiment into place and arranged the flowers and leaves and adhered with a tiny bit of foam tape at the centre. To finish I added some enamel dots to the centre of the flowers to cover the adhesive and add a little interest.

My second card is a little simpler but has a little more colour:

I started by stamping a sentiment from Zen Feather into place on my card base. This way I could work around the sentiment and not have to worry where the sentiment would go later. I then stamped flowers and leaves from Love Grows around the sentiment with black ink.

I then stamped the layers for the images using Rose Petals, Shea Butter and Seafoam inks. This card came together pretty quickly and is a great one to do if you are in need of a card in a hurry.

My third card has a very different feel to it:

I started by stamping the Doodle Garden Background partially onto my card base using black ink. I then used the splats from Eat, Sleep, Create Stamp Set to colour this …. in an abstract way. I used Shea Butter, Seafoam, Stone Blue, Polished and Rose Petals inks for the splatter effects.


I then stamped the sentiment and added some full stops with a black marker. To finish I covered the ‘create’ with a wink of stella and glossy accents.


Two winner’s will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and announced on Catherine’s blog. The winners will win the Zen Garden Ink Collection or if they already purchased it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $45 towards a future purchase.


Catherine Pooler

Laurel Beard

Chrissie Tobas

Jenny Colacicco

Ashlea Cornell

Melissa Miller

Tracie Pond

Karen Baker

Lydia Evans – that’s me!

Ingrid Blackburn

Thank you so much for stopping by today I really do hope you enjoyed your visit!

Please leave me a comment as I would really love to know what you think of my card!, to leave a comment just click on the post title and the comment box will appear.

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Next on the hop is the ever-so-talented Ingrid Blackburn!

Hugs Lydia


A list of supplies I used can be found below, just click on the picture below to be taken to where you can get the product. I do use some affiliate links when I can, this means I will get a small commission if you choose to purchase the product using my link- this is at no cost to you and helps with the running of my blog. I really appreciate your love and support.

Chevron Cheer Stamp Set
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Love Grows Stamp Set
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Love Grows Dies
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Eat Sleep Create Stamp Set
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Doodle Garden Background Stamp
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Zen Feather Stamp Set
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Smile Die
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Classic Crest Solar White (25…
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Jet Black Cardstock (25 sheets/set)
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Vellum Translucent Paper (25 sheets/set)
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New Day Card Kit Enamel Dots
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Ranger Accents, Mini Glossy Accents
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Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Tip…
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Embossing Ink
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Midnight Ink Pad and Refill
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Rose Petals Ink Pad and Refill
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Seafoam Ink Pad and Refill
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Shea Butter Ink Pad and Refill
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Polished Ink Pad and Refill
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Sugared Lavender Ink Pad and Refill
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Stone Blue Ink Pad and Refill
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  • Reply Tara Prince

    amazing cards!!

    February 14, 2018 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Tracie Pond

    These are gorgeous, Lydia. Love the white embossed on vellum with the colorful centers. =)

    February 14, 2018 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Avra Williams

    Love your vellum flowers!

    February 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Lori M Osborne

    I love your last card! Very creative …

    February 14, 2018 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Donna Hawkins

    I love love love 💕 your cards! Especially the vellum card! Thank you for the inspiration.

    February 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Sharon O

    Beautiful cards today but I really love the white embossed flowers on vellum! What an elegant look.

    February 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Ellen

    Gorgeous, inspiring cards, and I love vellum flowers.

    February 14, 2018 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Hope Angotti

    Beautiful cards. This release rocks!

    February 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Melinda Lowry

    Such fun cards! I love the lacy look of the stamping on vellum!

    February 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Lynn Hardy

    Your cards are stunning Lydia! I really like the monochrome vellum one.

    February 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Riecy

    I love this release! Your first card is gorgeous! Love them all!

    February 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Krystal Showalter

    This release is incredible! I adore all three of your cards, but the SMILE card really knocked my socks off!

    February 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Sharon Perehudoff

    Amazing cards! Love how you use vellum in doing your flowers, Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing, very creative.

    February 14, 2018 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Lindar C

    Fantastic cards! I LOVE the white embossed vellum flowers with the turquoise enamel dots!!

    February 14, 2018 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Jodi Wayman

    Great cards! Love the eat sleep create it’s so funky!

    February 14, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Teri S.

    Great CAS cards Lydia & happy Valentines day to you too! This is a fab release! These in colours are my favourite yet. I don’t have any CP inks due to exchange rate & shipping, but the are definitely on my wish list.

    February 14, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Sharon Gullikson

    I especially love the I love you just for being you. The colors are great, and the folk art look is perfect. I don’t have any of Catherine’s inks, but would LOVE to try them. I am hoping that someone has them at the craft shows so I can try…

    February 14, 2018 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards. All of them are fantastic. I really appreciate your using vellum for the flowers; so simple yet beautiful.

    February 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Angie Andrews

    I love your last card, it’s so bright and colorful and I think would be a great card for a teenager. Thank you for sharing.

    February 14, 2018 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Diane Loughrey

    All so very creative.

    February 14, 2018 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Kelly Martin

    You totally hit all my favorite things in one blog post! Elegant cards, colorful cards, and patterned cards! 🙂 These are all really pretty, Lydia!

    February 14, 2018 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Cynthia

    Stunning. All the cards are stunning. I am aww struck. Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    February 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Vicki Smith

    You are an exceptional card maker and your cards would make anyone want the new ink colors and stamp/die sets. Just beautiful! 🌸🌸🌸

    February 14, 2018 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Lisa O'Reilly

    Love the vellum flowers!!

    February 14, 2018 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Rae Moan

    I love your cards. The vellum flowers are beautiful.

    February 14, 2018 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Joanne

    Love these cards ! they’re awesome ! thanks for sharing

    February 14, 2018 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Marcia L Rollins

    You stopped me dead in the tracks with your use of vellum! It is my favorite paper to use. It made those flowers look like they were made of lace! Thanks for sharing this!

    February 14, 2018 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Karen Roberts

    The Doodle Garden background stamps is awesome. Can’t wait for my delivery.Love these inks new muted colors.

    February 14, 2018 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Cheryl Ellison

    Love these, I really like the doodle garden stamp.

    February 14, 2018 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Patti Hughes

    You are so creative! I’m loving everything I see! The splotches are out of box for me, and I know I am going to try this!

    February 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Char Hauser

    Wow! There is no limited to what and how the stamps can be used. I love each one.

    February 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Karen Sturdivant

    I love this flower stamp set. It is so versatile as you have shown.

    February 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply ann greene

    Lydia, your cards are awesome. I love the white flowers out of vellum. Simply gorgeous.

    February 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Carolyn S

    Wonderful cards – but oh my – the card with the beautiful flowers in white. Absolutely LOVE that one!!

    February 14, 2018 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply JoAnn K Delery

    your first card is so elegant! and i love the other two, so colorful! a great mix of cards.

    February 14, 2018 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Laura Casselman

    You managed to achieve lovely, colorful and fun from my perspective. I love them all!

    February 14, 2018 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Kay Roose

    Thank you for sharing your cards. My favorite is the Doodle Garden background with the ink splats.

    February 14, 2018 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Nancy-Anne Rockwell

    Stamping white flowers on vellum! Awesome idea that I must steal! They look cut-out in the centers and they’re beautiful!

    February 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Karinw

    The vellum flowers ate absolutely gorgeous!

    February 14, 2018 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Annalisa

    I love the bold black doodle background with the spatters of paint and that sentiment. *kisses fingers* So perfect. I also love the dimension of the vellum flowers. I haven’t seen anyone else do that, but it’s a gorgeous look. Thanks so much for sharing!

    (Also, fyi, Catherine doesn’t have you listed on the main post, so you might want to contact her about putting you on the list. I left her a comment too, but I’m sure she’s swamped with comments right now.)

    February 14, 2018 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Wanda Radler

    Wow – those vellum flowers are amazing! I love all your cards. Thanks for the great inspiration.

    February 14, 2018 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Carol DuFrene

    I liked all your cards and could not choose a favorite…but I sure am going to copy them…ALL of them…I love being able to “try” to duplicate cards that you design.

    February 14, 2018 at 11:03 pm
  • Reply Dee-Ann Gniewek

    The vellum is a great addition!

    February 14, 2018 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Denise Kasbohm

    Beautiful flowers with the vellum. I love it!! Gorgeous colors

    February 14, 2018 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Phyllis Sinclair

    Your use of vellum and the background on the create card are what I esp. like about yours.

    February 15, 2018 at 12:13 am
  • Reply Paula Desmarais

    Lydia I love your cards, especially the eat, sleep, create card. I just love it 🙂

    February 15, 2018 at 12:34 am
  • Reply Debbie

    The smile card is fabulous- love those die cut flowers.

    February 15, 2018 at 1:03 am
  • Reply Dottie

    My favorite is the ink splatters card and thus has inspired me to use my splatter stamps. Been s little shy of doing that but your card has moved me on!!!

    February 15, 2018 at 1:21 am
  • Reply Neudorf Terry

    Really pretty .

    February 15, 2018 at 1:29 am
  • Reply Alison

    Awesome idea to emboss on the vellum! Thanks for sharing!

    February 15, 2018 at 1:36 am
  • Reply Susan Jennings

    Lydia – these cards are just wonderful. I really love your eat sleep create card – it was just so PERFECT for the inky fingers types like ourselves. Thanks so much for sharing – I so can’t wait to play!!

    February 15, 2018 at 1:56 am
  • Reply Jill D.

    Love the simplicity of the second card. These inks are just awesome.

    February 15, 2018 at 2:02 am
  • Reply Sher

    Wow, I love all your cards, especially the white flowers with Smile die cut – so beautiful. And the other cards highlight the colors and different ways to lay out cards. I love your creative spirit. Thanks.

    February 15, 2018 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Debie

    Beautiful cards and I love the flowers on the first card. They have a beautiful lacey look to them

    February 15, 2018 at 2:59 am
  • Reply Lois John

    I love the new colours and the flower stamps Thanks for sharng and for the inspiration. Beautiful cards.

    February 15, 2018 at 3:02 am
  • Reply Kathy Doyle

    Beautiful cards! Love the velum flowers embossed with white EP and finished with a blue embellishment! I need to remember to stamp my sentiment first, so many times I end up with not enough room for it. Your last card is awesome! Love it, it is so bright with the splats of color over the black stamped image!

    February 15, 2018 at 3:07 am
  • Reply Susan Wareham

    Love the first card my favorite. That background stamp is pretty cool

    February 15, 2018 at 3:11 am
  • Reply Barbara S

    Great cards – the white on white vellum flowers are awesome. I love the last one with just the splattering to color the flowers, great idea!!

    February 15, 2018 at 3:25 am
  • Reply Vivian

    Love all your flowers, but the white vellum flowers are exquisite!

    February 15, 2018 at 3:30 am
  • Reply Carol K

    lovely cards … the colors are so vibrant on your ‘create’ card

    February 15, 2018 at 3:50 am
  • Reply Deb

    The vellum flowers are especially beautiful!

    February 15, 2018 at 3:50 am
  • Reply Robyn Running

    Awesome cards and love the colors you used!

    February 15, 2018 at 3:50 am
  • Reply Shawn Burdge

    The first card is really elegant and clean. Love all the cards but the first one is my favorite.

    February 15, 2018 at 4:13 am
  • Reply Tammy Nyenhuis

    Oh, I so love all of your cards!

    February 15, 2018 at 4:17 am
  • Reply Peggy M

    Very pretty!

    February 15, 2018 at 4:29 am
  • Reply Lynn Milewski

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    February 15, 2018 at 5:01 am
  • Reply Dawn B

    Awesome cards. Your first card is simply gorgeous!

    February 15, 2018 at 5:03 am
  • Reply Kim

    Love your cards- I really need the Love Grows stamp set! Guess I better save my pennies!

    February 15, 2018 at 5:35 am
  • Reply Teresa Cherka

    I love all your cards, my favorite is the card with the embossed flowers. They look almost real.

    February 15, 2018 at 5:41 am
  • Reply Vickie Jo Buehler

    WOW! Your first card just floored me! Loved your other cards, too!

    February 15, 2018 at 5:42 am
  • Reply Vicki Robe

    What a stunning design on the vellum!

    February 15, 2018 at 5:54 am
  • Reply Trina Chaska

    Awesome cards.

    February 15, 2018 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Jane Sirak

    I couldn’t find the post title but I did find this reply box. Your cards are beautiful I really love the last one with all those splashes of color so creative

    February 15, 2018 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Cathy Lillie

    These are all fantastic cards! The first one is my favorite! I’m crazy for that chevron stamp and the embossed flowers are beautiful!

    February 15, 2018 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Joanne Guarino

    Great cards! The flowers on the vellum..WOW!

    February 15, 2018 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Sabrina Radican

    Your first card reminds me of the lace flowers that I put on the wedding cakes that I make and design, your second card is very beautiful!!For your third card I absolutely love it!!!!!

    February 15, 2018 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Beth Bray

    Ooh, the lacy look of stamping the flowers on vellum. Lovin’ it!

    February 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Nana Griffin

    The vellum flowers are lovely. I like the other flowers too though.

    February 15, 2018 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Judy

    Your cards are beautiful but the white flowers on the chevron is so elegant.

    February 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Lori A Walker

    Vellum flowers are so beautiful!

    February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Kari VanNoy

    Oh my gosh, your Love Grows card is simple AND GORGEOUS!! Need it. And I adore those vellum flowers.

    February 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Laura Miller

    Really LOVE LOVE LOVE your card samples. But that first one of yours made me do a double-take. Had to figure out how you did that — so very cool; quite stunning!

    February 15, 2018 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Jeanne Beam

    Really gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing…

    February 15, 2018 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Terri Mansfield

    So clever how you used a stamp from another set to add color to the background!! I wish I could think of things like that. These are awesome!!! TFS

    February 16, 2018 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Diane Durbin

    Missed these cards the first time around. I hopped a second time, looking for a card I had liked. Never found it – but did find these. I love the turquoise centers on the white flowers.

    February 16, 2018 at 5:01 am
  • Reply Connie Hinkle

    Beautiful cards!!! Thank you for the inspiration 😊

    February 16, 2018 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Sophia Blair

    Wow! I love all of your cards! The first one with the hearts stamped and embossed on vellum is gorgeous! And the third,, I love how you used only part of the background, the splashes of colour coordinate perfectly with the sentiment. Beautiful work!

    February 16, 2018 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Marianne

    Your vellum flowers are so pretty, Lydia, and I adore the artsy feel of your third card!

    February 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Jan Arnold

    Lydia – these cards are wonderful! I love the first one the most!. The vellum flowers are such a delicate touch! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    February 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Brandy Duncan

    LOVE the whiteboard embossing on vellum. That’s gives such a cool effect. The create card is so happy and fun. I love your designs. You are such an inspiration.

    February 18, 2018 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Barbara Brennan

    Those vellum flowers…so very delicate.

    February 20, 2018 at 3:59 am
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