Beach Blankets & Brellas – the shadow makes all the difference!

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We're big fans around here of our new Beach Blankets & Brellas Stamp Set and Coordinating Thinlits and Framelits! This is part of our debut collection with Sizzix as licensed designers and we couldn't be more excited!

With summer headed our way, you'll be in the mood for creating beach and pool-themed cards with bright colors and designs. This collection has you covered! Head to the shop here and see what we've designed!


I created a couple of super fun, summer cards on Facebook Live Stream, grab the replay here.

We created the beach blanket stamps to be stamped fully on your card, or covered partly by an umbrella, as seen in the video. The extra shadow stamp may be my favorite part of this set as it adds a fun and unexpected element. It really gives an added ooomph of detail, I just love it!

The Sunshine Mini Cover Plate, a CP Designs classic product, worked perfectly with these Beach Blankets & Brellas and was just begging to be made into a shaker card!

Hope you are inspired by these cards! Interested in these products? Use the links below to view in the shop!

Going Bananas for Backgrounds

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Making backgrounds is one of my favorite parts of card making. There are so many ways you can create different textures and patterns for your background. These can take your clean and simple card designs and make them sensational!

Embossing Folder

Embossing folders are a great way to bring pattern AND texture to your project. The Jungle Impressions 3-D folder has a lush jungle and animal texture design. With various ink blending and swiping, you can get gorgeous results!

Layered Stencil

Layered stencils make you an instant artist! The It's a Jungle Out There Layered Stencil has four different stencils that layer together, giving you the option for multiple colors on your background. With our Detail Blending Brushes, you can add even more colors to the various flowers in the design.

Check out the full Video tutorial on YouTube!

Circle Stamping

In my last card, I grabbed the Stamp and Spin Tool to create a fun wreath of leaves with the Stay Wild Stamp Set. Here is a similar card showing this technique. Stamping circle patterns is not only beautiful but it's also so much fun!!

Thanks for visiting today, I hope you love these projects and are inspired! Interested in the supplies used? Head to our shop by using the links below!

Stamp & Spin…It’s All the Rage!

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Our debut line with Sizzix was designed to pair with their brand new, award winning Stamp & Spin Tool. This tool attaches to their Stencil & Stamp platform and is so easy to use! With just a turn and click, you can build circle pattern, wreaths, or full backgrounds with any stamps!

This is the vision behind the Synchronized Swimmers Stamp Set! Using the Stamp & Spin Tool makes creating cards like this super easy. As you spin the tool, the swimmers naturally turn out making the positioning perfect!

The Stay Wild Stamp Set is perfect for wreath making. What a fun focal point this creates for a sentiment and die cut images! Super cute and so eye catching!!

We also have added a NEW Collection from Sizzix by their team that was created to work with the tool. These stamp sets feature fruit, flowers and butterflies that are stunning! You can check out all of these new goodies in the shop!

Get Into Va-Cay Mode!

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Our Debut Collection with Sizzix is now in the shop! Monkeys, jungle leaves, swimmers and beach umbrellas…this collection is about relaxation and adventure, vacation style! You're going to love all the ways the products can be used together in true CPD fashion.

To celebrate this excited release, we asked a few of our favorite crafty friends to share their card making ideas featuring the collection in a YouTube Hop! The hoppers will also be using the Stamp & Spin Tool, which is new from Sizzix, to show you what these fun products can do!

Hops come with prizes and this one is no exception! As you watch the videos, make sure to like and subscribe to each hopper's YouTube and comment for a chance to win one of two prizes! We will be giving away a $100 Gift Card to the CPD Shop and Sizzix is giving both the Stencil & Stamp Tool and Stamp & Spin Tool pairing. Now those are exciting prizes!! Start Hopping…

Take a Deep Dive Into our New Products with Sizzix!

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Our debut collection with Sizzix is in stores around the globe and on May 8, you'll be able to purchase them from the CP Designs shop too!

You will love creating cards with this swimming and poolside resort theme with a fabulous bright color combination (see more below!). We have tons of inspiration coming your way on Instagram, Facebook and a Youtube Hop on May 8. So much fun is headed your way!

Resort Products

  • Synchronized Swimmers Stamp Set
  • Synchronized Swimmers Thinlits Dies
  • Beach Blankets & Brellas Stamp Set
  • Beach Blankets & Brellas Thinlits Dies
  • Pool Deck Layered Stencils
  • Va-Cay Mode Stamp Set

Check out our Party Color Combo for this bundle! It's bright, vibrant and ready to make a splash! Grab these colors and be ready to create beautiful cards and projects.

All of the products will be in our shop on May 8th. We can't wait to see what you are inspired to make with them!

Cards That Pop! Just Add Strips

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What's On Trend is well underway and we have been learning so much with this free video series! Each week our maker experts have been sharing things they can't get enough of in their craft rooms. This week we had Carissa Wiley sharing her love of adding paper strips to her cards.

Carissa Wiley

In her video, Carissa showed various ways to integrate strips and different tools you could use. She started by using the Mod Strips Cover Plate to cut a variety of strips and using the direct-to-paper method, she inked them up in her colors. I love how she placed them at an angle to create a fantastic focal point.

The Angled Strips Cover Plate brings a whole new angle to this look! The bit of ink blending on this strip background is so beautiful! She also used some banner dies to bring in more colorful strips!

Check out Carissa's Video on YouTube!

In her last card, she created one long strip with an ombre ink blending technique. These strips she simply cut with her paper trimmer. All of these techniques and ideas really make her cards pop.

My video is up next! Be sure to join us on Sunday at 8pm Eastern or watch the replays at any time!

Graduation Cards for Any Student

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Graduation season is near and you'll want to get ready to congratulate your friends and loved ones in hand-made card style. Whether they are finishing high school, college or grad school- we've got you covered!

Our Charming Key Bundle with the You Hold the Key Patterned Paper are great for grad cards and the color combo is great for guys or gals on your list! Have fun mixing and matching patterns and key chains to customize the feel to the recipient.

The Congrats Grad Word Die and Count to Ten Number Dies are the perfect pieces to customizing your grad's card. You could even go a step further with our Block Alphabet Dies. Adding a name to a card or keepsake gift is a great touch!

The Open Doors Ahead Stamp Set and Suite Motel Key Dies also have several sentiment options for graduates. There are small number stamps too, you can add for the date of graduation. All the little details and versatility will make these products perfect for anyone on your list!

Check out these other fun cards featuring Who's Hoo Stamp Set and Peeking Pets!

The products used to make these cards are available in our shop, use the links below! Thanks for stopping by today!

We’re Wild About These New Products with Sizzix!

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It's coming…May 1st! Our long-awaited debut products with Sizzix are about to hit a retailer near you!

This collection was inspired by my family's trip to Costa Rica. It's all about kicking it into va-cay mode and relaxing by the ocean or the pool and also getting out to explore in the jungle. Any tropical theme needs a great mascot and these monkeys are the star of the show!

Jungle Products

  • Stay Wild Stamp Set
  • Stay Wild Thinlits Dies
  • Going Bananas Stamp Set
  • Going Bananas Thinlits Dies
  • Jungle Textures 3-D Embossing Folder
  • It's a Jungle Out There Layered Stencils

We have lots of great videos on Facebook and Youtube, reels on Instagram and more inspiration coming here to the blog in the coming weeks. You're going to go bananas for this!

Join us on Thursday, May 2 to DIVE into the Sychronized Swimmers goodies and the launch of these products in our shop is coming on May 8!

Unlock Your Creativity with These Key Bundles

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The Open Doors and Charming Keys Bundles in our NEW Eau de Perfection Collection both have a keychain theme and mix and match together so seamlessly.

How charming is this card featuring the You Hold the Key Patterned Paper and Charming Keys Stamp Set? Stamp and die cut all your keys and keychain pieces and create your own fun cluster to celebrate someone's next big life event!

Create your own Suite Motel Key set with this die set and the coordinating sentiments from the Open Doors Stamp Set. The dies allow you to build a bold focal point. You can use these products to decorate your cards, scrapbook pages, or even create gift tags!

I love how the sentiments in the Open Doors Ahead Stamp Set are designed to fit on the key fob from the Suite Motel Key Dies. The Count to Ten Dies give you options for adding special dates or milestone birthday numbers to your card.

So fun to stamp in various colors and mix and match the icons! These two bundles will give you hours of stamping joy and unlock your creativity!!

Coloring with Confidence! What’s On Trend? No-Line Coloring

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In our second installment of our What's On Trend Series, our buddy Daniel West is sharing his current passion for No-Line Coloring.

Daniel West

In his video, Daniel uses the Carrot Bouquet Stamp Set and Dies for his no-line coloring project. He goes step-by-step and gives so many helpful techniques for coloring with Copic Markers. So much detail is achieved!!

Daniel grabbed his Pebble ink to start but decided to try Tranquil, which is a pale spa blue. He loved how that worked and you really can't see any of the stamped lines on his finished project!

Check out Daniel's Video on YouTube!

…and, don't miss out on a chance to WIN one of three CP Designs Gift Cards! (Check out the description on the video for more information to enter!!)

Be sure to join us each week on Sunday at 8pm Eastern!

Add Some Drama with the Feeling Exotic Stencil!

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The Feeling Exotic Stencil is a two-layer stencil set that allows you to create your own custom colored animal print background! And this one is fierce!

Lisa used a neutral ink color combo and blended an ombre effect of lighter shades over her Macchiato and Cargo leopard print. This gives a fur-like feel and it super sassy!

Pinks for me, please! I wanted to try this out in a pink palette so stenciled in Rose Petals and Pink Champagne and blended a light layer of Quartz over the whole background. I think this is soft and flirty!

Just using the two stencils without blending the background gives a clean look. On this background, I used Rose Gold Metallic Ink for the centers of my spots which added a lot of sparkle. No matter what colors you pick, the Feeling Exotic Stencils bring the drama! You can check out how to make this card in our Reels on Instagram – find us @catherinepoolerdesigns!

I created this card on Youtube, check it out here! It was a surprise when I lifted the second stencil and I loved how the pink and blue mixed in the middle like that…how pretty! A simple sentiment from our Heaven Scent Labels Stamps and Dies. I was going to add more to this card, but I couldn't bring myself to cover up that gorgeous background!

I hope you're inspired by these products, everything is linked below if you want to check it out in the shop!

Easy Impact with Layered Stenciling!


We just kicked-off our new series, What's On Trend? In this five-part series, we asked some crafty friends to share what tricks, techniques and tools they are loving right now. We started things off with Rebecca Keppel who is loving layered stencils.

Rebecca showed a variety of ways to use the Hearts Aflutter Layered Stencils along with their coordinating stamps and hot foil plates. From a no-line coloring look to foiled and embossed detail, she was able to create so many projects from this one set of layered stencils!

Check out Rebecca's Video on YouTube!

Rebecca also used the Detail Blending Brushes to blend on all her colors in each section of the stencils with precision! Can you believe the versatility?

Layered Stenciling definitely brings the Easy Impact!!

Be sure to join us each week on Sunday at 8pm Eastern!

Techniques with the Suite Motel Key Dies


Our newest release, Eau de Perfection, is now in the shop! We are loving the bold and retro Suite Motel Key Dies along with the Open Doors Stamp Set! Let's look at various ways to make your keys pop and shine!

Metallic Ink

Using the CPD Metallic Pigment Ink is a quick and easy way to give the key and keyring a realistic feel. I used Rose Gold on this card and also on the sentiment so it all ties together. The metallic ink is really easy to swipe onto the die cut images and shimmers as it catches the light!


Erika and Amanda both used embossing powders on these keys and keyrings. There are such a wide variety of embossing powder options out there so the texture and finish options are endless!!

Direct to Paper

Keep it simple by just inking up the die cut pieces! Kristie used the direct to paper method on all of her key and charm bits which looks clean and fun. Amanda created a key topper with this method over a chunky embossed key. What a fun way to mix things up! What's your favorite method?

Head over to the shop using the links below, or peruse the entire collection here!

Adding Pops with Patterned Paper!



Here at CP Designs, we are just obsessed with Patterned Paper! Pattern mixing, color combos and yummy prints can really take a card from level 3 to level 10!! Let's take a look at our newest paper packs, You Hold the Key and Citrus and Sass, and some fabulous inspiration!

Amanda Fitterer

Creating a card for a new home owner? The You Hold the Key Patterned Paper pairs with our Charming Keys Stamp Set like peanut butter and jelly! The cute plant print is perfect for setting the tone for a housewarming and makes this card extra special. Amanda paired it with the polka dot print for an eye-catching mix.

Sometimes you just want to keep it simple. Amanda made a graduation card with a big piece of chevron paper as the background. This makes the Congrats Grad Word Die pop and the focal point of this clean and simple card for a recent grad!

Arsenia Wolf

Citrus and Sass is a classy pack! Arsenia layered up the patterns along with her stamped and die cut images from the Scentsational Stamp Set. I love the contrast of these papers, but they still go together beautifully since each sheet in the pack was created for pattern play.

Arsenia used the same patterns on these two cards but varied the layouts and accents. The colors and patterns look beautiful together and she used the paper pack color combo to coordinate her inks for stamping. These patterns add a lot of pop to each card!

The KEY to Creating a Fun Background…


Creating backgrounds for your cards can be so much fun! Our Design Team often come up with a wide variety of ways to use their supplies to create show-stopping backgrounds! Let's get inspired by them…

Use a Background Stamp

Kristie used the Lots of Locks Background Stamp two ways on these cards. Using white ink on kraft paper, Kristie created a subtle lock pattern. On her second card, Kristie embossed the stamped image in white and ink blended over the bottom to make the images pop!

Hand made card with die cut key background
Kristie Goulet

White on White with Die Cuts

Why not cut and paste a custom background with dies? Kristie cut a bunch of keys with the Suite Motel Key Dies in white and arranged them over white stock. This pattern has a lot of fun movement but still gives a clean background for her sentiment key and keychain.

Build Your Own with Small Image Stamps

Erika and Amanda both had the same idea when they looked at the three key stamps in the Charming Key Stamp Set. Amanda went with one color and cut down her background piece to center over patterned paper. Erika made her background with a variety of colors and added some ink splatter. Both are eye-catching and fun!