What’s in Wednesday and a FREE Download

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We are thinking about you and wanted to offer a FREE download so you can create cards for friends and family during this challenging time. 

No need to make a purchase.  Just head over to the shop, add the download to your cart and check out (for no dollars).  You will receive an email with download instructions.  Then print, cut, make cards and send!

You can see how easy it is to create gorgeous hand made cards with this download to offer encouragement and a smile during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Add a few stamped and die cut flowers, adhere to patterned or solid cardstock and send! Grab your download here and get busy creating!


It's Wednesday and we have some fun new products in the shop.
The Deco Fan Stencil, new sparkly Stickles products and some fun new embossing powders along with Seth Apter's WOW Brush and Metalz Powders.  Head over to the shop by clicking below or right here for What's New!

Rizzo Background Stamp Meets LOTS of Layering and Die Cutting!

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How are you holding up, my friend? This is a rough time and we are all facing our own challenges. Whether it's working on the front lines in health care, worrying about elderly parents or finding yourself working from home while corralling children that are no longer in school this is a stressful time for us all. 

We're all in this together and the hope at Catherine Pooler Designs is to offer you an escape. I don't know about you, but as soon as I put a stamp in my hand, I enter another world. I get lost in creativity and it's such a reprieve for me.

I've been going live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Noon Eastern and it's been a great distraction. Thank you to everyone that has joined us! You all make a difference for the team at CPD.

This Facebook Live – click here to view the replay – I started with a rainbow of Rizzo Background Stamps stamped out on white Cardstock. I die cut each one, the largest in It's a Girl and the smallest in Flirty Fuchsia (that would be rainbow order!) and layered them using foam tape between each of the layers. When I was done, it was sheer perfection and I decided the greeting would go on the inside.

I looked over and noticed the Melon Ice layer and the Flirty Fuchsia layer…they were screaming to be put together! I added a piece of acetate (window sheets for shaker cards now in our shop!!), foam adhesive and sequins. It was a match made in heaven, y'all!

I also stamped the Rizzo background in Midnight Ink and thought the All That Jazz layer would look gorgeous layered on top. A simple Hugs die cut sentiment was all it needed to finish it off.

The first photo…all the way at the top…also includes the first technique piece I stamped. I used the same ink colors and my MISTI Stamping Tool to create that look. I am smitten with these cards, they were an awesome bit of happy in my day today and I can't wait to send them to make someone smile.

Thank you for hanging out with me a bit…hugs to you!

Club Sursee – Rainbow Color Palettes

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With rain comes rainbows!! This concept inspired some of our Club Sursee Ambassadors in their card making with their March Club Sursee goodies!

Using the Scalloped Floral Border die and some direct to paper fun, Club Ambassador Ashlee McGregor, made this festive card by coloring the die cut borders with the Direct-to-Paper method, then layering the on the card.

On the second card, she incorporated the rainbow theme by stamping the ribbon stamp from the Springtime Elements Stamp Set which created a cool striped background.

Creative inking of her stamp allowed Club Ambassador, Lisa Harrolle, to get brightly striped rainboots! Not the full spectrum of color but her bright palette brings a celebration of color to her card.

Another beauty from Lisa, this card used more direct to paper inking with the Blue Skies Ahead Dies to layer a rainbow of umbrellas. The stamped blue umbrella at the front creates a focal point with it's patterned image.

How can you incorporate rainbows in your rainy day cards?

These products were from last Club Sursee shipment! Aren't they fabulous? We are gearing up for our next shipment…it's one of my FAVORITES! Last day to sign up is April 14. Learn more here!

Techniques for Inlaid Die Cutting

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I love the look of the Inlaid Die Cutting Technique, but to be honest, it scares me a little! Especially when it's done on an intricate Cover Plate Die. These cards use three different techniques for Inlaid Die Cutting on smaller images. They are more manageable than large dies and have a gorgeous effect on your hand made cards!

The two roses from the Pair of Roses Dies are perfect for Inlaid Die Cutting!

These dies are part of our Club Sursee subscription and were sent out earlier this year. If you missed them and are a subscriber, you can log into the shop and find them under “Club Sursee Exclusives”.

Sursee subscribers get a special shipment of product every single month…it's some of our favorite products! Learn more here. The next shipment goes out after April 15!

In the video I show a couple ways to adhere the die cut pieces from the Pair of Roses dies. I used It's a Girl Ink and the Direct-to-Paper Technique to color them.

The Backsplash Die is another great die for the Inlaid Die Cutting. For this technique, I embossed the pieces with Something Borrowed Embossing Glitter.

I hope you are inspired to try some Inlaid Die Cutting for your next card making project!

April Spreads with Headers and Icons

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The Headers and Icons Stamp Set is the latest and greatest in our Canvo Bullet Journaling Stamp Line. This set has a mix of, well…headers and icons for creating fabulous spreads!

The icons can be used to add a pop of decorative interest to your weekly spread, to notate a birthday, seasonal celebration, or maybe lunch with a friend. French fries anyone? Use them in a mix or why not just choose one and color them in to create a theme.

This stamp set has a variety of borders offering lots of versatility for fun yet easy page layouts. Add in the Milestone Birthday Sentiment Mix for some quick number stamps to complete a monthly layout in no time!

Donuts? Yes, please!

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Have you ever looked at the images on a stamp set and thought, “hmmm….I know what these images are, but I see {insert great idea here}”?

Well, our resident crafty creanius, Lisa Harrolle, does that a lot! When she got the Sweet Life Stamp Set, she didn't just see kiwi on the Sweet Life Stamp Set, she saw donuts!!

…and why not!?!? Using a iced color scheme and by omitting a layer of the stamp, she created this donut background. (Anybody else see some bagels too?). We just adored this innovative, thinking-out-of-the-fruity-box card. The “live the sweet life” sentiment fit perfectly!

Lisa's creation inspired Erika to play with the kiwi and a different funky color scheme to create a fun patterned background piece. She popped on a sentiment and used a lot black contrast on this bright card.

Just because a stamp was designed to be a fruit doesn't mean it is limited to that use! Use your crafty imagination and make the cards that make you happy! Is it a pear or a papaya? The choice is yours!

If you missed this video, check it out for more inspiration on stamping the fruits from the Sweet Life Stamp Set, enjoy!

4 Cards using Direct to Paper Technique

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Create four vibrant and graphic hand made cards using the Direct-to-Paper Technique! These cards are fun and simple to create with 5 ink pads, the Smile, Beautiful Stamp Set and the Beautiful Die.

I love these cards so much! They are bright, cheerful, and are definitely going to make someone smile!

We put a Project Guide Download for you complete with step-by-step and full color project photos to follow along with. Download it here!

Start with one piece of cardstock and swipe your ink pads across in rainbow order. Die cut the Beautiful Word Die and outline from this piece of cardstock to create these cards.

Add a few hearts, or a lot of hearts!

Take the rest of your Direct-to-Paper Technique piece and trim off 1/4″ strips. Stagger them on your card to achieve this fun look.

Cut five strips of 3/4 x 5-1/2″ pieces of cardstock, use the Direct-to-Paper Technique to color them and adhere to your card base.

For the full step-by-step instructions, download this Project Guide!

The Smile, Beautiful Stamp set was designed to pair along with our Beautiful Word Die. With words about kindness, happiness and beauty both inside and out, this mix and match sentiments create a number of options for uplifting and encouraging phrases. The set can be used alone or also pairs well with our Smile Word Die.

This hand-lettered word die is simply beautiful.  The Beautiful Word Die has two layers, one background and one ornate word.  They can be used together or the top layer can stand alone.  This large word die is a statement piece for your card and was designed to work along with the Smile, Beautiful Sentiment Stamp Set.  

CP Inks are gorgeous when using the Direct-to-Paper Technique. Gently swipe your ink pad across the cardstock to create gorgeous color on your cardstock!

CP Ink Pads are made with a foam pad and foam releases ink beautifully creating gorgeous color!

The Kitchen Sink Sequins were created for our StampNation Members and are available in the SN Exclusive section of the shop. Learn more about the many perks of StampNation Membership here.

I hope you are inspired to create graphic, bold color cards to send to loved ones! They'll appreciate it now more than ever. Sending hugs, Catherine

What’s In Wednesday for April 1

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Hope you are hanging in strong in the midst of all that is going on in our world. We are so blessed to still be able to ship and hope you reap the benefits of that by being able to craft on!

On Wednesday, April 1, we'll add to the NEW section of our shop and will be restocking some items you may have missed. Let's take a peek…

Today we are adding a few things our mixed-media friends are going to love! The Waffle Flower Mini Mixed Media Mat and Tim Holtz scissors are must haves.

The Watercolor Set from Amy Tangerine is too cute for words! It is packed with everything you need for watercoloring right down to a water brush and fold out palette. Did I mention it's adorable?!!

Go see what else is being popped in today and don't forget to check out the Newest Collection, Forever 13, Sale and Last Chance sections, too. You never know what you might find to help you keep crafty!! Stay safe and healthy, my friends!

Head over to the see What's In Wednesday!

Canvo Bullet Journal Spreads for April

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April is coming soon…are you ready? The pages of my Canvo are looking good thanks to my Club Canvo goodies from last month!

Club Canvo is a subscription program that ships stamp sets and stencils to your door for your Canvo Bullet Journaling (and card making!!). Each month has a special theme and includes a weekly tracker stamp like the envelope of flowers you see here. Cute, right?

Club Canvo subscribers get their bundle of goodies a month early, so they can stay organized and plan out their next month's spreads in advance. This means the March subscription included the April themed stamps- including the April 3×4 stamp set with three different April stamps for easy page headers.

Each month also includes a smart Weekly Layout Stencil. As you collect them, you will have so many options to choose from to help you whip up quick and easy, pre-spaced weekly layouts- no ruler required!

When your goodies arrive, just pick your color scheme, grab some blocks and your favorite pen and you can jump right in to creating your spreads!

The May stamps and stencil ship in a few days so why not subscribe and join in on the fun today!

If you'd like a sneak peek of the Club Canvo shipment for May, which goes out at the end of this week, check out this Facebook Live Stream! We created 3 cards and a Bullet Journal spread.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Birthday Card Making: 4 Cards

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This video and project guide download will help you get ahead, so you'll never be caught off guard when the next birthday sneaks up on you!

Which card is your favorite and how are you inspired by these cards?

The WooHoo Stamp Set has so many fun sentiments for birthday card making! Add a few balloons, party hats or the cake and create borders and backgrounds with the confetti stamps. Add a die cut sparkly Hooray die and you're all set to wish someone a very happy birthday!

I'm all over this non-traditional birthday card! That tropical pineapple is so SWEET and with the ink blending on the stamp, it creates a bright and fun way to say have a sweet day.

I'm a sucker for the texture a white on white patterned cover plate gives a card. The Sprinkles Cover Plate is perfect for this!

Just top it off with a banner and a little shaker element for a fun card.

Trim a banner at the end of a piece of patterned paper, add a sentiment circle and top it off with some balloons. Try different patterns for different looks and have fun!

Looking for more ideas? Download our Project Guide and subscribe to our newsletter here!

Thanks for visiting today, sending hugs and prayers! Catherine

Shipping Updates from CPD

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Hello my friends! I wanted to give you an update on what is happening in our corner of the planet in regards to COVID-19. Our county government issued a stay at home order effective Friday evening through April 17. Since we are not a customer facing retailer, the ordinance allows us to continue shipping while maintaining social distancing practices as outlined below.

Social distancing practices shall include, to the extent possible:

  • Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals;
  • Washing hands with soap and water (especially if hands are soiled) for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer;
  • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve, elbow or tissue, not hands);
  • Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces; and
  • Not shaking hands.

The entire CPD team will be working from home, with the exception of the minimum staff needed to ship daily orders. We usually get packages out in 24 – 48 hours, but during this time it may take a bit longer. We are continuing to watch our local government's recommendation in case of changes and will keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued support of Catherine Pooler Designs! We send hugs and love to all of you! Catherine

A few cards to say HELLO!

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There has been SO much stamping this week! It's been a great stress reliever and it's been soo much fun to connect with paper crafters around the world on our Facebook Lives. These projects use the Find Joy Stamp Set and I thought it was really appropriate at this time with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This adorable blooming envelope stamp was created to be a Mood Tracker for our Canvo Bullet Journal enthusiasts, but is fantastic for cards, too!

Stamp the envelope in your Bullet Journal and color in one flower for each day you achieve your goals whether you're tracking your water intake, medicine, exercise, reading.

Stamp it on a 3-3/4 x 5-1/2″ card layer, color and layer it over a card base with a striped rainbow border (from the Fresh and Fruity paper pack!!).

Even though the Find Joy Stamp Set is perfect for cards, it was originally created for bullet journaling. Create a gorgeous and fun Bullet Journal page with the Weekly Three Stencil and stamp flowers, corners and that super cute frog!

This stamp set and the stencil are now available in our shop, but came to our Club Canvo subscribers early in March. We are watching the recommendations from our city. As of now we are all set to ship our next Club Canvo shipment on April 1.

We have this super cool new Embossing Glitter in the shop by WOW…it's called Unicorn Magic! Sounds pretty awesome to me!

I embossed a piece of cardstock and die cut hearts. Then I created the Shaker piece layer and filled it with the new Your Carriage Awaits Glitter (this is not embossing powder, just straight up glitter!).

The frog! I thought he was perfect to perch on the shaker circle. Add it to a Deco Circles Die Cut background and the card base. I love this card!

Here's a look back at the cards from our live stream earlier in the week.

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today! The Catherine Pooler Designs staff sends love and prayers for health and safety.

5 Ways: Petal Connection Coverplate

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Hello my friends! We are about to have a Cover Plate party! Thursday at NOON Eastern, I'll kick of the party Live on our StampNation Community Facebook Page. Then we'll have our Brand Ambassadors pop on with a new live every 15 minutes to share a fun technique using Cover Plates.

If you can't join us live, the replays will be available on the SN Community FB Page.

If you haven't joined this fabulous community yet, click here to learn more! You'll receive product perks, special promotions (members have a pretty awesome discount code to use right now!), online classes and access to a pretty awesome community of paper crafters. We'd love to have you join us!

In celebration of Cover Plates, let's check out some great ways to use the Petal Connection Cover Plate!

A simple white on white…my very favorite way to use a Cover Plate! Add colored banners, a greeting and the fun roller skates from Let the Good Times Roll Stamp Set!

Ink blend a background, then add your Cover Plate over the top. Add a sentiment die, addition sentiments and some strawberries. Done and totally cute!

Ink blend over the top of the die cut piece, then adhere to black card stock.

White emboss, then ink blend over a background and add white strip of a die cut Cover Plate piece for a fun accent.

Die cut Cover Plate with a shape die and layer image over it. Gorgeous!

All these products can be found in the shop, links below. Thank you for visiting, now go get crafty, friend!

What’s in Wednesday! The Latest from the Clubhouse

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What's In Wednesday? Oh, just a few restocks and some fun new Craft Room Essentials in the shop! Look for these at 9 AM Eastern on March 25!!

Foam Adhesive Tape and Squares in both black and white will come in handy for your shaker cards.  Action Wobble Springs will be great for fun, interactive cards!  Don't forget the new pastes, powders and glitter from Nuvo and WOW! to add to your collection.

FACEBOOK LIVE: Looking for crafty fun and inspiration? Check out our LIVE today over on the Facebook page. We made 4 cards from one technique piece. For added fun, we will be selecting 4 commenters and sending them one of the cards!

SHIPPING AND STAFFING UPDATE: We continue to work with a very small staff in the office to keep our shipping operations going. We are keeping our spirits high as we wash our hands and keep our social distance! I just counted and I've seen 10 people in the past two weeks (other than at the grocery store!) – CPD staff and my kids…that's it! I'm sure you can relate…

As places around the country are going on lockdown, we preparing for the possibility of that here in North Carolina. We are making plans to keep you crafting (and sane!) and our shipping staff working as long as possible. Thank you for your support of this small business, ❤️❤️❤️ we send you LOVE!

MORE LIVE STREAM INSPIRATION: Check out this Facebook Live Stream where we created this fun Birthday Card.

You can catch the replay of this Facebook Live Stream here.

It's our goal to spread as much cheer as we can from the Clubhouse, while we can. We will be back making some more cards tomorrow at NOON Eastern time on the Facebook Page. We plan to have another fun give-away too!! See you tomorrow for some stamping fun!

Blog Hop along with Ellen Hutson!

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Our friends over at Ellen Hutson got their hands on the Forever 13 Collection and something amazing happened! A bunch of their talented design team members have made some FABULOUS cards and are sharing them today in a Blog Hop!

They are even offering a prize…one random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop!

Happy Hopping!

**Comment before Sunday, March 29th at 11:59pm PDT. Winner will be notified by email.