Folk Art Craft Inspired- Nordic Traditions Bundle

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All of our Nordic Wood Collection products are now in the shop! We have bundles available as well as the option to choose your favorites a la carte. A few items have been very popular and are already sold out, or are getting low on our shelves. Never fear! We have placed reorders already for the most popular products. Just add your name in the shop on the sold out product and you will get an email as soon as our shelves are restocked.

Here are a few more card projects to inspire you!

embroidered star stencil slimline card with ink blended background and wishes word die

With all the feel of traditional folk patterns and hand-crafted delights we have the Nordic Traditions Bundle.  The Embroidered Snowflake Stencil and Nordic Stars Stamps all have a hand-stitched feel and work so well together for creating beautiful Winter or Holiday projects. 

Tie it together with the sentiment set and word die and a bit of your imagination and this bundle is ready to go!

The Nordic Traditions Bundle Includes:

  • Nordic Stars Stamp Set
  • Nordic Stars Dies
  • Wishes Word Die
  • All Around Wishes Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Sweater Weather Background Stamp
  • Embroidered Snowflake Stencil

Head over to the shop now to check out all these fabulous new products using the links below!

If you missed any of our reveals and projects, head over to Facebook…grab some stamps and create right along with us.

We'll be live on Facebook Thursday at 3pm Eastern and Friday at Noon Eastern. See you then!

Winter Slimline Bundle: Nordic Woods Collection Coming Soon!

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Get ready to bring all your winter card ideas into a slimline layout with our Winter Slimline Bundle.  These dies and patterned papers are all formatted in our paper-saving 3.5 x 8.5″ size. 

winter village card with snow slimline cover plate die
Flurries Slimline Die

Winter Slimline Bundle

All of the designs coordinate perfectly with the overall theme of our Nordic Wood Collection and make a perfect add-on with any of the other bundles.

Winter Slimline Bundle Includes:

  • Just Plaid Slimline Stencil
  • Flurries Slimline Die
  • Folk Star Slimline Die
  • Garland and Greenery Slimline Patterned Paper
winter patterned paper in slimline and regular size in kraft and red or green
Garland and Greenery Slimline Patterned Paper

The Garland and Greenery Slimline Patterned Paper is the green and Kraft version of the Through the Woods Patterned Paper (6×6 size), has a few unique patterns and a different size for others. You are going to LOVE these patterns with our new stamps!

folk art style slimline cover plate on card with happy holidays word die
Folk Star Slimline Die

The Folk Star Slimline Stencil will create gorgeous detail for your backgrounds. Use it with color paper, emboss it or use it white on white for an elegant look. You might even be brave and try Inlaid Die Cutting with it!

Just Plaid Slimline Stencil and Pinecone Greetings Stamp Set

I've already put the Just Plaid Slimline Stencil to good use! I love how it frames the pages of my Canvo Bullet Journal and is perfect to use with the Pinecone Greetings Stamp Set!

All these products will hit the shop on Wednesday, October 27 at 9 am Eastern. Stay tuned for lots more project ideas coming your way in the coming weeks!

Woodland Bundle: Nordic Wood Collection Coming Soon!

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This week we are revealing our new Nordic Wood Collection of stamps, dies, stencils and patterned papers. These products are perfect for winter card making as well as projects year round.

Woodland Bundle

Today, we revealed the Woodland Bundle on Facebook Live, check out the replay for lots of project ideas and experimenting with Embossing Powders!

The Woodland Bundle is full of natural elements as well as rustic patterns and textures and is an outdoor lover's dream. 

These stamps, dies and accessories are perfect for winter projects as well as elegant all occasion cards.  From the Pinecone Greetings Stamps to the Oak City Sequins, this bundle will provide hours and hours of project fun!

Woodland Bundle Includes:

  • Peace Love & Holly Stamp Set
  • Peace Love & Holly Dies
  • Pinecone Greetings Stamp Set
  • Pinecone Dies
  • Holly Framed Cover Plate Die
  • Happy Holidays Word Die
  • Through the Woods Patterned Paper
  • Oak City Sequins


  • Tuesday, October 27 at Noon Eastern – Bundle Reveal on Facebook Live Stream
  • StampNation Early Ordering at Noon Eastern on October 26!
  • Wednesday, October 28 at 9 am Eastern – General ordering opens!
  • Wednesday, October 28 at Noon Eastern – Live Stamping on Facebook!

StampNation Members – ordering opens for you at Noon on Tuesday, October 28. We'll go live on Tuesday on our Facebook Community page with a look behind the scenes and card making. We always have so much fun!

If you haven't started your membership yet, learn more here and join us in time for this fabulous release!

Nordic Wood First Three Bundle Reveals!

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We have shared the first three bundles of the Nordic Wood Collection over on a YouTube LIVE STREAM and I am so excited for all this cuteness! This Nordic inspired Winter Collection has all of us in the Clubhouse ready for snow.

The Bunny Slopes Bundle

If adorable bunnies ice skating is right up your ski slope, then the Bunny Slopes Bundle is for you!  The folk art inspired images will mix and match for endless card making fun from Winter themed birthdays and holiday cards to thank you notes.

The Bunny Slopes Bundle includes:

  • Bunny Slopes Stamps & Dies
  • Nordic Borders Stamps
  • Cuddle Weather Sentiments Stamps
  • Snowfall Stencil

The Alpine Village Bundle

Traditional Swiss-German architecture and folk art meet together in the stamps, dies and accessories in this bundle.  The In the Alps Patterned Paper and Alpine Village are a perfect pairing!

The Alpine Village Bundle Includes:

  • Alpine Village Stamps & Dies
  • WhiteBirch Cover Plate Die
  • In the Alps Patterned Paper

Purchase these products as a bundle for a great discount, or pick and choose your favorites!

Nordic Traditions Bundle

The Nordic Traditions Bundle will bring the feel of traditional folk patterns and hand-crafted delights to your card making projects. 

The Embroidered Snowflake Stencil and Nordic Stars Stamps have a hand-stitched feel and work so well together for creating beautiful Winter or Holiday projects.  Tie it together with the sentiment set and word die and a bit of your imagination and this bundle is ready to go!

The Nordic Traditions Bundle includes:

  • Nordic Stars Stamps & Dies
  • Wishes Word Die
  • All Around Sentiments Stamps
  • Sweater Weather Background Stamp
  • Embroidered Snowflake Stencil

Join us on Monday and Tuesday at Noon on Facebook Live for more bundle and product reveals along with fabulous card making project ideas!

NEW PRODUCTS AVAILABLE on Wednesday at Noon Eastern! Head over to the shop to check them out!

StampNation Members – ordering opens for you at Noon on Tuesday, October 28. We'll go live on Tuesday on our Facebook Community page with a look behind the scenes and card making. We always have so much fun!

If you haven't started your membership yet, learn more here and join us in time for this fabulous release!

Coming Soon…Nordic Wood Collection!

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Bring the charm of winter in a snow covered Swiss Village to your card making projects with our Nordic Wood Collection. 

Designed with the enchantment of folk style design, the snow bunnies, forest elements and hand made ornaments are straight from a German Christmas Market.

Celebrate the traditions of a European Winter right in your crafting space with this collection of stamps, dies, stencils and patterned paper!   

Join us for the Product Reveals this week

  • Friday, October 23 at Noon Eastern – Theme Reveal and Stamping on FaceBook Live
  • Sunday, October 25 at 4pm Eastern – THREE Bundle Reveals on YouTube Live Stream
  • Monday, October 26 at Noon Eastern – Bundle Reveal on Facebook Live Stream
  • Tuesday, October 27 at Noon Eastern – Bundle Reveal on Facebook Live Stream
  • StampNation Early Ordering at Noon Eastern on October 26!
  • Wednesday, October 28 at 9 am Eastern – General ordering opens!
  • Wednesday, October 28 at Noon Eastern – Live Stamping on Facebook!

Thank you for joining us for the fun and festivities!

How to Choose color Combos for Layering Stamps – Party Fans

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Choosing color combinations for layering stamps can be confusing! I'll share lots of tips and color combo ideas so you can achieve a fabulous look with layering stamps through the rainbow.

View the video here.

When choosing color combinations for layering stamps, once you figured out what main color you'd like to use, choose several shades of that color for the various layers.

In this video, two stamps were used to create the image, so two shades of pink, or orange or blue were needed. If you have an image that needs more than 3 layers, the same rules apply. Try different combinations of shades to see what works best with the inks you own!

You can also try turquoise with blue, coral with orange, pink with red…and so on. As long as you are using various shades of the same color, or colors that are next to each other in the rainbow, you should achieve great results!

A few recommendations:

Blue: It's a Boy, Something Borrowed, Suede Shoes

Pink: It's a Girl, Be Mine, Party Dress, Rockin' Red

Purple: Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Flirty Fuchsia, Grape Crush

Green: Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt

These party fans were begging to be a lined up on a Slimline Card in rainbow order! I love the result.

I added two “Yay” stamps for a fun greeting. I stamped in Midnight on white cardstock for one and embossed in white on black for the second YAY. I love this look!

There are more than 60 colors in the Catherine Pooler Designs ink line…which colors will you begin with?

Learn more about Catherine Pooler Ink here.

Autumn Card Making Inspiration

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Here in Raleigh, Fall is calling our names. It's been a terribly hot Summer and the cooler evenings bring hints of the upcoming change of seasons. As a big fan of Autumn, I love all of the things associated with it and thought I'd share some card with Fall themes.

The Adore Cover Plate is a classy piece to create a fall card creation like this one from Jenny Colacicco. The Thankful Word Die is also a classic and is wonderful for this time of year.

Spa color combos are perfect for Autumnal cards. Erika mixed in a few stamps from the Howdy November Canvo Set with the Hey Pumpkin to create this pumpkin spiced cutie.

The Leaf Motif Stamp Set is a classic set for so many card making occasions. I love how some of the same supplies can look classy and traditional one way, and modern and festive with a different layout! Which is your favorite?

These two also feature Leaf Motif and both with watercolor techniques. All that Jazz, Lime Rickey and Tutti Frutti are the stars on both of these cards and make a gorgeous Fall combo with the contrast of Icing on the Cake.

This card I made on a Facebook Live Stream features the Bushels of Love Bundle from our Fall Pick-n-Mix Mini Collection. I created a mini Fall scene with these stamps and used a subtile party color combo. Pumpkins, fresh picked apples, and falling leaves. Ah…I can't wait!

Pumpkin Season is now in the shop!

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Quite possibly our most popular Club Sursee Subscription products ever, Pumpkin Season, are now in the shop! Subscribers received these products back in September and received quite the discount on them! (Club Sursee Deluxe Subscribers' discount was almost 50% off!)

Our Winter Club Sursee products are going to knock your socks off, sign up for October closes October 14 at 11:59pm Eastern.

If you missed it, here's the replay where we created several cards using the Pumpkin Season goodies. There is a ton of inspiration in here using these fabulous fall products!

I love all the fun ways to use these stamps….not just the intended ways, but the Unintended ways, too! What will you come up with?

The To-Go Cup Die will be perfect for a thoughtful pick-me-up for friends, teachers, essential workers, among others during this time of thanksgiving, and will work all year long!

The sleeve die has a cut line around the outside and a score line for the inside. Cut, fold and adhere. Then include a gift card, slide the coffee cup die cut inside and brighten someone's day!

These cute Gift Card Holders are all dolled up for fall with the Best in the Patch Stamp Set.

Add a pumpkin, a leaf and a darling acorn along with a few sequins for the perfect presentation.

The Pumpkin Season Stamp Set includes darling images for cards, too!

All these goodies can now be found in the shop!

SPOILER ALERT: Ice Skates and Winter Icons

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Every month, we pack hundreds of fun purple envelopes full of some of our favorite brand new products and ship them to Club Sursee Subscribers.

Each envelope contains brand new products, created to coordinate together for polished hand made cards, at a great discount!

If you haven't subscribed yet, find more info about this subscription here. Be sure to subscribe before the 14th of the month and you can cancel at any time!

Most months, our Sursee products are a surprise (Sursee means a surprise!), but on occasion, you'll find me so excited and I just have to give peeks in my videos. View this YouTube video to see the products that ship our early next week!

Don't forget to subscribe by the 14th of October to get the fabulous products shown in this video!

The ice skate in this Club Sursee is such a unique focal point and I love the ink blending on the skate and the embossing on the skate blade! I have so many more ways I want to use this skate!

Here, I added a simple poinsettia, a sentiment and a few Vegas, Baby Sequins.

I created this card with some of the adorable winter icon stamps in the second stamp that comes in Club Sursee.

Basic Subscribers get two new stamp sets each month.

Deluxe Subscribers get the same two stamp sets, plus 2 coordinating sets of dies.

I had to make a shaker card with all the fun winter icons! I used the Mini Merry Cover Plate for the Shaker piece with an ink blended layer and snowflakes embossed in Iced Silver Embossing Glitter.

winter ice skate card

Club Sursee Subscribers will receive an inspiration email in their inbox in less than 2 weeks! Get ready to create some unique and fabulous cards to send to friends and family this winter. Can't wait to see what you create!

pumpkin season cards

All products are linked below, including links for joining Club Sursee!

We're getting your purple envelope ready!

Balloon Stencils with Bright Colors

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With the Let's Party Collection, we just had to have some fun balloon stencils! The Oval Balloon Stencil has three sizes of balloon and a shape to add a little highlight.

On this card by Brand Ambassador, Erin, I love the layers of her color blending and how our translucent inks really give that look of balloons overlapping. I love how she used a white gel pen with the highlight shape to add to the 3-D effect.

On this card from Kristie, she also used the Oval Balloon Stencil. Kristie built shadow with her color blending and added an extra bit of dimension by cutting and raising up a layer with the Instant Happy Die. This card really pops!

In case you missed this video, Erin and I showed you how to use these stencils to create a gorgeous ink blend as well as using them with a variety of mediums!

Easy Watercolor Backgrounds for Holiday Cards

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Ilina Crouse created this striking Cranberry Fizz Ombre Watercolor Background, embossed the tree from Caroling Sentiments in White and inspired my video today!

Do you have a favorite color ombre background? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear about it!

The Deck the Halls watercolor background is finished off with a simple Wreath and Joy word die that was dressed up with embossing.

The Wreath was embossed with Deck the Halls Embossing Glitter along with the strip along the side. The Joy Word Die was embossed with Oyster Glintz Embossing Powder.

The pink ombre watercolor background was a no brainer for me! I added the Peace & Joy word die first, then the snowflake dies. To finish this card off, I popped a Nuvo Drop in the center of each snowflake.

Catherine Pooler Inks are water based, so any time you add water, the ink will react with the water. Once the background was dry, I accidentally laid a wet paper towel on the background and it left a water spot.

I decided to go with it and spritz water on the background to create a bunch of droplets. I used this as a night sky and added the snowbanks and houses.

I hope you enjoyed this video and are inspired by these cards today! All products are linked below.

Water Techniques and Ink Blending on Die Cuts

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Card Making inspiration can be found just about anywhere! Erika was inspired to create from a Starbucks ad. View the video to see the photo ad and see how I was inspired, too!

Some die cuts can be used without their coordinating stamps, have a look at your stash and see what you've got! Experiment and play and have some fun.

Try ink blending on die cuts, then adding splotches of water and flicks of metallic paint!

Catherine Pooler Designs Ink is a dye, water based ink and is fabulous for ink blending. It also reacts with water, so flick on some water and watch it work it's magic! You'll be left with water droplets that lighten the color and give a fun texture to your projects.

Learn more about Catherine Pooler Inks here!

I just had to create a pumpkin patch with a scarecrow peeking out of it!

The Wrap It Up Stamp Set which has fun patterns and geometrics on them, but the die cut shapes are cute with a rainbow of ink blending on them, too! Add them to a Slimline Card for a rainbow row of birthday presents!

The Doodle Window Die is striking with Black Tie Gala Paper behind it and really make those presents pop!

Try a trio of presents for a Clean and Simple design!

The Wrap It Up Stamp Set and Sentiments, along with the A Little Something Stamp Set were originally released with our Club Sursee Subscription. Subscribers got their goodies back in August (and at a great discount!), but they are now in the shop. Links below, thanks for stopping by!

And the Winners Are…

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Thank you so much for hopping along with us for the National Coffee Day Blog Hop! What a wonderful hop it was and so many awesome sponsors and bloggers participated.

From my comments, I have randomly selected two winners of $25 Gift Cards. And they are…

Yay and Congrats to Hetty and Debra! Email [email protected] with your info and we will get those $25 Gift Cards issued to you!

Peeking Pets Ready to Party!

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I don't know about you, but adding a furry friend to a birthday card is a home run for me! Brand Ambassador, Daniel, made this slim line card by combining a pup from the Peeking Pet's Stamp Set with one of the sentiments from the Party Fans Stamp Set. See how clever he was using the party fan and paw print dies for his thought bubble? That guy…so smart!

I made this birthday card for my friend Nancy using the Instant Happy Die. I mixed and matched a bunch of elements for this festive shaker and made sure to color in the golden lab just like her beloved dog.

…and once you get on a roll with one of these cute shakers, you just have to make more. Using the Instant Thanks Die this time and a cute little doxie, I created this fun thank you card. The Atlantica Sparkles from WOW! made a perfect filler for this shaker. I'd give these cards two paws up!

World Card Making Day Retreat Kick Off

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We had a very successful kick off to our World Card Making Day Virtual Retreat! I was inspired by THIS CHALLENGE from our WCMD 2019 Celebration.

StampNation Members, the replay is on StampNation for you to view if you missed us live. Find the weekend schedule here as well as links to tomorrow's Zoom Experiences!

If you haven't started your membership yet, click here to learn more!

StampNation Member Perks include:

  • Early ordering and first shipment for our large product releases
  • Special promotions like freebies and discounts only for members
  • access to the StampNation site for our Online Classes, Events and Challenges
  • access to our private Facebook Community Page

I hope you'll check it out and join us!