You’re my Jam!

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The Club Sursee bundle for April was my jam! As with all of our products, these two stamp sets and coordinating dies pair so well with other products in our line. This Sursee featured the Strawberries & Jam Stamp Set and Dies as well as the So Berry Word Die.

This color combo was inspired by one of our Brand Ambassadors and let me tell you, this one was “berry” sweet! Shades of pinks and purples and a pop of green was the perfect recipe for the Strawberries & Jam Stamp Set.

This jam jar stamp's gingham fabric lid reminded me of our Buffalo Plaid Stamp Set. Using that stamped in It's a Girl and then cut with one of the Scallop and Dots dies makes a great background layer. It looks like a cute little picnic blanket. The Sofia Sequins are a mix of pinks and purples that played so nicely with these ink colors.

The Scallops & Dots Dies were great for creating focal point layers on this card. I stamped a few strawberries right on the layer using two colors directly on the stamp for added dimension.

I love how these stamps have two steps- one solid and one outline that creates a fun graphic effect. A few swipes of ink on some strips of paper and I created an extra little pop!

Switch it up for a more traditional feel trading the Party Dress for Rockin' Red and Garden Party for bright Lime Rickey Ink- then add a pop of Tiara! This combo pairs with the Big Apple Sequin mix. The Strawberries & Jam Dies were made for shaker cards. This is so berry delightful!

Thinking Out of the Stamp Set…Bureau of Peeking Pets!

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We love stretching our crafty supplies and Brand Ambassador, Lisa Harrolle, is a champ at seeing things other people may not in her crafty stash! Recently, with the Peeking In Bundle, Lisa made such a clever little card using various pieces of the Parqs & Rec Cover Plate.

Lisa Harrolle

She cut out the cover plate die and held on to all the negative pieces. She then did some snipping to create her little bureau! Using the negative pieces as drawer fronts and snipping extra sections for drawer pulls.

This idea is just precious! We loved all the details in her Flourish & Whimsy stenciled wallpaper and scored paper base boards.

I decided this card was worth CASE-ing (Copy And Share Everything!!)! I wanted to give a video demo so you could also create your own Peeking Pet bureau card, see how it was done HERE.

For my bureau, I used the Simply Diamonds Background Stamp for my wall paper and Woodgrain Background Stamp for hardwood flooring. The Call Me Stamp Set was suggested by viewers to finish off this adorable scene.

Next time you are stamping, try thinking “outside the bureau” and see what creative ways you can stretch your supplies!

The Quint-Essentials Were Made For This…

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Our Quint-Essentials Collection was designed to give you staple stamps and accessories to mix and match with just about anything in your crafty CP stash. These products are versatile and ready for any occasion.

Angela Simpson

Brand Ambassador, Angela, nailed it on her cards featuring items from the collection like the Every Occasion Stamp Set and Hello Trio Dies. She grabbed the Bold Bits and Patterns stamp set and a variety of Spa Ink colors and got to the business!

Creating her own background with this textured stamp, Angela stamped, then cut it into strips and popped them on to her card base with foam tape. This is an eye catching and simple technique. Her embossed sentiment over a direct to paper Sangria circle was the perfect touch to this card.

For a second card, Angela created a different background with stamps from the Bold Bits and Patterns Stamp Set. She added a leaf from Fresh Picked Floral for more interest and finished it off with the hello from the Hello Trio Die in Spruce.

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Using Color Combos From Patterned Paper!

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Here at Catherine Pooler Designs, we are all about our Color Made Easy system. We look for every opportunity to coordinate our products in a way that makes stamping more fun and takes out all the guess work.

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Each of our packs of Patterned Paper lists the coordinating ink colors and sometimes coordinating sequin mixes. This helps you pair everything up in a beautiful way. Grab the pack, pull your coordinating colors and you can create!

Ilina Crouse

No worries here that the stamped tree or word die would match and look nice. Ilina grabbed her Crushed Violet, Lilac and Sage Inks and was able to create custom card stock and perfectly matching stamped image with her Because Trees Stamp Set!

Emily Leiphart

Even if you don't use any patterned paper on your card, you can still get color combo inspiration from a pack you love. Grab the inks and stamp away! This is the same color combo from the Because Flowers Patterned Paper and it looks great!

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Creating Layers and Shakers with Dies

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The Scallop Duo Tag Dies and the Double Duty Circle Dies are ideal for creating layers and dimension and Shaker Elements on your hand made cards!

Use the Double Duty Dies to cut a circle through your card layer. Then add a sentiment inside the circle and stamp the Simply Diamonds over the layer for a simple card design to start with. Use two of the Double Duty Circle Dies to create a frame and layer that over the Scallop Tag for a shaker element. Finish it off with a “hey” and a peeking pet and you're done!

Head over to view how to create this card on this Facebook Live Stream Replay!

The Simply Diamonds Stamp Set was used here again, stamped in WOW Embossing Ink and embossed with Halo Embossing Glitter. The sweet little flowers from the Occasions Stamp Set were stamped in Sauna Ink over Whipped Honey Cardstock which was created with the direct to paper technique.

This tag was turned into a Shaker Card as well and the “hello” and fun tree were the perfect additions to finish it off!

Head over to watch the Live Stream Replay here!

This last card uses the Scallop Duo to create a see through Shaker! Catch this Youtube Live Stream replay to see how it was created.

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The Quint-Essentials Collection is now available for ordering!

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It's been 7 years since we launched our very first Stamp of Approval box, which evolved into a fabulous line of products that I love and want to create with every day!  To celebrate, The Quinessential Collection brings a mix of refreshed classics and timeless staples that will give you endless card making versatility.  This collection is Quint-Essentially CPD!

You'll find products that will be go to's for every occasion with sentiments, shape dies, word dies and even More Peeking Pets! Clear off space on your craft table, because you're going to reach for these products time and time again.

Introducing the Final Four Apothecary Ink Colors

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Joining Terracotta, Apricot, Ginger and Wintergreen as part of our Apothecary Ink Family, we now have Whipped Honey, Matcha, Crushed Violet, and Lilac! These eight organic and muted colors join the ranks of the Spa Collection and fill in some needed color voids. They will partner up beautifully with your current Spa Inks, see how they fit in with our new updated Color Wheel! Download for FREE right here!

Whipped Honey is a soft yellow shade, lighter than Shea Butter. Matcha is a pale, earthy green that joins the line-up fo our Spa greens with Sage and Spruce.

Lilac is a light and romantic shade of purple that pairs with Royal Treatment like a dream. Finally, Crushed Violet is a pretty, medium blue-violet that fits right between Serene and Queen for a Day!! For all of our fans of purples, these two will be new favorites!

The new four Apothecary Inks hit the shop on Wednesday, June 8!

Just Because…Do We Really Need a Reason to Create?? Quint-Essential Collection

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Make stacks of cards to have on hand with the Just Because Bundle. The Because Trees Stamps and Dies paired with the Because Flowers Patterned Paper are perfect for general occasion card making.

Just Because Bundle

  • Because Trees Stamp Set
  • Because Trees Dies
  • Because Flowers Patterned Paper
  • Hallerbos Sequin Mix

When you purchase a product bundle, not only do you get a discount, but you get products that work together seamlessly for many card making projects! If you'd prefer the a la carte option, no problem. Purchase the products that are your favorites!

The Because Flowers Patterned Paper features our four New Apothecary Ink Colors- Whipped Honey, Matcha, Crushed Violet, and Lilac. Finish off by adding some sparkle with the Hallerbos Sequins. 

This bundle lends itself to so many card layout options. Grab some favorite sketches for inspiration and make away! 

Don't forget to pick up the Saying Hey Bundle for all the little “extras” like these Double Duty Circle Dies. They will be a go-to item in your die stash!

You'll be itchin' to get creative when you're new goodies hit your doorstep! We're ready to inspired you with lots of project ideas and card making this week on Facebook and YouTube:

  • Monday, June 6th– Facebook at Noon Eastern LIVE Card Making
  • Tuesday, June 7th
    • StampNation Early Ordering at Noon
    • Facebook at Noon Eastern LIVE Card Making
    • StampNation Only LIVE 3pm (private YouTube)
  • Wednesday, June 8th– General Ordering OPEN 9am ET – YouTube Live at Noon!!

When You Need to Just Say Hey…Quint-Essential Collection

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When you need a card to just say hey, the Saying Hey Bundle has all the essentials you need!  The Hey, Hey, Hey Sentiment Stamp Set and Hey Dies are the perfect everyday sentiment set. 

Saying Hey Bundle

  • Hey, Hey, Hey Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Hey Word Dies
  • Hello Trio Word Dies
  • Double Duty Circle Dies

Purchase this bundle of products at a discount and have tons of mix and match options at your fingertips! Or, choose your favorites to add to your stash today!

The Hello Trio will become your “go to” word dies when you want to send a quick “hi” card.  The Double Duty Circled Dies will give you so many options for round accents and frames and mix and match with just about anything.  This bundle's got it all!

These word dies and sentiments are ready to mingle! The products mix and match like a dream!

The four new Apothecary Ink Colors are looking good here! I love how Kristie used Whipped Honey to ink blend over the Simply Diamonds Background to create Whipped Honey Cardstock!

Grab Whipped Honey, Matcha, Crushed Violet and Lilac on Wednesday, June 8th…or the 7th for StampNation Members!!!

StampNation Membership Perks include first crack at ordering our new releases and their orders ship! Members also get a special YouTube Exclusive Live Stream Party on Tuesday!

It's a great membership community to be a part of, we hope you'll join us!

Get Ready for ALL the Occasions…Quint-Essentials Collection

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When building a Quit-Essential collection of stamping products, you need to have versatile supplies that come in handy for any occasion. This is where the Occasions Bundle fits in! This bundle features the Every Occasions Sentiments Stamp Set which is packed with perfect sentiments and icons!

Occasions Bundle

  • Every Occasion Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Scallop Tag Duo Dies
  • Simply Diamonds Background Stamp

When you purchase a product bundle, not only do you get a discount, but you get products that work together seamlessly for many card making projects! If you'd prefer the a la carte option, no problem. Purchase the products that are your favorites!

Along with your Every Occasion Stamp Set, you'll need the complementary Scallop Tag Duo Dies. The Simply Diamonds Background Stamp rounds out this bundle giving you everything you need to create oodles of all occasion cards!

Paying homage to one of our original Stamp of Approval products, For Everything Stamp Set, the Every Occasion stamp set is going to become an instant classic. This sentiment set is paired with little icons and is ready for anything!

Go clean and simple or simply pile it on- the Occasions Bundle is sure to please all of our quintessential fans of CPD!!

These products will be available in the shop on June 8 starting at 9am Eastern. Stay tuned for lots of inspiration you can use when your new goodies arrive on your doorstep!

Join us for Live Stream Reveals and Card Making!

  • Monday, June 6th– Facebook at Noon Eastern LIVE Card Making
  • Tuesday, June 7th
    • StampNation Early Ordering at Noon
    • Facebook at Noon Eastern LIVE Card Making
    • StampNation Only LIVE 3pm (private YouTube)
  • Wednesday, June 8th– General Ordering OPEN 9am ET – YouTube Live at Noon!!

Peeking In on the New Quint-Essential Collection!

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Pet Lovers Unite!  If you can't get enough of our original Peeking Pets Stamp Set and coordinating products (find them here), you will love the Peeking In Bundle!  This curated collection of products is perfect for creating hand made cards to let someone know you are thinking of them. 

Peeking In Bundle

  • More Peeking Pets Stamp Set 
  • More Peeking Pets Dies
  • Look Who's Talking Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Look Who's Talking Dies
  • Parqs & Rec Cover Plate Die 
  • Woot Word Die

Grab the bundle for a discount and oodles of card making options at your fingertips! Or pick and choose your favorites…it's your choice!

The Look Who's Talking Stamps and dies are the “just right” addition to make this bundle have everything you could need- just add paper and CP ink!

Combine the Woot Word Die or Parqs & Rec Cover Plate with the More Peeking Pets die cut cuties for hilarious little cards. 

This little bundle is ready to mix-and-match with other staple CP paper, background stamps and dies you have in your crafty collection! The critters and sentiments are SO versatile!!

It's Release Week! Join us for the fun and festivities and get inspired to create for your loved ones with our product and card tutorials:

  • Friday, June 3rd- Facebook at 3pm Eastern Bundle & Inks Reveal
  • Monday, June 6th– Facebook at Noon Eastern LIVE Card Making
  • Tuesday, June 7th
    • StampNation Early Ordering at Noon
    • Facebook at Noon Eastern LIVE Card Making
    • StampNation Only LIVE 3pm (private YouTube)
  • Wednesday, June 8th– General Ordering OPEN 9am ET – YouTube Live at Noon!!

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper

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Card makers love a good patterned paper pack and are always looking for ideas using it! Don't hoard it…take it out, cut it up and and create gorgeous hand made cards.

Here are a bunch of great ideas for using patterned paper on your next project!

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper with cover plates

Inlaid Die Cutting

The Capture the Flag Cover Plate is PERFECT for creating a card like this! I cut several triangles at once out of different patterns and pieced them back together like a puzzle. It was such fun and you can view the Facebook Live Replay here to see how it was done!

Try patterns with a smaller scale for a card like this to really show off the patterns.

I used shimmering watercolors from Gansai Tambi and Art Philosophy for the moon and stars which is a great detail! These paints are both shimmery and wonderful and either is a great choice! The Gansai Tambi are more translucent and the Art Philosophy are a bit more opaque.

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper on cards

Adding a Patterned Accent

Just by cutting a strip of paper, you can quickly add a colorful patterned accent to your card. You can place it vertically or horizontally or even cut out shapes or background frame layers.

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper on die cuts

Create a Focal Point with Patterned Paper

Adding a popped up shape of patterned paper to your card can create a fantastic focal point. This piece can anchor images, word dies and sentiments in an eye-catching way!

Ideas for Using Patterned Paper cut through paper

Backgrounds with Patterned Paper

Patterned paper often makes a fantastic background! Show a lot or a little- adding patterned paper is a quick and easy way to add color, pattern and interest to any card! I love how the die cuts were cut out of the patterned paper and the coordinating stamps were stamped on the layer beneath.

I hope you are inspired by these ideas using Patterned Paper!

Memorial Day Weekend- Slimline Sale!

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Our fabulous Slimline Products this holiday weekend are on sale for 40% off! Slimline dies, patterned paper and stencils are all on sale. Some are limited supply, so grab your favorites while you can!


Our offices will be closed Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. Orders placed this weekend will begin shipping Tuesday, May 31st. Thanks for your patience and enjoy your holiday!