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Hello my friends! As paper crafters, the change in season from summer to fall means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday cards and other crafts!

This year we chose several themes for your holiday projects and created bundles of products that give you the elements you need to create the perfect batch of Christmas cards! 

You can pick your theme OR maybe you love making different cards for each person on your list.  If that is the case, you can get it all!

Either way, the September Release is All About Christmas!  Whether your favorite holiday icon is Santa or you prefer Angels, we’ve got you covered. The outdoor winter sport themed “Deck the Halls”, along with the nostalgic Christmas Tree Farm theme of “Pick a Pine” are like quintessential winter scenes right off of Pinterest!

If you’ve been following along all week on YouTube, I’ve had five videos with the reveals, project ideas and some stamping. You can view those videos here.

We’ve also been hopping on Facebook throughout the week to chat and share and have fun. You can view those here, as well as the Facebook Live Stream where I created this card.

Thank you for joining in the fun with this release, we can’t wait to see your creations!

Holiday Collection: Deck the Halls Bundle

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Oh What Fun! the Deck the Halls Bundle is!  Includes all of the stamps and dies you need to create your holiday cards and projects this year, straight from the boards of Pinterest.

 The Deck the Halls bundle includes:

  • Oh What Fun! Stamps and Dies
  • Chalkboard Frame Dies
  • Boughs and Berries Stamps and Dies

It isn’t the holidays without that luscious foliage.  The Boughs and Berries Stamp Set includes all the flowers, stems, pinecones and poinsettias you will need to create the perfect holiday floral card.

When it’s time to do your holiday decorating, many of us hit up Pinterest for a bit of inspiration. A perfect front porch combo of nostalgic flea market finds, this stamp set lets you layer together the sled, skates, mittens and other elements to evoke that feeling right onto the front of your winter cards!

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS COLLECTION RELEASE INFO:

  • PROJECTS AND INSPIRATION: if you haven’t joined us on Facebook yet, we do lots of live streams and behind the scene fun over there, hope you’ll find us!
  • EARLY ORDERING: StampNation Members get to shop early on Tuesday, September 17 at 3 PM Eastern. Just log into the store with your shop account, click “NEW” and you’ll see all the new products there just for you!
  • JOIN NOW: If you aren’t a member yet and are champing at the bit to enjoy all the member perks, we don’t blame you! Get your membership started right away and join us for the early ordering fun! We are excited to have you as a part of our community.
  • GENERAL RELEASE ORDERING: opens at 9 AM Eastern September 18.

We have had so much fun revealing all our new products to you this week! Which bundle is your favorite? It’s so hard to choose…I’m a whimsical stamper girl at heart, so I might say The Man with the Bag is my overall favorite. But I love something about every single bundle!

Available beginning September 17 at 3 PM Eastern, while supplies last, all customer orders over $35 (before tax and shipping) will receive this darling little stamp for free. No code necessary, we’ll just add it to your order!

It’ll be perfect to send a little love to those special people you spent time with over the Holiday Season.

Thank you for visiting and celebrating with us!

Holiday Collection: Angel Wings Stepped up 4 Ways

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The It’s All About Christmas Release is about to hit the shop! Here are some things you need to know:

  • BUNDLES: There are 5 different themed bundles of product. If you’ve missed the reveals, visit the main blog page here and scroll through the posts from September 11 through now to view everything.
  • THE LAST BUNDLE: There is one more bundle to share, so join us on Monday, September 16 for the reveal on Youtube.
  • PROJECTS AND INSPIRATION: if you haven’t joined us on Facebook yet, we do lots of live streams and behind the scene fun over there, hope you’ll find us!
  • EARLY ORDERING: StampNation Members get to shop early on Tuesday, September 17 at 3 PM Eastern. Just log into the store with your shop account, click “NEW” and you’ll see all the new products there just for you!
  • JOIN NOW: If you aren’t a member yet and are champing at the bit to enjoy all the member perks, we don’t blame you! Get your membership started right away and join us for the early ordering fun! We are excited to have you as a part of our community.
  • GENERAL RELEASE ORDERING: opens at 9 AM Eastern September 18.

So, are you ready to see this amazing bundle? Here it is…

The elegant and detailed Angel Wings Dies are the centerpiece of this bundle. With the Believe in Angels Stamp Set and coordinating Angel Word Die, you’ll be able to make a myriad of cards ranging from Clean and Simple to very elaborate.  This bundle is great for Holiday and Christmas cards as well as notes of encouragement. 

Try purple or pink embossing glitter on the wings for a fabulous card for any little girl in your lift!

The Angel Wings Bundle includes:

  • Angel Wings Dies
  • Believe in Angels Stamp Set
  • Angel Word Die

Go simple with Gold Metallic Embossing Glitter and a white card layer and base.

Step it up by adding a background stamped with the Vintage Baubles Background and the Angel Wings adhered to a small layer die cut with our Postage Stamp Dies.

These wings were embossed with our new Sand Castle Embossing Glitter which has gold and glitter mixed in…stunning!

Step it up even more by creating a dreamy watercolor background, add a Vellum Cardstock circle layer, the Angel Word Die and a white embossed on black sentiment.

This card TOTALLY shows up the gorgeousness of our Skylight Embossing Powder which is part of our Bundled Up Trio, which hits the shop on September 18.

For this card, I used the die cut angel wings as a mask, sponged Limoncello ink over it and created a halo effect. How gorgeous is that extra detail? I want to make one of these again and do a light Sweet Sixteen and make a birthday card! I know I’d love to receive that!

Thank you for visiting with me today! I’ll see you at 9 AM Eastern for the final bundle reveal!

It’s All About Christmas: The Man with the Bag Bundle

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The Man with the Bag Bundle includes all the stamps and dies to create fun and whimsical Christmas Cards themed with the great holiday icon, Santa Claus! Well, his beard and hat…the rest is up to your imagination!

Purchase this bundle (at a discount!!), or the individual products:

  • The Man with the Bag Stamps and Dies
  • Making Spirit Bright Stamps
  • Vintage Baubles Background Stamp
  • Happy Word Die
  • Jolly Word Die
  • Tinsletown Sequins

The sentiments were created to nestle in between the hat and the beard, so the card I created in this video shares how to use it in the “traditional” way the set was intended…

Use all three sentiments with beards and hats stamped right on your card. OR…die cut the hats and beards and layer them over the greeting for fun dimension.

You can also layer the hats and beards with different sentiments or top off a die cut word with a hat.

Or go paper crafting crazy and create a scene like Daniel West did on these cards! He created a fireplace with the Strolling Borders Stamp Set for The Man with the Bag to show up in. GENIUS!

All new products will be in the shop on September 18 at 9 AM Eastern!

StampNation Members will get to shop early on September 17 at 3 PM Eastern. There’s still time to start your membership, you’ll love being a part of our community!

Thanks for joining me today!

It’s All About Christmas: Merry Christmas Angel

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A gorgeous hand drawn angel, perfect holiday sentiments to mix and match and the Merry Mini Cover Plate will create trendy holiday cards with a touch of elegance.

 The Merry Christmas Angel Bundle includes:

  • Merry Christmas Angel Stamps 
  • Merry Christmas Angel Dies
  • Merry Mini Cover Plate Die

All products will be in the shop on September 18 and can be purchased as a bundle (at a discount!) or as individual items! Let’s see them in action…

When we created the Merry Mini Cover Plate because we are so in love with our Hello Mini Cover Plate (HELLO!!! It’s AWESOME!) and wanted a sentiment set to coordinate with it and that set took on a life of its own. We love how this set turned out!

The Merry Mini Cover Plate can be used in a really simple way with a piece of patterned paper behind it, or dress it up with ink blending and a fun background design.

The angel looks gorgeous when heat embossed and on a Clean and Simple background or dress it up with a layered greeting and background.

These products will be available in the shop on September 18 at 9 AM Eastern!

StampNation Members, you’ll get to shop early! September 17 at 3 PM Eastern the products will pop in the shop for you!

See you tomorrow with the next bundle reveal!

It’s All About the Holidays: Pick a Tree Collection

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Going out into a winter wonderland to cut down your own Christmas Tree is always a holiday delight. The Pick a Pine Bundle includes the stamps, dies, patterned papers and sequins for perfectly nostalgic winter and holiday cards.

There is so much to love here! The Pick a Pine Bundle Includes:

  • Christmas Tree Farm Stamps and Dies
  • One Fine Pine Background Stamp
  • Patterns & Pine Patterned Paper
  • Starry Night Cover Plate Die
  • Christmas Cove Sequins

Create a whole Christmas Tree Farm scene or go simple with a heavy dose of that incredible patterned paper and a simple tree and greeting.

The “It’s All About the Holidays” Collection includes 5 bundles with 5 different holiday card making themes. Tomorrow I’ll share the second bundle. Can’t wait!

This collection goes for sale in the shop on September 18 at 9 am Eastern.

StampNation Members get to order early on September 17 at 3 pm Eastern!

Add the Happy Die (from an upcoming bundle), a sentiment from the Holiday Mix Stamp Set over this fun technique piece and you’ve got a winner.

I thought the watercolor background and sparkly trees with the juxtaposition of the red gingham was a really fun look!

Thank you for joining me! See you tomorrow with the next bundle reveal!

Club Sursee and Color Combo video!

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Several months ago, we started a fabulous subscription program called Club Sursee. Every single month we create a couple stamp sets and coordinating dies, package them in gorgeous purple envelopes and send them out to our subscribers. We love packaging them up and our subscribers say they love the surprise of getting exclusive CP products in their mailbox! Subscribers also love the discount they get! (I mean, who doesn’t love to save $$ on stamps???!!!)

If you are a subscriber (or become one), now we have past months’ products available in a special section of the shop for subscribers. If you missed any, you can now log into your shop account and purchase the stamps and dies you’d like!

Our next round ships soon, so be sure to subscribe by 11:59 PM Eastern, September 14! Learn more and subscribe.

In the video I made 5 cards with one Sursee stamp set and color combinations from our new Party Collection Color Combo Download – GRAB THAT HERE!

Which color combo is your favorite? Leave me a comment below!

Layered Greetings Stamp Set and Friendship Border Die were used on both these cards…aren’t they fun?

Thanks for visiting today!

Creating Backgrounds using Small Images with Traci

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Hello Everyone! It is Tracie and I am excited to be here on Catherine’s blog. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to create your own fun backgrounds using small stamp images.

The stamp sets of focus are Hook Line and Sinker and She Sells Seashells, both from the Unsinkable release. There are several cute images from these stamp sets that can easily be used to create amazing backgrounds.

Card One: I love the image found in the She Sells Seashells stamp set that resembles sun rays. The buoy found in the Hook, Line and Sinker stamp set fits just right in the center of the rays. What a fun background idea, right?! 

On white cardstock stamp in alternating colors (Skylight, Daydream and Eucalyptus) the rays and the buoys. They are easy to line up in rows using stamping blocks. There will be openings that are large enough to stamp a small image (Twilight). I used one of the dots from the Love Grows stamp set. White heat emboss the sentiment from the Hook, Line and Sinker stamp set on mirrors cardstock.

Assemble your card. Add a background layer using Mirrors cardstock. The sentiment strip is popped up with foam tape. Finish things off by adding a couple of sequins from the Big Sur sequin mix.

Card Two: Create a floral background using the small shell detail image found in the She Sells Seashells stamp set. Stamp pattern on white cardstock using the following colors: Coral Cabana, Samba and Rockin’ Red. Stamp a few small dots in Twilight. White heat emboss sentiment on Mirrors cardstock and die-cut with a circle. 

Assemble your card. Add a background layer using Mirrors cardstock. Attach sentiment with foam tape.

Card Three: Create a background using the wave stamp found in the Hook, Line and Sinker stamp set. Stamp pattern on white cardstock using the following colors: Skylight, Daydream and Juniper Mist. Stamp the cute little crab on white cardstock using Rockin’ Red ink and die-cut. White heat emboss sentiment on Mirrors cardstock. 

Assemble your card. Attach sentiment panel and crab with foam tape.  

Now it is your turn. Share with us what you were inspired to create and please hashtag #catherinepoolerdesigns, so we can admire it and leave you some love.

Have a beautiful day. =) Tracie


4 Techniques, 6 Cards with the Garden Gate Die

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The Garden Gate die is an intricate, detailed die that can be used in so many ways! In this video, I used four different techniques and created six hand made cards.

Use the Garden Gate Die cut as a stencil and get TWO technique pieces to add to a card in one fell swoop!

Add 2 Way Glue to the back and let it dry, this creates a repositionable adhesive. The die cut “stencil” will stay in place while ink blending over the top.

Blend each color partially layered over another color. When blending ink colors together, make sure they are next to each other on the color wheel so they blend together beautifully.

Add embossing powder to the Garden Gate Die Cut, emboss both sides and create a window card for another stunning look.

Leave the die cut pieces in the die, adhere to sticky paper and sprinkle on Color Burst powders and spray.

Ink blend over the die with the pieces intact, cover with Embossing Ink, sprinkle on Wanderlust Embossing Glitter and heat.

I had so much fun making these…I started with the two rainbow ink blended pieces, but couldn’t stop there!

Not only are there a bunch of ways to use this die, there are so many ways to finish off your cards using the Garden Gate Die. Which one is your favorite?

Thank you for visiting, I hope you are inspired!

Adoring You Collection – a close look

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The Adoring You Collection includes the Sweet Home Wreath stamp set with the wreaths, pussy willows, eucalyptus leaves, flowers and the great sentiments…the Love Note Background Stamp with the words of adoration…The Key Stamp Set with those amazing locks and keys…and that’s not all!

View the entire collection and some great samples in this video.

These products were previously released as a Stamp of Approval Collection, but are now available in the shop as individual items. Here is a run down of the release videos with an upclose look at how to use them!

The Sweet Home Wreath is a 6 x 8 stamp set with layering wreaths, eucalyptus branches, flowers and great sentiments to build gorgeous wreath and foliage cards.

The Love Note Background is our first 6 x 6 red rubber stamp and is full of love sentiments like “apple of my eye” and “you’re my person” and “we belong together”.  The font is small and is meant to be a subtle background and give the feel of a hand written note for the background of a card.

The Key Stamp Set! In this video I’ll share tips on stamping, embossing and die cutting multiple keys and locks at once, making your card making quicker and more enjoyable!

I absolutely love geometric stamps. They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways to create fun and interesting backgrounds.  I was thrilled with the geometric stamps we added to the Congratulations Stamp Set.  This stamp set is going to be a classic staple in your supply stash!

How darling are these birds!  I love how they look ink blended…and that Adore Die (it was created to resemble a door, thus the name, Adore!) can be used in so many ways.  As a door, a window, a bird cage or cut pieces and parts of it to create all sorts of geometric designs!

We are excited to add these fabulous products to our shop, you can find them using the links below. Thanks for visiting!

Quick Card: Colorburst Background with Emboss Resist

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Color Bursts are pigment powders and are such a fun medium to create hand made cards with! Since we released 4 of our Carnivale Collection Colors in Color Bursts, I can’t seem to get enough of them!

Emboss your stamped image on Watercolor Cardstock with White Embossing Powder and heat set. Sprinkle Color Bursts over your design, spray with water and watch that color come to life!

We hope you’ll share your Color Burst cards with us on social media!

Adoring You Collection Now in the Shop

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The Adoring You Collection is FINALLY in the shop! This collection of stamps and dies is timeless and you’ll find yourself reaching for them for years to come. You can see the entire collection in the shop HERE.

I’ve gathered some fabulous cards from the Creative Team to share…check them out!

Thanks for visiting today!

Club Canvo…for bullet journaling AND card making!

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Our Canvo Bullet Journal products are perfectly geared towards providing fabulous images to make your calendars and to-do lists quick to make, eye catching and beautiful! Many of the images work perfectly on cards as well, so you get more use out of your goodies.  Win, win, right?  

We made this set of cards in our FaceBook Live Stream…it was so much fun!  The DARLING Carousel horse is just one teensy little part of this month’s Club Canvo subscription. I’m in LOVE!

Club Canvo ships out just after the first of the month so sign up by Friday, August 30th, to get yours so you’ll be ready for October!  

Join Club Canvo Here!

2 Cards using the Sum-Sum-Summertime Patterned Paper with Lisa

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Hello friends, Lisa here!  Catherine invited me to share a couple of cards today featuring the yummy 3 Scoops Stamp set.   Let’s throw chocolate and vanilla to the curb and reach into our bright colors for a fun, fruity twist on our ice cream today. 
 
First up, I wanted to use some of that fun patterned paper from Catherine’s Sum-Sum-Summertime 6″ x 6″ paper pad.   Did you know that all of Catherine’s paper packs coordinate with her ink colors?  This pretty pink background paper is a perfect match to  Be Mine.
 
 
Instructions:
  • Start with a white side folding A2 size card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the Sum-Sum-Summertime paper pack to slightly less than an A2 size:  4″ x 5 1/4″.  Glue directly to white card base.
  • Cut the largest die in the Nested Labels die set out of white cardstock.  Glue to the center of the card front.
  • Ice Cream Cone instructions:   Stamp three ice cream scoops from the 3 Scoops stamp set onto some white cardstock using these colors:  Be Mine, Tiki Torch, Melon Ice.   Stamp the bottom of these images with the same color inks using the scalloped edge stamp included in the set for a tone on tone affect.   Stamp the cone with Sand Castle ink.    Diecut all of these images, then glue together.  Add some glitter stickles along the scalloped ice scream scoop edges.  Set aside to dry.
  • Sentiment:  Stamp the sentiment from the Zen Feather stamp set on white label, right/center in Midnight ink.  On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the Ice Cream sentiment in Midnight ink then quickly emboss over the top with clear embossing powder to add shine.  Fussy cut around the edges of the Ice Cream sentiment.
  • Using dimensional tape, add the finished ice cream cone to the front of the card at a slight angle.  Add the cut ice cream sentiment with dimensional tape, slightly overlapping the ice cream cone.
  • For the final touch, add some Nuvo Drops.

For my second card I wanted to just have some fun stamping the 3 Scoops cone to create a one layer background.    The Misti stamping tool came in handy for positioning each ice cream cone.  I stamped on one side of the white panel, then turned it around to stamp the other side.  I only had to reposition the stamps three times and it helped to control the spacing  between the stamped images. 

Instructions:
  • Start with a white side folding A2 size card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.
  • Background:  On a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock, stamp your ice cream images using an assortment of ink colors.  Use the same colors to stamp the heart shaped sprinkles and scalloped edges on the top scoop for a tone on tone affect.  Trim this finished stamped background to slightly smaller than A2 size 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Glue to the card front leaving a slight edge all the way around.
  • On a piece of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment in midnight ink.
  • Die cut the sentiment using the second to smallest Nested Label die.  Add dimensional tape to the back of the label, being sure to leave the paper on the exposed side until it’s time to adhere it to the card.
  • Using a hole punch, punch out a hole on each end of the sentiment label.  On the left folded edge of the card base, punch out a half circle.  Punch out a half circle on the right edge (front of the card only), being sure that it is lined up even with the hole in the folded edge.
  • Cut three pieces of twine:  One 20″ and two 6″.  Thread one end of the 20″ twine thru the left whole of the sentiment label.  Pull it thru until the 20″ twine is even and folded in half.  Thread both ends of the 20″ twine thru the hole on the folded side of the card base.  Pull the twine thru the inside of the card and around to the front.  Position the sentiment label where you want it (lined up with both holes in the card base) then take the paper off the tape and adhere it in place.  Thread one end of the 20″ twine thru the hole in the label.   Tie a bow using both ends of the 20″ twine.  Twine should sit securely into the half punched hole on the right side of the card.  To add more tails to your bow, simply tie each of the 6″ pieces of twine around the center knot of the bow.  Trim ends to desired length.
  • Glue on some sequins from the Charleston Sequin Mix to add some shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, it’s been fun!  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.  All of the stamps, dies and inks that I used on these cards are available in the Catherine Pooler Design store.  
 
Until next time……have a beautiful day and happy stamping!!
 
Lisa


2 Cards with Clear Emboss Resist Technique and Color Bursts

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These Color Bursts having been lighting up the scene so much that we’ve placed multiple reorders for them with Ken Oliver! We are beyond thrilled that you all are loving them as much as we do!

So if you hop over to the shop and see that they are sold out, no worries! They will be in stock again very shortly. Be sure to enter your email address in the box on the product page to get notified via email when they are restocked.

In this video, we’ll start out with the same technique…Color Burst watercolor background. Climbing Flowers Background Stamp over it with Clear Embossing Powder…then slightly different techniques for really cool results. View the video to see how it was done!

What do you think of the finished project? Do you have a favorite?

Whether you remove color or add color, the results will be beautiful!

Whether you remove color or add color, the results will be beautiful!

Thank you for visiting with me for this video tutorial. Be sure to check out these items in the shop, links are below as well as a few more samples by the Creative Team using the Climbing Flowers Background Stamp!