Urban Christmas

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Go modern This Christmas with the Urban Holiday Bundle.  This bundle is all about a city Christmas and sending holiday wishes both Near and Far.  Start with the super fun Wrapped and Ready Stamp Set and dies and pop in some festive color with the Decked Out Holiday Patterned Papers.

This bundle has got a bit of something for everyone on your list. You will get a lot of milage out of the Near or Far Sentiments Stamp Set. The color combo for the Decked Out Holiday Patterned Papers is so festive and fun!

The “bug” car is the star of the show in the Wrapped and Ready Stamp Set. Colorists will have a blast using this stamp as the focal point of their holiday cards. Check out THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO to see how to color the car with ink pads or Copic Markers.

The other stamps in this set are also oh-so-cute for many card ideas. Look at this one by Melissa with the stack of gifts as the focal point. How fun is that glitter embossed background with the Candy Cane Background Stamp??

Erin created this over-the-top amazing pop-up card! This card showcases the Christmas tree on the front has a pop-up surprise inside! What a wow factor!

These products are now in the shop, you can view them here or click the links below to see the individual products!

Classy Christmas

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This Christmas go classy with the Classy Christmas Bundle.  This bundle features the Adorning Doves Stamps and Dies and pairs up with the Holiday Glimmer Stamp Set.  The Round of Merry Dies finishes it off.

There are so many ways to mix and match the stamps and dies in this bundle. You will also find staple pieces that will work wonderful with other goodies you may have in your Holiday card making stash!

This card is exactly how we pictured using the pieces in this bundle. A beautiful, sleek and modern wreath with soft pops of color and lots of added bling. Perfection!

We love Daniel's fun take in creating a Christmas cardinal. A little cut and paste and coloring and ta-da!! So beautiful and eye catching.

The Holiday Glimmer stamp set adds beautiful texture to your background. The images in the stamp set can be stamped, die cut and popped on in dozens of ways for clean and simple cards.

…or go all out like this card with its foliage background that is covered in vellum for a subtile effect. The popped up layer from the Scallops & Dots Dies builds a perfect focal point for the rest of the card. Joyeux Noel to you and yours!!

Holiday Cards with Nostalgic Season

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Pull down the ladder and climb up into Grandma's Attic to find a pile of vintage holiday wrapping papers! Clay Mask, Polished, Samba, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Spruce, and Hot Tub combine to make a great throwback holiday color scheme. And Don't forget to add the coordinating Nashville Sequins!

Stockings, ornaments and bells! We are ringing in all the holiday icons with this bundle. These multi-step stamps are so fun to use and mix and match deliciously with the Grandma's Attic Slimline Patterned Paper and Nashville Sequins.

Check out these cards from Ilina with her two-for-one technique with the Marquise Slimline Cover Plate. She ink blended, cut out the die and then used both the positive and negative pieces in her designs. These cards have got me in the Christmas spirit!!

To see this bundle in action, check out the replay from this YouTube LIVE! Don't miss our next YouTube LIVE featuring the Classy Christmas Bundle at Noon Eastern.

This Christmas Collection ordering is OPEN!

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Our latest collection, This Christmas, is NOW available in the Catherine Pooler Shop!

This collection celebrates three different styles for the holidays and is jam packed with staple holiday dies and sentiments you can mix and match for years to come! Check the links below or head over here to peruse our new goodies.

Join us today at noon Eastern for a LIVE stamping party over on my YouTube channel. I'll be creating with the Nostalgic Season Stamp Set. Can't wait to see you there!

This Christmas Collection coming September 15

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What will you be doing This Christmas?  Will you be home or away?  What kind of cards will you be sending?  Classy and elegant?  Modern and fun? How about Nostalgic and cute? 

Whatever the case may be, we've got you covered with the This Christmas Collection!

Urban Holiday Bundle

This bundle celebrates a Christmas in the city and sending holiday wishes both Near and Far. Use the adorable car as a focal point, or use the gifts, ornaments and tree to create stylish Clean and Simple Cards.

The Urban Holiday Bundle Includes:

  • Wrapped and Ready Stamps & Dies
  • Near or Far Sentiments Stamps
  • Decked Out Holiday Patterned Paper
  • Wintergreen Sequins

Nostalgic Season

Get into the holiday spirit with the throwback feel of the Nostalgic Season Bundle! Adorable holiday icons will be the star of your hand made cards.  This bundle also includes patterned papers and borders to finish those cards off in style.

The Nostalgic Season Bundle Includes:

  • Nostalgic Season Stamps & Dies
  • Garland Borders Stamps
  • Grandma's Attic Slimline Patterned Paper
  • Nashville Sequins

For help with the layered stamps in the Nostalgic Season Stamp Set, check out the Nostalgic Season Stamping Guide.

Classy Christmas

This Christmas, create elegant and traditional cards with the Classy Christmas Bundle! This bundle features the Adorning Doves Stamps and Dies with the Holiday Glimmer Stamp Set for creating gorgeous backgrounds. 

The Classy Christmas Bundle Includes:

  • Adorning Doves Stamps & Dies
  • Holiday Glimmer Stamps
  • Round of Merry dies

This Christmas Essentials Bundle

No matter which stamps you chose to use This Christmas, you're going to need this bundle of extras to take your cards to the next level.  The This Christmas Essentials Bundle has all the bits to elevate your backgrounds, add embellishments and more.

Our This Christmas Essentials Bundle Includes:

  • Retro Ornament Dies
  • Candy Cane Background Stamp
  • Scallops & Dots Dies
  • Gradient Diamond Stencil
  • Marquise Slimline Cover Plate Die

These products hit the shop Wednesday, September 15th! (14th at 9am Eastern for StampNation Members)

Make sure you join in the rest of this week to see all the products in action! Here's what's coming up…

Tuesday, September 14

  • 9am: Early Ordering of the New Collection for StampNation Members
  • NOON: Live on Facebook with lots of card making 
  • 3pm Eastern:  Live Stream Party with StampNation

Wednesday, September 15 – The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – NOON on YouTube for Live stamping with the new holiday release products The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

This Christmas inspiration doesn't stop here. Join us all month for card making demos to get your creative juices flowing.

WORLD CARD MAKING DAY VIRTUAL RETREAT – Then the first weekend of October, we hope you'll join us for our Virtual Retreat! Sign up for StampNation now!

World Card Making Day 2021

What’s NEW from the Clubhouse??Notecards!

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Good things come in small(er) packages!  Create fun-sized cards with our Notecard line of dies.  This alternative to a traditional A2 card is the perfect size at 3.5 x 5″ and just in time for mass producing for your holiday card list.

dies to make small notecards

The Notecard Essential Bundle is the perfect little “starter kit” to give you pieces you need to make layers, backgrounds and envelopes in a Notecard format. These cute little cards are RSVP size and give you a nice amount of real estate for quick and easy card layouts.

The Notecard Enveloped Die and Notecard Trims work together nicely. Using two sheets of 6×6 paper, you can create your own custom envelopes that, with our coordinating patterned papers, will match your cards perfectly! Use the Notecard Layers Dies to create perfectly proportioned layers or frames for your cards.

card made with die cuts and custom envelople

The Notecard Frame and Tags dies has a nifty frame die that will convert any of your CP slimline or standard cover plates right to a perfect notecard size. If you missed the LIVE STREAM making of this card, click here.

Here's a handy dandy guide for cutting your cardstock to fit into our Notecard Envelope Dies.

These products will hit the shop on Wednesday, September 15! StampNation Members will get to order early at 9am Eastern on Tuesday, September 14. Join us this week for the release festivities!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Sneak Peeks on Instagram, Facebook and the blog!

Monday, September 13: FULL Collection Reveal at NOON, Live on Facebook

Tuesday, September 14

  • 9am: Early Ordering of the New Collection for StampNation Members
  • NOON: Live on Facebook with lots of card making 
  • 3pm Eastern:  Live Stream Party with StampNation

Wednesday, September 15: The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: NOON on YouTube for Live stamping with the new holiday release products The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

World Card Making Day 2021

This Christmas Sneak Peeks

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This week, we are sharing sneak peeks of our 2021 holiday collection of products, This Christmas!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for photos of projects and products as well as Reels on our Instagram page!

Wednesday, September 8 – Theme and New Product reveal at NOON, Live on Youtube

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Sneak Peeks on Instagram, Facebook and the blog!

Monday, September 13 – FULL Collection Reveal at NOON, Live on Facebook

Tuesday, September 14

  • 9am: Early Ordering of the New Collection for StampNation Members
  • NOON: Live on Facebook with lots of card making 
  • 3pm Eastern:  Live Stream Party with StampNation

Wednesday, September 15 – The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – NOON on YouTube for Live stamping with the new holiday release products The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

October 1, 2 and 3 – Join us for our World Card Making Day Retreat! This event is exclusive for members and is FREE with membership! We'll kick off the Holiday Card Making season this weekend with live demonstrations, classes and challenges! Join StampNation here!

This Christmas is about to get CUTER!

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Our 2021 Holiday Collection is COMING!

The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop on September 15 and we're about to start sharing some of the fun products this week!  

Join us on YouTube on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Noon for the first reveals. We'll share a cute new product line that will release with our holiday collection. Can't WAIT!!!

Join us for the festivities!

Wednesday, September 8 
Theme and New Product Line reveal at NOON, Live on Youtube

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Sneak Peeks on Instagram, Facebook and the blog!

Monday, September 13
FULL Collection Reveal at NOON, Live on Facebook

Tuesday, September 14
9am: Early Ordering of the New Collection for StampNation Members
NOON: Live on Facebook with lots of card making 
3pm Eastern:  Live Stream Party with StampNation

Wednesday, September 15
The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
NOON on YouTube for Live stamping with the new holiday release products The 2021 Holiday Collection hits the shop!

Then, we'll be celebrating the kick off to the holiday card making season for World Card Making Day with our StampNation Members. Join us for a whole weekend of creative fun including LIVE Card Making Sessions, classes by industry experts and a Stampers' Showcase Community Event on Zoom!

Join our fabulous membership for all the perks and benefits, you'll love it!

5 Cards Using the Party Word Die

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The Party Word Die is layer of fun! This mod and clean, typeset font is super versatile and the die has two layers for plenty of colorful options on your card's layout.

This card made with the Birthday Balloon Dies packs a punch of color. By leaving the Party Word Die pieces attached, I cut out a border of the letters in black. This gave a modern and hip edge to this festive card!

Kristie Goulet

Try a water color wash effect on your paper before cutting out the word die background layer. Piece the letters in solid black over top and bam- this card takes black and white with a pop of color to the next level.

Erika Post

Another colorful take, the background layer here was made by stamping with the back of a cake stamp multiple times to get varied shades of each color. The technique created a lot of texture and makes a funky backdrop to the simple and clean white letters.

Erika Post

Why not keep things classic? Black over white or white over black is the perfect way to use this die. The contrast really makes the word “party” stand out in the sentiment and creates an eye-catching focal point for this bright balloon background.

Kristie Goulet

There is always an excuse to create a shaker in my book! This die is ready for the task as the background die cuts out a generous border for the window layer. Pop in some acetate and your letters on top and you are sequins away from a sparkly good time.

Try one of these 5 ideas for your Party Word Die or challenge yourself to think up something new! What occasion to party will inspire your card masterpiece?

Virtual Retreat for World Card Making Day

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After 10 years of celebrating World Card Making Day with the StampNation Community in variety of ways, we are gearing up to take on this year with a BANG!  

WCMD kicks off the Holiday Card Making season and this year we have asked some of our friends to join us to lead some fantastic classes and card making sessions, all with holiday themes!

This year, we are celebrating WCMD with a weekend long Virtual Retreat, and you are invited!  ​​ This retreat is exclusive and FREE for all of our StampNation Members, so if you're not a member yet, join us right away!  

Click here to subscribe!

Check out this talented line up!!  We are excited to see what tips, tricks and crafty techniques each of them will be sharing.  And their sessions are totally FREE to our StampNation Members and will be available during this live event as well as on replay on our SN website.

Join us on Friday for our Kick Off
Catherine and Erika will be live with members for card making, chatting and fun!

Classes and Inspiration on Saturday
6 educational class sessions and challenges.

Stampers' Showcase on Sunday
We'll wrap up on Sunday with a Zoom style hang-out where our members can share the cards they have been inspired to create.

Membership has its perks!

When you join StampNation for our Virtual Retreat, you'll also have access to all the other great membership perks!

  • Online Classes and Events
  • Early ordering and first shipment of our monthly releases
  • Product perks and promotions throughout the year
  • Access to our private Community Facebook Page
  • Behind the scenes peeks and videos with Catherine and Erika

We can't wait to welcome you as our newest member!

Blending with Copic Markers

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Recently, we recently began carrying Copic Markers in our shop! We have selected a few colors we think are a great place to start your collection and will be adding some more gorgeous hues soon. Did you check out the price? We think it's a pretty solid one to help you build your collection!

This week, I went LIVE and shared a few basic pointers while creating several cards with a quick and easy technique. Grab your Copics and some paper and go check it out over on YouTube!

Create a gorgeous background or simply add color and dimension to die cut letters in full rainbow color like this! A few simple black and white line art images is all you need to finish these hand made cards off. Now to decide who to send these to!

Here’s to a Sweet Summer, Friend!

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Summer is coming near to its official end here on the East Coast, but there's still time to make some Sweet Summer cards and hold on to those beach day memories!

This just in…the Sweet Summer Stamp Set and Best Kind of Friend Sentiment Stamp Set were part of our July Club Sursee. These products and their coordinating dies are now available in the shop.

Lisa Henke

This adorable stamp set is packed with beachy, summer-time icons and have a fun and whimsical feeling. I love this card from Lisa where she stamped color over each stamp with the back of the stamp!

Such a fun technique…check out my take on this card up on our Instagram page!

Each Club Sursee pairing mixes and matches like a dream. The sentiments in the Best Kind of Friend Sentiments Stamp Set are all so great. They go from sentimental to funny for all your friend cards.

Ilina Crouse

The Friend Mini Cover Plate Die was also a part of the Deluxe Club Sursee. This Mini Cover Plate is a word die and statement piece all in one! Look at how cute it pairs with the sentiments!

Guest Designer, Mary used all the pieces in a variety of ways. I love the versatility you get from these products. How cute is that camera hanging from the “e” in friend??

Pop over to the shop now to see what else is new or to learn more about Club Sursee.

Next month is coming soon- subscribe by September 14th to get in on the action and at a fabulous discount!!!

What’s in Wednesday: Cups and Marker Cases!

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It's What's in Wednesday over in the Catherine Pooler shop and we have some fun new goodies for you to grab!

Keep your creative juices flowing with our new Creative Juices Tumbler. Our fun logo tumbler will keep your hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold while you craft away all day! Isn't it pretty??

Check out the Collapsible Marker Bag!! Pear Blossom Press and Kathy Racoosin teamed up to make this adorable marker storage bag that, when open, can fold down to become a desktop marker “cup”. So smart. Grab a few Copic Markers too- they are a match made in crafty heaven!

There are other fun new things in the shop today. Just click here to see What's In!

Creating Layers of Color with Ink Blending and Masking

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Erika WOW'd me with the card on the right…she created it using Tranquil ink and Masking and Stenciling techniques with her Painted Leaves Dies. I loved the dreamy feel of the card and decided to do a CASE on my Instagram Reels. Ta-da! My Pink Champagne version was so much fun and we got a lot of feedback from you wanting to know more about the how-to of this technique.

I grabbed my Seafoam ink (guys, have you used Seafoam lately? YUM!!) and started to play around. I varied the layout and tried different leaf dies. The pattern overlay stamps were done in metallic embossing and Icing on the Cake for different looks.

How about this Lemongrass version?? Who knew you could get so much dimension with just one little ole ink color? Our CP inks are translucent so the color is buildable. The more you blend and layer, the deeper the color gets.

This one has Halo Embossing Glitter for added sparkle and, of course, a splattering of Gansai Tambi Starry Colors metallic watercolor paint. I used the White Gold paint from the palette on this one.

We went LIVE last week over on YouTube to give you guys the step-by-step technique in action and I created these two. What a gift set these cards would make!!

I worked with Serene and Sparkling Berry and just can't get enough of these. Such a simple yet satisfying technique and these cards would work for so many occasions.

If you missed the YouTube LIVE, click here to watch the replay.

We'll be over there again on Wednesday of this week (August 25) trying out another fun technique you won't want to miss. Hope you see you there!

Card Making Inspiration with the Boho Fall Collection

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two hand stamped cards with white backgrounds and leaf die cut images

For the past two weeks, the temps have been high in Raleigh, but we've been cooling off in the Clubhouse with the new Boho Fall Collection! Today, I wanted to share a look at all the gorgeous cards we've made on our Live Streams!

Keep reading for our upcoming Live Stream Schedule! Can't join us live? No worries, the replays will be available.

close up of hand stamped card with purple leaf embossed in gold

Let's start with dreamy ink techniques! Using a Misti and CP blending brush, I layered color with one of the Painted Leaves stamps. We love playing with colors that fall in the same color family in order to get gorgeous highlight and shade results. Some gold WOW! Embossing Powder with the pattern stamp makes this glorious purple leave pop!

leaf themed hand stamped card with give thanks sentiment

Using the same ink layering technique, we also looked at complimentary colors on a card front. Yellow-green and red-violet seemed like an unlikely choice but oh-my-mama did they come together in such a pleasing way! This time I grabbed the White Birch Cover Plate out of my crafty stash (from last year's Nordic Wood Collection) and just love the contrast and interest it adds.

feather stamped card with rainbow color scheme

Using the new Urban Oasis Mini Ink Pads to apply color to the Boho Feather stamps was easy as pie. The smaller surface allowed me to be able to get my color more precisely and created multi-colored feathers in a rainbow. The addition of Urban Plaid paper in Sangria added just a little extra something to make this card shine.

Over the next month, we are planning to meet with you LIVE on Facebook Mondays and YouTube on Wednesdays at Noon Eastern. Head over to the channels to like and subscribe so you get notifications and don't miss us!

We have so much fun and when you join in, you get to be a part of the creation as it unfolds! The finished cards always feel like a group effort and we enjoy crafting with you. Hope to see you there on LIVE!