And the Winners Are…

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We had such a nice time in our Blog Hop last weekend with our friends over at CAS-ual Fridays! Did you check out all the gorgeous cards?

Thank you to all who went along through the Hop and showed lots of love. We have two random winners from the hop! For a $30 CP Gift Card* it is:
Ashley Cortez!! Congrats Ashley!

…and the $30 Gift Card from CAS-ual Fridays goes to Cyndi!

Yay to both of you! *Ashley, please email [email protected] with your contact info so we can issue your prize!

National Coffee Day Blog Hop!!

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We are celebrating National Coffee Day with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers today! We're celebrating with a blog hop and are a Super Sponsor for the event!

We have several coffee themed stamp sets in our line, so I wanted to share a few cards made with one of them! The Perfect Blend Stamp Set has a retro vibe to it with the fun geometric stamps. Which color combo is your favorite? Avocado green (Eucalyptus and Green Tea inks) and golden yellow (Sauna ink) or the rainbow ink palette? (Green Tea, Sauna, Polished, Rose Petals, Peppermint Scrub, Royal Treatment)

I love the color combo here. Yellow and Kraft is a classic color combo! Try a vellum circle die cut for your sentiment and add the die cut coffee pot with coffee beans as an accent.

These products can be found in the CP Designs shop, or by clicking the links below!

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you comment below for a chance to WIN one of Two $25 Gift Cards from our shop! The winners will be posted here on Tuesday, October 6th.

Next stop on the hop is Chris Franco.

You arrived here from CAS-ual Fridays.

Visit here to see the whole hop list.

Thanks for visiting, grab a cuppa and be inspired!

Holiday Card Making with the Jolly Holiday Collection

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We've been celebrating the Jolly Holiday Collection release and I've been getting inky! Here is a recap of the cards we created on Facebook Live Stream last week.

I used the String Lights Background Stamp to create two cards. The first one has a stunning Cranberry Fizz background that I created using the Direct-to-paper Technique. Simple swipe your ink pad across your cardstock to create perfectly matching cardstock for all your card making projects!

I embossed the String Lights Background over it with Gold Embossing Powder. Then added some tags from our Layered Tags set along with a sentiment and a Jolly tree.

On this card, I stamped the String Lights Background in black, then used a peppermint candy stamp, but the reverse side of it and stamped the colors over the lights. Top it off with a sentiment and a candy cane for a cute holiday card.

This card was inspired by my friend, Laurel Beard. She created a card with the Caroling Sentiments Stamp Set and embossed the image in white on black. I thought that was a fabulous idea!

I then embossed the image on patterned paper, cut it out and added it over the hat and scarf.

I finished it off with my favorite, pink snowflakes! and a strip of pink holly and berries paper for a sweet winter card.

This card started with a Cranberry Fizz piece of cardstock as well! Add the Peppermint Twist Cover Plate over it with foam tape for dimension. Emboss the Merry Christmas Die in White Puff Twinkle and top with an elf hat!

See all these cards created on my Facebook Live Streams here. All products are available in the shop and can be viewed through the links below. Thanks for visiting!

How to Add Glitz and Glam to your Holiday Projects

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Shimmery splatters, embossed details, strips of sparkle and shine are fabulous ways to add Glitz and Glam to Holiday Projects. Learn about the products used and how to use them, then how to add them to holiday projects in this video!

Erika created some ink blended trees on a recent live stream and we were so inspired, we didn't stop there…we created ink blended pumpkins on this YouTube video. Then, we created some holiday cards.

Ink blend die cut trees, flick Starry Colors and create a winter background with snow covered hills. I love the pop of the ink blending over the Dotted Zig Zag Cover Plate on this card!

This was Erika's gorgeous creation…inspired me to make…

I went a bit more Clean and Simple with mine and pink holiday trees were in order for this non-traditional holiday color lovin' gal!

Top a tree off with an embossed star and sentiment, a Polka Dot Cover Plate background and you're done!

Take those ink blended trees, stamp the coordinating stamp in WOW Embossing Ink, pour on Wanderlust Embossing Glitter and heat set.

It's really subtle, but check out that strip of glitz along the bottom of the card! I used the same technique in the next card.

Add Scor-tape to your cardstock later, pour on embossing powder or glitter and heat set. This will give you a perfect stripe of texture, glitz and glam on your card making projects!

I hope you enjoyed these fun techniques and projects and you are inspired! Visit the shop for the products used on these cards. Have a great day!

CP & CAS-ual Fridays Collab Blog Hop!!

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Welcome to the Catherine Pooler Designs and CAS-ual Fridays Blog Hop! The brains behind the CAS-ual Fridays brand is Michele Gross, who I am a huge fan of!

Five years ago when I decided to launch a box of products that I loved, called Stamp of Approval, I approached Michele to see if CAS-ual Fridays wanted to be involved and she said YES!

Michele designed quite a few products for the SOA boxes over the years and I am forever grateful for her friendship and her part in launching that program!

Several years ago, Michele and I created a video together where she talked about launching her company in October 2012, 8 years ago! Here is the replay!

I am grateful for this chance to celebrate our companies together and hope you enjoy the hop!


Make sure as you hop along this weekend to comment on each of the Blogger's posts for a chance to win one of two prizes! Both CAS-ual Fridays and CPD will be giving away a $30 Gift Card to a lucky commenter. Winners will be posted here on my blog and over on the CAS-ual Fridays blog on Tuesday, September 29th.

Catherine Pooler – you are here!
Allison Cope
Larrisa Heskett
Nanette Tracy
Vicki Dutcher
Chrissie Tobas
Shona Chambers
Susan Powell
Michelle Wallace
Jen Carter
Lisa Bzibziak
Karen Baker
Maria Russell
CAS-ual Fridays

Enjoy and thanks for celebrating with us!

World Card Making Day Virtual Retreat!

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Every year, we throw a big party on StampNation to Celebrate World Card Making Day. This year the party is new and refreshed to keep up with technology.  

Join us for a whole Weekend Virtual Retreat via Zoom!

We had our first ever StampNation ZOOM party to celebrate the Jolly Holiday Release and it was an absolute blast!  Members old and new joined us and it was like hanging out with a bunch of crafty friends all night.


For $9.95 a month, you can try it out and take advantage of the benefits like exclusive online classes, product perks, our community Facebook Group AND this weekend retreat!  Or…you might just want to take the plunge and take advantage of the yearly subscription for $99! Learn more and subscribe here!


  • Friday, October 2nd- Kick-off Party @3pm ET
  • Saturday, October 3rd- Three Sessions with Tutorials and inspiration by our Brand Ambassadors (9am, 2pm, 6pm)
  • Sunday, October 4th- Wrap-up party at noon

Members will have a couple weeks to create their cards for the event and enter to win PRIZES!

We hope you'll take the plunge and join our fabulous membership community, you're going to love it! Learn more here.

Hey Pumpkin Card Making Inspiration

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Last month we released the Hey Pumpkin stamps and dies and we sold out lickety split! We are so excited we finally got them back in stock today! So I thought it was a perfect time to inspire you with more creative cards using these products.

Kristie Goulet

I love Kristie's card with white pumpkins on Kraft. Such a classy look!

Ilina Crouse

Ilina stamped the pumpkins in Orange Peel and Hot Tub which is a perfect color combo in my book! I'm a huge fan of blue and orange. She ink blended those two colors on cardstock and layered the Narrow Stripe Coverplate over it. Simple perfection!

Ilina Crouse

Another non-traditional stamped pumpkin, this one is in Sangria! I love the color combo. Ilina ink blended a wide strip across the card and finished it with a sentiment.

Create cards like this with fabulous supplies from the shop, head over there now!

Sweetest Season Candy Cards for the Holidays

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If you are like Buddy the Elf and try to stick to the food groups of “Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns and Syrup”, then the Sweetest Season Stamp Set is a perfect fit for you!  Gumdrops and peppermints are certainly what the North Pole is made of and so will your cards with these sweet candy stamps.

Kristie Goulet

Coming in with a classic rainbow meets black and white is this card from Kristie. She simply stamped out the candies in a variety of colors and glued them in a cute little zig zag. A piece of classic Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper on the back makes this card a done deal!

Daniel West

Daniel's card use the same colors but show how you can stamp a little or a lot! One has a single embellished row and the on the other he created a full background like custom patterned paper. Don't you love how the little stars and shapes stamps add that little extra something?

Melissa did a slimline featuring the Candy Cane Slimline Die. By adding back just a few stripes of Holiday Whimsy paper you get a bit more color and this card layout is perfection with the candies scattered about! Yum!

I matched the candies with Santa's Elves for a scene straight out of Santa's Candy Shop! I created this Slimline card on Facebook Live, catch the replay here!

I started with the Candy Cane Stripe Cover Plate, inlaid a few pieces that were colored Rockin' Red and Cranberry Fizz, then added Elf Shoes and Candies galore!

I usually leave the inside of my cards blank and write a personal note, but this time I was inspired to move to the inside of my card!

A strip of patterned paper from our Slimline Paper Pack, Under the Tree, a strip of thin Scor-tape with Glass Slipper Glitter, topped with a sentiment and a pair of elf shoes and you've got some fun on the inside!

The cards here are all created with new products from our Jolly Holiday Collection Release! Links below, or view them here in the shop!

To-Go Cup Gift Card Holder

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For my Club Sursee subscriber friends…have you received your goodies and are looking for ideas? Keep your eyes peeled! Later this week you'll receive an inspiration email full of ideas using this set of products.

In the meantime, here are a few ideas for the To Go Cup Gift Card Holder.This is our largest die set ever!It will be in the shop in late October, but if this doesn't say, “hey, you need to be a subscriber!!”, I don't know what does! 😉

This month's Sursee Deluxe is worth over $75 and subscribers got it for $47.95. Get in for next month here, you're going to LOVE what we have in store for October!

Simple to Elaborate with the Peppermint Twist Coverplate

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Cover your holiday card base with a pattern of peppermints!  The Peppermint Twist Cover Plate works like a dream paired with one of the stamp sets in the Nice List Bundle. 

For this card, I did the Direct to Paper method to create Cranberry Fizz Cardsotck and used foam tape to pop up the die cut layer over it. This creates shadows and gives fabulous dimension!

I die cut Merry Christmas, embossed it with White Puff Twinkle and topped it off with a Santa hat (or is it an elf hat?) from the Nice List Stamp Set!

Check out this Facebook Live Replay for making this card!

Kristie Goulet

Kristie really put the twist on this by using a direct to paper technique to color the negative shapes from her coverplate and pasting them back slightly offset. She also embellished each center with a little gem…I think that is pretty sweet!

Melissa Andrew

Melissa went more simple by cutting out the cover plate with white paper and just layering it over an inked background. Choosing just a few centers to emboss and layer back on gives this card an added sparkly pop!

Melissa Andrew

On this one she created a strip down one side with a few patterned papers and some Cranberry Fizz accents. She glued her die over the patterned paper strips and inlaid a few of the twists back in on the left side. This created a cleaner strip on the card front to add her elves legs and create a colorful focal point.

You're going to love the Peppermint Twist Cover Plate and the fun it adds to your card making projects!

Santa’s Elves Slimline Card: Cutest Video Hop Ever 2020

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Welcome to the 3rd Annual Cutest Video Hop Ever! I’m joined by my youngest daughter, Eva, and over a dozen paper craft industry artists who are also crafting with their kids.

Eva and I are using products from our new Jolly Holiday Release, which is in the shop now!

Be sure to head over to YouTube for the video and to find the next stop in the hop! Comment on the videos for your chance to win a prize from these great sponsors.

Create this fun Slimline Card with our new Doodle Window Dies and Under the Tree Slimline Pattern Paper! Adorn with elf hats and shoes for a darling holiday card.

Thanks so much to our very generous sponsors, including Catherine Pooler Designs, who have donated over $1000 in prizes for this hop. Sit back with your favorite beverage and enjoy!

All the of products used in the video are listed below. Thanks for visiting!

Jolly Holiday is now in the shop!

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Your holiday season is about to get JOLLY! Have you already started brewing up ideas for a card making marathon? The Jolly Holiday Collection is now in the shop and is packed with so many fabulous products to keep you going!

Cranberry Fizz and Deck the Halls are the perfect dark, rich red and green. These colors are brand new to our Party Collection and just in time for the season!

*these two colors are part of the Party line in the Luxe Collection. Watch for fall 2021 for the other 6 Luxe Collection Colors!

Be sure to grab coordinating products for your new ink: Evergreen Sparkle and Cranberry Sparkle Twine, Deck the Halls and Cranberry Sparkle Embossing Glitter, and Misteltoe Sequins!

*Deck the Halls and Cranberry Sparkle Embossing Glitters are already sold out, but we will be restocking! Just add your name to the email box on that product in the shop to be notified when we restock.

The Holiday Whimsy Paper and Jolly Trees Stamps lend themselves to some fun. These trees are ready for anything! You pick your favorite color combo and the card design possibilities are endless.

Are you a sucker for Santa's Workshop? The Naughty or Nice Bundle is certainly going to bring you joy. The Nice List elf bits stamps and dies are just oh so cute.

View the Facebook Live Stream where I created these two cards!

The Sweetest Season candy is sure to frost your Christmas cookies! Can you even at this adorable Peppermint Twist Cover Plate? This pairing will have sugar plums dancing in your head.

The Caroling Sentiments stamp set is a total classic. This one will rock a clean and simple card maker's world. Pair your new inks with the new WOW Deck the Halls or Cranberry Sparkle Embossing Glitters for card perfection.

If Slimline is your current addiction, we have got just what you need to turn any of our bundles into slimline projects! The Doodle Window and Candy Cane Slimline Dies coordinate perfectly with these stamps. With slimline dies, you will definitely need some Under the Tree Slimline Patterned Paper- NEW and sized at 3.5 x 8.5″.

*the Slimline Holiday Bundle includes the three products above. Envelopes are separate.

*Slimline products are not included in the “Jolly Holiday I Want it All Bundle”.

Lastly, we've got the envelopes! These Slimline Envelopes are sized to fit slimline cards just right. Choose your favorite color, we have all your seasonal card making needs covered!!

All the new products are listed and linked below. You can also peruse them all in the New section of the shop here!

Jolly Holiday: Caroling Sentiments Bundle

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The Caroling Bundle is the perfect choice for mass producing clean and simple cards for the holiday season! 

Create a background with the Dotted Zig Zag Cover plate and then pop on one of the Caroling Sentiments for a fabulous card ready to go!  Make gift sets to add as stocking stuffers or to keep on hand for holiday guests.  This is a perfect bundle for any card maker and these pieces mix and match wonderfully with other items in the Jolly Holiday Collection!

The Caroling Bundle Includes:

  • Caroling Sentiments & Dies
  • Dotted Zig Zag Cover Plate Die

Erin Thompson created these gorgeous projects with the Caroling Sentiments Stamps and Dies along with the All Wrapped Up Pattern Paper and our new ink colors, Cranberry Fizz and Deck the Halls!

Create a little pocket on the inside of your card to hold a gift card!

Use our Layered Tag Dies to adorn your holiday gifts this year!

Our new products will be available in the shop on Wednesday, September 16 at 9am Eastern!

StampNation Members

Our StampNation Members have been busy elves shopping our new collection! We are half sold out of some of our products already and Jenny and I have been working on reorders today (already!!!!).

We are so excited that you all are gearing up for some fabulous card making in the months ahead.

SN Members, you have until 9am Eastern on Wednesday to shop early and get your order shipped first.

SN RELEASE PARTY is tonight at 7pm Eastern! We are hosting our very first Zoom Live Stream. The Brand Ambassadors and I will share some creative projects and we'll all have a chance to chat and share our love of paper crafting together.

Not a member yet? There is still time to join before the festivities tonight. Learn more here!

Jolly Holiday Reveals: Hang Your Stocking Bundle and Slimline Products

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Our Jolly Holiday Release hits the shop on Wednesday, September 16 at 9am Eastern!

StampNation Members get to shop early (and their orders are the first to ship!) on Tuesday, September 15 at Noon Eastern. Start your membership now, lots of great things are headed our member's way (including our first ever Zoom Holiday Crafting Party on Tuesday night!).

Today we revealed the third bundle on Facebook along with lots of project ideas and stamping fun! Here's a rundown of this bundle of fabulous Holiday Paper Crafting Products!

Hang Your Stockings Bundle

Stockings hanging by the chimney is a classic Christmas icon. The stamps, dies and accessories in this bundle will have you making cards, tags, gifts, and maybe even some holiday wrap! 

From the Hang Your Stocking Die set to the All Wrapped Up Patterned Paper, this bundle is a modern take on the traditional.  Then, sprinkle in some Mistletoe Sequins for that added pop of red and green sparkle!

The Hang Your Stocking Bundle Includes:

  • Peace & Joy Word Die
  • Hang Your Stocking Dies
  • Stocking Stuffers Stamps & Dies
  • Deck the Halls Stamps
  • All Wrapped Up Patterned Paper
  • Mistletoe Sequins

These products can be purchased as a bundle at a discount, or individually!

New Slimline Products

Who's ready for new products made just for Slimline Cards? The Candy Cane Slimline Die, the Doodle Window Slimline Die and the brand new Under the Tree Slimline Patterned Paper are just in time for Holiday Card Making!

You're also going to need ENVELOPES for these fun Slimline Cards! So we'll have Slimline Envelopes in White, Red, Green and Turquoise.

We can't wait to reveal the rest of this collection tomorrow on Facebook at Noon! See you then!

Jolly Holiday Bundle Reveals: Jolly and Naughty or Nice

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Our Jolly Holiday Collection hits the shop on September 16 at 9am Eastern and we have tons of great festivities planned to celebrate all week long!

View this YouTube video for the first two bundles and some fun holiday card making projects.

If you're a StampNation Member, you get to shop EARLY on Tuesday, September 15.

SN Members, please join us for a Live Stream PJ Stamping Party scheduled for you at 7pm Eastern to celebrate the release! We'll host our very first Zoom Stamp Event along with some of our Brand Ambassadors! More info coming for members soon! 

Not a member yet? Learn more about membership here.


If your favorite classic Christmas theme involve Santa and his workshop full of little friends, then the Naughty or Nice Bundle is for you!  Full of naughty sweet treat inspired stamps and dies and the helpers themselves, this bundle has got it all!  The Holiday Whimsy Paper and North Pole Sequins provide a whimsical holiday color scheme to get you started. 

You'll be on everyone's Nice List when they receive your card in their mailbox!

The Naughty or Nice Bundle Includes:

  • Nice list Stamps & Dies
  • Sweetest Season Stamps & Dies
  • Peppermint Twist Cover Plate Die
  • Holiday Whimsy Patterned Paper
  • North Pole Sequins

Purchase these items in a bundle at a discount, or pick and choose your favorites!


Nothing says Holly Jolly Christmas like decorating the tree!  The Jolly Bundle includes the whimsical Jolly Trees Stamp set and adorable String Lights background stamp. 

If you are looking for a perfect grouping of mix and match classic holiday icons, this bundle will definitely put the star on your tree!

The Jolly Holiday Bundle Includes:

  • Jolly Trees Stamps & Dies
  • Merry Christmas Word Die
  • String Lights Background Stamp
  • Jack in the Box Stencil

Purchase these items as a bundle at a discount or pick and choose your favorites!

Be sure to follow us all week on Facebook and YouTube as we reveal the new products and share lots of great projects you can make with them!


  • Monday – Noon Eastern Facebook Live Stream Bundle Reveal
  • Tuesday – 11:30 Eastern Facebook Live Stream with StampNation Members on our community Facebook Page, early ordering opens at NOON Eastern for members. 7pm Eastern Live PJ Party Celebration with Erika, me and some of our Brand Ambassadors
  • Tuesday – Noon Eastern Facebook Live Stream Bundle Reveal
  • Wednesday – 9am Eastern ORDERING OPENS
  • Wednesday– Noon Eastern Facebook Live Stream

So glad you are here celebrating this fun new release of stamping products! More coming tomorrow and ordering opens on September 16.

Want to order and get your goodies shipped early? Join StampNation and have access to so many more awesome perks!